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Finally: we know who to blame for the emotional support pony on the airplane

PJMediaIf you’ve been following along here the last nine years, you might have correctly guessed that the utopians at the Obama Department of Justice carry a good deal of blame.

The Civil Rights Division under Eric Holder and now-DNC Chairman Tom Perez sued colleges and other entities to force them to allow emotional support animals like cats. Before the Obama administration, the Justice Department brought cases primarily to allow genuine service dogs, as federal law requires.

Holder and Perez did what the bureaucrats at DOJ wanted to do for years in the Bush administration and expand the reach of federal oversight – even without an act of Congress – to emotional support animals, including ferrets, horses, pigs, turkeys, anything.

I'm a cat person. I'll admit it. I like cats because cats will cheerfully survive with minimal human attention. Food, litter, occasional ear-scritches. And the ear-scritches are really just a bonus. Cats don't need to be walked at 3am or fed every day at the same time or stared down and taught to distinguish guests from burglars.

But you can't really train cats very effectively. I believe you can train a dog to be an actual emotional and medical support animal. Not a cat, or a pig, or a peacock, or a pony. Maybe a parrot. ("Polly wanna hugs!")

Tue Feb 13 09:59:46 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Majorities think Obama spied on Trump and want a special counsel

Investor's Business DailyAmericans overwhelmingly believe the Obama administration "improperly surveilled" Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and a majority say they would like to see a special prosecutor appointed to look into possible misconduct by the FBI and Department of Justice in spying on Trump, the latest IBD/TIPP poll shows.
Some 55% of those said it was "likely" that the Obama administration "improperly surveilled the Trump campaign during the 2016 election." There was an obvious partisan split among the responses, with 87% of Republicans and 55% of independents saying the improper spying took place, but only 31% of Democrats.

On the question of whether a special counsel was needed to "investigate whether the FBI and the Department of Justice improperly surveilled the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election," 54% responded "yes," and 44% "no." Again, 74% of Republicans and 50% of independents wanted a special counsel appointed. But even 44% of Democrats thought it would be a good idea.

They took their responses only from those who claimed they were following the story "very closely" or "somewhat closely". That doesn't invalidate their numbers, particularly the Democrat numbers, but does mean the results aren't necessarily predictive of election results.

Check below the fold for a poll with a more general audience.

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Tue Feb 13 09:59:46 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Possible anthrax attack on Trump family

Hot AirVanessa Trump and two others had to undergo decontamination and remain under observation at a New York City hospital after opening an envelope which contained an unknown white powder. The Secret Service has joined an investigation by New York City police into what appears to be an attack on the daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump and his son Don Jr

Recently, politically motivated attacks have included:

  1. Parking garbage trucks in front of trains carrying GOP congresspeople

  2. Shooting at GOP congresspeople practicing for a baseball game

And now what certainly appears to be an anthrax attack, or at least an attempt to cause terror by faking one. The media-driven Democrat hysteria appears to be acquiring a body count. It needs to stop. Trump won the election; let him govern until you can try to vote him out in 2020.

Hat tip to Ace of Spades who reads Hot Air so I don't have to

UPDATE: Obama offices too. Let's hope the FBI doesn't screw up the investigation this time.

Mon Feb 12 13:41:36 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FileGate

John Lott quoting William SafireRemember ''Filegate''? Three years ago we learned that the White House had been regularly pulling the files from the F.B.I. on hundreds of Republicans -- ostensibly for security clearance, but including hundreds of former Reagan and Bush appointees never being considered for jobs.

Irons in the FireAll this makes one wonder what the Clintons did with all that earlier information.

If you think they deleted it, you probably think that Hillary personally wiped her server with a cloth.

Mon Feb 12 09:25:39 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Black Lines Matter

American GreatnessBut here’s the biggest allegation the FBI did not want you to see: “This FISA applications are either materially false in claiming that Mr. Steele said he did not provide dossier information to the press prior to October 2016, or Mr. Steele made materially false statements to the FBI when he claimed he only provided the dossier information to his business partner and the FBI. Mr. Steele’s apparent deception seems to have posed significant, material consequences on the FBI’s investigative decisions and representations to the court.” Even after the FBI knew Steele was dishonest, was aware he was a paid agent of a presidential candidate, and could not corroborate the dossier’s claims, the Bureau continued to use him as the primary—if not the only—source to authorize spying on Carter Page. (I hope the lawyers are lining up to represent him.)

