Apparently a military budget was passed. Continuing trends... It is the largest military "Defense" budget ever. From Federal News Radio:
Congress has authorized the Pentagon to spend nearly $160 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with no major restrictions on the conduct of operations. This year's approved legislation includes $725 billion in defense programs, including $158.7 billion for overseas combat. Among its numerous provisions is a 1.4 percent pay raise for troops and a guarantee that children of service members can stay covered under the military's TRICARE health care program until they are 26 years of age.
I believe there was no debate on this, but it is only endless war, eh? Just in case you did not hear about this news from your local media, because there ain't much in the Google search on it, YET, below the fold is some video from another untypical source because it ain't in the papers of record or other Traditional Media sources under any obvious headline like, say: "2011 Defense Budget Passed". Make the jump»
It is sad that they don't even have enough of a spine to talk about this. Not rationally nor irrationally, as is their tendency these days, they would rather just muzzle any debates on the world that has long since passed them by.
"With the failed cloture vote to end the filibuster of the Defense Authorization bill -- which in essence killed a vote on repealing "don't ask, don't tell," Joe Lieberman has announced that he will introduce a free standing bill to repeal the policy"
Barbara Morill also says to "stay tuned" because it will be coming before the end of the sessions.
I really want to know how we can possibly have an honest discourse on the subject of "don't ask, don't tell" when I have to stop and explain how a truly ignorant bigot like Rep. Ike Skelton is serving as a politician, never mind on the Armed Services Committee, to my 7 year old child? Make the jump»
Arguably and the way this legislation is set up, repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policies that discriminate against the gay and lesbian communities and their ability to serve in the military will take time to do it this way. It could be done instantly with the wave of a presidential pen but the problem with that is that what the presidential pen giveth, the presidential pen may just as easily taketh away under the next discriminating and homophobic president. So, in a way, this slow walk may be better: Make the jump»
Self-bumped and promoted. Originally posted 2009-12-10 15:40:12 -0500. Also available in orange. -- GH
Because of a thread that hit the flame folder here where the original poster was demonstrably uninterested in reality, I'm posting this -- feel free to add, amend, correct, elucidate, qualify or quantify.
See CTMan's earlier front-page post for some in-depth perspective and more information.
So, yeah -- Obama's been making progress, not always in a popular way, but against insane opposition, increasing security threats and a huge mess.1, 2, 3 If you're having issues with his performance given the size and heft of the sh!t sandwich he was handed, and upon which the GOP, the teabaggers and recalcitrant politico Dems keep dolluping more crap, then grab a mop.
Just a day after the grandiose invitation only meet and greet over cocktails at the White House with LGBT "leaders" and President Obama to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall, comes word that on Tuesday a military board in Syracuse, NY has recommended Lt. Dan Choi be fired from his position with the Army National Guard in violation of DADT. Lt. Choi is a founding member of Knights Out and spokeperson for the group of LGBT West Point graduates. Make the jump»
In a double whammy on Monday, first the Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to the policy of Don't Ask Don't Tell.
Many see President Barack Obama dragging his feet as he has yet to do anything about DADT despite campaign promises he would champion the repeal of DADT.
Earlier this week, Jason Bellini a distinquished journalist formally of CNN, CBS and host of CBS News on LOGO, wrote and presented a video report on the website The Daily Beast in regards to whether HRC (Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT pro-rights group) may have had a hand in and struck a deal with the Obama Administration in delaying taking action on DADT in favor of other LGBT issues.Make the jump»
The Army's slogan for many years in their commercials has been "Be all that you can be" and it gives the inspiring notion that if you join the Army you can achieve great things limited only by yourself.
With one little exception, you can't be all that you are as a person thanks to DADT.
So much for Truth in Advertising.
UPDATE: 2/22/08 at LGBT Rainbow Links Newscenter
Well, it's getting on mid-afternoon, I feel like I've been run over by a Mack Truck and it's snowing to add insult to injury.
Aside from all that, it's turning out to be a perfect day, just like General Custer had while waiting for the Cavalry. Make the jump»