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Congressman Tom Lantos succumbs to cancer

Original post made on Feb 11, 2008

Congressman Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo, San Francisco, died early this morning due to complications from cancer at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland, his spokeswoman said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 11, 2008, 7:41 AM

Comments (24)

Posted by America Lost, a resident of Professorville
on Feb 11, 2008 at 8:13 am

Is this the only way to get new blood in office?


Posted by Max, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2008 at 8:24 am

America Lost--we have elections every tow years for Congress--if Mr Lantos' constituents would have wanted "new blood" they would have voted someone else into office


Posted by American Lost, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Feb 11, 2008 at 8:59 am

You think so?
I don't, Americans has lost and the pro-politician has won.

I guess you haven't looked a the congressional districts that are hacked up to protect incumbents. Americans are boxed in and do not have a vote due to these political manipulators.

And you consider this map fair?

Web Link

What I am sad about is this man's family; they are the big looser here. He hung on to this office long after the point a sensible person would decide to spend their final days with loved ones.

Final word: He was selfish.




Posted by Max, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2008 at 9:05 am

Apparently his constituents wanted him to serve.
It is very sad that you consider a great man like Lantos as being selfish because he believed in serving his country and standing up for human rights.
Fortunately you are in the minority with that view.


Posted by Citizen, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2008 at 9:35 am

I am truly saddened that we have lost this great American. Rest in Peace, Tom. Thank you for your years of dedicated, caring, intelligent service to this country.


Posted by Disgusted, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Feb 11, 2008 at 10:33 am

In the people's republic of california we will just be given another Democrat party operative since voter choice has long been gerrymandered away.


Posted by No-Lantos-Fan, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2008 at 11:23 am

Lantos got caught misleading the American people back in 1991/1992 about some aspects of the Hussein's adventures into Kuwait:
--
Web Link


Deception on Capitol Hill

Published: January 15, 1992

It's plainly wrong for a member of Congress to collaborate with a public relations firm to produce knowingly deceptive testimony on an important issue. Yet Representative Tom Lantos of California has been caught doing exactly that. His behavior warrants a searching inquiry by the House Ethics Committee.

Mr. Lantos is co-chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. An article last week on The Times's Op-Ed page by John MacArthur, the publisher of Harper's magazine, revealed the identity of a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl who told the caucus that Iraqi soldiers had removed scores of babies from incubators and left them to die.

The girl, whose testimony helped build support for the Persian Gulf war, was identified only as "Nayirah," supposedly to protect family members still in Kuwait. Another piece of information was also withheld: that she is not just some Kuwaiti but the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the U.S.
--

Was it really the act of a "great man" to effectively lie to his constituents and the American people in order to get them "on board" to go to war against the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait?


Posted by Max, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2008 at 11:37 am

And what happened? was this turned over to the ethics committee?

A part of the article you left out:

"Chances are that Congress would have voted to pursue the war even without this deception"

Even great men make mistakes.
Lantos was a great man


Posted by No-Lantos-Fan, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2008 at 11:42 am

> was this turned over to the ethics committee?

Most ethical violations of Congressmen are not turned over to ethics committees--Congressmen pretty much do as they want. It was clearly troublesome, because even the left-leaning NYT took notice.

It's difficult to see Lantos as a "great man".


Posted by Max, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2008 at 11:57 am

Then we should let people read the whole story;

Web Link

(granted this is a wikipedia link, but it does allow people to read the story as opposed to just reading the one-sided NY Times link).

Lantos was a great man.


Posted by Lantos Fan, a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 11, 2008 at 12:03 pm

He will be missed. He was a great man.


Posted by Nota Rolemodel, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Lantos a "great man" << LOL << yea, sure more like a great opportunist.





Posted by Max, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2008 at 1:45 pm

May not be a role model to you, but his constituents thought highly of him--the re-elected him with more than 75% of the vote in the last election


Posted by Donna, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Hey max it does not matter what you say. A shill is a shill, period.

His district was pimp slapped with more democrats, NO OTHER party had a chance.

The district was protected in the finest from of patronage.

Wake up.


Posted by Mike, a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 11, 2008 at 3:31 pm

"His district was pimp slapped with more democrats, NO OTHER party had a chance."

Sounds like the GOP, in Texas. tit-for-tat


Posted by Max, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2008 at 3:33 pm

You are forgetting how Democratic the Bay Area is--a republican has little chance in many districts here.
Anyway, if his constituents were unhappy they could have unseated him in the primaries.
Aren't you getting tired of posting under different names--maybe you need a good pimp slapping--or do you hate Tom Lantos because he was:
A) jewish
B) a holocaust survivor
C) a strong supporter of ISrael crushing palestinian murders
D) All of the above


Posted by No-Lantos-Fan, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Hmmm

> B) a holocaust survivor

Why would anyone be opposed to a Congressman because he was a "holocaust surviver"? Of course, there is no good reason to vote for someone because he was a "holocaust surviver".

> C) a strong supporter of ISrael crushing palestinian murders

Well .. no US Congressman should be elected on a platform point that he wants a country based on religious intolerance to kill all of the people living in a nearby location of another religion.

If one claims that Lantos was a "great man" because he supported the killing of the Palestinians -- then we have a problem on our hands.


Posted by Donna, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Mike, two wrongs never make it right.


Posted by max, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2008 at 5:46 pm

no lantos fan--and that is why no one who supported Hamas has been elected to congress. Lantos supported Israel and her right to self- defense. He knew first hand what the Nazis did and what their current day incarnation, as Hamas and their associated Palestinian murderers can do.


Posted by Bill, a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 11, 2008 at 6:10 pm

Thank you Max for permitting me to read the story about the Kuwaiti "nurse". The story was never substantiated and it does smell to me like propaganda.

While no man is perfect, I believe he did much better than most in serving in Congress.


Posted by GMC, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 11, 2008 at 8:08 pm

It does seem kind of sad that a person died, and some users of the forum have taken the opportunity to be so disrespectful. I lived in Lantos' district for a short time, and I really did disagree with many of his political positions, but now that is so unimportant. I think the important thing is saying thank-you to a man who immigrated to this country after experiencing some horrible things, and then made the choice then become a public servant. I imagine he really did love America.


Posted by perspective, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 13, 2008 at 5:23 pm

THANKS GMC! I am with you 100%

RIP Mr. Lantos


Posted by Senor blogger, a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 14, 2008 at 7:59 am

All,
I wonder why City Flags are NOT being flown at half- staff today.
Senor Blogger


Posted by Max, a resident of another community
on Feb 14, 2008 at 8:07 am

Maybe the city is afraid of offending Peninsula Peace and Justice--they disliked Lantos because he was a strong supporter of Israel, while have supported Hamas, fatah and Hezbollah.


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