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Any Last Word, Lawrence? On Tim Pawlenty?

6:33 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

I can’t wait to see what Larry “I wrote laws, MFer! With Pat Moynihan!” O’Donnell has to say about his GOP man-crush Tim Pawlenty dropping out of the presidential race. Perhaps he’ll not report it at all, and act as if the T-Paw juggernaut in his head continues on apace? Or — maybe he’ll have an hour-long In Memoriam segment for the brilliant but tragically misunderestimated Pawlenty “movement”?

Or will Lawrence go negative, attacking Miss Submissive Corndog for ruining T-Paw’s Iowa debate with her Minnesota Not-Nice?

Your audience awaits, Lawrence. Oh — and the GOP field is simply shivering with anticipation to hear which competitor you’ll pick as your next ‘winner.’

Does Barack Obama Support Anti-Gay Reparative Therapy?

1:56 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has asked the Republican contenders for the presidential nomination (people over whom they can be presumed to have very little, if any, influence) to denounce and disavow anti-gay reparative “pray-away-the-gay” therapy as practiced by “Dr” Marcus Bachmann at Bachmann Associates, the mental health practice he co-owns with his wife, presidential candidate and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

Today, HRC is calling on the GOP candidates for President to disavow the dangerous “ex-gay” or “reparative therapies” endorsed by Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus, a practicing, but unlicensed Minnesota psychologist whose clinic has been known to practice these therapies.

The very next day, Fred Karger, the gay contender for the GOP nomination and founder of Californians Against Hate who successfully sued the Mormon Church for its misleading campaign filings during Proposition 8, said this:

“She’s a liar and now that she’s been busted, she’s trying to divert attention away from her lies,” Fred Karger told the Michigan Messenger. “She is just another hypocrite and bigot.”

So, yay, HRC! Winning!

At today’s White House press briefing, the Washington Blade asked press secretary Jay Carney what President Obama’s opinion is of reparative therapy.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined comment Monday on questions on President Obama’s position on widely discredited “ex-gay” reparative therapy aimed at changing gay individuals into being straight.

Under questioning from the Washington Blade, Carney said he hasn’t had any conversations with the president on reparative therapy — or whether Medicaid funding should support the practice — and deferred inquiries to the Department of Health & Human Services.

HRC has endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2012. Therefore, HRC can be presumed to have some influence over his thinking and views on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Shouldn’t the HRC pursue the president and his team for an answer on this question? Having endorsed the president for re-election, does HRC really expect to get an answer from any of the (other, non-gay) GOP candidates?

I mean, it’s fun to put the GOP candidates on the spot for how one of their own earns her living, but don’t LGBT supporters of the President deserve to know his views, too?

HRC, ask your endorsed candidate: does he support anti-gay reparative therapy? Or does he not support it?

Hate Groups Defend Bachmann & Clinic’s Ex-Gay Mission

4:27 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Leaders of SPLC-designated hate groups rushed to defend leading presidential contender Michele Bachmann’s business, her husband Marcus’s clinic, from widespread publicity about their ex-gay “ministry and counseling.”

Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, which has been listed as a “hate group” by the SPLC, appeared on MSNBC alongside Log Cabin Republicans executive director R. Clarke Cooper.

“If this is indeed a Christian counseling center then is should not be surprising that the counselors help clients live their lives constituent with Christian values,” Sprigg said.

Head FRC hater Tony Perkins also made his warm feelings known for Michele and her husband’s discredited methods:

“Apart from Washington, D.C., and homosexual interest groups, the majority of the country will view Marcus’s work for what it is, a ministry of hope,” he said. “Pointing men and women who struggle with same-sex attractions to God isn’t ‘a discredited form of therapy,’ it’s the path to sexual healing. And it’s capable of bringing thousands of people out of bondage and into healthy behavior and a fuller relationship with Christ.”

Insane homo-hater Peter LaBarbera played the Xtian victim card:

“Folks, it sure didn’t take long for the liberal media to go into Christian-bashing mode against GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.),” LaBarbera said in a statement. He called ABC’s report, a “comically biased hit-piece by ABC’s Brian Ross — featuring the militantly anti-Christian homosexual organization Truth Wins Out.”
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Tonight on ABC-News Nightline: Does Bachmann Clinic Pray Away the Gay”?”

3:46 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

I’m not sure why ABC News, summarizing two very straightforward reports published Friday, decided a question mark was necessary in its headline: Michele Bachmann Clinic: Where You Can Pray Away the Gay? The coverage from Friday, by Truth Wins Out (TWO) and The Nation, was quite clear that the answer to that question is “We’ll Certainly Try!”

ABC told of Andrew Ramirez, whose story was first featured Friday in The Nation:

A former patient who sought help from the Christian counseling clinic owned by GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, told ABC News he was advised that prayer could rid him of his homosexual urges and he could eventually be “re-oriented.”

