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scumonkey
April 29th, 2009, 06:28 PM
Michele Bachmann Links Swine Flu To Democrats, Gets History Wrong (VIDEO) (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/28/michele-bachmann-links-sw_n_192493.html)
The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | April 28, 2009 05:40 PM



Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, following Rush Limbaugh's cue (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/27/limbaugh-obama-goes-to-me_n_191923.html), suggested on Tuesday that President Obama was to blame for the swine flu crisis. She went even farther than the talk show host, implying that swine flu epidemics are a Democratic phenomenon that dates back to President Carter.
"I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it's an interesting coincidence."
Unfortunately, Bachmann's facts are a little off. As Glenn Thrush notes, Republican President Gerald Ford, not Carter (http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0409/Dems_in_power_during_flu_Bachmann_notes.html?showa ll), led the country during the last outbreak of the virus.

ZippyTheChimp
April 29th, 2009, 06:58 PM
What must the people in her CD be like?

ZippyTheChimp
July 13th, 2011, 02:29 PM
^
Homophobic?



The Depth of Michele Bachmann's Fear of Gays

Elspeth Reeve

Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has said being gay is "personal enslavement," "part of Satan," "sad," "dangerous," and is--in her estimation, a negative development--now "made to look good" on TV instead of the subject of mincing jokes. Her husband runs a counseling clinic that claims to be able to cure patients of their homosexuality. But now Bachmann says she's "not running to be anyone's judge." (http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2011/07/bachmanns-lifelong-anti-gay-crusade/39629/) The Republican's thoughts gay people seem like a weird throwback, given that a majority of Americans (http://www.gallup.com/poll/147662/first-time-majority-americans-favor-legal-gay-marriage.aspx) now support gay marriage and Congress repealed the military's ban on gays last fall with overwhelming public support (http://www.gallup.com/poll/145130/support-repealing-dont-ask-dont-tell.aspx). But despite the conventional wisdom that the Tea Party doesn't care (http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/04/what-social-issues-truce) all that much about social issues, they're still very important in Republican politics. A Des Moines Register poll last month showed that 58 percent of Republican caucus voters would not support a candidate who was in favor of civil unions, Jennifer Jacobs reports (http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2011/06/26/iowa-poll-civil-unions-are-minefield-for-gop-candidates/).

Gawker's Seth Abramovitch (http://gawker.com/5820706/michele-bachmann-in-her-own-words-gays-are-part-of-satan) collects some of Bachmann's comments as transcribed by anti-Bachmann site DumpBachmann.com (http://www.dumpbachmann.com/2011/01/michele-bachmann-effects-of-gay.html) in January, from a 2004 speech to the National Education Leadership Conference (you can listen to the audio here (http://dumpmichelebachmann.com/audio/MB_Edwatch_Nov2004.mp3)), that might be less weird to an Iowa Republican than your typical independent voter.


"...Any of you who have members of your family that are in the lifestyle--we have a member of our family that is. This is not funny. It's a very sad life. It's part of Satan, I think, to say this is gay. It's anything but gay."

"...Because if you're involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it's bondage. Personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement. And that's why this is so dangerous."

"...If you'll recall television maybe 15, 20 years ago, if you'd see something about gays it would be an outlandish kind of an outfit, it would be a kind of tittering, making fun. But that's different now. Now gays are made to look good."

But while these comments are shocking to the what polls show are the average person, they fit right in in Iowa, which happens to host the first vote of the Republican primary. The state is a must-win for Bachmann, which helps explain why she was the first Republican candidate (http://gawker.com/5819402/michele-bachmann-is-first-to-sign-iowas-delightful-marriage-vow) to sign a family values pledge put forward by the Iowa group The Family Leader called "The Marriage Vow"--a document that made the candidate promise to be faithful to her spouse, fight the establishment of Sharia law in America, oppose same-sex marriage, and agree that black kids had a better family life during slavery. After outrage (http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2011/07/rainbow-anger-over-michele-bachmanns-marriage-vow/39748/) about that little slavery bit exploded on the Internet, The Family Leader deleted (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/conservative-marriage-vow-pledge-drops-slavery-reference/2011/07/12/gIQA5ibjAI_story.html) the passage from its pledge. Bachmann's spokesman clarified, for the record, that "Congresswoman Bachmann believes that slavery was horrible (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/58631.html)." Rival candidate Rick Santorum later said he'd been "taken aback" (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/conservative-gop-presidential-candidate-rick-santorum-taken-aback-by-the-marriage-vow/) by the adultery part. But he signed anyway.

Copyright © 2011 by The Atlantic Monthly Group

lofter1
July 13th, 2011, 02:40 PM
Michele before the makeover, speaking her mind back in 2004:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJdRHE3ppj4

The good Dr. Bachman, battling the Barbarians ...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8spCOEePSo

More with Marcus ...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfFplKYRnqA

stache
July 13th, 2011, 02:51 PM
Is it just me but this guy looks like Chaz Bono's secret gay (bottom) twin brother(?)

scumonkey
July 13th, 2011, 03:23 PM
"all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"
That's why all good men (and women) should rise up and speak out
AGAINST Michele Bachman!

eddhead
July 13th, 2011, 03:53 PM
This woman is dumber than a turnip and bat shit crazy. God help her if she is taking Medicare $'s to 'cure' homosexuality.
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http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/12/whats-going-on-at-the-bachmann-clinic/

By: CNN's Jim Acosta and Erika Dimmler (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/tag/cnns-jim-acosta-and-erika-dimmler/)

Lake Elmo, MN (CNN)-In her campaign for president, Michele Bachmann touts her background as a small business owner.
"A small business job creator," is how the Minnesota Congresswoman and Republican Presidential candidate described herself in her first campaign ad in Iowa.

That business is Bachmann and Associates. It's a Christian counseling service located outside Minneapolis. Bachmann started the center with her husband, Marcus who is the lead counselor at the clinic. The aspiring first couple and their children are pictured on the center's web site.
For at least five years, Bachmann and Associates has faced accusations it uses a controversial therapy that encourages gay and lesbian patients to change their sexual orientation.

Andrew Ramirez, a former patient at Bachmann and Associates, said in an interview with CNN he witnessed the practice first-hand. In 2004, Ramirez turned to the clinic at the urging of his mother who wanted him to talk about his homosexuality.

Just 17 at the time, Ramirez said he was immediately skeptical of what one of the clinic's counselors told him.

"It was therapy that would help me change from being homosexual to straight," Ramirez said. "If I did this and worked his therapy program, God would perform a miracle and I could no longer be gay," Ramirez added he was told.

