Jaime Caetano v Massachusetts

Ammoland quoting NBC NewsThe Supreme Court ruling] said the Massachusetts court improperly found that Second Amendment protection applies only to weapons that were in common use at the time of the nation's founding.

Referring to its landmark 2008 ruling on handguns in the home, the justices said the Second Amendment applies “to all instruments that constitute bearable arms,” even those not in existence at the time of the founding.

I'll take a plasma rifle in the 40-megawatt range, please.

Mon Jan 13 01:47:22 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham seeking Brennan's call logs, emails

Daily CallerU.S Attorney John Durham is seeking the emails, call logs and other communications of former CIA Director John Brennan as part of a broad investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, according to a report.

The New York Times, citing three sources familiar with the matter, reported that Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, is looking at the role that Brennan played in assessing that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election specifically to help Donald Trump.

Durham also wants to know about Brennan’s views of the Steele dossier, the Democrat-funded opposition research that alleged a “well-developed conspiracy of co-operation” between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

Just from statements on the public record, some even under oath to Congress, Brennan is seriously exposed here.

Sun Jan 12 02:40:23 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Robocall bill to go to Trump's desk

Ars TechnicaThe US Senate unanimously passed legislation Thursday that aims to end the scourge of robocalls. The TRACED Act had already passed the House of Representatives, so it's now headed to President Donald Trump's desk for signature.

The new legislation allows federal authorities to seize the profits of robocall operators and assess an additional penalty of up to $10,000 per call. It also pushes telephone companies to implement SHAKEN and STIR, a suite of authentication protocols that will help the fight against robocalls.

Penalties won't deter offshore actors, but if they can stop number spoofing, or identify when a number is spoofed, anti-spam apps can take the necessary blocking steps to improve life a lot.

Sun Jan 12 01:40:23 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About those cheap immigrant doctors...

PJmediaThe details of this case are simply horrifying. One woman tried for years to conceive a child, but couldn’t. When she finally consulted a fertility specialist, she discovered, according to the Virginian-Pilot, that her “Fallopian tubes had been burned down to nubs, making it impossible to conceive naturally.” It turned out that her physician, Dr. Javaid Perwaiz of Chesapeake, Virginia, had tied her tubes without telling her was doing it or obtaining her consent. And she was by no means the only woman whom Dr. Perwaiz victimized in this way.

Sure, we also have Americans who are evil enough to do this sort of thing. But compassion and fair play are concepts that many foreign cultures apply only to their own. Applying those concepts more broadly is one of those things that makes America different. Importing people who don't share that broader view ... well, sometimes it has consequences like this.

Sat Jan 11 02:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did Rosenstein lead the computer intrusion unit that hacked Sharyl Atkinson?

Sat Jan 11 01:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Not climate change

Daily WireMany experts — and quasi-experts — have blamed climate change for the increasingly destructive fires that now rage almost yearly in Australia, but at least some of the blazes currently burning were set deliberately by “firebugs,” according to Australian authorities, who have arrested around 100 people who, they say, are responsible for hundreds of small fires that became massive brushfires.

“As firefighters remained on high alert, police revealed 103 of the destructive fires that had lashed Queensland since September were deliberately lit,” Brisbane news reported. “Figures obtained by AAP revealed police had dealt with 98 people – 31 adults and 67 juveniles – for deliberately setting fires.”

The UK’s Telegraph also carried an op-ed over the weekend noting that “green” policies that prevent farmers from doing controlled burns on their property may be part of the reason typical Australian brushfires now regularly rage out of control.

Folks, arson is not climate change.

Fri Jan 10 02:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another lie to the FISA court

Fri Jan 10 01:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden willing to sacrifice your job on the altar of climate change

Instapundit “Vice President Biden, i’d like to ask you, three consecutive American presidents have enjoyed stints of explosive economic growth due to oil and gas production,” Tim Alberta said. “As president would you be willing to sacrifice some of that growth, even knowing potentially that it could displace thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of blue collar workers in the interest transitioning to that greener economy?”

“The answer is yes,” Biden responded.

There's some context, but it doesn't help much.

Thu Jan 09 02:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Back and forth on the Steele dossier and the ICA

New York TimesBut C.I.A. analysts still wanted to leave the dossier out of the assessment, as it was not vetted. Mr. Brennan’s allies have said he was among the officials who wanted to omit the dossier from the assessment.

Here's the thing. Both Comey and Brennan are claiming the other wanted to include the "crown material" (ie, Steele dossier) in the assessment. They know that being the one left holding that is dangerous. We also know Horowitz has probably already had a look at Comey's emails, and Durham is now reading through Brennan's. One of them is lying, and they both have made statements under oath about this.

New York TimesAndrew G. McCabe, then the deputy director of the F.B.I., pushed back, according to the inspector general report, accusing the intelligence chiefs of trying to minimize Mr. Steele’s information.

Hmm... there's McCabe's name again. Remember, he's the whose wife's first run for political office got donations from Clinton-linked financiers to the tune of $700K or so. And he keeps showing up pushing the dossier. Durham should be scrutinizing McCabe very closely.

