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Lame-duck GOP plots to increase immigration

BreitbartA plan to massively expand the importation of low-skilled foreign workers to the United States would allow American businesses to hire an unlimited number of foreigners instead of American citizens.

Every year, the U.S. companies are allowed to import 66,000 low-skilled H-2B foreign workers to take blue-collar, non-agricultural jobs. The H-2B visa program is used by businesses to bring in cheaper, foreign workers and has contributed to blue-collar Americans having their wages undercut.

As Breitbart News reported, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SC), and Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) have cut a deal with the business lobby to allow businesses to import as many foreign workers — instead of hiring blue-collar Americans — so long as they meet certain requirements.

C'mon, folks. This is why you lost the House. You're making things worse.

Fri Dec 07 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dicks Sporting Goods is feeling the gun control pain

Washington ExaminerSales at Dick's Sporting Goods dropped in the past three months amid backlash against tighter gun-sale restrictions following a mass killing early this year at a Florida high school.

Revenue dipped 4.5 percent to $1.86 billion amid challenges in the company's hunting business during the quarter through Nov. 3. Sales at stores open at least 12 months – a key metric for the retail industry – fell 6.1 percent compared to the prior year.

Dick's raised the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21 and stopped selling AR-15 style rifles, also known as modern sporting rifles, last February. The decision followed a St Valentine's Day shooting in Broward County, Florida, that left 17 students and staff dead. The decision sparked opposition from conservative activists, some of whom had proposed arming teachers in response and threatened to boycott the brand, and prompted at least one employee to resign.

When you betray your customer base to virtue-signal to your fellow ivy-league liberals, you lose your customers. You also lose your employees.

BizjournalsAccording to CEO Ed Stack, 62 employees quit working for Dick’s Sporting Goods over the retailer’s decision to stop selling assault-style weapons, announced in February.

I wonder how many started quietly looking for another job without announcing their reasons for quitting?

Thu Dec 06 08:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A disturbing study

PJMediaMany left-leaning students at the University of Washington-Seattle harbor feelings that Republicans and conservatives are "evil," "inhuman," or "not even a person," according to a new study led by a team of UW psychology professors.

Fortunately, in the hours after the workshop, students’ feelings of Manichaeism decreased.

But when re-surveyed a month later, the students, especially liberals — who reported stronger feelings of manichaeism in the first place — basically went back to hating their political opponents.

"Liberal beliefs that conservatives are evil only temporarily improved," the study concluded.

Thinking of your political opponents as inhuman couldn't possibly lead to dangerous and horrific results.

Left unasked: how and why do university students learn to think this way?

Thu Dec 06 07:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Voter suppression from media and big tech in 2018

BreitbartJust a few weeks before the vote, big tech stopped multiple Republican politicians from reaching their digital grassroots and energizing their voters. An ad by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony list on behalf of Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee was blocked by Facebook. Blackburn’s own campaign ad, which featured far-left protests, was refused by Google, a company whose own internal research admits to a “shift towards censorship” by tech platforms.

A day before the election, Facebook also blocked a pro-Republican ad from Donald Trump highlighting the illegal migrant caravan making its way through Central America to the U.S. border. Facebook chose to stand with the legacy media, including CNN, Fox, and NBC, in stopping the ad from reaching its intended audience.

Selectively blocking political ads from reasonably mainstream politicians running for office is about as clear an example of unacceptable censorship as you can get. While individual websites and publicans should be free to refuse ads for pretty much any reason, when you achieve a dominant market share for your ad platform, different rules apply.

Thu Dec 06 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Prosecutor Huber reached out to Clinton Foundation whistleblower

Not the one who was raided by the FBI, apparently. Perhaps it was in response to the raid, even? We'll learn more about that on Monday.

I'm not sure what to make of this. Is Huber prosecuting the Clinton Foundation? Was the raid related to his work?

Wed Dec 05 08:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

63% of non-citizens on welfare programs

Power LineA majority of “non-citizens,” including those with legal green card rights, are tapping into welfare programs set up to help poor and ailing Americans, the Census Bureau has found. In fact, 63 percent of non-citizens are using a welfare program. Moreover, instead of decreasing over time, the number grows to 70 percent for those here 10 years or more.

One of the requirements of immigration in the early days was the ability to demonstrate that you would not be a ward of the state. But Democrats prefer wards of the state. It's how they buy votes.

Wed Dec 05 07:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NASA within 10 years of a continuous manned moon presence?

The HillNASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says the U.S. is within 10 years of having a continuous manned presence on the moon, which will lay the groundwork for expanding space exploration to Mars.

