Saturday, January 23, 2016

McConnell Proposes Martial Law





Click here for related story [National Journal: Sarah Mimms]


Senate Majority Leader McConnell slipped a ringer past the Senate late Wednesday [21 Jan 2015] using the "fight against ISIS" to justify his "Resolution for the 'Authorization to Use Military Force' [AUMF] by the President".  
[Keep in mind, the evidence now shows ISIS/ISIL was created by the US/Saudi Arabia/Israel.]
  
This move came as a surprise to Congress, to include McConnell's deputy, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, who responded upon being informed of this action "He did?"



Cornyn, in December [2015] said
"Republicans would not present an AUMF of their own until the President outlined a strategy.  We need a cherent strategy from the President, which we don't have, and we don't need to tie the hands of the next President by restricting what the President can do."

[So much for leadership internal communication; are these guys bestowing dictatorial powers on the President?]

In essence, McConnell is attempting to fast-track the measure while Congress's attention is diverted to "SnowMaGeddon", which has artificially paralyzed Washington, DC and most of the East Coast.

McConnell's AUMF gives the President unlimited power -- i.e., NO RESTRICTIONS -- on the President's use of ground troops, nor would it impose any limits on time or geographical boundaries.

Translated, that means that the 2001 AUMF is designed to give the President flexibility in fighting foreign enemies, e.g., "terrorists" on foreign soil, would now be expanded to conduct military operations [i.e.,] Martial Law, against "designated Enemies of the State"  on US soil.
[This empowers the President to legally impose Martial Law without consulting Congress.]

[Enemies of the State have now include
a.  General Petraeus [Director, CIA; CDR, US/ISAF forces in Afghanstan] Benghazi Whistleblower
b.  Lt Colonel Jason Amerine [Silver Star/Special Forces] Whistle-blower
c.  Major Matt Golsteyn [Silver Star/Special Forces]
d.  Captain Wm Swenson [Medal of Honor] Whistle-blower
e.  Sergeant First Class Earl Plumlee [Medal of Honor nominee/Silver Star/Special Forces]

We recall that, as the Nazis took control of Germany, they targeted, and eliminated the German War Heroes, substituting their own politically correct "heroes".  Sound familiar?



A different, and more limiting version of the AUMF proposed by the President has been the subject of considerable argument and in-fighting in both Parties.

As late as this past December [2015], McConnell  "dismissed the idea of bringing up a new authorization, telling reporters:
'It's clear the President does not have a strategy in place, so it would hard to figure out how to authorize a non-strategy'."
[So, Mitch, what's the rush now?]

Co-sponsors of this bill are Senators
a) Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
b) Daniel Coats [R-IN]
c) Joni Ernst [R - IA]
d) Orrin Hatch R-UT]

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker [R-TN]
... there is still a wide diversity of opinions on the issue" and that "...no new authorization was needed."




Editorial Comment:


We interpret McConnell's action as bringing us one step closer to a Martial Law situation; most shocking is that it is the Republican Leadership pushing Congress to surrender its powers to the President!

Advice & Consent -- a Separation of Powers with three separate but equal powers.  
Specifically, Congress has the ultimate power to create and fund legislation to prevent the President from becoming a dictator.  The third power, the Supreme Court, could interpret the actions of either or both to determine whether or not what they had proposed met Constitutional standards.
That process seems to have fallen by the wayside.

Since 9/11, the Presidents and Congress have both created laws which shred the Bill of Rights; e.g., the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act.  We were appalled when President Bush endorsed "torture" as an acceptable interrogation process -- even though professional interrogators clearly stated such practices rarely, if ever, produced accurate intelligence.  We previously condemned our enemies for such practices, only to find it not only now acceptable, but even encouraged in our training manuals.

The Bottom Line on the AUMF is that Congress and the Oval Office have seemingly joined together to create the "perfect storm" by which Martial Law can, and most likely will be enacted, ratified, and institutionalized -- in direct contradiction of the Posse Comitatus Act, which forbade the use of US Military in a law enforcement role.  

