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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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Ann Coulter: A Bigot For All Reasons

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Well, there's something about an equal opportunity offender. They're crazy whenever they speak.

Her latest rage focuses on, what else, Obamacare. In her recent column To Speak To A Nigerian Prince About Your Health Care, Press 1 she attacks the Obama administration for allowing the federal government to hire health care “navigators” without requiring them to pass a criminal background check. These navigators are charged with taking down applicants’ personal information when they apply for health care.

I'm sure every recently released convict is flocking to get a gig on Healthcare.gov. Yeah, I see a huge risk here. Just think of all of the personal identity theft that must be getting planned. And by whom? Why the people with foreign sounding surnames who have been involved in healthcare scams before. She's done her homework. She's singled a few out a few key examples:

Mehran Javidan, owner of Acure, a home health care company in Oak Park, Mich., was paid more than $2.2 million from Medicare based on fraudulent physical therapy files he submitted between December 2008 and November 2010.

Eliza Lozano Lumbreras, San Juanita Gallegos Lozano, Manuel Anthony Puig and Romelia Puig used their operation of the Mission Clinic and La Hacienda Family Clinic to submit false claims to Medicare and Medicaid, stealing approximately half a million dollars from the taxpayers between 2001 and 2006.

Karen Kallen-Zury, Daisy Miller and Christian Coloma were convicted for receiving approximately $40 million from Medicare for patients not eligible for psychiatric treatment because they were not severely mentally ill.

Jose Rojo, Antonio Macli, Jorge Macli and Sandra Huarte in Miami paid patient recruiters to refer ineligible Medicare beneficiaries to their clinic for services that were never provided. They were paid more than $11 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare.

Godwin Umotong, Leslie Omagbemi, Munda Massaquoi, Comfort Gates, Ovsanna Agopian and Boghos Babadjanian were convicted of fraudulently billing Medicare of millions of dollars for office visits and diagnostic tests that were never performed, more than $1.3 million of which Medicare paid.

The problem is, none of those people are working as healthcare navigators. And none of their crimes had anything to do with identity theft. Hmm. Whatcha say to that, Annie?

She paints with a broad brush -- of ignorance. She ignores surnames don't change over the years that people have been legally here. So you may be a fourth generation American Gonzalez or Chan, but  to Sweet Annie, if you've got a foreign sounding last name, you're not one of us. (whoever us is)

Here's a few things that the Xenophobic Miss Coulter has missed while spewing her brand of hate.

Crime rates are lower among immigrants than the native born, according to a study cited by Pew last month.

A.C.  has continually raised alarms about the possibility of reform including a pathway to citizenship, saying it would create a primarily Latino underclass of welfare recipients that deplete government resources. In fact, Latinos use less than their fair share of government benefits according to a study released last year by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, there were about 11.1 million undocumented immigrants in the country as of 2011, not the 20 million that Coulter claims.

Miss Annie says Latinos are lazy. But in fact, the Hispanic community is highly entrepreneurial. Latinos opened twice as many businesses as the national average in the 2000s, according to U.S. Census data cited by Businessweek.

"Undocumented workers are here to collect public assistance and government benefits." Well, if she took the time to look she'd know that The vast majority of undocumented immigrants are not legally eligible for most government assistance.

Then there's Blondie's argument that Hispanics are becoming poorer over time. Really? That's based on what? Here's the facts, Ma'am: Each generation of Latinos tends to do better economically than the generation that preceded it, according a 2011 study by the Migration Policy Institute.

Finally, not really, but this post is getting long with all of the lies Coulter has been spreading-- Latinos are more dependent on government benefits than Whites. Truth: Hispanics use less than their fair share of government benefits, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Latinos make up 16 percent of the population, but receive 12 percent of benefits. Non-Hispanics whites, by contrast, account for 64 percent of the population, but receive 69 percent of entitlement benefits.

I guess this bigot who roared can't handle the truth. Then where would she be? Maybe among the 64 percent of the white population who are receiving government benefits.

I got it-- she could become a healthcare navigator -- that is if she has a clean record.

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The World According To Maps

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Flat Earth

With our US political system and so many views of the world its no wonder everyone's getting confused and seeing things differently. Take the shape of the world -- most think its round, some think oval, and in the case of the Tea Party, flat.

The Republicans say the Democrats refuse to negotiate or over the government shutdown. Democrats say they already compromised by accepting the sequester budget numbers.

The Republicans say Obama is trying to take their guns away. Obama has pushed for gun regulations. Seems those views are diametrically polar.

