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Ix-Nay On The A-Gay

Posted by Daniel on June 12, 2007

This is SO enola-Gay!!

So Steve and I are watching the news tonight – Countdown With Keith Olbermann – and as they are about to go to commercial, their bumper a mention of the upcoming story.

Pentagon Confirms It Sought To Build A ‘Gay Bomb’

When we heard the bumper, Steve looked at me and said, “I see a post on the blog.”

After I picked my jaw up from the floor, I said, “Oh, this ought to be interesting.”  The story was as follows:

A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting.

Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed to CBS 5 that military leaders had considered, and then subsquently rejected, building the so-called “Gay Bomb.”

Edward Hammond, of Berkeley’s Sunshine Project, had used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain a copy of the proposal from the Air Force’s Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio.

As part of a military effort to develop non-lethal weapons, the proposal suggested, “One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behavior.”

The documents show the Air Force lab asked for $7.5 million to develop such a chemical weapon.

“The Ohio Air Force lab proposed that a bomb be developed that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soldiers to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistably attractive to one another,” Hammond said after reviewing the documents.

“The notion was that a chemical that would probably be pleasant in the human body in low quantities could be identified, and by virtue of either breathing or having their skin exposed to this chemical, the notion was that soliders would become gay,” explained Hammond.

The Pentagon told CBS 5 that the proposal was made by the Air Force in 1994.

“The Department of Defense is committed to identifying, researching and developing non-lethal weapons that will support our men and women in uniform,” said a DOD spokesperson, who indicated that the “gay bomb” idea was quickly dismissed.

However, Hammond said the government records he obtained suggest the military gave the plan much stronger consideration than it has acknowledged.

“The truth of the matter is it would have never come to my attention if it was dismissed at the time it was proposed,” he said. “In fact, the Pentagon has used it repeatedly and subsequently in an effort to promote non-lethal weapons, and in fact they submitted it to the highest scientific review body in the country for them to consider.”

Military officials insisted Friday to CBS 5 that they are not currently working on any such idea and that the past plan was abandoned.

Gay community leaders in California said Friday that they found the notion of a “gay bomb” both offensive and almost laughable at the same time.

“Throughout history we have had so many brave men and women who are gay and lesbian serving the military with distinction,” said Geoff Kors of Equality California. “So, it’s just offensive that they think by turning people gay that the other military would be incapable of doing their job. And its absurd because there’s so much medical data that shows that sexual orientation is immutable and cannot be changed.”

Now, the fact that the military has repeatedly taken this idea seriously comes as no surprise to any of us.  After all, if it’s one thing the military is afraid of it’s a bunch of raging “Mo’s” jumping the bones of those stuck in some foxhole (no pun intended) with them while under enemy fire.

What, to me, seems more shocking – not to mention insulting – is that the military (and it’s pupeteers the Republican party, Religious nut jobs, etc.) appear to think that homosexuals are just a bunch of limp-wristed, swishy-assed rump-rangers who think only of having a Few Good Men bent over in the shower.  Apparently, gays are the biggest pussies, whimps and/or cowards who are afraid of their own shadows and too afraid to fight.

Guurrrrl pa-LEEZE!!!

Speaking only from my own experience, I can say with all honesty that I have had to spend my entire life defending myself from the slings and arrows and occasional fisticuffs of religious war-mongering biggoted assholes.  I’ve been in more than my share of actual fights with bullies, most of which I regret to this day.  I was too young to realize that violence only made me as idiotic as those who swung at me.  

Ah, youth.

Now I’m a little older and, I hope, a little wiser.  I’d prefer to use words as my weapons and common sense as my shield.

But make no mistake, I will throw down on those who would commit violence against those I love.  Doesn’t matter.  Friends, family, etc.  This little ‘mo’ has your back.

That being said, I know that you are all pretty much the same.  None of us would stand by and watch friends or family be physically hurt.  And this is a fact that even the zealots out there in Red-State America know to be true…somewhere…deep down.  

Now picture them with guns!!!So for the military to assume that by spraying the enemy with the “gay juice”, that this will make them want to lay each other more than laying mines, is completely preposterous.  The Pentagon thinks that they can “make the enemy gay”, then fire at, say, two of the enemy.  Say one gets killed.  Do they honestly think the other will not fight tooth and manicured nail to avenge the death of his new lover???

Sistah, you just don’t know!!!

I’ve got a better idea for those who think they need to create a gay bomb…Make sure the non-lethal bomb doesn’t turn them into drag queens.  Because anyone who’s ever been to a drag bar knows that there ain’t nuthin’ more vengeful or scary than a drag queen who’s pissed off…much less one with a gun in her hand.

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