A Day For Victories

The UK votes to become the UK again, leaving the European Union. Exact consequences of the vote are unclear, but the UK is likely to move in the direction of increased sovereignty and closing the borders to unvetted Muslim immigrants.

The Supreme Court votes 4-4 to uphold the 5th Circuit stag on Obama's illegal amnesty. An evenly split vote upholds the lower court decision. However, this is still only a stay, not a final decision -- so we're likely to see this case before a fully-operational Supreme Court later. But continuing the stay on this issue means it will be harder for Obama to swing the election with floods of illegal Democrat voters.

Fri Jun 24 00:49:39 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats backing new gun control legislation

The HillThe Senate's top two Democrats are throwing their support behind a proposal — spearheaded by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) — to block suspected terrorists from buying a gun.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will both support the bill engineered by Collins.

The leadership of both parties seem to be behind this so-called compromise legislation. We need to be making sure that our senators hear from us that this legislation, like ALL gun control legislation, is unacceptable and must be stopped.

There's likely to be a vote this week.

Thu Jun 23 15:42:08 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

ISIS attack in Paris

Daily ExpressThe officer, identified as 42-year-old commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, was stabbed nine times outside his property after returning home at around 8.30pm.

The attacker then took the policeman's wife and three-year-old son hostage in their home in Magnanville, northwest of the French capital.

The killer is believed to have had pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) during the frenzied attack.

Another "known wolf" case.

Thu Jun 23 12:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Scott Adams on Gun Control

Yesterday, I told Scott Adams that I was tired of his "Trump is a Master Persuader" schtick and that he should come up with something new:

So he did. And I'm taking credit for the new direction.

Thu Jun 23 11:27:53 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


New York Daily NewsBesides, if masculinity is defined by the power to commit violence on a wide scale, I proudly choose femininity. At one time, “being a man” meant standing up for what you believe in — and against injustice. By that definition, we need more real men in power taking on bullies like the NRA, which seeks to bolster the Second Amendment by shutting down opponents’ right to the First. We can’t even debate guns in this country, thanks to the gun lobby.

... he says while attacking the 2nd Amendment from his electronic printing press protected by the 1st Amendment.

Thu Jun 23 11:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Muslim pleads guilty to selling missile technology to Iran

Jihad WatchA former Turkish actor, detained in New York for illegally selling to Iran a restricted metallic powder used in missile production, pleaded guilty on June 15.

Erdal Kuyumcu, 44, the chief executive of Global Metallurgy LLC, pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn federal court on June 15 to deliberately violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which limits trade with Iran.

This "treaty" with Iran will not end well.

Thu Jun 23 10:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another Islamic terror attack

Daily PunditPolice have identified the suspect who opened fire at a Walmart store in Amarillo [yesterday] afternoon as Mohammad Moghaddam, 54. Mohammad Moghaddam, an immigrant, came to Amarillo with his family eight years ago from Iran.

This one was significantly less successful than the one in Orlando, but it came right on the heels of the Orlando attack, and has gotten basically zero press. Normally, I would think that is preferable, but again, in this case it looks like the press are deliberately covering it up.

Thu Jun 23 09:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Soros paid $33 million for Ferguson riots

Daily MailLiberal billionaire George Soros donated $33million to social justice organizations which helped turn events in Ferguson from a local protest into a national flashpoint.

The handouts, revealed in tax filings from Soros's private foundation, were given to dozens of different groups which weighed in on the crisis.

Organizers from professional groups in Washington, D.C., and New York were bussed into the Missouri town to co-ordinate messaging and lobby to news media to cover events using the billionaire's funding.

Just in case you thought those protests we've been seeing over the last year or so were spontaneous expressions of discontent.

Wed Jun 22 18:56:10 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Iran inks deal to buy planes from Boeing

USA TodayIf approved, the agreement would mean that new American aircraft would fly over Iran for the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. IranAir would acquire more than 100 Boeing jets under the multi-billion-dollar deal.

And the insurance rates in New York City just skyrocketed.

Wed Jun 22 12:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Time is running out for Muslims in America

PJMediaI’ll leave it to others to debate the text of the Koran and what it says or does not say. But American Muslims are running out of time because Americans are running out of patience.

