Random Thoughts for August 2021
Robert A. Hall
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Health Update: After the flare-up of pain in my new hip mid-July, they put me on OxyContin. This screwed up my GI track. We had to cancel our vacation to NJ. Finally felt better about August 18. Geeze. Second summer in a row lost to illness. Having a cyst on my back removed 8/31. Always something.
We are having a bout of mechanical failure. The check-engine light in the car we provide Britnye for college came on. $2k plus it needs a pair of tires. The microwave started singing paper pates and you could see fire in the middle. $510 being installed September 3. The washer was not spinning heavy items dry enough for the dryer. Repairman said we needed to put more clothes in with them,. $84.25. We shall see. And the old refrigerator is looking worse. Always something.
Security at every level of the airport is ridiculous. Until you reach the baggage claim. Then it’s like, “Take whatever bag you want.” –Larry Woolverton
“Is anything more destructive than a sociology major?” –Dave Blaska
In May and June the social media posts were all saying that Trump would be reinstated as President by August 8. Crickets now.
“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” --Thomas Paine
Do you think ethnic minorities should be forced to adopt the mainstream culture, language, and religion? No? We’ll that is what socialist China is doing with the Uighurs and Tibetans. Think about the next time you are moved to clammer for socialism.
“The CDC has announced that the goalpost moving will continue until the publics’ trust in it improves.” –National Review.
“If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.” –Thomas Sowell
Did the “Delta Variant” evolve naturally, or did someone do “Gain of function” with it?
“Wokeness is weakness, and diversity is where nations go to die.” –Mark Steyn
“Do you think there's any chance of getting Taliban commanders to teach at West Point? It might be a nice change of pace for cadets to learn from someone who actually won a war.” –Eric Dale
“No Man is a Man until he has been a Soldier” --Louis de Bernières
“Power attracts the corruptible. Absolute power attracts the absolutely corruptible. This is the danger of entrenched bureaucracy to its subject population. Even the spoils systems are preferable because levels of tolerance are lower and the corrupt can be thrown out periodically. Entrenched bureaucracy seldom can be touched short of violence. Beware when Civil Service and Military join hands.” –Frank Herbert
“Tlaib, Omar, CAIR strangely silent on islamophobia over Taliban” –George S.
With the border open, we should call the Delta Variant of COVID the “Biden Variant.”
Yes, the World is in desperate shape. Believe it or not, things have been worse in living memory. Read The Splendid and the Vile about Churchill’s first year in office in WWII.
Biden has the problem of many of the left (on the right too) that if he wants something to be true, he believes that it is true.
The virus spores don't float around individually. They are transmitted in water droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking, which can go up to six feet. A mask traps many of the droplets.
“In a world where you can be anything.... be kind” from Facebook,
“War is an ugly
thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral
and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse.
When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting
bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war
degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical
injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and
which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice,
— is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is
willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his
personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free,
unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as
justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for
ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need
is, to do battle for the one against the other.”
Want to mess with your “woke” neighbors. Get a pair of black labs and name them Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben.
People often tell me they want to run for office and ask my advice. But I find very few of them willing to put in the time, work, and effort required to have a chance of success. I suspect this is true of many fields.
We need a Churchill. Trump, love him or hate him, was not a Churchill. Biden if a Chamberlin.
We are engaged in a great struggle. Does the government belong to the people or do the people belong to the government? For most of human history it was the latter.
A pint of example is worth a gallon of advice. From Todd R.
Progressive policies, laws, and regulations make life worse. Then they demand more power to fix the mess they made.
Here is the answer to who pays their fair share of taxes. In 2020, 61% of taxpayers paid ZERO. The top 1% paid 28% of all income tax. The top 20% paid 78%. 43% of middle-income people paid ZERO. 20% of households paid zero payroll tax. Most of these low- and middle-income households paying no tax received money net from the government. They got your and my tax money. And they try to tell me I don’t pay my fair share. And the media allows this false story to be the one people hear. –The Ross Rant
C.S. Lewis, “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays
"How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”
"In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty."
"This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds."
A businessman cannot force you to buy his product; if he makes a mistake, he suffers the consequences; if he fails, he takes the loss. If bureaucrat makes a mistake, you suffer the consequences; if he fails, he passes the loss on to you. --Ayn Rand
There are always individuals, parties, and organizations that fear the free flow of ideas and will suppress them at any cost. Some examples: The Nazi Party. Putin’s Russia. The Chinese Communist Party. American Universities.
I notice that with some folks on Facebook, you can post 99 things they like, then one they don’t like, and bang! they unfriend you.
Concentrated power is antithetical to freedom.
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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.