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Some sort of attack in Houston with 7 injured

BREAKING: Attack in Houston. Details unknown.

That's uncomfortably close to home.

UPDATE: Total of 9 people wounded now. The police say the attacker is dead at the scene, and was a "disgruntled lawyer". That means they know who he was and are choosing not to release his name. The police found "numerous weapons" at the scene and the bomb squad is checking the attacker's car.

I'm betting this is one of those cases where "There are no obvious indications of terrorism" even though it's obviously terrorism.

2016-09-26 11:19:40.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Putin Question

Scott AdamsAnd being chummy with Putin is more likely to keep us safe, whether you find that distasteful or not. Clinton wants to insult Putin into doing what we want. That approach seems dangerous as hell to me.

Scott is right as far as this paragraph goes. Insulting people and calling them tyrants rarely results in improved relations with the tyrants, whether they actually are tyrants or not.

But it brought to mind some interesting comparisons. When Clinton is attacking Trump for supposedly having ties to Putin through an advisor, Clinton also has ties to Putin through her advisor John Podesta, and she hasn't disavowed or backed away from them.

The President under whom she served as Secretary of State had a famous open-mic moment where he told Putin that he would have "more flexibility after the election." That is, after he didn't have to face the American people again, he could betray them. And under that same President, Clinton herself famously botched a gag gift of a "reset" button to Putin, presenting him with a red button that actually translated as "overcharge" (and may have been pilfered from a hotel pool in a remarkably Clintonian moment).

As far as ties to Russia go, Clinton is living in a glass house and operating a catapult.

Mon Sep 26 11:08:35 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI never intended to prosecute Clinton

National ReviewAdd this to an already long list of startling concessions made to Mrs. Clinton and her confederates. The latest revelations raise other new questions that I will deal with in subsequent posts. For now, suffice it to say, yet again: It appears the Obama Justice Department’s goal was not to make a prosecutable case, but to make it appear that Hillary Clinton was “exonerated” after a thorough FBI investigation.

The multiple immunity deals are strongly suggestive of an intent to exonerate regardless of the facts rather than enforce the law.

Mon Sep 26 11:08:32 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton Interrogatory Number 11

Judicial WatchDuring your tenure as Secretary of State, what, if any, effort did you make to inform the State Department’s records management personnel (e.g., Clarence Finney or the Executive Secretariat’s Office of Correspondence and Records) about your use of a clintonemail.com email account to conduct official State Department business?

I'm betting she says she doesn't recall and that the real answer is "none", but we'll see.

Mon Sep 26 11:08:02 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Prescription drug databases are available to police without warrants

WCPOThe prescriptions you have in your medicine cabinet might not be as private as you believe they are. Thirty-one states grant law enforcement warrantless access to databases containing drug histories, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is pushing hard to search records even in states that have privacy safeguards.

The disclosures to police agencies often take place without notifying the person targeted in a search and without offering a chance to object. That means no court ever approves the release of records that can reveal treatment for private medical conditions such as cancer, psychiatric disorders, HIV or gender reassignment.

I don't think anyone would be surprised that such records would be available with a warrant, but without a warrant surprised me. I suppose it shouldn't have, since we've had the War On Drugs shaping public policy ever since the puritans gave up on Prohibition, but it did. After all, something as innocuous as your video rental history is specifically protected under federal law and requires a warrant to access. Your prescription drug history is far more personal and revealing, yet it's available to police just for the asking?

2016-09-26 09:56:52.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About those mass shootings that only happen in America...

Jewish PressAt least four people were wounded and possibly more in a shooting spree by one or more gunmen in the Swedish city of Malmo on Sunday evening at around 7 pm local time. The attacker/s were still at large, hours later.

According to a report by the Expressen newspaper, several shooters on motor scooters opened fire on a car they were chasing through a neighborhood in the southern sector of the city. Other local media described “a man in an Audi” who opened fire on a crowd at a local football “derby.”

This one happened in Sweden. I would be surprised if it wasn't another islamic terrorist attack, but we don't have any solid information yet.

2016-09-25 20:30:57.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump isn't doing too badly with hispanics

The HillA recent Bloomberg Politics average of polls found Hillary Clinton leads Trump by 38 points among Hispanics. Obama beat Romney by 44.

Part of this is that Hillary is such a horrible candidate. Obama is horrible in many ways, of course, but those are mostly policy. He did very well at campaigning. Hillary, on the other hand, hates campaigning and prefers to give speeches for corrupt pay-to-play deals.

