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  • CONGRESSMAN INSULTS MEMORY OF FIREFIGHTERS & NYC COPS & GIULIANI FROM 9/11: Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota is in “hot water” for telling The Politico, awesomely, that “25 percent of my people believe the Pentagon and Rumsfeld were responsible for taking the twin towers down. That’s why I don’t do town meetings.” Okay, but what does the insane 75% believe? [Star Tribune]

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  • orange

    That’s one of those “unknown unknowns”

  • Obamabot

    They believe Rep. Bachmann is sane!

  • Obamabot

    They believe Michelle Bachmann is SANE!

  • freakishlystrong

    Today, we are all in “hot water”.

  • SmutBoffin

    I thought that the Birthers (who are hilarious) had forced the Truthers (who are annoying and lame) out of the public consciousness for good. There used to be a time when you couldn’t go to a community event about the war without the Truthers making everyone attending look fucktarded. This applies to Representatives, too?

  • hockeymom

    Between Bachmann, Franken, that Muslim/terrorist Ellison and the dancing wedding party….Minnesota is all kinds of awesome.

  • 51dimes

    The other 75% blames Brett Favre, until a few weeks from now when they will have to readjust their thinking.


  • Hieronymus Botch

    Well, Newell’s up early today.

  • finallyhappy

    [re=372257]hockeymom[/re]: and the biggest mall in the US! And hot dish!

  • hockeymom

    [re=372263]51dimes[/re]: +4

  • Formerly Preferred

    [re=372257]hockeymom[/re]: What’s most awesome is that you came up with that whole list without having to mention Jesse Ventura.

  • WadISay

    Are teh Lizard People in the 75% or the 25%?

  • freakishlystrong

    [re=372257]hockeymom[/re]: [re=372271]Formerly Preferred[/re]: [re=372268]finallyhappy[/re]: Land of a Thousand Flakes…

  • SmutBoffin

    [re=372257]hockeymom[/re]: Fahkin’ ‘soters.

    The whole state just needs to re-zone itself into two regions – The Twin Cities and Crazytown.

  • Terry

    I have to say my opinion of Minnesota has change substantially in recent years. I used to think it was sort of Lake Woebegon-ish in the country, with fairly clean and well managed urban areas. Apparently, they’re about half nuts behind that facade.

  • InsidiousTuna

    Fun story.

    Sunday, day before yesterday, I got verbally assaulted by a Truther. I had a friend in town, and we’d been out drinking Saturday night. Sunday morning, hungover, we went to Trio’s at 17th and Q NW for cheeseburgers. This woman who looks kind of like the Crazy Cat Lady comes waddling down the sidewalk, muttering to herself. I look at her, she sees my Yankees hat, and starts tearing into me. “New York, huh? Very nice. You guys blew up the twin towers and now our military is dying for FOREIGN OIL!” I didn’t catch much of whatever else she said, although I distinctly remember hearing “fucking New York prick” as she walked off. The whole patio was just kind of speechless. All my dumb, hungover ass could manage was a weak “I got this hat at a Foot Locker in Houston.”

    God, I love this town.

  • 4tehlulz

    >>25 percent of my people

    “Minnesotan” is an ethnic group?

  • hockeymom

    [re=372271]Formerly Preferred[/re]: I thought I would go with just those in office AND living.

  • Noodle Salad

    Clearly Representative Petersen needs to spend more time dressed as a Raccoon-lady in Second Life.

  • hobospacejunkie

    Oh Minnesota, what evils lurk along your yellow brick road?

    Birfers and troofers and Bachmann. Oh my!
    Birfers and troofers and Bachmann. Oh my!

  • Hostile Michigander

    [re=372279]4tehlulz[/re]: Given enough inbreeding, anything can become an ethnic group.

  • rikitikitavi

    [re=372278]InsidiousTuna[/re]: and here I thought the theory was that the White House or the Pentagon or the CIA was responsible for 9/11. But New Yorkers themselves? No, I didn’t see that coming.

  • BadKitty

    It’s a sorry state indeed when we Minnesotans are forced to lie and say we’re from Iowa (IOWA!) in order to avoid pity and derision. Won’t someone make her go away?

  • gjdodger

    [re=372279]4tehlulz[/re]: >>25 percent of my people

    “Minnesotan” is an ethnic group?

    Yah, shure, you betcha, Sven!

  • Don Juanquete

    I blame the furreners. The 25% birthers and truthers are really economic refugees from the Dakotas. The original Oof Da Minnesotans are still above average and boring.

  • TGY

    Are those the people of Swedish or Norwegian descent?

  • Tundra Grifter

    Victory for the Vulcans!

    For some reason, I didn’t see this article about rampant racism in the NYFD hiring process covered by Faux Noise, Lou Doggs, Sheer “Hot Air” InSannity, Ole BlunderRush, Bull O’Really? or any other right wingnut gasbag:


    I wonder if Rep. Jeff[erson Davis] Sessions read it?

  • user-of-owls

    [re=372299]rikitikitavi[/re]: Not New Yorkers, just the rat-bastard Yankees. Ask anyone in Boston, they’ll tell ya.

  • InsidiousTuna

    [re=372351]Tundra Grifter[/re]: “Faux Noise, Lou Doggs, Sheer ‘Hot Air’ InSannity, Ole BlunderRush, Bull O’Really?”

    These nicknames, and you, by association, are insufferably annoying. Please go back to Politico and comment here when you are less dense.

  • Brendan M.

    Rep. Peterson may be a Wonkett Hero, but he is still a massive douchebag. The Democrats would be better without him, because one vote in the House isn’t worth giving this misogynistic eco-terrorist a chairmanship.

    Also, keep in mind that there is extensive overlap between the Birthers and the Truthers (Paultards).

  • S.Luggo

    To avoid those pesky 25 percenters, limit your public appearances to gun shows.

  • natoslug

    [re=372363]InsidiousTuna[/re]: If it weren’t for Grifter’s link, I wouldn’t have known about the FDNY’s shocking bias against Vulcans. I need more! What’s their stance on Klingons and Ferenghi?

  • user-of-owls

    [re=372363]InsidiousTuna[/re]: Yeah, what you said. Demrats, Rethuglicans, etc…blech.

  • populucious

    This guy is awesome. I want to vote for him.

    Now that he’s said this in public, though, he’ll never be able to run for office again.

  • LoweredPeninsula

    I’ve seen this comparison a few times trying to equate Truthers to Birthers. The Truthers, as lame as they are, are driven by pure conspiracy theory and conspiracy theory, only. The birthers are driven by conspiracy theory based in racism, xenophobia, and other assorted bigotries and driven by pure and unadulterated hate. The Truthers are much more akin to Moon Landing deniers, the Birthers, well, Holocaust deniers. That’s not to mention that mainstream movements denounced the Truthers from the beginning. It seems that it’s like pulling teeth even to get the guys up on the Hill to deny the Birthers.

  • nader paul kucinich gravel

    Future of a Nation that can not trust the Government & Propaganda Media?
    How many times has the Government & Propaganda Media lied to you?
    Chronic lying as career path or intellectual prostitution for paycheck?
    Gravel Kucinich Paul Nader McKinney Ventura Sheehan Kaptur.
    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.
    Poodles, Puppets, Sham debates, Scam elections.
    9/11 liars, AIPAC liars, Federal Reserve liars.
    Speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil?
    Greed & corruption or conscience?
    Leaks from Whistleblowers.