DADT Repeal and the 5-year olds in the Senate

Who needs actual news when my facebook feed was lit up with this today.  I know I should really care about the fair treatment of all Americans (and I do), but what’s always bugged me most about this policy is just how plain stupid it is.  You’re trying to tell me that the military should get rid of a highly-trained fighter pilot, an Arab linguist, an intelligence officer (or heck, anybody) simply because they admit to being sexually attracted to people of the same sex?  Now that’s nuts.

Before the vote today, I was planning on blogging about this story I read in the paper this morning.  A snippet:

WASHINGTON — Vexed and cornered, Republican opponents of the advancing effort to allow gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military pulled out a final card Friday, suggesting that the future of an arms treaty with Russia was endangered by Democratic efforts to repeal “don’t ask don’t tell” at the end of the lame-duck session.

“It poisons the well,” said Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, on the floor of the Senate during debate on the New Start treaty. Mr. Coker said he did not think “the future of the Start treaty over the next several days is going to be successful” if SenatorHarry Reid, the majority leader, continued with his plans to pursue the repeal, as well as an immigration bill.

Other Republican senators echoed the view.

Seriously?!  Are these guys in kindergarten?  Have you ever heard anything so pathetic (yes, you have, the Republicans voting against health funding for 9/11 first responders)?  They are going to vote on a treaty involving nuclear security not based on the merits, but because they’re annoyed that the Democrats should have the temerity to bring up an issue on which 65 of 100 Senators approved?!!  (And for the record, basically everybody who is serious about foreign policy– including pretty much every Republican former Secretary of State– supports the START treaty).  Every time I think the Republican party cannot get any more craven and pathetic, they do.  Sure, I’m never going to be a Republican, but is it really too much to hope that they approach their role in governing as responsible adults?  Is it?

[On an quasi-related note: what’s up with NC’s Richard Burr voting to repeal DADT?  Never saw that coming.]

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Oprah’s Favorite Things

So, I was hanging out on the sofa with Sarah yesterday afternoon instead of working and we watched Oprah.  It was her annual “favorite things” episode.  Damn, was the show annoying.  I think as originally conceived, it was probably a fine idea as Oprah truly shared products that she actually used and enjoyed.  But this show was pure marketing and promotion.  I’m supposed to believe that Oprah is actually a big fan of the brand new Nikon D3100 DSLR camera?  She really makes her own panini with the Willaims-Sonoma panini maker?  Actually, what most annoyed me was the absolutely rapturous reponses of the audience members.  I swear the reactions to learning that they would be receiving a Panini maker or a Ralph Lauren sweater or some designer earrings honestly looked like you might expect someone to look when they learned that their terminal cancer had actually been cured or that a long-missing family member had actually returned safely.  Seriously.  It was just nuts. It’s just stuff!!  Okay, just had to get that off my chest.

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