John Boehner made the fantastical claim today that his House has actually passed 150 bills for job creation.
Over 40 of those were attempts to repeal Obamacare.
John Boehner made the fantastical claim today that his House has actually passed 150 bills for job creation.
Over 40 of those were attempts to repeal Obamacare.
Here’s Colbert with the most thorough takedown of trans fats and McRibs you’ll ever see. I’m still laughing.
Now that might sound like an idiotic thing to say, but let me be the only person standing up for Tucker Carlson. If he’s so stupid, why is he on Fox News?
I eat neither McRibs or fast food in general, but I may never eat another McRib in my life now that I associate them with “sickly ET.”
The kind that forces women to purchase additional insurance on top of what they already have to cover unplanned pregnancy.
Michigan lawmakers are currently deciding whether to advance a bill that would require women in the state to purchase a separate insurance policy for abortion coverage, even in cases of rape or incest. If it’s approved, Michigan would join a long list of other states that have attacked abortion access by preventing women from using their own insurance to pay for it.
Isn’t this an affront to Liberty(!) and Freedom? I suppose not if it only applies to women. It’s a good thing men can’t give birth, amirite? Silly women.
To their credit, state Democrats aren’t holding anything back in their criticism of this bill.
Leading Democrats in the legislature are blasting the proposed measure. “Forcing women to decide whether they want to buy ‘rape insurance’ and even compelling parents to make the unfathomable decision about whether to buy it for their daughters is truly despicable,” State Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) said in a press release on Monday.
I know Republicans live on another plane of existence than the rest of us, but I doubt even they want to be known for passing a mandate for “rape insurance.”
We’ll soon find out. According to ThinkProgress, the state legislature can pass the bill into law even without Governor Rick Snyder’s approval and, if they don’t, it will appear on the state ballot in 2014.
“Now if the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars then every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, so then we’d have a problem with caterpillars. I mean, the fact of the matter is it’s a fiction.” -RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on the War on Women
It appears that the Rick Perry administration is adamant that anyone who serves as a healthcare navigator, whose duties entail helping people obtain healthcare, pass through an immigration status check first.
Authorities in Texas have proposed a set of new rules for navigators that would require a wide range of completely unnecessary information.
For a party that has gone to such great lengths to hype privacy concerns under Obamacare, Republicans in Texas seem to be going out of their way to violate your privacy in every way possible, going so far as to scrutinize your “financial responsibility” if you wish to help other people enroll in Medicaid. And while background checks are fairly routine, fingerprinting certainly isn’t.
But let’s be real — no one will care after they read the first requirement listed. Because invasions of privacy are okay as long as they’re directed at those people. You know the ones.
The new rules don’t stop there, however.
If this report from the Washington Post is accurate, these rules could only be described as asinine.
Navigators would be prohibited from charging for their services and from recommending specific health benefit plans to consumers. The proposed rules would also restrict navigators from providing advice on the substantive benefits or comparative benefits of different health plans, the department said.
Navigators in Texas would also be required to take 40 hours of training in addition to the training they already receive.
It’s obvious that the goal here is to scare people away from performing a service for members of the community and, failing that, render the position ineffectual.
This is unequivocally mean-spirited and intentionally-bad policy.
Nothing to add.
— Fox Nation (@foxnation) December 4, 2013
Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) doesn’t think war with Iran is a good idea, he’s just sayin’ that, if we do go to war, we should go all-in.
HUNTER: “I think a ground war in Iran with American boots on the ground would be a horrible thing and I think people like to toss around the fact that we have to stop them in some way from gaining this nuclear capability. I don’t think it’s inevitable but I think if you have to hit Iran, you don’t put boots on the ground, you do it with tactical nuclear devices and you set them back a decade or two or three. I think that’s the way to do it with a massive aerial bombardment campaign.”
Bomb them back to the stone-age! USA USA!
Aside from the obvious fact that Duncan Hunter is a sociopath with little to no regard for human life, this is also a very bad time to float a fantasy like this.
We’re trying to persuade Iran to drop a weapons program while Duncan Hunter shares his dream of dropping nuclear bombs on Iran. Hunter may have just handed a PR victory to hardliners in Iran.
And, yes, crazy people are still publicly making that claim.
A birther minister who gained Internet notoriety for his claim that the Bible foretold Barack Obama as the anti-Christ says he doesn’t deserve the mockery.
Carl Gallups advanced the theory, based on Aramaic translations of biblical texts, that Jesus spoke the current president’s name when he prophesized in Luke 10:18 that he “saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
According to the theory, which Gallups says he did not develop but promoted, the Aramaic translation of that passage would be: “I beheld Satan as baraq u-bama.”
