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Hillary discussed executed Iranian scientist on her email server

Washington ExaminerHillary Clinton recklessly discussed, in emails hosted on her private server, an Iranian nuclear scientist who was executed by Iran for treason, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Sunday.

So, yeah: Hillary's private server quite possibly got someone killed. It's possible Iran got the information some other way, of course.

Tue Aug 09 10:39:57 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Remember when you were told the Left believed in free speech?

No LawyersThe Firearms Policy Coalition has sued the Legislative Counsel of California, Diane Boyer-Vine, for her attempts to suppress free speech. The suit centers around a blog post that posted publicly available addresses and phone numbers of Assembly members who voted for gun control. The post by FPC member "Publius" on his or her blog, The Real Write Winger, was removed by WordPress.com after the Legislative Counsel said it violated California law. The suit, as described in the press release below, seeks to have California Government Code section 6254.21(c) declared unconstitutional and to enjoin its enforcement.

They were lying then, too.

Tue Aug 09 09:39:57 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI knew about Draw Mohammad attack ahead of time

Dallas ObserverOn Thursday a federal court in Ohio unsealed the affidavit of an FBI agent that chronicles the chase of a homegrown, ISIS-supporting terrorist cell during the lead-up to an armed attack on a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland. The documents show that an FBI agent was in touch with one shooter on social media and had discussed the attack before it happened with an alleged plotter who helped set the attack in motion last year.

They not only knew about it, but there are allegations they were encouraging him to commit the attack via undercover agents. With that much prior warning, why weren't they able to intercept him before he got within shooting range of innocent people at the target? Did they bother to inform the people there?

Sat Aug 06 11:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton spokesman denies rumors of ongoing FBI investigation into Clinton Foundation

Washington ExaminerHillary Clinton's campaign spokesman said he did not know whether the Clinton Foundation is presently under investigation for allegations of corruption amid reports that the FBI is looking into the charity.

FBI Director James Comey dodged questions last month about whether a reported probe of the Clinton Foundation had concluded with the investigation into Clinton's private emails, which closed on July 6 without yielding criminal charges for anyone involved.

We already know how this plays out. Comey "reluctantly" clears Hillary shortly before the election, citing ambiguities in the law government that sort of thing and the difficulty of making a case and suggesting campaign finance reform laws are needed to prevent this sort of thing in the future, including a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens' United case (which was, you may recall, all about criticizing Hillary before an election).

Sat Aug 06 10:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is the Gadsden Flag racist?

Of course not. It's a revolutionary war flag. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission seems to think otherwise. And that's not just their opinion, they want it to be made the law, at least in the workplace.

Sat Aug 06 09:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

True the Vote wins IRS targeting lawsuit

The decision in True the Vote Inc v Internal Revenue Service is a relatively quick read (at 22 pages) for a court decision.

Hat tip to Instapundit for the decision. He also has comments.

The backstory here is that True the Vote and another group, Linchpins of Liberty, had their suits against the IRS dismissed as moot after the IRS allegedly took action to address their complaints by ceasing to target "Tea Party" groups. The DC court of appeals reinstates the cases against the IRS as an agency based on the violation of their Constitutional rights, but leaves intact the dismissal of the suit against individual defendants and the 6103 violations (the latter relating to holding tax return information confidential).

More details about the mootness holding below.

The major takeaway from this case, however, needs to be heavily emphasized.

DC Court of Appeals rules IRS targeting is still ongoing

Yes, you read that right. They are still doing it. The court also rules that the IRS has not established a reasonable expectation that the conduct will not reoccur, not eradicated the effects of the violation.

The case has been sent back to the district court for further proceedings.

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Fri Aug 05 13:07:20 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Paging Paul Ryan to the House Courtesy Phone please...

Paul Ryan writing in USA TodayWe shouldn’t be politicizing the Zika threat. We should be fighting it. From the start, the Republican-led Congress has made it a priority to enact smart measures and secure resources to protect the public.

