He also wrote a great piece on the pseudo-drama/scandal that took place after I won the CPAC award.
He also wrote a great piece on the pseudo-drama/scandal that took place after I won the CPAC award.
"Mr. Kimmel has been an ally to the gay community," Romine continues, "but with this display of poor taste we feel his comments and humor were out of bounds and offensive to transgender people. We invite Mr. Kimmel and his staff to meet with representatives of the transgender community to better educate themselves about transgender issues."Could you imagine ABC working with Christians to "ensure a positive portrayal" of religion? Now, Mr. Kimmel will make sure to never say anything painstakingly obvious about the trans gender bait and switch. Critics will run the gamut claiming: This is no big deal or this blog is anti-trans gender. Somewhere between denial and defamation lies someone's truth. Where is yours?
(President John Adams to President Thomas Jefferson 19th Century).It turns out that only 1/3 of the American population is even eligible for military service. This is an alarming state that points to a couple of really bad trends
NewsMax.com Wires Thursday, March 29, 2007
Beleaguered Ford Motor Co., struggling to get back into the black by 2009, could be the first corporate victim of the so-called "culture wars" due to a boycott led by Christian-centered conservative groups.
By Dr. Ronnie W. Floyd
The issue of
homosexual marriage seems to have exploded on the national scene in
2004, but this is an organized effort that has been ongoing for over 30
years. It is now affecting every level of our society. Families agonize
over this issue, while the church has been rocked with the ordination
of homosexual clergy and same-sex marriage ceremonies.
The genius of Mark Steyn's America Alone
is how excruciatingly intuitive he is in tying these tendencies
together and relating them to the future of American security, both
here and abroad. In the 200 channel plus fog of bore, finding clarity
can be disorientating even numbing. Steyn is witty, direct and a great
read, a clear road sign for a trip to a place where know one has quite
been--the future. Drop me a line when you've finished the book--we may
have just laughed at the same parts.
Giordano taped this show and later used the recording to interact with his callers. He constantly mislabeled me as a recruiter, which I'm not, but beyond that the interview stands
on its own. Of course, I was struggling with parts of his questions,
telling thousands of strangers your story, a story you're not very
comfortable with can be a daunting task. One caller defended me and
mentioned I may have been "in bad need of money". That was very nice,
but I wasn't desperate for money at all, those years ago, I was simply
depraved--which is far worse than needing a couple of bucks to make the
Depravity seems to be spreading. It's sad that we can ask another human being
"What are you?" when in fact no one is a "What", but a "Who". This
degrading practice of reducing people to a few sexual acts, the texture
of their hair or a brand of soda is dehumanizing and it's unfortunate that so many cling to it as a refuge of pride. I'm glad I did the Dom Giordano Show, I just wish we could have gone beyond obvious and into the universal.
Of course, there's the whole "The military discriminates" argument that the "office of multiculturalism" chants like a bad slogan. Here's a newsflash, the military discriminates against people who are obese, who have flat feet, who are myopic, who are color blind, who are diabetic, who have taken anti-depressants, or who have considered suicide. Not sure if those groups form part of your rainbow flag. The clueless need to recognize that the needs of the Marine Corps, or Navy Seals are not the same as the needs for the incoming freshman chess team.
Anti-militarism for the sake of "speaking for those who have no voice" even when that voice wants to take the oath of service, is the type of racism leftist whiners are so good at spreading in the name of "social equality". It's a queer sort of equality that puts their sanctimonious opinion above all else.
During our interview, the future Lois Lane wondered out loud "Why would anyone want to join?"
Of course, the truth is that there are as many reasons for men and
women joining the military, as there are members of the military. The
decision to enlist is above all very personal. For many, military
service offers an alternative, an education you simply can't get on a
college campus. The dirty secret is that there are motivated men and
women who really want to learn how to hit a target the size of a
microwave from nearly 1/2 a mile away, serve their country in a way
that actually makes a difference, or set off really big explosions, or
learn six ways to kill a man with their bare hands. Of course, my young
interviewer would be appalled by such a revelation, but then she was
never going to sign a contract anyway.
