The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 4/17/14


Not Joke: Harry Reid and the Bundy Ranch Terrorists; Alex Jones and Ron Paul Inciting Armed Conflict; Edward Snowden’s Big Wet Mouth Kiss to Putin; Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian Win the Pulitzer Somehow; Obamacare Surpasses 8 Million Enrollments; The 2014 GOP Midterm Strategy; Greg Gutfeld’s Ridiculous Rant; and much more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, the Amazon Link and the Bowen Law Group.

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Morning Awesome

Rush – “The Body Electric” Live

Wrapping up our Grace Under Pressure 30th anniversary theme week.

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Home on the Range

Home, home we’re deranged…


Artist – John Cole

In other news, House Republican leadership has gone full-on Obamacare enrollment truther. The optimally-named Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is demanding more information on enrollments.

Meanwhile, the Marionville mayor who said he “kind of agrees with” Frazier Glenn Miller is facing calls for his resignation and possibly impeachment.

Finally, the Kentucky bill that would allow Rand Paul to run for both the senate and presidency at the same time has died for now. It won’t be considered again until next year.

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Freedom is Charging People Who Generate Their Own Power

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is on a roll. After signing a bill into law that prohibits cities from passing their own minimum wage laws, she is expected to sign a bill that will charge a monthly fee for generating your own power.

On Monday, S.B. 1456 passed the state House 83-5 after no debate. The measure creates a new class of customers: those who install distributed power generation systems like solar panels or small wind turbines on their property and sell the excess energy back to the grid. While those with systems already installed won’t be affected, the new class of customers will now be charged a monthly fee — a shift that happened quickly and caught many in the state off guard.

Proponents of the law say they’re “just trying to keep it fair” by imposing the fee which will “recover some of the infrastructure costs to send excess electricity” back to the grid.

If you live somewhere that has dealt with any form of natural disaster that cuts power for extended periods of time, you’d know that power companies already raise rates at their discretion to recover the cost of infrastructure.

And who are they ‘keeping it fair’ for? Power companies? Because obviously they need all the protection they can get.

I suppose it’s far more politically acceptable in Oklahoma to charge people who generate their own power a monthly fee instead of raising taxes on something more sensible like sugary drinks.

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SPLC: Stormfront Linked to Nearly 100 Murders Since 2009

Frazier Glenn Miller’s connection to the now-infamous Vanguard News Network (VNN) has been well documented over the past several days after he killed three people at Jewish community centers in Kansas City but, according to a new comprehensive report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the more popular Stormfront forum can be linked to nearly 100 murders in the last five years.

Stormfront users have included Wade Michael Page, who shot to death six people before killing himself at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012; Richard Andrew Poplawski, who murdered three Pittsburgh police officers in 2009; and Anders Behring Breivik, who bombed a government building in Norway, killing eight people, and then massacred 69 people, most of them teenagers, at a summer camp in 2011.

Stormfront’s homicidal trend began just four years after the site went up. On Aug. 10, 1999, Buford O’Neil Furrow, a known Stormfront user, left his parents’ home in Tacoma, Wash., and drove to Los Angeles, where he shot and wounded three children, a teenage girl and an elderly woman at a Jewish day care center. Furrow then shot and killed a Filipino-American postal worker. But the trend took off after Obama’s inauguration in January 2009.

According to the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, hate killings ‘accelerated rapidly’ after President Obama took office in January of 2009, leading to nearly 100 murders since then.

The first thing that jumps out at you is obviously the fact that President Obama took office in 2009 and that he is, in fact, a black man.

Sure, there are certainly other factors involved such as the NRA’s endless drumbeat, Fox News, Hate Radio, and long-running anti-government conspiracy theories which have become more popular and mainstream in recent years, but each of those can also be linked back to race. The militia movement has a long, ugly history, but the fact that hate killings accelerated after the nation’s first black president took office is hardly surprising.

When conservative entertainment shock jocks bleat about the impending race war, martial law, or FEMA camps, they’re only throwing gasoline on the fire.

The last thing we need is to radicalize a whole new generation by telling them the NSA is vacuuming up every single detail of their lives and then hand Pulitzers to the men responsible for misleading them.

Too late.

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Wingnut Sheriff Richard Mack is a Bad Liar, Rants About The NSA and IRS


Remember the wingnut sheriff who told Fox News that the Bundy militia was planning to use women as human shields?