With each new slaughter by a jihadist, the American Muslim community exhausts a bit more patience and goodwill of Americans. No matter how many rainbow colored burkas are posted on Instagram, or how much rhetoric comes from the diminishing President, the message will stop matching reality.

I think that message has never matched reality; it's just that the Left is in a position to dominate the media and Americans are generally reluctant to express their feelings of doubt and concern regarding Muslims for fear of being called racists. But the truth is that Islam is a choice, not a race. It is certainly possible to judge someone based on the religion they choose to practice. And while many followers of Islam living in the West seem generally reasonable, those living in areas where Islam is the dominant religion are frankly terrifying.

It is eminently reasonable to look at the fanatical followers of Islam and conclude that they are not welcome here. And the more the followers of Islam who are already here refuse to speak up about their troublesome coreligionists, the more the rest of us wonder if there is that much of a difference after all.

Wed Jun 22 11:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rape hoax magazine Rolling Stone calls for repeal of 2nd Amendment

Rolling StoneBut sometimes we just have to acknowledge that the Founders and the Constitution are wrong. This is one of those times. We need to say loud and clear: The Second Amendment must be repealed.

... says the magazine best known for rape hoaxes and putting terrorists on the cover.

Wed Jun 22 10:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrat congressmen sacrifice the First Amendment

Daily CallerCalifornia congressmen wrote a letter to state attorney general Kamala Harris claiming the freedom of speech “is not designed to protect fraud and deceit” of the likes being spread by oil company ExxonMobil about global warming. “The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, but it does not protect companies from defrauding the American people or improperly disclosing information to their shareholders,” lawmakers, including California Reps. Maxine Waters and Ted Lieu, wrote to Harris.

Abandoning first amendment protections for political opponents is literally unAmerican, and seems likely to come back and bite them.

Wed Jun 22 09:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Time to write your Senators again

There's a new "compromise" piece of gun control legislation, being pushed by what looks a a gang of six. I think this is the legislation that Mitch McConnell said he would be open to, which means it has a better chance of passage that anything else that's been offered. McConnell would probably love to get this issue off the table before the election by passing something he can point to when Bloomberg starts running ads with his pocket change.

As if that wasn't bad enough, there's a new surveillance bill in the works. Among other things, it would allow someone's web browsing history to be collected without a warrant -- something that inherently reveals the content of the pages they were wearing. It would also make certain provisions of the Patriot Act permanent, which would be a disastrous mistake given what the original legislation does to civil liberties. The FBI, never one to be shy about surveillance requests, is claiming that the current requirement to go to a secret court and get a court order before obtaining browser history is a typo.

My gut says there's an informal deal going on to pass both pieces of legislation together; some gun control to placate the Democrats and some surveillance to placate the Republican Establishment. As usual with these deals, the liberty-loving folks are left out in the cold.

The only good news is that the Democrats have admitted they can't win an assault weapons ban fight, at least not now.

When the leadership wants something like this to pass, they usually rush it through as fast as possible to people won't have time to read it and mobilize opposition. That means we need to start objecting immediately.

UPDATE: Word is that the surveillance legislation failed by just one vote and they haven't given up on it yet. (You can check how your senator voted at that link) No word yet on the Ayotte-Collins gun control legislation. Rumors swirling about Obama calling for a new assault weapons ban despite Pelosi saying they couldn't win that fight.

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Wed Jun 22 08:18:18 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Susan Collins and Kelly Ayotte working on gun control legislation with Democrats

The HillSen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will introduce legislation Tuesday aimed at blocking suspected terrorists from buying guns as lawmakers struggle to reach an agreement on the issue.

Kelly Ayotte is also working on the legislation. This, I think, is the real Republican push. New legislation, supported by the usual Republican squishes (Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham, in addition to the above) and Mitch McConnell.

We need to keep the pressure on the Senate to block gun control, including so-called Republican compromise bills.

Tue Jun 21 15:06:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Muslim Mayor begins to impose sharia law on London

Fox NewsSadiq Khan, who became the city's first Muslim mayor in May, called for a ban on ads showing women in bikinis in a letter published in the Guardian, saying images such as the controversial "Beach Body Ready" one used by Protein World send a harmful message.

