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Governor Bevin signs Constitutional Carry for Kentucky

WKYTKentucky Governor Matt Bevin has signed into law an NRA-backed measure which will allow people to conceal carry without a permit.

Bevin signed Senate Bill 150 into law Monday. It allows Kentuckians 21 and older who can lawfully possess a firearm to be able to conceal it without a permit.

Winning, one state at a time. Not yet tired of it.

Sun Mar 17 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch sues for Rosenstein communications

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for all records of communications of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein between May 8 and May 17, 2017.

Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the DOJ failed to respond to a September 21, 2018, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-00481)). Judicial Watch seeks:

Any and all e-mails, text messages, or other records of communication addressed to or received by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein between May 8, 2017, and May 22, 2017.

Again, the fact that a "friendly" DOJ has to be sued to get answers means they are simply trying to cover up as much as possible. And it calls into question how "friendly" DOJ really is. Hopefully, Barr will change things.

Sat Mar 16 08:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biological Warfare

Sara CarterAs of March 7, a total of 2,287 detainees were quarantined around the country, ICE spokesman Brendan Raedy told Reuters.

ICE health officials have been notified of 236 confirmed or probable cases of mumps among detainees in 51 facilities in the past 12 months, compared to no cases detected between January 2016 and February 2018. Last year, 423 detainees were determined to have influenza and 461 to have chicken pox. All three diseases are largely preventable by vaccine.

Way back in the days of castles and knights, they used catapults to launch corpses into cities under siege in hopes of creating outbreaks of disease. It was an early form of biological warfare.

This is not all that much different, except we don't yet have a wall, and the disease-carriers are not yet corpses, so we're stuck with paying for their medical care too.

No thank you. Build the wall.

Sat Mar 16 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats violating campaign finance laws...

I'm mostly just curious whether they will go after Occasional-Cortex with the same vigor they are going after Trump. Thewy won't, of course.

Sat Mar 16 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New Zealand mosques targeted in terror attack

BreitbartAt least 49 people have been killed and 42 wounded in mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Three people are in custody in connection to the shootings, police confirm.

I referenced this event briefly already, dealing with the attacker's manifesto. Some details on the attack itself worth noting: multiple people were involved, which is extremely unusual in these attacks. Normally you have one antisocial loner. The targets appears to have bee nchosen with religious motivation as well as the desire to start a race/religion war if you believe the manifesto. It is obviously an atrocity when innocents are murdered because of their chosen religion. I do not have to like their religion in general to disapprove of murdering those who follow it.

So, takeaways here: this is obviously a terror attack on muslims instead of by muslims. Multiple attackers were involved, suggesting organization. One of the attacks was disrupted by an armed man at the second mosque. The atacker's motive appears to involve socialism, environmentalism, fascism, race war, gun control, and opposition to migrants. New Zealand already has restrictive gun control laws.

UPDATE: Food for thought.

UPDATE: Two days after mosque attack, Muslims in Nigeria murder over 20 Christians.

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Fri Mar 15 18:52:47 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mass murder for gun control

Gun owners have occasionally joked about anti-gunners committing (or at least provoking) mass shootings in order to advance the gun control cause. After all, they already knowingly exploit such shootings and undeniably queue up their agenda items waiting for the right sort of horrific event to try to ram them through. But this is the first time that I know of when a mass murderer's manifesto claimed promotion of gun control as a motive for his massacre.

Why are anti-gun activists so violent, indeed?

I feel obligated to point out that this happened in New Zealand. Many gun control activists also like to claim that mass shootings only happen in the United States.

(On reflection, given the age and education of many anti-gun activists, I feel I should also point out that New Zealand is not one of the United States, and is in fact a foreign country).

Fri Mar 15 12:12:38 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What is the FBI preparing the battlespace for?

So far it's only Thursday, and it's been an exciting week. Last week, just for context, Manafort was sentenced to "No collusion" and Judicial Watch received 300+ pages of communications between Bruce and Nellie Ohr and government officials. And Representative Doug Collins released Bruce Ohr's transcript on SpyGate.

Monday was quiet.

