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Boehner, Boner, whatever; no confidence vote

Via: Washington Post

“Get your ass in line,” Speaker John Boehner had told House Republicans who resisted his plan to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a default.

But really, it was Boehner’s butt that was on the line – and late Thursday night, he had it handed to him.

For his six-month-old speakership, it was a grievous if not mortal wound. The legislation under consideration was fairly pointless – a solution to a self-inflicted crisis that faced certain defeat in the Senate – but Boehner made it into a test of his leadership. And rank-and-file Republicans returned a vote of no confidence.

After a day of cocky predictions, GOP leaders suddenly pulled the bill from the floor Thursday evening – and when five hours of backroom arm-twisting failed to change enough minds, they called off the night’s vote. Leadership vowed to resuscitate the “Boehner Plan” (or some more conservative version of it) on Friday.

But on Capitol Hill Thursday night, the prevaling sentiment was that the injury to Boehner’s stature, and to his ability to rule his caucus, could not easily be repaired.

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“Where’s the chapel?” Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) asked as he emerged from an arm-twisting session with Majority Leader Eric Cantor Thursday night. The freshman lawmaker explained that he wanted to “go to the divine source.”

In a room off the Capitol Rotunda, Scott joined a prayer session with fellow South Carolinian lawmakers. “I hope the Lord. . . gives men wisdom when they desperately need it,” Scott explained.

As it happens, the Lord gave Scott the wisdom to oppose Boehner. “I think divine inspiration already happened,” Scott said. “I was a ‘lean no’ and now I’m a ‘no.’” And he’s not much worried about default, saying: “I hope the Lord blesses our nation in a way that is measurable.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/john-boehners-no-confidence-vote/2011/07/29/gIQAGoEqgI_story.html

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photo:

Speaker of the House Jesus H. Christ; Jesus, that’s perfect!

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July 29, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Boehner, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(2 of 2) Michele Bachmann prays for Bradlee Dean’s homophobic ministry

Via: City Pages – May 20, 2011

The Minnesota Legislature erupted in controversy today following the opening prayer this morning by Bradlee Dean, the Axl Rose-lookalike homophobic minister.

The boneheaded decision to invite Dean to the party has backfired on Republicans, who now face a groundswell of opposition against their anti-gay marriage bill.

But Dean didn’t just come out of nowhere. He’s been affiliated with local Republicans a long time. Including Michele Bachmann, who offered up this bizarre, acid trip of a prayer to his anti-gay ministry, “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide.”

“This ministry, ‘You Can Run But You Cannot Hide,’ they are not  sidetracked, they’re on course,” Bachmann intones. “They’re way on  course. Because they get it. They get what this is all about.”

She then goes on to talk about a “fire of the gospel” sweeping Minnesota and turning it into a “sweet-smelling incense of praise and sacrifice.”

http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/05/michele_bachmann_prays_for_bradley_deans_homophobic_ministry.php

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July 29, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Bachmann, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(1 of 2) Rachel Maddow Sued By Christian Rocker Bradlee Dean

Via: Huffington Post

A Christian rocker is suing Rachel Maddow for $50 million, charging the MSNBC host with defamation for what he says were misleading statements she made about his views on gay rights and Sharia law.

Bradlee Dean, a Minnesota metal rocker, announced the lawsuit in a Tuesday press release. His suit stems from an August 2010 segment of Maddow’s, in which she quoted a statement he made on his radio show:

“Muslims are calling for the execution of homosexuals in America. They themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible, the Judeo-Christian God, but  they seem to be more moral than the American Christians do. Because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination.  If America won’t enforce the laws, God will raise up a foreign enemy to do just that.”

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Dean charged Maddow with deliberately ignoring a disclaimer that he issued which stressed that he was not calling for gay people to be killed. He said Maddow’s airing of his statement caused “serious” harm to him and the ministry he runs.

Actually, Maddow did read the disclaimer–“we have never and will never call for the execution of homosexuals”–just after airing Dean’s statement.

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DEAN ALSO SAID HE IS AN ALLY OF MICELE BACHMANN, (and presumably First Lady Marcus), and accused Maddow and the “left wing media” of using him to harm her presidential prospects.

Even though he is filing a multi-million dollar lawsuit, Dean said that “money is not the issue.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/27/rachel-maddow-sued-by-chr_n_911407.html

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That’s right, with lawsuits,  “money is never the issue.”

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July 29, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Bachmann, GOP morons, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rep. Joe Walsh (R/Teabagger – IL) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Think Progress

‘Rep. Joe Walsh Defends Not Paying $117,437  In Child Support: ‘This Is Where Real America Is’

Last night the Chicago Sun-Times broke the story that Tea Party freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who has spent months lecturing President Obama and Democrats on fiscal responsibility, owes $117,437 in child support to his ex-wife and three children. Laura Walsh has asked a judge to suspend his driver’s license until he pays his child support.

