Could someone *please* teach Dick Santorum how to speak English?

Dick Santorum recently made a curious statement:

At a campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa on Sunday, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum singled out blacks as being recipients of assistance through federal benefit programs, telling a mostly-white audience he doesn’t want to “make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

Called out by the public for his singling of blacks and portrayal of them as welfare parasites,  he claimed that he said “blah”, not “black”.

Now today he claimed that he stumbled over “people’s lives” and actually said “plives”, not black.

You came in fourth in New Hampshire, and you’ve done virtually no campaigning in South Carolina, the next primary state. How about you just fold up that sideshow tent of yours, Dick, and shuffle home?

Oh, and how about that curious story about how your wife (before she was your wife) shacked up with a doctor that performed abortions? Doesn’t that just put a kink in your tail?

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Frothy Mix Santorum wants to become president and outlaw all non-procreational sex.

“The state has a right to do that [rescind access to contraception], I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that. It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statutes they have…”

President Frothy would allow no access to contraception at all. No condoms, pills, diaphragms, caps, foams, jellies, IUDs, Plan Bs, and certainly no abortions.

No way for women to prevent paying the price of pregnancy for the “sin” of sex. (Someone call H. L. Mencken.)

No help for mothers whose health or lives are threatened by unwanted pregnancies.

No sex at all unless procreation is a potential outcome.

No freedom of choice for heterosexual expression at all. (And no homosexuality at all, per Frothy’s perorations. He is so far back in the closet he can’t even see the damned door.)

In other words, the uterus would be owned by the state.

Anyone care to guess how much of Frothy Mix’s campaign chest comes from Catholic sources?

Spreading santorum

Bob Vander Plaats and his gang of homophobic dominionists The Family Leader have given Frothy Mix their endorsement for the 2012 Republican nomination for president. I’ve talked about Vander Plaats here and here.

Former senator Richard Santorum responds in his own inimitable way. When asked how he would attempt to get the gay vote, he replied:

“Well, look, I have nothing against gay people. They have rights of every other citizen. But what they did in Iowa and what some are trying to do, not all gays, but some are trying to do is change the laws of this country with respect to what the definition of marriage is….. But if there are differences, I’m certainly going to speak out on those differences when I think it’s in the best interests of our country to have laws that reflect having men and women raise children and form solid marriage bonds.” (emphases mine)

See the video.

So the candidate admits that gays have the “rights of every other citizen”. So do they have the right of due process, Mr. Santorum? Do they have the right to be afforded due process? Do they have they right to be married, just like every other consenting adult in America?

And while we’re on the topic of forming “solid marriage bonds”, can we discuss the 50% divorce rate in America? Do you have plans to make divorce more difficult (or impossible) to attain? And can we discuss the curious fact that since gays gained the right of marriage in Massachusetts, the state has gained the lowest divorce rate in America (1.8% in 2009)?

Shall we talk about all that?

I thought not.

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On a disturbing side note, I discovered something that Google Search has done that I don’t think I like much.

I Googled the word “santorum”. For years, the first entry in Google’s search (the most popularly chosen entry) went to http://www.speadingsantorum.com. This is no longer true; here’s what I saw on IE and Firefox:

What was disturbing was what happened when I went to spreadingsantorum.com, and then went paged back to the Google list:

Note the third line in the second entry. You can now choose to “block all spreadingsantorum.com results”. This does not happen with any of the “official” Rick Santorum sites. I’ve asked Google why that is, but I have yet to receive a response.

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One more thought: get out there and Google “santorum” and click on the spreadingsantorum.com site. 50 or 60 times.

“This is the Patriarchy — a social-interactive construct that bombards us with misogyny.”

Rick “Frothy Mix” Santorum must not like sex very much.

His very name has become synonymous with the results of anal sex which I strongly doubt he indulges in, and would likely be horrified were he to encounter it. (Thank you so much for that, Dan Savage.)

And now he’s got a new sex gig. Yes, ladies of the audience, Rick Santorum has declared a battle on the “dangers of contraception“:

Frothy Mix also believes that women who are the victims of rape and incest have no right to request an abortion, claims that marriage equality will lead to incest, bigamy, and pedophilia, and has said all manner of unkind things about homosexuality and gay marriage.

And now he is heralding a call to return to the bad old days when the Pill put the stigma of “slut” upon women, doctors would only prescribe diaphragms to women who were married or about to be, and only married men could legally buy condoms. (Do not for one moment forget that condoms, an inexpensive form of contraception, prevents unwanted pregnancies and puts a brake on the spread of many STDs, including HIV.)

Many Republicans and teabaggers want women locked into a struggle on two fronts: on one, Frothy Mix and other political and religious nutjobs are pushing to limit or eliminate access to contraceptive materials; on the second, the same bunch of misogynistic wackaloons are also pushing to remove any sort of funding (public or otherwise) for abortion and contraception services. This double whammy places women into the position of risking pregnancy and childbirth, wanted or not, every time they have sex. This is just the sort of situation to make religious patriarchal pinheads happy.

But then you knew that Frothy Mix was a staunch colluder in the Patriarchy, didn’t you?