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Sort of like when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor…

It really just showed how desperate they were.

Secretary of State John Kerry faced swift criticism Wednesday for suggesting the terror attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport was evidence the Islamic State is getting “desperate” – an assessment one top Republican official said “defies reality.”

Kerry made the remarks late Tuesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, referring to ISIS by the name Daesh.

Crediting coalition efforts, Kerry said it’s been over a year since the group launched a “full-scale military offensive.”

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The EU’s worst nightmare…

Britain’s FTSE 100 index recovers all losses from BREXIT.

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White House Denies Being Uncooperative

…by refusing to cooperate… I shit you, not.

The White House and the House Select Committee on Benghazi are at a standoff over whether President Barack Obama should answer a series of questions about the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya that left four Americans dead.

Neil Eggleston, counsel to the president, blasted the committee for sending the president a list of questions about the attack — an inquiry the administration deemed inappropriate and a partisan attempt to frame the White House as uncooperative.

Eggleston has encouraged Obama not to answer the committee’s questions “because of the implications of his response on the constitutional separation of powers,” according to a letter sent Saturday to Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and obtained by POLITICO.

“If the president were to answer your questions, his response would suggest that Congress has the unilateral power to demand answers from the president about his official acts,” the letter reads.

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Never Underestimate The Power Of Stupid People In Large Groups

So, the filthy, unwashed masses are showing their collective ass to the global elites. The peasants are revolting. It sucks that it comes to this, but our current political state IS the state of humanity. It is part of the inexorable tide of human behavior as it ebbs and flows in the ethereal collective consciousness. How many of you can say that you have not felt the perfect storm brewing around the globe? Anyone, at all?

Those Masters-of-the Universe whose hands guide the evolution of human politics are, from time to time, upended by the masses. Unfortunately, when the tables are turned, we usually find the same people sitting on the other side; controlling outcomes because they have the intellect, control, and access to resources to make the popular revolt go their way. Who ended up in control when the French Revolution met its fortunate conclusion?

When people get whipped into a frenzy, do they not seek popular leaders who tell them what they want to hear, only to be abused and discarded upon securing the objective of national control? The masses grab their torches & pitchforks raging against tyranny and oppression but they inevitably pick a tyrant to lead their cause… full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, in the end.

Our experiment in America could have, just as easily, gone this route.

I have, for years, quietly celebrated the extremism which was building on both sides as more and more, sensible people edged further toward the extreme end of their political leaning. I reveled in the gridlock at our nation’s capital. I was hopeful that we would see a showdown between the left & right, with common sense winning the day and the battle beginning again toward cultural clash. A cultural reset button, if you will.

Sadly, the extremes have gone so far as to actually overlap with one another. On the left, Bernie supporters are nearly indistinguishable from their Alt-right Trumpian counterparts on half of the issues. Neither side seems capable of agreeing on anything resembling sanity within their own party. Yes, there are always outliers (Joe comes to mind) but they are the exception.

Try asking your average Trumpian or Bernout to articulate what their complaints are and you will get a mish-mash of protectionist drivel, followed by big government solutions. Perhaps the Tea Party was allowed to whither dismally, all too soon? Had the pressure continued, Ted Cruz would be the nominee and we’d be watching the greatest showdown in the history of American political life. Instead, we’re left with two parties, half of each who hate their own nominee. How does that happen? It happens when people are worked into an irrational fervor by fear. It happens when reason is abandoned and emotion is allowed to rule the day. No good decision ever came into being from the emotional convulsions of the masses.

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

Is it elitist of me to call essentially half of my countrymen “stupid”? If it is, I don’t care. If it acts like a retard and talks like a retard, it’s probably a retard. If it supports a woman, simple because it’s time to have a woman behind the President’s desk instead of under it, or a Socialist because it’s too lazy to work for a living, or an arrogant, bombastic blowhard who can barely string together two cogent sentences, just so he can brag about having won the ultimate power position, it’s stupid… or at the very least, acting stupid (the outcome of which is just as bad).

