Live DADT repeal signing ceremony thread

December 22, 2010 at 6:17 am 95 comments

Rick Jacobs and I are here. It’s surreal.

You can watch live at metroweekly.com. I’ll have more reactions later.

Entry filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell, Uncategorized.

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  • 1. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Watching!

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    • 2. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:19 am

      !!!!!

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      • 3. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:21 am

        Yay Harry Reid!!!!!

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        • 4. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:22 am

          and Collins and Liberman!

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        • 5. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:22 am

          Yay Steny Hoyer – our hero!

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          • 6. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:22 am

            ditto!

          • 7. JonT  |  December 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm

            A great day.

    • 8. Kathleen  |  December 22, 2010 at 7:37 am

      We’re a bit more American today!

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      • 9. Ann S.  |  December 22, 2010 at 8:54 am

        Hip, hip, hooray!

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  • 10. Ronnie  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:19 am

    = …..watching on C-SPAN 3…..so much history happening…<3…Ronnie

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    • 11. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:24 am

      Good morning Ronnie : ) very exciting!

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  • 12. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Yesterday marked year 18 of DADT

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    • 13. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:33 am

      finding myself clapping and cheering (@ work in private office) and lots of goose bumps…so lovely to have a president of U.S. talking openly and comfortably about this…

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  • 14. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Is it just me, or is President Obama’s hair shorter today than it has ever been?

    On a more serious note, can we here at P8TT get a tally of all our service members here (no, you do not have to give your names if you do not feel safe) and the branches they represent? And by our service members, I want to make clear that I am asking to hear from active duty, reserve, National Guard, veteran and retired status. I will start. I am a veteran of the US Navy, and my husband is a veteran of the US Air Force. Let’s celebrate today. This is only the beginning. It is still going to take us some time to implement this repeal, but that is why it is even more important for us to band together and hold everyone’s feet to the fire until it is done and the repeal is fully in place.

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    • 15. BK  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:42 am

      Air Force here! And yes, Obama’s hair did look shorter. Also had less gray. He looks younger.

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      • 16. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:46 am

        no military here…but couldn’t be more happier for or proud of our LGB AND T service people! WOOT!!! Thank you to all!!

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        • 17. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:47 am

          Military Brat here (Army) – my father would have been proud!

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          • 18. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:50 am

            : )

          • 19. Sagesse  |  December 22, 2010 at 8:39 am

            “Military Brat here (Army) – my father would have been proud!”

            What she said :)!

    • 20. Lee  |  December 22, 2010 at 7:07 am

      Army vet.

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    • 21. Rhonda  |  December 22, 2010 at 7:34 am

      Army and National Guard vet

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      • 22. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 7:40 am

        And it certainly feels good to be one step closer to being a full first class citizen, doesn’t it? At least, that is how I feel–One Step Closer.

        Also, to clarify from my earlier comment. If you are a family member of one of our service members, you fall in the same category in my book. After all, the toughest job in any branch is the job that the family who are left at home have.

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    • 23. Don in Texas  |  December 22, 2010 at 8:33 am

      74-year old veteran of the U. S. Army/Army Reserve during the Cold War, 1959-1968.

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      • 24. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 10:16 am

        And you have been one of the staunchest supporters of the repeal that I know. Thank you, Don!

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    • 25. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  December 22, 2010 at 8:50 am

      Husband and I are both Navy vets

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      • 26. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

        Woot to Seattle too!!!

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      • 27. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 10:18 am

        Thank you for your service in the Navy and also here at P8TT.

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        • 28. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  December 22, 2010 at 11:57 am

          It has always been our pleasure

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    • 29. Freddy/Lar  |  December 22, 2010 at 9:10 am

      Richard, myself 23+ yrs (4 yrs active, 16 yrs Michigan National Guard, 3 yrs US Army Reserves), Current Expiration Term of Service or ETS 31 December 2028, Fiance’, 13 yrs US Army (active duty) I often use the term Fiance’ as the laws do not let us marry but once all the laws are abolished and the planets align, then we will marry, who knows, maybe it will be CA in 2011

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      • 30. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 9:52 am

        I would think this is especially poignant for military persons : )

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        • 31. Michelle Evans  |  December 22, 2010 at 10:42 am

          With the continued exception of transgender people, who must remain serving in silence.

