ChargingRhino charges New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin with at least a crime the Fashion and Sanity Police would be interested in investigating.
More photos of Crazy Ray here.
I saw these photos earlier today, and I’ll tell you my first thought: “He looks like a segregationist police chief from the 1950s.” Honest, that was my first reaction.
He is really a bizarre cat, that Nagin.
Don’t worry, I’ll shut up soon. This is the fifth in a series of six posts on DADT. The final one is coming either Friday or over the weekend. To catch up, enjoy the previous posts here: Post I, Post II, Post III, and Post IV.
Based on the comments on the earlier posts, it seems clear we’re not all in agreement as to the best approach for arguing the case for lifting the ban on open homosexuals in the US Military. In fact, some readers aren’t even in agreement that it should be lifted at all. That’s fair. But for the moment, I’d ask to suspend doubt at this point and think rather about how (if if happened) a change in the policy could be implemented.
I suggested earlier that no change ever just happens in the military, and great care is taken whenever a policy adjustment is made. In that spirit, we should begin with a study. I propose the US Military conduct a study of how well our straight soldiers interact with their gay counterparts. Which gay counterparts, you may ask? Well, two of our strongest allies in the current engagement liberating Iraq, England and Australia, allow openly gay men and women to serve. I’m not familiar with the policies of these two nations’ militaries, but I presume homosexuals are currently supporting the mission in SWA. Inasmuch, I can’t imagine they’re quarantined from their countrymen nor from the American troops. So, simply, how’s that all going? How does it work? Are special accommodations deemed necessary? And if so, how is that arranged? How do our troops work with them? What are their attitudes? How (if at all) is it impacting the mission? See, when the rubber hits the road, so to speak, some pertinent questions do come up. Let’s take advantage of the incidental interaction of gay and straight troops to determine, if possible, what sort of complications may arise.
Now about the actual implementation of a policy, here’s how I think it could work: