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Michele Bachmann’s Latest Gaffe

Filed under: Celebrities,Crazy News,Idiots,Perverts,Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — Positronic Dave @ 11:34 pm June 27, 2011

I was reading an article in the New York Times today, about the newly-declared Presidential candidacy of Michelle Bachman, when I came to the ending paragraphs. This is priceless…

Mrs. Bachmann, who rose to prominence with her evocative quips and spirited presence in television interviews and appearances at Tea Party rallies last year, has also experienced a string of gaffes. She added a new one to the list during her visit back to Waterloo, a city that she left in 1968.

She spoke adoringly of her town, recalling the Dairy Queen, her house on East Ninth Street and the Wonder Bread Factory, where her mother picked up ingredients for her favorite mayonnaise and lettuce sandwiches. But as she stood in her old neighborhood, she misstated a piece of Iowa lore as she explained the important role that Waterloo had in shaping her character.“

John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa,” Mrs. Bachmann told Fox News’ Carl Cameron in an interview. “That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.

”The actor was actually born in Winterset, Iowa, which is about 150 miles southwest of Waterloo. It was John Wayne Gacy, known as the killer clown who raped and murdered 33 teen-age boys in the 1970s, who had lived in Waterloo.

Maybe she WAS referring to the John Wayne who lived in her town… Yikes!

How the Oregon State Legislature Rocks at Rick Rolling

Clearly, things have gotten ugly in American Politics recently, and I’m not just talking about John Boehner’s face. Ok… I AM talking about John Boehner’s face, but also, on the larger scale, we have politicians on both sides of the aisle ready to let the government be shut down rather than work with each other. Throw in that the Democrats are largely neutered and spineless in the face of guileless and pitiless Reptiles… I mean “Republicans” as well as the unwashed barbarians at the door demanding a Tea Party approach to politics that reminds one of the Nazi’s bonfire approach to the Dewey Decimal System.

Fortunately, there is still hope for gentle humor in American Politics, which in turn means, there is still hope for America at large. Check out the recent actions of the Oregon State Legislature and its distinguished member (snerk! I said “member”!!!!) Jefferson Smith.

Concerned with the national air of adversarial politics, The Oregon State Representative from Portland decided to lay a gentle prank on his fellow House-mates. he gathered a bunch of his colleagues and together, they read the lyrics to Rick Astley’s 197 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” totally straight-faced.

Rep. Smith found it was not hard at all to talk his colleagues, from both sides of the aisle, into the idea. Apparently, being “Rick Rolled” is common enough to have entered our cultural parlance. First though, they had to sneak this past the House. The lyrics were split up between all the conspirators, and hidden in their statements read before the House during a session in February 2010. Think of it… the people who had to work phrases like “Never gonna give you up” or “I want you to know how I feel” had it easy; the rep who had to work “ooh!” into their statement? Not so easy.

Then came the arduous process of going through hours of videotaped speeches to extract the Astley Bits (as it were) and assemble the whole into the video that is enjoying viral life on Youtube. after it was assembled, everyone was given a framed copy of what lyric they worked in, as well as a photoshopped photo of Rick Astley dancing on top of the Oregon State House building.

Reacting to remarks and rumors, Rep. Jefferson Smith has stated that all the clips are real (in fact the only thing faked was the afore-mentioned photo) and – more importantly, for the humor-impaired crowd – was not paid for with any taxpayer or public money. His wife shot and edited the video, taking over a year to assemble it.

He just did it for the laughs, and also for the fact that, even for a while, it brought Republicans and Democrats together in a common purpose that establish and/or strengthened working relationships between the two parties, the kind that lead to reasoned compromises instead of tense stand-offs. Can’t beat that, right? Check out the video here:

So, here at Blogosaurus Stampede, our hats go off to Rep. Jefferson Smith and The Oregon House of legislature for making politics a little more human, and giving Rick Rolling a new landmark achievement.

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