We know the military has been struggling to meet its recruiting goals, so it should come as no surprise that Uncle Sam wants you, even if you are a convicted felon. Theft? That’s OK. Drugs? Yup, that’s OK, too. Writing bad checks? Check. If you’re willing to go to Iraq and fight George’s war, then Uncle Sam is happy to look the other way and let bygones be bygones. But you’d better not be homosexual. No, that would make you unfit to serve your country, unfit to get shot at and unfit to salute the Commander in Chief. Even if you speak fluent Arabic and could supply The Decider with what he has been conspicuously lacking since he began this war: intelligence.
Grumpypilgrim is a writer and management consultant living in Madison, WI. He has several scientific degrees, including a recent master’s degree from MIT. He has also held several professional career positions, none of which has been in a field in which he ever took a university course. Grumps is an avid cyclist and, for many years now, has traveled more annual miles by bicycle than by car…and he wishes more people (for the health of both themselves and our planet) would do the same. Grumps is an enthusiastic advocate of life-long learning, healthy living and political awareness. He is single, and provides a loving home for abused and abandoned bicycles. Grumpy’s email: grumpypilgrim(AT)@gmail(DOT).com [Erich’s note: Grumpy asked that his email be encrypted this way to deter spam. If you want to write to him, drop out the parentheticals in the above address].