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There is in fact such a thing as a solution worse than the problem

and this is one of them. Can't we just have a common sense solution where deep-blue liberal cities can't make absurd bathroom policies to pander to small minorities of aggressively gender-confused constituents, and the federal government can't use the issue as an excuse to deny federal funds to red states, and then we just shut up about it and get on with our lives?

2017-01-10 11:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Republicans already wavering on Obamacare repeal

National ReviewThere certainly is room for concern: Many congressional staffers believe that GOP leaders are “sunshine soldiers” in the fight to beat back socialized medicine, there when a photo op is available but gun-shy when it comes to actually acting. The most stalwart anti-Obamacare Republicans are clustered around the House Freedom Caucus and the House Republican Study Committee. This week, the RSC reintroduced a 186-page bill that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a mix of insurance reforms, reduced mandates for basic policies, expanded Medical Savings Accounts, and federally subsidized risk pools for people with chronic conditions or rare diseases.

"Insurance reforms" could be anything, and most states already have subsidized high-risk pools, but "reduced mandates for basic policies" is a long way from eliminating the individual mandate. And this is what the Republicans are starting with?

2017-01-08 10:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama's main priority as he leaves office

... is to pardon criminals, and release terrorists. This is unlikely to end well for Americans, but then, Obama has never considered himself to be one of them. And while he keeps saying that he's focusing on pardoning non-violent drug offenders, the fact that he's releasing terrorists at the same time does not make me comfortable about his definition of non-violent.

2017-01-08 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obamacare: Just repeal it, don't replace it

Free BeaconRepublicans are using the reconciliation process to “fast-track” repeal and send legislation to President-elect Donald Trump’s desk as soon as possible. The budget resolution would require $1 billion in deficit reduction over the next decade and reserves funds for a replacement health care reform plan.

There's been a whole lot of talk about repealing Obamacare, which is good. There hasn't been a lot of talk about what, exactly, it would be replaced with. It's good that these things have been disconnected from each other, because I don't trust the Republicans not to "replace" it with something that's almost as bad but better disguised. So I say repeal but do not replace Obamacare. There may be small, specific policy improvements we can make to encourage a freer market and lower costs, but let's examine each such proposal on its own merits after repealling Obamacare..

2017-01-07 11:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama awards himself a distinguished public service medal

BreitbartOn Wednesday, President Obama added another prestigious medal to his Nobel Prize collection when he had Defense Secretary Ash Carter award him with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

This is so narcissistic it's embarrassing even for those of us who didn't vote for the idiot. Who awards themselves a medal and thinks it's meaningful?

Now, to address Nikki's comments: Yes, Clinton and George W Bush both received the same award. No, Obama probably did not explicitly order his Secretary of Defense to issue the medal. Neither point makes it any less silly. I don't know that any of those presidents deserved such a medal for the quality of their service, and frankly, my first thought when I saw the story was to search for whether the medal comes with any sort of honorarium, special privileges, or financial income stream to its recipients. That would have at least provided a real reason for an outgoing president to want the award. (I didn't find one, which doesn't mean it doesn't exist).

2017-01-07 10:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More terrorist attacks in Turkey

The world is a dangerous place to live.

2017-01-07 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Likely terrorist attack at Ft Lauderdale airport

Early reports say 9 shot, 3 dead, attacker in custody. Meanwhile, Obama continues to release terrorists.

UPDATE: possible second shooter.

UPDATE: No second shooter.

UPDATE: Odds are this is a case of mental illness, rather than true jihad. But if you go to the FBI and tell them you are hearing voices telling you to commit terrorist acts of violence, and then later on you commit acts of terrorist violence, it still counts as a "known wolf" problem, even if you aren't actually communicating with ISIS.

UPDATE: Terrorism is still in play.

2017-01-06 14:43:20.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

National concealed carry reciprocity legislation introduced

Notably, the legislation includes provisions for "2nd Amendment Carry" states that do not require a permit. There are some federalism concerns, but I view this as a civil rights issue and analogous to national recognition of a drivers' license. That said, citizens from, say, Arizona who show their driver's license in New York when stopped by police... well, let's just say I hope our test cases have deep pockets, a clean record, and a very calm demeanor under stress.

