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Always wait for the full story...

AOL.comPutney, the police chief, told reporters that Scott wasn't believed to be the person police were seeking on the outstanding warrant, "but we do not know if he was connected."

"At this point, all we know [is] they're in the apartment complex parking lot, and this subject gets out with a weapon," Putney said. "They engage him, and one of the officers felt a lethal threat and fired his weapon because of that."

... but just this part looks pretty bad for the police. He wasn't the guy they were looking for, and they aren't alleging he did anything threatening other than being armed and getting out of his vehicle. No one is saying he was holding the gun or pointing it at police that I've seen. Could be an honest citizen with the legal right to be armed.

2016-09-21 08:44:24.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dishonesty and lies

Some people are blaming Congress for not passing Zika funding.

The HillThe solution is within reach and all Congress needs to do is their job. With each passing day of inaction, safety measures that could stop the virus from spreading are not taken and more Americans are being put at unnecessary risk. The sad irony is that many of those playing politics with Zika funding are the same congressional leaders who purport to care for the health of the unborn. If ever there was a time to put safety before politics--it is now. LULAC urges Congress to do the job that the American people elected them do and vote on legislation that will fund measures to protect vulnerable Americans from Zika threats.

I don't particularly support passing a lot of extra money to fund efforts against Zika. Why can't the Center for Disease Control use their normal budget to control disease?

But ok, let's assume Zika is especially threatening and that for some reason we can't just start using DDT to eradicate mosquitoes.

The hold up on Zika funding comes from two sources: Obama spent previously allocated Zika funds on a climate change treaty and Senate Democrats are insisting that new Zika funds go to Planned Parenthood, even though Planned Parenthood doesn't do anything related to Zika. Pretty much all Planned Parenthood does is abortions, with a side order of non-abortion baby killing.

So blaming the Republicans in Congress for not passing Zika funding is literally blaming them for refusing to roll over and fund a Democrat priority that has nothing to do with addressing the problem.

And that's pretty much the same story every single time. Hell, the Democrats have even done it with Planned Parenthood within the last year or so.

UPDATE: A reader vigorously informs me in email that Planned Parenthood offers a wide variety of valuable services at low prices for feminine medical and reproductive health needs. Not being female, I will leave that claim to stand or fall on its own merit. It does not do anything related to Zika, however.

2016-09-20 22:41:00.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another known wolf attack

The New York bomber was reported to the FBI as a terrorist in 2014. He was "cleared" (obviously in error) after the father "recanted".

The bomber's wife, a native of Pakistan, left the country before the bombings.

The bomber himself is a naturalized US citizen... originally from Afghanistan.

2016-09-20 21:40:56.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Stabber jihadi stopped by competitive shooter and concealed-carrier

Bearing ArmsUSPSA Shooter, 3-Gunner, and NRA-certified firearms instructor Jason Falconer has been identified as the man who shot and killed a 22-year-old Somali immigrant who went on a stabbing rampage inside a St. Cloud, (MN) Mall on Saturday.

The apparent terrorist—who apparently asked victims if they were Muslims before stabbing them—was engaged by Falconer inside the mall.

Don't ever let anyone tell you that armed citizens don't stop attacks.

Hat tip to SaysUncle

2016-09-20 21:10:26.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton Interrogatory Number 8

Judicial WatchAfter President Obama nominated you to be Secretary of State and during your tenure as secretary, did you expect the State Department to receive FOIA requests for or concerning your email?

If she says no she's an idiot; if she says yes she's a criminal. No simple way out of this one that should lead the White House. She'll probably say she thought that by emailing State employees at their official email addresses her email would be stored in "the system". That's an abdication of her personal responsibility to preserve the records, and it's also not how the system works.

2016-09-20 10:46:31.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A new wrinkle in the Hillary email controversy...

It turns out that the IT guy responsible for maintaining Clinton's server, one of those granted immunity by the FBI, was asking for advice on how to do it on reddit. And when people noticed, and figured out his identity, he started deleting his posts.

As in many other matters related to Hillary's email server, the timing matters and is enough to imply motive. The tech started asking about removing a "VERY VIP" email address from certain messages -- presumably to avoid providing those messages in response to subpoenas or FOIA requests -- right after the Benghazi committee started asking for those messages.

UPDATE: A House panel is looking into it now.

2016-09-20 10:46:15.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Remington and Glock sue MA AG for abuse of power

Boston GlobeAttorney General Maura Healey has launched a sweeping investigation into possible safety problems involving guns manufactured by at least two major companies, Remington and Glock, according to lawsuits filed by both firms, which are fighting Healey’s efforts.

The lawsuits reveal that this year, Healey invoked her powers under the state’s consumer protection law to demand that both companies turn over a wide range of documents, including safety-related complaints from customers and the companies’ responses.

