We haven’t heard from Crazy Eyes Michele Bachmann in awhile so it is only fitting that she spoke out about Jan Brewer’s veto of the terrible anti-gay ‘religious liberty’ bill in Arizona last week. The outgoing Congresswoman told Yahoo:
“I believe that tolerance is a two-way street, and we need to respect everyone’s rights, including the rights of people who have sincerely held religious beliefs,” Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican told “The Fine Print.”
Many prominent Republicans, including former Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain of Arizona have backed Brewer’s decision to veto the bill, but the tea party leader said they are wrong on this issue.
“Religious liberties and the protection of our religious liberties is right,” she said. “Right now, there’s a terrible intolerance afoot in the United States, and it’s against people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs.”
I wonder how Ladybird feels about his religious liberties? Now that his wife is retiring, the two will have plenty of time to work on their own gay marriage.
NOM’s Jennifer Roback Morse (above) decides that because of marriage equality victories, that somehow wealthy people must be behind the wins:
“…When I was in Springfield testifying before a committee in February, I witnessed the lobbying being done by the advocates for redefining marriage. Individual legislators who had not committed one way or the other on the issue were marched one by one into Speaker Madigan’s office. We can only guess what was being said in these meetings. But not too many votes changed. At least, not enough votes changed to make a difference.
The “gay marriage is inevitable” mantra seems to mean one thing: rich people of both parties in America have decided that they want gay marriage. They expect that their money will buy them the influence they need to get it done.” (Christian Post)
And why would those with money want to “buy” gay marriage. Morse has no theory for that presumption.
The infamous Regnarus study that discredits LGBTs’ parenting skills has come under scrutiny (again). While it has provided quote fodder for right wing nuts over the past year or so, the “study” by Mark Regnerus (image, above) is “deeply flawed” and as a result, the author himself is “disgraced,” says the study’s top appointed scholarly reviewer:
In a lengthy interview with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Darren Sherkat, a professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University, and a member of the editorial board of Social Science Research — the publisher of the Regnerus “study,” officially the “New Family Structures Study” (NFSS) – once again decimates the Regnerus paper.
“When we talk about Regnerus, I completely dismiss the study,” Sherkat tells the Southern Poverty Law Center:
It’s over. He has been disgraced. All of the prominent people in the field know what he did and why he did it. And most of them know that he knew better. Some of them think that he’s also stupid and an ideologue. I know better. I know that he’s a smart guy and that he did this on purpose, and that it was bad, and that it was substandard.
Let’s get down to the details. What’s wrong with the Regnerus paper? Regnerus and other right-wing activists have been fond of claiming that the study is “population-based” or a “national probability study.” As a scientist, I don’t even know what “population-based” means, and the data used in this study are by no means a probability sample. Regnerus’ data are from a large number of people recruited through convenience by a marketing firm — they are not a random, representative sample of the American population. Science requires random samples of the population, and that is not how this marketing firm collected their data.
No surprises here. Having studied market research and statistics, it is not difficult to skew and misrepresent data — either by accident or on purpose. Both sides of the fight have manipulated data to fit their causes.
Although I posted about this development earlier today, I post the news again. Consider it a pinch to myself to see if I am dreaming or not:
Representative Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican whose status as a leading Tea Party voice in Congress has faded in the wake of a failed bid for president and a widening investigation into her campaign spending, said Wednesday that she would not seek re-election.
While Teabagistan is in mourning, Ladybird Marcus Bachmann will have his dance partner back:
That’s all folks. Hope you had an excellent hump day!
Some good news (for a change). Michele Bachmann announced this morning that she will not seek reelection in the 2014 mid-term elections:
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, the antigay Minnesota Tea Party darling and onetime GOP presidential hopeful, announced that she will not seek reelection late Tuesday night in a scriptedvideo posted on her website.
In the eight-minute video, Bachmann never explicitly mentions why she won’t be running, but she does promise constituents that her decision “was not influenced by any concerns about my being reelected,” nor was it “impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities of my former presidential campaign.”
Bachmann’s campaign organization, from her unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, is being investigated for campaign finance law violations by the Office of Congressional Ethics, the Federal Election Commission, and the FBI, according to MinnPost. But she contends that has nothing to do with her decision not to seek reelection.
With Bachmann’s departure from Congress, LGBT activists will be crossing their fingers that one of the most antigay figures in Republican politics will be leaving the spotlight — although there’s always the chance she could resurface by running again for president, for example, or by challenging Sen. Al Franken in Minnesota.
Now, in honor of Bachmann’s departure from politics (at least for now), here is one of my favorite numbers from a well-known film…
This weekend was The Family Research Council’s “Voters Values Summit” which attracted the likes of Mitt Romney (via video), Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann and a slew of other wing nuts. From The New Civil Rights Movement:
The Family Research Council(FRC), hosts of the Values Voters Summit, currently underway, today offered a “prayer” to make illegal homosexuality and same-sex marriage, which they label as a “destructive lifestyle,” despite claiming “FRC does not hate homosexuals.” The prayer, which seems to suggest gays will go to hell, is in response to both the August shooting at the Washington, D.C. headquarters, and the call from seven human rights groups calling for Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor to forgo speaking at the Values Voters Summit.
