Why I use Signal

Signal’s response to a Grand Jury subpoena:

…when we received this subpoena from the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California, it felt like 2016 all over again.

The subpoena requested a wide variety of information that fell into this nonexistent category, including the addresses of the users, their correspondence, and the name associated with each account.

It’s impossible to turn over data that we never had access to in the first place. Signal doesn’t have access to your messages; your chat list; your groups; your contacts; your stickers; your profile name or avatar; or even the GIFs you search for. As a result, our response to the subpoena will look familiar. It’s the same set of “Account and Subscriber Information” that we provided in 2016: Unix timestamps for when each account was created and the date that each account last connected to the Signal service.

“But, but,but…why do you need to worry about it if you’re not doing anything wrong???”

I’m so old, I can remember when being patriotic was considered a good thing. When quoting the Constitution was an excellent way to make a point in a discussion. When being a member of an organization formed to defend the families of fallen soldiers at their funerals was an honorable and noble endeavor.

Now all those things can get you added to a secret list of domestic “extremists”. Don’t tell me there’s nothing to worry about. Why give them any more ammunition than you have to?

Hat tip to Joe Huffman.

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Chauvin Trial

I’ve been following the trial of Derek Chauvin vicariously through Andrew Branca’s posts on Legal Insurrection.

The prosecution is wrapping up their “case” and the defense should start with theirs today or tomorrow. The Judge is apparently expecting closing arguments and deliberation to begin on Monday.

Having followed the “case” of the prosecution, and without even having heard anything but cross examination from the defense, I am convinced at this point that if there is a guilty verdict it is a political one not a legal one. Remember, the standard is “reasonable doubt”. If there is a reasonable doubt that the person accused didn’t commit the crime, they are to be found not guilty. In my humble opinion, the prosecution’s case left huge amorphous blobs of reasonable doubt laying around.

In my opinion, if the jury finds Chauvin guilty of anything, it will be as a result of the jury’s fear of repercussions both in the form of riots in major cities, and the potential of them individually being doxxed and their lives being ruined, if not taken outright.

I’d say the most likely outcome is going to be a hung jury mistrial and we’ll have to do this all over again. I think this will happen because there will be at least one juror willing to stand up for what’s right and say “reasonable doubt exists and Chauvin should be acquitted”, and there will be at least one juror who is fearful enough to demand a guilty verdict even though the evidence doesn’t support it. It doesn’t matter what the rest of the jury does, if those two sides stick to their guns…hung jury.

I also have no doubt that the hung jury announcement will result in violence and riots and will make it even more difficult for Chauvin to achieve a fair trial in the next go-round…partially because, thanks to the media, the rioting crowd will find it inconceivable that anyone would fail to convict Chauvin…it’s GOT to be racist because he’s so obviously guilty right?

Legal Insurrection is also on top of that aspect of the story.

What I can say with confidence is that as with the George Zimmerman trial, the public is being misinformed by the mainstream media that this is an open-and-shut case, and if Chauvin is found not guilty it’s because of systemic racism in society and the judicial system.

So, that’s my prediction: There will be a hung jury in spite of the fact that the evidence does not support a conviction, the media will portray it, and the BLM crowd will react to it, as a huge miscarriage of justice and cities will burn. Again. Then we’ll queue up for a new trial in which it will be even more difficult to find an unbiased jury who will reach a verdict based on the evidence and not on fear and we may end up with another mistrial. Rinse, lather and repeat until the prosecution finally is able to seat a jury who will unanimously vote to avert the riots and Chauvin will be convicted.

Being a prediction, I obviously could be almost correct, or even wildly wrong, but any way you cut it, Chauvin’s life as a productive, happy citizen is over. Even if he’s acquitted, he’s going to be bankrupt, he’ll never be able to work again in any capacity, he’ll be hounded by the media and unable to go out in public likely for decades, etc.

All for following published, established Minneapolis Police procedure in doing the job he was tasked to do.

What rational person would want to be a cop in this environment? What a wonderful career: risk your very life on a daily basis to serve the public, while working terrible hours, dealing with the worst society has to offer, for marginal pay and as a reward, you’ll have the opportunity to win worldwide vilification, the ruin of your life and the possibility of a long prison term as a result of doing the very job they pay you to do.

Sign me up.

People think this is going to make policing better? In what alternate reality do you work very hard to convince every rational human being that “cop” is not a desirable profession and yet get high quality, dedicated candidates to apply?

It’s a feature, not a bug. That’s the only rational conclusion.

If it weren’t for the fact that I have to live here too (not in Minneapolis, but in a relatively liberal city in a relatively liberal state), I’d almost be rooting for these idiots to get what they’re wishing for. In fact, when the purchase of my secret remote hideout is finalized and I’ve had some time to get it prepped for emergency evac, my incentive to root against their success will be greatly reduced. It would be entertaining in a “horrifying train crash” sort of way to watch from a safe distance as they try to live in the dystopian nightmare that seems to be their heart’s desire.

