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What Is There To "Negotiate?"

By The Reverend Published: September 30, 2013

Negotiate....1) 'try to reach an agreement or compromise by discussion with others.' "his government's willingness to negotiate". 2) find a way over or through (an obstacle or difficult path)."there was a puddle to be negotiated"

The communication rascals are claiming this morning that President Obama is willing to "negotiate" with Iran's new president but not with John Boehner. Obama, these rascals insist, negotiates with Vlad Putin, but is unwilling to do so with the GOP Speaker. Why won't President Obama negotiate with Leaders in his own country....when he is always willing to "negotiate" with shadowy, cunning and untrustworthy foreign leaders?

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GOP Small-Ballers Almost Forgot To Bash Women

By The Reverend Published: September 29, 2013

Another reminder that one cannot be cynical enough theses days.

What I don't quite understand is why House Republicans didn't include a repeal of Roe in their hostage-taking-spree vote last night.....

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"A Struggle Within One Party"

By The Reverend Published: September 28, 2013

The Villagers tell us that the defunding and debt ceiling arguments pit Obama and the Democrats against "fiscally responsible" Republicans. That is hogwash. James Fallows explains....

This isn't "gridlock." It is a ferocious struggle within one party, between its traditionalists and its radical factions, with results that unfortunately can harm all the rest of us -- and, should there be a debt default, harm the rest of the world too.

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"Not Negotiating With Terrorists"

By The Reverend Published: September 27, 2013

Obama yesterday....

“No Congress before this one has ever, ever, in history been irresponsible enough to threaten default, to threaten an economic shutdown, to suggest America not pay its bills, just to try to blackmail a president into giving them some concessions on issues that have nothing to do with a budget,” Mr. Obama said before a friendly audience in suburban Washington.

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Pitiful Clowns Move To Big Tent Debt Ceiling Show

By The Reverend Published: September 26, 2013

Yesterday, Ted Cruz....the Republican senator who had vowed to prevent a closure vote to proceed to debate and a vote on the House continuing funding bill......voted along with the other 99 senators to.....proceed to debate and vote on the House CR. The vote was 100-0 to proceed to debate.

Wait, what?

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Time For Teas To Take Personal Responsibility

By The Reverend Published: September 25, 2013

Ya' really have to love the Hillbilly Orwellianism currently in vogue amongst Republicans keen on doing further damage to the nation's economy leading up to the 2014 midterms. I'm sure by now you've heard the conservative confabulated horseshite about how it will be the Democrats who will be shutting down the government if a Continuing Resolution fails in Congress.

Here's a prime example from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.....

Republicans want to keep the government running. Democrats claim they want the same, but they aren’t acting like it. By denouncing the House bill, Harry Reid has already said that he’s willing to shut down the government to save face for the president and to defend a failed law.

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"The Starbucks Experience"

By The Reverend Published: September 24, 2013

"For these reasons, today we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas—even in states where "open carry" is permitted—unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel," Mr. Schultz wrote in the letter.

"We're not anti- or pro-gun, but we don't believe guns should be part of the Starbucks experience."

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Gambling And Losing On Obamacare

By The Reverend Published: September 22, 2013

Freedom in America means that citizens or groups of citizens can behave badly, and with impunity as long as agreed-upon laws are not violated. Sometimes citizens talk and act crazily, protest almost anything, disagree loudly and campaign obnoxiously. That is how it is in the U.S., and we like it that way.

But what Americans see today's Republicans doing is not simply noisy or obnoxious expressions of free speech. What today's GOP is doing is unprecedented, at least since the Civil War era. What today's GOP is doing is not normal, nor should it be embraced or celebrated as part of our American tradition.

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Not Their Fault, Not Their Job

By The Reverend Published: September 21, 2013

Village Governor and progressive-pretender, Ed Rendell, had a chat the other day with NBC's Chuck Todd over seemingly wide spread opposition to Obamacare. Rendell suggested the opposition was being caused by misinformation about the ACA. Misinformation coming exclusively from Republicans.

Chuck Todd must have experienced a guilty conscience after Rendell said that...so he proceeded to say this....

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GOP Votes To Punish Children, Elderly, Disabled

By The Reverend Published: September 20, 2013

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the House legislation would deny benefits to 3.8 million Americans next year and save $39 billion over 10 years, or roughly 5 percent of the SNAP program's cost in that time. Enrollment doubled to 47 million in the wake of the Great Recession as incomes plummeted and more Americans qualified for benefits, which average $133 per month. Most beneficiaries are children, elderly or disabled.

Read that last line again very slowly.

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Loving The Smell Of Burning Tea In The Morning

By The Reverend Published: September 19, 2013

Freshman greenhorn Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has anarchist leanings. I'm not sure why that is...but it is. Cruz didn't run for the Senate in order to legislate because Ted Cruz doesn't believe in government. He was sent to D.C. by Tea voters who believed he would blow the place up with his Gingrichian bombastic and anarchist-loudmouthed style. Only in office about a year, Cruz has already alienated senior GOP senators with his 'everybody look at me' antics.

A couple of months back, Senator Cruz did what he does best......ran his mouth loosely despite the tadpole nature of his ...umm.....status......

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Goldilocks & The Harsh, Partisan Obama Bear

By The Reverend Published: September 18, 2013

Yesterday, many Village Elders and Elder-ettes nearly collapsed from shock....perhaps due to their unusually hyperactive clutching of their pearls or wringing of their hands. You see, Important people, like Joe Scarborough, Mika Brezinski, Willie Giest, Martha MaCallum, Mike Barnicle, etc.....are the self-appointed room mothers of Villagedom. These Very Important People in Media were shocked at the rudeness of the Democratic president's partisan words on the very day that people were gunned down in yet another mass gun killing spree.

