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Sheila Jackson-Lee’s stupidity is like deaths in Hollywood – it usually comes in threes. In the last week or so she’s said Republicans are turning Congress into a clogged toilet and lambasted Pepsi’s Super Bowl commercial.

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Sheila Jackson-Lee answers the question, "What's your IQ, Congresswoman?"

Congratulations, Congresswoman Jackson-Lee. Your latest stupidity trifecta has now officially been completed.

CNSNews has the idiotic info:

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing about the individual mandate to buy insurance, Jackson-Lee said, “I would make the argument, one, that it [the individual mandate] is an incentive to do right – that it is not penalizing you because a penalty is punishment, and you’re not punished if you have health insurance, in fact.

“And so, you are in fact incentivized to have health insurance rather than take the negative, which is to suggest that because you have a penalty you’re being punished,” she said.

Jackson-Lee is incorrect, however, as the language of the law clearly states the following: “If an applicable individual fails to meet the requirement of subsection (a) [have government-approved insurance]… there is hereby imposed a penalty with respect to the individual, Section 5000A of the law reads.”

Another section of the health care law, entitled “Payment of Penalty,” stipulates that if an individual fails to carry a government-approved health insurance policy for any month during the year, they must pay a maximum penalty of $750.

In keeping with Jackson-Lee’s theory, we would like to announce she is smart, not stupid.

Source: CNSNews.com

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Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf testified before the House Budget Committee on Thursday and made a shocking admission – he expects ObamaCare to wipe out an estimated 800,000 jobs. That’s equal to every single job in the states of Delaware and South Dakota.

Here are excerpts from the exchange between Elmendorf and Republican Boy Genius Paul Ryan:

Chairman [Paul] Ryan: “[I]t’s been argued…that the new health care law will create jobs and increase labor force participation. But if I recall from your analysis, it was quite the opposite. Is that not the case?”
Director [Douglas] Elmendorf : “Yes.”…

Rep. [John] Campbell: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, we’ll — and Dr. Elmendorf — and we’ll continue this conversation right now. First on health care, before I get to — before I get to broader issues, you just mentioned that you believe — or that in your estimate, that the health care law would reduce the labor used in the economy by about 1/2 of 1 percent, given that, I believe you say, there’s 160 million full-time people working in ’20-’21. That means that, in your estimation, the health care law would reduce employment by 800,000 in ’20-’21. Is that correct?

Director Elmendorf: Yes. The way I would put it is that we do estimate, as you said, that…employment will be about 160 million by the end of the decade. Half a percent of that is 800,000.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jskjci1ZL9Q

H/T: WeeklyStandard.com

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Candidate Barack Obama appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show back in in February 2008.

Here’s a clip from that show in which he uses the same argument against the individual mandate that Judge Robert Vinson used to overturn ObamaCare.

Here’s another clip from the same show. In this one, Obama dances – much like he will have to tap dance around this inconsistency in his core beliefs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcRTk-r8vVE

H/T: Hot Air

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Bernie Sanders, the independent socialist who votes with the Democrats on virtually every issue, gives away his allies’ game with this comment on MSNBC:

“At the end of the day, if you are going to provide health care to all of our people in a cost-effective way, you have to get rid of the health insurance companies, not profiteering and bureaucracy.”

Ssssssh. Quiet, Bernie. The sheeple aren’t supposed to know that’s the real goal.

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You’ve probably seen the news that 733 companies or unions and 2,189,636 workers have been exempted from ObamaCare. We wondered how one gets one of those coveted exemptions.

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The Sieben Polk law firm got an ObamaCare exemption. And we're positive that it had absolutely nothing to do with Michael Sieben's $20,000 Obama Victory Fund contribution

Well, this story from EconomicCollapse.net clears it all up:

… So, how does one obtain an exemption to Obamacare? Is it all based upon the stated criteria, or are there other factors left unwritten? A cynic might conclude there could be some political favors being handed out, when you see the number of unions in the list.

If you browse through the list, you’ll find the names quite interesting. On one hand, there are huge groups like the 19,000 workers belonging to the “Communications Workers of America, Local 1180 Security Benefits Fund.” But on the other hand, there are some small companies like the Sieben Polk Law, a firm of personal injury lawyers in Minnesota …

Not that I would suspect anything out of the ordinary, but I thought I’d look more closely at Sieben Polk, just for the heck of it, since it seems like such a small company to be on this list. Just the curious blogger that I am, looking through public information.

