Targetting political opponents for intimidation tactics

Conservative TreehouseDemocrat Congressman Joaquin Castro, represents a district that encompasses San Antonio, Texas.

Using his twitter account today, Representative Castro posted a list of local donors to the Donald Trump campaign directing his followers to target those ordinary citizens.
Political targeting is exactly what President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder were doing when the DOJ requested the donor contribution lists, “schedule B’s”, from the IRS (Lois Lerner) so they could generate their ‘secret research project‘ targeting list. These actions are directly, openly, publicly and specifically, the weaponization of government.

This is the long-standing ideology of the of the political left. It is a short walk from starting a secret research project; creating files through surveillance, generating lists of citizens and posting them in the public square; to eventually making people wear armbands. The purposes are EXACTLY the same.

Exactly. The purpose is political intimidation: the coerced silence of public support for the opposing side, on pain of social ostracism and even, potentially, physical attacks. If donating to Trump gets you put on a list for targeted ostracism and violence, who will donate to Trump? And that leaves out the social side, when perhaps the social side is even more important.

By coincidence, earlier this week I was at a business lunch with most of my immediate coworkers. Of those 20-30 people, one of my coworkers mentioned, I was the only one generally known to support Trump. A few others admitted to having voted for him in 2016 but they were quick to add they would not do so again. Most remained silent, even though I knew there were Trump supporters among them (from private conversations). And this is in the very red state of Texas.

The continuing media attacks and intimidation are draining. No one wants to be on the political defensive constantly when they are just living their life. And when you conduct those informal polls of those around you, the Trump supporters mostly remain quiet while the Democrats (supported by the perceived media dominance) are outspoken and aggressive.

That translates into a perceived disparity of support, which has the tendency to intimidate people into silence, making them much less likely to vote or get involved in supporting their candidate.

Sat Aug 17 08:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Former FBI assistant director descends into numerology conspiracies

Seriously, this guy thinks raising flags on 8/8 is some sort of evidence of white nationalism? And he was in charge of counterintelligence at the FBI? No wonder they thought Trump was a Russian agent -- the microwaves being beamed into their brains from orbital weather control satellites never lie!

Sat Aug 17 07:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter suspends Sen Maj Leader McConnell's twitter account

They suspended the account because McConnell's team posted videos of protestors outside McConnel's home calling for him to be murdered. Apparently, Twitter does not allow public figures to call out those threatening them with death.

Still, it's possible something good may come of this incident. McConnell may be forced to realize that Big Tech is not his friend.

Sat Aug 17 06:47:23 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Epstein's autopsy report says suicide...

... and the New York Times printed it. I understand it's difficult for an autopsy to say there was a murder by strangulation when all the other evidence is being covered up. But really?

Fri Aug 16 20:20:36 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Will the GOP cave on gun control?

PJMediaAfter last weekend's horrible mass shootings, we're hearing the usual cries from the left for stricter gun control -- but this time we're also hearing them from increasing numbers of Republican lawmakers willing to embrace "red flag" legislation.

Time reports that a bipartisan proposal to create a federal grant encouraging the adoption of state-level red flag laws is "gaining momentum" in the Senate. President Trump gave the bill a push on Monday, telling the nation in a prepared address, “We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do those firearms can be taken through rapid due process." GOP co-sponsor Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) said that red flag laws will allow law enforcement to "do something" about potentially dangerous gun owners or would-be buyers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made the Senate the place where Democrat gun control bills from the House go to die, but even he seems at least somewhat open to new legislation. In a statement released earlier this week, McConnell said that "serious, bipartisan, bicameral efforts will enable us to continue this important work."

This is certainly a moment of political danger for gun owners -- followed shortly by intense, personal danger as ex-girlfriends, ex-wives, "triggered" liberals, and potential boyfriends of young daughters all call in to "red flag" anyone they think might own a gun and seems angry. But the fact is, so-called "red flag" laws won't change anything (at least not in a positive way) and are likely to instead make things dramatically worse.

