Opposition Donor Research

Investors' Business DailyBut, according to a new book by progressive journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn, "Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and Donald Trump's Election," not only did Fusion do opposition research, something every campaign does, it also did aggressively hostile opposition donor research.

"In 2012, then-President Obama had an 'enemies list' on his campaign website with the names of Mitt Romney's biggest donors," noted PJ Media's Debra Heine.

Remember how much of the IRS scandal was focused on getting information about the donors to the Tea Party non-profits?

Thu Mar 15 09:55:28 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Reserve police officer and politician has negligent discharge in classroom

Daily WireOn Wednesday, as left-wing activists held nationwide gun control rallies which also opposed the notion of arming teachers, news broke that a reserve police officer in California accidentally discharged his firearm in a classroom injuring three students.

Math teacher Dennis Alexander, who is also a reserve police officer for the Sand City Police Department and a Seaside councilman, was trying to show his class on Tuesday how to "disarm someone and was checking if the weapon was loaded," NBC News reported

Teaching students how to disarm someone? Really? The teacher here sounds, frankly, like an idiot, and a classic example of why police officers (and politicians!) should not be the "only ones" allowed access to firearms.

If you really feel the need to teach your students how to disarm someone, that's a perfect application for one of those blue training guns, and absolutely not for a real gun with live ammunition anywhere nearby.

Thu Mar 15 09:55:28 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clock Boy lawsuit dismissed

Daily CallerU.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay dismissed the lawsuit Ahmed “Clock Boy” Mohamed brought against the Irving Independent School District Wednesday, after he was wrongfully arrested for bringing a device to school that resembled a bomb.

The device at issue was a homemade clock, not a bomb.

The outcome is correct, but I want to quibble with the language a little bit.

Ahmed was not "wrongfully arrested"; he was properly arrested for making terroristic threats by constructing a fake bomb and bringing it to school with him. Pictures of the device are available.

Thu Mar 15 09:55:28 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Security Theater

LATimesPilots and flight attendants are subject to random drug and alcohol tests at the completion of every trip sequence. This is mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration's Anti-Drug and Alcohol Misuse Regulation and has been implemented by every U.S. airline.

If the concern was safety, shouldn't the breathlyzer test be administered before the flight?

Thu Mar 15 09:55:28 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Regulation for bump stock ban moves forward

The BlazeThe Department of Justice on Saturday submitted regulation to formally ban the devices, which modify semi-automatic rifles to fire like fully-automatic rifles. The devices were used in the Las Vegas massacre last October, which left nearly five dozen dead and more than 800 others injured.

I object to this regulation on the following grounds:
1) It does not conform to the law. The law says a machine gun fires multiple times for a single operation of the trigger. A bump stock device fires one shot per trigger pull, and merely automates that trigger pull based on the user applying continuous pressure with their free hand.
2) It violates my "nothing for free" policy. Gun control advocates should be required to give gun rights advocates something for every piece of legislation or regulation they put in place. There are lots of silly, stupid, small things we can get rid of in trade for this sort of thing.
3) It's only been used in crime a very few times. Possibly only once.
4) Anyone using one of these devices is explicitly trading volume of fire for accuracy of fire. That's usually a trade that unarmed civilians should want.
5) It appears to ban possession as well as trade and manufacture. That's problematic; taking people's property is always more objectionable than preventing new manufacture alone.

All that said, there's is at least one bright side to this. The very fact that the regulation does not conform to the law it claims to enable may allow for a legal challenge later, once passions have died down. THere's not much benefit to agitating that this isn't being done properly now when the strategy may be to challenge it later on that basis.

All that said, I don't think we should be giving the other side anything for free, so until someone can explain what we get from this, I'm opposed.

Thu Mar 15 09:55:28 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did House Speaker Paul Ryan campaign for Democrat Connor Lamb?

Thu Mar 15 09:55:28 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Walking out of school for gun control

The FederalistParents across the country are being urged to let their children participate in the National School Walkout on March 14. Yet, few parents (and kids!) understand the walkout’s true mission. At my children’s elementary school in Northern Virginia, school officials are telling parents the walkout is meant to memorialize the 17 victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Yet, according to the National School Walkout website, the real mission of the walkout is to demand Congress pass more restrictive gun laws. The website specifically states: “Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation … Congress must take meaningful action … and pass federal gun reform legislation.”