Ramirez was assigned a therapy program consisting of prayer, reading Bible passages, and mentoring with an ex-lesbian minister. If none of that worked, Ramirez said the counselor had another suggestion.

"Not acting out on my same sex attractions and living a life of celibacy," Ramirez said.

After the second session, Ramirez told his mother, Beth Shellenbarger, he wanted to stop the therapy.

"And I could just hear his voice quiver and I just said, 'you know, Andy, if you're good with being gay then I am too,'" Shellenbarger said.
The American Psychological Association is sharply critical of efforts by counselors to change a patient's sexual orientation, what's known in the mental health community as "reparative therapy."

"There is insufficient evidence to support the use of psychological interventions to change sexual orientation," one APA report said.
Marcus Bachmann has suggested parents of gay teenagers can turn to religion for help.

In an interview last year with the "Point of View" talk radio program, Bachmann was asked how parents should deal with a teenager who thinks he or she is gay.

"I think you clearly say 'what is the understanding of God's word on homosexuality,'" Bachmann said. "We have to understand barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined and just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn't mean we're supposed to go down that road," he continued.

In 2006, Bachmann denied his clinic engaged in reparative therapy to "City Pages," a Minneapolis newspaper. "That's a false statement," Bachmann said. "If someone is interested in talking to us about their homosexuality, we are open to talking about that. But if someone comes in a homosexual and they want to stay homosexual, I don't have a problem with that," he continued.

This week, a gay rights group called "Truth Wins Out" released to CNN a hidden camera video recorded by one of its activists who posed as a patient at Bachmann and Associates.

In the video reviewed by CNN, a counselor can be heard suggesting homosexuality can be treated at the center, to varying degrees of success.
"You can actually leave homosexuality completely and become heterosexual?" the undercover activist asked on the video. "Definitely," the counselor responded. "It's happened before. It really has," the counselor added.

But the counselor cautioned he is not an expert on the subject.

"I don't have a ton of experience with this. I mean, a little bit here and there," the counselor added.

Michele Bachmann has a long history of controversial views on homosexuality.

As a senator in the Minnesota legislature in 2004, Bachmann called for an amendment to the state constitution that would block gay marriages in other states from being recognized in Minnesota.

"If we allow this to happen, group marriage, polygamy, and much worse would not be far behind," Bachmann said in a video to her supporters.
In an appeal to socially conservative Iowa voters earlier this month, she signed a "Marriage Vow" pledge that also equated same sex couples with polygamists.

Both Bachmann and her husband declined to discuss the clinic's practices. A secretary at the clinic referred all questions to the Bachmann presidential campaign. A sign on the center's door says "no media."
A statement released by her presidential campaign said the Bachmanns were unable to comment on the clinic's practices out of respect for its patients.

"The Bachmann's are in no position ethically, legally, or morally to discuss specific courses of treatment concerning the clinic's patients," the statement said.

The issue has followed Bachmann onto the campaign trail. Asked about the clinic's practices at an event in Iowa Monday, Bachmann dodged the question.

"Well, I'm running for the presidency of the United States. And I'm here today to talk about job creation," Bachmann told WHO-TV. "We're very proud of the business that we've created," she added.

Filed under: 2012 (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/category/2012/) • Gay rights (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/category/gay-rights/) • Michele Bachmann (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/category/michele-bachmann/)

ZippyTheChimp
July 13th, 2011, 04:14 PM
Michelle is the joker, but Marcus is the wild-card in the deck. I'm telling you now, he'll have a big effect on her campaign, bigger than all of her stupid remarks.

In a poetic justice world, on the night of the RNC convention, Marcus walks in with one of his clinic patients and announces, "It seems this ex-gay therapy is temporary." Next day, bumper stickers appear: "Michelle Bachmann - Satan's Spouse"

lofter1
July 13th, 2011, 06:17 PM
As has been pointed out elsewhere ...

Two Peas in a Pod:

http://cdn.unicornbooty.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Marcus-Bachman-Gays-Are-Barbarians-That-Need-To-Be-Educated.jpg...http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_r0qjRIpY0DE/Sjy7KurLBGI/AAAAAAAAAEE/qk2O_TTeiAw/s320/stuart+smalley.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__hEhRICcaIQ/SRRxAsu0pyI/AAAAAAAAACo/aQL_suqZT-o/s400/stuartSmalley.jpg...http://veracitystew.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Marcus-BachmannX390-300x211.jpg

Ninjahedge
July 14th, 2011, 01:39 PM
Listening to the radio program......


He's gay.


Just the way he uses third person plural (inclusive) pronouns talking about experimentation and the like.... I hate to say it, but many people do NOT experiment and are really not curious about homosexuality in that way unless they themselves are gay.

HE was "curious" and now he is on a Jihad to somehow absolve himself of his self perceived "sin".

What a tool.

scumonkey
July 14th, 2011, 07:45 PM
Michele Bachmann’s Problem With Gay People Could Soon Become a Problem for Her


7/13/11 at 10:20 AM
160Comments (http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/07/michele_bachmanns_problem_with.html#comments)

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/07/michele_bachmanns_problem_with.html
http://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/intel/2011/06/27/27_bachman.o.jpg/a_190x190.jpg Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Now, it's no secret that Michele and Marcus Bachmann don't like gay people. As a state senator, Michele introduced a state constitutional amendment barring marriage equality, and as a United States representative she's said she'd support a federal amendment doing the same. And in recent weeks a number of stories have revealed that her husband's Christian counseling clinic (which received state and federal support) preaches that gay people can be cured (http://www.thenation.com/article/161883/%E2%80%98god-has-created-you-heterosexuality%E2%80%99-clinics-owned-michele-bachmann%E2%80%99s-husband-practi), which is not therapy that is backed by any credible medical association. And this morning Gawker points us back to an audiotape of Michele Bachmann from 2004, which was posted by the Dump Bachmann blog (http://www.dumpbachmann.com/2011/01/michele-bachmann-effects-of-gay.html), when she was addressing an educational conference. She spoke exclusively about the threat of gay marriage.

Referring to the 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that legalized marriage equality in that state, she said: "Something that was meant for evil was used for good," in that it helped garner George W. Bush's reelection. "If you're involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it's bondage. Personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement," she added. "And that's why this is so dangerous."

For good measure, she also threw in some broad lies. "Almost all if not all individuals who have gone into the lifestyle have been abused at one time in their life, either by a male or a female," she said. "There has been profound hurt that has happened in almost all if not all of their lives." And the consequences of legalized marriage equality, she warns, will be dire. "The first thing that will occur, once the legalization occurs, is that if this curriculum is not being taught already, it will be mandated, it must be taught in the schools."

