Saturday, July 31, 2021

When ‘Terrorists’ Aren’t Terrorists: The Danger of Twisting Words to Suit Our Politics

 When ‘Terrorists’ Aren’t Terrorists: The Danger of Twisting Words to Suit Our Politics

Excerpt: I use the scare quotes advisedly. Though it’s the same word — murder — any honest person would acknowledge that it means markedly different things in the different contexts.

In their political messaging, when BLM devotees inveigh about police murders of black suspects, the intended connotation is Ides of March-style murder — premeditated, willful, driven by a combination of fear and loathing. But if prosecutors had tried to charge Derek Chauvin with that kind of murder, he’d have been acquitted.

In reality, Chauvin was found guilty of an unintentional homicide. There was not even a claim that he intended to kill Floyd. The statute under which Chauvin was convicted explicitly applies when the defendant acted “without the intent to cause the death of any person.” The medical experts repeatedly explained, moreover, that homicide, as they used that word in their findings, is a term of art meaning that death was caused by another; it is not a finding that death was caused intentionally, let alone with malice aforethought.

Chauvin was convicted because Floyd died in the course of what the jury found was a criminal assault. It reflected a theory that what began as a lawful police detention evolved, through the use of excessive force, into a lawlessly reckless act resulting in Floyd’s death. That is not murder in the common, colloquial sense of the word. It was, however, murder in the technical statutory sense. The statute (state penal law section 609.19) is titled “Murder in the Second Degree.”

The social-justice warriors who demanded murder . . . so that they could peddle a narrative of murder . . . ignore such nuance. [Andrew McCarthy has long been one of the columnists I’ve most admired. Like most of his current columns, this is one that National Review restricts to “Plus” members–which I am not one of. For peons like me, we are allowed two articles monthly for free. So, I’ve copied a bit more of it than usual so you can get the real idea of his argument. It’s well worth reading. It’s also the second or third article I’ve seen in the past week pointing out that a lot of our “culture war” depends on how we choose to define things. Definitions can be tricky, especially when they’re purposely blurred as they are here. Ron P.]

Friday, July 30, 2021

Diversity vs. Unity

 Copied this from a MeWe post:

Has the time come?

We know Dick Lamm as Governor of Colorado. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant. Last week there was an immigration overpopulation conference in Washington D.C., filled to capacity by many of America's finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor [and farmer] by the name of Victor Davis Hanson talked about his latest book, Mexifornia, explaining how immigration - both legal and illegal - was destroying the entire state of California. He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.

Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America.

The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States. He said, "If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that 'An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.'

"Here is how they do it," Lamm said:

"First, to destroy America, turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bi-cultural country. History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset, put it this way: 'The histories of bilingual and bi-cultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy.' Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, and Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, Corsicans and Muslims.'

Lamm went on:

"Second, to destroy America, invent 'multiculturalism' and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. Make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal; that there are no cultural differences. Make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.

"Third, we could make the United States an 'Hispanic Quebec' without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: 'The apparent success of our own multi-ethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentricacy and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.'

Lamm said, "I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural subgroups living in America enforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities.

"Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, un-assimilated, under-educated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school.

"My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of 'Victimology.' I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority.

"My sixth plan for America's downfall would include dual citizenship, and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precept. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic games. A common enemy, Persia, threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell. 'E. Pluribus Unum' -- From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the 'pluribus' instead of the 'Unum,' we will 'Balkanize' America as surely as Kosovo.

"Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits. Make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of 'diversity.' I would find a word similar to 'heretic' in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like 'racist' or 'xenophobe' halt discussion and debate. Having made America a bilingual/bi-cultural country, having established multi-culturalism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of 'Victimology,' I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America , it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them."

In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow. Profound silence followed. Finally he said, "Last, I would censor Victor Davis Hanson's book Mexifornia. His book is dangerous. It exposes the plan to destroy America. Unless you feel America deserves to be destroyed, don't read that book."

There was no applause. A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today. Discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Even barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate "diversity." American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America - take note of California and other states To date, ten million illegal aliens and growing fast. It is reminiscent of George Orwell's book, 1984. In that story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building: "War is peace," "Freedom is slavery," and "Ignorance is strength."

Governor Lamm walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy is deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don't get this immigration monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American Dream.

If you care for and love our country as I do, take the time to pass this on just as I did for you.

NOTHING to counteract this is going to happen if you don't!

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Adding Human Gene Boosts Crop Yields by 50 Percent

 Adding Human Gene Boosts Crop Yields by 50 Percent

Excerpt: Adding the human gene that produces the FTO enzyme to rice and potatoes boosts yields of those crops by 50 percent in field tests, report a team of researchers associated with the University of Chicago, Peking University, and Guizhou University. Their report in the journal Nature Biotechnology says the modified plants grew significantly larger, produced longer root systems, and were better able to tolerate drought stress. In humans, the FTO enzyme erases certain markers that regulate the production of proteins associated with cellular growth. In plants, the FTO enzyme similarly erases markers that inhibit their growth. "The rice plants grew three times more rice under laboratory conditions," reports the accompanying press release. "When [the researchers] tried it out in real field tests, the plants grew 50% more mass and yielded 50% more rice. They grew longer roots, photosynthesized more efficiently, and could better withstand stress from drought." [While I’m not sure I’m comfortable with “adding human genes to plants,” improved photosynthesis and better resistance to drought certainly sounds like something useful–especially if one is worried about a higher atmospheric CO2 level. Climate alarmists ought to be all over this development like white on rice, pardon the expression. I added emphasis. Ron P.]

Thursday, July 22, 2021

'Their hands are tied': San Francisco locals demand change to stop brazen crime

 'Their hands are tied': San Francisco locals demand change to stop brazen crime

Tidal Wave of Theft, Shoplifting in San Francisco.

 Video- Tidal Wave of Theft, Shoplifting in San Francisco. When there is no law enforcement and everyone knows it, and you cannot defend your own property forcefully because then you'd be sued, etc, then the psychology of "hey, let's just go and grab anything we want" takes over and grows exponentially. And even gets to be really pointless, like breaking into cars that don't have anything valuable in them. San Francisco is now on the steep downward slope of lawlessness, plus of course massive drug use and rampant homelessness. The effects of all this on business, tourism, and people deciding to move out will be building up. How far will it go? Damifino, but right now there doesn't seem to be anything coming to even slow it down. Maybe next election someone will run on the basis of resoring law&order? What a challenge that will be.

Del

The Biden Way becomes The Chicago Way, so shut up and take it, America. By John Kass

 The Biden Way becomes The Chicago Way, so shut up and take it, America. By John Kass

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Bjorn Lomborg: Climate change and deaths from extreme heat and cold

 Bjorn Lomborg: Climate change and deaths from extreme heat and cold

For now, global warming reduces more deaths than it causes, saving possibly 100,000 lives each year

Monday, July 19, 2021

The American Descent into Madness

 

The American Descent into Madness

Thursday, July 15, 2021

When Did Moderna Know About COVID-19?

When Did Moderna Know About COVID-19?

Excerpt: If a report disseminated by a UK website called The Daily Expose is accurate, the world may have a major scandal on its hands. “A confidentiality agreement shows potential coronavirus vaccine candidates were transferred from Moderna to the University of North Carolina in 2019, nineteen days prior to the emergence of the alleged Covid-19 causing virus in Wuhan, China,” the website reports. The Expose produced the agreement itself, which can be viewed here. Page 105 is titled “Material Transfer Agreement” between the providers, named as the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (“NIAID”) and Moderna TX Inc. (“Moderna”), and the recipient is named as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The agreement states the providers will give the university “mRNA coronavirus vaccine candidates developed and jointly owned by the NIAID and Moderna.” The agreement further states the research material may not be used on human subjects or used for “commercial purposes such as screening, production or sale, for which a commercialization license may be required.” (...) The dates accompanying the recipients’ signatures are December 12, 2019, and December 16, 2019, respectively. The dates under the providers’ first two signatures remain blank, while the second two are both dated December 17, 2019. (...) The Daily Expose reminds us. “It wasn’t until December 31st 2019 that the World Health Organisation (WHO) became aware of an alleged cluster of viral pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China. [That very first word–IF–becomes critical, if this document is real, doesn’t it? I think I want to see a lot more evidence before calling for the pitchforks and torches. But, if it is real, maybe we should bring some rope, too. Ron P.]

