The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 10/30/14


RELM_buttonRacket: Halloween III; Disarray at First Look Media; Matt Taibbi Departs First Look; Greenwald and Company Toss Taibbi and Omidyar Under the Bus; Potential for Legal Action; Taibbi Accused of Misogyny and Insubordinate Behavior; Alex Pareene Responds, Contradicts Greenwald; Press Freedom, Whistleblowers and James Risen; Liberal Hyperbole; The Pope and Evolution; and much more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, the Amazon Link and The Bowen Law Group.

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Michael Jackson – “Thriller”

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The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 10/23/14


RELM_buttonI Like Fun: Bob Defeats Sarah Palin; Audio Recording of the Palin Family Brawl; Expensive Fashion Accessories; Charles Bowen’s Fair-Use Guide for Bloggers; The Palins and Their White Trash Stretch Limo; Remembering Ben Bradlee and Real Journalism; The NRA Hipster; Guns are ‘Bits of Plastic and Metal'; and much more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, the Amazon Link and The Bowen Law Group.

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Christie’s Costume

Christie's Quarantine

Artist – Rob Rogers

In other news, a federal judge has ordered the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio to undergo racial profiling training.

Meanwhile, federal authorities have arrested a militiaman in Texas who was in possession of ammonium nitrate, among other things.

Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who searched Massey’s hotel room in Brownsville after an Oct. 20 arrest, found an AK-47 with six loaded magazines, a loaded handgun, a ballistic helmet and several cameras, as well as the ammunition box filled with suspected ammonium nitrate and fuel, according to court documents obtained by the San Antonio Express-News.

And finally, a racketeering lawsuit against Donald Trump will continue as a class action following a ruling by a federal judge. Trump is being sued over his fraudulent Trump University classes.

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Colbert on Gamergate

The moment I’ve been waiting for has arrived as Stephen Colbert tackles the manchildren of Gamergate.

Folks, as the TV man said, Gamergate involves some male gamers harassing women who are speaking out against portrayal of women in video games, presumably after the initial shock that women were speaking to them at all.

As a male who plays games (I certainly wouldn’t identify as a “gamer” in this context), I find the entitled manbabies of gamergate to be abhorrent.

They just want their country back.

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Presented Without Comment


Washington (CNN) — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is toying with the idea of a presidential bid, joked in a private gathering this month that “white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency,” according to an audio recording of his comments provided to CNN.

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Bill O’Reilly Wants to Arrest the Nurse Who Tested Negative for Ebola


Bill O’Reilly said on his show last night that nurse Kaci Hickox should be arrested for refusing to quarantine herself.

But she won’t be arrested, Bill lamented, because “the feds have no Ebola policy at all.”

Or maybe it’s because she isn’t infected with Ebola and you can’t arrest her just because you feel like it.

The amount of incoherent, irrational, utterly-deluded wharrgarble and panic being hurled at Kaci Hickox is astonishing. The only thing she’s guilty of is trying to help those who the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Paul LePage wouldn’t be caught in the same room with.

Does Bill O’Reilly give a single fuck about Ebola deaths in West Africa? If he did, he wouldn’t call for the arrest of healthcare workers which could have a chilling effect on others who might consider volunteering.

If you selflessly travel abroad to treat the sick, risking your own life in the process, you can expect to be treated like a leper when you return home.

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LePage Demands Nurse Kaci Hickox, Who Already Tested Negative, Take Another Test


As we’ve been over several times, the nurse temporarily imprisoned by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tested negative for the Ebola virus and has displayed no symptoms.

Maine Governor Paul LePage said yesterday that he would ask the court for the authority to quarantine Hickox against her will. And while he did take his case to the court, he didn’t do so in those exact terms.

Maine’s governor indicated today that he would abandon his demand that nurse Kaci Hickox remain under quarantine after treating Ebola patients if she would agree to take a blood test for the lethal virus. [...]

Attorneys for the state of Maine went to Superior Court seeking a judge’s permission to give Hickox a blood test for Ebola, LePage said.

“This could be resolved today,” the governor said. “She has been exposed and she’s not cooperative, so force her to take a test. It’s so simple.

Either Paul LePage is unaware that Hickox has already tested negative for the virus at least once, or they’re doing this for political reasons.

LePage told ABC News that Hickox has locals “scared to death” and instead of telling locals that they have nothing to worry about, LePage is subjecting Hickox to a witch hunt to assuage their fears.

Paul LePage is a cowering, bumbling fool.

Can you imagine the conservative reaction if Democratic governors subjected a private citizen to this kind of harassment? There would be goddamn congressional hearing about it.

Medical privacy goes right out the fucking window the moment conservatives feel they are in danger, physically or politically.

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House GOP Still Not Sure What Their Lawsuit is About, Another Law Firm Drops the Case

August 3, 2014

After the first law firmed hired by House Republicans to litigate their case against President Obama dropped the case out of embarrassment, they were forced to find a replacement.

