Thursday, March 31, 2016

#SignsYoureABernieSupporter Hijacked!

Trigger Warning:
Kind of like that.
Previous Post: A Homemade Dog Treat: Pup Pops

Twitter is a funny thing, ladies and gentlemen.  One moment you're starting a hashtag to rally like-minded people around a common cause.  Like, for example, showing your support for a popular, leftist politician who offers you free candy and puppies in exchange for your vote.
And who looks like Doc Brown's crazy-ass cousin.
Inevitably, though, some dickhead comes along and ruins everyone's fun.  That's what happened with #SignsYoureaBernieSupporter.  The hashtag started trending Wednesday evening as a fun way for like-minded socialists to fawn over their septuagenarian god.  Twitter being Twitter, though, it wasn't long before #SignsYoureABernieSupporter became infested with evil, bigoted right-wing trolls.

Look we can talk about the train wreck all night.  It's much more fun to actually SEE it, though.
Oh my.  I could make a quip about sitting on Bernie Sanders' face and telling him you love him...but I'm bigger than that.
I bet his mom thinks he's cool.
The logic is undeniable.
I'll be honest, I have no clue what the hell is going on here.
Okay, seriously, how many of you would stay home if you had this flexibility?
A classic example of "damned if you do, damned if you don't."
Hey, a fetus can be anything it wants!  Except alive.
Why not?  It worked out well for the Indians.  Didn't it?
Yay, unicorns!
That bus stop's ideas are intriguing to me.  I'd like to subscribe to its newsletter.
Tough question.  All of the above?
Talk about a man bun.
Oh dear sweet Jesus.  What has been seen cannot be unseen!
Actually a bomb bunker is not an ideal venue for a concert.  Not enough space, plus it violates every fire code.

#SignsYoureABernieSupporter just proves the number one rule of Twitter.  Build a liberal hashtag, and conservatives will troll the hell out of it.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Homemade Dog Treat: Pup Pops

Trigger Warning:
This one's for the dogs. All humans please wait outside.
Like many red-blooded Americans I have dogs.  Two to be exact; a dalmatian mix and a chihuahua mix.  Troy (the dalmatian) and Enrique (the chihuahua) aren't just animals that happen to share the same space as me.  They're full-fledged members of the family that get (almost) the same consideration as any other loved one.  I'd wager most of you dog-loving readers feel the exact same way.

My dogs have it so good, in fact, that I will take the time to actually bake treats for them.  I probably cook for my dogs more than I do for myself.  Why do I bake dog treats, though?  Simply put, most of the current treats on the market are absolute piles of crap.  Even the dog treats labeled as "healthy" are loaded with fillers and preservatives.  What's worse is that many popular brands aren't even made here in the good ol' U.S. of A.  Many dog treat brands are actually manufactured in countries like China.  Remember the chicken jerky dog treats that killed so many dogs years ago?  Those were made in a factory in China, and the chickens were pumped full of antibiotics that were banned in the U.S.

Baking dog treats myself means that I don't have to worry about what's inside my dog's treats.  I bought all of the ingredients myself, I put it all together, I baked it in my oven.  I know exactly what's gone into that batch of homemade dog treats.  I don't have to worry about a batch of my homemade dog treats being recalled or anything like that.

The best reason, though, for baking my own dog treats is the cost.  The dog treats sold in stores are freaking expensive.  I don't know about you folks, but I don't have that much disposable income in Obama's economy.  It's a hell of a lot cheaper to buy a couple pounds of flour, some broth, and maybe some meat or veggies than it is to buy a box of designer treats.  Give me $10 and an hour or so of baking time, and I can pump out enough dog treats to keep my pups happy for a few weeks.

Baking homemade dog treats is something that everyone can do.  You don't need a lot of time or money to be able to do it.  What you do need, though, are recipes.  That's why I'm starting a new feature.  Once a week I'll post one of my many homemade dog treat recipes, along with a set of instructions, and a shopping list.  I'll leave it to you, dear reader, to put it all together for your pups.  I'll also include some affiliate links with each future post so you can buy large quantities of ingredients for any recipes you really like.

