Dem Sen candidate "Beto" thinks AR-15s should be banned

The FederalistBeto O’Rourke, the photogenic Democratic congressman from El Paso hoping to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November, declared at a SXSW event Monday that there’s no reason an AR-15 should be sold to a civilian. According to Politico’s Michael Calderone, O’Rourke, who’s not shy about swearing on the campaign trail, added, “I have no idea how that polls and I should give a shit what the NRA thinks about it.”

He also thinks he can win in Texas with this position.

(Note: The above is from an older story, but still relevant now as the election gets closer).

He's still attacking the NRA and gun owners.

Free BeaconBeto O’Rourke, the Democratic challenger to Senator Ted Cruz (R., Tex.), kept up his attack on the National Rifle Association and reiterated his opposition to using guns to protect schools during a town hall speech last weekend.

We have literal terrorist training camps teaching children to attack schools and hospitals, but Beta Dem here doesn't want guns in schools to protect them?

Tue Sep 18 10:55:14 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What a difference party affiliation makes!

Despite lacking in any credible evidence beyond her own word, Kavanaugh's accuser will get a polite hearing in the Senate and possibly derail the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice with an otherwise unblemished record. And yet, the woman accusing DNC co-chair and current candidate for state AG Keith Ellison of much more recent abuse (and with much better evidence) is smeared, threatened, and isolated.

Tue Sep 18 09:55:14 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

President Trump orders declassification of FISA warrant, texts

White HouseAt the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.

In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.

This is interesting. Obviously for anyone following SpyGate it's likely to be a gold mine of new information and confirmation of existing suspicions if and when it happens. But the manner in which is may happen seems interesting.

We're not just getting, say, leaks from Congressional staffers describing what they have seen in private, or yet another partial release of slightly less redacted material. The statement says "no redactions".

And we got it as a statement from the White House, not as an actual document release from DOJ. And we know Trump has been publicly (via Twitter and otherwise) pushing for this for some time, and (via less public channels) getting resistance and pushback. So what that tells me is that Trump is, publicly, through White House channels, issuing an order to his subordinates to declassify and release the documents.

Either those subordinates will follow the orders, or they will refuse and resign, or they will be fired.

That's why the order is public. It's to justify the firing if the order is refused.

We'll see what happens. But any of those three options lead to fireworks.

Categories Spygate

Mon Sep 17 17:53:54 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

EU goes stupid on copyright law

Boing BoingUpload filters: Everything you post, from short text snippets to stills, audio, video, code, etc will be surveilled by copyright bots run by the big platforms. They'll compare your posts to databases of "copyrighted works" that will be compiled by allowing anyone to claim copyright on anything, uploading thousands of works at a time. Anything that appears to match the "copyright database" is blocked on sight, and you have to beg the platform's human moderators to review your case to get your work reinstated.

* Link taxes: You can't link to a news story if your link text includes more than a single word from the article's headline. The platform you're using has to buy a license from the news site, and news sites can refuse licenses, giving them the right to choose who can criticise and debate the news.

* User generated content exemption: the right to use small excerpt from works to make memes and other critical/transformative/parodical/satirical works.

So in other words, this post would be illegal, and automatically blocked by censorship bots at Google, Facebook, etc, simply because I quoted from the person I linked to and added my own comments.

That's stupid, and why we have a First Amendment in the US.

But will that matter, or will the EU impose their law on the US internet?

Note that this law makes political debate online, or really any discussion of the news or current events, essentially impossible. That's not accidental with various European governments seeing political threats growing.

Categories Copyright

Mon Sep 17 16:18:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SpyGate update

Bob Woodward found no evidence of Russian collusion, despite finding lots of other things people supposedly told him that they now deny telling him. I get the feeling he sold the book on Watergate 2 and then had to make up a lot of thinly sourced quotes when he didn't find shit.

