Minnesota’s 6th congressional district Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann has garnered a lot of attention this last week for comments she made to talk show host Chris Baker of radio station KLTK. Needless to say, her remarks were totally off the wall and were devoid of facts. OllieOx at Bluestem Prairie notes that NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me featured her, “we are running out of rich people”, comment on their latest broadcast. Minnesota Independent has an interesting piece as well as the MN Progressive Project, and of course Dump Michelle Bachmann has all the coverage.
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The House passed the Wellstone parity legislation 376 to 47. A Bluestem Prairie has nice coverage of the story. As Ollie Ox pointed out, the only member of the Minnesota delegation to vote against this important piece of legislation was Rep. Michelle Bachman. Maybe if there was an amendment allowing drilling for oil in ANWR she could have supported it.
This week, the U.S. Senate took an historic vote and passed (75-22) the Webb-Hagel 21st Century GI Bill. The GI Bill passed the House of Representatives earlier this month so now once the two legislative bodies reconcile any differences it will go to President Bush for his signature, signing it into law.
This legislation recognizes the sacrifice of ALL the women and men who have served, including our national guard and reservists who have paid a heavy price in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has strong non-partisan support in Congress and has the support of many veterans organizations, including the VFW and the American Legion. Senator McCain’s legislation is not as generous, would not treat the guard and reserve as equals and would require longer service times to be eligible for full benefits. Some may complain about the cost of this program but if we end our occupation of Iraq we will have plenty of extra cash on hand.
I worked some overtime Sunday (Michelle would be proud), and had to drive the 30 miles home on a windswept I-90. After only traveling several miles and seeing 3 vehicles in the median and ditch I knew it would be a slow, stressful, and frustrating trip home. We did not receive any snowfall in SW Minnesota but the combination of 40 mph winds and a temperature hovering around 32 degrees created slippery conditions on most of the highway.
Allow me to make a few observations and points about winter driving in SW Minnesota on I-90.
1. Please allow plenty of distance between vehicles. This is a prairie interstate not the metro area. There is plenty of room for everyone. I do not appreciate you riding up my ass when you can lose control at any moment.
2. Do not drive in packs.I know sometimes it is lonely on the interstate out here with nothing but windmills, power-lines, and barren snow covered fields but better to be lonely than part of a multi-car pileup.
3. Turn your damn lights on! Yes, it is the middle of the day but with reduced visibility it helps make your vehicle more visible. Oh, yeah, it also is the law.
4. Do not pass me on the slickest part of the road while you are talking on your cell phone. You can call your friends later when you are waiting for the tow truck to pull you out of the ditch.
OK, that’s enough of my rant. Time to think spring!
Here a few of our garden pictures from last summer to get you in the mood.
What a way to start the day. This morning’s Star Tribune had a picture and story of sixth district Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, GOP, on the front page. I just about choked on my morning coffee. Why the Strib feels obligated to do a touchy-feely piece about Shrub’s biggest groupie is perplexing. Her recent trip to the Mideast and her proclamation that the surge is working is laughable. Spending a few hours in the Green Zone cowering from the mortar blasts in the distance does not qualify her as an expert. It is fortunate she is in the minority in Congress as is her counterpart in the Senate, Norm Coleman, another cheerleader for President.