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Poorly Planned Performances

By The Reverend Published: February 27, 2017

Here is contributing editor at the Atlantic and CEO of Ish Entertainment, Michael Hirschorn, talking with MSNBC's Ari Melber about something yours truly offered up the other day....

Hirschorn: "So it's interesting that both his campaign and his Presidency have actually tracked very closely to the persona that was created by the producers of The Apprentice."

Melber: "Part of what you point out is that there is an obsession with creating the arc of the story, not based on what's happening, but scripting it for the story."

Hirschorn: "He's wants to put on a 'performative' presidency. I mean 'here, I am signing an executive order' which has not become a fantastic social media meme. But he's going through the motions of performing the presidency while the substance, to my mind, pretty awful things are happening, but there is also a lot of nothing happening...he seems uninterested in what's behind the performance he is putting on..."

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And The Winner Is....

By The Reverend Published: February 27, 2017

In the category of best example of how religion poisons everything, the winner is.....

From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror - waged in the name of the Lord. Congregants of the Word of Faith Fellowship were regularly punched, smacked, choked, slammed to the floor or thrown through walls in a violent form of deliverance meant to "purify" sinners by beating out devils, 43 former members told The Associated Press in separate, exclusive interviews. Victims of the violence included pre-teens and toddlers - even crying babies, who were vigorously shaken, screamed at and sometimes smacked to banish demons.

This year's awards include the new category of best example of un-self-aware, hypocritical, what-the-phuck-ism.......the winner is....former GOP Senator, Judd Gregg....

Equally irresponsible is the approach of the Democratic senators to the nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. It is incredible that a responsible opposition party in America would suggest that it might intend to allow a Supreme Court seat to remain vacant for the entire term of a president. This, however, is the position of Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and it appears to be backed by his caucus.

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Defiler-In-Chief To Address Congress

By The Reverend Published: February 26, 2017

On Tuesday evening there will be a defilement ceremony in the House chamber of Congress. There really is no other way to characterize it. The candidate for last year's presidential contest, the person who finished second in that contest, an internationally known pathological liar and a person completely unfit to serve anyone, let alone the population of the United States, will address a joint session of Congress.

Imagine, if you can, introducing with great pomp and circumstance, a rather large, smelly swine, a repugnant creature who makes grunting noises as he proceeds down the House aisle on his way to the podium, all to gushing fanfare. And then, with that vivid picture in your mind, and with all eyes and ears riveted on what the swine will say first....the porker takes a dump on the stage.

That's what will happen at prime time on Tuesday evening in the United States House of Representatives. A defilement of America ceremony.

The Defiler-in-Chief, his staff has leaked, will be reciting his "American carnage" "inherited a mess" Mother Goose story and the 100 million jobs he has created in his first 5 weeks as Defiler....to set the mythological tone for the rest of the abominable evening. And then the oinker will spew forth his Defile-America agenda...

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Evidence Of Weakness, Not Strength

By The Reverend Published: February 25, 2017

After San Bernardino, Donald Trump called for a Muslim ban. The ban, Trump said, was to stay in effect....

“.... until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

I always thought that that was a ridiculous thing to say. The implication was that our multi-multi-billion dollar intelligence complex, using the best surveillance and spying tools in the world was, somehow, clueless about the level of threat the U.S. faced from Muslim travelers visiting the Homeland.

But unlike Trump, himself, who only gets his information from the "shows" and has a nasty addiction to "cable news", our nation's "representatives" on such matters have known all along "what is going on" pertaining to foreign Muslims visiting the United States....

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The Bait And Switch President

By The Reverend Published: February 24, 2017

There's nothing quite as nauseating as listening to a big mouth, lucky sperm club member who probably hasn't actually WORKED one day of his life....a man who boasted about how smart he was to be able to game the system so he didn't have to pay taxes for some 20 years....tell his neo-nazi followers this today....

"It's time for all Americans to get off of welfare and get back to work, you're going to love it, you're going to love it, you're going to love it."

This is a variation of Paul Ryan's "hammock dwellers" and Mitt's "47%". It reflects the mindset of "principled conservatives" who detest the existence of government assistance. This notion is also a corollary to the bitter hatred of Obamacare. THEIR tax dollars partially going to fund subsidies for poorer and lower middle class working American families really pisses principled conservatives off.

But..of course....it's all built on a myth....

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It's All Very Depressing

By The Reverend Published: February 24, 2017

Nuclear weapons expansion, pursuing recreational weed users in states where weed has been decriminalized, going all in on for-profit, privately-owned prisons, ICE incursions into sanctuary cities, the necessity of a new underground railroad in 2017, an effort to obstruct justice, the president's personal lawyer meeting with convicted felons and a mobbed-up character for the purpose of assisting Vlad Putin's agenda,  letting states decide how best to discriminate against transgenders, and all capped off this week by Trump's address to the neo-nazis and culture-warrior freaks this morning at the CPAC gathering.

