Facts about the Parkland shooting

From the head of the investigating commission:

1) An armed school staffer could have stopped the murderer

Well, obviously. The catch is you have to have one with the courage to go into danger instead of running away from it. Such people exist, but they are hard to identify until the danger presents itself. This, along with other recent events like the Vegas shooting response, suggest that we can't rely on armed security as a panacea to threats. Armed security will do great helping a drunk out of your casino or breaking up fights between high schoolers. They won't help -- not reliably -- against mass murders, because sometimes people even with the best of intentions freeze and fail to respond in the moment, and you can't really tell who until it happens. And mass murders are rare enough, despite their media visibility, that needing that level of response is unlikely.

Having more school staff armed will increase the chances of someone being both willing and able to respond decisively. Relying on a single "school resource officer" is relying on that one middle-aged donut cop who got the safest job he could think of on his path to a healthy retirement on his public pension. Maybe he'll rise to the occasion, but it's good to have other options.

2) The murderer had 6 round magazines and reloaded several times

Why 6 round magazines? Last I checked Florida was not a magazine limit state. You can order 20 or 30 round magazines online easily and they function reliably. You can order 100-round magazines if you don't mind an increased chance of a jam. I'm glad that he didn't, but this illustrates that magazine size limits do not solve anything.

Mon Aug 13 10:50:26 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Credible allegations of domestic abuse against Dem AG candidate Keith Ellison

Allegedly Ellison was abusive with a former partner. Her son made the accusation on Facebook and claims there are text messages and a video to corroborate the abuse. I don't know if it's real or not, but the relationship appears to be and the claimed evidence presents a testable claim.

Normally, I'd say back off a bit on this stuff. This is an attack on character not policy, with unproven allegations that may never see a court of law, and (while not flattering) are not necessarily disqualifying.

But these are the new rules. Democrats use this sort of accusation against Republican candidates all the time, often when the accusations are a lot less credible with less supporting evidence. As far as I'm concerned, you can blanket Ellison's state with ads featuring the video. Democrats no longer get a free pass.

UPDATE: Another allegation.

Mon Aug 13 09:50:32 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Election integrity udner threat

Washington TimesNoncitizens are signing up to vote in states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia, according to research by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a nonprofit law firm that advocates for election integrity. The foundation found that a large percentage of those noncitizens managed to cast ballots, too.

Washington TimesMs. Shuvalova was signed up — possibly without her knowledge — by an organization circulating a petition for a 2013 ballot initiative to stop a massive condominium development on the San Francisco waterfront.

Yet she was somehow reregistered again a year later, about the time she became a citizen. Four months later, she moved to New York but remained on the California voter rolls.

Ms. Shuvalova said she doesn’t recall registering to vote either time or returning the ballot saying she wasn’t a citizen.

It's easy to interact with certain bureaucracies as a legal resident and get registered to vote accidentally, but that doesn't seem to be what happened here. Instead we had petition volunteers collecting information, and apparently registering signers to vote without their knowledge. Why would they do that? Well, I'm sure you can think of a reason.

Mon Aug 13 09:50:26 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Explaining the Ohr-Steele text messages

DOJ official Bruce Ohr sscheduled to testify to Congress on August 28th. Meaning in history has some speculation, context, and explanation for the recently released text messages between anti-Trump DOJ official Bruce Ohr and Hillary opposition researcher Christopher Steele. And Conservative Treehouse identifies what looks like a direct lie to Congress in Glenn Simpson's testimony.

Sat Aug 11 10:49:30 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Youtube adds propaganda captions to anti-global warming videos

Legal InsurrectionThe company began adding small blurbs to “global warming” videos on July 9, according to the report. Text on the videos state: “multiple lines of scientific evidence show that the climate system is warming.” YouTube claims the policy, which is not implemented outside the U.S., is designed to add context to content dealing with climate change.

