Bachmann Warns of ‘Spiritual Hurricane’


While the Gulf Coast deals with a real hurricane, Michele Bachmann told a group of wingnuts (a gaggle? what is the proper term for a group of wingnuts?) that America is being hit by a “spiritual hurricane” and that they must prepare for Godly battle to fight against it:

“At this moment in time we’re quite literally looking at a hurricane here in Florida. We’re looking at a political hurricane in this country. We are looking at a spiritual hurricane in our land. And it is time for each one of us to show up and suit up and stand up and realize that in this time and in this day we pour it out for Him,” said Bachmann, a tea party activist, at the event organized by the Florida Family Policy Council.

Now here’s the funny part. Last year she said that a real hurricane was a message from God:

Bachmann’s speech may jog political memories of comments she made last August, suggesting 2011’s Hurricane Irene was an act of God.

“Washington, D.C., you’d think by now they’d get the message,” Bachmann said at a town hall in Florida last August while campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination. “An earthquake, a hurricane, are you listening? The American people have done everything they possibly can, now it’s time for an act of God and we’re getting it.”

Well, this is the second straight election that the Republican National Convention was disrupted by a hurricane. Maybe God is trying to tell them something?

Comments

  1. brucecoppola says

    a gaggle? what is the proper term for a group of wingnuts?

    An ignorance of wingnuts

    A fume of wingnuts

    A froth of wingnuts…

  2. MikeMa says

    what is the proper term for a group of wingnuts?

    a cesspool?
    a black hole?

    Bachmann can really generate an image. Right up there with the local elementary school.

  3. eric says

    “At this moment in time we’re quite literally looking at a hurricane here in Florida. We’re looking at a political hurricane in this country. We are looking at a spiritual hurricane in our land.

    Sounds like SyFy has their next made-for-TV-movie. Just when you thought ‘Megashark vs Giant Octopus’ was the height (depth?) of camp, along comes….’Political Hurricane vs Spiritual Hurricane!’

    -SEE Tiffany and Debbie Gibson throw down, as the avatars of these forces of unnature clash!

    -WATCH as those urban muslim atheist intellectuals get their comeuppance!

    -GASP as Jesus descends to save the day!

    This Saturday, following the marathon of all our crappy ghost-hunting shows!

  4. Michael Heath says

    OT, but related to the level of seriousness the GOP demonstrates while projecting their own lack of such on others as Rep. Bachmann does here.

    GOP VP Nominee Paul Ryan about the Romney-Ryan ticket:

    So here is our pledge. We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead. We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility.

    Paul Ryan on humanity’s greatest threat:

    To the detriment of the American people, environmental issues have fallen victim to the hyper-politicization of science. The Journal Times editorial board sensibly cautioned both sides of the political divide against this unfortunate trend (“Science must trump spin,” The Journal Times, 12/3/09). At issue in the Journal Times’ recent editorial and on the minds of many Copenhagen observers are published e-mail exchanges from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU). These e-mails from leading climatologists make clear efforts to use statistical tricks to distort their findings and intentionally mislead the public on the issue of climate change.

    The CRU e-mail scandal reveals a perversion of the scientific method, where data were manipulated to support a predetermined conclusion. The e-mail scandal has not only forced the resignation of a number of discredited scientists, but it also marks a major step back on the need to preserve the integrity of the scientific community. While interests on both sides of the issue will debate the relevance of the manipulated or otherwise omitted data, these revelations undermine confidence in the scientific data driving the climate change debates.

    Beyond the need for a more respectful scientific debate, leaders in Washington have failed to provide the American people a serious policy debate. Unilateral restrictions on domestic energy production are not only harmful to our economy, but would actually hinder the environmental goals these actions promise to achieve. Making manufacturing more expensive here in America would drive manufacturing jobs overseas to our competitors, like India and China. For every ton of emissions we reduce, India and China will produce several tons more.

    The American people deserve a respectful and open dialogue on these important issues. Environmental stewardship and economic growth are not mutually exclusive goals, and I will continue to fight for both of behalf of those I serve in Southern Wisconsin.

  5. Sastra says

    A “spiritual hurricane?” Must have been caused by the New Agers: they’ve got all that “energy,” and it always seems to be whirling into vortexes.

