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State and federal cooperation as applied to guns and immigration

In an uncharacteristic moment of stupidity, Rick Moran wrote:

Rick Moran at PJMediaIt certainly is a novel approach, but probably doomed to fail. The problem has been the Supreme Court, which has ruled several times that state and local governments are not required to assist ICE in enforcing immigration law.

If that's true, why do state and local government assist the government in enforcing drug laws or gun laws?

Maybe he forgot that states don't all assist the federal government with enforcement of drug laws. See Colorado, among others, which has legalized "medical marijuana".

Insofar as states assist with gun law enforcement, it's because:
1) the federal government conditions such assistance on various funds, ie, the states get paid.
2) the "gun laws" being enforced are generally accepted as having a close relationship to crimes of violence, ie, the states want to cooperate.

And of course many of them don't -- see the various situations where states were found not to be reporting psychiatric confinements or disqualifying crimes to the NICS database.

"Sanctuary" states are a problem, but I'm not entirely sure it's a problem best solved by forcing states to cooperate. Cutting off federal funds if they don't seems workable. Arresting governors or mayors does not.

That said, there's not cooperating and then there's active resistance, as well as laws against harboring fugitives. If state law enforcement is told to interfere with or resist federal law enforcement, we have a name for that.

We call it Civil War.

This is uncomfortably close.

Sat Jan 20 09:10:04 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senate reauthorizes FISA in the midst of political spying controversy

Washington TimesSenators voted Thursday to approve a six-year renewal of the government’s chief foreign spying program, delivering a win to security hawks who got most of what they wanted in the deal.

The bill, which now heads to President Trump for his signature, extends Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which empowers the government to collect phone calls, emails and other communications of foreign targets overseas.

If the law can't be reformed under these conditions, just following an election where the party in power spied on the opposition and the opposition won anyway, are there any conditions at all under which the law could be reformed?

Perhaps if we elected a Congress with nothing blackmailable in the NSA database.

Sat Jan 20 09:10:04 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Remember the Pakistani IT guy who was running all the Dem servers?

Daily CallerHouse investigators concluded that Democratic IT aides made unauthorized access to congressional servers in 2016, allegedly accessing the data of members for whom they did not work, logging in as members of Congress themselves, and covering their tracks, according to a presentation summarizing the findings of a four-month internal probe.

Their behavior mirrored a “classic method for insiders to exfiltrate data from an organization,” and they continued even after orders to stop, the briefing materials allege. There are indications that numerous members’ data may have been secretly residing not on their designated servers, but instead aggregated onto one server, according to the briefing and other sources. Authorities said that the entire server was then physically stolen.

This looks like a classic intelligence operation, one that penetrated to the highest levels of the Democratic party (at least in Congress) under Obama's administration. How much blackmail material did they manage to exfiltrate on representatives still in Congress? How much national security information?

This has been a slowly ticking scandal for over a year now. It's not a political disagreement or a particularly politicized scandal; the victims are Democrats, but other than that there's no political element that I can see.

When Obama was in power, there was significant incentive to cover this up and pretend it was ordinary crime. Under Trump, there's no such incentive, so why is it still flying under the radar?

Perhaps the FBI are diligently following leads and doing their counterintelligence task correctly for once. I hope so. But I'm not confident.

Fri Jan 19 11:37:52 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fining China for intellectual property theft?

BreitbartThe U.S. launched a formal investigation this summer into allegations that China facilitates the theft of U.S. technology and intellectual property, in some cases forcing U.S. companies into delivering technology into Chinese hands as a cost of doing business. Under U.S. trade law, the administration can impose retalitory tarrifs and other trade sanctions against China if it concludes China is engaged in wrongdoing. Earlier reports from the U.S. government found China to be the worst infringer of intellectual property rights in the world.

I'm not sure that a fine is the right response. The right response is probably just not giving them our intellectual property to steal. But doing something about the issue is a good place to start.