YouTube is using an algorithm rather than people to decide which videos get the blurbs and which do not, a spokesperson for the company told BuzzFeed. The feature comes off the heels of the company’s announcement in March that it would fact check topics that regularly promote conspiracy theories suggesting the government faked the moon landing or was involved in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Youtube has no business inserting itself into the "conversation" between someone making videos and someone watching videos, much less inserting propaganda into the videos which supports YouTube's own interest. Sure, as a private company, they can probably do this; that doesn't make it right, and it means that alternatives are needed more than ever.

Sat Aug 11 10:49:23 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Jordan accuser recants

Daily CallerA former Ohio State University wrestler is recanting his claims that Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan knew of sexual abuse allegations against a university physician when he coached wrestling at the school over 20 years ago.

“At no time did I ever say or have any direct knowledge that Jim Jordan knew of Dr. Richard Strauss’s inappropriate behavior,” Mark Coleman, a former MMA fighter who wrestled at Ohio State when Jordan coached there, said in a statement.

“I have nothing but respect for Jim Jordan as I have known him for more than 30 years and know him to be of impeccable character.”

Actually, it sort of seems like he is saying that he never made those allegations; that someone was going on TV and claiming to speak for him who didn't really speak for him.

Oddly enough, something happened earlier this week in Ohio. There was a special election and a primary election. Strange how these allegations always get dropped as baseless after the election.

Jordan is the leading non-establishment candidate for House Speaker at the moment. He's got a target on his back -- hopefully only a political one.

Sat Aug 11 09:49:30 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

West Virginia impeaches the entire state's Supreme Court of Appeals

The charges are basically lavish spending of taxpayer funds. And it's not the full house, just a committee vote. But yes, it's likely to shake things up a little. And sometimes things need shaking.

Sat Aug 11 09:49:23 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Scores of ancient voters in Ohio

Daily WireA new report alleges that there are scores of registered voters who are over 116 years old in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, where Republican Troy Balderson is currently hanging onto a narrow lead over Democrat Danny O’Connor in Tuesday's special election.

Eric Eggers, the research director at the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), reports that GAI accessed voter rolls in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District last August and found "170 registered voters listed as being over 116 years old [that] still existed on the [voter] rolls."

So, surely there are records indicating when these "people" last voted? Because if they haven't voted recently, they can be removed from the rolls without difficulty. But if they have...

Fri Aug 10 12:24:18 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The New Rules

PJMediaOn Thursday afternoon, I broke the story that David Garcia, the Democrat candidate most likely to face Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in November, had hired a digital director who tweeted anti-America, anti-Arizona, and anti-law enforcement tweets. That evening, the staffer, Xenia Orona, offered her resignation and the campaign accepted it.

"JUST IN Democratic candidate for governor David Garcia's spox tells me campaign's digital director 'offered her resignation and the campaign has accepted it.' Says campaign learned about tweets from [PJ Media] story," 12 News's Brahm Resnik reported on Twitter.

Twitter outrage mobs are a horrible way to get people fired, but the only way to get rid of them is to make sure both sides feel their pain equally. And really, if you are running for office, why did you hire someone who thinks America is a "shithole country"?

Fri Aug 10 11:24:18 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

588 more votes allegedly found in tight Ohio race

USA TodayThe tight race between Democrat Danny O'Connor and Republican Troy Balderson just got tighter.

Election officials in Franklin County found 588 previously uncounted votes in a Columbus suburb. The result: O'Connor had a net gain of 190 votes, bringing the race's margin down to 1,564.

"The votes from a portion of one voting location had not been processed into the tabulation system," according to a Franklin County Board of Elections news release.

We don't need to secure our elections against the Russians. We need to secure our elections against the Democrats.

Fri Aug 10 09:24:18 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Terrorist cell imam was training children to perform school shootings

Victory Girls quoting KWCH The father of a missing Georgia boy was training children at a New Mexico compound to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents obtained Wednesday, as authorities waited to learn if human remains found at the site were those of the boy.

The documents say Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was conducting weapons training with assault rifles at the compound near the Colorado border where authorities say they found 11 hungry children living in filthy conditions in a raid Friday.

The proper response to this is not just to be glad they caught him, it's to wonder how many children he already trained and let loose. I very much hope the answer is none.

