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Terrorist attack in Mogadishu

The Liberty ZoneTwo were injured after an explosion blew a hole in the side of a commercial plane taking off from Mogadishu.

It appears there was only one death, presumably that of the man whose explosive underoos blew the hole in the plane. I think both sides can claim this one as a victory.

2016-02-09 12:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Media chief admits to taking government orders on what to air

BreitbartA retired media boss at a major German state broadcaster has admitted his network and others take orders from the government on what — and what not — to report.

National public service broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), which was recently forced into a humiliating apology for their silence on migrant violence and sex assault is being drawn into a fresh scandal after one of their former bureau chiefs admitted the company takes orders from the government on what it reports. He said journalists received instructions to write news that would be “to Ms. Merkel’s liking”.

This is not merely a theoretical situation in the US. There have been many reports of media figures being pressured to report favorably, or stop reporting unfavorably, or generally being pressured. In some cases, journalists have been screamed at on phone calls, and had complaints filed with executives at their networks. In other cases, their phones were tapped, their computers hacked, homes bugged.

It's not as simple as government giving orders on what to cover, but it's for damn sure not the way things are supposed to work.

Hat tip to Saysuncle for the story.

2016-02-09 11:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS still targeting conservative organizations

Albuquerque JournalInquiries into our status were dismissed out of hand by the IRS. And today, six years later, we are still awaiting a resolution. The office of Rep. Steve Pearce was kind enough to talk with the IRS last year concerning this issue and was told that because of our lawsuit against the IRS, they would not disclose any information concerning our status. Catch 22: Drop the lawsuit and they might or might not make a decision; not drop the lawsuit and continue to enjoy our state of limbo!

What, did you think the IRS had stopped putting its thumb on the scales? Why would they stop when they aren't being punished for it and they can destroy hard drives with evidence of their nefarious activities with impunity?

2016-02-09 10:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

80% of cops in Chicago destroyed dashcam mics

Hot AirA new report suggests Chicago police officers are hiding or intentionally destroying dashcam mics so the audio isn’t available. DNAinfo Chicago snagged records showing 80% of cops are doing something to make sure the dashcams aren’t working properly. It got so bad, police supervisors finally started warning officers they’d face discipline if their cameras weren’t working.

I wish I lived in a universe where this surprised me.

Remember, if you're a good cop, the camera is there to protect you.

And if you're a good cop in Chicago, you're outnumbered 5 to 1.

2016-02-09 09:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Forecast: chilly with a chance of Islamic terrorism

Gateway PunditChattanooga police are investigating multiple damaged vehicles at the local Jewish Center. Two cars were torched at the center on Saturday night.

I wonder who would be motivated to burn cars outside of a Jewish center?

2016-02-08 12:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cruz campaign sends voter shaming mailers

IJReviewYou are receiving this election notice because of low expected voter turnout in your area. Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors’ are public record. Their scores are published below, and many of them will see your score as well. CAUCUS ON MONDAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORE and please encourage your neighbors to caucus as well. A follow-up notice may be issued following Monday’s caucuses.

Bad move, Ted. Whoever sold you on this idea needs to start looking for a new job.

Rubio did it too.

2016-02-08 11:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama to attend mosque with terror links

Gateway PunditPresident Obama will make the first visit during his presidency to a U.S. mosque next week, the White House announced Saturday, as the administration tries to promote religious tolerance at a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is becoming more voluminous.

It appears that Obama has decided to take off the mask.

PJMediaThere's only one problem: the mosque the president has chosen to honor with his presence -- the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) -- has a history of ties to extremist Muslim groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

Oh, that's no problem... so does Obama.

2016-02-08 10:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama admin to require companies to report pay by gender and race

The HillThe Obama administration is proposing a rule that will force companies with 100 employees or more to report pay data by gender, race and ethnicity to further advance equal pay for women in the workplace.

This is how the left works: they get their foot in the government door, and then they use that to leverage more division and strife to advance their policies as the "solution" to a problem they created.

2016-02-08 09:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FAA to clear transgender pilots of disorder label

The HillThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is no longer labeling transgender pilots as victims of a "gender identify disorder." The FAA said the new categorization will allow transgender pilots to be cleared to fly more quickly than when they were considered to have an identify disorder.

This puzzles me.

Do we really have a lot of pilots who are perfectly healthy, of sound mind and body, who have gone through a gender transition or experiencing gender dysphoria? How pressing is this problem exactly? Does the FAA have their priorities straight or are they taking political dictation from Obama? (That's rhetorical, by the way).

Frankly, I could care less whether a pilot's plumbing matches his brain cells and clothing. I do care whether any medical or psychological conditions a pilot has make him/her/it/them significantly more likely to decide that flying the airplane I'm in into the ground is a good idea.

