This is our managers Tom’s last day. I don’t know him too well, but from what everyone says, he is the glue of the hotel. Everyone is afraid the place will fall apart without him. I don’t know about all that, but his personality seemed cool, the little I saw of him. I made him a wicked going away card. Just made from a piece of computer paper, magazine, tape, and some witty writing. Goodbye Tom. Good luck!
Since it was a quiet night, I spent most of my time surfing the net. Found out the vote to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is today. I’m not going to rant, but I am for this repeal. I am for anything that is in support of civil rights. Everyone should be allowed to pursue happiness in this country as long as it does not harm others, gay, straight, white, black, or blue. If you want to go, die for your country with honor, you should be allowed. We are the only country besides Turkey with a ban on gays. Are we really that homophobic? Do what people do in the privacy of their bedrooms creep us out that much? Not me. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. It might as well be named Be quiet, Live a Lie, …or we’ll find you.
Here is a lovely copy of the policy:
Applicant Briefing Item on Separation Policy
As military members, you occupy a unique position in society. You represent the military
establishment. This special status brings with it the responsibility to uphold and maintain
the dignity and high standards of the U.S. Armed Forces at all times and in all places. The
Armed Forces must also be ready at all times for world-wide deployment. This fact
carries with it the requirement for military units and their members to possess high
standards of morale, good order and discipline, and cohesion. As a result, military laws,
rules, customs and traditions include restrictions on your personal behavior that may be
different from civilian life. Members of the Armed Forces may be involuntarily separated
before their enlistment or term of service ends for various reasons established by law and
military regulations. Some unacceptable conduct may be grounds for involuntary
separation, such as:
You establish a pattern of disciplinary infractions, discreditable involvement with
civil or military authorities or you cause dissent, or disrupt or degrade the mission of your
unit. This may also include conduct of any nature that would bring discredit on the
Armed Forces in the view of the civilian community.
Because of parental responsibilities, you are unable to perform your duties
satisfactorily or you are unavailable for worldwide assignment or deployment.
You fail to meet the weight control standards.
Although we have not and will not ask you about your sexual Orientation, you should be
aware that homosexual conduct is grounds for discharge from the Armed Forces. This
means that if you do one of the following, you could be involuntarily separated before
your term of service ends:
(1) Homosexual acts. You engage in, attempt to engage in, or solicit another to
engage in a homosexual act or acts. A “homosexual act” means touching a person of your
same sex or allowing such a person to touch you for the purpose of satisfying sexual
desires. (For example, hand-holding or kissing, or other physical contact of a sexual
(2) Homosexual statements. You make a statement that demonstrates a propensity
or intent to engage in homosexual acts. This may include language or behavior that a
reasonable person would believe intends to convey the statement that you are a
homosexual or bisexual.
(3) Homosexual marriage. You marry or attempt to marry a person of your same
You may not be discharged if you do or say these things solely to end your military
The Armed Forces do nor tolerate harassment or violence against any servicemember, for
any reason. ( My favorite part, just because above it, it claims to not tolerate harassment. What about outing your fellow serviceman? Isn’t that harassment? But do other members get kicked out for outing a homosexual in the service? Nope. I believe in Lady Gaga’s “Go Home” policy.)