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San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – It happened yet again, before tens of thousands of spectators and millions of television viewers.

Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Aaron Lewis came out to sing the Star-spangled banner at AT&T Park before Game 5 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. He botched the lyrics and had one “gallantly streaming” too many.

The U.S. National Anthem is now officially the “most murdered song lyrics” of all time.  Thanks to Lewis and the likes of Roseanne Barr, Christina Aguilera, Carl Lewis, Michael Bolton and many other celebrities. A quick Google search will show you all the embarrassing moments of our flag.

Republican Senator Michele Bachmann of Minessota wants to put a stop to this madness. Today, she filed a bill in Congress seeking  to scrap the singing of the national anthem at baseball, football and other ball games, especially during the World Series or the Super Bowl.

“We need to respect the one song that binds us all together — Republicans, Democrats and Independents. If we can’t sing it right, let’s not sing it at all, ” Bachmann said.

In her bill , Bachmann proposed that the singing of the national anthem during ball games be replaced instead with a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. But to make sure that no one messes up the pledge, she also proposed that cheat sheets bearing the correct verses of the pledge be distributed to all those in attendance at the ball games.

“We can still make a spectacle out of it, ” she said, suggesting, for example, that the pledge be followed by the firing of handguns and AK-47s into the air. The National Rifle Association (NRA) said it would support Bachmann’s bill, promising to be a major sponsor of ball games nationwide.

Bachmann hopes to gather bi-partisan support for her bill. “This will be my legacy in Congress,” she said.


germany-usWashington, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – There are approximately 7.6 Million Americans living overseas, and if they were to become a separate state of the U.S., they would constitute the 13th largest population, next only to the state of Virginia.

That is exactly what Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) is proposing in a new bill she filed today in the House of Representatives.

Bachmann filed H.R. 707 creating the 51st state of the U.S. and is calling it the “At-Large State.”  All Americans living abroad would automatically become voting citizens of the new state and they will be able to vote by absentee ballot for their representatives to Washington, D.C.  Currently, expatriates don’t have a voice in Congress, especially when it comes to taxation.

Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann

High taxes have become a hot button issue among American expatriates. The number of Americans giving up their citizenship mainly because of tax issues surged to 3,000 in 2013 – three times more than the previous year.(This is not to mention U.S.-based corporations moving their headquarters abroad to significantly reduce their tax liability).

Another point of contention among expatriates is a federal law called the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act or FATCO which compels foreign banks and other financial institutions to provide information to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service about Americans holding accounts. It is meant to catch American expatriates who don’t pay enough taxes, or not pay at all.

Bachmann’s bill is brilliantly crafted.  The senator had previously announced that she would not be seeking reelection to her Congressional seat in 2014.  Sources say she plans to move to Istanbul after her current term expires.  If her bill becomes law, she would automatically become a citizen of the 51st At-Large State and would be eligible to run for a seat in the House of Representatives or the Senate.

It would be the best of two worlds for Bachmann.


800px-NaderspeakWinsted, Connecticut (The Adobo Chronicles) – Ralph Nader is a five-time candidate for president of the United States.  In 1992, he was a write-in candidate in the New Hampshire Democratic primary.  In 1996 and 2000, he was the nominee for the Green Party.  In 2004 and 2008, he ran as an independent candidate.

Now, Nader, 80, is ready to be the standard bearer for the Tea Party and this is making the Republican Party stalwarts nervous about their chances of securing the presidency in 2016.

That Nader is running again, or that he has embraced the Tea Party, is not the big news.  Rather, it is the fact that the political activist, author, lecturer and attorney is very conflicted about whom he will choose as his vice presidential running mate. He has narrowed down his choices to three — all women: former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Nader said that having a woman as his running mate is crucial, given that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is Hillary Clinton. “We need to ensure that we have the support of women voters,” he said.

Palin, Brewer, Bachmann
Palin, Brewer, Bachmann

Explaining his conflicted mind, Nader added that “all three women are recognized leaders and have the political experience on both the state and national levels. I am very impressed with their bold and intelligent stance on issues important to the voters — from immigration, to health care, to gay rights. They are all model soccer moms. Any of the three would be a darling of the religious and conservative right as well as the sparsely-populated states in the south and midwest.”

“In terms of media appeal, they represent the spectrum of endearing personae.  They are all great public speakers and it’s hard to choose among Palin’s high-pitch tone to Brewer’s baritone voice to Bachmann’s nasal sound.  It all boils down to who is the most telegenic of the three,” Nadal said with a wink in his eye.

Nader is expected to announce his decision by the fall this year. “The early bird catches the worm,” he joked.  It was not clear which of the three women he was referring to when he made the joke.