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      • 32. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 10:24 am

        When you get married, please remember to post pictures or videos for those of us who will only be able to attend the wedding in spirit. And here is our wish for the two of you from here in Hope Mills, NC. Our wish is that you have many many decades of happiness, love, mutual support and encouragement, and that all of these make each day that much brighter for you and that they continue to grow and deepen day by day, and that it becomes a beautiful cycle of upward spiraling.

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        • 33. Freddy/Lar  |  December 22, 2010 at 11:05 am

          Thank you Richard for such kind words of encouragement, we will still have to wait for implementation but when that happens…..

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          • 34. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 11:35 am

            Looking forward to it. In fact, as a voter, an American citizen, and a veteran, I will be doing my part to remind President Obama, Secretary Gates, and Admiral Mullen that we must not drag our heels on the remaining steps of implementation.

    • 35. Michelle Evans  |  December 22, 2010 at 10:40 am

      US Air Force, 1973-1980. Fairchild AFB, Washington. Engineer, Short Range Attack Missile, AGM-69A.

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      • 36. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 23, 2010 at 5:30 am

        Thank you for your service Michelle! I’ll keep fighting for equality as long as there are those who are marginalized, like the “T” people in our military. Love, Gregory

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  • 37. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Here he goes!

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    • 38. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:36 am

      Signed!

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      • 39. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:36 am

        Tears and cheers here!

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        • 40. bJason  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:48 am

          ditto

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  • 41. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:36 am

    DADT is officially repealed – now for implementation.

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    • 42. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:40 am

      I appreciate how Pres O. mentioned he has spoke to all the military leaders to move swiftly and not delay to implement…

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      • 43. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 7:00 am

        Yes, but he will need our help in that. It is now time for us to once again hit the phones and the emails as well as the snail mail to remind everyone who is involved in the certification and implementation process of the extreme importance of implementation happening in the most timely, efficient expeditious manner possible, and that it is imperative that there be no delay.

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    • 44. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:41 am

      Oh, I wish I could get a copy of that bill now that it has been signed! Now to see how many new recruits our armed services receive who are actually able to pass the aptitude tests. Sorry for not giving the actual name of the tests, but it has been 30 years since I took mine, so I have forgotten. If anyone knows the name of the test, please humor an old fart and remind me. I am just so happy this morning. I feel as though I am now one step closer to being fully recognized as an honorable American citizen of the first class!

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      • 45. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:42 am

        Yay!!!!!!

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      • 46. Dazedwheels  |  December 22, 2010 at 7:07 am

        ASVAB, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
        Yippee for repeal!! <3 David

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        • 47. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 7:36 am

          Thank you. I am so happy that I went to my own blog and just finished writing a new post. I will update it at various points as I remember other things that need to be said.

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          • 48. Dazedwheels  |  December 22, 2010 at 8:23 am

            Richard,
            WV National Guard Adjutant General, Allen Tackett said, “Our Army and Air Force are professional enought today to do whatever we’re asked to do. Whenever they tell us to repeal it and allow gays to serve in the military that’s exactly what we’ll do, and we’ll make it work.”
            Hugs to both Richards, David

          • 49. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

            Spoken like a true West Virginian. I got another reason to celebrate when I went to bring in the mail. One of my friends sent us a copy of the We Are Marshall DVD, so we will finally get to watch it. He also sent us a DVD of Jarhead. Looking forward to watching both. Also looking forward to getting to meet another of our P8TT family on Tuesday. This month truly has been living up to its unofficial nickname as the Season of Miracles!

  • 50. Ronnie  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:38 am

    USA!!!..USA!!!…USA!!!…..<3…Ronnie

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  • 51. BK  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Woot! Signed! So happy! :D

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    • 52. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:41 am

      Woot! Woot!

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  • 53. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:40 am

    The president’s secret service men look so mean.

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    • 54. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:41 am

      lol!

