Au Revoir. Arrivederci. Adios. Shalom. Ciao. Auf Wiedersehen. Das-Vi-Dan-Niye. Sayōnara. Ba-Bye. (UPDATED)

No, this isn't a GBCW post....

I'll be around on twitter, but won't be blogging over the next few weeks while I take some time off.

UPDATE: See you in August September as much time as I feel like.


That Woman Is An Idiot! (UPDATE)

Sarah Palin the half-term former racist, fear-mongering, xenophobic Christian extremist, half-term Governor from Alaska -- decided to get involved in the right-wing's frothing over the purposed Islamic Center being to built near ground zero.

From her twitter a/c:


That woman is an idiot.

Of course, she didn't kindly to all the attention her idiocy had once again drawn down on her, so she explained her grasp of the English language it yet another mind-boggling tweet (after quickly deleting the original):
Shakespeare? She's comparing her butchering of the English language to Shakespeare?
"To be a cunt today, or not to be cunt today, that is the question." - Sarah Palin
Now I get it.

Perhaps next time, Sarah Palin should stay the fuck out of NYC's business, if nothing than to save the English language.

That woman is an idiot.

Sarah Palin 2012!
Sarah Palin 2012!
Sarah Palin 2012!


Olbermann had some fun with this:
And this one:

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Sharron Angle's World Continues to Turn, or is it Churn?

This was another mind-boggling week from teabagger Sharron Angle's soap opera of a campaign.

Where to begin? Well.....

Sharron Angle thinks a lot of things are unconstitutional. Last week, she-affirmed her stance that separation of Church & State is unconstitutional to Face to Face's, Jon Ralston:

But Angle also believes that Executive Orders are unconstitutional as well:

In Sharron Angle's world, key historical moments like the Emancipation Proclamation and the desegregation of the United States military were unconstitutional. From "2nd Amendment remedies" to the unconstitutionality of church-state separation, Angle has some pretty wild ideas about the US Constitution.

At a July 2010 campaign event Angle said, “There’s not a law that comes out of the oval office except for executive orders. That’s unconstitutional I believe…” [Angle Campaign Event, 7/3/10]

At a May 2010 candidate forum Angle was asked on the subject of executive orders:

Questioner: Are you willing to put a committee of Senators together to repeal executive orders that are non-constitutional?

Angle: Yes! And I’m glad you bring that up. Executive orders: I don’t know where those are in the constitution. I don’t know how that President, or any President, got that kind of power. And one of those executive orders that I’d like to repeal right off is that policy that Jimmy Carter put in place that says that we can’t reprocess nuclear spent fuels in this country. [Angle Campaign Event, 5/28/10]

Hmmm. Wonder who gave her this idiotic idea?

Nevada's Fox 5 asked Sharron Angle to explain why she wouldn't have tried to save CityCenter and its 22,000 jobs. They didn't appreciate her flat out lie of an explanation:
Then Angle tripled down on her CityCenter blunder, even prompting Fox "news" airline attendant, Neil Cavuto, to take hang her out to dry:
Neil Cavuto calls out Sharron Angle for her repeated comments that she would not have fought to save CityCenter, as Sen. Harry Reid did. Cavuto takes Angle's latest false statement -- that it was a bailout -- and basically calls her out as either clueless or lying.

Politicususa has more in, "Fox News Hangs Sharron Angle Out To Dry."

Harry Reid didn't waste anytime producing this ad:
Sharron Angle Wouldn't Fight for Nevada Jobs

HuffPo's Elyse Siegel reports on how Nevada Republicans aren't exactly warming to Sharron Angle: Tea Party Darling Sharron Angle Struggles To Persuade Some Nevada Republicans

A growing number of Nevada Republicans are expressing skepticism over Angle's Senate candidacy. Some are even signaling they may not vote for the GOP contender over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November.

Mayor Geno Martini, the Republican mayor of Sparks, Nev., bucked his own party this week when he endorsed Reid over Angle.

"Harry Reid's been very good for us for many, many years," Martini said of his decision to support the majority leader. "We can't rely on a new person, especially Sharron Angle, to do anything for us here in Sparks."

