Here's to a great 2006. Cheers!
(Photo credit: I found this gem here.)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Internet users share many common interests, but men are heavier consumers of news, stocks, sports and pornography while more women look for health and religious guidance, a broad survey of U.S. Web usage has found.
The study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project to be released on Thursday finds men are slightly more intense users of the Web. Men log on more frequently and spend more time online. More men also have access to quick broadband connections than do women.
"Once you get past the commonalities, men tend to be attracted to online activities that are far more action-oriented, while women tend to value things involving relationships or human connections," said Deborah Fallows, a research fellow at Pew and author of the report.
A larger number of men surf the Internet for pleasure, with 70 percent acknowledging they go online to pass time, compared with 63 percent of women. Men are more likely than women to listen to music, view Webcams and pay for digital content.
The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.Aside from the fact that this quote puts me in the "middle-aged" category, I think it is, for the most part, very true. And it's a good thing to know that my time of "living fully" is just at the beginning ...
[Alito] advocated a step by step approach to strengthening the hand of officials in a 1984 memo to the solicitor general. The strategy is similar to the one that Alito espoused for rolling back abortion rights at the margins. […]As I mentioned in my comments to TCR, it will be interesting to see if this hits the fan during Alito's confirmation hearings. Ooh, the suspense!
Despite Alito's warning that the government would lose, the Reagan administration took the fight to the Supreme Court in the case of whether Nixon's attorney general, John Mitchell, could be sued for authorizing a warrantless domestic wiretap to gather information about a suspected terrorist plot. The FBI had received information about a conspiracy to destroy utility tunnels in Washington and kidnap Henry Kissinger, then national security adviser.
That case ultimately led to a 1985 ruling by the Supreme Court that the attorney general and other high level executive officials could be sued for violating people's rights, in the name of national security, with such actions as domestic wiretaps.
Dear All Bee's Supporters;
I'm not sure where to begin as is the case every time I begin a letter like this.
We had all hoped that Bee would be home for the holidays, but we have come much closer in the past five years, because of all of you. You have taken the time to care for someone most of you have never met.
It's funny how life is -- it was over twenty years ago my heart began to see its sorrows. I stopped trusting and believing in people and now because of all the support you have shown my son, a flicker of faith has been renewed.
As the holiday season is here, I rejoice and want to thank each and everyone of you for caring and giving of yourselves. I will always be grateful and I wish you all a wonderful holiday.
I would like to leave you with a quote I believe captures the winning spirit of all of you...
"There are but two ways which lead to great aims and achievements -- energy and perseverance. Energy is a rare gift, it provokes opposition, hatred and reaction. But perseverance lies within the affordings of everyone; its power increases with its progress, and it but rarely misses its aim." -Goethe
Most Senate Democrats and some moderate Republicans said the frigid wilderness and its assortment of wildlife, ranging from polar bears to peregrine falcons, should be protected. Other Republicans said ANWR must be unlocked for drilling to stop a steady slide in U.S. crude oil production.What kills me is that the motive for drilling all boils down to money. Americans like to say that they care about the environment and the animals and preserving our beautiful land for future generations, but until the price per gallon of gas reaches the $4 mark, they don't worry about it. These politicians who favor drilling in the ANWR seem to not care about the kind of world they'll leave to their children and their grandchildren either - they'll for sure bend over backwards to make sure that oil industry lobbyists keep them in gifts and campaign contributions.
Mr Bush also said he expected a "full investigation" into who leaked information about the wiretap programme.I am sick and tired of Dubya playing on Americans' fear of another terrorist attack as a means to rationalize and pursue tactics that, in effect, erode our civil liberties. Now, if the government even suspects for a moment that you may have terrorist ties, kiss your privacy goodbye. More and more the rationaliziation for his administration doing things the way they do is like some fucked-up, dysfunctional, paternal relationship in which it perverts existing rules in the spirit of "we know what's best for you, so shut up."
"My personal opinion is it was a shameful act for someone to disclose this very important programme in a time of war," he said.
"The fact that we're discussing this programme is helping the enemy," he added.
