Friday, May 14, 2021

Landmark Climate Study Says Melting Arctic Won’t Lead to More Severe Cold Weather

​The Colonial Pipeline Hack: A New Era of Cyberwarfare. By JIM GERAGHTY

 The Colonial Pipeline Hack: A New Era of Cyberwarfare. By JIM GERAGHTY

Excerpt: Apparently, ransomware attacks are like the latest TikTok dance: rapidly growing in popularity and not easily understood by anyone over the age of 30. You’ve heard about the Colonial Pipeline hack. But you probably didn’t hear that Ireland’s health service shut down its computer systems after being hit with a ransomware attack. DarkSide hit Toshiba Corporation and compromised more than 740 gigabytes of information including passports and other personal information. The Washington, D.C., police just suffered the biggest hack of a police force ever, exposing “hundreds of police officer disciplinary files and intelligence reports that include feeds from other agencies, including the FBI and Secret Service.” The city government of Gary, Ind., has to restore and rebuild all of its servers after they were attacked. And that’s just in the past 24 hours or so.

Elsie Stefanik

 (About Liz Chaney)

Just So We're Clear Here

Erick-Woods Erickson
May 14

House Republicans have named Elise Stefanik as their new Conference Chair to replace Liz Cheney.

According to the Club For Growth, which has the gold standard of scorecards in Washington for measuring conservatism, Ilhan Omar has a better score for fiscal conservatism than Elisa Stefanik.

Republicans in the House chose Stefanik against Chip Roy of Texas, who is in line with the conference. They did so because Kevin McCarthy told them to. The lemmings have booted Cheney for someone less fiscally conservative than Ilhan Omar.

Like the Bourbons of Frace, the GOP has learned nothing and forgotten nothing. They will undoubtedly take back the House of Representatives next year and we will see again the rise of intraparty fighting that led the base to burn it all down and go with Trump. And, again, the GOP will deserve it.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Growing inflation is Biden's hidden tax on working Americans

 So far the government and media are practicing denial, but the facts are becoming way too clear for that to go on much longer.  Now the word is "OK, maybe a little bit of inflation, but it's only temporary".  Yeah, right.  Stopping inflation once you've really gotten it going, and your national debt is equal to your GNP, is like putting toothpaste back in the tube.  We'll be lucky if it slows down by end of the year.


Growing inflation is Biden's hidden tax on working Americans

Four Police Officers Shot, Killed, in Less than 24 Hours.

 Four Police Officers Shot, Killed, in Less than 24 Hours. Most in what sound like ambushes, people just waiting to start shooting the instant an officer showed up at the property. I guess we'll see a headline in the NYTimes about this first thing tomorrow morning..... sure we will. --Del

VA Lt Gov.

 I'd vote for this lady in a heartbeat, and it's not just because she

served in the Marines.  (But that's a real plus!)


Saturday, May 8, 2021


 Critical Race Theory: What It Is and How to Fight It

Worth Reading. Imprimis is a free publication of Hillsdale Colllage. Suggest you subscribe. ~Bob

The Chinese Communist Party Has an Extensive Research Network Supporting Biowarfare

 The Chinese Communist Party Has an Extensive Research Network Supporting Biowarfare

Guest post by Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D

Friday, May 7, 2021

Column: The specter of inflation haunts Joe Biden’s presidency

 Column: The specter of inflation haunts Joe Biden’s presidency

Excerpt: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen got into trouble Tuesday for telling the truth. That morning, at a conference sponsored by the Atlantic, she raised the possibility that one day the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates "to make sure our economy doesn't overheat." Anyone with a basic understanding of economics knew what she was talking about. The combination of President Joe Biden's gargantuan spending and the accelerating economic recovery may well lead to a rise in consumer prices and hikes in interest rates. But an end to the Federal Reserve's program of easy money would hurt asset prices and possibly employment as well. Which is not what most investors want to hear. When Yellen's words reached Wall Street, the market tanked. By the afternoon she was in retreat, telling the Wall Street Journal CEO summit that she had been misunderstood. "So let me be clear," she said. "That’s not something I'm predicting or recommending." No, of course not. But it still might happen anyway.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Newest, quite comprehensive, and yet very concise discussion of Climate Change

 Newest, quite comprehensive, and yet very concise discussion of Climate Change

8 minutes, really worth it. -Del

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

New scam

 New scam:

Call today: "This is an automated call from the utility company (may have said ours). Your service will be turned off in 30 minutes due to an unpaid bill. Press 1 to talk to an agent."
Me: Hang up. Sure the "agent: would ask for my credit card #.
Lights: Still on.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Biden Changes His Tune on COVID-Era Travel Bans

 Biden Changes His Tune on COVID-Era Travel Bans

Russian vs. US Military

 Quite an interesting contrast.  Sure makes me wish I were 20 again so I could rush out to sign up for the US military, and get critical new life experiences like learning how to walk in high heels.

