It was a setup

PJMediaNew documents obtained by investigative journalist Sara Carter show that the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign --dubbed Operation Crossfire Hurricane -- heavily relied upon faulty intelligence gathered by longtime FBI informant Stefan Halper, a Cambridge professor, after he tried to set up several members of the Trump campaign.

It was a setup all along, likely funded by money Halper was being paid from government sources (to the tune of a million or so according to this whistleblower). We know there were others involved, too, both trying to put the "Russians have dirt on Hillary" idea into the campaign through Popadopolous, and trying to pull the information out again later.

Thu Aug 30 11:39:05 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The school shootings that didn't happen

The BlazeNational Public Radio uncovered deeply flawed data published by the U.S. Department of Education, following an investigation that found that more than two-thirds of school shootings reported to the authorities during one school year did not actually occur.

The report states that “nearly 240 schools (0.2 percent of all schools) reported at least one incident involving a school-related shooting.” It also noted that “over 100 schools (0.1 percent of all schools) reported a school-related homicide involving a student, faculty member, or staff member.”

NPR reached out to each of the schools cited as having a shooting incident, and “found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened.”

Let me spell it out for you. The numbers in reports like that published by the Department of Education are used to make policy -- gun control, security for schools, funding for things like school resource officers or surveillance systems or even metal detectors. The reports are compiled mostly to support policy initiatives by politicians. The people writing the reports, the people compiling the data, and the people submitting the data all know that.

Of course they skew the results to emphasize their own policy preferences.

Thu Aug 30 10:39:12 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Utter and complete incompetence

Fox News District Judge Emilio Chavez on Wednesday dismissed charges against three of the five defendants, ruling that authorities violated the state’s “10-day rule.”

Child abuse charges against Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj were dropped because prosecutors missed the 10-day limit for an evidentiary hearing to establish probable cause.

The charges against fellow defendants, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Jany Leveille, remained. The suspects are accused of holding nearly a dozen children at the compound. The remains of a twelfth child were found on the compound.

Seriously? The judge let them go because the government couldn't meet a deadline in a case where a dozen children were at risk and one of them had already died?

I don't necessarily blame the judge here. If the ten-day rule is a real thing, it's a real thing, and the government should be prepared to meet it.

UPDATE: Federal charges now.

Thu Aug 30 10:39:05 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton campaign implicated in $84 million campaign finance scandal

Red StateThe attempt to turn the Stormy Daniels unpleasantness into a campaign finance violation — a weak attempt as it tuns out — is starting to come into focus as a new Federal Elections Commission (FEC) complaint filed by The Committee to Defend the President alleges the Hillary Victory Fund (HVF) was “us[ing] state chapters as straw men to circumvent campaign donation limits and launder(ing) the money back to her campaign.”

So far, the FBI and special counsel "scheme team" has shown a demonstrated lack of awareness of what Hillary's campaign has done. They keep charging figures in the Trump orbit with things that Hillary and her campaign is even more vulnerable to. It's time these prosecutions started happening, because the Clintons and Muellers are not going to stop either.

Thu Aug 30 09:39:12 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Congress wants Nellie Ohr to testify now

Sara CarterNumerous congressional sources are telling that after Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr’s explosive closed-door testimony on Tuesday, lawmakers are gearing up to call his wife, Nellie Ohr, in for questioning regarding her work with the now-embattled research firm, Fusion GPS. Congress is also seeking access to Bruce Ohr’s text messages and emails with top FBI officials.

I wonder what she will have to say?

Thu Aug 30 09:39:05 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bruce Ohr testifies to closed session

Sara CarterSenior Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr testified Tuesday that prior to obtaining the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on short-term Trump campaign volunteer, Carter Page, the FBI was aware that former British spy and anti-Trump dossier author, Christopher Steele was biased against then-candidate Trump. He also stated that the FBI knew that his wife, Nellie Ohr was working for Fusion GPS, the now-embattled research firm which was hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC to compile the dossier with Steele. This, according to Congressional sources with direct knowledge of Ohr’s closed-door deposition.

Ohr stated during his hours-long testimony that the FBI failed to disclose this pertinent information to the nation’s secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) when it sought an application to spy on Page. The FBI also failed to disclose that when it sought the application, it was using senior Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr as a cut-out for a source the bureau had terminated.

Reports are that Bruce Ohr has a poor memory.

I'm still hoping to see people prosecuted.

Wed Aug 29 12:09:59 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

98% of mass shootings take place in gun free zones

Red StateAfter the Ft. Lauderdale shooting that took place in early 2017, the CPRC noted that from the 1950’s through July 10th of 2016, 98.4 percent of mass shootings as defined by the FBI have occurred on gun-free zones, with just 1.6 percent occurring where citizens are allowed to have firearms with them.

Soak that in. Almost 100 percent of mass shootings since the 1950’s have happened where no one can shoot back.

It's almost like they actively look for gun free zones to attack.

Wed Aug 29 12:09:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Firearms confiscation in South Africa

They are confiscating guns and farmland. The latter confiscation is based on race; the targets are white. This is likely to end in genocide, but no one in the media will care, because the victims will be white people.

Wed Aug 29 11:09:59 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch finds 5 more classified Hillary emails

Judicial Watch Judicial Watch today released two batches, 184 pages and 45 pages, of newly uncovered emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the U.S. Department of State sent and received over her unsecure, non-“” email system. Five emails contain classified information.

Remember, we now know that every single Hillary email went to China.

Wed Aug 29 10:09:59 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sessions on the way out?

Some Senators are suggesting they are ok with Trump firing Sessions. This seems to be a necessary step for Trump to take effective control of his own justice department. As far as I can tell, Sessions has done nothing effective. Even the appointment of Huber to prosecute people over SpyGate has produced no results so far.

Wed Aug 29 10:09:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lanny Davis retracts claim Trump knew about Russia meeting

He also admits he was CNN's source for that claim, but CNN refuses to retract their story. I think what we are seeing here is not an honest mistake but a clever bit of game-playing by Lanny. He doesn't ask his client if Trump knew about the meeting, but he goes on the air and says -- based on his "instinct" that Trump had to have known. That's taken as him speaking for his client. But he's just speaking about his own opinion, particularly as a cyncial Clinton operative.

So he says this, the story gets out there, CNN refuses to retract, and the public is left with the impression Trump knew despite the complete lack of evidence to that effect.

The impression is why Lanny Davis said what he said. It was not a mistake or an off the cuff remark. It was a cynical exploitation of the fact that the retractions never get the same attention as the original bombshell claim -- especially if they are never formally retracted.

Wed Aug 29 09:09:59 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dem Senate candidate in Texas has DWI, burglary arrests

Houston ChronicleDemocratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke of Texas has said that in younger days he was twice arrested in his hometown of El Paso--once, he says, for leaping a campus fence and the other time for driving while intoxicated.

Readers have asked us whether the third-term congressman challenging Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has a criminal history. We decided to fact-check mention of the arrests in a 2012 TV ad that also was screenshot for an April 2017 Texas Tribune news story.

In the ad, sponsored by then-U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso, text next to what looks like O’Rourke’s mugshot states that the "facts" are that O’Rourke has a "criminal record" including burglary and DWI. The ad’s narrator says O’Rourke "has a criminal record that includes DWI and burglary arrests."

He was arrested for climbing over a fence.

Not surprisingly, he wants to decriminalize climbing over fences. Border fences, that is.

Practically, I'm not sure what the point is. Decriminalizing illegal entry is sort of a Dem wet dream, but in Texas? Are they trying to encourage illegals to vote illegally in the hopes of getting Beto over the last few percent? Are they giving up on his chances of winning and trying to boost fundraising from open borders billionaires?

Given his criminal history, maybe it wasn't the best move for Beto.

UPDATE: That DUI was quite a bit more serious than just having one too many.

