Did you catch the big story out of Afghanistan the other day—the one about how a U.S. platoon was decimated in a nighttime raid? The soldiers couldn’t fight effectively because their unit cohesion had disintegrated after one of them mentioned he is gay. How about the recent study showing it is now impossible to train new jarheads at Parris Island? Marine recruits are so afraid a gay bunkmate might be eyeballing them in the shower that they can’t follow even basic commands.(Snip)You didn’t hear about those developments? Don’t be alarmed. Nobody did—because they never happened. Yet they certainly should have
Maybe, maybe not. Congress considered none of this when changing the law. Soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen will do what they need to do to implement the policy seamlessly. That does not mean there will be no downstream effects. Roe v. Wade wasn´t going to result in hunreds of thousands of abortions nor diminish resopect for human life. That´s what we were told. What think you now?
Most people have not heard of Benghazi or Fast and Furious. Because a story has not appeared in the Monica Media does not mean it hasn´t happened. It just means the story does not fit with the media´s agenda. I don´t necessarily disagree with the author´s conclusion, but his reasoning is abysmal.
...And to continue #1´s thread, birth control was supposed to free women, make marriages stronger and solve all the world´s problems. Instead we got skyrocketing divorces, extra-marital affairs, cheapening of sex, women viewed as objects, teen pregnancy, STD´s through the roof, single mothers and 55 million dead babies. Some military people I´ve talked to says it IS a problem but they take care of things internally and the brass refuses to acknowledge nor make it publicly known the negative affects.
I personally know of over 10 young men that joined different brances of the military with full intention of making it their careers.
They all decided not to re-up once the military was forced to take in homosexuals.
These were all fine young men, dedicated to serving their country. They are exactly the type of men you want on the front lines protecting our nation when called to do so.
But they signed up to serve, not to be part of a destructive and immoral social experiment. So they have moved on to other careers.
10 men don´t make or break anything. But they will readily tell you that they had plenty of buddies in the service that planned to get out as soon as they could. And they were all very dedicated and would loved to have made careers of it.
You can NOT redefine natural, biological, law in any real sense. You can pretend that sham ´marriages´ are the same thing, but you know it isn´t. You know someone is pretending to be something they aren´t which is a man wife or a wife man. I don´t care what the custom is with some tiny group pretending to be magical creatures or the opposite of what they are biologically, but I am concerned about the children who might be raised by them. Those kids are missing some important clues about humanity. Knee jerking over to dysfunctional ´straight´ marriages or unmarried households is NOT a defense. Slob parents don´t justify depriving boys and girls of a set of parents that demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of men and women, but also hopefully show the best of humanity which is a devoted couple in love with each other and the children they created. Anything else has issues. Some more than others, but pretending it is all harmless is bilge.
I recently went to a class meeting for my husband´s class at Annapolis and we were told by the class president, who now lives in Annapolis, that the day DADT was repealed was a non-event at the academy. It was just another day. A retired Vice Admiral friend of ours said that, in his experience, young people these days just don´t care. I have a family member in the service and when he was in high school one of his best friends came out to him and several of their friends. Everyone remained the best of friends, just as before, and this was at a boarding school. I was a huge skeptic of the repeal but even I have to admit that it doesn´t seem to be hurting anything. I was afraid that the flamers would move in and try to destroy the military from within but it isn´t happening. I hope it never does.
Marriage isn´t about love. It is about procreation. It is a unit by which the female can enhance the opportunities for her offspring to survive and thrive. By definition, homosexual copulation, in any form, has 0% chance of enhance the opportunities of the offspring. That’s because there isn’t any offspring. For centuries couples lived together as a family unit without the license from the state. Many had no sanction from the church. Marriage is about procreation and anything that diminishes that purpose harms marriage. Then again, gun free school zones have not been shown beyond a shadow of a doubt to harm anyone. Forcing people to buy corn based fuel hasn´t been shown to harm anyone. And forcing us to buy unwanted insurance hasn´t been shown to harm anyone. So no harm, no foul, eh? Or, to put it in the really real world perspective, everything our goobernment does is intended to harm us. Including this!
