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Nevada background check ballot measure fails on technicality

It appears the measure passed, barely, but the way the measure was worded cannot be legally implemented. This minor drafting mistake looks like it cost Bloomberg's anti-gun initiative $20 million or so. That's got to sting. But on the other hand -- he did get the measure to pass.

2016-12-29 10:49:52.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

Obama admin finalizes gun control rules on the way out the door

PJMediaLast week, the Obama administration put the finishing touches on a new policy that would deprive recipients of disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) of their Second Amendment rights. The administration will now characterize those citizens as "mental defectives," thereby having their ability to own a firearm subject to the federal Gun Control Act.

Supplemental Security Income helps blind, disabled, and elderly people with little to no income. Previously, it was understood that "mentally defective" referred to one's mental health. Citizens who have been institutionalized against their will are restricted from owning a firearm. The new definition of "mentally defective" has nothing to do with being mentally ill.

For some time now I've been pointing out the effort by the Obama Administration to classify as many categories of people as "mentally defective" as they could stretch the definition to include, and thus bar those people from purchasing, and possibly from possessing firearms. Under an extreme interpretation they might even be subject to confiscation.

In truth this is little more than the last spiteful act of a man whose agenda was rejected by Congress and who has lost the position of power he once held. What Obama can put in place by fiat can be removed the same way. Yet we must be vigorous in ensuring that all these last-minute changes are removed, root and branch, lest they return to trouble us in the future.

2016-12-29 09:49:52.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

Thomas Sowell says farewell

He's hanging up his hat at 86. He will be missed.

2016-12-27 11:49:52.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

Guns in Ohio schools and airports

By next year, everyone in the media will have forgotten that nothing terrible happened.

Perhaps more important than the schools and airports provision is the provision protecting employees who carry a firearm in their car.

2016-12-25 09:57:47.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

Suspect in Berlin Christmas market attack killed by police

He was killed by police in Italy. So how did he get out of Germany while the manhunt was going on? How did he get a gun in Europe, where gun control laws are generally much tougher than the US?

The answer to both is obvious: he's a terrorist, he doesn't obey laws, and neither do his friends. And he has lots of friends thanks to Merkel's open-door immigration/refugee policies.

2016-12-25 09:02:35.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

ISIS plot foiled?

The FBI claims credit for foiling another attack. But it seems the only thing he did besides talk was buy an AK-47 about a year ago and send relatively small amounts of money.

This one seems to fall into the "better safe than sorry" category, someone the FBI picked up because he was on their list and they wanted to preempt a possible Christmas-season attack after the last few attacks in Europe.

2016-12-24 11:57:47.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

We just lost a space race we didn't know was happening...

China claims they have a working version of the EM drive. In space. On the other hand, that's how we got to the moon. The Russians orbited a live human being and we said "Fuck second place, we're going to the moon."

2016-12-21 10:18:58.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

PA electors get police protection

InstapunditPEACEFUL TRANSITION: Pennsylvania Electors Getting Police Protection For Monday’s Vote.

One elector, Ash Khare, said he and each of the 19 others have been assigned a plainclothes state police trooper for protection.

“I’m a big boy,” said Khare, an India-born engineer and a longtime Republican from Warren County, who estimates he receives 3,000 to 5,000 emails, letters, and phone calls a day from as far away as France, Germany, and Australia. “But this is stupid. Nobody is standing up and telling these people, ‘Enough, knock it off.’ ”

It’s going to be a long four years — at least — of battling Democrats’ uncivil behavior.

It doesn't have to be a long four years of this. All that has to be done is to stop tolerating it. That is, investigate each credible threat of violence received by the electors, identify the person who sent it, charge them with making terroristic threats, and start building a case for incitement of violence against the people who posted contact information and encouraged the threats. As soon as these "activists" realize their violence will not be tolerated, it will stop. Jail time has a way of encouraging people to reconnect with reality.

Then go after the people funding the electoral college full court press under RICO.

2016-12-20 10:18:58.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

California does more gun control by emergency regulation

NRA-ILAEarly this morning, the California Department of Justice provided notice of proposed regulations relating to magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Included are changes to the requirements for obtaining and maintaining a “large-capacity magazine permit,” new regulations addressing so called “large-capacity” magazine conversion kits, new regulations on how individuals must “permanently alter” a magazine to accept no more than 10 rounds, and new regulations regarding the transfer and possession of multi-tube shotgun designs.

