A diversity visa terrorist

Thu Jan 18 12:42:34 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How's that space program coming along?

Meteor strikes earth near Detroit, causing earthquake.

Thu Jan 18 09:01:04 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senate barely passes FISA reauthorization

They got to 60 votes, but it took an hour and a half. The House passed its version last week.

It appears the FBI and NSA will be allowed to continue spying on Americans and using the intelligence they collect to influence presidential campaigns.

Wed Jan 17 10:58:22 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Illegal immigrants commit more crimes than citizens

Conservative ReviewA new report published by expert criminologist John Lott lays waste to the long-standing lie peddled by open-borders advocates that crime rates are low among illegal aliens. Part of the reason it has been so hard to prove conclusively what everyone sees in their communities is that most crime is dealt with at a state and local level, and most states don’t have uniform data on the immigration status of criminals processed through their systems. Lott is the famed author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” who now runs the Crime Prevention Research Center. Milton Friedman once said of John Lott that he “has few equals as a perceptive analyst of controversial public policy issues.”

This doesn't surprise me, and shouldn't surprise anyone, but it may nonetheless surprise quite a few scientists whose research funding relies on them not noticing it.

Wed Jan 17 09:48:23 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Stuff I didn't know about the anthrax attacks post 9-11

There is solid evidence they were also based in Islamic terrorism, and Meuller was the one who screwed up the investigation. To the point where he drove one man to suicide and rather than concede error, he closed the case and asserted that the non-dead man was the likely attacker.

I knew they never caught anyone for sure, that they chased after two Americans for the crime, and that at least one of them successfully sued. But the connections to the 9-11 hijackers and other links to islamic terror were successfully papered over.

Tue Jan 16 09:29:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More on the Vegas shooter...

Apparently, his girlfriend wasn't involved even though she helped him load the magazines. And police also believe he was sending emails to himself about firearms and accessories with phrases like "Try an ar before u buy. We have a huge selection. Located in the Las Vegas area." That's an email he sent to himself? That's nonsense; he didn't control both accounts. Or, if he claims he did, someone else also did and he was communicating with them.

The New York Times reports he had burner phones which suggests he was communicating with someone, if the email exchanges above weren't enough. (Hat tip to SayUncle).

Tue Jan 16 09:29:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Speaking of Russian Collusion...

It seems many environmental groups are taking Russian money to oppose extracting the natural energy resources of the United States. If Trump were actually a Russian agent, wouldn't he be supporting Russian interests by strengthening the EPA?

Tue Jan 16 09:29:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another fake hate crime

National PostAn 11-year-old girl’s claim that a scissors-wielding man approached her on the way to school and cut her hijab has turned out to be untrue, Toronto police said Monday as they closed their investigation into what was suspected to be a hate crime.

Why do these people feel like making up these attacks is beneficial to their cause? Don't worry, that's a rhetorical question. The real question is why they think they won't get caught, and damage their own cause.

Tue Jan 16 09:29:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About the privacy you don't have on social media...

Project VeritasClay Haynes: “There’s teams dedicated to it… at least, three or four hundred people… they’re paid to look at d*ck pics.”
Pranay Singh, Twitter Engineer, Says “All your sex messages… d*ck pics… like, all the girls you’ve been f*cking around with, they’re are on my server now…”
“Everything you send is stored on my server… You can’t [delete it], it’s already on my server.”

I remember when Congress managed to pass a law requiring video rental stores to respect the privacy of their customers. It's long past time for some Congressional action to enforce basic privacy norms of the social media giants.

Tue Jan 16 09:29:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is the GOPe about to betray their base on the budget?

Conversative ReviewBelieve it or not, GOP leaders don’t enjoy being in control of Congress. Although they like the increased power and pay-for-play inherent in being the majority party, they have a maniacal fear of responsibility on policy issues. That is because, unlike Democrats, GOP leaders don’t really believe in their campaign promises and are too scared to implement them. Which is why they always hide behind the filibuster as a reason for not fulfilling promises. And that is exactly why Mitch McConnell is now plotting to neutralize the one tool they have to pass good legislation with 51 votes.

