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What’s Bachmann said now?

The crazy lady of Minnesota politics has done it again.

In case you don’t actually want to see and hear this lunatic, here’s what she says:

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.

She makes it really hard for us Minnesotans to act all snooty and superior around the Texans, you know.

Comments

  1. #1 Voldemort13
    April 28, 2009

    Gag cough cough. I really can’t believe someone would say that.

  2. #2 Feynmaniac
    April 28, 2009

    How did she get elected?

  3. #3 Dinea
    April 28, 2009

    Come over the darkWisconsin side! We’re kind of all right!

  4. #4 Tualha
    April 28, 2009

    Oh, and let’s not forget the great influenza pandemic of 1918…under Woodrow Wilson!!!1!

  5. #5 Sir Craig
    April 28, 2009

    Especially when you consider the last swine flu outbreak occurred not under Carter’s watch, but under Ford’s. Last I heard, he had been a Republican.

    Unless he had a deathbed conversion..?

  6. #6 SocraticGadfly
    April 28, 2009

    PZ, I’ll swap you her for Rick Perry, straight up. At least you have her shuffled off to DC, whereas, Lil Ricky, aka Gov. Helmethair, is here in Tejas about all the time.

  7. #7 AndyD
    April 28, 2009

    Is she seriously suggesting that disgruntled Republican scientists release contagions whenever a Democrat takes office? Oh, I see, she’s just noting the coincidence that the swine flu occurs whenever Republicans are upset. That IS interesting.

  8. #8 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 28, 2009

    What a fucking idiot.

  9. #9 Rick R
    April 28, 2009

    Jumpin’ Jebus that woman is a grade-A idiot.

    Is she saying that swine flu is god’s opinion on a Democratic president? Is it something else, some dog-whistle comment? What exactly is this moron saying, and why the fuck does she get paid to say it???

  10. #10 JD
    April 28, 2009

    The National Tardensity Alert is now at level 6.

  11. #11 Benjamin Geiger
    April 28, 2009

    See, this is why we can’t let a hostile Republican regime have access to thermonuclear stupid.

  12. #12 Benjamin Geiger
    April 28, 2009

    JD:

    We are approaching DUMCON 1. Request permission to scramble ROFLcopters.

  13. #13 Rev. bigDumbCHimp
    April 28, 2009

    You last time the republicans were in power I heard a lot more babies were raped. I’m not blaming Bush but…

  14. #14 Rick R
    April 28, 2009

    “See, this is why we can’t let a hostile Republican regime have access to thermonuclear stupid.”

    That ship has sailed, my friend.

  15. #15 386sx
    April 28, 2009

    She even out does Anne Coulter. That ain’t easy to do. I think maybe she really is genuine zonkers…

  16. #16 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 28, 2009

    missing the word “know” in that first sentence

  17. #17 JD
    April 28, 2009

    Benjamin: Affirmative. CDC tard quarantine initiated.

  18. #18 Margaret Morgan
    April 28, 2009

    Yep. That’s embarrassing.

  19. #19 386sx
    April 28, 2009

    She is quite possibly the only person in the entire universe who has thought of that coincidence.

  20. #20 Raynfala
    April 28, 2009

    Attention Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Wright, Anoka, and Washington counties:

    Please stop voting this woman back into office. Seriously, it’s not funny anymore. Okay, maybe it was funny at first, but the joke’s gotten old REAL quick. Just… stop, okay?

    Sincerely,

    A Hennepin County resident

  21. #21 arensb
    April 28, 2009

    A friend and I were just having a semi-serious discussion on whether she should be impeached for being mentally unfit to carry out the duties of her office, or kept as an example of the modern GOP, or perhaps as a magnet of crazy, attracting all of the nutcases in one place where we can keep an eye on them.

    I’m leaning toward the second option, since I don’t know of any law that says that underpants-on-head insanity renders one unfit to serve in Congress.

  22. #22 Jeeves
    April 28, 2009

    @6,

    Exactly! The forces that be were getting back at Ford for pardoning Nixon. You buys the ticket, you takes the ride.

  23. #23 Lt. Cmdr. Random Chimp
    April 28, 2009

    @ Benjamin

    ROFLcoptors ready for scrambling, we await your orders, sir!

  24. #24 Jeeves
    April 28, 2009

    Oops. I meant #5.

  25. #25 The Chemist
    April 28, 2009

    I don’t know about swine flu, but I hope whatever she has isn’t catching.

  26. #26 Dianne
    April 28, 2009

    She’s a Poe! A Poe, I tell you! She has to be or my faith in humanity will be irrevocably shattered.

  27. #27 Rick R
    April 28, 2009

    And what the hell is PAJAMASTV? Is that a channel for people who stay in bed all day? In their jammies?

  28. #28 Fl bluefish
    April 28, 2009

    When we get heaven ,the jokes will write themselves….
    Oh ..wait…..

  29. #29 Robin Friedrich
    April 28, 2009

    See now you know how it feels!

    From: A Texan

  30. #30 bassmanpete
    April 28, 2009

    She’s not necessarily stupid; she could just be a slimy politician who knows that some of the people listening to her will be dumb enough to believe what she says.

  31. #31 Newfie
    April 28, 2009

    She’s a Poe! A Poe, I tell you! She has to be or my faith in humanity will be irrevocably shattered.

    sorry… she’s just one bad PMS episode away from taking a chainsaw to the cat.. squirrel bait, that one.

  32. #32 Kevin
    April 28, 2009

    My uncle, Bill Prendergast, of the great website http://dumpbachmann.blogspot.com/ , is working on a graphic novel on Bachmann. It should be out this May!

  33. #33 MikeTheInfidel
    April 28, 2009

    What.
    The.
    FUCK.

  34. #34 Newfie
    April 28, 2009

    She’s not necessarily stupid

    this is true, she could be possessed by a retarded ghost.

  35. #35 Fl bluefish
    April 28, 2009

    It seems like this has been a “give em enough rope” situation for awhile now.
    Someone should be keeping a camera on here 24/7.

    Maybe we should buy her a few drinks.

  36. #36 steob
    April 28, 2009

    Actually, Gerald Ford was president at that time.
    Google 1976 flu epidemic on Wikipedia.

  37. #37 Newfie
    April 28, 2009

    … or she’s the test subject for the Karl Rove chip implant…

  38. #38 John Morales
    April 28, 2009

    Malicious (if stupid) political innuendo, but presumably playing to her voters. “Never miss a chance to vilify your political opponents” must be the motto.

  39. #39 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 28, 2009

    She’s not necessarily stupid

    But she plays one in Congress and on TV.

    She could be a fucking genius but there is little that her actions do to point to that as a possibility.

  40. #40 Jadehawk
    April 28, 2009

    *at complete loss for words*

  41. #41 JD
    April 28, 2009

    Mayday! Mayday! ROFLcopter going down! Tardensity particle levels too dense. Prepare for crash landing.

  42. #42 Robyne
    April 28, 2009

    Beyond surreal.

  43. #43 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 28, 2009

    Actually, Gerald Ford was president at that time.
    Google 1976 flu epidemic on Wikipedia.

    Why let facts get in the way of a good public display of dumbfuckery?

  44. #44 sardonicchemist
    April 28, 2009

    “See, this is why we can’t let a hostile Republican regime have access to thermonuclear stupid.”

    I think you’ll find that what the Republicans have access to is ‘thermonucular’ stupid.

  45. #45 mikecbraun
    April 28, 2009

    Please, somebody answer this: why do all the whackjob, loudmouth, Republican women look alike? They all have that taut, idiotic face with a shit-eating grin and shifty eyes, like Bachmann and Ann Coulter. Fembots, one could say.

  46. #46 postman Jim
    April 28, 2009

    Rick R:

    http://pajamasmedia.com

    It’s a very conservative mediawebsite sort of like Move Off. http://moveoff.us

    It’s similar to Free Republic, Renew America Townhall, and the like.

  47. #47 mxh
    April 28, 2009

    I find it interesting that it was back in the 1980s that the AIDS epidemic broke out then under a Republican president Ronald Reagan, and I’m not blaming AIDS on President Reagan, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.

  48. #48 Cowcakes
    April 28, 2009

    Wow that’s an unbelievable coincidence. We better not let out to the christians that according to them ALL epidemics & pandemics broke out under gods administration.

  49. #49 Erin
    April 28, 2009

    It’s been bugging me lately, but I’ve finally figured out who Bachmann resembles to me. She and Shirley Phelps have the same kind of glassy-eyed rictus thing going on every time I see them interviewed. It’s really creepy.

  50. #50 Teleprompter
    April 28, 2009

    Gerald Ford must’ve morphed into Jimmy Carter after getting the swine flu! So that’s why we haven’t heard from him for all these years…or Michelle Bachmann is just catastrophically stupid. I choose the latter option.

  51. #51 JD
    April 28, 2009

    Oh wow, it *was* Gerald Ford. Hahahahahahahahahaha. Hahahahahahahaha. Hahahahahahahahaha.

  52. #52 Bride of Shrek OM
    April 28, 2009

    I feel sorry for her children. They must be fucking mortified evertime she opens her mouth.

  53. #53 Postman Jim
    April 28, 2009

    Profiting from th swine flu?
    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/profiting-from-the-swine-flu-panic/

    An example of Pajamas Media

  54. #54 k9_kaos
    April 28, 2009

    “Swine flu is a completely natural illness that exists in nature.”

  55. #55 sardonicchemist
    April 28, 2009

    “I’m not blaming this on President Obama”

    Funny how whenever Obama is being blamed for something this phrase pops up. Except Fox, of course, they have no problem assigning blame. Except to Bush. It’s all very intricate.

  56. #56 davidlpf
    April 28, 2009

    It makes me feel better in being Canadian.

  57. #57 Somnolent Aphid
    April 28, 2009

    Oh Minnesota… that’s what 9 months of being snowed in will do to you followed by 3 months of rough sledding.

  58. #58 Norman
    April 28, 2009

    For us Jedi’s, she brings balance to the force.

  59. #59 wet_bread
    April 28, 2009

    Palin/Bachmann ’12!!!

  60. #60 Stardrake
    April 28, 2009

    Well, by the standards of the outfit that calls itself the Republican party, Gerald Ford would count as a Democrat anyway….

    But this is why I didn’t jump in on the Texas-bashing in the Rick Perry Secession thread–my state elected this terrifying termagant to national office.

