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  • Army mulls pros and cons of French manicures, tattoos in revised grooming policy

    10/28/2011 3:46:55 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 28, 2011 | Laura Rozen
    ... Raymond Chandler, the sergeant major of the Army, tells Army Times correspondent Lance Bacon that in preparing updated Army regulations on grooming and appearance, he's taken to Facebook to debate the finer points of French manicures, earrings, pony tails, and tattoos for U.S. troops...
  • Obama takes risky stance against the rich

    10/28/2011 5:54:59 PM PDT · by Jess Kitting · 12 replies
    Financial Times ^ | October 28, 2011 | Richard McGregor
    With the US economy suffering through its deepest slump since the Great Depression, the Obama administration has designed a political strategy to match, with echoes of the campaign rhetoric deployed by Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s. Throwing out the standard presidential playbook dictating an aspirational pitch to centrist voters, the White House is cementing a high-risk message that strikes firmly at wealth and privilege.
  • Veteran Scott Olsen Could Be The First Person To Die At A Wall Street Protest

    10/27/2011 8:47:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 127 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 10/27/2011 | Linette Lopez and Robert Johnson
    Scott Olsen survived two tours of Iraq, but his life could be over after being critically injured by a police projectile at Occupy Oakland, The Guardian reports. He's 24 years old. As we know, Occupy Oakland got incredibly ugly this week as police tried to remove protesters from their camp in front of City Hall by using tear gas, fire crackers, and rubber bullets. Olsen suffered a head injury on Tuesday night, and is now in critical condition in Oakland's Highland Hospital. Jay Finneburgh, a photographer on the scene, managed to witness and take pictures of the incident. Police policy...
  • Marine Scott Olsen Will Undergo Brain Surgery, And OccupyMARINES Are Making Demands

    10/28/2011 8:00:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 10/28/2011 | Robert Johnson and Linette Lopez
    After being struck by a projectile at Tuesday's Occupy Oakland evictions, Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen is lucid and awaiting brain surgery. The Guardian reports Olsen "responded with a very large smile" when his parents arrived from Wisconsin to visit him at the hospital. Medical officials say Olsen's able to write and hear, but is having trouble speaking. Meanwhile, Oakland's Mayor Jean Quan who left town after authorizing the raid, has separated herself from the police. Quan said, "I only asked the chief to do one thing: to do it when it was the safest for both the police and...
  • Occupy Oakland: Quan booed off stage; Michael Moore to visit

    10/28/2011 12:13:53 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 10 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 10/28/11 | Thomas Peele
    Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore plans to visit Occupy Oakland's re-established tent city today, according to his blog. At the end of an Thursday blog post entitled "Life Among the 1%," Moore writes "P.S. I will go to Oakland tomorrow afternoon to stand with Occupy Oakland against the out-of-control police." Moore is among a growing list of celebrities and organizations critical of the city's actions and Mayor Jean Quan's role in evicting protesters three days ago, when police moved in using tear gas and other devices. Injuries sustained by Iraq veteran Scott Olsen in the melee have sparked criticism from many...
  • NBC's Matt Lauer Urges Obama to Prevent Unfair 'Income Distribution'

    10/27/2011 2:38:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 10-27-11 | Kyle Drennen
    In an interview with former White House press secretary and Obama campaign advisor Robert Gibbs on Thursday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer fretted over a report showing "the rich are getting richer" and pleaded: "So what responsibility does President Obama have in terms of dealing with income distribution in this country?" [Audio available here] Lauer began his push from the left by explaining: "Some of these young people are the same young people who are occupying parks across the country and they're out there protesting Wall Street. They're also protesting the White House."
  • We are all Scott Olsen’:Occupy protesters hold vigil for injured veteran [ Unions did this ! ]

    10/28/2011 8:45:42 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Oct 28 2011 | AP
    OAKLAND, CALIF.—Anti-Wall Street demonstrators held vigils for an Iraq War veteran seriously injured during a protest clash with police in California as some occupy encampments came under growing pressure from authorities to abandon sites in parks and plazas. A crowd of at least 1,000 people, many holding candles, gathered Thursday night in Oakland in honour of 24-year-old Scott Olsen, who is hospitalized with a fractured skull. In Nashville, police cracked down overnight on an Occupy protest camp near the Capitol under a new policy setting a curfew for the complex. They moved in a little after 3 a.m. and arrested...
  • Occupy Oakland regroups; injured Iraq war veteran recovering

    10/28/2011 1:40:42 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Oct 28 2011 | LA now
    Meanwhile, in Oakland’s city center, about three dozen tents had sprung up by Friday morning on the lawn where an Occupy encampment was razed earlier in the week. That mirrored action in San Francisco, where city officials had removed tents only to see them return. “For every action there’s a reaction,” Saiid Shabazz, 35, of Oakland, said of the razing of the camp early Tuesday and the massive protests that followed. "The people are going to continue to use this camp as a training facility, an educational facility, a healing facility and a place to live facility.” Olsen, 24, a...
  • Marines Storm Reddit After Occupy Oakland Shooting of Scott Olsen (all 10 or so??)

