The cause of the coming meat shortage

Washington ExaminerThere is no actual shortage in livestock. (Remember, farmers are about to kill their produce needlessly.) Rather, the breakdown is coming on the plant side of the equation where cramped quarters are hazardous. Why can’t farmers sell directly to consumers and circumvent this problem? You guessed it — government regulations.

In 1967, the federal government blocked states from making their own decisions on how meat was processed and promptly handed the power to the Department of Agriculture, or USDA.

What followed was essentially a takeover of control of the industry. Farmers had to travel long distances and sell their livestock to a small number of USDA slaughterhouses instead of to local butchers, small processors, or directly to consumers. This relationship began to severely impact their profit margins as the government was able to force farmers to sell their product for pennies on the dollar. When you limit the number of places the producers can sell, you control the prices.

Wait, what? Why? Why was this done, why was it considered good policy? Even if you want the FDA to have regulatory control of food safety, why would you require in those regulations that food be processed in a large central facility instead of in a distributed (and thus resilient) system?

Let's let the free market and competition solve this problem.

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Tue May 19 01:35:52 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Barr says he does not expect criminal probe of Obama or Biden

Bill Quick finds this disappointing. I do too, but I think there's a bit of a different perspective. I've commented before that a lot of what happened in 2019 (and really, in 2017 and 2018 too) was a negotiation between the Deep State and Trump. The Mueller investigation threatened impeachment to paralyze the President while the House Intel Committee investigated the Deep State. The negotiation was simple: mutually assured destruction, or drop the investigations. In 2018 the roles swapped; the Dems took the House and threatened impeachment, but Trump and Barr shut down Mueller and begin seriously investigating the Deep State. This made impeachment inevitable, but the details were to-be-determined and essentially irrelevant. It was always going to be some pretext, and so it was. But Trump did not blink, and beat the impeachment. Given the Senate, impeachment was always more of a public relations and reputational threat, and Trump proved stronger than those who sought to intimidate him.

Now Trump, through Barr, is setting the terms. He's saying to the Deep State: I won't go after Obama or Biden criminally. I'll expose them, but not prosecute. I'll beat Biden to a bloody pulp (politically, in the election) but I won't prosecute him and I won't prosecute Obama. Everyone else who participated is fair game.

That's the last peace offer the Deep State gets. They can stop the BS and have a fair 2020 election for all the marbles (and likely lose because Biden is both pathetic and compromised in Obamagate), but have their two major leadership figures left with freedom if not reputations intact... OR, the Deep State can fight dirty, tooth and nail, bring another impeachment right before the election or whatever else they plan to do. And if they choose to fight dirty, Trump withdraws the offer of protection, leaving Obama and Biden to face the legal consequences of their actions if (when) he wins in 2020.

It would be very disappointing for Obama and Biden to escape consequences. But remember that Barr is speaking hypothetically here. He doesn't "expect" either of them to face a criminal investigation or charges. That can change.

UPDATE: Similar thoughts.

Mon May 18 19:50:12 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Parkland Deputy who hid behind car reinstated with full back pay

Disgusting. They waited years to try to make sure no one noticed.

Mon May 18 02:47:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New information about Saudi involvement in 9-11?

Not sure what to make of this. It's long been understood that some of the attackers were Saudi, but this appears to suggest aid from the Saudi government reached two of the hijackers.

Mon May 18 01:47:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Unconstitutional and Illegal Actions by the Obama Administration

Sun May 17 02:34:34 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DNI Grenell will release House Intel transcripts if Schiff refuses

Schiff has been keeping these transcripts under wraps, but DNI Grenell is now threatening to release them himself.

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Sun May 17 01:34:34 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Researcher close to Covid-19 breakthrough killed in murder-suicide?

The murder part is pretty solid. The suicide part is based on assuming a dead man they found was responsible for the murder. Who knows whether he was actually close to a breakthrough. But the whole situation is weird

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Sat May 16 02:56:58 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mary McCord defends herself in the New York Times

The opinion piece is written by one of the people involved. She's staring at Durham getting ready to prosecute her. Of course she is going to try to defend her actions. Like all such defenses, take with a skeptical eye, and compare it to what the same people said under oath and important background information.

For a longer explanation of the sequence of events, complete with images of the evidentiary documents, see the Conservative Treehouse post. For a detailed timeline of what we now know, see this Federalist article.

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Sat May 16 01:56:58 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

False Flag Hate

Fri May 15 02:11:56 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fauci's opinion on the virus origin is suspect

Since Fauci funded the Chinese lab from which the virus escaped in order to evade a ban on gain-of-function research in the US, I'm not especially convinced by his insistence that the virus is natural. He's a snake and he's trying to hide his own culpability.

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Fri May 15 01:11:56 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Weak-sauce FISA reform bill to hit Senate floor before the storm

It seems the Senate Intelligence Committee thinks the present is better than the future, which is saying quite a lot. The FISA renewal and (minimal) reform bill has been scheduled for the Senate floor. It's not a great bill as far as reform goes, but for the Intel community, the alternative is no renewal at all, which is worse from their perspective and a lot better from ours.

If you want something productive to do, support amendments to strengthen the bill.

UPDATE: Too late. Even before I hit the publish button the Senate approved this.

Thu May 14 17:26:10 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

List of Flynn unmaskers revealed

Fox NewsTop Obama administration officials purportedly requested to "unmask" the identity of former national security adviser Michael Flynn during the presidential transition period, according to a list of names from that controversial process made public on Wednesday.

The list was declassified in recent days by Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell and then sent to GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson, who made the documents public. The roster features top-ranking figures including then-Vice President Joe Biden -- a detail already being raised by the Trump campaign in the bare-knuckle 2020 presidential race where Biden is now the Democrats' presumptive nominee.

