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  • Time to end Political Correctness at Airports

    09/05/2014 5:15:57 PM PDT · by rovenstinez · 28 replies
    Fox Radio News ^ | Sept. 5, 2014 | rovenstinez
    Yesterday at the DFW airport. It was strikingly difficult to talk to the Pakistani women selling food, with their head coverings, OBVIOUSLY pious Muslims. And turning around were Muslim Women with head coverings removing trash. I just WISH someone had the testicular power to tell these women if they want to work at an AIRPORT where travelers are sensitive about Muslim people that blow up things, they need to REMOVE their coverings, or go work at the local dry cleaning shop, or sell used tires. But to put them in the AIRPORTS knowing that all of the things that get...
  • Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds

    08/01/2014 1:47:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said Thursday that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. The National Defense Panel called on the president to dump a major section of his 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and write a broader strategy that requires the military to fight on multiple fronts at once. It also said the shrinking U.S. armed forces, which are being downsized to fit that strategy and budget cuts, is a “serious strategic misstep on the part of the United States.” The forces’ numbers spelled out in...
  • Navy begins weighing future of littoral combat ship; or whether to replace it

    08/01/2014 11:08:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies ^ | August 01, 2014 | By Michael Finch II
    MOBILE, Alabama -- It's judgment day for the littoral combat ship. The July 31 deadline has passed for a task force of U.S. Navy officials to collect information for a new or improved small surface combatant. In a released statement the Navy said it will begin reviewing the preliminary findings that will decide the future of the littoral combat ship, or whether to replace it. "Because the task force alternatives will be considered as part of (the fiscal year 2016 budget) deliberations, the Navy will not comment publicly on the report's findings until budget decisions within the defense department are...
  • Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail pullup test

    01/02/2014 1:58:35 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/02/2014 | Associated Press
    More than half of female Marines in boot camp can't do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs. The delay rekindled sharp debate in the military on the question of whether women have the physical strength for some military jobs, as service branches move toward opening thousands of combat roles to them in 2016. Although no new timetable has been set on the delayed physical requirement, Marine Corps Commandant Gen....
  • Marine Corps quietly delays pullup requirement for women

    12/29/2013 5:56:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/28/2013 | BY ASHE SCHOW
    The Marine Corps has delayed the requirement for female Marines to do three pullups because most women have so far been unable to pass the test. For 40 years, male recruits were required to perform three pullups to prove their upper body strength for combat, where they would need to carry heavy equipment and potentially lift themselves out of mud walls. Starting Jan. 1, female recruits would have been required to do the same. But 55 percent of female recruits could not complete all three pullups, compared to just 1 percent of male recruits who could not, so the requirement...
  • Military suffers wave of 'gay' sex assaults ('We've got a male-on-male problem here')

    05/21/2013 9:35:37 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 33 replies
    WND ^ | May 21, 2013 | Unattributed
    A recent military report on sexual assault in the military shocked many in Washington and around the nation, but a leading expert on military personnel revealed the prevalence of men assaulting other men is one of the major headlines in this study. The extended analysis of the report first appeared in Monday’s edition of the the Washington Times. The Defense Department survey of sexual assault in the military during fiscal 2012 estimated 26,000 assaults took place in the armed forces. Nearly 3,000 of them were formally reported. Just more than 6 percent of women reported being victims of assault and...
  • Elaine Donnelly: Women in Combat Order “Dangerous Social Experiment”

    01/24/2013 10:06:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 08:54 PM | David A. Patten
    Military-readiness advocate Elaine Donnelly warns that the Obama administration’s decision to put women in ground-combat roles amounts to “social engineering to achieve a political end in the name of diversity.” She adds that the policy shift means “lives could be lost unnecessarily, not just women, but men.” Donnelly’s organization, the Center for Military Readiness, released a 42-page report earlier this week exploring the unintended consequences of putting women on the front lines. “It will do great harm to women in the military, especially those who will find themselves in the infantry—something there’s no indication they wanted,” Donnelly said Wednesday in...
  • The Reality That Awaits Women in Combat

    01/23/2013 5:09:15 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 99 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 23, 2013 | RYAN SMITH
    America has been creeping closer and closer to allowing women in combat, so Wednesday's news that the decision has now been made is not a surprise. It appears that female soldiers will be allowed on the battlefield but not in the infantry. Yet it is a distinction without much difference: Infantry units serve side-by-side in combat with artillery, engineers, drivers, medics and others who will likely now include women. The Pentagon would do well to consider realities of life in combat as it pushes to mix men and women on the battlefield. Many articles have been written regarding the relative...
  • Same-sex benefits a powder keg in Pentagon

