Indoctrination, not education

InstapunditCORNELL AND HARVARD ENGLISH DEPARTMENTS DROP THE GRE. Quoth Cornell: “Requiring the exam narrows our applicant pool at precisely the moment we should be creating bigger pipelines into higher education. We need the strength of a diverse community in order to pursue the English department’s larger mission: to direct the force of language toward large and small acts of learning, alliance, imagination and justice.

This seems to be political indoctrination masquerading as education -- and not even masquerading very hard. 1984's "Newspeak" was a warning, not a how-to guide, but apparently that little nuance is too subtle for today's professors of English literature.

Tue Mar 19 08:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Google admits to tracking phones even if you turned off tracking

PJMediaA Google executive admitted during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday that Google tracks users' phones — even when their location history is turned off.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) questioned Google Senior Privacy Counsel Will DeVries about the company's tracking policies during a hearing examining online consumer privacy. Some of DeVries' answers will likely disturb consumers who thought there was a way to avoid being tracked by Google through their phones.

In his prepared remarks, DeVries told lawmakers that "the processing of personal information is necessary to simply operate the service the user requested." He asserted that "requiring" individuals to control every aspect of data processing "can create a burdensome and complex experience that diverts attention from the most important controls without corresponding benefits," and therefore a "specific consent or toggle" should not be required for every use of data.

And that is their privacy executive, specifically hired to make people feel better about their personal data in Google's hands.

Remember that a lot of google's apps, which their executive just admitted do not respect user's privacy requests, are installed on gazillions of android phones by default at the factory. Consent here is effectively meaningless. Google will collect the information they want and use it however they want. No one reads the privacy policies -- not even the companies that are presenting them to you.

Tue Mar 19 07:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Terrorist attack in Holland

BBCA gunman has opened fire inside a tram and at several other locations in the Dutch city of Utrecht, authorities say. Several people have been injured and one is feared to have died, media reports say. Police say the gunman is still at large. Trains and trams have stopped running and schools have been asked to keep their doors closed. Counter-terrorism police reportedly say the shooting "appears to be a terrorist attack".

This is the second terrorist attack since Fridays's attack on the New Zealand mosques. The last one, in Nigeria, was done by Muslims. This one probably is too. Neither type of terrorism is anything other than horrific and evil. Murdering innocent people is evil.

The people who commit these murders, on both sides, expect to get killed in the act; even if they plan to escape, they know there's a possibility they won't and are ok with that. You can stop, or slow down, the current attack by shooting back. But that doesn't stop the next one, because someone ELSE is doing the next one. There's always someone else when your religion makes dying in combat against the infidel a sacrament and a guarantee of heaven. Western cultures prefer to response with soldiers against terrorists directly... but at some point, when that seems to no longer be an effective deterrent, some people will start trying other options.

I don't think those other options will do anything to de-escalate the situation. No one is going to back down here.

The ONLY thing that is going to work is reducing the influx of new radical Islamic individuals as much as possible -- whether by individualized interviews, ending "refugee" programs, or broad bans on countries with a terror problem -- and then identifying and removing those already here with similar extreme views. We can do this for those not yet citizens under a reasonable legal standard for determining suitability of immigrants. Those who remain after passing the vetting will hopefully be capable of peaceful coexistence with other religions and cultures.

But we need to make that vetting a priority. The problem, of course, is that it's really hard to look at a specific individual and know whether they are prone to violence. So the other thing we need to do is reduce the inflow, overall. until it is small enough to properly vet individuals seeking entry. We need to stop approving massive groups of "refugees" and transplanting their whole communities by the tens of thousands to the same little towns in, say, Minnesota for example. We're individualists -- let's treat people as individuals, and let refugees find refuge in their neighboring countries where they may actually be able to assimilate or one day return to their native country.

And to do that, we need to close the border -- because the people getting in that way aren't vetted at all.

