21 May 2007

Ooops! Homophobes Wrong Again!

In the US there is a phobic response to the very possibility that members of the military may be homosexual or the reverse. All kinds of dubious rationales were cooked up during the oh-so-liberal Clinton years in defense of the current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Turns out that the phobics may just be as full of it as I and many others suspected. Here is the punch-line from a story in The New York Times about the British Military where the ban against openly homosexual troops was dropped in 2000:

"Since the British military began allowing homosexuals to serve in the armed forces in 2000, none of its fears — about harassment, discord, blackmail, bullying or an erosion of unit cohesion or military effectiveness — have come to pass, according to the Ministry of Defense, current and former members of the services and academics specializing in the military. The biggest news about the policy, they say, is that there is no news. It has for the most part become a nonissue."

I guess it turns out that who you have sex with has little to do with who you are willing to shoot at or how good a shot you actually are. Is that a surprise? Don't you just love when the chicken littles of the right are wrong? I am sure that all the bigots will be lining up to admit their mistake right away.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing like watching two hairy gay bears wrestle in oil-wow!! If anyone thinks gays can't beat the shit out of you, check out those massive bears! MMMM

21 May, 2007 12:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


21 May, 2007 12:51  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Well, I am not sure how to take these comments. So I figure I'll just offer the lyrics to a terrific tune by Steven Fromholz that Lyle Lovett sings on STEP INSIDE THIS HOUSE:


Some folks say there aint no bears in Arkansas.
Some folks never seen a bear at all.
Some folks say that bears go around eating babies raw.
Some folks got a bear across the hall.

Some folks say that bears go around smelling bad.
Others say that a bear is honey sweet.
Some folks say this bears the best I ever had.
Some folks got a bear beneath their feet.

Some folks drive the bears out of the wilderness.
Some to see a bear would pay a fee.
Me I just bear up to bewildered best.
And some folks even see the bear in me.

So meet a bear and take him out to lunch with you.
And even though your friends may stop and stare.
Just remember thats a bear there in the bunch with you.
And they just dont come no better than a bear.

21 May, 2007 22:22  

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