After first withholding her support, former Nevada Congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich, a well-respected figure in the party, announced this week that she would back Angle. But Vucanovich's endorsement ended up sounding more like a scolding.

"I said, 'Sharron, you're scaring the bejesus out of everybody,'" Vucanovich told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, describing "a long, candid conversation" with Angle. "I told her you better make damn sure people really understand what you're trying to do."


State Sen. William Raggio, who Angle tried but failed to unseat in 2008, recently said he will "find it very difficult to support" the Senate candidate and also wagered he's hardly the only member of the Nevada GOP who has concerns.

"I would say there are a lot of Republicans who will find it difficult to support Sharron Angle," Raggio said shortly after the Nevada primary. "Abolishing the Department of Education, phasing out Social Security, those are pretty extreme positions. I think any incumbent is vulnerable, but you have to have somebody that is also acceptable if you're going to win."

Republican Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, who backed Angle's GOP primary opponent, Sue Lowden, recently criticized Angle by calling her an "ultra right-winger." Cashell does not mince words when it comes to Angle: "Our state [would] suffer and we would never get anything done." The Reno mayor intends to hit the campaign trail for Reid.


Sharron expressed her dismay to the Las Vegas Review Journal that she can no longer express her desire to "take out Harry Reid."

Still, Angle acknowledged she has toned down her words after being pummeled for saying things such as wanting to "take out" Harry Reid in the same breath that she mentions that people angry at government have "Second Amendment remedies" available, or the right to bear arms.

"As far as a makeover and refining the message, Harry Reid has pretty much forced that when he sound bites me," Angle said. "I have to be very careful about how I phrase things. I can no longer say words like 'take out.' Those have now gone out of my vocabulary because he has misinterpreted what I meant by those words. I don't say 'take out.' I say 'defeat.' It means the same thing. And my people know defeat means the same thing. I don't have to use our colloquialisms to get my point across.

"They also know that I'm a person who has done what I have said I would do, and I will continue to do what I say I'll do."

But that didn't stop her from expressing her feelings that Sen. Bob Bennett has "outlived his usefulness" also to Fox's Neil Cavuto (h/t Crooks & Liars & Greg Sargent):

Responding to comments by Utah Republican Robert Bennett that Sharron Angle was destined to lose in November, Angle, inexplicably, responded by saying Bennett had "outlived his usefulness."

"I'm glad to be lumped with a crowd of mainstream Americans who believe, as they showed at the polls, that Senator Bennett has outlived his usefulness. I suppose he's not mainstream any longer. He has become one of those elitists that is no longer in touch with what the country is really thinking about in these economic times."

Rethugs expressing their death threat fantasies shouldn't come as a surprise, but admitting, out in public, that they choose to go on Fox "news" partly because Fox allows them to raise money? Crooks & Liars has the actual video):

Sharron Angle suggests she prefers to appear on Fox because they let her raise money

In a July 14 interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R-NV) suggested that she prefers to appear on Fox News over shows like Meet the Press because Fox gives her an opportunity to raise money. From the interview:

David Brody: Not to harp on the point but when you're on Fox News or talking to more conservative outlets but maybe not going on "Meet the Press" or a "This Week", those type of news shows, then the perception and the narrative starts to be like you are avoiding those mainstream media outlets.

Sharron Angle: Well, in that audience will they let me say I need $25 dollars from a million people go to Sharron Angle.com send money? Will they let me say that? Will I get a bump on my website and you can watch whenever I go on to a show like that we get an immediate bump. You can see the little spinners. People say 'Oh, I heard that. I am going and I'm going to help Sharron out because they realize this is a national effort and that I need people from all around the nation. They may not be able to vote for me but they can certainly help."

On Monday, Angle began an interview with Neil Cavuto by stating, "Well, first of all, Neil, it's great to be on your show to talk about this campaign against Harry Reid who needs $25 million -- and I have been saying I only need a million people to send $25 to SharronAngle.com." Angle also made fundraising pitches on Hannity and Fox & Friends.


