Treachery Made a Monster Out of Me

Since it’s a slow week for politics, I wanted to share a little blast from the recent past that a friend from South Dakota sent me. Before you watch this video, you might be interested in the backstory.

Annette Bosworth, a physician who has a small malpractice in Sioux Falls, was a candidate in the Republican primary for Senate. To call her the Tea Party candidate is almost giving her credit for a level of coherence her campaign never reached. If you need evidence of that, here’s the reply her husband gave after being challenged over Annette posting pictures of herself in a Che Guevara shirt:

“Say what you want about ‘Che.’ My wife looks hot in that shirt!”

In addition to the writings of Che, Annette also failed to grasp South Dakota election law, which requires that a petition-gatherer swear under oath that they witnessed the signatures on a nominating petition. According to the felony warrant sworn out against Annette [pdf], she was on a mission trip to the Phillipines during the time that six petitions that she swore she witnessed were collected.

Not one to flinch from being cast as the victim of a crime she committed, Annette decided to hold what has to be one of the most gaudy shitshows of a news conference that’s ever been committed to video. The whole thing is here. My first reaction to it was “where did that crazy lady find a place in South Dakota with so much graffiti?” but it turns out that Annette and her staff decided to create their own graffiti wall populated with names she’s been called on the Internet. If you can manage to sit through a few minutes of the opener, you’ll probably be able to understand the gist of Annette’s indictment of all those who are against her–they are bullies. Well, as usual, local media is much smarter than DC media, and after Annette blabbed away for a while, she was dumb enough to take questions. The video at the top is from a local TV station, who helpfully captioned how reporters were able to get Annette to admit that she did indeed sign the petition, even though it’s not clear that Annette understands what she was signing.

This week, Annette appeared in court and pled not guilty to charges that could get her 24 years in prison. It looks like Unit E of the South Dakota Women’s Prison might be getting its very own Crazy Eyes.

(In case you’re feeling sorry for Annette after reading this, here’s her take on how Food Stamp recipients are like wild animals.)






117 replies
  1. 1
    jeffreyw says:

    You are always looking for the worst in people. Look for the good! Now where is that Che t-shirt photo? Inquiring minds…

  2. 2
    gbear says:

    I blame Obama.

  3. 3
    c u n d gulag says:

    All of the deregulation over the last 15+ years which caused “The Great Recession” is to blame.

    In a better economy, her family could have kept her locked away in the basement or attic, instead of renting them out to subsidize their income.

    It’s hard to make Michele “Crazy Eyes” Bachmann and Sarah “The Whore of Babblin’on” Palin look sane – but this one’s up to the challenge.

    YEEEEEEEEEEESH!

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  5. 5
    Morzer says:

    That would be the same Dr Bosworth who compared food stamp recipients to animals, IIRC?

    I am wondering what was in that ugly mug she keeps gulping from so .. aggressively.

  6. 6
    Amir Khalid says:

    And this person has a medical licence? Shudder.

  7. 7
    constitutional mistermix says:

    @Morzer: Yes, just updated the post to add in that important fact.

  8. 8
    shelley says:

    That’s quite a bouquet of microphones she’s clutching there.

  9. 9
    Morzer says:

    @c u n d gulag:

    In a better economy, her family could have kept her locked away in the basement or attic

    And here’s to you, Mrs. Rochester
    Jesus loves you more than you will know ….

  10. 10
    Morzer says:

    @constitutional mistermix:

    Damn, you’ve got quick fingers. I am so never playing rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock with you!

  11. 11
    MattF says:

    Polysynthetic word salad with a dash of crazy.

  12. 12

    I still feel sorry for her. It’s sad when people are stupid and mean enough to hurt themselves and those around them. A legal system of punishments is necessary to protect the rest of us from them, but I do pity them – and I’ve known some truly evil fucking people.

    @jeffreyw:
    I clicked through and saw the shirt photo! I find her unattractive, but the shirt really does suit her. I’m guessing she didn’t care what was on it, only how it looked.

  13. 13
    Morzer says:

    http://archive.argusleader.com.....e-hopefuls

    Three of Annette Bosworth’s rivals for U.S. Senate have more than a million dollars in net assets.

    She’s in a different financial world entirely: the only thing over $1 million in Bosworth’s personal financial disclosure are her debts. Bosworth reported less than $20,000 in income during a two-year period, and recently had several properties she owned foreclosed.

