Unsurprising News of the Day: Rick Santorum To Write Column For Right-Wing Conspiracy Website


Rick Santorum has joined WorldNetDaily, a conspiracy theory blog best known for its indefatigable work advancing the birther movement, as an exclusive columnist.

The former Pennsylvania senator, who was voted out of office in 2006, will use the perch to remain in the conservative consciousness as he eyes another presidential bid in 2016. His column will be featured on the site every Monday.

Santorum’s extreme views will fit in well at WorldNetDaily. In the past, he has compared homosexuality to bestiality, told rape victims they shouldn’t be permitted to get an abortion but rather should “make the best out of a bad situation,” and said food stamps are unnecessary because obesity rates are so high.

Culling WorldNetDaily’s conspiracy theories to a manageable list is a herculean task, but here are a few choice headlines:

(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow)

By all accounts, the past month has been most difficult on Romney’s wife, Ann, who friends said believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny. They said she has been crying in private and trying to get back to riding her horses.

(Source: theatlanticwire.com)

Israel Declares War On Hamas Via Twitter, Hamas Responds Via Twitter, Welcome to 2012 | Popular Science




“The Israeli Defense Forces has a spokesperson, and that spokesperson has a Twitter feed, and that Twitter feed is where information from the Israelis is being disseminated.It’s a mix of news (“The IDF has seriously damaged Hamas’ long-range missile capabilities (40 km/25 mi range) & underground weapons storage facilities.”) and argument in favor of the strike (“Israelis living near the #Gaza Strip have been living under fire for the past 12 years.”). It’s run extremely blandly and competently, like whoever’s behind the feed was hired after proving their worth as the social media manager of Oprah Magazine. It hits all the right notes: hashtags, links to videos and articles, original photos. Hell, there’s even a custom hashtag (#PillarOfDefense) created specifically for this event.

It’d be a very well-run Twitter campaign, except it’s not announcing a new cellphone—it’s announcing a barrage of missile strikes against a neighboring territory. Those pictures are of bombing sites. The videos are of Israeli generals explaining the bombings, or even videos of the bombings themselves. That hashtag? It’s only #PillarOfDefense in English. In Hebrew, as Gawker found out, it’s #PillarOfCloud—‘a Biblical reference to the form God adopted in order to protect the Children of Israel and strike terror into the heart of Egyptians.’ And instead of Microsoft playfully interacting with Apple, or Domino’s and Pizza Hut trading zingers about pizza, we have @AlQassamBrigade, the Twitter account of the Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Palestinian political party/terrorist organization Hamas, tweeting back…”

Holy shit. And Israel announced they were cutting telecommunications, including internet, to the Gaza strip. Whenever a government cuts communication within their own borders, horrible actions against their people tend to follow…

(Source: nothingman)

Our education plan allows us to make further gains in the suburbs. It will also allow us to make gains with Hispanics and African-Americans. As people do better, they start voting like Republicans — unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing.

Karl Rove (via azspot)

Too much education, eh?

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The more facts you know, the more likely you are to vote for reality rather than Republican La La Land.

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Mitt Romney Didn't Learn a Thing, Is Still An Asshole.


A week after losing the presidential election to President Obama, Mitt Romney blamed his overwhelming electoral loss on what he said were big “gifts” that the president had bestowed on loyal Democratic constituencies — including young voters, African Americans and Hispanics.

In a conference call Wednesday afternoon with his national finance committee, Mr. Romney said that the president had followed the “old playbook” of wooing specific interest groups — “specially the African American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” Mr. Romney explained — with targeted gifts and initiatives.

Like I said on election night: one well-delivered concession speech does not undo the campaign Romney ran. This is who Romney really is: a rich asshole who truly believes the world owes him its eternal gratitude simply because he exists.