North Carolina all-mail election change

There's an effort to make North Carolina a vote-by-mail state, purportedly because of the Kung Flu, but in reality because that makes it a lot easier for Democrats to cheat. The comment period on the proposed change ends April 20th. Get your comments in opposing the change.

Sat Apr 18 11:47:22 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

North Carolina court blocks voter ID law

Court blocks photo ID law before Dem primary vote in North Carolina. The timing is very convenient for a Democrat party trying desperately to find a candidate for President who won't lose to Trump in a landslide. It's basically clearing the way for massive voter fraud in that state.

Sat Apr 18 02:02:47 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why is the President threatening to adjurn Congress?

It boils down to two linked issues: confirmations and recess appointments. Congress has for years (and probably decades -- the practice started under George W Bush IIRC, but even that was not the first use) used pro-forma sessions to block Presidents from making recess appointments while Congress was not in session. Why? Well, the Senate wants to exercise it's power to advise and consent in important positions, and if they go out of session, the President can appoint someone to the position and they lose their ability to block people they don't like -- at least temporarily.

But generally Presidents appoint a lot of people and the Senate, while often slow on confirming them all, usually manages to keep the important ones flowing and the less important positions are filled by "Acting" people. The people in "Acting" roles don't have full authority but do have enough to keep things moving. In short, normally the Senate doesn't have enough time to confirm everyone, but does confirm enough to keep the issue on the back burner.

So what's different now?

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Sat Apr 18 01:02:47 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The intelligence agencies are still rogue

CIA issued a warning against hydroxychloroquine, saying it has potentially dangerous side effects, despite Trump talking up the drugs' usefulness against COVID-19. To be clear, they are both right: the drug is unproven but appears useful against COVID-19 but also has well-known risks and side effects that mean some people probably can't or shouldn't take it.

But the fact that someone at that agency was going out of their way to contradict the President is noteworthy.

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Fri Apr 17 02:03:13 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Covid-19 virus may have orignated in Chinese lab after all

Daily MailSenior Government sources say that while 'the balance of scientific advice' is still that the deadly virus was first transmitted to humans from a live animal market in Wuhan, a leak from a laboratory in the Chinese city is 'no longer being discounted'.

One member of Cobra, the emergency committee led by Boris Johnson, said last night that while the latest intelligence did not dispute the virus was 'zoonotic' – originating in animals – it did not rule out that the virus first spread to humans after leaking from a Wuhan laboratory.

The member of Cobra, which receives detailed classified briefings from the security services, said: 'There is a credible alternative view [to the zoonotic theory] based on the nature of the virus. Perhaps it is no coincidence that there is that laboratory in Wuhan. It is not discounted.'

I don't know where the virus originated, but there is quite a lot of credible evidence that it escaped from the virology lab in Wuhan. The lab was studying coronaviruses in bats, hiring people to study a new virus, and has had previously reported safety incidents related to their bats.

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Fri Apr 17 01:03:13 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Daily Caller sues for FISA report materials

This lawsuit may reveal some of the source material behind the Horowitz report. And after seeing what is under some of the footnote redactions, I find it a lot harder to trust Horowitz to be honest or Barr to oversee an unbiased process. Remember, Barr saw what was under those redactions, and approved the redactions despite those redactions being clearly and obviously intended solely to protect the FBI's reputation.

Want to change my mind? Indictments, convictions, prison. Criminal referrals are nice, but so far none of them have gone anywhere.

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Thu Apr 16 02:40:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Every aspect of Crossfire Hurricane was shady

National ReviewDOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz recently told the Senate that those FISA warrants used to spy on the Trump campaign were “entirely” predicated on information from that dossier. And we now know that virtually every one of those applications to spy on American citizens was rife with errors, misleading information, and “fraudulent” evidence. You know, just some endemic, comprehensive, and highly targeted “sloppiness.”

