Puerto Rico gets a 2nd Amendment

It took a while, but it is finally happening.

Mon Dec 30 02:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Roger Stone convicted of.... process crimes

Conservative TreehouseFollowing a week-long trial a federal jury in Washington, D.C., has convicted Roger Stone, 67, on five felony counts of lying to investigators, one of obstructing a congressional probe and one of witness tampering. Sentencing will be February 6th, 2020.

None of those crimes would exist were it not for the Special Counsel's frankly abusive probe.

So far, despite IG reports and firings at FBI and DOJ due to lying to investigators, no one has actually been indicted, much less convicted. There truly seems to be a double standard in operation here. We can only hope that when the IG report does come out, indictments and convictions from Durham will soon follow.

Mon Dec 30 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House Judiciary Dem paid $700K by Ukrainian Oligarch

I'm just going to leave this here, hat tip Mark Wauck, and drop the mic.

Hiring family members of elected officials seems disturbingly common.

Sun Dec 29 02:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Ground-Zero mosque is back

It would be spitting on the graves of the dead to allow this mosque to be built on Ground Zero.

Sun Dec 29 01:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Navy pilots demand right to bear arms on military bases

It seems like, on a military base, everyone should be armed. Even in peacetime, although calling the present "peacetime" is debatable.

Sat Dec 28 02:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Whistleblower: Google collecting medical data on millions

The GuardianA whistleblower who works in Project Nightingale, the secret transfer of the personal medical data of up to 50 million Americans from one of the largest healthcare providers in the US to Google, has expressed anger to the Guardian that patients are being kept in the dark about the massive deal.

The anonymous whistleblower has posted a video on the social media platform Daily Motion that contains a document dump of hundreds of images of confidential files relating to Project Nightingale. The secret scheme, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, involves the transfer to Google of healthcare data held by Ascension, the second-largest healthcare provider in the US. The data is being transferred with full personal details including name and medical history and can be accessed by Google staff. Unlike other similar efforts it has not been made anonymous though a process of removing personal information known as de-identification.

Read the whole thing, and the followup article.

Sat Dec 28 01:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

North Dakota goes constitutional carry

Fri Dec 27 02:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DiGenova comments on Mike Rogers advising Durham

If the former NSA head who initiated the NSA audit that started the whole Russia hoax is now advising Durham about where the bodies are buried, I think the chances of getting to justice have gone up substantially.

Fri Dec 27 01:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Campaign finance indictment unsealed

DOJ press release. One of the targets was cooperating with Mueller (George Nader). Contributions went to Democrats.

Thu Dec 26 02:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


When you send me an email claiming to be a new gun blogger writing as a side project to his day job, and your email claims to be written to me personally and appears to be plain text, yet has both text and html parts, and the html parts include web tracking bugs...

... you're probably lying about being a new gun blogger writing directly to me about your side project blog, and are actually just spamming me to beg for a link as part of a marketing campaign.


You'd do better being honest about the commercial nature of your request.

Thu Dec 26 01:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Debunking an OCR conspiracy

Real Clear Investigations has a long article about the Corney versus Comey effect in the IG report. It's easily debunked (well, I hesitate to use that word because I hesitate to believe the original article was intended seriously).

OCR systems use dictionaries to aid their recognition of words and letters. "Corney" (rn) is a dictionary word, despite the capitalization. Comey is not a dictionary word, just a proper name. The rn combinations that are properly recognized are all in dictionary words.

Obviously, OCR preferred the dictionary word Corney to the proper name Comey. And in the revised version, someone noticed and corrected it, because you can do manual corrections to an OCR process like that.

Wed Dec 25 02:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Does the Page FISA fraud invalidate all of the Mueller warrants too?

American GreatnessAccording to the recent inspector general’s report on the conduct of the FBI’s collusion investigation, several agents met with Steele’s primary source in early 2017 in order finally to get to the bottom of the Russia collusion claims Steele initiated. It would be another four months before then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would launch the reign of terror known as the “Mueller investigation.” Countless Americans would have their privacy invaded by 500 search warrants, 2,800 subpoenas, and 500 FBI interrogations.

