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NRA wins $1 million in legal fees from Chicago

Congratulations. The case that generated that result concerned Chicago's ban on gun sales within city limits.

2016-07-14 12:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

State Department tried to interfere in Israeli elections

Washington Free BeaconThe U.S. State Department funneled tax dollars to a group that worked to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a Senate report released Tuesday.

Yes, that's right: our taxpayer dollars are being spent interfering in the elections of allied nations. And then deleted emails to cover it up.

I'm beginning to think that what got Hillary off on the email thing wasn't intra-party comraderie or Bill Clinton's political clout, but the threat to expose just how widespread and corrupt the practice of using private email addresses to avoid FOIA and oversight is within the Obama administration. You might even speculate that such practices rise all the way to the top, and if Hillary can be prosecuted for it, so can everyone else.

2016-07-14 11:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Freedom Caucus pushes privileged impeachment vote for Koskinen

Fox NewsThe House Freedom Caucus is said to be preparing a “privileged” resolution to impeach Koskinen, congressional sources told Fox News. Privileged resolutions essentially go to the front of the legislative line, and leadership can't do anything about them. The House must consider a privileged resolution immediately or within two legislative days, by rule.

The idea is to force a floor vote on impeachment, because that caucus doesn't trust the Republican leadership to force the vote. Thats the news part. But there's more:

PoliticoEven Republicans who don't like the idea and don't support it have said privately they will have to vote for impeachment for fear of how it will play back home should they vote the other way.

You see that right there? That thing where "Republicans don't like the idea and don't support it" even though the people they are supposedly representing support impeaching Koskinen very strongly? That's the problem.

2016-07-14 10:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hillary is worried that President Trump might abuse the IRS

That's pretty damn ironic if you ask me.

2016-07-14 09:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Escalating the climate wars

Daily Caller“Democrats believe that climate change is too important to wait for climate deniers and defeatists in Congress to start listening to science, and support using every tool available to reduce emissions now,” the draft platform reads

Just a reminder: "Every tool available" for Democrats includes criminal investigations of energy companies for political disagreements, tying up political opponents with baseless libel lawsuits, and RICO charges.

2016-07-13 09:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A successful coverup

TaxProf quoting Heartland InstituteA U.S. House committee overseeing the administration of justice in federal courts and agencies voted to censure a high-ranking Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official for his role in covering up abuses of power at the federal revenue-collection agency.

The House has already voted down confiscating Koskinen's salary and is unlikely to vote to impeach, so the last measure on the table is censure. Basically, an angry letter with no actual penalties.

2016-07-12 09:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House vote to cut IRS commissioner's salary failed

If they can't even cut his salary, how can they possibly impeach him?

2016-07-11 09:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ryan having unexpected trouble moving his gun control bill

It seems that the Freedom Caucus objects. Good for them. But we're not out of the woods yet. They're still trying to find the votes.

2016-07-10 12:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS search for White House tax records requests incomplete

Daily CallerInternal Revenue Service (IRS) officials barely searched for records that would reveal the agency disclosed taxpayer information to the White House without authorization, a court filing alleges.

It seems the IRS searched only the official, authorized request database and found no official, authorized requests there. They didn't search their email records for unofficial, unauthorized requests for tax data from the White House.

2016-07-10 11:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI's failures are beginning to add up

Glenn Reynolds at USA TodayBureau Director James Comey’s news conference, in which he laid out an extended record of misconduct by Hillary Clinton but then announced that he wouldn’t recommend prosecuting her, was just the latest in a series of very visible FBI failures.

The FBI has accumulated over a hundred wounded and dead due to their failures in just two or three terrorist incidents, and that's before you count the cost in public trust that their failure to indict Hillary Clinton for grossly negligent handling of national security information will accrue.

2016-07-10 10:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clayton Cramer refutes another piece of historical revisionism

fee.orgA recent book claims the gun industry successfully created American gun culture solely with clever marketing. It is Pamela Haag’s The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture (Basic Books, 2015).

This is nonsense. The gun industry was born and grew in response to a real need expressed in consumer demand. This is easily discoverable from a quick look at accessible archives. That a Yale professor could make such an easily refutable claim reminds me of another familiar case.

Clayton Cramer takes down someone who admits to falling for Bellesiles' faked research. I mean, really; who is so obvious that they admit to falling for a debunked work of fiction?

2016-07-10 09:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Two IEDs found over holiday weekend

The one in New York City was found the hard way and cost someone their foot. This one was detected and safely detonated. Note that it was found concealed under trash by the side of the road, a common IED tactic (the trash hides the explosive device).

2016-07-09 12:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that voter fraud that doesn't exist...

Legal InsurrectionAustria’s highest court ruled for a do-over of the presidential election runoff after it found discrepancies in the mail ballots.

The mail-in ballots made former Green Party chief Alexander Van der Bellen president with 50.3% of the vote over Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer.

