The Senate voted Saturday to end the Clinton-era military policy known as “don’t-ask-don’t-tell”. Doesn’t seem that long ago, does it, when ol’ Bubba introduced his quaint little wishy-washy idea in the first month of his presidency, managing to enrage the rednecks while still disappointing gays. The policy simply meant that the military could no longer ask potential recruits their sexual orientation. But to be fair, Clinton at least attempted to end the military discrimination against gay soldiers, as half-assed as his reform turned out to be. Keep in mind, a lot of mainstream Dems, like Sam Nunn, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, were dead set against the policy. One major problem with D.A.D.T. was that took an act of congress to repeal the policy, which, at least technically, explains Barrack Obama’s refusal to eliminate it in the first 2 years of his presidency. What explain his decision to force the Justice Department earlier this year to vigorously fight its repeal is anybody’s guess.
In Saturday’s vote, the usual suspects in the Republican Party , led by shit-for-brains John McCain, fought against the law’s repeal. McCain referred to the the vote as “a very sad day” for America, reinforcing his support amongst bigots and the sexually conflicted. Come on, Maverick, even Dick Cheney supported the law’s repeal, for christ’s sake. And there was also the usual outcry by bible-thumpers and jesus freaks about the imposition of a “radical social agenda” in the Armed Services. But at the end of the sad day, the policy was officially voted down. Too bad it took 16 years, a long time to stay in the closet for gay soldiers and sailors.
***Breaking NEWS***Breaking NEWS: House Dems rejects tax cut deal: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/132885-house-dems-vote-to-reject-tax-cut-deal-
Here, from a recent Shawn Hannity program, is all the confirmation libs need to see red over the tax-cuts-for-the-fithy-rich deal:
HANNITY: All right. Amidst all the controversy on Capitol Hill surrounding the extension of the Bush tax cuts, one thing is crystal clear. This deal marks a major defeat for the anointed one who let political gamesmanship get the best of him.
Well, now he’s backtracking on one of his central campaign promises. But apparently that’s not how he sees it.
Yup. As I mentioned on my Dec. 8th webcast, Senator John Cornyn (R. Pricksville) couldn’t wait to kick the prez on his way down. It was the GOP’s gains in the midterm election, not some ideological shift, that caused Obama’s flip-flop:
“President Obama’s decision yesterday to join with Republicans in opposing the largest tax increase in American history was made not because he had a sudden change in political or economic philosophy.”
And why, exactly, are progs and libs especially pissed off over this deal? According to the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein , $133 billion is being spent to give the tax breaks to only 4.8 million of the nation’s wealthiest families, while $214 billion is being spent on tax cuts for the other 150 million middle class families. You do the math. And, of course, the s0-called 99 weekers, the long term unemployed, got squat from this deal.
But here’s the good news: not since Obama’s run for the White House, has the Democratic Party based been so aroused, so over stimulated you might even say. It’s not just the poor and dispossesed that are turning on the President; it’s also main stream Dem pols like Sherrod Brown and Harry Reid, and MSM commentators like Ed Schultz and Keith Olbermann. This is the most testosterone the liberal establishment has shown since they kicked Robert Bork to the curb 25 years ago.
Too bad the President isn’t on board. At least yet.
Sarah Palin fulfilled her deepest wish the other night on TLC’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”: killing a reindeer on TV. Since Palin babbles incessantly about how wimpy and squeamish we all are down here in the “lower 48″, she probably wasn’t expecting the backlash from hunters and righties. And I have to wonder, was that deer tethered? Why didn’t it trot off after the first 5 shots Sarah peeled off?
And the theatrics didn’t end there! Palin hovered over the animal’s warm body and quoted her ideological hero: “In the words of Ted Nugent, we thank that mighty animal for living a good life and now sustaining a nice family.” After the hunt has ended she was asked “are you feeling better now?” To which Palin responds, “I feel a lot better now.” At least one of us did. Here’s Sarah’s snuff film in all its glory: