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First court rules Obama's amnesty is unConstitutional

Wed Dec 17 11:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Verizon wants to charge you for encryption with a government back door

"Cellcrypt and Verizon both say that law enforcement agencies will be able to access communications that take place over Voice Cypher, so long as they're able to prove that there's a legitimate law enforcement reason for doing so. Seth Polansky, Cellcrypt's vice president for North America, disputes the idea that building technology to allow wiretapping is a security risk. "It's only creating a weakness for government agencies," he says. "Just because a government access option exists, it doesn't mean other companies can access it."

If you put in a back door, it's not encryption anymore. It's just security theater.

Tue Dec 16 16:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Jeb Bush is actively exploring running for President




Let me save him some trouble. I will not vote for him -- not in the primary, not in the general. I would not even if I supported his positions on issues, which I do not. The presidency is not a dynasty.

Tue Dec 16 14:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Virginia attorney general flirting with tax-exempt abuse

A Virginia-based conservative group filed a federal First Amendment lawsuit this week accusing California Attorney General Kamala Harris of engaging in the kind of activity that was the subject of the recent scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service. Are state officials trying to chill the speech of conservative nonprofits?

When Obama got caught doing it, Congress held hearings and imposed no consequences. The media seems to be assuming the IRS stopped the abuse when they were caught, but we have no proof of that. So why wouldn't states run by Democrats pick up the slack?

Tue Dec 16 13:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Drudge says NSA has dirt on Boehner



It wouldn't surprise me a bit. John Roberts, too.

Tue Dec 16 12:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Remember when they told you illegal immigrants wouldn't get Obamacare?

Well, now we might view that as a benefit. But all those people Obama just legalized by executive memo? They are now eligible.

Tue Dec 16 11:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Washington State gets their I-594 protest on

Tue Dec 16 10:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Understanding the real motives

When a school principal threatens an elementary school student with a 168-day suspension because of a spent shell casing, we should understand that it's not because the principal thinks there is any real danger. Any adult understands that a single shell casing does not a school shooting make -- not without a bullet, gunpowder, and a gun from which to fire it. Even a single live cartridge is no more dangerous by itself than a firework -- and one that is somewhat difficult to set off at that.

The reason the principal left a child in tears had nothing to do with ignorance or fear. It was deliberate behavior modification -- aversion therapy.

Tue Dec 16 09:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New governor of Virginia calling for gun control

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday will call for a package of gun restrictions in Virginia, including a renewal of the state’s one-a-month limit on handgun purchases and a requirement that buyers at gun shows undergo background checks.

The ballot measure in Washington State has made them think that gun control is a winning political issue. It's up to us to make sure they are wrong.

Mon Dec 15 18:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senate to vote on anti-gun Surgeon General nominee this week

Reid is evidently trying to make the most of his remaining time as Majority Leader. Murthy cleared a procedural vote on Saturday by a vote of 52-40 that allows his nomination to come to a vote. Voting in favor of bringing his nomination to a vote include so-called pro-Second Amendment lame duck Democrats Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Mark Begich (D-AK). It is interesting to see how being a lame duck brings out their true colors.

Reid is rushing the nomination through in the lame-duck, no-filibuster Senate.

Some people are blaming this on Cruz's attempt to block the cromnibus by raising a Constitutional point of order. They should stop with the circular firing squad already. Reid was going to ram through as many nominees as he could, secret deal or no secret deal.

UPDATE: Confirmed.

Mon Dec 15 17:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The strategy behind Cause of Actions' IRS FOIA request

There's some interesting background information in this article about how Cause of Action got the IRS to admit to holding records regarding improper access to taxpayer information. No news on how the case will proceed yet, though:

For now, CoA is evaluating how it will proceed with its fight. Although the IRS is still withholding the records of the access it provided to parties interested in private taxpayer information, the judge’s order establishes a precedent: What’s included in those recordss can be released. But the group isn’t aiming to get anyone fired or fan the flames of scandal. “We want nothing more than for these documents to reveal that there was no 6103 information going to the president,” he says. “It is not good for this country, for the American people to think that 6103 information is being disclosed to the White House.”

Hopefully, the judge will be willing to enforce his order in some way. How, I don't know.

