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Saudi Arabian student had kill list

If I was the FBI, I would want to know was on that list. Specifically, was the guy writing his own list of classmates, professors, ex-girlfriends, and people he had personal contact with... or was the list something someone else might have given him?

The story says it includes professors from the school, so it may be a personal list. Still...

Sun Dec 15 02:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why was the FBI spying on Papadopoulous before he joined Trump?

Red StateWhy was the FBI spying on George Papadopoulos before he was named as a Trump advisor?

Since Papadopoulos was a foreign policy advisor to the Ben Carson campaign before he moved to the Trump team, is it possible the FBI was prepared to spy on the campaign of whichever Republican candidate won the nomination?

This question may be the real can of worms.

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Sun Dec 15 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Yeah, this isn't going to end well...

So, to save the Star Wars brand after the disasters of The Last Jedi and Solo, widely described as a fuck-you to male fans of Star Wars, they are going to bring in Brie Larson, whose portrayal of Captain Marvel was widely described as a fuck-you to male fans of Marvel.

This is a brand-killing decision.

Sure, after The Last Jedi, it's not so much a death blow as it is a coup de grace, but still.

Sat Dec 14 02:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrat governor in Kentucky gives felons voting rights

If you remember, they did this in Virginia and Florida recently too. Not because of any concern for civil rights, though. They did it because they want more voters they think will be on their side, by any means necessary. It was practically the first thing that the new Democrat governor did (only three days into office).

He's doing it by executive order, which I find a bit questionable, but I don't know if he has that authority under Kentucky law. Clearly he thinks he does.

As a policy matter this is a complex topic. As a political matter, the Democrats are clearly implementing this policy for electoral purposes, the same way they encourage illegal immigration and resist voter id laws. Any state they take temporary control of, they immediately seek to strengthen their hold on.

Sat Dec 14 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Interesting

In this NBC News interview with AG Barr, he drops the word "blogosphere". That's a term that, at least to my knowledge, is both old-fashioned and limited to people who actually spent a significant amount of time reading (and often writing) blogs. Barr's use of the term suggests he may well have some awareness of the alternative media.

Watch the whole thing, as Barr brings both sanity and an implacable sense of justice to come. I hope we can rely on him.

If you don't have the 25 minutes needed to watch the whole thing, a brief summary is below.


Fri Dec 13 07:55:28 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bwahahahaha

Fri Dec 13 02:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lisa Page sues the FBI

She's asking for emotional damages and costs of therapy over the release of her text messages on her FBI device, which she should have been briefed has no expectation of privacy. Also her feelings were hurt when Trump supposedly faked an orgasm while reading her text messages aloud at a campaign rally. (He didn't; he did read them dramatically).

I figure this lawsuit will last right up to the point when someone tells Page about the discovery phase.

Fri Dec 13 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A gay man who gets the gender issue

Front Page MagSex should be good sex whether it is gay sex or straight sex. Gay sex as a lifelong activity even if practiced within the registers of legalized marriage has never been the norm historically and will never be the norm. More importantly, it can and should never be the norm because it abolishes the regenerative principle of biological procreation.

Heteronormativity is the normative standard of an objective sexual reality because it is the only regenerative means by which mores, norms, values, principles and, therefore, a rational civilization are possible. And a civilization is the only social milieu in which any human being can matriculate as human rather than as an animal or some social monstrosity.

Normal heterosexual behaviors are normal and necessary for reproduction. If we want to continue as a species, we need to recognize that children are produced only by normal men and normal women having sex with each other. Without needing to appeal to a deity for moral judgement, we must accept reproductive sex as the way our species perpetuates itself. That means encouraging and supporting reproductive sexual behavior.

It's not necessary to be negative about folks who tastes do not run that way, and certainly not necessary to criminalize it. But it is entirely reasonable to mildly encourage one and mildly discourage the other.

Thu Dec 12 02:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A note on the Horowitz report

Despite the lack of significant criminal referrals and the refusal to take anything short of a written confession as evidence of bad intent, the Horowitz report does do something significantly positive: it validates the reporting on the SpyGate controversy for one side, and destroys that reporting on the other. Nunes' initial memo outlining the problem is validated, and Schiff's counter-memo is exposed as a tissue of lies. The dossier is demonstrated to be the primary reason for granting the FISA, and is proven false. The FBI is proven to have known it was a pile of lies, yet continued to rely on it before the court, withholding exculpatory information and even falsifying data to the court.

While certain aspects are not proven (eg, the role of the intelligence agencies in creating the investigation using agents such as Mifsud), they are not disproven either.