In my searching of the web, one of the first things Google showed me was a political contributions page for partner Michael Sieben. I pulled it up, and golly, It showed that he donated over $20,000 to the Obama Victory Fund.

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But I don’t know why I really even bothered to mention this insignificant, and I’m certain, unrelated tidbit. I’m sure the Sieben Polk Law firm has a good reason to have an approved exemption from the landmark healthcare program passed into law by the president to whose 2008 campaign fund partner Michael Sieben donated $20,000.

If you’ve never visited EconomicCollapse.net, give it a try. It has lots of information that will either piss you off or scare you to death. Or both.

H/T: Economic Collapse

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We are not religious here at IHateTheMedia.com. Not at all. But we had to say a little prayer for our nation after watching this clip of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius explaining why ObamaCare is constitutional.

Sebelius: Well, I think that the…I…let me begin by saying I’m not a lawyer. And I’m leaving those arguments to our legal team from the department of justice. But I think there are certainly lots of talented Constitutional lawyers who feel that the Commerce Clause very much is broad enough to cover the interstate commerce of healthcare and that we have a unique product because people access services of healthcare whether or not they have insurance. What they’re choosing not to do is actually pay for those services. So it isn’t like if I don’t have a 27-inch TV for the Super Bowl I can’t demand that they have the Super Bowl that somebody deliver that TV because I have a right to it. On the other hand, if I don’t have insurance and I come to the door of an emergency room I get treated and get cared for and somebody else picks up that tab. And I think it’s that framework for a layperson that the two judges who have ruled who find that this law is constitutional found to be well within scope of the commerce clause.

“Dear Lord, save us from these lunatics who pass laws no one wants and who babble incoherently when they attempt to explain those laws and who have hands that wave around in a manner that seems completely unrelated to anything they’re saying. Amen. Let’s eat.”

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George Miller is a Democrat Congressman from California. He’s a lunatic lib. Such a lunatic, in fact, that he claims ObamaCare will reduce bureaucracy and that if those rascally Republicans repeal this magical bill, we’ll all be buried in red tape.

Miller is pretty damned agitated about it, too. One might even say pissed off.

“You want to talk about bureaucracy, ladies and gentlemen. And that’s why this legislation is growing in popularity because small businesses see, senior citizens see, parents with children under 26, they see a chance to liberate themselves from the most arbitrary, the most capricious, the most bureaucratic system in our entire free economy.

And that’s the insurance companies. Everybody has been run around the block by their insurance companies. It’s something they all share. It’s almost the problems they share with their cable company. Not quite. But it’s not as dramatic here because this is life and death. This is the security of your family. This is whether or not you can change jobs. This is whether or not your children will be protected. This is whether or not your parents will be able to afford their prescription drug because that’s what this legislation enables and gives the freedom to American families to have.

Repeal and we go back into the clutches, the clutches of these bureaucrats spread across the world in the insurance company.”

Miller is so far to the left that he’s actually proud of this speech on the floor of the House. So proud that he actually posted video of his nonsensical diatribe on his Congressional website.

We just can’t figure out which liberal catastrophe we prefer: Being buried in the red tape Miller warns us about or being swallowed up by the rising oceans that Al Gore warms us about.

One’s about as plausible as the other.

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Damn, we love Congressman Paul Ryan.

Let’s just say it right now: the only thing that can keep this guy from eventually becoming Speaker of the House is an even higher office.

Watch this video clip of his speech on the floor of the House on Wednesday. His mastery of the subject is remarkable. His passion is palpable. His oratory skills are ….

Oh, crap. We’re starting to feel that tingle up the leg that Chris Matthews feels when he sees Obama.

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Pity poor Neil Cavuto. The Fox News host spent eight minutes with the Sheila Jackson Lee, the incredibly dense Democrat Congresswoman from Texas. Eight painful minutes trying to convince her that her defense of ObamaCare was flawed. Eight minutes Cavuto will never get back.

Cavuto and Jackson Lee disagree, but keep in mind that she once asked a NASA administrator if a Mars rover would be able to send back photos of the place where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag.

She’s a sharp one, that Sheila Jackson Lee.

NOTE: The freeze frame may make it look like these are the same videos, but they’re not. Watch both for the full, glorious display of Jackson Lee’s genius.

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Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, noted Constitutional scholar and all-around genius, cements her nomination for Congressional Bonehead of the Year with this brilliant explanation of why, in her mind, repealing ObamaCare is unconstitutional.

The American Spectator reports Jackson Lee’s “interesting” analysis:

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, said on Tuesday afternoon that repealing the national health care law would violate the Constitution.

