SMH: John Boehner to Sue Obama for Obamacare Employer Mandate Delay

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John Boehner to Sue Obama for Obamacare Employer Mandate Delay

The GOP clown car just keeps on rolling….Just when you think Congressional Republicans couldn’t sink any lower with their obstructionist tactics, John Boehner just outdid himself. He now plans to sue President Obama for not imposing the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act fast enough. Yes, fast enough. But wait, didn’t we have a government shutdown led by Teabagger Sen. Ted Cruz over defunding Obamacare? You can’t make this stuff up:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday revealed that he plans to sue President Barack Obama for his unilateral delay of the Obamacare employer mandate.

The Speaker unveiled a two-page bill that he plans to advance through the House, declaring a right of action to sue the president for exceeding his authority.

“Today we’re releasing a draft resolution that will authorize the House to file suit over the way President Obama unilaterally changed the employer mandate,” Boehner said in a statement. “In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it. That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own.”

Um, if they succeed in their lawsuit, doesn’t it mean that Obamacare will be implemented faster? But didn’t they want this repealed? Wow. What geniuses we have representing us. LOL.

The White House Press Secretary issued a statement:

It is disappointing that Speaker Boehner and Congressional Republicans have decided to waste time and taxpayer dollars on a political stunt. At a time when Washington should be working to expand economic opportunities for the middle class, Republican leaders in Congress are playing Washington politics rather than working with the President on behalf of hardworking Americans. As the President said today, he is doing his job – lawsuit or not – and it’s time Republicans in Congress did theirs.

Ex-NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10-Year Prison Sentence for Public Corruption

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Ex-NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10-Year Prison Sentence for Public Corruption (Credit: Wikipedia)

Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for public corruption. Under the sentencing guidelines, he was facing 20 years in prison.

Nagin, 58, the two-term mayor who was the face of the city during Hurricane Katrina, joins a list of Louisiana elected officials convicted of misdeeds. He is New Orleans’ first mayor to be convicted and sent to prison for public corruption.

Nagin is set to report to prison on Sept. 8. He could serve his term at a minimum security federal detention center in Oakdale, a city in central Louisiana.

U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan handed down the sentence in a packed courtroom five months after a jury convicted Nagin on 20 of 21 counts of bribery, wire fraud, tax evasion and other charges. She said the seriousness of his crimes could not be overstated, but said he was not the leader of a conspiracy and she felt it just to sentence him below the range called for in federal sentencing guidelines.

Nagin spoke briefly.

“The only thing I want to say is I want to thank you and your staff for the professionalism that you provided,” Nagin told the judge during the brief hearing. “As far as my role in this, we stand by the testimonies already presented.” Source: Times-Picayune

Another black mayor bites the dust….

Glenn Beck to Help the 60,000 Underage Refugees Who Have Crossed US Borders

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Glenn Beck to Help the 60,000 Underage Refugees Who Have Crossed US Borders (Credit: Wikipedia)

When Glenn Beck is the voice of reason for the right wing, then you know they are in deeper trouble than they care to admit. I was pleasantly surprised to see him take a position of helping the 60,000 undocumented children who came across the U.S. border. Instead of joining the right wing chorus and blaming President Obama, Beck is willing to help those children in some way. That’s admirable. Yeah, I didn’t think that’s a word I would ever use to describe Glenn Beck.

Glenn Beck on Tuesday announced that he will be bringing tractor-trailers full of food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to McAllen, Texas on July 19 as a way to help care for some of the roughly 60,000 underage refugees who have crossed into America illegally in 2014.

Beck said he will be joined by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and a number of pastors and rabbis.

“Through no fault of their own, they are caught in political crossfire,” Beck said of the children. “And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”

Beck said that “everybody” told him not to talk about other controversial issues, like the caliphate, in the past, and that he is hearing the same thing about his stance that we must care for the children who have crossed into America illegally.

“Everybody is telling me I’m seeing subscriptions down; I’m seeing Mercury One donations down,” Beck said, growing emotional. “I’m getting violent emails from people who say I’ve ‘betrayed the Republic.’ Whatever. I’ve never taken a position more deadly to my career than this — and I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this.”

“We’re going to fill some tractor-trailers with food, with water,” Beck said. “The churches have asked us if we could bring teddy bears and soccer balls, so we’ve loaded up a whole tractor-trailer of nothing but teddy bears and soccer balls. And then I’m going to go serve breakfast and lunch, and I’m going to help unload these trucks, hot meals for 3,000. That’s what we’re doing.” Source: The Blaze

So, instead of Caribou Barbie, half-term governor Sarah Palin screaming that it’s time to impeach President Obama for treating the U.S. like a “battered wife,” how about offering up some real solutions? Seems like Glenn Beck beat her and the rest of the right wingnuts to it.

