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Was the White House pushing the UVA rape hoax?

Rape is not generally my preferred topic of discussion. My interest in rape, and particularly college policies on rape, is pretty much limited to suggesting schools allow adult students without criminal records to carry defensive firearms and avoid getting blackout-drunk with people who might take advantage of them. But when fabricated stories about fraternities gang-raping students are presented to the nation as facts on which legislation should be based upon, I think that's worth calling out:

I’d also like to know how much coordination there was among folks at UVA — Emily Renda worked in UVA President Teresa Sullivan’s office, and on the White House “It’s On Us” campus rape group, and I believe was the one who told Erdely about Jackie’s case — and Rolling Stone, and the White House, and Sens. Gillibrand and McCaskill. Perhaps someone will ask them, or submit a FOIA request to the White House and a state FOIA to President Sullivan’s office. Conveniently, McCaskill and Gillibrand aren’t subject to FOIA, but that doesn’t stop intrepid reporters from asking them.

Glenn asks whether the White House was pushing the story. I don't know, but I would want to know whether any politician was pushing the story. This same "journalist" has published stories about rape that actually resulted in legislation before, according to Instapundit. The same politicians -- Senator McCaskill, particularly -- introduced legislation purporting to address the UVA rape after this story was published.

Deceiving the public in order to look good passing needless legislation to address a non-existent problem that you created by lying to the public is despicable.

As for the credibility of the original rape story, it's pretty much completely shot. I haven't, and won't, follow that blow-by-blow. But I feel it's worth pointing out that the author of the story not only shared a journalism class with Stephen Glass (who was later famously fired for making up stories), he brought her up on disciplinary measures for making up stories.


2014-12-12 14:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obstruction of Justice

A 36-year-old Baltimore woman claims she was tased by police and arrested while filming the arrest of a man with her mobile phone, according to a lawsuit to be served on the Baltimore City Police Department as early as Thursday... Police erased the 135-second recording from the woman's phone, but it was recovered from her cloud account, according to the Circuit Court for Baltimore City lawsuit (PDF), which seeks $7 million.

I'm not sure about $7 million here, but if the police deleted her cell phone video, they should at a minimum never work as police officers again -- and ideally spend some time in jail for destruction of evidence. These are personal crimes, and the officers involved need to be punished personally if guilty. Having the taxpayers pay a settlement to the victim is only half of the solution.

Note to police: This sort of thing is why you're not officer friendly anymore.

2014-12-12 13:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


... tell me again about how Al-Qaeda is on the run. But since there's a Democrat in office who wants to flee from terror, the US media won't bother reporting on this.

2014-12-12 12:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Campaign finance rules change in omnibus budget legislation

A massive expansion of party fundraising slipped into a congressional budget deal this week would fundamentally alter how money flows into political campaigns, providing parties with new muscle to try to wrest power back from independent groups.

If this is supposed to be "emergency" legislation to fund the government, why are significant changes to campaign finance rules being slipped into the bill without public debate? Clearly, the Republican establishment wants to clear the way for huge political spending by their wealthy funders in order to crush future challenges by tea party type candidates.

I'm not necessarily going to say that these changes are right or wrong; I'm generally opposed to most campaign finance regulations that implicate free speech. However, if there is going to be a change, that change should be debated publicly rather than slipped into an omnibus continuing resolution under cover of night before Christmas.

Between this, the secret removal of the anti-NSA backdoor legislation, and the funding of Obama's amnesty and Obamacare, I'm going to urge my representatives to vote down the omnibus bill.

2014-12-11 14:05:08.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

No-backdoor legislation dropped from omnibus funding bill

"Thus far, Congress has failed to rein in the Administration's surveillance authorities and protect Americans' civil liberties. Nevertheless, the Massie-Sensenbrenner-Lofgren amendment established an important record in the full House of Representatives—an overwhelming majority will no longer tolerate the status quo. Unwarranted and backdoor surveillance is untenable, and as Congress turns to address a multitude of expiring surveillance programs in the 114th Congress, the House will not allow unwarranted surveillance without meaningful reform. The Secure Data Act defends Americans' constitutional rights and is an important next step in closing backdoor surveillance and rebuilding public trust in our intelligence agencies."

