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Minnesota Rep. Bachmann brings tea party message to Iowa,...

MPR analyzes Bachmann's history of dishonesty by: The Big E Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 17:00:00 PM CST Minnesota Public Radio did something unprecedented in Michele Bachmann's decade of political activity: they analyzed her history of dishonesty. Few news organizations aside from MPR and WCCO's Reality Check even will write a story and assert that something she said is a lie. But this is the first time that a news organization has analyzed her history of lying and acknowledge how often she lies. Tom Scheck brings up a couple of her biggest and craziest whoppers: Iran has secret plans to divide Iraq. Obama's India trip cost $200 million per day. Health Care Reform is responsible for health insurance premium increases. Illegal immigrants have access to health insurance under HCR. 5 million jobs would be lost under HCR. PolitiFact finding all 13 of her statements that they have analyzed as False or "Pants on Fire." And then Tom Scheck broke even more new ground -- he asked follow up questions: The Big E :: MPR analyzes Bachmann's history of dishonesty When MPR News asked Bachmann this week to discuss the many challenges to her credibility, the congresswoman dodged the question. Instead, she questioned the truthfulness of President Obama -- saying he has misled the public about the federal stimulus and the health care law. "President Obama gave us the opposite information," Bachmann said. "That's where the fact-checking needs to be held, because President Obama needs to be held accountable for not telling the American people about all of the failures that have come along." Bachmann then went on to repeat her earlier misstatements. If Bachmann makes a run for the presidency, she is sure to step up her media appearances and speaking engagement -- which would invite additional scrutiny. But that may not mean Bachmann will take more care with facts. Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, said politicians have become increasingly dismissive of facts. "Respect for facts just doesn't mean a whole lot any more," Ornstein said. "You don't get punished. You don't get shamed if you say things that are patently false. Let's face it: for many, repeating them over and over again -- even after you've been told and it's been made clear that what you say is false -- just doesn't have any impact at all."  (Jan 22, 2011 | post #14)

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170 Million Strong Support NPR

Obama derangement syndrome continues: Exercise = death! Michelle Obama has been active in encouraging Americans to eat healthy foods and get more exercise. In other words, she’s like a terrible cross between Stalin and Hitler. It continues to blow my mind that the right is upset with Obama’s advocacy. Hers is just about the most benign cause it’s possible to promote. The only explanation for their outrage is a severe case of Obama Derangement Syndrome. Unfortunately, that illness shows no sign of letting up. Yesterday brought a spectacular example: Michelle Obama’s ‘Get Moving’ Program Linked to Pedestrian Deaths The Governors Highway Safety Association says pedestrian deaths increased in the first half of 2010 and the First Lady’s program to get Americans to be more active could be partly responsible. Let that one sink in. Apparently, by suggesting that people to exercise more, Michelle Obama is responsible for the death of innocent Americans! Why does she hate us so much?  (Jan 22, 2011 | post #74)

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Latest Polls Show Obama Rising Star

MNGOP proposes cuts to child protection When Republican leaders said their motto would be “kids first,” what they apparently meant was that kids would be the first place they’d look for spending cuts. This time, it’s House Health and Human Services chair Jim Abeler (R-Anoka) who has proposed $32 million in cuts, mostly to child protection services. Here’s a quick summary of the cuts: Mary Regan, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies, said the reductions will directly affect “children, adolescents and adults who experience dependency, abuse, neglect, poverty, disability and chronic health conditions.” The majority of the funds “are spent on child protection to intervene and investigate in allegations of abuse and neglect,” she added. There are no other organizations or nonprofits that are able to investigate the 17,218 reports of maltreatment that happened in 2009, she said. Kids first. Unreal.  (Jan 22, 2011 | post #6)

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MNGOP proposes cuts to child protection

Cravaack Turns Back On Northland by: keewatinrose Fri Jan 14, 2011 at 08:47:47 AM CST Rep. Chip Cravaack recently announced that he will have one - and only one- office in the 8th congressional district, located in North Branch. The people of northern Minnesota will now be forced to drive all the way down to the metro area in order to have access to their new congressman. The 8th congressional district covers a large geographic area extending from the Canadian border in the north to the outer metro area in the south. The economic interests are as diverse, ranging from mining and timber in the north to agriculture in the south. Do you really think someone in North Branch is going to understand the nuances of dealing with problems associated with mining companies faced by constituents on the Iron Range? During the campaign, Cravaack accused Congressman Oberstar of being out-of-touch with his constituents. Yet Oberstar maintained regional offices in Chisholm, Duluth, Brainerd and North Branch. This gave everyone in the district, no matter where they lived, equal access to their congressman. It is now a 250 mile drive from International Falls to the 8th CD congressman's office, 155 miles from Keewatin, 111 miles from Duluth ( Canada is a 145 mile drive), 108 miles from Brainerd. Is this what Chip thinks it means to be in touch and accessible to his constituents? Many areas in the northern part of the district do not have internet service and not everyone is comfortable explaining their situation over the phone. And there are times when it is helpful, and indeed more efficient, to meet with a constituent in person. Having only one office located in the extreme southern portion of the district pretty much assures that access will be, for the most part, restricted to those in that area. Or put another way, access to Cravaack's office will be limited to those who live in areas that went heavily for him in the election. Remember when we had a congressman who represented all people in the 8th congressional district, no matter what their political affiliation?  (Jan 22, 2011 | post #17)

