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Today in My History

2000:  The Funny Side of Death
2001:  Rebel Without a Cause
2002:  Sick as a Dog
2003:  Thru the Looking Glass
2004:  Oh, I'm a Failure
2005:  Oh THAT's What we Saw
2006Xenophobia, Alive and Well

2007: But I'm HUNGRY!
2008:  Like Riding a Bicycle
2009:  The Death of Equality

The Show Always Goes On
(feature article)

Books Read in 2010
Updated: 5/22
The Killing Floor"

Recipes for Cousins Day Drinks
(updated 3/17/10)

And Then I Ate


Dog Stuff from Bev Sykes on Vimeo.

On YouTube

Look at these Videos

Spirit of '43
Ned's Video for Bri's 2nd birthday
No You Can't (John Boehner)
Jim Brochu closes NASDAQ
Stupid, Callous, Homophobic, Hateful Legislation

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Easter 2010

Mirror Site for RSS Feed
Airy Persiflage

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27 May 2010

Tonight Chris Matthews read a letter from a soldier currently fighting in Afghanistan.  I'm a transcriptionist.  It's what I do.  So I have transcribed it here:

I found out this soldier under my command was gay. I learned about it after he died., when his longterm partner wrote to me, not knowing my orientation, to tell me how much this staff sergeant had loved that Army; how we were the only family he’d ever known.

In my own life, my partner has none of the privileges of a spouse. We have weathered three long deployments like any other couple might. My partner and I have happily accepted my various assignments because we’re truly committed to the Army, its soldiers and their famlies. But after our ten years together, my partner has earned the right to be told first about my death. He has earned the right to be recognized for his sacrifices just as any other spouse.

I deeply believe that America is fighting the right fight in Afghanistan. I believe in this battle against our enemies, and I believe that the U.S. Army is the greatest single force for good the world has ever known.

But I want to tell the guys I eat lunch with every day about my partner. After all, these are the guys I risk my life with, the guys who think they know me. I can tell you every detail about how each of them met their wives, how one of them still feels guilty about an affair he never had but thought about; how one of them cried so hard the day his son was born, yet they don’t know much about my life.

Over the years, I have become good at evading and changing subjects artfully. To slip-up using the wrong pronoun when describing whom I was with during R&R, or mentioning who I talked to on Skype last night is no longer something I worry about. I have become so good at this lying game it eats at my soul.

A week ago two of my friends were killed in a bombing. The days since then have bled into each other. It is usually not until the evening that I allow myself to think about these things. I will risk my life. I ask to be treated simply like anyone else in the Service – nothing more, and nothing less.

The vote by the Senate Armed Services Committee to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell will take place tomorrow.  Republicans have threatened to veto the entire defense department budget if a repeal of the policy is recommended..

There are hundreds/thousands of brave men and women fighting for our country, and hundreds/thousands of families waiting at home in silence because they aren't able to be recognized.

Won't you please call the Senate Armed Services Committee and ask them to vote for repeal of the policy?

(202) 224-3121

(If the voice mail box is full, as it was when I called, ask to be connected to the phone of Senator Carl Levin, the committee chair.)

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Lt. Dan Choi



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