Political Animal


December 08, 2012 2:30 PM Weekend Tidbits

By Adele Stan

Time to get back to the work of actually living (as opposed to blogging) — you know, eating one’s lunch, playing one’s ukulele, getting one’s groceries in a place where you’re likely to run into senators and pollsters while you order your chicken at an actual butcher’s stall at Eastern Market.

It looks to be a beautiful day out there on Capitol Hill, where your guest blogstress makes her home, and a little sun might do her pasty, blogstress face some good.

Meanwhile, the world spins on. A few notes to consider:

* In a departure from its 2009 policy, the Obama administration is soliciting corporate donations of $1 million for exclusive access to inaugural events, reports the New York Times.

* After receiving a ringing endorsement from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni muscled through Parliament an oil-sector bill that Angelo Izama of the Open Society Foundation said amounted to “handing over an ATM (cash) machine” Museveni and his government, Reuters reports. Meanwhile, Uganda’s “kill the gays” bill is back in play.

* The nation lost one of its most talented and dedicated organizers when Jon Kest, a founder of the Working Families Party, died this week of cancer at the age of 57. Perhaps you heard about the fast-food workers’ strike in New York City earlier this month? Kest organized them, on the heels of a devastating family tragedy, the death of his 23-year-old daughter, Jessie Streich-Kest, during Hurricane Sandy.

* In Roswell, N.M., a handgun and ammo were found in a case of meat as it was unpacked by a grocery store worker.

* An Epic Hug: Former Fla. governor Charlie Crist becomes a Democrat, hopes to become a governor again. LGBT people are waiting for word of movement on Crist’s former opposition to marriage equality.

Until tomorrow….


  • c u n d gulag on December 08, 2012 3:34 PM:

    My heartfelt condolensces to Mr. Kest's family and friends.
    He loses his young daughter, and then dies himself? What a HORRENDOUS story!

  • exlibra on December 08, 2012 3:44 PM:

    * In Roswell, N.M., a handgun and ammo were found in a case of meat [...]

    Is FBI inspecting the "meat"? Just to make sure that the "essential datadera" are all right?

  • Keith M Ellis on December 08, 2012 8:05 PM:

    The "Reuter's reports" link in your Uganda item mistakenly leads to the NYT link of the previous item.

  • Adele Stan on December 08, 2012 10:56 PM:

    Thanks so much, Keith. All fixed now.

  • POed Lib on December 09, 2012 10:21 AM:

    Wow. Crist becomes a Democrat, and you think that the item on the top of the agenda is his view of gay marriage? What an idiotic idea. Gay marriage is item 26 on the agenda, folks. What about corporate tax giveaways? Florida and the ACA? FL destroying unions? FL destroying voting rights?