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Trump approaches the third rail of politics ... but it was last year

Feinstein introduced her new assault weapons ban. There's an article going around claiming Trump praised it, but the McClatchyDC article was from last year, so don't assume Trump's praised this version yet. And while it's a little worrisome to have the president making those noises of approval... either Bush would have signed an assault weapons ban, I think. We stopped the renewal in 2004 before it got to his desk.

Mon Jan 14 23:11:39 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Squaring the Circle

InstapunditWAIT, WHAT? Wagon Sales Are Increasing, But They’re Less Popular Than Ever.

If the market for automobiles is growing, the absolute number of wagon sales can increase while the market share of wagons (measured either against the whole market or against a year or so of sales data) goes down.

Mon Jan 14 08:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Andy McCarthy has a bad day on the Mueller probe

National ReviewThis brings us to my 2019 caveat: If Mueller’s highly elastic warrant is to probe Trump “collusion” with the Kremlin, why would he stop if the president keeps giving him reasons to continue?

The first cabinet meeting of the new year found the president making the appalling claim that “the reason Russia was in Afghanistan” — i.e., the reason the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979 — “was because terrorists were going into Russia.” Trump astonishingly added, “They were right to be there.”

These are such shocking assertions for an American president to make, it is difficult to know where to begin.

Shocking as such assertions may be, they do not represent anything illegal or even improper, and certainly do not represent an reasonable excuse for Mueller to continue his probe. I doubt even Mueller would be so bold as to cite Trump's comments to justify his probe's continued existence. McCarthy is using the existence of the probe here as an excuse to criticize the President's statements on Russian involvement in Afghanistan. It's a cheap rhetorical trick, and it is inappropriate for a serious commentator.

Furthermore, Trump does have a point. From Russia's perspective, one of their client states requested aid to deal with an armed rebellion that had just conducted a significant political assassination of a top government official. We've made similar commitments to governments we support, offering military aid against communist revolutionaries. Indeed, we did exactly that by supporting the Afghanistan revolution against the Russia-backed government.

We view the governments Russia supports in this way as tyrannical and therefore illegitimate dictatorships. Russia undoubtedly feels the same way, only in reverse. Understanding this isn't hard, it just requires stepping outside of your own moral certitude long enough to appreciate someone else's perspective.

Mon Jan 14 07:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller extends grand jury another 6 months

CNBCA federal judge has extended by up to six months the authorization for the grand jury that special counsel Robert Mueller is using to conduct his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and other issues, including ones related to people in President Donald Trump’s orbit.

That original 18-month authorization for the grand jury designated “17-1,” which began sitting in July 2017, was set to expire Sunday.

He's going to keep his investigation open as long as possible, and hand it off to the House.

Mon Jan 14 06:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How Democrats really feel about border security

Victory GirlsHow does a woman signal that she is not listening to you and totally disrespects you as a human being? She files her nails. And, then to slam the lid on you, she will utter the words, “Don’t care.” CNN analyst Ana did both of those things during a panel discussion of illegal immigration and border security. The host was Chris Cuomo and the other guest was Steve Cortes, formerly of Donald Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council.

She filed her nails on national TV while millions of people were watching. And whoever was running the cameras broadcast it. This was an aggressively rude gestured, likely planned in advance (or the feed would have been turned off).

Sun Jan 13 08:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that unbiased media...

Sharyl Attkisson points out how choosing a picture of a public event (and writing the caption) can fuel a desired narrative. And Power Line offers a refresher on how so-called journalists print stories based on anonymous allegations with no facts even in the face of on-the-record, very firm denials.

Sun Jan 13 07:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judge orders state to pay for incarcerated child abuser's gender transition

Judicial WatchA Clinton-appointed federal judge has ordered taxpayers in Idaho to provide a transgender inmate convicted of sexually abusing a child with “medically necessary gender confirmation” surgery. In his ruling Judge B. Lynn Winmill writes that the Idaho Department of Correction’s (IDOC) refusal to fund the pedophile’s sex-change surgery puts him at risk of irreparable harm. “For more than forty years, the Supreme Court has consistently held that consciously ignoring a prisoner’s serious medical needs amounts to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment,” Judge Winmill writes in the order.

