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A sometimes funny, somtimes angry, but mostly progressive, blog on the politics and issues of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and America.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Admit nothing!

Rick Santorum needs to brush up on his Sergeant Schultz, "I know nuthingg!" He slipped up recently when he admitted that raising the cap on income subject to FICA would allow benefits to continue.  It is back to boot camp for Sergeant Santorum.
Seniors, students make Santorum sweat
People's Weekly World - USA
... Senate, Pennsylvania's Sen. Rick Santorum, took to the stump selling the privatization of Social Security Feb. 21, but he stumbled ...

Wag the Dog

When domestic issues get you down, just wag the dog - deflect attention to some new and graver threat.....
Middle East Newsline - Montreal,Quebec,Canada
... The legislation was introduced by Sen. Rick Santorum, a Pennsylvania Republican and a member of the GOP leadership in the Senate. ...

What a difference a year makes

Last year he led the fight against raising the minimum wage - but that was before his poll numbers started to come in.
Santorum wants to boost minimum wage
Raw Story - Cambridge,MA,USA
A recent poll found that despite Santorum's 52-percent approval rating in Pennsylvania, the senator Santorum would lose 46 percent to 41 percent to ...

Champion of the Rich

He takes from the Poor!

Specter to fight cuts for Amtrak, vets
Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription) - Philadelphia,PA,USA
NJ's senators also decried proposals. Santorum said the budget process was only just starting. ... Rick Santorum (R., Pa.), who is up for reelection next year. ...

To give to the wealthy!

Businesses lobby to restrict class actions
Detroit Free Press - Detroit,MI,USA
... Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., the chamber's third-ranking Republican. ... court. Santorum says both bills would be brought up later this year. ...

From a friend

 1.  OK... maybe we didn't REALLY need all of your sources. But how the Hell ELSE can we scare you into submission?...or "We only protect the sources we love (Novak), the ones we shouldn't protect at all..." (DL, with apologies to Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher)
A Victory for Press Freedom, NY Times Editorial
The reporters facing jail time for protecting their confidential sources have won a just reprieve from a federal judge in New York.

2. But Baby, You said you loved me and that you'd protect me in good times and bad. So why you walking out on me now when I need you most? ..Or how your protectors are best at protecting themselves when they forgot they're supposed to protect YOU. (DL)
Justice Dept. Opposes Bid to Revive Case Against F.B.I.
The government told a federal appeals court that a suit by a former F.B.I. translator against the agency who was fired after accusing the bureau of ineptitude should not be allowed to proceed.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

With conservative jubilation, a bit of concern
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg,FL,USA
... Rick Santorum, a Pennsylvania Republican and national leader on conservative social issues, broached the subject in a speech Thursday, addressing the "economic ...

But Friday, at the beginning of forums on cutting government, Deb McCown said she and her conservative friends were more concerned with tax cuts and Social Security reform than social reform.

"One of the speakers everybody hated yesterday was that senator from Pennsylvania," said McCown, 22, editor of the Carolina Review, a conservative magazine at the University of North Carolina. "He got up there and started talking about marriage, as if it was the biggest issue. But it's not. It's taxing and spending."

see full story at

Man Date

Bill Maher about Jeff Gannon: Now I know what Bush meant when he said he had a "man-date."
But won't Karl Rove be jealous? He is such a Queen.

Saturday, February 19, 2005


I can't buy this - I don't know how it could be except as another instance of public ignorance. There are still many people who approve of the job Santorum is doing and who have a favorable opinion of him.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Are we safer?

This was supplied and excerpted by a friend:

Subject: On the terrorism front, 2 good reads - didn't they say they'd make us safer???

2 articles below worth reading... only excerpts here, link supplied. I thought the whole knock on Kerry and the Democrats was that "the U.S. will be attacked, if Kerry is elected", according to Bush and his crew, and that, further, "the war on terrorism (read as the war in Iraq) will make the U.S. safer.", again according to Bush. In these articles, according to Bush's head people, we are now certain to be attacked, and, further, the Iraq War (now not read as the war on terror by them) has fueled a growing recruiting and training field for Al Qaeda. I raised some fun questions, after you read the headlines with first paragraphs below. One is.. "Why is Social Security the focus of the Bush Administration, given the statements below by Bush's people.

