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It Won't Be the Happiest Place on Earth if Glenn Beck Goes Disney



This is a total WTFBBQ(??!!??) situation.

Glenn Beck is full of (disgusting) plans for this great, patriotic, white, exceptional nation, and this time he's glommed onto Walt Disney. And adopted a propensity for the taste of 'Christian blood'.

I told you it was stamped and verified WTFBBQ.

Maybe he's all afternoon delight about the foul aroma of odeur of impeachment in the air, is Beck. He's clearly heading towards Shock Jock Black Belt qualification.



Catch this bit of inanity from Fvx Noise.

Glenn Beck appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources for the second week in a row (why) and told host Brian Stelter that he was modeling himself less after Edward R. Murrow and more after Walt Disney. He specified that this did not mean Beckland theme parks, but did mean … whatever this next bit says:

“Disney was an innovator on everything. We went to space because of Walt Disney. You know, Walt Disney brought his animator that did the Seven Dwarfs and said ‘I’ve got this Nazi scientist that I need you to meet, Wernher Von Braun.’ The year is 1954 or ’55. He said, ‘He thinks we can put a man in space. I want you to tell that story.’

“In 1955 just before he opens the park he starts his TV show, Disneyland, he has a special called ‘Man in Space.’ The story goes that Eisenhower called him up and said, ‘Walt, you son of a bitch, you did it. I’ve been trying to convince the people at the Pentagon. I don’t need that. You just convinced the American people.’ A world without Walt Disney, America without Walt Disney, not just the parks, is a very different place. He affected our culture in a positive way.”

Watch the clips below.


Course, now it's not even been a week since Glenn Beck put a bib on and mowed through a short stack of pancakes … drizzled not with Aunt Jemina or Vermont's Maple Syrup … but with 'Christian blood'. After, Eeeeeew, check out the Beck asshattery of the month.


Dude been sneaking True Blood binge-watching in?? Very similar to last season's finale, just sayin'. Tom Cruz may have got the gig, but Beck can dream.




Speaker of the House Boehner Calling It Quits


I quit

Faced with an imminent crushing and humiliating defeat by his own caucus, Speaker of the House Boehner unexpectedly quit today. No, he didn't give up his Speakership -- only his obligations to run the House.  He's decided to throw in the towel, do nothing (something he excels at), and hang out a sign on Congress's door saying, "Gone Fishing. Be back in 5 weeks."

With no significant immigration bill to assuage the border fears he and his fellow Republicans fueled, he looks like he's a loser who's no longer got the control over his own people. Stick a fork in the old fool. He's done.

He can take solace in the fact that his leadership isn't the only one to take an embarrassing wallop by pulling his weak and ineffective immigration bill. The troika of House GOP leaders all were crushed. Washington Post reports:

The pulling of the bill marked an embarrassing failure in the first real test of the new leadership team that takes office Thursday following Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor’s resignation as majority leader.

Exiting a closed-door morning huddle at the Republican National Committee, senior Republicans had expressed confidence that the Boehner proposal would pass.

As recently as Thursday morning, hours before the scheduled summer break, Boehner had signaled he wanted a bill passed so the Democrats couldn't use the August break to pound away at the Xenophobic GOP. To ensure he could get conservative Republicans on his side, he was even ready to do away with the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program (DACA) -- surely something that would would get the Tea Party right wing immigration haters on board. It was all but assured -- and then the collapse. Newly elected GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise dashed Boehner's hopes with the news that he couldn't drum up the votes. Out the window went the bill as well as any possibility of getting Latino or Asian votes in the fall.


So now Boehner and his two cohorts have five weeks to hide their faces before they're called back to spend three more weeks doing nothing and then going on their next scheduled break. The national budget, transportation, immigration, embassy appointments, education reform, long term unemployment -- all of these are now going unattended.

Well, Boehner's done. And truthfully so is the GOP as they used to be known. There are three parties now in the US running our government -- Democrats, the remnant Republicans, and the Tea Party.

Are you an unhappy Republican? If so, blame John Boehner -- but do it quick. He might retire before returning. His orange face is obviously not wanted in Washington D.C. anymore, unless it's on a Wanted poster for obstruction of justice and dereliction of Duty.


