President Barack Obama Writes Fifth-Grader An Awesome Absence Note

Now honestly, how cool is that?


President Barack Obama hosted six separate fundraisers in Minnesota and Chicago on Friday. But before he counted his new-found cash, Obama made an official presidential visit to a Honeywell factory in a Minneapolis suburb.

There, he was introduced by Ryan Sullivan, a new employee at the factory. Ryan’s son Tyler missed school to see his dad introduce the president, so Obama wrote him what just may be the best absence note ever collected by a 5th grader. Try punishing the kid for truancy now.


FOX Nation must be positively freaking out about that Big Government Liberal interfering with our children’s education.

The text, if you prefer non-cursive:

Mr. Ackerson-
Please Excuse Tyler … he was with me!
Barack Obama

Look at how perfect that ellipsis is! That’s why he’s the president.

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Peter King blocks Keith Ellison from testifying at Islamic radicalization hearing

Peter King’s motives are so transparent.

It’s quite evident that he’s only looking to grandstand and appease people who are anti-Muslim like he is.  Facts only get in the way of his “show” hearing.

Hence, his reason for not wanting Rep. Ellison to testify again.

Daily Kos

Via Think Progress, Rep. Keith Ellison has been denied a request to testify at a House Homeland Security hearing chaired by Rep. Peter King.

Ellison, a Democrat who is the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, sent King a letter Monday asking if he could testify at a hearing on the Al-Shabaab terrorist organization operating in Somalia. The hearing is the third in a series of controversial meetings on the matter of radical Islam in America.

King responded that Wednesday’s hearing is an extension of the first couple the committee has held, and since Ellison testified at the first hearing on the issue, in March, he would not be permitted to testify Wednesday.[…]

Minneapolis has the largest Somali community in the United States. A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty this month to helping Al-Shabaab recruit men to travel to Somalia and fight in various conflicts in the country.

King’s excuse? Ellison already testified at one of his hearings, so even though he might have special insight into this issue, since the community involved is in his own state, he’s had his say. It’s enough to make one suspect King is more interested in fear-mongering than fact-finding in his hearing.

This, by the way, is the hearing King is having instead of focusing on right-wing domestic terror, a topic that would be much more timely and important in the wake of the Norway attacks.

Here’s part of Ellison’s powerful testimony at the previous hearing.

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Michele Bachmann Clinic: Where You Can Pray Away the Gay?

ABC News – The Blotter

A former patient who sought help from the Christian counseling clinic owned by GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, told ABC News he was advised that prayer could rid him of his homosexual urges and he could eventually be “re-oriented.”

“[One counselor’s] path for my therapy would be to read the Bible, pray to God that I would no longer be gay,” said Andrew Ramirez, who was 17-years-old at the time he sought help from Bachmann & Associates in suburban Minneapolis in 2004. “And God would forgive me if I were straight.”

In the past, Marcus Bachmann has disputed the clinic has treated gay patients this way. But Ramirez’s account, which was first reported by The Nation, is similar to the counseling session that appears on new undercover video shot by a gay rights advocacy group last month. That footage shows another counselor at the Bachmann clinic telling a gay man posing as a patient that, with prayer and effort, he could eventually learn to be attracted to women and rid himself of his gay urges.

The disclosures have provided fresh insight into what Michele Bachmann has called her family business — the primary source of income for her family as she left her law practice to move into politics. The counseling center has factored into Bachmann’s campaign narrative, as well — evidence, she said, of her ability to understand what it takes to create jobs and run a small business.


See video here

Rick Perry Implores Conservatives To Follow Him On ‘Tweeter’ (VIDEO)

It’s so easy to laugh at the yokels that may or may not be running in GOP  presidential primaries.  What a bunch of clowns. 

For instance, Texas governor Rick Perry appeared to be a G.W. Bush clone  during his speech last week-end at the Southern Leadership Conference.


Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who’s been publicly considering a run for the White House in recent days, will probably want to outsource the social media component of his presidential campaign if he does decide to run.

In a video address recorded for attendees at the Right Online conference in Minneapolis this weekend, Perry offered up more of the anti-federal government rhetoric that’s made him something of a rockstar among conservatives eager for somebody to shake up their boring presidential field.

He also reminded them “you can always follow me on Tweeter.”

It was an ironic moment, given the fact that Perry was addressing the very conservatives for whom “the tweeter” is most important, the bloggers and social networkers of Right Online. Nevertheless, the audience in Minneapolis was appreciative of the address and gave his video a long ovation.

Another irony: Perry was accepting Right Online’s award for new media activism.

Watch the moment (and Perry’s whole clip):


Andrew Breitbart Crashes Netroots (Video)

I really don’t like this man and my tweets to him have demonstrated this…

The Huffington Post

Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart made an appearance at Netroots Nation on Friday, showing up at the progressive activism conference and inciting a minor media frenzy.

A crowd of reporters gathered around Breitbart to ask him about now-former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who resigned on Thursday after Breitbart drew attention to his online dalliances, and other issues. Shouting could be heard from the meeting rooms, with attendees rolling their eyes over the fact that Breitbart was taking attention away from progressive issues.

