This and That:

  1. I think selecting the photo of Harriet Tubman as the first woman, on a paper currency ($20 bill) was the best of all the options.  This was a truly remarkable woman who suffered greatly, yet devoted her life to the freedom of others against all odds. Well deserved. Particularly remarkable is that the picture of a former slave will replace the picture of a slave owner.
  2. It’s time to release Leslie Van Houten, the 19 year-old killer (among others) who followed the hypnotic, drug-induced lead of Charles Manson in 1969. She is now 66, having spent 47 years in prison for her crime, rejected in 22 applications for parole. Her prison record is sterling, her admissions and repentance sincere and to call her a threat to others today is absurd. She has paid a huge price (rightfully) and we need to show compassion.  She is not the same person today, who committed those horrible deeds 47 years ago.
  3. The death of singer, Prince, will undoubtedly be revealed as drug related. He was a talented rock star, but he was also a drug abuser, not much different that many other stars who suffered early deaths from similar causes. While very sad indeed, it is equally tragic when non-famous people are sucked into the drug world. These kinds of celebrities should not be admired or lionized by the press. Rather, the circumstances of his death should be pounded into the heads of youth, as a warning that they are no more immune from tragedy than rich people.
  4. The disputes over allowing transgenders and transvestites into public bathrooms based on how they “feel” will only open the floodgates to creeps who have ulterior motives, other than feeling like another gender. This has gone too far. I have no problem with people who want to live the life identified as another gender, but the facts remain; prostate glands, gonads and semen are unique to the male gender, and a uterus and ovaries are unique to females. Those are the facts. The privacy and wishes of the overwhelming majority who comprise “straight” orientations, should be respected.
  5. Imposing newer gun control laws in cities like Chicago, St. Louis and Baltimore will have zero impact on the numbers of urban shootings and killings. Such laws already exist and matter not. What’s needed are tougher law enforcement procedures supported by city and state administrations, as was employed in NYC for 16 years under two mayors who approved of Stop and Frisk, an effective tool which lowered the city’s murder rates 70 to 80 percent. That’s saving a lot of lives while providing an enormous sense of security to law abiding citizens.
  6. If city and state politicians fail to support police, cops will withdraw from supporting politicians. The loser: Citizens and businesses. The lives of police officers are on the line as well as their future pensions and support of their families. Those elements — not picking on people of any color — are the highest priority for cops.
  7. Politicians who encourage and/or support assaults on police and anarchy in the streets, resulting in destruction, death and injury, should be jailed.
  8. The greatest asset lending to the rise of Donald Trump, is the perception of independence from influence peddlers, thus rendering him incorruptible. That’s a unique oxymoron, rare in politics. He needs no one’s money, thus he can follow his conscience and not rely on special interests, lobbyists, banks and corporations for his power.
  9. The mass migration of Muslim refugees into Europe, as well as the U.S., is not just a current event. It’s a future event. We, the people and our government, are not considering the long range consequences which will alter the cultural aspects of European countries forever, which will also spill into altering the cultural landscape of America in the next generations.
  10. Illegal immigration into the U.S. is supported strongly by one party for a very good reason, which has little to do with compassion, and a lot to do with politics. These people, and their kids, are on track to becoming voting citizens, exclusively loyal to Democrats. Ergo: The Democratic Party will ultimately fatten their numbers turning America into a one-party system in 20 years.
  11. Obama’s compassionate releases of inmates serving time for “non-violent” crimes is misleading to the naïve press as well as ignorant people. Many of these “non-violent” convictions arose from violent crimes, but charges were reduced in exchange for information and cooperation. That’s how the game is played. There’s always more to the story you’re not being told.
  12. The greatest single cause of inner city violence, is the absence of family unity and, in particular, young boys looking up to older boys in the hood for acceptance and as role models. Gangs become their families. The trend toward single motherhood is the rule, rather than the exception. It basically began in the LBJ era when he launched the War on Poverty.  Translated, that meant: Don’t worry, the government will take care of you. The surge of welfare deflated incentives. Men felt they didn’t need to marry the mothers of their kids, because Uncle Sam will handle that burden for them. And, the millions of moms on the government dole learned that having more kids out of wedlock translated to enhanced income from the taxpayer. 
  13. This article is possible because we enjoy freedom of speech, press and so much more. There are those who would have our constitutional rights obliterated, for the sake of imposing power and control of the populous. We, as voters, must identify and reject those who would strip us of our rights…ever so gradually, that we wouldn’t even know it was happening. 


  1. George Wolf April 23, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    I think that all 13 of these points deserve consideration and thought.

  2. Pete April 23, 2016 at 10:29 am #


    Emphasis on number 4.

    Its about the money!!! Look for government and government contractors to retro restrooms to be accommodating.

  3. Murray levine April 23, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    Another Marshall Frank home run 12 out of 13.the only problem we have is the silent majority is devolving. The left voted in uganugabuga 2 times.the US as we know it will be gone if Hillary is the next president.

  4. Stu Milisci April 23, 2016 at 10:46 am #

    12 out of 13!
    With reference to #10,Virginia is trying to pass a law allowing convictedFELONS the right to vote which will ace much the same effect as immigration as to the Democratic Party.

    • Anonymous April 23, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

      It my understanding McCaulif used executive order and 200,000 can vote before next election

    • Rebel07 April 23, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

      It my understanding McCaulif used executive order and 200,000 can vote before next election

  5. Charlie April 23, 2016 at 11:12 am #

    Totally disagree with no. 1. Tubman’s selection was purely because she was black in an effort to cement the black voting for democrats.
    What’s next ? Removing George Washington from the $1.00 bill and replacing him with a muslim ?

