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Another reporter violates gun laws while buying a gun for a story

Prince LawWhile vociferously stating that we must enact more laws to prevent individuals from violating the existing laws (such as those prohibiting murder), it appears that Columnist Ubinas’ has violated the law herself, in her haste to complete her assignment. As I am sure that she does not believe that she should be treated specially and that violators of the law must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, I am sure she will turn herself in and plead guilty to these offenses. Otherwise, her position would be quite hypocritical.

Read the whole thing at the link above for the details. I know I would like to see an indictment.

America's gun laws are far stricter than most non-gun-owners realize. When ordinary people make innocent mistakes, I support leniency. When reporters abuse their position of trust to spread propaganda about their pet political causes, and accidentally violate the law while doing so, I think the full force of the laws they are claiming don't exist should be thrown at them.

It won't ever happen, of course. They seem to have a political exception.

2016-06-25 09:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ryan criticizes himself

The HillCongress is “forfeiting” its power to the White House, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday during a speech from the Capitol.

"Our problem is not so much that the presidency, under both parties, keeps breaking the rules, though it does,” Ryan said. "Our problem is that Congress, under both parties, keeps forfeiting the game, yielding to the executive branch, giving the president a blank check.”

"This means more than just out-of-control spending,” Ryan added. "It means more chaos at the border. It means not being able to live out your faith. It means not being free.”

And who has been in charge while this has been happening, Ryan? First it was Boehner, but we kicked him out. Now it's you, and it's been you for close to a year now. It's an election year and you're firing up the rhetoric to claim you're going to reign in Washington, but you've had the power to do that for the past year and you've done jack shit.

Paul Ryan's primary opponent is Paul Nehlen. I don't know him and I'm not from Wisconsin, but sometimes these primaries send a national message. Don't be fooled by Ryan's last minute rhetoric. If you nominate Ryan, you'll get more of the same out of the GOPe.

The primary election is August 9th.

2016-06-24 12:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama nominates CIA Inspector General

The HillPresident Obama on Thursday nominated a former CIA officer and longtime lawyer who examined missteps in U.S. intelligence to be the spy agency’s next inspector general, hoping to fill a position at the watchdog office that’s been vacant for more than a year.

If confirmed by the Senate, Shirley Woodward would fill the role left empty since David Buckley stepped down from in January 2015, on the heels of a landmark determination that CIA officials had gained unauthorized access to Senate computer files. Lawmakers called the episode a potential violation of constitutional separation of powers, and the spat led to one of the bitterest moments in relations between the spy agency and its congressional overseers in recent history.

Funny how he appoints a CIA watchdog on his way out the door. I wonder how long into his successor's term this AG will be investigating things?

2016-06-24 11:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What it's like to be targetted by the IRS

PJMediaIn 2011, while working as a college English instructor and writing articles for this and other sites about corruption in education, I set up a website called Dissident Prof with my own funds and by working in my basement. After one of my long-time readers sent an unsolicited $500 donation, I decided to apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Thus began the ordeal with the IRS. I suffered through fifteen months of stonewalling followed by demands to quickly meet a financial and ideological inquisition.

I am now a plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against the IRS...

The wheels of justice turn slowly, but we can hope they still grind exceedingly fine.

2016-06-24 10:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An example of the kind of people Obama appoints to Homeland Security positions

Daily CallerOne of the sitting members on the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s (HSAC) Subcommittee on Countering Violent Extremism is a 25-year-old immigrant of Syrian heritage who said that the 9/11 attacks “changed the world for good” and has consistently disparaged America, free speech and white people on social media.

With these people advising the government on how to avoid terrorist attacks, is it any wonder that we get more terrorist attacks?

2016-06-24 09:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A Day For Victories

The UK votes to become the UK again, leaving the European Union. Exact consequences of the vote are unclear, but the UK is likely to move in the direction of increased sovereignty and closing the borders to unvetted Muslim immigrants.

