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[ 65 ] October 1, 2013 |

I love the Republican Party’s ideological consistency:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) worked with top congressional Democrats behind the scenes to preserve employer contributions for congressional staff’s health care plans even as he decried those subsidies in public, Politico reported Tuesday.

Emails and documents obtained by Politico show Boehner and his aides worked with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), among others, to find a way to maintain the long-standing employer contributions. Those documents also show that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was aware of the behind-the-scenes talks.

In addition to those efforts, Boehner attempted to arrange a meeting with President Barack Obama to ask for help in securing the subsidies, the documents show. Although Boehner and the president never met to discuss the contributions, a senior Boehner aide was able to meet with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on the issue, according to Politico.

And the government shutdown means everything except Congressional Republican photo-ops:

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) “opened the barricade” and allowed a group of 91 veterans on Tuesday to storm into the closed World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., according to a representative from the group.

Jen Walton, the secretary of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight, which had been scheduled to visit the memorial Tuesday, told TPM the group “went in about 30 minutes ago” and hadn’t necessarily planned to enter the memorial if it was closed.

“We didn’t have a definite plan, so we knew we were going to come here and just see what was going on and if we were going to be able to go in,” said Walton in a phone interview.

Walton said “several congressmen” are currently on the scene and that Palazzo and another official were on hand when the veterans arrived and negotiated with Park Police. Though she was unaware of whether he received permission from the police officers at the memorial, Walton said Palazzo eventually “opened the barricade” at entrance, allowing the veterans to enter.

“Pretty much Palazzo just opened the barricade and we followed him in,” Walton said.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was reportedly also involved in helping the veterans enter the memorial. Walton said she had not seen whether King helped the group get into the memorial.

And here I thought Steve King was a very principled man.

In news only related to the issue in the sense of how the insane can become important figures in the Republican Party, the Unskewed Polls guy has finally figured out the secret of the Kenyan usurper:

There are two sources to the claim of Obama being gay that I believe are credible. The first is Larry Sinclar, who wrote the book Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder? Sinclair says it was well known in the Chicago gay community that Barack Obama is gay. The book description, in part, says, “This searing candid story begins with Barack Obama meeting Larry Sinclair in November, 1999, and subsequently procuring and selling cocaine, and then engaging in consensual, homosexual sex with Sinclair on November 6th and again on November 7, 1999. You’ll read in riveting detail how Sinclair, in 2007, repeatedly contacted and requested that the Obama campaign simply come clean about their candidate’s 1999 drug use and sales. You learn how the Obama campaign, David Axelrod and Barack Obama used Donald Young (the homosexual lover of Barack Obama) to contact and seek out information from Sinclair about who he had told of Obama’s crimes and actions. You’ll read how the Obama campaign used internet porn king Dan Parisi and Ph.D. fraud Edward I. Gelb to conduct a rigged polygraph exam in an attempt to make the Sinclair story go away.”

Frequent World Net Daily columnist, Dr. Jerome Corsi, has also researched and written on this issue. I believe he is a credible source as well. In this article, titled “Claim: Obama hid ‘gay life’ to become president,” Corsi documents extensively the claim that Obama is in fact gay.

If Jerome Corsi says it, we know it is true. But hey, somehow this also proves that Obama is not a Muslim, so I don’t know I’m going to drown myself now.

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  1. Jeremy says:

    “If Jerome Corsi says it, we know it is true. But hey, somehow this also proves that Obama is not a Muslim, so I don’t know I’m going to drown myself now.”

    It’s not just Jerome Corsi, he cites Kevin DuJan as well.

    • BigHank53 says:

      Jerome Corsi, Kevin DuJan, Larry Sinclair, and Dean Chambers all agree: jump off that building. You’re the goddamn Batman.

  2. efgoldman says:

    You’ll read how the Obama campaign used internet porn king Dan Parisi and Ph.D. fraud Edward I. Gelb to conduct a rigged polygraph exam in an attempt to make the Sinclair story go away.”

    Well, that settles it. Go get Tailgunner Ted, have Nino Scalia declare him preznit King, and just set the country in the right – very right- direction.
    Sieg H..mmmph.
    Almost gave it away, there.

  3. MAJeff says:

    Delusional sociopaths, the lot of them.

  4. Zombie David Broder says:

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) worked with top congressional Democrats behind the scenes to preserve employer contributions for congressional staff’s health care plans even as he decried those subsidies in public, Politico reported Tuesday.

