A simple Question 2.0

About four years, eleven months and two weeks ago I wrote a blog post called “A Simple Test.”  If you don’t remember it (and I’m sure you don’t ) remind yourself of it here:

https://p3bfco.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/a-simple-test/

I will ask you today an go to your sock drawer and get the notes you took back then.  Let’s compare them to what we have today.

Here are some of mine.
On November 7th 2008 I said “My electricity costs me $8.50 per kilowatt hour.  This is about $100 a month in winter.  More in summer with the air conditioner running.  But I’ll use the winter number.”

Today my electricity is $10.50 per kilowatt hour but my monthly connection fee has increased from $13.00 to $55.00. My lowest electric bill now is about $150.00 a month and I’m told it is about to go up again. Seems the current administration is squeezing our coal fired power plants.

Here’s more: “A loaf of bread is about a dollar and a quarter today and a gallon of milk is about $3.50.  Butter is $2.28 lb. Eggs are about $1.20 a dozen.”

Today a loaf of bread I about $2.25. A gallon of milk is $4.27, Butter is $1.88 and Eggs are $1.80. With the exception of butter, all the other things are higher.

Let’s look at some more notes from my sock drawer. “Gasoline in town yesterday was $2.10 gal.
Oil is running at $61.00 a barrel on the market this morning.”

Today gasoline is running about $3.96 and the price of oil is $86.00 a barrel.   Now here’s something curious, the last time gas was around and over four bucks, oil was running in the 140 range. All the liberals were blaming George Bush for cronyism and being in bed with big oil. Where are the finger pointers now? But I digress….

Here’s more from the 2008 post, “Now, on to other things…..
My local stores are well stocked.
I can get a doctor’s appointment on the day I call in.
I have a high quality (in patient) medical facility only a few miles away
The national unemployment rate is around 6%.
Inflation is being reported at about 5%.
Remember the Misery Index?  That is the unemployment rate plus the inflation rate.  Today the Misery Index is at 11%.
The current President has an approval rating under 30% and the current congress is at about 10%.”

Okay, Obamacare hasn’t kicked in yet (it won’t until after this election {wonder of wonders}) so I still can call my doctor and get an appointment for later today.
The stores are still stocked but I am noticing empty shelves more and more often.  Especially in the big box stores like Walmart.
The national Unemployment rate is 7.8% (that is if you forget to count California like they did with this last release {oops})
Inflation for 2012 is being reported as 4.8% (but here’s a new twist, they no longer count gasoline of food {well, who uses those things anyway.})
The misery index today conservatively measured is 12.6% A truer measure of the misery index is taking the percentage number of the unemployed and adding it to the Producer Price Index (a more accurate indication of inflation). Today’s PPI is 10.8%. The true (without government jinking the numbers to make the administration look good) unemployment, according to Gallop, is 9.7%. Today’s un-underemployed index is 17%. So… You can place a real misery index at somewhere between 20.5% and 27.8%.
The current president approval rating is 48% and Congress has gone from 11% to 21%.

Now…. How about you? Got that note from your sock drawer in your hand?
What is your energy costing you today?
What is your medical care costing you today?  AND…  How good is it?
Do you think you are better off than your parents?
Do you think your children will be better off then you?
How do you see the future?  Bright or bleak?

Now ask yourself…
“AM I BETTER OFF THEN I WAS FOUR YEARS AGO?”

I think the answer is obvious.
I’ll close this by saying, “I told you so.”

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It’s over…. Go home.

Ok… So the (liberal) news media is all excited about Romney winning New Hampshire. It’s over everyone else go home. The liberals know their man can beat liberal light, just like he did in 2008.

That’s why they want this RINO from the second most liberal state in the union to be “our” choice..

To hear them – it’s over. Every other candidate should just pack up their signs and go home.

Here’s what they don’t tell you.

1. Romney was governor right next door and New Hampshire has a symbiotic (almost incestial) relationship with Massachusetts.

2. Romney owns property in New Hampshire and is a de-facto resident.

3. The primary voting block in New Hampshire (and South Carolina) is center left – not center right. Why? They are “open” primaries. In other words anybody can vote on the Republican ballot. Even Democrats (and Democrats do – to skew our nomination process).

4. New Hampshire only sends 12 delegates to the National Convention.
Now you’ve see the floor on convention night. Think you could pick out the 12 from New Hampshire?

