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

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.

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.

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.

Private Cannon Ownership in Early America

 Private Cannon Ownership in Early America

Excerpt: And although I hesitate to bring this to Joe’s attention, individuals and nonprofits own cannon today. In 2019, for example, Brown’s Company of Artillery fired for five hours in Lebanon … the one in Connecticut. And the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, a private artillery company organized in Massachusetts in 1638, still exists! Yes, they fire smoothbore muzzleloaders, which remain completely federally unregulated to this day. Breech loading cannon with rifled barrels are federally regulated, but not banned. [I recall, but don’t remember from where, that in Arizona as recently as the 1890s, smooth-bore cannon were legal to own by private individuals PROVIDED THE OWNER COULD PHYSICALLY LIFT AND CARRY IT 100 FEET–thus “bearing” the firearm at least once during each calendar year. Ron P.]

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Working from home? You’re probably being spied on

 Working from home? You’re probably being spied on

Excerpt: Rather than being trusted to accomplish their jobs out of physical view, a startling number of employees are being tracked and measured through privacy-invasive software which can surveil their web browsing habits, track their app usage, monitor their screen time—periodically capturing screen images—and even transcribe their phone calls. The fascination with digital workplace surveillance software—sometimes called “bossware”—is increasing, according to a recent survey funded by ExpressVPN, in collaboration with Pollfish. Of the 2,000 employers surveyed, 57 percent “implemented employee monitoring software in the past six months.” Of those that had not deployed such software, 59 percent said they were “very or somewhat likely” to do so in the future. (...) In the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, as thousands of companies shifted to WFH models, a certain panic arose regarding potential, lowered productivity. The combination of removing workers from a potentially collaborative in-office environment, expecting them to simultaneously tackle childcare and work, and hoping they can manage the stress of a global pandemic, often led corporate leaders to believe that their employees’ productivity would slow to a crawl. Those concerns, it appears, led to increased demand for digital workplace surveillance software. [Been working from home, Folks? Playing a few hands of poker when you’re supposed to be working? Big Brother–or Big Boss–may have been watching. It seems this is a growing issue. Malwarebytes sends out two brief article summaries--3 to 6 articles each--each month. They're free. Ron P.]

Discovery of 'Dragon Man' skull in China prompts rethink of human evolution

 Discovery of 'Dragon Man' skull in China prompts rethink of human evolution

Excerpt: Researchers said in their findings, published Friday as three separate papers in the journal The Innovation, that Homo longi could replace Neanderthals as the closest relative to our own species, Homo sapiens. The discovery of the new species is connected to a skull known as the Harbin cranium, a fossil thought to have been discovered decades ago but only recently studied. "It is widely believed that the Neanderthal belongs to an extinct lineage that is the closest relative of our own species," Xijun Ni, a professor of primatology and paleoanthropology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Hebei GEO University, and author of two of the papers, told The Associated Press. "However, our discovery suggests that the new lineage we identified that includes Homo longi is the actual sister group of Homo sapiens." (...)  It added that the skull, which is about 9 inches long and more than 6 inches wide, is big enough to hold a brain that is similar in size to that of a modern human — around 3 pounds (1,420ml) in brain volume. Researchers believe it belonged to a male, aged about 50. The cranium is thought to have been discovered in 1933 when a bridge was built over the Songhua River in Harbin City, in China’s Heilongjiang province, the study said, adding that information about the exact site was lost because of its "long and confused history." Junyi Ge, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and one of the study’s team members, said they were “quite confident” that it was more than 146,000 years old.  [The article continues below the images. I’ve long suspected “humans” are much older than was previously accepted. This is just one more bit of evidence in favor of that. Emphasis has been added. Ron P.]

Friday, June 25, 2021

trust in the media

 I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.... because it says 29% of Americans still trust the news!  Totally amazed to see a number that high, I would have thought (and hoped!) it'd be down to mayb 10% at best by now.  Then again, at least 10% of the population have IQs down in the cellar, and others have been indoctrinated, so maybe that explains it.