“Right now we’re building a space station, we call it ‘Gateway,’ that’s going to be in orbit around the moon — think of it as a reusable command module where we can have human presence in orbit around the moon. From there we want reusable landers that go back and forth to the surface of the moon,” Bridenstine told Hill.TV’s Jamal Simmons and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”

“We think we can achieve this in about 10 years, the idea being prove the capability, retire the risk, prove the human physiology and then go on to Mars,” he continued.

Faster, please.

Wed Dec 05 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bill Priestap resigns

He has been the last person still working at FBI/DOJ who we knew was involved to some degree in the SpyGate scandal, and the speculation (because he was still there) was that he was a cooperating witness in the investigation. He has now resigned, which suggests whoever was picking his brain is now done with him and new shoes should be dropping soon as whatever reports or indictments start appearing.

Tue Dec 04 17:48:32 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How socialized health care works...

Or more accurately, doesn't work. And how they cover it up.

Tue Dec 04 08:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Muslim "refugee" acquitted of sex crimes for cultural differences -- twice

One News NowA Muslim refugee from Bangladesh was acquitted of the rape of a high school girl – with a French court excusing the sexual attack due to the young man’s “different cultural norms.”

The young Islamic migrant was also charged with sexually assaulting another young girl, but his defense argued that he should not be held responsible because he could have misinterpreted his aggressive sexual contact with the girl due to his Muslim “cultural codes.”

I could understand -- not forgive or excuse, but understand -- using cultural differences as an excuse once. Twice on the same person means you should have learned the first time.

And frankly, I question the "cultural differences" excuse in substance as well as frequency. Muslim women are explicitly treated differently from foreign women in Muslim (and I think particularly Arab) culture. It's not just "oh this is how we treat women at home." It's more like "This is how we treat women we assume to be foreign whores because they are outdoors in public without wearing a full veil and bringing a protective escort."

These "Muslims" would be outraged if a "good Muslim woman" was treated the way they treat people they see as foreign whores.

Which should remind you that they don't see themselves as making a new home in Europe. They see themselves as conquering Europe.

Tue Dec 04 07:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Brenda Snipes to receive $130K pension

Free BeaconBrenda Snipes, the supervisor of elections for Broward County, Florida, will receive nearly $130,000 a year in pensions when she resigns from her position in January.

Snipes, who resigned after receiving intense scrutiny for her office's handling of the midterm elections earlier this month, is already receiving $58,560 in state pensions from her earlier career as an educator, and is set to add almost $71,000 a year for her time in elected office, the Sun Sentinel reported Tuesday.

Excessive pensions are a problem at all levels of government. It would frankly make sense to bar anyone in an elected or politically appointed position from receiving a pension. After all, they will be gone in another 2-6 years, presumably. Replace the automatic pension with a 401k, subject to the normal contribution limits, and you have something a lot more reasonable.

Tue Dec 04 06:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Corsi files criminal complaint against Mueller

Fox NewsConservative author Jerome Corsi on Monday filed a “criminal and ethics complaint” against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, accusing investigators of trying to bully him into giving “false testimony” against President Trump.

The complaint, which Corsi had threatened for days, is the latest escalation between Mueller’s team and its investigation targets.

The 78-page document, asserting the existence of a “slow-motion coup against the president,” was filed to a range of top law enforcement officials including Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, D.C.’s U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu and the Bar Disciplinary Counsel.

“Dr. Corsi has been criminally threatened and coerced to tell a lie and call it the truth,” the complaint states.

Someone melt some butter, because I've got popcorn.

Complaint here.

Mon Dec 03 12:57:24 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI raids home of Clinton Foundation whistleblower

Daily CallerFBI agents raided the home of a recognized Department of Justice whistleblower who privately delivered documents pertaining to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One to a government watchdog, according to the whistleblower’s attorney.

The Justice Department’s inspector general was informed that the documents show that federal officials failed to investigate potential criminal activity regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Rosatom, the Russian company that purchased Uranium One, a document reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation alleges.

The delivered documents also show that then-FBI Director Robert Mueller failed to investigate allegations of criminal misconduct pertaining to Rosatom and to other Russian government entities attached to Uranium One, the document reviewed by TheDCNF alleges. Mueller is now the special counsel investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

“The bureau raided my client to seize what he legally gave Congress about the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One,” the whistleblower’s lawyer, Michael Socarras, told TheDCNF, noting that he considered the FBI’s raid to be an “outrageous disregard” of whistleblower protections.

This is not a promising development. It indicates there are still rogue elements operating in the FBI to cover up the Clinton Foundation's crimes. More analysis at Conservative Treehouse.

