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10 Years after 9/11 2001….New York City and the World will remember…..

 

It is with a heavy heart that I will get thru September 11, 2011…

For I knew personally some of the people who did not come home from that days events…

For that day 10 years ago my job was to comfort the children on the people who worked in New York City…

On that day my contribution was to assure those worried that their children were in a safe place….

I am happy to One World Trade Center rebuilt….

I spent passing time in the old one….

I pass on my prays to people who lost loved ones on that day in threelocations in America…

I pray for strength for the people who have to live with their loses…

And I hope that while some of us may complain about the coasts…

I can only hope that our Government and it’s actor will spare nothing to do what ever they can to make sure that 

NOTHING 

like this will EVER happen again….

Amen…..

The Dog…..

From the New York Times…..

By MICHAEL HOWARD SAUL

New York City will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a ceremony at the World Trade Center site on Sunday, when the nation pauses to grieve for the dead and reflect on the decade since terrorists toppled the Twin Towers, damaged the Pentagon and crashed a jetliner in rural Pennsylvania.

President Barack Obama and his predecessor, former President George W. Bush, will be among the eight current or former elected officials to deliver readings at the ceremony, which is set to begin at 8:35 a.m. with the sound of bagpipes and drummers. Mr. Obama, the first sitting president to attend the annual ceremony, gave the green light earlier this year for the military mission that killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the deadliest foreign attack on American soil.

While most of the attention will focus on New York’s ceremony, there will also be events at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania, plus many smaller observances in communities across the country, from a stair climb in Seattle to a 9/11 memorial dedication in Sarasota, Fla.

On Saturday in Shanksville, Pa., the 40 passengers and crew who fought back against their hijackers aboard Flight 93 before it crashed on Sept. 11 were honored for their heroism in a ceremony dedicating the first phase of a memorial at the nation’s newest national park, the Associated Press reported.

The hijackers intended to crash the plane in Washington but “never made it because of the determination and valor of the passengers and crew of Flight 93, that plane crashed in this field, less than 20 minutes by air” from the target, said Jon Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, according to the AP.

Vice President Joe Biden and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were among those attending the Shanksville event, the AP said.

The 10th anniversary also marks the official opening of the National September 11 Memorial—twin reflecting pools that sit within the footprints of the Twin Towers and feature bronze panels on which the names of the dead are inscribed. A 9/11 museum is scheduled to open at the World Trade Center site next September.

“As we reflect back on the past, let us remember not only the agony and anguish of the attacks but how we channeled our pain into something positive and powerful,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday in a speech about the rebirth of Lower Manhattan. “Let us remember not only how the towers fell, but how we rose up—determined to defend our freedoms.”

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The Pentagon bumps review of 'Don't Ask…Don't Tell' cases up to senior staff……

Defense Secretary Robert Gates testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 24, 2010, before a House Defense subcommittee hearing on the Defense Department's budget overview. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

[ Defense Secretary Robert Gates ]

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the military will no longer open investigations into the sexual orientation of service members based on anonymous complaints, will restrict testimony from third parties and will require high-ranking officers to review all cases.

The changes will take effect immediately.

The Pentagon is moving ahead on the assumption that Congress will overturn the ban on gays serving openly, but when or if that will happen remains uncertain. Republican opposition to a change is strong, and some influential Democrats — including Rep. Ike Skelton (Mo.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee — agree.

The Dog feels that the White House (the force behind this action ) is smart to do this in small pieces and not in one grand stroke….letting the move filter down thru the ranks and before making the eventual ban of gays in the military expire….which will have to come from the Congress….

The discarding on the ban will not make the actions against gays stop…but at least they will have to not have the services detaching them…..letting the United States military catch up with other military’s, police department’s  and government agencies in accepting there are gays quietly serving with honor in their ranks…..

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pentagon bumps review of ‘Don’t Ask…Don’t Tell’ cases up to senior staff……

Defense Secretary Robert Gates testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 24, 2010, before a House Defense subcommittee hearing on the Defense Department's budget overview. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

[ Defense Secretary Robert Gates ]

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the military will no longer open investigations into the sexual orientation of service members based on anonymous complaints, will restrict testimony from third parties and will require high-ranking officers to review all cases.

The changes will take effect immediately.

The Pentagon is moving ahead on the assumption that Congress will overturn the ban on gays serving openly, but when or if that will happen remains uncertain. Republican opposition to a change is strong, and some influential Democrats — including Rep. Ike Skelton (Mo.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee — agree.

The Dog feels that the White House (the force behind this action ) is smart to do this in small pieces and not in one grand stroke….letting the move filter down thru the ranks and before making the eventual ban of gays in the military expire….which will have to come from the Congress….

The discarding on the ban will not make the actions against gays stop…but at least they will have to not have the services detaching them…..letting the United States military catch up with other military’s, police department’s  and government agencies in accepting there are gays quietly serving with honor in their ranks…..

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Don’t Ask….Don’t Tell’ is being watered down while under study by the Pentagon……

The Dog has to admit this one caught him by surprise…..When it was reported that the Seante would hold a hearing about the almost 20 year old Clinton policy of the Miliary’s action on gays among their troops ….I though forget about it……Ike Sheldon got up and complianed the next day…..

But The Obama Adminstraion…not the Pentagaon…has pushed the Defense Scetratary and Chair of the Joint Chiefs to move a few inches and lay low while the policy is studied…..at the Pentagon………

Defense Secretary Gates (l.) and Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen testify Tuesday on Capital Hill about the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy that bans openly gay people from service.

