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Columbia University Wants It All

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 6:30 pm - January 12, 2006.
Filed under: Gay Politics,Gays In Military

Taking a break today to give Ullr a chance to replace the snow I scraped off the mountain yesterday, I’ll take a chance to answer some email:

My thanks to Eric Chen, former spokesman for Advocates for Columbia ROTC, who recently wrote inquiring about my views regarding his university’s treatment of ROTC and the broader issue of some elite campuses’ active shunning of the military.

Columbia University—and many other elite schools—of course objects to DADT. This is the chief reason cited for banning the military from recruiting on campuses (also why they bar ROTC). The military has an unacceptable policy toward gays, the logic goes, so just as any other prospective employer with an anti-gay policy, the US Armed Forces are not welcome. Sounds reasonable.

On the other hand, the federal government has decided (through the Solomon Amendment), “Fine, then we won’t give you funds.” This also sounds fair. Eric, an Army veteran himself (thank you, Eric) and current student at Columbia, wanted to know my opinion “particularly as gay servicemember”.

There will be many opportunities to discuss DADT and Solomon (in fact, SCOTUS is currently reviewing it). However, the more I researched this specific issue, the less I thought it had to do with either the military, homosexuals, or DADT. To me it sounds more like Columbia, et. al., wanting to have their cake and eat it too. Look at it this way: If a university is receiving grants from a company or organization it finds repugnant, should they expect the right to deny the company’s recruiters on its campus while at the same time demanding a continuation of the funding? How is this different?

If the faculty of Columbia or any other institution is so offended by what the federal government does (in any way or for whatever reason), they should have the courage of their convictions and put-up or shut-up. Criticize that policy all you want, but when you come hand outstretched to the federal government, you should expect to follow their rules if you want the funding. If Columbia University doesn’t want the federal government on its campus, fine. But they shouldn’t expect federal dollars.

Random Alito Musings

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 5:16 pm - January 12, 2006.
Filed under: Liberals

If Supreme Court Justice nominee Sam Alito is a bigot for joining a Princeton alumni club opposed to quotas…. does that also make Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) an alcoholic murderer of women, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) a serial plagiarist, and Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) a member of the KKK?

Oh wait…

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

States I’ve Visited

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 5:11 pm - January 12, 2006.
Filed under: Travel

Thank God the default color is red!!!

Click on this link to create your own personalized map of the USA

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

The Terrible Bush Economy Rolls Along….

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:57 pm - January 12, 2006.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

We’ve reached 11,000 on Wall Street…. and now this:

The federal government posted the first budget surplus for December in three years as corporate tax payments hit an all-time high, helping offset a record level for spending, the Treasury Department reported Thursday.

I doubt this will be the lead story on NBC Nightly tonight.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Vampire For Governor…of Minnesota?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 12:52 pm - January 12, 2006.
Filed under: National Politics

(Hat tip to Inside Larry’s Head for this doozy of a story!)

Yes, a vampire is running for Governor of Minnesota this year. None other than Jonathon “The Impaler” Sharkey.

‘Impaler’ Sinks His Teeth Into Governor’s Race – StarTribune.com

Quite some distance from the mainstream, however, is his pledge to execute — by impalement in front of the State Capitol — terrorists, rapists, drug dealers, child abusers, repeat drunken drivers and anybody who preys on the elderly.

“I’m going to be totally open and honest,” he said. “Unlike other candidates, I’m not going to hide my evil side.”

Okay….. I’m starting to warm to this guy…..

Although he calls the “Christian God the Father” his “mortal enemy,” Sharkey said he has nothing against Jesus Christ or his followers. But he thinks God the Father was a poor parent for allowing his son to be crucified.

Well, at least we know he isn’t a LibDemocrat if he doesn’t hate Christians!

Sharkey, 41, is receiving veterans’ disability benefits because of a severe injury in the Army in 1982. On a high-altitude jump while training as a paratrooper, he says, his main parachute failed and the reserve chute opened just before he hit the ground “like a ton of bricks.”

I’m just guessing but I think he may have landed on his head.

I blame this all on Jesse Ventura for bringing out every Tom, Dick & Scary who thinks they are capable of running the Minnesota state government. At least if elected, you wouldn’t be surprised if the Governor tried to suck your blood in taxes! Oh, did I forget to mention he’s running for President in 2008?

Hillary versus the Impaler in 2008? Man, they are going to need a lot of garlic in the audience of the Presidential Debates!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

People Killed During Muslim Stoning Ritual

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 12:01 pm - January 12, 2006.
Filed under: General,War On Terror

Nope, they weren’t stoned but stampeded. I’m just surprised anyone thought that no one would die in this “symbolic” stoning ritual. When will these folks come into the 21st Century and celebrate life instead of death?

Recall the words of the Islamic folk hero that US Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) once praised.

“We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the big difference between us.”

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Chad on GLAAD–how Gay Leaders Divide Us

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 12:37 am - January 12, 2006.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay PC Silliness,General

In a piece a little less restrained than my posts (here and here) on the topic, Chad at Cake or Death? weighs in with his thoughts on GLAAD’s rush to judgment when Today film critic Gene Shalit called Jake Gyllenhaal’s character a “sexual predator.” When his openly gay son heard of the brouhaha, he faulted GLAAD for his defaming his father. Given the speed with which some gay activists to take on any with whom they disagree, Chad writes:

No longer are we looking for mere acceptance. You not only have to tolerate us, but you must like us, love us, watch us do what we do, praise us, and generally fellate our egos until we’ve had enough and decide to roll over to go to sleep. If you don’t? You’re a bigot.

While I don’t agree with everything in Chad’s piece, I agree with his conclusion that gay organizations today “continually divide the population, fighting for the little things by highlighting our differences instead of fighting for the larger ones by illustrating our similarities.” As I’ve said before about another of Chad’s posts, just read the whole thing for a taste of his wit and wisdom.