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Santorum’s bizarre response to question on gays in military

To explain why I found former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s response to the question on gays in the military so bizarre, let me fisk the entire comment and offer a conclusion at the end of the post.  First, the question from Stephen Hill, a serviceman deployed in Iraq:

In 2010, when I was deployed to Iraq, I had to lie about who I was, because I’m a gay soldier, and I didn’t want to lose my job.

My question is, under one of your presidencies, do you intend to circumvent the progress that’s been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?

And the candidate’s response:

Yeah, I — I would say, any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. And the fact that they’re making a point to include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege to — to —

I chose to break the former Senator’s comment here because up until this point, I agree with everything he is saying.  Our soldiers should not be engaging in sexual activity while on duty.  And the military shouldn’t give special privileges to any group.

To be sure, it’s bizarre that the Senator begins his response as he has, saying sexual activity has no place in the military.  (He’s right about that.)  Perhaps, he believes that if gay people serve, they would necessarily engage in sexual activity with their fellow soldiers.

and removing “don’t ask/don’t tell” I think tries to inject social policy into the military.

Well, he does quality his remarks with an “I think,” but his thought is at odds with the meaning of repeal.  Here he makes a huge leap from the first part of his response.   (more…)

This is cool

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:00 pm - September 24, 2011.
Filed under: Gays in Other Lands,Politics abroad

Gay candidate leads race to be Irish president: poll.

Cool though it is, the poll is of a multi-candidate field so he doesn’t (yet?) command the support of a majority of Irish voters:

A gay Irish senator is the favourite to become Ireland’s next president, while former IRA commander Martin McGuinness is in third place, an opinion poll said Saturday.

Senator David Norris had the backing of 21 percent of those surveyed in a Red C/Sunday Business Post poll ahead of the October 27 election to succeed President Mary McAleese.

If he does win, I believe he would be the first openly gay head of state in the modern era.

Is federal money funding Obama campaign?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:37 am - September 24, 2011.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Obama Hopenchange

As I was reading about the Solyndra kerfuffle, I wondered how much the company and its various executives, whose incomes derive(d) in large part from the generous federal loan for which Obama administration officials lobbied, donated to various Democratic organizations and candidates.

Yesterday, Jim Hoft reported that one recipient of federal stimulus money seems to be funneling his windfall back into the Democrat’s campaign coffers:

Tom Carnahan, brother of Robin and Russ Carnahan, was gifted with $107 million in stimulus money for his wind farm project in Missouri.

This coming week Tom Carnahan will host a $25,000-per-person fundraiser for President Obama.

Read the whole thing. Seems those interested in “accountability journalism” might want to look into this matter.

Do wonder if any “mainstream” news outlets (beyond Politico) will investigate this story and study the extent to which various outfits who support Democratic causes and candidates were more likely to receive federal funds — and whether their donations to Democrats increased after they received such monies.