Matthew Vett

And from day to day, everything becomes more subtle and refined.

BREAKING: House Votes To Sue President For The First Time In US History

thepoliticalfreakshow:

The resolution authorizes Boehner to challenge Obama in court for exceeding his authority by unilaterally delaying deadlines under Obamacare. Although he has said he’ll target the one-year delay of the health care reform law’s employer mandate penalties, the text of the GOP resolutiongives the Speaker room to legally challenge implementation tweaks to other provisions of the law.

"This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats. It’s about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold," Boehner said. "Are you willing to let any president choose what laws to execute and what laws to change? Are you willing to let anyone tear apart what our founders have built?"

The move comes as Boehner feels elevated pressure to wage new battles against Obama from confrontation-hungry conservatives. It’s a politically awkward one for his party given that Republicans despise the employer mandate, and have voted to eliminate and delay it. Republican aides say they chose the issue for legal reasons as they think it gives them the best chance of victory in court.

"Republicans want to sue the president for not enforcing a law they want to repeal," said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD). "It is wrong. It is a waste of time. It is a waste of money. It is a distraction from the important issues so important to our people. This lawsuit is nothing more than a partisan bill to rally the Republican base."

Democrats are aggressively fundraising off the planned lawsuit, portraying it as a precursor to impeachment. They’ve boasted about raising millions of dollars from donors recently over the two issues. Boehner has repeatedly insisted he has no plans to impeach Obama, describing it as a Democratic “scam.” The White House responds that House Republicans were discussing the issue long before Democrats mentioned it, and that GOP leaders also vowed they wouldn’t shut down the government before that happened last fall.

Boehner faces an uphill battle in court. The first big question is whether he can achieve “standing” which requires proving a material injury to the House. Legal experts say that’s a very difficult task because no lawsuit emanating from members of Congress against the president has ever achieved standing in court. The next question, if the courts grant standing, is whether the lawsuit has merit to succeed. Republicans may have better luck on this question, experts say, as Obama’s unilateral decision to delay a statutory deadline is arguably problematic from a legal standpoint.

Progressives and some conservative legal minds warn that if the lawsuit succeeds, it woulddeclare open season for the executive and legislative branches to sue each other over any legal disagreement and empower judges to resolve such disputes.

I like how a primary Republican complaint about Obamacare was how partisan it was, and now their lawsuit against Obama, for not implementing Obamacare quickly enough, is just as partisan…

thegorgonist:

tuesdayzoo:

Ape A-sail, Robin Robinson style!
This Orangutan has a toy boat and if that isn’t painfully cute I dunno what is.  Playing with white space!

Phew!  Next week, wait for something a little different from Nicole and I!  Just temporary though ^^

thegorgonist:

tuesdayzoo:

Ape A-sail, Robin Robinson style!

This Orangutan has a toy boat and if that isn’t painfully cute I dunno what is.  Playing with white space!

Phew!  Next week, wait for something a little different from Nicole and I!  Just temporary though ^^

deducecanoe:

I interrupt my frequent unhappy rants about my low self esteem, panic-inducing lifestyle and all the ways fandom craps on itself to bring you ducklings in dresses made of cupcake papers. Ok. You need this. Shut up and accept that you need this.

deducecanoe:

I interrupt my frequent unhappy rants about my low self esteem, panic-inducing lifestyle and all the ways fandom craps on itself to bring you ducklings in dresses made of cupcake papers. Ok. You need this. Shut up and accept that you need this.

(Source: awwww-cute, via petitecaramels)

sixpenceee:

EVERYDAY THE SAME DREAM is an art game about alienation and refusal of labour. You are a faceless, unnamed man going about his business. The game has alternatives endings. Will you end up going to work and working in a little cubicle like every day, or will you take another route and do something different for once? 

PLAY IT HERE

You may also like: ENTITY

I hope the one step left is to turn off the game.

(via otteroflore)

matthewvett:

thelandofmaps:

USA map of the first image when searching ” food” [OC] [1024×665]CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

The horrible experience of being from Rhode Island and being uncompletely unable to ever see what’s in my state…  Sigh…

Oh, good.  I just went to Google and the first food is a picture of hot weiners.  Yay…

matthewvett:

thelandofmaps:

USA map of the first image when searching ” food” [OC] [1024×665]
CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!
thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

The horrible experience of being from Rhode Island and being uncompletely unable to ever see what’s in my state…  Sigh…

Oh, good.  I just went to Google and the first food is a picture of hot weiners.  Yay…