So, when the newsies tell you it’s over. Pay no attention. Let’s push hard to nominate a REAL Republican this time. Someone who represents Republican values of small government and limited spending. Not Democrat Lite.

Out of Power they will get louder. And more obnoxious.

OK the liberals are mad and doing what they do best.  Whining, crying and out shouting everyone in the room.  They will talk over anyone trying to explain a conservative idea.  Why? They don’t want conservative ideas  explained.  When we do – they loose.

Here’s the latest rant.  The dems in control of Congress right now are going to set it up so the new congress will have to vote to raise the debt ceiling in order to keep the government from default.  When that happens they will be like a young child taunting through a fence saying things like, “SEE!!!!  I thought your were conservative!!  You are spending more money – you have added to the debt!!!”

Let’s put this in terms that even the left can understand. 

Here’s the scenario… 

You allow your son (call him Barry) to play with his friends (Harry and Nancy) in the back yard.  You see them going out the door with a ball and bat.  You tell him not to play ball in the back yard. You explain to them there is not enough room in the yard for that.  They ignore you.  As you expect, Barry hits the ball over the fence and breaks the neighbor’s window.  You punish Barry by taking away his ball and bat.  You tell his friends Harry and Nancy they can no longer play ball where they can cause damage.  You gain control of the back yard and stop further destruction.  

But the neighbor still has to be paid for the broken window.

On unemployment and the economy.

I was asked what I would do to reduce the unemployment rate in the country.  Before I answer that I would like to mention that the worst unemployment is in states that have been in control of the Democrats for a very long time.  The vast majority of states that have Republican governors AND Republican controlled Legislatures seem to be in much batter shape. – just an observation.

 Now – on to my answer on reducing the unemployment rate.

It seems to me that 90% of the time the solution to a problem starts with, “Get the government out of the way and…”

In this particular case we need to do certain things to restore our economy.  First, we need to stop the uncertainty in the financial and business arenas.  Things like a 1000 plus page health care bill and an 1800 page omnibus budget bill do not give confidence to people who are thinking about investing capital into a business.  I have an opportunity right now to start a business.  It would bring more tourism into the area and fill a demand that already exists.  Nothing big, maybe 3 jobs.  It will also require me risking capital and taking on some loans.  Personally, I will not stick my neck out, not with the current anti-business climate in Washington causing an unstable economy.  I can surely understand why no one else will either.  Most business are trying to survive the downturn and have little confidence that they will not get slammed again.

What do we need to get the economy moving?  Get the government out of the way and:

Eliminate 90% of the silly regulations that stifle business.  Did you know the paper containing regulations on raising and selling cabbage weighs over eight pounds?  Get the government out of banking and let the bankers (the people who know how to make money grow) do their job.  Repeal the Heath care bill and while your at it, get the government out of medicine.  Get the government out of the housing market, let it stabilize at the actual cash value level.  Then it can start to grow.  Defund Fanny and Freddy.  Sell the assets to private business.  Eliminate the EPA’s ability to regulate Co2 (while we are at it eliminate the EPA’s ability to regulate – period).

Another big slice of the solution?  Eliminate the confiscatory personal, business and corporate income tax and replace the whole thing with the Fair Tax.  When businesses don’t have to spend gazillions on accountants and tax lawyers to maintain their records, they will have more money to invest.  Business that went off shore to get a better tax break will come back.  Business from other countries will come here simply because the cost of doing business will be lower.  Now, this may cause some unemployment in Washington DC, particularly on K street where all the lobbyists are working to get the tax code rewritten in favor of their clients.  Frankly, I don’t see a down side there.

Finally once you get the government out of the way you re-energize the free enterprise system that allowed this tiny 13 state piss pot mini nation to become the most powerful economic engine in history.  We did it without the EPA, the DOE, the FDA, ATF, FTC, HHS or even the USDA.  We can do it again if we just “Get the government out of the way and…”

Its not Burgers, Beer, Boating or even B-Ball.

I want to say something about this Memorial day. I want to perhaps compose some prose that will express the respect and admiration I have for those who gave “all they were” to keep this land free.

I want to talk about farmers and shop keepers who became a militia in 1775 and fought the most powerful nation in the world to victory. About the Battle of Bunker Hill and the “Shot Heard Round The World. About a four ship ragtag Navy they took on the British fleet.

