Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Random Thoughts


Random Thoughts for September, 2022

Robert A. Hall

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Health Update: Other than a bad fall on August 1, which didn’t break anything, but left the biggest bruise I ever had on my lower back, things have been stable.


I have trouble with burning eyes, especially when I read. The optometrist at the VA suggested I wet a paper towel with very hot water and hold it against my eyes. That works better than eye drops!




My new job. On August 31, I was offered and accepted a position teaching chess after school for the Youth Enrichment League in Dane County. I will teach two hours Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, one on Tuesday. The pay is $25 an hour for the seven hours. They will even pay me to be there 15 minutes early to set up! The fall semester runs eight weeks, September to November.  I suppose I might teach in the winter and spring semesters also.


So, we have the inflation reduction act, which even progressives like Bernie say will not reduce inflation. What will it do?

·         Tax businesses which will increase costs to you, or take it out of stockholders living on dwindling IRAs, like me. Or maybe both.

·         Will give millions of dollars of your money to crony green capitalists.

·         Double your chance of being audited by armed IRS agent next year.

·         Reward woke politicians, teachers, and unions with your money.

·         Subsidize coal-powered electric vehicles you can’t afford anyway.

·         Increase inflation by printing more money to pay for all this, thus savaging the elderly on fixed incomes.

·         New natural gas, coal, and crude oil taxes to increase your energy costs.

·         Increased taxes on family businesses.

·         Excise tax on drug makers to increase your health costs.

·         A new stock tax which will hit your retirement funds.


Alas, three of my favorite candidates were defeated in the Wisconsin primary: Charity Barry for Congress, Rebecca Kleefisch for Governor, and Cindy Warner for Lt. Governor (the last wasn’t a surprise, but the black grandmother and veteran got 80K votes, running third. Not a bad showing.) Barry lost .by 63 votes. That hurt; Bonnie and I campaigned hard for her. On to November. Let’s hope those predicting a “Red Wave” aren’t counting unhatched chickens. I think Trump will be a drag on Republican candidates. We shall see.


The President, “Is thickheaded, he is ignorant, he is tricky, somewhat astute in a small way, and as obstinate as a mule…he is wrongheaded…the petty politician not the statesman, and in my view, ill-deserving of the soubriquet of honest.”  Trump? Biden? Clinton? Bush? No, Brownson was writing about Lincoln.


If every Republican who is called a RINO loses for the senate in November, the progressives Democrats will control the chamber, and judge appointments, for at least two more years.


Flying the Confederate Battle Flag draws a lot of flak.  A Norwegian restaurant was forced to take down the Norwegian flag because historically-ignorant people thought it was the Rebel flag.

But I bet you could fly the one of the Confederate National Flags without a peep of protest.


With the left-media, the “pan has hit the beam.”


Are you ready to be taxed to pay off the student loans of kids taken out by well-to-do families whose kids used them to go to college when working class kids couldn’t?


The DNC has contributed big dollars to Trump-endorsed primary candidates. I don’t think it’s because they love Republicans.  Pay attention, GOP voters.


I graduated from college in 1972 without any college debt. Now we all have the debt of people who borrowed and won’t pay.


Democracies have to fight wars with one eye on the voters. Dictators have to fight wars with one eye on the people around them.


Anyone can end a war by surrendering.


“Never trust words. Some people have sugar on their lips but venom in their hearts.” ~


Biden said he  had a plan to end COVID. He better put it into effect—tens of thousands more people have died of COVID on his watch than under Trump.


“Why should men believe a lie, an absurd lie, that would not impress on a child, and cling to it, and repeat it in the face of all evidence?” ~ A Lincoln


“You can be pitiful, or you can be powerful, but you can't be both” ~  Joyce Meyer

If the FBI’s raid on Trump’s home turns up serious evidence, it will probably sink him. If it doesn’t, it will probably re-elect him president.

“Grief is just love with no place to go.” ~ Jamie Anderson


Funny I can remember in detail what happened in Marine Boot Camp in 1964, but not why I just walked into the kitchen.


