Supporting our Troops, Indeed

A new bill, offered by Rep. Paul Broun (R, naturally) of Georgia seeks to tighten the definition of pornography so that Playboy and Penthouse cannot be sold on military bases. In introducing the bill, he asserts that a provision in the 1997 Defense Authorization Act was intended to ban Playboy and Penthouse, but the applicable review board determined they weren’t pornographic.

So what? I’m glad you asked.

What’s at issue here is his rationale for why it is important to prevent the sale of these magazines on military bases.

“Allowing sale of pornography on military bases has harmed military men and women by escalating the number of violent, sexual crimes, feeding a base addiction, eroding the family as the primary building block of society, and denigrating the moral standing of our troops both here and abroad,” Broun said.

Apparently, Rep. Broun believes that selling what he considers pornography on a military base causes violent sexual crimes and feeds an addiction more than issuing waivers to new recruits for felonies, erodes the family more than extended and repeated tours in Iraq with limited dwell time, and denigrates the moral standing of our troops more than the horrors committed at Abu Ghraib.

All of this puts me in mind of the t-shirt “I don’t have a short attention span, I just. . .Oh, look a chicken!”

One Response to “Supporting our Troops, Indeed”

  1. Adrian says:

    Hey thanks for the great blog, I love this stuff. I’ve been paying more attention to politics lately, but my focus is always on the environment and how important it is. I know Earth Day has already passed us by, but with everyone going green these days, I thought I’d try to do my part.

    I am trying to find easy, simple things I can do to help stop global warming (I don’t plan on buying a hybrid). Has anyone seen that EarthLab.com is promoting their Earth Day (month) challenge, with the goal to get 1 million people to take their carbon footprint test in April?… I took the test, it was easy and only took me about 2 minutes and I am planning on lowering my score with some of their tips.

    I am looking for more easy fun stuff to do. If you know of any other sites worth my time let me know.

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