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First She Lied In GOP Reply To SOTU, Now Her Party Turns On Her Ethics

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You know you must really have some enemies when the GOP doesn't have a problem with your blatantly lying in the official party reply to the State of the Union address, but they jump on you for other actions. How heinous can they be?

The seemingly lone Republican female face on that great party of inclusion, the GOP, now has a whistleblower problem. One of Congressperson Cathy McMorris Rodger's (R-Wash.) former aides says she played a little footloose and fancy free (oh, you gotta love those old descriptive slang expressions) with official re-election funds. The aide accuses her of abusing official funds and co-opting them for her personal gain, a committee chairmanship. In case you didn't know, yes, these seats are contested and in many cases bought with promised favors and of course, re-election cash. Who determines who gets them? Ask Speaker John Boehner.

Oh, and here's the kicker to this breaking story: It's not the Democrats who are singling her out for her alleged indiscretions. It's the House Ethics Committee, chaired by Republican, Michael Conaway.

From Politico:

GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces a possible House Ethics Committee investigation over allegations by a former staffer that she improperly mixed campaign and official funds to help win a 2012 House leadership race.

The Office of Congressional Ethics has recommended that the Ethics Committee conduct a full probe into the case.

Well, certainly this is a bit of a stain on the woman who so charmed us so with her skewed, lightly tangential official reply to the President's State of the Union address a few short weeks ago. Until now, this mostly invisible congressperson was only paraded out in the public spotlight when the Republicans wanted to show that they had some members of the female persuasion in their caucus. The lie she told about a woman's insurance premiums going through the roof under Obamacare was instantly jumped on by the press and exposed as a blatant lie. Since that revelation that she wasn't being truthful in her SOTU reply, she had sneaked off (or was banished) to hide out of plain sight. Lay low. Looks like low just hit a new benchmark, in low-ness.

Hmm. I guess it's not just Boehner, Cantor and McConnell in the upper ranks of the GOP hierarchy that have a problem with straight talk and honesty. Maybe McMorris Rodgers is innocent of these charges. But her accuser in this action is a committee dominated by her own party members who are calling her out on this irregularity, an ethics violation.

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Push The Nuclear Button, Harry.

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Harry Reid is laconic at best. Comatose for most of the remainder of time. Fortunately, he's on the cusp of joining "the better late than never" school on the filibuster rules --  or so it seems. From HuffPo:

WASHINGTON -- It's looking more and more likely that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) isn't just ready for filibuster reform, but he's ready to do it this week.

A senior Democratic aide told The Huffington Post on Wednesday that there's "a greater possibility" that Reid will hold a vote this week instead of waiting until after the Senate comes back from recess in December. The proposal that Reid is planning to put on the floor would strip the minority of its ability to filibuster executive and judicial nominees, but wouldn't apply to Supreme Court nominees.

Filling vacancies on that court is a huge priority for the president. It's also his responsibility. It's the Senate's obligation of advise and consent. Instead, the Republicans have chosen to make it pure obstructionism. And that's been going of for five years. If Obama is to rule as the constitution has outlined, we can't have these 60 vote thresholds on every nomination.

Justice is being withheld from functioning as it's supposed to. There are vacancies on judgeships and without them being filled, we're letting innocent people sit in jail and letting guilty people go unpunished. This isn't a philosophical argument. It's one or rights and wrongs. And as long as there's a backlog because of a vacancy, those causing the opennings are contributing to injustice. They are complicit. Is that the law and order GOP thinks is right. If so, they need to go.

Here's the startling facts about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit,

The court has 11 seats, of which four are filled by GOP-appointed nominees and four are filled by Democrat-appointed nominees. President George W. Bush had five nominees confirmed to the panel during his tenure. By contrast, Obama has only had one.

It's not as if Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats haven't been patient. It's the the Republicans have been irresponsible. If they want to complain, let them. They brought this on themselves, led by Mitch McConnell who pushed off Reid's calling for the Nuclear Option last year with a promise to work with the other side on nominees. He lied, and they haven't.

Push that button, Harry. We've waited long enough.

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VIDEO: Idaho law allows attempted "forcible rapist" to get a gun. "How can this possibly be who we are right now?"

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Rachel Maddow does her usually excellent job of sharing staggeringly jaw-dropping news that make us want to scream, "WTF?!" This time its about "constitutional Republican" and State Representative Mark Patterson, an admitted "attempted rapist." And hey! Conservative Congressman Raul Labrador vouches for this guy!