Mon Dec 03 08:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey is trying to resist testifying in private

He is filing before the courts to quash a Congressional subpoena. His motion will ultimately fail. Congress has a legitimate interest in asking him questions about matters that are classified, which he still knows even though he was read out of the programs and his clearances were removed. Furthermore, the courts have no authority to block Congress asking legitimate questions about Comey's actions. The President will not be shielding him behind executive privilege.

But none of that will matter if Comey can delay matters until after the new Congress is seated. That's his goal: keep any hearings public, so he can't be asked about classified material, and delay until the change in control in the House protects him.

Mon Dec 03 07:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Detroit requires background checks... on ammunition?

The legislation requires a mental health check and limits the quantities that can be bought at one time. It will, obviously, be completely ineffective.

Mon Dec 03 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An end to forfeiture abuse?

Pawpaw's HouseIt seems that there is a case pending in the Supreme Court that may spell and end to civil forfeiture under the 8th Amendment. According to Hit Air and other sources, the Solicitor General of Indiana took a rhetorical beating yesterday over the practice.

I've often wondered about "civil" forfeiture, because they always seem to be the result of a criminal action. And, it seems that the 8th Amendment prohibits excessive fines. I admit that I have never been cognizant of the 8th Amendment, but it seems that it is going to play a big part in the arguments.

This is liable to be interesting.

I doubt this will spell the end of civil forfeiture as such, but it may block seizures of cars and houses for relatively minor offenses. Hopefully it will also block seizures of cash for "Oh, you didn't know carrying cash was suspicious? Well, forfeit the cash and we won't charge you with laundering drug money..". If the Supreme Court can put a stop to this, I'll be very happy.

On a meta level... I'm very unhappy that putting a stop to this practice requireds a trip to the Supreme Court and invoking the 8th Amendment. There's been a lot of opposition to these seizures for decades. That the political system wouldn't act to stop them indicates the political system isn't functioning to address the concerns of the people.

Sun Dec 02 08:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Flake flakes

Outgoing Senator Jeff Flake is demanding a vote on legislation to protect Mueller from Presidential authority before he allows more nominations to pass. It's up to him only because the Republican majority in the current Congress is razor-thin and Flake himself is retiring (from the Senate, if not from politics) and thus doesn't feel bound by the desire to please the voters. It's exactly the sort of pathetic, backstabbing, weasel move that Republicans in the Senate have made routine. It won't last long, as the next Senate will be seated early next year and have a more substantial (and Flake-less) majority. But yeah, it's still infuriating.

Sun Dec 02 07:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Constitutional Carry in NC

No LawyersPermitless concealed carry passed the North Carolina House of Representatives over a year ago. Since then it has been bottled up in the State Senate and has not gotten a hearing nor a vote. Now that the Republicans have lost their supermajority in the General Assembly, any action on permitless concealed carry has to happen now. There is not a chance in hell that Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC) won't veto it and there is also no way for it to get passed without the Republicans sticking together and overriding that veto.

This seems like a long shot, but it's worth a try.

Sun Dec 02 06:47:21 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

15 Suspected Terrorists captured trying to cross into US

CNSNewsA new report shows that at least 15 Middle Eastern and African suspected terrorists who were traveling through Latin America to the U.S.-Mexico border were captured either enroute or at the U.S. border between 2001 and November 2018. These suspected terrorists were affiliated with groups such as ISIS, the Taliban, and Hezbollah.

In addition, the number of suspects apprehended, 15, is likely an undercount because their data were culled from public information and not "government intelligence database systems exempt from public disclosure," stated the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which produced the report, Have Terrorists Crossed Our Border? "[T]his list therefore cannot be regarded as comprehensive," said CIS.
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However, on Oct. 11, the president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, stated that his administration had captured "close to 100 people completely linked to terrorist issues, with ISIS, and that not only have we arrested them within our territory but they have been deported to their countries of origin," reported Prensa Libre, the country's largest newspaper.

15 is a small number, especially over 17 years, but that number represents captures rather than total attempts (for obvious reasons). There may also be more cases that are classified -- and there are definitely more cases that are intercepted before they reach the US. Judicial Watch has been reporting on terrorists trying to cross the border for some time, and in much greater numbers than indicated here.

Sat Dec 01 08:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Florida ballot measure on assault weapons ban

FoxA Miami-based political committee has proposed a constitutional amendment that would ban possession of “assault” weapons in Florida if approved by voters.

The proposal, backed by the committee Ban Assault Weapons Now, was posted on the state Division of Elections website this month. The committee had raised nearly $410,000 since March, while spending almost $284,000, according to finance information. The expenditures included $75,000 last month to a California-based company for what was described in the finance information as “petitions.”

The antis have had success pushing ballot measures in the past, though they usually try for "background checks" rather than assault weapons bans. This is opening a new front on the ballot measure idea. Will it work? We'll find out, I guess.

