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This is the personal weblog of Aakash Raut, established Sept. 2002. It will cover current affairs, worldwide & national topics, local & university events, and provide insight and commentary on contemporary issues and the news from his perspective. Enjoy!

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    Sunday, December 31, 2023

    So this was 2023...

    As in some prior years, I'm at home, wanting to get things done.

    Merry CHRISTmas and Happy New Year to all!

    Monday, December 25, 2023

     Because time is moving so utterly fast, we're going to need another Christmas continuance tonight.

    Christmas will not be over in two minutes!

    Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours.

    I am praying for a CHRISTmas miracle.

    Thursday, November 23, 2023

      Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve had a rough day, but hope to have some material posted here this weekend.

    Monday, October 23, 2023


     Before it's over:

    Happy Mole Day!!

    Saturday, December 31, 2022

     And, yet another year lost, it seems.  But that can change. 2023 is going to be great.

    Happy New Year!

    Sunday, December 25, 2022

    Another year lost? 

    This year has been rough, putting it mildly. I have the same two prayer requests that I've had for years.

      1) That my family gets saved. 

    2) That I get fully healed from the health issue I've been struggling with. I will get through that, 

    Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours. 

      I don't want to lose any more time.

    Thursday, May 12, 2022

    This blog was once popular; it's been on hiatus, though. But this time period is so crucial. I wanted to share this clip from Law & Order

    Friday, December 31, 2021

    Happy New Year! I wish I could say mine is "happy" right now, but I feel so regretful. The change in the year is a reminder of how time has gotten so bold. And it's so hard to recover, when lost due to certain obstacles you get bombarded with. Let's #pray for #productivity and positive #change in 2022. We've got to do better.

    Oh dear; I don't know what to say. This blog did well in the past, but these days have been rough. Please follow my updates on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!! Time is getting bolder. People get older. I'm getting older, too.

    Wednesday, January 06, 2021

    Merry Christmas! Before it fully ends, I wanted to wish you and yours a great Christmas.

    Monday, December 31, 2018

    My #productivity, Blogosphere-wise, was dismal this year - though not in Social Media, perhaps. Maybe greater focus and efficiency should be my New Year's resolution.

    Speaking of that: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

    The ball will drop shortly. Did you stay in tonight? Here's an article I can possibly relate to; when I was in NYC, it wasn't on New Year's Eve, but I still had to struggle to find a place to "go":

    Remember: The ball is dropping at 11:00 PM, central time.

    I did Domino's #HomeOnNYE - but now I think I may go out. Now taking the rest of my 5-Hour Energy.

    I hope there's an Uber available, so I can join this event:

    Sunday, December 31, 2017

    Dropping the Ball

    Two nights ago for this occasion, we held a party for West Side Young Adults at our apartment!  I still have unpublished material from then, that I was hoping to publish, in a draft post at one or more of my blogs.

    My health was on the upswing at that time (late 2015). Things went down afterwards though, and 2016 was mixed, while ending on a not-so-healthful note.  For much of 2017, I was in a hospital.  But I still could have done a lot more.

    I was hoping, before year's end, to finish the series I've started at my money blog, about how to layout layers of savings upon each other, to get prices as close to $0.00 (and sometimes, lower than that!) at the stores.  Great expectations!

    But for the moment, I wanted to say: Just as I dropped the ball on blogging this year, THE BALL is going to drop, in less than an hour.

    Merry CHRISTmas (which it still is!) and Happy New Year!

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    I hope everyone has had a reflective Patriot Day.

    Never Forget

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    So, who's it going to be?
    SCOTUS pick 2017

    The last time I blogged on the evening of a SCOTUS pick, I was sitting right here. I IMed Josh Claybourn and Alex Brunk, who had the info which was broken by Erick Erickson. That was in 2005.

    So who's it going to be, this time?


    I just saw a FB post from Scott Presler suggesting it might be Neil Gorsuch. Is that that case?