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Book Burning

 Bob, I hope you post this whole essay/open letter. This may be the clearest, most powerful exposition of what's happening that I've read anywhere. Ever. The worst that can happen is someone'll hate us--but, they probably already do, so that seems minor.


On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 12:45:16 PM EDT, Robert Hall <> wrote:

---------- Forwarded message ---------

I remember clearly the pictures of mass book burnings by the Brownshirts in Germany, an idea that spread from there.  Although the really powerful oppressors don't have to burn books, they simply forbid the importation of any they don't like, and of course make sure no one in their control ever gets to publish anything they don't like.  Now we have an interesting development in the West where there are no physical burnings of books, but in effect flames engulf the writers of books that offend the passionate ideologues and their books become subject to various forms of banning.  Not quite as dramatic visually as a huge pile of books on fire, but still pretty effective.
And it should bring on massive screaming and resistance from everyone who believes in freedom.  The author makes a point in her article below, that it's time for courage of convictions, for people to take that difficult step of standing up to speak the truth, even knowing that there is liable to be a cost.  Sometimes some of us have to take the beating to be witnesses for truth and freedom.  Our Founders pledged their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" and took the huge risk of losing out and winding up on the gallows.  We need more Americans to stand up and defy those who would intimidate us.

The Books Are Already Burning

The question is only: How long will decent people stand by quietly and watch it happen?

Do you remember the names Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying?  I wrote one of my earliest New York Times columns about the bravery they displayed as tenured professors — words that do not typically appear in the same sentence  — at Evergreen State College. 

It was 2017 and the professors, both evolutionary biologists, opposed the school’s “Day of Absence,” in which white students were asked to leave campus for the day. You can imagine what followed. For questioning a day of racial segregation wearing the garments of social justice, the pair was smeared as racist. Following serious threats, they left town for a time with their children, lost many of their friends, and, ultimately, resigned their jobs. 

But they refused to shut up.

They started a podcast called DarkHorse, where they suggested in April 2020 that Covid-19 could have come from the lab in Wuhan — a position that made them a laughingstock among so-called experts more than a year before Jon Stewart talked about it on The Late Show.

Their willingness to challenge conventional wisdom and take on third-rail subjects has drawn them a large audience: Last month, DarkHorse had almost five million views on YouTube. But speaking freely has come with a price. The couple’s two YouTube channels have each received several warnings and one official strike, which the company says was because of their advocacy of the drug ivermectin as a treatment for Covid-19. Three strikes from YouTube and a channel can be deleted. According to Weinstein, that would mean the loss of “more than half of our income.” 

How have we gotten here? How have we gotten to the point where having conversations about important scientific and medical subjects requires such a high level of personal risk? How have we accepted a reality in which Big Tech can carry out the digital equivalent of book burnings? And why is it that so few people are speaking up against the status quo?

I can’t think of a person better situated to answer these questions than Abigail Shrier, the author of today’s guest essay.

You may have heard of Shrier. She is the author of Irreversible Damage, which the Economist named one of the best books of last year, and a dogged journalist who has taken on the difficult and thankless subject of the enormous rise of gender dysphoria among teenage girls.

I say thankless because it’s hard to capture the decibel of the vitriol that has met her work. To give you a taste: one of the ACLU’s most prominent lawyers said that “stopping the circulation of this book and these ideas is 100% a hill I will die on.” (The subject of how the ACLU came to favor book banning is taken up brilliantly here.) And this is to say nothing of the personal defamation of Shrier’s character, smears that bear zero relationship to my courageous friend.

You do not need to agree with Shrier about whether or not children should be able to medically transition genders without their parents’ permission (she is opposed), or for that matter with Weinstein and Heying’s bullishness about ivermectin (I had never heard of of the drug before they put it on my radar). That’s not the point. The point is that the questions they ask are not just legitimate, they are of critical importance. Meantime, some of the most powerful forces in our culture are conspiring to silence them.