Liberals are politically successful because their ends and means are compatible: they seek power to wield power. Conservatives' ends and means are at odds: in pursuit of limited government, they seek power to relinquish it.” ~ Rev. Alison Bucklin


“By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” ~ Commonly attributed to Confucius.


The FBI’s refusal to let Trump’s lawyers watch while they searched his home lends credence to the claim that they were planting evidence.


If every so-called RINO in the senate is defeated, the far left will have the majority it needs to do whatever it wants.


“Censorship is a coward’s only shield.” ~ Dr. Robert Malone


Amazing how many people today are tolerant of corruption, especially if their side does it.


“They were so deeply laden with weighty matters they must have sunk. In our affliction, we can console ourselves with the pious reflection that there are plenty more of the same sort.” ~ General William T. Sherman happily learning that four reporters were on a tow boat sunk trying to run by the Vicksburg Batteries. (They were fished out and made prisoners by the Rebels.)


One day I got about 20 calls with the “Amazon Scan,” where they say they are Amazon calling to authorize a payment of $999. Scum. And “Lisa” has called about insurance coverage twice a day since January.


“Where ever law ends, tyranny starts.” ~ John Locke


“If you see a head, hit it.” ~ Tipperary Maxim


I still have all my marbles. I just can’t remember where I put some of them.


“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” ~ Rousseau


Support a flat tax. Defund the FBI.


“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” ~ George Orwell


The next GOP president should fire all those IRS agents, but give them first consideration to become school guards.


The media is so chicken shit now days, they are renaming it the “Pullet Surprise.” ~ Anon.


To be happy, do nice things for people who can never repay you.


“Tolerance will reach such a level that intelligent people will be banned from thinking so as not to offend the imbeciles.”  ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky


“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” ~ Gerard Way


Dear Nancy: Free societies don’t suppress religion, the press, free speech, or engage in genocide.


“If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.” ~


“Fight them until hell freezes over, then fight on the ice.” ~ Old Saying, at least as far back as the Civil War.


“The average American of today is intellectually so far removed from his forebearers that instead of regarding government with apprehension, he is more likely to regard it as a virtual parent, concerned only with protecting and helping him.” ~ George Reisman


Never mind the “Sell By” date. Milk isn’t bad until sniffing it makes you gag.


Government has no shame.


Every day is a new opportunity to get your ass in a sling.


“An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.” ~ Cato the elder


“Mental attitude is more important than mental capacity.” ~ Walter Dill Scott


Democrats condemned Florida for what they called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Researchers say that Monkey Pox is spread by sex between men. Now who can’t say gay? And why isn’t the FBI investigating the nine cases in children?


Own up to your mistakes and do it before others jump on you. You will find it liberating, and people will have more trust in you. Defensiveness is not attractive.


Be as patriotic and brave as Capt. Sam.


How about the death penalty for anyone importing or selling fentanyl, heroin, or cocaine? It kills many kids daily.


"There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." ~ James Madison (1788)


Gas has gone down over a dollar a gallon. Want to bet if it will go up after the November election?


Student Loan Cancellation is nothing more than the usual Democrat vote buying with your money.


The way American Energy is going, we’ll all be hoping for coal for Christmas.


Progressives think you and I are responsible for slavery, but immigrants and criminals aren’t responsible for their actions.


Sī vīs pācem, parā bellum.


Colleges value every kind of diversity except the most important one: diversity of thought.


If you support aborting babies, but oppose executing murderers, you might be a Democrat.


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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. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s other 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.

Afghanistan one year later

 From the Patriot Post:

Afghanistan one year later: "Not one senior Biden Administration official nor military officer has resigned or been fired as a result of the withdrawal. That is a disgrace to our country," Army National Guard colonel and Representative Mike Waltz (R-FL) stated on Tuesday, the one-year anniversary of the day the last American troops left Afghanistan. Waltz added, "Because of their actions, or lack thereof, the fallout of this debacle has irreparably harmed both our national security and global image." Now a year after Joe Biden's disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal and surrender to the Taliban, the situation for Afghanis has gotten predictably bad under the rule of these jihadis. Women specifically have seen nearly all of the advances and freedoms they enjoyed for the last two decades of U.S. control effectively eliminated. Furthermore, Afghanistan has once again become a haven for al-Qaida and ISIS terrorists as they arm up with the billions of dollars of U.S. military equipment left behind. Then there were the American citizens and thousands of Afghan allies that Biden abandoned to the mercy of the Taliban. "A GOP majority must carry out public investigations in a manner that has broad jurisdictional oversight and subpoena power over the Department of State, Department of Defense, and Intelligence Community," Waltz asserted. "We owe it to the thirteen Gold Star families ... the veterans who served in Afghanistan, and to the thousands of allies we abandoned."