Front Page Magazine picked up the story on the enormous concessions Columbia University
made to veterans. Columbia University is, without a doubt, a leader in
American academia. When a leader makes a move, others follow. It's our
hope that Columbia will inspire sister institutions to take note of
their example. Veteran's issues on campuses are a not a partisan issue.
Let's hope more blogs from all ideologies pick up this story. We promise to let you know if and when they do.
The movie was just crowned the box office winner for the second week in
a row. Maybe people are tired of Politically Correct garbage--let's
Blatant homophobia? Leonidas roars his defiance at the Persian invaders in "300."
Blatant Homophobia--or just plain old fun?
March 16, 2007 -- OK, this is weird.
Since about, oh, Sept. 12, 2001, every writer, producer, director and suit in
stereotype them as bad guys. Don't mock their beliefs. Don't even
mention their names. And for heaven's sake, don't make them mad. Cont.
I enjoyed the fact that Smerconish has a libertarian mindset that respects both the actions and autonomy of people.
Obviously, a lot of people won't agree with what is written; especially those who use victimhood as a Trojan Horse for "progress".
They will cry homophobia because anyone who doesn't agree with them
must have some sort of psychosis. Fair enough, but it's those same
people who insist these issues cannot be touched--like sacred cows
roaming a pot-holed street, multiculturalism, victimhood and "human rights" are understood to be above dissension, especially on college campuses. In an age when the ability to speak is more important than ever, this exception to the unspoken "rule" simply can not be tolerated.
"Porn reduces the mind and flattens the soul. I don't like it. That's not hypocrisy talking; that's just experience. I sometimes think of myself, ironically, as a progressive: I started off as a liberal but I progressed to conservatism. Part of that transformation is due to my time in the industry. How does a conservative trace his roots to such distasteful beginnings? I didn't like porn's liberalism. In porn, everything taboo is trivialized and everything trivial is magnified."How does that happen? How does a group that clings to professional victimhood so quickly go on the attack and so easily subject another to the same treatment they claim they want to prevent? For the gay jihadist, it's easy to issue a fatwa against me. Everything is kind of relative, and as Michael Signorile kept saying, "they will never accept you". He truly meant to say that he, the gay fundamentalist, as well as the vicious left won't accept you. He is correct.
inspired me, because he unapologetically got down to the truth. Without
ever having met me, Kevin understood that we are all human, we all have
pasts, and that we all can move on, especially with some spiritual
help. In my case, I've moved on for the better, and that really angers
many on the left. That's not gay, it's sad.
For the first time, since 1972,
Columbia University was going to be the host of an officer
commissioning ceremony. Well, kind of sort of. The university wasn't
going to officially "sponsor" the commissioning, but they did agree to
allow the use of their symbolic building, Low Library.
If Columbia, a thoroughly secular academic institution, had a soul the
heavy hand carved wooden doors were its entrance, and the powers that
be had allowed something to take place that had not happened in over
I had never been to an officer commissioning
before, but the officer-to-be flattered me when he requested that I
render to him his very first salute. Bob was an Air Force candidate
whose father, a captain in the Navy, was to attending the service. As
an enlisted man, my cardinal rule was to avoid officers, but I tended
to fail at that. The ceremony was intensely personal, as many family
members beamed with pride and their loved ones took the oath to honor and protect the Constitution.
For me, the height of that Spring afternoon was when an Iwo Jima survivor administered the oath to his grand-daughter from his wheelchair. The salty 90-year old had been a Marine officer during the island hopping campaign,
and his voice wavered when his mind wandered back to the quick-like
sands of that emblematic conflict. Of course, someone wanted to take a
picture and we were all prepared to kneel, but this feisty devil dog
insisted on getting up. For a moment, he seemed to waiver, I offered
some support, but he snapped to attention just when the camera flashed.
Cpl. Matt Sanchez
A good friend of mine and an Iraqi War veteran insisted I go with him to see a film. 300 was
created by Frank Miller who, I am told, lives not far away from me. I'm
a huge comic book fan so, I fondly remember Millers work in Daredevil and The Dark Knight.
The film was packed with a loud audience that wanted to see action.
