Rosenstein resigns

Effective May 11th. I am guessing this means his cooperation with Horowitz on the FISA abuse investigation is no longer needed, if in fact he was cooperating. Rosenstein's weirdly ambiguous and confused position in the center of events can make it hard to tell.

Mon Apr 29 19:00:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ben Rhodes lies through his teeth about SpyGate

Sara CarterFormer deputy national security advisor to President Obama, Ben Rhodes said that Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice “will find nothing” on the Obama White House, according to PJ Media. Moreover, Rhodes said there is no evidence that the Obama White House was involved in the Trump campaign and Russian collusion investigation.

“No, no, I cannot be clear enough about this. We didn’t even know there was an FBI investigation of Trump. I didn’t. President Obama didn’t, like, we actually abided by the firewalls between – if there were any investigations that took place, those decisions were made in the Justice Department, in the FBI, not in the White House,” Rhodes said Thursday following a talk at Georgetown University about his book The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House.

On the dossier, Rhodes grew increasingly defensive saying,”We had nothing to do with this dossier. ”

Rhodes continued, “I’m not an investigator. I haven’t even read this whole dossier. You guys are focused on this. Have fun, have your witch-hunt. We did not initiate this.”

We have text messages from the Page/Strzok pair saying that the White House was running the investigation, or at least thinks they were. We have meetings between DOJ, FBI, and White House representatives. We have Rice's last minute "by the book" email proving that Obama knew at some point before the transition happened.

And we have allegations that the spying goes all the way back to 2012. Let me remind you that's about the same time the IRS spying stopped because they got caught.

When you start taking flak, you know you're over the target.

What did you know and when did you know it, Ben?

You know, if you have nothing to hide, you won't mind if Barr and Horowitz subpoena all of your emails and phone calls and meeting notes and go through them with a fine toothed comb, right? After all, the Special Counsel issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses.

The investigation into SpyGate should be at least as vigorous.

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Mon Apr 29 11:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Looks like it's over after Endgame

NewsBustersPhase II of the Marvel comic book cinematic universe is going to involve a few less of our classic superheros in favor of a bold new array of diverse and inclusive characters. Yes, Marvel’s going a lot more ethnic, and a lot more gay because what’s cooler than finding out that your new favorite Avenger enjoys his skintight latex suit for far more than just crime-fighting purposes?

According to Marvel Studios, the upcoming film Avengers: Endgame “will close a massive chapter in Marvel’s decade of film-making.” But no need to shed a tear. Marvel intends a whole new round of comic book film adaptations, but this time with a new age twist. Nerd culture outlet The Mary Sue wrote that, “Marvel head Kevin Feige is looking towards the bold, inclusive future of the brand,” that includes all sorts of LGBTQ and “body-positive” characters.

Message fiction kills fun.

Mon Apr 29 08:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

EU trying to ban press mentions of Islamic terrorism

Daily MailEuropean human rights chiefs have told the British press it must not report when terrorists are Muslim.

The recommendations came as part of a list of 23 meddling demands to Theresa May’s government on how to run the media in an alarming threat to freedom speech.

This is why freedom of speech is important. Governments will always try to cover up their mistakes by restricting freedom of the press.

Mon Apr 29 07:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The new star wars trailer...

So there's a new Star Wars trailer out. It sucks, and makes me even less interested in seeing the next movie than I was before the trailer came out -- which is hard. To get a feel for how much it sucks, the title they picked is "The Rise of Skywalker".

Unless Rey's been a Skywalker all along, there really isn't a Skywalker in the movie. Maybe Kylo counts -- he's Leia's son but doesn't technically carry the name. But no one wants that pathetic emo whiny idiot to rise. Least interesting villain since... anyone.

What does the trailer telegraph?

Well, Luke is still dead, judging by the voiceovers. If he returns he'll be in force ghost form, probably. They did sort of hint "no one ever really dies", which I take to be mostly cheap bait for fans who didn't like that they mostly killed Luke in the last movie. The only person we see in most of the trailer is Rey, and probably Kylo (based on black leather gloves and little else).

Minor spoiler: the voiceover breaks into evil laughter at the end and the captions label the character speaking "Emperor". So Palpatine may be back. Or Snoke. Or a new Emperor. Who knows? But if it's Palpatine, you've just shit on all 6 of the first two trilogies AGAIN. You've undone everything Luke (and yes, Anakin) worked for. And all for a cheap thrill in the last of three really bad movies.