Fri Jan 19 09:37:52 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Illegals aliens doing the murders Americans won't do

Daily MailAn illegal immigrant laughed as he admitted to killing two Sacramento-area police officers and pledged to do it again, in a series of chilling courtroom outbursts on Tuesday.

Luis Bracamontes, 37, is standing trial at Sacramento Superior Court for the 2014 murders of Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Davis Jr.

'I wish I could have killed more of those motherf***ers,' Bracamontes said, before Judge Steve White, according to the Sacramento Bee.

'I will break out soon, and I will kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me.'

Why should we give him amnesty?

Fri Jan 19 09:37:52 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Was Hillary consigliere Sid Blumenthal involved in the dossier?

The FBI seems to think so. This is the same person who ran his own "intelligence" operation that surfaced in the Benghazi emails.

Fri Jan 19 09:37:52 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Classified report exposing FISA abuse made available to all Congressmen

Sara CarterA review of a classified document outlining what is described as extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was made available to all House members Thursday and the revelations could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, several sources with knowledge of the document stated. These sources say the report is “explosive,” stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates.

The gist of the report will probably start to leak Friday evening, the traditional dumping ground for things the government or media want to cover up. Given that they've been leaking battlespace preparation for this for weeks, I wouldn't be surprised if people do lose their jobs over it. For people working in government, that's usually enough to prevent criminal charges.

The public needs to know the whole truth. Release the whole thing. And let's keep our copies around as reminders for when FISA next comes up for renewal.

Fri Jan 19 09:37:52 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fusion GPS took dossier to press to salvage Hillary's campaign?

Power LineThere you have it: James Comey’s announcement that he was reopening the Hillary email investigation–an investigation in which he eventually whitewashed Mrs. Clinton, notwithstanding unequivocal evidence of crimes on her part–triggered a response. Hillary, or the DNC, ordered Simpson and Steele to promote to the press their quarter-baked dossier of fabrication and speculation, in an effort to counterbalance Comey’s reopening of the email investigation. That pretty much tells you all you need to know.

He doesn't say it outright, but he strongly implies it. Note that Comey's announcement that he was reopening the email investigation after discovering more emails (on Weiner's computer, if I recall correctly) is followed up rapidly by another announcement that nothing was found -- far too quickly to be real -- and by Fusion's attempt to push the dossier to the media.

Fri Jan 19 09:37:52 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Recognizing reality is not racism

American ThinkerWe are lectured by Democrats that we must privilege third-world immigration by the hundred million with chain migration. They tell us we must end America as a white, Western, Judeo-Christian, capitalist nation – to prove we are not racist. I don't need to prove a thing. Leftists want open borders because they resent whites, resent Western achievements, and hate America. They want to destroy America as we know it.

As President Trump asked, why would we do that?

We have the right to choose what kind of country to live in. I was happy to donate a year of my life as a young woman to help the poor Senegalese. I am not willing to donate my country.

People who grew up in huts woven from grasses, with no running water, no toilets, no concept of sanitation, no education, not even the ability to read and write in their own language never mind in english, will not do well in modern society. They simply will not. Their environment has not prepared them for it.

And yes, while we can afford to import and support some of those who are born in poverty and squalor to the United States for the rest of their natural lives, it is only a drop in the bucket compared to the people still living in that poverty and squalor.

How much more effective would it be to spend the same resources on educating a few of the local workers on plumbing and sanitation? A shovel, a toilet, and some pipe could go a very long way.

And lets not lose sight of the fact that some of those we import under present rules want to destroy America as we know it quite literally.

Fri Jan 19 09:37:52 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

75% of terrorism convicts born abroad

LifezetteThree out of every four people convicted of terrorism-related charges in the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., were born in foreign countries, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department.

The report details 549 convictions, including 402 who were foreigners, between Sept. 11, 2001, and the end of 2016. That comes to 73 percent — and does not include the convictions of U.S.-born children of immigrants.

