A Broken Family and Bullying for being Gay drove Bradley Manning to the largest National Security Breach since the Pentagon Papers

Posted by PITHOCRATES - August 3rd, 2013

Week in Review

You get in trouble in the military if you have an affair.  Why?  Because that secret could give someone power over the adulterer.  This is the stuff they made spy movies about during the Cold War.  If the Soviets found out a person’s adulterous secret they would demand top secret information from the adulterer to keep that secret from becoming public.  A lot of traitors were made this way.  Which is why the military likes their people to be happily married.  With a regular, run of the mill boring life.  So there is nothing that can fester and boil over one day.  And compromise U.S. security (see Revealed: How an alcoholic mother and being kicked out of home for being gay turned a geeky Midwestern boy the biggest leaker in U.S. history by Dan Bates posted 7/30/2013 on the Daily Mail).

He was a ‘mess of a child’ who was tormented for being gay, kicked out of home at 18 by his father and once threatened to stab his step mother with a knife.

His own mother drank too much, he could not hold down a job and once literally crawled up a wall because he felt his family were ignoring him.

Perhaps it was no surprise then, that Bradley Manning was angry at the world – angry enough to hit back at any figure of authority that was within his grasp.

He has now been convicted of leaking classified information but given the troubled life he led Manning was always a time bomb waiting to go off…

Even at a young age Manning had a festering lack of respect for authority and refused to recite part of the Pledge of Allegiance to God…

In 2000 his already turbulent life took a turn for the worse when his parents divorced…

Manning spent four years there and, according to reports, was taunted by his classmates because he was gay and because he was American.

Rowan John, a former classmate who was openly gay in school, has said: ‘It was probably the worst experience anybody could go through. Being different like me, or Bradley, in the middle of nowhere is like going back in time to the Dark Ages…’

He met Tyler Watkins, a freshman at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, west of Boston, who called himself a singer and a drag queen on his blog…

Manning made weekend visits to see Watkins and met the lesbian, gay and transgender community he was part of. He also got involved with the university’s hacker community…

He had already been noticed by those around him for his keenly developed political views, and even in Iraq he posted Facebook that he was ‘beyond frustrated with people and society at large’…

Three months after being stationed in Baghdad, Manning came home for leave for two weeks and told Watkins that he had ‘gotten his hands on’ some sensitive information and was considering passing it on to Wikileaks.

Manning was no doubt an angry young man – he is still only 25 today – and spent his life doing things his own way because he had no other choice.

So it is hard to believe that he was entirely acting out of the wider good when he gave 700,000 documents to Wikileaks, the largest national security breach since the Pentagon Papers.

How much of his motive was cold-blooded revenge for a lifetime of rejection, only Bradley Manning will know.

I never knew that Manning was gay.  I don’t recall the mainstream media reporting that small bit of information.  All they said was that Bradley was a hero.  For exposing the crimes of the Bush administration.  While condemning the treachery of Edward Snowden who exposed the crimes of the Obama administration.  That is, who compromised national security during the Obama administration.  For sneaky things are only crimes in the Bush administration.  Not in the Obama administration.  Apparently.

So he was gay.  An atheist (based on that thing about the Pledge of Allegiance).  Liked hacking computers.  And was angry at the world.  Particularly the straight world.  For the way the straight world treated him while growing up gay.  Which is, sadly, not that uncommon.  Bullying of gay kids.  Which does who knows how much damage to these kids.  Some are so distraught from this bullying that they have even committed suicide.

The Army needs to do a better job with their background checks.  If someone discovered this information now someone could have discovered it before he was put into a position where he could do great harm.  Especially someone who was involved with a university’s hacker community.  Which should have been enough to bar him from having access to any computer that is a portal to classified information.  For law abiding (and Army regulation-abiding) people shouldn’t be hanging out with people who illegally hack into computer systems.

One can’t help but think that had they kept Manning out of the Army for being gay he could not have leaked 700,000 classified documents to our enemies (who no doubt read these on the Internet like everyone else did).  Of course, banning gays from the military would only drive them underground.  Where gay servicemen would harbor a great secret that could give someone power over them.  Like an adulterer trying to hide an affair.  Then again, an adulterer would have to be found out.  A spy would have to discover the secret to apply pressure for information.  Whereas Manning just gave it up because he was angry at the world.  Making him more dangerous.  Less unpredictable.  And should have been easier to screen out of a position having access to classified information.  Something the military should consider before assigning anyone to a position with such access again.