Without further ado, I present to you this week's first homemade dog treat.  Spring is here, and it's starting to get a little warm out there.  This recipe is a nice, simple way for you to cool your dog down.

The Pup Pop

What You'll Need
  •  One chicken, beef, or vegetable bullion cube
  • One cup of water
  • Alternatively you can also use one cup of chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
  • Medium sauce pan
  • Ice cube tray 
Step 1: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil
Step 2: Toss in the bullion cube and boil until dissolved.
  Note that if you're just using broth all you need to do is bring it to a boil.  No need to add water.
Step 3: Remove the broth from heat and let it cool.  Skip this step if you want to pour boiling hot broth into an ice cube tray.
Step 4: Pour the broth into an ice cube tray once it's cool
Step 5: Stick them in the freezer until they're frozen solid.  Remove from the tray and serve.
Yes I have heart-shaped ice cube trays.  It's heart-shaped because it's made with love.  Love for my dogs.  So stop snickering, I can hear you.  Jerks.

Here's a few pics of my two dogs scarfing down these homemade dog treats:
This one's Troy, the dalmatian.
And here's Enrique, the chihuahua.  I swear it's a chihuahua...
 I usually do my shopping at Wal-Mart.  For this recipe I used a cube of Wyler's Beef Bullion, which sells for about $1.98 for a jar of 25.  Each cube makes one cup of broth.  If you don't want to go with the bullion you could also use just regular broth.  The Great Value brand of broth costs about $1.48 for around 12 ounces.

The only problem with bullion and packaged broths is they can be very high in sodium.  If you're going to go this route definitely buy the reduced sodium stuff.  Otherwise you could always make your own broth.  Just boil some bones and/or meat scraps for an hour or so.  You'll end up with a nice, healthy broth that your dogs will love.  You can freeze any leftovers and thaw for later use.

So that's my first homemade dog treat recipe.  Like I said earlier I'll be posting one of these per week to help all you other dog parents out.  It's also a nice little break from politics.  Let me know what you think below.  You can also post a pic of your dogs enjoying this little recipe on my Twitter feed @trigwarnblog, or over on my Facebook page.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A.F. Branco - The Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Previous Post:  #ToneDownForWhat Leaves Bernbots Fuming

Legal Insurrection's A.F. Branco is at it once again.  This time he tackles Obama's tepid response to the Brussels terror attack:
Nero fiddled while Rome burned.  Obama tangoed while all hell broke loose in Brussels.  Barack Obama's actions made it pretty clear he didn't regard the Brussels attack as important, or even really noteworthy.  The Brussels attack warranted Obama taking 50 seconds out of his big speech for the Cuban aristocracy.  After which he had some fun at a baseball game.  

It really is sickening how little regard this president has for any of the common folk.

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#ToneDownForWhat Leaves Bernbots Fuming

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How about we get a comb and tone down that hair?
Previous Post: A.F. Branco - Obama's Sweet Ride
Tweet: #ToneDownForWhat Leaves Bernbots Fuming:
It would seem that one of Hillary Clinton's top staffers stepped in it on Monday.  Clinton strategist Joel Benson was asked on CNN about Bernie Sanders' request for another debate with Hillary.  Specifically Bernie Sanders challenged Hillary Clinton to debate him on Saturday in New York.  "Sure, Hillary would be happy to debate Bernie Sanders again," Joel said.  "He just needs to watch his tone."
To be fair Hillary Clinton has every right to complain about Bernie Sanders' tone during the campaign and debates.  After all she's speaking in front of an audience-for Bernie, I might add-for free.  Hillary Clinton usually charges $250k for such a high honor.

The Bernbots, of course, did not like Joel Benson's response one bit.  How dare he imply that Saint Bernie, bearer of free college and unicorns, is going negative!  Bernbots all over the country responded to Joel Benson the same way any capitalist-hating socialist would-by creating a hashtag on Twitter.