So while the report is clearly imperfect and fails to bring the conclusions to their proper end with criminal referrals, it does significantly advance the ball for our side. If this was the final play, it would be a tie -- neither side got what they wanted. But it's not. Durham and Barr are clearly still pursuing matters.

So we're in the final quarter and the score is tied. It's up to Durham now.

UPDATE: A comment made late in the Senate hearing that I just noticed. Asked why the report doesn't specify criminal referrals, Horowitz responds that he felt the conduct within was so serious that he simply forwarded the whole report to DOJ/Barr to make those decisions. So, effectively, everyone mentioned in it has been referred for potential criminal prosecution.

And while some previous referrals have been declined, Barr has removed some of the decision-makers there.

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Thu Dec 12 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

She's running...

Maybe the plan is a split ballot at the convention, followed by a superdelegate swoop?

Whatever the details, she's stopped denying it.

Wed Dec 11 02:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

She's running... and winning...

Wed Dec 11 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Voter fraud in Ohio

PJMediaIn a letter to Attorney Dave Yost on December 4, LaRose, a Republican, explained, "As a result of our review, my office has identified 277 individuals who registered to vote in Ohio and 77 individuals who cast a ballot in an Ohio election and who appear to be legally present, noncitizens."

The Secretary of State said the review "utilized a cross-matching of the voter rolls in the Statewide Voter Registration Database with the list of individuals who have Ohio driver licenses or state identification cards." He noted that while the state does not maintain a "comprehensive database" of non-citizens in Ohio, Bureau of Motor Vehicles records do indicate the citizenship status of individuals who apply for driver's licenses or state identification cards.

This sort of thing adds up. And if it doesn't influence election results, why are House Democrats protecting it?

Tue Dec 10 02:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats anticipating brokered convention...

Tue Dec 10 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Horowitz report released

It's up at the DOJ IG website. There's a press release and the full report. It's 476 pages.

UPDATE: Initial conclusions are that Horowitz identifies a lot of errors, mistakes, problems, procedures that were not followed, and so on, but fails to bring it home. It's a hefty black eye for the reputation of the FBI but doesn't really offer consequences other than suggesting a lot of performance reviews. It's not a whitewash, more like a greywash.

The ray of hope: Both US Attorney Durham and AG Barr have issued statements disagreeing with the report's conclusion that the investigation was adequately predicated. That seems to indicate we will be hearing more from them.

As for Horowitz himself, this report combined with the Clinton email report strongly suggests that Horowitz (an Obama appointee, remember) is playing a sacrificial defense game. He's admitting what he has to, doesn't have all the necessary information, and refusing to draw the obvious conclusions.

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Mon Dec 09 12:21:23 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Was Manafort pushed at the Trump campaign?

There's some evidence for it. This is one area of the Russia Hoax that we haven't seen fully explored and revealed yet; hopefully Barr and Durham will find enough information to legally (ie, with warrants) flip over this rock.

Mon Dec 09 02:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sigh

Andrew McCarthya conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that hacked the DNC email accounts. Regrettably, Trump has bought into this discredited notion, and he mentioned it to Zelensky during their discussion.

Unfortunately, as in this case, McCarthy doesn't always get it. There is no conspiracy theory that "Ukraine hacked the DNC email accounts" that Trump bought into. Here are the facts:

There is an argument that the DNC emails were leaked to Wikileaks by an insider rather than hacked. The likely candidate for the leaker is Seth Rich, a DNC staffer found murdered in DC after the publication of the emails. The only person who likely knows, Wikileaks founder Assange, has said nothing to contradict this and some things that seem to support it, including offering a reward for information leading to Rich's murderer. There is strong evidence that the emails were leaked (copied to a local USB device) rather than hacked (and transferred over the internet).

The involvement of Seth Rich is speculation. The conclusion that the server was hacked comes entirely from Crowdstrike (no one else has examined the server) and is forensically weak. Crowdstrike has a history of forensically mis-attributing things to Russian hackers, and Hillary Clinton was running an operation to tie Trump to Russians and election interference. That's a strong motive for misrepresenting the source of the emails, and preventing examination of the evidence (ie, the server) by neutral parties.

The Ukraine angle also comes from Crowdstrike, which has connections to the Ukraine and may have physical possession of the "hacked" server. Examination of the server would probably (if the evidence has not been destroyed at this point) prove or disprove the hack versus leak theory. Given that companies' links to the Ukraine, it is not unreasonable for Trump to ask Ukraine for help investigating Crowdstrike's involvement in the 2016 elections and possession of evidence related to the DNC hack.