If al-Qaida is paying as much attention as Bush suggests, it already knew that much, and it has "adjusted" -- Bush's term -- to that knowledge accordingly. What Bush's program for spying did was remove the warrant requirement FISA imposes. How does that change anything for al-Qaida? How would terrorists communicate differently if they knew that the National Security Agency might be monitoring them without a warrant instead of with one? There's no good answer to that question, and Bush didn't give one.I used to joke around - because of certain family circumstances - that the government was going to do to my household what, in fact, has been proven to be a practice authorized by the President (by secret presidential order) back in 2001. Remind me to tell you the story some time.
Bush also failed to explain, at least in any way that made sense, why he needed to evade FISA's requirements. Bush said repeatedly that the war on terror is a new kind of war that requires fast action by United States. "This is a different era, a different war, it's a war where people are changing phone numbers and phone calls, and they're moving quick," he said. "We've got to be able to prevent and detect. It requires quick action."
But the FISA process was designed for quick action. And indeed, FISA allows the executive branch to begin monitoring communications immediately and then seek a warrant after the fact. How isn't that "fast" or "quick" or "agile" enough? Bush couldn't say. Instead, he suggest again and again that the FISA process is for "long-term monitoring" and that, after the attacks of 9/11, he saw the need to "detect." He never explained what he meant by that or how the FISA process couldn't be used both to "monitor" and to "detect." It wasn't at all clear that he knew. And if he knew, he certainly wasn't saying.
The vote sends a clear signal to the Bush administration that both chambers of Congress support the anti-torture legislation and want the government to adopt guidelines that aim to prevent damage to the U.S. image abroad. The White House has been aggressively pushing to create exceptions for CIA operatives and to water down McCain's language to keep it from limiting interrogators' options. But it appears that the administration and House Republican leaders lost some leverage yesterday.
Some military officials said the new guidelines could give the impression that the Army was pushing the limits on legal interrogation at the very moment when Mr. McCain, Republican of Arizona, is involved in intense three-way negotiations with the House and the Bush administration to prohibit the cruel treatment of prisoners.
In a high-level meeting at the Pentagon on Tuesday, some Army and other Pentagon officials raised concerns that Mr. McCain would be furious at what could appear to be a back-door effort to circumvent his intentions.
"This is a stick in McCain's eye," one official said. "It goes right up to the edge. He's not going to be comfortable with this."
"It may be smart election-year politics to thump your chest and constantly criticize your friend and your No. 1 trading partner," David Wilkins said at the Canada Club in Ottawa. "But it is a slippery slope, and all of us should hope that it doesn't have a long-term impact on our relationship."Oh really!
Wilkins may not know much about Canada -- before he got the ambassadorship, he'd visited the country only once, on a trip to Niagra Falls. But he certainly knows a thing or two about the value of long-term relationships. An old Bush family friend, Wilkins raised more than $200,000 for the president's 2004 reelection campaign. Which means, apprently [sic], that he's pretty much free to say whatever he wants.Looks like Those Who Support Bush become so emboldened that they feel they can dictate to other countries the content of their political debate. Man, this arrogance: It’s gotta stop. What’s next? Hired goons flown out to all points on the globe at the drop of a hat to enforce the "No Bush Bashing" rule? Ridiculous.
A Kansas high school student is suing his school because he was suspended for speaking Spanish in the hallway.
The attorney for 16-year-old Zach Rubio filed the lawsuit over the weekend. The suit details how the phrase "no problema" got Rubio suspended.
The Turner School District takes great pride in the cultural diversity of its students, staff and community and does not prohibit students from speaking in any language other than English and has taken steps to ensure that incidents of this nature do not occur in the future.
NYU's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice notes in its essential June 28 report, "Beyond Guantánamo: Transfers to Torture One Year After [the Supreme Court decision in] Rasul v. Bush," (on March 6 The New York Times reported):
"[E]xtraordinary renditions [by the CIA] have been carried out pursuant to a classified directive signed by President Bush a few days after September 11, 2001, that purports to grant the C.I.A. an 'unusually expansive authority' [to send terrorism suspects to countries known for torturing their prisoners]."