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

While Survey Shows Californians Would Prefer Life Elsewhere, Media Report California Doing Just Fine

 While Survey Shows Californians Would Prefer Life Elsewhere, Media Report California Doing Just Fine

Inflation Surged to 5.4 Percent in June in Biggest Jump Since 2008

 Inflation Surged to 5.4 Percent in June in Biggest Jump Since 2008

A Witch Trial at the Legal Aid Society

 This is the kind of thing that a lot of people should see, because so many don't really understand how extreme and vicious the super woke activists are.  Their passion and aggression are not a bit less than the Gestapo or Cheka/NKVD/KGB were.  When you know that there's a cadre of people who will come at you like ravening wolves with horrendous character assassination in a neverending crap storm if you dare to hit one tiny trip wire of their program, it tends to make the great majority of people decide that staying head down and quiet is really the way to go.

 
I haven't made many donations to what are Liberal based groups in decades, but I contributed to her case because what happened to her is so unfair and to let it go unchallenged is unacceptable.  I pray this goes to court and the people who persecuted her get slammed and slammed good.
 
Del
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A Witch Trial at the Legal Aid Society

Maud Maron was a model public defender. Then she was forced out of her job because of her political views and her race.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

What Happened To You?

 Here's the kind of input that seems very worthwhile to me.  The other two were good, this one is more detailed.  The writer is VERY clearly not on the Right or anywhere near it, but he has an operating brain not totally fuzzed over by fanatic commitment to an ideology.  He can still look at things and see them for what they are.  What we need on the Right is for more of the Independents to see this kind of thing so it will move them away from the Left.

 
Del
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What Happened To You?

The radicalization of the American elite against liberalism

A ‘News’letter About Nothing—and Everything

 A ‘News’letter About Nothing—and Everything

Excerpt: Whenever I try to understand quantum mechanics I get a similar headache to the ones I get when I try to figure out the plot of the movie Syriana or resolve the contradictions of Lost. I also get a newfound appreciation for Arthur C. Clarke’s third law: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” (...) I think a lot of our problems today can be attributed to the confusion of words for things. When I started working on Liberal Fascism, a philosopher acquaintance of mine gave me some advice: “Don’t confuse words for things.” What he meant is that there are many labels people use to distort reality rather than describe it. If you compare what fascists did to what communists did, it quickly becomes apparent that the two things, while not identical, are far closer to identical things than opposite ones. [This Goldberg essay starts out slowly, but it’s absolutely brilliant as he diagnoses a consistent problem in modern communication. And, once you’ve seen the problem, it’s difficult to un-see it. It’s everywhere. Curse Schrodinger! Ron P.]


Friday, July 9, 2021

Jaw-Dropping: Police Chief Association Releases Number of Officers Injured During Violent Riots

 Jaw-Dropping: Police Chief Association Releases Number of Officers Injured During Violent Riots

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/juliorosas/2020/11/30/police-chief-association-releases-jawdropping-numbers-of-injured-officers-during-n2580844
Excerpt: During the riots cities experienced, the MCCA said their survey found at least 2,000 police officers were injured:

"In cities where violence did occur, assaults on police officers, looting, and arson were the most common criminal activities. Approximately, 72% of major city law enforcement agencies had officers harmed during the protests. This included nearly every agency that experienced at least one violent protest. In total, over the course of the civil unrest from May to July, more than 2,000 officers sustained injuries in the line of duty. One agency reported 50 officers being injured in a single week of protests. Another agency reported that 462 of their officers were injured during the protests in their jurisdiction. "Looting was also a common occurrence (2,385 instances), with 62% of major city law enforcement agencies indicating that at least one incident of looting occurred in their cities. This activity was primarily clustered during the first few days of protests. Of note, several agencies reported that in some instances, the looting appeared to be coordinated and organized. For example, some cities encountered 'looting caravans' that moved throughout different neighborhoods. One agency reported 115 commercial burglaries occurred in just one day. Two other agencies reported $927,000 worth of damage as a result of looting in each of their jurisdictions, and another agency reported a single looting event at a shopping mall that resulted in over $70 million in damage."

