President Obama Calls John Boehner’s Threatened Lawsuit a “Stunt”

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President Obama Calls John Boehner’s Threatened Lawsuit a “Stunt”

President Obama isn’t caving in to the latest Republican Party sideshow of a threatened lawsuit over his executive orders. He called House Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit threat a “stunt” and said he’s not going to apologize for being the president. It’s a sad day when even a Fox News host finds the threatened lawsuit a waste of time. Yeah, Neil Cavuto got in a shoutfest with wingnut Rep. Michele Bachmann earlier in the week.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News on Thursday, President Obama tossed the ball right back in John Boehner’s lap, saying he refuses to apologize for trying to get something done while they do nothing. I think Boehner and his colleagues fail to realize that the president has tools at his disposal, such as executive orders, that he can use in his authority as president.

Watch the interview:

John Boehner says, “We elected a President we didn’t elect a monarch or a king.” President Obama’s response to that comment was simply, “I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something while they’re doing nothing.” In short, Barack Obama is legally able to take some actions in his capacity as president and he’s not going to run from that just because Republicans are playing politics.

Obama  added, “You notice that he didn’t specifically say what exactly he was objecting to.”

The fact is, John Boehner is certainly not credible, since he couldn’t even get his own bill passed in the House. So, threatening to sue the president for using executive orders is laughable and asinine, at best. This was nothing more than an attempt to intimidate Obama and he’s fighting back.

Obama was told John Boehner claimed the lawsuit was over him not faithfully executing the law. President Obama emphatically said, “the suit is a stunt.”

The Republican Party has spent the last six years trying to derail every move President Obama makes, no matter how small and trying to make it seem that the George W. Bush presidency was great for the country, with Iraq and Afghanistan now blamed on Obama. You know, Obama’s Iraq, Obama’s Afghanistan, Obama’s NSA, Obama’s IRS, Obama’s VA, Obama’s Monarchy, etc….

I guess the lawsuit stunt has started to backfire, thanks to a Do-Nothing Congress presided over by a Do-Nothing House Speaker.  It has given the Democrats their biggest fundraising day of 2014.

 

Gov. Jan Brewer’s Anti-Gay Bill Veto Sends Strong Message to GOP Religious Extremists

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AZ Gov. Jan Brewer’s Anti-Gay Bill Veto Sends Strong Message to GOP Religious Extremists

Could Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of the controversial anti-gay “Religious Freedom” bill, known as SB 1062, signify a turning point in the right wing evangelicals lunatics holding the Republican Party hostage? The religious liberty scams being pulled by people like Mike Huckabee and Rep. Michele Bachmann, is literally creating a huge problem for the Republican Party. The GOP is literally at war with itself. Well, the tide may be turning with Gov. Brewer’s veto.

Any political advantage the Republican Party hoped to gain by positioning itself as tireless warriors for the religiously devout is imploding. The efforts to apply the same religious freedom argument to anti-gay measures in states such as Arizona, Georgia and Mississippi, are being met with strong resistance. This is eerily reminiscent of the Civil Rights era, when blacks and many whites fought for racial justice and equality. Yes, against some religious scam artists. The fact is, SB 1062, and other similar bills, not only gained resistance from liberals, but from business leaders, Republican celebrities and GOP political officials. We are all collectively giving the religious right extremists a dose of their own medicine — the middle finger.

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer decided to buck the trend, despite the rallying cries from conservative windbag Rush Limbaugh, Rep. Michele Bachmann and many others, who felt that discriminating against the gay community was the right thing to do, for their own self-righteous sake. Gov. Brewer decided with whom she would stand and vetoed Arizona’s right-to-discriminate bill. She is now one of powerful group of conservatives who understand that religious freedom can’t be used as a tool for exemption from every law or issue conservatives don’t like. The threat to religious freedom can’t be imagined. It has to be verifiable. Gov. Brewer effectively admitted as such during her speech.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper had proven during an interview with GOP state senator Al Melvin, a supporter of SB 1062, that the freak-out from the religious right over discrimination because of their religious beliefs was imagined and not factual.  Melvin could not provide one example of what needs to be protected.

