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Florida open carry fishing expedition arrested at gunpoint

There's video of 25 minutes from the arrest. You can't see much but you can hear a fair bit. Original story and a followup. The followup indicates that the police chief was warned ahead of time in an attempt to avoid exactly this problem.

Lawsuits seem likely.

Tue Jun 26 13:18:44 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller obtains communications from Blackwater founder Erik Prince

The HillSpecial counsel Robert Mueller has acquired the communications of Blackwater founder Erik Prince, ABC News reported Monday.

“As Mr. Prince told the Daily Beast he has spoken voluntarily with Congress and also cooperated completely with the special counsel’s investigation, including by providing them total access to his phones and computer,” a spokesperson for Prince told ABC.

There were reports at one point in the election cycle that Erik Prince was asked to set up some sort of communication channel between Trump and the Russians. As I recall, he denied it at the time and still is.

The HillMueller is reportedly probing several 2017 meetings that occurred in Seychelles during the time period Prince met with a Russian banker there.

Last month, The New York Times reported that Prince organized a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that included Donald Trump Jr. and Lebanese-American businessman George Nader. During that meeting, Nader reportedly said the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia wanted to aid Trump in his bid for the White House.

So, was Nader another FBI spy? Even if he was conveying a sincere offer from those governments, it's not illegal for foreign governments to offer their support to a candidate. There are ways to support a candidate (primarily through favorable press) that are legal, although certain other things -- like paying a foreign national for information on your political opponent -- are not. No one has alleged Trump has done anything specific and illegal relating to the Russians, the United Arab Emirates, or Saudi Arabia. It's just this vague cloud of "collusion".

Tue Jun 26 13:18:38 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Snark at the expense of accuracy

The Conservative TreehouseThis has to be one of the single funniest French retorts in the history of commerce. If President Trump follows through on auto tariffs, France will strike back. Let that sink in.

Oh noes,… your next Peugeot, Citroen or Renault purchase might cost more. D’oh.

I hate to say it, because usually this guy is pretty good (and if you read his full post, his point is made a little better), but the quote above is exactly wrong.

If the US places tariffs on imports of vehicles from the EU (targeting German cars -- BMW, Volkswagon, etc), that will raise the price of those cars in the US. It would also raise the price of Peugeot, Citroen, or Renault vehicles. (No one would care because in the US those brands are almost nonexistent).

However, if the EU -- including the French -- put tariffs in place, those tariffs would not raise the price of French cars in America. They would raise the price of American cars in France, ie, Chevrolet, Ford, and so on. Do our car manufacturers sell a lot of American cars to France? I don't know, but common sense tells me that if French cars suck, our cars might do well. And, of course, the French will have no tariffs in place against German cars.

That's the threat. It has nothing to do with raising the price of French cars in the US.

It might still make sense to raise our tariffs and try to negotiate them back down. I don't know what the trade balance and current tax structures are like. But our tariffs would be targeting the popular German cars, and theirs would be targeting our popular American brands.

Tue Jun 26 12:18:44 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Burned animal carcass found on porch

Washington TimesThe Department of Homeland Security is warning employees to stay on alert after a senior official reportedly found a burned animal carcass at his Washington residence.

The acting deputy secretary of homeland security issued a memo Saturday warning staffers that “there may be a heightened threat” against them amid a national outcry over separated immigrant families at the border, CBS News reported.

“This assessment is based on specific and credible threats that have been levied against certain DHS employees and a sharp increase in the overall number of general threats against DHS employees — although the veracity of each threat varies,” Claire M. Grady said. “In addition, over the last few days, thousands of employees have had their personally identifiable information publically [sic] released on social media.”

In another post, the Washington Times asked is violence next?

Clearly, violence is already here. We've moved from violent protests to mob stalking and dead animals on porches in the space of a single week, and we've already had a politically motivated mass shooting of Congressmen not all that long ago.

The Washington Post warns that liberal hostility to Trump aides could galvanize GOP base.

I say: too late.

And isn't it funny how the Washington Posts' response to calls for violence from Democrat legislators combined with actual violence and threats of violence from Democrat activists is... gosh you should stop because it might help the Republicans politically. Nothing about civil debate, the right to free speech, or even the right to live peacefully. No, it goes right to the left's desire for violence, their desire to impose their will upon people who see themselves as free.

