Obama Administration Gave Green Light To Bump Fire

6 Oct 2017

I will play catch up on the Vegas shooting in an “In Context” post.

Bump-Stock Device Received ATF Green Light During Obama Administration – CNS News

On June 7, 2010 — about a year and a half into the Barack Obama administration — the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued an opinion letter, giving the go-ahead to an after-market accessory that allows the user to “bump fire” a semi-automatic rifle.

According to the ATF’s June 2010 letter: “The stock has no automatically functioning mechanical parts or springs and performs no automatic mechanical function when installed. In order to use the device, the shooter must apply constant forward pressure with the non-shooting hands and constant rearward pressure with the shooting hand. Accordingly, we find that the ‘bump stock’ is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under the Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act.”

Interesting that the Obama Administration allowed this.

Copy of the letter


Hackers Advancing in Trying To Control Power Grids

7 Sep 2017


Security firm Symantec is warning that a series of recent hacker attacks not only compromised energy companies in the US and Europe but also resulted in the intruders gaining hands-on access to power grid operations—enough control that they could have induced blackouts on American soil at will.

In more than 20 cases, Symantec says the hackers successfully gained access to the target companies’ networks. And at a handful of US power firms and at least one company in Turkey—none of which Symantec will name—their forensic analysis found that the hackers obtained what they call operational access: control of the interfaces power company engineers use to send actual commands to equipment like circuit breakers, giving them the ability to stop the flow of electricity into US homes and businesses.

Doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies, does it?

Fake Hate: Man Paints Swastikas On Own Home

7 Sep 2017


Andrew King pleaded guilty last week in Schenectady City Court to week to falsely reporting an incident, which is a misdemeanor crime, the Albany Times Union reported Tuesday.

He will be sentenced to three years of probation at his sentencing hearing in October, according to the newspaper.

King reported the vandalism on his home to police on February 10. He was arrested after a five-week investigation by police and pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. The report of the vandalism came after several reports of antisemitic vandalism around the state.

There is way too much fake hate out there.

House Majority Whip Scalise (R-LA) Shot

14 Jun 2017

So far – 5 people have been confirmed as shot by the assailant, among them House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La). The gunman has been has shot and is in custody according to Alexandria Police. There are some reports that claim he has died – that is unconfirmed.

The gunman has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois. He has now died.

2017/06/14 – Belleville suspect in congressional shooting belongs to anti-GOP groups – Belleville News Democrat

The shooter was James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, who belonged to a number of anti-Republican groups, including one called “Terminate the Republican Party.”

Hodgkinson has a varied arrest record in St. Clair County, for offenses such as failing to obtain electrical permits, damaging a motor vehicle, resisting a peace officer, eluding police, criminal damage to property, driving under the influence and assorted traffic offenses.


2017/06/14 – Baseball shooting: Who is James T Hodgkinson, the gunman who opened fire on congressional team practice? – UK Telegraph

2017/06/14 – Acquaintance describes campaigning for Bernie Sanders with shooting suspect – Washington Post

2017/06/14 – Virginia shooting: House majority whip shot at congressional baseball practice – Guardian Live Updates

Congressman Mo Brooks is giving a remarkable eyewitness interview on CNN.

Of the shooter he said:

I don’t know if he was killed but I tell you I don’t have any kind thoughts about the shooter so let’s leave it at that.

He appeared to be a white male. But bear in mind I saw him for just a second or two, a fraction of a second.

If I had to guess, middle aged … he wasn’t skinny, but he did not appear to be obese either.


Describing the situation, Brooks said:

You’re pretty helpless. It’s not a good situation to be in. I don’t know what took our security detail as long as it took them to start exchanging fire … It seemed like a long time but it might have been seconds … They exhibited tremendous bravery.

I got a glimpse of the shooter which meant he also could see me if he looked in my direction. At that point I ran around home plate.

There were probably 10, 20, 30 shots fired while two or three of us were seeking cover.

At least five people were hit with bullets.

