NYTimes claiming Russians hacked Burisma

This is going to be their excuse for any embarrassing data about the Biden corruption. They will just claim it was faked by the Russians to interfere with the 2020 election. Never mind that Biden's on video bragging about shutting down investigations, it's all going to be called fake news.

Sat Jan 18 01:42:10 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Virginia confiscation bill withdrawn

A victory. But there is a lot of gun control still on the agenda.

Fri Jan 17 02:42:10 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton Foundation investigation over?

Reports indicate Huber was determined not to find anything, and so he didn't look very hard.

Fri Jan 17 01:42:10 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


Legislation is being introduced to protect travelers from gun laws in anti-gun states from being punished for just passing through. But we already have this legislation, albeit in an older form. We traded (I think mostly the NRA traded...) new NFA firearms for it. Now we have to "buy" (with lobbying, activism, tradeoffs against other legislation, and all the other things that go along with exercise your free speech rights and engaging in politics, etc...) it again?

Thu Jan 16 02:42:10 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The coming crackdown on guns

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man has a great post on what to expect when your pro-gun state gets taken over, even temporarily, by the left. Such as recently happened in Virginia.

Not mentioned is that they are also going after the electoral system, by instituting universal mandatory vote-by-mail, allowing felons to vote, issuing driver's licenses to illegals (and registering them to vote at the same time) and generally making it very difficult to take the territory back.

Thu Jan 16 01:42:10 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Stefan Halper was on Carter Page before FBI claims to have been

In fact, he may have suggested targeting Page to the FBI. Presumably, Halper was already tasked to dirty up Page along with Flynn and others by whoever was running him. CIA, and Brennan, being the likely candidate.

Categories Spygate

Wed Jan 15 02:42:10 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Steele's dossier sources designed to exploit an FBI flaw?

The FederalistThere is a second significant problem bearing on the Page FISA applications that the IG exposed in his earlier audit of the CHS validation process: “The IG’s audit of confidential human sources reveals that the FBI did not maintain validation reports for sub-sources, defined in the report as individuals ‘who directly acquire[] information that is then provided to the FBI by an FBI CHS.’” Sub-sources, of course, are secondhand sources of information to FBI sources.

According to Horowitz, Delta “does not identify and track extraterritorial sub-sources.” That means that the CHS system “will lack complete and accurate information on its CHS coverage stemming from extraterritorial sub-sources.”
The FBI’s failure to maintain a database to identify and track sub-sources decimates the entire basis for the Carter Page surveillance warrants. According to the IG report, the FISA applications all disclosed that “Steele relied upon a Primary Sub-source who used a network of sub-sources, and that neither Steele nor the Primary Sub-source had direct access to the information being reported.” The FISA applications then “contained a separate footnote on each sub-source with a brief description of his/her position or access to the information he/she was reporting.”

Strange how Steele's resume and dossier came to the FBI perfectly prepared to exploit this flaw in the FBI's record keeping system. Steele was considered credible (albeit not by his original case handler!) and the FBI's system could only track his own credibility, not that of his foreign subsources.

This approach to the FBI really looks like it was designed by someone who knew the limitations fo the FBI's system and wanted to make it hard to identify and track the actual sources for Steele's information soi their credibility could be measured and potentially consequences applied. Instead Steele became the front man for everything.

Categories Spygate

Wed Jan 15 01:42:10 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FISA abuser Dana Boente signs FBI response to FISC abuse

I think the official term for this is chutzpuh.

Worse, the proposes changes amount to more "training" and no accountability. This is not adequate, it's beyond embarrassing, it's insulting.

And the FISA court itself has appointed an advior who is on the record in a amicus brief to the court claiming the FBI did nothing wrong in this case.

So far, we have yet to see any accountability here. Firing or demoting a few people is not sufficient.

Categories Spygate

Tue Jan 14 02:47:22 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Registration leads to confiscation

Tue Jan 14 01:47:22 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch sues for Schiff's telephone subpeonas

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced it today filed a lawsuit against Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and the House Intelligence Committee for the controversial subpoenas issued for phone records, including those of Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s lawyer. The phone records led to the publication of the private phone records of Giuliani, Congressman Devon Nunes, journalist John Solomon, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, attorney Victoria Toensing, and other American citizens.