Arguing that the Commerce Clause provides the constitutional basis for ObamaCare, Jackson Lee said repealing the law by passing Republicans’ H.R. 2 violates both the Fifth Amendment’s right to due process and the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause.

“The Fifth Amendment speaks specifically to denying someone their life and liberty without due process,” she said in a speech on the House floor moments ago. “That is what H.R. 2 does and I rise in opposition to it. And I rise in opposition because it is important that we preserve lives and we recognize that 40 million-plus are uninsured.

She continued, “Can you tell me what’s more unconstitutional than taking away from the people of America their Fifth Amendment rights, their Fourteenth Amendment rights, and the right to equal protection under the law?”

This is, of course, the same Sheila Jackson Lee who once asked a NASA scientist if the Mars Pathfinder had photographed the flag that our astronatus left on the moon.

We’re not constitutional scholars like Sheila Jackson Lee, so maybe you can help us out with this question:

Is there anything in the Constitution that prohibits morons from serving in Congress?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cJAvihi1Bc

H/T: Gateway Pundit

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Those bible thumpin’ maniacs in Kansas just joined 25 other states in a suit against ObamaCare. Why, unless our math is wrong, that means almost half the states don’t want this bloated pig of a law.

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26 states down, only 31 to go!

Heritage.org has the details:

…It is also why the newly elected governors of Ohio, Oklahoma, Maine, and Wisconsin have all decided to sue the Obama administration in hopes of stopping Obamacare.

Specifically, Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma has announced that the Sooner State will pursue its own case against the law, while Govs. John Kasich (R) and Scott Walker (R) (of Ohio and Wisconsin respectively) will add their states to Florida’s multi-state suit. And yesterday, newly sworn-in state Attorney General William Schneider announced Maine would also join the the Florida litigation. That brings the number of states on the Florida suit to 23 and the total number of states suing to stop Obamacare (which includes Virginia and Oklahoma) to 25.

And Kansas makes 26. Can you say, “Consensus.”

Source: Heritage.org

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Oh, sure, now he tells us. Evan Thomas, who once waxed poetically about Barack Obama being god-like, has lost his religion. Cover your ears, because his words are blasphemous.

The Daily Caller has the undeified details:

Newsweek columnist Evan Thomas, once an editor at the magazine with a long track record of having liberal positions (even once having likened President Barack Obama to a deity), noted the modest improvement in the unemployment number reported on Friday. However, nearly a year after Obamacare was passed and signed into law, he admitted Republicans were right for voicing their opposition of it.

“It ain’t because of Congress,” Thomas said. “The unemployment will go down a little bit but the game in Washington will still be this unreal game. Health care though – I got to say, is one place where I think where Republicans are right.”
Back in November 2009, Thomas admitted the health care reform bill had flaws, but still voiced his support for it. Now he has proclaimed it a failure.
“The health care bill is a disaster,” Thomas continued. “We’re sort of slowly learning – it’s not working. It’s interesting – they’re implementing it and it’s not working out at all as people anticipated. There’s all sorts of wildly wrong projections. As it’s being practiced – it’s failed.”

As we used to say when we were kids, “No shit, Sherlock. Where’d you get your first clue?”

Source: Daily Caller

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These two short videos pretty much sum up sad situation we find ourselves in with ObamaCare.

In the first clip, Nancy Pelosi tells the fawning press that the Democrats would have passed ObamaCare “even if everyone was happy with their health coverage.” For once, Pelosi unwittingly told the truth, because polls at the time showed that somewhere north of 80% of Americans were satisfied with their healthcare prior to ObamaCare.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaKM8jZonq0

To see your unfortunate medical future, watch the second video.

We learned from the Radio Equalizer that Rosie O’Donnell has a satellite radio program. Yeah, we were as shocked as you are, but not as shocked as Rosie was when she got a phone call from a Canadian listener who started off by praising Canada’s universal healthcare system and then revealed that she had been waiting for gastric bypass surgery for seven years and may have to wait several more years.

Caller: It’s not considered an emergency surgery–

O’Donnell: Oh, OK.

Caller: It’s considered elective, so if it was an emergency surgery, it would be a lot quicker. To see any kind of specialist is at least a few months, you’re not going to get into see somebody next week.

O’Donnell: If you called and sort of were persistent in saying to them, ‘I really need this’ … it doesn’t change the [waiting] list order.

Caller: … They’re telling me, by the way, it’s gonna be another two or three years … There’s still about 2,000 people ahead of me.