Bachmann went on to lament the normalization of gay people on television and to look wistfully back on the days when the media used to only make fun of them. She called GLSEN's anti-bullying training to teachers "trash" and "garbage" and lambasted Sex and the City for having a minor gay character. And then she threw in the best whopper of them all. "I almost think that the gay community has hired [anti-gay hatemonger Fred Phelps], or created this guy, to do what he does," she said. "He is their best friend."

Here's the thing: Bachmann seems to realize that pushing the anti-gay button too hard could backfire for her — she dodged questions about her husband's clinic (http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/michele-bachmann-exclusive-pray-gay-candidates-clinic/story?id=14048691) earlier this week, and her campaign refused to elaborate on what services it provides. But her anger-filled stance on the gay lifestyle isn't political strategy, like Obama's quavering on marriage equality or Mitt Romney's calculated support of equal rights for gay couples but not equal wording. It's clear she genuinely believes these things, fervently. It's part of her aggressively evangelical political agenda. So there will be no nuance, no evolution, no compromise coming from her direction on gay rights issues. The best she can do is hope to dance with the bigots now and avoid the issue in the general election.

Because the fact of the matter is, most Americans support the right of gay people to marry (http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/04/that_gay-marriage_graph_is_get.html). Yes, there is a segment of the population that wants a politician to spout anti-LGBT rhetoric, but it's the segment that GOP candidates pander to in the primary and then flee from, toward the center, in the general election. And even though the vast majority of marriage equality supporters aren't single-issue voters that would turn away from a candidate based on their stance on the issue, the statistic does indicate that most Americans find persecution of LGBT people distasteful. Words like evil and enslaved and garbage aren't words that most voters like hearing coming from a leader when it's talking about fellow Americans who aren't doing anybody any harm.

lofter1
July 14th, 2011, 08:03 PM
These cretin-brained school marms pop up every few years.

Like crab grass, they're have gnarly roots and are hard to get rid of ...

http://www.eagleforum.org/events/2010/images/Schlafly-Bachmann-CMF-Chicago-2010u.jpg

http://www.publiceye.org/magazine/v20n2/phyllis_schlafly.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_33gCHplSKD8/TThjkMto-eI/AAAAAAAAAA8/dTaTfIJk-E8/s1600/Phyllis Schlafly.jpg

http://www.amoeba.com/dynamic-images/blog/Charles/phyllis-schlafly-era.jpeg

http://popculturenerd.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/s-anita-bryant-pie-homosexual.jpg?w=275&h=155

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/defamer/2008/11/anita_bryant.jpg

http://www.sptimes.com/2002/04/28/photos/bry-cow.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f6/Anita_Bryant_Sucks_Oranges_button.jpg

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stache
July 14th, 2011, 09:01 PM
The joke was on Anita. Her ex was a big screamer.

Ninjahedge
July 15th, 2011, 10:14 AM
For good measure, she also threw in some broad lies. "Almost all if not all individuals who have gone into the lifestyle have been abused at one time in their life, either by a male or a female,"

She knows.

She has done her part to abuse them to the best of her homegrown American Spirited ability.....

>wark<

eddhead
July 15th, 2011, 12:05 PM
She is up by 5 in Iowa

lofter1
July 15th, 2011, 12:22 PM
Iowa = Corn Headed Conservatives

Beyond the minor bump that a win in the Iowa straw polls might give Bachman, support from that part of the "Heartland" means little these days.

We're far past the era when Iowa foretold the future.

eddhead
July 15th, 2011, 12:29 PM
True, although there are a lot of corn headed conservatives out there.

I find it stunning that she could be up by 5 anywhere

lofter1
July 15th, 2011, 12:33 PM
Playing the victim card ...

The Barbarian Defense: Marcus Bachmann, Allies Say Embarrassing Tape Is A Fake (http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/the-barbarian-defense-marcus-bachmann-allies-say-embarassing-tape-is-a-fake.php?ref=fpb)

Ninjahedge
July 15th, 2011, 01:34 PM
Hmm...

Bachmann denied reports that his Christian counseling clinic pushes so-called gay "reparative therapy"


"Will I address it? Certainly we'll talk about it," Marcus Bachmann told paper. "Is it a remedy form that I typically would use? ... It is at the client's discretion."


We don't PUSH Crack, we just offer it to those that want it.

I do not know what is worse, people who do this, or ones that are so concerned about their (new) political careers that they cannot "man" up and stand behind what they are supposed to "believe in".

"Oh, we don't PUSH it on anyone..."

If you do, and you believe it is such a sin, do not weasel out on your own words. Either admit being wrong or stand behind them, don't be a Weiner.

scumonkey
July 15th, 2011, 03:41 PM
Is the American public not the victim here?
I'm pretty sure i saw a video on msnbc a while back, of Michele calling homosexuals barbarians as well,
repeating much of what her husband is claiming NOT to have said, in a long convoluted air headed speech.
If she has been filmed spewing this crap (as if it were a fact)....
but this latest in a long line of :rolleyes:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9bvreW08X0&amp;feature=related

MidtownGuy
July 16th, 2011, 06:49 PM
^lots of gems in there, including "Michael Steele, you be the man"

what a total douchebag!

dougm
July 16th, 2011, 08:49 PM
There's more where those came from, not to mention the future ones she will drop in debates and when questioned the way she will be questioned on the national campaign trail.

She is the media's candidate du jour, but there is no way she will even be nominated, much less become president.

lofter1
July 16th, 2011, 11:27 PM
She's also getting filled with Koch cash, and is now the ordained choice of Plutocrats ....

Michele Bachmann: The First 2012er to Get Koch Cash

(http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/07/michele-bachmann-koch-brothers-2012)Mother Jones (http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/07/michele-bachmann-koch-brothers-2012)
By Andy Kroll (http://motherjones.com/authors/andy-kroll)
Fri Jul. 15, 2011

The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, spread their money far and wide. They fund free-market think tanks (http://mediamattersaction.org/transparency/organization/David_H_Koch_Charitable_Foundation/grants), right-leaning academic organizations (http://mediamattersaction.org/transparency/organization/Charles_G_Koch_Charitable_Foundation/grants), and conservative political advocacy groups, such as the Americans for Prosperity Foundation (http://mediamattersaction.org/transparency/organization/Americans_for_Prosperity_Foundation/funders), which helped cultivate (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer) the tea party. The political action committee for the Kochs' massive conglomerate, Koch Industries (http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/04/06/3936/kochs-web-influence), has also given generously to big-name conservative politicians throughout the country at both the federal and state level. But when it comes to the 2012 presidential race, the Kochs have been more selective with their giving, with only one presidential candidate so far benefiting from their largesse: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) (http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/06/michele-bachmann-greatest-hits).

