George W Bush’s Anti-Gay Policy Hurts American Security

Yet again, George W Bush’s anti-gay policies are hurting the American public. This time by denying jobs to qualified people who happen to enjoy the company of people of the same gender:

US military kicks out 3 more Arabic linguists for being gay

Sure, we won’t be able to stop the next September 11 from killing perhaps tens of thousands of people because we don’t have enough linguists to translate the terrorist chatter, but at least they stopped the gay linguists.

This comes on the heals of a report that the British have allows gay members of their military for as long as George W Bush has been in office, without the military turning into the Gay 90’s.

Gay Britons Serve in Military With Little Fuss, as Predicted Discord Does Not Occur – New York Times

Far from causing problems, he said, he found that coming out to his troops actually increased the unit’s strength and cohesion. He had felt uneasy keeping the secret “that their boss was a poof,” as he put it, from people he worked with so closely.

Since the British military began allowing homosexuals to serve in the armed forces in 2000, none of its fears — about harassment, discord, blackmail, bullying or an erosion of unit cohesion or military effectiveness — have come to pass, according to the Ministry of Defense, current and former members of the services and academics specializing in the military. The biggest news about the policy, they say, is that there is no news. It has for the most part become a non issue.

John Aravosis from AMERICAblog thinks the NY Times article signals a possibility of a policy change, but I’m not that optimistic. George W. Bush came to power by bashing gays, and maintains much of his power through the same bigoted policies. If he really planned on moving that direction, he could consider placing a moratorium on firing people who are outed in the military, but that hasn’t, and is not going to happen on George W. Bush’s bigoted watch.

The country has come a long way on this issue during George W. Bush’s time in office. We have gay marriage and civil union statues in some states and the world hasn’t come to an end. Mary Cheney gave birth today and life continued as normal for everyone other than the White House who put out a photo of the happy couple with child . . . um, that is, the child without the happy lesbian couple . . . with heterosexual (or is asexual more appropriate?) Dick and Lynne Cheney posing with their grandson.

ThinkProgress breaks down how asinine George W. Bush and Dick Cheney’s anti-gay policies are:

Mary Cheney’s baby is born.

Under Virginia law, Mary’s partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, “will have no legal relationship with her child. She can’t adopt as a second parent. She won’t have her name on the birth certificate.” President Bush will still not say whether or not he supports gay adoption.

The child’s grandfather has stated that his grandson, Samuel Cheney, has no legal relationship with his daughter’s partner of 15 years due to Virginia’s right to discriminate against same-sex couples.

That’s the world we live in today.

I mentioned the other day that if you’re the best at what you do but happen to be gay, don’t work for Tim Pawlenty and the state of Minnesota. Let’s extend that to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the rest of the Bush administration.

Don’t Grab Michael Tonn’s Ass

He will cut you:

Bottle Battle

“Upon being detained, Tonn allegedly informed the officer that he’d hit the victim with the bottle because the man had grabbed his ass. He’s charged with third-degree assault. The West St. Paul resident could not be reached for comment.”

I don’t remember anything like that happening at the Moose Country bar (aka. Conference Room 6) when I worked for Ecolab across the street. Times have changed, eh?

I believe you can smoke on that side of the river, so I have no interest in spending $ at the Moose these days.

San Francisco Values

I’m heading to San Francisco for a business trip next week. You know, that crazy left-wing town represented by people like Nancy Pelosi – the Grandmother of five who’s going to drag our country into the gutter, unlike Newt Gingrich, Ted Haggard, and Tom Delay who prefer American’s to as they say rather than follow what they do in their not so private lives. One more not-so-moral authority on this subject of San Francisco is Keith Olberman’s favorite whipping boy, Bill O’Reilly, who apparently claims to have coined the term “San Francisco Values” with the negative spin only FOX News could put on such a term. Kos took at look at those values today and brings up some interesting points about San Francisco:

But let’s talk about “San Francisco values”, you know — tolerance, entrepreneurship, and creativity. Since O’Reilly boycotts everything he hates, I look forward to his boycott of all Bay Area-origin products. Same with every conservative who bashes San Francisco and the Bay Area. So no iPods or anything Apple. No HP computers. No Google. No Yahoo. No eBay. Those conservative bloggers using Blogspot, MovableType, or TypePad? Sorry. Those products are Bay Area-based.

That’s a lot of innovation for an area that’s a LOT smaller than most red states. How do they do it? Maybe one of their not-so-secret secrets is by tapping into the labor that flocks to SFO from less tolerant red states who put their short-term intolerance ahead of their long-term financial interests? That was one of the theories put forward by Richard Florida in The Rise of the Creative Class:

The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life

Or, as Kos puts it:

Yeah, those “San Francisco values” sure are dragging the region down. Making it weak as it falls behind the rest of the country — the parts that don’t share “San Francisco values” — economically and socially.

Or, maybe — just maybe — it’s made the region a magnet for the world’s smartest, most innovative, most entrepreneurial individuals and an incubator of the world’s most dramatic technological advances.

All I know is, I really could care less who you’re attracted to, love, want to spend the rest of your life with. If you’re willing to work your ass off making products that make all of our lives easier, if you’re willing to join our military to defend us, or if you’d like to simply get a job and reap the same benefits every other American is entitled to, have at it. Anyone opposing such obvious civil rights is simply fighting society’s inevitable move toward tolerance of all people. It’s a shame things move as slow as they do, but it’s nice to know that we have history on our side.

I’ll be on the lookout for smart, innovative, entrepreneurial individuals in San Francisco next week. In fact, that’s the core mission of the trip: to seek out such individuals and tape their stories. And one question I seriously doubt will be raised during any of the interviews is, “are you gay?” Why won’t it come up? Because I care more about people’s minds and talents than their sexual orientation.