Categories Spygate

Thu Jan 09 01:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The real purpose behind gun control

Power LineMaybe they are true believers. Maybe they honestly think that if we add two or three more gun regulations to the thousands that already exist, violence will magically wither away, despite all evidence to the contrary. But despite my low opinion of liberals, I don’t think they are that dumb. I think, rather, that most of them hate the sort of people who own firearms, and simply want to harass and delegitimize them. I don’t think there is any more noble objective in view, which is why the gun sanctuary movement has taken off with lightning speed.

This is close, but not quite there. They know, roughly, how gun owners vote. Particularly the ornery types who want legal carry and buy so-called "assault weapons". If they can target that demographic with gun control laws that make it legally risky to live in a blue state, and keep those laws in place, they figure the gun owner types will leave and the gun culture in that state will die, making sure that the Democrats will have an electoral lock for decades and any future Republicans elected there will be milquetoast types.

Will it work? It has before. But there's still time to stop it.

Wed Jan 08 02:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Surveillance tapes missing in Epstein "suicide"

Big League PoliticsShocking no one, the surveillance footage outside of convicted pedophile and Bill Clinton buddy Jeffrey Epstein’s cell during his first suicide attempt has gone up in smoke.

Too many things keep going wrong for this to be anything other than foul play.

Wed Jan 08 01:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Instagram and Facebook shut down 2nd Amendment advocacy

Bearing ArmsIt sure looks like this policy is meant to curtail any and all posts where the influencer’s been compensated by a firearms company, gun store, or range. If that’s the case, then this won’t just make waves in the firearms industry. It could be an earthquake. As Deanna Waddell from Gunship Helicopters in Las Vegas told the website Vox earlier this year, social media influencers are an extremely effective way for companies to reach their audience.

The government can't shut down speech, but apparently Big Tech is willing to.

Tue Jan 07 02:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Active investigation into ICIG Atkinson

Devin Nunes disclosed that there is an active investigation into ICIG Atkinson. My gut feeling is that Atkinson has more to worry about than an investigation of his whistleblower coordination.

Tue Jan 07 01:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bill of Attainder?

Virginia has legislation that would shut down any non-government-owned shooting range with at least 50 employees.

Most gun ranges are operated by much smaller businesses, well under that 50 employee limit. So what's the deal here? Aside from making it hard to run large scale gun ranges (which mostly do not exist anyway), why try to pass a law like this if it would have no effect?

I do have an idea why. The NRA HQ range is located in Virginia and the NRA organization undoubtedly has more than 50 employees. This is likely just a petty way to score some points by making the NRA shut down or spin off their HQ range.

Categories Arms Control

Tue Jan 07 00:46:55 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama cash transfer to Iran increased military budget by 39%

AlgemeinerThe controversial transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars in cash to Tehran by the Obama administration a few months ago is likely being used to expand Iran’s defense budget, according to an analysis by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

US ConstitutionTreason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

Most large planes have at least two pilots. Just saying.

Mon Jan 06 02:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch finds millions of "extra" voters

Cleaning up the voter rolls is a job Democrats just won't do.

Mon Jan 06 01:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Touchscreen controls blamed for ship collision?

InstapunditNavy Saved Money with Touch-Screen Controls, Sailors Paid with Their Lives. “Sanchez had planned to have the system’s programmers ‘give the system a full check, a full clean bill of health,’ but the collision occurred, killing ten of his sailors, before that could happen. What did happen was just ugly. On August 21, 2017, the McCain was sailing the crowded shipping lanes 20 miles from Singapore. Sanchez was on the bridge, monitoring the situation, with Bordeaux in charge of steering the ship (via touchscreen controls) while another sailor manned the virtual throttle. But something went wrong, whether with the under-trained sailors, the touchscreen controls, or the system itself. Whatever the case, the McCain did not respond correctly to course adjustments.”

Well, neither did the ship's namesake.

Sun Jan 05 02:13:49 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Four lying liars who lie

Gateway Pundit points out the implications of the IG report for Lynch, Comey, McCabe, and Rosenstein. Namely they are all lying about something!

Sun Jan 05 01:13:49 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

2019 SpyGate revelations

A good summary of events for those who haven't been paying close attention.

Categories Spygate

Sat Jan 04 02:13:49 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey caught in a lie to FISA court

Yes, personally. He certified to the court that a FISA warrant was the least intrusive way to get information about Carter Page, despite Page's letter directly to Comey volunteering to be interviewed by the FBI on their investigation. Again, the letter was to Comey directly (and cc'd to the Washington Post) and Comey personally signed a FISA afterwards.

Categories Spygate

Sat Jan 04 01:13:49 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


Never Yet MeltedEven so, the unloaded 40-cal felt like a threat to my cozy home, my marriage. I didn’t want anything to do with it.

