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Trump White House Tells Agencies To Block Biden’s Transition Team

Trump White House Tells Agencies To Block Biden’s Transition Team

Via Washington Post reports:

The Trump White House on Monday instructed senior government leaders to block cooperation with President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, escalating a standoff that threatens to impede the transfer of power and prompting the Biden team to consider legal action.

Officials at agencies across the government who had prepared briefing books and carved out office space for the incoming Biden team to use as soon as this week were told instead that the transition would not be recognized until the Democrat’s election was confirmed by the General Services Administration.

The team is evaluating its legal options and growing increasingly alarmed that the stalemate could drag on and impede its work. The campaign has prepared for weeks for the possibility that Trump would not move forward with a peaceful transfer of power.

Marco Rubio Blocking First Black Male Gay Judge To The Federal Bench

Judge William Thomas

The Washington Blade is reporting that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) and a little blue slip of paper are the only things standing in the way of advancing openly out gay Judge William Thomas for a seat on the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Thomas would be the first black out male judge to sit on a Federal bench. (the first out gay black judge was Deborah Batts, appointed by President Clinton in 1994.)

When  comes to senate confirmations of Presidential appointees to the bench, senators on the judiciary committee are not the only ones who get to weigh in. Senators from a nominee’s home state are involved  and provided with “blue slips” they must then submit in order for the confirmation process to continue and Rubio has been holding back his slip without explanation.

Now LGBT groups and others are calling for movement on Thomas’ nomination. The Washington Blade reports:

Fred Sainz, vice president of communications for the Human Rights Campaign, is among those calling for Rubio to take action.

“He should return the blue slip and allow this well-qualified jurist to get confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” Sainz said. “The federal district court system is already backlogged. There’s no good reason why justice should be further delayed when Judge Thomas is ready, willing and able to serve.”

Gee, I wonder what kind of problem Marco Rubio has helping to get a gay black judge seated on southern Florida’s US Disctrict Court bench?

*cough* RACIST HOMOPHOBE *cough*

62 Votes The DADT Repeal And Harry Reid Wants To Go Home For Christmas – Don’t Cave Harry Grow Some Balls!

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told his colleagues at the opening of today’s session. Put aside your differences.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says he’s counted the numbers, and it stands at either 61 or 62. Even Sen. Scott Brown, who refused to lend support to repeal as attached to the NDAA, is on board, as are fellow Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Lisa Murkowski. Which leaves Reid saying: It’s not a matter of whether there are the votes to support it, but whether there is time to hold a vote.

Because Republicans want to go home to their families rather than do the jobs they signed up for: serve the public. 

Lets put the cars out on the table finally shall we.  Harry Reid is part of the reason there are so many LGBT rights failures in the Senate.  The man has the backbone of a jellyfish and is about as intimidating as Wally Cox.  Add to that the lame windbag Democratic whip Dick Durbin and we have gone nowhere fast.

The Senate works on average work Tuesday through Thursday. Get massive amounts of time off in the summer, and throughout the year, and yet they are complaining about having to work a few days next week?I have had to work Christmas as have many of you.  And considering the fact that AFTER Christmas the Senate loses the majority one would think that maybe, just maybe that Reid and the other Dems might give a final FUCK YOU to the Repubs and hold them hostage though the holidays until the work is finish that they have obstructed and held hostage for the past 2 years. 

People being kicked off unemployment and going hungry, DADT Repeal being foiled, SMART Treaty being played with  because the Dems can’t play hardball and allow the Repubs to hold the poor and sane hostage because of tax cuts.

Grow some balls you doddering old Mormon fool and hold the Republican hostage through Christmas and take these votes!  Because Jesus wouldn’t care.  He wasn’t born on Christmas anyways!

EXCLUSIVE – Sen. Susan Collins Attempting To Hold DADT Repeal Hostage Until After Tax Cuts Vote

While everyone is running around predicting when the FIRST TEST VOTE for the Defense Authorization Bill (the vehicle for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal) will happen.  Lets look at the sealing being the scene to see if a FINAL vote really does have a chance of happening and whats standing in the way.

The answer to part of that is simple.  Whats standing in the way is Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).  Collins who’ popularity in Maine is at an all time low due to her obstructionist and is looking at a hard re-election in 2012 for her key role in the obstructionist republican party power plays has been playing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democrats with demands of what she needs to to support a full Senate debate on the defense authorization bill (after the test vote): 15 guaranteed votes on amendments (10 for Republicans, and 5 for Democrats), and somewhere around four days to debate the bill.

