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Can the President declare war?

From The Hill:

While Obama told the House and Senate leaders he would welcome congressional action that demonstrates a unified front, the president told the bipartisan group “he has the authority he needs to take action against (ISIS) in accordance with the mission he will lay out in his address,” according to the White House.

I imagine he's basing this on existing authorizations for use of military force in Iraq, but even if Obama has a legal argument, it sets a bad precedent to allow a president to recommence military actions without returning or involving Congress. And I say that while thinking that ISIS is an excellent example of an attempt to set up a terrorist state that needs to be squashed like a bug as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, Obama's ability to get an additional authorization through Congress is hampered by the fact that he is a barely-competent demogogue whose skill at actual politics that involve working with other people is nonexistent.

2014-09-11 11:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Third installment of Atlas Shrugged movie opens this weekend

But in only about 300 theaters. The prior installments have been.... watchable... for fans of the book, and are not recommended for anyone who isn't already a fan of the book. Which is not exactly high praise.

2014-09-11 10:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DoJ hiding former employee linked to IRS scandal

“Despite notifying [Oversight and Government Reform] Committee staff that the [Justice] Department no longer employs Mr. Strelka, the department has refused to assist the committee in speaking to Mr. Strelka directly,” Jordan wrote. “The department’s efforts to prevent the committee from learning Mr. Strelka’s whereabouts suggest the department has cause for keeping him from speaking with the committee.”

Stelka was for a time the DoJ lawyer defending the IRS against FOIA lawsuits related to the IRS targeting. He was previously a member of the IRS exempt organizations division, reporting to Lerner and maintaining a relationship with her after he left to work for the DoJ, and had been asked to "be on the lookout" for a Tea Party organizations while he was working for the IRS.

He is no longer working for the Department of Justice, and Congress now wants to talk to him, but the DoJ is refusing to provide any contact information. What possible legitimate reason could they have for not providing any?

None; the only purpose can be to delay the investigation as long as possible.

2014-09-11 09:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

There can be only one

The Second Amendment Foundation has taken the quickening of the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. Whether the soul of both organizations will live on as one remains to be seen.

Personally, I think the JPFO organization was a valuable voice for saying things that were not politically correct, but should have been. The decision to merge was a somewhat controversial one, but it sounds like this was a situation where not many alternatives were available. All we can do at this point is hope for the best.

2014-09-08 15:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Open Carry advocate acquited in jury trial

Army veteran Michael Keoughan, arrested in January while open carrying in Andrews, Texas, was found not guilty by a six-member jury this week.

This seems like the right outcome. Police charging a man for carrying a shotgun and black powder revolver peacefully and openly in Texas (where doing both things are legal under the letter of the law) for disorderly conduct is a clear and blatant attempt to get around the open carry laws. Merely being armed is not "disorderly" if those arms are not threatening anyone.

2014-09-08 14:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats still claiming IRS abuse was unbiased

They can't defend the indefensible, so they pretend it didn't happen even as more emails disappear.

What concerns me is that the Senate Democrats have backed the IRS to the hilt. It seems likely they are doing that because they were involved in pressuring the IRS to take action; more concerning, though, is the implication that if that defense is successful, such abuse will not only continue but grow worse. The Democrats appear to have abandoned the principle of a neutral civil service entirely.

2014-09-08 13:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Radley Balko explains how the system keeps poor people poor

Part of the problem with a regulatory state like ours is that it gets in the way of people at the lower end of the economic ladder. You can't drive unless you can afford car insurance, registration, and a car that will both run and pass safety inspections. These are sensible regulations. But if you don't have those things, you can't drive to your job in order to make money so that you can pay for them. It's a catch-22 unless you can find a way to bootstrap yourself, something most parents can do for their children... unless their parents are also caught in a similar trap.

