Saturday, October 16, 2021

A charity I Support

 A Special Fundraising Appeal

 

Every year in December VHF puts forth its end-of-year fundraising appeal. This year, due to a special opportunity from a generous donor, we are starting now.  The reason is that we have been given a $5,000 matching gift challenge so that every donation coming into VHF in the next couple of months will be matched dollar for dollar.  This is too beneficial an opportunity for us to pass up, so as of Monday, the 18th of October, our fund drive begins.

 

Just to keep everyone informed, this year we have surpassed all years of past giving, with two extra donations to our clients, one last Spring for over $7000 and one just recently for over $8,500, to help offset the major hardships our people have been facing due to the Covid shutdowns in Viet Nam, which have been lengthy and very thorough. Most of our clients depend on minor kinds of work, selling lottery tickets, etc, to eke out a living. The shutdowns hit them harder than most others. 

 

Of course, we did our usual January and July disbursements as well, so in total this year so far we have sent over $28,000 to help 170 families for most of the year, but now we have increased our client base to 200.

 

In addition, we also sent $2,000 to Central VN for flood relief.

 

All this was possible only due to tremendous generosity by so many people, Americans and Vietnamese.  Now our reserve funds are down a bit, so we hope to get them back up and be able to go into 2022 in good shape to keep doing our work.

 

Please make your checks payable to Vietnam Healing Foundation and mail them to

The Vietnam Healing Foundation, P.O. Box 281, Morrisville, NC 27560 or contribute through PayPal.

 

Thank you to all, and Happy Thanksgiving.

 

R J Del Vecchio, Chairman of VHF

 

The Vietnam Healing Foundation  

email: info@thevhf.org          website: www.thevhf.org          Facebook/thevhf.org

Come and take It by Kevin D. Williamson. (What is Texas)

 Come and take It by Kevin D. Williamson. (What is Texas)

O Angela Adieu by Andrew Stuttaford

 O Angela Adieu by Andrew Stuttaford

Rising debt Still Matters by Brian Riedl

 Rising debt Still Matters by Brian Riedl

How Jan Psaki plays the Press by David Harsanyi

 How Jan Psaki plays the Press by David Harsanyi


Book Recommendations

 

Book Recommendations

Swords Against the Senate: The Rise Of The Roman Army And The Fall Of The Republic 

by Erik Hildinger 

https://smile.amazon.com/Swords-Against-Senate-Roman-Republic/dp/0306812797/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1634405861&sr=1-1

A very readable history of the end of the Roman Republic and the careers of Gaius Marius and is enemy, Sulla. The Roman Constitution was unwritten and thus slowly shredded when it was convenient for politicians to do so. There is a lesson here for us.

 

The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes: The Ancient World Economy and the Empires of Parthia, Central Asia and Han China by Raoul McLaughlin  

https://smile.amazon.com/Roman-Empire-Silk-Routes-Ancient/dp/152677108X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+roman+empire+and+the+silk+routes&qid=1634406431&s=books&sr=1-1

An excellent and interesting history. It’s an academic book, so I wouldn’t call it light reading. But though I am well read in history, I was amazed at the number of empires, kingdoms, and warlords between the Chinese and Roman Empires during the period. I learned at lot from it. It is supposed to be a book about economics, but it is more a book about warfare between these entities. The Romans were never able to deal with mounted Steppe warriors armed with bows, especially after the Parthians and their successors obtained steel for scale armor, swords, and arrowheads from the Chinese. Eventually, the Huns undermined the western Roman Empire, leading to its fall. Worth reading.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

voter ID

 Do Voting Laws Matter? Maybe Not: New academic research suggests that all this talk about laws that will result in voter suppression or increase turnout may be, well, academic. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Mark Niesse writes that “Academic research shows that voter ID laws have little to no effect on turnout” and that “one nationwide study found that expansions of absentee voting in some states in last year’s election didn’t alter turnout.” Taken together, these studies show that “almost all voters who want to vote will find a way to cast their ballots despite tougher ID requirements, limits on ballot drop boxes and a shorter early voting period before runoffs.” And, of course, if there’s no effect on turnout that also means there’s no discernible amount of fraud being prevented either.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Articles on Crime

 Not sure how many you can open due to paywalls. All worth reading from the 10/4 National Review. Some may have different titles. ~Bob


The Legitimacy hypothesis by Charles Fain Lehman

​Systemic Simplistic by Hannah E. Meyers

Officer Exodus by Ryan Mills

Madison police officer shot on State Street, suffers non-life-threatening injuries

 Madison police officer shot on State Street, suffers non-life-threatening injuries

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Random Thoughts for October 2021

 

Random Thoughts for October 2021

Robert A. Hall

Feel free to post or forward.