Here's the full CBN video:

Think Progress has more:
Sharron Angle: I Go On Fox News So Much Because The Mainstream Media Won’t Let Me Raise Money On Air

When she first appeared on Sean Hannity’s show on June 14, shortly after winning the Republican primary, she offered a similarly phrased statement on her interview fundraising strategy and asked for donations on the spot:

HANNITY: It’s obvious the media wants to attack you just like Rand Paul, who was on this program last week. Are you going to give them what they want? Are you going to go on their shows or are you going to run your campaign locally in the state? What are — what are your plans media-wise for this campaign?

ANGLE: You may have heard that I’ve been dodging the media. But I actually I’ve been doing five to seven interviews with folks that can really help me, everyday I’m — I’m on somebody’s talk show.


ANGLE: And the message is — you may not be able to vote for me, Sean but you can send money to SharronAngle.com.

HANNITY: Oh you’re good at the Web site.


Although Angle is now hyping this strategy, it hasn’t been as lucrative as she might have hoped. Her finance chair admitted to the Las Vegas Review-Journal today that the campaign “fell short of a $1.4 million fund-raising goal by the June 30 deadline.”

Bet Rupert Murdock loves all that.

Here's more God silliness from this nutter Rethug, via Sam Stein:
Sharron Angle On Her Campaign: 'God Has Been In This From The Beginning'

Angle has a far more public religious streak than other notable Tea Party candidates. She is devoutly pro-life, arguing against abortion in cases of rape and incest because "God has a plan." And she has argued in the past that: "the tenet of the separation of church and state is an unconstitutional doctrine."

But this appears to be the first time she's discussed the celestial imprint on her Senate candidacy. Here's the interview with Reed, posted on his Faith & Freedom Coalition website:

Progressive Now Nevada posted this video of Sharron Angle saying she'd "Eliminate both the Federal Department of Education and the Nevada Department of Education."
It's no wonder that Harry Reid pulled ahead of her in the polls: Reid takes lead on Angle: New poll shows Republican losing support among every voter group

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid has opened a strong lead over Republican opponent Sharron Angle after pummeling her in a ubiquitous TV and radio ad campaign that portrays the Tea Party favorite as "too extreme," according to a new poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The latest is a Mason-Dixon poll showed that if the general election were held now, Reid would win 44 percent to 37 percent for Angle. Ten percent were undecided, 5 percent would choose "none of these candidates," and the remaining 4 percent would pick another candidate on the ballot.

That is the best Reid has done against Angle this year in a series of Mason-Dixon polls. Previously, the two had been locked in a statistical dead heat with Angle finishing just ahead of Reid in February, 44 percent to 42 percent, and in June, 44 percent to 41 percent, and Reid finishing just ahead of Angle in May, 42 percent to 39 percent.


Even in the latest Right-Wing Rasmussen poll, Angle's lead has shrunk down to almost nothing:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is creeping forward and now is nearly tied with Republican Sharron Angle in his bid for reelection in Nevada.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Nevada finds Angle with 46% support, while Reid earns 43% of the vote. Six percent (6%) like some other candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) remain undecided.

This is Reid’s best showing all year and follows a visit by President Obama to the state to help his campaign.

Reid has also been trying to raise doubts about Angle and a solid plurality of voters now have negative perceptions of both candidates. Reid is viewed Very Favorably by just 26% of Nevada voters and Very Unfavorably by 48%. For Angle, Very Favorables are 18% and Very Unfavorables are 39%.


Maybe rejecting that political makeover wasn't such a good idea?

But have no fear, Ms. Angle.... you have friends in high places:
Group Run By Anti-Stimulus Crusaders Rove And Gillespie Airs Ad Attacking Reid For Lack Of Stimulus Money In NV

GOP operatives Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie recently founded a network of right-wing attack groups to rival what they view as inept and ineffective Republican National Committee. One of those groups, American Crossroads, is a 527 committee, formed to spend tens of millions of dollars on House and Senate races this year.

The group recently launched an ad in Nevada attacking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D):

Rove even attacked the stimulus for not creating jobs. “We’re approaching the anniversary of the stimulus package, and a recent poll shows, and I think it was 9 percent of the American people think the stimulus package has helped create jobs,” he said.

