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Hitler was a Socialist

2015-02-01 14:05:30.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Kids and Guns

Hat tip

2015-02-01 14:04:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The NFL is Anti-Gun

They turned down the below ad because they don't like guns being shown in a positive light. So let's give it a little play ourselves.

2015-02-01 13:53:41.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Number One With A Bullet

2015-02-01 13:45:13.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lynch should not be confirmed

Bloomberg News Service"Would you commit to this committee to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS abuse of power, who at the very least is not a major Obama donor?" asked Cruz.

Lynch, who according to biographical material submitted to the committee was not born yesterday, declined to take the bait. "My understanding is that the matter has been considered and the matter has been resolved," she said.

I am not impressed by this answer. The investigation is ongoing and the matter is certainly not a settled one. A reasonable person might expect that Holder's resignation might remove him as a roadblock and allow a special prosecutor to be appointed.

Video of the hearing below the fold. The IRS material starts about 8 minutes in.

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2015-02-01 12:54:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Everytown lied about online gun sales

Bearing ArmsWe now know that at least six of the firearm advertisements cited in the report were not from “unlicensed private sellers” as Everytown falsely claims, but from federally licensed firearms dealer Crossfire Arms of Mount Holly, Vermont.

I spoke to Crossfire Arms owner Bobby Richards just a short time ago, and he is understandably livid about Everytown using images of six firearms that he had for sale on Armlist to help falsify the anti-gun group’s dishonest report.

This matters because a licensed dealer will have to run a background check on anyone buying their firearms, even if the firearm is listed for sale online. (They will also need to sell the firearm in person; shipping the firearm through the mail would be illegal for both licensed dealers and private sellers). It's likely some of the other listings were also for licensed firearms dealers if Everytown didn't bother to check who was selling the firearm.

Since the report alleged Crossfire Arms was selling firearms to criminals without background checks, as evidenced by the watermark on the posted pictures, it sounds to me like a lawsuit for defamation would be entirely reasonable.

2015-02-01 11:54:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rand Paul's FAIR Act would curtail abuse of civil forfeiture

ReasonToday Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) reintroduced the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act, which would revise federal civil forfeiture law to give property owners more protection and reduce the profit incentive that encourages law enforcement agencies to seize assets. "The federal government has made it far too easy for government agencies to take and profit from the property of those who have not been convicted of a crime," Paul said. "The FAIR Act will ensure that government agencies no longer profit from taking the property of U.S. citizens without due process, while maintaining the ability of courts to order the surrender of proceeds of crime."

Read the whole thing. Holder may have changed DOJ policy on this issue, but policy changes are easily reversed, and the fine print of his policy change had more loopholes than a mime has facial expressions.

2015-02-01 10:54:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judge declines to toss Perry indictment

Fox News via PattericoRichardson wrote that, “Texas law clearly precludes a trial court from making a pretrial determination regarding the constitutionality of a state penal or criminal procedural statute as the statue applies to a particular defendant.”

I'm far from an expert, but that sounds like a procedural technicality to me.

2015-02-01 09:54:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Israel says Iran has long-range missiles; can reach beyond Europe

2015-01-31 19:30:50.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Scott Walker at the Iowa Freedom Summit

2015-01-31 16:28:39.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Global Warming is a lie

BorePatchThe recent announcement by NASA that 2014 was (maybe, kinda sorta) the hottest year on record relied on a big heat wave in South America for the record high global temperature reported. But if you look at South America, you see a very large part of it is Amazon rain forest where there are precisely zero surface stations reporting temperatures to NASA and the other databases.

The debate over global warming has moved away from science. Now, the debate is between pseudo-scientists trying to find new ways to make it look like the planet is being warmed by human activity and actual scientists trying to catch them at it.

2015-01-31 12:54:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama calls for laws restricting drone flights

Ars TechnicaIn the wake of a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency employee’s late-night drunken mischief with a DJi Phantom 2 consumer quadrocopter drone over White House airspace, President Barack Obama called for new laws to govern the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

No, not his armed drone flights over foreign countries bombing weddings and terrorists (apparently in that order, sometimes). He wants to criminalize drunken government employees accidentally flying their unarmed toy drones over the White House fence.

His new law probably won't stop anything, but the manufacturer has committed to adding firmware restrictions to prevent drone flights within 25km of Washington, DC.

2015-01-31 11:54:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

AG nominee Lynch has ties to AG Holder's wife

Daily CallerPresident Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was a charter member of an all-black Harvard sorority — and so was Eric Holder’s wife.

