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By The Reverend Published: August 30, 2013

Earlier this year, I learned from a guy whose name is Reince Priebus that, moving forward, the Republican Party was going to work harder to win over non-white voters to the GOP "message."

As a matter of fact, when Priebus announced the GOP autopsy report, he promised that the GOP would spend $10 million reaching out to minorities.

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Not So Funny Clowns

By The Reverend Published: August 29, 2013

The Guardian published it's first piece based on the leaked material of Edward Snowden on June 5, 2013. On June 14th, Florida Democratic Representative Alan Grayson spoke from the floor of the House about what was revealed in the Guardian about the NSA's hoovering and storing program.....

"This is not the first time that the government has entered into surveillance on people without probable cause. Many of us remember that there was FBI surveillance of Dr. Martin Luther King, including wiretapping and bugging his personal conversations. I thought -- perhaps naively -- that we'd moved beyond that. And, in some sense, we have moved beyond that. Because now they're doing it to everybody."

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Leaking In Plain Sight + "Punishment"

By The Reverend Published: August 28, 2013

Remember how Bradley Manning helped our "enemies" by leaking, after the fact, the Iraq video of a U.S. helicopter gunship slaughtering unarmed Iraqi civilians indiscriminately....circling around to attack more civilians who came to help those wounded? Me either.

Yes, Manning's leaks embarrassed the Leaders of our "shining city on a hill".....but no evidence was ever presented explaining how those leaks placed anyone in jeopardy. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison last week.

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Are The Lives Of U.S. Citizens A "National Interest?"

By The Reverend Published: August 27, 2013

Took a long weekend.....and I will be taking another long weekend this week.
Contrary to popular lore, bloggers have real lives too.

I see that while I was working on my tan.....all the smart people decided it was the right and proper time to attack another middle eastern country. This time it is Syria. Our military is currently drone-killing in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and perhaps Somalia.

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Sacrificing Children At Gun Altar?

By The Reverend Published: August 23, 2013

Since Newtown, seven accidental child shooting deaths (where “child” is defined as “12 and under”) have been recorded in Ohio, which, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, doesn’t have any child access prevention laws on the books.* Five have been recorded in Texas, which does.

In 2010, 15,576 children and teenagers were injured by firearms — three times more than the number of U.S. soldiers injured in the war in Afghanistan,....

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'Don't Know Much About History'

By The Reverend Published: August 22, 2013

The cornerstone doctrine of the conservative movement in the United States of 2013 is based on an entirely faulty interpretation of U.S. history.

How many times have you heard the line... 'the Founders intention in the Constitution was to "limit" the powers of the federal government?' "Limited government." In this misinterpretation, or twisted version, of historical truth......the Constitution grants the federal government only very "limited" powers, and individual states remained sovereign with significant power, all because "states rights" were equal to federal rights.....or "states rights" trumped federal power.

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Republicans Poised To Lose Senior Vote?

By The Reverend Published: August 21, 2013

One of the most reliably Republican-voting demographic groups has been American seniors. In the 2012 general election, seniors favored the GOP candidate, Mitt Romney, by a 12% margin. In the 2008 general election seniors favored McCain over Obama by 8%. In the Tea Party GOP sweep of the 2010 midterm election, seniors voted for Republicans over Democrats by a whopping 21% margin.

For some reason, however, senior voters polled in July 2013 appear to be moving away from their traditional loyalties to the GOP.....

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A Twofer In Ohio: GOP Wars Against Women & Science

By The Reverend Published: August 20, 2013

After the 2010 midterm win by Republicans, GOP governors conspired together to implement a scorched-earth policy against women and their legal rights. If you think multiple Republican-controlled state governments each came up with their own individual plan to wage war against female autonomy.....and the various red state war-on-women plans all just happened, coincidentally, to contain the same, or similar, provisions.....you need to think again.

Women in the United States, and particularly women in GOP-controlled states, are being attacked by their state governments. Yes, it's a war......and Republicans have declared it by working to deny women their right to choose their own reproductive lives. The political party which boasts the most about "freedom"....oddly.....is the same political party passing state laws to eliminate the freedom of state citizens who happen to be female.

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The Plan: Hide In Plain Sight

By The Reverend Published: August 19, 2013

Last week, RNC Chair Reince Priebus announced the full RNC's vote to boycott any and all primary debates conducted by CNN and NBC....if the two teevee channels dared to air documentaries or mini-series about Hillary Clinton.

Just like when Senate Minority Leader McConnell sent a letter to professional sports leagues threatening their "reputations" if they teamed with the White House to advertise the rollout of Obamacare.....Priebus' RNC had warned CNN and NBC about their choice of entertainment programming in 2014, threatening the two teevee channels with a Republican debate boycott if the "liberal" channels followed through with their planned Hillary programming content.

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Hysterical Over Shariah

By The Reverend Published: August 17, 2013

Oklahoma just may be the reddest of all red states. In the last three general elections, all 77 of Oklahoma's counties voted for the Republican presidential candidate. Mitt Romney won the state by a 67-33% margin over Obama last November. The politically conservative state voted five U.S. House Representatives and 2 U.S. Senators to Congress.......all seven are Republicans.

