Somehow the communists always return to censorship...

WattsUpWithThatGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning new censorship laws, a harsh crack down on “fake news”, which according to President Obama seems to include any criticism of climate theory...Merkel indicated that she supported tougher measures to crack down on hate speech in its various forms and figure out new ways to regulate the complicated ecosystem of online information (and misinformation).

In the US, our First Amendment protects the freedom of the press. We as citizens have to do a little more work to evaluate the news, but it's better than giving the government -- or anyone else -- the power to shut people up by force.

Tue Nov 29 11:12:28 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

White House denies voter fraud claims

The HillThe White House on Monday dismissed President-elect Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.

“There has been no evidence produced to substantiate a claim like that,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

You know when people start falling back on "there is no evidence" as a response to allegations of criminal activity? When they know they are guilty as sin and don't think you can prove it.

Of course, the Project Veritas videos are pretty damning proof, and one of the leading roles in those videos has visited Obama's White House literally hundreds of times.

And it's it interesting that the White House Press Secretary is falling back on that particular wording.

Tue Nov 29 10:12:28 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Democrats are trying to recount their way to victory...

It turns out that Jill Stein, Green party candidate, is conducting a recount effort (and crowdfunding it) in three states that would be sufficient to reverse the presidential election results. Hillary's campaign is getting involved, too.

If it was just a Stein scamfunding operation I'd say ignore it. But given the targeted states and the involvement of the Hillary campaign, Trump needs to make sure he has his people involved and playing defense. If you wait until the Democrats have "found" enough votes to swing the election their way, it's too late.

The margin of victory in those states, particularly Pennsylvania, seems larger than the usual margin of fraud. But the Democrats, and Hillary, are desperate and they think they are stopping the next incarnation of Hitler. Hillary and her top people are looking at the prospect of ending their lives in jail if Trump's administration unleashes the FBI.

They will pull out all the stops if they think there's even a tiny chance of actual victory.

UPDATE: Whaddya know, the recount deadline for Pennsylvania was November 21st and Jill Stein missed it. Anyone considering donating money to her efforts should bear this in mind.

Tue Nov 29 09:12:28 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS denies Tea Party groups after 7 year wait

Washington TimesNearly seven years after it applied to the IRS for nonprofit status, the Albuquerque Tea Party has finally been given a decision: Denied.

The tax agency, under orders from a federal judge, is belatedly tackling the remaining tea party cases that it delayed for years, and so far the tea party isn’t doing well. Only one of the three groups in the case was approved, and the other two, including Albuquerque, got notices of proposed denials last week.

Delay as long as possible, then deny, and force them to challenge the denials in court. All while they can't use their tax-exempt status to raise funds to help.

I don't have any idea about the actual merits of these applications, except that if it was appropriate to deny them, the denials should have issued years ago.

Mon Nov 28 11:12:28 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hollywood still pushing gun control

John Lott"Miss Sloane" -- focuses on a battle-hardened female lobbyist who gives herself the Herculean challenge of taking on the gun lobby

"The Senator's Wife" -- it is still listed as "in-development" -- "Harvey Weinstein promised that an upcoming film he’s making, starring Meryl Streep, will make the National Rifle Association “wish they weren’t alive” during an interview with Howard Stern earlier this week, and now it has a title."
"Weinstein described the film as a 'big movie like a ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,' which he hopes will make audiences think: 'Gun stocks — I don’t want to be involved in that stuff. It’s going to be like crash and burn.'”
This movie's fate may depend on what happens with "Miss Sloane."

These are the movies that were supposed to launch after Hillary won, setting up the temporary emotional push for gun control that is the only way such legislation has a chance of passing. They might wait for a mass shooting, too, but those are harder to schedule.

Mon Nov 28 10:12:28 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lawrence Lessig calls for faithless electors to reverse election results

The HillCampaign finance reform advocate Lawrence Lessig, who briefly ran as a candidate in the Democratic primary, is calling on electors to pick Hillary Clinton over President-elect Donald Trump.

It's amazing how many prominent people I once used to respect as the honorable opposition are willing to throw their credibility into the toilet simply to avoid a result they don't like.

Mon Nov 28 09:12:28 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How to be the conservative uncle the hipster hates at Thanksgiving

TownHallAgree that America has a terrible gun crisis – many Americans simply cannot afford to purchase the multiple firearms each citizen should own. Inform him that his opposition to your plan for “gun vouchers” to allow all Americans to take part in the defense of themselves, their families, communities and the Constitution, is “super racist” and that you support “caliber diversity.”

Now that it's too late to actually take any of this horribly rude (but mostly accurate) advice, read the whole thing.

Sun Nov 27 11:00:07 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Left suddenly worried about politicization of the IRS under Trump

TaxProf quoting PoliticoPresident-elect Donald Trump will soon be able to appoint a new director of the agency auditing his taxes, a potential political minefield after his writeoffs and his refusal to release his returns were repeatedly questioned in the campaign.

The president is barred from directing how the IRS treats specific taxpayers, but lawyers say there’s nothing to stop Trump from appointing an IRS chief who will go easy on him while scrutinizing his political enemies.