Sorry not sorry. This is not a legitimate medical necessity. This is one sick prisoner's way to amuse himself by messing with the system, and likely get placed in more comfortable (not to mention safer) living space.

Sun Jan 13 06:47:21 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Barr "personal friends for over 20 years" with Mueller

Conservative TreehouseSenator Graham outlined that AG Nominee William Barr and Robert Mueller are close personal friends for decades. “They’ve been personal friends for over 20 years,” Graham said, noting they worked together previously at the Department of Justice. “His opinion of Mr. Mueller is very, very high in terms of ethics and character and professionalism.”

We need a special counsel to investigate SpyGate. We need a special counsel whose only job is investigating and prosecuting SpyGate. Sessions and Huber wasted two years pretending to do something. We can't afford another two years of wasted time under Whitaker or Barr. A special counsel named to investigate SpyGate has no other job than that, and his funding and continued employment depend on doing it. That's why you don't appoint them until there is clear evidence of a specific crime. And that's why you appoint them when there is concern the Deep State would refuse to investigate itself.

Sat Jan 12 08:47:30 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ginsburg misses second day of arguments

Fox NewsSupreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed another day of arguments Tuesday while she recuperates from her cancer surgery last month.

Her chair was vacant for a second day while Justice Brett Kavanaugh delivered his first opinion in the court. The Wall Street Journal reported that the unanimous decision was a run-of-the-mill arbitration case between businesses.

How long can Ginsburg ethically continue to absent herself from oral arguments while continuing to vote on cases? Possibly not very long.

Sat Jan 12 07:47:30 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Russian lawyer charged with obstruction

Washington PostA Russian lawyer whose role at a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower has come under scrutiny from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was charged Tuesday in a separate case with obstructing justice in a money-laundering investigation.

The indictment unsealed Tuesday relates to a different legal fight involving the Russian and U.S. governments, and charges Veselnitskaya made a "misleading declaration" to the court in a civil case arising from an investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan into suspected Russian money laundering and tax fraud. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Before you bother reading it, remember that this is the same lawyer employed by Fusion GPS to lobby for repeal of the Magtnitsky Act, asnd who did in fact lobby for the repeal of the Magnitsky Act in her meeting with Trump Jr, so disgusting Jr that he left after a few minutes. And remember that she met with Fusion GPS immediately both before and after the meeting.

Now Mueller is charging her with obstruction.

Why?

It's Mueller's usual playbook. He wants leverage. He wants her to give him something on Trump and she won't do it, or he wants to keep her quiet about how that meeting was arranged with Fusion GPS. Or more likely both.

So why isn't she cooperating? Because if she cooperates, her connections to Hillary and Fusion come out. No, she's staying safe in Russia where she doesn't have to answer any questions. And the obstruction of justice charges from Mueller ensures that she will stay there, where she can't change her mind about that.

Sat Jan 12 06:47:31 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

California gov promises free healthcare to illegal immigrants

Victory GirlsCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsome is picking up right where Jerry Brown left off. Driving California off the cliff. In his inaugural address yesterday, he announced that California will provide sanctuary and healthcare for all…those here illegally that is.

He's going to pay for it by taxing legal citizens.

I'll say it again because it needs saying. If illegal immigrants were not voting, politicians would not be pandering to them.

Fri Jan 11 08:47:30 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Progressive intolerance

Complete ColoradoI am asking for progressives who run city government to live up to their assertion of tolerance and just let me be.

Because I own a long gun with a pistol grip and a detachable magazine, I had to the end of December to self-identify to the police, present myself for investigation and my gun for inspection, pay fees in order to receive a police-issued permission slip, all to avoid jail time, monetary penalties, and the confiscation and destruction of my gun.

I have never been convicted or even charged with a crime in my 54 years of life, but this week I became a criminal. I am no different then potentially thousands of other Boulderites who cannot bring themselves to submit to this ugliness. And yes, I know, most people today don’t see this as ugly or intolerant, but simply a reasonable thing to do about this “epidemic.” After all, something needs to be done.

