Humorist Garrison Keillor says Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is embarrassing to Minnesota.
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#458 Jan 23, 2011
Quote of the Day
"I didn't come down here this time for personal ambition."
-- Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), quoted by the Des Moines Register, on her visit with Iowa Republicans yesterday.
#459 Jan 23, 2011
Michele Bachmann is 'Ridiculously' False -(The joke is on us!)
" ...independent fact checkers find that the information she [Bachmann] relies on is often exaggerated, misleading or wrong."
"We have checked her 13 times, and seven of her claims to be false and six have been found to be ridiculously false," - Editor from PolitiFact
Minnesota 'Of and By the Corporations'-(I'd laugh but it hurts!)
"28 Minnesota corporations contributed over $3 million incorporate profits to four independent expenditure groups [during the last election](MinnesotaFuture, Minnesota Forward, Republican Governors Association and Democratic Governors Association). The numbers are much higher because corporations and other groups can avoid disclosure by funneling money through trade associations, like the MN Chamber of Commerce and sham corporations."
LOL at Minnesota's Middle Class Taxpayers!-(Doesn't get any funnier than this!)
At the same time the MN GOP is cutting $200 million in taxes on out of state corporations, they are asking for $200 million from state agencies to offset the cost. So the plan is to maintaining un-allotment levels of government aid and higher education spending, while looking for more cuts to give to the corporations? Guess Grandma will have to forego nursing help, little susy will skip kindergarden, and uncle mike will lose his state job...but what the hey... Corporations will have even higher profits.
Minnesotans Have Silly Drinking Water!-(Something to laugh about around the work water fountain!)
MN Republicans are looking to gut the MRCA which was created in 1976 by DFL Gov. Wendell Anderson, continued by Republican Gov. Al Quie, and made permanent by the Metropolitan Council and the Legislature in 1991. The program has five purposes: to protect a valuable state resource, prevent damage to the river, enhance its public use, protect it was a transportation system and preserve the biology and ecology of the river.
Unfortunately it's missing the 6th purpose of the GOP, which is to profit at any expense. Wonder how much longer we can drink water, eat the fish we catch or enjoy the scenery from the river...Perhaps we can soon watch it catch on fire like Ohio's Cuyahoga River did in 1969.
#460 Jan 23, 2011
And Franken isn't and embarassment to Minnesota??
#461 Jan 23, 2011
Franken was a comedian in the past. While in the Senate he hasn't lied and made up stories like Bachmann.
#462 Jan 23, 2011
No - He's honest,intelligent, well educated and the legislation he has presented has been sound.
#463 Jan 23, 2011
Why Won't Fox News Interview Fabulous Future First Husband Marcus Bachmann?
Watch breathless "behind-the-scenes report" from Fox News titled "A Day in the Life of Michele Bachmann". and another Fox puff-piece.
In both videos Marcus Bachmann, the nation's fabulous, future first husband lurks in the background... why won't they let him speak?
Since: May 08
#464 Jan 23, 2011
Maybe he is dumber, less-informed, and even MORE goofy than she is?
While that is hard to imagine, we can only speculate.
#465 Jan 23, 2011
I heard about your distorted thought process from another poster. I didn't believe it. I have just read several of your posts, and you really do not see yourself do you? You are an ignorant partisan that puts out useless quips, which are more reflective of YOU than the one you direct the post to. There are not to many defense mechanisms left out of your posts.
This attack for example...what does Ms Bachmans husband have to do with anything, and what position has he taken that you so despise that you would attack him like this? I think there may be some serious compensation going on with you.
#466 Jan 24, 2011
Does Bachmann Believe Congress Should be Run by Christians?
An appearance on a megachurch broadcast raises questions about the lawmaker's ties to Christian Reconstructionists.
Does Michele Bachmann think only Christians should run the government? She certainly hangs out with a lot of people who do. On Sunday, Florida's Coral Ridge Ministries aired an episode of its new TV series on issues facing the 112th Congress that focuses on "Obamacare." Bachmann is the show's biggest draw, along with presidential aspirant Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), and tea party freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.).