Rick Perry Disses President Obama by Refusing Formal Meeting and Handshake

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Rick Perry Disses President Obama by Refusing Formal Meeting and Handshake

The Republican disrespect of President Obama continues….Texas Gov. Rick Perry declines meet with President Obama and handshake in Austin on Wednesday. Yep, this is the grandfather of conspiracy theories about immigration and border protection.

In a letter to President Obama, Mr. Oops wrote:

I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. I would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue. With the appropriate notice, I am willing to change my schedule to facilitate this request.

At any point while you are here, I am available to sit down privately so we can talk and you may directly gain my state’s perspective on the effects of an unsecured border and what is necessary to make it secure.

Um, I didn’t realize President Obama’s schedule revolves around Gov. Rick Perry’s schedule. It was mighty thoughtful of the governor to offer to fit the president in whenever…. Republicans think treating President Obama like crap will help them win the White House in 2016. I would venture to say, their behavior will increase black and Hispanic voter turnout at record levels again, as we saw in 2008 and 2012.

UPDATE:  Um, it seems that Gov. Perry had a change of heart. His spokesperson issues a hilarious statement trying to take credit for the already planned White House roundtable he had been invited to attend. “Gov. Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along our southern border, and he looks forward to meeting with the president tomorrow.”

John Boehner Needs to “Man-Up” with Ridiculous Obama Lawsuit Over Executive Orders

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John Boehner Needs to “Man-Up” with Ridiculous Obama Lawsuit Over Executive Orders (Credit: Wikimedia)

House Speaker John Boehner deserves to be kicked out of office, as was the case with Eric Cantor. The lawsuit he is threatening to file against President Obama for using executive orders to get around a D0-Nothing Congress is nothing but a distraction meant to foment the right wingnuts taking over the GOP.

It’s pretty damning when the staunchly conservative Erick Erickson is telling the House GOP to ‘man-up’ over the Obama lawsuit.

John Boehner and the House Republicans may lack the testicular fortitude to fight President Obama, but I would kindly ask that he save the taxpayers further money on a political stunt.

John Boehner and the House Republicans want to sue the President of the United States. Instead, they should man up.

227 years ago, when the founders of the nation set about drafting the constitution, they gave the House of Representatives the exclusive power to initiate revenue bills and impeach the Executive. That the House would sue the President over his use of executive power is an indication that its leadership no more values their own powers under constitution than the President they sue.

Erickson’s rebuke comes in response to John Boehner’s  op-ed for CNN in which he explained why he pursuing a lawsuit against President Obama over his use of executive actions. Funny he wasn’t so vocal when George W. Bush went all out with his executive orders.

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Thanks to Right Wing Lunatics in Congress, Obama Dissed at Nebraska Parade

I might also add, such shenanigans have continued to embolden the fringe elements in the Republican Party to go full force with their offensive and racist rhetoric against Barack Obama. Just this past week, during the  July 4th parade, in Norfolk, Neb., a float of President Obama’s presidential library as an outhouse sparked controversy. But it all got a lot of cheers from the fringe elements. So, thanks Speaker Boehner, along with Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Michele Bachmann, and others, you have managed to make the GOP a live grenade for black and Hispanic voters. The racist disrespect of Barack Obama continues….Shameful.

 

ABC News Cuts Rick Perry’s Conspiracy Rant About Obama on Immigration, Drones

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ABC News Cuts Rick Perry’s Conspiracy Rant About Obama on Immigration, Drones

Texas Gov. Rick Perry continues to amaze me as to how he got elected in the first place. Martha Raddatz cut him on during his appearance on ABC News after  he spent four minutes defending a ridiculous conspiracy theory that President Obama planned to fill up the United States with illegal immigrants.

Perry made the assertion on Fox News last week, but of course, they didn’t take him to task, since that fits in quite nicely with their views. Perry accused President Obama of being responsible for the mass influx of undocumented immigrants, including children, streaming across the borders.

Perry said, “We either have an incredibly inept administration, or they’re in on this somehow or another.” He added, “I mean I hate to be conspiratorial, but I mean how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and then into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?”

On Sunday, Martha Raddatz gave Perry a chance to walk back those comments but he dug into. She asked, “Governor, do you really believe there’s some sort of conspiracy to get people into the United States by the federal governmenet, by the Obama administration?”

Gov. Perry responded, “When I have written a letter that is dated May of 2012, and I have yet to have a response from this administration, I will tell you they either are inept or don’t care, and that is my positio.” “We have been bringing to the attention of President Obama and his administration since 2010, he received a letter from me on the tarmac… I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from.” Really? Wow.

Well, Gov. Perry went on….

“Unless we secure our southern border, this is going to continue to be a massive amount of individuals that are coming to the United States,” Perry warned. “And, frankly, we don’t have a place to house them as it is. And if we have a major event, a hurricane that comes in to the Gulf Coast, I don’t have a place to be housing people who are displaced because this administration…”

Wow, really dude? At that point, Martha Raddatz cut him off. Enough of the crap. What the heck is it with Texas? So many wingnut politicians in one state, from both political parties.