Wed Aug 29 09:09:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

China hacked Hillary's private server during her entire time as SecState

Daily CallerA Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington, D.C., area hacked Hillary Clinton’s private server throughout her term as secretary of state and obtained nearly all her emails, two sources briefed on the matter told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The Chinese firm obtained Clinton’s emails in real time as she sent and received communications and documents through her personal server, according to the sources, who said the hacking was conducted as part of an intelligence operation.

The Chinese wrote code that was embedded in the server, which was kept in Clinton’s residence in upstate New York. The code generated an instant “courtesy copy” for nearly all of her emails and forwarded them to the Chinese company, according to the sources.

Now we know the "foreign, non-Russian" country in previous reports. We also know this was covered up by the investigation into her emails. We also know that we have no idea exactly what was compromised. We've identified some seriously classified information in the emails that have been examined from her server, but the Weiner laptop contains hundreds of thousands that have not been examined. (Remember, Hillary said she provided about 30k and deleted about 30k, and the Weiner laptop has about 600K).

Any serious investigation into this is going to reveal a security disaster of historic proportions.

Tue Aug 28 14:22:12 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judge rules against free speech

View from North Central Idaho quoting an injunction against 3d printed gun design distributionThe private defendants raise the more substantive argument that a preliminary injunction will impair their First Amendment rights, a loss which, “for even minimal periods of time, unquestionably constitutes irreparable injury.” Elrod v. Burns, 427 U.S. 347, 373-74 (1976). The First Amendment argument raises a number of challenging issues. Is computer code speech? If yes, is it protected under the First Amendment? To answer those questions, one would have to determine what the nature of the files at issue here is: are they written and designed to interact solely with a computer in the absence of the intercession of the mind or will of the recipient or is it an expressive means for the exchange of information regarding computer programming and/or weapons manufacturing? Are the export controls of the ITAR a prior restraint giving rise to a presumption that they are unconstitutional? Is the AECA a general regulatory statute not intended to control the content of speech but only incidentally limiting its unfettered exercise? Or is the government attempting to regulate distribution of the CAD files because of the message they convey? Depending on which level of scrutiny applies, does the regulation advance important governmental interests unrelated to the suppression of free speech and avoid burdening more speech than necessary or is the regulation narrowly tailored to promote a compelling Government interest?

The judge does not seem to be aware of the PGP cases which settled the issues he raises.

Tue Aug 28 10:22:12 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCain discontinues medical treatment and then passes away

He chose to discontinue medical treatment, and then passed away. I don't really have anything nice to say about the man. He attacked both the 1st and 2nd amendments with more success than most, and he's repeatedly tried to pass amnesty legislation on immigration. Some have called him a war hero due to the time he spent as a prisoner of war. I don't agree with that. The man served, but broke under torture, and failed to redeem himself in his political career. He deserves the respect all humans are due, and pity for what he was forced to endure, but that is all.

That said, I didn't know him personally, so it all boils down to political disagreements. As far as I know, which is not at all, he was a lovely man in his private life and often stopped to help dogs across the street and play fetch with little old ladies.

If they give his seat to his wife Cindy McCain, it would be despicable and unAmerican. Legislative seats are not heritable goods or titles of nobility.

Mon Aug 27 12:31:04 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The pressure from the financial industry is growing

Daily WireUnder pressure from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Visa and Mastercard have blocked donations to the conservative think tank David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC) after it was labeled a hate group by the militantly left-leaning watchdog organization.

In an email to supporters on Wednesday under the subject "Transaction Denied," the DHFC announced that at the request of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the two credit card companies will no longer be allowing donations to DHFC.

They have moved from blocking just firearms related transactions to any transaction with groups listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), apparently. The SPLC is a hate group itself and has inspired at least one mass murder. And let's be honest: nobody really wants to be associated with or provide services to the truly evil, but even people with destestable beliefs need to have access to basic services if they are going to live peaceful, non-criminal lives. And surely, however vile their beliefs, we would rather they do that than be forced to make a living through violent crime.

