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What "Draining The Swamp" Really Means

By The Reverend Published: November 30, 2016

Former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao will be President-elect Donald Trump’s transportation secretary, Mr. Trump’s transition team announced Tuesday evening.

Elaine Chao is Mrs. Mitch McConnell. Along with the fact that Chao served as Transportation Secretary under both Poppy and Junior Bush, the fact that Chao is Mrs. Mitch McConnell is what is important to Trump, in my opinion.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was never a full-throated Trump endorser during the presidential campaign. When asked about the Donald, Mitchy did his best to avoid answering. Trump realizes that Mitch is a wily rascal....who is difficult to read at times. So, what better way for Donald to win the Senate Majority Leader over than to hire his wife?

But don't consider Chao's appointment as a kind of bribe....because, as President Nixon believed, if a President Trump does something illegal, it's not really illegal at all, because he is the president.

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"Block Everything, Block Everyone"

By The Reverend Published: November 29, 2016

Lots of phony progressives, like Mika Brezinski here, are trying to convince elected-Democrats, like Elizabeth Warren, to calm down and try to work with America's newly crowned Electoral College King.

Brezinski today...

“I’m sorry, it’s getting exhausting. She (Warren) might want to be a little inclusive. Because she’s sounding like the people she’s accusing of being exclusive.”

Now, you can try to make sense of what Brezinski said there....which boils down to: Trump ran appealing only to white voters, and won the presidential election by campaigning that way while speaking hatefully against "others"....but Democrats should not follow that successful strategy.

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"Winning" Means Someone Loses

By The Reverend Published: November 29, 2016

The coming atrocities.....

I've been thinking about placing a large U.S. flag upside down on the roadside face of my garage wall as a free-speech expression that the nation is in distress with a Trump presidency. Not sure if I will lose my citizenship or spend a year in jail.....

“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.

Burning the U.S. flag has been deemed by the courts as a valid, protected, free speech right...just like big bags of free speech cash. How much longer that will be the case....is now anyone's guess.

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Doom

By The Reverend Published: November 28, 2016

In the still-unfinished counting of the presidential popular vote, Hillary Clinton now leads by over 2.2 million votes. Currently, Hillary holds 48.2% of the popular vote count to Trump's 46.5%....a 1.7% margin.

As you know, Green candidate, Jill Stein, has successfully pushed for a recount in the state of Wisconsin....and she is also working for recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania as well, states where Stein's push for recounts are unlikely to be successful.

Now...that's the reality-based version of what's going on in the presidential vote counting business. Here's the faith-based version....

"In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally," Trump wrote on Twitter. There is no evidence to support Trump's claim and PolitiFact ruled it false.

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The First Casualty Of War

By The Reverend Published: November 26, 2016

You know that dual narrative "news" problem I keep writing about?....

Trump’s victory means that the most extreme and recklessly irresponsible voices on the right now feel emboldened and empowered. And more worrisome than that, they have an ally in the White House. For years, Rush Limbaugh has gibed about what he calls the “state-controlled media”—the fawning liberal news outlets that Limbaugh has long decried for their lack of critical coverage of President Obama—but we may be about to see what one actually looks like—an alt-reality news outlet operating from within 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The new media will not only provide propaganda cover for the administration, but also direct the fire of a loose confederation of conservative outlets against critics and dissenters. Already, Fox’s Sean Hannity has urged Trump to freeze out the mainstream media and talk directly to the nation.

That...from conservative radio-show host Charlie Sykes in a Politico article up today. Apparently, Alex Jones is the nation's new Walter Cronkite.....

So what is this brave new conservative media going to look like? Probably more like Alex Jones than National Review. The appointment of Breitbart’s Steve Bannon as chief adviser to the president-elect was the new regime’s implicit imprimatur on the new conservative media. But perhaps the most revealing moment was Trump’s reported call, on the Monday after the election, to Infowar’s Alex Jones to thank him for his support in the campaign.

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Making Christmas Ornaments Great Again

By The Reverend Published: November 25, 2016

Have you seen the $250 Christmas tree ornament Trump is selling on Amazon? If not go here. Trust me, you want to see this. The ornament is a miniature, red, "Make America Great Again" hat, trimmed in gold.

But...oddly...the godawful gaudy thing is not being met with rave reviews.....

On Amazon, there are currently 1,346 customer reviews (and climbing) on Trump’s tiny lid, with 91 percent of users rating it 1 star. Just 6 percent of the reviews are 5 stars.

Proving again that America is already great, reviewers of that product on Amazon had, let's say, a festive time creatively mocking what to me brings back memories of those velvet-Elvis pictures people used to hang on their walls.

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Thanks....And No Thanks

By The Reverend Published: November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Day to everyone.

Blogging will be a bit thin over the next few days...but I'll be monitoring the atrocities.

Speaking of which....

Two people familiar with the matter confirmed that Trump had offered Carson the (Housing and Urban Development) job, after Carson said Tuesday on Fox News that it was one of several options he would consider over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Public Schools, Highways....Prevent America From Being Great

By The Reverend Published: November 23, 2016

I warned awhile back that Trump had public schools in his sights for elimination. Public schools are one of the last institutions left in our country that Republicans have yet to eliminate and replace with capitalistic profit centers...along with roadways, which I'll get to in a moment. That's now about to change with Trump's announcement today that the wife of a pyramid program heir, and sister of a still-unindicted war criminal, will become the Education Secretary.

President-elect Donald Trump has named Betsy DeVos, a conservative activist and billionaire philanthropist who has pushed forcefully for private school voucher programs nationwide, as his nominee for education secretary.

(Betsy) DeVos’s brother is Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, one of the most profitable private security firms during the Iraq War. Blackwater came under intense scrutiny after the company’s guards shot and killed 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007; four guards were convicted on charges related to the massacre.

DeVos, a former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, and her husband Dick DeVos, an heir to the Amway direct-sales fortune.....have poured millions of dollars into lobbying for voucher programs across the country.

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Facts, Truth...The First Casualties

By The Reverend Published: November 23, 2016

Donald Trump disappointed many of his most vengeful supporters yesterday when he told the New York Times he didn't feel very strongly about pursuing further investigations into...yes....something, something.....

President-elect Donald Trump conceded Tuesday that he probably won’t make good on his campaign pledge to pursue a new criminal investigation into his political rival, Hillary Clinton.

“It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about,” he said Tuesday afternoon in an on-the-record discussion with reporters from The New York Times.

First, contrast that rather surreal question and answer to this from yesterday's Washington Post....

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Scolder-in-Chief

By The Reverend Published: November 22, 2016

Some follow-up on this morning's post.

One thing seems clear now. Trump's people did not leak alleged off-the-record details of Trump and his team's meeting with media anchors and execs yesterday.....

For more than twenty minutes, Trump railed about “outrageous” and “dishonest” coverage. When he was asked about the sort of “fake news” that now clogs social media, Trump replied that it was the networks that were guilty of spreading fake news. The “worst,” he said, were CNN (“liars!”) and NBC.

The over-all impression of the meeting from the attendees I spoke with was that Trump showed no signs of having been sobered or changed by his elevation to the country’s highest office. Rather, said one, “He is the same kind of blustering, bluffing blowhard as he was during the campaign.”

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