Daily Archives: December 3, 2010

Jewish Authors Month

December is Jewish Authors Month! If you’re looking for something to read over the holidays, consider Justice Breyer’s new book Making Our Democracy Work. Described as “provocative” by the New York Times, the book discusses “how the Supreme Court should do its work and how, in history, it has sometimes failed the challenge” (New York Review of Books). Or if you prefer lighter fare, consider this year’s Man Booker Prize winner, Howard Jacobson’s The Finkler Question, described by Janet Maslin as “a riotous morass of jokes and worries about Jewish identity.” Happy Holidays!

Two New Reports about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Report of the comprehensive review of the issues associated with a repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell”
Support plan for implementation
On November 30, 2010, the Department of Defense reported the results of a massive, nine month review on the effects of repealing Section 654 of Title 10 of the United States Code, commonly known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ The policy forces gay, lesbian, and bisexual people to repress who they are if they want to serve their country in the military. The report incorporates survey results from over 100,000 active duty and reserve Service members, over 40,000 spouses of active duty and reserve Service members, face-to-face ‘information exchange forums’ with over 24,000 Service members on military bases around the world, opinions from foreign allies, veterans groups, Service chiefs of chaplains, Service surgeons general, members of Congress, interviews with former Service members who are gay or lesbian, and, through a private company enlisted to ensure their privacy, interviews with current Service members that self-identify as gay or lesbian.
The results of the survey indicate “around 50-55% of Service members who that that repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell would have mixed or no effect; another 15-20% who said repeal would have a positive effect; and about 30% who said it would have a negative effect.”
In addition to the report, a Support plan for implementation outlining recommendations and guidelines for moving forward in the event of a repeal of the policy. There are videos, photos, and much more information at the Department of Defense’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell website.