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HEADLINES IN THE WORLD PRESS

Each day we offer a sample of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Two Dead In Yacht Race”
I assume it was a dead tie.

Sweden, The Local: “Masturbating Driver Accused Reckless Driving”
It depends on what you term the “driving” he was doing.

Norway, Norway Post: “Politicians Take Stand Against Sun Beds”
I am thrilled politicians take such strong stands on such critical issues.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Politicians Take Stand Against Sun Beds”
Not one nickel for sun beds if they are connected to national health insurance.

Canada, Toronto Star: “NASA Rockets Crash Into Moon”
I wonder how we would feel if Xulians crashed rockets into Earth?

UK, The Independent: “Bosses Want Black Lesbians”
Does this mean, No White Lesbians Need Apply?

Australia, Brisbane Times: “Fevola Traded For Lions”
They received ten Christians in return.

South Africa, Argus: “Ordered to Kill Deceased”
That is why dead men tell not tales.

Don’t Be Asked, But You Can Tell! How About It?

There are an estimated 65,000 members of the armed forces currently on active duty who probably fit into the classification of being either gay or lesbian. A recent article in the top Pentagon journal, “Joint Force Quarterly” by a student at the National Defense University urged the end of the infamous “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Colonel Om Prakash argues in his article there is no reason to continue a policy that makes no sense in the current world. As he points out:
1. Most polls indicate a majority of Americans support the presence of gays and lesbians in the armed forces.
2. The armed forces have lost about 12,000 excellent soldiers due to the policy.
3. There is no evidence having gays and lesbians in the armed forces would create social problems for other soldiers.
4. Commanders have more problems trying to implement the current policy than it is worth.

The journal emphasized Prakash’s article did not represent views of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but there is some evidence they are ready to change policy. End the stupidity of throwing out excellent members of the armed forces when 99% of Americans do not wish to serve their country.

Army Essay In DoD Journal Backs Gay Soldiers

An essay by Air Force Colonel Om Parakash that appeared in the Joint Force Quarterly, urged a complete overhaul of regulations dealing with gays and lesbians. Prakash did not mince words and said, “It is not time for the administration to reexamine the issue, rather, it is time for the administration to examine how to implement the repeal of the ban.” he cited several reasons for ending bans on gays and lesbians.

1. Loss of over 12,000 trained personnel over the past decade at a time when the armed forces desperately needs these individuals.
2. There is no evidence gays and lesbians in the armed forces creates social problems.
3. Public opinion polls show most Americans no longer support a ban on gays and lesbians.
4. The ban, in itself, creates more problems for commanders than benefits.

Common sense, but is it enough to persuade equivocating Barack Obama to actually take a stand in support of human rights?

It’s Not Gay To Be Gay In Iraq

The American invasion of Iraq was expected to bring happiness to the people of that unfortunate nation, but, one group has certainly encountered anything but sorrow– gay Iraqis The Swedish Federation of Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights(RFSL) is urging its government to afford political asylum to those who are gay since there is a high probability a gay or lesbian would be subject to brutality the moment they entered the bastion of democracy– Iraq.

The very concept of “democracy” as espoused by Bush administration officials was rhetoric, but it had even less claim to reality when the plight of gays, lesbians and transgender people is explored. They are the subject of death squads which hunt them down in order to wipe out any trace of those who do not act straight and, we mean straight.

If any group is entitled to political asylum it is those who fit into the category of RFSL.

First Iraq War Veteran Congressman Speaks For Gays

Discussions concerning the rights of gays and lesbians frequently lead to comments by those defending the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that to allow those with weird ideas about sexuality into the armed forces would result in a dramatic drop in morale as well as discourage those who want to enlist. Of course, I suspect millions of people at this moment who are working in hundreds of work locations have absolutely no idea if the person next to them is gay or lesbian. Congressman Patrick Murphy is the first veteran of the Iraq war who has been elected to Congress and he is among the leading advocates of ending current policy which discriminates against gays and lesbians. He regards as insulting to those who serve the notion they would refuse to accept gays and lesbians as comrades in arms.

It would be interesting if the Joint Chiefs of Staff actually asked men and women in the field of combat how they feel regarding the issue of gays and lesbians as fellow soldiers. Of course, in hundreds of cases gays and lesbians are fighting alongside their friends and no one gives a damn. Ah, for the righteous folk in America who want to maintain sexual purity. You know, someone like Sarah Palin who is furious that teenagers have children.

SPEECH JOHN KENNEDY NEVER GAVE-BUT OBAMA HAS!

It is the year, 1962 and President Kennedy has brought together leaders of the civil rights movement that seeks to end prejudice against Negroes.