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Anti-gun/left projection

They’re at it again.

Our friends on the left, some of them quoting the comic and social analyst Dave Chappelle, maintained yesterday that soaring legal gun purchases by black Americans would cause conservative white Americans to rethink their support for gun rights. As it happened, we had a real-time test of that theory on Twitter yesterday when The Hill tweeted about blacks buying guns. Liberals chimed in to say white conservatives would blanch. Instead, white conservatives cheered:

I’ve actually seen reports about this in a few places. A couple identified it accurately, but most seemed mystified or at a minimum brushed it off as comedy.

This is just another prime example of the lefts projection. They are racists, pure and simple. They believe that blacks are inferior to whites. Why else would they believe that blacks are incapable of competing with whites in a purely merit based system? Why else would they believe blacks to be incapable of a common, everyday function like obtaining lawful ID? Why else would they believe blacks to be incapable of grasping and learning universal concepts like math and grammar?

Because they are racists, but can’t admit it to themselves, they project that racism onto others as a self-defense mechanism.

This causes them to have inaccurate views of the opinions of those others, hence their incorrect assumptions about our beliefs and intentions.

It’s actually quite sad that such a large portion of our population could be so mentally and emotionally crippled in this way.

I wonder how disappointed they’ll be when their eagerly anticipated GOP support for gun control fails to materialize.

At any rate, I, like the vast majority of other lawful gun owners and supporters of the 2nd Amendment, offer my welcome to new law abiding gun owners of all races, creeds, ethnicities, genders and every other category that the left loves to divide us into.

In view of that, I’d like to remind people about the Open Invitation that I and others have been offering for many years to provide basic safety and marksmanship training to new gun owners free of charge. This offer is open to any lawful gun owner or prospective gun owner.

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Modern “Justice”

It’s not a criminal act to vandalize a person’s vehicle and attack them with thrown objects, but it is a criminal act to defend oneself against such an attack.

I want to point out that the guy didn’t pull his gun in response to his vehicle being vandalized, he pulled his gun when the attackers started pelting him with whatever it was they were throwing. Also, he was severely outnumbered. Disparity of force is a factor in the “reasonableness” of the decision to use deadly force.

Some would say he shouldn’t have been there with his flags, that he provoked the response.

My response is, since when does only one side get to express their first amendment rights? The Antifa thugs are a tiny, tiny minority in our society, the fact that we allow them to commandeer the entire conversation because we are too afraid to meet them face to face is why we are losing the culture war. We don’t fight. We sit in the comfort of our homes and shake our heads over it, and when a few brave souls do show up, we vilify them for being so stupid as to stand up for what they believe.

And many cheer the Police arresting them for trying to defend themselves against the mob.

That’s why I find it hard to believe that a “civil war” is brewing as many on the right keep predicting. We as a culture no longer have the will to stand up and fight for our freedom and liberty. The other side definitely has the will to fight for their power to oppress us, but we don’t have the will to resist. There will be a few pockets of resistance, but they will be ruthlessly wiped out and the rest will meekly surrender. By the time things get bad enough for a large enough number of the population to be willing to fight back, it will be way too late and the jackboots will be firmly on the neck of the nation.

As I’ve said many times before, I just hope it takes long enough that I’m dead and buried before this slow motion train wreck comes to rest.

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It’s a feature, not a bug

Bearing Arms seems surprised to discover:

With anti-gun politicians and gun control activists pouncing on the shootings in Boulder as their stated justification for new restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms, it’s worth pointing out yet again that the criminal justice system isn’t exactly doing a bang-up job of enforcing the laws that are currently on the books.

The fact is the left loves these types of incidents. That’s why I characterize the exploitation of them as “Dancing in Blood”, they obviously celebrate every time one of these incidents happens because it gives them cover to plea to the emotions of people who are justifiably horrified by terrible tragedies.

Their “catch and release” practices in regards to actual criminals is another element of the same thing. As I’ve mentioned many times before, the left gains power through fear. It’s very difficult to get safe, secure, happy people to voluntarily surrender freedom to nanny government. In order to get people to voluntarily surrender their liberty, you have to make them afraid.

The Chinese Wuhan Flu Virus has been a prime example of that.

The Catch and Release criminal justice system is another. It’s a well known fact that the vast majority of violent crimes are committed by a tiny percentage of the population. Keeping those people in prison, where there restricted to visiting their violence upon other criminals doesn’t engender fear in the populace. The obvious solution is to keep the out of jail. That way they’re out among the populace perpetrating mayhem and engendering fear. Fear which the left can then use to advance their agenda…part of which is the disarmament of the people.

The policies of the left only seem illogical or counterintuitive if you don’t understand their goals. If you assume that, like you, the left just wants to improve people’s lives and make the world a better, safer, happier place, then their policies make no sense.

