Sarah Hoyt on Voting

Just read the whole thing. And make sure you vote.

Fri Oct 24 14:35:24 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Media reporting school shooting in Seattle high school

3 dead, 6 wounded so far. Obviously, take everything reported early with a grain of salt.

The timing of this shooting, right before the elections when a major gun control initiative is on the ballot, makes me both sick and suspicious.

To those wounded, to their families, and to the families of the dead: the nation mourns with you.

Fri Oct 24 14:08:17 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch obtains Vaugn Index of Fast and Furious documents

They have a press release with information about the index, and here's the index itself. Obama is claiming executive privilege over approximately 15,000 documents.

Thu Oct 23 16:53:35 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DC police claim cell phone surveillance gear unused for 6 years

Newly released documents definitively show that local law enforcement in Washington, DC, possessed a cellular surveillance system—commonly known as a "stingray"—since 2003. However, these stingrays literally sat unused in a police vault for six years until officers were trained on the devices in early 2009.

I don't believe those devices sat unused and gathering dust for 6 years before someone found the time to train officers to use them. I believe that those devices were in active and entirely undocumented use from the moment they were acquired, and the use was simply not tracked in any documentation.

Thu Oct 23 11:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The embarrassing elephant in the room of online harassment

Twenty-seven percent of all of those who responded to the survey said they had been called offensive names. As many as 22 percent said someone had tried to "purposefully" embarrass them. Others said they felt threatened, were stalked, or sexually harassed.

If you took a survey and asked people who had been called offensive names, purposefully embarrassed, or "felt" threatened in real life, getting only 27% to say yes to that question would be a tremendous victory. That this is considered bad news somehow is only because of the desperate spin of the social justice warriors, who mostly come from an environment almost completely devoid of real threats.

Thu Oct 23 10:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Virginia police have secret stash of phone records

The database, which affects unknown numbers of people, contains phone records that at least five police agencies in southeast Virginia have been collecting since 2012 and sharing with one another with little oversight. Some of the data appears to have been obtained by police from telecoms using only a subpoena, rather than a court order or probable-cause warrant. Other information in the database comes from mobile phones seized from suspects during an arrest.

As far as I can tell, it's illegal on multiple counts. It includes call records, and data gathered from seized phones -- including those from people merely stopped, not charged or convicted of crimes -- but most importantly it is a shared database that includes basically all the information law enforcement can extract from a seized phone.

In short, it's the state version of the NSA.

Thu Oct 23 09:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bill Quick gets it right on Ebola

So, here’s the bottom line: The CDC is right about one thing: As long as Ebola is burning out of control in Africa, the likelihood that active cases of it will be exported from there to here remains high. We seem to have beaten back the first of such exports. Those who worship at the altar of western superiority, who advise us that we know all about Ebola and how to stop it, and that we should therefore not worry, are, because of this, more or less ensuring a continuation of the mindset that the public health system doesn’t really need to step up its game, because, after all, Western White People.

And that is a recipe for utter disaster.

Read the whole thing.

It's not that we are panicking about Ebola itself. It's that our government's response has been so completely naive, combined with the obvious fact that Ebola can become a civilization-destroying epidemic if it is not swiftly contained.

I wouldn't be worried if I trusted the Center for Disease Control to do its job and manage the swift and strict containment necessary. But the evidence has demonstrated that the CDC cannot be trusted to do so effectively.

Wed Oct 22 17:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

O'Keefe has new undercover videos on vote fraud

Today, he is releasing some new undercover footage that raises disturbing questions about ballot integrity in Colorado, the site of fiercely contested races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and the governorship. When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: “That is not even like lying or something, if someone throws out a ballot, like if you want to fill it out you should do it.” She then brazenly offered O’Keefe, disguised as a middle-aged college instructor, a job with her group.

If they don't cheat, they can't win. So they cheat very, very vigorously.

Wed Oct 22 16:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Government lives are more valuable than your lives

If you want to carry a gun in DC, there is now a legal procedure in place for you to do so:

Under the emergency legislation, applicants will need to have "good reason to fear injury to his or her person or property" or "any other proper reason for carrying a pistol."

In practice, under these sorts of laws, that means you have to be a politician, a public figure, a police officer, or make large contributions to a politician's campaign fund. But don't bother applying; this is emergency legislation passed only under court order, and before the 90 days are up the city will no doubt have lost your application and you will need to reapply under the new rules, whatever those are.

But never fear, your politicians and dignitaries are safe:

Firearms still cannot be carried into D.C. schools, hospitals, government buildings, public transportation vehicles, establishments that serve alcohol, stadiums or arenas, or within 1,000 feet of a dignitary under police protection.

