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About those law enforcement failures...

Pawpaw's placeOver the course of my career, I arrested a lot of goblins for firearms possession. I'd arrest immediately on a violation of parole, then refer the offense to the District Attorney to see if he wanted to press new charges for Poss Firearm by Convicted Felon.

The parolee would always be sent back on my violation, but I never once had a DA file new charges based on my report. It seemed like it would be a pretty easy slam-dunk, but no DA ever took the bait. Go figure.

And (lack of) enforcement policies like that ensure criminals don't take gun laws seriously. If you're not even going to enforce them on easy cases to add another 10 years for felon in possession, why bother having them on the books at all?

Sat Jun 23 15:42:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Andrew McCarthy examines the assumptions in the IG report

National ReviewDespite the sprawl of Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz’s 568-page report on the Clinton-emails investigation, there is precious little discussion of the most important issue: The Justice Department and FBI’s rationale for declining to prosecute Hillary Clinton. I believe this is intentional. The inspector general’s message is: “Despite pervasive political bias and investigative irregularities, which I have comprehensively documented, rest assured that nothing too terrible happened here.”

That silver-lining version of this dark spectacle could not have survived a searching analysis of the decision not to indict.

But they won't have to, because the media has already moved on.

Sat Jun 23 15:42:45 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Vicious, murderous scum

Daily Pundit (Steve F)Less-PC and less-bullshit summary: Disgusting mohammedan animal, dissatisfied with living the good life with no effort on his part, murdered a Swedish girl by cutting off her head and stabbing her 130 times. He also repeatedly stabbed her sister, but she played dead after a couple stabs so he didn’t finish her off. The animal expressed no remorse for what he did, but justified it by saying he thought one of the girls made a racist remark.

He learned from the left that saying your enemies are racists will excuse anything.

Sat Jun 23 14:42:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The illegal alien children panic is a distraction

PJMediaThat it has been miraculously discovered -- despite having been going on for decades -- that children are being temporarily incarcerated on the border is a perfect example of that. It's no accident this surfaced at the moment the FBI is under fire for the Clinton email investigation and the possibility the organization sought to sabotage the presidency of Donald Trump.

Yep. The Dems had enough warning of the IG report's timing to have a plan for distracting people from it, and this was it. It doesn't have to be an official conspiracy throughout all the media; it just needs a few people with a lot of media contacts to start a topic cascade, and a near-universal desire to avoid talking about something that hurts Democrats.

Sat Jun 23 14:42:45 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Millions in day-care scam dollars leaving from Minnesota

Judicial WatchYears after Judicial Watch exposed the Obama administration’s special behind-the-scenes tours for Somali Muslims at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, millions of dollars in cash are being smuggled weekly from the facility to the Middle East. Some of the money is being funneled to a region of Somalia that is controlled by the Al Shabaab terrorist group, according to a disturbing months-long investigation conducted by a national media outlet. “These cloak-and-dagger scenarios now happen almost weekly at MSP,” the probe found. “The money is usually headed to the Middle East, Dubai and points beyond. Sources said last year alone, more than $100 million in cash left MSP in carry-on luggage.” The investigation is based on public records and nearly a dozen government sources with direct knowledge of the scheme.

We're paying them to try to kill us.

Sat Jun 23 13:42:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cohen signaling for financial help?

CNNDonald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen has signaled to friends that he is "willing to give" investigators information on the President if that's what they are looking for, and is planning on hiring a new lawyer to handle a possible indictment from federal prosecutors.
"He knows a lot of things about the President and he's not averse to talking in the right situation," one of Cohen's New York friends who is in touch with him told CNN. "If they want information on Trump, he's willing to give it."
Cohen is planning to hire Guy Petrillo, a former chief of the criminal division of the US attorney's office in Manhattan and an experienced trial lawyer, a source familiar confirmed. The source said all the paperwork and retainer may not have been finalized just yet.

A couple things come to mind here. First, the source is CNN, which make it suspicious -- both in general and specifically because they have a history of (probably deliberately) screwing up stories about Trump. Second, CNN cites anonymous sources, another red flag.

I figure this is either a false leak intended to make the President nervous, or if accurate, a vaguely threatening plea for help from Cohen, who is likely facing financial trouble after the police raids (which would, of course, dry up his legal business -- as undoubtedly known and intended).

Sat Jun 23 13:42:45 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Understanding the FBI investigation

American ThinkerThe hang-up was this: To get a FISA warrant you need more than just a Preliminary Investigation; you need a Full Investigation, and that whole process can take months. In fact, the FBI didn't get its Full Investigation until the end of July, basically 3 months after the NSA pulled the plug on them. What could the FBI do in the meantime as a stopgap? D. Manny is arguing that the FBI made use of another investigative technique that's authorized under a PI: consensual monitoring, i.e., consensual recording of conversations, "wearing a wire." So the meaning of the cryptic Strzok/Page text becomes clear as a complaint or lament:

We had the full run of NSA data and now, thanks to Mike Rogers, we're reduced to consensual monitoring -- a far more cumbersome and less productive method, in the circumstances.