The Veteran's Administration seems to think that it does, by a factor of about 20.

At least for pilots flying passenger planes, I'd say the FAA has good reason to be concerned.

I'm getting tired of being ruled by an idiot who lets his delusions interfere with reality.

2016-02-07 12:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Mirror Fallacy

WattsUpWithThatThere’s a great deal of research into how to communicate science more effectively and science communication should be evidence-based. But scientists and science communicators cannot afford to ignore the potential of misinformation to undermine good science communication.

One way to reduce the influence of misinformation is inoculation: we can stop the spread of science denial by exposing people to a weak form of science denial.

What is "a weak form of science denial" but misinformation itself? Or to put it in terms more familiar to non-climate-scientists, lying about what your opponents believe?

For example, claiming your opponents are engaging in "science denial" when they have scientific evidence and arguments at least as strong if not stronger than yours...

2016-02-07 11:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SJWs invading Road and Track

Road and TrackThe fifty-something man in the aging Lexus SUV was red-faced from screaming as he pulled up next to my motorcycle and lowered his passenger window. I caught fragments of every nasty word I'd ever heard my Catholic-school classmates whisper to each other during recess. Then he slowed the torrent of abuse long enough to enunciate the next sentence clearly: "Bitch, I am going to get out of this car and beat you until you can't stand up."

"Alright," I said, removing my flower-covered Arai "Oriental" helmet with its mirrored visor and shaking out my hair, "let's get this started. I have to be at work in ten minutes." His mouth froze, and he floored the accelerator, nearly striking a pedestrian as he squealed around the corner. Apparently the guy thought I was a woman. I'd like to tell you that I was surprised, but I wasn't—because this, or something like this, has happened to me nearly a dozen times in the past few years. Allow me to to explain.

It never happened. Let me tell you what probably did happen: a guy with long hair did some dangerously unsafe driving that pissed off someone who was almost involved in a car wreck because of it. Rather than own up to his dick move, of which he is utterly oblivious due to a fundamental lack of self-awareness, the author imagines that his long, flowing locks somehow provoke drivers to go into fits of road rage. And, when the offended driver has had his say and drives off, the author declares himself to be a white knight and the whole incident a victory for women.

In other words, he's a social justice warrior writing about a fantasy he had, half saving women in a shiny suit of fantasy armor and half being one.

There's a surprising amount of disgust involved as I consider this person. Not for growing "his" hair long, not even for indulging in a bit of gender-confusion. The disgust is for the person who engages in this fantasy, in public, pretending to a real persona he is not and cannot be, and in the process smears his stereotyped view of masculinity on the basis of nothing more than what he imagines a masculine man would do.

It's a pity he didn't name names; then someone could sue him for libel. It's also a pity he didn't pitch this article to a science fiction magazine; likely he would have won the Hugo.

2016-02-07 10:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Some Clinton emails too damaging to release?

Fox NewsThe intelligence community has now deemed some of Hillary Clinton's emails "too damaging" to national security to release under any circumstances, according to a U.S. government official close to the ongoing review. A second source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, backed up the finding.

The decision to withhold the documents in full, and not provide even a partial release with redactions, further undercuts claims by the State Department and the Clinton campaign that none of the intelligence in the emails was classified when it hit Clinton's personal server.

Damaging to national security, they say, not to Hillary. Hillary herself is spinning the failure to release the emails as a partisan attack, which is amusing because a few days ago Hillary was spinning the investigation releasing her emails to be a partisan attack.

PJMedia"After a process that has been dominated by bureaucratic infighting that has too often played out in public view, the loudest and leakiest participants in this interagency dispute have now prevailed in blocking any release of these emails."

So is it partisan politics to leak them or partisan politics to withhold them?

Or is it partisan politics at all?

The HillSeparately, the State Department said on Friday that it would be similarly withholding 18 emails sent between Clinton and President Obama, “to protect the president’s ability to receive unvarnished advice and counsel.”

The emails, made up from eight email chains, “have not been determined to be classified,” Kirby told reporters on Friday. “They are entirely separate and distinct from the emails that were upgraded.”

The White House had asked for the emails to be kept secret in October.

So the Obama administration has something to hide after all. I wonder what it is?

In any case, this makes it very difficult for Obama to maintain he didn't know Clinton was using a private email server. Or it would, if he had any respect for the truth to begin with.

2016-02-07 09:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Republican ABC debate notes

ABC Debate comments below.

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2016-02-06 21:02:29.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

I have nothing against red dot sights..."The new generation coming into law enforcement doesn't have a good grasp of lining up iron sights, but they can play video games and are used to putting a red dot on a target in games such as 'Call of Duty,' " said Teel, who is Glock's law enforcement district manager for the state of Texas.