Tue Mar 19 06:56:02 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Page: Russia investigation was insurance policy

Daily WireOne of the biggest revelations was that Page, who was having an affair with then-FBI agent Peter Strzok, said that the infamous "insurance policy" text message was referring to the Russia investigation.

"During her interview with the Judiciary Committee in July 2018, Page was questioned at length about that text — and essentially confirmed this referred to the Russia investigation while explaining that officials were proceeding with caution, concerned about the implications of the case while not wanting to go at 'total breakneck speed' and risk burning sources as they presumed Trump wouldn't be elected anyway," Fox News reported. "Further, she confirmed investigators only had a 'paucity' of evidence at the start."

Basically, in her testimony, Lisa Page admitted that both investigations were heavily political, that the Clinton investigation was swept under the rug (she says by DOJ's rules), and that the Trump-Russia investigation was started with no evidence and never managed to actually find any.

Tue Mar 19 06:47:32 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Immgrants use twice as much welfare as native-born Americans

BreitbartHouseholds headed by foreign noncitizens living in the United States, including legal and illegal aliens, use nearly twice as much welfare as native-born Americans, research finds.

In recently released research by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), analysts discovered that about 63 percent of noncitizen households, those who live legally and illegally in the U.S., use some form of public welfare while only about 35 percent of native-born American households are on welfare.

Likewise, roughly 50 percent of naturalized citizens — those who legally immigrated to the country and became citizens — use taxpayer-funded welfare, as well as about 55 percent of all households headed by legal immigrants, those who are naturalized citizens and those who are not yet citizens.

You cannot have open borders and a welfare state.

Mon Mar 18 08:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Page says DOJ drove decision not to indict Clinton

They drove it by excluding "gross negligence" as a factor, despite that being in the law as written. Page's testimony here contradicts Comey's dramatic speech clearing Clinton, as well as AG Lynch's claim she would let the FBI make the decision after her improper meeting with William Clinton. A little more detail here.

Mon Mar 18 07:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Google airbrushes out Greenpeace founder

It seems they have taken a cue from Stalin and airbrushed out an inconvenient figure who now opposes the organization he founded. If Google is willing to do this -- an act of revisionist history clearly based on ideology -- how can we trust them as a source of information at all?

Obviously, we can't.

Mon Mar 18 06:47:32 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Who is really running Occasional-Cortex?

Sun Mar 17 08:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Registration leads to confiscation

A man in New York fails to re-register his hunting rifle, so they confiscated it.

Sun Mar 17 07:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Governor Bevin signs Constitutional Carry for Kentucky

WKYTKentucky Governor Matt Bevin has signed into law an NRA-backed measure which will allow people to conceal carry without a permit.

Bevin signed Senate Bill 150 into law Monday. It allows Kentuckians 21 and older who can lawfully possess a firearm to be able to conceal it without a permit.

Winning, one state at a time. Not yet tired of it.

Sun Mar 17 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch sues for Rosenstein communications

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for all records of communications of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein between May 8 and May 17, 2017.

Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the DOJ failed to respond to a September 21, 2018, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-00481)). Judicial Watch seeks:

Any and all e-mails, text messages, or other records of communication addressed to or received by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein between May 8, 2017, and May 22, 2017.

Again, the fact that a "friendly" DOJ has to be sued to get answers means they are simply trying to cover up as much as possible. And it calls into question how "friendly" DOJ really is. Hopefully, Barr will change things.

Sat Mar 16 08:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biological Warfare

Sara CarterAs of March 7, a total of 2,287 detainees were quarantined around the country, ICE spokesman Brendan Raedy told Reuters.

ICE health officials have been notified of 236 confirmed or probable cases of mumps among detainees in 51 facilities in the past 12 months, compared to no cases detected between January 2016 and February 2018. Last year, 423 detainees were determined to have influenza and 461 to have chicken pox. All three diseases are largely preventable by vaccine.

Way back in the days of castles and knights, they used catapults to launch corpses into cities under siege in hopes of creating outbreaks of disease. It was an early form of biological warfare.

