Sunday, December 12, 2010

Homosexuals in Combat - Reality Check

Statements by military leaders that there would be no problems with allowing openly homosexual men to serve in combat zones would be more convincing if the military wasn't having a problem with its male personnel sexually assaulting its female personnel.

Female veterans on a recent PBS documentary said that women were afraid to go anywhere on their bases alone in Afghanistan and Iraq because of concerns about being sexually assaulted.

The main problem with allowing openly homosexual men to serve in combat zones won't be them attacking others, but others killing them because of concerns about being attacked. Some homosexuals claim that they look at other men the way men look at women. Many could interpret this claim as indicating homosexuals might attack other men the way some men attack women. .

A woman who is concerned about a sexual assault will take defensive measures such as finding someone to accompany her when she goes some place. Men are sexual predators and when predators are concerned about being attacked they may respond with a preemptive attack, particularly when they are in a combat zone where they have to be prepared to kill or be killed.

In Vietnam, the term "fragging" was coined to refer to one American killing another particularly by using a grenade. Sometimes the target was an officer who was considered overly aggressive in combat and thus a "threat" to the life of whoever decided to attack him.

I recall reading one news article about an enlisted man in a rear area who killed his first sergeant who he claimed was putting too much pressure on him.

In Vietnam I knew some infantrymen who smoked marijuana in the rear area who said they would kill someone for smoking it in the field. There was a case just before I left Vietnam of a man who was accused of killing other members of his unit for using drugs in the field.

Rape is often associated with warfare. Soldiers released from the moral controls that discourage killing may also lose the controls that discourage sexual assault.

There is the possibility that homosexuals in a combat situation might attempt rape. A more likely situation would be a false perception that a homosexual might attack. Such a perception could lead to action against the homosexual who seemed to pose a threat.

Women know that some men sometimes misinterpret an act of friendship as an indication of sexual interest. An act of friendship by a known homosexual could also be misinterpreted, with potentially fatal consequences.

Incidentally, Federal Judge Virginia A. Phillips violated the Constitution when she ruled against the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The Constitution explicity assigns the powers to raise, regulate and direct the military to the legislative and executive branches. Congress and the President are free to exclude anyone from the military based on physical traits, personal characteristics or for engaging in behaviors that the Congress or President believe might interfere with military operations. The President even has the authority to deny freedom of expression to those who wish to serve in the military as President Barack Obama did when he fired Gen. Stanley McChrystal for making negative comments about Obama. The courts can only intervene if punishment for military infractions involves something like imprisonment or death.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Don't Cut Wall Street Bums' Taxes

The Wall Street bums who demanded bonuses for wrecking their companies and the U.S. economy, don't deserve a tax cut. Congress should even consider raising taxes on them and other members of upper income groups to replace the money that would otherwise be collected from those earning far less.

Republicans who argue that cutting taxes for the upper income group would allow small business owners to create new jobs, ignore the fact that most of those who make over $250,000 a year don't own small businesses. Executives of Wall Street and other large corporations aren't going to reinvest their money to expand their business. If they invest in stocks, it will be to bid up the prices of existing stocks.

Neither overpaid athletes nor entertainers.are likely to use their money to create jobs.

Congress can encourage small business owners to invest in new jobs without giving everyone else a tax cut. All Congress has to do is authorize small business owners to deduct investment in buildings and equipment immediately instead of requiring them to spread out the deduction over several years through depreciation.

Congress has already "rewarded" the Wall Street bums by giving them bonuses for wrecking their companies and the economy. It shouldn't reward them again by cutting their taxes.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Lame Duck Session May Do Nothing

Those who are expecting the Lame Duck session of Congress to deal with controversial issues like taxes and immigration may be disappointed. The lame duck Democrats who lost their reelection bids may not have to worry about voter reaction to their votes, but the Senators racing reelection in 2012 have a lot to worry about.

Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2012 may prefer to avoid dealing with any controversial issues because a vote either way could reduce the chance of being reelected. A Democrat who votes one way on an issue could motivate a strong Republican to run in 2012. A vote the other way might provoke a fellow Democrat to challenge in the primary.

The Democrats who were first elected in 2006 have the most to worry about because voters chose them more to protest President George W. Bush than from any real support for the Democratic Party.

Those facing reelection in 2012 will be in the spotlight during the lame duck session. No one cares what the lame ducks do. There won't be much interest in those Senators up for reelection in 2014

After the new Congress takes over in January some of the media attention will shift to the House and the new Republican Senators.

Why Pay for Newspaper Lies?

Recently published figures indicate newspaper circulation continues to decline. The economy and the Internet certainly play a role in that decline. Another reason may be that people don't see any reason to pay to be lied to about political issues.

Many editors and political reporters have ceased being journalists. Most of them have become propagandists for the Democratic Party with a smaller number supporting the Republican Party.

Media Democrats seem more inclined to take orders from politicians. Republicans like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity prefer to try to give orders to Republicans.

MSNBC recently suspended Keith Olbermann for contributing money to three Democratic candidates, but has never complained about him giving free advertising worth tens of millions to Democratic candidates.

Keith Olbermann and other partisan Democratic "journalists" are nothing more than "media sheep" for the Democratic Party. In George Orwell's "Animal Farm" the pigs take charge of the revolution that overthrows the farmer.

Napoleon makes himself the chief pig and uses the sheep to spread his propaganda. He controls them so completely that he is even able to get them to change their message without complaint. For example, he initially has them bleat "four legs good, two legs bad" to indicate that the animals are good and humans are bad. Later when he and the other pigs learn to walk on two legs he gets them to bleat "four legs good, two legs better" to indicate that the pigs are superior to the other animals.

The Democrats' media sheep don't understand that blindly following any Democrat who mumbles the right catch phrases has hurt their party. The media sheep's unwillingness to look behind the curtain of the self proclaimed wizards of the Democratic Party has allowed charlatan and incompetents to take over the party.

The media sheep like to repeat the old Democratic mantra that it is the Republican Party that is the party of the rich while ignoring the fact that supporters of the Democratic Party like George Soros and Warren Buffett aren't poor folks. The media sheep ignore the fact that during the Clinton administration Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat, wrote legislation approved by a Democratic Congress that allowed Enron to flourish and rip off its stockholders.

Democrats and their media sheep are the ones pushing the carbon dioxide cap and trade scheme pushed by the late dinosaurs Enron and Lehman Brothers along with other wealthy financial interests. Enron wrote the Kyoto accords for the Clinton administration.

It's been easy to identify the Democrats media sheep since the election. Media sheep believe that President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress were taking the economy forward. They claim that Republicans will take us backwards.

The media sheep are either too lazy to research the facts or don't care if they are telling the truth or not.

Unemployment went up early in the administration of President George W. Bush because of the small recession at the end of the Clinton administration, the collapse of the businesses and 9/11. However, by January. 2007, when the Democrats took control of Congress unemployment had fallen from 6.3% to 4.65% according to Labor Department statistics. .

After two years of the Democratic controlled Congress unemployment rose to 7.7%. After Barack Obama moved into the White House unemployment rose to 10.1% before stabilizing at about 9.6%.

Cowboy, if you think those numbers indicate the economy has been going forward under the Democrats, you're facing the wrong end of the horse. If Republicans are taking us "back" it's because they have to go back along the wrong road the Democrats have been on before taking us forward.

Newspaper publishers need to decide whether they want to serve the Democratic Party, regardless of the quality of its candidates, or the readers who buy their papers. The recent election disaster for Democrats demonstrates that the media's efforts to help Democrats isn't working because voters are smart enough to recognize incompetence in those holding public office. Voters can recognize when the emperor has no clothes. Media sheep cannot.