[Emphasis added in bold above]

Notice the difference between the media spin and what is really going on here. The Globe reports that MA AG is investigating two gun manufacturers, in what appears to be a secret effort similar to the RICO conspiracy to investigate energy companies for not agreeing with Democrats on climate change. What's really going on is that two gun manufacturers are suing the MA AG to block her document demands.

Adding insult to insult, her state does not allow Glocks to be sold to consumers, only to police, and the AG doesn't care if the sales were legal or not:

Boston GlobeBut Healey says that, despite the state’s ban, 10,000 Glocks were sold in Massachusetts between January 2014 and August 2015, including 8,000 to buyers who do not appear to be law-enforcement officers. She said the handguns ended up in the hands of Massachusetts consumers “irrespective of whether the sales were made legally or not.”

And as for Remington:

Boston GlobeRemington Arms Co., based in Madison, N.C., contends Healey’s investigation is “unreasonable and excessively burdensome” because she is seeking product files from every state and country, even though fewer than 1 percent of the files relate to Massachusetts customers.

This is plainly using the legal process to persecute political opponents during the run up to an election. And it's on top of her earlier efforts to attack gun owners and manufacturers, including an illegal expansion of the state's assault weapons ban.

2016-09-20 09:14:31.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton Interrogatory Number 7

Judicial WatchYour campaign website states, “When Clinton got to the Department, she opted to use her personal email account as a matter of convenience.” What factors other than convenience did you consider in deciding to use a personal email account to conduct official State Department business? Include in your answer whether you considered federal records management and preservation requirements and how email you used to conduct official State Department business would be searched in response to FOIA requests.

Another question with no good answer. If she didn't consider any of those things, she's incompetent or deliberately avoiding FOIA. If she did consider them, and still decided to use a private email server, then either her intent was to avoid FOIA or she's incompetent. Her answer will probably be that she thought emailing people on their own official government addresses would be sufficient, which is demonstrably incorrect but probably the least damaging line of defense.

It's also not the truth.

2016-09-19 10:52:42.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is there a secret pact to allow African migrants into the US through Mexico?

Judicial WatchHerds of African immigrants are being housed in shelters in the Mexican border town of Tijuana while they await entry into the United States under what appears to be a secret accord between the Obama administration, Mexico and the Central American countries the Africans transited on their journey north. A backlog of African migrants is overwhelming limited shelter space in Tijuana and Mexican officials blame the slow pace of U.S. immigration authorities in the San Isidro port of entry for granting only 50 asylum solicitations daily.

"Only" 50 people a day we can't vet, who probably can't speak english or work any job more skilled than manual labor, and who get a free all-expenses paid welfare pass for being refugees. How does allowing these people into our country benefit us?

It only took 19 hijackers to kill 3000 people. What kind of disaster are we setting ourselves up for?

Do note, too: this is technically "legal" immigration.

2016-09-19 09:14:31.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Birther Controversy

I'm going to deal with this only very briefly because its resurgence now is little more than an irrelevant distraction from real issues. Obama is not running for President. Hillary Clinton is. Hillary Clinton started and heavily pushed the idea that Obama was not a natural born citizen. She may or may not have been correct about that. Once Obama was elected and took office, the point was effectively moot.

I was concerned about the issue during Obama's first run for president on the basis of evidence presented, because I believed (and still believed) that constitutional principles and requirements for office matter and should be followed. All candidates should be required to establish that they are constitutionally eligible for office. None of these things are based on race. Hillary may or may not be a racist, but her raising concerns about Obama's eligibility due to his birthplace were not based on race. They were based on the desire to win a primary election.

I don't know why Trump raised the same concerns. I can think of a number of possible reasons. He wasn't running against Obama in a primary, but he was IN a primary and attacking the sitting president is one way to get attention when running in a primary of the opposing party. You could call it a test run of the immigration issue, one that failed that year but succeeded in updated form in 2016. You could also call it many other things, including some that are conspiracy theories in and of themselves. I don't know.

What I do know is that Hillary attacking Trump as racist for having forced Obama to release a copy of his long-form birth certificate is absurd. If true, how much more racist does it make Hillary herself for originating the idea?

2016-09-18 17:44:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The real origin of the IRS targeting remains unknown

Daily CallerAn FBI investigation missed the IRS official who first set in motion the illegal targeting of conservative and tea party non-profit groups applying for tax exemption, documents obtained by a government watchdog group reveal.

An internal IRS document prohibited the targeted applicants from being approved automatically for tax exemption, and agency officials were told to send all such applications to the Orwellian-named Group 7822 to await additional guidance, FBI interviews obtained by Judicial Watch show.

It’s still unclear who authored the internal document that established Group 7822 and who ordered targeted applications be sent to Group 7822.