The Supreme Court votes 4-4 to uphold the 5th Circuit stag on Obama's illegal amnesty. An evenly split vote upholds the lower court decision. However, this is still only a stay, not a final decision -- so we're likely to see this case before a fully-operational Supreme Court later. But continuing the stay on this issue means it will be harder for Obama to swing the election with floods of illegal Democrat voters.

2016-06-24 00:49:39.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats backing new gun control legislation

The HillThe Senate's top two Democrats are throwing their support behind a proposal — spearheaded by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) — to block suspected terrorists from buying a gun.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will both support the bill engineered by Collins.

The leadership of both parties seem to be behind this so-called compromise legislation. We need to be making sure that our senators hear from us that this legislation, like ALL gun control legislation, is unacceptable and must be stopped.

There's likely to be a vote this week.

2016-06-23 15:42:08.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

ISIS attack in Paris

Daily ExpressThe officer, identified as 42-year-old commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, was stabbed nine times outside his property after returning home at around 8.30pm.

The attacker then took the policeman's wife and three-year-old son hostage in their home in Magnanville, northwest of the French capital.

The killer is believed to have had pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) during the frenzied attack.

Another "known wolf" case.

2016-06-23 12:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Scott Adams on Gun Control

Yesterday, I told Scott Adams that I was tired of his "Trump is a Master Persuader" schtick and that he should come up with something new:



So he did. And I'm taking credit for the new direction.

2016-06-23 11:27:53.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pathetic

New York Daily NewsBesides, if masculinity is defined by the power to commit violence on a wide scale, I proudly choose femininity. At one time, “being a man” meant standing up for what you believe in — and against injustice. By that definition, we need more real men in power taking on bullies like the NRA, which seeks to bolster the Second Amendment by shutting down opponents’ right to the First. We can’t even debate guns in this country, thanks to the gun lobby.

... he says while attacking the 2nd Amendment from his electronic printing press protected by the 1st Amendment.

2016-06-23 11:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Muslim pleads guilty to selling missile technology to Iran

Jihad WatchA former Turkish actor, detained in New York for illegally selling to Iran a restricted metallic powder used in missile production, pleaded guilty on June 15.

Erdal Kuyumcu, 44, the chief executive of Global Metallurgy LLC, pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn federal court on June 15 to deliberately violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which limits trade with Iran.

This "treaty" with Iran will not end well.

2016-06-23 10:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another Islamic terror attack

Daily PunditPolice have identified the suspect who opened fire at a Walmart store in Amarillo [yesterday] afternoon as Mohammad Moghaddam, 54. Mohammad Moghaddam, an immigrant, came to Amarillo with his family eight years ago from Iran.

This one was significantly less successful than the one in Orlando, but it came right on the heels of the Orlando attack, and has gotten basically zero press. Normally, I would think that is preferable, but again, in this case it looks like the press are deliberately covering it up.

2016-06-23 09:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Soros paid $33 million for Ferguson riots

Daily MailLiberal billionaire George Soros donated $33million to social justice organizations which helped turn events in Ferguson from a local protest into a national flashpoint.

The handouts, revealed in tax filings from Soros's private foundation, were given to dozens of different groups which weighed in on the crisis.

Organizers from professional groups in Washington, D.C., and New York were bussed into the Missouri town to co-ordinate messaging and lobby to news media to cover events using the billionaire's funding.

Just in case you thought those protests we've been seeing over the last year or so were spontaneous expressions of discontent.

2016-06-22 18:56:10.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Iran inks deal to buy planes from Boeing

USA TodayIf approved, the agreement would mean that new American aircraft would fly over Iran for the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. IranAir would acquire more than 100 Boeing jets under the multi-billion-dollar deal.

And the insurance rates in New York City just skyrocketed.

2016-06-22 12:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Time is running out for Muslims in America

PJMediaI’ll leave it to others to debate the text of the Koran and what it says or does not say. But American Muslims are running out of time because Americans are running out of patience.

