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Sunday, October 31, 2010

GAY? SMAY who cares.

Pentagon survey finds troops, their families don't care if gays serve.

An internal Pentagon study has found that most U.S. troops and their families don't care whether gays are allowed to serve openly and think the policy of "don't ask, don't tell" could be done away with, according to officials familiar with its findings.
Details on the survey results were still scare Thursday, with the Pentagon declining to discuss the findings until after December 1, when it rolls out its own plan for repeal.
The officials who disclosed the survey's findings spoke on condition of anonymity because the results had not been released.(Associated Press)


I found this very interesting.

Baron Friedrich Wilhelm Augustus von Steuben
Maybe you are not familiar with this guy’s name. He is often put in the back of the history books when it comes to other soldiers during his time period. However, this Prussian aristocrat and military officer served as Inspector General and Major General of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He is credited with teaching the Continental Army the essentials of military drill and discipline, and helping to guide the United States towards victory against the British. He wrote the Revolutionary War Drill Manual, the book that became the standard United States drill manual until the War of 1812, and served as General George Washington’s chief of staff in the final years of the war. He originally served in the Prussian Army, before he was forced to resign because of being homosexual. Since he was a soldier, he attempted to sell his services in Austria, Baden (part of the Holy Roman Empire), and France – who suggested he talk to Washington. George didn’t have a problem with this sexual preferences and hired him on to train the troops at Valley Forge. If he hadn’t, we might still be a colony to Great Britain.

Lieutenant Colonel T.E. Lawrence aka Lawrence of Arabia
This British Army officer is renowned for his liaison role during the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule of 1916-18 during World War One. The extraordinary work he accomplished with the Arab nomadic tribes, his ability to understand and relate to their culture, and his vivid written descriptions of the events led him to be internationally known as Lawrence of Arabia. Lawrence’s public image was due in part to American journalist Lowell Thomas’ sensationalized reports of the revolt, as well as Lawrence’s autobiographical account in Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1922). Lawrence was able to achieve these goals since he understood the Middle East. Prior to WW1, he was an archaeologist who studied in Egypt, Lebanon, and throughout the Mesopotamia regions. He was well-spoken and able to speak fluently in English, French, German, Latin, Greek, Arabic, Turkish and Syriac. He helped to create an insurgency within the Arab regions against the Ottoman Turks that eventually led to the collapse of that empire following the war. While he never publicly stated he was a homosexual, he wrote about it in his book and letters. None of it stopped him from being on the winning side World War One.

Julius Caesar
Gaius Julius Caesar was a Roman military and political leader. He played a critical role in the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. Caesar was born into a patrician family, which claimed descent from the son of the legendary Trojan prince Aeneas. While Caesar was married a couple of times, in the writings of the time, we know that he had an affair with King Nicomedes of Bithynia (part of northwest Asia Minor on the Black Sea). While this was generally acceptable at the time amongst Roman nobility at the time, it still caused him some grief from his critics. It did not, however, stop Caesar from taking over Gaul and becoming one of the most notable military leaders in history.

King Richard The Lionhearted
Also known as King Richard I, he is the famous king that is mentioned in the famous Robin Hood tales. He is also the King who led the Third Crusade against the great Sultan Saladin and brought victory for the Christians. Of his sexual preferences, there have been conjecture over whether or not he had a relationship with the King of France, Philip II. There are writings on him sharing the same bed with Philip, though some historians claim that this was just a medieval “photo opp”. He and Philip led their armies into the Holy Land to reclaim lands that “belonged” to the Christian world and made their way into the history books. No matter what his sexual orientation, Richard’s military contributions and prowess on the battlefield cannot be questioned. He is considered the epitome of everything about chivalry.

Alexander The Great
He was everything that is considered in a great general. Leaders have been studying his tactics for centuries. And…he occasionally had a homosexual encounter. Alexander III of Macedon was 20 years old when he took the throne and created one of the largest empires in ancient history by the time he was 32 years old. Although his reign was short-lived, the cultural impact of his conquests lasted for centuries. Alexander was known to be undefeated in battle and is considered one of the most successful commanders of all time. By the time he was finished building his empire, Alexander had taken control of Greece, Macedonia, Persia, Egypt, Asia, and India. He only stopped because his men had grown weary of war and wanted to return home. Alexander was married twice, but his greatest relationship was with his friend, general, and bodyguard Hephaestion, the son of a Macedonian noble and leader of the famed Companion Cavalry. When Hephaestion died of typhus, eight months before Alexander’s own death (also possibly from typhus), he was devastated and planned on creating monuments and petitioned the oracles to grant Hephaestion divine status.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

We are everywhere, as they say!

female, I shit you not! said...

My arms wrap around all my relatives, straight or not.
It doesn't rub off!!!!
THX for this post Jackie

billy pilgrim said...

any port in a storm i suppose.

billy pilgrim said...

how about jerry jones and bum phillips? that might explain why old bum still has his job.

Charlene said...

I think we Americans spend too much time trying to reign in the nature of our human selves. America was founded on rebellion and has done a pretty good job of taking in all the people of the world and converting them to be Americans. When we try to engineer people into a strict set of principles not true to our best selves, that's when we get off the right path.

Spend your time helping others, building businesses, paying your taxes, keeping your personal noses out of others' business. Then we will be strong and true.

Jan said...

I think we should be grateful and accepting of anyone who would want to serve in the military. I've never gotten the controversy.

Anonymous said...

If we don't learn the history of things, how can we ever hope to change the future?

texlahoma said...

I agree with you YDG. Who cares?


life is to short to worry about what people do in their bedroom.

Il Duche said...

Jackasses who refuse to recognize all people as human first should be kicked in the face. Might wake 'em up.

We've had a huge surge in homophobia at my school. My work husband, who is gay, has come out literally and figuratively against the kids who are merely mimicking what they've heard from their parents, their community, and the white rage media.

Intense Guy said...

"Pentagon survey finds troops, their families don't care if gays serve" but did you notice they just HAD to have a multi-million dollar study on how to "phase in" allowing Gays to serve?

Bunch of money wasting f*ck*ps.