He was all very nice and moderate-sounding while trying to get elected, but once in office he's going full Muslim, including segregating women at the back of his rallies. When a Muslim is running for political office, voters would do well to consider the risk that he is less moderate than he appears.

Tue Jun 21 12:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Russians admit to targeting DNC and Hillary Clinton's email

We knew about Hillary's email, of course. It wasn't just the Russians after it, either. But the main point of this story is that the Russians penetrated the Democratic National Committee network and stole the opposition research on Trump.

Now, the subtext here is that if the Russians have their hands on Trump's opposition research, they will be able to blackmail the candidate after the election. But then, anything the Democrats can find in opposition research they would use during the election, so the value of any information left over from that effort is probably low.

For Hillary, however, it's unlikely that the relatively scrupulous Republicans hacked her private email server, and it's unlikely that the FBI will leak any emails they recovered from her server after the mass deletion event.

The Russians, on the other hand, had every incentive to hack it and ever incentive to keep the emails around for blackmail purposes.

Tue Jun 21 11:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

That's a dangerous definition of ambiguity

PJMediaThe New York Times has an interesting profile of Omar Mateen, the Orlando terrorist who murdered 49 people and wounded more than 50 others at a gay nightclub over the weekend. In the main, the Gray Lady grapples with the profound challenge the FBI faces in striking the balance between investigating ambiguous signs of potential terrorist inclinations and clearing suspects (or “persons of interest” as they say in the biz) as to whom the evidence seems weak.

"Ambiguity" like talking about killing people all the time, stalking coworkers, attending mosques with terrorists, attending online "seminaries" with terrorists, beating his wife, and likely quite a bit more that they haven't found yet. It sounds to me like the FBI investigated this murderous terrorist, learned that no one had given him direct orders to commit murder yet, and decided that he was safe... because, I suppose, he would never ever come to the conclusion that he had to commit murder on his own.

Normally, I'm all in favor of people of avoiding imprisoning people (especially US citizens who cannot simply have their visa revoked and be returned to their home country) for "precrime" situations. In this case, however, the murderer appears to have committed a number of acts (assault and battery on his wife, stalking and threatening his fellow security guard) that would have justified criminal charges and a conviction, as well as the loss of his license as a security guard. The domestic violence charges, in particular, would have placed him on the list of prohibited persons.

This wouldn't have stopped him from obtaining a firearm by illegal means, but it would have been something, and at least made it harder (because he likely lacked the usual criminal contacts).

But these danger signs were ignored.

Tue Jun 21 10:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

HR 5053 prevents the IRS from collecting donor information

TaxProfH.R. 5053, as reported by the Committee on Ways and Means, would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from collecting the identity of donors who contribute to tax-exempt organizations. Under this legislation, a tax-exempt organization would be required to report only information on donors who contribute $5,000 or more during a single tax year and who are either an officer or director of the organization or one of its five highest paid employees. This information would be excluded from public disclosure.

If the IRS doesn't have the donor information they will find it harder to abuse the donors.

Tue Jun 21 09:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

No gun control

NBCNewsFour gun policy measures failed to pass the 60-vote threshold to move forward in the Senate on Monday, following impassioned debate from both sides of the aisle.

Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte and Mark Kirk broke ranks and voted for Feinstein's watch list bill.

Shall Not Be Questioned has detailed vote results.

Hat tip to Saysuncle

Mon Jun 20 20:27:38 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Saudi Prince claims Saudi Arabia has funded 20% of Hillary's campaign

ZeroHedgethe Petra News Agency published on Sunday what it described as exclusive comments from Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman which included a claim that Riyadh has provided 20 percent of the total funding to the prospective Democratic candidate's campaign.

Wouldn't that be a violation of campaign finance laws Hillary has always supported?

Mon Jun 20 12:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A gay man switches his vote to Trump

PJMediaYes, there is a war between religious fundamentalism and the spirit of love and tolerance. But we progressives here in America still labor under the delusion that the religion we need to combat is Christianity. But that's a strawman opponent, and has been so for decades. Since the 1990s, Christian extremists have essentially lost all their power, and are now toothless nonplayers in the "culture wars." Meanwhile, Muslim extremists, with guns, murder us, and on the left our only response is to bleat about "Islamophobia" and jump through hoops trying to explain away the self-evident religious motivation for the killings.

