Michele Bachmann's New Campaign Song...

...because Tom Petty won't let her use "American Girl" -- and because the old gal really knows how to bring the Crazee!


Bachmann Flunkies Edit Wikipedia to Cover Candidate's Recent Gaffes

Life Imitates "Saturday Night Live"

Stephen C. Webster reports at The Raw Story:

Several strange edits have shown up on Wikipedia entries pertaining to famed Americans referenced by Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann -- specifically, it appears that her fans have attempted to rewrite the lives of actor John Wayne and President John Quincy Adams to fit her woefully inaccurate retellings of history.

Bachmann, who officially launched her campaign yesterday in Waterloo, Iowa, told a Fox News reporter that she was proud to be in the town where John Wayne was from, because she embodies his ideals. Unfortunately for her, it turns out that the actor John Wayne was not from Waterloo, but serial killer John Wayne Gacy was.

Shortly after the gaffe, the Wikipedia page for actor John Wayne was altered to change his birthplace from Winterset, Iowa to Waterloo, apparently as an effort to cover for the misguided politician.

Another edit came after she declared Tuesday morning that the nation's sixth president, John Quincy Adams, was a "founding father," even though he was just a child when his father, the nation's second president, signed the Declaration of Independence. ...>more


All That's Glittered Is Not Gold -- Sometimes It's Silver

Alright! Looks like somebody finally got Ol' Crazy Eyes!

Mock, Paper, Scissors reports:
Anyway, it looks like Michele got glittered, though the news accounts I read makes it sound like the would-be glitterer missed and that notable homophobe and baby-mill operator Bachmann-the Nut didn’t even know it happened.

(via Buzzfeed)


New! Tea Party Barbie!

Tip of the hat to our pals at Mock, Paper, Scissors.

Michele "The Mad" Bachmann Lied About Raising 23 Children

How is keeping kids in your house for two or three weeks "raising" them?

Ezra Grant reports at EzKool:

The only qual­ity I’ve appre­ci­ated about Michele Bach­mann is slowly begin­ning to fall apart. On many occa­sions, Mrs. Bach­mann has claimed that she raised 23 fos­ter kids along with her 5 chil­dren, but new reports being released shows the oppo­site. Bach­mann didn’t raise 23 fos­ter kids, some of these kids only stayed in her home for a few weeks. How is that rais­ing them? ...>more


Was Americans For Prosperity NJ Director Taking A "Double Dip" Salary?

Corrupt? US? Nahhh, Get Outta Here!

New Jersey Channel 12's "Kane In Your Corner" reports:

(06/15/11) TRENTON - During his 2009 campaign for governor, Steve Lonegan received $2.7 million in matching funds. But a Kane in Your Corner investigation is taking a look at whether he misled state officials to get that money.

Lonegan was the executive director of the New Jersey chapter of Americans for Prosperity. But to obtain the matching funds, he signed forms stating that he did not manage an issue advocacy group. When his opponents challenged that statement, the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission ruled in Lonegan's favor. Commissioners believed Lonegan's claims that he was never a manager at AFP, that he only worked for the group's educational foundation, not its political advocacy side, and that he never received any personal benefit from the group.

However, Kane in Your Corner found Lonegan's statements may not have been completely accurate. ...>more


How To Write A Speech For The Teavangelicals

Riehl Politics reports:

If the Ralph Reed-inspired Faith and Freedom Coalition event this past weekend taught me anything, it was that there is a discrete formula being used by speechwriters to address the emerging “teavangelical” social conservative base, being orchestrated by Reed. The self-conscious effort to meld the tea partiers to the evangelical base was on explicit display at the conference, and Reed made clear he sees this highly motivated minority as a game changer in 2012 turnout. I don’t think he’s wrong. If the libertarian tea partiers can be melded to the Christian evangelical cohort, Reed would have achieved something along the lines of the fusionism of earlier conservative leaders who brought together anti-communist crusaders and more subdued Wall Street Republicans.