    03/18/2012 6:30:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 2+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    Rights fight pits Holder vs. PanettaThe Obama administration is withholding medical and other benefits from same-sex spouses of military members, but Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. says he can no longer defend the law that authorizes the practice. Conservatives are charging that Mr. Holder is going back on Pentagon promises to adhere to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the September repeal of the ban on open gays in the military. Military promises to enforce DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, induced some fence-sitting members of Congress to support the...
  • Republicans and Risks (Oliver North)

    10/27/2011 4:19:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 28, 2011 | Oliver North
    U.S. Virgin Islands — We arrived at a tiny outpost on St. Thomas on Oct. 26. As we stepped ashore, the gentleman beside me said, "28 years ago at this very minute, I was lining up my 'thirsty' A-7 to land on the deck of the USS Independence (CV-62) not far from here. It was day two of Operation Urgent Fury. We were flying nonstop close air support missions for troops in contact on the island of Grenada." The retired naval aviator went on to describe his admiration for the then commander in chief, who boldly ordered more than...
  • Ten Things I Know

    09/21/2011 6:19:38 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 4 replies
    "Postcards from America - Postcards from Israel" ^ | September 21, 2011 | Ari Bussel
    Ten Things I Know By Ari Bussel There are some things I am confident I know. Some may be hidden beneath the surface, others true for some. In totality, they are a source of my comfort in the future. Despite all the challenges, Israel and the Jewish people will survive and overcome modern-day hardships. These are the ingredients to my optimism. First, there are entities that evaluate various scenarios and whose job is to protect Israel. These are “think tanks” of sorts embedded within the central nervous system of Israel. Their work is translated into operational “drawer”-plans to be executed...
  • Our Military’s Grim State: Armed Forces Under Stress

    07/20/2011 4:04:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Heritage ^ | 7/20/11 | Mike Brownfield
    This is the grim state of our military’s readiness: An Air Force F-15C that broke in half during flight, two F-18s that have caught fire aboard ships, every single cruiser with cracks in its hull, A-10C Warthogs with fuselage cracks, the UH-1N Twin Huey helicopter fleet that is regularly grounded, and over half the navy’s deployed aircraft not ready for combat. That is the picture of the U.S. military in disrepair—what The Heritage Foundation’s Mackenzie Eaglen calls a “readiness crisis” among all U.S. military services, including the National Guard and reserves. Readiness is “dangerously lower,” she writes, leading to “delayed,...
  • Women in Combat: Study Recommends Ending Military's Last Male Bastion

    01/19/2011 11:11:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 116 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | David Wood
    Heather Pfleuger -- an exuberant, all-American, girl-next-door -- was transformed when she arrived in Afghanistan. She'd shrug into her body armor, strap on her helmet, yank on gloves, goggles and scarf, and slide down behind her turret-mounted Mark-19, a 40mm grenade launcher. From there, she could kill an armored vehicle and everybody in it a mile away. When she whooped with glee and led a convoy outside the wire, local Afghan fighters, hard men who'd faced down the Russians and the Taliban, fell respectfully silent. "Specialist Pfleuger can hit anything," her squad leader. Sgt. Kevin Collins, told me proudly. "I...
  • Army Mulls Women in Combat Arms Units

    01/10/2011 12:11:53 PM PST · by triumphant values · 56 replies ^ | January 07, 2011 | Bryant Jordan
    The Army is studying whether to open combat arms units to female Soldiers, the Army's top officer said Jan. 6. "We're looking at revising the policy," Gen. George W. Casey Jr. told a breakfast gathering of the Association of the U.S. Army in Arlington, Va. "We've had some work going on for a while, and that'll double back up to the secretary, I would think, in the next couple of months." Women are currently barred from infantry, armor and Special Forces branches, Casey said. He did not say whether the Army is considering opening up all three areas to women,...
  • Vets protest plan opening military to homosexuals

    12/23/2010 10:17:39 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 44 replies · 3+ views
    WND ^ | December 22, 2010 | Eugene J. Koprowski
    Vets protest plan opening military to homosexualsOfficer requests command relief over scheduled 'behavior modifications' Veterans and active duty personnel alike are reacting harshly to the news that Barack Obama has signed the repeal of the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, and one much-needed leader already could be lost to the military. A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army has confirmed to WND that he is asking to be relieved of the command of his squadron because of the new policy. And former combat personnel are telling WND that they are continuing to keep the pressure on Congress to reverse itself....
  • Don't Ask/Don't Tell Should Go