Fox Biz: Weekly Jobless Claims Slide to Lowest Level Since ‘07 + Bonus #BlameObama News!


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The only way I know how to stop all of you nag-nag-naggers to stop bugging TPC to post more reporting from the most reliable name in news-- Fox-- is to post more reporting from Fox. So here you go, via an email alert from the one source you can trust: Fox. Fox Biz to be exact. They always come through for us, rain or shine, and today it's a ray of shine:

The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits fell to 300,000 last week from an upwardly-revised 332,000 the week prior. The reading was the lowest since May 2007. Economists expected claims to fall to 320,000 from an initially reported 326,000.

But wait! There's more! This news comes from a Gallup email alert:

After hitting a low point at the end of President Barack Obama's first term, U.S. leadership ratings worldwide rallied in 2013 as he began his second.

Waitwhat? President Obama's worldwide popularity is rising? But... but... Republicans have been relentlessly mocking the decline in his global approval numbers and called him "feckless"! (Which is kind of funny considering they also call him a dictator.)

What must this all mean? Could it be that they're *gasp!* wrong? (Again. Like they are about just about everything.)


Global Image of U.S. Leadership Rebounds

Median approval rating of 45% in Asia is highest on record.

Not to say there aren't challenges and that everything is hunky-dory, but per Gallup, "the image of the leadership of the U.S. showed signs of rebounding in 2013."

President Obama must have dictated that poll.

UPDATE, via another Fox Biz email alert:

The Treasury Department reports the federal budget deficit fell to $37 billion in March from $107 billion in the same month last year. The fiscal 2014 deficit is running at $413 billion, down from the $600 billion gap the year prior.


Evidently GOP Gives Up On Jesus So They Settle For Boehner



Oh goy, I mean, oh boy. Now look what's happened to little Johnny Boehner and his sandbox playmates! They can't seem to get along so they're looking for some adult supervision. A new leader. Who are they looking to? Why the big guy himself. No, not God. He wouldn't touch Congress with a ten foot pole. But close, His son -- or at least to those who believe he's the Lord's son. Good luck getting unanimous consent on that one.

For further updates on the GOP's quest to replace the Speaker, here's what a longtime Boehner ally had to say to Robert Costa at the Washington Post:

“Right now, Jesus himself couldn't be the speaker and get 218 Republicans behind something, so I think Speaker Boehner is trying his best to come up with a plan that can get close to that,” said Rep. Patrick J. Tiberi (R-Ohio), a longtime Boehner ally. “Whatever we move, there will be critics everywhere, but at the end of the day we still have to govern.”

Looks like dysfunction is the best description of the shambles the Republicans have left the House in while they take our money and go out and play. It's a shame. I bet there are at least a few of the kids on the block who would like to get something done. But when you think about Rep. Tiberi's words, the members of congress are worried about critics and not doing what's best for the country.

It's certainly at times like this you'd wish they'd ask themselves, WWJD? He certainly wouldn't behave like the GOP and worry about critics. He'd do what was right for his followers. And that's something the GOP has a hard time wrapping their hollow heads around.


The Headless Horseman Of The GOP's Sleepy Hollow(head)


headless Tea Party horseman

When it comes to the government shutdown (again) over Obamacare, the Democrats are so lucky to have Reince Preibus speaking for the opposition. He's so ineffective in making a case, mealy-mouthed about the last shutdown, caught in a lie on national TV, and now THE poster child for the defective Tea Party fool.

Of course, it's a lot easier to look stupid when you face a tough-minded, resolute thinker like Debbie Wasserman Schultz. But she didn't pick the opposition, the Republicans did. Chairman P. beached their ship last general election, he's sure to hit the same sandbar next time around with the type of thinking like he displayed on CNN this past Sunday.

When people say a fish stinks from the head down, so do political parties. Here's the "head" of the Republican party. Take a sniff. Warning, you won't like the stench.


Mitch McConnell Caught Humming Charlie Chaplin's 'Smile'


Charlie Chaplin

There may be some of you who weren't aware that the soulful, wistful song, "Smile" was actually written by the entertainment genius, Charlie Chaplin. The lyrics go:

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking.
When there are clouds in the sky
you'll get by.