I've reported on this before when the news was a few weeks fresher. My guess is that the author of that document and likely head of Group 7822 is the guy who was running the IRS' document production, IRS General Counsel William Wilkins. If you had a novel legal question about how to treat suspected political nonprofits, you'd send it to the general counsel. And the general counsel then sends out an email saying "Give all these cases to me until we figure out what to do with them." And then he never does figure out what to do with them, so "DC becomes a black hole".

William Wilkins is likely the black hole in the IRS.

And Lerner?

She's in it up to her neck, but she's the one who publicly falls on her sword to protect William Wilkins, because William Wilkins leads straight to Obama's White House... and with William Wilkins running document production for Congress, he can make damn sure nothing pointing past Lerner gets produced.

And we're not seeing this on the news pushed by prominent Republicans because at least some prominent Republicans were likely involved, using the Tea Party name to run political scams and protect incumbents.

2016-09-18 09:14:31.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What a day

Pipe bombs in New Jersey, improvised explosive devices in New York, and a meat cleaver attack.

UPDATE: Another suspicious package in New Jersey, and some suspects in New York bombing arrested.

2016-09-17 23:26:27.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton campaign double and triple billing donors

Clayton Cramer quoting the New York Observer“We get up to a hundred calls a day from Hillary’s low-income supporters complaining about multiple unauthorized charges,” a source, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of job security, from the Wells Fargo fraud department told the Observer. The source claims that the Clinton campaign has been pulling this stunt since Spring of this year. The Hillary for America campaign will overcharge small donors by repeatedly charging small amounts such as $20 to the bankcards of donors who made a one-time donation. However, the Clinton campaign strategically doesn’t overcharge these donors $100 or more because the bank would then be obligated to investigate the fraud.

This is actually worse than Obama's little trick of turning off address verification on his donation website, so that people outside the US could donate money to his campaign. In fact, if the allegations are true (and I have seen them in several places now) it would seem to be outright fraud.

2016-09-17 14:32:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clintons want to rebuild Detroit with imported Syrian refugees

BreitbartHillary Clinton has called for a 550 percent expansion to the importation of Syrian refugees. Based on the minimum figures she has put forth thus far, a President Hillary Clinton could potentially import a population of refugees (620,000) that nearly equals the population of Detroit (677,116).

What both Clintons fail to understand is that people are not identical cogs in machines; you cannot simply replace 600,000 unemployed ex-auto-industry Americans in Detroit with the same number of illiterate Muslim refugees or Mexicans. Even if you believe that the genetic differences between those groups average out, by the time someone is old enough to work they have been raised in a vastly different culture with different values, customs, and morals. Those differences matter, both in the obvious threat of terrorism and in the longer-term threat of reduced assimilation.

2016-09-17 09:14:31.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton Interrogatory Number 6

Judicial WatchWere you ever advised, cautioned, or warned, was it ever suggested, or did you ever participate in any communication, conversation, or meeting in which it was discussed that your use of a email account to conduct official State Department business conflicted with or violated federal recordkeeping laws. For each instance in which you were so advised, cautioned or warned, in which such a suggestion was made, or in which such a discussion took place, identify the time, date, place, manner (e.g., in person, in writing, by telephone, or by electronic or other means), persons present or participating, and content of the advice, caution, warning, suggestion, or discussion.

We know such recommendations were made, but not whether they reached Clinton herself. I think Clinton is likely to fall back on "I don't recall" for this one.

2016-09-16 10:10:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hillary continued to email classified information even after leaving State Dept

New York PostHillary Clinton continued sending classified information even after leaving the State Department, The Post has exclusively learned.

On May 28, 2013, months after stepping down as secretary of state, Clinton sent an email to a group of diplomats and top aides about the “123 Deal” with the United Arab Emirates.

But the email, which was obtained by the Republican National Committee through a Freedom of Information Act request, was heavily redacted upon its release by the State Department because it contains classified information.

I'm betting the "diplomats and top aides" don't all have appropriate clearances for classified information, even if she had sent it via correct (secure) channels. That would cover the "intent" angle, since it's a deliberate act of sending the email to someone not cleared for it. Since she sent it over insecure channels, our enemies probably have it regardless.

2016-09-16 09:14:31.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Leaked DNC emails suggest pay-to-play for appointments

Washington ExaminerThe same Democratic law firm working with Google to provide people with election information helped the Obama administration to run a "pay for play" operation that could explain how ambassadorships were awarded during Hillary Clinton's tenure at the State Department, according to new leaked documents purportedly from the Democratic National Committee.

The most explicit language was included in a May 18, 2016 email sent by Perkins Coie attorney Jacquelyn Lopez to staffers at the DNC, in which Lopez asked them to set up a call "to go over our process for handling donations from donors who have given us pay to play letters."