Constitutional Court head Gerhart Holzinger said the court noted “that the irregularities affected nearly 78,000 votes — more than twice the margin separating the two candidates.”

The so-called "elites" who think they are entitled to run the government -- all of the governments, in all of the nations, regardless of the will of the people -- have absolutely no compunctions about cheating to win the control they think they deserve. They are concerned only with getting caught, and they designed the system to make that difficult.

2016-07-09 11:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI interviews Hillary Clinton for four hours

ABC News"Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was Secretary," spokesman Nick Merrill said. "She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion. Out of respect for the investigative process, she will not comment further on her interview."

The interview occurred at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., and lasted approximately three and a half hours, according to a Clinton aide.

The thing is, there's pretty much nothing Hillary can say about her email server arrangements that make any difference. She did what she did. The FBI found the evidence, laid it out, and decided that it didn't matter because she is above the law.

2016-07-09 10:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that voter fraud that doesn't exist

Power LineMVA found 941 ineligible felons who were allowed to vote in 2008 alone, exceeding the 312 vote margin separating DFL candidate Al Franken and GOP Sen. Norm Coleman after a grueling recount.

And that's just votes from felons that were positively identified. It doesn't count the illegal aliens and other ineligible voters, and it is an inherently low estimate because the Secretary of State has refused to cooperate. And it appears to have been enough, even with those limitations, to have swung the election of Al Franken to the US Senate. And without Franken, Obamacare would have narrowly failed.

2016-07-09 09:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Military officers required to spout global warming propaganda for promotion

Daily CallerWhitehouse also claimed Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is starting to evaluate commanders based on their knowledge of how global warming will impact the bases they command.

“What the Navy has done that’s been really interesting, Ray Mabus said he’s starting to actually evaluate his – you know, the military lives by evaluation – they’re starting to evaluate their base commanders on how well they communicate the risk of climate change about the base,” Whitehouse said.

Make no mistake, this is requiring the military to spout government propaganda as a condition for career advancement. And adding insult to injury, the propaganda has nothing to do with their area of expertise.

2016-07-08 12:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why did Hillary's narrow escape play out the way it did?

Here's what I think happened. We know Comey has a reputation as a straight shooter, and he's shown signs of occasional spine in the past on questions like whether a particular attack was Islamic terrorism or not. But, he's also had his leash yanked a couple times when he got too far out of line, and the Obama administration needed to get him back under control. I think he's been allowed a certain amount of independence, because it's valuable to the White House to have someone in that position they can pretend is an honest guy. When the honest guy gives the all clear, the idea is, that can be trusted even if people don't like it. In other words, the man's credibility has been horded by the administration so it would be there when they really needed it.

What follows is my own speculation based on publicly available facts.

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2016-07-08 12:16:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

CIA plot to arm Syrian insurgents backfires

New York TimesWeapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials.

Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman, F.B.I. officials believe after months of investigating the attack, according to people familiar with the investigation.

And remmeber who was responsible for the plot to overthrow Assad by arming jihadists? Hillary. Who was responsible for filling the Middle East with US arms? Hillary again. Do we really want this woman anywhere near our government's foreign policy?

2016-07-08 11:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How innocent people get on a terrorist watch list

The Denver ChannelYou could be on a secret government database or watch list for simply taking a picture on an airplane. Some federal air marshals say they're reporting your actions to meet a quota, even though some top officials deny it.

The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month. If they don't, there's no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments.

"Innocent passengers are being entered into an international intelligence database as suspicious persons, acting in a suspicious manner on an aircraft ... and they did nothing wrong," said one federal air marshal.

These unknowing passengers who are doing nothing wrong are landing in a secret government document called a Surveillance Detection Report, or SDR. Air marshals told 7NEWS that managers in Las Vegas created and continue to maintain this potentially dangerous quota system.

This illustrates the dangers in using such a list to deny fundamental rights. If you're going to do that, you have to have due process -- preferably a conviction or current indictment rather than a mere accusation or suspicion. And you can't operate in a prior restraint manner.

2016-07-08 10:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The case for due process

Charles CW CookeIn any other circumstance, the leadership of the Democratic party would be waxing lyrical about America’s proud traditions. Were it, say, freedom of speech that was at stake, rather than the right to keep and bear arms, we would be seeing filibuster after filibuster in which the speaker praised the Fifth Amendment and lionized the rule of law. But, alas, the topic is guns, and the Democratic leadership dislikes guns, and so the delicate, hard-won principles on which this country was so eloquently founded are to be discarded in a fit of pique.

And it's not only the Democrats. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House and a Republican (if in name only) has his own gun control bill that, while better on due process than the Democrat bill, is still pretty bad. It hasn't passed the House yet due to resistance from the Freedom Caucus, but he hasn't given up.

And, of course, the fundamental problem with both proposals is that it doesn't matter what the rules are for terrorist watch list suspects when the FBI removes them from the list before they commit their attacks.

