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Paul Ryan still thinks he can be the party of amnesty

The Hill“What we have to do is find a way to make sure that you can get right with the law, and we’ve got to do this in a good way so that the rug doesn’t get pulled out from under you and your family gets separated.”

CNN host Jake Tapper questioned Ryan about Trump’s mass deportation plan, reminding him of the campaign promise to create a “deportation force" to round up millions of immigrants.

"I know, I know,” the Speaker said, laughing. "But I'm here to tell you, in Congress, it's not happening.”

I can understand that it's tough to look a criminal in the eye and say she has to leave the country along with her family or go to jail. But perhaps it might help if Paul Ryan remembers that he's talking to criminals, not voters.

Well, the truth is they probably are voters, but that just makes them criminals twice over.

2017-01-18 10:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

With a wimper, not a bang

TaxProfWilkins drew some controversy in the midst of the Tea Party targeting scandal in 2013 when it was revealed that he had met with President Obama only two days before the IRS provided new guidance to its Exempt Organizations unit on how to handle applications for tax-exempt status from political groups. Wilkins testified before Congress that he didn’t recall many of the details of his interactions with Treasury Department officials during the period when the new guidance was being drawn up, provoking outraged reactions from Republican leaders of the House Oversight Committee blasting him for his cautious testimony. ...

For those who were actually paying close attention, Wilkins was a key figure in the IRS targeting scandal. Although the news reports focused almost exclusively on Lois Lerner, Wilkins was arguably even more central and possibly the one who orchestrated the targeting in the first place. What we think we know is that:

1) When an individual IRS employee ran across an application from one of the targeted groups, he was supposed to forward that application "to Washington", where IRS legal counsel would supposedly figure out how to handle the cases in a uniform way.

2) In fact, those cases disappeared into a black hole where nothing ever came out -- except for invasive and intimidating questionnaires about what groups prayed about and inappropriate requests for website passwords.

3) Wilkins runs the IRS legal counsel office. He is a political appointee who met with Obama just a few days before targeting began. He testified to Congress that he "did not recall" any of the events of the targeting scandal.

4) Wilkins also runs document production to Congress, because that function is also handled by the legal counsel office. This makes it easy for him to stay several steps ahead of the investigation.

In my opinion, Koskinen's job was to know as little as possible and tell Congress even less. He was the matador's red cape, distracting Congress and what little press were paying attention. Wilkin's job was to know everything -- since his office ran the targeting operation -- and get rid of the evidence. He appears to have been broadly successful.

With Wilkin's resignation from his position after the election of a new president, the IRS scandal mostly comes to an end. Koskinen is and remains a distraction for as long as he is useful in that role, but the real architect has left office with a minimum of public awareness and no penalties whatsoever.

2017-01-18 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why the Democrats are terrified

InstapunditABOVE THE FRAY: MLK’s son declines to criticize Trump in feud with Lewis.
Related: MLK’s niece Alveda King says she voted for Trump. “

If they lose their lock on the black vote, the Democratic party is finished for however long it takes them to find a replacement. To win, they have to somehow protect their 9-1 vote ratio among black voters; even getting "only" 2/3rds the black vote means they lose a lot more than they are already. And they are right to be nervous.

2017-01-17 11:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Wife of Orlando terrorist charged with obstruction of justice

Details at Patterico's Pontifications.

2017-01-17 10:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Contrasting the treatment of Hillary and Trump at the DOJ

Hillary gets immunity and Trump and FISA

2017-01-17 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton Global Initiative closing its doors

With no more influence to peddle, there's nothing for this so-called charity to sell anymore. In a just world, this would make it more difficult to explain to the FBI what the Clinton Foundation was selling anyway. After all the need for charitable work doesn't change when you lose an election.

2017-01-16 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden: Trump may sink in the swamp

The Hill"I don't think he's done enough and he may sink in the swamp," Biden told NBC News's Andrea Mitchell on Thursday. "If you don't drain it, you sink in it."

Biden would know. He's been underwater since January 20th, 2009.

2017-01-14 10:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama gives himself another medal

Last week, his subordinate Ash Carter "honored" him with a medal. Now Obama is giving Biden a medal for doing... what exactly? Waiting patiently? Staying out of the way so Hillary could lose?

2017-01-14 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Inspector General to investigate FBI Director's handling of Hillary's email

Hard to read the tea leaves here, since the scope of the investigation appears to cover complaints from both sides. For example, it includes Hillary's large donation to the wife of the person running the investigation into her emails. Notably missing, however, is any mention of AG Loretta Lynch's attempted secret meeting with Bill Clinton.

My gut feeling, though, is that they are doing this to clear everyone of wrongdoing before Trump can appoint new IGs who might not.

