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Grow up!

It’s no secret that I wasn’t celebrating when Donald Trump won the GOP nomination for President, and it’s definitely no secret I didn’t vote for him.

It wasn’t because of his alleged misogyny, racism, xenophobia, or any other shit grenade the left has thrown at him. For the record, I don’t think he’s any of those things. I think he’s injudicious in his use of language, and has very little understanding of the nuanced issues involved in our national security, economic, and foreign policy.

But all that is not the point.

Donald J. Trump won the 2016 election. He gained the electoral votes necessary to become the next President of the United States, and now it’s up to him to live up to that honor.

For the record, I hope he succeeds.

Why? Because I’m an adult.

Because for the good of the country I love, I hope he does better – MUCH better – than I think he will. I hope he gains an understanding of diplomacy, the Constitution, national defense, and our military. I hope he is judicious in his use of military force, and I hope he begins to trust the dedicated, passionate intelligence professionals who work for him.

Because I’m an adult, if he does a good job during his first term, I will absolutely admit I was wrong about him and will vote for him if he runs again. My vote has to be earned. I hope he does so.

Because I’m an adult, and I love my country.

Yesterday, I excoriated the hysterical left for their frothing, lunatic hatred for the President-elect and their refusal to accept that he won the election fairly, their attempts to install Shrillary in the White House at any cost, and the mental gymnastics and contortions in which they engaged to invalidate and smear him.

turdToday, I’m going to focus my ire on the Trumpanzees – not the normal Trump supporters, or those who voted for him merely to keep the C-Hag out of the White House – but the smirking, shit-flinging chimps who think Trump can do no wrong, claim that any criticism of their deity means you’re a Hillary supporter, and insist on doing their smarmy little happy dance by rubbing their “victory” in the faces of the #nevertrumpers (those who chose not to vote for Trump), chortling about us eating crow or gnashing our teeth in bitter angst.

These are the same puerile shit swaddlers who called those of us who are ostensibly ideological allies “idiots” and “tacit Hillary supporters,” due to our refusal to worship at the altar of Trump. Any criticism or refusal to cast a vote in his direction was met with derision and the math-challenged claim that a vote for anyone other than Trump meant a vote for Hillary.

These cock burglars point their gigantic, unwarranted schadenboners in our direction, as they project their own lack of maturity on conservatives who made the very rational choice to not vote for the President-elect in the general election.

“I can hear nevertrumpers grinding their teeth as they scarf down bite after bitter bite of crow, and that’s almost as delicious.”

“Crow. Eat it. Think about how this happened. Maybe, just maybe, even learn a lesson. (As if.)”

“The #NeverTrump crowd is still a nuisance, and still wrong.”

“Frankly, these #NeverTrump people are essentially NeverAmerica.”

“Some Republicans are STILL #NeverTrump purity testers. What a lonely pathetic existence.”

“All I can say to the remaining #NeverTrump’ers is, we’ll send you a postcard from the winner’s circle, losers.”

For the record, every single conservative or libertarian-leaning Republican I know who refused to vote for Trump (I’m sure there are a few unhinged loons out there, but I don’t hang out with them) is either in “wait and see” mode, or is actively hoping for a successful four years.

For the record, every single conservative or libertarian-leaning Republican I know who remained part of the #nevertrump movement, has accepted that he won fairly and hopes for the best. No one is pitching tantrums, or clutching their pearls.

rawThe only people sensing teeth gnashing and crow consumption from conservatives and libertarian-leaning Republicans are the Trumpanzees, who are obviously projecting their own lack of maturity onto others. They want so badly to rub their victory into the faces of everyone who has ever opposed their Orange Savior, that they’re alienating those with whom they for the most part agree.

They’re like that nerdy kid, who has decided to get even with those he believes wronged him in high school. So there he is – at the high school reunion, dropping trou and doing the helicopter dick dance to show those snotty chicks from high school who wouldn’t give him the time of day what a monster schlong he has, but in reality, he’s just bared his insignificant giblets in a room full of adults who have let go of their bitter high school slights and just want to catch up, dance, and have a few drinks.