"A lot of people when they come into law enforcement, the first time they ever handle a firearm is at the academy. If I say 'put that red dot on that target and pull the trigger' -- it simplifies it. You are looking at one thing."

... but that is not the argument I would use for them.

2016-02-06 12:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

LAPD riddle wrong truck with over 100 shots and face no charges

Irons in the FireProsecutors are declining to criminally charge against eight Los Angeles police officers who injured two innocent women after mistakenly riddling their pickup truck with more than 100 bullets during a manhunt for cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner, according to a report released Wednesday.

Notice how it took them years to decide not to file any charges in this blatant case of (negligence and mistaken identity) attempted murder. Why did it take them years? To let the presumed public attention span lapse.

2016-02-06 11:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Danish teen fought off rapist with pepper spray, will face charges

thelocal.dkThe teenager told police that she was attacked in central Sønderborg on Wednesday at around 10pm by a dark-skinned English-speaking man. She said the man knocked her to the ground and then unbuttoned her pants and attempted to undress her.

The girl was able to save herself from further assault by using pepper spray on the attacker, but now she may be the one who ends up in legal trouble.

“It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely be charged for that,” local police spokesman Knud Kirsten told TV Syd.

Yes, that's right -- not the person who tried to rape her, the victim of the attack will be charged with having and using pepper spray to defend herself.

2016-02-06 10:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Your location is for sale

The AtlanticThe company has taken roughly 2.2 billion license-plate photos to date. Each month, it captures and permanently stores about 80 million additional geotagged images. They may well have photographed your license plate. As a result, your whereabouts at given moments in the past are permanently stored. Vigilant Solutions profits by selling access to this data (and tries to safeguard it against hackers). Your diminished privacy is their product. And the police are their customers.

I doubt the police are their only customers. The problem is, we don't have laws to address this sort of thing (whether by government or private actors) because it has never been possible to engage in this sort of widespread data collection before. Sure, you could follow someone. But you needed at least one person to follow every suspect (or potential customer, even worse). This outfit just needs a few drivers, an automated license plate reader, and a database.

2016-02-06 09:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A Dysfunctional Administration

Washington PostFor more than two years, the Navy’s intelligence chief has been stuck with a major handicap: He’s not allowed to know any secrets. Vice Adm. Ted “Twig” Branch has been barred from reading, seeing or hearing classified information since November 2013, when the Navy learned from the Justice Department that his name had surfaced in a giant corruption investigation involving a foreign defense contractor and scores of Navy personnel.

When someone can't do their job -- and someone who can't access classified information also cannot be chief of intelligence for a branch of the military -- they need to be replaced immediately. Due process can be resolved later and the man restored to his post or placed into a different one without any black marks on his record if he is innocent. But the basic functioning of the organization requires that the person running it be capable and allowed to do his job, or be replaced immediately.

2016-02-05 12:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

This doesn't surprise me

TelegraphAn analysis of 70 trials of the most common antidepressants - involving more than 18,000 people - found they doubled the risk of suicide and aggressive behaviour in under 18s. Although a similarly stark link was not seen in adults, the authors said misreporting of trial data could have led to a ‘serious under-estimation of the harms.’

Not just increasing the risk of suicide, but doubling it, and also doubling the risk of aggressive behavior in teenagers.

I've always been skeptical of the idea of taking drugs to adjust your mental state; if you are depressed the better strategy is to find a way to deal with the problems in your life productively. For some people, there may really be a problem that they can address with chemical help, but I think the vast majority of people going to psychiatrists with a complaint of feeling sad, depressed, or unfulfilled are just expressing problems in their life that should be fixed by making changes in their lives. Or, at least, acknowledged as insoluble problems and learning to function despite those problems.

I don't judge individuals who choose one route or another; not being inside their head or their situation it is impossible to tell. But we should not close our eyes to the risks of medications we offer, either.

2016-02-05 11:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A familiar argument

Daily PunditIn regards to fully automatic weapons, this analysis is simply wrong. First, they do have military utility, since they are the standard issue rifle of the US military. Second, they are useful for law enforcement, which is the single biggest buyer of full-auto rifles other than the military. Police departments and federal agencies own tens of thousands of these weapons. Third, if the cops think they are useful for self protection, why wouldn’t they function likewise for private citizens? Finally, the reason they are not “commonly possessed” by “law abiding individuals” is that “law abiding individuals” have been effectively banned from owning such weapons. Although, given the crazy hoops through which law abiding folks must jump to own a full-auto weapon, far more of them own such than do criminals.

I've made these arguments myself, and I think that they make an excellent case. If the Supreme Court is honest, we will eventually see fully-automatic firearms protected by the 2nd Amendment, and the court will likely use the above reasoning to explain why the Heller dicta "in common use" does not apply as a requirement to protection for full-auto firearms.