Because it's easier to make ordinary honest people jump through hoops at serious legal risk if they miss one than it is to catch criminals.

2016-12-20 09:18:58.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

Today is not a good day

The Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated by a jihadi, an unspecified security incident at the US embassy in the same city, and an 18-wheeler drives into a crowd in Berlin.

UPDATE: It got worse: 3 wounded in shooting near Zurich Islamic Center.

2016-12-19 16:05:42.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

12-year-old Muslim immigrant attempts to set off nail bomb in Germany

InstapunditFederal German prosecutors are investigating a 12-year-old boy who allegedly attempted to set off a nail bomb at a Christmas market in the southern city of Ludwigshafen, officials said Friday.

The German-born son of Iraqi parents is alleged to have tried to set off the device at the Christmas market on Nov. 26, and again outside city hall on Dec. 5, Focus magazine reported citing security sources.

To borrow a phrase... they hate us, they really, really, hate us.

So why does the government insist on letting them in?

On the other hand, maybe European culture is helping a little. In Syria, jihad starts at 7.

2016-12-19 11:18:58.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

Appeals court rules that phone unlock code can be compelled

PJMedia (quoting the decision)Even with a warrant, they couldn't access the phone without the combination. A trial judge denied the state's motion to force the man to give up the code, considering it equal to compelling him to testify against himself, which would violate the Fifth Amendment. But the Florida Court of Appeals' Second District reversed that decision today, deciding that the passcode is not related to criminal photos or videos that may or may not exist on his iPhone.

This is an obvious violation of the 5th Amendment, which (in theory anyway) blocks being compelled to testify against yourself. The judge draws the analogy to police compelling someone to produce the key to a safe. The problem is that the key to a safe is a physical item, which can be obtained by search warrant. I've never heard of a physical search that compelled the subject to actually assist the police in locating evidence against them. Any such "assistance" is usually obtained by demanding the keys to locks on threat of smashing the whole place if they are not provided. (Often, the whole place is smashed anyway).

And what will they do to you if you claim you can't remember the code? Probably violate the 8th Amendment. That's the one barring "cruel and unusual punishment", if you're wondering.

2016-12-19 10:18:58.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

Fake News

2016-12-19 09:18:58.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

More irregularities in Detroit vote count

Detroit NewsDetroit elections officials waited several days to deliver nearly 100 poll books to Wayne County officials charged with certifying the presidential election, newly released documents show.

County clerk officials on Thursday released a memo to State Elections Director Chris Thomas that said 95 poll books from the 662 precincts weren’t available at the start of the canvass, which began the day after the Nov. 8 election. Five of those poll books, which contain the names of voters and ensure the integrity of elections, were never delivered to county canvassers and presumably remain missing.

Those missing poll books are probably missing while the people who ran up the fake vote totals frantically try to cover it up. The unsealed envelopes are the ones that have already been covered up. And the missing ballots with more votes in the poll book than ballots in the boxes? Could be they just removed the Trump ballots.

Suffice it to say, the problems are pretty obvious when you actually have a recount effort. And the best part is, Trump got the Green party and the Democrats to pay for the recount that's giving him votes and exposing Democrat vote fraud!

At this rate, Mexico really will pay for the wall.

2016-12-17 10:13:27.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

FBI told to continue Clinton Foundation probe

Daily CallerOfficials at FBI headquarters instructed its New York field office to continue its corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation following the election of Republican candidate Donald Trump, according to a former senior law enforcement official.

The instructions ordered agents to “go forward” with their ongoing inquiry into the Clinton Foundation which is focusing on issues of corruption and money laundering, according to the source.

There are some interesting questions raised by this article that are neither asked nor answered within the text. The most prominent is: why did the FBI need to instruct their field offices to continue the investigation? That suggests very strongly that someone at some point told them to stop the investigation

2016-12-17 09:13:27.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

This is how you turn a contentious election into a shooting civil war

The HillTo preserve the foundations of the American political system and strengthen the president-elect’s legitimacy, the electoral college should delay voting until the dual White House and Senate reports on Russian involvement in the election are issued.

