There’s nothing quite like the excitement of the Olympics, and it’s hard to believe they’re almost over! This year has been no exception in amazing
The Pentagon this week has permitted its soldiers to wear their official uniforms while participating in one of the nation’s largest gay pride parades, in San Diego, California. The move follows President Barack Obama’s successful 2010 bid to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” stricture against gay and lesbian military personnel.
In a memorandum sent to all branches of the military, the Pentagon said it would make an exception for San Diego’s parade on Saturday though the policy on uniform regulations, which forbids service men and women from participating in parades while in uniform, would still stand.
Military staff would thus continue to be governed by a directive clarified last September, according to which “Members on active duty are permitted to engage in partisan and nonpartisan political fundraising activities, meetings, rallies, debates, conventions, or activities as a spectator when not in uniform and when no inference or appearance of official sponsorship, approval, or endorsement can reasonably be drawn.”
According to reports the exception was made on the occasion of the gay pride parade because its organisers “had encouraged military personnel to march in their uniform and the event was getting national attention”.
The relaxation of official uniform policy in the military’s branches comes in the wake of the Pentagon’s unprecedented move to join ranks with rest of the federal government in celebrating June as Gay Pride Month. At the time, Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta said in a video message he would seek to “remove as many barriers as possible to making the military a model of equal opportunity”.
Early on in his presidency Mr. Obama made it a top policy priority to expand the rights and privileges of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) communities.
The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in December 2010 was followed by the President coming out of the closet with his view on same-sex marriage.
He surprised the nation in May when, during comments to a media channel, he said, “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”
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June 1st, 2012
You remember Terran Echegoyen-McCabe and her friend Christina Luna who we discussed yesterday1 and their poster campaign to promote breast feeding in uniform. Well, it seems that they are members of the Washington Air National Guard which compounds the idiocy of their cause. How often will a guardsman need to breast feed in uniform? It appears that their commanders have come to that same conclusion and told the two to shut up about it, according to the Spokesman-Review2;
Capt. Keith Kosik, state public affairs officer for the Washington National Guard emphasized that the issue is not about breast-feeding in uniform.
Rather, he said, military regulations prohibit the use of the “uniform, title, rank or military affiliation to further a cause, promote a product or imply an endorsement.”
“If you look at the press coverage that’s out there right now, it has been misconstrued as a battle against breast-feeding,” he said Thursday. “It leads one to believe they are being persecuted for breast-feeding. The fact is they’re not being persecuted. The fact is breast-feeding was never an issue for us.”
The military has no rules specifically regarding public breast-feeding while in uniform. The real issue is that servicemen and -women are not allowed to use the uniform to further a civilian cause, Kosik said.
Our frenemy, Adam Weinstein of Mother Jones3 couldn’t wait to make the military look like a pack of Neanderthals beating our chests over the outrageous photos of boobies. After quoting a female Marine who said that she wanted her Marines to see as nothing more than Marine, Weinstein puffs out his feminist chest-bone;
The commenter assumes, of course, that the appropriate archetypal image of a Marine is sexless. (Or, at least, boobless.) Which leads to another assumption: that there’s something inherently sexual about a woman nourishing a child with breast milk. Neither of those assumptions holds. No one is asexual (least of all Marines, at least in my experience), and no nursing mother should have to accept a cultural taboo that marks her as a sex object for doing what comes naturally.
I wonder how many Marines would agree that their mission in the greater scheme of things like national security is sexual. It was always my impression that women (and gays, because somehow Weinstein equates breast feeding to the recent repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy) wanted to be equals with men. We integrated women in the services, we quit booting them when they got pregnant in my early years of service because they claimed that they only wanted to be in the military and serve alongside men (and then, straights).
Service in the military isn’t about sex, Adam, well, at least it wasn’t while I was in the infantry. We were more concerned with battle drills, weapons maintenance and physical conditioning. All of this other crap is ancillary cultural bullshit. It looks to me like the social engineers are just trying to turn the military into one long high school lunch period or college dorms instead of the life-taking, destructive force that is supposed to defend us from foreign and domestic enemies.
The ministry did not say when the company will practically start working, but said that Iran and Afghanistan have agreed on the regulations for the company. It is believed that using the Chabahar port will decrease Afghan …
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Afghanistan, Iran to Establish Joint Transport Company