The structure and the Constitution were specifically designed to prevent the possibility of there EVER being a dictator in the United States.  

That guarantee is now fading.


Cruz vs Trump

As I've mentioned before, Cruz is an honorable man, with great moral principles. And his followers today embrace him as Mainstream America followed Jimmy Carter, also an honorable man with great moral principles.

Once in office, Jimmy proved ineffective since the pros ran all over him; he surrounded himself with strange folks, most of whom were not honorable or immoral.

In the end, he became amoral, manipulating international issues to meet his own political goal [e.g., selling the Shah,to whom he had offered asylum, back to the Iranians in exchange for our embassy hostages. In that process, he compromised the WH communications encryption system.]

Now, like Cruz, Jimmy was a very bright fellow [nuclear engineer], but he was a bit naive. He had no experience in international affairs, or in dealing with political heavy hitters, or with the global power brokers in NY, London, Brussels, Zurich, or with the CFR, or with the major international corporations whose annual revenues dwarf the GDPs of all but a few nations.

Jimmy got stomped, and I fear Cruz would as well.

If we're going to regain our independence, we need to put a guy in the ring who has the financial and political muscle to take on the power brokers at all levels. Trump may not be the most palatable candidate, but I believe he is the most capable -- given the current opposition.

You don't bring a knife to a gunfight.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Scores Killed in Gun Confiscation Attempt in Massachusetts




[T.R. Eddlem, New American Magazine [6 February 1995)]
National guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

Governor Thomas Gage
Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Tom Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. 

Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group's organizers as "criminals," issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government's efforts to secure law and order. The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.

Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.

One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that "... none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily." 

Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government's plans. 

During a tense standoff in Lexington 's town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists. Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.

Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the Guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces overmatched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. 

The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops.

Extremist ringleaders remaining at large were identified as:
Samuel Adams,
Paul Revere, and
John Hancock.

And this, fellow Americans, 
is how the American Revolution began on 20 April 1775.




Editorial Comment:

We publish this historical report for those who don't remember US history, and to reinforce the rationale of the institution of the Second Amendment.  This report is especially dedicated to our students who are currently forbidden, under Common Core, from learning about the American Revolution or the Civil War, or, virtually any relevant US history.

We look forward to the end of this Administration when it may be possible for us to return to pre-Socialism normality, and to rid our government of nihilists and authoritarians -- and to emplace politicians who actually represent their constituents.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Most Plausible Explanation For The 10 Riverine Sailors Captured By Iran


Riverine Crew as guests of the Iranian Navy

We are pleased to publish this analysis of the Iranian Navy's capture of 
US sailors by our irascible old friend and fellow Administration critic and 
malcontent, Tom Lipscomb.  Tom is most notable for his excellent reporting, 
but of late,  for being banned from FaceBook for his frequent irreverent 
and politically-incorrect commentary which was offensive to many on 
an equal opportunity level.





Click here for original story [American Thinker]

I have heard separately from two experts, both high ranking Marines, one on active duty and the other working in DC at a foundation, the following.
 When I pressed them on the Fars News Service statement from Iran that the 10 personnel captured on the two US vessels were all Marines, they countered:

No, they are part of a Rivierine Squadron based in San Diego. Further they are support crews for SEAL missions from the US Navy and highly trained. The Iranians probably mistook “Riverine” for “Marine” in doing the story.

So that explains several things. 

Why the captured sailors were so much more fit than the average sailor these days, and how a woman could be among them. While not Special Ops personnel directly engaged, they have to be extraordinarily fit and well-trained, as indeed these sailors appear to be.

It also raises the question as to whether they had been on a mission ferrying SEALS somewhere. 
One must understand that small craft “belly bumping” has been going on all over the Gulf for decades. 

There are Standard Operating Procedures [SOP] for numerous levels of possible engagement, including being swarmed and overcome. 

They don’t have to include vainglorious responses like getting all your people killed resisting being taken prisoner by other ships with more firepower.