The ‘Stand Your Religion‘ law is akin to the ‘Stand Your Ground‘ law that allows people in Florida and in other states where it’s a law, to shoot dead anyone who ‘threatens’ them. No matter if the threat is imagined. Michael Dunn shot an unarmed black teen, Jordan Davis, over an altercation about ‘loud music.’ He could have very easily moved his vehicle if the music was such a bother. No, the gun gave him a sense of invincibility. So, he decided to start an argument with the teen, ending in a fatality. Curtis Reeves fatally shot Chad Oulson in Florida, after the two argued about the latter texting at a movie theater. The threat to retired police officer Reeves was a bag of popcorn.

Brewer said, “Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona.” “To the supporters of the legislation, I want you to know that I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before. Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes. However, I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want. Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination.” In other words, Gov. Brewer recognizes bullsh*t when she sees it. Namely SB 1062.

Brewer’s veto sends a strong message to the other states toying around with similar legislation. It’s not going to pass the smell test, much less be signed into law. There are far too many influential players on the sidelines in this dogfight. This uprising engineered by the right wing evangelicals is losing steam.

Of course, National Review editor Rich Lowry, is one of many Republicans who disagree with Brewer’s veto. He called it “foolish.”

A religious freedom statute doesn’t give anyone carte blanche to do whatever he wants in the name of religion. It simply allows him to make his case in court that a law or a lawsuit substantially burdens his religion and that there is no compelling governmental interest to justify the burden.

I have to ask Rich Lowry, should blacks have simply walked away from lunch counters where they weren’t welcomed to find other establishments? Or should they have found another means of getting to and from work after being told to sit at the back of the bus?  The fact is, Gov. Brewer just sent the message that those days are over when the right wing thought it could push its agenda while hiding behind the claim of religious freedom.

In closing, let me address the Stand Your Ground law because there are some shades of Jim Crow laws evident. Jordan Davis is our new Emmett Till. Florida Gov. Rick Scott should make the same argument about his state’s controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law. He said he would have vetoed the Arizona bill. How many more people, particularly young men, need to be killed in Florida before he takes a stand and ends this law?

Michele Bachmann Says President Obama Got Elected Because of White Guilt Over Slavery

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Michele Bachmann Says President Obama Got Elected Because of White Guilt Over Slavery

Former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says the U.S. isn’t ready for a female president. Um, we were ready when she attempted a lame campaign, right?

The fact is, some Republicans aren’t even trying to hide their racism these days. How else can you interpret Bachmann’s comments to Cal Thomas that Barack Obama was only elected president because white people felt guilty about slavery.

Never mind the fact that there were no credible Republican candidates to go up against President Obama in either election. John McCain with his half-term governor running mate Sarah Palin during 2008 campaign were a pathetic joke. Let’s not even talk about Mr. 47% and binders-full-of-women 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

So, no. This wasn’t about white guilt but about GOP voter suppression tactics and race-baiting of Barack Obama. I suppose blacks, Hispanics and Asians don’t count. Only white folks elected President Obama twice:

Bachmann says a lot of people “aren’t ready” for a female president. “I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt.” (Presumably she means because of slavery and the lengthy denial of civil rights to blacks.) “People don’t hold guilt for a woman,” she says, adding that while people vote for women for virtually every other office “I don’t think there is a pent-up desire” for a woman president. Source:  TriCities.com

Michele Bachmann also claimed that the Tea Party can best Hillary Clinton. Still delusional…..

President Obama Signed Fewer Executive Orders Than George W. Bush

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President Obama Signed Fewer Executive Orders Than George W. Bush (Credit: Reuters)

So much for the right calling President Obama a ‘dictator’ for threatening the go unilaterally via executive orders. The freak out after his State of the Union address was just ridiculous. They literally lost their minds after President Obama said he would raise the minimum wage for government contractors to $10.10 via an executive order.

Glenn Beck, who recently declared his remorse for being a divider, boldly deemed President Obama to be “America’s first dictator.” Conservative radio host Mark Levin said Congress should pass a resolution nullifying the executive orders, as if the president were ever to sign such legislation.

Of course, Tea Party wingnut Michele Bachmann couldn’t pass this up. She pulled out the frivolous lawsuit card, declaring that House Republicans may try to sue President Obama. Bachmann said, “He may think he’s a king, he may declare himself king, but that’s not what he is under our Constitution.”

Mr. Green Eggs & Ham, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said, “Over and over again this president has disregarded the law, has disregarded the Constitution and has asserted presidential power that simply doesn’t exist and that ought to worry regardless of whether you agree with his policies or not.”

