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Capt. Honors, Dennis Miller, and Misplaced Outrage 
Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 | 11:51 pm [commentary, news, politics]
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Dennis Miller made his reputation as the stand-up comic with a vocabulary. He was the smart one, with all the esoteric allusions to pop culture and history. He was also the clear thinker, the guy who used sarcasm as a machete to cut a path through bullshit in the rants he would regularly deliver on his award-winning HBO series. But that was a long time ago. Now, in the fourth year of his daily radio show, which he hosts without the benefit of a staff of writers to refine his jokes, sharpen his insights, and fact-check his references, there can be no doubt that the real Dennis Miller is — and likely always was — a far cry from the nimble and astute comic persona he presented back then.
 
His jokes are tired, and he recycles them constantly; a large section of his celebrated vocabulary is taken up by words of which he mistakenly thinks he knows the definitions; his references are strained, confusing, and often factually incorrect. But most distressing of all (and keep in mind this is coming from a guy who once — ages ago, it seems — spent a weekend watching stand-up specials like Mr. Miller Goes to Washington and Black and White and laughing his ass off), his thinking is as shallow and as sloppy as his sense of humor.
 
I was reminded of this earlier today, as I heard Miller’s reaction to the removal from command of U.S.S. Enterprise commanding officer Owen Honors. Captain Honors,
as you may know, was reassigned to administrative duty following the release to the public of a series of videos Honors produced in 2006 and 2007, while he was serving aboard the Enterprise as executive officer. The videos attempt to spoof the ship’s water conservation policies by depicting male and female crew members doubling-up in the showers. Honors also dismisses the concerns of “fags” aboard the ship who might have been offended by the videos.
 
When news broke this morning that the Navy had removed Honors from his command, Miller treated it as a sign of the decline of the nation, if not the species. Why should Honors have been fired, Miller wondered, over something he reckoned most gay people wouldn’t even care about? Why have we become so touchy as a culture that a Navy captain loses his job over kidding around in a way that not everyone thought was funny?
 
Miller, in his reflexive railing against our soft, overly sensitive culture, managed not merely to miss the point, but to miss it in three different ways simultaneously. 
 
First, Honors wasn’t fired because the videos were anti-gay. Though the then-executive officer of the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier repeatedly used the word “fag” in the videos, he lost his command because, as Admiral John C. Harvey puts it, “his profound lack of good judgment and professionalism . . . calls into question his character and completely undermines his credibility to serve effectively in command.” Unlike, say, Bill Maher, or Don Imus, or Juan Williams, Honors was in charge of one of the largest naval vessels on the planet. And he not only participated in the videos — he screened them throughout the Enterprise on closed-circuit television.
 
Second, whether the videos offend a particular group of people or not is irrelevant. Honors wasn’t fired for offending people. As the linked
Washington Post story reports, sophomoric initiation rituals and sexually explicit humor have been tolerated in the military for generations. Honors’s mistake, according to the Navy, was going too far. The repeated sexual innuendo, and the dismissive attitude Honors displayed toward those who complained about the videos, seem to have been especially troubling to top brass.
 
Third, Miller’s outrage at the firing of Honors is telling. Miller is about as gay-friendly a conservative as you will find in the realm of talk radio and Fox News. He claims to have no problems with gay marriage. He speaks fondly of gay friends. And yet, as he whined about the dismissal of Owen Honors from the Enterprise this morning, I couldn’t help but wonder why Miller hasn’t been able to muster much outrage these last 17 years or so over the 13,000 men and women discharged from the American armed forces for violating the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy — men and women who did nothing wrong, but were expelled because of who they were.
 
The battles some people choose to fight . . .

Comments 
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 | 07:57 am (UTC) - Wingnut Central
I wonder if Miller really belives any of what he says. I was listening to some AM radio station today and some other wingnut hack was defending this Navy officer's actions. This leads me to beieve that there's some central source for daily wingnut talking point that these radio jerks subscribe to or check each morning to cue them about what to discuss and how to discuss it.

It must be like the AP or Reuter's for wingnuts. I can just see Miller sauntering over to the fax machine or accessing his email while muttering into his beard, "OK, what shit do I talk about today?"
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 | 04:14 pm (UTC) - Nice blog
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Thursday, January 6th, 2011 | 01:12 pm (UTC)
Honors was fired because people outside the military found out about the video years after it was broadcast over the closed circuit TV of the Enterprise. Thousands of people watched the videos, some of them outranked Honors. Why weren't they fired too?

The ironic thing is that homosexuality is still a crime in the military. Even after DADT is repealed, homosexuality will still be a crime in the military. People were kicked out for being gay before DADT, and my guess is they will continue to be kicked out after DADT.
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