A mixed bag of news

Trump promises tax reform and in the same article, one of the Republicans involved in Obamacare "repeal and replace" suggests that pre-existing conditions will be protected by the replacement legislation.

I understand this is a politically hard problem, but protecting preexisting conditions is one of the things that makes the individual mandate a necessity. Otherwise people don't sign up for health insurance until they get sick. And government has no legitimate power to impose an individual mandate on people.

This is why I want repeal first. Get rid of the mess that's in place now. Then we can debate what comes after it.

Tue Feb 14 10:05:44 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hundreds of DC rioters indicted

I've got the sneaking suspicion that if you indict and convict the right few hundred rioters, the Left will no longer be able to produce riots on demand for a few election cycles.

Tue Feb 14 09:05:44 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Not news: Trump is not a small government libertarian

He likes eminent domain and asset forfeiture. So does his attorney general. Sessions has also not been good on encryption, but few politicians have.

I knew Trump was flawed when I voted for him. I'm hoping the impact of his virtues is larger than the impact of his flaws. So far, that seems true.

Mon Feb 13 11:05:44 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

So much for Obama's claim of no foreign terror attacks on US soil

ObserverAbdul Malik Abdul Kareem, the Phoenix man who helped plan and supplied guns for the 2015 attack on a Muhammad-themed art contest in Garland, is going to federal prison for 30 years, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton decided Wednesday.

Of course, this was far from the first such attack, but it is the first conviction. The Obama Administration resisted admitting to terrorist attacks, preferring to call them by euphemisms and blame them on something else, but this one was undeniable.

Mon Feb 13 10:05:44 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Explicit racism on the Left in Rhode Island

Volokh ConspiracyA bill introduced by Rhode Island legislator Anastasia P. Williams would require that, whenever a Rhode Island trial judge “who is a person of color leaves the bench, for whatever reason, their replacement must be a person of color, so as not to diminish the number of judges of color in that court.”

No, not ONLY in Rhode Island, that's just this particular example.

Mon Feb 13 09:05:44 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fascism is always decending on the US, but landing in Europe

Instapundit quoting The VergeAccording to Le Monde, one of Facebook’s partners, the French campaign is similar to an initiative that Facebook launched in the US late last year, and in Germany last month. Both Facebook and Google faced widespread criticism for allowing fake news to spread during the US presidential election, and European leaders have expressed concern that such misinformation could impact upcoming elections across the continent.

Under the system, if an article is reported as false by users, it will be sent to a portal that all eight media companies have access to, according to Le Monde. If at least two of the companies confirm the article as false (with links to support their claims), the content will be flagged as disputed in Facebook’s News Feed, and users will see a warning before they share it. Advertising against the article will also be blocked, Le Monde reports.

So, the government in France is facing a tough election and calls upon major internet companies to censor the news feeds of their opponents? That's fascism.

Sat Feb 11 11:03:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

This is what the rule of law looks like

After a judge issued a temporary restraining order concerning revocation of visas, the Trump State Department immediately reversed the revocation. Never mind that the order is a temporary one, that the judge isn't known for excellent legal reasoning, or that the State Department is still staffed by 8 years worth of Obama civil service folks. They followed the judge's ruling and reversed their action until the courts could sort out whether it was legal or not.

Remmeber when the Obama Administration respected the ruling of the courts in their executive amnesty cases? No? Good, because I don't either. I remember the Department of Justice lawyers lying to the court and refusing to provide lists of people who had received the "executive amnesty" work permits and getting chastised by the judge. That is NOT what the rule of law looks like.

Sat Feb 11 10:03:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

This deserves repeating

InstapunditDIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH: Sweden Took 162k Refugees Last Year, Just 494 Got Jobs.

The European plan was basically to replace Europe's aging population with supposedly young, vigorous Muslims from North Africa and the Middle East, where those people would have large families who would grow up and assimilate into the European cultures of the nations they settled in.

People, and cultures, do not work like that. As Jerry Pournelle is fond of saying, immigration without assimilation is invasion.

Sat Feb 11 09:03:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

PA man pleads guilty to aiding Islamic State

Washington ExaminerA Harrisburg, Pa., man on Monday pleaded guilty to multiple counts of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State.

They still want to kill us.

Fri Feb 10 11:03:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake activists in Florida

NRA-ILAThe Committee hearing room was full of women wearing red t-shirts emblazoned on the front with NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "MOMS DEMAND ACTION" logo on the front and the "EVERYTOWN" logo on the back. They piled into the room as a group. Many of them had Florida League of Women Voters buttons pinned on the front of their red t-shirts.

These women didn't appear to know anything about the bill, the law or the process. It also appeared they were being herded around by representatives of the League of Women Voters who walked around wearing League of Women Voters buttons on their lapels.

