First, business. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, appointed to fill Hillary Clinton’s seat, has decided to pull an amendment to the defense bill — the same one with the Matthew Shepard Act — that would put a stay on discharges from the military based on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” She decided that the Senate did not have the necessary 60 votes to end a filibuster. So many things wrong with the thing, including the question of whether we really need to overcome a filibuster every time to get anything done anymore. Remember, it only takes 51 votes to pass, not 60. Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) have promised to propose legislation to end the discriminatory policy. No word on when though.
Joe.My.God. points out, astutely, that it’s labeled the FDNY calendar — not the NYFD calendar as in past years after a 2008 model was found performing in Guys Gone Wild video (link — NSFW) with his massive schlong. The department pulled its support for the calendar soon after.