Peter GrantTheir daughter was involved in a car accident, resulting in permanent partial disability. She's only halfway through her studies, but will never be able to complete them. She's no longer capable of working in her chosen field, and the permanent effects of her injuries will restrict the number of alternatives available to her (and her future income, too). She may be dependent on her parents for at least a roof over her head, if not physical assistance with the daily necessities of living (like taking a bath, or getting dressed) for the foreseeable future.

Her parents are good people. They're more than willing to step up to the plate and help meet their daughter's needs. However, just as they began to pick up the pieces of her former life, along came the bills from her student loan providers. She's on the hook - or, rather, since she's no longer earning, her parents are on the hook - for over $60,000, and repayments start at once. Putting all her needs together, they'll need to find at least an extra $1,000 per month - but they don't have it. They've asked her siblings to help, but both of them are just starting out in life, not earning great salaries, and they have their own needs - including their own student loans. They probably won't be able to come up with much.

It seems to me like this scenario is a classic case for insurance. Why isn't there a "student loan insurance" program that will pay off student loans in the event of accidental death or disability?

I suppose that would partially defeat the purpose of having parents co-sign. The parents are (knowingly or not) providing the "insurance". And of course you can't reasonably insure against dropouts or kids who take 10 years to graduate or graduate without any useful skills.

Fri Aug 30 08:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

"Halper" claims immunity in SpyGate case

Get this: He's hypothetically claiming that he would be immune to the suit if in fact he was a government agent, without admitting at this time that he was a government agent acting under orders.

Taking his obviously not really hypothetical seriously, the conduct Halper is defending involves implying the plaintiff, a Russian-born academic, was a Russian agent attempting to seduce Michael Flynn as part of an entrapment scheme. These rumors were probably meant to damage Flynn's reputation, and were probably spread in official reports as well as leaks to news media. That seems like a cut and dried defamation case if the reports were false.

Fri Aug 30 07:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Google's internalized racism

Bill Quick quoting internal Google docs"Ultimately, after all was said and done, the Latino community did come out to vote, and completely surprised us. We never anticipated that 29% of Latinos would vote for Trump. No one did."

In other words, Google -- and "everyone else" -- made the racist assumption that people vote based on their skin color and/or ethnic heritage. They assumed they could make sure Hillary won by using race as a proxy for politics.

And it bit them on the ass.

And with the exposure of these documents, they are now exposed as racists trying to abuse their positions of technological influence to manipulate political outcomes.

Fri Aug 30 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Confirmed: ALL Hillary's emails went to a dropbox controlled by China

If you believe the source (a no-bluecheck twitter account claiming to be with Epoch Times citing congressional testimony) then this is basically proof all of Hillary's emails were forwarded to Chinese intelligence. Sent and received, including whatever classified information was included.

And apparently they know who set up the receiving account.

Thu Aug 29 08:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About the media bias that doesn't exist

Thu Aug 29 07:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About the supposedly independent Fed...

Daily Pundit quoting Wasll Street Journal“There’s even an argument that the election itself falls within the Fed’s purview,” Mr. Dudley writes. “After all, Trump’s reelection arguably presents a threat to the U.S. and global economy, to the Fed’s independence and its ability to achieve its employment and inflation objectives. If the goal of monetary policy is to achieve the best long-term economic outcome, then Fed officials should consider how their decisions will affect the political outcome in 2020.”

I remember when they told us how important it was that the Fed be independent. And then when they told us how important it was for the Fed to print endless trillions for Obama's 8-year "stimulus" package. Now, they are admitting they aren't at all independent and are prepared to swing the election by crashing the economy if they can.

Thu Aug 29 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Decisions nearing on Comey, McCabe...

There are hints that McCabe might be charged and the IG has prepared a separate Comey report. Probably this is limited to Comey's memos.

On McCabe, there are high level meetings between McCabe's attorneys and Deputy AG Rosen and US Attorney Liu, which typically happen after lower level officials have refused to drop a case.

On Comey, Hannity claims the IG report refers Comey for prosecution.

UPDATE: But DOJ declined prosecution on Comey. The full report is here along with the Fox News account.

I do not see how the DOJ can expect to get any credit for reforming itself when it continues to decline and prosecute insiders despite referrals from the Inspector General for prosecution. At some point the prosecutions have to happen.

Thu Aug 29 01:01:58 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Epstein autopsy shows multiple broken bones

Information leaked from Epstein's autopsy report (unfinished) says Epstein suffered multiple broken bones in the course of his death. Such breaks appear to be more common in strangulation homicides than hanging suicides. Sometimes a murder is just a murder, even when the media calls it a conspiracy theory.

Wed Aug 28 08:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Archey Declarations to be released

The judge rejected DOJ's attempt to keep the detailed descriptions of Comey's memos secret. DOJ may still try to appeal, but in my opinion, any protection due sources and methods is void when trying to abuse your national security powers to influence elections.

Wed Aug 28 07:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Camera malfunction outside Epstein's cell

Of course it was suicide. Assisted suicide.

Wed Aug 28 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

... and they say we are the nazis?

PJMediaFliers reading "Death Camps For Trump Supporters Now!!!" turned up at various locations throughout Long Island, N.Y., this week, including on Republicans' homes and cars, according to Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.).

This is so over the top I almost question whether it's a fake, similar to the fakes the left has so often deployed. But if it's real, targeting individual homes and cars is a significant threat.

Tue Aug 27 08:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ghislane ready to cooperate?

Tue Aug 27 07:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mass Killings: Myth, Reality, and Solutions

Dave Hardy has a book out on mass killings.