    07/28/2010 5:42:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies · 2+ views ^ | July 28, 2010 | John Stossel
    Click here to find out more! America is one of many countries that forbid openly gay people to serve in the military. Others are: Cuba, China, Egypt, Greece, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey and Venezuela. See a pattern? With a few exceptions, those are not countries where free people want to live. By contrast, Australia, the United Kingdom, Israel, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia and Spain all allow gay people to serve. No country has America's in-between policy: Gays can serve -- as long...
  • CBO Warns of Increased Risk of U.S. Fiscal Crisis

    07/27/2010 6:33:22 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 33 replies · 1+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 7.27.10 @ 5:24PM | By Philip Klein
    The Congressional Budget Office today released a new report on the risk of a fiscal crisis occuring in the United States due to our long-term debt... The bottom line is that the longer we prolong dealing with our debt problem, the greater the risk of a fiscal crisis, and the more unattractive the options become for digging ourself out of the mess. It outlines several consequences for growing debt, including crowding out of private investment and the need for higher taxes and/or spending cuts. Of higher taxes, however, it warns that, "To the extent that additional tax revenues were generated...
  • Plan Would Allow Abortions at Military Hospitals

    06/11/2010 5:33:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies · 258+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 6/10/2010 | ELISABETH BUMILLER
    WASHINGTON — The fight to allow gay and bisexual people to serve openly in the military is already drawing political blood in Washington, but tucked into the same 852-page Pentagon policy bill as the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is a little-noticed amendment that takes on another emotionally charged issue: making abortion easier for military women in war zones. In a vote that advocates of abortion rights sought beforehand to keep quiet, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed a provision on May 27 to allow privately financed abortions at military hospitals and bases. Current law bans abortions in most...
  • US youngsters are too fat to fight, warn generals

    05/01/2010 3:13:49 PM PDT · by traumer · 49 replies · 4,028+ views
    Rising rates of obesity among young Americans could undermine the future of the US military, two retired generals have warned. More than a quarter of young Americans are now too fat to fight, they said. Writing in the Washington Post, the ex-commanders said the fat crisis ruled out more potential military service recruits than any other medical factor. They want Congress to introduce laws to give US children better nutrition in schools, with less sugar, salt and fat. John Shalikashvili and Hugh Shelton, both former chairmen of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote: "Obesity rates threaten the overall health...
  • Military Will Discharge Soldiers for Revealing Homosexuality Despite ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

    04/08/2010 7:59:30 PM PDT · by honestabe010 · 3 replies · 323+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | April 8, 2009 | Nicholas Ballasy
    After announcing changes to its existing “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy, the Department of Defense (DoD) told that a member of the military who makes “a statement that he or she is homosexual or bisexual, or words to that effect” still “can be separated” from the armed forces. The policy changes, announced at a Mar. 25 press briefing at the Pentagon, basically make it harder to initiate an official inquiry into whether a soldier is homosexual, raise the authority level needed to discharge a soldier, and set stricter rules on evidence and confidential information used in such inquiries....
  • Army: Gays will be discharged if they speak up

    04/02/2010 6:39:44 AM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 12 replies · 392+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 2, 2010 | Fox News
    Army Secretary John McHugh is backtracking on his promise not to discharge troops who tell him that they are gay. McHugh said in a statement released Thursday that he was "incorrect" when he had said there would be a moratorium on dismissals while the Pentagon conducts a yearlong review on its "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Earlier this week, McHugh had said he wouldn't punish troops who admitted they were gay in private conversations with him, even though they technically violated the law.
  • Army chief: I won’t discharge gay personnel

    03/31/2010 12:08:46 PM PDT · by LonelyCon · 22 replies · 702+ views
    Reuters/MSNBC ^ | 3/31/10 | Phil Stewart
    The Army secretary said on Wednesday he would not discharge gay personnel who admitted their sexual orientation to him, despite the "don't ask, don't tell" stance that remains official military policy. "What the secretary (of defense) has placed a moratorium on is going forward on discharges," Army Secretary John McHugh told defense reporters. The statement seemed to indicate that some Pentagon leaders had already shifted their stance, at least regarding private admissions by gay troops, although Congress has not yet formally repealed the law banning declared homosexuals.
  • Marine Corps General: Logistical Challenges, Costs to Homosexuals in Military