One never knows the effect of new policies on society until many years later. We now see the results of pornograpy, drugs, alcohol, television, film, free love, easy divorce and a variety of other new fangled inventions of modernity. Gay marriage is new; we will eventually see the effects of this too.
The best comment here is No. 16. Remember the story about the guy who jumped off the Empire State Building. As he passed the 50th floor, someone yelled, ´´How are you doing?´´ He replied, ´´Fine so far.´´
If the excusers of perversion are right, there will be no harm from this. If the Bible is right, however, one kind of wrongness influences people to adopt many other kinds, too (Romans 1). So we have decided to conduct an experiment on the question, and we have put up the survival of our nation as the stakes. Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen, place your bets.
Well. All that is good to know. So now it´s time to sanction polygamy in the military. And let´s encourage the military dog handlers to have more if an intimate relationship with their dogs. Couldn´t hurt, right? It´s just those old Victorian biases that prevent us from having more meaningful relationships . And let´s encourage ploygamy within the military because then one serving overseas wouldn´t leave their mate home alone. There would be another still there. Yea, that sounds good. Or, we could encourage men to marry their daughters or sons. Sure, that´s it! Who are we to question what kind of relationships others want to have!
And if all this sounds rediculus, why? On what principle does one claim it´s rediculus? On what foundation do you plant the flag of "normality"? Or are you the hypocrite that agrees there sould be limits on where the line is drawn, it´s just that YOU want to be the one who draws the line?
What this free-wheeling society has come to Yesterday, as I waited in my car for my wife to finish shopping, out of the store came a man, not too old, and two young girls. The girls had such sad faces for this season. They couldn´t have been over 12, if that. As they passed in front of my car it was obvious that one was pregnant! My God! At such a young age! And such a shame. This society has fallen to new lows.
As Americans obsess over NSA spying, abuse by the IRS and other assaults on our freedom, I can´t get my mind off the thousand other ways politicians abuse us. In their arrogance, they assume that only they solve social problems. They will solve them by banning this and that, subsidizing groups they deem worthy and setting up massive bureaucracies with a mandate to cure, treat and rescue wayward souls.(Snip)It´s true that some Americans destroy their lives and their families´ lives by using drugs. Others struggle with addiction. But if illegal drugs are as horrible and addictive as we´ve been told,
Earlier this year, Bobby Jindal, the GOP governor of Louisiana, surveyed the wreckage of Mitt Romney’s sad-sack presidential campaign and told his fellow Republicans that if they ever want to capture the White House again, “we must stop being the stupid party.” While Michele Bachmann’s decision not to run for a fifth term helps the party out on that score, a new report from the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) strongly suggests that another tack would be even more successful: The GOP should embrace its small, youthful, and increasingly influential libertarian caucus that focuses
Here they go again. The Obama administration has asked its allies in Congress to introduce legislation that would permit the feds to continue their march through the Fourth Amendment when it comes to obtaining private information about all of us. The Fourth Amendment, which guarantees the right to be left alone, was written largely in response to legislation Parliament enacted in the colonial era that permitted British soldiers to write their own search warrants and then use those warrants as a legal basis to enter private homes. The ostensible purpose of doing that was to search through the colonists´ papers
President Barack Obama has been struggling to wrap his head around the "unimaginable" idea that Congress may "defy" the American people and stop a vote on a gun control package compromise. The notion, he says, resists the "overwhelming instinct of the American people" after the massacre in Newtown, Conn., to pass gun control legislation. Well, the unthinkable happened. The Senate´s sweeping gun legislation came up short on the votes required to move forward. And despite all the idealistic calls for passage and despite the fact that many pundits and advocates seem to believe that something should be law simply
Advocates of treating marijuana more like alcohol gained another ally recently: the United Nations. The U.N. would claim otherwise. In fact, the U.N.’s International Narcotics Control Board would hotly deny it. The agency’s latest report laments the legalization of pot in Colorado and Washington, declaring the approval of recreational marijuana use “in contravention to” the 1961 U.N. Convention on Narcotics.(Snip)Here in the U.S., United Nations disapproval can only help the cause of legalization where it needs help the most: on the right.(Snip)The syllogism is easy enough to follow: The U.N. should not tell Washington what it can do