Here’s a bit of advice for the Trumpanzees: grow up and get over yourselves. Realize that he is not perfect and will make mistakes, for which you have to be objective and courageous enough to criticize him.

Understand that you can acknowledge that he won the election fair and square AND recognize that the Russians tried to meddle in our elections.

Understand that it is possible to not have voted for the man, AND to hope that he is a successful president, instead of spitefully hoping for failure – a failure we, as a world leader cannot afford.

And ferfuckssake, stop blindly swinging what passes for dicks in your world, and be as vigilant as you were the past eight years with a Democrat in office, by holding your government officials accountable, no matter what political party happens to inhabit the White House!

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Some Butt Salve for the Clinton Voters

So… the Democrats helped choose Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the 2016 election – the one they thought would be the weakest of the lot.

Hillary Clinton proceeded to get trounced – whether it’s because of her issues with mishandling classified information, her apparent health issues, her cheating Bernie Sanders out of a fair fight, the FBI investigation, low turnout, her obvious disdain for states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and those miserable low class wretches she looked down upon, the Russians, the French, the Martians, the Hufflepuffs, vampires, dragons, whatever – face it, she lost.

Then came Jill Stein’s recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania fleecing of gullible ignorami, who hoped to overturn the results of the November 8th election, out of millions of dollars that resulted in the exposure of massive voter irregularities in Detroit.

There was gnashing of teeth and massive calls for the elimination of the electoral college. Because what we REALLY need is populous, states running roughshod over everyone else when electing this country’s leadership. What we REALLY need is politicians licking the collective taints of New York and California, and ignoring the remainder of the country.

Then there was the bowel movement to pressure electors to turn away from Trump and “vote their conscience.” Hollywood celebutards took to their soapboxes to preach the virtues of electors shirking their obligations.

Electors were bullied, harassed, and threatenedDeath threats were issued. The phrase “faithless electors” was tossed about as one last hope to install Hillary Clinton in the White House.

The left then tried to whine that Trump’s victory was invalid, even though the revelations about the Intelligence Community’s assessments of Russian meddling in our elections did not judge that the Russians succeeded in helping Trump, did not implicate Trump or his campaign in any way, and certainly did not show that they successfully hacked any election results!

And in the end, Trump secured 304 electoral votes to officially win the 2016 election. Despite the wailing, pearl clutching, threats, and appeals from the left to the members of the Electoral College, more electors tried to defect from the Clinton camp than they did from Trump.

By my calculations, the left is somewhere between the bargaining and acceptance stages of grief. They seem to have accepted the inevitable – Donald Trump will be our new President – but they’re still floundering, twisting, spinning, and acting like pouting children in an attempt to tarnish Trump’s victory as somehow invalid.

He doesn’t have a mandate. He’s not popular. The New York Times Old Grey Hag reports his Electoral College victory is one of the lowest ranking (46th) in the last 58 elections!

They can’t just accept the fact that Cankles lost. They can’t accept the fact that they had the weakest candidate possible – a candidate that was defeated by a narcissistic, braying jackass, with zero knowledge of national security, the military, foreign and economic policy, or the Constitution. A candidate that the Democrats essentially hand picked to face Queen Pantsuit, because they thought she had the best chance to win against him.

yodaSo now that their every effort to install Hillary Clinton in the White House has failed, they’re soothing their abraded anuses by bringing up how unpopular Donald Trump was compared to other Presidents.

OK, I haven’t been a Trump fan, and I didn’t vote for him, but guess what! He’s still going to be President, and Hillary is still going home an epic fail who lost the election despite having every advantage.

Your every effort to thwart a fair victory of a candidate of whom you do not approve, paints you as sore losers with zero self awareness, zero recognition of just how bad your establishment-installed candidate really was, and zero understanding of just how your snotty accusations of racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and every other vile thing toward your fellow Americans helped put the very candidate you despise over the top.

