Bush Lite

Wed Sep 24 09:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Putting those who disagree with the party line in prison

It's a disturbing trend; the IRS is cracking down on organizations that disagree with government, the Senate Democrats are proposing constitutional amendments that gut the right to free political speech, and there seems to be a continuing trend of people calling for global warming skeptics to be jailed. Because that's easier than explaining why the planet hasn't been warming at all for the past 17 years or so, I guess.

Tue Sep 23 16:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

ISIS kills 300 Iraqi soldiers in chemical weapons attack

They seem to be unpleasantly competent at such things.

Tue Sep 23 15:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The man behind Obamacare wants to cap his life at 75

He is going on at length in an article published by The Atlantic, saying that his own personal choice is to forgo most health care after age 75 in the hopes of dying a swift and natural death. Now, I don't personally care what health care choices he makes -- except possibly to the extent that I am required to pay for them.

What bothers me is that this is the guy who designed our latest national health care disaster. You know, the one with death panels.

I don't want him making choices for me.

Tue Sep 23 14:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Kroger appears to be standing up to the Bossy Mommies

Kroger representatives (in Michigan, at least) say that they won't be changing their firearms policy.

Tue Sep 23 13:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Brady Campaign lawsuits likely to fail

David Hardy explains why. But then, winning the lawsuit wasn't even really their intent. The intent is to get some publicity, possibly a settlement they can wave at the press like the Demanding Mommies have been getting from various non-gun stores, and make it more costly to be in the business of selling ammunition.

At this point, the Brady Bunch are so desperate for publicity that they are willing to claim credit for things that had nothing to do with them.

Tue Sep 23 12:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dem Rep trying to push the IRS to go beyond current law in 501c4 crackdown

Dems in the Senate are actually holding votes in the Senate on Constitutional Amendments to effectively repeal the First Amendment as applied to campaign financing. Dems in the House are proudly calling for the IRS to ignore Supreme Court decisions and crack down on political speech. They want donor lists so they can harass people who donate to causes they don't like, and the open opposition to freedom of speech is utterly shameless.

Tue Sep 23 11:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Austin police officer paints accountability groups as domestic extremists

If you can't read it, it basically says that Berry has come across some information on a "national domestic extremism trend" that is echoed by local activist groups. He claims to have found "mirror warning signs" in "FBI intel." From there, his own report follows, naming such unlikely domestic extremists as CopBlock, CopWatch and Peaceful Streets. Also included are sovereign citizens groups and government accountability activists.

When you get into the details, he's basically saying that because some groups have members that are angry and talk about being angry online, they are "domestic extremists" which, as we all know, is simply police code for "domestic terrorists who haven't done anything.... yet". As a category for police, that's pretty much indistinguishable from "ordinary citizen".

Tue Sep 23 10:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

They are rights, not privileges

Our Constitution reflects the values we cherish as a people and the ideals we strive for as a society. It secures the privileges we enjoy as citizens, but also demands participation, responsibility, and service to our country and to one another.

They are inalienable rights, Barry, they are not privileges.

Tue Sep 23 09:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch files for discovery to find missing Lerner emails

In an August 22, 2014 telephone conference, IRS attorneys informed Judicial Watch about the existence of an electronic data backup system that stores all government records in the case of a catastrophic event. The agency’s attorneys also asserted that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (“TIGTA”) is looking into whether some of these backup tapes may include the missing emails, but that the IRS would not search these tapes because doing so would allegedly be too onerous. When Judicial Watch requested that the IRS supplement its declarations to include this material information, the IRS refused.

In short, the IRS is refusing even to disclose to the court the existence of backup systems that may contain evidence.

Mon Sep 22 18:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lerner seeks dismissal of lawsuit against her personally

Freedomworks is suing the IRS in its official capacity and Lerner personally for her alleged efforts to target and harass the group, among other conservative groups, in the IRS scandal. Lerner has now filed motions requesting she be dismissed from the suit for lack of personal jurisdiction (in Texas), plus failure to piece federal immunity and lack of alleged violations of well-established Constitutional rights.

