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Beginning to address the illegal immigration problem

Power LinePaul wrote earlier today about the alien crime wave in Texas. In Congress, Senators Jeff Sessions and Ron Johnson have offered legislation that begins to address the problem of violent crimes committed by illegal aliens. It’s called the Protecting American Lives Act; the full text is here.

Obama has already threatened to veto any legislation attacking sanctuary cities. We should make him do just that, and then override the veto.

2015-07-27 12:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Objective, viewpoint-neutral reporting

at Buzzfeed, following another shooting in a gun free zone.

2015-07-27 11:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrat operatives with bylines

PowerlineThe Washington Post has rehired Dave Weigel. He is covering the presidential campaign for the paper. In his last stint with the Post, Weigel covered the conservative movement. However, he lost his job due to vicious comments he posted on Journolist about major conservative figures and the conservative movement in general.

They fired him just long enough to be able to claim objectivity, and now they are bringing him back for the election.

I've occasionally noted in recent days that the Washington Post seemed to be making more of an effort to cover both sides of political issues. The goodwill they earned doing that is easily squandered by a boneheaded move like this one.

2015-07-27 10:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ denies Operation Choke Point targeting

The Daily SignalAn internal review of the Justice Department’s controversial initiative known as Operation Choke Point found no evidence that agency attorneys intentionally used the program to target legal and legitimate businesses such as pawn shops, gun dealers and payday lenders.

He's not even trying anymore. Obama just orders the coverup with a big shit-eatin' grin and laughs his ass off, secure in the knowledge that whatever blackmail goods he's got on Congress will keep him safe and secure for the next year and a half.

2015-07-27 09:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What to make of Obama's comments about the IRS scandal?

Fox BusinessYou’ve got this back office, and they’re going after the Tea Party. Well, it turned out, no, Congress had passed a crummy law that didn’t give people guidance in terms of what it was they were trying to do. They did it poorly and stupidly,” he said.

President Obama went on to say there was never a plot to go after conservative groups.

“The truth of the matter is that there was not some big conspiracy there. They were trying to sort out these conflicting demands. You don’t want all this money pouring through non-for- profits, but you also want to make sure everybody is being treated fairly,” he said.

He said this the day before two facts came to light:

1) Judicial Watch received emails proving that the IRS, including Lerner, sought to audit individual donors to conservative groups, including using a tax which has been invalidated by the Supreme Court for 30 years.

2) The Government Accountability Office issued a report indicating that controls at the IRS to prevent political targeting are deficient.

He knew that was happening and so he decided to get out in front of the issue with his big lie.

2015-07-26 12:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More fake victories claimed by Mom's Demand

They are trying to build momentum for an attack on Cabela's being willing (as the law allows) to do a default-proceed after a NICS delay response runs out the clock.

Shall Not Be QuestionedThe reason default proceeds exist, and need to exist, is because without them, all the a petulant Administration would have to do to shut down gun sales entirely is take the NICS system offline.

As has been known to happen on a regular basis over any given weekend with a big gun show happening somewhere.

2015-07-26 11:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Not a smidgen of corruption?

Fox BusinessThe GAO now says that IRS political “targeting is indeed possible in the audit process” for nonprofits, largely due to poor agency oversight and controls.

“Unfortunately, the IRS has not taken sufficient steps to prevent targeting Americans based on their personal beliefs,” the GAO says.

Specifically, The GAO found that “control deficiencies” do “increase the risk” that the IRS nonprofit unit “could select organizations for examinations in an unfair manner—for example, based on an organization’s religious, educational, political or other views.”

In other words, despite all the noise, the IRS admitted to nothing, changed nothing, and continues to target the political opposition in whatever ways they think they can get away with. How does the IRS respond to this report? Denial. They even got Obama to go on late-night comedy TV to peddle the Big Lie.

Washington TimesThe tax agency wasn’t phased by the report, however, saying it accepts that better controls are needed, but it doesn’t think anything has gone wrong.