This is what civil disobedience looks like. Ordinary people who lawfully purchased property turned into criminals overnight because the government refused to respect their specifically enumerated constitutional rights.

Fri Jan 11 07:47:30 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Huber not interviewing witnesses

Washington TimesTop Republicans on two House committees Monday demanded U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber provide an update on his investigation into allegations of bias at the FBI and Justice Department during the 2016 election.

The lawmakers say a refresher on the more than nine-month investigation is warranted because key witnesses said they had not spoken with Mr. Huber, according to a letter sent by Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Doug Collins of Georgia.

Huber is being blocked by Mueller's investigation. He can't see or do anything until Mueller is done. And Mueller will make sure that he doesn't end his investigation before he has make sure all evidence is thoroughly cleaned up.

Categories Spygate

Fri Jan 11 06:47:31 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About the unbiased news media

Thu Jan 10 22:44:00 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that voter fraud that doesn't exist...

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that it signed a settlement agreement with the State of California and County of Los Angeles under which they will begin the process of removing from their voter registration rolls as many as 1.5 million inactive registered names that may be invalid. These removals are required by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

Millions of potential Democrat voters in California.

The HillVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced Monday that he is introducing a legislative package that would repeal voter identification requirements and implement no-excuse absentee voting.

And in Virginia, under a new Democrat governor who has already (in 2016) opened the voter rolls to felons, they want to make voter fraud easy. No identification requirements, just sign up and get a pile of ballots mailed to an empty lot somewhere, pick them up, fill them out, and send them in.

I've noticed a lot of the more liberal states (Washington, California, Oregon, and recent conquest Colorado just for examples) are implementing the vote-by-mail thing pretty much as soon as they get in power. It reminds me of the saying attributed to Erdogan: "Democracy is a train that you ride until you get to your stop, and then you get off."

The more states Democrats effectively make off-limits to Republicans via entrenched vote fraud, the harder it becomes to put up any kind of a fight on a national level.

Thu Jan 10 08:47:30 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ investigating yet another process crime?

Washington TimesThe Justice Department is reportedly investigating allegations former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to federal investigators.

Mr. Zinke, who left office Wednesday, is being investigated by the Justice Department’s public integrity section for possibly lying to the Interior’s inspector general investigators, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The inspector general was looking into multiple inquiries regarding Mr. Zinke, including a land deal he entered into with the chairman of Halliburton, the department’s handling of a Connecticut casino project, and whether the boundaries for a national monument were redrawn to benefit a state lawmaker.

So at least there's some sort of criminal investigation predicate here. But...

Washington TimesIt was during the investigations that authorities became aware that Mr. Zinke may have lied to them, The Post reported.A spokesman for Mr. Zinke told The Post that the former Cabinet official voluntarily participated in the interviews for the probe looking into the Connecticut casino project and “to the best of his knowledge answered all questions truthfully.”

If there was criminal activity involved, why wasn't it charged instead of the lying charge? When will McCabe, Comey, Strzok, and all the other members of the Obama Spygate clown show be charged with lying -- not to mention abusing their positions to influence an election, spying on innocent people for political purposes, and then covering it up?

When do we get actual justice from the Justice Department?

I'm going to start checking weather reports from hell.

Thu Jan 10 07:47:30 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Graham files legislation seeking to protect Mueller

Washington TimesRepublicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are renewing their attempt to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, sending a signal to President Donald Trump as he keeps up his criticism of Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The legislation, sponsored by incoming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and three other members, is expected to be introduced this week. The same bill was approved by the panel in April but later blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said it was unnecessary and who allowed the legislation to expire at the end of the year.

Linsey Graham was a major McCain ally and well-known RINO until very recently -- specifically, he seemed to find his spine during the Kavanaugh hearings. Since then he seems to have lost it again. On Mueller specifically, remember that Graham is closely linked to McCain, and McCain was involved with retrieving a copy of the dossier, giving it to the FBI, and providing it to the media.

In other words, it is likely Graham's public statements are an attempt to get on Trump's good side in public while in official actions and legislation threatening Trump with Mueller to protect the Deep State and possibly his own involvement in SpyGate.

