Tuesday, May 22, 2007
if the brits can do it
...why can't we?

img credit: Phil Noble/Press Association

Gay Britons Serve in Military With Little Fuss, as Predicted Discord Does Not Occur

By Sarah Lyall, for the New York Times

Since the British military began allowing homosexuals to serve in the armed forces in 2000, none of its fears — about harassment, discord, blackmail, bullying or an erosion of unit cohesion or military effectiveness — have come to pass, according to the Ministry of Defense, current and former members of the services and academics specializing in the military. The biggest news about the policy, they say, is that there is no news. It has for the most part become a nonissue.

i've started perusing the nytimes more frequently to augment the horribly inadequate hourly cnn trawls. to be honest, although i am greatly concerned about our involvement in iraq, i've never really thought about more than the troops in combat. Don't Ask, Don't Tell became public policy when i was but a wee middle schooler (1993), more concerned with winning games and doing well in school than anything else.

With the extended tours of duty it is impossible for us to maintain troop levels for too much longer without putting everyone at (even more) risk. Why is it that in 2007 we're more concerned with what a soldier does in the bedroom on their own time than their ability to fight for our country?


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Wednesday, May 16, 2007
...the guy's only doing it for some doll
this weekend, we finally had our last run of performances for the spring hoof n' horn show @ duke -- guys & dolls. the graduation weekend shows were really different from the april ones, and not just because the pit was huge and full of new people. the orchestra director was great, but much less laid back than the original one, so it the atmosphere wasn't quite as chill. here are a few clips from our production. can you hear the clarinet? :-p

Bushel and A Peck

Adelaide's Lament - feat. Haley Swindal

Take Back Your Mink

Sue Me - feat. Haley Swindal and Matthew Colabrese

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come back to xanga!

By Anonymous Luke, at 5/16/2007 4:31 AM  

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Monday, May 14, 2007
back again (or am i?)
i don't think anyone bothers coming here anymore (can't say i blame you), but, for what it's worth, i'm back. i couldn't let an entire baseball season go by without some sort of comment, esp given that as of may 13, 2007 the bosox were 8 games up on the not-so-mighty yankees. if the sox are up by 12+ in june when clemens returns i don't see the yanks catching them, barring multiple major injuries.

Don't cry Bobby, you can try for a hit again tomorrow (photo: Ted S. Warren/AP)

p.s. as much as i like the originality of the look, realistically, i'm never gonna invest the time to upgrade it to new blogger standards so i guess i'll be going back to a not so original look if i decide to start posting regularly again. boo.

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they dont have to catch them though.. just win the wild card

By Blogger Steven, at 5/18/2007 9:13 AM  

true but given the strength of the AL central that's not a slam dunk either. as of today (5/18) they are tied with Baltimore, 10 games out of 1st place, and 6.5 games out in the wild card, with 5 teams ahead of them. the tigers and twins are looking strong this year so we'll see how this plays out.

By Blogger amr, at 5/18/2007 11:26 PM  

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