OKAY….REALITY CHECK…..

To date, President Obama has only signed 168 executive orders, compared to 291 executive orders signed by his predecessor George W. Bush. Um, President Bush signed more orders in his first four years, 173, than President Obama has signed in just over five. But the truth hasn’t stopped the right wing freak-out in the past. (CONTINUE READING)

Michele Bachmann on Shutdown: “This is About the Happiest’ the GOP Has Been in a While

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Michele Bachmann on Shutdown: “This is About the Happiest” the GOP Has Been (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

Right wingnut Michele Bachmann (R-MN) says  “this is the happiest” she has seen her Republican colleagues in the House over the Ted Cruz-engineered government shutdown. Wow, I didn’t think anyone could even utter the word “happy” in the same sentence as a “government shutdown” that has seen thousands furloughed, programs for poor kids cut, the Centers for Disease Control operating on a skeleton crew, NASA basically at a standstill, among other areas of the federal government.

Bachmann, who appeared with Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) on Fox News, told Sean Hannity that she believes there has been “strong unity” between conservatives on almost every budget vote. She also said, “This is about the happiest I’ve seen members in a long time, because we see we are starting to win this dialogue on a national level.” Has this dumbass seen the latest CBS News poll which found 44 percent of Americans blame the GOP for this mess, with 35 percent blaming the Democrats and 17 percent blaming both sides. This comes days after the CNN/ORC International poll found 72 percent of Americans were against a government shutdown over Obamacare.

Michele Bachman, who is using veterans as a human shield, told the Washington Examiner that she and other colleagues didn’t fear a government shutdown because they viewed it as a chance to block Obamacare. Yeah, whatever. This is coming from someone with ZERO credibility.

Remember that slip-up on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ when she walked out to the band playing “Lyin’ Ass Bitch?” Maybe Quest Love and his crew were on to something with this racebaiter. She also dropped the ‘crack-cocaine’ comment about Obamacare. Yeah, we know exactly what she meant….

[H/T Mediaite]

Javier Sanchez, Former Rep. Michele Bachmann Staffer, Arrested for Stealing

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Javier Sanchez, Former Rep. Michele Bachmann Staffer, Arrested for Stealing

Javier Sanchez, a former staffer of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), was arrested for stealing from the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Politico reports Sanchez, 37, was arrested July 11 and is facing charges of second-degree misdemeanor theft. He was fired and has denied the charges. Michele Bachmann is certainly going out with a bang.

This comes as Michele Bachmann is spewing venom again according to Right Wing Watch:  “In making her case against immigration reform, Bachmann warned that Republicans will lose control of the House of Representatives if any legislation passes because President Obama will “wave his magic wand before 2014″ and declare that all immigrants have the right to vote, just as he supposedly did in 2012 when he supposedly declared that anyone here under the age of 30 was allowed to vote which, of course, happened only in Bachmann’s fevered imagination.”

Michele Bachmann Iowa Court Date for Barbara Heki Lawsuit Set for May 2014

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Michele Bachmann Iowa Court Date for Lawsuit Filed by Barbara Heki Set for May 2014 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A court date has been set in an Iowa lawsuit against Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), which alleges she stole and misused an e-mail distribution list maintained by an Iowa home school group during her failed 2008 presidential campaign. The Heki vs. Bachmann lawsuit is scheduled to start May 14, 2014.

A 12-page Polk County lawsuit filed last July alleges that two Iowans, Barbara and Richard Heki, suffered “severe emotional distress and loss of current and future business opportunities” after two unapproved emails were sent from the Bachmann for President campaign to members of the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE).

The lawsuit names Bachmann, her campaign, former campaign chairman Kent Sorenson and five other Republican operatives, along with their personal business entities. It alleges that Sorenson stole the home-schooler database off Barbara Heki’s personal computer in early November 2011 as it sat in a Bachmann campaign office in Urbandale.

Court documents allege other campaign officials knew of and supported the theft, which quickly led to the Hekis being kicked off the NICHE board of directors. Source: Des Moines Register

Michele Bachmann’s fall from grace was a long time coming. I guess in a roundabout way, President Obama is getting the last laugh. Considering how many darts she has thrown at him, mostly lies. The timing of Michele Bachmann’s disclosure that she will not seek reelection in 2014 is weird, considering the court date was disclosed today. Seems to me Michele Bachmann is anticipating a blistering trial. In any case, this trial and the FBI investigation will make for an interesting GOP sideshow.

