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Cathy McMorris Rodgers will be giving the State of the Union Republican response and the word is she will be mentioning her fictitious childhood growing up on an orchard in Kettle Falls, Washington.  The record needs to be set straight.  

Cathy McMorris Rodgers has run her campaigns on her background as an all-American girl, growing up on an eastern Washington orchard and making her way through college on the proceeds of her 4H projects.  She states this every campaign cycle in the Washington State voter’s pamphlet, which is a candidate’s job application to the voters of Washington State.  The facts are she did not grow up on an orchard in Washington State.  In fact, she really did not grow up in America at all.  

What follows is the strange story of Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ rise to power.  

When Cathy was a toddler, her parents left Oregon with Cathy and her brother and settled in Hazelton in Northern British Columbia, Canada.  There they lived in a cabin without indoor plumbing or electricity.  After a while, the family drifted around Northern BC, home schooling Cathy and her brother, until Cathy was the age of a junior in high School student and it was then her family finally returned to the United States.  Her father found a small orchard to rent in Kettle Falls and Cathy stayed for a year and then chose to attend the fundamentalist Pensacola Christian College, in Florida.  While Cathy attended, it was unaccredited and only became accredited in 2013.  The student handbook reads like something you would almost expect from the Taliban.  

Some of the strict rules are as follows: No dancing.  Only approved music.  Sexes should never study or be alone together and will be chaperoned between classes.  Separate parking areas, entrances, stairs, and elevators for the sexes.  Strict dress code, including no facial hair for men and women are not permitted to wear pants.  Students will be in their rooms at 11pm and lights off at 11:15pm.  Separate beaches for the sexes.  Even students over 23, are not permitted to be in mixed groups after dark.  No internet/ email access allowed.  Cell phones cannot have internet access, and must be kept in vehicles.  With the demerit system, the students are faced with threats, manipulation, and punishment.  

Here are links to the student handbook that contains many more stifling rules that take away the ability to think for one’s self.  

http://www.pcci.edu/...

http://web.archive.org/...

At PCC Cathy willingly gave up everything that American’s are guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, including, the freedom of Religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and free assembly.  I believe this education at this extreme fundamentalist school was her first test as an obedient foot soldier for the far right wing of the GOP.  

Cathy claims to have ‘graduated’ from PCC debt free, having paid her way with 4H projects.  However, in reality her 4H projects would not even cover the airfare to Florida.  Meanwhile back in Kettle Falls, her dad, whose local nickname was ‘Boss Hog’, became the county chair of the Republican Party.  By Cathy’s senior year, her dad got her a position of running legislature candidate Bob Morton’s campaign.  After Morton was elected, he gave Cathy a job as his legislative aide.  A few years later, Morton was appointed into retiring Senator Scott Barr’s seat.  At the tender age of 24, Cathy was appointed to the seat Mr. Morton was vacating. Once in the Washington state legislator she was given, despite strong objections, the position of chair of the powerful Labor and Commerce committee.  Legislators were informed that Cathy had been chosen as a rising star in the Republican Party.  Cathy McMorris had never owned property, ran a business, and in fact, when she was not sharing an apartment in Olympia; she lived at home with her parents.  The only jobs she had before her stunning rise to power had been a hotel house cleaner, McDonalds, and playing piano in a college quartet.  Yet in Olympia, the State Capitol, Cathy referred to herself as an ‘Orchardist’.  

As I did at one time, you must be thinking that Cathy surely must have a brilliant mind and be a dynamic speaker.  Well, Cathy has neither attributes.  During her forced town hall forums around the district, she was like a quivering mound of jelly who could utter only short well-rehearsed party lines.  At these meetings, one could always find her father sitting in the front row, glaring at her, while she looked like she wanted to bolt for the door.  She could not answer simple questions, but loved to talk about what she knew best, Democrats taking ‘our’ guns, hunting mountain lions with dogs, and plenty of anti-environment rhetoric.  The consensus among those who met her was Cathy that was as ‘dumb as a bag of rocks’.  