It's worth noting that this legislation isn't necessarily a good thing. It may have unintended consequences. One catch, aside from the federalism issue, is that the legislation provides national reciprocity for any state that has a permit system at all. That leaves an obvious way out. If New York doesn't like giving people from flyover country the right to carry a firearm, it can stop issuing permits to its own citizens, resulting in a reduction of rights not an increase in rights.

2017-01-06 11:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump's election causes a rash of racist hate crimes...

... like this one where black people kidnap and torture a white person. And CNN commentators say it is not evil.

2017-01-06 10:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Schumer says intelligence community may retaliate against Trump for tweet

The Daily CallerSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer suggested Tuesday night that U.S. intelligence agencies could “get back at” President-elect Donald Trump after he questioned the legitimacy of the intelligence community’s probe into Russian involvement in the hacking of Democratic party officials.

You mean like the IRS got back at the Tea Party, Senator?

That exchange might not go quite the same way...

2017-01-06 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cruz introduces constitutional amendment for term limits

Term Limits Amendment ResolutionSECTION 1. No person who has served 3 terms as a Representative shall be eligible for election to the House of Representatives. For purposes of this section, the election of a person to fill a vacancy in the House of Representatives shall be included as 1 term in determining the number of terms that such person has served as a Representative if the person fills the vacancy for more than 1 year.

SECTION 2. No person who has served 2 terms as a Senator shall be eligible for election or appointment to the Senate. For purposes of this section, the election or appointment of a person to fill a vacancy in the Senate shall be included as 1 term in determining the number of terms that such person has served as a Senator if the person fills the vacancy for more than 3 years.

SECTION 3. No term beginning before the date of the ratification of this article shall be taken into account in determining eligibility for election or appointment under this article.

It's unlikely that Congress will actually pass this, never mind with the required super-majorities to amend the Constitution. However, there's nothing wrong with getting the process started in Congress -- and you never know, it might actually pass if Trump puts pressure behind it. Even if it doesn't, it will make a good way to kickstart the Article V convention process.

2017-01-05 10:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama admin caught blatantly lying about involvement in anti-Israel resolution

The US usually vetoes such resolutions as a matter of course, but on his way out the door, Obama not only chose to abstain -- allowing the measure to pass -- but actively organized the vote.

2017-01-05 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

John Ross for BAFTE Director

Yes, seriously.

2017-01-04 10:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ford to cancel Mexican plant and invest in American plant instead

Hot AirFord CEO Mark Fields gave an interview to CNN this morning in which he discussed the reasoning behind the decision. “Are you canceling the plans to build this huge plant in Mexico because of the President-elect?” CNN correspondent Poppy Harlow asked. “When we make decisions like this as a company we look at…first we do what’s right for our business,” Fields replied. “This makes sense for our business and we look at all factors including what we view as a more positive U.S. manufacturing business environment under President-elect Trump,” he added. “It’s literally a vote of confidence around some of the pro-growth policies that he has been outlining and that’s why we’re making this decision to invest here in the U.S.”

Gosh, whaddyaknow, if you lower taxes, reduce regulations, and make the US an inviting place to do business in companies might actually want to do business here!

2017-01-04 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Conflicting design requirements

Bayou Renaissance Man
I've long known that wind turbine blades can cause massive interference to radar systems, so much so that wind power generation is usually banned within a reasonable distance of things like airports. Now there may be a novel solution.
First, if turbine blades (and their supporting towers) can be made less visible to radar, will they pose a greater risk of collision to low-flying aircraft? I can see military planes, flying nap-of-the-earth, running slap into one if they can't see it coming on their electronic systems.

Peter Grant points out some of the problems with conflicting design requirements. If wind power generation systems interfere with weather radar, is the solution to make them invisible to weather radar? If they become invisible (or even less visible) to airplane radar in the process, will they start to slice and dice airplanes and people instead of birds?

Presumably aircraft with working navigation systems can be routed well clear of such installations, which might solve the problem, and visual sighting seems obvious enough.

But I'm going to point out another factor here: if these high-tech windmills have to be made out of military stealth composite materials, what will that do to the cost of the wind farm? We already know wind power doesn't make a profit without government subsidies or mandates. Stealth windmills seem unlikely to be cheaper.

2017-01-03 11:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that fake news problem the media keeps telling you about...