Tue Jun 26 12:18:38 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More information on the House IT Awan investigation

Daily CallerA top aide to Democrat Rep. Yvette Clarke told Capitol Hill investigators she believed the New York congresswoman’s chief of staff, Shelley Davis, was working with IT aide Abid Awan to steal equipment from the congressional office.
Clarke “wrote off” one-tenth of her annual budget after $120,000 in equipment could not be located.
She did not mention it publicly and waited to fire Abid until House officials approached her about it months later. Davis no longer works there, but has not been arrested.

It sounds like there was a lot of theft involved in this ring, along with likely exfiltration of data for espionage purposes, and possibly blackmail to keep it quiet judging by how desperately certain House members are trying to cover it up. Why this hasn't gotten more attention I have no idea.

Tue Jun 26 11:18:44 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ misses another document deadline

LifezetteCongressional investigators are "going to have floor action this week" if Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI officials fail to turn over the remaining subpoenaed documents by Friday, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said Monday on "The Ingraham Angle."

Floor action could be a vote on contempt, or even impeachment.

Investor's Business Daily"A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said Saturday that the department (of Justice) has partially complied with subpoenas from the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees after officials turned over more than a thousand new documents this week," the Associated Press reported.

Partially complying just isn't good enough. FBI and DOJ are slow-walking this as much as they possibly can, dribbling out bits and pieces to give the appearance of cooperation while holding back the things that are the most damaging, or that would reveal new threads to investigate.

Tue Jun 26 11:18:38 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A new censorship vector and a way to stifle competition all in one

NBCNewsTech leaders and digital rights activists in Europe have expressed dismay over new rules they say could change the open nature of the internet forever — and potentially kill meme culture.

They have been fighting against Article 13 of the proposed E.U. Copyright Directive, which would place responsibility for enforcing copyright law on websites and platforms, rather than individuals.

It would mean that any website or platform that allows users to post images, footage, sound or code would have to use content recognition technologies — branded "censorship machines" by critics — to filter out just about anything that infringes on a copyright, and either prevent the platform from uploading or push it to seek licenses.

Leaving aside the issue of censorship, this would be the end of websites or phone apps that are run by startups or individuals. It would strangle innovation, at least until some enterprising tech giant set up a "copyright service" available at low cost to startups and small websites. And once that "copyright service" was in place, well, suddenly it has market power that it can leverage, and that the government will leverage for censorship.

Tue Jun 26 10:18:44 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump has a plan to reorganize government

Investor's Business DailyWhile the mainstream media fixated on First Lady Melania Trump's fashion choice, the Trump administration unveiled the most sweeping government reorganization plan in history. It deserves far more attention than it will get.

Among other things, the ambitious plan, put together by budget director Mick Mulvaney, would merge the departments of Education and Labor to one cabinet-level agency called the Department of Education and the Workforce. It would also consolidate multiple programs scattered across the government and put them where they make the most sense.

In other words, it would do what private businesses do constantly. They rethink and reorganize operations to maximize efficiency, eliminate redundancies, improve decision making, and cut costs.

The reorganization plan makes sense. But it's likely that it would have to be enacted by Congress, which never does anything that makes sense.

Tue Jun 26 10:18:38 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A motive for Rice's stand down order

Front Page MagThere was no reason to interfere with the Russian interference. Obama and his people did not believe that the Russians would significantly affect the election. But if his efforts to eavesdrop on Trump officials came to light, the Russians had provided him with an alibi. Susan Rice, as national security adviser, was at the center of the eavesdropping effort and had every reason to protect the Russian operation.

Protecting the Russians also protected the Obamas.

That's part of it, I'm sure. The Russian attempts at interference were both alibi and excuse.

It would, I think, be quite instructive for someone at CIA, NSA, or FBI to look into what the Russians tried during past elections. Were their efforts new or something they had attempted in the past? Did they try harder than before, or less hard?

I suspect the Russians treat interfering in the US elections as a hobby, and probably have done it every 2 or 4 years, regular as clockwork, and I doubt the last election was anything special. Except, well, they had Clinton who was willing and eager to pay them for lies about Trump, and Obama, who needed an excuse to spy on Trump.

I suspect the only unusual thing about 2016 was that they had an American candidate and an American administration willing to play along.