There’s another Rush. And this other Rush wrote something yesterday that’s darker and uglier than anything Rush Limbaugh has said recently, if that’s even possible. (And no, this has nothing to do with the excellent Canadian progressive rock band.)
His name is Erik Rush. In addition to hosting a daily podcast called Full Contact, he’s a regular Fox News contributor whose big claim to, well, infamy was that he broke the story about Rev. Jeremiah Wright during the 2008 campaign.
He also believes President Obama might be part of a Satanic cult. But that’s not all, Rush once said that Obama is a communist operative, “Damien” from The Omen and the president will soon be “herding people into cattle cars.” Channeling Alex Jones, Rush once said that the Navy Yard massacre was a false flag to prevent the president from being arrested for treason.
On Monday, Rush said that anyone who criticizing him should be tossed in jail for, yes, treason. Last week, while hosting conservative activist Jim Garrow on his podcast, Garrow and Rush agreed that Obama should be executed. Why? Because the president, working in tandem with George Soros, plotted to fire nuclear weapons at various American cities, killing most of the U.S. population.
He’s a bigtime wackadoodle.
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Yes – “South Side of the Sky” Live
In other news, the city of Detroit was given the greenlight to proceed with bankruptcy by a federal bankruptcy court today.
We’ll be keeping an eye on those pensions.
Colbert is back.
It’s like Hot or Not where Hot is defined as 375 degrees for 3 hours.
Ron Paul 2012!
House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa apparently hasn’t found Waldo yet.
Issa is accusing the FBI of “obstructing” his investigation into the fake IRS scandal. And if you weren’t aware that the fake IRS scandal is still a thing, don’t feel bad because neither did I.
“The department’s tactics have impeded a congressional investigation and interfered with the committee’s access to documents and information,” Issa and Jordan wrote Monday to FBI director James Comey.
“Obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime. Making false statements to congressional staff is also a crime.”
Like a dog barking at the mail man.
Meanwhile, Issa’s grand Obamacare inquisition is asking insurance companies to turn over their communications with the Department of Health and Human Services to determine if President Obama is the liar Issa knows him to be and if insurance companies are just innocent bystanders. Poor guys.
The letters were sent to major insurance companies — Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, UnitedHealth Group among them. Issa asks for a response by Dec. 13.
Issa is looking for a few pieces of information. Did insurance companies know that the president would say that Americans could keep their health plan or their provider? Did they inform the administration that some plans would be canceled or provider networks changed? Did they object to that characterization?
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Darrell Issa may be the busiest man in Washington right now. He’s not busy producing anything of value or constructive, however, he’s busy cooking a pot of conjecture.
That’s not an impeachment he’s smelling.
When you think of imitation websites, you probably think of phishing scams, shady hackers, or fraudulent investor schemes, but in California it’s the state Republican Party that has been caught red handed.
From the LA Times
The device chosen by the Assembly’s GOP caucus is a website at the address coveringcaliforniahealthcareca.com. If that sounds suspiciously like coveredca.com, which is the real website for the California insurance exchange, it may not be a coincidence. Bogus insurance websites have sprung up all over, aiming to steer consumers away from legitimate enrollment services. Just a couple of weeks ago California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris shut down 10 bogus insurance sites, some of them with names very similar to the real thing. She must have overlooked the GOP’s entry. [...]
Finding a link there to the Covered California website, which after all is the main place residents can go to obtain insurance in the individual market, is a chore — there isn’t a link to it at all on the GOP page.
Instead, you’re offered links labeled “I already have health insurance,” “I don’t have health insurance,” or “I’m an employer.” The second link, which presumably covers most residents looking for help through the act, leads to a page dominated by a calculator for the penalties imposed for not buying insurance — not exactly what you need if you’re already looking for insurance.
As the Times points out, this website was created by the GOP caucus, meaning state taxpayers paid for this sham website.
The state party altered the website two hours after the Times published their report to place a direct link to the state’s official exchange on the front page. That appears to be the only thing that has changed.
While it is a now December, we’re just now getting a comprehensive look at Medicaid enrollment for the month of October.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), 1.5 million people enrolled in Medicaid in October, and this does not count 36 states.
The total includes both those who are newly eligible for Medicaid in states that expanded the program and those in all states who were already eligible. They were funneled to the program both through the state-based insurance marketplaces that have opened under Obamacare and other sources (applying through local government offices, etc.). [...]
The number is also likely to go up. Major states like Ohio and Texas, where enrollment had not been finalized, were not included in the final tally.
