1. Sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a well lit place in front of your computer.
2. Log onto MSN and ICQ (be sure to go on away!). Check your email.
3. Read over the assignment carefully, to make certain you understand it. 4. Walk down to the vending machines and buy some chocolate to help you concentrate. 5. Check your email. 6. Call up a friend and ask if he/she wants to go to grab a coffee. Just to get settled down and ready to work. 7. When you get back to your room, sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a clean, well lit place. 8. Read over the assignment again to make absolutely certain you understand it. 9. Check your email. 10. You know, you haven’t written to that kid you met at camp since fourth grade. You’d better write that letter now and get it out of the way so you can concentrate. 11. Look at your teeth in the bathroom mirror. 12. Grab some mp3z off of kazaa. 13. Check your email. ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR YET?! 14. MSN chat with one of your friends about the future. (ie summer plans). 15. Check your email. 16. Listen to your new mp3z and download some more. 17. Phone your friend on the other floor and ask if she’s started writing yet. Exchange derogatory emarks about your prof, the course, the college, the world at large. 18. Walk to the store and buy a pack of gum. You’ve probably run out. 19. While you’ve got the gum you may as well buy a magazine and read it. 20. Check your email. 21. Check the newspaper listings to make sure you aren’t missing something truly worthwhile on TV. 22. Play some solitare (or age of legends!). 23. Check out bored.com. 24. Wash your hands. 25. Call up a friend to see how much they have done, probably haven’t started either. 26. Look through your housemate’s book of pictures from home. Ask who everyone is. 27. Sit down and do some serious thinking about your plans for the future. 28. Check to see if bored.com has been updated yet. 29. Check your email and listen to your new mp3z. 30. You should be rebooting by now, assuming that windows is crashing on schedule. 31. Read over the assignment one more time, just for heck of it. 32. Scoot your chair across the room to the window and watch the sunrise. 33. Lie face down on the floor and moan. 34. Punch the wall and break something. 35. Check your email. 36. Mumble obscenities. 37. 5am - start hacking on the paper without stopping. 6am -paper is finished. 38. Complain to everyone that you didn’t get any sleep because you had to write that stupid paper. 39. Go to class, hand in paper, and leave right away so you can take a nap.
Last week, as I watched the presidential debate in Iowa, I listened closely for a question or an answer that referenced the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” (DADT) signed into law by President Obama last December and now scheduled to be final on September 20, 2011. After all, it was just a few weeks ago in New Hampshire that every candidate participating in the previous debate — with the notable exception of Congressman Ron Paul, who voted for repeal — voiced support for the discredited and discriminatory law and left the door wide open for reinstating it should they be elected president.
So, I was heartened as the debate came to a close and the issue had not been raised. I thought, “Finally. These candidates realize that this debate is over. Our nation’s military leaders, Congress, and the president have spoken. They, like most Americans, believe that all qualified Americans should be able to serve the country they love. We’ve moved on.”
Then on Saturday, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, in an interview with CNN, reiterated her opposition to repeal and went farther than she previously had, stating she “probably would”reinstate DADT if elected. Immediately, I began receiving emails asking the question, “Could she do such a thing?” Indeed, the answer is yes, and today, the New York Timesexplained exactly how she — or any would-be president who opposes LGB service in our military — could.
But the better and more important question is, why would she? Is it because she wants to appeal to a small base of supporters who do not represent the vast majority of the American people? Is it because she does not respect the recommendations of our nation’s senior military leaders, including two Secretaries of Defense, one of whom is the recently retired Republican-appointed Robert Gates who served under a number of presidents? Is it because she doesn’t understand that this is not the way we conduct military policymaking in the United States?
Here are the facts.
In virtually any poll, the American people overwhelmingly support the open and honest service of qualified gay and lesbian patriots in our military. They know, as conservative Republican Barry Goldwater so eloquently said, that you don’t have to be straight to shoot straight.
Indeed, in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee earlier this year, our nation’s service chiefs reflected this view as they testified to Congress that there were no significant challenges during the ongoing training and preparation for implementation. The president, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, further reinforced this finding when they issued their certification to Congress last month, sending a clear and final message that our military is ready for repeal. And in this country, we don’t revisit major personnel policy decisions for our military based on which party wins an election every four years.
In a few weeks, DADT will be history. Now is not the time for Congresswoman Bachmann or other candidates to be second-guessing our military leaders, attempting to create uncertainty or unrest in the ranks, and shamelessly using our troops in order to score a few political points.
This is the time to rally around our troops, support the sacrifice and service of all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, and move on. Certainly, we have more real and relevant battles to fight than to revisit one that has already been settled.
Esurance and other insurance companies are now allowing policyholders to qualify for a discounted rate by indicating they’re in same-sex marriages, partnerships or civil unions.
Married couples can usually save 10% off auto premiums. From the Advocate:
Though State Farm and Allstate already give reduced rates to gay couples in states that recognize same-sex marriage equality, civil unions, or domestic partnerships, Esurance is also offering the same benefit in a handful of states (California, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington). The small company is also exploring that option in other states. State Farm spokesman Dick Luedke said that married drivers are also less likely to get into accidents, part of the reasoning behind a reduced rate for married drivers. ”Marriage is marriage,” Luedke said. “It doesn’t matter if you are married to someone of the same sex.”
Couldn’t have said it better - marriage is marriage.