2014-09-08 12:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Demanding Mommie has restraining order, possesses firearms anyway

Erika Quinn who described herself as a Moms Demand Action leader for Oklahoma, was ordered by the courts to remain 300 yards or more away from the children named in the order, as well as surrender any and all firearms that she may own.

The ironic thing here is that while Erika Quinn has been calling for stronger background check laws on behalf of Moms Demand Action, she appears to have had a restraining order taken out against her... and possessed firearms, possibly in violation of that order, but certainly in violation of the position of her organization.

2014-09-08 11:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that Democrat War on Women rhetoric

Two issues dogged Taylor. First, in 2011, Taylor, in his capacity as district attorney, decided in response to a ten percent budget cut, to stop prosecuting misdemeanor cases that involved domestic battery and violence against women. That created an outcry among Kansas women’s groups. Then the next year, Taylor and the District Attorney’s office were hit by gender and race discrimination suits, several of which remain unresolved.

Taylor is the nominee of the Democrat party for the Senate seat in Kansas.

2014-09-08 10:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Oral arguments in NSA telephony case

Ars Technica has an article about the arguments. C-Span has the arguments themselves.

2014-09-08 09:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

President Coward

2014-09-06 16:07:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS says it has lost emails from 5 more employees

This makes a total of 25 people in the Obama administration who have lost emails subpeona'd by Congress just in connection with the IRS investigation, never mind all the others. And in other news, they aren't even trying to hide the coverup anymore -- when the Washington Post asked the IRS why they had destroyed Lerner's Blackberry instead of trying to recover data from it (after the Congressional inquiry had already begun, remember), the IRS had no explanation.

2014-09-05 19:05:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch has new IRS documents refering to a secret project

The documents announced by Judicial Watch contain an admission that the donor lists being demanded by the IRS from targeted organizations were necessary only as input to a "secret research project" of some kind rather than for the ordinary and lawful administration of tax law, and a belief from Lerner that the Congressional inquiries into the IRS were "dangerous".

“Again, Judicial Watch has uncovered more shocking emails from the IRS, forced out by a lawsuit and a federal court,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Now we learn the stunning news that Obama’s IRS had a ‘secret research program’ using illicitly-obtained confidential donor lists of conservative and Tea Party organizations that opposed President Obama’s agenda or reelection. With all this IRS abuse, it is no wonder Lois Lerner said that questions by Congress and others were ‘dangerous.’ And it is well past time that President Obama should be held to account about his repeated and recent falsehoods about his IRS scandal. Next up: Judicial Watch will ask Judge Sullivan for help in requiring the Obama IRS to stop its obstruction and disclose the no-longer-missing emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials.”

Keep in mind that Lerner was well aware of the risks of a Congressional inquiry. Regardless of whether her hard drive's failure was deliberate or natural, she has admittedly advised her subordinates to be careful what they put in writing and inquired about whether instant messaging within the IRS was subject to Congressional inquiry.

The stuff they have fought for years now to conceal from Congress, and that we are now seeing dribbled out in bits and pieces when they have no other choice, is the stuff that they were willing to put into writing. The stuff they talked about via instant messaging or on the phone or in person is likely much worse.

2014-09-05 14:59:07.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bloomberg buys astroturf attacking businesses

Bitter has details, but it amounts to a demand that companies targeted by the Demanding Mommies issue a press release that can be shown to politicians or Bloomberg will buy a large ad campaign against your company's preexisting gun policy of "follow the local laws and don't worry about it".

2014-09-04 15:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New Gun Announcement

Borepatch has the ad. I've been looking for one since they came out, but I can't even find a review copy! These things are harder to find than the Keltec KSG!

2014-09-04 14:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The threat level is rising

A Libyan airport has fallen into terrorist hand, along with several large planes. Some of the planes have a range covering up to 9000 miles. It's seven days till 9/11.

2014-09-04 11:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gun dealer records confiscated in New York

Looks like a shop was selling "bullet button" guns and someone converted one back. The authorities confiscated his sales records at virtual gunpoint. Anyone who bought one had better figure out a course of action quick.