 

Health Update: My new hip is doing okay, still hurts from time to time and I have trouble putting my right sock on. But I can walk without pain, so all good.

 

Big problem right now is I had a large cyst removed from my back. Had one removed there about 30 years ago, and it was fine. This one produces constant pain. I can’t lean against it in a car seat or chair or sleep on my back. Saturday, we were at a block party in our neighbor’s yard. It bleed through the bandage, my shirt and left a big blood stain on the chair pad. Went to the VA ER. They gave me new dressings and said I had to let the body do it’s work. The body better get on the stick! Have a surgery consult Tuesday morning. We will see. It bled through the bandage again today.

 

I’m still in Facebook jail, at least for 30 days. They said they don’t allow posts selling guns, knives or drugs. I didn’t post any such. I went on my I-phone and it said their community standards don’t allow posts about suicide or hurting yourself.. I didn’t post anything about that either. I requested a review. So far, crickets.

 

“Don’t think of it as a surrender. Think of it as a mask mandate for Afghan women.” –NR

 

There Are Still Americans Trapped in Afghanistan. Because it should be repeated every day until it is resolved, more than three weeks after the last U.S. soldier departed Afghanistan, an unknown number of American citizens, an unknown but considerable number of U.S. green-card holders, and more than 100,000 Afghan allies who qualified for Special Immigrant Visas remain trapped in Afghanistan, despite the president’s promise that, “If there’s American citizens left, we’re gonna stay to get them all out.”  --Jim Geraghty 9/23/21

 

“It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. –Noel Coward

 

In the administrative state civil servants “Are no longer servants and no longer civil.” –Churchill

 

"If you are going down, go down fighting. your status in hell is determined by how many side boys you send ahead to announce your coming." -Robert A. Heinlein

 

In truly Socialist Countries, sooner or later the government becomes the enemy of the people.

 

Margaret Thatcher is famous for saying, “This is no time to go wobbly.” Joe Biden was born wobbly.

 

“If you make 10,000 regulations, you destroy all respect for the law.” –Churchill

 

Dame Leslie-Anne ----, KT was on my Facebook friends list, but she unfriended me. Maybe I’m too common? But hey, Princes M… and Tracy the Saint are still hanging in there.

 

“Our officers and men behaved like men who are determined to be free.” –Major General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. Are Americans today still “Determined to be free”?

Remember how we panicked when we couldn't find any toilet paper?  What are we going to do when we can't find a cop? –From the net.

 

DEFUND THE NFL & NBA: Don't watch.  Don't go.  Don't buy.  Don't discuss.  It's Not About Football or Basketball Anymore. --From the net.

As a rule, ungrateful people are unhappy people.

We are losing several hundred dead a year in Chicago. We didn’t lose an American in Afghanistan in the 18 months before Biden decided to pull out. We pulled out of the wrong place!

Have we yet learned that negotiating with terrorists is futile and leads only to dead Americans?

They say pick your battles. But often your battles pick you.

If you pray for God to send someone to vanquish evil, do not be surprised to wake with a sword in your hand.

On Saturday, 9/4, we decided to go to the Wisconsin Highland games only to discover they were cancelled for “Infrastructure Problems.” Since we were dressed and half way there we decided to go to the Bristol Ren Feste for the second time in three weeks. It was fun and little Dale loved it; Bonnie bought him two wooden battle axes. I got exhausted walking around on the uneven ground. I really got weak in the last year as arthritis prevented me exercising. A fellow recognized my Leatherneck Tartan and said Semper Fi. He has two kilts in it, and his young son was wearing a kilt in the tartan. He said when he was deployed to Iraq, a SgtMaj. Green used to wake them playing the bagpipes and wearing his Leatherneck Tartan kilt. Great way to celebrate our 29th anniversary, which was September 5th.

