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Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

December 24th, 2010

Don't Go, Don't Kill!

The recent repeal of the US military policy of "Don't ask, don't tell" is far from being the human rights advancement some are touting it to be. I find it intellectually dishonest, in fact, illogical on any level to associate human rights with any military, let alone one that is ... continue reading

September 24th, 2010

Liberals seethe over Dem punt on tax cuts

Liberals are expressing outrage that Democrats are not holding a vote to extend tax cuts for the middle class before the elections.Two weeks after President Obama delivered an impassioned speech on the need to raise taxes for the wealthy, Democrats on Capitol Hill have delayed a vote on the politically ... continue reading

September 24th, 2010

Obama administration objects to injunction against 'don't ask, don't tell'

The Obama administration objected Thursday to immediately ending the military's ban on openly gay service members, saying that an injunction to stop the "don't ask, don't tell" policy might harm military readiness at a time of war. In a filing with a federal court in California, the Justice Department said ... continue reading

September 21st, 2010

Senate Republicans use filibuster to block efforts to repeal 'don't ask don't tell' policy

Gay rights advocates waiting for the Senate to repeal "don’t ask, don’t tell" got the message loud and clear from Republicans on Tuesday -- don’t hold your breath.Senate Republicans voted to halt a military spending bill that included a repeal of the controversial policy, using a filibuster the Democrats needed ... continue reading

September 21st, 2010

Senate blocks move to lift ban on gays in US military

WASHINGTON — The US Senate Tuesday blocked moves to repeal a ban on gays in the military in a procedural vote, indefinitely delaying consideration of the controversial measure.Known as "Don't ask, Don't tell," the 1993 law has aroused impassioned debate with celebrities such as pop star Lady Gaga calling for ... continue reading

September 21st, 2010

Senate Republicans block 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal

An effort to repeal the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy went down to defeat Tuesday afternoon, with Senate Democrats and Republicans squaring off in a procedural vote.In the face of a promised filibuster by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Democrats could not convince a single GOP senator to cross over ... continue reading

September 20th, 2010

Senate to vote on taking up 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

Washington (CNN) -- Despite a high-profile push from pop star Lady Gaga and other gay rights supporters, the outcome of a key Senate vote Tuesday on whether to begin debate on legislation that includes a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy remains too close to call. Republicans ... continue reading

September 20th, 2010

VIDEO: Lady Gaga: 'Equality is the prime rib of America'

5:32 p.m. - Lady Gaga continues: "If the Senate and the President are not going to repeal don't ask, don't tell, perhaps they should be more clear with us about who the military is fighting for. Who our tax dollars are supporting and ultimately, how much does the prime rib ... continue reading

August 21st, 2010

Antiwar activists rally around suspected leaker

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Army private suspected in one of the largest unauthorized disclosures of classified information in U.S. history has become a hero to many anti-war activists who have joined an international effort to free him.At demonstrations this month in New York, Oklahoma City and Quantico, Va., where Army ... continue reading

August 13th, 2010

Lesbian cadet quits West Point, cites 'don't ask'

WEST POINT, N.Y. – A lesbian cadet asked Monday to resign from the U.S. Military Academy because she can no longer lie about her sexuality and was troubled by the anti-gay attitudes of some around her.Katherine Miller of Findlay, Ohio, also said she wants to fight for repeal of the ... continue reading

August 10th, 2010

White House unloads anger over criticism from 'professional left’

The White House is simmering with anger at criticism from liberals who say President Obama is more concerned with deal-making than ideological purity.During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberal naysayers, whom he said would never regard anything the ... continue reading

July 24th, 2010

'Don't ask' critic Dan Choi honorably discharged

One of the most vocal critics of the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy has been honorably discharged for being in violation of the policy.Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and first lieutenant with the Army National Guard, said he learned of the decision on Thursday. “It's painful mostly, not ... continue reading

