Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Conduct Unbecoming

You can't handle my kind of fun!
Our favorite Top Gun, old-school tailgater Capt. Owen Honors of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

To put his story in context, imagine Will Riker producing videos of himself, Counselor Deanna Troi (as played by Commander Data in drag) and other allegedly female officers, wearing shower caps and pretending to daisychain in Captain Piccard's ready room sauna. While the cat is away, the mice will play, 'ey, wink wink nudge nudge... Ah, the privileges of rank!

So, DADT still applies to heterosexual drag queen humor? Not really. Owen's offense is not the videos, but the abuse of authority that used the resources of the United States Navy to produce frat house amateur theatrics without fear of failure.

Every budding clown needs his pie-in-the-face critics, but Capt. Honors felt entitled to sidestep peer review. It was an expensive decision. For that gross error in judgment, Honors should be stood down and shuffled off to a desk job as Latrine Requisitions Officer in the Pentagon, there to wonder whether Julian Assange has those videos ready for YouTube yet.

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