Random Thoughts for December, 2013
Robert A. Hall
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The people who are most afraid of dying are those who never learned how to live.
If Obama says, "If you like your religion, you can keep it," we're in big trouble. Okay, bigger trouble.
I think the GOP will win big in 2014 and 2016--but I think it's too late to matter. No one would dare do what needs to be done to prevent the collapse.
Twenty years from now, there may be an entity in North America called "The United States," but I don't think my grandfather would recognize it as
If something is not economically viable, it cannot be made so by pouring tax dollars on it.
Some people are born to rise above their circumstances, others are born to be cesspool divers no matter what you do for them.
Hear that sound? It's Jackbooted Progressives coming to coerce you to do what they have decided is in your best interests. Might be, might not--but you can be sure their policies provide for their best interests.
Since 1932, with every Democrat administration, the percentage of people employed by the government grows massively. Under Republicans, it stays flat or grows a little, never retreats. So, eventually, 100% of people will be employed by the government or on government assistance. Except the collapse will happen first.
Liberals are happy to pass legislation that helps thousands and hurts millions of people, as long as the thousands know why they were helped and the millions can't figure out what caused their suffering.
Maybe the Redskins should move from DC to another city, if the politicians there don't like them. Say, how about renaming them "The Washington Code Talkers" after the Native Americans who serve Corps and country so well in WWII?
When I was younger, I wanted to be a "spokesperson." Turned out I couldn't always lie with a straight face.
The good thing about Bill de Blasio's election as mayor of
New York is that by the
Detroits NYC, there will be 50 Detroits and no money for a bailout.
Progressives don't trust you to decide what is best for you, but they always trust themselves to decide for you.
When the TSA guy at the airport says he's going to pat you down, you can say, "Go right ahead, sweetie!"
Notice the people who love Obamacare the most are all exempt from it?
There is no single "Tea Party." There are many groups calling themselves Tea Party and many different opinions in those groups.
governor results are yet another example of why we need built-in runoffs, with
people voting "one" for their first choice, "two" for
second, etc. Person with the lowest total is eliminated until you get to someone
with 50% support.
I've developed a computer model that tell what groups will do. Lets see. It predicts that progressives will continue to pursue policies that make them feel good and ignore the disastrous unintended results for real people, until after the collapse. Yup, it works better than the climate model programs. Or Healthcare.gov.
Democrats think people are too stupid to make decisions for themselves. They get that from looking at their base.
Liberals are always eager to prove the free market doesn't work by regulating it out of existence.
I think I'm an oxygen addict. I need more all the time and suffer withdrawal symptoms if I don't get it. And my wife is an enabler, carting around extra tanks for me.
Scratch a liberal and if you don't find a Star of David, you are likely to find an anti-Semite.
For Progressives, the "marketplace of ideas" is a sheltered workshop.
Prediction: No one running for President will ever again put "community organizer" on his resume.
From my friend Pastor Alison: "Progressives will like any scientific theory which gives them an excuse to extend control over of another area of life." And: "In our age, when most of our social pathologies are due to absent or abusive fathers, it is counter productive to censor or banish the heavenly one."
Fracking for natural gas lowers energy, food and other commodity costs for the poor and working class. It produces jobs. It lessons our energy dependence and the number of dollars we must send to Muslim states to support terrorism, oppression of women and the murder of gays. By making natural gas cheaper, it reduces carbon output. Of course Progressives hate it.
Throughout history, and in much of the third world today, what is called "government" is power elites organized to loot the masses to benefit the rulers, their families and their tribes, maintaining power through murder and terror. Folks wanting to overthrow those "governments" only want to put themselves in charge of the looting. Colonialism may have been bad, but you would not have wanted to live under any of the governments the colonialists deposed. Looting through government goes on in the civilized West, of course, but we fight it as it is against our culture, not the foundation of it. Because the West created societies based on the rule of law, property rights, enforcement of contracts, the value and rights of individuals and fighting corruption, hundreds of millions have lived prosperous lives in relative freedom and safety. But we have lost the will to defend our culture against the barbarians at home and abroad. In thirty years,
and Europe will look like Africa and the Middle East,
with thug-ocracies in charge, and murder, poverty and oppression grinding the
masses. This is the Progressive Legacy your children will inherit. The left
will celebrate "multiculturalism" until our culture is destroyed and
other, uglier cultures are oppressing the people. Then they will find out what
a real War on Women looks like.