Another thing is clear: The messaging people behind all of the major GOP candidates who are wooing this critical base are all reading off the same script. Bachmann, Hunsman, Pawlenti, Romney, Santorum, Cain, Palin — those who appeared at the event, and those who didn’t — all give the same speech, with the only notable differences being in style and delivery. Here is the not-so-secret talking points memo. ...>more


How The Tea Party Gave New Life To Mexican-Hunting Right-Wing Extremists

Yasha Livine writes at The eXiled:

In May 2009, I profiled a nutty 71-year-old border vigilante named Glenn Spencer, who had converted his ranch on the Arizona-Mexico border into a hi-tech militarized security zone packed with infrared cameras, aerial drones and motion detectors. Spencer was all that stood between European-American liberty, and a Mexican Anschluss with its former territories. His goal was to demonstrate to the feds how easy it was to stop illegal border crossers, and he blew through his life savings to prove it. But Spencer’s reputation as a white supremacist and nativist meant no one heard his message in Washington; CNN’s Lou Dobbs was about the only mainstream media figure who took him seriously.

When I left his ranch back in 2009, I was sure that Spencer had reached the end of his line. His project had failed; Obama was heralding in a liberal future; the old geezer had nothing else waiting in the wings for him and nothing to look forward to, except maybe a miserable prolonged death by Alzheimers tempered by lonely alcoholism in his double-wide trailer.

So it was surprising to learn that Spencer was a big player in the Tea Party scene. Suddenly, no one in Arizona cared about his past associations with white supremacists. Instead, they were very keen on hearing his anti-immigration solutions. All of a sudden Spencer found himself hanging out with Arizona state senators, hosting GOP political events, speaking at rallies and rubbing shoulders with the creme de la creme of Arizona’s Tea Party beau monde. He was not only back in the game, he’s bigger than ever. ...>more


If Teabaggers Are Miffed When People Call Out Their Racist Elements...Well, Jeff McGeary Isn't Helping

Newtown, PA Crank Makes One People's Project "Rogues' Gallery" for Bleatings About "Western Way Of Life"

Daryle Lamont Jenkins writes at One People's Project:
In recent months, those who call themselves Tea Party activists have been trying to suggest that they only march and rally because of economic and fiscal concerns, never social and cultural issues. Someone forgot to tell teabagger Jeff McGeary that, given his remarks during the April 6, 2011 meeting of his Thomas Jefferson Club in Bucks County, PA:
"Stand up for your rights, your beliefs, your culture, your heritage, and your identity. What binds us together in this room and this republic guys, is worth fighting for, more than any taxes, more than any other issue, is this issue of our culture and our values and our Western way of life. And the last thing that I heard from both speakers was the word 'love'. To love your people, to love your heritage, love our national family, our culture, our value, our republic. And guys, stand up for it. It's worth fighting for. Your work, your employment, about your daily task, stand up, stand up proudly and don't apologize guys."

And if those same teabaggers are miffed that people keep pointing out the racist elements in the Tea Party scene, well Jeff McGeary isn't helping. See, the two speakers that he was referring to were noted white nationalists Peter Brimelow of the hate site VDARE, and former Jesse Helms aide Louis March, a past speaker at American Renaissance and Council of Conservative Citizens conferences who touted as successes overseas what hate groups like the British National Party and France's National Front were doing in their countries. McGeary is one of those teabaggers that have been playing it coy for a few years now, but when this meeting took place it pretty much put a spotlight on what he and his Thomas Jefferson Club is really about. ...>more


Teabagger GOP Official In No. Carolina Busted For Collecting Unemployment After Libertarian Party Laid Him Off

Election campaign rode wave of anger against incumbents, opposed tax increases and Big Government™; you can't make this shit up, folks!

Kevin Maurer reports at the Wilmington Star-News:
New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger was getting unemployment benefits for at least five months from Washington, D.C., according to documents obtained by the StarNews.

Officials at Washington's Office of Unemployment Compensation sent a “wage audit notice” to New Hanover County in January asking the county to provide Berger's salary information after he was elected in November and sworn in Dec. 6.

The notice is used by the Benefit Payment Control Branch to make sure “payments are proper” and is part of the agency's fraud detection program, according to the letter. The agency confirmed that Berger's benefits stopped May 21, but would not release how much he was collecting. A New Hanover County commissioner earns about $17,000 a year, and it is not considered a full-time job. Having a part-time job does not stop the benefits, officials said, but only adjusts the benefit amount from the agency.

Berger said Thursday after a commission agenda review meeting that he worked inhouse for a trade association doing nonprofit management. He declined to name the group or when he worked there. He said the group cut staff and he lost his position.

Erna Vance, a customer service specialist at the Office of Unemployment Compensation, would not verify how much or how long Berger received the benefits. She said it is not uncommon for people to live outside Washington and get benefits because they worked in Washington. ...>more