"Of course torture should not be widespread and of course there should be extraordinarily stringent top-down requirements in this respect. But never? ... I wouldn't say never," he told the Council on Foreign Relations think tank.This is a guy who served as one of Dubya's top advisers on Iraq policy before he left to join a consultancy firm in November 2004. I doubt that his outlook on torture has differered in the past year, when he worked under Bush. And after Condoleeza Rice has been working that spin about whether the U.S. has created a loophole that allows for torture overseas or operates secret prisons in Europe, Blackwill's concession can't bode well for the U.S. As Arthur Silber so eloquently puts it:
Barbarism and sadism are now the official policy of our government. And the defenders of that policy still tell the world that we, and only we, can ensure that the values of civilization are transmitted to the future. They seek to destroy the unique value of human life, and they have rendered themselves incapable of understanding the nature of the destruction upon which they have embarked ... And if you support these policies of the administration to any extent at all, you are one of them.
"He killed my father, and that will never change," [Owens] said. "I think he is a horrible and awful man.I don't disagree with the devastation Owens feels surrounding her father's death. But my logic tells me that it's a fine line between "justice" and "vengeance." The former is rational; the other, an emotional response. And the law should be based on reason and logic and not on emotions or subjectivity. Right?
"I don't think it's fair that he gets to breathe and walk around and have interactions, and my father, whose only crime was showing up for work, can't do those things," Owens said. "The impact that my father's death had on me is long-reaching and affects me today."
Haleigh's birth mother, 29-year-old Allison Avrett, lost custody of the girl when she was four years old because of allegations of abuse, said the Department of Social Services, whose lawyers have consulted Avrett in the case. Avrett has said she would prefer the removal of Haleigh's life support system.Oh, and by the way, Strickland's wife (and Haleigh's maternal aunt and sole legal guardian) was found shot to death with Haleigh's grandmother "in an apparent murder suicide" at her home on Sept. 22. The previous day, police had accused this woman of beating Haleigh with a baseball bat.
...We can just look at the record and see that yes, top military commanders agree with Kerry - not with Ass Cyst Limbaugh. For instance, back in 2003, the UK Guardian reported that Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, head of the allied forces in Iraq, "said the US had decided to revise its strategy and limit the scope of raids after being warned they were alienating the public." He said, "It was a fact that I started to get multiple indicators that maybe our iron-fisted approach to the conduct of ops was beginning to alienate Iraqis. I started to get those sensings from multiple sources, all the way from the governing council down to average people."So according to Mr. Ass Cyst's logic, because Kerry said "there is no reason to terrorize," that means that the soldiers are? And - as Sirota points out - because Ass Cyst is using this as an opportunity to mock Kerry, is Limbaugh really saying that the troops should?
Earlier this year, the Washington Post reported that the U.S. military was rightly questioning its own raid strategy – as Kerry alluded to – because:
"The raids turn up little and leave hard feelings among civilians who resent foreign soldiers bursting into their homes, breaking doors and gates and pointing guns at their heads. They resent these men catching their wives and daughters in their bedclothes. They resent them barking orders, telling them to get on the ground, invading their homes, emptying drawers and turning over mattresses."So let's be clear: what Ass Cyst Limbaugh is doing is both lying about Kerry, and frontally endorsing a radical change in U.S. military policy whereby our soldiers actually do start terrorizing people. He is doing this, even as our own military says that would be a mistake.
In his resignation letter, he states, “I learned in Viet Nam that the true measure of a man is how he responds to adversity. I cannot undo what I have done. But I can atone … The first step in that journey is to admit fault and apologize. The next step is to face the consequences of my actions like a man.”The Bill Clinton dig aside, I will agree that Cunningham's coming clean and facing his inevitable punishment is the right thing to do. Finally. Someone being held accountable for his actions.
He did not blame others for leading him astray; he did not quibble about the meaning of the word “is.”
Other politicians who have betrayed their trust have escaped punishment. Some are on the lecture circuit, are in demand at the highest of society circles and are considered statesmen by their party.
[Rumsfeld] spoke just days after the U.S. military acknowledged that it had paid Iraqi newspapers to publish pro-American news stories written by an "information operations" task force. Rumsfeld complained that the issue "has been pounded in the media" but "we don't know what the facts are yet."Don’t forget, Rumsy, that journalism is supposed to be a check on government, not to serve as your personal propaganda machine. And quite frankly, it’s about damn time journalists reported on the negative. Enough people have been hoodwinked for way too long. And if you think this war is going to be won by words, you are a bigger moron than I thought.
