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Is "Stexit" Next?

By The Reverend Published: June 25, 2016

Question: If it is true that Brexit was a decision that was good for the United Kingdom, why did the worth of the British pound fall to it's lowest levels in 30 years yesterday?

It would seem to me that if, indeed, leaving the EU was, as U.S. conservatives are claiming today, the UK "taking back it's country"....then why did the markets comprehend the UK vote to leave the EU as a rather significant NEGATIVE?

Observation: UK citizens under 50 years old voted to remain in the EU. Those over 50 years old voted to leave. What explains that divide?

I've been trying to figure out where the incentives are for citizens of the UK to leave the European Union. According to this article, leaving the EU will not change a thing when it comes to accepting refugees OR preventing citizens of non-EU nations from entering the UK.

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The WonkBoy Plan To Help The Poor

By The Reverend Published: June 24, 2016

Paul Ryan really cares about poorer Americans. Just ask him. Ryan has visited poor areas of the U.S.....and THAT'S how we know how much he cares about them. He cares so deeply about the plight of the poor that the "tax reform blueprint" he will unveil today in the House would make America's billionaires exponentially richer. Wait, WTF?

The proposal calls for lowering rates, moving the United States toward a consumption-based tax system and revamping the IRS. GOP lawmakers designed it to foster economic growth, make the tax code simpler and eliminate the reasons why companies would participate in offshore tax deals known as “inversions.”

The end zone for the supply-siders is that "consumption-based tax system". Taxing only what is bought is every billionaires wettest of dreams. And because Paul Ryan cares ever so deeply about the poor in America, his plan would help make those billionaire dreams become reality. Seems oddly disconnected, doesn't it?

The "blueprint" being rolled out today in the House would lower the highest income tax rate from 39.6% to 33%.....a 6.6% reduction. And because the poor, you know, are so burdened with high capital gains taxes on all their many investments...

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By The Reverend Published: June 24, 2016

Dow futures are down over 500 points as I type this. In a surprise, British voters decided yesterday to leave the European Union. The vote was 52-48% to leave.

A Brexit represents nothing less than the partial splintering of the world’s largest political union and trading bloc — an $18 trillion economy. Many fear that other European countries will now hold their own exit referendums, leading to a chain reaction that will reverberate across the Atlantic. The Brexit vote could also break apart the UK, scramble transatlantic political unity amid growing tensions with Russia, and complicate U.S. trade ties.

British Prime Minister David Cameron .... announced he's resigning, citing a need for "fresh leadership."

The Brexit story will dominate the news cycle today. Look for media anchors to spend quite a bit of time listing how many ways the British exit from the EU will negatively affect Obama's presidency and Hillary's quest to become the next president. The Donald will receive high praise today from media for having the pulse of the British commoners. And anti-immigration forces in the U.S. will have a field day.

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A Thug Who Admires Other Thugs

By The Reverend Published: June 23, 2016

Just a quick hitter.

The company he keeps is what is key here.

Hugh Hewitt interviewed the Donald today. Hewitt is his own unique version of freakishness, but set that aside for now. Hewitt tried to get Trump to make news on his program. Who might he choose for his VP, who might serve as high level cabinet members in a Trump presidency.....

Trump noted that Christie was an early backer of his campaign, while Cotton, who was a vocal critic of the Obama administration on the Iran deal, "is a very talented guy" and "a very popular person."

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Only A Symptom Of A Much More Serious Disease

By The Reverend Published: June 23, 2016

Fox Freak, Howard Kurtz, was very excited over the speech his political party's presidential nominee awkwardly read off a teleprompter yesterday. Howie praised Trump's "disciplined approach" and suggested that the hot mess of lies masquerading as a campaign speech might just "convince skeptics in his own party".

Kurtz hosts the Machiavellian Fox program called MediaBuzz...perhaps it is called that because viewers must put a good buzz on before sitting down to watch it. Don't know for sure. Howie is a "news" media critic who personally has a conservative hate-radio perspective. He specializes in what I call sins of omission. Kurtz purposely withholds all damning evidence from his program which contradicts the far-right's take on almost every political issue.

