Sunday, February 26, 2012

How Do I Email A Book From A Nook To A Schnook?

   Rick "he ought to be in a" Santorum is un-American. There. I said it. He's opposed to non-procreative sex, homosexuality,
 He's also stupid. But, more to that later.
   Today Santorum, who was rejected for re-election in his own state by the highest margin in history just six years ago, insulted the memory of a slain president and the character of a standing one. Where, oh where, do I begin?
   If you remember just two years ago, witch Christine "I'm not a witch" O'Donnell, famously stated - in apparent seriousness - "So you're telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?" Rick was just a baby idiot when John F. Kennedy, in what would unfortunately not be his final attempt to increase support in Texas, spoke before the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. Santorum took exception to this part of the speech:
   "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the President -- should he be Catholic -- how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference, and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him, or the people who might elect him.
   Speaking at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in New Hampshire last October, Santorum said "earlier in my political career I had opportunity to read the speech, and I almost threw up.” He doubled down on the crazy today, saying on "Meet The Press," "To say that people of faith have no role in the public square, you bet that makes you throw up." Thinking that there is any chance at all that this uninformed, anachronistic throwback might become president is nauseating.
What Santorum takes exception to, specifically, is the opening of the statement. He also completely misunderstands both the Kennedy speech and the First Amendment. I have a copy of the Constitution on my Nook, and I'd love to send it to him. Santorum thinks the speech opposed the First Amendment. Let me say that again: Santorum thinks the speech opposed the First Amendment. You read; you decide:
   "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
   Just what I thought. Senator Kennedy was not saying religious people have no place "in the public square." Quite the opposite, really. His speech included this line that Santorum didn't read. I'm guessing here but I know I'm right: "I would not look with favor upon a President working to subvert the First Amendment's guarantees of religious liberty."
   What a dope. Two months later, Kennedy would win the White House. Three years after that, he would die in Texas. Santorum was a young child when Kennedy was elected. I was in the first-grade when Kennedy was shot. Welcome to the big, mean, nasty outside world. I sat transfixed on the television coverage throughout the weekend. It felt like the walls were closing in, the sky was dropping, the floors were falling away. You know, I don't typically feel insulted by something someone says unless they say it about me, to me. This is an exception.
   If Santorum wants to  be a religious leader, in this country, the path typically goes through divinity school. If he wants to Lord over, pun intended, a theocracy, here's a few places he could go: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Malaysia and Mauritania. Before he does, he should bone up on Sharia Law. Then again, he seems to understand the Constitution about as well.
   Proving he can be a fool when referring to the living as well as the dead, Santorum also called President Obama "a snob" and his apology for burning the Koran "unacceptable." What is there to accept? You're not now nor will you ever be relevant. Here's his two latest dumbass remarks:
   “Not all folks are gifted in the same way,” Santorum told a crowd of more than 1,000 activists at the Americans for Prosperity forum in Troy, Mich. “Some people have incredible gifts with their hands. Some people have incredible gifts and ... want to work out there making things. President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.”
 “This is unacceptable,” Santorum said on ABC’s “This Week.” “The idea that a mistake was made — clearly a mistake, which we should not have apologized for — it was a mistake. There was nothing deliberate.. . .Killing Americans in uniform is not a mistake. It was something that deliberate.”
   Maybe it's me, but I don't think a guy with three degrees believes thinking everyone should go to college is a snob. But, I was also shocked to read that only 30% of Americans are college graduates. And that's the highest percentage ever.
   I'll give Census Bureau Director Robert Groves the last word: “For many people, education is a sure path to a prosperous life. The more education people have the more likely they are to have a job and earn more money, particularly for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree.”

