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Republicans Vote For Full-Spectrum Internet Surveillance

By The Reverend Published: April 2, 2017

Would it be acceptable, or legal, in exceptional America for government contractors to follow you around all day and keep a written log of every move you made.....all without a judicial warrant?

What if those private government contractors, after following you 24/7 and after keeping a minute-by-minute log of your every move...all without a judicial warrant....then, sold those logs for profit to the highest bidders? Would that be acceptable?

Congressional Republicans think it is perfectly acceptable for government regulated contractors to do just that....and they made their acceptance of such a for-profit spying operation known when they passed a law last week allowing your Internet Service Provider to sell your internet browser history. The bill awaits Donald's signature.

Not one Democrat, in either congressional chamber, voted in favor of the bill to permit ISP's to sell Americans' internet browsing histories. Insert "there's not a dime's worth of difference in the two political parties" Congressional Republicans just went on the record in favor of monopolistic internet service provider's logging Americans' web histories, bundling those histories together, and selling them to who-knows-who to fatten the bottom lines of their monopolies. Republicans did that....and without any help from any Democrats.

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Every Day Is April Fool's Day Now

By The Reverend Published: April 1, 2017

There would be an April Fool's blog post here today...but April Fool's Day, limited as it has been to one 24 hour period of the year, stifled the freedom of real Americans to be fooled each and every day...and therefore, has been discontinued.

Lately, I've been focusing so much on the slowly unraveling story of the Trump-Russian U.S. presidency that I've failed to address other atrocities being intentionally carried out by the Republican revolutionaries who now control Washington.

With the dismal failure of Republican efforts to defund federal monies to Planned Parenthood in the Trump-Ryan AHCA piece...of legislation....GOP congressional revolutionaries passed a targeted bill on Thursday to permit states to divert federal funds designated for other uses.

For the second time in only 12 weeks, VP Mike Pence had to cast a tie breaking vote in the Senate to pass the new measure by a 51-50 margin.

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Signs Of Guilt

By The Reverend Published: March 31, 2017

The AP...

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is in discussions with the House and Senate intelligence committees on receiving immunity from "unfair prosecution" in exchange for agreeing to be questioned as part of ongoing probes into possible contacts between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, his attorney says.

You'll have to excuse my snark, but....does the above mean that Mike Flynn doesn't want immunity from a "fair prosecution"...just an "unfair" one? It's all so confusing.

On cue, the dimwit president, responding to the Flynn news, adds to the confusion...

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Why You Don't Hire Stupid, Incompetent Clowns

By The Reverend Published: March 30, 2017

NY Times, today...

A pair of White House officials played a role in providing Representative Devin Nunes of California, a Republican and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, with the intelligence reports that showed that President Trump and his associates were incidentally swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies.

Several current American officials identified the White House officials as Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues at the White House Counsel’s Office and formerly worked on the staff of the House Intelligence Committee.

Mr. Cohen-Watnick is a former Defense Intelligence Agency official who was originally brought to the White House by Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser.

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The Republicans Role In The Cover Up

By The Reverend Published: March 30, 2017

The House Intelligence Committee investigation into Trump-Russian coordination, an investigation led by comrade Devin Nunes, has lost all credibility. So, now it's the Senate Intelligence Committee's turn. Here's the happy-talk being spewed in the Village about how that Senate investigation will be on the up and up, and not partisan, like Nunes' investigation....

As the House probe continued its collapse into a partisan shouting match Wednesday, Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr and his Democratic counterpart, Mark Warner, stepped into the spotlight to present a stark contrast. Their message? We are the adults in the room.

The two senators delivered a bravura bipartisan performance at their first joint press conference, complimenting each other and vowing to bridge their political differences to get to the bottom of what Burr called one of the most important investigations in his 22-year tenure in Congress.

That's what is often referred to as...happy horseshite.

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Palling Around With Russian Gangsters

By The Reverend Published: March 29, 2017

Reuters, this afternoon...

A U.S. Senate investigation into Russia's meddling during the U.S. election should include a thorough review of any financial ties between Russia and President Donald Trump and his associates, Democratic senator Ron Wyden said Wednesday.

A Reuters investigation published earlier this month found that dozens of members of the Russian elite have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida, according to public documents, interviews and corporate records.

From Josh Marshall, here's the important context needed to understand what Senator Wyden was getting at in his letter....

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Nothing Is Real In Trump's Fantasy America

By The Reverend Published: March 29, 2017

President Trump on Tuesday signed a wide-ranging executive order to start the process of rolling back former President Obama’s aggressive climate change agenda, promising that the measure would create jobs in the fossil fuel industry.

"My action today is the latest in a series of steps to create American jobs and to grow American wealth. We're ending the theft of American prosperity and rebuilding our beloved country," he said before signing the order.

Robert Murray, founder and chief executive of Murray Energy, the largest privately held coalminer in the US.....“I suggested that he temper his expectations. Those are my exact words,” said Murray. “He can’t bring them back.”

Between January 2015 and January 2017, some 34.75 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity—about 11 percent of the total—was shut down. Yes, increased regulation is a factor. But coal has lost most of its market share to a cheaper, cleaner-burning, domestic fossil fuel: natural gas. In 2016, for the first time, natural gas accounted for more electricity production than coal. No executive order will affect the appeal of natural gas.

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Death Spiral

By The Reverend Published: March 28, 2017

Baghdad Bob Spicer today...

" some point, the facts are what they are. And every single person who has been briefed on this situation with respect to the situation with Russia — Republican, Democrat, Obama appointee, career [employees] — have all come to the same conclusion. At some point, April, you’re going to have to take no for an answer with respect to whether or not there was collusion.”

I wonder if Democratic ranking member, Adam Schiff, qualifies as an "every single person briefed"....

“I can tell you that the case is more than that. And I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now. … I will say that there is evidence that is not circumstantial, and is very much worthy of investigation.”

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The Plot Thickens...The Cover-up Broadens

By The Reverend Published: March 28, 2017

Today's scheduled open-hearing of the House Intelligence Committee investigation into Russian interference in our presidential campaign has been canceled by it's Trumpster-nitwit chairman Devin Nunes. The Committee was prepared to hear from former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence Director, James Clapper....and former acting Attorney General, Sally Yates.

Nunes "postponed" the scheduled Tuesday open-hearing last Friday at the end of a very politically damaging week for the Trumpsters. Why did Nunes cancel today's scheduled hearing?....

Nunes said the public hearing was being postponed because the committee needed to first hear from FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers in a private setting.

Like I mentioned, Nunes is a nitwit. He can't even come up with anything close to being believable.

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An Episode Of Fake News?

By The Reverend Published: March 27, 2017

Last Monday, the open session of the House Intelligence Committee, to understate, did no go well for the Trump administration. Not only did James Comey confirm for the first time publicly that Trump campaign associates were being investigated for possible "coordination" with Russians in their effort to interfere in last year's presidential election campaign in which the Russians favored Donald....but we also learned from Comey and Rogers, and a message through Comey from the Justice Department, that they had not seen any evidence that Obama spied on or surveilled any Trumpers either before or after the election. That's what we learned last Monday.....and don't kid yourself...those revelations sent the Trump White House into panic mode.

Tuesday evening....

The Daily Beast reported that (Devin) Nunes (Intel. Committee Chair) was in an Uber Tuesday evening with a senior committee staffer when he got a communication on his phone, before leaving abruptly without telling his aide where he was going.

Where did Nunes go that Tuesday night and what was he doing?

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