Right now, we have laws against making violent threats, laws in many states enabling involuntary commitment of people who pose a danger to others, and most of those laws come with a prohibition on firearms ownership. They are already of questionable legality in some cases for lack of due process, they are already on the books, and they don't work. Every time this happens we hear about the warning signs, the calls to police, the threats. But no action is taken... and not for lack of legal authority. Sometimes the police don't bother. Sometimes they bother, but don't add the murdered to the NICS list. Sometimes the government sponsors straw purchasers smuggling guns to criminals (see Fast and Furious under Obama's watch).

Bottom line, background checks don't actually stop criminals from getting guns. Hardened criminals can get guns on the black market anyway. The people who commit mass shootings have usually come to the attention of law enforcement in myriad of ways before their mass murder but without being added to the appropriate lists or any serious action being taken. Adding red flag laws into the equation will do nothing but increase the false reporting rates and harass peaceful gun owners during divorces or even just a bad breakup with a girlfriend.

If Trump wants to win re-election in 2020, he absolutely cannot afford to piss off gun owners. He's going to have enough problems with the NRA sidelined, and he's already taken some actions that have pissed off the 2nd Amendment community. All we have to do is stay home, and he's a one-term president.

That said, other presidents -- both Bushes, for a recent example -- have danced around this issue successfully. They publicly supported assault weapons bans which Congress never sent to them to sign. At the moment, though, the Democrats control the House, and the Senate is in Republican hands by a very slim majority. The GOPe -- who hate Trump despite sharing his party -- might well send him a gun control bill hoping he would sign it and destroy his re-election chances. Without the NRA to speak up, Trump might not have the instincts to realize how bad an idea this would be.

Categories Arms Control

Fri Aug 16 08:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dayton murderer was antifa "armed brigades" member

The left appears to be actively trying to start the civil war that the right has been warning them they would provoke.

Fri Aug 16 07:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Has Lisa Page been cooperating?

Hannity thinks so. I think so, and I have for a long time, on a low-key way. Why? Some of the messages between Page and Strzok read, to me, like Page was very much not happy with Strzok towards the end. It sounded like a woman scorned and the end of an affair. (and, you know, having your "I had an affair with my coworker while plotting a coup" text messages published nationally seems likely to end an affair by itself). Not to mention she is still married (NOT to Strzok, but her original husband) which is not compatible with staying loyal to Strzok. And if that's the mindset she is in, cooperating is the logical course. Plus, trying to stay out of jail is a big incentive too.

So, yeah, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if Lisa is cooperating. But this is the first time we're seeing people talk about it...

Fri Aug 16 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Six Philadelphia police officers shot in raid

You may have heard the saying "Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action." Well, this is the third mass shooting we've had since the Democrat primary debate focused on gun control, which is to say within the last week or two. The (alleged?) murderer has an extensive criminal record, meaning he was already prohibited from owning or purchasing firearms.

Thu Aug 15 21:00:51 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: Mifsud prepared to testify to setup operation

The HillMueller’s team alleges that Mifsud is the person who fed a story in spring 2016 to Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos about Moscow possessing purloined emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It was the earliest known contact in the now-debunked collusion narrative and the seminal event that the FBI says prompted it on July 31, 2016, to open its probe into the Trump campaign.
Mifsud was a “longtime cooperator of western intel” who was asked specifically by his contacts at Link University in Rome and the London Center of International Law Practice (LCILP) — two academic groups with ties to Western diplomacy and intelligence — to meet with Papadopoulos at a dinner in Rome in mid-March 2016, Roh told me.
A few days after the March dinner, Roh added, Mifsud received instructions from Link superiors to “put Papadopoulos in contact with Russians,” including a think tank figure named Ivan Timofeev and a woman he was instructed to identify to Papadopoulos as Vladimir Putin’s niece.

Mifsud knew the woman was not the Russian president’s niece but, rather, a student who was involved with both the Link and LCILP campuses, and the professor believed there was an effort underway to determine whether Papadopoulos was an “agent provocateur” seeking foreign contacts, Roh said.

So here's the deal. Mifsud -- a man with extensive ties to Western intelligence agencies and politicians with documented photographic evidence -- says he was tasked with meeting Papadopoulos and feeling him information on Russian dirt about Hillary. Mifsud then says he was tasked with introducing Papadopoulos to Russians. Again, tasked. Later, Papadopoulos talks with Downer and mentions Russian dirt on Hillary. (No emails mentioned either time -- all three parties agree on this).