That is precisely the reason it is so important to stand up and say: no. To say: progress comes only when we have the freedom to disagree. To say: It is outrageous that tech platforms are censoring such debates and that some journalists are cheering them on. To say, in public: enough. In my case, that means making sure to publish those voices who have been shut out of so many other channels that ought to be open to them.

— BW

One hundred and forty-six people in Halifax, Nova Scotia wait on a list to borrow a library book. A question hangs over them: Will activists let them read it?

The book is mine  Irreversible Damage — and it is an investigation of a medical mystery: Why is the number of teenage girls requesting (and obtaining) gender reassignment skyrocketing in the United States, Canada, Scandinavia and Europe? In Great Britain, it’s up 4,400% over the last decade. 

Though it shouldn’t be, this has become a highly controversial area of inquiry. The book is an exploration of why so many girls would, in such a short timeframe, decide they are transgender. And it raises questions about whether they’re getting appropriate medical treatment.

The book is not about whether trans people exist. They do. And it is not about adults who elect to medically transition genders. As I have stated endlessly in public interviews and in Senate testimony, I fully support medical transition for mature adults and believe that transgender individuals should live openly without fear or stigma.

Yet since publication, I have faced fierce opposition — not just to the ideas presented, challenged, or explored — but to the publication of the book itself. A top lawyer for the ACLU called for it to be banned. Powerful organizations like GLAAD have lobbied against it and pressured corporations — Target and Amazon among others — to remove Irreversible Damage from their virtual shelves. 

There’s a pattern to such censorship campaigns. A fresh example presented itself this past week at Science-Based Medicine, which bills itself as “a group blog exploring issues and controversies in the relationship between science in medicine.” 

On Tuesday, one of the blog’s long-time contributors, Dr. Harriet Hall — a family physician and flight surgeon in the Air Force with dozens of publications to her name — posted a favorable review of my book. She examined the scientific claims as well as the medical ones and wrote that the book “combines well-researched facts with horrifying stories about botched surgeries, people who later regret their choices and therapists who are not providing therapy but just validating their patient’s self-diagnosis.” Dr. Hall not only shared my criticisms of “affirmative care” — that is, immediately agreeing with a teen’s self-diagnosis of gender dysphoria and proceeding to hormones and surgeries — but also noted that many physicians and therapists feel the same way but are afraid to say so.

Within a day, Dr. Hall’s article was flooded with nearly 1,000 comments, mostly, she says, from activists demanding the article be stripped from the site, but also from some readers expressing their appreciation. Angry emails from activists swamped the blog’s editors. Within two days, those editors had given Dr. Hall an ultimatum: retract, rewrite, or allow them to add a disclaimer. 

“What surprised me was that my fellow editors attacked me, too. Basically what they said was that my article was not up to my usual standards as far as medicine, science and critical thinking went. And I didn’t feel that I did anything but what I always do. That surprised me,” she told me. Considering the editors’ ultimatum, she elected to have the editors who disagreed add a disclaimer to the website. “I told them I did not want it retracted. And the next thing I knew, they had retracted it.”

Let that sink in: a book review by a respected physician was bullied out of existence in America.

Public figures who have watched the success of such campaigns — and they are now weekly if not daily — now know they risk their livelihoods by engaging heterodox views. Jordan Peterson, for example, chose to demonetize the interview we did on his YouTube channel to, in his words, “avoid attracting counterproductive attention by jackals who weaponize demonetization.” 

It’s not only corporations facing this type of activist pressure. Public libraries now do, too.

Halifax Pride, the annual LGBTQ festival, announced late last month that it would cut ties with the city’s library system over its insistence on carrying Irreversible Damage, calling it “transphobic,” and claiming that it “jeopardizes the safety of trans youth” and “debates the existence of trans people.” 

So far, the Halifax Public Libraries have resisted. Their position is straightforward and apolitical: libraries exist to expose the public to the widest array of views, “including those which may be regarded as unorthodox or unpopular with the majority.” 