If the GOP abandons one of the few tools they have and allows the filibuster to stop them from passing any policy initiatives at all while they hold all three necessary elements of government, it would be utterly pathetic and effective surrender. And so, probably only to be expected. The Democrats would never be so weak.

Fighting a political war where you only ever lose ground and never gain any back, much less advance into enemy territory, is a recipe for losing it.

Mon Jan 15 09:36:46 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that unbiased media...

Washington Post reporter fired for giving messaging strategy briefing to Soros conference. It's not that they don't have biases. It's that they try to hide them.

Mon Jan 15 09:36:46 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dossier author Steele is a socialist

American ThinkerThe claim that Steele was operating above politics is a joke. According to the British press, he was a socialist before working for British intelligence as a Russian expert – a career path that should stimulate skepticism, or at least curiosity, in a vigilant press. Steele was the perfect counterpart to John Brennan, who entered American intelligence after supporting the American Communist Party.

Well now, that puts a slightly different spin on those Russian sources, doesn't it? If those two were both Russian agents, reporting "information" from Russian intelligence officials to influence an American election..

Mon Jan 15 09:36:46 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Uranium One rollup begins with an arrest

The former president of a uranium transport company has been indicted for bribery and money laundering. This is the Uranium One scandal that happened under Obama; Russian corporations acquired control of 20% of the US uranium supply with the approval of Obama and Hillary. The Clintons received huge sums from many of the companies involved, some as personal speaking fees and some as donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Mon Jan 15 09:36:46 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Occasionally it is worth reminding people...

Mon Jan 15 09:36:46 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bradley Manning files to run for Senate in Maryland

He's running in the Democrat primary. What are his qualifications, aside from being confused about his gender and having committed treason? Well, in the Democrat primary, those are his qualifications.

Sun Jan 14 09:22:41 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

We still don't know the full story of the Vegas murderer

Ann CoulterI don't know what happened -- and, apparently, neither do the cops -- but it's kind of odd that we keep being told things that aren't true about the Las Vegas massacre, from the basic timeline to this weird insistence that Paddock made a good living at gambling.

The most likely explanation is that the reporters and investigators are incompetent nitwits. But the changing facts from law enforcement and preposterous lies from the press aren't doing a lot to tamp down alternative theories of the crime.

I don't know what Paddock's story is, but I'm pretty sure we're not being told the truth about it. I'm pretty sure he was not the only person in the room and I'm not even sure he was actually doing the shooting. His "suicide" was very convenient, and if you are going to kill yourself, putting the gun in your mouth does not seem like the way to do it.

So read Coulter's column and then run this scenario by your internal fact-checker: two Al Qaeada terrorists decide they want to buy some guns. They contact a guy who deals in black market firearms for criminals; lots of rifles intended for gang enforcers and the like, and who launders money through a video poker habit for tax purposes. They arrange a meet in Vegas on the day of the concert. They all show up in that specific suite of rooms and go over his inventory... and then the two terrorists shoot Paddock (one shot is easy to miss in a noisy environment). Maybe they think the security guard heard the shot, and so they shot up the hallway to keep him back, and then the concert to create chaos to escape in. Or maybe they planned all of it, except the guard, and had to rush things.

Doesn't that make a hell of a lot more sense than a man who was independently wealthy, had a girlfriend, and wasn't showing any particular signs of insanity or sudden religious conversion to islam just deciding to shoot up a concert?

UPDATRE: A few more tidbits in support.

Sat Jan 13 09:03:02 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

That's racist!

So, a professor holds a class he titled white racism, and when people predictably respond by complaining about being called racists, he gets campus police to stand guard outside the class. Pretty much business as usual. But when CNN writes an article about it, and includes a sampling of the alleged "racist threats" he received, they come up ... just a little short.

From all of the presumably normal and sane objections to his class, which is itself obviously an exercise in racism against white people, CNN pulled out the following examples:

CNN"Cancer(Stage 4) is what you and your family deserve for spreading hate, lies, & in tolerance." read one email.
"I would ask that you stop using the name Ted and Thornhill, as I feel you are using a cultural appropriation. Change it to Obongo Deviantray you racist pig," said another.
Others called him "a pitiful little boy," "a subhuman mongrel" and an "alt-left piece of sh*t."

