Afghan study on sexual identity

Ummm what do you say about this report.

Afghan Men Struggle With Sexual Identity, Study Finds 

…In one instance, a group of local male interpreters had contracted gonorrhea anally but refused to believe they could have contracted it sexually — “because they were not homosexuals.”

Apparently, according to the report, Pashtun men interpret the Islamic prohibition on homosexuality to mean they cannot “love” another man — but that doesn’t mean they can’t use men for “sexual gratification.”

The group of interpreters who had contracted gonorrhea joked in the camp that they actually got the disease by “mixing green and black tea.” But since they refused to heed the medics’ warnings, many of them re-contracted the disease after receiving treatment.

The U.S. army medic also told members of the research unit that she and her colleagues had to explain to a local man how to get his wife pregnant.

The report said: “When it was explained to him what was necessary, he reacted with disgust and asked, ‘How could one feel desire to be with a woman, who God has made unclean, when one could be with a man, who is clean? Surely this must be wrong.'”…. 

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In my experience in Afghanistan this seemed to be a fairly common reaction.  I don’t think it’s the mentality of all in Afghanistan but is pretty wide spread.  This only shows how hard the work for our troops is there.  When basic biology has to be explained ( and isn’t believed) how to you teach liberty, democracy or common sense idea that will raise their standard of living?  How do you teach them that killing themselves isn’t productive when they believe women are unclean. Now if they would have said that asking for sex from women was just too big of a pain in the A**, wait bad use of words there, pain in the neck than I would understand. 

Note: I don’t’ care who or even what people have sex with.  But the basic knowledge issue perpetuated by the strange use of religion in Afghanistan and many other places is partly what keeps these places in poverty and perpetual warfare.

Is this all that Osama has left?

osama Osama Bin Laden has made his harshest critique of the US to date.  In his latest audio release Osama says the way to stop climate change is to boycott goods from the United States. 

CAIRO  —  Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden has called in a new audiotape for the world to boycott American goods and the U.S. dollar, blaming the United States and other industrialized countries for global warming.
In the tape, aired in part on Al-Jazeera television Friday, bin Laden warns of the dangers of climate change and says that the way to stop it is to bring “the wheels of the American economy” to a halt.

This is it?  This is what the leader of the largest manhunt in US and possibly global history has come to.  Wow. 

Even Geraldo Rivera stated this proves we are winning the war on terror. 

I must say though that global warming is an issue since it’s seems to be creating lots of snow storms and cold temperatures.  Folks Afghan and Pakistani caves get freaking cold in the winter.  I bet Osama is praying that Al Gore doesn’t hold a conference anywhere near A-Stan.

Obama, healthcare and the economy

No one can say that President Obama wasn’t aggressive in his first year in office.  But was he effective?  In what looks like a long string of broken promises and misguided priorities this administration has left us in worse shape than when they started one year later. 

Healthcare may not be passed due to a number of reasons.  One reason is that after the huge stimulus that has not created the jobs we needed Congress came up with a massive bill that no one can read let alone understand.  If the healthcare bill had been scaled down to less than a hundred pages and written in plain English it would have had much less opposition.  At this time the American people simply don’t trust Congress or any administration to do the right thing and a bill that is too large or confusing to understand is seen as bad. 

Had healthcare been done in smaller chunks with bi-partisan support we would have seen multiple bills that the public could read, understand and likely support or at least make positive suggestions.  Everyone see’s problems with the current system but what we all can’t see is how this gigantic bill helps.  It appears to raise the price of healthcare for us all and increase the national debt.  This might be acceptable if it was in the open and explained but that hasn’t happened.

So far transparency has been a bit opaque. 

My hope and change , Brown and Coakley

Scott Browns win in Massachusetts is certainly interesting. Was it a referendum on Obamacare? I don’t know. Watching Martha Coakley, it’s possible she was simply a very bad candidate. She seemed to have a tin ear to the electorate or more correctly didn’t seem to care what the electorate thought. I do hope this was a referendum and that it catches on across this nation.

I haven’t really been watching all this as closely as I’d like. Retirement issues have been more pressing for me. Catching the news in spurts it has been encouraging. Now if we could just replace oh ….. ninety percent of both the House and Senate…….

Haiti and the response

The disaster in Haiti is tragic. The earthquake is not a punishment from God for a pack with Satan as the Reverend Pat Robertson claimed or the results of a failed climate change conference that Danny Glover believes. It’s a natural disaster. One can only feel for those that have lost lives to this event. It is made worse by poor building construction and a society that has been broken for ages.

This does not mean help should not come to this devastated land. But as the criticism comes forward on how others should have been there faster with more it’s important to remember who is first and foremost responsible for that response. That is the Haitians.

Now having said that how has the response been? In hours US ships were underway towards Haiti, Planes loaded with supplies landed hours after the earthquake. In fact supplies and rescue teams from multiple countries were on the ground in short order. In a country with crumbling infrastructure and logistical problems of moving supplies and equipment to all affected areas is a huge struggle. Add to the natural obstacles the threats of violence responsible people must be cautious. This is and will be slow. For those in danger or have missing loved ones it will never be fast enough.

The first few hours are critical to survival for those trapped under rubble. Those hours are nearly up.

Haiti is a neighbor to the US and as such we will respond. We have already seen once again Americans and many others respond. Millions of dollars have been pledge and more is coming in. We can only hope that the money is spent wisely.

Short post for this week

Mark Mcgwire has admitted to using steroids.  This should not be a surprise to anyone and in fact isn’t.  It’s a shame in that Mark would have been a good player regardless.  In a world where using steriods can be the difference of millions of dollars it’s just a testiment to what sports have become.  These days amature sports are the only true sports and they are on the verge of going down the same road. 

I personally think the home run record should be reset.  Major leauge baseball should not reward cheating and thats what this was.