Every one of those 500 search warrants must have been supported by an affidavit swearing the FBI had probable cause to suspect Trump was conspiring with Russia to affect the outcome of the 2016 election. Since we now know the FBI deceived the court in the Carter Page warrant applications at the dawn of the Trump/Russia collusion investigation, we have reason to wonder about the next 500 warrants issued in the same investigation.

Remember when Roger Stone was dragged from his house at gunpoint to search for evidence of Russia collusion? That was one of 500 warrants executed. The probe terrorized its political enemies at a rate of approximately one warrant per business day.

Remember, all of those warrants were based on the idea that Trump was colluding with Russia. And all of the Trump-Russia collusion was based on the hoax dossier.

Doesn't that invalidate not just the main FISA warrant against Carter Page and the Trump campaign, but also all the Mueller investigation warrants? At a minimum, those applied for after the dossier was known to be a hoax.

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Wed Dec 25 01:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Maryland trying to hide voter registration records

Free BeaconThe Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), an Indiana-based election integrity group, filed a complaint Dec. 16 against several individuals with Maryland's state board of elections for alleged violations of the National Voter Registration Act's public disclosure provision. The group sought a copy of the statewide voter registration list on Nov. 13 and offered to pay the required fees for the records. Two days later, an individual with the board of elections denied PILF's request, stating that only Maryland residents can obtain voter data.

If Democrats weren't using voter fraud, why do they work so hard to protect it?

Tue Dec 24 02:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Merkel and the Russians

German spies are calling out their own government for excessive Russian influence. No idea who to believe on this one, but it's typically the left who have Russian influence issues despite the Trump hysteria.

Tue Dec 24 01:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

My God

There are so many wrong lessons here I hardly know where to start. There's a kid who checks that his mom is peacefully reading a book, then goes upstairs to (presumably) her room and opens her chest of drawers to find a gun (very much not safely stored). Without checking whether it is loaded or if a round is in the chamber or the condition of the safety if the gun has one, he puts it into his backpack without a holster or other protective covering and takes it to school with him before pulling it out of his backpack and putting it on the teacher's desk and asking the teacher to get rid of it because "he doesn't want to have a gun in the house."

Leaving aside the many insanely unsafe gun handling practices in this propaganda video, he's stealing a gun from his parents and taking it to school in order to turn it in to someone who (just based on profession!) likely has no idea how to handle it safely or dispose of it legally. Not to mention the school itself is a gun free zone. So. How many laws did this kid violate?

1) Felony theft of a firearm. Most gun felonies are 10 year federal crimes.
2) Gun-Free School Zone laws. $10,000 fine and 5 years.
3) Carrying concealed without a license, depending on state laws.
4) Illegal transfer of a firearm without a background check, depending on state laws.
5) The teacher may be liable for receiving stolen property.
6) Arguably reckless endangerment of the students and teacher, brandishing, etc.
7) Aside from the above, the student will undoubtedly be immediately expelled.

In addition his mom (and/or dad, who is never shown) will be vulnerable to criminal attack and may get in trouble for their unsafe storage. If either of the parents are police officers, military, or security, the gun may not even be theirs -- meaning they are in trouble with their jobs, and may be legally charged or fired.

This video is stupid propaganda encouraging kids to do things that will get them in serious legal trouble even if they do not accidentally hurt themselves or those around them.

Hat to to the Captain for the video.

Mon Dec 23 10:38:47 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI Agent fined, jailed for politically motivated snooping on neighbor

PoliticoA former FBI analyst was sentenced to seven days in jail and a $500 fine Friday for illegally accessing a neighbor’s email account in a bid to head off an apparent smear campaign against special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mark Tolson, 60, pleaded guilty in September to a single misdemeanor charge of computer fraud and abuse for his unusual effort last fall to derail eccentric Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman’s attempt to obtain information to be used in sexual misconduct allegations against Mueller.

