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Lucasfilm president says Star Wars will not be catering to male fans anymore

HeatStIn an interview with the New York Times, Kennedy addressed her decision to cast a female lead in her second movie in charge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. “I have a responsibility to the company that I work with. I don’t feel that I have a responsibility to cater in some way [to those particular fans],” she said. “I would never just seize on saying, ‘Well, this is a franchise that’s appealed primarily to men for many, many years, and therefore I owe men something.'”

And seeing what an utter disaster that movie turned out to be, I'm not going to bother seeing the next one. The box office results may take a while to show up, because people are reluctant to give up on something they loved, but they will show up eventually.

2016-12-05 10:34:59.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NGOs smuggling so-called refugees into Europe

ZerohedgeFor two months, using marinetraffic.com, we have been monitoring the movements of ships owned by a couple of NGOs, and, using data from data.unhcr.org. We have kept track of the daily arrivals of African immigrants in Italy. It turned out we were witness of a big scam and an illegal human traffic operation.

NGOs, smugglers, the mafia in cahoots with the European Union have shipped thousands of illegals into Europe under the pretext of rescuing people, assisted by the Italian coast guard which coordinated their activities.

The European Union governments are desperately trying to select a new people to replace the one they have. Now that the people have noticed and are trying to take political action to stop it, the agenda is being accelerated.

2016-12-05 09:34:59.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump and Carrier

I had a bit, long hypothetical explainer post about Trump and his negotiations with Carrier. It laid out how the deal, despite at first glance looking like crony capitalism and special favors, could actually be a precursor to more general policies. It might make sense for Trump -- who as President-Elect has no official powers and even as President will need to convince Congress to pass his policies, whatever they may be -- to strike deals to keep companies that are currently wavering in the US until his policies can begin to take effect.

But then I fat-fingered something and lost the post. Oh well.

Turns out Sarah Palin was making basically the same point.

So, I'm not worried about the Carrier deal. Trump's actions in office will define him soon enough. What he can manage to do while not yet sworn in is just a bonus.

2016-12-03 10:34:59.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Megan McArdle continues to disappoint

Megan Mcardle at BloombergShould we keep illegal immigrants from voting? Yes, in my opinion, we should. I would support gathering better data as to how often this happens; if the answer is “often enough to affect elections”, then I would support strong measures, such as requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration, in order to halt it. But we do not have such data.

That's a stunning bit of circular logic there. How do we collect "better data" on how often illegal aliens vote without taking measures such as requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration? But we can't have such measures until we have proof, and we can't have proof until we take those basic measures against illegal aliens voting. It's enough to make you dizzy.

How about this: we enforce the rules in our elections so that only the people allowed to vote are actually allowed to vote. We take simple measures like requiring an ID and proof of citizenship. And when people violate those rules, we punish them to deter others.

2016-12-02 10:34:59.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Suadi terrorist rehabilitation program actually a recruiting center for jihad

New York PostCounterterrorism experts have long suspected Saudi Arabia’s “rehabilitation” center for terrorists does a poor job of de-radicalizing jihadists. But a Saudi detainee at Guantanamo Bay now reveals it’s actually a recruiting and training factory for jihad.

As I understand it, the Saudi idea of de-radicalizing terrorists is to teach them to commit terrorism against targets it approves of.

Not that we have a lot of room to criticize. Our colleges seem to serve a similar function for our minorities, teaching them to react violently to "microaggressions".

2016-12-02 09:34:59.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New Jersey has another gun control scheme in the works

This one would impose identification requirements to use your own firearm on a range, each time, every time. The practical effect is that unstaffed ranges would be shut down, and that's a lot of ranges. It would also require anyone wishing to learn to shoot to go through all the regulatory processes involved in getting a New Jersey FID card, a non-trivial exercise, before they can go to a range and try it out with a friend or for a training class. So not only would this shut down a lot of the cheaper, rural shooting options, it would prevent people from bringing their friends into their shooting sports hobby by raising the barrier of entry dramatically.