Family Research Council, (again, while claiming they do not hate homosexuals,) also claim it is their duty to proclaim to the world “Biblical and scientific truth” about gay people, for “redemptive” purposes. Apparently, lying about people, over and over again, and using discredited “science” and the Bible as tools of hate is not hate, it’s love — so they seem to believe.
FRC also states they are working “to advance public policy” to protect the “physical, moral and spiritual safety” of children — because, the logical conclusion from their hate speech goes, gays are dangerous to children.
Romney addressed the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington via a recorded video message, surprising attendees who had not expected to hear from the Republican nominee. His running mate, Paul D. Ryan had spoken to the gathering just hours earlier before heading to a campaign stop in battleground Virginia.
Romney said that his travels in the past year have underscored the “great strain our troubled economy has put on families,” and he aligned himself with the many who are “proud to cling to their religion and to the Constitution,” a reference to remarks President Obama made as a candidate in 2008.
Of course, the group prayed, prayed and damned all non-Christians to hell. Just a typical wing nut weekend.
Michele Bachmann is just plain…well..nutso.Speaking at the Values Voter Summit, Bachmann declared that the Obama administration has been enforcing Islamic speech codes in the US. Where’s Ladybird on all this?
In what is now old news, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare earlier today. In a surprising move, Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote to the delight of many and the melt down of others. Today was one of those 12-hour day at work, so I watched (with some popcorn and Diet Coke) the responses today from a very shocked GOP:
Bryan Fischer, American Family Association:
Sarah Palin, Self-Made Media Whore: “It’s time, again, for patriotic Americans to rise up to protest this obvious infringement on our economic and personal freedom.”
Yes – Sarah Palin crawled out of her shit hole with a response (Twitter above, Facebook below) to refresh her need for attention:
Thank you, SCOTUS. This Obamacare ruling fires up the troops as America’s eyes are opened! Thank God.
This proves to be such an unsettling time in America as we undergo the fundamental transformation that Barack Obama promised he would do to us if elected. Obamacare was dealt in deception and confusion by flooding the public with an overwhelming amount of conflicting “rationale” via thousands of pages of unread legislative detail, which is the radical left’s M.O. Obama promised the American people this wasn’t a tax and that he’d never raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000. We now see that this is the largest tax increase in history. It will slam every business owner and every one of the 50% of Americans who currently pay their taxes. The other 50% are being deceived if they think they’re going to get a free ride – because Medicaid is broke. Recipients of Obama’s “free health care” will have fewer choices and less accessibility. Trust me – this much more expensive health care WILL be rationed; to claim otherwise defies all economic and common sense.
We will not retreat on this. A newly elected legislative branch is key to defending our Republic and fundamentally restoring all that is good in America.
SCOTUS now rules this is a tax? Well, Congress has the ability to create taxes – and also has the ability to rescind them. Upon their return from the July recess, Congress should act immediately to repeal this terrible new tax on the American people, and indeed they must repeal all of Obamacare. This is the most brazen and sweeping new tax and government overreach imposed on us. We the People did not ask for this tax, we do not want this tax, and we can’t afford this tax. This is not an answer to America’s health care challenges.
It’s time, again, for patriotic Americans to rise up to protest this obvious infringement on our economic and personal freedom. November is just around the corner. Today, the Supreme Court issued their ruling on Obamacare. In November, We the People will issue ours.
- Sarah Palin
Michele Bachmann: “We Will Never Be The Same”
Bachmann heatedly disagreed with the high court’s 5-4 decision on the mandate, ruling that Congress has the authority to enforce the healthcare law’s individual mandate, which will require most U.S. taxpayers to buy insurance or pay a penalty. The Tea Party leader predicted that not only will the nation be swept into an economic “black hole” because of the law, but also argued the Affordable Care Act was still unconstitutional in her eyes.
“This is clearly unconstitutional,” she said. “There is no basis in the Constitution for the government to have this level of history-making expansion of power. Because what this means, for the first time in the history of the country, Congress can force Americans to purchase any product, any service that Congress wants them to, which determines the price and we are forced to, which is a denial of liberty.
“We will never be the same.”
Ben Shapiro (who the fuck is Ben Shapiro?): “Liberals who support Obamacare do not give a damn about the constitution.”
Steve: “November decides whether we keep our Republic.”
I love Howard Stern. Always have. If you haven’t heard his latest rant about the ridiculous group Million Moms who are boycotting JCPenney for hiringEllen Degeneres as its spokesperson, take a listen. Howard hits the nail exactly on the head. Oh yea, he believes that Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann should be thrown off any stage they speak upon. Stern offers a great (and honest) analysis of what’s wrong with Americans blaming gays for everything in 2012.