He may have one of the lowest ranked Electoral College victories in our history, but it’s still a victory over the cackling shrew you hoped to bring to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

butthurtoAnd if you’re so petty, so small-minded, and spiteful that you continue to toss these duds at the President-elect, filled with nothing but trifling rhetoric merely to soothe your chafed labia, you deserve the mockery and ridicule you’re receiving now.

You’re using the New York Times Old Grey Hag article as butt paste to soothe your raging case of Trumparrhoids.

Get over it.

Lies, damn lies, and assessment language

russia-cyberThe media – and by virtue every Democrat and Republican – were in a froth flecked rage over the weekend, because a CIA briefing regarding Russia’s cyber meddling in U.S. elections was leaked to the press.

The assessment – as reported by Reuters – said that “Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system.”

Citing U.S. officials briefed on the matter, the Post said intelligence agencies had identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, to WikiLeaks.

The officials described the individuals as people known to the intelligence community who were part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and reduce Clinton’s chances of winning the election.

“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” the Post quoted a senior U.S. official as saying. “That’s the consensus view.”

As soon as the news came out, Trump supporters immediately went into fully defensive mode.

How do we know these reports are true?

FAKE NEWS!

Do all 17 intelligence agencies agree?

HILLARY EMAILS!!!

Are we supposed to disregard what was in those emails, because they may or may not have come from the Russians, and they probably haven’t, because MEDIA LIES!!!!11

Obama Administration lies!

This is the same CIA that assessed the presence of WMD in Iraq! (Which, by the way, many Republicans were more than happy to defend.)

WikiLeaks denies this, so it must be false! (Coming from the same people who attacked Julian Assange as a criminal and dog knows what else when he published Bradley Manning’s leaks.)

Clinton supporters worked themselves into a frenzy, because…

That means Hillary actually may have won!

Invalidate election results!

Challenge them in courts!

The Russians installed Trump in the White House!

Install Hillary in the White House using the courts! (This last bit of full retard recommendation came from none other than the Huffington Post, whose staff has apparently been eating paint chips and huffing Sharpies in an effort to get over the election.)

In the interest of accuracy and fairness, let’s examine the report.

The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.

There are two assessments here – both about Russian intent. One is that they wanted to influence the election to help Donald Trump win, and the other is that they also wanted to undermine the confidence in the U.S. electoral system. These are not surprising assessments, and there’s nothing to disbelieve here, given the Russians’ history of meddling in sovereign nations’ affairs, and threatening the sovereignty and even territorial integrity of at least one of its neighbors in the not too distant past.

ballotsAnyone remember this report (in Russian) I cited back in 2014, detailing Russian meddling in the Crimean referendum prior to its annexation? Anyone see already filled out ballots being brought in?

Note what the assessment does not say.

The assessment does not say that Russia HELPED DONALD TRUMP WIN. That would be near impossible to quantify, because the agency would have to examine reasons why Trump voters voted the way they did, and assume said voters were telling the truth about their motivations. It would also have to quantify how many Trump voters would have voted for Hillary had it not been about the Russian revelations.

The agency did not assess any of this. They made a judgment call based on existing intelligence and historical evidence about Russia’s motivations for interfering. At no time did they make an assessment on the success or failure of these efforts!

The agency also did not judge (at least not judging from the available media reports) that Trump or anyone in his campaign were complicit in these efforts or somehow colluded with Russia to steal the election.

Why haven’t they released the underlying intelligence that was evidence for this assessment?

Because it’s classified.

But the briefing was released! We want to see the underlying intelligence!

hatMy guess is the briefing was released without authorization – probably to influence policy. If you want to see the underlying intelligence, get a clearance, join the intelligence community, work on cyber issues. No one is going to give you read access to sensitive material that may compromise sources and put lives and collection in danger, because your tinfoil hat is so tight, that you think the CIA is somehow biased against Trump, and made an assessment about him cheating his way into the White House that the CIA didn’t actually make.

