Pigheaded Bachmann, arrested Idols, and Petters's property

Congresswoman finds it an "interesting coincidence" that Dems are in power during flu outbreak

Last week, we posted a video of Rep. Michele Bachmann on Pajamas TV talking about the outbreak of swine flu. She decided to try to make some slight connection between Democratic presidents and swine flu, but failed miserably because her facts were just plain wrong.

"I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter," Bachmann babbled. "And I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it's an interesting coincidence."

Wrong. The first cases that spurred the swine flu vaccinations actually happened in 1976 under Republican President Gerald Ford when some Fort Dix soldiers became ill. Carter continued the vaccinations when he took office.

Politico noted our fact check, and the story seems to have taken off from there. Pretty soon Wonkette, Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo, and the Associated Press were on it. We're all Bachmann crazy.

Contagious rumors

We're also swine flu crazy. Who has it? Who might have it? Do I have it? Is the world going to end?

As health officials try to keep the details about individuals with the H1N1 virus private, the media and everyone living near the confirmed cases can't seem to stop themselves from becoming personal detectives on a search for the person to blame.

But what happens when they get the wrong person? That person's life becomes a nightmare. When Rocori Middle School student Keisha Baumgarten, 13, was home sick Monday and Tuesday after a family trip to Mexico a couple of weeks ago, the rumor mill started and pretty soon all of Cold Spring was convinced they knew who had Minnesota's first swine flu case.

Unfortunately, they had it all wrong. She visited the doctor twice, but she has tested negative for H1N1 novel influenza virus.

Does anyone else think this is a tad silly?

I Predict a riot

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably heard about the embarrassing and pointless riot near the University of Minnesota campus. The students who hosted the largest party at the site of the riot were told to leave the property after the landlord filed an eviction notice for violating their lease agreement.

Well, the landlord had a change of heart.

Perhaps the Dinkytown Rental owner realized this isn't exactly the best time to be evicting people who are quite happy to pay for overpriced and shitty Dinkytown housing. You have to take what you can get, even if that includes bonfires in the street.

So when's the next kegger? And we can bring our underage siblings and cousins, right?

Idol's hands are the devil's playthings

Former American Idol contestant Jesse Langseth was arrested Friday in south Minneapolis.

Police stopped Jessica Lee Langseth, 27, near East 14th Street and Park Avenue because of a faulty brake light. There was a warrant out for her arrest for driving with a suspended license.

If only she had actually had some success on American Idol. Now she's just an Idol wannabe with too many nights spent in jail. Reality TV celebs sure fall fast when they aren't in the spotlight anymore.

She posted the $300 bail and was released from Hennepin County Jail later Friday morning. She will make a court appearance May 27.

Langseth was on the most recent season of Idol, but failed to make it to the top 12. She is scheduled to headline a May 13 show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis.

This isn't Langseth's first run-in with the law. She was convicted in August 2007 of drunk driving after getting busted with a blood alcohol content of at least 0.2 percent. She served four days in jail.

The house Ponzi built

Is anyone in the market for a $7.8-million home? We didn't think so. But if you are, you can possibly bask in the Ponzi-scheme glory of local businessman Tom Petters.

He's enjoying his luxurious jail cell right now as he awaits trial on charges related to a more than $3 billion Ponzi scheme against investors. He was arrested in October and has a September trial date. And you won't believe the details on the home this man was living in.

The structure sits on 1.2 acres and measures about 9,348 square feet. There are seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, and the property features 250 feet of Lake Minnetonka shoreline. Other amenities include a lakeside pool, a wine room, five fireplaces, and a six-car garage. Oh, and how could we forget the guesthouse, billiard room, screened porch, exercise room, and "media areas"?

Sadly, it is shaped like a regular house, not a pyramid. 

 
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