Since roughly 1965, the United States has had immigration policies contrary to our national interest. Those policies chose people from poor nations (or no nations at all) essentially at random. Sometimes literally at random. They could bring their family members over -- or anyone they claimed was a family member, or a spouse. We offered citizenship to anyone who could sneak over the border and have a baby here. (Sure, it took 18 years to do it that way, but it worked). We took in refugees. We gave "temporary" protected status to people who were here illegally when their home nations were hit by natural disasters, and prolonged that status for almost two decades. When foreign governments warned us that people we had accepted as our new proto-citizens were terrorists, we ignored the warning, and people died.

It's time we adjusted our immigration criteria to emphasize people who can, will, and want to assimilate into our society and become Americans. And at the same time, we need to increase our border security to ensure that the only people getting into the country are those we allow in.

There's room for some back and forth on some issues. Technical workers on H1B visas need to be limited to people with truly unique skills, not people who will serve as a cheap source of indentured labor, but the program doesn't have to end completely. It just has to be changed to ensure American jobs go to Americans first. The wall doesn't have to be a sea-to-shining-sea thing of concrete. We can do what makes sense for the terrain and will effectively block illegal crossers. But the status quo has been so harmful, for so long, that we cannot compromise on further amnesties. It will be hard enough to assimilate those already here legally.

Furthermore, we have already been sold the "amnesty now, border security later" deal twice at least. Even Reagan got taken in by it. He thought the other side would deal honestly; they didn't, and the border security never materialized. Bush the Younger got authorization for a border fence, but no funding to actually build it. Trump needs to demand actual border security measures, actually funded, actually implemented, actually proven effective. Only then can the question of what to do with the people already here be considered properly, with at least some measure of the trust necessary to make a deal reestablished.

I'm tempted to suggest dealing with the question of those already here by simply electrifying the fence using green power from big, beautiful windmills. Now that would be a powerful compromise!.

Fri Jan 19 09:37:52 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More suspects in Las Vegas shooting

Daily Wire"The lawyer for Las Vegas Metro Police, Nicholas Crosby, later admitted something that was a bombshell revelation: other suspects are under investigation. Criminal charges may be filed in the coming weeks in the investigation into the Las Vegas massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

This may make more sense of the strange email exchanges and burner cell phones.

Thu Jan 18 13:31:15 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A diversity visa terrorist

Why would we want to let in people like this?

Thu Jan 18 12:42:34 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How's that space program coming along?

Meteor strikes earth near Detroit, causing earthquake.

Thu Jan 18 09:01:04 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senate barely passes FISA reauthorization

They got to 60 votes, but it took an hour and a half. The House passed its version last week.

It appears the FBI and NSA will be allowed to continue spying on Americans and using the intelligence they collect to influence presidential campaigns.

Wed Jan 17 10:58:22 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Illegal immigrants commit more crimes than citizens

Conservative ReviewA new report published by expert criminologist John Lott lays waste to the long-standing lie peddled by open-borders advocates that crime rates are low among illegal aliens. Part of the reason it has been so hard to prove conclusively what everyone sees in their communities is that most crime is dealt with at a state and local level, and most states don’t have uniform data on the immigration status of criminals processed through their systems. Lott is the famed author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” who now runs the Crime Prevention Research Center. Milton Friedman once said of John Lott that he “has few equals as a perceptive analyst of controversial public policy issues.”

This doesn't surprise me, and shouldn't surprise anyone, but it may nonetheless surprise quite a few scientists whose research funding relies on them not noticing it.

Wed Jan 17 09:48:23 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Stuff I didn't know about the anthrax attacks post 9-11

There is solid evidence they were also based in Islamic terrorism, and Meuller was the one who screwed up the investigation. To the point where he drove one man to suicide and rather than concede error, he closed the case and asserted that the non-dead man was the likely attacker.

I knew they never caught anyone for sure, that they chased after two Americans for the crime, and that at least one of them successfully sued. But the connections to the 9-11 hijackers and other links to islamic terror were successfully papered over.

Tue Jan 16 09:29:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More on the Vegas shooter...

