The Ugandan Parliament is apparently mulling, again, an anti-homosexuality bill that would put gays in prison for life and make some gay acts punishable by death. (The bill calls these acts "aggravated homosexuality," which I'd find hilarious if I were more cynical, I guess.) The Ugandan Parliament has gone back and forth on whether to debate the bill, let alone pass it, but let's prepare for the worst and demand that the Ugandan Parliament reject this bill. The climate in Uganda is a lot worse for gays than it is here -- here you've got Fred Phelps, but over there you've got cops killing gay activists and newspapers running photos of allegedly gay men under headlines like "Hang Them." Then again, given that some American evangelicals have involved themselves in Uganda's anti-gay efforts, perhaps some American right-wingers want America to be more like Uganda in its attitude toward gays.
Meanwhile, the FCC rubber-stamped the Comcast-NBC merger a few months back -- and one of the FCC's Commissioners, Meredith Attwell Baker, is quitting the FCC to work for Comcast. As a lobbyist. The more cynical among us no doubt shake their head and say who cares? It happens every day. Well, we care, and it shouldn't happen, ever. So Free Press helps you demand that Congress investigate Ms. Baker's potential conflict of interest. I suppose it's remotely possible that an honest investigation digs up nothing other than bad timing, but dammit this looks like dung and smells like dung, and if it looks like dung and smells like dung I don't have to put my nose in it because someone else says it might be meatloaf. And perhaps I shouldn't expect much from Rep. Darrell Issa, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a man who requested earmarks for himself in 2008 and 2009. Then again, perhaps he'll see the political gain from doing an honest investigation that risks making a fellow Republican look bad. In any case, our will, their duty, et cetera.