Perhaps the city can fence off a small "concealed carry zone" where they guarantee you can legally carry your concealed firearm to protect yourself without being at risk of sudden visits from dignitaries in motorcades.

Wed Oct 22 15:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Shootings in Canada may be terror attacks

Multiple attacks, multiple attackers, one of whom had been monitored by their anti-terrorism task force for months, and on the day that Canada was set to bestow honorary citizenship on a critic of Islam from Pakistan.

Sure, it could be a coincidence. But that's not the way I would bet.

Note that adding the attacker's name to a list and "monitoring" him did not stop him from committing his attack. Now, imagine adding the name of every gun owner to a (much longer) list and "monitoring" them. Will that stop them from using their guns to attack people if they are so inclined?

Of course not.

Wed Oct 22 14:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More on Gamergate, CCW, and Anita Sarkeesian's canceled speech

Larry Correia fisks an editorial in the Deseret News.

With someone of his knowledge and expertise on this issue against a random journalist, it's like shooting fish in a barrel.

Wed Oct 22 13:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Incoming Liberian national with fever hospitalized

They are treating him as if he is a confirmed Ebola case, which is smart, since he is coming from Liberia and landed with a fever. He's not a confirmed case yet, though. The main thing this points out is how stupid it was for us to wait this long to put even basic controls in place.

How many potential cases slipped through before we caught this one? And let's hope they were only potential cases.

Wed Oct 22 12:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Florida court rules warrant required for cell phone location tracking

The application did not seek authority—or provide facts establishing probable cause—to track the location of Tracey’s cell phone in either historical or real time; and the order did not ask for access to real time cell site location information. For some unexplained reason, the cell phone information given to officers did include real time cell site location information on Tracey’s cell phone, which the officers then used to track him.

This is a welcome ruling; we need the courts to put some teeth into the warrant requirement for cellphone tracking.

Wed Oct 22 11:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Something rotten in Wisconsin

Observers like Ingold do their work alongside special voting deputies, or SVDs, paid employees who assist voters, such as those at nursing homes, cast their absentee ballots. While they take an oath to remain nonpartisan, the vast majority of SVDs in Milwaukee County are Democrats, perhaps not surprising in a deep blue urban county.

Occasionally you see news stories about these SVDs "assisting" people with mental disabilities or dementia to vote in the approved Democrat way. Being an election observer means you are supposed to spot and stop that sort of thing. But in this case, it got Ingold banned from observing elections and referred to a prosecutor.

Wed Oct 22 10:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama seething about poor performance of his own administration

He's pulled this move so many times before that people shorthand it as the "Limbaugh Theorem." The idea is that Obama's political tactic for his many, many failures is to run against his own government, as if he were an outsider, and external critic, rather than the man who is in charge of each and every bureaucracy. And now he's doing that with the CDC's response to ebola, Tom McGuire notes.

Someone needs to remind him that he is in charge of the government he is criticizing.

Wed Oct 22 09:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Supreme Court to take new gun case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether a Florida man convicted on drug charges and forced to give up his firearms under federal law could sell the guns or transfer ownership to his wife or a friend.

I suspect that this is only a matter coming before the courts because the individual, a Border Patrol agent, surrendered his firearms to law enforcement directly rather than giving them to a friend (outside of his home) when first charged. It's not a great case for this particular aspect of law, but it could be a lot worse. My gut feeling on this is that we'll get a decision allowing prohibited persons to sell or transfer their firearm collections upon or shortly after conviction, since firearms can be assets with significant financial value and requiring them to be sold before conviction would impose a significant penalty on those found innocent. Transferring the firearms out of immediate physical possession should be sufficient to address safety concerns.

Tue Oct 21 16:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch source claims NAACP encouraging voter confusion

According to a letter from a lawyer for the State of North Carolina to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a speaker at a recent NAACP conference in North Carolina urged audience members to mislead the NAACP’s own members into believing they do not need to register to vote in advance, or that they do not need to vote at their assigned polling place. Why? The letter alleges: To create confusion and animosity during the upcoming mid-term elections in North Carolina, and to use the evidence of that confusion in the ongoing litigation between Eric Holder’s Justice Department and North Carolina and to show that North Carolina’s election integrity laws are discriminatory.

Read the whole thing.

Tue Oct 21 15:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ballot box stuffing caught on tape

An Arizona county party official said he saw a man stuffing “hundreds” of ballots into the ballot box and later told a local news outlet the entire incident was caught on surveillance video.

“A person wearing a Citizens for a Better Arizona T-shirt dropped a large box of hundreds of early ballots on the table and started stuffing the ballot box as I watched in amazement,” said A.J. LaFaro, chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party.

