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Since we don’t live in England, why should we care what happens over there? I mean, MAGA™, and America First, right?

Well, sort of.

It looks like the Conservative Party, the Tories, the party of Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady, and Theresa May, who was to oversee Britains Exit (Brexit) from the European Union, was rather kicked in their bums.

From my friends over at Decision Desk:

10:37pm Eastern:

How bad is this for the Conservatives? They lost Canterbury, which they’d held since WWI. The incumbent had represented the seat for 30 years.

10:20pm Eastern:

Theresa May is giving her victory speech for her constituency. Promises “stability” if it turns out the Conservative Party wins the most seats and votes. She’s essentially conceding there’s going to be a “hung Parliament”.

BBC now predicting:

318 seats for Conservatives. That’s 8 seats short of an outright majority.

267 for Labour.

11 for the Lib Dems.

May’s party was supposed to take this election handily, giving her the ability to negotiate Brexit in the two-year window with Britain’s interests and a mandate from Her Majesty’s Subjects in her pocket.

But now that will not happen as planned.

In fact, May’s rival, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, has already asked her to step aside given that England has a “hung parliament.” That means someone will have to form a coalition government, in which the Labour (and maybe even the Liberal Democrats) will have a voice.

For America, it means less cooperation with President Trump’s agenda. In international circles, it’s a victory for globalism, and perhaps a revisit of the Brexit decision. For Israel, it’s a disaster, if Corbyn gets anywhere near Number 10 Downing–his party is virulently anti-Israel to the point of being accused of anti-Semitism (which is why, perversely, he’s won the backing of some of Trump’s most awful-awful alt-righters).

Just like the rest of the world gasped when Trump won the U.S. election last November, the U.K. election here does have some consequences. The first one might be Trump cancelling (or being asked to cancel) his planned state visit to London.

First of all, he might have nobody to visit for a while if they haven’t formed a real government.

Second of all, given his feud with the Mayor of London, he may not be too popular.

Like sand, governments of the world move to and fro. South Korea has blocked further deployment of the American THAAD missile defense system (intended to protect South Korea!). And now the U.K. might join Germany in considering us no longer a “reliable partner.”

The suck may have begun to pick up suction, folks.

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Culture and Religion

Mormons no more: LDS Church wants new branding

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Mormons no more LDS Church wants new branding

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, often referred to as the LDS Church or Mormon Church, no longer wants to be called by these names. They want the full name of the church used and any references to “LDS Church” or “Mormon” are to be ignored.

LDS Church wants everyone to stop calling it the LDS Church — and drop the word ‘Mormons’

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2018/08/16/lds-church-wants-everyone/On Thursday, the church released this statement from Nelson:

“The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name he has revealed for his church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with his will. In recent weeks, various church leaders and departments have initiated the necessary steps to do so. Additional information about this important matter will be made available in the coming months.”

This represents another swing of the pendulum for the church. In 2002, a similar de-emphasis on the word “Mormon” was announced. Timed to the arrival of the Winter Olympics in Utah, the church asked news outlets to refer to it by its full name.

Ironically, the statement was released through Mormon Newsroom.

My Take

The church, like nearly all of the big ones around the world, is as much of a business as it is a spiritual denomination. Today, the phrases “LDS Church” and “Mormon” are bad for business. After hitting a high note in 2012 with a major party presidential candidate, the church has taken some public relations beatings.

They want as close of an association with Jesus Christ as possible even if mainstream Christianity views their teachings as abominations. This is a rebrand, nothing more.

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Democrats

Jonathan Van Ness gives Democrats sound advice, gets demonized for it

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Jonathan Van Ness gives Democrats sound advice gets demonized for it

The Democratic Party is in shambles. They’re still flustered over an election two years ago and have been pointing fingers at each other ever since. The far-left socialists have gained a foothold in the party, making it less likely they’ll be able to make a dent in the coming midterm elections.

“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness knows this and voiced two apparently unpopular opinions that have enraged his fan base and made him the target of the far left. First, he made the logical statement that going to far to the left will hurt their chances of taking the House and Senate.

That was bad from the progressives’ perspective, but his follow up Tweet sent them reeling into triggered oblivion.

The narrative from the left is that ALL Republicans are racist. Therefore, Van Ness is no longer the leftist hero he once was. Shame. He was actually starting to make sense.

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Guns and Crime

Will Elon Musk face criminal charges over his Tweet?

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Will Elon Musk face criminal charges over his Tweet

Elon Musk is in deep trouble over a Tweet. Nine little words could land him in court and possibly even in jail.

By Tweeting in the middle of the day, it’s a red flag to the SEC. The other, more important question that Musk must answer is whether or not he committed fraud by claiming he had the funds to buy the shares. He didn’t, and that alone could make his Tweet criminal.

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