Lt Dan Choi Has a Website Up

My newest GI-Hero, 1st Lt Dan Choi has finally hung up a great looking cyber-shingle.

Lt Choi is a West Point graduate, Iraqi linguist and served in the Iraq War.  His career has been train-wrecked because he came out of the closet and told the world he was gay.FruitFly 6

How can Lt Choi be proud of his country if he’s not allowed to be proud of himself?!

Gay Software Mogule has Ditched This Week’s DNC Fundraiser

Bruce Bastian has ditched this week’s GLBT Fundraiser for the Democratic Party.

Software mogul and philanthropist Bruce Bastian is the latest donor to pull out of an LGBT Democratic Party fund-raiser following last week’s brief from the Department of Justice upholding the Defense of Marriage Act as law, as directed by President Barack Obama. Bastian — who donated $1 million to the campaign against Prop. 8 — sent a message to the Democratic Party leadership saying that he will no longer donate to the party as a whole, according to the Washington Blade. “I will continue to support certain congressmen, congresswomen, and senators whom I believe will continue to fight for our rights, but I don’t think blanket donations to the Democratic Party right now are justified, at least not in my book,” he told the Washington Blade.

Mr. Bastian is the author of popular WordPerfect, an extremely popular word processing software in the 1990’s.   Last year, Mr. Bastian dropped a cool $1 million into HRC to fight Prop 8 in California.  Mr. Bastian is a member of the LDS Church – the same organization that tore down Prop 8 in California. The LDS church killed Prop 8 in a buy-one get-one free…    They gambled that California would buckle and got the added cherry on their Sundae by watching  Bruce Bastian stop funding the Democratic Party.

77 US House Members Sent Letter: Stop DADT Now!

Seventy-seven members of the US House of Representatives have signed a letter addressed to President Obama to stop enforcing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, to stop investigating military personnel to discover their sexual orientation and to stop using third-party accusations to persuit military discharges.  However, that probably won’t result in any changes under the Obama Administraton for a long time from now.

With  Keith Ellison (D-5th CD) and Betty McCollum (D-4th CD) the only Minnesotans signing it, the letter was originally penned  by Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL 23rd) and states in part:

“We urge you to exercise the maximum discretion legally possible in administering Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell until Congress repeals the law,” states the letter, organized by Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Democrat of Florida. “To this end, we ask that you direct the Armed Services not to initiate any investigation of service personnel to determine their sexual orientation, and that you instruct them to disregard third party accusations that do not allege violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

Congressman Alcee Hastings said on his website:

“Approximately two service members are lost to this misguided, unjust, and flat-out discriminatory policy every day.  At a time when we are engaged in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender service members offer mission-critical skills that enhance our military’s competence and readiness and ensure our national security.  It is my sincere hope that President Obama, together with Congress, will take swift and meaningful action on the dishonorable and debilitating law that is Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,”

Responding to the letter:

Obama aides have said the president still plans on acting on his campaign pledge to work for the law’s repeal but have outlined a very deliberative process of study and consultation with the top military brass that could take months, if not years.

Like I said: “Doubtful that any changes are going to happen in the near forseable future.”

The full text of the letter follows (re: Congressman Hasting’s website)”

June 22, 2009

The Honorable Barack H. Obama

President of the United States

The White House

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Obama:

The United States of America prides itself on having the finest military in the world because of the hard work, dedication, and sacrifices of our brave servicemen and women.  And yet, under 10 U.S.C. § 654 (Policy Concerning Homosexuality in the Armed Forces), better known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the talents and contributions of our openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) service members continue to be ignored simply because of who they are.  Every day, we lose approximately two service members to this misguided, unjust, and flat-out discriminatory policy.  Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is not only an injustice to them, but a disservice to the U.S. military and our country as a whole.