The voiceover -- Luke speaking -- says he's taught Rey all he knows. Seems unlikely if he's dead and even Yoda wasn't doing much training as a force ghost. And, you know, he didn't exactly want to train her before. And she left.

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Mon Apr 29 06:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sanity in the culture wars

Daniel Keys MoranIf a black woman can be mad at N K Jemisin for her description of one black man in a single novel out of how many she's written, there are no safe spots to stand. Take a deep breath, and write what you think to be true. Someone will be angry about it, if you're lucky enough to be noticed at all.

It's insane to expect everything written (or painted, CGI'd, etc, etc) to be perfectly wholesome, healthy, and fit for social-justice approval. Humans aren't like that. You can't make them like that no matter how much indoctrination you cram into their heads in decades of education. And if everyone was like that -- "perfect" for some values of perfect -- there's no conflict, no drama, no growth... no story, just a bland helping of oatmeal, each spoonful the same as the last.

Sun Apr 28 08:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

50K Clinton emails found at Obama White House

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that a senior FBI official admitted, in writing and under oath, that the agency found Clinton email records in the Obama White House, specifically, the Executive Office of the President. The FBI also admitted nearly 49,000 Clinton server emails were reviewed as result of a search warrant for her material on the laptop of Anthony Weiner.

E.W. (Bill) Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, made the disclosure to Judicial Watch as part of court-ordered discovery into the Clinton email issue.

This implicates Obama in the coverup. With that many emails found, he wasn't just sending and receiving emails with Clinton (we know he did that already), but he actually had the full set of emails Hillary was hiding. And he (or his legal team) knew what was in them and what she was trying to hide.

Sun Apr 28 07:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


JoonB quoted by JoeHere is a new idea, somebody should start a new responsible gun owner organization which will support 2nd amendment and strict gun control. I swear NRA members will leave NRA by droves and sign on with new organization.

JoeAnd someone should start the sister organizations:
Which supports the 1st amendment and strict speech, religion, and personal association control.
Which supports the 3rd amendment and troops living rent free in your home.
Which supports the 4th amendment and unannounced searches of your property, computers, and underwear.

We already have such an organization. It is the Democrat Party.

Not to mention, every Presidential election cycle, their astroturf gun groups come out of hiding and endorse their candidates.

Sun Apr 28 06:47:32 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

James Baker SpyGate testimony released

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Sat Apr 27 08:58:38 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Investigation into SpyGate heating up under AG Barr

The HillThough it didn’t happen on his watch, Barr told Congress he will investigate how the FBI came to conduct a counterintelligence investigation against Donald Trump, then the Republican nominee for president, starting in the summer of 2016.

But Barr made clear Tuesday that his review is distinct and more far-ranging than IG Horowitz’s investigation. It goes back to the moment when a probe code-named Crossfire Hurricane was opened on July 31, 2016, by Trump-hating FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok.

“The Office of the Inspector General has a pending investigation of the FISA process in the Russia investigation. I expect that will be complete in probably May or June, I am told,” Barr explained, giving the first concrete timetable for the IG probe to wrap up. “So hopefully we'll have some answers from Inspector General Horowitz on the issue of the FISA warrants.”

Then Barr volunteered his bigger news: “More generally, I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016.”

Indictments, prosecutions, convictions, prison terms.

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Sat Apr 27 07:58:38 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SpyGate goes all the way back to 2012

Biz Pac Review“It has been evident from day one that there was a brazen plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton illegally, and then if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump. This dossier was a knowing part of that. It was created by Hillary Clinton. It was created knowingly by John Brennan as part of a scheme to do everything they could to harm Donald Trump,” diGenova said Wednesday.

“The problem for Brennan and Clapper and Comey and Baker and all of them now is that the FISA court has already communicated with the Justice Department about its findings, and their findings are that for more than four years before the election of Donald Trump, there was an illegal spying operation going on by FBI contractors, four of them, to steal personal information, electronic information about Americans, and to use it against the Republican Party.”

Gosh. A political spying operation going on for more than four years before Donald Trump was elected, targeting Republicans? That would cover... Barack Obama's re-election campaign in 2012 against Mitt Romney.


Shoes are beginning to drop, folks.

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Sat Apr 27 06:58:38 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A brief, no spoilers review of Avengers: Endgame

Let's face it. You're going to see the movie. If you've followed Marvel for 20+ movies, you're not missing the conclusion. But maybe you want to know whether, and how, to temper your expectations. So, I will tell you my impressions.