Compare the heavily-redacted and less-redacted versions of the Senate criminal referral, and you'll get some insight into what the FBI and DOJ wanted to hide.

Mon Feb 12 09:25:39 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dem Sen Mark Warner user Russian agent as intermediary with Steele

Daily CallerDocuments filed with the Department of Justice show that Adam Waldman of Endeavor Law Firm, served as counsel to Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, from 2010 until last year. He has also worked for Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire aluminum magnate with close ties to Putin, since 2009.

The connection between Waldman and Steele is somewhat surprising given the former British spy’s work on the dossier, which purports to expose a Kremlin conspiracy with the Trump campaign.

Waldman’s link to Steele was revealed on Thursday in a bombshell Fox News report.

The network reported that Waldman and Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, exchanged text messages in 2017 showing that they worked to set up secret meetings with Steele, who is based in London.

The Democrats have been collaborating with the Russians.

Mon Feb 12 09:25:38 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Terrorist applies for pilot training in US

Justice Department Press ReleaseAccording to the (criminal) complaint, the FBI found 15 of Alfallaj’s fingerprints on an application to an al Qaeda training camp, known as al Farooq, which was one of al Qaeda’s key training sites in Afghanistan. The document was recovered by the U.S. military from an al Qaeda safe house in Afghanistan. The document is also alleged to include an emergency contact number associated with Alfallaj’s father in Saudi Arabia. Alfallaj is alleged to have first entered the U.S. in late 2011 on a nonimmigrant visa based on his wife’s status as a foreign student. According to the complaint, he answered several questions on his visa application falsely, including whether he had ever supported terrorists or terrorist organizations.

The indictment returned today charges two counts of visa fraud. Count One alleges that from March 2012 to the present, Alfallaj possessed a visa obtained by fraud. Count Two alleges he used that visa in October 2016 to apply for lessons at a private flight school in Oklahoma. The third count in the indictment charges Alfallaj with making a false statement to the FBI during a terrorism investigation when he was interviewed and denied ever having associated with anyone from a foreign terrorist group.

They would still love to kill us.

Mon Feb 12 09:25:38 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake News Study is Fake News

Free BeaconAn Oxford University study being spread by mainstream news outlets that claims Trump supporters share the most fake news is itself fake news.

Researchers at the Computational Propaganda Project, who are the recipients of over $200,000 in taxpayer funding, spent "several years" developing its "junk news" list, which is actually full of the most popular conservative websites on the internet.

Websites included on the researchers' "watch list" of propaganda news outlets includes the Washington Free Beacon, the Daily Caller, National Review, and the Drudge Report, which is the seventh most highly visited media publication in the United States.

The campaign against "Fake news" by the major search engines and social media sites has never been about actual fake news. It's been about finding a way to shut down news that liberals don't like.

Mon Feb 12 09:25:38 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Republicans who voted against the budget deal

Power Line
Burr (NC)
Cassidy (LA)
Corker (TN)
Crapo (ID)
Daines (MT)
Enzi (WY)
Flake (AZ)
Grassley (IA)
Johnson (WI)
Kennedy (LA)
Lankford (OK)
Lee (UT)
Paul (KY)
Risch (ID)
Sasse (NE)
Toomey (PA)

Why isn't Cruz on this list? Has he decided to settle in to his Senate seat and cease being a tack on the seatcushions of the comfortable?

Mon Feb 12 09:25:38 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Odd indeed

The Future of CapitalismNow, maybe the Daily Mail, which broke the Porter story, got it all on its own, without any assistance from the FBI. Or maybe some FBI official or former official, either directly or through an intermediary, told a reporter to go try to talk to Porter's ex-wives, as the bureau's way of pushing back against the release of the Nunes memo. In essence, the FBI would have been sending the message to Trump, "okay, you want to air our dirty laundry in public, be careful, Mr. President, because we can play that game, too, and you will wind up getting burned."

It's just a theory. Maybe there's another explanation. But the timing is odd.

If the FBI is leaking the contents of their background check investigations to the press, it would be yet another violation of both the law and the expected norms of their agency. But not an unprecedented one. The Clintons (through subordinates) have abused the FBI in exactly this manner before.

Mon Feb 12 09:25:38 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Vegas shooter on anti-anxiety medication

Another data point for psychoactive medications being a bad idea. But the case isn't fully closed; despite committing suicide (supposedly) before the police even got close, he had scrapes on his right upper calf and a bruise on his left calf. Injuries sustained while the police arrested a corpse, or in a fight before he was killed by someone else?

