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The Clinton corruption reverse-double-backflip blame game

The HillMultiple GOP presidential candidates have suggested that the former secretary of State could be the target of criminal probes for mishandling classified information if they are elected president in November.

Actually, she already is the target of a criminal probe.

The HillThe FBI has repeatedly declined to discuss the details of its investigation, but officials have said that Clinton herself is not a target.

By "officials, they mean Obama. The FBI disagrees.

But what's really amazing to me here is the journalistic and political legerdemain required to transform Republicans promising to enforce the law and Democrats blocking investigations into Republicans abusing political power. The reality distortion field is in full effect.

2016-02-11 10:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An honest talk with the left is rarely possible

TownHallIt all depends on how willing we are to deal with the world as it is as opposed to what we wish it would be. It’s time to stop pretending that the problem is people pointing out that a significant minority of Muslims worldwide are radicalized and to start realistically dealing with the fact that a significant minority of Muslims worldwide are radicalized. With everything we know, we shouldn’t need another 9/11 to convince us to start taking reasonable precautions with our immigration policy.

He makes a lot of sense on this issue, but the left won't be listening; too busy screaming about racism.

2016-02-11 09:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Christie, Fiorina suspend campaign

PJMediaIn the wake of two disappointing election results, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to bow out of the presidential race later today. He came in 10th place in the Iowa caucuses, and 6th in New Hampshire, where he was no doubt hoping to pick up a delegate or two.

Last night, Christie announced that he would cancel his planned trip to South Carolina and return home to “take a deep breath” and " make our next step forward based on the complete results in New Hampshire."

Notice the similarity to the message Ben Carson released during the Iowa caucuses which caused the kerfluffle with the Cruz campaign, and how there are no screaming allegations of misconduct or miscommunication.

I've never really been a fan of Christie as a candidate for president. As a tough-on-crime-and-teachers'-unions candidate in New Jersey, he's fine. For national office on the Republican ticket he's a disaster, so leaving the race is a welcome development.

Legal Insurrection quoting FiorinaThis campaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected. Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes. I’ve said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I’m not going to start now. While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them.

Fiorina pretty much never had a chance. Not because of her gender, but because her only prior political experience was running for Senator in California and losing. You don't run for president with only that and some business experience on your resume and expect to win. She was hoping for a VP pick, and may still get it. I'm not convinced she would be a good president, but with 8 years as VP under a good president, it's not out of the question.

For the present, both Christie and Fiorina belong out of the race.

2016-02-10 16:46:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Russian submarines operating at cold war levels with improved technology

JanesRussia, he said, “through an extraordinary investment path not mirrored by the West” has made “technology leaps that [are] remarkable, and credit to them.” Russian submarines now “have longer ranges, they have better systems, they’re freer to operate”, he said. The alliance has also “seen a rise in professionalism and ability to operate their boats that we haven’t seen before”, noted Vice Adm Johnstone, adding, “that is a concern”.

Technology gaps are never permanent. We've been taking a vacation from military R&D for at least 8 years, and the 8 years before that were mostly focused on terrorism not cold war threats. I think that's about to come back to bite us in the ass.

2016-02-10 12:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Global warming remains a scam

Daily CallerThe study found most of NOAA’s 1,218 thermometers were sited near artificial surfaces and heat sources like concrete, asphalt, and air conditioner exhausts that were causing more warming to show in the U.S. temperature record than was present at weather stations that were well-sited.

Christy and Watts surmised NOAA was basing its temperature adjustments (efforts made to get “biases” out of the temperature record) on bad data.

When you put your weather station next to the output from an air conditioner, you get "warming". This is not actually a crisis.

2016-02-10 11:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Adding people to lists doesn't stop anything

The HillWe had these two groups in our sights; if the investigation had continued and additional links been identified and dots connected, we might have given advance warning of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino. The combination of Farook’s involvement with the Dar Al Uloom Al Islamiyah Mosque and Malik’s attendance at al-Huda would have indicated, at minimum, an urgent need for comprehensive screening. It could also have led to denial of Malik’s K-1 visa or possibly gotten Farook placed on the No Fly list

Read the whole thing to learn about how Obama and Clinton shut down the investigation that could have stopped the San Bernardino attack.

It's worth noting, however, that "could have stopped" is tricky. Denying a K-1 visa is a good place to start. Placing Farook on the no-fly list wouldn't have stopped his attack or stopped him from entering the country (since he is a citizen). The only thing likely to have stopped his attack, aside from speculating whether Malik's presence was what tipped him over the edge, would be an investigation close enough to him to take a look inside his apartment and see the pipe bombs, or perhaps spook Enrique into talking.

2016-02-10 10:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New Hampshire primary results

So, what to make of the results?

