Tuesday, January 5, 2021

No charges against Wisconsin officer who shot Jacob Blake

No charges against Wisconsin officer who shot Jacob Blake

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/teen-charged-wisconsin-protest-shootings-plea-hearing-75055107

China calls Biden admin ‘new window of hope’ for US-China relations

 China calls Biden admin ‘new window of hope’ for US-China relations

While Obama Was President, Your Tax Dollars Went to Al Qaeda-Linked Group

 While Obama Was President, Your Tax Dollars Went to Al Qaeda-Linked Group

Today, Georgia Decides Which Party Controls the Senate

 Today, Georgia Decides Which Party Controls the Senate

Monday, January 4, 2021

UK Ecologist: 'Wind Farms Driving Birds, Bats to Extinction'

 UK Ecologist: 'Wind Farms Driving Birds, Bats to Extinction'

The Babylon Bee's Predictions For 2021

 The Babylon Bee's Predictions For 2021

Satire. I hope. ~Bob

Why Those Who Claim To ‘Follow The Science’ Are More Likely To Ignore It

 Why Those Who Claim To ‘Follow The Science’ Are More Likely To Ignore It

We'll be able to have more productive and honest conversations with one another the sooner we realize that while morality takes sides, science does not.

VIDEO: ‘My baby is in the back:’ Camp Pendleton Marine rescues baby from burning car

 VIDEO: ‘My baby is in the back:’ Camp Pendleton Marine rescues baby from burning car

All 10 living fmr. SECDEFs: Involving military in election disputes would be ‘dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional’

 All 10 living fmr. SECDEFs: Involving military in election disputes would be ‘dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional’

The President Could Sabotage Georgia and Get Indicted. From Erik Erickson

 The President Could Sabotage Georgia and Get Indicted. From Erik Erickson

Excerpt: Whether you think it is a big deal or not, understand that Georgia Republicans are apoplectic today. The call itself is not the problem for Republicans (oh, but it is a problem). The problem is that the Republican Secretary of State chose to leak it before the President’s rally in Dalton, Ga. The Republican early vote finally arrived last week, but it put them a bit behind compared to the general election. They need a big Election Day turnout and they need it from North Georgia. That part of the state has the most GOP vote and it has lagged behind the rest of the state. It is probably not a coincidence that this is also where the loudest “the race was stolen” voices come from. The GOP has suppressed itself up there.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Study Highlights Blinding Moral Bias Against Questioning Lockdowns

 Study Highlights Blinding Moral Bias Against Questioning Lockdowns

Excerpt: If you’ve read my work, I often compare the manner in which skeptics of the prevailing narratives surrounding Covid-19 are treated to something akin to the Salem Witch Trials or the Spanish Inquisition. Those who try to make a good faith and well-reasoned argument questioning the efficacy of lockdowns or the overall manner in which Covid has been handled are immediately condemned. It’s as if they spoke out against the church, not made a contribution to an important discussion. Oxford Professor Sunetra Gupta shares her experience with such attacks in her article here. (...) Clearly, none of this is productive at all. The entire idea of the scientific method and a free democratic society, in general, is rigorous debate, not orthodoxy. (...) A press release from the University of Otago in New Zealand puts it more eloquently, “A collaborative study led by the University of Otago has shown that COVID-19 containment and elimination efforts have become moralised. As a result, people are more likely to accept collateral damage from these efforts, such as social shaming, lost lives and illnesses, and police abuse of power. This moralisation was so strong that people reacted negatively even when COVID-19 restrictions were merely questioned.” (...) Rather than treating the Covid-19 pandemic like any other policy concern such as building a road, where the tradeoffs and expenses are weighed with a steady hand, many people have opted to treat it like a religion. This is problematic because policy decisions have real-life consequences and they ought to be made with proper discussion, not dogma and fervor to cleanse. [Once we admit emotions to the equation, reason leaves the blackboard and flies out the window. Ron P.]

