Legislation introduced to fund family's education choice

This legislation, introduced by Rand Paul, sounds like it would effectively apply federal education funding for school choice. While I am always reluctant to involve the feds, I think the Department of Education is useless and I would be happy to redirect all of its funding to school choice programs. (I'm not saying this legislation does that, but it's a start).

The problem is that federal funding always, always, comes with strings. Sometimes attached later, even if the original legislation is reasonable. Still, the current situation represents an opportunity. Teachers' unions are demanding more tax money while refusing to do their job at even the level of a day care facility, and that demand is both so outrageous and so noticeable that alternative solutions are clearly needed.

The chances the current House passes any legislation like this are slim to none, but the situation may be different next year.

Wed Aug 19 02:11:15 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sally Yates contradicts Strzok's notes about Jan 5th meeting

In her opening statement, she described the January 5th meeting, claiming she did not recall all the details but that the President and Vice President did not give any directions concerning the investigation of Flynn. This is contradicted by Flynn's notes ("make sure the right people are on it" attributed to Obama, and "Logan Act" attributed to Biden). There are additional places where her testimony conflicts with that from others.

Meaning in History has interesting analysis, and a detailed debunking of her factual errors at The Federalist.

The main takeaway from me is that Comey is the designated person who will be offered up to the wolves lead by Durham and Barr. The question is whether Comey will fall on his sword to protect Obama, or whether Comey flips and points the finger upwards.

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Wed Aug 19 01:11:15 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pardon for Assange?

The discussion of pardons is significant to me for two reasons. First, obviously, is what they know. Flynn knows what the intel community has been up to and has promised to expose it. Snowden already has exposed it (and while I'm not a fan of everything he did, especially hiding out in Russia, I think exposing what US intel agencies were abusing their authority to do was absolutely righteous). And, of course, Assange knows where Wikileaks really got the DNC emails from and can thus expose the whole Russia hoax as a fraud from the start. (There are other possible figures for pardons, too, but those are the big three, and Trump ruled out Snowden and Flynn for this announcement).

But, second... it shows Trump is very, very, very pissed off at the intelligence community and is losing patience with AG Barr. If Barr was making satisfactory progress, Trump wouldn't feel the need to add to the pressure. And yet, talk of pardons.

UPDATE: Susan B Anthony? I didn't see that one coming. I can only parse this as a threat to the intel agencies, reminding the he could still pardon any of the above.

Tue Aug 18 03:19:59 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

At least 600K COVID-19 diagnoses are fake

Mistakes like this feed panic, which is why I think they are not mistakes. If they were mistakes, sometimes they would happen in the other direction.

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Tue Aug 18 02:14:04 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Will Democrats refuse to accept election results and kick off civil war?

It seems like a crazy question. But if Trump wins, the Democrats have already chosen how they would respond. And it ends in secession, which likely means civil war.

That's not crazy talk.

New York TimesBut conveniently, a group of former top government officials called the Transition Integrity Project actually gamed four possible scenarios, including one that doesn’t look that different from 2016: a big popular win for Mr. Biden, and a narrow electoral defeat, presumably reached after weeks of counting the votes in Pennsylvania. For their war game, they cast John Podesta, who was Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, in the role of Mr. Biden. They expected him, when the votes came in, to concede, just as Mrs. Clinton had.

But Mr. Podesta, playing Mr. Biden, shocked the organizers by saying he felt his party wouldn’t let him concede. Alleging voter suppression, he persuaded the governors of Wisconsin and Michigan to send pro-Biden electors to the Electoral College.

In that scenario, California, Oregon, and Washington then threatened to secede from the United States if Mr. Trump took office as planned. The House named Mr. Biden president; the Senate and White House stuck with Mr. Trump. At that point in the scenario, the nation stopped looking to the media for cues, and waited to see what the military would do.

"Vote Biden or face civil war" does not seem like a winning message to me. But apparently Podesta is so nervous about Trump that he will start a civil war rather than accept a loss.

Meanwhile, Democrats are planning to put the White House under siege, the Secret Service shoot someone on White House grounds, Antifa forces are receiving weapons, and one of the helicopter pilots assigned to Trump's protective detail was shot in the air.

Certain elements of the left have gone completely bugfuck nuts.

Tue Aug 18 01:14:04 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why are nations going mad over COVID?

Just to take a couple examples.

In the US, the Deep State (represented by Fauci on the medical side, the Democratic party, and the media) want to oust Trump. I've mentioned previous how the virus helps that effort, along with delaying and distracting from SpyGate.

In the UK... well, you haven't heard about how Brexit is or isn't going to happen in a while, have you?

