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A message for the LGBT Community

The Liberty Zone
In the aftermath of yesterday’s horror in Orlando, I have a message for you. I posted this on my Facebook page, and I’m posting it here as well.

To my LGBT friends – I know you still face prejudice, bigotry, hatred, and ignorance even in this day and age. I know many of you are still afraid to walk down the street with your partner holding hands and are still apprehensive about entering a public bathroom for fear of becoming a victim. I know many of you still face physical threats.

I just want you to know I want you to be safe. I want you well-defended. I want you to have the tools and skills to protect yourselves.

If you are in the VA/DC/MD TX area and want a partner with whom to go to the range, just ask. I’ll not only go with you, I’ll pay for your range time! I’ll go with you if you want to purchase a gun for self defense. I’ll help you learn how to use it safely and properly. I’ll help you get your CCW.

I never want to see my friends trapped unarmed and terrified in a situation like the one in Orlando, begging for their lives and saying “goodbye” to their loved ones while waiting to die. I want you to have the tools to at least fight back against the prejudice and hate you face. I want you to live to see hatred and bigotry eradicated from this world. I want you to have a chance.
I want you to live. I love you all.

I second this message without reservations (and edited only for region). We may have policy differences about cakes and marriage laws, but we share a basic human right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

2016-06-20 10:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senate gun control vote TODAY

The Senate has scheduled votes on four gun control measures today. Two of them are Democrat proposals for gun control, one for background checks on all gun sales ("gun show loophole" bill) and the other a proposal to allow the Attorney General to block gun says to people on the watch list without due process. Two of them are Republican proposals for more reasonable changes to the background check system (one a proposal to block watch list sales with at least a nod to due process, and the other focused on mental health reporting improvements to the background check system).

To be honest, based on the information I have about the proposals, I'm not sure I want any of them to pass. The watch list is useless as an attempt to block gun purchases; remember that the Orlando murderer that created this crisis wasn't even on the watch list when he bought his guns. The "gun show loophole" bill is even more useless, because the terrorist bought his guns from a licensed dealer and passed not just one background check when he bought the guns, but multiple background checks in his career as a security guard, despite raising red flags going all the way back to his high school.

The Republican watch list bill is better, but still puts the buyer on a secret list preemptively and forces them to put a lot of effort into getting off the list. That reverses the presumption of innocence. And, again, the terrorist wasn't on any lists when he bought his guns and passed multiple background checks.

The Republican mental health bill is sort of the definition of "We must do something, this is something, therefore we must do it." The Orlando attack at this point seems to have little to do with mental health. The legislation might make some improvements to the background check system that would be a good idea, but it certainly doesn't address this particular situation at all.

But the votes are going to be held today, so write your Senators and tell them to vote no on gun control. Consider calling, too, but write them first; you may have a hard time getting through on the phone.

2016-06-20 09:11:03.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

100 Syrian refugees a day

Gateway PunditBarack Obama is bringing 100 Syrian refugees into the US every day. These refugees, mostly Muslim, are only put through a 3 month vetting process before they are allowed into the United States.

How many of these "refugees" are really terrorists?

2016-06-20 09:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The War On Shoplifters

TechdirtThis is what was left of Leo Lech's home after the Greenwood Village police were done with it. Lech had done nothing wrong. In fact, he wasn't even home. By the point the local PD had decided to turn a standoff with a suspect into a one-house reenactment of the Battle of Fallujah, the only person inside was Robert Jonathan Seacat -- originally wanted for nothing more than shoplifting.

This was all fully justified, according to the police chief, because Seacat had opened fire on police officers during the standoff.

This seems... excessive.

It seems to me that when there is a lone shooter trapped in a building without any hostages, patience is likely to produce the same outcome without the excessive destruction of what turned out to be an innocent family's home.

2016-06-19 12:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats are threatening to accelerate the social security crash

The HillDemocrats are likely to step up their calls for expanding Social Security as the general election heats up.

