While the voters have not been unkind to the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, one segment of the Congressional Republican Party has been dealt a devastating blow: the Senate Rape Caucus.
Tags: Abortion, Bob Casey, Claire McCaskill, Election Day 2012, Indiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Women's Rights
There is no joy in Happy Valley this morning, as the bros and brosefs of Penn State University remove their New Era caps and take in the news that recently fired PSU football coach Joe Paterno will probably not be receiving the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom…
Pennsylvania's senators on Thursday announced that they are rescinding their support for the nomination of Joe Paterno for a Presidential Medal of Freedom, one day after the longtime Penn State football coach was fired by the school’s board of trustees in the wake of a child sex-abuse scandal that has shocked the country.
"In light of the recent events in State College, we are rescinding our support for the nomination of Joe Paterno for the Presidential Medal of Freedom," Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said in a statement.
I know I should be excited about a strong bipartisan stand against alleged rape enablers receiving medals. Still, while teaching young men to carry a ball down the field is one of our nation's highest callings, it's a little weird to have nominated a football coach for this honor, even before Paterno failed to alert police authorities about the activities of his longtime assistant, who allegedly raped a 10-year-old boy in the Penn State football showers. It's almost as disconcerting as that assistant being called a "Congressional Angel…"
Then Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum thought enough of Jerry Sandusky nine years ago to sponsor the former Penn State defense coordinator for a "Congressional Angels in Adoption" award, citing his work with a non-profit group he founded to provide care for foster children.
Santorum, of course, had no way of knowing that Sandusky was a serial child abuser. All because I've butt-dialed 9-1-1 more times than Joe Paterno has dialed that number in order to report a case of sexual assault.
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Tags: Bob Casey, Football, Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum
By now, we've probably all heard that the crazy conservative conspiracy theorists who thought that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (or ACORN) was a corrupt tool of the worst elements of liberalism were completely justified in their crazy conspiracy theorizing.
But have you heard this interesting thing?
[T]he Senate yesterday voted overwhelmingly to prohibit Housing and Urban Development grants from going to [ACORN], which bills itself as "the nation's largest community organization of low and moderate income families."
That's not really the interesting part. Of course the Senate would "overwhelmingly" vote to stop American tax dollars from going toward the illegal trafficking of sex workers and the fostering of whorehouses. I mean, really, you'd just have to be pretty dumb and politically suicidal to not vote against a thing like that.
Here's the interesting part…
Eighty-three senators voted for an amendment from Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., to ban the funds, with seven senators voting against the amendment and nine not voting.
Seven United States senators voted against the bill! And they're all fucking Democrats (except for one who's an independent socialist, which is pretty much like a super Democrat)…
NAYs —7 Burris (D-IL)
So, you were wondering how the Democrats were planning their spectacular implosion in the 2010 midterms? Does this give you any ideas?
Tags: ACORN, Bernie Sanders, Bob Casey, Corruption, Dick Durbin, Kirsten Gillibrand, Patrick Leahy, Roland Burris, Senate
There's been a lot of talk recently about liberals trying to Jedi-mind-trick Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter — the least Republicany republican in Republicanville — into jumping ship and joining the Democrats' glorious march toward its mythological filibuster-proof 60-seat-majority before he gets crushed in the primaries next year.
Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell — a Philadelphia Eagles fan who stuck with Hillary Clinton pretty much right till the DNC — is obviously a big fan of lost causes…
Ed Rendell told RNN-TV, a regional cable news channel in the Northeast, that he has in fact tried to talk GOP Senator Arlen Specter into switching to the Democrats — oh, and so have some other important people, who Rendell probably shouldn't have mentioned.
"We've tried," said Rendell. "Myself, Senator Casey, Vice President Biden have tried to talk him into it, but he's bound and determined to stay a Republican."
I know just how Governor Rendell feels watching someone just pretty much committing suicide before your eyes. I saw Requium for a Dream that one time.
The worst part will be watching Specter go ass-to-ass with his GOP challenger during the primaries. But if you drink enough, that image will eventually get burnt from your brain.
Tags: Arlen Specter, Bob Casey, Ed Rendell, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Senate
Barack Obama — for no particular reason whatsoever, not for an awkward opportunity or anything, I mean — decided, just of his own free will, to go bowling in Altoona, PA — where there might maybe be a really important primary coming up soon — over the weekend for some reason.
And, I'll tell you, Obama may have been compared on several occasions to great Americans like Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, but it doesn't seem like he'll be compared to Johnny Petraglia anytime soon…
"I haven't bowled in 30 years," Obama declared before putting on size 13 1/2 shoes. Casey joined in, and the two rolled. Casey's ball went into the left gutter; Obama's rolled into the right. And so it went, though the locals didn't seem to mind the poor performance…
No, because clearly they could tell that these millionaire politicians were spending time with them strictly for the sheer love of bowling. And I'm sure they realized that they were just rusty and would be improving as they night wore on. And Casey's performance did improve.
Obama's balls on the on the other hand meandered their way into the gutter time and time again.
Well, I guess we can add Bill Clinton to that list of people he's been compared to.
"My economic plan is better than my bowling!" Obama declared at one point to the crowd that had gathered around the lane, growing with each frame as patrons texted and called friends and family to see the political spectacle.
Well, I should hope so. Sounds like George Bush's economic plan is better than Obama's bowling.
Tags: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Bob Casey, George W. Bush, John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan