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Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  Mike T | 

    Rick Santorum needs to have a conservative Catholic theologian take him behind the woodshed and flagellate him for some of his positions which are a serious violation of Catholic political thinking–such as his near wholesale rejection of subsidiarity which is the basis of much of what constitutes federalism and his position on Iran which is not really compatible with Just War doctrine. (He could make a weak case for it under Just War doctrine, but much of the “evidence” would be too weak or suspect to really objectively make a case under Just War doctrine)

  2. #2 |  Andrew S. | 

    The only good feeling I get from the Iowa results is that, today, thousands of Social Conservatives will be googling “Santorum”.

  3. #3 |  Aresen | 

    Lost city emerges in East St. Louis.

    Maybe we can repeat history and lose St. Louis?

    Seriously, the pre-Columbian Mississippi Valley culture has been known about for many years but largely ignored. This is partly because it did not leave any apparent successor, but also because it was useful for white immigrants to pretend that Native Americans were uncivilized.

  4. #4 |  Marty | 

    cahokia mounds has a lot of cool exhibits and is fun to explore. even around St. Louis, not many people know about it. Kind of hard to believe.

  5. #5 |  Marty | 

    the violin story is unreal. the bureaucrat’s are destroying everything.

  6. #6 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Bill Wade (Congress to blame for Park Ranger death) has it wrong. Sending people to kill and blow up other people around the world so that contracts can be filled for weapons (that’s the racket)…and then denying most every responsibility to treat mental illness arising in these people should be the #1 suspect.

    Continuing to write-off shooters as “just bad” won’t stop shootings, and more laws won’t either. And locking up mentally ill citizens is nothing except cruel.

    Bill Wade’s “Give up freedom and you’ll be safe!” statement got what he wanted: wide-spread publicity…right after a tragedy. Oh, please understand that Bill Wade believes only state agents can safely carry guns. Special DNA or something.

  7. #7 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    the violin story is unreal. the bureaucrat’s are destroying everything.

    To be fair, this was done by a Customer Service department. And Customer Service is where idiots go to multiply. I have a mutant ability to cripple any Customer Service organization with one phone call. The mutant ability is called “an IQ over 75”. And, I accept challenges to this.

  8. #8 |  Pam | 

    Rick Santorum offends me in every way. What the hell does he know about every liberal, every conservative or anyone for that matter? What a simpleton.

  9. #9 |  edmund dantes | 

    Santorum also believes contraception is wrong and states should have the right to make it illegal. Proving once again that there is a large portion of the anti-abortion crowd that is really anti-sex that doesn’t lead to kids (or punishment).

    Not to mention deliberately delivering their baby before viability (not an abortion according to Santorum and his wife) to save the life of mother.

    He’s a classic “good for thee, but not me” type politician.

  10. #10 |  a_random_guy | 

    Re the violin: no one seems to have suggested the obvious. There is an excellent chance that this was a swindle. The buxer may have bought and smashed a cheap instrument, in order to get the antique for free…

  11. #11 |  nigmalg | 

    On the way to murder several people in the park I realized that I was concealing my guns and I didn’t have permission!

    Silly me, next time I’ll be more careful.

    This isn’t about gun rights. It’s about cognitive reasoning. Where did it go?

  12. #12 |  captainahags | 

    I can’t believe that paypal story. . . I would sue the hell out of them. Even if there’s a clause that allows paypal to tell the buyer to destroy the merchandise, it seems like they’d have to make at least a reasonable effort to return it to the sender and THEN make a fraud determination, not just declare without any inspection whatsoever that it’s fake. This guy got scammed. And a_random _guy, that was suggested on the OP many times, apparently it’s a common scam when buying real luxury items off of ebay. “Oh, this Louis Vuitton bag is a fake! I’ll destroy it, give me my money back please!”

  13. #13 |  Tim in Ohio | 

    The real Santorum is far more disgusting than any search result.

  14. #14 |  BamBam | 

    Santorum is an enemy of anyone that doesn’t want to be a slave. This guy obviously does not want anyone to make their own decisions, and would rather have you consult your flowchart of government approved actions in any situation.

