More background on the investigation into Trump's foreign policy team

Sundance lays out the case. Start with this twitter thread. This is a good piece for understanding how the investigations into Page, Papadopolous, Flynn, Manafort, and (recently revealed) Phares all link together, and also form the link from the pre-election illegal surveillance and the post-election Mueller investigation.

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Tue Jun 23 01:56:22 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More fake hate?

WSVNThe discovery of the noose Sunday afternoon in Wallace’s garage stall comes as the United States, and NASCAR in particular, more squarely address America’s systemic racism in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.

Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top circuit, has been an outspoken advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement and the corresponding protests against racism and police brutality. He wore an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt before one event, repainted his car with the “Black Lives Matter” phrase and pushed NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag.

I would bet a huge amount of money that this is another incident of "fake hate", and another large amount of money that the "noose" was placed in Wallace's garage by Wallace himself or someone with authorized access to the garage who is an ideological fellow traveler of Wallace and BLM.

As for the idiot who had a plane fly the confederate flag over the track after the flag was banned, well, the jury is still out on that one. It would be an expensive stunt. (How much does it cost to hire a plane to fly a banner?) And while a flag may offend the easily offended, it's a long ways from the death threat that a noose consists of.

UPDATE: And it looks like I would have won my bet. The "noose" is hanging from all the garage doors. It's how you close them.

UPDATE: Followup.

Tue Jun 23 00:29:44 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Court rules against Trump rule requiring medical price disclosures

I have no idewa about the legal merits of this ruling, but the merits of the policy are obvious. Of course people should be able to know the prices of medication before buying it.

Mon Jun 22 02:59:50 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Leaked Facebook memo suggests illegal hiring practices

Project Veritas has a leaked memo describing Facebook's official policy of giving priority to H1-B immigrants over Americans. While the authenticity of the memo is not certain, if in fact it is real it appears to describe practices that are illegal on their face. H1-B visas are supposed to be hired only if no Americans can be found with the needed skills.

Mon Jun 22 01:59:50 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Discord spies on you

Discord BlogWe have invested in people — Trust & Safety is one of the largest teams at Discord — and in technology to proactively identify and ban bad actors from the platform. In 2019, more than half of the servers we removed for violent extremist content — many of which were white supremacist servers — were removed proactively by our team, before they were reported to us. We will keep increasing that number. In recent weeks, we have been monitoring our platform very closely to find and remove anyone seeking to use Discord to organize around violent extremism or disrupt protests.

The key phrase is "before they were reported to us". Also note the repeated use of "proactively".

Sun Jun 21 01:59:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Privacy concerns with virtual classes

There's a reason I don't do videoconferencing. This is it.

Sat Jun 20 02:33:10 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another member of the swamp self-identifies

AG Barr announced that a DOJ attorney was resigning, but the attorney denied it and said he would remain in the post until his successor was confirmed by the Senate. The combination reveals the attorney (responsible for investigating Michael Cohen, among others in the Trump orbit) is a member of the Deep State. The attorney knows the Senate confirmation process will take forever, especially when the idea is to replace a Deep State ally, and if he remains in his current position he can wield power to defend his allies while giving Trump a black eye in the media. If Trump fires him (which he should), the attorney gets to play the martyr and start a gofundme to reap the riches of high profile political opposition to Trump.

Sat Jun 20 01:33:10 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Austin continues to tax and spend for useless light rail

Fri Jun 19 02:10:08 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Defund the police?

It sounds crazy, and it is, but there appears to be support for it. Austin has a proposal before their council as well.

What do they imagine they will replace the police with? Social workers?

Fri Jun 19 01:10:08 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Supreme Court denies cert on all pending 2nd Amendment cases

Of Arms and the Law has a little more, but not an explanation.

Me, I speculate that one or two of the Justices on the right is signaling that he won't vote in favor, but doing it subtly. The large number of cases was an effort to find one that justice liked, but he didn't like any of them.

Speculating further: It's Roberts and he's being blackmailed.

Thu Jun 18 10:57:33 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Supreme Court blocks Trump from stopping DACA

It was Roberts and the usual four liberals in a 5-4 decision. Roberts claimed that Trump gave only a single reason for stopping the program and that wasn't enough. Trump's reason was that the program was outside of presidential authority and therefore unconstitutional. Apparently that's not good enough for Roberts.

The decision is horrible. Given Trump's power as President, he should be able to reverse any previous Presidential decree with or without a reason. Regardless, in this case he gave a reason, and a very good one that should be more than sufficient. The predictable result here is that Trump will simply further expound on that reason and win the next case. Of course, in between now and then there will likely be an election with a lot of hispanic voters who will presumably be freshly invigorated by being reminded of this issue. That's the real motive for Roberts and the left, or perhaps for whomever on the left has his hand stuck up Roberts' ass when he votes.

Thu Jun 18 10:46:09 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake news and Big Tech attacks competitor for comment section

NBC News has a unit dedicated to attacking competitors, and that unit published an article attacking a competing (and right-leaning) news website for content appearing in the comments section rather than the article itself. And got Google to either demonetize the whole website, or issue some sort of warning. It's not clear which.

What IS clear:
1) Section 230 prevents websites from being held accountable for what their users post when they are acting as a platform rather than a publisher. (The user is still accountable).

2) Google and NBC rely on that to avoid liability themselves...

3) But their terms of service for advertising apparently do not allow clients to rely on that protection, but instead require comments to be moderated...

4) Which would violate Section 230 by acting as a publisher rather than a platform and voiding those protections.