The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal U.S. assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior U.S. official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.

Some are using this bit in the report to claim that because there is disagreement, the assessment is false/biased/an Obama Administration plot to overturn the election. The DC, in particular, ran a story yesterday claiming the FBI disagreed with CIA’s assessment.

The FBI did not corroborate the CIA’s claim that Russia had a hand in the election of President-elect Donald Trump in a meeting with lawmakers last week.

Except, according to the original report, that’s not really what the CIA assessed. They assessed the motivations for the meddling (that the Russians wanted Trump to win), not that somehow Russia HELPED Trump win, because it’s nearly impossible to assess that Russia was actually responsible for Trump’s victory. CIA was assessing Russia’s motivations and desires vis-a-vis the election. I doubt anyone can dispute the Russians’ involvement given these activities detailed in an August report in which the FBI confirmed that Russians had, indeed, been mucking around in our elections systems. But FBI, being a law enforcement agency, uses a different standard of evidence than the intelligence community, because their ultimate goal is to bring a prosecution.

Were the Russians successful in undermining Americans’ confidence in their election systems, which is the second assessment CIA made? Gallup polling in September indicated that only 62 percent of Americans had confidence in the accuracy of the vote count, but this number is similar to the polls conducted in 2008 – before revelations about active Russian meddling came to light. So it’s difficult to attribute the low confidence to the Russians. But again, the assessment wasn’t about the Russians’ success or failure, but the motivations behind their hacking activities. Big difference.

Further, the Democrats weren’t the only ones hacked, according to the FBI, although the Republican Party denies it was hacked.

A solid explanation of the differences in FBI and CIA assessments can be found here.

For example, intelligence agencies do not have specific intelligence showing officials in the Kremlin “directing” the identified individuals to pass the Democratic emails to WikiLeaks, a second senior U.S. official said. Those actors, according to the official, were “one step” removed from the Russian government, rather than government employees. Moscow has in the past used middlemen to participate in sensitive intelligence operations so it has plausible deniability.

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has said in a television interview that the “Russian government is not the source.”

Well, gosh. Because the information would arrive at Assange’s Ecuadorean Embassy’s doorstep stamped: FOR WIKILEAKS — WITH LOVE — FROM THE KREMLIN! Of course, Kremlin’s involvement would be several times removed! That doesn’t prove or disprove anything. It would be rather suspicious if there were obvious links to the Kremlin. That’s when I would scream that something is off, because the Russians are never this obvious!

Hopefully, this clarifies some stuff, because both sides seem to be going full turnip on this issue.

Nothing in the reports claims that the intelligence community assesses that Russia helped Trump win – only that this was the Russians’ desired outcome.

Nothing in the reports claims that either Trump or his campaign were in any way complicit in those efforts.

Nothing in the reports or the assessments claims Hillary would have won had Russia not interfered. Frankly, she was a weak candidate to begin with

And by the way, nothing in the reports indicates in any way that Russia was successful in hacking the actual RESULTS or somehow changed them in some way. Nothing.

So maybe Republicans need to stop screeching about lies and CIA conspiracies.

And maybe the Democrats need to quit wailing about how the election was ostensibly stolen from Queen Pantsuit.

And maybe – just maybe – we need to focus on the fact that Russia, in addition to its activities threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbors, and using outright thugs to do it, trying to weaken the NATO alliance, shooting down civilian airliners, and using militants to achieve its goals of increasing its influence in the former Soviet sphere, has also been trying to wage cyber warfare against us.

If you don’t think that’s a big deal, because “we deserve it for our own meddling,” and you think that’s just fine, because ultimately your guy won, I wonder if you’d be intellectually honest enough to admit if you’d feel similarly had Hillary won.

I’d wager to say you’d be screaming bloody murder.