It seems certain now that this whole operation was a setup designed to give the FBI a deniable reason to get an investigation opened into the Trump campaign. And the deception continued past the election, past the inauguration, all the way into the Mueller report, which describes Mifsud as a Russian agent.

So who tasked Mifsud with setting up Papadopoulos? Let's follow that up the chain.

Thu Aug 15 20:57:03 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ohr in troubled water

American ThinkerBruce Ohr, the number four official at the Justice Department as U.S. Deputy Associate Attorney General and the highest-ranking nonappointee, with an office a couple of doors down from Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, kept Weissmann “in the loop” about the fake dossier and its journeys through the deep-state swamp, along with a myriad of other co-conspirators in a web of conspiracy and deceit so vast that Watergate trivia question Carl Bernstein may be right in a way he did not intend when he suggested this whole matter may be bigger than Watergate. It seems only the DoJ janitor was not involved.

Of course the DoJ janitor was involved. Who else would be in charge of sweeping all the evidence under the rug?


Thu Aug 15 20:06:08 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A SpyGate speculative epiphany

Daily CallerFormer South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy urged the release of FBI transcripts Sunday that he indicated were taken from conversations a bureau informant had during the 2016 presidential campaign with former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos.

Gowdy, the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, also said there are likely to be additional transcripts of FBI informant contacts with Trump aides.

“The one you referenced is a single transcript. There are going to be others,” Gowdy said in an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.

So I think I just made an important implied connection here. Let me walk you through it.

Gowdy is urging the release of transcripts of Papadopoulos' meetings with Halper and some sort of agent whose nom-de-plume was "Azra Turk". But why does he have to urge the release of those transcripts? Why can't Barr, to whom Trump just delegated declassification authority, just release them?

Answer: there's a process, and even after Trump or Barr starts the ball rolling, the "owning agency" controls release to some extent. If it was the FBI's agent and the FBI's transcript, the FBI would control release. But the FBI's director (Wray, a Deep State ally) can be overridden by Barr as DOJ. So why are the transcripts still being held up?

They are not being held up by Wray -- they are were being held up by DNI Coates, who Trump just fired. This is probably why Coates got fired. And it's probably why the Deep State is pushing Sue Gordon or someone else who will protect them in the role. They want these transcripts (and other declass issues, too) in safe hands. Safe for them.

But... if Wray doesn't control the transcripts related to Papadopoulos and Halper and the mysterious Azra Turk, and if it's Coates who was controlling them, then which agency was controlling Halper and Azra Turk?

Hint: It wasn't the FBI.

Categories Spygate

Thu Aug 15 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Google insider turns over documents, alleges political manipulation

Sara CarterA former Google insider claiming the company created algorithms to hide its political bias within artificial intelligence platforms – in effect targeting particular words, phrases and contexts to promote, alter, reference or manipulate perceptions of Internet content – delivered roughly 950 pages of documents to the Department of Justice’s Antitrust division Friday.

It will be very interesting indeed to see what is in those documents.

Thu Aug 15 02:41:09 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A grim milestone

The 2020 elections will be the first (national) elections in which some voters will have been born after 9-11. We've been skirting around the edges of this for a while (in 2016 and 2018, voters likely voted who could not remember 9-11) but this is the first year we will actually have people old enough to vote who were born after the attack and thus could not possibly remember it at all.

Wed Aug 14 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Epstein's "suicide"

Killed by supposedly strangling himself with a bedsheet, after being taken off suicide watch following an earlier "suicide" attempt that he claimed was a murder attempt, not checked on by guards when they were supposed to, and his cellmate was transferred out of the cell hours before his "suicide". Oh, and his lawyers, who requested he be taken off suicide watch, are seeking criminal defense lawyers themselves.

These details make me more suspicious, not less.

And electronics were removed from Epstein's island before the FBI arrived. This is a complete disaster of an investigation. Successful prosecutions do not come from investigations like this, which is, I suspect, rather the point.

UPDATE: Guards made false entries in log for checking on Epstein.

UPDATE: Shrieking heard from Epstein's cell.

