Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Censored & Denied
CHINA WIDE WEB?
All personal computers sold in China are required to be installed with software that blocks access to Web Sites that parents and the Government deem off limits.
What's to stop anyone from creating new web sites with names like * I Love the Chinese Government* or *Censorship is a beautiful thing*???
We need a cyber Tank Man!
Think oppression and lack of civil rights are just happening in China?
Right here in the alleged "Land of the Free"- The Supreme Court refused to hear a legal challenge to the Don't ask, don't tell (DADT) policy.
This allows the Obama administration to continue to allow the military to dismiss gay & lesbian soldiers.
The Senate Armed Services Committee says the law is "not a high priority".
Not a high priority UNLESS you happen to be a Gay American Citizen who is trying to serve their country, and are denied equal rights.
I can't believe the Supreme Court would not even hear the case. So it is in Obama's hands as Commander in Chief to make this right. He can order this practice to be stopped.
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hmmmm, can obama "order" it to stop? I know he could be doing a lot more to influence military law & custom in this regard, but can he make military law? I honestly don't know.
Knowing the current 5-4 rulings on Supreme cases, maybe we should be glad they did not hear the case? If they had ruled in their usual 5-4 morality police fashion, wouldn't it have codified DADT into law that could only be undone by a future supreme court? Again, I don't know, I'm only wondering.
The thing is DK, that soldiers are being kicked out of the military as we speak. Most recently a soldier who specialized in Arabic languages, a skill that is desperately needed.
This is the worst kind of censorship.... asking people to not be true to themselves, not just not revealing their true identity, but stripping people who have made the commitment to serve, of that career option, and their true self/identity.
Obama is the Commander in Chief. He can be proactive about stopping this being public about it. helping this soldier - a Westpoint Grad to keep his position.
He's the Civil rights champion... yet he seems to be not keeping his promises of all things "gay" or lgbt...... marriage, DADT..... he seems to kind of shrug & go along with the status quo.
Maybe it is better the current configuration of SCOTUS judges do not decide this case.....
but what a damned shame for this crude civil rights discrimination to continue.
Don't ask, don't tell, don't speak it's not just for Communist China anymore!
These items are such core level civil rights.... how long are we as a society going to tolerate it?
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
Then they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
I did not protest;
I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
I did not speak out;
I was not a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out for me.
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