Thursday, December 9, 2010

National Defense Authorization Act 2010 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' UPDATE

The National Defense Authorization Act 2010 and "Don't Ask Don't Tell" are two hot things on the agenda. While the lame duck session is nearing an end, there are many things that have yet to be resolved - such as the National Defense Authorization Act.

So what is the bill? It's the bill that keeps the government churning away. Without it, government spending on the military comes to a screetching halt.  That's why it's not really all that shocking that there could be some partisan back and forth as this particular bills failure to pass could be a really nasty thing.

Right now, there's a filibuster in the wings, which threatens the advancement of the bill.  President Obama has issued a statement revealing disappointment that the bill has not been passed yet.  For the last 48 years it has been passed, and without it - military families will be on the hook.

Everyone knows that the government won't leave the military hanging. However, this is a definite political gesture and game, and one that points out politics as usual.  President Obama has shown a willingness to compromise, giving in to some GOP demands in order to make headway in some of his desires.  He's been labeled a "sell-out" by the far left.

The filibuster is because a small group of senators oppose the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" which would end discrimination in the military dealing with sexual preferences. It's an executive order signed by Bill Clinton that meant that the openly gay could not serve in the military.

Maybe the National Defense Authorization Act 2010 will be able to pass before Congress Adjourns.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Funeral for Elizabeth Edwards Planned for Saturday

Elizabeth Edwards' funeral will be this Saturday in Raleigh North Carolina. Big crowds are expected at Elizabeth Edwards' funeral, which is public- although the burial is private. Many people are talking about the accomplishments of Edwards, who was known in recent years because of her husband's infidelities.

She and John Edwards, the former Senator and presidential hopeful, never divorced, but were estranged. John denied that a daughter born to Rielle Hunter named Quinn was his. However, paternity tests later revealed that the Senator who had two young children with his wife of many years was also the father of the young girl.

Now, many are wondering what will happen. Elizabeth Edwards died after a long battle with Cancer. She was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer the day after the 2004 General elections. The cancer was reported to have went into remission, but returned.

Only days ago, friends of Elizabeth Edwards told the media that further medical treatment of her ailment was futile. As such, her days were expected to be numbered.

The accomplished attorney will be laid to rest next to her son, Wade who was killed in an accident when he was 16.

Thank you Elizabeth Edwards for your amazing life and accomplishments. If you plan on attending the funeral for Elizabeth Edwards this Saturday, let us know below.

Dream Act 2010 Debate Begins Tomorrow

Dream Act 2010 debate begins tomorrow. The Dream Act would allow illegal immigrants who came to the United States to become legal citizens if certain stipulations are met. First off, they must have came to the US before their 16th birthday. Second,they have to agree to either getting a college degree or serving in the military.

This is a highly controversial measure. Many don't want to legalize illegal immigrants, and want to tighten immigration reforms. The Dream Act would add another loophole to an already lacking system.

On the other hand, the Dream Act 2010 would fix a "social injustice" by allowing people who aren't really American and aren't really their native heritage become American. This side of the argument claims that it's only the lack of a "piece of paper" that makes these particular illegal immigrants illegal.

The measure is expected to be brought to vote as early as tomorrow. This is a highly controversial bill, and one that some argue is detrimental to the country. What are your thoughts on the 2010 Dream act?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards Facebook Page Bears Final Facebook Message Before Death

Elizabeth Edwards' Facebook page bears a final Facebook message before her death at age 61 of cancer. Elizabeth Edwards took to Facebook yesterday, after some friends told the press that her cancer was too serious for further treatment.

Her final Facebook message reads:

“I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces -- my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined. The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that.”

Elizabeth Edwards suffered from Breast Cancer, and found a lump in her breast during the 2004 presidential election campaign. She was in support of her husband, who was running with John Kerry for the Democratic campaign against Bush 2's re-election. She was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer the day after the general election.

Edwards was sidelined later on when it was revealed that he not only had an affair, but also fathered a child out of wedlock. Edwards' little girl, Quinn, was born out of the affair between John Edwards and Rielle Hunter.

Rielle has not expressed any remorse for the affair. John Edwards' political career is over.


Rest in peace, Elizabeth Edwards. The Facebook message she posted yesterday was a great final message, wasn't it?

FINALLY: Unemployment Extension 2010 - Almost Available, but No Tier 5 for 99ers

The unemployment extension 2010 is available, but still no tier 5 for the 99ers in sight. However, it's a good thing that the bipartisan agreement for an extension of both unemployment benefits and tax cuts is going to be passed as early as this week.

Still yet, it's vital to pass the extension, and the proposal will add an unbelievable 13 months to the amount of time the benefits are available. However, the move doesn't actually add time to the availability of benefits. That being said, 99 weeks is a lot better than 26 weeks.

The Democrats aren't very happy with Obama, mainly because the passage of the unemployment extension makes him required to break a campaign promise of raising taxes on wealthy Americans...

However, if it takes extending the Bush tax cuts to extend unemployment, that's a small price to pay.

However, there's no tier 5 for the 99ers in sight. However, it appears as if there's promise of an unemployment extension 2010 soon.
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