Remember, this is how the blue states work. They use their laws to make it impossible for people they don't like to live in their state or bring other people into the activities and hobbies they don't like. The more people they drive out of "their" states, the harder it is for us to fight back or regain territory.

2016-12-01 11:34:59.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another fake hate incident

InstapunditAn openly bisexual Chicago student who claimed she received anti-gay, pro-Donald Trump notes and emails after the election is found to have fabricated the entire story, North Park University said.

Fake hate has real victims -- the people whose reputations are smeared by "association" with the accused. And that leads to more real victims.

InstapunditUPDATE: Navy Veteran’s Home Torched and Vandalized with Anti-Trump Graffiti. “Police are investigating to determine if there is a link between the attack on the Smiths’ home and similar incidents in nearby Mango, Fla., where two mobile homes were recently defaced with anti-Trump graffiti. One of the attacks reportedly involved at an attempt to set the home on fire.”

The next time you see someone freaking out about "threats" and "hate" from Trump supporters, show them these stories.

2016-12-01 09:34:59.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Podesta email confirms Obama's influence on Roberts' Obamacare decision

The View From North Central IdahoTurns out those people were proven right today as a new Podesta email confirms that the Obama administration applied political pressure on Roberts to sway his decision: “it was pretty critical that the President threw the gauntlet down last time on the Court…that was vital to scaring Roberts off.”

Yeah, this is the same decision started us all speculating what kind of blackmail material Obama had on Roberts. Turns out per Podesta that maybe we were right.

2016-11-30 11:43:06.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Flag-Burning: Trump's against it...

... and so am I, but I tend to think it should be legal and protected by the 1st Amendment, so long as you are burning your own flag in a reasonably safe manner. Still, this tempest is sized appropriately for a teapot, at the moment.

Of course, Hillary is also against it. When you're in government, you tend not to like opposition to government. Trump does not appear likely to be a transformative figure in that respect. But at least the media will call him out on it.

2016-11-30 10:43:06.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats promise to filibuster national concealed carry reciprocity bill

Wall Street JournalPeter Ambler, executive director of Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun control super PAC, said his organization plans to fight national reciprocity “tooth and nail,” threatening a Democratic filibuster of the legislation in the Senate. Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat and ardent gun-control advocate, said he believes any version of a national reciprocity bill would be “dead on arrival” in the Senate, due to strong Democratic opposition.

I have only one thing to say to this: "We won."

It's time we advanced the ball a bit.

2016-11-30 09:43:06.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Somehow the communists always return to censorship...

WattsUpWithThatGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning new censorship laws, a harsh crack down on “fake news”, which according to President Obama seems to include any criticism of climate theory...Merkel indicated that she supported tougher measures to crack down on hate speech in its various forms and figure out new ways to regulate the complicated ecosystem of online information (and misinformation).

In the US, our First Amendment protects the freedom of the press. We as citizens have to do a little more work to evaluate the news, but it's better than giving the government -- or anyone else -- the power to shut people up by force.

2016-11-29 11:12:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

White House denies voter fraud claims

The HillThe White House on Monday dismissed President-elect Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.

“There has been no evidence produced to substantiate a claim like that,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

You know when people start falling back on "there is no evidence" as a response to allegations of criminal activity? When they know they are guilty as sin and don't think you can prove it.

Of course, the Project Veritas videos are pretty damning proof, and one of the leading roles in those videos has visited Obama's White House literally hundreds of times.

And it's it interesting that the White House Press Secretary is falling back on that particular wording.

2016-11-29 10:12:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Democrats are trying to recount their way to victory...

It turns out that Jill Stein, Green party candidate, is conducting a recount effort (and crowdfunding it) in three states that would be sufficient to reverse the presidential election results. Hillary's campaign is getting involved, too.

If it was just a Stein scamfunding operation I'd say ignore it. But given the targeted states and the involvement of the Hillary campaign, Trump needs to make sure he has his people involved and playing defense. If you wait until the Democrats have "found" enough votes to swing the election their way, it's too late.