People cheered when Spartans viciously killed the Persian forces.
Meanwhile, back in Sparta, the counsel plotted to throw the Spartan
king, Leonida, into jail for breaking their laws. I can't be the only
one who thought of the Republicans and Democrats during this intrigue
of treason, sex, and war. The Persian king, Xerxes, looked like a drag
queen on a float, and Persia offered all of the delights that lead to a
type of interior decay, with one scene that could be described as a
gender-bender circuit party. 300 was entertaining,
dramatic, direct and unapologetic. Visually stunning, the film was full
of intense staging that accentuated the cause of the noble Spartans,
with the depravity of their enemies. No wonder the Marine Corps Times said "We Loved it." In the same issue they ran the story on me.
I've quickly put up a comment
The curious thing is that MSNBC easily
could have requested comments from me, instead they chose to pick this
red-diaper baby to explain how I am homophobic and "being used". I'm
tempted to say MSNBC is being
used, but I suspect the feeling was mutual.
Everyone told me how bad this piece was, but I couldn't help laughing.
The premise was so flimsy and the speaker kept stumbling over his
talking points. I hope they picked up decent ratings, because with this
junk passing itself off as news, they're going to need them.
Last night, hate-filled liberals on MSNBC attemped to smear Marine
Corporal Matt Sanchez and conservatives who honored him at CPAC for his
support of the military at Columbia University. They gleefully showed
photos of Cpl. Sanchez at the event--including ones I took--in mockery
after his gay porn past was outed by left-wing blogs. They cackled
I said the other day I thought CPAC organizers would be justified in
being embarrassed if the rumors about Sanchez's porn star past 15 years
ago turned out to be true. Well, the rumors are true. But it is neither CPAC nor Cpl. Sanchez who should feel embarrassed.
It's the nasty, gloating liberals who claim to stand for tolerance,
privacy, human rights, and compassion. I predicted the other day that
left-wing bigotry would rear its ugly head. I was right. The e-mail
I've received is more disgusting than anything Ann Coulter stupidly
said at CPAC. And I can imagine the vitriol Cpl. Sanchez is enduring.
Originally, salon.com asked to interview me, but after several reporters putting their own spin on my words, I asked this mostly liberal blog to let me write my own article. What I wrote, without any editing, is below. The Salon version has some definite differences.
Was I totally clueless? When I stepped forward to talk about an anti-military bias at Columbia of course I knew my life would come under some scrutiny. We hear it everyday, with the universality of the internet, it€™s impossible to have privacy. We have all done things no one wants to be advertised, but the truth is most of us aren€™t important enough to rate more than a bit of gossip from a snubbed co-worker or some derision from an embittered rival. For most, life is fairly routine, but for those rare few who dare to be different, it can be a lot more harrowing. Being Hispanic, a 100% American flag-waving red-blooded Reagan Republican, and living in New York City, I sometimes think of myself as a progressive: my views started off liberal but I progressed to conservatism. People constantly ask €œHow can you be a conservative, they€™re so hateful.€ Obviously, these poor souls have never received a Jeanne Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award from a Conservative Political Action Committee like I did this weekend. Let me step back a second, because most of you don€™t have a clue what I€™m talking about. In September 2005, I complained about military bias at Columbia University€”New York City€™s finest institution of higher learning (and I truly mean that). My fellow veterans were proud of me, happy that someone had finally spoken out. It is unfortunate Salon.com and most liberal blogs and media chose to ignore this issue. In fact, it€™s even more unfortunate that ONLY conservative (traditional for you O€™Reilly fans) were interested. Given the left€™s constant talk about equality, discrimination, minority rights and systemic oppression, I thought appearing on CNN or MSNBC would have been a media no-brainer, a great way of spreading the non-partisan word, but so much is political today€”even the double-standards have talking points. It was a cold morning in Manhattan and I was late for classes, despite being a bit groggy from studying for my midterms, and working full-time at a marketing firm where I just made partner. I don€™t drink coffee and in my morning haze, I didn€™t notice the mounting messages on my obsidian Blackberry. I couldn€™t distinguish the spam from the hate mail. We all have a tendency to want to hate the enemy; I suppose that€™s why Ann Coulter got applause when she used the term ragheads (that