We recall Pelosi’s previous statement that “We had to pass the bill to find out what’s in it” and think to ourselves, “No, you don’t. Just look across our northern border.”

H/T: RadioEqualizer

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Say, we like the cut of this Boehner fellow’s jib. He has gumption. Spunk. Balls the size of Michelle’s ass.

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Boehner's response to the Democrats was a hearty, "Cry me a friggin' river, losers."

The Hill has the details:

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner’s office (R-Ohio) pointedly vowed on Tuesday to push ahead with legislation repealing healthcare reform.

Boehner’s office responded to a letter sent by the Senate’s top five Democrats, vowing to block a House bill repealing health reform, with a terse, 65-word note.

Boehner’s office wrote:

Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray and Stabenow:

Thank you for reminding us – and the American people – of the backroom deal that you struck behind closed doors with ‘Big Pharma,’ resulting in bigger profits for the drug companies, and higher prescription drug costs for 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D, at a cost to the taxpayers of $42.6 billion.

The House is going to pass legislation to repeal that now. You’re welcome.

– Speaker-Designate John Boehner’s Press Office

The note comes in response to a letter released on Monday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) office, in which the Democrats promise to block a bill repealing benefits within the healthcare law.

Boehner sealed the envelope with tears from his latest crying jag.

Source: TheHill.com

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President Obama promised Democrats that ObamaCare was the magic elixir that would make them invulnerable in last November’s elections. He said the bill would become even more popular as people learned what was in it.

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President Obama practices showing compassion with his version of the patented Bill Clinton Lip Bite™

A ABC/Washington Post poll has some very bad news for the President:

Coinciding with a federal judge’s ruling invalidating a key element of the health care reform law, an ABC News/Washington Post poll finds support for the landmark legislation at a new low – but division on what to do about it.

The law’s never been popular, with support peaking at just 48 percent in November 2009. Today it’s slipped to 43 percent, numerically its lowest in ABC/Post polling. (It was about the same, 44 percent, a year ago.) Fifty-two percent are opposed, and that 9-point gap in favor of opposition is its largest on record since the latest debate over health care reform began in earnest in summer 2009.

More also continue to “strongly” oppose the law than to strongly support it, 37 percent to 22 percent.

Nancy Pelosi said, “We had to pass the bill to find out what was in it.”

Unfortunately, what they found was that the American people don’t like it.

Source: ABCnews.com

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Last week a federal judge ruled ObamaCare unconstitutional. This week Rasmussen reports that a majority of U.S. voters now think the legislative abomination will be overturned.

obamacare-posterNancy Pelosi was right. We had to pass the bill in order to find out what was in it. And now that we’ve found out, we don’t like it.

Rasmussen reports on the turn of the American voter:

For the first time since Democrats in Congress passed the health care bill in March, a majority of U.S. voters believe the measure is likely to be repealed.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is at least somewhat likely that the health care plan will be repealed. Thirty-three percent (33%) view repeal as unlikely. Those figures include 16% who believe repeal is Very Likely and 5% who believe it is Not at All Likely.

The number who view repeal as Likely is up from 47% last month and from 38% in early April. Belief that the plan is likely to be repealed has been hovering in the 40% range in surveys since April but began to rise in late October.

It’s all good. Well, at least until you remember that this all depends on the gutless Republicans actually doing what they said they were going to do.

Aw, crap, now we’re depressed again.

Source: Rasmussen

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Our headline is actually in reverse chronological order. As you’ll see in this story.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson ruled that the government can’t force you to buy health insurance. In other words, ObamaCare is unconstitutional.

With that in mind, you may recall the incident last October when a reporter asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she could pinpoint the part of the Constitution that authorized Congress to mandate that all Americans purchase healthcare insurance.

Reporter: “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?

Pelosi: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”

Reporter: “Yes, yes I am.”

Don’t look now, Nancy hon, but we’re pretty sure Judge Hudson is serious, too.

Source: Associated Press

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Michele Bachmann, Minnesota’s fiery Republican, went after the Obama administration’s healthcare hypocrisy on Monday, pointing out the abject failure of a policy that has already granted 111 waivers (list here):

Bachmann: What an abject failure is this government takeover of health care that fully 111 waivers have been issued? What does this mean? This is an admission of failure by the White House. They may not be admitting it, but their actions are admitting it. Why? Because we see universities and unions and favored companies are getting waivers. What’s a waiver? It’s an exemption. Why do they they need an exemption? Obamacare is a cost driving hiker. It’s a failure.