Former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack now says he wasn’t part of that, but that’s certainly not how it appeared at the time.

TPM: I saw your comments about strategizing to put the women up at the front, in case they did start firing it’d be women who were getting shot. I wanted to ask where you got that idea in the first place and why you thought it was a good idea.

MACK: I never thought it was a good idea. I was kind of surprised by the fact that they did. The mistake I made was it was never a strategy. It was never strategized. It was never talked about. The women just did it. I was never privy to that, so I thought they did strategize that. I thought that would be the only way they would send women up to the front.

Here’s what Mack told Fox News earlier this week:

MACK: We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front. If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.

Mack now claims it wasn’t a planned strategy and that he simply assumed that was the case.

If that’s true, why did he add that they wanted the world to see women getting shot first? Did he assume that too, or is that what he wanted? Was that part of the plan? Was it part of his plan?

TPM’s interview with Mack covered a wide range of topics and, among other things, Mack says he wants the NSA to “stop doing the illegal wiretapping and monitoring every fax and computer and phone transmission.”

MACK: I would love the IRS to stop violating the constitutional rights of Americans. Stop the random audits. Stop the monitoring. Stop the checking, putting innocent people in prisons like they’ve done for decades. I would love the NSA to stop doing the illegal wiretapping and monitoring every fax and computer and phone transmission.

As you’re well aware, the NSA does not illegally wiretap or monitor every fax, computer, and phone transmission.

Being a part of the militia movement more or less requires tinfoil attire, but this particular fantasy has been given credence by Greenwald and Company and his colleagues at The Guardian.

The radicalization of this pet issue was seen coming miles away. Telling people that the government has direct access to their every thought with no oversight was not only a lie; it was irresponsible. The wrong kind of people are going to internalize that even if it is thoroughly debunked.

Congratulations on the Pulitzer for “public service.” The public service you’ve provided is handing unwarranted and unfounded credibility to the worst kind of people who are literally aiming their weapons at federal agents.


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We Watched Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld Rant About Taxes So You Don’t Have To

There are few people on cable news as loathsome as Greg Gutfeld. The most flattering assessment of his role on Fox News Channel is that he’s a professional troll. As the host of the late-night program Red Eye, as well as one of the talking dumbstupids on The Five, Gutfeld is a less funny Dennis Miller, mixing what can be generously referred to as jokes along with sniping viral dollops of indignation perfectly targeted for the angry, deranged, bumper-sticker craving viewers who desperately cling to Fox News like Linus clings to his wooby.

Meanwhile, in predictable form, the far-right has launched into its April version of the War On Christmas routine, wheeling out the myopic, zombie gripe about how horrifying it is that roughly half of all Americans don’t pay federal income taxes — as if it’s a choice or a nefarious loophole in the system, you know, like the ones exploited by many of the corporate “people” who enjoy a tax rate of zero.

So of course Gutfeld jumped in forehead-first and went off on a rant about this obvious injustice during Tuesday’s edition of The Five. Here’s the video, but don’t worry — you don’t have to watch it. I’ll dig into it below so you don’t have to.

Gutfeld begins:

“Yay! It’s tax day or for 70 million households, Tuesday.”

Now there’s an original joke. He could’ve replaced “Tuesday” with a well-timed “NOT!” and it would’ve been roughly the same caliber of Lieutenant-Steve-From-Good-Morning-Vietnam comedy. Substance-wise, and right off the bat, he’s wrong. Dead wrong. Every American adult is required by law to file tax returns on tax day. Federal returns, state returns, local returns. It’s tax day for everyone. Just because some people don’t end up paying federal taxes doesn’t mean it’s not tax day.

He goes on to describe how those 70 million Americans wonder why everyone else is at the post office on tax day… READ MORE

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Morning Awesome

Rush – “Between the Wheels”

It’s the 30th anniversary of the Grace Under Pressure album, hence the theme week. And this song might be my all-time favorite Rush song. Easily in the top three.

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Good Guy With a Gun


Artist – Bob Englehart

In other news, Marionville, Missouri Mayor Dan Clevenger says he “kind of agreed with” Frazier Glenn Miller on some things. Clevenger apparently once wrote a letter to the editor and stated that the “Jew-run medical industry” has destroyed the American workforce.

