Random Thoughts for April 2019
By Robert A. Hall
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Gun Free Zones are mass shooter magnets.
"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever." –Tom Kratman, LtCol, USA (ret). (And excellent author of military science fiction.)
The people who should be angriest with Jussie Smollet are gays and blacks. His fake hate crime will make it that much harder to be believed about true hate crimes. You’d think he was a secret agent for the Klan.
Every member of Congress should be required to watch a partial-birth abortion. And to smother the baby if it survives the abortion.
Trump was mad at Mueller and now the Democrats are mad at Mueller. Makes me think the Marine must have done something right.
Only the strong can be kind. Which is why there is so much unkindness in the world.
I’m not saying I’m old, but dirt calls me “Sir!”
I am always surprised when people take seriously satire that I publish on my blog, even though I label it satire. Maybe it should be, “placebo news.”
Recipes that call for ¼ teaspoon of salt taste fine without it.
The difference between political tribes in America and political tribes in, say, Somalia is that American aren’t killing each other over politics. Yet. Mostly. We have always had some political violence: an anarchist assassinated McKinley, a communist assassinated JFK, a Palestinian assassinated RFK, and James Hodgkinson, a left-wing activist, did his best to assassinate Republican members of Congress.
It seems a majority of people think that if they want something to be true badly enough, that makes it true.
Whoever wins the presidency in 2020, I promise you that at the next SOTU speech, the president’s party will cheer wildly while the other party will, at best, sit silently.
The news has become entertainment and, as with all entertainment, is more entertaining if you “enhance” the facts. Or just make them up as Hollywood does with history.
We are urged to pray for our enemies and I do. I pray they will get what they deserve. Then if I’m wrong about them, God will deal with them justly.
Do you know if they block Internet porn sites where I work? Asking for a friend.
White Supremacism is odious. Every bit as odious as Black, Hispanic or Muslim Supremacism. Or any other that puts tribe and group over the individual.
“The news is not always going to be the version of events that you wished it was. If you can’t handle that, you don’t belong in journalism.” --Jonah Goldberg
Under capitalism, a few get very rich building companies that supply services and products people want, like Microsoft and Facebook. Under socialism, a few government oligarchs get very rich off the work of the people, who must do whatever the state decides in good for the people, who live in poverty. Free markets depend on the individual decisions of free people. Every other system depends on oppression and coercion, and leads to grinding poverty for all but a few.
I think the military classifies as secret so many thousands of documents so the spies will be confused about what’s really valuable.
Dane County, WI government is a sheltered workshop for progressives.
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. But if a guy looks like a weasel…
Some people are punching bags for their own stupidity.
Watching today’s media is like reading a novel. It requires the “Willing suspension of disbelief.”
Trump and Bernie have the same problem in 2020. No Hillary to run against.
I’m so old, I remember when mail was delivered twice a day to my grandmother’s house in the 1950. When both the doctor and the Fuller Brush man came to the house. When the phone was black and attached to the wall.
Facebook meme: “Be careful what you will tolerate. You are teaching people how to treat you.”
If you worked hard all your life and were successful, thus have a bit of wealth, you will find there are people who think they are entitled to what you earned. They may be family, friends, strangers, or politicians, but they will be attempting to put their hands into your pocket.
I’m so old, I remember when Democrats like Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and the Clintons were opposed to illegal immigration. Okay, it wasn’t really that long ago.
“Why pay money to have your DNA tested and family tree traced; just go into politics as a conservative and your opponents and the media will trace you back to the tree in Africa your ancestors lived in millennia ago and discover things you and your family have said and done that neither you nor they have even the faintest memory of.” –Del
My weight and my social life both have the same problem. I can’t keep my mouth shut.
Government websites are complex beyond usability because the bureaucrats that order them aren’t spending their own money. They can tell the web designers, “Give us everything you think we should have,” with no consequences to themselves.
If Marine Corps Boot Camp doesn’t change you, you’re not worth changing.
You should rid your life of toxic people. But sometimes you can’t because of family, propinquity or employment. They you just manage it as best you can, being often frustrated and angry. Sigh.
There is no such ting as “public radio” or “public TV.” They are government radio and government TV. And like the private outlets, their agenda is designed to please the folks who deliver the dollars.
