Worst Homeschool Stereotypes Get Booster Shot From Bachmann

27 05 2011

Sigh.

Scott Bailey, president of the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators, said while Bachmann’s experience with home-schooling her own children gives voters “an initial interest and makes them want to know more,” the connection won’t automatically translate into caucus support.

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27 05 2011
Lynn

So, who loves Bachmann?: “…social conservatives, who cheer her forceful advocacy of gay marriage bans, abortion restrictions and home-school rights.” It may have been last week that I heard a few passing references to homeschoolers articulated this way during a MSNBC news/opinion show (Rachel Maddow maybe). I’m pretty sure that the topic was Bachmann – and why, according to some, she has a good chance of winning Iowa. Homeschoolers have lots of time and energy to devote to people like Bachmann, basically. [cringe]

27 05 2011
JJ

She’s from Minnesota, right? And from school board politics and “research” as well as home education. So maybe she’s part of the explanation for why PZ Myers and his Ladenblather wanna-be in MN disbelieve and dismiss all our homeschool realities. We must all be like her . . .

See also Minnesota: Another cloud on home education horizon

28 05 2011
Nance Confer

I cringe almost every time I see homeschooler or unschooler in a news article.

This week’s other cringe-worthy story — http://www.parentcentral.ca/parent/babiespregnancy/babies/article/995112–parents-keep-child-s-gender-secret

Nance

28 05 2011
JJ

Wonder if they’ve had those kids vaccinated?

3 06 2011
BpBpRoadrunner

Normally I don’t worry that much about people with different beliefs who homeschool. But Bachman is so paranoid and nutty that it’s hard not be concerned about everything she does. If Glenn Beck had boobs–he would be Bachman, which is truly terrifying. Her use of Homeschooling is simply another aspect of Dog Whistle Politics. Conservative Christians appear to be the majority of Homeschooling families and many appear to do it not only for the reasons of religious indoctrination, but also it seems to be an aspect of protesting big government {which public school seems to represent–you know the nanny state}. So she is signalling about homeschoolers, but really she is signalling to Teabaggers, and homeschooling gives her more street-cred with them. Remember a major plank on her platform is to do away with *big government, and cut what her kind consider unecessary tax drains that feed a too large centralized government. Public School would be part of that, especially since her kind cannot get Prayer back into school.

3 06 2011
Nance Confer

I’m looking forward to seeing her in the R debates. And laughing. . . 🙂

The only problem I have with her being nominated is that Obama would have to be so careful not to seem mean and rude when he slaughters her in any debate.

7 06 2011
bpbproadrunner

How can you have a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent? But then sometimes I think that her handlers are banking on that. It is difficult to erudite statements when you are constantly having to backtrack and reword your position so that people who are functionally illiterate can sort of grasp your position. Trying to bridge a language barrier is less tiring.

7 06 2011
bpbproadrunner

Sorry about skipped words–small people pester me whenever I get on the computer.

“It is difficult to *make* erudite statements….” oops 😉

10 06 2011
Lynn

I had something to add to comments here, but I’ve been thrown off course by the mental image of “If Glenn Beck had boobs.” Good Gawd. <:O

Where was I?

Oh, yes. You people may already know about this, but I've just returned from The Homeschool (TV) Channel. On proud display, 24/7, homeschoolers confirm worst-case stereotypes. It’s a trainwreck, as you might image.

10 06 2011
COD

Somebody should add my video to the site. I’m sure they’ll really enjoy it 🙂

10 06 2011
NanceConfer

Done. Well, awaiting approval anyway. 🙂

Nance

10 06 2011
JJ

*I* approve!

13 06 2011
13 06 2011
JJ

Woot!

13 06 2011
Lynn

It’s like deja vu. 😉

Perhaps you’ve alread heard about the controversy at “Circle of Moms” about its recent blog contests.

The “Faith Blog” category… dominated by homeschooling, “Biblical Womanhood,” “Biblical Patriarchy,” and so-called family values moms… thought they own the category of faith… It turns out… someone in the community of Pagan and Witch moms, many of whom also homeschool… Then… many of the biblical women… expressing shock and horror. They organized to… in a rather ugly manner… [insert surprise ending]”

So, how am I at building suspense in a comment??

http://bit.ly/mzcf7z

13 06 2011
JJ

Not bad. 🙂
Bizarre tale.

I posted on our parent list with a cock of the snook to you, of course.

13 06 2011
JJ

Did anybody see how Bachmann did in the GOP debate tonight, btw?

14 06 2011
NanceConfer

She looked less crazy than usual.