    Minnesota used to be a brainpower state….

  61. #61 eyesoars
    April 28, 2009

    @32:

    My uncle, Bill Prendergast, of the great website http://dumpbachmann.blogspot.com/ , is working on a graphic novel on Bachmann. It should be out this May!

    Is that so she’ll be able to read it too? Some of us would no doubt volunteer to buy copies around October 2010 for distribution in her home district.

    /es

  62. #62 Greg
    April 28, 2009

    Makes me embarrassed to admit I’m a Minnesotan

  63. #63 Aquaria
    April 28, 2009

    Bachmann is a Darwin Award waiting to happen.

  64. #64 nothing's sacred
    April 28, 2009

    She is quite possibly the only person in the entire universe who has thought of that coincidence.

    Well, I think I’m the only person who has thought of the coincidence that Michele Bachman is the author of both the Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act and the Declaration of Independence. It’s still a coincidence even if only one is true, isn’t it?

    I called all of Bachmann’s offices and left messages asking what she meant by “interesting” coincidence and what her point was, pointing out that it Gerald Ford who was President at the time of the previous outbreak, and asking how the staff could work for such a stupid and vile person.

  65. #65 momus
    April 28, 2009

    Michele was force to quit the DFL years ago when they told her she could not make s*** up as she went along.

  66. #66 Mobius
    April 28, 2009

    It is possible…just possible…that you Minnesotans have outdone us Okies and elected someone even loonier than James Inhoffe.

  67. #67 RMM Barrie
    April 28, 2009

    Difficult for we Canadians to be smug, as we have one too. Rona Ambrose, http://www.ronaambrose.com or http://pm.gc.ca/eng/bio.asp?id=47 is a serious competitor to Michele for stupid. The physical resemblance is eerie.

    Rona considers herself a libertarian and fan of Ayn Rand. As Environment Minister she stated that although the population of Spotted Owls in British Columbia was 17, she did not feel they are threatened and therefore the owls did not need any special special protection.

    So we could have a little cross border competition for dumbest. Rona wins, you get Canadian Bacon ( which we call back or peameal bacon), Michele wins, we need a volunteer from the Carolinas who says that is where the best bacon comes from.

  68. #68 Rey Fox
    April 28, 2009

    I think the Republicans are starting to get a bit desperate.

  69. #69 sugarbaby666
    April 28, 2009

    she’s suffering with bitch flu

  70. #70 nmcvaugh
    April 28, 2009

    wet_bread

    Palin/Bachmann ’12!!!

    Damn! You beat me to it. But you forgot – “Mmmm – that’s good crazy!”

  71. #71 Julian
    April 28, 2009

    You Minnesotans should take a page from our book down here in Texas and refuse to fund her congressional office until she issues a retraction. Governor Goodhair ain’t getting a dime from the Lege until he goes before a joint session and apologizes for his anti-Union, secessionist idiocy.

  72. #72 currie jean
    April 28, 2009

    (pet peeve warning)

    Arrrrgh, there’s NO SUCH THING as an interesting coincidence! If it’s a coincidence, there’s no causal relationship, the things have nothing to do with one another aside from the SINGLE coincidental point already mentioned, and that’s it. There’s nothing more to investigate, so we then go on to INTERESTING things, like things with more than mere APPARENT relationships to one another.

    I fucking hate it when people say “interesting coincidence.” It’s nothing but a weasely attempt to draw unsupported causal relationships between unrelated things and get away with it, with their hands out in the air, as if to say, “Hey, it’s got nothing to do with me!” Fuck you.

  73. #73 Lt. Cmdr. Random Chimp
    April 28, 2009

    O NOES!!11eleventy-one!!111!

    *BOOM* *CRASH*

    Our entire fleet of ROFLcoptors have been destroyed!!! WE’RE DOOMED!!!! SOMEONE (preferably from Canada) SAVE US!!!!

  74. #74 reggie
    April 28, 2009

    I find it interesting that Michele Bachmann is in politics. You know who else was into politics? Hitler. I’m not saying Michele Bachmann is Hitler. I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.

  75. #75 RMM Barrie
    April 28, 2009

    Lt. Cmdr. Random Chimp @73

    Cannot do, see @67

  76. #76 Ranger_Rick
    April 28, 2009

    Hate to be so outspoken (-wicked grin-) but here’s an example of the Rethuglicans saying anything to get the spotlight off Shrub Bush, Cheney and Condi for torturing others and riding herd on a Chernobylian financial meltdown…the likes we’ve never seen.

    Bachmann should dress herself in red and smell more herring like. For more Michelle, check out this video of her “grilling” Geithner and Bernanke the other day for more yukes! She’s so shit-for-brains focused, isn’t she?

    I’m from Minnesota and I apologize to the rest of the world for our political and education system here…it is truly piss poor in some areas (but, yeah, we were smart enough, however, to import PZ and as you can see we desperately needed him!)

  77. #77 raven
    April 28, 2009

    Especially when you consider the last swine flu outbreak occurred not under Carter’s watch, but under Ford’s. Last I heard, he had been a Republican.

    Correct, the Fort Dix cluster was in 1976 and Ford was president.

    Bachmann must not be very bright or terminally insane or drugged up on meds or something. This isn’t the first time she has gotten simple facts wrong.

    She is getting to be like a slow motion train wreck. You know it is horrible, you know you shouldn’t look, and so you peek through your fingers, and yeah, it is as bad as you expected.

    The big question isn’t what is wrong with her. Nothing a brain transplant won’t fix. What is wrong with all those Minnesota voters who keep reelecting her?

  78. #78 Davidlpf
    April 28, 2009

    She would have about the same level of international relations as Palin since she lives so close to Canada.

  79. #79 Diego
    April 28, 2009

    @ 34: Newfie, you made me laugh out loud!! It’s funny because it’s true. She even LOOKS like she is possessed be a mentally deficient ghost. It would explain the blank stare.

  80. #80 Ichthyic
    April 28, 2009
  81. #81 omnot
    April 28, 2009

    I can’t stop laughing with incredulity, but at the same time; Aaah! It buuurns!

    I’m so far past wondering how this woman got elected. I want to know; How has she not died from being so stupid?

  82. #82 Newfie
    April 28, 2009

    Sheila Copps for Dereck Jeeter.

  83. #83 ocminimoto
    April 28, 2009

    Aw, don’t wine, she’s easy on the eyes and very entertaining!

  84. #84 Ichthyic
    April 28, 2009

    yikes! I read some of those energy bills she authored.

    she’s not only stupider than a box of hammers, she’s about to start dropping hammers on all of our toes.

    She basically wants to bypass all oversight organizations to approve energy leases on all federal land, BLM and dept. of the interior be damned.

    I suggest a fucking recall election!

  85. #85 BC
    April 28, 2009

    I for one appreciate Michelle Bachmann.
    When local politicians are making ridiculous statements that threaten my health through raised blood pressure, I reflect ‘They may be stupid, but they are no Bachmann.’ and my heart calmeth.

  86. #86 JC
    April 28, 2009

    If stupid thoughts could create a vacuum, Rep. Bachmann would have just sucked about half of Minnesota into her skull.

    And Erin #49, look at the Wiki entry for the infamous former Florida Sec. of State Katherine Harris. The resemblance is more than just a little spooky.

  87. #87 Fl bluefish
    April 28, 2009

    Check this out…

    “Mexico City Sees Swine Flu Virus on Second Anniversary of OKing Abortion”

    http://www.lifenews.com/int1169.html

    h/t to Phila, Pizen Sarpint.

  88. #88 CalGeorge
    April 29, 2009

    Good job, Michele, you’ve got the paranoid moron vote pretty much wrapped up.

  89. #89 ndt
    April 29, 2009

    Michelle Bachmann is why I don’t make fun of Texans.

  90. #90 Ichthyic
    April 29, 2009

    oops, wrong link for speech recognition stuff (was txt to speech instead of speech to txt!).

    this is the right one:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306901

    and in general:

    http://www.microsoft.com/speech/speech2007/default.mspx

  91. #91 RickD
    April 29, 2009

    Didn’t the flu pandemic of 1918-19 happen under Woodrow Wilson’s watch.

    He was another Democrat!!!

    What did Auric Goldfinger say?

    “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action!”

    So, what happens if Joe Barton and Michelle Bachmann get engaged in a battle of wits?

  92. #92 Ichthyic
    April 29, 2009

    oops, that one went in the wrong thread.

  93. #93 sugarbaby666
    April 29, 2009

    Swine flu isn’t “god’s” punishment for abortion, homosexuality, atheism, secular humanism, and voting against Prop 8; “god” is punishing humans for keeping pigs in such appalling conditions (“god” loves pigs, which is why The Chosen People are not supposed to eat them).

  94. #94 mikecbraun
    April 29, 2009

    To be fair, adding to my earlier post (45), why do the loudmouth Republican men all look alike? They’re all bloated, beady-eyed blowhard assholes: Glenn Beck, Rush, Newt, Karl Rove… Where are they growing these people? I picture long lines of Spinal Tap-esque pods with these idiots incubating inside.

  95. #95 Ranger_Rick
    April 29, 2009

    For levity, I like to entertain this thought: “We are fighting a type of war here.”

    And we’re in the thick of battle now. The war is Gandhi-ish…so we will see not a single shot fired, no deaths or mass graves.

    We are battling against God, the Rethuglican’s Michelle Bachmann, ignorance and loathsome, arrogant, self-serving, wasteful behaviors…which must extinguished as they are truly expendible.

    The opponents are on the ropes yet don’t even know it. since we changed the rules of engagement and moved the frontlines from a distant battlefield in a foreign country to a blog on your PC.

    Finally, I say this: be patient grasshoppers and keep up the incredible and great work…we will prevail (since we changed the rules!)

  96. #96 sugarbaby666
    April 29, 2009

    Meet Cheney, who’s lived most everywhere,
    From Zanzibar to Barclay Square.
    But Rovie’s only seen the sight.
    A guy can see from Brooklyn Heights –
    What a crazy pair!

    But they’re cousins,
    Identical cousins all the way.
    One pair of matching bookends,
    Different as night and day.

    Where Cheney adores a minuet,
    The Ballet Russes, and crepe suzette,
    Our Rovie loves to rock and roll,
    A hot dog makes him lose control –
    What a wild duet!

