Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The Four Worst Four-Letter Words

There were a lot of four-letter words used in our household growing up. Dad used them regularly to get a person’s undivided attention in the shortest amount of time — and it worked.

However, there were four four-letter words that were not allowed in the Hill household: “Don’t,” “Won’t” and “Can’t” were three of them.

The absolute worst of all was “Quit.” That four-letter word was never tolerated so, therefore, was never used.





Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/10/the-four-worst-four-letter-words/

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Role of The Boogeyman in American Politics

"Who's scary now...me or Joe Biden?"
Anyone who has watched the “Halloween” movie series knows exactly what a boogeyman is. He is a scary character with a mask who scares the heck out of everyone via death and destruction until he is shot to death — only to resurrect back to life soon after to wreak more murder and mayhem in the neighborhood.

American politics specializes in making “boogeymen” of high-profile elected politicians. It is part of our historical DNA. Mostly because it works.

Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/10/hill-the-role-of-the-boogeyman-in-american-politics/


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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Joe Manchin is no budget hero but Krysten Sinema might be

"Joe: You might not want to 
save the Republic....But I might!"
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin pretty much stuck a fork in the Radical Left-Wing Progressive Socialists’ (RLWPS, for short) aggressive and dangerous spending agenda when he announced that he would not support their so-called “human infrastructure” bill pegged at $3.5 trillion, which is really $5 trillion or a whole lot more if all the budget gimmicks are taken out of it. 

Manchin boldly went on to say: “Spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs, when we can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security and Medicare, is the definition of fiscal insanity.” 

Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/10/hill-joe-manchin-is-no-budget-hero-but-kristen-sinema-might-be/

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

How To Think: A Survival Guide To A World At Odds

“Science” for liberals and “fiscal sanity” for conservatives quickly get sacrificed on the altar of rationalized political expediency when convenient to whatever point of view a person wants to take, apparently.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Two Most Important Patriots You Have Never Heard Of

"Mr. Morris: Don't you hope future financiers
will love America as much as we do?"
"Sure do Mr. Morris. I sure do"


Robert and Gouverneur Morris. No relation. Ever heard of them? 

People think George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were the “indispensable” founders of the United States of America. 

Without financiers and fellow Founding Fathers Robert Morris and Gouverneur Morris, their lives most likely would have ended at the bottom of a noose around 1780. The Declaration of Independence would have been proven a bust and the Constitution would never have been written, which would have been a darn shame for liberty for billions of people worldwide since 1789.

Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/09/hill-the-most-important-patriots-youve-never-heard-of/



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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The False Promise of Democrats To Pay For Infrastructure Bills

President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer “promise” to pay for the $1.2 trillion “hard” — or real — infrastructure bill by socking it to the rich and corporations. They say the same thing about their $3.5 trillion “soft” human infrastructure bill. 

Washington hasn’t “paid for” any new legislation by cutting spending or raising taxes since PAYGO died an ignominious death in 2002. We haven’t had a truly deficit-neutral bill passed in close to 24 years. How can anyone claim without laughing out loud that any new bill since 2000 “has been paid for” when our debt has exploded since 2000?  

Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/09/hill-the-fake-democrat-promise-to-pay-for-infrastructure-bills/

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

9/11 then and now

Pentagon on 9/11
I was walking out of the door to go to a meeting in downtown D.C. on Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001, when my wife told me a plane had just crashed into one of the Twin Towers in New York. “It probably was a guy who had a heart attack flying a Cessna. I wouldn’t worry about it,” I said somewhat casually before I said goodbye.

As I was driving down Route 50 in Northern Virginia with the top down on that glorious late summer morning, I noticed a puff of black smoke around 9:40 a.m. in the sky to my right. 

Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/09/hill-9-11-then-and-now/


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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Defeat Not Victory

President Biden is right. No matter when we left Afghanistan, it was going to be a mess. A big one.