The young Lieutenant commanding the mission, covered in this Chicago Tribune story appeared totally composed in making that statement of  “confession,”  probably because that was exactly the statement he was supposed to make, according to one of those SOPs at Fifth Fleet that had been set up for the alternative scenarios.
 

So any notion that malfeasance by the officers and crews of these two vessels is most unlikely. 



Also unlikely is any notion that with the multiple communications channels of Special Ops vessels and multiple navigation aids anyone on board them got lost, was without communications, or drifted while doing repairs anywhere near the Fars Islands. 

Washington Post
Look at a map. 
The course from Bahrain to Kuwait is not only direct, it is almost directly N-S and given the shallow draft capability of these vessels, both boats could have proceeded with the Arabian coast in sight the entire time.



So how did they get more than 70 miles and 90 degrees off their course, (some “short cut”) which at their speeds of more than 40 mph would have taken over an hour one way, and fall into the 12 mile limit of the Farsi Islands claimed by Iran?



In short, they didn’t.



Fifth Fleet knew exactly where they were at all times, just as it knows exactly where all the other NATO vessels, which practically pave the Persian Gulf these days are. And they had the option to back them up with air and sea power if they were allowed to.



If the American people were not suffering from an incompetent and incurious press and media, some of these discrepancies would have come to light and been subject to public debate. 

One would think the questions remaining over what are now the clear lies about Benghazi would excite some editorial interest.




The explanations pouring out of Obama’s lying Administration spokespersons from the Secretary of Defense to the Secretary of State simply do not stand the light of day. 

In fact they insult the intelligence of any knowledgeable citizen with military experience.

But one thing is clear. Secretary of State Kerry was a much better liar about his small boat riverine actions in Vietnam than he is in explaining what was going on with our riverine sailors in the Persian Gulf.







SpookdBlog Editorial Note:

Donning our Tin Foil Conspiracy Cap, which has been consistently accurate on all things Benghazi, we'll speculate that this highly publicized capture of US sailors by the Iranian Navy, without a visible reaction from nearby US Naval vessels from the Sixth Fleet, was staged, much the same as the attack on the Benghazi Consulate was staged to capture the US Ambassador and trade him for the Blind Sheik.

Wc make this allegation based on the series of covert attempts by this Administration to resurrect positive relations with Iran.  Keep in mind Obama's persistent efforts to befriend Iran, which included the now infamous "nuclear deal", the secret meetings in Muscat in 2013 -- which followed 19 months of negotiations among the six major world powers and Iran, leading to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed on 14 July 2015.  

We also have noted the large number of Iranians [and Muslim Brotherhood members] in this Administration, to include Huma Abedin [Hillary's closest advisor] linked to the Muslim Brotherhood/Sisterhood [interestingly, all references to her linkage to Iran and to the Muslim  Brotherhood appear to have been purged from the Internet]; and, of course, Valerie Bowman Jarrett [Obama's puppeteer], born in Shiraz, Iran.   We somehow think these folks might have influenced Oval Office decisions to embrace Iran.

And, last but not least, we recall Hillary's role, in which she visited Egypt with Huma, and set off riots and protests against her linkage, via Huma, with the Muslim Brotherhood.  However, the most interesting link in this puzzle is Hillary's "covert" flight to western Iran in late 2012, reportedly to meet with President Ahmadinijad in Ahvaz and Ayatollah ali Khamenei to discuss Iran's nuclear program.  As in all poorly planned operations, Hillary's plane crashed, killing her SEAL escort [listed as a suicide in Afghanistan].  While she recovered in a MidEast hospital, her cover story was that she had the flu, fell, and had a concussion.  She was later spirited into a US hospital and with great fanfare, released with her "double" making PhotoOp appearances for show.

Bottom line:  We believe the capture of the US sailors was a staged event to enable the Administration to lift the sanctions on Iran and return the $1.4 Billion in seized Iranian assets.  We'll report more as this tale unfolds.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Trump VP -- Scott Brown?