Mon Dec 15 16:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Tolerance

Southhampton cops searched her and found a legally owned rifle that she was transporting from a nearby rifle range. She contends a deputy sheriff arrived on the scene later and said to her, “I bet you are one of those Tea Party people.” When Genovese said she’s gone to Tea Party rallies, he allegedly said, “You’re a real right-winger, aren’t you?” and “You are a ‘Teabagger’” and then added that she’d be arrested for terrorism to make an example of other “right wingers.”

This sort of "tolerance" qualifies as a civil rights violation worth $1.2 million.

Mon Dec 15 15:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hearings solve nothing

Press attention to the IRS scandal is welcome, but the proposed solution is nonsense:

When President Obama took office, he swore that his would be “the most transparent” presidency in history, but his administration’s hostility regarding actual transparency, as well as the free press, remains alarming and unacceptable. All of the requested IRS records need to be made public, and if the Obama administration and the IRS won’t do it, then the Republican-led Congress needs to push for hearings to get to the bottom of the matter.

The Republicans in the House have been holding hearings for over a year. The IRS has stalled and stonewalled and now outright defied a court order requiring that emails related to this scandal be released. More hearings will produce only more defiance. Congress must refuse to fund the IRS and the DOJ -- at all, period, end, no salaries paid, nothing -- until all relevant emails are produced.

And to help that process along, they should ask their sergeant at arms to personally fetch the physical devices on which the records are stored for forensic analysis. Armed.

Mon Dec 15 14:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama and the concept of presidential approval ratings

Hot Air has a lengthy post talking about Obama's approval ratings in the latest Fox News poll. They are all about how doomy and gloomy it is.

What they don't get is that Obama doesn't care about his approval rating anymore. As he once told Putin via messenger boy, he will have more flexibility after his election. Well, he ran for re-election in 2012 and he won. He lost, big, in 2014... but not personally, just a lot of Congressional support. He's still in office for another two years. And Obama is not about government for the people, by the people. He knows what the American people deserve, and now that he doesn't have to pretend to like them and care about their opinions, he's going to give it to us as hard as he can. He doesn't even care about impeachment threats; partially because even a 54-46 Republican Senate majority won't convict him of anything, but mostly because he doesn't want to be president anymore.

He ran for office to "fundamentally transform" America. He wanted to punish his enemies, the "bitter clingers" to their guns and their religion. And now that America has seen his true colors and rejected him, he will do his utmost, in the time he has left, to punish us.

Mon Dec 15 13:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Looks like the cromnibus bill also authorizes the NSA's data collection

... where previously it was authorized by a presidential finding and a sketchy reading of statutes, it will now be authorized by law -- if the cromnibus passes the Senate. More details here.

If you think that just voting for Republicans will change anything, you're deluding yourself.

If we want to fix this, we need to do two things:

1) Challenge and defeat the Republican party leadership, even if it means voting for the Democrats should they survive the primary. Kicking the leadership out sends a message and opens the field.

2) Push for our issues -- balanced budgets, term limits, spying limits, and whatever else seems necessary -- via Article V convention. We simply won't get reform from DC on those issues.

Otherwise, we're going to Grubered by both sides:

The bill unleashes a blizzard of new dictates regarding marijuana in Washington, D.C., bread in school cafeterias, sleepy truckers, portrait painting in federal offices, reckless speculation by federally-insured banks, campaign contributions from rich folks, lecherous congressional aides, and dozens of other subjects. Both conservatives and liberals are outraged at provisions popped into the bill with no warning or public hearing. But congressmen believe they are entitled to rule regardless. North Carolina Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger captured that mindset perfectly when he declared shortly before the vote: "Let's go govern."

And we'll get it crammed into legislation that isn't even available to read before being voted on. Even Obamacare went through a process of public discussion, even if final passage relied on parliamentary tricks and legislative bribes.

Mon Dec 15 12:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Campus Carry in Florida

Please help pass Florida House Bill 4005 and Senate Bill 176 by calling, emailing, and/or writing your senator or representative and expressing your support for self-defense on campus. Too many lives have been lost because of the illusion of safety and security associated with "gun-free zones".

Read the whole thing.

Mon Dec 15 11:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Redistribution of wealth from citizens to illegal immigrants

President Obama’s unilateral executive action on immigration will make hundreds of thousands, perhaps more than a million, illegal immigrants eligible for federal transfer payments. That will be done primarily through two widely used programs — the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, and the Additional Child Tax Credit, or ACTC.