This isn't a surprise to cynics, of course. Obama was not going to nominate someone who might make decisions significantly different from Holder's decisions because the coverups need to last another 2 years. But for anyone who had been harboring hopes of an honest AG in this latest nominee, you won't find them.

2015-01-31 10:54:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A defensive gun use that never happens... on video

PoliticoThey are the byproduct of a tragic myth: that millions of gun owners successfully use their firearms to defend themselves and their families from criminals. Despite having nearly no academic support in public health literature, this myth is the single largest motivation behind gun ownership. It traces its origin to a two-decade-old series of surveys that, despite being thoroughly repudiated at the time, persists in influencing personal safety decisions and public policy throughout the United States.

Politico, speaking here for the anti-gun left, thinks that defensive gun uses don't exist because there aren't enough news stories about dead bodies. The reality is, most defensive gun uses take place without any shots fired or anyone being hurt. This is a rare example caught on video:

Hat tip to SaysUncle.

2015-01-31 09:54:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DC grants 8 concealed carry licenses

They have granted 8 and denied 11 out of 69 applications so far, and have certified 6 trainers. This is a victory for gun rights, but DC's rules for obtaining a license are so strict that legal challenges are likely to continue.

2015-01-30 12:54:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bullion and Bitcoin

Triggerfinger via Comments at Shall Not Be QuestionedNothing is perfect, but freedom from fiat currency is usually better.

The problem with metals-based currency (or, really, any scarcity-based commodity) is that it’s hard to get more of it without putting a lot of work into it. That’s also the benefit of metals-based currency.

Fiat currencies present not a problem of physical or computational effort, but a mere command: PRINT MORE MONEY! And so it is done. The problem is not one of scarcity but one of moral hazard. And we know humans are flawed, immoral beings; eventually, and often, the holder of the currency will succomb to temptation.

I’m not convinced that deflationary cycles are the bugaboo that some economists seem to think they are. However, I’m willing to concede that no solution is perfect. I just prefer a financial system where the incentives are aligned in the right direction.

2015-01-30 11:54:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The state of the Texas libertarian party

Triggerfinger via Comments at Shall Not Be QuestionedIn Texas, the Libertarian party runs candidates for many local races. In their communications, that is one of their major selling points: they are trying to be a real political party working from the ground up as well as running no-hope candidates for big races. The big races are viewed as tools for ballot access (usually, x% of the ballot for president or governor means you don’t have to petition for ballot access).

This doesn’t mean that they can organize their way out of a wet paper bag consistently, but they seem to do a better job of it than most third parties and are consistently on the ballot in 1/3rd to 1/2 of local races.

I can’t speak to other states, though.

2015-01-30 10:54:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Local police can track your car in real-time, but object to being tracked

PJMediaNow, here we have an interesting juxtaposition between this story, revealing that local law enforcement can track your car in real-time, and the story I wrote about yesterday where law enforcement officials are lobbying the Waze app to disable the feature where citizens are able to track and locate police officers as they drive. This situation is entirely INVERTED. It’s the citizens who need to keep an eye on their government, not the other way around... Add this to the disclosures that airplanes are mimicking cell phone towers to collect flyers’ cell phone data and collecting metadata from digital communications, and it’s indisputable that we live in a police state now.

I've been saying this for a long time. It's gratifying, in a sort of dystopian way, to see others doing so.

2015-01-30 09:54:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More flexibility after the election, indeed

Gateway PunditIn May 1881 US explorers approached Jeannette Island, Wrangell Island and Henrietta Island in the Arctic Ocean and claimed them for the United States.

But according to the Obama Department of State no claim exists today over these US islands. In fact the State Department is conspiring with Russian President Putin to give away Wrangell Island to Russians. Wrangell and its 200 mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) has billions of barrels of oil/gas reserves and hundreds of millions of pounds of fisheries. It also has a strategic military location for tracking Russian moves in Arctic.

When Obama said he would have more flexibility after the election, he wasn't kidding.

2015-01-29 12:10:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Not cool, Barack

PJMediaOne indication of the generous financing is that it has now flown in a team of five American campaign experts (including Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign’s national field director) who will run the campaign out of offices taking up the ground floor of a Tel Aviv office building. V-2015 is careful not to support a specific party – rather “just not Bibi”. As such, the foreign funds pouring into the campaign are not subject to Israel’s campaign finance laws.

Meddling in the elections of a foreign nation, particularly one that is a traditional ally of the US, is verboten.

2015-01-29 11:10:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Speaking of destroying the healthy gun culture...

