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22 April 2008
A 2005 government audit found that 10,000 troops, including more than 50 Arabic translators, have been discharged because of the military ban on being openly gay. (Seizing on the latest discharges, involving three specialists, members of the House of Representatives wrote the House Armed Services Committee chairman that the continued loss of such "capable, highly skilled Arabic linguists continues to compromise our national security during time of war.").
Now, also according to the Associated Press, in order to beef up its shrinking ranks, the military is recruiting convicted felons instead.
Apparently, according to our military, someone who has committed manslaughter or who has been convicted of a (presumably heterosexual) sex crime is a better member of The Few, The Proud, The Marines than someone who simply admits to being a homosexual.
Henry Waxman, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (now that's an office which must be busy these days!), says, that "low unemployment, a protracted war on terror, a decline in propensity to serve," and the growing reluctance of parents, teachers and other adults to recommend young people go into the military, has made recruiting a challenge.
But by God, none of those criminals now putting their lives on the line in Iraq looks fondly at the guy in the next bunk. Whew! What a relief. They might blow the barracks up or start a drug dealing ring in the Green Zone, but thank God they aren't gay.
What kind of stupid screwed up system is this?
This goddamn administration has so screwed up the system, stretched our military to the limits, and turned its back on everything that we once held sacred in this country that now that fewer kids are going into ROTC or rushing off to the nearest recruiting office to serve their country, we have to turn to the prisons to get guys to do our killing for us.
But heaven help us if a guy who knows the region, speaks the language and has a clean criminal record, but happens to have a boyfriend instead of a girlfriend, wants to serve his country. (Or vice versa for women.) That would bring about the fall of civilization as we know it.
Let's get the drug dealers, the burglars, the thiefs and the terrorists. At least they aren't gay.
Sometimes it just makes me want to stick my head in the oven.
Fortunately (a) I can no longer get to my knees, and (b) it's an electric stove.
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