President Obama recently garnered attention for calling for increased benefits. And advocates for expanding Social Security think the topic could be a good issue for Democrats as they try to unify the party behind presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and win over seniors, who are more likely to vote than other groups.

Yes, the system is already on a course to bankruptcy, and the Democrats are desperate to expand benefits.

2016-06-19 11:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DNC Platform committee member doesn't think anyone should own a gun

2016-06-19 10:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is Hillary Nuts?

2016-06-19 09:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Someone faked Orlando terrorist's psych evaluation

He needed to get one in order to carry a gun as part of his work as a security guard. (Normal gun owners who do not work as police or security do not need a psychological evaluation in most states). But the psychologist listed in his file says she never saw him and was not living in Florida when it was conducted. So unless the doctor is doing Clintonian-level word parsing, someone faked the record. On the other hand, the doctor is listed as clearing another employee who ended up shooting people, so it's possible she's the fake.

Either way, it looks bad for G4S, the security contractor who employed the terrorist.

UPDATE: Just to add a brief thought. This fact pattern (a known, obvious terrorist investigated for terrorism and erroneously cleared multiple times and still able to work as an armed security guard on government contracts) blows a huge hole in the argument that "only the police, the military, and security guards should have guns". As well as the idea that any amount of background checking and psychological screening can reliably detect a mass murderer before they strike.

Sure, this attacker could have been imprisoned based on his behavior, and put on a prohibited list for firearms purchases and that might have stopped him. But he wasn't. No system is perfect, not even a competent one run by someone who isn't an apologist for Islam.

We have to focus our efforts where they can do the most good. For individuals, that means making sure you are in a position to shoot back if you ever find yourself in a terrorist attack. For our society, we need to focus our efforts on identifying dangerous terrorists and actually doing something about them. It does no good to "watch" them. Take the wife-beating, the terroristic threats, the claimed affiliations with ISIS, and charge them with a crime. Because those things are, in fact, crimes.

They'll still be able to get a gun on the black market, once they get out of prison, but at least they won't be working for the government as a security guard when they commit their terrorist atrocity.

2016-06-18 19:13:19.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What does it mean that Clinton email admin has use immunity?

Judicial WatchIn December 2015, Mr. Pagliano proffered testimony to the DOJ in connection with an ongoing DOJ investigation. A short time later, Mr. Pagliano and the DOJ entered into an agreement granting Mr. Pagliano limited “use” and “derivative use” immunity consistent with 18 U.S.C. § 6001 et seq. for that testimony and other testimony offered in connection with the same investigation. In response to the Court’s Order, Mr. Pagliano has today filed copies of his use immunity agreements with the Government, with a Motion asking the Court to maintain those documents ex parte and under seal.

The most immediate practical meaning of the "use immunity" agreements is that Pagliano is not off the hook for potential prosecution. The FBI won't be able to use anything he told them directly in court against him, and they won't be able to use anything they found out about because of what he told them against him either (that's the "derivative" part). But if, for example, someone testifies that Pagliano was a major mover and shaker in the whole plan and personally emailed Hillary thousands of top-secret documents, the FBI could charge him on the basis of that testimony. They couldn't use anything Pagliano said against him in court, but they could use anything else they found that wasn't based on what he told them under the immunity agreement.

That's why Pagliano is arguing that he can plead the 5th to avoid testifying in the Judicial Watch FOIA case. Anything he tells Judicial Watch would be available to FBI to charge him with. Thus he's really reluctant to tell Judicial Watch anything at all, which is entirely understandable given his situation.

So why would the FBI give Pagliano only use immunity?

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2016-06-18 12:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gun control on the move in California

No LawyersLt. Gov Gavin Newsom (D-CA) hopes to ride his Orwellian-named "Safety for All" initiative to the Governor's Mansion in Sacramento. In addition to banning standard capacity magazines, it would mandate background checks akin to a NICS check just to buy ammunition. Moreover, it would ban the private sale or transfer of ammunition. The LA Times reports that much of the initiative wording came from the Legal Center to Prevent Gun Violence (sic).