The House passed it 293-123, but then House leadership dropped it from the omnibus bill with neither publicity nor explanation. If I had to guess, I'd guess Obama contacted the House leadership and issued a private veto threat, which means under his administration the NSA has and is actively using back doors.

2014-12-11 12:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dems to try for universal background checks in new Congress

A handful of Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday they plan to push once again for universal background checks on all gun sales in the new Congress, even though they recognize it will be an uphill battle with Republicans taking majority control.

Most of the people calling for the legislation are from Connecticut. With Republicans in control of both the House and the Senate, chances of passage seem low.

2014-12-11 10:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Applying broken windows theory to the police

I'd never thought about police abuses in quite this way before. But it seems to me that the reforms implied by applying broken-windows theory to police officers are very similar to many of the policy changes that critics of policing have lately been advocating. How to consistently punish police officers at the first sign of disordered behavior? Record their interactions to a cloud server that they do not control. Assign independent prosecutors to handle cases of unlawful behavior. And end the practice of arbitrators reversing punishments given to misbehaving cops.

Read the whole thing,

2014-12-11 09:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bloomberg buys a Nevada background check petition

Activists have secured enough petition signatures to send a measure that would tighten Nevada’s gun purchase background laws to the state legislature and, if lawmakers don’t act, to the ballot for voters to decide on.

We need to stop this in Nevada if we can. Once Bloomberg starts to look like he has inertia via this method, other states will fall in line, especially if ballot measures pass.

Hat tip to Alphecca for the story.

2014-12-10 15:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Anti-gun surgeon general nominee likely to get a vote

Senate Democrats are "likely" to give anti-gun Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy a confirmation vote before they lose control of the Senate at year's end.

Getting a vote doesn't mean he'll actually be confirmed, but his chances are probably better now then under a majority-Republican Senate.

Murthy's qualifications for office appear to amount to a medical degree that he hasn't actually used much, his support for Obama, and his conviction that gun violence is a public health issue rather than a criminal law issue.

Breitbart thinks the confirmation vote could come as early as tomorrow (December 11th), so contacting your Senator may be a good idea. Of course, you may have already voted out your Senator, in which case they might as well give the voters who kicked them out of office the finger as they leave.

2014-12-10 14:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch finds evidence of Lerner-DOJ contact in 2010

Judicial Watch today released internal Department of Justice (DOJ) documents revealing that former IRS official Lois Lerner had been in contact with DOJ officials about the possible criminal prosecution of tax-exempt entities two full years before what the IRS conceded was its “absolutely inappropriate” 2012 targeting of the organizations. According to the newly obtained documents, Lerner met with top Obama DOJ Election Crimes Branch officials as early as October 2010.

Read the whole thing, but here's the dramatic summary:

“These new documents dramatically show how the Justice Department is up to its neck in the IRS scandal and can’t be trusted to investigate crimes associated with the IRS abuses that targeted Obama’s critics. And it is of particular concern that the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section, which would ordinarily investigate the IRS abuses, is now implicated in the IRS crimes. No wonder the Department of Justice under Eric Holder has done no serious investigation of the Obama IRS scandal,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is shameful how Establishment Washington has let slide by Obama’s abuse of the IRS and the Justice Department. Only as a result of Judicial Watch’s independent investigations did the American people learn about the IRS-DOJ prosecution discussions of Obama’s political enemies and how the IRS sent, in violation of law, confidential taxpayer information to the FBI and DOJ in 2010. Richard Nixon was impeached for less.”

The DoJ cannot be trusted to investigate this because the DoJ was involved in it. And we still have no testimony about the "secret project" that Lerner was involved in gathering data for. Note also that the DoJ withheld more than 800 documents, citing the deliberative process privilege (a limited form of executive privilege that does NOT protect evidence of criminal activity) and taxpayer privacy (which is rather ironic in itself).

2014-12-10 13:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Legal Insurrection wins FOIA suit over David Gregory magazine ban

In the Gregory case, NBC News was warned by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department that possession of the magazine was illegal, and that NBC News should use a photo not the real thing, but NBC News ignored the warning and used it on Meet the Press.

