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  • The Truth and The Lie

    Robert Tate|Jun 1, 2022

    Four years ago, I wrote the first part of this Robservation. It doesn’t seem that long ago but it was. Not surprisingly, things have not even come close to changing. You might even say that things under the new administration are far worse. Why? Because they are. But I felt compelled to reiterate the first part of this and to add a couple of more items. The lie is still in force and like the Wizard of Oz, the alphabet networks are hellbent on not letting us look at the man behind the curtain. H...

  • When is Enough, Enough?

    Robert Tate|May 1, 2022

    Enough is enough. I cannot stress that “enough.” I know I am not supposed to speak ill of our leaders and I do pray for the President often. But at the same time, every single one of us in this country has got to come to the realization that this man is in no way “in the game.” He is absolutely horrible but I believe that can be attributed to his clearly decreasing cognitive abilities and shame on his wife and all other people who let this man go into the public eye and continually embarra...

  • I Hate Being Right

    Robert Tate|Apr 1, 2022
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    Okay, the title is a lie. Nobody hates being right. Let’s talk Ukraine. Everybody reading this has been inundated with news from Eastern Europe for the past month and little of it is good. Except that the Ukrainians are taking it to the Russians, killing a lot of their soldiers and making Mr. Putin rethink his own calculus with this whole invasion thing. Like I wrote in one of my prior Robservations, when asked what the Ukrainians were thinking, one older gentleman answered, “We are thi...

  • Bits and Pieces: 14TH Edition: WHERE IN THE HECK IS. . . ?

    Robert Tate|Mar 1, 2022

    Here I go again with several interesting stories that have happened or are happening as I write this. Let’s face it. The world can be a disappointing place. I call this installment of Bits and Pieces, “Where in the Heck Is...?” 1. WHERE IN THE HECK IS THE U.N.? In my last Robservation, I asked a similar question. Regarding the likely Russian invasion of the Ukraine: Where is the U.N.? What are they doing? What have they said? What actions are they willing to take? As the last month has come...

  • Bits and Pieces: 13th Edition

    Robert Tate|Feb 1, 2022

    Guess what folks, it is time for yet another Robservation edition of “Bits and Pieces.” Today, there is just so much going on that it is difficult to pin down just one story. This time, I don’t think any of them are too controversial but interesting nonetheless. As for the first story, let common sense rule. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but in this case, if you agree with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC), you are wrong. Sorry. Here goes! 1. Student Loan Forgiveness. I hav...

  • Don't Hate Me Because I'm Right

    Robert Tate|Jan 1, 2022

    Do you guys remember the 1980s-ish, super-sexy Pantene shampoo commercials featuring actress Kelly LeBrock? She stared into the camera, fluffed up her hair and said, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.” I’m sure 99% of all red-blooded American guys liked that commercial. But unfortunately, today, I am not writing about shampoo, nice hair, pretty women or anything of the sort. Today I am going to write about something concerning our military that I have written about in the past. The topic for...

  • Another Edition of "In-Your-Face" News

    Robert Tate|Dec 1, 2021

    Our two fearless newscasters sit behind their desk as the intro music ends. . . Jerome: “Welcome to WIYF News. Tonight, we have two breaking, and I must admit, heartbreaking stories to bring to you. First, last month we brought you the story about President Biden’s pick for the Treasury Department’s comptroller of the currency, Saule Omarova.” Cindy: “Today, the Senate has begun its confirmation hearings for the hard charging Marxist. Hopefully, she will have a rough go of it and at the end,...

  • Imagine If You Will . . .

    Robert Tate|Nov 1, 2021

    Living here in Montgomery, I like to watch our local news every night just to see what is going on. Not a knock on any other local stations but I am a WSFA guy. When I fly to a lot of similar sized cities around the country and see their horrible local news, believe me, we are lucky to have WSFA. They really are good at what they do. Valery Lawson, Josh Johnson, Mark Bullock, Ashley Bowerman, Courtney Chandler, Amanda Curran and the rest of the team are very professional and, yes, I appreciate...

  • I Hate Hitler Comparisons . . . Most of the Time.

