Random Thoughts for October 2019
By Robert A. Hall
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Bumper sticker at the VA: YOU! Out of the gene pool!
For some people their significant other is their smart phone.
Congress may be a sheltered workshop.
I told a VA nurse that I was 73 and had had a lung transplant. She said, “You look good.” I said, “For certain values of good.” (Swiped that “certain values” line from one of Tom Kratman’s great military science fiction books.)
From Facebook: “When someone tells you to get a grip, apparently they didn’t mean around their neck. Who knew?
You wouldn’t think assholes (or “anal-apertures” for the more genteel) would be in high demand in the workforce. But if you are looking for bureaucrats, censors, or other who will enjoy meticulously restricting people’s freedom, that’s where to get them.
Some people don’t even have a nodding acquaintance with reality.
The war with Islamic Jihadists will end when we are all Muslim—their kind of Muslim—or all dead, or they are all dead. It is truly called, “The Forever War.”
If you want to appreciate every day, grow old. Young folks don’t.
The more “official” a piece of mail looks, the more likely they are trying to get money from you.
Facebook Meme: “Remember when you had to line up at the fair and pay money to see the tattooed fat lady? Now they’re everywhere!”
It would be a great step towards equality for transgender people if the Obamas and other leading progressives would encourage their children to marry one.
If you think life should be fair, you may expect to be disappointed on a very regular basis.
From my friend, MasterGuns John Lewis: “I recently took a pole and found out 100% of the occupants were angry with me when their tent collapsed.”
From Facebook: “What Democrats still don’t get—and may never understand—is that there are good, decent people who voted for Trump because they have genuine hesitations about the direction the left is headed. Trump may not be a beacon of morality or even a champion of conservatism, but he is, whether progressives like it or not, indicative of more than “white fragility.” He represents the concerns of millions of Americans who feel that their country is being overtaken by postmodern, morally relative cynics who favor socialism, hate religion, deprioritize the family and stifle patriotism—people who are against many of the principles and institutions many argue have made America so successful.” - Allie Stuckey
Some people need stress and drams in their lives like plants need sunlight.
Not one in 10,000 “Woke Progressives” has read The Gulag Archipelago, but they are hell-bent on taking our country there.
When you are young, you change a lot, but you don’t notice it. When you are old, you notice every little change.
A bureaucrats first answer is always no.
“There is (for now) no longer a Democratic Party. Instead, it is a revolutionary Jacobin movement that believes socialism is our salvation, that identity politics is our creed, that gun confiscation is our duty, that the abrupt end of fossil fuels is coming very soon, that open borders is our new demography, and that the archetypical unmarried, childless, urban hipster is our model woke citizen.” –Victor Davis Hanson
What you want, what you expect, and what you get are very often different things.
Power becomes paranoia.
People knock public colleges. But today your kids can get just as bad, biased, and screwed up an education from a state university as they can get from Harvard or Yale.
I don’t own an AR-15, but the more negative crap about it that flies around, the more I think of buying one.
Watch historical movies for the entertainment, but never think they teach you anything about history. Fact always bows to Hollywood drama.
“It would not have been possible for us to take power, or to use it as we have, without the radio.” –Joseph Goebbels. And now we have TV and in Internet to give the demagogues more tools.
Because someone says they are a professional doesn’t mean that are any good at what they do.
Many people seek short-term solutions to long-term problems.
It’s one thing to get up at the crack of dawn. It’s another to get up when dawn is two hours away.
Take joy where you find it. Hurts are the human condition.
Everything is temporary.
“(Hillary Clinton) is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted ‘exceptionalism’ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.” -- John Pilger, 10/16, Liberal journalist and filmmaker.
NYT new motto: “All the news that’s shit, we print.”
Do shoplifters get buyer’s remorse?
Saw a tee-shirt (too high at $24.95!): “Death had a near-Marine experience.” Death had one with me on Memorial Day, 2014!
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.