As you know, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was signed into law in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton as a compromise to allow gay and lesbian service members to serve in the military – so long as they did not disclose their sexual orientations.  Fifteen years later, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is instead negatively impacting the lives and livelihoods of these military professionals and depriving our Armed Forces of their honorable service.  Since you took office on January 20, 2009, more than 250 gay and lesbian service members have been discharged under this law, which continues to undermine and demoralize the more than 65,000 gay and lesbian Americans currently serving on active duty.

Although we are confident that you will remain true to your campaign promise to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, our LGBT service members and our country’s national security will continue to suffer if initial action is delayed until 2010 or 2011.  We urge you to exercise the maximum discretion legally possible in administering Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell until Congress repeals the law.  To this end, we ask that you direct the Armed Services not to initiate any investigation of service personnel to determine their sexual orientation, and that you instruct them to disregard third party accusations that do not allege violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  That is, we request that you impose that no one is asked and that you ignore, as the law requires, third parties who tell.  Under your leadership, Congress must then repeal and replace Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell with a policy of inclusion and non-discrimination.  This bilateral strategy would allow our openly gay and lesbian service members to continue serving our country and demonstrate our nation’s lasting commitment to justice and equality for all.

As the United States continues to work towards responsibly ending the War in Iraq and refocus on the threat from al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, our LGBT service members offer invaluable skills that enhance our country’s military competence and readiness.  Despite the great strain on our military’s human resources, the Armed Forces have discharged almost 800 mission-critical troops and at least 59 Arabic and nine Farsi linguists under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the last five years.  This is indefensible.  The financial cost alone of implementing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell from Fiscal Year 1994-2003 was more than $363.8 million.  Our nation’s military has always held itself to the highest standards, and we must recruit and retain the greatest number of our best and brightest.  To do anything less only hurts our country’s military readiness and our service members.

We also want to bring to your attention the most recent examples of the failed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in action.  New York National Guard First Lieutenant Dan Choi and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Victor Fehrenbach are two exceptional servicemen who have dedicated their lives to defending our country and protecting the American people.  Their bravery and abilities have been tested in combat, and now they face impending discharge under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

First Lieutenant Choi, a current National Guardsman with the 1st Battalion of the 69th Infantry in Manhattan, is a West Point graduate, Arabic language specialist, and Iraq War veteran who is under investigation for refusing to lie about his identity.

Lieutenant Colonel Fehrenbach, Assistant Director of Operations for the 366th Operations Support Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, has honorably served his country for 18 years as an F-15E pilot.  He has received nine air medals, including a Medal for Heroism during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and was hand-picked to protect the airspace over Washington, D.C. after the Pentagon was attacked on September 11, 2001.  Lieutenant Colonel Fehrenbach, who has flown combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan against the Taliban and al Qaeda, continues to serve while the recommendation for his honorable discharge moves forward to a review board, and eventually to the Secretary of the Air Force.  Just two years away from his 20-year retirement, he stands to lose $46,000 a year in retirement and medical benefits for the rest of his life if discharged.

The American people and service members of the Armed Forces overwhelmingly support the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  According to a national Gallup poll conducted in May 2009, 69 percent of Americans, including 58 percent of Republicans, favor allowing openly gay men and lesbian women to serve in the military.  Furthermore, a 2006 poll of 545 troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan by Zogby International and the Michael D. Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara revealed that 73 percent are personally comfortable with gay men and lesbian women.  John Shalikashvili, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Clinton administration, and more than 100 retired admirals and generals support this repeal, in addition to the Human Rights Campaign, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, and Knights Out, an organization of LGBT West Point alumni co-founded by First Lieutenant Choi.

Mr. President, we cannot afford to lose any more of our dedicated and talented service members to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  On behalf of First Lieutenant Choi, Lieutenant Colonel Fehrenbach, and the more than 12,500 gay and lesbian service members who have been discharged since Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was implemented in 1994, we stand ready to assist you in repealing this dishonorable and debilitating law as soon as possible, and in restoring justice and equality in our Armed Forces.