    Update: Apparently, it's either The Hon. Neil Gorsuch or the Hon. Thomas Hardiman.

    PRAY HARD about SCOTUS... It's so powerful.

    Friday, January 06, 2017

    Merry CHRISTmas!!

    In response to some Christmastime angst I expressed years ago, Adrianne Truett reminded us that today is still Christmas!…/merry-christmas-someone-shoul…

    Merry CHRISTmas, to you and yours!!

    Friday, December 23, 2016

    Merry CHRISTmas Eve... Eve

    So much is happening right now (even aside from nationally and worldwide), and as ususal, there's so much I want to write about.

    Today has been a rough day, but I was glad to have the opportunity to get out of the apartment tonight.  Health problems have been severe.  Please pray for me.

    I expect things to get better soon.

    Merry CHRISTmas Eve Eve, to you and yours!

    Saturday, December 10, 2016


    Phyllis Schlafly. Harriet Tubman. Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton. Immigration. SCOTUS. There are a TON of items I could have and wanted to blog about, as well as other To-Do's. In thinking about this a couple of months ago though, I realized that sometimes you have to take a break from all that stuff, and de-stress. Maybe I should start on a certain computer game I bought - as my roommates are gaming on their own systems.

    That was shortly before the election though, and my thoughts of respite were swallowed up by thoughts about our nation. Still, it seemed that this year - despite being a Precinct Committeeman - I didn't do anywhere near as much election work as I did in past elections; I did make it to Missouri on Election Eve however... I love the political climate there, as discussed before. :-)

    Though productivity is hard (not because of the lack of material!), and I'm still struggling with health issues, stay tuned for some quality #content. I'm still confused as to what format and medium to use, but I think the best bet is to just start writing.

    As we said in 2013 - Whatever happens, let's begin!

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Who Would Rothbard Support?
    Would the great Dr. Murray Rothbard endorse Donald J. Trump?

    We interrupt the bloggage backlog (and inactivity), to bring you a new piece. Thanks to comments posted at a recent FB post - and this unusually bizarre election season! - I have a little motivation to publish (to publish more than Social Media posts).

    I recently asserted that the late, great Dr. Murray Rothbard would endorse Donald Trump's current presidential campaign.

    Those who scoff at this idea should be reminded that in the last presidential election before his passing, Professor Rothbard enthusiastically endorsed for President Patrick J. Buchanan, followed by Ross Perot, and finally incumbent President George Herbert Walker Bush.

    Let's examine Rothbard's last endorsement, and see what might apply now. (All highlights and hyperlinks were added by me.)

    Hold Back the Hordes for 4 More Years
    Any sensible American has one real choice--George Bush.

    by Murray N. Rothbard

    As often happens, my current quandary was put best by my old friend, Prof. Ralph Raico. He was an ardent Buchananite, but as the horrible nomination of "Slick Willie" loomed, he began to admonish me, in his hilarious mocking half-serious tone: "Remember Murray, we must do nothing to harm the President." When the Perot phenomenon hit, Raico, for some unaccountable reason, failed to share my enthusiasm for the little punk from East Texas. After the Great Betrayal, I was ranting and raving over the phone to Raico, who took it all in, and then concluded: "I'm glad to see you're working your way back to the President."

    Yes, gulp, I'm down to the grim, realistic choice: Which of two sets of bozos is going to rule us in 1993-1997?

    No one has been more critical of George Bush than I, but yes, dammit, I am working my way back to the President. What? "Four More Years?" Yes, there is only one rational answer for the conservative, the libertarian, or indeed any sensible American.

    In Bush's favor:

    --First and foremost, Bush ain't Clinton.

    --Bush has kept his cool and not gotten American troops or even airmen in a shooting war in the former Yugoslavia. The poor Bosnian Muslims claim that all the United States need do is bomb Serbian gun emplacements around Sarajevo. Rubbish. Objective military experts say that it would take a 500,000-man expeditionary force to secure Bosnia and Sarajevo, and God knows how many more to roll back the Serbs. America, keep out of Bosnia!