Coral Ridge Ministries is the media empire created by the late D. James Kennedy, who founded the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1960 and turned it into one of the country's leading megachurches. It's hardly unusual for conservative politicians to cozy up to religious broadcasters. But Bachmann's appearance, as she's considering a run for president in 2012, and her association with others of similar religious views, should raise some eyebrows.
Coral Ministries is considered by many religious scholars to be affiliated with Christian Reconstructionists, who take the radical view that Jesus Christ will not return to earth until Christians have taken over all forms of government, among other things.(They are sometimes also referred to as "dominionists.") Kennedy devoted many of his broadcasts to the idea that the Founders were Christians who intended to establish a Christian Constitution, a staple of Reconstructionist dogma.
During a 2005 conference sponsored by Coral Ridge Ministries dedicated to "reclaiming America for Christ," Kennedy informed attendees that, "As the vice-regents of God, we are to bring His truth and His will to bear on every sphere of our world and our society. We are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government...our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors—in short, over every aspect and institution of human society."
His rhetoric tracks with that of the Reconstructionist movement's intellectual father, Rousas John Rushdoony, who palled around with Kennedy and even appeared on Coral Ridge Ministries' broadcasts before he died in 2001. Rushdoony was a leading advocate of Christians entrenching themselves in politics to take over the world and helped launch the homeschooling movement as a way of grooming such holy warriors. He was also a Holocaust denier and a defender of slavery and segregation (apparently because slavery is OK in the Old Testament).
His views were considered so radical that even the late Rev. Jerry Fallwell denounced them. Still, even a decade after his death, Rushdoony's son-in-law, the "Christian economist" Gary North has carried the torch of Reconstructionism, arguing that women who have abortions should be executed, along with gays and people who hit their parents, preferably by public stoning, which North has recommended for its community-building qualities. In 1982, North, also an occasional featured guest at Coral Ministries, explained the aims of Reconstructionists who influenced Kennedy, like this:
"We must use the doctrine of religious liberty…until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will get busy constructing a Bible-based social, political, and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God."
Since: May 08
#467 Jan 24, 2011
Excellent translation from the original Farsi!
Seriously, this is nothing less than a formal call for Christian sharia law -- just as rigid, biased, and intolerant as Muslim sharia law. Simply substitute Allah for God, and you're there.
#468 Jan 24, 2011
I love it when folks who live in a fairy tale existence try speak up on real issues...go back to pretending Garrison, it is you who embarrasses the state with your tiresome, sad, stereotypical portrayals of your fellow Minnesotans...
She does more for the state then you do.
Saint Paul, MN
#469 Jan 24, 2011
Bachmann Comedy Relief Time: Bachmann on Diversity
Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 12:07:51 PM CST
Talking Points Memo (TPM) wrote about a speech given by media spot light thief Rep. Michele Bachmann. In this interesting talk Bachmann said the following about diversity:
"How unique in all of the world, that one nation that was the resting point from people groups all across the world," she said. "It didn't matter the color of their skin, it didn't matter their language, it didn't matter their economic status."
"Once you got here, we were all the same. Isn't that remarkable?" she asked.
Speaking at an Iowans For Tax Relief event, Bachmann (R-MN) also noted how slavery was a "scourge" on American history, but added that "we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States."
"And," she continued, "I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly -- men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country."
It's true -- Adams became a vocal opponent of slavery, especially during his time in the House of Representatives. But Adams was not one of the founders, nor did he live to see the Emancipation Proclamation signed in 1863 (he died in 1848).
Watch Bachmann in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch...
All of this would be laughable if it wasn't for how much Michele Bachmann has made her political career out of working against diversity. Those of us who attended Outfront Minnesota's LGBT Lobby Day in 2005 remember how then State Sen. Bachmann tried to pull a proposed State Constitutional Amendment against Marriage Equality out of committee for a vote on the Senate floor that moment. We also remember how she argued with the Senate Majority Leader with everyone to watch her temper tantrum on the Capitol TV screen because he would not bring the bill out of committee. And then who can forget her hiding in the bushes of the capitol during the rally?
Over this past year and especially this month, who has been working against the diversity of 30 million Americans having access to affordable health care that outlaws health insurance companies from disqualifying people because of pre-existing conditions? That same person said on the US. House Floor while looking directly at the camera that Republicans will not stop dismantling the Affordable Care Act to the point of "repealing President Obama" if that is what she has to do. Who has filed a bill to repeal President Obama's Consumer Protections Law? That individual is Michele Bachmann.