    Still, they’re cousins,
    Identical cousins and you’ll find,
    They laugh alike, they walk alike,
    At times they even talk alike –

    You can lose your mind,
    When cousins are two of a kind.

  97. #97 vaibhav
    April 29, 2009

    I didnt get it…what is the coincidence about?

  98. #98 littlejohn
    April 29, 2009

    Fellow commie heathens, we need this woman. There’s only so much humor we can mine from Palin, Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh and O’Reilly.

    But holy fucking jumping jesus she’s stupid.

  99. #99 mikecbraun
    April 29, 2009

    It’s an interesting coincidence that Bachmann’s foot fits perfectly into her mouth. Also, her head fits snugly up her ass. Interesting.

  100. #100 Ranger_Rick
    April 29, 2009

    Ichthyic said,

    she’s not only stupider than a box of hammers…

    It’s more polite to say she could screw-up a boxcar (railcar) full of crowbars!

  101. #101 Thomas Winwood
    April 29, 2009

    The fact that when people ARE allowed to elect their leader they come up with this joke makes me feel a bit better about having a Scot who inherited his position from his predecessor as leader.

  102. #102 waldteufel
    April 29, 2009

    Jesus tapdancing Christ! This woman is stupid, insane, and she is a representative of Minnesotans . . . . . . . .I’ll bet the 6th Congressional district is really proud of her.

    I live in Texas, and the idiocy here is rampant, to be sure. Still, Bachmann is the gold standard of stupid these days. I take my hat off to Minnesota!

  103. #103 nothing's sacred
    April 29, 2009

    (pet peeve warning)

    One of my pet peeves is wrong-headed pet peeves. A lot of scientific discovery is based on someone noticing an interesting coincidence and investigating it to see if there’s a causal connection. If one foolishly defines “coincidence” to be a priori devoid of causality, then one is blinding oneself to the sorts of unobvious causal relationships that can lead to such discovery.

  104. #104 Ranger_Rick
    April 29, 2009

    Another interesting thought is PZ in Morris, Minnesota and Michelle Bachmann in Stillwater, MN…how many stanines of IQ does that represent?

    We should get “The Greatest Difference in IQ in Under 200 Miles” award for that!

  105. #105 Aquaria
    April 29, 2009

    You know, PZ, I really appreciate that you provided a basic transcript of the stupid in this case, but wouldn’t it have spared my eyeballs if you’d just given a link to that vapid face, rather than embedding the youtube link.

    I swear, teh stoopid oozes from any screen posting even her ugly face.

  106. #106 Jason A.
    April 29, 2009

    The idea that swine flu is a carcinogen is comical…

  107. #107 nothing's sacred
    April 29, 2009

    having a Scot who inherited his position from his predecessor as leader

    Alex Hammond inherited his position?

  108. #108 dmb677
    April 29, 2009

    Ha ha, but I can see her point.

    I mean Obama did make that comment about pigs and lipstick during the campaign, and now this.

    Another interesting coincidence.

  109. #109 nothing's sacred
    April 29, 2009

    I didnt get it…what is the coincidence about?

    Simple: Carter had lust in his heart and Obama put lipstick on a pig.

  110. #110 Ranger_Rick
    April 29, 2009

    dmb677 said,

    “I mean Obama did make that comment about pigs and lipstick during the campaign, and now this.”

    …Classic!

  111. #111 Ranger_Rick
    April 29, 2009

    Waldteufel said,”

    I live in Texas, and the idiocy here is rampant, to be sure. Still, Bachmann is the gold standard of stupid these days. I take my hat off to Minnesota!

    …sheesh, hold on there cowboy…who’s that livin’ in Crawford?

  112. #112 antaresrichard
    April 29, 2009

    She’s sow right! Oops! Bad Richard, bad Richard!

  113. #113 bob
    April 29, 2009

    This is astonishing. Enough cannot be made of this inanity … this woman not only shouldn’t be in Congress, she shouldn’t be in any position of power whatsoever. I wouldn’t knowingly eat at a fast food restaurant she managed.

  114. #114 Xenithrys
    April 29, 2009

    Give the lady an enema.

  115. #115 Ragutis
    April 29, 2009

    But…but… Swine Flu is natural!

    Let’s just hope she and Glenn Beck never breed. It would mean Stupidageddon.

    Seriously, how do ignoramuses like her, Palin, Inhofe, and that dipshit that thought he schooled Chu get elected? What does it take to embarrass their constituents to the point that they vote these idiots out? Lampshade-on-head drunk on the House floor? Dead hooker in hotel room? Live boy in hotel room?

    I’m not saying we should put them in Reeducation Camps or anything, but would Education Camps be so bad?

    I’m thinking we need to email the White House and Congressional Physician and warn them that there’s an apparent epidemic of Dunning-Kruger sweeping through the Republican party. Maybe it’s not too late…

  116. #116 Sgt. Obvious
    April 29, 2009

    Ranger Rick (111), Bush is stupid, no doubt, but he managed to retain some semblance of reality most of the time. He was just wrong about it. He only achieved that sheer, grade-A, batshit-level insanity on rare occasions, and Bachmann manages to reach that level constantly, with no apparent effort.

  117. #117 chrisD
    April 29, 2009

    “I’m not blaming ____” translates to “I don’t have enough evidence to blame ____, but I think he’s guilty.”

  118. #118 Kseniya
    April 29, 2009

    A lot of scientific discovery is based on someone noticing an interesting coincidence and investigating it to see if there’s a causal connection.

    I think you’re on to something.

    Coincidence, my ass! What Ms. Bachmann is trying so hard (and so imprudently) to hide in plain sight is that agents of the GOP, after having lost the White House in ’76 and again in ’08, have made attempts to put the whammy on the Dems by covertly initiating a a swine flu epidemic. What’s a little domestic bio-terrorism when your country’s future is at stake?

  119. #119 BlueIndependent
    April 29, 2009

    #87:

    I noticed the nicely weighted poll they had off to the left, asking: “Do you oppose or favor abortion?” What great pollsters they are.

    I did have one question for them though. If swine flu is (their god’s?) punishment for Mexico on the 2nd anniversary of the enactment of a law governing abortion, what was punishment last year? Seems to me the implied claim of supernatural power has thus shown its utter ineffectiveness in acting as soon as it would seem appropriate to do so.

  120. #120 SocraticGadfly
    April 29, 2009

    @ Julian 71 — not so fast. Gov. Helmethair’s gonna get his money eventually, in House/Senate reconciliation.

    @ Waldteufel 102 — Don’t forget we have Dan Patrick down here, too. Well, I don’t, cuz Dallas ain’t as looney by far as Helltown.

  121. #121 Gruesome Janine
    April 29, 2009

    Quoting a prominent person from Minnesota;

    Idiot wind blowing every time your move your mouth
    Blowing down the backroads heading south
    Idiot wind blowing every time you move your teeth
    You’re an idiot babe
    It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe

    Zimmerman

  122. #122 Douglas McClean
    April 29, 2009

    k9_kaos @54 wins the thread!

  123. #124 Autumn
    April 29, 2009

    I remember watching CSPAN while it was airing a House of Commons session with MPs adressing the PM, and one MP was giving a rousing speech detailing the various horrible offenses of the PM’s government. As the MP went on, the level of his colleague’s applause and shouts of appoval kept getting more raucous until the MP ended with a direct accusation that a national soccer defeat was indisputably the fault of the Prime Minister. The fever pitch paused a moment, and then it seemed that all the opposition supporters decided that they were already committed, and gave the loudest cheers of the session.
    Sometimes democracy is just fucking hilarious.

  124. #125 J
    April 29, 2009

    Can’t even get the year/president correct! One sad, but often unmentioned, thing about the gaffes of her and some others (Barton, Boehner, Inhofe, etc.) is what it says about how Republicans staff their office. They have so little respect for science they do not see a need to hire staff minimally competent to fact-check simple science facts used for rhetorical talking points in speeches. They cannot get competent help on so simple matters, is it any wonder they get the more complex science policy issues so very wrong.

    We should not forget that the Republicans were responsible for murdering the Office of Technology Assessment that gave technical help to Congress on many things (e.g. the Genome Project). As has been said before, it is a problem for them that scientific facts have a well known liberal bias.

  125. #126 Michael W Simpson
    April 29, 2009

    I spent a lifetime putting up with “California is filled with weirdos and crackpots” jokes. Minnesota and Texas are tied for first place in the weirdos and crackpots list.

  126. #127 T. Bruce McNeely
    April 29, 2009

    I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss Bachmann’s statements on Swine Flu. After all, she obviously has first-hand knowledge of another communicable illness – Mad Cow Disease.

  127. #128 J
    April 29, 2009

    And of course, for her it must be the fault of Democrats we did not get a vaccine then that will work now. For this IDiot, I assume she thinks it would have to be the same virus, as all living things were created by god circa 6000 years ago. The levels of stupid go deep for this “special” CongressCritter.

  128. #129 comsympinko
    April 29, 2009

    Welcome to Teh All-Time Sutpid Awrads, Michelle Bachmann!

    Tonight you’ll be sharing a table with one of our most esteemed guests, Mr. Bag O’Hammers.

    I know it’s intimidating meeting someone that’s so very much more accomplished and intelligent than you, but I’ve told him to keep the “smart talk” to a minimum so I hope you’ll be OK.

  129. #130 Pat
    April 29, 2009

    I find it an interesting coincidence that Michelle Bachmann has all the appearance of being human while sustaining all of the social acumen attributed to the garden-variety Siphonaptera.

    Spurious, anyone? And yes, it just goes to show that the hopefully-ebbing global pandemic of ignorance left no state untouched.

  130. #131 rnb
    April 29, 2009

    This is the result of letting me move from Anoka County to Texas.

  131. #132 j
    April 29, 2009

    BTW, I earlier saw a better version of this on youtube…perhaps even replace yours, PZ? The reason it is better is the great smackdown of the news anchor at end that points out she got both the year and the party of sitting president wrong.

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

  132. #133 Psychodigger
    April 29, 2009

    Errr….

  133. #134 Pascalle
    April 29, 2009

    I’m trying to wrap my head around how republicans think.
    And i just don’t get it.

    First they try their hardest to fuck up their country and people in the 8 years they have.
    And wave their flag and boast about their country and how good and rich and rightious they are, while in the mean time the rest of the world basically gives them the finger and doesn’t even want them at the negociating table anymore.

