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GOP Senate Goes Gangster On Pro-Sports Leagues

By The Reverend Published: June 29, 2013

The GOP decided before President Obama took his oath of office that they would oppose and obstruct the new president's agenda. They would not cooperate or search for ways to compromise with the nation's first black president....they would oppose him at every turn.

The issue which Republicans have really put their shoulders into obstructing is Obamacare. Even though Obamacare was fashioned from the same program Republican Governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney implemented in the state of Massachusetts.....and even though the health care exchange idea within Obamacare was originally a conservative-Republican response proposal to a plan Hillary Clinton recommended in the early 90's.....Republicans have treated the health coverage plan by Obama as if it were the Black Death.

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Getting Fooled Again

By The Reverend Published: June 28, 2013

I never bought into the IRS "scandal" that corporate media were selling, and for many good reasons, which I explained here, here, here and here. After weeks and weeks of total fantasy reporting by the same crack corporate press corp who misled the nation in 2002-2003 over the surety of WMD's in Iraq......we are finally finding out that there actually isn't an IRS scandal at all. It's a huge....Never Mind.....moment.

Let this be a lesson. It's best to read here at Mass Destruction first.....to avoid the embarrassment over being mistaken down the road. Just sayin'.

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Narcississtic Nino & The Victimized HouseRockers

By The Reverend Published: June 27, 2013

"It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race.

...how superior the majority's moral judgment in favor of same-sex marriage is to the Congress's hateful moral judgment against it.

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The Supremes: "What Voter Discrimination?"

By The Reverend Published: June 26, 2013

As expected, the Activist 5 Supremes, in another 5-4 decision, gutted Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in a ruling handed down yesterday.

Passed in 1965, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act required specific southern states and other districts scattered throughout the country to submit to the Justice Department any planned changes to voting laws for DOJ pre-approval. The reason specific states and districts were originally targeted in 1965 for pre-clearance of any new voting law changes is because those districts and states had an ugly and long history of discriminating against blacks attempting to vote. After all, U.S. Marshals were sent to southern states back then to guarantee Civil Rights laws there were being implemented.

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Inaccurate Tea Party Version Of U.S. History

By The Reverend Published: June 22, 2013

Gonna be hot the next few days. Starting today, Mrs. Reverend and I will be luxuriating next to a pool at an undisclosed location. Won't be back to blogging until Wednesday morning.

For discussion purposes until I get back: Much is said today by libertarians and Teas about the American Founders and what they intended when they were organizing the numerous states into one nation immediately after the Revolutionary War. Did the Framers intend for the federal government to play a strong, centralized role in uniting the states into one powerful indivisible nation.....or did the Framers comprehend the new nation as consisting of numerous individual fiefdom states, each autonomous, and each with power to determine their own laws without any interference from a strong federal government.

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Immigration Head Fakes

By The Reverend Published: June 21, 2013

I listened to El Rushbo yesterday as he explained the Dittohead position on immigration reform. Limbaugh doesn't worry about 10 million undocumented people living in the U.S. He doesn't see it as a problem to be fixed.....UNLESS there is something in it for the conservative Republican Party. If the GOP doesn't benefit, somehow, by passing comprehensive immigration reform....then what's the point in passing it.

Limbaugh explained that Ronaldus Reagan received 37% of the Latino vote in 1980, passed an "amnesty" immigration bill in 1986......followed by George H.W. Bush only receiving 30% of the Latino vote in 1988. Which all proves, according to Limbaugh, that passing comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship doesn't help Republicans.

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Deathly Afraid Of Their Base

By The Reverend Published: June 20, 2013

The Republican Party has a rather large problem. The GOP has lost the popular vote in 5 out of the last 6 presidential elections. Even though the GOP, basically down to an anti-government political party now, has mastered the art of obstructing Congress and is very comfortable monkey wrenching from the minority side everything that has to do with a properly functioning government, or, god forbid, doing the will of the people.....they are finding that the gold ring of the White House is becoming more and more illusive.