“He was always nice and friendly and respectful of elder people, you know, he respected his elders greatly. As long as they were the same color as him,” Clevenger said while laughing, according to television station KSPR. “Very fair and honest and never had a bit of problems out of him.”

Ha! Get it? As long as they’re the same color! He was always very fair except for that part where he’s a virulent white nationalist. As long as you’re the same color no worries. Shitkicker.

Meanwhile, the Louisiana House of Representatives has voted to keep the state’s ban on sodomy on the books.

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Christie’s Law Firm Donated to RGA Before They Cleared Him


Chris Christie and his associates are known for being brazen, but this is really tempting fate.


Nine days before a team of its top lawyers made public a report clearing Governor Christie in the George Washington Bridge scandal, the law firm donated $10,000 to the Republican Governors Association, a group he heads.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher made its donation March 18. [...]

The law firm is being paid $650 an hour for its work but has not yet submitted any bills to the state.

Isn’t that nice?

While taxpayers pay Gibson Dunn & Crutcher to clear Christie’s name, that money is essentially turned around and given to the Republican Governors Association.

New Jersey taxpayers will inadvertently donate to the RGA whether they want to or not.

I may be biased but I can’t see how this could possibly be ethical. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has not donated to the Democratic Governors Association.

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The Running Embarrassment in Mississippi


State Senator Chris McDaniel (R-MS) is something of a running embarrassment for the Republican party. As we’ve discussed long before, McDaniel has dubious ties to the neo-Confederate white supremacist community.

Mississippi Republican party chairman Joe Nosef has now asked McDaniel to clarify his relationship with the white supremacist community and his plans to keynote an event hosted by segregationists, and for that Nosef is facing calls for his resignation.

The call for state party chairman Joe Nosef to resign comes in response to Nosef telling MSNBC that McDaniel needed to clarify whether he had planned to attend the event or not. Nosef, on the Paul Gallo Show, also suggested that McDaniel could cost Republicans a Senate seat. McDaniel is running to unseat Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS).

“It is inappropriate for Nosef to make such claims given his role as Chairman of the MS GOP. Accordingly, Joe Nosef should resign from his position as Chairman of the MS GOP effective immediately,” the Mississippi Tea Party said in a statement.

How dare you inquire if he has ties to white supremacists? Have you no decency?

Picard and Riker Facepalm

McDaniel has had opportunities to prove that he is not a Lost Causer who has a habit of keynoting events hosted by neo-Confederate white nationalists, but his efforts have fallen short.

As recently as this week, McDaniel appeared in studio with the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer who, as you’re probably aware, is one of the most virulent bigots in the country.

If you’re going to issue a denial that you’re a piece of shit, you probably shouldn’t do so on a radio show hosted by a certifiable piece of shit.

The Mississippi Tea Party is undoubtedly aware of McDaniel’s views. That’s why they support him. They share his views.

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Matt Rosendale Will Blow Your Drone’s Balls Off

Matt Rosendale is going to blow your balls off shoot your drone down.

Witness the pure lunacy:

I’m Matt Rosendale, and this is how I look from a government drone. And this is what I think of it.

The federal government is too big and too powerful. More taxes and regulations put Montana families out of work. Spying on our citizens, that’s just wrong.

I’m Matt Rosendale and I approve this message because I’m ready to stand tall for freedom and get Washington out of our lives.

Send Matt Rosendale to Washington so he can get Washington out of his life.

Are campaign ads featuring the candidate either waving or firing their gun the new standard? We’ve seen numerous ads where a stack of paper meant to represent Obamacare is shot, but more recent ads feature personal threats and now this; some jackass pointing his gun in the sky at a fictitious drone.

The drone featured in Rosendale’s ad may as well be a black helicopter.


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Electronic Frontier Foundation Praises the Tea Party, FreedomWorks and Birther Larry Klayman

Yesterday, tax day, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) posted an article titled “Tea Party, Taxes and Why the Original Patriots Would’ve Revolted Against the Surveillance State,” and it wouldn’t surprise me if the authors were wearing tri-corner hats with hand-written “Rand Paul 4 Prez” placards stacked up on their desks while they hammered out the post.

The EFF is, in its own words, “the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world,” and has stationed itself on the front lines in the battle against the National Security Agency and the intelligence community. It’s best known recently for pursuing NSA to release an 85-page opinion from the FISA Court detailing an operation a FISA judge had ruled unconstitutional.

