Monday, September 28, 2009

Conversation I overheard last night

Hipster Girl: "I fucking hate M. Night Shyamalan. He's the worst director ever. Really. The worst ever."
Hipster Guy: "Yeah, he sucks."
Girl: "Well, I guess I kind of liked 'Signs'. It was pretty good."
Guy: "Yeah, it wasn't bad. Have you ever seen 'Unbreakable'?"
Girl: "No, I heard it was good."
Guy: "Yeah, it was. I think it's definitely his best movie."

Uhh, yeah, sounds like you guys really hate him.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The most ridiculous thing I've ever seen in college sports

In the past I've written about how, once you start attending a large university, it doesn't take long for any view of the college athlete as role model to melt away. My guess is that to compete at that level you have to focus on your sport to such a point that it's a detriment to the development of any sort of social skills for a lot of these guys. I don't want to paint all of them with that brush but I think it's tough to grow up in an environment where you're idolized and coddled from such a young age without being somewhat affected by it. It reached the point where nothing I heard about an athlete would legitimately shock me in any way but what happened in the last 24 hours is something pretty astounding.

It started last night when news broke that a skirmish/brawl (depending on who's telling the story) in front of around 100 people had erupted outside of Burge Union on the KU campus. Police were dispatched and Tyshawn Taylor, a sophomore basketball player, went to the hospital to treat his hand.

Tyshawn must have been in a helpful mood because he pretty much laid out the whole thing leading up to and after the fight. From the KC Star (because I like how they replace the n-word with "racial slur":
Taylor reported the result of the incident on his Facebook page. “I got a dislocated finger ... from throwing a punch ... so don’t let the news paper gas yall up aite,” Taylor wrote.

Minutes earlier, around midnight, he wrote: “real (racial slur)s do real things .. point plankn.”

His earlier posts indicate there may have been escalating tension.

“keep my name out ya’ mouth for you get smacked in it,” he wrote at 11:12 a.m. Tuesday, and 30 minutes later he posted, “never get outta character .. I’m always a G about it.”

About 4 p.m., Taylor posted, “(racial slur)s be muggin me ..you know I’m mugging back.”
Yeah, so, pretty clearly he was looking for some trouble.

Then late last night another story broke that there may have been an incident brewing in front of the residence of several of the players but details have been pretty sketchy about that. Apparently it went over the police scanner but was broken up before any press arrived.

Obviously, this was all pretty big news today so the AD Lew Perkins releases a statement saying things are under control and they're investigating, etc. Not half an hour later ANOTHER fight erupts just outside of the Underground food court in Wescore Hall, one of the most highly trafficked areas on campus. From the Daily Kansan:
The fight broke out among football and basketball players this morning after one of the Morris twins pushed a football player down stairs behind Budig Hall. According to one KU senior who witnessed the initial outbreak of the brawl, players from both teams began throwing punches and shouting racial slurs at each other at 9:48 a.m.

Basketball players congregate outside of the Wescoe Underground on Wednesday at about 10 a.m. Brett Ballard, wearing a red shirt and black jacket, is the director of basketball operations and former backup point guard for the Jayhawks for two seasons.
Wescoe Hall altercation

Among them were the Morris twins, Mario Little, Sherron Collins, Tyshawn Taylor, Brady Morningstar, Travis Releford, Tyrel Reed, Thomas Robinson, Elijah Johnson and many other players. The only football players identified in the group were Dezmon Briscoe and Chris Harris, whom police from the KU Police Department were questioning.

The KU senior said she heard a football player yell, "What did you say?" at 9:48 a.m. and run up a set of stairs behind Budig Hall. She said she saw one of the Morris twins throw the football player down the stairs. She said the football player fell backwards down six stairs before being caught by a fellow football player. She said immediately after, several pairs of football and basketball players began fighting.

The reporter said he heard one of the Morris twins tell the police later, "One of them just jumped out and threw his hands on me," referring to the football players who were involved in the fight.

Another source, who did not want to be identified, confirmed this information. This source described seeing football players running toward the scene from Sunnyside Avenue. They joined in the scuffle, which Skevington said continued for a few minutes.
At this point the police showed up with various coaches and athletic department officials fast on their heels. I can only imagine what was said as soon as they heard the news. From that link above you can find some entertaining photos of the aftermath. Mostly the basketball players standing around and being loaded into a van with a lot of pissed off athletic department personnel.