Thus was #ToneDownForWhat born.  Enough Bernbots were pissed off at Joel Benson's comments that the hashtag was sent trending Tuesday morning.  #ToneDownForWhat had over 188k tweets as of this writing.  Of course we can't just talk about liberal lunacy on Twitter without taking a look.  Here are just a few of the Hillary-bashing tweets one can find on #ToneDownForWhat.
Oh come now.  It's not like Hillary Clinton has a sense of entitlement about her nomination.  After all, she's allowed many long as they're not during prime time of course.  Wouldn't want the rabble to start forming their own opinions.
Ouch.  Someone call the Bern unit, cause that bitch is on fire.
Hey, Hillary will release her transcripts just as soon as Obama releases his full, original birth certificate.  And his college records.  So...yeah, never then.  
And the winner for "Most Pro-Bernie Sanders Hashtags in a Tweet" goes to...
Remember kids, always use the appropriate amount of sunscreen to protect yourself from sun-Bern.
Never forget that our Founding Fathers fought the British tooth and nail for the "right" to free college!
I see what you did there.
I'm looking forward to it.  I think it would be hilarious to see liberals implode when Donald Trump calls Hillary "sweetheart" during their first debate.
Here, here, and also here *pulls out the doll's wallet and empties the pockets.*
I'm surprised a liberal remembered that correctly.  Usually they just point to that picture and shout "REPOOOOOOOOOBLICANS!!!!"
Exactly like that.
 You know what?  I'm going to agree with the Hillary camp on this one.  Bernbots, you need to tone it way the hell down.  I'm laughing way too hard.
Tweet: #ToneDownForWhat Leaves Bernbots Fuming:
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Monday, March 28, 2016

A.F. Branco - Obama's Sweet Ride

Legal Insurrection's A.F. Branco offers us his take on Barack Obama's recent trip to Cuba:
This perfectly captures the absolute hypocrisy inherent in Obama's trip.  He's unilaterally normalizing relations with the single most oppressive regime in the western hemisphere.  Cuba is one of the last Stalinist nations that brutally suppresses dissent in all its forms.  Hell Cuban police beat and arrested demonstrators just prior to Obama's visit.

We're supposed to believe that normalizing relations with Cuba while asking nothing in return is the best way to help the Cuban people.  That's absolute bullshit, of course.  Does anyone really believe that Obama's Cuban trip is really going to make anything better?  

Besides Obama and the rest of the liberals of course.

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Gunman Shot Outisde US Capitol

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Calls for gun control in 3...2...1...
Previous Post: Reporter Storms out of State Dept. #Brussels News Conference

Tweet: Gunman wounded in #USCapitol shooting Monday:
Fox News is reporting that shots have been fired at the Visitor's Center at the US Capitol.  There's absolutely no indication I can find at this time of who it is or why.  Apparently though the incident is confined to the Visitor's Center.

Capitol employees are being told to shelter in place.  The White House has also been placed on lock down as a precaution.

One Capitol police officer has been shot, although apparently they were not seriously injured.  A suspect is in custody at this time.

It goes without saying this is a developing news story.  We have zero idea of who this person is or why they decided to open fire in the Capitol Visitor's Center.

I'll be posting updates as I get them.

UPDATE: Unlawful Entry Attempted at White House

CNN correspondent Dianne Gallagher posted this on Twitter just a few minutes ago:

Apparently the White House is back to normal, and the incident at the Capitol was unrelated:
I'm VERY interested in knowing just what the incident at the White House was...

UPDATE: No Threat to Public

CNN is reporting that the D.C. Police Department has tweeted the incident at the Capitol represents "no threat to the public."  Makes sense if they've already captured the shooter.  The cops must not be expecting anyone else.

CNN is also reporting that the incident at the White House involved someone trying to jump the fence.  They're still insisting the two events are completely unrelated.  I have my doubts, though.  A shooter at the Capitol AND someone just happens to try to jump the White House fence within minutes?  C'mon. 


Saw this interesting question asked on Twitter:
Bet your ass there's going to be a flurry of libtards demanding new gun control after this incident.  At least this time no one was killed.