The outcome of our current social upheaval will likely not be pleasant. 20 years from now, our nation will be unrecognizable. That saddens me, but I believe it with the whole of my heart. I fear the world my grand-children will grow up in.

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Your swing state ad campaign spending update…

Fresh off the wire.

Colorado: Team Clinton $2.9 million, Team Trump $0
Florida: Team Clinton $7.3 million, Team Trump $0
Iowa: Team Clinton $1.6 million, Team Trump $0
North Carolina: Team Clinton $2.3 million, Team Trump $0
New Hampshire: Team Clinton $1.2 million, Team Trump $0
Nevada: Team Clinton $2.5 million, Team Trump $0
Ohio: Team Clinton $5.6 million, Team Trump $0
Virginia: Team Clinton $2.4 million, Team Trump $0
Total: Team Clinton $25.8 million, Team Trump $0

Interesting approach Trump is taking.

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Iran takes what Obama offers up, changes nothing…

This according to Obama’s special envoy in the fight against the Islamic State.

Almost one year after the international nuclear deal was announced last July, Brett McGurk, President Obama’s special envoy in the fight against the Islamic State, said Tuesday there has been no “significant” change in Iran’s behavior in Syria under the international nuclear deal.

Mr. McGurk said Tehran remains a strong political and military supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom U.S. officials insist must step down as part of any final settlement of the country’s bloody 5-year-old civil war.

“I have not seen a significant change in Iranian behavior. They are fighting [the Islamic State] from time to time, but they’re primarily working to prop up the Assad regime,” Mr. McGurk told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the status of the fight against the jihadi group that controls large parts of both Iraq and Syria.

Why, its almost like the Iranians just took advantage of Obama!

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Will Brexit actually happen?

This writer at the Financial Times has his doubts.

Any long-term observer of the EU should be familiar with the shock referendum result. In 1992 the Danes voted to reject the Maastricht treaty. The Irish voted to reject both the Nice treaty in 2001 and the Lisbon treaty in 2008.

And what happened in each case? The EU rolled ever onwards. The Danes and the Irish were granted some concessions by their EU partners. They staged a second referendum. And the second time around they voted to accept the treaty. So why, knowing this history, should anyone believe that Britain’s referendum decision is definitive?

He makes an interesting point. Right now millions of signatures are being collected in a petition for a second vote. If the EU were to throw some concessions to the Brits, is there any doubt that a second vote couldn’t be swung the two percent needed to make REMAIN the majority?

I guess it ain’t over until its over.

Read it all.

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So, you heard about that thing in Turkey?

It’s been several hours since the Terrorist Attack at the airport in Istanbul. The news people are predictably doing their best to win the ratings war but out in the blogosphere there isn’t much jibber-jabber. This is a pretty big event but yet it isn’t really circulating in social media or being discussed among us common folk.

Why do you think that is?

It’s over there and not over here?

The Turks had it coming?

Terrorist Attack Fatigue?

What do you think?

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Five Big Takeaways From The House Benghazi Report

Spoiler alert: It is exactly what we all concluded to be the case within days of the attack.

1. Administration Misled Public Immediately and Continually

2. Weak Benghazi Security Points to Clinton’s Political Considerations

3. Military Never Sent Men or Machines to Help

4. Terrorists Weren’t Brought to Justice

5. Administration Obstructed Investigation

Read it all.

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Trump goes after the globalist boogymen….

Panderers gonna pander…

Before launching into his recent lengthy attack speech against Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump took aim at another prominent election target: “globalism.”

Arguing that the country “has lost its way,” Trump told supporters, “we got here because we switched from a policy of Americanism, focusing on what’s good for America’s middle class, to a policy of globalism — focusing on how to make money for large corporations who can move their wealth and workers to foreign countries, all to the detriment of the American worker and the American economy itself.”

Globalization — particularly when it comes to trade — takes center stage Tuesday as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee makes appearances in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, seeking votes in areas that have seen job reductions in steel, coal and other heavy industries.