As you might expect, Howie praised Trump's speech from yesterday, calling it....

...the first real slugfest of the general election, and the punches thrown—attention, media folks—were mainly about substance.

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Telepromter Trump & The Pivoters

By The Reverend Published: June 22, 2016

ABC News.....It was perhaps the closest Trump has come to a pivot so far.

As predicted in this morning's post, some, not all, in the Village are eager to take the phony Trump "pivot" bait. Here is the headline at the top of a current piece at The Hill describing the Donald's speech this morning....

"Trump moves into presidential mode"

From the body of the piece....

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Polls & Self-Loathers

By The Reverend Published: June 22, 2016

Here's some new evidence possibly validating the claim that Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter, struggled with his own sexual identity....

According to "Miguel", he met Mateen through a gay dating site and had between 15 and 20 encounters with him at a local hotel during the last three months of 2015. Univision reported that a hotel staffer confirmed that Miguel stayed there during that time period, and also said Mateen “looked familiar.”

However, Miguel said, Mateen never identified himself by his real name, and instead described himself as a married man with two children. Miguel told Univision that he believed Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, was aware of the relationship and that the marriage was a way for him to cover up his sexuality.

Why did Mateen choose the Pulse nightclub as his gun-slaughter target?

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Team Players

By The Reverend Published: June 21, 2016

Bragging rights are cool and all.....'we're the champs', 'we're number 1', are great feel-good slogans. Championships are emotionally uplifting....putting a little extra spring in a sports fan's step, an excited look on a fan's face. At least for a few days.

I remember the last Cleveland sports franchise championship. I remember watching the 1964 Browns win the NFL championship game. Great game. The 64 Browns were, as the Cavs are today, quite a team. I remember feeling good...upbeat....over that 27-0 Browns win over the Baltimore Colts and Johnny Unitas. At least for a few days.

Vicarious thrills are genuine. The rush of adrenaline, real. A fan's connection with the championship team bordering on the spiritual. Even though all sports fans are but spectators, and not participants, the sense that "we" won is palpable. For a few days, at least.

In December of 1964, as I jiggered the rabbit ears to pull in the Browns-Colts game from....swear to god....a Canadian network.....because of a teevee blackout locally.... our nation's lawmakers were in the midst of a battle over civil rights for black Americans. JFK had been assassinated a year prior to the game.....RFK and MLK would both be assassinated four years later. Vietnam was just getting going. Much political and social unrest was to follow.

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Not Right In The Head

By The Reverend Published: June 19, 2016

I guess it is a requirement now in the U.S. What is? Whenever there is a multiple-victim killing in the U.S., or even Europe, audiences of news programs must endure a week of 'ZOMG it's ISIS' fear-coverage before any other motivation by the perpetrator is considered seriously.

The Reverend, this past Tuesday....

I'm no psychologist....and when it comes to the myriad complexities that comprise human sexuality, who can even begin to understand the mindset of another person? But, into this already terrible mass-murder story enters the strong possibility that Omar Mateen's killing spree was motivated by hatred of his own sexual urgings.

Go here and see what real psychologists are saying about Omar Mateen's internal battle over his own sexual identity.

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Why They Hate Us

By The ReverendWhy Oh Why Do They Hate Us Published: June 18, 2016

According to this April 2015 study, since 1990, western countries, with the U.S. in the lead, have killed some 4 million Muslims. Four million.

Now, people can argue whether or not the killing of 4 million Muslims in the middle east over the last quarter century is justifiable. But the fact still remains that western nations, led always by the U.S., have been directly responsible for those 4 million Muslim deaths.

Following Omar Mateen's killing rampage in Orlando, many Serious analysts have been singing the now-familiar song of "self-radicalization". The concept is that mostly young American Muslims are sitting at home in front of their digital devices, listening to radical imams, who, allegedly brainwash their audiences into going out and committing mass murder inside the U.S.

Many in the U.S. intelligence business have taken the opportunity of the Orlando slaughter to push for a crackdown on this alleged "self-radicalization" process. We saw the same happen after San Bernardino.

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