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A Trump Disaster

By The Reverend Published: September 27, 2016

If last night's 90 minute debate had been a boxing match, the referee would have had to stop the fight because of all the Trump blood on the mat. At approximately 18 minutes in, Hillary answered a question about the economy and taunted Trump brilliantly about loans Donald got from his father......causing Donald to lose his composure....

According to Vox, he interrupted her nearly once a minute for the first 26 minutes of the debate.

By 538’s count, Trump seized the floor from Clinton three times and lodged 24 interjections as she spoke, a total of 27 interruptions. Clinton didn’t seize the floor from Trump once, and lodged only 5 interjections. The pro-Clinton American Bridge counted a total of 73 interruptions by Trump.

Imagine if Hillary had rudely interrupted Trump once a minute for the first 26 minutes. Imagine how scathing the reviews of Hillary's performance would have been should Mrs. Clinton had done exactly what Trump did. This morning's NY Times headline...."Trump and Clinton Clash on Jobs, Race and Temperament". See why Villagers kept reminding us ahead of the debate how low the bar would have to be set for Trump's performance?

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No Winners Tonight

By The Reverend Published: September 26, 2016

Rob Reiner, known fondly as "Meathead" by boomers....

“I believe that what we’ve done, what we’ve seen, is the last throes of the Civil War,” Reiner explained. “We’re fighting the last battles, and Donald Trump is leading the way for white nationalism. And it’s sad because people are hanging on to this idea of a white America, immigrant-free America. It’s scary and sad, but I believe we will win it.”

Reiner is a bit more optimistic than I am. But he's correctly identified what's driving the popularity of the Trump candidacy. There is a reason why Trump supporters do not care about the atrocious policy positions Donald says he will put in place if elected. There is a reason why potential voters who claim they are oh-so-conservatively-minded are flocking to a New York City liberal. There is a reason why likely-Trump voters are not phased one bit by Donald's lie-a-minute style of campaigning.

That reason? "Trump is leading the way for white nationalism".

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The GOP Pre-emptive Plot To Impeach Hillary Clinton

By The Reverend Published: September 24, 2016

It's been over two months since FBI Director, James Comey announced no charges would be filed against Hillary Clinton over her She-mails. That's right, She-mails. 40-something days before the nation goes to the polls to elect the next president of the United States....in an election where the She-mailer is still leading in national polling over James Comey's political party's nominee.....and here's what Comey's office did yesterday....

The FBI on Friday afternoon released almost 200 pages of summaries of interviews done during its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, including those with top aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan.

Never before has the FBI continued to release information months after they have decided no charges would be brought in an official investigation. But see, elected-Republicans are still fishing....

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has issued a criminal referral to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, asking him to investigate “whether Secretary Clinton or her employees and contractors violated statutes that prohibit destruction of records, obstruction of congressional inquiries, and concealment or cover up of evidence material to a congressional investigation.”

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The Ground Rules For "Rhetoric Of Division"

By The Reverend Published: September 23, 2016

"In the matter of the death of Terence Crutcher, I determine that the filing of the felony crime of manslaughter in the first degree against the Tulsa Police officer Betty Shelby is warranted," (Tulsa County District Attorney Steve) Kunzweiler said.

The chief investigator for the district attorney's office said in an affidavit Shelby "reacted unreasonably by escalating the situation from a confrontation with Mr. Crutcher, who was not responding to verbal commands and was walking away from her with his hands held up, becoming emotionally involved to the point that she overreacted."

Authorities in Tulsa have done the right thing. The Freddy Gray death-by-paddy-wagon case was handled similarly by authorities....and tensions eased quickly in Baltimore. The same now will happen in Tulsa. It may well turn out that a jury will find Officer Shelby innocent.....as happened in the Freddy Gray case....but in charging Shelby, Oklahoma authorities are seemingly moving forward in good faith to see that justice is carried out. Not that difficult....just do the right thing.

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Tom Terrific

By The Reverend Published: September 22, 2016

Just saw North Carolina GOP Governor, Pat McCrory, offer up a profile in courage....or something....concerning the violence in Charlotte over another black civilian killed by police there. McCrory is up for re-election...and is currently polling poorly.

So that the Republican Governor does not have to take responsibility for whatever happens in Charlotte, McCrory announced he was making the N.Carolina National Guard "available" to the Charlotte Police Chief. That way, McCrory doesn't have to shoulder the blame if things go wrong.

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What I also noticed while listening to McCrory was MSNBC's now-apparently-everpresent countdown clock to the first presidential debate. It's set at 4 days right now. That, I suggest, is an indication of how totally phucked up the media's approach to this year's election really is.