2017/06/14 – Congressman Shot in Mass Shooting at Baseball Practice for GOP House Members in Virginia – People

2017/06/14 – Alexandria shooting: Republican congressman and aide among those shot by Virginia gunman at charity baseball practice – The Independent

2017/06/14 – Shots Fired at Congressional Baseball Practice – Voice of America News

There are reports of gunfire at a Virginia baseball field near Washington where members of Congress were practicing. As many as 50 shots were fired.


2017/06/14 – GOP whip Steve Scalise and at least 4 others shot during early morning baseball practice – Raw Story

Brooks said he got a look at the gunman and described him as a white male who was “a bit on the chubby side.”

Sen. Rand Paul, who was also at the practice, told MSNBC that he heard between 50 to 60 shots fired by the gunman. He said he believed the shooter was using an AR-15-style rifle.

2017/06/14 – House Whip Scalise, security detail shot at baseball practice; suspect in custody – Washington Times

Rep. Ron DeSantis, who left the practice just prior to the shooting, said a man at the scene asked him if those on the field were Republicans or Democrats.

“As I was getting into the car with one of my colleagues, Jeff Duncan, there was a guy who walked up to us and asked if it was Republicans or Democrats out there. And it was just a little odd and then he kind of walked toward the area where all this happened,” the Florida Republican said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”

Epstein Pedophile Sex Case Settled for Cash

30 May 2017

This case of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein came to a close with an undisclosed settlement. There is still one case pending against Epstein.

2017/05/24 – Suit over billionaire’s underage sex abuse settles – Politico

2017/05/04 – The one weird court case linking Trump, Clinton, and a billionaire pedophile – Politico

2015/07/07 – Judge unseals more details in Jeffrey Epstein underage sex lawsuit – Politico

2011/03/25 – Jeffrey Epstein: How the Hedge Fund Mogul Pedophile Got Off Easy – The Daily Beast

2010/07/20 – Jeffrey Epstein, Billionaire Pedophile, Goes Free – The Daily Beast

2007/12/06 – The Fantasist – New York Magazine

State Department Official Charged for Talking with China, Obstruction

30 May 2017

2017/03/29 – State Department Employee Arrested and Charged With Concealing Extensive Contacts With Foreign Agents – Dept. of Justice

“Candace Marie Claiborne is a U.S. State Department employee who possesses a Top Secret security clearance and allegedly failed to report her contacts with Chinese foreign intelligence agents who provided her with thousands of dollars of gifts and benefits,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General McCord. “Claiborne used her position and her access to sensitive diplomatic data for personal profit. Pursuing those who imperil our national security for personal gain will remain a key priority of the National Security Division.”

“Candace Claiborne is charged with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements in connection with her alleged concealment and failure to report her improper connections to foreign contacts along with the tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits they provided,” said U.S. Attorney Phillips. “As a State Department employee with a Top Secret clearance, she received training and briefing about the need for caution and transparency. This case demonstrates that U.S. government employees will be held accountable for failing to honor the trust placed in them when they take on such sensitive assignments”

San Diego Border Agent Sentenced to 5 Years For Bribery, Alien Smuggling

30 May 2017

2017/05/22 – Former Customs and Border Protection Officer sentenced for smuggling and bribery – KGTV San Diego

Cota accepted cash and sexual favors from smugglers in exchange for allowing them to bring undocumented immigrants into the United States without inspection through his lane at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Miriam Juarez-Herrera and Gilberto Aguilar-Martinez, married Mexican nationals, were working with Cota in the bribery and smuggling scheme. The group charged as much as $15,000 per person they smuggled.

Cota, a 15 year veteran with the agency, was arrested in September 2016. According to court documents, he confessed to his crimes when he was taken into custody.

2016/09/08 – Customs and Border Protection Officer Arrested for Receiving Sexual Favors in Exchange for Allowing Aliens to be Smuggled Through His Lane – FBI

According to the complaint filed in this matter, after approaching Cota’s vehicle primary inspection lane from the Republic of Mexico at the San Ysidro Port of Entry (SYPOE), Cota allowed Juarez-Herrera, Aguilar-Martinez, and/or other persons without prior official authorization to enter into the United States on November 3, 2015; November 16, 2015; March 15, 2016; and September 7, 2016. Financial records indicated large sums of cash were deposited into Cota’s bank accounts following the smuggling events.