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Minnesota State Legislator Email Compares Unions With Hitler, Castro

castro on my mindTaking the peg up a notch in Scott-Walker-style ire toward constituents, Minnesota State Rep. Tom Hackbarth (R-Cedar) did not like an email he got from a unionized constituent asking him not to vote for massive budget cuts that would affect Minnesota families. So he dashed off a reply letter containing an illiterate revisionist history lesson of sorts demanding to both know how this voter gets her propaganda and telling her that unions are communist, Hitler blamed the Jews and Castro blamed the rich people, and they both killed people. It could also have been someone using Hackbarth’s account, but the representative will not respond to anybody asking him, “what the hell was that?” The proposed budget cuts are a tense issue currently leading the state toward a government shutdown, which makes us excited to see what sort of stone cold insanity comes out of the federal budget fight later this year.

Here is the e-mail, from MinnPost:

It certainly has good, strong Teabagger cadences in it. “Anonymous teabagger chain email guy” could not have done this better himself. [MinnPost via TPM]

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    1. riverside68

      Oxford or Harvard comma?

      tough call, I have struggled with it for years: which one is less gay?

    1. V572 [SSAN]

      There's nice, and then there's "Minnesota nice." Two different things, as we learned in the movie "Fargo."

          1. BadassKitty

            That, my friend, was fuckin' wonderful. And I say that as a Minnesotan who has, for far too long, lived immersed in the land of passive-aggressiveness.

          2. mumbly_joe

            This really needs many more thumbs, but maybe I'm just a fan of recursive jackassery.

        1. Negropolis

          Minnesota Nice is basically the Northern/Luthren version of Southern Hospitality.

          Down the lakes here in Michigan, though, we're basically New York, and by that I mean that we'll tell you we don't like you to your face if we must. Go down to Indiana, and they fire a warning shot before they shoot you in the face to display their displeasure.

  1. SorosBot

    Hitler also blamed the communist unions for the collapse of the economy and banned them.

    Also, to be fair to Castro, rich bankers and capitalists had destroyed the Cuban economy, along with their allies in the US mafia.

      1. SorosBot

        They go with the history they want to have, not the history that was; thus, the diametrically opposed political philosophies of fascism and communism are the exact same thing, and they ignore how the fascists/Nazis and communists kept killing each other in wingnut land.

    1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

      Yes, but they destroyed the Economy while making profits. Who can have a problem with that (see, e.g. The Republican Party 1998-2011).

      1. baconzgood

        You can't destroy an economy while making profi….Oh wait, my Alpo casserole is ready for dinner.

      2. mog253

        Ow, this is making my head hurt, I'm actually hoping that his account was hacked. But since there were no weiner pix, I guess not.

      3. GOPCrusher

        I hate to stand in the way of your revisionist history, but you should have said The Republiklan Party 1982-2011.

    2. riverside68

      But it kinda, sorta, entirely was the economy of the bankers and capitalists, tax-filing or not. So it's not like they come up on a working economy, like in the US, and just trashed it for their own wildly over the top personal gain.

      The Carribean has had a hard time with economics since 1492.

  2. tihond

    Hackbarth is just an Arsenio fan, doing a tribute with his "things that make you go Hummmmm?"

  3. elviouslyqueer

    Do you know the who, what, when, where, why, and how, of Fidel Castro?

    And behold, a new meme is born!

      1. CZL

        They need do way instain capitalists, who exploit their workers. Why? Because they cannot unionize and frigth back? It war on the news this mroing, about a capitalist in WI who killed its unions…

    1. ChessieNefercat

      "Do you know the who, what, when, where, why, and how, of Fidel Castro? "

      Jesus, another illiterate GOP dolt prattling on about the 5 Ws of journalism? Move over, Palin, there's a new dunce in town.

    2. riverside68

      for the people
      with guns

      Hmmmm, sounds good when you put it like that, thanks for the tip Hackbarth.

    3. Crank_Tango

      Shit, I always thought Fidel Castro was a gay bar, and no I don't know the how and the why of it, but I bet this guy does.

    4. gurukalehuru

      Fidel Castro
      Hairy guy who smokes cigars and gives really long speeches
      Because the Washington Senators didn't sign him when they had the chance/Also that whole Batista thing

  4. memzilla

    I wouldn't have thought our own Downfisty McTroll could have hacked this account — so DMcT must have a smarter friend.

  5. Lucidamente1

    Well, somebody has to maintain the Minnesota crazy quotient now that Bachmann has been declared respectable.

