A Couple Things

1. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – Can someone explain how the hell keeping openly homo/bisexuals out of the military makes it better? Seriously, I’d love to hear the reasons. It can’t be that they’re unpatriotic; if you’re TRYING to serve in the military, generally you’re patriotic. It can’t be that they’d just drop their guns and go hump the nearest enemy soldier, or even their own nearest ally; that just doesn’t happen. Is it the makeup..wait..no. Some straight guys wear make up, and they’re called transvestites. What the hell is it? I got it, it’s gotta be that if they don’t tell, no one will ever know and influence the morale of the troops…oh..wait..that doesn’t work either. Gay people have been killed outside their own fucking barracks. I really got it this time. They’re bigots.

2. I have a slight cold, and the congestion to go with it. So, I’ve been taking some pseudoephedrine, because I like breathing. I’ve never noticed this before, but everything is just, clearer, I guess? If I think about something it’s just much more direct and much quicker. I know that it’s a stimulant, and that caffeine is too, but they both work in different ways. I’m not really going anywhere with this, it was just something that I noticed.

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  1. #1 by Chadwick on February 6, 2010 - 8:04 PM

    Re: DADT – The only line I hear is that if gays are allowed to serve openly, the straight soldiers will get all pissy, and the unit will fall apart. You know, ’cause the guys in the unit never know you’re gay when you live together all the time. Oh, and that gay people will just start molesting and raping all their fellow soldiers, and no one will be able to do anything about it, because gays will be privileged by this. And then you have people like Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, who suggested on Hardball the other day (while discussing DADT) that gays should just be criminally prosecuted for existing.

    Re: Pseudoephedrine – You know that’s why Meth users are so detail-oriented, right? Everything just gets so…clear?

    • #2 by Phillip on February 6, 2010 - 8:31 PM

      The meth thing, yeah. That’s also the reason that it’s sometimes given to people with ADHD.

      Normally with the OTC stuff, they have it so weakened to not let any of the recreational uses shine through. Which is why it was a little bit of a surprise.

    • #3 by Joshua on February 7, 2010 - 9:36 AM

      That’s why most of the OTC sinus medications have switched to phenylephrine – it’s as good as pseudoephedrine for most people and doesn’t have the amphetamine-like stimulation.

  2. #4 by Paul on February 7, 2010 - 10:54 PM

    I just love that when everyone who’s important in the military is saying hey lets get rid of this, then all the red bloods come out and let all of those highly decorated career military men and women know just how little they know about unit cohesion and such. honestly, my theory is: if the military doesn’t like the policy, don’t enforce it. What are they (the right wing-nuts) going to do? you have all the guns guys, think about it.

    • #5 by Phillip on February 8, 2010 - 8:55 AM

      It’s more the Don’t Ask part that’s causing a problem. From my understanding, your ordinary enlistees and NCOs can’t ask about orientation. But, your higher officers can if there is credible evidence. I guess in some cases they’re required too.

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