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Congressional calendar endangers repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' (The HORROR!)
Washington Post ^ | 12/04/10 | Philip Rucker and Ed O'Keefe

Posted on 12/05/2010 1:15:59 PM PST by Libloather

Congressional calendar endangers repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'
By Philip Rucker and Ed O'Keefe
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, December 4, 2010; 7:11 PM

This was supposed to be the year that the law banning gays from serving openly in the military would be repealed. President Obama and the top Pentagon brass made clear their distaste for "don't ask, don't tell." Polling suggests the nation has moved past it. The Democrats who control Congress, as well as some Republicans, are ready to overturn it. And last week a final potential obstacle was removed when an exhaustive Pentagon study found little risk in undoing the law.

Yet with the lame-duck session of Congress hurtling toward a chaotic close, the effort to repeal the policy is in peril. A divided Senate panel heard stern testimony Friday from the Marine Corps commandant and the Army chief of staff, who warned against incorporating openly gay troops into combat units now serving in Afghanistan.

But the biggest barrier is the calendar. Although a repeal bill passed the House in May, and there appear to be enough votes for it in the Senate, there are only two weeks left in the lame-duck session. Other priorities, such as negotiating a compromise on extending Bush-era tax cuts, have consumed congressional leaders.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: calendar; congress; dadt; homosexualagenda; repeal
Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick! (I hear this a bunch on ESPN.)
1 posted on 12/05/2010 1:16:02 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

This lameduck (and the damn press) had better get a grip because the lameduck has no business passing or even dealing with important issues like DADT and START to cite two.


2 posted on 12/05/2010 1:21:03 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Libloather
Don't Ask-Don’t Tell should be Ask-Then Expel.
3 posted on 12/05/2010 1:21:13 PM PST by libertylover (The problem with Obama is not that his skin is too black, it's that his ideas are too RED.)
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To: Libloather

Maybe Obammy wants to repeal DADT , and the “ top Pentagon brass “, trying to kiss up to this marxist unAmerican pos’s rear end say they are “all for it but the vast majority in the military do not want anything to do with this liberal social experiment.
Just say NO to preverts.


4 posted on 12/05/2010 1:24:02 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Libloather

Well, Obama decided to pass Porkulus, car bail outs, healthcare, etc. before dealing with this. The gay in the military issue had to go to the back of the bus.

And now that the liberal Congress is on its way out, it may not happen at all.

Lots of liberal dreams are dying as this liberal Congress is set to see their time expire.

There was liberal euphoria on Nov. 4, 2008, as the election of a liberal president, backed by beefed up Democrat majorities in Congress, would right all of the social ills and bad Republican policies of the past.

The liberals will have to watch re-runs of “The West Wing” to get their fill of a liberal president governing and applying liberal policies and being accepted by the masses. Their reality sure didn’t turn out too well with Obama and this Congress, did it?


5 posted on 12/05/2010 1:25:01 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Libloather

This didn’t stop Harry Reid from passing health Care during Christmas! The Democrats are coming up with every excuse NOT to pass this thing...and to blame it on Republicans. That seems to be the Dems MO for the lame duck Congress...We want to Pass these bills SO BADLY! But those Darn Evil Republicans are stopping us.......Look at extending Unemployment those Evil Republicans are starving people during CHISTMAS!


6 posted on 12/05/2010 1:26:33 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: Joe Boucher

If this is repealed soldiers will find out that other soldiers are gay. That’s why this is bad. Now they can only guess.


7 posted on 12/05/2010 1:26:33 PM PST by BiggieLittle
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To: Libloather

What was Genral George Washington’s opnion on gays in the military?

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/mgw:@field(DOCID+@lit(gw110081))

At a General Court Martial whereof Colo. Tupper was President (10th March 1778) Lieutt. Enslin28 of Colo. Malcom’s Regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy, with John Monhort a soldier; Secondly, For Perjury in swearing to false Accounts, found guilty of the charges exhibited against him, being breaches of 5th. Article 18th. Section of the Articles of War and do sentence him to be dismiss’d the service with Infamy. His Excellency the Commander in Chief (George Washington) approves the sentence and with Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes orders Lieutt. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return; The Drummers and Fifers to attend on the Grand Parade at Guard mounting for that Purpose.


8 posted on 12/05/2010 1:35:53 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I visited GEN TOMMY FRANKS Military Museum in HOBART, OKLAHOMA! Well worth it!)
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To: Joe Boucher
You know there's a chance the Dems know that they don't have the votes or the time to get this through the Senate and all of this is a publicity stunt to appease homosexual activist.But make no mistake, although this might be the last chance for a legislative repeal of DADT for sometime, there are going to be more legal challenges. This will likely come down to a Supreme Court ruling.
9 posted on 12/05/2010 1:38:27 PM PST by Red Dog #1
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To: onyx
Constitution Amendment to change XX to stop all LAME DUCKS. We fired those a$$holes and they should be packing their belongings and moving, NOT JAMMING DOWN OUR THROATS MORE OF THEIR PERVERSION!!!
10 posted on 12/05/2010 1:47:20 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: BiggieLittle

I do not think so.
The homosexual agenda is being pushed as a normal “lifestyle”.
It is NOT a normal lifestyle.
If you do not think so then, How do you think you’d react if you came home to find some old queen trying to seduce your teen aged (dumb ass) son?