For an extra dose of stupid, the police did not want to physically return to his store to pick up the they records. They wanted the records emailed. Because that's secure.

And if you don't like it, shut up.

2014-09-04 10:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Verizon to pay almost $8M for violating customers' privacy

Note that it is paying that fine to the US government as a penalty for marketing to their existing customers using their personal information. So far, neither Verizon nor any other service provider has been required to pay a fine for allowing the US Government to spy on their customers for purposes far more nefarious than a marketing campaign.

2014-09-04 09:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lerner ignored complaints about union political expenditures

In 2007, Lerner responded directly to a complaint that some major labor unions reported completely different amounts of political expenditures when filing with the IRS and the Department of Labor.

Lerner wrote, “We looked at the information you provided regarding organizations that report substantial amounts of political activity and lobbying expenditures on the DOL Form LM-2, but report little to no political expenditures on the Form 990 filed with the IRS.”

“We believe this difference in reporting does not necessarily indicate that the organization has incorrectly reported to either the DOL or the IRS,” Lerner concluded.

It's not a smoking gun of illegal activity, but it is further evidence of favoritism. Cracking down on conservative and tea party organizations while letting labor unions skate by without even a close examination is suggestive.

We're not likely to see a smoking gun email suddenly appear. We may get lucky with the backup tapes, but we know from her surviving emails that Lerner was careful what she put into writing.

What do we have, however, is compelling: a person of interest pleading the 5th, a public admission of fault with a planted question at a press conference to get ahead of an inspector general's report, a continually changing story, a shocking series of "accidents" resulting in the destruction of evidence from at least 20 different people, a pattern of delay and outright obstruction of justice by the officials in charge of the investigation, and a whole series of horror stories from victims of the abuse that remain unanswered.

2014-09-03 12:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why the DoJ cannot be trusted to investigate the IRS

It’s highly unlikely the Department of Justice will issue criminal referrals resulting from the IRS targeting of Tea Party and conservative organizations for extra scrutiny. After all, one surviving email from Lois Lerner to Nikole Flax, then Chief of Staff to acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, said the “DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond [to the Tea Party], but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs.”

The targeting idea, it seems, did not originate with Lerner but President Obama’s mafia consigliere, Attorney General Eric Holder. Lerner, however, wanted to increase the firepower of the government juggernaut by bringing in the Federal Election Commission. “There are several groups of folks from the FEC world that are pushing tax fraud prosecution for [Tea Party tax-exempt] c4s,” said Lerner.

Because the Department of Justice was involved in the targeting as well.

Who could possibly be powerful enough to coordinate political targeting efforts at the DoJ, IRS, FEC, and other agencies?

2014-09-03 11:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ye bloody gods, I am out of patience with this

So some artist has posted a picture of a mother hugging her son. The son has his hands up. Both are black. The caption says "No one should have to teach their children this [meaning the hands-up-don't-shoot posture] in the USA." The artwork is of course referring to the shooting of Michael Brown, who was certainly not a child and judging by the autopsy results, probably did not have his hands up when he was shot. But that's not the point.

The point is that I've seen this sort of thing before. I remember an article from a few months or maybe a little over a year back that was written by a black columnist on the subject of the Trayvon Martin shooting. (This is a more recent column on the same subject) The column was lamenting the need that black parents have to teach their children, when interacting with police, to be polite, and obedient, and damned near servile ("Yes sir officer sir whatever you say sir I am not resisting sir") when interacting with a police officer.

The columnist was horribly sad, and blamed racism for the fact that he had to have "the talk" with his kids, especially his sons, about how to submit to a police officer so they don't get shot.

I thought it was horribly sad too, but I was with him all the way to the point where he started to blame racism for the whole thing. Because while I am caucasian, not black, and do not have the life experiences of a black man growing up, that columnist, being black, likewise does not have the life experiences of a white man growing up. And thus, I can be pretty sure that he doesn't know that I got the same damned talk about obeying the police that he did.