Categories Spygate

Thu Jan 10 06:47:31 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rosenstein expected to depart DOJ

Power LineA local D.C. news outlet has tweeted that “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his role in the coming weeks.” There’s nothing surprising about this report, which is consistent with what I’ve been hearing for some time. With any luck, a new Attorney General will soon be in place. He will want and deserve a new Deputy.

The sooner Rosenstein leaves, the better. From day 1 on the job, Rosenstein has been a Deep State stooge enabling the coverup of SpyGate.

UPDATE: The bad news is he's expecting to stay until the Mueller report is released.

And on the gripping hand... remember that bit about wearing a wire on Trump and invoking the 25th amendment? Turns out he was serious, or at least Page and Strzok took him seriously rather than sarcastically. I had thought he must have been being sarcastic about it. I guess I was wrong.

Wed Jan 09 13:19:51 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

"Asylum seekers" injure 12

PJMediaThe Bavarian town of Amberg is in shock after a group of asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Iran rampaged through the city Saturday night. Four attackers aged 17 to 19 randomly beat exiting passengers at the train station, and then moved to the city center to continue their rampage.

According to reports, the attackers shouted "kafir" (a derogatory term meaning "non-Muslim," "unbeliever") and "n*****" at some victims.

In all, 12 victims ranging from ages 16 to 42 needed medical attention. A 17-year-old victim was treated for severe head wounds.

German authorities announced that at least two of the attackers have already had their asylum claims rejected, and that at least one should have already have been deported.

When you're not selective about who you let in and diligent about kicking out those you don't want, this is the result: terrorism and violence.

Wed Jan 09 08:47:30 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About those death panels that don't exist...

Daily MailNHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday.

Professor Patrick Pullicino said doctors had turned the use of a controversial ‘death pathway’ into the equivalent of euthanasia of the elderly.

There are around 450,000 deaths in Britain each year of people who are in hospital or under NHS care. Around 29 per cent – 130,000 – are of patients who were on the LCP.

Clearly they do exist.

The problem with the UK's National Health Service is that the nation is paying for everyone's health care. That means someone else is making the decision about when you live or when it is too much effort to keep you alive. In a private health care system, that decision is up to you (and the size of your wallet). In the UK, if you want to pay for your own child's health care to save their life after the state has decided your child should be allowed to die, the police will barricade the hospital to stop you. (The article doesn't mention the police barricade, but it was reported on at the time).

There is no system where everyone gets unlimited medical care for free.

Wed Jan 09 07:47:30 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

On gun bans and background checks

Jazz Shaw at Hot AirThere’s no mention of an “assault rifle” ban to be seen, nor anything about extended magazines or any of the other usual talking points. Personally, I’ve never been quite as upset about background checks when compared to actual gun bans because ferreting out dangerous criminals who may be attempting to purchase a gun from an authorized outlet is actually a good thing.

This is, unfortunately, typical of the mildly pro-gun conservative types. They make vague pro-gun noises but don't know enough facts to shed light on anything. When people push for background checks these days, they don't mean background checks from authorized sources (licensed dealers). They mean to ban private sales by requiring individuals to get a background check at a dealer before selling or giving their own firearm to someone else. This is a policy which cannot be enforced at all; criminals will simply continue to trade in guns without conducting the mandatory background checks, because they know they cannot pass those checks. Worse, it's impossible to even try to enforce such a rule without a gun registry.

It's the gun registry that is the real goal here. Gun confiscation is impossible without a registration system. (It's also impossible with one, but that is a step too far for a liberal mind to grasp, apparently). Background checks laws are only a step towards that, and they poll well because no one ever explains why they can't possibly work and many people think the only background check policy that sort-of works (requiring them at dealers) is what they are being asked about. Once you explain the facts, those poll numbers drop.

That's why it's important to avoid confusing people further with language like this.

Wed Jan 09 06:47:31 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A refresher on the Benghazi affair

Conservative TreehouseIn February of 2012 Asst. Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro admitted the State Department had been attempting to relocate and buy-back those weapons since August of 2011. However, on September 11th 2012, while those efforts were still ongoing, the attacks in Benghazi against the U.S. State Department Ambassador Chris Stevens took place, and four Americans were killed.

