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North Carolina governor's race may be decided by voter fraud

The HillGov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.) is claiming voter fraud derailed his reelection campaign, according to a new report.

McCrory alleges that voter fraud in 50 of North Carolina’s 100 counties boosted State Attorney General Roy Cooper (D) to a slim lead in the undecided gubernatorial race, Politico said Monday.

It's good to see a Republican who is willing to contest a close race on grounds of voter fraud. That said, he'll have to back it up with evidence.

2016-11-24 10:54:26.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

7 terrorists arrested in France

PJMediaSeven men who French authorities say were planning a terrorist attack have been arrested in France, the government announced on Monday, sounding an alert about the continuing threat from terrorism barely a year after the attacks that killed 130 people in and around Paris.

The arrests followed an eight-month-long investigation led by France’s domestic intelligence service, according to Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who said investigators were looking into the possibility that the plot involved a “coordinated attack aimed to hit several sites simultaneously” in the country.

Terrorists are not going to stop being terrorists.

2016-11-24 09:54:26.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

AG in climate change case may be required to testify in Texas

Boston HeraldAttorney General Maura Healey must defend her probe of ­Exxon Mobil’s climate-change policy in a Texas courtroom hearing that one prominent analyst says shows a federal judge sees “big-time political motives” in her use of power.

In a case like this, those big-time political motives are obvious.

2016-11-23 11:22:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Head of DOJ Civil Rights Division may be violating the law

I don't mean in her official acts; I mean simply occupying the position may violate the law concerning positions requiring Senate confirmation and how long a deputy official may serve in that position without either being nominated or recess appointed. The penalty for violating that law is that any legal acts taken by the violator are null and void. Anything from hiring decisions to signing legal briefs.

Is it a mere oversight or is Obama acting strategically to avoid a Senate confirmation hearing on the person he trusts to help incite riots and enable voter fraud? I'd bet on the latter, but it may come back to bite him in the ass if states start challenging cases she was involved in on the grounds that her appointment is invalid.

My personal prediction is that this doesn't come to anything in the end. Just like the Obama birth certificate issue, when Obama won the first election no court was going to remove him and undo four years of presidential acts. We may see a few individual decisions challenged, but nothing sweeping. Government has an inertia that way.

2016-11-23 10:22:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama rescinds offshore drilling proposal

The HillPresident Obama has rescinded a proposal to allow new oil and natural gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean as part of a five-year plan for leasing released on Friday.

Obama's move takes drilling rights sales off the table through 2022.

President-elect Donald Trump could seek to amend the five-year drilling plan to add more sales. But he would have to go through a long regulatory process to do so, potentially taking years, and could encounter problems like President George W. Bush did when he attempted a similar strategy.

This is a good example of the general principle that the Left uses government agencies and the permanent bureaucracy to stifle the Right's policies when the Right wins elections, and the Right does not do the same in the other direction. The result is a one-way policy ratchet.

It's also a demonstration of the way government has reversed the presumption of liberty. The way it used to be, you could do anything that was not explicitly forbidden by law. Decisions like this reverse that principle, meaning that you can only do things that are explicitly permitted by law.

2016-11-23 09:22:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that media bias that doesn't exist...

Borepatch has a visual example.

2016-11-22 11:22:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Communists agree: technology must be controlled by government

WattsUpWithThatObama predicted that the rise of technology needed to be managed to give world citizens more control, beyond the simplistic answers found online.

“It took a while until societies learned how to find the right kind of policies to contain this and to manage and steer this,” [Merkel] said.

Angela Merkel is an East German communist. Obama is still pretending to be an American, but the facade has worn very thin.

2016-11-22 10:22:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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

John Lott writes that vote fraud may have changed the outcome of the North Carolina governor's race. He describes it as "massive"

2016-11-22 09:22:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The IRS never stopped targeting the Tea Party

Wall Street JournalThe Obama Administration is nearing the end but the legal challenges to the IRS targeting of conservative groups are far from over. On Friday federal Judge Michael Barrett granted a preliminary injunction against the IRS on strong evidence of viewpoint discrimination by the agency. This case is especially notable because the targeting of TPTP occurred after the time that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said the IRS had been using the inappropriate targeting criteria. The group, which is based near Fort Worth, applied for tax-exempt status in summer 2012 and was flagged in September 2012 for extra scrutiny as a tea-party group. According to the Treasury report, the IRS’s use of targeting criteria stopped in May that year.

