Random Thoughts for January 2019.
By Robert A. Hall
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I hope all of you have a far better 2019 than we have any right to expect.
Well, here it is January and we spent more than we planned for Christmas. As we did last year. And will doubtless do next year. Until the well runs dry.
More and more after Christmas I say to myself, “All that for that?”
But it was a successful Christmas for me. I gave 25 books as presents and was given seven myself, including an autographed copy of Tom Kratman’s latest, A Pillar of Fire by Night. Which I have finished.
If Trump nominated Obama for a position in the administration, the left would declare he was a Muslim born in Kenya.
Some people have fantasies (I’d like to be young, rich and good looking.) Others have delusions. (Socialism will lead to utopia if we just do it right this time.) People with fantasies know they aren’t real and aren’t going to happen. People with delusions hurt people. (God has sent me to destroy the Infidels, the Jews, the Kulaks, the Capitalists, the Republicans, or whoever.)
Many people act like they think God has a bad memory.
Congress dealing with the deficit is like a guy putting a penny behind a fuse that keeps blowing. Anything to keep the lights on, even if the house burns down.
If you are well, enjoy it and be grateful. Too many are suffering from debilitating illness. I see them at work three days a week. And you may be so suffering as well one day.
The major fallacy humans are subject to is thinking that the way things are now is the way they will always be.
Firing a shot across the bow is meaningless if you don’t have a broadside to back it up.
I’d like to know the percentage of people who wouldn’t steal $1,000 if they had absolutely no chance of being caught or exposed. My guess is it’s small.
I’m starting a Go Fund Me campaign to translate “O Silent Night” into Arabic and broadcast it into every Arab country next Christmas.
You will often get hit by shit not intended for you. Shrapnel is never distributed symmetrically.
The Internet has eternal life. Anything you email or tweet today may come back to be used against you decades from now
The more I learn the more I realize how little I know of all there is to know.
Trump’s best asset is Melania. His worst asset is Trump.
“From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.” --Denis Diderot
People can find endless good reasons to support a policy that benefits them financially.
Internet Joke: Because of the sensitivity over the content of the 40-year-old Christmas song, “Baby it’s cold outside,” it has been updated as a Rap Song, “Yo, bitch, my ass is freezing,” that will be fully acceptable to progressives, since rap is multicultural.
Trump often gives the word shallow new depths.
All children believe in Santa. Those who grew up to be progressives still do, with big government taking Santa’s place.
The “Crown Jewels” of any European nation are a record of a long history of crime.
From the net: “When you are missing a sense, nature often compensates by enhancing another one. Which is why people with no sense of humor often have an inflated sense of self importance.”
Working at the VA, I’m amazed at how many things can go wrong with a guy without killing him.
Many people are apolitical and pay no attention to politics at all. I’m starting to wish I was one of them.
Never take seriously comments about guns from someone who can’t tell you the difference between a clip and a magazine.
When you are trying to make the utopian omelet, murder, starvation, torture and oppression are just part of the necessary egg-breaking.
“Facts don’t care about your feelings.” --Ben Shapiro
I want to ask \some people, “Does you mother know what you turned out to be?”
I feel very fortunate to be old. The unfortunate don’t get old.
Some people act like tomorrow will never come. It always comes. But it may not look a lot like today.
If cats and dogs don’t deserve to go to heaven, few humans do either.
Both Trump haters and Trump lovers are blinded to facts by their passion.
But it’s true that sometimes Trump acts like a small child who can fire any adult in the household who says “No.”
I’ll believe in Islamic Tolerance when the first church opens in Mecca. Without violence or harassment.
People seldom marry those with liabilities like drugs or alcohol addiction or a criminal history unless they have such liabilities themselves.
I was born into a solidly middle-class family. Dad was a teacher who always had a PT job as well to feed us three kids. Mom worked PT for a dentist. While I would like to have more money, I’m glad I wasn’t born into wealth where dad could buy me out of military service, or shelter me from dealing with the reality of life. That’s the way to make your kids into jerks.
Get the collection! My “Random Thoughts” from 2008 through July, 2013 are collected in this book: The Old Jarhead's Journal: Random Thoughts on Life, Liberty, and Leadership by Robert A. Hall
The Old Jarhead’s Journal is a collection of Random Thoughts on politics and life and Conservative Political Essays, mostly published on the author’s blog, including the essay “I’m Tired” which went viral on the Internet in 2009, “The Hall Platform,” “This I Believe,” and “Why I’m a Republican.” While they will be of interest to conservative thinkers, they are collected here in book form as a service to readers who wish to give a copy to favorite liberals and watch their heads explode. All royalties are donated to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=booksandie=UTF8andqid=1304815980andsr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s twelve books are listed here: http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-book-published.html. His blog of political news and conservative comment is www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com. He currently works part-time as a writer-editor in the My Life, My Story program as the Madison VA hospital, interviewing vets and writing up their life histories.