Category Archives: Political

Let’s Ban the Scary-looking Guns!

Dateline February 19th, 2018

The Live Free or Die State

by Decurion

Let’s Ban the Scary-looking Guns!

Let’s see if we can hop off the political fence for a minute and understand that retooling, revamping or even shredding the 2nd Amendment and banning firearms is utterly ridiculous.

Outlaw guns and two things will happen: First, the outlaws will be the only ones who have the guns. Remember the old ‘60s bumper sticker, “If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns”? Think about it. Second, if those with murderous motivations can’t quickly get their hands on illegal black market guns, then they’ll do the job with some other weapon- maybe a hammer or club. You and I are at greater risk from an idiot armed with carpenters’ tools and a caveman’s club than an idiot with a rifle.  Fact: FBI stats consistently show that hammer and club murders outnumber rifle murders. You don’t hear Capitol Hill discussing the banning of hammers and clubs, do you?

Similarly, will obsessive, compulsive eaters stop eating if forks are banned? Probably not. They’ll find another means to satisfy their obsession to get food into their mouths, maybe with a spoon or even their hands.

Go ahead and outlaw alcoholic beverages and alcoholics will find a way to ingest alcohol, I can guarantee you on that one. And there’s lots of ways. Make it at home (remember Prohibition?), Scope, Listerine…….How about hand sanitizer? Saw that one in Afghanistan where alcohol is banned for both US troops and civilians.

Gun banning follows this same logic stream.

So let’s consider the latest political absurdity on banning semi-automatic, so called “assault rifles”. “Assault rifle” is a made up, political term (circa 1990) designed as one of the first steps in demonizing semi-automatic rifles. The term has no definition in the world of weapons, none. And the “AR” in AR-15 does not stand for Assault Rifle, but Armalite, the company who first designed the gun.

These guns are single shot weapons, the same as a semi-auto pistol, except they look scarier and may hold more rounds with larger magazines. Just an aside- large capacity magazines (holding more than 10 rounds) are banned in 8 states. This is also an idiotic law and a waste of taxpayer dollars. The killer will either find a larger magazine illegally or simply take more magazines to the crime scene and change them out more frequently. Do you know how long it takes for a novice to change magazines? About 3 seconds. Two seconds with some practice. Listening to politicians rant about magazine size is pitiful.

Back to the so-called “assault” rifle. This rifle is not a fully automatic weapon like a machine gun, the latter of which are banned for civilian use, and should be. Fully automatic weapons are reserved for military and law enforcement use only. Semi-auto rifles fire as fast as you can pull the trigger, which is about 40 to 60 rounds per minute if you’re aiming at something. Once again, they’re like semi-auto pistols. A modern day fully automatic rifle, like the US military’s M-4, fires nearly 1,000 rounds per minute, 20 times faster than a semi-automatic rifle, or the “assault” rifle.

The semi-auto “assault” rifle, politically touted as a horror of all horrors, is an underperformer compared to a semi-auto pistol in close quarters situations. It is a fact that semi-auto pistols are as effective (more effective in my opinion) than semi-auto rifles at distances of 50 feet or less (as in schools or nightclubs). Banning the semi-automatic AR-15 or AK-47, or any other single shot rifle for that matter, is as illogical as it is unconstitutional. If we’re going to try banning semi-auto rifles, why not ban the just-as-effective semi-auto pistols as well? Again, logic is not a common theme in the halls of the US Congress. Maybe it’s because pistols just aren’t as scary looking.

What do you say we start by focusing on real, rather than phony political solutions and take appropriate actions to stop the shooters before they act- getting to the “left of the bang?” Just one recommendation is to start holding law enforcement personnel accountable for their incompetence, regardless of whether it’s FBI or local. Unfortunately, the feds are the ones missing the ball lately.