The House of Representatives, controlled by Republicans since 2010, quite a few of whom are Tea-centric,.....operationally, has morphed into but a political messaging body for the GOP base. 37 repeal Obamacare efforts is but one example. Yesterday's House vote to pass an unconstitutional bill to arbitrarily limit a woman's right to choose is another. By a vote of 228-196, Republicans in the House passed a knowingly unconstitutional bill which the Senate will never even consider.

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Issa IRS Conspiracy Theory Goes Up In Smoke

By The Reverend Published: June 19, 2013

The reason Darrell Issa's oversight committee held congressional hearings into the Benghazi incident was to do political damage to President Obama, and more importantly after last November's presidential election, to tarnish Hillary Clinton's reputation going into the 2016 presidential election.

After Fast and Furious hearings didn't produce the political-damage results Republicans were looking for, Benghazi became the new "scandal." But Americans haven't been buying the GOP bullshite being shoveled over Benghazi either.....so along comes the IRS "scandal."

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"Welcome to (the New) America"

By The Reverend Published: June 18, 2013

President Obama, last night on Charlie Rose....

"What I can say unequivocally is that if you are a U.S. person, the NSA cannot listen to your telephone calls, and the NSA cannot target your emails … and have not," Obama said, according to a transcript provided by PBS.

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Cheney and Palin: National Embarrassments

By The Reverend Published: June 17, 2013

Having computer trouble this morning. The innertubez dog has eaten my homework.

So now I'm pissed.

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Fox: George Zimmerman "Already Been Punished"

By The Reverend Published: June 15, 2013

The George Zimmerman trial began this week, jury selection and whatnot underway. Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed 17 year old Trayvon Martin last year in Florida. The tragic event aggravated all the usual national divisive emotions of the American people surrounding guns (stand your ground) and race. Corporate media, as expected, helped to stoke those divisions.

Hopefully the precise truth about what happened the night Trayvon Martin was walking home from a convenience store, stalked by Zimmerman, and eventually shot and killed by the "community watchman".....will come out in the trial.

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Ohio GOP Spring Offensive Against Women Rages

By The Reverend Published: June 14, 2013

Recently, I blogged about the Ohio GOP's spring offensive in their war on women throughout the state. As part of the GOP's two year budget plan, Ohio Republicans proposed defunding Planned Parenthood, redirecting funding to right wing "crisis pregnancy centers", and eliminating abortion clinics in Ohio through a Catch 22 provision in emergency transfer agreements with hospitals. Review it all here.

But remember....this is a war on women's autonomy in the state of Ohio....and war means war, not some half-hearted peckering along the margins. So, Ohio Republicans couldn't let it go at just defunding PP and closing abortion clinics in the state through legalese.

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Home of the Brave....Or....Nation of Pants-Wetters?

By The Reverend Published: June 13, 2013

Yearly U.S. deaths from firearms has held steady for the last 30+ years at 30,000 gun-deaths per year. Total yearly suicides in the U.S. comes in around 38,000, 19,000 of those from firearms. Yearly traffic fatalities in the U.S., as of 2010, totaled approximately 32,000.

Total deaths in the U.S. from terrorist related activities? 3400 total since 1970. Let me repeat that. Terrorist related deaths in the United States......combined every year since 1970....add up to 3400 total deaths from terrorist related activity. 3400 total deaths inside the U.S. attributed to "terrorism" in the last 40+ years.

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When My Team Does It

By The Reverend Published: June 12, 2013

I started reading Glenn Greenwald in 2005, the year he started his Unclaimed Territory blog. Glenn is a nerdy, smallish fellow who just so happens to be the most surgically-precise writer I've ever read.

You may have seen him on teevee for the first time this week in the wake of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks. Greenwald is the person to whom Snowden leaked classified NSA documents. Greenwald is a constitutional lawyer turned foreign/military/security policy activist writer. I have read his columns regularly for the last 8 years, first at Unclaimed Territory, then at Salon.com and now with the Guardian.

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Who Is The Real Traitor?