Be nice to the officer. Be very, very polite. Do what he tells you, unless you think he's likely to just kill you right there. Even then, it's probably a good idea to do what he tells you because if you resist he's legally justified in shooting you right there.

And this artist is making the same mistake.

It's not racism, people. Everyone gets "the talk". The police will shoot you dead on the spot if you resist, and even if you beat the rap you won't beat the ride. They don't care what race you are. If you twitch the wrong way when an officer is having a bad day, "officer safety" takes precedence over your life whether it is a white life, a black life, a brown life, a yellow life, a red life, or a purple life.

2014-09-03 10:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Which authors influenced your political philosophy?

Lots of people note Heinlein as a major influence. He certainly was on me; The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress was pretty important in my developing political philosophy. I'll also name Daniel Keys Moran, who is a lesser known author with a very different, but still fundamentally libertarian, perspective.

2014-09-03 09:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

I remember when people in government were called public servants

... now, they seem to think they are public masters.

They are using facial recognition software to record and identify everyone who attends a music festival and refusing to inform the public about what they were doing or release any records about it after the fact. I don't care what they think they were doing, the public has a right to know about it and a reasonable expectation that the police won't be videotaping them attending a musical event. Private individuals, like the people putting on the event, might be; police are different.

On the federal level, they are refusing to release the criteria for the federal no-fly list. What that means is, they can pick someone -- anyone -- and ban them from flying, for any reason or no reason at all, with no due process, no appeal, and no way to even know what could get you on the list, much less how to get off the list.

This sort of thing makes me sick.

2014-09-02 18:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Say, what is the Department of Homeland Security threat level again?

Oh, that's right. They replaced the simple color-code system with a web page that hasn't been updated since 2013 and displays no alerts.

Meanwhile, google tells me that the threat level is rising.

2014-09-02 17:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Vote buying... with cocaine?!

A developing federal investigation has brought up allegations that a Hidalgo County Commissioner paid for votes with bags of cocaine while other politicians paid for votes also with cash, cigarettes, marijuana and beer.

Well, I suppose it makes a certain amount of sense. Everyone involved has a huge incentive to keep their mouths shut.

2014-09-02 16:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

If Obama can disqualify his opponents, so can we

A week ago, Maness, a Tea Party-backed retired Air Force colonel, informed the Louisiana secretary of state of inconsistencies in Landrieu’s residency status. The Washington Post looked into the issue and found she listed her parents’ home in New Orleans to qualify for the ballot, but listed her home on Capitol Hill in Washington as her home address.

Of course, the flaw in this ointment is that by the time we have learned to file residency challenges, Obama supporters have escalated to filing (pathetically false) indictments.

2014-09-02 15:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The thing that bothers me about police...

A blogger I read regularly, who if I recall correctly is an ex-police-officer, has posted an analysis of why Michael Brown (of Ferguson fame) was initially stopped. I'm not going to disagree with any of the legal analysis, just comment on some elements that I find distasteful.

He posts the jaywalking statutes and indicates that Brown could have been lawfully arrested for violating them, and then continues:

Most people don’t understand that if they’ve received a traffic citation, even for speeding, they’ve been arrested. The police allow people to leave upon signing a promise to appear simply as a matter of convenience. It would be too time-consuming to make a physical arrest of every speeder, taking them to jail for booking, and the public wouldn’t stand for it..

When the public wouldn't stand for something that is technically happening already, except that the police don't enforce it with the full vigor of the law, it is an indication that the law is not in accordance with the consent of the people, and that should be sufficient grounds to change the law.

I doubt anyone has any real issue with police making real arrests for real crimes, such as driving recklessly (including while drunk), putting other people at risk, and so on. But stopping people because they are going a few miles an hour faster than some idiot politician in Washington DC thinks is safe for a road in Timbuktoo is wrong. (And no, I haven't gotten a speeding ticket in years, thank you).

