Trump was a stalking horse for Hillary all along

Hot Air“I’ve been treated very unfairly” by the RNC, Donald Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, in a townhall forum that Trump threatened to boycott because he complained that CNN treated him unfairly. What did CNN do to treat Trump unfairly? They had commentators on panels that criticized him. What did the RNC do to treat Trump unfairly, and thus negate his pledge to support the party’s nominee whoever it turned out to be? Er … Mitt Romney criticized him.

Remember Perot, and how Perot got Hillary's husband elected to the White House by running a strong third-party campaign?

Yeah. That's Trump this cycle.

I don't particularly care if Trump "supports" (ie, campaigns for, donates, whatever) one of the other candidates should they win, but threatening to have a temper tantrum and run third party is actively opposing the nominee. That may be legal, but it's also just going to make a Hillary victory inevitable.

I've been known to vote third party, and in fact my primary party affiliation is with the Libertarians. (I vote in Republican primaries when there's actually a chance to yank the party in my direction). But if you are going to run in a party's primary you shouldn't be threatening a third party run if you don't get the nomination.

For bonus points, Trump attacked Scott Walker for not raising taxes and names health care and education as top three government functions.

Wed Mar 30 14:28:45 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Stupid Party continues to be stupid

The BlazeThe bill funds the IRS at $1.7 billion below what President Barack Obama requested and specifically prohibits funds for the IRS to target organizations based on ideological views.
The bill will prohibit the IRS from suppressing participation in nonprofit 501(c)4 organizations. Provisions in the spending bill further prohibit money for the IRS from targeting individuals exercising their First Amendment rights to political speech.

Really? Seriously? That might work if there was a real, official "Let's target the Tea Party!" program with an official budget. There wasn't. A bunch of existing employees, as part of their normal duties and as instructed by their management, treated certain (politically chosen) groups to extended delays and abuse. Did those employees get fired, disciplined, or lose their government retirement? No. Many of them got bonuses and paid 6-month vacations.

The BlazeIt further prohibits money for bonuses or hiring former employees without considering that person’s employee conduct or federal tax compliance, and requires extensive reporting on IRS spending and official time.

This part of the legislation, however, might actually produce something useful. Remember that the GAO report on the IRS basically said they had no effective protections against targeting; this legislation's reporting requirements might improve the ability of Congress to oversee the IRS operations by requiring better record keeping.

Wed Mar 30 12:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Over ten thousand migrant attacks over the past three years

Yahoo NewsAttacks on women in Cologne and other German cities on New Year's Eve have prompted more than 600 criminal complaints, with police suspicion resting on asylum seekers, putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel and her open door migrant policy.

That's quite a lot of attacks over just one day.

Spiegel“In Cologne alone, more than 11,000 people have been robbed in this way in the last three years. According to police, all of the perpetrators have been male and in the majority of cases, they have come from North African countries such as Morocco and Algeria.”

And that's quite a lot of attacks to keep secret over three years. What business does a democratic government have keeping crimes secret? None, obviously. I am thus forced to conclude the Comrade Merkel, who cut her teeth in the East German police state, is returning to form. And the more she seeks to suppress the voices of her people, who are demanding that their government fulfil its primary function of protecting its citizens from foreign invasion, the stronger the eventual, inevitable backlash will be.

Wed Mar 30 11:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Coordinated attack on Canadian nightclub

Global NewsA brazen shooting in Calgary, after a gunman opened fire inside Ten X nightclub. One person was shot, while bullets grazed by other unsuspecting patrons.

So what was their motive exactly? Why would three people -- one shooter, one driver, and one random accomplice -- attack a nightclub filled with random people?

Global NewsMohamed Elmi, 31, and Mohamed Salad, 29, both of Calgary

Oh. But wouldn't gun control stop this sort of thing?

Global News Discharge firearm with intent to endanger life
Unauthorized possession of a firearm
Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a vehicle
Possession of firearm with altered or defaced serial number
Aggravated assault
Pointing a firearm

Look at all the gun laws they broke! I guess not.

And speaking of guns...

Global News“About five or 10 minutes later, I’m out front and the gun is laying on the sidewalk and the police officer tells me to move out of the way because the hammer is still cocked back and it could go off.”

This sort of makes me wince. Guns are inanimate objects. They don't just "go off", even if they are loaded and cocked. Someone would have to pull the trigger, or (if the gun really sucks) kick it or interact with it in some way. I can't argue with the police officer wanting to follow the rules of gun safety at all, but the way that was phrased strikes me as far too passive-voice-blame-the-gun language.

Wed Mar 30 10:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Philadelphia ISIS attacker may have links to larger terror cell

Jammie Wearing FoolsAccording to a police report obtained by NBC10, an anonymous tipster told officers that, “the threat to police is not over” and that the man who shot Officer Jesse Hartnett is “part of a group that consists of three others,” adding that alleged shooter “is not the most radical of the four.” The report obtained Sunday goes on to say the tipster told police to “be careful.”