And there are people willing to do this on the basis of anonymous "sources" from within the intelligence agencies that have been run by the losing party for the last 8 years. And there are major media outlets giving airtime and attention to this bullshit.

2016-12-16 09:05:53.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

Energy Department refuses to name staffers who worked on climate change issues

The HillThe Department of Energy said Tuesday it will reject the request by President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team to name staffers who worked on climate change programs.

It's like they don't realize who they work for.

But that's OK. They likely won't be working for him much longer.

2016-12-15 10:05:53.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

About that vote fraud that doesn't exist...

Detroit NewsVoting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have during last month’s presidential election, according to Wayne County records prepared at the request of The Detroit News.

Detailed reports from the office of Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett show optical scanners at 248 of the city’s 662 precincts, or 37 percent, tabulated more ballots than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books. Voting irregularities in Detroit have spurred plans for an audit by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office, Elections Director Chris Thomas said Monday.

Nearly 40% of Detroit precincts returned results that were not only clearly fraudulent, they were impossible in the absence of vote fraud. That only happens when there is a systemic problem. And Detroit is far from the only city to have this problem.

2016-12-15 09:05:53.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

Secret Baltimore aerial surveillance program watches everyone

BloombergThe Baltimore surveillance program broke new ground by bringing wide-area persistent surveillance—a technology that the military has been developing for a decade—to municipal law enforcement. The police department kept the program secret from the public, as well as from the city’s mayor and other local officials, until it was detailed in August by Bloomberg Businessweek. Privacy advocates, defense attorneys, and some local legislators called for the program to be suspended immediately, until the technology could be evaluated in public hearings.

Baltimore police are clearly taking the position that they don't need legislative permission here. Which means they have effectively become a lawless agency and need to be reined in pronto.

2016-12-14 11:05:53.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

Nevada may have a magazine ban on the ballot

Sebastian has details.

2016-12-13 09:26:35.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

Catholic church to make global warming part of church doctrine

I've said before that global warming is religion, but this is going further than I expected.

2016-12-11 11:26:35.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

Michigan passes voter ID law

Detroit NewsMichigan’s Republican-led House on Wednesday night approved a strict voter identification proposal over strenuous objections from Democrats who argued the plan could disenfranchise properly registered voters.

Progress.

2016-12-11 10:26:35.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

What's the point of a laser firing pin?

SaysUncle doesn't see one. Personally, I think it's something that would enable "smart" gun designs. Replace traditional mechanical firing pins with lasers, and you've eliminated the need to mechanically lock the action to disable the firearm. You just don't power the laser. This also addresses concerns about battery power ("Your laser already runs on a battery anyway, why are you worried?") and provides at least a talking point for reliability concerns as well.

None of these things are really good things.

2016-12-11 09:26:35.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

Virginia appeals court blocks photo ID requirement for carry

WTKRThe Virginia Court of Appeals ruled that Circuit Courts cannot require a photo ID with a concealed handgun permit application.

An attorney in the case announced that his client won in his challenge on whether the Norfolk Circut Court could require a photo ID as a part of the Concealed handgun Permit (CHP) Application.

It's worth noting that this is a somewhat deceptive summary. The ruling is that the lower court itself cannot require a photo ID since that is not a requirement under state law. If state law did require it, there wouldn't be a problem. This is more a case of slapping down a judge who overstepped his authority than a fundamental 2nd Amendment decision.

2016-12-10 11:26:35.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments

Obama tries to take credit for preventing terrorist attacks...

Slate[Obama] emphasized that “No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland. And it’s not because they didn’t try.”

The man is delusional.
San Berdnardino
Orlando
Boston Marathon bombing
And many, many more.

SlateThe document and the speech together sure seem like an acknowledgment that Obama, partially because of his own administration’s actions, is handing unprecedented presidential powers to someone he clearly thinks is unequipped to handle them responsibly. [emphasis added]

Well, he should have thought about that before he set the precedent. The illiteracy of the reportial profession these days is terrifying.

2016-12-10 10:26:35.0 by TriggerFinger. 0 comments
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