There's a spreadsheet with names, donor levels (ie, prices), and appointments going around on Twitter. I haven't found the email containing that yet, if it's there. Here's the email referenced by the Examiner.

2016-09-15 22:33:10.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Missouri gets constitutional carry

NRA-ILAThe National Rifle Association today applauded the Missouri Legislature's veto override of Senate Bill 656, common sense self-defense legislation that was vetoed by Governor Nixon in June. This bill will improve the ability of law-abiding gun owners to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Like the licensed concealed carry movement, we're making slow but steady progress by focusing on local politics and pointing to the positive examples of other states that haven't had problems with constitutional carry. It's a winning formula, so let's keep it up and keep it low-key.

2016-09-15 22:30:06.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

China takes hostage immediately before Obama visit

The HillChina has filed espionage charges against an American consultant, it confirmed Wednesday, days before President Obama is set to visit the country for a summit of the Group of 20 nations.

Once you pay one ransom, they just line up to make you pay more.

2016-09-15 09:14:31.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton granted two week extension on Judicial Watch interrogatories

I've been posting the Judicial Watch interrogatories on their FOIA lawsuit over Clinton's email server. The court in that case has granted her a two week extension on her responses, making them due October 12th.

2016-09-15 01:43:52.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Privileged resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner Koskinen introduced

Washington ExaminerHouse conservatives moved on Tuesday to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over allegations that he misled investigators over the agency's inappropriate targeting of Tea Party groups. Fleming offered the motion as a privileged resolution, in order to force House Speaker Paul Ryan to take action on it.

Even if the House impeaches, the Senate is extremely unlikely to convict and remove. But the impeachment itself is important. It is the only tool Congress has to address a recalcitrant executive branch once the power of the purse has been surrendered.

The utterly feckless Republican leadership would prefer this issue to go away.

UPDATE: And now they have, by working a deal to hold impeachment hearings through the Judiciary Committee rather than going straight to the whole House vote. This is the correct procedure generally, but also seems like a delaying tactic and will certainly push the question past the elections. Republican leadership in the House and Senate appear to be playing "Don't rock the boat and hope we don't stir up Democrats to vote".

2016-09-14 23:30:52.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI tries to deny unredacted documents to Congressional oversight committee

Just watch; it's worth it. Political theater leading up to an election, yes. But the FBI drove the timing here, and they are clearly trying to hide something and delay the Congressional side of the investigation past the election.

2016-09-14 22:52:54.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bill Clinton admits Hillary faints frequently

The HillCBS News edited a video clip and transcript to remove former President Bill Clinton's comment during an interview that Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic presidential nominee, "frequently" fainted in the past.

"Well, if it is, then it’s a mystery to me and all of her doctors," Bill Clinton said when Rose asked him if Hillary Clinton was simply dehydrated or if the situation was more serious. "Frequently — well, not frequently, rarely, on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing’s happened to her when she got severely dehydrated, and she’s worked like a demon, as you know, as secretary of State, as a senator and in the year since."

CBS then edits the interview to remove the admission. That's an admission against interest for Bill, and a stunning ... well, ok, pretty much expected... failure of journalism at CBS. Note that even when Bill is trying to walk back the admission, he walks it back to "on more than one occasion".

2016-09-14 22:34:39.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton Interrogatory Number 5

Judicial WatchIn a 60 Minutes interview aired on July 24, 2016, you stated that it was “recommended” you use a personal email account to conduct official State Department business. What recommendations were you given about using or not using a personal email account to conduct official State Department business, who made any such recommendations, and when were any such recommendations made?

Again, the obvious answer to this interrogatory is Powell, who denies making a "recommendation" but apparently admits to having some communications on the subject in a memo. The non-obvious answer is who recommended that she not use such an account? We know from released emails there were a number of people who did, but whether they communicated their concerns with Clinton directly or were shut down by aides is unknown.

2016-09-14 09:17:18.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

72 mass graves found in ISIS territory so far

Associated PressIn exclusive interviews, photos and research, The Associated Press has documented and mapped 72 of the mass graves, the most comprehensive survey so far, with many more expected to be uncovered as the Islamic State group's territory shrinks. In Syria, AP has obtained locations for 17 mass graves, including one with the bodies of hundreds of members of a single tribe all but exterminated when IS extremists took over their region. For at least 16 of the Iraqi graves, most in territory too dangerous to excavate, officials do not even guess the number of dead. In others, the estimates are based on memories of traumatized survivors, Islamic State propaganda and what can be gleaned from a cursory look at the earth.

Still, even the known numbers of victims buried are staggering — from 5,200 to more than 15,000.

That's a lot of people who died because Obama chose to retreat from a relatively stable Iraq and destabilize Syria and Libya.

2016-09-14 09:14:31.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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