    10/28/2011 1:57:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Media Bistro ^ | October 27, 2011 | Matthew Fleischer
    Marines have been flocking to the social networking/aggregator site Reddit to voice their anger at the life-threatening injury inflicted on 24-year-old Iraqi war veteran Scott Olsen by Oakland police during the recent Occupy protests. Video showed Olsen go down after taking a tear gas canister to the head. As fellow protesters tried to assist him, police lobbed a flash grenade into their midst–right next to Olsen’s already fractured skull.The picture above, submitted by Reddit user aburger, has generated well over 1,000 comments on the site–many from fellow Marines who are absolutely livid at the injury to one of their own...
  • Iraq War Veteran Injured at OWS Oakland Founder of

    10/28/2011 7:42:28 AM PDT · by Minus_The_Bear · 120 replies · 1+ views
    Verum Serum ^ | October 27, 2011 | Morgen
    Scott Olsen is the Marine Corps veteran critically injured at Occupy Oakland Tuesday night, during a confrontation between the protesters and the police. The latest news is good: his condition has been upgraded from critical to fair and he is apparently conscious and able to respond to doctors and family members. I sincerely wish him a full recovery, and I also hope that a proper investigation is conducted to determine whether police misconduct is responsible for his injuries. But I ran across something this evening that may add a new dimension to this story. It has been widely reported that...
  • 3 Calif. Marines discharged after faking marriages

    10/20/2011 7:10:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    AP via CBS News ^ | October 18, 2011
    (AP) SAN DIEGO — Three San Diego Marine corporals have been discharged for bad conduct after admitting they faked their marriages to receive housing allowances.
  • Meghan McCain speaks to UConn students (McCain attacks conservatives as "people who don't evolve")

    10/12/2011 5:00:19 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 59 replies
    (snip) McCain, who identified herself early in the program as heterosexual, spoke candidly about her own support for a battery of LGBTQ issues on one point, McCain even indicted pro-Don't Ask, Don't Tell politicians as being "dangerously out of touch.""I support equality," she said. "You can't call this country free if people are being discriminated against. "I'm scared by people who don't evolve," said McCain later on, frustrated by the static nature of conservative politics. The blogger, whose views contradict much of the religious rights' stance on homosexuality, suffered extreme backlash from news pundits throughout her father's campaign. (snip)
  • The Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show,Uniting the Races with Truth,Instead of Dividing Them with Lies

    10/09/2011 9:27:01 PM PDT · by abigail2 · 3 replies
    Bond Action, Inc. ^ | October 10, 2011 | abigail2
    LISTEN TO THE REAL REVEREND JESSE ON THE INTERNET OR A RADIO STATION IN YOUR AREA......BOND Action, Inc...Educating, Motivating and Rallying Americans! The Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show Streamed live online from 6-9 a.m. PST / 9-12 a.m. EST. Call in the same times usually. For Live Questions or Comments Call 1-888-77-JESSE(5-3773) You can email comments and questions to For more information on getting The Jesse Lee Peterson Show picked up on a station in your local area call Ermias Alemayehu at 1-877-WE ACT77 (932-2877) Home of the South Central L.A. Tea Party!
  • The Daily Rear Admiral

    10/09/2011 8:30:12 PM PDT · by HughFarnham · 3 replies
    Before It's News ^ | October 9, 2011 | Hugh Farnham
    With the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, lots of military bases are getting free copies of LGBT newspapers - to help the Gay population adjust to the sea-change. I'd thought I would help them out with the debut issue of "The Daily Rear Admiral"! Not copyrighted - feel free to pass around!
  • Evangelical Chaplains Refuse to Marry Gay Couples on Military Bases

