Food stamps don’t cover everything you can eat

Some jokes write themselves.

Ohio strip club loses liquor license due to food stamp fraud
The Ohio Liquor Control Commission revoked the liquor permit of Sharkey’s bar after an investigation revealed undercover agents were able to buy drugs and lap dances using food stamps.

No, it isn’t food.

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I wonder why Kasky chose now to see the light and leave MFOL

He’d have us believe it’s because seen the error of his ways. But that seems unlikely.

Hmm… A little idle speculation.

9/6/2018: March for Our Lies’ David Piglet Hogg unlawfully solicits campaign contributions from foreigners.
9/10/2018: Story begins to get national traction. The law violated is tweeted to Piglet. FEC investigations suggested.
9/19/2018: Kasky announces that he has left MFOL, but still supports the rights-violations.

Maybe there is an FEC investigation.

Grass Roots North Carolina: W.T.F?

Part 1. [UPDATE] It appears that I am a credit poacher.

Part 2. Grass Roots North Carolina: For the record


On Wednesday morning, 9/19/2018, 7:14 AM EDT, I received an email from Grass Roots North Carolina’s F. Paul Valone. I found the contents so odd that I decided he was probably under a lot of post-hurricane/flooding stress. I told him I’d give him a couple of days to reconsider his email before I posted anything about it.

It’s been two days.

-crickets-

Valone:

Second, a blog is not, to our mind, an “organization.”

My blog is not an organization. I never said it was. The Zelman Partisans is, as is the Firearms Policy Coalition.

the organizations our guy was referring to are listed in the reprint of the article below, which I would LOVE you to include.

Oh, yes. I’m definitely publishing that. Please recall that this began in response to the GRNC-PVF alert which stated:

As GRNC volunteers continue to diligently monitor the state for “State of Emergency (SOE) Gun Bans,” it seems that other organizations are taking credit for our successes. No one, not credit poachers like the Firearms Policy Foundation, nor any other organization that “sends a letter” can claim credit for the work GRNC has been doing for years—work that made SOE Gun Bans unlawful and forced government entities to repeal these bans.

Note that Valone is concerned about the “Firearms Policy Coalition” specifically, and “other organizations. Why?

(Valone’s 9/15/2018, 2:28 PM EDT email)
“Clearly, you are free to depict yourself among credit poachers who seek to raise money on the efforts of the organizations which actually effect change (despite being now twice informed it didn’t refer to you), and you are equally free to not relay to your readers the important gun rights alerts sent by GRNC (although that might suggest you consider your apparently easily bruised ego more important than the gun rights movement itself).” (emphasis added-cb)

Fundraising. But on to the undated article reprint:

Please note that while the GRNC-PVF alert complains of the Firearms Policy Coalition (and other organizations) for addressing defective State of Emergency notices, this reprinted article does not. Let’s focus on the ‘NC Firearms Coalition’.

Directed by former NAGR operative Patrick Parsons,

Full stop. According to this incorporation listing, the sole principal for NCFC is “Tom Walker,” and there is a single “employee,” presumably Walker.

this group is actually headquartered in Georgia

And the incorporation address is in Waynesville, NC. Until I hear from NCFC, it is possible that Walker is merely a registered agent who acts, more or less, as a mail drop for Patrick Parsons. As of 9/21/2018, 12:45 PM EDT, I have not gotten a response from NCFC.

NCFC’s enumerated offense was not involvement in the recent SOE incident, as described in the GRNC-PVF alert, but…

In less than a year, Parsons has already put out no less than five hair-raising mail solicitations, four of which exclaimed: “STOP ROY COOPER’S GUN CONTROL BILL! URGENT ACTION NEEDED: DEFEAT H.B. 723.”

I’ve been unable to locate a copy of that, but I note that House Bill 723 appears to have died in committee in April 2017, and while it was terrible for human/civil rights, it seems to have had nothing to do with declarations of emergency, especially in September 2018, almost a year and a half later.

Mr. Valone provides no indicator that NCFC has fundraised on this SOE issue yet. I see nothing in NCFC’s “Latest News section more recent than May 30, 2018, long before there was a Florence to trigger a state of emergency.

As for North Carolina Gun Rights, their last news entry is October 5, 2017. Again, no indication that they were involved in the SOE issue at question.

Mr. Valone offered no documentation to support his claim that either of those two groups were involved in the Florence SOE issue. I do not understand why he brought them up now. My impression of both NCFC and NCGR is that they are hollow shells, and any past claims used for fundraising may well be dubious, but they do not appear to have made claims about the Leland (and other towns) SOE currently in question.

