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BarackNRoll: Obama HANGS OUT With Pittsburgh Band After They SERENADE His Motorcade

What do you do if President Obama and Vice President Biden roll into your town outside of Pittsburgh, to the Community College just a stones throw away from your house? If you’re the band Comfort Tech, you turn the driveway into a stage and play an original song, Lumberjack, as the POTUS motorcade rolls by and hope he notices.


The band was wowed and in their video of the event, they wrote, “Serenading Mr. President Obama as he arrives with his motorcade. Most appreciative of President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and their kind staff for their outstanding courtesy…”

Lexi Belculfine at the The Post Gazette reported:

When singer and guitarist Sean Conner, 24, realized POTUS and VPOTUS would be in their back yard, he said he knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But how to get the attention of the leaders of the free world?

They made a red, white and blue banner reading “Welcome Mr. President!” and hung it on their porch, above the driveway-turned-stage. The plan was to be respectful and not disruptive, he said.


It worked! The Secret Service wouldn’t let the President stop to hear the band, so Obama had the Secret Service ask the band to come and meet him, which they did. They noted on their Facebook Page that they heard the President asking, “Where’s Comfort Tech?”


Last GASPS Of A Dying Movement: Obamacare Obstructionists’ SELF-CREATED TRAP

This is a winning position for Democrats.............


-..But McCarthy also tacks on an ugly parenthetical, asking “how many received a subsidy (raising concerns about fraud).” Brian Beutler at the New Republic calls this an effort to “welfarize Obamacare,” to stigmatize it and also make it subject to the same hysteria about “fraud” that conservatives use to smear other social programs. Remember that Sen. Ted Cruz called the subsidies “sugar,” telling Sean Hannity that when Americans got a taste of it, they’d be “addicted to the sugar, addicted to the subsidies. And once that happens, in all likelihood, it never gets…” “It’s over,” Hannity declared. “It never gets repealed.”


Still, a high rate of subsidies will let the GOP continue to demonize the “takers” vs. the “makers.” But some of them are going to have a big problem: A lot of the takers will turn out to be their voters. Poor Mitch McConnell: his own state of Kentucky, under the leadership of Democratic governor Steve Brashear, set up its own insurance exchange, expanded Medicaid and conducted a bold public health campaign to get folks into “Kynect.” Now Kentucky has reduced the number of uninsured by 40 percent – and many of those newly insured are McConnell’s aging white constituents.

McConnell seems appropriately alarmed. The man who has repeatedly pledged to “repeal” the law just this week told health care workers in Kentucky that repealing the law can’t happen while Obama is president, so “we’re going to figure out a way to get this fixed.” That softer tone isn’t sitting well with his Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin, who’s already accusing McConnell of being an Obamacare appeaser, but the Senate minority leader seems to be looking past Bevin to his November battle with Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The only thing that might get Republicans out of a mess of their own making is Democratic cowardice, and you can never underestimate the capacity of centrist and red state Democrats to sabotage themselves and their own party. We’ll see how hard Grimes hits McConnell over his role in obstructing the ACA; so far, it hasn’t been very hard at all. She needs to make him the man who’s trying to charge women more than men for insurance again; the man who’s trying to take health care away from 370,000 Kentuckians who have it thanks to Democrats. Democrats have similar opportunities in Virginia and Arkansas. Republicans have been itching to make the midterms a referendum on Obamacare. Thursday’s news means that might not work the way they had planned.



Round 2: Mitt Romney, PARTY ELDER & STATESMAN

Where are the clowns?....send in the clowns..........la, la, laaaa, la, la, laaaa, la, la, laaaa.......

This article is sort of hilarious, not so much for the content of the article itself...

After retreating from public view following his crushing loss to President Obama in the 2012 election, Romney has returned to the political stage, emerging as one of the Republican Party’s most coveted stars, especially on the fundraising circuit, in the run-up to November’s midterm elections.


...but because the first comment pretty much sums things up:

A commentary on the current state of the Republican Party that a guy who has lost every election he's ever been in, except one, is considered a star and elder statesman. He served as a one-term governor and didn't run again because he was so unpopular. This is who is revered in the GOP? Sad.

Sad for the GOP, I guess. Comedy for the rest of us. I'm sure it feels good for Romney to be wanted by certain segments of his party (for example, fellow Massachusetts politician Scott Brown has asked him to campaign on his behalf), but at the end of the day, he's still a guy who doesn't appeal to his party's base and doesn't appeal outside his party's base.

That being said, what other options do the GOP have when it comes to party elders? John McCain? George W. Bush? Dick Cheney? Sarah Palin? Hell, Romney is probably the best they've got. And even though he says he's not running in 2016—and would surely lose if he did—he'd certainly be one of the GOP's best candidates and arguably even the best. And that really is a pathetic commentary on the current state of the GOP.


