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.” ~ MeWe.com
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.” ~ MeWe.com
“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. 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 other books are listed here: https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/7362663422037727028/9086317755245136353
His blog of political news and conservative comment is www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com. 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.