Sat Dec 01 07:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Freedom wins in Italy

Sat Dec 01 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Caravan filled with men who are not seeking asylum

Ace of Spades"From what we've seen, the majority are actually men and some of these men have not articulated that need for asylum. Instead, they have talked about going to the United States for a better life and to find work," Schwartz added.

It's hard to fake the news when you're reporting live from the scene and there's video. It's also hard to fake the news when people have internet access to your archives.

Categories Immigration Fake News

Fri Nov 30 08:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller claims Manafort lied after plea deal

Fox NewsFormer Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office "on a variety of subject matters" since his plea deal earlier this year, thereby violating the agreement, Mueller said in a court filing submitted Monday night, while adding that Manafort claims he's been truthful.

Presumably, Mueller thinks Manafort is lying when Manafort says there was no Russian Collusion. Manafort claims he has been truthful.

It looks like someone is claiming Manafort met with Assange. Both Manafort and Assange deny it. My first guess would be that this is what Mueller was banking on and the sources come from his team. Mueller will be trying to keep the pressure on Manafort by claiming he lied, and thus being able to renege on the plea deal they had.

Little discussed fact: Assange knows who gave him the DNC emails that started all this. What if it wasn't the Russians? Then Mueller's whole investigation is revealed as a farce at best and a cover-up at worst. Assange could shatter the whole story if he was willing to reveal his source. Will he?

Fri Nov 30 07:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Terror attack in Los Angeles

The HillVideo from a security camera shows the driver apparently trying to hit two men dressed in clothing typically worn by Orthodox Jews on Shabbat. The driver, who has been identified as 32-year-old Mohammed Mohammed, reversed and tried to hit them again, according to the the local outlet.

The attacker, "Mohammed Mohammed", was caught on video trying to run over two traditionally-dressed Jews... and then backing up to try to hit them again. Prior to that he insulted people leaving the synagogue.

That's Islamic terrorism.

Fri Nov 30 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cohen pleads guilty for lying to Congress

Power Line has the documents, but not the details yet. The documents suggest Cohen lied about exactly when a real-estate project in Moscow was terminated. Cohen claimed it was before the presidential rate started, but the documents allege there were related contacts (including invitations to travel) as late as January 20th, 2016 (the date Trump took office). It references, without naming, two individuals who are presumably Trump and a close associate or family member of Trump. It suggests Cohen lied about not keeping those individuals briefed on the Moscow real estate deal.

Other than Cohen lying, and the possibility (not the fact, just the possibility) of some sort of business quid pro quo attempt by the Russians, there's nothing here about the election or collusion. It's a minor lie about a business deal that never happened. Stupid for Cohen to lie about it, criminal for him to lie about it to Congress, but I don't see cause to panic about Russian Collusion here.

That might change if the content of those conversations contained something nefarious, but there's no indication here of anything more than a business deal that didn't happen.

Mueller will probably focus on the January 20th call to Cohen. That's Trump's inauguration date and the call was supposedly from the Russian President. It seems more likely to be a political/diplomatic call than one about a business deal.

It's worth noting that this is yet another case of Mueller creating a process crime. Cohen is not pleading guilty to collusion, or to any illegal act in and of itself. He's pleading guilty to lying to Congress about communications concerning a business deal that didn't happen. Yeah, he shouldn't have lied about it -- and that's assuming it wasn't a case of "lying" like Mike Flynn "lied". But without Mueller's investigation, there would be no crime here.

The real question here is: what did Trump's written answers say on these topics? Cohen is only pleading guilty after those answers were completed and returned. Will Mueller claim Trump is lying in those answers based on a contradiction with Cohen's testimony? That's my guess about where this is going: Mueller either will do that, or is frustrated about not being able to do it. The latter guess is because of the kerfluffle about Manafort's joint defense agreement with Trump.

Reading tea leaves... I think Trump gave correct, accurate, answers and Mueller is claiming the scalps he can claim. Cohen for lying to Congress, and whatever he can get against Manafort for letting Trump know what Mueller was trying to catch him out for.

UPDATE: Looks like my tea leaves are accurate.

UPDATE: It's probably worth noting that, despite Cohen's guilty plea (presumably under pressure from Mueller), the document describing how he lied is subject to interpretation. For example, Cohen is said to have lied about never agreeing to travel to Russia as part of the deal. He discussed hypothetical travel, and in fact, never agreed to actual travel, just to schedule ideas for a hypothetical trip. Similarly, how much involvement is "limited" involvement? One briefing? Two? Three? Over a year or two?

Cohen pled guilty to lying, but it's not at all clear to me from the evidence laid out that he actually did.

UPDATE: Mueller left out exculpatory information.

Thu Nov 29 11:18:29 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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