A&E paid to fake KKK cross-burning scenes, among many other journalistic offenses. I don't consider any of the described practices (which include multiple shots of scripted situations, payments for participation, and so on) to be unusual among documentary filmmakers. What I think is unusual is that the subjects exposed the practice and as a result the "documentary" was canceled.

2017-01-02 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sharyl Attkisson on hacking the vote

She has 8 facts on the Russian hacking allegations that the media doesn't want you to know.

2017-01-01 09:29:14.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Nevada background check ballot measure fails on technicality

It appears the measure passed, barely, but the way the measure was worded cannot be legally implemented. This minor drafting mistake looks like it cost Bloomberg's anti-gun initiative $20 million or so. That's got to sting. But on the other hand -- he did get the measure to pass.

2016-12-29 10:49:52.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama admin finalizes gun control rules on the way out the door

PJMediaLast week, the Obama administration put the finishing touches on a new policy that would deprive recipients of disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) of their Second Amendment rights. The administration will now characterize those citizens as "mental defectives," thereby having their ability to own a firearm subject to the federal Gun Control Act.

Supplemental Security Income helps blind, disabled, and elderly people with little to no income. Previously, it was understood that "mentally defective" referred to one's mental health. Citizens who have been institutionalized against their will are restricted from owning a firearm. The new definition of "mentally defective" has nothing to do with being mentally ill.

For some time now I've been pointing out the effort by the Obama Administration to classify as many categories of people as "mentally defective" as they could stretch the definition to include, and thus bar those people from purchasing, and possibly from possessing firearms. Under an extreme interpretation they might even be subject to confiscation.

In truth this is little more than the last spiteful act of a man whose agenda was rejected by Congress and who has lost the position of power he once held. What Obama can put in place by fiat can be removed the same way. Yet we must be vigorous in ensuring that all these last-minute changes are removed, root and branch, lest they return to trouble us in the future.

2016-12-29 09:49:52.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Thomas Sowell says farewell

He's hanging up his hat at 86. He will be missed.

2016-12-27 11:49:52.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Guns in Ohio schools and airports

By next year, everyone in the media will have forgotten that nothing terrible happened.

Perhaps more important than the schools and airports provision is the provision protecting employees who carry a firearm in their car.

2016-12-25 09:57:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Suspect in Berlin Christmas market attack killed by police

He was killed by police in Italy. So how did he get out of Germany while the manhunt was going on? How did he get a gun in Europe, where gun control laws are generally much tougher than the US?

The answer to both is obvious: he's a terrorist, he doesn't obey laws, and neither do his friends. And he has lots of friends thanks to Merkel's open-door immigration/refugee policies.

2016-12-25 09:02:35.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

ISIS plot foiled?

The FBI claims credit for foiling another attack. But it seems the only thing he did besides talk was buy an AK-47 about a year ago and send relatively small amounts of money.

This one seems to fall into the "better safe than sorry" category, someone the FBI picked up because he was on their list and they wanted to preempt a possible Christmas-season attack after the last few attacks in Europe.

2016-12-24 11:57:47.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

We just lost a space race we didn't know was happening...

China claims they have a working version of the EM drive. In space. On the other hand, that's how we got to the moon. The Russians orbited a live human being and we said "Fuck second place, we're going to the moon."

2016-12-21 10:18:58.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

PA electors get police protection

InstapunditPEACEFUL TRANSITION: Pennsylvania Electors Getting Police Protection For Monday’s Vote.

One elector, Ash Khare, said he and each of the 19 others have been assigned a plainclothes state police trooper for protection.

“I’m a big boy,” said Khare, an India-born engineer and a longtime Republican from Warren County, who estimates he receives 3,000 to 5,000 emails, letters, and phone calls a day from as far away as France, Germany, and Australia. “But this is stupid. Nobody is standing up and telling these people, ‘Enough, knock it off.’ ”

It’s going to be a long four years — at least — of battling Democrats’ uncivil behavior.

It doesn't have to be a long four years of this. All that has to be done is to stop tolerating it. That is, investigate each credible threat of violence received by the electors, identify the person who sent it, charge them with making terroristic threats, and start building a case for incitement of violence against the people who posted contact information and encouraged the threats. As soon as these "activists" realize their violence will not be tolerated, it will stop. Jail time has a way of encouraging people to reconnect with reality.

Then go after the people funding the electoral college full court press under RICO.

2016-12-20 10:18:58.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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