The state legislature of Oklahoma consists of 72 Republicans and 29 Democrats in the House and 36 Republicans and 12 Democrats in the state Senate. Clearly, the state should not be confused with a progressive state.

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GOP Nearing "Eve of Destruction?"

By The Reverend Published: August 16, 2013

It was interesting to read Politico's newest headline piece describing the plight of the Republican Party. The short piece is called "Eve of Destruction"......

It is almost impossible to find an establishment Republican in town who’s not downright morose about the 2013 that has been and is about to be. Most dance around it in public, but they see this year as a disaster in the making, even if most elected Republicans don’t know it or admit it.

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Healthcare Insurance IS Socialism

By The Reverend Published: August 15, 2013

No links. No references. Just The Reverend opining.

Because conservatives and Teas have been pep-rallying themselves in preparation for creating yet another needless crisis over Obamacare before September is out.....I thought I would mention something about the for-profit health care insurance industry, you know, the "market-based" healthcare insurance industry.

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"Tool" Time

By The Reverend Published: August 14, 2013

Yesterday, a judge finally had the chance to rule on the egregious "stop and frisk" police policy used against citizens of New York City.

Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, ruling on a class-action lawsuit, wrote that the policy violated plaintiffs' Fourth Amendment rights barring unreasonable searches, finding that police made at least 200,000 stops from 2004 to June 2012 without reasonable suspicion.

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The GOP Tantrum Over The ACA

By The Reverend Published: August 13, 2013

Remember when Democrats repeatedly threatened to shut the government down if Medicare Plan D wasn't defunded and/or repealed? Remember when Democrats mocked Bush and the Republicans for making seniors even more "dependent" on government with Plan D? Remember when House Democrats made a national laughing stock out of the "donut hole", a provision in Plan D which assists seniors with the costs of pharmaceuticals until total yearly costs reach $2700 or so.....and then seniors must pay out of pocket entirely until costs exceed around $5000?

No, I don't remember Democrats doing those things either. Because they didn't.....do those things.

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Terror Threat...."Worse Than Ever"

By The Reverend Published: August 12, 2013

Fox's Chris Wallace and Sen. John McCain on Fox News Sunday yesterday questioning Obama's closing of 19 U.S. embassies last week....

Wallace: ....."in closing those embassies to respond to the terror threat or are some of the foreign partners say -- did it seem to be an act on retreat of the part of this country against its threats in the Middle East?"

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Too Many Secrets

By The Reverend Published: August 10, 2013

If you missed Obama's press conference yesterday at 3PM.....transcript is here. I'll have more to say about the press conference next week.

But because President Obama spent a lot of time at the presser justifying and defending the Surveillance State's communications hoovering programs....insisting safeguards and blah-blah-blah are in place with checks and blah-blah.....also congressional oversight blah-blah.......I thought I'd share this story with you to disperse the cloud of smoke Obama left surrounding the Total-Recall-style Surveillance State practices as of 2013.

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Snowden, Obama & The Cold Warriors

By The Reverend Published: August 9, 2013

Edward Snowden's leaking of the details of the massive and secretive Surveillance State hasn't jeopardized national security nor placed assets in the field in danger. Yes, Surveillance State apologists will argue otherwise.....but they provide no evidence to defend their claims.

Snowden's leaked material has caused tremendous embarrassment for U.S. Surveillance State leaders who, for years, have been claiming they are not "spying" on their own citizens in an unconstitutional manner. Snowden's leaks demonstrated beyone reasonable doubt that all those claims were a crock of hooey.

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Crazy Over Hillary

By The Reverend Published: August 8, 2013

RNC chairman Reince Priebus is angry. To this blogger, an angry Priebus is a humorous Priebus.....and so initially, when I read about Reince's threatening letter to entertainment channels CNN and NBC.....I was amused. Seems as though Reince doesn't really appreciate the 2014-scheduled programming decisions of entertainment channels NBC and CNN.

CNN is planning to air a "documentary" on Hillary Clinton, and NBC has a four-part mini-series scheduled next year which will feature Diane Lane as the former First Lady. Because the Republican Party cherishes freedom of expression so much, the party's Chairman got out his box of Crayolas and fired off a threatening letter to the two entertainment network's bosses.

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Coincidence Or Calculation?

By The Reverend Published: August 7, 2013

On Wednesday evening, July 24th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted down an amendment that would have ended the NSA's wholesale collection without warrants of all U.S. electronic communications.

The amendment was introduced by GOP Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan. He explained the amendment this way....

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Be Careful What You Google

By The Reverend Published: August 6, 2013

Immediately after 9-11, comic Bill Maher lost his job hosting ABC's "Politically Incorrect" for saying this on air.....

“We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That’s cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it’s not cowardly.”

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Groundswelling The Propaganda

By The Reverend Published: August 5, 2013

If you have ever wondered how multiple charges of "scandals" against President Obama seemed to come out of nowhere a few months ago...and all at once....David Corn's recent Mother Jones articles on Groundswell will help illuminate the subject.

 

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