Saturday, July 30, 2016

For This Republican, Never Trump Means “I’m With Her” --McCain's Granddaughter
Random Thoughts for August, 2016. By Robert A. Hall
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The Dems have nominated the only candidate that Trump could beat. The GOP has nominated the only candidate that Hillary could beat. Stay tuned for November's "Battle of the Bottom-feeders."

Gun Free Zones, appeasement and the TSA all give the appearance, but not the reality, of security.

When General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell was promoted to Major General before WWII, he was surprised by a ceremony he didn't like or want by his staff and troops. He told them that in Asia they say, "The higher a monkey climbs the pole, the more of its ass it shows." Reminds me of the presidential campaign.

Liberals love Islam because they believe they, personally, will never have to live under the oppression of Shari'a law. They may be wrong. Then they will say, "This can't be happening. it's impossible. Why didn't someone do something?

Quote: "The dynamics of a Messiah Complex do not admit of the impossible." --Historian Barbara Tuchman.

Political correctness is the theory that the freedom to say and think what you want is outmoded and must be punished.

Pense is ambitious Republican will took Trump's VP slot in hopes of being the GOP nominee in four years, Trump being 74 then. But not only do I think Trump is likely to be beaten, I think being associated with his administration, if there is one, will be the kiss of political death.

Bernie Sanders, having campaigned against Wall Street excesses, has now endorsed Hillary, the major beneficiary of Wall Street Money--second only to the money she has received from, foreign governments like the Saudis.

Tyrannies of Thought always try to destroy any reference or symbol of the past that existed before they held sway. See the Buddhas destroyed by the Taliban, the destruction of churches and monuments by ISIS, the conversion into mosques through history by victorious Muslim conquerors, the currant assault on the rebel battle flag, or Stalingrad, Leningrad and Ho Chi Minh City.

Faced with a crisis, the progressives solution is always to call for a conference, which is as effective as declaring the Orlando nightclub a "gun Free Zone."

Madison, WI where we live has people holding public office who are far to the left of Bernie Sanders.

In my view, I'd have a lot more hope for the country if Mike Pense and Tim Kaine were the GOP and Dem presidential nominees, not the VP picks. Both have sons who are Lieutenants of Marines. Which is not to suggest either of them are close to ideal candidates, just better than Trump and Hillary.

After the convention and Trump's nomination, he is still attacking Ted Cruz. Donaldcrats on Facebook are still sending me memes mocking Cruz. Apparently their strategy for defeating Hillary is to attack Cruz right up to November, so conservatives get his message that he doesn't need or want them. Fine with me.

Just as the left believes in a "Living Constitution" which says whatever they want it to say at a given time, so too do they believe in "Living Language," where words means whatever they want them to mean at the time; e.g. "Justice."

The left must continue to come up with new concepts to fustigate western culture and anyone who resists conformity to the agenda of the hive in their efforts to destroy freedom. Who heard of "white privilege," "microaggressions" or transgenders in the military ten years ago?

I ran into a racist who said that blacks must be encouraged to stay in their own spaces and black students in their own dorms to keep whites safe from them, and that in order that they can get jobs and thus off welfare, there must be lower standards for them in college admissions, grading and hiring because of their lower IQs. I told him he was too late, that liberals had already done all this. Segregated "black dorms" were a fact of life when I was at UMass in 1971. Racists of both colors were delighted with this.

For many atheists atheism is a religion, and they feel as compelled to preach it to convert the unenlightened to their viewpoint as any colonial missionary trying to bring third-world heathens to God.

"The problem is guns," is a Democrat dog whistle to tell Islamists and thugs, "Vote for us; we've got your back."

People are often like kids building sand castles, taking pride in construction and delight in destruction.

People who make "Christian" a curse and anti-Semitism a catechism always want to lecture the rest of us on "tolerance."

It has become a standard for candidates to say they will, "Have our backs." I don't trust either Hillary or Trump to have my back; I keep my wallet in my back pocket.

If the progressive media was forced to cover the famines created by Mao in China and Stalin in the Ukraine to increase their power, resulting in tens of millions of deaths, they would refer to them as "anti-obesity" programs.

If the GOP hadn't made guns so easy to get, the Paris Massacre (whose motive will never be known) would never have happened. Not to mention the mass knife murder in Tokyo and the mass truck murder in Nice.