But in the last two weeks, we’ve witnessed a failure by the United States that extends far beyond the normal chaos and calamity that defines Afghanistan and one that could have been avoided by a more precise execution of long-laid plans. 

The White House narrative blaming Afghans, the collapse of Afghan National Forces, and the traitorous, cowardly flight of President Ghani is diversionary, not too unlike the chaff being shot from our departing C-17s as a countermeasure to potential ground fire.

Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/09/snepp-defeat-not-victory/

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Santa Is Not Coming This Year

Children: you need to realize something. Santa Claus is not coming this year with a whole lot of toys and treats. 

COVID business shutdowns have taken their toll everywhere, but nowhere has it hit harder than with dear old Saint Nick’s operations at the North Pole. After all, what other business goes to every single home in the world in one night?

Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/09/a-letter-from-saint-nicholas-santa-claus-is-not-coming-this-year/

(thanks to long-time friend and next-door buddy growing up Russ Barringer III for coming up with this train of thought due to his frustrations as a businessman) 

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

President Gerald R. Ford Saved 130,000 South Vietnamese Lives in 1975

"If only young Senator Joe
Biden had paid attention"
The past two weeks in Afghanistan have been an unnecessary and unmitigated humanitarian and geopolitical disaster.

It didn’t have to be this way. President Biden and his national security team appeared to be totally flummoxed when they tried to explain how the withdrawal of troops, America citizens and Afghani sympathizers became so chaotic under their watch.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin somewhat unbelievably said American military forces did not have the capability to go outside of the Kabul airport to get all of the estimated 11,000 Americans safely out of Kabul. There was hardly any talk about how this administration and national security leaders were going to evacuate the estimated 250,000 Afghani U.S. sympathizers who were translators, spies, drivers, informants and subcontractors who are now in danger of being executed by the Taliban.

Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/08/hill-president-jerry-ford-saved-130000-south-vietnamese-lives/

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Gambling and Surrender in Washington, DC

"This is not Saigon, 1975!
This is not Tehran, 1979!
This is Kabul, 2021!"
-President Joe Biden
President Joe Biden rolled the dice on removing U.S. military support in Afghanistan. He could have reversed President Trump’s executive order to get troops out of Afghanistan until he was absolutely sure that the Afghan government and army was strong enough to protect the nation of 39 million people from certain Taliban thuggery, oppression, violence, rape and death.

He didn’t. He rolled snake eyes. He surrendered Afghanistan in such a chaotic manner that it will take its place beside President Jimmy Carter’s inept handling of the Tehran American Embassy hostage crisis in 1979 and the collapse of Saigon in 1975 under President Gerald Ford as one of the most humiliating failures in American military combat and foreign policy history.

86,000 Afghan translators, intelligence-gatherers and American sympathizers have been left behind by President Biden. They deserved U.S. protection for the service they gave our country.

Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/08/hill-gambling-and-surrender-in-washington-dc/


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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

"I freaking love living in America!"


"Lots of Rich Professional Athletes
Might Hate America...But I LOVE IT!"
Aren’t you more than a little sick and tired of hearing about how terrible America is from left-wingers?

After years of hearing liberal progressive politicians, athletes, movie stars and activists openly support the destruction of downtown after downtown in our major metropolitan cities and talk about how terrible the United States of America is, maybe 2021 is the year when the vast majority of American citizens start to rise up to say how great living in America really is instead of being intimidated into quiet passive submission.

American wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock provided one of the first wildly enthusiastic public expressions of love of country heard in a long while, after she won the gold medal in the 68-kilogram freestyle finals last week....


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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Waving the bloody shirt of voter suppression

The Height of Hypocrisy:
Democrats Decrying Voter Suppression
President Joe Biden is waving the bloody shirt about legislative attempts in Texas and Georgia to clean up the voting process by saying they represent “the worst challenge to our democracy since the Civil War”. 

