A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

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Tag: rick santorum

Today In Defending Child Rape

by evanmcmurry

Penn State alum Rick Santorum defends all involved in the Sandusky scandal, and criticizes the NCAA for acting on the Freeh report as opposed to waiting for evidence submitted in a criminal trial. Which would be a meh-valid point except for this:

Indeed, when the abuse scandal broke, Santorum expressed support for Paterno, saying “I have no idea what his side of the story is” and “of course I’ll be rooting for him and wish him the best.”

So to be clear, the 3.5 million emails Freeh studied and 420 interviews he conducted are not enough evidence, but “no idea” is plenty.

Bonus irony: Rick Santorum is now the only person involved in this mess to have been fired.

Meanwhile in Washington:

Former Penn State University president Graham Spanier said he will soon begin working for the federal government on projects related to national security.

“For the next several months, as I transition to my post-presidential plans, I will be working on a special project for the U.S. government relating national security. This builds on my prior positions working with federal agencies to foster improved cooperation between our nation’s national security agencies and other entities,” Spanier said in an Email.

Super. Intra-departmental coordination seems right down this dude’s alley. Via Paul Campos:

Because if there’s one thing Graham Spanier knows how to do it’s to make sure that sensitive information doesn’t fall into the hands of the wrong people.

Both good examples to keep in mind the next time you hear some conservative talk about the free market rewarding personal responsibility.

Speak English

by evanmcmurry

Moments like this help me understand Rick Santorum’s appeal. This guy goes to Puerto Rico ON A CAMPAIGN STOP and tells them they’re not going to be a state and they need to start speaking English. Dumb and close-minded and quasi-racist? Yup. But he didn’t change a word of it to get a single vote (and didn’t get much more than a single vote). I stand by my opinion that being a bad candidate doesn’t make Santorum an underdog candidate, but I still understand how a Republican going into the voting booth can, in relation to Romney, see Santorum as the authentic choice. #despair

Sentence of the Day

by evanmcmurry

“Obviously, World War II was pretty obvious.” –Rick Santorum. It’s even stupider in context.

Sentence of the Day

by evanmcmurry

“Santorum, in particular, is a candidate who, leaving aside the question of his substantive virtues or drawbacks, is a lightning rod for Postmoderns, media professionals, and many other influential people who will sway the way others vote.”

It’s always those damn Postmoderns. We’d track them down, except every time we think we find them, it turns out it’s just our constructed artifice of them.

Logic: A Still Life

by evanmcmurry

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by evanmcmurry

Instead of saying “To my knowledge,” Trump should just get some gold-plated asterisk bling.

“Shocking”

by evanmcmurry

“It appears to be a Google ad, meaning that the Romney campaign may have simply purchased ad space from Google linked to the keyword “Santorum” without considering the likelihood that Google would automatically place the ad on the vulgar site. On the other hand, it would be shocking if the Romney campaign weren’t aware of what pops up on Google when one enters that keyword.”