Morning Blow, himself...

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Renacci Shares Faith-Based Economic Views

By The Reverend Published: September 17, 2013

Conservative policy on tax cutting most closely resembles a religious belief. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the assurance of things unseen....according to the Christian New Testament......and that is an accurate description of conservative tax policy. Hoping for things that remain invisible.....to become real.

GOP Rep. Jim Renacci, now The Reverend's representative because Gov. Kasich and his GOP State Legislature decided to drop acid and then redraw Ohio's voting districts, has faith in conservative tax policy. He stated as much last night in Wadsworth....

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"Patriotic" Sabotage

By The Reverend Published: September 16, 2013

Eric Cantor....last week....

ObamaCare is hurting small businesses and stifling job growth. That is why Congressman Cantor continues to work to repeal and/or defund it.

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Latest Poll: Americans Now Oppose America

By The Reverend Published: September 14, 2013

It has been quite amusing listening to Republicans tout popular opinion poll numbers on U.S. military action against Syria. These same Republicans previously wailed that the 2012 presidential polling numbers before the election were being outrageously "skewed." And who can forget the GOP's patriotic and solemn respect for public opinion during the universal-background-checks-for-gun-purchases debate?

Yep. when The Reverend thinks of the GOP and popular opinion, he envisions conservative and libertarian politicos thoughtfully and patiently monitoring the pulse of the People, eager to write and pass legislation which will reflect that popular opinion to the letter. Or, you know, not.

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Hard Working Boot Strappers Make 30% More During Recession

By The Reverend Published: September 13, 2013

From 2009 to 2012, income for the 1 percent grew by 31.4 percent, while everyone else only saw it grow by 0.4 percent. That means the 1 percent “captured 95% of the income gains in the first three years of the recovery,”.....

Let's see......100% minus 95% equals 5%.....therefore, 99% of American income earners have earned 5% of all income gains nationally in the last 4 years. Meanwhile, inflation has averaged about two percent per year over the last four years (inflation chart here)....which means that 99% of American income earners have seen their incomes as related to purchasing power.....go down over the last four years. Only the top 1%....and all during modern America's worst economic recession.....have seen their incomes, wealth and purchasing power rise significantly these past four years.

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Putin Responds To "American Exceptionalism"

By The Reverend Published: September 12, 2013

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, had an op-ed in the NY Times yesterday. The piece outlines his preference for international reliance on the UN security council before war is launched.....not just in Syria, but anywhere. Putin favors diplomacy over unilateral U.S. aggression.

In his last paragraph, Putin chose to provoke Obama in particular, and Americans in general, about our peculiar version of "American exceptionalism."

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Humanitarianism?

By The Reverend Published: September 11, 2013

George W. Bush March 19, 2003, announcing the U.S. attack on Iraq had begun.....

“We will bring freedom to others and we will prevail.”

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Hijacking The 9-11 Commemoration

By The Reverend Published: September 10, 2013

The Reverend has never fully understood turning 9-11-01 into a national yearly commemoration. Many will disagree here and that's fine.....yet, still, it has always struck me as odd. Whatever your opinion, the national commemoration of 9-11 is happening again tomorrow. It's our 12th commemoration.

But this year.....there's something brand new for Teas and many conservatives to commemorate. On a sunny morning twelve years ago, hijackers commandeered 4 U.S. commercial flights, ran them into buildings, killing a total of 2996 people in Washington, New York and a field in Pennsylvania. It was the largest ever attack of the "homeland." The infamous day, in my opinion, wrongly, changed our entire nation.

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The Fall War Product Marketing Rollout

By The Reverend Published: September 9, 2013

From the Way Back Machine....

''From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August.'' Andrew H. Card Jr., White House chief of staff, on why the Bush administration waited until September to press for public support of its Iraq policy.

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Making the "Long War" Longer

By The Reverend Published: September 6, 2013

The AUMF.....the Authoritization to Use Military Force....passed immediately after 9-11, to "legalize" what's turned into 12 years of U.S. military occupation of Afghanistan....will lose it's potency at the end of 2014. That is when President Obama says most of our combat troops will leave the Afghan region. In effect, removing our combat troops from Afghanistan, will render the AUMF null and void.

What that means is that the U.S.......if the War on Terror is to continue another decade or two as we've been told by those in the know......needs another Authorization to continue the "long war."

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Yes, We're Being Fooled Again

By The Reverend Published: September 5, 2013

What we have heard from President Obama and John Kerry about Syrian leader Assad's alleged use of sarin gas on his own people on August 21.......doesn't make any sense. In fact, The Reverend actually agrees with what Vladimir Putin had to say about this issue....

.....it would be "utter nonsense" for government troops to use such tactics in a war it was already winning.

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Bushification Of Obama Administration Complete

By The Reverend Published: September 4, 2013

George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Condi Rice couldn't have said it any better than John Kerry did yesterday.....

"The use of chemical weapons in Syria is not only an assault on humanity – it is a serious threat to America’s national security interests and those of our closest allies," he said.

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Lone Superpower Suffering Psychological Insecurity

By The Reverend Published: September 3, 2013

Somewhat out of the loop over the weekend...however, I read enough to determine that Obama, the military-intelligence complex and Congress are about to, once again, attack (punish) a middle eastern nation which poses absolutely no threat to the United States.

It's what we do now.....and it could be all that the United States government is capable of agreeing on doing in the first half of the 21st century. Attacking nations who pose no threat to the United States appears to be the lone bipartisan policy around which Democrats and Republicans can agree.

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