With each new slaughter by a jihadist, the American Muslim community exhausts a bit more patience and goodwill of Americans. No matter how many rainbow colored burkas are posted on Instagram, or how much rhetoric comes from the diminishing President, the message will stop matching reality.

I think that message has never matched reality; it's just that the Left is in a position to dominate the media and Americans are generally reluctant to express their feelings of doubt and concern regarding Muslims for fear of being called racists. But the truth is that Islam is a choice, not a race. It is certainly possible to judge someone based on the religion they choose to practice. And while many followers of Islam living in the West seem generally reasonable, those living in areas where Islam is the dominant religion are frankly terrifying.

It is eminently reasonable to look at the fanatical followers of Islam and conclude that they are not welcome here. And the more the followers of Islam who are already here refuse to speak up about their troublesome coreligionists, the more the rest of us wonder if there is that much of a difference after all.

2016-06-22 11:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rape hoax magazine Rolling Stone calls for repeal of 2nd Amendment

Rolling StoneBut sometimes we just have to acknowledge that the Founders and the Constitution are wrong. This is one of those times. We need to say loud and clear: The Second Amendment must be repealed.

... says the magazine best known for rape hoaxes and putting terrorists on the cover.

2016-06-22 10:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrat congressmen sacrifice the First Amendment

Daily CallerCalifornia congressmen wrote a letter to state attorney general Kamala Harris claiming the freedom of speech “is not designed to protect fraud and deceit” of the likes being spread by oil company ExxonMobil about global warming. “The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, but it does not protect companies from defrauding the American people or improperly disclosing information to their shareholders,” lawmakers, including California Reps. Maxine Waters and Ted Lieu, wrote to Harris.

Abandoning first amendment protections for political opponents is literally unAmerican, and seems likely to come back and bite them.

2016-06-22 09:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Time to write your Senators again

There's a new "compromise" piece of gun control legislation, being pushed by what looks a a gang of six. I think this is the legislation that Mitch McConnell said he would be open to, which means it has a better chance of passage that anything else that's been offered. McConnell would probably love to get this issue off the table before the election by passing something he can point to when Bloomberg starts running ads with his pocket change.

As if that wasn't bad enough, there's a new surveillance bill in the works. Among other things, it would allow someone's web browsing history to be collected without a warrant -- something that inherently reveals the content of the pages they were wearing. It would also make certain provisions of the Patriot Act permanent, which would be a disastrous mistake given what the original legislation does to civil liberties. The FBI, never one to be shy about surveillance requests, is claiming that the current requirement to go to a secret court and get a court order before obtaining browser history is a typo.

My gut says there's an informal deal going on to pass both pieces of legislation together; some gun control to placate the Democrats and some surveillance to placate the Republican Establishment. As usual with these deals, the liberty-loving folks are left out in the cold.

The only good news is that the Democrats have admitted they can't win an assault weapons ban fight, at least not now.

When the leadership wants something like this to pass, they usually rush it through as fast as possible to people won't have time to read it and mobilize opposition. That means we need to start objecting immediately.

UPDATE: Word is that the surveillance legislation failed by just one vote and they haven't given up on it yet. (You can check how your senator voted at that link) No word yet on the Ayotte-Collins gun control legislation. Rumors swirling about Obama calling for a new assault weapons ban despite Pelosi saying they couldn't win that fight.

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2016-06-22 08:18:18.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Susan Collins and Kelly Ayotte working on gun control legislation with Democrats

The HillSen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will introduce legislation Tuesday aimed at blocking suspected terrorists from buying guns as lawmakers struggle to reach an agreement on the issue.

Kelly Ayotte is also working on the legislation. This, I think, is the real Republican push. New legislation, supported by the usual Republican squishes (Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham, in addition to the above) and Mitch McConnell.

We need to keep the pressure on the Senate to block gun control, including so-called Republican compromise bills.