Other than the fact that standards of living are increasing, that the middle classes are not shrinking, that American manufacturing output is near an all time high, that net manufacturing job loss is not the result of foreign trade and that restricting foreign trade would cause a massive wave of job losses, Trump is exactly right.

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NAFTA is nothing like the European Union

If I were British, I would have voted to leave the EU. I would have done so with the sincere hope that Britain would maintain free trade with the EU nations and the world.

My vote to leave would have been based on a desire for national sovereignty, smaller government and local control of the law. The EU has become a massive, unaccountable bureaucracy that dictates law and regulation for hundreds of millions.

The predecessor to the EU was the EEC and it was simply about economic cooperation and free trade between sovereign nations. Free trade and economic cooperation still widely popular in Britain today. Starting in 1993, the EU became much more than that. It is a bureaucracy that holds ultimate sovereignty centrally.

If the EU were merely a free trade organization like the EEC, I would have enthusiastically voted to remain.

NAFTA is not the EU. It is nothing like the EU. It isn’t a political organization. It isn’t a form of government. It is a free trade treaty that I wholeheartedly support. I don’t think Americans understand what NAFTA is and the benefit it provides.

Polls show a wave of opposition to trade agreements. Americans, by a margin of 65 percent to 22 percent, say they want more restrictions on international trade, according to a Bloomberg poll in March. The same poll found Americans believe Nafta is a trade deal gone awry that has done more harm than good.

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama said the Brexit vote could influence the evolution of American opinion, in the same way the era of Margaret Thatcher preceded President Ronald Reagan’s election. “The failed European Union experiment, and Great Britain’s rejection of it, must serve as a wake-up call for all of us in America,” Sessions said in a statement.

Trump says that if he is elected, he will tear up NAFTA. That would cost Americans billions of dollars and would do absolutely, positively nothing to reduce the heavy handed onerous regulation of every aspect of our lives.

Our regulatory and legal oppression doesn’t come from a EU-like bureaucracy in another country. It doesn’t come from free trade and commerce. It comes from Washington DC and “tearing up” NAFTA won’t change that. We will be just as oppressed as ever but less wealthy.

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Democrats love governmental regulation of all things…

Well, not all things. There is one thing that they demand be completely unregulated: the killing of unborn children by their mothers.

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Texas law regulating abortion clinics, delivering a 5-3 decision that was the high court’s first major foray into the abortion issue in nine years.

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion for the court, with Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joining him. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented.

“We agree with the District Court that the surgical center requirement, like the admitting-privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an ‘undue burden’ on their constitutional right to do so,” Breyer wrote.

President Obama said in a statement that he was “pleased” with the outcome.

That’s right, the federal government will regulate what type of light bulb you use in your kitchen, how much an ISP can charge for Internet access, how much salt is in your can of soup, whether or not your rifle can specific kind of grip and what must be on the menu board at a burger joint but it will tolerate no regulations in abortion mills.

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Are we all either nationalists or globalists?

Over the weekend, during commentary about Brexit, Trump and so forth, I heard someone say this: “There are no longer liberals and conservatives, there are only nationalist and globalists.”

That got me thinking and I believe it is a bit more complex than that. In order to look at it more closely, we need to agree to some definitions. Here is my attempt.

Nationalism: Advocates for one nation above others and believes citizens should loyal to and proud of their country and believe that it is better and more important than other countries.

Globalism: Advocates for the free movement of people, goods and information across national borders unfettered. A socio-economic system dedicated to free trade and free access to markets.

There are, however, variations of each.

Classical liberalism: Advocates for individual liberty and political freedom with representative democracy under the rule of law and emphasizes economic freedom. Emphasizes individualism.

Collectivism: Advocates government action to achieve economic growth and believes the role of the government is to create jobs and guide the culture. Emphasizes governmental solutions.

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Orwell on Patriotism vs Nationalism

I have been thinking about this over the weekend and have another post on the topic coming up.

Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality.

George Orwell: Notes on Nationalism

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A Sunday Sermon

Good morning Real Revo. It is a great day to be alive. I am looking forward to what I have ahead of me on this day of rest and worship.

Our Friday Night Movie showed the value of having this publication every Sunday. Sergeant York had an unwavering Faith in God. His encounter with Jesus Christ changed him from who he was into more of the man God wanted him to be. When he went into battle, God shielded him from everything the Enemy did to try to kill him.

Likewise when we receive God’s daily bread and make it part of our life and take our daily walk in Faith, wearing the whole armor that God provides we can also be invincible warriors.

At the link below you will find the streaming webcast from North Jacksonville Baptist Church. The webcast will stream content all day, along with the live webcast of our Sunday Morning Worship Service that starts at 10:45am East Coast time. Please feel welcome to join us.

The streaming television webcast from North Jacksonville Baptist Church is found HERE

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Friday Night at the Movies

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It’s a beautiful Friday night and the weekend is here. Welcome to the Real Revo Theater. Tonight is a special night. My computer has been down for a little over a week now, due to a series of events. I had no way to pick out and set up a movie for tonight so I handed the ball to RD, my Brother from the All American Division. The movie we have tonight is an excellent choice that is the result of teamwork. Teamwork is something I learned all about while serving as an All American. The movie tonight centers around a man whose legendary performance as a Soldier has served to inspire all the Troopers of the All American Division who have followed.

Sergeant York is considered to be the most recognized Hero of World War One. His fearsome use of his Rifle has inspired Soldiers with the knowledge that a dedicated marksman can accomplish much. In the years leading up to World War One there was no evidence that Alvin York would become a national hero. He was a heavy drinker and bar room brawler…

“I got in bad company and I broke off from my mother’s and father’s advice and got to drinking and gambling and playing up right smart…I used to drink a lot of Moonshine. I used to gamble my wages away week after week. I used to stay out late at nights. I had a powerful lot of fistfights.”

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Something you will never hear on TV

pulseIt doesn’t fit the narrative.  Remember, this crime was committed by a self-hating closeted gay man who could not reconcile his desires with his beliefs.  Oh, and easy access to guns.  That, too.  A self-loathing homosexual who was provided easy access to assault-style machine guns.

Or Not.

So far, [the FBI] have found no photographs, no text messages, no smartphone apps, no gay pornography and no cell-tower location data to suggest that Mateen — who was twice married to women and had a young son — conducted a secret gay life, the officials said.

The FBI is continuing to explore Mateen’s past, but investigators now believe the men who made the claims are not credible, or confused Mateen with someone else.

The FBI has not said whether it has uncovered any evidence that Mateen visited the Pulse nightclub prior to the shooting.

Remember, this is all about inclusion and common sense gun laws, not radical Islam / Jihadi terrorism, despite what the gunman has actually proclaimed or what the FBI investigation reveals.

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A BREXIT lesson for America

Angela Merkel drove the UK out of the EU and Obama’s amnesty gave us Donald Trump.

If any one person drove the United Kingdom out of the European Union, it was Angela Merkel, and her impulsive solo decision in the summer of 2015 to throw open Germany—and then all Europe—to 1.1 million Middle Eastern and North African migrants, with uncountable millions more to come. Merkel’s catastrophically negative example is one that perhaps should be avoided by U.S. politicians who seek to avert Trump-style populism in the United States. Instead, the politician who most directly opposes Donald Trump—presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton—is doubling down on Merkelism.

Hillary Clinton’s first reaction to the Supreme Court decision on executive amnesty looks at the issue exclusively and entirely from the point of view of the migrants themselves: “Today’s heartbreaking #SCOTUS immigration ruling could tear apart 5 million families facing deportation. We must do better.” That U.S. citizens might have different interests—and that it is the interests of citizens that deserve the highest attention of officials elected by those citizens—went unsaid and apparently unconsidered. But somebody is considering it. And those somebodies, in their many millions, are being heard from this year: loud, clear, and angry.

