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

Instapundit quoting Washington ExaminerOf the 430 people CPI identified as “journalists, reporters, news editors or television news anchors ­— as well as other donors known to be working in journalism,” 96 percent gave money to Clinton, according to federal campaign finance filings. Those 430 journalists gave $382,000 to Clinton and just $14,000 to GOP nominee Donald Trump. CPI identified just 50 journalists who gave to Trump (meaning 380 gave to Clinton.)

I'm sure that 96%-4% ratio results in perfectly balanced coverage.

2016-10-26 10:45:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Supporting the second amendment, but...

I recently found myself going through a sample ballot with survey answers that happened to include a question on gun control. The answers from the two candidates running were very illuminating:

Tony DaleI believe that the 2nd Amendment is an individual right and the right to defend oneself is fundamental. The majority of the shooting fatalities in the US are due to suicide. I have a track record of supporting funding for mental health and am committed to ensuring access for our veterans.

OK, that's a simple and straightfoward statement in support of the 2nd Amendment and gun rights, with a nod towards mental health funding emphasizing veterans. If I was a veteran I might be a little offended by the implication that veterans are nuts who need mental health treatment in case they shoot people, but generally, it's a good answer.

Paul R GordonI support the second amendment and responsible gun ownership. I support laws that track large-scale ammunition purchases, ban assault weapons, ban large capacity magazines, and require background and mental health checks of commercial gun sales no matter where sold. I support repeal of campus carry.

In other words, Paul supports the 2nd Amendment... and every single gun control proposal out there, including gun bans. "I support the 2nd Amendment" is truly a meaningless phrase in his mouth. I'm surprised he even bothered, but it is Texas, after all.

2016-10-26 10:25:01.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Vote fraud in the Florida spanish-speaking community

DaTechGuyStep 1: Go door to door in the spanish community for the purpose of getting signatures on a form pledging the non english reading voters for Hillary Clinton with the name and address and an authentic signature

Step 2: Submit absentee ballots in the name of the above person for Hillary Clinton.

Read the whole thing for the story of how that form was delivered and misrepresented.

2016-10-26 09:45:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Huma says Hillary is still not right in the head... in 2015

Instapundit quoting New York PostTop aide Huma Abedin warned the Clinton campaign team in a 2015 e-mail that Hillary was “still not perfect in her head” and would have to “stick to notes” during an event.

Still not perfect in her head, but fit to serve in the highest office our nation has? An office where lives depend on making good decisions quickly under stress?

Let's face it. Even if you're a fan of Hillary pre-collapse, pre-concussion, pre-Parkinsons, pre-stroke... at this point if you vote for her you're voting for a puppet run by her "body people" who can just about hold it together well enough to recite her lines from written notes.

As Glenn puts it, this woman is who we want standing up to Putin?

2016-10-26 09:34:40.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Texas voting machines rigged?

ZeroHedgeThe following report also surfaced in Arlington, Texas from a person who voted a straight republican tickets only to find just before submitting her ballot that her presidential choice had been switched to Clinton/Kaine. After reporting the error to polling officials, the voter was told that these errors "had been happening."

I could believe an occasional calibration error on a touchscreen device that misregistered a press. Or, to be honest, user error in that situation.

But voting "straight ticket Republican" and having your vote display for Hillary? I don't see how that can be a simple calibration error. It might be a configuration error of a different type, I suppose -- malicious or not -- but it seems like it would be something that should absolutely be checked during testing of the configuration and, if it leaked into the actual election, be corrected immediately.

Note that it has, in fact, leaked into the actual election (early voting). So I'll be keeping an eye out for any reports of an explanation and correction. Or, I suppose, conviction.

In the meantime, Texas voters should carefully check their ballots and insist on any errors being corrected.

UPDATE: Dallas News says no official complaints lodged.

The described problems don't sound like user error or calibration problems to me, but without more details, the only thing that can be done is double-check your ballot.

2016-10-25 23:40:28.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Violence in politics

ObserverCreamer resigned as an official consultant because Part One and Part Two exposed him. His operation, however, remains active and continues to do damage. The election rigging scheme he commanded relies on street thuggery. That means physical fear—terror—is a core component of Americans United for Change’s crooked enterprise. Street thuggery is very low-level terrorism, but it is a type of terrorism nonetheless and it is wrong to call it otherwise. Hardboy muscle, bottles and two by fours are street thuggery’s kinetics. Bottles and baseball bats are not Al Qaeda’s high explosives—but they incite fear and when they crack heads they cause casualties. People bleed. Street thuggery as an arm of politics is violent, criminalized politics on an ugly downward slope to much worse, the worse including lynchings and pogroms. If you don’t think street thuggery is terror then consider Kristalnacht.

