The year was the deadliest year of the Iraq war for the state’s military personnel, with 46 soldiers
killed heading into the Christmas holiday weekend — most of them in combat, according to The Associated Press.
Pennsylvania has lost more than 100 soldiers since the war began in 2003. Only California and Texas have
paid steeper prices...
[PA is ranked 6th in state population, preceded by CA, TX, NY, FL, and IL, according to the 2000 US
Census. Estimates of the 2004 by the US Census project CA has three times the population of PA.]
Sen. Rick Santorum said he was pleased with President George W. Bush’s recent efforts to convey the
story of success in Iraq. Santorum, in a news release, cited the nation’s parliamentary elections accompanying high
participation, fewer acts of violence on the cities’ streets and continuing assistance to the Iraqi army and security
forces coming from American and coalition troops as reasons for a brighter outlook next year. He also cited America
not having seen another attack on its homeland since Sept. 11, 2001, as reasons for optimism. ‘‘We are a
country of resolve,’’ Santorum said. ‘‘We cannot waiver in our mission to secure democracy in Iraq.’’
The Jan. 8 program, "Justice Sunday III: Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land," follows two previous gatherings
designed to rally support for conservative positions on abortion, gay marriage, prayer in public schools and other issues.
Christian television and radio stations across the country plan to broadcast the event from the Greater Exodus
Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Scheduled speakers include U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R.-Pa., and James Dobson of the conservative
Christian group Focus on the Family.
Santorum - who sits on the advisory board of the Thomas More Law Center, which defended
the school board in court - said the case offered "a bad set of facts" to test the concept that theories other than evolution
should be taught in science classrooms. "I thought the Thomas More Law Center made a huge mistake in taking this case
and in pushing this case to the extent they did," Santorum said. He said he intends to withdraw his affiliation with
the Michigan-based public-interest law firm that promotes Christian values.
"Their asserted purposes are a sham," he [Judge Jones] wrote. "The district's purpose was to advance creationism,
an inherently religious view, both by introducing it directly under the label ID and by disparaging the scientific theory
of evolution so that creationism would gain credence by default."
In his decision, Judge Jones blasted school board members for lying in sworn depositions to conceal religious
motives and to hide the fact that a church donated funds to place copies of "Of Pandas and People" -- an intelligent design
textbook -- in the school library.
Santorum backs Bush on NSA spying, Specter calls for hearings Dec 20, 2005
Senators struggle for compromise on Patriot Act, Dems want 3 month extension to renegotiate Dec 20, 2005
Vote NO, the poor should not bear the brunt of deficit cuts Dec 21, 2005
The same administration that gave us spying on Americans, good news bought and paid for in the
Iraqi press and a costly war built on elusive rationales now wants to reduce the deficit on the backs of the poor. Americans
deserve better -- and the Senate should say so today by voting no.
Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, disputed the notion that Republicans were subverting the rules,
though he said a specific provision in the military bill would declare that any new precedent created by including the drilling
plan would not alter the rules for future legislation. NYTimes
Bush to speak on Iraq in Philly on Monday, Santorum scheduled to attend this time Dec 9, 2005
GOP senators dividing up Santorum's leadership duties while he works on re-election campaign Dec 8, 2005
Casey asks FEC to require disclosure of donors for Santorum ads Dec 8, 2005
Schiavo husband launches PAC opposing Santorum, Frist, Delay and other politicians he blames for his 'private national
nightmare' Dec 8, 2005
Opposing obscene profits for Univ. of Pitt. Medical Center and 'arrogance' of ads asking people to thank Santorum Dec 8, 2005
Candidates for U.S. Senate weave Israel into campaigns Dec 7, 2005
Senate contenders spar over ads and fiscal responsibility Dec 7, 2005
Casey asks Santorum to disavow TV ads Dec 6, 2005
In a season of scandals, Senate and House ethics panels are on sidelines, silent Dec 5, 2005
Republicans brace for a tough 2006; Santorum seriously endangered Dec 5, 2005
GOP leaders' legislative aims for the end of the year Dec 5, 2005
No clear favorite in GOP presidential race Dec 5, 2005
Sen. Burns (R-Montana) flipped vote after $5K donation from clients linked to Abramoff Dec 5, 2005
Actors in American for Job Security TV ad and Santorum's web
ads are the same; president of AJS and Santorum's media consultant deny the
two sides had collaborated in any way. They each said it was a coincidence they used the same stock footage in their respective
ads. Casey's spokesman says it raises questions Dec 2, 2005