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The GOP: belly-aching, bloviatin', bitchin' an' a' hatin' = #NoTeaForYou

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The Right does little but belly-ache and b i t c h about the current Administration and his Pinko Commie, Arugula Munching Lacker of Feck, related non-deserved and hatin' hatin' hatin' on him for being audacious enough to accept being a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Head Satan of Obamacare, Perpetrator o Impeachable Offenses and Unpresident-like.

And they have ruined tea for many a liberal, Independent (we still have those, right?) and common sense voter.

This is excruciatingly embarrassing, even for the Grand Old Party of Tea. Spite evolved to a powerful lotta' hate fer' the spurious, specious even for the Regressive Right and utter Bizarro World Orwellian (h/t to Lucian) … and the marked Dovish Lack of Cajones for passing on the whole GOP (newest)Gun Fondling craze.

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#NoTeaForYou … the Do Nothings have made Inactivity the norm, the status quo for as far the eye can see. The GOP was far more tolerant, thoughtful and intelligent in days of yore.

I'm a life-long tea drinker, great-grand-exponentially-mothered, and my corpus hasn't enjoyed the cafè in twenty years so it's even more of a a kick in the old scones. I've not bought Lipton since I started referring to the Tea People as the Lipton Brigadiers. (And that's perfectly fine for iced tea if you add to it or for the odd nut who wants de-caf-wtf. At dawn.

I fear our prime years as bloggers and those who read our scribblings and comment/expand the grass roots enthusiasm and numbers for us. In other words, The Teatonic Era, Doris Kerns Goodwin's granddaughters will analyze it from a woman's P.O.V. Hope she has a Bean clamming outfit and a hose-sprayered gallon or two of our Method™ Troll Spray.

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I'll just leave a short quote and some relevant idiot footage here, see you on the other side. Happy Monday Monday.

 

In an op-ed published Wednesday by the New York Times, columnist Charles M. Blow destroyed the recent assertion by Republican Congressman Mo Brooks that Democrats and President Obama are waging a war against white people. During an appearance on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham’s show on Monday, Brooks claimed that the Democratic Party is using a strategy to divide everyone by race and show that “whites hate everybody else.” After Ingraham had played a clip from Ron Fournier of the National Journal saying that the GOP has a real problem with Hispanics and that it is becoming the party of white people, Brooks made the following comments:

“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things.”

Balderdash. [Re Ingraham. How in holy hades did Olbermann stand dating her more than one time, and presumably, they had conversations? That was leaning forward a slosh too far.

For some audio footage that might best be heard by helping yourself to a sedative of your choice in the TPC walk-in med closet, here 'ya go. From Right Wing Watch via Politics USA.

 

 

Obama gets shite if he sends troops anywhere other than American bases, from both right and the deeply pacifist (yay for us) Dems and Independents. The artwork below I found spot on, though I feel Boehner is perhaps more of a fiddle fellow.

The Morning Schmoe Roundtable had their antlers up.

If you look closely you can just spot the tear of lament on Bo(eh)ner's patriotic to the max face.

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President Obama Stumping For the Middle Class in Kansas City #StopHatin

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So what has the GOP done for you lately? Obama himself pointed out that the only thing Congress seems to be producing right now is rancor and obstructionism.

President Obama hit it out of the hypothetical park in Kansas City, calling for the GOP to do Something. Anything. "Work with me!"

And that this lawsuit business is but a "political stunt'.

Something about Kansas (the BBQ?) had really relaxed the under-siege, in the crosshairs of the current Congressional litigious 'acting out' … liturgy after liturgy after bloody liturgy.

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President Obama had some quips that will stay with you.

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"I know they're not that happy that I'm president, but that's OK," he said. "Come on. I've only got a couple of years left. Come on, let's get some work done. Then you can be mad at the next president."

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E.J. Dionne explained today that issue goes beyond "the open demands for throwing Obama out from Sarah Palin, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) and many others on the right wing. The deeper problem lies in the proliferation of loose impeachment talk linked with one overheated anti-Obama charge after another."

Jonathan Capehart expressed the absurdity with such aplomb and wit it's worth the whole read.