The jaywalking thing is similar. It's BS. It's an excuse to hassle people. There's certainly some realm of walking-in-the-street that is worth a conversation about safety, but color me skeptical that the conversation was actually about that.

It was about "Let's hassle these people walking in the middle of the street to see if they look guilty about something"; perhaps there was no basis for it at all, or perhaps the report from the store came in the officer heard it and decided that walking down the middle of the street and matching the description of two people who had just robbed a store was worth making a stop. I don't have a problem with the latter. But the former is annoying.

If the only reason the officer stopped Brown and his friend was for walking in the middle of the road or walking in the road against traffic, he may have been technically and legally justified in making the stop, but he was not morally justified.

Read more for the rest of the analysis, where even bigger problems show up.

(Read More...)

2014-09-02 14:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Washington Post finally reports on voter fraud...

... noting that some people may have voted twice in 2012, crossing state lines from Maryland to Virginia. Of course, they still missed the important details.

It's not the occasional person who votes in two states that really bothers me, although that can certainly add up if enough people do it. The really troublesome part is that an insecure system opens the door to fraud on a massive scale.

2014-09-02 13:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI domestic terror threat assessment supposedly omits islamic terror

The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.

Also despite the rise of ISIS and continued reports of public threats issued from within the US, and Judicial Watch claiming to have information from within law enforcement that islamic terror groups are planning attacks on the southern border.

I don't think that the FBI's threat assessment does not include islamic terror threats. I think those threats have been censored from the report so they do not affect the elections negatively for Obama's party.

It's not like there aren't other threats, though:

An alternative assessment section in the report warned that radical black activists could “reinitiate violence at the historically high levels seen for the movement during the 1970s, when bombings, assassinations, hijackings, and hostage-takings occurred.”

“Such a scenario could occur as an extreme response to perceptions of devolving racial equality or perceptions of racially-motivated police brutality, or racially-biased injustice, oppression, or judicial rulings,” the report said. “Indicators include increased weapons procurement, reports of sophisticated plots, and development of an explosives capability.”

And then Ferguson happened. It's almost like someone was trying to bring about that result.

2014-09-02 12:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obamacare website cost almost $2B?!

I build websites for a living. Building a functional, secure website for ANY purpose should not cost two billion dollars. Costs to actually run the business might, but this is just the website itself. The cost is shocking enough, but that they spent that much money and didn't manage to launch something functional is horrifying.

2014-09-02 11:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

14 seconds from knock and announce to a dead body

The defendants assert that Officer Gregg Lee checked to see whether the door was locked, knocked on the door and announced the officers' presence, and then waited several seconds for the occupants to respond before Officer Todd Edwards breached the door. ... But the plaintiffs pointed out that only 7.194 seconds elapsed between the detonation of the second stun grenade, which was thrown from the rear of the house, and the detonation of the third stun grenade, which would have been thrown by the front entry team after breaching the door. ... Because a stun grenade takes 1.5 seconds to detonate, the plaintiffs argued, the front entry team had only 5.694 seconds to open the screen door, check to see whether Terebesi's door was locked, knock, announce, wait for a response, breach the door, look inside the room, and then throw a stun grenade.

The court denied official immunity.

2014-09-02 10:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

$1 million donation to gun control ballot measure by Gates

You can't buy grass roots, but you can buy astroturf.

2014-09-02 09:43:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Early Check Out

2014-08-31 16:55:17.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Republic of Bill

2014-08-30 16:57:58.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An attempt to ban body armor

HR 5344, the laughably titled “Responsible Body Armor Possession Act,” is nothing more or less than attempt ban Level III and higher body armor that can defeat most common rifle ammunition, such as the steel plate armor sold by AR500 Armor* and other vendors.

Body armor is not a weapon and can't actually hurt anyone. It is only, and solely, a protective device meant to save lives. Why on earth would anyone want to ban body armor?