I count exactly one "racial slur" from those examples, which are presumably the most offensive CNN could find. Calling the professor a "subhuman mongrel" is pretty racist. You could maybe stretch the use of "boy" into something racist. But the rest? They are just points of view he disagrees with. Mostly, they are calling him a racist and accusing him of inciting racism. Accurately.

The professor, and his explicitly racist hate speech, is disgusting. To the limited extent his critics offered racism in return, it is also disgusting... but far from unexpected. I see no threats of violence whatsoever ("I hope you get cancer" is not a threat), but perhaps those were withheld pending police investigation. (Given that the police posted armed guards outside the classroom rather than investigating the threats and arresting those who made them suggests that, perhaps, the police are part of the PR stunt).

Sat Jan 13 09:03:02 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Confirmed: Dossier used to obtain FISA warrant

Sara Carter
The unverified dossier alleging connections between President Trump’s campaign and the Russians was used as evidence by the FBI to gain approval from a secret court to monitor members of Trump’s team, this reporter has learned.
Multiple sources told this reporter that the dossier was used along with other evidence to obtain the warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as FISC. The sources also stressed that there will be more information in the coming week regarding systemic “FISA abuse.”

“(The dossier) certainly played a role in obtaining the warrant,” added another senior U.S. official, with knowledge of the dossier. “Congress needs to look at the FBI officials who were handling this case and see what, if anything, was verified in the dossier. I think an important question is whether the FBI payed [sic] anything to the source for the dossier.”

On Wednesday, Sean Hannity said he has also independently confirmed that the dossier was used to obtain the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant from three separate sources.

(Emphasis mine)

People need to see the inside of a jail cell for this.

Fri Jan 12 11:20:50 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did Fusion GPS have full access to the FBI and NSA intel on Trump?

Conservative Treehouse claims to have received a tip that they did. That SOMEONE did (an "external contractor") is backed up by a declassified FISA court ruling on 702 access.

Fri Jan 12 11:02:48 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House votes to renew NSA spying

The HillIn a victory for the Trump administration, the House on Thursday approved legislation to renew government surveillance powers while voting down new limits on how authorities can use the information that is collected.

Just a few hours before the vote, President Trump roiled the waters by sending out a tweet that appeared to contradict his own administration’s opposition to the changes, which were offered by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.).

I was hoping that Trump, as a personal victim of this practice, might push for changes. And for a moment, he did. And then someone got to him.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

UPDATE: More details on the issue. The way these renewals seem to pop up by surprise make it hard to mobilize opposition. Maybe I can figure out when the next one is due and set a calendar reminder or something...

Fri Jan 12 11:02:44 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter admits to mass-banning god, guns, and america

Daily PunditTwitter direct messaging engineer Pranay Singh admitted to mass-banning accounts that express interest in God, guns, and America, during a Project Veritas investigation.

I guess I'm too small to bother with. Or maybe I'm too small to bother with because they banned me. Chicken, egg.

UPDATE: Upon further reflection, it strikes me that this is dangerously close to fraud. It's not financial fraud, since people don't pay to use basic twitter, but it's fraud in that people are being enticed to interact with twitter and spend time on the site. The return people expect for that is attention to the content they produce. If twitter has instead shadowbanned you, you're still interacting with their site since you don't know any better. But no one can see your content, so you're not getting your part of the deal.

It seems like there's the kernel of a lawsuit there, somewhere. Maybe a class-action for everyone who was shadowbanned? Or maybe just Roger Stone and Milo Yiannopoulos and Charles Johnson.

Fri Jan 12 11:02:41 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Your privacy is not safe with social media

Not even if you are the President. Of course, you should have known that already -- so this is more about confirming the bias of the major social media platforms. When they are both biased and play such a large role in our lives, that's dangerous.

