Rick Santorum is Being Sued

Five young women are the plaintiffs. Rick Santorum and his handlers are the defendents. Delaware is the place.

Five women who were barred from the Talleyville Barnes & Noble last summer after expressing opposing views to U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

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Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Five young women are the plaintiffs. Rick Santorum and his handlers are the defendents. Delaware is the place.

Five women who were barred from the Talleyville Barnes & Noble last summer after expressing opposing views to U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

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The suit states the womenï–¿–½s right to free speech and free assembly were violated by an unknown member of Santorumï–¿–½s promotional team and Delaware State Police Sgt. Mark DiJiacomo, who was hired for the occasion through a private security service.

The suit also states the women were denied access to a government official because of their political views.

Will Bunch has the whole scoop and the history, which we wrote about at the time as well.

Edit 8:10 am by SpinDentist: The Philadelphia Inquirer has a more extensive article on the issue this morning.

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - Pa.

Rolling Stone – Tomorrow

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has written an extensive article on election fraud for Rolling Stone magazine set to publish online tomorrow, and in print on Friday. Bradblog has the details.

Commentary By: sukabi

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has written an extensive article on election fraud for Rolling Stone magazine set to publish online tomorrow, and in print on Friday. Bradblog has the details.

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Civil Liberties

Ohio Branch of Bush/Cheney Laundry Mat Pleads Guilty

Tom Noe changed his plea to ‘œGuilty’ to charges he laundered money into the Bush/Cheney ’04 election coffers.

Noe entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Court Judge David Katz in Toledo to all three felony charges he faced for violating federal campaign finance law. Appearing with his sister and brother-in-law and three attorneys, Noe was [...]

Commentary By: sukabi

Tom Noe changed his plea to ‘œGuilty’ to charges he laundered money into the Bush/Cheney ’04 election coffers.

Noe entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Court Judge David Katz in Toledo to all three felony charges he faced for violating federal campaign finance law. Appearing with his sister and brother-in-law and three attorneys, Noe was calm and responsive to Judge Katz’™ questions during the 47-minute hearing.

Then, in a brief, 10-second statement, Noe said he voluntarily agreed to change his plea ‘œto accept responsibility to spare my family and friends the further embarassment of any additional court proceeding. Therefore, I plead guilty.’

I wonder what his payday will look like for taking a dive on the money laundering? And what else is lurking in the shadows that he’™s willing to do time to keep covered up?

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |

God Help the Iraqis

Sure looks like the American soldiers are in such a tough spot that their judgement is beginning to fall apart. Here’™s the scenario. . . a car speeds into a zone where the Americans have warnings all around. The US soldiers shoot to disable the vehicle, or so they say.

The U.S. [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Sure looks like the American soldiers are in such a tough spot that their judgement is beginning to fall apart. Here’™s the scenario. . . a car speeds into a zone where the Americans have warnings all around. The US soldiers shoot to disable the vehicle, or so they say.

The U.S. military said coalition troops fired at a car after it entered a clearly marked prohibited area near an observation post but failed to stop despite repeated visual and auditory warnings.

‘œShots were fired to disable the vehicle,’ the military said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press. ‘œCoalition forces later received reports from Iraqi police that two women had died from gunshot wounds ‘¦ and one of the females may have been pregnant.’

I’™m saying the shots aimed at disabling the vehicle were probably way off target. Or, could it be that when the US authorities found that a pregnant woman speeding to the hospital to give birth was a victim that they changed their story? Note the passive voice in the report. . . ‘œshots were fired.’ Classic phrasing to deflect blame. They can’™t even admit in the syntax that US soldiers are the ones who shot a pregnant woman.

Yeah, God help the Iraqis. They don’™t need this kind of ‘œsecurity.’

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq

From the Tinfoil Hat Files

Most of the time, when I run into a really bizarre story, I just chuckle and websurf to the next bellylaugh. Here’™s one from tomflocco.com, extracted from last week’™s headlines, that is so far over the top that it might just be true. If not, it would make for a good plotline during [...]

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Most of the time, when I run into a really bizarre story, I just chuckle and websurf to the next bellylaugh. Here’™s one from tomflocco.com, extracted from last week’™s headlines, that is so far over the top that it might just be true. If not, it would make for a good plotline during next season’™s ‘œ24′ on Fox. Either way:

Bush administration officials operated Memorial Day weekend damage control to cover up the deaths of three foreign intelligence operativesï–¿–½two British and one Frenchï–¿–½involved in a Friday morning shootout in the House of Representatives parking garage.

The altercation turned into an exchange of automatic weapons fire over a pouch containing evidence files documenting an operation to bomb the rail system along the Northeast corridor on Thursdayï–¿–½with the full knowledge of George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair who was in Washington while the operation was being hatched’¦

You’™ve really gotta read the whole thing, and then remember what Agent K said about the tabloids in ‘œMen in Black’’¦

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: General

For the Record Concerning Santorum

I have never complained about the emails I’™ve been getting from 13 year old Jonathan Santorum. Nor have I compained about any of the campaigning done by the Santorum children, and I won’™t use the word ‘œexploit’ to describe how he uses his children.