After the terrorist attack in Orlando, California no doubt has more gun control legislation on the way.

2016-06-18 11:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats praise victims for accepting death; Republicans shoot back

PoliticoMurphy formally yielded at 2:11 a.m. Thursday after delivering an emotional tribute to two Sandy Hook victims: 6-year-old Dylan Hockley and a teacher’s aide, Anne Marie Murphy, who was fatally shot while trying to shield Hockley from bullets.

“It doesn’t take courage to stand here on the floor of the United States Senate for two hours or six hours or 14 hours,” Murphy said. “It takes courage to look into the eye of a shooter and instead of running, wrapping your arms around a 6-year-old boy and accepting death."

The senator continued: “If Anne Marie Murphy could do that, then ask yourself: What can you do to make sure that Orlando or Sandy Hook never, ever happens again?”

It may take courage to wrap your arms around a child instead of trying to run away (and if you're going to run away and you have some courage, why not grab the child so you can both try to run away?). However, that course of action doesn't solve anything. It is the epitome of helpless victimhood, which is exactly the state of mind and emotion that encourages dependence on government and thus increasing government power.

How much more effective would it be if Anne Marie Murphy had used her dose of courage to calmly stand in front of that six-year-old child while shooting back at the terrorist?

She wasn't allowed to do so, of course, because Florida law says you can't have guns in bars, even if you aren't a terrorist. The terrorist was not deterred by that policy, of course. And no, there are no certainties that if any of the victims had been armed it would have been sufficient to save their lives. But it would have been a better chance than they got, packed like sardines in a club that didn't allow them to defend themselves.

2016-06-18 10:17:35.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

GOP agrees to hold vote on gun control

Democrats claim GOP agreed to hold gun votes after Democrats wasted 13 hours filibustering. Which is just sad; it's not like the GOP is moving business through the Senate productively anyway with Obama in office, so why not just let the Democrats filibuster and ignore them like they did when Ted Cruz filibustered Obamacare funding?

2016-06-18 10:17:13.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Orlando terrorist tried to buy body armor...

... and after the store denied the sale (and to their credit, contacted the FBI afterwards), the terrorist called someone on the phone and spoke to them in Arabic.

Who was he speaking to? Possibly his wife (who he was texting with while shooting people), possibly someone else.

Either way, it doesn't really look like a lone wolf attack anymore.

At minimum, it looks like two wolves.

And then there's his father, who supports the Taliban. Three wolves.

And the guy was known for watching terrorist videos on the internet.

Plus the suicide bomber who went to the same mosque. Two terrorists out of maybe a hundred people at a particular, specific, mosque. There's the rest of the pack.

2016-06-18 10:16:57.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Don't ever let anyone tell you that no one wants to take your guns

MediaiteVox writer Dylan Matthews said on Twitter Thursday that he believed the president should be able to unilaterally ban all Americans from purchasing guns.

Would he support a Republican president's power to unilaterally ban all media outlets from criticizing the government, including the bill of rights?

2016-06-18 10:09:15.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House Judiciary Committee holding hearings on Koskinen

Koskinen HearingsAt the hearing, members of the House Judiciary Committee will examine the findings of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s investigation of IRS Commissioner Koskinen. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has investigated the targeting of conservative groups for several years and many of the Committee’s members have found that Commissioner Koskinen failed to comply with a congressional subpoena which resulted in destruction of key evidence, made false statements during his sworn congressional testimony, and did not notify Congress that Lois Lerner’s emails were missing.

I'm posting this now, a few weeks after the hearing was held, because the House Committee recently voted to recommend censuring Koskinen. The censure vote (if it passes the full House and presumably the Senate) would strip Koskinen of his pension and benefits but not remove him from office. An impeachment resolution will be discussed on June 22nd.