Breitbart did not appear to answer many questions.

“Have you ever slept with a prostitute?” a man yelled as he followed him down the hall. “Be careful how you answer. Have you? Just asking.”

Breitbart is in Minneapolis to attend RightOnline, a conservative conference being held as an alternative to Netroots Nation. He will be speaking at the conference at the Hilton hotel on Friday evening, but came by Netroots briefly in the afternoon.

He was denied press credentials, and organizers did not allow him into the main hall without a pass.

A few minutes later, Breitbart left the conference.

Slate’s Dave Weigel caught the interaction on video:


Tim Pawlenty Gets Glittered by Gay & Women’s Rights Activists

The Huffington Post

First they targeted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Now the glitterati have struck former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, in hopes of drawing attention to his opposition to the policy priorities of both gay and women’s rights advocates.

On Thursday, representatives from the groups Reproductive Rights and CODEPINK showered Pawlenty with sparkly pink confetti at a book signing for his memoir, “Courage to Stand, held at a private health insurance conference he attended, for a fee, in San Francisco. The activists demanded “courage” from the Republican presidential candidate on both reproductive rights and LGBT issues.



While Pawlenty is the second presidential-hopeful to fall victim to this stunt, it’s telling that the groups that pulled it were not behind Gingrich’s glittering as well. It was Nick Espinosa, a lone political activist, who glitter-bombed Gingrich, and he used different colored glitter.

Perhaps it’s not a trend yet, but by the time the third Republican presidential candidate suffers this fate — and that now seems destined to happen — it will be.


The Newt Gingrich glitter video

The Maddow Blog

By way of Political Carnival, Sam Stein of the Huffington Post and TRMS producer Tina Cone, here’s what looks like video from the Minnesota family values event where a protester dumped glitter on Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. The video is posted on the YouTube account for “Robert Erikson” — likely really Nick Espinosa, who’s built something of a resume punking the right.

He writes:

At a book signing in Minneapolis, recently declared the hippest and gayest city in America, I greeted 2012 GOP presidential contender and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with a shower of rainbow glitter.

“Feel the Rainbow!” I shouted. Gingrich was conducting the book signing as part of The Minnesota Family Council & Institute Annual Dinner 2011 celebration. The MFC has been an instrumental mover of a marriage inequality amendment that would enshrine discrimination in Minnesota’s state constitution.

More about that Minnesota anti-gay amendment here. It’s worth watching this clip all the way through to the moment the elevator doors draw closed.

Metrodome Roof Collapses Under 17 Inches of Snow [VIDEO]

Huffington Post

The inflatable roof of the Minnesota Vikings’ stadium collapsed Sunday and roads were closed throughout the upper Midwest as a storm that dumped nearly 2 feet of snow in some areas crawled across the region.

A blizzard warning was in effect for parts of eastern Iowa, southeastern Wisconsin, northwestern Illinois, and northern Michigan, according to the National Weather Service. Surrounding areas including Chicago were under winter storm warnings.

The Metrodome’s Teflon roof collapsed after Minneapolis got more than 17 inches of snow. No injuries were reported. The snowfall that ended Saturday night was one of the five biggest in Twin Cities history, National Weather Service meteorologist James McQuirter said. Some surrounding communities got more than 21 inches of snow, he said.

Fox News has dramatic video from inside the Metrodome of the roof collapsing.

Clinton’s warning: Tea Party is a corporate front

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Salon – Joe Conason

Stumping in Minnesota, he calls Michele Bachmann “the ultimate example of putting ideology over evidence”

Minneapolis — As Tea Party activists celebrated their upset triumph in Delaware, Bill Clinton showed up in Minneapolis to support the Democrat challenging the insurgent Republican movement’s favorite member of Congress:  Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., the founder of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus.

At a late-night fundraiser for state Sen. Tarryl Clark, Clinton described Bachmann as the epitome of a trend he regards as profoundly dangerous to the nation’s future. “Your opponent,” he told Clark, “is the ultimate example of putting ideology over evidence.”

“I respect people with a conservative philosophy,” he continued. “This country has been well-served by having two broad traditions within which people can operate. If you have a philosophy, it means you’re generally inclined one way or the other but you’re open to evidence. If you have an ideology, it means everything is determined by dogma and you’re impervious to evidence. Evidence is irrelevant.

“That’s how I see Rep. Bachmann. She’s very attractive in saying all these things she says, but it’s pretty stupid.”

Clinton lamented that “a distinguished former governor of Delaware was beaten tonight by the so-called tea party candidate” because enough primary voters had accepted a “new narrative” promoted by the extreme right. “They’re saying that Barack Obama represents the spearhead of this vast socialist conspiracy to have government swallow up the fabric of American life and he’s going to crush our individualism, and our freedom, and the vitality of small business … They tell us that they they represent America the way it used to be, self-reliant, virtuous individuals and small businesses. And the truth is, what they want to do is dismantle government so corporations, big corporations will control our destiny.”

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