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It's Not Just Talk

By The Reverend Published: May 25, 2016

Sebastian Junger made the cable teevee rounds yesterday promoting his new book "Tribe". You can read what Junger says about "over-valorizing veterans" in this transcribed interview. It's a good read. Junger's new book deals with the problem of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).

Junger believes that it is the "society that you come back to" as a combat veteran that is exacerbating the problem of post-traumatic stress syndrome for returning U.S. combat veterans. "Maybe the problem" Junger says, "is not with them (returning combat veterans)...maybe the problem is with us." Combat veterans come out of a "cohesive society"....which is the military, and return to civilian life in America where there is no sense of community, unity or cohesion.

Junger made some very interesting points. But what caught my attention was this....

"the political parties are at each other's throats, we live in racially and economically segregated communities...there are politicians and leaders in media who literally talk about some fellow citizens as if they are traitors. ...as if their rivals literally want to hurt the country. They talk about the president, they talk about members of the Congress and elements of the population as if they are actually trying to harm their own country....People talk like that about their enemy...and when you talk like that, you are dividing your society..."

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Should Democrats Panic? Oh, Hell No

By The Reverend Published: May 24, 2016

One of my favorites....TBogg....has some fun with Salon.com's "sky is falling" approach to Hillary Clinton's presumptive Democratic nomination. If you visit Salon, you know that they have had numerous feature pieces up bemoaning Hillary's almost-decided Democratic nomination. At times, the articles in Salon could have been mistaken for pieces at Fox Nation or RedState...that's how anti-Hillary they have been.

Make no mistake.....there's an argument to be made in favor of Democrats rejecting Clinton and choosing Bernie Sanders as their presidential nominee....but, realistically, Hillary will win the nomination, and she will have done so by winning more primary votes and delegates than Bernie.

As I've been predicting, mainstream media, since Trump's Indiana primary win, have rushed to normalize the candidacy of Mr. Trump. Normalize...in the sense that the Donald is just a typical GOP presidential candidate. He's not, of course....but for the purpose of juicing media ratings and keeping the general election close....that's what for-profit, corporate media have been doing. And they will continue doing it.

The Village has been all aflutter the last few days over head-to-head matchup polls showing Hillary and Trump in a dead heat nationally. I won't try to rationalize those polls away, but instead point to the fact that the Democratic primary contest has not ended yet. Currently, many Democratic voters are still holding out hope for a Sanders nomination....but after June 7th, that will change.

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Telling It Like It Is

By The Reverend Published: May 23, 2016

What many Americans love about the teevee entertainer running for the U.S. presidency is that "he tells it like it is". Candidates who are not teevee entertainers often resort to politi-speak. They say words that make up sentences but the sentences don't really inform audiences about what that candidate would or would not do if elected to office. But not Mr. Trump. He's different.

And, see...Americans are really tired of campaigning politicians who refuse to give a straight honest answer to a direct question. That is what has been so refreshing about Donald Trump. He doesn't do that. Trump speaks his mind with clarity so that when he is done answering a question....by god, you know where he stands.

Let's take, as one example of Trump's unique, uniqueness,...how the Donald handled Hillary's criticism of the straight-talking candidate's speech to NRA members the other day....

Clinton, responding to that speech, said Trump's vision "isn't just way out there, it's dangerous," and noted that while Trump wants to allow guns in schools, she believes "parents, teachers and schools should have the right to keep guns out of classrooms, just like Donald Trump does at many of his hotels, by the way."

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The Man With The Plan

By The Reverend Published: May 21, 2016

Question: In the following Trump statement to a gathering of the NRA, is Mr. Trump pandering or does he really believe in what he's saying?

“Gun-free zones. We’re getting rid of gun-free zones, OK? I can tell you that,” Mr. Trump said in his address to the national convention of National Rifle Association (NRA) — the powerful pro-gun lobbying group in the US — in Kentucky.

The way you would know whether or not Trump was only saying what his gun-addicted audience wanted to hear is if Trump-owned properties are gun free zones, or not. If Trump is a true believer in the 'guns-everywhere' doctrine of the NRA, then it would follow that none of the Trump-owned properties would be gun free zones.

HuffPo's Sam Stein....

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He's Just Different

By The Reverend Published: May 20, 2016

We've heard it often. Mr. Trump was "self-funding" his campaign to become the GOP presidential nominee. Donald always seemed very proud of himself when he made that claim over and over to his adoring fans. Many of Donald's fans referred to his "self-funding" as a reason why they supported the billionaire over other Clown candidates.

And Mr. Trump didn't just bask in his ability to self-fund either. He repeatedly criticized other Clown candidates for taking Big Donor money...because, according to Trump, taking Big Donor money meant a candidate was beholden to those Big Donors.

Here's the Donald last October...

"I am self-funding my campaign and therefore I will not be controlled by the donors, special interests and lobbyists who have corrupted our politics and politicians for far too long,".....The character of our country is only as strong as our leaders."