“Gentlemen, I appreciate your willingness to come to this meeting. As you all are well aware this country is confronting serious foreign policy issues as the Soviet Union constructs a wall to separate east Germany from the West, Communist China is in turmoil, and the Middle East is in conflict with no hope of ending the Israel-Arab dispute. New reports from Vietnam indicate problems in that region are escalating and this nation will have to decide how to handle growing violence. I know all in this room realize the threat of nuclear war exists in the Cuba issue.
Here at home, as you all know, we are dealing with a recession that requires greater government into the economy. I hope you all understand this administration is committed to the goal of equal rights for Negroes. We will not waver from that goal. But, we must be realistic. This administration can not deal with world conflicts and serious economic stress if we shift the focus to deal with Negro rights. The world could well be on the verge of a serious atomic bomb conflict in Cuba. I must focus attention and resources on those issues. I need the support of Republicans as well as conservative Democrats in order to confront these world issues, and if I allow this administration to get side-tracked with concern over Negro rights, we may well witness the loss of our entire society.
I am asking everyone in this room to set aside for the moment your concerns about civil rights and focus on the major issues facing American society. I realize this will not please anyone in this room, but I must address issues that threaten the very existence of this society.”

I guess President Barack Obama would have given this speech since he does not believe the rights of gays and lesbians can be addressed along with other issues. Somehow, I think if Obama was in that room fifty years ago, he would be arguing that both rights of Negroes and foreign policy could be simultaneously addressed. Thank God, John Kennedy was no Barack Obama!

Human Rights Groups Unite To End Anti-Gay Laws!

A coalition of human rights groups is organizing a national tour to seek the end of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which has resulted in the discharge of over 13,000 service men and women. A Human Rights Campaign and Servicemembers United will present gay, lesbian and straight speakers, all veterans whose service either was ended as a result of the armed forces on gays or who want to speak out on behalf of gay service members. It will be a national tour and more cities may be added to the list. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a two term congressman and former serviceman fighting in Iraq, told the National Press Club, ‘Our troops are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and are stretched dangerously thin.” They need more soldiers fighting alongside them and would welcome gays, lesbians or straights as long as they can shoot straight.

How can the United States turn down the services of men and women who want to serve in active combat? The anti-gay policy is a policy that threatens the lives of those fighting and must be ended. Perhaps, gays and lesbians can be discharged but that does not make those remaining very gay about the loss of comrades who risked all to serve alongside of them.

Slow Road To Equality For Gays Says Government!

Barack Obama promised gays last fall he would take steps to end the infamous “don’s ask, don’t tell” policy in the armed forces which compels gays and lesbians who speak the truth concerning their sexual orientation to be dismissed from the service. Admiral Mike Mullen, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he had advised Obama to move “in a measured way” to make any change in the policy. “It’s very clear what President Obama’s intent here is. He intends to see this law change. “I’ve had conversations with him” and urged a cautious approach. The assumption of this approach is that a crisis will arise by ending the policy toward gays and lesbians. For some reason, no one asks the simple question as to why would there be a crisis? Who would be upset?

Right now in Iran and Afghanistan gays and lesbians are engaged in combat operations. As far as we know, there are no incidents of soldiers protesting serving alongside with gays or lesbians. In the absence of any incidents against gays and lesbians, we can assume other members of the armed forces don’t give a damn about serving with those who have other sexual experiences.

The integration of the armed forces occurred during combat in the Korean War. Some whites did not like the changes, but they accepted them and life proceeded. The same result will come about if we end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

“Uncle Tom” Obama Urges Gay Military Delay

I voted for Barack Obama and believe he eventually will become an outstanding president, but his actions pertaining to gays and lesbians lack any semblance of decency. In a recent press conference, Obama urged patience and noted that African Americans had to wait. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Tuesday said he wanted to make the law prohibiting gays serving n the armed forces “more humane.” “One of the things we’re looking at, is there flexibility in how we apply the law?” The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have cautioned not proceeding too quickly but building support for any change among the officers of the armed forces.

In 1952, I worked on the US 7th Army integration plan to mix Negro and white soldiers. President Truman had issued a direct order to immediately proceed with integration. At this time, American soldiers were fighting in Korea and enduring ten times the casualties that have resulted from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We proceeded with the executive order. Yes, we had riots and disturbances both from enlisted men and officers. Anyone resisting integration was simply told they either accepted the orders of the President or they would have orders cut within twenty four hours for front line combat in Korea.

There is absolutely NO EVIDENCE members of the armed forces would be upset at having gays or lesbians in their ranks. Frankly, many currently know there are such individuals in their ranks. It is time for Barack Obama to issue and executive order ending discrimination against gays and lesbians. If you don’t like it, leave the service.

Has Obama Betrayed Gays And Lesbians?

There is a growing sense among gays and lesbians that there supposed “fierce advocate” for their rights has displayed a remarkable silent position since becoming president of the United States. They await his fulfillment of a promise to end the ridiculous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of the armed forces which blatantly discriminates against gays and lesbians even though their goal is to serve to protect the nation which refuses them equal rights. A recent march through Manhattan that protested the California Supreme Court decision denying gay rights also witnessed thousands expressing disappointment with the lack of vigor on the part of Obama whenever gay rights are mentioned. Obama defenders undoubtedly argue he currently is overwhelmed with the economy and terrorism in Afghanistan.

Unfortunately, the argument that more important issues are on the Obama plate is a dodge. There will be constant economic issues and fighting all over the world during the coming years. It is simply an excuse for procrastination rather than action. For a man whose fellow African Americans refused to “wait” but insisted on action — now! it is a lame excuse that more important issues must be confronted.