Hat tip to TaxProf

2016-06-18 10:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Turns out Hillary sent emails marked classified

ObserverOnce again Hillary’s been caught lying about her criminal mishandling of classified national security information. Recall that Ms. Clinton swears none of the emails which passed through her off-the-record email server system was ever marked classified.

Uh oh. Au contraire, madam, once again you are exposed as a liar.

This shouldn't surprise anyone who has learned that the Clintons are habitual liars.

2016-06-18 09:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senate to hold gun control votes Monday

The HillSenators will vote Monday on gun control proposals after Democrats waged a near 15-hour filibuster to force a debate on the issue.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday teed up votes on four gun control proposals — two from Democrats and two from Republicans — that are being offered as amendments to the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill.

It looks like there will be four proposals (two from each party) and they will all need 60 votes to pass, with votes scheduled for Monday. It's time to start calling your Senators. My take is to tell the Senators to vote no on everything, but certainly no on the two Democrat proposals.

Details on the proposals below the fold.

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2016-06-17 16:35:21.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bill Quick goes indie again?

Bill Quick quotes his agentIt’s not the writing. As you say, it’s rough, but I know you could clean it up and cut down the word count. The problem is the mix of plot elements–it’s just too far out there. The book market has only gotten more stratified and rigid in the last few decades. Now that the mass market is dead, everything has to work as a hardcover and there’s no room for risks.

Editors want a zombie book or a space opera but not both. You’ve just thrown too much in here. The serious SF reader types won’t like the chatty dialogue between space ships (which I found hilarious) or the alien sex. But the readers who like the banter and romance aren’t likely to go near anything marketed as SF. The same thing with the zombie/vampire subplots. The readers looking for that kind of book won’t be open to the big scale SF elements.

Honestly, that sounds like an interesting read. Publish it on Amazon and I'll read it. Lightning Fall was good, if somewhat flawed.

2016-06-17 16:32:06.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sample letters to Senators

Joe at the View From North Central Idaho has one. Votes were scheduled for Monday, but the sooner you weigh in the better.

2016-06-17 15:05:00.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

We need a better quality of think tank

Hoover InstitutionBut to do so, President Obama must ignore a number of liabilities that are soon coming due. Under his tenure, he did not address the unsustainable actuarial realities of Social Security and Medicare. The federal debt doubled in a manner never seen prior and can be now serviced only through de facto zero-interest rates, which in turn ossify economic growth. Due to tax hikes, new financial and business regulations, and the socialization of the health care system, per annum GDP growth under the President’s tenure will go down in history as the worst since the Great Depression. He ignored the Clinton-Gingrich compromise formula of a quarter-century ago of balancing budgets by cutting defense, capping spending, and raising taxes. Instead, Obama slashed defense spending and hiked a number of taxes, but ignored entitlements, ensuring $500 million billion annual deficits—deemed successful because they were less than his first-term normal of $1 billion trillion annual shortfalls. The President points to the 5 percent unemployment as proof of his success, but that figure reflects Obama-era methodologies of not counting all those who have given up looking for jobs. In May 2016, a record 94,708,000 Americans were no longer in the labor force—the highest percentage of non-working Americans since the Great Depression.

Fixed it for them.

2016-06-17 14:51:32.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

As it turns out...

... man was meant to fly after all.

Hat tip to Bayou Renaissance Man, who is perhaps less enthusiastic about the whole thing.

2016-06-17 12:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

California State Senate votes to exempt itself from gun control

Irons in the FireThe California state Senate voted 28-8 Wednesday to exempt itself from the pointless gun-control laws that apply to the rest of the populace. Legislators apparently think they alone are worthy to pack heat on the streets for personal protection, and the masses ought to wait until the police arrive.
You do have to remember that to the politicians they're not pointless; the point is to disarm the peasants so they'll be easier to control, and more dependent on the State.

