The politics I love and hate, wrapped up in a conundrum.

As usual, conservatives already rewriting the shitty history they created

While right wing media is today touting the ludicrous meme that the President forced them to shut down the government (I guess they’re as stupid as their teabagger constituency), let’s not forget the GOP was the only folks who were happy and excited about the shutdown, who conspired to plot it six months ago, and who voted against reopening the government and averting a credit default.

Congress currently has a 10% approval rating, apparently that is lower than the approval rating of colonoscopies. Which actually makes sense because the more you think about it, both Congress and colonoscopies deal with assholes, but the American public can at least acknowledge that colonoscopies serve a practical function. Also, colonoscopies exist to make assholes better; Congress just seems to make them worse.

—John Oliver, on The Bugle podcast

Can we all agree now you don’t elect morons who hate government to run it?

Can we all agree now you don’t elect morons who hate government to run it?

You have already gotten the opportunity to serve the American people….if you’re being disrespected it’s because of that attitude that you’ve got that you deserve to get something for doing your job!

—President Obama, today, addressing members of the GOP, like Rep. Martin Stutzman (R-IN), who said they “wouldn’t be disrespected” and had to “get something out of” the shutdown. GOBAMA!

(Source: youtube.com)

The President may not order any increase in taxes or other revenue measures to enforce the Amendment. A President’s failure to prevent a prohibited fiscal year deficit is an impeachable offense.

—Representative Mo Brooks’ (R-AL) proposed constitutional amendment that would have impeached Ronald Reagan many times over. But Reagan wasn’t a black guy from Chicago.

(Source: thinkprogress.org)

Raising the debt ceiling … simply allows the country to pay for spending Congress has already committed to. The debt ceiling is not a question of authorizing more spending.

—President Obama, talking directly to the Republican teabaggers who feel they need a government shutdown to “get it out of their system.” Those same ones who go around saying they refuse to authorize raising the debt ceiling until we gut spending on the social safety net. Yes, those same ones who were/are willing to risk the creditworthiness of the United States for their own petty political brawls.

Justin –

We owe you an apology. And I’m adding Bryan so he’s aware of how badly we erred. I’m almost embarrassed to even admit this – but somehow your question at today’s Daily (State Dept) Press Briefing was somehow completely mauled and transcribed in the release below this way:

“Toria, can you expand on why Secretary Clinton can’t testify on Thursday about this? It seems that she has not been available to testify on the Benghazi situation on some very key dates, including the Sunday after 9/11 and now this Thursday.”

I just called them and read them the riot act for putting such misleading, accusatory, and absolutely asinine words in your mouth. Because after what we and her doctors explained over the weekend regarding her health, you couldn’t possibly have been insinuating the ulterior motives that question implies. No way. No credible journalist would do that without any basis whatsoever. But even more so, I really went to bat for you with folks here and told them that while I know the media can often be incredibly self-involved, there is no way you, an informed reporter, would equate one’s testifying before the United States Congress – made up of duly elected Senators and Representatives empowered by Article I of our Constitution – with going on tv. I don’t know Chris Wallace all that well, but I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t place his television show on par with one of the three branches of our government. And therefore, saying that this has happened on multiple ‘key dates’ is simply a blatant lie and grossly misleading to the public.

Anyway, our sincere apologies. If you send us what you really said, I’ll make sure it’s properly reflected.

Best,

Philippe

Aren’t you glad you pay 0.0000007% of Philippe Reines’ State Department salary!?

(Source: Washington Post)

quickhits:

Tea Party phonies have no tax money for disaster relief, but plenty to fight marriage equality.

Greg Sargent:
It’s emerged that House Republicans have decided to continue to spend taxpayer funds defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court. GOP lawmakers gave the green light to this idea in a private meeting last night, and it is expected to pass the House as part of a rules package when it is voted on today.
The optics of this move are intriguing. DOMA has already been found unconstitutional by lower courts. The House GOP has already spent over $1.5 million paying outside counsel to defend this law, and while the amount it will ultimately spend on this means little in the larger fiscal scheme of things, it comes just after House Republicans took a beating for failing to vote on aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
“They found the time to appropriate extra money to defend discrimination, but they didn’t find the time or money to push the hurricane relief bill through,” prominent gay advocate Richard Socarides told me today.

Keep in mind, that the a majority of Americans support marriage equality. So these Tea Party nutjobs want to throw money at a lost cause that most of us don’t think is a problem in the first place. If you voted for one of these ‘bagger posers because you thought they’d be responsible stewards of federal spending, you’ve been had.
But disaster relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy? Well, that’s not so important that it can’t wait a little while. What’s really important is that America be saved from something Americans don’t actually think they need to be saved from, because denying people the right to marry the person they love is liberty… or something.
Go ask them, because it makes no damned sense to me.
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SEXUALLY REPRESSED HYPOCRITES

quickhits:

Tea Party phonies have no tax money for disaster relief, but plenty to fight marriage equality.

Greg Sargent:

It’s emerged that House Republicans have decided to continue to spend taxpayer funds defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court. GOP lawmakers gave the green light to this idea in a private meeting last night, and it is expected to pass the House as part of a rules package when it is voted on today.

The optics of this move are intriguing. DOMA has already been found unconstitutional by lower courts. The House GOP has already spent over $1.5 million paying outside counsel to defend this law, and while the amount it will ultimately spend on this means little in the larger fiscal scheme of things, it comes just after House Republicans took a beating for failing to vote on aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“They found the time to appropriate extra money to defend discrimination, but they didn’t find the time or money to push the hurricane relief bill through,” prominent gay advocate Richard Socarides told me today.

Keep in mind, that the a majority of Americans support marriage equality. So these Tea Party nutjobs want to throw money at a lost cause that most of us don’t think is a problem in the first place. If you voted for one of these ‘bagger posers because you thought they’d be responsible stewards of federal spending, you’ve been had.

But disaster relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy? Well, that’s not so important that it can’t wait a little while. What’s really important is that America be saved from something Americans don’t actually think they need to be saved from, because denying people the right to marry the person they love is liberty… or something.

Go ask them, because it makes no damned sense to me.

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SEXUALLY REPRESSED HYPOCRITES

diadoumenos:

Record Corporate Profits

United States corporate profits reached a record high in the third quarter of this year, even adjusted for inflation, according to a report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.


Yo teabaggers, this is what happens under a Socialist President like Obama.

diadoumenos:

Record Corporate Profits

United States corporate profits reached a record high in the third quarter of this year, even adjusted for inflation, according to a report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Yo teabaggers, this is what happens under a Socialist President like Obama.

Look at the list of signatories imploring the President not to nominate Susan Rice for Secretary of State: Allen West, Michelle Bachmann, Marsha Blackburn, Jean Schmidt, Steve King, Louie Gohmert — all the teabaggers and then some. 

Mitt’s newest “We built this” disaster

Trying to convince voters that voting for him means you love the country because those angry vengeful Obama voters.

When the post mortem is written, I think it will be the Tea Party that will be the cause of Romney’s massive loss.

I believe if Romney had been able to carry the mantle of universal health care over which he presided in Massachusetts instead of running away from it, he would have had 5% more people who would have voted for him, without losing any right wingers because they’re holding their nose to vote for him now anyway.  The fact that he and his campaign felt they had to go so far to the right to appease the rabid ignoramuses who scream socialism and death panels is actually his deserved downfall.

A question for the simple-minded teavangelical politicians who want women to have no choices

Once you overturn Roe v. Wade and pass your Paul-Ryan-sponsored Personhood Amendment, are you also going to pass laws that prohibit a rapist from having visitation rights to their baby or making custody claims?