The Daily Agenda for Saturday, December 22

Jim Burroway

December 22nd, 2012

President Obama Signs DADT Repeal Into Law: 2010. It all came down to the wire during the closing days of the 111th Congress. If it hadn’t been for the heroic efforts of Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) when all hope for DADT’s repeal appeared to be dead, President Barack Obama never would have been able to place his signature on the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010. But sign it he did, and that act kicked off a nine month process to implementDADT’s repeal. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell officially came to an end on September 20. Since then, DADT’s end has been largely considered a non-event within the military. Even Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, who had been on record as opposing DADT’s repeal, now says he is “very pleased with how it has gone.”

If you know of something that belongs on the agenda, please send it here. Don’t forget to include the basics: who, what, when, where, and URL (if available).

And feel free to consider this your open thread for the day. What’s happening in your world?


December 22nd, 2012

December 22 is Barbara Billingsley’s birthday. Men of a “certain age” will remember her as the always stylish mom on “Leave It To Beaver.” I had such a crush on Wally, one of my first obviously gay traits! She died in 2010 at age 94. I met her at an event in 2002 and found her charming.

So, BTB’ers in a lighthearted mood, who is your favorite sit-com mom?

Priya Lynn

December 22nd, 2012

“So, BTB’ers in a lighthearted mood, who is your favorite sit-com mom?”

Samanth Stevens on Bewitched. I thought she was hot and she could make all your dreams come true.


December 22nd, 2012

She had a great kitchen too, with that Frigidaire “Flair” range. And the most interesting relatives.

Her “second” husband was definately more interesting than the first one.

Jim Burroway

December 22nd, 2012

I’ll second Samanta. Uncle Arthur was the best, and I loved sweet, sweet Aunt Clara.

I’m casting my vote for Darren #1. I always thought he was better looking, even if he is a bit more whiney.


December 22nd, 2012

I’m amazed you didn’t mention Patrick Murphy as being one of the lawmakers who saved the repeal of DADT.


December 23rd, 2012

Favorite sit-com Mom? Has to be Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie on the Dick Van Dyke Show (which I only watched in reruns of course).

Priya Lynn

December 23rd, 2012

I was going to say Laura Petrie but I didn’t think she qualified as a mom because she didn’t have any children although I do refer to myself as a “stay at home mom” even though I don’t have children.


December 24th, 2012

Priya Lynn, Laura and Rob Petrie did have a son, Richie. He did not appear in every episode and the show was not oriented around the dramas of the child. One of the funniest episodes in my memory was when Rob went to Richie’s school for “Career Day” and had the most difficult time explaining to the kids what a comedy writer is!

Priya Lynn

December 24th, 2012

Cool James, I used to watch that show quite a bit but I don’t remember the son.

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