Sunday, October 3, 2021

Random Thoughts for October 2021


Random Thoughts for October 2021

Robert A. Hall

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Health Update: My new hip is doing okay, still hurts from time to time and I have trouble putting my right sock on. But I can walk without pain, so all good.


Big problem right now is I had a large cyst removed from my back. Had one removed there about 30 years ago, and it was fine. This one produces constant pain. I can’t lean against it in a car seat or chair or sleep on my back. Saturday, we were at a block party in our neighbor’s yard. It bleed through the bandage, my shirt and left a big blood stain on the chair pad. Went to the VA ER. They gave me new dressings and said I had to let the body do it’s work. The body better get on the stick! Have a surgery consult Tuesday morning. We will see. It bled through the bandage again today.


I’m still in Facebook jail, at least for 30 days. They said they don’t allow posts selling guns, knives or drugs. I didn’t post any such. I went on my I-phone and it said their community standards don’t allow posts about suicide or hurting yourself.. I didn’t post anything about that either. I requested a review. So far, crickets.


“Don’t think of it as a surrender. Think of it as a mask mandate for Afghan women.” –NR


There Are Still Americans Trapped in Afghanistan. Because it should be repeated every day until it is resolved, more than three weeks after the last U.S. soldier departed Afghanistan, an unknown number of American citizens, an unknown but considerable number of U.S. green-card holders, and more than 100,000 Afghan allies who qualified for Special Immigrant Visas remain trapped in Afghanistan, despite the president’s promise that, “If there’s American citizens left, we’re gonna stay to get them all out.”  --Jim Geraghty 9/23/21


“It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. –Noel Coward


In the administrative state civil servants “Are no longer servants and no longer civil.” –Churchill


"If you are going down, go down fighting. your status in hell is determined by how many side boys you send ahead to announce your coming." -Robert A. Heinlein


In truly Socialist Countries, sooner or later the government becomes the enemy of the people.


Margaret Thatcher is famous for saying, “This is no time to go wobbly.” Joe Biden was born wobbly.


“If you make 10,000 regulations, you destroy all respect for the law.” –Churchill


Dame Leslie-Anne ----, KT was on my Facebook friends list, but she unfriended me. Maybe I’m too common? But hey, Princes M… and Tracy the Saint are still hanging in there.


“Our officers and men behaved like men who are determined to be free.” –Major General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. Are Americans today still “Determined to be free”?

Remember how we panicked when we couldn't find any toilet paper?  What are we going to do when we can't find a cop? –From the net.


DEFUND THE NFL & NBA: Don't watch.  Don't go.  Don't buy.  Don't discuss.  It's Not About Football or Basketball Anymore. --From the net.

As a rule, ungrateful people are unhappy people.

We are losing several hundred dead a year in Chicago. We didn’t lose an American in Afghanistan in the 18 months before Biden decided to pull out. We pulled out of the wrong place!

Have we yet learned that negotiating with terrorists is futile and leads only to dead Americans?

They say pick your battles. But often your battles pick you.

If you pray for God to send someone to vanquish evil, do not be surprised to wake with a sword in your hand.

On Saturday, 9/4, we decided to go to the Wisconsin Highland games only to discover they were cancelled for “Infrastructure Problems.” Since we were dressed and half way there we decided to go to the Bristol Ren Feste for the second time in three weeks. It was fun and little Dale loved it; Bonnie bought him two wooden battle axes. I got exhausted walking around on the uneven ground. I really got weak in the last year as arthritis prevented me exercising. A fellow recognized my Leatherneck Tartan and said Semper Fi. He has two kilts in it, and his young son was wearing a kilt in the tartan. He said when he was deployed to Iraq, a SgtMaj. Green used to wake them playing the bagpipes and wearing his Leatherneck Tartan kilt. Great way to celebrate our 29th anniversary, which was September 5th.

Saw a tee shirt on a young woman: “I love female orgasm.” Indeed.


Have had my Moderna COVID booster. Made me feel old and tired (LOL—I’m 75)


I think “Woke” is Zombie Apocalypse they have been warning us about.


Tee shirt at “Pints and Politics”: Everything woke turns to shit.


Mary Seales: "Those who are afraid to fight will be eaten by those who are not afraid.


David Azerrad’s definition of courage: “Bold and principled defiance of the lies of the age.”


I understand that there are about 400 coal-fired electricity plants in construction in the world now, mostly in China and India. And Biden is going sto stop global warming with electric cars?


The more pictures I see of animals in costumes, the less I’m inclined to do it to ours.


Based on recent experience, the country is a lot better off. Better off than it will be in a year or two.


“There is no cause so hopeless, no creed so mad, no idea so ludicrous that it will not attract some believers. –Bernard Cornwell, The Death of Kings, sixth book in his great Saxon Tales series.


Facial piercings don’t make you look attractive or sexy. They make you look stupid.


The thought may be as bad as the deed, but it sure isn’t as much fun.


“What, then has education been doing to our civilization? The very concept of IQ, of Intelligence Quotient, of the Stanford-Benet test and things similar, is, as its critics argue, a cultural construct – less a measure of potential than of capacities already developed. No surprise that persons growing up in environments that stimulate and enable the development of human possibilities do in fact develop more of these. Some studies suggest that the complex of what each generation conveyed to the next made those generations more intellectually/morally potent than their predecessors though the early twentieth century, but that this process has reversed itself over about a half century and average IQ has dropped by some 14 points. The decline seems to have come at the top of our civilizational pyramid. Speculation about the causes is less relevant than noting the effects.”  --Angelo Codevilla (RIP)


Saying “to be honest” sounds like you aren’t always but are making an exception in this case.


“A misrepresented constitution is nothing more than a political weapon. And a very attractive one for any faction that discovers rights and privileges for itself.” –Erik Hildinger, Swords against the Senate. (About the Fall of the Roman Republic.)


We are headed towards anarchy and anarchy is almost always followed by dictatorship.


The Roman Republic was not a republic, and certainly not a democracy. It was an oligarchy where the wealthy patricians and nobles held power and benefited from the use of the state. Rather like the US today.


66% of college students say shouting down speakers is actually free speech, according to a poll of 37,000 students at 159 top-ranked colleges and universities. Another 23% believe it is appropriate to use violence to cancel speech. –Blaska’s Blog


On March 8, 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci told 60 Minutes, “Right now, in the United States, people should not be walking around wearing a mask. There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.”


Now that I’m no longer employed by the VA as a writer-editor in My Life, My Story, I just filled at seven forms to volunteer with the program. I wish that the president, senators, and Congresscritters were this well vetted!


Courage is also spelled ... a  c  t  i  o  n.  –Andy Weddington


My cat thinks the purpose of life is to sleep. At 75, I’m starting to agree with her.


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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