Another personal data grab

PJMediaIt’s not only Facebook and Google that want all your data. In one of the most far-reaching attacks on personal privacy, Oath, the new name of Verizon’s online content subsidiary, is now requiring users of Yahoo and AOL to consent to allow access to their personal data.

This is undeniably a bad consequence.

PJMediaThis includes Oath's right to view and analyze every email sent or received on Yahoo! and AOL emails, attachments, videos, images, even location information. This is one of the consequences of the FCC removing the telecommunication companies from the Net Neutrality laws and allowing them to be treated as Internet companies, rather than like regulated phone service companies. They also added this policy that allows them access to your banking information:

As far as I know, the bolded portion is complete bullshit and this policy change has no relationship to Net Neutrality rules whatsoever.

Thu Jun 21 13:58:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

From indoctrination to proselytization

Campus ReformThe University of Colorado-Colorado Springs is offering a course this summer to teach students how to become “whiteness” educators in their home communities.

“Witnessing Whiteness” is an educational workshop series focusing on issues such as “dominant white culture” and “culture and appropriation,” and UCCS is offering students three graduate academic credits in exchange for implementing the series in their home communities.

This is basically teaching racism and hatred.

Thu Jun 21 12:58:43 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senator Ron Johnson report on FBI abuse

Report here. Discussion here.

This is a pretty old report, from Febuary of 2018. However, we're about to get the IG report on the Clinton investigation, so it may be worth reviewing.

Thu Jun 21 12:58:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Criminal border crossing attempts (and apprehensions) rising

LifezetteSeven months into the current fiscal year, U.S. Border Patrol agents already have arrested nearly as many suspected MS-13 gang members as in all of fiscal year 2017, according to the latest available government data.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data indicate that federal agents apprehended 227 illegal immigrants suspected of being members of the notoriously violent gang, compared with 228 arrests in the 12-month period ending September 30.

230 violent criminals a year, that we caught. How many don't we catch?

Thu Jun 21 11:58:43 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Where Great Britain used to be

Daily CallerThe Sentencing Council for England and Wales has drafted new guidelines proposing prison sentences of between 26 weeks and six years for social media posts deemed hostile toward a race, religion or sexual identity.

The proposals have been made in relation to the Public Order Act, which prohibits all activities “intended or likely to stir up hatred” against minority groups, including transgender people. Many of the examples in the document reference social media use.

Prison sentences for posting your opinion on social media? Up to 6 years? That's insane.

I don't care what your opinion is, you shouldn't go to prison for it. Even violent threats don't seem to warrant 6 years without an actual attempt to act on them.

Thu Jun 21 11:58:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Peter Strzok escorted out of office

Conservative TreehouseAccording to multiple confirmed reports last Friday FBI Agent Peter Strzok was escorted out of the building. His employment status is unknown/pending.

According to the DOJ Office of the Inspector General a referral for conduct review was sent to the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility for several people outlined within the IG report. Presumably Peter Strzok was part of that OPR review process.

It would appear the IG no longer finds his cooperation useful.

Thu Jun 21 10:58:43 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Southern Poverty Law Center may face more lawsuits

PJMediaNo fewer than 60 organizations branded "hate groups" or otherwise attacked by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) are considering legal action against the left-wing smear factory, a Christian legal nonprofit leader confirmed to PJ Media on Tuesday. He suggested that the $3 million settlement and apology the SPLC gave to Maajid Nawaz and his Quilliam Foundation on Monday would encourage further legal action.

"We haven't filed anything against the SPLC, but I think a number of organizations have been considering filing lawsuits against the SPLC, because they have been doing to a lot of organizations exactly what they did to Maajid Nawaz that's part of the settlement," Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, told PJ Media on Tuesday.

My advice to plaintiffs is to sue everyone who is using SPLC information to filter or "identify" so-called "fake news". Google and Facebook have very, very deep pockets.

UPDATE: Dozens of lawsuits. The decision by Google, Facebook, and others to use SPLC as part of their censorship engines seems... ill-advised.

Thu Jun 21 10:58:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gun control on the move

Thu Jun 21 10:25:55 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Consciousness of guilt

McDaniel quoting IG report quoting FBI Attorney #211:15:23, FBI Attorney 2: 'Plus, my god damned name is all over the legal documents investigating his staff.'

If everything they did was legitimate and legal, having his name on all of those documents wouldn't be a big deal.

Thu Jun 21 09:58:43 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

8 Congressmen demanding that names of FBI agents in IG report be unmasked

Conservative TreehouseEight House Republicans have asked Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz for the specific names of FBI employees mentioned in last week’s report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation

Time to start naming names.

