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Digest for July 8th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for July 8th from 09:09 to 14:37:

  • Iraq Vet Dies from Overdose -Remember this famous picture from the early days of the war in Iraq?iraqvetpic.jpgThat soldier, an Army medic, was named Joseph Patrick Dwyer and that picture, taken in March 2003, made him famous as a symbol of heroism during war. He died last week of an overdose after returning from the war a very messed up person.
  • Study Links Virus to Rare Cancer In Heterosexual Men -There’s a headline you don’t see every day. This is almost the mirror image of the study which sparked the MRSA panic last January: A virus that had been causing cancer in women and gay men has been found in straight men in pretty high numbers. It’s just one small study though, just like the one that inspired worldwide headlines of a new killer superbug threatening homosexual men. So where’s the panic this time? After all, HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases out there.
  • Study by Senior Military Officers: DADT Harms Military Effectiveness -A new report written by four high-ranking retired military officers and issued by the Palm Center of the University of California lends significant support for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), the military’s ban on gays and lesbians serving openly. The report by Brigadier General Hugh Aitkin (USMC), Lieutenant General Minter Alexander (USAF), Lieutenant General Robert Gard (USA), and Vice Admiral Jack Shanahan (USN) concludes that the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly actually diminished military effectiveness and unit cohesion, and calls for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
  • Jesse Helms Was a Racist –  What really sets Jesse Helms apart is that he is the last prominent unabashed white racist politician in this country — a title that one hopes will now be permanently retired. A few editorials and columns came close to saying that. But the squeamishness of much of the press in characterizing Helms for what he is suggests an unwillingness to confront the reality of race in our national life.

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