And yes, they are Muslims. CNN printed it and then deleted it, if the name of the leader wasn't a big enough clue.

The man running the camp has ties to an unindicted coconspirator in the 1993 WTC bombing. And by ties, I mean a direct blood relation.

Thu Aug 09 11:36:05 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ will not partner with groups that defame Americans

Thu Aug 09 10:36:12 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Black Lives Matter now tracking down police officers at weddings

Washington TimesBlack Lives Matter protesters on Saturday crashed the wedding venue of one of the two police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark in Sacramento earlier this year.

A small group of protesters tracked down the officer’s wedding at a vineyard about an hour outside of Sacramento and showed up just hours before he was set to say, “I do,” a local CBS affiliate reported.

This whole thing where leftists track down people they don't like in their private and personal lives and harass them needs to stop. It needs to stop because it is going to get someone killed, probably by a complete stranger who read about some other complete stranger on the internet and got mad.

UPDATE: And a leftist arrested for soliciting the murder of an ICE agent, not to mention an actual Dem candidate endorsing the beating of Senator Rand Paul.

To borrow a phrase, the news reads like that part of the history books that come immediately before the chapter with all the maps and arrows.

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Thu Aug 09 10:36:05 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Prosecution's star witness in Manafort trial has zero credibility

The guy they are trying to use to convict Manafort of colluding with Russians has admitted to tax evasion, cheating on his wife, embezzling funds from the company he worked for (ie, Manafort) to pay for his mistress, submitted false expense claims when he worked on Trump's inaugural committee, and then lying to the special counsel (Mueller) before negotiating a plea bargain in which he would accuse Manafort of.. I guess of participating in his own crimes? And this is after the judge rebuked the prosecution for showing the jury pictures of Manafort's expensive suits and home renovation bills, as if being well off is criminal.

As far as witness credibility goes, Mueller picked a real gem.

Thu Aug 09 09:36:12 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Steele views Mueller as part of the soft coup team?

Conservative TreehouseThe key takeaway within the 2017 communication between Bruce Ohr and Chris Steele, seemingly glossed over amid the granular presentation, is that Christopher Steele viewed Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the “small group team.” The fact that Steele viewed Mueller as an extension of the Strzok, Comey, Page and McCabe objective is a rather big deal, yet generally not given much attention.

The above is a big deal, but the documents only support it indirectly.

Conservative Treehouse -- from transcript images[8/6/17, 12:28:04 PM] [redacted -- probably Steele]: Hi Bruce, hope you're well and getting some holiday with the family. Whenever convenient I would like a chat, there's a lot going on and we are frustrated with how long this reengagement with the Bureau and Mueller is taking. Anything you could do to accelerate the process would be much appreciated. There are some new, perishable, operational opportunities which we do not want to miss out on.

The obvious thing here is that Steele and Bruce are still talking. Steele thinks Mueller and the Bureau can "reengage" in something, presumably some aspect of investigating Trump. But Mueller can't engage with the Bureau and the Bureau can't engage with an investigation of Trump -- that's precisely the reason for a special counsel, he's supposed to be reasonably independent. So why does Steele think he can and should "reengage" with Mueller? Is he feeding Mueller information from Russian or other intel sources on Trump? It sure sounds like it -- and we know that the Trump investigation has been heavily funded by private sources.

But the biggest takeaway is that these transcripts go all the way to December of 2017. That's a year after the election. Why are Ohr and Steele still talking a year after the election? Remember, Steele was fired as a confidential source from the FBI before the election even happened. Bruce Ohr at DOJ picked up the information thread and fed information from Steele to the DOJ and FBI. Apparently, this continued past the election and almost a year into Trump's presidency, just from these excerpts. Possibly longer.

This is not how a normal government functions. This is a coup.