In many other nations, it matters less because their media doesn't necessarily operate in English, making the internal posture less visible. Are China or Russia panicking too? Who knows? I would guess not, at this point. Tracking, yes. Panicking, no.

So, again, why are we panicking? Because it is politically useful to those who would be our masters.

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Mon Aug 17 02:47:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hunter Biden settles 450K tax lien in days

Where did he get that kind of money so fast? In a 2019 court filing he claimed to be broke and unemployed...

Mon Aug 17 01:47:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The vote by mail fiasco continues

Nevada sends 200K ballots to the wrong addresses (1/6th of the total, more than enough to throw an election into chaos), and Virginia sent 500K incorrect ballots (some even to dead people).

I am going to laugh for months if only blue states go to vote by mail, and the resulting chaos only in blue states costs them the election.

Unfortunately, it's only funny if Trump gets a clear majority from states with functional election systems.

Sun Aug 16 02:07:28 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump brokers peace between UAE and Israel

Even the New York Times says this is huge. I'm inclined to see if it lasts or spreads to other ME nations before going that far, but it's definitely a positive development.

UPDATE: Oh look, it's spreading: Oman and Bahrain will also normalize ties with Israel.

Sun Aug 16 01:07:28 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden skips convention, real candidates to speak

We all know Biden has to hide in his basement to prevent his cognitive decline from being completely obvious. In fact, he's already in such bad shape that he can't even attend his own nominating convention. But, who will be there to speak to the assembled Democrats who want to drag him over the finish line? Hillary and Obama. Which tells us who is really in charge.

It's probably taking so long for the Biden campaign to pick a VP because the two of them are fighting to the death over who it will be.

Given how poisonous the relationship between Clinton and Susan Rice is, and the amount of play she is getting in the media for the role, Susan Rice may be Obama's favored candidate. I'm ruling out Michelle Obama because her admission of depression is unpresidential; her staff wouild never allow her to say that if she was planning to run.

So who is Hillary's candidate? I'd guess Hillary herself, except Hillary doesn't meet the "black" part of Biden's criteria. A bitter pill for Hillary to swallow, but if she can put someone she can control into the VP slot, it might be enough for her.

Sat Aug 15 02:27:26 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Common cold immunity may carry over to COVID

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Sat Aug 15 01:27:26 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI lawyer pleads guilty to false statement felony

So, it seems likely this plea is an indication that Clinesmith is cooperating. He's the obvious lever (given that he modified an email relied upon by the Carter Page FISA, that makes him an easy target) and assuming Barr and Durham are serious about going after higher ups, Clinesmith has probably already spilled everything he knows and will be expected to testify in court.

Clinesmith is what they call the first domino.

On the other hand, it's hard to reconcile that with his lawyer claiming he thought he was altering the email to be accurate. But those statements may just be spin.

In other Page-FISA news, the surveillance on Page included physical break-ins. Yes, just like Watergate.

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Fri Aug 14 14:52:14 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Utah BLM Rioters Could Face Life Sentence

Felony criminal mischief with a gang enhancement. Life in prison seems excessive, but it will encourage the rioters to negotiate it down to a lesser sentence in return for testifying against the people organizing and funding the riots.

This is how you handle domestic terrorism.

If you want to protest, do it peacefully. Not "mostly peacefully", just peacefully.

Fri Aug 14 02:49:36 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A phoenix will rise from the ashes...

Joe quotes Alan Gottlieb suggesting that the NRA's strength is in its members, and adds that the current troubles might lead to a better organization that serves its members' interests in protecting their rights, rather than spending a lot of money mailing them about silly insurance programs.

I agree that's likely to happen. Wayne LaPierre and his cadre are not the NRA; they can be removed and replaced, and even the members can be replaced. We, gun owners at the grassroots level, can support other organizations that defend the 2nd Amendment (and many of us already have been).

The problem is, there will be a period of chaos while the various organizations sort themselves out and compete for NRA members looking for a new gun rights home, and the NRA itself is distracted defending itself. That's where the timing of this action is both political and diabolical. Those months of chaos will be happening right in the middle of the election.

Fri Aug 14 01:49:36 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Misgendering the player in computer games

There has been a bit of a kerfluffle over misgendering characters in computer games lately. This shows up in a variety of different forms. I will quickly dismiss the case one NPC misgendering and "deadnaming" another as silly; if it's part of the NPC's character and personality to do that, for whatever reason, that's simply who the character is. We can criticize the character or the game itself if so inclined (I am NOT so inclined), but it's really nothing that anyone should get worked up about. Unless they are already worked up about gender issues, and in that case, it's really more about them than about the game.