Townhall Media posted a video of a witness' account of the Capitol shooting on YouTube:
Not a whole lot in the way of details.  It sounds like the witness wasn't actually present for anything.  It seems she was getting texts describing the shooting from her boyfriend.  Not clear if the boyfriend actually saw anything or just heard it.  It's worth noting, though, that he said it sounded like a full clip was unloaded. 

UPDATE: No Officers Injured, Suspect Identified

Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa held a news conference earlier this afternoon.  It turns out that, despite initial reports, no Capitol police officers were injured in the shooting.  The injured party was actually an innocent bystander.  The suspect was shot after drawing what appeared to be a weapon at a security checkpoint.  He's currently undergoing surgery, and his condition is unknown.

The suspect has also been identified as a 56-year-old Tennessee resident named Larry Dawson.  Apparently he's been to the Capitol many times, enough to where an order to stay away was issued.

Seems like this guy may have been a few cans shy of a six pack.
Tweet: Gunman wounded in #USCapitol shooting Monday:
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Bomb Detonated Near Disneyland Easter Sunday

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Uh oh...
Previous Post:  Reporter Storms out of State Dept. #Brussels News Conference
Tweet: Bomb detonated near #Disneyland Easter Sunday
Here's a little news nugget that you may not have been aware of.  It turns out there was a fairly powerful pipe bomb detonated in an alley in a neighborhood in Anaheim, CA.  Just three miles from the happiest place on earth, Disneyland:
The bomb was powerful enough that it shook nearby houses.  One of the end caps of the bomb blew a perfectly circular hole through a nearby fence, and the neighborhood was evacuated briefly.  Fortunately there were no injuries, although it's lucky that there was no one in the alley when the bomb went off.  There's no indication that Disneyland itself was affected, or that anyone inside the park even knew about it.

So why haven't we heard about this?  There's a few reasons, I suppose.  No one was hurt in the bombing.  Outside of a small blurb there's really no incentive to report it.  The local media reported it, of course, because it was a newsworthy local event.  It's not every day that a pipe bomb that powerful goes off in a residential neighborhood in an urban sprawl.  Nationally, though, the story resulted in a collective "meh."

Should we be concerned about this?  Absolutely we should.  The bomb was detonated Easter Sunday near a major world tourist destination.  Just a few days after the Brussels terror attacks no less.  The fact that it took place less than 3 miles from a worldwide tourist mecca is also cause for concern.  There's no indication at this time that this event was terror-related.  The news report makes the point that the bomb, while powerful, was not sophisticated.  The cops even said just about anyone could have put it together.  This could be as simple as some dumb ass kid trying to have some fun.  Still, though, world events and circumstances dictate that we at least give this a closer look than normal.

Hopefully the Anaheim police feel the same way.
Tweet: Bomb detonated near #Disneyland Easter Sunday  

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Reporter Storms out of State Dept. #Brussels News Conference

Trigger Warning:
Pretty much sums it up.
Previous Post: Obama, Ted Cruz Respond to #Brussels Attacks

Picture this: you're a reporter on the U.S. State Department beat.  There's just been a series of horrific terrorist attacks in Brussels.  Reports are coming in fast and furious from the scenes.  The U.S. military and the Mormon Church have both reported that some of their members have been hurt in the attacks, but not killed.  All you're looking for is some corroboration from the State Department on the exact number of Americans hurt.  The State Department spokesman, however, is stubbornly refusing to answer your question.  You ask again and again, and you find yourself getting more and more frustrated.  What do you do?

In State Department spokesman John Kirby's defense the situation in Brussels was, at the time, very fluid.  I can understand not wanting to confirm anything; you run the risk of looking particularly stupid if you confirm things too early.  On the other hand, come on, dude.  Why not at least meet the reporter halfway?  How about you say something like "we are looking into reports that four Americans have been injured, but we can't confirm or deny at this time."  Throw the reporters a bone rather than just stonewalling and looking like an obstinate jackass.

I feel for Lee in this situation, I really do.  It can't be easy covering the "Most Transparent Administration EVER," especially when they stonewall you every chance they get.  I'm sure Mr. Lee took this as just another example of State being obstinate for the sake of it.  You can hear his frustration mount each time he asks the question until, finally, he just gives up.  Did he handle the situation in the most professional manner?  Probably not, but he more than likely did what was best.  Better to just leave the situation rather than explode.