Creamer and his despicable compadres haven’t killed anyone, not yet. But this year Creamer and his operatives have used the terror of actual physical attack and a supporting suite of provocation tactics (threat tactics) to successfully shatter several lawful political rallies held by Republican candidates. Creamer’s media component insures that the violence committed by Creamer thugs and the violence they provoked generates sensational violent imagery and sensational reports of violence for dissemination by other media. The result is sensational propaganda benefiting the Democratic Party and its fawning media. See those Republicans? See the violence??!!

And Robert Creamer has visited the White House 340 times, 45 of those visits including a meeting with Obama.

And remember, Creamer is not just a convicted felon and thuggish political operative. The felonies he was convicted of included millions of dollars in bank fraud.

2016-10-25 22:44:07.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama knew about Hillary's private email server...

And when Hillary's team found out that Obama had claimed he "heard about it on the news", they decided to "clean it up"... with BleachBit. Implicated: Cheryl Mills, John Podesta.

Remember when it wasn't the crime but the cover up that mattered?

2016-10-25 17:35:04.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hillary's Secret Service

2016-10-25 10:45:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch publishes Hillary's email interrogatory responses

The responses are here. There are a number of general objections, most notably one that seeks to narrow the scope of the questions to (one of several of Hillary's email addresses on her server) rather than focusing on the whole server or even all of Hillary's addresses on that server. That particular evasion seems to be the one with the broadest potential for abuse. There are also broad objections based on various forms of privilege, including attorney-client and immunity.

I'm going to pull a few noteworthy examples out of the response below the fold.

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2016-10-25 09:45:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton-tied politician donated $675K to campaign of FBI official's wife at start of email investigation

Instapundit quoting Wall Street JournalThe political organization of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who later helped oversee the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email use.

Campaign finance records show Mr. McAuliffe’s political-action committee donated $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, who is married to Andrew McCabe, now the deputy director of the FBI.

The Virginia Democratic Party, over which Mr. McAuliffe exerts considerable control, donated an additional $207,788 worth of support to Dr. McCabe’s campaign in the form of mailers, according to the records. That adds up to slightly more than $675,000 to her candidacy from entities either directly under Mr. McAuliffe’s control or strongly influenced by him. The figure represents more than a third of all the campaign funds Dr. McCabe raised in the effort.

Glenn also calls out the interesting timing of the bribe.... excuse me, donation.

The term of this is obstruction of justice. Official corruption.

2016-10-24 16:12:11.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hillary wants to overturn Heller and the Second Amendment

2016-10-24 10:45:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


2016-10-24 09:45:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Public Hillary versus Private Hillary

2016-10-23 10:45:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hillary Clinton's Supreme Court

2016-10-23 09:45:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hillary's Court

2016-10-22 10:45:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About the election that isn't rigged...

PattericoCritics will argue that even if Trump fans are goaded into committing violence, they are legally and morally responsible if they start the violence. Even if that’s true, the protestors are, by the operatives’ own admission, going to the events for the express purpose of getting Trumpers to start violence...

Furthermore, the operatives are promoting the protests as spontaneous and unconnected with the DNC, and they are neither. They are scripted and absolutely directed by Hillary’s and the DNC’s henchmen.

Note well: these folks concede in the video that Hillary was aware of the work they do. And they don’t seem to think they are operating legally or morally; indeed, Foval discounts the idea of following what the “legal and ethics people say” — saying that “we need to win this motherf**ker.”

The Democrats are the party of dirty tricks. It's long past time the Republicans learned to ignore them and vote anyway.

2016-10-22 09:45:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

$1 million bribe from Qatar to the Clintons

Dallas NewsHacked emails published by Wikileaks this week appear to show Qatar pledging to donate $1 million to Hillary Clinton's family's charitable foundation, despite her promise to curb new donations by foreign governments while U.S. secretary of state.

It was a "birthday gift" to BJ Clinton. The Clintons did not report it to the State Department as a foreign gift, nor seek their approval.

2016-10-21 10:45:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI agents have decided to talk.. but will it be too late?

Daily CallerDiGenova told WMAL radio’s Drive at Five last week, “People are starting to talk. They’re calling their former friends outside the bureau asking for help. We were asked to day to provide legal representation to people inside the bureau and agreed to do so and to former agents who want to come forward and talk. Comey thought this was going to go away.”

He explained, “It’s not. People inside the bureau are furious. They are embarrassed. They feel like they are being led by a hack but more than that that they think he’s a crook. They think he’s fundamentally dishonest. They have no confidence in him. The bureau inside right now is a mess.”

He added, “The most important thing of all is that the agents have decided that they are going to talk.”