    10/06/2011 7:56:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/06/2011 | Paul Stanley
    An organization representing more than 2,000 of the nation’s 5,000 military chaplains announced Wednesday they would join forces with Catholic Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Service, saying they will not perform same-sex ceremonies. The 2,000 members of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, a group of evangelical clergy, are concerned about the Pentagon’s memorandum – issued 10 days after the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal took effect – that authorizes chaplains to officiate “any private ceremony.” A Sept. 20 order lifted the military’s long-standing DADT policy, allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the armed forces. While the...
  • VIDEO (From "The View"): Herman Cain: Being Gay Is A Choice - "Show Me The Science It's Not"

    10/05/2011 9:07:04 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 87 replies
    YouTube, "The View" ^ | 10/4/11 | Herman Cain
  • Cheney backs end of 'don't ask, don't tell' policy

    10/02/2011 11:17:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | October 2, 2011 | Staff
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday he supports the Obama administration's decision to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military -- a move that was staunchly opposed by most top Republicans. "I think the decision that's been made with respect to allowing gays to serve openly in the military is a good one" Cheney told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union." "It's the right thing to do." The policy, first enacted during the Clinton administration, was officially repealed on September 20. Over 14,000 people were kicked out...
  • US: military chaplains may perform same-sex unions

    09/30/2011 9:45:36 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 32 replies
    AP ^ | September 30, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation. The ruling announced Friday by the Pentagon's personnel chief follows the Sept. 20 repeal of a law that had prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
  • Appeals court tosses gays in military lawsuit

    09/30/2011 9:37:30 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 2 replies
    AP ^ | September 29, 2011 | Lisa Leff
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court refused Thursday to decide the constitutionality of the military's now-repealed "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay troops, saying the issue has been resolved since Americans can enlist and serve in the armed forces without regard to sexual orientation. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco tossed out a lawsuit that had challenged the military policy as a violation of gay service members' civil rights. In doing so, the appeals court also dismissed a Southern California trial judge's year-old ruling that the policy was...
  • After demise of ‘don’t ask,’ activists call for end to military ban on transgenders

    09/29/2011 9:51:27 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept. 29, 2011 | Rowan Scarborough
    With homosexuals now able to serve openly in the military, the gay rights movement’s next battleground is to persuade the Obama administration to end the armed forces’ ban on “transgenders,” a group that includes transsexuals and cross-dressers. “Our position is that the military should re-examine the policy, the medical regulations, so as to allow open service for transgender people,” said Vincent Paolo Villano, spokesman for the 6,000-member Center for Transgender Equality. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), which pushed to end the military’s gay ban, is urging President Obama to sign an executive order prohibiting discrimination based on “gender identity.”...
  • Audio: Bret Baier says Obama exaggerated booing of gay soldier at the Fox Florida GOP debate

    09/26/2011 7:04:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/26/2011 | Tina Korbe
    At a fundraiser in San Jose yesterday, President Obama slammed the crowd at the Fox/Google GOP debate for booing a gay soldier, projecting the behavior of a few rude audience members onto more than 5,000 debate-goers and the entire GOP.“Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republicans but are puzzled by what’s happened to that party, are puzzled by what’s happening to that party,” Obama said. “I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately? You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. It’s true. You’ve got audiences cheering at the...
  • A Historic Day plus one year

    09/24/2011 9:27:37 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 7 replies ^ | September 24, 2011 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    In a press conference with Adm. Mike Mullen Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta joyfully announce September 20, 2011 as a “historic day.” This is the day that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed. The repeal is a blatant use of the military to shape public opinion and force the homosexual agenda and gay marriage on the American people a la Saul Alinsky. Shut up! During the press conference Mr. Panetta said “My hope is that the command structure operating with the standard disciplines that are in place will implement those disciplines and will ensure that harassment doesn’t take...
  • Santorum answers gay soldier's DADT question

    09/23/2011 7:23:36 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 18 replies ^ | 9/22/2011 | Foxnews
    Santorum answers gay soldier's DADT question - YouTube via
  • End of DADT paves way for new discrimination

    09/23/2011 8:05:57 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 35 replies ^ | September 22, 2011 | ByAlexander F.C. Webster
    On Sept. 20, 2011, a date that will live in infamy, the U.S. armed forces were deliberately and successfully attacked by advocates of the scourge of homosexuality. The elimination of the last vestige of moral restraint on sexual perversion in the U.S. military, commonly known as the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, ushers in a new Orwellian era in which the military leadership of our nation will proclaim the unnatural as natural, the unhealthy as healthy and the immoral as moral. On Aug. 25, 2010, before the DADT policy was rescinded by Congress and the current president of the United...
  • The Worst Fox News-Google Debate Moment: Audience Boos a Gay Soldier

