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Watch: Keith Olbermann on Gibbs Slam of the 'Professional Left'


In a Special Comment last night, Keith Olbermann went after White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' extraordinarily stupid remarks criticizing the "professional left."

"We are not just another version of the Right. We think over here. And we fight for what we believe in."

David Mixner also has an excellent post up on Gibbs as well:

"When an outburst like this episode occurs, it has been my experience it is not an isolated voice in the wilderness. My very educated guess after all these years in politics is that Gibbs' sentiments are exactly what have been privately repeated among Obama staff within the White House: That the problem is not differences in policies, great disappointment with the President or desire to get more done while we had while margins in both Houses of Congress. Instead it is those damn liberals no one can please - no matter what you do, they still bitch. It is those people who cling to the fringe of the left who have caused the President all his problem...

...Public Option was not a fringe issue. The desire for human rights and freedom for the American LGBT community is clearly rooted in the Constitution of the United States. Wanting our young not to die in useless foreign wars does appear to me to be radical. Not wanting 14% of America's children to go to bed hungry at night seems like a reasonable expectation. And yes, waking up in the morning and knowing you have the dignity of a job is essential for the soul of America. These issues are not fringe, not left and not unreasonable."


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News: Vitaminwater, Robert Gibbs, Perseids, Sharron Angle

 road Perseid meteor shower on its way.

Cristiano_ronaldo  roadWannabe actress offers report on Cristiano Ronaldo: "Now, while a lot of women appreciate a well-endowed man, this was just ­RIDICULOUS...intimidatingly so."

 roadWhite House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs lashes out at "professional left": “I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested. I mean, it’s crazy...They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.” UPDATE: Gibbs walks it back.

 roadEven though she has pledged not to take any campaign donations from gay-friendly companies, Sharron Angle has already taken at least $37,000. Will she return it?

 roadYounger vs Older: The cast of Survivor: Nicaragua.

 roadCoca-Cola defends marketing of unhealthy vitaminwater as healthy: "In a staggering feat of twisted logic, lawyers for Coca-Cola are defending the lawsuit by asserting that 'no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitaminwater was a healthy beverage.'"

 roadJoseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum share screen in short film.

Galaxy   roadHubble photographs majestic spiral galaxy.

 roadGay marketplace booms in India: "Since July over 15 bars across New Delhi have hosted gay events, up from just one event at one bar a week two years ago. India’s first gay-products store, Azaad Bazaar in Mumbai, has seen a year of growth, penetrating mainstream stores across the country with its merchandise., India’s first gay online bookshop, is exploring publishing titles in the next six to eight months. Manish Sharma, a gay events promoter from New Delhi, hosts regular parties attended by over 200, while Sanjay Malhotra runs India’s first gays-only travel agency, IndjaPink."

 roadChicago Tribune: The Supreme Court should rule that equal protection means giving gays civil unions. "That course offers a compromise that, while satisfying neither side entirely, accommodates each in its central concern. It would show a respect for democracy and a humility about the role of the judiciary." Um, no.

 roadKaty Perry's 'teenage dream', Josh Kloss.

Hutton_gibson  roadMel Gibson's dad: The Pope is gay. "He's a slippery character."

 roadThe Real Polygamist Housewives of Utah.

 roadGarden planted at site of Staten Island anti-gay hate crime: "Community leaders planted a garden Saturday at the site of an attack on a Staten Island gay couple, in hopes of bringing tolerance to a borough that has experienced a wave of bias crimes since April."

 roadJeffree Star banned from Temecula, California concert venue for being gay?

 roadAnti-gay attack reported on Seattle's Capitol Hill: "The man was at the intersection of Harvard Avenue E and E Roy Street, headed north, when a stranger wearing a backwards baseball cap passed him headed in the opposite direction. As the stranger passed, he allegedly called the victim a faggot and then pushed the victim from behind, knocking him to the sidewalk. The report states that the victim 'struck his face on the concrete' causing obvious lacerations to his nose, lip, and chin, as well as several chipped front teeth. The victim stated that no other words were said by either party, either before or after the assault."

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Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Troops hold Inquiry Meeting and White House Responds to Department of Justice Defense of the Ban

Yesterday in the Pentagon auditorium, 350 troops picked at random assembled for a discussion about gays living and working among them:

Dadt  "Officials say they will spend the next several months reaching out to troops and their families in focus groups and meetings like the Tuesday forum to determine what concerns they'll have to address. Attendees of the Tuesday session said that one female Marine stated that bunking with a lesbian would be the same as being told to share a room with a man. A soldier said he didn't want to wade into the political debate and that he would follow orders. Another service member asked if a gay service member who gets married — now forbidden under law — would receive military family benefits. At one point, a moderator asked how many troops believed they have served with a gay person. About half the people in the audience raised their hands. Attendees described the meeting on condition of anonymity because they said they were not authorized to speak publicly on the issue."