  6. JustMe April 23, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    Well written, Marshall.
    Re: Number 2 –
    I don’t think Van Houtem or any of the Manson murderers, including Manson who planned and ordered the killings, should ever get out of prison. Living their lives out in prison should be their fate for their evil crimes, including torturing and ending the lives of innocent people.

    My reasoning is this – People shouldn’t get released from prison just because they have sterling prison records or are now repentant. So what. If they serve 100 years in prison it will not pay for their horrible actions.Life in prison falls well short of what they deserve.

    Sharon Tate and her unborn baby are still dead, having suffered at the hands of these evil people – same with the others who were murdered. I can’t imagine how horrible it was for Tate to know her almost full-term baby suffered and died after this evil group murdered it.

    No. There is not enough prison time to make up for what Manson and his gang did.
    Life in prison is nothing compared to their crimes.

    The loved ones of those who were murdered still suffer while this evil group live on.

  7. Anonymous April 23, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    You speak of politicians who advocate violence (Trump is the only one I know who does this) and then relate that he is independent because he doesn’t rely on special interests. So does that mean you support Trump or not.

  8. Eileen April 23, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

    Great comments, Marshall; I agree with you on all of them, and you’ve given me some new insights on a few as well.

  9. Huck Long April 23, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    Marshall — You really hit the old nail right on the head! How do you do it? Regards — Huck

  10. Bill Solen April 23, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    Charlie, you might be correct about the $1 bill. Refer to Marshall’s #9 & 10.

  11. freewoman April 23, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

    Thank you, Marshall Frank, for so succinctly expressing matters which all of us having to deal with, along with your valued opinions

    #8. Trump:

    “The greatest asset lending to the rise of Donald Trump, is the PERCEPTION of independence from influence peddlers, thus rendering him incorruptible. That’s a unique oxymoron, rare in politics. He needs no one’s money, thus he can follow his conscience and not rely on special interests, lobbyists, banks and corporations for his power.”

    Hopefully it will encourage some of those who support him to consider, very seriously, exactly who this man is – particularly in view of his having hired Paul Manafort. What, exactly, does this tell you about the man?

    “The candidate promising voters that he won’t be influenced by Washington lobbyists is counting on the influence of a Washington lobbyist to save his presidential campaign.”

    “Last week, it emerged that Mr Manafort lobbied for the Kashmiri American Council, which was later revealed as a front for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate (ISI), an agency with a long record of collusion with Islamist terrorists.”

    “Manafort has made a career out of lobbying the US government on behalf of torturers, murders, rapists, and general sadists that no other lobbyist would be associated with… and that is a very, very high bar to cross.”

  12. Russell H. Johns April 23, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

    I agree with “justme”. Marshall I know you are against the death penalty, now you are trying to soften “life in prison”. to something less if you are a good boy/girl. I can maybe swayed by your death penalty arguments, but I say if you get life in prison then you damn well ought to die in prison!

  13. Marie Capece April 23, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

    All I can say is AMEN AMEN!!!!! Marshal Since my protector is no longer with me do you think I am to old to get a concealed weapon permit ?

    • Ernie Melby April 23, 2016 at 10:41 pm #

      Right on Marshall! To bad so many politicians are ruining the country in their quest for votes.

  14. IngIngeborg Crescentia Thomson April 24, 2016 at 8:00 am #

    Frank: As an independent 1954 immigrant, with a job waiting in US, I agree with most of your points from #1 through 8, but heartily so with the rest. Trump is super smart hiring the lobbyist now since he is so far ahead. The only way he can avoid to get knocked out by “political” power heads now. Let’s hope he wins. We could use someone like him,
    before we go completely down the “chinese” or “indian” river. ICT.

  15. Charles Pierce April 24, 2016 at 11:22 am #

    I can agree with all but 7 and 8, and I agree with them for the most part. The supreme Court has ruled that the police work for the state not the citizens. The citizenry needs to hold the political class and the police for the action of the police when they interact with the Citizenry. Civil forfeiture, the use of the ticket book to make up for revenue shortages at the local level, the shooting of citizens who are fleeing or who are not armed. The shooting of civilians because the officer perceives that he is in danger. I spent 20 years in the army, as an Airborne/Ranger, we use to have a thing we called you bet your career, a decision to shoot or not to shoot and either way could cost you your career and or jail time. The police have to be held to that standard, police need to root our bad or incompetent officers and the citizenry need to see that process in the light of day. Why do officers who are dismissed by Counties for cause in Florida often end up working at the local level?

  16. Ron Fischer April 24, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    “Term Limits” could go a long way in re-establishing this democracy.

    Prosecuting corruption would also go a long way in cleaning up the legal system.

    Qualifying voters, (if you’re mentally stupid, a high school dropout, don’t pay taxes or are not a citizen you shouldn’t be voting) would go a long way in cleaning up elections (but it’s only a beginning)

    There is plenty of room to improve education in this country too. We are producing a lot of unnecessary and useless idiots in the system we employ now.

    It isn’t hard to re-establish America as a civilization envied by the rest of the world, but we have some housekeeping to do first.

  17. JKR April 24, 2016 at 10:50 pm #

    If a woman was to be on a bill ,Tubman was as good a candidate as any. Interestingly, she was a Christian who carried a gun and was a Republican.

    Thankfully, Eleanor Roosevelt was not chosen.

    None of the Manson clan should ever be released.