That said, we're simply not going to win on this issue until there is substantial (and favorable) 2nd Amendment precedent on many other issues and we have had several new justices appointed on the right side of the issue.

2016-02-05 11:18:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Establishment figure Karl Rove endorses Trump over Cruz

Karl Rove on Fox quoted at Gateway Pundit “The Cruz Campaign, Spence Rogers, sends out a tweet. And the tweet is headlined, “Press says that Carson is going to take a break”… so tell all the Carson people to campaign with Cruz… At 7:53 the Carson people send out a release saying, “We’re here. We’re staying in the race. We’re going to New Hampshire and South Carolina.” And at 8:20 the national co-chairman of the Cruz campaign, Steve King, sends out a tweet saying, “It looks like Carson is getting out of the race.” Now they knew at this point that this was inaccurate.

“Senator Cruz in his initial explanation about this said we were sending it to our team, leaving the implication, I suspect, to most viewers, that this had to do with sending it out to staff members. No, no, no… They sent this to their nearly 1,500 precinct captains. There are 1,500 precincts in the state. And they sent this message from Spence Roberts (Rogers). Now why does that matter. Now the gap between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz is 6,239 votes. There are 1,500 precincts. Do the math… If that message cost Carson four votes per precinct to switch to Cruz, then Cruz beats Trump. If he doesn’t switch four, then he loses.

This is interesting not because Rove somehow exposes dirty tricks from Cruz -- all the Cruz campaign did was forward a news story that made an understandable leap of logic from a campaign announcement -- but because it exposes Rove as favoring Trump over Cruz.

And Rove is the quintessential Establishment strategist.

It is obvious that the Republican Establishment has decided they can make a deal with Trump so long as they don't have to face Cruz.

And the Democrats feel the same way.

2016-02-05 11:17:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama has shut down immigration enforcement completely

Washington ExaminerIn a shocking reversal of policy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are being told to release illegal immigrants and no longer order them to appear at deportation hearings, essentially a license to stay in the United States, a key agent testified Thursday.

What’s more, the stand down order includes a requirement that the whereabouts of illegals released are not to be tracked.

It's an explicit catch and release policy. They won't be given legal papers or work authorization (since the courts can and have issued an injunction to stop that) but, if caught, they will simply be released again without even being ordered to show up for a hearing on their status.

2016-02-05 11:17:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS is laughing at oversight attempts

Daily CallerThe new head of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) ethics office once oversaw the illegal shredding of documents sought by the federal tax agency’s inspector general (IG), and allegedly retaliated on the colleague he believed snitched on him about it.

Whitlock’s chief of operations was, until recently, a former tax enforcement agent who attempted to avoid government payments by declaring bankruptcy and who even lost his official sidearm in a bar fight.

Additionally, in this newly-appointed 7-person leadership team are two of Lois Lerner’s former top deputies, at least one of whom was involved in the targeting of conservative and Tea Party non-profit applicants. Records of those activities also mysteriously disappeared after Congress began investigations in 2013.

I've said before that, behind closed doors, the IRS was laughing at the pathetic attempts by Congress to provide oversight and respond to their political targeting. I still believe that... but they just opened the doors and are now pointing and laughing openly.

2016-02-05 10:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama's young army

Washington ExaminerNearly 17 percent of young adults age 16-29 don't have a job, aren't going to school or participating in employment training, an army of 10.2 million "detached" Americans down on their luck and a potential source of social unrest, according to a new Pew Research Center report.

Remember when Obama said we needed a national security force stronger than the army and police? Remember when Obama said he would fundamentally transform America?

These "NEETS" are his army, and "social unrest" is just another word for fundamental transformation.

2016-02-05 09:21:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

4th Circuit appeals court applies strict scrutiny to assault weapons ban in Maryland

Shall Not Be QuestionedFinally, judges who are willing to take Heller and McDonald seriously, and offer us serious Second Amendment protections. In short, the lower court had ruled Maryland Assault Weapons Ban was constitutional, having applied intermediate scrutiny. The three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has now vacated that ruling and ordered the lower court to apply strict scrutiny.

The lower court will have to look at the law (which it previously upheld under intermediate scrutiny) again, but this time under strict scrutiny. Since most Constitutional rights are reviewed under strict scrutiny and thus required to advance a compelling government interest in a narrowly tailored fashion to survive, this is a highly positive development for gun rights in the 4th circuit. It does not overturn the law in itself, but the lower court -- if honest -- is likely to do so.

Of course, this decision could itself be appealed. I would be surprised if it isn't, since it casts a serious shadow over gun control laws if allowed to stand.

2016-02-04 21:48:54.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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