Tue Jun 26 09:18:44 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Violence is already here

The Washington Times asks is violence next? They are responding to events at the Red Hen restaurant, where a Trump administration official was refused service, along with similar incidents in the past week. But the fact is, if you open that time window a little further, you realize violence is already here: premeditated attack by a committed Democrat volunteer on the Republican baseball team and the attack on Republican Senator Rand Paul by his neighbor, among many, many others. We are facing violence from within and at the same time, a potential invasion on our southern border.

So, yeah, violence is already here. So far, it's isolated pockets and intimidation under the guise of protest or riot. But I have a fear it is going to get worse before it gets better, particularly if the Mueller coup attempt fails to gain traction after the midterms.

Tue Jun 26 09:18:38 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Racial Politics and the FBI

Mon Jun 25 10:39:30 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ still stonewalling Congressional document requests

Washington Times“New reports of DOJ/FBI compliance with document requests are NOT accurate. While they have turned over additional documents, the new documents represent a small percentage of what they owe,” Mr. Meadows tweeted. “The notion that DOJ/FBI have been forthcoming with Congress is false,” he continued.

Goodlatte says there is a 5pm deadline for DOJ and FBI officials to turn over more documents.

Mon Jun 25 09:25:40 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Supreme Court rules 5-4 for digital privacy

CNetThe US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of digital privacy.

In a 5-4 decision on Friday, the justices said police need warrants to gather phone location data as evidence for trials. That reversed and remanded a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Carpenter v. United States is the first case about phone location data that the Supreme Court has ruled on. That makes it a landmark decision regarding how law enforcement agencies can use technology as they build cases. The court heard arguments in the case on Nov. 29.

Roberts voted with the usual crew of leftists, which is actually rather disappointing. Privacy should be a bipartisan issue, and adhering to the Fourth Amendment in particular should appeal to the justices on the right. I'm not sure what to make of this.

Sun Jun 24 14:22:10 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A persuasive argument

Andrew McCarthy argues, persuasively, that if the IG report gives the benefit of the doubt to the figures in the DOJ and FBI, Mueller must also give the same benefit of the doubt to Trump -- and that would shut down the special counsel's investigation.

He's right, but it won't matter, because Mueller is on a witch hunt for the Deep State. He won't stop until he writes his report asking the House to impeach Trump, because he's just as politically biased as the actors in the IG report -- most of whom also participated in his investigation.

Sun Jun 24 13:22:16 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Socialist calls for burning down the opposition's tent

Daily CallerFlorida International University student Andy Vila, chairman of a Young Democratic Socialists of America chapter, delivered a speech about fighting capitalism, conservative values, and President Trump, who he deems a “fascist.”

During the “How to Fight Fascism and the Right” spiel, Vila posed the question, “Now that I know how Right-wingers will act, how can I smash them?”

“We were like, ‘Okay, guys, so these guys are gonna spread their BS message on our campus, what do we do? We obviously can’t burn down their tent, as much as we want to, because that’s a bad thing I guess.'”

This sort of hateful advocacy of violence is (and probably should remain) legal, but should also be heavily criticized and denied an audience by responsible organizations. Those who call for violence against their political opponents should be lonely, solitary voices lacking in support, platform, or audience.

Unfortunately, we're seeing increasing calls for violence from people with support and with audiences, including this young socialist idiot.

Some would stop and ask whether the typical response to calls to confiscate firearms ("Molon Labe!", meaning, "Come and take them!", a reference to the last stand of the Spartans at Thermopylae) is a call for violence. It is, but it is a call for violence in defense of self and fundamental rights, and it occurs in the context of defending the principles of the nation's founding. Governments which attempt to confiscate guns violate the 2nd Amendment and the contract that grants them their powers.

The difference between violence in righteous self defense and just burning down the tent of the political opposition because you hate them and want to smash them is vast.

Sun Jun 24 13:22:10 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Supreme Court rules 5-4 for allowing states to tax internet sales

Legal InsurrectionThe Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling that did not split on traditional ideological lines, upheld South Dakota’s ability to require that out-of-state internet sellers collect state sales tax on goods sold into South Dakota. The case involved the internet retailer Wayfair and South Dakota.

The case is being misrepresented in many media reports as involving whether states can tax internet sales. They can, and that was not in issue. The issue was whether states can force internet retailers to collect the sales tax and turn those proceeds over to the state.

