I decided that, since there's an election coming up and I'm going to be following it quite closely, it'd be kinda fun to put all of my posts related to the subject on one page.
Though I will primarily be focusing on the 2012 United States Presidential Election, I will not limit all the content to that. This is basically where I'll be posting anything I find interesting on the subject of politics.
This place, very clearly, is still under construction.
In a move without precedent in the modern era, Republican congressional leaders including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz) have penned a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urging him not to take any steps to help the economy.
If I lived in a city, I would be printing copies of this to leave around unemployment offices, on random bus seats, in laundry mats - places where folks who may not pay that close attention to politics, but who are hurting might find and read it. The regular news programs people are more likely to watch than the 24 hour news programs we junkies follow, probably won’t cover this.
Of all the reactions to the ongoing abuse scandals amongst the Catholic church (and there have of course been plenty), I’m most fascinated by Ireland’s handling of it. Whenever I’ve taken an interest in my distant Irish ancestry and the history thereof, Catholicism has generally been at the heart of whatever was going on, at least in the better-documented past. It’s been tied to the Vatican unlike pretty much any other first world country, possibly excluding Italy. So hearing of the open anger at the church and the backlash that’s going on is somewhat surprising.
If there’s any irony to debating bills that would make English Pennsylvania’s official language in a building where lawmakers regularly take the tongue of Shakespeare and King Jamesand throttle it to within an inch of its life, it was likely lost on members of the House State Government Committee Tuesday.
Rick Santorum has a new ad out. It’s called “The Only One” and the first minute or so is meant to induce suicide, we think. It’s just sort of really suicidal stuff. With that in mind, we decided to go over the entire thing and see what’s right, what’s wrong and what’s up for debate here.
A film about Waldron’s experience is apparently in the works, titled The Ultimate Price: The Peter E. Waldron Story. While Waldron was in Uganda from 2002 to 2006, the Republican political activist was reportedly arrested with a small weapons cache. The details are murky but he spent more than a month in prison.
The surfacing of this name, tied to Uganda, got people wondering. And it turns out Waldron was spotted by happenstance while visiting the church of staunchly antigay, and dangerous, pastor Martin Ssempa. A journalist with The New Republic, Andrew Rice, bumped into them together while researching an article on evangelicals in the country.
Ssempa is well known for inflaming violence against gay people in Uganda, even screening gay porn to incite backlash. While no one is reporting that Waldron actively helped push for the “Kill the Gays” bill that is even now still being considered by the country’s parliament, Rice says that Waldron regaled Ssempa’s congregation with stories and seemed like a minor celebrity. Waldron spoke about his time in the military (which Waldron strongly implied was CIA related), his visit to the White House, and he bragged about being cozy with the Ugandan president.
So yeah guys, this is SERIOUS news. Spread it around!