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  • Did Pentagon Distort ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Survey Results?

    Top leaders of the military have recommended that the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) ban on homosexuals serving in the military be abolished, claiming that it would not unduly impair military effectiveness. However, the Pentagon study of the matter leaves substantial doubt as to that conclusion’s veracity. My doubts are principally as to the impact on combat effectiveness. Unless armed combat has vanished as the principal role of the military and the concept of “boots on the ground” has become obsolete, that is important.
  • 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' on the Way Out

    12/04/2010 10:41:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 77 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2010 | Debra J. Saunders
    On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates released a long-awaited Pentagon working-group report on the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy enacted under President Bill Clinton. Most troops, the review found, would not object to a repeal. Some troops made strong arguments in favor of repeal. As one service member noted, "We need all available men and women who are willing to serve their country, no matter what their sexual orientation is." Another said, "We shouldn't turn people away because of things they do in their private life." One gay service member noted that a repeal would "take a...
  • Did Pentagon Distort ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Survey Results?

    12/03/2010 10:53:22 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 3, 2010 | Dan Miller
    Top leaders of the military have recommended that the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) ban on homosexuals serving in the military be abolished, claiming that it would not unduly impair military effectiveness. However, the Pentagon study of the matter leaves substantial doubt as to that conclusion’s veracity. My doubts are principally as to the impact on combat effectiveness. Unless armed combat has vanished as the principal role of the military and the concept of “boots on the ground” has become obsolete, that is important. ..snip.. To the extent that elimination of DADT was not a political/ideological matter to be resolved...
  • Repealing "Don't Ask" Will Weaken the U.S. Military - The Pentagon's report misses the point.

    12/03/2010 12:08:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 3, 2010 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    Long before the Pentagon’s report on the expected effects of repealing the current law prohibiting open homosexuals from serving in the U.S. military was released, the conventional “narrative” had already been established thanks to leaks by anonymous individuals “familiar with the report’s conclusions.” That narrative holds that repeal of the current law would create “few risks” for military readiness, retention, and recruiting. The conventional narrative makes much of the claim that most of the service members surveyed believe that repeal would not have a negative impact on military effectiveness. The key to “overcoming resistance” to repeal of the current law,...
  • What the Don't Ask Don't Tell Report Really Says

    12/02/2010 7:56:33 AM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 25 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/1/2010 | Byron York
    Press coverage of the new Pentagon Don't Ask Don't Tell report suggests that large majorities of U.S. servicemen and women wouldn't mind the repeal of the military's current policy on gays. Don't believe it. What the report actually shows is that the military is deeply divided over the policy, both between the service branches and especially between those who have served in combat and those who haven't. Did you know that 59 percent of Marines who have served in combat say repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell would have a negative effect? And that 45 percent of Army respondents who...
  • GOP says it'll block bills until tax cuts extended

    12/01/2010 11:43:53 AM PST · by YankeeReb · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 1, 2010 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans threatened Wednesday to block virtually all legislation until expiring tax cuts are extended and a bill is passed to fund the federal government, vastly complicating Democratic attempts to leave their own stamp on the final days of the post-election Congress. "While there are other items that might ultimately be worthy of the Senate's attention, we cannot agree to prioritize any matters above the critical issues of funding the government and preventing a job-killing tax hike," all 42 GOP senators wrote in a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. The 42 signatures are more than enough...
  • Today Show Portrays Wiki Leaker as a 'Teased' and 'Harassed' Victim of the Military

    12/01/2010 10:16:20 AM PST · by Citizen X_Area 51 · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | 11.30.10 | Geoffrey Dickens
    Instead of leading with how Army Private First Class Bradley Manning may have jeopardized national security with his document dump to WikiLeaks, NBC's chief Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski, in his profile of Manning on Tuesday's Today show, told viewers he was the "most unlikely suspect, with a youthful smile" and portrayed him as an abused victim of the military. Miklaszewski used the New York Times' Ginger Thompson in his report to tell the tale of young man who apparently decided to avenge the abuse he had taken over the years, dating back to high school, by selling out his country.
  • The Wikileaks 'Gay' Connection