    These financial dire straits are part of Bosworth’s campaign narrative. Once an affluent doctor, a fierce fight with the state medical board racked up huge legal bills and led her to sell and raffle off her home and family farm. For a while, she and her family lived in a recreational vehicle.

    It’s probably not a good idea to abuse SNAP recipients when you might be one of them once you get out of jail.

  14. 14
    Violet says:

    Kirsty MacColl! In these shoes? I don’t think so!

  15. 15
    Kay says:

    @Frankensteinbeck:

    I do too, she obviously has no idea what she’s doing, but the truth is there’s a huge ideological element to Republicans ignoring or defying campaign laws.

    They don’t recognize them as valid. It’s not ignorance for national conservatives. They simply don’t believe they have to.follow laws they don’t agree with.

    “No regulation of campaigns” is now mainstream in the GOP. John MCain used to write campaign finance law. Now his Party simply doesn’t “believe” in that whole idea. It’s really pretty wild if you think about it. This is sovereign citizen stuff.

  16. 16
    Citizen_X says:

    I’d hit it.

    Hey, someone had to go there!

  17. 17
    Roger Moore says:

    a physician who has a small malpractice in Sioux Falls

    I saw what you did there.

  18. 18
    gogol's wife says:

    I have no idea what the issues are here, but I notice that all these Tea Party types have this little smile on their faces all the time, as if they think that everyone around them is so stupid, while in fact they are the stupidest person in the room most of the time. Her sarcastic delivery of “Next question” is the Tea Party in a nutshell.

  19. 19
    Morzer says:

    Truth be told, she reminds me of Christine O’Donnell more than Michelle Bachmann. I could see her explaining that she wasn’t a witch to the puzzled denizens of South Dakota.

  20. 20
    Baud says:

    @Kay:

    Last time, the conservatives seceded en mass and got their asses kicked. This time, they’re trying to secede piecemeal in the hopes people won’t notice until it’s too late.

  21. 21
    evap says:

    Thanks for the Kirsty quote! Also nice to see a reference to my favorite singer-songwriter.

  22. 22
    Keith P says:

    Does she have an endorsement deal with a coffee mug manufacturer or something?

  23. 23
    Jennifer says:

    Holy shit. From Kelo, SD tv news, 11/28/12:

    SIOUX FALLS, SD – A Sioux Falls doctor keeps her license to practice medicine after appearing before the state board of medical examiners on Wednesday.
    Dr. Annette Bosworth was reprimanded by the medical board back in June for employing a physician’s assistant who wasn’t licensed to practice.

    Part of Bosworth’s agreement with the board at that time was to seek treatment for a mental illness in order to continue her practice. Her appearance before the board on Wednesday was because its members felt Bosworth hadn’t lived up to all the terms she had agreed to.

    The dispute presented by lawyers on both sides surrounds the signing of three releases that would give the board of medical examiners the right to information from Bosworth’s sessions with her psychologist, psychiatrist and a physician mentor.

    Bill Golden, a lawyer for the state medical board staff argued Bosworth had been intentionally dragging her feet on signing the releases.

    Bosworth’s attorney argued she had given verbal consent already, but part of the hold up on signing them was that she was looking for a therapist she was comfortable with rather than a forensic therapist recommended by the board. Bosworth and her attorney also wanted some of the language changed in the release.

    After more than three hours of sometimes contentious statements on both sides, language was included in the release that would prevent Bosworth from being disciplined by the board if her doctors didn’t file the monthly reports.

    “The agreements have been signed. Dr. Bosworth has fulfilled the agreement that she signed in June and the mentoring agreementa are in pace which is what we asked and we consider this matter settled,” State Board of Medical Examiners vice chair Mary Carpenter said.

    “We agree with what the board said today that signing the stipulations and moving on that is a relief,” Bosworth said.

    Through out this process and medical reprimand, Bosworth had been listed in the national practioners databank as one who had or could put patients in danger. On Wednesday, the board of medical examiners asked that a letter be sent to the national databank, requesting that designation be removed.

  24. 24
    Ruckus says:

    What’s the medical board problem?
    She’s malpracticing with a license?