In late May, KochPAC, as Koch Industries' PAC is known, donated $10,000 in one day (http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?11931686843) to Bachmann-linked committees—$5,000 to her 2012 congressional re-election committee and $5,000 to her political action committee, MICHELE PAC, according to the most recent records available (http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00236489/732084/sb/ALL). (That's short for Many Individual Conservatives Helping Elect Leaders Everywhere PAC.) The two checks weren't KochPAC's first contributions to Bachmann. According to federal campaign records (http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/can_give/H6MN06074), the committee has given $25,000 to the Minnesota congresswoman since 2006, excluding the May donation.

It's unclear whether KochPAC has also donated to Bachmann's presidential committee, which was created in June (http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00497511/731385/) after she officially unveiled her candidacy. (http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/bachmann-announces-presidential-candidacy/) Her campaign has yet to report contributions and expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. But it is worth noting that Bachmann can, under FEC rules, transfer her congressional campaign funds into her presidential war chest, since she suspended (http://www.meetthe112th.com/latest-news/bachmann-move-to-suspend-12-house-campaign-gives-her-flexibility/) her congressional fundraising operation last month. When Bachmann does reveal her latest fundraising haul, a large chunk of it is expected to come (http://race42012.com/2011/07/15/pawlenty-money-situation-better-than-expected-bachmann-fails-to-impress/) from her congressional campaign.

According to campaign records, Bachmann is the only Republican in the presidential race who has received any money from KochPAC in 2010 and 2011 ...

Copyright © 2011 Mother Jones and the Foundation for National Progress.

lofter1
July 16th, 2011, 11:35 PM
And immediately the Koch PR crew at KochFacts.com (http://www.kochfacts.com/kf/media-alert-–-falsehood-circulating-regarding-contributions-to-rep-bachmann/) pushes back, mis-stating what the MJ article says ...


MEDIA ALERT – Falsehood Circulating Regarding Contributions to Rep. Bachmann



A falsehood is circulating among partisan websites claiming Koch has contributed to the “Bachmann for President” campaign.

This claim is untrue.

On May 24, 2011 KochPAC made a contribution to the “Michele Bachmann for Congress” campaign not to her presidential campaign.

News outlets should be aware that any reports to the contrary are erroneous.



Nowhere in the MJ article does it state that the contribution was made to "Bachmann for President"



In late May, KochPAC, as Koch Industries' PAC is known, donated $10,000 in one day (http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?11931686843) to Bachmann-linked committees—$5,000 to her 2012 congressional re-election committee and $5,000 to her political action committee, MICHELE PAC, according to the most recent records available (http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00236489/732084/sb/ALL) ...

It's unclear whether KochPAC has also donated to Bachmann's presidential committee, which was created in June (http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00497511/731385/) after she officially unveiled her candidacy. (http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/bachmann-announces-presidential-candidacy/) ...

According to campaign records, Bachmann is the only Republican in the presidential race who has received any money from KochPAC in 2010 and 2011 ...

londonlawyer
July 17th, 2011, 12:48 PM
The title of this thread makes me think that Michelle Bachman needs something in her mouth other than a foot. These right-wing, religious babes are usually wild.

Although she's a nut, she's very hot for a woman in her 50s. She's what airline stewardesses used to look like.

stache
July 17th, 2011, 06:39 PM
Yes and she has that same old school mentality.

lofter1
July 21st, 2011, 08:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCUX5rDPlis

Stop taxpayer funds to Bachmann's anti-gay clinic. (http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/bachmann_clinic/?rc=fb_share1)

eddhead
July 22nd, 2011, 11:20 AM
Speaking of Ziptrain, I wish there were some way for the hacking scandal to spread to Michelle Bachman...

ZippyTheChimp
July 22nd, 2011, 11:36 AM
Oh yeah, migraines are the big reason Bachmann isn't qualified to be president. What a non-issue.

But it's funny that she has to explain it.



Michele Bachmann releases physician’s note on migraines

By Philip Rucker and Sandhya Somashekhar, Published: July 20

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Rep. Michele Bachmann moved quickly to address concerns about her health Wednesday, releasing a note from a physician declaring her in “overall good health” despite suffering from migraines that must be controlled with medication.

Brian P. Monahan, the House’s attending physician, wrote that he and a neurologist had evaluated Bachmann (R-Minn.) and found that the headaches were “infrequent” and well controlled.

The assessment was issued in response to reports that surfaced this week in which former aides, quoted anonymously, said the attacks are frequently incapacitating, raising questions about whether Bachmann is fit to serve as commander in chief.

Those questions, the latest in a series of controversies that have flared up in her campaign recently, present the first real test of Bachmann’s ability to weather the rigors of a modern presidential campaign.

They come at a critical juncture for her presidential bid, which has gained momentum since her strong showing in a debate last month, when she emerged as a top-tier candidate. A Washington Post-ABC poll released Thursday shows her running strong among Republicans, behind Mitt Romney, and other polls indicate that she is a front-runner in Iowa, whose caucuses are the first test of the primary season.

Bachmann has a chance to cement that standing with a strong showing in next month’s Iowa straw poll. That depends to some extent on whether release of the doctor’s note allows her to move beyond the focus on her health.

The note, dated Wednesday, confirms that doctors conducted brain scans and lab work and prescribed two types of medication that she takes when symptoms arise. It wasn’t clear when the scans and lab work were conducted.

“You have not needed medical attention from me regarding your migraines with the use of the above mentioned commonly used therapies,” Monahan wrote.

As she campaigned in a supporter’s back yard in Norwalk on Wednesday morning — a “beautiful, bright, sunny, wonderful, God-kissed morning in Iowa,” she exulted — many of the Republicans gathered said it wasn’t the headaches that would signal her fitness for office, but how she deals with the pressure.

“How she handles it is important,” said Kay King, 69, a retired small-business owner from Prole. “Whether or not she gets a migraine? We have to keep focused on what’s important here.”

But one of her opponents, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, suggested Wednesday that the headaches might preclude her from serving in the White House. At a campaign event Wednesday at a sports bar in Indianola, Iowa, Pawlenty said that candidates must show they can do “all of the job, all of the time.”

At a campaign stop in Southern California, Romney defended Bachmann. “There’s no question in my mind that Michele Bachmann’s health is in no way an impediment to her being able to serve as president,” Romney said.

News of Bachmann’s migraines surfaced Monday in the Daily Caller, which credited the information to three anonymous sources. According to the Web site, Bachmann had previously been hospitalized for the headaches, which the aides said were stress-induced and caused her to be out of commission for days.

