The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 11/20/14

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RELM_buttonStrong Hardcore Men: Obama’s Immigration Executive Order; Reagan’s Views on Executive Orders, Amnesty and Border Fences; The Netflix Eagles Documentary; Sonic Highways; Rand Paul Fumbles NSA Reform; Alex Jones Loses His Mind Over Net Neutrality; Rush Limbaugh Accidentally Tells the Truth; The Best Bill Maher Rant Ever; and much more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, the BobCesca.com Amazon Link and The Bowen Law Group.

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Chart of the Day

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Artist – Pat Bagley

In other news, there’s no shortage of things to laugh at in the world today, but this may be the funniest.

“With this action, the president has chosen to deliberately sabotage any chance of enacting bipartisan reforms that he claims to seek. And as I told the president yesterday, he’s damaging the presidency itself,” Boehner told reporters.

Ha!

Remember that time the Republicans pledged to do everything in their power to ensure that Barack Obama is a one-term president?

Meanwhile, Ben Carson told the Christian Broadcasting Network that God told him to run for president. God is a very funny person, apparently.

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Colbert on “Executive Amnesty”

The predictable nature of GOP lunacy means Colbert’s commentary from before the president gave his speech last night needs no alteration.

If Obama doesn’t deport these people who are already here, I can only imagine how violent the American people will be when they wake up to see how same things are.

I can only hope that Kris Kobach’s “ethnic cleansing” line makes it into the next episode.

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The House GOP Finally Files Their Lawsuit

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Now that House Republicans have finally filed their lawsuit against the president after talking about it for nearly half a year, the countdown to when it will be thrown out of court can begin.

What’s interesting though is that the Republicans are not just challenging the president’s authority to delay the employer mandate. They’re also challenging a provision that reimburses insurance providers who keep their prices lower.

In other words, House Republicans are suing to increase your bills.

The other focus of the lawsuit is a little-known provision in ObamaCare designed to alleviate out-of-pocket medical costs for people with lower incomes. 



Separate from the widely discussed premium subsidies on the exchanges, the administration pays health insurance companies to reduce the cost of deductibles and co-pays for some consumers. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the payments will total $3 billion this year and $175 billion over 10 years.



Republicans argue that the payments are unlawful because no funds for the subsidies have been appropriated by Congress.

Funds for the subsidies have not been appropriated by Congress because the funds are redistributed from other insurance providers.

Funds from providers who overcharge are redistributed to providers who undercharge, preventing large variations or price shocks. This is what some Republicans have alleged is a “taxpayer bailout” of insurance providers, but it isn’t. It’s more comparable to a professional sports league, like the NFL, that redistributes funds from one franchise to another.

The net effect of this program is that your out of pocket costs are lower than they otherwise may be.

Why do House Republicans want you to pay higher prices? Why do House Republicans want to make business more difficult for insurance providers?

A memo from the speaker’s office which downplays the threat to American pocketbooks posed by their lawsuit misses the point



”The lawsuit [sic] were successful on this cost-sharing point, no low-income Americans would lose their health care because insurance companies would still be required to provide the coverage/subsidy to those people,” a memo stated. 



“The insurance companies simply wouldn’t be able to get a refund from the government for the subsidy.”

Yes, Americans would still be able to acquire federally subsidized plans, but their premium or their out-of-pocket costs would go up because insurance companies are not going to just eat the extra cost; they’re going to pass the extra cost on to the consumer.

Isn’t the Republican party the party that routinely craps their pants over the non-existent threat of skyrocketing costs? Don’t they say Obamacare is responsible for higher costs? Why are they suing to increase costs?

The House will have a difficult time proving that they have been “injured” by the delay of the employer mandate. This will be especially difficult for them to prove because they have voted numerous times to delay or repeal the mandate.

A lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson (R) which sought to take subsidies away from congressional staffers was thrown out of court earlier this year because his office could not provide evidence of injury.

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Unpaid Blogger Fundraiser for JM Ashby, Day Five

It’s that time again. Time to give thanks for our own intrepid blogger JM Ashby by dropping some donations in the jolly, candy-like PayPal button. Ashby doesn’t get a paycheck for his writing, but he should get one and now’s the time to make up for it. Show your appreciation for Ashby’s most-excellent blogging and click the tip-jar early and often.

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Darrell Issa Has Time for One Last Fake Scandal

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Grand Inquisitor Darrell Issa only has a limited amount of time left as the chairman of the Oversight Committee, but he intends to spend it on one last fake scandal.

Darrell Issa is diving into “Grubergate” — a conniption centered around an irrelevant man who said some words.

Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) sent a letter to Gruber on Thursday, about two weeks after videos surfaced in which the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor suggested that a “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity of the American voter” helped Congress pass the Affordable Care Act. [...]

The hearing will take place Dec. 9, the last week of the lame-duck Congress, in what would likely be the outgoing chairman’s last Oversight hearing.

The legacy of Darrell Issa is turning the Oversight Committee into a political sideshow that will never be taken seriously again even under new leadership. He spent four years chasing the political shadows and ghosts of Solyndra, Fast and Furious, the IRS, Benghazi, and the Obamacare website. He has virtually nothing to show for the last four years of fucking that chicken. He never found the impeachment he was looking for.