As it turns out, those two programs are already among the most corrupt and fraud-ridden in the entire federal government. A newly-released report from the inspector general of the Internal Revenue Service confirms that the EITC is plagued by fraud (which was already well known) and also reveals for the first time that the ACTC is even worse.

A lot of this sort of fraud was happening before Obama's policy change, of course. Now, undoubtedly a lot more will be happening.

Mon Dec 15 10:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

This explains a lot

If, however your amygdala is not acclimated to adversity, then you will not be able to find a solution stored in your amygdala, and you will feel helpless. Once you are helpless, and your amygdala is applying aversive stimulus to drive you to take action, your focus will direct itself to making others solve your problems for you. Then, rather than fixing your problems yourself, you will focus on making everyone else miserable, in the hopes that to alleviate their misery they will solve your problem for you. Suddenly you are laying down in the middle of a freeway, basically telling other people that unless they fight your enemies for you and fix your problems on your behalf, you will stop traffic, and prevent them from getting home.

The combination of learned helplessness and unhappiness drives the left to protest and generally make the lives of other people miserable. Why? So that those more competent people will solve their problems just to make the protester shut up.

Mon Dec 15 09:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gowdy questions Gruber

Mon Dec 15 00:59:54 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gruber refuses to provide his Obamacare work product to Congress

Sun Dec 14 16:32:57 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gruber refuses to disclose the money he made off the stupidity of the American voter

Sat Dec 13 16:29:18 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS Poll: 70% want more investigation, 63% think admin hiding its role

Seventy percent say the IRS investigation should last until “someone is held accountable.” That’s down from a high of 78 percent in June 2013. About one in five thinks it is time to move on (22 percent).

When 70% is down from the last poll, you have a remarkable level of agreement among the American people. I'm curious why those 8% changed their minds; did the election convince them people were being held accountable, or did the administration decision to withhold documents convince them accountability was impossible?

The new poll also asked why the White House is refusing to release thousands of pages of documents related to the IRS targeting. By nearly three-to-one people think it’s because the administration wants to keep its role in the scandal secret (63 percent) rather than to keep taxpayer information confidential (22 percent).

Either way, the people aren't buying White House excuses for refusing to release the information. Not even Democrats:

Even Democrats are more likely to say the Obama White House is withholding documents to hide its involvement (45 percent) rather than to protect taxpayers (35 percent). Another 20 percent is unsure.

Actually, I suspect those 20% are refusing to answer on the grounds that it may incriminate them.

Fri Dec 12 18:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

No matter how forthright his delivery...

At the end of an article discussing the recent release of 2 pages of email contacts between Lois Lerner and the DoJ concerning targeting of tax-exempt organizations, the author concludes with:

Yet it is getting harder and harder to simply accept President Obama’s ‘no smidgen of corruption’ remark made to Fox News in February, no matter how sincere and forthright his delivery.

I think this statement unintentionally reveals more than the author intended about the establishment and how they operate. You see, no normal, sane person would look at whether a statement such as President Obama made to the Fox News (and thus the nation) in defense of the IRS's conduct was made with "sincere and forthright delivery". The delivery of such a statement is immaterial to its factual accuracy. Reasonable people look at the evidence.

And the evidence is what the establishment has gone to great lengths to try to hide from us, including in this latest release of 2 pages of information to Judicial Watch... 2 pages out of a total of 832 responsive pages.

Fri Dec 12 17:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

“I think certainly we need to tighten the federal budget where appropriate,” he said. “One of the things that could be early on is to basically audit every federal agency in terms of their programs and have them re-justify programs.”

If the Republican party continues to ignore their base, who have been pushing for fiscal responsibility for almost a decade now without being heard, the Democrats may try to claim those voters.

Fri Dec 12 16:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Washington Post reporting on Pew gun control poll

What's most striking in Pew's new data is that views have shifted more in favor of gun rights since then among nearly every demographic group, including women, blacks, city-dwellers, parents, college graduates, millennials and independents. The two groups that haven't budged? Hispanics and liberal Democrats.

It's surprising because normally you would expect a paper like the Washington Post to ignore or downplay the news that support for gun control is dropping like a rock.

Fri Dec 12 15:29:25 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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