It’s a real laugh how shocked, shocked I say, the Hollywood enablers are to discover Michael Jackson was a pedophile. He was black, a star and thought the right way, so they turned blind eyes to what we normal people knew for years.
I just read that a one-bedroom in San Francisco now rents for an average of $3,690 a month. You see how rent control and green spaces to limit new construction of housing helps the poor?
Since the Green New Deal calls for every building in America to be rebuilt, rich progressives like Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Tom Steyer, the Clintons, and others could set a great example by starting with their mansions and businesses.
If a boat springs a leak, they say it’s taking on water. If a spaceship springs a leak, will they say it’s taking on vacuum?
From Tracy-Paul Warrington on Facebook We (now) have "Rebels without a clue.”
If you are a prostitute, what do you do on “Take your daughter to work” day?
There is a difference between being a nice person, a competent person, an experienced person, an intelligent person, and so on. And an attractive person. Some cover several categories. But being attractive without anything else is a recipe for failure. Remember when hiring.
Writing notes to yourself doesn’t work when you can’t read them the next day. Sigh.
Our garage door started working only occasionally. Real PITA on cold days. We discovered it was because we put LED bulbs in the opener lights. You have been warned.
Many free things are not worth the price.
“More likely that this planet will change its direction of rotation than that a group of do-gooders with the power to meddle will refrain from it.” –Tom Kratman, Yellow Eyes
Young people thinking about getting tattoos should look at old people with tattoos.
In the next war, every member of Congress who isn’t a combat veteran should be embedded with a combat unit for a month. And everyone should have to ride along with the police on a night shift in a bad neighborhood every three months.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a skinhead or KKK thug or an Antifa or BLM thug. You are still a thug.
In 30 years, they’ll be having Christian hunts in progressive areas, like the rat hunts of the middle ages.
For war, wealth, women, or weather, most people prepare for the expected. Alas, the unexpected happens with catastrophic regularity.
If racism did not exist, the Democrats would have to establish a group like BLM to create it. Otherwise, blacks might see themselves as the competent and strong people they are, rather than as victims needing the Democrats to protect, and infantilize them.
I wish the media would give half the coverage to churches shot up by Muslims as they giver to a mosque shot up by an asshole who described his views as “When I was young I was a communist, then an anarchist and finally a libertarian before coming to be an eco-fascist.”
It doesn’t matter if you are on the left or the right. If you see any politician as a saint, you are dangerously naïve.
Imagine if FDR, JFK or Harry Truman were running for president today. The savaging they would get from progressives would be beyond their ability to believe.
If racism didn’t exist, the progressive would have to develop a group like BLM to create it. Otherwise, people of color might start to see themselves as competent, fully developed humans, rather than as victims dependent of the Democrats for substance and crumbs.
In general, the differences between the old National Socialists and today’s “Democratic Socialists” are too small to matter. Both believe in all-powerful government able to coerce individuals to do what they think are best for everybody. Both wish to outlaw any criticism of them. Both believe that anyone who doesn’t support the party is sub-human. Both see Christianity as an obstacle to their power which must be destroyed. Both think only the government and the elites should have guns. Both demonize the “other” as enemies of the state. And both hold large numbers of people enthralled. (For the National Socialists, this should read in the past tense. Mostly. Thanks to young men with guns.)
If you “kill time,” you are killing your life. If you spend time wisely, you are expanding the richness of your life.
If you have good comm, don’t screw around with the radio.
A new name for AOC: Lipstick Lenin. Pass it on. –Tom Kratman
Scratch a progressive. If you don’t find a Star of Da\vid, you are likely to find an anti-Semite.
It seems that the modern definition of "Diversity" is people of several races, religions, and sexual orientations who all agree with the liberal point of view. There is no room for diversity of opinion. –Todd
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded--here and there, now and then--are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as “bad luck.” --Robert A. Heinlein
If government is your god, as it is for many progressives, that people who commit blasphemy by failing to worship your god as you think fitting must be punished however you can. Similar to the Muslims killing anyone who has committed blasphemy in their eyes.
You know the car signs that say, “Baby on Board”? I want one that says “Baby on Roof.” Then I could get a cheap car seat and a doll and strap it to the roof, just for laughs.
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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.