Monday, June 22, 2009

Gracias! Merci! Obrigado! Thanks!


320 hits +/- since June 1!

Seychelles is now in first place (19 hits) and inched ahead of Canada (18), with with the Netherlands and New Zealand tied, and Brasil is inching (centemetering?) ahead to tie with the Aussies! The USA is @ 280 and 2/3 have to be me... but there are red dots all over the country and on every continent.

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Thanks folks!

265 is Disgraceful!

Rally for action to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell

As of this week, an estimated 265 service members will have lost their jobs under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" since January 20.

That's when President Obama and the new Congress came to town promising change -- change they've failed to deliver, certainly with respect to repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Every day they wait to act, another service member is fired simply because of his or her sexual orientation.

We're marching to the White House this Saturday to call on President Obama to show leadership on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Even though you're not near Washington, you can join this effort by telling your friends why 265 is disgraceful -- and why we've got to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":

Like those who drew a line in the sand 40 years ago at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, we're standing up to demand action. It's past time for these discriminatory discharges to end.

After 16 years of this nonsensical law, it's critical that President Obama and Congress act to kill "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Together, marching, we have a real opportunity to deliver a powerful message to the White House, to Congress, and to the American people -- and to let our service members know they have not been forgotten.

Tell a friend now why 265 is disgraceful:

Thank you so much for your continued support.


Ben Mishkin
Grassroots Organizer
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

P.S. On Facebook? Spread the word about Saturday's event to friends who are in the Washington area:

Family Values Champion Brian Blair Arrested For Beating His Family

Another gem from JMG:

Yesterday, Father's Day, former pro wrestler and current Florida politician Brian Blair, who campaigned against the Day Of Silence, silenced his two children by beating and choking them.
Blair, 52, was arrested shortly after 5 a.m. after an altercation at his family's home in the Forest Hills area of Tampa, sheriff's Deputy Larry McKinnon said. Blair and his wife, Toni, have two sons, Brett and Bradley, according to his campaign Web site. Blair, a former professional wrestler who is 6 feet tall and weighs 235 pounds, pushed his older son Brett, 17, in the chest about 4 a.m., according to an arrest report. The teen tried to walk away, but Blair grabbed him and punched him in the face with a closed fist, leaving a red mark and swelling, the arrest report said. Blair then put the 17-year-old in a choke hold, causing him to have trouble breathing, according to the report. Deputies said Blair then let go of his older son and grabbed his younger son by the throat. He punched the boy, leaving a bump on his head, the arrest report said. In the report, a deputy gave the younger son's age as 12, though Blair's campaign Web site said he is 13. Both sons identified their father as the person who attacked them, deputies said.
In addition to promoting the bullying of gay students, Blair endorsed Florida's ban on same-sex marriage and voted to ban recognition of gay Pride events. Blair doesn't want homos to impose their "social and sexual agenda upon the rest of us and especially, on our children." But he's clearly OK with imposing his hands around the throats of his own kids.

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