This week has been extremely discouraging. Trump's new fascism is beginning to take shape and it's even more depressing than I anticipated.

The Reuters news service conducted an interview with America's so-called president. Behold the argle-bargle....

“It could lead to a lot more jobs in the United States. ... I certainly support a form of tax on the border because everybody else does. We’re the only country, we’re one of the very few countries, possibly the only country, that has no border tax. And that’s not a tax to the consumer, because that’s going to be a tax to companies and it’s going to be a tax to other countries much more so than it is to the consumer. That’s a tax to other countries. And what will happen is, don’t forget there is no tax if we make our product in the United States. So I don’t consider it a tax. That’s a tax if companies are buying their product outside of the United States. But ... if they make their product in the United States, there is no tax. So what is going to happen is companies are going to come back here, they’re going to build their factories and they’re going to create a lot of jobs and there’s no tax.”

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Fascism 101: Criminalize Dissent

By The Reverend Published: February 23, 2017

Protests against the man who sits in the Oval Office are starting to wear on Republicans and the Trump administration. They don't like them. They especially do not like the raucous behavior of constituents at so-called townhall meetings...where mostly Republican representatives have been getting the what-for from anti-Trump locals.

To fight back, Republicans and the Trump administration have been claiming that the protests are chock full of "paid protesters", "professional protesters", trucked or bussed in for the sole purpose of "agitating." Of course there's no evidence to support such fanciful accusations....but we're dealing with a fact-free Republican-controlled federal government now...so evidence and proof are not required.

Here are two examples from many....

Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz is now claiming that the crowd of participants who confronted him at a town hall in his Utah district on Thursday night included a large contingent of paid agitators from out of state.

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How Can We Defend Ourselves Against Robo-Criminals?

By The Reverend Published: February 22, 2017

One must fully understand that writers at the National Review are principled conservatives. Educated, intelligent, and not prone to wingnuttery....at least not like normally heard from Rush, Sean, and their ilk. Why, the author of the two paragraphs below, David French, is so Serious and Principled and Smart, Bill Kristol made a point of naming him as a potential #neverTrumper candidate to go up against Donald and the Hildabeast.

David French didn't appreciate the 4th Circuit's ruling upholding Maryland's ban on AR-15's and similar weapons. I mean, French really didn't like the ruling. He's a Serious man, you see, not prone to hysterical thinking. Read how Serious....

This court has determined that your right to self-defense is limited to the use of weapons less effective than those used in the most notorious massacres. In other words, criminals define your rights. Whatever gun they choose to use in the rarest of crimes, you’re going to have to settle for less, even if the criminal retains broad and easy access to superior firepower. After all, the Fourth Circuit, in its infinite gun wisdom, has determined that no one has “needed to fire more than ten rounds” to protect himself.

Here’s the bottom line, citizens of Maryland: A federal court has defied the Supreme Court and decided that the constitutional right to keep and bear arms is limited to those guns that have no modern military analog and have not (yet) been used to carry out a mass shooting. So dust off those pearl-handled revolvers. Learn to shoot like Doc Holliday. Criminals won’t comply with Maryland’s brainless law, so your aim had better beat their firepower.

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Wednesday's MAGA Report

By The Reverend Published: February 22, 2017

(Norway) has just been ranked the best democracy in the world for the sixth year running by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a London-based consultancy.

The report also downgraded the United States from a "full democracy" to a "flawed democracy" — placing it alongside countries such as India, Argentina and Colombia.

The demotion was linked to American voters losing trust in their own political institutions and the role of big-money lobbying.

Shout it from the rooftops....USA, USA, USA

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The American Purge To Preserve White Supremacy

By The Reverend Published: February 21, 2017

Good overview here of the immigration memo issued today by HHS Sec. John Kelly. No guidelines yet on how, or if, state National Guards will be actively involved in what looks like, no matter what the White House says, a plan for mass deportation. Not mass deportation as in a massive number of undocumenteds rounded up and removed in a day, or a week, or even a month....but mass numbers of deportation over time. The one positive sign is that it appears as if Trump will, for now, not try to round up the Dreamers....and kick them out too.

This stood out to me as particularly vile...see what you think...

....it suggests that “parents and family members of these children” who are immigrants in the US, who often pay smugglers to ensure their children make it safely north, should be considered accomplices to human smuggling and trafficking. It recommends that legal immigrants who pay for their children to come to the US be referred for criminal prosecution — and that unauthorized immigrants who do the same be deported.

Sounds a bit similar to going after the wives and children of jihadists, doesn't it?

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