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Equality in the Armed Services Is Here…


Earlier today I was in a discussion on The Huffington Post regarding the Obama Administration’s pending appeal of U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips groundbreaking ruling halting the military’s ban on gays in the military, DADT.

Espousing my claim in support of the easiest way for the President to end DADT, I noticed the following comment:

Just get rid of this ridiculous policy. But let’s make sure when it’s done away with it can’t be overturned by the next guy who sits in the White House.

I’ve been in support of the President issuing an Executive Order repealing DADT and directing Congress and the Department of Defense to implement the changes necessary to do so for over a year now.

One of the most frequent replies to this mimic the quote above. Something along the line of “Yeah…but if Obama signs an Executive Order the next President can just rescind it!”

I’ll admit that does happen, but not in instances historically crucial to civil rights – such as the Truman Executive Order desegrating the military or Abraham Lincoln’s Executive Order abolishing slavery.

Then I had an epithany and replied to my friends quote with the following:

“Why Would any “next guy in office” take the chance of reducing the size of the military by 10% by kicking out all the open gays in the military following such a pronouncement?”

Apparently, I’m not the only one…

This afternoon, it was announced that military recruiters would accept openly gay recruits. In fact, one of the heroes of the movement to repeal DADT, Lt. Dan Choi, is attempting to reenlist as I write this.

Equality in our Armed Services is near…

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Sarah Palin: Divorce Pending?


Seems like the real reason Sarah Palin resigned has finally been revealed:

DIVORCE!

According to Alaska Report, Sarah and Todd Palin will be divorcing. According to sources, the reason for the divorce is mutiple extramarital affairs by both parties. From the report:

AlaskaReport has learned this morning that Todd Palin and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin are to divorce. Multiple sources in Wasilla and Anchorage have confirmed the news.

A National Enquirer story exposing previous affairs on both sides led to a deterioration of their marriage and the stress from that lednope to Palin’s resignation as governor of Alaska.

The Palins were noticeably not speaking to each other at last Sunday’s resignation speech in Fairbanks. Sarah ditched Todd (MSNBC) right after the speech and left without him. Sarah removed her wedding ring a couple of weeks ago.

Sarah has recently purchased land in Montana and is considering moving the family there. Sarah Palin is originally from Idaho.

Todd Palin told Fox News last week that he was heading back to his job in the oil fields of Alaska, yet Sarah recently signed a book deal reportedly worth $11 million.

Editor’s note: AlaskaReport was the first website to report that Sarah Palin was running for governor of Alaska and the first website to report that Sarah was picked as John McCain’s VP candidate.

The Huffington Post reports:

In addition to the divorce allegations, which state that Palin’s wedding ring, conspicuously missing from her finger recently, now resides at the bottom of an unnamed Alaskan lake, IM reports that “explosive” news in the form of a recent Levi Johnston interview with Vanity Fair, is due out in October. Also reported is that Levi Johnston’s mother Sherry Johnston, who stands accused of drug charges in Wasilla, had her sentencing moved forward from yesterday’s scheduled date to August 19. Although attorney Rex Butler stated the delay was requested to allow for specialized medical treatment plan to manage Johnston’s chronic pain from back surgery, the blogger claims the delay will allow negotiations which were not possible under the Palin administration. IM’s sources say that Palin as governor was pushing for the maximum possible sentence, and that the new Parnell administration is not.

Also according to HuffPo, Palin has been silent on the webs for five days. Pretty amazing for a woman who loves the lights, Facebook, and Twitter as much as she loves um...family values?

I’ve said this a hundred times before here and elsewhere, the entire clan, whom I affectionally call the Wasilla Hillbillies, are a NBC Thursday night Must-See Comedy that would make Earl and the gang look downright normal.

Iran Update…Waterboarding: Round Two


I didn’t know whether to pass this on to my friend Kelly over at The VSJ or discuss it myself. But the thought of the sham and the lies that were the Bush Administration forces me to point out a few facts here. I’m sure Kelly will discuss it in more detail on her blog later.

Waterboarding is illegal. I don’t care how many briefs filed by members of the Bush Justice Department or how many times Dick Cheney insisted it or how many times the neocons and so-called patriots interviewed on Faux News Network discuss the merits of it and the mass of information supposedly gained from it (after the 120th time, I suppose); the fact remains, pure and simple.

Waterboarding is illegal.

And, now that the upcoming Civil War in Iran continues, we have those same

idiots from the former Bush Administration (God, I love saying that!) comparing the suppression and murder of the Iranian people, the fraudulent election and other acts of tyranny Ahmadinejad has forced upon his people in his years of power to the Democratic Administration now in office.

I noted a long time ago that the Republican Party suffers from a severe case of what I like to call hypocritical transference. When something really bad is going on out there in the land of politics; say maybe spying on fellow citizens, stealing elections, or cheating on one’s wife, they all rush (hah!) to Faux News and point their fingers here and there making accusations.

Now that reports are coming out from Iran via Twitter informing us that Iranian citizens arrested in the recent crackdowns are being waterboarded to gain information, what will the defenders of Bush waterboarding say? Will they say it’s the right thing  to do?

What would be said if  Ahmadinejad or one of his deputies went on Iranian radio and announced:

“I was and remain a strong proponent of our enhanced interrogation program. The interrogations were used on hardened terrorists after other efforts failed. They were legal, essential, justified, successful and the right thing to do.