The replacement law firm has now dropped the case out of embarrassment.

A spokesman for Speaker of House John Boehner’s office confirmed to Talking Points Memo that Emenual Urqhart & Sullivan have dropped out of the case. This comes a month after the first law firm hired by the House dropped the case because they felt it could harm their reputation.

I love the smell of schadenfreude in the morning and a second law firm dropping the case isn’t even the best part.

Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith indicated that the House may change targets.

In an interesting twist, Boehner’s office signaled the House may also target Obama’s executive actions on immigration, expected soon after the election.

“We are also closely following what the administration does on executive amnesty, and the possible impact that could have on the litigation strategy,” Smith said.

“Executive amnesty.” Drink!

As you probably recall, House Republicans deliberated for several weeks before they originally unveiled their lawsuit because they couldn’t decide what would have the best chance of not being thrown out of court.

It was several months ago that they decided their target would be the delay of the employer mandate included in Obamacare. It’s nearly November now and they still aren’t sure what their lawsuit is about.

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Eric Holder on Press Freedom: “No Reporters are Going to Jail as Long as I’m Attorney General”

A matter of hours after we published a follow-up on reporter James Risen and the Obama administration’s record on press freedom, Attorney General Eric Holder appeared at the Washington Ideas Forum on Wednesday and was asked by moderator Jonathan Capehart whether the U.S. Department of Justice will imprison reporters who have published top secret national security information provided by leakers. The exchange went like so:

HOLDER: This whole question of whistleblowers, we have gone after people who have gone — who have said things or revealed things contrary to the oaths they have taken. And when it comes to reporters, what I have said, you know we made in the processes we have in place about how we interact with members of the media after the controversies erupted a couple of years or so ago. But beyond that, what I have said and what is a guiding force for this administration is that any reporter who is doing his or her job in gathering news is not going to go to jail as a result of that kind of activity.

CAPEHART: But are you gonna compel them to testify? Such as James Risen of The New York Times?

HOLDER: You know, the case is still one that has to be tried, and I think we will take actions that are consistent with what I just said.

CAPEHART: Such as compelling testimony?

HOLDER: No, no, no, we’ll see how that goes. You know, people have to understand something, we have been in touch with Mr. Risen’s lawyers, we talked about a variety of things. And if what we have talked about remains true, I think there’ll be a resolution of that, that will be satisfactory to everybody. But as I said no one’s gonna be going to jail — no reporters are going to jail as long as I’m attorney general.

This is a fairly typical Holder response. Frustratingly coy in some places, but likely so for legal reasons since, clearly, these are open cases that haven’t gone to trial yet (the Jeffrey Sterling case involving Risen goes to trial in January). Anyone expecting the Attorney General of the United States to lay out his prosecutorial strategy or any backroom deals for these or any other cases is foolish to think so. But he stated twice that he has no intention of jailing any reporters.

That said, Risen’s lawyer, Joel Kurtzberg, told Politico, “I’m not sure what the Attorney General is referring to. We have no agreement with the Government about Mr. Risen’s testimony.” So, who do we believe? First of all, Holder never really mentioned an “agreement” per se, rather just being in touch. Additionally, according to Politico, federal prosecutors in fact agreed to only seek the “where” and the “when” of Risen’s alleged contact with his source. Such talks sound an awful lot like “being in touch” to me. On the other hand, if there isn’t any deal for Risen’s testimony and Holder was simply lying, it’s a blunder of colossal proportions.


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Death Cab for Cutie – “Soul Meets Body”

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I Can’t Hear You

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

Artist – Clay Bennett

In other news, the Federal Reserve has officially ended the quantitative easing it began in 2008.

Meanwhile, White House officials say an unclassified section of the White House network was compromised by Russian hackers.

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Ron Johnson Can See Obamacare Doomsday From His House


Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson (R) told NewsMax TV this morning that he has personally spoken to healthcare providers who say that premiums may increase by up to 60 percent in 2015 because of Obamacare, with an average increase of “around 30 percent.”

That would be pretty bad if it was true. The good news is it isn’t.

via ThinkProgress

Actual rate filings submitted to the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) just last month show that the average premiums in health care plans offered through the law’s federal exchange will increase by an average of just 3 percent in 2015, with two insurers registering decreases for the coming year.

Medica Health Plans of Wisconsin will drop premiums by an average of 17 percent and Molina Healthcare of Wisconsin will decrease its premiums by an average of 11 percent.

This is just a hunch, but I have a feeling that Ron Johnson didn’t actually speak to a single healthcare provider. At least not any that actually told him premiums could go up by as much as 60 percent.

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Watch Unhinged Asshole Chris Christie Rage Out

This man is an unparalleled asshole.

While Christie sends a thrill up the legs of some beltway pundits, I don’t think “sit down and shut up” (1:18 in the video) plays very well with real people.

I imagine this makes the average viewer want to punch him in the face, not vote for him.

