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 By Robert Tate    Opinion    February 1, 2017 

"IT IS A CRUEL WORLD, HERR HAUPTMAN. YOU SAID IT YOURSELF."

This is my favorite line from my all-time favorite movie, The Blue Max. In this 1966 movie that my dad took me to watch when I was all of five years-old, George Peppard plays a German World War I figh...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    January 1, 2017

WELCOME TO THE MAD DOG!!

Today every other man (and still more so during war-time) is an amateur strategist and tactician; the House of Commons is full of such folk. No politician would be considered sane if he told a...

 

No Schadenfreude Here – Well, Maybe a Little

Election night 2016 was a beautiful thing to watch. Tears flowing, heads exploding, pundits demonstrating that they know absolutely nothing about anything, you name it. Obviously, I am happy that...

 

Door Dings and Other Such Nonsense...

All I can say is that by the time this Robservation hits the streets, the election, for better or worse, will be over and done with. It has been a long, drawn out embarrassment for the entire United...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    October 1, 2016

POOR, POOR DEPLORABLE ME

Deplorable: Causing or being a subject for grief or regret; lamentable; causing or being a subject for censure, reproach, or disapproval; wretched; very bad. Irredeemable: Not able to be saved,...

 

Bits and Pieces; Pt.5

Sitting here on vacation, there are so many things going on but today I only want to cover two items for now. There are sunny beaches to see so here goes. 1. The Olympics: First of all, after all the...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    August 1, 2016

The Complex World of Military Planning

Last week after the mass murders in Nice, France, I called into a local talk radio show. When beginning to discuss the topic, I was asked if I “had the answer” to the attacks and threats that are...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    July 1, 2016

SCHOOL IS IN SESSION

I am admittedly frustrated as I write this (these) Robservation(s). This first part is something I wrote over 3 years ago in February 2013. It is still relevant and after the Orlando shootings and...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    July 1, 2016

The Black Heart of Men

Of course I had to. I had absolutely no choice in the matter. After the killings in Orlando, my government went out of its way once again to show that they are in fact the real JV team on the field...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    June 1, 2016

THE CONSUMER DOES HAVE RIGHTS

There is an old adage that says, "The customer is always right." I will be one of the first ones to say that is total nonsense. On paper, that sounds like a socially righteous attitude to take, but...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    May 1, 2016

CULTURE TRAITORS

When and where is it all going to end? Ever since I was a little kid, I have loved Germany and the German people. When I was five years old, my father took my brother and me to see the movie, The...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    April 1, 2016

IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE . . . .

A nervous tension hangs heavily over the upcoming press conference. As usual, something major in the world occurs and the President of the United States is expected to step up to the podium and give...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    March 1, 2016

My Seattle Adventure...revisited

First of all, I have to apologize for this column. I first wrote this way back in early 2011 but as I read over it, I felt it remained current in its scope and thought. The reason I am not adding a...

 

LET'S TALK ABOUT. . . .

Hey, folks. Happy New Year to all. I hope everybody had a great Christmas season. But a lot has happened already this year so let’s get started. Let’s talk about. . . 1. Sexual Assaults in...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    January 1, 2016

AMATEURS, RANK AMATEURS

Here I sit, shaking my head. Next year cannot come too soon for me. That is, next year’s presidential election. It has hard for me to fathom the level of mediocrity that emanates from within this...

 

WHAT A WICKED WORLD

A lot has happened since my last Robservation. The Paris terrorist attacks, the Russian airline shoot down, the increasing concern over Syrian refugees coming to the States, President Obama's...

 

GUNS, YET AGAIN!

Over two years ago I first penned this column and not surprisingly since then there have been an increasingly number of senseless gun attacks reported. Just this year we had the South Carolina church...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    October 1, 2015

HUMANITARIAN CRISES? NOT SO FAST!

Okay, I get it. I really do. The Syrian refugee crisis is a tragedy on a monumental scale. The picture of the dead child on the beach, the long lines, barbed wire fences and all the scenes...

 

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