Believe it or not, I admired the EFF’s strategy on this FISA matter. Rather than clandestinely horking documents from an inside source, it pursued NSA through perfectly legitimate means, specifically the Freedom of Information Act. That said, this article and its irresponsible lionization of the tea party is a huge red flag, as well as a further indication of an emerging and ill-advised alliance between the libertarian far-right and the far-left.

If the following chunk of the EFF’s tax day article doesn’t make you rethink any future donations to the organization, I don’t know what will:

Today the Tea Party movement continues the legacy of the founders, championing the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Never afraid of controversy, Tea Party activists and elected leaders are fighting against mass surveillance in the courts and in the halls of state legislatures and Congress.

It’s difficult to find a more ridiculous whitewashing of the tea party outside of the tea party itself. The legacy of the founders? Wow. First of all, the tea party doesn’t even understand the actual Boston Tea Party, much less the intent of the founders. Yet the heretofore respected EFF has bedazzled the tea party with the gilded legacy of the almighty founders. As for the leaders the tea party has elected, is there one — just one — who’s not completely nuts or totally unqualified for the post?

It gets worse… READ MORE

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Morning Awesome

Rush – “Red Sector A” Live

Our Grace Under Pressure 30th anniversary week continues.

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The Most Compelling Argument


Artist – David Fitzsimmons

This was easily the best thing I read today. Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens is less than impressed by Rand Paul, but he would love to see Rand Paul receive the GOP nomination and then be defeated in a landslide.

“This man wants to be the Republican nominee for president. And so he should be. Because maybe what the GOP needs is another humbling landslide defeat. When moderation on a subject like immigration is ideologically disqualifying, but bark-at-the-moon lunacy about Halliburton is not, then the party has worse problems than merely its choice of nominee.”

Meanwhile, lawmakers in Louisiana are advancing a bill to make the King James bible the state’s official book. This is almost certainly unconstitutional.

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Ban on Higher Wages, Paid Sick Days

Apparently it’s not bad enough that Oklahoma has refused to participate in the expansion of Medicaid. Governor Mary Fallin (R) has just signed a bill that prohibits cities in Oklahoma from passing their own labor laws.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cities in Oklahoma are prohibited from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements under a bill that has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. [...]

Opponents say those decisions should be left up to individual communities. They complain the bill specifically targets Oklahoma City, where an initiative is underway to a establish a citywide minimum wage higher than the current federal minimum wage.


Fallin said she signed the bill out of the worry that higher local minimum wages “would drive businesses to other communities and states, and would raise prices for consumers.” She also argued that “most minimum wage workers are young, single people working part-time or entry level jobs” and that “many are high school or college students living with their parents in middle-class families.

That may have been the case 10 or 15 years ago, but that is not the case today. The situation was already growing dire, but the 2008 financial crisis and the resulting recession pushed more adults, many of whom are educated, into minimum wage jobs.

I assume that most Republicans are clueless on what the job market really looks like, but even if they understood I doubt they would drop the tired rhetoric.

If you’re among the working poor in Oklahoma, the Republican party is doing everything they can to keep you down. They don’t want you to have a livable wage or healthcare.

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Bundy Militiamen Planned to Use Women as Human Shields

Bundy militiaman Eric Parker takes aim at Bureau of Land Management agents (Jim Urquhart/Reuters)

Bundy militiaman Eric Parker takes aim at Bureau of Land Management agents (Jim Urquhart/Reuters)

Former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, one of the militiamen who showed up in Nevada to defend Cliven Bundy, told Fox News that they were planning to use women as human shields if fighting broke out.

MACK: “We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front. If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.”

A sane man would ensure that women and children are well out of harm’s way before carrying out their armed insurrection, but not these men. They planned to sacrifice women first.

Actually, a sane man would never be there to begin with because it’s none of their fucking business and because Cliven Bundy has broken the law for 20 years.

It’s a good thing I’m not in charge because, if I were, every single one of these dickless, ignorant schmucks would be rounded up.

We’re edging closer and closer to an outbreak of domestic terrorism and the conservative entertainment complex is egging it on. The right has been thoroughly brainwashed and radicalized by Fox News, Hate Radio, and the NRA.

NBC News has photos from the standoff that are gobsmacking. Apparently the Oath Keepers and Minutemen made an appearance too. You may also immediately notice that they’re all white guys.

