“Head Figure Head” more about journalism than about Gov. Rick Perry’s sex life

Head Figure Head, the new e-book from Glen Maxey, details the author’s arduous and frustrating six-month effort to investigate rumors of Gov. Rick Perry’s gay sex life. Maxey served as executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (now Equality Texas) during Perry’s tenure as a state representative, later serving for 12 years as a state representative, spanning Perry’s time as agricultural commissioner, lieutenant governor and governor. Of all the people who’ve attempted to look into the rumors of Perry’s trysts with men, Maxey is perhaps best positioned to get to the truth, and takes great pains to ensure we are aware of that fact.

The book is the narrative of Maxey’s research, assisted by a journalist from a national media outlet. Like almost every character in the book other than Maxey and Perry himself, “the Journalist” is referred to only as a pseudonym. Maxey and the Journalist begin their search for proof in June 2011 as rumors of Perry’s impending presidential bid are widely circulating. Immediately the pair find that almost every gay man in Austin has a friend who has a friend who claims to have slept with Perry. For the next three months they track those leads and come excruciatingly close to breaking the story.

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Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell yet again goes soft on DADT repeal, contradicts President

Typical. He refuses to urge Congress to pass the compromise DADT legislation, and even worse, he yet again seemed to suggest that the DOD study of DADT implementation is somehow geared as well towards whether we should repeal DADT.

Watch the video, he gets asked why DOD is urging Congress to pass the START treaty but not urging Congress to pass the DADT legislation. The President says he wants the DADT compromise passed during the lame duck session, why can’t the Pentagon?

Even after we lose an election the President still can’t find the backbone to get the Pentagon in line.




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Servicemembers United obliterates Geoff Morrell’s flawed defense of the DADT study

Last week, Pentagon spokesperson Geoff Morrell held a last-minute press conference to rebut criticism of the DADT survey. Kerry Eleveld, who participated in and recorded Morrell’s presser, posted the transcript here.

Clearly, the Pentagon is on edge about this survey. It’s gotten nothing but criticism since it was announced. Servicemembers United has led the critique. And, today, SU provided an in-depth respond to Morrell. I posted the full response on Scribd.com and its embedded below. Let’s just say, SU eviscerates Morrell’s attempt to justify the survey.

From SU’s press release:

Servicemembers United, the nation’s largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans, today released a detailed response memo to rebut the numerous false and misleading claims made by Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell about Servicemembers United’s criticism of the biased DADT survey released last week. The survey, which was created and administered by the research firm Westat in conjunction with the Comprehensive Review Working Group, was sent out to 400,000 non-deployed active duty and reserve component troops at a cost to taxpayers of .4 million.

“Unfortunately, the Pentagon’s responses to Servicemembers United’s criticism of the DADT survey mirror the survey itself – flawed,” said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United and a former U.S. Army interrogator who was discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “We continue to maintain that the Defense Department just shot itself in the foot by releasing such a flawed survey to 400,000 servicemembers, and it did so at an outrageous cost to taxpayers.”

Here’s the full response. Worth a read. SU totally dismantles Morrell’s key arguments:
Servicemembers United response to Pentagon spokesperson




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