Thu Jun 18 01:20:36 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Et Tu, Gorsuch?

Roberts has been suspect for a while, but Gorsuch just wrote an opinion saying that "sex" means "sexual orientation" and "gender identity". It was a 6-3 decision: Gorsuch, Roberts, and the usual liberals.

So I guess Obama's blackmail squad found something on Gorsuch too.

Tue Jun 16 01:01:36 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Intel Community Assessment "Annex A" released

And yes, its the Steele dossier. Which means all of the Russian Hoax was based on that information. That was all they had.

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Mon Jun 15 01:57:24 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Starting to get very suspicious

These suspiciously commercial riots are happening so regularly in election years lately that I am seriously starting to wonder who is agitating them. Does the DNC just send people out into certain communities and start a whisper campaign that if you riot, and claim it's all about the latest questionable death, no one will stop you or make you give back anything you looted. Like a free pass to take the stuff you wanted and maybe burn a building or two.

That said, the facts in this resisting-arrest death do not seem favorable to the police. You can't just kneel on someone's throat until they die. It seems unlikely that death was actually intended, but it was certainly a foreseeable consequence. Some sort of negligent homicide is definitely on the table, depending on autopsy results. Please do investigate.

Sun Jun 14 02:23:50 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About Seth Rich and Wikileaks

Sun Jun 14 01:23:50 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Big Tech Bias...

The person in charge of fact-checks on Twitter (and thus at least in an organizational sense is responsible for falsely fact-checking Trump's truthful tweet about mail in voting fraud) apparently has a history of anti-Trump tweets, to include claiming there are actual Nazis in the White House. And the decision to fact-check the President in an election year (and no one else) has led to Twitter becoming a target of legislation to remove their section 230 protections.

Of course, Twitter doesn't bother to fact-check anyone else's false claims, so it's clearly a case of bias.

Sat Jun 13 02:31:36 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

St Louis releases all rioters without charges

Sat Jun 13 01:31:36 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump to suspend environmental regulations to speed up infrastructure

Construction is certainly his area of expertise, so suspending certain regulations to speed things up seems reasonable. I don't like the idea of borrowing huge amounts of money to spend on nebulous "infrastructure" projects, but getting needless regulations out of the way is good.

Fri Jun 12 02:21:35 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The three sides of "I can't breathe"

We have now seen at least two incidents where people died while being arrested, and their last words were "I can't breathe". (Probably there are more than just two, but two became national news). I have some thoughts.

First, there's some unconventional wisdom. Like choking, if you can say "I'm choking", you're not choking. If you can say "I can't breathe", you can breathe. This is because you need to breathe to speak aloud. I wouldn't be at all surprised if some police officers use this as an informal test -- if someone is saying it, it means they aren't using too much force with their restraint. Especially when combined with...

Second, people are saying "I can't breathe" as a political protest, or a way to force police to back off their restraints or risk creating a political incident. That is, there are a lot of people who say "I can't breathe" when they really CAN breathe, just to create problems for police. This isn't a recipe for being taken seriously when there is a real issue. And finally...

Third, in certain medical conditions you can feel like you aren't able to breathe because you aren't getting oxygen to your body even if you actually can breathe and have some other problem mostly unrelated to a police restraint -- like a heart attack or seizure.

There's an argument that Floyd was facing exactly this, with fentanyl and meth in his system, compounded by police restraint. That is, he had a real medical problem, quite likely made worse by being arrested, which police may well have been trying to deal with according to their training (whether the training is right or not is another matter).

Those three factors make for a deadly combination. Two reasons for the police to ignore a potentially deadly medical condition.

Fri Jun 12 01:21:35 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BLM developing "highly trained military arm" to "challenge law enforcement"

Yes, that sounds like armed insurrection to me, too. Full interview. And before you say that's just talk... it's not just talk. More information on Seattle.

Thu Jun 11 02:31:02 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Putting Obama into the SpyGate narrative

Thu Jun 11 01:31:02 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake News

CBS engages in deceptive editing of Barr interview to cover up rioting. They would rather get caught lying to you than allowing their false narrative to be challenged.

Wed Jun 10 01:24:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Supreme Court almost took an NFA case

Clayton CramerA prosecution for unlawful machine gun possession was granted cert by the Supreme Court--and the Justice Dept. filed a motion applying to vacate the judgment and drop the indictment. (It appears that the defendant challenged the constitutionality of the indictment before this went to trial.) Huh?

The argument that scared DOJ into dropping felony charges is that:

1. Federal authority to regulate machine guns is derived from their authority to tax them.
2. Since 1986, it is has been unlawful to make them for private ownership.
3. If they will not collect that tax, do they have authority to regulate their possession?

I've known this argument was a winner for a while, the question is whether there are five honest votes on the Supreme Court for it. The recent cases regarding the ACA on a similar matter have suggested that maybe there are (and it would be especially embarassing to ignore recent and relevant precedent if some are wobbly).

I'd feel safer replacing one more liberal judge, but DOJ seems to think there's a significant risk of losing if they press the matter. That says good things about our chances.

Another interesting question is whether the Supreme Court will allow DOJ to drop the case since they have already granted cert. We'll find out, I think.

Tue Jun 09 02:14:00 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Over a dozen ObamaGate / SpyGate criminal referrals coming?

Promises. They are reportedly coming from Congress, some of them target the Flynn case and the Mueller probe.

So far, DOJ's record for acting on criminal referrals from Congress on this matter is a big fat zero.

Wake me when there are indictments.

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Tue Jun 09 01:14:00 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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