We have confirmation from new Strzok text messages that he wanted to open a case and file charges within 2 hours of Comey being fired "while Andy is acting" (as in, presumably, while Andrew McCabe was acting as FBI director). More evidence the whole thing was planned out to target the President with an internal coup.

Lisa Page's deposition indicates that more than 9 months into their investigation of the Trump campaign, they had found no evidence of collusion, despite their use of national-security wiretap authority and multiple human sources. She frames it as "we still couldn't answer the question." A better characterization seems to be that they didn't like the answer.

Nellie Ohr will testify to Congress this week. If certain allegations about contractor access to NSA databases are accurate, and she is honest, her testimony could be significant.

Nunes expects to release 70 depositions in the next few weeks.

Categories Spygate

Mon Sep 17 14:18:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Kananaugh's accuser has some history with his family...

Mon Sep 17 12:18:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Poll dancing for the President

American ThinkerAlternatively, look at Rasmussen, the most accurate pollster for the 2016 presidential election. In its Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, it surveys likely voters, not simply registered voters. On Sept. 10, 2018, the same day as the Quinnipiac poll, President Trump was at 48 percent total approval, 51 percent total disapproval, similar to where he has been for most of this year.

What Brian Stelter and Morning Joe won't tell you is what their idol Barack Obama's poll numbers were in the same Rasmussen poll at the exact same point in his presidency. But I will.

On Sept. 10, 2010, "the one we have all been waiting for" was at 42 percent total approval, 56 percent disapproval, 6 points lower than the Neanderthal Trump who Quinnipiac says is unfit to serve as president.

How inconvenient, but also how instructive. Are these polls designed to reflect popular opinion or shape it?

Shape it, obviously.

The only accountability these polling organizations have is during the last week or two before an election. You think they don't know that?

Mon Sep 17 11:18:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

You should have listened when we warned you...

Andy McCarthyIf the public becomes convinced that national-security powers, such as those in FISA, are being employed to monitor Americans when there is insufficient evidence to justify a criminal investigation, there will be demands to strip these powers. And those of us who have insisted through the years that, with responsible supervision by the top tiers of the Justice Department and the Bureau, the government can be trusted not to abuse these powers, will have nothing to say.

... but better 17 years too late than never.

Mon Sep 17 09:18:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About those curtains...

The State Department bought $50,000 curtains for the official residence of the UN ambassador. The New York Times wrote a story initially blaming the purchase on Nikki Haley, the current UN ambassador, but had to correct it when it came out that the decision to buy the curtains was made in 2016 under Obama. Gun Free Zone suggests that maybe the curtains are not just ordinary curtains, but have security features justifying the high price. The other thing that seems logical to me is, how would this information have gotten to the New York Times? Is there some staffer somewhere who knew about the decision -- appointed or career, still there or not, doesn't matter -- and decided to leak the story to the Times to damage the Trump administration by the false implication they spent the money?

Sun Sep 16 09:22:26 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI shuts down solar observatory?

Sat Sep 15 13:36:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Manafort pleads, agrees to cooperate... against Clinton lawyer Craig?

Now that's a twist. I don't have a clue what this means at this point.

Sat Sep 15 12:36:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Screech! Rewind! Now play that again, slowly...

Washington ExaminerSo unless there is a secret indictment against Cohen, accusing Trump of being his co-conspirator, Trump cannot be an unindicted co-conspirator. Moreover, the information against Cohen did not include the allegation by Cohen that he was directed to pay hush money by the candidate. That self-serving accusation was made by Cohen in his statement to the judge.

So it cannot be the basis for a conclusion that Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator.

Why would you make a statement to a judge for something that you weren't actually charged with?

Well, the prosecutor probably wants to pretend it's not all about Trump to lure Trump into a nice little fireside chat perjury trap, but also may have doubts whether he can prove a connection to Trump at all.

But if Cohen says, in open court to the judge, that Trump told him to do it, who else is listening in that open courtroom?