Despite loaning his own campaign $35,000 – and paying himself back at least $14,200 for the loans — Walsh claims he failed to make the payments because he “HAD NO MONEY”.

The tax-bashing congressman campaigned on a pledge to reject the Washington “status quo” and has bragged about his own frugality, claiming he even sleeps in his
congressional office to save money.

Walsh, who’s been described as “the biggest media hound in the freshman class,” has been a prominent voice in the debt ceiling showdown in recent weeks, making television appearances almost every day to denounce President Obama’s “reckless spending,” which he says has “bankrupted this country.”

“I won’t place one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids and grandkids unless we structurally reform the way this town spends money!” Walsh says in one video.

But today, when confronted in a CNN interview about his failure to support his own children, Walsh not only refused to acknowledge his hypocrisy but insisted that being a deadbeat dad meant he understood the plight of average Americans:

I know that story just broke, and it’s interesting that it just broke right now as I’m out there trying my best to fight this President and fight the Democrats and solve this debt crisis. But look, I’m the most openly vetted candidate in the world. I have had financial troubles and I talked about them throughout the campaign. This is where real America is.

Walsh also rejected the congressional health insurance plan for his family on principle, much to the chagrin of his current wife, Helene, who had a preexisting condition and needed surgery while the couple was uninsured. (Walsh’s Wikipedia page excludes his first marriage.)

But Walsh apparently thinks he can have it both ways — claiming his own indebtedness and failure to care for his family’s needs allows him to understand average Americans, while railing against Washington for irresponsibly racking up deficits. As he put it in a recent interview,

“Thank God congressmen like me are here!”

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/07/28/281570/rep-joe-walsh-defends-not-paying-117000-in-child-support-this-is-where-real-america-is/

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July 29, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, teabaggers | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Governor Christie (R-NJ) released from hospital

Via: Huffington Post

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was released from a hospital Thursday evening following emergency treatment for asthma after having difficulty breathing.

The 48-year-old governor, who uses an inhaler for asthma and is overweight (really?), was taken to Somerset Medical Center around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The blunt-talking governor, who some Republicans have been trying to persuade to run for president, was headed to a bill signing event when he felt unwell.

Christie told reporters as he left the hospital that he woke up in the morning not feeling great and his rescue inhaler didn’t work as well as it normally does. He says he thought about his kids (obviously, NOT enough) and decided it would be best to go to the hospital.

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Christie has been open about some of his health problems.

He has long struggled with his weight, which he said he started putting on after high school when he stopped playing organized sports. He’s tried dozens of diets over the years with varying success and has shed some pounds in recent months.

His weight came up during his 2009 campaign against Democrat incumbent Jon Corzine, who ran an ad accusing Christie of “throwing his weight around” to get out of traffic citations while he was U.S. attorney. Christie confronted the ads head on, telling Corzine to “man up and say I’m fat.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/28/chris-christie-hospitalized_n_912037.html

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Your milage may vary

Via: Dependable Renegade

KNEELING for SALVATION expert Marcus Bachmann is in the news again, but not for praying away the gay.

It seems that Marcus turned in a campaign reimbursement expense report that is, um, questionable:

According to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (see page 16 of this PDF), covering the period between November 28 and December 31 of 2006, Marcus was reimbursed $6,230 for mileage.

OK, so what’s the big deal?

Granted, $6,230 hardly seems like a shockingly large amount of money for a spouse to be reimbursed for campaign expenses. But considering that the IRS’s standard mileage rate was 44.5 cents per mile, and that the farthest opposing corners of Minnesota’s sixth district stretch about 120 miles, Marcus  Bachmann would have had to have driven 14,000 miles (58 round trips) in the span of 1 month to warrant the money.

This, of course, seems physically impossible and highly unlikely (especially considering the mileage was accrued after Bachmann had already won).

Whoopsie! That’s a lot of trips to the Minneapolis Mineshaft, Marcus!

http://www.dependablerenegade.com/dependable_renegade/2011/07/your-milage-may-vary.html

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personal thought:

I find it difficult to believe First Lady Marcus will be acceptable much longer to either the right-wing Christian wing-nuts; nor, the Teabagger wing-nuts.

guess we’ll see

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July 29, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Bachmann, GOP morons | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clergey Members Arrested At Capitol Protesting Budget Cuts

Via: Think Progress

About a dozen religious leaders were arrested in the Capitol rotunda today after they refused to end their public prayers calling for “an equitable resolution to the debt ceiling debate,” according to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which organized the protest.

The leaders noted that default would be catastrophic, but current plans to raise the debt limit would still include “severe spending cuts to the programs and services that support the poorest and most vulnerable people living in the U.S. and around the world.”

http://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/07/28/282453/clergey-members-arrested-debt-ceiling/

 

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July 29, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment