Though set to retire from the U.S. House after her term expires at the end of this year, Michele Bachmann may not be done with electoral politics.
The Minnesota congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate told RealClearPolitics on Tuesday that she is considering a second White House run.
Bachmann made the revelation during an interview, in which she was asked for her view on whether any Republican women might seek the Oval Office in 2016.
“The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” she replied. “They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.”
The comments section on Senator Ted Cruz’s Facebook page is truly a goldmine of racism, homophobia and utter batshit crazy remarks by what can only be assumed to be the people that get the corner booth, in the far back hall, by the janitor’s closet at GOP conventions. On a normal day, you can find the standard rants about the New World Order, auditing the Federal Reserve and indiscernible gibberish about extraterrestrials running the government, etc.
A lot of these people absolutely worship Ted Cruz as well as his House colleagues from Texas, Louie Gohmert, Steve Stockman, and Ted Barton. Yes, that Ted Barton, the one who thinks wind energy would cause global warming by slowing the rotation of the planet. Needless to say, you can imagine what the comments section looks like on any given day.
It really got interesting though when Ted Cruz and Glenn Beck made a trip to the border with Mexico to hand out teddy bears and soccer balls to the refugee children. Remember, anything short of setting attack dogs loose on these kids or even shooting them is tantamount to betraying conservative principles in the minds of some of these people.
Time to meet Evelyn. Evelyn gets a double feature for your facepalm pleasure. She believes in just about every wacky conspiracy story out there and also thinks that somehow God is punishing us for allowing refugee children to come across the border, by sending refugee kids across the border with diseases. You really can’t make this stuff up.
MUCH MUCH More: Angry Conservatives Turn on Ted Cruz for Giving Toys to Kids
Today, Rick Joyner’s Oak Initiative sent out an email to activists asking if the crisis along the southern border just might be God’s judgment on America for allowing legal abortion and same-sex marriage.
Written by Kenneth L. Carozza, the piece declares that while evangelicals have a lot in common with Catholics, they cannot support calls from Catholic leaders to back immigration reform because Catholics have an ulterior motive: “Rome might see the alien deluge into the U.S. as a quick road to bigger parishes regardless of the form of government that survives.”
Excerpt from the email:
Does our nation gain God’s favor if officials advocate for children crossing the Rio Grande but fail to guarantee safe passage through the birth canal? Such carnage in the womb occurs within our U.S. borders daily. Additionally, in 2003 Justice Scalia predicted that with the repeal of sodomy laws, sodomy would become institutionalized. Today our little children learn a new euphemism in school, “same-sex marriage.” At the university level, academics are paving the way for pedophilia to be viewed as one more sexual orientation…
Yeah, how dare those ivory tower elitist professors teach our youth that pedophilia is OK?!!?111!
Oh wait…actually that isn’t happening, the only place pedophilia gets discussed as a “sexual orientation” is in abnormal psychology classes. Nevermind…
You’re probably thinking, of all the assaults on our liberty - our imperial President, Benghazi, and also Benghazi - just how bad can things be?
How about the assault on liberty that is “your exterior doors must match your trim paint color”? Time to water the tree of liberty with some Benjamin Moore HC-120!
Friends, I give to you the gift that keeps on giving: Recharter HOAs.
Have a seat, pour a drink, and prepare to wander down the rathole of insanity.
It’s almost too much crazy to even try to pull-quote, but I’ll try.
HOA rules keep the appeal of neighborhoods uniform. This is socialism.
HOA rules define every aspect of a person’s options. This is totalitarianism.
Uh, ok. Mostly they’re annoying retired people who give me 6 months to ensure my pole beans have been trimmed to the maximum height allowed by the covenants, but, ok, sure the totalitarianism thing, sure.
Though these are mundane issues our right to liberty and private property is guaranteed by our Constitution and cannot be signed away by contract. Therefore, the Association has no right to assume such authority, and to assume that the Association has such authority is extraordinarily arrogant and frightening and should be so for every true American. This is also where our highest moral obligation of protecting and defending the rights of others as we would ourselves becomes paramount.
I mean, other than you signed a contract with them, a contract that no legal authority in history has declared “slavery” or any such thing. You didn’t have to move here.
“The Painter I Hired Now Runs My Life”. Seriously, it says that. A human being wrote that. I can’t even excerpt it.
And on and on and on. It just goes on, down a crazy ouroboros rathole.
To be sure: like I said, our HOA is annoying. Suuuuuuper annoying, as are most. But they are rooted in sanity - keep property values high without requiring government intervention - so we mostly tolerate it.
He comes to every meeting and protests, demanding the HOA board swear fealty to Jesus and the Constitution. Seriously.
(I have long wished to get a little too drunk before an HOA meeting and demand we stop it with the worrying about my goddamned pole beans and instead create some atomic robot supermen to show those uptight assholes in Brambleton who’s the real power in this corner of Loudoun County! And in doing so he’ll give me a knowing wink that he, too, is drunk and attempting performance art.)
Mmmm-hmmm. Now if you’ll excuse me, I wanted to finish my other post explaining how rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God and thus, I can paint my mailbox any goddamned color I wish.
If smoking cigars is bad for you why do we look so cool when we do it? pic.twitter.com/HpuhA1VNmI
Really, NBC. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
Every damn week.
Pathetic, just pathetic.
Sen. Lindsey Graham expressed his qualms with the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy during a “Meet the Press” interview on Sunday, calling Secretary of State John Kerry’s foreign policy analysis “delusional.”
Kerry appeared on NBC Sunday morning to discuss the state of foreign affairs amid the escalating conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine. He noted that the U.S. is “in the center leading and trying to make peace” in these conflict areas.
