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Posted by Reid on March 17, 2011

Here is a way to ask me questions 🙂 enjoy

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DADT Repeal May Usher In A Colorblind Society

Posted by Reid on December 19, 2010

One of the best arguments I’ve heard against the repeal of DADT (which, as we say in the business is now OBE) is that it will lead to a new level of mamby-pambyness vis-a-vis gay troops demanding they be treated “fairly”. Often as we’ve noticed, when any “rights” group is looking for “fairness” it’s often simply code for “special rights”.

For the majority (based on my experience) of gay troops, our lives will likely not change much on a day-to-day basis. I, for one, am not planning to “come out” to anybody save a few close friends where I work. I’m expecting, in fact, that they likely know about me anyway. (After all, such a devilishly handsome man with so much going for him my age not married? He must be gay! Har har, but anyway…) Inasmuch, I don’t expect most gay troops will be demanding anything much more than simply not getting kicked out if we forget to use the gender-neutral pronouns when speaking of our dates.

This is not to say there won’t be a few (which will likely seem like much more than a few) flamboyantly unprofessional troops whose conduct will surely be seen as unbecoming and hopefully will be counseled right away. That will be a touchy subject I’ll save for another post.

For now let’s talk about “special rights”.

Many have argued this is a stepping-stone to a larger “gay rights” agenda. I’ve never seen it as such, and I regret that there will definitely be many gay “rights” champions who will misuse this to further their own agenda (much as those opposed to gay “rights” will also use it to further their agenda). They have no concern necessarily about the defense of the Nation nor about the military. We are a tool for them to use and they should be ashamed, if they knew any such thing as shame in the first place.

There’s another thing that I think might come of this which would be a good sign. Check out this quote from the DoD’s report on the repeal of DADT:

We do not recommend that sexual orientation be placed alongside race, color, religion, sex, and national origin, as a class eligible for various diversity programs, tracking initiatives, and complaint resolution processes under the Military Equal Opportunity Program. We believe that doing so could produce a sense, rightly or wrongly, that gay men and lesbians are being elevated to a special status as a “protected class” and will receive special treatment. In a new environment in which gay and lesbian Service members can be open about their sexual orientation, we believe they will be accepted more readily if the military community understands that they are simply being permitted equal footing with everyone else.

(emphasis added)

This is a sentiment I (as most libertarian conservatives) have long espoused: Equal treatment, not special treatment. Which leads to the next logical question: Why should “race, color, religion, sex, and national origin” be the basis for special treatment either? If gays and lesbians “will be accepted more readily” if not treated differently, wouldn’t that also be the same for members of these other groups? What an interesting outcome of this whole episode if the entire concept of “special” categories of troops went by the way-side?

For all the talk (and legitimate, I might add) of “unintended consequences” surrounding the repeal of DADT, what a happy accident it would be if, by virtue of this new policy change, we had to rethink how we treated everybody. Because if there’s no good reason to treat gays and lesbians as “diversity programs” (and there isn’t), then why do we need them in the first place? This could be a whole new chapter in respecting each other as individuals and as part of a larger team rather than the social balkanization the Left so often loves to use to drive us apart.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from TML)

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Before this all goes down…

Posted by Reid on December 19, 2010

There will surely be many words written here and in other places—many by yours truly—about today’s repeal of DADT. Before the deluge, please allow me to indulge this:

I thank God for the gay men and women who have been serving during (and even before) DADT in spite of it. While many gay activists have been on the sidelines carping about “rights” and “integrity” and “honor”, these brave men and women put their Nation before themselves and sacrificed as their colleagues never had to. They were called by service and answered in a way that speaks volumes about their dedication to the mission of the military. They chose to serve even as doing so meant keeping such a big part of themselves under wraps.

They were infantilized, pitied, and even demeaned by their supposed “supporters” for having consciously put their nation ahead of their own desires and identities. Many of them will continue to serve silently and with great dignity. I am humbled to have served with them.

I welcome into our ranks those openly gay men and women who will now choose to join the military, but I will forever be honored to have served next to those who answered the call without requiring their own terms as a prerequisite for their service.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from TML)

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Cheers!