I want to talk about those who fought that same super power again one generation later. Those who fell in the battle of New Orleans or those who gave all they had near our new Capital in a futile attempt to keep it from enemy hands.

I want to talk about Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Antietam, Bull Run and the rivers and streams that flowed red with the blood of father against son.

Remember the Maine! Was the battle cry as Teddy Roosevelt charged up San Juan Hill.

There is no one left to remember the first time “Over There” was sung. We went to Europe to fight the “War to End War”. Men, dug in in trenches in places like Verdun and Belleau Wood, forfeiting their lives more from bad food, dysentery and other ills than from bullets in battle. Hero’s none the less.

Then came December 7th, 1941. A day that saw more than 3000 men die while preventing Japan from taking a strategic position within striking distance of our western shore. Other names come to mind, Midway and Coral Sea on the water along with Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal on the land. On the other side of the world there was The Battle of the Atlantic, Kasserine Pass and the Battle of the Bulge. If you tour Europe today you will find countless places where the Sons of this great land are laid to rest. They gave all they were to defeat the Social Democratic government of Adolph Hitler and the fascist Emperor of Japan.

But we are not done yet. There was Inchon, Chosin Reservior, Heartbreak Ridge.

Twenty years later we heard words like An Loc, The Easter Offensive, Hamburger Hill and Tet.

Even today we remember those who are in western Asia fighting against a cowardly enemy who will plant a bomb in a square and run away.

There is no generation in our history that has not given a portion of its sons (and now daughters) to defend us against tyrants, dictators and communist rule. There is no higher price to pay and therefore no higher honor given to a man or woman than one fallen in battle.

This day I will pray for my country, I will pray for the families of the fallen. I will honor those who gave all so I could live free.

Our President, on the other hand, has chosen to go the Chicago to play b-ball with his buddies rather than attend the ceremony at the tomb of the Unknown in Arlington Cemetery. A tradition unbroken in decades.

The English language does not contain words to express my contempt.

Let’s talk about this oil spill.

There are many people pointing fingers and finding fault.

I am convinced that this is a simple (yet difficult) problem and could have been fixed and contained IF those in power wanted it done.

I am of the opinion one of the two following conditions exists – neither of them bodes well for the American citizenry.  First is that the Obama-nation wants to use this “crisis” to stop all offshore oil research and drilling so they are dragging their heels.  Or possibly something less sinister, the administration is so incompetent and inept that they can’t even implement a plan that has had solutions in place and on paper for over 20 years.  I’m not sure.  Frankly, I would prefer to think it is the later not the former.

If this had happened three years ago all the news stories would be about how the Bush administration is at fault and how Bush failed to act.  How Cheney’s friends in the oil business have taken advantage of a stupid President.  Today…. Nary a whisper.  The newsies blame BP but say nothing about the lack of government intervention over the first nine days.  They were all worked up about the George Bush seven minutes, yet say nothing about the Obama nine days.

But I digress……

 

There has been talk about hay or straw being used to soak up the oil and then burning the straw. I have seen one local news story about this and one video on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5SxX2EntEo

There is a good amount of straw out here in the grain belt that is simply sitting and decomposing from previous years.  It might not be the whole solution but it could be part of it.  I have also heard of oil eating bacteria that is effective in oil cleanup. I’m sure there are other chemicals and treatments that COULD BE employed if the Department of Environmental Protection would ALLOW them.  Yet the only government solution from the Obama Administration for the first ten days was to “Put the heel of our boot on the neck of BP” – (Press Secretary Robert Gibbs).  Why is that?  Incompetence – or intentional?

 

One final thought.

Do you think the oil companies would be drilling for oil in mile deep water if the government would open up Wyoming and Colorado for oil exploitation?  Wouldn’t it be easier to go after the oil that is in 60 feet of water off the California coast than go after the oil that is only accessible under a mile of corrosive salt water?  Why are we not going after the oil shale deposits in Wyoming and Colorado?  Why are we not drilling for oil in Alaska and in the shallow waters of  California and Florida?  There is some activity in North Dakota but only a pittance compared to what could be.  How about coal to diesel?  It can and is being done on a test basis.  It has been proven to be more cost effective than offshore deep water drilling for oil.  Coal to oil alone would all but eliminate our dependence on foreign oil AND cost less.  Yet we don’t do it on a grand scale.  Why?  The Enviro-nazi’s have blocked all of these at every opportunity.  So we have to go far offshore and look for oil in mile deep hostile surroundings.  A place where if an accident were to occur, it would be very difficult to fix.