We were told we had to pass Obamacare. We couldn’t wait. We couldn’t even read the bill. We couldn’t take the time to even debate it. Because why? President Obama promised us, he promised that it would drive down the cost of health care. He promised. He promised.

As Joe Biden might say, this can all be explained in one simple three letter word: Liar.

H/T: Gateway Pundit

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Only 43 states elect attorneys general. Florida Attorney General-elect Pam Bondi predicts that a majority of them will join the suit against Obamacare. She says as many as 28 states may join the suit.

Even liberal California just elected a Republican attorney general, so it will be interesting to see if he goes against Governor Moonbeam and joins the suit.

By the way, when did they pass the law saying that all Republican women must be hot? We must have missed that in the excitement of last week’s elections. After Janet Reno the words “hot” and “attorney general” were never supposed to be used together in the same sentence. But Pam Bondi? Va-va-voom

H/T: GatewayPundit.com

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“Republicans are extremists. The Tea Party will doom the Republican Party. We’ll hold the majority. People will love ObamaCare once they understand it. Aaaaaaarrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhh!”

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Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has an interesting take on the constitutionality of ObamaCare. Her basic argument is, well, we did unconstitutional things in the past, so that makes ObamaCare legal, too.

Then, when she realizes it’s a losing argument, she just gives up and walks away.

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It’s an old story. A innocent immigrant is taken advantage of by a smooth-talking city slicker. Unfortunately, in this case the innocent immigrant was Republican Congressman Joseph Cao and the smooth talking city slicker was the Commander in Chief.

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If we're not mistaken, that's a tear at the corner of heartbroken Congressman Joseph Cao's right eye

Fox News has the details of Joesph Cao’s heartbreak:

Republican Rep. Joseph Cao — in an act of either selfless concern or political expediency — says he “must” warn President Obama that the Democratic candidate he’s endorsed in the race has a history of ethical problems.

The Louisiana congressman is smarting after Obama used his first general election ad to endorse Cao’s opponent, Democrat Cedric Richmond. According to Cao’s campaign, he had hoped Obama would endorse him considering all he did for Democrats — like being the only Republican to cast a floor vote for the health care overhaul.

“He didn’t even have the courtesy (to call us)” before running the ad, Cao spokesman Devin Johnson told FoxNews.com. “That hurt the congressman. At least, he wanted that courtesy.”

But Cao says there must be an explanation — Obama must not have known about Richmond’s ethical problems.

“I believe that has happened in the congressional race for District 2 here in Louisiana,” Cao said in a written statement. “No one apparently told the president that Cedric Richmond had his law license suspended for lying to the voters; that he has been the subject of two ethics violations while a legislator.”

We’re sure you’re right, Congressman Cao. Because this President certainly wouldn’t associate with anyone with even the slightest ethics problems.

Engrave the trophy now. Make it read “Joseph Cao, Dumbest Republican of the Year, 2010.”

Source: Fox News

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Crap. We’re finding out what’s in it and we don’t like it very much.

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A Democrat donor and MSNBC fan has been convicted of making death threats to a Florida congresswoman because she opposed ObamaCare.

The Tampa Tribune has the story:

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Eric Lawrence Pidrman is part of MSNBC's key demographic: Drunken lunatics

A Spring Hill man who threatened U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite during the health care debate will spend more than two years in federal prison.

Eric Lawrence Pidrman, 66, claims he was in an alcoholic blackout when he telephoned Brown-Waite’s office about 6:30 a.m. on March 25 and left a message saying he had 27 people who would make sure she “doesn’t live to see her next term.”

“I’m terribly sorry that it ever happened,” Pidrman said this morning before he was sentenced. At the time of the morning he made the call, he said, “I very often watch the recycled news shows on MSNBC.”

That wasn’t a recycled news show, Eric. That was just Keith Olbermann naming Bill O’Reilly Worst Person In the World for the 873rd time. It just seemed recycled.

H/T: NewsBusters.org

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This is a tobacco smoke enema, a medical device used back in the 18th and early 19th centuries to infuse tobacco smoke into a patient’s rectum for various medical purposes, primarily to resuscitate drowning victims.

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A rectal tube inserted into the anus was connected to a fumigator and bellows that forced the smoke towards the rectum. The warmth of the smoke was thought to promote respiration, but doubts about the credibility of tobacco smoke enemas lead to the popular phrase “blowing smoke up your ass.”

This old tool has now been reintroduced in Washington, DC as a major component of the new ObamaCare program.

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