“We don’t think looking backwards that those controls led to anyone being improperly targeted,” Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress at a hearing called to examine the GAO’s report.

Let's recall that the whole controversy started when Lerner, trying to get ahead of an Inspector General report that claims targeting did occur, admitted and apologized for the targeting in response to a planted question, and that Obama himself called the admittedly improper targeting outrageous and vowed to hold the IRS accountable (which he has notably failed to do).

2015-07-26 10:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

It's time for American corporations to rediscover political neutrality

You may have heard about the ongoing video expose' of Planned Parenthood selling the parts of aborted human babies for profit (and "I want to have a Lamborghini"). I'm generally opposed to abortion as an individual matter, but less comfortable with the government imposing a nationwide ban. I think Roe v Wade was conjured from thin air, that states can and should have the power to regulate abortion within their borders, and people can pick where they want to live on that basis. I also hope everyone reasonably sane can agree that selling the body parts of aborted fetuses for profit is despicable.

But I ran across a list of the companies supporting Planned Parenthood directly, and frankly, it surprised me. There are a lot of corporations there that you would think are relatively political neutral -- that is, companies that should be trying to actively avoid political controversy simply because taking sides on a contentious issue will inevitably offend their customers.

I think that, unnoticed by most of us, corporate culture has shifted. Large publicly-owned corporations no longer see their role in society as providing a service for profit and maybe doing some non-controversial charity work on the side for PR; the new culture appears to favor supporting left-wing causes under the radar until smacked on the nose about it by their customers. I can point to other instances: Tor employees calling its customers and authors neo-nazis, Mozilla firing their newly-appointed CEO because he once made a political donation to a group opposing gay marriage.

I think it's clear the culture has shifted underneath us, and it's time to start trying to shift it back.

2015-07-26 09:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

ICE director refuses to enforce immigration law without amnesty

BreitbartPresident Obama’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director tells lawmakers that no consequences are planned for sanctuary cities until Congress first passes “comprehensive immigration reform.” Sarah Saldaña testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on criminal alien violence.

At some point, impeachment for failure to faithfully execute the laws needs to be put on the table. For lesser officials if not Obama himself. Unfortunately, it's too late in the political cycle for that to be effective; we'll have a new president before any such action could be completed.

2015-07-25 12:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Someone in Hollywood has decided to rehabilitate Dan Rather

Megan McArdle interrupts the historical airbrushing with a dose of truth.

2015-07-25 11:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Left is clueless on immigration, but may be coming around on the IRS

Peter Reilly via TaxProfTBH is concerned with illegal immigration, which is one of the Tea Party’s biggest issues. Being descended from some of the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, famine refugees no less, I have a hard time connecting emotionally with the Tea Party animus toward the undocumented. Even if he is breaking the law, I just can’t get mad at somebody who is shaping up at the Home Depot to go hang drywall or do some landscaping so he can send money home to the Old Country. ...

That quote he's referring to is inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, a national monument. What else is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument? Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants went through a legal process to enter the country.

Peter Reilly via TaxProf
One thing that I have noted about the exempt organization controversy is that a lot of noise is made about all the hoops that organizations have to jump through to get exempt status, but there is little attention paid when there is an outright denial. This ruling, which has received no other coverage I could find is another example of that phenomenon.

I can’t rule out that there is something altogether unsavory about this group that would cause me to sympathize with IRS in turning them down, but the rationale in the ruling does not really stand up.

The reason there hasn't been much attention paid to denials is that a denial can be appealed or the organization reorganized or disbanded to either meet the requirements, operate as some other type of organization, or give up. A denial is at least a decision. The brilliance of the IRS tactics was to keep organizations in limbo, without making a decision. Thus, they could not claim tax-exempt status effectively or appeal a denial of that status. They were stuck in red tape for years while elections passed them by.

2015-07-25 10:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Daily Signal calling for convention of the states to address tyranny

They specifically mention the IRS/DOJ tax-exempt scandal, the Wisconsin John Doe investigation, and Benghazi.

