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By The Reverend Published: April 7, 2017

Without an email or any word whatsoever, Ohio.com, the digital home of the Akron Beacon Journal has discontinued hosting my blog. If you Google Blog of Mass Destruction, and click on the first, and only, result...this is the message that comes up now...

Thank you for checking out the Mass Destruction blog. This blog is no longer being supported, updated and available on Ohio.com. And has been discontinued.

My blog was frequented regularly with 10,000 to 15,000 monthly page views the norm.

According to my dashboard page, visitors are still reading...despite the notice. So, I'm a bit confused. If you are reading this page, and would like to continue reading my daily scribblings...copy this link.....https://whyamericaisfailing.wordpress.com/

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Wagging The Dog....Winger-Style

By The Reverend Published: April 7, 2017

This explanation of why Donald Trump ordered some 60 Tomahawk missile strikes on "a military airfield in the western province of Homs, Syria" last night should concern every American....

The secretary of state said that after the president had seen graphic images of those who died from the chemical gas attack "he came to the conclusion that we could not yet again turn away."

"the president had seen graphic images", especially of Syrian infants....and that motivated Trump to order last night's strike. I'm sure the U.S. media will be praising the knee-jerk reaction by the president as evidence of "strength"...but it really isn't.

Yes, the Trump-ordered strike destroyed one Syrian military airfield and killed 6 Syrian military members....but what was accomplished in that strike that will lead to an end to Syrian's 6 year-long civil war? How did the strike help the cause of destroying ISIS?

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World's Greatest Deliberative Body!

By The Reverend Published: April 6, 2017

Old Deputy Dawg McConnell pulled out the barricade that separates the nuclear fuel rods in the U.S. Senate from creating a meltdown....the filibuster rule for Supreme Court nominees...thus completing a year long hostile takeover of the judicial branch of the federal government. The vote to blow up the filibuster went strictly along partisan lines with all Republicans voting to do it, and all Democrats voting against it.

Here's John McCain's disingenuous tears about the matter...

"I fear that someday we will regret what we are about to do. In fact, I am confident we will," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. "It is imperative we have a functioning Senate where the rights of the minority are protected regardless of which party is in power at the time."

Nonetheless, McCain voted with McConnell on the rules change, saying he felt he had no choice.

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Is THIS The "Pivot"?

By The Reverend Published: April 6, 2017

Politico has another palace intrigue piece up delving into the removal of Steve Bannon from the National Security Counsel.

This is the most disturbing sentence of that article...."(Bannon) is somebody the president views as an equal".

Bannon's history as the CEO of an extremist-right fake news website, his political ideology of favoring the destruction of the U.S. federal government...and his barely-veiled white-nationalist racism...made him the absolute worst choice as Trump's chief political strategist. Despite those "qualifications", Donald made Bannon one of his first cabinet picks. Donald...unbelievably really...regards Mr. Bannon as "an equal".

It seems that Trump's "equal" threw a bit of a tantrum when he learned he was being thrown off the NSC...

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Good News...No, Really...Some Good News

By The Reverend Published: April 5, 2017

It looks like the child-orientation period at the Trump National Security Counsel has expired....

U.S. President Donald Trump removed his chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council on Wednesday, reversing his controversial decision early this year to give a political adviser an unprecedented role in security discussions.

Unsurprisingly, the White House is just making shite up about why Bannon has been booted from the NSC....

The (Trump) official said Bannon had been placed on the NSC originally as a check on Flynn and had only ever attended one of the NSC's regular meetings.

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Two Separate And Distinct Trump-Russian Scandals

By The Reverend Published: April 5, 2017

This McClatchy article is today's must-read, that is, if you are interested in looking ahead to see where the Trump/Russian investigation is headed. Most journalists have been focusing on the possible coordination of Trump associates with Russians who intentionally interfered during the campaign for the express purpose of making Donald Trump our nation's president. That's where the attention has been focused, and rightfully so.

Unless one is willing to accept the notion that the too-many-to-keep-track-of Trump campaign associates' meetups with Russian officials last year is simply Mega-Lotto-winning-odds random coincidence.....there really doesn't seem like there is a credible explanation to justify those numerous meetups. Additionally, the snoops at the FBI have been investigating those numerous meetups since last July in what Comey labeled a "counterterrorism" investigation...so, those Trump/Russian meetups are being taken seriously.

I think at this moment in time there are two possible scandal points in the Trump/Russian....thing. The first scandal point is the strong possibility that the release of Russian hacked Podesta/DNC emails was strategically timed for maximum political damage to Mrs. Clinton during last year's campaign. I think it is very possible that the amoral, dead-inside Roger Stone, or similar Trump stooge, while perhaps not coordinating with Russians directly, assisted those who were handed Russian hacked emails, in the precise timing of when those emails were made public.