That's actually not the most important thing of all. The most important thing of all is still an open question. The question is, "Will the FBI agents who have decided to talk actually be able to talk before the election?"

2016-10-21 09:45:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Evidence before promises

PJMediaPut briefly: If Donald Trump believes—as many of us do—that the FBI is corrupt, the Justice Department is corrupt, the other party is hiring violent paid thugs to disrupt his campaign rallies, that no one knows who is really registered to vote, that the press is stratospherically biased, and that his opponent, backed up by all those corrupt entities, should have been indicted, why would a patriot, or for that matter someone who is even routinely honest, necessarily accept the results of the election of that opponent?

Ben Franklin wouldn't. Thomas Jefferson wouldn't. James Madison wouldn't. Sam Adams wouldn't. Of course, those guys were revolutionaries. These days we're just, you know, "good citizens" who obey the rules and move on. With that kind of behavior in the past, our country wouldn't even be here. But never mind.

I have absolutely no problem with Trump saying he would wait to look at the election results -- and presumably any necessary recounts and investigations of voter fraud -- before deciding whether or not to accept the results. That's what serious people do: they look at the evidence before making promises.

The evidence about our elections so far isn't exactly promising. Voter fraud is rampant with few safeguards in place to prevent it. Democrat political machines run the cities, and the dead walk to the voting booth in California. In New York, multiple Democrats admit on hidden camera to large-scale vote fraud and inciting violence.

Trump would have to be nuts -- or just eager to lose -- if he chose to concede a close election before looking at it closely.

2016-10-20 13:07:37.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bill Whittle on the third debate

Bill WhittleWhat I had seen from him before – and this is his entire appeal, I think – was a candidate willing to fight back and not simply stand there like Gentleman Jim and let these immoral, duplicitous bastards make mincemeat out of us unopposed. He whipped the living hell out of that woman tonight, and every time that fake Hillary smile appeared it looked more and more desperate. In fact, immediately after the debate she looked like she was about to cry.

So. I have gone from a Donald Trump supporter to an enthusiastic Donald Trump supporter. Anyone who calls the Clinton Foundation a criminal enterprise to that criminal’s face; anyone who points out, repeatedly, just how stupidly the United States has behaved under Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama; and anyone who has the guts and the timing to say “What a nasty woman” to that thoroughly nasty woman is the kind of person I have been waiting to see.

Is it too late? I don’t know. Maybe the show’s not over until the fat lady goes to prison.

It was obvious, in retrospect, that the third debate was different. Part of that was the moderator, who asked tough questions on both sides and wasn't blatantly pro-Hillary while focusing mostly on policy. (Congratulations, Chris. I didn't think you had it in you.) Part of it was Trump showing determination to stick to the high road and discuss policy. I think most of it was a hard-to-define sense that Trump was finally taking this thing seriously. Hillary was her usual well-polished, factually-challenged self, but Trump was suddenly exuding discipline and demonstrating his command of the issues rather than the insults.

I don't think that Trump's performance is going to change the mind of anyone committed to Hillary, but he's converting people who were reluctant to back him because they doubted his seriousness into supporters. Some within his own party and some independents. Really, anyone who can see through Hillary's lies but was reluctant to back Trump because of his personality got to see a sober, serious, disciplined and knowledgeable Trump tonight.

Maybe it will be enough.

As for me? Well, as the saying goes, you go to war with the Trump you've got rather than the Cruz you wanted... but you still go to war.

2016-10-20 12:43:05.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Case for Trump

What he said.

I'm not fond of either candidate. But I know damn well which one is worse.

2016-10-20 10:45:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Early voting opens in North Carolina today

No Lawyers

Thanks to his change in position on key Second Amendment issues, DONALD TRUMP now holds a GRNC 3-star (***) evaluation. He may or may not be your first choice, but make no mistake: The election of Hillary Clinton to POTUS absolutely will allow her to make at least one (and probably more than one) Supreme Court appointment – this from a candidate who is on record as saying the SCOTUS decisions affirming an individual right to arms are “wrong.” Without doubt, such a Clinton Supreme Court would reverse both the Heller and McDonald decisions and pave the way for massive gun bans. Beyond Clinton’s fundamental and pervasive corruption, she is on record as supporting semi-auto bans, universal gun registration (a/k/a/ “universal background checks”), and Australia-style gun confiscation. If Democrats also gain control of the US Senate (see below), the Senate Majority Leader will be Sen. Charles Schumer – a dedicated, long-term opponent of gun rights. Do not for a moment think you can “sit this one out” simply because you don’t like either candidate. It is your duty to keep Hillary Clinton out of the Oval Office.