Saw a tee shirt on a young woman: “I love female orgasm.” Indeed.

 

Have had my Moderna COVID booster. Made me feel old and tired (LOL—I’m 75)

 

I think “Woke” is Zombie Apocalypse they have been warning us about.

 

Tee shirt at “Pints and Politics”: Everything woke turns to shit.

 

Mary Seales: "Those who are afraid to fight will be eaten by those who are not afraid.

 

David Azerrad’s definition of courage: “Bold and principled defiance of the lies of the age.”

 

I understand that there are about 400 coal-fired electricity plants in construction in the world now, mostly in China and India. And Biden is going sto stop global warming with electric cars?

 

The more pictures I see of animals in costumes, the less I’m inclined to do it to ours.

 

Based on recent experience, the country is a lot better off. Better off than it will be in a year or two.

 

“There is no cause so hopeless, no creed so mad, no idea so ludicrous that it will not attract some believers. –Bernard Cornwell, The Death of Kings, sixth book in his great Saxon Tales series.

 

Facial piercings don’t make you look attractive or sexy. They make you look stupid.

 

The thought may be as bad as the deed, but it sure isn’t as much fun.

 

“What, then has education been doing to our civilization? The very concept of IQ, of Intelligence Quotient, of the Stanford-Benet test and things similar, is, as its critics argue, a cultural construct – less a measure of potential than of capacities already developed. No surprise that persons growing up in environments that stimulate and enable the development of human possibilities do in fact develop more of these. Some studies suggest that the complex of what each generation conveyed to the next made those generations more intellectually/morally potent than their predecessors though the early twentieth century, but that this process has reversed itself over about a half century and average IQ has dropped by some 14 points. The decline seems to have come at the top of our civilizational pyramid. Speculation about the causes is less relevant than noting the effects.”  --Angelo Codevilla (RIP)

 

Saying “to be honest” sounds like you aren’t always but are making an exception in this case.

 

“A misrepresented constitution is nothing more than a political weapon. And a very attractive one for any faction that discovers rights and privileges for itself.” –Erik Hildinger, Swords against the Senate. (About the Fall of the Roman Republic.)

 

We are headed towards anarchy and anarchy is almost always followed by dictatorship.

 

The Roman Republic was not a republic, and certainly not a democracy. It was an oligarchy where the wealthy patricians and nobles held power and benefited from the use of the state. Rather like the US today.

 

66% of college students say shouting down speakers is actually free speech, according to a poll of 37,000 students at 159 top-ranked colleges and universities. Another 23% believe it is appropriate to use violence to cancel speech. –Blaska’s Blog

 

On March 8, 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci told 60 Minutes, “Right now, in the United States, people should not be walking around wearing a mask. There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.”

 

Now that I’m no longer employed by the VA as a writer-editor in My Life, My Story, I just filled at seven forms to volunteer with the program. I wish that the president, senators, and Congresscritters were this well vetted!

 

Courage is also spelled ... a  c  t  i  o  n.  –Andy Weddington

 

My cat thinks the purpose of life is to sleep. At 75, I’m starting to agree with her.

 

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

http://www.amazon.com/Old-Jarheads-Journal-Thoughts-Leadership/dp/1490500162/ref=sr_1_1?s=booksandie=UTF8andqid=1373907206andsr=1-1andkeywords=Old+Jarhead%27s+Journal

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. During the crisis he is working from home.

 

More Federal Subpoenas Issued in Russia Hoax Op

 More Federal Subpoenas Issued in Russia Hoax Op

Excerpt: The New York Times, which is all of a sudden quite interested in the chicanery of the FBI in this case and in the Capitol riot prosecutions,  identified the players referred to in the Sussmann indictment. “For 5 years, the identities of the data experts who identified the odd cyber links and theorized they could be covert Trump-Russia communications have been shrouded. They are April Lorenzen, Rodney Joffe & two Georgia Tech computer scientists, Manos Antonakakis and David Dagon.” ~ NYT. This latest set of subpoenas appear to show that Durham has more people in his sights. Indeed, as you can see for yourself, there appear to be many, many targets out there. Half the country believes there’s no such thing as equal justice under the law anymore. It would be nice to see these high-level conspiracists finally get what they deserve. After all, this all set the table not only for the 2016 election, but for Trump’s impeachments and dirtying him up for the 2020 election. That’s a hell of a blow to the body politic. [How interesting that NYT is suddenly taking this seriously. Perhaps someone’s ox has been gored that we don’t know about yet. Ron P.]

