Then Philip Carter tells us that the military isn't composed of a bunch of Boss Hogg's extras after allthat, instead, its opinions are a bit more nuanced than one might expect. Actually, a show in the middle of the first season of The West Wing makes this point better than most, when Admirial Fitzwallace remarks that allowing gays to serve openly in the military will disrupt unit cohesionbut so did integrating blacks. The point is this: That the military is composed mostly of people who are not generals and admirals, and relying upon the generals and admirals to accurately state the sweep of personal opinions in the military is… well, exactly what was described in the previous paragraph.
Time to really go down the rabbit-hole. It's the thirtieth anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons. And here I am, looking at my dog-eared copy of Chainmail (which preceded D&D) and first-print-run dog-eared set of the original three-volume set, and wondering whether I should be proud or embarrassed. Then, perhaps, I'll worry about whether this column might be held in contempt if it was a candidate for the Turner Prize (an annual award in Britain for contemporary art). Considering that most of the entries for the Prize can't be held in contempt because they are beneath contempt, that's saying something.