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DADTThe Senate didn't fail us - at least on this. In a 65-31 vote, they have at long last cleared the way for gays to ask and tell. The bill now goes to President Obama who will sign the bill into law and never again will gay men and women be told that they cannot serve in the military beause of who they choose to sleep with, a choice that should have never been the concern of any of their superiors. Hopefully they won't be spending too much more time overseas fighting the last president's wars, but that's another fight for another - bet on it - fast approaching day. And let us send our special little shout-out to Sen. John McCain, because were it not for his lackluster performance on the campaign trail in 2008, this bill would have gone to him, and if there is any time we are so glad that he is not the president right now, this is definitely one of them! McCain showed himself to be a pahological bigot with this issue - which is not to say he didn't have his moments in the past. It was definitely nice to see that middle finger being extended to him and the other homophobes across the country.

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On a 65-31 vote for final passage, the stand-alone "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal bill that became a part of the repeal strategy less than two weeks ago will be heading to President Barack Obama's desk for his signature.

Obama -- following the successful 63-33 cloture vote a little before noon today -- issued a statement asking for Senate action, saying, "I urge the Senate to send this bill to my desk so that I can sign it into law."

In addition to the six Republicans who voted for cloture on the repeal bill -- Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass), Susan Collins (R-Alaska), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) -- Republicans Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.) and John Ensign (Nev.) voted for the final passage of the repeal bill. Collins had co-sponsored the repeal bill.

The come-from-behind success will provide a much-needed liberal victory for Obama, although questions remain about the implementation of the repeal and the short-term implications for gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers currently subject to the law banning them from coming out.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 December 2010 02:32  

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Jim Traficant, Rot In Hell!

JIM TRAFICANT
EX-CONGRESSMAN, EX-CON, ANTI-SEMITE

1941-2014
Oh, Jim Traficant. The "colorful", "maverick", "populist" congressman from Ohio who died days after a tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside a barn on his family farm (soon to be changed by the conspiracy theorists he palled around with to "assasinated") is being lauded in death by publications like Politico as "our kind of crook"  but when you see that he is also being called "hero of the people" by a neo-Nazi website, pause is in order. Traficant might have been all the adjectives they use about him, but he was a raging anti-Semite that defended Nazi war criminal Demjanjuk and upon being released from prison after being convicted ofbribary, tax fraud, racketeering, among other things, blamed Jews for his incarceration and while he was at it, accused them of running the world. He was a regular around the anti-Semites of note, speaking at events put on by Willis Carto's American Free Press (AFP) and by the band Poker Face. He was also frequented the Tea Party rallies from a few years ago, and when he wasn't there his supporters were there promoting runs for congress, as we saw when they came out to Kent State in 2010. In the video, one supporter said in the video he was no longer involved with AFP, but last summer (that's four years later) he was hawking the launch of a new organization of his through the AFP who on the organization's website as supporting them with office space and support staff in DC. Traficant was a non-entity for the most part, which is why all the talk about him in his passing has been about his colorful tenure as a congressman, but even then, that color was lost on decent people who saw how dark and decrepit he truly was.

 
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