Read the whole thing. No documents yet, though.

2014-12-10 12:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The stupidity of the American voter

According to Hot Air, a pro-Landrieu flier claims that if Landrieu loses her runoff Senate race (which, in fact, she did lose -- by 17 points or so), then her constituents will no longer have access to:

The truth, of course, is that none of those depend upon whether Landreiu is re-elected to the Senate. Witness the fact that she has not been re-elected, and all of those benefits remain in place. They don't even depend on Democratic control of the Senate; in fact, most of them survived the Bush Presidency, for 3/4ths of which the Republicans controlled all three branches of government yet did not block any of those programs.

No matter how much it would please me if they had.

2014-12-10 11:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Omnibus spending bill funds amnesty, provides $1B in migrant aid

The GOP’s draft 2015 “omnibus” spending bill reportedly includes $948 million to help poor and unskilled Central American migrants establish themselves in the United States, but includes no effective restrictions on President Barack Obama’s plan to provide work permits and tax payments to millions of resident illegal immigrants.

That new spending works out to $16,928 for each of the 56,000 youths, young adults and children who crossed the border during the 12 months up to October 2014.

Vote for a Democract, get amnesty. Vote for a Republican, get amnesty.

But the people don't want amnesty. Who do they vote for then?

UPDATE: Thanks to SaysUncle for the link. You may also be interested to know that the cromnibus legislation being pushed by the Republican leadership had the anti-NSA-backdoor legislation stripped out in secret and makes secret changes to campaign finance rules to allow parties to collect more donations.

UPDATE 2: It passed, with the following commentary:

Conservative Republicans, meanwhile, opposed the bill for not doing more to curtail President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. While 162 Republicans voted for the bill, 67 rejected it... The bill’s passage, as a result, was a remarkable victory for both Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and President Obama, who were able to cobble together the votes for passage.

Aren't those two supposed to be on different sides? Anyways, on to the Senate.

2014-12-10 10:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Illinois about to outlaw recording police officers, again

They had outlawed it previously, but their courts struck it down. Now, there is a piece of legislation sitting on their governor's desk that outlaws recording any conversation in which there is an expectation of privacy. The penalty is three years for recording an ordinary citizen, and 4 years for recording police.

How you tell whether there is an expectation of privacy is not specified.

However, it's clear that the people do not have an expectation of privacy from the police under this law:

This little nugget is also included in this legislation: With permission of a state’s attorney, not a judge, police could legally eavesdrop on individuals for up to 24 hours without a warrant while investigating such serious crimes as murder, sexual assault or kidnapping.

Somehow, I don't think this one will pass Constitutional muster either.

Why are police allergic to the simple requirement that they get permission from a judge before spying on people?

2014-12-10 09:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Voluntary police searches for guns

Alphecca points to a program where the police are offering to search your home for guns voluntarily and confiscate any that they find. It seems like a really strange idea, at least at first. But then you think about it a little more...

Saysuncle wonders how long it will be before someone comes forward saying that they didn't actually agree to the "voluntary" check?

Personally, I think the target for that campaign is parents with teenage children they are worried might be involved in crime, as well as the girlfriends of those living the criminal lifestyle who may have small children. People who are in relationships with the sort of person who might hide a gun they aren't supposed to have in a house they don't own, but do live in sometimes.

I will say that it's a monumentally stupid idea.

2014-12-09 12:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Good is evil, black is white...

... and communism is anarchy, according to a self-described anarchist who is under the impression that "In an Anarchist society, the commune would decide any laws, so if the general population decided no guns, then no guns".

Anarchy means no government -- and thus, no laws. Every man for him or herself. No laws against guns, no laws against rape, no laws against murder. This is obviously not optimal, which is why I am a libertarian rather than an anarchist.

2014-12-09 11:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Looks like Austin needs a new police chief

“Folks, let me tell you what keeps me up at night, it’s these guys. It’s these homegrown extremists that are lone wolves, that are mad at the world, that are angry. And that’s why it’s important for us as Americans to know our neighbors, know our families. Tell somebody. If you know somebody that’s acting with a lot of hatred towards a particular group especially if you know somebody who’s a gun enthusiast or they’re armed with this type of fire arms and they’re showing any type of propensity for hatred, doesn’t mean that we’re going to go and take them to jail, but we might want to vet these people. He may well be alive today had we had the opportunity to do that."