Prior to the Parkland, FL tragedy, the FBI failed to analyze and act on two specific reports about the shooter, one this past September and another as recent as January 5. This horror show most definitely could have been prevented. Of course, hindsight is 20-20, but there’s more. Our law enforcement system failed in nabbing the Boston bombers before they unleashed their attack in 2013; Russian authorities, yes, the Russians, twice warned the FBI more than a year and a half before the attack that Tamerlan Tsarnaev (one of the bombers) was a violent radical Islamist, but we missed multiple chances to detain him as he moved to and from the Russian Republic of Dagestan for terror training. In the South Carolina church shooting two years ago, FBI Director James Comey admitted that the FBI’s background-check system failed, mistakenly allowing shooter Dylan Roof to purchase the gun he used in the attack. We failed to connect the dots before the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, and also swung and missed in preventing or at least mitigating our very worst- the 9-11 attacks.

People make mistakes, but there have been far too many as described above. In civilian companies/corporations, this type of incompetency would result in near-immediate termination of those responsible, period. And just a side note- anyone familiar with government civilian termination procedures knows that it is incredibly hard to fire someone. Houston, we have a problem.

Let’s get off the political bandwagon and stop blaming guns, Trump or the NRA. Rather, let’s use logic, knowledge and facts to make recommendations for solutions to the problem.

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Really — Comey Teaching Ethics?

The Swamp, January 24th, 2018

Former FBI Director Comey will be teaching a class on Ethical Leadership at the College of William & Mary (W&M) in the DC branch campus come this fall. This is very interesting since many of the issues associated with the Hilliary Clinton Email scandal; or the  Democratic National Committe  paying a former British spy to build a phony dossier with Russian sources he never met against Trump;  and the alleged collusion of Trump with the Russians helping his campaign. None of this is settled and one might say the Comey legacy is on fire and his reputation is in tatters. Regardless of facts or outcomes, leftist universities have an agenda to preach and a “left, left, left” cadence to keep as they instruct their students to march hard left. Education is no longer about teaching students to think critically or for themselves, it is about grooming the next generation of progressive democratic voters. Oh, and did we mention, Director Comey is a W&M graduate. Left, left, left, right, left.

Upon being announced for the orchestrated privilege of teaching at W&M, Comey said,”I am thrilled to have the chance to engage with William & Mary students about a vital topic — ethical leadership. Ethical leaders lead by seeing above the short term, above the urgent or the partisan, and with a higher loyalty to lasting values, most importantly to the truth.”

A couple questions: (1) An ethical leader would never leak a classified memo to a NY college professor friend, right? (2) An ethical leader would never allow themselves to be compromised by the Obama Administration or Attorney General Lynch to find Hillary Clinton Innocent of mishandling thousands of emails (many of them classified) and setting up a private server to avoid government scrutiny, right? (3) An ethical leader wouldn’t predetermine the outcome of the Clinton investigation before it was completed, right? (4) An ethical leader would not develop or surround himself with an extremely partisan workforce that has been grossly compromised at the senior level in the FBI, resulting in the FBI’s reputation being dragged through the mud. #ComeyShameful

While W&M may be helping to rebuild Comey’s reputation while he also passes their leftist anti-Trump test, Mr. Comey has acted far from ethical. This whole episode is actually very sad and a complete joke. It is very sad to see that the FBI has lost the trust and confidence of the American people. But we must also be very clear, Mr Comey presided over this. Mr. Comey created this mess. It is just too bad he failed the ethical leadership test.

 

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An Alternative View on Trump Tax Plan

The 53rd Regiment presents a guest author, Mr. Matthews Cooper, with an alternative view on the Trump tax plan and its impact on America. Matthews is an old friend with very different views from the 53rd. This is a fair & balanced approach to commentary on the news. Please share your feedback with Matthews and the 53rd.  

