“… Bachmann thought it was an outrage to prevent cervical cancer and didn’t seem to realize that the Bill of Rights is part of the Constitution….”
How can you tell when Michele Bachmann is lying? Her lips are moving.
Just when The Pink Flamingo thinks I have enough on Sparkles, darn if she doesn’t go and give me more stuff to write about her. There are times I wonder if she is not doing this as a favor to me, but I am not that much of a narcissist, so I am abandoning that theory.
Does Sparkles know when to shut up about something, already yet?
“…”The concern is that there’s potentially side-effects that can come with something like that,” Bachmann said on The Tonight Show.
In Monday’s CNN-Tea Party Express debate, Bachmann made the claim the HPV vaccine is a “potentially dangerous drug,” and argued that little girls who suffer grave reactions from the vaccine would be stuck with the consequences, despite not having had a say in receiving it….”
Ed Morrissey wrote:
“…Michele Bachmann served in the Minnesota Senate from 2001 to 2006, as Ben Howe notes. She had five children growing up in Minnesota who would have had to been inoculated for Hep-B in order to attend school after the passage of the 1993 act that mandated the vaccination. There is absolutely no record of Bachmann raising any kind of objection to innocent Minnesota children, including her own, being required to be inoculated for a disease that primarily gets transmitted through sex, IV drug use, or tattoo parlors. Suddenly, though, she’s so horrified about mandated vaccination for sexually-transmitted diseases that she not only can’t stop talking about it, she feels compelled to pass along every anecdote she hears without bothering to check whether it has any factual basis at all….”
Especially when she has taken over $140,000 in donations from pharm companies, including a HUGE amount from … well, Doug Mataconis has the lovely details.
After listening to Michele Bachmann once again make an abject fool of herself over the Gardasil, watching as she did the liberal thing of saying that vaccines may not be good and should be a liberty thing – optional, I cringed. She and her libertarian cohorts, if they take the liberal hard-line on vaccines, are going to end up throwing us back into the Dark Ages. She once again misquoted, saying how bad the side effects are, when they are not.
Finally, someone has the courage to explain that Sparkles is NOT telling the truth.
But then, Michele Bachmann has never been one to let the facts get in the way of a good libertarian tea party rant.
“...How did Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil, “make millions” off a policy that wasn’t enacted? And why does Bachmann object to the government needle being used to fight HPV, but not the flu? Or hepatitis?
Obviously, the answer to that is because HPV is seen as a sexually transmitted disease. But it’s one that can be vaccinated against. And according to the CDC, Gardasil has no major side effects.
The charge of crony capitalism Bachmann makes above, because Perry’s chief of staff was also a lobbyist for Merck, strikes me as reasonable. Wrong on the facts, but at least within the realm of possibility and fair politics. But the charge that the Gardasil decision took “away a parents [sic] right to direct the health care of their children” is ridiculous. It didn’t do that. It was a specific vaccination, one among several required by the state. There was a parental opt-out. And the policy was never implemented. Democracy in Texas worked as it should.
It’s obviously fair and expected for all of the GOP candidates to criticize each other’s actions and records. That’s part of the primary process and should help voters decide who the best candidate is. But the hysteria Bachmann is displaying over Gardasail borders on being paranoid. She is sounding like a prudish Luddite….”
In other words, she lies.
“…One ex-staffer said her penchant for inventing experiences out of whole cloth dates to her very first week in Congress. It was January 2007, and Bachmann had ordered a senior staff member to get her the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — then Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace — on the phone immediately.
The senior staff member told Bachmann that it would likely not be possible for a junior member of Congress to speak with the chairman so easily, and Bachmann did not speak with Pace that week.
But that didn’t stop Bachmann from going on a radio program and telling listeners that she did. “I just spoke with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs,” Bachmann told the radio host, according to a staff member familiar with the conversation….”
In my world, I consider this a lie. It is rather amusing. This is the woman who wants to ram the Ten Commandments and HER version of religion down every throat in America, yet she doesn’t mind braking the Ninth Commandment if it serves her purpose. The Pink Flamingo refers to Jewish tradition here because it is much stronger than “Christian” – when it comes to lies.
“...Judaism is intensely aware of the power of speech and of the harm that can be done through speech. The rabbis note that the universe itself was created through speech. Of the 43 sins enumerated in the Al Cheit confession recited on Yom Kippur, 11 are sins committed through speech. The Talmud tells that the tongue is an instrument so dangerous that it must be kept hidden from view, behind two protective walls (the mouth and teeth) to prevent its misuse.
The harm done by speech is even worse than the harm done by stealing or by cheating someone financially: money lost can be repaid, but the harm done by speech can never be repaired. For this reason, some sources indicate that there is no forgiveness for lashon ha-ra (disparaging speech). This is probably hyperbole, but it illustrates the seriousness of improper speech. A Chasidic tale vividly illustrates the danger of improper speech: A man went about the community telling malicious lies about the rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends. The rabbi told the man, “Take a feather pillow, cut it open, and scatter the feathers to the winds.” The man thought this was a strange request, but it was a simple enough task, and he did it gladly. When he returned to tell the rabbi that he had done it, the rabbi said, “Now, go and gather the feathers. Because you can no more make amends for the damage your words have done than you can recollect the feathers.”
Speech has been compared to an arrow: once the words are released, like an arrow, they cannot be recalled, the harm they do cannot be stopped, and the harm they do cannot always be predicted, for words like arrows often go astray….”
