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Dale, thanks. I agree on the DADT disappointment. Im very pessimistic about any change there.
As one who has been in the chorus of dissapointment in the president, I have to say good things when there is good. AP: Obama to Senate: Revisit the gay ban this year... "The president expressed disappointment with the vote. But he said in a statement that, in his words, "It must not be the end of our efforts."
In Huff Post: White House spokesman Reid Cherlin, meanwhile, said in a statement, "The President is committed to working with Congress to achieve a repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' this year. The White House is willing to explore all legislative options to reach this goal during the lame duck session." Of course, President Barack Obama could simply issue an executive order rolling back the ban on openly gay servicemembers, but the White House has chosen to press its luck with what administration officials argue is a more permanent solution.
On the other hand, who/how did the military desegregate on the issue of race? Are there lessons to be learned from history? (leading question there). Wikipedia In the midst of the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower was severely short of replacement troops for existing military units—all of which were totally white in composition... he made the decision to allow Afro-American soldiers to pick up a gun and join the white military units to fight in combat for the first time. This was the first step toward a desegregated United States military. Eisenhower's decision in this case was strongly opposed by his own army chief of staff, .... Indeed, it was stated that Bedell Smith was outraged by the decision and had said that the American public take offense at the integration of the military units. In 1948, President Harry S Truman's Executive Order 9981 ordered the integration of the armed forces shortly after World War II, a major advance in civil rights. Using the Executive Order (E.O.) meant that Truman could bypass Congress. Representatives of the Solid South, all white Democrats, would likely have stonewalled related legislation.
Of course, this time around most of the nation and the military are in support of desegregation of LGBT soldiers, so... what? I don't know.
@ Sentient Biped, great video. Nice to see some sanity in legislators. Have been a little pissed about today DADT outcome.
@ Lewis: That's why she's the best! I could not have done it.
Great news! My only concern is that it would further the right wing fight against stem cell research.
just wanted something different. The pug will go when I find something I think works well. The Sam Hendon video in comments is a good contender, actually.
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