"We've arrived at a strange time in this country where the worst about America and our military seems to so quickly be taken as truth by the press, and reported and spread around the world, often with little context and little scrutiny, let alone correction or accountability after the fact," Rumsfeld told an academic audience.
It gave the government five failing grades of F -- including for failing to provide emergency communications and appropriate security funding -- 12 barely passing grades of D and nine mid-level grades of C. It received two "incompletes," and only one top grade, an A- in counter-terrorist financing.Is this surprising to anyone? Bush and his cabal may think they have a successful plan in place, but it’s obvious there is some strategic flaw in their planning. And Dubya can invoke 9/11 all he wants, but even people in his own party are starting to see the light.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York called the report a "top-to-bottom indictment" of the government's approach to fighting terrorism. "The report shows that while the administration and Congress are focused on fighting an offensive war in Iraq, they are dangerously neglecting the defensive war on terror we should be fighting here at home," he said in a statement.I understand that we as a nation may not be able to return to the halcyon days of pre-9/11, but when we have incidents like the one we had on the Bay Bridge yesterday (which I had the wonderful privilege of sitting in, by the way), we show our citizens just how reactive - and ineffective - our nation’s policy on terrorism really is. I remember sitting in my car, on the bridge and feeling trapped. What if it *had* been a bomb and not a suitcase full of Christmas lights? 9/11 was four years ago, and really, has the U.S. made any progress in putting a stop to terrorism as Bush had promised? Hell no.
Coffee and tea may reduce the risk of serious liver damage in people who drink alcohol too much, are overweight, or have too much iron in the blood, researchers reported on Sunday.Now don't go rushing to guzzle down mass quantities of either coffee or tea too late in the day, or you'll end up like me: Wide awake, when I should be in bed, sleeping. I blame the two cups of coffee I had for brunch at La Note earlier today.
The study of nearly 10,000 people showed that those who drank more than two cups of coffee or tea per day developed chronic liver disease at half the rate of those who drank less than one cup each day.
The face of this war had always been ugly. We've always tried to hide it from the public. But then, they were among us, these dead young men, these monsters, demanding only that we look at their faces and acknowledge what we had done.
A Gallup poll last month showed 64 percent of Americans favored the death penalty -- the lowest level in 27 years, down from a high of 80 percent in 1994.Interestingly enough - or not - Texas, Virginia, and Oklahoma account for more than half of the executions since 1977. More. Than. Half. At the time when Not-My-President was first nominated to be president, Texas led the nation in executions. Who is to say that at least one of these people executed were innocent? According to this article first published in Rolling Stone on July 6, 2000, Bush has said repeatedly that "he was confident of the guilt of those inmates executed under his charge." But as this 2003 Salon article shows, innocent people do, in fact, get executed. And how - as in the case of Texas Convict Charles Dean Hood - can you even guarantee that someone on Death Row has received a fair trial?
"There's now considerable public skepticism about whether all those being executed are really guilty and that has cast doubt on the whole system," said Richard Dieter of the Death Penalty Information Center.
Republicans in the U.S. Congress are trying to pass legislation to speed up executions, complaining that the time between conviction and execution, which usually exceeds 10 years, is too long.With all their pro-life posturing, why are the Republicans in such a hurry to kill? Nowhere is this bloodlust more evident as it is in Mr. Go Fuck Yourself's vehement support of torture. Why do the Republicans hate life so much?
"Pillar and Audio A [two Christian Rock bands David and Kara went to see] rock my face off!" David wrote on his blog the next day. Kara spent almost all the money in her pocket on a Pillar sweatshirt. She was wearing it the morning of Nov. 13 when, police say, David shot and killed her parents and fled with her at his side.A $720 million industry, Christian music is huge. There's a Christian counterpart to every "mainstream" genre. Supposedly, this music is supposed to be an alternative to the depravity and Godlessness of rock and roll, hip hop, rap, dance pop. All the rhythm, none of the evil. A great way for kids to get their groove on while continuing to worship.
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The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer. Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.
Another year, another Thanksgiving. The older I get, the more I start to realize - and appreciate - the meaning behind the tradition. And at Thanksgiving, I like to reflect on all of the good things happening in my life that I have to be thankful for.
And I've come to realize that I am one pensive mafaka when the holidays start to roll around. I thought it'd be a good idea to put pen to paper (or in this case, finger to keyboard) and list the things I'm grateful for.