Tolson admitted he unlawfully accessed Burkman’s emails in October 2018, after the conspiracy-minded lobbyist announced plans to hold a news conference to air sexual harassment allegations against Mueller.

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After snooping through Burkman’s account, Tolson sent screenshots of the messages and offered the password to an unspecified journalist, court filings say.

Tolson’s wife, Sarah Gilbert Fox, facilitated the illicit access by providing Burkman’s email password, which she had obtained for work she’d previously done for him.

Wow. These FBI folks seem like really trustworthy, honest, forthright people.

Mon Dec 23 02:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Crowdstrike founder was special government employee?

The last time we heard about a special government employee, it was James Comey giving his lawyer friend classified access as a conduit for leaking classified memos. My guess would be that making the Crowdstrike founder a special government employee was also related to giving him access to classified materials. The question is what materials he was given access to, and why.

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Mon Dec 23 01:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Huge: McCabe pushed for Steele dossier in ICA citing request from Obama

This is pretty much written in plain language in the IG report (original tweet). It's not proof Obama knew, but at a minimum, McCabe cited his authority and claimed direct instructions to include the Steele material.

This puts McCabe in an even more central position regarding pushing the Clinton material into government investigations, undermines Comey's denials of pushing the Steele material into the ICA, and for the first time suggests Obama held an active rather than passive role in pushing the dossier material.

Categories Spygate

Sun Dec 22 12:37:09 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Was McCabe the hidden hand?

Bookworm RoomStarting at p. 84, the IG addresses the date on which the FBI leadership received the “Steele Dossier.” An oversea’s FBI Agent, eponymously referred to as Handler 1 in the IG Report, met with Christopher Steele on July 5, 2016, well before the opening of Crossfire Hurricane on the 31st, and received Steele first report 2016/080 — that Trump was a Russian spy and that Russia had the “pee tape” of Trump in Moscow by which they could blackmail him. Steele also told Handler 1 (p. 96) that he “was aware that “Democratic Party associates” were paying for Fusion GPS’s research, the “ultimate client” was the leadership of the Clinton presidential campaign, and “the candidate” was aware of Steele’s reporting.” Handler 1 ultimately forward Report 080 and several others he soon received from Steele to the New York Field Office (NYFO). On a 13 July 2016 phone call with the NYFO, Handling Agent 1 described “the contents of Report 80, identif[ied] [Steele’s employer as Glenn] Simpson as a client of a law firm, and include[d] the following: “law firm works for the Republican party or Hillary and will use [the information described in Report 80] at some point. ”

The FBI’s NYFO evaluated the information — including a particular discussion of Steele’s employer — but did not send the report on to FBI leadership in Washington. The IG does not explain why. That said, according to the IG (p. 99), it was a serendipitous tip by the Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, that led the Crossfire Hurricane team to the Steele Reports at NYFO. “On August 25, 2016, according to a Supervisory Special Agent 1 (SSA 1) who was assigned to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, during a briefing for then Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on the investigation, McCabe asked SSA 1 to contact NYFO about information that potentially could assist the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.” The IG does not explain how McCabe knew about the Steele Dossier.

Knowledge of the Steele Dossier came to the attention of the Crossfire Hurricane team at a propitious moment in their investigation. They were investigating Trump, but according to the IG Report, had determined that they did not have probable cause to seek FISA warrants. The Steele Dossier changed that. The Steele Dossier provided the basis for the FISA warrant targeting Carter Page, and presumably all people within the “two hop” ambit of him. More on that in other posts.

I wrote (and linked) earlier about the evident "hidden hand" behind some of the odd coincidences within the FBI's investigation of the Steele dossier and the Russia Hoax. The quote above brings one more fact into the mix: the Steele dossier itself was not forwarded to FBI HQ initially. Perhaps because Steele's existing handler didn't think it important given Steele's evident political bias. But it was brought to the CH team via a tip from McCabe.