Nance

14 06 2011
Lynn

I didn’t see it, but E.J. Dionne (Washington Post) says Bachmann was “the big winner.” Lol at “She was at ease and forceful without looking at all crazy or out-of-control.” Good for her! Keeping the crazy and out-of-control under wraps! 😀

14 06 2011
JJ

Political theatre is truth-telling of telling truths despite individual characters who seldom do the same. And even when it is terrible, it’s instructive to see what wins.

I recall Palin got a very pricey voice coach who worked wonders with her, along with the wardrobe makeover etc, before the GOP convention when she gave that “at ease and forceful without looking all crazy or out-of-control-” nomination speech. . .but they didn’t fool ME! 😀

I already had her number before the winning appearance, and I’m pretty sure I had Bachmann’s a year or two ago — remember her call for McCarthy witch hunts against liberals in the Congress, and her whole guns for revolution thing:

ST. PAUL, Minn. — One hand clutches a crisply folded U.S. flag with a concealed weapons certification protruding; the other slides discreetly into a denim coat pocket. Behind the beaming state lawmaker, a silhouette target with bullet holes square in the chest. Next to her nameplate, a “No New Taxes!” sticker.

The 2005 photo captures Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann’s essence. . .

15 06 2011
NanceConfer

Well, less hairspray and makeup not applied with a shovel doesn’t really mean the crazy is gone.

DH and I watched as much of the R debate as we could stand — not much between having to yell at the TV all the time and the real boredom level — and I remember Bachmann talking about abolishing the EPA, among other government agencies that, she contends, are the reason the reason the economy sucks.

15 06 2011
JJ

Stephen Colbert had a good line last night about the conservative family-values stereotype. He played a clip of Pawlenty saying he and his wife had seven children, Bachmann saying she had 23, Ron Paul saying he delivered thousands of babies, then quipped:

“Folks, I’m confident these candidates are gonna connect with the American people, since apparently, they MADE most of them!”

15 06 2011
JJ

I don’t get the Bachmann mama-and-homeschool mystique, anyway. Has anyone ever asked and gotten realistic answers to how she managed to produce five children of her own, foster 23 more, homeschool some or all AND not be home much between lawyering, campaigning, serving her constituents in D.C.and all the time spent in the make-up chair? Is she filthier rich even than most Rs, so she pays a lot of hired help to raise the kids and run her “family” and is that what MN families and the MN foster care system “value” more than mothering, the money not to do it yourself? Is that actually homeschooling your kids or more having them privately tutored? Sounds almost like she was doing the Oprah thing, starting a private school for underprivileged kids but on a more intimate home-based level?

15 06 2011
JJ

The Stagnation of the Conservative Woman
Photo: Michele Bach­mann speak­ing at CPAC in Wash­ing­ton D.C. on Feb­ru­ary 10, 2011, Wiki­me­dia Commons.

By COURTNEY PANNELL

Feb­ru­ary 21, 2011

The GOP doesn’t plan on win­ning the female vote in 2012 — or ever, at this rate. . . .This war [against women] is only strength­ened by con­ser­v­a­tive female fig­ure­heads, such as Michelle Bach­mann and Sarah Palin, and the ideals that they are laud­ing, which are out of step with the desires and strug­gles of the mod­ern woman.

. . . As a con­ser­v­a­tive woman myself, I was look­ing for­ward to com­mis­er­at­ing with fel­low right-leaning ladies — but they were awfully hard to find. . . .
I finally found a room of women at a panel dis­cus­sion called “The Awak­en­ing of the Con­ser­v­a­tive Woman.” The golden girl of the panel was Phyl­lis Schlafly, an 86-year-old woman who was piv­otal in killing the Equal Rights Amend­ment in the ‘70s. Along­side her was colum­nist S.E. Cupp, campaign-finance lawyer Cleta Mitchell, and Rep. Michelle Bachmann.

Although all the pan­elists were accom­plished work­ing­women and the event was about awak­en­ing the con­ser­v­a­tive woman, I was shocked by their repres­sive and out­worn mes­sag­ing points. Some­one should prob­a­bly look up “awak­en­ing” in Webster’s, because I might as well have been tak­ing life lessons at the kitchen table of June Cleaver.

The over­ar­ch­ing procla­ma­tion by the pan­elists was that mar­riage should be women’s top pri­or­ity and that moth­er­hood is the “ulti­mate job.” Michelle Bach­mann claimed, “The real world…is the one you will cre­ate with your husband…”

. . . A young woman (a Har­vard stu­dent, no less) told Mitchell that she would even­tu­ally hire a nanny to help run her house­hold, because she hoped to have a job and chil­dren. “Can’t you just get a dog?” Mitchell snark­ily replied to the young lady.