    Finally, bipartisan compromise. If we only had a bit more of this sort of spirit then the Democrats would agree to slash funding for food stamps and in return the Republicans would agree to larger subsidies for agribusiness and making contraception harder to obtain.

  5. wjts says:

    Michelle Obama discussed Barack’s homosexuality for seven minutes in the Whitey Tape. I can provide a transcript for the low, low price of $75,000.

  6. MAJeff says:

    I’m surprised unscrewed-boy didn’t bring up that lunatic from HillBlog, Kevin DuJuan or whatever, for support of the “gay Obama thesis.”

    • Jeremy says:

      The sixth paragraph:

      Corsi himself cites blogger Kevin DuJan, who has extensively discussed Obama’s homosexuality on his blog site HillBuzz.org, and some consider DuJan a less-than-credible source for this claim. But Dr. Corsi also sites first-hand, from his investigative journalism work, information from fellow investigative journalist Wayne Madsen, a former Navy intelligence analyst between 1984 to 1988 with the Natonal Security Agency, who corroborates the claim that Obama is gay.

      I don’t know what it means when UnSkewed Polls guy says some consider you a less-than-credible source.

  7. Malaclypse says:

    And here I thought Steve King was a very principled man.

    Pandering to old white men is a type of a principle.

  8. Fuck spaghetti, at this point they’re just throwing raw rice and praying it sticks.

  9. jazzbumpa says:

    Krikey. I know the usurper was a foreign born muslim commie-fascist with faked transcripts.

    But I didn’t know he was a HOMO.

  10. Burt Harbinson says:

    While I would’ve liked at minimum public option, or, more ideally, a single payer plan, it was heart-warming to read about and listen to the stories of all the people logging onto the exchanges. 1 million logged on just as people were waking up. It made my day.

    Nevertheless, what I didn’t know was that the Affordable Care Act also included the implementation of a spine for the generally impotent Democratic Party (see them leaking Speaker Orange’s tear-soaked hypocrisy). Talk about the cherry on top.

    Fuck the tea bagging assholes bitching empty platitudes about freedom amid their usual hypocritical hate-mongering, without offering a coherent explanation why millions should continue to go without health coverage.

  11. Tnap01 says:

    Here is some info on Obama’s hunks.

    The one thing I can’t understand is how is Larry Sinclair still alive? Why haven’t Michelle’s Kung Fu Lesbians offed him already?

    • anthrofred says:

      Oh metapedia, the website that helpfully puts little Stars of David next to all references to Jewish authors. I had almost forgotten you’d existed.

      Such lofty intellectual circles Mr. Chambers aspires to.

      • MikeJ says:

        little Stars of David next to all references to Jewish authors.

        They pick up their stars of David at Hobby Lobby. HL don’t cater to those sort of people.

        • MikeJ says:

          Err, they *don’t* pick up etc.

          • efgoldman says:

            They don’tpick up their stars of David at Hobby Lobby. HL don’t cater to those sort of people.

            No, no they don’t.

            Beginning your shopping list for Hanukkah gifts and decorations? If so, make sure to avoid Hobby Lobby, a swiftly growing U.S. crafts store with 561 stores, which sells zero Hanukkah merchandise, and hires Jewish intolerant employees.
            On September 27th, Ken Berwitz took to his blog to explain what happened when a friend of his entered Hobby Lobby seeking Hanukkah goods. To the customer’s surprise, a sales associate callously replied, “We don’t cater to you people.”
            Understandably, Mr. Berwitz had to hear this supposed truth for himself, and quickly made a call to Corporate to ask why Hobby Lobby didn’t put Hanukkah goods on their item list this year.
            The response: ”Because Mr. Green is the owner of the company, he’s a Christian, and those are his values.”

            http://www.kveller.com/blog/parenting/hobby-lobby-doesnt-cater-to-jews/
            And these are the guys who don’t want women to get health care for ::ahem:: moral reasons.

          • Atticus Dogsbody says:

            I think he means the yellow stars that you can wear on your shirt.

    • Alan in SF says:

      I’m picturing a summer action flick with a battle for global domination between Michelle’s Kung Fu Lesbians and Hillary’s Silent Killer Lesbians.

    • Warren Terra says:

      He has thus far escaped because he ignores Michelle Obama’s demands that people eat vegetables, keep fit, and drink water. He is thus immune to her wiles!

  12. Alan in SF says:

    “somehow this also proves that Obama is not a Muslim”

    More 11th dimensional chess — Obama had a coke-fueled gay orgy in 1999 specifically so he could refute charges of being Muslim when he became President.