We cannot afford complacency.

Wed Mar 30 09:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Scalia replacement is a line in the sand for 1st and 2nd Amendments

Daily CallerIf there was ever a time to call your Senators, it is now. With the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, the author of the Heller vs. District of Columbia decision that threw out Washington D.C.’s handgun ban on the grounds that the Second Amendment protected an individual right to own a firearm, those rights that have been won with a great deal of hard work and sacrifice (not to mention outstanding legal scholarship over the years) – as well as the ability to protect them – are now up for grabs.
While the ramifications of a potential reversal of the Heller decision (and the McDonald v. Chicago case that applied the Second Amendment to the states) are obvious – the passing of Scalia also threatens the ability to protect our Second Amendment rights. How so? Because Scalia was the fifth vote in the Citizens United and McCutcheon cases – two cases that stuck down limits on involvement in political campaigns.

If we allow Obama's nominee to be confirmed, all of those decisions, and all of the rights that Scalia so ably protected, will be lost. Likely forever.

Tue Mar 29 12:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NSA moves to share data with domestic law enforcement

The HillThe NSA has yet to publicly announce the change, but The New York Times reported last month that the administration was poised to expand the agency's ability to share information that it picks up about people’s communications with other intelligence agencies.

The modification would open the door for the NSA to give the FBI and other federal agencies uncensored communications of foreigners and Americans picked up incidentally — but without a warrant — during sweeps.

Is it a coincidence that this is being done in an election year? I doubt it. There's all sorts of useful information the White House would love to review for blackmail purposes even if it doesn't involve criminal behavior. And how are they going to know that it doesn't involve criminal behavior unless they look?

Tue Mar 29 11:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sixth Circuit reminds the IRS they are not above the law

Bizpac Review quoting Fox NewsIn the 17-page opinion, [Judge Raymond] Kethledge laid out a list of requests NorCal made to the IRS that were either ignored entirely or stuck in a legal runaround. In one, the IRS demanded NorCal provide 3,000 pages of what the inspector general called unnecessary information. In turn, the IRS then claimed it would be “unduly burdensome” for it to provide such information as the names of IRS employees who worked on the case.

Bizpac Review quoting from the opinion“The district court ordered production of those lists, and did so again over an IRS motion to reconsider. Yet, almost a year later, the IRS still has not complied with the court’s orders. Instead the IRS now seeks from this court a writ of mandamus, an extraordinary remedy reserved to correct only the clearest abuses of power by a district court,” Kethledge wrote for the panel. “We deny the petition.”

I'm not sure if the IRS is actually trying to hide something specific here, or if they are just delaying and dragging their feet on general principles, but the patient of the court appears to have run out. If so, we might finally gain some measure of justice in this case.

Tue Mar 29 10:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Republicans targeting Obama's executive action on gun control

The HillThe Obama administration is facing congressional scrutiny for blocking more than a quarter-million military veterans from owning guns.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reported more than 257,000 former members of the military who cannot manage their finances to the FBI’s list of people who are not allowed to own guns, Republicans claim, even though "it has nothing to do with regulating firearms.”

I've reported on this practice before. It's one of the lesser-reported and more dangerous of Obama's anti-gun executive orders. This is the first time I've seen hard numbers on how many people have had their 2nd Amendment rights blocked by this action.

Tue Mar 29 09:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Russian police break up terror group producing passports for ISIS

Gateway PunditRussia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested 14 suspects from an international criminal group involved in forging passports and other documents for Islamic extremists preparing to go to Syria, and those coming to Russia for terror missions.The gang was busy forging documents for those “illegally heading to Syria to take part in military actions on the side of Islamic State, and also for the militants sent on a mission to Russia by ISIS leaders to conduct terrorist and extremist activities, as well as illegal migrants.”

I'm not generally a fan of Russia, but sometimes the enemy of my enemy is enough. And does anyone think that groups like this aren't working to get ISIS terrorists into the US? And conducting successful attacks that the media ignore and the government refuses to admit are connected to terrorism?

Europe is apparently choosing to enforce a police state rather than permit people to tell the truth about the "refugees":

Legal InsurrectionFollowing a report of a series of alleged offensive online posts relating to Syrian refugees living in Rothesay on Bute, Police Scotland confirmed on Tuesday that a 40-year-old man, understood to be from the Inverclyde area, had been arrested under the Communications Act…
Following the arrest, Insp Ewan Wilson from Dunoon police office said: “I hope that the arrest of this individual sends a clear message that Police Scotland will not tolerate any form of activity which could incite hatred and provoke offensive comments on social media.”