This is the context in which we need to view the June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump, Jr., and Paul Manafort from the Trump campaign and a group headed by the dodgy Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Recall how that meeting went down. Veselnitskaya had claimed to have "dirt" on Hillary but​,​ when she turned up at Trump Tower, instead of dishing the "dirt" she kept yammering about the Magnitsky Act sanctions. I suggest that what was going on was an attempt by Veselnitskaya to elicit from the Trump campaign an offer of a quid pro quo -- an offer to act on or reconsider sanctions against Russia in exchange for the previously promised "dirt" on Hillary. I really can't see any other way to understand that meeting and Veselnitskaya's behavior, and any hint of a quid pro quo of any sort would have served the purpose.

Fortunately, Don Jr. didn't bite, and instead terminated the meeting. If he had discussed or hinted at a possible quid pro quo of any sort that could have spelled the end of the Trump campaign -- especially if the meeting had been the subject of consensual monitoring, was recorded using one or several techniques.

Makes sense to me. I wonder if there's a tape of that conversation sitting in an FBI evidence room somewhere?

Sat Jun 23 12:42:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About peaceful, crime-free, gun-free Europe...

BBCThe devices are easily obtained, says Reine Bergland of Stockholm police. They can be bought from gangs for just a couple of hundred Swedish kroner (about £20).

“Sometimes when they buy weapons they get grenades as part of the deal. They throw in a couple of hand grenades, so to speak.”

The rise in possession of hand grenades – mainly unused stock from the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s – has come to symbolise Sweden’s heated debate about violent crime as it heads towards an election in September.

That can't be true. Grenades are illegal in Europe.

Hat tip to Never Yet Melted

Sat Jun 23 12:42:45 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Almost a thousand casualties from terrorist refugees

Free BeaconNearly 1,000 people were injured or killed in terrorist attacks involving refugees over a four-year span, with Germany facing the highest number of terror plots, according to a new Heritage Foundation report published Monday.

Data collected from the 194 terrorist plots detected across Europe between January 2014 and December 2017...

That's a lot of dead people from Merkel's virtue signaling.

Sat Jun 23 11:42:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

PA Union to back Republican congressman

Free BeaconThe largest labor union in Pennsylvania is throwing its weight behind a Republican congressman.

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO endorsed Republican representative Brian Fitzpatrick over his Democratic opponent, Scott Wallace, who inherited a fortune valued between $127 and $309 million. Fitzpatrick welcomed the endorsement, saying it reflected his commitment to bipartisanship, as well as his dedication to constituents.

If this trend continues, things are going to get very interesting for the Democrats.

Sat Jun 23 11:42:45 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump is just as popular as Obama

Investor's Business DailyThe latest Gallup poll puts Trump's job approval at 45%. That's the highest it's been since he took office, and it's up from 37% at the start of the year. Although you'd barely know it from the press Trump gets, his approval number has been on a slow but relatively steady rise all year.

Not only that, but Trump's approval in this poll is now equal to Obama's at the same point in Obama's presidency. Gallup had Obama at 45% approval by late June 2010.

The left will hate this, but it's still true.

Sat Jun 23 10:42:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A victory in Delaware

Delaware OnlineAn effort to revive a proposed ban on the sale of assault weapons failed in the Delaware Senate on Tuesday, effectively defeating the most controversial gun control measure pending before the Legislature.

Two Democrats sided with Republicans in opposing the maneuver, including Sen. Brian Bushweller of Dover and Sen. Bruce Ennis of Smyrna. That left Democrats two votes short of the 11 needed to bring the measure to the floor.

Sometimes holding the line is the best we can do, but it's still a victory.

Sat Jun 23 10:42:45 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House issues Strzok subpoena

Conservative Tree HouseThe House Judiciary Committee, Chairman Bob Goodlatte, has issued a subpoena for FBI Agent Peter Strzok to appear for testimony on Wednesday, June 27 at 10:00am.

That should be infuriating to watch.

Sat Jun 23 09:42:51 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Civil society is disintegrating

The HillProtesters gathered outside the home of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Friday morning, playing audio of crying migrant children who have been separated from their parents after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Protesters carried signs with Nielsen’s face on them, labeling her a “child snatcher” over the administration’s previous policy of separating migrant children from their parents.

The point of this threatening behavior is to put people under so much stress in their daily lives that they cannot function, and eventually, resign just to make the stress stop. It's unamerican and indeed uncivilized. And it's not an isolated incident.

