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not an especially good week for press person (folks)

via: Think Progress

NUMBER 1:

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) has been lampooned in recent days after his office clarified his wildly inaccurate statements about Planned Parenthood in the Senate Floor last week by telling CNN it was not intended to be a factual statement.”

Yesterday, Kyl walked back his walk back, saying he “misspoke” on the floor and that the “factual statement” statement “WAS NOT ME – THAT WAS MY PRESS PERSON.”

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/15/kyl-aide-not-intended-to-be-a-factual-statement/

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NUMBER 2:

former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)

FANG: Today, you unveiled your new campaign slogan, “Fighting to make America America again.” But was it intentional that this line was borrowed from the pro-union poem by the gay poet Langston Hughes?

SANTORUM: NO, BECAUSE I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT, so

FANG: Oh, alright thanks. Wait did you have a clarification there?  Was it just a coincidence?

SANTORUM: I didn’t know that. The folks who worked on that slogan for me didn’t inform me that that’s where it came from, if in fact it came from that.

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/15/rick-santorum-langston-hughes-poem-gay/

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“If in fact it came from that”, yeah well it did.

“Let America Be America Again” – By Langston Hughes

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

Note: Hey, I’m only guessing here, but perhaps Santoum’s ‘person’ STOPPED READING at this point, and didn’t get to this:

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek–
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/Langston-Hughes/2385

April 16, 2011 Posted by | GOP morons, Kyl, Santorum | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Santorum – “Fighting to make America America again”

Via: Think Progress

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Earlier today, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) announced that he will begin fundraising for a presidential run using the campaign slogan “Fighting to make America America again.” This eloquent turn of phrase, however, was not invented by Santorum.

It is borrowed [stolen] from the title of a pro-UNION, pro-RACIAL JUSTICE, and pro-IMMIGRATION written by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes –

“Let America Be America Again”:

“O, let America be America again –
The land that never has been yet –
And yet must be -the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine – the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME -“

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While Hughes is best known for his poetic cries for racial and economic justice, he was also a staunch defender of gay rights. His poem “Cafe: 3 a.m.” criticizes a police raid on a gay establishment, attacking the injustice of arresting gay people because “God, Nature, or somebody made them that way.”

SANTORUM, by CONTRAST, is best known for spouting a frothy mixture of anti-gay rhetoric comparing same-sex couples with people who have sex with dogs.

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/14/rick-santorum-langston-hughes/

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Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langston_Hughes

April 15, 2011 Posted by | GOP morons, Santorum | , , , , | Leave a comment

Rick ‘one trick pony’ Santourm

‘Rick Santorum Blames Abortion For Social Security Woes’

In his latest trip to New Hampshire, Republican Rick Santorum says the Social Security system would be in much better shape if there were fewer abortions.

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He says the system has design flaws, but the reason it is in big trouble is that there aren’t enough workers to support retirees. He blamed that on what he called the nation’s abortion culture. He says that culture, coupled with policies that do not support families, deny America what it needs — more people.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/29/rick-santorum-blames-abor_n_841940.html

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What we need is ‘More jobs’; no let me re-phrase that, ‘More better paying jobs’.

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And you still need More people?

Well fine, pass a version of what your bud, McCain, was advocating in ’08.

“McCain Says Immigration Should Be Top Priority”

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/22/mccain-says-immigration-reform-should-be-top-priority/

March 30, 2011 Posted by | GOP morons, Santorum | , , , , , | Leave a comment