Because Andrew had purchased the gun from a friend, he wasn’t legally required to register it in his name. It was free-floating in the Georgia atmosphere now. Andrew believes in gun control. He supports background checks and thinks owning a gun should be a tested, licensed activity, like driving a car. He also likes guns. His father got him his first BB gun at age 8, and his first .22 rifle at 12. On family road trips, Andrew’s father took him out to shoot it in the Nevada desert...

Well, bless your heart.

Honey, he doesn't believe that.

If he did believe that, his actions would be different.

He's telling you that he believes that because you believe the unloaded 40-cal felt like a threat to my cozy home, my marriage.

Never Yet Melted“I think I’ll stay away from it,” I said, and handed the gun back to him, though I wanted to say more: Why would you bring this into our home? This is a part of your world, not mine. …

Here was the greatest surprise: Sometimes the gun set me at ease. A few weeks after Andrew purchased it, someone pounded on the door at 2 a.m., and I felt a swell of warmth as Andrew roused and moved toward the nightstand.

Dainty women have ever sheltered behind the rough man ready to do violence on their behalf that they chose to marry.

Never Yet MeltedAll the words, all the self-admiring cerebration, and the writer still doesn’t quite get the obvious insight that there is a fundamental problem with, a serious disconnect from reality in, all the fashionable left-wing ideology she considers basic to her identity. It flies in the face of her obvious unconscious need, and preference, for a strong man ready and able to defend home and country.


Fri Jan 03 02:47:33 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An excuse to try to keep the SCOTUS

Conservative ReviewMonday on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin gave credit to his neighbor for making a very good point about the impeachment effort against President Donald Trump. Levin said his neighbor believes that the Democrats want to impeach Trump to have an excuse not to let him appoint another justice to the Supreme Court — whether he wins re-election or not.

“I’ll bet he’s right. I’ll bet that’s part of the calculation,” Levin said. “That they want to claim that they’ve crippled this lawless president, that the Republicans wouldn’t remove him from office, and there is no way that the Democrats will ever agree to him making another Supreme Court appointment, either in the next eleven months or, as I say, should he get re-elected and in the four years subsequent to his first term.”

I've said the same thing. Impeachment is many things, including PR damage for the election, media cover for Democratic Ukraine and election-interference scandals, and much more. But it is definitely also an attempt to provide an excuse to block Supreme Court justices should any seats open up in the next year or 5 years, depending on the results in 2020. Ginsburg is looking particularly frail and cancerous lately.

It won't change the numbers in the Senate. If Cocaine Mitch can count to 51, he can fill the vacancy. And he's demonstrated that he's willing to do that. The rest of the Republicans are an open question.

Fri Jan 03 01:47:33 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Was the FISC court involved with the FISA abuse?

Ace of SpadesDevin Nunes has got the right idea despite the FISA court ripping Comey and the FBI. That said, unless someone sings like a bird, we may never know if the FISA judges themselves were in on the plot. Also, Eric Holder is a cheap, two-bit hood and Margot Cleveland on the hack-in-black who refuses to give justice to Michael Flynn.

JJ Sefton wrote that at his Morning Report.

He's wrong though; we do know that the FISC was in on it, at least to some extent. According to previous reporting on the Strzok-Page text messages, Strzok knows one of the judges on the court and invited him to a dinner party specifically to have a covert conversation with him about something related to their investigation. Something they weren't sure would get approved without an unofficial channel to the court.

While we don't know what exactly that was, we know they (Strzok-Page) though it was worth doing something that seems on its face to be improper to support it.

I should search the IG Report to see if this is discussed.

So the court itself might not have been involved, but at least one judge should be on the hot seat.

Thu Jan 02 02:47:33 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Latvia flagged suspicious transfers to... Hunter Biden in 2016

John Solomon ReportsAs the U.S. presidential race began roaring to life in 2016, authorities in the former Soviet republic of Latvia flagged a series of “ suspicious” financial transactions to Hunter Biden and other colleagues at a Ukrainian natural gas company and sought Kiev’s help investigating, according to documents and interviews.

The Feb. 18, 2016 alert to Ukraine came from the Latvian prosecutorial agency responsible for investigating money laundering, and it specifically questioned whether Vice President Joe Biden’s younger son and three other officials at Burisma Holdings were the potential beneficiaries of suspect funds.

The total amounts involved here are about $16 million, which would represent a substantial increase from the previously reported $50K-$80K/mo. Although these are loans, supposedly, rather than straight payments.

(Is there a money laundering technique where you pay someone a $16M bribe as a "loan" and then pay them monthly payments for "services" they use to pay the loan back? That sounds like a bit of creative accounting to disguise a $16M bribe up front...)

Obviously this is all investigative information rather than proof of corruption, but it demonstrates that Hunter Biden was definitely getting investigated for what he was doing.

Thu Jan 02 01:47:33 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

So the FBI did in fact have a source inside the Trump campaign

They ran agents like Halper (and possibly Mifsud) against campaign workers, but they had at least one passive agent inside the campaign.

And yes, the names are damned confusing. This is the bad Mike Rogers (ex FBI and Congressman), not the good Mike Rogers (Admiral and NSA head).

Wed Jan 01 02:47:33 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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