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Saturday, December 18, 2010

9-11 Home Video of collapse of World Trade Center


This video is worth sitting through. It is recorded by a young couple in NYC from shortly after the first plane hit until the collapse of the second tower. It has been called the best single roll video of the collapse of the towers and will bring back the emotion and banter of that day, for most of us, of personal infamy.


http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8993422112864357113#docid=5474006551011489413

For those who want to see what it was like, I recommend the film 9/11 which ran on CBS Television without commercials and earned international acclaim. A documentary about a "probbie" fireman ended up to be the only film to show the planes actually hit the Twin Towers, be with the fire chief in the lobby of the towers as bodies fell on the roof, and many other first hand and terrible events of that day.

The Seth Wars...a parody party!



Fox's DVD launch party for "Family Guy: It's a Trap" saw more "Glee" thesps walking the black carpet than "Family Guy" guys.

Seth Green and Seth MacFarlane were two of the latter who made the trip to the Dec. 14 fete at Hollywood's Supperclub. 

Green is releasing "Robot Chicken's" "Star Wars" parody only two days before MacFarlane's sendup, and he joked that bloodshed is imminent. 

"I think they want to see us shirtless screaming, fighting," he said of the shows' respective fans.

Source: DVD Launch Party for "Family Guy, It's a Trap" party.

The End of Don't Ask, Don't Tell


Senate votes 65-31 to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" sending the bill to President Obama to sign.

In a landmark for gay rights, the Senate on Saturday voted to let gays serve openly in the military, giving President Barack Obama the chance to fulfill a campaign promise and repeal the 17-year policy known as "don't ask, don't tell."


From the President of the United States:



Moments ago, the Senate voted to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."


When that bill reaches my desk, I will sign it, and this discriminatory law will be repealed.

Gay and lesbian service members -- brave Americans who enable our freedoms -- will no longer have to hide who they are.

The fight for civil rights, a struggle that continues, will no longer include this one.

This victory belongs to you. Without your commitment, the promise I made as a candidate would have remained just that.

Instead, you helped prove again that no one should underestimate this movement. Every phone call to a senator on the fence, every letter to the editor in a local paper, and every message in a congressional inbox makes it clear to those who would stand in the way of justice: We will not quit.

This victory also belongs to Senator Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and our many allies in Congress who refused to let politics get in the way of what was right.

Like you, they never gave up, and I want them to know how grateful we are for that commitment.


I will make sure these messages are delivered -- you can also add a comment about what the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" means to you.

As Commander in Chief, I fought to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" because it weakens our national security and military readiness. It violates the fundamental American principles of equality and fairness.

But this victory is also personal.

I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because of my sexual orientation.

But I know my story would not be possible without the sacrifice and struggle of those who came before me -- many I will never meet, and can never thank.

I know this repeal is a crucial step for civil rights, and that it strengthens our military and national security. I know it is the right thing to do.

But the rightness of our cause does not guarantee success, and today, celebration of this historic step forward is tempered by the defeat of another -- the DREAM Act. I am incredibly disappointed that a minority of senators refused to move forward on this important, commonsense reform that most Americans understand is the right thing for our country. On this issue, our work must continue.

Today, I'm proud that we took these fights on.

Please join me in thanking those in Congress who helped make "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal possible:


Thank you,

Barack



Sources CNN, LA Times, New York Times,  Las Vegas Review Journal.