In all the noise caused by the Obama administration´s direct assault on the right of every person to keep and bear arms, the essence of the issue has been drowned out. The president and his big-government colleagues want you to believe that only the government can keep you free and safe, so to them, the essence of this debate is about obedience to law. To those who have killed innocents among us, obedience to law is the last of their thoughts. And to those who believe that the Constitution means what it says
Supporters of industrial hemp gained a powerful ally in Washington several weeks ago when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined fellow Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul and Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) as a co-sponsor of S.359, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013. The House companion, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), has 28 co-sponsors. The bills would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp, the domestic production of which has been illegal since 1970. Though manufacturing hemp is currently just as illegal as growing smokable pot, 10 states already have frameworks
I observed Washington’s birthday by participating in a Federalist Society telephone forum on the American justice system with two other panelists.(Snip)These are, in the briefest synopsis, that American prosecutors win 99.5 percent of their cases, a much higher percentage than those in other civilized countries; that 97 percent of them are won without trial, because of the plea-bargain system in which inculpatory evidence is extorted from witnesses in exchange for immunity from prosecution, including for perjury; that the U.S. has six to twelve times as many incarcerated people per capita as do Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan
The official Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address last night was from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. But the Republican Party is a house (partially) divided now, with a self-conscious rebel wing, and the semi-official “Tea Party” response came from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Paul won his Senate seat on a Tea Party anti-establishment wave in 2010, defeating establishment favorite Trey Grayson for the GOP nomination. (He wrote about it in his campaign memoir The Tea Party Goes to Washington.)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently came out in favor of legalizing hemp cultivation, thanks to the persuasive talents of fellow Kentucky senator Rand Paul and the state´s agriculture commssioner, James Comer, both Republicans. The New York Times cites McConnell´s conversion as evidence that the cause, long identified with hippies and stoners, has gained respectability among conservatives. The fact that it has taken so long is testimony to the plant´s powerful symbolism, because there is no logical reason to stop farmers from growing industrial hemp, a version of cannabis with negligible THC, even if you support marijuana prohibition.
Only one or two centuries late, Virginia lawmakers have decided it is none of their business if unmarried couples share a roof. So the legislators are now working diligently to repeal the state’s law against “lewd and lascivious cohabitation.” Huzzahs all ’round for that. But do not unclutch thy bodice yet. Virginia law is riddled with antiquated provisions meant to govern the “morals and decency” of the fair people of the commonwealth. And while the law against shacking up apparently never gets enforced, others do.(Snip)Fornication remains forbidden under the Code of Virginia, Section 18.2-344.
As recreational drugs go, marijuana is relatively benign. Unlike alcohol, it doesn´t stimulate violence or destroy livers. Unlike tobacco, it doesn´t cause lung cancer and heart disease. The worst you can say is that it produces intense, unreasoning panic. Not in users, but in critics. Those critics have less influence all the time. Some 18 states permit medical use of marijuana, and in November, Colorado and Washington voted to allow recreational use. Nationally, support for legalization is steadily rising. A decade ago, one of every three Americans favored the idea. Today, nearly half do—and among those under 50, a large
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy
The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, as a precautionary measure, the State Department said Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed -- only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Sunday is a normal workday in many Arab and Middle Eastern countries. Embassies in Europe and Latin America would be shuttered that day anyway.
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions. KOMO-TV reports that the city´s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive. "Luckily, we´ve got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For ´citizens,´ how about ´residents?´"
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."
Congressional investigators this week released emails suggesting that staff at the Federal Election Commission have been engaged in their own conservative targeting, with help from the IRS´s infamous Lois Lerner. This means more than just an expansion of the probe to the FEC. It´s a new link to the Obama team. In May this column noted that the targeting of conservatives started in 2008, when liberals began a coordinated campaign of siccing the federal government on political opponents. The Obama campaign helped pioneer this tactic. In late summer of 2008, Obama lawyer Bob Bauer took