    Than they finally get a president who actually uses his head, tries to mend some of the incredible damage the republicans have done, both in world politics as in enviroment, science and a lot of other stuff.
    And what do they do.. they try their best to make him look bad, pull him down.

    It only leads to one conclusion for me.
    They don’t care about the usa, or the people that live there at all. They’re egocentric maniacs who only want more money in their own pockets and fuck all to anybody who tries to prevent that.

    I’m a really sweet and peacefull person.. but i sincerely think people like that should be shot.

  134. #135 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge
    April 29, 2009

    I was one of the few people who actually got a swine flu shot in 1976 (history of respiratory problems.) I remember very well that Gerald Ford thought that jumping right on it and saving us all from the big, bad pandemic would get him re-elected. (Well, not technically re- of course.)

    When the epidemic failed to materialize, it got him nothing but ridicule, and it certainly didn’t help his prospects against Carter. In the last 1/3 century I have never heard this disease referred to as anything but the “Election-Year Flu.” How short an attention span is it possible to have and still walk around?

  135. #136 Red Skeleton
    April 29, 2009

    … I would.

  136. #137 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge
    April 29, 2009

    Pascalle @ 134:

    I know you’re referring to Obama, but everything you said could apply to Jimmy Carter and their reaction to him. They managed to bring him down in four years. We can only hope the same thing doesn’t happen this time.

  137. #138 Azkyroth
    April 29, 2009

    Is she seriously suggesting that disgruntled Republican scientists

    Do those exist?

  138. #139 Rick R
    April 29, 2009

    “I’m a really sweet and peacefull person.. but i sincerely think people like that should be shot.”

    I hear you. But take a deep breath.
    Here’s the thing, these idiots will ALWAYS do a far better, more efficient job of destroying themselves than you or I ever could. Just trust it. Sit back, and let the wingnuts wail.

    They eventually implode. You don’t have to lift a finger, and it’s far, far more entertaining. And you don’t have to go to prison.

    It’s a win-win.

  139. #140 Azkyroth
    April 29, 2009

    If stupid thoughts could create a vacuum, Rep. Bachmann would have just sucked about half of Minnesota into her skull.

    Well, I can’t think of any other reason people would vote for her… *coughs*

  140. #141 Porco Dio
    April 29, 2009

    as an outsider looking into the good ol’ US of A from holland i have just one word to say: haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwbbbbbbbbbbbbbrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaa!!

    hehe

  141. #142 Pascalle
    April 29, 2009

    How entertaining as it might be… it upsets me that they manage to make me experience real hate.

    I’m a european socialist, atheist, bisexual woman who would rather hug a tree than lifting a finger on my fellow human beings.
    So it distresses me that there are people who manage to get me so disgusted, so angry, so hatefull that i seriously hope they will meet a very painfull death.

    What worries me as well.. is how those crazies manage to influence more stupid masses and actually get some of their ideas believed.
    Hell.. people in the usa elected george bush TWICE.
    *shrudder*

  142. #143 MadScientist
    April 29, 2009

    Stay far away from her; you might just catch the mad cow’s disease – and you can see that the pathogen destroys the brain and fills the head with fluff.

  143. #144 Rob in Finland
    April 29, 2009

    As a blacksmith, I feel that I must address the rampant, unwarranted and malicious malignment of a very respectable and useful victim of some of these comments.
    How dare you treat a bag of hammers so unjustly as to compare it with HER. I am outraged. Hammers may not be very smart but, at least, they have a use.

  144. #145 ckitching
    April 29, 2009

    Wow. She is quite the conspiracy nut. Read some of her quotes on her “Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act”, and you start to see some recurring themes. It seems to me that stupid may not be the right word to describe her. Maybe “in dire need of professional help” would be a better description.

    Then again, when you build your party around ideological purity (religion, political, or anything else for that matter), you get all kinds of nuts like that. It’s funny that a term was coined to say negative things about people who compromise or change their mind on issues — flip-flopper. Frankly, I’d always rather a flexible and somewhat pragmatic politician to a rigid and dogmatic one. I see this idiocy in my own country from time to time, too.

  145. #146 shonny
    April 29, 2009

    Maybe Bachmannia should be the term for the absolute zero (zero degrees Kelvin) of intelligence.
    Listening to a brick would be better, – at least they know when to STFU!
    Maybe that’s unfair to the shrub, although likely he got under absolute zero?

  146. #147 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Has anyone tracked the outbreaks of swine flu alongside the movements of Ken Ham, piglet rapist? Some interesting coincidences, I suspect…

  147. #148 shonny
    April 29, 2009

    Posted by: Aquaria | April 28, 2009 11:02 PM
    Bachmann is a Darwin Award waiting to happen.

    But obviously not soon enough, as it is already way overdue.
    Also, is there anyone porking (in the Aussie sense) her?
    Or is it like with Tranny Annie, – nobody are quite THAT desperate?

  148. #149 Walton
    April 29, 2009

    She even out does Anne Coulter. That ain’t easy to do. I think maybe she really is genuine zonkers…

    Ann Coulter isn’t actually stupid; she says ridiculous things in order to get attention and sell more books. (She’s quite candid about the fact that all her public appearances are aimed at increasing book sales.)

    Bachmann, by contrast, appears to be a bona fide imbecile.

  149. #150 Andyo
    April 29, 2009

    Oh, COME ON!

    Wait, wasn’t this one the one who always posed sideways in the camera shots to show off her boobs?

  150. #151 Fitz
    April 29, 2009

    @Thomas Winwood #101: I’ve noticed that when Gordon Brown gets criticised (often correctly) that it is generally the same things that Tony Blair got a free pass on but with an added Scot/Scottish/Jock tag. I find that an interesting coincidence.

    @Nothing’s Sacred #107: I think you mean Alex Salmond.

  151. #152 goddogit
    April 29, 2009

    She needs to be removed from office ASAP, but she will still be able to ably support her family with a new career in the circus, or at least the sideshow. After all, how many people, even “Republican” politicians, can so gracefully put their head up their ass while daintily having both feet in their mouth?

    I’d pay a dollar for that!

  152. #153 Slugsie
    April 29, 2009

    She does realise that as you have a two party system it’s 50:50 that whichever party was in power the first time would also be in power the second time?
    Repeat after me… Correlation is not evidence of Causation.

  153. #154 FlameDuck
    April 29, 2009

    Well she’s only off by a little more than half a century. Compared to say, creationists who are off by 13 billion years, half a century is a tiny margin of error.

    Of course Woodrow Wilson was president back then. GASP! Maybe she’s on to something! Break out the tin foil hats!

  154. #155 Lilly de Lure
    April 29, 2009

    @Thomas Winwood #101: I’ve noticed that when Gordon Brown gets criticised (often correctly) that it is generally the same things that Tony Blair got a free pass on but with an added Scot/Scottish/Jock tag. I find that an interesting coincidence.

    Well that’s one thing I can say for Michelle Bachman. Watching that awesome display of inanity has made me rather less embarrassed about having Gordon Brown as our PM – for today at least.

    Hell, even Londoners can unclench courtesy of Ms Bachman – she’s actually managed to completely outbuffoon Boris, at least he’s got some semblance of a grip on reality!

  155. #156 puseaus
    April 29, 2009

    We should probably congratulate the republican representative for her achievements in statistical reasoning. She is on the track, just give her some time…

  156. #157 vjack
    April 29, 2009

    If you can’t vote her out, the next best thing might be to convince her to join Jindal’s ticket to contest Obama. Jindal and Bachmann would be a dream team of pure idiocy.

  157. #158 MAJeff, OM
    April 29, 2009

    How long until she’s hiding in the bushes again?

  158. #159 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 29, 2009

    Has anyone tracked the outbreaks of swine flu alongside the movements of Ken Ham, piglet rapist? Some interesting coincidences, I suspect…

    that is a damn good question

  159. #160 JeffreyD
    April 29, 2009

    I have this image of a little man with a quickly dimming flashlight inside of Bachmann’s skull looking for the fuse box so he can get her back on line.

    Ciao y’all

  160. #161 JBlilie
    April 29, 2009

    Fact-checking? That’s just for that pointy-headed liberal elite dogmatic intolerant arrogant insistors-upon-evidence cabal. Don’tcha know.

    I lives in a trailer and pays my taxes, by god, and I’ll do anything I darned well want to. It’s a free country.

  161. #162 JHS
    April 29, 2009

    And still working Bush’s whole “Democrat” (versus Democratic) thing. Because it worked so well for him, I suppose. Suits her well though…makes her seems especially inarticulate.

  162. #163 JBlilie
    April 29, 2009

    Jindal and Bachmann would be a dream team of pure idiocy.

    Don’t worry about the super hadron collider: The Jindal/Bachmann ticket will produce a stupid singularity (stuphilarity?) that will destroy the planet. (And bring da rapcha, Halleluiah!)

  163. #164 Ryan Egesdahl
    April 29, 2009

    Wow. That bitch is so stupid, she fails at stupid – and so crazy that she thinks her fail is win.

    No, seriously, as bad as she is, just keep her in office. It does more than any amount of mudslinging could to make her party look like the tinfoil-hat mafia.

  164. #165 Knockgoats
    April 29, 2009
    having a Scot who inherited his position from his predecessor as leader

    – Thomas Winwood
    Alex Hammond inherited his position?

    – nothing’s sacred

    Hmm, I’d guess you’ve only ever heard the Scottish first minister’s name, nothing’s: it’s Alex Salmond. Winwood will be referring (inaccurately) to Gordon Brown. There’s plenty to reproach Brown for, but he didn’t “inherit his position” from Blair, who did his utmost to prevent Brown’s succession. A lot of Tories and anti-Scottish bigots have been whingeing about there being no general election when Blair stood down and Brown succeeded him by a Labour Party decision, but this is the normal way to do things in a parliamentary system: you vote for a party, and the party chooses the Prime Minister. The same happened in 1990 when the Tories deposed Thatcher and installed John Major, and in 1976 when Wilson resigned and Labour chose Callaghan – no-one complained as far as I recall.

  165. #166 The Other Elwood
    April 29, 2009

    @94 – They are the lunatics from the B-Arc. Their repeated insistence that they did not descend from monkeys is a giveaway. Apes are considerably more intelligent.

  166. #167 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Knockgoats! Yay! Welcome back!

  167. #168 NewEnglandBob
    April 29, 2009

    Someone needs to lock her away in a mentally disabled hospital ward. She is dangerous.

