Michele Bachmann Clueless On U.S. Constitution (Again)

Who briefs Michele Bachmann before she opens her mouth?

I am thinking that regardless of what others tell her Bachmann is not prone to being a very good listener.

More evidence of that came shining through in South Carolina today when the teabaggers all  gathered for a spit and shine presidential debate.

CNN Reports.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann took a different tack on the health care topic and levied a veiled shot at Romney, claiming that states have no right to mandate the purchase of any good or service.

Massachusetts residents face a penalty if they refuse to buy health insurance.

“I believe it is also unconstitutional for states to mandate as a condition of citizenship, that an individual would have to purchase a product or service even at the state government’s behest,” Bachmann said.

Pressed by conservative Princeton legal scholar Robert George to back up her assertion by naming a provision in the Constitution, she could not.

Michele Bachmann is just nuts, and if you are not already pressing your hand to your forehead…then let me remind you of a message she sent to her followers about the Founding Fathers working tirelessly to end slavery….right up to the Civil War!  They must have lived like the elders in the Old Testament to reach such advanced ages!

Again, who in the campaign attempts to stop her mouth from running, and might they just start using duct-tape?

Will Teens Change Gender After Watching Chaz Bono On “Dancing With The Stars”?

More lunacy from the paranoid conservative wing-nuts.

I have been amused at the outcry from some over the news that Chaz Bono will be one of the performers this fall on the reality television show “Dancing With The Stars”. It surely can be no more odd than to have the morally bankrupt former Republican Congressman Tom Delay bounce around the dance floor. I have failed, it should be noted, to find any conservatives upset about that oddity having pranced about on the television screen.

The whole concept of this reality show is what I find not worthy of watching.  The addition of the latest ‘person in the news’ who can lift ratings seems hardly a surprise.  After all that is what network television is all about.

What should surprise people are the ratings for this show. Frankly, I do not understand the success of “Dancing With The Stars” anymore than having a sex change operation. That is not to say there are those who have serious issues with the sex they were born with, but I just personally have a hard time understanding it.

But at the end of the day who can deny wanting Chaz Bono to be happy? Or deny Bono from doing what anyone else has the right to do, even it that means being on a lame reality TV show?

Plenty of conservatives have stepped up to deny Bono that right, it seems, if you listen to the responses of those who have commented on the news Bono will be a dancer on this season’s show.


When ABC-TV announced Chaz Bono would be on the next season of “Dancing with the Stars,” their website was flooded with negative comments.

“I am floored, flabbergasted and appalled that ABC would even consider Chaz/Chastity as a ‘star’ for the show,” wrote one fan. “Star? How is she a star?”

 “No matter what that fat lady did to her body she will remain what she was born to be…Chaz Bono will be dancing with a woman? Hoooo. I’ve never seen it before, two women on a dance floor.”

 “I hope and pray ABC will come to their senses by NOT promoting this medically and mentally dangerous path to our neighbors, especially our children.”

 Indeed! Cuz you know children are going to watch a dance competition show and see Chaz in action and think, I’m gonna change genders too! Uh-huh.

 “ABC has been pushing the gay lifestyle…the push now to accept transgender is just too much for me to bear. I will watch the first episode to see who advertises…and through Twitter and Facebook will urge friends and friends of friends to boycott not only your show, but your network and all those who advertise with you.”

 Good luck with that.

 Many of the commenters invoked Biblical passages and predicted a sure road to hell for Bono and for those who support him. You wonder: if they’re so worked up about a dance competition show, how do they get through the day? Are they a hundred times more outraged by starvation and poverty and human suffering? If they’re good Christians, that must be the case, right?

 Yes, the vast majority of us are quite comfortable with the genders to which we’ve been assigned, thank you very much. But imagine all that a Chaz Bono has to go through–medically, emotionally, on all levels–to become the person she wants and needs to be. If someone undertakes that journey, how can their choices be anything BUT legitimate?

Big Jay Fink, Old-Fashioned Radio DJ, Makes All The Difference

This story warms my heart.

On the same day that one of the lead newspaper stories in The New York Times deals with the possible shutting down of the postal service this winter due to fiscal woes, comes a story about an old-fashioned DJ who made all the difference to his community.  In spite of the news that makes a reader just wonder how much worse can things get comes news that inspires.

Having been one of those old-fashioned type radio announcers for several years at WDOR in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin makes me very aware of the role radio plays in a community.  On good days listeners tune in for fun and general information.  But when the blizzards hit, or calamity strikes, radio can become a lifeline.

As was the case in the Catskills on WRIP-FM thanks to Big Jay Fink.

The thrust of this story is that local radio matters.

While I was working at that small AM/FM station in Door County we may not have been cutting edge, but we were local. Local neighborhood disc-jockeys with the current weather and local fishing conditions, high school sports reports, and even the local obituaries were read on certain long-form newscasts. (When was the last long-form newscast or a real ‘noon report of local news’ that anyone of my readers has heard on radio?) Is the model of WDOR what every radio station should be? No, of course not. But it served a sizable niche, and the important part was that it was local talent broadcasting local content.

No one pretended to be more than what we were. We were happy to work out of a small studio that was too hot in the summer, and too chilly in the winter, but we knew our audience. Heck, we lived in the community, cared for our friends, and shared many commonalities. As such we served the community through our daily broadcasting. Local live radio for local listeners. And I might say with humility, having been a part of their radio team, that it was also profitable.

Which is a long way of saying this story in the paper, with a portion posted below, really warms my heart.

(Due to WordPress unable to fix their link problem I ask my readers to forgive how I am forced to paste links into my blog.  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/nyregion/radio-dj-in-catskills-offered-a-lifeline-during-the-storm.html)

As floodwaters rose on the morning of Aug. 28, Mr. Fink interrupted the regular Sunday programming on WRIP-FM (97.9); instead of a classic Casey Kasem countdown, listeners found Mr. Fink — beginning what would be a 13-hour on-air marathon. He calmly fielded calls from people trapped by the surging waters and doled out information on makeshift shelters.

For many of the 49,000 people spread out over the 650-odd square miles that make up Greene County, Mr. Fink became the voice of the storm.

“The worst of it was the calls from Prattsville; people saying, ‘I am on the roof of my trailer,’ and asking where their rescue was,” he said.

Mr. Fink, 54, is an old-school radio guy who got his start at a university radio station. He was supposed to be on vacation when the storm hit; he could not afford to go anywhere, so he opted to just hang out at the radio station, which operates out of an old bowling alley not far from Windham’s main street.

On Saturday night, as the storm began to rain down, a friend dropped off a cot so Mr. Fink would be near the microphone if things took a turn for the worse. On Sunday morning, as the water kept rising, he began breaking into the station’s programs, giving updates throughout “Direct Connection,” a Christian radio show, and the Casey Kasem program.

About 9 a.m., power and a number of the region’s cellphone towers were knocked out, leaving thousands without any way of communicating. WRIP’s backup generator kicked in, and the phone, an old-fashioned land line, started ringing. It has not stopped since.

For days Mr. Fink, who was soon joined by his colleague Joe Loverro, played matchmaker, soothing stranded residents, taking down numbers to relay to rescue workers and passing on information about makeshift shelters and closed roads. The two personalities and other WRIP employees guided listeners through the arrival of the National Guard, carrying emergency supplies, to towns like Prattsville, and kept people apprised of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s trip on Wednesday to that community, which was devastated by the storm.

People listened, first from radios powered by batteries or generators, and later from their cars as they drove around to survey the damage, which may top $1 billion in New York alone, Mr. Cuomo has estimated.