But there's more to it than that. For all the ink spilled about Trump's supposed hatred of hispanics, that's not what he says about it. He's not calling hispanics rapists, criminals, or horrible people. He's saying that people who cross the border illegally are often rapists, criminals, and horrible people, but there are a lot of hispanics who are here legally, and even those that are here illegally can differentiate between drug dealers and rapists and those who are just trying to make a living.

2016-09-25 11:32:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Washington Mall Mass Murderer is a Muslim

He was originally reported to be hispanic, but it turns out he's from Turkey.

UPDATE: Mental health questions, but in modern society, the only way to get committed for mental health issues is generally violent and threatening behavior. So, we have a man who is from Turkey, probably Muslim by assumption, with a history of violence, prohibited from owning guns (by the deferred prosecution and drug use), who used a "hunting type" rifle rather than an assault weapon, and still killed 5 people. Authorities are saying no indications of terrorism, which just means he didn't ask permission from a terrorist organization first.

It's probably too early to class this as Islamic Terrorism, but there are lots of indicators.

2016-09-25 10:59:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How to lie to Congress and get away with it

Watts Up With ThatWhat else was happening that summer? What was the weather like that summer?

Believe it or not, we called the Weather Bureau and found out what historically was the hottest day of the summer. Well, it was June 6 or June 9 or whatever it was, so we scheduled the hearing that day, and bingo: It was the hottest day on record in Washington, or close to it. It was stiflingly hot that summer. [At] the same time you had this drought all across the country, so the linkage between the Hansen hearing and the drought became very intense.

And did you also alter the temperature in the hearing room that day?

… What we did it was went in the night before and opened all the windows, I will admit, right? So that the air conditioning wasn’t working inside the room and so when the, when the hearing occurred there was not only bliss, which is television cameras in double figures, but it was really hot. …

So Hansen’s giving this testimony, you’ve got these television cameras back there heating up the room, and the air conditioning in the room didn’t appear to work. So it was sort of a perfect collection of events that happened that day, with the wonderful Jim Hansen, who was wiping his brow at the witness table and giving this remarkable testimony.

This sort of trick is not legitimate science, and it's not practiced by legitimate scientists.

2016-09-25 09:14:31.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hillary email admin refers to deletion of emails as a cover-up

PJMediaAn employee at Platte River Networks, the company that managed Hillary Clinton's emails after she left the State Department, sent a work ticket that referred to the "Hilary [sic] coverup [sic] operation" (Hillary cover-up operation) after Clinton's team had asked the company to modify her email system so that it would automatically delete messages after 60 days.

The FBI asked him about it and he said it was intended as a joke. Even if the comment was intended humorously, it was also accurate. And at this point, I feel confident that the FBI investigation, which granted immunity to five separate staffers, can also be accurately described as a joke.

2016-09-24 20:17:27.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cheryl Mills and two of Hillary's other staff granted immunity

Weekly StandardA congressman says Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were granted immunity deals in exchange for their cooperation in the now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (CHAY'-fits), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, tells the Associated Press that Mills gave federal investigators access to her laptop on the condition that findings couldn't be used against her. Chaffetz says, "No wonder they couldn't prosecute a case. They were handing out immunity deals like candy."

That's a total of five people granted immunity.

The problem here is that once the FBI gave all the aides immunity, they then declined to prosecute Hillary herself. Which defeats the point of giving aides immunity in return for testimony. However, it does ensure that Congress can't threaten those aides to force them to testify. The FBI is using immunity deals to obstruct justice.

2016-09-24 13:03:55.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama used a pseudonym when communicating with Hillary's private server

PoliticoPresident Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday.

The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

So there are a couple reasons this is a big deal. The pseudonym itself is actually a minor one. People in the Obama administration using pseudonyms (in some cases to avoid FOIA requests) has been very common, but this is the first time we've had it confirmed that Obama was using one.

That's how Politico headlines the article, but they are burying the lede. There's much more significance here.

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2016-09-24 13:03:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Putin has Hillary's emails

The Smoking GunThe FBI’s Hillary Clinton investigation turned up evidence that her e-mail accounts were targeted in multiple “spear phishing” attacks, one of which may have tricked the then-Secretary of State into clicking a malicious link included in the correspondence... The FBI report then picks up with this statement: “Open source information indicated, if opened, the targeted user’s device may have been infected, and information would have been sent to at least three computers overseas, including one in Russia.”

She clicked on a porn link.

Yes, really.