This is not a small scale operation. Hundreds of ballots were involved in just this one person and trip. Who knows what else is going on? I suspect this sort of thing is why Democrats historically have a significant advantage in early voting results.

Video of the incident below the fold.

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Tue Oct 21 14:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why do Democrats oppose voter ID laws?

An ex-DOJ Civil Rights lawyer explains:

1. Opposition to Voter ID Is a Base-Mobilization Tool.
2. Voter ID Opponents Have the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations.
3. They Need Money.

None of those reasons are wrong. But there is a fourth reason: they can't win unless they cheat.

Tue Oct 21 13:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lawsuit falls apart as ex-DOJ counsel allege fraud and deception

But now two former DOJ lawyers in the office that prosecuted the action corroborate Sierra Pacific’s claim that the DOJ’s case was based on fraud and deception. Using information provided by these lawyers, Sierra Pacific told the federal court that “the United States presented false evidence to the Defendants and the Court [and] advanced arguments to the Court premised on that false evidence or for which material evidence had been withheld.”

Going after the deepest pockets available is a common tactic in a civil lawsuit. We expect our government to be more interested in justice than pocketing a cash settlement based on fraud, however.

Tue Oct 21 12:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

National Science Foundation funds big brother research project Truthy

If you take to Twitter to express your views on a hot-button issue, does the government have an interest in deciding whether you are spreading “misinformation’’? If you tweet your support for a candidate in the November elections, should taxpayer money be used to monitor your speech and evaluate your “partisanship’’?

Read the whole thing.

Tue Oct 21 11:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Supreme Court may hear disparate impact case

The Supreme Court has granted the state of Texas a petition for certiorari disputing the use of disparate impact to determine discrimination in housing after a civil-rights group sued its housing department. Such pressure can force lenders to water down underwriting standards and take on more risk, since "down-payment requirements, debt-to-income requirements, loan-to-value requirements, and other neutral, risk-based underwriting requirements can all affect various racial and ethnic groups differently," ABA added.

Doesn't anyone remember that these insane credit policies have already caused a housing crisis and economic disaster that we have yet to fully recover from? Hopefully the Supreme Court does. The roots of this go back well before the Obama administration, though.

Tue Oct 21 10:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Two more Tea Party groups approved, but it took 4 years

Today, two more conservative groups received approval of their tax-exempt applications. Laurens County Tea Party of Laurens, South Carolina and Allen Area Patriots from Frisco, TX, both seeking 501(c)(4) status, were just approved.

Laurens County Tea Party and Allen Area Patriots both applied for tax-exemption in July of 2010. It took the IRS more than four years to review their applications and approve these groups.

Of our 41 clients, 28 have now been approved, and seven groups are still awaiting approval. One of these seven groups, Albuquerque Tea Party is less than two months away from “celebrating” five years since they originally applied for tax-exemption. To date, they have still not been approved.

This is being sold as a victory, but these two groups have been prevented from taking an active role in the 2010, 2012, and 2014 election cycles, as have many of the other groups. The remaining 7, should they be approved eventually, have a similar but even greater disadvantage.

For groups that were formed in response to the irresponsible spending of presidents Bush and Obama, denying them the ability to operate as tax exempt educational non-profits until both the presidents they opposed are out of office is a victory for censorship.

Tue Oct 21 09:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

21 day incubation period ends for many people on quarantine

So they are going to stop quarantining the people on Duncan's high-risk list who don't already show symptoms:

The 21-day monitoring period ended Sunday and Monday for nearly all the roughly 50 people. It concludes as federal health officials are tightening the guidelines for the protective gear worn by health care workers treating Ebola patients.

But Ebola can incubate for longer than that:

In the research, Haas found that according to statistics from the recent outbreak in West Africa— where the disease has run rampant in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since March— as well as in 1995 in Congo, there’s up to a 12 percent chance that someone could be infected after the 21-day incubation period. The range of deviation from the incubation period was between .1 and 12 percent during those outbreaks. In other words, from 0.1 to 12 percent of the time, an individual case will have a greater incubation time than 21 days.

They may be past the point of greatest risk, but they are not free of risk.

Mon Oct 20 18:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another end run around the Constitution

No one knows if the Obama administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consider the most important foreign policy deal of his presidency: an accord with Iran that would forestall its ability to make a nuclear weapon. But the White House has made one significant decision: If agreement is reached, President Obama will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it.

The Senate must ratify treaties before they carry any legal force. If Obama bypasses that procedure and "suspends" sanctions on Iran in order to avoid asking Congress to vote to lift those sanctions (when Congress would likely refuse to lift them), he will be acting without legal authority.

It's a pity Congress doesn't have the gumption to actually stop him.

Mon Oct 20 17:08:42 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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