11 posted on 12/05/2010 1:53:59 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Libloather

I predict that not only will the Tax Cuts be extended, but after that logjam is compromised away, the rest of the liberal agenda, including the repeal of the DADT policy, will also be passed before this lame duck session has concluded.

It’s a travesty, but it will happen, IMO.


12 posted on 12/05/2010 1:54:20 PM PST by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: Red Dog #1

Possible, Probably, BUT
many times the supremes have ruled in favor of national security when it comes to the military.
In this case the libs have pushed a poll that is just not true and any one with thinking ability knows it.

This bunch of “ military elite” are simply butt kissers.


13 posted on 12/05/2010 1:57:09 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Libloather

14 posted on 12/05/2010 2:09:33 PM PST by ari-freedom (Happy Chanuka!)
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To: Libloather

There is an error in my link.

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/mgw:@field(DOCID+@lit(gw110081))

Please notice the last two )) are not in red. Load the page as is, when you get the error message, go to the URL window and add the missing )).

The page should load.

If not, go to this web page,

http://americanfounding.blogspot.com/2010/02/general-washington-on-gays-in-military.html

goto this paragraph,

“In a report dictated apparently by Washington and copied out by his staff,”

click on the word “report” as it appears to be a link to the earlier page.


15 posted on 12/05/2010 2:17:05 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I visited GEN TOMMY FRANKS Military Museum in HOBART, OKLAHOMA! Well worth it!)
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To: Libloather

If an actual secret referendum in which all service members were invited to participate were to be held, I doubt there would be more than 20% in favor of repeal.

Such a referendum would be very easy to set up. Unlike the civilian world, every member of the services has a photo ID so there would be no chance of voter fraud.

I doubt it would take more than a week.

It will never happen though. The politicians and the political brass know damn good and well that while a majority of the serving members may be reluctantly willing to tolerate homosexuals, they would vastly prefer not to have to.


16 posted on 12/05/2010 2:46:53 PM PST by Ronin ("Dismantle the TSA and send the screeners back to Wal-Mart.")
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
What was Genral George Washington’s opnion on gays in the military?

There were no gays back then. Nor were there Muslims, pirates or enemies of the state.

17 posted on 12/05/2010 2:56:03 PM PST by Libloather (Teapublican, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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To: Libloather
There were no gays back then.

Oh, there were homosexuals back then, but due to the laws on the books, they had to live their lives with the greatest care and discretion. It was a life or death matter.

18 posted on 12/05/2010 3:00:32 PM PST by Publius (Don't become a brick. Retain your stone-hood.)
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To: onyx

I Hope NOBODY sits back and decides this report is any cause to think about other things deemed more important. I will be sending e-mail to the members of the Armed Services Committee
even those not from Colorado. May not do any good but will keep me occupied with something other than what might prove
more dangerous personally.


19 posted on 12/05/2010 3:13:46 PM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: onyx

I Hope NOBODY sits back and decides this report is any cause to think about other things deemed more important. I will be sending e-mail to the members of the Armed Services Committee
even those not from Colorado. May not do any good but will keep me occupied with something other than what might prove
more dangerous personally.


20 posted on 12/05/2010 3:13:56 PM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Joe Boucher

And if they have no ears to hear— and no desire to listen—
use whatever Force necessary to beat the Fear of God into their poor delusional heads Obama has issued his orders and
last year there were only 400 some discharged-lowest number since 1994 I hear. The Military will not court-martial any
homosexual unless pushed to it. But they sure do discharge
for a host of other crimes like getting pregnant. And they don’t mind forcing out the Christian Patriots either.


21 posted on 12/05/2010 3:19:37 PM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Joe Boucher

And if they have no ears to hear— and no desire to listen—
use whatever Force necessary to beat the Fear of God into their poor delusional heads Obama has issued his orders and
last year there were only 400 some discharged-lowest number since 1994 I hear. The Military will not court-martial any
homosexual unless pushed to it. But they sure do discharge
for a host of other crimes like getting pregnant. And they don’t mind forcing out the Christian Patriots either.


22 posted on 12/05/2010 3:19:59 PM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Cheerio

Lameducks should NEVER decide important issues.

The Marxist congress has done enough damage that must be undone.


23 posted on 12/05/2010 4:10:50 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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