I'm generally holed up in my lab with no access to any sort of gossip whatsoever but once something like this happens everyone's an expert, I guess. Apparently this has been building for quite a while and the recent events involve some girl that is/has dated somebody from each team. Who knows what's true and what's not but she must be the Jayhawk version of Helen of Troy or something.

So, yeah, who knows if they will be brawling in the streets again or if I'll step outside my building and into the middle of a full-scale riot with every participant wearing the blue sweatpants they wear every day. There's part of me that wants to see it escalate even more but, really, it's pretty freaking embarrassing for the university and for both of the teams. If things have gotten to this point the athletic department has some pretty tough choices to make if they want to get it under control. Is it worth it to kick potential All-Americans like Sherron Collins or Dez Briscoe, two guys prominently named in the stories, off your #1 ranked basketball team or top 20 football team? Suspend most of your basketball team? Half your football team? Just let it go? Good luck with this one, Lew.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Obama why?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Never Forget

Friday, September 18, 2009

I'mma let you finish


I can't help it, I'm a big fan of the Kanye parodies. (via my friend Nkem's Facebook page)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Andy Richter Controls the Jeopardy Universe

Andy Richter completely destroyed CNN's Wolf Blitzer in Celebrity Jeopardy today. Going into Final Jeopardy Wolf was at negative $4600 and Andy was over $30,000. It's hilarious watching Wolf ring in again and again only to find the wrong answer while Andy keeps racking up the dollars. You could have done better if you just never pressed your button at all! He looks so pissed off too.

My favorite part is the condescension in Alex Trebek's words at the end as he explains that on Celebrity Jeopardy they let EVERYONE play Final Jeopardy no matter how much of a moron they might be. "Well, Wolf, it didn't work out like you hoped it would. Andy just so much faster on the signaling button today." Uh, yeah, that was it.

More sounds

Despite the fact that huge portions of my life are taken up by science and football I've still managed to find time to hit up some really good shows around town.

Last Friday I went to see Crocodiles at Jackpot. I had heard this song but hadn't heard any of their other stuff until I checked out their MySpace page. They get some shit for ripping off Jesus and Mary Chain but other than Pitchfork shitting all over them (it's kind of hard to figure out Pitchfork reviews because you have to take into account whether they're in the process of really hyping up a band or in the process of tearing the same band down or just reacting to the hype from someone else by taking a contrary view and bitching about the hype that band got. I think it's answer C in this case...) they got pretty good reviews. The show was great so I don't think I have to worry about it.

Last night John and I decided to go see the Antlers at the last minutes which was easily the best decision we made all day. The second band, Thieves, had one of the most elaborate (and actually somewhat entertaining) sound checks ever. They kind of lost me when they went "backstage" (read: into the alley) after that so they could walk in 2 minutes later. OK, you're an opening band at the Jackpot and we just watched you sound check for 10 minutes. Let's go, already.

That said, they had the most impressive stage show from a local band I've seen. Lots of lights set up with their music, great sound equipment they brought, etc. They were kind of like a noisier version of Radiohead and their last song was one of the best of the night.

The Antlers' latest album is probably one of the saddest and best albums of the year. Anytime you call your album "Hospice" I guess you know what you're getting into and a lot of it deals with death, illness, cancer, etc. with a lot of it apparently based on his own recent experiences with a loved one. "Two" might be one of my favorites I've heard. Anyway, I would say if you're into the indie scene this might be one you should check out.

Speaking of the indie scene it wouldn't be a show in Lawrence without some sort of comment on the crowd. There wasn't anything terribly noteworthy except the disproportionate number of really attractive indie girls there (the Antlers must be huge in that set) and this group of guys that went up to the very front of the stage the second the last opener was done. Everyone is kind of making their way back to the bar and these guys are shoving their way up there so they can be two feet from the guitarist while they sing every word and applaud every time they recognize a song. We get it, you're waaay more into this band than all of the rest of the posers here.

