Thursday, January 6, 2022

Random Thoughts for January, 2022


Random Thoughts for January, 2022

Robert A. Hall

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Health: Nothing new to report, which is good news. The lung is still making me cough from sinus draining. The hip is about 95% recovered and range of motion now allows me to put on my own socks. The kidneys, osteoporosis, and diabetes all are holding.


This is late because we were in Florida for the holidays. Not sorry. Except for the hit on our retirement savings.


If we close the borders, how will Hunter get his drugs?


If you hate anyone because of their race, you are a racist. If you hate anyone because of their religion, you are a bigot.


Podsnappery (Victorian slang)

We’ve all had our fair share of podsnappery, whether it’s from ourselves or someone else. "Podsnappery" is willful ignorance from someone who refuses to acknowledge what doesn’t align with their personal views. Sometimes it’s hard to face the truth.


Blaska’s Law #2 says the more power points, the weaker the presentation. –Dave Blaska


The newest thing is listing your preferred pronouns. Mine are He, Him, His, His Serene Highness, His Grace, His Magnificence.


“Enforcing the law on the law-abiding is relatively easy. Enforcing the law on outlaw is hard work.” –Kevin Williamson.


A good sense of humor is a sign of intelligence.


There is no “debt limit.” It’s a sham. Faced with defaulting, Congress always raises it.


We saw two cops on horses at Woodman’s grocery store. “Don’t whip anybody,” I said. They laughed.


Fellow told me he was talking to an Afghanistan vet who said, “This pull out means my son will have to fight in this war.”


If you don’t understand economics, you don’t understand how the world works. Best place to start is reading Dr. Thomas Sowell’s “Basic Economics.”


From the Web: Contrary to predictions from people who claimed that global warming would cause more droughts and floods, studies published by the International Journal of Climatology, the Hydrological Sciences Journal, the journal Theoretical and Applied Climatology, and the Journal of Hydrology all found no significant trends in rainfall or droughts over periods that extend back to as far as 150 years ago. Previous studies had examined shorter timeframes and found changes that were blamed on global warming, but the results were generally not statistically significant and "not entirely surprising given that precipitation varies considerably over time scales of decades." These facts drive home the importance of examining the broadest possible range of evidence instead of cherry-picking data, time periods, or geographic areas for political reasons.


The acronym for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity is DIE.


My school, U-Mass, ranked at the bottom in football in  2021.


“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”-A. Lincoln


“There are three classes of citizens. The rich are of no use and always lusting after more gain. The poor who lack a livelihood are dangerous folks, who invest too much in envy, trying to goad the rich, as they are hoodwinked by the tongues of wicked leaders. But of these three classes, those in the middle save states, since they preserve the order which the city has established.”  --Thucydides, Greek playwright


Every country has within it the seeds of its own destruction. For America, those seeds have blossomed into “woke” culture.


Go ahead and buy your coal-powered electric car, save the earth. Never mind that Asia, South America, and Africa are building hundreds of new coal-powered electric plants right now.


Want to drive me crazy? Sit on a machine that I want to use next at Planet Fitness and check your phone messages for ten minutes.


If you want to know what life was like for the Afghan people the first time the Taliban were in power, read The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, both by the Afghan novelist Khaled Hosseine. There’s no reason to believe this time will be better.


Every year when I send my  Christmas newsletters, I wonder how many will come back deceased.


Have you noticed that the people who want more gun control are the same people who understand personal responsibility the least? –George S.


The Left doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism and has been doing its best to destroy it, with some success. Their grandchildren will live in a third world country, hating them.


“A woman needs a man who makes her laugh, makes her think, and makes her feel safe.” –Alison Bucklin


(The Greatest Generation) Able to make all those sacrifices, and still not offended by a micro aggression or pronoun. --George


Read the fine print, they say. At 75, that’s hard.


Hard work may not mend all ills, but indolence multiplies them.


Build Back Better promises more government as the solution to government caused inflation. --NR


If you think old age makes you wiser, see Biden, Joe


If you want your kids safe in school, move out of Dane County,


People invest endless hope in the new year only to discover that it's the same dreary world it was last year.


Tee shirt: I oil my guns with liberal tears.


Given they just booted unvaxed Marines, what about unvaxed government officials and Congressional Staffers?


We need more folks nicknamed, “Matamoros.”


If Biden has, as he said, a plan to end COVID, he better put it in action. More Americans have died on his watch than under Trump.



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 volunteers as a writer-editor in the My Life, My Story program as the Madison VA hospital, interviewing vets and writing up their life histories.

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