Moreover, Nevada is one of the smallest states in the U.S. and as the Atlantic’s Derek Thompson noted, “stimulus money went disproportionately to states with larger public sectors and higher Medicaid bills.” In fact, it’s Reid who has been trying to get unemployment benefits extended for out-of-work Americans, but Senate Republicans have been blocking it from getting though. “Almost two million people who are long-term unemployed. These are not numbers. They are people,” Reid said scolding the GOP for their obstruction.

Of course Rove And Gillespie lied.
"According to data from Recovery.gov, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awarded 13 states less money than Nevada."
Don't forget to check out TheWrongAngle.com

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Glenn Beck. Paranoid, Delsuional Anti-Semite.

I wonder what my Jewish peeps think when they hear Glenn Beck blame the Jews for Jesus' death? Do they turn the channel when they hears his Antisemitic rants? Do they do so Temporarily? Permanently?

From the July 13 edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck (via Media Matters):

"Jesus conquered death. He wasn't victimized. He chose to give his life. He did have a choice. If he was a victim, and this theology was true, then Jesus would have come back from the dead and made the the Jews pay for what they did."
Keith Olbermann talks with author of, "Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance," Alexander Zaitchik, about Beck's ignorance:
Understanding Beck the bizarre

Also see:
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Tea Klux Klan: Tea Party is Racist to Its Core (UPDATED)

The NAACP just passed this resolution officially condemning racism in the Tea Klux Klan movement. On cue, Tea Klux Klan leader Mark Williams attacked the NAACP, charging that the they make “more money off of race than any slave trader ever,” denying that his 'movement' is laced with racism. Oh, really?

Teabaggers in 50 seconds (via Think Progress):

ThinkProgress has produced a short video demonstrating the vile racism that has been exhibited at some Tea Party events:

TEA PARTY ACTIVIST1: He’s too black to be President.

TEA PARTY ACTIVIST2: I’m a proud racist, I’m white.

TEA PARTY ACTIVIST3: Afro-Leninism! Coming to you on a silver platter, Barack Hussein Obama!

Free flowing hate from the Tea Klux Klan (via Keith Olbermann):
Is racism flowing freely in the Tea Party?

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous talks about the resolution his organization passed to condemn “racist elements” within the Tea Party and reacts to Sarah Palin’s objection to it.
Tea Parties are a threat to our democracy (via Ed Shultz):
NAACP targets Tea Party groups

Hilary Shelton, director of the D.C. bureau, discusses why the civil rights group is voting on a resolution that condemns the “explicitly racist behavior” of some Tea Party supporters.


First, Mark Williams doubled down with this hateful faux letter from NAACP's President to Abraham Lincoln:
Tea Party Leader Mocks NAACP "Coloreds" In Online Screed

On Tuesday, the NAACP passed a resolution denouncing racist elements within the Tea Party movement. Responding to the resolution, Tea Party Express chairman Mark Williams lashed out against the civil rights group, claiming that "they make more money off of race than any slave trader ever." Williams continued his assault last night on CNN, telling host Roland Martin, "Racists have their own movement. It's called the NAACP."

Williams, however, is doing little to refute the notion that there is racism in the Tea Party movement. Last night, the proud Tea Partier wrote a blog post mocking NAACP president Benjamin Jealous. The post takes the form of a fake letter to Abraham Lincoln, in which Jealous asks the former president to repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments (and to reinstate slavery) because the "coloreds" don't agree with the Tea Party's version of "freedom."

read the letter....
Keith Olbermann had a field day over this:
Tea party's racism revealed

Keith Olbermann shares a snide and racist letter by tea party leader Mark Williams written in response to the NAACP request for the renunciation of racism.

But then, Mark Williams backed down:
Mark Williams Removes Racist Blog Post, Calls for Racial Harmony...Kind Of

A day after he posted a screed to his personal website calling the NAACP "racist" for using the word "colored" in its name, the Tea Party Express' Mark Williams has taken the post down and called upon tea partiers and NAACP activists alike "to fight those who seek to divide us by race, no matter the color of the racist."


Under pressure from critics, Williams says that he first altered the post before removing it all together today:

"[Y]es, there were several versions," he writes on his blog. "As reasonable people pointed out to me wording that I agreed was indeed objectionable was removed or changed."