So we have two problems here: the SPLC does not accurately identify people who should be denied financial services and the other basic elements of modern civilization, and even if they did successfully identify such people, we probably don't want to deny them those basic elements of modern civilization lest we force them into actual violence.

Mon Aug 27 12:30:58 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Does Obama have a body count?

People have long speculated that Hillary Clinton has a body count -- people she had killed because they knew too much about her corrupt political and business deals and were about to talk. Generally it's pretty slim evidence, but the pattern of vaguely suspicious deaths starts to add up when you notice a cluster.

Now, Obama might have one too:

Front Page MagIn April, 2008, after the story became public, candidate Obama told a San Francisco crowd that during his college years he took a trip to Pakistan. This came as a surprise to reporters, and the candidate’s two autobiographies, Dreams from My Father (1995) and The Audacity of Hope (2006), made no mention of any trip to Pakistan.

What the college student did there is not exactly clear, and some in the region found it disturbing. “Why did he keep mum on his visit to Pakistan till this question was raised?” wondered India’s former counterterrorist chief Bahukutumbi Raman. “Has he disclosed all the details regarding his Pakistan visit? Was it as innocuous as made out by him – to respond to the invitation of a Pakistani friend or was there something more to it?”

The passport file breach could have been related to this long unmentioned visit, and as Pam Geller notes there is more to the story. Lt. Quarles Harris Jr., a witness cooperating with federal authorities investigating the passport breach, was found dead, “shot in the head in his car, in front of his church.” According to the Washington Times, which first reported the passport breach story, “city police do not know whether his death was a direct result of his cooperation with federal investigators.”

I have a firm policy on stuff like this that has the initial appearance of a conspiracy theory. First, I look for positive evidence that something strange was going on. A murder is positive evidence that something happened, so there is reason to look deeper, but it's not positive evidence the man was killed to shut him up. Second, I file it away somewhere even if nothing else turns up immediately. If one person about to testify against Obama (or Clinton, where this particular policy originated) is killed, that's coincidence. Two or three or four, and it starts to look like something more.

I'm not sure what Obama might be hiding about his trip to Pakistan, but if it was worth killing someone over as this theory seems to suggest, it must be pretty bad.

That makes this story worth keeping an eye on.

Mon Aug 27 11:31:04 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Antifa calls for violent revolution

PJMediaA Los Angeles-based antifa group is calling for a "sea of armed masses" to use "revolutionary violence against the enemies of the people" and ultimately "take power" in America, Far Left Watch reports.

The revolutionary Maoist group Serve the People -- Los Angeles (STPLA) made the call during a recent demonstration in South Central Los Angeles, where "dozens of protesters" wearing red bandannas and carrying STPLA flags, banners, and a Trump piñata-effigy "rallied the masses" to demand the release of Gladis Hernandez, an illegal immigrant woman who is being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

When you understand that Antifa is really just the Nazi Brownshirts by a modern name, it makes perfect sense.

Mon Aug 27 11:30:58 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Now even children are making up hate crimes

Children are more observant than we think. They know making up something like this will make a big stink and distract from what they were doing that would have gotten them in trouble. But normally, adults know better than to believe the distraction.

Mon Aug 27 10:31:04 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Deadly police with immunity

Irons in the Fire links to a case where police, chasing someone in order to issue a ticket for not having a forward-facing light on their bicycle, strike the 16-year-old rider with their patrol car. The police spokesperson said "officers are not trained to collide with a suspect", and "the officer driving the car has undergone additional training".

Gosh. Additional training, and the protection of public anonymity.

If that had been a police officer on the bicycle, he could have drawn his weapon, killed the driver, and charged the passenger with attempted murder.

Whatever happened to equal justice for all?

Mon Aug 27 10:30:58 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DEFCON level dropped...

Fox NewsA top navy general in Iranian said Monday the country took full control of the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, a major shipping route that the Iranians threatened to block in the past amid worsening American-Iranian relations.

The Tasnim news agency reported the announcement by the head of the Revolutionary Guards navy, General Alireza Tangsiri, according to Reuters.