The adults in charge of this astroturf operation should be ashamed of themselves. Any teachers or school administrators involved in it should be fired. Abusing authority over children to push for a political cause surely violates the 1st Amendment, and even more so using school time, facilities, and funds in the effort.

UPDATE: Oh look, a lawsuit.

Wed Mar 14 11:37:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Warren refuses to pledge to serve her full Senate term if elected

The HillMassachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) on Saturday said she is not running for president, but refused to pledge to serve out a full six-year term in the Senate if reelected in 2018.

If she doesn't plan to serve out her full term, why elect her? If she wins in 2018, she will have two years in office before running for President in 2020. Is two years really enough? Especially when she will spend that whole time running for president?

Wed Mar 14 11:37:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Right needs another Tea Party

The FederalistNow that Donald Trump is president, the Right doesn’t appear to be starting any movements or marches or rallies — when they really should be. Just because there’s a Republican in the White House doesn’t mean the Right should stop working to get issues in front of the public.

I know, I know, there are a ton of right-leaning groups out there working on these issues behind the scenes. I’m talking about starting a national conversation, like the Tea Party did. No, they didn’t force President Barack Obama to spend less, but they fired up enough Americans to give Republicans a historic win in the House of Representatives in 2010 and multiple governorships and state legislatures across the country. Tea Parties left the rallies and started working to get people elected — and less spending is a pretty simple and broad message.

Fundamentally, she's right. When Republicans have control of Congress and the White House, they need to advance the ball on their policy agenda, because majorities are always fleeting. And while Republicans typically have "real grass roots" instead of astroturf on issues such as gun control, the ready-made professional movement is how legislation gets passed. Just look at how feckless Congress is without that; stuff barely moves even with all three houses in Republican hands and the only thing the Republicans know how to do is pass a tax cut. We need policy wins, and to deliver those, we need to harness public opinion through current events.

School shooting? "Arm teachers to defend our kids!"
Illegal immigrant commits murder? "A border wall will save lives!"

Yes, the left will likely always have an advantage here, because we have jobs and they have paid protestors. We managed to get it done with the Tea Party despite that. Imagine what a Tea Party could accomplish without Obama's IRS in the way and Republicans in Congress and the White House. Maybe we can make it happen.

Wed Mar 14 10:37:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Seychelles meeting

The left is reaching very, very far with this one. They are trying to sell it as some sort of superspy thing; the Russians collude with Trump to win the election, and then Trump sends a secret representative to meet with one of their representatives to set up a back channel to talk to Russia. But Trump just won the election; he doesn't need a "back channel" to talk to Russia. He can just pick up the phone and talk to their ambassador directly. Unless what Trump wants to talk to the Russians about is so secret and evil that the NSA would read about it due to their spying on the Russian ambassador and be compelled to do... something, who knows what.

So far as I can tell, it appears to be a tissue of allegations held together by one fact: a meeting between a Trump supporter, some potential middle eastern clients of his firm, and a Russian happened. The rest of the apparent Mueller claims about a "back channel" are not supported by publicly known evidence, and are denied under oath by Prince. And, yet again, we have a minor campaign figure who makes big claims that seem to fall under the label of self-promotion. There's a large credibility gap there.

And Prince makes the cogent point that the intelligence here could only have come from SIGINT and unmasking.

So my take is that the people responsible for the intel and unmasking abuses have chosen to leak this information and their justification for it to the press in order to spin the story ahead of the IG report which will reveal it.

Wed Mar 14 09:37:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Solving the wrong problem...

PawPaw's PlaceI've been married twice and like the idea. I can't imagine NOT being married, but having said that, I can see why it's not right for a lot of men. Based on my observations, if a marriage goes bad, it's normally a lot harder financially on men than on women. The Courts traditionally are more apt to take the woman's side, and if the man is a stand-up-guy, a divorce can be financially devastating.

