Gay Military can march openly, in uniform in a gay pride parade, but the Boy Scouts still don’t even openly allow gay people in. What a country.
Who woulda thunk. Via Talking Points Memo.
Best. Headline. Ever.
June is gay pride month, and this is something to be very proud of:
WASHINGTON (AP) – Officials said Thursday that they’re planning the first-ever event to recognize gay and lesbian troops. They declined to give details about what the event will be, but officials said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta feels it’s important to recognize the service of gays in the armed forces.
Anyone hear anything yet about how repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell turned all our troops into evil French gay socialists?
Say hello to another bad idea, this time courtesy of a bi-partisan amendment to the defense authorization bill, one that is sponsored by Rep. Mark Thornberry from Texas and Rep. Adam Smith from Washington state.
It would legalize propaganda directed at us by our own government.
The amendment would “strike the current ban on domestic dissemination” of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the Pentagon, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee’s official website.
The tweak to the bill would essentially neutralize two previous acts—the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987—that had been passed to protect U.S. audiences from our own government’s misinformation campaigns.
If you’re a Democrat and trust this kind of activity under a Democratic administration, then think again… and then think how it would be, and was, under a Republican administration.
The bill also includes indefinite detention and a ban on gay marriage at military installations. But I digress:
The bill’s supporters say the informational material used overseas to influence foreign audiences is too good to not use at home, and that new techniques are needed to help fight Al-Qaeda, a borderless enemy whose own propaganda reaches Americans online.
Critics of the bill say there are ways to keep America safe without turning the massive information operations apparatus within the federal government against American citizens.
This is dangerous territory, and exploiting the “protect us from the terrorists” excuse isn’t good enough to trump protecting Americans from our own powerful government propaganda campaigns intended to sway public opinion.
The upshot, at times, is the Department of Defense using the same tools on U.S. citizens as on a hostile, foreign, population.
Via Mediaite who seems to think this is some big scandal, MSNBC paying TONS of money to laud Rachel. Let’s put it this way boys, if there was a person with a brain over at Fox who wrote such a widely praised book, ole Rupe would be devoting the entirety of one of his schlock papers to pimp that intellect.
Hell, they’d probably light up the Empire State Building with their mug too! (click to make larger)
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