The margin of victory in those states, particularly Pennsylvania, seems larger than the usual margin of fraud. But the Democrats, and Hillary, are desperate and they think they are stopping the next incarnation of Hitler. Hillary and her top people are looking at the prospect of ending their lives in jail if Trump's administration unleashes the FBI.

They will pull out all the stops if they think there's even a tiny chance of actual victory.

UPDATE: Whaddya know, the recount deadline for Pennsylvania was November 21st and Jill Stein missed it. Anyone considering donating money to her efforts should bear this in mind.

2016-11-29 09:12:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS denies Tea Party groups after 7 year wait

Washington TimesNearly seven years after it applied to the IRS for nonprofit status, the Albuquerque Tea Party has finally been given a decision: Denied.

The tax agency, under orders from a federal judge, is belatedly tackling the remaining tea party cases that it delayed for years, and so far the tea party isn’t doing well. Only one of the three groups in the case was approved, and the other two, including Albuquerque, got notices of proposed denials last week.

Delay as long as possible, then deny, and force them to challenge the denials in court. All while they can't use their tax-exempt status to raise funds to help.

I don't have any idea about the actual merits of these applications, except that if it was appropriate to deny them, the denials should have issued years ago.

2016-11-28 11:12:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hollywood still pushing gun control

John Lott"Miss Sloane" -- focuses on a battle-hardened female lobbyist who gives herself the Herculean challenge of taking on the gun lobby

"The Senator's Wife" -- it is still listed as "in-development" -- "Harvey Weinstein promised that an upcoming film he’s making, starring Meryl Streep, will make the National Rifle Association “wish they weren’t alive” during an interview with Howard Stern earlier this week, and now it has a title."
"Weinstein described the film as a 'big movie like a ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,' which he hopes will make audiences think: 'Gun stocks — I don’t want to be involved in that stuff. It’s going to be like crash and burn.'”
This movie's fate may depend on what happens with "Miss Sloane."

These are the movies that were supposed to launch after Hillary won, setting up the temporary emotional push for gun control that is the only way such legislation has a chance of passing. They might wait for a mass shooting, too, but those are harder to schedule.

2016-11-28 10:12:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lawrence Lessig calls for faithless electors to reverse election results

The HillCampaign finance reform advocate Lawrence Lessig, who briefly ran as a candidate in the Democratic primary, is calling on electors to pick Hillary Clinton over President-elect Donald Trump.

It's amazing how many prominent people I once used to respect as the honorable opposition are willing to throw their credibility into the toilet simply to avoid a result they don't like.

2016-11-28 09:12:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How to be the conservative uncle the hipster hates at Thanksgiving

TownHallAgree that America has a terrible gun crisis – many Americans simply cannot afford to purchase the multiple firearms each citizen should own. Inform him that his opposition to your plan for “gun vouchers” to allow all Americans to take part in the defense of themselves, their families, communities and the Constitution, is “super racist” and that you support “caliber diversity.”

Now that it's too late to actually take any of this horribly rude (but mostly accurate) advice, read the whole thing.

2016-11-27 11:00:07.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Left suddenly worried about politicization of the IRS under Trump

TaxProf quoting PoliticoPresident-elect Donald Trump will soon be able to appoint a new director of the agency auditing his taxes, a potential political minefield after his writeoffs and his refusal to release his returns were repeatedly questioned in the campaign.

The president is barred from directing how the IRS treats specific taxpayers, but lawyers say there’s nothing to stop Trump from appointing an IRS chief who will go easy on him while scrutinizing his political enemies.

“There is precious little statutorily that prohibits that,” said Caplin & Drysdale tax lawyer Chris Rizek, who served in the Treasury Department’s Office of Legislative Counsel under former president Clinton.

Gosh, you mean just like under Obama?

TaxProf quoting Politico“It is not at all uncommon for people to clamor for IRS or DOJ activity or criminal investigation, and the IRS kind of takes the position that they ignore that political pressure. I have not heard of any instance since 1973 of anyone at the White House calling anyone at the IRS to ask for an audit or put pressure on a taxpayer,” [Chris Rizek, who served in the Treasury Department’s Office of Legislative Counsel under former president Clinton] said. “Because if that got out it would be a pretty outrageous news story.”

