Thursday, June 22, 2006

Healthy heterosexual age 42 or under? Contact your nearest Army Recruiter, Today!

Attention Young Republicans who had "other priorities" in their youth:

It's not too late to include military service on your political resume.

That's right: It's now official. The maximum age for initial enlistment is now 42 (confirmed). As long as you haven't reached your 43rd birthday, and are a healthy heterosexual male (females are also welcome), you're eligible to volunteer to Support President Bush win the Global War on Terrorism through military service.

More than 1,000 men and women age 35-39 have enlisted since the Army last raised the maximum age in January 2006.

OK, Ken, although you've been claiming you're 39 for quite a while now, you can admit the truth and still Be A Man! Enlist! Especially since you've publicly said you're not gay.


At 22 June, 2006 22:01, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm a Republican, gay, spent 6 years in the Navy and proud of all three things (don't bother commenting -- I'm worn out talking about it with libs) and I'd love to see him come out.

I've always seen him as just another party operative (someone's got to do that stuff). I'd see him
in a far better light if he were out. My beloved party is missing a great opportunity here.

At 23 June, 2006 00:04, Anonymous Jeff Barea said...


what you are saying is that someone is not a real man unless they have served in the military?

I've never served in the military, though most of my family have in multiple branches, and I can still grab my (admittedly - enormous) penis, look in the mirror, and smile.

Watch Starship Troopers again... Get that message clear... Unless you want there to be some violence required in order to vote... Liberal? No, fascists taunt people into violence as a pre-requisite for citizenship... Good job.

At 23 June, 2006 07:40, Blogger Tom Scharbach said...

You aren't making sense, Jeff.

I am a veteran. It is nothing out of the ordinary for gay men. About 20% of gay men are veterans. Most of us are proud of our service, and most of us benefited from our time in the service.

Military service, or lack of military service, has nothing to do with being a "real man" or penis size.

Military service has nothing to do with politics, for that matter, despite the ugly attempts of the modern Republican Party to wrap itself in the flag and imply that the rest of us of suspect patriotism. I live in a rural area of Wisconsin, where a high percentage of men are veterans, and veterans in this area are as likely to be Democrats as Republicans, as likely to be liberal or moderate as to be conservative.

Military service is about service to our country, and nothing more and nothing less.

Recent studies suggest that just under 20% of gays and just under 10% of lesbians are veterans. Many gays and lesbian veterans served illegally at a time when gays and lesbians were considered unfit for military service and were banned from the military. Even today, under DADT, gay and lesbian military personnel are routinely removed from service, and the government refuses to recognize gay and lesbian veterans' groups.

Instead of attacking veterans with defensive nonsense about relative penis size -- comments entirely unprovoked by anything Anonymous said, as far as I can see -- why don't you join those of us who are gay and lesbian veterans and help to rid this country of DADT?

At 23 June, 2006 13:59, Blogger Karl said...

Anonymous (7:01 p.m.)-

Thank you for your comment, your personal integrity and your service to our nation.

OYE supporters share a wide variety of political party affiliations, including yours. One of OYE's original purposes was to ensure that our governing party maintains its credibility on national defense.

'For what it's worth, I, for one, agree with Al Sharpton: If a community supports one party exclusively, that party will take that community for granted, because our political system rewards such behavior. Accordingly, I thank you for the courage of your convictions.

When "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was enacted in 1993, what is now the loyal opposition controlled both Houses of Congress as well as the White House. And you know what happened to them. [Karma, that is.]

Anonymous (7:01 p.m.), you can best help our national defense by encouraging our governing party, which includes yourself, to support repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," to ensure that our military has the best qualified real Americans fighting the Global War on Terrorism.

Thank you for your suppport. 'All the best.

Karl Olson

PS. We know you'd prefer that Ken Mehlman admit the truth (he's gay) and come out.

But as long as Ken Mehlman supports our governing party, however, we'd prefer that he admit the truth (he's 41, not 39) and Be A Man! Enlist!

At 23 June, 2006 14:45, Anonymous Jeff Barea said...


It would probably make more sense if you viewed my comment as a response to the story, not anoymous' comment.

Specifically the quote "you can admit the truth and still Be A Man! Enlist!"

in other words, I'm still a man even though I never served, see? All better now.

Did I mention I have a big penis?

At 23 June, 2006 15:40, Blogger Karl said...

Jeff Barea-

Actually, tests of strength including military service have been a rite of passage to adult manhood for millenia.

That's why the slogan, "Be A Man! Enlist! was so effective for generations, in America and elsewhere.

If you're otherwise eligible to serve, why don't you enlist? Having relatives who served qualifies you for OYE Bingo only.

At 23 June, 2006 16:50, Blogger L.J. Abershawe said...

To add a little to this run of comments. My comrades and I down here in the sandbox have had numerous discussions on military service and citizenship. We have come to the conclusion that it is to easy to be and American. In our country you are an American from birth and it requires nothing more than just simply being born. You can spend your entire life simply chasing whatever it is you choose and never giving back to the community or actually making it a better place.

My comrades and I have come to the conclusion that no one should have full citizenship until they have served the country in some fashion. Not necessarily military service, but community service as well. It should be a useful skill that the government can call on in times of need. Possibly EMT, Fireman, Civil works, or anything else of a community nature. No one should be exempt from this since it can easily be molded around the many types of people that exist in our society.

At the same time I feel that there should be a limit to the amount of people who can volunteer for the community based projects and that those projects should be doled out to those with the ability to learn the jobs at hand. In other words if you don't have the intellect to be an EMT then that's not the job you will have. At the same times there should be a cap on those jobs and the idea of per say 100,000 people waiting to enter a job should never occur, if the positions available are filled then to bad. Guess it's off to one of the service branches to become a member of our nation's military.

This time in service should have a small limit. Say 2 years.

That's the opinion of our small platoon here in Iraq.

At 25 June, 2006 18:15, Anonymous Jeff Barea said...

I hate bingo.

I still say my friend with spinabifida is still just as much of a man as my other friends that have served.

At 25 June, 2006 19:31, Anonymous LaFajita said...

Gentlemen, aren't we missing a bet here?

With the relaxed age requirement, and with the number of Republican politicians spending time "away", I say it's time to initiate press-gang conscription of convicts. Thus we empty the prisons and replace the empty TO&E slots reserved for College Republicans with older Republicans. When they arrive at the Front, we can then send them rushing headlong at the Enemy with a wink and a nod and a sputtering grenade.

At 26 June, 2006 03:12, Anonymous Brick Tamland said...

I'm Brick Tamland. People seem to like me because I am polite and I am rarely late. I like to eat ice cream and I really enjoy a nice pair of slacks. Years later, a doctor will tell me that I have an I.Q. of 48 and am what some people call mentally retarded.

At 28 June, 2006 16:12, Blogger Karl said...

jeff barea-

Your friend with spina bifida is not eligible to serve in our military. I share your respect for him.

It's all about people playing the hand they're dealt. If they're eligible to serve and support the war, if they won't even consider volunteering, they are not men.

At 02 July, 2006 23:13, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would enlist, but like Rush Limbaugh during the Vietnam draft I've got an anal cyst that makes me 4-F.

What should I do?


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