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Democracy's Last Stand

 

Six months ago, President Trump’s supporters went to Washington to protest his defeat. Many of them still are convinced the election was stolen. Some of those who went to Washington stormed into the United States Capitol. Others, having seen people headed into the Capitol, wandered in assuming they could be there. Someone planted pipe bombs at the Republican and Democratic headquarters. Some erected a noose to hang members of congress. Some went in looking for Mike Pence to cause him harm.

Over seventy-five million people voted for Donald Trump and the media and Democrats have sought to define them all and every other Republican by those who stormed into the United States Capitol. Some have claimed it was worse than 9/11. Others have compared it to a Nazi uprising. Noted political strategist James Carville has insisted Democrats tie all Republicans to that day and that group — numbering less than 500 — that shattered windows, stole objects, and tried to break through doors towards fleeing members of Congress.

Last summer, the same media aghast and in therapy over January 6, informed a viewing public that protests around the country were fiery but mostly peaceful. As storefronts burned, CBS brought on Nikole Hannah-Jones to inform America that destroying a person’s livelihood and business was not actually violence. CNN dismissed Antifa as not really a thing. MSNBC defended the rioters. The New York Times pretended none of it was happening. Innocent passer-byers trying to drive away from violent protestors were condemned by the press and progressives for not sitting there and letting their cars be smashed.

In Portland, OR, rioters have continually, nightly, attempted to burn down a federal courthouse. The media and Democrats blamed Donald Trump and federal law enforcement. Law enforcement left and the rioting continued, but the media stopped covering it.

In Chicago, the mayor who now wants federal law enforcement to protect her city, just last summer denounced federal law enforcement and refused President Trump’s offer to have them come help calm the city. The media defended her decision.

At Donald Trump’s inaugural, rioters marched through the streets of Washington smashing windows, burning cars, and beating up Republicans. They did the same just last year, including attacking Senator Rand Paul and his wife. Speaking of Senator Paul, various Democrats and comedians on television have used him as the butt of their jokes after his neighbor violently attacked him.

A few years ago, progressive agitators stormed Texas’s State Capitol attempting to shut down the legislature as it met to pass pro-life legislation. The media took the side of the protestors. It was, after all, understandable that the protestors were trying to protect a woman’s right to choose against fundamentalists. The very media that condemned the January 6 protests were on the side of the disruptive protestors shutting down democracy in Texas.

Before that, in Wisconsin, progressive activists stormed the Wisconsin State Capitol attempting to block Republican reforms and redistricting plans. Having lost the election, they attempted to barricade themselves in the Wisconsin State Capitol. The media passively, dispassionately covered it. It was, after all, understandable because those Republicans were trying to gerrymander.

A media that even now insists every Republican and Trump voter be held accountable for January 6 has always deflected, defended, and massaged the facts about the protests of last summer, the violence, the crime wave, the repeated attempts by progressives to block democratic actions, etc. Progressives, Antifa, and Black Lives Matter agitators are always the protagonists. Law enforcement, Republicans, and conservatives are always the antagonists.

Each of the incidents was appalling. Each should be denounced. The American mainstream media, however, seems fixated on one while having ignored all the others. Some will say January 6 is uniquely bad. It was really bad and condemnable. But also January 6 probably never would have happened had the media and Democrats together not spent so many years defending violent protestors disrupting democratic institutions and burning down businesses when the protestors were progressive.

Democracy’s last stand is not actually about accountability for January 6, a commission and a need to fight Trump’s voters. Democracy’s last stand is whether the American press can free itself again from left-wing group think and actually be a fair and impartial press. Democracy depends on that very thing and the media itself, through its own biases and partisanship, is abandoning the democratic ship in favor of a Democratic Party just as, if not more, authoritarian than the GOP.

A Ridiculous Effort to Blame Trump for ‘Border Security Theater’

 A Ridiculous Effort to Blame Trump for ‘Border Security Theater’

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

inside the White House on January 6

 https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/michael-wolff-landslide-final-days-trump-presidency-excerpt.html

 
EXCERPT: The remaining group of aides around the president that morning in the White House was down to Mark Meadows, the chief of staff; Eric Herschmann, one of Trump’s on-call lawyers; and Dan Scavino, his social-media alter ego, with Jason Miller, Justin Clark, Alex Cannon, and Tim Murtaugh, the last employees from the campaign, either working from home or, in the case of Clark, heading to a Republican National Committee winter meeting in Florida. All of them had woken up with something close to the same thought: How is it going to play when the vice-president fails to make the move the president is counting on him to make? And make no mistake: Each fully understood Mike Pence was not going to make that move.
 