    03/27/2010 9:48:37 AM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 11 replies · 596+ views
    Dakota Voice ^ | March 27, 2010 | Bob Ellis
    As President Obama continues his campaign to undermine the moral fabric of our nation and American effectiveness on every front, the proposed repeal of Bill Clinton’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding homosexuals in the military has once again become a hot topic of discussion. To be clear, Obama is not pushing for a return to the pre-Clinton days when it was understood that homosexual behavior is incompatible with military service, period, regardless of whether the homosexual military member “told” or not. Obama is instead pressing for homosexuals to be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. Armed Forces. A...
  • FRC Criticizes Looser Enforcement of Law on Homosexuality in the Military

    03/25/2010 12:50:29 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 11 replies · 346+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | 25 March 2010 | FRC
    Today Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlined new guidelines for the enforcement of the law preventing open homosexuality in the military. Secretary Gates raised the level of officer authorized to initiate an investigation to carry out fact-finding, and to make a decision to separate a military service member for homosexuality. He also raised the standard of what would constitute "credible information" to begin an inquiry or separation proceeding, and excluded certain confidential information from being used to initiate the discharge of homosexuals from the military. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments: "These new guidelines undermine enforcement of...
  • GOP dismisses military study on gays as biased

    03/04/2010 8:08:09 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 352+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 3, 2010 | By Anne Flaherty
    Some Republicans are dismissing a planned nine-month Pentagon study on gays in the military as biased because it assumes Congress will eventually repeal the 1993 law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” GOP lawmakers are likely to use the argument to try to chip away at the credibility of the assessment, which Defense Secretary Robert Gates envisions as the first comprehensive look at the policy in its 17-year lifetime. Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson and U.S. Army Forces Europe commander Gen. Carter Ham were expected to testify Wednesday before a House Armed Services subcommittee for the first time since being...
  • Gays in Military = Sex in Barracks

    02/27/2010 9:46:30 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 153 replies · 3,908+ views ^ | Feb 22 2010 | Dr. Paul Cameron Ph. D
    If homosexuals are allowed to serve in the military, they will be recruiting in the showers, having sex in the barracks, and straights will undergo sensitivity training. Before long, the U.S. may be defended by the sex-obsessed and those who can tolerate kowtowing to them. These are the truths that no one will speak. Forget about ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (DADT). The issue is NOT about whether those engaging in homosexual sex are, or are not, asked about their ‘sexual preferences.’ The real issue is whether the federal law against sodomy in the armed forces will be abolished either by...
  • Marine Corps: Study gay ban but don't hurt force

    02/24/2010 9:48:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 457+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/24/10 | Anne Flaherty - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Marine Corps commandant said Wednesday that the ability of U.S. troops to fight and win wars must trump other concerns as the nation considers whether to let gays to serve openly in the military. In testimony before a House committee, Gen. James Conway said he supports a Pentagon assessment to determine how to lift the ban. But he also suggested that civil rights ultimately would have to take a back seat if it meant tampering with the military's ability to protect the country. "That's what they have been built to do under the current construct and I...
  • Navy to Lift Ban on Women Serving Aboard Subs

    02/24/2010 1:04:01 PM PST · by Bulldawg Fan · 58 replies · 1,247+ views ^ | Feb 24, 2010 | Mara Gay
    The military isn't asking, it's telling. In a letter to Congress last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates notified lawmakers that women will be allowed to serve on submarines for the first time in the Navy's 110-year history, ABC News reported. Congress has 30 days to pass a law to stop or delay the policy, but if it remains silent, women could be aboard Navy submarines in 18 months. The lifting of the ban removes one of the last glass ceilings for women in the military. Unless Congress steps in, women could be serving on Navy submarines for the first time...
  • Mackubin Thomas Owens: Defending ‘Don’t Ask’ - In the military, open homosexuality harms unit...