Tuesday, August 30, 2022



Kabul airport jihad bomber was known days before explosion, CIA and Pentagon wouldn’t give permission to kill him

 Kabul airport jihad bomber was known days before explosion, CIA and Pentagon wouldn’t give permission to kill him

An Appalling Burden on the Poor By Sen. Tim Scott

 An Appalling Burden on the Poor

By Sen. Tim Scott

It’s an appalling thing to ask the average American worker, who is struggling to afford groceries and gas, to subsidize the college debt for a household making six figures. It’s even more astonishing to ask a worker to do so during the worst inflation in half a century. 

Yet that is exactly what President Biden just did.

The White House claims that its plan, announced last week, “cancels” $500 billion in student loan debt and relieves 40 million borrowers. But “loan cancellation” is an Orwellian phrase. You can’t cancel debt—someone always has to pay.

And I know exactly who will: Workers just like my mom.

I grew up in a single-parent household in South Carolina with a mom who worked double shifts as a nurse’s aide. My mom is one of millions in this country who wasn’t able to go to college. Even if she’d been able to qualify for loans, taking on that kind of debt would have crippled our family. Instead, she worked hard to provide for my brother and me—to put food on the table and keep the lights on.

President Biden may claim to care about hard-working Americans like my mother, yet he’s shifting half a trillion dollars of student loan debt onto everyday taxpayers. It’s inflationary, it’s illegal, and it helps those who need it least: higher-income college graduates. 

Let’s take each of those in turn.

Start with what this executive action will do to our already ailing economy. In announcing the plan, President Biden said “the whole economy” will be “better off.” But nothing could be further from the truth. Anyone who has taken Econ 101 can tell you that nothing is free. Biden’s plan is estimated to cost American taxpayers at least $2,000 each.

The plan is also illegal. President Biden’s Department of Education relies on a heavily disputed interpretation of legislation passed in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which gives the president some additional powers during a national emergency. The idea that this peacetime president is exploiting a loophole in wartime legislation is unprecedented, offensive and a clear abuse of power. In fact, when the president flirted with the idea of a student debt “cancellation” earlier this year, even Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said it wasn’t in the scope of his authority. “People think that the President of the United States has the power for debt forgiveness. He does not,” she said. “That has to be an act of Congress.”

Doubting that he would be undeterred by the legal limits, I recently introduced the Student Loan Accountability Act, which further clarified that the Secretary of Education does not have the legal authority to implement mass loan cancellation.

Nonetheless, the president moved forward. Suddenly, Speaker Pelosi is rather quiet on whether she still believes this move is illegal. It’s not surprising that politicians on both sides of the aisle have come out against this move. Former President Obama’s top lawyer at the Department of Education announced his skepticism earlier this year. And even President Biden himself called the president’s authority to forgive debt “pretty questionable” before taking office.

Then there is the question of who this plan will actually help. White House talking points push the lie that this plan will help the middle class and low-income families. That’s nonsense. By their own admission, this plan bails out those making $125,000 or a married couple earning $250,000—people who could hardly be classified as middle class, much less low-income.

The reality is that college graduates make an average of $78,000 a year, while those with a high school education earn around $38,000. President Biden’s plan essentially tells those Americans making $30,000 a year and working paycheck to paycheck that—in the midst of record-high inflation—they must fork over even more money to lighten the load for those making higher salaries.

It is fundamentally unfair and wrong to ask those who didn’t agree to loans and are making less to pick up the tab for those who did agree to loans and are making more. Furthermore, this move has the potential to be catastrophic for the U.S. lending system. The executive branch is sending a message to both banks and borrowers that their legal agreements can be overridden at the stroke of a pen. Introducing this type of uncertainty will not only lead to more loans, but will give universities power to raise tuition prices even higher.