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The Usefulness of Same-Sex Marriage to the Left

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 21st, 2013

Politics 101

The Clintons and President Obama opposed Same-Sex Marriage when Campaigning because of Blacks and Hispanics

Hillary Clinton is now in favor of same-sex marriage.  After being against it when running for president.  Just like her husband.  Who was against it while running for president.  Even signing the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 into law while he was president.  This Clinton-era law defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  But Bill Clinton now supports same-sex marriage.  President Obama made it categorically clear when campaigning that he believed marriage was the union of one woman and one man.  But he has since changed his mind, too.  Why?

The Williams Institute looked at five surveys that show anywhere between 1% and 2.5% of the population is gay or lesbian.  It’s about twice this number if you include bisexual people.  Which we can ignore when it comes to marriage.  For if you identify yourself as bisexual it pretty much excludes marriage from your future.  For a marriage is the union of two people.  And the only way to be a practicing bisexual in a marriage is to cheat on your spouse.  Or have an open marriage.  Because your spouse can be only one sex.  Which is not really a union between two people.  Just a loose association.  So with only 1-2.5% of the population being gay or lesbian why the full-court press by the Left?

More times than not when the issue gets on a ballot the people vote it down.  So same-sex marriage is not a burning issue with the people.  Which explains why the Clintons and President Obama were opposed to same-sex marriage when they were seeking elected office.  And why they changed their position only after it wouldn’t affect their campaign.  For they needed the help of two blocks of voters to win their elections.  Blacks.  And Hispanics.  Two very religious blocks who oppose same-sex marriage.  So not only does the general populace oppose same-sex marriage so do two critical constituencies of the Left oppose it.  So I ask again.  Why the full-court press by everyone on the Left?

The Left exploits the LGBT Community just like they exploited the Black Community for Political Gain

The Left hates Christianity.  And Republicans.  Because a lot of them are Christians.  They hate the Religious Right.  Who moralize.  Who oppose free birth control for our kids in high school.  And abortion.  The Left says Christianity oppresses women.  Forcing them into marriages instead of having a career.  And they hate the institution of marriage.  Some on the far Left go so far as to call sex in marriage rape.  Because a married woman is a second class citizen in a male-dominated society.  Mere chattel.  With no rights.  There is no love in marriage.  Only subjugation.  The Left can’t fathom the idea of any woman choosing to be a stay at home mom.  Yet they’re all for same-sex marriage and the adoption of children by same-sex couples.  For apparently there is no oppression of a stay-at-home spouse raising babies if that person is in a same-sex relationship.  For if it’s a same-sex marriage then all the traditional trappings of marriage apply.  And it’s a beautiful thing.

And now we see what the big deal about same-sex marriage is.  It’s not about that 1-2.5% of the population.  It’s about using the issue to destroy the Republican Party.  And Christianity.  For Republicans and Christians don’t oppose same-sex marriage.  They oppose lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people.  At least that’s the message the Left is putting out there.  Especially to our young people.  Who overwhelmingly vote Democrat.  Who when asked what percentage they think the U.S. population is LGBT they respond with numbers as high as 20%.  Or 30%.  Something the Left doesn’t discourage.  In fact, they encourage this false understanding.  By pushing the boundaries in entertainment wherever they can.  Like that story about a real estate agent who has only two properties listed for sale. One on the road into town.  And one on the road out of town.  Because everyone driving on that road sees his signs they assume he is the biggest agent in town.  Because his signs appear to be everywhere.  So when LGBT appear on television and in the movies people see them everywhere.  And assume a large percentage of the population is LGBT.  So they feel that the opposition to same-sex marriage is not about legal and tax issues as much as oppressing a large percentage of the populace.  They see the Religious Right not as a defender of traditional marriage but something akin to the Nazi Party trying to purge undesirables from their good Christian society.  In addition to them to being evil rich people who want to take food away from hungry children.  And, of course, racists.

So the Left exploits the LGBT community for political gain.  Just like they exploited the black community for political gain.  After being the party of slavery and Jim Crowe Laws the Left changed their image.  From hating blacks to loving them.  Especially with their Great Society.  In particular with Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).  Which disintegrated the black family.  The state replaced the father in the black family.  Removing the positive male role model from these kids’ lives.  Moved these single mothers into projects in the inner city.  Which became rife with drugs and crime.  Problems that soon found their way into the schools.  Making it a struggle for a kid in these schools to get the education they needed to get a job or go on to college.  Which is why crime is rampant in the inner cities.  And unemployment is highest among black young men.  This is what the state did to the black community.  It’s horrible.  But it did accomplish their objective.  The black community tends to vote Democrat.  Because the Democrats are always looking out for them.  Giving them things like AFDC.  While Republicans are racist Nazis who want to take things away from them.  Just because they are black.