    02/09/2010 12:50:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 509+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | February 9, 2010 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    Defending ‘Don’t Ask’In the military, open homosexuality harms unit cohesion.  In a February 3 Wall Street Journal op-ed, I argued that the current law forbidding homosexual military members to discuss their sexual orientation ought to remain in place. I based my contention on the importance of non-sexual bonding as the glue of unit cohesion, which is an important contributor to military effectiveness. As expected, I received a great deal of feedback, some positive, some negative. I thought it might be useful to respond to my critics’ most common objections. First, some argued that the studies indicating the importance of cohesion...
  • Gates: Panel has one year to plan for end to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

    02/02/2010 10:19:37 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 47 replies · 797+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 3, 2010 | By Leo Shane III,
    Related Story: Mention of gay troops in State of the Union offers little clarity to path ahead WASHINGTON — Military commanders will look for ways to stop enforcing the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” law but could still take years to fully get rid of it, according to a plan outlined by Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gates said he will establish a panel to examine how to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay troops, with a goal of creating an implementation plan by the end of the year. The...
  • The Case Against Gays in the Military

    02/02/2010 11:27:40 PM PST · by Red Steel · 53 replies · 1,136+ views
    wsj ^ | FEBRUARY 2, 2010, 7:27 P.M. ET | MACKUBIN THOMAS OWENS
    As expected, President Obama pledged during his State of the Union address to "work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay -snip- The law codified regulations in effect before President Bill Clinton's inauguration, making the historical prohibition against military service for homosexuals a matter of statute. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates observed in June of last year, "What we have is a law, not a policy or regulation. -snip- Favoritism and double standards are deadly to philia and its associated phenomena—cohesion, morale and discipline—are absolutely critical -snip- The presence of open homosexuals in...
  • Obama to make announcement on gay ban (in the military)

    01/26/2010 3:07:22 PM PST · by pabianice · 53 replies · 2,116+ views
    Navy Times | 1/26/10 | Maze
    Link Only. To begin after the State of the Union speech.
  • Pregnancy Equals Prison for US Troops in Iraq

    12/22/2009 2:21:55 PM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 27 replies · 857+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 12/22/09 | Bob McCarty
    Early last month, Army Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo (left) issued General Order #1 as a means of informing those assigned to his Multi-National Division North (a.k.a., "Task Force Marne") that becoming pregnant -- or assisting in the effort -- is one of several types of conduct deemed "prejudicial to the maintenance of good order and discipline" among members of the 22,000-strong task force headquartered in Tikrit, Iraq. In fact, it ranks alongside alcohol, drugs, guns and similar vices on the general's list of prohibited activities.
  • Exclusive: General Backs Off on Court Martials for Pregnant Soldiers

    12/22/2009 8:41:51 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 36 replies · 993+ views
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 22, 2009 | LUIS MARTINEZ and SARAH NETTER
    An Army general in Iraq backed away from his threat today to court martial female soldiers who get pregnant. "I see absolutely no circumstance where I would punish a female soldier by court martial for a violation ... none," Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo III wrote to ABC News in an exclusive statement. " I fully intend to handle these cases through lesser disciplinary action." Cucolo triggered debate, some of it angry, when his Nov. 4 policy forbidding pregnancy among his soldiers became public recently. His policy statement said violation of the rule could be punishable by court martial, and that...
  • Panel urges ending UCMJ’s sodomy ban

    10/26/2009 1:09:41 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 48 replies · 2,299+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 27, 2009 | By Lisa M. Novak
    A panel of legal scholars has suggested that Congress remove sodomy as a crime punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, a recommendation that could boost efforts to end a ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military. The Commission on Military Justice recommended that Article 125, which deals with sodomy, be repealed, arguing that “most acts of consensual sodomy committed by consenting military personnel are not prosecuted, creating a perception that prosecution of this sexual behavior is arbitrary.” In its report — dated October 2009 — the commission suggested several changes be made to the UCMJ, including...
  • Australian woman already serving on the front line

    09/09/2009 8:38:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 468+ views
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 10th September 2009 | Ian McPhedran
    AUSTRALIAN female soldiers are already serving on the front line and here is the photograph to prove it. As the debate rages about lifting the ban on women serving in combat roles, small numbers of female soldiers, such as army medic Jacqui de Gelder from Canberra, are already doing the business. She was on her first combat foot patrol in the village of Chora in Afghanistan just two weeks ago. The younger sister of navy clearance diver Paul de Gelder, who lost his foot to a shark attack in Sydney Harbour, spent the previous day treating victims of a suicide...
  • Push for women to fight on front line to improve recruitment