A similar situation on the High Plains of North Dakota would have been caped and shut down is a matter of hours – not weeks. So… (like stopping the use of asbestos on the 75th floor when building the World Trade Center) it seems to me that, like many liberals and their unintended consequences……

This is an environmental disaster HAS BEEN CAUSED by the environmentalists.

As things go…

This is not mine and probably not new, but I did think it was worth posting.

Thanks to my friend Joe.

Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel “Pick up your shovel, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land.”

Nearly 75 years ago, Roosevelt said, “Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a camel, this is the Promised Land.”

Now Obama has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the price of camels, and mortgaged the promised land!

The Two Dollar Project

Like many of us I was disappointed and angry Sunday night when the extreme left wing of the Democrat Party got their childhood dream passed through the US House of Representatives.  I was even more disgusted the next day as the left wing (aka main stream) media had a party all over my television.

I would not allow myself to feel defeated, I would not allow myself to give up and simply roll over and play dead.  But what could I do.  I am just one person with limited assets.

Yet I have to do SOMETHING!

I thought of the internet and what some people call Web 2.0.  The liberals have understood and have been using this media for a while we conservatives scratch out heads.  This time I am going to turn it around.  I have started a group on the social network Facebook and I have pledged to send Two Dollars to every Republican Candidate who is running against a person who voted for the bill.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=102684303100744

That’s right, if a congressman/woman voted to take away my healthcare choice, I am sending $2.00 to his/her opponent.  I can’t afford to do this all at once, but I can afford to do it between now and the November election.

“What good will that do?”,  you ask.  “What’s two bucks?”  Not much…. Until the social media and Web 2.0 kicks in. Right now I have about 15 people who have joined the pledge with me.  That’s 30 bucks.  What happens if this thing goes viral?  What would it do for a campaign if 150,000 people joined in on the pledge?  That would be $300,000 into each campaign for people to replace those who took our freedom.

THAT my friends, will make a difference.  We The People will have spoken and this time they will have no choice but to listen.

 How about joining with me in The Two Dollar Project on Facebook and use our combined will to THROW THE BUMS OUT!

Couldn’t even miss one meal out……

I heard it last night and was not convinced of the story.  Now this morning I read it in my local paper….. 

http://www.aberdeennews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100313/FRONTPAGE/3130333 

It seems that “Hard as they tried“, the South Dakota Legislators could not find a way to cut 32 million dollars from the state budget.  Let’s see $32,000,000 from a budget that is about $1,500,000,000 (state spending). 

If I do my math right that’s 2% percent!!!  The State Legislators could not find 2 percent in savings??  Who’s kidding who? 

Let’s put this in money I can understand.  Lets use a family that has an income of $3000 each month.  If this family had a reduction in income of 2% that would be about sixty dollars.  So instead of making $3000 each month they would have $2940 each month.  That might not be the best news but it would not be devastating.  There are ways for a family to not spend 2% of what they were used to.  One less night in a restaurant.  Perhaps skip the dirt track races for a while.  Cancel the premium channels on cable.  What I am trying to say is for you and me, though it may be a bit uncomfortable, cutting 2% in spending would be an easy goal. 

Now… Are you legislators in Pierre telling me that you can’t find even enough savings equivalent to a dinner out for the family? 

BUT – That is only the beginning…. 

I find out this morning that they postponed any decision on that budget until the last possible moment.  Why?  To see if they can get a bailout from their Uncle Sam.  Like whiney children they are saying,  “We don’t want to stop our movie channels, we and our rich uncle to buy them for us!”  Their excuse?  “He’s going to give it out anyway.  If we don’t take it someone else will.” 

What happened to Pride and Self Sufficiency?  What happened to “I can stand on my own.”?  My grandfather suffered the great depression (as did all of yours).  He lost his business, and had to struggle to make ends meet.  He worked hard to get out of poverty and back to prosperity. 