Former aides contacted by The Washington Post gave their own accounts, with two saying that, although they knew she suffered from headaches, they did not appear to interfere with her work.

“There were a couple of times when she gave speeches while she was suffering from migraines, and she performed very, very well,” said Julie Quist, Bachmann’s former district director and a friend, who worked in one of her Minnesota offices from 2008 until March. “She deals with it, rises above it, and over the months that I was there, it was becoming more manageable.”

A third former aide said that Bachmann had attacks every few weeks, sometimes causing her to go home in the middle of the day and miss appointments.

“She would routinely just disappear, wouldn’t answer her phone, wouldn’t respond to
e-mail, nothing,” said the aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly. “All of us [in the office] would just sit there and cover for her because we didn’t know what happened to her.”

The aide said that the decision to come forward was prompted not by support for another candidate but rather by concern for Bachmann’s overall readiness for the White House.

The issue has threatened to overshadow Bachmann’s economic message and her opposition to raising the nation’s debt limit.

Other controversies also have arisen in her five-week-old campaign. Last week, her husband, Marcus Bachmann, was forced to acknowledge after an undercover investigation by a gay rights group that his Christian-based counseling center provides a controversial therapy aimed at helping gay people change their sexual orientation.

Bachmann was criticized for signing a pledge drawn up by a socially conservative Iowa group that said black babies were more likely to be born into two-parent families under slavery than under President Obama. The criticism by African American groups intensified this week after she condemned a federal settlement with black farmers over past discriminatory practices.

Bachmann, a third-term congresswoman who has cultivated a reputation as a tea party outsider and Christian culture warrior, is in her first national campaign and has never run a statewide contest, which would have subjected her to more attention and vetting.

“She comes from an unapologetically religious family, and that will open up a lot of questions that get at her moral fiber and her personal life,” said Terry Holt, a Republican strategist who runs a public relations firm.

Still, Bachmann likes to boast about her “titanium spine.” This week on the campaign trail, she put it to the test. Before the campaign released the physician’s letter, one reporter asked about the migraines, and her press secretary stepped in front of Bachmann to block her from answering.

“Let me just answer this,” Bachmann said. “I gave a statement [Tuesday]. We were voting last night in Washington, D.C. We got here about one o’clock in the morning. I keep a very rigorous schedule. I feel great. And so we’ve answered that. . . . What I’m here to talk about is the debt ceiling.”

The doctor’s letter says that Bachmann’s headaches occur “with aura,” a sensation that signals a headache is about to begin.

She is taking two drugs, according to the letter. One, sumatriptan, is the original member of a family of drugs, the triptans, that transformed treatment of migraines two decades ago. It blocks the release of substances that cause the swelling of blood vessels and other steps in a cascade of events in the brain that lead to intense pain. Patients can inject themselves with the drug for relief that can start within 10 minutes. Most prefer to take it in pill form and wait about a half-hour for it to start to work.The other drug, ondansetron, is used to prevent nausea and vomiting and is sometimes used by migraine sufferers.

Migraines are more common and more severe in women than in men. Worldwide, at least 324 million people suffer from them, according to the World Health Organization.

© The Washington Post Company

eddhead
July 22nd, 2011, 11:39 AM
Listening to her gives ME a migraine.

ZippyTheChimp
July 22nd, 2011, 11:42 AM
Romney just gave birth to kittens.

londonlawyer
July 22nd, 2011, 12:18 PM
As has been pointed out elsewhere ...

Two Peas in a Pod:

http://cdn.unicornbooty.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Marcus-Bachman-Gays-Are-Barbarians-That-Need-To-Be-Educated.jpg...http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_r0qjRIpY0DE/Sjy7KurLBGI/AAAAAAAAAEE/qk2O_TTeiAw/s320/stuart+smalley.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__hEhRICcaIQ/SRRxAsu0pyI/AAAAAAAAACo/aQL_suqZT-o/s400/stuartSmalley.jpg...http://veracitystew.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Marcus-BachmannX390-300x211.jpg

I forgot about Stuart Smalley. What a great character. I loved the one when Michael Jordan appeared.

lofter1
July 22nd, 2011, 12:33 PM
Making the oh-so-obvious comparison between Dr. Bachmann and Corky St. Clair ...

Marcus Has An Eye For Winter White (http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/07/marcus-bachmann-has-an-eye-for-winter-white.html)

Ninjahedge
July 22nd, 2011, 12:57 PM
They have to be careful on the migraine issue. If they tread too heavily, would this be saying that someone with a disability cannot serve as President?

I think her idiocy is more of a handicap.

lofter1
July 22nd, 2011, 03:08 PM
Expectantly ...

13649

lofter1
July 29th, 2011, 02:50 AM
Michele Bachmann: My Husband Is Off-Limits (http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/michele-bachmann-my-husband-is-off-limits.php?ref=fpb)

One commenter can't help himself ...



Marcus gets a bad rap. He was quite a baseball player in his younger years with a reputation for crowding the plate. I heard some teammates saying "he's taken more balls to the chin than Liberace".

scumonkey
July 29th, 2011, 01:27 PM
the comments after that article are full of gems!

scumonkey
August 29th, 2011, 12:48 PM
http://www.boston.com/Boston/rw/SysConfig/WebPortal/Boston/Framework/images/BlogHeaders/PoliticalIntelligence.gif (http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence)

Bachmann: Irene was political message from God 08/29/2011 12:15 PM
http://www.boston.com/Boston/rf/image_835w/Boston/2011-2020/2011/08/29/Boston.com/Politics/Images/Bachmann 2012.JPEG-052f7.jpg Brendan Farrington/AP

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann arrives yesterday at the Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla.