  6. i_AM_ready

    Why did he upper-case "Union"? It's like the nuns taught us to capitalize "He" if you were referring to Jeebus. Does he think unions are God?

    1. finallyhappy

      But he didn't capitalize Jews. I willl claim that is outright anti-semitism(which is still way less crazy than his note)

    2. SmutBoffin

      In union communications, your Union gets proper noun status; bylaws, member communications and press releases about what's going on with your local, for example, will have many instances of the big-U.

      Dunno why this dumbass would do it. Probably dumbassness.

    3. riverside68

      I think he tipped his hand there.

      Unions are clearly an agent of Satan, only followers of Satan would capitalize His works.

  7. Urban_Achiever

    So, ipso facto, both Castro and Hitler would NOT support massive budget cuts that would affect Minnesota families??? Hummmm?

    1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

      NRO's the Corner?

      Fox and Friends?

      Bill O'Reilly?

      Sean Hannity?

      Glenn Beck?

        1. AlterNewt

          I'm flattered. And though I would like to say that you are my favorite Borg.. well…y'know..Jeri Ryan…you understand.

  8. baconzgood


    Who: Some dude with a beard on an island
    What: Made of some sort of substance perhaps matter.
    When: My parents time?
    Why: The baseball game was having a rain delay
    How: With the rope in the dining room.

  9. prommie

    What the hell is happening to the land of "Pop" and velveta and lutefisk? I mean, the northern midwest, fucking fuck. Fighting Bob LoFollette is fighting in his grave, dammit.

    1. V572 [SSAN]

      All the good ones left. It's too damn cold. Even Garrison Keilor just pretends to live there.

    2. Rotundo_

      There are still rational people left, but the advent of talk radio and money ginning up the bubbas has made assholes like this comfortable enough to say things in public that would have earned them a steeltoe boot up the ass 40 years back. As for Fightin' Bob, the spirit carries on, watch what happens to Scooter in about 6 months. He has been a trend setter and he will leave office one as well.

      1. SorosBot

        The state that gave up Al Franken; but also crazy-eyes Michele Bachmann. Some of the districts must be populated by the insane.

        1. mumbly_joe

          Honestly, though, the Franken election is basically the very moment when we should have figured what the GOP was all about this time around, and stopped even trying to compromise with them or letting them have any input in the process.

          "Oh, hey, let me just keep making legal challenges long after it's clear I definitely lost the election, just to keep a duly elected Democrat from actually serving. It's not like the state I just ran for senate for really *needs* their interests represented by *two* senators, after all.

          That last one was an actual argument that people tried to start using, once we got a few months in.

        2. Negropolis

          People always forget about poor Amy Klobachar (sp?). You know, Minnesota's other and equally reliably liberal senator, who is boring as sin, but who is also pretty cool in her own right.

          BTW, I just realized that Minnesota has two senators of the Jewish faith serving at the same time (yeah, sometimes I'm a little slow). Is that happening anywhere else at the moment or in senate history?

    3. GOPCrusher

      I blame Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
      He wound up the Crazies and then turned them loose and walked away.

    4. riverside68

      I think the cold warps minds.

      Northern Idaho used to be the center of the IWW and draft resistance (during WWI), now it's full of white supremacists

    5. Negropolis

      Hey, so long as we keep giving ridiculous margins to Democratic presidents, I'm less concerned about what we do at the state level. It's really kind of typical turnover.

      Michigan had a Republican governor during the entire time of Clinton's reign, and a Democratic governor through most of Dubya's. We don't have any problem turning over the keys to the state GOP every once in awhile, but the national GOP is a whole other story. You know, kind of like New York or California.

      Lest we forget, Minnesota actually elected a Democrat governor during the Red Wave of 2010. But, that was really just turnover after Pawlenty.

      1. fuflans

        i love pink flamingos. have a pair in my back yard (chicago). they stay out all year and look particularly fetching in snow.

  10. Gopherit

    So, wait, is he saying that all rich bankers and capitalists are Jews? For someone who seems to be anti-Nazi, that's an awfully white supremacist view to have……

  11. Maman

    How very robber baron of him! Better tell him that Abraham Lincoln was an enemy of Amerikkka too.

    "Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." — U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, December 3, 1861

    1. V572 [SSAN]

      "As I would not be slave, neither would I be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from it, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy."
      —A Lincoln, 6'-4"

    2. flamingpdog

      So are you saying that Honest Abe's father's name was Lincolnovich before he illegally immigrated across the Bering Sea while Betsy Ross Heath Palin was asleep on her front porch facing Roosha?