  168. #169 Phoenix Woman
    April 29, 2009

    Bachmann’s district was crafted mostly out of counties stuffed with third-generation white-flight exurbanites whose grandparents left the Twin Cities decades ago. They are the classic proof of what Lee Atwater said about the effectiveness of the GOP’s fomenting hatred of government and taxes as a cover for racism (because of course the evil gummint spends our Nice Caucasian Tax Dollars on minorities!!!!).

  169. #170 cmotdibbler
    April 29, 2009

    Damn, this woman is stupid. Yet….. I find her oddly attractive.

  170. #171 Prod to be a Merkin
    April 29, 2009

    mikecbraun wrote: “Please, somebody answer this: why do all the whackjob, loudmouth, Republican women look alike? They all have that taut, idiotic face with a shit-eating grin and shifty eyes, like Bachmann and Ann Coulter. Fembots, one could say.”

    &

    “To be fair, adding to my earlier post (45), why do the loudmouth Republican men all look alike? They’re all bloated, beady-eyed blowhard assholes: Glenn Beck, Rush, Newt, Karl Rove… Where are they growing these people? I picture long lines of Spinal Tap-esque pods with these idiots incubating inside.”

    Actually, this phenomenon makes me wonder if the movie “They Live” might not have been a documentary. (It debuted at the end of the Reagan years – now isn’t that an “interesting coincidence”?)

  171. #172 Prudence
    April 29, 2009

    My favourite part of Bachmann’s stunning gaffe? The fact that the actual president at the time, Gerald Ford’s last elected position was (drum roll, pls) BACHMANN’S SEAT as member of congress. Thermo-nuculur FAIL.

  172. #173 JLO
    April 29, 2009

    I am completely in love with this woman. She is, by far, the prettiest woman in politics (and yes, that includes Sarah Palin).

    I just wish my sperm could convert her into a rational, reasonable human being.

    What a moon-bat, but mmm, mmm, mmm.

  173. #174 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 29, 2009

    My favourite part of Bachmann’s stunning gaffe? The fact that the actual president at the time, Gerald Ford’s last elected position was (drum roll, pls) BACHMANN’S SEAT as member of congress. Thermo-nuculur FAIL.

    While that would be funny I think that’s not correct as Ford was from Michigan not Minnesota and was the rep from the Grand Rapids, MI congressional district.

    Unless I’m not remembering that correctly.

  174. #175 KI
    April 29, 2009

    As I understand it, one of the final symptoms of Lyme’s disease is lots of little holes in your brain (much like syphilis). Deer ticks are incredibly thick in that part of the state (Connecticut-like numbers), and many of my friends and their dogs have been treated for Lyme’s.

  175. #176 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 29, 2009

    I am completely in love with this woman. She is, by far, the prettiest woman in politics (and yes, that includes Sarah Palin).

    I just wish my sperm could convert her into a rational, reasonable human being.

    What a moon-bat, but mmm, mmm, mmm.

    creepy

  176. #177 KI
    April 29, 2009

    RBDC@174
    You are correct sir! Grand Rapids MI is not Grand Rapids MN. Oops, now that I think of it, Grand Rapids MN is in district 8 (Oberstar-D) IIRC.

  177. #178 The Tim Channel
    April 29, 2009

    She is going to be extremely popular with what’s left of the Republican party in a few years….all 7% of them.

    Enjoy.

  178. #179 Ajay
    April 29, 2009

    She has no idea what she is saying. Just like any wingnut she just says whatever she wants and believes in it. Facts never have any meaning to them.

    It also helps that she is a complete Jesus Freak. Jesus thinks they are very special.

  179. #180 Greg
    April 29, 2009

    “She makes it really hard for us Minnesotans to act all snooty and superior around the Texans, you know.”

    that’s even funnier than what she said…

  180. #181 Ouchimoo
    April 29, 2009

    We tried writing an email to her telling her to stop putting Minnesota on the map as a bunch of retards but we couldn’t get the website to cooperate with our google searched district numbers. Hm. Anyways Love this quip from Minnesota Indpendent:

    I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under Democrat [sic] President Jimmy Carter. And I?m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it is an interesting coincidence.

    As ThinkProgress notes, the 1970s swine flu outbreak happened on the watch of President Gerald Ford, a Republican, not Carter.

    I find it interesting that the last office to which the vice-presidential-appointee Ford was actually elected was Member of Congress ? the same job Bachmann holds today.

    (cough)

    Just sayin?.

  181. #182 Greg
    April 29, 2009

    “She makes it really hard for us Minnesotans to act all snooty and superior around the Texans, you know.”

    that’s even funnier than what she said…

  182. #183 JPO
    April 29, 2009

    Does anyone else find her HOT!!!!! I’d do her – even if she’s crazy!

  183. #184 Prudence
    April 29, 2009

    “While that would be funny I think that’s not correct as Ford was from Michigan not Minnesota and was the rep from the Grand Rapids, MI congressional district.
    Unless I’m not remembering that correctly.”

    Ooops! Apologies, I take it all back. This semi-literate furrriner got the MI and MN abbreviations confoosed.

  184. #185 SocraticGadfly
    April 29, 2009

    @ BigDumbChimp, yes, Ford was from Grand Rapids, Mich., nowhere near Twin Cities.

    Oh, first US swine flu death, and it’s in GOP Texas. So, STFU, Michelle:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090429/ts_nm/us_flu_126

    I’ll still trade Rick Perry for her straight up though.

  185. #186 JayDee
    April 29, 2009

    Has anyone pointed out the obvious, egregious error made by this INCREDIBLY STUPID woman?

    1976 was an election year. GERALD FORD, a REPUBLICAN, was still in office until january 20th of the following year. So the last flu outbreak did not occur under a Democratic administration at all, but under a Republican one.

    I remember this well, because 76 was the year I enlisted in the service, and they marched us all down to the infirmary to get swine flu shots. It made me sick for three days.

    What’s scary is this woman was elected to Congress, apparently with no understanding whatsoever how the presidential election process works.

  186. #187 LynstHolin
    April 29, 2009

    My uncle, Bill Prendergast, of the great website http://dumpbachmann.blogspot.com/

    I tried to go there today (I find it very informative), but my Firefox blocked it as a dangerous site. Hmm…

  187. #188 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 29, 2009

    Has anyone pointed out the obvious, egregious error made by this INCREDIBLY STUPID woman?

    yep, but it doesn’t make it any less funny to mention it again.

    What an idiot that woman is.

  188. #189 zenith
    April 29, 2009

    The Ditto Head / Fox News crowd use the term “Democrat Party,” when in fact, there is no such thing. Most of these nit wits are too stupid to realize that it was Joe McCarthy who brought back this term which had been previously used as an epithet. How appropriate though that these people would want to carry on the legacy of such a slime ball.

  189. #190 Dr.FabulousShoes
    April 29, 2009

    Bachmann has to be one of those kind of Republicans that thinks Steven Colbert is just pretending to be joking about conservative ideals.

    Also, Bride of Shrek @52 – I never thought of her procreating before but I am now terrified that level of stupid is genetic. *shudder*

  190. #191 Knockgoats
    April 29, 2009

    Knockgoats! Yay! Welcome back! SC, OM@167
    Thank you! Sorry to have been silent so long without warning.

    The outbreak of “Smithfield Foods flu” (as it may become known) has prompted an amusing variety of idiocies. Aside from Bachmann, “It’s a terrorist/gubmint bioweapon” is a strong theme – check out this Grade A British loony-aristocrat:
    http://europebusines.blogspot.com/2009/04/mexican-swine-flu-advanced-biowar-event.html. However the most common irrational response is “It’s all a distraction/media hype”, without any apparent understanding of the issues, and with dismissive references to SARS and bird flu, and sometimes AIDS and climate change. A significant part of the British online commentariat seems to think Gordon Brown has somehow caused the event to dominate the news.

  191. #192 Rick R
    April 29, 2009

    “why do the loudmouth Republican men all look alike? They’re all bloated, beady-eyed blowhard assholes: Glenn Beck, Rush, Newt, Karl Rove… Where are they growing these people?”

    This makes me think of a line from “Death Becomes her”…

    “Do you know what they do to soft, bald, overweight republicans in prison, Ernest?”

  192. #193 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 29, 2009

    This makes me think of a line from “Death Becomes her”…

    “Do you know what they do to soft, bald, overweight republicans in prison, Ernest?”

    Fat, drunk, bald and republican is no way to go through life son.

  193. #194 Blue eyed Cuban
    April 29, 2009

    Hey, Lay off the poor girl… My dream ticket is Sara and Michelle… the political “Dumb and Dumber”… Save your ammunition for 2012.

  194. #195 Coriolis
    April 29, 2009

    I’m a bit surprised by the comments (of texans I assume), that they would still take her over Perry. The only really idiotic thing I’ve heard of him saying is the secession thing and that at least makes sense. It’s wrong, as it happens, but not in the “what the fuck does that even mean” territory.

    So… have I missed more crazy pronouncements from Perry? Or is it just that he has alot more power to put his more limited insanity into use?

  195. #196 SocraticGadfly
    April 29, 2009

    In case you haven’t heard about it yet, here’s my take on the first autism gene:

    http://socraticgadfly.blogspot.com/2009/04/autism-gene.html

  196. #197 AJ Milne
    April 29, 2009

    Fat, drunk, bald and republican is no way to go through life son.

    That said, if I were fat, bald, and Republican, I probably would feel some need to get drunk*.

    (*Okay. More than I do already.)

  197. #198 Gruesome Janine
    April 29, 2009

    Posted by: shonny| April 29, 2009

    Posted by: Aquaria | April 28, 2009 11:02 PM
    Bachmann is a Darwin Award waiting to happen.

    But obviously not soon enough, as it is already way overdue.
    Also, is there anyone porking (in the Aussie sense) her?
    Or is it like with Tranny Annie, – nobody are quite THAT desperate?

    First off, I am sorry I am about to go off topic but this pisses me off so much. Why is it that some so called progressive people think it is quite alright to put down a person by calling that person a transsexual. Can you get away with saying Niggar Annie or Bulldyke Annie?

    Is it because Shonny thinks that transsexuals are worthy of contempt? Or could it be that Shonny thinks that *nn C**lt*r’s perceived transsexuality makes her worthy of contempt, much like straight children who are queer bashed because some people question their sexuality.