Besides, casual sex is pretty easy to find, (See the paragraph above). I can't tell women what to do about their quandary, but it seems to me that casual sex and marriage being a bad deal for men is somehow linked. Maybe we need another study. We either need a complete turn-around in societal mores, or individual women could conclude that casual sex is bad for their marital prospects.

He's right about the problem, but the solution would actually make things worse. Yes, women concluding that casual sex is bad for their marital prospects and demanding marriage before engaging in sexual activity would make marriage a "better deal" for men, but only because it's making the alternative (remaining single and having semi-casual sex) worse. The overall well-being of men gets worse in that situation, not better.

To fix the problem, marriage needs to become a better deal for both men and women. To do that, you can either reduce the penalties for leaving a marriage to men (reducing their risk if the marriage goes bad) or improve incentives for women to remain in a marriage after they enter into it, rather than providing incentives to leave the marriage.

The major incentives for women to enter into marriage used to be protection and provision. In the modern world, women (married or not) can work and obtain their own provision, and leaving a marriage often comes with a legal agreement that her now-ex husband must continue to provide for her and their children. Protection is available via 911 on her cell phone.

Men, on the other hand, gain nothing from marriage. The old rules (where he gained regular sex and reasonable certainty of parentage for their children) no longer apply; neither sex nor children are required from a marriage, not even in the social pressure sense.

If you want to increase marriage rates, including remaining in marriages, you need to incentize men to enter into marriage by offering something of value or reducing the risk, and you need to penalize women for leaving a marriage in order to ensure those marriages last.

Wed Mar 14 09:37:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama campaign hired Fusion GPS to research Romney

Daily CallerThe Barack Obama presidential campaign hired Fusion GPS in 2012 to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to a book released on Tuesday.

The Obama campaign hid its payments to Fusion GPS through its law firm, Perkins Coie. The arrangement is similar to the one that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee used to pay Fusion for its investigation of then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016.

This should put paid to any claim that Obama didn't know exactly what was going on between Fusion and his national security and intelligence agencies. It also raises the question of whether those agencies were abused in a similar way during the 2012 election. Remember, until Mike Rogers of NSA conducted his audit, Fusion GPS had access to the NSA database as a external contractor; if that access goes all the way back to 2012, or even earlier, there would be no need for a FISA warrant or other measures that would leave a substantial paper trail.

To anyone investigating the abuse of our intelligence agencies for political purposes seriously, this tidbit opens up a whole new can of worms.

Wed Mar 14 09:37:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Never let anyone claim they don't want to take your guns

Conservative ReviewGiving an interview at the SXSW conference in Austin Texas over the weekend, the Democratic nominee opposing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said American civilians should not be permitted to buy an AR-15 rifle... He claims this freedom from PAC influence allows him to say things like “I could give a shit what the NRA thinks” about the Second Amendment rights of Americans... “There is no reason an AR-15, a weapon of war designed for the sole purpose of taking lives as effectively and as efficiently and [in] as great a number as possible should be sold to civilians to be used in our schools, in our churches, in our concerts, in public life in this country,” O’Rourke said. “I have no idea how that polls, and I could give a shit what the NRA thinks about it because it’s the right thing to do.”

That idiot is running for Senate in Texas against Ted Cruz. Or really, I suppose what he's actually doing is running to stuff his campaign fund full of donations from gun control liberals on the east coast like Michael Bloomberg. The primary results shows he has basically no chance of winning, absent Ted Cruz making a disastrous mistake. So he might as well get a bunch of campaign money and live well for the next 6 months.

Is he right? Does he have a point?

Conservative ReviewAs CRTV congressional correspondent Nate Madden explains in his “Capitol Hill Brief” video mini-series, “Firepower 101,” the AR-15 is not a military-style weapon. It’s a regular semi-automatic weapon that can be customized to look scary.

Of course not.

Wed Mar 14 09:37:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Islamic terror attack kills one, wounds two

Palm Beach PostA Jupiter teenager said his Muslim faith led him to fatally stab a boy on his 13th birthday and injure two others at a sleepover Sunday night in BallenIsles Country Club, Palm Beach Gardens police said during a 2 p.m. news conference.