Daily SignalWhen a government becomes tyrannical, the people must hold them accountable while we still can.

As Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

It’s time we used the Constitution to save it.

I don't see any other way out. While these are perhaps poor examples -- it's difficult for a convention of the states to address determined abuses of process -- all three scandals are indicative of the attitude Washington, DC holds towards the people. DC is more interested in ruling the people than representing them. And the issues a convention of the states can more easily address, such as a balanced budget amendment and the implementation of term limits, can help those of us in real America bring DC back under our control.

2015-07-25 09:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama's latest gun control measure

It seems the latest gun control measure by the Obama administration is to put people who aren't capable of managing their own financial affairs on the list of prohibited persons. They have been doing this with veterans for years, targeting people who had an assigned fiduciary to manage their benefits, and it's slipped mostly under the radar. Now they are expanding it to people receiving social security benefits through a fiduciary as well. That's going to be a problem that hits several million people:

No Lawyers, only guns and moneyMany of you know that my day job is as a financial planner. If the criterion for being added to the NICS prohibited list is the inability to manage your own financial affairs, I have seen more people than I can count who would be on that list. I'm talking educated people - professionals. Many with advanced degrees and specialties. People with whom you would entrust your life if you were in the hospital yet who have debt out the ying-yang and are living paycheck to paycheck because they can't get a handle on their finances... What the hell are they thinking?

I can help explain what they are thinking, beyond the obvious. To Obama, these are just more names to add to a list. The bigger the list, the fewer people in America who have guns. But targeting social security recipients has a certain kind of cunning.

You see, these are mostly older people, and if they are on the fiduciary list they will be people who aren't able to fight to defend their own rights. That makes them easy targets. But they are also people who likely already have guns, and are likely to pass away in the near future. When they pass, something will happen to their guns; likely those guns will be passed down to their children, even if they sat unused in a safe for the last few years. If Obama can keep them from acquiring more guns, he can keep those guns from being passed down to their children. And I'm not exactly sure of this point, but if someone is on the NICS prohibited list to buy a gun, it would provide an excellent excuse to confiscate their existing guns.

The details of how that would happen are up in the air. I don't see police specifically going out to homes with fiduciaries and demanding to take their guns. But you can bet that any excuse that presents itself will be used.

If Obama's idea grows -- and the fact that it is being expanded from the VA to the Social Security Administration indicates that he's trying to grow it pretty aggressively behind the scenes -- then it could be a way to block the generational transfer of firearms, countering the nature of the modern firearm as being a durable tool passed with a sense of tradition from father to son to grandson.

2015-07-24 12:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Three Lone Wolves

Ace of Spades The Paris prosecutor's office says three young men arrested this week in a plot to attack a military base were in contact with an Islamic State group jihadi who told them to "strike in France.

... with no ties to terrorist groups.

2015-07-24 11:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An argument for impeaching IRS Commissioner Koskinen

Liberty Law SiteImpeachment will punish the wrongdoing of officials in an entirely constitutional way. The accused person will have the spotlight on them and their acts will be exposed to the public. If they are removed from office, they will be in disgrace. Moreover, the media will find it much harder to ignore the issue, both because of the unusualness of an impeachment and because of the drama that it establishes. Impeachment will command the attention of the country in a way that simple oversight hearings do not.

Nor will the impeachment leave the White House unaffected. Once it becomes clear that officials may be impeached, their will be greater reluctance on the part of officials to engage in wrongdoing. Moreover, the impeachment may reveal information about wrongdoing by the White House.

An impeachment will provide the House with more power than simple oversight hearings. There is a strong argument that executive privilege will either not be available or will be much less available against an impeachment inquiry.

Koskinen has evidently lied to Congress, by omission if nothing else, on multiple occasions. His IRS has demonstrably destroyed records under Congressional subpoena, a matter which could and should have been prosecuted criminally. He has stalled and stonewalled the Congressional investigations into conduct for which his predecessor was forced to resign. For all of these things, he should by rights be impeached and removed from office.