Tuesday: Pelosi said no impeachment.

Wednesday: The FBI sent a SWAT team of 8 agents to arrest famous rich people for bribing other people to get their children into college. Manafort was sentenced to even more "No collusion", and charged with even more "No collusion" at the state level. The Senate announced it would be resuming its investigation into SpyGate. And Representative Doug Collins releases the transcript of Lisa Page's testimony on SpyGate.

Thursday: The FBI filed a "superseding indictment" charging terrorists with terrorism, notable mainly because it was a compound of terrorists training children to conduct school shootings in the United States which they had not previously charged with terrorism. Mueller's top prosecutor announces he will leave in the near future. The Republican Senate votes to overrule a Republican president's use of a routine emergency declaration. There are reports that Barr forced out Weissman by blocking his attempt to squeeze Flynn further and go after Kushner and Donald Trump Jr, and IG Horowitz is investigating Rosenstein and Yates. (UPDATE: Another key member of Mueller's team announced his departure). And Representative Doug Collins releases the transcript of Peter Strzok's testimony in SpyGate

There's a deadline for document production concerning Mueller's chief prosecutor, Weissman, and one of his colleagues on Friday. Note Weissman announced he would be leaving. Most people are taking that to mean Mueller's report is almost done (and thus that this frantic battlespace prep means it is a nothingburger), but it could be that Weissman leaving is because Barr will provide Congress with evidence proving his bias in a manner similar to Strzok and Page.

That a lot of battlespace prep for whatever's going to happen Friday evening. Hold on to your hat.

UPDATE: I'm guessing the mosque attack preempted whatever was planned.

Fri Mar 15 09:46:25 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why I'm not interested in Captain Marvel

GRRM on Captain MarvelConsidered just on its own terms, the movie is hugely entertaining. I look forward to seeing how the Marvel teams uses the captain in the forthcoming Avengers movie. Once she comes fully into her powers, she is far and away the most powerful character in the MCU. She could eat Iron Man for lunch and have Thor for dessert, with a side of Dr. Strange. Thanos is in trouble now.

Did she earn any of that, or is she a Mary Sue on the order of Rey? I submit to you she has not; not with one movie released 6 weeks before EndGame, set 20 years in the past.

Why should a completely unknown character come out of left field to save the day against a threat that the Marvel universe has been building up for 18+ movies? Are the existing Avengers stupid, incompetent, useless.. or just weak? And whichever one or combination of those Endgame will imply for the original Avengers' inability to solve a problem Captain Marvel is apparently destined to solve easily, why should fans of those original characters show up to see them dissed by the new girl who just got her origin story and is a demigod by authorial fiat?

Thor offered his life to save just a few humans he had met a few days ago in his first movie to prove himself worthy. and repeated the action to forge the weapon that ultimately reached Thanos. Tony redeemed himself from a career as a arms merchant (nothing wrong with that, but letting his company sell arms to terrorists was a colossal oversight for which he bore responsibility) and offered his own life in trade for New York during the first Avengers. Captain America, Dr Strange, and Vision both gave their lives to keep an infinity stone out of the hands of evil (The First Avenger and Infinity War). 18 movies of building up heroic and self-sacrificing characters.

And Captain Marvel... got abducted by aliens and gifted with superpowers 20 minutes ago and now she's ready to wipe the floor with Thanos? She hasn't earned that.

And that's leaving aside that starring actress Brie Larson doesn't want men to see her movie. Or review her movie. And she seems to not care about whether fans of A Wrinkle In Time liked the movie, because she says it wasn't made for them.

When you have to immediately follow up the phrase "Am I saying I hate white dudes? No..." with "but", you hate white dudes. And the lovefest for this movie among the liberal left (even some I respect) is about how groundbreaking it is, that's a tip-off that the movie itself just isn't anything special.

Daniel Keys MoranSo the last few years have been instructive, no? This is a list of movies the Usual Suspects predicted, and surely wanted, to do badly, in the last 3-1/2 years:

The Force Awakens 12/18/2015
Rogue One 12/16/2016
Wonder Woman 6/2/2017
The Last Jedi 12/15/2017
Black Panther 2/6/2018
Crazy Rich Asians 8/15/2018
Captain Marvel 3/8/2019

I'm sure Dan would cast me in among those "usual suspects", but I respect the man enough to hope he can look beyond that. Let me go through his list.