An Open Letter to the Candidates

Dear 2016 Presidential contenders –

By the end of this day, one of you will have “won” the prize – the most important, challenging job in the entire world. By the end of this day, one of you will have bullied, cheated, cajoled, lied, and attacked more than the other to convince the plurality of this nation that you are less unfit to be President than your opponent.

Every report I hear and see indicates that voter participation is higher than usual. People are lining up and waiting hours to cast their vote. And yet, from what I’m hearing, no one is excited about either one of you. The majority of people are merely excited to ensure that one of you is kept as far away from the White House as possible.

This is what we have become.

votedThis is what you and the establishment Democrats and Republicans have facilitated with your lies, your attacks, your ignorance, and your cheating.

Fake news. False attacks. Tabloid-type exploitation. Emails. Videos. Name-calling.

In the end it will not matter if one of you lied repeatedly, compromised classified information, cheated your primary opponents out of a fair game, sent provocateurs to sabotage your opponent’s rallies and events, and used your media contacts to give yourself an advantage in debates.

In the end it will not matter that you have run some of the dirtiest, classless, disinformation-filled campaigns in history.

In the end, it will not matter if one of you threatened your primary opponents’ family members, made wild accusations, courted racist swine, hired a national security adviser who was obviously compromised by the Russians, or demonstrated a complete lack of understanding of foreign policy, the military, macroeconomic policy, or intelligence.

One of you will be President. One of you will have won, and America will have lost, and lost big.

We will move on from this, because we have to. We are the world’s lone superpower, and we have a lot to contend with. I’m not talking about the deep divisions you have helped foster during this ass show of a campaign. I’m talking about real world challenges that in the end, I trust neither one of you to handle well, but will have to deal with anyway.

I’m talking about a resurgent, aggressive Russia that is subversively undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbors.

I’m talking about cyber attacks and hacks launched by Russia, China, and others.

I’m talking about Middle Eastern conflicts and the burning civil war in Syria that is sending hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing all over the world and overflowing into western borders.

I’m talking about a fat little despot in North Korea, who is just insane enough to initiate a nuclear conflict.

I’m talking about Iran.

I’m talking about an ever deteriorating relationship with NATO ally Turkey.

As president you will have to not only learn everything you can about this and deal with domestic discord to boot and a Congress that will likely do nothing but ensure one of you fails, but you will have to appoint the best and the brightest to help you. I have no faith you’ll do that either, given the cronyism that is pervasive in your individual campaigns.

And yet, here we are.

invadeMy best hope for you – the “winner” of this contentious, ridiculous, rancorous, absurd shit show that is making those outside the United States believe we have lost our collective minds – is that you won’t fuck anything up too badly, that you won’t destroy economic relationships and alliances, that you won’t strip the military, and  that you won’t send our forces to invade all the things merely to show how big your metaphorical balls are.

That’s not a very high hope. It’s merely a baseline. Whichever one of you takes office in January, I doubt you’ll represent the majority of Americans, because both of you have already shown that this election is about you, not about our country. It’s about winning, and doing it at any cost possible.

And you’ve won by succeeding at convincing the plurality of this country that you don’t suck as bad as you do.

My advice, for what it’s worth – and I know you won’t take it anyway, so I’m probably talking to the wind – is to listen and learn. Select the best, smartest, and most dedicated people for your administration – not dedicated to you, and not beholden to you, but those who genuinely have the skills, knowledge, and abilities to help you lead this country, and the humility to process and synthesize the information they receive. Choose wisely – not for your ego, but for the good of this nation – not as payback for supporters, but as a nod to their dedication to America and the people who put you in office. Have the humility to put aside your preconceived notions and defer to experts on issues that are critical to our country. This position is not about your ego. It’s about providing cogent, honorable, and mature leadership to the greatest nation on earth and being accountable to the people who held their noses and voted you into the White House in hopes that your brand of disease is less onerous than the other candidate’s brand of disease.