LOL!! - Creationist Carl Kerby INSISTS Dinosaurs Were On NOAH'S ARK: They TOOK The Younger Ones

Reporters need to ask every republican running for office if THEY believe dinosaurs were on Noah's Ark........

One of the founding border members of the Creationist organization Answers in Genesis believes that dinosaurs accompanied Noah on his Ark as the entire world was flooded by God. Speaking to Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association on Thursday, Carl Kerby insisted it wasn’t infeasible for the giant reptilian creatures to have been on Noah’s Ark. The self-described “creation scientist” said he had debunked the notion that two of every animal could not have possibly fit on Noah’s Ark. The Bible states that the boat was about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 50 feet high, Kerby explained.

“I see some people that like to mock and ridicule, especially about the dinosaurs, how did they put the big old dinosaurs on there?” he said. “Well, I would suggest to you they didn’t take the big old dinosaur — they would have taken the younger ones. You think of a guy like me, if you’re going to go repopulate a planet, you’re not taking me with you. I’m old. My repopulating days are done. You take my son or my grandson. My grandson is a whole lot smaller than I am.”

Creationists believe that the Flood began approximately 4,359 years ago. Scientists have found that dinosaurs went extinct by the end of the Cretaceous Period about 65 million years ago.



That's a FUNNY Definition Of Patriotism You've Got There, Fella

Bundy believes he has the right to SPONGE off public lands just to make a personal profit..........

I have a question about the Nevada rancher who nearly caused various of our nation's fine militia folks to start shooting at federal agents, so determined they were to protect Mr. Cliven Bundy's right to graze his private herd of cattle on whatever land he feels like free of charge forever and ever because liberty.

Bundy doesn’t recognize the federal government. Speaking to conservative radio host Dana Loesch last week, he said he believes in a “sovereign state of Nevada” and abides by all state laws, but, “I don’t recognize the United States government as even existing.”


So if that's the case, WHY DOES HE KEEP WAVING AMERICAN FLAGS AROUND??............


McAllister Has NO PLANS To Kiss Congress Goodbye

Mr. 'Family-Values' Rep. Vance (aka Rubarb-Vasolino) McAllister (R-LA) is staying on........

Hey Bobby, you gonna shout out for Vance to resign again?.....

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), who was caught kissing his staffer, will be back to work in Washington, D.C. on Monday after Easter recess ends. "The Congressman was elected to do a job, and he looks forward to returning to DC following the end of recess," McAllister spokesperson Jennifer Dunagin told the Times-Picayune on Wednesday.

Last week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and state GOP chair Roger Villere both called on McAllister to resign, but the congressman has refused to step down.

After the video showing him kissing his staffer was published, McAllister issued an apology for his actions, but he has not made a public statement since then.

"There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness," he said in an April 7 statement. "I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve."


MOTHER JONES Chief Goes On A Tear Against 'LOW CLASS' Former Bush Press Secretary

Republican operatives beware: If you come at Mother Jones, you might face the wrath of David Corn. Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary under George W. Bush, learned that lesson on Wednesday after he spoke dismissively of a tough piece on New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez ®. The piece, authored by Andy Kroll of Mother Jones, contained audio recordings, text messages and emails in which Martinez and her staffers made derisive, profane remarks. Martinez has already tried to raise money off the piece and conservatives have done their best to discredit Mother Jones. Fleischer took the latter approach in an interview with US News & World Report. “Any time Mother Jones attacks, Republicans will rally around the ‘victim.’ It's hard to imagine a more reviled outlet than Mother Jones,” Fleischer said. “Tell me the worst thing she said – not her aides, but her.” Those comments left Corn incensed. The Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones lashed out at Fleischer in a series of tweets, highlighting the former Bush spokesman's insistence throughout 2002 and 2003 that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Here's a sample of Corn's tweets.

Hey, @AriFleischer, get lost. http://t.co/b5U4lzZeLQ (BTW, let's not forget the Iraq war & your defense of the 47% remarks.)
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) April 16, 2014

.@AriFleischer: "We know for a fact that there are weapons there." January 9, 2003
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) April 16, 2014

.@JohnJHarwood It sure takes chutzpah for @AriFleischer to call anyone else "reviled."
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) April 16, 2014

Last word: I don't think @AriFleischer should call anyone else "reviled" until the W gang shows regret for the 100K+ Iraqi civilians killed
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) April 16, 2014

Corn wasn't done there. He told TPM in a Wednesday phone interview he finds it "interesting that is not taking issue with the accuracy of our reporting." He also noted that Fleischer's embarrassing pronouncements aren't limited to the Iraq War. "This is the same guy who defended Mitt Romney's '47 percent' remarks and also believed that Mitt Romney was going to win by three or four points," Corn said. It was Corn who broke the '47 percent' story in the fall of 2012 and Mother Jones has continued to haunt conservatives with several notable scoops ever since.

Mother Jones reported last year that Chris McDaniel, the Mississippi tea partier running for Senate, once addressed a neo-Confederate conference host by a group of present-day secessionists. Earlier this month, the outlet revealed that Hobby Lobby, the company waging a legal challenge against Obamacare's contraception mandate, actually invests in contraception makers.