2014-08-30 12:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning

According to Judicial Watch:

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

The scary part is, Mexico is almost as much of a failed state as the regions ISIS has been taking control over in the middle east. If they can get a foothold there, it's possible they could take and hold territory against the Mexican government. They could not survive extended engagement with our own military, but the whole point of being a terrorist group is to avoid extended engagements. Against a hapless administration, it could be Vietnam all over again -- except with terrorists conducting covert cross-border operations and retreating to refuge in Mexico.

We are going to get hit again. I don't see how we can stop it. Or no, that's not true. I think Obama has checked out and will not bother trying to stop it. Mark Levin on his radio show has been openly speculating the Obama isn't even bothering to read his intelligence briefings. At best, that's willful ignorance and a resulting paralysis; at worst, Obama hopes a terrorist attack on the US will create a useful crisis which he can take advantage of.

2014-08-30 11:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another Illegal Mayor arrested, this time for harassment

Note that harassment, in this case, includes not only threats to "punch someone right in the mouth", but actually knocking someone over bar stools. No wonder he doesn't want citizens to have guns. They might be able to defend themselves against him.

2014-08-30 10:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

If they don't live in your state...

... then they aren't representing you.

2014-08-30 09:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

They must be the same real killers that OJ is looking for

Legal Insurrection is reporting on a Rasmussen poll. His take is related to whether the Department of Justice is motivated by politics. I have a somewhat more pessimistic take:

This distrust of the feds carries over into views of a planned new federal database to track “misinformation” and hate speech on the social media site Twitter. Thirty-five percent (35%) believe the federal government will use the database to go after real criminals, but 53% believe it will be used to monitor law-abiding citizens instead. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.

We're talking about a federally-funded research project (on which I have previously commented) to track political "misinformation" and "hate speech" on twitter. Obviously, it will -- and almost certainly is intended to -- have a chilling effect on free speech. But the interesting thing here is the response to the poll; 35% of respondents believe the government will use the database to go after "real criminals", and 12% are not sure. I commend the 12% for admitting to being clueless, but the 35% who think the DoJ will go after real criminals?

There are no "real criminals" on twitter spewing "political misinformation" or "hate speech" on twitter. That is because speech is not a crime, and cannot be a crime under the 1st Amendment to the Constitution.

There are no real criminals.

And yet, 35% of the people responding to the poll are so absolutely fucking clueless that they respond approvingly to a suggestion that the federal government police the internet to punish people saying mean things in direct contravention of the founding principles of our nation and the literal written law of our Constitution.

2014-08-29 18:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Stupid feminists

I've written before about my experiences trying to tell feminists complaining about "rape culture" that the law in the US allows them to carry a gun, which is very effective at preventing rape. The response was usually an incoherent temper tantrum about how men should be taught not to rape and women shouldn't have to pay attention to the world around them in order to be safe. (Newsflash: is world. Is not safe.) Now, someone has invented nail polish that changes color if your drink has a date-rape drug in it.

And feminists are opposed to it, because empowering women with the option to test their drink for a date-rape drug contributes to rape culture or something.

The loud crashing noise is me banging my head against the wall. Repeatedly.

2014-08-29 17:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Do gun control supporters care about saving lives?

No, they want gun owners dead.

And teachers appear to want their students dead.

Remember, this is the party of "tolerance".

2014-08-29 16:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Holder arranging political payoffs in bank settlements

Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder's record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America.

Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, are a raft of political payoffs to Obama constituency groups. In effect, the government has ordered the nation's largest bank to create a massive slush fund for Democrat special interests.

This is absolutely blatant corruption and abuse of power to funnel money to political supporters in advance of a tough election. If you read further in the article it's clearly not the first time Holder has pulled this trick. I didn't report on it at the time, but my sources were showing large amounts of money being funneled to various fake-religious groups to "supply housing for unaccompanied minor illegal immigrant children". Billions of dollars in money being almost literally thrown at shady characters operating under false pretenses. And when they run out of public money they start extorting it from private businesses.