    12/01/2010 7:34:46 AM PST · by massmike · 36 replies
    defendthefamily.com ^ | 12/01/2010 | Dr. Scott Lively
    If you’re looking for someone to blame for the Wikileaks scandal, a good candidate would be President Bill Clinton. He was the one who, in 1995, signed an Executive Order removing “sexual orientation” as a grounds for denying someone a security clearance. Had that policy never been revoked, homosexual soldier Bradley Manning would never have had access to our national secrets and could not have leaked them. According to news reports, Manning decided to turn traitor after a fight with his boyfriend, which somehow motivated him to send hundreds of thousands of confidential documents to Wikileaks leader Julian Assange, who...
  • Pentagon study: Gays could serve with no harm

    11/30/2010 7:42:38 AM PST · by YankeeReb · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 30, 2010 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    WASHINGTON – The Pentagon study that argues that gay troops could serve openly without hurting the military's ability to fight is expected to re-ignite debate this month on Capitol Hill over repealing the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Officials familiar with the 10-month study's results have said a clear majority of respondents don't care if gays serve openly, with 70 percent predicting that lifting the ban would have positive, mixed or no results. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings hadn't been released. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm....
  • Media Ignore Gay Source for WikiLeaks

    11/29/2010 12:58:05 PM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 24 replies · 4+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | 11/29/2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    As the Senate returns to Washington to debate such matters as the Pentagon’s homosexual exclusion policy, major media coverage of the disclosure of thousands of sensitive U.S. Government cables by WikiLeaks has curiously and conveniently ignored the homosexual orientation and anti-American motivation of the alleged leaker, Pfc. Bradley Manning, now in prison ...
  • How 250,000 US embassy cables were leaked

    11/29/2010 8:24:00 AM PST · by Rutles4Ever · 122 replies · 2+ views
    The Guardian UK ^ | 11/28/2010 | David Leigh
    It was childishly easy, according to the published chatlog of a conversation Manning had with a fellow-hacker. "I would come in with music on a CD-RW labelled with something like 'Lady Gaga' … erase the music … then write a compressed split file. No one suspected a thing ... [I] listened and lip-synched to Lady Gaga's Telephone while exfiltrating possibly the largest data spillage in American history." He said that he "had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months".
  • Marine pushback to permitting openly gay military

    11/26/2010 11:08:27 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 26, 2010 | JULIE WATSON
    OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- They are the few, the proud and perhaps the military's biggest opponents of lifting the ban on openly gay troops. Most of those serving in America's armed forces have no strong objections to repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" law, according to a Pentagon survey of 400,000 active duty and reservists that is scheduled for release Tuesday.
  • Air Force official: Pentagon's 'Don't ask' study 'healthy' and 'informative'

    11/23/2010 11:04:00 AM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/23/2010 | Roxana Tiron
    The Air Force’s top uniformed officer is calling the Pentagon’s yearlong study into the implications of repealing the ban on gays in the military “healthy” and “informative.” Gen. Norton Schwartz, the Air Force chief of staff, said Tuesday he already has offered suggestions “for edits both on substance and tone” after reviewing the draft report on the impact of scrapping the Clinton-era “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. “The study was a good process; it was healthy; it is informative,” Schwartz told reporters at a breakfast meeting. The Air Force chief declined to offer any specifics, stressing his commitment to keep...
  • Tea Party Nation [pro-life, pro-military, anti-homo agenda] Letter to the GOP!