It was good. However, Infinity War was better. While Endgame had more crowning moments of awesome, it also had more flaws. In particular, they made some significantly flawed dramatic choices. None of them ruined the movie. One or two of them came close. No, those were not related to Captain Marvel. (Yes, every single scene with Captain Marvel in it was severely flawed, and several were explicitly political, but they were so brief it was hard to consider them seriously damaging to the movie as a whole).

For those worried about Captain Marvel. She has very limited screentime in Endgame and does not steal the spotlight from the main characters (much). However, in her 15 minutes of fame she was even more annoying than she comes across in the trailers for Endgame and the trailers for her own solo movie. After seeing her in Endgame, I'm not in the least interested in seeing her solo movie, not even for free. Just going to skip it. The first Marvel movie I've skipped, I should add. She did come across as overpowered as well. However, it was brief and mostly ignorable. Not looking forward to any of her cameos in future movies.

Speaking of future movies, I get the feeling I'm going to be a lot more selective about which ones I watch from now on. Marvel has indicated their future is politically adversarial intersectional woke cinema, and I'm not interested in that. I'm likely willing to go to Dr Strange 2 and Spider Man 2. Beyond that I will see what they are offering.

Go see Endgame. This will likely be the last of Marvel's good, solid movies. It's all downhill from here.

Sat Apr 27 05:32:44 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A brief digression...

In an essay mostly about Muslim legislators and sharia law, the author wrote:

The FederalistThe abortion debate concerns the very definition of life; the issues surrounding homosexuality give rise to fundamental questions about sexual and marital freedom, and perhaps even whether there is such a thing as truly private choices

This is fundamentally mistaken and wrongheaded, in both cases illustrating how issues that should not be contentious are twisted so that they become divisive.

Abortion is not about the definition of life. Life begins at conception. This is common sense and it is unambiguously correct by the scientific definition of life. No one knowledgeable argues that the baby is not alive. They argue that it is less than fully human (debating whether it has a heartbeat, whether it can feel pain, whether it is a separate organism or a "parasite", and so forth) in order to claim that the mother's convenience outweighs the rights of the not-yet-human life. The debate about "life" is a distraction into propaganda. It's really a debate about humanity, and whether it is morally acceptable to kill one human for the convenience of another. But that's a losing argument, hence the intense effort to deflect into a different, more winnable debate.

Similarly the debate about "sexual and marital freedom". No one seriously disputes the right of people so inclined to have sex with other consenting adults of either gender. No one seriously debates the right of people to form long-term cohabitation relationships with those of the same gender.

What is debated are legal questions. Can two men or two women marry each other and force other members of society to give them the legal benefits of marriage? Can they force someone to bake them a wedding cake? Give them health insurance under the terms offered to heterosexual couples? Have inheritance or visitation rights similarly to married heterosexual couples?

No one wants to have that debate because "It's complicated". So they demand the simple answer: gay marriage, yes or no, all the details avoided... or rather, included by implication in yes, rather than discussed. Oh, and rather than pass laws in 50 states to do this the right way... get a case to the Supreme Court, which has no legislative power, to force the issue without bothering to convince the population.

Fri Apr 26 08:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Remember when Hillary claimed she was all about women's rights?

Big League PoliticsProsecutors have asked to present evidence in the NXIVM sex cult racketeering trial showing that NXIVM leaders including Nancy Salzman and Clare Bronfman illegally bundled money for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign by compelling members to donate to Clinton and then reimbursing the members.

“I was there, and I knew that the contributions were made by more than a dozen NXIVM members to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign,” former NXIVM employee Frank Parlato tells Big League Politics, confirming that the court documents refer to Clinton’s campaign.

Illegal campaign donations from a sex slave cult. Way to support women's rights, Hillary!

Fri Apr 26 07:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Steele declines to speak with Inspector General about dossier

Daily CallerChristopher Steele declined to meet with the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, which is reportedly poised to cast doubt on the veracity of some of the former British spy’s infamous anti-Trump dossier.

Steele declined the inspector general’s request on the grounds that it would be improper for him to take part “in an internal Justice Department investigation as a foreign national and former British intelligence agent,” Politico reported Wednesday.

The explanation is somewhat ironic given that Steele, a former MI6 officer, provided his anti-Trump research to the FBI as well as to Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official.

Funny, he seemed really chummy with DOJ and FBI folks when he was trying to interfere in our 2016 Presidential election.