Finally, I'll give some love to one of my favorite local bands, Ghosty. You can hear their new EP here. Really laid back but some good stuff there, I think.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

"Well, you've got to understand: They're Republicans. They're just doing what comes natural."
Michigan Rep. John Dingell

Republicans have done a fine job embarrassing themselves over the past week between the "uproar" over the school speech and the elected representatives tonight. I chose to watch the World Cup qualifier between the US and Trinidad and Tobago (highlights included steel drum renditions of the national anthems to open the match and the US pulling out another ugly win...although there's something to be said about playing Trinidad AND Tobago at the same time, right?) instead of the live speech from President Obama but I've read about it and seen some highlights. A lot of the reaction has focused on South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson who yelled out "you lie" in the middle of the speech (not surprisingly during the very part of the speech when Obama was correcting lies told by the right). Other Republicans brought props such as stacks of paper (huh?) and signs that said "what bill?" Uhh...sick burn? I think it says a lot that these are literally (and not the type of literally that actually means figuratively) issues of life and death for many people and their level of discourse could be compared to that of a three year-old throwing a tantrum.

Even when the relationship between Bush and the Democrats was at their worst can you imagine them cat-calling from the floor of Congress or waving signs like it's a damn campaign event? Seriously, what's with these assholes? Eight years of scolding about how "liberals need to respect the office" and now the rules suddenly don't apply anymore.

It's kind of funny that before the speech many Obama supporters seemed pretty disillusioned with what he and other Democrats were willing to give up in order to get a bill passed while now everyone seems to be pretty fired up for the final push. I think most of that comes from being glad that he showed some passion for this but a lot of it is in response to their completely disrespectful behavior from the Republicans. Either way I'm hopeful that this speech stemmed the tide and can give this thing a nudge back in the right direction.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Noo music

Heard the new Kid Cudi track that he did with MGMT and Ratatat today via Pitchfork and Stereogum. I like it but it might take a few listens for some people to get there.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Obama releases evil socialist indoctrination speech

Obama released his uber-controversial speech designed to indoctrinate our nation's children with his socialist agenda. Not surprisingly he cleverly disguised it full of platitudes about "working hard" and "personal responsibility" but I see through them and would like to present to you the "reading between the lines" guide to Obama's speech.

First, if you take the 7th, 17th, 77th, 82nd, 84th, 86th and 87th, and 111th and 112th letters of the speech it clearly spells "socialist." Come on, like we weren't going to notice that one?

"And no matter what grade you’re in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could’ve stayed in bed just a little longer this morning."
Ah ha! See, you can be lazy because we'll just redistribute the wealth from the rich!

"I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school."
Shout-out to the fellow secret Muslims? I hope he doesn't slip up and say "Back when I was born in Kenya...oops!"

"Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is."
Hmm, sound anything like "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs"? Busted.

"And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future." (And that's why we're starting this socialist indoctrination project...)

"I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work -- that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you’re not going to be any of those things."
You don't want to be those things because we'll just take all of your money through taxes anyway!

You can imagine where it goes from here. More Marxist lessons hidden behind warnings that success is hard work and don't give up and blah blah blah. We get it, comrade!

Even more crazy Glenn Beck videos

Via Evolving in Kansas it appears that Glenn Beck is continuing to top his own insanity in this 9 minute expose of the secret communistic/fascistic/progressive imagery that is all over NYC in Rockefeller Center. Jaw dropping stuff. Like local cable access show level of conspiracy theory rants stuff. It's impossible to do a better takedown of the idiocy on display than Keith Olbermann did in the 2nd video so I'll just highly recommend watching that one.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Obama Derangement Syndrome

During the W years liberals were often accused of having Bush Derangement Syndrome for allegedly immediately opposing anything he did but doesn't it seem like the far right wingnuts have easily topped anything like that?

When I first heard that there was a controversy over Obama giving a speech to school kids I was honestly confused. Really? Telling kids to work and hard and stay in school is really just some sort of plot to indoctrinate them as part of a socialist agenda? Right.

Of course this hasn't ever been a problem before when Bush I and II were doing the same thing. Hell, they even found a speech where Reagan is explaining why tax cuts were a good thing to a group of kids. From what I've read it's going to be a bland, positive back-to-school message. Why the hell is this so "controversial"? Aren't some of the more rational conservatives embarrassed that their party is now hyping up these off-the-wall conspiracy theories about birth certificates and socialist indoctrination, just to name a few? It's completely insane watching these people go off the deep end anytime there isn't a Republican president. News flash: we have elections in this country and just because your candidate isn't elected doesn't mean your country is being stolen from you or your rights are all being stripped or we've suddenly turned into the USSR. Leave the revolution rhetoric at home and figure out a way to win the next election.