First, the easy bit: Bernie beats Hillary like Bill wishes he could. I get the impression this was the expected result and that the only surprise was the magnitude of the victory after the squeaker in Iowa. But still, primaries are about catering to the base, and the Democratic base is young, stupid, socialist, and sexist -- at least if you listen to the Clintons.

On the Republican side, Trump wins. Expected due to polling dominance in that state. As of this writing he was leading the next in line by 20 points. Very different from the close Iowa race. And the next in line is... Kasich? What the fuck? I can only assume that there was a lot of strategic crossover voting driving that result. I assume the media will use this opportunity to push Kasich as a new face to distract the not-Trump crowd from more viable alternatives.

Ted Cruz is leading Jeb Bush for third by under a point. That's disappointing, but I understand that polling had Cruz down around 5th place, so 3rd or even 4th is still doing better than expected. It's not good, mind you, but it's still in the race, especially after taking first in Iowa.

Rubio is following Bush by an even tighter margin. I think at this point Bush and Rubio are basically trading supporters back and forth as Rubio glitches and Bush's batteries run down. Neither of them have a first-place or second-place finish in Iowa to fall back on, but they are tight enough with Cruz that they are still in the race too.

Chris Christi and Carly Fiorina are both in the single digits. Neither will win, so they should drop out already and let voters coalesce. Ben Carson is down at 2%, so even as he protests that he hasn't dropped out, he's out for all practical purposes unless something really big happens. Rand Paul was doing better than that and he dropped out already.

Oh, and a message to Jim Gilmore: when "Other" gets more votes than you do, it's time to give up, go home, and get out of politics, because you suck and voters hate you.

2016-02-10 09:37:50.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Kerry caught up in Hillary's email scandal

The HillAs a senator, Secretary of State John Kerry sent at least one email to Hillary Clinton from his personal account that has now been classified as secret, the State Department confirmed on Tuesday.

The largely redacted May 19, 2011, email from Kerry — then the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee — “was sent from a non-official account,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday.

That account, Kirby added “is no longer active.”

Here's the thing.

If Kerry sent a classified email to Hillary on Hillary's private account from his private account... Kerry is just as much on the hook as Hillary for negligent handling of classified information. Arguably more (at least on the basis of a single email) because Kerry sent the email from a private account (meaning, he entered the data himself) and knowingly sent it to Hillary's private account.

Now, one email is technically enough to prosecute, but in context it's likely Kerry will get a wrist-slap or a deal of some kind. Or just a blanket pass by Obama's DOJ. But if they charge Hillary, they will suddenly have a difficult time not charging Kerry with something too.

2016-02-10 09:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Terrorist attack in Mogadishu

The Liberty ZoneTwo were injured after an explosion blew a hole in the side of a commercial plane taking off from Mogadishu.

It appears there was only one death, presumably that of the man whose explosive underoos blew the hole in the plane. I think both sides can claim this one as a victory.

2016-02-09 12:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Media chief admits to taking government orders on what to air

BreitbartA retired media boss at a major German state broadcaster has admitted his network and others take orders from the government on what — and what not — to report.

National public service broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), which was recently forced into a humiliating apology for their silence on migrant violence and sex assault is being drawn into a fresh scandal after one of their former bureau chiefs admitted the company takes orders from the government on what it reports. He said journalists received instructions to write news that would be “to Ms. Merkel’s liking”.

This is not merely a theoretical situation in the US. There have been many reports of media figures being pressured to report favorably, or stop reporting unfavorably, or generally being pressured. In some cases, journalists have been screamed at on phone calls, and had complaints filed with executives at their networks. In other cases, their phones were tapped, their computers hacked, homes bugged.

It's not as simple as government giving orders on what to cover, but it's for damn sure not the way things are supposed to work.

Hat tip to Saysuncle for the story.

2016-02-09 11:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS still targeting conservative organizations

Albuquerque JournalInquiries into our status were dismissed out of hand by the IRS. And today, six years later, we are still awaiting a resolution. The office of Rep. Steve Pearce was kind enough to talk with the IRS last year concerning this issue and was told that because of our lawsuit against the IRS, they would not disclose any information concerning our status. Catch 22: Drop the lawsuit and they might or might not make a decision; not drop the lawsuit and continue to enjoy our state of limbo!

What, did you think the IRS had stopped putting its thumb on the scales? Why would they stop when they aren't being punished for it and they can destroy hard drives with evidence of their nefarious activities with impunity?

2016-02-09 10:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

80% of cops in Chicago destroyed dashcam mics

Hot AirA new report suggests Chicago police officers are hiding or intentionally destroying dashcam mics so the audio isn’t available. DNAinfo Chicago snagged records showing 80% of cops are doing something to make sure the dashcams aren’t working properly. It got so bad, police supervisors finally started warning officers they’d face discipline if their cameras weren’t working.