At the very least it makes for a great YouTube video.

Original Video Link: Reporter Angrily Walks Out When State Dept. Won't Answer His Question

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Obama, Ted Cruz Respond to #Brussels Attacks

Trigger Warning:
Warning: Objects in mirror are less presidential than they appear.
Previous Post: A.F. Branco - Trump Song
Tweet: Obama, Ted Cruz Respond to #BrusselsAttacks:
The city of Brussels, capital of Belgium, experienced a day of horror at the hands of cowardly ISIS thugs today.  Three bombings, two at the Zaventam Airport and one at a metro station, ripped through rush hour crowds.  The dust hasn't quite settled yet, but at the moment the casualties are 31 dead, over 180 injured.  Of course our esteemed president, Barack Obama, took time out of his rather busy Cuban love fest to offer a few words of encouragement.
It's the least he could do.  No, seriously, that is literally the least he could possibly do.  Obama's remarks amounted to no more than 50 seconds out of a 35 minute speech.  The president mouths a few platitudes about freedom, and expressing condolences, and doing whatever is necessary, blah blah blah blah.  God you guys, what the hell?  Don't you know how BUSY Obama is today?  He's got a whole pandering speech he's gotta give, and then he's got to head to a baseball game.  All this damn terror attack's going to do is cost him time.  Besides ISIS is the JV team anyways.  Hell they probably detonated their bombs on accident.  Don't waste Obama's time with this nonsense!

Obama may as well have said "hey guys, I'm really sorry about Brussels.  We got your back.  Now if you'll excuse me I have to go back to licking the inside of Raul Castro's butt hole."
How do you say "butt pirate" in Spanish?
Now let's contrast Obama's limp-wristed response with the response of, oh I don't know, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz.  Cruz took it upon himself to give a news conference on the Brussels attack:
That's what a presidential response should be.  Within the first 50 seconds of Ted Cruz's speech he calls the Brussels attack exactly what it is-the latest battle in an ongoing war.  Ted Cruz links Brussels with Paris and San Bernardino.  He then goes off on Obama for refusing to do what is necessary to utterly destroy ISIS so that this sort of thing never happens again.  Sure Ted Cruz gets a dig or two in at Donald Trump; it's campaign season, after all.  Pointedly, though, he refuses to rebuke Donald Trump's call to stop all immigration to protect American citizens.  Ted Cruz allows that U.S. immigration policies in general need a serious second look.

More importantly, though, is the fact that Ted Cruz spent over ten times the amount of time Obama did commenting on the Brussels attacks.  That's the sort of response that the President of the United States should deliver.  Firm, crystal clear, and not tacked on hastily to a speech given in the capital of one of the most oppressive regimes in the Western hemisphere.  Ted Cruz was more presidential than the president.  If that's not a sad commentary in and of itself I don't know what is.

I would say Barack Obama should be ashamed of himself.  I'm almost positive, though, that it's impossible for him to feel any shame whatsoever.
Case in point...
Tweet: Obama, Ted Cruz Respond to #BrusselsAttacks:
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A.F. Branco - Trump Song

Previous Post:  A.F. Branco - Lost in Libya

The start of another week means only one thing: a brand-new A.F. Branco political cartoon.  This time he's taking on one network's insane obsession:
Fox News (and all the networks, really) just love giving Donald Trump free media coverage.  Of course then they wonder why in the hell Donald Trump is doing so well.  I wonder if they'll ever put two and two together?

Original Post: Branco Cartoon - Strangelove

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

A.F. Branco - Lost in Libya

Hillary Clinton recently stated that we didn't lose a single person in Libya.  Of course Legal Insurrection's A.F. Branco just had to take her on:
Of course Benghazi was the first time in 35 years that a U.S. ambassador had been killed, but sure, we didn't lose anyone.

