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The Russian Did It

Posted in 2016 Election, Humor, Politics on March 24th, 2017

The Russians Did It
The Russian Did It

Yep! Even dogs are getting into the narrative that the Russians are to blame for anything and everything.

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Obama Wiretapped Trump

Posted in 2016 Election, Politics on March 6th, 2017

Obama Wiretapped TrumpPresident Trump has “accused” Obama of having wiretapped his telephones and data connections at Trump Tower during the 2016 election cycle. The President’s allegation, made as it was through Twitter, lit the internet on proverbial fire. The Lamestream Enemedia wasted no time is deriding the President’s claim and Obama’s spokesman, Kevin Lewis quickly fired back with a denial of any wrongdoing on the ex-President’s part.

Of course, these denials are almost Clintonian is their use of facts that don’t necessarily – depending on what words and terms mean – lead to the truth.

The facts of the matter are that the FBI did twice seek to gain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) court warrants to wiretap Trump’s communications and those of several of his advisers. The first attempt in June, 2016 was denied. The second, narrower request, now focused on a server in Trump Tower, in October, 2016 was granted.

So during the 2016 elections the FBI did conduct surveillance of Trump’s assets in Trump Towers, i.e., they did wiretap him, though this may have been limited to electronic communications and did not included telephony, which i what most of people still think of when wiretapping is brought up.  So, for the purposes of the truth and culpability, it comes down to the Clintonian question of what words and phrases mean, a particularly form of verbal tap-dancing that Obama has always been quite skilled at.

The FBI is ultimately under the authority of US Attorney General, during the time frame in question an Obama Appointee. So whether or not the wiretapping was done by the Obama Administration comes down to where you draw the line around the term “Obama Administration” and from whom exactly the order ultimately came from.

As to whether or not Obama “had” Trump’s assets tapped, that is a matter of great and fruitless conjecture. Obviously, Obama didn’t formally order the surveillance operation. No POTUS can formally and legally order such surveillance except in very limited circumstances that didn’t apply in this case. That, however, doesn’t address an informal, verbal order, suggestion, or spoken lament – Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest? – that Obama might have made to AG Loretta Lynch.

Then, we come to “had” vs. “known of” and “approved.” Personally, I find it hard, though not impossible, to lend credence to the idea that the FBI would undertake such a very, very sensitive operation – as proven from the fallout thereof – without walking it up the chain of command to get at least verbal approval for it. Hence, it seems very unlikely to me that Obama wasn’t both apprised of the planned investigation of the opposing party’s presidential candidate and given the chance to quash it before it started.

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The TURD Epidemic

Posted in 2016 Election, Humor, Politics on January 29th, 2017

HHS LogoMental disease is a horrific thing, both for those that suffer from it and for those that must suffer the afflicted, and certain forms of these derangements have grown in rate of occurrence to epidemic levels.

It goes beyond what public health agencies can deal with along. Each and every one of needs to be on the look out for the mentally ill, lest they become a clear and present danger to themselves and/or others.

Do you know someone suffering from Trump Unacceptance & Resistance Disorder (TURD)? Know the signs, spot the symptoms, and save a life.

Trump Unacceptance & Resistance Disorder (TURD) is a pattern of pathologically dissociative and psychotic behavior, first observed in the late hours of November 8th 2016, and increasing in severity with passing time.

Sufferers of TURD often exhibit extremely pronounced cognitive dissonance, sudden bouts of childlike rage, rioting and uncontrollable crying.

Sufferers of TURD are characterized by a persistent unwillingness to accept that Donald Trump is going to Make America Great Again.

TURD is caused by the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America. For many, both in America and worldwide, this was a shocking and unexpected outcome; their preferred news sources having failed to inform them that the alternative candidate was a criminal parasite in such ill health she got chucked into the back of a van like a kidnap victim.

Research is ongoing, but TURD appears to correlate closely with the following environmental and behavioral factors:

  • Liberal Mindset
  • Identifying as a Feminist
  • Currently enrolled in college, and/or possession of a Liberal Arts college degree
  • Living in a densely populated metropolitan area
  • Massive student debt
  • Spotty or non-existent work history

Patients with TURD are very resistant to treatment, and dangerous in large groups. Any possibility of treatment requires that they be separated from their hive-mind support apparatus; they cannot begin the process of accepting reality in the presence of encouragement towards delusion and irrationality. Separation may require the assistance of law enforcement.

If you have a friend or loved one suffering from TURD, urge them to seek treatment and stage interventions or report them to proper authorities if their disease has progressed past the point where they can voluntarily accept treatment. Together we can beat this scourge.

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