Are we in trouble or what?  (Rhetorical question)

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Random Thoughts for May 2021


Random Thoughts for May 2021

Robert A. Hall

Feel free to post or forward.  


Health update: I’m scheduled for my hip replacement next Thursday, May 6th. I hope it goes through. I told the surgeon he better do a good job as I had already signed up for the next Marine Corps Marathon. LOL. I’ll be happy if I can walk and get in and out of bed/cars without pain. We will see.


Next month’s RT may be short, depending on how I bounce back.


Derek Chauvin won’t last a year in prison.

“A mass media…whose raison d’etre is to make money and secure audiences and only secondarily to inform.” –Paul Kennedy. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, 1987


Saw a book at Goodwill: “Eat up and slim down.” It was on the fiction shelf.


Sometimes you have to quit when you’re behind.


Some people plan what they want to do in life, changing the plans as circumstances require. Others just drift along. As a rule, the planners have better lives.


“Successful people have a sense of gratitude. Unsuccessful people have a sense of entitlement.” –Steve Aitchison


“Race doesn’t matter!” Except when it does.


“Rome’s premier contribution to mankind’s understanding of how man may be made civilized was its institution of a disciplined and permanent Army.” –John Keegan, A History of Warfare.


Exactly what is progressive about intolerance?” –Dave Blaska, blogger 


Woke is a joke.


Dick Armey, the Texas Republican and former House majority leader, used to say, only half-jokingly, “Liberals love jobs, but they hate employers.”


From Facebook: One of my favorite speeches comes from Robert Duvall in "Second Hand Lions": "Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things that a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good. That honor, courage and virtues mean everything. That power and money, money and power mean nothing; that Good always triumphs over Evil; and I want you to remember this: That Love, true Love never dies. Doesn't matter if any of this is true or not. You see a man should believe in these things because these are the things worth believing in."


If you do one thing well enough to become a multi-millionaire, you can hold yourself out as an expert in everything.


If you have an IRA or a 401K, you are a capitalist. Stand by for a ram.


When a guy says to a girl, “This will be our secret,” ten to one it won’t be secret long.


Looking at the world today, I wonder how much lemonade I can make.


The government can hand out money. But it can’t hand out knowledge, a work ethic, self-discipline, integrity, goal orientation, gratitude, or belief in something bigger than yourself. They are essential to success and you have to get them on your own.


My Drill Instructors at Parris Island gave me resiliency, tenacity and self-discipline. These are vital to success and no amount of money can buy them.


COVID has exposed how hollowed out and weak the American character has become.

You can often tell a tolerant liberal by the vicious name calling. Alas, rabid right wingers do it too. It just locks people into their positions.


I understand that on Easter Sunday, Biden and Pelosi attended a service at Planned Parenthood where they thanked the state for its blessings and aborted the traditional Easter Baby.


There are exceptions, but liberals tend to worship the state, conservatives tend to worship God.


Old age: The Flatulent Years.


The world would be better if people were as eager to pay their debts as they were to borrow the money.


When God gives you a mission, you don’t say, “Sorry, I have other plans.”


If you live in America, you are not oppressed and those people you don't like are not privileged. --John Hawkins


As to the latest Woke controversy, I never heard of an evergreen tree being used for a lynching.


Biden is reinstating economic and humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, which will allow them to divert funds to terrorism and murder.


Graphing it, in ten years progressives will be fighting to make post-birth abortion legal up to 12 months. And in 15 years….


A few years ago I talked about abortion to a progressive relative. He said he opposed end-term, partial birth abortion, but most such were induced abortion early in the pregnancy. Now it’s abortion for any reason up to the moment of birth. I haven’t asked him to avoid an argument.


From Facebook: “If you’re happy and you know it, go back to bed. If you’re happy and you know it, go back to bed. If you’re happy and you know it, getting up will surely blow it, if you’re happy and you know it, go back to bed.”


If someone tells you the world will end on a certain date, bet them. If they are right, how will they collect?


The curse of being a reliable person is dealing with so many people who aren’t.


Hiring for competence is racist.


“Leave a message and I will call you back” is one of the great lies.


One of the vets I called for a MLMS interview had a VM message that said, “Have a nice day…unless of course you have other plans.”