Welcome to the Reality Party.

I suggest you contact the Pink Pistols next.

Mon Jun 20 11:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A message for the LGBT Community

The Liberty Zone
In the aftermath of yesterday’s horror in Orlando, I have a message for you. I posted this on my Facebook page, and I’m posting it here as well.

To my LGBT friends – I know you still face prejudice, bigotry, hatred, and ignorance even in this day and age. I know many of you are still afraid to walk down the street with your partner holding hands and are still apprehensive about entering a public bathroom for fear of becoming a victim. I know many of you still face physical threats.

I just want you to know I want you to be safe. I want you well-defended. I want you to have the tools and skills to protect yourselves.

If you are in the VA/DC/MD TX area and want a partner with whom to go to the range, just ask. I’ll not only go with you, I’ll pay for your range time! I’ll go with you if you want to purchase a gun for self defense. I’ll help you learn how to use it safely and properly. I’ll help you get your CCW.

I never want to see my friends trapped unarmed and terrified in a situation like the one in Orlando, begging for their lives and saying “goodbye” to their loved ones while waiting to die. I want you to have the tools to at least fight back against the prejudice and hate you face. I want you to live to see hatred and bigotry eradicated from this world. I want you to have a chance.
I want you to live. I love you all.

I second this message without reservations (and edited only for region). We may have policy differences about cakes and marriage laws, but we share a basic human right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Mon Jun 20 10:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senate gun control vote TODAY

The Senate has scheduled votes on four gun control measures today. Two of them are Democrat proposals for gun control, one for background checks on all gun sales ("gun show loophole" bill) and the other a proposal to allow the Attorney General to block gun says to people on the watch list without due process. Two of them are Republican proposals for more reasonable changes to the background check system (one a proposal to block watch list sales with at least a nod to due process, and the other focused on mental health reporting improvements to the background check system).

To be honest, based on the information I have about the proposals, I'm not sure I want any of them to pass. The watch list is useless as an attempt to block gun purchases; remember that the Orlando murderer that created this crisis wasn't even on the watch list when he bought his guns. The "gun show loophole" bill is even more useless, because the terrorist bought his guns from a licensed dealer and passed not just one background check when he bought the guns, but multiple background checks in his career as a security guard, despite raising red flags going all the way back to his high school.

The Republican watch list bill is better, but still puts the buyer on a secret list preemptively and forces them to put a lot of effort into getting off the list. That reverses the presumption of innocence. And, again, the terrorist wasn't on any lists when he bought his guns and passed multiple background checks.

The Republican mental health bill is sort of the definition of "We must do something, this is something, therefore we must do it." The Orlando attack at this point seems to have little to do with mental health. The legislation might make some improvements to the background check system that would be a good idea, but it certainly doesn't address this particular situation at all.

But the votes are going to be held today, so write your Senators and tell them to vote no on gun control. Consider calling, too, but write them first; you may have a hard time getting through on the phone.

Mon Jun 20 09:11:03 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

100 Syrian refugees a day

Gateway PunditBarack Obama is bringing 100 Syrian refugees into the US every day. These refugees, mostly Muslim, are only put through a 3 month vetting process before they are allowed into the United States.

How many of these "refugees" are really terrorists?

Mon Jun 20 09:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The War On Shoplifters

TechdirtThis is what was left of Leo Lech's home after the Greenwood Village police were done with it. Lech had done nothing wrong. In fact, he wasn't even home. By the point the local PD had decided to turn a standoff with a suspect into a one-house reenactment of the Battle of Fallujah, the only person inside was Robert Jonathan Seacat -- originally wanted for nothing more than shoplifting.

This was all fully justified, according to the police chief, because Seacat had opened fire on police officers during the standoff.

This seems... excessive.

It seems to me that when there is a lone shooter trapped in a building without any hostages, patience is likely to produce the same outcome without the excessive destruction of what turned out to be an innocent family's home.

Sun Jun 19 12:04:01 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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