That's a stunning bit of circular logic there. How do we collect "better data" on how often illegal aliens vote without taking measures such as requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration? But we can't have such measures until we have proof, and we can't have proof until we take those basic measures against illegal aliens voting. It's enough to make you dizzy.
How about this: we enforce the rules in our elections so that only the people allowed to vote are actually allowed to vote. We take simple measures like requiring an ID and proof of citizenship. And when people violate those rules, we punish them to deter others.
New Jersey has another gun control scheme in the works
This one would impose identification requirements to use your own firearm on a range, each time, every time. The practical effect is that unstaffed ranges would be shut down, and that's a lot of ranges. It would also require anyone wishing to learn to shoot to go through all the regulatory processes involved in getting a New Jersey FID card, a non-trivial exercise, before they can go to a range and try it out with a friend or for a training class. So not only would this shut down a lot of the cheaper, rural shooting options, it would prevent people from bringing their friends into their shooting sports hobby by raising the barrier of entry dramatically.
Remember, this is how the blue states work. They use their laws to make it impossible for people they don't like to live in their state or bring other people into the activities and hobbies they don't like. The more people they drive out of "their" states, the harder it is for us to fight back or regain territory.
... and so am I, but I tend to think it should be legal and protected by the 1st Amendment, so long as you are burning your own flag in a reasonably safe manner. Still, this tempest is sized appropriately for a teapot, at the moment.
Of course, Hillary is also against it. When you're in government, you tend not to like opposition to government. Trump does not appear likely to be a transformative figure in that respect. But at least the media will call him out on it.
Somehow the communists always return to censorship...
In the US, our First Amendment protects the freedom of the press. We as citizens have to do a little more work to evaluate the news, but it's better than giving the government -- or anyone else -- the power to shut people up by force.
The Democrats are trying to recount their way to victory...
It turns out that Jill Stein, Green party candidate, is conducting a recount effort (and crowdfunding it) in three states that would be sufficient to reverse the presidential election results. Hillary's campaign is getting involved, too.
If it was just a Stein scamfunding operation I'd say ignore it. But given the targeted states and the involvement of the Hillary campaign, Trump needs to make sure he has his people involved and playing defense. If you wait until the Democrats have "found" enough votes to swing the election their way, it's too late.
The margin of victory in those states, particularly Pennsylvania, seems larger than the usual margin of fraud. But the Democrats, and Hillary, are desperate and they think they are stopping the next incarnation of Hitler. Hillary and her top people are looking at the prospect of ending their lives in jail if Trump's administration unleashes the FBI.
They will pull out all the stops if they think there's even a tiny chance of actual victory.
UPDATE: Whaddya know, the recount deadline for Pennsylvania was November 21st and Jill Stein missed it. Anyone considering donating money to her efforts should bear this in mind.
These are the movies that were supposed to launch after Hillary won, setting up the temporary emotional push for gun control that is the only way such legislation has a chance of passing. They might wait for a mass shooting, too, but those are harder to schedule.
Well, he's got to get that through Congress, but it sounds promising. Under Obama, NASA was given the "official mission" of making Islamic nations feel better about themselves. While this did have the unintended side effect of leaving the field open for private industry, it was utterly pathetic in comparison to the possibilities.
If people want to freak out over the temperature of the earth and engage in rabid political activity, they can do so with private funds. There's room for basic science and data collection in this field, but the people at NASA have (with some exceptions) destroyed their credibility on this topic.
Shutting down new programs to refocus on space exploration, and restructuring the existing data-collection programs to focus on collecting accurate data without manipulation for public release, seems like an excellent direction to me.
Trump has announced Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. Though I had never heard of her prior to this announcement, it seems she is well known among education circles as a school choice advocate. That could be a big step towards breaking the educational monopoly currently enjoyed by the Left.
I wouldn't buy this claim just based on a single anonymous source.
Sourcing aside, I'm conflicted. Clearly Hillary violated the law regarding classified information. She probably violated laws against bribery and corruption in her official acts. In attempting to cover it up, she almost certainly committed obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence. These are crimes for which "lesser" people have gone to jail, regardless of intent. If Hillary is not to be considered above the law, she must be investigated, charged, tried, and if convicted, punished.
If Trump then wished to issue a pardon, leaving intact a prohibition on holding future political office and confiscating her ill-gotten gains, I could be content with that. But letting her skate the process completely seems unwise.
I do think the focus should be on the legislative agenda in Congress. Name a special prosecutor to address Hillary and move on.