    11/22/2010 12:50:45 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 104 replies
    received via email | November 22, 2010 | Signed by over 180 Tea Party Groups, Leaders and Activists
    Today, Tea Party Nation, along with over 180 other Tea Party Groups, Leaders and Activists released a letter to the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill. Last week, GOProud, a non-Tea Party group, sent a letter to Senator McConnell and Speaker to be Boehner, claiming to speak for the Tea Party movement. It was signed by 16 people. We decided to send a letter that speaks for the mainstream of the Tea Party movement. This letter is going Senator McConnell and Congressman Boehner today. It has been signed by over 180 Tea Party Groups, Leaders and Activists. Here is the letter:...
  • 'Don't ask, don't tell' to be released day earlier than planned

    11/21/2010 11:18:34 PM PST · by onyx · 29 replies
    WaPo ^ | November 22, 2010 1:13 AM | By Ed O'Keefe
    Signaling the growing seriousness of the Obama administration's commitment this year to ending the military's ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces, the Defense Department said Sunday that it will release a long-awaited report on the matter earlier than planned because senators are eager to vote on whether to repeal the policy. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has ordered the report to be released on Nov. 30, one day earlier than planned, "to support Congress's wish to consider repeal before they adjourn," Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Sunday. The Senate is slated to vote again on a defense...
  • Marines Defy the Washington-Political-Media Complex

    11/16/2010 1:59:24 AM PST · by John R. Guardiano · 34 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/15/2010 | John R. Guardiano
    God bless Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos. Despite incredible pressure from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, and the entire Washington-political-media complex, Amos is courageously standing up for his Marines. The man refuses to buckle and bow to the pressure. The Chairman, the Secretary of Defense and the political-media complex all want to bully the Marines into accepting open homosexuality within their ranks. They simply cannot fathom why anyone would object to this “enlightened — [and politically correct] — view.” Of course, there are very good reasons — rooted in human nature,...
  • McCain: I'm OK with wife's 'Don't Ask' ad

    11/14/2010 11:27:46 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 37 replies · 1+ views
    NBC via Politico ^ | 2010-11-14
    Sen. John McCain on Sunday laughed off his wife’s appearance in a television advertisement challenging his own position on the policy barring gays from serving openly in the military, “I respect the First Amendment rights of every member of my family,” the Arizona Republican said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” when asked about his wife Cindy McCain’s appearance in a star-studded ad released this week by the group NOH8, in which she seemed to call for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
  • Cindy McCain tweets support of John McCain's standing on Don't Ask Don't Tell, despite recent video

    11/13/2010 1:14:28 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | 2010-11-13 | Nina Mandell
    Cindy McCain announced that she is against the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" one day after she appeared in a video where she lends her support to end the ban on gays openly serving in the military. Earlier this week, the former Presidential candidate's wife appeared in a video campaign for the group NOH8 railing on the United States' controversial military policy – a policy that her husband supports. "Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future ... They can't serve our country openly," she said on the video. (snip) But on Friday night,...
  • Cindy McCain Calls for Repeal of 'Don't Ask'

    11/13/2010 5:20:56 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 57 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 2010-11-13 | Ashley Parker
    Speaking in a video for an ad campaign aimed at ending the bullying of gay teenagers, Cindy McCain, the wife of Senator John McCain of Arizona, broke with her husband and called for a repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. In a new public service announcement for NOH8, a group devoted to promoting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, Mrs. McCain faces the camera and says: “Our political and religious leaders tell L.G.B.T. youth that they have no future.”) “They can’t serve our country openly,” says Mrs. McCain, whose husband, a Republican and veteran...
  • Cindy McCain Stands Against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and Her Husband

    11/12/2010 1:05:49 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 48 replies · 2+ views
    ABC News ^ | Nov. 12, 2010 | Devin Dwyer
    Cindy McCain has delivered a double-barreled rebuke -- to the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy -- and to her husband, one of the policy's leading supporters. She chose as her forum a new anti-bullying public service video sponsored by a California gay and lesbian rights group. ...Her appearances, totaling less than 15 seconds in the two and a half minute film, are interspersed between those of other celebrities, who also decry policies and attitudes that condone anti-gay bullying.
  • Cindy McCain: End 'don't ask, don't tell'

    11/12/2010 7:22:58 AM PST · by Hawk720 · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 12, 2010 | Emi Kolawole
    Cindy McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), appears in a new ad for a campaign geared towards ending the bullying of gay youth and promoting equality for members of the LGBT community. In the ad, McCain parts ways with her husband on whether to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. McCain joins a variety of celebrities, including Kat Von D, Denise Richards and Gene Simmons among others, in calling for an end to bullying of homosexuals. "Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future," she says. "They can't serve our country...
  • Pentagon Study: Little Risk to Ending 'Don't Ask'