    As it stand, many of the homophobic activists like to paint their proposed bills as if they are protecting girls and women from predatory men in dresses lurking about in woman’s restrooms. They routinely get shafted by mainstream groups like HRC because the HRC thinks the general population will turn on gay right rights if TV/TS issues are addressed. And there is the on going battle between some women in the womyn’s movement and MtF’s over womyn’s spaces and women born women.

    Thank you Shonny and every other person who likes to insult *nn C**lt*r by accusing her of being a transsexual. Thank you for doing your part in insulting all people who’s gender identity is not of the norm. Sometimes, it is hard to tell the good guys from the Rick Warrens of the world.

  198. #199 Knockgoats
    April 29, 2009

    Oh, and I forgot the “I’m a vegetarian/Muslim, so I won’t get it” comments I’ve seen, and the Egyptian government, which is enforcing the slaughter of all pigs in the country. But maybe they’re on the right track, and this is a sign that Jahweh really meant it about pigs, and here’s why?!?? If so, trust the Christians to chuck away the one really useful piece of advice in the whole Torah!

  199. #200 SteveM
    April 29, 2009

    Well according to “The Center For Ftuff I Heard From Some Guy”, this whole pandemic was engineered to allow the guvmint to abolish all private health insurance and establish socialized medicine in America. And if they said it, it gots to be true.

  200. #201 Knockgoats
    April 29, 2009

    Gruesome Janine@198,
    Well said.

  201. #202 Phoenix Woman
    April 29, 2009

    “Does anyone else find her HOT!!!!! I’d do her – even if she’s crazy!”

    Heh! That’s what they said about Helen Chenoweth.

  202. #203 SteveM
    April 29, 2009

    PZ, I would like to register a complaint! Whenever I click the “Post” button, all these typos magically appear in my comment. I think the Rev. B.D.Chimp can corroborate this behavior.

  203. #204 uncle frogy
    April 29, 2009

    If I was going to give her the benefit of the doubt I would say that what she does as in this case is make an insulting joke about the other. You know just to keep the association of the negative on “the democrats”.
    If I was going to give her the benefit of the doubt.

  204. #205 Lynna
    April 29, 2009

    I’ll add my agreement to Janine @198, plus this: I’m creeped out by the guys who want to do it with a demonstrably stupid woman. Smells like, stinks like, Stupid is part of the turn-on. That can’t be right. Intelligence can be applied in all areas, including the bedroom (or wherever you go to do it).

  205. #206 Stu
    April 29, 2009

    womyn

    I’m all for LGBT rights, but I can’t be the only one who finds that term annoying as hell.

  206. #207 Mike in Ontario, NY
    April 29, 2009

    Janine, would it be acceptable to call her Mann Coulter?

    I must say, I’m not fond of people calling her (or Michelle Bachman) a bitch, either. I’m trying to work that word out of my vocabulary, unless I’m applying it as an adjective to describe a Camaro.

  207. #208 JoshS, Official SpokesGay
    April 29, 2009

    Hear, hear, to Janine @198. I’m not uptight about bawdy jokes, and as a gay man, I’m known to enjoy some stupid fag jokes on occasion, but sheesh. Please cut the sexist, anti-TS crap, OK? Michelle Bachmann is a stupid bitch (sorry, I’m keeping that word), but it has nothing to do with her appearance, her boobs, or any purported similarity to transsexuals. And there’s nothing wrong with being a transsexual (or with having boobs), so freakin’ stop using it as an insult.

    This is like listening to high school boys calling everything they don’t like “so gay.”

  208. #209 Ryan Egesdahl
    April 29, 2009

    Seriously, all these guys who think the loony woman is hot make me so very glad I am gay. I would rather be turned off by a stupid woman, however hot she is, than turned on simply because she has nice boobs or something.

  209. #210 gaypaganunitarianagnostic
    April 29, 2009

    Somebody said something about unemployment being paid to ‘people who had been fired from McDonald’s.’ Here, those who are fired or who quit can’t draw unemployment Don’t know about other states.

  210. #211 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    womyn

    I’m all for LGBT rights, but I can’t be the only one who finds that term annoying as hell.

    No – I do, too. And I’m a screeching poo-flinging silly feminist narrow dogmatic prudish ideologue.

    (BTW/OTOH, well said, Janine.)

  211. #212 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 29, 2009

    Does anyone else find her HOT!!!!! I’d do her – even if she’s crazy!

    JPO / JLO

    piss off.

  212. #213 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    Wasn’t it chimp-screeching poo-flinging silly feminist narrow dogmatic prudish ideologue?

    I swear chimp was in every reply that included “screeching.”

  213. #214 Dr.FabulousShoes
    April 29, 2009

    Gruesome Janine @198

    To tell you the truth, I always thought that “progressives” called the Coulter-beast that because SHE would find it insulting. Like saying to a sexist man, “You got beat – by a girl!” Not that person saying it thinks the female inferior, but that it is of particular shame to the chauvinist and those that think like him.

    That said, I think transsexual is far too noble a descriptor for that woman & find it rather insulting that she calls herself human.

  214. #215 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    I must say, I’m not fond of people calling her (or Michelle Bachman) a bitch, either.

    I must say, I like you, Mike in Ontario, NY.

  215. #216 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 29, 2009

    PZ, I would like to register a complaint! Whenever I click the “Post” button, all these typos magically appear in my comment. I think the Rev. B.D.Chimp can corroborate this behavior.

    It’s because God is angry at my blasphemy and he’s causing it to happen.

    Correlation PROVES causation.

  216. #217 uncle frogy
    April 29, 2009

    as for the looks thing is concerned my guess would be vanity, aging and Botox .

  217. #218 Gruesome Janine
    April 29, 2009

    For the term, womyn, I am merely using it as those who use the term uses it.

  218. #219 Gruesome Janine
    April 29, 2009

    Posted by: Dr.FabulousShoes | April 29, 2009

    Gruesome Janine @198

    To tell you the truth, I always thought that “progressives” called the Coulter-beast that because SHE would find it insulting. Like saying to a sexist man, “You got beat – by a girl!” Not that person saying it thinks the female inferior, but that it is of particular shame to the chauvinist and those that think like him.

    The only way that can hold water is if it was being said to *nn C**lt*r. As it stands, it is being read by an audience that does not include her. It is a demeaning insult that rests upon assuming that transgendered people deserves to be degraded.

  219. #220 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Wasn’t it chimp-screeching poo-flinging silly feminist narrow dogmatic prudish ideologue?

    I swear chimp was in every reply that included “screeching.”

    Oh, sure – follow the thread that closely but don’t bother to weigh in (or would it have been against me?).

  220. #221 Stu
    April 29, 2009

    And I’m a screeching poo-flinging silly feminist narrow dogmatic prudish ideologue.

    Oh, me too — but I fling bacon. At lesbians. Who drink beer.

  221. #222 Gruesome Janine
    April 29, 2009

    Stu, do that to me and I will hit you upside your head with my mug.

  222. #223 Joe Shelby
    April 29, 2009

    A friend posted this comment when I referenced this post:

    hey! do space shuttles only explode under Republican regimes? i’m not blaming Republicans. i just think it’s an interesting coincidence.

  223. #224 gaypaganunitarianagnostic
    April 29, 2009

    In some secret sinister lab, the DNA of Michell Macklin and Ann Coulter were mixed and implanted in a buzzard egg…

  224. #225 JeffreyD
    April 29, 2009

    People can explain all they want on this one, but I am with Janine on the subject. Bachmann is a horrendous person without bringing either gender or sex (people would actually want to lay with that loon?!?!) into the conversation. Coultergeist is horrendous for a whole separate stream of reasons, also not related to current gender, or even former gender if such were the case.

    Ciao y’all

  225. #226 Dr.FabulousShoes
    April 29, 2009

    Gruesome Janine @219

    Fair point. But maybe Shonny isn’t LGBT-hater, just someone who doesn’t pick up context well. I guess we’ll find out – if that didn’t teach him/her to not do it again, it’s not a contextual issue.

    Although, as the Coulter-beast is quite the publicity hound, you never know when she might just go searching for her name in print. ;)

  226. #227 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 29, 2009

    A friend posted this comment when I referenced this post:

    hey! do space shuttles only explode under Republican regimes? i’m not blaming Republicans. i just think it’s an interesting coincidence.

    Stealing borrowing that

  227. #228 PinheadX
    April 29, 2009

    @ #120

    I don’t know about that, man… we may have Dan Patrick in Houston, but the amount of rich, white, Christian Repugnicans in Dallas is staggering. At least here in Humidistan, we have a nice ethnic diversity going on, and a badass mayor to boot.

    I think it’s due to the proximity of Dallas to Oklahoma… just a “theory”.

  228. #229 Stu
    April 29, 2009

    do that to me and I will hit you upside your head with my mug

    What do you have against bacon? Are you a porkist?

  229. #230 Gruesome Janine
    April 29, 2009

    Having been pelted with food too many time in school cafeterias in my youth, I am not really a fan of the said action.

  230. #231 plum grenville
    April 29, 2009

    Aaah, 1976.

    Remember President and Mrs. Ford rolling up their sleeves to get their flu shots?

    Remember those Whip Inflation Now (W.I.N. – get it?) buttons Ford wanted everyone to wear?

    Remember Ford saying in the presidential debate that Poland wasn’t under the control of the Soviet Union?

    Michelle Bachmann gives me a whole new level of respect for Gerald Ford. Even if he couldn’t walk and chew gum at the same time.

  231. #232 Vogon Poet
    April 29, 2009

    Mr. Madison Ms. Bachmann, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.”

  232. #233 Stu
    April 29, 2009

    I’ll just have to resort to dipping my bacon in my beer whilst watching lesbians then.

    Damned childhoods…

  233. #234 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Remember those Whip Inflation Now…buttons

    When inflation comes along, you must whip it.

  234. #235 Knockgoats
    April 29, 2009

    Michelle Bachmann gives me a whole new level of respect for Gerald Ford. Even if he couldn’t walk and chew gum at the same time. – plum grenville

    I think the original was that Ford was “Too dumb to fart and chew gum at the same time” – attributed to Lyndon Johnson.

  235. #236 AJ Milne
    April 29, 2009

    Seriously, all these guys who think the loony woman is hot make me so very glad I am gay. I would rather be turned off by a stupid woman, however hot she is, than turned on simply because she has nice boobs or something.

