There is, of course, a larger issue here: Continued silence about lesbians in American culture amounts to bias. Gay men seem to have settled into the role of finger-snapping designer/decorator/entertainers in the mass media. Meanwhile, most lesbians who achieve widespread fame Â Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Etheridge and Rosie O'Donnell Â have to remain in the closet until they have gained enough power to weather the coming-out storm. This model victimizes those who are out and proud from the very beginning.
It upheld a lower court move to throw out a defence motion arguing Gen Pinochet, 89, was not mentally able to defend himself.
The ruling brings the former military ruler one step closer to trial. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4146303.stm)
Also of interest is Dan Eggan's article in today's Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45727-2005Jan3.html):
A dozen high-ranking retired military officers took the unusual step yesterday of signing a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing "deep concern" over the nomination of White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales as attorney general, marking a rare military foray into the debate over a civilian post.
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