Okay, so you know when a doctor says, "This is gonna hurt," so clench your fist and grit your teeth and try to prepare for the coming pain? But then when he does the thing it still hurts a whole fucking lot! And then you wonder — with salty tears pooling in the corner of your eyes — what all that preparing was for anyway?
Anyway… the Ames Iowa Straw Poll turned out pretty much like we all thought she would…
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has won the Ames Straw Poll with 29% of the vote, edging out Rep. Ron Paul by 152 votes, or 28%.
I have such mixed feelings about Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign so far. On on the one hand, I'm kind giddy that such a large chunk of Republicans voters are so excited to throw their support behind a candidate so firmly grounded in non-reality that they gave her nearly a third of all votes.
On the other hand, ugh! I might need to start pricing bomb shelters.
To be fair, though, it's not like all the other options were so much better. I suppose if I were told that I had to cut my own throat, and then given the option of a scalpel or a box cutter, I'd probably go with the scalpel, too…
1. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (4823, 28.55%)
2. Congressman Ron Paul (4671, 27.65%)
3. Governor Tim Pawlenty (2293, 13.57%)
4. Senator Rick Santorum (1657, 9.81%)
5. Herman Cain(1456, 8.62%)
6. Governor Rick Perry (718, 3.62%) write-in
7. Governor Mitt Romney (567, 3.36%)
8. Speaker Newt Gingrich (385, 2.28%)
9. Governor Jon Huntsman (69, 0.41%)
10. Congressman Thad McCotter (35, 0.21%)
Good for Thad McCotter for getting 35 whole votes! And good for Jon Huntsman for beating somebody! That must have given his ego a little boost.
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Tags: Herman Cain, Iowa, Iowa Straw Poll, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Thaddeus McCotter, Tim Pawlenty
If you saw last night's Daily Show, you saw Jon Stewart expose Congress's longstanding practice of wasting time and avoiding real work by demanding apologies that at best will accomplish nothing and at worst will never come at all. It's truly shameful, so I hereby demand that all legislation be put on hold until the entire United States Congress personally apologizes to each American citizen one at a time.
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Tags: House of Representatives, Joe Wilson, Jon Stewart, Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emanuel, Steny Hoyer, Thaddeus McCotter, The Daily Show, Video
We already knew ObamaCare was going to kill our Nanas and babies, so it's not a huge leap of logic to assume our pets would also be turned into Obamoylent Green, which is probably why Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter has teamed up with the Pet Industry lobby to push for a pet health care tax deduction.
According to the pet industry trade magazine, Pet Product News, McCotter, a Livonia Republican, introduced the legislation July 31 in conjunction with a Pet Product News survey on the industry.
The legislation is being supported by the lobbying arm of the pet industry, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC).
According to the PPN story, the proposed legislation will amend the IRS code to allow pet owners to deduct up to $3,500 in pet related expenses, including veterinary care.
This is obviously great news for pets and their owners, but I imagine some uninsured humans might think this idea is for the birds! And then they'll probably laugh at how clever they are, and the laughter will lead to a coughing fit on account of the consumption.
Tags: Animals, Health Care, House of Representatives, Lobbyists, Michigan, Republicans, Thaddeus McCotter
Once again, the United States government proves itself incapable of grasping the fact that when you put things on the internet, everybody can see them. Today's Washington Post walks us through the seamy details of House members' investment portfolios, which were supposed to be disclosed tomorrow because Friday's the day you bury news. Except, whoops, some overshare-y clerk posted all the juicy bits on a House website yesterday, so here goes…
From stock holdings to retirement funds to mortgages, more than 20 House leaders and members of the House Financial Services Committee had large personal stakes in the Wall Street powerhouses whose collapse last year led to an unprecedented government intervention in the marketplace.
Ugh. Those adjectives make me feel outraged already. Just how rich did the House porkers get, from their elitist insider "stock holdings"?
The Pelosi family lost between $100,000 and $1 million as AIG's stock tanked last year. [Nancy] Pelosi's husband reported a partial sale of between $1,000 and $15,000 of AIG stock on the last day of December 2008. [...]
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), a member of the GOP leadership and booster of his state's imploding auto industry, watched his holdings in Chrysler plummet. His disclosure forms for the end of 2007 showed he had between $1,000 and $15,000 in company stock, which by the end of last year fell to between $1 and $1,000 in value. [...] Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) sold all her holdings in Morgan Stanley in March 2008, cashing out her stock for between $15,000 and $50,000 — holdings that a year earlier were worth between $50,000 and $100,000, records show.
Sickening. Just sickening to think that while America's economy burned, our elected officials were raking in profits like that from the arsonists.
Tags: Carolyn Maloney, Economy, House of Representatives, Internet, Nancy Pelosi, Thaddeus McCotter