We'll have a tough time getting that past the hippie vote, though, even when the current officeholder is stupid enough to admit that he wants to vet gun owners.

2014-12-09 10:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mark Morford is a bigot

Alphecca calls Mark Morford an idiot, because Morford said this about the "typical gun owner":

You’re a scared white person, almost certainly male. You do not live in a major city, or near a university or intellectual hub of any note, nor have you ever traveled very far from your home town, much less out of state or anywhere further than, say, Mexico. Once. And that was enough.

You do not read complicated books. You do not like new or weird things. You watch lots of TV, mostly Fox News, which rejoices in showing you endless images of angry foreigners and minorities in pain: tear gas explosions, fights in the streets, looting, this time involving sad, small-town black people in Ferguson, all of them protesting the acquittal of that murderous white cop.

Morford is almost certainly an idiot (apparently he is the one who coined the term "lightbringer" for Obama), but the proper description for what he wrote above is "bigot".

2014-12-09 09:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Los Angeles is burning

Each time something like this happens, the more I am reminded of the Reichstag Fire.

2014-12-08 14:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is privacy overvalued?

"I think privacy is actually overvalued," Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit told a conference on privacy and cybercrime in Washington, D.C.""If the NSA wants to vacuum all the trillions of bits of information that are crawling through the electronic worldwide networks, I think that’s fine."

Congress should limit the spy agency's use of the data it collects, Posner said, but not limit its ability to collect it during sweeps and searches.

Since that would be a violation of the Constitution he swore to defend, can we just impeach him now?

2014-12-08 13:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Attkisson sues the DoJ over FOIA request for information about her

On Nov. 19, I filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) lawsuit against the Department of Justice, which oversees the F.B.I.. For over a year, I had been pursuing public information that the F.B.I. holds—about me. Something any U.S. citizen has the right to do.

Once again, they have something to hide.

2014-12-08 12:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama's immigration power play

Put aside, for a moment, whether you agree with amnesty as good policy or not. Consider what the Constitution has to say about the power of the purse:

“All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.”
— U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 7, clause 1

“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”
— U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 9, clause 7

Combine that with the report that Homeland Security is already hiring a thousand people and securing office space for them.

“USCIS is taking steps to open a new operational center in Crystal City, a neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia, to accommodate about 1,000 full-time, permanent federal and contract employees in a variety of positions and grade levels,” the agency said in an internal email to employees on Monday. “The initial workload will include cases filed as a result of the executive actions on immigration announced on Nov. 20, 2014.”

Arguably, the president has the authority to decline to prosecute individuals, and taken to an extreme, he can perhaps decline to prosecute entire classes of offense as a matter of prosecutorial discretion. However, the President has no authority to hire people, pay them salaries, purchase office space, issue identification documents and work permits, or any of the other positive actions he is clearly taking in support of his executive action.

Why not? Because no money has been allocated for those tasks. No money could possibly be allocated for those tasks, because those tasks did not exist prior to Obama's executive order.

Obama's executive order on immigration is thus doubly in violation of the Constitution, and not only our Constitution, but a legal tradition that stretches back to the English parliament and the Magna Carta, and before that to Rome.

2014-12-08 11:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A position statement on Garner

I haven't had much to say about this case because I've lacked the time to delve into the details and make an informed judgment. But from what I have seen, I think I can endorse this.

Also worth noting:

The district attorney who brought the officer who killed Eric Garner in to the grand jury left off the possibility for the jury to indict the officer with reckless endangerment. They were only presented the options of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

I don't think there was any racism or criminal intent involved. I think the arrest itself was lawful. The important questions for me are: whether the officers involved basically didn't give a shit about the person they were attempting to arrest claiming he couldn't breathe, and whether it makes sense for selling a single untaxed cigarette to be a crime worthy of forceful arrest.

