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12/02/2010

Manning gets an Ann-ing; DADT discourse gets a reduction

by Jeremy Hooper

News-Goproud-Homocon-Ann-Coulter-DetailForget the countless brave men and women who've served/are serving our armed forces with honor, dignity, and homosexual orientations. In a typically stereotype-laden column, GOProud darling Ann Coulter boils the entire conversation down to one Bradley Manning, who she turns into a poster boy for a certain "gay subset." A subset that she thinks poses an innate threat to our armed forces.

Here are the pertinent snips, with link to full piece:

In an online chat with a computer hacker, [Bradley Manning] said he lifted the hundreds of thousands of classified documents by pretending to be listening to a CD labeled "Lady Gaga." Then he acted as if he were singing along with her hit song "Telephone" while frantically downloading classified documents.

I'm not a military man, but I think singing along to Lady Gaga would constitute "telling" under "don't ask, don't tell."

Do you have to actually wear a dress to be captured by the Army's "don't ask, don't tell" dragnet?

What constitutes being "openly" gay now? Bringing a spice rack to basic training? Attending morning drills decked out as a Cher impersonator? Following Anderson Cooper on Twitter?

Also, U.S. military, have you seen a picture of Bradley Manning? The photo I've seen is only from the waist up, but you get the feeling that he's wearing butt-less chaps underneath. He looks like a guy in a soldier costume at the Greenwich Village Halloween parade.
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Let's check our "Gay Profile at a Glance" and ... let's see ... desperate for acceptance ... delusions of grandeur ... yep, they're both on the gay subset list!

Obviously, the vast majority of gays are loyal Americans -- and witty and stylish to boot! But a small percentage of gays are going to be narcissistic hothouse flowers like Bradley Manning.
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Any discussion of "don't ask, don't tell" should begin with Bradley Manning. Live by the sad anecdote, die by the sad anecdote.
FULL PIECE: BRADLEY MANNING: POSTER BOY FOR 'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL' [Ann Coulter]

Right. Life and death. Like that which countless gay soldiers have risked throughout history -- in truly mortal terms, not in reductive, partisan, political, anecdotal ones.

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