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Don't Trust Until You Verify...Then, Still Don't Trust

By The Reverend Published: December 2, 2016

The Paris attacks that got the hystericalization ball rolling took place November 13, 2015. It was a terrible event that left 130 people dead and hundreds more wounded. Isis was responsible for the carnage.

"Three co-ordinated teams" were believed to have been behind the attacks, according to Paris chief prosecutor Francois Molins.

There's no question that the Paris attack was a very serious matter. Media personnel and outlets blanket covered the tragic story....and, I think, properly so. The earlier Charlie Hebdo attack was bad enough.....but the Paris attack was, in a way, France's 9-11.

Just a few weeks later, on December 2nd in San Bernardino, California....another tragedy took place. 14 American citizens were killed and 22 injured when a husband and wife team shot up a holiday party gathering at the husband's place of employment.

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Trump Surrenders To Corporate Blackmailers

By The Reverend Published: December 1, 2016

United Technologies, parent company of Carrier, receives $5.6 billion per year in business....from the federal government. Ten percent of UT's $56 billion a year business comes from...tax dollars.

I know you're hearing and reading accounts of how our nation's newest deity spoke....and lo and behold, Carrier and United Technology surrendered...agreeing to keep 1000 jobs in Indiana that they had planned to move to Mexico. Besides buying a little insurance with their surrender, you know, pro-actively, Carrier was "persuaded" to keep those jobs in Indiana, compliments of Indiana's Mike Pence-led state administration....but paid for with the tax dollars of hard working, average-Joe, Indianans.

Carrier agreed to ditch plans to move some jobs to Mexico, keeping a factory in Indianapolis in exchange for $7 million in tax breaks, according to The Wall Street Journal. Carrier's parent company also has substantial federal government contracts, and the deal with Trump was reported to be a proactive move to protect those deals. 

Paul Ryan was simply thrilled that Indiana tax dollars were used to pay Carrier's blackmail threat....and hopes he, as House Speaker, can lock in more tax giveaway bribes to multi-billion dollar corporations all across the Homeland....

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The Vengeance Of The Minority

By The Reverend Published: December 1, 2016

I think it will be the fervor.....the speed and intensity with which Trump Republicans will dismantle progressive America that will take citizens by surprise. Could be mistaken, of course....hope I am....but....this doesn't bode well...

House and Senate budget leaders are teeing up a vote to repeal most of ObamaCare by Jan. 20, 2017, according to multiple sources.

The leaders of the House and Senate Budget committees are planning the vote for the first week of January, to deal an immediate blow to ObamaCare after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, according to a Senate GOP aide.

34 days from today...congressional Republicans will send their Affordable Care Act repeal to the floors of the House and Senate. The moment Trump is inaugurated on January 20th, he will sign the repeal.....and the dismantling process will have begun.

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Wednesday's "Winning" Report

By The Reverend Published: November 30, 2016

For two full years, OPEC masters couldn't agree to manipulate the oil market by cutting production. Today that all changed. West Texas Crude has risen by some 8% today from the $45 per barrel level to nearly $49 per barrel as I type this. So...it was good while it lasted....$2 per gallon gasoline, I mean. But it's over....and to help in the making America great again effort...gasoline prices, I predict, will be over $3 per gallon before summer comes around again...perhaps higher.

Making America great again will also feature the end of net neutrality. Honestly now, how can America be great again if ISP's can't censor out online content at their own discretion? And, really....there are just too many websites out there anyway, right? Who needs all that stupid stuff. It's time for the Big content providers to start being treated with the respect they deserve, don't you think? Trump does....

The principle that internet service providers should treat data equally was championed by the Obama administration, but corporate lackeys are set to overturn that on the FCC.

Last Monday, Trump named Jeffrey Eisenach and Mark Jamison to oversee the transition of Federal Communications Commission. Eisenach and Jamison, both are on staff at the conservative at the American Enterprise Institute, and both former lobbyists for major telecommunications companies. Both are vocal opponents of net neutrality.

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What "Draining The Swamp" Really Means

By The Reverend Published: November 30, 2016

Former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao will be President-elect Donald Trump’s transportation secretary, Mr. Trump’s transition team announced Tuesday evening.