If you smile through your pain and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through
For you.

Rumors are that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been feeling melancholy of late, and in the wee hours of the night, he's been heard coming out of his office, tearful, humming the song. He senses his days are numbered. That's looking more an more likely.

The ever-dour face of Mitch McConnell always appears as if he ate something which didn't agree with him. It could be his conscience with a side of ego. Despite all of the recent problems of leadership, he was spotted with what could be considered a new expression beyond his etched in stone scowl. Some ever think it's so much of a departure they're questioning if it could actually be a smile. You be the judge.

Mitch McConnell

I have a different  take on his expression. It's not a smile. It's actually a gasp for air. He's taking a real hit by his Tea Party competitor, Matt Bevin. Even the Senate Conservatives Fund has backed Bevin over Mitch. And he's not alone. The conservative wing of his party in Kentucky have had enough of the grump on the stump and decided to filet him and turn this chicken over to Colonel Sanders.

And if his own party hasn't all but deserted him, what about his stout adversary on the other side -- Alison Lundergan Grimes? She's not just running against him as a Democrat, she's leading him in the polls after the dyspeptic Senate minority leader has shown his true color -- yellow. He's afraid to do what's best for his state. And to cover up for that, his democratic opponent, should he somehow beat Bevin for the right to face off for the senate seat, has an internet commercial campaign that sums off the efforts of Mitch McGrumpy. And Lundergan Grimes is winning where it counts so very much -- she's leading McConnell in the very important fundraising contest.

McConnell is on track to become the first sitting Senate Minority Leader to lose reelection since Tom Daschle, nearly ten years ago and you have to go back 60 years to find the time before that. At least Daschle lost because of a personal scandal (failure to accurately report and pay income taxes). McConnell looks to lose because he was just a plain outright obstructionist.

So Kentucky is unfolding to become an exciting place to monitor in 2014. History just might be made. No sitting senate leader of either party has failed to make it through a primary. Mitch is looking to set that record. If he can out-maneuver Bevin, he's got his hands full with Alison Ludergan Grimes. His chances there are even less optimistic. In the end, we'll see who's left standing, and who has a smile on their face.


U.S. Forefathers, Put Down Your iPads And Turn Over In Your Graves



Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) is certainly no dummy -- I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt.

He's recently made some very astute observations about the state of American politics,  invoking the vaunted name of our forefathers and framers of our Constitution to make his point. He has pointed out that recent executive actions by President Obama, including a plan to extend high-speed Internet connections to virtually every school in the nation, demonstrate a "blatant" attempt to subvert the will of the American people.

Maybe he's overstating the obvious. Of course that demon Obama is subverting the will of the people. He's pushed through legislation for health care, he's pulled out every trick in the book to keep voting rights for all of those lazy, undesirables who are flocking in droves to change the outcome of local and national elections. He's even backed equal rights for gays and equal pay for women. Traitor!

Contitutional abuse

How dare he consistently abuse his Constitutionally granted powers to plot against the will of the people with such disregard for the national legislature?

Fortunately for us, The Hill has captured some of the details of the presidents subterfuge in a recent article.

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) said recent executive actions by President Obama, including a plan to extend high-speed Internet connections to virtually every school in the nation, demonstrate a "blatant" attempt to subvert the will of the American people.

Imagine that. Who does this Black guy in the White House think he is, wanting to open up the world to children of all colors and nationalities with communications to the outside world? It's enough they know what is going on in their own town of Podunk. How dare he share the world with children who are so, so vulnerable. It's just not... American.

The White House, did respond to this allegation of unilateral actions, within the powers act of government.

But White House spokesperson John Earnest did acknowledge that Obama has pursued policy objectives independently because "we have seen a little dysfunction in Congress."

"You would think that connecting schools to the information superhighway would be a pretty noncontroversial topic, particularly when it's something that could be accomplished through a relatively modest investment," Earnest said. "Unfortunately, we haven't seen a lot of action in Congress, so the president has advocated an administrative, unilateral action to get this done. We're not going to wait for Congress to act."