2016-06-21 15:06:17.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Muslim Mayor begins to impose sharia law on London

Fox NewsSadiq Khan, who became the city's first Muslim mayor in May, called for a ban on ads showing women in bikinis in a letter published in the Guardian, saying images such as the controversial "Beach Body Ready" one used by Protein World send a harmful message.

He was all very nice and moderate-sounding while trying to get elected, but once in office he's going full Muslim, including segregating women at the back of his rallies. When a Muslim is running for political office, voters would do well to consider the risk that he is less moderate than he appears.

2016-06-21 12:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Russians admit to targeting DNC and Hillary Clinton's email

We knew about Hillary's email, of course. It wasn't just the Russians after it, either. But the main point of this story is that the Russians penetrated the Democratic National Committee network and stole the opposition research on Trump.

Now, the subtext here is that if the Russians have their hands on Trump's opposition research, they will be able to blackmail the candidate after the election. But then, anything the Democrats can find in opposition research they would use during the election, so the value of any information left over from that effort is probably low.

For Hillary, however, it's unlikely that the relatively scrupulous Republicans hacked her private email server, and it's unlikely that the FBI will leak any emails they recovered from her server after the mass deletion event.

The Russians, on the other hand, had every incentive to hack it and ever incentive to keep the emails around for blackmail purposes.

2016-06-21 11:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

That's a dangerous definition of ambiguity

PJMediaThe New York Times has an interesting profile of Omar Mateen, the Orlando terrorist who murdered 49 people and wounded more than 50 others at a gay nightclub over the weekend. In the main, the Gray Lady grapples with the profound challenge the FBI faces in striking the balance between investigating ambiguous signs of potential terrorist inclinations and clearing suspects (or “persons of interest” as they say in the biz) as to whom the evidence seems weak.

"Ambiguity" like talking about killing people all the time, stalking coworkers, attending mosques with terrorists, attending online "seminaries" with terrorists, beating his wife, and likely quite a bit more that they haven't found yet. It sounds to me like the FBI investigated this murderous terrorist, learned that no one had given him direct orders to commit murder yet, and decided that he was safe... because, I suppose, he would never ever come to the conclusion that he had to commit murder on his own.

Normally, I'm all in favor of people of avoiding imprisoning people (especially US citizens who cannot simply have their visa revoked and be returned to their home country) for "precrime" situations. In this case, however, the murderer appears to have committed a number of acts (assault and battery on his wife, stalking and threatening his fellow security guard) that would have justified criminal charges and a conviction, as well as the loss of his license as a security guard. The domestic violence charges, in particular, would have placed him on the list of prohibited persons.

This wouldn't have stopped him from obtaining a firearm by illegal means, but it would have been something, and at least made it harder (because he likely lacked the usual criminal contacts).

But these danger signs were ignored.

2016-06-21 10:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

HR 5053 prevents the IRS from collecting donor information

TaxProfH.R. 5053, as reported by the Committee on Ways and Means, would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from collecting the identity of donors who contribute to tax-exempt organizations. Under this legislation, a tax-exempt organization would be required to report only information on donors who contribute $5,000 or more during a single tax year and who are either an officer or director of the organization or one of its five highest paid employees. This information would be excluded from public disclosure.

If the IRS doesn't have the donor information they will find it harder to abuse the donors.

2016-06-21 09:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

No gun control

NBCNewsFour gun policy measures failed to pass the 60-vote threshold to move forward in the Senate on Monday, following impassioned debate from both sides of the aisle.

Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte and Mark Kirk broke ranks and voted for Feinstein's watch list bill.

Shall Not Be Questioned has detailed vote results.

Hat tip to Saysuncle

2016-06-20 20:27:38.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Saudi Prince claims Saudi Arabia has funded 20% of Hillary's campaign

ZeroHedgethe Petra News Agency published on Sunday what it described as exclusive comments from Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman which included a claim that Riyadh has provided 20 percent of the total funding to the prospective Democratic candidate's campaign.

Wouldn't that be a violation of campaign finance laws Hillary has always supported?

2016-06-20 12:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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