GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor Stated Michele Bachmann Is Smart

On “Face The Nation” this morning Congressman Eric Cantor, the Republican Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, stated that Michele Bachmann is a smart woman.

Really.

Really?

Lets see…..

“I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann, on the 1976 Swine Flu outbreak that happened when Gerald Ford, a Republican, was president, April 28, 2009

“I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?” -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, calling for a new McCarthyism, Oct. 2008

 “That’s why people need to continue to go to the town halls, continue to melt the phone lines of their liberal members of Congress, and let them know, under no certain circumstances will I give the government control over my body and my health care decisions.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), a pro-lifer who completely missed the irony of using the same slogan as the pro-choice movement in arguing against health care reform

 “Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2009

 “There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann, Oct. 2006

“I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us ‘having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,’ and the people — we the people — are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country.” -Rep. Rep. Michele Bachmann, March 2009

Why I Am Not Attending Madison’s Johnsonville Brat Fest Has Nothing To Do With Politics

For all the attention that politics is getting this brat eating spring in Madison, given the collective bargaining fight and the large donations that some have given to Governor Walker, I can say that I have not attended the large Johnsonville Brat Fest for many years.  My reason has nothing to do with politics.  In fact, I wrote about the reason I was not attending one year ago in one of my ‘Letters From Home.’    I reprint a portion below.

But I recall the days when the brat fest was smaller, simpler, and more pleasant to participate in.

When I lived on the west side of Madison I made a habit of going to each brat fest that was held at the Sentry Food Store at the corner of Midvale and University.  I would park the car and James and I would grab a couple brats, greet the celebrity on hand who was helping, and sit down to eat.  We often ran into someone we knew, chatted for a while, and had a pleasant time.  It was a relaxing, easy, and fun thing to do. 

Then something happened, and the small event had to be ‘bigger and better’.  No longer could the small event be enough, instead there had to be a huge venue, a carnival, games, and endless enticements like fireworks to lure folks into buying a brat and spending hours of time and money.

When the brat fest ceased to be a parking lot event I stopped going.  I am not a curmudgeon, or uneasy in large crowds.  Quite the opposite on both counts.  But I have  negative reaction to the idea that everything has to be bigger to be better.   I always cheer on the groups that work this event for the proceeds that help non-profits.  But the whole idea of BIG IS BEST baffles me.

Yeah, You.

“Are you the one that called me bald as a cue ball?   Well if I can just break loose from dad and shimmy down off his shoulders we will see about that.”

First Presidential Autopen Bill Signing

Another trivia answer for a future late night dinner gathering.

President Bush’s Justice Department determined that a bill may be signed by autopen. But President Obama, in France for the Group of 8 summit, was the first to use the authority — directing a mechanical signature late Thursday ET (Friday for him) on an extension of the Patriot Act, which otherwise would have expired at midnight. The autopen, typically used for letters and photos, was a last resort: The White House had calculated exactly how much time it would take to rush the bill to Andrews and get the paper in the president’s hand by midnight ET. But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delayed passage on the Hill, and time ran out for a dramatic “minutes-to-midnight” signature.

Insane Claim About French Accident Investigating Bureau Concerning Airline Crash

I am quite sure….in fact I am darn sure….make that DAMN sure this is absolute hokum.  There is no way this happened in the way the investigating bureau wants the families of the victims to think it took place. 

Confronted with faulty instrument readings and alarms going off in the cockpit, the pilots of an Air France jetliner struggled to tame the aircraft as it went into an aerodynamic stall, rolled, and finally plunged 38,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean in just 3½ minutes.

But the passengers on that doomed Rio de Janeiro-to-Paris flight were probably asleep or nodding off and didn’t realize what was going on as the aircraft fell nose-up toward the sea, the director of the French accident investigating bureau said after releasing preliminary black-box data on the June 1, 2009, disaster.

Frankly I can attest to the fact folks were puking when James and I  just circled at odd angles while waiting to land at an airport, but this investigating bureau wants us to think that a plane that is nose-up and rushing downwards to the sea was taking place and everyone was just having a serene nap!!!!!!!

 Lawyers…ramp up…..I smell a lawsuit!

Gaza Strip Open To Palestinians

I am exceedingly pleased with this development.

Egypt has relaxed restrictions at its border with the Gaza Strip, allowing many Palestinians to cross freely for the first time in four years.

Women, children and men over 40 are now allowed to pass freely. Men aged between 18 and 40 will still require a permit, and trade is prohibited.

The move – strongly opposed by Israel – comes some three months after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak lost power.

Egypt says the crossing will now be open from 0900 to 2100 every day except Fridays and holidays.

Although the border will still be closed for trade, the opening of the Rafah crossing is expected to provide a major economic boost to Gaza.

Up to 400 Palestinians were estimated to have gathered at the crossing as it opened on Saturday. By contrast, only about 300 Palestinians were previously allowed out of Gaza every day.

One of the first people to cross was Ward Labaa, a 27-year-old woman leaving Gaza for the first time to seek medical treatment in Cairo, the Associated Press reported.

Gaza resident Ali Nahallah, who has not left the Strip for four years, told the BBC the changes would be welcome.

“Of course this is our only entry point from Gaza to the external world,” he said.

“We feel that we live in a big jail in Gaza so now we feel a little bit more comfortable and life is easier now. My kids are willing to travel to see other places other than Gaza.”

 

Saturday Song: James McMurtry “Memorial Day”

Boycott Johnsonville Brats This Memorial Day Weekend In Support Of State Workers And Public Employees!

Madison is about to go brat crazy this weekend.  Multiple events are scheduled where the best in summer-like fun can be enjoyed.   In addition there will be cookouts, such as the one we are planning at home, and others all over the city to make this weekend in the State Capital one of the tastiest times of year. 

But as we think about these eating events let us be mindful of the work-a-day world where the bread-and-butter facts reside.

That is where Johnsonville Brats comes into the picture.

Stunning amounts of money has been spent over the years from Ralph C. Stayer, president of Johnsonville Foods, and his sister Launa Stayer and Johnsonville staff.  They are major contributors to Scott Walker donating over $44,000 since 2005!

See it for yourself.

Then contact Johnsonville Foods and tell them that you will not buy their products until they stand up for the working men and women in Wisconsin.  Tell  Johnsonville Foods that union men and women are not to be treated like chopped liver in Wisconsin, and deserve the right to collective bargaining.  Tell them to stand up to Governor Walker and denounce the union busting law.

Why should state workers, public employees, and those who support labor buy Johnsonville Foods if they will not support us?