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I served in the US Navy from 2002-08; four of those years were as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier. I engage in political activism in various Democratic circles when I am able to. I have a cat, and I am an uncle.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

2010 NFL SEASON: WEEK 16





HOMEFIELD:          x-New England (12-2)
BYE WEEK:             x-Pittsburgh (10-4)
x- Clinched a playoff berth

WILD CARD ROUND
NY Jets (10-4) at Kansas City (9-5)
Baltimore (10-4) at Indianapolis (8-6)

IN CONTENTION
Jacksonville       8-6
San Diego           8-6
Oakland              7-7
Tennessee          6-8


NFC CLINCHING SCENARIOS

HOMEFIELD:          x-Atlanta (11-2)
BYE WEEK:             y-Chicago (10-4)
x-Clinched playoff berth
y-Division Champs

WILD CARD ROUND
NY Giants (9-5) at Philadelphia (10-4)
New Orleans (10-4) at St. Louis (6-8)

IN CONTENTION
Green Bay          8-6
Tampa Bay         8-6
Seattle                 6-8
San Francisco    5-9

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

“DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL” REPEAL IS SIGNED

 


“That is why I say to all Americans, gay or straight, who want nothing more than to defend this country in uniform: Your country needs you, your country wants you, and we will be honored to welcome you into the ranks of the finest military the world has ever known.”

“For we are not a nation that says, ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says, ‘Out of many, we are one.’ We are a nation that welcomes the service of every patriot. We are a nation that believes that all men and women are created equal. Those are the ideals that generations have fought for. Those are the ideals that we uphold today. And now, it is my honor to sign this bill into law.”

"DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL" REPEAL IS CLOSE....



December 18, 2010 10:36 AM CT


INVOKE CLOTURE ≥ 60 VOTES

YEA
NAY
NV
TOTAL
63
33
4
DEM
57*
0
1
GOP
6
33
3
*Includes two independents

The motion to invoke cloture passes….

LATER THAT DAY….

December 18, 2010 2:02 PM CT


MAJORITY ≥ 51 VOTES
IN THE EVENT OF A TIE (50 VOTES), THE VICE-PRESIDENT CASTS THE TIE-BREAKING VOTE.

YEA
NAY
NV
TOTAL
65
31
4
DEM
57*
0
1
GOP
8
31
3
*Includes two independents

The yeas have it, 65-31. The motion passes….

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

DREAM ACT SENATE VOTE & STATEMENT


December 18, 2010 10:09 AM CT


INVOKE CLOTURE ≥ 60 VOTES

YEA
NAY
NV
TOTAL
55
41
4
DEM
52*
5
1
GOP
3
36
3
*Includes two independents

The motion to invoke cloture fails.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

KEY VOTES THIS WEEKEND





It was posted this evening via facebook by Stace Medellin and later confirmed on Talking Points Memo and The Rachel Maddow Show that Senator Henry Reid (D-NV) has filed a motion for cloture on two pieces of legislation: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal and the DREAM Act.

In a cloture motion, there needs to be 60 votes or more in order to end debate. If one OR BOTH passes the 60 vote thresh hold on Saturday, a vote for passage (where you only need 51) would take place on Sunday.

Right now DADT Repeal reportedly has the support of Senate Democrats and a small number of Republicans (Brown, Collins, and Snow) to overcome the 60-vote margin to invoke cloture. The DREAM Act is still up in the air if it will pass the 60-vote mark.

Stay tuned on Saturday and Sunday.

2010 NFL SEASON: WEEK 15



PLAYOFF CLINCHING SCENARIOS

If the Playoffs started today…


HOMEFIELD:          x-New England (11-2)
BYE WEEK:             Pittsburgh (10-3)

x- Clinched a playoff berth

WILD CARD ROUND
NY Jets (9-4) at Kansas City (8-5)
Baltimore (9-4) at Jacksonville (6-5)


IN CONTENTION
San Diego           7-6
Indianapolis      7-6
Miami                 7-6
Oakland              6-7
Houston              5-8
Tennessee          5-8


HOMEFIELD:          Atlanta (11-2)
BYE WEEK:             Chicago (9-4)

WILD CARD ROUND
NY Giants (9-4) at Philadelphia (9-4)
New Orleans (10-3) at St. Louis (6-7)

IN CONTENTION
Tampa Bay         8-5
Green Bay          8-5
Seattle                 6-7
San Francisco    5-8
Arizona               4-9



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

HOUSE PASSES DADT REPEAL BILL



December 15, 2010 5:15 PM ET



YEA
NAY
NV
TOTAL
250
175
9
DEM
235
15
5
GOP
15
160
4


The yeas have it, 250-175. The motion passes

On to the Senate…

Friday, December 10, 2010

HOW TO FILIBUSTER 101




If you want to see how an actual filibuster is done, turn to C-SPAN 2 or log on to c-span.org or http://sanders.senate.gov/ and watch Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) show how it is done. He began at 9:25 AM CT.

Senator Bernie Sanders is filibustering the Obama Tax Cut plan that would extend unemployment benefits for 13 months and in exchange the Bush Tax Cuts are extended for 2 years for ALL income levels (H.R. 4853).

If you are going to filibuster, do not use it as an empty threat to just block a vote, actually engage in discussion.

The Senate floor is yours, Senator Sanders.

THE SIMPSONS vs. FOX NEWS: THE BATTLE CONTINUES




Thursday, December 9, 2010

2010 NFL SEASON: WEEK 14



If the Playoffs started today…


HOMEFIELD:          New England (10-2)
BYE WEEK:             Pittsburgh (9-3)

WILD CARD ROUND
Baltimore (8-4) at Kansas City (8-4)
NY Jets (9-3) at Jacksonville (7-5)

IN CONTENTION
Oakland              6-6
San Diego           6-6
Indianapolis      6-6
Miami                 6-6
Houston              5-7
Cleveland           5-7
Tennessee          5-7

ELIMINATED: Buffalo, Cincinnati, and Denver have been eliminated from playoff contention.


HOMEFIELD:          Atlanta (10-2)
BYE WEEK:             Chicago (9-3)

WILD CARD ROUND
NY Giants (8-4) at Philadelphia (8-4)
New Orleans (9-3) at St. Louis (6-6)

IN CONTENTION
Green Bay          8-4
Tampa Bay         7-5
Seattle                 6-6
Minnesota          5-7
Washington       5-7
Dallas                  4-8

ELIMINATED: Detroit and Carolina have been eliminated from playoff contention. Arizona and San Francisco have been eliminated from Wild Card Contention, but not in the race to win the NFC Worst West.

DREAM ACT VOTE