To be a police officer in Minneapolis, Seattle or Portland, you must really need the job, or want to be an officer a great deal. I keep expecting them all to quit.


Black Jobs Matter. Stop burning down the places blacks work.


I think there may be an undiscovered asshole gene that makes some people act the way they do.


It must be exhausting to be a progressive. Each year you have to learn new things to fervently believe it. Ten years ago, who talked about CRT or abortion to the moment of birth? Remember when Obama, Bill Clinton, and Schumer were dead set against illegal immigration?


Libraries use to celebrate Banned Books Day. Now they ban books themselves.


Almost every revolution ends in tyranny. See France and Bonaparte. Ours was the exception. We won’t be so lucky next time.


My smart phone addiction is getting worse. It said I was up to a minute a day last week.


I think a lot of people say, “Facebook keeps taking it down” to get you to share their pic or meme.


Being black or white or brown or red or yellow doesn’t entitle you to respect. Being a decent, hard-working person does.


There’s a difference between want and need. I want a Morgan sports car, but I just need a car that will get me around. And a difference between need and greed. Everyone needs a home. The founder of BLM didn’t need to spent $1.4m of donated money on a mansion. (She said it wasn’t donated money? Then where did it come from? Her job?


“White privilege” is as racist a term as “ni--er.”


If Biden is right and no amendment is absolute, does that abrogate the amendments against slavery and guaranteeing blacks the right to vote.


From Facebook: This entire presidency is like being tied to a chair and watching a toddler play with a revolver.


Dane County increased our tax assessment by $21,000. Need more money for left-wing programs.


Putting Harris in charge of the border is like putting Bill Clinton in charge of a girls’ high school.


The only secure, stable, reliable green energy is nuclear power.


Baseball used to be the “National Pass Time.” Now being offended is.


From Facebook: “I used to laugh at people who went to bed at 9:30pm. Now I wonder how they stayed up so late.”


“To become weak is to become prey.” –David Mamet.


Never vote for woke politicians.


Not only am I over the hill, I can no longer see the sucker in my rearview mirror.


The stronger the teachers’ union, the poorer the education.


We are all in a competition to be a better person than we were yesterday. But too many aren’t trying or are blaming others.


"Truly, whoever can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." –Voltaire


To paraphrase a fake quote from John Wayne. “Life is short. It’s shorter if you’re stupid.”


I told a woman I was 75. She said you’re only as old as you feel. I said, “Ok, I’m 85.”


 I reads over the list of Oscar winners. I never heard of, let alone saw, one of them.


In light of the service of the Biden family to China, they have named a dish for Hunter. Go to your local Chinese restaurant and order “Dim Son.”


Systemic racism is a system that assumes all white people to be racist because of the color of their skin.


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. During the crisis he is working from home.


Friday, April 30, 2021

Don't eat meat

 I came across this Aussie program, and it leads to a truly fantastic

video made by some teenage girl who seems to have an American accent. Just watch her little discussion of why you should not go to the store and buy a piece of meat to cook at home. And just think, in only a couple of years she'll be able to vote. (It's just one more "you can't make this crap up")


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Monday, April 26, 2021

The Dangers of an Increasingly Online World

 The Dangers of an Increasingly Online World

Excerpt: While there are exceptions, in most arguments on social media, the default setting is that everyone who disagrees with you is at best an idiot, or more likely, a threat to good people everywhere. Both social media and regular media offer an endless buffet table of examples that the people who think differently than you really are imbecilic, corrupt, malevolent, and a danger to others. If you’re on the left, and go to a site like Raw Story this morning, you can read headlines such as: “‘Pathetic liar’ Greg Abbott blasted for online misinformation: ‘Take down this lie,’” “‘Sad, pathetic and weak:’ Kevin McCarthy demolished on Morning Joe for his mealy-mouthed defense of Trump,” “‘Fascist’ Ron DeSantis burned to the ground by Florida reporter for his latest Trump-like move.’’ Notice that all of these stories amount to “Someone said something critical about a Republican lawmaker.” (Also, I had missed that last bit of news. Shouldn’t someone be arrested for arson if that headline is true?) If you’re on the right, you can read this morning that “Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were once White House guests of former President Bill Clinton, “Michigan Democrat seen resisting DUI arrest, threatens to call Gov. Whitmer in bodycam footage,” and “Kamala Harris’ office stated ignorance of how volunteers, corporate sponsors chose her book for migrant kids.” There is always some new story to reassure you that the other side is irredeemably evil, and there’s no point in even trying to engage with them. After all, there’s a cultural war going on, or so we’re often told, not a mere cultural disagreement. A lot of morally debatable acts are justified in war that would not be justified in other circumstances. A lot of social-media algorithms are meant to promote posts with the highest level of “interactivity” — with no ability or desire to assess whether that interactivity is good or bad. Noncontroversial views do not generate interactivity; controversial ones do — which means that many social-media platforms inadvertently or deliberately set up a system that gives the biggest platform and widest audience to the most controversial and extreme viewpoints. [I seldom link to The Morning Jolt, though it’s now one of the minority of things National Review hasn’t limited access to. Today’s column by Jim Geraghty hits right between the eyes. Yes, we do need to back away a little. Once our perspective is lost, it’s difficult to get it back. Ron P.]