Click here for related story [The Hill]

On reflection, we think this would be a good choice for Trump and for America, and ties to Trump;s anti-Establishment agenda.  Brown is highly visible, physically and intellectually attractive and will appeal to the general public, and especially to women voters.

He's been vetted in several elections and has no visible skeletons in the closet, and the GOP leadership hates his guts [we're sure he returns the sentiment].  Brown is certainly not part of, and, worse, has challenged the GOP establishment when he was elected to the US Senate in a landslide campaign victory over the GOP's favorite [Jack Robinson] by a margin of 89 - 11 per cent; he then surprisingly defeated heavily favored Democrat [Attorney General Coakley].

Brown was the first Republican in 37 years to be elected to the US Senate from Massachusetts; even after President Obama flew in to endorse his opponent.  Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker   commented that "... Brown's political positions did not fall neatly into Party lines", but that he was "... mainstream in a nation that defines itself as mostly Conservative."

The GOP saw him early on as an anti-Establishment Tea Party threat and a potential leader for the Tea Party Conservatives in the Senate -- a resistance they could not tolerate, essentially because he was willing to work across Party lines to pass positive legislation.  Better to elect a Democrat than an Independent/Tea Party Republican.


It was the GOP who worked hand-in-glove to defeat his reelection, backing Elizabeth  Faucahauntus] Warren, and again in his later NH run for the Senate. The RNC pulled out all the stops, and was willing to risk giving the majority again to the Democrats to defeat Brown and other independent-minded senators.

Later, Brown moved his residency to New Hampshire, which was dominated by the GOP; Brown's candidacy was undermined at every step by the GOP which preferred a weak Democrat to an independent Tea Party senator.  He lost by three percentage points.

[The GOP operated in similar fashion in 2010 in Nevada to reelect Harry Reid and defeat a troublesome Conservative candidate who would not bow to their demands.]

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Brown served in the National Guard for 35 years, with a brief stint in Afghanistan, so he can speak to Military issues, and likely can work for the improvement of the Military, and especially for Vets. The Boston Globe noted Brown had "carved out a niche as a leading advocate for Veterans"; Richard Tissi, the state Senate Republican Minority Leader called Brown the "...acknowledged expert on Veterans' issues"; state Senator Jack Heart, from Boston, advised Brown is "...comprehensive in his approach on Veterans' issues and has done a very good job on their behalf." As Vice President of the US, Brown could be a major force in cleaning up the corruption and graft in the Veterans Administration.



We recall that Reagan was persuaded to select George H.W. Bush, a fairly Milquetoast politician, a partner who brought little to the table other than tacit support from Texas and New England, plus Bush's linkage to the CIA -- a link which later led to the Iran-Contra debacle when Bush assured Reagan it was all OK and there was no risk of blow-back.

Bush would later lose to Clinton when he attempted to run what should have been a simple and easy reelection bid against scandal-ridden Bill Clinton -- but lost heavily due to his inability to identify with Mainstream America. Clinton's words, still valid in this election, ring true:

"It's the ECONOMY stupid!"

[A Lesson the GOP has still not learned]

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Famous Presidential Lies Contest




by:  To The Point News


LBJ:

None of our boys will die on foreign soil.

Nixon:

I am not a crook

GHW Bush:

Read my lips - No New Taxes

Clinton:

I did not have sex with that woman... Miss Lewinski

GW Bush:

Iraq has weapons of mass destruction
[In fact, Iraq had, and used chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction, and was
 working on a nuclear weapon.]

Obama:

I will have the most transparent administration in history.

The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.

I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.

The IRS is not targeting anyone.

It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.

I will put an end to the type of politics that "breeds division, conflict 
and cynicism".


You didn't build that!

I will restore trust in Government.


The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.

The public will have 5 days to look at every bill that lands 
on my desk

It's not my red line - it is the world's red line.

Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.

We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and 
auto companies, with interest.

I am not spying on American citizens.

ObamaCare will be good for America.

You can keep your family doctor.

Premiums will be lowered by $2500.

If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan.

It's just like shopping at Amazon.