2017-01-13 11:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch: Gun used in Paris terrorist attacks came from Fast and Furious

Judicial WatchOne of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

A Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, “off book,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm. Federal agents tracing the firearm also found the Phoenix gun owner to be in possession of an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.

That's the Bataclan theater attack that killed 130 people total.

Realistically, it would be silly to claim that without one firearm, obtained from one misguided (at best) government program, the attack would have been prevented or the casualties reduced. I'm not claiming that. These are terrorists. They will manage to get firearms and other weapons from many possible sources. No single source is deterministic.

And yet, there are people in law enforcement and in government who have escaped accountability for the laws they violated with their bloody scheme to promote gun control.

As I wrote this post, I saw word of another terrorist attack in Spain.

2017-01-13 10:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Washington State Attorney General proposes assault weapons ban

The HillWashington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) offered two new measures this week that would curtail the sale of assault weapons, bills he said would cut down on mass shootings while standing up to court scrutiny.

One measure, which Ferguson first announced in September, would ban the sale of assault weapons and magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition.

Ferguson's office said the measure would have prevented Allen Ivanov from obtaining the weapon he used when he attacked four classmates at a mall north of Seattle. Ivanov, who was 19 at the time of the assault, killed three and injured one with an AR-15 assault rifle he purchased legally.

His own claimed benefit for this legislation is obviously invalid. Under the law he proposed, even if it had been in effect and the murderer denied the chance to purchase an "assault weapon" with a standard magazine holding over ten rounds, the murderer would still have a semiautomatic rifle with a ten round magazine. He would be able to shoot his three dead victims three times each, with one bullet let over to wound the last, without even stopping to reload. So this is a failure even on the most basic level, at least if the goal is what he claims it is.

Of course, the real goal is something else. It's what I think has been driving the gun control movement for a while -- ever since they gave up serious hope of being able to push national gun control legislation through Congress. Simply put, they want to make the states they control (and as many battleground states as they can) inhospitable to gun owners. They know how to kill the gun culture in blue states; they do it by passing laws to harass us, drive us away, and make gun ownership an activity that puts you in legal jeopardy.

If they can do that in purple states, they can drive away enough gun owners to make them blue states. And I think that's basically what's going on here.

2017-01-13 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Airport terrorist converted to Islam years before attack or joining military

Judicial WatchThe Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter is a Muslim convert who years before joining the U.S. Army took on an Islamic name (Aashiq Hammad), downloaded terrorist propaganda and recorded Islamic religious music online, according to public records dug up by the investigative news site of an award-winning, California journalist. This is pertinent information that the Obama administration apparently wants to keep quiet, bringing up memories of the Benghazi cover up, in which the president and his cohorts knowingly lied to conceal that Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. Special Mission in Libya.

Looks like the Obama administration's last chance to whitewash a terrorist attack as a mental illness problem has failed.

2017-01-12 11:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Iowa voter ID law proposed

The HillIowa Secretary of State Paul Pate (R) will submit a proposal to overhaul his state’s election rules by requiring voters to show identification at the polls, among other changes.

Pate on Thursday unveiled a legislative package of reforms that would make Iowa the 11th state to implement strict voter ID rules. Iowans who are unable to produce an ID card would be required to cast a provisional ballot, then show proof of their identity at a county office within a few days after an election.

We have to do this to prevent the Russians hacking our elections.

2017-01-12 10:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About those fake hate crimes on your fake news...

Jihad WatchAs I have noted many times, hate crimes are political capital. When real ones don’t exist, they must be invented. This will only lead to more fabricated anti-Muslim hate crimes — and there have already been many.

Giving people incentives to make up hate crimes is not going to result in increased respect for justice and the rule of law.

2017-01-12 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that unbiased media...

Dallas News reports on the Travis County DA seeking indictment of a Texas State Representative on a variety of ethics charges. At first glance, I assumed it was the crazy Texas DA with yet another political indictment that would damage a career and eventually turn out (after years and millions spent on appeals) to be baseless. It may still be that -- the investigation seems based on the allegation the representative was asking staffers to run personal errands, which seems improper but trivial -- but the story went out of its way to avoid mentioning the party affiliation of the person being investigated and potentially indicted.

She's a Democrat, of course.

2017-01-11 11:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sweet, sweet schadenfreud

The Blaze has an article about how Obama and Clinton staffers are desperately trying to find jobs in DC and failing. At the end of the article is a button to rate the story with a selection of emojis that include options for "Happy", "Bored", "Sad", "Angry", and "WTH?".

I am pleased to report that as of the time I read the story, "Happy" was winning with 87% of the vote.