An Armor Conspired: the Global Shipping Freeze

 An Armor Conspired: the Global Shipping Freeze

Excerpt: There is an unavoidable price for the ceaseless avalanche of goods and services falling around us: it is exposure to an arrant, inherent level of complexity. Only the coordination of a superabundant array of prices, timing, capacity, and information keeps the globally-integrated supply chain functioning. A single, small misstep or error increases the likelihood of subsequent problems at every juncture in the process. The “two weeks to flatten the curve” decision along with other shortsighted, unnecessary (and, as it turns out, ineffective) policy options has generated countless knock-on effects. Those now include shortages of shipping containers, long and increasing port delays, a growing scarcity of essential supply chain components, insufficient labor, higher prices, and a mounting undersupply of final goods. [There’s a lot of fascinating information in this article explaining how the problem has come about and its costs. There isn’t much on offer here to fix it, though. Some of the costs have gone up more than 700%; not only is that a whole bunch, it will impact the retail pricing nearly everything, some items quickly, others after a while. This is definitely worth reading. Ron P.]

Review of Edward Younkins, Exploring Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand’s Magnum Opus

 Review of Edward Younkins, Exploring Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand’s Magnum Opus

Excerpt: As the book is a collection of standalone essays, it suffers a little from repetition; more than once, readers will ask “Haven’t I already read this?” and realize they’re reading a repetition of something that was in an earlier chapter. This space might have been used better going deeper into some of the issues the book raises. Dr. Younkins runs an institute at a Jesuit university, and I would have loved to see an exploration of the tensions between Rand’s ideas and the Jesuit tradition. I think Rand is far too dismissive of religion, but the devout are too dismissive of Rand (John Piper is an important exception)–or of individualism and capitalism. One of my “favorite” characters in Atlas Shrugged is Eugene Lawson, “the banker with a heart,” who gave no thought to profitability, bankrupted his community with his good intentions, and blamed everyone else for falling short of his lofty ideal. Younkins discusses Lawson’s folly on page 100, but I think there is a lot that remains to be said about his (ig)noble experiment and how it fits in with different ethical traditions–or doesn’t. I’m drawn to Atlas Shrugged as an economist and a Christian because it is such a piercing explanation of how much ideas matter and how much intentions don’t. [Art Carden, the writer of this book review, is an economist who dabbles in writing, not a writer who dabbles in economics. In my personal opinion, Anthem was Rand's best--but, least detailed--novel, and it was difficult for her to find a publisher for it. Ron P.]

Sunday, September 26, 2021

The Gangs of L.A.

 The Gangs of L.A.

A shocking new report suggests that in Los Angeles County, sheriff’s deputies make up some of the most dangerous crime syndicates of all

Saturday, September 25, 2021

If you think these are whips, you need to be taught a lesson

 

If you think these are whips, you need to be taught a lesson | Common
Sense Cowboy

September 24, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbTDi1ybBIQ

A giant space rock demolished an ancient Middle Eastern city and everyone in it

 A giant space rock demolished an ancient Middle Eastern city and everyone in it

Excerpt: As the inhabitants of an ancient Middle Eastern city now called Tall el-Hammam went about their daily business one day about 3,600 years ago, they had no idea an unseen icy space rock was speeding toward them at about 38,000 mph (61,000 kph). Flashing through the atmosphere, the rock exploded in a massive fireball about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) above the ground. The blast was around 1,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb. The shocked city dwellers who stared at it were blinded instantly. Air temperatures rapidly rose above 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit (2,000 degrees Celsius). Clothing and wood immediately burst into flames. Swords, spears, mudbricks and pottery began to melt. Almost immediately, the entire city was on fire. [The authors have done a really wonderful job explaining what seems to have happened based on the vast amount of recovered evidence. They also speculate that this may be the source of the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah. This article won’t change your life, but you will likely find it interesting. “...just like the people of Tall el-Hammam” are the last words of the article–it goes on past many ads. Ron P.]