“There is precious little statutorily that prohibits that,” said Caplin & Drysdale tax lawyer Chris Rizek, who served in the Treasury Department’s Office of Legislative Counsel under former president Clinton.

Gosh, you mean just like under Obama?

TaxProf quoting Politico“It is not at all uncommon for people to clamor for IRS or DOJ activity or criminal investigation, and the IRS kind of takes the position that they ignore that political pressure. I have not heard of any instance since 1973 of anyone at the White House calling anyone at the IRS to ask for an audit or put pressure on a taxpayer,” [Chris Rizek, who served in the Treasury Department’s Office of Legislative Counsel under former president Clinton] said. “Because if that got out it would be a pretty outrageous news story.”

Sun Nov 27 10:00:07 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Maybe there was something to the vampire mythology after all

InstapunditFive days later, old mice did see some benefits from having young blood in their veins, including better muscle repair. But Conboy, who reported her findings in Nature Communications, says the really striking finding was just how bad old blood was for the younger animals. The aged blood inhibited the formation of brain cells in young mice and caused the animals to fall behind their peers in a strength test where they are hung upside down on a wire mesh. “The young mice became almost as decrepit as the old ones,” she says.

The research suggests that one day, instead of getting transfusions from young people, aged people will instead go to a medical facility to get their blood cleared of proteins that may build up and promote aging. Conboy says she and other scientists are working to identify what those molecules are.

This is starting to get a little freaky. The science is promising, to be sure, but the implications are disturbing.

Sun Nov 27 09:00:07 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump to focus NASA on space exploration again

WattsUpWithThatBob Walker, senior campaign adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, has re-affirmed Trump’s commitment to NASA focussing on space exploration, by stating that NASA’s Earth Science Division would be stripped of funding as part of a Trump crackdown on “Politicized Science”.

Well, he's got to get that through Congress, but it sounds promising. Under Obama, NASA was given the "official mission" of making Islamic nations feel better about themselves. While this did have the unintended side effect of leaving the field open for private industry, it was utterly pathetic in comparison to the possibilities.

If people want to freak out over the temperature of the earth and engage in rabid political activity, they can do so with private funds. There's room for basic science and data collection in this field, but the people at NASA have (with some exceptions) destroyed their credibility on this topic.

Shutting down new programs to refocus on space exploration, and restructuring the existing data-collection programs to focus on collecting accurate data without manipulation for public release, seems like an excellent direction to me.

And we can use the money saved to investigate this possible discovery of life on Mars.

Sat Nov 26 11:07:09 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Enabling Millennials

Sat Nov 26 10:07:09 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judge says strong showing of bias in IRS Tea Party case

USA TodayA federal judge ruled this month in a lawsuit in the ongoing IRS-Tea Party saga that there was "a strong showing" that the agency had discriminated against conservative groups because of their political stances.

And U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Barrett wrote in a decision that a particular group suing the IRS "has made a strong showing of a likelihood of success" on its claim that its free speech rights were violated by the delay in processing the application.

He ordered the IRS to continue processing the application from the group, called the Texas Patriots Tea Party, even as the IRS fights the group’s lawsuit.

That Obama is bragging about a "scandal free presidency" when his IRS is still targeting his political opponents is deplorable.

Sat Nov 26 09:07:09 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump's election continues to improve the world...

... as he brings in a substantial foreign policy victory even before taking office.

Sat Nov 26 01:24:44 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS Commissioner Koskinen impeachment vote still likely

Washington ExaminerRep. Tim Huelskamp will call for a post-election vote to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen when Congress returns from Thanksgiving recess, he told the Washington Examiner. Huelskamp said Koskinen could pre-empt a vote by announcing he will retire when Republican President-elect Trump takes office in January. "But barring that, I anticipate that two weeks from now we will introduce that resolution," Huelskamp said.

Chances of Koskinen deciding to resign seem low. On the other hand, chances of the Republicans passing an impeachment resolution that will almost certainly die in the Senate also seem low.

Still, it's a choice between that and no punishment at all for covering up the political abuse of the agency for 5 years. Impeach him and let the Senate do what it will.

Fri Nov 25 11:07:09 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Illegal LGBT aliens in doubt and fear after Trump victory

The Daily Signal“I know the policy as it is today but I don’t know the policy as it’s going to be on Day One,” said Catalina Velasquez, a transgender refugee illegally in the United States and president of Consult Catalina. “It’s been very tough as a transgender, undocumented Latino,” Velasquez said.

I have a suggestion for Velasquez. How about he or she goes home and worries about transgender rights there?

Fri Nov 25 10:07:09 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Promising signs from the Trump transition team

Trump has announced Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. Though I had never heard of her prior to this announcement, it seems she is well known among education circles as a school choice advocate. That could be a big step towards breaking the educational monopoly currently enjoyed by the Left.

Fri Nov 25 09:07:09 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


I have many things to be thankful for, this year. Most of them don't bear mentioning here, but to those who know: thanks.

Those that do bear mentioning here:

I am thankful that we have a president whose goal is not to destroy America and loot the corpse.

I am thankful that my little piece of the economy is going well.