In 2014 the DOJ filed charges against Marc Turi essentially for non registered weapons shipments. Turi’s defense was that the weapons were unregistered because the State Department and the CIA needed covert cover. Elements within the CIA confirmed the basic outline for Turi’s assertion.

In 2015 Turi provided Fox News with documents and email exchanges he had with high-level members of Congress as well as military, and State Department employees to back up his claim that the Obama administration authorized in 2011, at the height of the Arab Spring, a covert weapons program that spun out of control.

Marc Turi’s legal defense team said if the DOJ was going to prosecute him for the arms shipments, his defense would necessarily reveal how Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was actually the driver of the entire program.

The DOJ tried to claim “national security” issues and keep the aspects relating to the U.S. State Department and Secretary Clinton under wraps during the pre-trial motions. However, in October of 2016 a federal judge ruled the defense was allowed to use the documented evidence Turi possessed to defend himself.

The case was slated to begin trial on November 8th, 2016; ironically the same day as the U.S. presidential election. As a direct consequence of the October ruling, the DOJ announced they were dropping all the charges. The motive was transparently to protect Hillary Clinton.

Read the whole thing.

The Clintons, the DOJ, the FBI, the State Department, and the Obama Administration in general have a lot to cover up related to their misdeeds. Trump's campaign rhetoric ("Lock her up!") exasperated that fear, leading to abuse of the intelligence and surveillance capabilities of the government to try to swing the election, and the creation of an "insurance policy" to challenge the results of the election and protect Hillary and Obama in the unexpected event Hillary lost.

Tue Jan 08 08:47:30 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How fantasy races work

This is a silly post riffing off of Angus McThag, who is also interested in fantasy and roleplaying games.

Start with the basic premise. You have humans, elves, dwarves, gnomes, halflings, and orcs considered "playable races" (though orcs are often excluded from being playable). You then have interbreeding: half-orcs and half-elves.

Angus speculated: what if humans are what you get when elves and orcs interbreed? The combined mismash of genes then becomes dominant, so you get humans forever after, unless a fresh influx of elven or orcish blood produces a half-elf or half-orc (really, a quarter-orc or quarter-elf).

This provides the perfect opportunity for me to produce a related thought. What is a halfling? Half of what? Half of a human? How exactly does that work, and what would a human have to interbreed with to produce a halfling?

No...

Halflings are obviously half-dwarf, half-gnome.

Tue Jan 08 07:47:30 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Officer caught on video shooting dog

Story here, including video of the shooting. The dog was barking in a friendly manner, and it appears the officer shot the dog because the person taking the video refused to leave his property and approach her. This seems... counterproductive. The sheriff's office first tried to ignore the issue, but eventually issued a statement claiming "Faulkner County investigators have been working diligently to investigate whether [the officer] violated any state law or our agencies' policies and procedures. While it appears no policies or laws were violated..."

All I have to say about that is that they would have absolutely found something to charge an ordinary citizen with had that person shot a dog under those circumstances. And, once more, the presence of a video recording vindicates the citizen and allows for justice when the police themselves ignored the complaint.

Tue Jan 08 06:47:31 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ruth Bader Ginsburgh to miss oral arguments, but still vote

She's missing the oral arguments for health reasons, and working from her home while she "recovers" from cancer surgery, but plans to continue to vote on cases as usual. How does that work exactly? Surely an honest justice would simply recuse herself from voting in cases where she missed oral arguments? It would be only a few cases, after all, and there's nothing really big up for consideration...

... unless it's not going to be just a few cases. Ginsburg's health has been visibly failing for years. Given her demonstrated health issues, I already assume her clerks are writing her opinions for her and simply asking her to vote. There's no shame in retiring at the end of your career and enjoying some time off while you can.

There is shame in desperately trying to prop her up until a Democrat wins the White House.

UPDATE: Sources saying RBG resigns tomorrow.

Mon Jan 07 18:56:01 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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