But even if the House musters the courage to impeach, the chances the Senate will convict with a two-thirds majority are slim, and the impact of impeaching an official of a president in the final year of his term are minimal. At best, the spectacle will limit the ability of the IRS to influence the election. That may be worth it.

2015-07-24 10:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another terrorist attack in France

BreitbartThree deliberate, simultaneous explosions rocked a major petrochemical plant in France on Bastille Day, but as usual it is still ‘too early to talk about terrorism’.

They are at war with western civilization, whether we admit it or not.

2015-07-24 09:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Just to emphasize a point...

Washington ExaminerIncidentally, the new documents also show how later, in July 2013, Obama Justice Department officials requested access to documents before they were handed over to Congress as part of the investigation into this IRS wrongdoing.

Why does the DOJ need to see documents before Congress sees them? Remember, DOJ is complicit in the efforts to prosecute these nonprofits. If they were actually investigating on their own, they would make their own document requests. Since they want to piggyback on Congress, though, it's clear their role is not to investigate but to cover up. They can spin documents better if they know what Congress is going to see, and they can make sure to clean up any evidence before Congress can make new document requests. Like, say, magnetically erasing backup tapes when it becomes clear that the Inspector General is looking for them and found where they were stored. (Remember, those tapes were erased when the investigation was in full swing, long after the scandal broke).

2015-07-23 12:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Poor reasoning about global warming

So, there was a study published recently that suggested the sun might be heading into a new extended minimum around 2030 or so. The last time we had such a minimum, we gave it a name (the Maunder Minimum) and noticed that it coincided pretty closely with the Little Ice Age. So is a new ice age coming? Ars Technica's resident global warming idiot says no, and his reasoning is so poor it made my jaw drop.

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2015-07-23 11:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Wisconsin John Doe investigation halted

Decision in Wisconsin John Doe investigations via Legal InsurractionOur lengthy discussion of these three cases can be distilled into a few simple, but important, points. It is utterly clear that the special prosecutor has employed theories of law that do not exist in order to investigate citizens who were wholly innocent of any wrongdoing. In other words, the special prosecutor was the instigator of a “perfect storm” of wrongs that was visited upon the innocent Unnamed Movants and those who dared to associate with them. It is fortunate, indeed, for every other citizen of this great State who is interested in the protection of fundamental liberties that the special prosecutor chose as his targets innocent citizens who had both the will and the means to fight the unlimited resources of an unjust prosecution. Further, these brave individuals played a crucial role in presenting this court with an opportunity to re-endorse its commitment to upholding the fundamental right of each and every citizen to engage in lawful political activity and to do so free from the fear of the tyrannical retribution of arbitrary or capricious governmental prosecution. Let one point be clear: our conclusion today ends this unconstitutional John Doe investigation.

I'm going to take this moment to point out that the Wisconsin John Doe investigators were engaged in suppression of their political opponents, and that at least one of those investigators worked closely with Lois Lerner, who was engaged in similar activities at the IRS, and through her, the DOJ was also involved. We have reports that in some cases (eg, True the Vote), harassment by the federal government also came via multiple other agencies.

2015-07-23 10:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Moms Demand Action appears to be claiming a false Whataburger victory

I don't blame Whataburgher for having a long-standing policy against open carry of firearms inside their restaurants in Texas, because until this year, all open carry in Texas was pretty much either law enforcement (presumably allowed by the policy) or long guns. And who brings their rifle into a fast food restaurant? That's carrying your gun at people, as Tam would say.

As it turns out, Whataburger's policy allowed (and still allows) licensed concealed carry, and the Demanding Mommies probably had nothing to do with the decision -- which has been in place a long time and is not a reaction to the Texas open carry law.

So what should we take away from the Moms Demand Action publicists claiming a victory?

Well, first, that they are desperate for one.

Second, that they don't mind lying by implication.

And third... the sweet plastic scent of astroturf, as always.