The Court overruled prior holdings that required a physical presence, ruling that such a physical requirement rule was developed prior to the internet as we know it today. the Kennedy opinion is joined by Thomas, Alito, Ginsburg, and Gorsuch. Thomas and Gorsuch have concurring opinions. Roberts dissented, joined by Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.

In practical terms, this means businesses will be required to remain up to date on tax laws in 50 states (and what about cities, counties, and localities that have their own sales taxes)? That's going to be impossible for small businesses to keep up with, but large businesses will be able to handle it without any problems. And what about infamous targeted taxes, like those Seattle has placed on firearms? Yet another point of complexity.

This change strikes me as very bad policy.

Legally, I vaguely remember when Congress used the commerce clause to place a moratorium on sales taxes over the internet. Congress, of course, is the right entity to make those calls on interstate commerce, while sales taxes are appropriate for intrastate commerce. Did that get changed when I wasn't looking? I suppose it must have.

Sun Jun 24 12:22:16 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Can you work for DOJ and participate in mob harassment?

Daily CallerOne of the activists who chased Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen out of a Mexican restaurant Tuesday night over the Trump administration’s immigration policies is an employee of the Department of Justice, The Daily Caller News Foundation has confirmed.

Members of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America crashed Nielsen’s meal with a demonstration full of chants and other outbursts.

One of those participants, Allison Hrabar, actually works for the Trump administration — as a paralegal in the DOJ.

Right now it looks like you can.

Sun Jun 24 12:22:10 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

United and American Airlines refuse to transport children back home

Ace of Spades quoting Fox NewsUnited Airlines joined American Airlines in telling the federal government to "immediately refrain" from using its planes to transport children who have been separated from their families who crossed the US-Mexico border.

Like many other US airlines, American has contracts with the federal government that allow authorities to use its planes to provide for certain travel. For example, the company said it has "carried refugees for non-profits and the government."

"We have no desire to be associated with separating families, or worse, to profit from it," the company said in a statement Wednesday. "We have every expectation the government will comply with our request and we thank them for doing so."

Funny thing about contracts, they aren't really supposed to be optional once you have agreed to something. The other funny thing about contracts is that they often have penalty clauses.

Exercise those clauses and use the money to build the wall.

Sun Jun 24 11:22:16 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How threatening tariffs leads to free trade

InstapunditTheir proposal, people familiar with the situation say, is simple: Abandon all import tariffs for cars between the European Union and the U.S.

That would mean scrapping the EU’s 10% tax on auto imports from the U.S. and other countries and the 2.5% duty on auto imports in the U.S. As a prerequisite, the Europeans want Mr. Trump’s threat of imposing a 25% border tax on European auto imports off the table.

Threatening tariffs as a negotiating position makes a lot of sense when working towards both free and fair trade, even if tariffs themselves are economically inefficient.

Sun Jun 24 11:22:10 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Were FBI 302 interview records modified?

Fox NewsThe FBI may have "edited and changed" key witness reports in the Hillary Clinton and Russia investigations, a top House Republican charged in a hearing into FBI and Justice Department misconduct Tuesday.

I've seen that alleged multiple times, but we don't know any details, and as far as I know it wasn't in the report. He says his office intends to follow up on that matter. That's fine for Michael Flynn (who is another case of alleged modified 302s) but what about the allegations that the 302s from the Clinton case were either modified after the fact or carefully sanitized by agents as they were written? How can he follow up on that matter if he has already written his report on the Clinton email case?

Also, just as an aside: it's shameful and borderline suspicious that the FBI relies on notes from agents rather than recording their interviews.

Fox NewsFreedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C, also raised the possibility that the FBI misled the DOJ watchdog in an attempt to hide the identities of FBI employees who were caught sending anti-Trump messages.

Believe it or not, that's not referring to the likely attempts from Strzok to hide his embarrassing promise to stop Trump. It's referring to another pair of lawyers who haven't gotten much attention yet.

Fox NewsIn a dramatic moment, Meadows then directly asked Horowitz whether two anonymous FBI employees identified as making anti-Trump statements in the IG's report were named Kevin Clinesmith and Sally Moyer.

Horowitz refused to confirm the employees' identities, which the FBI has declined to publicly reveal, citing the supposed sensitivity of their counterintelligence matters.

Public accountability demands we know who they are, so we can demand they be removed from any investigations where their bias might influence the results.