Tue Aug 13 22:16:41 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Google engineer confirms manual manipulation of search results

BreitbartSoftware engineer Mike Wacker, until recently an employee of Google, confirmed Breitbart News’ report that the tech giant reordered its YouTube search results for “Federal Reserve” following criticism by left-wing MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

In a tweet, Wacker confirmed the details of Breitbart’s report — that Google, which owns YouTube, manually added the term “Federal Reserve” to its blacklist of “controversial YouTube search queries” a day after Hayes complained about the original results, which featured a number of videos critical of the Fed.

Wacker previously authored an article on in which he challenged Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s claim, made under oath before Congress, that the company doesn’t “manually intervene” in any search result.

Sundar Pichai's claim is, obviously, bullshit. He thought he was being clever by suggesting that google doesn't manually intervene in individual search results. Of course they don't. The request and response takes fractions of a second. No human is fast enough to do that.

What google does instead is set up rules that govern how search results are handled. Their search suggestions displayed while you type (autocomplete) are often missing obvious candidates for completion that show a partisan bias. There are lots of other ways they can mess with search results without manually altering every result that comes in. For example, they could be systematically training their algorithm to return fewer negative stories about Democrats because their developers don't want to read (or click on) negative stories about Democrats. Or systematically ranking right-leaning sites like Fox as having lower credibility than left-leaning sites like CNN or MSNBC.

Tue Aug 13 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About compromise

No. Now what?

Mon Aug 12 23:04:51 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NRA board members resign

Captain's Journal quoting the Washington PostThree National Rifle Association board members who have raised concerns about reports of reckless spending and mismanagement by the group’s leadership resigned Thursday, another sign of mounting dissent within the nation’s most powerful gun-rights group.
Board member Marion Hammer … wrote in a text message to The Post her reaction to the departing board members: “Don’t let the door hit you in the back on your way out."

Not a sign of a healthy organization. If you care about the right to keep and bear arms in 2020, find an alternative. The NRA is going to be distracted, at best.

Mon Aug 12 06:47:23 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Epstein's political connections to Democrats...

Daily CallerDemocratic representatives Adam Schiff, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Maxine Waters are just three elected officials who sit on the congressional advisory board of a foreign policy think-tank led by Jeffrey Epstein’s brother, Mark Epstein.

Schiff is one of folks pushing for Trump to be impeached due to the Russia Hoax. Gotta wonder if he feels a little exposed.

Sun Aug 11 16:44:49 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Does the FBI believe it's own bullshit?

Mark Wauck asks the question. I think the answer is no. The idea that the FBI honestly believed they were spying on Trump because he was a Russian agent is absurd. Remember, as just a few counterpoints among many, that Kavalec debunked at least three elements of Steele's claims before the FISA was applied for the first time: there is no Russian consulate in Miami, Michael Cohen has never been to Prague, there is no secret communications channel between Alfa Bank and Trump Tower; and the FISA application did not pass on any of this derogatory information about Steele and his story to the court. They were told directly it was BS and went ahead with it, swearing under penalty of perjury that the information was "verified" when it was not.

The idea that the FBI was fooled by Steele (and the story will eventually evolve into "and fooled by the intel agencies") is their version of an "Aw, shucks... but I meant well" cover story. It's a defensive posture that, if believed, paints them as good-faith actors who just got duped. And that gets them off scott-free of criminal charges.

Don't believe it for a second.

Categories Spygate

Sun Aug 11 06:47:23 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Epstein commits suicide

No word yet on whether he fired more than one shot in his jail cell. Well, to be fair, no word on method at all. But if anyone is a target for an assassination before turning state's evidence, Epstein is it.

On the other hand, he's also legitimately a high risk case for suicide.

This should be very carefully investigated.

UPDATE: Peter Grant weighs in, benefiting from his experience as a prison chaplain. He doesn't think this was suicide. And as my comment above implies, I tend to agree.

UPDATE: He was taken off suicide watch before his death, which is itself suspicious. Especially since he was put ON suicide watch after a "suicide attempt" which he claimed was an attempt to kill him. There are allegations of camera malfunctions, albeit with thin sourcing. If Epstein was no longer on suicide watch when he died, there may not have been a camera pointed directly at him, but it sounds like there should have been cameras recording anyone visiting his cell at least. If there aren't, or the footage is not available, that should raise suspicions of foul play. There are already reports that regular checks supposed to take place overnight were delayed.