  25. 25

    @Kay:
    This is the attitude of losers, desperate to cheat or change the rules to favor themselves. The thing is, it’s only a little bit about losing politically. Their changing the rules to favor themselves tactics are currently keeping them afloat, certainly enough for them to keep waging this kind of war. They’re losing culturally. We don’t really see it, because they’re so obnoxious, but it’s blatantly visible and a constant pressure to them. A black man being president is an undeniable, world-shaking example, but they see examples all around them all the time. Little crimes in small towns are hard to cover up, now. Mocking or threatening gays, shaming people who don’t go to church, using words like ‘nigger’, overt slut-shaming – they used to be able to do this stuff publicly with confidence that they’d be praised for it. Now they have to fear being socially punished. Even back in the 80s, stereotypes like Mr. T were so acceptable he signed up for it because it was a better public image than the other stereotypes. They reject the government because it’s not their government anymore. America is owned by some other culture now, one they don’t recognize.

  26. 26
    Morzer says:

    @Frankensteinbeck:

    A lot of conservatism today is basically the naughty child’s approach of putting fingers in ears and yelling “I can’t hear you!” when a responsible adult is in the vicinity.

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    Anoniminous says:

    @Kay:

    They simply don’t believe they have to.follow laws they don’t agree with.

    In fairness, they did get some Real World validation from SCOTUS this week.

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    @Jennifer:
    This isn’t all that scary a story. ‘Mental illness’ is a very general term. Could mean she’s just very depressed, and they were worried about her professional standards. The PA thing is more worrying, but we’d need to know details. The PA could easily be fully educated and trained and be waiting on the license. The truth could be much, much worse than this, but from the attitude of the Medical Board it’s probably close to what I described.

    What’s messed up is that they were demanding her psych reports. That’s extreme. Psych reports are as confidential medical information as it gets. Either they seriously overreacted, or this really was a bad situation. From the resolution and their statements that she’s been in compliance in every other aspect, I’m betting on ‘overreacted’.

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    Cermet says:

    Twenty-four years in prison for that minor (and stupid) lie? Bloody-hands Cheney and his ass puppet walk free and clear yet this person is threaten with that ridiculously long prison term for such a minor infraction – just insane (as she appears to be – that, at least, should be her lawyers defence.)

    As for her “malpractice” if the poster is correct, that too appears to be extremely minor compared to what far, far too many MD’s get away with in this country with the AMA Mafia protecting those monsters. Here, a so-called doctor, gave over three hundred people stents they didn’t need – the death rate for just having a stent at runs about 3% over five years (due to blood clots forming in the stent leading to a fatal heart attack); do the math and realize exactly what this animal did just to obtain some profit and the lives that unneeded procedure will in time take and this bastard isn’t going to see a day in jail.

  30. 30
    Jennifer says:

    @Frankensteinbeck: I’d say their demand to see reports may stem more from her refusal to directly answer questions, which is on full display in the video above. They didn’t trust her to be truthful with them regarding her progress (or lack of) with her issues.

  31. 31

    @Jennifer:
    Oh, it’s the same woman! Derp. That adds more information to the mix. She’s displayed fairly high levels of public stupidity, lack of ethics, and garrulousness. It doesn’t necessarily mean much about her abilities as a doctor, but it does explain why they might ask for her medical info. That’s still an extreme request, but if she acts in front of the medical board like she does in politics, I can see why they would.

    The political fraud context makes the medical story a whole lot more suspicious. Doctors committing fraud is Bad.

  32. 32
    GregB says:

    Anthony Cumia of the radio duo Opie and Anthony was just canned by clear channel for his Twitter rants about ‘black animals’ who are destroying cities and attacking white people.

    This comes on the heels of a long record of racist statements.

    He’s a gun stroker and now an unemployed aggrieved white man.

    Good riddance racist.

  33. 33
    gocart mozart says:

    @Cermet:
    TWENTY-FOUR YEARS!!

    That is one of my pet peeves with the media (including mistermix in this case)

    Let me guess: 12 counts X up to 2 yrs per = 24 years maximum. Could she actually get 24 years if found guilty on all counts? Yes, theoretically, but in reality, sentences are usually served concurrently. Most likely she is looking at 0 to 2 years and with the mental health issue and perhaps a plea deal, I predict probation and treatment as a condition or at most a few months in jail.

