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Hillary Attacks Soft GOP Underbelly On Immigration

By The Reverend Published: May 6, 2015

Following last November's midterms, President Obama issued his executive order on immigration. That executive order offered "temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, along with an indefinite reprieve from deportation."

It was that executive order, following a big GOP win in the midterms, which really pissed off Republicans, big time. You may remember that I wrote at the time that Republicans were incensed over Obama's action on immigration because what Obama did in his order was what Republicans were planning on doing, and taking the credit for, as the new congressional majority party.

Quick review: The majority of Republicans oppose a pathway to citizenship for undocumented citizens living in the country. Latino-American voters tend to vote for Democrats and more progressive policies. Republicans oppose a pathway to citizenship because they fear all those new, as ElRushbo puts it, "Democrat" voters.

At the same time, the GOP realizes, if they don't do something seen as positive on immigration, they are in danger of losing favor with the fastest growing demographic group in the nation, perhaps for a generation. Republicans were hoping to tread a very fine line on immigration with their new congressional majority. Their plan was to pass legislation very similar to Obama's executive order.....granting legal green card status only to undocumenteds without any provision leading to citizenship.

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GOP Clown Bus Report Updated

By The Reverend Published: May 5, 2015

The GOP Clown Bus has made another pickup. This stop welcomed a female Clown, a black Clown and a Preacher Clown. What all three of the newest Clowns have in common, however, is that all three are Grifter Clowns.

The Grifter Clowns are properly named, as you can plainly see from the definition of the word.....

"a person who operates a sideshow at a circus, fair, etc., esp. a gambling attraction."

"Sideshow at a circus" that appropriate, or what?

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Protecting Freedom By Restricting Freedom

By The Reverend Published: May 5, 2015

(U.S. Rep. Peter) King (R-NY) then told Blitzer, “I do believe in having more surveillance of people in the Muslim community, because that’s where the threat comes from.”

He acknowledged it might be viewed as unconstitutional, but argued the FBI should be “authorized to go further than that”...

The Patriot Act is up for renewal by our Leader-Protectors. I have no idea whether Pam Geller's "Draw Mohammed" contest over the weekend in Texas had anything to do with the renewal of the Patriot Act, but I wouldn't put it past her.

Geller had every right to purposely offend Muslims by holding her hate-Islam fest. But what goes around comes around....and I doubt very much whether folks of Geller's ilk would defend similar provocations directed at Jews or Christians. How about a porn-cartoon drawing contest with Father Abraham as the subject or a contest to see who could depict Mother Mary as a prostitute in the most convincing and entertaining manner?

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Punishing The Poor For Being Poor

By The Reverend Published: May 4, 2015

For every 10 percent increase to the minimum wage, food stamps enrollment falls by between 2.4 and 3.2 percent and total spending on the program falls by 1.9 percent...

An increase of the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.... would slice $4.6 billion off the country’s food stamps bill each year.

But Republicans and conservatives have no interest in raising the minimum wage. Instead, as we've seen in Wisconsin, for example, those ideologues, or devils, you decide, have worked to lower wages for existing workers in their state. Busting up public worker unions and passing right-to-work-for-less legislation will lower average wages for Wisconsin's workers. All part of the GOP plan.

With those dirty deeds done, Wisconsin Republicans have turned their sights on to the poorest in their state because: why not?

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"Pandering To Idiots"

By The Reverend Published: May 4, 2015

Is it .....a "psy ops" plot that will condition Americans to the sight of troops on the streets?

Or exercise related to a leaked Justice Department memo "calling for an all out gun confiscation and outlawing of firearms."

Maybe it is all about.....military plans to imprison political dissidents.

Disappearing conservative resistors, perhaps?.... "key resistance figures [who] would be kidnapped and 'dealt with' in advance of the implementation of martial law."

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Did Pre-emptive Baltimore Police Strategy Provoke Violence?

By The Reverend Published: May 3, 2015

I encourage you to read this account of how the Baltimore "riots" began. It would seem that the Baltimore police, in what they thought was a pre-emptive move to prevent violence, actually helped to provoke violence.

When school let out that afternoon, police were in the area equipped with full riot gear. According to eyewitnesses in the Mondawmin neighborhood, the police were stopping buses and forcing riders, including many students who were trying to get home, to disembark. Cops shut down the local subway stop. They also blockaded roads near the Mondawmin Mall and Frederick Douglass High School, which is across the street from the mall, and essentially corralled young people in the area. That is, they did not allow the after-school crowd to disperse.

Meghann Harris, a teacher at a nearby school, described on Facebook what happened:

"Police were forcing buses to stop and unload all their passengers. Then, [Frederick Douglass High School] students, in huge herds, were trying to leave on various buses but couldn't catch any because they were all shut down. No kids were yet around except about 20, who looked like they were waiting for police to do something. The cops, on the other hand, were in full riot gear, marching toward any small social clique of students…It looked as if there were hundreds of cops."

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Petty, Political Payback

By The Reverend Published: May 2, 2015

It's the pettiness and vindictiveness that stands out.....

(U.S. Attorney Paul) Fishman told reporters, in announcing the charges. "The indictment alleges, and Wildstein admitted, that the three defendants used Port Authority resources to exact political retribution against a public official who would not endorse the Governor for re-election, and concocted and promoted a bogus cover story to execute their plan and to cover their tracks."

Wildstein told the judge he agreed with Baroni and Kelly in August 2013 to punish Sokolich by reducing two of the three local access lanes connecting Fort Lee traffic with the bridge. He said they agreed to a "cover story of a traffic study," that they agreed no advance notice would be given to Fort Lee officials or residents and that any questions from the borough would be ignored, what they dubbed "radio silence."

Wildstein, in answering Wigenton's questioning, agreed that the date for the closure was chosen "to maximize the traffic congestion in Fort Lee" on the first days of the school year.

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BFD In Baltimore....6 Police Charged

By The Reverend Published: May 1, 2015

What a surprise, huh? 6 Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Honest to goodness, I did not see that one coming.

During this week, I've heard the racist authoritarians explain how Freddie Gray had actually intentionally broken his own spine, causing his own death. Other conservative whites tried to tell us that Gray was carrying a frightening switchblade, and that was why police arrested him. Other deception artists stated that Gray had a pre-existing spinal injury.

Typical of our glorious Misinformation Age.....none of that has any relationship with the truth.

Remember how I had mentioned earlier that I thought Gray's neck was injured during the take down and arrest....when a witness said Officer Rice, a policeman whose service has been marked with uncontrollable outbursts of violence requiring follow-up psychological counseling, applied pressure to the neck of Freddie Gray when he was face down on the concrete. Others also concur with my take....even though it may be medically impossible to determine for certain when and how Gray's spine/neck was virtually severed.

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Marxist, Commie, Socialist Enters Presidential Race

By The Reverend Published: May 1, 2015

Yesterday, Vermont Independent Senator, Bernie Sanders announced he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Hill's headline today....."Socialist to snap at Clinton’s heels"

Here's the headline at WAPO's The Fix....

"Bernie Sanders is an avowed socialist. 52 percent of Democrats are OK with that."

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Do Unalienable Rights Come From A Creator?

By The Reverend Published: April 30, 2015

From America's Declaration of Independence.....

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are Lendowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, iberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

American Christians often point to that sentence from the Declaration as evidence that human rights come from god, the Creator. Of course, what those Christians mean is the Judeo-Christian god, Yahweh...the god of the Bible.

But as he wrote that high-minded sentence, did Thomas Jefferson actually believe the words he was writing?

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