The IRS never stopped targeting, and is only now being forced by court rulings ro process applications that should have been processed years ago.

2016-11-20 09:22:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS Official admitted using guilt by association to target groups

Judicial WatchHolly – Cinci paralyzed by letting any issue go unaddressed. They think they know what the org is really doing, rather than looking at actual activities. Q’s were not activity based, but guilt by association questions – like q’s asking party affiliations …

They see approval of something that will turn out to be very bad org – terrified of that – that’s why they personally will need to have power to say yes. Agents felt if they could ask enough questions, they will find a problem. Agents were jumping to negative conclusions and assumptions – particularly where relationship with political groups or affiliations.

Holly Paz is one of those people whose computer information was not available to Congress due to an unspecified computer failure. What we have here is more evidence that the IRS knew about the problem for some time before it became public. Anyone interested in going through the full document production themselves can do so.

2016-11-19 11:22:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act

National Shooting Sports Foundation via email"Call Your U.S. Representative's Chief of Staff and politely insist that Congress act on the Energy Conference report that contains the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act. Please CALL TODAY before Congress takes up the Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government past Dec. 9."

Looks like it's basically a grab bag of small goodies for hunters. If we can get this into the continuing resolution, Obama pretty much has to sign it, and we can focus on offense once Trump is in the White House.

2016-11-19 10:22:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama still trying to move gun control forward

No LawyersWhile President Obama is taking a valedictory tour of Europe, his minions in the Justice Department are still hard at work trying to establish his gun control legacy. The National Institute of Justice released their final baseline specifications that outline the minimums required for a "smart gun" (sic) if it is to be used by law enforcement. Their efforts on this were in response to a Presidential Memorandum that President Obama issued to the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Justice in January 2016 ordering them to promote "smart gun" technology.

This sort of thing seems unlikely to advance under a Trump administration, but it doesn't go away. On the other hand, Sebastian took a closer look at the specification, and it rejects a lot of the gun control doctrine. Basically, police demand that their minimum necessary "smart gun" function without a lot of the extra "safety" features gun control advocates demand.

2016-11-19 09:22:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Idiot warns President-Elect over climate data

Watts Up With ThatGavin Schmidt, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has “warned” President-elect Donald Trump not to interfere with their climate activities. Schmidt maintains the GISS global temperature series, arguably the most adjusted of all the global temperature products.

And what, pray tell, will happen if Trump decides to put a stop to decades of tampering with the climate data to fuel public hysteria?

Watts Up With ThatSenior Nasa scientist suggests he could resign if Donald Trump tries to skew climate change research results.

Dear Trump: Please try to skew climate change research results until this idiot resigns. Thank you.

2016-11-18 12:22:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Publicizing a good idea

Jerry PournelleThere are many regulations with employment level triggers: this regulation (or law) applies only to those firms with 10 or more employees; or 20 or more employees; or 50, or 100, and probably more. DOUBLE those numbers, particularly the smaller ones. Laws that apply to firms of 10 or more now apply only to places with 20 or more; 20 becomes 40; etc. This would immediately allow small businesses to grow, and doubtless many would do so. We know that the laws are not vital in the sense that workers cannot live without them, because we permit it for firms of say 19 employees; adding a 20th would greatly increase costs, which is why the business doesn’t grow. Etc.; surely the point is obvious. This could be done on the first day of the new Congress, passed by both houses and signed by the President; and it may well have a dramatic effect on the growth of the economy.

I hope someone on the Trump team is paying attention.

2016-11-18 11:22:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that media narrative that doesn't exist...

Michael Cieply as quoted at InstapunditIt was a shock on arriving at the New York Times in 2004, as the paper’s movie editor, to realize that its editorial dynamic was essentially the reverse. By and large, talented reporters scrambled to match stories with what internally was often called “the narrative.” We were occasionally asked to map a narrative for our various beats a year in advance, square the plan with editors, then generate stories that fit the pre-designated line.