U.S. Aides Cite Worry on Qaeda Infiltration From Mexico

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Published: February 17, 2005 to read full article

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 - New intelligence information strongly suggests that Al Qaeda has considered infiltrating the United States through the Mexican border, top government officials told Congress on Wednesday.

In a wide-ranging assessment of threats to American security, including those posed by Iran and North Korea, the officials also said intelligence indicated that terrorist organizations remained intent on obtaining and using devastating weapons against the United States.

War Helps Recruit Terrorists, Hill Told

Intelligence Officials Talk Of Growing Insurgency

By Dana Priest and Josh White

Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, February 17, 2005; Page A01 for full article

The insurgency in Iraq continues to baffle the U.S. military and intelligence communities, and the U.S. occupation has become a potent recruiting tool for al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, top U.S. national security officials told Congress yesterday.

"Islamic extremists are exploiting the Iraqi conflict to recruit new anti-U.S. jihadists," CIA Director Porter J. Goss told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

My (this e-mailer's) questions, if you choose to read on with both articles...

1 - Where is the certain safety that Bush said he provided the U.S. and its citizens?

2 - Why does he feel the need to tell us we will be attacked by Al Qaeda? It doesn't solve the problem he said didn't exist in the first place, and it only fuels fear. (Oops, I answered my first question.)

3 - Why are we in Iraq again? I forgot.

4. - Why, with all of this threat of terrorism going on again and a union of Syria and Iran against us now, too, is Bush so focused on "fixing" Social Security, which will cost the U.S. Citizens TRILLIONS of dollars? It seems to be his main front while all of this surfaces.

5 - Does this remind anyone of The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland? ("We're painting the roses RED today...")

Remainder of Washington Post article follows here.

"These jihadists who survive will leave Iraq experienced and focused on acts of urban terrorism," he said. "They represent a potential pool of contacts to build transnational terrorist cells, groups and networks in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other countries."

On a day when the top half-dozen U.S. national security and intelligence officials went to Capitol Hill to talk about the continued determination of terrorists to strike the United States, their statements underscored the unintended consequences of the war in Iraq.

"The Iraq conflict, while not a cause of extremism, has become a cause for extremists," Goss said in his first public testimony since taking over the CIA. Goss said Abu Musab Zarqawi, a Jordanian terrorist who has joined al Qaeda since the U.S. invasion, "hopes to establish a safe haven in Iraq" from which he could operate against Western nations and moderate Muslim governments.

"Our policies in the Middle East fuel Islamic resentment," Vice Adm. Lowell E. Jacoby, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told the Senate panel. "Overwhelming majorities in Morocco, Jordan and Saudi Arabia believe the U.S. has a negative policy toward the Arab world."

Jacoby said the Iraq insurgency has grown "in size and complexity over the past year" and is now mounting an average of 60 attacks per day, up from 25 last year. Attacks on Iraq's election day last month reached 300, he said, double the previous one-day high of 150, even though transportation was virtually locked down.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the House Armed Services Committee that he has trouble believing any of the estimates of the number of insurgents because it is so difficult to track them.

Rumsfeld said that the CIA and DIA had differing assessments at different times but that U.S. intelligence estimates of the insurgency are "considerably lower" than a recent Iraqi intelligence report of 40,000 hard-core insurgents and 200,000 part-time fighters. Rumsfeld told Rep. Ike Skelton (Mo.), the committee's ranking Democrat, that he had copies of the CIA and DIA estimates but declined to disclose them in a public session because they are classified.

"My job in the government is not to be the principal intelligence officer and try to rationalize differences between the Iraqis, the CIA and the DIA," Rumsfeld testified. "I see these reports. Frankly, I don't have a lot of confidence in any of them."

After the hearing, Rumsfeld told reporters that he did not mean to be "dismissive" of the intelligence reports.

