Yep, she's running

With Biden on the way out, Hillary is on the way in.

Fri Dec 20 01:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrat House votes to impeach Trump

PJMediaDemocrats have finally impeached President Donald Trump in the House of Representatives. The House held two separate votes on two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Abuse of power passed by a vote of 230 to 197, with two Democrats voting "no." Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) voted "present." Obstruction of Congress passed by a vote of 229 to 198. Three Democrats voted "no" on obstruction.

The articles of impeachment will now move to the U.S. Senate, where the Republican majority is expected to acquit the president. While the ultimate goal of impeachment is the removal of the president, Trump would only be pushed out if a two-thirds majority voted to convict him and remove him from office.

Thu Dec 19 04:09:49 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


Legal InsurrectionThey are afraid that Trump might win if they impeach him; they can read the polls and do the math. But they also are afraid that if they don’t, Trump would be even more likely to win and perhaps even win bigger, because then Trump could taunt them with the fact that he must be innocent because they didn’t impeach him.

Plus – although Green doesn’t say it – I believe that Green and other Democrats may fear that, if the Democrats don’t impeach Trump, their base may just decide to stay home on Election Day.

So their only hope is to impeach him and hope it fires up their base and also convinces a lot of people in the moderate middle that Trump really is guilty of something and that in all that smoke there must be a fire. Doesn’t sound like a good bet to me.

Their plan, such as it is, is to impeach Trump before the election, but not so long before the election as to allow for any possibility of holding a trial before the election. The impeachment will be hanging over his head when voters go to vote. They'll use it as an argument in Senate races as well as the Presidential race. If Trump wins anyway, they will drag out the Senate trial as long as possible in the hopes of keeping Trump distracted and blocking his agenda.

They don't actually expect to remove him from office. It's about electoral advantage and nullifying his presidency by legal harassment.

Thu Dec 19 02:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

All is going according to plan

APOpponents of the Trump administration’s plan to break up the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the country’s public lands bureau are warning of a brain drain, saying many staffers who are being reassigned are opting to quit rather than move out West.

You damn fool liberals... that's exactly what the move is supposed to do!

Thu Dec 19 01:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FISC chastises FBI

Sara CarterCollyer emphasized that the ‘frequency with which representations made by F.B.I. personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other F.B.I. applications is reliable.”

How many other questionable FISAs are there?

Sundance infers that there are more.

Note that, however strongly worded the letter may be, it is effectively demanding new policies and procedures rather than issuing contempt of court orders. Thus, it is unlikely to deter further abuses as none of the people involved have suffered real consequences... at least so far. Durham is still in play.

Nunes is actually calling for the court to be dismantled.

Wed Dec 18 04:33:08 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Wisconsin had 234,000 improper voters registered?

Fox 6 NowThousands of Wisconsin voters will be removed from the state's voter registry following the ruling of an Ozaukee County Circuit Court judge, Dec. 13.

The ruling could affect up to 234,000 Wisconsin voters. They will have the opportunity to re-register right up to election day. But this case is likely going to be heard by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The conservative group "Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty", also known as WILL, sued the Wisconsin Elections Commission for not tossing the registrations of hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin voters who were flagged as having potentially moved -- and who didn't respond to a mailing within 30 days.

Note that the election commission which maintains the list of registered voters is basically defying the legislature here. It's another case of the Deep State in action, as well as an indication of just how many potentially fraudulent votes can be cast.

Wed Dec 18 02:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Funding bill passes with border wall money under impeachment smoke

MarketWatchSenior lawmakers announced a tentative agreement Thursday on an almost $1.4 trillion government-wide spending bill that would stave off a federal shutdown next weekend and split the differences on a number of contentious issues.

Details of the agreement were not announced and processing the sweeping measure is sure to take a few days. But it would award President Donald Trump with $1.4 billion in additional money for the U.S.-Mexico border wall while giving the Democrats who control the House a number of their priorities such as expanded Head Start and early childhood education.

The border wall money is a win, though less than Trump asked for. The money for Democrat priorities is a meh (the devil will be in the details there). The continuation of huge deficit spending is both inevitable and destructive.

Wed Dec 18 01:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Virginia Democrats threatening National Guard gun confiscations

Western Journal“They certainly risk funding, because if the sheriff’s department is not going to enforce the law, they’re going to lose money. The counties’ attorney’s offices are not going to have the money to prosecute because their prosecutions are going to go down,” Democratic Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin said of locales that don’t enforce any potential state law on gun control.

Cutting funds to law enforcement to pressure them to enforce new laws seems like it will only result in cutting back enforcement of existing laws. That said, it's the relatively sane option here.

Western Journal“And ultimately, I’m not the governor, but the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law,” he said. “That’s his call, because I don’t know how serious these counties are and how severe the violations of law will be. But that’s obviously an option he has.”

This, on the other hand, is dangerous to the point of insanity. It will be considered the first move in a hot civil war within Virginia.