    11/11/2010 12:43:58 AM PST · by RC Clayton · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 10, 2010
    WASHINGTON -- Following a survey of U.S. troops and their families, a Pentagon study group has concluded the military can lift the ban on gays serving openly in uniform with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. The newspaper quoted two people familiar with a draft of the study, which is to be completed for Defense Secretary Robert Gates by Dec. 1., but with an uncertain public release date. More than 70 percent of respondents to a survey sent to active-duty and reserve troops over the summer said the effect...
  • Queer penguin: Justice for some (How the Tea Party is keeping the gays down)

    11/07/2010 5:59:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    SX News ^ | November 8, 2010 | Sam Butler
    The results of this week’s US mid-term elections do not bode well for either US domestic or international politics. The good news is that the Tea Party movement did not do quite as well as anticipated, with fewer than 40 of its 140 or so endorsed candidates winning their way to Washington. The bad news is that, judged on their record so far, 40-odd Tea Party candidates can cause plenty of damage to the fabric of the US’ democracy, especially now the Republican Party has wrested back the majority in the lower house. This is a movement that claims to...
  • Get Ready for the DADT Repeal (This might be one of the priorities of this lame duck Congress)

    11/06/2010 7:52:20 PM PDT · by WebFocus · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/06/2020 | R.C. Marash
    One of the top priorities of the coming lame duck session of Congress will be the formal repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," aka U.S. Code Title 10, Section 654. Obama won't have another chance to shove it through before 2012, and he wants the gay community on his side then. He will probably also want to repeal Article 125 - Sodomy in the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  Read at least the "Findings" part of Section 654 before you go any further. It contains a good summary of the logic that was used at the time that "Don't...
  • Most troops wouldn't oppose serving with gays, survey finds

    10/29/2010 10:19:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 354 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/28/2010 | Ed O' Keefe
    A majority of active-duty and reserve service members surveyed by the Defense Department would not object to serving and living alongside openly gay troops, according to multiple people familiar with the findings. The survey's results are expected to be included in a Pentagon report, due to President Obama on Dec. 1, regarding how the military would end enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bans openly gay men and lesbians from serving in uniform. Some troops surveyed - but not a majority - objected strongly to the idea of serving with gays and said they would quit the...
  • Boxer makes pitch to gay voters

    10/28/2010 7:51:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    AP via CoCo Times ^ | 10/28/10 | CHRISTINA HOAG , Associated Press
    WEST HOLLYWOOD -- Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is reaching out to gay and lesbian voters by emphasizing her support for marriage equality and her record opposing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. She told about 60 supporters Wednesday at a West Hollywood community center that she had the courage of her convictions to oppose "don't ask, don't tell from the start."
  • Why Is Homosexuality Now Holy? Ask Abraham Father Of The Jews.

    10/24/2010 11:37:26 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 6 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 10/24/2010 | JoeClarke.Net
    Since Juan Williams was so easily and summarily fired by NPR for feeling "nervous" aboard airplanes with Moslems, I had to ask myself would I feel uncomfortable sitting on a plane next to a transvestite man in spandex hotpants, wearing high heals, lipstick and way too much cheap perfume? The answer is that NPR would have to fire me. Mark Levin asked, "Why, when conservatives raise doubts about gay activism, its a wedge issue, but not a wedge issue when the gay lobby pushes its agenda?" ParaphrasedWhether its forcing the military to accommodate sodomy as the result of one gay...
  • Federal court revives enforcement of "don't ask, don't tell"

    10/21/2010 4:01:49 PM PDT · by MK2518 · 14 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Sabrina Johnson and John Schwartz
    WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Wednesday temporarily stalled the landmark court decision allowing openly gay recruits to be accepted into the military. In response to an emergency request from the government, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a one-page order allowing the Pentagon to continue enforcing the "don't ask, don't tell" law, which bars openly gay, lesbian and bisexual service members. The decision returns the law to the status quo before a U.S. District Court judge in California prohibited its enforcement. It will be in effect while the court...
  • Judge rejects Obama's 'don't ask, don't tell' argument

    10/20/2010 12:18:53 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | October 20, 2010 | Nancy A. Youssef
    WASHINGTON — A district court judge Tuesday rejected the Obama administration's claims that allowing gays and lesbians to begin openly
  • Duncan Hunter's Statement on Today's Don't Ask Don't Tell Debacle!