Reporters. Well, no. Reporters report facts. These are journalists; they write their thoughts about things they purport are facts as if their opinions are more important than simply establishing the who, what, where, when, and why. Just like, you know, writing in a journal. So, these are journalists filling the courtroom listening to everything Cohen says to the judge, and someone whispers in Cohen's ear, Tell the judge that Trump made you do it, and it will go easier for you in the clink.

Because headlines calling Trump an unindicted co-conspirator are as predictable as day following night. And if you can't support that allegation, if you don't want to be legally responsible for making it, then you just whisper to your client, or whisper to your defendant, just say it to the judge when the reporters are in the room, and we'll leave it out of the official paperwork.

The bombshell news from the Cohen plea was, of course, that he said Trump did it. Did any of the reporters bother to check the official paperwork to see what it said and whether Trump was officially accused of anything?

Apparently, only Alan Dershowitz.

Sat Sep 15 11:36:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Kerry is still trying to salvage the Iran deal

He's admitting to meeting with the Iranian foreign minister three or four times since he left his position as Secretary of State. As a private citizen that shouldn't really be a big deal, except that he's meeting on the basis of his previous position as SecState and purporting to negotiate on behalf of a future Democrat president. This is dishonest, wrong, and borderline treasonous depending on exactly what sort of deals he is trying to cut.

Worse, remember when Sally Yates and the FBI/DOJ scheme team tried to investigate Michael Flynn for talking to the Russian ambassador when he was the incoming National Security Advisor? They claimed that violated the Logan Act, which bars private citizens meeting with foreign powers and purporting to be representatives of the US government. (It's basically never been used, because it has serious first amendment issues... until the outgoing Obama team needed to get Flynn out of the incoming administration). As incoming National Security Advisor, Flynn had every right to talk to other governments as an official member of the transition team. But they investigated him under the Logan act -- presumably as a pretext to spy on him -- and then got him in court for not remembering everything perfectly when they ambushed him about it later.

How is what Kerry is admitting to doing now any different from what Flynn was doing then -- except that Kerry is out of government with no official position at all, rather than, as Flynn, incoming into a cabinet role?

Trump and/or his DOJ should do to Kerry exactly what was done to Flynn: investigate him under the Logan act, interview him in an ambush interview, and charge him with lying to the FBI for any and every minor discrepancy that comes up in that interview. Just to drive the point home.

And it's not the first time Kerry has met with the enemies of our country to engage in diplomacy without the authority to do so.

Sat Sep 15 10:36:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones and infowars

I imagine they had staff members looking for any pretext, and also responded to social pressure. The obvious coordination of this action (Twitter was the only big holdout until now; the rest banned him on the same day) also raises significant questions. Bottom line, this was a test run and a precedent. They'll use this to coordinate banning more and more conservative voices. They will start on the very fringe and slowly work their way in, while leaving the left alone. The intended result will be to shift the Overton window of acceptable public opinion to the left and force people who won't parrot their dogma into a padded room on the internet -- they can yell but no one can hear them.

How to fight it is hard. I'm not reliant, here, on their platforms. But that means the audience is limited because the major audiences are on facebook, twitter, youtube, and google search.

Twitter, it seems, is already moving to the next step: banning the term "illegal alien" from promotions. Note that this term is the correct and accurate legal term for someone here illegally.

So is Facebook: they banned someone for posting about how to prevent another 9-11 on 9-11 and a political activist for linking to Alex Jones.

Funny how they are doing this faster and faster as the election gets closer and closer.

Sat Sep 15 09:36:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Papadopolous is ready to talk

Sara CarterFormer Trump campaign volunteer, George Papadopoulos said he would like to testify in front of the Senate about his “suspicious encounters” with certain individuals he met throughout the 2016 election.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Papadopoulos wrote that he would testify about his interactions with Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, FBI informant, Stefan Halper, “Putin’s niece,” Maltese academic, Joseph Misfud, as well as other U.S. officials who reached out to him. In a second tweet, the former campaign advisor claimed that US intelligence officials, Gregory Baker and Terrence Dudley “both wanted to ingratiate themselves” into the Trump campaign through Papadopoulos.