Sometimes an old friend remembers things differently than you do. And for the friendship, you decide to remember them the same way.

Politically Correct History is fiction.

The problem with too many politicians is that they often have large and fragile ego, thus surround themselves with sycophants and yes-men.

When Americans deal with foreigners, here or there, we are expected to change our customs, habits and behavior so as not to offend them. They have no such requirements.

I read that Asian males make an average of $24 per hour in America, compared to an average of $21 per hour for white males. I suppose this is just another case of Yellow Privilege.

A lot of people are more "patriotic" about local sports teams than about their country.

Election forecast: Gusts of hot air up to 90 MPH, with frequent scattered lies.

A good political slogan produces emotion without conveying information or meaning. There is hardly one, on either side, of which you cannot ask, "What the hell does that mean?"

I'm thinking of starting Bob's Politically Incorrect Brewery. Offerings will include:

  • The Raj IPA
  • Yellow Pearl Porter
  • All Lives Matter Black Stout
  • Wetback Wheat
  • White Privilege Dark Ale
  • Submissive Woman Light
  • Rebel Flag Amber
  • Income Inequality One Percent Lager
  • Transgender Crossover NA
  • Too Gay For Me Fruit Flavored Beer
  • Mohammad's Pedophile Pilsner
  • Trump's Oktoberfest Bankruptcy Beer
  • Hillary's Erased Email Ale
  • Bill's Blue Dress Bock Beer
  • Obama's Black and Tan
  • Bernie's Socialist Shandy

Let me know if I missed offending you and I'll try again.

If you vote for someone you know to be an ethical slimeball, regardless of your reason, doesn't that make you a slimeball as well?

You Europeans who smugly blamed 9/11 on the US for provoking Muslims by supporting Israel, please explain the Paris and Nice atrocities to us. France, like most of Europe, has turned a blind eye, and even aided Muslim terrorist attacks on Israel, and bent over backwards to support the Jihadist efforts to fulfill Hitler's dream of extirpating the Israelis. Having swallowed the poison of multiculturalism, unrestricted immigration of a non-assimilating, culturally oppressive Muslim population, and the destruction of its native birthrates, Europe faces a long and bitter illness with the most likely outcome cultural death and submission to oppression. As ye sow...

I hear a lot of folks say that something--a hot car, a new dress, a dessert--is "to die for." I only hear veterans say this about the Republic or about values and principles.

Hillary does everything possible to hide, cover up and distract from her lies and corruption. Trump glories in his. Except, I suppose for his broken promise to release his tax returns. Funny I read he had demanded tax returns from those he is vetting for VP.

Give Obama credit; no one can politicize a funeral like he can.

Election Haiku

The Orange Man speaks.
What broken promise today?
What new lies are told?

Foundation slush fund,
Benghazi dead, email read,
The lies grow quite stale.

If you deny or give a person a job because of the individual's race or gender, you are racist or sexist. Period.

When a system of governance becomes stagnated with petty bureaucratic rules strangling initiative, with corruption, rent-seeking, self-dealing and special pleading, and when the elites display openly their contempt for both the common people and the troops and police who protect them, the system is headed for collapse, usually violent collapse, follow too often by something worse. See Rome, the Byzantine Empire, the Ancien RĂ©gime in France, or Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang. Alas, all systems eventually do.

No polemicist worth his spin is ever deterred by facts or outcomes.

No matter how many times braggarts lose battles or elections they "guaranteed" to win, they never seem to learn.

My candidate is candid, yours is tactless.

Ireland's projected growth rate this year has been raised to a whopping 26.3%, mostly due to US corporations moving there to take advantage of the low corporate tax rate. Is there a lesson here for the US, with the highest or second highest corporate tax rate in the world? Nah.

The self-satisfied leftist "America is so terrible" crowd is not going to like what comes next. Guaranteed.

If anti-trade tariffs are so great, as Trump, Clinton and Sanders say, why not let states protect jobs by putting tariffs on products from other states. California and Florida could put protective tariffs on oranges from each other, for example. If this sounds like economic disaster for states, it is for countries too. See the Smoot-Hawley Tariff bill and the resulting Great Depression.