    Robert Tate|Nov 1, 2021

    When Adolf Hitler first came into power in 1933, he promised his people a glorious, 1,000-year Reich where they would rule the world. On 8 May 1945, that delusional dream became just that – only a dream. Sir Arthur Travis Harris, also affectionately known as “Bomber Harris” by some and “Butcher” by others, took over the reigns of Royal Air Force (RAF) Bomber Command in February 1942. This highly single-minded and focused combat commander once wrote, “The Germans entered this war under the r...

  • Del Rio: A Short Rambling

    Robert Tate|Oct 1, 2021

    Del Rio, Texas. I went to Air Force pilot training there back in 1983. I met my wife there on 8 January, 1984. We have been together ever since. What I see going on there today sickens me. If there is any doubt in anyone’s mind that the Biden administration is over their heads and dare, I say, “worthless,” then I have to say, “Open your eyes.” This administration is the most feckless and dangerous this country has ever seen. EVER! Remember the good ole’ days when we would all say that Jimmy Cart...

  • THINGS TO COME?

    Robert Tate|Sep 1, 2021

    “To see their Commander-in-Chief [Joe Biden] call into question the courage of men I fought with, to claim that they ran. It’s shameful. Those who have never fought for the colors they fly should be careful about criticizing those who have.” Tom Tugendhat: UK Member of Parliament, Afghan War Veteran I was asked to keep this Robservation a little shorter than normal because the paper would like to minimize its footprint this month. Not a problem. What I want to write about is exactly what has bee...

  • By The Numbers

    Robert Tate|Aug 1, 2021

    I first wrote this Robservation back in 2013. Yeah, eight years ago. Sadly, in the context of this subject, things have not gotten better. Not by a long shot. I decided to revisit this subject of our national debt after reading on Breitbart News how the Democrat infrastructure bill will cost U.S. tax payers $5.4 trillion, which will be much more expensive than previously promised. Hmmm, imagine that. Politicians not telling the truth. Who could have seen this coming? www.breitbart.com/politics/2...

  • GIVE AN INCH. . .

    Robert Tate|Jul 1, 2021

    According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: "It's a marvelous day today"! The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was really beautiful. They spend a lot of time together, ultimately arriving beside a well. The Lie tells the Truth: "The water is very nice, let's take a bath together!" The Truth, once again suspicious, tests the water and discovers that it indeed is very nice. They undress and start bathing. Suddenly, the Lie...

  • Bits and Pieces Part 12

    Robert Tate|Jun 1, 2021

    Well, here I go with yet another installment of Bits and Pieces. To be honest, there is so much foolishness to write about in our country today. Luckily, I am very good at just shaking my head and not letting the insanity of the world bother me too much. Just for the purposes of full disclosure, I was brought up to believe in the American ideal with the realization that our ideal still has to be administered by people. Throughout our history, many of those people have proven to be bad human bein...

  • 'TOP' MEANS STOP!!

    Robert Tate|May 1, 2021

    I find it funny how no matter where you are, people insist the folks from either their home state are the worst drivers in the world or they like to say all people from another area are the worst. “I’ve driven in New Jersey and man, they are the worst.” A Jersey guy will say, “I’m never going back to the south because those dang southerners can’t drive.” I love to hear the reasoning. I am not immune from this “Robservation” either. I’ve seen some crazy stuff everywhere. Driving down I-81 in Virg...

  • Back in the Air!

    Robert Tate|Apr 1, 2021

    I have to admit. Since my last Robservation, my attention has not been so much on what is going on around the country but clearly focused elsewhere. Perhaps that is a good thing. I did watch President Biden’s pratfall going up the stairs to Air Force One and actually felt sorry for the man – yet again. For anyone watching with an objective, unbiased mind, the man is most definitely not in the game. Over his shoulders watches VP Harris ready to pounce on his job as soon as she gets the green lig...