We now learn from a new CBS News report that the Papadopoulos evidence was also misrepresented in applications. Two weeks before Election Day, in the midst of a contentious presidential campaign, the Obama administration’s DOJ filled out surveillance warrant applications without including contradicting evidence — and then left out that evidence again on three subsequent renewals. Just another mishap.

It's not a "mishap". It was malice.

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Thu Apr 16 01:40:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Court ruling: FBI violated rights, illegally spied in 2017 and 2018

Ace of Spades quoting Wall Street JournalThe intelligence community disclosed Tuesday that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last year found that the FBI's pursuit of data about Americans ensnared in a warrantless internet-surveillance program intended to target foreign suspects may have violated the law authorizing the program, as well as the Constitution's Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.

The court concluded that the FBI had been improperly searching a database of raw intelligence for information on Americans--raising concerns about oversight of the program, which as a spy program operates in near total secrecy.

The court ruling identifies tens of thousands of improper searches of raw intelligence databases by the bureau in 2017 and 2018 that it deemed improper in part because they involved data related to tens of thousands of emails or telephone numbers--in one case, suggesting that the FBI was using the intelligence information to vet its personnel and cooperating sources. Federal law requires that the database only be searched by the FBI as part of seeking evidence of a crime or for foreign intelligence information.

I think the violations of the law are obvious and indeed inherent -- the law being the Fourth Amendment. But the judges are actually talking about the authorizing law Congress passed, which is pretty bad, but at least attempts to provide some protections... which the FBI, CIA, and NSA evidently have been ignoring for at least 7 years (and probably a lot longer than that, but less politically).

Remember, this is after an earlier court ruling just a few years ago that criticized these exact practices (and in doing so, may have exposed SpyGate by forcing the perpetrators to change their methodology). And they are still bold enough to be doing this.

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Wed Apr 15 02:59:10 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that vote fraud that doesn't exist...

Categories Vote Fraud

Wed Apr 15 01:59:10 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch sues North Carolina to force voter roll cleanup

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Tue Apr 14 02:31:20 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Additional docs disclosed in Flynn case

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Tue Apr 14 01:31:20 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hillary admits email server apology was a lie

She's sorry not sorry that she valued her "convenience" (and immunity from FOIA requests) over Federal law and honest government.

Mon Apr 13 02:01:24 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI says it didn't review file that tied Steele to Russian oligarchs

Just The NewsKey FBI officials failed to review an intelligence file identifying Christopher Steele's ties to Russian oligarchs and were later advised some of the information he provided agents in his dossier appeared to be misinformation planted by Russian intelligence, according to declassified information made public Friday.

The explosive revelations were contained in footnotes that had been originally redacted from Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz's December report on FBI failures in the Russia case. The information was provided to two Senate committees in recent days.

That's obviously a headline that will shock and horrify anyone with a decewnt bone in their body. Oh no! The FBI failed to review an intelligence file that would have exposed Steele's ties to Russia! They were negligent! They were incompetent!

Folks, we're well beyond negligent and incompetent here. The game being played is criminal indictments from Durham, and in that context, negligent and incompetent is a lot better than criminal charges -- especially when the reasonable punishments for negligence and incompetence (ie, losing your job) have already been applied.

So, this whole claim here boils down to "It wasn't our fault, we didn't know, we didn't look, we were stupid." But Steele was telling the FBI all about his Russian contacts; that was where he was claiming to get his information.

And what did his contacts say when the Mueller investigation interviewed them? They said it was all bullshit and bar talk that Steele either took out of context or make up completely.

So remember, the line that the Steele dossier was all Russian disinformation validates the claim that Russia interfered in the election (even if not as advertised, that will be glossed over) and remains an FBI defensive narrator to replace criminal culpability with aw-shucks-I-guess-they-got-me bullshit.

Don't buy it.

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Mon Apr 13 01:01:24 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

John Solomon on Hannity confirms multiple subpoenas from Durham

Subpoenas aren't indictments, but they do tend to suggest Durham is taking this seriously.

