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The Family Leader Teabate is live…

…and it’s playing church music about needing Jesus more than ever with pictures of Occupy Wall Street and GLBTQ couples getting married.

And now people are getting ready to sit down to a Thanksgiving table. Iowa’s governor and Lt. governor are there, plus Rep. Steve King. They’re discussing biblical world view.

 

I’m going to smoke a few cigs while they pray.

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I’ll be live-tweeting tonight’s Family Leader debate

Y’know, that one group that’s all about God, gays, and guns. The one that said African Americans were better off under slavery and pornography must be banned.

Those guys.

It’ll be streaming live at CitizenLink.com or at their Facebook page. If you want to ask the candidates a question, use the hashtag #tff11 and send it to @CitizenLink.

They’re apparently embedding a live twitter feed so others can see what folks are saying about the debate.

I’m so using their hashtag. If y’all play the bingo game, I suggest letting them know when you get a bingo.

It all starts at 4 p.m. CST, 3 p.m. MST, and 2 p.m. PST. I’m tweeting this thing sober, and yes, I deserve a goddamn medal. I’m 100% sure of that right now. Follow me @meglanker on Twitter, or view it on the sidebar.

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Goddammit. I knew I should have watched tonight’s GOP teabate debate.
See this Tweet? It’s from exactly one month ago. 
Michele Bachmann took me up on my suggestion and put it out there tonight. Seriously. Here it is on Real Clear Politics: "The Devil Is In The Details" Of Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan

Michele Bachmann says if you turn Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” plan upside down it becomes 6-6-6. “I think the devil is in the details,” she said at the GOP debate hosted by Bloomberg and Washington Post.


So I was being sarcastic… but you owe me, Michele. There’s a reason I tagged it #NewConspiracyTheory.

Goddammit. I knew I should have watched tonight’s GOP teabate debate.

See this Tweet? It’s from exactly one month ago. 

Michele Bachmann took me up on my suggestion and put it out there tonight. Seriously. Here it is on Real Clear Politics"The Devil Is In The Details" Of Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan

Michele Bachmann says if you turn Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” plan upside down it becomes 6-6-6. “I think the devil is in the details,” she said at the GOP debate hosted by Bloomberg and Washington Post.

So I was being sarcastic… but you owe me, Michele. There’s a reason I tagged it #NewConspiracyTheory.

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Michele Bachmann: U.S. Immigration ‘Worked Very, Very Well’ Under The Asian Exclusion Act

Pre-1965, we had quotas that virtually eliminated immigration of anyone other than white immigrants. Is that what she meant? Or does she simply not understand history? Either way, she’s advocating for racist, ethnocentrist policies repealed by Congress nearly 50 years ago. 

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Reward! $11,000 For Proof Of Bachmann's HPV-Caused "Mental Retardation" Claim

Bioethicists have joined together to offer a reward of $11,000 to anyone who can prove the child Michele Bachmann mentioned repeatedly on television this week actually became “mentally retarded” from the HPV vaccine. One of the scientists is from Bachmann’s home state of Minnesota.

The Minnesota Star Tribune reports:

Steven Miles, a U of M bioethics professor, said that he’ll give $1,000 if the medical records of the woman from Bachmann’s story are released and can be viewed by a medical professional.

His offer was upped by his former boss from the University of Minnesota, Art Caplan, who is now director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics. Caplan said he would match Miles’ challenge and offered $10,000 for proof of the HPV vaccine victim.

"These types of messages in this climate have the capacity to do enormous public health harm," Miles said of why he made the offer. "The woman, assuming she exists, put this claim into the public domain and it’s an extremely serious claim and it deserves to be analyzed."

Stupid scientists, trying to get in the way of a good story. Bachmann retreated a little, saying that she was essentially repeating what she was told. So if she hears a rumor Canada doesn’t like us, is she going to run to the UN and launch a bombing campaign? She has no problem scaring parents across America with vaccine myths. 

I have a theory, one that was touched on by Crooks and Liars as well. Bachmann meant to say autism, based on debunked claims about vaccines and autism, and conflated it with mental retardation - two entirely different diagnoses. That woman may exist, and may have told Bachmann her daughter developed autism from vaccination. Here’s the problem - Let’s pretend, in an alternate bizarro universe, that vaccines could cause autism. The HPV vaccine is given most commonly at 12 years of age. According to the Mayo Clinic, children show symptoms at a very young age, sometimes as young as 12 months. The symptoms of autism would have been apparent long before age 12.

So long story short, Bachmann is probably full of it, and this woman either doesn’t exist, or is repeating the anti-vaccine myth that has been debunked many times over. It’s going to be tough for her to fully walk this one back. She justified it by saying, “I’m not a doctor, I’m not a scientist, I’m not a physician.” Oh, you’re not? So it wasn’t intended to be a factual statement? Then quit spreading misinformation.

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