That thing they call narrative -- it's a tool for shaping the stories that their readers believe. They plan it out ahead of time because it's not "the news" it's storytelling. Fiction. Persuasion.

2016-11-18 10:22:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Earmarks?

Daily SignalOne week after Donald Trump won the presidency on a promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, House Republicans will vote on a proposal to bring back earmarks.

The vote will take place Wednesday when House Republicans meet to adopt their rules for the next Congress. The House earmark ban dates to 2010 when the GOP won control of the chamber.

Let's not. Let your Congressman know that earmarks are unwelcome.

UPDATE: Turns out Paul Ryan stopped the vote. Good call on his part.

2016-11-18 09:22:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump seeks to withdraw from Paris climate accord

Fox NewsPresident-elect Donald Trump is reportedly looking at ways for the U.S. to back out of a landmark climate pact, which would defy an agreement to cut carbon emissions across the globe.

A source on Trump’s transition team told Reuters that the team was looking for ways to bypass the procedure to leave the Paris accord, which was agreed upon last December. Trump has previously stated his disbelief in global warming. Other global governments, including China, have expressed their reaffirming support for the deal.

Let's keep in mind that this agreement is one Obama entered without the support of the Senate, which requires a 2/3rds majority vote in favor of ratifying a treaty. Joining this agreement was one of Obama's famous pen-and-phone executive usurpations, and if I remember correctly, he never ever bothered asking Congress to ratify it.

Well, what Obama can do with his pen and phone, Trump can undo with a pen and phone.

The Constitution spells out the treaty ratification process. Obama did not follow it. Therefore, there is no treaty.

2016-11-17 11:44:15.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS denies 2 of 3 Tea Party applications

Washington TimesNearly seven years after it applied to the IRS for nonprofit status, the Albuquerque Tea Party has finally been given a decision: Denied.

The tax agency, under orders from a federal judge, is belatedly tackling the remaining tea party cases that it delayed for years, and so far the tea party isn’t doing well. Only one of the three groups in the case was approved, and the other two, including Albuquerque, got notices of proposed denials last week.

The applicants will have a chance to appeal, but the denials aren’t sitting well with the groups, whose attorney said it’s more evidence that the IRS continues to single out the tea party for abuse.

I'm no expert on tax law, but leaving these groups hanging for so long only to deny them when finally issued a court order to make a decision seems suspicious.

2016-11-17 10:44:15.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Proposing a step in the right direction

The Telegraph The Ukip leader has said it is party policy for hand guns to be legalised and licensed in the UK despite being banned in the UK for the last 18 years.

Mr Farage said the current ban on the guns, which were made illegal following the school shooting at Dunblane in 1996, was “ludicrous.”

Speaking on LBC Radio Mr Farage said that it was Ukip policy to create a “proper licensing policy” and that people who kept hand guns responsibility locked up and had were willing to get an official licence should “absolutely” be allowed them.

I'd prefer the UK ditch the licensing policy entirely, in favor of simple background checks at dealer sales. But it's more productive to move in small successful steps than try to take everything you want and fail. So, I wish Nigel luck!

2016-11-17 09:44:15.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How to drain the swamp in the Justice Department

J Christian Adams has a list of ideas.

Remember when the left went nuts over the Bush Administration trying to clean out DOJ of lefist lawyers burred into "career" positions? They'll likely go nuts over this too. Don't be surprised when that shows up in the news as a fresh new controversy, and be sure you understand what they are really talking about.

2016-11-16 12:44:15.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New Jersey AG concedes stun gun ban is unconstitutional

Ammoland“[T]he State agrees with defendant that New Jersey’s stun-gun statute, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3h, is unconstitutional in light of Caetano v. Massachusetts, 136 S.Ct. 1027 (2016), and defendant’s conviction under that statute should be vacated in the interests of justice.”

If you are in New Jersey, this is significant. Even if you aren't, it's an admission against interest by a government official and should make it very difficult to prosecute anyone for having a stun gun in New Jersey. Even better, it's not just about stun guns -- the AG conceded it extends to any bearable arm, not just firearms or "stun guns" (which aren't generally guns at all). This will likely be useful for knife rights and other categories of arms.