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      • 55. BK  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:43 am

        I could not be unhappy-looking at such a signing! Maybe they took a poll amongst the SS and picked those who didn’t support repeal to attend. That way there would be no way they’d smile. :)

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    • 56. bJason  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:49 am

      True, but the President looks elated!

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  • 57. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Running off to hear Son’s school holiday program. My 9 year old and 13 year old kids responded wonderfully when discussing the repeal of DADT….I wish I had their exact quotes but their conviction to repeal was passionate and decisive : ) High 5 to all!!! Love, Gregory

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    • 58. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:51 am

      looking forward to hearing Rick and Adam’s account : )

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      • 59. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 22, 2010 at 8:41 am

        Surprised nothing has been posted yet. They are usually so on top of events.

        Must be at a huge after-signing party.

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        • 60. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 9:56 am

          I think too they didn’t want to miss a single word or gesture…unlike Senate hearing/debate/votes…has “less interesting” moments.

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  • 61. nick  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Sooooo great to see Dan Choy in the audience!!!!!!!!!!
    Hooooooooo Rahhhhhh !!!!

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    • 62. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 9:57 am

      thank you for mentioning…I didn’t notice…that’s AWESOME!!!!!!

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  • 63. Ronnie  |  December 22, 2010 at 6:56 am

    From “The Daily Conversation”…..<3…Ronnie:

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  • 64. Ronnie  |  December 22, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Video of Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi signing the repeal of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell”…..surrounded by members of the House & Senate; as well as U.S.Army Sgt.1st Class Stacy Vasquez, U.S.Air Force Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, & U.S.Air Force Maj. Mike Almy (3service members who were discharged under DADT) as she signed the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” last night, Tuesday 12-21-10.

    speechs by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), & Major Mike Almy.

    …..<3….Ronnie:

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  • 65. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 22, 2010 at 7:06 am

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    • 66. Sarah  |  December 22, 2010 at 7:23 am

      That was a stirring speech and I am so excited for this! :) Thank you for sharing that video, LLB.

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    • 67. Steven in Windsor/ Detroit  |  December 22, 2010 at 7:24 am

      I missed it this morning!! Thank you for posting the video LLB!! That was a great speech! I like Obama a little more right now!
      Such a great day!

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    • 68. Bob  |  December 22, 2010 at 9:50 am

      I want to see his signature, was he usng multi colored pens,,,, creating a rainbow effect,,,,, was that why he smiled, why so many pens,,,,,, that would smply be mind blowing,,,,,, maybe just in my own mind……

      Really he never gave up on me, but I do have to admit, there was a time there I had given up on him,,,, there was a dark period, during the process,,, when I was placing all the blame on him,,,,, until I realized what he was asking,,, I hadn’t done my part, in bringing the bill to his desk,,,, and then I took action,,, and started phoning,, and engaging senators…. Yes from Canada, but bringing to mind the United States addition of the LGBT (including the T for Michelle) community to the United Nations General Assembly, as a goup who’s human rights are protected under that umberlla,
      President Obama authorized Susan Rice to do this,,,while DADT reform was in the works,, and before it actually was repealed,,,,, Placing added pressure on his country to live up to that standard, there is a ways to go yet to attain full civil rights for all people including LGBT but he has made that commitment…
      Placing America in a position to be held accountable by other members of the United Nations General Assembly…. Yes we Can,,,, woot woot lead the way America

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      • 69. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 22, 2010 at 9:55 am

        The use of many pens is when the president signs an important piece of legislation – he then gives them to important in connection with that bill.

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    • 70. Marlene  |  December 22, 2010 at 10:58 am

      The full ceremony’s here on C-SPAN:

      http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Signs-Repeal-of-Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell/10737418427-1/

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    • 71. JonT  |  December 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks LLB! Didn’t get to see it in real time.

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    • 72. Ann S.  |  December 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm

      I didn’t take the time to watch that before now. A moving anecdote, a stirring end to the speech — a big step closer to equality for all Americans!

