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Florida governor calls for FBI director to resign after failure to investigate killer

Associated Press twitter accountBREAKING: Florida governor calls on FBI director to resign after discovering FBI failed to investigate tip about Florida school shooter.

This seems a little harsh. Yes, it was a screwup. But taken in isolation, the one comment the FBI was provided was merely concerning. It was the corroborating information -- pictures of guns and dead animals on social media, reports of threatening behavior by multiple individuals in personal contact with him -- that raised the level of concern to something actionable.

And the elephant in the room: murder is a state criminal law issue. It's not a federal law issue. Local police were called to his home 39 times. Shouldn't at least some of those visits have provoked a question about whether he was on the NICS prohibited list?

UPDATE: It strikes me that it would be awfully convenient for the current "civil service" people at the FBI if there was no FBI director with Senate confirmation in office. It would give them a lot of freedom to act in their "#resistance". It would put the swamp back in charge. And that's probably why this call is being made.

Yes, the FBI screwed up here. But I can't remember the last time the FBI director resigned because of a criminal act, even when we had warnings -- see the Boston marathon bombing for one example.

So this is a swamp thing move.

Sat Feb 17 09:45:42 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Support HR 24 Safe Students Act

Rep THomas MassieIt’s time to repeal the “Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990.” Let teachers carry to protect kids & themselves. Support H.R. 34 “Safe Students Act.”

Something must be done. This is Something. It Must Be Done!

Fri Feb 16 17:59:22 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

13 Russians indicted for trolling on the internet

Daily WireOn Friday, the Mueller investigation’s grand jury indicted 13 Russians associated with election meddling. But that wasn’t the real headline. The real headline is that supposed Trump-Russia collusion doesn’t seem to exist. And that’s pretty clear from the indictment papers.

Hell, it's pretty clear from the timing of the announcement. Would Mueller indict 13 Russians associated with election meddling on Friday afternoon at news-dump-o'clock if there was anything to the charges? Of course not.

To the extent that a few Florida groups talked to the fake accounts set up by Russians to look like Americans, those groups a) are not charged with anything and b) did not know they were talking to Russians because c) the Russians were pretending to be Americans.

There's no collusion case here. And since we're talking about indictments against Russians there's practically no chance any of them go to trial.

UPDATE: David Hardy on the indictment. He thinks it's a nothingburger.

Fri Feb 16 16:41:48 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bruce Ohr hid wife's work for Fusion GPS from DOJ ethics

Daily CallerBruce Ohr, the Department of Justice official who brought opposition research on President Donald Trump to the FBI, did not disclose that Fusion GPS, which performed that research at the Democratic National Committee’s behest, was paying his wife, and did not obtain a conflict of interest waiver from his superiors at the Justice Department, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show.

The omission may explain why Ohr was demoted from his post as associate deputy attorney general after the relationship between Fusion GPS and his wife emerged and Fusion founder Glenn Simpson acknowledged meeting with Ohr. Willfully falsifying government ethics forms can carry a penalty of jail time, if convicted.

This seems to show Bruce realized the arrangement was wrong and would not be considered acceptable.

Fri Feb 16 09:52:37 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Very Weird Indeed

Power LineThe facts, to the extent they have been reported, are very weird. The murderer, Nikolas Cruz, packed up a semiautomatic rifle, a gas mask and plenty of ammunition and took an Uber to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Apparently the Uber driver saw nothing amiss. Cruz shot some people outside the school; I take it that he did this before entering. He went into the school and reportedly pulled a fire alarm, then killed fourteen or so students who poured into the halls. Having done so, he put down his rifle and left the school as if he were an ordinary student, apparently without anyone being the wiser. He proceeded to a Subway, and from there to a McDonalds, where he was arrested without incident well after the incident was over. If these really are the facts, it is hard to understand why Cruz encountered so little opposition.

Describing those facts as "very weird" is an understatement. Here's what leaps out at me:

1) The uber driver noticed nothing unusual? A gas mask and a rifle, going to a school? I can only assume the killer used some kind of duffle bag to hide what he was carrying, so that's explainable, I guess.