Any day the media will claim that if Obama was white the Obamacare website would work, the failure is due to racism.
We lost the War on Poverty and the War on Drugs, so credit Obama for winning his War on Prosperity.
Now that Obama has repeatedly demonstrated that a president has the power to change a law passed by Congress, I hope the next GOP president is taking notes.
Obama is trying to fix Obamacare. I don't think Obama could fix a horse race if there were only one horse.
Notice how the media and Democrats cried that it's "undemocratic" for 41 senators out of 100 to be able to block bills under the filibuster rule. But they never cry it is "undemocratic" for one senator--Harry Reid--to prevent the other 99 from voting on dozens of House-passed bills. I think we need an amendment saying that if either the House or Senate passes a bill, the other body must vote on it by roll call.
Muslims and their anti-free-speech liberal allies want to make blasphemy illegal to stop criticism of Islam, the Qur'an and Mohammad. But all religions are blasphemy to other religions, so it would outlaw every expression of religious belief. Muslims think that saying God had a son is blasphemy.
The mushy-headed leftists (is that redundant?) who think that people can be remade into herbivores are going to make us lunch for the evil carnivores in the human race.
Saw a great tee shirt at the V.A.: "Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say."
It gets old hearing people who don't pay taxes accuse those of us who do of "not paying our fair share."
By the time you read this, Obama will have pivoted to the economy again. Round and Round he Pivots, and where he stops he leaves a Divot.
Of course, every day Obama pivots to a different scapegoat to blame for his disasters.
If Obamacare gets any worse, Obama will pivot to
If the Republicans came out in favor of apple pie, the media would call it racist.
Always go house hunting on a cloudy day--everything looks good in sunlight.
It's not the least of the tragedies of Barack Obama that the first black president has chosen to solidify and increase racial divisions, rather than heal them. Rather than downplay race, and take an even handed approach in cases like Pigford, Trayvon Martin, the 'beer summit" and the DOJ dropping of the Black Panther voter intimidation case, Obama and his allies have played the race card for short term political advantage at every turn. By setting the bar that any criticism of Obama's policies is based on race, while the most vicious attacks on black conservative, even using racial slurs, are "fair game," they have created more white racism than has existed since the Jim Crow era. By encouraging the sense of victimization in the black community, while ignoring black on black violence, they have greatly exacerbated the problems of blacks. Dr. Thomas Sowell reports that the national shame of lynching saw 119 blacks lynched in the decade of the 1930s, about the three month total of blacks murdered by fellow blacks in
Chicago today. Blacks make up 13% of the
population, but have 40% of the abortions and commit 53% of the murders--about
85% of them murders of other blacks. Trayvon Martin is played over and over,
but no leadership is shown on this genocide of blacks by blacks and liberals. Poor
blacks who want to send their kids to good schools with vouchers are denied
that right by a black president in hock to the unions, who sends his kids to
private schools. To aid the unions, the minimum wage is raised, increasing
black unemployment and denying poor, unskilled blacks entry level jobs where
they could learn some job skills. And upscale liberals in their gated
communities feel all warm and fuzzy about their good intentions. The heart
I expect we will soon see a
DC street person with a cardboard sign
reading, "Will appear in an Obama photo op if you give me health
Truman: The Buck Stops Here. Obama: Well, the buck would stop here if anyone had told me about all this.
Given that our pastor, though a wonderful person, is a liberal Democrat, we were surprised when this turned up in the Second Reading recently: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 " For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living."
New country song: "Your lyin' heart, Has made us weep, We lost the plans, You said we'd keep. They won't come back, Obamacare's through, Your lyin' heart, Has told on you."
I believe there are racists who voted against Obama because he's black. But I believe there are four times as many racists, black and white, who voted for him because he's black.
"If you like your murderous dictator, you can keep your murderous
dictator, if he gives up gassing you. Period."