    09/23/2011 12:19:04 AM PDT · by lbryce · 165 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 23, 2011 | Garance Franke-Ruta
    The last three GOP presidential primary debates have been nearly as notable for the actions of audience-members as for the candidates who appeared before them. In California at the MSNBC-Politico debate at the Reagan library, the audience applauded mention of the high number of executions in Texas and Rick Perry's defense of the death penalty. "If you come into our state and you kill one of our children, you kill a police officer, you're involved with another crime and you kill one of our citizens, you will face the ultimate justice in the state of Texas, and that is...
  • The Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show, Uniting the Races with Truth, Instead of Dividing Them with Lies

    09/21/2011 9:48:42 PM PDT · by abigail2 · 7 replies
    Bond Action, Inc. ^ | September 22, 2011 | abigail2
    LISTEN TO THE REAL REVEREND JESSE ON THE INTERNET OR A RADIO STATION IN YOUR AREA......BOND Action, Inc...Educating, Motivating and Rallying Americans! The Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show Streamed live online from 6-9 a.m. PST / 9-12 a.m. EST. Call in the same times usually. For Live Questions or Comments Call 1-888-77-JESSE(5-3773) You can email comments and questions to For more information on getting The Jesse Lee Peterson Show picked up on a station in your local area call Ermias Alemayehu at 1-877-WE ACT77 (932-2877) Home of the South Central L.A. Tea Party!
  • DADT gone, but unequal treatment of gays still here [Now, it starts]

    09/21/2011 3:01:12 PM PDT · by fwdude · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/20/2011 | Laurence Watts
    (CNN) -- In the very early hours of this morning, "don't ask, don't tell" ceased to be U.S. policy. As a result, today is the first day I can write about being the partner of a gay military serviceman without fear that he will lose his job. ... The battle has only been half won. Gay servicemen or servicewomen can no longer be discharged simply for being gay, but they are still treated inequitably. Only by using their newly won free speech can they hope to reap the same benefits as their straight colleagues.
  • Tulsa Equality Center Celebrates End Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

    09/21/2011 10:13:26 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 12 replies
    TULSA, Oklahoma -- Openly gay men and women don't have to hide their sexual orientation if they want to enlist in the military. The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in place since 1993 was repealed at midnight. Today, the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center hit the ground running and invited military recruiters for the very first time. The director of Oklahomans for Equality says It's an historic day and they wanted to celebrate. He says this is the only gay community center in the country to invite military recruiters to their facilities. Misty McConahy has served in the Oklahoma National...
  • Feds ask court to dismiss ’don’t ask’ lawsuit

    09/20/2011 7:06:39 PM PDT · by massmike · 14 replies ^ | 09/20/2011 | Associated Press
    Even as federal officials laud the end of the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay troops, Justice Department lawyers are trying to dissuade a federal appeals court from deciding if the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy was unconstitutional. They filed a motion Tuesday asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to vacate a lower court ruling last September that found the ban violated the civil rights of gay service members. The gay political group Log Cabin Republicans, which brought the case, wants the appeals court to address the ban’s constitutional implications.
  • Obama Hails End of U.S. Military Restrictions on Gays ("Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ends today)

    09/20/2011 1:41:43 PM PDT · by lbryce · 127 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 20, 2011 | Staff
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed the end of the policy banning gays from serving openly in the armed forces, as the Pentagon vowed "zero tolerance" for harassment of homosexuals in the military. "Today, the discriminatory law known as 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is finally and formally repealed," Obama said in a statement. "As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love." The repeal went into effect on Tuesday, ushering in a new era in the armed forces. The law had allowed gay men...
  • Obama campaign touts repeal of DADT ("Signature Achievement" -- BARF)

    09/20/2011 10:02:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/20/11 | Alicia M. Cohn
    President Obama’s re-election campaign on Tuesday touted the end of the military policy “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” as one of the Obama administration’s “signature achievements.” The ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military officially ended on Tuesday, following a vote to repeal in December. President Obama, who ran on the pledge to repeal in 2008, called it an “honor” to sign the repeal into law in July, setting into motion a 60-day waiting period. In an email, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina called it both a “policy promise” and a “personal promise” kept by Obama to “the...
  • Navy officer, partner wed in Vt. as ban ends

