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November 11, 2009

This is why we need strong, independent journalism: To uncover the truth when a private security contractor like Blackwater (now Xe Services) pays off Iraqi officials after its employees killed 17 civilians.

The New York Observer has The New Yorker‘s masthead.

You have to give it to the Mormon Church on this. Even though oppose gay marriage, they did support two Salt Lake City initiatives, which passed on Tuesday night, that now make it illegal to fire someone from their job based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as illegal to evict anyone from their home because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender.  An LDS spokesman said, “The church supports these ordinances because they are fair and reasonable and do not do violence to the institution of marriage.”  Can you imagine an evangelical Christian church supporting such initiatives?

Finally, President Obama yesterday gave a eulogy at Fort Hood, in honor of the 13 soldiers who were killed there last week.  Here is the text of his speech. (And here is some good commentary on it, from Slate.)  It’s worth reading the whole (relatively short) thing, but here’s a beautiful and representative excerpt:

As we face these challenges, the stories of those at Fort Hood reaffirm the core values that we are fighting for, and the strength that we must draw upon.  Theirs are the tales of American men and women answering an extraordinary call — the call to serve their comrades, their communities, and their country.  In an age of selfishness, they embody responsibility.  In an era of division, they call upon us to come together.  In a time of cynicism, they remind us of who we are as Americans.

We are a nation that endures because of the courage of those who defend it.  We saw that valor in those who braved bullets here at Fort Hood, just as surely as we see it in those who signed up knowing that they would serve in harm’s way.

We are a nation of laws whose commitment to justice is so enduring that we would treat a gunman and give him due process, just as surely as we will see that he pays for his crimes.

We’re a nation that guarantees the freedom to worship as one chooses.  And instead of claiming God for our side, we remember Lincoln’s words, and always pray to be on the side of God.

We’re a nation that is dedicated to the proposition that all men and women are created equal.  We live that truth within our military, and see it in the varied backgrounds of those we lay to rest today.  We defend that truth at home and abroad, and we know that Americans will always be found on the side of liberty and equality.  That’s who we are as a people.

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  1. November 11, 2009 5:15 pm

    Definitely dig the new style. More of a news print type thing.

    Word up.

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