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Your Day At The Free Republic

By Jesse Taylor
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 16:15 EDT

A new study has found that having gays and lesbians in the military doesn’t disrupt unit cohesion. Freeper of the Day mesoman7:

“Right, ‘cause it’s impossible there are heterosexual soldiers out there with HIV infection…”

Pretty close. All military members are periodically tested for HIV. If they test positive…goodbye.

Good Freeper!

The increased probability of blood-borne diseases on the battlefield is a real bad idea. US military members are legendary for risking their own lives to pull a buddy out of the line of fire and literally bathe in the injured member’s blood. Do we really want to increase the hazard even more? Do we want soldiers/marines/etc to think twice…thrice…when others are bleeding to death?

Death among gays from HIV is disproportionately higher than for non-gays. Since most die at a relatively early age, it is also a high probability that many will contract HIV while on active duty, then spend the rest of their days in VA hospital suffering a long and very expensive death. Call me cold, but I would much rather see the scarce resources of the VA and what is left of military medical facilities reserved for the combat injured.

Bad Freeper!

That’s really special how you didn’t read what you just wrote. Reading the rest of the thread (and discussing it with Auguste last night), I find it funny that the same people who accuse feminists of thinking that all sex is rape and men as sex-hungry monsters view gays and lesbians as, well, sex-hungry monster rapists…but with fatal diseases that apparently spontaneously generate despite frequent testing, which makes it all different.

Not To Relive The Primary Again, But…

By Jesse Taylor

Things like this are part of the reason that many of us didn’t vote for Clinton – she assembled a political team with the worst instincts this side of Bob Shrum. Howard Wolfson, who was a top strategist for the presidential campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, is going where some Democrats were unwilling to go during the early days of the election season: the Fox News Channel. The network is expected to announce as…


Jonah Goldberg Is A Serial Rapist

By Jesse Taylor

Jonah Goldberg calls Barack Obama a 21st century slavemaster. Actually, to be fair, he uses a clever allegory that requires much hyperventilating on my part to reach my totally unreasonable point: There’s a weird irony at work when Sen. Barack Obama, the black presidential candidate who will allegedly scrub the…


Marky Welby, Medical Rocktor

By Jesse Taylor

One of the joys of being an underinsured/sometimes uninsured, but healthy, 25-year-old: every time new insurance asks me for a family doctor or a shot record, I don’t have A and I have no idea how to get B. I’m the asshole who shows up and continually has to ask…


Fundies probably don’t do it better

By Amanda Marcotte

One of the most interesting parts of this review by Louis Bayard of Dagmar Herzog’s book Sex in Crisis is an examination of how fundamentalists have resorted to using promises of the best sex you could ever imagine if you just wait until you’re married to do it. Bayard suggests…


Mega Science For Choads Debunking

By Amanda Marcotte

I wish Slate would let me embed their frigging videos, because I’d love to embed the one they have up summarizing a series up by Amanda Schaffer examining all the non-science masquerading as science that claims to find vast differences between men and women’s brains, differences that always point to…


Netroots Nation Panel!

By Jesse Taylor

Amanda’s post just reminded me, but I’ll be moderating a panel at Netroots Nation called Different Tones and Wider Nets, with a panel of stars, from the moderately shrill to the intensely shrill: Amanda Marcotte, Some Shitty Site Atrios, Eschaton Digby, Hullabaloo Rude Pundit, Rude Pundit Kevin Drum, Political Animal…


Campus Progress panel

By Amanda Marcotte

I’m currently in D.C. getting ready for a presentation tomorrow on reproductive justice for the Campus Progress National Conference. If you’re coming to the convention, I’d be much obliged if you could come see our talk. Should be some interesting stuff, and I definitely like doing presentations for the young,…


And From The Ashes Of Destruction…

By Jesse Taylor

Please please please please please goddammit please. If there’s a way that Carly Fiorina and Mitt Romney can get melded together in some tragic-yet-incredible explosion to form the World’s Worst Running Mate, I heartily support it. Perhaps in some event that also consumes the Crocs factory whole, leaving its owner…


Obvious Limitations

By Jesse Taylor

Matt talks about term limits: It really does seem a bit odd that a mayor with a 67 percent approval rating should be forced from office because of a term limits law. I suppose I understand the theory that presidential-level term limits serve as a check on tyranny, but there…