“[One counselor's] path for my therapy would be to read the Bible, pray to God that I would no longer be gay,” said Andrew Ramirez, who was 17-years-old at the time he sought help from Bachmann & Associates in suburban Minneapolis in 2004. “And God would forgive me if I were straight.”

Also discussed was the undercover hidden-camera investigation by TWO’s John Becker:

Questions about the clinic’s approach to counseling gay patients prompted the Vermont-based advocacy group Truth Wins Out to send a gay man undercover, with a camera, to seek guidance from a Bachmann associate.

“I told my therapist that I was struggling with attraction to the same sex, and that my attractions were overwhelmingly, predominately, exclusively homosexual,” said John Becker, the man who visited the clinic five times in late June.

Treatment notes and bills that Becker provided to ABC said the counselor’s goal was to “increase ability to manage and decrease feelings and actions.”

Becker said he was told more explicitly that the goal of his treatment was to end his homosexual urges entirely, and he was provided scriptural mantras to repeat to himself in order to stay on track.

“He seemed to believe genuinely in his heart of hearts that, somehow, my homosexuality could be cured and could be eliminated,” Becker said.

Tonight, ABC Nightline will cover this story. (Check your local listings). It’s great news to see this bust into Traditional Media outlets, because this reparative therapy is extremely damaging and fruitless. It hurts kids and tears apart families.

Bachmann Signs Hate Pledge: Who’s Next??

1:31 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Michele Bachmann signed an anti-gay Christianist hate pledge to secure the endorsement of “THE FAMiLY LEADER” [sic] hate group.

Yesterday, Bachmann signed the harmful anti-gay Christianist pledge sponsored by the hate group “The Family Leader.” By signing, Bachmann promised to continue fighting against marriage equality and to help spread the word that homosexuality is a choice, a health risk, and akin to adultery, polygamy and polyandery.

The pledge goes further to compare abortion to human trafficking, sexual slavery and prostitution and demand that the candidate promote an anti-gay federal marriage amendment, appoint only Christianist activist judges to the bench and of course to recognize that overpopulation will be “beneficial” to the US.

I hope the media asks this very important question of all GOPs competing for their party’s presidential nomination: Have you signed the porn pledge? If not, why not?

UPDATE: Rick Santorum signed.

Debate Winner: Bachmann

7:22 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

If you’re like me — and I imagine you are, unless you are a straight middle aged man posing as a lesbian blogger — you expected to tune in to tonight’s John-King-wishes-he-had-lights-and-buzzers debacle on CNN hoping to see Michele Bachmann go completely off the rails, screeching about Obamacare’s secret funding for abortion clinics and Sharia law governing Hillary Clinton’s discussions with Bennie Netanyahoo.

Well, that didn’t exactly happen, now did it?

Bachmann looked composed, sounded intelligent, got her bio out there (were you surprised commentator David Gergen did not know about the Bachmann’s double-dozen foster kids? Who’s not paying attention now, David?) and managed not to screw up big-time. She even kept her eye on the operating camera, which we know from her State of the State of the State of the Union speech to America can be a challenge.

Even Anderson Cooper had to give the Congresswoman points for “time-management” in terms of her child-rearing duodecathlon.

By not embarrassing herself in front of New Hampshire GOP voters in the hall, the national media, and political junkies watching everywhere, Michele Bachmann won the debate. She did well, I think, and accomplished four unspoken goals:

1. She demolished Frothy Mixture, the has-been to her right.
2. She sparkled unlike the Tiffany Debtor, the has-been to her left.
3. She probably kept Snowbillie Grifterella out of the race entirely.
4. She showed she runs with the leaders, being favorably mentioned by every single one of the men on stage tonight.

The leaders for the GOP nomination are now Romney, Cain, and Bachmann. I think Pawlenty screwed the pooch tonight, looking argumentative, bland, and unsure of himself all at the same time. Cain managed to get out from under his “no Muslims need apply” unforced error by blaming the media, repeatedly, for misquoting him, always popular with GOPs.

And Ron Paul was, well, he was Ron Paul. I continue to be amazed that someone with that speaking voice has succeeded for so long in politics, but I guess his policies have a certain appeal to the AynRandians.

What was your take on tonight’s Goat Rodeo Launch?

LensCrafters™ To Bachmann: Stop Using Our Name

11:25 am in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

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Broken Glasses by Greything, on Flickr

Michele Bachmann is test-driving a new line — actually a misquote from a Planned Parenthood executive — in her speeches to the rabid rightwing anti-family-planning crowds she’s drawing in Iowa:

The possible GOP presidential candidate supported her belief that Planned Parenthood should lose its government funding by telling a crowd in Iowa on Monday, “The executive director of Planned Parenthood in Illinois said they want to become the LensCrafter of big abortion in Illinois.”

Here’s the actual three-year-old statement:

But what Steve Trombley, CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois, actually said is different than Bachmann’s interpretation. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal in June 2008, he stated, “I like to think of Planned Parenthood as the LensCrafters of family planning,” while speaking of making family planning services more accessible.