The intelligence officers who questioned the terrorists can be proud of their work and proud of the results, because they prevented the violent death of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of innocent people.”

Worse yet, what if Ahmadinejad goes on Iranian TV or radio and justifies the waterboarding because “America did it”?

Wanna Be Blogs


I heard this term yesterday, “wanna be blog“, seconded by someone else with the quote “Aren’t they all?“. And I have to ask the question:

“What is a wanna be blog?”

Is it a blog written by someone to enlighten someone?

Is it a blog written by someone wanting to inform?

Is it a blog written by someone to entertain?

Is it a blog written by someone to opine?

I don’t understand. I read plenty of blogs. Here’s a short list of some of the blogs I visit frequently, in no particular order:

Taking Names the Blog

TVSquad

Autoblog

Hal Boedeker

Huffington Post

Washington Monthly

The Bilerico Project

Pam’s House Blend

Not to mention my good friend’s blog:

The Velvet StraitJacket

Seriously, the above list is about a tenth of the blogs I read each day.

I read these blogs to be enlightened,  informed, entertained, and to view other’s opinions of things in the world. I consider every site I go to as an educational experience and marvel at the wonder that is the internet as it allows people to speak their minds and have those words read by anyone and everyone in the world.

Welcome to my world.

I hope to enlighten,  inform, entertain, and opine.

That’s what this blog is about. I don’t want to be any other blog…Scott Maxwell does a great job on his, Hal Boedecker on his, Ariana Huffington on hers, and Kelly on hers. And so on…I honestly cannot fathom the wealth of knowledge I’ve gained as a result of the blogs I read.

So I take great offense at the words “wanna be blog”, and comments following those words like “Aren’t they all?”

If you don’t like blogging, don’t read blogs. Your loss.

The Iranian Government Hearts Fox News


So much they are using Faux News as the source for their propaganda via the official Iranian TV:

http://www.kalam.tv/fa/video/6730/index.html

The following is a summary provided to The Huffington Post:

This video is about yesterday events when people gathered in front of one of candidates’ (Mousavi but no name was mentioned in the report) HQ. In brief: The narrator says that a group of opportunistic people supporting a candidate (without bringing the name) are responsible for breaking and destroying the public/ private property. They are blaming the foreign media for supporting the riots and covering the story. They cited Fox News who has predicted the violence and wants to divide Iranian people. They are interviewing a group of people who are mad because their property has got destroyed.

Added: The Faux News piece noted in the broadcast was referring to comments that the US should take advantage of this situation and make contact with the people in the street, which is the stand the right wing neocons are taking. Obviously this is the wrong stance.

For the moment, we should step back and let the Iranian people change their destiny.

Civil War in Iran


Update: 1:45pm:

Twitter following the action:

http://twitter.com/mousavi1388

Update: 1:21pm:

The Huffington Post has a description and videos of what’s going on – I’ll be updating these hourly today:

Since 1979, the people of Iran have been progressively losing their voice. The Supreme Leader and Islamic clerics have been losing their clout and are mere figureheads now. The Revolutionary Guard has tightened it’s hold on the nation following yesterday’s fraudulent elections, opposition politicians are being arrested, the Foreign Ministry is locked up and barricaded, and the people of Iran are taking to the streets in protest.

How has this happened so quickly? Hasn’t the world known about these upcoming elections? Did we really think they would be honestly run and honestly managed by Ahmedinejad?

The answer is simple. Under the guise of free elections, the government of Iran has staged a coup, and passing it off as a “divine assessment. As with every rogue government in the past, the leaders have duped the poor, uneducated, and innocent public into thinking what they want them to think.

In this case, the people of Iran have been led to believe that Ahmedinejad scored a landslide win. Of course, that’s nowhere near the truth. One woman, interviewed by Time, states:

“They tricked us into this whole thing. They got us out in droves, only to fool us and credit themselves,” one woman watching the clashes said, unable to hold back her tears.”I even got five of my family members who had not voted since the revolution to come out and vote,” she sobbed. “Shame on me!”

The intelligencia of Iran, along with the educators and entrepeneurs and the university students of the country, will not let this sham go unnoticed.

Why is this happening? Think back twenty-nine years ago to the year 1980 to the climate in the former USSR and twenty-three years or so to the  year 1986 in Vietnam. Commercialization and the market  economies of the Soviet Union and Vietnam  did what the French, Americans, and other countries couldn’t do.  Bring down communism.

This, my friends, is what is going on now in Iran. The people of Iran are no different than you or I. The people of Iran want change and change will happen. Unfortunately, I suspect there will be bloodshed; but I’m confident the people with overcome.

What should we, the United States of America; under the leadership of President Barack Obama, do? Exactly what we are doing.

From Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:

“Like the rest of the world, we were impressed by the vigorous debate and enthusiasm that this election generated, particularly among young Iranians. We continue to monitor the entire situation closely, including reports of irregularities”

Let’s be glad our country is following this path, as opposed to other, less intelligent, response (from Red State, go figure):

“America today has a great opportunity to make trouble for a hostile government while at the same time potentially lending an opportunity for freedom to its oppressed people. We should use whatever resources are at our disposal to make the best of that chance.”

I applaud a concerted and directed approach of observation by our government at this time.