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Today's Report From The Asylum

By The Reverend Published: September 22, 2016

I can't even remember when I first told readers here that Hillary Clinton's primary opponent in the presidential election was corporate media. Go here to read all about how Hillary's major opponent, for-profit media, has slanted coverage to do damage to Clinton's chances.

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On September 17th, I laid out what would happen if Trump won in November. Three days later, we find this from a piece in the New York Magazine....

So long as Republicans have 50 senators, an awful lot of the very large common ground shared by Trump and the GOP can be enacted via the filibuster-proof budget-reconciliation process, and even more can be enacted if (as is likely) Republicans more or less abolish the filibuster itself to reduce Democrats to an impotent backbench, like they are in the House.

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More U.S. Coddling Of Israeli Fascists

By The Reverend Published: September 21, 2016

Republicans harshly criticized the Kenyan Usurper for paying money back to Iran from a 1979 weapons deal in which the U.S. never fulfilled their end of the agreement. The money was Iran's money...the interest accumulated over some 37 years tacked on....for a total of $1.7 billion finally paid to the Muslim nation.

Now, let's consider the most recent weapons deal to a middle eastern nation. One that Republicans and Democrats love....

The U.S. taxpayer will pay Israel $38 billion so that Israel has to turn around and buy weapons systems from the U.S. weapons monopoly firms. This is a cozy agreement, which benefits Israel and the weapons dealers but not the U.S. taxpayer and not the Palestinians. They are the ones who lose.

Not Israel's money....U.S. taxpayers' money....to the tune of $3.8 billion per year for the next 10 years. And how has Israel's leadership been respecting U.S. leadership?

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Make America Profile Again

By The Reverend Published: September 20, 2016

If you consume right wing media you know that the vindication of then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown is still celebrated today. But what Rush and Sean and other white authoritarians like to have fun with on a regular basis is mocking the "hands up-don't shoot" part of the August 2014 tragedy.

You see, if you listen to the law and order, white male conservative media anchors...Michael Brown never had his hands up. Never happened.

Whether Brown had his hands up...or not...isn't what pisses me off about how conservative media anchors relate the story of the confrontation. It's the demonic glee with which Rush and his ilk retell the story.

Yesterday, a new video was released by Tulsa, Oklahoma police of another incident which involved an unarmed 40 year old black male and two white police officers....

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Here Comes The Fear, Right On Time

By The Reverend Published: September 19, 2016

Although things are still fluid, the latest information on pipe and pressure cooker bombs exploding in New York and New Jersey is found here. Five males were detained for questioning Sunday night. And then there is this...

The New York Police Department said Monday that it was looking for a naturalized Afghanistan citizen for questioning in a weekend explosion in a Manhattan neighborhood that injured 29 people.

More details here.

Talking Points Memo founder Josh Marshall, though not at his home when the explosion took place, lives across the street from where the Chelsea neighborhood "construction box" explosion took place on Saturday night. Marshall gives a detailed description of his immediate neighborhood here....

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So Much Winning

By The Reverend Published: September 18, 2016

Do you remember when the, basically, unknown former Indiana conservative radio talk show host and U.S. House Rep, Mike Pence, now Governor and currently running as Trump's VP pick,....came under the media eye? When Governor Mike signed a bill legalizing discrimination in his state. Good times. But the "principled conservative", who must at all times hold fast to those eternal values only conservatives comprehend and appreciate, took so much effing flack for saying phuck yeah! to discrimination in the Hoosier state that he quickly reversed his principled self to preserve some form of dignity.

So that's Radio Mike, a principled conservative man's principled man.Trump's sidekick and the guy Trump said would be doing the work of the president on all policy. Policy means Congress. Radio Mike & the GOP Congressional Goons, working together...like a band. Yeah....Radio Mike & The Goons....great band name. Mike and the boys in Congress are gonna work together as one cohesive A-Team, as in Team Assholian, to make America great again for the few white multi-millionaires or better who still qualify as real Americans. Meanwhile President Don & Melania will be, well, doing what they always do...jet setting from one photo op to another, all over the world, saying hey to all the foreign leaders, all the while pushing the Trump brand. 'Step over here Vlad, next to Melania, we'll get a picture, it'll be great, over here VP, haha, get it? Vlad Putin,.....over here, stand in front of this big phucking Trump logo backdrop.'

But the best part for Don? He used to have to pay for it all....now taxpayers will. It'll be great. Believe me. So much winning.

Got a bit off track, but that "so much winning" stuff makes me crazy. I can barely contain myself. So exciting. The point is that while Don and Mel are doin their thing, Pence will be running the executive branch, which, surprise, includes foreign policy and national security. So, and this is effing great, not joking around, so much winning....'Mr Pence...now that we know you'll be our nation's CEO, which of all the vice presidents the U.S. has ever had will you be patterning your very own vice presidency after?'.....

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