The interesting part is the personal jurisdiction argument. If I had to guess, I'd think Lerner is trying to get the case removed to the DC circuit, which Obaam has recently packed full of favorable judges.

Mon Sep 22 17:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another Obamacare data breach

One of the problems with centralizing personal data into massive government databases is that you create one very big, very valuable target for hackers, and there's a huge political incentive not to report breaches.

Mon Sep 22 16:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrat House Rep thinks he can keep terror threat quiet

Federal law enforcement officers in the El Paso area have reported a contact with Democrat House Representative Beto O'Rourke in which he demanded they cease contact with Judicial Watch. Presumably this is related to Judicial Watch's release of information suggesting an imminent threat of a terrorist attack across or near the southern border.

O'Rouke's office is denying the reports, probably because he has no authority to give such orders and admitting that he tried to give orders to shut up about something that officially doesn't exist would be more embarrassing than to be obviously lying about doing so.

It's astonishing that Democrats are trying to keep this quiet when ISIS has access to chemical weapons and is known to be trying to sneak terrorists across the border -- with at least some success -- and the FBI doesn't know about all of them.

Mon Sep 22 15:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Remember how Bush Lied and People Died, the liberal chanting point?

Supposedly, we invaded Iraq because President Bush lied about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction. Well, those nonexistent weapons of mass destruction he lied about have just killed 14 ISIS fighters trying to load them into a warhead.

What boggles my mind is not that the media managed to memory-hole the many known chemical weapons sites found and secured during the invasion, but that the memory hole was so complete and thorough even within the administration that no one thought to give the order to destroy what they found rather than stockpile it for ISIS to capture later.

This is exactly the nightmare scenario that invading Iraq was designed to prevent, and it's here, now, courtesy of no-boots-on-the-ground Obama.

Mon Sep 22 14:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Florida police use SWAT teams to check barber licenses

On August 19, 2010, two inspectors from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) visited the Strictly Skillz Barbershop in Orlando and found everything in order: All of the barbers working there were properly licensed, and all of the work stations complied with state regulations. Two days later, even though no violations had been discovered and even though the DBPR is authorized to conduct such inspections only once every two years, the inspectors called again, this time accompanied by "between eight and ten officers, including narcotics agents," who "rushed into" the barbershop "like [a] SWAT team." Some of them wore masks and bulletproof vests and had their guns drawn. Meanwhile, police cars blocked off the parking lot.

This is a terror and intimidation tactic disguised as an illegal search disguised as a regulatory inspection. It's why we shouldn't put the government in charge of regulating barbers. A private company can inspect barbers' work stations for the correct number of combs and sanitation practices, without being tempted to turn those inspections into armed raids in search of drugs.

Mon Sep 22 13:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Whistleblower calls IG report a whitewash and coverup

That the Obama administration is attempting to cover up a scandal isn't really news -- or rather, it should be widely reported, but it isn't going to surprise anyone. That the Inspector General is apparently the one doing it, when their job is actually to uncover and expose scandals so they can be corrected, is definitely a newsworthy and concerning twist.

Mon Sep 22 12:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The dark side of data retention policies

I've spoken before about the dark side of data retention policies before in the context of the IRS scandal. Now, a Los Angeles school board has provided a pointed example by voting to reduce their email retention period to one year after allegations based on 2-year-old emails surfaced.

Mon Sep 22 11:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Koskinen denies existence of IRS email backups

You have to parse his words carefully:

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday responded for the first time to assertions by a legal nonprofit that missing emails relating to the political targeting controversy at the tax agency exist on a governmentwide backup system. His conclusion: There is no such governmentwide email trove, and confusing media accounts were based on a misunderstanding.

There is no such government-wide system, no. Each agency is responsible for developing and maintaining their own backup and disaster recovery plans. By specifying government-wide, Koskinen can say something that is technically true but leaves an entirely incorrect impression. The IRS has an email backup systems and a disaster recovery plan -- or did until they canceled the contract a month after Lerner's hard drive crashed. And they don't want to retrieve emails from it because it would be "too onerous" to do so.