Mon Feb 12 09:25:38 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Putting the pieces together

Conservative TreehouseIt is my belief, based on mounting evidence, a specific cast of characters -within the Mueller “Russia Election Interference” probe- were placed there, specifically by former FBI chief legal counsel James Baker, to protect the people behind the FBI’s 2016/2017 counterintelligence operation against Trump.

I suspected, and ongoing evidence has confirmed, the same FBI and DOJ “small group”, the team who worked diligently to ensure Hillary Clinton was never found culpable in the 2015/2016 email investigation, later worked on the 2016 Trump counterintelligence operation (FISA wiretapping surveillance etc).

That same “small group” within the FBI and DOJ were then given the task in 2017 of covering both prior operations: A) *Clear Hillary Clinton, and B) *Counterintel op on Trump.

To cover, cloud and protect the DOJ and FBI officials engaged in both operations, the “small group” was then reassembled within Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel team as organized by James Baker.

Inside Mueller’s crew, the “small group” essentially works to watch over what information the Trump officials or congress could possibly be discovering…. under the auspices of investigating ‘Muh Russia’ etc.

If the “small group” comes across a risky trail being followed, they work to impede, block, delay or deflect anyone from that trail. That is their purpose inside the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller probe.

This site has been doing a remarkable job putting together the publicly available evidence into a coherent whole. And with that "small group" idea in your head, go over and take a look at the gap at Department of Justice.

Due to the glacial pace of Senate confirmations, many slots at DOJ are vacant, which means the Obama holdovers are still in control there.

Mon Feb 12 09:25:38 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Tolerance

Leftist calls for conservative students to be murdered by torture. Claims he isn't joking. Deletes tweets. Doesn't understand screenshots.

Sun Feb 11 09:53:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Of Dreamers and Walls

Washington TimesBipartisan negotiators are looking at a plan that would pay for as little as 10 percent of President Trump’s border wall in exchange for legalizing 1.8 million illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” one of the senators involved in the talks said Thursday night.

Sen. Thom Tillis, North Carolina Republican, said there appears to be consensus on the 1.8 million number, and said they are willing to authorize up to $25 billion for fencing — though they’ll only allocate $2.5 billion to $5 billion in real money.

Last I checked, there were about 800,000 registered aliens in the DACA program, often called "Dreamers" for deceptive political purposes. Trump offered about twice that number (registered DACA recipients and "potential" DACA recipients who did not in fact sign up).

By my math, if a Dreamer amnesty equals a wall, Trump should get funding for two border walls. Buy one, get one free. Maybe we can build one along the Canadian border when the one along the Mexican border is finished.

Trump should veto any budget bill that includes amnesty and does not include funding -- real money, not "authorized", since it's been "authorized" since the Bush presidency.

Sun Feb 11 09:53:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rand Paul's budget speech

Patterico quoting Rand PaulToday the Senate will vote on a bill that will add $1.5 trillion to the debt over the next ten years. This is a large amount of money and something that we should be very wary of. This is in addition to what we were already running debt of, of nearly a trillion dollars. So we’re adding a couple extra hundred billion dollars a year to a budget and a country and a Congress that had already recklessly let spending get out of control.

The bill is nearly 700 pages. It was given to us at midnight last night, and I would venture to say no one has read the bill. No one can thoroughly digest a 700-page bill overnight, and I do think that it does things that we really, really ought to talk about, and how we should pay for them.

He's right. It's a bipartisan problem. Democrats don't want to cut spending for ideological reasons and (most) Republicans don't want to cut spending for... well, I don't know why not other than establishment fingers in government pies.

I'm not sure what we can do to fix this.

UPDATE: Neither is Instapundit.

Sat Feb 10 09:24:39 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another swamp creature self-identifies and self-deports...

From the swamp, that is, not the country. Associate Attorney General Rachael Brand, immediately under Rod Rosenstein, was responsible for FISA surveillance and advocated for national surveillance authority.

She's going to Wal-Mart.

I wish her the best of luck spying on their customers.

I wonder which of the upcoming document releases has her name on it? Or maybe she's in the recent text message release that I haven't had the chance to read through yet.