  34. 34
    Ruckus says:

    @Frankensteinbeck:
    I’d like to think that the person that is supposed to help me maintain my health and find problems that I don’t know about or can not fix without their help has some connection to normalcy. That the minimal demands placed upon them to practice medicine allows me to trust them with private, personal information and that they will be able to use that info properly. I depend on the state to insure this because I really have no way to do this on my own. We are not talking about someone washing my car, this is slightly more important. I would expect that after 4 yrs college, 4 yrs med school, internship, residency, state license, that the really crazy, incompetent had been weeded out. I’d be wrong of course but that is why state boards exist as well to continue the process of eliminating those not capable of actually doing the job. Which from the limited info here looks exactly like the situation. Even if she was at one time competent, it really looks like her life has been driven off the rails. Just breathing should not be the standard for medical practice.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    The differences between conservatism and mental illness seem to be diminishing by the day.

  36. 36
    Ruckus says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:
    There really is only a tenth of difference. A measurable amount but not a lot in the scheme of things.

  37. 37
    jeffreyw says:

    @Frankensteinbeck: You clicked so I didn’t have to. Thanks!

  38. 38
    Kay says:

    @Frankensteinbeck:

    I do think there’s some difference between people who disregard rules and laws and the really savvy, sophisticated actors in GOP legal, policy and political circles.

    Campaign rules and laws are specific. The whole area is rule-bound and following the rules is the price of admission. I’ve never dealt with the federal area, but I have dealt with campaign rules at the state level and EVEN IF high-level national actors in the Dem Party had a deregulatory campaign “set of beliefs” I know I am signing the form or submission and I’ll be responsible if I violate the rules.

    That’s the really cynical and despicable part of the Tea Party. They are telling these people these laws are invalid with this national anti-regulatory message and THEY won’t suffer for this. SHE will.

    They have a damn CASUALTY in Mississippi. The suicide. That guy got caught up in Tea Party crazy and lost his entire legal practice. They don’t care. They just keep ginning up the crazy because the people in DC and the financial backers aren’t affected at all.

  39. 39
    Morzer says:

    @Ruckus:

    This is a case for Agent Six Sigma!

  40. 40
    Tommy says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: It seems that way. Look I am open to maybe my thinking on this or that is wrong. And honestly we should debate things. My mom and dad are moderate Republicans. They are confused about what has happened to their party. I tell them you need to take it back from the crazy.

  41. 41
    Jennifer says:

    More info.

    The reason the board was requiring reports from her mental health doctors is that she was diagnosed in 2010 with a personality disorder (those include narcissism, sociopathy, etc.)

  42. 42
    Debbie says:

    Sounds like she’s ready to assume Ben Carson’s mantle.

  43. 43
    Kay says:

    @Frankensteinbeck:

    I was glad to see that conservative author, Dinesh, was prosecuted because at least there one of the DC grifters got burned.
    He was funneling campaign money to “conduits”. That’s against the law. Tom Noe in OH is serving an 8 year sentence for doing that same exact thing for the Bush 2004 campaign in OH. This idea that they are giving people that this is all a joke and these rules can be disregarded is a lie. Noe is a nobody. He’s serving 8 years and President Bush is painting self-portraits in his lovely home in Texas.
    It’s incredibly cynical, what they’re doing and I don’t know where it ends.

  44. 44
    burnspbesq says:

    @Roger Moore:

    I saw what you did there.

    I assume that you also saw that it was libelous, and adds nothing to the story.

  45. 45
    Tommy says:

    @Jennifer: There was a time in my life where I planned to spend my life working with people with mental illness. My undergrad degree is in psychology. I came to realize I couldn’t do that for a living, after running a suicide hotline in college.

    I say this cause treatment. Counseling. Sometimes meds are needed. You don’t engage in that fine. But then you can’t treat somebody else.

  46. 46
    Culture of Truth says:

    “Under penalty of perjury, I certify that I thank all the good and decent people for signing my petition.”

  47. 47
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @burnspbesq:
    It’s a blog, Jake.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Morzer: Getting to this late, but I was struck by how much she resembles a slightly upscale Christine O’Donnell. Not a soda straw smarter, but slightly better dressed. And every bit as goofy as the witch or the one L.

    It’s alarming that any state licensed her for medical malpractice. but I’m eager to learn what her lengthy dispute with the state medical board was on about. Here’s hoping it’s explained in comments above this one.

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    patrick II says:

    She reminds me of Donald Rumsfeld. People say words to her, she says words back in a dismissive style, pleased with herself for being so clever, but the words she says back are just words unhinged from the reality she thinks she is discussing and not very clever at all.

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    Betsy says:

    Just watched the video. What a freak!

  51. 51
    Ruckus says:

    @Morzer:
    I see you are paying attention.