What is the message that our Legislature wants to send to the nation?  We are so poor that we can not make ends meet and we need help from the citizens of New York and California?  Are we saying we are so feeble-minded that we can’t control a budget smaller than the budget of St. Paul, Minnesota? 

Well I say NO.  I say we manage our own business in Pierre, spend when the money is there and cut when it isn’t.  I say NO to the federal bailouts with all the strings, rules and regulations attached.  We CAN stand on our own feet in South Dakota and we know it. 

Our legislative leaders can’t….. It seems they lack the spine.  

I am disappointed ….  and ashamed. 

A well written letter.

This post is for my military friends.  Others are invited to read but some of the jargon may not be understood.

FAIR WARNING: This is a conservative point to view and should not be read by easily offended liberals.

Here is a letter from a retired Navy Captain to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullen.  I truly think he is on the mark here.

February 8, 2010

Admiral Mike Mullen, USN Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
9999 Joint Staff Pentagon Washington, D.C. 20318-9999

Dear Admiral Mullen:

This letter is in response to your shocking statement last week that you advocate homosexuals openly serving in the military services. I seriously question the wisdom of your position. As I have previously written by my Senator, Harry Reid, and my Congresswoman, Dina Titus, the position appears to be more a matter of Democratic party voter pandering than the solution to a valid military issue. Perhaps it was your willingness to support the Democratic agenda that earned you your present position as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

I am a retired Navy Captain. I enlisted in the Navy in  1948, and served as a Yeoman, Personnelman, Journalist, and Communications Technician, and, as a Petty Officer First Class, received a commission in 1955 through the Integration Program. In my more than 31 years of active duty, I commanded two ships, served as Executive Officer on two ships, commanded Coastal Squadron ONE (Swift Boats) in Vietnam, and was Chief Staff Officer on an Amphibious Squadron. I developed the first Human Affairs Council in a Pacific Fleet ship in 1972, and supervised human affairs activities on seven PHIBRON ships. I am a graduate of the School of Naval Justice, the Management Course at the Navy Postgraduate School, and the Senior Officer course at the Naval War College. After retirement I received a Juris Doctorate from the Hastings College of Law. Like you, I encountered homosexuals throughout my Navy career and in civilian life. Unlike you, I do not find they are more deserving than non-homosexuals or that they constitute a viable or necessary body of troops for the defense of our country.

My experience is Naval. I can’t speak for the Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps. Those services are generally based ashore with nearby civilian communities. In such communities, homosexuals may be able to find sexual gratification without interfering with military duties. But the best analogy to a ship at sea is a prison. There is no other outlet for sexual drives and I know of no prison in the United States that assigns males and females, or who intentionally assign known homosexuals, to the same cell. That is one of the differences between your position and mine.

During my enlisted service, homosexuals seemed to be a clumsy lot. They had a tendency to repeatedly fall headfirst down an engineroom ladder. Some were even known to trip on deck and “fall” overboard. The crew had a way of policing themselves to eliminate homosexual advances. Perhaps you are correct in your assumption that military personnel are more liberal today, but I would look very closely at prevalent attitudes before I closed the book on the issue.

It has been my experience that if sexual favors are available aboard ship, some enterprising sailor, petty officer, or officer will find a way to take advantage of the offer. There is usually a senior/junior relationship in such exchanges and the senior partner will reward the junior with preferential treatment, such as duty assignments, watches, leave, liberty, and advancement. Such preferential treatment can’t be hidden from other crewmembers and tends to destroy the chain of command, discipline and morale. If a Chief Petty Officer, for example, is having sexual relations with a non-rated sailor, it will have an adverse impact on those petty officers between the two in the chain of command. Because of your current assertions, I must assume that you were either lucky and didn’t have the problem during your shipboard assignments, or that you chose to ignore them!

That sexual misconduct in the Navy exists to this day is obvious. I recall that a lesbian ring was discovered on the USS NORTON SOUND back in the late 60’s or early 70’s. At about the same time my wife, now a retired Navy Commander, was Executive Officer at the WAVES Barracks, Great Lakes Naval Training Center. She was aware of many cases of homosexuality involving the WAVES assigned to the Barracks. I also recall that one of the cruisers returning from the First Gulf War reported 40% of the female crewmembers were pregnant after a six-month deployment. Just recently I read that the Commanding Officer and Command Master Chief were relieved from an Atlantic Fleet destroyer because of fraternization between several Chief Petty Officers and female members of the crew. Just the other day I heard news reports that a birth control pill previously reserved for use by women in combat had to be made available to all females in the military, clearly implying that intercourse was occurring in combat units and such conduct was known to unit commanders. Is there some reason you believe that homosexual activity would not also occur or is not occurring?

