As U.S. Government Reopens, House Of Representatives Stenographer Restrained Yelling About Freemasons And Jesus

houseVia Gawker, in case you were wondering whether the people working in Congress are insane:

As the House finished their vote to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling, a House stenographer decided it was a good time to let everyone know her feelings about God, Congress, and the Freemasons.

“The greatest deception here is that this is not one nation under God. The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God. You cannot serve two masters,” the stenographer yelled into the microphone as she was dragged off by security.

The stenographer, identified as Dianne Reidy, was interviewed by Capitol police after the incident, according to Fox News.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    She has a point about the freemasons. Those *#@!s should be burned alive.

    • DeepCough

      Three Freemasons disliked your post.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        That’s how you smoke ’em out.
        Now that they’ve revealed their membership, I suppose the lodge’s Grandmaster will have to off ’em. Saves us the bother.

        • DeepCough

          I just noticed that the three likes and three dislikes makes 33.

          • Liam_McGonagle

            That does strike me as a pleasing symmetry.

          • DeepCough

            It’s okay, you’ll accept the reprogramming eventually.

  • Mike Lewinski

    Well, we weren’t one nation “under God” until 1954.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Deists, how the fuck did they work?

  • echar

    Dominionism, making christians look extra crazy since the late 80’s. Dominionionism, we’re not crazy, you’re the ones that are crazy.

    • InfvoCuernos


      • Juan

        All they wanted was a Pepsi, just one Pepsi . . .

  • BuzzCoastin

    that’s what 16 days without a paycheck can do to an employee

  • bobbiethejean

    On one hand, I am compelled to make fun because, ya know, magical man in the sky, conspiracist nuttery, and all. But on the other hand, she might actually be mentally disturbed and I don’t find that funny. I find that sad and a little scary that disturbed people are working happily within the walls of our government.

    • Matt Staggs

      Stress can sometimes exacerbate existing psychiatric conditions. Poor lady.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Fair play. But life is a brutal and unforgiving undertaking. If we can’t laugh at tragedy then there’s no such thing as laughter.

    • Ted Heistman

      …as stenographers? what’s the scariest stenographer you can imagine?

      • bobbiethejean

        For some reason my mind just came up with Cruella De Vil. 😛

        • Ted Heistman


    • PrimateZero

      Despite her claims about the sky daddy, I’m convinced that she isn’t the craziest person working in the House of Representatives. Have you seen the assholes the voters put there?

      • bobbiethejean

        Our whole congress is just full of them. My personal favorite is Michelle Bachmann. That lady is ten different kinds of crazy! Christine O’donnell was pretty nuts too and who doesn’t love the “legitimate rape” guy? MURICA!

      • Liam_McGonagle

        >doffs chapeau<

    • sveltesvengali

      Be aware that “disturbed” or “mentally ill” are just synonyms for socially inconvenient, even (and actually especially) in those instances where people really do pose a danger of harming others and/or themselves. In this case, it simply appears an upset woman took the podium to express her frustrations, even if her frustrations make her sound like a kook to a good deal of people.

      No matter how silly or inane her comments may be, or whether you agree with them or not, she should nevertheless have every right to not only be in the House of Representatives, but also to blurt out whatsoever she chooses to in an institution ostensibly dedicated to serving the will of its constituents.

      Now, if we had some proper American equivalent of the Prime Minister’s Questions hosted by the likes of C-SPAN, then she might have a better forum to express whatever opinions or grievances she may have directly to her representatives, rather than be stifled and expected to sit doing her mundane government job day after day while our elected representatives won’t shut their cakeholes even if they were paid to, not least because someone else will pay them more to blurt assorted bits of idiocy out even louder than they had before.

      • bobbiethejean

        Honestly, I have more a problem with disturbed people like Michelle Bachmann, Palin, Perry, and “Legitimate Rape” guy working in the government than this woman anyway. Nevertheless, I don’t think that forum is supposed to be used for blurting out conspiracy theories. I would not deny her any other appropriate platform but not there and not at that time. Ne?

        • sveltesvengali

          I guess it depends on who’s doing the blurting, since much of what our representatives use as justifications might as well be idle conspiracy theory in the negative sense of the term, not the actual critical thinking with a tad bit of overcontextualizing sense.

          But, then, who am I to judge that they don’t have a right to speak? I just think that any and every question, comment or concern that anyone has should be readily accessible to our government on a daily or at least weekly basis, as circumstances permit. Hence the need for my suggestion, imo. The White House incorporating petitions was a step in the right direction, but there needs to be further advances in that regard.

  • jnana

    I admire her boldness which allowed her to quit pretending, and her refusal to play their game. If only more individuals in government had enough courage to speak their mind and follow their Spirit-given conscience we might have some real change in this land. And I’m not implying that everyone must share the faith of a Christian to do that, but imagine the change that would sweep our earth if professed Christians refused compromise and lived by the Spirit of Love.

  • Andrew

    God will not be mocked? Hell, I mock God all the time. And God mocks me right back. It’s all good. That’s just the kind of relationship we have.

    • Ted Heistman

      that was actually pretty funny!

  • DeepCough

    Well, she’s not completely wrong.


  • InfvoCuernos

    This would be far more interesting if she had been adding all sorts of anti-masonic stuff to the minutes for years and nobody noticed.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    The Tea Party at best makes McCarthyism look like the age of enlightenment.

    You dumb bastards… your revolution is over “the bums lost”. You’ve simply wandered into the theatre in the final act and, like a child you cant figure out what the play is about… so rather than asking you talk through the rest of the play until you’re removed from the theatre.

    You don’t get to assign a deity to the American people!