The most damaging-to-Hillary releases were made in late July in between the close of the Republican Convention and the start of the Democratic Convention....and again starting at the first of October, when almost daily releases of even more emails took place right up to November 8th.

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"Unmasking"....The New Benghazi

By The Reverend Published: April 4, 2017

The following take by Josh Marshall on what will surely become Obama's "unmasking" scandal....fits perfectly with what Republicans did over Benghazi...

My read on Eli Lake's story about Susan Rice 'unmasking' Trump transition officials is that it's a rather elaborate attempt to make a scandal out of something that isn't scandalous at all.

"something that isn't scandalous at all"....That was exactly what Benghazi was. A tragic event in a chaotic country where 4 Americans lost their lives in what was a surprise attack on a makeshift CIA outpost. Republicans took that tragic event and exploited those four deaths for purely political reasons. And they did so from the close of 2012 until after Trump was chosen as the president in 2016.

Obama NSA chief, Susan Rice, became the target of Republican political exploitation of those four deaths....and through osmosis, also Hillary Clinton...because both had mentioned the anti-Muslim video which was circulating in Muslim countries at the time of the Benghazi attack, and which had motivated violent protests in a few of those countries. Although the NY Times reported afterwards that, indeed, the anti-Muslim video had also played a role in the Benghazi attack....Rice and Clinton were accused for almost four continuous years by Republicans of intentionally lying about what motivated the Benghazi attack. Numerous mindless GOP investigations ensued.

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Personal Accountability

By The Reverend Published: April 4, 2017

Fox News and O’Reilly have paid about $13 million since 2002 to five women to settle complaints about the anchor’s behavior.

O’Reilly would offer advice and act as a mentor, promising to help out professionally. Then he would pursue the women sexually, either through lewd comments and conversations or straight up unwanted advances. Those who rejected him often saw their career prospects at Fox News vanish overnight. The network appears to have often chosen to look away.

How did Fox "news" reward Bill O'Reilly for that bad, and expensive, behavior?

Fox News has reportedly renewed the contract of longtime host Bill O'Reilly despite recent sexual harassment settlements, according to a Sunday Wall Street Journal report.

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Dems Compel Rebs To Blow Up The Senate, Country

By The Reverend Published: April 3, 2017

As predicted here months ago, the Republican-controlled Senate will vote sometime this week to eliminate the 60-vote rule for approving Supreme Court nominees. I've never believed there would be any other outcome from the moment on the evening of November 8th that Trump was projected to be the winner of the presidential election.

In the bloodless battle to overthrow the federal government as we've known it, Republicans are about to rack up a major victory. Yes, Senate Democrats have fought valiantly against the enemies of the U.S. government, something I was uncertain about until today. A few turncoat Senate ConservaDems have joined the rebels....but enough Dems have committed to filibustering Neil Gorsuch's nomination to force the hand of the Republicans..setting the stage for Big Mitch and his 1st Cavalry Rebel Bitches to take their second unprecedented action in regard to the Supreme Court in less than 13 months.

Actually, Mitch McConnell made the decision to gut the Senate filibuster for Supreme Court nominees just over a year ago when he pulled from deep within his former-segregation state bowels the surprise-ambush plan to deny even considering a sitting president's Supreme Court nominee, a sitting president with 10 months left in his second term.

Senate Republicans have also been setting the stage for blaming Democrats for their Supreme Court ambush-mission. And the political-war correspondents will help out in that Republican effort. Even though Democrats preserved the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees in 2013...because they removed the filibuster for lower court appointments in the face of record-breaking obstruction by the enemies of the federal government...the nuance of the distinction will be immediately tossed overboard by those in the Village who bow the knee to the religion of Both-Sides. In fact, it is already happening.

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Will America Become A Fake News Nation?

By The Reverend Published: April 3, 2017

The Donald administration has plans to cut taxes, the bulk of which will benefit the already-wealthy. Trump also has appointed an opponent of public school systems, Betsy DeVos, to lead the nation in an effort to greatly increase the number of vouchers and charter schools.

The Columbus Dispatch, known by the locals as the "DogPatch", a newspaper I've read many times and which does not favor liberalism...at all....reports on the success of both tax cuts for the wealthy and draining funding away from public schools to hand to private, often religious, charter schools and voucher programs....

Job growth in Ohio last year fell to its lowest point since 2010 — the year before Kasich took office — with 38,500 jobs created, or about half of the 77,300 jobs the state gained in 2015.

Seven years after ranking fifth in the nation, Ohio’s education system tumbled to 22nd among the 50 states and District of Columbia, according to the January 2017 national Quality Counts report card by Education Week, an education trade newspaper.

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