The case that I actually want to talk about is Assassin's Creed: Valhalla's decision to include both a male and female version of the protagonist. Some people are worked up over this, claiming that "the devs" wanted Eivor to be exclusively female, and that "the executives" overruled them, and then further insisted that the marketing campaign focus on the male version of the character rather than the female version.

First, a couple disclaimers. I am a gamer, but have not played most of the Assassin's Creed series, and definitely not this specific game. I have no inside info and can offer only the consumer perspective...

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Thu Aug 13 02:42:38 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A promising treatment for COVID-19 even after ventilation?

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Thu Aug 13 01:42:38 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden picks Kamala Harris for VP

Why would Biden pick Harris, when Harris has all kinds of baggage including prosecutorial misconduct and getting ahead by sleeping around?

Well, the fact that Harris' communications director is currently running Twitter's censorship department was probably the deciding factor.

Wed Aug 12 23:04:12 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Coordinated political censorship in the guise of fact checking

Twitter and Facebook are silencing the President when he states the truth about the minimal threat posed by Kung Flu to children. It's all in the service of a boot stomping on a human face -- forever.

And before you claim it's not political, the decision was announced by a Twitter employee who used to work for Kamala Harris.

Wed Aug 12 23:02:05 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Weissman is getting nervous

He recently wrote an op-ed arguing that FBI and DOJ employees should refuse to cooperate with the Durham probe. Not only would this violate a basic sense of justice and (probably) their employment contracts, it would seem to constitute obstruction of justice by Weissmann's own theories. When he was running the Mueller probe, he sought to advance the idea that Trump's tweets saying Russiagate was a hoax and asserting his innocence were not only obstruction of justice but worthy of impeachment. Luckily, saner heads prevailed, but that was Wiessmann's position when he held the other end of the stick.

This may be why he is getting nervous.

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Wed Aug 12 02:21:24 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI Misled Senate Intel Committee on RussiaGate

Graham wants to know who gave the briefing to SSCI. I'm with Sundance in not believing Graham's outrage here; it's coming way too late to be real. The benefit here, small but real, is that lying to Congress about this is something that can actually be prosecuted. Except it never seems to be. As for Graham, he's promised to write a letter. Not even a strongly-worded one.

It seems likely Andrew McCabe and/or Scott Schools conducted the briefing. McCabe is a known figure in SpyGate, but Schools (from DOJ) is a new name. And regardless of who did the briefing, Weissman was probably involved as Mueller's immediate deputy (and remember, everything Russiagate was being run by Mueller).

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Wed Aug 12 01:21:24 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lying with charts

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Tue Aug 11 02:55:42 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Susan Rice's memory failure

In responding to a Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit, Rice admitted she sent and received government business emails on personal accounts (her own, and also to or from Hillary Clinton's), but says she does not recall to almost everything else.

Tue Aug 11 01:55:42 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Put Up Or Shut Up

Sara Carter is tired of waiting for Durham to indict someone. So am I. The strategy is absolutely transparent: delay as long as possible by whatever means necessary, and when there are no more delays, insist it's too close to the election to release anything because of the political impact, and then hope Trump loses.

Barr doesn't seem to be willing to play along with that, but ... is that itself a delaying tactic? He's declined McCabe and Comey already for leaking, even while DOJ prosecutes ordinary people for leaking.

It's time we got indictments.

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Mon Aug 10 02:14:25 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Brennan agrees to Durham interview

The last person you interview is usually the target. Of course we don't know if Brennan is the last interview, but he certainly thinks he is in Durham's crosshairs. While we know a fair bit about the role of people at FBI and DOJ, we know a lot less (publicly) about Brennan's role, although we do know he was involved in briefing Congress on the Steele dossier and had access to the Steele information earlier than he has claimed to.

Hopefully, Durham knows a lot more details.

But NPR thinks Brennan is not a target.

So who is? I don't necessarily trust NPR's anonymous sources, but the lack of indictments so far is damning. A report, no matter how damning, is not sufficient. Crimes were committed.

If no ones is convicted, it will happen again.

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Mon Aug 10 01:14:25 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI playing political games with NICS?

The founder of Project Veritas is reporting he has been put on the NICS list to deny his right to purchase a firearm. He has a misdemeanor conviction, but generally misdemeanors are not a bar to firearms rights unless they are related to drug addiction, gang membership, or domestic violence. O'Keefe's conviction was for peacefully conducting undercover journalism, which doesn't seem like it should be a bar to firearms ownership.

So how did he get on the list?

I've got a feeling the FBI is going to be sorry they picked this fight.

Sun Aug 09 02:45:33 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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