  • Blue Skies and Black Masks

    Robert Tate|Mar 1, 2021

    Before I get started, this has been an interesting time for yours truly. In September 2018, I had rotator cuff surgery here in Montgomery. It didn’t go so well. Then I had another. Same thing only worse. Then I went to Andrews Sports Medicine in Birmingham and met a brilliant surgeon, Dr. Benton Emblom. Let’s just say he fixed the previous problems and did what was told to me could not be done. Long story short, by the time this hits the press, I will be back flying. It has been a long 2½ year...

  • Where do We Find Such Men?

    Robert Tate|Feb 1, 2021

    With all the post-election negativity swamping the news daily, I started to write a Robservation concentrating on some of the buffoonery taking place in Washington. And I think we can all agree that at times it is too much to bear. I for the most part have stopped watching most news programs and I have found that even my beloved WSFA to be disappointing at times. Over the next several years, I will certainly have the opportunity to write on much of what is going on. But there is one thing I am...

  • The Three Horsemen of Alabama

    Robert Tate|Jan 1, 2021

    Hey, aren’t there supposed to be four? Yup, but right now I am not talking about the Apocalypse. I am going to write about something I never write about. In the ten-plus years of Robservations, I honestly cannot think of a time I have written an entire piece about sports. A little here and there but never the whole kit-and-caboodle. It is not because I don’t like sports. I love sports and played them for the better part of my life. It is just that getting wrapped up in debates about guys and...

  • The World in Which We Live

    Robert Tate|Dec 1, 2020

    I have to admit one thing. As I look back at my Air Force career, I have had the honor and pleasure working with some of the most honorable, intelligent and patriotic men and women you can imagine. I will tell anyone that if I could handpick my team of 10 veterans and debate just about any other group of equal numbers in areas of national security, military necessity, homeland security and the like, we would crush all challengers. I honestly believe this. I say this because the group of men and...

  • Here We Go Again

    Robert Tate|Nov 1, 2020

    In December 2014, I wrote the Robservation below. [Keep in mind who was President at the time] That’s six years ago. It is amazing that in the span of six years, things in this country have actually gotten worse regarding attitudes of race and adult responsibility. Rioting in the streets has become more prevalent, the pace of killing police officers has increased seemingly exponentially and organizations like BLM and ANTIFA make the Occupy Wallstreet gang look like a kindergarten class taking t...

  • Vote Your Conscience

    Robert Tate|Oct 1, 2020

    We are down to the wire here. The election of 2020; billed as a make or break for our republic. As if this year has not been enough of mental meltdown. Now on top of all this, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed on. Could things get any uglier? Uhhhh, yeah. They are going to. This is going to be a rather short Robservation since I am sitting here typing with a broken hand. I took the splint off and am typing for the first time in a while, and I feel like I have 400 uncontrollable fingers slapping awa...

  • Bits & pieces 10.0

    Robert Tate|Sep 1, 2020

    1. For the past several years, during our wedding anniversary week, my wife and I like to go down to Destin, Florida and stay at the Henderson-Salamander Resort and Spa for four to five days. We love it down there. From their private beach to the other plentiful amenities, we will likely continue going there every year for the foreseeable future. We have even gone there in December just to see how they decorate for Christmas. I highly recommend the Henderson and no I do not have any stock or...

  • Nothing Surprises Me

    Robert Tate|Aug 1, 2020

    A couple of Robservations ago, I wrote how aggressive I have noticed drivers becoming in Montgomery. Nothing has changed since then. Every single day, I see idiot drivers on the road doing the most idiotic things. The other day, I was talking to my sister up in New Jersey and made the comment that within Montgomery, about 75% of the time, someone is going to run the red light. I picked this number out of thin air, but it’s based on what I believed I have witnessed. So that day as I drove a...

  • Is It Time to Crack Some Skulls?

    Robert Tate|Jul 1, 2020

    Hard times create strong men Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men Weak men create hard times. – Unknown How true. And by the way, we are currently cruising full speed in the fourth zone right now; a world run by weak, self-serving, socialist/communist/fascist charlatans hell-bent on dismantling our great republic. Anybody who thinks ANTIFA is actually “anti-fascist,” go take a history class at your local college and get back to me. By now, everybody reading this Robse...

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