By Shira Schoenberg, Globe Correspondent
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said yesterday that Hurricane Irene was a political message from God, the St. Petersburg Times reported (http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/hundreds-turn-out-for-bachmann-rally-in-sarasota-but-some-prefer-perry/1188559). Today, however, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota representative said the remark was in jest.
“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” the newspaper quoted her as telling voters during a rally in Sarasota. “We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”
Bachmann is an evangelical Christian who has had no qualms about talking about her religious views on the campaign trail as she tries to draw support from religious conservative Christians in key voting states such as Iowa and South Carolina.
Her comment about Irene is only the latest of Bachmann’s religious views likely to draw scrutiny.
During a recent debate in Iowa, Bachmann was asked about her view that the Bible obliged her to “be submissive” to her husband. Bachmann responded that to her, “submission” meant respect.
The Concord Monitor reported in a lengthy profile (http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/272284/bachmann-outspoken-faith-driven?page=0,1) that Bachmann’s faith has informed all aspects of her life, from her decision to marry her husband to her decision to run for Congress.
Bachmann, for her part, has said she remains focused on jobs and the economy. Yet it is her staunch opposition to gay marriage and her views on religious and social issues that have often grabbed headlines.
As Politico points out today (http://www.politico.com/2012-election/), Bachmann is not the first one to attribute political meaning to natural disasters. Pastor John Hagee, head of a Texas megachurch, and televangelist Pat Robertson have both suggested connections between Hurricane Katrina and social issues – either abortion or gay pride.
But her campaign today denied she meant the comments to be taken seriously. “Obviously she was saying it in jest,” campaign spokesperson Alice Stewart told TalkingPointsMemo in a statement.

http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2011/08/bachmann-irne-was-political-message-from-god/ACJ4zJCjJoqxfDK6RT4ETN/index.html




“Obviously she was saying it in jest,”
...yeah...right...:rolleyes:

eddhead
August 29th, 2011, 12:55 PM
Jesus Christ. (so to speak)

Ninjahedge
August 29th, 2011, 01:36 PM
You know, when someone jokes about something, it is usually a clear look into what they are actually thinking.

She could have just joked about "What's next, Locusts?" without that little rejoinder about it being a "message".

"You're an arsehole....You know I was just kidding right?"

:mad:

lofter1
August 29th, 2011, 01:59 PM
“Obviously she was saying it in jest”




Jesus Christ. (so to speak)

Or ...

Jestus Christ!

Love that Michele. She's such a kidder.

ZippyTheChimp
August 29th, 2011, 04:44 PM
Bachmann: Irene was political message from GodI thought hurricanes were punishment for the slave trade.

Merry
September 2nd, 2011, 11:31 PM
:rolleyes: God (or someone) help America.


Being Michele Bachmann Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

byAndy Ostroy


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9bvreW08X0&feature=player_embedded

Tea Party Queen and GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann continues to make bizarre public gaffes which portray her as either crazy, ignorant, bigoted, hypocritical, insensitive, callous or all of the above. Her latest bout of foot-in-mouth disease stems from comments she made in the wake of the East Coast earthquake and Hurricane Irene.

Speaking to a group of Tea Party supporters Bachmann said: "I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."

Forty-five people died from this past weekend's storm, including children. Towns were completely devastated, with an estimated $1-billion+ in total damage. People lost homes and businesses, and five million were left without power. The suggestion that God was punishing these people to send a message to politicians to stop their profligate spending is beyond irresponsible and reprehensible and shows the extent of Bachmann's evil. It's another shining example of how she, like so many of her fellow Tea Baggin' loons, use and abuse religion for political purposes and to spread her vile, hate-fueled dogmatic propaganda.

After taking much heat over her comments what does Bachmann do, apologize? Fat chance. The word "apology" does not exist in her vocabulary. Culpability is not in her DNA. She simply cannot say "I'm sorry... what I said was wrong and insensitive." Incredibly, what Bachmann chose to do instead was dismiss her offensive remarks as an attempt at humor.

"Of course I was being humorous when I said that. It would be absurd to think it was anything else. I am a person who loves humor, I have a great sense of humor," she said.

So let's get this straight: Bachmann denies being an exploitative Jesus freak but she thinks Irene's devastation is something to joke about? I love humor too. In fact, I did stand-up comedy for twelve years. But there's nothing I find funny about the entire Eastern seaboard being ravaged by death and destruction from a Hurricane's violent fury.

What is it about these Tea Baggers like Bachmann, Sarah Palin and Rick Perry that not only causes them to say the most outrageously offensive things but also renders them incapable of taking responsibility for their words and actions? In Bachmann's case, her irrational indifference to large-scale human suffering is unconscionable and is the antithesis of presidential.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-ostroy/being-michele-bachmann-me_b_944580.html?ir=New York (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-ostroy/being-michele-bachmann-me_b_944580.html?ir=New%20York)

lofter1
September 14th, 2011, 02:22 PM
Ooops, she did it again ...

Pediatricians Slam Bachmann’s Anti-Vaccine Comments

Talking Points Memo (http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/pediatricians-slam-bachmanns-anti-vaccine-comments.php?ref=fpblg)
by RIC KLEEFELD
SEPTEMBER 14, 2011

Michele Bachmann’s opposition to vaccinating young girls against HPV, a policy Rick Perry once championed — and her allegation that it can lead to mental retardation — is now getting further pushback from outside of the regular political sphere, with the American Academy of Pediatrics (http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/hpv2011.pdf) chiming in.

The Academy released this statement late Tuesday, joining the list of people rebutting Bachmann’s comments, and the theory (http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/bachmanns-retardation-attack-on-perry-spreads-vaccine-myth.php) that vaccines cause brain damage:

“The American Academy of Pediatrics would like to correct false statements made in the Republican presidential campaign that HPV vaccine is dangerous and can cause mental retardation. There is absolutely no scientific validity to this statement. Since the vaccine has been introduced, more than 35 million doses have been administered, and it has an excellent safety record.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians all recommend that girls receive HPV vaccine around age 11 or 12. That’s because this is the age at which the vaccine produces the best immune response in the body, and because it’s important to protect girls well before the onset of sexual activity. In the U.S., about 6 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year, and 4,000 women die from cervical cancer. This is a life-saving vaccine that can protect girls from cervical cancer.”

ZippyTheChimp
September 14th, 2011, 02:42 PM
I guess she was just making another joke.

As Bachmann's political value declines, her entertainment value increases.

Is there a Tina Fey out there for Michelle?

ZippyTheChimp
September 14th, 2011, 02:47 PM
The good old days of Iowa Corn Dogs

http://www.womeneatingsausages.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/BachmannCorndog.jpg

Ninjahedge
September 14th, 2011, 02:51 PM
The look of the man in the corner of the shot is priceless.


I think the only argument that can be had for the required HPV vaccine is that it is still a copyrighted substance (I believe) and that one company stands to earn a good chunk of change by requiring it.

I will also have to read on the stats, but I heard that its effectiveness is not the greatest. I am not talking retardation or the like, but more like either transmitting the disease or simply not working......

Shouldn't this thread title change to "MB Puts Foot in Orifice Again"?

lofter1
September 14th, 2011, 03:02 PM
Is there a Tina Fey out there for Michelle?

SNL has her covered (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/31/snl-michele-bachmann-gets_n_816166.html) with the always brilliant Kristen Wiig.

Ninjahedge
September 14th, 2011, 03:23 PM
All the comments seem to say "You can't be funnier than the original"......

londonlawyer
September 15th, 2011, 10:24 PM
The look of the man in the corner of the shot is priceless....