It is possible we're being too hard on Hillary, though.  In the words of LI commenter conservative tarheel
well she is right … we know where they are buried … and some if not all were married … so they were not single …
Maybe THAT'S what she meant.

Original Post: Branco Cartoon - Obstruction of Justice

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hillary Clinton Spokesperson Spins So Fast It Makes You Dizzy

Trigger Warning:
We've definitely entered a spin zone.
Hillary Clinton said something very curious during a recent town hall event.  Essentially she admitted that the current energy policies championed by Democrats were putting a lot of coal mines-and miners-out of business.  Hillary Clinton also admitted that her own policies would CONTINUE to put a lot of coal mines-and miners again-out of business.  That's why we need to help them transition to a "green economy."  Of course the good folks over at CNN wanted to get some clarification.  Kristina Schake, luckily, was there to spin as fast as she could for Hillary:
Wait, what?  Hillary Clinton WASN'T VERY CLEAR?  When she said she was going to put MORE coal miners out of business?  How the hell is that not clear?  I feel like the phrase "we'll put coal miners out of business" is just about as clear as you can possibly get.  The only way that could get any clearer is if Hillary Clinton had said it while closing down a coal mine.  Definitely watch the video.  You can see Ms. Schake spin so fast she almost falls out of her chair.

Ms. Schake is right about one thing, though.  Hillary Clinton did not express herself very well.  That's probably why we just happened to get some honesty out of her for once.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Twitter Searches for a #TrumpUniversityMascot - NSFW

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Reading this post may cost you $35,000...
Previous Post: All Hitler, All the Time

As I sit here this evening enjoying my dinner of store brand chicken nuggets and water (thanks Obama!) the twits on Twitter are furiously searching for a mascot for Trump University.  In case you forgot, Trump University was an online education company that offered courses in subjects such as real estate, entrepreneurship, and wealth management.  Donald Trump is still currently embroiled in three lawsuits in which the plaintiffs allege they were defrauded by Trump University.

The twits' furious search managed to send #TrumpUniversityMascot trending Tuesday evening.  Twits from the Left as well as the #NeverTrump crowd on the right posted pictures and ideas for said mascot.  Some of the ideas were mildly amusing, while others were downright scary as hell, ie. the gentleman who submitted a picture of his wedding tackle (no I'm not posting it, don't ask).  Let's take a look at some of the...stranger suggestions out there.
Let's just go ahead and start this out on a high note.  Now you can honestly tell your friends you have seen a gigantic Bill Clinton groping the hell out of Lady Liberty.
The resemblance is uncanny.  On a related note, I'm going to be seeing this pic in my nightmares tonight.
Chris Christie looks good in that pic.  That weight loss surgery has really worked wonders for him.
You know what?
Not even a little.
I see what you did there...
Holy crap!  I actually found a POSITIVE Trump mascot buried in all of this mess.
Wow, TWO positive Trump posts.
This is just one of many penis-themed Trump University Mascots.  Seriously there are SO freaking many of them... that a shirt, or hair?
God dammit.  I thought we were going to get through at least ONE evening without someone implying Donald Trump is the freaking anti-Christ.  This is why we can't have nice things people.
All right this is absolutely the last "Trump is a penis" tweet that I'm posting.  Ever.  If y'all want more y'all can just dig them up on your own.
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All Hitler, All the Time

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Worse than Greg Gutfeld...
Previous Post: What's Wrong With Hillary?

