Friday, February 3, 2023


DinĂ©: A History of the Navajos by Peter Iverson (Author), Monty Roessel (Photographer)

My wife and I became hooked on listening to the wonderful Tony and Anne Hillerman Navajo mysteries on CD in the car. That led us to wanting to know more about the Navajo Nation. As a Marines, I already knew and honored the Navajo Code Talkers who served in the USMC in WWII. This book is a comprehensive and sympatric history of the people, from which I learned a great deal. It made me want to visit the Four Corners area, though given my age, health, and finances, that’s probably not on offer. Bot the historical photos and Roessel’s amazing color pictures of the reservation are an added bonus. I highly recommend this book.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Random Thoughts for February, 2023


Random Thoughts for February, 2023

Robert A. Hall

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Health Update: Bonnie and I, and her son Dale who is living with us, all had bad chest colds over New Years, but seem to be fine now. All else is okay.


Looking at what inflation and the collapse of the stock mark has done to our retirement fund in the last two years, Bonnie has returned to work. She is working full time as a temp in the HR office of the Madison School District. The job lasts until April 28, then who know? She loved the first two days.


“The truth has no defense against a fool determined to believe a lie.” ~ Mark Twain


We should demand to see the tax returns of Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer. Hunter’s would be nice too.


Don’t celebrate until after you score.


“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” ~ Abraham Lincoln


O Tempora! O Mores!


“I didn’t listen!” The lament of the middle-aged.


If they convince me that Climate Change will put NYC under water, I’ll be shopping for an SUV.


 “To see what is in front of one’s nose is a constant struggle.” ~ George Orwell


Looks like they set up a Potemkin Village for Biden’s visit to El Paso.


Geese mate for life, unlike many humans.


“Today’s experts are tomorrow’s assholes.” ~


“Things in our country run in spite of our government, not by aid of it.” ~ Will Rogers


“The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time.” ~ Ayn Rand


"It is both possible and moral to love one's country and hate its government."  ~ Walter E. Williams, Ph.D.


DNA is destiny.


“JFK put men on the moon. Obama put them in the ladies’ room.” ~


If someone emails you a poll, they want a donation.


The woke seem to be competing to create the most ridiculous woke idea of the year. It’s already January, and already the faithful are asked to believe. So far in January:


--Saying football field or baseball field is racist because it reminds blacks their ancestors were slaves in cotton fields. (The poor farmers who can’t say field.)


--Farting loudly is a sign of male dominance. (Or the sign of eating the wrong things or a medical condition.)


--Wearing black socks is racist appropriation of black skin color. (Nothing about blacks wearing white socks.)


--Trans men should put frozen tomato paste inside themselves to simulate periods. (By their spotting ye shall know them.)


--White Men's Sexual Interest in Big Butts Is Now Racist. (I’m a leg man myself, but do love a cute face and freckles.)


God knows what it will be in a year


My SAMS credit Card changed the payment date from the 18th to the 11th, then charged me a $40 late fee. Previously the Costco card did the same. (Got the SAMS card to take off the late fees.)


In 20 years the Navy will be taking disabled people in wheelchairs for the submarine service.


“My favorite thing about the Good Old Days was I wasn’t good and I wasn’t old.” ~


Why bother having a national debt limit. You know they will just raise it every year.


“Black supremacy is as dangerous as white supremacy, and God is not interested merely in the freedom of black men and brown men and yellow men. God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race and the creation of a society where all men will live together as brothers, and all men will respect the dignity and the worth of all human personality.” ~ Martin Luther King


When a job opening has a salary range, they will offer you the bottom of the range.


Through Trans-Women, the patriarchy has taken over women’s sports.


“Lightning makes no sound until it strikes.” ~ Martin Luther King


“You won’t see it for what it is until you stop looking through the lens of what you want it to be.” ~


MLK would be appalled at BLM.


“Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” ~ Dorothy Bernard


Make your bed every morning. That small commitment to neatness and order will set the tone for a successful day.


“Anyone can commit a murder, but it takes an artist to stage a suicide.” ~ KGB saying.


The American Experiment produced freedom and a high standard of living for millions. In the past 25 years it has been, inch by inch, slipping away. I fear our grandchildren will be slaves to the state like people in communist Russia or Nazi Germany.


“The minimum wage is just a prohibition against hiring low skilled labor.” ~ Mario Loyola


Recruiting is difficult because of the Woke military. How about recruiting a couple of regiments of Gurkhas, like the Brits. Or recruiting among the illegals. Serve four years honorably and receive citizenship. Fail to serve out you contract, and get deported immediately.


“Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.” ~ George Santayana


Everyone has issues.


Rome is still an original example of how a republic slips into autocracy.


The Navajo and other southwest Indians were enslaved by the Spanish. And sometimes the white usage of them was pretty near slavery. Do Indians get Reparations as well?



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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:

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