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Thursday, November 4, 2010

"Non-Shooting Civil War"

48 hours after the mid-term elections and all hands on deck. The in breeding and fighting within the Republican party is at a fever pitch. Republicans gaining the House majority is like 250 starving kids fighting over one cookie.

Those of the right claiming "king of the hill" status are multitudinous. Mitch McConnell, Jim Demint, Michele Bachmann, John "tan man" Boehner. We have discussed Boehner enough, but we wanted to expose you to Bachmann, McConnell, and Demint tonight.

Michele Bachmann -

Ms. Bachmann is no less loony than Christine O'Donnell. In addition to being a loony, Bachmann's track record has proven she is also a full-fledged nut job. The type of person that makes you turn to your friend the moment she gets up to use the bathroom and mouth "She's craaaaaaazy," complete with hand motions and bug-eyes.

While Bachmann has always been a local lunatic, she didn't come onto the national lunatic scene until the 2008 election when she accused Barack Obama and many members of Congress of being "anti-American."

Like fellow lunatic Sarah Palin, Bachmann is deceptively attractive. While Palin is attractive in a "if she just put down that gun, took off those glasses, and started forming complete sentences" sort of way, Bachmann has the whole girl next door thing working for her. But only if you grew up next to an insane asylum.

Bachmann has claimed that many of her career moves have been dictated by messages from God. Abraham, Moses...Michele Bachmann. That sounds about right.

From anti-gay stances to anti-American Ms. Bachmann certainly never misses a beat.

In October 2008, Bachmann appeared on MSNBC's "Hardball" with Chris Matthews. When talking about Obama's association with Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, she stated he and his wife, Michelle, held anti-American views and couldn't be trusted in the White House. She even called for the major newspapers of the country to investigate other members of Congress to "find out if they are pro-America or anti-America." For the record, Bachmann defines "America" as "star, bars, and white people."

When asked which parts of the country were anti-American, Bachmann replied, "I don't think it's geography. I think it's people who don't like America, who detest America." You know, the types of people that would organize a witch-hunt of Congress and imply the President is a terrorist. They can exist anywhere. Like Minnesota.

The reactions to her statements were overwhelmingly negative, with even Republicans distancing themselves from this crazy lady.

Bachmann's statements were especially stupid, considering that calling someone "anti-American" is as original as a schoolyard bully calling other kids "gay." Speaking of gays...

Opposition to gay rights:
In 2003, Bachmann began her yearly assault on gay rights, proposing a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. In 2004, Bachmann and a coalition of religious leaders announced plans for what was billed as a "Minnesota for Marriage" rally. Thousands of people attended, holding signs that read, "Gays Should Not Be Married, Dontchya Know."

Shocked that her views were not universal, Bachmann felt the need to investigate her opposition. At a 2005 protest of her proposed constitutional ban of same-sex marriage, Bachmann and her cronies were actually seen hiding in the bushes, spying on the rally. When reached for comment regarding the incident, Bachmann complained that her feet were sore, saying, "I had high heels on and I just couldn't stand anymore. I was not in the bushes." The last part is true, as she was hiding behind the bushes. Getting in them would just be insane. Bachmann later acknowledged that she was spying on the rally, but only because she heard a "dirty rumor that they may screen 'Aladdin,' and 'Aladdin' can't get any gayer."

During a 2005 community meeting in Scandia, Minnesota, Bachmann was seen running out of a public bathroom crying, "I was being held against my will." In a report filed with the country sheriff, Bachmann claimed that two women "believed to be part of a LGBT group" detained her in the bathroom. She apparently was terrified and feared for her life. The women in question claimed they were simply making conversation with their local senator while waiting in line. The case was dismissed.

Foot note: Bachmann's step sister is a lesbian!

If you give Michele Bachmann a microphone, there's a pretty solid chance she'll say something stupid. The kinds of statements that leave you speechless - not because you don't know how to respond, but because there is no applicable response to gibberish.

Here's a sampling of her work:

"Don't Palinize Me!"

"Not all cultures are equal."

"We're running out of rich people in this country."

""I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it's an interesting coincidence."

"Little children will be forced to learn that homosexuality is normal and natural and perhaps they should try it."

Michele Bachmann's statements are so inane that at some level, one has must cut her some slack. Why? No human can be that much of a idiot. No real person acts like that. Maybe she's mentally ill?

Sen. Mitch McConnell may be the Senate minority leader but there's clearly another would-be power center among Senate Republicans — Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

DeMint, the chief channel in the Senate for the Tea Party movement, has an open letter in The Wall Street Journal that is at once a challenge to McConnell and a warning to the new Republican senators who tapped into Tea Party energy.

DeMint counsels the new senators that attempts will be made to buy them off that they should resist. Those new Republican senators include Marc Rubio of Florida, John Boozman of Arkansas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

Jim Demint has attempted to convince pastors that economic issues are moral issues at the Greater Freedom Rally at a church in Spartanburg, South Carolina, imploring them to help conservatives retake Congress in November.

In addition to reiterating anti-choice talking points on abortion and backing "traditional marriage," according to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, the senator went further and "said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn't be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who's sleeping with her boyfriend -- she shouldn't be in the classroom."

Controversy over DeMint's position on this issue first arose in 2004 during a Senate debate, when he was asked whether he agreed with the state party's platform that said openly gay teachers should be barred from teaching public school. DeMint said he agreed with that position because government shouldn't be endorsing certain behaviors.

How's that make you feel America?

Mitch McConnell - NFTOS thought Mitch was footing himself on firm ground, that is until he stated that his number one job is to ensure the POTUS is a one term President. Not your health, not your home, not your paycheck, he will have nothing of it, number one issue is outing the President.

Also the banner behind McConnell is none other than "the heritage foundation" which in its self is not oblivious from controversy. In 2001 they where accused of conflicts of interest in a Malaysia snafu, and also the have claims and ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Boy howdy the ole cliché “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive” comes to mind with Mr. McConnell.

The above facts paint a discombobulated republican regime at best, and we are only 48hours in. What truths shall unfold next? What undisclosed idiosyncrasies lie next for the tea bags? And the plot thickens.


Post Script:

In future blogs your going to hear a lot about the "Volcker Rule" (Trading restrictions placed on financial institutions. The Volcker rule separates investment banking, private equity and proprietary trading (hedge fund) sections of financial institutions from their consumer lending arms.

Banks are not allowed to simultaneously enter into an advisory and creditor role with clients, such as with private equity firms. The Volcker rule aims to minimize conflicts of interest between banks and their clients through separating the various types of business practices financial institutions engage in.

NFTOS explains Volcker Rule: Named after former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, the Volcker rule basically stops banks from doing their normal business (installment loans, residential mortgages, equity credit loans, deposit services) as well as trading on their own behalf.

The rule was introduced following the recession of 2008, to control the risk associated with the financial sector. Wall Street banks were accused of accumulating an excessive amount of risk and unfair business practices due to the inability of regulators to properly monitor their complex instruments and activities. The Volcker rule aims to protect individuals by creating a more transparent financial framework which can be regulated with greater ease. Mr. Volcker has argued that such speculative activity played a key role in the financial crisis of 2007–2010.)

Also readers you shall hear NFTOS repeatedly mention RINO (Republican in name only).