  15. #15 |  Windy | 

    I think this link is important for all Americans, it shows blatant fixing of yesterday’s Iowa caucus results, the numbers and percentages do not match:

  16. #16 |  Juice | 

    I love how the interviewer says that when Santorum talks about “working for the common good” is a bit pinko commie Santorum just says “no it isn’t.” Well, that’s that then. Then he goes on about the “founding documents” talking about freedom and that freedom comes with responsibility. The only responsibility that I see in the DOI is the responsibility to overthrow tyrants (like Santorum wishes he were).

  17. #17 |  Nick T. | 

    “Freedom comes with responsibility” thus we should take away your freedom and *force* you to act responsibly. Then, you will be free. See how that works?

  18. #18 |  EBL | 

    Why are my choices limited to only Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney or Ron Paul? I do not care for any of them particularly. Yet I think Barack Obama’s policies are horrible for the country.

    I did think Paul supporters were creative with this approach.

    And there is something about GOP elites that rubs me wrong…

  19. #19 |  Aresen | 

    Indiana legislator wants to ban novelty lighters.

    Is there anything that some legislator, somewhere does NOT want to ban?

  20. #20 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “My uncle’s interventionist policies, both domestic and foreign, stem from his irrational fear of freedom not working.”

    Holy shit! That was pretty badass. Hopefully this guy’s friends will rally around him, because he might not be invited to many family gatherings from here on out. Then again, Santorums family probably thinks he’s a brain dead cock to so he’ll be ok.

  21. #21 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    #2 Andrew S: “The only good feeling I get from the Iowa results is that, today, thousands of Social Conservatives will be googling ‘Santorum’.”

    Oh we can only hope that happens, Andrew ;)

  22. #22 |  Aresen | 

    @ 19 | Helmut O’ Hooligan | January 4th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Be honest, Ho’H. If you had the misfortune to be related to Santorum by birth, would you actually want to be invited to the family gatherings?

  23. #23 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    #22 Aresen:

    No, I guess not. No loss then.

  24. #24 |  Mannie | 

    #5 | Marty | January 4th, 2012 at 12:14 pm
    the violin story is unreal. the bureaucrat’s are destroying everything.

    It’s the eBay paradigm. PayPal is owned by eBay. The paradigm is to minimize the employment of human brain cells to make any decision. You apply a rule, preferably a wrong or irrelevant one, push a button, and go on to the next case. You really need to understand that if you’re selling on eBay. If you’re buying, you don’t need to understand much, the dice are loaded for the buyer.

    Nevertheless, it’s a place where you can make money.

  25. #25 |  BamBam | 

    more on Santorum

  26. #26 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Am I the only one who thinks that it’s time to test the water in the Indiana capitol for drugs?

  27. #27 |  FTP | 

    It was disheartening to read the comments section accompanying the Siobhan Reynolds eulogy. Lots of opiate addiction alarmism. Stories of family members who became addicts after being prescribed opioids to treat dental pain. Hmmm. Should the fact that a few people become addicted mean that everyone in severe pain has to be denied relief?

  28. #28 |  derfel cadarn | 

    Although The death of the park agent is regrettable(condolences to the family) It seems that as long as the firearms have been distributed by agents of the fed/gov. the death would be acceptable(Brian Terry). Is not the taking of a human life already against the law? When contemplating murder does one suppose that breaking lesser laws are of concern? If this individual had also illegally parked and was also in possession of a hundred watt light bulb that we should then ban automobiles and light bulbs? See what I mean? Pretty stupid right?

  29. #29 |  c andrew |

    Any odds that these officers were part of the team that killed the golf-club wielding “drug dealer” in Ogden a few months back?

  30. #30 |  Peter Ramins | 

    Whenever I need a reminder that at the very least, SOME regulation, and the vigorous application of said regulation, is a good thing – I just look at how PayPal acts and how they would act if there was NO oversight or consequence.

  31. #31 |  DavidST | 

    @PayPal: good lord that is insanity. A buyer could easily purchase a cheap wooden violin and destroy that keeping the “fraud” and the refund. I recently sold a collectable toy on eBay for 600 bucks… I did get my money and had no problems but man, I don’t know if I can keep accepting PayPal for payments. They’re pretty good to buyers though, so maybe I’ll keep using them to make payments even if they are fuckwits.