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Polifact has just released its “2011 lies of the year” nomination list, and two of the ten nominees are political whoppers told about reproductive health.

Both Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s claim that the HPV vaccination can cause “mental retardation,” and Senator Jon Kyle’s statement that abortion services are “well over 90 percent” of what Planned Parenthood does have made the cut, sandwiched in with claims about global warming, taxes and job creation.

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The PolitiFact article about Michele Bachmann’s lie about HPV.

The PolitiFact article about Jon Kyl’s lie about Planned Parenthood.


Jane Schmidt is 16 years old and calls out Michele Bachmann on her heterosexist bullshit. Another student (name unlisted) asks Michele about bullying. These young people are incredibly brave and inspiring to stand up to this politician, especially with nearby people drowning them out. 

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First of all, thank you for caring! I’m glad that you don’t need to be a QUILTBAG person yourself in order to take a stand for what is right. I do, however, have one piece of advice:

Don’t postpone your marriage to make yourself a better straight ally.

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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.

Once again I have to simply shake my head and chuckle that anyone expects either the truth or any semblance of rationality from Michelle Bachmann! How many times, like Palin, does this moron have to prove she’s just bat-shit fucking crazy?!

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Americans have a long, proud history of adopting titles that they didn’t earn. Think Dr. Pepper, Doctor Octagon, and Dr. Laura. You can add Michele Bachmann to that list. As Tim Murphy reports, the Minnesota congresswoman spent five years touring the state in the late ’90s and early ’00s under the name “Dr. Michele Bachmann”—although she never obtained nor sought a Ph.D.

another white, privileged, “moral” christian who asks us to ignore the facts and trust her because she believes in Jeebus.







You Need to Pay Attention to Michele Bachmann

I know a lot of us aren’t that political, and many haven’t been paying much attention to the Republicans clawing all over each other for the presidential nomination next year, but if you have a Twitter account or read the news you have probably heard of Michele Bachmann, the congresswoman from Minnesota who is quickly floating to the top of the short list of GOP bigots likely to face Barack Obama at the ballot box next year.

You know Bachmann—she’s the one who married her queeny husband Marcus (who runs a clinic that offers “ex-gay” therapy for self-hating homos) after both of them experienced a vision from God. Well, despite the fact that she is a religious extremist with virtually no record of accomplishments in congress besides forwarding her hateful moral agenda, she won the Iowa Straw Poll over the weekend, one of the first real litmus tests to determine who is a “top tier” candidate for the 2010 election.

Here’s the thing about Michele Bachmann: she is not Sarah Palin. She is smarter, she’s more highly regarded, she has a more drive and she has none of Palin’s political baggage. She’s also about twice as crazy.

Want to know just how Bachmann feels about you? Here’s what she said in 2004 re: the gays:

“It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say that this is ‘gay.’ It’s anything but ‘gay.’ It leads to the personal enslavement of individuals. Because if you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement. And that’s why this is so dangerous. We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life, and sexual identity disorders.”

Bachmann was faced with this gem as recently as this past weekend, when she appeared onMeet the Press after her Iowa victory, and she stood by it, adding stupidly, “I am not anyone’s judge.” In it, she displays her profound ignorance (or worse, her straight up denial of facts) by calling homosexuality a “dysfunction” and a “disorder”, despite the fact that the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a disorder in 1973, with the American Psychological Association following suit a few years later.

We need to face a scary reality, guys. Barack Obama’s approval ratings have dropped below 40 percent, the lowest they have ever been. Meanwhile, Michelle Bachmann, even with her long history of documented bigotry, is well on her way to securing the nomination (with only Texas governor Rick Perry posing much of a threat now, and he’s about as bad as she is). Remember what happened in 2010, when the GOP took back the senate and the house? We need to face the real possibility that Michele Bachmann could be the next president.

She supports a federal ban on gay marriage. She has vowed to reinstate Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. She opposes ENDA, which would defend you from discrimination in the workplace. She thinks the love you share with your partner is Satanic, dysfunctional and sad. Under President Bachmann, you can expect the momentum toward full civil rights we have achieved over the past few years (with little thanks to President Obama, it’s true) to be rolled back. You’d see full Republican control of government, and the introduction and passage of who knows what kind of hateful legislation aimed and subjugating LGBT people even further.

You need to pay attention to Michele Bachmann in the coming months, as she calculates her way to the presidency. And you need to be terrified.

Some crazy shit heading your way, USA!



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Michele Bachmann is the kind of politician who inspires dystopian novels.

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The phrase from “The Marriage Vow” reads:

Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.

Keep up the blind hate, Republicans!We won’t forget.

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