    3. Negropolis

      Wait, a Republican said that? The fuck?!

      Next time those bastards try to claim their party has any resemblence to his, pull out that piece of snuff for them to chew on.

  12. DarwinianDemon

    In the old days, they'd pretend this was a staffer. Nowadays they take pride in this ignorance.

  13. bumfug

    Granted, he does have a point about the Amalgamated Federation Of Jew-Killing Bearded Guerrillas.

  14. WhatTheHolyHeck

    That's some tasty Godwinizing, but I'm afraid he's one Stalin short of a Trifecta.

  15. RoboGuppy

    Hey Tommy.. I think your wig is too tight. You should ask Burt Reynolds where he gets his.

  16. FraAnima

    Oh goody – this is the guy they found standing in the parking lot of Planned Parenthood carrying concealed. Hackbarth is a hero!

    1. PristineODummy

      And his story about why he was there absolutely takes the dog biscuit. He was trying to prevent his online girlfriend (whose name he did not know, apparently) from having an abortion. Or some such bullshit. Then he claimed he didn't know he was in a PP parking lot. Or maybe he claimed that before that bit about the online girlfriend's abortion.

  17. DaRooster

    "I can't believe what I'm hearing from you folks. All similar letters to yours…"

    That is only because you hold an elected office and should care about what the actual "people" in your area think. But then again… you are fucking douche… so there is that.

    1. ChessieNefercat

      "Welcome back, Demon Sheep! "

      Sooo, those eyes are catching? Hummm?
      Minnesota, where men are men and sheep are nervous, even demon sheep.

  18. SayItWithWookies

    What the hell dialect is that written in? I'm guessing it's what they call Minnesota literate.

  19. timbo71351

    Seriously, how do retards like this get elected? Did the Democrats nominate a bucket of spit to run against him? Is the district so gerrymandered that FDR couldn't have gotten elected there?

    1. zhubajie

      Probably the latter. Possibly, people wanted to make him leave town, go to Minneapolis.

  20. Gopherit

    This is the asshole who followed a woman he claimed to have been dating to a Planned Parenthood clinic…..and took his gun with him Way to go, Minnesotans. You really know how to pick them.

    "That's the news from Cedar, Minnesota….where are the women are in the kitchen, all the men carry guns, and all the kids are never, ever homosexual."

    1. MissTaken

      I don't know about you but I always meet my online dates in the Planned Parenthood parking lot. Makes getting my instant-abortion-on-demand real convenient. Two birds, one stone doncha know!

      1. mayor_quimby

        Precisely, and I usually give them a Visa gift card for their efforts. an iPod helps to drown out the yelling of the protesters.

      2. tessiee

        I meet them in the parking lot right after I get my abortion, so I can get pregnant again right away. It's a real time-saver!

  21. HempDogbane

    This guy only ranks about number 3 or 4 as "wingiest" of the wingnut Republicans in our state legislature. Please, could we read his Match.com profile?

  22. lochnessmonster

    Pawlenty left the state in such good shape they may have to shut down? Now isn't that the guy you want to run the country!

    This dude needs to get on or off his meds…

  23. Mort_Sinclair

    Jesusfuckingchrist, that guy's functionally illiterate and clearly over-medicated–a perfect reflection of the idiots who voted him into office.

  24. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Well, he does have a point. We could raise taxes a small amount on the affluent to pay for social services…, but that is just what Hitler or Castro would have done.

  25. Tommmcattt

    Just so you know, I am proudly the communist. And I did give them this propaganda.

    So there.

  26. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    So, Hitler both used and blamed the Jews for destroying the German economy. Does that mean that Hitler was half right in the Representative's eyes?

  27. mumbly_joe

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

    Then they came for for the Hitlers, and I said nothing, because… wait, what?

  28. SenileAgitation

    I guess anybpdies cna mke nmistakes in replyig to a constitients, buth MR. Hartpack cna't write properly at all and murdererders the logic and the lanqwich, plus/and his meanness is really mean NOT Called Fore!

  29. iburl

    Capitalists taking advantage of Latin Americans for their own selfish gain? Perish the thought.

        1. horsedreamer_1

          This is Good News for John Mc Cain Lindsey Graham (while staying at one of John & Cindy's California estates) Andrew Sullivan.

    1. elviouslyqueer

      Bend over and grab your cankles, Protect Marriage, and prepare to take it like a man.