I agree.

By the way, I would love to fill every crevice in her body!

14083

lofter1
September 15th, 2011, 11:28 PM
Looks like she's gonna autograph that deep fried wiener.

scumonkey
September 16th, 2011, 12:08 AM
she's actually gonna mark it to show her husband how much of it she can get down her throat without gagging;)

stache
September 17th, 2011, 07:59 AM
And then they'll have a competition...

eddhead
September 17th, 2011, 12:00 PM
Lol

Fabrizio
September 18th, 2011, 04:24 PM
Rick Perry giving lessons:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v33/ronaldo/rp.jpg

lofter1
September 18th, 2011, 06:30 PM
Seems as soon as Michele got the wiener out of her mouth she felt the need to stick her foot in it (yet again) ...

Bachmann: Obama Just ‘Sat On His Hands’ And Let Mubarak Fall

TALKING POINTS MEMO (http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/bachmann-arab-spring-caused-the-rise-of-radical-elements.php?ref=fpb)
JILLIAN RAYFIELD
SEPTEMBER 17, 2011

Michele Bachmann argued that President Obama should have tried to stop Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from falling, saying that “we saw President [Hosni] Mubarak fall while President Obama sat on his hands.”

Bachmann was speaking to about 400 people at the California Republican convention Friday, and as the National Journal (http://mobile.nationaljournal.com/politics/bachmann-calls-arab-spring-radical-blasts-obama-s-middle-east-policy-20110917) reports, blamed President Obama’s for “the hostilities of the Arab spring,” which saw the toppling of regimes in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya and pro-democracy protests across the region.

“We saw President [Hosni] Mubarak fall while President Obama sat on his hands,” Bachmann said, referring to the former Egyptian President. “And we’ve also seen now the rise of radical elements all across the Middle East region.”

In the same speech, Bachmann got big applause when she repeated (http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/2012-gopers-call-obamas-middle-east-speech-an-attack-on-israel.php) her criticism of what she called President Obama’s “indefensible” call for Israel and the Palestinians to make a deal that would return to pre-1967 borders with land swaps — a position that was also held by the previous administrations of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

© 2011 TPM Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.

lofter1
September 18th, 2011, 06:45 PM
A comment from that ^ article that clearly delineates the Bachmann position:

paradisfahey (http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/bachmann-arab-spring-caused-the-rise-of-radical-elements.php?ref=fpb)

Dog whistle politics.

Israel must be supported at all costs and to all extremes until the Kingdom of Israel is restored to its Biblical dimensions. Only then can Jesus return to earth and kill us all.

Ninjahedge
September 19th, 2011, 10:17 AM
God bless Jesus.

Don't kill me.

ZippyTheChimp
July 26th, 2012, 12:19 AM
How Michele Bachmann finally jumped the shark

By Aaron Blake, Published: July 24

Rep. Michele Bachmann is no stranger to controversy or — as we found during the GOP presidential primary — stretching the truth.

In fact, the fact-checking Web site Politifact (http://www.politifact.com/personalities/michele-bachmann/) has rated 31 of Bachmann’s public statements to be either “false” or even worse — “pants on fire” — one of the worst records of any politician. And The Washington Post’s great Fact-Checker blog (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/fact-checker-fact-or-fiction/?tid=rr_mod) gave her four Pinocchios on six different occasions during the GOP presidential primary.

Today, though, for arguably the first time in her congressional career, the Minnesota GOP congresswoman is finding herself publicly on the outs with some in her own party. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), among others, have publicly criticized Bachmann for her suggestion that State Department officials, including longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, might be part of a Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy to infiltrate the U.S. government. (Though notably, Newt Gingrich defended her (http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/07/newt-defends-bachmann-on-huma-abedin-allegations-129896.html) this morning.)

So what gives? Why did Bachmann, whose history of bending the truth and saying controversial things has already been well-documented, finally go too far for her colleagues?

There are a few reasons that we can surmise:

1. She’s got a profile now

Bachmann is now in the illustrious company of the winners of the Iowa Straw Poll (a group that includes Mitt Romney, George W. Bush, Bob Dole and George H.W. Bush). Her presidential campaign fizzled shortly thereafter, but the fact is that a politician who largely flew under the mainstream’s radar now has a little more heft.

With that heft comes more attention, and suddenly the things she says are not just the musings of some back-bench member of Congress but a Republican who actually got some real traction with the GOP base against the likes of Romney. That makes the things she says potentially more harmful to her party.

Which leads us to ...

2. The GOP’s reaction

Bachmann’s letter, which was co-signed by four other House members, wasn’t big news until McCain took to the Senate floor and eviscerated her.

“These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit. And they need to stop now,” McCain said, according to prepared remarks.

Suddenly, members of her own party were no longer standing idly by and (to borrow a phrase from the Boston Red Sox/Manny Ramirez) let Bachmann be Bachmann. McCain, one of the biggest voices in the GOP today and the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, took time to publicly and starkly criticize one of his fellow Republicans. Soon, Boehner (http://www.mediaite.com/online/john-boehner-goes-after-bachmanns-clinton-aidemuslim-brotherhood-remarks-pretty-dangerous/) and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee (http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2012/07/michele-bachmann-huma-abedin-rogers-ruppersberger/1#.UA3DFKBmM1I), which Bachmann serves on, joined McCain in denouncing Bachmann.

Democrats can attack Bachmann all day; the moment that Republicans with such stature enter the fray against their GOP colleague, it becomes big news.

3. The target

Put simply, Bachmann picked the wrong person to mess with, and her allegations probably wouldn’t have made big news if she didn’t name Abedin.

Abedin is very close to the Clintons and has a great reputation in Washington, even among Republicans and the media. Also, perhaps just as importantly, she was turned into a sympathetic character when her husband, then-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), was caught sending lewd messages to women on Twitter last year.

All of that means Abedin has lots of friends, McCain being one of them, who aren’t going to stand idly by when someone levies charges against her. Unlike her previous brushes with controversy, Bachmann is suddenly outmanned.

4. The severity of the charge

All of the above aside, what Bachmann is alleging is on a whole new level from her previous allegations. While she alleged in 2007 that Iran had plans to turn parts of Iraq into a terrorist haven, accusing U.S. government officials of being involved in a terrorist conspiracy is different.

The former charge may not pass the smell test or be based on any public evidence, but it’s not too far afield that many would disbelieve it. After all, Iran is the bad guy.

The latter would be a scandal the likes of which this country has rarely — if ever — seen. And Bachmann is making the allegation against American citizens.