Also, there's this little tidbit:

Project Veritas“…he’s dangerous, I don’t like him and he’s a terrible human being and I want to get rid of him,” the self-described bleeding-heart liberal Haynes says in the video about President Trump. “In fact, we had internal reviews about that…”

This was a Project Veritas sting, which means someone probably called up Twitter and pretended to be law enforcement or part of Meuller's team to see what Twitter would do in response. They got someone who joined Twitter right before the election (so, hasn't been there very long). Not necessarily much of a story, it might just be him speaking off the cuff. Except... "we had internal reviews about that."

So people at Twitter, not just this guy, are thinking seriously about acting on this anti-Trump viewpoint.

Twitter Responds to Project VeritasThe individual depicted in this video was speaking in a personal capacity and does not represent or speak for Twitter. Twitter only responds to valid legal requests, and does not share any user information with law enforcement without such a request.

So Twitter's response is as predicted, claiming the man is speaking only for himself. But we had internal reviews about that. And, frankly, even if Haynes was just sharing his internal dialog about what he would be willing to do to look at President Trump's DMs... does Twitter have any internal safeguards to prevent Haynes from indulging his curiousity and abusing his authority as an admin and looking it up himself?

I have to assume Trump is smart enough to know this and treat his use of Twitter with the utter lack of seriousness it deserves, unlike, say, Anthony Weiner.

Thu Jan 11 09:59:24 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How Trump should deliver his state of the union speech

I saw a suggestion that Trump should deliver it via Twitter.

That would be fine, but he should also deliver a huge IMAX screen to the joint session of Congress, which will display Trump larger-than-life while he live-tweets his speech. During all the pomp and circumstance while the Democrats plan their disruptive activities, the pre-show should consist of The Gorilla Channel as reported by Michael Wolf.

Thu Jan 11 09:59:24 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Google's new fact check

As predicted, it's not a useful way to identify actual fake sites trying to promote actual fake news. Instead, it's an attempt to discredit and disqualify sites that point out facts that liberals don't like. Given that Google has recently been revealed as employing a "plural being" who sexually identifies as a "yellow-scaled wingless dragonkin" and (non-sexually?) "an expansive ornate building", Google's relationship to facts outside the context of their search algorithm seems... iffy. Still, I'm sure they do a very good job in human resources, or some other job that I sincerely hope has no connection to objective reality.

The first link above is to the discussion of the issue at Power Line, a conservative blog first made famous by its near-instant exposure of Dan Rather's attempted "October surprise" memo concerning Bush's military service as a manufactured fake.

Those who are ignorant of history are condemned to look like fools before those who are not.

Thu Jan 11 09:59:24 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Anti-Gun investigation falls short

Judicial WatchAn investigation requested by two fierce anti-gun members of Congress to determine if firearms are purchased illegally from internet dealers has come up empty. Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren demanded the probe in the aftermath of mass shootings and the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), conducted a lengthy covert operation to try to purchase firearms illegally from internet dealers.

All 72 of Congressional investigators’ attempts to purchase a firearm illegally via the surface web were unsuccessful, slamming Cummings’ and Warren’s claims that guns are easily obtained by criminal elements on the internet. “All of our attempts to purchase firearms from private sellers on the surface web were unsuccessful,” the GAO writes in an extensive report. “Our covert testing involving GAO agents attempting to purchase firearms illegally on the Surface Web were unsuccessful. Specifically, private sellers on Surface Web gun forums and in classified ads were unwilling to sell a firearm to our agents that self-identified as being prohibited from possessing a firearm.” Most of the sellers refused to complete a transaction once the undercover investigator revealed either a shipping address across state lines or a prohibition by law from owning firearms. Five of the vendors went so far as to freeze the undercover GAO accounts, preventing agents from using forums and attempting to make a purchase.

The report makes interesting distinction between the "surface web" (normal websites) where all their attempts to obtain firearms were unsuccessful, and the "dark web" (presumably tor-anonymized websites already known for illegal content like drugs). All their attempts to obtain a firearm illegally through normal websites failed. In other words, normal fireamrs owners follow the law and sell legally, even when using the various internet sites available for buying and selling firearms online.

And criminals, who know they are criminals, set up their storefronts elsewhere and do not follow the law.

Wed Jan 10 09:38:35 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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