By Matthews Cooper

Dateline Dayton, OH 3:45PM

While I appreciate the 53rd Regiment allowing me to be heard, I must object to the passage of the Trump tax bill. Quite candidly, it’s outrageous Americans are being allowed to keep more of their hard earned money. Quite candidly, the government knows better how to spend American citizens’ money better than individuals do. Most Americans waste their paychecks on carbon producing car ownership, guns or even worse, donating to charities. The American dream was a figment of conservative’s imagination and never really existed. This myth was exposed during Obama’s presidency as millennial’ s lost buying power, began embracing socialistic communal living and embraced Obamacare, demonstrating their selflessness waiting in long lines for medical care and paying much more for less. This is my America!

After almost one year in office, President Trump’s election not only demonstrates the flaws in the US presidential electoral system, but it also reveals how wrong our system is to have limited President Obama to two terms. If Mr. Obama had been allowed just four more years, he could have finished eliminating coal plants, weakening American Military Forces to ensure they didn’t start another war and strengthened the United Nations (UN) charter to make  decisions that are in the best interest for America and her citizens. Clearly, the UN and Obama know what is best for the US verse our so called elected representatives. After all, Americans elected Trump, case closed!

Perhaps the worst part of the Trump tax cut is the impact it will have on the so called “illegal immigrant” populations and our beloved sanctuary cities. Less tax revenue means less dollars available for the future heirs of America; less subsidies, less free debit cards, more restrictive government housing rules and in the end, illegal immigrants could be forced to return to their native countries. This is wrong. They have a right to government subsidies and tax payer benefits just like American citizens. It is ludicrous to expect them to immigrate legally and apply for citizenship like those who don’t share border proximity or play by the rules. Old thinking!

Yes, the Trump tax plan is bad for America and it makes me sad.

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The 53rd Endorses Gillespie for Governor

Dateline November 6th, 2017

The Swamp

After careful consideration to include an examination of both candidates records, the 53rd Regiment endorses Ed Gillespie for Governor of Virginia. After four years of a stagnant McAuliffe economy where Virginians have endured economic decline and stagnation, it’s time to get Virginia growing again with Gillespie’s economic reforms that include tax cuts for middle class families, regulation reform, education focused on a strong STEM curriculum, improved roads, and being strong on public safety countering the growing gang problem. Gillespie’s vision for Virginia to create jobs, raise take-home pay and help people lift themselves up is right for Virginia.

Lt. Governor Ralph Northam  lacks vision, has not thought through detailed economic plans and would represent four more years of Terry McAuliffe’s failed economy. Democratic nominee for governor Ralph Northam continues to stand behind the add that The Washington Post’s editorial board called “vile” and “despicable,” inferring that all people who drive pick-up trucks and are conservative minded are racists. Virginia is much better than this hateful message by Northam and his surrogates.

Ed Gillespie is right for all Virginians and his 21 plans offer hope and prosperity. It is time for all of Virginia to start winning again! It is time to Make Virginia Great Again! #MVGA!!! It is time for Ed Gillespie. 

 

 

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Kings & Queens of Congress

Dateline  July 16th, 2016, 1747 hours

by Guardian 6

Ever wonder why it seems Washington never changes? Much of it likely has to do with Old Guard legislators protecting their accumulated authority and power through their formal and informal networks with media, lobbyist, Hollywood, fundraisers and millionaires. They maintain a stranglehold on their Senate or House seat through this network and the financial war chests they’ve built over the decades they have served (themselves).

Take Senator Leahy for example from Vermont, he has now been in the US Senate since 1975. That is 42 years! Now expecting productivity, creativity, or problem solving from anyone in any job for 42 years is kind of nuts. If you didn’t get it done in the first few terms, what makes you think you’ll get it done 5 or 6 or 7 terms later? Like Albert Einstein said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

Term limits, if they’re good enough for the president, governors and public & private boards across the land, why are they not good enough for the Kings & Queens of Congress? Well, perhaps it is because they make the law and their networks and financial war chests continue to stack the deck in their favor against the little guy, the forgotten. After all, not everyone like Senator Leahy can queue up the Grateful Dead to host a fundraising concert for him to support his re-election campaign.

