June 2006


Technically, it ought to be seen as a setback that SCOTUS does not want us to set up military tribunals for captured terrorists – when you have the Supreme Court treating the Geneva Convention like some kind of holy writ (and ignoring certain parts of it that piss off the Left), you have a problem on your hands.

But this will set things up for the Republicans beautifully, in one of two ways: 1) What we do with our prisoners of war is a much better issue to run for re-election on than flag¬†defacement or gay marriage. 2) It gives our soldiers less of a moral dilemma about what to do with enemy combatants – don’t capture the Allahu Akbar shouters, kill them where they stand.¬† The latter may sound ruthless, but even the Geneva Convention says that you no longer have to play by the rules if your enemy disguises himself by not wearing a uniform.

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You know, I have no problem with gay people being gay. They can love whomever they want and do whatever they like behind closed doors, as long as they don't go describing it to me in great detail. I DON'T CARE.

But the problem with celebrating your sexual orientation in public is that there are some people who take the opportunity to make it into some kind of sexual Mardi Gras; apparently, they want the entire world to know what's going on behind those closed door.  Those unfortunate displays of "pride" that look nothing like displays of social and personal responsibility. (I recall my favorite headline from The Onion: Gay Pride Parade Sets Mainstream Acceptance Of Gays Back 50 Years.)

There are homosexuals that behave like normal human beings; normal, getting-along behavior has nothing to do with "being in the closet," and likewise, I can't imagine why being openly gay means being FLAMBOYANTLY gay.  If the GLBT community can prove that they can behave like responsible human beings – and not let down our faith in them by indulging in all this suggestive bacchanalia one week a year, every year – then the chances of gay marriage being legalized improve considerably.

More on this later, perhaps, once I get my thoughts better organized.

Talk Talk’s first, eponymous smash single. You won’t even have to change the words to make it relevant to our situation…

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Well did I tell you before, when l was up
Anxiety was bringing me down
Because l’m tired of listening to you talking in rhymes
Twisting round to make me think you’re straight down the line

All you do to me is talk talk
Talk talk talk talk
All you do to me is talk talk
Talk talk talk talk
All you do to me is talk talk

If every sign that l see is to compete
Then l’m just a fool in your game
And all you want to do is tell me your lies
Won’t you show the other side, you’re just wasting my time

All you do to me is talk talk
Talk talk talk talk
All you do to me is talk talk
Talk talk talk talk
All you do to me is talk talk

When every choice that l make is yours
Keep telling me what’s right and what’s wrong
Don’t you ever stop to think about me
l’m not that blind to see that you’ve been cheating on me
You’re laughing at me when I’m up
And you’re crying for me when I’m down
I see you laughing at me when l’m up
I see you crying for me

All you do to me is talk talk
Talk talk talk talk
All you do to me is talk talk
Talk talk talk talk
All you do to me is talk talk

I've never heard that better expressed than here:

"When you're discussing drilling in ANWR with a progressive, make no mistake — you are, more or less, having a debate on whether or not you should be allowed to strike him in the face." – Ace of Spades

So many of them have latched onto these causes as a key to their persona, as a way to self-define, that to attack their politics is interpreted as a personal insult. "I disagree with your politics" translates to "I disagree with the CORE OF YOUR VERY IDENTITY, you stupid asshole."

The Right must be careful not to fall into the same trap; the possibility has occurred to me that we are not immune.