That angle is not proven, but it's not a conspiracy theory either, and asking for evidence to determine the truth is not a characteristic of conspiracy theorists.

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Mon Dec 09 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Plot Against the President

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Sun Dec 08 18:51:28 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Epstein had Wild West themed property allegedly frequented by Clintons

According to reports in the Daily Mail. At least it was after William Clinton left the White House, but Hillary was still in public office or running for it during much of that time.

The setup, as described, reminds me of HBO's Westworld -- including the potential to use information or photos obtained there for blackmail.

That said, we're not talking eyewitness testimony here. It's at least one step removed. Since the Clintons are known Epstein associates, it's plausible enough.

Sun Dec 08 18:50:54 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Convicted pedophile and Clinton donor indicted on campaign finance charges

Daily WireGeorge Nader, a convicted pedophile that special counsel Robert Mueller used in his Russia investigation, was indicted on Tuesday for allegedly concealing millions of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“The indictment noted that political committees that received funding unwittingly submitted false disclosure reports and were presumably victims of the plot,” The Washington Post reported. “Still, Clinton apparently attended numerous events, including small gatherings, with Nader, who on July 19, 2016, messaged the foreign official a photograph of him with Candidate 1’s spouse — an apparent reference to Bill Clinton — at Khawaja’s home.”

This makes anything related to Nader's claims against Trump look like a setup to benefit Hillary. And he was certainly excited to get personal access.

Sun Dec 08 18:50:50 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Epstein banker found dead from "suicide"

Louder with CrouderHere’s an odd one. Banker Thomas Bowers, who worked for a bank that managed Jeffrey Epstein’s funds, was recently found dead from an apparent suicide which, according to the Los Angeles Coroner’s Report, was via hanging. He was 55 years old. Weirder is that those outlets reporting on the banker’s death seem adamant to tie the banker and Deutsche Bank to Donald Trump. Not Jeffrey Epstein.

I was skeptical about this story at first, but Crouder has put together the links to substantiate many of the points.

Also, Epstein's butler has died and the location of a "black book" detailing Epstein's contacts with underage girls he claimed to have is unknown as a result.

People with information that implicates Hillary Clinton do seem to die a lot.

Sun Dec 08 02:47:22 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Buttigieg promises free healthcare for illegal aliens... in Spanish

BreitbartMayor Pete Buttigieg on Sunday told a Hispanic worker in South Carolina that illegal immigrants would have access to government-funded health care if he was elected president.

It's particularly insulting to make these promises to a foreign citizen in a foreign language, as it makes the deception element particularly blatant.

Sun Dec 08 01:47:22 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pensacola murder was Muslim terrorism

He tweeted his motives.

Some of his fellow students are unaccounted for.

Sat Dec 07 23:02:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pearl Harbor shooter was Saudi and named Mohammed...

Obviously, that means very likely Muslim. Which makes the murders he committed likely terrorism. Shooting details. He was also in aviation school as a member of the Saudi military.

You would think they could vet the people they send us for training better than this.

UPDATE: Six more Saudis arrested for filming the attack. This is starting to look like a bit more than a "lone wolf".

Sat Dec 07 07:07:11 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Congresswoman Swalwell

Sat Dec 07 02:47:22 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About the police officers who will confiscate our assault weapons...

Fox NewsA former police officer made a bold proclamation during a congressional hearing Wednesday regarding a proposed assault-weapons ban: she would not comply.

Dianna Muller, who served in the Tulsa Police Department for 22 years and is the founder of gun advocacy group The DC Project, was among the witnesses at the House Judiciary Committee hearing. The session on an otherwise contentious issue flew largely under the radar amid the Trump-Ukraine controversy and Democrats' impeachment push. But reflecting the gun control divide in the country -- amid a spate of deadly mass shootings that prompted renewed calls for strict laws -- Muller said that such a ban would force lawful gun owners to either give up their arms or become criminals.

"Please don't legislate the 150 million people just like me into being criminals. It has happened. You've already done it," Muller said, referring to the Trump administration's ban on bump stocks, the devices that use a semi-automatic weapon's recoil to make it rapidly fire like an automatic. "I was a bump stock owner, and I had to make a decision: do I become a felon, or do I comply?"

Should the government pass an assault-weapons ban, Muller declared, "I will not comply."

For all of the leftist gun control fetishists who love to fantasize about getting their jackboots on and stomping all over the People, here's a wakeup call. The police won't go along with your gun confiscation schemes. At least, not universally.

Sat Dec 07 01:47:22 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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