Today, Funny or Die released video of President Obama's appearance with comedian Zach Galifianakis. The appearance, which was part of Galifianakis's fictional interview show "Between Two Ferns" was intended to promote the Healthcare.gov website and encourage young people to sign up for health coverage.
The video has already gone viral. It has been viewed over 3 million times, and the Obama administration is reporting that the Funny or Die video is currently the top source of referrals to Healthcare.gov.
Texas Congressman Randy Weber (R-Pearland) failed to see the humor in the situation, however. Weber, who has a history of over-the-top Twitter commentary against the President, used the video Funny or Die video to speak out against the President once again.
Among Weber's criticisms this time were that President Obama "should be focusing on finding answers re: #Benghazi," and that he "should be working on fixing his failed takeover of health care," instead of reaching out to young people to help them get affordable health insurance.
See President Obama's video and read Randy Weber's commentary after the jump.
Ted Nugent, the Motor City Madman and Texas transplant, just can't stay out of the headlines. Only a few days after his "apology" for using Nazi propaganda rhetoric to describe the President, calling him a "subhuman mongrel," the Nuge goes on Dennis Miller to explain how it is actually the Obama Administration that is destroying America by using Nazi techniques. Basically he turns the tables and says, 'who's the Nazi now?'
He told Miller that Obama was using an incrementalism that mirrored "people like jack-booted thugs, like the Brownshirts," and that he was exploiting "the power struggle between the different races" with his policies towards the IRS and under Obamacare.
See what happened when Nugent visited CNN last night below the jump...
Ted Nugent was pressured into giving a half-hearted apology after calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" caused a firestorm of negative press for Greg Abbott and the GOP at large. Unfortunately, it was not sincere or directed at the President, but instead at the candidates he's perceived to have hurt.
It took Rand Paul the US Senator from Kentucky to call for "The Nuge" to take back his remarks before other Texas Republicans began to speak out. Greg Abbott has finally acknowledged the comment himself, but only after Gov. Rick Perry and Senator Ted Cruz also suggested Nugent's comments were out of line.
Before Nugent took to the airways to say, "I do apologize - not necessarily to the President - but on behalf of much better men than myself," he went on an epic Twitter rank insinuating his comments weren't, "really more offensivethan [sic]" -- insert harsh hyperbola implicating Obama.
See Abbott's response and more of Nugent's apology and rants below the jump...
Finally a GOP member of Congress proposes an alternative to Obamacare, and you won't even need a doctor. Congressional crankster Steve Stockman launched a new campaign gimmick where he will send you an "Official Obama Barf Bag" for every $10 dollars you donate to his campaign, because as he says, "Obama's socialism makes me sick." But, is this how the Tea Party wants to be portrayed and represented?
The media has generally referred to Stockman as the "Tea Party" challenger to John Cornyn, but so far the groups that represent them are not endorsing his campaign and he trails in the polls by 44%. Judging by the blog post that accompanied the Barf Bag roll-out, he believes they should be lining up in droves. He wrote, "I've spent the last few years defeating liberals by helping train and launch the Tea Party."
Stockman has said more outlandish things. He's a former state chair of the controversial Young Conservatives of Texas, and he also worked for years with the conservative Leadership Institute and their Campus Leadership Program teaching "political technology." LI claims to have 1,500 active campus groups across all 50 states.
See What conservative groups are not endorsing Stockman below the jump...
Dallas County DA Craig Watkins held a Twitter Town Hall on his participation in the voter ID lawsuit against the state of Texas. The new law will be in effect for the November Constitutional election and is expected to place an unnecessary burden on communities already less likely to make it to the polls, African Americans and Hispanics.
The additional plaintiffs in the suit filed by Eric Holder and the Obama Justice Department include the Texas League of Young Voters, the Mexican American League Legislative Caucus and the NAACP. The suit contends the there is both discriminatory intent and effect which are violations of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and that the right to vote is abridged based on race contrary to the 14th and 15th Amendments. Other arguments against the Texas voter ID law equate the additional barrier to a poll tax in violation of the 24th Amendment as well as a violation of our 14th Amendment right to equal protection under the law and an undue burden on political expression (1st Amendment).
The focus for the Justice Department and the other parties to the suit is to: permanently block the implementation of the law, have Texas "bailed in" to preclearance coverage under section 3 of the Voting Rights Act, and allow for the appointment of federal election observers.