Military leaders say this is part of the process to assess the impact lifting the ban would have on troops.

Gibbs In yesterday's White House press briefing, The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld asked Press Secretary Robert Gibbs (with regard to the recent defense of DADT by the Justice Dept using outdate quotes from Colin Powell) whether "the President at all concerned that DOJ is a little insular or tone deaf on issues that are sort of politically sticky, especially those of interest to the LGBT community?"

Replied Gibbs: "I will say this, obviously the President has enunciated his support for ending “don’t ask, don’t tell,” rolling back -- made a commitment to roll back DOMA in the campaign. Obviously, the Justice Department has -- is charged with upholding the law as it exists, not as the President would like to see it. We have obviously taken steps on the front of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and I think we’ve made a genuine amount of progress. I will say, was it odd that they included previous statements from General Colin Powell on a belief set that he no longer had? I don’t think the President would disagree with that."

Watch the White House presser, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Army Secretary John McHugh Won't Pursue Discharges of Service Members Who Tell Him They Are Gay

The Secretary of the Army called it "counterproductive" on Wednesday to discharge service members who speak to him openly about their sexual orientation as the military reviews its plans on how best to implement "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the NYT reports:

Mchugh  "Although Mr. Gates announced revised standards last week that make it harder for the military to discharge service members whose sexual orientation is revealed by third parties, gay men and lesbians who willingly reveal their sexual orientation still face ouster from the military, at least as the law is written. But Mr. McHugh, who spoke at a breakfast with Pentagon reporters, said it made no sense to pursue discharges of service members as he speaks with them about the change in policy. Mr. Obama, Mr. Gates and Admiral Mullen have all asked commanders to assess opinion within the military about the change in law. Mr. McHugh said it would be “counterproductive” to 'take disciplinary action against someone who spoke with me openly and honestly.' He said the Pentagon was still trying to devise a way to more formally poll large numbers of service members about their views on changing the law."

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is furiously defending DADT using outdated quotes from Colin Powell, and misrepresenting the views of Palm Center experts in a brief filed earlier this week.

Dadt  In related, baffling news, check out this piece from Chris Johnson at DC Agenda about how the Justice Dept. is distorting the views of DADT experts Nathaniel Frank and Aaron Belkin to fit its defense of the military gay ban.

Said Frank: “The way they portrayed me is preposterous and I’m not sure that any person in good faith hearing what I had to say could conclude what the [Department of Justice] concluded in their [request for] summary judgment. I specifically said having a concern about privacy is not irrational, but using that privacy concern as an argument for the need to ban gays is irrational.”

The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs yesterday whether the White House is ducking pursuing the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", as has been suggested by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and others.

Watch Gibbs get defensive about it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Iraqi War General: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' a 'Non-Issue'

Iraq's top commanding General, Raymond Odierno, was asked about the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on Monday:

Odierno "The top commanding general in Iraq says he thinks everyone - gay and straight - should be allowed to serve in the military 'as long as we are still able to fight our wars.' ... Odierno told reporters Monday that he hadn't had much time to think about whether gays should be allowed to serve openly. He said the policy of 'don't ask, don't tell' has been a 'non-issue' to him."

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about Lieberman's announcement (scroll to bottom) that he's taking the lead on legislation to repeal the military gay ban:

Q Senator Lieberman is now planning to introduce a "don't ask, don't tell" repeal bill next week. Would the President like to see Congress pass repeal this year?

MR. GIBBS: Look, as you know, the President is strongly in support of this, working with Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen. There is a process that's underway. You saw in Admiral Mullen the first joint chair to openly -- active joint chair to openly call for its repeal.

We have stated throughout this process that the only durable way for this to happen is through legislation. We think that Senator Lieberman's proposal is obviously an important step in that legislation. And I would point out that you heard from commanders in the field over the weekend on news shows as well as former Chairman Powell also come out strongly in support of repealing "don't ask, don't tell."

Q A lot of people fear that if it doesn't happen this year that it very well may not happen throughout the entire first term, not just in the second one.

MR. GIBBS: I don't think the President shares that because I believe, and I think you all have seen this throughout, obviously there has been a lot of public polling on this done since the President's proposal and since Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen testified on Capitol Hill about this. There is strong bipartisan support for its repeal among the American people. The President obviously shares that, as do important members of the military. And we think it will become law.


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