This is not all that much different, except we don't yet have a wall, and the disease-carriers are not yet corpses, so we're stuck with paying for their medical care too.

No thank you. Build the wall.

Sat Mar 16 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats violating campaign finance laws...

I'm mostly just curious whether they will go after Occasional-Cortex with the same vigor they are going after Trump. Thewy won't, of course.

Sat Mar 16 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New Zealand mosques targeted in terror attack

BreitbartAt least 49 people have been killed and 42 wounded in mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Three people are in custody in connection to the shootings, police confirm.

I referenced this event briefly already, dealing with the attacker's manifesto. Some details on the attack itself worth noting: multiple people were involved, which is extremely unusual in these attacks. Normally you have one antisocial loner. The targets appears to have bee nchosen with religious motivation as well as the desire to start a race/religion war if you believe the manifesto. It is obviously an atrocity when innocents are murdered because of their chosen religion. I do not have to like their religion in general to disapprove of murdering those who follow it.

So, takeaways here: this is obviously a terror attack on muslims instead of by muslims. Multiple attackers were involved, suggesting organization. One of the attacks was disrupted by an armed man at the second mosque. The atacker's motive appears to involve socialism, environmentalism, fascism, race war, gun control, and opposition to migrants. New Zealand already has restrictive gun control laws.

UPDATE: Food for thought.

UPDATE: Two days after mosque attack, Muslims in Nigeria murder over 20 Christians.

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Fri Mar 15 18:52:47 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mass murder for gun control

Gun owners have occasionally joked about anti-gunners committing (or at least provoking) mass shootings in order to advance the gun control cause. After all, they already knowingly exploit such shootings and undeniably queue up their agenda items waiting for the right sort of horrific event to try to ram them through. But this is the first time that I know of when a mass murderer's manifesto claimed promotion of gun control as a motive for his massacre.

Why are anti-gun activists so violent, indeed?

I feel obligated to point out that this happened in New Zealand. Many gun control activists also like to claim that mass shootings only happen in the United States.

(On reflection, given the age and education of many anti-gun activists, I feel I should also point out that New Zealand is not one of the United States, and is in fact a foreign country).

Fri Mar 15 12:12:38 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What is the FBI preparing the battlespace for?

So far it's only Thursday, and it's been an exciting week. Last week, just for context, Manafort was sentenced to "No collusion" and Judicial Watch received 300+ pages of communications between Bruce and Nellie Ohr and government officials. And Representative Doug Collins released Bruce Ohr's transcript on SpyGate.

Monday was quiet.

Tuesday: Pelosi said no impeachment.

Wednesday: The FBI sent a SWAT team of 8 agents to arrest famous rich people for bribing other people to get their children into college. Manafort was sentenced to even more "No collusion", and charged with even more "No collusion" at the state level. The Senate announced it would be resuming its investigation into SpyGate. And Representative Doug Collins releases the transcript of Lisa Page's testimony on SpyGate.

Thursday: The FBI filed a "superseding indictment" charging terrorists with terrorism, notable mainly because it was a compound of terrorists training children to conduct school shootings in the United States which they had not previously charged with terrorism. Mueller's top prosecutor announces he will leave in the near future. The Republican Senate votes to overrule a Republican president's use of a routine emergency declaration. There are reports that Barr forced out Weissman by blocking his attempt to squeeze Flynn further and go after Kushner and Donald Trump Jr, and IG Horowitz is investigating Rosenstein and Yates. (UPDATE: Another key member of Mueller's team announced his departure). And Representative Doug Collins releases the transcript of Peter Strzok's testimony in SpyGate

There's a deadline for document production concerning Mueller's chief prosecutor, Weissman, and one of his colleagues on Friday. Note Weissman announced he would be leaving. Most people are taking that to mean Mueller's report is almost done (and thus that this frantic battlespace prep means it is a nothingburger), but it could be that Weissman leaving is because Barr will provide Congress with evidence proving his bias in a manner similar to Strzok and Page.