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Fri Mar 15 09:43:54 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clayton Cramer answers

Fri Mar 15 08:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A reality check

NYDailyNewsToday’s is a strange world, replete with monsters every bit as scary as the ones that lived under your bed and populated your childhood dreams. Iranian fanatics and a North Korean madman (my apologies to President Trump, but it’s true) are on the brink of possessing or already possess weapons capable of ending this little experiment of ours on Planet Earth. One meaningful revolution in Pakistan or expansion of the current dust-up with India and...I don’t want to think about it.

In the midst of an apology to GenX (and later), a Boomer wrote the above. And while apologies are certainly due for a lot of stupid decisions by his generation, let's be a little realistic.

"Iranian fanatics and a North Korean madman" aren't on the brink of possessing the capability to end life on planet Earth. Either nation would be lucky to end life in two or three major US cities if their weapons work and our defenses fail to intercept them. Worst case, either or both have an EMP device in order already -- that would be a national catastrophy, but a long way from a planetary one. Nuclear weapons have been used before, and not only did the planet recover, the human species mostly... didn't notice. Even the cities were they were used have now recovered.

More to the point, though, he writes:
NYDailyNewsI apologize that we Boomers bankrupted this great nation. We made all manner of promises to ourselves while leaving you the bill. Herbert Hoover once quipped that “blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.” He was only partially right; it’s far worse than that. I’m not talking about $22 trillion in treasury debt or even the exponential rate at which it’s growing. I’m talking unfunded liabilities.

Were one to add today’s treasury debt to the unfunded Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid promises we’ve made to ourselves on your behalf — valued somewhere in the $120 to $200 trillion range depending on assumptions about discount rates, life expectancies, etc. — the total would exceed the market value of the United States of America. (I think that prior to pulling the most powerful lever in the world, every U.S. citizen should be made to write $120,000,000,000,000 in a box on his or her voter registration form.)

Now, that is something worth apologizing for. But I would be much more impressed by an actual attempt to fix it.

Fri Mar 15 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A real hate crime...

Black transgender allegedly attacks 7 white people with mace while shouting racial epithets. I say allegedly because identification of the offender is not necessarily correct; at least some of the attacks were caught on video.

And there's a bonus:
PJMediaEarlier in the week, commuters held down a man who slashed a woman's cheek with a razor blade while shouting "you white bitch" until police arrived.

So much racial hatred from these black people.

Fri Mar 15 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Unredacted Page and Strzok transcripts released

Lisa Page and Peter Strzok transcripts released.

Thu Mar 14 14:49:00 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

heh

Adventures of Roberta XThe doctor's appointment wasn't quite as bad as I had feared. She did chide me, but not too harshly. She's recommending more oatmeal and less bacon, so it's a good thing I like oatmeal.

The tentative diagnosis of my sore knuckle is "trigger finger," a tightening of the tendon. She's written a prescription for a topical ointment.

I swear it wasn't me!

Thu Mar 14 14:30:01 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A third party view of Maria Butina

Maria Butina is the alleged Russian agent who allegedly sought to influence US politics by using the National Rifle Association to make contact with important Republicans. She says she just wanted to form an organization, like the NRA, to support gun rights in Russia.

I don't know if she's an agent, or a gun enthusiast, or possibly both. This article won't really help you decide. But it's interesting nonetheless.

Thu Mar 14 08:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

JW sues for records on declassification request

Judicial Watch Judicial Watch today announced it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice for records about the agency’s involvement in persuading President Trump to defer his September 2018 decision to declassify DOJ documents related to the Russia investigation.

Judicial Watch’s lawsuit is also seeking DOJ official Bruce Ohr’s records of communications around the time of Trump’s declassification announcement. Ohr, once the fourth-ranking official at DOJ, was a key conduit between anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele and the FBI.

Judicial Watch continues to sue for the things Congress won't.