The mystery remains, who paid for her fundamentalist education?  She has readily admitted her parents did not because they could not afford it.  Why was she catapulted into power?  One thing is for sure, while in the Washington State legislator, representing the most conservative district in the state, she voted with an extreme block of fellow conservatives.  She was also the most dishonest representative in living memory.  She could get away with her extreme votes, bills she sponsored and co-sponsored bills, because the small (conservative) town newspapers would not dare to mention them.  When a member of the public or challenging candidate would question her voting record, she would call the person a liar and/or say they were running a negative campaign.  In other words, she considers her own voting record to be negative and not in the best interested of her district!  

In 2004, her handlers decided it was time to get their ‘well-groomed’ candidate into the national arena.  Even though the city of Spokane had a couple of well-qualified Republicans running in the primary, Cathy had the power of Senator Slade Gorton and the GOP behind her.  Nobody else stood a chance.  Cathy was chosen by the GOP to go right to the top.  For some unknown reason, early in her congressional career, a poll was taken and Cathy was picked as the 8th person the Republican’s wanted in the White House!  WHY?!!  

A TV/newspaper reporter/commentator on the Hill interviewed her when she arrived in DC and afterwards, while still flabbergasted, he asked me what the story was behind her.  Why was someone with her lack of intelligence and real life experience, get to be picked as the Republican’s rising star in the GOP?  It seems the attraction the GOP had with Cathy was she was obedient; she always did what she was told and could not think for herself and never strayed from party talking points.  She also was a remarkable liar and a good “Christian”.  

During the fundamentalist education and grooming of Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Republicans never noticed or did not care that Cathy was ‘dumb as a bag of rocks’, because their ideal woman is obedient and cannot think for herself.  

The McMorris family was forced into admitting their flight into Canada and staying until Cathy was a junior in high school, in the October 17th 2004 edition of the Spokesman Review.  However, Cathy preferred the fiction of growing up on an America orchard and decided to stick with it.  During her congressional campaign, her brother and she decided to add something else to the family history and decided they were descended from Oregon Trail pioneers.  

Her voting record is disgusting enough, but look closely at her face because you will be looking into the vacant eyes of an accomplished liar.

Edited to add the following.

Link to the Spokesman-Review, October 17, 2004.

http://m.spokesman.com/...

From Cathy's own web page;

Early Life

Cathy is the descendant of pioneers who settled in Walla Walla in 1853. Growing up, Cathy worked on the family orchard side-by-side with her parents and younger brother. She worked in the family owned and operated business, the Peachcrest Fruit Basket Orchard and Fruit Stand, in Kettle Falls, Washington for 13 years.

Cathy was the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college. She worked her way through Pensacola Christian College in Florida (Class of 1990) and later earned her Executive MBA from the University of Washington (Class of 2002).

Here's the link to the above;

http://mcmorris.house.gov/...

Originally posted to Boudica the Lyoness on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 12:34 PM PST.

Also republished by Koscadia.

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  •  This is snark right? (0+ / 0-)

    We're riffing on the Wendy Davis situation? Badly?

    Look, I tried to be reasonable...

    by campionrules on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 12:40:37 PM PST

  •  A "Manchurian Candidate" from the right, so to (3+ / 0-)

    speak?

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 12:48:17 PM PST

  •  Well, (2+ / 0-)
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    I thought it might be an attempt(though not a particularly good one)at making a comparison between the inconsistencies in how Wendy Davis presented her story and how Cathy McMorris Rodgers(Who is the official Republican response to the SOTU) has portrayed herself.

    If it's not, then it's just a trashy screed full of un-sourced claims culminating in name calling. 'Dumb as a bag of rocks?" Classy.

    Look, I tried to be reasonable...

    by campionrules on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 12:49:26 PM PST

    •  Unsourced is indeed the problem. But not coming (7+ / 0-)

      at McMorris Rodgers from an anti-woman perspective.  And in point of fact, if it is indeed true that McMorris Rodgers grew up in Canada and not Washington state, and that she only lived a couple of years in Washington state before going to college, then that's kind of important to know about, especially for voters in her state.  I'm sure most of them have no idea about how she did not grow up in the USA.