Tue Aug 27 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Arson at Japanese animation studio kills 33 people

ReutersA man suspected of torching an animation studio and killing 33 people in Japan’s worst mass killing in two decades had been convicted of robbery and carried out the attack because he believed his novel had been plagiarized, media said on Friday.

Public broadcaster NHK, which identified the 41-year-old man as Shinji Aoba, citing police, said he served time in prison for robbing a convenience store east of Tokyo in 2012 and, after his release, lived in facilities for former convicts. He had also received care for mental illness, NHK said.

A horrific and tragic mass murder, committed outside the US without firearms. My sympathies go out to the victims and their families.

Despite what the gun control people want you to believe, banning guns -- as Japan does -- will not stop mass murder, and mass murder is not itself unique to the US in any way.

Mon Aug 26 08:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Nellie Ohr's Manafort dossier

The Epoch TimesThe wife of a high-ranking Justice Department official handed her husband a dossier of research on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in December 2016, according to FBI documents released on Aug. 8.

Nellie Ohr, the wife of Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, gave him a report titled “Manafort Chronology.” Bruce Ohr gave the report to the FBI on Dec. 19, 2016.

Nellie Ohr compiled the Manafort report as part of her work for Fusion GPS. The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) paid Fusion GPS $1 million to conduct opposition research on then-candidate Donald Trump. Fusion GPS hired Nellie Ohr to conduct open-source opposition research in 2015.

Remember, Manafort was criminally prosecuted. If opposition research was part of that process, it taints everything it touched with partisan motives. And Nellie Ohr is suspected of being a go-between for the DOJ (via her husband Bruce Ohr) on one side and the intelligence community she left to join Fusion GPS. In other words, there's a credible if unproven narrative that suggests she was receiving information (via hard-to-trace ham radio?) from those still inside the intelligence community and feeding it to DOJ via her husband for use against Trump and his team.

Nellie has already admitted to researching Carter Page and Michael Flynn, others who were targeted by DOJ for suspected political reasons.

Mon Aug 26 07:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More anti-Trump leaks

USA TodayFederal prosecutors' decision to end an investigation into hush money payments to women claiming affairs with Donald Trump relied at least in part on long-standing Justice Department policy that a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

The Justice Department told a federal judge on Monday that it had "effectively concluded" its investigation into efforts to silence the women in the final months of the 2016 campaign, but did not explain why it had done so. Prosecutors have said the payoffs violated a federal law that restricts campaign donations.

Not mentioned: there is serious and signifcant doubt as to whether the charges in this case could possibly be campaign finance violations. Cohen basically pled to legal conduct as part of a "get Trump" effort. When Edwards was charged with similar but significantly worse conduct -- he paid off his mistress with campaign funds from a donor -- he was acquitted. Even those charges were considered controversial and a bit of a stretch.

The leaker here is basically saying Trump wasn't charged because he is the President. But that's pretty much never stopped anyone from enforcing campaign finance law before, and there are lots of other reasons not to prosecute a case like this.

Leaking this information is almost certainly a violation of DOJ ethics rules for prosecutors. As a prosecutor, you either indict, or shut up. You don't leak smears.

Categories Mueller Report

Mon Aug 26 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Oddly specific denials

Sun Aug 25 08:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Two women plead guilty to terrorism

Sara CarterTwo women from Queens New York pleaded guilty Friday morning to ‘teaching and distributing information pertaining to the making and use of an explosive, destructive device, and weapon of mass destruction intending that it be used to commit a federal crime of violence,” according to a Department of Justice Press release. Both women were inspired by radical Islamist terrorist organizations and intended to follow through with their plans to commit a violent act on U.S. soil, prosecutors stated.

The story says they are US citizens, but both names are foreign-sounding and there is no indication how long they have been citizens or how they came to the country.

Sun Aug 25 07:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch forces FBI to search for more Steele documents

PJMediaAfter years of legal wrangling, a federal judge has given the FBI 60 days to cough up records of their communications with former British spy Christopher Steele after he was terminated as a confidential human source.

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch first sought FBI documents on Steele in May of 2017 through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The court initially sided with the FBI but reopened the case in 2018 when evidence emerged that Steele was an FBI informant. Judicial Watch again asked the FBI to search for their Steele records, but the FBI continued to stonewall, declining to confirm or deny that they even existed.

Now, U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper has put an end to the cat-and-mouse game.

I doubt this decision will put an end to any of the games, but every little bit of information that gets pried out leads to more.

Sun Aug 25 06:47:23 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did Mueller lie to Congress?

It certainly looks that way. By the standards Mueller has applied to others, he should be charged and convicted.

Sat Aug 24 08:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI tried to verify Steele dossier -- 90% false

We've heard brief mentions of the FBI's "verification log", essentially a spreadsheet laying out the claims that Steele made and what had been found when those claims were looked into. But now, John Solomon is reporting on the details of that spreadsheet, and it's messy. It also proves exactly how much the FBI knew about Steele's credibility when they applied for the warrants.

Sat Aug 24 07:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House Dems push magazine ban, semiauto ban, red flag laws

I suspect this is more of a distraction for SpyGate than a serious attempt at crafting legislation. Which doesn't mean they won't try as hard as they can to pass it, or that they don't believe in it. Just that the timing is suspect.

Sat Aug 24 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Justice Ginsburg to undergo more treatment for cancer

If the type of cancer was correctly identified, the one-year survival rate is only 20%.

Sat Aug 24 00:14:06 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Banning private sales reportedly off the table...

What is troubling is that implies other things are on the table, even with a Republican President and a Republican Senate.

Sat Aug 24 00:13:15 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dems stage fundraiser with mock assassination

Sat Aug 24 00:10:30 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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