 Michele Bachmann Iowa Court Date for Barbara Heki Lawsuit Set for May 2014

Michele Bachmann Not Running for Reelection Amid FBI Probe Into Campaign Finances

 Michele Bachmann Not Running for Reelection Amid FBI Probe Into Campaign Finances

Michele Bachmann Not Running for Reelection Amid FBI Probe Into Campaign Finances. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good riddance. Michele Bachmann is not running for reelection. I got the alert on my smartphone at little after 5 a.m. that Tea Party wingnut Michele Bachmann was bowing out. Um, gee, I wonder why? For starters, she was facing a tough reelection bid after almost losing her seat in the last election.  A recent study by PolitiFact found that she was one of the most dishonest politicians inside the Beltway. That’ s even though she stopped at nothing to call President Obama all manner of names. Of course, Republicans have so much nerve that a dishonest GOP pol would never admit he or she is dishonest.  That reminds me of her intro to “Lying Ass B*tch” on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” I think Quest Love was on to something then…..

Representative Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican who made an ill-fated run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, announced Wednesday that she would not seek a fifth term in Congress next year.

She made the announcement just six months after being re-elected in what was her most challenging campaign since she was first elected to Congress nine years ago. Her announcement also comes as her former presidential campaign faces inquiries into its fund-raising activities.

“I have decided next year I will not seek a fifth congressional term,” she said in a video on her campaign Web site. “This decision was not impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities of my former presidential campaign or my former presidential staff,” she added. … In her congressional race last year, Mrs. Bachmann won re-election by just 4,200 votes, beating the hotelier Jim Graves, who was greatly outspent. Mr. Graves recently announced that he would seek the seat again.

Michele Bachmann also added:  “[T]he law limits anyone from serving as president of the United States for more than eight years. And in my opinion, well, eight years is also long enough for any individual to serve as a representative for a specific congressional district.” Sorry, but she’s not just stepping aside because she believes she should only serve eight years in Congress. She may have decided to cut and run a week after reports that the FBI is probing her campaign finances. You know, those are the big kahunas who could press criminal charges against her if they find some wrongdoing. In any case, good riddance to Michele and Marcus Bachmann and their vile brand of right wing hypocrisy.

 Michele Bachmann Not Running for Reelection Amid FBI Probe Into Campaign Finances

Michele Bachmann Accuses Obama of “Waving a Tar Baby in the Air” Over Energy Policy

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Michele Bachmann Accuses Obama of "Waving a Tar Baby in the Air" Over Energy Policy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Former GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann accused President Obama of “waving a tar baby in the air” by leveling blame against oil speculators for the “poor choices” he has made for energy policy. Um, really Michele, tar baby?

The Shark Tank:  “This is just about waving a tar baby in the air and saying that something else is a problem. I have never seen a more irresponsible president who is infantile in the way that he continually blames everybody else for his failure to first diagnose the problem, and second, to address the problem. It’s always everyone else’s fault.”

The “tar baby” terminology is the latest in a string of racially-tinged comments from Michele Bachmann about President Obama. I’m waiting to see how long it takes her to apologize, since the term is derogatory to blacks.

 Michele Bachmann Accuses Obama of Waving a Tar Baby in the Air Over Energy Policy

Michele Bachmann Says Outrage Against Rush Limbaugh Slut Comment “Overkill”

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Michele Bachmann Says Outrage Against Rush Limbaugh Slut Comment "Overkill" (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

GOP presidential has-been Michele Bachmann calls the outrage to Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” overkill. Um, remember when she appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show and walked out to the music “Lying Ass Bitch?” Wasn’t she ticked off when she realized they dissed her and even called for an apology? What an ignoramus, who continues to make a mocker of elected office!

The Hill:  “When you see the overkill that’s being done about Rush Limbaugh and then the comments that were said about me, there’s no comparison here,” she said on CNN, condemning “violent talk” toward women on both sides of the partisan divide. “Why is it that it’s an outrage when it’s an issue on the left but zero outrage when it’s on the right?”

Um, people shrugged off her episodes because she called President Obama and others all manner of ugly names, including accusing him of being a “gangsta” president. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

 Michele Bachmann Says Outrage Against Rush Limbaugh Slut Comment Overkill