Via Talking Points Memo:

“The majority leader’s allotment of time for to debate those amendments was extremely short, so I have suggested doubling the amount of time, assuring that there would be votes, and making sure that the Republicans get to pick our own amendments as opposed to the Majority Leader.”

“If he does that I will do all that I can to help him proceed to the bill. But if he does not do that, then I will not.  Everyone on the Republican side wants to see the tax package completed first,” Collins said.

And it turns out that Collins’ requested that Harry Reid delayed the test vote he’d planned to hold last night also.  With Collins reminding Reid that Republicans don’t want to debate anything until the tax issue is resolved. “I have urged the majority leader to postpone the vote…so that we could get the tax bill considered first — which I believe could be on the floor tomorrow — and completed by Saturday, and then move immediately to the DOD bill, but under a fair agreement.  Collins warns that any test vote before the tax cut issue is resolved will fail, even if he agrees to her terms.

So even if the test vote DOES get approved the Republicans will have 4 days to debate it on the floor which would move a final vote until the end of next week and can add 10 admendents of their liking (Viagra for sex offenders) to try to kill it if the Tax Cuts Package Bill is now completed first. And there is no guarantee that even if the Tax Cuts Package IS completed before a final vote on the DADT Repeal that they won;t try to kill it.

Homo Say What? – Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.): "If someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom"

At the Greater Freedom Rally held at a church in Spartanburg, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) attempted to convince pastors that economic issues are moral issues and imploring them to help conservatives retake Congress in November.

In addition to rehashing the same old anti-choice talking points on abortion and backing “traditional marriage,” DeMint went even further and “said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who’s sleeping with her boyfriend — she shouldn’t be in the classroom.”

Well I say that is someone has the IQ of a squash and is a hateful bigot and obstructionist that they shouldn’t be in the Senate. So you better start packing Jim DeMented

Time is Running Out On DADT Repeal Passage. If It Doesn’t Make It To The Floor And Pass, DON’T VOTE In November!

According to Politico “The chances that the Senate will take up the National Defense Authorization Act (which includes the sort of DADT Repeal) before the next recess are declining by the minute; “contingency planning” is now the operative phrase. Defense industry and lobbying sources are scrambling to prepare for any number of possible courses of action that are dependent on congressional leadership, and, to some extent, election poll results. One Senate staffer’s bet: “Seventy percent is pretty good odds for the Senate to do anything, the staffer tells Morning Defense”

With Republican obstruction at every turn it literally is all up to Harry Reid at the moment to get National Defense Authorization Act/DADT Repeal up on the floor and passed before the midterm elections where the Democrats seem almost certain to lose their majority status. (Which they don;t know how to use anyway it seems) 

Reid’s spokesman, Jim Manley has said  “It’s on the list of things we would like to do in the next few weeks,”

“Like to do”?  I’d like to do a lot but can’t. And with you in charge it seems like I will never be able to do anything because you can’t get your own house in order Harry and we the people are suffering because of it. 

The Democrats had so much power once Obama entered office. Unfortunately they floundered by trying to stupidly work with the Republicans and not play hardball with their own “conservative” Blue Dog Democrats (Undercover Republicans) even after it was clear that the Republicans did not want to work with them and were going to be as obstructionist as possible.

The DADT Repeal MUST be up on the floor and passed before November.  If not there is no chance.

We need to face some facts here lids.  The Democrats have used the LGBT Community.  They took our money and made promises that they either had no intention of keeping or were just to weak to keep.  Perhaps they think they are holding us hostage because they think we have no one to vote for.  And we really don’t.  But we can, not vote at all.  And if that means bending over, grabbing our ankles and biting a towel and letting Republicans take control for two years so be it.  We’ve lived through it before. We REALLY  need to send a message to Democrats that we will vote for them ONLY if they actually do things for us. Because  f we really want Democrats to not take us for granted and then just ignore our issues, we must deny them our vote until we see results.

*About the poster above:  The “Don’t Vote” poster was produced in 1964 by the New York Committe, Anti-Vote Campaign. The Anti-Vote Campaign was an apolitical group made up of individuals, anarchists, radicals, and libertarians. The message is simple, but poignant: “direct action not politics!” Clearly, the intent of the declaration is to call on individuals to seek out “direct actionist” alternatives to voting in the 1964 elections. The anti-vote movement believed that the political rights and liberties which people enjoy today are the result of individuals’ strengths and actions — not of their governments, independent candidates, or party platforms.