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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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The Obama Execution Must Be Worse Than Drawing And Quartering, says high-ranking Judeo-Christian Light

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Anyone else immediately picture Mel Gibson in full kit, swinging a claymore and yelling "You'll never take oor freedom!"(?)

William Wallace did come to a drawn and quartered end, and was an actual Patriot, to boot.

But sadly, today, it was just one more highly hypocritical Florida citizen demanding President Obama's death and dismemberment. Sad, sad local loon-watch coverage had preliminary details, and the good folks at Raw Story had video.

 

Watchdog group Imagine 2050 reported early on the local yokel's video rant.

On July 17, Center for Immigration Studies Senior Policy Analyst Stephen Steinlight spoke to The Highlands Tea Party in Sebring, Florida. There, he expressed a desire not only to impeach President Obama but also to have him publicly lynched.

In discussing House Speaker John Boehner’s plans to sue the President, Steinlight lamented that “there’s no court that’s going to stop Obama from doing anything.” He then added, “We all know, if there ever was a president that deserved to be impeached, it’s this guy. Alright? And I wouldn’t stop. I would think being hung, drawn, and quartered is probably too good for him.”

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So the order is, just to refresh:

  • Impeachment.
  • Lynching.
  • Hanging.
  • Drawing and quartering.
  • Presumably releasing the remains to Putin and Karl Rove?

Teabagger Hate for Obama - and modernity in general - grows as fast as Fvx Nation will fertilize, and they're not slowing down on the moo-doo over 'thar any day soon.

 

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"What Obama needs is a Rob Ford, Francois Hollande moment."

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Another snark-filled guest post by the one, the only Will Durst, who's having a little fun with the GOP's Obama Derangement Syndrome. Take it away, Will:

STUCK ON STUCK

“Just following the will of the people.” That’s been the GOP rationalization for accomplishing absolutely nothing for five and a half years. Doesn’t matter what the issue is. Immigration. Jobs. Infrastructure. Climate change. Banking reform. The proliferation of substandard dental schools in Nebraska.

According to them, the people want… zip. Zero. Zilch. Nada. And to mask their inaction, Republicans have coordinated a feeding frenzy that would make rabid hyenas jealous.

Something about Obama drives them crazier than chocolate banana fritters with raspberry sprinkles in a bento box. Maybe because he’s the smartest guy in the room and not the least bit shy about sharing that opinion. Maybe he’s the ultimate anti- Bush. Or there’s something about him that looks different. Extremely different. Could be the ears.

What it boils down to is… “Open Season on Obama.” The memos have circulated. The strategy is conspicuous. To derail any possible presidential accomplishment by stalling progress and tossing a continuous slew of dastardly insults onto and at his person. And the mud is flying faster than fingers in a steno pool. Different circus. Same clowns.

John Boehner plans to sue the President. For what? Not even he knows, but you can be sure, the term “smarty pants” will be bandied about. He did drop some tidbit about objecting to the President changing the employer mandate to Obama Care, but that can’t be the source of his irritation, since the GOP insisted on it. It would be like slapping some other family’s child for obeying you.

Dick Cheney called him the Worst President of his lifetime. Which is quite a coincidence, since many argue Dick Cheney was the worst president of Obama’s lifetime. Obama should actually take solace from this charge, since Dick Cheney has been pretty much wrong about pretty much everything since at least 1999.

Sarah Palin called for the POTUS to be impeached. And Sarah Palin demanding punishment of someone for not properly fulfilling an office is another of those “pot with the kettle and the color black” situations the Republicans are so renown. The needle on the irony meter just crazy spun then melted.

Rick Perry accused the President of orchestrating the conspiracy responsible for a deluge of Central American kids crossing the border. And he said it while wearing his new studious looking glasses, so you know he’s serious. Also, the fact he correctly pronounced the word “conspiracy,” is a huge upgrade.

These attacks are perfectly timed to kick the President while he’s down. Right now his approval rating has sunk lower than scorpion- infested, throw- pillows filled with mold spores. Like a tray of hickory smoked baby back ribs at a PETA convention. Tacks in a bath. What Obama needs is a Rob Ford, Francois Hollande moment. A video of him naked, smoking crack with Lindsay Lohan, to go viral.

Republicans even complain Obama is a do- nothing President. With Mitch McConnell stalling every advance in the Senate and the House and Supreme Court lined up against him, it’s a miracle they’re able to get Flag Day commemorations through Congress.

Makes a person worry this political paralysis may be the new normal and we’ll never be able to affect positive change ever again. Instead of the status quo, we got the status no. America has gotten stuck… on stuck.

Copyright ©2014, Will Durst. Will Durst is an award- winning, nationally acclaimed political comic. Go to willdurst.com to find about more about the new documentary film “3 Still Standing,” and a calendar guide to personal appearances including his new one- man show “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG.”

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Eric Holder Handily Annihilates #TundraTwit Palin's Impeach(!) Hysteria

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We already discussed La Palin's latest idiocy, she looked out from her porch and declared "Impeach!!" last week in some sorta' Independence Day Fvx Nation Tea-hysteria about still wanting 'their' country back.

Enter Attorney Eric Holder, a guy who knows a tad about racially motivated movements and a skosh about the law. Enjoy his ABC decimation of the half-Governor, a.k.a., John McCain's biggest effing mistake.

Enjoy it again in print. BURN!

La Palin: "Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis for me it’s a last straw. It makes kind of a battered wife say no mas. That’s enough. It’s time to impeach."

Rational Human Being Eric Holder: "She wasn’t a particularly good vice presidential candidate. She’s an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why."

Phase Two has already begun, Fox Noise will jump aboard Palin's hay wagon and try to morph this into some kind of 'strong stance', 'real leadership', from a woman so full of feck she can hardly get out of bed in the morning unassisted.

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This cage-match was inevitable, Holder has spent decades fighting xenophobia and racist tendencies, while the half-Governor has used that time to narrow her focus.

Particularly after Grampy McBombBombs unleashed Palin, #TundraTwit of all time, on the lower 48 and had the audacity to put her on the same global stage as Barack Obama.

She may be fit to talk about battered wives … The Party of Palin does little but demean, belittle and destroy women and their collective rights and independence; and her Bible must tell her to 'submit' to any man who finds her sponge-worthy.

 

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Image, The Sacramento Record.

 

Pardon the Ick Level.

For a little more jaded nastiness, we have Morning Schmoe Joe Scarborough slinging the blood-red rare conservative New York Strip for his un-compassionate conservative base.

 

Sarah Palin needs to crawl back into the A-las-kan cave she stumbled out of, and hibernate for the next five decades, minimum.

Then she can reemerge and start screeching about the Mad Men era again. Happily a lot of us will have walked on and will be spared the recap of Tundra Twit's inane idea of 'reality'.

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NJ lawmaker: Impeachment "clearly" an option if #Bridgegate scandal ties back to Christie

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Is it too early to use the "I" word (no, not the "I" word that Chris Christie used hundreds of times in his vanity presser, the other "I" word: Impeachment) regarding "Bridgegate"? Apparently not.

Via MSNBC:

And a top New Jersey lawmaker issued a warning to the embattled governor on Saturday. New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the Democrat who chairs the legislative panel that is investigating the lane closures, told NBC News that Christie could face impeachment if it is revealed the governor had knowledge of the alleged plot to get political revenge against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee.

“Having people use their official position to have a political game is a crime. So if those tie back to the governor in any way, it clearly becomes an impeachable offense,” Wisniewski said in an interview. He also said he finds it “implausible” that Christie really didn’t know what his close aides were up to.

To catch you up on some of the latest details, here is today's Chris Christie #Bridgegate round-up.

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Tom Coburn Has Lost His Mind

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From the Bible, Luke 4:23 (King James Version):

And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.

I'm not big on the bible, or as Bill Maher calls it, "the Book of Jewish Fairy Tales."

That said, there are some very fine thoughts, mixed in with some of the more outrageous parables. These recountings and fanciful ditties make for some interesting and thought-provoking storytelling. So much so that millions dedicate their lives to it. It's right up there with Harry Potter.

But trying to believe in the entire work and using it as the beacon of how we should live our lives is a bit incongruous, a substantial stretch to this agnostic. Maybe it's meant to be taken with a grain of salt. Let's ask Lot and his wife, (who BTW, Jesus left nameless. Leave it to a guy.)

Tom Coburn, MD

Now let's talk about Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and how he fits into this bible diatribe. He's a physician by trade. Yeah, that windbag actually went to medical school and passed his medical board exams. Fortunately, he no longer practices. It could be because his Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensing now requires doctors to pass a psychological evaluation every five years.

This could pose a challenge for this member of the flat-earth society.

Here's some of his latest rubbish. Let's take climate change. It's a scientific topic, he's an educated man of science, this should be right up his ally. When asked about it recently, he didn't mince words when it comes to his position on climate change.

“I am a global warming denier. I don’t deny that,” he said during a Monday speech at the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, according to the Tulsa World.

He's not only a global warming denier, he's gone to the other extreme.  Also to the Tulsa World News:

Coburn leaned on his science credentials to assert that evidence shows the Earth is headed for a “mini-ice age.”

Sadly this isn't an isolated incident of TC's craziness. It's brought down the House (in laughter) with his all out lies that reconstructive surgery after breast cancer won't be covered under Obamacare... or how so many girls are lesbians, teachers in school will only let one girl at a time go to the bathroom. At least I hope he means at a time and not just one girl get's to go per day. Watch this short clip and I promise you'll be shaking your head just as Rachel Maddow does hers.

Now if this isn't enough to make you question his sanity (and hence his fear of taking he psychological evaluation for re-licensing) he's added to his craziness the proponent position on an Obama impeachment. He tagged with his suggestion we move ahead with this charge with the fact he's not a lawyer so he doesn't know on what grounds. But as a doctor, he feels he does. Really? There's a blood test for that, Tom? Look out world. Obama's got IPTIB disorder -- iron poor, tired impeachment blood. Let's boot him out of office.

I quote it again, "Physician, heal thyself."

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What is it they say, Dr. Tom, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?" The prevention in this case is a muzzle. You're from the Sooner State. You've probably got all sorts of muzzles hanging around. Pick one and use it. Thank you.

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The Men In White Suits Are Looking For Tom Coburn

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Oh, boy. Given free time gives credence to the adage, "idle time is the devil's workshop." Sadly, one of the more reasonable minds on the GOP side of the aisle, Tom Coburn, has succumbed. He either fell off the wagon and is back drinking or he's just lost it. Either way, he no longer has any reach with sanity.

He's lost it. Gone off the deep end. He even admits he's not in any position to make the claims of impeachment, lacking the legal background. Then seconds later, he makes the claim.

See for yourself. If you look closely you'll see he's got the shakes, his voice is quivering, his facial expression give the impression he doesn't even know where he is.

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