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Maine Gov. LePage Wants to Imprison Nurse Kaci Hickox, Again


While nurse Kaci Hickox has never been symptomatic and, in fact, tested negative for the Ebola virus, she was temporarily imprisoned in a tent by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Now that Hickox has returned to Maine, Governor Paul LePage (R) says he will seek the legal authority to quarantine her against her will.

“We hoped that the healthcare worker would voluntarily comply with these protocols, but this individual has stated publicly she will not abide by the protocols,” LePage wrote in a statement. “While we certainly respect the rights of one individual, we must be vigilant in protecting 1.3 million Mainers, as well as anyone who visits our great state.”

It is a slippery slope to say that you respect the rights of an individual but their rights may need to be sacrificed for the greater good.

And there is no greater good to be served in this case. Kaci Hickox is not infected with Ebola. She tested negative for the virus and has displayed no symptoms.

Doctors Without Borders, which Hickox is a member of, said it supports her decision.

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Outreach: Women Asking for Equal Pay Just Want to Sue

If we say that women should receive an equal amount of pay for an equal amount of work, that will simply open up the legal floodgates.

At least that’s what Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s campaign tells us.

I’m Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. My dad used to take me to work with him. He told me I could do anything.

That’s why I find it so insulting that Mary Burke would say that we’re trying to make it harder for women to earn equal pay. Under Scott Walker, workplace discrimination will always be illegal, for any reason. Mary Burke wants to create more opportunities to sue. We want to create more opportunities for women to succeed.

It’s cute that Kleefisch’s father took her to work with him and told her that she could do anything, just as many fathers have done generation after generation, but that has nothing to do with equal pay legislation.

The message this ad sends is that, if you haven’t achieved your career goals, it’s a moral failing on your part. Because your father told you could do anything and it hasn’t really worked out that way, has it? Why have you disappointed your father?

It’s also possible that you’re doing what you wanted to do, just as your father said you could, but you’re receiving less pay for it than your male colleagues for no reason other than being a woman. What would your father think of that? Wouldn’t he want you to receive equal pay?

Maybe he wouldn’t. Maybe your father didn’t believe in equal pay and maybe you’re a conservative who doesn’t think others should receive equal pay either because you were raised that way. Maybe your father is an asshole.

Asking for equal pay for equal work is not the same as asking for a handout or an extra opportunity; it’s asking to be treated equally.

There are many highly “successful” women, including CEOs, who do not receive equal pay.

I’m not comfortable with the conservative definition of “success,” hence the quotation. Success means something different to everyone. The point is that women may not receive equal pay even if they have met their own definition of success in their career.

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

Artist – Clay Bennett

In other news, the conservative columnist and former Reagan aide who said the south should secede and form an anti-gay nation called “Reagan” has been fired from the Tampa Tribune.

Meanwhile, Americans continue to be very, very dumb and panicy.

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Chris Christie Reminds Us That He’s An Asshole

Just in case you had forgotten between yesterday and today that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a giant prick, he has offered up another reminder.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie practically dared a nurse to sue him for quarantining her even after she tested negative for Ebola. “Whatever. Get in line,” the brash Republican said Tuesday during a campaign stop in Rhode Island. “I’ve been sued lots of times before. Get in line. I’m happy to take it on.” [...]

She was inside the hospital in a climate-controlled area with access to her cellphone, access to the Internet and takeout food from the best restaurants in Newark. She was doing just fine,” he said.

Actually, nurse Kaci Hickox was kept in an unheated tent with no toilet or shower.


Her imprisonment may not even be the worst part.

Hickox was turned into a pariah by Christie and she’s now a target of right wing smear artists who have accused her of being involved in some kind of CDC conspiracy. Hickox has since disabled or deleted her social media accounts to avoid further harassment.

She wasn’t and isn’t “doing just fine.”

Christie can’t bring himself to apologize or even offer sympathy or a shred of remorse. He’s also a fucking liar.

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Thanks Obama

Depending on whether the price of gas is up or down, it’s either bad news for Obummer or it’s bad news for Obummer.


The top screenshot is from last year. The bottom screenshot is from today.

(via Media Matters)

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Colbert on Louie Gohmert’s Gay Massage Theory

Colbert catches up with a man who is “brave enough to say the things that no one has the slightest desire to say,” Louie Gohmert.

In case you missed it, congressman Gohmert warned us that gays in the military are a bad idea because giving and receiving handjobs all day will leave them vulnerable to terrorism.

People have said to me ‘Stephen, you gotta understand, you don’t even know your history. You’re dumb. You’re dense. You’re a mental midget with the IQ of a butter dish whose mind is a black hole that sucks all surrounding thought into it in an infinite singularity of pure stupidity. Stephen, I’m surprised that you can ever dress yourself. I bet you have to rub peanut inside your lips to remember to open your mouth to breathe. I have never met, and I hope to never meet again, a man so pervasively, astoundingly, unyieldingly ignorant.’

To which I say ‘well then you haven’t met Louie Gohmert.’

This can’t be improved on.

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