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The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 5/15/13

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The IRS Scandal and Citizens United; John Boehner Demands Jail for Culprits; No Jail Time for Bush and Culprits of Iraq, Torture, Etc; The AP Phone Records Scandal and Watergate; Benghazi-Gate Continues; ABC News Rocks the Political World; CNN Discovers ABC News Report Was Seriously Flawed; Benghazi-Gate Screamers Don’t Know Where It’s Located; 935 False Statements About Iraq; and much more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius and the BobCesca.com Amazon Link.

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  • JMAshby

    Montage of Boehner crying is never not funny.

  • 1933john

    One must remember, it’s a bunch of WHITE guys talking about a BLACK man.
    Of course, the base will eat this shit up with a smile and dream of the “good old
    days” when lynching was semi-legal.

    ps Four of the five pictured should now be in jail doing hard time.

  • muselet

    Bob, I think you’re confusing frog-marching with duckwalking again.

    The outrage from the Right is disproportionate to the magnitude of the … well, let’s go ahead and call them scandals. I wouldn’t care nearly as much if our glorious news media didn’t follow the Right’s lead on all things (ignoring intelligence indicating an al Qaeda was likely, lying the country into invading Iraq, outing a CIA operative, the IRS threatening All Saints Episcopal Church’s tax-exempt status, the IRS auditing the NAACP, et bleedin’ cetera, meh; BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI!! BENGHAZI!!!, extra scrutiny on applications for 501(c)(4) status, subpoenaing phone records of AP reporters, ZOMG SCANDALS!). Tiresome, it is.

    The IRS shouldn’t be determining how much political activity a tax-exempt organization is involved in. That’s the job of the FEC. However, the Rs hate the FEC even more than any other part of the federal government they can’t control and have hamstrung the commission, leaving the IRS to deal with the issue. (And courts haven’t helped, by interpreting IRS regulations prohibiting any political activity by 501(c)(4)s as meaning some political activity is acceptable.) It should come as no surprise the agency was overwhelmed by the flood of new applications and didn’t respond correctly.

    The world would be a better place if Alberto Gonzalez, Michael Mukasey and Dick Cheney (for starters) would just sit down and shut up.

    “It’s reprehensible to go through proper channels.” Chez, you hit the nail on the head.

    The Obama Administration would have been pilloried by the very same people who are complaining now if it hadn’t aggressively investigated leaks, which is what led to the AP scandal (such as it is).

    The Rs would call someone being shortchanged at Starbuck’s worse than Watergate if the barista were a D. They’re desperate for something, anything, to be worse than Watergate.

    Jonathan Karl did a story tonight on ABC World News on those emails and spent the entire segment insisting the emails said exactly what he had claimed on Friday and insisting the real story was the twelve revisions. He didn’t back down at all; in fact, he barely acknowledged Jake Tapper’s piece. I think (and Chez, feel free to tell me I’m wrong) a real reporter would very publicly have burned his obviously unreliable source (one rumor says it was a Republican congressional staffer) for playing him. Better reporters, please.

    CNN may have taken its potshot at ABC’s reporting because Jake Tapper wanted to make Jonathan Karl, the man who replaced him, look bad.

    Five bucks says most of the people who think Benghazi is the biggest scandal ever and know Benghazi is in Libya couldn’t find Libya on a map. And even those who could find Libya couldn’t find Benghazi. And these people’s votes count just as much as yours and mine.

    –alopecia

    • ranger11

      Republican staffers as his sources? I swear all of this stuff is reminding me of Whitewater all over again. I read “Blinded by the Right” back in the late 90’s or 2000’s and all I could say is the vast right-wing conspiracy was and is very real. I don’t mean in terms of something like Oliver Stone or Alex Jones but in terms that Washington is hard-wired for Republicans. The wannabe rich sucking up to the rich. Versailles on the Potomac.

      • muselet

        That’s a rumor I read, yeah. It sounds plausible, but that’s not the same as being true; given Jonathan Karl’s skills as a reporter, his source could be some random homeless guy he ran across in the park during his morning jog.

        And you’re right, this does resemble Whitewater: a lot of nothing blown up into a complicated narrative of scandal and corruption.

        –alopecia

  • Victor_the_Crab

    I share with the frustration you guys have with the evil shenanigans the Republicans are pulling these days. I’ve said it all along about these shameful, hypocritical pieces of pig turds. If they couldn’t defeat Obama in 2012, then they were going to try and impeach him over the flimsiest excuse they could come up with. And meanwhile, millions are being affected by the sequestration that the Republicans are primarily responsible for. America is burning, and the GOP don’t care because they’re fiddling with their tiny penises.