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2009-07-01 15:00:00

Pentagon Studies Ways to Relax Enforcement as First Step; Impact on Troops Would be Minimal SANTA BARBARA, Calif., July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of yesterday's unexpected Pentagon announcement about gays in the military, experts say the "don't ask, don't tell" policy may be on the brink of irreversible change that would speed up its demise. After speaking with President Obama last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked military lawyers to explore how to modify...

2009-06-16 09:47:00

SLDN Also Joins Call for Executive Option SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has called on President Obama to sign an executive order suspending the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, according to the Advocate magazine. Referring to the repeal of the ban, Reid told Advocate reporter Kerry Eleveld that, "My hope is that it can be done administratively." Eleveld added that, "A Democratic aide later clarified that Reid was speaking...

2009-05-18 10:46:00

Pressure on White House Mounts; Scholars Question Administration's Inaction SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the face of delays by President Obama on his pledge to overturn the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, a growing chorus by scholars, activists, military veterans, and the public is calling on the White House to end the ban immediately. Over the weekend, a petition was signed by over 84,000 people asking Obama to suspend the gay ban immediately and stop the...

2009-05-12 18:13:00

Insists It Remains Committed to Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Michael D. Palm Center: Asked today if the White House would consider halting gay discharges by presidential authority, press secretary Robert Gibbs said it would not stop the firing of gay troops. That said, Gibbs insisted that the President believes that the "don't ask, don't tell" policy "isn't working for our national...

2009-05-11 12:55:00

Military Law Experts Chart Course to End 16-Year Ban SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A study released today by a team of military law experts shows that the president has the legal authority to end gay discharges with a single order. The idea of ending the ban by executive order has gained momentum in the wake of news that mission-critical personnel, including Arabic language speaker Dan Choi, continue to be fired under the Obama administration because they're gay....

2009-03-12 11:12:00

Military Fires More Mission-Critical Specialists SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Defense Department has provided new data about gay discharges under "don't ask, don't tell" to Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA). The data show that during January 2009, the Army discharged eleven gay service members for homosexuality. Service members discharged in January include one human intelligence collector, one military police officer, four infantry personnel and others. The...

2009-02-03 13:05:00

Scholars Concur that More Study is Unnecessary and Could Have Political Costs SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A retired Brigadier General for the U.S. Marine Corps has questioned the Obama administration's plan to form a Pentagon commission to study "don't ask, don't tell." "There's been enough studying throughout the years," said General Hugh Aitken. "Creating a new study will not change the facts." Aitken participated in a comprehensive 2008 review of the policy...

2009-01-13 16:08:00

Palm Research Attacked by Pundit Defended by Fox News SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Palm Center today issued a policy memo in response to assertions this month by Elaine Donnelly in the National Review Online and on Fox News that lifting the ban on openly gay troops would "destroy" the U.S. military. Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, made her case in a January 2nd blog post and again on the Fox News Channel on January 11th. She based...

2008-10-06 00:00:28

By Craig Smith Meriwether Lewis arrived at Fort Fayette in Pittsburgh on July 15, 1803, expecting to pick up the keeled boat he commissioned to take his top-secret expedition up the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Lewis designed the boat, and included a spacious cabin on the back and a hold capable of carrying 12 tons of provisions. The couple of days he expected to stay here turned into six frustrating weeks, caused by "the unpardonable negligence of my boat builder," Lewis wrote in...

2008-10-05 12:00:21

By CLIFTON ADCOCK The Indian medical center had been run by the U.S. government. TAHLEQUAH -- As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services flag outside the W.W. Hastings Indian Clinic was lowered Wednesday morning and a Cherokee Nation flag was raised, it became official -- the Cherokee Nation was operating the hospital. W.W. Hastings has served many American Indians of all tribes over the years, and officials expressed confidence that patients would continue to receive quality...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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