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Majority Back Bencher

This week Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) filed a motion to remove House Speaker John Boehner. This appears to be payback for Boehner's removing Meadows from a subcommittee chairmanship earlier this year. Meadows is also largely credited (or blamed) for the 2013 government shutdown. In the disastrous wake of that move, Meadows has vehemently denied any credit.

Even conservative judges think Republicans are full of baloney

Thank you, Southern Environmental Law Center, for holding the GOP accountable for their shenanigans.

Wake County Superior Court has granted a preliminary injunction sought by SELC to stop the state’s Mining and Energy Commission from accepting or processing permit applications for fracking in the state or from creating any drilling units. The decision effectively reinstates a moratorium on fracking pending the outcome of a constitutional challenge to the composition of the Commission itself.

Out of Order

I had never heard of Texan Wendy Davis until social media alerted me to her filibuster of the Texas legislature. I was able to watch online as she, and Texas Democrats, held the floor until time ran out for the abortion bill. This was the first time I ever realized that parliamentary procedure could be absolutely riveting!!

It continues to fascinate today, and is used effectively by Republican leaders at NCGA. There are many ways to get rid of a proposed bill, something you don't like, one of which is to Table the Bill. Another is to rule the suggestion is Out of Order.

Iraq was lost by Bush II: Countering GOP myth-makers

At the website below, a rant from a justifiably angry veteran of America’s second war against Iraq comes at the right time as the GOP’s band of revisionist war-mongers pile on President Obama for supposedly “losing” Iraq:

http://aattp.org/absolutely-nothing-a-veterans-savage-indictment-of-the-iraq-war/.

Giuliani's patriotism and breeding vs President Obama

As a result of so many factors undermining its public relations, the lobbying/law firm Bracewell and Giuliani should change its name by deleting Giuliani and putting the self-proclaimed “America’s mayor” out to pasture:

(1) He shows himself to be a confirmed racist by publicly and repeatedly associating criminality with being an African American. (The irony in this is deeply familial, as you will see in item 4 below.)

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