Handpicked Daily News: End to DADT, ‘Shank’ King, Rude Racist Truths, President Obama In 140 Characters

by Accidental Bear

DADT UPDATE X390 (THINKSTOCK) | ADVOCATE.COMCourt Orders End to DADT A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the U.S. military can no longer enforce the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.Though President Barack Obama asserted in a news conference last week that certification of DADT repeal passed by Congress will be completed in “weeks, not months,” the ninth circuit panel ruled that its stay on a federal judge’s 2010 ruling against the policy should be immediately lifted.

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Witness: McInerney Threatened to ‘Shank’ King A 17-year-old former classmate of Lawrence King and Brandon McInerney testified on Wednesday that McInerney threatened to “shank” King the day before he shot him twice on February 12, 2008. Identified only as Cristian G., the witness was described as a casual acquaintance of the murdered gay 15-year-old. Cristian said an emotionless McInerney told a group of boys that “he was going to get some guys together and rush [King] and shank him,” theLos Angeles Times reported.

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Casey Anthony Juror: ‘We Were Sick to Our Stomach to Get That Verdict’ After Casey Anthony’s surprise acquittal yesterday for the 2008 murder of daughter Caylee, the warrior wailers of CNN-HLN asked, How could a jury let this “lying, no-good slut” off the hook?In an interview with ABC’s Nightline, juror No. 3 Jennifer Ford says they had no choice. Unlike Nancy Grace, she had to judge the caseon its merits:

Rude Racist Truths From a Call Center Oh, the things they say about us in Indian call centers. About Americans, about Australians — it’s terribly insulting stuff. It’s also kinda true! “Australia is known as the dumbest continent,” says the “culture” instructor who trained aMother Jones contributor cum customer service operator.

The Town Hall Reimagined: President Obama In 140 Characters Or Less So, humanity’s first “Twitter town hall” is now in the books. Was it everything you hoped it would be? My wish is that if we all agree to behave ourselves, there won’t be any more of these things. As someone who grew up thrilling to history lessons on subjects like the Lincoln-Douglas debates, I just sort of feel bad for the future America in which school children will be taught about that time President Barack Obama responded to a tweet from @schnaps.

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