Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Wrong Governors.

The Wrong Governors. By JIM GERAGHTY
Excerpt: Pretend for a moment that you are a journalist with a strong leaning in favor of progressivism and the Democratic Party, and you wish to make the argument that Democratic governors are doing a great job of mitigating the spread of the coronavirus. If you use the measuring stick of fewest cases per million residents, Hawaii ranks first, as of this writing. Then Montana and Alaska, and Vermont ranks fourth. (While most people would consider Montana a red state, governor Steve Bullock is a Democrat; while most think of Vermont a blue state, governor Phil Scott is a Republican.) Maine ranks sixth, Oregon ranks seventh, and Kentucky ranks ninth. The states with the most cases per million residents are New York and New Jersey, and then, after a steep drop of about 5,000 cases, Arizona, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts round out the top six. ... The personality, the pugnaciousness, the presence, the poll numbers . . . these governors have assembled all of the ingredients for a classic success story — except for the actual record of success. By all kinds of measures, these most extensively covered and praised Democratic governors have done a job that is “meh” at best and pretty darn bad at worst. The decisions of Cuomo, Whitmer, Newsom, and Murphy regarding the movement of infected patients from hospitals to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities might be the worst and most consequential of the crisis. Whitmer made odd and difficult-to-justify decisions, including banning the purchase of seeds, and her husband apparently “jokes” about being exempt from state orders. California’s coronavirus-testing programs stumbled right out of the gate. Murphy violated his own order on large gatherings. Very little of this has affected the job-approval ratings of these governors — in part because only some portions of the media world are interested in the flaws of the records of these governors. The others prefer to stick to their preselected happy narrative.

Thanks To My Child’s Insane School District For Making Me Agree With Trump

Thanks To My Child’s Insane School District For Making Me Agree With Trump

Portland protester suffers gruesome injury, US Marshals launch investigation: mayor

Portland protester suffers gruesome injury, US Marshals launch investigation: mayor
I’m guessing he wasn’t there handing out flowers. The front door to the courthouse was smashed and the building was being protected. What did they expect would happen following failure to heed a lawful order to disperse? Not shedding a tear. --GS

Monday, July 13, 2020

I’m The Rapid Response Social Worker Who Replaced The Police

I’m The Rapid Response Social Worker Who Replaced The Police

Political Pandering to the Anti-Police Agenda Is Costing Lives

Excerpt: The only people who might better know the streets of urban America than the cops who patrol them are the crooks who haunt them. What can the criminals tell us now about the state of our cities? The crooks know that the streets and alleys are being returned to them and that the police are in retreat. That is unmistakably the case as crime, particularly violent crime, is exploding all over urban America. I was deputy attorney general the last time we suffered a crime wave of national proportions and had to learn the why of it in order to help lead the response that started the trend going the other way. It is mind-boggling to me to see how we are being condemned to repeat the exercise — at the cost of many innocent lives, the vast majority of them being black lives.

The fallacy of white privilege — and how it’s corroding society

The fallacy of white privilege — and how it’s corroding society
By Rav AroraJuly 11, 2020
I guess that POC (Person of Color) can be interpreted to mean everyone not White, so that would bring in all Asians, Native Americans, Indians, assorted other "brown" people like Filipinos, Arabs, and of course everyone from Africa or of African descent. (Hey, what about Sicilians, they are all pretty olive-skinned?) So this young Canadian kid born in India gets to tell the real story of how things work and really are in the USA and Canada? He thinks being POC will protect him from being assailed by the PC Gestapo, but I am not sure that's a safe assumption at all. Right now they're trashing J. K. Rowling viciously, a very well known Liberal and strong feminist, simply because she says it's OK to believe there are really only two genders. But he's done a really outstanding job on this topic. Send it, if you dare, to your Liberal friends or if you are really uncaring about being permanently written off as a hopeless racist, to other POC. --Del

Trump Needs to Scale the Real Wall of 2020

Trump Needs to Scale the Real Wall of 2020
Excerpt: Fourth, in some sense, higher education fueled this entire frenzied refutation of all that is good about America—the attacks on its founders, its history, icons, music, and culture. The quarantine pulled away the curtain of campus overcharging and showed the public that tele-teaching does not require a vast overhead of counselors, facilitators, and busybodies. The ways universities treat guest lecturers, use star-chamber proceedings against their own students, and stifle free expression explain much of the present street violence and cancel culture. Constitutional protections were under relentless assault for a half-century by a leisured and exempt class of professors and administrators who fed venom to an indebted and now embittered generation of lower-middle-class youth, who lack all the material opportunities of those who radicalized them.  Large endowments over a specified size should have their interest and stock income taxed. The federal government should no longer guarantee student loans, but shift their bonding to vocational schools, where training is quicker, and will lead to a sustainable wage. The argument for a well-rounded liberal education for half the country’s youth was the university’s selling point, but when it junked that idea and replaced it with indoctrination, so went any obligation of the government and people to subsidize their own extinction. Teaching credentials and the school of education should have no monopoly on K-12 education; master’s degrees in academic subjects should also certify teachers. Federal aid to higher education should be predicated on guaranteed campus adherence to the Bill of Rights. [I have some minor quibbles with the first three of Hanson’s recommendations, but this one hits the target exactly in the bull’s-eye. I added emphasis. Ron P.]