On the other hand, the one organization which GRNC called out by name over the SOE — Firearms Policy Coalition — did take action, and apparently did so before GRNC. But I haven’t seen them fundraising on the issue, as I have seen GRNC do.

And I, a volunteer on behalf of the organization The Zelman Partisans, also actually took action. If Mr. Valone wants to call my generic blurb, “I’m a volunteer, was this worth anything,” fundraising, that’s his privilege. But it was not The Zelman Partisans; it was my personal statement.

I’ve also noted that FPC and TZP seem to have acted before GRNC did. As I noted in the previous column, that’s a guess based on the content of GRNC’s Leland Letter, and the time line I can construct from my own documentation. To date, Mr. Valone will not say when they sent their Leland Letter; only the date, not the time.

GRNC 1) claims groups that actually acted on the SOE only claimed credit for what GRNC did, 2) makes a claim of fundraising on the issue which has not happened, and 3) now accuses two other organizations which don’t seem to be involved at all.

I’m done with this. Valone and GRNC can admit they made a simple mistake and apologize, or they can triple down and alienate people and groups who otherwise might’ve worked with them in the future.

Sunspot Solar Observatory: W.T.F? Kiddie porn?

Sunspot Solar Observatory: W.T.F? Kiddie porn?

All is explained. It was a kiddie porn investigation. Wait.

What?

Child pornography reason behind Sunspot Observatory closure, according to court documents
“A federal search warrant reveals that Sunspot Solar Observatory was shut down as FBI agents conducted computer forensic searches for child pornography.

That struck me as odd, so I wanted to see the warrant. It isn’t in that story. I did a lot of searches, and finally found the first page of it in the UK’s Daily Mail. Sort of.

sso-warrant-cover-9-10-2018

To my old eyes, that is nearly completely illegible. Maybe yours are better. I think it was applied for and granted on September 10, 2018. And that would be a problem.

Let’s look at the time line.

  • July: A federal search warrant revealed that in July, agents began searching a child protection database and found child pornography linked to an IP address at the Sunspot observatory, KRQE reports.
  • Unspecified date: Chief observer finds laptop.
  • Unspecified date: Janitor realizes his laptop is missing.
  • Unspecified date: Janitor started making comments about “lax security at the facility,” said it was “only a matter of time before the facility got hit, and he “believed there was a serial killer in the area” and that killer might enter the facility and execute someone.
  • Unspecified date: Director decides to shutdown and evacuate observatory.
  • September 6, 2018: SSO is shutdown without public explanation. Sheriff observes, “There was a Blackhawk helicopter, a bunch of people around antennas and work crews on towers but nobody would tell us anything.”
  • September 6, 2018: The Sunspot post office is closed.
  • September 10, 2018(?): Warrant is obtained.
  • September 14, 2018: FBI agents removed three cell phones, five laptops, one iPad, an external hard drive, and other electronic devices, from the suspect’s home, FBI records showed.
  • September 17, 2018: SSO reopened.

First, let’s rule out exigent circumstances which would have a judge issuing an emergency telephonic warrant: they claim the investigation had already led to the SSO in July, maybe two months prior to the shutdown. So the first (and only, so far) warrant we’ve seen was apparently issued four days after the sheriff reportedly saw people searching the facility- tower and antennas.

Towers and antennas? For a forensic computer search? Without a warrant?

With a Blackhawk? Those are fairly distinctive; if the sheriff thinks he saw one, I’m inclined to believe him. And other people who saw it.

And why the post office? And a dozen homes?

Again: All before they apparently got a warrant. For anything.

And weirdly — as best as I can tell from that illegible warrant image — no specific location is authorized to be searched. I’ll generously assume that’s in the affidavit, but it’s supposed to be in the warrant proper. I hope a clear copy will… clarify this.

Exactly what kind of forensic computer kiddie porn investigation requires a Blackhawk helicopter, no-warrant searches of antennas, the evacuation of an observatory, post office, and multiple homes; and the deliberate exclusion of local law enforcement?

This reeks of “Shit, people noticed. Somebody go get a warrant to explain all this. Um… call it child porn; people always go all mushy when we ‘do it for the children.’ “

We have always been at war with Eastasia

The cops are retroactively editing reality in the shooting of Botham Jean by Amber Guyger. Again.

Dallas police tell me the just off shift officer who shot and killed a man in his own apartment, was on the WRONG FLOOR. HER apartment was on another floor. Her key didn’t work in the door. Shooting happened shortly after resident opened his own door.
— Steve Eagar (@steveeagar) September 7, 2018

And here

But that didn’t last long.

