When I was at Cedar Point, I saw someone wearing a T-shirt reading, “Santorum is Latin for asshole.” Want to know why? Read this, a story which, I guarantee you, has nothing to do with the Pennsylvania senator’s feelings about abortion, homosexuality or man-on-dog relations. It’s about Santorum’s support of a home-state business, Accu-Weather, and its “competition” with the National Weather Service. It’s just another stupid way that free-market Republicans can twist their arguments every which way:
Some people think the entire weather service should be privatized. I don’t happen to agree, but it’s an argument you can advance without making a fool of yourself. But Santorum doesn’t want to block the NWS from the tedious business of collecting weather data; he wants NWS to collect weather information and then to turn over that information to private companies to disseminate it. It’s as if FedEx wanted the post office to gather together in one convenient location all the mail packages people sent, leaving actual delivery to FedEx. That would save FedEx a lot of trouble. But why would the rest of us choose such an arrangement?
As someone who now carries a weather radio on open water — in other words, as someone for whom accurate weather information is no longer merely interesting, but actually important — I have two words for Santorum. You already know what they are.
mary said on August 3, 2005 at 2:48 pm
I’ve heard the word “santorum” used as a name for something extremely nasty. Google his name and a reference to this is very high on the list.
He’s been on the talk shows lately hustling his book. I know he’s hardly unique, but I still am amazed at how often morons are so absolutely sure of their half baked ideas. When challenged about his opposition to gay marriage, he keeps repeating the same answer, that being that a pair of happy heterosexual parents is best for children, and that opposing gay marriage is his way of protecting children.
Nance said on August 3, 2005 at 3:20 pm
Because of course those nasty gay men are getting all the adoptable children, and making them all tolerant ‘n’ stuff.
mary said on August 3, 2005 at 3:48 pm
My kids know so many gay people, both male and female, they don’t know that there is anything unusual about gayness. To them it’s just a different way of doing things. Some people are straight, some are gay. End of story. There are lots of gay people in my neighborhood, lots of them with kids. They are no worse or better as parents than straight people are. They are couples who love their children.
Jeffrey said on August 4, 2005 at 9:34 am
Sigh…..try living in his state.
His rambling about feminists was last night’s “Moment of Zen” on the Daily Show.
Nance said on August 4, 2005 at 10:11 am
What did he say, pray tell?
lawrence said on August 4, 2005 at 7:25 pm
Standard GOP crap: remember the tune, screw the lyrics.
harry near indy said on August 5, 2005 at 2:01 am
joe camel told me the other day that santorum;s action about the nws was the straw that broke his back.
i was visiting him at the hospital when he said that.
Whosear said on August 8, 2005 at 9:10 am
For general viewing, the idea is not bad. Accuweather does a better job than Weather Channel or local meteorologists in explaining weather, such as the cycles of hurricanes (attention, Florida planners, developers and builders), using the previous methodology of historical analysis as well as computer models.
Of course, NOAA still needs to give its synthetized reports to the weather-desperate.