Fri Apr 26 06:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NSA recommends dropping phone surveillance of Americans

Conservative TreeHouse quoting Wall Street JournalThe National Security Agency has recommended that the White House abandon a U.S. surveillance program that collects information about Americans’ phone calls and text messages, saying the logistical and legal burdens of keeping it outweigh its intelligence benefits, according to people familiar with the matter.

The recommendation against seeking the renewal of the once-secret spying program amounts to an about-face by the agency, which had long argued in public and to congressional overseers that the program was vital to the task of finding and disrupting terrorism plots against the U.S.

The latest view is rooted in a growing belief among senior intelligence officials that the spying program provides limited value to national security and has become a logistical headache.

Frustrations about legal-compliance issues forced the NSA to halt use of the program earlier this year, the people said. Its legal authority will expire in December unless Congress reauthorizes it.

My feeling is that this program has never been useful for tracking terrorists, despite prior claims to that effect. It may be useful for tracking spies, except that spies know about it and know to avoid it. Even that claim deserves skepticism. The amount of data to sort through and the ease of avoiding entry into the surveillance database by professions while ordinary American's communications are available for known and documented abuse (80%+ of queries of this database in the lead up to 2016 election were legally unjustified) means that the program needs to be shut down.

My hunch is that NSA is only recommending this because they want to be able to tell the courts later that the program is already shut down, nothing to worry about, our audits worked. That would allow them to start it up again and protect other programs they may have that do similar things (such as collecting all American's email traffic).

So, yes, this program must end. I'd rather it end by court order, though.

Thu Apr 25 08:55:25 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Kamala Harris threatens executive action on gun control if elected

BreitbartDuring a town hall on CNN on Monday, 2020 presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) vowed that if Congress doesn’t pass gun legislation within the first 100 days of her administration, she will “take executive action.”

Harris said, “Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress 100 days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws, and if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action.”

She continued, “And specifically, what I will do is put in place a requirement that for anyone who sells more than five guns a year, they are required to do background checks when they sell those guns. I will require that for any gun dealer that breaks the law, the ATF take their license. … And then, on the third piece, because none of us have been sleeping over the last two years, part of what has happened under the current administration is they took fugitives off the list of prohibited people. I’d put them back on the list, meaning that fugitives from justice should not be able to purchase a handgun or any kind of weapon.”

Well, the executive action thing is increasingly popular, which doesn't bode well for the constitutional separation of powers.

The five-guns-a-year thing is basically putting a number to the age-old question of how many guns you have to sell to qualify as a dealer. The number seems low, especially when some of the informal requirements for being a dealer involve having a storefront. But because her proposal doesn't require every sale to have a background check, it's basically just creating another loophole for the next candidate to complain about.

Not sure what she's talking about on the "fugitives from justice" thing. As far as I know, if you have pending charges you still can't buy a gun. But reporting on that from Dan Bongino's podcast says the change was made under the Obama administration.

Thu Apr 25 08:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dictionary changes definition of assault weapon

Thu Apr 25 07:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

"Diversity will be [the] gold standard" at Marvel

Bounding Into ComicsAvengers: Endgame director Joe Russo declared that the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films “will be an inclusive one.”

In a wide-ranging article focused on Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige from Variety, Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo discussed the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Russo noted, “The future of these movies will be an inclusive one. He added, “Diversity, both in front of and behind the camera, will be its gold standard.”

Russo’s comment echoes what Kevin Feige has been telling fans for quite a while. All the way back in 2017, Feige hinted at the possibility of bringing a female Thor to the big screen

Shark, jumped.

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Thu Apr 25 06:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that election-influence collusion with foreign governments...

Daily CallerA 2012 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court motion contained a little-noticed provision expanding the FBI’s ability to share information with foreign officials, which could have laid the groundwork for abuses against U.S. citizens, Rep. Louie Gohmert said.

“This motion and order would allow the FBI to collude with foreign governments about U.S. citizens,” Gohmert, a Texas Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The way this works is simple. The US can't spy on their own citizens, but their agreements with other nations allow those other nations to do the spying, and share the results. That FISA court motion in 2012? It lets the US tell those other nations who to spy on.

Wed Apr 24 08:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Things that make you go hmm...

The Democrats sure are persistent about demanding access to Trump's tax returns. But -- by legal necessity -- Trump disclosed his tax returns to the IRS under the Obama administration for 8 years. Obama has a known history of abusing the IRS for political purposes, and during the 2016 election was spying on Trump with everything he had. What are the chances Obama or his minions haven't gone through those returns with a fine toothed comb looking for damaging things? Zero, I figure.