And here’s what LensCrafters’™ parent company has to say to Congresswoman Bachmann:

LensCrafters hit back at Bachmann Tuesday, telling Roll Call, “She’s using our name without our knowledge or permission.” Julie Maslov, communications director for Luxottica Retail, the parent company for LensCrafters, said the company contacted Bachmann’s office Tuesday and asked that she stop making the comparison.

Clearly unwilling to have their brand injected into Bachmann’s ‘Big Abortion’ so-called debate, the corporation has moved to protect its name. No word yet from Bachmann.

Tea Chair Bachmann: Budget Deal a “Disappointment”

6:14 am in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Count among those disappointed in the budget deal that was forged oh-so-dramatically at the very last hour before government shutdown Michele Bachmann, chair of the House teabaggers.

Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) called the $39-billion slashing deal a “disappointment.”

Millions of Americans expected $100 billion in cuts and “wanted to make sure their tax dollars stopped flowing to the nation’s largest abortion provider, and who wanted us to defund ObamaCare,” Bachmann said in a statement.

“Instead, we’ve been asked to settle for $39 billion in cuts, even as we continue to fund Planned Parenthood and the implementation of ObamaCare.’

You remember all those campaign ads last election season about defunding Planned Parenthood completely, right? Yeah, me neither. But apparently to small-government conservatives, the most egregious example of government overreach is its funding of pap smears, mammograms, and prostate exams for Americans too poor to afford private medical attention.

Could the entire deal still go off the rails? Other teabaggers are making noise about their unhappiness with The Boehn’s deal:

The deal is still tentative, and Congress passed a one-week stopgap budget to put the bill in legislative form.

“It doesn’t go far enough or fast enough for me, based on what we’ve seen so far,” Tea Party backed-freshman Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) told Politico. I don’t like the number that I’m hearing,”

Steve King (R-Iowa) was one of the 28 Republicans who voted [no] on the budget compromise. He told CBS’ “The Early Show” on Saturday that the experience shows the power of the Tea Party.

“There’s a tremendous amount of leverage there,” he said. “There are 87 freshmen in this Congress. Quite a few of them are here because of the support of the Tea Party,”

There were 70 votes in the House against the stopgap deal passed late Friday (early Saturday) night that avoided a shutdown while The Boehn’s Big Deal is finalized for a vote mid-week. More Democrats than Republicans voted against it.

Congressman Steve Israel: Bachmann Must Apologize

2:55 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Dave Weigel at the Washington Independent reports that Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY02) has demanded an apology from his colleague, Michele Bachmann (R-MN06), for the Holocaust imagery used at her Tea-Party rally on Capitol Hill at which every member of the House GOP leadership spoke.

“I just cannot believe that Congresswoman Bachmann sponsored and brought to the American people, the use of images from the Holocaust, actual photographs of skeletal remains of people from the cremetoria, in order to make a point about the health insurance bill,” says Israel. “I can’t believe that Congresswoman Bachmann would stand where she stood and see those images and not have the common decency to say, ‘I disagree with the use of those images.’”

All members of the House GOP leadership who spoke at Bachmann’s Tea-Party rally yesterday were looking directly at the Buchenwald imagery from the podium. None of them disagreed with the use of the images or condemned them. None has yet.

Look Who Listens to Dick Cheney

11:30 am in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Released by his doctors from his spider hole to growl about the Obama Administration not keeping us safe — takes one to know one, I suppose — Dick Cheney spoke at a private American Enterprise Institute dinner at the Charlie Palmer steakhouse on Capitol Hill. In this morning’s WaPo0nline Chat, Paul Kane describes what he saw from the bar.

Paul Kane: …On Tuesday night I went to a small party at Charlie Palmer steakhouse on Capitol Hill, and afterwad [sic], sitting at the bar, I saw the breakup of a separate event in the restaurant, an AEI dinner with Cheney as the speaker. Had to be about 25 House Republicans there to hear him speak, based on all the Rs I saw pouring out of the restaurant.

Interestingly, not a single member of leadership attended, and, more interestingly, no Senate Republicans attended.

Those in attendance read like a Who’s Who of — depending on your political persuasion — the Conservative Movement or the Right Wing Fringe Caucus.

Bachman [sic], Steve King, Jeff Flake, Louie Gohmert, and then some.

It was apparently a very dry discussion of Iran and Iraq, but I find the attendees to be interesting. That’s Cheney’s people these days.

House leadership has learned not to listen to Cheney’s poisonous ideas. No United States Senators bother to hear him spill his wrong-headed ideas about keeping America safe.

Which means that Darth can throw out raw meat for the elected fringe. Bachmann, King, Flake and Goehmert: the Crazies for Cheney Caucus. Go GOP!

UPDATE: You should probably read the pointed commentary today at Dependable Renegade on the subject of Darth.