"People are doing the best that can be done, and the fact is that people disagree," he said. ". . . It's not clear to me that the number is the overriding important thing."

Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House panel that the extremists associated with al Qaeda and Zarqawi represent "a fairly small percentage of the total number of insurgents."

Sunni Arabs, dominated by former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, "comprise the core of the insurgency" and continue to provide "funds and guidance across family, tribal, religious and peer-group lines," Jacoby said.

Foreign fighters "are a small component of the insurgency," and Syrian, Saudi, Egyptian, Jordanian and Iranian nationals make up the majority of foreign fighters, he said.

On terrorism, Goss, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and the acting deputy director of the Department of Homeland Security reiterated their belief that al Qaeda and other jihadist groups intend to strike the United States but offered no new information about the threat.

"It may be only a matter of time before al Qaeda or another group attempts to use chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons," Goss said.

Tom Fingar, assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research, submitted a written statement that said: "We have seen no persuasive evidence that al-Qaida has obtained fissile material or ever has had a serious and sustained program to do so. At worst, the group possesses small amounts of radiological material that could be used to fabricate a radiological dispersion device," or dirty bomb.

Mueller, whose bureau has the lead in finding and apprehending terrorists in the United States, said his top concern is "the threat from covert operatives who may be inside the U.S." and said finding them is the FBI's top priority. But he said they have been unable to do so.

"I remain very concerned about what we are not seeing," Mueller said.

"Whether we are talking about a true sleeper operative who has been in place for years, waiting to be activated to conduct an attack, or a recently deployed operative that has entered the U.S. to facilitate or conduct an attack, we are continuously adapting our methods to reflect newly received intelligence and to ensure we are as proactive and as targeted as we can be in detecting their presence," he said.

Mueller said transportation systems and nuclear power plants remain key al Qaeda targets.

James Loy, acting deputy secretary of homeland security, agreed. In a written statement, he said that despite the efforts of the U.S. intelligence community and his department, and advances in information sharing, technology and organization, "any attack of any kind could occur at any time."

Thursday, February 17, 2005


Santorum defends the Dover school board's decision to push "Intelligent" Design because it balances the curriculum by including the controversies around evolution.
But when it comes to balance in our rationale for going to war, or caution in repealing civil liberties or other fundamental rights, Rick is clearly out of balance.

The Marrying Kind

Santorum urges support for marriage
World Peace Herald - Washington,DC,USA
WASHINGTON -- US Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., urged conservatives Thursday to back a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. ...

Are there no higher priorities? 

Santorum Slipping!

New Poll Has Santorum Down in 06 Senate Race
Red State - USA
... Santorum in office," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. ... Santorum's re-election bid. ...
Poll shows Casey strongest threat to Santorum
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
HARRISBURG -- Twenty-one months before US Sen. Rick Santorum stands for re-election, state Treasurer Robert P. Casey Jr. ... Santorum in office.". ...

Rick's hypocrisy

From: Capital Region Stonewall Dems <>
Subject: DSCC: Santorum - now and then

Now: Rick Santorum on Face the Nation last Sunday: "What did they do in 1983? We tend to forget. The increased taxes from 10.7 percent of payroll taxes to 12.4 and they raised the retirement age from 65 to 67. If that's more -- if you want more of the same, let's wait." [Face the Nation, 2/13/05]

Then: Rick Santorum, discussing Social Security at a campaign event in 1994: "It is ridiculous that we have a retirement age in this country of 65 today... "A quarter of your life living on Social Security? No..." Commenting on the retirement age, he says, "At least 70. I'd go even further if I could." [AP, 10/31/94]

Santorum Townhalls

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2005 3:56 PM
Subject: Fwd: Santorum Townhalls

Join Other Members of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans

Speak Up at Senator Rick Santorum's Social Security Town Hall Meetings

Next week, February 21st - 25th,

Senator Santorum will be hitting the road working to convince Pennsylvanians that privatizing Social Security is in their best interest. But we know otherwise and have a responsibility to speak out. At a town hall meeting in your area, join other Alliance members as we ask Senator Santorum tough questions about his push to privatize Social Security.