Don’t just take my word for it. Listen to what Paul Begala, President Clinton’s top advisor, said this past weekend on CNN: “What is my party doing with this? I think they’re not helping the people that we’re here to help, which is poor people and underprivileged communities.”

So why is President Biden doing this? With polls showing President Biden and the Democrats’ approval ratings at abysmal lows heading into the midterms, it’s clear they’re betting on this gimmick to inspire their own progressive supporters, since regular folks are fed up with the trajectory of the country.

If they really wanted to help working Americans, they would look to promote American energy production. Or they would look for solutions to actually reduce the cost of higher education, which this plan fails to address. Why not look to the benefits of expanding Opportunity Zones, which would create affordable housing and well-paying jobs in some of our poorest communities? Any one of these policies would have a direct impact on the people who need help the most.

Instead, nurse’s aides like my mom, flight attendants, UPS drivers, construction workers, taxi drivers, firefighters, and millions of other Americans who don’t have a four-year college degree will be further burdened at a time when they desperately need relief.

Not only is this a cynical, chauvinistic handout to the president’s voters in a midterm year, it’s likely to backfire. How will Democrats explain to their constituents why they must pay for an education that they didn’t receive? 

They can’t. Which is why they refuse to say who will pay for this plan.

Yet the facts are clear: this does not address the real problems of college affordability. It does nothing to energize this stagnant economy and failing job market. And it only worsens inflation and makes life harder for ordinary Americans.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Flashback: Kabul Airport Suicide Bomber Who Murdered 13 Americans Was Set Free from Bagram Prison After Joe Biden Abandoned the Air Base in July

 Flashback: Kabul Airport Suicide Bomber Who Murdered 13 Americans Was Set Free from Bagram Prison After Joe Biden Abandoned the Air Base in July

(PA Senate candidate) Fetterman Opposes School Vouchers for the Poor. He Sends His Kids To One Of PA’s Priciest Prep Schools.

 (PA Senate candidate) Fetterman Opposes School Vouchers for the Poor. He Sends His Kids To One Of PA’s Priciest Prep Schools.

Are Republican Candidates Taking the Red Wave for Granted?

 Are Republican Candidates Taking the Red Wave for Granted?

Census Bureau Admits Overcounting 7 Blue States, Just 1 Red State

 Census Bureau Admits Overcounting 7 Blue States, Just 1 Red State

Excerpt: In a shocking report, the U.S. Census Bureau recently admitted that it overcounted the populations of eight states and undercounted the populations of six states in the 2020 census. All but one of the states overcounted is a blue state, and all but one of the undercounted states is red.

US commits $7,000,000,000 more to the Taliban despite severe human rights abuses

 US commits $7,000,000,000 more to the Taliban despite severe human rights abuses

Monday, August 22, 2022

Armenian Women Crucified by Turks


I'm told this is from a movie about the genocide committed by the Turks.

Commander of Veterans Organization Faked Being in the Military, Feds Say

 Commander of Veterans Organization Faked Being in the Military, Feds Say

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Friday, August 19, 2022


 This is one that is amusing in its own way.  When some bureaucrat does an egregious abuse of power in a way this blatant, it's really great, because it removes all doubt about how biased and stupid that person is.  Plus whoever is their supervisor who didn't jump on them instantly to back off their blunder.

I can see this professor is really looking forward to the fight, that's a good man and I hope it goes nicely as it should and embarrasses the hell out of the school and forces the authorities to back far away from any such abuses.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The Dobbs Health Scare by John McCormack

 The Dobbs Health Scare by John McCormack

time is running out

 ​Right on target. We had over two years to get ready to really fight WW2. We won't and don't have that kind of time now, and it's a more complex society today that will really need time to get ready for anything. And we'd need military training that could take fat kids and dumb kids and hammer them into shape, as was done way back when. FDR got the power he needed to push the nation into war mode. Can that happen today? I really wonder.


Friday, August 5, 2022

more memes


Texas rangers killing Mexicans