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Dishonest Critics

Lieutenent Commander Marilisa Elrod, a presumably white woman in a White Navy uniform appears to be driving a passenger boat.

Lt. Cmdr. Marilisa Elrod, shown here in Hawaii recently, has a rare distinction: as a doctor and undersea medical officer, she has become submarine qualified in a service that excludes women as crewmembers. Elrod says it would take effort and changes but believes women can successfully serve on submarines.

People have opinions, and they are entitled to their own. People are allowed to disagree with whatever is going on, policy changes, new programs being created…wev. Part of the Constitutional Right to Free Speech in the U.S. means that people are allowed to criticize those choices and opinions. Free Speech does not mean free from criticism, I get that.

There is, however, a line to draw in that criticism where the critic is deliberately dishonest in order to draw attention purposefully to their side. There is criticism and then there is lying.

The Center for Military Readiness strikes again, this time horribly misconstruing what a woman sailor said in a Stars and Stripes interview in order to make her look like a silly Uppity Woman. That is about as dishonest as you can get, and it shows the CMR as the dishonest and ridiculous hacks that they are.

They saw this news article: (emphasis mine)

A sailor once asked Lt. Cmdr. Marilisa Elrod where she got the twin dolphins sewn below the U.S. Navy lettering on her uniform. She could understand the sailor’s confusion — he had probably never seen the insignia on a woman before.

I said I borrowed them from my husband … just to tease him,” said Elrod, a doctor and undersea medical officer based in Hawaii.

Then she explained how she studied for more than a year and passed her qualification test aboard the USS Key West before earning the distinction of being a submarine-qualified sailor.

To a submariner, those dolphins mean that the sailor wearing them knows enough about every function of the boat to save it in an emergency.

Elrod is one of 12 submarine-qualified women in the Navy, officials said.

… and turned it into this hot mess: (emphasis all fucking mine)

The article quotes Lt. Cmdr. Marilisa Elrod, a doctor and undersea medical officer who likes to wear her husband’s dolphins because she is qualified to ride on the submarines.

See, they don’t really care about women, as they claim. They care about controlling women’s lives and really go out of their way to insult real women and their achievements. The Center for Military Readiness, headed by my BFF Elaine Donnelly, who hasn’t spent a day in uniform and can’t attest to what it means to earn a qualification for making a proper rack let alone being on a submarine, cares more about pretend babies that don’t exist than actual women who would benefit from having career paths opened to them.

The Center for Military Readiness mess goes on to purposely confuse what is pretty damned clear in the Stars and Stripes article, suggesting that the article never clarifies what kind of accommodations LCDR Elrod had on her submarine stints, but in the article she says that she shared an officer’s State Room. It’s not unclear at all. She is discussing in the article the measures taken to accommodate privacy for her on board a submarine. Some basic reading comprehension is all it takes to grok that. It also purports that LCDR Kunts, an actual submariner, doesn’t know shit about what he is talking about. So, no respect for actual sailors, either. I guess civilians are the go-to on all things military, huh?

Whoever “editor” is at CMR should really try to get their facts straight. Maybe talk to a few people who have been on board submarines (like, I dunno, maybe even an actual woman like LCDR Elrod) and try to find some data from this decade to make their case.

Integration of women onto submarines is going to happen. It is happening. It has already happened. People at the Center for Military Readiness and other critics need to wrap their head around that, and stop spreading lies and misconstruing facts to damage progress.

Photo: from Stars and Stripes online

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It’s about time…

…that women were on the side of women.

This is a great victory in the name of equality.  It’s a damned big step.  It’s huge.  It is something that has been on the minds of women sailors for a long time, and has been hemmed and hawed over by Navy Brass whenever it is brought up in a public forum by one of them.  Not enough bathrooms, they said…a matter of money, they said…

Finally…ADM Mike Mullen speaks on behalf of women (it really irks me that it takes a man to speak up and say it’s OK, but that’s for another day…Focus, OYD, focus!) in the Navy…and when no one thinks anyone will listen to him, suddenly policy is being written and some of the wildest dreams of women sailors are starting to come to fruition.  The right people are in place to make this happen. (more…)

This! Thisthisthisthis!

Via Shakesville!

Shaq is holding a pandaHey, Elaine Donnelly!
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Someone in the Pentagon has, however, got it right:

The article in the upcoming issue of Joint Force Quarterly, which is published for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was written by an Air Force colonel who studied the issue for months while a student at the National Defense University in Washington and who concludes that having openly gay troops in the ranks will not hurt combat readiness.

Awesome.

The views do not necessarily reflect those of Pentagon leaders, but their appearance in a publication billed as the Joint Chiefs’ “flagship’’ security studies journal signals that the top brass now welcomes a debate in the military over repealing the 1993 law that requires gays to hide their sexual orientation, according to several longtime observers of the charged debate over gays in the military.

While decisions on which articles to publish are made by the journal’s editorial board, located at the defense university, a senior military official said yesterday that the office of Admiral Mike Mullen, the Joint Chiefs chairman who is the nation’s top military officer, reviewed the article before it was published.

As many other nations’ military forces, such as Israel, Australia, and Canada, will show us, allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the ranks isn’t going to destroy the world as we know it.  Personally, as an aside, I think this news holds more weight coming from an educated member of the military, someone who has been in the actual ranks, rather than that seeming know-it-all Elaine Donnelly (yeah, that one), whose military experience seems to be bossing military people around.  But, back to the article:

“After a careful examination, there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that unit cohesion will be negatively affected if homosexuals serve openly,’’ writes Colonel Om Prakash, who is now working in the office of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. “Based on this research, it is not time for the administration to reexamine the issue; rather it is time for the administration to examine how to implement the repeal of the ban.’’

KA-POW!

To quote Maud from the liked Shakesville thread:

Yes, Mr. President, you were saying . . . ? I can’t hear your fierce advocacy over the sound of a man of integrity making a simple, firm declarative statement.

The article goes on to say something that anyone w/ a working concept of basic math could have told you.  DADT costs the military a Humvee full of money, and that, sure, there will be some disruptions, but there already are.  The civilian world is full of the hatred and homobigotry already, where yelling “that’s so gay” is an appropriate insult it seems, or where I get a chortle from a family friend because I mention that saying someone is “faggalicious” in front of The Kid at dinner isn’t flying with me.

The military will deal with these things as they come.  We need to give them room to do so, and trust the people who are actually inside the world’s largest organization to know how to handle it rather than some homobigot who has no idea what it is like to wear a uniform or what unit cohesion really means.  The time to do this is long past.  Job security and protection of livelihood should not have to come at the cost of living a lie.  Ever.

In Honor of CSPAN2 Broadcasting the Trainwreck

I dredged up this post of mine that I did at Myspace a while back on the Elaine Donnelly Train Wreck.

Thanks to all the Shakers from the Pub for great chats on Zombies, Zombie Fondue, Gang of Lesbians, Jane Doe #37, ZOMG SHOES and Ostriches.  But never never ever clowns.

To anyone who was around when it happened, The Guy has had a death in the family very far away.  Thanks for the well wishing from all of you Virtual Pub Crawlers.  Thanks for learning to alcohol w/ me. (more…)

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