Schedule of Santorum Social Security town hall meetings:

Monday, February 21st
Location: Allegheny County
Duquesne University
Student Union - Duquesne Room
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Time: 10:00am - 11:15am

Location: Cambria County
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Heritage Hall Living Learning Center
450 Schoolhouse Road
Johnstown, PA
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Tuesday, February 22nd
Location: Philadelphia County
Drexel University, Behrakis Grand Hall
Creese Student Center
3210 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

Location: Delaware County
Widener University
University Center - Webb Room
One University Place
14th Street, between Walnut and Melrose
Chester, PA
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Wednesday, February 23rd
Location: Erie County
National City Bank
Community Room
801 State Street
Erie, PA
Time: 9:30am - 10:45am
LPenn State University
HUB - Robeson Center
Room 117
State College, PA
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Thursday, February 24th
Location: Dauphin County
Messiah Village Senior Center
100 Mount Allen Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA
Time: 9:30am - 11:00am

Location: Lackawanna County
University of Scranton
Gunster Student Center - Eagen Auditorium
Scranton, PA
Time: 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Friday, February 25th
Location: Northampton County
Lafayette College
Colton Chapel
Easton, PA
Time: 10:30am - 11:30am

Location: Bucks County
Ann's Choice
10000 Ann's Choice
Warminster, PA
Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Please help us reinforce the message that:
- Americans should not gamble what they cannot afford to lose.
- Benefit cuts are the centerpiece of President Bush's radical plan to destroy Social Security.
- Privatization will explode the deficit and saddle our children with $2 trillion in debt.

If you can attend or would like more information, please contact / RSVP to Dani Pere, State Coordinator, Alliance for Retired Americans at (717) 231-2866 or to
Social Security fact sheets, as well as sample questions, buttons and t-shirts will be available prior to each town hall. Social Security fact sheets may also be accessed via the web at

Thank You for Your Participation!

From SantorumWatch:  Just to let you know, after the anti-Bush Soc Sec press conference in Mont.Co., someone leaving saw the local police (Montgomeryville?) checking the license plates of the cars in the parking lot (of the Quality Inn).  I would suggest taking a camera to photograph any attempt to intimidate opponents, so we can post photos on the web.  Maybe the Santorum events will be run differently from the Bush event.  I hate sounding so paranoid, but I hated having my license plate run even more.

National Insecurity Director

Bush is rounding out his team with the appointment of John "Death Squard" Negroponte as National Intelligence Director.  As the ambassador to Honduras (1981 to 1985) he was oblivious to the activities of Contra death squads.  He even denied in UN hearings that the death squads were operating in Honduras! 

Negroponte should be a real team player and will be an excellent counter-part to the current junta of President "Bring 'em On" Bush, Vice President "FU" Cheney, Attorney General "Torture Guy" Gonzales, Secretary of State "Attack Anywhere Anytime" Rice and Defense Secretary "What Abuse?" Rumsfeld.

Skin Flicks: Paid for by Porn!

Nobody said that Santorum is squeaky clean - in fact he always seemed a little more Congressman Dilbeck (played by Burt Reynolds in Striptease). In another case of life imitating art, the comparison now has an added ring of truth as Mr. Moral Values has taken $12,000 (or about 1.5 CyberCharter School tuitions) from the Porn industry. But, please, I loathe the man, so don't take my word for it, take theirs:

    ... gave exclusively to the GOP,and Bush last election, and have given to Senator Rick Santorum . Adelphia can do what they want. I just think its funny that Republicans take money from smut-peddlers when ...

  • SoonerThought

    ... to continue the policy of putting our young people ahead of their bottom line." Santorum would not comment on Adelphia's decision. "Maybe the Republicans will be a little more forthcoming about it now ...


    ... 03 News Release Senator Rick Santorum Under Attack by Pro-Homosexual ... Considers Resolution Urging Adelphia to Drop the Porn Action ...

  • Redstate Diaries

    ... Pa., were two conservative politicians focused on. Peterson denounced Adelphia's recent decision; Santorum "would not comment," according to ABC News. (176 words in story) Read Story & Discuss ...