Sat Feb 10 09:24:39 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Warning signs for a totalitarian society

Campus ReformAn email from Divest Dartmouth accused The D of “negligence,” stating that allowing Spector and others like him to express their opinions “endanger[s] the safety and wellbeing of marginalized students” and “only further perpetuates the culture of toxic, male, white supremacy.” About nine other student groups echoed these sentiments, either calling on The D to publicly apologize for posting the op-ed, or to remove it from the website entirely.

On Monday, a campus email from the Stonefence Review, a Dartmouth literary magazine, took a more personal turn. The letter first criticized Spector and called for The Dartmouth to rescind the op-ed, but then went on to publicly name the fraternity of which Spector is a member, demanding that the fraternity itself apologize for the “act of violence” that Spector committed.

In bold font, the letter then calls on the fraternity to use its “place of power” with respect to Spector’s social life to “take a stand,” implying that the fraternity should take some sort of disciplinary action against him. This email, along with many of the others, has gone far beyond a mere expression of empathy with the Trips directors, and now seems more concerned with smearing the author’s reputation. The trend of the campus-wide emails sent throughout the weekend has taken us farther and farther away from the actual op-ed written by Spector, and has taken us closer to a full-blown libel campaign. Spector has now been slandered in front of the entire student body with unfounded accusations of violence, white supremacy, racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Note that conflation of opinions people disagree with and violence. Note the emphasis on responding to this man's op-ed piece in a student newspaper with calls to punish him, ostracize him, and repeatedly equating his opinion with violence. When your opinion is violence, using violence to make you shut up becomes self-defense. No, that's not a legitimate equation; it is, however, the inevitable end result of this type of response.

And that, I think, is deliberate.

It has intimidation value. Intimidation makes people shut up.

UPDATE: This is how it works. They call your speech violence and hate speech, and say it shouldn't be allowed, despite the fact that it is absolutely not either of those things. Then they insist you hire 30 police officers for "security" during the speech, because the leftists there will riot. And then the people holding the event are asked to pay the fees for several hours of overtime for each of those police officers. (For 30 of them, it adds up fast). Result? The ordinary, non-controversial right-leaning speaker has costs hugely higher than the corresponding left-wing speaker, is routed to a much smaller venue ("security concerns"), and has a much smaller audience.

Sat Feb 10 09:24:39 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Polls and Voters...

So, a poll from The Hill says that a majority of voters oppose building a wall on the border with Mexico. That's 59% oppose, 37% support. Who voted in this poll? 1333 (and isn't that number just a little suspicious?) registered voters. Not likely voters. And the last time we had an actual election on this issue, with millions of people weighing in on building the wall as a major centerpiece of Trump's proposed policies, Trump won.

Because Trump won, and because his party won control of both houses of Congress, the policies of that party should, in some form, be implemented. That means Trump should get a wall.

That he doesn't already have one is an embarrassing failure of democracy. (It's not like there are serious constitutional barriers; just political ones).

Sat Feb 10 09:24:39 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

American spies gave $100K to Russian in return for fabricated Trump data

The New York Times desperately spins the leaks from the left. They are trying to sell the idea that this payment -- the first of a $1 million deal -- was really to "recover" hacking tools for the NSA. But what they got for their $100K payment (!!!!!!!!) was a pile of data about Trump, which the New York Times itself describes as "unverified and possibly fabricated", including "bank records, emails, and purported Russian intelligence data". (Althouse quote in case the NYTimes tries to revise history).

The leakers say they cut off the deal because they didn't want to be seen buying make up dirt on the president. But, of course that's what they wanted. If you were about to spend $100K, wouldn't you check to make sure you were actually getting what you asked for before you paid? The Trump dirt is what they paid for, so it's what they got. The rest is a smokescreen, something they are using to try to distract from the facts.

In addition to the FBI spying on Trump using our national intelligence infrastructure, our own government and intelligence agencies (the Obama administration) colluded with the Russians to try to stop Trump from getting elected. They paid Russian spies for dirt on Trump.

It's hardly the first time the Democrats have colluded with Russia to try to meddle in a presidential election. Ted Kennedy tried to do it when Reagan was running for reelection. But this is the first time they used taxpayer money to buy fabricated opposition research from the Russians, at least as far as I know.

"Russian collusion" has been a massive case of psychological projection all along. The Democrats, both Obama and Hillary, have been the ones colluding with Russia to meddle in the presidential election.

UPDATE: CIA head Pompeo denies it, but are his subordinates telling him the truth?