I could go on with countless examples. But I think it is very clear that Michele Bachmann is putting on a very deceptive and dangerous show here. She is saying a lot of badly stated, inaccurate and biased information about diversity in America. Her statement that we began with diversity and became one people as if we should no longer tolerate diversity, tells us that Michele Bachmann like so many Tea Party folks and Republicans do not accept or tolerate diversity. Except of course, when it benefits them politically.
Saint Paul, MN
#470 Jan 24, 2011
Rush Limbaugh was in rare form last week.
His mockery of Chinese President Hu Jintao's speech -- mockery that he later defended -- earned the condemnation of Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), who blasted his "childish and offensive tactic." He falsely labeled Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) a "well-known socialist" during his return to flirting with birtherism. And he devoted several segments on his Friday show to demanding a congressional investigation of a conspiracy theory that he ginned up about the Obama administration bailing out GE with TARP money.(That's wrong on many, many fronts.)
It seems that Limbaugh is trying to regain his title as the most irresponsible voice in the conservative media, a position that is now clearly occupied by Glenn Beck, and it seems that he's doing it by using the exact same formula Beck has employed.
Inflammatory ethnic rhetoric, similar to Limbaugh's open mockery of the Chinese culture?
Beck has already been there. His smearing of Jewish philanthropist George Soros as a Holocaust collaborator was condemned by Jewish leaders and Holocaust survivors. He's also said India's Ganges River "sounds like a disease" and was forced to apologize for mocking an Asian caller back in 1995.
Red-baiting, similar to Limbaugh's attack on Abercrombie?
Beck introduced the modern right-wing renaissance of red-baiting.
Insane, complex conspiracy theories, like Limbaugh's flimsy attempt to reveal "serious insider dealing" between President Obama and GE?
One of the websites run by notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has said that Beck "now sounds almost identical" to Jones. Limbaugh's Obama-GE theory bears a similarity to the conspiracy theory that Beck has promoted about the Obama administration, Soros, and a loan to a Brazilian oil company, in that both involve blaming the Obama for events that took place before he ever became president.
We see where you're headed, Rush. If you want to take your crown back from Beck -- and the attention that comes with it -- you've got a lot of work to do
#471 Jan 25, 2011
What to expect of Michele Bachmann's Tea Party rebuttal of Obama's State of Union speech
by: The Big E
Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 19:50:46 PM CST
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is scheduled to give a Tea Party rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. The question really is, which lies will she tell? Will she introduce a brand-new conspiracy theory?
CNN is carrying her speech live.
I suggest that she'll regurgitate the following lies:
Obamacare is the crown jewel of socialism.
The Affordable Care Act is a job killer.
A majority or (if her kool-aid was extra strong) almost all Americans want health care reform repealed.
The repeal of HCR is not a symbolic act.
What I wonder is will she revert to some of her favorite old lies to supplement her latest and in honor of getting a national audience?
The gangster government lie.
Tax cuts create jobs.
Elimiation of the estate tax is critical to economic recovery.
#472 Jan 25, 2011
We watched Representative Bachmann and she did a fine and accurate presentation where the Obama and the Republicans did not even come close describing what is facing our nation.
Tea party fully understands how the Representative is hated by the extreme left and how some Republicans with the RINO syndrome may wish she would go away, The Tea party and the great representative bachmann is here to stay.
the liberal left and the rino infected republicans have got to get used to it.
That goes especially to the soros progressive socialist left that should concentrate on getting gainful employment Instead of carrying water for left wing losers.
#473 Jan 25, 2011
Michele Bachmann speaks for one person only…HERSELF!!!
It’s about damn time people recognize that! Bachmann is a USER. She is USING the Tea Party as a stepping stone to further her own ambitions. If then Tea Party doesn’t realize that, they are as naive as she is.
Not to mention, STUPID!! DAMN!! Michele Bachamann can’t erbrn get her Ameican History right!!!
#474 Jan 25, 2011
Bachmann is being schooled in the crazy interpretation of the constitution by her pimp Antonin Scalia, who thinks it's a dead document. Two supercrazys that need to be impeached at once. Scalia, Thomas, and Roberts are criminals.Probably Alito too. 4 new progressive justices coming soon. Good. Backmann is a balloon head.