And it was McCabe who overruled Bill Priestap to keep Peter Strzok and his lover Lisa Page on the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. The pair had previously violated the chain of command to keep McCabe informed.

McCabe is also the one whose wife got hundreds of thousands in campaign donations from Clinton-linked financiers. Do you think that maybe someone in the Clinton camp tipped off McCabe that there was a dossier waiting for him in the NYFO?

Sun Dec 22 02:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An islamic connection in the New Jersey attack?

New York PostA New Jersey man was busted by federal authorities after cops found his phone number scrawled on a note in one of the Jersey City shooter’s back pockets, authorities said.

Ahmed A-Hady’s Monmouth County pawnshop and house were searched over the weekend and feds found him illegally in possession of six rifles, including three AR-15-style assault rifles, three handguns and one shotgun, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said late Saturday.

The attack itself was carried out by "Black Israelites", a black anti-semitic group (and not "white nationalists" as sometimes reported). But they had contact information for someone with an Islamic name in "illegal" possession of a number of firearms and ammunition. Now, "illegal" in New Jersey doesn't necessarily mean much. But add in the Islamic name and it gets more interesting, doesn't it?

Sun Dec 22 01:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Merkel: To be free we must take away your free speech

LidBlog“But freedom of expression has its limits. Those limits begin where hatred is spread. They begin where the dignity of other people is violated. This house will and must oppose extreme speech. Otherwise our society will no longer be the free society that it was,” she added.

Merkel is an embarrassment to a free society and a threat to democracy.

Sat Dec 21 02:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Facebook routinely suppressed conservative news

GizmodoThe former curator was so troubled by the omissions that they kept a running log of them at the time; this individual provided the notes to Gizmodo. Among the deep-sixed or suppressed topics on the list: former IRS official Lois Lerner, who was accused by Republicans of inappropriately scrutinizing conservative groups; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; popular conservative news aggregator the Drudge Report; Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL who was murdered in 2013; and former Fox News contributor Steven Crowder. “I believe it had a chilling effect on conservative news,” the former curator said.

Another former curator agreed that the operation had an aversion to right-wing news sources. “It was absolutely bias. We were doing it subjectively. It just depends on who the curator is and what time of day it is,” said the former curator. “Every once in awhile a Red State or conservative news source would have a story. But we would have to go and find the same story from a more neutral outlet that wasn’t as biased.”

So they artificially suppress elements of the right...

GizmodoManagers on the trending news team did, however, explicitly instruct curators to artificially manipulate the trending module in a different way: When users weren’t reading stories that management viewed as important, several former workers said, curators were told to put them in the trending news feed anyway. Several former curators described using something called an “injection tool” to push topics into the trending module that weren’t organically being shared or discussed enough to warrant inclusion—putting the headlines in front of thousands of readers rather than allowing stories to surface on their own. In some cases, after a topic was injected, it actually became the number one trending news topic on Facebook.

... and artificially boosted others, though there's not a direct allegation of political bias here.

Those sound like editorial decisions, not providing a neutral platform.

Sat Dec 21 01:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is Mifsud dead?

In my opinion, "dead" and "in hiding" are difficult to distinguish from each other. But, if he really is dead, I feel fairly confident in stating that Mifsud did not kill himself.

Categories Spygate

Fri Dec 20 19:20:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Rise of Skywalker

I didn't intend to see this one in theaters, as a reaction to both Solo (which was so bad it was unwatchable even on Netflix) and The Last Jedi (rented on home streaming months after the theater release). But a friend had an extra ticket they had already bought that was going to go unused, and I was willing to occupy a seat that had already been sold.

My take: Meh. It was better than Solo and The Last Jedi. It was, barely, positive, meaning I enjoyed it if I didn't think too hard about it.

Some spoilers may be below, but probably not big ones.

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Fri Dec 20 19:06:29 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

So let me get this straight...

The FDA conducts trials costing millions of dollars and delaying new medications and medical treatments for years... but they approve puberty blocking drugs for "transgender" children that have killed six thousand people?

Fri Dec 20 02:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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