She took the elevator drove to the wrong floor where her key wouldn’t open the closed door. She set her things down outside, to fiddle with the lock. Jean opened the door, The door was ajar, so she pushed it open when she tried to insert her key.. She saw someone and shot him from the doorway. She actually set her things down where they were found inside.

Right.

Of course, cynics want to know why the door was ajar when it had an automatic closer, or — even if the closer hadn’t shut it all the way — how she was able to casually force the door open against the closer merely by trying to insert her key.

Cynics also want to know why witnesses (yes, plural) heard her knocking on the supposedly open door, with one witness even hearing a demand to “let me in!”. And you have to wonder why the arrest affidavit doesn’t mention witnesses.

Or how empty cases from shots fired from the doorway ended up inside the apartment instead of outside in the hallway.

And then there’s the disappearing motive. For more than a week, we’ve heard about the noises complaints made by the neighbor directly below Jean (Guyger, that is). I’ve speculated — and I’ve seen others do so as well — that a tired and grumpy Guyger decided to fix the noise problem herself.

Aannd…

Suddenly the noise complaints disappear, too.

After Botham Jean was shot and killed in his Dallas home by an off-duty police officer, attorneys and law enforcement officials said there was a noise complaint targeting his apartment earlier that day.

But it turns out it wasn’t loud music that brought leasing office employees to Jean’s apartment hours before he was shot at the South Side Flats, an attorney for Jean’s family said Wednesday.

Right. So what was it?

Rather, it was the smell of marijuana, and they ultimately determined it wasn’t coming from Jean’s home
[…]
The day of the shooting, employees from the South Side Flats leasing office knocked on Jean’s door saying there had been a noise complaint, Merritt said.

Jean told his girlfriend what happened and that he was offended by the women’s visit because he’d just gotten home from work at PricewaterhouseCoopers and wasn’t playing music
[…]
Asked about noise complaints, a spokeswoman for the South Side Flats corporate ownership said she couldn’t comment on the ongoing investigation.

We never complained about Eurasia noise. We have always complained about Eastasia pot. Which conveniently backs up the 10.4 grams of pot allegedly found in the super-straitlaced, murdered choirboy’s apartment. And eliminates a reason for a grumpy, noise-induced murder.

I wish I could see Botham Jean’s floor plan, to see how he could be “at the door” and fall dead beside the sofa where he was “eating cereal, texting a friend and using his laptop.”

But maybe they’ve already edit that, too.

ETA: Forgot another revision. Early on, some reports said that the police were investigating Guyger location and activities between the time she left work and the time she went “home”. The Ranger affidavit deleted a missing 3 hour gap, by claiming she worked a fifteen hour (including overtime) shift instead of a 12 hour shift (including overtime).

That one might bite them on the ass when the toxicology screen comes back. If she had alcohol or drugs in her system, they’ll have to say she was under the influence on duty, or reintroduce the 3 hour gap.

[UPDATE] Cody Wilson got set up. MAYBE.

See update below.


BREAKING: Austin man at center of 3D-printed gun debate faces sex assault charge
The affidavit said a counselor called Austin police on Aug. 22 to report that a girl under the age of 17 told her she had sex with a 30-year-old man on Aug. 15 and was paid $500.

In a forensic interview on Aug. 27, the girl told authorities that she created an account on SugarDaddyMeet.com, and began exchanging messages with a man who used the username “Sanjuro,” the affidavit said.

The pair messaged online, then began exchanging text messages.

“During this conversation, ‘Sanjuro’ identified himself as ‘Cody Wilson.’ Victim said that ‘Sanjuro’ described himself to the victim as a ‘big deal,’ ” the affidavit said.

I decided to check. To sign up you must give your age. If you give an age lower than 18, it immediately returns an error: “Age” must be between 18 and 99.

Even assuming the allegations are true, he had every reason to believe he was meeting someone of legal age.

UPDATE: I had been toying with the idea that this was a catfishing variant targeting Wilson, but I’ve got to admit that this doesn’t look good.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Austin Police Department told the public Wilson still wasn’t in custody. The Defense Distributed founder’s last known whereabouts are Taipei, Taiwan, and he skipped his flight back to the states. Authorities believe he received a tip about the new allegations.

The warrant affidavit is a bad sign. Vehicle description matches one registered to Defense Distributed, valet record of the vehicle (that generally includes the tag number), a lot of video (making an impersonator less likely), hotel registration.

“My detectives have interviewed and spoke with this victim, and in their opinion if someone mistakes their age, it’d be because she’s younger not older.”

That’s pretty subjective, and without a picture, I can’t say how old I’d take her for; but again, not good.

Add that in with Wilson leaving the country… It’s looking a lot less like a setup. I sure would like to hear Wilson’s side of all this.