Mon Sep 22 10:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Missouri legislature overrides veto on pro-gun legislation

The legislation preempts local bans on open carry, lowers the age for concealed-carry permits to 18, and allows trained school employees to carry firearms to protect students.

Mon Sep 22 09:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fact checking background checks

Smaller media outlets are starting to publish facts that contradict the gun control narrative.

Fri Sep 19 11:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Tie-Dyed Tyranny

Fri Sep 19 10:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DC emergency concealed carry licensing legislation

The good news is, DC will try to pass legislation allowing concealed carry. The bad news is, it's going to be may-issue show-cause legislation that is probably functionally identical to the earlier laws:

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier would issue permits to carry weapons under the new regulations, and applicants would have to demonstrate that they require a firearm because of a specific danger.

Under previous law, businesses could hire security guards who would then be licensed to carry a firearm while on the job, and if I recall correctly, business owners who had a registered firearm (of which there were very few) could keep it at their business location, if they had cause -- such as handling a lot of money or jewelry, etc. Under this sort of regime, "I am an ordinary person afraid of criminals" is not usually considered good cause.

If this legislation passes, DC will continue to have a de-facto ban on concealed carry, but will have an easier time defending their law in court.

Thu Sep 18 14:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BATFE collecting racial data on gun purchase forms

Form 4473, the BATFE form for collecting data on gun buyers supposedly for the purposes of running a background check, has been amended to include fields for the race of the buyer. Since the purpose of the form has nothing to do with race -- background checks are pretty much color blind -- there's a legitimate question about why that data is being collected. I can think of a couple possibilities.

First, it's possible they are being honest and intend to use the data to distinguish between buyers of similar names and ages but different races when conducting background checks. How useful is the data for that purpose? We can't really know what the BATFE is seeing internally, but unless the dealers are being asked to verify the racial heritage of their customers, it could actually make things worse -- if the John Doe with a felony is white, and the John Doe data on the form says John Doe is black but otherwise identical, how does that improve the situation?

Second, strange as it seems, this could be an actual act of racism; the BATFE could be intending to focus more resources on investigating minority gun buyers for straw purchases and gang affiliations. While the Obama administration is obviously not going to support that as a policy, the BATFE is an agency with a fairly recent history of actual, honest-to-god, racism.

Third, and most likely, is that the Obama Administration intends to use the data at some point in a political attack on the firearm industry. When banks started collecting racial data on people applying for mortgages, the resulting information was rapidly used to file lawsuits alleging racial discrimination in who received the loans. It didn't matter that the loan decisions were generally made on the basis of financial information and documents rather than race; because the outcome was racially disproportionate, therefore the process had to be racist. It will be hard to argue that a federal background check is racist, but maybe they think that they can claim dealers are discouraging minorities people from buying firearms.

It could be as simple as adding one more thing that dealers have to check when filling in the form, and thus more opportunities to harass them.

Hat tip to SaysUncle for the link.

Thu Sep 18 13:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Brady Bunch suing retailers who sold ammunition to Aurora murderer

I'm sure none of the retailers are happy they sold him anything he used on the day of the massacre, but that doesn't make them legally liable for it. This is pretty much a hail-mary pass thrown at the end-zone by the Bradys. They seem to want background checks or a mental health examination of some kind on ammunition, large magazines, and "body armor" (which as I recall turned out to be a load-bearing vest, nothing more) over the internet.

The only problem is that ever since Reid eliminated the filibuster for judicial appointments, Obama has been busy stuffing the courts with judges he likes. So the end zone is filled with receivers ready to advance the gun control ball.

The end goal here is probably to try to pressure the defendants to settle for money and/or publicity concerns.

Wed Sep 17 12:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI recognition program now operational

This is one of those computing technologies that is inevitably going to be developed and deployed to some degree, and the question of how oppressive the final result is will depend entirely upon how widespread the use becomes. If the technology is limited to identifying people arrested on other evidence, no problem; if it is used to identify (or attempt to identify) everyone a police officer sees or interacts with, using a dashcam or wearable bodycam as an input source, it could be a nightmare.

Wed Sep 17 11:43:28 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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