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Small business owner, former professor and university administrator... former expat (lived in UAE for 10 years).

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Trump's Acceptance Speech Tonight is a Full-Blown Jeremiad

Rhetorically speaking anyway. It also bashes immigrants and has enough racial dog whistles to put Fido down.

The jeremiad is a rhetorical tradition—a literary genre, even—that has appeared in every phase of America’s history—from King Philips War to Hurricane Katrina.[2] But the place to begin is Puritan New England. That’s where the jeremiad got its American stamp, where it was most commonly applied and most fully developed.

Most Puritan jeremiads were preached not during regular corporate worship but on special occasions appointed by the government. There were sermons delivered on election days. There were artillery sermons on days set for review of the colonial militia. There were thanksgiving sermons on days celebrating great blessings. But the jeremiad was most at home on days of colony-wide fasting in response to some crisis... The jeremiad is a rhetorical tradition—a literary genre, even—that has appeared in every phase of America’s history—from King Philips War to Hurricane Katrina.[2] But the place to begin is Puritan New England. That’s where the jeremiad got its American stamp, where it was most commonly applied and most fully developed.

Most Puritan jeremiads were preached not during regular corporate worship but on special occasions appointed by the government. There were sermons delivered on election days. There were artillery sermons on days set for review of the colonial militia. There were thanksgiving sermons on days celebrating great blessings. But the jeremiad was most at home on days of colony-wide fasting in response to some crisis... The jeremiad is a rhetorical tradition—a literary genre, even—that has appeared in every phase of America’s history—from King Philips War to Hurricane Katrina.[2] But the place to begin is Puritan New England. That’s where the jeremiad got its American stamp, where it was most commonly applied and most fully developed...

But the jeremiads did not end in despair. The third element was a call for repentance and renewal, backed by a promise that God would not forsake them if they returned to him.... https://9marks.org/article/the-american-jeremiad-a-bit-of-perspective-on-the-rhetoric-of-decline/


Here is a link to the text: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/full-transcript-donald-trump-nomination-acceptance-speech-at-rnc-225974#ixzz4F5J68xge

Pokemon Go! Servers are Down





Pokémon Go servers crashed across Europe and the US on Saturday, as global demand for the hit mobile app soared in its first weekend since being launched in the UK.

Players in 26 countries took advantage of mostly good weather to venture outdoors to hunt and capture their first Pokémon creatures, with millions having downloaded the game in its first days since release... https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jul/16/pokemon-go-server-crash-niantic-europe-us?CMP=share_btn_fb

Beginning to Think the Coup in Turkey was a False Flag Event

an event designed to leave Erdogan in absolute control. Now he has free hand to eliminate and Gulen and Kemalists in the officer Corps if he wants.

Maybe I'm channeling Alex Jones, but this smells an awful lot like a 'real' event.

Sen. Corker and Sen. Ernst Drop Out of VP Chase

It's very telling that after one interview with Donald Trump, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) dropped out of consideration. For all of his conservatism, Corker at least isn't an idiot (unlike so many Repug Senators). https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/07/06/corker-withdraws-as-potential-trump-running-mate/

Sen. Ernst (R-IA) also just removed herself from consideration. This is also significant as she is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries. This essentially means that the Kochs don't want to go anywhere near Donald Trump. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/joni-ernst-trump-vice-president-225169

We live in interesting times.
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