sights & sounds

May 29, 2010

‘the humanity of ordinary people’

Lynndie England, Abu Ghraib torturer.

From a post on Feministe about women in military. Emphases mine:

I don’t know why, but I’m a sucker for slideshows. Add a feminist theme, and I’m all over it. So I really enjoyed stumbling upon this collection of images of women in the military, starting way back with the American Revolution.

According to the story that goes along with this image, this is Sharon Hanley Disher and she’s part of “the first [family] in American history to send every member to the Naval Academy” – which is pretty awesome, I say. Her story is pretty cool, I suggest you read it if you have some time.

We’ve covered the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) before, but what are your favorite stories of women in the military?

Needless to say, I was unpleasantly surprised at seeing military service lauded on an ostensibly progressive, leftist blog; and in my initial comment, I said as much.: (more…)

April 22, 2010

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’? Don’t Care.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jay @ 8:36 pm
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From Telegraph:

Activists from GetEQUAL, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group, shouted at Mr Obama while he was speaking, venting their frustration over the slow progress of repealing the ban on openly homosexual people serving in the United States armed forces.

“What about ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell?'” one protester shouted, according to a White House pool report.
Mr Obama replied: “We are going to do that.”

He then raised his voice to speak over the demonstrators. “We are going to repeal don’t ask, don’t tell,” he said. (more…)

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