If Clinton, Obama and both parties in Congress have any sense at all, they will pay attention and they will adjust their behavior accordingly.

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Freaky Friday Caption Contest

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It’s a BREXIT Baby!

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The ACLU lives up to its name…

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The ACLU has issued an opinion in favor of civil liberties in regard to gun control and the terrorist watch list controversy.

Collins’ measure utilizes the No-Fly List and the Selectee List as the basis for restricting gun purchases — which would include a far narrower group of individuals than the broad terrorism watchlist used in Feinstein’s original proposal — but that change was not enough to lead the ACLU to support the measure.

“The ACLU strongly urges you to vote against the Collins Amendment because it uses the error-prone and unfair watchlist system, along with vague and overbroad terms, as a predicate for a proceeding to deny a firearms permit,” the ACLU officials wrote in the letter. “The Collins Amendment relies on both the No Fly List, by codifying its criteria, and the Selectee List, by direct reference.”

The ACLU letter goes on to detail concerns with the due process protections in the amendment, stating that the amendment would provide even fewer protections than the amendment proposed by Sen. John Cornyn earlier this week — which the ACLU also opposed.

I have always said that, if the ACLU desires to live up to its name, it should march in lockstep with the NRA as the NRA is truly a civil liberties organization.

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Obama’s Amnesty dies on the steps of SCOTUS

That’s all folks.

The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Obama’s immigration executive actions, in a tie decision that delivers a win to states challenging his plan to give a deportation reprieve to millions of illegal immigrants.

The justices’ one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama’s presidency.

The 4-4 tie vote sets no national precedent but leaves in place the ruling by the lower court. In this case, the federal appeals court in New Orleans said the Obama administration lacked the authority to shield up to 4 million immigrants from deportation and make them eligible for work permits without approval from Congress.

Texas led 26 Republican-dominated states in challenging the program Obama announced in November 2014. Congressional Republicans also backed the states’ lawsuit.

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The Tears of Prague

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Last October my wife and I traveled to Prague in the Czech Republic or, as they are now asking us to call it, Czechia. The area around the city is from where many of my Bohemian ancestors came and a visit had long been on my bucket list. I found Prague to be the most beautiful city I had ever seen.

One reason it is so beautiful is that it is very old. Prague was spared from most of the destruction of World War II. The Nazis took it without a fight in 1938 and the Soviets rolled in easily in 1945. Though Prague was spared destruction, it has not been spared misery. Bohemia has been under the thumb of others for centuries.

Prior to World War I, Bohemia was largely under the control of Austria. Hapsburg rule of Bohemia represented centuries of outside control. Following World War I, Bohemia was free until 1938 when the Nazis took control and began the process of Germanizing the region and preparing to move the native out of their land and to the east. They never got the chance.

In 1945, Bohemia was “liberated” by the Soviet Union. What came, however, wasn’t liberty. The result of the Soviet occupation was 44 more years of abject totalitarianism, material suffering, fear and want. At the time of the Velvet Revolution in 1989, the people of Bohemia had been under the heel of a foreign jackboot for more than 50 years.

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Brexit Vote Today

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If the polls are to be believed, they will vote to stay in the European Union. They are close, however.

The final poll of the referendum campaign shows a narrow lead for the Remain camp, the Evening Standard reveals today.

The exclusive Ipsos MORI survey shows 52 per cent wanting to stay in the European Union, against 48 per cent for a Brexit.

The four-point gap is nail-bitingly close – especially with heavy rain threatening to dampen turnout in London which is a key target area for Remain.

Moreover, the research discloses that 12 per cent of people confess they might change their minds in the few hours left before they cast their vote, indicating how the historic decision has torn the country.

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University of North Dakota Has A New Logo…

You may be familiar with the story. The NCAA forced the university to change the Fighting Sioux nickname because it was deemed “hostile and abusive” by a person or two. They are now called the Fighting Hawks. Logo brought to you by today’s SJW.

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