    10/19/2010 12:37:11 PM PDT · by pissant · 54 replies
    Teleconference | 10/19/10 | Duncan Hunter
    The United States Military has performed superbly in Iraq and Afghanistan, demonstrating unprecedented courage and ingenuity in the war against islamic terrorists. A major characteristic of America's military is the bedrock of Judeo-Christian beliefs and heritage, which maintains unit cohesiveness, which in turn translates into combat effectiveness. Now, liberal extremists, backed by a single activist judge, a Clinton appointee, are trying to inject homosexuals into the ranks of America's fighting forces. This is something that our troops strongly object to. This is the same homosexual lobby which is attempting, through a judicial fiat, to undo what 31 States (out of...
  • Judge likely to deny gov't on gay troops order

    10/19/2010 11:33:04 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    AOL News ^ | 19/10/10 | Julie Watson
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. -A federal judge is expected to rule Tuesday on a government request to delay her order halting the military from enforcing its ban on openly gay troops — a request she has said she'll probably deny. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips said Monday she would review the arguments from Justice Department lawyers. "My tentative ruling is to deny the application for a stay," Phillips said at the start of Monday's hearing.
  • In Support the 1993 Law Stating that Homosexuals are not Eligible to Serve in the Military

    10/15/2010 3:34:05 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 38 replies · 1+ views
    CMR ^ | July 23, 2008 | Elaine Donnelly
    SUMMARY STATEMENT OF ELAINE DONNELLY PRESIDENT, CENTER FOR MILITARY READINESS HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE SUBCOMMITTEE ON PERSONNEL In Support of Section 654, Title 10, the 1993 Law Stating that Homosexuals are not Eligible to Serve in the Military Rayburn House Office Building, Washington D.C. July 23, 2008 Thank you for the opportunity to testify before this committee today on an issue that is important to the strength, readiness, and culture of our military. The Center for Military Readiness (CMR) is an independent 501(c)(3) public policy organization that specializes in military/social issues. I have submitted a statement for the record, and...
  • Hopey changey unconstitutional-y (Does a judge have the authority to ban 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'?)

    10/13/2010 7:18:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/13/2010 | J.E. Dyer
    The enthusiastic Virginia Phillips, US District Court judge in Riverside, California, yesterday enjoined the Department of Defense to cease enforcing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) forthwith. The US Justice Department had appealed her September ruling that the law is unconstitutional, but Phillips issued her injunction pending higher court action. It’s not clear that, as a federal district judge, she even has the authority to do this. The whole case, which was brought originally by the Log Cabin Republicans, has reeked of bad-law exceptionalism. What standing the LCR had to bring the suit in the first place is a very good...
  • Gay Rights Activists Protest Obama Fundraiser, Lash Out at White House

    10/12/2010 2:29:22 PM PDT · by libstripper · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | Octobe 12, 2010 | Gay Rights Activists Protest Obama Fundraiser, Lash Out at White House
    With three weeks left until election day, it's highly unlikely Democrats in Washington will take up any gay rights issues before there is a new balance of power in the capitol. Gay rights activists, however, are intent on reminding President Obama and his party that they're not satisfied with what's been accomplished so far. The president was attending a Democratic fundraiser in Miami last night, held in the back yard of NBA star Alonzo Mourning's 12,000-square-foot mansion, when air horns could be heard blaring across the water, according to pool reports of the event. The noise was reportedly not loud...
  • Judge orders 'don't ask, don't tell' injunction