    2. emmelemm

      In sincerity – thanks for pointing those out. "Is this good news? I've forgotten what that feels like."

    3. Negropolis

      I guess sane folks need to celebrate while they can before this makes it to the Supreme Court (of Kangaroos).

  30. Zombie_Reagan

    Wait, isn't this they guy who a few months ago was loitering in Planned Parethood location's parking lot with a loaded, concealed weapon?

    Now he sees imaginary Nazis and commies.

    Lucidity and knuckle-draggers seem to be mutually exclusive.

  31. Pragmatist2

    We Minnesotans are now almost assured to capture this year's coveted "Larry" Award as the state most embarrassed by its elected officials!!!!
    Eat it, Arizona!!!!

    1. PristineODummy

      Don't you get TWO, or even THREE of those? Anaconda, you know, you got Pawlenzzzzzzzzzzz, Michele BatShiteKrayKrayMann, AND this heah goober? Talk about an embarrassment of riches!

    1. mumbly_joe

      No one. Because nobody is that big a retard when it comes to world history

      Oh, wait, Jonah Goldberg.

      Also too Mark Levin.

        1. riverside68

          wow, I used the r word the other day and my post instantly vaporized.

          I thought it must be automatic, but apparently not, I did use it as an adjective maybe that is the difference . . .

          1. mumbly_joe

            it was most likely past tense, not present tense. I think the filter is a little touchy that way. Incidentally, IIRC, I also had a post get insta-zapped for using abbreviated form of "triginometried", but I want this one to go through, so I won't test it right now.

          2. riverside68

            Not only that but I replied uses the Adjective/past tense form (what ever, I am not one of the millions of Englash Majors pissing away there life on in the intertubes correctly indentiifying dangling particymbles). the Reply was instantly replaced with deleted by administrator, now it is has been vaporized.

            History is being erased right here in River City! Fidel and Hitler, not to mention Mao and Stalin, would be very impressed! These intertubes are really something.

          3. horsedreamer_1

            We've got 'trouble', with a capital T, & that rhymes with P, & that stands for Palin.

  32. Callyson

    Also…how on earth will Scott Brown top this one? Will he re – write A Modest Proposal to suggest eating union members instead of children (more meat on the bones of the former anyway)? Convict them of terrorist activities next time they demonstrate and send them off to Gitmo?

  33. GOPCrusher

    Damn voters. Always getting in the way of a Representative doing the will of the American People.

    1. PristineODummy

      Put it on a toasted sesame bun. It's not as good as cheezbrgr, but it'll do in a pinch.

  34. thefrontpage

    I feel sorry for all of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Texas, Maine, Arizona and Mississippi these days. How on earth did many of the politicians in these states get elected to office? All of these moron far-right teabagger wingnuts should be recalled or impeached, effective immediately.

    1. ChessieNefercat

      What about Michigan? I told people Stupak, for all his idiocy over the health insurance reform vote, should not be hounded out of office, because up here we'd be sure to get a bagger to replace him and that is exactly what happened. Stupak generally avoided committees, etc., where he would be involved in abortion issues and was reasonably effective where he did serve.

      Anyway, we are working on recalling Snyder.

    2. riverside68

      Just take 'em out and shoot 'em.

      That's what Bronson, Hitler, Jack Bauer would do.

      Direct Action!

  35. carlgt1

    does he know the how why when where & how of Fidel, ie the reason the rich bastards were robbed & killed is because they continually ignored the people and violently suppressed any organizing for basic human rights & dignity; kind of like the direction of today's RepugliKKKan party?

  36. Gainsbourg69

    Cubans love to be reminded of this. They also love it when you ask them why, instead of sitting in a comfortable house in Miami, they're not in Cuba doing something about El Tirano.

  37. Terry

    And a rap on the nose with a rolled newspaper for not cutting and the text he was given.

  38. Goonemeritus

    The majority of Republican votes come from blue collar voters. Over the years I have marveled at the Republican message crafters ability to persuade these same folks that up is down and black is white. I do think the Tea Party is making the professional propagandists shvitz a little. It’s going to be a little difficult to tell yourself he means the other guy when he is calling you Hitler in a letter.

  39. El Pinche

    Some advice to Hackbart, lay off the History Channel & Jager…I know. Last week I sent a Time warner tech a nastygram comparing their services to Jew ovens and the Huns.

    1. guangho

      I was in eastern Europe once when I saw the most inspiring graffiti: "Anti-anti-Fascist."