The arguments these people make about why the speech is so incredibly wrong are completely laughable too. I read (and briefly participated in) a Facebook conversation with someone who compared Obama to a child molester as a way of explaining why she wouldn't let someone she thinks is "dangerous" talk to her kids about "anything." Give me a break.

Then there's this blog post I came across entitled "The Problem Isn't Obama's Speech to Kids, It's His Dictatorial Style and Socialist Agenda." Oh, right.
Had the president stuck to the standard back-to-school address instead of attempting to promote his (socialist) agenda, he would not be in this mess.
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The public outrage stems primarily from Obama's dictatorial style of forcing children to support him. Who can't help but think of the Soviet Union during the Cold War?

Also, the country's educational system is based on state rights, so the federal Government's intervention in such an extreme way -- putting a TV speech in a classroom -- is un-American.

In addition, although I agree with the president's overall message of encouraging kids to take personal responsibility, study hard, and stay in school, the concept that the federal government can teach - rather, dictate - this lesson is offensive to parents.

If anyone is going to have an influence in a child's education and future, it is a parent or teacher. What mother or father thinks a TV speech by the president would be more effective in encouraging their children than their own family lessons?
Wow. So, I'm pretty sure the speech IS a standard back-to-school speech. How exactly is he "forcing" children to support him? What exactly would their support accomplish anyway? Wow, Obama's polling great among 5-year-olds!

The last three paragraphs are the ones that really get me. Is she serious about this states' rights thing? The (federal) Department of Education spends over $60 billion a year on education but apparently because the vast majority of funding is from state and local sources we should pretend that any federal government official doesn't exist. That's the American way. Or something.

Then she completely loses all hope of making a logical argument when she claims that hearing a message about hard work from someone that isn't a parent is completely offensive. Parents must be the only purveyors of positive influence on their children!

I'm going to quote this last part again just to make sure everyone is fully aware of the stupidity of her argument:
If anyone is going to have an influence in a child's education and future, it is a parent or teacher. What mother or father thinks a TV speech by the president would be more effective in encouraging their children than their own family lessons?
NO ONE! NO ONE WOULD THINK THAT BECAUSE IT'S OBVIOUSLY NOT GOING TO HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT. YOU'RE THE ONE THAT JUST SPENT THE FIRST HALF OF YOUR BLOG POST ARGUING THAT HE IS GOING TO INDOCTRINATE CHILDREN WITH HIS SOCIALIST AGENDA! Which is it??? Is he indoctrinating them or are his words meaningless? Jeebus, wtf is wrong with you? At least try to make a coherent argument...please?

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Dear Alma Mater

Got some Cyclone love and loyalty going here.

I randomly came across this video tonight. Not sure what's up with the solo stuff that has nothing to do with the song during the last half. Dunno, maybe they're Iowa State hater.

Friday, September 04, 2009

What a great organization

It's hard to ignore Royals' GM Dayton Moore's incredible ability to stockpile guys that never get on base and can't field, trade prospects for crappy position players to replace the crappy position players we have, and above all, to deflect any sort of blame from himself. A supremely competent owner, like David Glass, will recognize this greatness and extend his contract out to 2014.

Another hilarious article about Moore came out in the Star today. I'll go ahead and post some of the gems.
“Yes, Trey will be back,” Moore told The Star in an extended interview. “I think Trey has done an exceptional job under the circumstances. I think it’s important that Trey gets the opportunity to see this thing through.

“I know things would have been drastically different if we would have stayed healthy, and I don’t think it’s fair to completely judge Trey’s performance based on what’s happened with the lack of wins with our major-league team.”
Drastically different? Who exactly did the Royals lose that would magically make them a contender? Jose Guillen? The only reason he wasn't benched before he got hurt is because you signed him to a ridiculously expensive three year contract. Alex Gordon? Eh, maybe, but you just sent him down to AAA. Gil Meche? Perhaps if the manager wasn't making him throw 120 pitches the game after he got shelled and you said he had a "dead arm" he might not have had to miss a start or two? Dunno, just an idea. Soria? Tough to use a "closer" when you're always behind in the 9th. Coco Crisp was playing slightly better than expected so, sure, that might have helped.