    <p>SAN DIEGO – A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday stopping enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, ending the military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.</p>
  • Don't Ask Don't Tell thrown out by Fed Judge in Riverside

    10/12/2010 12:44:19 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 15 replies
    Fox News | 10/12/2010 | Fox News
    Breaking...
  • US APNewsAlert { Don't ask, Don't tell }

    10/12/2010 12:44:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 107 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/12/10
    Federal judge issues nationwide injunction stopping enforcement
  • Vultures Anderson Cooper and Gay Rights Groups Rush To Exploit Tragic Teen Suicide

    10/01/2010 10:24:05 AM PDT · by gocatholic · 19 replies · 1+ views
    NewsRealBlog ^ | 10/01/10 | Lisa Graas
    As questions abound about why Asher Brown, a 13-year-old public school student in Houston, might have taken his own life, CNN's Anderson Cooper and the gay lobby have both rushed in to capitalize on one of the boy's grieving parents' many claims, that the cause of his death is bullying by students because he was gay. Key points of information are being ignored in the mad rush to point to anti-gay bullying and to the school's alleged failure to address it. State legislators' phones are already lighting up as the gay lobby uses Asher Brown to petition for legislation not...
  • Catholic congressman receives homosexual group’s award for opposing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

    09/28/2010 7:42:31 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    CNA ^ | Washington D.C., Sep 27, 2010
    www.catholicnewsagency.com Catholic congressman receives homosexual group’s award for opposing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Congressman Joseph Cao (R-La.) Washington D.C., Sep 27, 2010 / 08:12 pm (CNA).- Congressman Joseph Cao (R-La.), a self-described “proud co-sponsor” of a bill ending a policy against open homosexuals in the military, has received an award from the Log Cabin Republicans. He told the group that his Catholic faith and Jesuit background helped drive his support to change the ban.The stance of Rep. Cao, who has previously cited his faith as a justification for other political positions, contradicts that of the Archbishop of the Archdiocese...
  • MILINET: DoD Request For DADT Comments

    09/28/2010 2:49:51 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 11 replies
    Via Email | September 27, 2010
    27 Sep MILINET: DoD Request For DADT Comments Anthony, The Defense Department Comprehensive Review Working Group studying the impact of repealing “don’t-ask-don’t-tell” has stated “they seek to get the widest range of viewpoints from both within and outside the Defense Department.” I take that to mean that the opinions of those of us on the retired list and other veterans would be accepted although they do not seem to be actively sought. Would expect that those on the MILNET circuit would have some pertinent comments. The address of the group is: Comprehensive Review Working Group 1600 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC...
  • EDITORIAL: New gay Army--Top general calls Christian soldiers 'bigots'

    09/16/2010 5:17:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 135 replies · 2+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 16, 2010 | Editorial
    Next week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to begin floor debate on a defense authorization bill that would repeal the Clinton-era "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and allow homosexuals to serve openly in the armed forces. Last month, a top military official offered a glimpse of how the military might look should the new policy take effect: Those serving who oppose the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) agenda are no longer welcome. Those were the views of Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, the Army's deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel matters who spoke about "Don't...
  • Lady Gaga on “Don’t ask, don’t tell”

    09/23/2010 5:42:00 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 53 replies
    Examiner ^ | Sep 23, 2010 AD | Mariano Apologeticus
    What do you get when a celebrity speaks out on a current political, moral, religious or virtually any issue? You get the statements of some whose only qualifications for making a statement on the matter is that they are a celebrity and thus, someone is willing to place a microphone and camera before them. Within the speech we find Lady Gaga stating, “I wrote this speech, this address, myself, I've spent 48 hours…” but before you unload a flurry of sarcasm to the tune of, “My oh my, what an accomplishment that is!” keep in mind that by doing so,...
  • 7 Reasons Why Conservatives Should Embrace Lady Gaga.