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Sun Apr 12 02:09:48 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that vote fraud that doesn't exist...

A man found dozens of absentee ballots stacked outside his home. It happened in California, and the registrar is claiming there was an "isolated" "system error" that resulted in "duplicate ballots" (despite the ballots not being duplicates, having separate names, and being sent to the same address).

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Sun Apr 12 01:09:48 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Papadopoulos transcripts released

The transcripts of the FBI's informant conversations with Papadopoulos have been released. They are exculpatory, and were not presented to the FISA court.

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Sat Apr 11 02:42:54 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Footnotes from IG report on SpyGate to be declassified

Just The NewsU.S. intelligence has decided to declassify several redacted footnotes from a recent Justice Department report that will expose more problems with the FBI’s investigation into President Trump’s campaign, including that agents possessed evidence their main informant may have been the victim of Russian disinformation, Just the News has learned.

The previously redacted footnotes are likely to raise new concerns that the FBI ignored flashing red warning signals about the informant Christopher Steele and gave a false picture in briefing materials supplied to Congress.

It seems likely that Trump's recent actions in firing the ICIG Atkinson (who was clearly a Deep State operative whose involvement in SpyGate and QuidProQuoGate should have been notorious) and installing a new Acting DNI has allowed these actions to move forward. However, the matter is not quite so simple as that.

First, the content of the footnotes. In brief, the footnotes indicate that the FBI knew the Steele information was likely Russia disinformation and used it anyway. That's bad enough... but there is an argument that the classified footnotes themselves represent a Deep State defense, specifically that there really was a "Russian plot", but the plot was disinformation and thus the FBI was acting stupidly but in good faith.

Except of course they knew all along and used the information anyway.

At a minimum there's a point where they provably knew and continued with the Mueller probe anyway.

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Sat Apr 11 01:42:54 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

WHO head was a communist revolutionary?

Fri Apr 10 02:18:53 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Scientist responsible for COVID-19 prediction has history

Apparently, he's predicted 3 of the last 0 pandemics, not counting COVID-19 itself as the outcome of this prediction is still uncertain. Making apocalyptic predictions is a good way to get press coverage and funding, as anyone familiar with global warming should know quite well.

Fri Apr 10 01:18:53 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Democratic Playbook

Thu Apr 09 02:13:08 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that voter fraud that doesn't exist...

An explanation of how easy it is to commit vote fraud by mail. It's relevant because the left will be pushing vote by mail due to coronavirus this election cycle. It's not because of the virus, it's because they want to cheat.

Cleaning voter rolls of inactive voters would help, but many states have to be sued to do that.

Thu Apr 09 01:13:08 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sunspots and climate cycles

Wed Apr 08 02:45:00 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The New York Times purports to diagnose Trump's mental state

Jenna Ellis writing for Sara CarterThe headline ran, “This is What Happens When a Narcissist Runs a Crisis.” The author begins, “Since the early days of the Trump administration, an impassioned group of mental health professionals have warned the public about the president’s cramped and disordered mind, a darkened attic of fluttering bats.” It goes on….and on…..and on. With rabid absurdity.

What the New York Times author apparently doesn't realize is that she is describing the mind of ... Batman, an astonishingly stable genius who has outfought, outlasted, and outsmarted everything from criminal masterminds to alien superhumans with a dedicated fan following probably numbered in the millions.

Wed Apr 08 01:45:00 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

GOA asks for a red flag order... on Senator Schumer

This is a clever bit of political judo. To protest red flag laws, which punish gun owners by seizing their firearms with no due process or legal recourse, the Gun Owners of America have requested a red flag order on Senator Schumer following Schumer's threatening speech in front of a mob protesting before the Supreme Court building.

Tue Apr 07 02:42:32 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ: Yes, we are still investigating Ukraine matters

Gosh, Jerry, did you think a failed impeachment would actually stop the investigations?

Tue Apr 07 01:42:32 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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