I knew nothing about "Fast and Furious" gunrunning to
 Mexican drug cartels.

I knew nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups.

I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi.


I have never known my uncle from Kenya who is in  the 
country illegally and that wasarrested and told to leave the 
country over 20 years ago.

And, I have never lived with that uncle. 
[He finally admitted (12-05-2013) that he DID know his 
uncle and that he DID live with him.]



If elected I promise not to renew the Patriot Act.

If elected I will end the war in Iraq and Afghanistan within the 1st 9 months of my term.

I will close Guantanamo within the first 6 months of my term.

I will bridge the gap between black and white and between America and other countries.

And the biggest one of all:


"
I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend

  the Constitution of the United States of America."


---- No contest; he only lies when he moves his lips. ----

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Trump - Will Pols Kill Him?


A Guest Post reportedly by William J Bennett
However, we have been advised that Bennett now denies having written this piece.
Nonetheless, we endorse the content from the anonymous author, and note
that we could not have phrased the analysis better ourselves.

What I See Happening In a Trump Presidency

They will kill him before they let him be president.
It could be a Republican or a Democrat that instigates the
shutting up of Trump.  Don't be surprised if Trump has an accident.

Some people are getting very nervous: Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and Jon Corzine, to name just a few.It's about the unholy dynamics between big government, big business, and big media. They all benefit by the billions of dollars from this partnership, and it's in all of their interests to protect one another.

It's one for all and all for one. It's a heck of a filthy relationship that makes everyone filthy rich, everyone except the American people. We get ripped off. We're the patsies.

But for once, the powerful socialist cabal and the corrupt crony capitalists are scared. The over-the-top reaction to Trump by politicians of both parties, the media, and the biggest corporations of America has been so swift and insanely angry that it suggests they are all threatened and frightened.

Donald Trump can self-fund. No matter how much they say to the contrary, the media, business, and political elite understand that Trump is no joke. He could actually win and upset their nice cozy apple cart. It's no coincidence that everyone has gotten together to destroy The Donald.

It's because most of the other politicians are part of the a good old boys club. They talk big, but they won't change a thing. They are all beholden to big-money donors. They are all owned by lobbyists, unions, lawyers, gigantic environmental organizations, and multinational corporations - like Big Pharmacy or Big Oil.

Or they are owned lock, stock, and barrel by foreigners like George Soros owns Obama, or foreign governments own Hillary and their Clinton Foundation donations. These run-of-the-mill establishment politicians are all puppets owned by big money. But there's one man who isn't beholden to anyone

There's one man who doesn't need foreigners, or foreign governments, or George Soros, or the United Auto Workers, or the teacher's union, or the Service Employees International Union, or the Bar Association to fund his campaign.

Billionaire tycoon and maverick Donald Trump doesn't need anyone's help. That means he doesn't care what the media says. He doesn't care what the corporate elites think. That makes him very dangerous to the entrenched interests. That makes Trump a huge threat to those people. Trump can ruin everything for the bribed politicians and their spoiled slave masters.

Don't you ever wonder why the GOP has never tried to impeach Obama? Don't you wonder why John Boehner and Mitch McConnell talk a big game, but never actually tried to stop Obama? Don't you wonder why Congress holds the purse strings, yet has never tried to defund Obamacare or Obama's clearly illegal executive action on amnesty for illegal aliens?

Bizarre, right? It defies logic, right?

First, I'd guess many key Republicans are being bribed.

Second, I believe many key Republicans are being blackmailed.
Whether they are having affairs, or secretly gay, or stealing taxpayer money, the National Security Agency knows everything. Ask former House Speaker Dennis Hastert about that. The government even knew he was withdrawing large sums of his own money from his own bank account.

The NSA, the SEC, the IRS, and all the other three-letter government agencies are watching every Republican political leader. They survey everything.

Third, many Republicans are petrified of being called racists, so they are scared to ever criticize Obama or call out his crimes, let alone demand his impeachment.