Many Republicans think the Affordable Care Act is taking our health care into the world of socialized medicine. It's going to cause our country to go bankrupt. Democrats point out that not one country with socialized medicine has gone bankrupt over healthcare.

So, no matter how clearly things seem to one group of people, they seem diametrically opposed to others. Who's right and who's wrong? The answer is perspective.

Here's a quick fun perspective on our world -- called 42 Amazing Maps. It's entertaining and enlightening.  You'll find different ways of looking at the same thing -- and yes, it even deals with those who think the world if flat. See GOP, this video's creators consider even the most narrow-minded, creationist ways of thinking to allow everyone to make up their own minds, not refute science, but to see it in maps.

Enjoy.

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Move over "people of faith": "I suggest that we atheists and agnostics be referred to as 'people of evidence'."

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, Part 2, because our voices matter:

The problem is too many people

Re "The greening of faith," Opinion, Feb. 27

Encouraging as "green" trends within some religions may be, none appears inclined to address the root problem spurring environmental degradation: rampant overpopulation of the planet.

Indeed, certain religions seem hell-bent (as it were) on disproportionately propagating their adherents' numbers. Catholicism and Mormonism famously encourage large families. How illuminating, that two GOP presidential candidates — Rick Santorum, a Catholic, and Mitt Romney, a Mormon — between them have fathered 13 children.

If all couples followed these candidates' improvident examples, the Earth's population would triple in a generation. Enlightened environmentalist voters should shun them both.

Gary Dolgin

Santa Monica

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I keep hearing political candidates and pundits refer to religious folks as "people of faith," as this Op-Ed article does.

So I suggest that we atheists and agnostics be referred to as "people of evidence."

Brent Meeker

Camarillo

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Births, not new immigrants, push US Latino growth

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You realize how tasty this is, right? One of the biggest things they rally for ("family values") maybe the real impetuous of one of the biggest things they are afraid of (fear of a "brown" country). Gotta love it.

Associated Press WASHINGTON -- With immigration slowing, babies born in the U.S. rather than newly arrived Mexican immigrants are now driving most of the fast growth in the Latino population.

A new analysis of census data highlights a turning point in Hispanics' rapid U.S. growth. Demographers point to the potential for broader political impact as U.S.-born Mexican-Americans widen their numbers over non-citizen, foreign-born counterparts, who wield no voting rights.

"As these young Latinos age, they will enter public schools, participate in the nation's economy as workers and consumers, and enter the growing pool of Hispanic eligible voters," said Mark Hugo Lopez, associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center, who co-authored the study released Thursday.

(snip)

Currently, the median age of Mexican-Americans is 25, compared to 30 for other Hispanic subgroups, 32 for blacks and 41 for whites. Mexican-American women typically will have given birth to 2.5 children by their mid-40s, higher than for other groups.

Meanwhile, immigration from Mexico has fallen off in recent years, dropping by 60 percent since 2006 after a souring U.S. economy and stepped-up border enforcement made it harder and less desirable for undocumented workers to enter the country. As a result, the number of new immigrants from Mexico declined over the last decade to 4.2 million, from 4.7 million in 1990-2000.

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Hispanics outnumber blacks in majority of U.S. metropolitan areas, Census shows

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I hope the DNC is paying attention

New Census figures show that Hispanics outnumber blacks for the first time in most U.S. metropolitan areas.

Hispanics became the largest minority group in 191 of 366 metro areas last year. Their population was lifted as blacks left many economically hard-hit cities in the North for the South and new Latino immigrants spread to different parts of the country. That number is up from 159 metro areas in 2000, when Hispanics were most commonly found in southwestern border states.

The new areas for Hispanics include Chicago, Illinois; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The numbers from the 2010 count are having a big effect in many states, where political maps are being redrawn based on population size and racial makeup.

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Quickie: Jonah Goldberg is an idiot

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Today's Quickie:

According to Wikipedia, the population of China is 1,341,880,000.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau website, the world population is 6,894,940,672.

According to Jonah Goldberg, China has "700 billion very poor people":

Then there are China's very real problems. China has 700 billion very poor people. By 2050, it will have 400 million very old people.

In today's L.A. Times, there is a correction that says the following in regard to an op-ed written by Jonah Goldberg called "America's China Syndrome" (verbatim):

FOR THE RECORD:
China: In his Jan. 18 column, Jonah Goldberg wrote that China has 700 billion very poor people. The estimated number of Chinese living in poverty is 300 million.

Jonah Goldberg is an idiot.

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