I would love for you to prove me wrong, whoever you are. In four years, I would love to say, “This person exceeded my expectations, and I will vote for them with the confidence that they are the kind of leader America needs.” Please. Prove me wrong. Give me something to hope for, because right now, I’m nauseated at the thought of one of you inhabiting the White House.

The weirdest thing happened!

I know I promised not to write about national politics, but the news is so weird, I had to mention it. Last night’s conversation went something like this…

Rob: Holy shit! The Richmond Times-Dispatch just endorsed Gary Johnson!

Me: What?

Rob: I’m not kidding! They just endorsed Gary!

Me: That’s a joke, right?

Rob: No, seriously.

Me: …

I fell asleep not knowing what to think, until I woke up this morning and it was confirmed. The reliably Republican-endorsing Richmond Times Dispatch has endorsed Gary Johnson for President.

Gary Johnson is a former, two-term governor of New Mexico and a man who built from scratch a construction company that eventually employed more than 1,000 people before he sold it in 1999. He possesses substantial executive experience in both the private and the public sectors.

More important, he’s a man of good integrity, apparently normal ego and sound ideas. Sadly, in the 2016 presidential contest, those essential qualities make him an anomaly — though they are the foundations for solid leadership and trustworthy character. (At 63, he is also the youngest candidate by more than half a decade — and is polling well among truly young voters.)

The Libertarian candidate is on the ballot in all 50 states.

To be sure, I don’t agree with him on many issues. His running mate is a particularly odious brand of leftard. But I also know Gary. We’ve met numerous times. He was largely responsible for my switching from the BlackBerry to the iPhone back in 2012 (not sure if Rob will ever forgive this transgression) by singing its praises and telling me that the BlackBerry was on its way out, and that he was shocked at how easy to use and versatile the iPhone was!

In other words, Gary is probably the most normal guy you will ever see on the national stage. Yes, he says dumb things sometimes. There are times he seems not to have thought his positions through. But the thing about Gary is that he listens. He learns. When you make your case to him, he honestly weighs what you have to say and researches it before deciding whether to change his mind on an issue or not. But he’s normal. He’s nice. He’s kind. He’s funny. And most of all, he’s genuine and willing to admit what he doesn’t know.

How rare is that?

But I’m not really here to talk about Gary, other than to confirm what the Richmond Times-Dispatch seems to have discovered this year – that he’s a viable candidate for the White House, especially given the complete fuckery that has been foisted on the two major parties by the establishment.

I’m here to marvel at just how horrible the two major parties have to be for a major Virginia newspaper to endorse a third-party candidate!

One candidate apparently didn’t realize she was a classification authority, and therefore didn’t understand that the (C) in front of each paragraph in her email meant “CONFIDENTIAL,” prompting everyone to wonder about her intelligence.

The other candidate went to a neighboring country with which we have a tight economic relationship, petted its corrupt president on the head and told him how fabulous his country was, came back to the United States, proceeded to screech that despite the fact his AWESOME, FANTASTIC, BEAUTIFUL WALL wasn’t discussed, our neighbor WAS going to pay for it, because everything is a negotiation. Meanwhile, a surrogate issued a “dire” warning that if the opponent won, there would be “taco trucks on every corner.”

trucksMmmmmmm…. tacos. Yum.

This is the type of choice America faces in 2016?

“I didn’t know what that little C in parentheses meant.” (Even though, I was a member of the national security team and a classification authority, and a number of State cables that bore my name were classified as (C))

And…

Taco trucks on every corner!

Is it any wonder that a major Virginia newspaper chose to give the finger to both?

It shows one thing: the two major party candidates are the most odious, awful, unacceptable contenders for the highest office in the land we could have possibly gotten!

And the most ardent of their supporters – on both sides – are the most frothing idiotic hordes of ignorami ever created! (This excludes those who are dissatisfied with both choices, and are basically holding their noses.)

These are the people who twist and spin, and who hurl turds in the form of everything from ad hominems to death threats to those who oppose their political deity of choice.

Honestly, if this nation is to survive, it’s these morons we need to defeat!

There. I said it.

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