How Republicans Weaponized Technicalities For Both Offense And Defense

While Muellering the latest Russia-probe developments somewhere in Page, AZ, the above headline suddenly Stzrok me. This is at the heart of the problem with our debates, Pokey. Not my groaners, but the fact it’s always Serious Criminality v Fictional Technicality. We have had serious scandals in recent history, so why focus on the Benghazi Chronicles? No one ever said, I bet Hillary is mishandling her emails so let’s investigate. Republicans simply scrutinized every aspect of Hillary’s life in search of their coveted ‘technicality’. This is at the heart of today’s attack on the Mueller probe as well. The Special Counsel will find some level of Trump collusion/conspiracy, aka the reason for the investigation in the first place, and wrongdoing will likely range somewhere between highly troubling to legally damning. But this is never the case rightward. From the right’s perspective none of that matters, because the investigation never should have occurred due to this aforementioned ‘technicality’, the relevance or legitimacy of which is always secondary. Any inconsistencies, no matter how trivial, convoluted, or incomprehensible will suffice, so long as Fox & Frauds can use them to muddy those waters and avoid the very real indictments lurking at the threshold.

[Bo Diddley was a Deep One joke removed by the editor.]

[Winslow: Stop tailoring your jokes to the handful of Old Blues/Lovecraft fans out there]

My friend is blaming the people who are trying to save our republic from a monster. Here’s one of my blogvesary’s recent comments on the Russia probe:

This is not justice; it’s totally political. RESIST, and unleash all investigative and legal powers to find anyway to destroy him and/or his family and/or his supporters. Tyranny.
-Pokey McDooris

Even a spoof news guy can’t make this shit up. The people resisting the tyranny are the tyrants. Similarly, that guy who tried to blow up Hitler with a briefcase bomb was doing so on secondhand information. “Sure some Jews have been disappearing lately, maybe they’re traveling. What has Hitler really done that’s wrong? There’s no specific statute about genocide, is there?”

Whereas Benghazi was politically motivated, the Mueller probe is an attempt to maintain our sovereignty and protect our voting process. We already know what happened to our 2016 elections; it’s not conjecture. The only remaining question is: why don’t they understand that? Two facts: 1. Russia interfered with the 2016 election, and 2. Our President failed to even acknowledge this fact, let alone do anything about it. Forget collusion for a moment, when those two truths are listed how can the Republicans ignore them?

Any layman can see why we investigated Russian meddling into the 2016 election, and thereby Moscow’s suspicious/dubious/numerous interactions with the incoming administration. But then there’s these two ‘technicalities’ that have surfaced:

  1. Christopher Steele’s “salacious & unverified” dossier triggered the initial FISA warrant (with the extra added bonus of some Hillary funding).
  2. The FBI duo Stzrok and Page’s personal text interactions that triggered three meaningless hearings …not to mention the terrible first sentence of this article that you, fair reader, endured to make it this far. Bravo!

If McClatchey’s recent Cohen phone-feature rings true, so to speak, it’s game over. If Michael Cohen’s phone did ping in Prague then yet another component of the dossier will be verified and collusion is in the books. All Along The Cell Tower? Meanwhile, The right-wing media has turned a collection of unrelated wrongdoing by a group of people across our political and intelligence spectrum into an irrational deep-state conspiracy. Many of their ‘key points’ aren’t even factual. Nothing will come from FISA-gate even after the Republican-led tribunal, but it will have served its purpose, namely, to help Trump ignore Mueller’s findings and stay in power.

If my friend Pokey could identify what led him down all of these meaningless rabbit holes we could decipher what exactly is happening to the Republican brain and perhaps even create an antidote. President T-virus?