Realistically, they can't hold it against any modern navy including, especially ours... but that assumes someone is willing to get into a shooting war to prove it, and we're not really in a good position to win a land war and change the regime at the moment. Nor is Trump reasonably free to act when the Dems would love something they could use in an impeachment.

If Iran is really willing to go to the mat over this right now, it could get sticky. And the only way we'll find out whether or not they are bluffing is to call the bluff with a carrier battle group.

Mon Aug 27 10:20:56 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More voter fraud

WFMY NewsFederal authorities announced Friday that 19 illegal immigrants in North Carolina illegally voted during the 2016 election.

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina says several of those charged voted in more than one election.

The indictments were made by a federal grand jury in Wilmington and included illegal voting in Wake, Johnston, Cumberland and Wilson counties.

When you see these reports, remember, they only caught 19. How many weren't caught?

Mon Aug 27 09:31:04 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mass murder at Jacksonville video game tournament

Conservative TreehouseJacksonville Landing is a central Jacksonville entertainment complex with a blend of restaurants, bars, and family entertainment. According to local authorities a mass shooting event took place during a Madden Football video-game tournament, in/around the Chicago Pizza venue. Early reports indicate 11 to 15 people were shot; and four people have been reported killed. The shooting suspect is also deceased.

At moments like these, I understand the call for gun control. I don't agree with it, and I know it won't work. But I understand the emotional urge to do something, anything to stop the apparently senseless violence.

I guess the difference is that I can rationally examine the options and identify what won't work. Trying to ban guns won't work. That genie has left the bottle.

I don't really see other good options. Let ordinary people be armed in public, to harden potential targets on a broad base? Helpful, but not a cure, and mostly after the fact.

The one thing we've seen consistently from most of these events is that law enforcement was flagged multiple times about the killers before they committed their final act of violence. Often they had enough red flags to have someone put under mental health observation or convicted of a crime that would have put them on the prohibited list for firearms purchases. (That won't stop someone who is determined, but if there's due process to get on the list, it might stop some of the killers, or at least slow them down).

I feel like the psychosocial forces that have put us in this position aren't even really visible or comprehensible at our present moment. Like there is a vast collective unconscious that has been for the past two or three decades just boiling over and over with the drive to commit mass murder. We see the water bubble and steam, and occasionally a splash of lava breaks the surface ... but mostly, what lies beneath the water of our consciousness is invisible to us.

Something's happening down there, though. I think it's the same thing that's driving antifa to attack people in the streets, maybe the same thing driving the Black Lives Matter riots to burn down their own communities. Is it agitprop? Do the known political forces pushing antifa and BLM somehow leak into the minds of those somewhat less stable and infect them with similarly murderous but less political fervor? Or sometimes it remains political, as the shooting of Steve Scalise at a congressional baseball practice proves.

I think it's going to get worse before it gets better.

UPDATE: Clayton Cramer counters that mass murder isn't new. That's depressing.

UPDATE: True to form, the murderer had previously been hospitalized for mental illness, but it didn't stop him.

Mon Aug 27 09:30:58 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Vegas shooter's girlfriend worked for the FBI?

Did the Vegas shooter's girlfriend work for the FBI? If true, this would explain the coverup. Remember, they found her fingerprints on the ammunition. She helped load magazines.

The source here claims that a credit report on the girlfriend says she worked for the FBI at one point. What exactly that means -- agent? informant? cafeteria worker? -- is impossible to say without more information. But unless it was an outright lie, or perhaps if the claim was from the distant past, this is a significant black eye for the FBI.

Mon Aug 27 09:29:58 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

On the matter of social media

Stephen GreenIT SEEMS TO ME THEY COULD JUST PUBLISH WHAT PEOPLE POST WHEN THEY POST IT, AND STOP MUCKING EVERYTHING UP: Twitter CEO, other tech execs to address social-media ‘bias’ against conservatives at Capitol Hill hearing.

... but then they would have no power.

Mon Aug 27 08:52:36 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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