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No, States Don't Get To Decide

By The Reverend Published: May 19, 2016

When it comes down to discriminatory behavior towards groups of people conservatives simply do not approve of or consider to be fully human....this is the go-to line of defense....

“Speak­er Ry­an be­lieves this is a state and loc­al is­sue and the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment should re­spect that.”

In context, the issue under consideration was the transgender/bathroom dispute. But the phrase..."this is a state and local issue".....has been applied by conservatives to every historical attempt to justify and defend open discriminatory practices against groups of people conservatives do not approve of.

Slavery...it was said...was a state and local issue, not a federal one. But alas, after all the killing stopped, conservatives learned that slavery WAS a federal issue after all and not just a state or local one.

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Populist Candidates & Conservative Whiners

By The Reverend Published: May 19, 2016

Finally, Digby puts it altogether in this recommended blog post.

His (Trump's) economic message, to the extent it actually exists, is that foreigners are robbing Americans blind and he's going to get the money back and give it to his supporters and everyone will live happily ever after,

The idea that this is responsive to the deep economic anxieties of the average working Joe is a stretch. But it is very responsive to another set of anxieties that's been plaguing many members of the right wing for decades and went into overdrive with the election of President Obama. That would be the ethnocentric anxieties of white conservatives who are feeling emasculated by the emergence of a multi-ethnic, multi-racial majority.

Liberal supporters of Bernie Sanders also supported Barack Obama in 2008. Those liberals, like myself, were hoping that the massive destructive nature of the Bush-era financial industry collapse would force Obama and Senate Democrats to crack down hard on the money-and-paper shuffling criminal syndicate which is our nation's largest banks. Liberals realized that the Great Recession was very similar to the Great Depression in both cause and results....and we were looking for a new New Deal to confront the systemic risk of casino capitalism.

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47 Years...Plus.....Market Rigging

By The Reverend Published: May 18, 2016

Bernie Sanders needs to gain some 280 pledged delegates to catch Hillary Clinton...and that's without superdelegates. In Kentucky and Oregon yesterday, Sanders gained 4 delegates over Hillary. That punctuates how impossible Sanders chances are. The two Dem candidates each took 27 delegates in Kentucky in a tight primary which Hillary won by .5 percent....and with 76% of the Oregon votes counted, Sanders only won four more delegates than Hillary, 28-24.

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A court order to integrate schools in Cleveland (Mississippi) was announced Monday, a day before the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling that declared unconstitutional the principle of "separate but equal" in public schools. While Cleveland School District officials contend they have made big strides since they were first ordered to desegregate back in 1969, the federal judge ruled that wasn't enough.

I find that last sentence to be a total WTF. The Cleveland Mississippi School District has had FORTY SEVEN YEARS to obey a 1969 federal order to desegregate their schools. Even in 2016, the attitude of too many southern whites is still...'you damn Yankees ain't tellin' us what to do with our Negroes.' Four years? Understandable. Fourteen years? Maybe. Forty seven years? Ain't no way. It's important here to view the also-current argument over transgendered people and bathrooms under the light of Cleveland, Mississippi's 47 year-long foot dragging to integrate their schools.

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"Who Is Going To Blow Up The System?"

By The Reverend Published: May 17, 2016

Democratic primary in Kentucky today....and both the R's and D's in Oregon will go to the polls as well today. I think Bernie will win narrowly in Kentucky but lose narrowly in Oregon. I don't think Hillary will win enough delegates to reach 2383 until the June 7th contests. And even then, she won't reach 2383 without including superdelegates.

Anyway, none of that stuff matters because the mainstream media has moved to the general election campaign between Clinton and Trump. And what a terrificly, tremendous general election campaign it will be, believe me.

I don't know if the increased puffiness that I see on the face of RNC Chair Reince Priebus is because of alcohol abuse, or not. Can't blame the guy if he's been hitting the bottle lately.....I mean, would you want his job right now?

As you know, Mr. Trump's campaign slogan is "make America great again." What's interesting about that slogan is that Mr. Trump will not explain how it is that he will make America great...until after Americans elect him president. So, Americans just have to trust him.

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Not Just A "Problem"....A Potential Disaster

By The Reverend Published: May 16, 2016

From Obama's commencement speech at Rutgers....

“So class of 2016, let me be as clear as I can be: in politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue. It’s not cool to not know what you’re talking about. That’s not keeping it real, or telling it like it is. That’s not challenging political correctness. That’s just not knowing what you’re talking about.”

I suppose it depends on what a person's understanding of the word "virtue" is....but, no, no and no. Sarah Palin's ignorance proved to be lucrative. I don't know about "cool", but not knowing what she was talking about became very popular with millions of conservatives who also did not know what they were talking about either. Being provocatively ignorant may not qualify as "cool" according to Barack, but not knowing what she was talking about made Sarah and her family multi-millionaires.

If ignorance is "not a virtue", and it's just not "cool" in America to not know what you're talking about, then....1) why do Republicans control both chambers of Congress today? and 2) why is Fox News the number one "news" network?

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