You cannot explain away this.
“...Twice in August, the congresswoman was forced to explain statements that appeared to be directly contradicted by fact. Bachmann repeatedly told interviewers the morning of August 14 that she was looking forward to a family reunion that was taking place that afternoon. And that evening, when a reporter asked her why she’d arrived late to the Black Hawk County Republican Party dinner, Bachmann responded, “We had a big family reunion just north of Waterloo.”
But her mother and two cousins told POLITICO afterward that they were at that reunion — and Bachmann did not attend….”
This is not just a small problem. The woman has a problem distinguishing fact from fiction. Someone like this had no business being in local government, let alone running for POTUS. It is a serious problem. Her lying attacks on Tim Pawlenty seriously damaged his campaign when he refused to come out and defend himself. No one has the courage to call her an out-right liar.
We all possess the capacity to destroy someone through speech, even when we speak the absolute fact proven “truth”. To use your political influence to destroy through lies is even worse. One of my favorite movies is The Farmer’s Daughter, a Loretta Young classic. In it, a Minnesota farm girl goes on to win a Congressional election (and Joseph Cotten)
From the August 31 WSJ Political Diary:
“…”Just when her campaign badly needed some class, [Michele Bachmann] reached into the mud and found another group to demonize besides homosexuals: illegal immigrants. She announced recently that she would become the first GOP presidential candidate to make opposition to illegal immigration a signature issue, no doubt in a bid to shore up her flagging poll numbers against Rick Perry.
“But this will put her in bed with groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies and Numbers USA who are the political godfathers of the modern anti-immigrant movement. Inspired by a radical Malthusianism, they tout an ultra restrictionist agenda — advocating in CIS’s case a moratorium on all immigration, skilled and unskilled. They are part of a network of organizations founded by John Tanton, a Michigan-based ophthalmologist, who warmly applauded China’s one-child policy and sterilization of Third World women, all of which fundamentally conflicts with Bachmann’s Christian, pro-life beliefs.
“They have peddled myths about unauthorized workers that have stymied rational immigration reform” — columnist Shikha Dalmia writing at reason.com on Aug. 30….”
“...Bachmann: “We cannot forget that in the midst of this executive order, there was a big drug company that made millions of dollars because of this mandate. We can’t deny that.”
Perry in February 2007 signed an executive order directing the state Health and Human Services commissioner to mandate human papillomavirus vaccination for all girls before admission to the sixth grade. Perry at the time released a statement saying that the vaccine “provides us with an incredible opportunity to effectively target and prevent cervical cancer,” which HPV can cause.
At the time, the only such vaccine that the Food and Drug Administration had approved was Gardasil, made by Merck & Co.
Texas’ rules were to take effect in September 2008. However, the Texas Legislature passed a bill overturning Perry’s order in April 2007. Perry declined to veto the bill, which went into effect in May 2007, killing his order.
False. The executive order didn’t last long enough to produce a mandate. Therefore, there was no mandate that would have caused Merck to make millions of dollars.
Statement No. 2:
Bachmann: “The governor’s former chief of staff was the chief lobbyist for this drug company.”
Michael Toomey, a former three-term state representative from Houston, served as Perry’s chief of staff from December 2002 to September 2004.
Toomey was a lobbyist for a number of companies — including Merck — before and after he served in Perry’s office, according to the Texas Ethics Commission. He was registered in Texas to lobby for Merck from at least 1998 to 2002, and from 2004 to the present, according to the commission.
True. Toomey was as a lobbyist for Merck. However, CNN could not find evidence to confirm or dispute that he was the company’s “chief lobbyist.”
Statement No. 3:
Perry’s defense: “The company was Merck, and it was a $5,000 contribution that I had received from them.”
Merck’s political action committee did give Perry $5,000 in 2006, when he was seeking a second full term. But it also gave him nearly $25,000 more over the course of his career, including a $10,000 donation in 2004; $5,000 in 2002; $1,000 in 2005; $1,000 in 2000; $2,500 in 2008; and another $5,000 in his most recent run, in 2010.
Ages ago a little bird told The Pink Flamingo one of the reasons Sparkles was in the race was the possibility that she might be in it for the book deal. Low and behold!
You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
Once all of this is put together, two facts stand out, like red flags. Either Michele Bachmann is, as her staff humbly states, prone to dribble out what the last person she spoke to said, or she is an out-right pathological liar. She attacked Rick Perry about Gardisal, but has taken a heck of a lot of money from Glaxo-Smith-Kline, who manufactures Cervarix.
- She outright lied about a conversation with General Pace.
- It is possible she was in collusion with Ron Paul over the Gardisal attack on Perry.
- She has lied about attending her family reunion.
- She is misleading about the Gardisal injections when she has taken far more from the manufacturer of the other HPV vaccine on the market.
- Her repeated lies seriously harmed Tim Pawlenty.
- She misled about the foster children she cared for.
- She is more factually impaired than other candidates.
- When called down about a factual mistake, she continues it.
The Pink Flamingo thinks this woman is a pathological liar. There is not other logical explanation, other than the fact that she does not know the difference between fantasy and reality. Either way, she is unfit to hold office.
According to one study, 77% of the dribble that comes from her mouth is false. In other words, Michele Bachmann is lying 77% of the time.
The Pink Flamingo would like to pose one little question. The conservative media is constantly going after Dems who are less than truthful. Why are they giving this lying, prevaricating, pathologically disturbed woman a pass?
Makes you wonder.