By The Reverend Published: June 11, 2013

“He’s a traitor,” Boehner said in an interview with ABC. “The disclosure of this information puts Americans at risk. It shows our adversaries what our capabilities are. And it’s a giant violation of the law.”

Mike Rogers (R-MI), Steve King (R-IA), and Peter King (R-NY) agree with Boehner. They want Edward Snowden arrested and disappeared.

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Dots That Don't Connect

By The Reverend Published: June 10, 2013

On June 2nd, House Oversight Committee Chairman, Darrell Issa (R-CA), demonstrated why his investigation and hearings into an alleged IRS scandal are not on the level...

“The whole transcript will be put out. We understand - these are in real time. And the administration is still - their paid liar, their spokesperson, picture behind, he's still making up things about what happens in calling this local rogue. There's no indication - the reason that Lois Lerner tried to take the Fifth... is not because there’s a rogue in Cincinnati, it’s because this is a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters And we’re getting to proving it."

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40 Years Without A Raise

By The Reverend Published: June 8, 2013

Should U.S. workers work for less? Does the path to renewed national prosperity depend on American workers being paid less than they are today? If American workers work for even less, will U.S. corporate conglomerates be satisfied.....or will more concessions by workers be continually necessary to prevent the John Galt Incorporated-groups from taking their moneyballs and fleeing to other nations for good?

Hourly pay for nonfarm workers fell at a 3.8 percent annualized rate in the first quarter, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Wednesday. This was the biggest quarterly decline since the BLS started keeping track in 1947.

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10 Year Old Breaking News

By The Reverend Published: June 7, 2013

If you don't read Glenn Greenwald regularly, then perhaps yesterday's news about the NSA collecting the phone records of millions of Americans came as a shock.  Not to this blogger. If I wasn't so lazy I would comb through my previous years blog postings and give you numerous examples of what, over two administrations, has become common knowledge to those paying close attention.

The 4th amendment, no matter what you think or how you feel about it, has been all but nullified in the aftermath of 9-11....here's a few bullet points....

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Ohio GOP Amplifies War On Women

By The Reverend Published: June 6, 2013

What really offends Republican voters and conservatives in general is the claim by Democrats and liberals that the GOP is fighting a war against women. Personally, I don't care that they are offended......because the accusation is 100% true.

Although the U.S. code grants women the full right to make their own reproductive choices, Republican officials in 25 states enacted 42 anti-choice measures in 2012 alone.

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To Swab Or Not To Swab

By The Reverend Published: June 5, 2013

The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision Monday that police may take a DNA cheek swab from people arrested for crimes without first getting a warrant to do so.

Controversial? Probably.....but the interesting part of yesterday's ruling was this....

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Casting Lies On Many Waters

By The Reverend Published: June 4, 2013

The way you know for sure that alleged scandals are not really scandals at all is how the "investigation" of those alleged scandals progresses.

If the heart of the alleged scandal involving the IRS is "unfairly targeting conservative groups, Teas, Patriots, etc for extra scrutiny of tax exempt applications".....then why is Darrell Issa now talking about how many trips the IRS Commissioner made to the White House? Why is Issa now raising the issue of tax training conference excesses?

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ZOMG! "What About The Children & Grandchildren?"

By The Reverend Published: June 3, 2013

During those great Confederate-pride days of the summer of 2011 newly elected TeaHouse members were damn determined to wreck the U.S. economy through refusing to increase the nation's debt limit. In all of U.S. history, the debt ceiling had never been held hostage.....but then the House had never had so many delusional and nihilistic GOP members before either.

The haughty cockiness exuded by these newly minted TeaHouse members was as nauseating as it was insincere.....

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IRS FauxScandal A National Embarrassment

By The Reverend Published: June 1, 2013

If you type the words "IRS targeted conservatives" into the Google search box....you get 87 million results. Eighty-seven million.

In the same way that Shirley Sherrod was not approaching her job at Agriculture as an open racist even though L'il Jim O'Keefe purposely edited a video to make it look so ....... the IRS did NOT "target conservatives."

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