    09/09/2009 4:26:04 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 44 replies · 2,310+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 9, 2009 | Patrick Walters
    WOMEN should be able to serve in all frontline combat units of the Australian Defence Force, including the SAS and commando units, under a controversial plan that could avert a looming recruitment crisis. The push by Defence Personnel and Science Minister Greg Combet would remove gender as a criterion for selection for specialised categories of military service. The Rudd government wants to lift the proportion of women serving in the defence force from the current level of 13 per cent, as demographic pressures bear down on defence force recruitment over the next decade. Removing any gender discrimination for serving in...
  • One shot - Two kills (Vanity)

    07/14/2009 2:31:54 PM PDT · by areukiddingme1 · 29 replies · 1,727+ views
    Vanity | 14 July 2009 | areukiddingme1
    Imagine if you will, a battle scene where you are a Soldier or Marine and you are engaged in a fire fight outside of some remote village in Iraq or Afghanistan -- A fight for your lives. The loud noises, explosions, falling debris, flying shrapnel, shouting, the military radio crackling with current situation reporting and all of sudden the Soldier or Marine next to you takes a round to the shoulder and his blood is splattered on to you -- You have sustained several non life threatening cuts and scrapes that you are unaware of due to the adrenaline coursing...
  • U.S. may look to other nations for lessons on gays in military

    07/13/2009 12:04:33 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 48 replies · 1,523+ views
    Gazette ^ | David Crary | July 12, 2009 - 8:22 PM
    NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to dealing with gay personnel in the ranks, the contrasts are stark among some of the world’s proudest, toughest militaries — and these differing approaches are invoked by both sides as Americans renew debate over the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. In the United States, more than 12,000 service members have been dismissed since 1994 because it became known they were gay. Current targets for discharge include a West Point graduate and Iraq war veteran, Army National Guard Lt. Dan Choi. In Britain, on the other hand, uniformed gay and lesbian service...
  • Dumbing-Down the U.S. Navy

    07/07/2009 2:51:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies · 4,819+ views ^ | July 7, 2009 | Pat Buchanan
    "Naval Academy Professor Challenges Rising Diversity," ran the headline in The Washington Post. The impression left was that some sorehead was griping because black and Hispanic kids were finally being admitted. The Post's opening paragraphs reinforced the impression. "Of the 1,230 plebes who took the oath of office at the Naval Academy in Annapolis this week, 435 were members of minority groups. It's the most racially diverse class in the nation's 164-year history. Academy leaders say it's a top priority to build a student body that reflects the racial makeup of the Navy and the nation." Who can be against...
  • Obama aide: Gays in military policy under review

    05/10/2009 10:52:27 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 595+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2009
    (AP) — WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's national security adviser says allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military is in the early discussions. But retired Marine Gen. James Jones says it's very preliminary in a very busy administration. Jones said Sunday he's not sure if the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy would be overturned, although Obama has said he wants it eliminated. Jones said the decision to go forward lies with the president.
  • Congress Will Uphold 1993 Law Regarding Gays in the Military

    03/04/2009 9:17:31 AM PST · by meandog · 54 replies · 921+ views
    Center for Military Readiness ^ | 3.3.09 | Elaine Donnelly
    Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness, predicted today that efforts by liberals in Congress to repeal the 1993 law regarding homosexuals in the military would not succeed. “Members of Congress are starting to take this issue seriously,” she said. “Indications are that repeal of the 1993 law would hurt the ‘Three R’s,’ recruiting, retention, and overall readiness in the volunteer force.” On Monday Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA) announced that she will soon re-introduce legislation to repeal the 1993 law, Section 654, Title 10 click here , which is commonly mislabeled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” In response, Donnelly...
  • Obama faces test on gay military ban

    03/02/2009 4:57:58 AM PST · by shove_it · 59 replies · 1,283+ views
    POLITICO ^ | 3/2/2009 | JEN DIMASCIO
    On Monday, buoyed by a stronger Democratic majority in Congress, Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Calif.) will introduce legislation to overturn the ban against homosexuals serving openly in the military, a Tauscher aide said. Clinton’s handling of the issue was widely condemned, and the entire fiasco became a textbook example of the sort of avoid-at-all-cost political controversy that can seriously undermine a new president. For Clinton, it knocked him off message, sapped him of auathority, damaged his popularity ratings and left him with a reputation for being wishy-washy that stuck. And it left the military with a policy that no one...
  • Obama seeks assessment on gays in military -- No rush to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'

