The Year of Moving Forward

The Year of Moving Forward
At our 4 person wedding reception in DC

Friday, October 12, 2007

Let's Ask, and Tell; and The Race for the Cure

If I had known it just took a little publicity to run the litterbugs out, I would have done this long ago. But not one empty bottle or chicken box was tossed out here since my post yesterday. But the reality's cold and their windows were just rolled up. Auntie Litter, I've said it before, and I will say it again...we need you here.

From the "something's not right" category...from 2003 through 2006 the military allowed 4,230 convicted felons to enlist under the "moral waivers" program.

Total waivers, inlcuding serious misdemeanors along with felonies, for 2006 were 8,129, and for the three years over 125,000 such waivers were granted.

But be a law abiding gay or lesbian seeking to enroll, and you will be denied. The Human Rights Campaign Legacy of Service Tour is hoping to change that. Former marine staff sergeant Eric Alva (the first U. S. serviceman wounded in Iraq) and others are telling their stories. Just one more date is currently on the schedule, in Dallas, but I am sure others will be added. We need to drop "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and allow everyone who wants to put their life on the line in service to our country to do so.

That's what Canada, Israel, Britain, Australia and most other allies do.

Tomorrow is the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Birmingham, to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Not running? Already donated? Here is a way to help and it won't cost you a dime. Go to The Breast Cancer Site and click on the button to help provide free mammograms for women. You click, sponsors donate. And you can do it each day. So far over 2700 mammograms have been provided by clicking, and even more from store purchases from their site. And if you still have money to give, Carol could use a few more online donations before she runs tomorrow. And what a great day it will be for running.

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