Friday, December 23, 2011

A Sailor's Welcome

Here's a beautiful photo of the times a'changin' right before our very eyes.

The Seattle Times caption:
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2011 after Gaeta's ship returned from 80 days at sea. It is a time-honored tradition at Navy homecomings - one lucky sailor is chosen to be first off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one. On Wednesday, for the first time, the happily reunited couple was gay.

Merry Christmas.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

a couple of girls kissing has never been much of a shock

as long as the girls are not butch, most straight guys are into it

Happy Hannukah!!

December 23, 2011 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice comment for a Neanderthal, however, the repeal of DADT, which was approved by the Senate 65-31 in December 2010, wasn't passed because "most straight guys are into" watching "a couple of 'not butch' girls kissing."

The repeal of DADT was enacted to allow people like Marissa Gaeta, Citialic Snell, Arab linguist National Guardsman Dan Choi, Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, Air Force Major Margaret Witt, and countless others to continue to volunteer to serve their country in the military.

May God bless them for their sacrifices.

Anon gets more coal, more dirty polluting coal.

December 23, 2011 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

101 Faces of Courage

"The following 101 photos represent the approximately 70,000 currently serving LGBT military personnel. We serve in every country, in every conflict, and in every career field. We serve because we are committed to our country. We serve to protect those we love. We serve because we are dedicated to this self-evident truth — that all men are created equal. This is who we are:"

December 23, 2011 10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"May God bless them for their sacrifices"

and what sacrifices were those?

good riddance to DADT

it needs to be replaced with a ban on homosexuals in the military

December 23, 2011 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What kind of a moron has to ask what sacrifices our citizens make when they serve in the Armed Forces?

Learn something, if you can, though I doubt you are capable.

"Our men and women in uniform are making sacrifices and showing a sense of duty stronger than all fear. They know what it's like to fight house to house in a maze of streets, to wear heavy gear in the desert heat, to see a comrade killed by a roadside bomb. And those who know the costs also know the stakes.

Marine Staff Sgt. Dan Clay was killed last month fighting in Fallujah. He left behind a letter to his family, but his words could just as well be addressed to every American. Here's what Dan wrote: “I know what honor is. It has been an honor to protect and serve all of you. I faced death with the secure knowledge that you would not have to. Never falter. Don't hesitate to honor and support those of us who had the honor of protecting that which is worth protecting."

Staff Sgt. Dan Clay's wife, Lisa, and his mom and dad, Sara Jo and Bud, are with us this evening. Welcome. Our nation is grateful to the fallen, who live in the memory of our country. We're grateful to all who volunteer to wear our nation's uniform, and as we honor our brave troops, let us never forget the sacrifices of America's military families."

George W. Bush, 01.31.06

December 23, 2011 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Checking in with the ABSOLUTELY ZERO Gay Military Problems Post-DADT Repeal

The NBC Nightly News ran this fantastic segment last night about the absolutely zero problems that have occurred in the U.S. military in the year since Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed.

Not one complaint. Not one incident of harassment – sexual or otherwise, bullying, hazing, assault, creepy glances in the shower, refusal to share a bunk. Not one.

By any metric you choose to measure with, literally by any standard of judgment, there has not been on single problem in the United States Armed Forces relating to gay soldiers in the entire year of aftermath since President Obama repealed DADT.

The anti-gay religious leaders and politicians who warned otherwise were lying. Republicans who claimed there would be rapes, sexual harassment, damage to troop morale and a mass un-enlisting of heterosexual soldiers were lying. Because that’s all they have in this debate – lies.

Dan Savage is today calling upon the media to refuse to republish and re-air these lies all over again as we march closer to federal marriage equality and the repeal of DOMA.

The exact same bigots who predicted that the sky would fall if DADT was repealed make the exact same claims about marriage equality. The media shouldn’t just repeat their lies. Anti-gay bigots have earned a credibility problem. Reporters should challenge the bigots: They were 100% wrong about the “danger” of repealing DADT—why should anyone believe them when they warn about the “danger” of repealing DOMA? Their doom-and-gloom warnings on ending the ban on gays serving openly in the military were completely unfounded. Why should anyone take their doom-and-gloom warnings about ending the ban on same-sex marriage seriously?

On a final note, I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but ZERO.


December 23, 2011 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...Being a soldier means possibly giving up life and/or limbs (and/or mind) to provide safety for our citizens - a noble cause for our protection...

We train our soldiers to be some of the best warriors in the world. That training, many times, calls for doing some of the most vile things to other human beings - men, women AND children. However, it's important for government administrations to realize the power of Spiritual Law before ever putting our troops in a THEATRE OF WAR! Sending our troops to kill and destroy is not something to be done on a whim due to the ramifications.

Part of looking out for our troops is to use them to defend ourselves - only! When they are used for `first strike operations' (like war in Iraq) as pseudo ways for defending our nation, we put our soldiers in a very negative flow with respect to Spiritual Law...

I want to salute our brave men and women of the military for the true courage they have shown and show in becoming the warriors they are/were, accepting the personal and collective sacrifices they must endure for their actions - on our behalf.

People had a difficult time separating the policy that puts our soldiers in harms way from the soldiers who obediently follow orders. Anyone who had a loved one in the service but was against the war in Iraq, had a serious connundrum to deal with - loving the soldier and hating the war they were ordered to fight.


December 23, 2011 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newest warrior in the FAUX News War on Christmas

"If saying “Happy Holidays” somehow represents a “War on Christmas,” then none other than Christian icon Tim Tebow must be one of the aggressors’ lead field generals, what with the NFL quarterback now appearing in a television ad wishing Coloradans “Happy Holidays” — not “Merry Christmas.”"

Video: Tim Tebow's "War on Christmas"

December 23, 2011 2:58 PM  
Anonymous How embarrassing said...

"Amy Koch Affair Scandal: Minnesota's LGBT Community Apologizes To Resigned Senate Majority Leader

Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch's resignation amidst allegations she engaged in an "inappropriate relationship" with an unnamed male Senate staffer has prompted an apology from her state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

"On behalf of all gays and lesbians living in Minnesota, I would like to wholeheartedly apologize for our community's successful efforts to threaten your traditional marriage," John Medeiros, a gay Minneapolis resident who is reportedly involved in the city's Intermedia Arts’ Queer Voices reading series, wrote in an open letter to Koch, a staunch same-sex marriage opponent. "We apologize that our selfish requests to marry those we love has cheapened and degraded traditional marriage so much that we caused you to stray from your own holy union for something more cheap and tawdry."

The apology was intended as a jibe to Koch, a Republican who authored an unsuccessful bill to amend the Minnesota Constitution declaring "a marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in Minnesota," according to Pink News. Medeiros goes on to reference that bill in his letter, noting: "It is now clear to us that if we were not so self-focused and myopic, we would have been able to see that the time you wasted diligently writing legislation that would forever seal the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman, could have been more usefully spent reshaping the legal definition of 'adultery.'"

Though the Senate staffer with whom Koch had a relationship with has not been revealed amidst the scandal, it is widely rumored to have been former communications chief Michael Brodkorb.

Two days earlier, Koch issued her own apology to constituents and her family, declaring in an official statement that she's "made some mistakes and errors in judgment" and has "deep regret."

"The events of recent days have been very difficult for me and those close to me," Koch is quoted as saying by The Star-Tribune. "It is important that I spend time now focusing on the challenging days ahead as I work through some very personal issues.""

December 23, 2011 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love makes a family

December 24, 2011 9:11 AM  

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