Greg Gutfeld took to his show on Fox News to comment on the hot trend of comparing everything we hate to Hitler.  Boy did he have a lot to say on the subject:
Personally I find the whole "Person X is worse than Hitler" argument to be insanely annoying.  There are very, very few people in this world that can be called as bad (or worse) than Hitler.
Here's one...
And another...
Possibly the worst of the bunch...
Comparing someone you hate to Adolf Hitler is the height of intellectual laziness.  You may as well just get up and scream to the world "I hate this person, but I'm so stupid I can't think of a rational argument, so HITLER!!!"
Committing a musical Holocaust. HITLER!
Once you compare someone to Hitler your argument ceases to have any merit.  Anyone who actually pays attention to anything will instantly discount your point of view.  Most of those who don't pay attention to anything except Kim Kardashian's ass will get pissed off.  Why?  Because you're interrupting TMZ to make an idiotic comparison.  What does that leave you with?  A small core of random mouth-breathers that are just as dumb as you are.  You know what you'll accomplish then?  Jack Shit, and even Jack sees just how fucking stupid you are.
Just look at that goatee...just like Hitler.
You want to change the course of rhetoric here in America?  Stop comparing everything to Hitler.  Start actually doing some research and crafting some coherent arguments.  Maybe, just maybe, people will start to actually take your positions seriously.
His suit is brown! BROWN! Just like Hitler!
Personally, I'm going to take Greg Gutfeld's advice.  From this moment on I will compare everything to him.
Kanye West, worse than Greg Gutfeld.
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Breaking: Trump Wins Northern Marianas Islands Caucus

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It's gonna be YUGE...

It's Super Tuesday Part 2, ladies and gentlemen, the day where several states and territories begin casting their votes for their respective primaries and caucuses.  Florida, Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina, and Illinois are all casting their votes today.  Of course the big prizes today are the winner-take-all states of Ohio and Florida.  If Trump can win in both of those states he'll end up that much closer to the magic number of 1,237 delegates.  If Kasich wins in Ohio (as he's projected to do) or Rubio wins in Florida (much less likely, although he was up in early voting) then we may be heading to a brokered convention in the summer.  It's all very exciting.
Of course we can't forget the territories.  The Northern Marianas Islands had their caucus earlier today.  Who won that contest?  Donald Trump of course:
Donald Trump has posted a big win in the GOP caucus on the Northern Mariana Islands.

The party says the billionaire businessman won almost 73 percent of the vote in Tuesday's caucus. He will get all nine delegates from the U.S. territory.
Both the Republican and Democrat parties hold primary contests in all of the U.S. territories.  Unfortunately, though, the citizens of the territories are not allowed to vote in the general election.  Trump's win this morning gives him 9 more delegates for the convention in the summer.

So far the delegate count is as follows:
  • Donald Trump-469
  • Ted Cruz-370
  • Marco Rubio-163
  • John Kasich-63 
We do have five states that are still in the process of casting their votes.  I'll be posting updates as I can get them.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Did Trump Incite a Riot in North Carolina?

Trigger Warning:
Behold! A riot in progress...apparently.
Previous Post:  What's Wrong With Hillary?

Did Donald Trump incite a riot during his rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina last week?  That's a question that the Cumberland county sheriff's attorney is taking a keen interest in:
You'll remember the Fayetteville rally is the now-infamous Donald Trump event where a Trump supporter sucker punched a protester as he was being escorted out by police:
A black protester being escorted out of a Donald J. Trump campaign rally on Wednesday in Fayetteville, N.C., was sucker-punched and shoved by a Trump supporter, several videos on social media show.

The protester, identified by The Washington Post as Rakeem Jones, 26, was being walked by sheriff’s officers up an aisle at the Crown Coliseum, amid loud boos from the crowd, when a white man in a cowboy hat stepped toward Mr. Jones, punched him in the face and shoved him off-balance.

Mr. Jones stumbled, then could be seen on the floor surrounded by sheriff’s deputies. In some of the videos, at least two deputies who were following Mr. Jones up the arena steps could be seen walking past the man who had just punched Mr. Jones.
The man who punched the protester, 78-year-old John McGraw, has since been charged with assault.  McGraw also stated later "the next time we see him, we might have to kill him."

The charges against John McGraw are appropriate, I feel.  He did, after all, punch Rakeem Jones.  It's hard to argue with that when it's been caught on video and shown nationally so many times.  Did Jones deserve what he got?  Yeah he probably did.  Does McGraw deserve to face the consequences of his actions in a court of law?  Absolutely.

The issue is whether or not the sheriff's office can actually charge Donald Trump with inciting a riot.  He sure as hell doesn't feel any sympathy for Jones.  In fact, Trump has said he's thinking about putting up money to defend McGraw.  The Donald has also lamented the "good old days" where protesters would be carried out on stretchers.  Harsh rhetoric to be sure, but does that mean Donald Trump should be charged with inciting a riot?

