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Today's 2fer: Petty Congressmembers Sheila Jackson Lee and Lamar Smith

Congressman Steve King posted this tweet after tuning out Representative Sheila Jackson Lee in SOPA hearings this week. Jackson Lee responded by saying, "It's inappropriate to have a member of the Judiciary committee be so offensive."

As if that bickering wasn't enough, Lamar Smith decided to take issue with the word "offensive." The House has rules about "disorderly words" and "unparliamentary language" and apparently the use of the word "offensive" to describe a Congressmember applied.

According to CBS News, "[Smith] had apparently concluded that unlike 'boring,' her use of the word 'offensive' violated House rules. He asked Jackson Lee to formally withdraw her remark. She refused."

Smith tried again, saying that he was trying to "avoid making an official ruling" to the effect that Jackson Lee "impugned the integrity of a member of this committee." Would she "consider having just that one word stricken from the record?"Jackson Lee again refused. She wanted King to "give the committee an apology."

Finally, the resolution: Jackson Lee relented. She wanted to have "just that one word stricken from the record."

It's no wonder the approval rating for Congress is in the single digits. This is a total joke. Congressmembers need to get over themselves and work to fix real issues this country is facing, rather than spending time trying to get people to apologize for getting their feelings hurt.

Regardless of whether or not the comments made by King or Jackson Lee are rude or abrasive, there's only one solution to this whole mess: GET OVER IT.

It's official: the FBI concurs Rep. John Murtha was a douche

Late Rep. John Murtha was the first person to be honored with the prestigious Douche of the Day award. Today we find out the FBI was on to him the whole time. Too bad Murtha never found out while he was here on this earth.

The following is a snippet from

FBI Saw Dark Side of Rep. John Murtha

Agency Suspected Lawmaker in Scheme Funneling Funds to Benefit Friends, Ex-Staffers

Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo
Neither Rep. John Murtha nor anybody from KSA Consulting was ever charged with a crime, and it is unclear what happened to the FBI’s investigation.

Last week’s release of FBI documents finally put in writing what nobody had ever said on the record: The FBI suspected that former Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and lobbyists close to him were running a scheme to funnel earmarks to sham companies and nonprofits to benefit the lawmaker’s friends and former staffers.

Bits and pieces of this story were kicked around for years before Murtha died in February 2010. The Los Angeles Times, Roll Call, the Washington Post and others had documented the odd appearance of earmarks for tiny defense contractors that just happened to open an office in western Pennsylvania and just happened to hire one of the lobbying firms close to Murtha and just happened to begin making campaign donations to Murtha and other Members of Congress close to him.

Reporters could do little but assemble the coincidences and couldn’t prove there was anything wrong with the bigger picture.

But it turns out the FBI was reading the stories and was very interested — interested enough that the Justice Department had opened a criminal investigation into Murtha and some of the lobbyists in his orbit, a fact that never leaked while Murtha was alive.

Read the rest of the story at

Chris Matthews is a douche and a liar, flat out lies about a statement from Ron Paul.

Chris Matthews told his viewers that Ron Paul said he would let someone die if they couldn't pay for their health coverage. But actually, Ron Paul said quite the opposite.

Fortunately there are people who fact check this stuff. It's unbelievable that Chris Matthews is said what he said. He couldn't have said anything further from the truth. Hey Chris - how about reviewing the tape before you make these accusations?


Come on, @Nouriel. Rick Perry didn't make "murder threats" on Ben Bernanke and you know it.

I should start by saying I'm not a fan of Rick Perry. But I'm also not a fan of people who take things completely out of context to try to prove a political point. I'm looking at you, Nouriel Roubini.

Earlier, Nouriel Roubini, an academic at NYU, tweeted this:

Murder threats? That sounds pretty serious right? So I clicked on it. Here's the video:

Hmm, that's a bit far from a "death threat", Mr. Roubini. Sounds like someone is crying wolf.

He later tweeted:

The mind of Rick Perry (his sick words on Bernanke) is not much different from that of the Norway mass murdered. Loaded words cause violence.

Riiight. Okay. So conservatives are continually called racists and Joe Biden can call the tea party terrorists for not wanting to raise the debt ceiling, and that's different? There is a clear double standard here. Besides, it's not like the left has never held a violent protest before.

Liberals will say that events like Norway and Gabby Giffords are the result of right-wing "nutjobs" who were "incited" to violence. But the reality is that people on both sides say and do stupid things, and the opposing political party will always find some one on the other side to point the finger at. But I digress.

This tweet by Roubini went a little far. There is obviously no "incitement" to violence whatsoever, and he knows it. And if he honestly doesn't, it's clear he doesn't understand American culture and what Perry was inferring.

Roubini should stop taking things out of context for the sole purpose of brainwashing the young minds he teaches. It is disappointing to me that people like Roubini, a lifetime academic who has never held a real job in his life, represents the vast majority of educators today. They don't understand how the world (and business) works because they've never actually had to live in it. So when this opportunity arose to slam an opposing viewpoint, he attempted to take advantage. But he completely took Rick Perry out of context. And unfortunately for Roubini, the only thing he did was make himself look like a douchebag.