  52. 52
    dp says:

    She strikes me as a common type — she believes that a medical degree confers wisdom in all areas. Lots of doctors with that attitude around.

  53. 53
    Anoniminous says:

    Seems all Conservatives are on a scale running from mistaken, to reality-challenged, to wingnut, to psychotic.

  54. 54
    elm says:

    FYI, Bosworth is a psychiatrist. In principle she helps patients with their own mental health issues.

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    constitutional mistermix says:

    @gocart mozart:

    “You could face up to 24 years in the state penitentiary. Do you understand that?” Judge John Brown asked as he told Bosworth her rights during Monday’s arraignment hearing.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/201.....ction.html

    From Judge Brown’s lips to Baby Jesus’ ears as far as I’m concerned.

    @burnspbesq: Please work to be a less obvious parody of a humorless recent law school grad.

  56. 56
    Betsy says:

    @Citizen_X: that’s disgusting, misogynistic, intimidating to all the women who read it, .. and no, actually no one had to go there.

  57. 57
    constitutional mistermix says:

    @elm: She’s a board-certified internist.

  58. 58
    Betsy says:

    @gogol’s wife: yeah, the little sub-smile that never really left her face. As if she was secretly pleased to be the center of attention, to be able to act persecuted … As if she’s actually living out a bit of her fantasy to taunt all these little, ignorant gnats swarming her, while cameras are going. I call NPD.

  59. 59
    Betsy says:

    @elm: are you shitting me?! Oh, my, my.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Tommy:
    Similar history. Spent 3 1/2 yrs as a mental health counselor. I have stories about people who appear normal/sane but really are not. Their only tether to reality is gravity. Someone who appears way beyond that usually is. Not that we all need to be stepford but there are limits. And you are correct, getting medical attention is a choice, unless you are dangerous to others and yourself. But practicing medicine while not staying within the pretty wide bounds of normal is dangerous to those most likely receiving less than minimal care. It’s why there are license standards in the first place, to insure minimal job performance.

  61. 61
    Ruckus says:

    @constitutional mistermix:
    You are asking a lot of burns. A huge pile of a lot.

  62. 62
    elm says:

    @constitutional mistermix: Thanks for the clarification. Now I don’t know why I had thought that.

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    Betsy says:

    @Keith P: that was so weird. the constant gestures with the mug and mikes seem to reveal she tries to raise a defensive barrier between herself and her “attackers”. She thinks she keeps a good face on, comes off as unafraid, refusing to bow to their questions, .. but she actually sounds incredibly defensive, reveals fear in micro-expressions, swings the props around to protect her face throat and belly.

    This is a highly un self aware gal

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    Betsy says:

    @Jennifer: classic narcissist — the rules don’t apply to her .. In medical practice or campaigning

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    elm says:

    @Betsy: I was mistaken. She does take psych referrals (first hand knowledge of that haopening, patient decided not to see her after seeing her sites), but she is not a psychiatrist.

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    elm says:

    Can’t edit on mobile, but here is a page on her site about TMS therapy for depression https://www.meaningfulmedicine.org/tms

    Here is one about treatment for addiction: https://www.meaningfulmedicine.org/subpage.aspx?WebPageID=5

  67. 67
    Betsy says:

    @patrick II: She seems to think that being clever with words can change reality. This is someone who has gotten away with using words and excuses to “change reality” for a a long time. She has been used to not having to follow the rules. Rules are for little people. Classic narcissist.

    She may have hit her limit it looks like.

  68. 68
    Morzer says:

    @Ruckus:

    Burnsie said something trite and twerpish? I fear the heavens are about to fall.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Frankensteinbeck: My sense is that given all the issues, that have come to light since the medical board issue, the board seems well within the bounds of propriety to want to review psych files. And I’m the first to note how confidential those files should be. But she’s demonstrating Axis II (now Cluster B; I know, but old habits and all that) levels of denial/delusion. Perhaps that was her presentation at the Board, so they were paying close attention.

    @Jennifer: So I had a decent sense of the events on the ground, it seems.

  70. 70
    Ruckus says:

    @Morzer:
    Isn’t it a fear when you are not sure of the upcoming events? How they will play out and all.
    It this case Las Vegas wouldn’t put out odds. No money to be made on sure things that everyone can see.

  71. 71
    Steeplejack (tablet) says:

    Finally watched the video. She has a very strange affect: nothing about communicating with other people, more about defending the obvious (only to her) truth against a swarm of nitwits.