Did I mention he's part of the Ron Paul wing of the party?

To add fuel to this political grease fire, his website lies about his "accomplishments."

Please watch the entire video, because the excerpts don't include everything Maddow covered.

Take it away, Rachel:

His website described him as having been a student at the University of Southern California, having gone to USC. Turns out he never went to USC.

His website also described him as a petroleum engineer. Turns out he is not a petroleum engineer, he's not an engineer at all.

His website also described him as a professional bicyclist. He was not a professional bicyclist ...he had no professional license, even though he did ride a bike...

Now, though, comes the dark part of this story, which is that Republican State Representative Mark Patterson, it turns out, has twice been arrested and charged with forcible rape.

One of those times in Ohio, he was acquitted. He was found not guilty of those charges. But the other time he was arrested and charged with rape he plead guilty. He plead guilty specifically to assault with intent to commit rape.

He did some time in jail and did some probation, and because of the probation sentence and the plea bargain that went along with it, under Florida law, this all happened in Tampa, Florida, this went down on Mark Patterson's record as a withheld judgment on the assault to intent rape charge.

So fast forward to 2007 and across the country to Idaho. And in 2007, soon-to-be State Representative Mark Patterson applies for a license to carry a concealed weapon in the state of Idaho.

He presumably does not mention on his application the rape issue in his past, since Idaho law says you can't get a concealed weapons permit if you have committed a, say, assault with intent to commit a serious felony, like for example, rape. So apparently he didn't mention that on his application in 2007 or presumably again on his application in 2012.

His past rape charge, his guilty plea means, he should have been turned down when he applied for a concealed weapons permit. And so now, the Idaho sheriff to whom he has applied for the gun permit has revoked the permit, saying basically having a violent felony on your record means you can't have a weapons permit. And you certainly can't lie about your violent felony record in order to get a weapons permit.

This is not a hard call, right? ...That one time you plead guilty to assault with forcible rape, that means you can't have concealed weapons anywhere. Even if you are a newly elected state representative. Who knows why he was able to get away with lying on that application once, and at least for awhile on his second try, too. But eventually the sheriff in Ada County, Idaho, found him out...

In any normal world, this is the part where the guy  steps down to spend more time with his family. But because this is not a normal world... because this is our world now, the rape charges Republican lawmaker caught lying about it on his gun application has launched a counter attack, saying this is all just a  trumped up bit of police retaliation for some legislation he sponsored, because he is the guy responsible for the legislation that would have put the cops in jail if Idaho law enforcement officers attempted to enforce federal gun laws in the state of Idaho.

He says because he sponsored that legislation, this whole ruckus now is just The Man coming for him and his guns in retaliation. That sheriff that discovered my rape conviction was, he says, "angry about being exposed as an opponent of the Second Amendment"...

...Do you want to know what the resolution is to the story of the Republican state representative who it turns out was charged with forcible rape twice, and who plead guilty to assault with intent to rape, and then lied about it on his gun permit  application twice, and then got caught lying about it by the local sheriff, do you want to know how this story ends?

The guy gets to keeps his guns.

He gets to keep his concealed carry permit.

After all, even though, you know, right! And lying about it. Even though guilty plea to a violent felony, he gets to to keep the guns and keep the concealed weapons permit, because, turns out there is a state law that says if you're an elected official in Idaho, one of 3,000 elected officials in Idaho, at every level down to dog catcher, if you're an elected official in Idaho, there is a state law that says the legal requirements for getting a gun permit in that state don't apply to you....

...This country became the place where the response by law to the violence attempted rapist elected official who lied about it and who got caught lying about it, the only legal response to that man is, "Sorry, sir. Here is your gun, here is your gun, sir, here is your concealed weapons permit. Really sorry for the inconvenience."

That is the only possible legal response to the guy who plead guilty to assault with attempt to rape: "Sorry, sir, here is your gun."

How can this possibly be who we are right now?

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IN THIS CORNER

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Ding-ding-ding.  The fight bell rings.  All the attention goes to Michael Buffer, the famed fight announcer as the mic is lowered down to him in center ring.  “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s get ready to rumble!”