Thu Mar 14 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Ethics of Socialism

Free Beacon"In the first two weeks of February 2019, Ocasio- Cortez posted numerous videos of official House floor and committee proceedings on her political Twitter and Instagram accounts," the complaint reads. "Her posts prominently displayed both official House photographs and video footage, on which she commented and instructed viewers to watch the videos."

"Ironically, in one of the posts she discussed the ethics standards to which she should be held," it continues. "Additionally, on Ocasio-Cortez's political Instagram page, she directly links to her official House Instagram account and includes a link for political contributions, alongside the posts of official video footage and her comments on official action. There are numerous ethics rules violated in this case, all of which require separation between official action and resources and political action and fundraising."

House ethics rules prohibit Members from using official taxpayer-backed resources for any political or campaign-related activities.

The watchdog says that Ocasio-Cortez committed a number of violations.

On the one hand, arcane and confusing campaign finance regulations are a great way to make sure the Establishment remains Established. Occasional-Cortex is a political neophyte and some errors are probably inevitable. On the other hand, what's the first thing socialists do once they are firmly in power? Start working the system for personal profit...

Thu Mar 14 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senate takes over SpyGate investigation under Graham

Daily CallerSenate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is resuming an investigation of potential surveillance abuse by the FBI with an expansive request for records related to the bureau’s vetting of the Steele dossier.

In a letter sent Thursday to Attorney General William Barr, Graham asked for all FBI and Justice Department documents related to investigators’ attempts to verify allegations made in the dossier, which was authored by former British spy Christopher Steele and funded by Democrats.

The FBI will be in a bind here. Either they tried to verify it, or they did not. If they did, there will be records, and since it's not true, those records will show at best ambiguity and at worst that it was NOT verifiable, ie false... but they kept going to the court anyway. If they did not, they have no records, which is itself a problem.

On the other hand, I have no confidence in Graham. So we'll just have to see where this goes.

UPDATE: Graham wants a new special counsel.

Wed Mar 13 08:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Police fired first in Oregon confrontation

Oregon Live-- Did an initial 40mm rubber bullet fired at surrendering refuge occupier Ryan Payne escalate the attempt to arrest the refuge occupation’s leaders?

An FBI agent seemed to think so. He cursed at the state police SWAT trooper, Bob Olson, who fired the round as Payne appeared to surrender when police first stopped the occupiers on U.S. 395 to arrest them.

Payne, a militia member from Montana and one of the architects of the January 2016 armed refuge takeover, was in the front seat of Finicum’s idling truck. He put his head and hands out of the truck window in what appeared to be an attempt to surrender.

FBI agent Justin Travis Elkins testified that he had his eyes trained on Payne and the state police officer's shot "was totally unexpected.''

Elkins heard another FBI agent, Tim Dugan, turn to the state police officer and yell, "WTF was that?!'' Elkins said Payne was following commands and the shot escalated the stop.

State police said Payne hesitated and was shot in the hand with the rubber round.

So "hesitating" is justification to shoot? Not in my book.

If I had been pulled over, especially under those circumstances, and police shot my friend while he was unarmed and trying to surrender, I might well conclude they meant to kill everyone there and get the hell away from the situation as fast as possible.

And then they covered it all up, with lies and hiding or destroying evidence. Oregon police even refused to wear body cameras (normally mandatory) during the arrest "to protect the identities of FBI hostage rescue team members". You know what that says to me? Premeditation.

Wed Mar 13 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Manafort sentenced to minimum; Judge says no collusion

Instapundit quoting Red StateJudge Ellis also went out of his way today to publicly proclaim that Manafort’s sentencing has nothing to do with ‘Russian collusion’ or any other Democrat fever dream. The judge has been forceful on that aspect for a while, trying to ensure that no false narratives emanate from his court room…Manafort is not totally off the hook though. He’s facing another sentencing next week in Washington D.C. for two charges of conspiracy, each carrying up to five years. I expect the book to be thrown at him in that one.”

Mueller's got nothing.

There's another sentencing today before a less skeptical judge, but it still has nothing to do with collusion.

