This will be the second post about Senator Chambliss in a row, but his most recent gaff requires comment. Here is his entire statement at the February 2 meeting of the Senate Armed Services committee:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

And just as was stated by my friend, Sen. Udall, I think live and let live is not a bad policy to adhere to and that’s what we have in place in the military with don’t ask, don’t tell right now.
To you, Secretary Gates and Adm. Mullen, you’re in a tough spot and we understand that. This is an extremely sensitive issue and everybody on this committee, I’m satisfied, is very sensitive to the issue both inside and outside the military.
In the military, it presents entirely different problems than it does in civilian life, because there is no constitutional right to serve in our armed forces. And today we know we’ve got gay and lesbian soldiers serving. They’ve served in the past; they’re going to serve in the future; and they’re going to serve in a very valiant way.
But the primary purpose of the armed forces is to prepare for and to prevail in combat should the need arise. Military life is fundamentally different from civilian life in that military society is characterized by its own laws, rules, customs and traditions – including restrictions on personal behavior that would not be acceptable in civilian society. Examples include alcohol use, adultery, fraternization and body art. If we change this rule of don’t ask, don’t tell, what are we going to do with these other issues?
The armed forces must maintain personnel policies that exclude persons whose presence in the armed forces would create an unacceptable risk to the armed forces’ high standards of morale, good order and discipline and unit cohesion. In my opinion, the presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would very likely create an unacceptable risk to those high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and effective unit cohesion and effectiveness. I’m opposed to this change and I look forward to a very spirited debate on this issue, Mr. Chairman.
This kind of bigotry, still alive in Washington, should be as shocking as it is breathtaking. Unfortunately, Senator Chambliss, who represents all Georgians to the nation, has made us all look like narrow-minded bigots. Since the Senator won his election in 2008, when Democrats in general did well, he probably feels comfortable enough to say what he likes.
What does being homosexual have to do with “morale, good order and discipline” or “alcohol use, adultery, fraternization [really??], and body art?” It’s neither good nor bad, it just is. And what does Saby Chambliss know about what’s best for the military? He’s never served, having received 5 student deferments and a medical deferment during Vietnam. Speaking as another career civilian, I can say I am ashamed of this man and how he treats those who would serve our country with honor and defend us while being who they are.
Forgive the rant, but it really irks me that the only time Georgia gets national press is when a bigot decides to open his mouth and embarrass us all.
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I am watching the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. As the different nations walk into the stadium, it gives one an, albeit fleeting, hope for multinational cooperation. Seeing a Greek athlete with a Canadian flag painted on her cheek brought that thought to mind.

It was very interesting to note that the flag bearer for Iran was a woman, and in fact the first woman to compete for Iran in the Winter Games. Tip of the hat to NBC for that tidbit. After that delegation came Ireland, then Israel. Iran, who has had leaders want to push Israel into the sea, will compete on the same snow as Israel.

I think the true challenge of the Olympics is not during any of the actual competitions. I understand that this will invite questions as to how many winter sports a Georgia boy like me has competed in, and the point is taken. Still I think the true challenge is for the athletes to take the spirit of multinational cooperation back home. Learning to reach broad consensus across ideological lines and go beyond narrow, regional concerns would be the true victory.

Ah hell, who am I kidding. That same sentence could apply to Congress, and it doesn’t. Still, a boy can dream can’t he?

This blog is an attempt to raise the awareness of Southern, especially Georgian, Progressives and Progressive ideas. It will also, hopefully, demonstrate the continued hypocrisy of Southern, especially Georgian, Conservatives and Conservative views. So, let’s get cracking.

There is a great amount of hay being made over Republicans who were against the stimulus before they were for it. Quite frankly, this subject deserves all the hay we can bale. So, let’s look at two examples from our beloved state of Georgia. TMP pointed out that Saxby Cambliss said, “Instead of focusing on three major issues – job creation, housing and compassion for Americans who have lost jobs through no fault of their own – to boost the economy, this bill has morphed into a bloated government giveaway.” He then turned around and said on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, “I’ve been an advocate not just of spending more money on the F-22 but on – when it comes to stimulating the economy, there’s no better way to do it than to spend it in the defense community.” Here is a Senator who voted “no” on the stimulus, who is now trying to spend it. Way to bring home the bacon while patronizing your base.

Lest we forget, we have two Senators from the great state of Georgia. Johny Isakson also voted against the stimulus, stating “This legislation is yet another example of Congress throwing money at the symptoms but not getting to the root of the problem.” Yet neither he nor Senator Chambliss felt like it was throwing money away to ask Defense Secretary Gates to channel 0 million of stimulus money allocated the the Department of Defense for a biofuel plant, Bell BioEnergy.

Now, do not take this to mean that biofuels are a waste of taxpayer dollars. Let’s face it, if teh Republican Senators want to finally help fight climate change they are welome to join th 21st century.  However, they cannot have it both ways. Have either of these men come out against ANY spending in Georgia from the stimulus? Why does stimulus spending seem to only stimulate your home state?

Now, for some housekeeping items. When this blog states things such as “our beloved state of Georgia,” or “the great state of Georgia,” These remarks are genuine, carrying no sarcasm or snark. This state is great, but we will only be able to live up to our greatness if we, as Georgians, send the right people to Washington, or Atlanta, or even your local city and county posts. That is what this blog is really about.

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