Successful rebellions usually become that which they rebelled against. Revolutionary France was likely more oppressive than the Ancien Regime. In many ways the Chinese Communist Party has become the Kuomintang. And the American republic has proved that Taxation With Representation can be far more onerous than Taxation Without Representation.

Which presidential candidate, known for meretricious mendacity, cares about other people only as long as they are of use?
A. Hillary Clinton
B. Donald Trump
C. All of the above.
Red or blue Kool-Aid drinkers will get this wrong.

Have you noticed that people say, "I freaked out," as though panic and emotional turmoil were an admirable response to a perceived crisis?

Black lives Matter: Purveyors of black racism, promoters of white racism.

Do not be surprised if a President Trump, lacking a deep understanding of the ramifications of political and military action, should launch an air campaign to topple some government that has given offence, without reference to congress. He will have the example of Obama's and Hillary's non-congressional-authorized war in Libya to use as precedent. And the results may be as bad as Libya, where Obama and Hillary have created a failed state and terrorist hellhole.

People always make the statement, "History will say..." Shut up. History will say what it is told to say by the winners.

It is difficult to look at the European Union's relentless, vicious and anti-Semitic campaign against the life of Israel and not conclude that the Vichyists, the fascists and the Nazis have won.

My friend George says he's learned three things this year:

1. It doesn't matter what bathroom you use as long as you can decide to be ambiguous about your gender.

2. You can break a priceless artifact and still keep your job, as long as the right people can agree that the artifact may be offensive.  Remember...they must be the right people who get to decide this...not just be careful what you choose to break.

3. You can ignore your oath to protect classified government property and suffer no repercussions ... and even continue to run for president.

We are all products of our times and circumstances. If you had been born the scion of a white, wealthy plantation owner in the ante-bellum South, you would have ridden with Jeb Stuart.

Our problem is almost every one in politics today is a professional, there for self-interest, not principles. And self interest dictates holding your nose and sticking with your party. Plus the Dems and GOP have fixed the laws to make starting a new party almost impossible. In the old days, Bernie supporters and Never Trump folks would have bolted the conventions and held a rump convention, nominating a candidate who would then get on the ballot. Not now. See Conservatives for Trump and Progressives for Hillary.... Alas.

One of the great things about the Internet is all the terrific stories that get circulated. I suspect that a few of them are even true.

Thank God for common sense. Now if He would just make it a bit more common.

To those insisting I have to vote for Trump of Clinton, I say, "Neek Hallak!"

Politically Correct is Mentally Inert. You just have to recite the talking points, vilifying anyone or anything that violates the current tenants. Which the elites are making up daily. No thinking required.

I know a Drama Queen who cries "Crisis" so often it reminds me of the boy who cried "Wolf."

A pretty girl getting a tattoo makes me think of a vandal drawing a mustache on the Mona Lisa.

From a Mental Health professional friend: I find both candidates equally disheartening. Both seem to have the characteristics of psychopaths. (See the research of Robert D. Hare.)

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The Reviews Are In: Conservatives Say The DNC Was 'Disaster' For The GOP

Fix global warming by beggaring our poor?

The benefits of Socialism, or why we won't fix global warming if it's caused by people.

Fix global warming by beggaring our poor?

The benefits of Socialism, or why we won't fix global warming if it's caused by people.

Friday, July 29, 2016

From the Sgt. Grit newsletter:

Kailey Demarsico Sookey pays tribute to her brother Michael Demarsico before her wedding July 16,2016. Michael was KIA in Afghanistan 2012.

--Cpl. Wilfred Parmenter
USMC 1973 – 77

The Military

Scholars at Stanford’s Hoover Institution examine public attitudes toward military

Some good LE news:

Some good LE news:
Bikini-Clad Police Officer’s Instagram Photo Is Very Arresting

Khizr Khan is the Most Powerful Moment of Either Convention

Khizr Khan is the Most Powerful Moment of Either Convention…/
Excerpt: If you are a Republican, you should watch this video clip and be ashamed. That mother and father lost their son. He died on the battlefield while serving the United States against our enemies in the Middle East. This is a muslim family. They immigrated from the United Arab Emirates, where I grew up.