Please know that we will continue to monitor this situation and are hopeful that, together, we can address this urgent issue soon.  Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA), John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Fortney “Pete” Stark (D-CA), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), José Serrano (D-NY), James Moran (D-VA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Ed Pastor (D-AZ), James Clyburn (D-SC), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Bob Filner (D-CA), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Robert “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Melvin Watt (D-NC), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Jane Harman (D-CA), Lois Capps (D-CA), Donna M. Christensen (D-VI), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Bill Delahunt (D-MA), Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Barbara Lee (D-CA), James McGovern (D-MA), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Robert Wexler (D-FL), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Rush Holt (D-NJ), John Larson (D-CT), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Anthony Weiner (D-NY), David Wu (D-OR), William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Mike Honda (D-CA), James Langevin (D-RI), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Diane Watson (D-CA), Tim Bishop (D-NY), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Doris Matsui (D-CA), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Debbie Wasserman Schulz (D-FL), André Carson (D-IN), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Donna F. Edwards (D-MD), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), Phil Hare (D-IL), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Laura Richardson (D-CA), Joe Sestak (D-PA), Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Peter Welch (D-VT), Alan Grayson (D-FL), Jared Polis (D-CO), Mike Quigley (D-IL), and Gregorio Sablan (D-MP)

PA Senator Eichelberger: “Gays Are Allowed To Exist”

John Eichelberger1Here’s a brain-trust hard at work.

Pennsylvania has a statute on the books that declares marriage between a male and a female.  State Senator Daylin Leach has introduced a bill legalizing same-sex marriage and Senator John Eichelberger has introduced a State Constitutional Amendment to ban same-sex marriage (how of fear that a judge might overturn the current statute.).

So, the two of them trot on down to a local radio station last Friday and have a live on-air debate on the topic. Andy Towle has the full transcript:

LEACH: How would he [Eichelberger] want to encourage stability in gay couples?

EICHELBERGER: I wouldn’t. I mean they can practice whatever sexual activity they like to practice, but there’s no reason to give them special consideration. We don’t give them special consideration in Pennsylvania for any reason. Why in the world would we allow them to marry?

LEACH: How would you encourage gay couples to be able to provide for their families?

EICHELBERGER: Well, I wouldn’t.

LEACH: What would you expect of them?

EICHELBERGER: There is no reason to encourage that type of behavior in Pennsylvania…That comes back to the definition of family and that’s where we differ. We can call all kinds of things families. I mean, we can say a 3 party marriage is a family, or 7 or 8 people or marrying younger and younger children these days .

HOST: Are you saying that by their very nature homosexual relationships are dysfunctional?

EICHELBERGER: [Pause] Um. I guess I would say that. I would say that.

LEACH: Should our only policy towards [same-sex] couples be one of punishment, to somehow prove that they’ve done something wrong?

Eichelberger: They’re not being punished. We’re allowing them to exist, and do what every American can do. We’re just not rewarding them with any special designation.

Aren’t there some similarities between what this idiot is saying and what the Nazi’s said about The Gays back in Germany’s hayday?    They put the gay men into concentration camps and the lesbians were forced into prostitution for the Nazy troops’ amusement…. “But hey, they allowed them to exist!”

This YouTuber’s response to Senator Eichelberger’s comment  is hysterical:

Ann Coulter: She’ll Lie By Omission and Admission At The Same Time

Ann CoulterPoor pathetic little Ann.  That Adams Apple just bobs up and down while she lies her little fanny off, all for the American people to see.

When she prattles on along with that condescending,  snotty tone of hers, why do people find that appealing? She’s missing her tennis racket, her white Nike visor a fuzzy green ball and her BFF’s Tiffany and Amber!

See Ann Lie.

Lie Ann, Lie!

Senator David Vitter (R-LA) was a phlanderer and he wasn’t punished.  Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) was caught and plead guilty for being a philanderer and he’s still in office.

She blames Barney Frank for being a philanderer and that’s another lie!  Barney Frank’s boyfriend was caught running a prostitution ring, not Barney Frank!

Lie Ann, Lie!

h/t Joe.My.God.