Thu Aug 09 09:36:05 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Exculpatory information left out of FISA warrant

Sara CarterHouse Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes stunned leaders in Washington Monday night, confirming that former President Barack Obama’s FBI failed to include “exculpatory evidence” in its FISA application against Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

I'm guessing the exculpatory information was the fact that Carter Page was working as an FBI informant in the earlier case he was involved in. That would be enough, because it's pretty devastating to the claim that Page was presently a Russian spy. If you tell the court that Russians are trying to recruit Page, that you think he may have become an agent, and you need a warrant to keep an eye on him, it would be pretty exculpatory to learn that the "Russian contacts" he had who tried to recruit him were then tried and convicted of espionage with Carter Page's help.

My theory is this: The FBI knew Carter Page. They knew he had contact with Russians and the Russians had tried to recruit him. They knew that if they were careful about their wording, they could weave those facts together with his volunteer status on the Trump Team to sell a narrative about him being a Russian agent and the Russians colluding with Trump to subvert the election.

I suspect the only suspicious contact with Russians Carter Page had was that related to the case in which he testified, which had nothing to do with Trump and the election.

The question in my mind is whether the FBI asked Page to cooperate in this scheme, and perhaps encouraged him to volunteer for the campaign, or just took advantage of his history to get an unjustified FISA warrant.

Wed Aug 08 15:48:31 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More information on Ohr

The HillHundreds of pages of previously unreported emails and memos provide the clearest evidence yet that a research firm, hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to find dirt on and defeat Donald Trump, worked early and often with the FBI, a Department of Justice (DOJ) official and the intelligence community during the 2016 presidential election and the early days of Trump's presidency.

But a close review of these new documents shows just how closely Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, who reported to Obama-era Deputy AG Sally Yates, maintained contact with Fusion — and, in particular, its primary source, former British spy Christopher Steele — before, during and after the election.

There's a lot of new information here. One thing that's notable is that Ohr and Steele seemed to share communications in which they were aware it was sketchy behavior for Ohr to continue receiving information from Steele after Steele was fired by the FBI. They also referred to an unknown source as someone they needed to protect and who did not want to have to go "home", which I guess he (or she?) might be if certain aspects of the investigation continued.

UPDATE: "Our guy" is likely Oleg Deripaska.

UPDATE: Sara Carter has more.

Wed Aug 08 15:48:24 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Nearly 60 people shot over the weekend in gun control paradise

PJMediaSince Friday at 5:00 p.m., 57 Chicagoans have been gunned down. Six residents have been killed.

That's one or two media-saturation mass murders over the course of an ordinary weekend in the closest thing to gun control paradise you can find in the United States -- yet no one in the media is asking what makes Chicago different from all the other large cities that don't have a murder rate that compares unfavorably to a war zone.

It's not the guns.

Wed Aug 08 12:48:24 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The face of racism in American is....

Wed Aug 08 11:48:31 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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Wed Aug 08 11:48:24 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NRA suing New York

Never Yet MeltedThe real gravamen of the news is, however, the use of the organs of government by the liberal gubernatorial administration of Andrew Cuomo in New York to intimidate insurance companies and banks into denying conventional business services to the National Rifle Association.

Obviously, if a national avocationally-oriented organization devoted to lobbying in its members’ interest cannot buy insurance, or potentially even have bank or brokerage accounts, it cannot handle money, receive dues, pay salaries, publish magazines, operate, or exist.

The core problem here is that many financial services companies -- perhaps most of the large ones -- are incorporated in or based in New York, and thus subject to that state's regulations even when their business is national. If political forces in New York want to have a national political impact, one way they can do that is by pressuring companies subject to their regulations. That's what happened here: New York politicians are pressuring banks and insurance companies not to do business with the National Rifle Association specifically, and the firearms industry in general.

If they succeed with the NRA and are not stopped, how will the smaller organizations and even local gun stores manage? Answer: they won't, at least not in the short term. Eventually alternative services not subject to the same pressure will likely appear, but that will take a while, and most businesses are required to carry various types of insurance. And of course all businesses need to be able to collect payments from their members and customers, something else that has been under attack.

Wed Aug 08 10:48:31 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twice as many votes as registered voters

McClatchyHabersham County’s Mud Creek precinct in northeastern Georgia had 276 registered voters ahead of the state’s primary elections in May.

