Posts Tagged ‘michele bachmann’

If you remember a previous post of mine, “A Boatload of Nonsense,” you’ll know that I’m not a huge fan of the movie, Evan Almighty. Back in 2007, Girl talked me into seeing it with her and, today, believe it or not, I gave in again. This time the movie was on television. A cool, rainy day; pillows and blankets aplenty; popcorn and drinks. How could I resist?

This time, the part of the movie that struck me most was when Evan, standing before Congress, confesses that it was “God” who told him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood… to which the leading congressman responds,

God? You talk to God?… And God is talking back?… Obviously, the stresses of this office have proven too much for you… Please have the congressman removed.


Wouldn’t that be a sight to see in real life: political points deducted – not added – when candidates talk about their private exchanges with God. In the latest GOP presidential debate (the “Thanksgiving Family Forum”), for instance, the Christian contenders even left their dog whistles at home.  They didn’t need whistles; the candidates were astonishly candid about their intentions should they be elected. And, since the debate was not televised nor viewed online by many, I’m wondering if those who might have been critical of what was said may be unaware that there was even a debate this weekend.

Related past posts:  “Cain: The Reluctant Leader“; “You can’t bridge a wall that doesn’t exist

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Have you heard that, later this month, (probable) Republican presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee will join Tea Party Queen Michele Bachmann (R-MN), pseudohistorian David Barton and other notables for a nationwide webcast?  They’ll be campaigning ministering to “God’s people” about American HIStory:

…(T)he founders of our country drew their inspiration, wisdom, and direction from the Bible. Beginning in colonial times, church leaders spoke to their congregations about the events and issues of the day in the context of Biblical truth. Rediscover God in America will lay a foundation of critical knowledge for your congregation. They’ll learn how to interpret and assess current events in light of God’s Word, as our founding fathers did, and how to respond Biblically and take action that aligns with His truth.

A just and prosperous nation is born and sustained by truth, not compromise. Join with thousands of churches across the nation! Bring the truth about God and America to your congregation and community.

Just think.  Newt, Mike, Michele and David beamed straight to your church’s Jumbo-Tron in order to, um, educate your flock about how to vote the Founding Fathers’ actual political intentions. 

As for the politicians and hockers of pseudohistory?  Hey, with friends like these willing pastors, who needs the Koch Brothers anyway?

And, there’s no telling which other likely GOP presidential contenders will add their names to the list of celebs at “Rediscovering God in America.”  Actually, most of the other possible nominees (Donald Trump is an obvious exception) would fit right in.  A rather scary thought.

But, if you, like me, would rather not think about it too much, look instead at the RGA logo.  Why does it clearly incorporate “Obama 2008” logo design elements? Or is my overactive imagination acting up again?

By the way, if you squint and look at it just so, the Obama logo reads “I-S-L-A-M,” which is racist.

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When people learn that I grew up in Santa Barbara they usually ooh and ahh.  Yes, Santa Barbara is very beautiful, but I also remember spending much of my childhood scraping globs of tar off my feet after time spent at the beach.  Some say the tar was from the 1969 80,000-barrel Santa Barbara oil spill; others, that it was just the result of natural seepage.  Either way (or both), anytime there’s a spill, I’m reminded of hours spent rubbing solvents into my skin.

I also remember Roderick Nash, (one of my favorite professors), and the environmental movement that rose from this “shocker.”  

Shockers, as I recall, are the only effective means to offset the negative environmental impact of our short-term thinking, consumerist culture and popular religious dogma that awards humans “dominion” over the natural world.  However, I’m not sure how shockers hold up at times when people like Sarah (“Drill, Baby, Drill”) Palin and Michele (Christian Nation) Bachmann are exalted as heroines.  Is the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico shocking enough to cause Real Americans™ to reject the popular new meme about lying environmentalists who are interested only in reaping personal and professional rewards – and dishonoring Christian Capitalism?  

     Ask the birds of the air, and they will teach you. (Job 12:7)

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Apr 22, 3pm PST update:  Links fixed now  :)

“Patriot” Groups, Militias Surge in Number in Past Year



Rage on the Right: The Year in Hate and Extremism
by Mark Potok

HT:  Southern Poverty Law Center

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This week, at a Bachmann/Palin rally in Minneapolis, Michele Bachmann was asked about a possible Palin presidential run in 2012.  She responded, “I want to thank Governor Palin for breaking the barrier by being a woman as the vice president on the ticket.”

Good grief.  Michele must get her reading material from Sarah, because, obviously, we’ve seen a woman on a presidential ticket before. 

Geraldine Ferraro, first female VP candidate (1984)

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