"Speaking for myself and myself only, it is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do," - Admiral Mike Mullen
'You don't have to be straight to shoot straight.' - Barry Goldwater
The Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff sat before the Senate Armed Forces Committee yesterday, both are Republicans appointed by George W Bush, stated their support for ending the don't ask don't tell policy for gays in the military. Robert Gates said that studies were being done and that a new policy would be available to Congress by the end of the calendar year. Admiral Mullen said that every individual who makes a committment to serve and defend our country should count.
“I’m deeply disappointed with your statement, Secretary Gates,” McCain said. He charged Gates with treating repeal of the law as a fait accompli. “Your statement obviously is one that is clearly biased without the view of Congress being taken into consideration. … I’m happy to say that we still have a Congress of the United States to repeal 'don’t ask don’t tell,' despite your efforts to repeal it in many respects by fiat.” Reading between the lines, John is unhappy that he is no longer in the loop, and plans are being made to change the law before the Republicans can throw a wrench in the works and slow the process down, if not postpone a decision indefinitely.
Eventually, the don't ask don't tell will be repealed because it is such a stupid law. Unfortunately, it won't help those who are currently being discharged because someone told, and their career is ruined because they are gay, nor will it help those during this year who also will be accused and discharged. One thing needs to be addressed however, is the myth that if a person is a homosexual, then they will try to seduce your sons and daughters into the lifestyle. The vast majority of gays are not predators. People who are sexual predators have that characteristic whether they are gay or straight, whether they are your creepy uncle,in the priesthood, in your fraternity, or enrolled as an Air Force cadet. It is their willful disregard for another person that makes them dangerous, not their sexual orientation... We already have a lot of homo-erotic images weekly that are approved in our society, mostly from football, with men jumping on each other dressed in costumes that emphasize their butts, and in mixed martial arts, where guys in shorts grind against each other on the mat in a violent ritual of fists and blood.
- My mother made me a homosexual...
- That's great! If I give her the yarn, will she make me one, too? - Old 1970's style joke -
Meanwhile, down the hall at the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senators received the news that: "America’s top intelligence official told lawmakers on Tuesday that Al Qaeda and its affiliates had made it a high priority to attempt a large-scale attack on American soil within the next six months." This is information confirmed by the CIA and the FBI. The next attack probaby won't be as dramatic as 9/11 but more along the lines of what might have happened if the shoe bomber or the underpants bomber were successful, and it will be on american soil. It shouldn't come as a surprise, since the last botched attempt put the global spotlight on a ragged group of maybe 200 fighters in the mountains of Yemen, and lord knows they are searching their brains for a successful way next time.
The difference between how the Bush administration handled getting information is light years apart from the current approach. Instead of trying to yank information out of the underpants bomber, the FBI went to Nigeria and visited his family, convinced some members to come back to the US to help get him to work with authorities. So far the strategy has worked and the information has turned out to be solid, backed up by other sources. Strangely enough, I expect Darth Vader, err, Dick Cheney to appear on the news any hour, poo-poohing the veracity of every shred of evidence.
I don't want to complain that times here in Colorado Springs are hard, but during the last two months 186 armed robberies were reported. If you can't find a job and unemployment is running out, time to try self-employment...
sorry this was so late, I had to go and hang out at the hospital all afternoon.
late night political jokes...
"The Obama administration has reversed itself and is now considering moving the trial of the 9/11 terrorists out of Manhattan after protests from Congress and the mayor of New York. See, they're going to do an Off Broadway version first, see if people like it. See, then if it does well, then they'll bring it into the city." –Jay Leno
"And of course, the terrorists — the terrorists, they want it in Manhattan. A jury of their peers? Sure, a bunch of New York cab drivers. They'd get off like that." –Jay Leno
"Osama bin Laden has released yet another audiotape message. Where does he find all these audiotapes, O.K.? You can't even buy audiotapes anymore. I mean, is there a tiny country in the Middle East called Radioshackistan? Is that where they're coming from? Where do you — we can't even play them. We don't have machines that old." –Jay Leno
"Great Britain and America now have proposed a half-billion-dollar fund to create jobs for Taliban members who agree to lay down their arms. And if it works there, they're going to offer the same deal to NBA players." –Jay Leno
"It was reported today that Goldman Sachs's CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, is getting a $100 million bonus. Goldman Sachs denied it, saying, 'Well, no figure has been decided on yet.' You know what that means? He's getting more. Exactly." –Jay Leno
"Well, it seems John Edwards's mistress has gone to court to get a restraining order against the release of a sex tape she made with John Edwards. She says she's worried it will hurt her career. I thought her career was getting knocked up by presidential candidates. Well, apparently, I'm way out of line. But I don't care because this show has been canceled." –Jay Leno
"I am stunned that John Edwards made a sex tape. Do you realize this guy is basically Paris Hilton with better hair? That's all he is." –Jay Leno
"And, of course, Edwards has no remorse. Today, he called ABC to see if he could be the next 'Bachelor.'" –Jay Leno
"And the state controller warned today that California could be broke by April. I think that's great news. I thought we were already broke, didn't you? We got two months worth of money left. Let's party!" –Jay Leno