But 670 ballots were cast, according to the Georgia secretary of state’s office, indicating a 243 percent turnout.

That's enough illegal votes to overturn even a 100% vote in the other direction, if this was a political fraud operation. We have a lot of work to do on election security, but this was probably not the Russians trying to give Trump the election. More likely a local politician trying to ensure their "reelection".

Wed Aug 08 10:48:24 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hospitals required to post prices publicly under new regulations

Daily CallerThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will require hospitals to update their online price list annually starting Jan. 1, reported The Hill. Before the new rule, CMS required that hospitals share prices with people who requested them.

CMS said the rule was made to “encourage price transparency,” according to The Hill. Administration officials hope the rule will help patients save money and even “encourage them to shop around,” reported the Washington Examiner.

This is a good first step. The problem is that the posted prices will all be absurdly high, because those are the prices charged to uninsured patients as negotiating positions. The insurance companies negotiate lower prices, for their patients only, in return for things like directing patients to that hospital and a guarantee of prompt payment for things most people would otherwise need to take out a loan to pay for. Hospitals don't want to be collection agencies.

The only people who get the real prices are those who come in with cash and are willing to walk out and go somewhere else. They can usually negotiate a cash discount, which is really a "we don't have to file a lot of crap with the insurance company" discount. But the ability to walk out and go elsewhere is key to this negotiation, and can be hard to do when you've just been in a car accident or are unconscious, which is another reason for insurance to act as a negotiating agent in those circumstances.

Publicly posted prices will at least help the people who are in a position to price shop and hopefully begin a competition among providers for that business. And if that happens, insurance companies will use it as leverage to get their prices lower. Medical providers know this and will try to avoid starting the price war. But if the law requires them to post their prices publicly, someone will have an incentive to lower them.

I hesitate to call this brilliant. It's probably fair to call it a good start.

Wed Aug 08 09:48:31 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Now Facebook wants financial data? Oh hell no

Washington TimesFacebook has reportedly approached several of the biggest U.S. banks, asking them to share their customers’ financial data with the social-media giant.

According to a report Monday in the Wall Street Journal, the data included such detailed matters as card transactions besides Facebook-related purchases and checking-account balances.

Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the Journal reported that over the past year Facebook has sought out JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and U.S. Bancorp “to discuss potential offerings it could host for bank customers on Facebook Messenger.”

The talks, reflecting Facebook’s desire to be a site where people buy and sell goods in addition to chat with their friends and share cat videos, are being held up by the banks’ concerns about data privacy, partially a reflection of the selling of user data to Cambridge Analytica, the Journal reported.

This is entirely unacceptable. The only person who should have access to this information is the account holder, with a narrow exception for bank employees working with the account holder.

Wed Aug 08 09:48:24 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Court orders DOJ to preserve Comey's personal emails

Sara Carter“[T]he Court will allow [the DOJ] until September 28, 2018, to complete its review and release any responsive, non-exempt records to Plaintiffs. That being said, [the DOJ} is also ORDERED to make rolling productions between today and September 28, 2018, at reasonable intervals, of any records that are reviewed and found to be responsive and non-exempt. In order to avoid any possible issues later in this litigation, the Court will GRANT [Judicial Watch’s] Motion. [The DOJ] is ORDERED to take all necessary and reasonable steps to ensure that any records that are potentially responsive to either of the Plaintiffs’ FOIA requests located on former Director Comey’s personal e-mail account are preserved. Although it contends that such an order is unnecessary, [the DOJ] has not explained why this preservation order would prejudice the Defendant or cause any undue burden.”

To borrow a phrase, I'm sure these emails have already been "wiped, like with a cloth" to ensure there is nothing incriminating. In fact, a cynical mind would think that is exactly why the DOJ delayed here. Because there was no official order, they could send someone to run and tell Comey to make sure his email was clean before any official preservation order arrived. Of course, Comey likely did that on his own initiative a long time ago.

Tue Aug 07 15:26:34 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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