I will give up my healthcare insurance when they pry my cold...wait. Is that a death panel? Is that Nancy Pelosi with the gavel?
You should never ask a web designer if your website needs an upgrade for the same reason you never ask a barber if you need a haircut.
Obama with Obamacare is like a desperate pilot in a stricken plane, clawing for altitude as more systems fail. We told him this was going to happen, but he knew everything...
Conservatives talking about impeaching Obama have forgotten how the bungled impeachment of Bill Clinton restored him to popularity and saved his presidency. Until you have about 20 Democrat senators calling for impeachment, it's a waste of time and energy that distracts from the issues.
Suggested movie title: Obamacare the Sequel--Arithmetic strikes back!
Have to confess, it's all my fault. They told me if I voted for Romney, millions would lose their health insurance, but did I listen? No....
I'm glad I wasn't at the Thanksgiving Dinner table where some folks still love Obama and followed his orders to talk about how wonderful Obamacare is and others lost their health insurance to Obamacare.
Ut oh. I just heard that after the Iftar Dinner at the White House, President Obama promised, "If you like your head, you can keep your head. Period.
Nothing destroys politicians or celebrities like giving in to the tendency to think they are so special that the rules don't apply to them.
How to separate the gullible from the intelligent: The intelligent knew Obama was a liar on November 5, 2012.
I'm waiting for Sandra Fluke to try to buy insurance through Obamacare.
Can we think that George Zimmerman is a jerk whose stupidity led to the incident with Trayvon Martin without thinking he was a murderer?
A watched pot never boils, but go out of the room to get something...
Obama says the GOP is vested in the failure of the healthcare law. Since every GOP congressman voted against it, and every one has voted to repeal it something like 40 times, this is new how? If you think a law will destroy our healthcare system and economy, why wouldn't you want it to fail? But it seems to be failing from his incompetence with no help from them.
Maybe all the Obamacare health insurance cancelations are just Barack's version of "the knockout game."
Saw a published statistic that said in NYC in the first six months of 2013, 73.9% of the victims of shootings were black, and only 55.8% of those stopped and frisked under that "racist" policy were black. If true, now that the stop and frisk policy is cancelled, look for lots of black folks to pay with their lives so white politicians and judges can feel good about being PC. The Price of Progressivism.
ID theft hackers may fix Healthcare.gov so people will give it their personal info for them to steal.
People are concerned about the number of American, British and other westerners fighting and dying alongside al Qaeda in
Syria. I think
we should give anyone who wants to do so a free airline ticket.
People who are easy to offend spend a lot of time being offended. I guess they enjoy it.
How about this 2016 GOP ticket? Ted Cruz or Mario Rubio for President, Sen. Tim Scott for VP. We'd see who was racist then.
Hate crimes are bad. But if you want to beat the crap out of someone you don't hate, that's apparently not a big deal.
I just sent in the tax exemption paperwork to the IRS for my new non-partisan community organizing group, "Destroy Liberalism." What are my odds of approval?
Will someone point me to the section of Obamacare that says the president may amend it anytime, at will?
Obama: “If you’ve got a majority of folks who believe in something, then it should be able to pass." Ah, does that include the majority of Americans who want to repeal Obamacare, build the Keystone Pipeline, seal the borders and restrict late term abortions?
population may get the Darwin Award this year for reelecting Barack Obama.
I once had a staff member in
tell me she was working for a non-profit because she had vowed she "would
never work for The Man." "I have bad news," I said.
"Everyone works for The Man. Even The Madison, WI Man."
Scariest words in the English Language (updated): I'm from the government and I'm here to regulate things better for you.
Democrats made much of the 50th anniversary of JFK's death. Considering he cut taxes, supported a strong military, opposed communism, tried to keep the debt down and got us more involved in Vietnam, it's a surprise they still love him. Must be the obsessive womanizing they like--
Clinton was a real come down, taste-wise. But
with Obama's numbers falling, and Democrats loving Clinton and JFK, look for BO
to have an affair.
50 years from now, will people remember where they were when they heard Obamacare died?
Kwanzaa: The knockout game meets Santa Claus.