  13. Informant says:

    Well, given that they are still pursuing this ridiculous story even after Obama’s been reelected, I have to at least put this one in the “I have to tip my hat to any entity that can bring so much integrity to evil” file.

  14. rea says:

    The congressinal staffers are actually getting a bit of a raw deal in this. Treat them like everyone else and they wouldn’t lose the employer contribution to their health care.

    • N__B says:

      Ordinarily, my sympathy goes to the ordinary workers. People who chose to work for R congressmen? Not so much.

      • aimai says:

        Well, I do sympathize because the employer subsidy is being stripped from all the staff–this is part of the destruction of the staff that Newt started in order to disable democratic reps from having top quality/highly paid staff (btw). They aren’t all junior interns on their way to cushy k street jobs. After newt did in the salary structure, I believe IIRC, there was an opening for corporations and think tanks to “supply” information, data analysis, and workers as to congress while those who would not accept this trojan horse lost their full time civil service style workers. It was a proto-ALEC move and led ALEC to fill in the gaps by actually writing the legislation for overwhelmed congressmen.

    • witless chum says:

      Yeah, as far as congressional villainy goes, helping out their staff members is pretty low on the list. Sure, it’s unfair, but it’s also unfair that army privates are going to continue to be paid and bureaucrats aren’t.

  15. Jeffrey Beaumont says:

    I’m trying to get my head wrapped around this WWII Memorial nonsense. Was someone from the admin stupid enough to get someone to try and barricade the sidewalks on the Mall so as to give some fool congressmen from Mississippi an opportunity to play superman?

    • jim, some guy in iowa says:

      I doubt that decision came directly (or indirectly for that matter) from the White House…

      • Jeffrey Beaumont says:

        Right, but the suggestion is that the unnecessary deployment of barriers at a park which usually never closes was a showboating attempt to highlight the govt shutdown, which backfired into a GOP photo op. I want to dismiss the argument, but this seems like a likely enough scenario.

        • jim, some guy in iowa says:

          well, the barricades were probably someone’s idea of a photo op. hell, for all we know, the reps from MI had them put up so t hey could be seen taking them down

          myself, I’d dismiss the argument by pointing out the showboating was possible in the first place because of the sore losers in the House and their damn fool ideas, and leave it at that

          • rea says:

            MS reps, surely.

            • jim, some guy in iowa says:

              yes, thanks

            • witless chum says:

              Way to get on that rea, though our gerrymandered drool brigade is probably sorry they didn’t think of it. Like Dave Camp or that teahadi doctor who keeps winning in the U.P. by razor-thin margins.

              Y’know, I haven’t heard of the Tea Party reindeer herder that replaced Crazy Thad McCotter smearing soup in his hair in the cafeteria or anything? Less crazy than President/movie mogul McCotter is a pretty low bar, I know.

        • hickfromstix says:

          Interesting your first response is “showboating.” Only people I know of low enough to do that, are Republicans. To me, it makes perfect sense (although, you’re right, it’s a horrible photo-op) to barricade a government monument, IF the US Park Police, who normally patrol such things, have been furloughed or stretched too thin to guarantee the public’s safety at such a monument (which I believe they have a responsibility to do). I feel bad for the veterans who made the trip all that way to go to the monument, but hell, if you vote for vandals, and probably some of them did, that’s what you get.

        • aimai says:

          Uh, no. Not “Unnecessary.” If there are no guards or guides any formerly open space can be considered a kind of attractive nuisance and the owner may feel that he needs to block access to prevent people from going there, injuring themselves, and suing.

          I particularly love the Republican assumption that who you are governs what laws apply to you (at least when convenient. In a democracy, ideally, who you are/your social status should not determine what benefits you get. We did away with aristocratic privilige at the outset. “Do you know who I am” should be greeted with derisive cat calls–especially as it comes to jumping to the head of the line or accessing the rides at the theme park known as the US capitol. The same assholes who would have (did) shoot the Bonus Marchers are now all teary eyed because the raging grandpas might have been denied the pleasure of visiting a war memorial. Meanwhile “what about the kiddies” has conveniently been forgotten as they force cancer patients who are children away from the NIH.

  16. Halloween Jack says:

    I almost feel sorry for Unskewed Dude; there’s bottom-feeding, and then there’s examiner.com. He had a moment of clarity after the election, but since then he’s doubled down on the apeshittery, apparently because it’s the only game in town that he can actually get in on.

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