[Normal American name], 17, was arrested Monday after he reportedly confessed to stabbing the three people while he spent the night at a friend’s home in the gated community off PGA Boulevard.

How does a 17-year-old get enough contact with Islam to become a jihadi?

Note also that the individual has been investigated for violent behavior before, so it's a known-wolf situation, but from the press conference it doesn't sound like they had a lot of prior interactions over a long period of time.

I can only look at these situations and assume there's something vital missing in our culture and educational systems that leaves a hole for violent, murderous ideologies like Islam to fill. It's not religion exactly. I know plenty of moral atheists and agnostics. For that matter, plenty of moral wiccans and other pagan types. Even a few Muslims who appear entirely peaceful and functional in modern society. It's not just the religion, or just having A religion. But it's definitely something.

Wed Mar 14 09:37:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Democrats have a plan to raise taxes

ForbesThis week, Congressional Democrats released a detailed tax hike plan that they promised to implement if given majority control of the House and Senate after the 2018 midterm elections. So much for the crocodile tears about the deficit--Democrats want to raise taxes not to reduce the debt, but rather to spend that tax hike money on boondoggle projects.

Honestly, that they want to raise taxes should be enough in itself to ensure they go down to a massive defeat this November.

Wed Mar 14 09:37:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hillary needs two aides to descend a staircase, and still slips twice

Daily CallerHillary Clinton reportedly tripped down a flight of stairs twice in India Monday, requiring the help of two aides to make it down , according to a video obtained by the American Mirror.

She's not healthy enough to be living on her own, never mind being president. Hillary needs to give up her dream and try to enjoy her remaining years in retirement, but if she did that, who would keep the grifting at the Clinton Foundation going?

For those claiming fake news, there's video at the link.

Tue Mar 13 10:23:33 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Professor calls for mass murder of NRA members

Fox NewsLook, there's only one solution," Pearce wrote. "A bunch of us anti-gun types are going to have to arm ourselves, storm the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, VA, and make sure there are no survivors." He continued: "This action might also require coordinated hits at remote sites, like Washington lobbyists. Then and only then will we see some legislative action on assault weapons."

Those are death threats and calls for mass murder by violence of his political opponents. Even if he says he was joking, millions of NRA members are not laughing. If someone took up his call to arms, it would not be the first time leftist political bigotry inspired a terrorist to attack in a mass murder attempt. Or even the second.

Tue Mar 13 09:23:33 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Alabama man pleads guilty to terrorism charges

NYPost An Alabama man pleaded guilty to terrorism charges Thursday, admitting that be bought bomb-making materials and had hoped to conduct attacks at a military installation or police stations... In federal court in Birmingham, Aziz Sayyed, 23, of Huntsville, entered the plea to charges that he sought to aide a foreign terrorist organization.

There are still terrorists, and they still want to kill us. Sometimes their terrorism is motivated by religion. Sometimes they are inspired by or even directly communicate with foreign terrorist organizations that share their religion. The media prefers to ignore the terrorist angle when they can, but when police pay attention, it can mean saving lives by arresting a terrorist before they kill people.

Tue Mar 13 09:23:33 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gun confiscation in Illinois

American ThinkerIt is no longer a conspiracy theory spawned by deplorable bitter clingers, but a creeping reality spawned by shootings law enforcement could have prevented but didn't. The Illinois House has passed legislation requiring 18- to 20-year-olds to give up certain legally purchased and legally owned forearms

Note the crucial difference here. People in that age range are not being prevented from buying such firearms; they are being required to surrender those they already own. This despite the fact that simply waiting (at most) 3 years would make their ownership fully legal again.

Illinois will be buying itself a lot of trouble when it starts enforcing this law. Hopefully, it will only be legal trouble, and the courts will strike down the law promptly and emphatically.

Tue Mar 13 09:23:33 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fusion GPS connected to Obama White House

Fox NewsHouse Republicans are expanding their investigation of the Trump dossier, seeking answers from Obama administration officials including a former staffer for Vice President Joe Biden whose husband works for the firm behind the controversial document, Fox News has learned.

