Watch: John McCain Wants Another ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Study, Says This One Took the Wrong Approach

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John McCain discussed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on Meet the Press, and seems to be unhappy that the results of the Pentagon's DADT study were leaked, cause now he's saying he won't listen to those results:

"I will listen to our military leaders, and not a study that is leaked."

McCain also criticizes the study itself, and says it took the wrong approach:

"All four service chiefs are saying we need a thorough and complete study of the effects, not how to implement the repeal, but the effects on morale and battle effectiveness. That's what I want, and once we get this study, we need to have hearings and we need to examine it and look at whether it's the kind of study that we wanted. It isn't in my view."

I have to believe that McCain was apprised of the questions in the study before it went out, but now that it's not going his way all of a sudden the study is bad.

It appears McCain won't be happy until he has a study that categorically keeps gays out of the military.

David Gregory also asked what he thought of Cindy McCain's recent statements on DADT.

Said McCain: "I respect the first amendment rights of every member of my family."

(Would love to know what went on behind-the-scenes that caused Cindy's swift turnabout.)

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP


HRC released a statement reacting to McCain's remarks:

“Obviously the senator doesn’t like the preliminary findings of the Pentagon’s DADT survey, which found a clear majority of U.S. service members are okay serving with their gay and lesbian comrades. The senator has known all along the study developed by the Pentagon Working Group was looking at how to repeal DADT—not whether to do so.

“McCain has said he wanted to hear from the senior military leadership. He heard loud and clear from Secretary Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, last February when both were firmly in support of repeal.

“McCain has said he wanted to hear from rank-and-file troops. He has just heard loud and clear from them through the survey. But he doesn’t like their answer– and is stonewalling, trying to run out the clock on repeal by calling for congressional hearings.

“The truth is McCain is increasingly alone in his irrational opposition to open service. Sixty-four percent of Republicans disagree with McCain and favor lifting the ban. No matter the evidence, McCain will use whatever tactics at his disposal to not only stop repeal from moving forward, but will hold hostage the most critical military defense bill to do so.”


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Message to the Tea Party – What took you so long to get angry?

crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters

I didn't write this. The actual author is unknown but he/she speaks gospel. In anticipation of this election and most assured coronation of the astroturfed group as kingmakers, no matter the outcome:

You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.  

You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq . 

You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.    

You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.   You didn't get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.    

You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.      

You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq .      

You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.       

You didn't get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.       

You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.

You didn't get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.      

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.    

You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans drown.     

You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in taxbreaks. You didn't get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.     

You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.    

You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.     

No…..You finally got mad

When a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.

Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick…Oh, Hell No!! 

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So what, Brian Brown, you just took our high court-backed civil rights for sport?

The entire focus of the Proposition 8 campaign — THE. ENTIRE. FOCUS! — was on telling California citizens that gay people, via their unmufflered civil marriages, would reshape society, harm children’s lives, and warp religious freedom in ways dissimilar from heterosexual couples. Unapologetically, the Prop 8 backers told the voting public that opposite-gender marriage is a public good, but same-sex marriage is a civil wrong. In fact, the National Organization For Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher, a major prop 8 backer, still uses that very language: “It is not discrimination to treat different things differently. Same-sex marriage is not a civil right, it is a civil wrong.

But don’t you dare offer an accurate assessment of what the Prop 8 backers so tangibly did and do. Because if you note the undeniable historical record, NOM president Brian Brown will accuse you of “character assassination, pure and simple“:

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“Fight back”? Ha! That’s like the fabled wolf “fighting back” against the first two little pigs for forcing him to waste so much huff and puffery!




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It Took An Ellen DeGeneres Runway Cameo to Remember Richie Rich Still Makes Clothes

OH SNAP — Richie Rich, one-half of the now defunct Heatherette, yesterday shows off his New York Fashion Week runway model, who's clearly enjoying her time in New York.

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If You Can’t Find America Today, That’s Because Glenn Beck Took It Back

Joe. My. God.

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The day that Jed Bartlett took on Dr. Laura

While we’re on the subject:




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8PM ET: PHB/Servicemembers United liveblog w/active duty Marine officer who took the DADT survey

Be there or be square, peeps. We’ve landed, with the help of Servicemembers United, an active duty Marine who had the “pleasure” of taking the biased, freep-able Pentagon study designed to get the “input” of service members regarding implementation of changes after DADT is repealed.

The Marine officer, “Gordon,” is a 16-year Marine field grade officer currently assigned within the greater DC Beltway. Alex Nicholson of SU says:

He’s a VERY opinionated striaght-talker (no pun intended), so it should be quite a lively chat this evening – feel free to ask him anything!! If you’re around a computer, please do join us. And for those with blogs, twitter accounts, and hoards of FB followers, please also consider promoting it to your loyal readers and fans.

This is a CoverItLive blog event, so you will be able to see it on the front page of the Blend once it begins, and there is a separate link to a standalone window with the liveblog:

http://tinyurl.com/phbsuliveblog

Joining me in the chat room tonight with “Gordon” will be my project partners from SU:

 

Alex Nicholson, Executive Director; Jarrod Chlapowski, Co-Founder.

The infamous survey is below the fold.
The Pentagon commissioned Westat to do the survey, which was distributed to 400,000 active duty and reserve members of the armed forces. The survey is part of the Pentagon Working Group’s 10-month study of the potential impact of repeal of DADT on the force.

Servicemembers United had this reaction to the survey language when it was leaked:

Servicemembers United, the nation’s largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans, today strongly condemned the biased and derogatory design of the long-awaited Defense Department survey on issues related to the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. 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 troops at a cost to taxpayers of .4 million.

While it remains safe for gay and lesbian troops to participate in this survey, it is simply impossible to imagine a survey with such derogatory and insulting wording, assumptions, and insinuations going out about any other minority group in the military,” 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.” “Unfortunately, this expensive survey stokes the fires of homophobia by its very design and will only make the Pentagon’s responsibility to subdue homophobia as part of this inevitable policy change even harder. 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.”

Nicholson added, “Flawed aspects of the survey include the unnecessary use of terms that are known to be inflammatory and bias-inducing in social science research, such as the clinical term ‘homosexual;’ an overwhelming focus on the potential negative aspects of repeal and little or no inclusion of the potential positive aspects of repeal or the negative aspects of the current policy; the repeated and unusual suggestion that a co-worker or leader might need to ‘discuss’ appropriate behavior and conduct with gay and lesbian troops; and more.”

Related:

* DADT is Not Repealed Yet, Folks. No, Seriously.

* Blockbuster Disclosure: DOD Can’t Protect DADT Survey From being “Freeped”

* Pentagon Sustains Heavy Fire Over DADT Survey

* Servicemembers United petition: Refund our .4 million spent on the Pentagon’s survey
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