Back in February, we urged the Obama administration to jumpstart this effort with existing resources. Eventually, officials came back to us and agreed to utilize $589 million, much of it already in the pipeline for Ebola response that could be easily re-directed. Yet to this day, hundreds of millions of dollars remain unspent. This is allocated money that the administration fully controls — money it seemingly refuses to spend.

Paul, it may surprise you to hear this, since you are an elected official of the government and therefore your existence is carefully maintained bubble of non-information, but Obama has already spent the Zika response money on climate change.

Paul Ryan writing in USA TodayRegardless, we have worked to make sure additional resources are in place if needed. In June, the House approved a plan that provides $1.1 billion in additional funding and includes critical steps — like spraying mosquitoes — to stop the spread of the disease.

Did the House bill remove the restrictions on DDT and fund a project to blanket the southern united states with it? No? Then it's not a serious threat and you're just wasting money.

His core point, though, is at least worth noting: the House has passed a bill, flawed as it is; the Senate has a weaker bill, but the Democrats are filibustering it. If you're severely concerned about Zika, you probably don't understand statistics. But you can at least take comfort in knowing who is blocking money and action on it.

Fri Aug 05 12:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Somali immigrant kills 1 and injures 6 in knife attack

Daily MailThis is the moment a mentally ill Norwegian of Somali origin was pinned to the ground after he murdered an American woman and injured five pedestrians on a knife rampage in Russell Square last night. The teenager, a Norwegian of Somali origin who came to Britain aged five, was arrested on suspicion of murder and he spent the night in hospital before being moved to a south London police station.

He may in fact be mentally ill by modern Western psychiatric standards. That doesn't mean he wasn't also an Islamic terrorist.

Fri Aug 05 11:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Texas Attorney General sues City of Austin over open carry laws

CBS AustinTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the City of Austin to bring it into compliance with the state's open carry laws.

In a statement Paxton says the lawsuit will require Austin to allow citizens to lawfully carry firearms in Austin City Hall.

"I will always make sure that governments do not trample on the Second Amendment rights of Texans," said Attorney General Ken Paxton, "and if they do, we will sue."

The really infuriating part is that the lawyers on both sides will be paid with tax dollars.

Fri Aug 05 10:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Czech president endorses armed populace

BreitbartSpeaking in an interview in the wake of a fortnight of terror attacks in Europe, the president of the Czech Republic has said the only solution to terrorism is removing the cause — deporting failed migrants — and has said in the meanwhile citizens need to be armed and ready to defend themselves and others.

Link above has autoplay video; sorry. But I agree with the sentiment. The only effective defense against terrorism is a armed populace. Even that's not perfect, but it's the best we can practically achieve, and it's sufficient when combined with a good (preemptive) offense against organizers and funders and a reasonably secure border.

Fri Aug 05 09:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bus firebombed in France by Islamic terrorists

Daily CallerAmerican media has been noticeably silent about the Molotov cocktail firebombing of a bus in Paris last week by a large gang which yelled ‘Allah Akbar.’

The attack happened just after midnight on July 28 in the Paris neighborhood of Saint-Denis. Video shows a roadblock stopping the bus in the street and then a group of young males proceeding to throw Molotov cocktails into the city bus. The bus bursts into flames and burns down into a metal hull.

How long before these people stop waiting for the passengers to get off the bus before they firebomb it?