  • switchLife

    ... Could George H. W. Bush be deep throat ? Adelphia Communications, the 5th largest cable provider ... like Rep. John Peterson, R-Pa. and Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. who have both taken money from the ...

  • AND THEN...

    ... of the Personal Liberty Party. Adelphia has given $166,000 to Republican committees, $17,000 to conservative Rep. John Peterson, R-Pa., and $12,000 to Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., one of the most ...

  • Sirotablog

    ... the GOP's biggest moralizers like Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) refuse explain why the party of "moral ... As reported by the LA Times today, " Adelphia Communications Corp . has quietly become the nation's ...

  • Welcome to!

    ... Could George H. W. Bush be deep throat ? Adelphia Communications, the 5th largest cable provider ... like Rep. John Peterson, R-Pa. and Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. who have both taken money from the ...

  • OurSenate

    ... contributions: The supplier of that smut, Adelphia has, according to ABC News "given $166,000 to Republican committees, and $12,000 to Sen. Rick Santorum, R-PA This news is not surprising, but the ...

  • Concerned Women for America - Recently on Concerned Women for America

    ... Acknowledges HPV Can Cause Cervical Cancer Information is long overdue. 2/9/2005 - MSNBC Reports: Adelphia’s Plan to Add Hardcore Pornography to its Cable Service February 8, 2005, 9PM EST 2/9/2005 - ...

Can you hear me laughing? Can you see me smirking? I can't help it. I LOVE hypocrits laid bare!

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Running Scared

Is the GOP running scared, or just running stupid: GOP banking on Diven to pick up state Senate seat and they have identified re-electing Santorum as a high priority. Why? Do they think he is vulnerable? On the liabilities, Rick is no foreign policy whiz: Senators Expect Iraqi Give-And-Take (San Francisco Chronicle – USA) ... Sen. Rick Santorum, the third-ranking Senate Republican, said he thought "it was a good thing that the Shiites can't just sort of dictate how things are to go. ...Of course this is exactly what the GOP has in America – an ability to dictate exactly how things are to go – so it is good for us, but it would be bad for Iraq? Of course what he doesn’t say is that it is the insurgents who seem to be dictating how things go, and they go bloody.

The passed the drug benefit to woo senior votes for the election and now that they won it, they want to throw Grandma from the train. Senate Budget Chairman Calls Medicare Drug Plan Too Expensive

Rick Santorum may join the Agriculture committee but that may not be enough for Pennsylvania’s farmers when the farm subsidy gets the ax. Let’s be clear that much of the abuse of the program is not the result of the small family farms in PA. IN Warren County, PA nearly 300 farms divided more than $12 million in subsidies over 8 year. That is not going to fill Bush’s deficit canyon. Farmers worry if subsidy cuts pass


Santorum and Bush want to limit our access to the courts: Bush to Get Bill on Class-Action Suits and they note that they HAVE to cut benefits, and there is an impending financial ciriss: Bush's Social Security tour comes to Pa., Bush to visit Montco to push Social Security proposal. Somehow we can still afford Santorum legislation to give $10 million to groups opposing regime. Even though Rick hasn’t been so good about paying his own way - Hearing Will Determine Whether Santorum Will Reimburse District

But Senator Skinflint would still be happy to campaign on how others have to tighten their belts:
Santorum talks up fight he'd relish, because after all it is our money and the President should get to decide what special interests should get tax breaks and which third world nations that don’t pose a threat to us that we should invadeBush insists he'll blunt 'appetite' for spending

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

How bad is Rick?

Tell your side - how bad is he? Why should we get rid of him?

Starve the Beast

The extreme right's "starve the beast" strategy is working.  Tax cuts and war spending have created huge deficits that can only be solved by cutting benefits and programs for ordinary people.  This has been the goal of the right-wing ever since FDR and LBJ secured the promise that America would look after its people.  Why this has goaded them, I can't say, but they are finally getting their wish.

Santorum's Amtrak Choice: Bush, or Constituents?