Even in states such as Texas, where conservative governors are refusing to expand Medicaid, some individuals are discovering for the first time that they already qualify for Medicaid. The vast majority of new enrollments are a result of the expansion of Medicaid.
And, again, this does not include every state and this number only represents the month of October. When all is said and done the number will explode.
I hold the belief that Medicaid enrollment will surpass all expectations because we underestimate how much of the nation either already qualifies or will qualify after the expansion. The tools necessary for gauging that are undoubtedly more robust today than they’ve ever been.
If you would like to give the gift that keeps on screwing you over this Holiday season, you can donate to Governor Scott Walker rather than buy that GI Joe with the Kung Fu grip.
While liberals like myself are doing their part in the War on Christmas by setting up their own Christmas tree for the first time in their lives, conservatives like Scott Walker are asking you to give to them rather than to your family.
And what will you get in return? Even less gratitude than your children will give you for buying the wrong toy.
Walker claims that he will deliver you from poverty, improve your child’s education, and free you from the burden of government aide, but if you examine the evidence only the latter appears to be true.
Under Scott Walker, Wisconsin has seen massive cuts to healthcare and education while the state has remained at the bottom or near the bottom in job creation. Unless you’re a corporation that has recently received a tax cut funded by those cuts to healthcare and education, Walker isn’t making it rain.
If this is an indication of what Scott Walker plans to run on in the future, it’s nearly identical to the wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing playbook Paul Ryan is running on.
They’re bringing the gospel of “prosperity” to the inner city where people aren’t even half as dumb as Walker and Ryan think they are.
“If the U.S. government shuts down again in mid-January, it won’t be because House Republicans are demanding the repeal of the president’s health care law, in a repeat of the standoff that occurred earlier this fall,” the Huffington Post reports.
Said a senior House GOP aide: “There are no plans to tie a repeal vote to a government funding bill.”
Still, we live in an era when they actually have to make a pledge to not doing something this screwy.
Related to my earlier post about denying science in the context of contraception, here’s a particularly facepalm-worthy video of various elected politicians using the Bible to deny man-made climate change:
Another yayhoo went full Godwin yesterday:
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) on Monday compared the interim Iranian nuclear deal to Britain’s appeasement of Nazi Germany, according to the Hill.
“Prime Minister Chamberlain would have been proud after the West gave the snake oil salesman of the desert, Mr. Rouhani, exactly what he wanted: time and money to pursue his quest for nuclear intimidation,” Poe said on the House floor, as recorded by the Hill.
Poe added that the “appeasement West was willing to sell out Israel and Saudi Arabia for peace in our time.”
Poe was referring to the Munich Agreement of 1938, in which European leaders ceded parts of Czechloslovakia to Germany, hoping it would lead to peace in the region.
John Schindler wrote an excellent post over at The XX Committee entirely debunking the Iran/Munich thing. The salient passage:
I am, however, sure that the “Munich” analogy bears absolutely no resemblance to what is going on in the Middle East now, and ought to be shelved, perhaps permanently. Operation PERSIAN FREEDOM is not on the table, no matter what overheated pundits tell you, so let the diplomats and spies do what they do and win their quiet victories over Tehran.
I’m old enough to remember when tort reform was a thing. The issue was mostly driven by Republicans in the name of politicizing so-called “frivolous lawsuits.” Certainly there’s some merit in the idea of legislating against lawsuits by nimrods who bite into a hot apple pie and burn their mouths. We’re all familiar with the tales of consumer stupid.
Since then, a new series of frivolous lawsuits is underway. And they’re almost as dumb.
As you’re surely aware, conservative religious groups and various conservative-owned corporations have been engaged in a mostly winless legal battle against the Affordable Care Act. The latest in the series to be shot down by the Supreme Court was a suit brought against the government by Liberty University, the Christian academic institution founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell.
The Falwell suit claims that the commerce clause doesn’t allow Congress to mandate that employers cover full-time employees with health insurance. Additionally, the univeristy (snarf) also objected to the contraception coverage in the law, suggesting that it would be forced by law to pay for contraception coverage that includes abortions.
The Supreme Court thankfully rejected the appeal.
Last week, meanwhile, I was fairly pessimistic about the future of the ACA’s contraception coverage requirement. However, there’s a slim chance it could survive the ideological knee-jerkery of the conservatives on the Court — that is as long as a strong scientific case is made for the fact that, no, the morning after pill, also known as Plan-B or “emergency contraception,” is not an abortifacient.
In other words, emergency contraception isn’t intended to block the implantation of a fertilized egg. It blocks ovulation. Taking one of these pills after having sex is not — repeat, not, not, not — the same as abortion… [CONTINUE READING]