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Posted: Thursday, February 8, 2018 3:10 pm

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The framers of the U.S. Constitution had had their fill of the British barging into their homes and businesses, taking their possessions and using it against them to frame them for crimes they did not commit. And even if they were committing crimes, the Fourth Amendment says a person’s personal property, including his “papers” is sacred and a court must order a search warrant based on probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation.

Nobody in this country (government or private person) has the right to make your business their own. And if a person is suspected of committing crimes, a court has to issue a warrant to search based on truthful evidence.

Which is what this entire flap over the FBI using a knowingly false document to spy on and ultimately catch private citizens lying to them.

Democrats used to stand from the highest peak, defending the Fourth Amendment. Today they are shills for the FBI, simply because the people caught lying to the FBI were connected in some fashion to Donald Trump’s election.

So here’s the deal. Start with General Flynn. Had the FBI not used the totally fabricated dossier, knowing they were lying to the FISA Court to get permission to spy on Flynn and a couple other people, they would never have known what questions to ask Flynn to catch him in his lie. Indeed, Flynn did lie, but the questions asked of him should never have been asked. The FBI was spying on a U.S. citizen without cause.

Are you getting this? The FBI knew the 32-page document prepared by the Hillary Clinton campaign was a lie, yet they chose to use it to get a wire-tapping warrant anyway.

Back in the day, a large number of Richard Nixon’s top advisors went to prison for breaking into the Watergate Hotel to dig up dirt on Democrats. Nixon was forced to resign because he was caught in a completely unnecessary lie. The liberal media (read Washington Post and New York Times) reveled over their victory in defending Fourth Amendment rights.

Where are those people now?

There is just too much weird stuff in the news to get too bent over Washington, D.C. politics. “McDonald’s fries might hold a cure for baldness,” the USA Today headline screamed. I’m not sure why this interested me because at nearly 64 years of age, I show no signs of male pattern baldness. But somehow the thought of rubbing french fries on a man’s head caught my eye.

It turns out it’s not the cooked fries themselves, but dimethylpolysiloxane, a chemical used in the french fry oil to keep the oil from foaming. Apparently, it grows hair follicles on mice. I’m thankful for my lush head of hair and I’m pretty sure I’ll never eat another McDonald’s french fry.

Answer me this. The super-hyped family friendly WHO Radio with Van and Bonnie, Simon and Rush have as a major, major sponsor the law firm of Cordell and Cordell, specializing in defending men in divorce cases. Everybody deserves good representation, but there must be a ton of money in representing men in divorce cases.

And I’m thinking the money to be made is not hooking men and their wives up with marital counselors to keep the marriage together.

Which begs the question of the second Hollywood elite actress, Sarah Silverman, following Gwyneth Paltrow who “consciously uncoupled” from her husband-boyfriend. No pay check for Cordell and Cordell.

Listening to WHO and Simon Conway this week driving to a game, he was on the topic of men understanding #MeToo, sexual harassment in the work place and some of the confusion facing people interested in dating.

A 70-year old guy from Oklahoma called in and was baffled by it all. “When I was a young man, we played football in season and chased girls all year around. Now you get arrested for asking a girl for a date.”

I’m not sure it’s as simple as that, but he has a point. The rules of male-female interaction are changing, but biology and its natural urges isn’t.

Reading another gossip column in the Register, an adult daughter was mad at her father because she missed sending him a birthday card because he didn’t remind her of his birthday. Hmmm.

I completely understand the ability to forget birthdays, particularly when you have three or four in one month. But I thought that’s what calendars were for. Or in a techno sense, a beep or something on your computer or iPhone. Doesn’t Facebook announce to the world of birthdays everywhere?

I mean if you know the month of a loved one’s birthday and get the card out early, you can’t miss. And how weird is it to think a person has to send out a card reminding his children of his birthday to get a birthday card back?

Birthday cards haven’t always meant that much to me until last March 15 when I didn’t have anywhere to send a card or make a phone call to wish my dad a happy birthday.

One last thought on this FBI illegal FISA warrant. Leonard Pitts is an embittered black columnist for the Miami Herald, who hates Donald Trump with every fiber of his being. His calling the President “stupid” is his form of high praise. He says Trump’s bigotry is lazy and unfocused.

And so he believes anything that would jeopardize the Trump presidency is good, including illegally spying on U.S. citizens.

He writes this in Wednesday’s Des Moines Register: “Now would also be an excellent time for schools to beef up their teaching of philosophy, history, civics and social studies Teach those things as a means of helping people to think critically, value truth and internalize the ideals that are supposed to make America America.”

Except, of course, Leonard, the First and Fourth Amendments which protect the rights of people who voted for Donald Trump.

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