2016-11-16 11:44:15.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ official who covered up for Hillary also covered up the IRS scandal

LifezetteSenior Department of Justice official Peter J. Kadzik, newly exposed by WikiLeaks as colluding with Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, is the same Obama appointee who helped cover up the Internal Revenue Service’s deliberate targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups.
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At DOJ, Kadzik also put the kibosh a year ago on any possible criminal prosecution of Lois Lerner, the notorious former IRS tax-exempt organizations division chief — a hyper-partisan, left-wing Democrat. This is the same tax collection agency President Obama claims is not tainted by even "a smidgen of corruption."

Kadzik shrugged off the Lerner-led conspiracy as mere bureaucratic incompetence, as opposed to the left-wing witch hunt it was, designed to curtail Tea Party movement activism.

This isn't necessarily a smoking gun, but Kadzik appears to have been the go-to guy at the DOJ for coverups.

2016-11-16 10:44:15.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Court orders IRS to process targeted Tea Party organization

TownhallThe Texas Patriots Tea Party emerged as victor in its case against the IRS. On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Barrett ruled that the agency must process TPTP's application for tax exempt status after a long (and seemingly politically motivated) delay.

It's now clear the IRS segregated TPTP's application in 2012 because it was a conservative political organization. It was just one instance in a larger scandal in which the IRS targeted conservatives and unfairly stalled their applications.

As has already been said, the Tea Party represented people asking nicely, and Trump represented people asking less nicely.

2016-11-16 09:44:15.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump strikes a positive note on gun rights

The President-elect has released a position paper on guns that supports national concealed carry reciprocity, opposes assault weapons bans, and supports expanding mental health treatment and overhauling the background check system. Generally speaking these are good positions and proposals.

President-Elect Donald TrumpGUN AND MAGAZINE BANS.
Gun and magazine bans are a total failure. That’s been proven every time it’s been tried. Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like “assault weapons”, “military-style weapons” and “high capacity magazines” to confuse people. What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans. Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice. The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own.

BACKGROUND CHECKS.
There has been a national background check system in place since 1998. Every time a person buys a gun from a federally licensed gun dealer – which is the overwhelming majority of all gun purchases – they go through a federal background check. Study after study has shown that very few criminals are stupid enough to try and pass a background check – they get their guns from friends/family members or by stealing them. So the overwhelming majority of people who go through background checks are law-abiding gun owners.

When the system was created, gun owners were promised that it would be instant, accurate and fair. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case today. Too many states are failing to put criminal and mental health records into the system – and it should go without saying that a system’s only going to be as effective as the records that are put into it. What we need to do is fix the system we have and make it work as intended. What we don’t need to do is expand a broken system.

NATIONAL RIGHT TO CARRY.
The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.

MILITARY BASES AND RECRUITING CENTERS.
Banning our military from carrying firearms on bases and at recruiting centers is ridiculous. We train our military how to safely and responsibly use firearms, but our current policies leave them defenseless. To make America great again, we need a strong military. To have a strong military, we need to allow them to defend themselves.

We have all three branches. Let's advance the ball.

2016-11-15 12:44:15.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Doubling down on failure

Dana quoting New York PostChelsea Clinton is being groomed for the New York seat held by Rep. Nita Lowey.

Chelsea could run for the seat in NYC’s 17th Congressional District once Lowey, a respected, 79-year-old career politician with nearly 30 years in office, decides to retire, we have exclusively learned.

As far as predictions go, "could run" is fairly weak. But I think that paragraph demonstrates quite a few of our political problems right there. We have an 80-year-old representative with 30 years in office who is "deciding to retire" rather than losing an election in order to clear the way for the dimwitted spawn of a corrupt failed presidential candidate and wife of a successful corrupt impeached president, and her preparations for this process involve being "groomed" (something done to rich heirs as they prepare to inherit) rather than, you know, going out to talk to potential constituents and learning what they want from Congress.

2016-11-15 11:44:15.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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