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By The Reverend Published: May 21, 2015

Because lies seem to never die.....and liars never stop lying, it is necessary to review two aspects of the Iraq adventure which are now being falsely used by presidential candidates and usual-suspect neo-con assholes to defend W's indefensible crime and blame Obama for turning a "victory" into a "defeat."

The first is McGrampy's personal pet project....."the surge." We're still being told that after 4 years of combat and a 100,000 U.S. troop occupation of Iraq, only because of surging 30,000 more U.S. troops in 2007, the U.S. finally prevailed and Iraq was saved for Jeffersonian democracy.

That narrative is, of course, mythological.

The first goal (of the 2007 surge) was to bring the level of violence down by increasing U.S. force levels in key areas, forging a tactical alliance with cooperative Sunni groups, and shifting to a counterinsurgency strategy that emphasized population protection. This aspect of the surge succeeded, though it is still hard to know how much of the progress was due to increased force levels and improved tactics and how much was due to other developments, such as the prior “ethnic cleansing” that had separated the contending groups.

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Trickle-Down Trade Agreements

By The Reverend Published: May 21, 2015

You see, the reason Americans should favor massive and secretly constructed trade deals is because of the "trickle-down" benefits.....

There is a bipartisan consensus on the benefits of free trade to the entire U.S. economy. An open letter urging the renewal of TPA was signed by former chairs of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers under Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. They argue that “economy-wide benefits resulting from increased trade provide resources to make progress on important social goals, including helping those who are adversely affected,” through measures such as providing expanded opportunities for education to retrain individuals who have lost their jobs to outsourcing.

Let me see if I understand. The U.S. should encourage and celebrate trade deals which will cost even more U.S. jobs....BECAUSE....huge multinational, U.S. corporations will benefit greatly from those deals, thus paying more in taxes, which can be used to retrain workers who lost their jobs because of....trade deals.

And people dare to call me crazy.

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Disintegrating

By The Reverend Published: May 20, 2015

It should be clear to many that we're witnessing the disintegration of the U.S. democratic republic. Disgust is not a strong enough word to describe what I've been witnessing these past few years. I do not mention this because of one specific incident. It's the totality of what I'm witnessing that informs me that whatever lights are still shining from that infamous "shining city on a hill".....they will soon burn out under the massive corruption, greed, and deception which now characterizes most of our once-praiseworthy institutions.

Some may wonder what I really think. Well, that's it.

To illustrate, using but one of hundreds of examples I could set forth, here's my question.

What is it exactly that Jeb Bush is doing?

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Can Kicking & More Politcal Theater: USA Freedom Act Edition

By The Reverend Published: May 20, 2015

The 4th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.....

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

To make a point here....let me suggest a hypothetical.

In order to keep us, you know, safe....the U.S. Congress passes a law which allows FBI employees to record every piece of mail distributed by the U.S. Post Office. Who sent the pieces of mail, who received the pieces of mail and when the mail was sent and received would be recorded by FBI agents. The information, let's call it metamail data, would be stored away in huge data storage centers where other government intelligence agencies could run that data through sophisticated computer algorithm programs looking for patterns. The FBI doesn't open any mail or read any mail...instead, they only record who sent and who received the mail. And all of this is done without probable cause and without judicial warrants.

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Trade Trickery

By The Reverend Published: May 19, 2015

The trade issue has made unlikely allies of the Republican majority leader and the Democratic president. McConnell said on Sunday that Obama has “done an excellent job” on the trade issue.

The man who obstructed basically everything a Democratically controlled Senate offered up from 2010 through 2015....is now praising the Democratic president for capitulating to the desires of the GOP....and the 1%.

"President Obama has done his country a service by taking on his base and pushing back on some of the more ridiculous rhetoric we've heard," McConnell told ABC's George Stephanopoulos Sunday on "This Week."

"Yes, we'll pass it. We'll pass it later this week," he said.

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Waco Bikers & White Culture

By The Reverend Published: May 18, 2015

By now you probably know about the great exercise of 2nd amendment rights that took place inside, and outside, of the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas. As usual, those 2nd amendment-haters are taking the opportunity to rally for sensible gun control....and The Hill, a bastion of conservative rightness, is on the job putting out articles, not so much about the gun violence that took place at Twin Peaks, but about those pesky and irritating Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, who, foolishly, are calling the Waco gun violence "a wakeup call." How silly, those moms are.

The Moms Demand Action group doesn't fully appreciate the freedoms we enjoy here in the most exceptional nation evah, and by this tweet from them...."stop taking orders from gun lobby; listen to police and constituents"......exposed their ignorance of what makes America so exceptional.