Let’s get to the point, the longer these folks remain in Congress, the less gets done, the more partisan they become and the more out of touch they are with the needs of the American people. We deserve better. We need less kings and queens and more “serfs” (average Joe’s & Jane’s) elected. Imagine what would be possible if we could start with a clean slate … oh, it would be beautiful. Build a team of teams.

 

 

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Break-up the Beltway

The 53rd Regiment News Reports

Dateline: Undisclosed location, April 6, 2017, 1935 Hours

A handful of new Senators and Representatives change with each election cycle as incumbents build financial war chests for their next election and we expect change, civility and better outcomes. One party wins, the other party loses and the incumbents maintain the status quo. Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.” Well here we are folks, largely the same group of players in the House and Senate, a new President, and the status quo incumbent crowd fights to obstruct and do nothing. Meanwhile, back on the farm and a hometown near you, many Americans continue to struggle.

Where is the mainstream media in all this? Well, they’re are doing what they do best; picking sides on the left, obstructing and chasing fake stories or covering up real stories through under reporting or no reporting at all. Hence, American culture has a new term, “Fake News.” These days it seems we have a plethora of Fake News Outlets (FNO), take your pick. It’s somewhat funny watching one FNO accuse another FNO of putting out Fake News. What to do? Read and think for yourself.

Break-up the Beltway! Why is it that every federal agency and intelligence agency has to be physically located in and around Washington DC? Why? With all federal agencies being co-located in the Kabul of the Beltway, power is concentrated, colluded and often contrived (Fake News). Listening to the politicians is often sickening. I digress but did anyone watch democratic senators attack Judge Gorsuch? Wow, if that guy gets beaten the way he did for being simply a good fair man, there is no hope for any of us running through the Fake Hearings Gauntlet.

Both the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Federal Election Bureau (FEB) need new headquarters buildings to modernize and house their staff. Where are they looking? Within DC and the ever expanding Beltway of course! Break-up the Beltway! Time for real change. How about we put federal agencies throughout the country to better represent America; eliminate the concentration of power and all the ills that come with it; add geographic and cultural diversity to the federal workforce; and enhance survivability and force protection of our government.

I recommend that we move the FBI to Detroit, MI. The FEB, my candidate state and city is Gary, IN. It’s time for change and to disperse the federal work force so they look more like America and the rest of America benefits from proximity to the federal government. Cities and States should of course compete for the opportunity to bring a federal agency to a hometown near you. The cultural rot of the Senate and House with elected officials that have been there for over 30 or 40 years will fight this, but ladies and gentlemen, this is a battle worth fighting. Time to Break-up the Beltway!

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Fake News

Dateline February 2, 2017

Is that what it is called, “Fake news?” I’ve been wondering for all these years what the appropriate term was for mainstream news  reporting. Whether CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, Washington Post, New York Times, MSNBC, ecetra. There seems to be less hard investigating and reporting and more opinion journalism shaping news and public opinion than seeking the news. Even President Obama’s Daily News Press Conference seemed to be more of a collegial gathering of friends than news services’s asking tough questions to honestly report on news, policies and serve as an objective source of information to serve the greater public interest.

I guess all those polls having Secretary Clinton winning the election handily fit the category of “fake news.” How can they get it so wrong unless they are reporting untruths or trying to depress the vote for the opposition? And doing opinion journalism instead of finding and reporting news, but yet representing it as news and not opinion? I never had heard of this term until the mainstream media outlets starting using it. It’s ironic that the Fake News labeling began with the progressive left mainstream media and they became the biggest proponents of it openly favoring Secretary Clinton. By backing and manufacturing stories to prop up their candidate, they became the drivers of fake news. In socialist and communist countries fake news is known as propaganda.

But we are a democracy, how can we have fake, propaganda news? Is this possible? Well, we now know it is. When the self proclaimed elite journalists of the mainstream mass media conspire along with Hollywood and late night TV news comedians (“Fake-Medians,”) to back the left and vote 90%+  for the democratic candidate year after year, you get … drum roll please … Fake News! Walla!!! We have Fake News!!!

