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.


Blogger Shawn said...

And here I was, thinking I was gonna get a recap of the Insight Bowl........

but even better.

10:12 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Somebody told me KU is #1 in swine flu right now so, take that, Gophers. The paper was running daily updates of the number of cases on the front page and the thermometer went up to 28,000 or something. I think if we end up with 28,000 cases of H1N1 they might close down school for a while.

Still probably not as bad as the epidemic of wrist slashing going on in MN though...

8:48 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

We have some dark, dark winters up here.....

3:53 PM  

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