In this closely contested race which could be key to control of the US Senate, GRNC-PVF recommends Republican RICHARD BURR. With a 91%* pro-gun voting record, Burr holds GRNC’s highest 4-star (****) evaluation. Opponent Deborah Ross has a long history of antagonism toward both gun rights and traditional American values. Beyond her abysmal 21% voting record, as NC House Judiciary Chair, Ross was responsible for killing one of GRNC’s first Castle Doctrine bills, despite the fact that it had cleared the Senate and was sponsored by a fellow Democrat. In fairness, with a 94% survey, Libertarian Sean Haugh also earned a GRNC 4-star evaluation. Because he will likely garner less than 5% of the vote, however, a vote for Haugh is a vote to put anti-gun Deborah Ross in the Senate and to potentially give Hillary Clinton the votes needed to pass gun control.

If the 2nd Amendment is to mean anything, Hillary must lose. She has openly advocated for destroying part of the Bill of Rights.

You don't have to like Trump. You just have to understand that the choice is between Trump and someone who rejects the principle of self-defense and the human rights upon which our nation was founded.

2016-10-20 10:29:20.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

California asks to compel fingerprint unlock from everyone in a building

ForbesIn what’s believed to be an unprecedented attempt to bypass the security of Apple iPhones, or any smartphone that uses fingerprints to unlock, California’s top cops asked to enter a residence and force anyone inside to use their biometric information to open their mobile devices.

FORBES found a court filing, dated May 9 2016, in which the Department of Justice sought to search a Lancaster, California, property. But there was a more remarkable aspect of the search, as pointed out in the memorandum: “authorization to depress the fingerprints and thumbprints of every person who is located at the SUBJECT PREMISES during the execution of the search and who is reasonably believed by law enforcement to be the user of a fingerprint sensor-enabled device that is located at the SUBJECT PREMISES and falls within the scope of the warrant.” The warrant was not available to the public, nor were other documents related to the case.

This is why locking your phone with a fingerprint is a bad idea. You can be compelled to provide your fingerprint very easily. It's harder (but not impossible) to compel you to provide a password.

That said, I see serious problems with this warrant on both 4th and 5th amendment grounds. Where is the probable cause for every phone in the building? That's not very specific.

2016-10-20 09:45:51.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Project Veritas part 2: Mass Voter Fraud

2016-10-19 23:14:44.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Third Presidential Debate

First question is about the Supreme Court. Trump says he will appoint justices who uphold the 2nd Amendment. The language is clearly unfamiliar to him, but he's trying. Question to Hillary brings up her opposition to the 2nd Amendment in the form of criticizing the Heller case. She lies and says she supports the 2nd Amendment but immediately comes back with "reasonable regulations", and says that the 2nd Amendment allows people to "kill you". She supports things like closing the "gun show loophole" that doesn't exist. She lies and says she was talking about how the Supreme Court applied the 2nd Amendment in the Heller case, mentioning "toddlers with guns" by which I assume she means safe storage laws. That was a tiny part of the Heller case.

Trump gets a followup, but the moderators interrupt him to ask Hillary to repeat her talking points. She hits the "safe storage" point and lies about supporting the 2nd amendment "except for reasonable regulations" again.

Reminder: The Heller case was about a complete ban on functional firearms within the District of Columbia.

Tag back to Trump who says Chicago has the toughest gun control laws and the worst gun crime. Good point. He says he will appoint justices who are strong on the 2nd Amendment. Good closing. Moderators moving on to abortion, below the fold...

Overall impressions... Actually a substantive debate that focuses on issues. Only occasional digressions into personal attacks. Hillary was more polished, but she can't help making all sorts of checkable lies, and her polished policy positions are generally the wrong ones. Trump mostly avoided being detailed about policies, and occasionally was obviously reciting what he had memorized, but did have the right specifics and facts to back him up. When he did go into detail, mostly on taxes, he hit it well. Hillary was left making absurd claims about how she would grow the economy by raising taxes. It was absurd bullshit, but very polished absurd bullshit. Trump's domestic economic policies, on the other hand, are likely to work. (His trade policies are an open question).

If you measure the winner by who shifted closer to the other's policies, I think Hillary shifted a lot closer to Trump. She wants amnesty, but consistently called for border enforcement along with amnesty and even attacked Trump for using illegal alien construction workers. She also shifted on trade, her "public position" is that TPP is a bad idea now. Her private position is open borders, amnesty, and pro-TPP. So she shifted the most towards Trump, and thus Trump won.

If you care about the Supreme Court, I think Trump won pretty solidly on that. Pro-gun, pro-life. Hillary had to lie about the 2nd Amendment there, and kept coming back with "reasonable regulations" which gun owners know is poll-tested code words for gun control. And she was unashamed about supporting abortion.

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2016-10-19 22:02:41.0 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]
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