 

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This is What Disruption Looks Like

Dateline: 2115 Hours, January 29th, 2017

By Jack Black Pershing (from “Fly-over Country”)

I’ve been getting in trouble my whole life and I really don’t care what anybody thinks of what I do on stage as a comic.” Andrew Dice Clay

Remember the Diceman? It was the late 80’s when he hit the comedy scene and it went crazy.   His act was a series of R rated send-ups of popular nursery rhymes not to be repeated here. They went as viral as something could at the time. A friend of mine sent me a VHS tape of his show when I was stationed in Germany. That tape got passed around to dozens of other lieutenants and some of their wives threatened to do me bodily harm as I was the known source.

The Diceman disrupted comedy at the time – like it or not.

Enter the Diceman 2.0 known as Donald J. Trump, now POTUS.   DJT is disrupting the tired and ossified political structures in place since the post WW2 period. DJT’s social similarities to the vulgar Diceman are well documented – so no need to elaborate on the details – but let’s start there.

DJT is direct, sometimes bombastic and decidedly coarse. Ironically those he offends most and are most likely to scream about his offenses, also routinely defend the worst content Hollywood culture has to offer in terms of glorification of drugs, smoking (pot), sex of any kind, extreme gun violence and on and on.   “Yes I have dreamed of bombing the Whitehouse” says a certain woman known for extreme vulgarity and mocking the Catholic church regularly.

What do disruptors really do? The acronym VUCA was born and popularized by the Army War College shortly after 9/11; it stands for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Into VUCA environments come disruptors and it is there that they thrive. We certainly exist in a VUCA environment today. Technology, social norms, major religions, large institutions of all kinds – almost everything is up for grabs in terms of where it might go and how it might evolve – or not survive.

DJT is incorrectly called a populist. This is wrong. Or as DJT might write: ‘WRONG!’. The stale ‘old media’ mistook the large rallies, fun and entertaining rhetoric, potshots, accusations of bias and the tagline ‘Make America Great Again’ as old school populism. Nope. That is Diceman 2.0 breaking through media noise. Newt Gingrinch wrote a perfect analysis of it months ago.

Here are a few of the disruptions:

  • Calling out the fallacy of free trade that elitists do not get and seemingly can’t. Trade is free when all of us are playing by the same rules. We can enforce that in our own country. However – many countries have governments and businesses that collude. Many countries have nothing called free trade or the laws and civil society to support it. Those who enabled them to compete against us under easier constraints were naïve at best and grossly negligent at worst. Meaning every president since and including Nixon and their teams.
  • Overwhelmingly liberal bias in the old media. (I won’t call them ‘Main Stream’). It took running for president in my estimation for DJT to finally see how bad it was. After all he had thrived in the industry that now calls him Satan for decades. Once he declared his positions they spit him out like a watermelon seed.   What did he do? He called them out with the kind of ferocity they hadn’t ever seen – and continues to. They are so far beyond self-awareness that they are incapable of any course correction. We now have a president that talks back and is NEVER passive. Disruptive.
  • Speed: last 7 days are self evident. This 70 year old outworks everyone around him and definitely the tired drag asses in congress. Impressive and even Jeb must be thinking DJT was right in calling him ‘low energy’
  • The Forgotten Man/Forgotten Women: I know them. I’ve known factory workers my entire career and been on staff in a factory that was closed and been part of closing several. I do not believe there has ever been a president –with the possible exception of Teddy Roosevelt – that connected with blue collar America (and disrupted/outsourced/offshored America) like DJT. In his career he knew them. He led them. He managed them. He employed them. He understood them. All the elites could do is speak down to them from both major parties because they didn’t get them and didn’t much care. As jobs left us en masse, the republican offered tough love: ‘get retrained’ and the democrats offered food stamps and platitudes: ‘you’ve been screwed by the rich’. No. They were screwed by jackass politicians that gave away the store.
  • Tweets and social media: he used social sites better than anyone in the media, any other politician, maybe better than anyone period. Political class were caught flatfooted and still are.
  • Disregard for convention: as a business person, DJT is the ultimate get it done guy – that one employee or soldier you know can piss everyone off but usually gets results. He doesn’t care about how it was done before. The Whitehouse correspondants are learning this now.

