How very nice for Dan.
Odd to see him out of uniform. He looks so good in one. Not tied to the White House fence (though there are many whose dearest fantasies begin right there) but something simpler for me. A warm September evening, after having been suitably plied with appropriate cocktails (Vodka Gibsons were my fave back in the day) and laid down somewhere soft and dark the better to relieve him of said uniform. Slowly.
But I digress.
“A federal judge in Riverside declared the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional Thursday, saying the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy violates the 1st Amendment rights of lesbians and gay men.”
Must be one of those “Activist Judges” we’ve heard so much about.
“U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips said the policy banning gays did not preserve military readiness, contrary to what many supporters have argued, saying evidence shows that the policy in fact had a “direct and deleterious effect’’ on the military.”
Cha cha cha!
“Phillips said she would issue an injunction barring the government from enforcing the policy. However, the U.S. Department of Justice, which defended “don’t ask, don’t tell” during a two-week trial in Riverside, will have an opportunity to appeal that decision.”
“The ruling comes just over a month after a federal judge in San Francisco tossed out California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, providing back-to-back victories for gay rights advocates seeking policy changes in the courts that have eluded them in Congress and at the ballot box.”
And for that he was duly “outed” by a “Mainstream Media” always claiming to disapprove of “outing.”
“The case was filed by the Log Cabin Republicans, the largest political organization for gays in the GOP, in 2004.”
Can’t you hear them shreiking “Take that, HRC!” ? And no wonder.
“The ruling is expected to intensify political pressure in Washington to act on legislation to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which remains stalled in the Senate despite support from President Obama and the Democratic congressional leadership.”
Translation: Despite cocktail parties at which checks for the DNC were collected.
“President Obama has called the ban a threat to national security,and the U.S. House in May passed legislation to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” if an ongoing Pentagon study determines the military can adapt to the change without harming defense readiness.
Despite Obama’s criticism of the policy, the Justice Department vigorously defended “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ and even tried to undercut the case with a technical legal challenge over whether the named plaintiffs were dues-paying members of the organization that filed the lawsuit: the Log Cabin Republicans.” “
IOW, said “threat” that didn’t stop him from discharging Dan.
But thanks to the decision the Log Cabinettes are of course crowing.
“As an American, a veteran and an Army reserve officer, I am proud the court ruled that the arcane ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ statute violates the Constitution,” said R.Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans & Liberty Education Fund. “Today, the ruling is not just a win for Log Cabin Republican service members, but all American service members.”
So now what?
I reached out earlier today to the White House for response to yesterday’s ruling declaring “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” unconstitutional, and just received this statement from White House spokesman Shin Inouye:
“The Justice Department is studying the decision, including the question of its scope and immediate effect and we expect them to announce their next steps after that review is completed. The President remains committed to legislative repeal of DADT, and he will continue to work with lawmakers to achieve that goal this fall. And he will continue to work closely with Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff on an ongoing study of how to best implement the repeal.”
IOW, same old shit. No change of policy. Just PR blague
And now, a blast from the past.Sam’s a man after my own heart. Military service interests me not Military men do.
Especially those ideal fetish item, sailors
How well I remember the sailor I had in The Ramble 40 odd years go. I spent an entire evening with him in al freso sexcapades with other New York gentlemen given to the delights of the open air. He liked to instigate scenes, have me watch for a bit, and then signal for me to come over and join in. Later we repaired of an east side bar (not a gay one I might add) have a libation or two, and then back to the park again.
Who knows what became of him.
As for me when my draft number came up I went in, check the “whoopie box” (“Do you have homosexual tendencies”) and scandalized the nice young man at the desk — who immediately demanded the others in line behind me to move their tight-whitie-clad asses back a bit, the better to whisper to me conspiratorially.
“Do you play the man or do you play the woman?”
What a question. Never occured to me before.
“Both” I said.
And so he sent he to the shrink. But the crowd was too big that day, so they gave me a 4-F and sent me on my merry way.
What would have happened had I joined the Navy?
I seriously doubt I’d find anyone as nice as Franco Nero or Brad Davis.
Better to stay a civilian and “entertain the troops” at home.