Vladimir Putin Congratulates President Obama on Independence Day

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Vladimir Putin Congratulates President Obama on Independence Day (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated President Obama on Independence Day and called for the ties between both countries to continue to develop on a pragmatic basis. Seems to me Putin stuck his finger in America’s eye by granting NSA leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum and by failing to adequately warn the U.S. about Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and their ties to extremism.

In his message of congratulations, Mr Putin said that he hopes that ties between the two countries, which have a rich history, will continue successful development on a pragmatic and equal basis despite the current differences and difficulties.

The President also stressed that Russia and the United States are both countries bearing particular responsibility for ensuring international stability and security and should therefore cooperate not just for the benefit of their own peoples but also in the entire world’s interest.

Mr Putin said it is important to build bilateral relations based on mutual respect and genuine consideration of each other’s interests.

Right wing site, Truth Revolt says Putin is putting the onus on Obama for improving the strained relationship. But it’s more like Putin wants to work with Obama on some level because the sanctions the president imposed over the Crimean invasion is actually working.

Marion Barry Tweets Denial of “Freedom to Washington D.C. is Flat-Out Racist”

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Marion Barry Tweets Denial of “Freedom to Washington D.C. is Flat-Out Racist” (Credit: Wikimedia)

Marion Barry, former Washington D.C. mayor, went on a epic fourth of July rant and speech by Frederick Douglass about freedom and the lack of statehood for the district.

Barry tweeted:  “So before  you grab that hot dog to celebrate someone else’s freedom, you should know that as a DC resident you are NOT,” characterizing that Washington D.C. was “colonized.”

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Drudge Report Low: ‘Illegal Found Dead in Tex’ Headline was Really an 11-Year-Old Child

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Drudge Report Low: ‘Illegal Found Dead in Tex’ Headline was Really an 11-Year-Old Child

The Drudge Report, which delivers talking points to the right wing, is up to its usual tricks. The headline leading the page today is “Illegal Found Dead in Tex.” Um, one problem with that — it deliberately ignores the fact that the “illegal” was an 11-year-old child, Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez.

Just so you know, Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, who is from Huehuetenango, Chiantla, Guatemala, was traveling with a coyote. His body was found about a mile from the southern border of Texas. He was identified after the phone number for his brother who lives in Chicago, was found inside his belt buckle. The AP reports his family last heard from him about 25 days before his body was found. Never mind the fact that child crossing the borders alone have become a humanitarian crisis.

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants die crossing the borders yearly, as Matt Drudge and his cronies are aware. They are deliberately deflecting from the fact that a child died. One who was caught up in the wave of child crossing the borders into the Rio Grande Valley region in the last weeks. Drudge didn’t focus on the AP story, but rather, chose to focus on the words “illegal” and “dead.” You see, “illegal found dead in Tex” works just fine for Drudge to gin up right wing outrage.

Immigration Reform DOA, President Obama to Use Executive Order on Fixes

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Immigration Reform DOA, President Obama to Use Executive Order on Fixes (Credit: Wikipedia)

The Republican Party wants the Hispanic vote, but they have no desire to fix the broken immigration system.  Roll Call reports, “The White House is throwing in the towel on a comprehensive immigration bill this year after Speaker John Boehner told Obama last week that he will not allow a vote in the House.” 

President Obama said he was tired of waiting on the Congress to act on immigration reform and would act on his own. Um, watch for the name-calling from the GOP — “Imperialist president” and “Monarch Obama.”

President Obama also wrote a letter to Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell addressing the situation at Rio Grande Valley areas where illegal immigrants have been streaming into the U.S. Here’s an excerpt:

While we are working across all of these channels, to execute a fully effective Government-wide strategy as the influx of migrants continues, we are eager to work with the Congress to ensure that we have the legal authorities to maximize the impact of our efforts.  Initially, we believe this may include:

• providing the DHS Secretary additional authority to exercise discretion in processing the return and removal of unaccompanied minor children from non-contiguous countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador; and

• increasing penalties for those who smuggle vulnerable migrants, like children.

In addition, we will request congressional action on emergency supplemental appropriations legislation to support:

• an aggressive deterrence strategy focused on the removal and repatriation of recent border crossers;

• a sustained border security surge through enhanced domestic enforcement, including interdiction and prosecution of criminal networks;

• a significant increase in immigration judges, reassigning them to adjudicate cases of recent border crossers, and establishing corresponding facilities to expedite the processing of cases involving those who crossed the border in recent weeks;

• a stepped up effort to work with our Central American partners to repatriate and reintegrate migrants returned to their countries, address the root causes of migration, and communicate the realities of these dangerous journeys; and

• the resources necessary to appropriately detain, process, and care for children and adults.