    09/19/2011 10:15:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 20, 2011 | WILSON RING
    DUXBURY, Vt. (AP) - When Navy Lt. Gary Ross and his partner were searching for a place to get married, they settled on a site in Vermont, in part because the state is in the Eastern time zone. That way, the two men were able to recite their vows before family and friends at the first possible moment after the formal repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Just after midnight Tuesday, the partners of 11 years were married.
  • Navy officer weds partner as gay ban ends

    09/19/2011 10:15:54 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 191 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | September 20, 2011
    <p>When Navy Lt. Gary Ross and his partner were searching for a place to get married, they settled on a site in Vermont, in part because the state is in the Eastern time zone.</p> <p>That way, the two men were able to recite their vows before family and friends at the first possible moment after the formal repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Just after midnight Tuesday, the partners of 11 years were married.</p>
  • 2 lawmakers seek to delay end of military gay ban

    09/17/2011 12:53:17 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 5 replies
    AP ^ | Sept. 16, 2011 | Donna Cassata
    Two top Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee have asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to delay the new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military. In a letter to the Pentagon chief this week, California Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, the committee chairman, and South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson — two opponents of repealing the ban — complained that the policies and regulations for implementing the change have not been finalized nor provided to the panel. "Since it is evident that the department does not have final, approved policies in place, we believe it is essential that you...
  • Subtle acts reshape military society amid [DADT] repeal

    09/17/2011 8:53:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    Yahoooooo!... ^ | 09-17-2011 | By JULIE WATSON
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Night-long celebrations will mark the final countdown to the historic end of the U.S. military's ban on openly gay troops, and even more partying will take place once it is lifted Tuesday. But in many ways change is already here. Countless subtle acts over the past months have been reshaping the military's staunchly traditional society in preparation for the U.S. armed forces' biggest policy shift in decades. Supporters of repeal compare it to the racial de-segregation of troops more than 60 years ago. For some gay service members, the fear of discovery and reprisals dissipated months...
  • Court to hear arguments on gays in military (the ultimate in "lose-lose")

    09/01/2011 9:03:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 1, 2011 | Mary Slosson
    Obama administration lawyers will ask a federal appeals court on Thursday to vacate a judgment declaring "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" unconstitutional now that the ban on openly gay men and women in the military is about to be repealed. But attorneys for opponents of the ban argue that the court decision striking it down should be left intact, preserving a legal precedent for anyone discharged under the policy who is seeking reinstatement, back pay or other recompense. President Barack Obama in December signed a repeal of the 17-year ban into law, and he announced last month that the repeal would...
  • Sen. Scott Brown to accept award from Log Cabin Republicans

    08/30/2011 9:21:58 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-08-22 | Josiah Ryan
    Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) will receive the Spirit of Lincoln Award next month from the LGBT-rights group the Log Cabin Republicans for his role in repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” legislation. “As I said when I voted to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ when a soldier answers the call to serve and risks life or limb, it has never mattered to me whether they are gay or straight,” Brown said, thanking the group for the honor, according to On Top magazine. “My only concern has been whether their service and sacrifice is with pride and honor.”
  • Military Chaplains Mull End of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

    07/29/2011 10:16:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2011 | Lauren Green
    The military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy,” will be no more as of Sept. 20, when homosexual men and women will be allowed to serve openly in all branches of the U.S. armed forces. But a number of military chaplains fear an unofficial version of the policy will take its place, one that muzzles and marginalizes chaplains who hold strict biblical beliefs about homosexuality. "We've already seen that a chaplain had an assignment pulled because he was critical of the repeal of DADT," says retired Col. Ron Crews, a former U.S. Army chaplain. Crews, along with several other chaplain endorsers...
  • Obama ends gays in military ban

    07/22/2011 1:37:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 101 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 22, 2011 | LOLITA C. BALDOR and ERICA WERNER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has formally repealed the ban on gays serving openly in the military. Administration officials say Obama on Friday signed a certification ending the 17-year-old "don't ask don't tell" policy.
  • [LCMS's] Harrison issues 'Letter to the Church' concerning military chaplaincy ministry with ELCA