The plan all along has been to crash the Obama agenda and then climb on top of the wreckage and seize power. Not only are Republicans complicit in the “failures” they rail against, but they are also the reason the president has had to resort to executive action to get some things done. Even Will agrees Obama is within his authority to do this. He just doesn’t like the degree to which he has done it. Poor dear.

President Obama did a memorable job of telling us precisely what he thought of the Regressive Right's foaming at the mouth and ability to simply make shite up.

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Stop Hatin'. Finally, President Obama said what he truly thought of the post-Tea Party idiocy, with just the proper soupçon of sarcastic … was pretty damned proud we elected this guy, twice.

Time for the Tea Party to pack up and ride on home.

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Big Morning Boehner

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We haven't whipped out a Morning Boehner in a while, but there was a big one waiting for us today. Speaker Boehner yesterday led his crazy caucus on a Quixotic mission to sue the president to “to seek appropriate relief” for Obama’s failure to enforce a provision of the Affordable Care Act that would penalize businesses that do not offer basic health insurance to their employees.

Neither Boehner, nor anyone else in House leadership would say that this lawsuit is not a step towards impeachment. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi went there during her time on the floor before the vote.

When I became speaker and people clamored for the impeachment of the president, I said what I advise the speaker to say right now, "Impeachment is off the table." If this isn't about impeachment, that simple sentence will be a clear one. Impeachment is off the table. Why hasn't the speaker said that? If we just want to talk about the lawsuit, it behooves the Speaker to say "Impeachment is off the table." I hope we can hear that soon, and then we'll see what the merits of this case are. They have no standing. It has no merits. It has a political basis. And let the American people judge it for what it is. If you don't want to hear people use the word impeachment, as your people have done, then tell them impeachment is off the table.

As for Nancy Pelosi, herself, declaring impeachment "off the table" for Bush and his minions, that's always been a problem for me. Last year, at Netroots Nation in San Jose, I asked Christine Pelosi about that decision. (The pertinent segment comes in at the 1:21:00 mark).

The fact is that this lawsuit is just another prop in the political theater comedy of the absurd that is today's Republican party. The gallows humor comes from the fact that the Republicans are bringing this suit over President Obama's executive order delaying the employer mandate provision in the Affordable Care Act, something the GOP has been fighting, albeit unsuccessfully, since the law's passage!

The suit itself is rooted in the Obama administration's decision to delay the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate. Although it may seem bizarre for John Boehner to push a lawsuit because of a delay in Obamacare, House Republicans are using this as an example of executive overreach. As they see it, Obama overstepped his authority by delaying the mandate without turning to Congress, and as such is not faithfully executing the law.

Yes, it's all just another example of life in Opposite World!®

I discussed another point of contention in connection with Stephen Goldstein on the show today regarding this ridiculous lawsuit during our weekly "No More Bullshit Minute". Goldstein is the author of The Dictionary of American Political Bullshit and, although we had already discussed the pure bullshit term "Signing Statement," it certainly fit today's news.

When it comes to "Executive Orders," a quick wikipedia search shows that President Obama has used them less that any other president in recent years. As for the unconstitutional "signing statement," George W. Bush wins the prize. (Tell me again why he wasn't impeached?)

On today's show, we also looked at the global overpopulation plaguing the planet. July 11 was World Population Day and the day I was originally to have spoken with Stephanie Feldstein, population and sustainability director of the Center for Biological Diversity.

My travel for AFT and Netroots Nation gatherings forced us to delay our conversation about the fact that there are over 7.2 billion people on the planet. They initiated a #crowdedplanet hashtag and encouraged people to post photos illustrating the problem.

While you're looking at that info and trying to figure out how to save the world, check out Endangered Species Condoms. But don't try to put one on a Polar Bear!

Tomorrow, we'll wrap up the week with the awesome Maysoon Zayid who, in addition to being a very funny woman is a Palestinian-American with some thoughts on what's happening between Israel and Gaza.

And for Flashback Friday, we'll listen to my 1996 interview with Patty Griffin upon the release of her first album, Living with Ghosts. I promise, it'll be a good way to end the week... radio or not!