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MNGOP decides they won't run against Amy

We are very well represented by the combination of Amy and Al, thank you. No teabaggers for Minnesota, please.  (Jan 22, 2011 | post #8)

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Education 'urgency' questioned

The right misleads as they abandon our schools The right continues to ignore our massive deficit, but it requires some logical gymnastics for them to accomplish the feat. Take Gary Gross at Let Freedom Ring, who isn’t happy that I’m factoring in the forecast $500 million* increase in school funding for this biennium when I write about the MNGOP’s planned education cut. Where to even begin? Even if we ignore that $500 million, the Buesgens budget would be a $2.4 billion cut to school funding — over 17 percent. And let’s not forget, our schools are adding students, which is why funding is scheduled to increase in the first place. The graph at right shows changes in real per-capita education spending. You can clearly see the absolutely abysmal effect the Buesgens proposal would have on spending per student. I know the right has some sort of ideological point to prove about the budget. But the cost of their effort is already apparent. In their misguided effort to ignore our massive deficit, look what they will do to our children. I’d like to hear how they will claim they can make a $2.4 - $2.9 billion cut to our schools — a cost of several thousand per student — without any negative consequences. *Gross writes $1 billion, but that’s my fault. I had originally called it a $1 billion increase because I forgot about the nearly $500 million of education spending paid for by stimulus funding in the last biennium.  (Jan 22, 2011 | post #49)

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Bill Maher's New Rule rips Tea Party for Founding Fathers...

After Promoting Anti-Gay Rhetoric, Breitbart is Named to Gay Group's Board January 21, 2011 5:45 pm ET — 26 Comments GOProud, the conservative group for gay conservatives and their allies, just appointed Andrew Breitbart to their board. However, Breitbart and his contributors at his BigPeace, BigGovernment, BigJournalism and BigHollywood sites have repeatedly engaged in incendiary anti-gay rhetoric. Breitbart's Problematic Rhetoric Breitbart: "I Am Not Endorsing Gay Marriage, I'm Not Endorsing Don't Ask, Don't Tell," And I Fear "The Activist Gay Left ... More Than Al-Qaida." Shortly after right-wing groups like the Media Research Council and the Family Research Council announced they were boycotting the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) because GOProud was attending, Brietbart announced he was throwing the group a "big ol' gay party." He reportedly stated of the planned event: I am not endorsing gay marriage, I'm not endorsing Don't Ask, Don't Tell. I will be the harshest critic of the activist gay left, who I fear more than al-Qaida. But for these people not to exist in a two-party system, for you to tell them they're not welcome in the big tent, I have a huge problem with that and I'm going to indulge in my all '80s Depeche Mode, Cure, New Order fetish and we're going to have a big 'ol gay party at CPAC. [National Journal, 1/19/11] Breitbart: Carrie Prejean Miss USA Question On Marriage "Was A Setup." In a Washington Times op-ed, Breitbart stated that while he's "gay-friendly ," He was concerned about the behavior of the "gay political-activist community": The gay political-activist community - in my view, a small minority of left-wing agitators acting on behalf of the whole - has been on a binge of bad public behavior, and I'm not referring to the bare-buttocked-cha ps look and inappropriately placed sparklers during "pride" parades. The latest high-profile act on behalf of the "community " came from the Miss USA pageant. Perez Hilton, the wildly popular Internet gossip and celebrity hit man, somehow got himself placed as a judge of female beauty at the Donald Trump-sponsored event. Not to be judgmental, but the apprentice behind that hire should be fired. But I digress. At the point in the pageant when the young lovelies are asked questions by those who pick the winners, the flamboyantly gay man (who by day pries into the private lives of stars and scrawls human DNA-spewing phalli under the faces of those he doesn't like) asked Miss California, Carrie Prejean, whether she approved of gay marriage. On display at the Miss USA event was the activist left's pageant of selective bullying, a concerted strategy to go after low-hanging fruit like Mormons. [The Washington Times, 4/27/09] Breitbart's Promotion Of Anti-Gay Jennings Smears Breitbart Blogger Hoft's Anti-Gay Smears Against Jennings. BigGovernment contributor Jim Hoft authored a series of articles -- which he called "fistgate " -- filled with false and incendiary attacks on Department of Education staffer Kevin Jennings and the organization Jennings founded and previously led, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). For example: •Hoft Deceptively Linked Jennings To "Fisting " Workshop He Criticized. Hoft claimed that a 2000 conference sponsored by the Boston branch of GLSEN included "a workshop where GLSEN activists promoted 'fisting' to 14 year olds," citing a recorded exchange that occurred during a "Queer Sex and Sexuality" workshop at that conference.[Media Matters for America, 12/7/09]  (Jan 22, 2011 | post #14)

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Bill Maher's New Rule rips Tea Party for Founding Fathers...