I'm grateful that I'm able to laugh and smile every day. I have a friend that makes that her daily goal. Sounded like a good one to me, so I borrowed it.
I'm grateful that my parents are healthy and that as a unit, we've been able to face life's challenges head on - and win.
I'm grateful that I have a spectacular circle of friends that support me when I need their help and bring me back down to earth when my ego is out of control. Or if I freak out over a miniscule detail. Which happens a lot. Just ask any of them.
I'm grateful that I've managed to remain an optimist, even though certain life experiences (family, life in general, my non-existent lovelife, work, the Bush Administration, the mental image of Karl Rove naked, etc.) would cause others to become cynical and jaded (or disgusted, as in the latter example). I'm not saying I'm a Stepford Wife, but cynicism and sarcasm, tempered with an unending desire to see the good in things and people is healthy.
I'm grateful that I've learned a lot about my own personal character this year, and I'm very proud of the adult I've become. [Next up: Get better at this "hiking" thing!]
And I'm also grateful for you, Dear Reader, for visiting me here at my humble blog day in and day out. All 35-60 of you. Especially those of you who surf in from Poland, who expect to find some serious and informative website about your country. And you too, you folks still trying to find out about that Damien Marley jam. Heh. Keeping up this blog (and the several others I contribute to) has really inspired me to get myself better informed, and to try and make a change in the world I live in, any way I can. I at least hope that I've been able to inform you, or inspire you to think about a topic from a different angle.
But most importantly, I hope I've been able to make you laugh. Because I can be one silly mafaka, that's right. Ask anyone.
Elvis Presley Enterprises has green-lighted four limited-edition holiday coffees. They're Santa Baby, Blue Christmas, Love Me Tender and Silent Night -- which is the decaf version.Nothing like a cup o' The King's blend with breakfast. Thankyaverymuch.
And here's a bit of information to store under "who knew?" An official with Elvis Presley Enterprises says Presley was a big coffee drinker and would have been thrilled with the deal.
The pooch died Friday, just short of his 15th birthday, his owner said.Don't fret, Susie. The blogosphere I'm sure will immortalize Sam's face from now to eternity in random "Friday Afternoon Ugly Dog Blogging" segments everywhere.
"I don't think there'll ever be another Sam," Susie Lockheed said, adding: "Some people would think that's a good thing."
I'm torn. On the one hand, this story reads like those good-cop-shoots-suspect stories in which a perpetrator gets shot on the mistaken assumption that he or she is carrying a firearm or weapon. Let's say you were a US soldier in Iraq. How would you respond if it were you in that position? You just don't know - and can't know for sure - that this person (or minivan) in front of you is packing heat. So what do you do? You err on the side of caution. And your conclusion wouldn't have been all that far fetched:
"These tragedies only happen because Zarqawi and his thugs are out there driving around with car bombs," said Major Steve Warren, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Baquba, in reference to the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Scores of suicide car bombs have been launched at military and police checkpoints, as well as convoys and civilian targets, making soldiers wary of any vehicle.On the other hand, this story is not going to paint the US government or military in any more positive light in the international court of opinion. It's unfortunate (to put it mildly) that this happened to Iraqi civilians, nobody disputes that. But what will be important to watch is how Dubya and crew choose to spin this unfortunate event in Iraq today. It will either reveal if this administration is really serious about nurting diplomacy, or confirm for us whether politics, and not true "support for the troops," is the order of the day.
In the past few days more than 160 people have died in a spate of suicide car bombings and other attacks across Iraq, including attacks on Shi'ite mosques in the northeast and at the funeral of a Shi'ite tribal sheikh near Baquba on Saturday.
Since it's Friday, and my thoughts have already turned into flights of fancy [I really need to get focused at some point], let's talk about movies (upcoming and present) that you want to see. Here are mine:
RENT - I've seen this on stage twice and I love love LOVE it. I read somewhere that some members of the original Broadway cast will be in this movie. Can't wait for it to come out. Can. Not. Wait. I was invited to a special screening to benefit Project Open Hand, but tickets were like, $100 a piece. Exqueeze me?
Memoirs of a Geisha - Loved the book, and I mean no offense when I say this, but why is 50% of the cast Chinese? I mean, Director Rob Marshall got some great actors for this movie, but man, we don't ALL look alike.