Graham snapped back during an interview following Kerry’s appearance, criticizing the secretary of state’s perception of the current state of foreign affairs.
“He gave the most ridiculous and delusional summary of American foreign policy I could imagine,” Graham told NBC.
Wingnuts are deliberately making their vehicles pollute more, to protest the government restricting their ability to pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere! People are turning their cars and trucks into machines that spout black soot, and they’re calling it “Rolling Coal.”
My hope is that we can ban this state by state. It’s terrible, not only for its effect on climate change, but for people’s health in general.
According to Slate this thing as been around for awhile.
“Rolling coal” is not new. It grew out of the modifications people would do on their vehicles for truck pulls. It’s just only recently entered the online culture wars. I’d seen the memes and a couple of the trucks. But I hadn’t seen the left reply until this month, when Vocativ ran an expose of “pollution porn for dudes with pickup trucks.” Progressives reacted with disbelief to Facebook communities like “Rollin’ COAL” and (naturally) “Prius Repellent,” and to the sheer number of Instagram and Tumblr entries that recorded this stuff. They reacted with a mid-June surge of comments, sprinkled throughout these pages, all about the breeding patterns and penis sizes of the coal-rollers.
This is as dumb as it sounds. Maybe this shouldn’t be a surprise though. Save for some cranks like William Happer, ( Who isn’t even in a relevant field of study ) the overwhelming majority of scientists realize that global warming is real.
Yet there are people out there that “roll coal” and turn their car or truck into a black smoke spewing, polluting machine to protest “the Man.” They refuse to accept the harmful effects of what they’re doing.
NASA engineers recently created a satellite to monitor the amount of carbon dioxide we’re pumping into the atmosphere, as USA Today points out,
From its perch 438 miles above Earth’s surface, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 will be NASA’s first satellite with the sole purpose of measuring atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas linked to global warming.
During its two-year mission, the satellite will provide more-accurate readings of CO2 levels on global and regional scales, allowing scientists to better understand how natural processes and human activity affect concentrations of the greenhouse gas.
Unfortunately this, along with the news of the melting polar ice caps may not have any effect on climate change deniers, especially those that are “rolling coal”
Steven Colbert had the perfect response to this new wingnut trend.
Yet this is just a symptom of a much larger problem. Maybe if we had better science education, fewer people would do stuff like this. Instead of “rolling coal,” to protest restrictions that are actually perfectly justified to fight climate change, maybe some of these people would actually be trying to help solve the problem. If they knew better maybe they’d realize why this is bad for our future, not to mention everyone’s health including their own. I wouldn’t bring my lungs anywhere near one of these black smokers. That would be common sense, even if I didn’t know carbon dioxide causes global warming.
Update: 7/19/14 at 11:16 am
Randall Gross just posted some more information about the negative health effects in a recent comment
Forget about climate for a minute, all benzene ring compounds ( like those spewed by these exhausts) cause cancer and several other serious health problems:
CDC on Benzene:
Long-term health effects of exposure to benzene
The major effect of benzene from long-term exposure is on the blood. (Long-term exposure means exposure of a year or more.) Benzene causes harmful effects on the bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia. It can also cause excessive bleeding and can affect the immune system, increasing the chance for infection.
Some women who breathed high levels of benzene for many months had irregular menstrual periods and a decrease in the size of their ovaries. It is not known whether benzene exposure affects the developing fetus in pregnant women or fertility in men.
Animal studies have shown low birth weights, delayed bone formation, and bone marrow damage when pregnant animals breathed benzene.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that benzene causes cancer in humans. Long-term exposure to high levels of benzene in the air can cause leukemia, cancer of the blood-forming organs.
How you can protect yourself, and what to do if you are exposed to benzene
First, if the benzene was released into the air, get fresh air by leaving the area where the benzene was released. Moving to an area with fresh air is a good way to reduce the possibility of death from exposure to benzene in the air.
If the benzene release was outside, move away from the area where the benzene was released.
Don’t forget to read the rest of what he has to say so you can see just how serious being exposed to the chemicals from one of these modified vehicles could be.
He also provided a link to CDC on the health effects of exposure to diesel exhaust that backs up everything he wrote.
Sheila Kihne hopes to unseat state Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), who she claims is insufficiently conservative to represent the district. “People want a choice,” Kihne told Minnesota Public Radio. “I was at a point where I felt like I couldn’t vote for [Loon].”
On a blog she discontinued in 2009, she wrote that President Barack Obama was leading the one-world-order communists and demanded that single mothers be denied formal wedding ceremonies.
“Don’t you think that if you’re having a baby — and you’re not married — that you should forego the shower?” she asked. “I also think that if you get married — and are knocked up — you should get married quietly. At a courthouse, at a private home.”
GOP Representative’s Press Secretary Ryan Shucard Arrested for Bringing Gun to Cannon House Office Building
The only questions are how soon will he get off and will he get an apology from the Capitol Police?
Capitol Police arrested a staffer for Rep. Tom Marino Friday morning on charges of carrying a 9mm handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building, CQ Roll Call has learned.
Ryan Shucard, the Pennsylvania Republican’s press secretary, was arrested around 9:15 a.m., according to Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider.
Shucard entered the southeast door of Cannon with the weapon. The Smith & Wesson 9mm and magazine were found during the search required for entry into the building, according to Schneider. People entering Cannon, including those with staff identification badges, like Shucard, are required to step through metal detectors and place bags on the belt of an X-Ray machine.
Shucard is charged with a carrying a pistol without a license, a felony. He is currently being processed at Capitol Police headquarters.