Thu Aug 04 12:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DC delayed Tea Party applications at IRS

It wasn't so very long ago when we were told by the IRS and the FBI that it was the agents in Cincinnati who started pulling the Tea Party cases by name and ideology and created the IRS scandal, forcing the DC leadership to send a team of IRS agents to Cincinnati to "help out". Now, however, Judicial watch has uncovered documents from the FBI investigation that demonstrate what was really going on:

Judicial Watch Judicial Watch today released 105 pages of newly obtained Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) “302” documents revealing that, beginning in 2010 and lasting through the Obama reelection campaign in 2012, the Obama IRS orchestrated a deliberate policy of burying conservative groups’ tax exemption applications in bureaucratic delays. Interviews with numerous Cincinnati IRS employees in mid-2013 reveal that “Tea Party” group applications were automatically denied approval and assigned to a special “Group 7822” for an extended “inventory” process while waiting for decisions from IRS headquarters in Washington, DC. One IRS manager “asked why progressive cases were not segregated similar to the Tea Party cases, but she did not get any satisfactory answers.” FBI “302” documents are detailed narratives of FBI investigation interviews. The Obama Justice Department and FBI investigations into the Obama IRS scandal resulted in no criminal charges.

The imperative to slow down Tea Party applications came from DC, as did the actual implementation, and the intrusive questionaires, and everything else. That's the official FBI conclusion based on the evidence.

And that "oh shit" moment when a pencil flew across the wrong?

That's the sound of a guilty conscience when he knows he's caught.

Judicial WatchAccording to FBI interviews with Cincinnati agency employees, top Washington IRS officials issued directives making certain that no BOLO (Be on the Look Out) Tea Party applications could be put in the “merit closed” [ie, approved] bucket.

I suspect Judicial Watch has already issued the requisite FOIA requests to obtain those directives and who exactly sent them. This is the "orders from Washington" smoking gun that the media claimed was missing.

Thu Aug 04 11:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton took no security training while SecState

Daily CallerFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton completed no security briefings or courses on the proper handling of classified materials and how to conduct secure communications while at the Department of State, according to new Obama administration legal filings before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The surprise admission was released late Friday and could reignite the controversy over Clinton’s “careless” handling of classified materials as asserted by FBI Director James Comey, which has already been a central part of the presidential race.

The courses being discussed here are the basic, fundamental instruction in the legal protections required to access various levels of classified information. They are the same courses that would have explained why running your own email server for government communications is not just a really bad idea, but is actually against the law.

Thu Aug 04 10:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BATFE is in fact keeping a gun registration list

Daily CallerThe U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the go-to federal oversight agency, conducted an audit of ATF and found it does not remove certain identifiable information, despite the law explicitly mandating it do so. GAO conducted reviews for four data systems, and concluded at least two of ATF’s systems violated official protocols.

Will anything be done about this? Of course not. No charges, no firings, nothing.

And this is why gun owners won't trust any gun control law, or gun control advocate, with anything. They will lie about wanting to ban guns; they will lie about keeping lists of gun owners explicitly forbidden by law. That means the law is no defense. The only thing stopping the government from confiscating guns is the fact that the people have guns.

Thu Aug 04 09:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

North Dakota voter ID law blocked by the courts

ABC NewsA federal judge on Monday blocked North Dakota's voter identification law after a group of American Indians said it unfairly burdens them — the latest court ruling against voting laws that critics say disproportionately affect minorities.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland issued a temporary restraining order and criticized the state for its 2013 repeal of provisions that let people without valid IDs vote if someone vouched for them or if they signed an affidavit swearing they were a qualified voter.

If finding someone to vouch for you or signing an affidavit is enough to vote without an ID, rampant voter fraud is both inevitable and undetectable. Imagine a busload of people traveling from polling station to polling station, voting once at each one. Imagine hundreds or thousands of those buses running all over the single votes of honest citizens.

Wed Aug 03 12:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

It's time to send McCain to the glue factory...

Wed Aug 03 11:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

France shuts down 20 radical mosques

The AtlanticFrench authorities shut down 20 mosques and prayer halls they found to be preaching radical Islamic ideology since December, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Monday.

The thing is, it's not Constitutional to shut down all mosques or ban all muslims from the United States. It IS constitutional to investigate mosques preaching terrorism and shut down those who do, particularly when those mosques are linked to individuals who then conduct attacks. Hopefully, that is only a small fraction of mosques in the US. And similarly, it is constitutional (and wise!) to reject potential immigrants who pose a significant risk of becoming terrorists.