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  • 73. Ronnie  |  December 22, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Leann Rimes sings “The Rose” backed by the Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A. on December 19th, 2010 dedicated to bullied gay teens, & those lost to suicide…..<3…Ronnie

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    • 74. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 7:47 am

      Notice that it is the WOMEN of Country music who are the ones standing up for what is right? Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Kathy Mattea (organized the Red Hot + Country recording to raise money for AIDS research and treatment), LeAnn Rimes and our own Chely Wright! Too bad the men aren’t this smart and this strong!

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      • 75. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 22, 2010 at 7:51 am

        I really don’t follow Country music – so I wouldn’t know any. But I know Peter Framptom is a supporter.

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        • 76. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 8:18 am

          I am grateful that Peter Frampton is a supporter. I just wish we could get more of the men in country music to step up and do the right thing like the women of country music are doing, and have been doing.

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        • 78. Marlene  |  December 22, 2010 at 10:34 am

          The only male country music legend who supports equality is Garth Brooks.

          He released a song back in 1992, “We Shall Be Free”, which he sung at the Equality Rocks concert in 2000.

          As expected, Brooks caught major attacks from the country music establishment for the song, as it includes the lyrics “When we’re free to love anyone we choose”.

          The video is an all-star celebrity extravaganza: Liz Taylor, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, Troy Aikman, and many more.

          Sorry there’s no version on YouTube, Vimeo had it though!

          http://vimeo.com/8515766

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          • 79. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 11:22 am

            Thank you for that bit of news, Marlene! And there is a duo that I forgot to mention who also support full equality. Courtyard Hounds. This is the McGuire sisters who came to fame as two-thirds of the Dixie Chicks, and on the CD where they debuted as a duo, they have a song pointing out the tragedy of a parent disowning their gay child, and they even stated that the reason they wrote and recorded “Ain’t No Son of Mine” was to point out how wrong it is to make loving your child conditional to the child’s sexual orientation. I do foresee in the near future more of the men of Country music standing up for what is right. I just wish it would happen sooner!

    • 80. Justin  |  December 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

      This is almost enough to make me forget that she was a McCain supporter in 2008!

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  • 81. isa  |  December 22, 2010 at 8:15 am

    what’s with the pens?

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    • 82. Kate  |  December 22, 2010 at 8:27 am

      Do you mean the quantity used? LBJ started that so that there would be more pens to give out that had actually signed the document.

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      • 83. Bob  |  December 22, 2010 at 9:57 am

        thanks Kate, such a simple explanation,,,, I had to go all the way in my mind to multi colored pens , so his signature would be rainbow colored………. wonder who will get one,,,, nice momento,,, for the gay archives……

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  • 84. Santa Barbara Mom  |  December 22, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Sigh………..more tears of joy……….one step closer.

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    • 85. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 22, 2010 at 9:58 am

      : )!

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  • 86. Sagesse  |  December 22, 2010 at 9:29 am

    From the signing ceremony

    With Obama Signature, ‘Don’t Ask’ Is Repealed

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/23/us/politics/23military.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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  • 87. Ann S.  |  December 22, 2010 at 10:26 am

    OT: The Onion’s take on the repeal of DADT: http://www.theonion.com/articles/repeal-of-dont-ask-dont-tell-paves-way-for-gay-sex,17698/

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    • 88. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

      Oh my – very funny! I am surprised they didn’t bring up the new pink fatigues with feathers.

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      • 89. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

        That was why I joined the Navy. I wanted a blue uniform.

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    • 90. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 11:08 am

      And Louie Gohmert is showing just how very LITTLE he knows about life in a combat zone! That is the best part. The more he opens his mouth the more ridiculous he becomes. Maybe we will be lucky and his constituents will vote him out of office for being nothing more than an anachronistic redundancy!

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      • 91. Ann S.  |  December 22, 2010 at 11:14 am

        Gohmert probably does know extremely little about life in a combat zone, but The Onion is a parody site/newspaper and the words they attribute to Gohmert are parody.

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        • 92. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 22, 2010 at 11:40 am

          They may be parody, but they seemed to capture the insanity that the anti-repeal crowd is infected with.

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          • 93. Ann S.  |  December 22, 2010 at 11:51 am

            Absolutely!

  • 94. Rhie  |  December 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Tick

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