Some Political Memes

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Buckley on Trump

Worth Reading
16 Years Ago, William F. Buckley Wrote This About Donald Trump And It’s Eerily Accurate

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Why Trump Will Win. By Michael Moore

I think he's just trying to motivate anti-Trump progressives....

Hillary's Guilt

Nicely done, really removes all doubt.  But leaves us all knowing we need a change in the Oval Office or we're in really, really deep trouble. --Del

Dave Barry on the DNC

Russian rumors, Captain Planet and giant joints at the DNC


Pokemon Go!

From Greg: While wishing great things can resume for America, it would seems (I note) that clueless endeavors among Americans are putting us in the fast lane for disaster. I would invoke that tone towards droves of aimless wandering Americans pursuing a totally incomprehensible thing called Pokemon Go! What the heck is going on??? Along the streets (and on campus) I see “walking dead” – hands outstretched – searching for reality – NOT! One of my former squadron commanders (Ron Folse) sent me something yesterday on this affliction that he assesses (and makes sense) when he notes: “Millions of people playing a game made from a foreign company. A game that uses your camera which feeds onto their servers. People exploring sensitive areas to include police stations, restricted zones, military installations, etc.. If I was plotting a major offensive attack, what better way to gather your Intel than from the nation's citizens themselves; and mask it as an innocent nostalgic game. Think about it.... By the way..... REAL MEN DON'T PLAY POKEMON GO!”
For more on this subject go to the link Navy vet Ray Longaker just sent me

Hillary Scandals Tee Shirt.

Hillary Scandals Tee Shirt. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt

In case you can’t read it, it lists cattle futures, Troopergate, Whitewater, Travelgate, the Health Care Task Force, Lincoln Bedroom for sale, impeachment, Rose Law Firm documents, Clinton Foundation scandals, foreign campaign donors, Clinton pardons, looting the White House, Hillraiser scandals, Sidney Blumenthal, secret server, Benghazi cover up, paid speech transcripts, and the FBI investigation. Whew!

ISIS and the Democrats.

ISIS and the Democrats. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
In the past eleven days, we’ve seen five terrorist attacks in Europe: a truck attack in Nice, a suicide bomber in Ansbach, an attack with an axe on a train in Wuerzburg, a machete attack in Reutlingen, and a priest’s throat slit in Rouen, France.
Not one speaker mentioned ISIS or Islamist terrorism last night. Democrats formulate their governing plans in a happier, peaceful, imaginary world.

Feds Put Fake-CPA Tax Cheat In Charge Of $1.5 Trillion In Mortgages

You can't make this shit up! --From Steve

ISIS murders French Priest

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Cue Obama To say the motive of the attackers will never be known:

France church attack: (84-year-old) Priest killed by two 'IS soldiers'

Monday, July 25, 2016

Blog page views in the last week

My blog page views in the last week. No idea why it is now so high, especially from Russia. But I thank everyone who takes the time to check out the blog. ~Bob

United States
United Arab Emirates
South Korea

Blog page views in the last week

My blog page views in the last week. No idea why it is now so high, especially from Russia. But I thank everyone who takes the time to check out the blog. ~Bob

United States
United Arab Emirates
South Korea

Trump on Hillary

Don't know who to vote for? Here's the inside scoop on Hilary Clinton from a good friend who knows her really well and admires both her and Bill:

Trump once wrote Hillary Clinton would be 'great president'

Trump on Hillary
Excerpt: TRUMP:  Hillary Clinton, I think, is a terrific woman.  I mean, I'm a little biased because I've known her for years.  I live in New York. She lives in New York. And I've known her and her husband for years and I really like 'em both a lot and I think she really works hard and I think she, again, she's given an agenda that's not all of her, but I think she really works hard, and I think she does a good job.  And I like her. VAN SUSTEREN:  She says she's out at the end of this term. Do you think we're gonna see her again running for office? TRUMP:  I think so.  I think, you know, assuming she's healthy, which I hope she will be, I think she probably runs after the next four years, I would imagine. VAN SUSTEREN:  You support her? TRUMP:  I don't want to get into this because I'll get myself into trouble -- VAN SUSTEREN:  That's why I asked you, to see what kind of trouble. TRUMP:  I just like her.  I like her, and I like her husband.  Her husband made a speech on Monday at Mar-a-Lago, and it was very well received.  And he's a -- he's a really good guy, and she's a really good person and woman. (And he said she did a good job as Secretary of state--this was AFTER Benghazi.)