From: Capital Region Stonewall Dems <>
This was mentioned in today's Philly Inquirer, but here's the full release(also available at

Santorum: Stuck Between a Track and a Hard Place
February 07, 2005
By Phil Singer

Bush's Budget Eliminates Amtrak; Will Santorum Break With The White House to Support Pennsylvania?

The Bush budget that came out today puts Rick Santorum between a track and a hard place. Santorum, who is up for re-election in 2006, will feel the heat during the upcoming fight over Amtrak funding. Republicans have had it out for Amtrak for years, and now during an election year, Bush has pushed an issue that cuts two ways for Santorum. Either he supports Bush's budget plan to eliminate Amtrak and continues to walk in lock step with Bush or he breaks with Bush over Amtrak funding and risks angering the White House. Santorum has already cast a vote to hurt Amtrak that he will be forced to explain during his re-election bid. Now the White House has landed him between a track and a hard place.

BUSH BUDGET WOULD SHUT DOWN AMTRAK: The Bush budget eliminates all funding for Amtrak. [Bush Budget]

OVER 3,000 PA RESIDENTS ARE EMPLOYED BY AMTRAK: During fiscal year 2004, Amtrak employed 3,061 Pennsylvania residents. Total wages of Amtrak employees living in Pennsylvania were $149,652,070 during this period. [Amtrak]

PA AMTRAK RIDERSHIP TOTALED OVER 4.8 MILLION RIDERS IN 2004: Amtrak operates approximately 120 daily trains through Pennsylvania, including Acela Express, Keystone, Metroliner, and Regional service.

Santorum Voted Against Funding for Amtrak in 2003: Santorum voted against an amendment to the 2003 Budget Resolution to increase spending on Amtrak by $912 million. [3/21/2003, #77]

Ridership by City
Altoona: 31,194
Ardmore: 38,108
Coatesville: 5,134
Connellsville: 3,778
Cornwells Heights: 25,968
Downingtown: 25,403
Elizabethtown: 43,902
Erie: 8,254
Exton: 39,277
Greensburg: 13,346
Harrisburg: 317,485
Huntingdon: 4,822
Johnstown: 20,126
Lancaster: 305,503
Latrobe: 3,548
Lewistown: 9,762
Middletown: 24,257
Mount Joy: 23,415
Paoli: 67,784
Parkesburg: 22,375
Philadelphia 30th St.*: 3,690,620
Philadelphia-North: 827
Pittsburgh: 123,101
Tyrone: 1,033

Total Pennsylvania Ridership: 4,849,022

Monday, February 07, 2005

Santorum Petition Drive Begins


A petition drive to get our junior senator to stop claiming he lives in
Allegheny County began tonight, Wednesday, February 2, 2005.

The petition is from residents of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

A downloadable petition form and further information is available at:

Not good for the goose or the gander

What does it mean to win? The victories that Rick Santorum relishes seem to have nothing to do with what is good for PA.

Allstate, GM, Pfizer Expect Congress to Limit Litigation Costs
Bloomberg - USA
... ``There's nothing that beats winning,'' says Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the chamber's third-ranking Republican. ``That's a fact.''. ...

While we tighten our belts in the face of the federal budget cuts - which is our money that they are not spending on us - Rick and the other right-wing nut jobs demonstrate the other way to tighten belts - by gorging yourself on the fat of the land until your waist expands to meet your belt.

Pols get access to (relatively) cheap Bowl tickets (subscription) - Philadelphia,PA,USA
... Other top politicians planning to be there include US Sens. Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania. Santorum's campaign ...

Here we go again department:
Santorum: Greasing the Skids for Mass Murdering Iranians - Italy
February 4, 2005 - Rick Santorum is busy at work on the "Iran Freedom and Support Act," in other words a bill designed to get America ready to bomb Iran. ...

If Rick is home-schooling his kids - I hope his wife teaches them math.

Even the Social Security Administration disputes Rick Santorum's ...
The American Prospect - Boston,MA,USA
It was only two weeks after the tsunami, but you'd never know it from their film festival. Two and a half weeks after one of the ...