Schiff may well have left himself legally exposed here.

Mon Jan 13 02:47:22 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Jaime Caetano v Massachusetts

Ammoland quoting NBC NewsThe Supreme Court ruling] said the Massachusetts court improperly found that Second Amendment protection applies only to weapons that were in common use at the time of the nation's founding.

Referring to its landmark 2008 ruling on handguns in the home, the justices said the Second Amendment applies “to all instruments that constitute bearable arms,” even those not in existence at the time of the founding.

I'll take a plasma rifle in the 40-megawatt range, please.

Mon Jan 13 01:47:22 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham seeking Brennan's call logs, emails

Daily CallerU.S Attorney John Durham is seeking the emails, call logs and other communications of former CIA Director John Brennan as part of a broad investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, according to a report.

The New York Times, citing three sources familiar with the matter, reported that Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, is looking at the role that Brennan played in assessing that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election specifically to help Donald Trump.

Durham also wants to know about Brennan’s views of the Steele dossier, the Democrat-funded opposition research that alleged a “well-developed conspiracy of co-operation” between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

Just from statements on the public record, some even under oath to Congress, Brennan is seriously exposed here.

Sun Jan 12 02:40:23 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Robocall bill to go to Trump's desk

Ars TechnicaThe US Senate unanimously passed legislation Thursday that aims to end the scourge of robocalls. The TRACED Act had already passed the House of Representatives, so it's now headed to President Donald Trump's desk for signature.

The new legislation allows federal authorities to seize the profits of robocall operators and assess an additional penalty of up to $10,000 per call. It also pushes telephone companies to implement SHAKEN and STIR, a suite of authentication protocols that will help the fight against robocalls.

Penalties won't deter offshore actors, but if they can stop number spoofing, or identify when a number is spoofed, anti-spam apps can take the necessary blocking steps to improve life a lot.

Sun Jan 12 01:40:23 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About those cheap immigrant doctors...

PJmediaThe details of this case are simply horrifying. One woman tried for years to conceive a child, but couldn’t. When she finally consulted a fertility specialist, she discovered, according to the Virginian-Pilot, that her “Fallopian tubes had been burned down to nubs, making it impossible to conceive naturally.” It turned out that her physician, Dr. Javaid Perwaiz of Chesapeake, Virginia, had tied her tubes without telling her was doing it or obtaining her consent. And she was by no means the only woman whom Dr. Perwaiz victimized in this way.

Sure, we also have Americans who are evil enough to do this sort of thing. But compassion and fair play are concepts that many foreign cultures apply only to their own. Applying those concepts more broadly is one of those things that makes America different. Importing people who don't share that broader view ... well, sometimes it has consequences like this.

Sat Jan 11 02:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did Rosenstein lead the computer intrusion unit that hacked Sharyl Atkinson?

Sat Jan 11 01:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Not climate change

Daily WireMany experts — and quasi-experts — have blamed climate change for the increasingly destructive fires that now rage almost yearly in Australia, but at least some of the blazes currently burning were set deliberately by “firebugs,” according to Australian authorities, who have arrested around 100 people who, they say, are responsible for hundreds of small fires that became massive brushfires.

“As firefighters remained on high alert, police revealed 103 of the destructive fires that had lashed Queensland since September were deliberately lit,” Brisbane news reported. “Figures obtained by AAP revealed police had dealt with 98 people – 31 adults and 67 juveniles – for deliberately setting fires.”

The UK’s Telegraph also carried an op-ed over the weekend noting that “green” policies that prevent farmers from doing controlled burns on their property may be part of the reason typical Australian brushfires now regularly rage out of control.

Folks, arson is not climate change.

Fri Jan 10 02:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another lie to the FISA court

Fri Jan 10 01:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden willing to sacrifice your job on the altar of climate change

Instapundit “Vice President Biden, i’d like to ask you, three consecutive American presidents have enjoyed stints of explosive economic growth due to oil and gas production,” Tim Alberta said. “As president would you be willing to sacrifice some of that growth, even knowing potentially that it could displace thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of blue collar workers in the interest transitioning to that greener economy?”

“The answer is yes,” Biden responded.

There's some context, but it doesn't help much.

Thu Jan 09 02:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Back and forth on the Steele dossier and the ICA

New York TimesBut C.I.A. analysts still wanted to leave the dossier out of the assessment, as it was not vetted. Mr. Brennan’s allies have said he was among the officials who wanted to omit the dossier from the assessment.

Here's the thing. Both Comey and Brennan are claiming the other wanted to include the "crown material" (ie, Steele dossier) in the assessment. They know that being the one left holding that is dangerous. We also know Horowitz has probably already had a look at Comey's emails, and Durham is now reading through Brennan's. One of them is lying, and they both have made statements under oath about this.

New York TimesAndrew G. McCabe, then the deputy director of the F.B.I., pushed back, according to the inspector general report, accusing the intelligence chiefs of trying to minimize Mr. Steele’s information.

Hmm... there's McCabe's name again. Remember, he's the whose wife's first run for political office got donations from Clinton-linked financiers to the tune of $700K or so. And he keeps showing up pushing the dossier. Durham should be scrutinizing McCabe very closely.

Categories Spygate

Thu Jan 09 01:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The real purpose behind gun control

Power LineMaybe they are true believers. Maybe they honestly think that if we add two or three more gun regulations to the thousands that already exist, violence will magically wither away, despite all evidence to the contrary. But despite my low opinion of liberals, I don’t think they are that dumb. I think, rather, that most of them hate the sort of people who own firearms, and simply want to harass and delegitimize them. I don’t think there is any more noble objective in view, which is why the gun sanctuary movement has taken off with lightning speed.

This is close, but not quite there. They know, roughly, how gun owners vote. Particularly the ornery types who want legal carry and buy so-called "assault weapons". If they can target that demographic with gun control laws that make it legally risky to live in a blue state, and keep those laws in place, they figure the gun owner types will leave and the gun culture in that state will die, making sure that the Democrats will have an electoral lock for decades and any future Republicans elected there will be milquetoast types.

Will it work? It has before. But there's still time to stop it.

Wed Jan 08 02:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Surveillance tapes missing in Epstein "suicide"

Big League PoliticsShocking no one, the surveillance footage outside of convicted pedophile and Bill Clinton buddy Jeffrey Epstein’s cell during his first suicide attempt has gone up in smoke.

Too many things keep going wrong for this to be anything other than foul play.

Wed Jan 08 01:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Instagram and Facebook shut down 2nd Amendment advocacy

Bearing ArmsIt sure looks like this policy is meant to curtail any and all posts where the influencer’s been compensated by a firearms company, gun store, or range. If that’s the case, then this won’t just make waves in the firearms industry. It could be an earthquake. As Deanna Waddell from Gunship Helicopters in Las Vegas told the website Vox earlier this year, social media influencers are an extremely effective way for companies to reach their audience.

The government can't shut down speech, but apparently Big Tech is willing to.

Tue Jan 07 02:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Active investigation into ICIG Atkinson

Devin Nunes disclosed that there is an active investigation into ICIG Atkinson. My gut feeling is that Atkinson has more to worry about than an investigation of his whistleblower coordination.

Tue Jan 07 01:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bill of Attainder?

Virginia has legislation that would shut down any non-government-owned shooting range with at least 50 employees.

Most gun ranges are operated by much smaller businesses, well under that 50 employee limit. So what's the deal here? Aside from making it hard to run large scale gun ranges (which mostly do not exist anyway), why try to pass a law like this if it would have no effect?

I do have an idea why. The NRA HQ range is located in Virginia and the NRA organization undoubtedly has more than 50 employees. This is likely just a petty way to score some points by making the NRA shut down or spin off their HQ range.

Categories Arms Control

Tue Jan 07 00:46:55 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama cash transfer to Iran increased military budget by 39%

AlgemeinerThe controversial transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars in cash to Tehran by the Obama administration a few months ago is likely being used to expand Iran’s defense budget, according to an analysis by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

US ConstitutionTreason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

Most large planes have at least two pilots. Just saying.

Mon Jan 06 02:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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