2016-09-24 09:14:31.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

USA today suspends Instapundit's column for a month...

USA TodayI have always supported peaceful protests, speaking out against police militarization and excessive police violence in my USA TODAY columns, on my website and on Twitter itself. I understand why people misunderstood my tweet and regret that I was not clearer.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee who tweets as @instapundit, writes twice a week for USA TODAY. His column has been suspended for one month.

... and oh by the way, it's the month right before the election, don't you know. I wonder if that had anything to do with it.

Funny how Twitter can suspend people who advocate for self-defense in the course of escaping a riot, but can't seem to suspend ISIS recruiters and people who call for cop killings.

UPDATE: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is on the case. They do good work and Glenn has sent more than a few links their way in the past.

2016-09-23 22:21:36.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump doesn't want to take your guns away

USA Today"You know, [the police are] proactive and if they see a person possibly with a gun or they think may have a gun, they will see the person and they'll look and they'll take the gun away," said Trump said. “They will stop, they will frisk, and they will take the gun away, and they don’t have anything to shoot with.”

USA Today is trying to push the narrative that Trump won't do well on the gun issue, so gun rights advocates shouldn't vote for him. It's a more effective strategy than trying to get gun control advocates to vote against him, because gun control advocates are too few and not motivated enough to make up a major influence among voters. (Their political influence comes from billionaire donors and astroturf, not real support).

I think gun owners are smart enough to not be deceived by Trump's vocalized support for "stop and frisk", a somewhat controversial law enforcement policy. He's talking about police stopping people who they think might be carrying a gun and searching them. If they are carrying a gun illegally -- unlicensed carry, or a felon in possession, or likely both -- then the gun is confiscated, and the person can be arrested and charged with a crime.

The policy is controversial for good reasons. How can a police officer detect a gun AND the lack of a legal license to carry it on someone he doesn't recognize? It pretty much boils down to behavioral cues, which are subjective, and race, which is illegal. But it's a long way from "taking guns away" in the usual sense, that is, police conducting door-to-door home invasions to search and confiscate lawfully owned guns from peaceful citizens.

The best part is that Trump, as President, won't really be able to do much one way or the other about stop and frisk policies. Those are under the control of the local police, not the federal government or the president.

So while I doubt Trump will be great on gun rights, this particular statement doesn't bother me. Especially since I know Hillary would cheerfully authorize the door-to-door version.

2016-09-23 22:16:59.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Media Bias about education

There's a new study out from a think tank run by Hillary Clinton's campaign director claiming Trump's plan to make cuts at the Department of Education would cost a lot of teachers their jobs. As in, half a million of them.

The Department of Education doesn't employ any teachers.

Public schools are funded by the states.

Trump's plan, if enacted, would fire a bunch of useless idiots and save some money.

2016-09-23 09:14:31.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

It's time to find (or make) a twitter alternative

They suspended the Instapundit twitter account for suggesting drivers not sit in their cars waiting to be dragged out of them and killed.

I think that being caught in your car on a highway surrounded by such a mob trying to get you out of your car is a deadly force threat (disparity of numbers, fires, other cars presenting hazards, etc, etc). While it's a good idea to look for ways to avoid the situation, once you're caught in it, driving your way out through the rioters if necessary seems like a horrible but legally defensible choice. (This is not legal advice. I am not a lawyer.)

It's really looking like we need a free-speech alternative to twitter.

UPDATE: The left is going after his day job over three words. This is obviously an effort to silence effective advocacy during the elections.

2016-09-22 10:51:57.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton Interrogatory Number 10

Judicial WatchDuring your tenure as Secretary of State, how did you manage and preserve emails in your clintonemail.com email account sent or received in the course of conducting official State Department business, and what, if anything, did you do to make those emails available to the Department for conducting searches in response to FOIA requests?

The only thing she can really say here is that she contacted people at the State Department using their .gov address so that State's system could pick up the email from their account. Which, obviously, it did not. Worse, that's obviously not true for Huma (who also had an account on the Clinton server) and possibly her other aides. It's also not helpful with respect to anyone not at the State Department (even if they are at other government agencies, Hillary's emails are the responsibility of the State Department).

2016-09-22 09:58:03.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama to push climate change after leaving office

The HillPresident Obama says he plans to keep pushing for action on climate change after his presidency ends in January.

During a tour of Midway Atoll near Hawaii on Thursday, Obama told The New York Times that he plans to use his “megaphone that even an ex-president has” to raise awareness and craft policies designed to combat climate change after he leaves office.