It remains to be seen whether Bachmann has done enough to cause herself any problems in the November election. What she has done is torpedoed any political capital she might have had left over from her brief moment in the spotlight during the GOP presidential nominating contest last year.

© The Washington Post Company

lofter1
July 26th, 2012, 10:19 AM
Has she no shame? Clearly not.

ZippyTheChimp
October 8th, 2013, 06:18 AM
Since she isn't running for reelection next year, we are grateful that Ultimate Tea Bag Michelle Bachmann's days in the House are numbered. But Bachmann thinks it's the End of Days for all of us.



Of Course Michele Bachmann Believes the End Times Are Here

Abby Ohlheiser 1,355 Views Oct 7, 2013

Over the weekend, Rep. Michele Bachmann seemed to confirm what the congresswoman has long hinted: that she believes we are all currently living in the end of days, as fortold by the End Times scripture in the Bible. Speaking to "Understanding the Times" host Jan Markell, Bachmann connected the U.S.'s support of Syrian rebels directly to biblical prophecy that she believes outlines the signs of the end. On the show, Bachmann first falsely claims that the U.S. is funding and arming Islamic extremists (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bachmann-obama-supporting-al-qaeda-proving-we-are-end-times#sthash.AhG15gEx.dpuf) in Syria, then says that based on that claim, "we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history."

Bachmann is a frequent guest on Markell's program, which is more or less devoted to discerning the signs of where we are in the End Times — her ministry functions off of the basic question of "when" and not "if" when it comes to the end of days. The content of this particular interview was first noticed by Right Wing Watch (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bachmann-obama-supporting-al-qaeda-proving-we-are-end-times#sthash.AhG15gEx.dpuf), who provide an excerpt and transcript of her End Times praise:
[the U.S.'s funding of al Qaeda in Syria] happened and as of today the United States is willingly, knowingly, intentionally sending arms to terrorists, now what this says to me, I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times, which is your ministry, we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history. Rather than seeing this as a negative, we need to rejoice, Maranatha Come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand. When we see up is down and right is called wrong, when this is happening, we were told this; these days would be as the days of Noah.

Bachmann's relationship to "Understanding the Times" and its parent organization the Olive Tree Ministries (http://www.olivetreeviews.org/component/k2/item/4279-the-end-of-world-politics-september-11) hasn't gone unnoticed. Back in 2011, Mother Jones (http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/05/does-michele-bachmann-think-world-ending?page=2) did a long, quite good, story on Bachmann's mixture of prophecy and politics. Her take on the extent of the U.S.'s backing of Israel is based in it, for instance: in 2010, Bachmann cited Genesis 12:3 while explaining her political stance on the subject: "I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." That's a quote from God to Abraham, from whom in the Bible all Israelites are descended. And while she's made a bunch of appearances over the years on Markell's show, Bachmann herself has played a bit coy with that association, as Mother Jones found:

When Minneapolis' City Pages first reported (http://www.citypages.com/content/printVersion/15670/) on Bachmann's relationship with Markell in 2005, the then-state senator denied any knowledge of Olive Tree Ministries. However, Markell tells Mother Jones that she's known Bachmann off and on for 35 years, and says she spoke about Israel at Bachmann's church in the late 1970s. "My hunch is that they misquoted her," Markell says. "She's been at my conference. Why she would have said [otherwise], I don't know."

As evidenced by the logo of Olive Tree Ministries, the politics of Israel plays a huge role in many American flavors of End Times prophecy. The more literary set will know this from a Lawrence Wright piece in the New Yorker (later turned into a "This American Life" segment (http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/125/transcript)) on Clyde Lott, who tried to breed a blemish-free red heifer, which, according to prophecy, has to be sacrificed in a purity ritual before the Temple of Solomon can be rebuilt.

Talking about the End Times might not be a popular pursuit for members of Congress seeking re-election (which, remember, Bachmann is not), but it isn't that rare among conservative American Christians. In the past month, two Christian groups have attempted to quantify that belief: a recent survey by the Evangelical polling group Barna (http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2013/september/syria-survey-end-times-armageddon-lifeway.html) found that over 40 percent of Americans believe we're in the End Times — a number that matches up (http://archives.religionnews.com/faith/beliefs/Poll-More-than-one-third-of-Americans-see-signs-of-end-times-in-extreme-we) with another recent survey asking a similar question from the Public Religion Research Institute, which has a different worldview from Barna. PRRI's poll adds that 65 percent of White Evangelical Christians believe that the recent severity of natural disasters is a sign of the end. And LifeWay, associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, found that one in three Americans (http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130913/NEWS06/309130157/Syrian-strike-potential-has-U-S-thinking-end-days) believe that the Syrian conflict is related to End Times prophecy. The LifeWay researchers believe the apocalyptic interest in Syria has a lot to do with its proximity to Israel.

Copyright © 2013 by The Atlantic Monthly Group

lofter1
October 8th, 2013, 09:21 AM
It's this kind of thinking that makes the actions of many in Congress so troubling.

What's the problem with tearing apart our republic when you believe the end of earth is near and that life is better on the imagined other side?

stache
October 8th, 2013, 10:04 AM
And her husband can pick out her 'winter white' choir robe?

eddhead
October 8th, 2013, 10:35 PM
can't she just go away? really, pathetically stupid is not funny.

Merry
March 9th, 2014, 01:52 AM
Michele Bachmann Says Obama Is Fulfilling Bible's End-Time Prophecies (http://crooksandliars.com/2014/03/michele-bachmann-warns-obama-fullfilling)

ZippyTheChimp
March 9th, 2014, 07:01 AM
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. -- Bible, 'Proverbs' 17:28

Or


Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.Abraham Lincoln

Ninjahedge
March 21st, 2014, 02:22 PM
"Better a fool to shut the hell up already."

/me

Merry
March 22nd, 2014, 10:29 PM
http://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/845973687.jpg?1396063882

Source: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/548172585866520928/

Merry
March 22nd, 2014, 11:51 PM
BTW, what is a "militant homosexual"?

lofter1
March 23rd, 2014, 06:06 PM
Google offers some ideas.

But it seems the MH team doesn't have a Field Manual.

http://www.ncregister.com/images/ads/Filler_Militant_book.jpg

http://rlv.zcache.com/militant_homosexual_gay_guys_shirts-r72f4be7bb3954fd3a62586eafef329cd_804gs_512.jpg

Ninjahedge
March 29th, 2014, 01:35 AM
Militant ANYTHING is unwelcome.

It basically means an individual that forces their views and standards on others regardless of what they believe.

Unfortunately that is the ultimate oxymoronic irony coming from Michelle.

stache
March 29th, 2014, 04:39 AM
She thinks everyone should be closeted, like her hubby.