Friday, January 1, 2021

Disgrace After Defeat. By Richard Lowery & Remesh Ponnuru

 Disgrace After Defeat. By Richard Lowery & Remesh Ponnuru

The Courts Hold The Line. By Andrew C. McCarthy

 The Courts Hold The Line. By Andrew C. McCarthy

It must have been stolen. By Dan McLaughlin

 It must have been stolen. By Dan McLaughlin

Ten Remarkable Financial Events of 2020

 Ten Remarkable Financial Events of 2020

Excerpt: Uncertainty about the policy response to Covid-19 initiated the cascade of financial market extremes, but expansionary monetary policy was a profound accelerant as lockdowns took hold. The US government spent roughly $7 trillion in 2020, with the Fed having committed between $3 and $4 trillion to programs intended to keep markets functioning. It also lowered the Fed Funds rate to zero, gave forward guidance indicating that it would keep rates low until inflation materially exceeded the 2% level, opened international swap lines, reopened some 2008 Financial Crisis programs, and embarked upon a Main Street Lending Program reminiscent of Great Depression-era policies. On the fiscal side, the US budget deficit was approximately $865 billion in June 2020 alone––an amount exceeding the entire debt incurred by the United States government between 1776 and 1980. Beyond representing curiosities and the awesome distorting power of central bank largesse, each of the aforementioned extremes demonstrates that however well-designed a particular market is, and however carefully a regulatory oversight structure may be crafted, the sometimes-unpredictable nature of human action can and does lead to unintended consequences. And when, on those rare occasions, confusion and fear reach an apex, unforeseen events do not only occur, they cluster together. [Neither having a significant portfolio nor much expertise in financial workings, I was largely unaware of these happenings at the time they occurred.  It sounds as if we were much closer to total financial disaster than I realized. I think I’m glad I didn’t know–it would’ve scared the crap out of me. Ron P.]

Feelings Over Facts Is Dangerous to Human Liberty

 Feelings Over Facts Is Dangerous to Human Liberty

Excerpt: The book is centered around one quite ridiculous notion: that no difference exists ‒ neurologically ‒ between words and physical harm, that we’re constantly in a “nervous state,” not quite at war but never fully at peace. This seems odd and irrelevant for most things until we realize what Davies has taken aim at: the essence of the premise that supports Western liberal democracies. In a pop-culture phrase, it’s “Live and let live” ‒ or “You do you, girl,” while I do me (Legal scholars may recognize that same idea in “An Englishman’s home is his castle.”) Contrary to almost every civilization that came before it, the West’s legal and political foundation holds this to be true and has followed the ‘harm principle‘ of John Stuart Mill: “The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.” With Nervous States, Davies has mobilized an ingenious challenge to this doctrine: if we redefine “harm” to mean whatever we want it to mean, we can rule over others. If your speech causes me discomfort, that’s harm. If your clothes offend me, that’s harm. If your moral or political opinions are different from mine, you’re harming both me and everyone else that I am angelically trying to help. If you’re objecting to my spending of the public money, you’re harming the people I say I intended to help. [Worth reading! It explains a lot of things we see and hear daily. Ron P.]

Latest MN shooting of a Black man.

 Latest MN shooting of a Black man. Which hit the headlines big time of course, but will now die out swiftly. Why? Read the article below. Short form is the guy was a career violent criminal who, when his car was blocked in by several police cruisers, opened fire on the cops. As shown in the police body cams. And actually he was supposed to still be in prison for other offenses, but somehow was released, they're still checking on that. But who knows, maybe they'll make a hero out of him too....Del

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Random Thoughts for January 2021

 

Random Thoughts for January 2021

Robert A. Hall

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Health update: I’m pretty much recovered from the left lung removal in June. Stomach only upset infrequently, appetite back, weight 158.9 lbs. last Sunday compared to 158.5 the day of the operation (It got down to 137.7. I have now cut way back on the Halvah bars I was eating to gain weight. Gained 10 lbs. in December.) Pain in left side mostly gone. Still sleeping 10-11 hours a day, but off the anti-fungal, so perkier. Big problem now is the osteo-arthritis in my right hip. Lots of pain. Using a walker at home, a wheelchair at the VA and an electric cart at the store. Will try to convince the VA to do a hip replacement; risky because I’m immune-suppressed. But I came through the lung removal okay. If not, will have to look at mobility scooters. I will be 75 in April, if I’m spared (as the Scots say). So I’m definitely old.

I still don’t do messenger on Facebook.

And when someone on Facebook says, “Bet you won’t share,” they win.

I’m not saying “Happy New Year” until I get some assurance it will be happy. It may be worse.

I’m all for “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men,” provided the men don’t want to tell me what religion to follow, or to rule, enslave, or kill me. See, that’s gonna be a problem right there with the whole goodwill thing.

It feels like people put up more Christmas lights this year, and earlier. Maybe needed a little cheer.

Let he who is without sin cast the first tweet!

Trump supporters think Biden and his family are crooks. Biden supporters think Trump and his family are crooks. Could they both be right?