2017-01-11 10:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How the fake news is made

CNN edition

2017-01-11 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

There is in fact such a thing as a solution worse than the problem

and this is one of them. Can't we just have a common sense solution where deep-blue liberal cities can't make absurd bathroom policies to pander to small minorities of aggressively gender-confused constituents, and the federal government can't use the issue as an excuse to deny federal funds to red states, and then we just shut up about it and get on with our lives?

2017-01-10 11:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Republicans already wavering on Obamacare repeal

National ReviewThere certainly is room for concern: Many congressional staffers believe that GOP leaders are “sunshine soldiers” in the fight to beat back socialized medicine, there when a photo op is available but gun-shy when it comes to actually acting. The most stalwart anti-Obamacare Republicans are clustered around the House Freedom Caucus and the House Republican Study Committee. This week, the RSC reintroduced a 186-page bill that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a mix of insurance reforms, reduced mandates for basic policies, expanded Medical Savings Accounts, and federally subsidized risk pools for people with chronic conditions or rare diseases.

"Insurance reforms" could be anything, and most states already have subsidized high-risk pools, but "reduced mandates for basic policies" is a long way from eliminating the individual mandate. And this is what the Republicans are starting with?

2017-01-08 10:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama's main priority as he leaves office

... is to pardon criminals, and release terrorists. This is unlikely to end well for Americans, but then, Obama has never considered himself to be one of them. And while he keeps saying that he's focusing on pardoning non-violent drug offenders, the fact that he's releasing terrorists at the same time does not make me comfortable about his definition of non-violent.

2017-01-08 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obamacare: Just repeal it, don't replace it

Free BeaconRepublicans are using the reconciliation process to “fast-track” repeal and send legislation to President-elect Donald Trump’s desk as soon as possible. The budget resolution would require $1 billion in deficit reduction over the next decade and reserves funds for a replacement health care reform plan.

There's been a whole lot of talk about repealing Obamacare, which is good. There hasn't been a lot of talk about what, exactly, it would be replaced with. It's good that these things have been disconnected from each other, because I don't trust the Republicans not to "replace" it with something that's almost as bad but better disguised. So I say repeal but do not replace Obamacare. There may be small, specific policy improvements we can make to encourage a freer market and lower costs, but let's examine each such proposal on its own merits after repealling Obamacare..

2017-01-07 11:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama awards himself a distinguished public service medal

BreitbartOn Wednesday, President Obama added another prestigious medal to his Nobel Prize collection when he had Defense Secretary Ash Carter award him with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

This is so narcissistic it's embarrassing even for those of us who didn't vote for the idiot. Who awards themselves a medal and thinks it's meaningful?

Now, to address Nikki's comments: Yes, Clinton and George W Bush both received the same award. No, Obama probably did not explicitly order his Secretary of Defense to issue the medal. Neither point makes it any less silly. I don't know that any of those presidents deserved such a medal for the quality of their service, and frankly, my first thought when I saw the story was to search for whether the medal comes with any sort of honorarium, special privileges, or financial income stream to its recipients. That would have at least provided a real reason for an outgoing president to want the award. (I didn't find one, which doesn't mean it doesn't exist).

2017-01-07 10:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More terrorist attacks in Turkey

The world is a dangerous place to live.

2017-01-07 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Likely terrorist attack at Ft Lauderdale airport

Early reports say 9 shot, 3 dead, attacker in custody. Meanwhile, Obama continues to release terrorists.

UPDATE: possible second shooter.

UPDATE: No second shooter.

UPDATE: Odds are this is a case of mental illness, rather than true jihad. But if you go to the FBI and tell them you are hearing voices telling you to commit terrorist acts of violence, and then later on you commit acts of terrorist violence, it still counts as a "known wolf" problem, even if you aren't actually communicating with ISIS.

UPDATE: Terrorism is still in play.

2017-01-06 14:43:20.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

National concealed carry reciprocity legislation introduced

Notably, the legislation includes provisions for "2nd Amendment Carry" states that do not require a permit. There are some federalism concerns, but I view this as a civil rights issue and analogous to national recognition of a drivers' license. That said, citizens from, say, Arizona who show their driver's license in New York when stopped by police... well, let's just say I hope our test cases have deep pockets, a clean record, and a very calm demeanor under stress.

It's worth noting that this legislation isn't necessarily a good thing. It may have unintended consequences. One catch, aside from the federalism issue, is that the legislation provides national reciprocity for any state that has a permit system at all. That leaves an obvious way out. If New York doesn't like giving people from flyover country the right to carry a firearm, it can stop issuing permits to its own citizens, resulting in a reduction of rights not an increase in rights.

2017-01-06 11:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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