Wed Aug 03 10:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why can't Hillary stop lying?

The AtlanticThat is why Clinton’s advisers, senior Democrats, and members of the liberal media need to stop covering for Clinton. Stop repeating her spin. Stop spreading her lies. Stop enabling her worse angels. It’s too late for Clinton to come clean, but honorable Democrats should at least insist that she stop muddying the water.

Please, for the sake of the country, tell her: Stop lying.

That's coming from a Clinton supporter, begging her favored candidate to please stop being repugnant and corrupt.

To answer the question being asked: Hillary can't stop lying because lying is who she is. It's her nature.

Wed Aug 03 09:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

9 government employees charged in Flint water coverup

Legal InsurrectionIn April, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced felony charges against two Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials and one city official related to actions that lead to lead contamination of the Flint’s public drinking water.

Now, six more state employees have been charged.

Just because you put the government in charge of something doesn't mean the people within the government will necessarily act altruistically. In practice, it often produces the exact opposite, by placing public officials beyond accountability.

Tue Aug 02 12:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Reid admits to violating election law but government won't prosecute

Washington ExaminerThe Federal Election Commission, which considered legal action against former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for joking about fundraising, won’t punish Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid for admitting to violating an election law.

The reason: It’s not worth the effort.

There seems to be a very evident political bias in these decisions concerning prosecution for campaign law violations. Leave aside for the moment whether the rules are a good idea or a Constitutional law. Just look at the decisions. Lerner: Not prosecuted. Clintons: Not prosecuted (on many, many possible charges). All Democrats. But a left-wing prosecutor in Austin, TX goes on a revenge kick and invents something to charge a sitting Republican governor with a crime and take him out of the presidential primary. The same office charges the Republican speaker of the Texas House with campaign finance violations, ending his political career. Years later, with an expensive appeal, he is cleared of the charges. But where does he go to get his political career back?

Tue Aug 02 11:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Operation Choke Point is alive and well

HogueWe were just informed that Wells Fargo Bank would not do business with us, refusing to provide their services based on the fact that we manufacture “weapons” (aka knives). Incredibly, this refusal came after THEY initially pursued us to gain our business. Once we had decided to go with Wells Fargo, they then pulled the plug saying they could not provide their services since we manufacture weapons…Needless to say, we are shocked and confused – considering their logo is a stagecoach and driver with a shotgun too! We felt we needed to inform the firearm and knife community of this discriminatory stance Wells Fargo has taken.

The government keeps claiming they have stopped doing this, and yet new incidents keep showing up. I think they're still doing it.

Tue Aug 02 10:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bush advisor to vote for Clinton

CNNJeb Bush's top adviser, Sally Bradshaw, has left the Republican Party to become an independent, and says if the presidential race in Florida is close, she'll vote for Hillary Clinton.

This shouldn't surprise anyone who has been paying attention. The realignment appears to be real, even if Trump is an imperfect vessel for it.

Tue Aug 02 09:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gun control study cited by media is bunk

Fox NewsA much-heralded and widely cited study of 171 countries over nearly a half century purports to show more guns mean more mass shootings, but critics say the report uses bad methodology in a way that rigs the results.

More important than the bad methodology is the fact that the author of the study won't release either his detailed methodology or his data. Without the data, his work is worthless because it can't be independently replicated. Without the methodology, he can't even defend it in public.

The easiest and quickest ways to identity bunk science is to ask to see the data. If they won't give it to you, it's bunk.

How kind of Lankford to make the whole thing easy for us to reject.

Mon Aug 01 10:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hillary Clinton's lies about her email server

Patterico spells out each lie. This is not new information, but a useful collection in pointing out that Hillary is a fundamentally dishonest candidate.

Mon Aug 01 09:49:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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