What he means is that he's going to cash in by giving a lot of speeches about climate change. It's probably a step down from the position as UN General Secretary that he was expecting, but a failed president is hard to put into that slot and it has become pretty obvious that Obama is a failed president.

Frankly I think climate change is on the way out as an issue too, but there may be enough time left for Obama to cash in. Or maybe he just couldn't find anything better.

2016-09-22 09:14:31.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton Interrogatory Number 9

Judicial WatchDuring your tenure as Secretary of State, did you understand that email you sent or received in the course of conducting official State Department business was subject to FOIA?

There's no good answer to this one. She'll use a variation of "yes, but..." to give an excuse.

2016-09-21 10:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

First Presidential Forum to be moderated by Clinton Global Initiative member

It's not a debate, it's two people who appear on the same stage in front of the same audience... but not at the same time. In other words, the Hillary campaign is afraid Trump will talk over her, interrupt her, correct her lies and misleading statements, and generally act like a strong and dominant alpha male. But if Hillary is the best the feminists can offer, shouldn't she be able to handle him?

Apparently not.

Being a "notable past member" of the Clinton Global Initiative costs $20,000 in cash or in-kind favors from journalists. Per year, I think.

2016-09-21 09:14:31.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Always wait for the full story...

AOL.comPutney, the police chief, told reporters that Scott wasn't believed to be the person police were seeking on the outstanding warrant, "but we do not know if he was connected."

"At this point, all we know [is] they're in the apartment complex parking lot, and this subject gets out with a weapon," Putney said. "They engage him, and one of the officers felt a lethal threat and fired his weapon because of that."

... but just this part looks pretty bad for the police. He wasn't the guy they were looking for, and they aren't alleging he did anything threatening other than being armed and getting out of his vehicle. No one is saying he was holding the gun or pointing it at police that I've seen. Could be an honest citizen with the legal right to be armed.

2016-09-21 08:44:24.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dishonesty and lies

Some people are blaming Congress for not passing Zika funding.

The HillThe solution is within reach and all Congress needs to do is their job. With each passing day of inaction, safety measures that could stop the virus from spreading are not taken and more Americans are being put at unnecessary risk. The sad irony is that many of those playing politics with Zika funding are the same congressional leaders who purport to care for the health of the unborn. If ever there was a time to put safety before politics--it is now. LULAC urges Congress to do the job that the American people elected them do and vote on legislation that will fund measures to protect vulnerable Americans from Zika threats.

I don't particularly support passing a lot of extra money to fund efforts against Zika. Why can't the Center for Disease Control use their normal budget to control disease?

But ok, let's assume Zika is especially threatening and that for some reason we can't just start using DDT to eradicate mosquitoes.

The hold up on Zika funding comes from two sources: Obama spent previously allocated Zika funds on a climate change treaty and Senate Democrats are insisting that new Zika funds go to Planned Parenthood, even though Planned Parenthood doesn't do anything related to Zika. Pretty much all Planned Parenthood does is abortions, with a side order of non-abortion baby killing.

So blaming the Republicans in Congress for not passing Zika funding is literally blaming them for refusing to roll over and fund a Democrat priority that has nothing to do with addressing the problem.

And that's pretty much the same story every single time. Hell, the Democrats have even done it with Planned Parenthood within the last year or so.

UPDATE: A reader vigorously informs me in email that Planned Parenthood offers a wide variety of valuable services at low prices for feminine medical and reproductive health needs. Not being female, I will leave that claim to stand or fall on its own merit. It does not do anything related to Zika, however.

2016-09-20 22:41:00.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another known wolf attack

The New York bomber was reported to the FBI as a terrorist in 2014. He was "cleared" (obviously in error) after the father "recanted".

The bomber's wife, a native of Pakistan, left the country before the bombings.

The bomber himself is a naturalized US citizen... originally from Afghanistan.

2016-09-20 21:40:56.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Stabber jihadi stopped by competitive shooter and concealed-carrier

Bearing ArmsUSPSA Shooter, 3-Gunner, and NRA-certified firearms instructor Jason Falconer has been identified as the man who shot and killed a 22-year-old Somali immigrant who went on a stabbing rampage inside a St. Cloud, (MN) Mall on Saturday.

The apparent terrorist—who apparently asked victims if they were Muslims before stabbing them—was engaged by Falconer inside the mall.

Don't ever let anyone tell you that armed citizens don't stop attacks.

Hat tip to SaysUncle

2016-09-20 21:10:26.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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