(top photo via The Atlantic)

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Is the Civil Rights Act unconstitutional? Did we make a mistake by passing it?

When asked that question by an African American constituent, Ted Yoho (R-FL) could only say that he isn’t sure.

YOHO: This country grew through a lot of growing pain. We’re going through it again. As we grow as a country and prosper, we’re going to go through it again in the future. That’s why I’m so thankful for the Constitution because it allows us to do that. Is it constitutional, the Civil Rights Act? I wish I could answer that 100 percent. I know a lot of things that were passed are not constitutional, but I know it’s the law of the land.

I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to that moment during the 2016 primary debate season when Republican candidates are asked if the Civil Rights Act is unconstitutional.

If Rand Paul runs for president, the issue will certainly come up and their responses should be enlightening.

I imagine long deliberations and diatribes when a simple ‘yes’ would suffice, and if they dare answer ‘yes’ they’ll see immediate push-back from their lunatic base of followers.

The Schadenfreude will be monumental.

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Far-Right ‘Shoe Truthers’ Believe Hillary Clinton Staged Shoe-Throwing Incident

“This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog!” That’s what a journalist named Muntadhar al-Zaidi shouted when he hurled his shoes at President Bush’s head during a press conference back in 2008.

You don’t have to dig very deeply into my archives to discover that I was neither a fan of the Iraq War nor the Bush administration. Admittedly there were times when I went a little overboard in my criticism, but I stand by much of what I wrote (the substance, at least, not so much the style). That said, when al-Zaidi winged his shoes at the president, and having been old enough to remember the assassination attempt against Ronald Reagan, I was appalled by the act and I wasn’t shy about expressing my disgust with some of my friends and peers who celebrated the occasion.

Not only was it a violent physical assault against the President of the United States, which, supporter or not, is an attack against the United States itself, but I generally find these sorts of protests to be profoundly ugly and counterproductive. It doesn’t matter if it’s Code Pink accosting Condoleezza Rice, or if it’s a kid hurling a pie at Bill Kristol. Again, I loathe Kristol and I think Rice was an awful Secretary of State, but assailing them in public is the worst, most obnoxious form of activism I can think of.

Such deeds send sends a very clear message: 1) you’ve got nothing of substance to say, and 2) you’re a child.

Such is the case with the crazy lady who hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton the other day. Her name is Alison Michelle Ernst and, during the Scrap Recycling Industries convention in Las Vegas, she managed to get into an auditorium where Clinton was speaking. From the aisle, Ernst threw an orange soccer shoe at the former Secretary of State along with a wad of paper containing information about “Operation Cynthia,” a Bolivian op aimed at capturing Che Guevara in 1967.

As you might’ve guessed, it turns out Ernst is a conspiracy theorist of the Alex Jones InfoWars variety. Among other things, we’ve learned that Ernst is obsessed with the trial of James Holmes, the gunman who mowed down 82 people, killing 12, inside an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. However, she’s not just into the case in a courtroom drama, Nancy Grace way, Ernst insists that Holmes is a victim of the New World Order and that the conspirators behind it had brain-washed Holmes, implanting the idea for the shooting in his head, not unlike the MK/ULTRA mind-control program, a popular conspiracy theorist hobby horse. Indeed, there are numerous articles at InfoWars on the Holmes/mind-control connection.

On one occasion, Ernst disrupted the Holmes trial with loud outbursts and was obviously removed from the courtroom. Afterwards, she filed a motion that read in part:

“Holmes is an innocent man. James Holmes must be released to me asap [sic]. This is a huge conspiracy involved in with new world and a group of cabal evil worldwide crooks who want to control the world through false flag attacks akin to George Orwell 1984 [sic].”

Yeah, her cheese has definitely fallen off her cracker. She went on to write, “James Holmes [is] entering my mind through subliminal messaging and causing me to be obsessed with him on a daily basis.” I’m not sure the Alex Jones crowd has ever gone that far, but there it is.

So it should come as no surprise that there’s now a conspiracy theory surrounding Ernst herself. Yep, say hello to the “Shoe Truthers.” They believe Ernst was a Clinton plant, coached to throw the shoe and Che Guevara page at the would-be presidential candidate… READ MORE

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Morning Awesome

Rush – “The Enemy Within” Live

Continuing our Grace Under Pressure 30th anniversary theme week.

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