Elaine Chao is Mrs. Mitch McConnell. Along with the fact that Chao served as Transportation Secretary under both Poppy and Junior Bush, the fact that Chao is Mrs. Mitch McConnell is what is important to Trump, in my opinion.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was never a full-throated Trump endorser during the presidential campaign. When asked about the Donald, Mitchy did his best to avoid answering. Trump realizes that Mitch is a wily rascal....who is difficult to read at times. So, what better way for Donald to win the Senate Majority Leader over than to hire his wife?

But don't consider Chao's appointment as a kind of bribe....because, as President Nixon believed, if a President Trump does something illegal, it's not really illegal at all, because he is the president.

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"Block Everything, Block Everyone"

By The Reverend Published: November 29, 2016

Lots of phony progressives, like Mika Brezinski here, are trying to convince elected-Democrats, like Elizabeth Warren, to calm down and try to work with America's newly crowned Electoral College King.

Brezinski today...

“I’m sorry, it’s getting exhausting. She (Warren) might want to be a little inclusive. Because she’s sounding like the people she’s accusing of being exclusive.”

Now, you can try to make sense of what Brezinski said there....which boils down to: Trump ran appealing only to white voters, and won the presidential election by campaigning that way while speaking hatefully against "others"....but Democrats should not follow that successful strategy.

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"Winning" Means Someone Loses

By The Reverend Published: November 29, 2016

The coming atrocities.....

I've been thinking about placing a large U.S. flag upside down on the roadside face of my garage wall as a free-speech expression that the nation is in distress with a Trump presidency. Not sure if I will lose my citizenship or spend a year in jail.....

“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.

Burning the U.S. flag has been deemed by the courts as a valid, protected, free speech right...just like big bags of free speech cash. How much longer that will be the case....is now anyone's guess.

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Doom

By The Reverend Published: November 28, 2016

In the still-unfinished counting of the presidential popular vote, Hillary Clinton now leads by over 2.2 million votes. Currently, Hillary holds 48.2% of the popular vote count to Trump's 46.5%....a 1.7% margin.

As you know, Green candidate, Jill Stein, has successfully pushed for a recount in the state of Wisconsin....and she is also working for recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania as well, states where Stein's push for recounts are unlikely to be successful.

Now...that's the reality-based version of what's going on in the presidential vote counting business. Here's the faith-based version....

"In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally," Trump wrote on Twitter. There is no evidence to support Trump's claim and PolitiFact ruled it false.

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The First Casualty Of War

By The Reverend Published: November 26, 2016

You know that dual narrative "news" problem I keep writing about?....

Trump’s victory means that the most extreme and recklessly irresponsible voices on the right now feel emboldened and empowered. And more worrisome than that, they have an ally in the White House. For years, Rush Limbaugh has gibed about what he calls the “state-controlled media”—the fawning liberal news outlets that Limbaugh has long decried for their lack of critical coverage of President Obama—but we may be about to see what one actually looks like—an alt-reality news outlet operating from within 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The new media will not only provide propaganda cover for the administration, but also direct the fire of a loose confederation of conservative outlets against critics and dissenters. Already, Fox’s Sean Hannity has urged Trump to freeze out the mainstream media and talk directly to the nation.

That...from conservative radio-show host Charlie Sykes in a Politico article up today. Apparently, Alex Jones is the nation's new Walter Cronkite.....

So what is this brave new conservative media going to look like? Probably more like Alex Jones than National Review. The appointment of Breitbart’s Steve Bannon as chief adviser to the president-elect was the new regime’s implicit imprimatur on the new conservative media. But perhaps the most revealing moment was Trump’s reported call, on the Monday after the election, to Infowar’s Alex Jones to thank him for his support in the campaign.

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Making Christmas Ornaments Great Again

By The Reverend Published: November 25, 2016

Have you seen the $250 Christmas tree ornament Trump is selling on Amazon? If not go here. Trust me, you want to see this. The ornament is a miniature, red, "Make America Great Again" hat, trimmed in gold.

But...oddly...the godawful gaudy thing is not being met with rave reviews.....

On Amazon, there are currently 1,346 customer reviews (and climbing) on Trump’s tiny lid, with 91 percent of users rating it 1 star. Just 6 percent of the reviews are 5 stars.

Proving again that America is already great, reviewers of that product on Amazon had, let's say, a festive time creatively mocking what to me brings back memories of those velvet-Elvis pictures people used to hang on their walls.

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