Birther alert! North Carolina state Rep. Larry Pittman (R), speaking to a friendly crowd in Concord on Monday, joked that President Obama hasn’t done anything to harm his native country — Kenya.
“Someone had posted something [on Facebook] with a picture of Barack Obama and across it said ‘traitor,’ ” Pittman said. “And, you know, I don’t always agree with the guy, I certainly didn’t vote for him but I gotta defend him on this one. I just don’t think it’s right at all to call Barack Obama a traitor. There’s a lot of things he’s done wrong but he is not a traitor. Not as far as I can tell. I haven’t come across any evidence yet that he has done one thing to harm Kenya.”
American Bridge, the Democratic super PAC that sends trackers to follow Republican politicians, posted footage of Pittman’s joke.
Earlier this week, North Carolina Republicans had to ask a local party official in Buncome County to quit after he made incendiary remarks during an interview with Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi. Yelton referred to “lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything” both the local and state Republican parties asked him to quit his post.
“I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up.”
From: Rallier tells Obama to ‘put the Quran down’
by CNN’s Ashley Killough and Shannon Travis and Brian Rokus
Great moments in Republican Rebranding. pic.twitter.com/tDyfSPV9TT
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Here's Ted Cruz speaking in front of the flag of the extreme right wing Oathkeepers militia: pic.twitter.com/wuUwi6Wem4
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Update - Added Youtube video clip starting at time of “Quran” statement by Klayman:
Let’s go straight to the video tape.
That’s from This Week With George Stephanopoulos this past weekend (10/04/2013) - starting around the 3 minute mark.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But Mr. Speaker, he says — and he said it publicly on many occasions, that you came to him back in July and offered to pass a clean government funding resolution, no Obamacare amendments, that was $70 billion below what the Senate wanted. They accepted it. And now, you’ve reneged on that offer.
BOEHNER: No, clearly there was a conversation about doing this.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Several conversations.
BOEHNER: Several. But—
STEPHANOPOULOS: And you offered a clean resolution.
BOEHNER: But I and my members decided the threat of Obamacare and what was happening was so important that it was time for us to take a stand. And we took a stand.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Did you decide it or was it decided for you?
BOEHNER: I, working with my members, decided to do this in a unified way. George, I have 233 Republicans in the House. And you’ve never seen a more dedicated group of people who are thoroughly concerned about the future of our country. They believe that Obamacare, all these regulations coming out of the administration, are threatening the future for our kids and our grandkids. It is time for us to stand and fight.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But Mr. Speaker, this is clearly not what you want. I want to go back to several points you’ve made about this over the last few — here you were right after the election with Diane Sawyer.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
BOEHNER: It’s pretty clear that the president was re-elected. Obamacare is the law of the land.
If we were to put Obamacare into the CR and send it over to the Senate, we were risking shutting down the government. That is not our goal.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
STEPHANOPOULOS: So right there, you say that’s not your goal. You don’t want to put Obamacare on the CR. You did it.
BOEHNER: George, I have made it clear to my colleagues. I don’t want to shut the government down. We voted to keep the government open.
Clearly, the Speaker admits that he had the opportunity to pass a budget, but refused because he and the rest of the Republicans decided to make it about defunding/delaying/destroying Obamacare. They had more than 40 attempts at repealing it, and failed on every single one, so their strategy became to tie the defund/delay/destroy to the annual appropriations cycle.
And it’s time for all the media to quit playing that this is something that both sides made happen, or that the President and the Senate are responsible for this. The Speaker gave the game away and admits for all the world to see that the House GOP blew up a deal on a budget over Obamacare.
Obamacare Rolls Out Even As GOP Seeks Defund/Delay/Destroy Poison Pill Provisions In Budget and Debt
Yesterday marked the beginning of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health exchange rollout. While some refer to this as Obamacare with derision (and there are polls that indicate that people have a much more favorable view of the term ACA than Obamacare even though they refer to the same program/law), the purpose of the law is to provide access to affordable health insurance for more than 20 to 30 million people.
The rollout yesterday was not without its hiccups. Some people were met with overloaded servers so that they couldn’t complete the registration, and there were some bugs in the process.
That is to be expected with any rollout of any major software/website. It shouldn’t be a surprise given how the Republicans have sought to defund, delay, and destroy the ACA at every opportunity.
They’ve attempted to repeal the ACA more than 40 times in the House alone.