    I also found it telling—of what, exactly, I’m not sure—that the price tag is still stuck to the bottom of the mug she keeps drinking from. And she can’t get through a press conference without a cup of whatever close at hand? It’s some kind of protective/anchoring body language.

  72. 72
    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Steeplejack (tablet): The affect and gestures were full of tells that require expertise I lack to full explain. But the gestalt is a presentation of someone with some clinically notable issues. Says she who is not a physician, and rarely plays one on the internets.

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    mouse tolliver says:

    Mary-Louise Parker should play her in a movie.

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    gocart mozart says:

    @constitutional mistermix:

    “You could face up to 24 years in the state penitentiary. Do you understand that?”

    Yes, not surprised that the Judge said that to her, it’s technically true and he is trying to get her attention. I stand by my prediction of little or no jail time..

  75. 75
    Mandalay says:

    @GregB</a@GregB:

    Good riddance racist.

    Indeed. This was one of his tweets, aimed at the black woman he claims attacked him in Times Square:

    Savage violent animal fucks prey on white people. Easy targets. This CUNT has no clue how lucky she was. She belted me 10 times. I had a gun

    It’s revealing that he says the “cunt” was “lucky” because he didn’t use his gun. Classy.

    I’m not even convinced that the incident ever actually occurred. Nobody else has come forward to corroborate or refute the alleged attack in Times Square, and he chose not to report it to the cops.

    That guy has real issues he needs to deal with on many levels.

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    gocart mozart says:

    @gocart mozart:
    Sorry about lumping you in with the MSM though.

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    Ruckus says:

    @gocart mozart:
    I agree with your prediction but wouldn’t a judge be derelict not to point out the possibility? Not sure a judge is responsible to point out the probabilities.
    And if the law is maximum penalty of 24 yrs for what the court thinks she has done, how is pointing that out a problem? We have many laws that have penalties all out of proportion to the crime and many things that people do that are not crimes but should be(as burns is so principled to remind us), the law is about as unfair as life is.

  78. 78
    Mandalay says:

    And another candidate is in trouble for pulling the same shit for the same election…

    Almost three weeks after a warrant was issued for his arrest, former U.S. Senate candidate Clayton Walker has turned himself in to authorities…

    Walker was released on a personal recognizance bond and scheduled for a court date of July 7 at 10 a.m. in Hughes County.

    Walker is facing nine felony charges related to his election petitions. He’s accused of fabricating names and addresses on the sworn documents, which placed him on the Senate ballot as an independent until being kicked off after a challenge.

    In the email sent to reporters last week, Walker accused Jackley and Secretary of State Jason Gant of using “the media as pawns against Annette Bosworth and myself to help candidates win the primary election and for their own political gain.”

    The problem with elections isn’t corrupt voters, it’s corrupt candidates.

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    bk says:

    @burnspbesq: Do you have to be an insufferable prig about everything? Christ – I can’t get through a soccer thread (I was a coach and a ref) or a Supreme Court decision thread (I’m an attorney, JUST LIKE YOU) or anything without seeing your “I went to Duke and I know more than you do” crap. You know what? A person who believes that he is the smartest person in the room usually isn’t. And you aren’t.

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    Woodrowfan says:

    how the f* did she make it through her BA. let alone a medical degree?!?!?!?!?!!

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    LT says:

    Now that’s a woman who never heard the term “the rough and tumble of politics”. Or maybe she just never gave its meaning a second’s thought. “Politics ain’t beanbag”– she must have heard that one, too.

    Hysteria and pity pots– that’s all the GOP has left to offer the people whose votes it needs to survive.

    On the flip side of that coin, it’s reported that David Brooks habitually ignores criticism of his “work”. So just imagine if he were to read the Moral Hazard chronicles (Charles Pierce esq.). Odds are good that even those vast spaces for entertaining he calls home wouldn’t be large enough to contain the anguish which would fill his mighty heart.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Ruckus:

    I would expect that after 4 yrs college, 4 yrs med school, internship, residency, state license, that the really crazy, incompetent had been weeded out.

    In every med school class, like any other kind, someone graduates at the very bottom.

  83. 83
    Morzer says:

    @bk:

    Well, to be fair, if Burnsie did go to Duke, you can certainly see where he gets his delusions of grandeur from.

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    Citizen_X says:

    @Betsy: I refer you to our esteemed colleague Higgs Boson’s Mate.