I wish I lived in a universe where this surprised me.

Remember, if you're a good cop, the camera is there to protect you.

And if you're a good cop in Chicago, you're outnumbered 5 to 1.

2016-02-09 09:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Forecast: chilly with a chance of Islamic terrorism

Gateway PunditChattanooga police are investigating multiple damaged vehicles at the local Jewish Center. Two cars were torched at the center on Saturday night.

I wonder who would be motivated to burn cars outside of a Jewish center?

2016-02-08 12:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cruz campaign sends voter shaming mailers

IJReviewYou are receiving this election notice because of low expected voter turnout in your area. Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors’ are public record. Their scores are published below, and many of them will see your score as well. CAUCUS ON MONDAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORE and please encourage your neighbors to caucus as well. A follow-up notice may be issued following Monday’s caucuses.

Bad move, Ted. Whoever sold you on this idea needs to start looking for a new job.

Rubio did it too.

2016-02-08 11:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama to attend mosque with terror links

Gateway PunditPresident Obama will make the first visit during his presidency to a U.S. mosque next week, the White House announced Saturday, as the administration tries to promote religious tolerance at a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is becoming more voluminous.

It appears that Obama has decided to take off the mask.

PJMediaThere's only one problem: the mosque the president has chosen to honor with his presence -- the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) -- has a history of ties to extremist Muslim groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

Oh, that's no problem... so does Obama.

2016-02-08 10:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama admin to require companies to report pay by gender and race

The HillThe Obama administration is proposing a rule that will force companies with 100 employees or more to report pay data by gender, race and ethnicity to further advance equal pay for women in the workplace.

This is how the left works: they get their foot in the government door, and then they use that to leverage more division and strife to advance their policies as the "solution" to a problem they created.

2016-02-08 09:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FAA to clear transgender pilots of disorder label

The HillThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is no longer labeling transgender pilots as victims of a "gender identify disorder." The FAA said the new categorization will allow transgender pilots to be cleared to fly more quickly than when they were considered to have an identify disorder.

This puzzles me.

Do we really have a lot of pilots who are perfectly healthy, of sound mind and body, who have gone through a gender transition or experiencing gender dysphoria? How pressing is this problem exactly? Does the FAA have their priorities straight or are they taking political dictation from Obama? (That's rhetorical, by the way).

Frankly, I could care less whether a pilot's plumbing matches his brain cells and clothing. I do care whether any medical or psychological conditions a pilot has make him/her/it/them significantly more likely to decide that flying the airplane I'm in into the ground is a good idea.

The Veteran's Administration seems to think that it does, by a factor of about 20.

At least for pilots flying passenger planes, I'd say the FAA has good reason to be concerned.

I'm getting tired of being ruled by an idiot who lets his delusions interfere with reality.

2016-02-07 12:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Mirror Fallacy

WattsUpWithThatThere’s a great deal of research into how to communicate science more effectively and science communication should be evidence-based. But scientists and science communicators cannot afford to ignore the potential of misinformation to undermine good science communication.

One way to reduce the influence of misinformation is inoculation: we can stop the spread of science denial by exposing people to a weak form of science denial.

What is "a weak form of science denial" but misinformation itself? Or to put it in terms more familiar to non-climate-scientists, lying about what your opponents believe?

For example, claiming your opponents are engaging in "science denial" when they have scientific evidence and arguments at least as strong if not stronger than yours...

2016-02-07 11:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SJWs invading Road and Track

Road and TrackThe fifty-something man in the aging Lexus SUV was red-faced from screaming as he pulled up next to my motorcycle and lowered his passenger window. I caught fragments of every nasty word I'd ever heard my Catholic-school classmates whisper to each other during recess. Then he slowed the torrent of abuse long enough to enunciate the next sentence clearly: "Bitch, I am going to get out of this car and beat you until you can't stand up."

"Alright," I said, removing my flower-covered Arai "Oriental" helmet with its mirrored visor and shaking out my hair, "let's get this started. I have to be at work in ten minutes." His mouth froze, and he floored the accelerator, nearly striking a pedestrian as he squealed around the corner. Apparently the guy thought I was a woman. I'd like to tell you that I was surprised, but I wasn't—because this, or something like this, has happened to me nearly a dozen times in the past few years. Allow me to to explain.

It never happened. Let me tell you what probably did happen: a guy with long hair did some dangerously unsafe driving that pissed off someone who was almost involved in a car wreck because of it. Rather than own up to his dick move, of which he is utterly oblivious due to a fundamental lack of self-awareness, the author imagines that his long, flowing locks somehow provoke drivers to go into fits of road rage. And, when the offended driver has had his say and drives off, the author declares himself to be a white knight and the whole incident a victory for women.

