Background checks, trust, and racism

Peter Grant at Bayou Renaissance ManThere's a growing groundswell of opinion on the left that businesses should not do background checks on their customers - or even on their employees. In fact, in some jurisdictions, laws have been passed making it illegal to do criminal background checks on prospective renters of property, or certain classes of employees, because this is believed to "disadvantage" people of color. (The fact that people of color are statistically more likely to commit certain crimes is, apparently, neither here nor there. That's not a racist statement, either - it's a factual one. See the FBI crime statistics for details.)

Peters gets almost all the way there, but doesn't quite make it. The left thinks doing background checks is wrong because it offers a credible way to refuse to employ black people (who have committed crimes, as a group, disproportionate to their numbers in the population). An employer could, in theory, use background check results to hide racial prejudice in hiring.

However, that's not the real problem. The real problem for the left is that background checks remove racism as a factor at all. Suddenly, instead of the employer not hiring someone because of racism, instead he's not hiring someone because they have a criminal record -- an element of their individual behavior. In order to keep their grievance industry alive, the Left needs to keep the spectre of racism alive, and that means finding ways to prevent employers from discriminating on the basis of individual traits istead of group traits.

In short, the Democrats are have become so dependent on firing up their voters with claims of racism that they are actually working against race-neutral solutions that would allow those individuals (of whatever color) without criminal records to be recognized and rewarded for their positive behavior. That's going to result in more racism rather than less, as employers will be forced to use the only information they are allowed to have as a proxy for what they really care about: criminal behavior.

Fri Aug 23 08:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lawsuit alleges Assange claimed Seth Rich was source of DNC emails

Conservative TreehouseA rather stunning report from Gateway Pundit outlines information contained within a lawsuit filing. The lawsuit, filed by Businessman Ed Butowsky, alleges Wikileaks founder Julian Assange confirmed to Fox News analyst Ellen Ratner that the DNC leaked emails were received from Seth Rich and his brother Aaron.

Conveniently, Assange has been indicted and is in custody, ensuring he won't be able to comment on this matter without being vulnerable to leverage, if you know what I mean.

Read the link. The ability of the Deep State to control the narrative is starting to fall apart.

Bear in mind that, while we have multiple people claiming (via hearsay, in this case) that the DNC emails published by Wikileaks did not come from the Russians and may have come from Seth Rich, we don't really have evidence or even a public statement by Assange to that effect. What we do have is a lot of smoke around Assange -- smoke that seems designed to hide the fact that there's no fire.

Fri Aug 23 07:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

It's more than just a defective sense of humor...

I've noticed, without really thinking about it, a number of cases where Snopes is "fact checking" stories at Babylon Bee, an explicitly satire rather than news site. The general argument for this from Snopes is that people are mistaking satire stories there for real news stories, which seems... unlikely.

But when I finally did stop to think why Snopes might consider this a useful use of their time, I remembered reading an article about how Facebook, Google, and other Big-Tech sites were going to use Snopes as part of their ranking and filtering systems to avoid propagating "fake news".

So went looking for the article I had read (or at least something like it) using google. No luck. In fact, the whole first page of google results consisted of links to snopes claiming they were not censoring conservative news, links to snopes attacking conservatives for random things unrelated to my query. I did eventually locate a link to a Vox explainer trying to claim the fact-checking deal was biased towards the conservative point of view because one organization (the Daily Caller) supposedly has links to white nationalists. That article also listed the other members of the deal.

Turns out Snopes backed out of the deal with Facebook. But they may well still be involved with other Big Tech sites doing similar filtering, and if so, fact-checking sites rating satire sites as "false" might have the effect of reducing the audience of such sites.

Especially if, as alleged, Snopes is only fact-checking the stories on Babylon Bee satirizing left-leaning topics.

It's like a distributed, unaccountable, invisible censorship.

Fri Aug 23 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Former CEO alleges FBI political surveillance

Conservative TreehouseAccording to Patrick Byrne, due to an earlier relationship relating to Wall Street and assisting federal officials with an investigation therein, he was approached in/around 2015 to assist the FBI with another operation.

Byrne now says in 2015 and 2016 the FBI operation was part of a network of political surveillance being conducted by the FBI on presidential candidates.

Byrne names FBI Agent Peter Strzok as the person giving the instructions.

Byrne names: Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump as the four candidates under FBI surveillance, and/or inside an operation consisting of political espionage.

Byrne claims he was offered a $1 billion bribe to keep his mouth shut.

Byrne claims there are additional witnesses.

Byrne states he went to the DOJ in April 2019 (3rd – 10th), after Bill Barr was Attorney General, because he was informed that Barr was trustworthy and going to support. Byrne told the DOJ everything that was happening.

He's talked to Barr. He has information that could lead to Hillary's arrest.