    07/22/2011 2:12:37 PM PDT · by rhema · 2 replies · 1+ views
    LCMS Reporter ^ | 7/18/11
    In a "Letter to the Church" released Monday, July 18, LCMS President Dr. Matthew C. Harrison announced that, beginning in 2012, the Synod will no longer co-sponsor its training conferences for military chaplains with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The decision, which Harrison said was not made lightly, was based on input from the Synod's Ministry to the Armed Forces committee and from active- and reserve-duty LCMS chaplains. It ends a cooperative ministry that began in 1941 between the LCMS and two other Lutheran church bodies at that time -- The American Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Church...
  • LEAKED: U.S. defense officials deliberately skewed survey results to sway 'Don't Ask' repeal

    07/22/2011 11:54:46 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 35 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 07/22/2011 | Kathleen Gilbert
    According to an explosive document, investigators from the U.S. military’s top investigative office found evidence that a Pentagon survey pivotal to the [DADT] repeal was engineered months prior to its release, and was deliberately skewed in later media leaks, with the intention of swaying Congress towards repeal despite opposition from combat troops. An unredacted version of the April 2011 report by the Defense department’s Inspector General was leaked to the conservative Center for Military Readiness, and a slightly redacted version was confirmed as authentic by a Defense spokesperson to The authors found that Jeh Johnson, a co-chair of the...
  • Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to certify that gays can serve openly in the armed services

    07/21/2011 3:40:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 99 replies
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to certify that gays can serve openly in the armed services
  • Troops march in San Diego's gay pride parade

    07/16/2011 12:26:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 16, 2011 | JULIE WATSON
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- More than 200 active duty troops and war veterans waving small American flags alongside rainbow banners are marching in San Diego's gay pride parade. It's believed to be the first time an identifiable group of active duty troops has participated in such an event in the U.S.
  • Court: 'don't ask, don't tell' will stay in place

    07/16/2011 8:29:24 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16,2011 8:23 AM (ET) | SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is back in place for the time being, with one major caveat: the government is not allowed to investigate, penalize or discharge anyone who is openly gay. A San Francisco federal appeals court ordered the military to temporarily continue the controversial policy in an order late Friday, the court's response to a request from the Obama administration.
  • (Don't Ask Don't ..... Well)

    07/15/2011 10:41:58 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/15/11 | FOX News
    In response to a request from the Obama administration, a federal appeals court is allowing the military to temporarily continue its "don't ask, don't tell" policy for openly gay service members.
  • Troops to march in San Diego's gay pride parade

    07/15/2011 11:18:15 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 15, 2011 | JULIE WATSON
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A former Navy operations specialist is organizing what is believed to be the nation's first military contingent of active-duty troops and veterans to lead a gay pride parade. Sean Sala says the group will march Saturday in San Diego's parade, the nation's fifth largest.
  • Court orders immediate halt to gay military ban

    07/06/2011 1:06:40 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    AP ^ | 07-06-2011 | Staff
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court has barred further enforcement of the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members.</p> <p>A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Wednesday the "don't ask, don't tell" policy must be immediately lifted now that the Obama administration says it's unconstitutional to treat gay Americans differently under the law.</p>
  • In reversal, federal court orders immediate end to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy(9th U.S. Circuit)

    07/06/2011 1:10:04 PM PDT · by fwdude · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 07/06/11 | Associated Press
    By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, July 6, 2:34 PM SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has barred further enforcement of the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Wednesday the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy must be immediately lifted now that the Obama administration says it’s unconstitutional to treat gay Americans differently under the law.
  • Phobic Homos - What Gays Fear

    07/01/2011 6:18:15 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 15 replies · 1+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 01/07/2011 | JoeClarke.Net
    Just as Defense Secretary Gates has done a fair job, with exceptions, and has been awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama, he may be most remembered for approving the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, yet strangely, he has not certified the controversial reversal of policy, leaving that chore to his replacement, Leon Panetta, who is pro abort, so most probably he will also kneel at the feet of the gay lobby. We all to often hear about the nonexistent "Homophobia" which has had various definitions from the fear becoming gay to the fear of gays taking over,...
  • Secretary Gates’ Legacy: A Nuclear-Armed Iran

    06/28/2011 5:33:25 AM PDT · by harpu · 6 replies ^ | June 27, 2011 | Alan Dershowitz
    As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates prepares to retire to private life — after five years as the head of the Department of Defense in both the Bush and Obama administrations — praise is being heaped on him by Democrats and Republicans alike. Herein a dissenting view. History will not be kind to Gates. Despite some noteworthy accomplishments, he will be remembered as the single most important facilitator of an Iranian regime with nuclear weapons. Future historians will compare him to Neville Chamberlain’s military advisers who opposed all forms of military intervention against the greatest potential danger of the era:...