    [Note: Remember Donald Trump's recent comments on NATO.]

    --Bush has the most even-handed Middle East policy since Jack Kennedy. The most credit, of course, goes to Secretary of State James A. Baker III, who formulated this policy and maintained it under vicious pressure. But Bush deserves credit for picking Baker and backing him up. With only a little stretching, Bush/Baker can even take credit for the Israeli election that got rid of Yitzhak Shamir.

    --Last but certainly not least: The President is about to reconcile with Pat Buchanan. At last, Bush has shown some smarts, and perhaps even a spark of a sense of justice. After a vicious and despicable smear campaign by Rich Bond, William Bennett, Dan Quayle et al., the Bush people--while of course not apologizing--are at least implicitly repudiating their own smears by rolling out the welcome mat for Buchanan. Which brings us to the ghastly specter of Clintonian Democracy.

    Against Clinton:

    --Clinton as Southern moderate is the Big Lie of the 1992 campaign. He is a McGovernite. When he says "investment," he means government spending.

    --The Clinton-managed Democratic convention was the most leftist ever: multiculturalism reigned triumphant, with "Lesbian Rights" banners almost as prevalent as "Clinton for President." Clinton means the triumph of ultrafeminism, trillions more of our dough for inner cities and the aggrandizement of phony "rights" over the genuine rights of private property.

    --Al Gore was one of the biggest spenders in the wild-spending recent Congress. Gore, furthermore, is an extreme-left environmentalist, and he shores up Clinton's left flank on this issue.

    --Never forget the menace of Hillary Clinton. Sure, they cleaned up her act until November; they shut her up, bobbed and blonded her hair and took that damned headband off, and made her look like a sophisticated matron instead of an aging grad student. But if Clinton wins in November, Hillary will be back: in control, nasty, tough and very leftist.

    Mom and Dad: Hillary Is Out to Grab Your Kids! Hillary is the prophet of the children's "rights" movement, a movement that encourages 11-year-olds to sue their parents for "malpractice," and you know who will really be doing the suing: leftist ACLU-type lawyers in the mold of Hillary.

    There is a lot of confused discussion about family values and what they mean. Well, there's one clear test: Family values means that kids get governed by their parents. Anti-family values means that other folk--bureaucrats, lawyers, social workers and "therapists," the rapacious, power-hungry, leftist New Class--get to run everyone's kids in the name of children's "rights" and "liberation."

    A vote for Bill Clinton is a vote to destroy the last vestige of parental control and responsibility in America. A victory for Bush will--at least partly--hold back the hordes for another four years. Of course, that is not exactly soul-satisfying. What would be soul-satisfying would be taking the offensive at long last, launching a counter-revolution in government, in the economy, in the culture, everywhere against malignant left-liberalism. When oh when do we get to start?

    After this issue arose via my Social Media, I did a web search, and found that I'm not alone in this thinking.

    Check out:
    - Rothbard on Trump?, Lew Rockwell
    - Libertarians for Trump, Walter E. Block
    - Lew Rockwell and Walter Block support Donald Trump, A Call to Paul
    - Murray Rothbard Would Have Loved Donald Trump (No endorsement implied, of the author or his website.)
    - What Would Rothbard Think of Trump?, Dr. George Hawley
    - Is Trump the Peace Candidate?, Justin Raimondo

    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Texas, Thunderstorms, and the National Spelling Bee 2016

    If you follow me on Social Media (that's kind of taken over blogging, hasn't it?), you saw that I'm traveling. We're currently in the Lone Star State.

    We were going to go out shopping this evening, but a thunderstorm (or at least hard rain) got in our way. But then I saw that my parents have the National Spelling Bee on!

    I remember live-Tweeting - I mean, live-blogging! - during a prior Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee. They are televised on ESPN each year. If you look at that post, you'll see a 1996 article from the State Journal-Register, on my family's trip to DC, for this event. My brilliant brother Yogesh made it to Nationals, that year.