Sat Aug 10 09:16:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Schumer proposes amendment limiting free speech

CNS NewsSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.-N.Y., has determined there is too much political speech in the United States coming from sources he cannot abide. So, he stood in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, along with Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D.-Ill., to announce he is backing Democratic New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall's proposal to amend the First Amendment.

Once upon a time, this would be the end of a political career in either party.

Sat Aug 10 06:47:23 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Antifa planning 9-11 border siege?

The dates in this story about a planned ten-day antifa event at the border stood out to me. It's supposed to start September 1st and run for ten days, meaning the day it ends is September 11th. Promotional imagery reportedly depicts border patrol officers being killed and government buildings being firebombed.

I hope the FBI can spare a few agents from sweeping their own malfeasance under the rug to investigate.

Fri Aug 09 06:47:23 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Details of Clinton aides immunity agreements released

We knew the general scope of these agreements, and that they were structured to avoid exposing Hillary's emails to FOIA, and included clauses requiring the FBI to destroy evidence, but the agreements themselves are now public.

Fri Aug 09 05:14:24 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCabe, Strzok sue ... alleging politically motivated firing

It's hard to believe these lawsuits (Strzok, McCabe) will have any merit after what the IG report has said about them and their behavior. McCabe already features prominently in one report that described him as "lacking candor" (ie, lying) to the IG, and both he and Strzok were major players in the Hillary email investigation (yes, another IG report on that topic) plus the currently unreleased report in progress on FISA abuse. These two should feel lucky they aren't in jail; instead they are suing...

But they have a reason, and I think I know what it is. If there are indictments coming down for them, as part of the IG's report, they'll need money for lawyers. Probably they have already found lawyers and have been prepping for this. Suing for unlawful termination is a useful move to prepare the battlefield in the media and invite a future jury to view any prosecutions through a political lens.

More importantly, with the lawsuits comes the ability to open up a gofundme account for "legal expenses" that will probably flow to the same lawyers preparing to defend them from criminal charges. And it's a lot easier to get people to donate to your lawsuit over "unlawful termination" than over your defense against criminal charges of lying, leaking, and spying.

It may also be useful as a shield against media inquiries when the IG report is released (as in "I can't comment on pending litigation").

Fri Aug 09 04:50:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sue Gordon out, and why

Sue Gordon is out of her position after an Oval Office meeting with Trump. She was Dan Coates deputy who will also be resigning. She was also the choice of many in the intelligence community and Congress to take over the role from Coates after he resigned... notably, though, she was the favorite of Trump's known enemies and weak friends.

So what's really going on?

We have active criminal investigations into the intelligence community's actions to spy on Trump. We have an IG report that is going through the review process before being released. We have a series of leaks in the media trying to frame the events of SpyGate. We have various other efforts to frame the narrative, including Strzok and McCabe suing for unlawful termination. There is, in short, a whole lot of activity by the Russia Hoax conspiracy.

They are the people who get to review and comment on the IG report before it is finalized and released. Dan Coates was the intelligence community member who would be required to authorize declassification of the contents of the report or its supporting documents. When he is removed, Sue Gordon takes that role until a replacement is confirmed.

So what's happening is this:
1) The IG report and related declassification requests go out
2) Coates refuses to declassify enough to satisfy Trump and/or Barr
3) Trump fires Coates and nominates a supporter from Congess
4) Under massive fire from the intel community, the nomination is withdrawn. The intel community practically demands Sue Gordon as the replacement. Given her posting as chief of station for CIA in London during the events in question, Sue is likely involved up to her neck in SpyGate and could be trusted to protect herself and other members of the conspiracy.
5) Trump calls Sue Gordon to a meeting and asks her to declassify. She refuses.
6) Trump fires Gordon based on her refusal.

What happens next? Trump finds out who is next in line after Gordon and asks them the same question until someone says yes. And then the IG report comes out.

UPDATE: Joseph Maguire is next in line.

UPDATE: No Oval Office meeting.

Categories Spygate

Fri Aug 09 04:25:53 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Next -->

Subscribe to Atom Feed

I am not a lawyer, and nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice.

This site is run on custom blog software and is being actively developed. Please be forgiving of errors.

This website is an Amazon affiliate and will receive financial compensation for products purchased from Amazon through links on this site.