When the hearing was over, these t-shirt wearing women were taken outside the building to the plaza area where they had to take off their t-shirts and turn them in by placing them in a plastic Rubbermaid type container.

Gun control, in particular, seems to be a billionaire's obsession rather than an actual grass roots cause. It's always been a little slim on genuine volunteers, but lately it's been on life support paid for by Bloomberg.

Fri Feb 10 10:03:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another political prosecution is withdrawn after the election

The HillProsecutors will not seek criminal charges against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) over the 2013 Bridgegate scandal, Reuters reported late Friday.

A letter from the Office of the Bergen County Prosecutor said “that charge cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” referring to the criminal misconduct charges.

This is why the Left should not be allowed to control the mechanisms of law enforcement.

Fri Feb 10 09:03:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More fake news

Thu Feb 09 11:03:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pausebuster paper failed to follow data and rigor standards

Watts Up With ThatIn the weeks after the Pausebuster paper was published, Dr Bates conducted a one-man investigation into this. His findings were extraordinary. Not only had Mr Karl and his colleagues failed to follow any of the formal procedures required to approve and archive their data, they had used a ‘highly experimental early run’ of a programme that tried to combine two previously separate sets of records.

Dr Bates revealed that the failure to archive and make available fully documented data not only violated NOAA rules, but also those set down by Science. Before he retired last year, he continued to raise the issue internally. Then came the final bombshell. Dr Bates said: ‘I learned that the computer used to process the software had suffered a complete failure.’

The reason for the failure is unknown, but it means the Pausebuster paper can never be replicated or verified by other scientists.

In science-speak, "the results could not be replicated" is about one step short of an accusation of fraud. In this case fraud looks likely, with billions of dollars in government research funding at state, but it's hard to prove fraud because fraud relies on intent.

Still, at least one person involved in the paper was apparently pushing heavily for anything that would bias the results towards global warming.

They didn't bother to archive the data they used to produce their results, either, meaning the whole paper is completely impossible to replicate.

What we found out in Climategate is that the whole of the climate science operation is like this. Some more, some less, but buggy software, lost data, biased processes used to secure grant funding... the whole thing is corrupt, fraudulent, and politicized.

No one believes the "science" because it's not science.

Thu Feb 09 10:03:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

California State Senate leader admits half his family are illegals

BreitbartCalifornia State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Léon (D-Los Angeles) said last Tuesday that “half his family” was in the country illegally, using false documents, and eligible for deportation under President Trump’s new executive order against “sanctuary” jurisdictions.

Arrest them and deport them. Arrest him and charge him with aiding and abetting. Then check the voter rolls and see if they were voting for him.

Thu Feb 09 09:03:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake News

There is no campus rape epidemic.

Trump did not say the media are misbehaving after signing an executive order, even though if he had, he would have been right, and he may have said it some other time. He said Iran was misbehaving.

It hasn't snowed in DC in weeks, except on a promotional photo for ABC's interview with Trump.

The peaceful protests of Milo's speech at Berkeley were not peaceful. Also, the protestors were not protesting fascists, they are fascists.

Donald Trump did not flub his speech for black history month. Listen to the Paris Dennard, black man in the middle, who was the only person in the room for the actual event, get interrupted, talked over, and filibustered by a panel of two liberals and a liberal host who weren't actually there.

Teen Vogue doesn't want you to hear both sides of the gun rights debate.

Patterico rounds 'em up: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch did not found a "Fascism Forever" club in high school, Trump did not rename black history month, Trump did not reduce sanctions on Russia, but NBC did criticize Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch for writing an op-ed that he didn't write.

Nearly half of Americans believe Trump is moving too fast, which means more than half either want him to move faster, think he's moving at the right pace, or just don't care. For bonus points, do the math from the article: 45% believe Trump should either move faster or is doing just fine. The remaining 7% "have no opinion", and the margin of error is not reporting. An honest headline could state, at best, a tie.

Trump did not blindside the Department of Justice or the Secretary of Homeland Security with his executive orders. Nor did he force Secret Service agents to resign so he could restructure the service. Nor did he threaten to invade Mexico.

Another site is looking for examples of weaponized empathy, most of which also turn out to be fake news.

Wed Feb 08 11:25:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pining for the old days when highway robbery was young...

They used to say "Your money or your life", and if you gave them your money, you could keep your life. Now they want your money, your property, and your life. The people responsible for this violent and eliminationist rhetoric should stop and give a good long think to what happens when the targets of their rhetoric decide to respond.

Wed Feb 08 10:25:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why green card holders should not be immune from vetting

Wed Feb 08 09:25:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

You know what's really amusing?

Watching the left go apeshit when they notice that Trump is updating the White House website.