Click below the jump to see some of the best tweets from Watkins' Town Hall and find out what you'll need to vote this November...
A new bill proposed by Republicans in Congress will give legal protections to individuals who morally object to marriage equality on the basis of "religious liberty."
Congressional Republicans and state Republicans in Texas have employed a scorched earth policy in the culture wars towards anything resembling a progressive agenda item by the Obama Administration, but in the wake of the apocalyptic rhetoric their harsh stance against marriage-equality threatens any chance to sway a crucial voting bloc -- Millennials.
This is a problem for Republicans for the same reason that Millennials are also the most highly-prized target for advertisers. Why? Because they are opinion makers and trendsetters, and they have the polls to prove it. A Pew Research tracking poll shows that millennials support marriage equality at a rate of 66% and growing, and that pattern of increased support was mimicked by prior generations. The poll also reveals that support for marriage equality is also growing with in the Republican Party and Independents are right in line with Democrats at 57%.
Find out below the jump how Republicans and others like the Heritage Foundation are attempting to redefine the word "tolerance"...
Today a gun and hardware store in Nederland, Texas confirmed that their sign read, "We are now closed on Saturday Thanks Obama." A picture surfaced on facebook and at least several local Southeast Texans who recognized the store began to call for an explanation and share their conversations. Multiple sources had similar stories, they were told the economy was slow and the store could not afford to stay open on Saturday...and that it was Obama's fault.
My initial thought was that it was over Obamacare, and when I saw that they also sold guns thought could it be related to recent proposed gun legislation. But then I remembered headlines like, "Barack Obama, Gun Salesman of the Year" from Bloomberg and, "Anti-Gun Debate May Be Best Thing For Firearm Industry Since Obama's Election" from Forbes -- and it just didn't make sense.
I called the store and identified myself as a reporter. After confirming the accuracy of the photo, I was told that both my theory on Obamacare and guns were wrong and someone from management would call if they had further comment. I'm not holding my breath for that phone call and Democrats may not want to hold theirs lest their faces turn blue long before Texas does. Just this month 3 elected officials from Jefferson County have switched parties from Democrat to Republican.
That represents a shift the area has seen over the last few election cycles. In the past the area has been pro-labor and reliably Democrat but never socially progressive. Still, with a growing student population and art community it remains one of the state's of greatest potentials for adding Democratic votes with some training and outreach efforts. I know because I helped to hold the line as Executive Director of the Jefferson County Democratic Party and after I left, I saw several seats over the next couple of cycles change hands to the Republicans. I know the story and I see what grassroots groups are doing online back home to put Texas back on a path to progress.
If you want to make change, putting your money where your mouth is is always a good start. One caller told me when the employee blamed Obama for their store being closed on Saturday that she replied, "well I won't be shopping there Mon - Friday then."
It has been a year since President Obama signed an executive order protecting DREAM Act-eligible youth from being deported. The order instructed the Department of Homeland Security not to deport undocumented immigrants that arrived in the United States before the age of 16, lived in the country for five years, and are enrolled in school or are military veterans.
In its first year, 58% of those estimated eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) have applied. According to a Brookings Institution study released last Wednesday, more than 557,400 DREAMers have applied for deportation relief as of June 2013. Approximately 74 percent -- more than 400,000 DREAMers -- have had their applications accepted, with additional cases pending review. Overall, only one percent of applicants have been denied.
United We Dream has even introduced a "Pocket DACA" mobile app:
But with all these recent steps being taken, why does the Obama administration continue setting new records for deporting people?
East Texas, we have a problem. Years after national headlines over James Byrd's dragging in Jasper, a series of unrelated high profile events have kept the region's reputation of racial intolerance alive and well.
John Craft, an assistant U.S. Attorney in the criminal justice division of the Eastern District of Texas, posted derogatory comments about Trayvon Martin and President Obama in a private facebook group. In reference to Stand Your Ground laws Craft wrote:
How are you fixed for Skittles and Arizona watermelon fruitcocktail (and maybe a bottle of Robitussin, too) in your neighborhood? I am fresh out of "purple drank." So, I may come by for a visit. In a rainstorm. In the middle of the night. In a hoodie. Don't get upset or anything if you see me looking in your window...kay?"
Read the response by the U.S. Attorney's office below the jump...