A little dysfunction? You think? Earnest is just being overly... earnest.

Forty votes to repeal Obamacare? Refusal to vote on everything from gun control to immigration? Food stamps for the needy to enacting restrictions on women's reproductive rights? Dysfunction? Whoa there, Congressman Grimm. Aren't you being a bit... grimm(sp)?  You're one of those causing the problem.

Congressman Grimm

You're a founding member of the Overstating the Obvious Party -- the reason the president is having to act this way. What he's doing is called decision making, acting in the best interest of this country. But what would you know about that? You're too preoccupied with shutting down of the government in the futile efforts of trying to stop Obamacare before it's even kicked in.

I bet you go to the grocery store, buy a steak and then when you get to the car, return inside and demand your money back claiming the filet was too tough or it was tasteless. You haven't even tried it yet and you're passing judgement. Stupid or just plain ignorant? Pick your label.

Am I being tough on you, congressman? I'll let your own words speak for you.

"He has an agenda and he's going to do whatever he has to do to pass that agenda, regardless of the Constitution," Grimm said. "I mean, I think our founding fathers are turning over in the graves right now because he's just so blatant in his— the administrators, the people he puts in charge of these agencies are bold and brazen about saying, 'yes, we're going to make an end run around Congress.'"

Well, I'm sure you have a point, but we'd call it ignorance. The president has a responsibility to make decisions based on the best interest of this country. I'm sure the founding fathers which you invoke, if they put down their iPhone, iPads, Playstation III's and other electronic devices long enough, would be turning over in their graves, but for a different reason. They'd be ashamed of themselves for having created such a porous Constitution that allows for right-wing whack-jobs like you from being eligible to hold public office. Right now Ben Franklin, Sam Adams, and Thomas Jefferson are probably kicking themselves that they didn't add to the eligibility requirements for holding public office some sort of sanity clause. -- and no, by sanity clause I don't mean another term for jolly old St. Nick.

Santa Claus

When you are as ignorant a man as you indicate you are with your words, perhaps what you say shouldn't be held against you. But I'm not an elected official. I'm just one of the "We, the people," so I'm exercising my rights to freedom of speech. And you have yours as well.

But when you use it to pass along crazy conspiracy theories, I'm almost a bit glad that the schools don't yet have the Internet, or they might be promoting your silly conspiracy theories and accept them instead of the truth.

The New York Republican also argued that Obama had only himself to blame for Congress's inability to pass legislation.

In rape cases, they call this "blaming the victim."

"Leadership is about leading. The president hasn't led!" Grimm said, saying "a real leader" rises above partisanship.

Isn't that the very point you're making, Obama is rising above partisanship?

Grimm also suggested that the president might intentionally be alienating members of Congress so he could unilaterally implement his policy agenda.

Now your borrowing from the stop and frisk adage, guilty of leading while Black.

"I really do believe because of political reasons, it's more advantageous for the president to keep us divided so that he can make these end runs and use these administrators and the people he puts in charge to just go around the Congress to do an agenda that he knows ultimately the people are not going to support," Grimm said.

So it's politics that to blame, not the people who are in it. Interesting argument. And doing the "end around play" is for an agenda that the people are not going to support? Really? That's the best you can do? You and your party are trying to push through a voucher system for students. Well, according to a recent independent poll conducted on behalf of the American Federation of Teachers:

...polling firm Hart Research Associates, surveyed 1,000 parents this month and found that most would rather see their neighborhood schools strengthened and given more resources than have options to enroll their children elsewhere.

Strengthened -- meaning additional resources -- not vouchers.

You say a leader should lead. You claim Obama is making unilateral choices to overcome the bottleneck. Then you accuse him of not being a leader. How confused can one man be?

Do you ever listen to the words you utter? Make up your mind. Using your argument, Obama is exactly a leader. And you, sir, on the other hand, could be considered a tyrant for obstructing Congress. Instead of tearing things down, why don't you build them up? What do you have against educating our children? Offer a plan, not sticks of dynamite to detonate what's left of our fragile democracy. Stop attacking Obama for trying to give kids an education so they can make themselves more valuable and productive members of our society.