#475 Jan 25, 2011
Chris Matthews: Michele Bachmann A 'Balloon Head'
On Tuesday's "Hardball," Chris Matthews was so incredulous about Michele Bachmann's interpretation of American history that he called her a "balloon head," and he could hardly keep himself from yelling at a co-founder of the Tea Party group which has selected the Republican to give a response to President Obama's State of the Union address.
Matthews was speaking to Tea Party Express co-founder Sal Russo. He played the same tape which had also gotten Anderson Cooper riled up, where Bachman lauds the Founding Fathers for working "tirelessly to end slavery."
"I don't know what to make of that, Sal," Matthews said. "That's balloon head. That's not what our history was founded on. We founded on a Constitution which...treated slaves as three-fifths of a person. It went all the way to the Civil War."
Matthews derided Russo and his group for making Bachmann their spokesperson.
"Why do you put someone like this forward who is a balloon head?" he said. "Who knows no American history? It's a ridiculous decision you guys have made. Do you know how little this woman knows about our history?"
Russo started to respond, but Matthews interrupted him. "Did you just hear that stuff?" he said. "Did you just hear? You want me to play it again? We can rub it in, Sal. It's horrendous."
#476 Jan 25, 2011
A dog knows more about history than Bachmann. No wonder she's the teabagger spokesperson.
#477 Jan 25, 2011
Why does Michele Bachmann like the history of the founding fathers so much? Because, apparently, you can just make it up as you go along! Listen ye children as we do a “close read” of this speech and discover the many amazing improvised historical facts Michele Bachmann made up for us.
Let’s skip past the “the Tom Addison, the Tom Adams, err, John Adamses” part of this speech, and the part when she says immigrants are good, if they were born in the seventeenth century and were white. Cue it up to 9:00 or so.
9:30—Thomas Jefferson would be very interested to find out he plagiarized whole-cloth, without crediting those weirdo pilgrims, some sort of prayer thing from the Mayflower Compact. But it’s her word against his, and he never raised millions of dollars and blanketed the air with teevee ads, so he automatically loses.
9:40—Eighteenth-century America:“It didn’t matter the color of their skin, it didn’t matter their language, it didn’t matter their economic status… it made no difference. Once you got here, we were all the same. Isn’t that remarkable.” Yes, yes it certainly is! Those black slaves and poor white indentured servants were idiots! They didn’t realize they lived in a totally equal society, completely in line with one another. They just thought they were de-jure or de-facto owned by other humans! Whoops! COLONIAL FAIL!(Also: If this sounds like socialism, it WASN’T. Michele says the Pilgrims didn’t come over here for universal health care, so there.)
10:20—”We know there was still slavery that was still tolerated when the nation began.” Oh! So, forget all that other shit she said?“But we also know that the very founders who wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States. And I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly, men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.” She is really stressing the “tirelessly” here, because isn’t it weird that the Constitution would have nothing about slavery in it? And how so many of its framers wanted slavery and owned slaves themselves? People like, let’s see here,“the George Washingtons and the Thomas Jeffersons” she discussed earlier? They must have gotten pretty tired fighting Michele’s “evil” people who owned slaves (themselves). So tired, in fact, that though they “would not rest” until they finally saw slavery banned, they actually all died many decades before it happened! That just shows how dedicated the founders were.
11:15—”We were a self-correcting country.” Yes, that sure is one way to describe it.
12:30—”Did you ever think in your lifetime that you would see the federal government purchase the largest car companies in the United States.” No. Because most people, those of us who believe in things like “sales figures” and “reported profits” realize GM and Chrysler aren’t the two largest car companies in the United States. There aren’t even the two largest American car companies in the United States. And the government didn’t even really buy these companies: one is a private company, and the other is publicly traded. You know what this means? Toyota and Ford are probably owned by the government too, and all cars are made by welfare queens in Mexican slums built between the local Lowe’s and Home Depot. Also, the country didn’t buy those banks she listed.
Anyway, your next president! She will be able to rewrite history at any point, whether it’s the most ancient of history of humankind, or something she did five minutes ago.
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