Obama: "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam." How about if you just quote from the Qur'an and Hadith?
If you said that too much sun causes skin cancers, liberals would claim you want the sun to go out.
The only difference between Lee Harvey Oswald and Bill Ayers is that Oswald had a gun, nerve and marksmanship training. They had the same view of
In order to make things more transparent, Obamacare now has a new website address: Healthcare.crap.
Once again, I wasn't named Conservative of the Year. They are all a bunch of RINOs.
When I first ran for the senate in 1972, a reporter described me as looking like a "young James Cagney." I never got eve with the dirty rat...
My three step program for dealing with The Knockout Game. 1. Pull legal concealed carry handgun. 2. Point it center of mass at the thug assaulting you. 3. Pull trigger three times. Check if he still looks dangerous. Repeat step three if needed.
Now that Obama has used the excuse that the cancelled insurance plans under Obamacare were "substandard," expect him to defend abortion by saying the aborted were "substandard babies."
Once they get the ACA working, you know some liberal is dreaming about the Affordable Food Act, the Affordable Clothing Act, the Affordable Housing Act, the Affordable Justice Act...
As part of the deal with
instead of "Death to America,"
they now have to chant, "Lingering, terrible illness to America."
You can usually tell the leftists on Twitter. That their only adjective usually begins with F indicates low cognitive functioning.
I find the hardest thing about retirement is training my wife to live on a retirement income. The second hardest thing is training myself to do so.
I often hear conservatives say, "No more RINOs! (Republicans in Name Only.) But in many blue states, you often have a choice between a RINO, who, though supporting things you oppose, will vote Republican to organize the Senate, thus putting Conservatives in charge of the committees and the flow of business, or a hard left Democrat, who will vote Democrat to organize and put liberals in charge of the committees and vote for everything you hate. If we had elected 6 more senate GOP RINOs instead of Democrats in 2010/2012, things would be a lot better.
Profanity is the poetry of the feeble minded.
Anyone who says "failure is not an option" has never had responsibility for a serious, tough project. Anything done poorly, and even many things done right can fail.
and Saudi Arabia oppose the
nuke deal with Iran.
Oh, sure, like they'd know more about the Middle East than a community
organizer from Chicago.
The next excuse will be that expecting Obama to be competent is racist.
Those who say "Violence never settles anything" can find out differently by getting crosswise with Marines.
New ad: "In just 15 minutes, you could lose 15% of your population to Iranian terror nukes."
At one year and 11 pounds, our Teddy Bear pup can already talk. He says, "Would you please get my ball out from under this piece of furniture?" "Might I have a taste of what you are eating?" "Would you like to talk me for a walk?" And, "Can we please play fetch?" Of course, he doesn't use English, but his high-pitched yelps and yips, pawing and occasional low growl make his communications perfectly clear.
This is the time of year when my wife buys stuff for herself--most recently a paid of boots from Lands End--and says, "This can be one of my Christmas Presents." I think I'll wrap up the empty boxes.
Under Obamacare, Obama said you could keep your plan. Republicans said you couldn't. Obama said you could keep your doctor. Republicans said you couldn't. Obama said it would lower your insurance costs. Republicans said it would increase them. Obama said it would lower the deficit. Republicans said it would increase it. And so on. So who turned out to be telling the truth?
The only excuse Obama hasn't used yet is that Bo ate the website.
Go ahead and try again to sign up for Obamacare on the website. "And may the odds be always in your favor."
said, "If you like New York, you can keep
could a politician call the opposition "the party of the rich" at a
$35,000 per plate fund raiser.
My wife said that Black Friday shopping took planning. I said that every year I plan very carefully to be no where near a store on that day.
Those crazy Tea Party folks, saying Obamacare was going to be a disaster.
Yes, these "Random Thoughts" column I usually send every month was partly inspired by Dr. Sowell's "Random Thoughts" columns. [Also by Dunk's Almanac and the Notebooks of Lazarus Long.] Yes, all three are better than mine, I say objectively, not modestly. Truth is, I have no false modesty and damn little real modesty.
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://tiny.cc/g02s4 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. All Hall’s eleven books are listed here: http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-book-published.html