Thank you for contacting me about the Protect IP Act. I appreciate hearing from you and especially appreciate hearing the concerns you have raised.
On January 20th, 2012, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced an indefinite postponement of the scheduled Senate vote on the Protect IP Act. As Congress continues to consider this issue, please know that I will work to make sure your concerns are addressed.
The internet has dramatically altered the manner in which we communicate, conduct business, seek entertainment and find information. It is vital to ensure that online innovation and openness are preserved so the American people can continue to freely to express themselves and pursue personal and economic endeavors over the internet.
It is also important that foreign criminals not be allowed to steal the property of others without consequence. The pirating of intellectual property is not a victimless crime. Rather, it threatens the jobs and livelihoods of millions of middle class American workers and businesses. However, we must seek ways to protect people from online piracy, particularly foreign piracy, without limiting web-based innovation or a free exchange of ideas.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. One of the most important parts of my job is listening to what the people of Minnesota have to say to me. I am here in our nation's capital to do the public's business and to serve the people of our state. I hope you will contact me again about matters of concern to you.
United States Senator
2012-IowaCaucusResults_Certifiedvs.xlsx (452.58 kb)
Please see the attached spreadsheet that compares the results and makes note of areas that are not even counted. In some areas votes were off by a count of 185.
Before you get unhinged with responses, watch this C-Span video where the Santorum’s talk to Cafemom's "Moms Matter 2012".
At approximately 39 minutes in Rick Santorum makes note of “X-rated commercials” that come up while him and his wife watch TV and instead of using their "freedom of choice" to watch another station, program or movie he goes on to suggests that the station should be forced to comply with certain programming which would essentially be violating the constriction. He also makes reference to Hollywood movies.
Earlier in the interview he suggests public healthcare should be provided to children with disabilities rather than parents taking responsibility for it. In many cases this would involve taking money in the form of taxes from those that choose to live a healthy life style by eating organic healthy foods, have a household without harsh chemicals and cleaners, don't drink or smoke. The rationality used here can only lead to a community that cares less about them because they will come to rely on a communist like government to care for them. That is not American and it is not our future.
And prior to that he goes on to claim that he is the only candidate to advocate for "improved national defense" when in fact he is the only one to advocate for increasing overseas military spends only.
*these statements are based on my interpretation of the interview linked above and in no way are meant to state Santorums opinions. Please watch the interview and feel free to comment and express your own conclusions.
Make a difference, do your research and go vote.
When you go to msnbc.com politics section you see a page like this where it appears they are hovering over "Rye" county:
Take note of the position of "Rye" county and the current incorrect number of delegates.
After clicking on the map it takes you to this page:
If you hover over "Rye" county the image looks like this:
As you can see Rye county is at the bottom of the map and the front page image was photoshop'ed in order to show the county with the highest Romney % and the lowest Ron Paul % at the top.
The point here is to show you just one of many ways the media can skew public perception by taking cherry picked misleading data and placing it front and center instead of using one of the counties at that position.
Many people are starting to question the Iowa GOP Caucus after several "errors" in the vote counts have come to light, yet the real question here is how many errors have not come to light?
Results by District:
also attached (113.84 kb) in case it's removed at some point.
When you look at the results some districts like "Appanoose - Union" (total population 152) come into question with 32 of the total population supposedly showing up and voting for Santorum. Not unbeliveable but made questionable considering the other vote count "errors". With smaller precincts what is to prevent people from reporting false numbers at the locations?
Consider this, Santorum was behind Paul and Romney by nearly 1500 votes until the last 22% of precincts reporting.
Also notable is the clear FEC violation on the iagop.org site:
Registrant Name:Chad Olsen
Registrant Organization:Iowa Republican Party
Registrant Street1:621 E 9th St.
Registrant City:Des Moines
Registrant Postal Code:50309
Registrant Name:Gary Conner
Registrant Street1:7102 Mardyke Lane
Registrant Postal Code:46226
note the page title on the iagop.org site.