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I recently spoke with one of the Pentagon’s most senior medical officers. Official DOD attitudes towards homosexuality, he said, had followed a strange trajectory over the last decade. From a grudging recognition of the inevitable–an acceptance that policies such as those of our ally Britain, where homosexuality is accepted as a fact, will eventually be the rule for the U.S. armed forces–they have shifted towards an “essentially sociopathic and anti-scientific bigotry strongly tinged with fundamentalist Christianity.” The medical officer said this was one of the principal manifestations of the Bush Administration’s conscious decisions to empower fundamentalist Christians in the uniformed services. He cited General Peter Pace as a symbol of the phenomenon and welcomed his departure. “This will be a good thing for the uniformed services, because aside from ‘Perfect Peter’s’ notoriously loose grip on the truth in his Congressional testimony, he bordered on the clinical in his attitude towards gays.”
More evidence of the “sociopathic” attitudes towards gays that are commonplace in the U.S. military can be found in a current report by a CBS affiliate in California.
Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed to CBS 5 that military leaders had considered, and then subsquently rejected, building the so-called “Gay Bomb” . . . As part of a military effort to develop non-lethal weapons, the proposal suggested, “One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behavior.” The documents show the Air Force lab asked for $7.5 million to develop such a chemical weapon.
“The Ohio Air Force lab proposed that a bomb be developed that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soliders to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistably attractive to one another,” Hammond said after reviwing the documents.
Sometimes facts are stranger than fiction.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”