Fourth , why rock the boat?
After defeat or retirement, if you're a good old boy, you've got a $5 million-per-year lobbying job waiting. The big-money interests have the system gamed. Win or lose, they win.

But Trump doesn't play by any of these rules. Trump breaks up this nice, cozy relationship between big government, big media, and big business. All the rules are out the window if Trump wins the Presidency. The other politicians will protect Obama and his aides but not Trump.

Remember:
Trump is the guy who publicly questioned Obama's birth certificate. He questioned Obama's college records and how a mediocre student got into an Ivy League university.

Now, he's doing something no Republican has the chutzpah to do.

He's questioning our relationship with Mexico; he's questioning why the border is wide open; he's questioning why no wall has been built across the border; he's questioning if allowing millions of illegal aliens into America is in our best interests; he's questioning why so many illegal aliens commit violent crimes, yet are not deported; and he's questioning why our trade deals with Mexico, Russia and China are so bad.



Trump has the audacity to ask out loud why American workers always get the short end of the stick.

Good question! I'm certain Trump will question what happened to the almost billion dollars given in a rigged no-bid contract to college friends of Michelle Obama at foreign companies to build the defective Obamacare website. By the way, that tab is now up to $5 billion.

Trump will ask if Obamacare's architects can be charged with fraud for selling it by lying. Trump will investigate Obama's widespread IRS conspiracy, not to mention Obama's college records. Trump will prosecute Clinton and Obama for fraud committed to cover up Benghazi before the election. How about the fraud committed by employees of the Labor Department when they made up dramatic job numbers in the last jobs report before the 2012 election?

 Obama, the multinational corporations and the media need to stop Trump. They recognize this could get out of control. If left unchecked, telling the raw truth and asking questions everyone else is afraid to ask, Trump could wake a sleeping giant. Trump's election would be a nightmare.

Obama has committed many crimes. No one else but Trump would dare to prosecute. He will not hesitate. Once Trump gets in and gets a look at the cooked books and Obama's records, the game is over. The jig is up. The goose is cooked.

Holder could wind up in prison. Jarrett could wind up in prison.
Obama bundler Corzine could wind up in prison for losing $1.5 billion of customer money.
Clinton could wind up in jail for deleting 32,000 emails or for accepting bribes from foreign governments while Secretary of State, or for misplacing $6 billion as the head of the State Department, or for lying about Benghazi. The entire upper level management of the IRS could wind up in prison. Obamacare will be de-funded and dismantled. Obama himself could wind up ruined, his legacy in tatters.

Trump will investigate. Trump will prosecute. Trump will go after everyone involved. That's why the dogs of hell have been unleashed on Donald Trump.

[Editorial Note:  We are reminded of Reagan's election in spite of the GOP's desperate measures to prevent his nomination and then his election over the GOP's "Chosen One" [George HW Bush] - as unelectable as Jeb Bush is today.  Americans saw hope and recovery with Reagan, while the political Parties saw him as endangering the Good Ol Boy Network.  Within a few months of his election, there was a bewildering assassination attempt on Reagan, in which the Secret Service violated every security tenet of Presidential protection.  

In essence, they had him walk, in the open, from the entrance of the Hilton hotel to the street, where, inexplicably, a "mentally deranged" young man, armed with a .22 caliber pistol -- loaded with armor piercing rounds, just happened to be standing in wait - with no notice having been taken of him by Secret Service agents.  

Officially, he fired a series of shots at Reagan -- who was wearing a bullet-proof vest --with one round penetrating under Reagan's left arm -- reportedly a "ricochet" off the door of the Limo [reminiscent of the "magic bullet" that wounded Kennedy's companions in his limo.  Oddly, a pistol appeared near the head of the wounded James Brady.   


Some believe that a Secret Service agent fired the shot that wounded the President, and that Hinkley was merely a patsy, like Oswald in JFK's assassination.  

Even more oddly, the bullet purportedly recovered from Reagan was not an armor-piercing round, but a damaged lead slug [it made for great showmanship though].


-- But, that's another story to unravel.]