The supposedly democratic governments of Western Europe appear more interested in making their citizens subjects shut up than addressing their concerns.

Mon Mar 28 12:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Suicide bomb in Pakistan kills 69

CNNA splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on Easter Sunday, saying it intentionally targeted Christians.
The suicide blast in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore killed at least 69 people, a local government spokesman told CNN.

More than 412 others were injured, according to Punjab government spokesperson Jehangir Awan.

The Religion of Peace strikes again.

Mon Mar 28 11:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

80% of Muslims in Belgium are on welfare

Gateway PunditAs a result, welfare is abused by Muslims across Europe — some 80% of Muslim immigrants to Europe are on the dole, and more than half are “economically inactive.” Muslims claim disability more than any other group.

In the EU capital of Belgium, as well as neighboring Netherlands, Muslims are roughly 5% of the population yet consume 40% to 60% of the welfare budget. Belgium spends more on unemployment benefits than any other country outside Denmark.

One argument for importing huge numbers of Middle East laborers to Western Europe has been to replace the children those Europeans were not having, and to fill the (dirty, unpleasant, low-paid, but necessary) jobs that the Europeans were apparently unwilling to do. Well, it seems that the Muslim immigrants are even less willing to do those jobs. The mass influx of vibrant "youth" into the labor force that was supposed to fund the lavish retirement of European socialists has instead predictably led to even greater drains on the social welfare system.

Because, after all, Islam tells its followers that they are owed payments by the unbelievers, and if those payments come from a welfare system that requires them to claim to be disabled, well, so be it.

Mon Mar 28 10:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

When silence itself is evidence of media bias

The HillCruz has denied knowing anything about the ad, and called it deplorable on Sunday.

But Trump said the super PAC that produced the ad is "very friendly to Ted Cruz."

"He knew all about it, 100 percent," he said.

"There's no way in a million years that super PAC did that without his absolute knowledge."

OK, so we have a denial from Cruz, and an accusation from Trump that Cruz knew all about an ad that was published by a political action committee. There's just one problem here: no matter how friendly a PAC might be to a candidate, the candidate and his campaign are legally barred from coordinating with the PAC in any way.

So Trump is basically accusing Cruz of violating campaign finance law.

I don't think Cruz is stupid enough to do that, and I don't think Trump has any evidence that he did. I think this is just bluster to tie Cruz to the actions of a PAC Cruz has no practical or theoretical control over. And as such, it's dishonest.

Mon Mar 28 09:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NRA exposes flaws in Everytown gun control propaganda

It's a good read for people in Nevada who are likely to be facing a ballot initiative in November and a propaganda flood before that.

Sun Mar 27 12:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Idaho governor signs constitutional carry

Permitless carry is starting to become a trend the way that concealed carry did 20 years ago. If you're not a criminal, you should be able to carry a firearm -- openly or concealed, your choice -- to defend yourself. Even if it makes paranoid control freaks hysterical.

Sun Mar 27 11:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Freedom Caucus still trying to reduce spending

The bad news is, they are fighting their own party to do it. Are there really only 40 votes for a sane budget?

Sun Mar 27 10:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

University of Missouri institutes mandatory political indoctrination

They weren't satisfied with the voluntary 4-6 years of political indoctrination offered in their Humanities degrees, they insist on indoctrinating students who are actually there to learn something useful.

Sun Mar 27 09:16:15 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Scott Walker thinks the nomination will go to someone not running

Here's the thing. If the convention opens with no single candidate having 1237 votes (a clear majority rather than simply a plurality), then by the rules in place now the delegates are unbound and the negotiations in smoke-filled back rooms start to choose the nominee. That's been the rule for a long time, and it makes sense.

What makes less sense is the noise that various party insiders have been making about choosing to nominate someone in that case who isn't even running presently.

Scott Walker"I think if it’s an open convention, it’s very likely it would be someone who’s not currently running," Walker told reporters Thursday. "I mean, who knows. The one thing I qualify — it’s like the qualifications you see on those ads you see for car dealerships. I think any of us who comment on this election have to qualify that almost every prediction’s been off, so it’s hard to predict anything."

It's hard to see that as anything but a slap in the face to voters who supported Trump and Cruz. Right now, it's still possible for either of them to win the nomination outright. If neither does, the likely course is for both of them to be within a few hundred delegates of the magic 1237 number without either reaching it. It will be, in other words, a close race with two clear top candidates and a couple small fry with just a few delegates hanging on. In such a scenario, either Trump or Cruz could reasonably form an alliance or make a principled case for their nomination to the unbound delegates and obtain a majority vote. Either one would be acceptable in their scenario.