2016-07-08 09:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

11 officers shot by sniper at Black Lives Matter rally

Dallas NewsWhat we know so far

* 3 Dallas police officers, one DART officer killed

* Person of interest turned himself in to Dallas police, another person involved in a shootout with officers was taken into custody

* Dallas police are questioning two occupants of a vehicle that sped away from downtown

* Dallas police bomb squad securing a package found near the suspect involved in the shootout

Three Dallas police officers and one DART officer have been killed and several others were injured after shots were fired in downtown Dallas during a rally and march Thursday night.

Dallas police Chief David Brown said about 8:58 p.m., at least two snipers shot 11 officers and one civilian from elevated positions during the rally in downtown.

I don't know what to say, other than "snipers on rooftops" is what you get when your discontented populace shifts from disgruntled to open rebellion. One rooftop sniper can be a mental case. Two at the same time suggests something more than that. The location, a Black Lives Matter event, is suggestive but not deterministic of the motive. (At least some witnesses report that the event was peaceful before the shootings started).

Lots of pictures at the link but it's likely going to be slow to load.

I haven't commented on the Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile shootings that caused this protest because it's still early and I've been busy, and that hasn't changed. I will say that I feel very strongly that all lives matter, regardless of race and whether or not they are wearing a uniform or carrying a gun (legally).

I fear things are only going to get worse until the election.

UPDATE: At least some sources are saying one of the suspects is KKK. That seems to me to be a very quick and very convenient identification, almost suspiciously so, but why would such a person be shooting at police rather than people marching? I'm going to wait and see what other evidence is released before coming to any conclusions.

2016-07-08 01:18:07.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

No Justice At Justice

Investor's Business DailyJustice: IRS official Lois Lerner didn't merely target conservative groups to take away their tax-free status, as first suspected, but also handed over more than a million pages of tax returns to the Justice Department. That's a crime.

For the most part, this is a good editorial and worth reading, but I wanted to point out for my readers that this particular action of Lerner's -- sending tax return data to the FBI -- has been known for a long time. The news here is the actual details of the procedures for correctly transferring tax return information to the FBI:

Investor's Business DailyUnfortunately for Lerner, tax returns are nearly sacrosanct under the law. Only an active investigation into criminal acts would allow the IRS to give the tax returns to the Justice Department. And then, by law, Justice would have to specifically request them. They didn't in this case.

No specific request, no active investigation, so her disclosure was illegal. But the Department of Justice wasn't interested in prosecuting her.

2016-07-07 12:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrat party platform goes full totalitarian

Daily CallerDemocratic operatives responsible for creating their party’s platform this year have unanimously adopted a provision calling for the Department of Justice to investigate companies who disagree with Democrats on global warming science.

That's bad enough, but there's worse:

Washington ExaminerFinally making good on long-harbored anger at conservative media, Democrats on the Federal Election Commission voted in secret to punish Fox News’ sponsorship of a Republican presidential debate, using an obscure law to charge the network with helping those on stage.

It is the first time in history that members of the FEC voted to punish a media outlet’s debate sponsorship, and it follows several years of Democratic threats against conservative media and websites like the Drudge Report.

That's right, the Democrat half of the Federal Election Commission (the federal agency charged with regulating elections) voted to punish the Fox network for hosting a Republican primary debate.

2016-07-07 11:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Confirmed: Lerner's transfer of tax return data to DOJ broke the law

National ReviewIt is likely the largest unauthorized disclosure of tax-return information in history: the transfer of some 1.25 million pages of confidential tax returns from the IRS to the Department of Justice in October of 2010. And it was almost certainly illegal.

A lawful transfer of the documents would have required a formal request from the DOJ to the IRS, but DOJ trial attorney Stephanie Sasarak told Cause of Action in a March 9, 2016 letter that the department did not make any requests to the IRS for the documents it received. Alternatively, the secretary of the Treasury could have turned the documents over to the DOJ. In either case, section 6103 requires the Treasury secretary to disclose the transfer to the bipartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, which releases publicly a list of disclosures each year. But the Joint Committee on Taxation’s 2010 disclosure report does not show a transfer to the Department of Justice that matches the one Lerner sent in October of that year.

According to Epstein, Cause of Action Institute’s executive director, the transfer wasn’t disclosed because there was “no legal justification for sharing the documents,” and because going through the proper channels would have brought it to public attention through the Joint Committee on Taxation. A spokesman for the committee declined to comment for this story.

So, yes, the IRS and the DOJ could have handled this legally, if in fact they were interested in conducting a proper criminal investigation and didn't mind the fact that the information transfer would be publicly reported. But they DID mind, so much so that they ignored proper procedures and broke the law to transfer that information. Why? Because they didn't have anything specific in mind; the whole exercise was a politically-motivated fishing expedition.

2016-07-07 10:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hillary is the Precious...

Middle Earth weighs in on the 2016 campaign

2016-07-07 09:35:49.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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