Sun Jun 24 10:22:16 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IG investigating Comey

The BlazeMichael Horowitz, the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, revealed that former FBI Director James Comey’s actions were under investigation on the recommendation of the agency that he used to lead.
Why is Comey being investigated?

Horowitz said that the FBI had recommended that he investigate Comey’s handling of memos documenting his conversations with President Donald Trump. Comey had shared some of these memos with a law professor friend, knowing that his friend would pass them along to The New York Times. Some of the memos had contained classified information.

Judging by what happened with the Clinton email IG report, we may need a special counsel. That report laid out the facts, and then refused to recommend any significant corrective action. Comey's leaking likely needs significant corrective action.

Sun Jun 24 10:22:10 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Car accident injures Trump supporter who just won primary

Conservative TreehouseSouth Carolina lawmaker Katie Arrington, who defeated U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., in the Republican primary for his seat last month, was seriously injured in a fatal car accident on Friday night.

Campaign adviser Michael Mule said that Arrington, 47, a state representative, was on her way to Hilton Head, South Carolina, for a Saturday morning event when another car, which was driving in the wrong lane, struck her vehicle head on.

The timing seems a little suspicious. I don't want to jump to conclusions, but I hope this is thoroughly investigated.

Sun Jun 24 09:22:16 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

10 more questions about the Weiner laptop

Daily CallerPeter Strzok and the Trump-hating key players in the Clinton email “investigation” were already well into crafting and leaking the Trump-Russia collusion narrative.

Then, the unthinkable happened.

Only a few hours after the New York office of the FBI took possession of the Weiner laptop, on September 26, 2016, the FBI computer expert discovered it contained more than 140,000 emails involving Hillary Clinton. They were from multiple domain names: State.gov, Clintonemail.com, ClintonFoundation.org, HillaryClinton.com and Blackberry devices. The agent had what he told the inspector general was an “oh shit moment” — recognizing that he had found evidence important to the most important investigation — and he immediately reported it up the chain.

Of course, the DC office was determined to ignore it.

Sun Jun 24 09:22:10 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Paul Manafort imprisoned until trial

Washington ExaminerHarvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said it was “obnoxious to our Constitution” to put former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort behind bars prior to a trial.

“He has never been convicted of anything. He is as innocent as you and I,” Dershowitz said in an interview on MSNBC on Friday. “And the idea of locking somebody up before a trial is so obnoxious to our Constitution that every civil libertarian should be up in arms. What they can do if they think that he’s tampering with witnesses is: They can subject him to home arrest, take away his computer … they can have all kinds of restrictions, but the idea of putting somebody in jail before they’ve been convicted is an enactment of civil liberties.”

The comments come after Manafort was taken to a federal jail on Friday after U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson revoked his current bail that permitted him out on house arrest and after he pleaded not guilty to charges of obstruction. He will stay at the federal jail until his trial in September.

I won't defend Manafort, other than to say I don't trust Mueller to fairly characterize his actions or his situation. This strikes me as another pressure tactic to coerce a guilty plea (just to get it all over with) and cooperation against Trump. These tactics are despicable in what amounts to a simple civil case, and doubly so because they are being transparently applied in service of political ends.

Sat Jun 23 16:42:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Former police officer charged with making threats against Trump

Washington ExaminerA Tennessee man has been charged with two counts of making threats against the president, the Justice Department announced Thursday night.

According to the DOJ, 37-year-old Andrew Long Ryan of Greenbrier, Tenn., was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in regard to a string of threatening social media messages he posted on May 28 and 29, while President Trump was visiting Nashville.

Ryan, a former Bowling Green police officer, wrote "Death is coming,” on Facebook and tweeted that he "will kill Donald Trump if you don’t follow my leaders lead."

I wonder who his leaders are?

Washington ExaminerEarlier in 2018, a Utah man was indicted on 11 charges of threatening to kill the president during Trump's visit to Salt Lake City.

33-year-old Travis Luke Dominguez alerted the Unified Police Department of the Greater Salt Lake of his threat himself, writing via their tip line he "woke up and decided to kill the president Donald Trump today."

"Please forgive me and then I will die by suicide by cop," he continued before doubling down on killing "the sexist, racist, homophobic President Trump today."

"Nothing you can do to save President Trump nor stop me pigs," he wrote and threatened to harm any police officers who might try to stop him.

The media freakout has consequences.

Sat Jun 23 16:42:45 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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