2) Almost all of these spree killers are either killed by police or kill themselves. This guy put down the rifle and left? Did he plan to get away? Did he actually do this, or did the police sieze on this guy as a convenient target because of his history of threats and disturbing social media?

Nothing to do but wait for the results of the investigation at this point.

Fri Feb 16 09:52:37 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Florida school murderer was known to FBI last year

TwitchyIt appears that Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS shooter Nikolas Cruz was known to the FBI as a threat back in September 2017 thanks to a YouTuber who alerted law enforcement over a comment left on a video

The comment itself was threatening enough for the FBI to interview him, but apparently not to actually do anything to address the problem. Other people knew about the killer's issues, and he had been expelled for disciplinary reasons. But he passed the NICS background check, apparently.

Background checks are not a panacea, because the people who need to be on the list don't get added (or have the criminal connections to easily obtain a firearm anyway) and the people who do get added are often the wrong people (such as the Obama admin adding social security recipients or VA patients who needed a financial advisor).

What's the right course of action here? I'm not sure there is one. Figure out what's causing people to go nuts in a mass-murderish way and fix it? That seems to have really developed only over the last 30 or 40 years, so there's probably something that caused it, but identifying and addressing that cause is one of those projects with an uncertain time, expense, and outcome.

Short of getting at the root cause, these murder sprees seem to continue until the murderer faces armed resistance sufficient to break his momentum. Putting armed adults in schools would offer the chance to stop such attacks early, but it's only a chance, not a certainty.

There are reports that the murderer was a member of a racial separatist group in Florida. They aren't denying the connection but are disavowing his violence. Given that he also follows Syrian resistance groups, I think he was attracted to violence generally, not any specific ideology. I would not be even a little bit surprised if he turns out to be on anti-psychotic or other psychoactive medications. Is that a cause or an effect? It's hard to tell.

UPDATE: Not a member, now?

Thu Feb 15 12:42:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump budget cuts $3 trillion over 10 years

The HillPresident Trump on Monday rolled out a White House budget that includes deep cuts to some federal agencies, an increase in funding for the Pentagon and $18 billion for a wall on the Mexican border.

It includes proposals to cut deficits by more than $3 trillion over a decade and lower debt levels as a percentage of the gross domestic product, but does not balance by doing away with annual deficits.

That's $3 trillion over ten years not just one year. There are still nearly trillion dollar deficits every year. And Congress won't make the cuts because Congress doesn't cut stuff, ever.

Thu Feb 15 11:55:55 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Will Nunes summon Roberts on FISA abuse?

Daily CallerGOP Rep. Devin Nunes of Calif., chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, may invite Chief Justice John Roberts to testify before the panel on alleged FISA abuses.

Nunes told radio host and Republican wise man Hugh Hewitt Thursday that committee Republicans have entertained the idea, as Roberts appoints all FISA judges, but cautioned no decision has yet been made. Hewitt and Nunes discussed the idea in connection with the committee’s memo on the secret intelligence courts, which alleged the FBI sought authorization to surveil President Donald Trump’s campaign aides on the basis of political opposition research.

Summoning Chief Justice Roberts may be unprecedented, but so is the abuse that took place here. While Congress may be overstepping its power in seeking to summon a Supreme Court Justice involuntarily, Roberts may choose to cooperate voluntarily. More importantly, Congress created the FISA court and retains the power of impeachment over its members. They can certainly summon a judge on the FISA court in the context of impeachment proceedings if they so choose, or request copies of legal decisions or other records made by the court.

Regardless of the exact mechanism, someone is going to have to go to the FISA court and ask some very pointed questions about how this happened.

Thu Feb 15 11:55:55 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How Susan Rice's email plays into Obamagate

Susan Rice's unusual email claims Barack Obama told them to do things in the Trump-Russia investigation "by the book". She emphasized that point repeatedly.