The point is that he's constantly going on about the hard luck while ignoring the fact that he has an entire team of guys that are slow, play shitty defense, can't hit for power, don't walk (like, ever), are embarrassingly bad on the base paths (and any of the other "fudamentals" Dayton and Trey claim are so important), and they strike out a lot even when they are healthy.

Key example of this thinking:
“The biggest criticism that I’ve read that people have of Trey is he can’t manage our bullpen,” Moore said. “I’ll tell you, I’m not sure the greatest baseball mind in the history of the game could figure the right matchups on certain nights.

“And I’ll clarify that by saying we have very talented relief pitchers in our bullpen who just haven’t performed up to their capabilities. To me, that’s no fault of Trey’s. That’s just a reflection of guys all having down years at the same time.”
This will go up in the George W. Bush "Things No One Could Have Predicted Except Everyone Did" Hall of Fame. What? You mean it wasn't a good idea to bring in Kyle Farnsworth? He's on like his 6th consecutive down year.
Moore remains convinced those qualities will carry Hillman and the entire organization through this season’s disheartening collapse from an 18-11 start that produced a three-game lead atop the American League Central.
If you start the year 18-11 and then go 33-71 which do you think is probably more relevant?
“Is it Trey’s fault that in giving a young Billy Butler the opportunity to play first base, that we’ve had numerous 3-6-3 opportunities for a double play — and can’t execute that?"
Way to call out one of the few bright spots not named Zack Greinke. I'm sure that one double play he blew was really the lynchpin of the season.
“In our immediate-gratification society,” he said, “everybody wants to point fingers. But from what I’ve seen from everything that goes on in this organization, Trey Hillman’s leadership is one of the strengths of our organization.
It's society's fault! You all want instant gratification after 20 years of shitty baseball. What's your problem?

The problem I have with this line of thinking is that every move he made before and during the season was based on a "win now" mentality. It's pretty obvious to me that with the complete lack of ready prospects and the gaping holes pretty much everywhere that it's time to cash in on some of these guys. Why not trade Meche or Teahen now if they won't be around when the team actually is ready to compete (whenever that might be)? In the article Moore said:
“I hold myself accountable with regard to that as well. Here’s why: If our players can’t be successful in those types of situations, they have to be held accountable. But it’s very difficult to hold them accountable when we don’t have enough resources at Double-A and Triple-A in terms of players — not in terms of finances but in terms of (capable) players — at this point in time.”
Exactly! Freaking trade for some prospects! I know you're not going to get a potential all-star for those guys but maybe an upgrade somewhere.

The sad thing is I think they are getting a lot of stuff right by investing a lot in the scouting department and not shying away from paying their draft picks but their complete inability to admit any kind of mistake makes me think they might be doomed in KC. That and 85% of their moves at the major-league level suck, but, whatever.

Alright, thanks for letting me get that out of my system.

Hitler and Lenin playing chess?

I'm pretty skeptical that this 1909 etching of a young Adolf Hitler and an exiled V.I. Lenin playing chess in Vienna is authentic, or at least what they claim it is, but it would be pretty cool if it was.

In other Hitler news did anybody read Pat Buchanan's piece making the case that Germany never wanted war but was forced into it by Britain and France? Now, it's not exactly surprising to see Pat sympathizing with the Third Reich, but it's worth noting. Apparently if Hitler was left alone the Nazis would have taken a tiny piece of land and lived happily ever after with the Jews. Or something.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Football is back

It's always a special time of year when football season kicks off again. A post on Clone Chronicles had me reminiscing about my first college football game I ever attended. I think it might have been a KU game with a church youth group but I also went to some K-State games in junior high with my dad before we got season tickets when I was in high school. I always loved going to college football games. There's just something about the tens of thousands of people wearing the same color and participating in the same traditions they've participated in since they were attending classes there. The NFL is great but college has a certain emotional connection to the past that most pro teams can't emulate.

My first Iowa State game happened on the first Thursday in September of my freshman year. I went to the game with two people I had met in the dorms, Susan S. and Jeremy H. for those of you that will know those people. One of them knew some people tailgating and we threw down a couple of beers in the parking lot with one eye out for the police. After that we headed into the student section, a roiling mass of drunk college kids decked out in red. Our team ended up 4-7 that year but were really close to upsetting two top 15 teams in K-State and Texas and had two other 3 point losses. Darren Davis, Sage Rosenfels, the cursed Mike "You Suck" McKnight. It was still good times.