      That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

      by concernedamerican on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 12:59:22 PM PST

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      •  Why? (1+ / 0-)
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        grover

        Because she's some sort of Canadian spy? Or not American enough? What?

        Look, I tried to be reasonable...

        by campionrules on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 01:04:35 PM PST

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        •  Because kids choose where their parents raise them (2+ / 0-)
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          I certainly did.

          My parents wanted to raise me in Atlanta, GA, or maybe it was Georgia, the country. I don't remember exactly. I was really pretty little. But I insisted that we move to the West Coast because I like the beach and wanted to be able to visit Mickey Mouse. Or I was going alone, darn it!

          I wasn't even tall enough to ride Disneyland rides at the time. But I was brave, stubborn, and adamant.

          And obviously, I was persuasive....  

          Sigh....

          © grover


          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

          by grover on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 02:13:53 PM PST

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        •  Dishonesty? (0+ / 0-)

          She has been lying for 20 years about her background.  She has told the world she was raised on an Orchard in Eastern Washington.

          In 2004, the Spokesman-Review Newspaper was informed of the truth and were subsequently forced into asking Cathy about it.  The S-R then wrote an article about the 12 years she spent growing up in Canada.  The problem is, Cathy continued to say she spent her entire life in the U.S.

          It appears the truth means nothing to this woman.

    •  I have added more links (0+ / 0-)

      The comments "dumb as a bag of rocks", or "dumb as a rock" was actually uttered by people after one of her town-hall meetings.  The general feeling all over the 7th legislative district was, 'how could someone like her get appointed to the legislator'?    

      BTW,  I have not kept up on the Wendy Davis situation.  So I am not making comparisons.  

      I did watch Wendy Davis on the floor of the TX house and found her to be incredibly bright.  She is nothing like McMorris Rodgers.

  •  diarist joined today (6+ / 0-)

    call me skeptical but unless I see some citations for your charges, I am hard pressed to believe this.

    I can't force you to do anything, I can just make you regret it!

    by restondem on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 12:53:40 PM PST

    •  This article says that she was born in the USA but (2+ / 0-)
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      lived in Canada as a child growing up.

      http://www.bloomberg.com/...

      That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

      by concernedamerican on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 01:01:40 PM PST

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    •  Links would be very nice (3+ / 0-)
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      Although other commenters have managed to provide some, quite a few additional assertions would benefit from some back up.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 02:19:01 PM PST

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    •  Please tell me what you don't understand. (0+ / 0-)

      Is it the fact she has lied about her childhood?  

      Her 'all-American girl growing up on an Eastern Washington orchard' bio, has appeared in every Washington State voter's pamphlet for 20 years. Never a mention of her growing up in Canada.

      Every stump speech she gives she has been dishonest about her background.  Never has she mentioned Canada.  In fact it was her younger brother who told the Spokesman-Review in October 2004, about their childhood.  Cathy chose to ignore the article and continues with the fiction of the all-American girl, selling her fruity wares on the side of the road.  

      What about the student rules at Pensacola Christian College?  I provided links to their student rules.

      The way she was appointed to her bosses chair should be easy for you to look up.  And so should be her age when she become a legislator.

  •  Her rebuttal speech (3+ / 0-)
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    has already been written and I dare say not by her.  She is a Republican shill that they are parading.  They think using a woman for the rebuttal will give them street cred, when in fact, we may just see someone stupider than Jindal.  By the way she is one of three Republican's giving rebuttals.  The Tea Party has Mike Lee giving the tea party version, and of course Rand Paul just can't keep his trap shut.  What a freaking circus.

    My Brothers Keeper

    by Reetz on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 12:58:09 PM PST

  •  Don't be so quick to dismiss this... (9+ / 0-)

    Here is a link in the WaPo that seems to back up the "raised in BC" part.

    It is also true that PCC was not accredited until 2013.

    The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy. -Charles de Montesquieu

    by dawgflyer13 on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 01:10:52 PM PST

    •  Sorry (5+ / 0-)
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      Need to click on background after you go to the page to see :

      Born in Salem, Ore., in 1969, McMorris was raised in northern British Columbia where her family owned one of two stores in a small town.