A source familiar with the matter confirmed to Fox News that Shailagh Murray, who was Biden's former deputy chief of staff and communications director before serving as a senior adviser to President Obama, will be sent a questionnaire Friday.

Can there be any doubt left? Obama knew, from the beginning, what Fusion GPS was up to regarding the dossier. There is a strong argument that Fusion GPS was one of the contractors with access to the NSA intelligence database, using it for opposition research, until the NSA head shut that access down in April 2016. That shutdown precipitated the frantic search for probable cause to support a warrant. And that means that Obama knew about this since April 2016 at the latest, when the dossier work started, and probably since much earlier -- how long ago was Fusion GPS first set up with access to the NSA database as a contractor?

I'd bet a year's salary that Obama knew when it was set up.

UPDATE: Obama used Fusion GPS to research Mitt Romney in 2012. Their arrangement with the FBI was started by an Obama aide.

Tue Mar 13 09:23:33 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did you know the Parkland murderer was a terrorist?

According to the FBI transcripts, at least one of the calls warning them about the killer described him as "he's so into ISIS". It's a dangerous world out there and there are terrorists even within our own country who want to kill us.

Tue Mar 13 09:23:33 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Susan Rice told National Security Council to stand down on Russian meddling

Daily CallerFormer national security advisor Susan Rice issued a stand down order to national security council officials developing aggressive options to respond to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election


Tue Mar 13 09:23:33 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

3 packages in Austin explode, causing serious injuries and a death

BreitbartPolice in Austin, Texas, are saying that three explosions of packages left on doorsteps of homes are connected. Two explosions occurred on Monday morning and a third happened on March 2.

Police aren't saying much yet.

Tue Mar 13 09:23:33 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that vote fraud that doesn't exist...

LifezetteSchmidt testified before a state legislative committee last year that the Pennsylvania Department of State had cross-checked registered voters against state driver's license records and found about 100,000 names of registered voters who had green cards when they obtained their driver's licenses.

Over a hundred thousand registered voters who aren't allowed to vote, and that's just the ones they know about who are in the country legally. What are the odds they aren't actually voting? Especially when they keep adding themselves to the voter registration lists?

LifezetteThat includes multiple instances of foreigners who have re-registered after getting removed from voter lists.

"For some reason, they kept getting plugged back into the system," he said.

Schmidt told LifeZette that it is impossible to know how many of the noncitizens did so intentionally — with the aim of voting illegally — and how many did not read the forms closely enough or were confused about the law. He said in one sense, it does not matter.

I'm mildly sympathetic to the people who think that if they are being offered the option to register, they must be allowed to vote. It's a confusing situation for an immigrant when on the one hand, the rules say one thing, and on the other, the government keeps offering you the option to do something else. That's why governments should do the right thing and refuse to offer the option without demanding (and checking) proof of citizenship.

Tue Mar 13 09:23:33 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

ACLU sues over illegal alien children

Breitbart“Whether or not the Trump administration wants to call this a ‘policy,’ it certainly is engaged in a widespread practice of tearing children away from their parents,” said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “A national class-action lawsuit is appropriate because this is a national practice.”

When groups of migrants — the so-called “family units” of adults and children — appear at the border, DHS prioritizes its limited number of detention beds for the adults. The accompanying children are safeguarded in other housing run by the Department of Health and Human Services.

What happens to a US citizen with children who is imprisoned while awaiting trial, or after being convicted? They are certainly not allowed to take their children into jail with them. If those children have the other parent or family available, I imagine they are given into the care of those alternatives. If not, we have a foster system. But if we do that with illegal aliens, it would be essentially aiding and abetting their crime. The illegal alien children would be delivered to their destination and disappear into the illegal alien community, doubtless to receive welfare (because with their parents in jail, who wants to support them through labor?) and force the US to catch them a second time when they need to be deported.

The separation happens because of simple necessity. It's not significantly different than what would happen to a US family under similar circumstances. Yes, it sucks to be a child or parent under those circumstances. But when you cross the border illegally you signed up for that.

I have no sympathy.

Tue Mar 13 09:23:33 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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