In other words, he's a social justice warrior writing about a fantasy he had, half saving women in a shiny suit of fantasy armor and half being one.

There's a surprising amount of disgust involved as I consider this person. Not for growing "his" hair long, not even for indulging in a bit of gender-confusion. The disgust is for the person who engages in this fantasy, in public, pretending to a real persona he is not and cannot be, and in the process smears his stereotyped view of masculinity on the basis of nothing more than what he imagines a masculine man would do.

It's a pity he didn't name names; then someone could sue him for libel. It's also a pity he didn't pitch this article to a science fiction magazine; likely he would have won the Hugo.

2016-02-07 10:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Some Clinton emails too damaging to release?

Fox NewsThe intelligence community has now deemed some of Hillary Clinton's emails "too damaging" to national security to release under any circumstances, according to a U.S. government official close to the ongoing review. A second source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, backed up the finding.

The decision to withhold the documents in full, and not provide even a partial release with redactions, further undercuts claims by the State Department and the Clinton campaign that none of the intelligence in the emails was classified when it hit Clinton's personal server.

Damaging to national security, they say, not to Hillary. Hillary herself is spinning the failure to release the emails as a partisan attack, which is amusing because a few days ago Hillary was spinning the investigation releasing her emails to be a partisan attack.

PJMedia"After a process that has been dominated by bureaucratic infighting that has too often played out in public view, the loudest and leakiest participants in this interagency dispute have now prevailed in blocking any release of these emails."

So is it partisan politics to leak them or partisan politics to withhold them?

Or is it partisan politics at all?

The HillSeparately, the State Department said on Friday that it would be similarly withholding 18 emails sent between Clinton and President Obama, “to protect the president’s ability to receive unvarnished advice and counsel.”

The emails, made up from eight email chains, “have not been determined to be classified,” Kirby told reporters on Friday. “They are entirely separate and distinct from the emails that were upgraded.”

The White House had asked for the emails to be kept secret in October.

So the Obama administration has something to hide after all. I wonder what it is?

In any case, this makes it very difficult for Obama to maintain he didn't know Clinton was using a private email server. Or it would, if he had any respect for the truth to begin with.

2016-02-07 09:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Republican ABC debate notes

ABC Debate comments below.

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2016-02-06 21:02:29.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

I have nothing against red dot sights..."The new generation coming into law enforcement doesn't have a good grasp of lining up iron sights, but they can play video games and are used to putting a red dot on a target in games such as 'Call of Duty,' " said Teel, who is Glock's law enforcement district manager for the state of Texas.

"A lot of people when they come into law enforcement, the first time they ever handle a firearm is at the academy. If I say 'put that red dot on that target and pull the trigger' -- it simplifies it. You are looking at one thing."

... but that is not the argument I would use for them.

2016-02-06 12:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

LAPD riddle wrong truck with over 100 shots and face no charges

Irons in the FireProsecutors are declining to criminally charge against eight Los Angeles police officers who injured two innocent women after mistakenly riddling their pickup truck with more than 100 bullets during a manhunt for cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner, according to a report released Wednesday.

Notice how it took them years to decide not to file any charges in this blatant case of (negligence and mistaken identity) attempted murder. Why did it take them years? To let the presumed public attention span lapse.

2016-02-06 11:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Danish teen fought off rapist with pepper spray, will face charges

thelocal.dkThe teenager told police that she was attacked in central Sønderborg on Wednesday at around 10pm by a dark-skinned English-speaking man. She said the man knocked her to the ground and then unbuttoned her pants and attempted to undress her.

The girl was able to save herself from further assault by using pepper spray on the attacker, but now she may be the one who ends up in legal trouble.

“It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely be charged for that,” local police spokesman Knud Kirsten told TV Syd.

Yes, that's right -- not the person who tried to rape her, the victim of the attack will be charged with having and using pepper spray to defend herself.

2016-02-06 10:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Your location is for sale

The AtlanticThe company has taken roughly 2.2 billion license-plate photos to date. Each month, it captures and permanently stores about 80 million additional geotagged images. They may well have photographed your license plate. As a result, your whereabouts at given moments in the past are permanently stored. Vigilant Solutions profits by selling access to this data (and tries to safeguard it against hackers). Your diminished privacy is their product. And the police are their customers.

I doubt the police are their only customers. The problem is, we don't have laws to address this sort of thing (whether by government or private actors) because it has never been possible to engage in this sort of widespread data collection before. Sure, you could follow someone. But you needed at least one person to follow every suspect (or potential customer, even worse). This outfit just needs a few drivers, an automated license plate reader, and a database.

2016-02-06 09:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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