The Halifax Public Libraries tried to compromise with the activists by pasting a note inside the book’s cover, directing readers to a list of “trans-affirming” resources. But the activists were unappeased. No ties with the libraries were restored. They want the book gone from the library and scrubbed from existence. Two copies in a library of nearly 1.2 million volumes are two too many.

Not even the Nova Scotia Library Association or the Canadian Library Association has come to the library’s defense, though their standing orders explicitly require member libraries “to guarantee and facilitate access to all expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity, including those which some elements of society may consider to be unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable.”

Silent supporters stand alongside the Halifax Libraries. They sign up to borrow the book, now nearly 150 of them, and post supportive messages on Twitter usually under pseudonyms.They know that the activists waging this battle — over who gets to determine what we can read, what ideas adults are allowed to explore, will, at some point, come for ideas they favor, or causes they support. 

But like too many individuals and institutions who try to hold fast to liberal values in the face of an intolerant and illiberal onslaught, the Halifax Libraries stand alone in the public square.

I know how they feel.

Half of Twitter seems to think I'm some sort of demon. But if you read my inbox, you’d think I was popular, awash as I am in secret fan mail and “silent supporter” notes. 

Here is an entirely typical example — one of hundreds I’ve received over the last year: 

Hi, Mrs. Shrier, I just wanted to drop you a quick note thanking you for your bravery. It might surprise you to know that I work for a prominent progressive politician (obviously I could never express my support for your work publicly). But it should be known that not everyone on the Left has totally lost their mind.

The author turned out to be a senior staffer for a popular 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. But the email itself was a version that I’ve come to expect:  I agree with you, though I couldn’t possibly say so publicly. I have a job to think of, a reputation to uphold, children to put through college, a mortgage to pay, promotions to gun for, a spouse to please, friendships to maintain. All of the trappings of a comfortable life

Child and adult psychologists and psychiatrists write to say they have witnessed a surge in transgender identification among teen girls who seem to be acting under peer and social media influence. Teachers write to say they believe that the phenomenon is plainly an example of social contagion within their classrooms. Surgeons and pediatricians and endocrinologists write to wonder aloud at what has happened to their profession.

There are lawyers who posit that lawsuits are on the way — brought by others, presumably. Professors who have come to hate their jobs — you can’t discuss your own research without trampling on a young generation’s vast neural network of sensitivities. Journalists at our most storied newspapers, TV networks, and literary magazines, even at NPR, write to tell me they liked my book, they agree with it, and to tut-tut the abuse directed at me. They assure me that the horrible accusations — from child predation to white supremacy and transphobia — accusations that will forever live on the internet, blackening my name, are things no one really believes. They wish — wish! — they could say so publicly. Each of these notes has touched or boosted me at times when I’ve needed it. 

The fear these silent supporters express is rational. Even the most ordinary comments can get you branded as persona non grata, some flavor of ‘phobe’ or ‘ist.’ Hardly a week goes by without a story of some professor being reprimanded, a starlet losing a job, or a young reality TV figure abjectly apologizing for something he said that was completely obvious and true. Others have faced more profound threats — parents to the custody of their children, journalists and even editors of scientific journals to their physical safety. People I respect have lost livelihoods and marriages

And so, for over a year, I responded to those silent supporters with thanks and reassurance. You don’t have to speak out, just send me your documents — I will expose it for you. No need to stand up for me publicly, just tell me what you know. For a while, this seemed a decent bargain.

But then, a few months ago, a pediatrician reached out to say that she also thought it was insane that minors were self-prescribing testosterone and that she agreed that her profession was negligent in unquestioningly “affirming” the sudden trans-identification of teenagers. 

The standard response didn’t cut it this time. I wrote back as politely as I could: That’s just not good enough. You are a doctor. We aren’t the same with regard to medical scandals. I can continue to seek and publish the truth. I can interview experts and report what they’ve said. But you can appeal to your own authority. You took a Hippocratic oath. If you see young patients in harm’s way, you have an obligation to do something.