Also:

The HillPresident Trump gave in to bipartisan pressure on Wednesday and signed an executive order to halt the “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

That is a lie. The executive order does no such thing. It explicitly continues the policy, merely directing that children remain with their parents and telling DOJ to ask the judge responsible for the Flores consent decree requiring their separation to modify it.

Sat Jun 23 09:42:45 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch demands emails from Meuller's lead prosecutor

LifezetteJudicial Watch announced Tuesday it has filed suit asking a federal court to order the Department of Justice (DOJ) to produce all emails to and from Andrew Weissmann, special counsel Robert Mueller’s lead prosecutor in the Russia collusion investigation.

“Andrew Weissmann is demonstrably an anti-Trump/pro-Clinton activist,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“And it is suspicious the Justice Department refuses to turn over any Weissmann text messages, especially given the anti-Trump bias documented in the FBI’s Strzok-Page texts,” he added.

Normally, I'd say we shouldn't expect to see these until the end of the investigation. But given that the potential bias could impact that investigation, who knows?

I think everyone whose messages show up in the IG report should be named, so we can check to see if they are working for Mueller.

Fri Jun 22 16:53:01 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A dose of reality for the gun grabbers

Free BeaconA report published this month found civilians in the United States own almost 400 million guns, outpacing every other civilian population, police, or military force in the world.

The Small Arms Survey estimates there are 393,300,000 civilian-owned firearms in the United States. The survey, performed by the Graduate Institute of Geneva, estimated the United States military has about 4.5 million firearms. It put the number of firearms owned by police throughout the United States at just over 1 million.

That means American civilians own nearly 100 times as many firearms as the U.S. military and nearly 400 times as many as law enforcement.

The gun grabber's confiscation fantasies depend, inherently, on gun owners not fighting back. So long as we have the 2nd Amendment, we're on the moral high ground, and we will fight.

Fri Jun 22 16:52:55 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another time the IG report ignored the obvious

Daily CallerFormer Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik is unlikely to face any legal consequences for tipping off Clinton campaign manager John Podesta to a release of Hillary’s emails, experts tell the Daily Caller.

Kadzik’s conduct in the DOJ was described by Michael Horowitz’s IG report as constituting “poor judgment.” According to last week’s IG report, Peter Kadzik was trying to get his son hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign while Kadzik himself was part of the investigation into Clinton’s private server.

He also emailed Clinton’s 2016 campaign chair, John Podesta, with a “heads up” on when the some of her emails would be released publicly. (RELATED: DOJ Official Tipped Podesta On Clinton Email Release, Shopped His Son For Campaign Job)

Regarding Kadzik’s conduct, former FBI assistant director Ron Hosko told The Daily Caller, “(B)ased on the findings of the IG, and their analysis, I don’t see Kadzik’s activities as a violation of law.”

Apparently, if you don't specifically say, "I would like to trade political favors for a job for my son in an illegal quid pro quo", the IG thinks it is all OK.

It's not OK; this is how the swamp operates.

Fri Jun 22 15:53:01 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump tower meeting a nothingburger, says translator for Veselnitskaya

Washington ExaminerOne person who was listening closely in the meeting and is thought to have an unbiased view of events was a man named Anatoli Samochornov, who was there as a translator for Veselnitskaya, who knew very little English.

Samochornov was in the room for the entire meeting and did not remember anyone bringing up Goldstone's original email promising dirt on Clinton. He did not remember Trump Jr., Manafort, or Kushner asking any of the Russians any questions. He did not remember anyone mentioning that any sort of information might be provided in the future. He did not remember anyone mentioning Hillary Clinton, or negative information on Hillary Clinton. He did not remember anyone discussing a future meeting. (Samochornov also testified about a lunch the Russian participants had before the Trump Tower meeting. He did not remember anyone mentioning providing negative information about Clinton, or anyone mentioning Clinton at all.)

Samochornov did remember one thing that Donald Trump Jr. said during the meeting. At the end, he testified, Trump Jr. said that "if or when my father becomes president, we will revisit this issue."

Investigators asked what Samochornov thought Trump Jr. meant by that. "Frankly, if you are asking for my reaction, it was a very polite way of saying, 'Thank you very much. It's time for you to go. The meeting's over.'"

We don't have to take just his word for it. Remember, Fusion GPS was taking money from Russians to lobby Trump about the Magnitsky Act even as they were taking money from Hillary to "investigate" Trump. They could kill two birds with one stone by setting up a meeting with Trump Jr under false pretenses of providing dirt on Hillary and using it to try to sell Trump Jr on the Magnitsky act changes they wanted.

Fri Jun 22 15:52:55 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Was Vegas shooter ranting about Waco, Ruby Ridge, FEMA camps?

