AF Boots Decorated Pilot for Being Gay

Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell is a rediculous policy from a by-gone era.

We should all push President Obama to end this absurdity — which is clearly harming national security — immediately.

AF Boots Decorated Pilot for Being Gay
May 20, 2009
Military.com

An 18-year Air Force officer and fighter pilot is being booted under the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays, the officer revealed last night during a prime-time television interview.

Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, where he called an investigation board’s finding that his homosexuality harmed unit morale, good order and discipline “absolutely false.”

“About 4,000 people are assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, and only about 10 people on the entire base even knew of my case up until this very moment,” he said. “Those were my immediate chain of command, a couple of attorneys in the legal office, and a couple of officers in the Office of Special Investigations. Not one single person that I’m assigned with in my squadron, or that I fly with in my fighter squadron, knew about this case until this moment.”

AF Boots Decorated Pilot for Being Gay

And here’s some video….

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The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

The Party Of Torture

Bill Kristol provides a curtain-raiser for a Cheney speech next week that promises to entrench the notion that the Republican party is the Torture Party.

As always, Kristol’s sole principle seems to be the wielding of power. He, like Cheney, is beginning to understand that history is beginning to gel around the assumption that the Bush-Cheney administration presided over the worst attack on US soil in history and failed to capture or bring to justice any of its perpetrators, put the next generation into unparalleled and unsustainable debt, did nothing to combat climate change, viciously opposed the civil rights movement of its time, shrunk the GOP to one in five voters, precipitated the worst recession since the 1930s, took the US into two grueling, unwinnable wars, humiliated the US at the UN with fatally flawed intelligence for war in Iraq, and destroyed the credibility and endurance of the Geneva Conventions, thus ensuring that future captured Americans will be tortured with no recourse.

The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

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Sore Losers

Why Republicans Make Sore LosersOut of power, they’re bigger babies than Democrats. Here’s why.

By Timothy Noah
Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at 6:38 PM ET

As a Democrat and longtime resident of Washington, D.C., I’ve always found the capital more congenial when my party was out of power. Partly that’s because I make my living as a journalist. Republican presidents tend to create a more target-rich environment, not just for liberals but (I think) for everybody. Mostly, though, it’s because Republicans out of power go out of their way to make life unpleasant for the rest of us. When Democrats lose, they’re pathetic. When Republicans lose, they’re bitter and mean.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s enthusiastic bashing of the Obama administration—for making the United States vulnerable to terrorist attack (even though the last one happened on his watch); for running up the deficit (even though Cheney once told then-Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill that “Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter”); for shaking hands with Hugo Chávez (even though Cheney’s mentor, Don Rumsfeld, was once photographed shaking hands with Saddam Hussein); and for extending government bailouts beyond the financial industry (even though, four months earlier, Cheney had chewed out congressional Republicans for refusing to bail out the auto industry)—is a case in point. It’s been noted widely that Al Gore raised some eyebrows when he gave a speech criticizing the Bush administration’s rush to war against Iraq and its doctrine of pre-emption. But this occurred a year and eight months into Bush’s first term. Cheney, by contrast, was out of the gate a mere two weeks after Obama was sworn in.

Why Republicans make the rest of us miserable when they lose. – By Timothy Noah – Slate Magazine

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Is the Conservative Movement Losing Steam?

This is a very good article. Here’s the line that sums up a lot:

By the fall of 2008, the face of the Republican Party had become Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber. Conservative intellectuals had no party.

The Becker-Posner Blog: Is the Conservative Movement Losing Steam? Posner

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IG Report: Waterboarding Was Neither “Efficacious Or Medically Safe”

A CIA inspector general’s report from May 2004 that is set to be declassified by the Obama White House will almost certainly disprove claims that waterboarding was only used in controlled circumstances with effective results.

On Monday, the Washington Post reported the impending release of a May 7, 2004 IG report that, the paper added, would show that in several circumstances the techniques used to interrogate terrorist suspects “appeared to violate the U.N. Convention Against Torture” and did not produce desired results. It is difficult, the report will conclude, “to determine conclusively whether interrogations have provided information critical to interdicting specific imminent attacks.”

IG Report: Waterboarding Was Neither “Efficacious Or Medically Safe”

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Another Abstinence Clown in Town

Another Abstinence Clown in Town… taxpayer funded, of course!You may recall the $800,000 “chastity clown” Derek Dye whose act involved pulling handkerchiefs out of his nose and comparing condom use to juggling machetes. High school students were in awe of his lameness while U.S. taxpayers – you and I – paid his salary. Well, it seems there’s another abstinence jester reaching out to America’s schoolchildren – and this one is also being supported by your hard-earned tax dollars.

Keith Deltano, a self-proclaimed “Christian comic” and former Tough Man competitor, is even more unhinged than the dubious Derek, if that’s possible. The “classroom entertainer” preaches abstinence to youngsters using the old tried and true fundie formula of shame, fear, and misinformation. He distorts facts in order to convince students that practicing safe sex is a bad thing. If you can make it to the end of this video you’ll get to see Deltano try his hand at rapper “swagga” – and fail miserably.

The Progressive Puppy: Another Abstinence Clown in Town… taxpayer funded, of course!

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We Didn’t Have to Lose Arlen Specter – Sen. Snowe

IT is disheartening and disconcerting, at the very least, that here we are today — almost exactly eight years after Senator Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party — witnessing the departure of my good friend and fellow moderate Republican, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, for the Democratic Party. And the announcement of his switch was all the more painful because I believe it didn’t have to be this way.

When Senator Jeffords became an independent in 2001, I said it was a sad day for the Republicans, but it would be even sadder if we failed to confront and learn from the devaluation of diversity within the party that contributed to his defection. I also noted that we were far from the heady days of 1998, when Republicans were envisioning the possibility of a filibuster-proof 60-vote margin. (Recall that in the 2000 election, most pundits were shocked when Republicans lost five seats, resulting in a 50-50 Senate.)

Op-Ed Contributor – We Didn’t Have to Lose Arlen Specter – NYTimes.com

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