“Waving the bloody shirt” was a tactic used by Radical Republicans in post-Civil War elections to arouse the passions of their followers by invoking the “blood” of the mostly Republican Northern veterans that was shed to free the slaves and keep the Union intact.  

Any Democrat in the South should be careful about waving such a bloody shirt, since the worst impediment to our democratic republic since the Civil War was Southern Democratic Party domination of politics for over a century after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox....

Read more at:  https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/08/hill-waving-the-bloody-shirt-of-voter-suppression/

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

When being an authentic "idiot" can be considered "patriotic"

"I really should have been an ancient Athenian!"
I really want to say that all of this spending by the Biden administration on behalf of the Socialist Democratic Party of America is idiotic.

However, I know that could be misconstrued as being mean, nasty and offensive in today’s sensitive times. So here’s another way to get to the same word — but in a less offensive way.

The $4 trillion infrastructure bill takes the cake for fiscal irresponsibility....

Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/07/hill-when-being-an-authentic-idiot-could-be-considered-patriotic/


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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Summer of soul

"I am no better,
And neither are you"

During the summer of 1969, there was a music festival in the state of New York that was not held on Max Yazgur’s farm in Woodstock — the Harlem Cultural Festival, which also became known as the “Black Woodstock.” 

It was mostly forgotten until 40 hours of videotape of the six-weekend event were discovered in a basement 50 years later. The documentary based on those tapes, “Summer of Soul,” was released in late June in theatres and on Hulu. 

If you were in your teens in 1969, you know you want to see this movie. All you have to know is that the heart-thumping rhythms of “Sing a Simple Song,” “Everyday People” and “I Wanna Take You Higher” by Sly and the Family Stone live on stage in concert are prominently featured, and instantly you are transported back to your younger days. 

Read more at:  https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/07/hill-summer-of-soul/

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

De Tocqueville: Americans do not converse; they argue

"Man. Was I right about Americans
or was I right?"
“To set foot on American soil is to find oneself in tumultuous surroundings. A confused clamor proceeds from every quarter. A thousand voices assail the ear simultaneously, each giving expression to some social need. Everywhere things are in an uproar.

The great political fervor that keeps American legislatures in a state of constant agitation is the only part of this vast movement that can be seen from abroad, but it is merely an episode in something much larger, and in a way an extension of it; something that begins in the lowest ranks of the populace and from there spreads through all classes of citizens one after another.

No one can work harder at being happy than Americans do.

Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/07/tocqueville-americans-do-not-converse-they-argue/


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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

"Inflation Is Our Friend!"

"Inflation Is Our Friend!"

Dan Aykroyd of “Saturday Night Live” had a memorable spoof of President Jimmy Carter’s anti-inflation speech in 1978, where he was ‘quoted’ as saying:

“Inflation is our friend. In the year 2000, if current trends continue, the average blue-collar annual wage in this country will be $568,000. Think what this inflated world of the future will mean — most Americans will be millionaires. Everyone will feel like a bigshot.

“Wouldn’t you like to own a $4,000 suit, and smoke a $75 cigar, drive a $600,000 car? I know I would!”

Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/07/hill-inflation-is-our-friend/






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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Give Me A Muslim Who Can Swim

"At least I know how to swim
in capitalist, freedom-oriented waters"
Would you rather have a good and decent person make terrible decisions in the White House or a flawed, fallen soul who makes decisions that leads to prosperity and safety for all?

American voters have faced such age-old philosophical, religious, moral, ethical and political dilemmas since the inception of the United States of America. Citizens typically have a binary choice between two major party candidates. Many times voters have had to choose between the policies they prefer to see enacted (Bush 41) versus the moral character of their next commander-in-chief and chief executive officer (Bill Clinton).