But if the party then tosses the nomination to someone who wasn't even running -- let's say Mitt Romney -- that would represent a complete betrayal of everyone who participated in the primary campaign. Whether it's by running, or donating, or volunteering, or simply voting... if the party substitutes someone at the last minute just because they don't like either of the candidates their own party's voters chose, I think the people will abandon the Republican party utterly. Look for a third party to appear or suddenly rise to prominence in the next election cycle.

And yes, that will likely throw the election to Clinton, with disastrous consequences. That's what happens when a party decides they should rule rather than represent.

Sat Mar 26 12:19:16 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump proestors admit to being paid for protesting

The Gateway PunditThis free speech-busting goon squad operation is directed by supporters of Hillary Clinton. It is paid for mostly by George Soros and and pushed by David Brock at Media Matters for America. It’s also funded by reclusive billionaire Jonathan Lewis, who was identified by the Miami New Times as a “mystery man.” He inherited roughly a billion dollars from his father Peter Lewis (founder of Progressive Insurance Company).

A march and demonstration against Trump at Trump Tower essentially fizzled Saturday when only 500 “protesters” of the promised 5000 showed up. Infiltrating the crowd, I learned most were from MoveOn or the Occupy movement. Soap was definitely in short supply in this crowd. Several admitted answering a Craig’s list ad paying $16.00 an hour for protesters.

The left pays their political agitators because it presents the illusion of popular support for their people and policies. On the right, the GOPe simply doesn't bother; they don't care of their base supports them or not so long as the base can be convinced to vote against Hillary after having their concerns ignored. Until this most recent presidential election cycle that mostly worked. Now, it's starting to look sketchy.

One thing is for sure: the entire political class in this country, both sides of it, are utterly contemptible.

Sat Mar 26 11:19:16 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump Uncensored

It seems the Washington Post decided to post an interview they did with Trump without the usual careful narrative editing for quotes. Nicki starts with that and points out the ignorance, idiocy, and inconsistency throughout. Trump can spew great bullshit on any topic for exactly 30 seconds, but once he's out of the soundbite and expected to actually go into detail, he crashes and burns pretty much every time. But you can only tell if you know the subject yourself, or if there is someone who does standing by to interrupt and point out the problems.

That's why Trump is afraid to debate Cruz one on one. Cruz may not be quite so media-friendly but Cruz has actual knowledge and substance on the issues, and the skill to point it out when Trump doesn't.

Sat Mar 26 10:19:16 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Heidi Heitkamp might not support Obama's SCOTUS nominee

She's been pretty good on guns for a Democrat. The nominee has not. Readers in North Dakota should start reaching out.

Sat Mar 26 09:19:16 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Email Security Act

The Daily SignalAt issue is the 1986 Electronic Communications Act. Passed by Congress before most Americans went online, that law considers emails older than 180 days abandoned and makes them subject to search. To access those emails, government agencies don’t need a warrant. They only need to ask for the messages from Internet service providers.

Note that "asking" doesn't involve a warrant or even the paper-thin veneer of a National Security Letter. All it requires is a phone call, assuming you haven't deleted your messages from the server. And why would you? Email clients often leave them on the server by default.

After the latest round of attacks in Brussels, I would be very surprised if even modest improvements like this legislation don't get quietly shelved somewhere out of the way for a while.

The only way we are going to regain our privacy is to stop asking permission for it. Encrypt everything.

Fri Mar 25 12:19:16 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Thousands of unsearched records from Hillary's SecState term

Free BeaconThe State Department’s recent discovery of thousands of unsearched records from Hillary Clinton’s tenure has delayed several public records lawsuits and could keep many of the documents out of the public sphere until next fall.

Gosh, what happens next fall that Hillary's documents might be relevant to? Only a minor little thing called a presidential election in which she will likely be a candidate. Is it, maybe, just possibly, something that rational voters might want to be able to examine before electing her to the highest office in the federal government for a four year term in which her first public act might well be to issue a blanket pardon to herself for her actions as Secretary of State?

Fri Mar 25 11:19:16 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Extending Obamacare to illegals

American Thinker quoting Chelsea ClintonWhich is why she thinks it’s so important to extend the Affordable Care Act to people who are living and working here, regardless of immigration status, regardless of citizenship status.

Hillary is basically asking us to subsidize the healthcare of people who aren't here legally, refuse to pay taxes, and reduce the wages of people who are here legally. Quite frankly, that's insane.

Fri Mar 25 10:19:16 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama nominates Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

The man he nominated to fill Scalia's seat supported the ban on handguns in DC that Scalia struck down in the landmark Heller decision. That alone is enough to declare the nomination dead in the water, at least as far as I am concerned. He's not much good on other civil liberties either.

Senate Republicans are saying they won't cave. I hope that's accurate, but some Senate Republicans are already suggesting they would be willing to meet with the nominee. If they are sending "cave" signals now how can they possibly hold out until 2017?

Fri Mar 25 09:19:16 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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