PublicolaThe anti's goal is to eliminate civilian gun ownership. They cannot do this in one fell swoop, not in a head on contest. So their method is to enact barriers piece by piece. In 1938 the feds passed a law prohibiting folks convicted of a violent felony from possessing firearms. In 1968 the feds passed a law prohibiting folks convicted of any felony from possessing firearms. In 1996 the feds passed a law prohibiting folks convicted of certain types of misdemeanors from possessing firearms. You see where this is headed don't ya?

The proposals coming out of Connecticut are aimed at the same thing. So is the SAFE Act in New York.

2015-01-29 10:10:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New Mexico court rules switchblades not protected by the 2nd Amendment

Volokh ConspiracyThe statement that “knives … are themselves a peripheral subset of arms typically used for self-defense or security” seems to suggest that the court would have upheld knife bans even more broadly, including bans that are not limited to switchblades. For cases concluding that knives are substantially protected by the Second Amendment, see this post; in particular, State v. Delgado (Ore. 1984) held that switchblades are constitutionally protected by the Oregon Constitution’s “right to bear arms” provision — the New Mexico case expressly disagreed with Delgado on this.

The most important thing to know about this case for most of us, who don't carry switchblades in New Mexico, is that there appears to be a circuit split between the 9th and 10th federal districts on knife rights. That makes a Supreme Court ruling on the issue more likely.

2015-01-29 09:10:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FDIC attempts to end Operation #Chokepoint

Washington TimesIn an effort to put an end to Operation Choke Point — a financial task force that was created by the Obama administration to “choke out” businesses it finds objectionable like gun shops — the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. issued a letter Wednesday saying all banks should examine their customer relationships on a case-by-case basis and not by industry operational risk.

The government agency followed the action with a memorandum to its supervisory staff requiring examiners put in writing their recommendation to terminate an account, which the financial institution must review before the account is ended.

This is a big deal if the FDIC actually has the authority to enforce it. The letter to banks will counteract the pressure to close accounts of politically-disfavored businesses, and more importantly the requirement to make recommendations in writing will provide for an evidence trail in cases where accounts are actually closed due to government regulatory pressure.

I do find myself with some uncomfortable questions, though.

First, obviously this doesn't address past issues.
Second, it won't stop people from giving "advice" and not putting it in writing. It may discourage it, but it can't stop it.
Third, Operation Chokepoint has generally been described as a joint operation with the Department of Justice. The details aren't known, but FDIC doesn't necessarily have authority over everyone involved.

Washington Times
“We’ve gone down that road and have choked off Choke Point,” said Mr. Luetkemeyer in an interview with The Washington Times. “The FDIC has acknowledged wrongdoing and put in place measures to stop this activity.”

Admission of wrongdoing sounds like lawsuits can and should be filed pronto.

This is big news, and I wonder if -- like with the IRS case -- an internal investigation is driving the desire to get out in front of the news cycle with this.

2015-01-29 00:25:37.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Government monitoring gun shows with license plate readers

Shall Not Be QuestionedAccording to the ACLU, the DEA and ATF were conspiring to use license plate readers at gun shows. Presumably all this was because, war on drugs, and because, terrorism or something like that. You have to wonder with as pervasive as the surveillance state is becoming, with technology enabling it to ever greater heights, how long we have until there’s de facto registration even without the government even needing to resort to 4473s. Just watch a gun range for a while via drone or satellite, and just start compiling a list. Soon you won’t even need people to do this. You won’t even need to specifically focus the camera on the gun range. It’ll all be done algorithmically by computers, compiling tons and tons of data to be called up and analyzed any time the powers that be want to scrutinize someone.

The only thing I have to add to this is that it is no longer a hypothetical situation. Between satellites, drones, automated license plate readers, financial monitoring of credit card transactions, the paper 4473s, NICS, and NSA monitoring of communications activity (including email, telephones, and web traffic) the government could compile a list of gun owners and match that list to a high-confidence list of what firearms they owned with relatively little effort. It wouldn't be serial numbers, but probably close enough for the cop on the raid to ask you where the AR-15 you bought last year is and why you didn't turn it in.

2015-01-28 20:07:10.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Confirmed: Justice Department has an operational database of guns and cars

Wall Street JournalThe Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists, according to current and former officials and government documents.

That's the "car" part of the database. Put it together with other databases, such as state lists of concealed-carry permit licensees, and you can find out if a particular car is likely to have a gun, as happened to this Florida resident driving through Maryland. We know their motivations are centered around guns because they originally intended to deploy this around gun shows:

Wall Street JournalA federal agent proposed using license-plate readers to scan vehicles around gun shows in order to aid gun-trafficking investigations, according to an internal Justice Department email.

It seems clear this is a fully operational gun-registration program that purports to be about cars and has been kept mostly secret until now.

2015-01-28 20:06:21.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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