Thursday, June 17, 2021

A Chinese Lab Virus? So Now What?

 A Chinese Lab Virus? So Now What?

Excerpt: For over a year, the American establishment and media borg have ostracized anyone who dared to connect the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic with the Chinese military-sponsored, level-4 biosafety Wuhan Institute of Virology. Then, suddenly and without apologies for their past demagoguery, “journalists” and “experts” concede that the nearby Wuhan lab may well be the most likely genesis. Why the abrupt change? Donald Trump is no longer president. There is now no need for progressives to declare everything Trump once asserted as truth a lie. And that paradox includes Trump’s spring 2020 insistence that the lab, not a wet market of sliced-up bats, was the source of the outbreak. The recent release of Anthony Fauci’s emails, along with the new information about Dr. Peter Daszak’s gain-of-function research, make it indisputable that both were knowingly channeling U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Chinese for coronavirus research in Wuhan. [V. D. Hanson–who is always readable–lays out four possible ways the accident could have been handled differently by the Chinese authorities. All make sense; none reflect well on our media, social media companies, Fauci or Daszak. Ron P.]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Scientists Call for Investigation into Journals That Dismissed Wuhan Lab Theory

 Scientists Call for Investigation into Journals That Dismissed Wuhan Lab Theory

Excerpt: Pro-China ideologues and well-regarded medical researchers with an apparent interest in ensuring that U.S.–China cooperation on coronavirus research continued worked with prominent medical journals, such as the Lancet, to cast the idea as a conspiracy theory that inflames anti-Asian sentiment. (...) Voice of America spoke to Richard Ebright, a Rutgers University microbiologist and outspoken lab-leak proponent, and Nikolai Petrovsky, a professor at Flinders University in Australia, about prominent medical journals’ rejection of articles that didn’t fit the supposed scientific consensus before the lab-leak explanation went mainstream: “Scientists skeptical from the start of the natural-spillover theory, including Petrovsky, Ebright and a so-called Paris Group of scientists, which drafted two open letters on the origins of coronavirus, say an inquiry into the role of major science journals is in order. Much of the focus has been on The Lancet and Nature but other leading  journals have come under criticism, including Science, an academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.” [In the immediate post-WWII era, the Voice of America was strongly supportive of the West’s defense actions during the Cold War. Like most other media, that attitude pretty much went away as Russian influence diminished. By the time of the First Gulf War, VOA was as liberal as most other US, UK, or EU media and that continues to the present day. Still, they must’ve found an honest reporter and editor to publish this. It’s short but very worth reading It also has some interesting links providing further back up. Ron P.]

Tammy Bruce: Democrats are flailing and divided

 Tammy Bruce: Democrats are flailing and divided

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Random Thoughts for May 2021


Random Thoughts for May 2021

Robert A. Hall

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Sorry this is so late. May was a challenging month.


Health update: Atter a postponement on May 6, I finally had my hip replacement (total right hip arthroplasty) on May 20th. So I have a DePuy Artificial Hip. Still a lot of pain but it is getting better. Long drives really hurt. Tired all the time. Sleeping 12 hours a day. Stopped taking the OxyContin.


Here they come again! I Had a renal Clinic on June 2. Seems the Tac I take to prevent rejection is deteriorating my kidneys. Have to drink a lot of water and avoid caffeine. At 75 not looking forward to dialysis or a kidney transplant, which may be in my future.


In light of all this, I have submitted my resignation to the VA.


Andy Warhol was wrong. In the future, everyone will be a victim for 15 minutes.


From Dave Blaska’s blog: “Name one Democrat that stands up for policing.”


Anthony Fauci has put more taverns out of business than Carrie Nation.


In 1944, the Democrats dumped VP Henry Wallace from FDR’s ticket for being too far left. Today they would dump FDR for being too far right.


Facebook censoring Trump probably helps him rally his supporters. My senate floor leader, the late John Parker, used to say, “It’s always an advantage to a public man to be the victim of an outrage.”


It is ironic that the 60's generation whose mantra was non-conformity, spawned a generation which seeks collectivism and demands conformity with zero tolerance for dissenting opinion. –John Bernard


9-year-old grandson: “Grandma, can I ask a question?”

