Catching up on reading can create amusement. Like this article about Steve McConkey.
I am suspecting McConkey did not have a problem with Russia’s stand on gay people. Probably was unable to watch Johhny Weir, too.
About midway through last month’s Sochi Winter Olympics, Steve McConkey issued a press release as president of 4 Winds Christian Athletics, a Madison-based ministry that works primarily with U.S. track and field athletes.
McConkey bemoaned what he called the “pro-homosexual policies” of the U.S. Olympic Committee, noting the committee recently added sexual orientation to the non-discrimination policy that participating athletes must agree to. McConkey said he could envision a time when Christian athletes who oppose homosexuality will be victims of “reverse discrimination” for their beliefs.
He also accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of “trying to sway athletes to promote liberal causes, including homosexuality and climate change endeavors.”
The themes of the press release were familiar to those who follow McConkey’s efforts. He opposed the IOC’s earlier decision to include transgender athletes, and in a December press release, he criticized Nike for its supposed ties to Planned Parenthood and for starting a political action committee in support of gay marriage in its home state of Oregon.
Former State Representative Lary Swoboda Called Mentor By Joe Majeski, Current Candidate For Assembly
If one waits long enough just about anything is possible to witness.
I have no personal knowledge of Joe Majeski, who has retired as principal at Sevastopol Schools, and now seeks election as a Democrat in the First Assembly District. So I can not state how sincere or fully thought out it was when Majeski announced who his political mentor happens to be.
Majeski’s social studies teacher in Casco was Lary Swoboda. The candidate now calls Swoboda his mentor in politics. While it is true that Swoboda represented the district as a Democrat from 1971 to 1994, does not mean he was the most effective member of the assembly or held the respect that his longevity in office might lead one to believe was the case.
Majeski has stated he will focus on problem-solving, not politics, in the same vein that Swoboda did while in office. On the surface that sounds great. Who would not welcome making policy that meets the needs of the electorate as opposed to just creating political rhetoric?
While I can testify to many fine points about the character of Swoboda, who I worked with for many years in his office, I am quite sure that naming him as a mentor for political purposes is not the path to success. At least among those who follow politics in Wisconsin.
Swoboda was not a leader in the Democratic caucus, was derided for some of his policy ideas, and while he fought tooth and nail for his constituents he did so in such a fashion that he was labeled as eccentric by those under the dome.
Naming Swoboda who was a back-bencher for over 20 years as a political mentor is rather strange. That is not the starting point any candidate should saddle himself with when launching a race.
While there may have been a friendship between the two, and even deep respect, I have to question the political acumen of Majeski over this statement.
In the face of a growing swell of public approval for same-sex marriage, and following a series of federal court rulings that all underscore the same legal problem with trying to institute laws against such unions comes the out-of-touch response of Kentucky’s governor.
Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said today he will appeal a federal judge’s order requiring Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages that were performed elsewhere. Of all the places to wage political capital, or the state resources that a governor could take Beshear has decided to fight a losing round, and for what purpose I can not imagine. I can not fathom that his poll numbers show that such a legal fight will gain him much. Additionally who would want those type of voters one would attract with such nonsense. Meanwhile the pages of history will not treat Beshear well on this matter when one considers the national trends that he seems to want to fight.
While I have concerns about any attorney general not fighting for or following the laws of the state I also can say there comes a time when certain laws are so clearly unconstitutional they need to be fought on every level. Fortunately there are few examples where this is the case. But as federal judges have demonstrated around the nation the basic core issues of attempting to limit marriage of gay people, or recognize those marriages under law is just plain unconstitutional. Not one single federal judge has written otherwise.
Therefore I applaud the actions of Kentucky Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway who has stated he will not challenge the judge’s order. Conway says that Kentucky’s same-sex marriage ban discriminates against a minority and is doomed to fall, so the state shouldn’t squander its limited resources trying to save it.
The nation is past the tipping point in understanding that gay couples should have the same legal right to marry, and live life just as any other married couple in this nation. To pretend otherwise, or fight for a position that is not moral or just must be rebuked.
Who was the last person defending ‘white drinking fountains’? Who wants to be the last person defending bigotry against gay marriage?
Seems like Gov. Steve Beshear is signing up for the ignoble title.
Once again Chris Matthews mentions a character from the Pulitzer prize-winning novel Advise And Consent on Hardball. A couple weeks ago it was Fred Ackerman.
After showing a clip of South Carolina Senator Graham listing off ideas on how to make Russian President Putin feel some world reaction to the crisis in Crimea Mathews said “the senator was channeling Seab Cooley the old southern rascal, anti-communist from the Advise and Consent series”.
It is not often the world of entertainment meets so harmoniously with the crush of world news.
