Seeing a Flock of Moons

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 8:00 pm

Never do I feel so powerless and deflated in my role as a citizen as I do toward the end of an election season, but 2012 is quickly reaching a new level of awfulness. I just can’t wait for this to be over. From the top of the ticket on down (except for a few bright spots I’ll get to later), the dispiriting sense that “winning” can only be called such because losing is flat-out unthinkable, given that almost half of the electorate is evidently willing and eager to elect into office a party that holds them in utter contempt.

 

Early Morning Swim: Patrick Murphy and Rachel Maddow Discuss DADT Vote

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 4:43 am

Wonder what Willard, Huck and the Quitter are going to say after it passes in the Senate — since they all think gays in the military should stay in the closet.

Sunday Late Night: WaPo’s Capehart Shocked Log Cabin Republicans Support (gasp!) a Republican

By: Sunday October 24, 2010 8:01 pm

LGBT Americans need support for our goals in both parties — but we don’t need advocates who give in just when victory is at hand. Viewing Patrick Murphy’s actions that way doesn’t require a partisan lens, but it does require removing the rose-colored glasses Jonathan Capehart wears as he types up another screed against people who embarrassed Team Obama.

Still At Risk: A Warning to Military Servicemembers (UPDATED with SecDef Gates’ Video)

By: Saturday May 29, 2010 3:37 pm

Amidst all the hoopla heading into Memorial Day weekend over the ‘repeal’ of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network very wisely posted a warning to all members of all service branches: nothing has changed. As a public service, I am re-posting SLDN’s warning here.

Senate Armed Services Passes Legislative Repeal of DADT; House Vote Imminent UPDATE: House Passes

By: Friday May 28, 2010 6:00 am

The Murphy amendment passes the House, 234-194, with 5 Republicans voting in favor. This means that the amendment is in the House and Senate versions of the bill, as of tonight. The five Republican votes in favor were Djou (HI), Cao (LA), Ron Paul (TX), Ros-Lehtinen (FL) and Biggert (IL).

SASC Approves DADT “Repeal” 16-12; House Full Vote Tonight or Friday

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 5:41 pm

The Senate Armed Services Committee, after a closed door session this evening, voted 16-12 for the Lieberman/Levin DADT ‘repeal’ that the full House will vote on tonight or Friday morning.

Byrd to Vote “Yes” on DADT “Repeal” After Adding 60-Day Post-Report Review Step

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 7:59 am

Well, the pro-”repeal” folks seem to have talked Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) into supporting their sham compromise, although they needed to add another step to the process to get his vote: a 60-day post-report review process to ensure Congress is happy with the certification provided by the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

DADT “Repeal” Sham Has No Non-Discrimination Mandate

By: Wednesday May 26, 2010 5:10 pm

Most problematical is the third piece of the DADT “repeal” sham compromise — the first two are that the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs must certify the military is ready for open service and the second is allowing the military to complete its study. But the third concession may cause the most problems.

Would Defeat of Sham DADT Repeal Boost ENDA’s Chances?

By: Wednesday May 26, 2010 7:15 am

This sham DADT repeal might be in trouble given House Armed Services Chair Ike Skelton’s opposition. It can’t go through committee; it’ll need to be brought up on the House floor.

Lieberman “DADT Repeal” Sham Cedes Civilian Control to Military

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 6:00 am

The Lieberman sham compromise on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell cedes control of the military from the law-making and law-executing branches of government to the United States military. In effect, this law says open service is legal, but only when the military pleases.

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