The list also includes then-FBI Director James Comey, then-CIA Director John Brennan, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Obama's then-chief of staff Denis McDonough.

It's not necessarily improper to unmask someone, constitutional issues about the collection itself aside, if appropriate procedures are followed for an appropriate purpose. It is exceedingly improper (and, yes, illegal) to leak the unmasking as was done to Flynn. Logically, what should have happened in this case would be simple:

1) Obama kicks out Russian diplomats, creating an incident
2) Flynn, as incoming National Security Advisor, talks to the Russians and requests they do not escalate.
3) For whatever reason the conversation with the Russian ambassador gets intercepted and people ask who is this guy asking them not to escalate?
4) Flynn is unmasked to those individuals and they say "Oh, he's the incoming National Security Advisor. That makes sense." The issue gets dropped.

Instead, someone leaked the information to the press to create a scandal, which the FBI used to conduct an ambush interview and get Flynn fired.

So the question is: who leaked the call? That leak was illegal -- and likely it was one of the people on the unmasking list who did it.

Another part of the big news: Obama's chief of staff unmasked Flynn's name immediately before the January 5th meeting. Nunes says many more people on the Trump transition team than Flynn were unmasked.

Thu May 14 12:11:26 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judge in Flynn case invites amicus curiae filings to oppose dismissal

As far as I can tell, requesting amicus briefs before ruling in a criminal case is an extremely unusual thing to do. He's basically proposing that someone other than DOJ should prosecute the case, if such a motion is filed and granted. That's absurd.

This judge shook things up with respect to prosecutorial abuse in the past, but my feeling since then is that he has been compromised somehow by the Deep State. The ruling is getting a lot of criticism, including planned ethics charges (not from Flynn or his lawyer, to be clear), in addition to the formal opposition brief from Flynn. If he actually refuses to allow DOJ to dismiss the charges, I can't see that decision surviving appeal.

Thu May 14 10:32:10 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What Obama knew and when he knew it: a timeline

If you haven't been following the details closely, this timeline might help.

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Thu May 14 10:30:17 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Crowdstrike admits no evidence of network extraction of emails

Their until-recently secret testimony indicates that the emails were "prepared for extraction" but they had no evidence the emails were actually extracted over the network. How else would they be extracted, save by an insider who had physical access to the server?

Thu May 14 10:28:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Grenell declassified the Obama admin officials involved in unmasking

Daily WireActing Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has declassified the list of former Obama administration officials who were allegedly involved in the “unmasking” of then-incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn.

ABC News first reported the news but initially said in the title that Grenell was in the process of trying to declassify the list of Obama officials.

A source with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Wire that the list has already been declassified and now it’s on Attorney General William Barr to release the list.

It seems likely this list will be a bombshell when it finally gets out, and possibly expand Durham's investigation. It's worth noting that unmasking by itself isn't necessarily improper, but leaking the results definitely is, and that appears to have happened several times. The real question is whether those unmaskings can be provably linked to leaks, and whether the information reveals more activity than Barr was previously aware of.

Categories Spygate

Thu May 14 10:28:02 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Virginia court stands up for gun rights

Thu May 14 02:08:08 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Could the Flynn leak have come from the Obama White House?

Mary McCord testified that it could have. Oops. That may be one of the things that explains why Obama is panicing.

In his call with former officials, Obama says that the result of justice here puts the rule of law at risk. That is obviously bullshit; just look at the many Obama officials who lied to Congress and never even got charged with perjury for it. The actual threat to the rule of law comes from the Obama administration using the FBI and intelligence agencies to try to swing the outcome of an election, and then remove the duly-elected President in a political coup. The plot to frame Michael Flynn was only one of many actions taken by Obama that are better suited to a third world dictator than a US president.

Thu May 14 01:08:08 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake News

Categories Spygate Fake News

Wed May 13 02:42:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Turley takes apart Obama's Flynn phone call

Obama's comments show a stunning legal ignorance. Or perhaps Obama is just nervous now that there is public attention to the details of his political espionage.

Wed May 13 01:42:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

CDC recommends mail-in voting

I consider this the last straw regarding Dr Fauci. He has positioned himself in alignment with Democrat plans to use mail-in voting and ballot harvesting to steal the 2020 election. The coronavirus from China may be real, but I now believe Fauci deliberately engineered the panic response by exaggerating the actual dangers in service of his goal to destroy the economy and help the Democrats defeat Trump.

I was willing to extend the benefit of the doubt due to the unknown factors involved, but this is a pretty clear position statement.

UPDATE: "There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust", says Dr. Birx.

Tue May 12 02:27:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama Admin official admits lying to promote Russia Hoax

She lied about having evidence of cvollusion on National TV, and then admitted it under oath. So did Clapper. So did Susan Rice and Samantha Power.

Tue May 12 01:27:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake News

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Mon May 11 02:21:37 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Don't fall for it

Sultan Knish has a length article up saying the Russians had compromised Steele. This may well be true; Steele was friendly with Russians who had intel and government ties, and they may well have been feeding him information. Or more accurately, disinformation. But remember those same sources disclaimed the information, saying either Steele made it up or it was rumors and "bar talk".

"The Russians fooled us" is the FBI's fallback position to get out of trouble for deliberately abusing their counterintelligence powers to influence an election. We shouldn't let them evade responsibility that way.

And the proof of this is that the FBI interviewed Steele's sources and obtained those sources' disclaimer of the information even before the Mueller investigation began.

This was not a mistake. It was malfeasance.

Categories Spygate

Mon May 11 01:21:37 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Apparently wearing blackface is more common than you think...

... at least on CNN. There are pictures. Damning pictures.

Categories Fake News

Sun May 10 02:37:12 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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