Wolfe's not a friendly-to-Trump reporter, but this account has lots of details, some of which are...disturbing.
 
Bill

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Mixing Covid jabs has good immune response, study finds

 Mixing Covid jabs has good immune response, study finds

A few months ago, I asked several health-care professionals I know if there was any solid information about mixing and matching various vaccines against COVID 19 and its variants. Nobody had anything solid at that time. Today, I got this link from one in the UK.  It’s very encouraging. Ron P.

Is Harvard Sacrificing Science for Wokeness?

 When a wound goes really septic and gangrene sets in, it begins a slow progression from the affected tissue into healthy tissue.  The infected finger becomes the infected hand which becomes the infected arm, and eventually the patient will die of it.  The classic and still sometimes used remedy for gangrene is amputation of the affected body member.  The normal description of gangrene is the body part deteriorating from lack of oxygen to the tissues.

 
When a society has a not only a lack of commitment to good principles but beyond that a rejection of those principles in favor of really counterproductive ideas, that's analogous to the body's tissues not getting the oxygen they need.  And rot sets in.
 
Full blown 'wokeness' is that rejection of good principles in favor of bad ideas, and like gangrene causes rot in flesh, it causes intellectual rot in parts of the society.  When that rot starts to spread it becomes more and more prevalent and more and more dangerous to the society.  And that's exactly what's going on with 'wokeness', as we see it soaking through so much of academia, business communities, social movements, and now even our military.
 
It has to be stopped, and soon, before it does even more damage than we've had already, in fact it needs to be turned back, rejected emphatically across society.  We all should be writing and calling all our representatives, local, state, federal, to protest as strongly as possible about this.
 
Del
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Is Harvard Sacrificing Science for Wokeness?

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Random Thoughts for July 2021

 

Random Thoughts for July 2021

Robert A. Hall

Feel free to post or forward.

 

Health update: My hip replacement is working out fine, about 90% back to normal. Much less pain than the year before. No longer using a walker, take a cane out for balance. Walking about ½ mile a day.

 

Had two iron infusions supposed to help with my fatigue and restless legs. Improvement in incremental if at all.

 

Here’s a woke observation for the DoD idiots … Try fielding a U. S. military without white males. Considering the necessity, the government sure has a peculiar approach to courting them. –AW.

 

I can identify your gender expression by your Starbucks order. –George S.

 

If Walmart forces you to use the self-checkout, it’s okay to take a couple of items free as compensation for your time.

 

If Biden drives up the price of lumber anymore, taking wooden nickels will be a good investment.

 

My wife said, “Remember when old people were up at the crack of dawn? We’re not that kind of old people.”

 

Liberals neve learn. Reward a behavior, get more of it.

 

“The right to search for truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.” –Albert Einstein.

 

From the Internet: If you don’t believe there are two genders, try milking a bull.

 

Biden is so soft on the border that even aliens from other planets may be coming through.  -National Review

 

If someone says, “I don’t care who you are, this is funny,” you can bet it’s not funny to half the folks.

 

From the net: Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter. Hush until you heal.

 

When someone says, “You got this,” it sounds to me like they aren’t sure.

 

Funny: Seamus Kennedy - Tribute to the armed services / Drunken sailor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66xxOCD1EGo

 

“We will never have peace with the Arabs until they love their children more than they hate us.” Golda Meir

 

Real science welcomes and discusses new theories and new discoveries. “Settled science” is an oxymoron.

 

The “Juneteenth” holiday is just the latest government giveaway of your taxes to buy votes. It’s easy to make gifts if the costs don’t come out of your pocket but hard to take things away. So next year while government employees are enjoying a day at the beach on your dime, enjoy your day at work paying for it.

 

Annoy progressives. Pray for them.

 

“You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.” --Gen. Jim Mattis

 

“Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until they’re so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact.” –Gen. Jim Mattis.

 

In 2008, I took a job in IL and registered to vote there. Three years later I found I was still registered in WI. Anyone could have voted in my name before voter ID. But removing people from the rolls is voter suppression.

