Saturday, February 1, 2020

Random Thoughts for February 2020

Random Thoughts for February 2020
By Robert A. Hall
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You should see more clearly this year.

It’s an election year. Soon the wailing over money in politics will start. They won’t note that Americans spend ten times as much on cigarettes as on political campaigns. Look it up.

At a meeting of the Veterans’ Advisory Board at the VA, I heard that, depending on whose numbers you use, medical errors kill between 250,000 and 440,000 Americans every year. That’s why my VA pushes “Safety First” to staff, hard, every day. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. One hospital admission in a thousand results in death.

If you wonder why your local VA looks a bit shabby, the average age of VA buildings is 70 years. Of private hospital buildings, 15 years. Congress has to have money to send to Hamas, you know. And give healthcare to illegals.

The easiest way to get my dog to eat a treat is to throw it to the cat. Works with many people too.

If you want to offend Democrats in your neighborhood, fly the American flag. You will notice there are no flags when Democrats debate—the flag offends their base.

Some people act like drugs or alcohol are some evil force that came in and took over their lives, with no action or volition on their part.

Never argue with a man crazed with romantic or political passions. I speak from experience.

It’s okay to be a bigot as long as you make slurs and discriminate against the right groups: White people, Asian people, Jewish People, Christian people.

Muslim countries don’t take in Muslim refugees. They create them.

My goal is to be despised and denounced by all “Right Thinking People.”

I’m looking forward to technology putting the cable companies out of business.

Burning, spitting on, or disrespecting the flag veterans fought for and their brothers died for is hate speech.

I’m at an age and level of infirmity where I need help often. I hate that; I prefer to be the one giving help.

The young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is unlikely to have what it takes to make a living. --JFK

Human bodies are both fragile and resilient.

Better to invest in your brains (if you have any) than in your appearance or physical abilities. Brains last longer.

Boozers are losers. (I’m probably the ten millionth person to have this “original thought.”)

If you are foolish enough to buy drugs like Viagra on the Internet, there’s a very high probability they are fake. They won’t do you any good and may do you harm. And you are supporting criminal networks who are also likely to be in trafficking of slaves, arms, and drugs like heroin.

In life as in war, the easy way is often a trap.

If you see something you like for sale on Facebook, check Amazon first. Found an item that was $40 on Facebook for $16 on Amazon.

Marine Friend MGuns John Lewis says if the Democrat mayor of Milwaukee is worried about security for the Democratic National Convention, he should just post “gun free zone” signs.

You can’t take back an unkind word. Alas, I know from recent experience.

Be careful putting on your breaks at a yellow light. The guy behind you may be gunning it to shoot through the red and slam into your ass-end.

In our Little Free Library, in a nearby Free Pantry, and, alas, in life, more is taken than given.

You cannot live for the dead.

You cannot domesticate a rattlesnake. Or some people.

If wishing worked, a lot of people would be dead.

I’m 73. My body feels 83. My brain feels 40. But in my heart, I’m still a 21-year-old Marine stud in Vietnam with a rifle and an attitude.

If today’s progressives had been around in 1942, they would have excoriated FDR for the Doolittle Raid, saying he was “provoking war.”

We have far more diversity in our church than Democrats have in the presidential candidates.

Now days I couldn’t run if someone was shooting at me.

People think they have a lot of friends when actually they have a lot of acquaintances.

Being soft-hearted doesn’t mean you have to be soft-headed.

Every time the Palestinians are offered peace, they say no. Why can’t people see they don’t want peace, they want to destroy Israel and kill all the Jews. First.

There are expected disappointments (not winning the lottery) and unexpected disappointments (a surprise company closing). Be prepared to weather both.

If you are going to vote Democrat in November, you might take your IRA/401k password with you to save time.

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. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s twelve books are listed here: His blog of political news and conservative comment is 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.

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