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A reader weighs in on the chickenhawk slur

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 10:58 pm - August 25, 2005.
Filed under: General

In response to some of the angry commentary to my post on the chickenhawk slur, Reader DebK offered a comment that I thought was so good I republish it on our front page (with her permission):

Please stop this ridiculous argument. I served for 8 years, my husband is currently active duty and if I didn’t have 2 kids under the age of 5 I would sign up today to serve again. This chickenhawk accusation is completely illogical. Let me just say this – I’ll denounce all those who support the war but haven’t signed up to serve when those who keep throwing out the chickenhawk accusation denounce all those who attack the war and the military (and YES they do attack the military …) and who have never served themselves. (What could they possibly know about war when they themselves have never served, right??) Guess that would mean denouncing Michael Moore, most of Hollywood and the entertainment industry, the vast majority of anti-war activists, and perhaps some of the chickenhawk accusers on this blog!

If you accusers were genuinely concerned for the troops overseas, you’d spend some time learning how they think and what they think about this war. What you would find is that, though many in the military may have criticisms about specific aspects of how the actual operations on the ground have been run, the vast majority of them support what we are doing in Iraq, recognize the inherent morality of the mission, and would serve again. My husband is a perfect example. He served for 7 months and moved on to a different command. He has a lot of issues with specific items related to how the war has been run, but he will go back to Iraq in a heartbeat if the opportunity arises again. If people in the military don’t mind that people who haven’t served and aren’t planning on serving still support the war, why do you anti-war folks spend so much time and energy squawking about it! Get over it and start using your brains to really think about the issues at hand. If you don’t like the war, fine – come up with a better way to handle the foreign policy issues of the day. But spare all of us the sad chickenhawk accusations. Please.

In a private e-mail to me (& reproduced with her permission), she added:

The sad thing is that those folks [i.e., those who use the chickenhawk slur] (by the way, I truly believe it is just a vocal minority of the left) simply can’t believe that anyone would be willing to risk their life for their country, or for a cause greater than themselves. Cliché yes, but still the truth.

GOP Bigwig John Danforth at LCR Event Today

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:10 pm - August 25, 2005.
Filed under: Log Cabin Republicans

Former US Senator and UN Ambassador John Danforth (R-MO) spoke today at a Log Cabin Republican gathering in St. Louis, Missouri. Here is the text of the Log Cabin Republican press release.

Senator John Danforth Addresses Log Cabin Republicans
Calls on Stronger and More Tolerant GOP

(St. Louis, MO) — Former U.S. Senator, and U.N. Ambassador, John Danforth (R-MO) addressed the Log Cabin Republicans in St. Louis, Missouri. “There is no better voice for an inclusive Republican Party than John Danforth, whose credentials as a loyal Republican, committed conservative, and man of faith are unquestionable,” said Patrick Guerriero, President of Log Cabin Republicans.

In a powerful speech Senator Danforth laid out his vision for an inclusive and tolerant GOP, and encouraged Log Cabin to “lead the fight to bring the Republican Party back to its traditional roots.”

Senator Danforth called for the nation to “take steps to recognize, respect and honor committed and loving same-sex relationships.” Senator Danforth called efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage “gay-bashing,” and revealed that he personally voted against the Missouri Constitutional amendment in November.

“Senator Danforth outlined a vision of the GOP that emphasizes an engaged foreign policy, a strong national defense, and a conservative fiscal policy, which at the same time honors citizens from all walks of life. That vision is the exact vision of the Log Cabin Republicans,” said Charles Stadtlander, President of the local Log Cabin Republicans of Greater St. Louis.

“We thank Senator Danforth for his bold leadership and powerful voice for basic fairness for gay and lesbian families,” concluded Guerriero.

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

News From Iraq Roundup

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 5:51 pm - August 25, 2005.
Filed under: War On Terror

Here’s some stuff about the Iraqi Theatre in the War on Terror that you won’t see in the MainStreamMedia…..

Outstanding “on-the-ground” embedded blogger coverage of the war on terror in Iraq by Michael Yon: Gates of Fire – August 25

High Re-enlistment Rates In Combat Units (of our ALL VOLUNTEER Armed Forces) – LittleGreenFootballs

If you truly “support the troops” then put your money where your mouth is. I donated $250 earlier this week to Soldiers’ Angels.

But here are the actions of some of the “support the troops, hate the policy” crowd…. Anti-War Protests Target Wounded at Army Hospital – Crosswalk.com (I at least hope there were no rainbow flags in the group!)

THIS is a grieving mother protesting the war? Hmmmm. Looks more like somebody on the set of a motion picture…. (Photo taken at “Camp Casey” in Crawford, TX)

President Speaks on War on Terror (full text at link) – WhiteHouse.gov

Our nation is engaged in a global war on terror that affects the safety and security of every American. In Iraq, Afghanistan and across the world, we face dangerous enemies who want to harm our people, folks who want to destroy our way of life.

There are few things in life more difficult than seeing a loved one go off to war. And here in Idaho, a mom named Tammy Pruett — (applause) — I think she’s here — (laughter) — knows that feeling six times over. (Applause.) Tammy has four sons serving in Iraq right now with the Idaho National Guard — Eric, Evan, Greg and Jeff. Last year, her husband Leon and another son, Eren, returned from Iraq, where they helped train Iraqi firefighters in Mosul. Tammy says this — and I want you to hear this — “I know that if something happens to one of the boys, they would leave this world doing what they believe, what they think is right for our country. And I guess you couldn’t ask for a better way of life than giving it for something that you believe in.” America lives in freedom because of families like the Pruetts.

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

Announcing opposition to Roberts, gay groups stand with the left

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:08 am - August 25, 2005.
Filed under: Gay Politics,Liberals

Just as I was about to turn in, I received a press release from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) noting that three gay organizations had joined them in opposing the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court. Just a week after GLAAD names a Republican as its new head, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) have come out against the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court before the Senate has even held hearings on his nomination. (I guess it’s too much to ask that more than one national gay organization acknowledges the significance of the 2004 elections.) My guess is that the only people who will pay any attention to this announcement are Senators who have already made up their minds to oppose the good judge’s confirmation.

Not waiting to hear his how this good man handles tough questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, these groups have decided to join the growing number of left-wing organizations opposing his confirmation. In their release, they provide little evidence to show how Roberts would not be good for gay people. They borrow a few arguments from the left and strain (without much evidence to back them up) to show that he just might possibly be bad for us. Shouldn’t they wait and see how he addresses questions on gay issues in his confirmation hearings before rushing to conclusions?

They mention a September 1985 memo where he “cautioned President Reagan against stating that the AIDS virus could not be spread through casual contact among schoolchildren, claiming that this conclusion was in dispute.” But, given how much more we know about AIDS today than we did back then, it might be a good idea to ask the judge if he believes he erred in writing that memo twenty years ago–and if he was aware (at the time) of the Centers for Disease Controls (CDC) guidelines which stated that casual contact “appears to pose no risk.” (Or maybe he was aware of those guidelines and thought the word “appears” justified his caution.) We can better know how his views on AIDS have evolved if Senators ask him about that memo (as I believe they should).
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Thursday Open Thread

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:41 am - August 25, 2005.
Filed under: General,New Media,War On Terror

Why does the MSM pay more attention to Cindy Sheehan than to stories like this? (Via Instapundit.) It seems to me that the people of Festus, Missouri better represent our nation than does Cindy Sheehan, but then again Cindy Sheehan represents the MSM’s version of America.