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Don't know much about history

US Encouraged by 1967 Vietnam Vote:
Officials Cite 83% Turnout Despite Vietcong Terror
Peter Grose – NY Times, Sept. 3, 1967

United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnam's presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting. According to reports from Saigon, 83 per cent of the 5.85 million registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the Vietcong.

The size of the popular vote and the inability of the Vietcong to destroy the election machinery were the two salient facts in a preliminary assessment of the nation election based on the incomplete returns reaching here.

Pending more detailed reports, neither the State Department nor the White House would comment on the balloting or the victory of the military candidates, Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Van Thieu, who was running for president, and Premier Nguyen Cao Ky, the candidate for vice president.

A successful election has long been seen as the keystone in President Johnson's policy of encouraging the growth of constitutional processes in South Vietnam. The election was the culmination of a constitutional development that began in January, 1966, to which President Johnson gave his personal commitment when he met Premier Ky and General Thieu, the chief of state, in Honolulu in February.

The purpose of the voting was to give legitimacy to the Saigon Government, which has been founded only on coups and power plays since November, 1963, when President Ngo Dinh Deim was overthrown by a military junta.

Few members of that junta are still around, most having been ousted or exiled in subsequent shifts of power.

Significance Not Diminished

The fact that the backing of the electorate has gone to the generals who have been ruling South Vietnam for the last two years does not, in the Administration's view, diminish the significance of the constitutional step that has been taken.

The hope here is that the new government will be able to maneuver with a confidence and legitimacy long lacking in South Vietnamese politics. That hope could have been dashed either by a small turnout, indicating widespread scorn or a lack of interest in constitutional development, or by the Vietcong's disruption of the balloting.

American officials had hoped for an 80 per cent turnout. That was the figure in the election in September for the Constituent Assembly. Seventy-eight per cent of the registered voters went to the polls in elections for local officials last spring.

Before the results of the presidential election started to come in, the American officials warned that the turnout might be less than 80 per cent because the polling place would be open for two or three hours less than in the election a year ago. The turnout of 83 per cent was a welcome surprise. The turnout in the 1964 United States Presidential election was 62 per cent.

Captured documents and interrogations indicated in the last week a serious concern among Vietcong leaders that a major effort would be required to render the election meaningless. This effort has not succeeded, judging from the reports from Saigon.

Bad Rick


Santorum Takes $$$ From Cable Porn Providers - Should He Give It Back?
Rick Santorum likes to think of himself as Mr. Values but he's got no
problem taking money from companies that air pornography. The LA Times
today: "Adelphia Communications Corp. has quietly become the nation's only
leading cable operator to offer the most explicit category of hard-core

David Sirota points out that Adelphia has given more than $100,000 to the
GOP in soft money contributions, and thousands more in PAC contributions,
and contributions from the company's executives. This money has gone to
people like Santorum, one of the most outspoken moralizers in the Senate.
Will he return these contributions?


Adelphia executive contributions to Sen. Santorum:

For more info, go to:

# posted by The Insider @ 9:34 AM 0 comments

Santorum Might Be Subject to $5000 Fine Over Website
Rick Santorum might be subject to a $5,000 fine over his use of Social
Security symbols on his Senate website. The American Prospect exposed
Santorum's efforts to present his spin of Social Security being in crisis as
an official product of the Social Security Adminsitration. The only problem
is that the way Santorum presented his case could get him fined.

Here's what the law says:

Here are some choice quotes and a link to their story:

�This is not ours, and we did not provide it to them,� said Social Security
Administration spokesman Mark Hinkle, adding that he had not seen the
presentation before it was forwarded to him by a reporter last week.

�Some of the facts are from the Social Security Administration�s Web site,
or the Social Security trustees� report,� he said, but added that the
document�s heavy dose of spin �reflects the view of Senator Santorum.�

�Obviously, we would rather not have our logo on it,� said Hinkle. �I think
it is understood that using the logo gives it a different connotation than
we would like. We wouldn�t want any outside group using our logo, whether it
be a congressman, a think tank, or other group.�
# posted by The Insider @ 6:24 AM 0 comments