Also, it's stupid. The President can nationalize the national guard, which means taking the Guard out of state control and into national control (as the word itself implies). The state Government can mobilize or call up the Virginia National Guard. Words mean things. I wouldn't complain too much if this was an ordinary citizen making the mistake, but this is a legislator who is supposed to know these things.

Tue Dec 17 02:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Hidden Hand

A good article that lays out what Horowitz should have been able to discern, but ultimately refused to see: The Hidden Hand that explains why many apparently disconnected events took place.

For example: why did a single drunken conversation between a low-level staffer and a foreign diplomat lead to a full blown FBI investigation? It's like someone at the FBI was waiting for it. And they probably were.

And, why did a lawyer on the investigative team falsify a document? It's something that will undoubtedly have hugely negative consequences for him personally. It's not a discretionary thing that can be explained away. It's a very serious matter with little apparent reason to do it.

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Tue Dec 17 01:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ/FBI planning to blame CIA/NSA for SpyGate?

Sic Semper TyrannisOne simple fact emerges--six of the eight cases or incidents of alleged Trump Campaign interaction with the Russians investigated by the Mueller team, the pitch to "collude" with the Russian Government or Putin originated with FBI informants, MI-6 assets or people paid by Fusion GPS, not Trump or his people. There is not a single instance where Donald Trump or any member of his campaign team initiated contact with the Russians for the purpose of gaining derogatory information on Hillary or obtaining support to boost the Trump campaign. Not one.

Read the whole thing. The connections are damning.

As for the larger plan -- DOJ/FBI blaming CIA/NSA -- I think that's been their plan all along. Their argument is basically "We were dupes". That doesn't fly, because they had to swear things to the FISC that simply were not true, including that they had verified the unverifiable (ie, false) information they presented.

There must be accountability for the whole operation. FBI, DOJ, CIA, NSA, State Dept; all the way up to the White House.

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Mon Dec 16 02:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senate demands records on DNC-Ukraine collaboration

American GreatnessSens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced Friday that they are requesting records from and interviews with Alexandra Chalupa, a Democratic consultant and Ukrainian-American activist who met with Ukrainian embassy officials throughout 2016, allegedly on behalf of the DNC. The trio are also seeking records from Andrii Telizkhenko, a former Ukrainian political officer who told Politico that Oksana Shulyar, a top aid to the Ukrainian ambassador, instructed him to assist Chalupa with research to connect Trump and Manafort to the Russians.

Except for two things, this sort of opposition research would probably have been perfectly legal, if perhaps distasteful. Those two things are: the information that came out of Ukraine was likely made up rather than factual, and it was then fed into the FBI and Mueller investigation to support criminal cases. It will be interesting to see what comes out of this inquiry.

Mon Dec 16 01:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Saudi Arabian student had kill list

If I was the FBI, I would want to know was on that list. Specifically, was the guy writing his own list of classmates, professors, ex-girlfriends, and people he had personal contact with... or was the list something someone else might have given him?

The story says it includes professors from the school, so it may be a personal list. Still...

Sun Dec 15 02:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why was the FBI spying on Papadopoulous before he joined Trump?

Red StateWhy was the FBI spying on George Papadopoulos before he was named as a Trump advisor?

Since Papadopoulos was a foreign policy advisor to the Ben Carson campaign before he moved to the Trump team, is it possible the FBI was prepared to spy on the campaign of whichever Republican candidate won the nomination?

This question may be the real can of worms.

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Sun Dec 15 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Yeah, this isn't going to end well...

So, to save the Star Wars brand after the disasters of The Last Jedi and Solo, widely described as a fuck-you to male fans of Star Wars, they are going to bring in Brie Larson, whose portrayal of Captain Marvel was widely described as a fuck-you to male fans of Marvel.

This is a brand-killing decision.

Sure, after The Last Jedi, it's not so much a death blow as it is a coup de grace, but still.

Sat Dec 14 02:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrat governor in Kentucky gives felons voting rights

If you remember, they did this in Virginia and Florida recently too. Not because of any concern for civil rights, though. They did it because they want more voters they think will be on their side, by any means necessary. It was practically the first thing that the new Democrat governor did (only three days into office).

He's doing it by executive order, which I find a bit questionable, but I don't know if he has that authority under Kentucky law. Clearly he thinks he does.

As a policy matter this is a complex topic. As a political matter, the Democrats are clearly implementing this policy for electoral purposes, the same way they encourage illegal immigration and resist voter id laws. Any state they take temporary control of, they immediately seek to strengthen their hold on.

Sat Dec 14 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


In this NBC News interview with AG Barr, he drops the word "blogosphere". That's a term that, at least to my knowledge, is both old-fashioned and limited to people who actually spent a significant amount of time reading (and often writing) blogs. Barr's use of the term suggests he may well have some awareness of the alternative media.

Watch the whole thing, as Barr brings both sanity and an implacable sense of justice to come. I hope we can rely on him.

If you don't have the 25 minutes needed to watch the whole thing, a brief summary is below.