Yes, I know the officers wouldn't necessarily know that Garner had a variety of medical conditions putting him at high risk. But if they are taking him into custody, they also have a responsibility to do so as far as possible without harming him. And believe me, anyone who is pinned on the ground, being choked, and finds himself unable to breathe is going to struggle no matter how many times police tell him to stop resisting.

And I think that our founding fathers fought an armed revolution against a government attempting to impose a much smaller tax upon tea.

2014-12-08 10:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Legislation introduced to prevent gov-mandated backdoors

There's no current mandate requiring backdoors, but Wyden's bill would shut down law enforcement's continued efforts to get that access. The bill itself [PDF] is just two pages long, and a fact sheet [PDF] is also available.

The first part of that sentence isn't entirely accurate. The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (dating back to 1994) requires that companies be able to support law enforcement surveillance. That act applied to cell phones at the time... and may still. But it also applies to communications, not decrypting the storage area of what has become a handheld computer.

The legislation, however, is quite welcome. Thank you, Senator Wyden.

2014-12-08 09:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More on Obamacare

2014-12-07 20:32:19.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lights Out in Detroit

Detroit's public power grid experienced a massive outage on Tuesday morning, leaving city administration buildings, schools, hospitals, and jails without electricity and forcing them to resort to backup generators.

Just in time to emphasize Bill Whittle's latest Firewall:

2014-12-06 17:19:04.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

If you don't nip it in the bud, the disease will spread...

I first noticed state attorney generals refusing to defend laws (or ballot initiatives, etc) banning gay marriage. The justification for this was that the individuals did not wish to defend a "bigoted" law, usually drawing analogies to the Jim Crow laws. The result was usually that someone else had to step up to defend those laws, despite it being the job of the attorney general to do so -- a job they either applied for or sought in a general election. But there was little national outcry over this dereliction of duty and refusal to respect the rule of law... and the result of that refusal to defend a law has the effect of tilting the scales slightly in court, and if a law is struck down by a court, it is generally struck down in a manner much harder to reverse.

Now, the Pennsylvania attorney general is refusing to defend the state's gun preemption law. And that means the defense would fall to the governor's office... who is likely to also refuse to defend the law. I don't know if there is someone next in line for the duty, but I do know this represents an escalation. It is now clear that Democrat attorney generals will refuse to defend any law they disagree with.

And that is troubling indeed.

2014-12-05 14:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Federal debt broke the $18 trillion line

Reason has more details. Note that this depressing milestone is getting basically no attention from the mainstream press, which prefers to focus on the manufactured controversy over some politician's aide saying mildly impolite things about the children of the man who thinks he is king.

2014-12-05 12:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did Congress know about White House tax records?

Hot Air has a look at the relevant law. Read the whole thing. If this is accurate, then the law needs to be changed immediately, and the people on the appropriate committees supposed to be overseeing this process need to be questioned closely.

2014-12-05 11:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

9th Circuit may hear Peruta case en banc

Apparently at least one judge has called for an en banc hearing on his own initiative.

It's hard to read the tea leaves here, except that current status of the Peruta case is good for us, so reconsidering it is likely to be bad. That said, it's possible we will win again at the en banc hearing.

2014-12-05 10:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama wants funding for police body cameras

I actually think it's a good policy, so long as there is an adverse presumption in place if an officer's camera turns out to be "broken" or turned off. On-duty police interactions with the public should be filmed in case an incident occurs.

Where the funding comes from is a more complex question, of course.

2014-12-05 09:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Accountability, and the lack thereof

2 years after a major public outcry over an attempt to buy drones to surveil his population with federal money, a county sheriff has decided to buy the drones with money from his own budget instead. If the public tells you they don't want you to spend money on drones to spy on them, you don't spend money on drones. Playing shell games with where you get the money is not appropriate.

Ars Technica has more details.

2014-12-04 12:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Military warned of possible ISIS attacks within US

U.S. officials have warned military personnel that Islamic State forces may be planning attacks against them in the United States, ABC News reported on Monday.

This administration has done such a wonderful job dealing with terrorism...

2014-12-04 11:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Do they want to be legal?

