Chronicling the follies of religion and superstition, the virtues of skepticism, and the wonders of the real (natural) universe as revealed by science. Plus other interesting and educational stuff.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

nonplussedbyreligion:

Michele Bachmann: Don’t Settle on Life and Marriage (by teambachmann)

“I’m Michele Bachmann and you should elect me President because I hate the hardest.”  Wait that’s not what she said?  That’s sure what I heard. ~ Kim

Pretty sure I heard “I’m Michele Bachmann and I’ve fought the hardest to deny your fellow Americans of basic rights and freedoms like life-saving medical research and procedures and the right to marry the consenting adult of their choice because my religion demands it. Vote for me and I’ll do my best to enshrine your prejudices in our laws.” She forgot to mention how hard she’s working to dismantle environmental protection and labor standards as well being a champion for the real underdogs: the school yard bullies all over this great nation.

Bachmann demands Obama break International Law

abaldwin360:

luckyclive:

omgitsaraptor:

stfuconservatives:

stfubachmann:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is calling on President Obama to stop Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from traveling to the United Nations headquarters in New York, even though doing so would violate international law.

“By his own words, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has shown himself to be an enemy not only of Israel, but also of the United States,” Bachmann said in a statement. “He is, in the most literal sense, an outlaw and he should not be allowed in the United States. I call upon President Obama to stop Ahmadinejad from coming to the UN.”

But if Obama were to thwart Ahmadinejad’s visit, he would violate the United Nations Headquarters Agreement, which the United States signed in 1947. In exchange for having the U.N. headquarters in New York, the United States agreed not to block travel to the U.N. for officials from member countries.

Michele, how is he, “an outlaw in the most literal sense”, WHEN HE ISN’T WANTED FOR ANY CRIMES?! I can’t even deal with this anymore. 

Michele Bachmann: So awful that I’m forced to defend Ahmadinejad.

-Joe

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WOMAN? WHY IS SHE SO POPULAR? WHY WHY WHY WHY? 

It’s terrifying to me that there are people in the US who would seriously support her bid for the presidency while she displays a complete and fundamental misunderstanding of domestic and international law. Seriously. Bachmann as president would make Bush look like an angel from on high. 

M-Michele, I don’t think that’s how international law works. Just FYI. 

You guys know why she’s doing this, right?

She’s saying this shit to get her base riled up against Obama, she makes a statement like this, then all her supporters can say shit like “Obama let the Iranian president into the country!”

Which leads to secret Muslim, Obama is best friends with terrorists and all that bull shit. I’ll go as far to say that statements like this are made for those very reasons alone. It’s a very subtle way of perpetuating that Obama has some kind of agenda.

^^Truth

The American Academy of Pediatrics refutes Michelle Bachmann's anti-Gardasil claims

cognitivedissonance:

Here’s a response to Michele Bachmann’s claim that Gardasil, the HPV vaccine, can cause mental retardation. I’m pasting their release in its entirety so I can bold for emphasis.

The American Academy of Pediatrics would like to correct false statements made in the Republican presidential campaign that HPV vaccine is dangerous and can cause mental retardation. There is absolutely no scientific validity to this statement. Since the vaccine has been introduced, more than 35 million doses have been administered, and it has an excellent safety record.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians all recommend that girls receive HPV vaccine around age 11 or 12. That’s because this is the age at which the vaccine produces the best immune response in the body, and because it’s important to protect girls well before the onset of sexual activity. In the U.S., about 6 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year, and 4,000 women die from cervical cancer. This is a life-saving vaccine that can protect girls from cervical cancer.

Before anyone wants to claim they are not speaking to Bachmann directly, I’d like to remind folks that she’s the only one making the claim that it causes mental retardation

This is one of the few things, if not the only thing, Rick Perry has done right as governor as Texas. Opponents have this idea that if young girls get the vaccine, they’ll suddenly become sexually active. This assumes that parents are telling girls they are getting a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer caused by a form of an STD and this means they can have all the unprotected sex they want. I’m 100% sure that’s not the case. Parents are also able to opt out of the vaccine requirement if they wish. 

To me, Bachmann’s statement is cruel and reckless. Often, women don’t know they have HPV because they display no symptoms - same with men. It’s estimated that by age 50, 80% of women will have contracted HPV, and nearly all cases of cervical cancer are linked to persistent infection with the virus. Bachmann is in favor of jettisoning a measure to prevent a form of cancer simply to score political points. 

She belongs with the crowd cheering the deaths of uninsured, because those “innocent little girls” she’s so worried about would see their chances of developing a deadly cancer skyrocket - just so she could outdo her opponents. If that’s not heartless, I don’t know what would be heartless.

Hey, Michele Bachmann: if the big red floppy shoe fits…

underthemountainbunker:

What Obama said last night:

“The people of this country work hard to meet their responsibilities. The question tonight is whether we’ll meet ours. The question is whether, in the face of an ongoing national crisis, we can stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy; whether we can restore some of the fairness and security that has defined this nation since our beginning.”

What Michele Bachmann heard:

“It was interesting to me that if you look at the president’s remarks, almost out of the gate, the president began by insulting members of Congress. He invited them to be a part of this address this evening…And yet he began with an insult — for a circus tent. That isn’t what this is. I don’t consider the greatest, most deliberative body in the United States, the House of Representatives, a circus, a political circus. It isn’t at all.”