      Carry on.

  40. Nopantsmcgee

    "I can't believe what I am hearing from folks"…."all similar "


    So, is that telling you anything? Are you able to maybe detect a sort of public/voter will forming on this issue there, maybe?

  41. imissopus

    ""In fact, the court concluded that only basis for the law is “an apparent belief that the moral views of the majority may properly be enacted as the law of the land”

    Well, duh!

  42. Trollina Dumbass

    You know who else had constituents and also fucked goats, pillaged freedom-loving peoples, was a functional junkie, and walked around on two legs? I'm assuming this has happened at some point in world history, and using his own 'logic' there's no reason to think Hack-n-slashbarth isn't on the same path.

  43. BadassKitty

    It's getting fucking embarrassing to live in Minnesota. Where do they find these nuts? Most people here seem so reasonable and polite. Until you leave the room, that is.
    Then the shit starts flying.

  44. ganmerlad

    For some reason, I think he is another government official who is facing rehab in the near future.

    1. PristineODummy

      You know, if that was rationed out by merit, two-thirds of our Congresscritters would be undergoing rehabracadabra.

      1. ganmerlad

        But the rules state: No congressman or senator has to check into rehab unless caught by the public doing something they shouldn't over several consecutive news-rounds.

  45. ttommyunger

    Who dresses this fucktard in the mornings? Why isn't he wearing his helmet? What is he smiling about? Why am I asking you? BTW, is it possible that Ron Paul named his "special" son after a dead authoress with bad teeth? Gawd!

    1. riverside68

      Hitler was a (National) Socialist, Bitches! "Suck on this" (h/t Thomas Friedman, although he was referring to people of color in the middle east, not Wonketters.)


    And Callista rose to power by using the jew(elry) for the destruction of the Gingrich marriage.

    1. riverside68

      Callista's efforts are having much more public impact on The Newt's political life than the marriage, for which we all owe her a deeply felt emotion of some sort, anyway I am dedicating my next drink, coming right up, to Callista! Take him Down Down Down!

  47. tessiee

    "Hackbarth … was found in the Planned Parenthood parking lot wandering around armed with a .38 caliber pistol. … he said he didn't realize he was parked at the Planned Parenthood site and was in the neighborhood seeking a woman he'd met online."

    So, your basic Plenty of Fish date, then?

  48. tessiee

    ""Communists" are behind his problems? … I'm going to take a wild guess and say that I suspect he has no idea what the "communists" are. I think he uses it as shorthand for "people I disagree with"."

    That's *so* fifties! You just can't beat vintage stupid for that retro charm!

    1. axmxz

      My cat must have telekitty powers, because guess who showed up to do JUST THAT as I was reading your comment? XD

  49. keepem_sikanpor

    He's replying to an email and has a need say who he is two times at the end. Duplication of services, dickwad. That character space could have been used to project so much more hateful bullshit. Teatard fail.

  50. PristineODummy

    Is it just me, or does this Hackbarth fella sound like something the cat heaved up?

  51. Nixon_So_Fine

    Sometimes you simply have to refill the snarktank. Running on fumes, here.

    (Mebbe it's time to reload the drinktank…just maddening.)

    These idiots are just…forget it.

    I got nuthin'.

  52. Negropolis

    Remember, y'all, at the Bay of Porks & Swines, when those brave Cubano patriot-exiles invaded one if by land, two if by sea, shootin' those warnin' shots and ringin' those bells to let Castro know that the Red Russkies was comin'?

  53. Negropolis

    Wait, is this for real? If so, why hasn't this been all over Rachel Maddow's show? This shit is like catnip, to her.

  54. Negropolis

    You know who else "defied the most powerful country on earth and held a nation together for X years through shear force of will?" Seriously, dude; listen to yourself for a minute, or maybe just a few seconds, really.

    Mussolini made the trains run on time. So fucking what. Besides that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the show, indeed.

  55. ttommyunger

    So rather than acquiesce to the accepted “Randy” they went with the heretofore never heard of “Rand”. Oh well, a knob by any other name…

  56. Slim_Pickins

    Home schooled? Probably
    And a JC dropout to boot! From his official biography "Attended North Hennepin Community College "

  57. DustBowlBlues

    Well, shit. While my ISP was down and I was busy working my ass off, anyway, this Kirsten person appeared and even did a live blog. And I missed it.

    As anyone else pointed out to this dipshit (the guy with devil eyes, not the new junior editor) that Hitler also demonized unionists?

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