Issa also invited the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to attend his hearing, but neither Marilyn Tavenner or Jonathan Gruber are obligated to attend it. I’d encourage them both to tell Issa to go get fucked.

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And the Award for the Most Unhinged Response Goes To…

The competition is steep, but the award for the Most Unhinged Response to the president’s executive actions on immigration should probably go to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), the father of “Papers Please” anti-immigration law.

What protects us in America from any kind of ethnic cleansing is the rule of law, of course,” Kobach responded. “And the rule of law used to be unassailable, used to be taken for granted in America. And now, of course, we have a president who disregards the law when it suits his interests. So, while I normally would answer that by saying, ‘Steve, of course we have the rule of law, that could never happen in America,’ I wonder what could happen. I still don’t think it’s going to happen in America, but I have to admit, things are strange and they are happening.”

What the what the what?

Kobach made these comments in response to a caller who said the problem is “bigger than just being Democrats” because other races and cultures can overwhelm us and remove us! Gasp!

If the only thing standing between White America and ethnic cleansing is work permits and deferred action, was White America ever really safe?

You have to have culture to begin with to have it supplanted by another.

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Download This Week’s After Party Podcast! $2 per Download!

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This Week’s Pulse-Pounding Episode: “Peppermint Patty”: Our Henpecking Horror Stories from Yesteryear; Thanksgiving Holiday Plans; Bob’s Breaking Bad Pilgrimage; Bob’s White House Tour; Safe Home Mike Nichols; Aaron Sorkin is Sick at Sea; The Bill Cosby Scandal and the Court of Public Opinion; This Week’s The Newsroom; Happy Thanksgiving; and more.

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The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 11/13/14

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RELM_buttonSeries of Tubes: Back from Computer Hiatus; Editor of Greenwald’s The Intercept Jumps Ship; Matt Taibbi Speaks Out About First Look Media; The Midterms; Meme Culture Wins; Democrats and Backbone; Net Neutrality; Framing the Debate; Federalizing Elections; Boogie Nights; and much more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, the BobCesca.com Amazon Link and The Bowen Law Group.

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Clear Message

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Artist – Tim Eagan

In other news, former Senator Scott Brown is getting back in the saddle at Fox News after losing the election. Again.

Meanwhile, President Obama will address the nation tonight at 8 p.m. ET regarding the action he intends to take on immigration. You can watch at whitehouse.gov

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Unpaid Blogger Fundraiser for JM Ashby, Day Four

It’s that time again. Time to give thanks for our own intrepid blogger JM Ashby by dropping some donations in the jolly, candy-like PayPal button. Ashby doesn’t get a paycheck for his writing, but he should get one and now’s the time to make up for it. Show your appreciation for Ashby’s most-excellent blogging and click the tip-jar early and often.

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The Colbert Report Performs a Public Service, Exposes “Huge Douchebag” Libertarian Bros

This isn’t necessarily funny because utterly contemptable assholes like this do exist, but the Colbert Report makes them slightly more palatable.

For fighting for their constitutional right to be total fuckstains, the Free Keene Squad are tonight’s difference makers. And, just to be clear, are huge douchebags.

There’s a very high chance that these pricks read InfoWars and troll comment sections on behalf of Rand Paul.

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Rand Paul, the Civil Rights Hero Who Thinks the Civil Rights Act Went Too Far

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Rand Paul is known for many things, chiefly among them is his belief that ending segregated lunch counters was a federal overreach and that private businesses should be allowed to discriminate.

He could hardly be described as the ‘biggest defender of minority rights in Congress,’ but that’s how he sees himself.

I don’t think there has been anybody who has been a bigger defender of minority rights in the Congress than myself, and that’s not saying others aren’t trying as well,” Paul said an in interview with Salon. “But I think you can see a history and a litany of bills that I’ve put forward to not only restore voting rights, but to try to prevent people from the tragedy of losing their employability through felony convictions and other things.”

As others have pointed out, John Lewis is still a member of Congress.

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House Committee Says Defunding Executive Action is Impossible

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The Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee has quietly informed Republican leadership that they cannot defund the president’s actions on immigration because the agency responsible for implementing it is not funded by Congress; it’s funded by user fees.

[The] committee said the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) agency would be able to continue to collect fees and carry out its operations even if the government shut down.

“This agency is entirely self-funded through the fees it collects on various immigration applications,” the committee said in a statement. “Congress does not appropriate funds for any of its operations, including the issuance of immigration status or work permits, with the exception of the ‘E-Verify’ program. Therefore, the appropriations process cannot be used to ‘defund’ the agency.

House Republicans have floated the idea of defunding the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to thwart the president’s actions, but that would have no effect at all.

Back to the drawing board?

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Outreach: Democrats and the “Simple Minded Darkies”

Ira Hansen, the incoming speaker of the Republican caucus of the Nevada Assembly, would like to tell us what he knows about the Negro.