After Promoting Anti-Gay Rhetoric, Breitbart is Named to Gay Group's Board January 21, 2011 5:45 pm ET — 26 Comments GOProud, the conservative group for gay conservatives and their allies, just appointed Andrew Breitbart to their board. However, Breitbart and his contributors at his BigPeace, BigGovernment, BigJournalism and BigHollywood sites have repeatedly engaged in incendiary anti-gay rhetoric. Additionally, his contributors have actively opposed the repeal of Don't ask Don't tell, and opposed GOProud's inclusion in the conservative conference CPAC. Breitbart's Problematic Rhetoric Breitbart: "I Am Not Endorsing Gay Marriage, I'm Not Endorsing Don't Ask, Don't Tell," And I Fear "The Activist Gay Left ... More Than Al-Qaida." Shortly after right-wing groups like the Media Research Council and the Family Research Council announced they were boycotting the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) because GOProud was attending, Brietbart announced he was throwing the group a "big ol' gay party." He reportedly stated of the planned event: I am not endorsing gay marriage, I'm not endorsing Don't Ask, Don't Tell. I will be the harshest critic of the activist gay left, who I fear more than al-Qaida. But for these people not to exist in a two-party system, for you to tell them they're not welcome in the big tent, I have a huge problem with that and I'm going to indulge in my all '80s Depeche Mode, Cure, New Order fetish and we're going to have a big 'ol gay party at CPAC. [National Journal, 1/19/11] Breitbart: Carrie Prejean Miss USA Question On Marriage "Was A Setup." In a Washington Times op-ed, Breitbart stated that while he's "gay-friendly ," He was concerned about the behavior of the "gay political-activist community": The gay political-activist community - in my view, a small minority of left-wing agitators acting on behalf of the whole - has been on a binge of bad public behavior, and I'm not referring to the bare-buttocked-cha ps look and inappropriately placed sparklers during "pride" parades. The latest high-profile act on behalf of the "community " came from the Miss USA pageant. Perez Hilton, the wildly popular Internet gossip and celebrity hit man, somehow got himself placed as a judge of female beauty at the Donald Trump-sponsored event. Not to be judgmental, but the apprentice behind that hire should be fired. But I digress. At the point in the pageant when the young lovelies are asked questions by those who pick the winners, the flamboyantly gay man (who by day pries into the private lives of stars and scrawls human DNA-spewing phalli under the faces of those he doesn't like) asked Miss California, Carrie Prejean, whether she approved of gay marriage. It was a setup. [...] On display at the Miss USA event was the activist left's pageant of selective bullying, a concerted strategy to go after low-hanging fruit like Mormons. [The Washington Times, 4/27/09] Breitbart's Promotion Of Anti-Gay Jennings Smears Breitbart Blogger Hoft's Anti-Gay Smears Against Jennings. BigGovernment contributor Jim Hoft authored a series of articles -- which he called "fistgate " -- filled with false and incendiary attacks on Department of Education staffer Kevin Jennings and the organization Jennings founded and previously led, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). For example: •Hoft Deceptively Linked Jennings To "Fisting " Workshop He Criticized. Hoft claimed that a 2000 conference sponsored by the Boston branch of GLSEN included "a workshop where GLSEN activists promoted 'fisting' to 14 year olds," citing a recorded exchange that occurred during a "Queer Sex and Sexuality" workshop at that conference.[Media Matters for America, 12/7/09]  (Jan 22, 2011 | post #13)

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Semi Automatic Assault Weapon Ban

Violent rhetoric and the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords by Barbara Morrill Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 09:08:02 AM PST In the two days since the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the debate has been raging over the culpability of the violent rhetoric that is so commonplace in today's political climate. Which of course has led to the rapid-fire peddling of false equivalencies by the right, where now, saying a congressional district is being targeted is the same as actually putting crosshairs on a district and saying it's time to "RELOAD. " And while there are many examples of the violent language employed by the right: "Second Amendment remedies," "resorting to the bullet box," calls to be "armed and dangerous," to name just a few, it's more than that. And it's why Republicans are so eager to say, "both sides do it," to the point of equating an anonymous diarist on Daily Kos with Sarah Palin. Because since the election of Barack Obama, the right, both elected Republicans and their minions in the media, have pounded the non-stop drumbeat that Obama/Democrats/li berals want to destroy the country, they want to kill your grandmother, they're shredding the Constitution, they're terrorist sympathizers, they're going to take away your guns, that they're enemies of humanity, that the government is the enemy ... And that, as much as the obvious examples of violent rhetoric, can appeal to the extremist, the mentally unstable, or the "lone nut," to act. And last Saturday, one of them did.  (Jan 10, 2011 | post #20)

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