Throughout the years you can always add/replace the right-wing’s ‘technicality’ with the word ‘distraction’. That’s what’s happening here, even if my friend isn’t savvy enough to grasp the tacticality (yes, that’s a word) [Winslow: Not according to Merriam-Webster, but go on…]. There’s a difference between outrage (RESIST) and feigned outrage (Hannity’s America). Lest we forget, George W. Bush is a war criminal—an inconvenient truth. After all, “We tortured some folks.” Dubya got off on a tacticality, namely Obama’s good will and nation-healing naivety. Today, Torturer George is climbing back in the polls just for sneaking Michelle some candy at daddy’s funeral. If things were reversed, Barack Obama would have ended up with so many holes Trump would’ve accused him of being a dairy product from Switzerland. Zurichism?

I’ve suggested when and where we should investigate in real time over the years, and in retrospect about nine out of ten of my conspiracy theories rang true. On that note:

Retraction: I would like to take a moment to apologize to the Romney family, who I became convinced were reptilians who lived in cities deep within the Earth’s crust after listening to Coast to Coast AM on ketamine, mimosas, and hash brownies.

Yeah, I can’t think of what I got wrong either, but most of what I’ve focused on proved to be low points in our nation’s recent history, as opposed to my friend’s theories, which proved to be low points in our nation’s conspiracy theories. My own behavior at Sosoba Noodle Shop last Sunday excluded.

Speaking of which:

“Though the United States was not the subject of the inquiry, it was the Bush administration that falsely sold and launched the invasion (of Iraq). There has been no comparable, comprehensive official inquiry in Washington by independent investigators into the origin and politics of the fateful decision to go to war.” —NYTs 2016

Zero investigation into arguably the largest scandal of our time. When is the New York Times going to say, Pokey was right! Great wrongdoing was done and ignored by his friend Zano? Never …we’re not that popular. But in the interests of false equivalency, these people will keep pitting the likes of Benghazi vs torture & lying a nation into war, or Bill Clinton’s Moscow speech v conspiracy to defraud our elections, or Iran Contra v the Bush created Fast & Furious program. It’s always been Pizzagate v Watergate, yet they will keep insisting, despite all rhyme or reason, that they have a point about something.

In order to take the worst affront to mankind seriously, aka Hillary’s mishandling of her emails, you need to address Ivanka and her daddy’s mishandling of classified information, today. You would agree, because you’re following this story that their use of unprotected devices, some while in foreign/hostile countries, is a security problem? And you would also have to look at Colin Powell’s use of a private server as Secretary of State, because if you don’t it’s something called “Selective Enforcement.” Have the investigation, part ten, whateves… Again, since you’ve lost all perspective, essentially you’re pitting global annihilation vs should unemployed women be on probation? I choose to keep my eye on the ball.

Why, with one tenth of the facts, do Republicans get all the investigations?! You people couldn’t find a beer fart in a frat house. Your inquiries are garbage. All of you and your ilk’s investigations have done is restore my confidence in government bureaucracy …which implies I had some. Part of the reason I voted for Hillary was because of her competently executed seven-plus hour testimony during Phase seven of the Benghazi bullshit. Compare that to your 45-minute Kavanaugh tantrum/sob fest and you have a pretty good idea of Democratic intelligencia vs Republican brain rot.

Character: you people should consider getting some.

(Irony Alert: And this was the guy at Sosaba Noodle Shop last Sunday, lecturing you on behavior.)

Look, the damage inflicted by the Democratic party over the last twenty years has paled in comparison to the atrocities of the GOP. History tells us that about a third of elected populists attempt to end existing term-limits and seize power indefinitely. Our own populist, Donald J. Trump, has already floated the idea: “Maybe we’ll give that a shot someday.” I’m sure he’s talking about Elizabeth Warren… So you’re willing to roll those one-in-three dice, Pokey? …just so long as no one tries to provide you or your family with affordable healthcare, right? I guess if you don’t have healthcare that’s as good a hill to die on as any.

