Contributor Post Created with Sketch. US Department of Fake

 

I ran into Greg Potemkin in DC yesterday when I was in town to lobby for The Euthanamerica Foundation, which I helped establish to counteract the obsessive focus on young Asians being promoted by the Oregon-based Euthanasia Society.

Greg is considerably younger than I, but we became fast friends five years ago when we toured Uzbekistan together for the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) to promote magic awareness and escapism. After exchanging the traditional IBM greeting, which consists of pulling multi-colored scarves from each other’s ears until we were worn out, we retired to the nearest Starbutts to catch up.

“I’ve got a really cool gig going here in DC,” Greg said. “I’m executive director of the shadow government headquartered in an office building in the Soggy Bottom Historic District on the east side of Rock Creek Parkway.”

I had heard whispers of the DNC (Demagogue National Committee) operating a cryptocracy in our nation’s capital, but this was the first evidence of its existence I had encountered. I asked Greg what his duties were.

“It varies,” he said, “but did you see the guy telling former Speaker of the House Nancy Lugosi that General Flynn’s alleged “scapegoat” tweet was fake? That was me.”

“Man, that’s cool,” I said. “How did you know it was fake?”

“Easy,” he said, leaning closer and whispering across the table. “The IT guy who works for our Secretary of Fake Department generated it. But Lugosi was great. She told me later that she didn’t care that General Flynn didn’t send the tweet. She said the fact that she got to say ‘scapegoat’ was the important thing.”

“I guess no one in the Demagogue Party really cares if something is fake or not, as long as it hurts Big D. Who is Secretary of Fake for the shadow government?”

“Al Gore,” Greg said. “There’s no one in America more fake than Secretary Gore. He pulled off the fake climate crisis, the fake hanging chad hoax in the Miami-Dade recount, the interminable fake kiss with Tipper at the Demagogue Convention when he was nominated—the man is the Muhammad Ali of fake stuff.” He paused and laughed. “And any masseuse will tell you he doesn’t want a real massage when he books their services—he wants a….”

“I know what he wants. What other stuff?”

“Our Fake Department has an entire division devoted to prosthetics and phony appearances. They did Chuck ‘Corn Rows’ Schumer’s hair plugs, Anthony ‘All Beef’ Weiner’s abs, Richard ‘Blue’ Menthol’s Viet Nam medals, and Dick Bourbon’s fake smile. They lengthened former Secretaire D’Etat Jean Kerry’s lower jaw and paralyzed the rest of his face with Botox. They also built up Elizabeth ‘Dances With Wolf Blitzer’ Warren’s cheekbones to make her look more Cherokee and fabricated her floor length headdress with real bald eagle feathers.”

“How about Lugosi’s eyes?”

“We’ve arranged for all of her face lifts. I think she’s up to fifteen. And you know the fake sniper attack on Mrs. Clinton when she landed in Bosnia in 1996? We did that. DNC’s been ginning up fake stuff for a long time, long before I came to work for them. But since Big D’s election, we’ve really ramped up operations.”

“What about the Russian involvement in the election?”

“We did all of that. We’ve got so many left-wing Demagogue civil service and career bureaucrats in the actual agencies in DC who want to destroy Big D, we can pull off anything we want.” He looked around and leaned toward me. “These protests at town hall meetings, the riots in the streets, the phony outrage of the House and Senate Demagogues over everything that happens—we orchestrate all of that. Former Hungarian George Sore Loser funds most of it.”

“Who handles your media relations?”

“We started to hire former NBC anchor and self-described Special Forces hero, Lyin’ Brian Williams, but the Board of Directors decided we didn’t have to generate any phony headlines or news, because the mainstream media does all that for us. For free! Can you believe that?”

“I do,” I said. “Who’s on your board?”