As you should be aware, the Uniform Code of Military Justice does not address homosexuality, per se. Article 125 provides that sodomy is a felony, to be punished as a court martial may direct. But the Article does not discriminate against homosexuals. Oral or anal sex between persons of the same sex (homosexuals) , opposite sex (heterosexuals) or with animals (bestiality) are all considered felonies. However, when the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was established, it only applied to homosexual activities.

In all my years of service, I never encountered a Commanding Officer who “asked” a subordinate if he was a homosexual. I never knew of a sailor who was subjected to legal sanctions for homosexual conduct without corroborating evidence. A “confession” was not enough. Credible corroborating evidence had to exist and usually took the form of testimony of a participating party.

So the “policy” of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” makes no sense at all, except to create a means of ignoring the law. But the policy can only as effective as the individual’s discretion. As long as the homosexual was discreet, nothing would happen to him. He could be sanctioned only if he wanted to go public. However, by the same token, if a heterosexual indiscreetly advised his Commanding Officer that he had committed sodomy, he would be subject to the same sanctions.

In regard to heterosexual behavior, the UCMJ also proscribes common law marriage under the heading of Unlawful Cohabitation (with or without evidence of sexual intercourse) . It sanctions adultery and prostitution (for both the prostitute and the patron). In the case of an officer, merely “consorting with a notorious prostitute” constitutes an offense, again even without evidence of sexual intercourse. The problem is that common law marriage is legal in 11 states and the District of Columbia. I don’t believe that adultery is a criminal offense in any state today. And in my home state of Nevada, even prostitution is legal. I don’t recall you asking Congress to legalize heterosexual sodomy, adultery, prostitution, or common law marriage. There are many punitive articles in the UCMJ that have no relationship to the satisfactory performance of military duties, yet you single out homosexuals for preferred treatment. Again, I must ask “why?”.

The argument I hear most often expounded by the homophiles is that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy deprives the military of outstanding young men and women who want nothing more than to defend their country and that they have the ability to operate a radar, or a gas turbine, or a gun as well as a heterosexual. That can’t be true. It isn’t the “policy”, it is Article 125 of the UCMJ that criminalizes homosexual behavior since it would be virtually impossible to practice homosexuality without committing sodomy. But, even if it were true, are homosexuals really worth the administrative problems they would create by their mere existence?

The Navy, today, does not willingly accept GED holders for enlistment. Minor criminal records are a bar to enlistment. Visible tattoos and piercings are not permitted. Are these aberrations more damning than sodomy? Personnel may be denied reenlistment if they fail to meet obesity standards. The young men and women denied naval service because of these exclusionary conditions may also want to defend their country and might also be able to satisfactorily operate a radar, or a gas turbine, or a gun. But you are only advocating the acceptance of homosexuals! Why is that, Admiral?

Is it your contention that cohabitors, adulterers, prostitutes, young men and women with tattoos, those with only GEDs, or the obese cannot serve as well as homosexuals? If so, what is your empirical evidence to support such an argument. If we can sanction heterosexual behavior, appearance, and alternative educations, why can’t we sanction homosexual sodomists?

If we get to pick and choose which laws we uphold, which laws are next on the line to ignore? Carnal Knowledge? I would think a service man or woman who has sex with a minor (Carnal Knowledge) could perform military duties as well, if not better, than a homosexual. At least we don’t have children in combat, or in the military at large, for them to accost. Their pedophilia would not impact on the performance of military duties.