Christie ACCUSED Of MEDDLING With State Ethics Agency


Newark Star-Ledger:

Now, three former commission officials, breaking four years of silence, are accusing the governor’s office of unprecedented interference with an agency set up to be free of political influence. Christie, they say, pushed the agency commissioners to replace the executive director — at a time when she was investigating a member of his own staff — thus crossing a line no other governor had before.


One of the three officials is a former Republican state senator who served as the Ethics Commission vice chairman. Essentially, the claim is that Christie fired the Ethics Commission chairwoman after she refused to provide the name of a citizen who had filed an anonymous complaint against a Christie administration official who had allegedly interfered with a state agency decision dealing with feral cats. The official—surprise, surprise—worked for Bill Stepien and Bridget Anne Kelly, the two former Christie aides at the center of the Fort Lee lane closure scandal. Of course, the Christie administration denies doing anything wrong, because what could possibly be wrong about firing the head of a supposedly independent ethics commission when she refuses to expose the identity of someone accusing the administration of improprieties?


BAM!- Another Republican Goes Down as Rick Perry Is The FOCUS Of A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION


Texas Gov. Rick Perry has lawyered up as the criminal investigation into whether he illegally withheld money from a district attorney’s office is gaining steam.

According to the American-Statesman:

Gov. Rick Perry has retained a high-profile Austin defense lawyer to represent him in a criminal investigation into whether he illegally withheld money from the Travis County district attorney’s office, the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV confirmed Sunday.

The hiring of David L. Botsford is the latest signal that the inquiry into Perry’s conduct might be gaining momentum after a seven-month investigation.


If this case reminds you of another Republican governor who wants to run for president, but is trapped in his own web of self created scandals, it should. Perry got himself into hot water by threating to withhold $7.5 million in funding unless the Democratic Travis County DA resigned. Perry wanted her to resign after she was convicted of a DWI. The Democrat promised not to run for reelection, but refused to resign. Perry’s actions put a cloud of uncertainty over hundreds of criminal investigations and were illegal. The governor can’t withhold funding in order to pressure another elected official to resign. The matter of the DA and her DWI is an issue between her and the voters.

Gov. Perry’s actions are very similar to what Chris Christie is being accused of doing in New Jersey. Christie is accused of withholding Sandy aid, unless political favors were granted to his campaign donors. Both Christie and Perry have White House dreams in 2016, and both may be undone by their own criminal abuses of power.


COWARDLY Rand Paul CAVES, BOWS DOWN, & KISSES The Ring of Dick Cheney

The Rand Paul bullshit meter has exploded.....kiss Darth's ring mofu.....

On ABC’s This Week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) completely reversed course by claiming that Dick Cheney loves America, and that he never criticized the former vice president’s motives for invading Iraq.


KARL: So I want to turn to foreign policy, some tapes of you over the last few years have emerged recently. You were very critical of Dick Cheney. You suggested that he was opposed to going into Baghdad in 1991…

~video clip~

PAUL: Dick Cheney then goes to work for Halliburton, makes hundreds of millions of dollars as CEO. Next thing you know, he’s back in government it’s a good idea to go to Iraq.

~end of video clip

KARL: Do you really think that Cheney was motivated by his financial ties to Halliburton.

PAUL: I’m not questioning his motives.

KARL: Sure looked like you were questioning his motives.

PAUL: Well, here’s what I’m questioning, I don’t think Dick Cheney did it out of malevolence, I think he loves his country as much as I love the country…

KARL: But you said we don’t want our defense to be defined by people who make money off the weapons. Are you suggesting that’s why we went to war in Iraq?

PAUL: No. No.

KARL: That our defense was being defined by people who make money off weapons?

PAUL: No. And that’s why I’m also saying that I’m not questioning Dick Cheney’s motives.

There’s a chance for a conflict of interest. At one point in time, he was opposed going into Baghdad. Then he was out of office and involved in the defense industry and then he became for going into Baghdad.


Sen. Paul isn’t a leader. He is a coward, who is saying whatever he has to say in order to win the Republican nomination in 2016. It is not surprising that Paul would completely take back his criticism of Cheney. Sen. Paul has to shake the perception within the Republican Party that the apple didn’t fall too far from the fringe extremist tree. Rand Paul is behaving just like Mitt Romney did in 2012. Both men were/are consumed with their desire to be president. The Paul folks seem to believe that they can say whatever they have to in order to win the nomination, then do whatever they want.

The problem is that Paul’s explanations are so convoluted that he is making it nearly impossible for anyone outside of his current base of support to take him seriously as a presidential candidate. It makes perfect sense for Rand Paul to bow down and kiss Dick Cheney’s ring. It may be hard to believe for anyone outside of the Republican Party, but the Bush/Cheney foreign policy remains popular within the GOP.


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