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A Populace Pump For Electile Dysfunction

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Electile Dysfunction

It doesn't get much funnier than this -- and what candidate hasn't worried at one time or another of suffering from "ELECTILE DYSFUNCION?" This one may actually give you a boner, er, Boehner. See if the orange-tinged House Speaker knows the difference as his opponent seeks to pump up the votes against him.

From Raw Story:

House Speaker John Boehner’s Tea Party challenger in the Ohio Republican primary, J.D. Winteregg, released a parody advertisement today that accuses the speaker of suffering from “Electile Dysfunction.”

The Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC decided to back Winteregg after internal polling revealed that only 25 percent of Rep. Boehner’s constituents favored him over a generic Tea Party challenger. The PAC initiated a “two-pronged approach” similar to the one that Scott Brown used to catapult him into office: a dedicated “ground game” on the local front coupled with a national fundraising campaign.

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Boehner Might Be Placed on Suicide Watch

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Suicide Prevention Boehner

If you or I threaten to kill ourselves, it's not uncommon for concerned friends of relatives to band together and put the disturbed on a suicide watch. It's for their own safety. After all, committing suicide is not only a crime, but it's a loss of a valuable life. Despite the despair one goes through, suicide should not be an viable solution. But do the Republicans care? Truth is they actually haven't for years. Now their Speaker of the House is a case in point:

Now whether John Boehner is a man of his word remains to be seen. His record is iffy at best. But he has publicly spoken out against the passage of raising the minimum wage. And he's actually threatened to keep it from a vote. And he has said he'd rather commit suicide than take that action.

As reported by The HILL:

“I’ll commit suicide before I vote on a clean minimum-wage bill,” Boehner, then the head of the House Republican Conference, said at the time.

Now to be fair, he made this threat two minimum wage increases ago and has yet to act on it. The common wisdom is that people who talk about killing themselves are less likely to actually go through with it -- they're looking for attention. But the GOP head honcho has gone public with his threat, and rumors (mine) are that he must be watched carefully as the Democrats are about to circulate a discharge petition, which would force a floor vote on increasing the minimum wage. If it goes through, watch out. We may have the Tea Party holding Boehner to his words and force him to do what he's threatened -- kill himself.

Not that Democrats or Tea Party members would care if Boehner were to martyr himself by taking his life for political reasons, but I think the message it sends would not be a good one. If you can't win, kill yourself.

Do I take the Speaker at his word that he's actually going to act upon his threat? Hell no! But it does make you think that this is just more fake posturing on the ineffective Speaker's part. One more in a long line of hollow threats.

So, Republicans, if you care about Boehner's continuing in office, or even living, maybe now's the time to force the leader out of his office for medical and mental purposes. You can replace him with someone more stable... if you can find someone. In your dysfunctional, fractured party a sane replacement could be hard to find

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Meet The New Sheriff In D.C. Town - Rafael 'Ted' Cruz

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Well, the Texas senator may not officially hold that office, but he holds the power of that office. John Boehner is the Speaker of the House, but in name only -- or SINO for short.

Boehner lost the reins in 2012 when a nationally unknown Texan came riding into town, looking for a showdown at high noon. He was big hat and a bunch of Tea Party cattle. He was determined to make a name for himself by picking off the current big cock of the roost. And Raffy did just that. He picked the weakest, highest ranking Republican, and vowed to make an example of him. He would embarrass the Speaker and bring him to his knees. If successful, Washington, DC would become Raffy's own prairie oyster.

Then it happened. The cocky Texan called out the over-confident Ohioan -- for a showdown at high noon. And flanked with other armed Tea Party proteges, bullies and wildcatters, the showdown on shutting down the entire government took place. And when Speaker Boehner saw Cruz's snipers in trees and peering from behind stately columns, he knew he was in for a battle. The odds weren't in his favor as the Tea Party posse had staked out the best vantage points. Boehner, with more men, knew it was a trap. So he called a truce and caved in to the smaller, but better prepared enemy. He lived to fight another day.

That other day came this past week. Boehner, who thought he could rally his own militia on the immigration battle, took on the Tea Party stared down Cruz, the Texas rambler, and said, "I'll show you. "I'm pushing through immigration reform, but on my terms."

Here's how HuffPo reports on the gunfight:

Cruz may have once again demonstrated his clout with conservative lawmakers in the lower chamber, this time using his sway to quash immigration reform.

House Republicans who supported the "principles" of immigration reform floated by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, late last month grumbled Tuesday that the plan was dead on arrival because Cruz blasted it as "amnesty," spurring a blizzard of negative phone calls to House Republicans. "After that it was 'We'll get back to you on immigration reform,' " said one Republican congressman who declined to be identified.

It turns out that the SINO Sheriff was bluffing, hoping the Texan would back down -- but he didn't. The Battle of Immigration Reform Hill ended before it began. Once outlaw Raffy called it amnesty they both drew. Before Boehner could get his pistol out of his holster, he was winged in the shoulder by rootin' tootin' sharp shootin' Cruz and his Tea Party Pistoliers. 

Showdown

Dripping blood, Johnnie Boy cowered like a coward and handed over the gavel and limped away, aided by his two seemingly loyal deputies, Eric Cantor and the shy, and questionable, Paul Ryan. They joined a deserting posse and fled to the Hill, hoping to regroup.

Much to his surprise, upon making it back to their refugee camp on the edge of the Beltway, Boehner was faced with his internal critics. His own conservative backers were now calling loudly and publicly for his resignation. They want a new sheriff in town. One with balls. They demanded the neutered Boehner step aside.