Reid 

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Before this all goes down…

Posted by Reid on December 19, 2010

There will surely be many words written here and in other places—many by yours truly—about today’s repeal of DADT. Before the deluge, please allow me to indulge this:

I thank God for the gay men and women who have been serving during (and even before) DADT in spite of it. While many gay activists have been on the sidelines carping about “rights” and “integrity” and “honor”, these brave men and women put their Nation before themselves and sacrificed as their colleagues never had to. They were called by service and answered in a way that speaks volumes about their dedication to the mission of the military. They chose to serve even as doing so meant keeping such a big part of themselves under wraps.

They were infantilized, pitied, and even demeaned by their supposed “supporters” for having consciously put their nation ahead of their own desires and identities. Many of them will continue to serve silently and with great dignity. I am humbled to have served with them.

I welcome into our ranks those openly gay men and women who will now choose to join the military, but I will forever be honored to have served next to those who answered the call without requiring their own terms as a prerequisite for their service.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from TML)

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Can’t get one past a real Cowboy…

Posted by Reid on April 20, 2009

One of those “e-mail forwards” that I received and actually read, I enjoyed this one so I thought it would be fun to post. I do not know the author to give credit so if you do please let me know:

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Idaho when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, ‘If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me a calf?’

Bud looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, ‘Sure, Why not?’

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says, ‘You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.’

‘That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,’ says Bud.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then Bud says to the young man, ‘Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?’

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, ‘Okay, why not?’

‘You’re a Congressman for the U.S. Government’, says Bud.

‘Wow! That’s correct,’ says the yuppie, ‘but how did you guess that?’

‘No guessing required.’ answered the cowboy. ‘You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about cows….this is a herd of sheep

Now give me back my dog

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This is what the blizzard in Denver makes me do…

Posted by Reid on March 26, 2009

There is nothing like  a good reel to celebrate, it is how I am feeling about the snowstorm here in Denver. Even if the leak in my roof is not fixed yet 🙂 (Joys of being a home owner)

Anyone up for a snowball fight?

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Twitter….

Posted by Reid on March 24, 2009

It is fun satire on tweeters and tweeting  🙂

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Yes, we men are visual…when you’re Gay it is double trouble

Posted by Reid on March 20, 2009

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There is an excellent post over at GayPatriot On gender difference & sexual attraction that got me thinking about how gay men work.  The premise presented in the post makes me also think that even though we men are “visual” that we still have the need to “connect” and while we like to look at the two dimensional “cute together” picture as the ideal we (men) forget the need we have for the depth of all aspects (emotional, spiritual physical) in our companions and relationships- conversely they in us.

Being visual we place expectations of what we hope is inside the vessel (the companion) in regards to the emotional and spiritual. .. But because we do not focus on these long term attributes first (come on folks the pretty does go away) we find out the incompatibility later, after “several”  intimate experiences. Then we move on to the next “hunt” that we think ” looks” like what we are really after. We are left with a pattern of “serial monogamy” rather than a formula for the true long term monogamous ideal.

If you like to rebel against this ideal of long term commitment or like to embrace negotiated “open” relationships do what you must. But I maintain that there is danger emotionally (even if you learn to make yourself numb to it) in not learning the discipline of getting to actually know the person first before focusing on the aesthetic/physical. Yes, this means learning to keep your zipper closed for “the one”. One of the best books I have read on the subject is Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections between Sexuality and Spirituality by Rob Bell… they of course do focus on “straight couples”  in a way but the premise of what sex really means to humans and the connection element are quite remarkable, it is very easy to apply it to gay relationships.

Think of the people that you know you want in your life when you are old the people you could not imagine your life without. Your intimate relationship should have these aspects in it too, there is just the added benefit of them being even closer than these other people. It takes getting to know the person REALLY learning about who they are rather than placing expectations on them because you find them attractive.

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LOL… I am EXTREMELY Conservative

Posted by Reid on March 15, 2009

Here is a fun test at the Center for American Progress, looks like I am extremely conservative…Where are you in the test? The questions are not very solid, as they are quite general and leave too much to imagination to really rate people correctly.

Interactive Quiz: How Progressive Are You?

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The “who” should be cutting back hippocracy”

Posted by Reid on March 9, 2009

“The biggest ongoing threat to fiscal sanity in this country, I believe, is an open-ended, ever expanding military budget that goes far beyond what
is necessary.” (Rep. Barney Frank)


There is no introspection on his part…the only open ended ever expanding wast of time is congress spending. They continue to point fingers at others when they should be walking the walk themselves.

Take a look at this Heritage Foundation Morning Bell Post
Morning Bell: Cutting Defense is No Solution to Economic Woes

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