News & Notes December 21, 2010

President Obama will sign the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell into law tomorrow morning and, yes, Lt. Dan Choi has been invited to the ceremony.  Now that one vestige of the Clinton era is gone its time for DOMA to go.

South Carolina seceded from the union 150 years ago and last evening a bunch of white people still missing slavery celebrated at a ball in Charleston.  We should have simply let them leave (along with a few other states).  If SC did it again we’d say “don’t let the door hit you in the arse on your way out.”

Republican Senators continue stalling on the START Treaty as they try and line up votes to defeat this important piece of our national security puzzle.  Between refusing to fund our troops at war, protect service members from rape (yes there ARE real dangers for our women in service who get raped all the time BY STRAIGHT MEN), along with the DREAM Act which would allow children of undocumented immigrants a path to legalization through service in the Armed Forces the GOP has gone soft on national defense.  Miss McConnell is now trying to say the treaty is being jammed down their throats.  Its been in the Senate since March.  They tried this flimsy excuse on the HCR bill too after deliberating a year.  The Senate Minority Leader should clear his throat and learn how to swallow.

Explain to me please how the Republican Party justifies not funding medical care for 9/11 responders?  First President George W. Bush screwed them by falsely stating the air at Ground Zero was safe even though his Administration knew otherwise.  Now as these heroes begin to suffer terrible chronic lung diseases there’s no money to cover their care?  $3 trillion to go to Afghanistan and lose a war was a sufficient response but not money for their medical care?  Next thing you know they’ll refuse to also fund VA services for our troops.  Oops, they already did that.

Gov. elect Corbett is in transition to office and his team is full of campaign contributors.  Color me shocked that our corrupt campaign finance system does this…

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is the latest GOP heavyweight to chime in with his revisionism of Southern history.  These white supremacists are in panic mode trying to erase their sins of slavery.  It won’t pass muster Haley.  

Today is the first official day of winter.  Since it began several weeks ago can we get spring early too?

News & Notes July 26, 2010

Kirk and I enjoyed seeing Beckett’s “Endgame” Saturday at the Berkshire Theater Festival.  Yesterday I was kayaking with some friends when a storm came on us about five miles short of our destination on the Delaware River.  Gale force winds blew us the final mile.  Interesting paddling conditions…

Netroots Nation concluded over the weekend and the seminal moment happened when Lt. Dan Choi gave Sen. Harry Reid his West Point ring.  Choi was discharged last week under DADT and Reid told him he’d return the ring when the law is repealed.  I hope Dan isn’t holding hi sbreath because this White House is so buy disenfranchising key Democratic constituencies the votes won’t be there soon.

Bill DeWeese was held over for trial today on BonusGate charges.  Now, when is Corbett’s trial for the Ories?  Harrisburg area reporters now spend more time in court covering politics than in the Capitol.

Tom Tancredo announced his candidacy for Governor in Colorado today.  This comes on the heels of news the regular GOP nominee got paid for plagiarizing writing he did.  Tancredo then got into an argument on the air with the state Republican Chair.

DADT Is Obama’s Insurgency

Barack Obama campaigned heavily within the gay community on repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT).  The policy allows The Pentagon to prosecute and dismiss any LGBT soldiers who either come out or are outed.  It means undermining the integrity of our Armed Forces by forcing soldiers, Marines, airmen, seamen and others to lie about who they are.  It is fundamentally immoral.  President Obama had an opportunity with a filibuster proof majority to repeal the act last year.  Scott Brown’s Senate victory erased that advantage but obtaining one more vote from one of the few remaining moderate Republicans seems possible.  The President, however, is refusing to consider the bill this year.  It appears prospects for next year will be far worse if Democratic voters remain home once again this November.

DADT could be reversed by Executive Order but that means the next Republican President could re-instate it the same way.  Having Congress actually repeal the legislation is far more permanent and is what gay rights groups seek.  Of course they thought they had President Obama’s support only to find he has run them under his bus along with many other key constituencies.

Lt. Dan Choi chained himself to the White House fence recently to protest the President’s refusal to do as he promised and was arrested.  This week a group interrupted the President at an event for Sen. Barbara Boxer then more locked themselves to the White House fence.  Obama’s minions ordered all press away from Lafayette Park so they, and us, would not know about the acts of civil disobedience.  So much for the most transparent Administration in history.  But, of course, the Obama people are being transparent:  they are being transparent in their efforts to stab the gay community in the back and renege on their promises.