Speak Out

Speak Out

There are 6 comments on the Press-Telegram story from Sep 26, 2011, titled Speak Out. In it, Press-Telegram reports that:

Taxing rich. There is no need to raise taxes on the rich, because they will continue to use the same loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

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Forrest Alston

United States

#1 Sep 26, 2011
It's time to vote out all sitting politicians. They have forgotten that they represent Americans, not large corpora1334tions and the profoundly rich.
Bob Lewis

Phelan, CA

#2 Sep 26, 2011
Forrest Alston wrote:
It's time to vote out all sitting politicians. They have forgotten that they represent Americans, not large corpora1334tions and the profoundly rich.
Changing the tax system is vital to bringing in enough money to pay the public sector far better than the private sector.
A life of perpetual tax slavery to big bro/big union for our kids and grand kids should be the goal of every American if they are worthy of being called a "Democrat' in Obama Nation.
The Mad Man

Glendale, CA

#3 Sep 29, 2011
I saw this one coming...

With homosexuals now able to serve openly in the military, the gay rights movement’s next battleground is to persuade the Obama administration to end the armed forces’ ban on “transgenders,” a group that includes transsexuals and cross-dressers.

“Our position is that the military should re-examine the policy, the medical regulations, so as to allow open service for transgender people,” said Vincent Paolo Villano, spokesman for the 6,000-member Center for Transgender Equality.

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), which pushed to end the military’s gay ban, is urging President Obama to sign an executive order prohibiting discrimination based on “gender identity.”

It had wanted the order to happen on Sept. 20, the official date “don’t ask, don’t tell,” as the gay ban was called, ended via repeal legislation signed by Mr. Obama.

SLDN’s goal is contained on a Web page with the headline,“Working toward transgender military service.” The page states that a decision to remove the ban must be made at the Pentagon.“Relationships between transgender organizations, medical associations, and military allies will be crucial for advancing this issue,” it says.
A man who is active-duty in the Navy, and only gave his name as Matt, wears a shirt being signed by others that reads "I survived D.A.D.T." (don't ask, don't tell) shortly before midnight during a celebration for the end of the policy on Sept. 19, 2011, in a bar in San Diego.(Associated Press)A man who is active-duty in the Navy, and only gave his name as Matt, wears a shirt being signed by others that reads “I survived D.A.D.T.”(don’t ask, don’t tell) shortly before midnight during a celebration for the end of the policy on Sept. 19, 2011, in a bar in San Diego.(Associated Press)

“SLDN will continue to urge President Obama to issue an executive order to prohibit discrimination and harassment in the military based upon sexual orientation and gender identity, and we will work closely with our allies to educate and create greater awareness of this inequity,” SLDN spokesman Zeke Stokes said.

“SLDN supports the revision of medical regulations to ensure that transgender Americans may serve.”

SLDN has raised the possibility of filing lawsuits to attain its goals, which include housing and other benefits for the partners of gay military members.

A White House spokesman declined to provide Mr. Obama’s position on transgenders in the military, referring a reporter to the Pentagon.

“Transgender and transsexual individuals are not permitted to join the military services,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez.“The repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ will have no effect on these policies.”

The SLDN says “transgender” is commonly identified as an umbrella term for “transsexuals, cross-dressers, gender-queer people, intersex people, and other gender-variant individuals.”

Transgenders are not banned by law, but rather by a Defense Department instruction,“Medical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment or Induction in the Military Service.”

It lists scores of medical conditions that make one ineligible, including:“Current or history of psychosexual conditions, including but not limited to transsexualism, exhibitionism, transvestism, voyeurism, and other paraphilias.”

The instruction was last updated by the Obama administration. Clifford Stanley, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, signed the new 52-page version in April 2010. If the administration did desire to lift the ban, it could have done it then, in theory.

SLDN has set up a website on Change.org for a petition asking Mr. Obama to issue a nondiscrimination order on transgenders.
The Mad Man

Glendale, CA

#4 Sep 29, 2011
What more do we have to subject our military men and women to? I have no problem with gays joining the military when they can do their jobs but the gay community is know as...
Gay, Lesbian and Transgender and here we have some issues. Transgender people have rights also, they are human beings but the military is about soldering, not about sex changing. Didn't anyone see this coming?
Dan Salazar

Phelan, CA

#5 Sep 29, 2011
The Mad Man wrote:
I saw this one coming...
With homosexuals now able to serve openly in the military, the gay rights movement’s next battleground is to persuade the Obama administration to end the armed forces’ ban on “transgenders,” a group that includes transsexuals and cross-dressers.
“Our position is that the military should re-examine the policy, the medical regulations, so as to allow open service for transgender people,” said Vincent Paolo Villano, spokesman for the 6,000-member Center for Transgender Equality.
The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), which pushed to end the military’s gay ban, is urging President Obama to sign an executive order prohibiting discrimination based on “gender identity.”
It had wanted the order to happen on Sept. 20, the official date “don’t ask, don’t tell,” as the gay ban was called, ended via repeal legislation signed by Mr. Obama.
SLDN’s goal is contained on a Web page with the headline,“Working toward transgender military service.” The page states that a decision to remove the ban must be made at the Pentagon.“Relationships between transgender organizations, medical associations, and military allies will be crucial for advancing this issue,” it says.
A man who is active-duty in the Navy, and only gave his name as Matt, wears a shirt being signed by others that reads "I survived D.A.D.T." (don't ask, don't tell) shortly before midnight during a celebration for the end of the policy on Sept. 19, 2011, in a bar in San Diego.(Associated Press)A man who is active-duty in the Navy, and only gave his name as Matt, wears a shirt being signed by others that reads “I survived D.A.D.T.”(don’t ask, don’t tell) shortly before midnight during a celebration for the end of the policy on Sept. 19, 2011, in a bar in San Diego.(Associated Press)
“SLDN will continue to urge President Obama to issue an executive order to prohibit discrimination and harassment in the military based upon sexual orientation and gender identity, and we will work closely with our allies to educate and create greater awareness of this inequity,” SLDN spokesman Zeke Stokes said.
“SLDN supports the revision of medical regulations to ensure that transgender Americans may serve.”
SLDN has raised the possibility of filing lawsuits to attain its goals, which include housing and other benefits for the partners of gay military members.
A White House spokesman declined to provide Mr. Obama’s position on transgenders in the military, referring a reporter to the Pentagon.
“Transgender and transsexual individuals are not permitted to join the military services,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez.“The repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ will have no effect on these policies.”
The SLDN says “transgender” is commonly identified as an umbrella term for “transsexuals, cross-dressers, gender-queer people, intersex people, and other gender-variant individuals.”
Transgenders are not banned by law, but rather by a Defense Department instruction,“Medical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment or Induction in the Military Service.”
It lists scores of medical conditions that make one ineligible, including:“Current or history of psychosexual conditions, including but not limited to transsexualism, exhibitionism, transvestism, voyeurism, and other paraphilias.”
The instruction was last updated by the Obama administration. Clifford Stanley, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, signed the new 52-page version in April 2010. If the administration did desire to lift the ban, it could have done it then, in theory.
SLDN has set up a website on Change.org for a petition asking Mr. Obama to issue a nondiscrimination order on transgenders.
Transgender????? Why do left wing lunatics ALWAYS ALWAYS have to push any good idea until it is completely ridiculous???
The Mad Man

Glendale, CA

#6 Sep 29, 2011
Dan Salazar wrote:
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Transgender????? Why do left wing lunatics ALWAYS ALWAYS have to push any good idea until it is completely ridiculous???
The only answer I can think of is...
Because they can!

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