If you are successful in your endeavors to have Congress modify the UCMJ, have you given any thought to the long-term repercussions? When I joined the Navy, absence from duty because of venereal disease, self-inflicted wounds, even severe sun burn, was considered “Sick Misconduct”. We were not paid for the periods we were absent from duty and our enlistments were extended on a day-for-day basis. Since AIDS/HIV is more prevalent in the homosexual community than in the heterosexual community, have you considered the consequences of a homosexual serviceman contracting AIDS or HIV? Will the homosexual with AIDS/HIV receive treatment from military sources? Will it be considered a service-connected disability justifying a medical discharge and retirement benefits? Will it result in Veterans Administration disability benefits? And have you considered the likelihood that some of the homosexuals will request sex change procedures? I know for a fact that a significant percentage of my Law School class was undergoing sex change therapy or surgery. It made using heads confusing for both genders. Sex change is an issue being considered in civilian prisons today and I’m not convinced that taxpayers, or military budgets, should be burdened with that expense. But, if you really want homosexuals, you should accept their baggage, as well and their bodies.

Do you also advocate same-sex marriage or “partnerships”? Will the homosexual’s partner be entitled to dependents’ benefits, including health care, BAQ, military base access, and commissary and exchange privileges? Will they be entitled to military housing? Would they be entitled to sex change procedures at government expense?

Would a homosexual openly serving on active duty in a same-sex marriage be prosecuted for adultery if he or she has a sexual relationship outside the marriage? Would a homosexual be prosecuted for prostitution? Perhaps, in such cases, even you would reinstate the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

I raise the last point because while serving as Executive Officer on USS CATAMOUNT (LSD-17) in 1967, one of the Radarmen was arrested by local police. While inventorying his personal effects a photograph of the sailor performing fellatio on another male was discovered. The police turned the photo over to the Shore Patrol, who forwarded it to me. During an investigation it was determined that five of the ship’s Radarmen were involved in a male prostitution ring. They declared that while in Radarman Class “A” School at Treasure Island, their instructors convinced them that they could augment their military pay by providing homosexual services to gays in San Francisco. They took advantage of the opportunity presented and continued such activity in San Diego. CATAMOUNT sailed absent several Radarmen and the Class “A” School lost several instructors. Are these otherwise competent Radarmen the type of sailors you want on your ships? I hope not!

Your advocacy of gay rights reminds me of a joke popular in the Australian Navy in the 1970’s. An officer with nearly 20 years service transferred from the Royal Navy to the Royal Australian Navy. When asked why, he stated that when he joined the Royal Navy, homosexuality was a crime and that homosexuals received severe punishment and discharge. After a few years he noticed that senior officers were closing their eyes to the problem. Eventually, it was made permissible. He decided to transfer before it became compulsory. I think you are leading us down that road to compulsion, Admiral!

I fully realize that I should not judge you or your procurement source. I have not walked the mile in your shoes. But, by the same token, you have not walked a mile in mine. I hope that you recognize that we are irreconcilably opposed on this issue, but I think I have given it more thought than you. In retrospect, I now realize that of all the officers I served with on active duty, Naval Academy graduates were the most tolerant of homosexuals. It may only be coincidence, but was there something in the curriculum that created such tolerance? I am aware that there have been numerous scandals regarding drug use, academic cheating, and heterosexual misconduct, but had never before given much thought to their acceptance of homosexual behavior, despite my awareness that there was a tendency toward an anal fixation.

I do hope that you conduct a thorough, in-depth evaluation of this issue, and hope you reach a realistic final determination. Assuming that your personal bias and the power of your office will result in your victory, I will watch retention statistics with a critical eye. Our sailors won’t have the option of transferring to the Australian Navy.

In keeping with the requirements of Navy Regulations, I submit this with all the respect your rank and position deserve.

With due respect;
Lawrence R. Jefferis Captain, U. S. Navy (Ret.)

My comment:

Remember it is not the homosexual attitude that is illegal.  It is the behavior.

When I was on active duty at my last command there was a PO3 who was drop dead gorgeous.  She had looks that could stop a train.  I would certainly would have wanted to have carnal knowledge with her but two things held me back.  One, I was happily married and was pretty sure that this behavior would not be condoned by my wife.  And, Two, this young lady was in my chain of command so I would be in violation of at least two articles of the UCMJ.  I was not convinced that a torrid affair, or even a night’s dalliance, was worth the twenty years I had spent building a career.  Therefore I kept my “behavior” in my pants.

Had I made a run at this young lady it would not be my lust on trial (I had that – as did every other heterosexual male in range), it would be my behavior.

Remember, homosexuals have lusts.  BUT the behavior is still illegal.

Don’t let them trap you into what the lusts are, it is an obfuscation.  Talk to them about the behavior and the UCMJ.

Rick