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A senior White House official has been fired after he was unmasked as the man behind a widely followed Twitter account from which he dispensed insults and sarcastic remarks about public figures and government policies. Jofi Joseph – who served on President Barack Obama's National Security staff and was reportedly part of the …

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Technically, calling Sarah Palin "white trash" is not parody*.

* parody: "a bad or unfair example of something" --Merriam-Webster

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So calling Obama an idiot Kenyan is not parody either ? But calling Palin 'white trash" actually says more about you than her...

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Sarah Palin is a hot-looking babe, not white trash at all!

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But calling Palin 'white trash" actually says more about you than her...

You may be American - the Brits have a long standing tradition of sending up political figures, and IMHO rightly so.

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Re: Sarah Palin is a hot-looking babe

That's menopausal hot flushing. I'd stand clear if I were you.

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The attorneys for white and the attorneys for trash are both joining the defamation suit.

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Sarah Palin is a hot-looking babe, not white trash at all!" Perhaps but it's what you cannot see, like education and intelligence and what comes out of her mouth that is disturbing. Apparently some Republicans have started to see it too.

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Oh FFS. Obama isn't a "Kenyan", birther.

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Actually, it's not just the Brits who send up political figures - have you seen American "roasts"? They do it to their FACES.

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"Sarah Palin is a hot-looking babe, not white trash at all!"

No. Just no.

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It's a grave insult to discarded polystyrene.

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Slagging off on your employer in public is never a good idea. That being said, making fun of and insulting the shitsocks in DC certainly isn't a big deal. You could probably make a well liked Twitter feed or blog simply by quoting those asshole and making it a game to identify the origin of the comments.

Those people are such ridiculous clowns they actually need to do some investigation into their own actions and fire themselves. Nothing this guy did is any worse than what the politicians do to themselves.

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I wonder who elected them.

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"after he was unmasked"

The NSA strikes another blow for to freedom.

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You say that, but if you start allowing free speech and criticism of the government they will want free association , free elections, no taxation without representation and we could lose an entire colony!

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LOL.

More seriously, it's not that the government that allows free speech - that is an unalieanable human right. In reality, governments are trying their best to take away those rights (whilst ptretetnding otherwise).

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"You say that, but if you start allowing free speech and criticism of the government they will want free association , free elections, no taxation without representation and we could lose an entire colony!" of tax dodging tea smugglers, offered a lower tax rate than was the case across the rest of the world but choosing not to pay it. Do Amazon & Google have honourable antecedents?

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@ Eddy Ito

This would have been a DoJ operation. It's a different branch of The Most Transparent Administration Ever (TM pending).

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Not wrong about Benghazi by any means, the US propaganda about that incident was quite shocking.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/09/us-consulate-benghazi-attack-challenge

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"Month long investigation"

Something stinks here. How in the world would it take them a month to figure out who was doing this?

I thought the NSA was tapping every phone call, text and email message. That they were tied into google, Microsoft, Twitter, FB and others. If so, then why didn't they know exactly who this person was within seconds of deciding to look for them?

Either they are far more incompetent than previously thought or snowden's leaks are just crap designed to scare people.

*not bothering with being anonymous as they probably couldn't figure out who I was anyway.

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10 days to think of an acronym for the operation

10 days to go through corporate services to get a meeting room

7 days tryign to get the meeting to show up on everyone's Outlook calender

1 days arguing about which pizza to order for the meeting

30secs to ask the network admin whodunnit

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10 days to think of an acronym for the operation

10 days to go through corporate services to get a meeting room

7 days tryign to get the meeting to show up on everyone's Outlook calender

1 days arguing about which pizza to order for the meeting

30secs to ask the network admin whodunnit

You must have the US equivalent of PRINCE2 certification :)

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It's the same reasons it takes them years to catch large scale drug dealers and other criminals. They aren't really interested in stopping a given activity, they're interested in trying to build an iron clad case. They expend more effort in paperwork than they ever do in catching people. It's founded in good principal, but they go way overboard with it.

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They go overboard with it because, by the 6th and 7th Amendments, they only get ONE chance at it, and since some of their evidence may be tossed, they need to be sure they still have enough to make the case stick. It's not so much "going overboard" as "overabundance of caution".

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Well, duh.

Someone is slagging off an employer who is at the heart of most intercept scandals in the world and yet they didn't see that one coming? Incredible.

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'Calling a number of my colleagues bastards...

was absolutely unforgivable. My only excuse was it was true'.

John Major, 1993.

Jofi Joseph, 2013.

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wow

It took them months to unmask him? Bit of a fail for the NSA then...

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The art of invective lives, even in Washington!

'...called senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett a "vacuous cipher"'.

My man!

"Vacuous cipher"... that's good. I must remember that and use it often. He's keeping alive the tradition of Mark Twain, whose excellent sayings include (for instance):

"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself".

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