Wondered about the amount of traffic (not much, but noticeable) from Right Wing News lately. They've announced their 2003 Warblogger Awards. And this place was shut out entirely. Last year, I was annoying as Atrios. Well. I'll try to contain my disappointment.
Made the mistake of hitting the front page of the place -- there's an allegedly humorous piece about Rodney King being beaten to death which I would link, but then I would have to slit my wrists -- and also this piece of brilliance:
The story of the 37 linguists who were kicked out of the military for being gay under "don't ask, don't tell" has been floating around for quite a while and has been used to bash the policy. However many of these linguists were trainees and a large percentage of trainees flunk out of the program. On top of that, not all of them were studying Arabic, so it's not as if their loss was that big of a deal. Besides, are they supposed to get a free pass on the rules that everyone else in the military has to live by just because they're linguists? They knew the rules (which are more lenient than the military would prefer by the way) before they joined up and if they couldn't abide by them, they shouldn't have gotten into the military in the first place.
Come to think of it, there are multiple correct answers to the challenge posed in the title.
And I'm sure John has perfectly good reasons for not joining up himself. He may even have mentioned them at some point, but I keep forgetting to check.
Actually, have any of the civilian warbloggers ever discussed why they're still civilians?
Just saying is all.