Thu Jun 21 09:58:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake News

Thu Jun 21 03:03:05 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Slidefire now having difficulties with financial industry too

GunsTexas-based Slide Fire says the financial institution that processed transactions for its online store is holding “hostage” more than $1.6 million in an effort to force the gun accessory maker into a less favorable business agreement.

This might be just an ordinary business dispute, but holding funds hostage seems like suspicious behavior to me. And then there's the timing, with all the other troubles coming up.

Wed Jun 20 16:14:56 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How did Strzok's message go missing?

Daily Caller“(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Page, the FBI lawyer, wrote to Strzok.

“No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it,” replied Strzok, who served as the FBI’s top investigator on “Crossfire Hurricane,” the FBI counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia.

That last message seems pretty damning, doesn't it? Funny how it was somehow removed from the messages provided to Congress.

Daily CallerStrzok’s response to Page is conspicuously absent from previous batches of text messages given to Congress. Page’s question to Strzok was included in those earlier releases.

And they found it while doing a "routine quality control check" after using their internal tools, sending the phone to an outside contractor, contacting the Defense Department for help, and finally, this "routine quality control check".

Daily Caller
The Aug. 8, 2016 Strzok text was discovered during a routine quality control check that the OIG conducted in early May, Horowitz said.

OIG’s forensic examiners discovered “that the phone had a database on it that was actually also doing a collection of text messages,” said Horowitz.

“They extracted those messages from the phone and found the second part of the August 8 text, ‘No, no, We’ll stop it.'”

“It turned out that the FBI wasn’t aware that that database on there, which was supposed to be an operating function, was actually collecting data,” explained Horowitz, who plans to release a report on the OIG’s text message recovery process.

It seems clear that someone, probably Strzok, went to great lengths to delete the "We'll stop it" text message. Strzok, as an FBI agent in counterintelligence, would be familiar with the FBI's usual extraction tools, along with those used by their normal outside contractors and even the Defense Department tools. And he had at least some warning (Page's "never text me again" message). And he almost got away with it.

Wed Jun 20 16:14:50 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did the FBI really examine the Weiner laptop?

The Conservative Treehouse points out the contradiction between what Strzok says (that their tech guys were able to deduplicate the discovered emails rapidly) and what the actual text of the FBI analysis says (that their tech guys were NOT able to be deduplicated automatically).

One of them is lying. Probably Strzok; he's the one with the motive to make the last-minute laptop examination go away before the election.

Oh, and.... the FBI still has the laptop.

Someone should go take possession before it is "accidentally" hit with a hammer.

Wed Jun 20 15:14:56 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey, Lynch skip testifying; McCabe pleads 5th

Washington TimesFired FBI Director James Comey refused to appear before Congress on Monday to talk about his handling of the Clinton email investigation, and his fired deputy, Andrew McCabe, asserted his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, Sen. Charles E. Grassley said.

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch also declined to show up for a major hearing where the Senate Judiciary Committee was looking into the inspector general’s report detailing major bungles in Mr. Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation.

Mr. Comey’s lawyer said he was out of the country — though Mr. Grassley, committee chairman, said he saw Mr. Comey was in Iowa over the weekend, visiting a key state in presidential campaigning.

Funny how all of these swamp creatures don't want to show their faces now that their swampiness has been exposed.

Wed Jun 20 15:14:50 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Muslim professor demands students praise allah and remove shoes

Campus ReformA Muslim professor at the University of Connecticut aggravated numerous students last year by requiring them to remove their shoes and say "Bismillah" ("in the name of Allah") before entering his office.

Expecting some basic respect for your religion is one thing. Using your religion to impose requirements on others is something entirely different.

Wed Jun 20 14:14:56 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About those calls for political violence...

Wed Jun 20 14:14:50 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IG confirms Comey investigation

Power LineTestifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier today, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed that James Comey is under investigation for his handling of his memos on conversations with President Trump.

I'm not sure another IG investigation is sufficient. We need indictments, not wrist slaps.

Wed Jun 20 13:14:56 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What you get for trying to be a law-abiding gun owner

Free BeaconA California man had his home raided, guns seized, and will appear in court this week to face a dozen state felony charges after attempting to register a rifle in accordance with state law.

Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann attempted to register an AR-15 with the California Department of Justice last month but instead found himself in significant legal trouble. The California DOJ accused Kirschenmann of illegally modifying the rifle he attempted to register. Law enforcement officials raided his home in Bakersfield before ultimately confiscating a dozen firearms and a few hundred rounds of ammunition, then charging him with a dozen felonies, KGET reports. Kirschenmann was accused of possession of assault weapons, two silencers, and something referred to as a "multi-burst trigger activator." He does not appear to have been charged with any violent crimes.