Prayer in Public Schools Is Back…as Long as It’s Prayer to Allah

 Prayer in Public Schools Is Back…as Long as It’s Prayer to Allah


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Climate Change Saves More Lives Than You’d Think

 Climate Change Saves More Lives Than You’d Think

Eight times as many people die from cold as heat, and the fix for both is access to cheap fuel.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Biden's Blunders

 Biden's Blunders

Who will trust us after Afghanistan? by Bing West

 Who will trust us after Afghanistan? by Bing West

Good & Evil

 Serious discussion of good and evil by Jordan Peterson, with an

interesting point many will not understand.

Del

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSErYhxNLX0

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Antony Blinken Changes His Tune

 Antony Blinken Changes His Tune

Excerpt: On August 31, White House press secretary Jen Psaki declared that, “We have enormous leverage over the Taliban, including access to the global marketplace, and that’s no small piece of leverage.” Psaki’s comment always seemed like a classic example of “mirror-imaging” — erroneously assuming that what is important to officials in Washington is also important to foreign leaders. The Taliban have always believed that young girls who go to school deserve to have their faces scarred with acid. They burn down schools that teach girls. They’re whipping women who dare come out into the street and protest. They’re severely beating journalists who cover those protests. The Hazara ethnic minority is desperately trying to leave the country, fearing that the Taliban will carry out a full-scale genocide at the first opportunity.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Book recommendation: We Band of Angles

 

We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women (Nurses) Trapped on Bataan by Elizabeth Norman

https://smile.amazon.com/We-Band-Angels-American-Trapped/dp/0812984846/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1H7Q1LU2K3K7K&dchild=1&keywords=we+band+of+angels+by+elizabeth+m.+norman&qid=1630952151&sprefix=We+Band+of+Angles%2Caps%2C191&sr=8-1

This is a terrific book about the Army and Navy nurses on Bataan and Corregidor. It will be of great interest to WWII buffs and to everyone interested in nursing or the medical arts. It is the selection for our next book club meeting and I’m glad for it.. I wish the snowflakes and those who kneel for the flag could read this to understand what Americas have gone through. It chocked me up in several places. I highly recommend it.

Biden’s Chief of Staff: No Plans To Rescue Abandoned Americans in Afghanistan

 Biden’s Chief of Staff: No Plans To Rescue Abandoned Americans in Afghanistan

Biden and the Left-wing Standard of Attacking Presidents

 But, but, but..... if the Left didn't have a double standard, they'd have no standards at all.  This has been manifestly evident for a very long time now.

 
Still, it's nice to see Hanson dissect this in detail.
 
Del
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Biden and the Left-wing Standard of Attacking Presidents

In just a few months Joe Biden has wrought a series of disasters that will invoke outrage that dwarfs the concocted anger directed at Donald Trump.

By Victor Davis Hanson

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Afghanistan: Policewoman on the run after ‘brutal beating’ from the Taliban

 

Afghanistan: Policewoman on the run after ‘brutal beating’ from the Taliban

support women's rights. Vote Democrat. it is to laugh. ~Bob

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Monday, August 30, 2021

U.S. Intel’s Useless COVID-Origins Report (Scroll for Afghanistan report)

 U.S. Intel’s Useless COVID-Origins Report (Scroll for Afghanistan report)

Excerpt: This weekend, more than 600 students, their relatives, and staff of American University of Afghanistan received an email saying that, “I regret to inform you that the high command at HKIA in the airport has announced there will be no more rescue flights.”

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Who Will Trust Us after Afghanistan?

 Bing West is one of our best commentators and writers on military topics and events.

 
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Who Will Trust Us after Afghanistan?

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Random Thoughts

 

Random Thoughts for August 2021

Robert A. Hall

Feel free to post or forward.

 

Health Update: After the flare-up of pain in my new hip mid-July, they put me on OxyContin. This screwed up my GI track. We had to cancel our vacation to NJ. Finally felt better about August 18. Geeze. Second summer in a row lost to illness. Having a cyst on my back removed 8/31. Always something.

