Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Middle of the Week Mélange

A few things worth noting as the week rolls on:
  1. Hatewatch, a service offered by the Southern Poverty Law Center tracking all things hate in the United States, had an interesting item that caught my eye. A conference sponsored by the anti-Semite Fatima Center is going to feature an interesting array of characters. Former Congressman Ron Paul, John McManus (president of the John Birch Society) and Roberto Fiore. The latter is a name many in the U.S. are not familiar with, but one that they should familiarize themselves with. Fiore, an Italian neofascist whose extreme views make Ron Paul's seem moderate/centrist. The conference, slated to take place in Niagra Falls next month, is marketed as a meeting to discuss "a return to sanity in the government of the world and the Church, for the two cannot be separated.” Sanity, the John Birch Society, Ron Paul and Roberto Fiore? One of these is not like the others.
  2. For those of you not familiar with Occupy posters, they are some of the most politically-savvy, progressive-minded types of informative art out there. I recently saw one of them featured at Daily Kos and had to share. It is titled, "Silouhette Man Wonders WTF is Wrong with Americas." Do check it out.
  3. Think Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is out there, but doesn't really have any impact on policy? Not so. As Kathleen Parker notes in her opinion piece for the Washington Post, King has in hand in a little of everything and one of the lower profile items has to do with an amendment to the farm bill that Parker says "would preempt state and local laws governing food production and other animal-related industries, including puppy mills, confinement of farm animals, animal fighting, shark finning and the sale of meat from horses, dogs and cats." He's actually citing the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution to defend his amendment. Seriously.
  4. One last item: Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy has launched The Kennedy Forum, an organization devoted to mental health parity in healthcare public policy. This is a credit to his father, who devoted much of his entire political career to issues of healthcare and shined the light on the need for mental health parity. I can think of no more qualified person to lead such an organization than Patrick Kennedy and look forward to their future in this important discussion.
Somehow I managed to not mention any baseball stories. I'm sure I'll make up for it next time.

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