Don’t ask, don’t tell. Don’t worry.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says military brass will take a lenient stance toward gays while the Pentagon takes a year to study revising its policy against homosexuals in the service.

The study, expected to be announced Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, is a step in the slow march toward President Obama‘s goal of eliminating the military’s policy banning gays from military service.

The study will be led by an “active-duty four-star general” and a “senior-level” civilian Pentagon official, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said.

It will recommend the best way to lift the ban without harming the capabilities or cohesion of the military force, officials said.

While the study is being hailed as a good start by gay rights activists, high-ranking military officers have been reluctant to support a change while troops are stretched thin on two battle fronts.

Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are expected to outline a more lenient standard for enforcing the current ban while the study takes place, sources familiar with the stragegy said.

The interim policy would make it harder for a third party to turn in a gay service member and would raise the standard of evidence for dismissing a gay service member.

The Dog still believes that getting rid of the policy is fight the White House doesn’t want to have until January 21st, 2012……

For this reason…….

Few in the audience at today’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” hearingbefore the Senate Armed Services Committee were surprised when Defense Secretary Robert Gates unveiled long-term plans to get rid of the ban on gays in the military.

But many were shocked by Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen’s strong endorsement of those plans, and his decision to tell skeptical lawmakers that he believes the change can only make the military stronger.

For months gay rights advocates have speculated whether Mullen could be their top ally or worst foe in the fight to allow openly homosexual servicemembers to stay in the military. Last year an essay on the merits of letting gays serve appeared in the chairman’s own in-house magazine. Just last month, word leaked that Mullen’s own legal staff was telling him to delay any massive social changes in the ranks until after fighting in Afghanistan is completed.

So, when Mullen read this statement at Tuesday’s hearing, there were audible gasps of excitement from many of those same repeal supporters:

Mr. Chairman: Speaking for myself and myself only, it is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do.

No matter how I look at this issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. For me, personally, it comes down to integrity: theirs as individuals, and ours as an institution.

I also believe that the great young men and women of our military can and would accommodate such a change. I never underestimate their ability to adapt.

Mullen was careful to point out that he wants to see results from the year-long study proposed by Gates before making a final decision, admitting that such a dramatic policy change may have adverse consequences he hasn’t anticipated. And he encouraged lawmakers to grill the service chiefs and other top military leaders, saying their opinions should be heard as well.

This from …….

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 2 Comments

'Don't Ask….Don't Tell' is being watered down while under study by the Pentagon……

The Dog has to admit this one caught him by surprise…..When it was reported that the Seante would hold a hearing about the almost 20 year old Clinton policy of the Miliary’s action on gays among their troops ….I though forget about it……Ike Sheldon got up and complianed the next day…..

But The Obama Adminstraion…not the Pentagaon…has pushed the Defense Scetratary and Chair of the Joint Chiefs to move a few inches and lay low while the policy is studied…..at the Pentagon………

Defense Secretary Gates (l.) and Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen testify Tuesday on Capital Hill about the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy that bans openly gay people from service.

Don’t ask, don’t tell. Don’t worry.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says military brass will take a lenient stance toward gays while the Pentagon takes a year to study revising its policy against homosexuals in the service.

The study, expected to be announced Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, is a step in the slow march toward President Obama‘s goal of eliminating the military’s policy banning gays from military service.

The study will be led by an “active-duty four-star general” and a “senior-level” civilian Pentagon official, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said.

It will recommend the best way to lift the ban without harming the capabilities or cohesion of the military force, officials said.

While the study is being hailed as a good start by gay rights activists, high-ranking military officers have been reluctant to support a change while troops are stretched thin on two battle fronts.

Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are expected to outline a more lenient standard for enforcing the current ban while the study takes place, sources familiar with the stragegy said.

The interim policy would make it harder for a third party to turn in a gay service member and would raise the standard of evidence for dismissing a gay service member.

The Dog still believes that getting rid of the policy is fight the White House doesn’t want to have until January 21st, 2012……

For this reason…….

Few in the audience at today’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” hearingbefore the Senate Armed Services Committee were surprised when Defense Secretary Robert Gates unveiled long-term plans to get rid of the ban on gays in the military.

But many were shocked by Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen’s strong endorsement of those plans, and his decision to tell skeptical lawmakers that he believes the change can only make the military stronger.

For months gay rights advocates have speculated whether Mullen could be their top ally or worst foe in the fight to allow openly homosexual servicemembers to stay in the military. Last year an essay on the merits of letting gays serve appeared in the chairman’s own in-house magazine. Just last month, word leaked that Mullen’s own legal staff was telling him to delay any massive social changes in the ranks until after fighting in Afghanistan is completed.

So, when Mullen read this statement at Tuesday’s hearing, there were audible gasps of excitement from many of those same repeal supporters:

Mr. Chairman: Speaking for myself and myself only, it is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do.

No matter how I look at this issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. For me, personally, it comes down to integrity: theirs as individuals, and ours as an institution.

I also believe that the great young men and women of our military can and would accommodate such a change. I never underestimate their ability to adapt.

Mullen was careful to point out that he wants to see results from the year-long study proposed by Gates before making a final decision, admitting that such a dramatic policy change may have adverse consequences he hasn’t anticipated. And he encouraged lawmakers to grill the service chiefs and other top military leaders, saying their opinions should be heard as well.

This from …….

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 2 Comments