Report: ‘It’s Clear That Some With Racist Agendas Are Trying To Make Inroads Into’ The Tea Party

But as ThinkProgress has documented, there is racism in the Tea Party movement. Moreover, a new report from the Kansas City Star digs deeper into the racist elements of the Tea Party and citing various instances of racism linked to the movement, concludes that “it’s clear that some with racist agendas are trying to make inroads into the party,” noting that “in several instances, tea party members with racist backgrounds”:

Oh, and Tamron Hall owned his racist ass yesterday:
Tea Party responds to NAACP

Mark Williams with the Tea Party Express talks about the NAACP recently condemning elements of the Tea Party as "racist." Both groups seek an intermediary to voice their views.

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Weekly Presidential Address: Filibustering Recovery & Obstructing Progress

In his weekly Presidential Youtube-radio address, President blasts Senate Republicans for blocking unemployment insurance extensions while attempting to make one of the main causes of the deficit -- Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy -- permanent.

Three times, the Senate has tried to temporarily extend that emergency assistance. And three times, a minority of Senators – basically the same crowd who said “no” to small businesses – said “no” to folks looking for work, and blocked a straight up-or-down vote.

Some Republican leaders actually treat this unemployment insurance as if it’s a form of welfare. They say it discourages folks from looking for work. Well, I’ve met a lot of folks looking for work these past few years, and I can tell you, I haven’t met any Americans who would rather have an unemployment check than a meaningful job that lets you provide for your family. And we all have friends, neighbors, or family members who already knows how hard it is to land a job when five workers are competing for every opening.

Now in the past, Presidents and Congresses of both parties have treated unemployment insurance for what it is – an emergency expenditure. That’s because an economic disaster can devastate families and communities just as surely as a flood or tornado.

Suddenly, Republican leaders want to change that. They say we shouldn’t provide unemployment insurance because it costs money. So after years of championing policies that turned a record surplus into a massive deficit, including a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, they’ve finally decided to make their stand on the backs of the unemployed. They’ve got no problem spending money on tax breaks for folks at the top who don’t need them and didn’t even ask for them; but they object to helping folks laid off in this recession who really do need help. And every day this goes on, another 50,000 Americans lose that badly needed lifeline.

Well, I think these Senators are wrong. We can’t afford to go back to the same misguided policies that led us into this mess. We need to move forward with the policies that are leading us out of this mess.

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The Fox Cycle: From Bogus Right-Wing Attack To Mainstream News

We know what Fox "news" is, but most people who waste time watching this propaganda network, faithfully believe that what they are seeing is the honest-t0-god truth.


Media Matters explains in this piece, and the accompanying video, how their
propaganda/attack machine really works and how their manufactured outrage at non-issues, like at the New Black Panther Party, is duping their viewers and then the main stream media who eventually report on the lies, fear-mongering and faux outrage as though they don't know the facts.

As more and more media outlets follow Fox News' lead in covering the manufactured New Black Panther Party/Department of Justice (DOJ) scandal, Media Matters offers three case studies of previous bogus right-wing attacks that, with help from Fox News, went mainstream before being debunked.

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Separate But Equal: Pentagon Says Segregation of Gay Troops Possible Result of DADT Survey (UPDATED)

TPM has a piece titled, "Pentagon Slams Critics Of Don't Ask Don't Tell Survey." It really should have been titled "Pentagon Spokesman Says Segregation of Gay Troops a Possible Result of Survey."

While the gist of the piece is, according to TPM's, "Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell is hitting back against criticisms of the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell survey," the real takeaway was what he said and what

In response to questions from reporters, Morrell clarified that the survey responses could lead the military to conclude that it would "perhaps need adjustments to facilities themselves," indicating that it is not outside the realm of possibility that, in order to preserve the privacy and modesty of heterosexual service members in group showers and barracks, the military would consider segregating gay and lesbian service members in some way.
Yes, you read the correctly. The Pentagon is considering, under the first black Administration in our nation's history, segregating gay and lesbian service members as a possible outcome of a survey that by any measure, was meant to sway that outcome by it's absurd, insulting, leading nature & tone of questions like these:
"If Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed and you are assigned to bathroom facilities with an open bay shower that someone you believe to be a gay or lesbian Service member also used, which are you most likely to do?"