And then there's:
Hell, I still haven't seen "The Constant Gardener" yet. I'm so behind.
*** The absence of the new Harry Potter movie is no coincidence.
The “report,” which launched last week, will be available to the 13.5 million Time Warner and Comcast subscribers nationwide who have the interactive TV feature [dammit! -me]. The content appears for three months during the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block of programming. Some 75% of the audience for that time frame is 18- to 24-year-old men, Axe’s prime target.Here's a link to the Adage article and a link to the video. I don't know if it'll work - you'll have to register and all that, but try it anyway.
The Pentagon has drafted a revised doctrine for the use of nuclear weapons that envisions commanders requesting presidential approval to use them to preempt an attack by a nation or a terrorist group using weapons of mass destruction. The draft also includes the option of using nuclear arms to destroy known enemy stockpiles of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.Cenk Uygur's latest post on the HuffPo brought this to my attention. To me, it would seem like the Bush Administration's focus should be to discourage proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Instead, extension of this pre-emptive policy regarding nuclear weapons will do everything to increase productions of WMDs everywhere - not to mention solidifying our country's position as, let's face it, an enemy to the rest of the world. This is just out of control.
In a way, we should be grateful for O'Reilly and Robertson and Limbaugh and Coulter and their slime-slinging ilk. They live in those black and nasty psycho-emotional places, so we don't have to. They show us how ugly we can be, how poisonous and ill, so we may recoil and say, Whoa, you know what? I think I need to be more gentle and less judgmental and kinder to those I love. BOR works an inverse effect on anyone with a vibrant and active soul -- he makes us better by sucking all the grossness into himself and blowing it out via a TV channel no one of any spiritual acumen really respects anyway.I couldn't have said it any better myself. Let's move on. O'Reilly will get his karma kickback soon, I am sure.
But I would never go so far as to wish terrorists would blow up, say, Washington, D.C. Or Bill O'Reilly's personal fetish dungeon at Fox HQ in New York. I would never take a similar BOR tack and suggest that every red state that openly supports Bush and his miserable wars (and by extension, O'Reilly and his miserable worldview) should offer up their kid as a blood sacrifice to the Iraq War.
Check that: Maybe I would.
Nov 16, 2005 - (PARIS, TN 11/16/05 AP) _ Extensive damage and at least one death are reported from severe thunderstorms in the nation's midsection.
Storms late Tuesday spun off tornados that destroyed or damaged buildings in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Emergency workers in Kentucky report one death and nearly two-dozen people hurt.
Scientists have found high fat, low carbohydrate diets can reduce energy to the heart.Sixteen per cent. Stiffness in the heart tissue. That's pretty freaky. The good news is that the condition can be reversed when returning to a more-balanced diet.
They found that the energy stored in the heart was reduced by an average of 16% among those who followed a high fat, low carbohydrate diet.
In some people the energy reduction was as much as a third.
Their hearts also became slightly 'stiffer' - not relaxing quite as well as before the diet.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the brother of U.S. President George W. Bush, ruled out running for president in 2008 but left open the possibility of a subsequent bid in an interview with a German magazine published on Sunday.A crazy coincidence, this article above. I was just out having some tea with friends this evening, chatting out the benefits of Brazilian waxing vs. shaving, and then I come home, read a few articles online and come across this. And the only thing running through my mind in both instances was "no more bush."
Jeb Bush, who is scheduled to visit Germany this week, told Focus weekly he had not thought much about running for the office held by his father and older brother except to rule out the next election at the end of George W. Bush's second term.
"You should never say never. But for the 2008 election, my answer is definitely no," he said, in comments translated into German by the magazine.
Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., says that the No. 1 health care crisis in his state is medical lawsuit abuse and in the past he's called for a $250,000 cap on non-economic damage awards or awards for pain and suffering. "We need to do something now to fix the medical liability problem in this country," he declared at a rally in Washington D.C., this past spring.When cornered by ABC during a book signing, in PA, Santorum said, "Of course I'm going to support my wife in her endeavors. That doesn't necessarily mean that I agree with everything that she does."
But Santorum's wife sued a doctor for $500,000 in 1999. She claimed that a botched spinal manipulation by her chiropractor led to back surgery, pain and suffering, and sued for twice the amount of a cap Santorum has supported.