Fri Dec 13 07:55:28 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


Fri Dec 13 02:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lisa Page sues the FBI

She's asking for emotional damages and costs of therapy over the release of her text messages on her FBI device, which she should have been briefed has no expectation of privacy. Also her feelings were hurt when Trump supposedly faked an orgasm while reading her text messages aloud at a campaign rally. (He didn't; he did read them dramatically).

I figure this lawsuit will last right up to the point when someone tells Page about the discovery phase.

Fri Dec 13 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A gay man who gets the gender issue

Front Page MagSex should be good sex whether it is gay sex or straight sex. Gay sex as a lifelong activity even if practiced within the registers of legalized marriage has never been the norm historically and will never be the norm. More importantly, it can and should never be the norm because it abolishes the regenerative principle of biological procreation.

Heteronormativity is the normative standard of an objective sexual reality because it is the only regenerative means by which mores, norms, values, principles and, therefore, a rational civilization are possible. And a civilization is the only social milieu in which any human being can matriculate as human rather than as an animal or some social monstrosity.

Normal heterosexual behaviors are normal and necessary for reproduction. If we want to continue as a species, we need to recognize that children are produced only by normal men and normal women having sex with each other. Without needing to appeal to a deity for moral judgement, we must accept reproductive sex as the way our species perpetuates itself. That means encouraging and supporting reproductive sexual behavior.

It's not necessary to be negative about folks who tastes do not run that way, and certainly not necessary to criminalize it. But it is entirely reasonable to mildly encourage one and mildly discourage the other.

Thu Dec 12 02:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A note on the Horowitz report

Despite the lack of significant criminal referrals and the refusal to take anything short of a written confession as evidence of bad intent, the Horowitz report does do something significantly positive: it validates the reporting on the SpyGate controversy for one side, and destroys that reporting on the other. Nunes' initial memo outlining the problem is validated, and Schiff's counter-memo is exposed as a tissue of lies. The dossier is demonstrated to be the primary reason for granting the FISA, and is proven false. The FBI is proven to have known it was a pile of lies, yet continued to rely on it before the court, withholding exculpatory information and even falsifying data to the court.

While certain aspects are not proven (eg, the role of the intelligence agencies in creating the investigation using agents such as Mifsud), they are not disproven either.

So while the report is clearly imperfect and fails to bring the conclusions to their proper end with criminal referrals, it does significantly advance the ball for our side. If this was the final play, it would be a tie -- neither side got what they wanted. But it's not. Durham and Barr are clearly still pursuing matters.

So we're in the final quarter and the score is tied. It's up to Durham now.

UPDATE: A comment made late in the Senate hearing that I just noticed. Asked why the report doesn't specify criminal referrals, Horowitz responds that he felt the conduct within was so serious that he simply forwarded the whole report to DOJ/Barr to make those decisions. So, effectively, everyone mentioned in it has been referred for potential criminal prosecution.

And while some previous referrals have been declined, Barr has removed some of the decision-makers there.

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Thu Dec 12 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

She's running...

Maybe the plan is a split ballot at the convention, followed by a superdelegate swoop?

Whatever the details, she's stopped denying it.

Wed Dec 11 02:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

She's running... and winning...

Wed Dec 11 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Voter fraud in Ohio

PJMediaIn a letter to Attorney Dave Yost on December 4, LaRose, a Republican, explained, "As a result of our review, my office has identified 277 individuals who registered to vote in Ohio and 77 individuals who cast a ballot in an Ohio election and who appear to be legally present, noncitizens."

The Secretary of State said the review "utilized a cross-matching of the voter rolls in the Statewide Voter Registration Database with the list of individuals who have Ohio driver licenses or state identification cards." He noted that while the state does not maintain a "comprehensive database" of non-citizens in Ohio, Bureau of Motor Vehicles records do indicate the citizenship status of individuals who apply for driver's licenses or state identification cards.

This sort of thing adds up. And if it doesn't influence election results, why are House Democrats protecting it?

Tue Dec 10 02:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats anticipating brokered convention...

Tue Dec 10 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Horowitz report released

It's up at the DOJ IG website. There's a press release and the full report. It's 476 pages.

UPDATE: Initial conclusions are that Horowitz identifies a lot of errors, mistakes, problems, procedures that were not followed, and so on, but fails to bring it home. It's a hefty black eye for the reputation of the FBI but doesn't really offer consequences other than suggesting a lot of performance reviews. It's not a whitewash, more like a greywash.

The ray of hope: Both US Attorney Durham and AG Barr have issued statements disagreeing with the report's conclusion that the investigation was adequately predicated. That seems to indicate we will be hearing more from them.

As for Horowitz himself, this report combined with the Clinton email report strongly suggests that Horowitz (an Obama appointee, remember) is playing a sacrificial defense game. He's admitting what he has to, doesn't have all the necessary information, and refusing to draw the obvious conclusions.

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Mon Dec 09 12:21:23 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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