Apparently, his girlfriend wasn't involved even though she helped him load the magazines. And police also believe he was sending emails to himself about firearms and accessories with phrases like "Try an ar before u buy. We have a huge selection. Located in the Las Vegas area." That's an email he sent to himself? That's nonsense; he didn't control both accounts. Or, if he claims he did, someone else also did and he was communicating with them.

The New York Times reports he had burner phones which suggests he was communicating with someone, if the email exchanges above weren't enough. (Hat tip to SayUncle).

Tue Jan 16 09:29:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Speaking of Russian Collusion...

It seems many environmental groups are taking Russian money to oppose extracting the natural energy resources of the United States. If Trump were actually a Russian agent, wouldn't he be supporting Russian interests by strengthening the EPA?

Tue Jan 16 09:29:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another fake hate crime

National PostAn 11-year-old girl’s claim that a scissors-wielding man approached her on the way to school and cut her hijab has turned out to be untrue, Toronto police said Monday as they closed their investigation into what was suspected to be a hate crime.

Why do these people feel like making up these attacks is beneficial to their cause? Don't worry, that's a rhetorical question. The real question is why they think they won't get caught, and damage their own cause.

Tue Jan 16 09:29:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About the privacy you don't have on social media...

Project VeritasClay Haynes: “There’s teams dedicated to it… at least, three or four hundred people… they’re paid to look at d*ck pics.”
Pranay Singh, Twitter Engineer, Says “All your sex messages… d*ck pics… like, all the girls you’ve been f*cking around with, they’re are on my server now…”
“Everything you send is stored on my server… You can’t [delete it], it’s already on my server.”

I remember when Congress managed to pass a law requiring video rental stores to respect the privacy of their customers. It's long past time for some Congressional action to enforce basic privacy norms of the social media giants.

Tue Jan 16 09:29:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is the GOPe about to betray their base on the budget?

Conversative ReviewBelieve it or not, GOP leaders don’t enjoy being in control of Congress. Although they like the increased power and pay-for-play inherent in being the majority party, they have a maniacal fear of responsibility on policy issues. That is because, unlike Democrats, GOP leaders don’t really believe in their campaign promises and are too scared to implement them. Which is why they always hide behind the filibuster as a reason for not fulfilling promises. And that is exactly why Mitch McConnell is now plotting to neutralize the one tool they have to pass good legislation with 51 votes.

If the GOP abandons one of the few tools they have and allows the filibuster to stop them from passing any policy initiatives at all while they hold all three necessary elements of government, it would be utterly pathetic and effective surrender. And so, probably only to be expected. The Democrats would never be so weak.

Fighting a political war where you only ever lose ground and never gain any back, much less advance into enemy territory, is a recipe for losing it.

Mon Jan 15 09:36:46 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that unbiased media...

Washington Post reporter fired for giving messaging strategy briefing to Soros conference. It's not that they don't have biases. It's that they try to hide them.

Mon Jan 15 09:36:46 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dossier author Steele is a socialist

American ThinkerThe claim that Steele was operating above politics is a joke. According to the British press, he was a socialist before working for British intelligence as a Russian expert – a career path that should stimulate skepticism, or at least curiosity, in a vigilant press. Steele was the perfect counterpart to John Brennan, who entered American intelligence after supporting the American Communist Party.

Well now, that puts a slightly different spin on those Russian sources, doesn't it? If those two were both Russian agents, reporting "information" from Russian intelligence officials to influence an American election..

Mon Jan 15 09:36:46 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Uranium One rollup begins with an arrest

The former president of a uranium transport company has been indicted for bribery and money laundering. This is the Uranium One scandal that happened under Obama; Russian corporations acquired control of 20% of the US uranium supply with the approval of Obama and Hillary. The Clintons received huge sums from many of the companies involved, some as personal speaking fees and some as donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Mon Jan 15 09:36:46 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Occasionally it is worth reminding people...

... why we don't trust the government.

Mon Jan 15 09:36:46 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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