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

And This Score Just In, Indiana 1, Oklahoma 1

I'm in a quandary. I can't decide if I'm more embarrassed as a native Hoosier by the comments of State Rep. Bob Moore or as a resident of Oklahoma that Rick Santorum is leading the polling for the upcoming Republican primary. It might be a wash.
To those of you who may not have heard this, Rep. Moore was the only member of the august Indiana Senate not to agree with a proclamation honoring the Girl Scouts of America on their 100th anniversary. Why? Well, this is from his email he sent to his fellow Senators. And I am not making this up:
"After talking to some well-informed constituents, I did a small amount of web-based research, and what I found is disturbing. The Girl Scouts of America and their worldwide partner, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), have entered into a close strategic affiliation with Planned Parenthood. You will not find evidence of this on the GSA/WAGGGS website - in fact, the websites of these two organizations explicitly deny funding Planned Parenthood."
Not knowing when to log off his computer, he unfortunately went on:
"Many parents are abandoning the Girl Scouts because they promote homosexual lifestyles. In fact, the Girl Scouts education seminar girls are directed to study the example of role models. Of the fifty role models listed, only three have a briefly-mentioned religious background – all the rest are feminists, lesbians, or Communists. World Net Daily, in a May 2009 article, states that Girl Scout Troops are no longer allowed to pray or sing traditional Christmas Carols."
Where to begin. First off, the Girl Scouts are not a religious organization. Secondly, according to their 2010 annual report, Planned Parenthood services were broken down this way: STI/STD testing & treatment, 38.0%; contraception, 33.5%; cancer screening and prevention, 14.5%; other women's health services, 10.4%; abortion services, 3%; and other services, 0.6%. Thirdly, I don't agree with his describing President Barrack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as being "radically pro-abortion." He also has a problem with the First Lady being the honorary leader of the Girl Scouts. And, he forgot to mention that this position has been filled by the First Lady since 1917. And, fourthly, what a dumbass. How did this idiot get elected?
Now, to Santorum. In the past few weeks, Santorum has essentially laid out his personal beliefs as facts rather than his own beliefs. He has attacked Planned Parenthood, told a gay man that he and his partner contributed nothing to society, referred to contraception as something that would allow people to do things "in the sexual realm" that they shouldn't do. According to him.
Now, for these statements to result in a spike in his popularity in Oklahoma is beyond comprehension. I know politically the state is still stuck in the Eisenhower era, what with the worst pair of U.S. Senators to be found anywhere in the country and the belief that oil is the only acceptable means of energy. But, to align oneself with these prehistoric, misogynistic beliefs is incredibly short-sighted. I mean, women do get to vote here, right? Santorum wants to take all the other rights away.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Santorum Says Stupid Shit

I'm having a really hard time holding back my anger at the words of Rick "he ought to be in a" Santorum. I mean, every single day he espouses these hideous beliefs that would have made him a perfect Republican presidential candidate ... in 1952. He's an equal opportunity offender. And, what really bothers me is that I suspect this clown's closet makes Fibber McGee & Molly's (Google it, kids) look neatly arranged by comparison.

I also don't like the free pass the media is giving him. As someone who wouldn't vote for a Republican if I was sleeping with her, I'm leaning toward believing that somehow the media is laying off of him in the belief that he will eventually self-destruct. But, only after Rooster has mortally wounded Willard to the point that Republican voters vote with their feet and stay home on election night. Here's a few reasons to question his sanity, his appropriateness to hold office, his status as a man, a Catholic. And whatever else turns up.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, he was given the nickname Rooster for both a cowlick and his stridency when defending political positions. After graduating from the Dickinson School of Law in 1986, one of his first clients was the World Wrestling Federation. He was successful in having professional wrestling exempted from federal anabolic steroid regulations because it's entertainment and not sport. So, he's for the use of steroids.

He was first elected to U.S. House of Representatives in 1990, at age 32. He upset a 7-term Democrat by the margin of 51%-49%. During the campaign he criticized his opponent for living outside the district most of the year. This would come back to haunt but not daunt him.