Take it away:

Among other things, as part of a broader statement of support for school vouchers, Hansen claimed that “[t]he relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship, with the benevolent master knowing what’s best for his simple minded darkies.

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The Republican caucus of the Nevada Assembly chose this man to be their speaker.

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GOP Rep: Send Obama to Prison for Taking Executive Action

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Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL) is just sayin’ there’s a statute somewhere (he can’t remember exactly) that says we could throw the president in prison for a few years.

Brooks said there is a federal statute (“I don’t have the citation for it at the tip of my tongue”) making it a felony to aid, abet, or entice a foreigner to illegally enter the U.S.

“At some point, you have to evaluate whether the president’s conduct aids or abets, encourages, or entices foreigners to unlawfully cross into the United States of America,” he continued. “That has a five-year in-jail penalty associated with it.”

While Brooks is keen on the idea of imprisoning the president, he’s not sure if the president has done anything worthy of impeachment, which makes total sense except not really.

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Report: Only 1 Percent of Employers Dropping Healthcare

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Immediately following the midterm election, congressional Republican leadership announced that one of their goals during the next session of Congress would be to redefine what it means to be a full-time employee because, supposedly, Obamacare is the reason employees are receiving fewer hours on their schedule.

There are a number of reasons why that’s wrong, not the least of which is the fact that the employer mandate has been delayed until 2016 and thus the requirement that businesses with at least 50 employees provide healthcare to employees who work at least 30 hours per week is not currently in effect.

During their post-election victory tour, Republican leadership also alleged that Obamacare is actually causing employees to lose their health insurance.

That also isn’t true, but even if it were true it’s extremely rare according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.

A year after the advent of new insurance marketplaces for individuals and small businesses under the health-care law, just 1 percent of employers said they have decided to stop offering health coverage for 2015, one survey said. There was relatively little difference between larger employers and those with fewer than 50 workers, which qualify for new small-business marketplaces, known as SHOPs, that are part of the health-care law.

That survey of more than 3,000 employers, conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, also found relatively little tendency for companies to narrow the groups offered coverage. One in 12 employers said they are eliminating coverage for workers’ spouses, while 1 in 76 said they are dropping insurance for part-time employees.

According to the Washington Post, a separate survey conducted by the Mercer consulting firm also found that only 4 percent of employers intended to drop healthcare coverage within the next five years.

Numbers this small, ranging from 1 to 4 percent, could be written off as anomalies or even normal operating procedure, but I’m sure that’s not how the Right will see it.

Approximately 2 percent of employers dropping healthcare coverage is clearly the end of America as we know it.

I jest, but here’s something really funny: House Republicans want to sue the president for delaying the employer mandate which they allege is the root of all evil. If they were to win their lawsuit, the employer mandate would take effect immediately.

Why do House Republicans want to implement the mandate and cause people to lose their coverage and jobs?

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Rand Paul Squandered the Only Shot at NSA Reform For a Long, Long Time

The Keystone XL pipeline wasn’t the only piece of legislation that was killed on Tuesday. Make no mistake, it’ll unfortunately be back after the new Congress is sworn in next year, but for now it’s been blocked. The other item on Tuesday’s agenda was the USA Freedom Act, a bill designed to reform the National Security Agency. Naturally, it was successfully filibustered by all but four Republicans and one Democrat. The cloture vote failed, 58 to 42, with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) voting in support of the legislation.

Among other things, the bill would’ve ended bulk collection of electronic metadata by NSA, mandating that telecoms retain that information to be accessible by NSA with a warrant. It would’ve also appointed a citizen advocate on the FISA Court to argue in support of privacy and civil liberties. The entire story is an exercise in how utterly clueless the supporters of Ed Snowden really are, this time squandering the only real chance at NSA reform they’ll likely see in a while.

Regardless, one of the senators who voted to filibuster the legislation was Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), the hero of Snowden disciples everywhere. The bill would’ve only needed Rand Paul and one other senator for cloture. But nope.

To be fair, Paul said he voted to filibuster because the law didn’t go far enough. In hindsight, it makes perfect sense because it suits his well-known duplicity on a wide variety of issues. When he’s kissing the asses of civil liberties people, he can roll out the “it didn’t go far enough” excuse. But when he’s kissing the asses of conservative primary voters in New Hampshire or South Carolina, he can say he’s all for beefing up our national security in the face of threats like ISIS, so he voted against it. A flip-flopper needs to flip-flop. Rand Paul is a slick used-car salesman who’s always on the lookout for opportunistic material with which to trick voters into buying his clown-sized jalopy.

What makes his filibuster vote additionally suspicious is… CONTINUE READING

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Morning Awesome

Eagles – “Take It To The Limit” (Live at The Capital Centre 1977)

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Last Week’s Agenda

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Artist – Rob Tornoe

In other news, Louisiana Republicans are establishing a special voter integrity program to combat the non-existent, imagined threat of voter fraud.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has officially scheduled 132 days of work for 2015. “Work” should not be taken literally.

And finally, if you’re a regular reader of the blog, please consider donating during this week’s fundraiser. Your donations will help me make it through the holiday season without losing my mind. Thank you to everyone who continues to laugh at me or with me.

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