So, is there something in those tax returns that the Obama Administration thinks would be damaging? Is that why they keep pushing for their release?

Wed Apr 24 07:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Private companies are not exempt from the law

PJMediaThere are no easy answers to this problem. As the law currently stands, Twitter, Facebook, et. al are private companies and can legally ban or suppress any speech they want. While many on the conservative side think federal regulations are the answer, we ought to think long and hard about the consequences of such regulations. More often than not, when the government gets involved, things get infinitely more complicated and more expensive — and, ultimately, less free.

People keep saying this. It's not true.

Twitter, I believe, is publicly owned. It's accountable to its shareholders and has fiduciary duties. Is it wise for a publicly owned company to piss off half its potential users? No.

Under the Communications Decency Act, Twitter has a "safe harbor" from prosecution for the content of its users only insofar as it does not exercise editorial authority over that content. That is, if Twitter is a public platform where users can post anything they want, Twitter will not be blamed for it... unless Twitter starts to decide what can and cannot be posted on its service. The moment they start to make those decisions, Twitter becomes a publisher and thus responsible for everything posted on its service.

In effect, despite being a private entity not itself bound by the First Amendment, Twitter is nonetheless bound by existing regulations.

Wed Apr 24 06:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Bump Stock Ban is based on a hoax

If you remember, the bump stock ban going into effect was premised on the Las Vegas mass shooting at a country music event. If you believe the official story, a single man holed himself up in a hotel room with literally dozens of guns, several phones, and at least one laptop with a missing hard drive, before using his elevated vantage point and some of his firearms to shoot into a crowd. By the time police worked up the courage to enter his room, he was dead -- supposedly by suicide.

The firearms he supposedly used to shoot into the crowd were also supposedly fitted with bump stock devices. The ATF subsequently used that event as justification to make a rule change banning bump stocks by considering them to be machine guns -- a rule change that violates the plain language of the law.

There were a LOT of questions about that case. Lots of sketchy and contradictory stories by the police on the scene, and lots of evidence kept hidden. Now, we find out that the ATF personnel were not allowed to examine the weapons used to determine if they had been converted to machine guns. (There are ways to do that, but performing the conversion is illegal, and generally not easy, as anything that makes the process too easy is considered to be a machinegun itself).

So what if the guns the killer used were actually illegally modified machine guns, and he just happened to have some bump stock guns lying in the room but did not use them?

Well, the ban -- which will affect roughly half a million people -- would be based entirely on false premises, wouldn't it?

Why would the FBI refuse to allow the ATF to examine the guns?

To be sure, there are other possible reasons the FBI might not allow the ATF to examine the guns. A few that come to mind: did the shooter have ties to law enforcement or intelligence agencies that might have shown up if the guns were examined and (especially) their serial numbers traced?

Some people will call this a conspiracy theory. They said the same thing about the idea that the FBI were listening in on the Trump campaign, and look how that turned out. I'm not claiming to know what happened or saying it was all some sort of plot. But is it too much to ask that government agencies tell the truth, stop hiding information, and stop taking advantage of public crises like this one to advance their so-called national security policies through fear?

UPDATE: More details on the discrepancies.

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Tue Apr 23 08:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Casual sideswipe bias...

Epoch TimesAccording to the sources, Trump chose to wait on nominating Barrett because she would likely face resistance from two Senate Republican women who support abortion: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). Some of Trump’s aides believed Republicans would pick up seats in the 2018 midterms, which would make it easier to confirm a more conservative candidate like Barrett.

Unmentioned: the Republicans did in fact pick up a Senate seat in the 2018 midterms. They lost the House, yes, but did gain a single seat in the Senate. And the Senate is where judicial confirmations happen. So why is this phrased as a counterfactual?

Epoch TimesGinsburg, 86, is the oldest justice on the Supreme Court. She had three bouts with cancer but returned to the bench each time and appears healthy.

If you've seen recent video of Ginsburg, she does not "appear healthy". She is mobile, but with an aide (or perhaps bodyguard) literally clutching her arm as she walks. Also note the lack of descriptives for Ginsburg's politics. Ginsburg is very political but is not described as such. The subject of the article is described as a "firebrand".

Tue Apr 23 07:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Waco "biker shootout" really a police massacre?

I really can't come up with a better explanation than that for how four years of investigation into 9 murders and 20 more injuries produces no charges.

Tue Apr 23 06:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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