2016-11-27 10:00:07.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Maybe there was something to the vampire mythology after all

InstapunditFive days later, old mice did see some benefits from having young blood in their veins, including better muscle repair. But Conboy, who reported her findings in Nature Communications, says the really striking finding was just how bad old blood was for the younger animals. The aged blood inhibited the formation of brain cells in young mice and caused the animals to fall behind their peers in a strength test where they are hung upside down on a wire mesh. “The young mice became almost as decrepit as the old ones,” she says.

The research suggests that one day, instead of getting transfusions from young people, aged people will instead go to a medical facility to get their blood cleared of proteins that may build up and promote aging. Conboy says she and other scientists are working to identify what those molecules are.

This is starting to get a little freaky. The science is promising, to be sure, but the implications are disturbing.

2016-11-27 09:00:07.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump to focus NASA on space exploration again

WattsUpWithThatBob Walker, senior campaign adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, has re-affirmed Trump’s commitment to NASA focussing on space exploration, by stating that NASA’s Earth Science Division would be stripped of funding as part of a Trump crackdown on “Politicized Science”.

Well, he's got to get that through Congress, but it sounds promising. Under Obama, NASA was given the "official mission" of making Islamic nations feel better about themselves. While this did have the unintended side effect of leaving the field open for private industry, it was utterly pathetic in comparison to the possibilities.

If people want to freak out over the temperature of the earth and engage in rabid political activity, they can do so with private funds. There's room for basic science and data collection in this field, but the people at NASA have (with some exceptions) destroyed their credibility on this topic.

Shutting down new programs to refocus on space exploration, and restructuring the existing data-collection programs to focus on collecting accurate data without manipulation for public release, seems like an excellent direction to me.

And we can use the money saved to investigate this possible discovery of life on Mars.

2016-11-26 11:07:09.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Enabling Millennials

2016-11-26 10:07:09.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judge says strong showing of bias in IRS Tea Party case

USA TodayA federal judge ruled this month in a lawsuit in the ongoing IRS-Tea Party saga that there was "a strong showing" that the agency had discriminated against conservative groups because of their political stances.

And U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Barrett wrote in a decision that a particular group suing the IRS "has made a strong showing of a likelihood of success" on its claim that its free speech rights were violated by the delay in processing the application.

He ordered the IRS to continue processing the application from the group, called the Texas Patriots Tea Party, even as the IRS fights the group’s lawsuit.

That Obama is bragging about a "scandal free presidency" when his IRS is still targeting his political opponents is deplorable.

2016-11-26 09:07:09.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump's election continues to improve the world...

... as he brings in a substantial foreign policy victory even before taking office.

2016-11-26 01:24:44.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS Commissioner Koskinen impeachment vote still likely

Washington ExaminerRep. Tim Huelskamp will call for a post-election vote to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen when Congress returns from Thanksgiving recess, he told the Washington Examiner. Huelskamp said Koskinen could pre-empt a vote by announcing he will retire when Republican President-elect Trump takes office in January. "But barring that, I anticipate that two weeks from now we will introduce that resolution," Huelskamp said.

Chances of Koskinen deciding to resign seem low. On the other hand, chances of the Republicans passing an impeachment resolution that will almost certainly die in the Senate also seem low.

Still, it's a choice between that and no punishment at all for covering up the political abuse of the agency for 5 years. Impeach him and let the Senate do what it will.

2016-11-25 11:07:09.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Illegal LGBT aliens in doubt and fear after Trump victory

The Daily Signal“I know the policy as it is today but I don’t know the policy as it’s going to be on Day One,” said Catalina Velasquez, a transgender refugee illegally in the United States and president of Consult Catalina. “It’s been very tough as a transgender, undocumented Latino,” Velasquez said.

I have a suggestion for Velasquez. How about he or she goes home and worries about transgender rights there?

2016-11-25 10:07:09.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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