The same is true for other professions. If you are a teacher, you entered the profession in order to expand young minds. If you are watching them being warped, it’s your responsibility to fight that. If you are a journalist witnessing lies being spread by your colleagues, it’s your responsibility to stand up for truthIf you are a professor, watching your colleagues being bullied — a med school professor watching hokum being peddled as fact, a scientist watching the corruption of research — there’s no one else to speak up but you. 

Each of us knows this in theory. But why do so few oppose the pressure, lies, and the corrupting force of these bullying campaigns?

The silent supporters have each performed the same risk-benefit calculation and arrived at the same conclusion: Speaking up isn’t worth it. It could cost a job, reputation, peace and friends — it requires the assumption of risk and a willingness to sacrifice.  

And it is easy to justify our silence. We tell ourselves that we are protecting our families by remaining quiet and in the short-term, and we may be. But we are also handing our children over to a culture in which freedom of conscience and expression are drowned out. We are teaching our children that truth shouldn’t be our primary concern — or at least, that truth is negotiable or subordinate to being agreeable. They are learning that it is more important to remain acceptable to the powerful than to be truly free.

Whether or not most people admit it, what keeps them from speaking up in the face of what they know is wrong is fear. Fear not primarily of unemployment, though that is a pressing concern, but fear of ostracism. This deep and ancient fear is behind our desperate reach for innocence and safety when we virtue signal. By contrast, we stand exposed when we speak unpopular truth. Within your tribe, there will be people who pull away from you, and if you think well of them — and sadly, even if you don’t — this causes pain. 

The pain is measurable and real, as Professor Kip Williams, an expert on ostracism, told me: “When people say their feelings are hurt, or they're feeling heartbroken, or they're feeling punched in the gut because of what their partner did, then you think its a metaphor. But in fact, it's the same feeling physiologically. You're having the same effects. And the brain detects it as pain.” We feel real physical pain at being cast out by a social group.

So terrible is this fear and this pain that in ancient Rome, a person sentenced to death could opt for exile instead. The Romans understood that ostracism was a punishment as bad as death. 

What can make it bearable? According to Professor Williams, getting yourself accepted by another group. This is also the way to confront most of life’s heartaches — surrounded by those you love. And there is no better way to gain respect from those you don’t already know than by being identified with truthfulness.

Fear of ostracism is rational.  But we are now living in a world in which evolutionary biologists are threatened with losing their platforms for engaging in debate about the source and treatment of a deadly virus; in which prize-winning composers have been professionally ruined for saying arson is bad; in which authors are editing already-published books to placate online mobs. That should scare us far more than losing friends or status.

So look to the Halifax Library. Summon what faith you can in those things you know to be right and true: a person is not defined by her race; biological sex is real; scientific research requires ideologically unencumbered investigation; activists shouldn’t bully libraries; and books should not be banned. 

The first hundred or so silent supporter emails meant the most to me. They made me feel less crazy and less alone. But the inescapable reality is that defeating this ideology will take courage. And courage is not something that can happen in private. Courage requires each one of us to speak up, publicly, for what we believe in. Even when — especially when — it carries costs. 

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Here's What the Chinese Defector Has Reportedly Given Us About COVID...But Also on Joe and Hunter Biden

 Here's What the Chinese Defector Has Reportedly Given Us About COVID...But Also on Joe and Hunter Biden

Excerpt: As the media laments being totally wrong about the COVID lab leak theory, more details are coming out about the Chinese defector who has been taken into US custody. The man alleges that he has knowledge about a slew of Chinese bioweapons programs and COVID. He alleges that the current pandemic was caused by a lab leak, and that bats were the real cover-up story. The defector alleges that while the lab leak was an accident, it was allowed to spread. Our friends at RedState wrote about this first, but Jen Van Laar has a new development. The identity of the defector has been confirmed, and he's a high-ranking intelligence official with the People's Republic of China [It’s difficult to tell how much of this is speculation, how much is fact, and how much is sheer BS. Realistically, we may never know for certain. What we do know for certain is that “something” changed a few weeks ago when the media suddenly began taking the lab leak possibility seriously. And, if the lab leak is real, maybe the rest of this is, too. Townhall, Red State, and PJ media have several overlapping articles on this. No one walks away clean, either. Ron P.]