Here's What Data Says About The Myth Of "Racism" In Police Killing

 Here's What Data Says About The Myth Of "Racism" In Police Killings

Excerpt: After accounting for these and other factors, including averaged cultural differences in police departments, we found that black officers were at least as likely as their white peers to kill black suspects, but that black officers were more likely to kill unarmed blacks than were white officers.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

What thoughts do you have on the video of the shooting of Adam Toledo in Chicago?

 What thoughts do you have on the video of the shooting of Adam Toledo in Chicago?

The Courage of Our Convictions. How to fight critical race theory

 Critical Race Theory explained... and what needs to be done about it

It has gone from a crackpot theory to a juggernaut of PC and 'woke' power taking over institutions all over, and using persecution and intimidation to force at least silence if not actual assent. It is seriously dangerous to the society, and the resistance must rise strongly and widely to counter it. It's going to be a long and messy fight, but it's an existential one. --Del
The Courage of Our Convictions
How to fight critical race theory

Tucker Carlson: Democrats cry, 'Let them use knives,' because teenage knife fights are human rights

 Tucker Carlson: Democrats cry, 'Let them use knives,' because teenage knife fights are human rights

Friday, April 23, 2021

Six Seconds to Live

 I am amazed that someone decided to make this video, and put the time, effort, and money into it. But I am deeply grateful that they did. A lot of people should see this, and understand what it is to really believe in service to the nation and your call to duty beyond your own life. --Del

Please watch and share as appropriate. It is a reflection of the training and discipline of our military personnel, exemplifying the Warrior Ethos and John 15:13. I doubt we will see this on major TV/media.
Semper Fi!

Higher Education Takes Aim at ‘Colonialist’ Music

 There are still some conservative college professors. A distinct minority today, of course, almost an endangered species, but at least a few brave souls (with tenure) who speak out on occasion. Here's an excellent contribution from one still teaching at my old college. (Although he's not far from retirement and I don't know who will fill his shoes after that.) Excellent article about the latest deep dive into 'woke' insanity. --Del

Higher Education Takes Aim at ‘Colonialist’ Music


 So minority kids don't do as well on average in some schools as White kids?  And the answer the geniuses have come up with is to lower the bar for them to make things more "equitable"?  So now the "A" grade the White kid gets means something really different from the "A" grade the minority kid gets?  Sure, that's the way to make things better in society.

Ahh.... maybe the two real answers are more focused learning help for the kids who want it, and let reality be whatever it is for everyone else.  The letters on the page may be black ink on white paper, but they don't care what eyes are looking at them.  Reading skills are reading skills whether your ancestors came from Scandinavia, the UK, Spain, China, or Africa.
McWhorter is a super writer, and should be famous and asked to be giving lectures all over the country.
John McWhorter from It Bears Mentioning 



The roots of this notion polluting our schools that it's racist to make a black student actually answer the question.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Knife fights are normal

 Here's the quote from one of the BLM activists about the recent tragic case of a teenage girl going berserk with a knife and trying to stab two other girls.

“Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons,” tweeted longtime activist Bree Newsome. “We do not need police to address these situations by showing up to the scene & using a weapon against one of the teenagers. Y’all need help. I mean that sincerely.”
Her other comments include the idea that "we don't need White police officers to show up to handle our children".  This is a perfect example of seeing everything solely through the prism of race, no matter what, in which anything a White person does is bad and innately racist.  If it had been a White girl stabbing other White girls and the officer who shot her was Black, how would the situation have been reported, what kind of reactions wouild we have seen?  If the officer didn't shoot her and she managed to kill the girl pressed up against the car, what would have been said then, that it was OK since girls having knife fights is just part of the community?  Somehow I don't think so.
But at least Twitter is full of very zingy retorts to this racist woman, and many of the retorts are from Black people.  So not everyone is crazy.
But too many people are.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Law Profesor

 This is really interesting, as the writer says, given the background of the Georgetown professor.