    Y’know, I was just gonna stay the hell away from that whole (what the hell is that, anyway?) ‘hot’ weirdness, as y’know, it doth strike me as even more beside the point than the stuff I usually comment on. Which is really saying somethin’…

    But I now feel almost as though I’m being maligned, and thus have to say this much: speaking as a straight, well, let me put this very, very diplomatically…

    Let’s go with: ‘not my type’.

    Okay… actually… I’ll go as far as: ‘really not my type’.

    (But just ‘cos going to ‘you’ve got to be fucking kidding me’ strikes me as a bit… nasty.)

    As to whether any of this reaction has anything to do with the fact that she probably displays no discernible electrical activity north of her brainstem, I’m not really sure. The reactions do not really explain themselves. They just are.

    Also, re:

    Michelle Bachmann gives me a whole new level of respect for Gerald Ford.

    There seems to be some sorta rough trendline forming, here. ‘Cos I found myself saying the same of Quayle after they made Dubya president.

    So today’s revelation is: yes, apparently they can always find someone worse.

  236. #237 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    Oh, sure – follow the thread that closely but don’t bother to weigh in (or would it have been against me?).

    I read the vast majority of the thread after the battle took place, having spent the weekend crawling through the woods in body armor, quite cut off from the rest of the world. Monday was an exhausted, sunburnt daze of conference calls and loose ends. I did try to follow the thread a bit that day (since I was basically useless at everything else) but I quickly found that I really didn’t have much upstairs, and so elected to wait and read the whole thing later. I could have produced a pithy comment or two, sure, but that was really about all. Doing so wouldn’t have helped you, however, nor would it have really added anything to that discussion.

  237. #238 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Seriously, all these guys who think the loony woman is hot make me so very glad I am gay. I would rather be turned off by a stupid woman, however hot she is, than turned on simply because she has nice boobs or something.

    Uh, but couldn’t you be turned on by a hot but stupid man? I don’t get it.

  238. #239 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    having spent the weekend crawling through the woods in body armor, quite cut off from the rest of the world.

    Drill? Where are you, anyway?

    Doing so wouldn’t have helped you, however,

    Hrm. I’ll let that be. :)

  239. #240 Mark
    April 29, 2009

    I think it’s time for Michelle to prove she’s not a human-gray hybrid. I think she is. We all know the grays are dumb as rocks. But they don’t look human. She looks human and is dumb as a rock. So, you can see why it’s obvious she’s a hybrid.

    Who’s with me. She should prove she’s not an alien.

  240. #241 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    Drill? Where are you, anyway?

    Drill.

    DC

    Hrm. I’ll let that be. :)

    I’d give you an eyeroll, but I’d probably get hit.

  241. #242 Margaret's Cat
    April 29, 2009

    Bachmann’s comment is of course idiotic, but that won’t change the way it will resonate with many Republican voters. I’ve already heard comments blaming the Democrats for not closing the border with Mexico to protect against the swine flu. Those who want a fence and armed guards along the U.S.-Mexico border are now adding “protect against the swine flu” to their old “protect our jobs” complaint.

  242. #243 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    I’d give you an eyeroll, but I’d probably get hit.

    Nah, just a pout, which would be more painful, I assure you.

  243. #244 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    Nah, just a pout, which would be more painful, I assure you.

    Yeah. Don’t do that. That would be devastating. Give me the hit instead.

    Oh wait–I didn’t actually give you the eyeroll.

    No hit. No pout.
    Win.

  244. #245 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    *eyeroll*
    :P

  245. #246 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    Oh, okay. I see how it is. With a tongue and everything?

    You are so gonna get it.

  246. #247 sjelly
    April 29, 2009

    Bachmann is mesmerising, the way a writhing mass of maggots on rotting flesh is mesmerising. One wants to, tries to look away and yet…

    On another piece of mouth-agape-in-utter-horror news, the Egyptian government really HAS ordered the slaughter of all pigs. This utter CRAP, from a public health point of view, but it actually seems to be aimed a harming the xtian minority, a VERY small, VERY poor population. The pigs are very nearly their only livelihood. Bad science and religious idiocy: what a team.

  247. #248 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    You are so gonna get it.

    Promises, promises.

  248. #249 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    Keep it up.

  249. #250 Dad, at the wheel
    April 29, 2009

    If you kids can’t get along back there, I’m going to have to turn this blog around, right now!

  250. #251 Bill Dauphin
    April 29, 2009

    I don’t know of any law that says that underpants-on-head insanity renders one unfit to serve in Congress.

    No, but how ’bout advocating armed revolution, or referring (apparently without irony) to one’s membership in Congress as “reporting from behind enemy lines”? This has been a funny thread, but Bachmann is no joke; she must go!

    Knockgoats:

    Let me join SC in welcoming you back. And let me thank you for the Gordon Brown explainer; I had been utterly baffled by that reference ’til you sorted it out.

    SocraticGadfly (@several):

    Oh, great: Now Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey will attack genes.

    SC:

    Someone called you a prude? That’s not what I hear! ;^)

    Also…

    When inflation comes along, you must whip it.

    It’s not too late to whip it good.

  251. #252 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    I’ll try.

  252. #253 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    Don’t keep going with stuff you’re not gonna finish. I keep promises.

  253. #254 blf
    April 29, 2009

    I’m going to have to turn this blog around

    Pee Zed becomes a raving nutter religious gay baiting cracker eating creationista holey rabble thumping flud expert whos spells his name Pea Zee and is hired by Wacky Numskulls Deluded?

  254. #255 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    I keep promises.

    I never thought anything different.

  255. #256 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    Great minds and all.

  256. #257 Bill Dauphin
    April 29, 2009

    SC and Josh:

    I would say “get a room, you two”… but I find I rather want to watch. Is that so wrong?

  257. #258 blf
    April 29, 2009

    Is that so wrong?

    Only if you post the pictures on teh internets without prior permission.

  258. #259 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    but I find I rather want to watch. Is that so wrong?

    Fuck. I should really have some quick witty reply that can fly right off my fingers, but I’m at a fucking loss for words.

    Thanks, Bill.

    *grumble*

    Is that so wrong?

    There is a commercial being played around here right now about long distance that features two pigs in a restaurant. At one point, one of them asks “Do you think that’s wrong?” and of course I can’t get that out of my head now that I’ve read the above.

    Thanks for that, too.

  259. #260 Last Hussar
    April 29, 2009

    Dear Ms Bachmann (I bet she hates Ms)
    I find it an interesting coincidence that the Japanese allowed waterboarding, and they attacked the USA.

    Actually I do find some co-incidences interesting- still know they are co-incidences though.

    Didn’t know about ’76- I was 7 and in London! People laughed for the jab campaign, because the pandemic didn’t happen (someone above said this)? Hmmm possibly the same people who complained about all the money spent on Y2K bug, because the computers didn’t crash after all (“Well, it works like this…”)

    Before laughing at Ford please consider that a) clumsy doesn’t mean stupid and b) Ford was left handed, so his natural inclination was to turn the opposite way to the people with him. My driving instructor told me that he hated teaching Doctors, as there seemed to be an inverse relationship between dexterity and intelligence (I’ve read this somewhere else about 15 years ago- no idea, I’m not claiming any truth)

    Anyway- it’s a punishment from God.

    http://lasthussar.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/god-hates-christians/

  260. #261 Bill Dauphin
    April 29, 2009

    Josh:

    The key fact about that commercial is that the pigs (who, BTW, show no signs of flu) are eating bacon (no guess as to whether they’re also lesbians ;^) ).

    There’s a whole series of similar “what, you think that’s wrong?” commercials, but I can’t recall the details of any of the others.

  261. #262 momus
    April 29, 2009

    Clearly a case of possession by demons. Therefore, god exists, and he has a sense of humor!

  262. #263 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    are eating bacon (no guess as to whether they’re also lesbians ;^)

    *looks around for Rev.*

    The sad thing is that neither of them are drinking beer (although I think they have wine glasses). So I guess by the rules it might not even matter if they’re lesbians.

    There’s a whole series of similar “what, you think that’s wrong?” commercials, but I can’t recall the details of any of the others.

    No kidding? I must have missed those.

  263. #264 nothing's sacred
    April 29, 2009

    Hmm, I’d guess you’ve only ever heard the Scottish first minister’s name, nothing’s

    It must just be an “interesting coincidence”, then, that I got the last four letters of his name right.

  264. #265 Gruesome Janine
    April 29, 2009

    SC and Josh.

    If loving you is wrong
    I don’t wanna be right

    ‘raspberry’

  265. #266 nothing's sacred
    April 29, 2009

    Argh; I misinterpreted that. No, I don’t know that I’ve ever heard his name, I simply misremembered it.

  266. #267 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    Janine, I will make damn sure that I never think of you as right*.

    *Pharyngula needs audio. You could have sang it.

  267. #268 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    but I find I rather want to watch

    I’m blushing like mad and at the same time still resisting the urge to make a drill joke. Sometimes I wish I were simpler – at least then it’d be easier to describe myself.
    :)

  268. #269 Gruesome Janine
    April 29, 2009
  269. #270 Gruesome Janine
    April 29, 2009

    Here is a Rep who is just as deluded and mean spirited as Bachmann, Virginia Foxx

    Rep. Foxx: “The bill was named after a very unfortunate incident that happened, where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of robbery. It wasn’t because he was gay. The bill was named for him, the hate crimes bill was named for him, but it’s, it’s really a hoax, that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills.”[House Floor Speech, 4/29/09]

    Chimpy, what do you know about this person?

  270. #271 Darren7160
    April 29, 2009

    She is so pathetic. She has been unable to have even one reasonable and truthful statement. It almost defies the odds… it puts to question whether a broken clock really can be right twice a day!

  271. #272 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 29, 2009

    I don’t know much about her but I bet my mother does. I’ll give her a call and find out. Mom is big involved in NC politics and usually has an answer to anything I ask from the NC political world.

    Funny that’s her home district (and where I was born) too. I bet she knows her really well. I should know her too. Shame on me.

  272. #273 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 29, 2009

    Oh funny. She ran against a friend of my brother’s for the NC house.

    She’s a typical ultra conservative idiot.

  273. #274 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    I’m blushing like mad…

    SC blushing. Yep. That’s absolutely the best news I’ve heard all day.