  85. 85
    Morzer says:

    @Woodrowfan:

    Maybe she went to five different schools for the BA and then self-certified using RANDPAULMEDCORP licensing?

    There are precedents.

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    efgoldman says:

    @burnspbesq:

    I assume that you also saw that it was libelous

    Really? Opinion and satire are libel in your world? And as a candidate for office, she’s a public figure.
    You’d put every editorial cartoonist in the world out of business.
    see also http://articles.latimes.com/19.....ston-globe

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    M. Bouffant says:

    Physicians are the absolute worst.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @bk: So good. Nominated for comment of the year.

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    efgoldman says:

    It’s clear she’s patently unqualified for public office, but this is not that big a deal.
    The primary was a month ago. She got 6%. She’s not being elected to anything.
    Why 1,984 people would vote for her is a separate question. Maybe her name is similar to someone better known in SD politics. You know, like anyone named Kennedy can always pull a few votes in MA.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Woodrowfan:
    It is entirely possible this is not a lifelong condition. Nor is it impossible that with proper help she won’t recover.
    If the report is true it’s a mental illness not necessarily a permanent disability. People do recover from illness, it’s not like loosing a limb, and even that can usually be replaced with a reasonable working substitute. The idea that once diagnosed people are forever damaged has to go.

    @efgoldman:
    Hence my next line.

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    grrljock says:

    That’s an insult to Crazy Eyes.

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    D58826 says:

    This would be funny if it were an Onion headline. Unfortunately real people are involved but I doubt the Congressman will change his mind on abstinence

    GOP “Abstinence Only” Rep Cassidy’s unwed teen daughter is pregnant

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    Betsy says:

    @bk: a DUKIE!??

    Of COURSE!!!

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    LT says:

    @efgoldman: Electorally speaking she doesn’t rank as even small potatoes, that much is true. But Bosworth nonetheless personifies your average, coast-to-coast, republican office seeker for local, state, and federal positions. The party of rule, ruin, hysteria, and pity pots fields remarkably similar candidates across the national board.

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    Betsy says:

    @bk: a DUKIE!??

    Of COURSE!!!

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @bk: In all honesty (for the reasons you note), I suspect you are an attorney NOT LIKE Burnsie AT ALL (like many of us). Pedantry is an occupational hazard, but insufferable priggishness needn’t be. Full disclosure: I did not coach or referee soccer, and I am not admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court; 6th Cir. is as high as I’ve appeared.

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    Betsy says:

    @Citizen_X: it won’t let me edit …

    Yes, it’s a blog. Thoughtless misogynistic comments? on a blog? Whocouldathunkit!! — so yes, you’ve got a great point there.

    The question still remains for you to consider: do you want your contributions to be at that level?

    It’s up to liberals to preserve civilization, since teabillies and corporate stooges refuse. Please, consider being part of that project.

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    Betsy says:

    @Citizen_X: it won’t let me edit …

    Yes, it’s a blog. Thoughtless misogynistic comments? on a blog? Whocouldathunkit!! — so yes, you’ve got a great point there.

    The question still remains for you to consider: do you want your contributions to be at that level?

    It’s up to liberals to preserve civilization, since teabillies and corporate stooges refuse. Please, consider being part of that project.

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    Ruckus says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q):
    Had a corp lawyer once who was admitted to practice before the USSC and had done so. He didn’t suffer from insufferable priggishness either. So it is not a given for all lawyers or even all those who practice before the USSC, and so although it may also be an occupational hazard I’d say it certainly is avoidable if one desires. Obviously some do not have that desire.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @Betsy:

    If you Google “Kitten skull fucking” you’ll find this blog is the first return. We aren’t going to save the world, there have been times when any number of us haven’t been able to save ourselves. This place helped us then. That’s about as good as it gets.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Ruckus: I have friends/colleagues who are admitted to USSC, and they’re regular folks. And I know insufferable prigs (and pricks) who aren’t admitted in any US District Court and indeed have never appeared beyond the county trial level court. It’s unrelated to scope of practice, but it’s sadly too widespread. Hence the knowingly head nods at “attorneys are asshole jokes.”

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    Citizen_X says:

    @Betsy: Lighten up, Francis. There is nothing misogynistic or “threatening” (dafuq?) about “I’d hit that;” i.e. joking about being attracted to crazy people.