The choices:

“Take no action;

“Use the shower at a different time than the Service member I thought to be gay or lesbian;

“Discuss how we expect each other to behave and conduct ourselves;

“Talk to a chaplain, mentor, or leader about how to handle the situation;

“Talk to a leader to see if I had other options;

“Something else;

“Don't know.”


Another question asks troops "If Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed and you had onbase housing and a gay or lesbian Service member was living with a same sex partner onbase, what would you most likely do?" Options range from "I would get to know them like any other neighbors" to "I would probably move offbase."

Yet another asks, if DADT is repealed "and a gay or lesbian Service member attended a military social function with a same sex partner, which are you most likely to do?" With options ranging from "Continue to attend military social functions" to "Stop attending military social functions."

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If the first black president allows his pentagon to implement separate but equal for gay & lesbian service members as a possible deal in order to have Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) repealed, it would be my last straw.

UPDATE I: The Pentagon has responded to the uproar over what seems like the possibility of "segregating" gay and lesbian service members:
Pentagon Pushes Back Against Claim That DADT Survey Could Lead To Segregation Of Gay Troops

In an interview with Morrell this afternoon, the Pentagon spokesman told the Wonk Room that his comments were twisted and taken out of context and vehemently denied that the Defense Department was considering segregating the troops. “So what I said, I used the term ‘facilities adjustments’ and I think people have gotten carried away as to what that could mean,” he began:

MORRELL: So, when I was asked, about the, you know – this is in the context of “why are you even asking these questions?” – well, we’re asking these questions because in our engagements with the force thus far, this has been an area of some concern. Now we need to test it to see if that holds for—if it really reflects the concerns of the force, and which members of the force. Is it older members? Is it younger members? Are they, you know—which ones? And, and then along with this information, the working group will make some recommendations about how to deal with those concerns. It could be, as I said, who knows? This could be dealt with through education programs, through training programs, or it may require “facilities adjustments.” But no one, no one is considering “separate but equal” bathing or living facilities for you know, gay and straight troops. That’s just not ever a consideration.

Q: So that’s off the table.

MORRELL: Absolutely off the table.

PENTAGON: We Were Only Talking About Adding Shower Curtains
Via CBS:

Morrell told Hotsheet that the suggestion the survey could lead to segregation is "absurd." "No one is talking about segregating gay servicemembers from straight servicemembers," Morrell said. "We don't know that any adjustment will have to be made, but in the event that's a recommendation from the review group, it would not result in any 'separate but equal' facilities." Hypothetically speaking, Morell said, it is possible the military could consider facility modifications like adding shower curtains to shower stalls that are currently open. "We don't know if any adjustments will be required, but we need to survey the force to get an idea of what their privacy concerns are," he said. Morell said the suggestion the survey could lead to segregation is "inflammatory nonsense" from groups trying to discredit the survey, which is "not helpful" for the Defense Department.
Pentagon responds to our blog post about segregating gay troops. Apparently, I'm not being 'helpful.'
Today, Morrell - who has been less than truthful about Pentagon efforts on DADT in the past - took umbrage at our post:
"We think it would be irresponsible to conduct a survey that didn’t try to address these types of things. Because when DADT is repealed, we will have to determine if there are any challenges in those particular areas, any adjustments that need to be made in terms of how we educate the force to handle those situations, or perhaps even facility adjustments that need to be made to deal with those scenarios."

"No one is talking about segregating gay servicemembers from straight servicemembers," Morrell said. "We don't know that any adjustment will have to be made, but in the event that's a recommendation from the review group, it would not result in any 'separate but equal' facilities."

With all due respect to Mr. Morrell, a Bush appointee, it's not my job to be "helpful" to a Defense Department that treats my community as second class citizens, and regularly undercuts its own commander in chief. As for Morrell's assertion that we are responsible for this notion that the Pentagon might be considering segregating gay troops, the idea didnt come from me, it came from the Secretary of the Army last October:

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