Years of litigation over the constitutionality of the law was concluded with a landmark decision that found the central provision, the individual mandate, constitutional. The GOP claimed that this was unconstitutional, even though the GOP and the Heritage Foundation had made the individual mandate a central part of their alternative plan to Hillarycare when that proposal was rolled out in the early 1990s. Republican Mitt Romney made the individual mandate part of the MassCare program.
But, the moment that the Obama Administration made it a central tenet of the ACA, the GOP savaged it as an affront to personal liberty. We’d have to have collective amnesia to follow the Republican argument and logic. We’d have to ignore that the ACA is modeled on the very successful MassCare, which has reduced the number of uninsureds in Massachusetts by expanding access to affordable health insurance.
They don’t know how, they don’t know when, they don’t even really know why, but Republicans can hardly wait to impeach that guy in the White House.
WASHINGTON — Representative Kerry Bentivolio, a freshman Republican from Michigan, has a legislative dream. It is not to balance the federal budget, or find a way to help his ailing state or even take away money from the federal health care program, a goal that has so animated many other Republicans this summer.
Rather, Mr. Bentivolio told constituents, it is to put in motion the impeachment of President Obama. “If I could write that bill and submit it, it would be a dream come true,” he said this month.
Mr. Bentivolio may be lacking in his understanding of the technical details of the impeachment process — he has retained experts and historians to help him with that, he said — but he is hardly the only one with this desire.
While many members of Congress have used their August break to engage in conversations about immigration policy, the federal budget and the impending implementation of the Affordable Care Act, some Republicans have taken the opportunity to raise the specter of — if not quite the grounds for — presidential impeachment.
At least two other House Republicans told voters this month that the impeachment process could happen. And last week, Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who has called himself a friend of the president, told constituents that the nation was “perilously close” to an impeachment situation.
The GOP has bet everything on white and is throwing the dice with arrogance even though it can’t afford to lose even a single chip. The only hope that the GOP have of winning is to make some inroads into the minority vote: to put it simply, white people aren’t as racist as the GOP thinks they are, and there is not much more of the white vote to get, and what there is is in states the GOP already wins.
The GOP has learned that no matter how many carefully engineered opportunities they create to ‘rebrand’ they serve up for people like Rand Paul to flub, even if those occasions were successful their barking kennel of Tea Party fanatics— not to mention old Country Club GOP members— will say racist, sexist, homophobic shit and these pesky minorities actually get all het up by that sort of thing and turn out to vote in huge numbers after you call them all a bunch of lazy good-for-nothing cheats.
So the brilliant plan that the GOP has come up with is, apparently, to try to hide their candidates from minorities, while still exposing them to white people. (I can’t really think of a better word than ‘expose’, the process seems hermetic.) They somehow think that keeping their candidates off of NBC/CNN/Telemundo will render them invisible to minority eyes.
Is this a legitimate strategy, or have we moved into the state of the GOP as a con game, a political party that exists to rake in donations, seize control of state legislatures and bust unions and loot pension funds until stopped by the court? I can’t honestly tell.
Texan Wendy Davis thwarted Gov. Rick Perry and the GOP legislature’s attempt to cram SB 5 through after carrying on with a historic filibuster last night that resulted in the First Special Session ending without the ability to vote on the bill.
Republicans, when not attempting to fool around with the time stamps, complained that the filibuster was fascist or showed a lack of decorum or other such niceities. It took them a bit to even admit that the session ran out before they could act.
The problem for them is that the bill they’re seeking to enact is a vicious and heinous bit of legislative skullduggery. Gov. Rick Perry has called for another special session on July 1 with the expectation of getting this passed. Indeed, I think he’s going to keep calling special sessions until the bill gets enacted, regardless of the consequences.
It would require doctors to maintain hospital privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility and demand that the facility have certain other requirements. Moreover, it would require that beginning September 1, 2014, the minimum standards for an abortion facility must be equivalent to the minimum standards adopted under Section 243.010 for ambulatory surgical centers.
That latter provision would eliminate clinic access across most of the state - and add the efforts in neighboring states, and someone in parts of the state might have to travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic.
Consider that when you think back to if you’ve ever tried to find a local doctor in your neighborhood when you’re sick (and haven’t had a doctor before) Better yet, think back on trying to find a specialist that is near your home and with a schedule that you can deal with. Know how hard that is? Now imagine how tough these folks are making it on women seeking access to abortions.