Wed Mar 13 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Do not forgive. Do not forget. Press charges.

Tue Mar 12 08:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Facebook bans zerohedge

For the few remaining free and independent bloggers, they can't persuade us, but they can block people from linking to us. Of course, this isn't entirely one sided; Facebook has also banned ads from Elizabeth Warren calling for Facebook to be broken up.

And Google took the mask off for a moment.

Tue Mar 12 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Not to persuade, convince, or inform; to humiliate

Theodore Dalrymple quoted at The American ConservativeIn my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.

Yes. There's no other explanation for the push of transgender ideology on everyone and everything in the modern world. There are a tiny fraction of people with real (and tragic) confusion about their identity, nowhere near enough to force recognition of the condition upon the media, the government, the whole population by threat of social media ostracization and loss of employment.

But if the purpose is humiliation by forcing everyone to repeat the most obvious lies with a straight face on pain of dire social and professional consequences, it makes perfect sense to insist that a man in a dress is a woman, or that a man can get an abortion.

And frankly, if you look at the behavior of people caught up in the whole thing, that fits right in.

Tue Mar 12 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Major Bruce Ohr document drop

A Congressman fed up with DOJ redactions released the full, unredacted testimony of Bruce Ohr (scribed version) on the house floor. A few days before, Judicial Watch release a batch of communications between Steele and Ohr that they obtained via FOIA.

Among the notable relevations: Steele was being paid by the FBI and Fusion GPS (eg, both Hillary and the DNC) simultaneously, while also providing related services -- likely also for pay, and likely also including the Trump Tower meeting where the Russians lobbied for sanctions relief -- to Oleg Deripaska, a Putin-connected oligarch. He was triple-dipping financially.

We also have confirmation that the current DOJ is still trying to cover things up:
PJMedia“Out of an abundance of caution, we gave DOJ an opportunity to review them for information that would endanger national security, but after many months and little progress, our patience has grown thin,” Collins said.

“The proposed redactions have nothing to do with national security and are anathema to our goal of government transparency,” he continued, adding, “I am, therefore, today making one of these transcripts public.”

“I intend to make other transcripts public soon,” he added. “I’m willing to consider any reasonable redactions DOJ makes in a timely manner, but won’t allow these transcripts to remain shrouded in secrecy.”

I'd be interested in seeing transcripts that highlight the DOJ's proposed redactions. What are they still trying to hide exactly?

Mon Mar 11 08:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Nevada legislation for mandatory phone search violates 4th Amendment

Peter Grant has the details. Basically, they want to download the entire contents of your cell phone at all traffic stops "to check if you were using the device while driving". Of course, once they have your data, they can look through it for whatever they want and you will never know.

Mon Mar 11 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Reparations

Ace of Spades quoting David Brooks at the New York TimesThat injury shows up today as geographic segregation, the gigantic wealth gap, the lack of a financial safety net, but also the lack of the psychological and moral safety net that comes when society has a history of affirming: You belong. You are us. You are equal.

But I have had so many experiences over the past year -- sitting, for example, with an elderly black woman in South Carolina shaking in rage because the kids in her neighborhood face greater challenges than she did growing up in 1953 -- that suggest we are at another moment of make-or-break racial reckoning.

Coates's essay seems right now, especially this part: "And so we must imagine a new country. Reparations -- by which I mean the full acceptance of our collective biography and its consequences -- is the price we must pay to see ourselves squarely.... What I'm talking about is more than recompense for past injustices -- more than a handout, a payoff, hush money, or a reluctant bribe. What I'm talking about is a national reckoning that would lead to spiritual renewal."

And in another 15 years, when the next generation of children who have never been slaves grows to physical, if not emotional, adulthood and demands reparations to redress the emotional damage they never experienced and was never inflicted upon them by the people they expect to pay that redress, what will you tell them? How will you deny them another dose of the reparations you paid their mothers and fathers? And when their children, in term, come of age if not maturity and demand the same, how will you deny them?

Once you began to pay reparations to those who did not suffer harm, from those who did not inflict any harm, you've lost all connection with morality, sanity, and reality.

Mon Mar 11 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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