Have we lost the wars yet?

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Well, we’re in the third day of the post-DADT world.  Have we lost the wars, yet?  Are the recruiting centers empty?  Do we need backhoes to find our troop’s moral?  Are our enemies plotting our overthrow, now that the military is all homo-fied?

No. No. No. Yes, but they’d have been plotting that anyway, so no big change there.

It won’t take long for most people to come around to the conclusion that this will be the biggest non-event in military history.  Right wing Chicken Little’s not withstanding.

To all our active duty service members, and to the veterans, thank you for your service, thank you for being part of the finest military in the world, and thank you for showing the rest of us how to live up to our national credo.  Salute.


The Republicans Hate You (via Queer Landia)

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The Republicans Hate You Don’t believe it?  Here’s a short list of things they did in the House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee on Thursday morning: Approved, by a 33-27 vote, to require all four Service Chiefs to certify that the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell will not hurt the troops ability to fight.  Presently the law requires the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Defense Secretary, and the President to certify that DADT can be safely rescinded.  It seem … Read More

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New Recruiting Poster?


I Want YOU - For The US Air Force! Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach

I think this might be a great recruiting poster for the Air Force.  It’s a shame I’m well past the age to enlist!  😉  See other gay military men at NOH8’s website.

At DADT Hearings, Secretary Of Defense Is Fierce Gay Advocate | The New Civil Rights Movement

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At DADT Hearings, Secretary Of Defense Is Fierce Gay Advocate | The New Civil Rights Movement.

Secretary of Defense since December 2006 (appointed by George W. Bush and approved by the Republican controlled Senate), Robert M. Gates today stood up to Republican members of the Armed Services Committee in defense of ending the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy in effect for 17 years.

Reprising a Reagan line, “If not now, when? When we’re out of Afghanistan?” Mr. Gates said. “I don’t see the world getting to be a safer, easier place to live in, where our troops are necessarily under less stress.”  The Armed Forces integrated racially during the Korean war, when resistance both in the services and the public in general was strongly against that action.  Majority opinion in both the military services and in the public in general support repeal of DADT, but Republican Senators are attempting to stonewall the repeal, part of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act).  They are willing to hold up funding for the entire military, rather than let the bill pass with DADT repeal included.

Firmly, but respectfully, Secretary Gates made it clear he supports repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

DADT Discharges Effectively Halted? (via Queer Visalia)

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DADT Discharges Effectively Halted? Discharges halted?  Perhaps. No U.S. service members have been discharged for being openly gay in the month since the Defense Department adopted new rules surrounding the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Monday.  New rules were adopted on October 21st, putting the final sign-off on discharges under the control of the three service secretaries, who are civilians.  Previously, discharges could be approved by a commander w … Read More

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Hey!  What is happening?  Is Washington actually going to surprise me and pass the National Defense Authorization Act WITH the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell still in the bill?  It seems so!  Recent reports are making it look like the bill will come before the Senate with the repeal provision intact, and that there are enough votes to prevent a filibuster by Senator John McCain or others.

I’m crossing my fingers, and looking forward to seeing this discriminatory stain on our national honor fading away, beginning next year.

Stay tuned.

Some not pleased with GetEQUAL’s tactics


GetEQUAL members salute Sgt. Matlovich

GetEQUAL protests at White House

A new group, formed only this year, GetEQUAL is raising the ire of some in the LGBTQ community with their protest actions.  Focus On The Rainbow blogger Lyndon Evans takes GetEQUAL to task for todays events.  Calling the vigil at the gravesite a “photo-op” and a disgrace, Evans chastises Choi and GetEQUAL for staging “stunts”.


Foot-dragging on DADT (via Modern Skeptic)

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The foot-dragging by the US government on the repeal of the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy is beyond irritating.  Gays and lesbians are serving silently, and with honor, throughout the US military.  Unfortunately, the US government is also serving silently – albeit with dishonor. The lack of progress on this repeal falls squarely on the shoulders of the spineless Democrats.  How is it that the Democrats can occupy the White House, th … Read More

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Lt. Dan Choi on MSNBC’s Countdown With Keith Olbermann

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Good job, Lt. Choi.  And thanks for your service, both in and out of the military.

Twittering With The Movers And Shakers

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It’s pretty cool to interact with people who make a difference on a national stage.  Lt. Dan Choi Tweeted that he was making an appearance on CNN, so I caught that short broadcast this morning as I was winding down my day.  A good but short segment, he spoke briefly about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the recent court actions.  After the CNN appearance, he Tweeted that he would be on CSpan, so I decided to stay up later than usual and catch that as well.  CSpan allows for a more thorough examination of subjects, and callers can ask their own questions or make comments.  I thought Lt. Choi did an excellent job, and fired off a Tweet to him after the CSpan segment.  I was surprised to see a response 10 minutes later.  With over 9,000 followers, I suspect it’s a challenge for Lt. Choi to keep up with comments, let alone answer them.

I briefly met Lt. Choi last summer when he gave a speech at UCMerced.  An interesting appearance that I enjoyed.  If you have the chance to see him somewhere, don’t miss it.

Who knows, you might even Tweet with him!

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