I hope his suicide insurance is paid up.

Joking aside, he looks like a total wreck. He says Hillary was also a target of the political surveillance. I'm curious what he means by that. Remember, too, this is the guy who was involved with the alleged Russian "agent" Marina Butina (he says that was at the FBI's direction).

I don't know what to make of this. I think this part of the story hasn't had much clarity so far.

UPDATE: Conservative Treehouse has a new post with analysis. Basically Marina Butina was being introduced around as a walking FISA virus -- anyone she talked to could be spied on, and anyone they talked to, and then anyone the last person talked to also (two-hop rule). Introduce her to Trump, Cruz, Rubio, etc, and those campaigns become an open book to the FBI. And the FBI, per Byrne, wanted her introduced at high levels of all those campaigns, and wanted her involved in the Trump campaign. They weren't warning the campaigns off, they were facilitating the introduction of this alleged spy.

Thu Aug 22 22:13:15 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

English Collusion

Washington ExaminerLeaked U.K. diplomatic cables critical of President Trump have led Britain’s ambassador, Sir Kim Darroch, to announce his departure from Washington earlier than expected. But the story is not yet concluded.

According to one current and one former U.S. government official speaking on the condition of anonymity, Darroch repeatedly leaked classified U.S. intelligence information, including highly classified information, to a journalist for a U.S.-based media outlet. The sources are consolidated by the reaction my related inquiries have received from other government officials.

These leaks are unrelated to the diplomatic cables which sparked Trump's anger and Darroch's departure.

Still, one source says that the U.S. government was so alarmed by Darroch's leaks that it launched an official investigation to find the source of the information. That source described the leaked intelligence as “very sensitive,” and suggested that exigent U.S. security concerns motivated the investigation. That source says that non-U.S. government derived records showed the ambassador and journalist exchanging messages on a continuing basis. The source emphasized that these communications were not derived from U.S. government actions.

So not only did the US and UK intelligence agencies collude to spy on Trump, not only did Steele -- if you believe him -- dish made-up Russian dirt on Trump to the FBI, but the British ambassador -- who would be responsible for dealing with Trump on behalf of his country should Trump win as in fact Trump did -- not only hated Trump and wrote about it in diplomatic cables, but leaked highly classified intelligence information to reporters. All in an effect to interfere with the election in the United States, when we are supposed to be close allies.

Thu Aug 22 08:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rep Ilhan Omar will not answer whether she supports Al Qaeda

She says she will not dignify the question with an answer. I think that's enough of an answer for me.

Thu Aug 22 07:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

I'll take "poorly written survey question" for $200...

InstapunditMEN ARE TWO TIMES MORE LIKELY THAN WOMEN TO NEGLECT CHANGES: I suspect by “men” they mean kids in their teens. Nearly half of Americans wear same pair of underwear for at least 2 days: study.

Look, I know that’s not half the people, but I like my illusions, so let me keep them.

If you put your underwear on when you get up at 7am, and take it off when you go to bed at 1am, you technically wore it for 2 different days. Not 24+ hours straight, mind you, but technically, say, both Monday and Tuesday.

And, of course, I doubt the survey really clarifies how often this happens.

Thu Aug 22 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that media bias that doesn't exist

Washington Post fact-checks Republicans but no Democrats during Mueller hearing. And no, it's not because Democrats were being honest.

Wed Aug 21 08:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mifsud left a taped deposition with his lawyer....

It appears Mifsud left a taped deposition with his lawyer before going into hiding. Do investigators have that deposition now? If so, that would represent a major break in the case, and put the people giving Mifsud his instructions in legal jeopardy.

Wed Aug 21 07:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Epstein's guards not cooperating with investigation into "suicide"

Of course they aren't cooperating. They're complicit, whether by negligence or malice.

Wed Aug 21 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Circle Dance

An insightful piece about the temptation to hold hands in a circle and dance in a ring. It's symbolic of something else, of course: the totalitarian impulse to imagine everyone gets along because everyone is singing and dancing the same thing, and if they don't, then by gosh we better make them be happy and sing along too.

I think the whole singing and dancing in a circle together is probably a bit more than just a symbol. It's a persistent image and idea that probably goes all the way back to dancing around a campfire in the wilderness. The people who danced with you are your friends and allies, your tribe members. The people who don't know the steps are enemies...

This is not something that works very well in a modern society, where honest people can and do disagree about many things while remaining willing to peacefully coexist and trade.

Tue Aug 20 08:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

AG Barr orders IG investigation into Epstein's death by "suicide"

Fox News "I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. Mr. Epstein's death raises serious questions that must be answered. In addition to the FBI's investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein's death."

When the AG orders an IG investigation before the FBI's initial investigation has even started, it's a sign the chances of malfeasance and corruption are so high as to be practical certainties.