    02/01/2009 5:51:25 AM PST · by Zakeet · 8 replies · 677+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 1, 2009 | Bryan Bender
    The Obama administration is telling the Pentagon and gay-rights advocates that it will have to study the implications for national security and enlist more support in Congress before trying to overturn the so-called "don't ask, don't tell" law and allow gays to serve openly in the military, according to people involved in the discussions. They said Obama, who pledged during the campaign to overturn the law, does not want to ask lawmakers to do so until the military has completed a comprehensive assessment of the impact that such a move would have on military discipline. Then, the president hopes to...
  • Obama Cannot Fulfill Vow to Put Homosexuals in Military Unless Congress Changes the Law

    01/19/2009 4:07:56 AM PST · by markomalley · 43 replies · 958+ views
    CNS News ^ | 1/19/2009 | Matt Cover
    ( - Although President-elect Barack Obama has vowed to open the U.S. armed forces to homosexuals, he cannot fulfill this promise unless Congress passes new legislation repealing the existing statute that expressly prohibits homosexuals from serving in the military.   Legislation to do this will be proposed in the current Congress by Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.).   On Jan. 9, the Obama transition office posted a video on its website,, showing Robert Gibbs, the incoming White House press secretary, answering a series of questions that had been submitted by the public.    One was about the so-called “don’t...
  • Obama's 'gay' agenda for the military

    01/17/2009 5:21:27 AM PST · by Joiseydude · 63 replies · 1,336+ views
    WND ^ | January 17, 2009 | Floyd and Mary Beth Brown
    As Barack Obama prepares to be sworn in as commander in chief on Jan. 20, homosexual-rights activists are gleeful about changes he will bring to the armed services. Based on his campaign promises, Obama is expected to overturn the military's policy regarding sexual conduct. Commonly referred to as "don't ask, don't tell," the military prohibits the service of openly practicing homosexuals. This policy was created early in the Clinton administration after a long and divisive fight, and the hard-fought compromise has drawn the ire of liberals such as Obama ever since. If Barack Obama stays true to his campaign promises,...
  • Obama to End Military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy

    01/14/2009 5:30:07 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 82 replies · 2,429+ views
    Fox News ^ | Jan 14, 2009
    WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama will allow gays to serve openly in the military by overturning the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy that marred President Clinton's first days in office, according to incoming White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. The startling pronouncement, which could re-open a dormant battle in the culture wars and distract from other elements of Obama's agenda, came during a Gibbs exchange with members of the public who sent in questions that were answered on YouTube.
  • Obama to end military's ban on homosexuals, spokesman says'

    01/14/2009 2:34:57 PM PST · by Zakeet · 419 replies · 8,609+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2009 | Matthew B. Stanhard
    President Obama will end the 15-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" policy that has prevented homosexual and bisexual men and women from serving openly within the U.S. military, a spokesman for the president-elect said. Obama said during the campaign that he opposed the policy, but since his election in November has made statements that have been interpreted as backpedaling. On Friday, however, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs, responding on the transition team's Web site to a Michigan resident who asked if the new administration planned to get rid of the policy, said: "You don't hear politicians give a one-word answer much. But...
  • Soldiers say they'd leave military if 'gay' ban lifted

    01/07/2009 10:05:08 AM PST · by TaraP · 128 replies · 3,933+ views
    One News ^ | Jan 7th, 2009
    A conservative military watchdog is very concerned about a recent survey of military personnel that indicates a significant number of service members might leave the all-volunteer force if the ban on open homosexuals in the military is lifted. The annual survey was conducted by the Military Times, which once again asked active duty personnel if they oppose the effort led by Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher (D-California) to repeal the 1993 law -- Section 654, Title 10 -- which clearly states that open homosexuals are not allowed in the military. Approximately 58 percent of the respondents indicated that they were in favor...
  • Obama expected to press repeal of military ban on 'gays'

    12/06/2008 3:22:53 AM PST · by IbJensen · 162 replies · 3,494+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 12/5/2008 | Chad Groening
    A conservative pro-family leader believes the Obama administration will move sooner rather than later to attempt to repeal the law that forbids homosexuals from serving in the military. In recent weeks there have been conflicting reports about a timetable for the new, more heavily Democratic-controlled Congress to try to repeal the 1993 law that bans homosexuals from the military. The Washington Times reported that president-elect Barack Obama will not move for months, perhaps not until 2010, to ask Congress to repeal the ban. The paper quoted two sources who advised the Obama transition team about the potentially explosive issue. But...