Saturday, March 14, 2009
SLDN holds 17th Annual Dinner & Silent Auction in Washington: "Stronger Military, Stronger America" is theme
“Stronger Military, Stronger America” was the theme of SLDN’s 17th Annual National Dinner & Silent Auction at the National Building Museum at Judiciary Square Metro stop in Washington DC.
The keynote speech was by Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett, USNR (Retired) who put ending “don’t ask don’t tell” as a logic step in the continuation of the American Revolution (he gave practically all of American history except Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.
The special guest as Senator Daniel K. Induye, D-HA, Chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee and Recipient of the Medal of Honor. The Senator opened the dinner, assisting with the national anthem.
The evening’s Honoree was Major Margaret Witt. She explained that in the retrial at the district court level, the government will now have to prove that the presence of people whose homosexual orientation is known is causally disruptive of unit cohesion. It seems to me that Major Witt would make a fascinating guest for Oprah Winfrey's show right now.
Author Nathaniel Frank (his book “Unfriendly Fire” was reviewed on my books blog March 11) was honored.
Congressman Jared Polis spoke about the cost of the ban.
Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer spoke briefly about her experiences with the ban in the Washington National Guard in the 1990s.
Other listed special guests included Congressman Eric J. J. Mason and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison Brian Bond.
SLDN Board Member Anna M. Curren of San Diego gave a libertarian speech on how to pay fewer income taxes while raising $100000 additional from the crowd of about 1500 people. Curren is known for her nursing school textbook “Math for Meds: Dosages and Solutions” (can be found on Amazon).
I met transgendered veteran Janice Josephine Carney who has a book “Purple Hearts and Silver Stars: Poems, Rants, Essays and Silver Stars Direct from a Trans-Women's Soul” available here.
Visitors should also become familiar with SLDN's "Journalists' Guide to Don't Ask Don't Tell" here (pdf).