2015-07-23 09:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Evidence shows IRS sought individual audits of donors to targeted organizations

Daily CallerBombshell new emails reveal that the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) used donor lists of nonprofit groups to target donors, and specifically vowed to target the conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The emails, obtained by Judicial Watch, show that Obama’s IRS conspired to revive the “gift tax” — a tax on 501(c)(4) donors that had not been enforced since 1982 following a Supreme Court ruling that effectively invalidated it. Emails between IRS officials show that the agency referred to Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS while discussing how to enforce their new gift tax on donors.

You know, just yesterday I remember seeing some sort of article claiming that there was no evidence of Lerner's group initiating audits of their tea party targets. Now, we have this bombshell evidence of IRS efforts to target individual donors to political organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce. It's almost like someone in the administration is getting a look at what is about to be released so they can pre-spin it in the media!

UPDATE: And yes, Lerner was involved.

2015-07-23 07:14:38.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The opponents of communism are obviously mad and should be locked up

Mad In AmericaIn my career as a psychologist, I have talked with hundreds of people previously diagnosed by other professionals with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, anxiety disorder and other psychiatric illnesses, and I am struck by (1) how many of those diagnosed are essentially anti-authoritarians, and (2) how those professionals who have diagnosed them are not.

There's a lot of truth to this argument. Consider as just one example the case of Dinesh D'Souza:

Gateway PunditD’Souza’s defense counsel Benjamin Brafman provided evidence to the court that the psychiatrist D’Souza was ordered to see found no indication of depression or reason for medication. In addition, the psychologist D’Souza subsequently consulted provided a written statement concluding there was no need to continue the consultation, because D’Souza was psychologically normal and well adjusted.

But Judge Berman, who was appointed by Bill Clinton, disagreed, effectively overruling the judgment of the two licensed psychological counselors the U.S. probation department had approved as part of D’Souza’s criminal sentence.

The end game of this trend is involuntary commitment for political opponents. And if we are already at the mandatory, court-ordered psychological counseling stage, we aren't very far from that end game.

2015-07-22 12:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS meetings with FBI over targetted groups went on for 3 years

The basic information that the IRS met with the FBI seeking to find ways to persecute targeted groups is not news, but Judicial Watch continues to use the courts effectively to force out more documentation on those meetings. And it now appears that the two agencies engaged in numerous conversations on the topic over at least three years:

Patriot PostThe conversations that began at least in 2010 continued for three years. In fact, two days before Lerner “apologized” and outed the whole conspiracy, she wrote an email to the acting IRS commissioner’s chief of staff detailing ongoing discussions with DOJ officials.

Three years is not a casual thing, and it demonstrates without doubt a significant, ongoing program to target political opponents of the administration. Not to mention the Department of Justice's involvement in a scandal it is still pretending to investigate, something that would normally be considered a conflict of interest and result in the appointment of a special independent prosecutor. Instead, DOJ has kept the investigation in-house and run by a maxed-out Obama donor, while document production at the IRS is managed by one of the Obama appointees involved in the scandal.

2015-07-22 11:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is the IRS ignoring a court deadline to turn over Lerner emails?

Fox NewsThe Internal Revenue Service is ignoring a court-imposed deadline to turn over newly found Lois Lerner email documents essential to investigations of the IRS tax-exempt scandal.

The way I read the situation, the IRS hasn't said anything, but it hasn't missed any deadlines -- yet.

2015-07-22 10:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Boehner admits to pushing amnesty against the will of the people

The HillThe House Speaker said he's been pushing immigration reform since he took the gavel four years ago, but the president has "poisoned the well" with his executive actions on the issue.

"He's stirred up the American people in such a way that it would almost be impossible to do immigration reform, given the environment that we're dealing with," Boehner said on CBS's "Face the Nation" program, which aired Sunday morning.

"I want to do immigration reform, and the president knows it."

If the American people do not want immigration reform and are of such strong minds on the topic, the Speaker of the House of Representatives should consider whether pushing for immigration reform anyway is actually representing the people.

Or simply step down, because he's not fooling anyone.

2015-07-22 09:03:45.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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