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By The Reverend Published: July 23, 2016

I happened to be watching MSNBC at the time the news broke from Munich, Germany about the gun-slaughter of 9 people near Munich's largest shopping mall complex. Brian Williams was anchoring....and Richard Engels was the foreign correspondent offering Expert analysis. I'll get to Engels in a moment....but here's what is known right now about the 18 year old who, singlehandedly, orchestrated the attack...and then killed himself...

"There is absolutely no link to the Islamic State," said Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae, referring to ISIL.

He describing the attack as a "classic act by a deranged person" and described an individual "obsessed" with mass shootings.

The 18-year-old gunman who opened fire at a crowded Munich shopping mall and fast-food restaurant, killing nine people and wounding 16 others before killing himself, was obsessed with mass shootings, police said Saturday.

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The Angry, Habitual Liar, Daddy-Figure

By The Reverend Published: July 22, 2016

From Trump's lengthy acceptance speech last night.....

", at our convention, there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else."

You gotta hand it to the guy.....that's some very funny stuff. Unintended, of course, but still.

You see, there is this thing called the internet now. You may be familiar with it. Fact checking habitual liars happens in virtual real-time now. Here,, in an extensive examination of Trump's speech, lists the numerous lies and partial truths their examiners found in the "there will be no lies" candidate's acceptance speech. The Factcheck piece is shall I put it?....lengthy.

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"Genuinely Afraid"

By The Reverend Published: July 21, 2016

Here's a link to some recommended reading material from Ezra Klein. Ezra soberly, and without a bit of snark, makes a solid case for why Mr. Trump should never hold the office of the U.S. presidency. It's the best single piece I've seen yet. Klein's opening sentence reflects what I've attempted to communicate over the past few days.

Tonight, Donald J. Trump will accept the Republican Party’s nomination for president of the United States. And I am, for the first time since I began covering American politics, genuinely afraid.

Ezra offers 14 reasons, with dozens of supporting links, to make his case. Here is the concluding summary....

The simple fact of it is that Donald Trump should not be president of the United States. That is not because he is too conservative, as some Democrats would have it, or because he is not conservative enough, as many Republicans would have it. It’s because the presidency is a powerful job where mistakes can kill millions, and whoever holds it needs to take that power seriously and wield it responsibly. Trump has had ample opportunity to demonstrate his sense of seriousness and responsibility. He has failed.

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"Settling Perceived Grievances"

By The Reverend Published: July 21, 2016

It seems that party unity broke out all over the Q last evening....

Roger Stone, a former advisor and longtime friend of Trump, called Cruz a “dumb son of a bitch” in a convention center interview with The Hill just after the Texan’s speech ended. Stone added that Cruz was “a despicable human being” and insisted that “no voter gives a crap about what Ted Cruz does — the only person this hurts is Ted Cruz.”

As the speech wound toward its conclusion and delegates realized that Cruz would make no endorsement, Trump loyalists sprang to their feet, shouting their displeasure. Some people on the convention floor yelled “Lyin’ Ted” and “Go home!” while others gesticulated wildly.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper said on-air that there were also reports “that Ted Cruz went up to one of the donor boxes and was accosted by Trump supporters yelling in his face. One person had to be apparently restrained because they were so angry."

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Execution Rhetoric

By The Reverend Published: July 20, 2016

There's this from a guy the Donald refers to as "my favorite vet".....

The Secret Service is officially investigating Al Baldasaro, an adviser to the Donald Trump campaign for veterans issues, who called for Hillary Clinton’s execution for “treason.”

....he called for Clinton to be “put in the firing line” over her mishandling of classified emails.

And then we have the white supremacist/neo-Nazis weighing in....

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It Really Is "Make America Hate Again"

By The Reverend Published: July 20, 2016

As predicted, Mitchy McConnell and Paul Ryan....the most powerful Republicans in Congress....were extremely reluctant in their speeches yesterday to mention the two words...Donald Trump.

McConnell devoted almost the entirety of his time to attacking Clinton,..

Ryan mentioned the two words...Donald Trump..twice...and gave this rather tepid endorsement of the GOP ticket....

“Only with Donald Trump and Mike Pence do we have a chance at a better way.”

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Hillary Did It.....Connecting The Dots

By The Reverend Published: July 19, 2016

The question which must be given deep and thoughtful consideration when examining how those plagiarized words got into Melania Trump's speech last night is this: was it an act of plagiarism, or an act of terrorism?

There may be readers who think that including terrorism as a possibility is, well, phucking ridiculous...but hear me out first.

First, here's Thugmeister, Paul Mannafort,....explaining, as only a truthteller could, how insane it would be for the Trump campaign, working closely with Melania, to be ripping off MooChelle's words from 2008....

“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These were common words and values, that she cares about her family, things like that,” said Mr. Manafort. “I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night. She knew that. To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”

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Off To A Rousing Start

By The Reverend Published: July 19, 2016

I turned over to C-SPAN just as the fun began yesterday at 2 PM inside the Q. Anti-Trump delegates from Utah, Virginia, Colorado and elsewhere insisted on a roll call vote of the state's delegates to approve the RNC's 2016 Convention rules. The roll call vote was not permitted.....instead, a voice vote was the midst of much shouting and hollering and confusion. Colorado's delegation walked out in protest and it was reported that the Iowa delegation did the same.

All of that was after Trump campaign thug, Paul Mannafort, had bad-mouthed Ohio Governor John Kasich on Morning Blow...calling Kasich "petulant"....for not showing up at the Convention held in his own home state.

So, GOP unity was breaking out all over yesterday and that was before prime time had even arrived.

The AP's Julie Pace...

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By The Reverend Published: July 18, 2016

Ben Domenech of the arch-conservative Federalist....

“This is not the party of Abraham Lincoln anymore. It is the party of Donald Trump. It has traded statesmanship for xenophobia,” he said alluding to Trump’s ban on Muslims. “It has traded free markets for protectionism. It has traded the higher principles of our better angels for the belief in party identity politics. That is why they are getting zero percent of the black vote in Pennsylvania. That is why you’re going to continue to see this kind of race-baiting approach to politics. I think it’s completely true that this is the end of the party of Lincoln.”

Can't disagree with any of that.

How will Trump do at the GOP Convention which begins today in Cleveland? Here are two GOP "insiders"....

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Trump Punishes Pence For Being His VP Pick!

By The Reverend Published: July 17, 2016

This is Donald Trump's tweet from WEDNESDAY...

I will be making the announcement of my Vice Presidential pick on Friday at 11am in Manhattan. Details to follow.

The news that Trump would pick Mike Pence then leaked to reporters early Thursday. I read somewhere that the leak came from one of Pence's people.

And then the Nice, France attack happened.....which led to this....

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