. . .At CPAC, there was no talk about equi­table divi­sion of par­ent­ing respon­si­bil­i­ties, of rais­ing aware­ness of salary inequal­ity between the sexes, or of advo­cat­ing for more mother-friendly work­spaces or greater female polit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion. The women at the top of the GOP man­tel think fem­i­nism is a bad word. We should all be read­ing bridal mag­a­zines instead of mak­ing a fuss about how to fix soci­etal hur­dles for our sex.

With no strong fem­i­nist voices in the party, the GOP is indeed wag­ing a war against the advance­ment of women. Well, put me in the enemy camp on this one — I’d much rather wear a blazer than an apron.

15 06 2011
NanceConfer

Of course, if she were black and/or not filthy rich, she’d be accused of having all those foster children as some sort of money-making scheme. Sigh. . .

Nance

16 06 2011
JJ

Maybe she did too, and it worked? 😉

20 06 2011
bpbproadrunner

Oooh Conservative Welfare Queen–Nice reversal NanceConfer! When viewing the neocon female candidates, I observe that it is very important to comprehend the fact that the instructions are always, “Do as I say, not as I do.” That is why they can have a house full of children, be married, run Sunday school, homeschool, keep an in-house business going that brings in the bacon all while running for office and killing vampires on the weekends.

When I was in the military we would have to fill out brag sheets to go with our quarterly counseling. These were sheets that had a list of all the extra-curricular things we had participated in or accomplished. –Worked for charities, helped with fundraisers, community service, college coursework, mentoring whatever. And when someone was truly ambitious, simply showing up and doing something for 10 or 15 minutes was enough to put it on one’s sheet. “Technically” they did the deed, but in reality it was only for a moment and there was no real commitment to the task. It was simply a photo-op. So in reality you might have completed college courses, however your community service –photo-op.

You see what I am getting at here?

22 06 2011
JJ

Aha! Bachmann revealed by my much-favored journalist Matt Taibbi — and who could be better for this job?! — with special mention of her 23 kids and when she was serving mom duty, and when she wasn’t, and why it’s so hard to tell which by what she says so fanatically. . .

“She is at once the most entertaining and the most dangerous kind of liar, a turbocharged cross between a born bullshit artist and a religious fanatic, for whom lying to the infidel is a kind of holy duty.

It has taken just over 10 years for Bachmann to go from small-town PTA maven to serious presidential contender, a testament to both her rare and unerring talent for generating media attention, and to her truly astonishing energy level and narcissistic tenacity. . . .whose political strategy throughout her career has mostly revolved around having her Little House on the Never-Existed Fundamentalist Prairie sensibilities rocked by something she has read (or misread) in the news, then immediately proposing a horseshit, total-waste-of-­everybody’s-time legislative action . . . in 2008 — 10 years after any of her foster children had been in her home — Bachmann was talking as though she was still dashing home from Congress to cook for them.

‘Every weekend now when I go home, I will go to the grocery store, I’ll buy food for the family,’ she said. ‘We have five kids and 23 foster kids that we raise. So I go to the grocery store and buy a lot of food.’

It is difficult to tell whether this sort of thing is delusion, artifice or both.

‘I think Michele honestly believes whatever she says in the moment,’ says Cecconi.”

22 06 2011
bpbproadrunner

Absolutely Terrifying! !!! {I can’t use enough exclamation points}!!!!

And yes, lying to the infidel is holy in many cultures, hers included. “After all–We is not brethren–she ain’t beholden to our kind.”

1 07 2011
JJ

Michele Bachmann’s History as a Foster Parent Remains Murky:

Minnesota officials say she was only contracted to house three at a time.

And according to the head of the private company that licensed her as a foster parent, Bachmann never even hit that limit. “I would say there weren’t any more than two kids at a time,” said George Hendrickson, the CEO of the Professional Association of Treatment Homes (PATH).

Because Bachmann went through PATH, she did not work with state agencies at all. The Minnesota Department of Human Services says that Bachmann was licensed on Aug. 7, 1992. According to Hendrickson, the last foster child was placed in her home in 1998. The license was closed out in 2000. . .

Any records documenting foster placements have since been destroyed . . . When asked to release her foster parent records, Bachmann’s campaign was non-committal. . .

“They were looking for unwed mothers,” he said. “She was on maternity leave at the time, so that made sense.” He added that Bachmann worked primarily with teenage girls — many from an outpatient eating disorder treatment program.

Some foster children stayed with the Bachmann family for short periods of time, Hendrickson said, while at least one stayed for close to a year.

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