As long as you choose to remain impervious to facts and believe a pathological liar over our intelligence communities, you will continue to screw the political pooch on every issue. The press is not the enemy of the people, Trump and his base are the enemy of the people, but only because I have made a very clear and compelling case that if they get their way: we.are.doomed. The long term damage they may inflict on this world could top all of the evil before them. Even Hitler wasn’t shooting for mutual environmental annihilation. And, to top everything off, Donald J Trump has the nuclear football #TrumpocalypseNow. You’re okay with a temp Secretary of Defense, a warmonger National Security adviser, and an emptier cabinet than Walking Dead Season Seven? Really? Our recent political polarization has weaponized stupid and it’s contagious. This is not hyperbole as I have been covering this story tick by doomsday-clock tick.

To keep with tradition,

Here’s what’s actually happening while my friend is still investigating Benghazi:

The Doomsday clock shifted to two minutes to midnight, the closest we’ve been to apocalypse since the Soviet Union acquired nuclear arms, and Hillary Probation Watch reaches ‘meh’. Good night and good luck.
*As for the Douchebag part in the opening image, my friend Pokey is cleared of all douchebagian charges, ha! There’s hope for him yet, even if there’s very little for his political party.


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Mick Zano is the Head Comedy Writer and co-founder of The Daily Discord. He is the Captain of team Search Truth Quest and is currently part of the Witness Protection Program. He is being strongly advised to stop talking any further about this, right now, and would like to add that he is in no way affiliated with the Gambinonali crime family. 

  15 comments for “How Republicans Weaponized Technicalities For Both Offense And Defense

  1. pokey
    January 4, 2019 at 8:16 AM

    Hmm. Interesting theory, Zano. Tell you what. You call off Mueller and his bulldogs and let the president complete his term unimpeded, and if Trump starts a nuclear war, destroys the biosphere, collapses the economy, or commits genocide, then I owe you a coke.

    “All fake news, and no wall make Trump go somethin’ somethin’.”

    • Mick Zano
      January 5, 2019 at 1:03 AM

      Nice one, ha, ha! But it’s ‘some coke’, you will owe me ‘some coke’ and not that shit Munch was selling, ha! And let me finish that for you, “All fake news and no wall makes Trump a dullard.” Oh, and don’t forget the constitutional crisis please, because that one’s already percolating. It may take longer for the other two, albeit slightly.

  2. pokey
    January 4, 2019 at 8:37 AM


    I’ve returned to the Benghazi issue only to make a correlation and comparison between the two investigations. They are not separate but equal, but they are rather connected and unequal. But since you have brought up the “Benghazi bullshit,” lets be clear what this issue was really about. Cut through the politics and listen to the Survivors of Benghazi (SBs) and you’ll find that their testimony as to what actually occurred on the ground in Benghazi contradicts the story of the Bureaucratic Supervisors (BSers). The SBs suggests that the BSers made decisions based on political expediency at the expense of the security of the American citizens involved. I know, it’s hard to believe that lifelong politicians would do such a thing. The SBs are probably being melodramatic. No worries, we can clear it all up by checking the governments communication records during this time. Oh wait, there’s problem. The government has not record of communication for the Secretary of State during this time. There is actually no record of communication for the Secretary of State for anytime. Seems she’s been doing her communicating her government business matters from home. No problem. We’ll just subpoena those emails. She did what? She deleted them. Now that is evidence that a crime has been committed. We must turn this matter over to the FBI. After investigating the FBI states all the facts that show clear criminal behavior but the FBI decides not to prosecute. Wait a second, it’s not the FBIs role to decide on prosecution or not. The FBI has a mere investigative role. It is the Attorney General’s job to make the decision on prosecution or not. It was action of Comey’s that led Rod Rosenstein to so strongly recommend that Trump fire Comey.

    Then we find that these same FBI investigators have actually opened an investigation on Trump with no evidence of criminal activity.


    Build the Wall?