Now that he's been sentenced -- whether taking the plea deal was a good idea or not -- Mueller has relatively little to hold over this head. If he talks, this may well expose the whole scheme.

As far as I know, Baker and Dudley are new names. I wonder what we will find out about them?

Fri Sep 14 16:02:17 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch gets more FBI texts

Sara CarterJudicial Watch announced Thursday that it has received 47 pages of Department of Justice records from a January 2018 FOIA lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered the FBI to process 13,000 pages of documents of communications between Strzok and Page. However, as the watchdog organization points out, “The FBI refuses to timely process the records and will not complete review and production of all the Strzok-Page materials until at least 2020.”

Judicial Watch writes, “In a January 30, 2016 email exchange sent entirely over unsecure devices, top former FBI officials including General Counsel Jim Baker, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Strzok, Page, unidentified individuals from the DOJ’s National Security Division and NSA General Counsel Glenn Gerstell, discuss a draft document with the subject line: “Revised IC Safe Harbor Letter (from [redacted] using [redacted] iPad).”

Baker notes in the exchange that he is attempting to work on the document using his smartphone: ‘So it is not possible to read the redlines on my smartphone. If you are still at the office, can you please save the redline version as a PDF and then resend? Thanks.’

Also, in the exchange, Strzok writes to Page “AND [GOD***MIT] GIVEN EVERYTHING GOING ON WHY IS [redacted] USING A YAHOO! ACCOUNT FOR THIS? (Actually, apparently a Yahoo! Account from [redacted’s] iPad. Make him stop!!!!!!'”

Well, this certainly sheds a little light on why the FBI was so reluctant to go after Hillary for her little email server.

Fri Sep 14 15:02:17 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Leland NC bans weapon transport or carry during hurricane Florence

They backed down a little, but this kind of knee-jerk prohibition of firearms whenever there is a perceived emergency is frankly stupid and makes things worse. Why governments keep trying I have no idea.

Fri Sep 14 14:02:17 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gov Greg Abbot calls for red light camera ban

Houston ChronicleGov. Greg Abbott wants to hit the brake on red light cameras in Texas, announcing Monday he will call for lawmakers to ban cities from using the traffic devices next year.

Abbott contends red light cameras can make intersections less safe by causing more rear-end wrecks due to sharp braking. He adds that the cameras can pose a constitutional issue by “rendering accused violators guilty until proven innocent,” and by accusing drivers of violating the law without a witness.

Lawmakers have already called for a renewed effort to unplug red light camera enforcement in Texas, promising to push for a ban in the 2019 Legislative session. However, past efforts have struggled to gain momentum in the Legislature, failing to reach the governor’s desk.

These devices are basically automated extortion.

Fri Sep 14 13:02:17 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

But diversity is our strength!

PJMediaIdentity politics kills. If there is any lesson to be drawn from the killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, that is it. The city of Minneapolis was so eager to have a Somali Muslim police officer on the force that it hired a man who had been found incompetent to hold the job. Further, it did not fire him even when he proved that he was indeed unfit to be a cop.

Fox News has reported that “the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond once put a gun to a driver’s head during a traffic stop and sometimes ignored calls, according to court filings indicating that psychiatrists and training officers voiced concerns about his fitness for duty.”

Not only that, but “[Mohamed] Noor was flagged by two psychiatrists during a pre-hiring evaluation in early 2015. The psychiatrists said he seemed unable to handle the stress of regular police work and exhibited an unwillingness to deal with people.”

Regadless of his race or religion, he should not have been hired with those red flags on his record. And yet somehow he was. Likely, those red flags were ignored because of his race and religion, to serve a political narrative.

