16 Astute Quotations by Michelle Bachmann

Michelle BachmannMy apologies for this, a blatantly political post. Those of you who love Michelle Bachmann, read no further! Instead go here.

Disappointment sweeps the nation!

It is with deep regret we note that Michelle Bachmann will likely not run for president in 2016. Oh the woe. First we lost Glenn Beck, then Sarah “Caribou Barbie” Palin, now Ms. Bachmann is being persecuted by the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Ethics? Who needs ’em? We want our Comic Relief!

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) campaign for president is over nearly before it started. There are (probably false) accusations from disgruntled staffers but that’s not the real bad news, Bachmann has found herself at the center of an investigation by the OCE, the same entity whose investigation eventually led to the censure of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY).

The accusation? Misuse of campaign funds.

The drawback to this most unfortunate situation, is the reduction in number (if not outright elimination) of earthy, from-the-heart, absurd Michelle Bachmann quotes.

I compiled a list of a few, but in keeping with my promise to keep my posts brief, I had to limit the number to 16. And it was not easy to decide which were the most ludicrous.

“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,” speaking on the Swine Flu outbreak in 2009.

Yes, Ms. Bachmann that’s what it is. A coincidence. Please. Presidents who control Swine Flu? Or wait, that would be God punishing us with Swine Flu because we were dumb enough to elect a Democrat.

“There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design,” at a 2006 debate in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Could you be more specific? Maybe give us just one name?

“Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas,” on the House floor in April, 2009.

Ah, you know what they say about too much of a good thing, Michelle!

“And what a bizarre time we’re in, when a judge will say to little children that you can’t say the pledge of allegiance, but you must learn that homosexuality is normal and you should try it.”

No, that’s not exactly what the judge will say. But you interpret the law any way you want. You’ve been doing that all along anyway.

“But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.”

Ms. Bachman was off in her heterosexual dreamland the day slavery was discussed in American History.

“It is a brand new, billion-dollar high speed train that is going to go from Disneyland up to Las Vegas…Harry Reid, the Senator from Nevada, was behind this measure, and it makes us wonder, is he more interested in making sure kids start gambling at younger ages?”

Uh … I am struck dumb by this one. Not difficult to do in my case, but struck dumb nevertheless. Let’s always bring up kids. It’s a sure way to generate a little legitimate outrage.

”Does that mean that someone’s 13-year-old daughter could walk into a sex clinic, have a pregnancy test done, be taken away to the local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, have their abortion, be back and go home on the school bus? That night, mom and dad are never the wiser.”

Right. And not only that, there’s lots of time before the school bus leaves to maybe, share a vial of crack with friends.

”Not all cultures are equal.”

That’s for sure. Some cultures actually do things that are right, and good, for their populations.

”[Pelosi] is committed to her global warming fanaticism to the point where she has said she has even said she is trying to save the planet. We all know that someone did that 2,000 years ago.”

So since it’s been done once, no need to do it again.

“I just take the Bible for what it is, I guess, and recognize that I am not a scientist, not trained to be a scientist. I’m not a deep thinker on all of this. I wish I was. I wish I was more knowledgeable, but I’m not a scientist.”

No, you aren’t a deep thinker, that much is evident. So why do keep foisting your opinions on people who think even less deeply than you do?

“The big thing we are working on now is the global warming hoax. It’s all voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax.”

Says the non-deep-thinker.

“Lady Liberty and Sarah Palin are lit by the same torch.”

I rest my case.

”If we took away the minimum wage — if conceivably it was gone — we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.”

Just so your kids don’t have to do any of the jobs at the whatever level. Right?

”This cannot pass. What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn’t pass.”

Oh. But it did. And it has. But feel free to slit your wrists. You, as a Congresswoman have health insurance that will cover your ER costs. Not so much those you are asking to join in the wrist-slitting fun.

Her latest sound-bite-producing comment, this time on ObamaCare,

“Let’s repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. Let’s not do that. Let’s love people. Let’s care about people. Let’s repeal it now while we can.”

Ms. Bachmann evidently believes that guns don’t kill people, health care kills people.

Last year, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said she wanted “people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax” and cited the oft-repeated Jefferson line that “a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing.”

(Jefferson later changed his mind on this. He wrote in a letter to a Dutch diplomat: “Happy for us, that when we find our constitutions defective and insufficient to secure the happiness of our people, we can assemble with all the coolness of philosophers and set it to rights, while every other nation on earth must have recourse to arms to amend or to restore their constitutions.”)

However, Ms. Bachmann neglected to mention that part.

Michelle, we’re gonna miss ya’.

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Nothing Says “Freedom” Like Voter Suppression

Watched Rachel Maddow last night. Rachel is one of my personal heroes. Anyone who can get on TV and just talk for an hour and make so much sense and sound so interesting, is someone way up on the People I Most Admire scale. I couldn’t do it.

I’m sure she takes a lot of abuse from the Gay-Unfriendly Conservative Right Wingers but I refuse to listen to any of it. She laughingly refers to herself as “just a middle-aged lesbian in a cheap jacket.” She’s so much more than that.

She did a show on early voter suppression. Republicans naturally want to do this, because Democrats vote early in greater numbers. That’s because they (the Democrats) need flexibility, they can’t always bop down to the polling location on Election Day in their SUVs, fresh from Yoga, like the Republicans can.

Voter Fraud is a Felony! Billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin that went up in intercity and known student residential neighborhoods, which seemed to indicate that the act of merely voting could land you in jail. These billboards were paid for by an “unknown family”. I so wish I knew who that was. Eventually they were taken down and replaced with Voting is Your Right billboards, but who knows how many people were affected by that message?

Florida is required by the Voting Rights Act to offer  a set amount of hours for early voting so what did they do? They attempted to schedule early voting so that the polls would not be open on Sunday Nov. 4th because it is well known that this when churches encourage their members to vote (Souls to the Polls) and there is a huge African-American turnout after church. It didn’t work, the courts struck it down and the polls were opened, but still, they tried. And the lines! Six, seven, eight hours in line in some areas because the polling locations aren’t manned with enough people and the voting hours are structured in such a way that minority groups tend to show up at the same time, thus discouraging them from voting. You know, people who work for a living.

Back to Ohio, Jon Husted is playing the voter suppression card, this time at the eleventh hour, in a controversial new directive concerning provisional ballots. He ordered election officials (this past Friday) to shift the burden of filling out provisional ballots from the poll worker to the voter. Previously the recording of the voter’s form of ID was the poll worker’s responsibility, but not any longer. Doesn’t seem like a big deal? It is, actually. It has the potential to impact the count of thousands of votes. And, remembering 2000, we know how important thousands of votes can be.

I have been in both Ohio and Florida this election season. And while I am glad to be in a state that politicians consider vote-worthy, I am really tired of hearing about how Republicans continually try to get the vote to come out better for their side. If you can’t win with billions of dollars, then suppress the vote. It’s just disgusting.

I’ve been doing a little voter suppression of my own. Here’s how it goes:

I have a benign political discussion with someone (anyone).

Me: Who are you voting for?

They: Romney.

Me:(yawning) Well I’m voting for Obama. Hey, I hear those lines are hours long! What say both of us don’t bother to vote, we’ll just cancel each other out and we won’t have to go to the polls!

They: Okay.

Then I’m on to the next person, but then, of course, I vote anyway!

I doubt it will work but it’s worth a try.

Photo courtesy of Microsoft Clip Art.