    • Mick Zano
      January 5, 2019 at 10:58 AM

      Wow, with the amount of Kool-Aid you’re consuming, I would be concerned with my blood sugar levels. The only fact I learned from the Benghazi 7 is how republicans cut millions from embassy security, over the cries and protests of then Sec of State Hillary Clinton, a year prior to the incident. The Rosenstein bit is more rightwing garbage, The only origin of any potential Comey firing would have stemmed from his questionable decision to release the fact Anthony Weiner’s laptop was seized during early voting. There I would agree with you, if you understood the real part, ha. You can lead a republican to journalism, but you can’t make him think.

      • pokey
        January 6, 2019 at 4:00 PM

        Give me one quote from a Benghazi survivor in support of Hillary Clinton. I’ve found a few critical quotes about Clinton. “Survivors of Benghazi for Clinton” didn’t make much of a dent in the election.

        Look, on May 7, 2017, Rod Rosenstein wrote a letter to Trump, but you don’t refer me to that letter. You send me to a news source from 12 days later that interprets that letter (without quoting it) as “Confirmed: Rod Rosenstein never recommended that Trump fire James Comey.” This is supposed to refute my “rightwing garbage.”

        Allow me to quote from Rosenstein’s letter: “I cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Cinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken…The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 2016 and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution. It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement. At most, the Director should have said the FBI had completed its investigation and presented its finding to the leading prosecutor. The Director now defends his decision by asserting he believed Attorney General Loretta Lynch had conflict. But the FBI Director is never empowered to supplant legal prosecution and assume command of the Justice Department.

        “There is a well-established process for other officials to step in when a conflict requires the recusal of the Attorney General. On July 5, however, the Director announced his own conclusions about the nations most sensitive criminal investigation without authorization of duly appointed Justice Department leaders…

        “…another longstanding principle: we do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation…

        “…My perspective on these issues is shared by former Attorney General and Deputy Attorney Generals from different eras and both political parties…”it is not the bureaus’s responsibility to opine on whether a matter should be prosecuted…they concluded that the Director violated his obligation to ‘preserve, protect, and defend’ the traditions of the Department and the FBI.

        “Although the PRESIDENT has the POWER to REMOVE and FBI DIRECTOR, the decision should not be taken lightly. I AGREE with the nearly UNANIMOUS opinions of former Department officials. The way the Director handled the investigation was wrong.

        “As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the GRAVITY OF THE MISTAKES and pledges never to repeat them. Having REFUSED TO ADMIT HIS ERRORS, THE DIRECTOR CANNOT BE EXPECTED TO IMPLEMENT THE NECESSARY CORRECTIVE ACTIONS.

        So the Fake News reads Rosenstein’s letter and asserts that Rosenstein never EXPLICITLY recommended the firing of Comey; and Zano, instead of simply reading Rosenstein’s letter for himself, gobbles up the the Fake News and belches out an accusation that I, Pokey McDores, had been the one drinking the cool aid.

        Zano, you must ask yourself this question–if your perspective that Rosenstein on Comey is “rightwing garbage” is proven to be so skewed, is there anything else that your Fake News Masters have been deluding your perspective with?

        • Mick Zano
          January 23, 2019 at 4:04 PM

          I have said Hillary’s email handling is the biggest liberal scandal in a long time. She mishandled several emails and was deemed very careless. It’s a 3 of 10 for Hillary scandal scale and at least a 3 for Trump, but not a big deal on either side of the equation. Have your investigation, it’s a sleeper. It has no bearing on the future of this country. Meanwhile back to my next astounding predictions:

          1. This grand conspiracy of yours begins and ends with an FBI director paying tribute to the deference of office, which Ivanka and Trump will also benefit from on their own similarly egregious breaches of data security (yawn).
          2. Because Trump is too stupid to use either the Weinstein argument or Rosenstein’s to fire Comey, he admitted on CNN he did it for “the Rusher thing.” He will go down for obstruction.
          3. There will be no wrongdoing found on the lead up to the investigation of a potentially compromised president and a known felon.
          4. If Hillary or any Trump family deserves harsher consequences for these violations, and you are 100% accurate in your assessment, this is a 3 on the Richter scale (so it doesn’t move from my original assessment) and it will never be brought back to trial (see: yawn).
          5. The republic ending shit on the other side of the spectrum will rate between a 5 and 11. And, yes, I am predicting several serious Trump scandals will be proven by the end of his first term. We needn’t pursue his egregious handling of classified information (see: yawn again).

