Sunday, October 31, 2021

Random Thoughts for November


Random Thoughts for October 2021

Robert A. Hall

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Health Update: On October 5, we learned that our grandson, who had been with us, tested positive for COVID. The VA tested me and I got my results right away—positive but no symptoms. Bonnie requested a test from her PCP at SSM. No response. VA calls me every three days to check in. So she got one at CVS. Also positive with no symptoms. Quarantined for 20 days until 10/25.


Rescheduled colonoscopy for 10/28. Stitches from removal of large cyst in my back out 10/26.


Being on quarantine gave me time to work on my genealogy. I found an ancestor who was hanged as a witch at Salem (Rebecca Nurse), another who was poisoned by his wife and another guy, and one who was hanged for joining a rebellion against Richard II. Politics was rough in those days.


I'm gather I’m permanently banned from Facebook. First they said they don’t allow posts selling weapons and drugs. I didn't post any such. Then they said they don't allow any posts about suicide and hurting yourself. I didn't do that either. But my account is disabled. I’ve read that Facebook is as addictive as cigarettes. So maybe going cold turkey is good for me. More time for other stuff.


I learned that Col. John Studt, my CO in the Marines reserves, died October 5. He was 91. Fair winds and following seas, Sir. A great Marine officer, veteran of Korea and Vietnam.


My friend Master Gunnery Sergeant john Lewis went to the VA for test. They put him in the hospital, where he had a stroke. Home hospice. Dead at 74 eight days after going for those tests.


Going green sounds great until you figure out the green comes out of your pocket.


A three-day weekend doesn’t mean much when you are retired.


Given the number of scam calls, and they large numbers of us that are too wise to lose a dollar, one would think those who lost money would wise up, giving us herd immunity. Apparently not.


A little examination will show that mediocrity is the child of diversity.  Democrats fail to realize this, until the incompetence stares them in the face…and they still can’t accept responsibility for it.  –George S.


How naive is the Biden administration? They chided the Taliban for not having women in their government.


When a little girl can buy an ice cream with a found blue rock from a guy selling from his roving truck, a good sign America has not gone completely mad. [That happened.] –Andy Weddington


A good grounding is history makes one less concerned about the tribulations of today.


"Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day." ~ Glen Cook


"In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not." ~ Albert Einstein


Public arguments by this president don’t help. They persuade nobody of anything. The bully pulpit has been reduced to a walker. Nine months into his tenure, Biden is already a spent force that nobody listens to. In terms of his influence, he went directly from honeymoon to lame duck.  --Dan McLaughlin


After 70, health problems come in twos and threes.


Don't trust or take medical advice from anyone who would leave your ass in Afghanistan. [Borrowed from the net.] –Andy Weddington


There are a lot of people in leadership positions who do not have leadership skills.


The best gift you can get to have a successful life is self-discipline. And they will pay you to learn it at MCRD Parris Island and MCRD San Diego.


From MeWe: Due to unfortunate circumstances I woke up alive and am on my way to work.


If someone knows a way of making money he won’t spend his time trying to tell the world how to make money. He’s definitely going to spend most of his time making money. Unless you are his way of making money. –Tumelo B. Pule.


Great things never come from comfort zones. –


We had a rotten apple hidden in a bowl, so we became infested with fruit flies. We found they way to get rid of them was to put apple cider vinegar in a bowl, cover with saran wrap and hold in placed with a rubber band. Poke a few holes in the saran wrap, must be large enough the flies can get through them. Then wait. They get in, can’t get out, and drown in the vinegar.


Below published in Calliope by the Mensa Writer's SIG. Fall, 2021.


Autumn Lament


The boy skips ahead on the dirt road,

Impatient with an old man on a cane,

The dog bounding between us.

I point out the colors in the trees,

The hawk gracing a fence rail on the ridge,

The pink gathering in the west.

God’s artistry, I tell him,

Hoping he will remember.

But probably not.

And for a moment I imagine

This is still the country I grew up in.


It’s hard to be a stalker when you use a walker.


For Halloween, I dressed as a Taliban and hit the White House and Pentagon.


Has there ever been a society, including communists ones, where wealth was evenly distributed?


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.

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