The Left paints Republicans as Nazis trying to Purge Undesirables from their Good Christian Society

The Left wants to give out free birth control to high school kids.  And provide access to abortion.  Because there are few things kids want to do more than have fun grownup style.  And few things let them do that like free birth control and abortion.  Now with the popularizing of the LGBT lifestyle the Left is encouraging kids to be open and to explore bisexuality.  That there is nothing wrong with this lifestyle.  Or experimenting.  Which is tragic.  Because being LGBT is not like trying a different type of food for a little variety in life.  It’s not a causal dalliance.  Kids growing up gay struggle with their sexual identity.  And they try to hide it.  Because kids can be cruel.

A college student secretly recorded a gay encounter of his roommate and made it available for anyone to see.  It was so horrible an experience to live with that the kid didn’t live with it.  He committed suicide.  Which isn’t uncommon in the LGBT community.  For being LGBT is not just a lot of sex and fun.  It can be a living hell coming to terms with who you are.  And then telling your friends and family.  It’s one thing if you’re a celebrity in today’s pop culture.  But it’s another story when you’re just some kid already feeling isolated and alone.  Even though today’s culture is more accepting than it ever has been there are still a lot of cruel people out there.  And a lot of digital recording devices.  A woman who lets loose on spring break only to have a perspective employer pull up pornographic images of her when Googling her name is bad.  But being thrown out of the closet at the same time?  Try imaging that hell.

So the Left wants to do for LGBT people what they did for blacks.  Get as many of them as possible to fear and/or hate Republicans.  So they vote Democrat.  Even if it destroys these people.  For they don’t care about these people.  All they care about is politics.  And power.  Which is why they had no qualms over destroying the black family.  Or encouraging a lifestyle of anything goes.  Because who are we to say what is right or wrong?  Kids are going to have sex no matter what we say.  So we should do the only responsible thing we can do.  Help them to have sex.  And, yes, we can warn them about that sex resulting in an unplanned pregnancy or the myriad venereal diseases they could catch as long as it’s in the context of using birth control or having an abortion.  And we don’t moralize.  But we have to be a little more careful about warning them that their sexual life could end up on some pornographic website.  Because that would just be fear-mongering.  And that’s not what the Left wants people to fear.  They want them to fear Republicans.  And Christians.  Who are little more than Nazis trying to purge undesirables from their good Christian society.

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FT117: “If a gay gene is identified an abortion of a gay fetus will be labeled a hate crime.” -Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 11th, 2012

Fundamental Truth

The Left opposes Traditional Marriage but supports Same-Sex Marriage for the Money

According to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law there are approximately 9 million lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the United States.  Based on a population of 311,591,917 that comes to approximately 3% of the population.  Which is a small number.  Which explains why same-sex marriage ballot initiatives are so often defeated.  Some people are opposed to same-sex marriage.  Some are opposed to making changes to existing laws to accommodate 3% of the population.  Whatever their reason voting majorities are against it.  Despite this same-sex marriage is a big issue.  Especially for some politicians.  In particular those on the Left.  As evidenced by President Obama’s recent evolution from being opposed to same-sex marriage to being in favor of it.  Which is puzzling when you consider the Left’s position on marriage in general.

They don’t like it.  Especially if it leads to a woman giving up a chance for a career to instead stay at home and raise a family.  For these women are not feminists.  These are enemies to feminism.  The Left has given women everything they could possible ask for.  So they don’t have to get married and become some man’s chattel.  Birth control.  Abortion.  Child support.  Public housing.  Etc.  Everything to help a woman avoid the tyranny of marriage.  Because marriage is nothing more than bondage.  A desire to keep women barefoot and pregnant.  To keep them cooks in the kitchen and whores in the bedroom.  While men go out and live life.  While coming home to a surrogate mother to attend to all of their needs.  Which is why the Left so opposes the repugnant institution of marriage.  Unless it’s for a same-sex couple.  Then it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

So why is the Left so opposed to traditional marriage but all for same-sex marriage?  Money.  There is a lot of money in the LGBT community.  Because there is a lot of talent in the LGBT community.  People who go on to great stardom.  And become rich.  Who want it all.  Including marriage and a family.  So though small in numbers they are large in money.  So by supporting same-sex marriage the Left is trading votes for money.  Votes that for the most part they’ve already lost.  Traditional conservatives and Christians.  But they run a risk with this policy.  With the Independents and moderates.  The political center.  For there are a lot of traditional marriage advocates in the political center.  As there are in the black and Hispanic communities.  Who have some strong religious values.  And support the traditional family.