          You may prove to be right about a detail of a closed case that no ones gives a shit about, but you will do this while Rome burns. Fox and Frauds are going on and on how the sentencing of Hillary for this was too lenient as a distraction from the much more serious crimes against humanity. How you don’t see this is beyond me.

          Hillary Clinton poses no threat to our future, Trump does. Rachel Maddow poses no threat to our future, Sean Hannity does. Liberal legislation poses no threat to our future, republican legislation does. It’s time to pierce the linen, so to speak, and understand what is happening.

          • pokey
            January 24, 2019 at 8:19 AM

            If know one gives a shit about this point, then why does your side lie about it. Obviously, if Rosenstein so strongly advised Trump to fire Comey, then it throws a monkey wrench into the Left’s narrative of Trump obstruction, an even once again brings into question the motive for FBI’s investigation into Trump/Russia Collussion to begin with.

            Again, you have to actually want to know the truth in order to see it. The Left conditions its followers to omit facts that puncture holes in their narrative or to label uncomfortable truths like Rosenstein’s letter as “irrelevant.”

            By the way, who authorized the FBIs investigation into Trump/Russia Collusion “only days after Trump fired Comey”?

            “Who gives a shit?” says the Left

            • Mick Zano
              January 24, 2019 at 1:16 PM

              Something can be true, but not important. I have said the republican playbook has always contained two key tactics: the outright lie, or the exaggeration and repetition of a small truth to make it seem important. I’ve made my predictions and more than likely they’ll prove accurate, again, which means your wrong about the major issues of our time, again. If Hillary needed a steeper sentence for mishandling intel: A. Who cares. And B. See A. The rationale for the Trump investigation is obvious. We don’t need Christopher Steele, but I commend him for his efforts. The public, well all but rePUPLICans, are aware our 2016 elections were interfered with. This triggered the investigation and uncovered the Russian plot to impact voting (27 indictments so far) which then led to the investigation of some of their American coconspirators. A special counsel who investigates known crimes is also allowed to look for other directly related crimes, or even indirect, so Trump’s really screwed, ha. These are pretty easy dots to follow. Here they are again * → * → *. I can also get this into a powerpoint if need be.

              • pokey
                January 24, 2019 at 6:08 PM

                The rationale for the Trump investigation may seem obvious–if Trump fired Comey because he feared Comey; but the Rosenstein letter to Trump and the actual timeline for legal authorization tell a different story than the fake news sources have constructed for you.

                Zano, does it even bother you a little bit that the Washington Examiner told you the lie that Rosenstein never recommended that Trump fire Comey? Do ever wonder if maybe you’ve been lied to about other “irrelevant” facts?

                • Mick Zano
                  January 24, 2019 at 11:45 PM

                  Yes, every time I turn on Fox News, ha, ha.

                  • Mick Zano
                    January 24, 2019 at 11:47 PM

                    Fine, I will follow you down the rabbit hole again, geesh Pokey, and i’ll get back to you on this, but I do miss our face to face shout fests!

      • pokey
        January 22, 2019 at 10:02 AM

        Did you yet read Rosenstein’s letter that strongly does not recommend the firing of Comey?

        • Mick Zano
          January 22, 2019 at 11:56 AM

          I assume it was in regards to his handling of the Weinstein affair, and I would agree with him.

          • pokey
            January 23, 2019 at 8:37 AM

            Did you receive the actual quotes (that I sent you) from Rosenstein’s letter to Trump that appeared to call for the firing of Comey?

            • Mick Zano
              January 23, 2019 at 12:35 PM

              I just assume i’m right at this point, ha. No, i’ll take a look.

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