I don't doubt that Epstein had very strong motivations to kill himself. After all, he was in prison facing trial and almost certain conviction for decades of crimes against children.

On the other hand, he probably had a little black book with hundreds of powerful political figures and other prominent people in government and society who he could call for help... or implicate in crimes. They would have every motive to shut him up and the money to pay someone to do it, or to look the other way. And there's no doubt Epstein was going to be under serious pressure to name names and provide evidence.

None of the possible outcomes here (suicide, suicide-with-guards-looking-away, or murder) would surprise me.

Tue Aug 20 07:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

4 killed in mass stabbing

Just a reminder that murderers gonna murder whether they can get a gun or not.

Tue Aug 20 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Facebook receives patent for shadow banning after denying it to Congress


Mon Aug 19 08:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wobbling back to the Fire...

Just a few months after HBO's very well produced series on Chernobyl reminded everyone of what happens when Russia plays with nukes, Putin has a nuclear accident.

A small one, thankfully, but we really don't want him playing with nukes.

UPDATE: Two nuclear monitoring stations went silent after multiple deaths in Russian nuclear accident.

UPDATE: Two more monitoring stations down. How big is this accident?

Mon Aug 19 07:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that google search bias they claim doesn't exist...

PJMediaA full 70 percent of Google News search results for topics related to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend were biased toward the left, a new study revealed Wednesday.

The nonpartisan group AllSides analyzed the top three search results in Google News for ten topics related to the mass shootings, including the cities of the shootings, the names of the shooters, and even "Trump," whom many liberal outlets blamed for somehow inspiring the El Paso shooting. The research took place on the afternoons of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

"This analysis shows no direct evidence that Google is intentionally suppressing voices from the center or right on the shootings," John Gable, CEO and co-founder of AllSides, said in a statement on the results. "But there was a clear and overwhelming bias in Google’s results covering these shootings, intentional or not."

In the context of the recent Google whistleblower, I think the question of intent will be conclusively settled.

Mon Aug 19 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Red Flag laws kill an innocent man

Officers shot and killed a 61-year-old man in Maryland today when they came to confiscate his guns under Maryland's Red Flag law.

Folks, remember when the anti-gunners yelled that they wanted to take away our guns, and we told them that if they tried that, people would see that as the first move in a tyrannical dictatorship and shoot back?

That just happened.

Everyone who has claimed that the gun-rights side doesn't take this seriously and won't resist a gun confiscation operation when the police actually do show up at their door?

Just proven wrong.

Red Flag laws will get people killed.

Sun Aug 18 08:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bruce Ohr 302s released

Bruce Ohr acted as a go-between for the FBI and their "fired" ex-informant Steele. The firing was a sham, part of the coverup process. The FBI continued to use Steele as a source, through Ohr, until two days prior to the Mueller special counsel appointment (!!!!!). Given that I would be very surprised if Mueller's team did not have continuing contact with Steele by some mechanism as well.

Sun Aug 18 07:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Giuliani: Deliberate efforts to cover up wrongdoing

Meaning in History thinks Giuliani is pointing at Wray as the coverup artist. I'm not so sure that's what Giuliani is saying here, necessarily, but I do think Wray is neck-deep in covering up elements of SpyGate. What I think has been happening is that people in Europe (Ukraine, Italy at least, maybe in the UK) have been trying to reach the FBI to tell their side of the story, and the FBI has been ignoring those requests. That could be Wray, it could be underlings. As far as I can tell, it took these people (Mifsud in Italy, some elements of the Ukraine government) going to the media and getting media attention before they got officially noticed.

Categories Spygate

Sun Aug 18 06:47:34 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Targetting political opponents for intimidation tactics

Conservative TreehouseDemocrat Congressman Joaquin Castro, represents a district that encompasses San Antonio, Texas.

Using his twitter account today, Representative Castro posted a list of local donors to the Donald Trump campaign directing his followers to target those ordinary citizens.
Political targeting is exactly what President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder were doing when the DOJ requested the donor contribution lists, “schedule B’s”, from the IRS (Lois Lerner) so they could generate their ‘secret research project‘ targeting list. These actions are directly, openly, publicly and specifically, the weaponization of government.

This is the long-standing ideology of the of the political left. It is a short walk from starting a secret research project; creating files through surveillance, generating lists of citizens and posting them in the public square; to eventually making people wear armbands. The purposes are EXACTLY the same.

Exactly. The purpose is political intimidation: the coerced silence of public support for the opposing side, on pain of social ostracism and even, potentially, physical attacks. If donating to Trump gets you put on a list for targeted ostracism and violence, who will donate to Trump? And that leaves out the social side, when perhaps the social side is even more important.