Much to the House majority's surprise, Cruz said no. The cagey Texan realized that he could stir up problems for townsfolk if he controlled both houses of Congress. He could gum up the works in the Senate and also be puppeteer over the weakened, House Speaker.

Now the tar and feathers are being prepared for SINO Boehner. He'll hold on long enough to keep a scintilla of respect for his legacy - The Speaker Who Caved. His puppet strings are easily manipulated now by the man who truly runs Washington -- Rafael 'Ted' Cruz. Who says that Latinos are lacking a voice in Washington? Hell, right now they own that town.

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John Boehner Plays Uncle Remus - Is Blackface Next Insult?

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Uncle Remus

"Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah." Yup, that's the song good ol' boy John Boehner, Speaker of the US House of Representatives chose to sing as he exited the podium yesterday after announcing his unconditional surrender to President Obama over the budget ceiling. Boehner not only took it on the chin from the President, he also took a number of body blows and whippings from his own party -- the conservative GOP right wing.

This was not a good day. Yet what does the Speaker do, he soothes his bruised ego and battered body exiting the press conference singing and humming. 'Atta boy, Boehner. Smile and never let the people know how hurt you really are.

Speaking of hurt, that brings me to the topic of the song Mr. Speaker chose to show his emotions, his feelings, his state of mind. Usually we find a song that fits what we're thinking deep down inside. In this case, I wouldn't have been surprised if after his battles he wasn't singing "Ol' Man River." But frankly that would be racist. And John's not racist... though...

Yet what he did choose leads me to question his roots. His state of mind. What he's really thinking. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah? It's not exactly "Hi-ho, Hi-ho, it's off to work we go.." Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah is a 1947 Oscar winning song from the Disney movie, SONG OF THE SOUTH. It was sung in the film by a character known as Uncle Remus -- today thought of as Uncle Tom. You couldn't get more racist if you had sung "Dixie."

Wikipedia on SONG OF THE SOUTH:

The film's depiction of African-American former slaves and of race relations in Reconstruction-Era Georgia has been controversial since its original release, and is now commonly regarded as racist. Consequently it has never been released in its entirety on home video in the United States.

Really Mr. Boehner? The theme song from one of the most racist films of all time is all you can fill your mind with? This country's got enough racial troubles, you don't need to be smirking and driving another wedge into our fragile union.

Here's the short ending of his press conference. He's got the orange face thing down perfectly. I'm just surprised, in his state of mind, he didn't go all out and do the presser in Al Jolson blackface.

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Evidently GOP Gives Up On Jesus So They Settle For Boehner

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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.

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GOP Rep. Forbes Seeks To Destroy His Party With Anti-Gay Actions

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How out of touch are the Republicans with the electorate? Very comes to mind. And how out of touch are some within their own party? More so. Especially if your name is Randy Forbes.

Who's he? He's the Virginia congressional representative and a senior House Republican. He's eyeing a powerful committee chairmanship, the House Armed Services Committee. At the moment, the route is becoming a bit more circuitous with his recent stand on the LGBT community and it's up and coming GOP candidates. Politico writes:

The issue is particularly acute because House Republicans have two promising openly gay candidates in 2014 vying for seats held by Democrats. Richard Tisei, who narrowly lost to Democratic Rep. John Tierney in 2012, is running again in northeastern Massachusetts. And in San Diego, Carl DeMaio, a former city councilman, is trying to knock off Democratic Rep. Scott Peters.

He's actually gone so far off the deep end that he's causing friction with some of his colleagues. He's been reported to be pushing the House GOP campaign arm to deny support for the party’s gay congressional candidates, especially Tisei who Speaker Boehner has campaigned for and DeMaio who stands a real shot at unseating his Democratic rival in a GOP leaning district.

Now when you consider that it's only recently that a few of the GOP have come out and supported LGBT rights, freedoms, even marriage (though they still won't touch the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the House) the public persona is to become more tolerant. The LGBT community votes and they are strong contributors to campaigns, so to ignore that block is well, blockheaded. I guess that's what you could call Rep. Randy Forbes.

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Volcanic Eruption On Floor Of Congress -- GOP President Pro Tem Destroyed

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It's easy to lose track of how many times Congress has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act -- even members who voted on don't know for sure, 42, 45? Actually, the current number by my understanding is 46 times. Now if that's not a waste of valuable tax payer money, I don't know what is.

Then you come to immigration. In the House, that's been brought to the floor what, six times? Two times? Oh, actually the number is ZERO times. So you can easily see why immigration reform advocates are quite tired of mispent time and money when it comes to the 113th Congress. The Senate passed their version of the immigration reform bill months ago. John Boehner just hasn't gotten around to bringing it up for a vote. He's been too busy bringing up bills to nowhere -- like Obamacare repeals.

This past week, Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Florida) decided to speak up about the real people effected by the lack of immigration reform action. He spoke eloquently and acknowledged a family sitting in the gallery. That was just too much for the presiding officer of the House, Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Indiana). She warned Rep Garcia not to refer to people in the gallery -- in this case people from his own district who are pushing for the bill to come to the floor for a vote. People directly impacted by the proposed bill.

volcanic eruption

Well, that personal rebuke by president pro tem Walorski toward fellow congressman Garcia was immediately jumped on by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado). He held back nothing in blasting the Republican puppet. He put the Republican president pro-tem in her place -- speechless and cowering --  and this will leave you cheering. Congressman Polis wasn't going to take any sh##. The fireworks begin around 2:37 of this short video, but these earlier moments set the stage for what is nothing short of amazing.

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