“The Chairman of the Board, of course, is former president B.O. He knows so much about fake stuff—he could write a book. In fact, he wrote, I mean Bill Ayres wrote, two totally phony books. He made up most of the stuff in his book, including the bit about his white girlfriend, which he says now was “a composite.” His entire history is made up. He basically flunks out of Occidental, then gets into Columbia? How does that happen? No one in his class at Columbia who majored in Poli Sci, B.O.’s major, ever met him. And he was editor of the Harvard Law Review but never wrote a note or piece in the journal they publish—you can’t make this stuff up.”

“Apparently you can,” I said as I placed a $5 bill on the table, then made it disappear right before the Starbutts employee tried to pick it up.

“I’ve let my magic skills deteriorate,” Greg said, “but I can fake it if I have to.”

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  1. Judge Mental Member

    I’m not sure there’s enough exaggeration here for it to be considered satire.

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    • February 15, 2017, at 1:09 PM PST
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  2. Nanda Panjandrum Inactive

    Workout worthy again, Michael; the kernel of truth on which all satire is based seems to be growing, though… :-D

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    • February 15, 2017, at 1:20 PM PST
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  3. Marley's Ghost Member

    I refer to Starbucks as Stray Bucks but I like Starbutts too! LOL

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    • February 15, 2017, at 1:38 PM PST
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  4. Bob Thompson Member

    I’m going to read the rest after I recover from the first paragraph.

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    • February 15, 2017, at 2:17 PM PST
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  5. Larry Koler Inactive

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    I’m not sure there’s enough exaggeration here for it to be considered satire.

    Ya, what’s going on here? Other than the funny names it seems like I’m reading all this same stuff on Drudge. It must be hard to be more creative than the lyin’ left.

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    • February 15, 2017, at 2:20 PM PST
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  6. profdlp Inactive

    It has to be satire. If someone told the unvarnished truth about what goes on it would be too implausible.

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    • February 15, 2017, at 3:27 PM PST
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  7. ModEcon Inactive

    Larry Koler (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    I’m not sure there’s enough exaggeration here for it to be considered satire.

    Ya, what’s going on here? Other than the funny names it seems like I’m reading all this same stuff on Drudge. It must be hard to be more creative than the lyin’ left.

    Yep, this is exactly what I was thinking. Too close to the “truth”. I guess you need to work harder to be more imaginative. How about describing how the leftists want to help Americans, now that is a fiction.

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    • February 15, 2017, at 4:07 PM PST
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  8. OmegaPaladin Moderator

    Muggeridge’s Law strikes again.

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    • February 15, 2017, at 6:00 PM PST
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  9. Larry Koler Inactive

    ModEcon (View Comment):

    Larry Koler (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    I’m not sure there’s enough exaggeration here for it to be considered satire.

    Ya, what’s going on here? Other than the funny names it seems like I’m reading all this same stuff on Drudge. It must be hard to be more creative than the lyin’ left.

    Yep, this is exactly what I was thinking. Too close to the “truth”. I guess you need to work harder to be more imaginative. How about describing how the leftists want to help Americans, now that is a fiction.

    Mr. Henry gets it about right, though really. His work ethic is not in question.

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    • February 15, 2017, at 6:30 PM PST
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  10. Rocket Surgeon Inactive

    So, MH, you’re working for Project Veritas now?

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    • February 15, 2017, at 6:35 PM PST
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  11. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member

    MichaelHenry: She said the fact that she got to say ‘scapegoat’ was the important thing.”

    This at least I can understand. It doesn’t get enough use these days.

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    • February 15, 2017, at 6:46 PM PST
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  12. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    I’m not sure there’s enough exaggeration here for it to be considered satire.

    Truly you are the Judge.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • February 15, 2017, at 7:48 PM PST
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  13. Larry Koler Inactive

    Matt Balzer (View Comment):

    MichaelHenry: She said the fact that she got to say ‘scapegoat’ was the important thing.”

    This at least I can understand. It doesn’t get enough use these days.