 

We are having a bout of mechanical failure. The check-engine light in the car we provide Britnye for college came on. $2k plus it needs a pair of tires. The microwave started singing paper pates and you could see fire in the middle. $510 being installed September 3. The washer was not spinning heavy items dry enough for the dryer. Repairman said we needed to put more clothes in with them,. $84.25. We shall see. And the old refrigerator is looking worse. Always something.

 

Security at every level of the airport is ridiculous. Until you reach the baggage claim. Then it’s like, “Take whatever bag you want.” –Larry Woolverton

 

“Is anything more destructive than a sociology major?” –Dave Blaska

 

In May and June the social media posts were all saying that Trump would be reinstated as President by August 8. Crickets now.

 

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” --Thomas Paine

 

Do you think ethnic minorities should be forced to adopt the mainstream culture, language, and religion? No? We’ll that is what socialist China is doing with the Uighurs and Tibetans. Think about the next time you are moved to clammer for socialism.

 

“The CDC has announced that the goalpost moving will continue until the publics’ trust in it improves.” –National Review.

 

“If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.” –Thomas Sowell

 

Did the “Delta Variant” evolve naturally, or did someone do “Gain of function” with it?

 

Wokeness is weakness, and diversity is where nations go to die.” –Mark Steyn

 

“Do you think there's any chance of getting Taliban commanders to teach at West Point? It might be a nice change of pace for cadets to learn from someone who actually won a war.” –Eric Dale

 

“No Man is a Man until he has been a Soldier” --Louis de Bernières

 

“Power attracts the corruptible. Absolute power attracts the absolutely corruptible. This is the danger of entrenched bureaucracy to its subject population. Even the spoils systems are preferable because levels of tolerance are lower and the corrupt can be thrown out periodically. Entrenched bureaucracy seldom can be touched short of violence. Beware when Civil Service and Military join hands.” –Frank Herbert

 

Tlaib, Omar, CAIR strangely silent on islamophobia over Taliban” –George S.

 

With the border open, we should call the Delta Variant of COVID the “Biden Variant.”

 

Yes, the World is in desperate shape. Believe it or not, things have been worse in living memory. Read The Splendid and the Vile about Churchill’s first year in office in WWII.

 

Biden has the problem of many of the left (on the right too) that if he wants something to be true, he believes that it is true.

 

The virus spores don't float around individually. They are transmitted in water droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking, which can go up to six feet. A mask traps many of the droplets.

 

“In a world where you can be anything.... be kind” from Facebook,

 

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice, — is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.”
― 
John Stuart Mill, Principles of Political Economy

 

Want to mess with your “woke” neighbors. Get a pair of black labs and name them Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben.

 

People often tell me they want to run for office and ask my advice. But I find very few of them willing to put in the time, work, and effort required to have a chance of success. I suspect this is true of many fields.

 

We need a Churchill. Trump, love him or hate him, was not a Churchill. Biden if a Chamberlin.

 

We are engaged in a great struggle. Does the government belong to the people or do the people belong to the government? For most of human history it was the latter.

 

A pint of example is worth a gallon of advice. From Todd R.

 

Progressive policies, laws, and regulations make life worse. Then they demand more power to fix the mess they made.

 

Here is the answer to who pays their fair share of taxes. In 2020, 61% of taxpayers paid ZERO. The top 1% paid 28% of all income tax. The top 20% paid 78%. 43% of middle-income people paid ZERO. 20% of households paid zero payroll tax. Most of these low- and middle-income households paying no tax received money net from the government. They got your and my tax money. And they try to tell me I don’t pay my fair share. And the media allows this false story to be the one people hear.  –The Ross Rant

 

C.S. Lewis, “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays

"How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”

"In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty."

"This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds."

 

A businessman cannot force you to buy his product; if he makes a mistake, he suffers the consequences; if he fails, he takes the loss. If bureaucrat makes a mistake, you suffer the consequences; if he fails, he passes the loss on to you. --Ayn Rand

 

There are always individuals, parties, and organizations that fear the free flow of ideas and will suppress them at any cost. Some examples: The Nazi Party. Putin’s Russia. The Chinese Communist Party. American Universities.

 

I notice that with some folks on Facebook, you can post 99 things they like, then one they don’t like, and bang! they unfriend you.

 

Concentrated power is antithetical to freedom.

 

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

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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.

 

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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. During the crisis he is working from home.

 

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