The fact that on a daily basis Americans can, and do, exercise their 2nd amendment rights....and kill or injure other Americans, or themselves....is a big part of what makes the U.S. so free and unique in the world.

And tell me, what would be so exceptional about America if elected officials quit "taking orders from the gun lobby", or any other lobbying group for that matter? Elected officials taking orders from big corporate lobbying groups is how our uniquely American system works. Corporations and billionaires pay for candidates' campaigns so that those candidates can win elections...and then when those candidates win, it's only right that the elected officials, then, take orders from the lobbyists who also work for those corporations and billionaires. Think about it. How could it be any other way?

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GOP Candidates Still Pushing Phony Iraq Narrative

By The Reverend Published: May 18, 2015

I'm finding it entertaining....in a twisted way, naturally....watching Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio step all over their own dinghuses (dinghi?) attempting to answer questions about Iraq.

But that's what will inevitably happen to "first tier" GOP 2016 candidates who, twelve years after the fact, insist on relying on a completely false narrative of how the Bush 2 administration arrived at their decision to wage pre-emptive war against the non-threatening country of Iraq.

Republican revisionists, long ago, decided to exonerate Commander Codpiece of all war-crime and treason charges by relying on one dishonest escape hatch. That it was the "faulty intelligence" processed by faceless and nameless intelligence gatherers....who were to be blamed for W's final decision to invade Iraq. Whenever Republicans respond with the "mistakes were made" answer to questions about the decision in March 2003 to invade and occupy Iraq, they are blaming those nameless and faceless intelligence gatherers for convincing the blameless Bush that his case for pre-emptive war was justified.

Two examples will suffice to demonstrate that Republican revisionists.....and leading 2016 GOP candidates.....are full of it.

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Controlling The Process

By The Reverend Published: May 16, 2015

The entire rather boring episode about ABC's George Stephanopoulos' donations to the Clinton Charitable Foundation is for the purpose of gaming the 2016 debates ever-so-slightly to the advantage of GOP candidates. Republican Candidate Clowns plan on hiding in plain sight during the upcoming campaign season, and in the current stupid back and forth about disclosures of charitable donations, Republican media and GOP operatives are seeking to minimize any difficult or embarrassing questionings of GOP candidates before the primary debates even begin.

Haven't we been told how deep the GOP presidential candidate bench is for 2016? Yes, we have....and proudly so by virtually every conservative media hack. An yet, what explains this....

A broad consensus is beginning to take hold among Republican party officials that the presidential primary debates shouldn’t include any more than a dozen candidates — despite the fact that there might be as many as 19 declared candidates by the time the primary debates start this August.

....there is behind-the-scenes agreement here at the Republican National Committee spring meeting that the first debates should be capped at 12 candidates.

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Iraq Smack

By The Reverend Published: May 15, 2015

The last of the three unrelated blues Kings has passed away. B.B. King, 89, passed away last night at his home in Las Vegas. Electric guitar blues music was built on the foundation of the Kings, Albert, Freddie and B.B. I've seen B.B. several times in concert...and he was not only a great blues musician and entertainer, but unlike so many other celebrity musicians, he was a humble man. Every day I have the blues.....

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After flip flopping around like a seal, Jeb, 'I'm-still-not-a-declared-presidential-candidate' Bush, disgusted with being asked a hypothetical question about his brother's Iraq crime,....clarifies his multiple-choice answers over whether he would have committed the same international crime as his bro....

"So here is the deal. If we are all supposed to answer hypothetical questions ‘knowing what we know now, what would you have done?’ I would’ve not engaged, I would not have gone into Iraq. That’s not to say that the world is safer because Saddam Hussein is gone -- it is significantly safer. That’s not to say that there was a courageous effort to bring about a surge that created stability in Iraq -- all of that is true, and that’s not to say that the men and women that have served in uniform and many others that went to Iraq to serve, they did so certainly honorably. But we’ve answered the question now."

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The Assassination Of Osama Bin Laden

By The Reverend Published: May 14, 2015

I have been dealing with my elderly mother's health issues since 9am Monday morning...hospital tests and so forth. She's home now and doing much better as of yesterday afternoon. She'll be 90 years old next week.

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If you haven't read Seymour Hersh's newest article on the assassination of Osama bin-Laden, you should take the time to do so. Early Monday morning, I thought the Hersh article would be big news this week, but as it turns out, not so much.

Does Hersh have it right? I don't know. But what I do know is that in arguing against Hersh's investigative findings, "liberal" media is suggesting that Hersh has lost his way of late....with just the slightest implication that the celebrated investigative reporter might be suffering from some mental debilitation. That's a sure sign that Hersh is on to something....at least in my book.

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