“The spirit of which I speak creates imaginary and magnifies the real causes of complaint; arrogates to itself every virtue—denies every merit of its opponents; secretly entertains the worst designs…mounts to pulpit, and, in the name of a God of mercy and peace, preaches discord and vengeance; invokes the worst scourges of Heaven, war, pestilence, and famine, as preferable alternatives to party defeat; blind, vindictive, cruel, remorseless, unprincipled, and at last frantic, it communicates its madness to friends as well as foes; respects nothing, fears nothing.” –Sen. Edward Livingston, speech to the Senate, 1830

National Review reports that the 2019 world energy numbers. From wind and solar: 1.5%. From Hydro: 2.7%. From nuclear: 1.7%. From burning coal, gas, oil, wood and biofuels: 94%. I guess Hot Air from proponents of the Green New Deal might add about .5%.

"Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.

Trouble no one about his religion.

Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours.

Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.

Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.

Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,

or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.

Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light,

for your life, for your strength.

Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.

If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools

and robs the spirit of its vision.

When your time comes to die,

be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death,

so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time

to live their lives over again in a different way.

Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home."

-- Tecumseh

(1768-1813) Shawnee Chief

Funny how the right loved AG Barr and the left hated him. Switched now.

So I’m in the VA for bloodwork. Guy at the kiosk in front of me doesn’t put his VA card in. (Which you need to do to verify it’s you.) Paper pasted to the bottom of the machine says: To complete your registration press:

PRINT NUMBER

This gives you your room number and where you are in line.

So he reaches out and presses “print number” on the paper!

Th problem isn’t those who distrust the media. The problem is that so many still trust it.

Nothing says “I support slavery” like buying Nike products.

Watch for the Biden administration to transfer money from your wallet to prop up failing pension systems in Democrat run cities and states.

It has become clear that Trump rejecting the TPP played into China’s hands.

Trump thinks Russia is fine. Biden thinks China is fine. Both are enemies of the US.

In 1960, 40% of the world lived in severe poverty according to the World Bank. Now less than 10% do. Thanks you free markets.

According to National Review it takes 150 tons of coal and two tuns of rare earth minerals to make one wind turbine. This will save the earth?

We finished our Christmas shopping in November. But we didn’t stop.

“I have found alimony and a mortgage a pretty good way to cure writers block. I highly recommend it.”  –Arthur Roberts.

Facebook posters seem to think everyone who voted for Trump thinks alike.

Funny how the people calling for unity are also calling for draconian action against Trump and Republicans.

A vet I interviewed for My Life, My Story at the Madison VA told me his philosophy is that, “You are a product of your environment until you know better. Once you know better, it’s up to you. That keeps you from blaming anybody else; I can’t blame Vietnam, I can’t blame my mom, I have to take responsibility for myself.” Wish everybody thought this way.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. Their very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals. C. S. Lewis.

In chess, politics, or war, it is fatal to assume your opponent is doing, or will do, what you want him to do.

The Grinch is a Democrat.

The more the left talks about limiting the Second Amendment, the more guns and ammo are sold.

When Black Lives Matter defaced the memorials to General Grant, Colonel Heg, the gallant black regiment the 54th Massachusetts, and others who fought slavery, the ghosts of slave owners grinned and muttered, “We told you the darkies didn’t want freedom.”

“That special infatuation with sentimentality we continue to misname Liberalism.” –Roger Kimble.

Thee elites who preach socialism always seem to keep their luxuries, money, and capital investments.

(Speaking of the UN.) “Why in the world should any sensible person give a damn what the spokesman for cannibalistic tribes or slave-holding nomads things about nuclear testing?”  --James Burnham

If the people who want to bring down America succeed, they will find that what replaces it is much, much worse.

Postpone your responsibilities and they will bite you hard tomorrow.

With Trump-haters having said they wouldn’t take the vaccine because it was produced by his Warp Speed program and they don’t trust Trump, and Trump lovers saying they won’t take it because Fauci recommends it and they don’t trust Fauci, there should be plenty for the rest of us.

Guy told me to go to an AA meeting. I said I already had plenty of batteries.

From Facebook: A hate crime is disagreeing with a liberal.

“Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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

http://www.amazon.com/Old-Jarheads-Journal-Thoughts-Leadership/dp/1490500162/ref=sr_1_1?s=booksandie=UTF8andqid=1373907206andsr=1-1andkeywords=Old+Jarhead%27s+Journal

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.

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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 twelve books are listed here: http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-book-published.html. His blog of political news and conservative comment is www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com. 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.

Video: Marine veteran tased, handcuffed by park ranger after walking off park trail

 Video: Marine veteran tased, handcuffed by park ranger after walking off park trail