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Live Streaming Video- President Obama Speaks at Manor New Technology High School 2:05p EDT

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VIDEO: Rev. Al schools AZ sheriff who calls Obama a dictator, vows to defy new gun safety laws

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Sheriff Paul Babeu didn't' stand a chance. Rev. Al made mincemeat of this poor slob when he defiantly, and stupidly, tried to fall back on right wing talking points about President Obama supposedly trampling the Constitution by legally proposing gun safety strategies and legally issuing executive orders.

Watch, listen, and learn. The Rev saved his best lines for last.

Excerpts:

Rev. Al:

"An officer of the law who refuses to carry out the law. Interesting."

"What gives you the authority... to decide what's constitutional?"

"You're not a Supreme Court justice are you?"

Babeu:

"These are not lawful anything."

"The president should not... with a wave of the hand, say this is what we're going to do."

Rev. Al:

"You said you would be the decider of what is constitutional. What gives you the authority?"

Babeu:

"I have to enforce the law.... whether I agree with them or not. These are not laws."

Rev. Al:

"Tell me how these orders violate constitutional freedom."

Babeu:

"They don't specifically." But more laws are bad blahblahblah.

Rev. Al:

"But you're talking your opinion, sheriff. You're not telling me how it violates constitutional law."

"So you're gonna decide...?"

Babeu:

"Not at all. That's his authority..."

Rev. Al:

"It's not alright if it's something you disagree with? And you hide behind it's unconstitutional?"

Babeu:

 "The most important person in the land is that of private citizen [sic]..."

Rev. Al:

"Tell me where he has in your opinion made an executive action that is unconstitutional."

Babeu:

"He doesn't in those 23."

Rev. Al:

"You accused the president of acting like a king and a dictator... but you say he didn't do it."

Babeu:

"He talks about what he plans for legislation..."

Rev. Al:

"Ooooh, so legislation! So you mean now you're not talking about exec action. You mean if he proposes legislation that is voted by the Congress, you're going to defy the very laws that Congress may vote on?"

Babeu:

"Not at all."

Rev Al:

"You just said... Legislation means it goes before the Congress. That's what legislation is."

Babeu:

Blahblahblah Fast and Furious, hypocrisy blahblah.

Rev Al:

"Wait a minute. You're trying to go Fast and Furious away from the issue! You just admitted that he is proposing legislation which is the antithesis to him being a king or dictator..."

"I can only assume you did this... to get some attention..."

"You started by saying you're going to defy unconstitutionality that you can't establish. And you're the sheriff! People actually depend on you to protect them!"

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VIDEO: Bush A.G. Michael Mukasey bursts right wing impeachment bubble

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Video via Media Matters

Guess who was on Sean Hannity's Tee Vee show? Former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey.

Guess who blew a big fat hole (no pun) in all those right wing talking points about the unconstitutionality of President Obama's gun violence prevention initiatives? Former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey.

So much for the all those impeachment fantasies.

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Poor Sean.

Poor gun zealots.

Poor NRA.

Mukasey:

"I don’t think it’s unconstitutional in the sense that I don’t think it’s something you could get a court to find unconstitutional. We can have a debate about whether it’s consistent with the constitution or not, but there is a limited number of things that'll get you into court to have that decided, and I don’t think any of the things you’ve enumerated are among them."

I can hear the Second Amendment misinterpreters now:

I hate when that happens

Need more, righties? Here's Reagan’s solicitor general Charles Fried, via Think Progress and WaPo:

These are either standard exercises of presidential power, or even more benignly, standard examples of the power of the president to exhort the public or state officials to be aware of certain problems and to address them."

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Poll-itics: 95% of Independents, 93% of Dems, 89% of GOP-- including NRA members-- support background checks

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According to a New York Times/CBS News poll, 95% of Independents, 93% of Democrats, 89% of Republicans support background checks for gun purchases. This includes NRA members. No matter what part of the United States people live in, they support background checks. Universal checks have universal appeal:

[A]bout 9 in 10 gun owners favor background checks as do people with no firearms in their home. Independents (95 percent), Democrats (93 percent) and Republicans (89 percent) all support a background check for those trying to buy firearms. No matter where people live: in the South, the Northeast, in big cities, in small towns. Even members of the National Rifle Association favor background checks. Only 7 percent of all adults in the survey, conducted Friday though Tuesday, oppose background checks for prospective gun customers.

Enough is enough.

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