Let's take a quick look at the North Carolina penal code:
a)        A riot is a public disturbance involving an assemblage of three or more persons which by disorderly and violent conduct, or the imminent threat of disorderly and violent conduct, results in injury or damage to persons or property or creates a clear and present danger of injury or damage to persons or property.

(b)        Any person who willfully engages in a riot is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

(c)        Any person who willfully engages in a riot is guilty of a Class H felony, if:

(1)        In the course and as a result of the riot there is property damage in excess of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) or serious bodily injury; or

(2)        Such participant in the riot has in his possession any dangerous weapon or substance.

(d)       Any person who willfully incites or urges another to engage in a riot, so that as a result of such inciting or urging a riot occurs or a clear and present danger of a riot is created, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

(e)        Any person who willfully incites or urges another to engage in a riot, and such inciting or urging is a contributing cause of a riot in which there is property damage in excess of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) or serious bodily injury, shall be punished as a Class F felon. (1969, c. 869, s. 1; 1979, c. 760, s. 5; 1979, 2nd Sess., c. 1316, s. 47; 1981, c. 63, s. 1, c. 179, s. 14; 1993, c. 539, ss. 187, 188, 1225, 1226; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)
So lets look at this rally through the lens of whether or not it can be called a "riot."  It was indeed a gathering of three or more people.  Was their conduct violent or disorderly, though?  David A. Graham of The Atlantic was there, and wrote about his experience and what he saw:
A few weeks ago, a Guardian journalist wrote, “Attending a Trump rally is a nervy thing for a journalist … It is quite a feeling to be among a crowd of thousands who would gladly tear you to pieces, given the right circumstances.” That’s not my impression. Yes, Trump always takes time to bash the media; in Fayetteville, he mocked photographers every time they swung their lenses around to snap the latest protester removal. Several attendees gently scolded me over what they see as unfair coverage. But suggesting many of them wish to engage in direct violence against reporters gives them too little credit. They’re perfectly able to distinguish between an individual reporter and the press they loathe as a whole. Two recent moments of violence against journalists at Trump events have come at the hands of a Secret Service agent and Trump’s campaign manager, not attendees.
Graham writes that there was "implicit violence" in Trump's speech.  The crowd, however, didn't seem to be violent at all.  After all it was only one man who actually assaulted someone.  You would think a riot would have at least two or three violent people there.  I was also unable to find any instances of property damage caused by the crowd.  That's something that certainly would have been reported by every major media outlet had it actually happened.  The Fayetteville Trump rally doesn't seem to meet North Carolina's definition of a riot.

That brings us to the one injury reported during the rally, that of Rakeem Jones himself.  He was certainly hurt when "Quick Draw" McGraw (yes, that's actually his nickname) gave him a right hook out of nowhere.  Did he suffer serious bodily injury, though?  Several news outlets reported that he did not.  Wounded pride doesn't count.  Besides, he was well enough to go on national television and talk about the horror he endured:
So if you're keeping score we have no serious bodily harm, and no property damage totaling more than $1,500.  The Cumberland county sheriff is welcome to try and charge Donald Trump if they want.  It doesn't seem like there are any legal grounds to actually charge him with inciting a riot.  I doubt there would ever be a trial.

Update: Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says nevermind:
"With respect to the potential of lodging charges of inciting a riot against Donald J. Trump, or the Trump Committee, we have reviewed the evidence accumulated, and consulted with the detectives involved," a Sheriffs Office news release said later Monday. " The Sheriff's Office legal counsel advised, and the Sheriff concurred, that the evidence does not meet the requisites of the law as established under the relevant North Carolina statute and case law to support a conviction of the crime of inciting a riot."
Of course a spokesman for the sheriff's office pointed out that even considering charges against Donald Trump was NOT a political move AT ALL.  Even though the sheriff is a Democrat, of course.
Oh, and Rakeem Jones?  He's gotten a lawyer and plans on suing the sheriff's office, natch.

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