      Her family moved to Kettle Falls, Wash., when McMorris was a high-school junior and ran an orchard from which she picked fruit that she sold from her family's truck.

      The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy. -Charles de Montesquieu

      by dawgflyer13 on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 01:13:27 PM PST

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      •  And? (2+ / 0-)
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        I know this guy who lived in Indonesia as a child.

        And Democrats didn't seem to think it was a big thing when he ran for senate.

        Actually, I understand that he actually wanted to run for president.

        For people who live in the PNW, there is a lot of travel and movement between OR, WA, BC, AK, and ID.   People outside the region or who have never traveled outside the USA might find this scandalous.

        But I'm just not finding this worth the bytes that it's written on. Cathy was a kid. She went with her family. It sounds like her parents may have picked her college.

        There is PLENTY to criticize McMorris-Rodgers about. Tons and Tons.  We don't really need to criticize her if her childhood was unusual, if her parents are/were strange, if she went to an uncredited and/or wackadoodle college.  

        Let's go after her professional record.

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 02:23:21 PM PST

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        •  On the whole, I think it's a big meh (9+ / 0-)

          But the guy in Indonesia didn't exclude it from his background. He included it as part of what formed him. Since it's not a big deal, why not include it in her bio? Why make it sound like she's got unbroken Eastern WA roots?

          I agree there's tons to dislike about McMorris and her record. I guess I just find it amusing that here's yet another "America is the bestest" from a conservative family that ran away to Canada (something over which I realize she had no control as a kid).

          I just find it funny (ha ha funny and weird funny) ...Romney's grandpa (Mexico), Palins family, this one, all these "American exceptionalism" conservatives with  "can't leave America soon enough" relatives.

          We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

          by Vita Brevis on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 02:37:41 PM PST

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          •  Why? (0+ / 0-)

            Because she knows that she has to appeal to all Republicans in her district including a bunch of wrap-themselves-in-flags jingoists. Her primary opponent would use it to paint her as not a Real Murcan

            It's a smart political strategy, this sin of omission, just like Davis' was.   I don't think McMorris-Rodgers is as dumb as a bag of rocks, box of hammers, or whatever the analogy that the diaries used was.

            © grover


            So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

            by grover on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 02:55:11 PM PST

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        •  I think the point is (1+ / 0-)
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          That she's dishonest about her upbringing. Obama never pretends he didn't live in Indonesia.

        •  Dishonesty! (0+ / 0-)

          She has lied about her background and her childhood.  She has lied in 20 years of publicly paid for Washington State voter's pamphlets.  She has been dishonest in every interview and every stump speech.  NEVER has she mentioned Canada.  It was her brother, who cheerfully told the Spokesman-Review about their childhood.

          She has lied because that's what she does.  Many times I have seen her march down the street in a small town parade, with the American flag wrapped around her.  Maybe that is why she can never admit she grew up in another country.  

          It has nothing to do with where her parents chose to live.  Nothing.  It is about dishonesty.

          It is also about why she went along with the rules of a college that was not far removed from something the Taliban would do.  Is this the kind of person you would like to represent you?  

          She has also lied about where she got the money to pay for college.  She says it was from her 4-H projects.  It takes more than a few hundred dollars in airfare alone to get to Florida.

          There are a lot of questions about Cathy McMorris Rodgers, that need to be answered.  

    •  I don't dismiss this at (1+ / 0-)
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      all. It is obvious she is the token women put up there by the GOP. A link would be nice, but I believe all of it. I have seen her talk, she is an idiot and a liar.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

      by GustavMahler on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 07:48:03 PM PST

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  •  It will be interesting to see how she does (5+ / 0-)

    In the speech tonight, to see if she comes across as competent or not. You can give speeches even if you aren't too bright (see Bush, G.W.), but it often comes through.

    Links would be helpful to establish your bonafides. Comments above seem to indicate the basic facts are accurate, but links are important.

    Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Gabby Giffords.

    by Leftleaner on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 01:20:26 PM PST

  •  I think the diarist would have been (12+ / 0-)

    better served to link to the article mentioned at the last:

    Spokesman Review October 17. 2004

    I think this is quite different from the Wendy Davis non-issue in that McMorris doesn't even acknowledge the significant time spent in Canada and her bio is misleading.

    By the way, I have to wonder if her family ever got sick and used the Canadian "socialized" healthcare in the 10 years living there and if she thought back on that while vocally opposing Obamacare?

    E'au d'Palin.

    ‘Great way to grow up’
    McMorris was born in Salem, Ore., on May 22, 1969, to Wayne and Corene McMorris, who at that time leased a fruit orchard in the Willamette Valley. In 1974, when McMorris was in kindergarten, the family moved to New Hazelton in northern British Columbia, where the country is beautiful and the land affordable.

    The McMorrises and their two children had moved off the grid, living in a cabin with no power or indoor plumbing while they built a log home. McMorris attended school in a two-room schoolhouse while her parents farmed their 320 acres. The nearest city was Ketchikan, Alaska.

    ...

    In 1981, Wayne McMorris moved his family to Quesnel, B.C., where he took a job as principal of a private Christian school. The McMorrises moved again in 1984, when Cathy was a junior in high school, to an orchard near Kettle Falls where she worked at their family’s fruit stand.

    Her official bio from her own page:
    Early Life

    Cathy is the descendant of pioneers who settled in Walla Walla in 1853. Growing up, Cathy worked on the family orchard side-by-side with her parents and younger brother. She worked in the family owned and operated business, the Peachcrest Fruit Basket Orchard and Fruit Stand, in Kettle Falls, Washington for 13 years.

    Cathy was the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college. She worked her way through Pensacola Christian College in Florida (Class of 1990) and later earned her Executive MBA from the University of Washington (Class of 2002).

    So the implication here is that she's a long standing resident of Eastern WA ...an unbroken lineage since 1853 although she was born in Oregon. Meh.

    The fruit stand where she presumably worked was only acquired after their return to the US in 1984 which means if she worked there for 13 years she would have been there through 1997 while simultaneously attending college in Florida? Commuting to the UW for her MBA would have been quite the trip, far less Florida.

    Just more GOP crap that's easy enough to refute. In the end does any of this matter? Probably not. She's an extremist big fish in her little pond that she and the GOP think is ready for the bigs but will get eaten by sharks if she tries to swim in the great big ocean.

    Same thing they thought about Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal and the list goes on.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 01:43:55 PM PST

  •  So, we'll get a bunch of stale gop hogwash (5+ / 0-)

    from a  reasonably attractive woman (fundamentalist fanatic) to prove the gop isn't waging a war against women.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 02:02:09 PM PST

  •  Another GOP empty vessel. (3+ / 0-)
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    Palin, Bachmann, Blackburn, etc...

    "Jesus is the key to their popularity. Three thousand year old myths are destroying our society.

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 03:17:40 PM PST

  •  She is not a threat. (0+ / 0-)

    As I was listening to her stilted, platitude-filled response to the SOTU, I wondered briefly why she was chosen to rise to such a high level in the Republican party (aside from the fact that she has a vagina and can therefore act as the token 'female leader' in a mysogyny filled party).

    I say I 'briefly' wondered this.  Pretty quickly, I realized that Cathy is where she is because she is completely unthreatening.  She's not a scary feminist, she speaks softly, and she doesn't say anything particularly shocking or revolutionary, even from a conservative standpoint.  

    They're not afraid of her.  That's why they've allowed her to rise to become the fourth most important Republican in Congress.  

    Your diary just confirmed this for me.  Thanks for the background!

    “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” ― Winston Churchill

    by emsquared on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 02:24:58 PM PST

  •  Here Come The Grammar Police (0+ / 0-)

    It's an interesting story, but it seems to be missing something I can't put my finger on. Let me skim the article again.

    I know what's missing now: proofreading!

    Every time you spell a plural with an apostrophe, a kitten drowns. I seriously would have been embarrassed to submit this to even a high school English teacher. Out of respect for your readers, Google "the importance of revising" and read a few of the articles.

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