That a lot of battlespace prep for whatever's going to happen Friday evening. Hold on to your hat.

UPDATE: I'm guessing the mosque attack preempted whatever was planned.

Fri Mar 15 09:46:25 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why I'm not interested in Captain Marvel

GRRM on Captain MarvelConsidered just on its own terms, the movie is hugely entertaining. I look forward to seeing how the Marvel teams uses the captain in the forthcoming Avengers movie. Once she comes fully into her powers, she is far and away the most powerful character in the MCU. She could eat Iron Man for lunch and have Thor for dessert, with a side of Dr. Strange. Thanos is in trouble now.

Did she earn any of that, or is she a Mary Sue on the order of Rey? I submit to you she has not; not with one movie released 6 weeks before EndGame, set 20 years in the past.

Why should a completely unknown character come out of left field to save the day against a threat that the Marvel universe has been building up for 18+ movies? Are the existing Avengers stupid, incompetent, useless.. or just weak? And whichever one or combination of those Endgame will imply for the original Avengers' inability to solve a problem Captain Marvel is apparently destined to solve easily, why should fans of those original characters show up to see them dissed by the new girl who just got her origin story and is a demigod by authorial fiat?

Thor offered his life to save just a few humans he had met a few days ago in his first movie to prove himself worthy. and repeated the action to forge the weapon that ultimately reached Thanos. Tony redeemed himself from a career as a arms merchant (nothing wrong with that, but letting his company sell arms to terrorists was a colossal oversight for which he bore responsibility) and offered his own life in trade for New York during the first Avengers. Captain America, Dr Strange, and Vision both gave their lives to keep an infinity stone out of the hands of evil (The First Avenger and Infinity War). 18 movies of building up heroic and self-sacrificing characters.

And Captain Marvel... got abducted by aliens and gifted with superpowers 20 minutes ago and now she's ready to wipe the floor with Thanos? She hasn't earned that.

And that's leaving aside that starring actress Brie Larson doesn't want men to see her movie. Or review her movie. And she seems to not care about whether fans of A Wrinkle In Time liked the movie, because she says it wasn't made for them.

When you have to immediately follow up the phrase "Am I saying I hate white dudes? No..." with "but", you hate white dudes. And the lovefest for this movie among the liberal left (even some I respect) is about how groundbreaking it is, that's a tip-off that the movie itself just isn't anything special.

Daniel Keys MoranSo the last few years have been instructive, no? This is a list of movies the Usual Suspects predicted, and surely wanted, to do badly, in the last 3-1/2 years:

The Force Awakens 12/18/2015
Rogue One 12/16/2016
Wonder Woman 6/2/2017
The Last Jedi 12/15/2017
Black Panther 2/6/2018
Crazy Rich Asians 8/15/2018
Captain Marvel 3/8/2019

I'm sure Dan would cast me in among those "usual suspects", but I respect the man enough to hope he can look beyond that. Let me go through his list.

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Fri Mar 15 09:43:54 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clayton Cramer answers

Fri Mar 15 08:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A reality check

NYDailyNewsToday’s is a strange world, replete with monsters every bit as scary as the ones that lived under your bed and populated your childhood dreams. Iranian fanatics and a North Korean madman (my apologies to President Trump, but it’s true) are on the brink of possessing or already possess weapons capable of ending this little experiment of ours on Planet Earth. One meaningful revolution in Pakistan or expansion of the current dust-up with India and...I don’t want to think about it.

In the midst of an apology to GenX (and later), a Boomer wrote the above. And while apologies are certainly due for a lot of stupid decisions by his generation, let's be a little realistic.

"Iranian fanatics and a North Korean madman" aren't on the brink of possessing the capability to end life on planet Earth. Either nation would be lucky to end life in two or three major US cities if their weapons work and our defenses fail to intercept them. Worst case, either or both have an EMP device in order already -- that would be a national catastrophy, but a long way from a planetary one. Nuclear weapons have been used before, and not only did the planet recover, the human species mostly... didn't notice. Even the cities were they were used have now recovered.

