According to a CBS News/ New York Times poll, the wording of the question makes a significant difference:
In the poll, 59 percent say they now support allowing “homosexuals” to serve in the U.S. military, including 34 percent who say they strongly favor that. Ten percent say they somewhat oppose it and 19 percent say they strongly oppose it.
But the numbers differ when the question is changed to whether Americans support “gay men and lesbians” serving in the military. When the question is asked that way, 70 percent of Americans say they support gay men and lesbians serving in the military, including 19 percent who say they somewhat favor it. Seven percent somewhat oppose it, and 12 percent strongly oppose it.
Wish that I had more time to blog right now, been trying to follow the news in Iran (Michael Ledeen is always a good source) while taking care of a lot of odds and ends at home in anticipation of my out-of-town guests and a busy 48 hours playing uncle. to an “adoptive” niece.
Will try to get a few short posts up when I take a break from those odds and ends and my dissertation research/writing, but do want to draw your attention to Little Miss Attila’s thoughtful post on blogging guidelines (via Instapundit). Do like what she says about hate comments:
I allow misogyny in my comments section, because it is generally directed at me, and I feel it shows the true colors of the woman-hating commenters. Any anti-male, anti-Asian, anti-gay, anti-tranny, anti-black, anti-American Indian, and anti-Jewish comments, though (or ones that look like they might be indicative of biases in that direction) generally get a warning, and a reminder that repeated offenses are subject to redaction, and banning.
I tend to err on the side of inclusion of such remarks for the very reason Miss Attila identifies: “it shows the true colors” of those making such nasty statements. And isn’t sunlight the best disinfectant?
Still, maybe there are occasions when we should ban. Read the whole thing. She has a lot to say–and not just about comments. Her post is well worth your time.
She turns 46 today and as one of my straight friends said the other day, the older she get the hotter she gets. Maybe that’s why she bedevils Democrats and liberals so. She can command the respect of a conservative crowd and still turn the heads of men. Not to mention her husband is a hunk.
She has become the voice for a lot of the people who feel their government has left them behind and has stood up for the ideals of our founders and help articulate the vision of Ronald Reagan. Happy Birthday, Mrs. Palin!