The two combatants for this bout of the congressional oversight committee stand at attention.  “In this corner, the California bad boy, Darrell "The Arsonist"  Issa.  And facing off with him, fighting fire with fire, the Babbler from Baltimore-- Elijah “The Whole Truth” Cummings.

The referee gives final instructions.  “I expect a clean fight.  No lies, no innuendos, no half-truths.”

Issa looks at the ref.  “You’re talking away my arsenal!”

The ref finishes with, “No low blows, no punching below the belt, and I expect you to go to your neutral corner if one of you goes down.  Ready?”

Issa asks, "Wait, what’s a neutral corner?  I'm chairman.  Aren’t all the corners mine?

Cummings smiles, “Don’t worry, I’m gonna whoop your sorry ass before you can say, “I didn’t steal that car!”

The referee orders, “Tap gloves and come out fighting…”

The bell sounds, the fighters size each other up.  Issa makes the first move.  “Your boy Obama’s going down for the Cincinnati IRS scandal. I smell impeachment”

“You just smell -- period,” counters Cummings.

As the fighters stalk each other around the ring, taunts of “liar,” “bully,” “outrageous conduct,” insubordination,” “puppet,” “GOP whore,” “abuse of authority,” “stain on the committee’s honor,” “obstructionist,” are parried back and forth.  The Chairman’s face is becoming puffy and red from the Democrat’s jabs which seem to be landing.

Then, with the speed of greased lightning, Cummings unleashes, “You’re cherry picking selected statements and taking them out of context.”

Issa’s momentarily stunned, but he bravely counter punches.  “From all the testimony I’ve released, the President’s fingerprints are all over the Cincinnati IRS scandal.”

“From the testimony you released the president is also responsible for Viet Nam, the teapot dome affair and FDR’s polio.

“I didn’t know about the polio.  Thanks for that one.  I’ll be sure to use it against that Kenyan imposter when he runs for another term.”

He can't run for another term, dummy.  It's called term limits. It's the law!"

Issa snarls, "Well, when I was jacking cars, I mean joy riding in cars, I never paid any attention to any limits, speed or the law."

Cummings goes on the assault.  “I released the full documents and they show conclusively that the President NEVER targeted the Tea Party.  So take that!” It’s followed with a roundhouse right which lands squarely.

Suddenly a cut opens over the Californian’s right eye.  “You can’t.  That would be letting the public know the truth.  They can’t handle the truth!”

Cummings fires off two quick jabs to the solar plexus stunning the chairman.  “You’re nothing more than a street thug and  puppet for your gym, the GOP – the Gang Of Prevaricators.  Now the public will know that this 'scandal' was started by one of your own -- a conservative Republican IRS supervisor IN CINCINNATI.”

A roar goes up as Issa goes down.  While confidently going to his neutral corner, Cummings stares down at the rubber legged Issa who struggles to get up.

Cummings taunts, “you fell for the oldest trick in the book, my distinguished colleague.  It’s call the whole truth.”

“…Eight, nine, ten.”  The bell rings as the ref calls Issa out.  Cummings is declared the winner and still the people’s champion.

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Cartoons of the Day- Michele Bachmann Retires Part Two

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VIDEO: Here's your GOP "family values"

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Ahh yes, Mark Sanford– cheater, hypocrite, trespasser, poster boy for an online extramarital affairs dating service, somehow won an election and believes that his fantasy god forgave him, so everything is now hunky dory!

Ed Schultz:

In his campaign, marred by violations of his divorce agreement, Mark Sanford has reemerged newly engaged to the Argentinian mistress, and he believes "absolved." But if Mark Sanford thinks that he's a "family man," he can keep pretending-- and the Republican Party can keep pretending-- they're all about "family values."

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Mark Sanford "proved to the world that you can have your cake and eat it too with his undeserved victory."

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Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Mark Sanford is back in the game," May 8

South Carolina proved that it is possible to talk a dog off of a meat wagon with its election of disgraced former Gov. Mark Sanford to his old House seat in Congress.

The Republican candidate proved to the world that you can have your cake and eat it too with his undeserved victory. Bill Clinton has nothing on him. And now the party of family values has a new standard-bearer in South Carolina for ethics, integrity, duty, responsibility and family loyalty.

His campaign should be examined and written about in leadership circles as examples of how to betray everyone except yourself and then record a margin of victory so comfortable that you made it look easy. He gives public service a bad name.

Kimberlyn Hearns

San Bernardino

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