July 24th, 2010

VIDEO: Gay soldier's discharge delivered to parents' Tustin home

TUSTIN – A letter notifying gay activist soldier Lt. Daniel Choi of honorable discharge was delivered to his parents' house in Tustin at the end of June. Choi said he learned of the discharge from the New York Army National Guard on Thursday, when his commander called to give him ... continue reading

July 7th, 2010

Lesbian Ex-Sergeant Hopes for Repeal of Military's Policy

LAKELAND | Felicia Pecora said she hadn't yet found herself when she enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve at age 22.Eight years later, Pecora says, she had gained maturity, fortitude and self-confidence. She had also attained the rank of sergeant and been deployed on missions to Bosnia and Haiti.It was ... continue reading

May 27th, 2010

Senate panel votes to repeal gay ban in military

WASHINGTON – A Senate committee on Thursday took a first step toward ending the policy that allows gays to serve in the military only if they don't disclose their sexual orientation.In a 16-12 vote, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved a provision to repeal the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" ... continue reading

May 25th, 2010

Senate Republican to back repeal of gay ban

WASHINGTON – Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican considered a critical vote on the issue, says she will support legislation that would repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.Collins is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which was expected to vote Thursday on whether to include the repeal ... continue reading

May 24th, 2010

White House eyes a compromise on gays in military

WASHINGTON – A proposal to step up the repeal of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military but still allow the Pentagon time — perhaps even years — to implement new policies was being discussed Monday by administration officials and gay rights activists. The White House ... continue reading

May 21st, 2010

U.S. allies say integrating gays in military was nonissue

Washington — The U.S. and its military allies agree on many things, from the size of bullets for their rifles to the design of future fighter jets. But on the issue of gays in the military, the United States stands alone among its Western allies. Representatives from Great Britain, Canada, ... continue reading

May 2nd, 2010

Coffee Party attendees pleased with local turnout

Devon Douglass, 21, heard about the coffee party from friends living in other cities, and said she was pleased to see a group forming is Springfield."I'm here to meet people who share the same values, as well as hear some things I've never heard before," said the college student, one ... continue reading

April 21st, 2010

Most transparent White House ever...

Police chased reporters away from the White House and closed Lafayette Park today in response to a gay rights protest in which several service members in full uniform handcuffed themselves to the White House gate to protest "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."People who have covered the White House for years tell ... continue reading

April 20th, 2010

Obama heckled by 'don't ask don't tell' opponents

LOS ANGELES — Opponents of the 'don't ask don't tell' policy on gays in the military interrupted President Barack Obama with heckling at a Los Angeles fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer.The protesters shouted to ask Obama what he is going to do about the policy, which prohibits gays from serving ... continue reading

March 14th, 2010

ACLU says Rapid City police got lesbian airman tossed out of military

Two Rapid City police officers are accused of deliberately bringing the same-sex marriage of an Ellsworth Air Force Base sergeant to the military's attention, allegedly costing Staff Sgt. Jene Newsome her military career.The American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota has filed an internal affairs complaint with the Rapid City ... continue reading

March 14th, 2010

Lesbian sgt. discharged after police tell military

Jene Newsome played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant: She never told anyone in the military she was a lesbian. The 28-year-old's honorable discharge under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy came only after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home ... continue reading

March 3rd, 2010

Lawmakers launch bill to end military gay ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pushing back against Pentagon opposition, lawmakers said on Wednesday they would forge ahead with legislation to lift restrictions on homosexuals in the armed forces before a year-long military review is completed. Following President Barack Obama's call for ending the "don't ask don't tell" policy, the lawmakers said ... continue reading

February 23rd, 2010

Chiefs warn against lifting gay ban too quickly

WASHINGTON – Top Army and Air Force officers said Tuesday they would be reluctant to overturn a 17-year policy that prohibits gays from serving openly in the military without more time to ascertain it won't hurt the services."I do have serious concerns about the impact of a repeal of the ... continue reading

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