- It took far too long to get here, but as of today, Don't Ask Don't Tell is officially over. Now all the brave gay service men and women who have served this country proudly since it's founding may do so openly. The Navy has also changed the discharge from "undesirable" to "honorable" for WWII veteran Melvin Dwork who was expelled almost 70 years ago for being gay, making him eligible for the military medical benefits he's been denied.
- That's not all, the DNC has elected it's first transgender member to its Executive Board, good job DNC and congratulations Babs Caspar.
- The British government has committed to legalizing gay marriage by their next election, which must take place before 2015. And here in the States, a clear majority (53-44) feel that we should do the same. And in North Carolina Democratic Rep. Henry Michaux is arguing against his State's attempt to ban gay marriage, saying that it would shame their State in the same way that the constitution declaring him 3/5s of a person stains our countries history.
- In other poll type news, 86% of Americans are fine with interracial marriage which sounds depressing until you realize that 20 years ago only 48% did. And while the Religious Right may scream and terrorize children, 78% of the country still believe in a woman's right to choose.
- Senator Sherrod Brown is this weeks' Elected Official of the Week for attempting to peg Congressional retirement benefits to the public's retirement age. As long as Congress plays by different rules than the rest of the country, they're not going to understand what how the rest of us are suffering and we won't have change.
- On the economic front, President Obama is calling for the creation of a minimum tax rate on millionaires to ensure that they pay at least the same rate as those making much less. And kudos to him for pointing out that this is not class warfare, but simple math. And Google CEO Eric Schmidt, backs him up saying it's lack of demand not high taxes that are keeping companies from creating jobs. I wonder if there's some kind of body, that's able to use deficit spending to create demand, and somehow stimulate the economy. But what would you call it?
- On a more personal note, I'm proud to announce that my former college chapter the Campus Democrats at UCSB officially has the office previously belonging to the College Republicans. Who knew that showing up early and filling out the forms before the other guy does works? I certainly didn't.
- Moveon.org gives us this weeks Political Ad of the Week, this is how you do it:
Have a great day everyone!