Thursday, June 17, 2021

A Chinese Lab Virus? So Now What?

 A Chinese Lab Virus? So Now What?

Excerpt: For over a year, the American establishment and media borg have ostracized anyone who dared to connect the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic with the Chinese military-sponsored, level-4 biosafety Wuhan Institute of Virology. Then, suddenly and without apologies for their past demagoguery, “journalists” and “experts” concede that the nearby Wuhan lab may well be the most likely genesis. Why the abrupt change? Donald Trump is no longer president. There is now no need for progressives to declare everything Trump once asserted as truth a lie. And that paradox includes Trump’s spring 2020 insistence that the lab, not a wet market of sliced-up bats, was the source of the outbreak. The recent release of Anthony Fauci’s emails, along with the new information about Dr. Peter Daszak’s gain-of-function research, make it indisputable that both were knowingly channeling U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Chinese for coronavirus research in Wuhan. [V. D. Hanson–who is always readable–lays out four possible ways the accident could have been handled differently by the Chinese authorities. All make sense; none reflect well on our media, social media companies, Fauci or Daszak. Ron P.]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Scientists Call for Investigation into Journals That Dismissed Wuhan Lab Theory

 Scientists Call for Investigation into Journals That Dismissed Wuhan Lab Theory

Excerpt: Pro-China ideologues and well-regarded medical researchers with an apparent interest in ensuring that U.S.–China cooperation on coronavirus research continued worked with prominent medical journals, such as the Lancet, to cast the idea as a conspiracy theory that inflames anti-Asian sentiment. (...) Voice of America spoke to Richard Ebright, a Rutgers University microbiologist and outspoken lab-leak proponent, and Nikolai Petrovsky, a professor at Flinders University in Australia, about prominent medical journals’ rejection of articles that didn’t fit the supposed scientific consensus before the lab-leak explanation went mainstream: “Scientists skeptical from the start of the natural-spillover theory, including Petrovsky, Ebright and a so-called Paris Group of scientists, which drafted two open letters on the origins of coronavirus, say an inquiry into the role of major science journals is in order. Much of the focus has been on The Lancet and Nature but other leading  journals have come under criticism, including Science, an academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.” [In the immediate post-WWII era, the Voice of America was strongly supportive of the West’s defense actions during the Cold War. Like most other media, that attitude pretty much went away as Russian influence diminished. By the time of the First Gulf War, VOA was as liberal as most other US, UK, or EU media and that continues to the present day. Still, they must’ve found an honest reporter and editor to publish this. It’s short but very worth reading It also has some interesting links providing further back up. Ron P.]

Tammy Bruce: Democrats are flailing and divided

 Tammy Bruce: Democrats are flailing and divided

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Random Thoughts for May 2021


Random Thoughts for May 2021

Robert A. Hall

Feel free to post or forward.  


Sorry this is so late. May was a challenging month.


Health update: Atter a postponement on May 6, I finally had my hip replacement (total right hip arthroplasty) on May 20th. So I have a DePuy Artificial Hip. Still a lot of pain but it is getting better. Long drives really hurt. Tired all the time. Sleeping 12 hours a day. Stopped taking the OxyContin.


Here they come again! I Had a renal Clinic on June 2. Seems the Tac I take to prevent rejection is deteriorating my kidneys. Have to drink a lot of water and avoid caffeine. At 75 not looking forward to dialysis or a kidney transplant, which may be in my future.


In light of all this, I have submitted my resignation to the VA.


Andy Warhol was wrong. In the future, everyone will be a victim for 15 minutes.


From Dave Blaska’s blog: “Name one Democrat that stands up for policing.”


Anthony Fauci has put more taverns out of business than Carrie Nation.


In 1944, the Democrats dumped VP Henry Wallace from FDR’s ticket for being too far left. Today they would dump FDR for being too far right.