I am thankful that I was born in America, a far better place to live than most of the alternatives.

I am thankful that my forefathers created an America for me to live in.

I am thankful for those who fight to keep us safe.

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Thu Nov 24 20:45:43 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Anonymous Source claims Trump won't prosecute Hillary

ZerohedgeAfter Trump stunned the nation during the second presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, in which he quipped that under a Trump presidency "she would be in jail", and suggested that he would demand a special prosecutor probe into Clinton's email server and the Clinton foundation, moments ago MSNBC's Morning Joe reported, citing a source, that president-elect Donald Trump will not pursue any investigations into his former political rival Hillary Clinton "for her use of a private email server and the Clinton foundation."

Trump reportedly feels that Clinton has "been through enough."

I wouldn't buy this claim just based on a single anonymous source.

Sourcing aside, I'm conflicted. Clearly Hillary violated the law regarding classified information. She probably violated laws against bribery and corruption in her official acts. In attempting to cover it up, she almost certainly committed obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence. These are crimes for which "lesser" people have gone to jail, regardless of intent. If Hillary is not to be considered above the law, she must be investigated, charged, tried, and if convicted, punished.

If Trump then wished to issue a pardon, leaving intact a prohibition on holding future political office and confiscating her ill-gotten gains, I could be content with that. But letting her skate the process completely seems unwise.

I do think the focus should be on the legislative agenda in Congress. Name a special prosecutor to address Hillary and move on.

Thu Nov 24 11:54:26 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

North Carolina governor's race may be decided by voter fraud

The HillGov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.) is claiming voter fraud derailed his reelection campaign, according to a new report.

McCrory alleges that voter fraud in 50 of North Carolina’s 100 counties boosted State Attorney General Roy Cooper (D) to a slim lead in the undecided gubernatorial race, Politico said Monday.

It's good to see a Republican who is willing to contest a close race on grounds of voter fraud. That said, he'll have to back it up with evidence.

Thu Nov 24 10:54:26 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

7 terrorists arrested in France

PJMediaSeven men who French authorities say were planning a terrorist attack have been arrested in France, the government announced on Monday, sounding an alert about the continuing threat from terrorism barely a year after the attacks that killed 130 people in and around Paris.

The arrests followed an eight-month-long investigation led by France’s domestic intelligence service, according to Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who said investigators were looking into the possibility that the plot involved a “coordinated attack aimed to hit several sites simultaneously” in the country.

Terrorists are not going to stop being terrorists.

Thu Nov 24 09:54:26 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

AG in climate change case may be required to testify in Texas

Boston HeraldAttorney General Maura Healey must defend her probe of ­Exxon Mobil’s climate-change policy in a Texas courtroom hearing that one prominent analyst says shows a federal judge sees “big-time political motives” in her use of power.

In a case like this, those big-time political motives are obvious.

Wed Nov 23 11:22:11 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Head of DOJ Civil Rights Division may be violating the law

I don't mean in her official acts; I mean simply occupying the position may violate the law concerning positions requiring Senate confirmation and how long a deputy official may serve in that position without either being nominated or recess appointed. The penalty for violating that law is that any legal acts taken by the violator are null and void. Anything from hiring decisions to signing legal briefs.

Is it a mere oversight or is Obama acting strategically to avoid a Senate confirmation hearing on the person he trusts to help incite riots and enable voter fraud? I'd bet on the latter, but it may come back to bite him in the ass if states start challenging cases she was involved in on the grounds that her appointment is invalid.

My personal prediction is that this doesn't come to anything in the end. Just like the Obama birth certificate issue, when Obama won the first election no court was going to remove him and undo four years of presidential acts. We may see a few individual decisions challenged, but nothing sweeping. Government has an inertia that way.

Wed Nov 23 10:22:11 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama rescinds offshore drilling proposal

The HillPresident Obama has rescinded a proposal to allow new oil and natural gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean as part of a five-year plan for leasing released on Friday.

Obama's move takes drilling rights sales off the table through 2022.

President-elect Donald Trump could seek to amend the five-year drilling plan to add more sales. But he would have to go through a long regulatory process to do so, potentially taking years, and could encounter problems like President George W. Bush did when he attempted a similar strategy.

This is a good example of the general principle that the Left uses government agencies and the permanent bureaucracy to stifle the Right's policies when the Right wins elections, and the Right does not do the same in the other direction. The result is a one-way policy ratchet.

It's also a demonstration of the way government has reversed the presumption of liberty. The way it used to be, you could do anything that was not explicitly forbidden by law. Decisions like this reverse that principle, meaning that you can only do things that are explicitly permitted by law.

Wed Nov 23 09:22:11 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that media bias that doesn't exist...

Tue Nov 22 11:22:11 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Communists agree: technology must be controlled by government

WattsUpWithThatObama predicted that the rise of technology needed to be managed to give world citizens more control, beyond the simplistic answers found online.

“It took a while until societies learned how to find the right kind of policies to contain this and to manage and steer this,” [Merkel] said.

Angela Merkel is an East German communist. Obama is still pretending to be an American, but the facade has worn very thin.

Tue Nov 22 10:22:11 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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