Just looking back through that schedule I still have memories of the craziness of Kirk Ferentz pushing me after the Iowa game, hearing someone yell updates of the UNLV game at the Yellow House on Stanton party, watching us blow a huge halftime lead against K-State, watching Nebraska kick our ass, eating a turkey sandwich I'd made and sitting in the front row for the Texas game (and later joining in on the "Major Asswipe" chants), listening to part of the KU game at food service. When my friends and I get together we still make the same jokes and singing the same songs we were when we were in college. "The band's drunk!" "Aggie fan!" "DEAR ALMA MATER!" "It's time to climb upon the vic'try wagon. Fight, Iowa State! Fight! Fight!"

That season showed some promise for the football program, but, in the grand scheme of things, was completely forgettable. And, yet, I can recall something about almost every game. Those memories we take from our college days must be part of the college football experience and why people like me keep coming back every year. My five years at Iowa State are actually one of the most successful runs ISU has ever had but they're still tinged with missed field goals, bad calls, close opportunities, and more missed field goals. Despite this I remain optimistic. Hey, we've got a new coach and an experienced QB, Iowa comes to Ames this year...maybe we'll catch a few breaks. Then again, we're still facing the same disadvantages we've always faced and went 2-10 this year but there's plenty of time to worry about that later.

Despite all that I know there will be thousands of fans wearing cardinal and gold showing up 6 hours before kickoff to crack open a beer and light up the grill just like there were for the Indiana State game in 1999 and the many games before that. Go Cyclones!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Minnesota vs. Kansas

Two items of interest today both pitting Minnesota vs. Kansas.

We'll start with the battle for the World's Largest Ball of Twine which everyone knows is in Cawker City, KS. However, I discovered today that Darwin, MN claims to own the World's Largest Ball of Twine Rolled by One Man. Umm, ok, so, you're saying it's the 2nd Largest Ball of Twine? Something to be proud of...I guess.

In the second battle, Representatives Lynn Jenkins of Kansas and Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota decided to have some sort of crazy conservative-off to see who could embarrass their constituents more. Now no one can be as crazy as Bachmann but I think Jenkins might have her beat in a generally insensitive to everyone kind of way.

I mentioned Lynn Jenkins last week for saying that the GOP was looking for a "great white hope" to lead them back to power, a term that originated to refer to finding a boxer to defeat the legendary black champion, Jack Johnson. Interestingly enough it turns out that the real Great White Hope grew up in Jenkins' own district and Johnson served time in prison in Leavenworth for violating the Mann Act. His violation was taking a white woman across state lines. Seriously.

In fact, a resolution just passed the House recently asking Obama to pardon Johnson for this "crime" and referred to the search for a "great white hope." Hilariously, someone discovers that Jenkins actually voted for it which forced to admit that, uh, she didn't actually read the bill. Front page story in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

As if the fact that this story was still brewing wasn't bad enough video of her laughing at an uninsured single mother during a Town Hall meeting surfaced and spread across the liberal blogosphere. Way to go, Lynn, making Kansas proud!

She was in Lawrence today for another Town Hall meeting and I heard it was pretty interesting and she spent most of her time trying to avoid the health care topic but the crowd wouldn't let her. I'll be interested in reading how it went.

Despite Lynn's faux pas' she didn't even come close to out-crazying Bachmann.
In a fiery speech that had her conservative Colorado audience cheering, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann railed against the dangers of health care reform and other Democratic initiatives, warning the proposals “have the strength to destroy this country forever.”

“This cannot pass,” the Minnesota Republican told a crowd at a Denver gathering sponsored by the Independence Institute. “What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn’t pass.”

“Something is way crazy out there,” Bachmann said in her remarks, billed as a “personal legislative briefing” by the Golden-based Independence Institute, which bills itself as a “free market think tank.”

“This is slavery,” Bachmann said after claiming many Americans pay half their income to taxes. “It’s nothing more than slavery.”
Uhh, there's definitely something way crazy out there. Surely Michelle checked to make sure everyone was insured before they started slitting wrists, right? Good grief.