Facebook censoring Trump probably helps him rally his supporters. My senate floor leader, the late John Parker, used to say, “It’s always an advantage to a public man to be the victim of an outrage.”


It is ironic that the 60's generation whose mantra was non-conformity, spawned a generation which seeks collectivism and demands conformity with zero tolerance for dissenting opinion. –John Bernard


9-year-old grandson: “Grandma, can I ask a question?”

GM: “Sure.”

GS: “What does this finger mean?”

GM: “Fuck you.”

GS: “Can I use it?”

GM: “No.”

Jim Crow was the racist construction of white supremacists. Critical Race Theory is the racist construction of black supremacists and their white supporters. Both are anti-freedom.


Our society used to honor and respect heroes, which is why a large number of fake veterans are out there sporting purchased ribbons. Now society honors the “courage” of victims and gives them recognition. Which is the reason the number of fake victims is growing.


Count B-Real, frontman of the legendary Cypress Hill on Communism: “No one who escaped it wants to go back.”


Show me just one case of a transsexual woman, who used to be male, giving birth. Just one.


“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once again slaves.” –D. H. Lawrence.


A reminder: One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere. --William the Silent 1533-1584


I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way, against the holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. --Lord Acton


Prince Harry reportedly said our First Amendment is bonkers. Not the first British Royal not to understand our constitution.


From Blaska’s Blog: Why is New York losing a congressional seat? In New York City, shootings and homicides rose by 97% and 44%, respectively, in 2020, and felony assaults are up by 25% this year. Yet seven of the eight candidates running in the Democratic primary for Manhattan district attorney have pledged to cut the police budget or prosecute fewer suspects—or some combination of the two. On Sunday, the New York Times endorsed Kathryn Garcia for mayor who will address the city’s crime wave by “reforming the New York Police Department,” which “begins with speeding up and strengthening the disciplinary process” for officers. — The essential Jason Riley, Wall St. Journal.


Don’t let longing for what you once had ruin your enjoyment of what you have now.


I’m so old I remember when the left would chant, “Power to the People.” Now they want to eviscerate the Bill of Rights to take power from the people.


Voting records: While Liz Chaney voted 92.0 % of the time with Trump’s positions on actually issues, Rep. Elsie Stefanik did do only 77.7 % of the time. Source: Five-Thirty-Eight.


October 1, 2024, City Hall. Dear Sir,

Our algorithm has reviewed your voting patten for the last three years and determined that your voting does not meet our community standard. Therefore, you have been removed from the voter rolls and are now listed as a resident, not as a citizen. I anticipation you would wish to appeal we have submitted your voting pattern to three other algorithms and they have concurred in the decision.

As a reminder: Only citizens may own firearms or hold government or military jobs and residents may only buy gas or groceries at stores that are open before 10 am. Thank you for your compliance with this directive. It is, or course, for the good of everyone. Sincerely. The Central Committee.


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.

D-Day & Belleau Wood

 today is the anniversary of both the allied landings in France in 1944 and the WWI battle of Belleau where the Marines stopped the German advance on Paris and took more casualies in one day that in their history to day.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Thank you for your service

 Thank you for your service

Trump Taps Newt Gingrich to Come Up With a New Spin on an Old Idea That Worked

 Trump Taps Newt Gingrich to Come Up With a New Spin on an Old Idea That Worked

Excerpt: Creating a pact or contract that clearly articulates the electoral bargain with America will also disrupt the media narrative to some degree. The continued desperation of Democrats and their allies in the legacy media to divide Americans according to their race is becoming increasingly apparent. Using clear and concise legislative and policy commitments along with honest messaging on how they will benefit all Americans, Republicans have an opportunity to pierce this narrative by taking their case directly to the voters. [This isn’t a very long essay, but it packs a great message. Do yourself a favor and read it. I’m not convinced former President Trump is the best candidate to bring it to the public, but that’s why we have Primaries, isn’t it? The message wouldn’t/shouldn’t depend on “who” bears it if the whole party is saying the same thing–and I think most of us would agree with the vast majority of what it says. Ron P.]