By coincidence, earlier this week I was at a business lunch with most of my immediate coworkers. Of those 20-30 people, one of my coworkers mentioned, I was the only one generally known to support Trump. A few others admitted to having voted for him in 2016 but they were quick to add they would not do so again. Most remained silent, even though I knew there were Trump supporters among them (from private conversations). And this is in the very red state of Texas.

The continuing media attacks and intimidation are draining. No one wants to be on the political defensive constantly when they are just living their life. And when you conduct those informal polls of those around you, the Trump supporters mostly remain quiet while the Democrats (supported by the perceived media dominance) are outspoken and aggressive.

That translates into a perceived disparity of support, which has the tendency to intimidate people into silence, making them much less likely to vote or get involved in supporting their candidate.

Sat Aug 17 08:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Former FBI assistant director descends into numerology conspiracies

Seriously, this guy thinks raising flags on 8/8 is some sort of evidence of white nationalism? And he was in charge of counterintelligence at the FBI? No wonder they thought Trump was a Russian agent -- the microwaves being beamed into their brains from orbital weather control satellites never lie!

Sat Aug 17 07:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter suspends Sen Maj Leader McConnell's twitter account

They suspended the account because McConnell's team posted videos of protestors outside McConnel's home calling for him to be murdered. Apparently, Twitter does not allow public figures to call out those threatening them with death.

Still, it's possible something good may come of this incident. McConnell may be forced to realize that Big Tech is not his friend.

Sat Aug 17 06:47:23 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Epstein's autopsy report says suicide...

... and the New York Times printed it. I understand it's difficult for an autopsy to say there was a murder by strangulation when all the other evidence is being covered up. But really?

Fri Aug 16 20:20:36 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Will the GOP cave on gun control?

PJMediaAfter last weekend's horrible mass shootings, we're hearing the usual cries from the left for stricter gun control -- but this time we're also hearing them from increasing numbers of Republican lawmakers willing to embrace "red flag" legislation.

Time reports that a bipartisan proposal to create a federal grant encouraging the adoption of state-level red flag laws is "gaining momentum" in the Senate. President Trump gave the bill a push on Monday, telling the nation in a prepared address, “We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do those firearms can be taken through rapid due process." GOP co-sponsor Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) said that red flag laws will allow law enforcement to "do something" about potentially dangerous gun owners or would-be buyers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made the Senate the place where Democrat gun control bills from the House go to die, but even he seems at least somewhat open to new legislation. In a statement released earlier this week, McConnell said that "serious, bipartisan, bicameral efforts will enable us to continue this important work."

This is certainly a moment of political danger for gun owners -- followed shortly by intense, personal danger as ex-girlfriends, ex-wives, "triggered" liberals, and potential boyfriends of young daughters all call in to "red flag" anyone they think might own a gun and seems angry. But the fact is, so-called "red flag" laws won't change anything (at least not in a positive way) and are likely to instead make things dramatically worse.

Right now, we have laws against making violent threats, laws in many states enabling involuntary commitment of people who pose a danger to others, and most of those laws come with a prohibition on firearms ownership. They are already of questionable legality in some cases for lack of due process, they are already on the books, and they don't work. Every time this happens we hear about the warning signs, the calls to police, the threats. But no action is taken... and not for lack of legal authority. Sometimes the police don't bother. Sometimes they bother, but don't add the murdered to the NICS list. Sometimes the government sponsors straw purchasers smuggling guns to criminals (see Fast and Furious under Obama's watch).

Bottom line, background checks don't actually stop criminals from getting guns. Hardened criminals can get guns on the black market anyway. The people who commit mass shootings have usually come to the attention of law enforcement in myriad of ways before their mass murder but without being added to the appropriate lists or any serious action being taken. Adding red flag laws into the equation will do nothing but increase the false reporting rates and harass peaceful gun owners during divorces or even just a bad breakup with a girlfriend.

If Trump wants to win re-election in 2020, he absolutely cannot afford to piss off gun owners. He's going to have enough problems with the NRA sidelined, and he's already taken some actions that have pissed off the 2nd Amendment community. All we have to do is stay home, and he's a one-term president.

That said, other presidents -- both Bushes, for a recent example -- have danced around this issue successfully. They publicly supported assault weapons bans which Congress never sent to them to sign. At the moment, though, the Democrats control the House, and the Senate is in Republican hands by a very slim majority. The GOPe -- who hate Trump despite sharing his party -- might well send him a gun control bill hoping he would sign it and destroy his re-election chances. Without the NRA to speak up, Trump might not have the instincts to realize how bad an idea this would be.

Categories Arms Control

Fri Aug 16 08:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dayton murderer was antifa "armed brigades" member

The left appears to be actively trying to start the civil war that the right has been warning them they would provoke.

Fri Aug 16 07:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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