The State will screw you over for any mistake you make, even if you are trying in good faith to comply with confusing laws.

Wed Jun 20 13:14:50 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Criminal charges filed against Theranos

Hopefully, this prosecution will deter Silicon Valley from abusing their access to the stock market.

Wed Jun 20 12:14:56 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Speaking of crazy...

New York PostEnvironmental activist Robert Kennedy Jr. sent a secret legal memo to then-state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, urging him to ban ExxonMobil from doing business in New York for allegedly misleading the public for decades about climate change.

The 17-page Jan. 5, 2016, memo obtained by The Post comes under the heading, “Revocation of Exxon Mobil Authority to do Business in New York” and talks about imposing a “corporate death penalty” on the oil giant.

We all know the anti-gun crowd are crazy. They prove it every day, determined to ban physics and turn back the clock on technology. You can't put toothpaste back in the tube and you can't uninvent guns.

But the environmentalists are almost as crazy. Sometimes more so, even. But the important point here is the common thread of totalitarian actions here. If you do not agree with the left, whether it is gun control or environmentalism, you should not be allowed to exist, to own or run a business, to have a job, anything. Political differences are cause for destroying economic lives. It's a short jump from there to just destroying lives, period.

Wed Jun 20 12:14:50 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IG Report indicates FBI, DOJ lacked interest in Clinton emails found on laptop

The Conservative TreehousePlease note that at no time in the FBI is anyone directing an actual investigation of the content of the Clinton emails. Every single second of every effort is devoted to shaping the public perception of the need for the investigation. Every media outlet is being watched; every article is being read; and the entire apparatus of the small group is shaping coverage therein by contacting their leak outlets.

This seems both accurate and damning. No one assigned to the investigation actually wanted to investigate. They got rid of the Clinton investigation as fast as they could, and then all the same people moved to the Trump investigation (which they then leaked as their October surprise), and when the New York field office called them about the laptop, they said "Oh shit!" and ignored it as long as possible until it was obvious it was going to come out whether they did anything or not. And then they claimed to examine hundreds of thousands of emails over a weekend.

Anyone who believes they actually looked at those emails is a fool.

Wed Jun 20 11:14:56 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A possible explanation for the fake hate crimes?

Campus Reform According to the watchdog organization, Campus Reform, Freeman and Rodriguez co-authored an article that featured in the journal, Whiteness and Education. In their essay, the two argue that “discourses” over the topics of “‘diversity’ and ‘intersectionality’ can undermine efforts to address racism [.]” Such “discourses” can also “protect white privilege” and “marginalize people of color.”

According to the abstract for their essay, Freeman and Rodriguez seek to substantiate their thesis by supplying “an ethnographic account of student, staff, and faculty efforts to infuse campus cultures at a small liberal arts college with an anti-racist pedagogy in response to a string of racist events on campus.” Yet these “intentions” aside, “some community members put forward intersectional arguments and calls for ‘diversity’ in ways that re-centered whiteness and situated discussions about race as exclusionary dialogues that victimized white subjects.”

Inquiring minds want to know if they created the string of racist events on campus in order to help their "research".

Wed Jun 20 11:14:50 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump on border security and amnesty legislation

Washington TimesRepublican leaders plan to put two bills on the floor. One, sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, would write the Obama-era DACA program into law, giving it more permanence, and would include a massive burst of enforcement measures, mandatory use of E-Verify, more Border Patrol agents and making overstaying a visa a crime.

The other, the Republican leaders’ plan, would combine a full pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and perhaps 1 million other illegal immigrants with border wall money, limits to chain migration, an end to the visa lottery and some measures to speed up deportations.

“I am looking at both of them,” Mr. Trump said on “Fox and Friends.” “I certainly wouldn’t sign the more moderate one. I need a bill that gives this country tremendous border security. I have to have that.”

It seems to me there are still people in the White House claiming to speak for Trump who don't actually speak for Trump.

Wed Jun 20 10:14:56 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did McCabe use Page and Strzok's relationship to bypass the chain of command?

The Daily Caller thinks so, and it makes sense. Page and Strzok certainly talked about it a lot (we have their messages). McCabe had two levels of management between him and Strzok the official head of the investigation. But Page was his employee and Strzok was talking directly to her. Since McCabe was conflicted due to the campaign donations from Clinton-linked individuals, he should have been recused from the case -- but it's possible that some in the FBI thought it was unnecessary due to the multiple layers of management between them. (In any case, even after he recused, he still tried to remain involved, according to the IG report).

Wed Jun 20 10:14:50 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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