This makes me so furious I hardly know how to express it.

2014-08-29 15:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A live recording of a SWAT raid in progress

What I find interesting is that the very first thing they do when they find out their raid is being streamed live over the internet is turn the camera over and ask him how to stop the recording. What do the police have to hide? Aside from looking like idiots for raiding a guy playing a video game, anyway. (Can't even really blame them for that if they got a fake 911 call). But the immediate impulse to disable the recording device is mighty suspicious to me.

2014-08-29 14:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Russia officially invades the Ukraine

I knew this was coming. The only thing that could stop it would be Obama growing a spine.

2014-08-29 13:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A very telling difference

While discussing "tax inversion", a corporate merger designed to transfer ownership of the newly created merged corporation outside of the United States, allegedly for tax purposes, 3 Boxes of BS has an excellent quote:

I find it more than hypocritical that so many people are interested in securing the borders — IF the company or people are leaving America for a better place or for more money.

A free society, with both economic and civil liberty, has to build a fence to keep people out. A totalitarian society, on the other hand, has to build a fence to keep people in.

Right now, we're in transition from one to the other. People without money are coming in. People with money are leaving.

2014-08-29 12:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lerner's blackberry destroyed after investigators interviewed her

Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the BlackBerry was "removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012."

"We had already talked to her. Our personal staff and Oversight Committee staff had sat down with Ms. Lerner and confronted her about information we were getting from conservative groups in the state of Ohio and around the country," Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News.

People need to go to jail for this. And whatever physical hardware remains available that might possibly hold copies of the relevant information needs to be physically seized so that it is not under the control of the IRS itself.

2014-08-29 11:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Whistleblower on IRS backup files

But Cleta Mitchell, an attorney who represents other conservative groups suing the IRS, cited a whistleblower who bolsters Judicial Watch's interpretation.

"I received information from a former Department of Homeland Security official who had security clearances. He just retired in April," Mitchell said. "He contacted me and he contacted Judicial Watch and some members of Congress and said there is backup material."

Without hearing him describe in detail what he knows, it's hard to tell exactly how big a story this is. But if there really is still backup material that really does contain the Lerner emails, and possibly other material, that would be very big indeed. Conversely, the whistleblower might be speaking only about the known backup systems, which the IRS claims recycled their tapes every 6 months.

But the fact that a whistleblower felt the need to come forward about this suggests that he may have specific information and details that the IRS is reluctant to disclose.

2014-08-29 10:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Government by Unicorn

An interesting point of view on people who imagine that government is benevolent.

Hat tip to Borepatch.

2014-08-29 09:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bill Quick finds a real gem

Crist is the bright-orange Florida politician who ran against Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination to the Senate. Crist lost the primary, and later he switched parties. He is now a Democrat, and he said this about his prior record:

Crist said the strong showing is a sign that Democrats believe in him. “Frankly, I think I was on their side when I was in the other party,” he said as he prepared a victory speech. He said a friend once told him, “Charlie, you’ve been a Democrat your whole life, you just didn’t know it.’ Well, now I know it.”

And the Republicans wonder why their party's base is pissed at them and keeps running primary challengers?

It's not like Crist was the only person to do this, either. Arlen Specter did something very similar. Other Republicans remain within the party and vote the other way when it suits them. It adds up to a party that isn't trusted by their base.

2014-08-28 17:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Forbes summarizes recent firearms rights cases

Hours later a mainstream reporter next to me in the press section gasped, “Oh no,” when Justice Anthony Kennedy hinted that he believed the Second Amendment to be an individual right while asking the government’s attorney a question.

Pretty revealing anecdote, but the rest of the article is a summary of things that, if you read this blog, you have already seen. Good to send to people who don't read the gunblogs, though. Hat tip to Of Arms and the Law on this one.

2014-08-28 16:44:34.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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