Recent newspaper headlines proclaim events unfolding from Moscow to Washington, where the rumblings of military bravado compete with sincere diplomats behind the scenes at the United Nations. Meanwhile changes are moving quickly regarding the acceptance of gay Americans in all aspects of society, including elective office.
Thanks to Colorado-based WordFire Press book lovers can again follow the unfolding of a Cold War drama consisting of plot lines where highly plausible and intriguing scenarios between the super-powers might lead to potentially catastrophic outcomes. In addition comes the story of a closeted homosexual U.S. senator at a time when social mores did not allow for one in such a position to live authentically.
Those are some of the scenarios that can be found in the powerfully written pages of the newly re-published classics from one of America’s most impressive authors, Allen Drury. A whole new generation of readers can now experience these political scandals and the international turmoil between the superpowers as they play out within the covers of Drury’s books.
When one mentions Allen Drury there instantly comes to mind the masterpiece Advise and Consent which sent readers into bookstores to such an extent the book remained on the New York Times list for 102 weeks. The real power of his narrative and style of writing was demonstrated when the book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960.
Not only will Advise and Consent be freshly published but also Mark Coffin U.S.S. and Decision, two other works by the famed author, will again be available to the public.
The rest of the sequence of riveting and highly readable books, including the entire Advise and Consent series, will be published throughout the 2014 election season. Within the next few years the complete works of this notable author will again be available. For that readers worldwide can applaud.
The reason these books are so rewarding to read for the first time, or again as we journey back over the decades in our recollections, is to remind ourselves of how government can operate. Through the use of multi-dimensional characters and real-world knowledge Drury constructs political chaos but also allows for the art of compromise and good will among partisans to rise up and match the needs of the nation. Sadly, reading about fictional characters in books may be the only way to now find common ground in Washington.
The process of governing is presented in a real-world vivid way as the players move about congress, the White House, and the diplomatic corridors at the United Nations. If anyone wants a civics lesson with expressive rhetoric and flair it can be found in the Advise and Consent series.
Readers from both sides of the political aisle will be caught up in Drury’s volumes. As a liberal Democrat I can state my long-time pleasure with Drury’s writings, fully knowing that when it comes to entertainment we all can find common sources of escape within books. While Drury clearly has a conservative worldview the masterful plots he creates and the strong power of his narrative makes these books a pure joy to read regardless of how one lines up on the political spectrum.
What I find most compelling within the pages is the passionate oratory from all sides which is delivered in such a fashion it makes me feel I have a gallery seat in the United States Senate or at the UN. With a strong back-story to allow readers inside the minds of the key cast of characters—and there are many personalities to know, love, and hate—makes for a much more engaged feeling the reader will have with the entire series.
Drury’s cast of characters, composites for sure of real men who once walked and governed in Washington, will likely trigger a response of wishing they might drop over for a drink while providing some inside gossip floating around the Capital. Who would not want to hear Senator Seabright B. Cooley wind a tale or two while seated in your living room?
But let me add one caveat. Once you start this series there is no way not to pick up succeeding volumes. Whereas many books are quickly read and discarded the Drury series will leave readers thinking about government, the world at large, and best of all knowing they spent some quality time with a well-crafted read.
So plan some beach time this summer with one of Allen Drury’s books. You will not regret it.
I felt there was a strong need–a moral need–for the international community to react with strength to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against the rebels. There were bipartisan howls of outage in Congress over a proposed military strike, and on my Facebook page one of my ‘friends’ offered the most vile commentary over my views which alerted me to the fact he needed to be let go from my list.
Everyone knew there would be a price to be paid for looking weak. It was a lack of moral courage, and a failing of following international law that has led us, in part, to this point with Putin and Ukraine.
This weekend the lesson was made clear for the world to see. United States Senator Bob Corker spelled it out on Sunday.
Mr. Corker traced the origins of Mr. Putin’s brash invasion to September when, in the face of bipartisan opposition in Congress, Mr. Obama pulled back from plans to conduct an airstrike on Syria in retaliation for a chemical-weapons attack on civilians. Instead, he accepted a Russian offer to work jointly to remove the chemical weapons.
“Ever since the administration threw themselves into the arms of Russia in Syria to keep from carrying out what they said they would carry out, I think, he saw weakness,” Mr. Corker said of Mr. Putin. “These are the consequences.”
For now, though, with a large-scale military exercise in western Russian already underway, the country felt very much on a war footing. By Sunday, an information campaign swept like an orchestrated gust through state-controlled news media. There were frenetic reports of clashes in Ukraine, of fascist threats to ethnic Russians and of the flight — entirely unsubstantiated — of 675,000 Ukrainians crossing Russia’s frontier as refugees. (One channel, in fact, showed a short line of cars at Ukraine’s border with Poland, not Russia.) The official Channel One network canceled its live broadcast of the Academy Awards early on Monday morning here.