    09/21/2010 12:36:53 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Much has been written of late concerning pop star Lady Gaga and her political statements. The criticism she’s received from many quarters has in my view been excessive and has completely missed the fact that on balance Gaga is using her fame in a positive way to promote what are often essentially conservative ideas – albeit in a decidedly countercultural context. I suspect it is this context which causes many conservatives to dismiss her because it’s simply not in their nature to take anyone with such an outlandish public persona seriously. While it’s undeniably true that Gaga has not always...
  • Senate repeal of ban on gays in military falters

    09/21/2010 11:38:56 AM PDT · by saganite · 55 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 21 Sep 2010 | staff
    A Senate bill to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy appeared headed for defeat Tuesday, a major setback for gay groups that saw the vote as their last chance this year to overturn the 17-year-old ban. Advocates had been optimistic that the Democratic-controlled White House and Congress could overcome objections to repeal of the law barring gays from serving openly in the military. The move is unpopular among Republicans, military officers and social conservatives.
  • Gillibrand talks directly to Lady Gaga about DADT (Don’t ask, don’t tell)

    09/20/2010 9:44:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 09/20/10 | Christina Wilkie
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tweeted Monday afternoon that she had just spoken with Lady Gaga, who has been lobbying the Senate ahead of Tuesday’s vote on a defense authorization bill that includes a repeal provision for “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT). “[I] thanked her for her advocacy,” said Gillibrand. “I asked her to keep pushing for DADT repeal.” Gaga had left a message with Gillibrand last week, prompting the senator to reach out on Twitter for another time to talk. The Grammy Award-winning pop icon attended a rally in Portland, Maine, on Monday with veterans discharged by the DADT policy,...
  • Reid Adds Dream Act Immigration Provision To Defense Bill

    09/14/2010 2:27:58 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 72 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 9/14/2010 | Sean Higgins
    Harry Reid is from Nevada, so he’s familiar with gambling. Still, the Senate majority leader is taking a heck of a risk by asking his fellow Democrats to vote on an immigration bill so close to an election. Specifically, Reid said today he may attach the Dream Act to the defense reauthorization bill. What’s the Dream Act? It is legislation to offer a citizenship to illegal immigrants
  • Reid adds controversial immigration measure to defense bill

    09/14/2010 4:09:18 PM PDT · by Sprite518 · 40 replies
    Reid called the DREAM Act "really important" and said it should be passed because it provides a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants who go to college or serve in the military.
  • Florida Gov. Crist shifts support on gay rights issues

    09/14/2010 11:59:43 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies
    mcclatchydc.com ^ | Sept. 14, 2010 | Beth Reinhard
    Continuing his makeover from Republican to independent U.S. Senate candidate, Gov. Charlie Crist on Monday affirmed his support for civil unions, adoption by same-sex couples, and doing away with the military's ban on openly gay soldiers. Equality Florida, the state's leading gay rights group, called Crist's statement on a range of gay issues "the most comprehensive, pro-LGBT equality stand of a sitting governor in Florida's history." Crist's Democratic opponent for Senate, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, called it "too little too late." He and the Republican nominee, Marco Rubio, noted the governor had backed a 2008 amendment to the state constitution...
  • Judge Cites Obama in Overturning 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

    09/13/2010 2:17:05 AM PDT · by Cindy · 28 replies
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Monday, September 13, 2010 | By Matt Cover
    "Judge Cites Obama in Overturning ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’" SNIPPET: "The California-based federal judge who declared the military’s ban on homosexual conduct, known colloquially as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (DADT), is unconstitutional, based her decision in part on statements made by President Barack Obama himself." PHOTO CAPTION: "President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden participate in a Gay Pride Month event at the White House on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)" SNIPPET: "(CNSNews.com) – The California-based federal judge who declared the military’s ban on homosexual conduct, known colloquially as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (DADT), is unconstitutional, based...
  • Judge: Military's ban on gays is unconstitutional

    09/09/2010 6:56:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 117 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/9/10 | AP
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A federal judge in Southern California has declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips on Thursday granted a request for an injunction halting the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military. Phillips says the policy doesn't help military readiness and instead has a "direct and deleterious effect" on the armed services. The lawsuit was the biggest legal test of the law in recent years and came amid promises by President Barack Obama that he will work to repeal the policy.