    Yes, Scooter Libby was quite a while ago, wasn’t he? Gee, it doesn’t seem that there were many of these during the Obama administration. Well, that just goes to prove that he ran one of the most transparent and squeaky clean administrations of all time.

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    • February 15, 2017, at 7:59 PM PST
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  14. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Michael,

    Your research is impressive. I think you should apply for a grant to really work this up into a full thesis. Here is where you can apply:

    The National Fake News Foundation

    If they won’t help you there’s always:

    The National Endowment for National Endowments

    You can’t miss with them.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • February 15, 2017, at 8:09 PM PST
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  15. Nanda Panjandrum Inactive

    Larry Koler (View Comment):

    Matt Balzer (View Comment):

    MichaelHenry: She said the fact that she got to say ‘scapegoat’ was the important thing.”

    This at least I can understand. It doesn’t get enough use these days.

    Yes, Scooter Libby was quite a while ago, wasn’t he? Gee, it doesn’t seem that there were many of these during the Obama administration. Well, that just goes to prove that he ran one of the most transparent and squeaky clean administrations of all time.

    Easy there, Larry…I didn’t think reading was a full-contact pass-time. :-)

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    • February 15, 2017, at 8:11 PM PST
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  16. ModEcon Inactive

    Larry Koler (View Comment):

    ModEcon (View Comment):

    Larry Koler (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    I’m not sure there’s enough exaggeration here for it to be considered satire.

    Ya, what’s going on here? Other than the funny names it seems like I’m reading all this same stuff on Drudge. It must be hard to be more creative than the lyin’ left.

    Yep, this is exactly what I was thinking. Too close to the “truth”. I guess you need to work harder to be more imaginative. How about describing how the leftists want to help Americans, now that is a fiction.

    Mr. Henry gets it about right, though really. His work ethic is not in question.

    I was trying to be silly and sarcastic. I really enjoyed this post as well as the others I have seen by this author. Also, I was playing off of the above statement that “It must be hard to be more creative than the lyin’ left.” As in the author would have to go above and beyond anything even unrasonable since the left is so crazy.

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    • February 15, 2017, at 8:13 PM PST
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  17. Crazy Horse Inactive

    Hilarious and fantastic. Unfortunately, according to the rules of quixotic grandeur you have revealed one actual Top Secret plan and it will likely result in your demise.

    Still, fun read.

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    • February 15, 2017, at 8:34 PM PST
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  18. MichaelHenry Contributor
    MichaelHenry

    BTW, Prince Grigory Potemkin, the ancestor of my fellow magician and friend Greg, was a military leader, statesman, and favorite of Catherine the Great in 18th Century Russia. He is famous for creating the “Potemkin Villages” in which he erected facades to give the impression of a prosperous village to official visitors. MH

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    • February 16, 2017, at 3:49 AM PST
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  19. Mark Camp Member

    Like, as always. Keep ’em comin’.

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    • February 16, 2017, at 7:27 AM PST
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  20. Larry Koler Inactive

    ModEcon (View Comment):

    Larry Koler (View Comment):

    ModEcon (View Comment):

    Larry Koler (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    I’m not sure there’s enough exaggeration here for it to be considered satire.

    Ya, what’s going on here? Other than the funny names it seems like I’m reading all this same stuff on Drudge. It must be hard to be more creative than the lyin’ left.

    Yep, this is exactly at I was thinking. Too close to the “truth”. I guess you need to work harder to be more imaginative. How about describing how the leftists want to help Americans, now that is a fiction.

    Mr. Henry gets it about right, though really. His work ethic is not in question.

    I was trying to be silly and sarcastic. I really enjoyed this post as well as the others I have seen by this author. Also, I was playing off of the above statement that “It must be hard to be more creative than the lyin’ left.” As in the author would have to go above and beyond anything even unrasonable since the left is so crazy.

    I don’t know why I said that. Sorry. In my mind I thought I was saying something funny but it didn’t come out as that.

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    • February 16, 2017, at 8:20 AM PST
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