Fri Sep 14 12:02:17 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Kerry admits to lying about Syrian chemical weapons deal

Free BeaconFormer Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the Obama administration knew that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad kept some of his chemical weapons despite an international agreement brokered to remove the entire stockpile by mid-2014.

"We said we got a hundred percent of the declared weapons out, which is what the Organization for the [Prohibition] of Chemical Weapons was able to track," Kerry said on Fox News. "We knew that Assad had kept some, and we tried to go to the [United Nations] Security Council, and, unfortunately, Russia played games and we didn't get there."

In 2013, the United States and Russia struck a deal to remove Syria's entire arsenal of chemical weapons from the country by the middle of 2014. Kerry and other Obama administration officials publicly touted the deal as a major success.

"We struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out," Kerry said on NBC's "Meet the Press" in 2014.

Except you lied, and the deal you struck got less than 100% of the weapons out.

Fri Sep 14 11:02:17 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats try last-ditch effort to stop Kavanaugh

Apparently, Senator Feinstein sent an anonymous letter to the FBI, alleging something bad happened that dates back to when Kavanaugh was in high school. This is, basically, a delaying action and a threat that the FBI will end up investigating the nominee after he is on the bench. That would be embarrassing for everyone who voted for him, especially if whatever it is has significant evidence and is serious. And of course it's a mystery allegation, so there's no evidence to check one way or another. Congressmen are basically being asked to vote on an accusation alone, without evidence or details.

Senators should vote to confirm anyway. If the accuser is not willing to have his or her claims tested and publicly stand behind them, they should not be made at all. Certainly they should not be dispositive of a nomination decades later.

As is proper, the FBI declined to investigate decades-old anonymous accusations.

Fri Sep 14 10:02:17 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

It was all a setup

Mainstream conservative sources are starting to notice.

Fri Sep 14 09:02:17 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Damned Dynasties

Between the Bushes, the Clintons, and rumors Michelle Obama might run for President in 2020, I'm really getting tired of this dynasty thing. The White House is not an inheritance.

Thu Sep 13 16:56:48 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A victory for the first and second amendments

Free BeaconA federal judge ruled Tuesday that California’s ban on handgun advertising is unconstitutional.

Judge Troy Nunley of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, an Obama appointee, ruled California could no longer enforce Section 26820 of the California Penal Code, which dates back to 1923. That law banned gun stores from displaying signs promoting the sale of handguns. California argued the ban was necessary to prevent suicides and murders but Judge Nunley said it violates constitutional protections on free speech.

Of course, any such advertising ban won't prevent anything.

The 9th Circus will probably overrule this. I'm not sure what the Supreme Court would do on appeal from such a decision though. I worry the precedent set by bans on advertising cigarettes might cause problems. However, that ban might have come from settlements rather than laws, which would make it a distinguishable situation.

Thu Sep 13 15:56:48 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Facebook bans ex-Democrat weeks before his march

ZerohedgeFacebook has banned Brandon Straka, the former Democrat who founded the "Walk Away" campaign and its viral hashtag #WalkAway, after he linked to - which has been banned from the platform.

He says that the ban has "devastated" his ability to reach people ahead of an October 26 march on Washington, all because of a Facbeook post that read: "Hey, Patriots! I’m going live on in 15 minutes."

Straka tweeted on Wednesday: "FACEBOOK JUST BANNED ME AS I AM PLANNING THE #WalkAway March on Washington!!! I have been banned from posting leading up to the March. This is devastated for our ability to reach people!!! I was banned for mentioning my interview with Alex Jones. Can anybody help???"

Not long ago I said that Alex Jones of Infowars was the test case. Now they are hitting anyone who links to someone they have sent down the memory hole. This effectively shuts down people criticizing Facebook and other entities for their censorship, meaning anyone who does criticize them automatically loses their platform too.

Will the last person to leave Facebook please turn off the servers?

Thu Sep 13 14:56:48 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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