As we Practice Selective Breeding we’ll Breed the Different Gradually out of Existence

These are very complex and polarizing issues.  For no one wants to be labeled a bigot.  Well, some don’t mind.  Sadly.  But the majority do not want that label.  So on the one hand they want everyone to be able to have and enjoy what they can.  Which makes it difficult for them to see severely injured veterans.  And people stricken early in life with a debilitating disease.  Who will never be able to have and enjoy what they have.  But on the other hand they are devout in their religious beliefs.  And it’s a matter of conscious that they can’t ignore.  For the same reason that they oppose abortion.  For they see it as the destruction of a human life.  Even if doctors determine their child will be born with a severe birth defect they oppose abortion.  And they will carry that baby to term.  While some on the Left say the kinder more humane thing to do would be to abort that pregnancy.  For what kind of quality of life can that child expect?

Scientists have been unlocking the mysteries of DNA.  And have identified a lot of the genes that make us who we are.  Now here’s an interesting thought exercise.  Let’s suppose they identify a lesbian or gay gene.  As well as a bisexual and transgender gene.  And a doctor tells a heterosexual couple that they are going to have an LGBT child.  A couple that votes for politicians on the left side of the aisle.  Who have no moral problem with abortion.  For they are staunch defenders of women’s health and reproductive rights.  This couple is aware of how hard it is for an LGBT child to grow up and come to terms with their sexual identity.  Especially in this cruel and bigoted world.  Some of these children suffer horrible.  And carry scars into adulthood.  What if this couple chooses to do the kinder and more humane thing?  And choose not to bring this child to term?  Would that be a hate crime?

People are aborting pregnancies when a doctor tells them their child will be born with a birth defect.  And there are lot of people aborting pregnancies when the sex isn’t ‘right’.  As some cultures favor a male son.  So when a sonogram shows a female in the womb many choose abortion.  So would they abort an LGBT pregnancy?  Perhaps.  For we do live in a cruel and bigoted world.  Let’s hope it doesn’t come to this.  Though we are beginning to practice selective breeding.  As people are buying eggs and sperm to create the ‘perfect’ child.  It’s sad to consider what we may lose as this technology advances.  For we will be leaving behind a better world.  To enter the surreal.  Where people begin to look like everyone else.  An Orwellian existence where conformity is the rule.  And they breed the different gradually out of existence.

The Same-Sex Marriage and the Traditional Marriage Groups will Join Together in Opposing LGBT Abortion

Whether an LGBT abortion would be a hate crime or not it would still be criminal.  For can you imagine aborting a pregnancy that would become another Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky?  Had his parents not brought him to term because he was going to be gay we would not have Swan LakeThe NutcrackerRomeo and JulietThe Seasons (Les saisons).  And the list goes on.  Then there is West Side Story.  One of the greatest musicals of all time.  Music by Leonard Bernstein.  Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  Choreography by Jerome Robbins.  All gay.  Bernstein also turned the classic Candide into an opera.  Sondheim is perhaps the greatest composer of American musical theatre.  CompanyA Little Night Music (with the classic Send in the Clowns).  Sweeney ToddSunday in the Park with George.  And Into the Woods.  Just to name a few. 

Then there’s Elton John.  Who made the piano a bona fide rock instrument.  Some of the best music in the Seventies was his.  If you lived then you owned some or all of these albums.  Madman Across the WaterHonky ChâteauDon’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player.  Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadCaribouCaptain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.  And how about Freddie Mercury?  Perhaps the greatest rock front-man of all time.  The talent in Queen was deep but it was Freddie that packed those stadiums.  Can anyone imagine Monty Python without Graham Chapman?  Or a Lord of the Rings without Sir Ian McKellen playing Gandalf?  We loved Lily Tomlin in Nine to Five and All of Me.  And who doesn’t love Jane Lynch in pretty much anything she’s in?  Ellen DeGeneres’ standup made you laugh.  And Liberace just made you smile.  What a sad, gray world it would be without these people in our lives.

The point is not that the LGBT community is here to entertain us.  Or to fund our politics.  It’s that they are here.  And our lives are better because of it.  We’ve grown to love some of these people.  Some before ever knowing their sexual orientation.  But when we learned that Graham Chapman was gay it didn’t stop anyone from loving Monty Python.  Or Graham Chapman.  So when the day comes when they can identify a gay gene in your unborn baby this is what we could lose.  This rich tapestry from our lives.  And that would be a shame.  Interestingly, though, it would bring the same-sex marriage and the traditional marriage groups together on one issue.  Abortion.  Or their opposition to abortion.  At least in opposition to abortions of LGBT pregnancies. 

Like I said, these are very complex and polarizing issues. 

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