GM: “Sure.”

GS: “What does this finger mean?”

GM: “Fuck you.”

GS: “Can I use it?”

GM: “No.”

Jim Crow was the racist construction of white supremacists. Critical Race Theory is the racist construction of black supremacists and their white supporters. Both are anti-freedom.


Our society used to honor and respect heroes, which is why a large number of fake veterans are out there sporting purchased ribbons. Now society honors the “courage” of victims and gives them recognition. Which is the reason the number of fake victims is growing.


Count B-Real, frontman of the legendary Cypress Hill on Communism: “No one who escaped it wants to go back.”


Show me just one case of a transsexual woman, who used to be male, giving birth. Just one.


“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once again slaves.” –D. H. Lawrence.


A reminder: One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere. --William the Silent 1533-1584


I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way, against the holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. --Lord Acton


Prince Harry reportedly said our First Amendment is bonkers. Not the first British Royal not to understand our constitution.


From Blaska’s Blog: Why is New York losing a congressional seat? In New York City, shootings and homicides rose by 97% and 44%, respectively, in 2020, and felony assaults are up by 25% this year. Yet seven of the eight candidates running in the Democratic primary for Manhattan district attorney have pledged to cut the police budget or prosecute fewer suspects—or some combination of the two. On Sunday, the New York Times endorsed Kathryn Garcia for mayor who will address the city’s crime wave by “reforming the New York Police Department,” which “begins with speeding up and strengthening the disciplinary process” for officers. — The essential Jason Riley, Wall St. Journal.


Don’t let longing for what you once had ruin your enjoyment of what you have now.


I’m so old I remember when the left would chant, “Power to the People.” Now they want to eviscerate the Bill of Rights to take power from the people.


Voting records: While Liz Chaney voted 92.0 % of the time with Trump’s positions on actually issues, Rep. Elsie Stefanik did do only 77.7 % of the time. Source: Five-Thirty-Eight.


October 1, 2024, City Hall. Dear Sir,

Our algorithm has reviewed your voting patten for the last three years and determined that your voting does not meet our community standard. Therefore, you have been removed from the voter rolls and are now listed as a resident, not as a citizen. I anticipation you would wish to appeal we have submitted your voting pattern to three other algorithms and they have concurred in the decision.

As a reminder: Only citizens may own firearms or hold government or military jobs and residents may only buy gas or groceries at stores that are open before 10 am. Thank you for your compliance with this directive. It is, or course, for the good of everyone. Sincerely. The Central Committee.


Get the collection! My “Random Thoughts” from 2009 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. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s twelve books are listed here: His blog of political news and conservative comment is 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. During the crisis he is working from home.

D-Day & Belleau Wood

 today is the anniversary of both the allied landings in France in 1944 and the WWI battle of Belleau where the Marines stopped the German advance on Paris and took more casualies in one day that in their history to day.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Thank you for your service

 Thank you for your service

Trump Taps Newt Gingrich to Come Up With a New Spin on an Old Idea That Worked

 Trump Taps Newt Gingrich to Come Up With a New Spin on an Old Idea That Worked

Excerpt: Creating a pact or contract that clearly articulates the electoral bargain with America will also disrupt the media narrative to some degree. The continued desperation of Democrats and their allies in the legacy media to divide Americans according to their race is becoming increasingly apparent. Using clear and concise legislative and policy commitments along with honest messaging on how they will benefit all Americans, Republicans have an opportunity to pierce this narrative by taking their case directly to the voters. [This isn’t a very long essay, but it packs a great message. Do yourself a favor and read it. I’m not convinced former President Trump is the best candidate to bring it to the public, but that’s why we have Primaries, isn’t it? The message wouldn’t/shouldn’t depend on “who” bears it if the whole party is saying the same thing–and I think most of us would agree with the vast majority of what it says. Ron P.]

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Hip replacement

 I came home yesterday from my hip replacement. On oxycontin for the pain. Makes me sleep, 20 hours in 24. Walking with a walker. Should get steadily better. I continue to march. Will post updates as needed. Bob