Georgetown La

The Case for Black Patriotism

 The Case for Black Patriotism

An African-American professor looks at the United States and sees the greatest force for human liberty on the planet.
Glenn C. Loury

It's coming

 Why I am worried


Monday, April 19, 2021

Gun free zone song

 Gun free zone song

Once again, Bill Maher does a nice job on the facts about the virus

 Once again, Bill Maher does a nice job on the facts about the virus and

alarmism.  He does have the obligatory slams at Trump in there, including
(to my surprise, I thought he was smarter than this) the utterly false
claim that Trump told people to inject disinfectants, but the bulk of his
comments are really spot on, and his very sharp jabs at the Democrats for
being so badly misinformed are neat.  Enjoy.


Planned Parenthood Head Says Abortion Provider Is ‘Canceling’ Founder Margaret Sanger

 Planned Parenthood Head Says Abortion Provider Is ‘Canceling’ Founder Margaret Sanger

We've been telling them. ~Bob

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Is America Living in a 9/10 Moment?

 Is America Living in a 9/10 Moment?

The calm before a possible Great Power storm. By David French

Russian Hoax Prosecutor John Durham Issues Subpoena to ... "Brookings Institute"

 Russian Hoax Prosecutor John Durham Issues Subpoena to ... "Brookings Institute"

Excerpt: The continued use of information from Danchenko has always been a huge “red-flag” problem in my review of the FBI’s conduct.  There was simply too much information known to the FBI by December 2016 and January 2017 to press forward with the investigation while continuing to rely on earlier judgments that there was some substance to the Russia Hoax allegations.  Nothing that the investigation was actually turning up — nothing that was later reported by the Mueller Special Counsel investigation or otherwise disclosed by Inspector General Horowitz’s report — has ever supported the FBI’s continued belief in the legitimacy of the “Russia Hoax” allegations such that the investigation should have been carried on after Pres. Trump took office. Maybe more than any other specific fact or set of facts, the information given to the FBI during the multi-day interview of Danchenko, combined with his “problematical” history that made practically worthless ANYTHING he said implicating anyone in subversive activity, made it improper for the FBI to push forward as it did when a “pause” and objective review of where the investigation stood and what they had learned would have likely caused it to have been shutdown. [Wow. Durham’s people are still making slow progress–but, it IS progress. The author speculates about where the info came from as there have been ZERO leads from Durham’s team, but the speculation seems valid to me. Ron P.]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Radicalized Political Ingratitude

 Another nice review of why I'm glad to be living in a Red state. One that will probably survive as part of the New South when the SHTF at long last and the USA crumbles into separate sections. Stories like this keep indicating that barring some kind of miracle, the republic is doomed. --Del

Radicalized Political Ingratitude

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Why violent crime surged after police across America retreated

 So we need an explanation in USA Today as to why violent crime went up as policing activities decreased?  Really?

But it's a good article, just supplies facts about what happens when you cut back on police work and work hard at demoralzing and demotivating officers.  Of course some of us crazy old people did anticipate this, but hey, maybe that was just our Far Right bias showing itself?  It couldn't be that we actually have some real understanding of how things work, could it?  After all, so many really smart people with advanced degrees and so many politicians and activists said all this was a great idea.... how could they have been mistaken?  Oh well...
The real question is how do cities regain a level of control and get back to that quaint idea of law and order.  How are they going to recruit good people to go into law enforcement now?  I can only feel sorry for the people living in a lot of these cities, until they vote in some seriouis people who will shrug off the "social justice" priority and get back to keeping citizens safe in their homes, businesses, and on the street.

Why violent crime surged after police across America retreated

Even the most dedicated officers who now face a greater risk of being sued, fired or prosecuted for doing their job feel pressure to pull back.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Army Women Flunking First Try At ‘Gender-Neutral’ Fitness Test


Army Women Flunking First Try At ‘Gender-Neutral’ Fitness Test

You Can’t Ignore Physics, Joe

 You Can’t Ignore Physics, Joe

Excerpt: Joe Biden is not all that different from Donald Trump in his propensity to just blurt out the first thing that pops into his mind, whether or not it’s true, whether or not it even sounds plausible, and whether or not what he’s describing violates the laws of physics. Yesterday, in another sales pitch for his infrastructure plan, Biden said, “. . . what we’re really doing is raising the bar on what we can imagine. Imagine a world where you and your family can travel coast to coast, without a single tank of gas, or on a high-speed train close to as fast as you can go across the country in a plane.” This is almost physically impossible, even if we make the most optimistic assessments about advances in rail technology. Commercial airliners usually travel 550 to 580 miles per hour.