 

UW-Oshkosh professor Duke Pesta on CRT: “Ten years ago you had to go to college to learn how to hate your country. Now … it’s in the elementary schools.”


To be an American means something noble and good.  It means treasuring freedom and embracing the vitality of self-government.  We are shaped by the beauty, bounty and wildness of our continent. We are united by the glory of our history.  And we are distinguished by the American virtues of openness, honesty, optimism, determination, generosity, confidence, kindness, hard work, courage and hope.  Our principles did not create these virtues, but they laid the groundwork for them to grow and spread and forge America into the most just and glorious country in all of history. –1776 Commission

 

From the National Climate Assessment issued by the US Government, 2016: “There has been no significant trend in the global number of tropical cyclones nor has and trend been identified in the number of US Land-falling hurricanes.” (P.769, appendix 3)

 

So many political predictions are just wishful thinking.

 

The only time I’m not tired is when I’m asleep.

 

Some people don’t know how to take a compliment.

 

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Budweiser | Go Fourth, America

 Wow! Budweiser has done it again! What a fantastic ad! Enjoy! Ron P.

Budweiser | Go Fourth, America

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

 

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson

https://smile.amazon.com/Splendid-Vile-Churchill-Family-Defiance/dp/0385348711/ref=sr_1_1?crid=12TMMHJPTWCGI&dchild=1&keywords=the+splendid+and+the+vile+by+erik+larson&qid=1625076651&s=books&sprefix=the+Splendid+and+the+Vile%2Caps%2C190&sr=1-1

As a history buff, I have read many books, including Churchill biographies, that covered the same ground. But none so well. I literally couldn’t put it down. In a time when the future seems bleak, it is well to remember a time when it seemed much worse. This book will restore your belief in the ability of good people to triumph over adversity and terrible odds. I highly recommend it.

Former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney Tweets That ‘Zionists’ Did 9/11

 Former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney Tweets That ‘Zionists’ Did 9/11

The Life and Impact of Thomas Sowell

 The Life and Impact of Thomas Sowell

This is just short of a one hour look at the life and impact of one of America’s greatest economic thinkers, Thomas Sowell, now 90 years of age. It can be watched in segments or all at once. I’ve been one of Sowell’s fans for decades since Bob Hall told me he liked what Sowell had to say back in the early 80s. I have a few of his books. Anything Sowell says is worth reading or listening to and his personal story and struggles are also fascinating. Ron P.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Joe does it again.... another completely false statement

 Joe does it again.... another completely false statement


He's just so consistent with flub after flub. My best guess is that he just comes up with a lot of this stuff in the moment, and his handlers are off camera wincing. There just is no way to really program someone whose mental state is a few sandwiches short of a picnic. Every time you let them get in front of a camera the chance of another blunder will be there. I wonder how long it'll be before his appearances on camera will be fewer and fewer.
Del
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https://www.theblaze.com/news/biden-canon-2nd-amendment-wrong

Monday, June 28, 2021

Must read: Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters

 

Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters by Steven E. Koonin

Dr. Koonin is the former undersecretary for science in the US Department of Energy in the Obama administration.

https://smile.amazon.com/Unsettled-Climate-Science-Doesnt-Matters/dp/1950665798/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2TFPB5X1F5GII&dchild=1&keywords=settled+climate+change&qid=1624928287&sprefix=settled%2Caps%2C184&sr=8-3

If someone wants to talk to you about climate change, no matter what side they are on, ask if they have read this book. If not, they are at best poorly informed about the science, what is real what is agenda driven, and what is not known. Dr. Koonin gives a hard slap to those who deny that climate change has a man-made component. He gives a harder slap to those, usually with no education in climate like AOC, Greta and Gore, who say the climate is broken, disaster is upon us and the world has only 12 years (or is it now 11). But his hardest slap is for those who distort the science to sell newspapers or air time, to garner votes, or to secure funding for their projects. You’ve seen the scare headlines from the reports, usually mitigated by a section buried in the report. For example: From the National Climate Assessment issued by the US Government, 1916: “There has been no significant trend in the global number of tropical cyclones nor has and trend been identified in the number of US Land-falling hurricanes.” (P769, appendix 3). He discusses what can and can’t be done, and why. I urge everyone to read this book by a leading scientist.