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    LT says:

    @Citizen_X: Right. However, it is creepy when politicians begin flirting(*) back. Like Palin, winking back at the audience. Once I realized her bangs weren’t irritating her eye.. well, it was weird, in a cold shudder-type way.

    *(I’m certain there’s a better word than that, but none occur to me at the moment).

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    LT says:

    @gocart mozart: That statement would definitely get my full attention if uttered for my benefit.

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    Citizen_X says:

    @LT:

    I’m certain there’s a better word than that

    Blatantly manipulating?

    I thought it was pretty creepy when Palin did that, too.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:

    @Ruckus:

    I would expect that after 4 yrs college, 4 yrs med school, internship, residency, state license, that the really crazy, incompetent had been weeded out.

    You’d think that.

    But you would be wrong.

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    LT says:

    @Citizen_X: More in the context of… politically sexual foreplay. Think how successfuly JFK parlayed his very natural charming fucking self into votes; consider what his natural and adroit sexuality accomplished with female voters. And, for the record, my grandmother was admittedly and proudly one of them, her conversion occurring after presidential candidate Kennedy spoke in Salem, Oregon one night prior to the state’s 1960 primary.

    Palin is Milton Berle in drag in drag; Kennedy was Cary Grant.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:

    @gocart mozart:

    Usually, when a judge does that at first appearance, he or she is setting out the worst possible scenario: maximum prior record points, top of the aggravated sentencing range. The Defendant may not be eligible for anything near that, but yeah, it damn sure gets their attention.

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    J R in WV says:

    Are we sure that this person actually passed those test you need to take to actually practice medicine?

    Really sure?!

    I guess I’ve talked to Drs who seemed less than bright. Others are multi-talented geniuses in whatever attracts their attention. My family Dr also plays keyboards in a jazz combo, the organ at the cathedral where he is also the cantor, does cabinet work, and makes rounds at the hospital at 3 or 4 am.

    I’m guessing this child doesn’t do much of that.

    Seems totally disconnected from reality. I guess I should start asking my doctors some questions early on to attempt to determine if they’re connected to reality tightly enough for me to trust them…

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    LT says:

    @J.D. Rhoades: Obviously the name Dr. Frank Burns doesn’t ring a bell with Rukus.

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    Ruckus says:

    @J.D. Rhoades:
    Did everyone stop reading at that line?

    The very next sentence:
    I’d be wrong of course but that is why state boards exist as well to continue the process of eliminating those not capable of actually doing the job.

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    Ruckus says:

    @LT:
    Frank Burns was an all around nice guy and a wonderful surgeon.

    Oh you meant the Frank Burns on Mash.

    Once again, I don’t mind being the butt of the party but at least I read the comments.

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    LT says:

    @Ruckus: Acceptance of once again being “the butt of the party” is a healthy reaction. Good for you.

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    Nutella says:

    This law ‘n’ order types always have such contempt for actual laws, don’t they?

    It would be great if she was prosecuted to the full extent of the law but since she’s a ‘nice’ middle-class white person she’ll probably get a derisory fine and a week of community service that she can do by hanging out at her local pregnancy center.

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    PhoningItIn says:

    @elm: Annette Bosworth is a psychiatrist? I’m…nearly speechless.

    She looked like a trapped animal when fielding questions, eyes darting right and left, pacing in place, answering questions that weren’t asked, talking around questions that were, and apparently astounded that not even South Dakota, let alone the U.S., looks like “Our Town.”

    I can’t see this woman holding a conversation, let alone a debate. The whole Q&A about transparent election processes just hurt– she can’t answer a question about whether she was in the Philippines or in South Dakota on a specific day, but she rails about not getting debate time with her rival.

    I hope she gets both justice and help.

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    johnny aquitard says:

    @Kay:

    That’s the really cynical and despicable part of the Tea Party. They are telling these people these laws are invalid with this national anti-regulatory message and THEY won’t suffer for this. SHE will.

    Totally reminds me of this. It’s a nice synopsis of the sovereign citizen movement and its legal strategies, written by a judge who has had to deal this bullshit too often.

    In it he notes how the ‘gurus’ of the sovereign citizen movement make the money while the suckers who follow their advice go to jail.

    I see this sovereign citizen strategy is no different from what the Green family did with their corporate entity and the ACA. They decided it was a law they didn’t want to follow, and so used their legal corporate entity to shirk their responsibilities.

    Cynical and despicable is what these people are, indeed.

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