I suppose we should give Bachmann a break — it can’t be easy to focus on one thing at a time with all the shouting voices and train sounds in her head. Sometimes she also hears a dial tone or a door bell in between the shouting but… no wonder!

http://underthemountainbunker.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/michele-bachmann-crazy.jpg?w=200

I’d say that with an approval rating at around 14%, congress deserves some insults. Lazy bastards. Go home an cry to mommy, or Jesus, or whoever it is you cry too.

Bachmann: Why is there a Department of Education?

abaldwin360:

CNN’s Ed Hornick

(CNN) - Painting herself as a “constitutional conservative” Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told Sen. Jim DeMint’s forum Monday that if elected president she would look to get rid of the Department of Education, among other things.

[FULL STORY]

"Because the Constitution does not specifically enumerate nor does it give to the federal government the role and duty to superintend over education that historically has been held by the parents and by local communities and by state governments," she said

I posit that this is all about creationism, prayer and Christian home schooling.

"(I) believe in profit and actually believe profit is a good thing and that we should encourage that in this country," she said.

And this is about implying that Obama hates profit and wants to “punish success”, as they say.

The New Resentment of the Poor

underthemountainbunker:

Representative Michele Bachmann noted recently that 47 percent of Americans do not pay federal income tax; all of them, she said, should pay something because they benefit from parks, roads and national security. (Interesting that she acknowledged government has a purpose.) Gov. Rick Perry, in the announcement of his candidacy, said he was dismayed at the “injustice” that nearly half of Americans do not pay income tax. Jon Huntsman Jr., up to now the most reasonable in the Republican presidential field, said not enough Americans pay tax.

Representative Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, and several senators have made similar arguments, variations of the idea expressed earlier by Senator Dan Coats of Indiana that “everyone needs to have some skin in the game.”

This is factually wrong, economically wrong and morally wrong. First, the facts: a vast majority of Americans have skin in the tax game. Even if they earn too little to qualify for the income tax, they pay payroll taxes (which Republicans want to raise), gasoline excise taxes and state and local taxes. Only 14 percent of households pay neither income nor payroll taxes, according to the Tax Policy Center at the Brookings Institution. The poorest fifth paid an average of 16.3 percent of income in taxes in 2010.

Economically, reducing the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit — which would be required if everyone paid income taxes — makes no sense at a time of high unemployment. The credits, which only go to working people, have always been a strong incentive to work, as even some conservative economists say, and have increased the labor force while reducing the welfare rolls.

The moral argument would have been obvious before this polarized year. Nearly 90 percent of the families that paid no income tax make less than $40,000, most much less. The real problem is that so many Americans are struggling on such a small income, not whether they pay taxes. The two tax credits lifted 7.2 million people out of poverty in 2009, including four million children. At a time when high-income households are paying their lowest share of federal taxes in decades, when corporations frequently avoid paying any tax, it is clear who should bear a larger burden and who should not.

-The New York Times.  Without a doubt, this is the best editorial I have read all year.  Read the entire piece here.

This from Ruth Marcus (OpEd WaPo) on 8/15/11: 

Of those households that do not owe income taxes, about a third earn $10,000 a year and a slightly smaller share earn between $10,000 and $20,000. More than three-fourths earn $30,000 or less….

Two-thirds of the households that pay no federal income tax still ante up for payroll taxes. Fewer than one in five — 18 percent of all households — pay neither income nor payroll taxes. Nearly all of these are elderly (10 percent) or have incomes below $20,000 (7 percent.)…

Does anyone imagine that a person with an income of $20,000 is getting away with anything because they don’t earn enough to even pay income tax OR payroll tax??

Is there a millionaire or billionaire in the world who would trade places with anyone making $30,000 or less per year just to avoid income tax?

No.

abaldwin360:

Michele Bachmann says hurricane is a message from God to cut spending.  Funny how God never tells Republicans to cut bombing and torturing.

abaldwin360:

Michele Bachmann says hurricane is a message from God to cut spending. Funny how God never tells Republicans to cut bombing and torturing.

underthemountainbunker:

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cognitivedissonance:

I love this so hard.

Ron Paul wants to go back to the gold standard, because in those days gold-backed nickels had pictures of bumblebees on them. “Gimme five ‘bees’ for a quarter” you’d say.

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the ‘bees’ thing made me ALOL (actually laugh out loud)

underthemountainbunker:

shorterexcerpts:

cognitivedissonance:

I love this so hard.

Ron Paul wants to go back to the gold standard, because in those days gold-backed nickels had pictures of bumblebees on them. “Gimme five ‘bees’ for a quarter” you’d say.

the ‘bees’ thing made me ALOL (actually laugh out loud)

(Michele) Bachmann paid $180,000 to hand out 6,000 tickets (to the Ames straw poll). But it was worth it, because she got 4,823 votes. Bachmann got a commanding 80 percent of the votes she paid for.

STEPHEN COLBERT, on reports that Michele Bachmann paid for her supporters’ $30 tickets for Iowa’s grand experiment in democracy, on The Colbert Report.

What a fucking joke.

(via inothernews)

Seven Mountains Dominionism: The Early Downfalls of Perry and Bachmann

namelessgenxer:

Shorter Version:

Republican Presidential Candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are

RAVING LUNATIC CHRISTIAN DOMINIONISTS

The only question is: What policies will Bachmann and Perry put in place to exterminate us non-believers?

manicchill:


One of my first “original” articles for this blog was a relatively short post titled, “Seven Mountains Dominionism: Why Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich Won’t Be President”. The post has a couple notes, but hasn’t been a particularly popular ….until recently. Suddenly, in the last few…

(Source: thedailybeast.com)