More to the point, though, he writes:
NYDailyNewsI apologize that we Boomers bankrupted this great nation. We made all manner of promises to ourselves while leaving you the bill. Herbert Hoover once quipped that “blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.” He was only partially right; it’s far worse than that. I’m not talking about $22 trillion in treasury debt or even the exponential rate at which it’s growing. I’m talking unfunded liabilities.

Were one to add today’s treasury debt to the unfunded Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid promises we’ve made to ourselves on your behalf — valued somewhere in the $120 to $200 trillion range depending on assumptions about discount rates, life expectancies, etc. — the total would exceed the market value of the United States of America. (I think that prior to pulling the most powerful lever in the world, every U.S. citizen should be made to write $120,000,000,000,000 in a box on his or her voter registration form.)

Now, that is something worth apologizing for. But I would be much more impressed by an actual attempt to fix it.

Fri Mar 15 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A real hate crime...

Black transgender allegedly attacks 7 white people with mace while shouting racial epithets. I say allegedly because identification of the offender is not necessarily correct; at least some of the attacks were caught on video.

And there's a bonus:
PJMediaEarlier in the week, commuters held down a man who slashed a woman's cheek with a razor blade while shouting "you white bitch" until police arrived.

So much racial hatred from these black people.

Fri Mar 15 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Unredacted Page and Strzok transcripts released

Lisa Page and Peter Strzok transcripts released.

Thu Mar 14 14:49:00 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


Adventures of Roberta XThe doctor's appointment wasn't quite as bad as I had feared. She did chide me, but not too harshly. She's recommending more oatmeal and less bacon, so it's a good thing I like oatmeal.

The tentative diagnosis of my sore knuckle is "trigger finger," a tightening of the tendon. She's written a prescription for a topical ointment.

I swear it wasn't me!

Thu Mar 14 14:30:01 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A third party view of Maria Butina

Maria Butina is the alleged Russian agent who allegedly sought to influence US politics by using the National Rifle Association to make contact with important Republicans. She says she just wanted to form an organization, like the NRA, to support gun rights in Russia.

I don't know if she's an agent, or a gun enthusiast, or possibly both. This article won't really help you decide. But it's interesting nonetheless.

Thu Mar 14 08:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

JW sues for records on declassification request

Judicial Watch Judicial Watch today announced it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice for records about the agency’s involvement in persuading President Trump to defer his September 2018 decision to declassify DOJ documents related to the Russia investigation.

Judicial Watch’s lawsuit is also seeking DOJ official Bruce Ohr’s records of communications around the time of Trump’s declassification announcement. Ohr, once the fourth-ranking official at DOJ, was a key conduit between anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele and the FBI.

Judicial Watch continues to sue for the things Congress won't.

Thu Mar 14 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Ethics of Socialism

Free Beacon"In the first two weeks of February 2019, Ocasio- Cortez posted numerous videos of official House floor and committee proceedings on her political Twitter and Instagram accounts," the complaint reads. "Her posts prominently displayed both official House photographs and video footage, on which she commented and instructed viewers to watch the videos."

"Ironically, in one of the posts she discussed the ethics standards to which she should be held," it continues. "Additionally, on Ocasio-Cortez's political Instagram page, she directly links to her official House Instagram account and includes a link for political contributions, alongside the posts of official video footage and her comments on official action. There are numerous ethics rules violated in this case, all of which require separation between official action and resources and political action and fundraising."

House ethics rules prohibit Members from using official taxpayer-backed resources for any political or campaign-related activities.

The watchdog says that Ocasio-Cortez committed a number of violations.

On the one hand, arcane and confusing campaign finance regulations are a great way to make sure the Establishment remains Established. Occasional-Cortex is a political neophyte and some errors are probably inevitable. On the other hand, what's the first thing socialists do once they are firmly in power? Start working the system for personal profit...

Thu Mar 14 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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