Tue Feb 07 11:25:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump files early for 2020 run, potentially disrupting 501(c)3 opposition

Instapundit quoting Disobedient MediaA document from the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) indicates that Donald Trump took steps last week to outmaneuver nonprofit organizations, leaving them unable to officially campaign against him over the next few years of his Presidency.

Filed on January 20th, 2017, the letter states that, while not an official announcement for reelection, Donald Trump has filed an FEC Form 2 in order to “ensure compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act.” This is an unprecedented, although legal, move for the President to make. Barack Obama did not file for his 2012 re-election bid until April 2011. Having filed (even if not formally announcing a bid) as a candidate, Trump would be able to coordinate with PACs and other similar organizations.

More importantly, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations would no longer be able to engage in “political speech” which could theoretically affect the results of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election without running the risk of losing their nonprofit status. The move effectively bars interest groups from creating nonprofits which they could funnel money into for the purposes of opposing Trump’s initiatives. This will likely create chaos for political opponents of Trump such as George Soros, who has sunk significant amounts of money into various nonprofit groups with the intent of opposing Trump’s government.

Crazy like a fox, if it works. I went into the 2016 general election with a bad case of the jitters over what Trump would actually do if he won. So far, my expectations have not just been exceeded, they have been blown away.

Tue Feb 07 10:25:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gulf leaders agree to Trump's safe zone proposal

Daily CallerThe King of Saudi Arabia and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi agreed with President Donald Trump’s request to support safe zones for refugees in the Middle East, the White House announced Sunday.

This is significant because it indicates Trump is actually achieving diplomatic success. Heads of state in the middle east are willing to go along with his initiatives. That's going to be a shock to people in the US who think he's nuts. Not everyone agrees with them.

It's also significant because it may actually solve the problem without putting Europe and the US at significant danger, and be better for the refugees as well. Setting up safe zones in the middle east will keep refugees closer to cultures, religions, and languages they are used to, and hopefully where their skills are capable of earning a living. Bringing the refugees to the US dumps them into a hostile environment on basically every front, and often forces the refugees onto permanent welfare for lack of ability to complete in the job market.

Tue Feb 07 09:25:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How to tell who has done their political homework

Any time you see anyone talking about a "Muslim immigrant ban", you know the person saying that hasn't done their homework. There is no "Muslim immigrant ban". There is a temporary halt to entry into the United States for people who come from a list of countries with a substantial terrorist problem. As implemented the list has nothing to do with religion, and so any attempt to label it a ban on "Muslims" is lying to you.

Who put the list of countries together?

That was Obama. He put together the list of the first 7. And then Obama destabilized Syria, so Trump added Syria to the list. Trump did not make the list, and he did not ban Muslims.

Mon Feb 06 11:25:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats defend drunk driving illegal aliens

The HillNew York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio told CNN's Jake Tapper that it is OK to shield undocumented immigrants who drive drunk from federal authorities if it does not "lead to any other negative outcome."
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, nearly 10,000 Americans are killed each year as a result of drunk driving, or 27 people per day.

"Mothers Against Drunk Driving", as an advocacy group on this issue, is a terrible place to go for unbiased statistics on the problem. But there is an undeniable drunk driving problem -- it's one of those persistent problems that resists being solved because the only way to solve it is responsible behavior or absurd bans, and drunks are not really qualified to engage in responsible behavior.

Mon Feb 06 10:25:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The power to tax is the power to destroy

Illinois gun owners and sportsmen will be facing many more taxes is new legislation passes. That state is far from friendly to gun owners already (remember, it contains Chicago!) so letting the state tax the right to keep and bear arms seems dangerous. The proposed taxes actually go further, taxing associations (membership fees in firearms-related organizations). Those organizations are a political headache for Illinois politicians who want gun control.

Mon Feb 06 09:25:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why hasn't Trump fired IRS Commissioner Koskinen?

Sure, I've commented before the Koskinen is the public face rather than the person responsible for either the targeting or the coverup. But the person actually responsible (likely Wilkins, in addition to Lois Lerner and her crew) has already left the IRS. The only person who remains to serve as an example is Koskinen.

Trump should fire Koskinen as soon as possible.

Some members of Congress agree.

I don't know why Trump is holding off on this; perhaps he is simply unaware of the issue thanks to the media coverup.

Sat Feb 04 09:25:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House votes to reject Obama's Social Security attack on gun owners

The Obama Administration put in place a rule that would have denied gun rights to anyone needing assistance managing their income from Social Security programs. The House has passed legislation revoking the rule.

If you want to see a list of Democrats voting to take 2nd Amendment rights away from old people, John Lott has the list.

Fri Feb 03 11:25:30 CST 2017 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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