Sat Feb 10 02:27:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI informant testifies Russians bragged about HIllary's influence in Uranium One

Patterico has the details. He calls it collusion, which isn't inaccurate, but rather understates the case. Given the financial arrangements between Hillary, her husband, the Clinton Foundation, and various Russians involved in Uranium One deal, I'd suggest "bribery" and "corruption" might be more appropriate terms.

"Treason" isn't off the table either, given what uranium can be used for.

Fri Feb 09 09:20:48 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pelosi is delusional

LifezetteHer warning came on Wednesday: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she and other Democrats won’t back any budget deal ahead of an approaching deadline — unless Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) allows a vote on amnesty for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

Newsflash to Pelosi: THe House does not have a filibuster rule. Schumer has some room to negotiate for concessions, as McConnell does not have 60 votes. You, however, have a distinct minority in the House and your approval is not required for Ryan to pass a budget or any other legislation.

Fri Feb 09 09:20:48 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mollie Hemingway summarizes the Grassley criminal referral

Read the whole thing unless you've already read the referral itself and don't need a summary.

This is the most important political scandal of the next 60 years, judging by Watergate. You owe it to yourself to read the original sources when possible, and be fully informed.

Fri Feb 09 09:20:48 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI Informant testifies in Uranium One

The Daily WireThe FBI’s informant in the Uranium One scandal involving the Obama administration gave written testimony to three congressional committees this week in which he accused the Obama administration of making decisions that directly benefited the Russian government and their goals of gaining geopolitical advantages over the United States.

The informant, Douglas Campbell, told congressional investigators on Wednesday that Moscow sent millions of dollars to the U.S. with the expectation that it would benefit the Clintons, while Hillary Clinton "quarterbacked a 'reset' in US-Russian relations" in her role as Secretary of State during the Obama administration, The Hill reported.

One thing I wonder about is why we are continually told to assume that only Hillary Clinton got paid off by the Russians in the Uranium One deal. There were a lot of other people involved. Did anyone else get paid off?

Fri Feb 09 09:20:48 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Russian Menace

Front Page Mag To save us from $100K in Facebook ads and their own hacked DNC emails, they had to eavesdrop on Trump officials, bring them up on charges and run an endless investigation of the President of the United States. Obama and Clinton supporters in the IRS, State, the FBI, the DOJ and the NSA broke a few rules. But they were protecting us from the Russian menace lurking in Trump Tower.

Just ask Putin. It’s how he does it. It’s how every dictatorship does it.

We are so incredibly lucky that despite the abuse of our national security and intelligence infrastructure against him, Trump won. If he had not, this abuse would have become normalized practice, and no politician not already a member of the deep state would have even come close to the White House.

Fri Feb 09 09:20:48 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senator Grassley's memo (mostly) declassified

Read the whole thing.

Highlights:

The FBI did not care about Bruce Ohr meeting with Steele until the IG found out about it.

Someone lied about Steele's media contacts while he was working with the FBI. Was it the FBI lying to Congress or Steele himself lying to the FBI? Either way, someone's bound to get in trouble for it; remember, this document is itself a criminal referral on that point. Senator Grassley is asking for someone to be prosecuted.

We learn a little more about the FISA applications disclosure of political motives. Specifically stated, "The application failed to disclose that the identities of Mr Simpson's ultimate clients were the Clinton campaign and the DNC." The application did state that the dossier was compiled by a law firm who had hired an "identified U.S. person". Note that it doesn't say anything about political motives there. The implication is that a law firm hired a private investigator, presumably to find information related to a legal case. Debt collectors or divorce lawyers would commonly seek to obtain information from private investigator sources, and such information would be more reliable than political opposition research where simply making stuff up appears perfectly acceptable so long as the half-life of believability is longer than the election.

We learn that Clinton associates were feeding Steele information that he included in his dossier. While we don't know how much they provided or what that information was, it sounds like the Clinton campaign was basically feeding Steele whatever information they wanted him to have, and he was feeding that information to the FBI, which accepted it uncritically and used it to get surveillance authorization before, during, and after the election.

Steele (and possibly others) were simultaneously pushing the information to the press, and using the existence of the dossier in the FBI's hands and Steele's status as a paid FBI information to enhance his own credibility in the eyes of the press even as the FBI viewed the resulting press reports as independent corroboration of his information.

It was, basically, circular.

The FBI used it anyway, even after they found out.

Fri Feb 09 09:20:48 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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