Random Thoughts for March 2020
By Robert A. Hall
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If they had to add a day to the calendar, why not in June when it's warm?
Dear Mr. Trump: Signing a peace deal with the Taliban is like Chamberlain getting Hitler’s written promise that he would not seek more territory after the Sudetenland. That promise lasted six months. I don’t give this “deal” that long.
Thinking about the Coronavirus, the country came through the 1919 flu pandemic intact. Of course, Americans were made of sterner stuff in those days.
In the current Democrat field, a “moderate” is a candidate who isn’t as radical as Bernie on every point.
When people hear me coughing from my lung transplant, I say, "Nothing serious--I'm just back from China.”
People ask what I’m doing for the pain of my hip arthritis. I say, “Tylenol and toughing it out.”
I don’t pray for evil to happen to my enemies. I think being them is punishment enough.
I’m a heterosexual, old, white, male, Christian. I’m a Marine vet who volunteered for Vietnam, so I’ve always been willing to risk my life opposing communism and socialism. I’m a Republican and a gun owner. I’ve been faithfully married to my first wife for over 27 years. I’ve never tried pot, heroin, crack, meth, or any other illegal recreational drug. I do drink, and a few times in the past to excess, but now my lung transplant limits me to one drink a day. I never smoked cigarettes. I smoked a pipe, but like Bill Clinton, didn’t inhale. I gave it up 20 years ago. I believe that all lives matter, that only free markets have lifted people out of poverty, and that people should be judged as individuals—black, white, red, yellow, or brown. Male or female. Gay or straight, old or young, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Muslim, atheist, or Hindu—and that you cannot attribute good or bad characteristics to any individual because of group membership. I believe that violence attacking others because of their religion, political views, or race is wrong, whether it’s white supremacists or antifa, and should be punished. I believe in the death penalty. All this should be enough to make any snowflake take to his safe space for a year.
The more painful it is to bend over, the more I seem to drop things.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be Roy Rogers or Hopalong Cassidy. Now I’m their cantankerous old sidekick, Gabby Hayes.
Some people’s souls are sewers.
You can tell we're past the point of no return when corrupt ceases to be a flaw in the system and has become the system. --LtCol Tom Kratman, retired, best-selling military science fiction author.
From the Net: A socialist is someone who wants everything you have…except your job.
The world is full of people who will think up work for you that they don’t have to do themselves.
Too bad Stalin’s dead. He’d be perfect VP for Bernie.
The days may drag, but the years will fly by.
People say, “What were you thinking?” when they mean, “Why weren’t you thinking?”
Recently we had to take two cats with stool samples to the vets for a check-up. The seven-year-old grandson, Dale, was with us. When we got there, I said, “Dale can carry the poop.” He said, “No, grandpa can carry the poop.” I said, “How come I always get the poopy end of the stick?” He shot back, “Because you’re at the bottom of the food chain!”
Tearing up the State of the Union Speech or a Bible on TV isn’t brave. Tearing up a Qur’an on TV would be very brave.
From the Net: Imaging the reaction from the media and Democrats if then-speaker John Boehner had torn up Obama’s SOTU speech on TV.
Electing Democrats is like getting on a plane with a suicidal pilot.
I used to have a great future in front of me. Now I have a great future behind me.
“Very few of the so-called liberals are open-minded.... They shout you down and won't let you speak if you disagree with them.” –John Wayne
Progressives don’t like math because it doesn’t lie.
New Hampshire should change its slogan from, “Live Free or Die,” to “Live Free or Vote Socialist.”
I had a lung transplant for pulmonary fibrosis six years ago. Now I have severe osteo-arthritis in my right hip. That seems to be a clear case of piling on. Somebody should throw a flag.
Though much disparaged, history is a far better guide than feelings or wishful thinking.
Government always grows until it collapses into itself, like a star going super-nova. See Union, Soviet.
We have a construction project near our home where they have put up 8 to 10 hand-made emotional support posters on the chain link fence. Things like, “Don’t give up,” “You got this,” “You matter,” or “You’re not alone.” I want to sneak out there at night and put up one that reads, “Forget it, you’re screwed.”
When we are young, we notice things that make our bodies feel good. (Yes, that.) When we are old, we notice things that make it feel bad or hurt. Which grow every day.
When you are clumsy, life is harder.
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” --Jackie Robinson
From the net: “In countries where Muslims are in the minority, they agitate for minority rights. In countries where they are the majority, there are no minority rights.”
I would suggest that we teach “English as a Second Language” to blacks who speak “Black English” and who want it. Progressives will howl, but I’d wager that speaking standard English improves blacks’ educational and job prospects, giving them the opportunity to rise above poverty. Think of successful black folks you know (not pro athletes). Don’t they all speak standard English? Dr. Thomas Sowell demonstrates that as a group, black intellect is equal to other races. This affirmative action program would help them show it.
We all have fantasies, but progressives try to turn theirs into policy.
“We’re taking the fun out of fundamentalism, Sir.” Marine squad leader in Falluja to then-MajGen Jim Mattis.
I’d like to hear an infomercial that said, “Our operators are standing by to fleece you.”
I seem to be getting younger. I’m almost at the toddler stage.
TV could talk the life out of a grizzly bear.
It’s pronounced “grizzly.” It’s pronounced Gris-ly (not grizzly) when you are talking about a horrific (grisly) sight. There is no Z in grisly.
I think it’s a combination of ego and fear that makes people think anyone will care how big their tombstones are.
Standing between a progressive and his vision of utopia is as dangerous as standing between a mama grizzly and her cubs.
Character assassins on both sides no longer care if the allegation is true if it will hurt the target.
Looking at the positions of today’s Dem candidates, maybe the much-maligned John Birch Society was on to something.
President Ronald Reagan said that, “Freedom is only one generation from extinction.” That generation may be here.
The older you get, the more you will choose comfort over appearances.
Your gender, race, or sexual orientation are not job qualifications.
From the net: There are more American flags on the moon than at the Democrat debates.
The America left and media fell in love with the Arab spring, fantasizing that it would lead to democracy. From our perspective now, how many Arabs are better off than they were? How many Arab countries are democratic?
“Rebellion, no matter how idealistic in origin, can as often as not lead to chaos that often leads to tyranny.” –General Jim Mattis, USMC
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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.