Few elections brought that question closer to home for American voters than in 2020...read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/06/hill-give-me-a-muslim-who-can-swim/


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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Get Rid of History -- All of It

"and so is history!"
Let’s assume that one day (let’s say tomorrow) everyone wakes up in America with total, utter complete amnesia of who we are as a people and where we have come from genetically, philosophically or figuratively.

We would have no idea that we are Americans. Nor would any of us know if our ancestors came from Africa, Ireland, Europe, Asia or any Latin country. We wouldn’t know there are hundreds of other nations and cultures from which we came, because there would be no written or oral history of the fabric of any other society and religion.

America would be nothing more than a human version of Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom.”

Read the rest at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/06/hill-lets-forget-about-history-all-of-it/

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Citizen-Politician Lt. Governor Mark Robinson

Citizen-Politician Mark Robinson
Lt. Governor - State of North Carolina 2021
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson may be the most unique political officer ever elected in North Carolina history.

Not only is he the first person of African-American descent, male or female, to be elected lieutenant governor in North Carolina history, he may be the embodiment of the idealized notion of the “citizen-politician” as envisioned by philosophers such as Aristotle, Cicero and the founders of the American Democratic Republic in 1776.

Citizen-politicians are citizens who work hard and tend to their own business and family....

Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/06/hill-citizen-politician-lt-gov-mark-robinson/


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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

When taking your dog for a walk offers hope in America

We were taking care of our son’s dog last week and took her for a walk one morning, when it occurred to me that America has a remarkable way of cleaning up problems. A very few enterprising people figure out ways to solve an issue, and then the rest of the country catches on and follows suit.

As I was preparing to comply with city and neighborhood ordinances regarding picking up dog waste, with a bright pink plastic bag, I realized that someone long ago figured out how to clean up dog poop — way before any local ordinance or law was passed and they probably made a lot of money doing it.

 Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/06/hill-when-taking-a-dog-for-a-walk-offers-hope-about-america/




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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Tenure and University Politics at UNC-Chapel Hill

Nikole Hannah-Jones
1619 Project Founder
If all someone who graduated from UNC Chapel Hill has to do is say they want to be a full professor with immediate tenure and not go through the grueling ordeal of having to get a Ph.D in the first place, then count me in. I will go to Chapel Hill and talk about balancing the federal budget until everyone passes out cold in class but still be paid $180,000/year for the rest of my born days.

Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/06/hill-university-tenure-and-politics-at-unc-chapel-hill/




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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

So much freedom owed to so few

1 million of us have died
defending our freedom
Have you ever served in the military? Has anyone in your immediate family served in the military? Has anyone you know or worked with ever served in the military? 

A high percentage of the 557 million Americans who have ever lived in the United States since its founding have never served in uniform protecting our nation’s freedom, so don’t feel bad if you have not served. 

Since the mandatory draft was abolished in 1973 by President Nixon, the only people who have served in the military are those who have volunteered on their own volition rather than having been forced to do so by law. 

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"So much freedom owed to so few" North State Journal 5.26.21









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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Most Hellish Tyranny

Poor Barry Goldwater.

Had the Arizona senator left out two searingly memorable lines in his presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in 1964 — “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! Let me also remind you that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!” — his speech would be universally remembered as the launch pad for the near half-century run of conservative dominance in American politics.

Instead, those two lines in his speech are remembered as the frozen O-rings that led to the explosive electoral disaster Republicans suffered in the fall to LBJ and congressional Democrats.

Read more at: https://nsjonline.com/article/2021/05/hill-the-most-hellish-tyranny/

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Pay North Carolina State Legislators $100,000

Raise the pay of all N.C. state senators and representatives to $100,000 annually, and leave it at that.

Make the pay raise effective January 2025. There would be two intervening elections in 2022 and 2024 where voters can decide if their state senator or representative is worth sending back to Raleigh and paying them $100,000 per year from then on.

Would you run for the NCGA if you thought you would only be paid $13,951 and endure all the insults you would get from news media and on Twitter?

Read more at: North State Journal 

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