Thursday, May 19, 2005

What we are fighting for...

There are a plethora of "What We are Fighting For" posts on blogs, all more or less convincing in their argumentation. I found this one by Firepower 5 to be humorous, while also discussing something near and dear to my heart:

I can’t begin to describe the hypocrisy that I see in statements that imply that the American society as a whole can legally imbibe in alcoholic beverages and download pornography from the internet to their heart’s content and still be trusted to act as a decent and responsible member of society while a soldier or Marine can not be trusted to view printed material that is veritably puritan in comparison to what’s available on the rack in any corner convenience store, without succumbing to some Mr. Hyde transformation into a rapist.

No, pornography isn't near and dear to my heart, but treating soldiers like children just irks me. Some may argue that many younger soldiers need that direction, however I find some of the regulations they have for soldiers to be really insulting: i.e. we are entrusting our safety in you, but we don't really trust you.


Blogger Sminklemeyer said...

trust me, there is porn there. in baghdad, there were kids selling porno dvds for $1 while we were on patrol. if you want porn, you can get it. me, i was too busy reading my bible and writing letters to mom to enjoy porn. not that there is anything wrong with porn.

3:59 PM  
Blogger FlyGuyTiliDie said...

Get this: 15 of us pitched in a total of $15,000 in order to get our own satellite internet. In so doing, we had to all sign "user agreements" with the command regarding our internet. This agreement says that they can pull the plug at any time i.e., an accident and yadda yadda... also included on that piece of paper is that we are not to view pornographic web sites. So I, being the type of guy that would never ever break a rule, especially a dumb one, can't check out any more.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Ah I just love it when the nannies come out to play... Yeah, they'll let you put your life in danger... but you better not drink, smoke, eat the wrong things, or watch porn...

*hugh sigh*

10:34 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Y'know I really did hit the preview button - too bad I didn't really read what I wrote... should be *huge sigh*

10:35 PM  
Blogger CaliValleyGirl said...

Flyguy...So what about

You are the coolest mother out!

11:07 PM  
Blogger katiedid said...

This is why I could have never joined the military. Well, not the only reason, but even at my age, the minute someone explicitly tells me not to do something, I totally then want to do it. Even if it's nothing I'd ever considered before. It's a "do not push the giant red button" syndrome that takes some serious self-restraint not to succumb to.

2:57 AM  
Blogger Bluesman said...

What happened to feminism? Decades ago women were fighting against that kind of discrimination but today values have changed. :-)

It's so great cali that one can openly talk to you about stuff like that, watch beautiful girls with you (no porn of course) and chat about them, almost like guys do.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Household6 said...

It is silly, but they are also trying to protect the respect they attempt to show to the Afghans. Since porn isn't "supposed" to be there by Afghan custom then the military doesn't want it available where it could get left out.

Its all very PC, I can see the point but still think its a little stupid. My husband's Playboy subscription is piling up for him to look at to his heart's content upon his return.


9:19 AM  

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