If you really want blacks and other minorities to have a better life, why would you promote policies that do nothing more than make them dependent, break up their families and encourage the murder of tens of millions of them before they’re even born? Why would you encourage policies that prevent the Police from enforcing the laws in high crime minority communities and insist that “equality” demands that the Police spend more time patrolling places with low crime rates?

If you really want people to be safe from crime, why would you insist on releasing known criminals back into the public? Why would you work so diligently to make it more difficult if not outright impossible for law abiding citizens to own and carry the best tools available to defend themselves from those violent criminals?

Simple…because those aren’t their goals. Their goals are to oppress the minority community, keep them dependent, and poor and “on the reservation”. Their goals are to engender fear in the populace and to use that fear to expand their power. When you have those goals in mind, the utility of their policy positions come perfectly into focus.

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The Left Defined

Irony, or poetic Justice?

An Illinois state senator who sponsored recently-signed legislation that will eliminate cash bail in the state by 2023 is outraged that a man who allegedly flashed a gun at him while driving only had to post $1,500 to get out of jail.

The left intentionally enacts policies that are destructive to their core constituency, fully expecting that constituency to become more and more dependent upon big daddy government to keep them housed and fed and safe, but then are “outraged” on the rare occasion when the destructive policies they espouse actually affect them personally.

That’s not the way it works. Their policies are only for the little people, not for them.

That’s how the left works. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” means that the senior party officials “need” their three vacation homes and their yachts and their limousines and their personal jets, but everyone else only needs a loaf of bread a week, an apartment in a tenement building and unlimited access to propaganda.tv.

It’s good to be the King*

And they’re outraged when their destructive policies actually affect their exalted way of life.

*100 internet points to the first person who identifies the source of this line.

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Hear Hear!

From The Last Refuge:

A reminder…. 50 FBI agents were enlisted within the Trump-Russia investigation to push a narrative. 13 FBI agents were dispatched to Talladega speedway to investigate a garage pull-down rope and push a narrative. Thousands of FBI hours have been spent investigating the January 6th Washington DC protest… and once again another terrorist carries out a mass shooting where the FBI knew the suspect in advance.

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Nope, no voter fraud whatsoever…

Of course, when there was time to actually do something about it…like before the election took place for example, or before the count was finished, or before the results were finalized…the courts couldn’t be bothered to rule on the merits of any of the myriad plausible claims of voter irregularities and illegalities. The cases were dismissed on (bogus) technical grounds.

Now that the “election” is safely over and the pretender is on the throne…

A Michigan judge ruled last week Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) broke state law when she unilaterally issued rules related to absentee balloting, legitimizing a key claim made by the Trump campaign in its legal challenges to the 2020 election.

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Wuhan Flu Origins

I have to admit that I’m predisposed to agreeing with this guy:

The US State Department’s former lead investigator who oversaw the COVID-19 task force into the origins of the virus believes SARS-CoV-2 escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology

Why am I predisposed to agreeing? Because that’s what I’ve thought all along.

Let’s see. We have a coronavirus that originated in bats appear in a city…ostensibly in a “wet market”…that just by coincidence happens to house a research lab that specializes in studying coronaviruses and specifically had recently been studying bat viruses, and the lab happens to be right down the street from the “wet market” that the outbreak is blamed on?

As Joe Biden would say C’mon man!

I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night.

Of COURSE it came from the lab. You’d have to be an idiot or member of the media (redundancy alert) to believe otherwise. And I’d say the other half of the guy’s opinion is very likely right on the money too…that the virus:

may have been the product of bioweapons research, according to Fox News.

“But, but but” the media sputters “that’s OUTRAGEOUS to make such a claim without any evidence.”

Except:

In 2016…a Chinese state television commentator claimed: “We have entered into an area of Chinese biowarfare, and including using things like viruses. I mean, they made a public statement to their people that this is a new priority under the Xi national security policy,” according to Asher.

If that’s true, and it should be easily verifiable (at least by the government, I’m sure all record of it has been purged from the internet by now), I’d call that a pretty big red flag. Sort of like how the police react when they find out you said you were going to kill someone shortly before they turned up dead. Maybe not enough for a conviction, but definitely enough to make you the prime suspect. You’d better have an airtight alibi.

Your alibi is the market right down the road? Seriously? Pull my other leg.

I have to wonder if that explains why our fearless leaders went from “hug a Chinese person today” to “let’s shut down the world” within the span of about a week? I’m wondering if intelligence briefings containing the words “biological warfare” got their attention?

At any rate, the one thing I don’t wonder about is the origin of the virus. You don’t have to be a genius to put this together: A virology lab that specializes in coronavirus research and was specifically studying bat viruses just happens to be within a few hundred yards of the epicenter of an outbreak of a strain of coronavirus that originated in bats. The math here is not that difficult for anyone above the IQ of the average MSM “news” reader; which if my calculations are correct, is slightly above that of your typical lemming.

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