She protests too much. Maybe Obama said that, but if so, he said it after issuing explicit instructions to do things in some way that was not "by the book" and then said it to cover himself.

Thu Feb 15 11:55:55 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another law-abiding illegal alien gets deported

Well, law-abiding if you don't count felony burglaries. Seems to me that ICE is doing their job here. Meanwhile, judges are saying that Trump is somehow not actually president, or at least not as much as Obama was.

Trump should respond to these court orders with these words: "How many divisions does the judge have?"

Thu Feb 15 11:55:55 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A pleasant fantasy

National ReviewAttorney General Sessions must find muscular, ambitious, and combative prosecutors (preferably from outside Washington, D.C., and preferably existing federal attorneys), direct them to call a Grand Jury, and begin collating information from congressional investigations to get to the bottom of what is likely one of gravest scandals in post-war American history: the effort to use the federal government to thwart the candidacy of an unpopular presidential candidate and then to smear and ruin his early tenure as president.

Only another prosecutorial investigation, one way or another, will lead to resolution, take the entire mess out of the partisan arena, and keep the anemic Mueller investigation honest — with the full knowledge that if its own investigators have violated laws or used tainted evidence or in the past obstructed justice, then they too will be held to account.

Read the whole thing.

The conclusion quoted about is a nice fantasy, but probably will never become reality. And thus the next president who wants to try this will not be deterred.

Thu Feb 15 11:55:55 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Questions remain about Vegas shooting

Daily Caller asked four experts to review the police report. Questions remain, including about his effort to use anonymous communications devices. If you are using anonymous communications devices, who are you communicating with? He also had searched for various other possible targets, and made reservations at a hotel near one of them. If you're planning to commit suicide, why make reservations at your next target? I remain convinced there is more to this, I just don't know what.

Thu Feb 15 09:55:55 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama's metoo moment

Daily MailMarried senior policy advisor to President Obama pleaded guilty to attempted voyeurism for taking pictures up women's skirts on the DC Metro and resigned before the government could fire him

It's interesting how this was ignored for a year and then drops on the same day as a school shooting with 17 killed and an attack on NSA HQ?

It's like they wait for the time when everyone will be maximally distracted. And it does kind of put Rob Porter's "my wife said mean things about me during our divorce" problem in perspective, especially as he's out of a job shortly after the White House found out.

And Rob Porter, whatever he may or may not have done, isn't even accused of doing it on company time and a taxpayer travel allowance.

Thu Feb 15 09:55:55 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another murderer attacks a school

17 dead and the killer is in custody. Police are calling his social media and background "very, very disturbing" which is remarkably uninformative. Supposedly there were concerns about him -- enough to expel him. No word yet on whether those concerns would have been enough to make him a prohibited person. He follows Syrian resistance groups on social media, which means this may be terrorism.

Wed Feb 14 17:55:04 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Some sort of attack on NSA HQ

I'm not really a fan of the NSA when their all-seeing eye of Sauron is turned inwards, but this seems excessive. "Several individuals" are reportedly involved, resulting in gunfire.

Wed Feb 14 11:44:16 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Holy Shit

Now they can open doors. If they figure out how to climb stairs, we are doomed.

Tue Feb 13 11:59:46 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The wages of a minimum wage increase

Apparently, if you raise the minimum wage to $14/hr, you end up paying 60,000 fewer wage-earners. Oops.

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

Andrew McCarthy says he was wrong about FISA application

National ReviewI spent many months assuring people that nothing like this could ever happen — that the FBI and Justice Department would not countenance the provision to the FISA court of uncorroborated allegations of heinous misconduct. When Trump enthusiasts accused them of rigging the process, I countered that they probably had not even used the Steele dossier. If the Justice Department had used it in writing a FISA warrant application, I insisted that the FBI would independently verify any important facts presented to the court, make any disclosures that ought in fairness be made so the judge could evaluate the credibility of the sources, and compellingly demonstrate probable cause before alleging that an American was a foreign agent.

I was wrong.

Read the whole thing.

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

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]

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