This sort of thing should have been banned in the Constitution.

2016-06-17 11:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama wants to ban guns based on your browser history

All OutdoorI just came from a meeting, today, in the situation room, in which I’ve got people who we know have been on ISIL websites living here in the United States — US citizens. And we’re allowed to put them on the no fly list when it comes to airlines, but because of the National Rifle Association I cannot prohibit those people from buying guns!

This is somebody who is a known ISIL sympathizer, and if he wants to walk into a gun store or a gun show right now, and buy as many weapons and ammo as he can, nothing’s prohibiting him from doing that, even though the FBI knows who that person is.

How does the FBI "know" this person is an ISIL sympathizer? Well, they're hooked into the NSA's unconstitutional internet surveillance program, and picked up that someone visited a few ISIL websites. Maybe he really is an ISIL sympathizer, or maybe he's a journalist or a blogger doing research. Maybe he's just trying to keep up with the news, or felt he had to see first-hand how horrible ISIL can be. The FBI doesn't know and can't know, just from looking at what websites someone visited. But Obama wants to deny people the right to own a gun based on what that person chooses to read, "evidence" that the government obtained unlawfully without probable cause or a warrant, with no due process.

2016-06-17 10:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hillary denies that the 2nd Amendment is a constitutional right

Washington PostCLINTON: If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulation. And what people have done with that decision is to take it as far as they possibly can and reject what has been our history from the very beginning of the republic, where some of the earliest laws that were passed were about firearms.

Some of those earliest laws being laws that required people to own firearms as militia members, Hillary.

Trump might screw us. Hillary is certain to screw us.

And not just on the 2nd Amendment; she thinks everything in the Bill of Rights is subject to "reasonably regulation", and she considers gun bans "reasonable regulation".

2016-06-17 09:04:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Don't trust the media

Bayou Renaissance ManYesterday the man in this video from the NY Daily News called and asked if he could come and interview us about the basic principles of how an AR-15 works. We acknowledged his offer so that we could prove that an AR-15 is indeed a great and safe weapon as stated in the video. After the video was filmed there was another Q&A type conversation on how things work in other countries, what are some of the things others believe would be a step into the right direction of gun control. To our knowledge we did not know that Mr. Kuntzman would completely turn things around and make our establishment look like one of anti-gun advocates.

We have received dozens of phone from all over the country in regards to the article. Many of these callers expressed disgust with the article and told us to stay away from the media. I can assure everyone that we do not support mental health screenings like they do in Europe and we don't think that government officials should take away guns from people as it was portrayed in the article. Currently we are doing everything we can to take this article down because after reading it we are just as disgusted about it as all of you are. Our team here at Double Tap would like to sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding and report that we are doing everything in our power to get this article removed.

I implore all of our supporters to share our apology with everyone in order to help defend ourselves from the media who is doing anything in their power to blemish the face of all gun owners and attempting to add more rule to the fire of the attempt of the liberal gun-grabbing agenda.To those that are writing negative reviews about us, please understand we had no intentions of having this article cause such an issue, nor intentions of us looking like anti gun advocates but, to educate which in turn did the complete opposite due to Mr. Kuntzman. If anyone has anymore questions or concerns please feel free to come in or call us we will gladly discuss this issue with you.

And for the record, if you get a bruised shoulder or PTSD from shooting an AR-15 you may be a Katie Couric, liberal with ought testicular fortitude.

Especially now, when there's a full-court press on for gun control, anyone in the media you talk to will do their best to twist everything you say into something you didn't mean.

If you're not already media-savvy, this is a good time to say "No comment." If you think you're media-savvy -- and there are some of us out there who are -- then bring your own recording device, and keep control of the footage you take with it. Your own recording may be your only way to speak out after they leave your facts on the editing room floor.

2016-06-16 19:13:37.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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