    …and at the same time still resisting the urge to make a drill joke.

    I applaud your restraint. Still, since you want to go there but aren’t gonna, then I guess I’ll have to be the pain-in-the-ass, and return to #239:

    Drill?

    Oh, that was an invitation? Sorry, I completely missed that.

    *ducks*

    Sometimes I wish I were simpler – at least then it’d be easier to describe myself. :)

    *shrug*
    Complicated is fun.

  274. #275 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 29, 2009

    Oh funny. She ran against a friend of my brother’s for the NC house.

    She’s a typical ultra conservative idiot.

  275. #276 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 29, 2009

    stupid double post and i know better

  276. #277 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Virginia Foxx – good porn name. (BTW, when I do the “Name of your first pet” + “Name of the street you grew up on” thing, I have a fantastic porn name.)

    ***

    Oh, that was an invitation? Sorry, I completely missed that.

    *blushes audibly*

    OK, that was way better than anything of mine.

    Good bit*.

    *Get it? Get it? *groans herself*

  277. #278 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 29, 2009

    BTW, when I do the “Name of your first pet” + “Name of the street you grew up on” thing, I have a fantastic porn name

    Bozo Westover

    um.. not so good

  278. #279 PZ Myers
    April 29, 2009

    Tell me about it. I’m Snoop Willis.

  279. #280 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Bozo?!

  280. #281 Bill Dauphin
    April 29, 2009

    BTW, when I do the “Name of your first pet” + “Name of the street you grew up on” thing, I have a fantastic porn name.

    Me, too: Phitz Royal

  281. #282 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Tell me about it. I’m Snoop Willis.

    I think I hurt myself laughing.

  282. #283 Jadehawk
    April 29, 2009

    (BTW, when I do the “Name of your first pet” + “Name of the street you grew up on” thing, I have a fantastic porn name.)

    boo, I can’t even play this game. not only do my pets generally not have names, I don’t have a(1) street I grew up on.

  283. #284 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    I’m Snoop Willis.

    That’s just terrific.

  284. #285 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    *blushes audibly*

    And this day just gets better and better.

    Good bit*.

    Bit or bite?

    *ducks again*

    *Get it? Get it? *groans herself*

    Yeah–I’m not going to say what I’m thinking here.

  285. #286 Watchman
    April 29, 2009

    Snoop Willis. That’s just classic, but it does sound more like an NBA guard or a comedian than a porn star.

  286. #287 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge
    April 29, 2009

    Snowshoe Fifth Avenue? Not very good.

  287. #288 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge
    April 29, 2009

    How about current pet, current street you live on? Let’s see…can’t use the dog’s name because I’m a guy. So that leaves the cats: Killer Occidental or Pumpkin Occidental. Which one sounds better?

  288. #289 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    April 29, 2009

    Bozo?!

    Yeah? You got a problem with that?

    *raises fist pugilist style.

    Even better, he was a cocker spaniel. My first dog. I think we got him when i was 2 or 3.

  289. #290 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Snowshoe Fifth Avenue? Not very good.

    Actually, not so bad, but more like a drag queen. Kind of alto standing, as the Spanish would say. But yeah, it usually works better if you’re from the suburbs.

  290. #291 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    Rev., you’re not alone. Mine’s pretty awful too.

  291. #292 Bhoytony
    April 29, 2009

    “@Thomas Winwood #101: I’ve noticed that when Gordon Brown gets criticised (often correctly) that it is generally the same things that Tony Blair got a free pass on but with an added Scot/Scottish/Jock tag. I find that an interesting coincidence.”

    Er, you do realise that Blair is Scottish, born in Edinburgh don’t you?

  292. #293 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Yeah–I’m not going to say what I’m thinking here.

    *bites lip*

  293. #294 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    And in other news, and I mention this herein because it strikes me as the sort of decision that Bachmann would make, Egypt has apparently decided that the way it wants to respond to the swine flu panic is to…

    wait for it…

    order the slaughter of ~300,000 pigs!

    Can I get an allu akbar?

  294. #295 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    *bites lip*

    Oh you are just evil.

  295. #297 AJ Milne
    April 29, 2009

    Porn names. Yeah, whatever.

    … that said, Angel Rural Route 2 does, I guess, sound vaguely like it might be a decent name for a skatepunk band or somethin’.

  296. #298 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    Right, right. I remember the girl on the bike. I don’t think I’ve seen the manbaby (manbaby!) or the coroner ones though. I guess I don’t watch enough tv?

    Yeah, I was gonna let the bacon go.*

    *Because you said, you know, bacon!

  297. #299 Gruesome Janine
    April 29, 2009

    Jennifer Lincoln Highway or Jennifer Route 30?

    Bleh!

  298. #300 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Missed a tag, there, Josh. Distracted? ;)

    Anyway, bacon/sex/commercials/sexism has me remembering this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X4MwbVf5OA

  299. #301 Rev. bigDumbCHimp
    April 29, 2009

    order the slaughter of ~300,000 pigs!

    That’s a lot of bacon

  300. #302 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    Missed a tag, there, Josh. Distracted? ;)

    Oh, ya think?

  301. #303 strange gods before me
    April 29, 2009

    Angel Rural Route 2

    A drive through the forest?

  302. #304 Bill Dauphin
    April 29, 2009

    SC:

    I always thought that was a jingle written expressly for the commercial… who knew?

    Every time I’m at Sam’s Club (yeah, yeah, I know…) I see this DVD set with hundreds of “classic” TV commercials. One of these days I’m going to give in and pick it up.

  303. #305 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Oh, ya think?

    *lilting, devious laugh*

  304. #306 Gruesome Janine
    April 29, 2009

    Thanks a lot SC. I heard the Enjoli jingle and the first thing that came to mind was Charlie.

    Dammit, in twenty or thirty years when my brain is going off track, are these the things that will be going through my head?

  305. #307 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    I always thought that was a jingle written expressly for the commercial… who knew?

    She looks AWESOME there.

  306. #308 Jadehawk
    April 29, 2009

    How about current pet, current street you live on?

    errmmm….. Mice Central? (the only thing right now that qualifies as a pet is either the family of mice which may or may not still live under the kitchen cabinets; or the boyfriend)

  307. #309 Gruesome Janine
    April 29, 2009

    Bill, is that all there is?

    Let’s break out the booze and have a ball.

  308. #310 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    *lilting, devious laugh*

    And of course you think you regain the high ground.

    *eye roll*

    Whatever. Perhaps you need reminding:

    *blushes audibly*

    *smug folding of arms*

    Although the lip bite–yeah, I can’t properly even describe what that did.

  309. #311 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Thanks a lot SC. I heard the Enjoli jingle and the first thing that came to mind was Charlie.

    I remember that! Damn! Now I’m thinking about the “Hey You” ad with Gilda Radner, but there’s no good SNL on WooTube. Harumph.

  310. #313 Josh
    April 29, 2009

    That’s a lot of bacon

    Indeed. I’m trying to contemplate the logistics of distributing it–in Egypt. The results of that train of thought are not pretty for the pork. What a fucking waste of life for no fucking purpose. Lovely.

    Every time I’m at Sam’s Club (yeah, yeah, I know…)

    Shudder. :P

  311. #314 astrounit
    April 29, 2009

    To find that coincidence interesting, one has to be about as stupid as anyone can get and still be conscious. “Rudimentary sentience” would far too strong phrase. She hasn’t got any at all.

    A teenybopper mind in CONGRESS. Dreadful. I don’t care what she looks like. That kind of dumb isn’t becoming of Homo sapiens sapiens, period.

  312. #315 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Oh, no, not me. I ‘m not ready for that final disappointment.

    You are truly Queen of the Links, and I don’t mean golf.

    That (kind of a dancehall thing) reminded me of this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs2kFrGluKs

    Pedestrian? Yes. But I like it.

  313. #316 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Mistress of the Links.

  314. #317 Feynmaniac
    April 29, 2009

    Porn name: Ricky Forester.

    Well, I grew up on many streets but this sounds much better than Ricky Tracey Park Drive or Ricky 26th.

  315. #318 T. Bruce McNeely
    April 29, 2009

    Posted by: JPO | April 29, 2009 11:16 AM

    Does anyone else find her HOT!!!!! I’d do her – even if she’s crazy!

    – Wouldn’t that be necrophilia from the neck up?

  316. #319 Gruesome Janine
    April 29, 2009

    SC, that song is hardly pedestrian, it is a great song. Thank you. It is also an excuse to link to an other Kinks song. And fuck Rush for trying to repropose this song.

  317. #320 SC, OM
    April 29, 2009

    Thanks, Janine. And goodnight all. I have much work tonight and then a weekend of work, fun, and travel, so I may not be around till next week.

    Take care and have fun! :D

  318. #321 David Polish
    April 29, 2009

    It’s amazing that there’s enough autonomic function left in Bachmann’s brain to keep her body tergid.

  319. #322 Alyson Miers
    April 29, 2009

    So, what health crises did we have under Clinton, again?

  320. #323 Anonymous
    April 29, 2009

    Wouldn’t that be necrophilia from the neck up?

    Oh snap!

  321. #324 Nanu Nanu
    April 29, 2009

    Anonymous 323 was me. Worse, I have anonymous kill-filed because of the large amount of anonymous comments I read that were retarded and therefore it would look like, at a glance, that I had kill-filed myself because I just couldn’t deal with my own annoying shit anymore.

  322. #325 Cynthia Ackerman
    April 29, 2009

    Am I really the first here to point out Ms. Bachmann’s “Hoot-Smawley” link to our beloved BEN STEIN?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s-oGumvPz0

  323. #326 nothing's sacred
    April 29, 2009

    I remember the girl on the bike.

    I must have seen that ad a dozen times and I only just now got what the point is supposed to be. At least, I think I get the point; it looks perfectly natural to me.

    groans herself

    Is that what they call it now?

  324. #327 Josh
    April 30, 2009

    I must have seen that ad a dozen times and I only just now got what the point is supposed to be.

    Definitely a bit of an odd add.

    Is that what they call it now?

    *snap*
    Ladies and gentlemen, nothing’s sacred will be here all week. Please do try the calamari.

  325. #328 Lowell
    April 30, 2009

    Porn names are juvenile, but I’m pretty proud of mine: Boone Long.

  326. #329 niuzai033
    December 23, 2009

    Lrg prdcts whlsl sl, prvds cstmrs dmnd