was the last Coulter scandal, or was it the Jersey Girls?) I also suppose that€™s why I got so much invective when bloggers posted decade-plus pictures of me that I knew were still around, but simply chose to ignore. Did I think I could become a €œpublic figure€ without some scrutiny? Of course not! Am I so craven for attention that I€™ll stop at anything to get it? I€™m the first to admit that I want to be heard, read and taken seriously, but some issues really are simple and some are more complex. I always hear the complaint of information reduced to sound bytes and of the lack of depth in public discourse. Well, porn is porn; self-explanatory and of little depth. The pictures do pretty much all the talking, and in an age when pictures are so abundant, they don€™t say much. I€™m concerned many will feel inadequate, as a conservative, I like to insist on equal opportunity even if some start off with more than others. I don€™t like porn, it reduces the mind, flattens the soul. That€™s not hypocrisy talking, that€™s experience. If I started off with liberal leanings, being on a gay porn set should have been heaven. In porn, everything taboo is trivialized and everything trivial is projected. How does a conservative trace his roots to such distasteful beginnings? Like all followers of a cult, it€™s tough to figure out when you stopped believing in the party-line, but I can tell you that by the time I finished my summer tour of the major studios, I was pretty disgusted with myself. It was an emotional low, and the people who surrounded me were like drug dealers only interested in being with the anesthetized in order not to shake off the stupor of being high. Why did I become a conservative? Just look at what I left, and look at who is attacking me to today? Let€™s face it people, you€™re all cynical enough to know that if I had espoused liberal causes, spoken out against the military, got a liberal award for courage and then outed with a porn-past, you€™d be clamoring for my memoir, and nominating me for a diversity ticket with Barack Obama. Instead those who complain about wire-tapping reserve the right to eavesdrop on my private life for political brownie points. Sure, I took a picture with Ann Coulter, I don€™t endorse what she said, but anyone in the military would defend her right to say it. I realize that sounds prohibitively phony, but gee it€™s really true! The right to say things is precious and like so many others, my decision to serve after September 11th is even a more salient point of my past. I feel I€™m duty bound to help out my fellow veterans in any fight, both foreign and domestic. The issue of anti-military bias on campus is enormous and the CPAC was correct to recognize the gravity of the situation and award those who act for change. With so many experiences since the last George Bush was in power, you€™ll have to forgive me for not listing a summer job in my resume, so many years later. It€™s just a part of my past, and like anyone who reflects on the past realizes, it contributes to who I am today. No apologies, just recognition. No running away, just moving forward. I€™m not clueless, I saw Jeff Ganon at the CPAC. I didn€™t speak to him, and had never met him, but he seemed fine to me, despite the minor media scandal last year, or was it the year before??? It€™s hard to keep track, in fact, so many scandals come and go in such a rapid cycle, like the 24 frames it takes for one second of film to give the cinematic illusion of reality. I wonder if I€™m just being blasé or the readers really think the tit-for-tat sport of political €œgotcha!!€ amounts to something more than a Mc€™Opinion: easily digested and effortlessly spewed as another €œI hate those people!€ anecdote. I learned a lot at the CPAC, mostly that I€™m not as right-wing among the true believers as I feel in a place like New York, where people glibly promote diversity unless you don€™t agree with them. I also learned that there are noteworthy citizens in this country who are dutifully engaged in public discourse and intimately committed to the autonomy of the individual. I accepted my award and spoke with great pride. I am embarrassed to say, I thought my fellow conservative friends would distance themselves when this news came out, and I€™m touched that the opposite has happened. I€™ve been asked to give my point of view, invited to speak at various functions, invited to back on TV and most people have gone out of their way to give me their vote of confidence and avoid a rush to judgment. That€™s really nice, I appreciate the support, but some conversations are worth having, and I€™ve achieved a major victory with changing Columbia€™s policy toward the military. Columbia University will build a war memorial to alumni who fell in battle from the War of Independence to the War on Terror. Now, that's the progress I've been demanding. Anything else is just another blip on the blogosphere.