Archive for March, 2010

Bachmann compares herself to Nostradamus, reverses herself on McCarthylike witch hunt again

March 31, 2010

Our very first post to this blog concerns Bachmann’s suggestion to Chris Matthews that the media should investigate anti-American members of Congress, including Barack Obama. Despite the fact that it was all over the media and the Internet, with video, Bachmann then tried to deny she said it, or at least that she meant it, claiming that Matthews entrapped her.

Now, she has changed her mind again! Speaking to an audience from the antiabortion Susan B. Anthony List, she said this:

“I said I had very serious concerns that Barack Obama had anti-American views,” she said. “And now I look like Nostradamus.”

We are not actually sure what event she thinks validates her belief that Obama has anti-American views. However, we note that reputable scholars don’t believe Nostradamus has actually predicted anything, and that he used a poor version of astrology to do it. So insofar as she is comparing herself to a crank, this comparison may have merit.

Bachmann misunderstands basics of U.S. economy

March 30, 2010

Specifically, she said the economy was 100% private before the 2008 Bush bailouts:

“And what we saw this Tuesday, once the president signed the health care bill at the 11th hour in the morning on Tuesday, that effected 51% government takeover of the private economy. It is really quite sobering what has happened. From 100% of our economy was private prior to September of 2008, but as of Tuesday, the federal government has now taken ownership or control of 51% of the private economy.”

This may come as a surprise to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tracks public-sector employment as well as private. Or to the Post Office, which has existed since our nation’s founding. We could go on. If this doesn’t evolve into another national Bachmann gaffe, it’s only because no one’s paying attention.

Bachmann: Democrats made up tea partiers’ racial epithets

March 29, 2010

No kidding. The Minnesota Independent reports that she said on some conservative talk radio show that Democrats made this up:

“The media wants you to believe that tea party patriots are toothless hillbillies,” she said. “This is a very sophisticated crowd. And then these charges from Democrats that they were spit upon, that there were racial epithets — there’s no one who saw anything.”

The trouble is, as the Independent points out, that several lawmakers corraborated the racial epithets and a CNN producer saw the slur against Barney Frank.

So that’s another lie added to Bachmann’s tally. (Don’t Christians have a prohibition on lying?) To be honest, we don’t think tea partiers are toothless hillbillies. We just think they’re racists. If the shoe fits…

Clark campaign has fun with $10k Bachmann-Palin photo op

March 27, 2010

If you are not familiar, the headline refers to an April 7 rally in Minneapolis (free) and photo op (not at all free). More from the City Pages. In response, the Clark campaign has launched a website called mytengrandphoto.com where you can save substantial money by photoshopping the two queens of conservative crazypants into your own picture. Rachel Maddow did a segment on it.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

After paging through about 15 pages, our favorite is still this one (screenshow from Maddow):

Breaking News! Bachmann was not lying about something.

March 26, 2010

Scientific American (why them?) says the Census actually was used to locate and intern Japanese Americans. Note that this does not mean that the Census is only for that purpose, any more than the fact that car accidents kill about 40,000 Americans a year means that cars are for killing.

New anti-Bachmann ad

March 26, 2010

Americans United for Change must have had this waiting in the wings, because we found it linked from The USA Today on Monday:

Bachmann has introduced a bill to repeal health care, but the media and even conservative commentator David Frum think it’s a lost cause. Frum also said that conservatives screwed this one up by playing to the media-created hysterical masses instead of taking opportunities to water down the bill. (OK, he didn’t actually say “water down,” and Democrats didn’t need help with that anyway.)

Bitchy remarks about Bachmann

March 25, 2010

This is not really about Bachmann being crazy; it is pure political candy. (Though you could argue that it is the RESULT of Bachmann being crazy.)

1. Barney Frank: “Any movement in which the intellectual leader is Michele Bachmann is obviously going to be problematic.” He is commenting on the naked racism, homosexism and misogyny displayed by health care protesters last weekend.

2. Kathy Griffin, the comedian, saw Bachmann at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner and asked her if she, Bachmann, was naturally a bigot or if she just legislates that way. Bachmann aides dispute parts of her story.

Bachmann: there will be 30% more abortions if health care passes.

March 24, 2010

She said this on talk radio somewhere. She cites the Alan Guttmacher Institute, an international organization that does research, policy and education about reproductive health. A small amount of paging through their site does not reveal where she got that information. But since Bachmann doesn’t have psychic powers (so far as we know), this is probably a guess or an extrapolation based on research, maybe on how access to health care affects abortion rates. Guttmacher was a leader in Planned Parenthood, by the way.

MASSIVE EDIT!
The MinnPost went and fact-checked it for us! Aww, look at that, the news media can still do its job sometimes (though these guys are not the Strib and operate on a donation basis). Bachmann’s spokeshole referred them to this article, which cites studies showing that 18-35% of women continued pregnancies they would otherwise have aborted if Medicare funding didn’t go through.

The MinnPost then called the Guttmacher Institute, where they spoke to someone who “seemed to audibly sigh.” The audible sigh-er said those numbers were achieved by supposing that the Hyde Amendment were repealed. If this happened, the studies say abortions would go up 18-35% among women enrolled in Medicaid, in states where there’s no alternative funding for abortions. So that wouldn’t be a nationwide 30% increase. The Guttmacher Institute thinks it’d be more like 2.5% nationwide.

Of course, this is all if the Hyde Amendment had been repealed. Which it has not been.

The article goes on to cite some people from Planned Parenthood who say abortions go down when women have access to health care. This is apparently borne out by the experience of Massachusetts. They also mention a Catholic study saying Medicaid funding has no effect on abortion.

Bachmann lies about abortion

March 23, 2010

She repeats Bark Stupak’s incorrect assertion that taxpayer money would pay for abortions under this bill. This was on one of those conservative talk shows where nobody cares what the truth is. However, MSNBC has fact-checked it as Stupak said it, and they find it resoundingly false. We’re too lazy to go into the details, but Congress rigged something where if your plan covers abortion, you have to pay that portion yourself. Read the MSNBC thing. This was good enough that a Catholic priest told Rep. Dale Kildee of Michigan that he should vote for it.

Bachmann also said some BS about profaning the Sabbath. Since she’s so concerned about what’s in Leviticus, we’re sure she’s also adopted kosher laws and started sacrificing animals instead of going to the doctor when she’s sick.

Missed Bachmann votes, committee edition

March 22, 2010

The Minnesota Independent did an analysis a while back of when Bachmann had missed votes on the House floor and what those missed votes’ relationship was to her media appearances. Now they’re looking at her committee votes, as a member of the House Financial Services Committee. (How do you suppose she and Barney Frank can stand each other?) They find a total of 18 missed votes out of 105, which they say is 17%. The missed votes came on seven days, and on three of them, she had TV appearances scheduled on the same day. It was not specified what she was doing on other days.

We’re sure the Clark and Reed campaigns are all over this like white on rice.