Trump gave at least $100K to Clinton Foundation

Trump Praised Hillary on Iran in 2007, Blasts Iran Deal Today
Excerpt: Back in 2007, Trump praised Hillary Clinton among the presidential candidates then as someone who could make a good deal with Iran. "Hillary's always surrounded herself with very good people," Trump told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in 2007. "I think Hillary would do a good job."

Trump: No, 'I Don't Regret' Writing Checks to Hillary Clinton's Campaigns

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Trump's Clever Plan

EAA Museum

This past week, Bonnie, my brother Mark and I went up to the EAA Air Museum in Oshkosh. Really terrific--go if you get a chance.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Two Book Recommendations: Khe Sanh & China

You should know that Larry Woolverton is a friend of mine, so you understand my bias. I was with HQ, 26th Marines at Khe Sanh in 1967. For most of August and the first four days of September, I had the Radio Relay Team that was TAD to Combined Action Company Oscar in Khe Sanh Ville. Since there were only two radio operators, working four on and four off, I had my RR guys and myself cover the regular radio, a PRC-25. One of the operators, probably Larry, brought us up to speed in procedure. (Radio Relay is very different.) Larry was one of the radio operators with the CAC. He saw something I'd written on the Internet a few years ago and to my delight hunted me up. By the luck of the draw, I rotated back to the states on September 10, 1967 while he was there for the start of the siege and the fight for Khe Sanh Ville in January, 1968. That said, this small book is a gem. Larry's description of boot camp and ITR is absolutely right on, though since I went through Parris Island two years earlier, small details differ. (I did live in the famous San Diego Quonset huts in 1965 while in basic electronics school, so that part brought back memories as well.) Many of the scenes he describes at Khe Sanh I was familiar with. Went he came back from Vietnam, Larry was at places I'd been before Vietnam (Little Creek/Virginia Beach and the arty school at Fort Bragg) or afterwards, (Vieques, PR twice). This is a no-embellishment, straight forward account by a Brother Marine, who thankfully lacks my loquaciousness--which will leave you wanting more...

Below the next book review I posted some pictures of mine (plus one from the air of the CAC compound) of places Larry describes in his book.

Book Recommendation: Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman 
This terrific book by the late Barbara Tuchman is a must for history and military buffs, but especially for anyone who wants to understand the overthrow of Chiang Kai-shek and the Kuomintang by the communists after the WWII. I came away with a much higher appreciation for Stilwell's military talents, sense of duty and character. He could have successfully commanded in any of the theaters of the war, but do to the fact he was a china expert and fluent in Chinese, his talents were wasted on a mission impossible in China. This is not to distract from his great accomplishments, especially given that Chiang's unchangeable strategy was to hunker down, let the Americans win the war, and not fight the Japanese, preserving the troops and materials for the fight with the communists after Japan was defeated. Given that he was afraid that the reform of the Army and increase in effectiveness of his divisions would raise a rival to overthrow him, Stilwell had no chance of developing the Nationalist Army into an effective force to fight Japan, his main objective. Chiang was so out of touch and shielded from bad news, that he had no idea how bad the corruption and deterioration of the Kuomintang forces and government were. Tuchman is a terrific writer. She has a liberal political view, but spares no one in bringing out facts and excoriating the leadership of China, Britain and the US, including FDR. This is well worth reading.

This is an aerial view of the CAC-O1 compound in the Village of Khe Sanh from the CAC Oscar Vets webpage. To the right you see the triangular "Old French Fort" defended by the Vietnamese popular forces. Just to the left of that is a white building. This was where the Comm Shack was, that Larry (and I for a month) called home. Directly below is a large brown building with white ends. This is the Buddhist Temple he discusses.

The Buddhist Temple

The Comm Bunker

Two of my three TRC-27 Radio Relay units in the Comm Bunker. Out of the picture to the left was the PRC-25 radio. Note the Aussie-style bush cover I bought from a Vietnamese that, for some reason I thought was cool at the time. I still have it. Also the thermite grenades to destroy the TRC-27 if we were overrun. (Why they NVA would have wanted out obsolete RR gear I don't know.)

I believe this was the Catholic Mission he mentions.