Irony: Log Cabin Republicans Achieve What Congressional Democrats Could Not

The big news circulating throughout the blogosphere Tuesday afternoon is a report that a federal judge has halted the enforcement of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy which does not allow GLBT Americans to serve openly and honorably in the military.

Judge Virginia Phillips ordered the military "immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced" under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Levine, Adam (2010-10-12). Judge orders military to stop enforcing 'don't ask, don't tell'. CNN. Retrieved on 2010-10-12.

This ruling is a pure case of irony.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) was not ended due to a Democratic Congress enacting legislation repealing the military policy. DADT was struck down due to legal action filed by the Log Cabin Republicans.

Now THAT'S ironic.

Irony: Log Cabin Republicans Achieve What Congressional Democrats Could Not

The big news circulating throughout the blogosphere Tuesday afternoon is a report that a federal judge has halted the enforcement of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy which does not allow GLBT Americans to serve openly and honorably in the military.

Judge Virginia Phillips ordered the military "immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced" under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Levine, Adam (2010-10-12). Judge orders military to stop enforcing 'don't ask, don't tell'. CNN. Retrieved on 2010-10-12.

This ruling is a pure case of irony.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) was not ended due to a Democratic Congress enacting legislation repealing the military policy. DADT was struck down due to legal action filed by the Log Cabin Republicans.

Now THAT'S ironic.

Polls should find out if bipartisanship is a priority

(Cross-posted from Think it Through)

Some of us have always believed that bipartisanship, like partisanship, can be a means to an end.  Sometimes you need one or the other to achieve a goal, such as passing legislation to increase or cut taxes, reform health care, or create jobs.  But the Obama era has elevated bipartisanship to an end in itself.

Pundits continually cite polls and anecdotes that suggest Americans would like to see more cooperation between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.  But we have no accurate reading of how important this really is to people, compared to other priorities.

Let’s find out.

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IL-05: Impressions from the Fifth, Pt 1

Fritchey sign in 36th Ward
Knock-knock.  "Hello, I'm bored now, and I was wondering if you had an opinion about the upcoming election."

On Saturday, January 31, I knocked on 50 doors of people who voted in the Democratic primary in February of 2008.  I was trying to get a stronger sense of whether I was right about there being a more intense interest in this race on the blogs outside the district than there was among voters in the district.  Of those 50 doors, most of these single-family homes had two primary voters in them.  I weeded out most of the doors with only one primary voter, although I did leave in a handful or so of single voters who lived in close proximity to doors with multiple voters.  I like clusters.

I talked to 12 adults, two of which were not on my list.  Of the ten, more than a few expressed the thought that they didn't even know that there was an election coming up.  One person thought he might have signed a petition recently and several thought I was looking for signatures for a petition.

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Will Clothes Cost Palin a Tax Cut?

[Republished from 2008Central.net]

Via Ben Smith, it is reported that Sarah Palin's wardrobe expenses count as income under the federal tax code. As someone currently taking Tax I, this seems pretty obvious.

Her Alaska salary is reportedly $81,648. Add in the $150,000 of clothes, and her income for the year would be $231,648.

Taking that over to Obama's tax calculator and ... she will probably not get a tax cut anymore; she would without the clothes, though. (I'll not that I have no idea what Todd Palin made in the past year, and do not particularly have an inclination to find out.) She would have lower taxes under Obama's plan just using her income as Governor. (Again, sans anything from Todd.)

Incidentally, I think this account of the need for the wardrobe is fair. But I'd still argue that these constitute income.

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