In the same week that President Obama issued his administrative amnesty sparing millions from deportation, the feds busted a criminal ring of illegal immigrants that used stolen identities to defraud the U.S. government out of $7.2 million in tax refunds.

Maybe, and maybe not.

2014-12-04 10:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Oathkeepers in Ferguson

"When I get [to Ferguson], my main goal is going to be to organize the community and encourage them to start their own neighborhood watches. They don't need outside help. They should be able to do it themselves. We're going to offer assistance in training them."

This sounds like a good approach to a bad situation.

2014-12-04 09:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: Treasury Sec blocks release of White House files

Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew, Obama’s former White House Chief of Staff, took the documents that were set to be released and now refuses to ever turn them over. His rationale? Lew cannot release information about improper disclosures of confidential taxpayer information because that would be an improper disclosure of confidential taxpayer information.

The files consist of 2,500 files determined to be responsive to a Cause of Action FOIA request demanding information on the Treasury Inspector General's reports on White House access to taxpayer information. We don't know what's in those files, but we do know that at least one investigation was conducted into remarks concerning the taxpayer information of Koch Industries.

Previous reports indicated that the files would be turned over to the IRS for redaction before being delivered to Congress. Now, the Daily Caller is reporting that the Treasury Secretary has taken possession of the files and will not release any of them, and is apparently issuing threats of prosecution via the Department of Justice.

The Treasury Secretary is a cabinet official and takes his orders directly from Obama.

Folks, seizing these files is a damning admission that there is incriminating information about White House involvement in those files. It's time to put impeachment on the table, and defund the entire government until the files are released.

UPDATE: Full text of the letter notifying Cause of Action below the fold, thanks to the Washington Examiner.

UPDATE: Press briefing. The action happens at 49 minutes in:

Press Sec claims he is "not familiar" with the specific case, but has a very glib and prepared non-response to the question, eventually referring it to the Treasury press contact.

(Read More...)

2014-12-03 20:49:29.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

$86,846.34 in taxpayer dollars per illegal immigrant child

Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton sums up the fiscal carnage: “It is outrageous that the Obama administration spent nearly $200 million of taxpayer funds to provide illegal alien children with the types of extravagant high-tech equipment and lavish benefits many American families cannot even afford for their own children. And very few American workers are bringing home the $80,000 the Obama administration pays the BCFS’s Incident Management Team for just four months’ work. Obama’s lawlessness resulted in an illegal alien ‘surge’ that has cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in 2014. Based on his new lawless amnesty plans, we can expect hundreds of millions more in taxpayer costs for the resulting wave of illegal aliens trying to take advantage of Obama’s illegal nullification of our nation’s immigration laws.”

And that's just the bill for four months, and though it does include "laptop kits" and "cell phones", it does not include state or local spending including educational costs.

Where is this money coming from, and why isn't Congress shutting it off?

2014-12-03 15:31:27.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

1400 people being monitored for Ebola in the US

The killer virus Ebola may not be front and center in the news, but it’s still in the forefront of efforts by health officials nationwide. As of today, more than 1,400 people in 44 states in the U.S. are being actively monitored by state and local health departments after returning from West Africa. The good news is that no new cases have been reported in the U.S. since Oct. 23.

We're lucky that none of them appear to have tested positive. So far. That we know of.

2014-12-02 10:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrat official urges attendees to vote twice

Video of Opelousas, Louisiana Mayor Don Cravins Sr.'s Nov. 3 remarks show him telling a crowd in his home town that 'if you "early voted," go vote again tomorrow. One more time’s not going to hurt.'Louisianans, like Americans in many states, had the option of either voting 'early' or showing up on Election Day. Taking advantage of both options would be a crime.And for voters worried about criminal fraud charges, Cravins said he had an insurance policy – the re-election of a Democratic district attorney. . . .

John Lott has the video. And it's mighty hard to argue for an innocent meaning when you're saying that the local prosecutor will decline to prosecute.

2014-12-02 09:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Never trust an espionage agency to obey the law

Germany's top foreign intelligence agency, known as the BND, has been revealed to claim a loophole that broadens its spying mandate, allowing it to snoop on its own citizens abroad if they are working for a foreign company or organization. Normally, the agency is not allowed to spy on German people or companies under Article 10 of the Basic Law regardless of where they live.

They will always find a loophole.

2014-12-01 11:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Can we trust the inspector general?

The Inspector General for Tax Administration has seemed to be a white knight in the sometimes tawdry (and often inflammatory) email and targeting scandal that has roiled the IRS over 18 months. Yet on this particular issue, the Inspector General is being questioned too. An advocacy group called Cause of Action sued the Inspector General under the Freedom of Information Act for information about communications between the White House and the IRS.

This article appears to conflate the 30,000 missing Lerner emails with the 2,500 emails potentially referring to confidential taxpayer information shared with the White House, but also raises an important point. Can we trust the IG to serve the American people rather than protect a corrupt White House?

Three reasons to be skeptical:

1) The IG answers to Obama, as part of the executive branch. While the IG is supposed to operate independently, we know Obama has tried to have IG's who displeased him removed from office.

2) Both the decision to release the 2,500 emails as ordered by a court and the discovery of the 30,000 missing Lerner emails appeared after the election. From Obama's perspective, if they have to come out, that's the best possible time.

3) The 30,000 emails are going to be provided by the IG to the IRS for "redaction" before being provided to Congress. Presumably the 2,500 emails from the Cause of Action case will also be redacted. While some redaction of taxpayer information is necessary, the idea that the IRS is the appropriate party to do so is ... questionable.

On the other hand, with Issa handing the chairmanship of the House Oversight committee to Chaffetz', who has vowed to make the IRS probe the centerpiece of his chairmanship, and the Senate also now taking the investigation seriously, perhaps we will eventually get the whole story.

2014-12-01 10:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Illegal immigrants eligible for social security, medicare

According to a new report from FOX News, illegal immigrants who fit certain criteria set forth by Obama last week will be eligible for taxpayer funded programs

I have only one thing to say to anyone considering signing up for this: It's a trap.

Let's review some basic facts.

Social security and medicare are pyramid schemes that depend on ever-increasing numbers of people paying into the system at the bottom in order to fund the benefits being paid out to the the people on top.

What happens when there aren't enough people paying in? The whole thing collapses, which is what we have been starting to see (and the media has been ignoring).

And what do pyramid schemes do when they run out of money to pay the people at the top? they desperately scramble to add another layer of people at the bottom.

This, plus invisible inflation, is Obama's "fix" for the social security problem. Will it work? No more than adding another level to the bottom of a pyramid scheme will fix it.

2014-12-01 09:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DoJ still hiding information on media manipulation

Bingo. I think he is right. Someone at DOJ systematically searched for references to Sharyl Attkisson and pulled out all emails where DOJ and White House personnel were talking about her and, as we now know, how to block her Fast and Furious investigation. A single email, which gave away the game, slipped through because her name was mis-spelled.

Read the whole thing, because this is what we will be fighting for the next two years.

2014-11-30 18:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Give Back the Senate!

2014-11-30 13:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Device destroyed after probe began

This isn't really new news, but notice how the investigation has died down once the election was over?

2014-11-30 12:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Jake Tapper on Obamacare and Gruber

2014-11-29 10:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Stupidity of the American Voter

The Smallest Minority has three of the Gruber videos and a nice piece of his own from before he started his blog.

It's not that American voters are stupid. It's that politicians lie to them.

2014-11-29 09:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS Scandal Coverage

2014-11-28 10:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ex-CNBC anchor told to shut up about Obamacare flaws

2014-11-28 09:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An artificial emergency

It was the second time in recent months that Ohio law enforcement officers responded to 911 calls by concerned citizens, and then shot and killed people holding airguns with three seconds of arriving on scene, allowing them no time to process and respond to officer commands. Neither John Crawford nor Tamir Rice had committed a crime. They’re no less dead because of it.

Bearing Arms has shooting video from the Ohio 12-year-old with airgun incident. It looks like police didn't give themselves time to do anything BUT shoot the person.

It used to be that the goal of a police officer going into a situation like that was to resolve it peacefully.

2014-11-27 09:29:25.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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