If you think I’™m going to complain on this [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

I have never complained about the emails I’™ve been getting from 13 year old Jonathan Santorum. Nor have I compained about any of the campaigning done by the Santorum children, and I won’™t use the word ‘œexploit’ to describe how he uses his children.

If you think I’™m going to complain on this ‘œissue,’ like Piltdown Man here, then you’™re just going to sit there and wait a while. I just won’™t do it.

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - Pa.

Best. Headline. Ever.

I’™m sure the accompanying story is very important in the global scheme of things, but I couldn’™t get past the headline:

Pakistani Taliban Take Control of Wild Waziristan

WTFistan??

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I’™m sure the accompanying story is very important in the global scheme of things, but I couldn’™t get past the headline:

Pakistani Taliban Take Control of Wild Waziristan

WTFistan??

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Humor

Officers are Safe in Haditha Probe

No, Marine officers are not targets of an investigation into the atrocities at Haditha. I called it just a couple days ago that the investigation would nail the little guys on the front line, leaving the officers free and blameless. Now it is confirmed. Richard, though, pointed out, and rightly, that [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

No, Marine officers are not targets of an investigation into the atrocities at Haditha. I called it just a couple days ago that the investigation would nail the little guys on the front line, leaving the officers free and blameless. Now it is confirmed. Richard, though, pointed out, and rightly, that this is an institutional problem.

Interestingly, we learn this from one of the officer’™s lawyers, who was relieved of command along with two others. Gee, what could he possibly have been relieved of command for. Something serious, perhaps? Maybe even something rivalling a little massacre done by his troops?

‘My purpose is to separate his name from the alleged war crimes that took place,’ Hackett said. ‘He’™s not under investigation for anything related to what has played out in the press.’


Kimber, who was nominated for a Bronze Star for valor in Haditha, was relieved of command because his subordinates used profanity, removed sunglasses and criticized the performance of Iraqi security services during an interview with Britain’™s Sky News TV, according to Hackett.

The Pentagon has named two others who were relieved of command: Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, the battalion’™s commander, and Capt. Lucas McConnell, who commanded Kilo Company. Hackett does not represent either man but said neither was present for the shootings and he believes neither man is a target of the investigations.

I suppose they weren’™t regulation sunglasses or something like that.

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq

It’s Not Kansas Anymore?

Too early to say whether the wingnuts are really suffering damage in their coalition in Kansas, but the former Chair of the Republican Party there, Mark Parkinson, has jumped ship. He’™s now a Democrat according to his local election board. Announcements will ensue concerning him taking the Lieutenant Governor spot on the Democratic [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Too early to say whether the wingnuts are really suffering damage in their coalition in Kansas, but the former Chair of the Republican Party there, Mark Parkinson, has jumped ship. He’™s now a Democrat according to his local election board. Announcements will ensue concerning him taking the Lieutenant Governor spot on the Democratic ticket. (AP, WaPo, Kansas City Star.)

Whether this is some sort of sea change is open to discussion, of course, but I love the reactions of the Kansas Republicans. Remember, Parkinson was Chair of the State Republican Party just three years ago.

ï–¿–½He is disloyal,ï–¿–½ said outgoing House Speaker Doug Mays of Topeka. ï–¿–½He is a discredited Republican. I canï–¿–½t describe just how shocked and disappointed I am.ï–¿–½

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Tim Shallenburger, who holds Parkinsonï–¿–½s former job as Kansas Republican chairman, disagreed, saying the move would neither help nor hurt.

ï–¿–½He politically has been very left of center,ï–¿–½ Shallenburger said of Parkinson. ï–¿–½In Kansas it doesnï–¿–½t do you any good to be a Democrat. For political expediency he was a Republican when he really has never been one.ï–¿–½

I suppose we should expect this sort of viciousness from Republicans, especially in Kansas where the extremists have taken over their Party. I particularly like Shallenburger’™s comments about someone he presumably helped elect Chair of the Republican Party, though he now claims Parkinson was a Democrat all along. What does that say about Shallenburger’™s own judgement?

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |

Iraqi Ambassador: “I believe he was killed intentionally”

That’™s his cousin he’™s talking about. And it was US Marines who killed him. His interview was on CNN last night, and is on AmericaBlog today.

Wow! This guy goes from a photo-op with President Bush to talking about how the Marines killed his brother in cold blood? Yeah, things [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

That’™s his cousin he’™s talking about. And it was US Marines who killed him. His interview was on CNN last night, and is on AmericaBlog today.

Wow! This guy goes from a photo-op with President Bush to talking about how the Marines killed his brother in cold blood? Yeah, things are out of control.

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq,Permalink