Santorum beat incumbent Democratic Senator Harris Wofford 49%-47% in 1994 and barely kept his seat in 2000, defeating Rep. Ron Klink 52%-46%. In 2006, Santorum was dealt the largest defeat in state senatorial history, losing to Bob Casey Jr. 59%-41%.

Santorum showed signs early of his strict conservative positions. As part of a Senate panel tasked with combating anti-Semitism in American colleges, Santorum drafted language on "ideological diversity" that was branded by "Race & Class" magazine as essentially espousing "policing thought."

From the start, he just says stupid shit. Mean shit. Unthinking, closed-minded shit. He was one of only two senators to vote against confirming Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense, because Gates believed we should talk with Iran and Syria. Speaking in favor of enhanced interrogation, he said last year that America's most famous victim of torture, Sen. John McCain, didn't understand how the process worked.

During his ill-fated re-election campaign of 2006, Santorum faced his own residential questions. He admitted to spending "maybe a month a year" at his Pennsylvania home, critics pointed out that state taxpayers were paying 80% of the tuition for 5 of Santorum's children to attend an on-line cyber school. This benefit was available only to Pennsylvania residents. After the school district billed him $73,000, he pulled his children from the school, suggesting they were being used as political pawns by his opponents.

Beyond doubt, the dumbest positions he espouses are in the area of women's rights. He essentially believes they don't have any. While in the Senate he blamed "radical feminism"  for making it "socially affirming to work outside the home." He also switched from supporting Willard to Grandpa John in 2008, saying his selection of Shecky Palin was a step in the right direction.

He doesn't believe a right to privacy is part of the Constitution, despite the 4th and 14th Amendments. He's opposed to homosexuality, same-sex marriage, birth control. He believes intelligent design is "a legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in science classes," and  "What we should be teaching are the problems and holes in the theory of evolution."

He's opposed to the National Weather Service providing weather information free to the public when private sector entities were in place to sell it, after getting a $10,500 donation from AccuWeather, the commercial weather company based in Pennsylvania. Among his arguments: that evacuation warnings for Hurricane Katrina were "insufficient." He also coined the phrase "Islamic fascism.

Lately, though, more and more Santorum is seemingly walking away from the female vote. He's said that contraception is a "license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be." Then complains that President Obama wants to "rule over you." In 2003, he juxtaposed same-sex marriage with pedophilia and bestiality during an AP interview:

"In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing. And when you destroy that you have a dramatic impact on the quality —" (At this point, interviewer Lara Jakes Jordan commented, "I'm sorry, I didn't think I was going to talk about 'man on dog' with a United States senator, it's sort of freaking me out."

Santorum went on, ""If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Whether it's polygamy, whether it's adultery, whether it's sodomy, all of those things, are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family."

We all remember the Fox News/Google-sponsored debate in Orlando last September, when a gay soldier asked via satellite if the candidates would take measures to "circumvent" the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don' Tell." After hearing the solider booed by the crowd, and not defending him, Santorum called the repeal "social experimentation and tragic."

"I would say any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. And the fact that they're making a point to include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege to -- and removing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' I think tries to inject social policy into the military. And the military's job is to do one thing, and that is to defend our country."

Just today came this lie: His views are not "anti-science" as Democrats claim, Santorum said. "When it comes to the management of the Earth, they are the anti-science ones. We are the ones who stand for science, and technology, and using the resources we have to be able to make sure that we have a quality of life in this country and (that we) maintain a good and stable environment."

And there was this: "The question is, and this is what Barack Obama didn't want to answer, is that human life a person under the Constitution? And Barack Obama says no. Well if that person, human life is not a person, then, I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, 'we're going to decide who are people and who are not people.'"

Unemployment is down, hiring is up, the Dow-Jones is 5,000 higher than it was under Shrub, no one cares about Romney, Gingrich can't run away from his past and Ron Paul is an extreme nutcase. So, let's go after women. I'm surprised he doesn't support rescinding women's right to vote. Although, if he keeps it up, he'll accomplish taking the female vote away. From himself.