Those are just a few. More to come. Where does this all go? For us conservatives, as Guardian 6 has said, ‘Its like Christmas…each morning: tweets in our stockings and battles with big libs for our presents!’ Indeed G-6. Indeed. Sometimes disruptors get tiresome.   Diceman faded for a while but I am happy to see he’s back playing Vegas and has a reality show. Will DJT tweet himself into trouble? Will he deeply offend an ally of the US? Will he simmer down once his major programs are in place? Will he get so much done that he hands the reigns over the VP after the first term?   Its just hard to say with a disruptor. I will say this: for the first time since Reagan, a guy I can say gets me and I get him is running the show. He’s in a vastly different package – a major NYC wise guy. And he’s disrupting all the right disruptees.

 

I do whatever I do. I go to the club. I work on material. While other people are sleeping, I’m awake. I always liked that.

                  – Andrew Dice Clay

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Top 10 List: Why 50+ Democratic Congressman are not attending the Presidential Inauguration

10. They’d rather attend a protest rally then help the country unite behind our new President

9. They don’t believe in celebrating our democracy and a peaceful transfer of power

8. They’ve been too depressed to go outside since the election

7. They haven’t showered since November 8th, 2016

6. Setting the right example has never really been their thing

5. They are scared of tweets and tweedy bird

4. It’s not a safe space

3. Their feelings got hurt so they took their “Respect the Office & Constitution Ball” and went home crying to Mommy

2. They didn’t get the memo that Secretary Clinton is attending

  1. They don’t respect American voters and their decision

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A 13 Year Old Assesses the 2016 Presidential Election

Dateline November 5th, 2016

By Eagle1 

REASONS DONALD TRUMP SHOULD BE OUR PRESIDENT

Donald Trump may have his flaws, but we have to disregard that if we want our country to come back to where it used to be. Donald Trump is a businessman, our country is failing economically. Failing. Look at Trump’s business, a very successful business. Donald Trump was given a ‘small loan’ of a million dollars to make a business. Look what he is made out of that. And if you didn’t know he’s made a business that makes a billion dollars or more a year. I think he knows how to benefit our economy. (Unlike another candidate). Donald Trump also says what is on his mind, he’s not a normal politician who just lies and lies (unlike another candidate). While Trump I’m sure has lied before, he doesn’t do it consistently like the democrat that is running. Trump also brings fierceness to the table, he won’t let China and ISIS push us around, he will change the deal, he will push THEM around. Trump doesn’t care what others think of him. Trumps tells the people what’s going on he doesn’t hide it and then say “Oh no no that didn’t happen” like Mr. Obama. I think the point is made, Trump is who you should vote for. And that is that, no questions asked.

REASON YOU SHOULD NOT VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON

She’s a liar. The biggest liar America has EVER seen. EVER! She lies and you know what she has no problem doing it, is something wrong there? And she continually does it, over and over and over again. And again. And really do you want to have the president of the United States of America , the best nation in the world, have a criminal as its president. The founding fathers would be disgusted that we even dare nominate someone like Clinton. She will do anything to be the president of the United States, I bet she would throw anyone under the bus to protect herself. Heck she’d throw us, the people, under the bus to get her way. She already insulted American citizens. You really want someone who insults their own country’s people just because they don’t vote for her. I really find it shocking she’s not in jail, where she should be, and should have been put in many years ago. For anyone who’s voting for Clinton let me ask you this, you want a criminal to be your president? And yes she is a criminal. It’s been proven. Everyone focuses on all the bad things Trump has done, what about Clinton? She’s done worse! Way worse, committing a serious crime, then lying about it! You want her as your president?

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