Archive for October 14th, 2010

The Chilean Miners

by jhwygirl

I’m going to indulge myself with this post, so you may not want to bother reading any more….

So these Chilean miners – recently rescued – have made a pact that none of them will speak to the press, and at that only in one group – and only if they get paid. I think this will be interesting to see how this works. Here in the USA, I doubt the pact would of lasted even the near 24 hours it appears to have already.

I can get why these guys are wanting money for their story – but I have no doubt they’d make some money regardless of whether they talk to the press. Or talked to the press multiple times. There’s going to be a movie – hell…I want to see it. Can’t wait. I’m certain it includes tales of corporate miscrede and misdeed.

That being said, and knowing they will get their money whether the oath is broken or they get whatever it is deal that they want — or darn near close to it, I’m going to ponder this: Will Chilean culture be any different if the oath is kept? If no miner breaks the oath and talks to the press individually? Or will it be a miner/commonality of tragedy/human reason if they keep the oath? Or will it be a man thing?e a

Would U.S. citizens caught in the same situation have even made a pact?

I guess I think that they wouldn’t have even made a pact…and I’m kinda rooting for those Chileans that they both keep the pact and get every bit of riches they surely deserve. And if they keep the pact, I’m going to say it’s a cultural thing that Americans wouldn’t be capable of.

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By Duganz

Tuesday October 12, 2010 should have been one of the single greatest days in the history of American Civil Rights: The end of Clinton’s idiotic “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” and the freedom of brave soldiers to be able to serve openly as gay and lesbian.

But, the Democrats are in power, so we get this:

The Pentagon said Wednesday it had not issued written guidance on a judge’s order throwing out the ban, and commanders in the field said they did not know how to proceed on sensitive questions like pursuing existing investigations against gay service members.

You don’t know how to proceed with an order to stop? You stop. You just stop. You stop when ordered to stop. It’s easy. Think, Was I ordered to stop throwing people out of the Armed Forces due to their sexual preference? If the answer is yes you stop throwing people out of the Armed Services due to their sexual preference.

But maybe there’s a reason behind the confusion…

The Justice Department worked into the night Wednesday on its response to the judge’s ruling but gave no indication when there would be an announcement. Its first move may be to seek a stay, or temporary freeze, of the order. If that request is rejected, the department probably would turn to the federal appeals court in California.

Obama’s Justice Department is going to appeal a court case that called a dumb law unconstitutional, because… why? The Obama administration consistently says it is against DADT. Before the Federal Government got around to giving all people rights, the federal courts did. Even the most ignorant of people (I’m looking at you “Creation Scientists”) have heard of Brown v. Board of Education. Brown ended segregation in schools. After that decision in 1954 private groups, civil groups, and the government were able to erode the damages done by moronic Southern Racists.

So why not instead of fighting the courts, embracing that other branch given power under our Republic’s Constitution, and then point at Republicans and say, “Make your move, oh Great Defenders of our Constitution.” The paradox would make Christine O’Donnell’s head explode.

Alas, because of the weak-to-non-existent spine of the Democrats we get this in a statement from anti-DADT group Servicemembers Legal Defense Network:

The law still has a chance of being repealed in the lame duck session of Congress. Service members must proceed safely and should not come out at this time.

Lack of leadership from the Democrats has put fear into the hearts of those fighting for freedom. And, ironically, the reason that Democrats aren’t leading on this issue is fear––fear of not getting re-elected.

But here’s the skinny: there is right, and there is wrong. It is RIGHT to stand up for gay Americans and their rights. It is WRONG to think of one’s own self-interest as far as getting more power. It is WRONG to allow 13,000 servicemembers to be discharged because of your lack of guts. (It is also wrong, just saying, to ignore an order from a judge Mr. President.) Even though most Senate Democrats (Not the ones from Arkansas) voted to repeal DADT, few are talking about it in their re-election campaigns.

So now we’re stuck with a President who despite being against a law, wants to appeal a Federal Court’s decision, and a Congress–House and Senate–that can’t get its act together enough to pass the smallest of Civil Rights legislation.

And again, as I’ve said here before, it is within President Obama’s power to end DADT on his own… Just like the judicial branch has the power to end DADT… and the Legislative has the power to end DADT (but doesn’t cause they are myopic wastebags)…




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