  6. Larry says

    If her sky fairy is trying to send a message to WDC, THEN SEND THE FUCKING HURRICANE THERE! Stop sending it to Florida, or New Orleans, or Galveston. Its a god, right? It can churn up the weather anywhere it wants! Why does it always have to come up out of the gulf? Why not just poof it up on the Potomac River or the Reflecting Pool?

    Geez, do I have to think for these people?

  7. Abby Normal says

    They’re only a gaggle on the ground. In the air they’re a skein. And in the strip clubs they’re lousy tippers.

    Of course we could just go full-on Godwin: a Hitler of wing-nuts.

  8. says

    I think the collective noun for wingnuts depends on the context.

    Flock (as in sheep, goats or birds of a feather)
    Drove (as in pigs)
    Nest (as in ants, snakes or toads)
    Crash (as in rhinos)
    Mob
    Hate
    Frenzy
    Extreme

  9. slc1 says

    Re Michael Heath @ #9

    The e-mail scandal has not only forced the resignation of a number of discredited scientists, but it also marks a major step back on the need to preserve the integrity of the scientific community.

    Mr. Ryan should be asked to identify those “discredited” scientists. AFAIK, not a single scientist identified in e-mailgate has either resigned his position or been fired. For instance, Phil Jones is still at his previous employer, as is Michael Mann.

  10. dingojack says

    A clutch of right-wing nuts, a gaiety of anti-gay bigots, a plethora of fucktards or a facebook of fuckwits.
    Dingo

  11. azportsider says

    Larry@#14: yes, it’s a god, I suppose, but a singularly incompetent one. In particular, it seems to have very poor aim, and seems not to mind destroying thousands of lives to get the handful it’s after.

  12. says

    @Michael
    I was a bit confused (mainly by the different font sizes), but was everything after the start of the second quote said by Ryan?

    Particularly “The e-mail scandal has not only forced the resignation of a number of discredited scientists” seems not in accord with what I remember: I thought that Phil Jones just stood aside as director of the Unit until the the reviews were complete. Was anyone actually ‘forced to resign’?

  13. BCat70 says

    ‘Wingnut’ is a slang term for lunatic, which I think (cant really remember)

    is a Bedlam of lunatics.

    Can I get a cite?

  14. dugglebogey says

    It may be a “gaggle” of wingnuts. We definitely know it’s not a “horde” we learned yesterday that a horde is definitely a group of darker skinned individuals, that that FOR SURE isn’t wingnuts.

  15. Michael Heath says

    richardelguru asks me:

    I was a bit confused (mainly by the different font sizes), but was everything after the start of the second quote said by Ryan?

    My previous post is correctly formatted. So everything blockquoted below the second link is from Rep. Ryan’s article. You can validate that by clicking on that second link which will take you to the article from which I quote.

  16. Hank Fox says

    Suggesting both the nature of wingnuts and the way the eponymic originals work, I suggest …

    a TWEAK of wingnuts.

  17. dan4 says

    What’s a “spiritual hurricane” (sorry, my “religious-fanatic-to-English” translation book hasn’t yet arrived from amazon)?

  18. kermit. says

    BCat70: ‘Wingnut’ is a slang term for lunatic, which I think (cant really remember)is a Bedlam of lunatics.

    Can I get a cite?

    If so, this has a tidy and circular history. The word “bedlam”, meaning loud confusion and chaos, was originally a hospital in 18th and 19th century London devoted to the keeping (not exactly care) of mental patients. This may be what you are half remembering.

  19. kermit. says

    A cacophony of wingnuts?

    A bargin-bin of wingnuts?

    A clown-car of wingnuts?

    A whine of wingnuts?

    Don’t want to use any term that implies competency, or strength. Not, for instance, a storm of wingnuts.

  20. vmanis1 says

    The canonical collective noun is of course `exaltation’, as in `an exaltation of larks’, the title of James Lipton’s classic book on collective nouns.

    Staying in this mode, I would suggest `a frenzy of wingnuts’. Bonus points to those who cite the Hitchcock film.

  21. arbor says

    As the term of venery for ‘wingnut’, I prefer ‘weasel’.

    A weasel of wingnuts.

    I am happy now.

  22. Crip Dyke, MQ, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    a “party” of wingnuts…

    Or, I suppose, a murder of wingnuts.

  23. Crip Dyke, MQ, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    Wait…

    a waterboard of wingnuts?

  24. 2-D Man says

    Late to the party, but I was thinking:

    An alabaster of wingnuts.

    Though I’m partial to a cross-thread.

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