Hot AirThe claims are noteworthy but so is the sourcing. The accounts come from a 1,200-page batch of reports released by Vegas PD that includes witness statements and police testimony. The man who says he heard the shooter babbling about FEMA camps mentioned it during … a jailhouse interview, raising an obvious question as to whether he was telling the truth or just handing cops something which he thought might lead them to go easy on him.

The bit about Waco and Ruby Ridge comes from a woman who overheard a man whom she thinks was the shooter ranting to another man at a Vegas restaurant three days before the massacre.

Sourcing is thin, and wouldn't the government just love to have a mass shooting they could blame on people opposed to gun control? The targeting doesn't make any sense, either.

I don't buy this one, whether it was mistaken identification or a jailhouse source making things up.

Worst-case scenario: the man doing the ranting about Waco was an FBI agent or informant, per .. well... per Ruby Ridge and the Draw Mohammad attack and the Oaklahoma City bombing. Under that hypothesis, the FBI (or some other government agency) had been tipped off to the alleged shooter, had an informant or agent there with him, and ranted at him in public. That seems a horribly unlikely scenario if they knew he was planning a mass murder in three days, but if they just got a tip and are trying to interrogate him under cover with an informant, it becomes more plausible. And, of course, admitting they were that close but did not act becomes an embarrassment after the fact, something worth covering up.

Categories Vegas Shooting

Fri Jun 22 14:53:01 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gunman shot by police after yelling about Trump

SFGateAuthorities in South Florida said a man who opened fire early Friday morning in the lobby of Trump National Doral Miami resort in Doral, Florida, was "yelling" about President Donald Trump before he was shot and wounded by police officers.

Police said it appeared that the gunman - who they identified as Jonathan Oddi, 42, of Doral - began shooting at the resort in order to lure officers there so he could ambush them.

That's not really how an ambush works.

He's probably just nuts, but when you air constant diatribes against a man you call worse than Hitler, and they don't have the right filters to recognize it for the over-the-top propaganda it is. This sort of thing is the inevitable result.

Fri Jun 22 14:52:55 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How affirmative action works... or doesn't

InstapunditHIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, OPEN SEXISM EDITION: STEM prof offers to boost female students’ grades. “The University of Akron says it will not allow a STEM professor to conduct an ‘experiment’ by artificially boosting the final grades of female students by a ‘level or two.’ Professor Liping Liu described the grade inflation policy as part of a ‘national movement to encourage female students to go to information sciences,’ asserting that his female students might not pass without the boost.”

If this policy were to be put into place universally, female students would be hired less often and paid less when they were hired. This would be immediately cited as proof of sexism and demands for legal correction would follow.

Fri Jun 22 13:53:01 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

60% of FBI agents cited in IG report were on Mueller's team

Washington TimesThree of the five FBI employees dinged for anti-Trump bias in the inspector general’s report ended up on the special counsel’s investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, raising still more questions about the team Robert Mueller assembled.

Two of those — FBI lawyer Lisa Page and her paramour, agent Peter Strzok — became known when their vehemently anti-Trump text messages came to light. But the inspector general’s report identifies a third person, labeled “FBI Attorney 2,” who also fired off messages denigrating Mr. Trump and saying, “Viva le resistance.”

Hopefully, the IG report on the Russia investigation will explain why the same people were used for both. Although, to be honest, it's more likely the report will merely publish the excuses.

Fri Jun 22 13:52:55 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ begins turning over documents

Washington ExaminerThe Justice Department has begun to provide documents to the House Intelligence Committee this week, following explicit threats by Republican chairmen.

A small cache of documents was given to intelligence panel staff on Tuesday, followed by another tranche on Wednesday, a congressional source told the Washington Examiner.

The exact content of those records was not disclosed, but they came on the heels of tough talk from House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy over the weekend.

Hopefully, we will begin to find out what was in those documents soon.

Fri Jun 22 12:53:01 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Susan Rice's stand-down order on Russian meddling confirmed

Daily CallerFormer President Barack Obama’s cybersecurity czar confirmed Wednesday that former national security adviser Susan Rice told him to “stand down” in response to Russian cyber attacks during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Michael Daniel, whose official title was “cybersecurity coordinator,” confirmed the stand-down order during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing held to review the Obama and President Donald Trump’s administrations’ policy response to Russian election interference.

Just one more hole in the Russian collusion theory. If it was such a big deal, why did Susan Rice tell her people to stand down? (Even if it was a big deal, I'm still curious why she told them to stand down?)

Fri Jun 22 12:52:55 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Armed man shot on gulf course ranting about Trump

TwitchyEarly this morning a man yelling anti-Trump rhetoric who fired a gun in the lobby at Trump’s Doral National Golf Club was shot by police after a short confrontation

What was I just saying about violent rhetoric?

Fri Jun 22 11:53:01 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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