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!

Don’t Hide. Ask. Tell. Be You.

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To some, like Senator John McCain (R-AZ), this is one of the most dangerous men in the United States military. His very presence “would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion”.
That danger, however, only exists if he is honest. If he lies, either by commission (saying he is heterosexual) or omission (hiding the truth from others who trust him with their lives), then he is perfectly acceptable as a member of the world’s most powerful military machine. If he is honest about himself, then morale is immediately destroyed, good order and discipline disappear, and his unit is no longer a cohesive whole. This, at least according to some, is why homosexuals must not be allowed to serve their country in the military.
Lt. Dan Choi is a perfect example of why that policy should be changed.

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A Few Hotties

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Three guys I follow on Twitter or Facebook.  Lt. Dan Choi, Ben Patrick Johnson, and Dennis Depew. I haven’t met any of them (yet- who knows!) but they sure are nice to look at…  And from following their tweets and comments, they seem like they’re even nice guys!

UPDATE! 4/9/2010   Met Lt. Dan Choi this afternoon!  He gave a great talk at UC Merced.  He’s a good speaker, if you have the chance, go see him in person.  And I was right, he IS a nice person, in person!

US Capitol Rally Ignored – Fox News Hypocrites

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National-Equality-March-300x300On September 12, 2009, a rally was held in Washington D.C. Tens of thousands of people attended, with the Washington D.C. Fire Department estimating crowds at 60 – 70,000.  (The National Park Service, responsible for the Capitol and National Mall grounds, does not provide crowd estimates, nor does the Washington D.C. Police Department) Right wing commentators in the media and on the Visalia Times Delta’s online forums quickly tried to inflate those numbers to  ridiculous levels of one to two million.  Relentlessly hyped by Fox News well in advance, and endlessly on the day of the event, crowds came from across the United States to protest.  Exactly what they were protesting was really never clear, and many of the protesters could not articulate more than vague soundbite slogans heard on television and talk radio.  Fox News continually chastised the “Main Stream Media” for not covering the protest march, continually asking why it was not worthy of coverage.  That commentary would end up branding Fox News hypocrites of major proportions, and I’ll get to just how in a moment.

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