The Battle for the Portland Federal Courthouse Continues, But It Doesn’t End Well for Antifa

The Battle for the Portland Federal Courthouse Continues, But It Doesn’t End Well for Antifa

Young mother, 24, is shot dead in front of her fiancé after saying "all lives matter" during an argument with Black Lives Matter supporters

Young mother, 24, is shot dead in front of her fiancé after saying "all lives matter" during an argument with Black Lives Matter supporters

Saturday, July 11, 2020

SF short story

A bit over 20 years ago, I published this very short SF story on a webzine. recent events brought it to mind. ~Bob

A bit of colored ribbon

Friday, July 10, 2020

Why Isn't California Criticized Like Florida on Covid-19?

The Black Lives Matter Effect is Killing Black Children

The Black Lives Matter Effect is Killing Black Children
Excerpt: Mekhi James, a 3-year-old boy, cried, "It hurts", after he was shot in Chicago. Then he died. Sincere Gaston, a 1-year-old boy, was also shot and killed in Chicago. A 3-year-old girl was shot in the chest while playing in the front yard with other children. She was among the four toddlers shot in Chicago in two weeks. Older children are also being shot. An 8-year-old girl was grazed in the head, and a 5-year-old boy in the buttocks. Natalia Wallace, a 7-year-old girl described as “quiet and sweet” was shot and killed on the sidewalk. “Where is the outrage? Our babies are being shot. These are our babies," Chicago PD's Chief of Operations Fred Waller, who is African-American, asked. The question ought to be directed to Black Lives Matter as the BLM Effect fuels shootings and deaths around the country. And the most vulnerable of the BLM Effect’s victims are black children. Eight children under the age of 10 have been shot in Chicago in the past few weeks. The cause of these shootings is an upsurge in crime from the Black Lives Matter riots that have devastated the country. (Defunding the police in the cities will cost the lives of at least 5,000 black folks a year, many of them children. ~Bob)

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Two Pandemics: One Serious, One Mild

Two Pandemics: One Serious, One Mild
Excerpt: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts presents an exception to this data deficit. Ranking among the hardest-hit of US states outside of the New York City region, Massachusetts began tracking detailed daily COVID-19 case and mortality statistics for LTC facilities on April 10, 2020.  (...)  The clear patterns in these data suggest that the coronavirus would be better understood if we began to treat it as two simultaneous pandemics: one severe but acute outbreak that ravages nursing homes and LTCs with extremely high fatalities concentrated among the elderly and infirm, and a second significantly milder wave in the general population.  As nearly all mitigation strategies have focused on containing the spread in the general population through lockdowns and similar mandates, the policy response has almost entirely missed the mark despite unleashing unprecedented devastation to our economy and social fabric. Daily data from Massachusetts illustrate the divergence of the two simultaneous pandemics. As may be seen in the chart below, they show steady growth in the share of COVID-19 deaths arising from LTC facility outbreaks since the beginning of record keeping. Furthermore, these two trends continue to split apart. For the month of June, Massachusetts averaged only 9 COVID-19 deaths per day in the general population. By contrast, the state’s LTC facilities averaged 27 deaths per day despite comprising a tiny share of the population.[I can’t help wondering if the only reason I’m alive is because I’m NOT in a nursing home. Being old isn’t always fun, but it appears to beat the alternative. Ron P.]

Friday, July 3, 2020

Random Thoughts for July 2020

Random Thoughts for July 2020
By Robert A. Hall
Feel free to post or forward.  

Sort version this month as I had my old lung removed 6/8 due to a fungal infection.

Antifa has killed more black people than the Minneapolis Police Department.

"To restore American growth, we must first legalize it." -- Alex Armlovich

No Obama, no Trump.

You can be the doer or the doee.

Stupidity is the leading cause of being fired.

The social media Nazis are determined to destroy all speech on Facebook and Twitter they disagree with. And they are winning.

Appeasing violence, rioting, and looting by Antifa and BLM will have the same result of encouraging ever more aggression as it did with Hitler. We will not have “Peace in Our Time.”

When the police are ordered to protect the criminals and not the people, vigilantes arise.

The "freedom from religion" movement is an attempt to nullify the 1st Amendment.  Ban all speech that makes me uncomfortable... Why? See John 3:19 – Alison

The left would rather see everyone poor (except themselves, of course) than to see anyone else prosper. -Alison

We have become a risk-averse society. That means we are a growth-averse society. -Alison

Kevin Williamson observed, “Everything looks simple when you don’t know the first thing about it.”

If you are going to be an asshole at least look like one.

“He who dares not offend cannot be honest.” – Thomas Paine

If we got a president who didn’t play golf, what would the other side bitch about?

“I’m so old I remember when it was illegal to break the law. –From Facebook

Told my surgeon who took my lung out on June 8, if I die, don't let me vote Democrat.

The orcs are inside the walls.

Is it me, or is the run up to Halloween much worse this year?

Has anyone asked antifa how that, personally, have benefited from White Privilege?

I am in Facebook jail, mostly for reposting other folks stuff. It’s an honor that was long in coming, considering their review panel is left wing partisans.

There is no longer freedom of speech on university campuses. Say something the mob doesn’t like, and it’s off with your head. We are doomed.

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. 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. During the crisis he is working from home.

Black woman punches white cop and then gets knocked out by a black cop.

Black woman punches white cop and then gets knocked out  by a black cop. In Baltimore!!  
Nothing like immediate justice!!!! 
This is what should happen if you assault a Police Officer. 
Notice the White officer did not defend himself for fear of being called a Racist. 
This attitude being thrust upon us has to STOP.