Sunday, July 31, 2005

USS Iowa Banned From Port of San Francisco

Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face. Maybe the city of San Francisco would prefer to defend their own borders, I'm sure the military would be happy to oblige.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today voted 3-8 against a resolution urging the San Francisco Congressional Delegation to support the permanent berthing of the USS Iowa as a museum at the Port of San Francisco.

The congressional delegation secured $3 million in 2000 to move the USS Iowa, which was present at the signing of the treaty between Japan and the U.S. in 1945, from Rhode Island to the Bay Area, the proposed resolution says.

A study commissioned by the Port of San Francisco concluded that the ship would attract more than 500,000 people during its first year at the waterfront, according to the proposed resolution.

But Tom Ammiano said today he didn't want the ship berthed in San Francisco because of the military's treatment of gays and lesbians and its "don't ask, don't tell'' policy.

"It's dehumanizing,'' Ammiano said. "You are not allowed to be a gay or lesbian in the military except when there is a war and then when the war ends, you are kicked out.'' (Is this guy a drama queen or what?? All the military expects is that you don't brazenly broadcast your sexual preferences and you keep your nose out of other peoples business. If you insist on broadcasting your sexuality to anyone who will listen and marching in the gay pride parade wearing only speedos is a neccessity, find another profession JEEEEEZ.)

Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and Chris Daly also spoke out against the resolution, citing their opposition to the US occupation in Iraq.

"I am sad to say I am not proud of the history of the United States of America since the 1940s,'' Daly said.

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