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California Democrat Wants Navy to Name Ship for Gay-Rights Martyr Harvey Milk

Posted on | April 25, 2012 | 39 Comments

Navy Times via the Quinton Report:

An upcoming addition to the Navy’s fleet may be the USS Harvey Milk if Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., and other San Diego gay rights leaders have their way about it.
The GLBT Historic Task Force of San Diego County and Filner sent letters to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta last week asking for Harvey Milk to be considered as a name for a submarine, carrier or other appropriate vessel, according to a PR Newswire press release.
Milk, a late civil rights icon, was a Navy veteran who served aboard the submarine rescue ship Kittiwake as a diving officer during the Korean War.

“Civil rights icon”? Like he was at Selma or something? Never mind.

Jeff Quinton points out that at least Milk was a veteran, unlike some other proposed namesakes for Navy ships: USS Gabby Giffords?

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  • http://theothermccain.com smitty

    It hasn’t been the same Navy since USS Murtha.
    I am officially Old Navy.

  • Montag500

    The sour fruit of the big push to name the USS Ronald Reagan.

    I realize that other carriers had been named for Presidents, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, but that might have been a special case owing to Roosevelt dying in office during the war. And I know USS Forrestal had been named for the man who saved naval aviation.

    But the push to name USS Ronald Reagan came as part of a lunatic effort by Reagan supporters to name something for Reagan in each one of the fifty states. I remember thinking at the time, “too third world”.

    But control of the government shifts between parties, and now we have the USS Jimmy Carter. Perhaps the sailors on that boat are alright with that, I’m not. There should not be a USS Jimmy Carter, and if not having a Ronald Reagan could have accomplished that, I would have been glad to pick some other name for CVN-76.

    There will be, it’s a dead slam certainty, a USS Bill Clinton. There will be, and find a place to get a bet down if you want a guaranteed payout, a USS Barack Hussein Obama. There are already plans to name an amphib the USS John P. Murtha, and no more contagious disgrace can I imagine.

    There used to be a pretty rational system for naming the ships of the fleet which we more or less stuck with–States for the BB’s (SSBN’s took over the prime strategic role the battleships used to have, so now we name them after states, I’m cool with that) major cities for the cruisers, names of heroic fighting seamen for the destroyers, important battles for the carriers, fish for the submarines (which I particularly miss–I loved reading about immortal names like Barb, Wahoo, Growler, and the like–they were the terror of the Pacific, and strangled the Japanese economy).

    I’d much rather see the grand old names of carriers recycled for the carriers, instead of having them elbowed aside by  politicians and used for other classes of ships. There ought to be another carrier named Hornet, there ought to be another Lexington or Saratoga turning into the wind to launch aircraft.

    Instead, there’s going to be a USS John P. Murtha. Someone wants to name a ship for Harvey Milk, who I am given to understand had something to do with seamen. I feel bad about what happened to Gabby Giffords, but do we name ships for shooting victims? Really? There will be a push to name a ship the USS Barack H. Obama, on pain of riots if we don’t, and make it an aircraft carrier, white boy. These are symptoms of a nation decadent, rotten to its stinking core, and past the point of salvation. US Presidents get their name written in the history books enough, and naming our most powerful ships after them, as well, is a sign that we have lost sight of why we tried to form a more perfect union.

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    Now wait a minute, there has been a long, time-honored tradition of pole smokers in the US Navy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InBXu-iY7cw

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    And, lest we forget-

    Kenneth Anger’s Fireworks

  • laser9999999

    Milk was a “diving officer?”

    Please don’t go there.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Does anyone really believe they want to name a ship after Milk because of his service?

  • http://www.lisagraas.com Lisa Graas

    You’re supposed to put that in quotes…..like so. “Gay Rights.” See? Because…there aren’t really any “gay rights” there are only human rights. Okay? Since “gays” are humans, they get those, too. I think that’s pretty special.

  • Mojo

    But would the other ships feel comfortable with it?

  • Wombat_socho

     I tell you, you can’t make this stuff up.

  • http://twitter.com/dustbury Charles G Hill

    Gotta be a submarine: long, rigid, and full of seamen.

    What, too soon?

  • Chuck

    In order to be a “martyr” for butt-pirate rights, Milk’s death would’ve needed to have some passing relation to his penchant for the buttseks. He just happened to be there when the dude started shooting.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    I like your sales.

  • ReaganiteRepublican

    Obviously the sub would be most appropriate

    What are they calling it, Queen Milk 1 ?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

     You could, but no one would believe it.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

     Depends on who he was servicing.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

     And always heading into the murkiest depths.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    Well, Dan White blamed him and Mosconi for his problems, but it had nothing to do with his private life.

    Of course, at trial White also blamed the Twinkies as well as the twink.

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

     Didn’t the dude just get through munching down on a bunch of big ol’ cream filled twinkies?

  • Adobe_Walls

    Even if it was inadvertent I should get paid for a setup like that.

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

     Too third world; hell, son, there’s nothing more American.  Robert Moses State Park! Anything named for Robert C. Byrd or Lamar Alexander!  Houston! We’ve even named a ship for Bob Hope, with all the attendant problems (It’s chased the Ann Margaret-class ships all over Pearl Harbor).

    But if we have to name a ship after a gay martyr, what’s wrong with the USS Father Geoghan?

  • Adobe_Walls

    These tasteless remarks are extremely insensitive carry on.

  • Evilbloggerlady

    Well, we are talking about the Navy. They can blast the Vilage People to “keep up” moral on extended sea duty.

  • M. Thompson

     Can we get the booze back?

    They won’t beat sailors with a real whip any more, and now that sodomy has been legalized, the least the American Sailor deserves is to be able to have a cold beer after a watch.

  • Pathfinder’s wife

    Uhm, no, too obvious.

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    Only a Democrat would think “Rum, Sodomy and the Lash” was a recruiting slogan.

  • Pathfinder’s wife

    The jokes, they write themselves.

    I’m with the above poster: I’d rather they went back to Enterprise, Saratoga, Hornet…Mudskipper over Murtha!

  • Wombat_socho

     Hey, it worked for the Royal Navy!

  • Anamika

    Let it be noted that trolls cannot be blamed for infiltrating the comments section of a conservative blog — favorite excuse — and posting several of these homophobic remarks (against Harvey Milk). Not this time. For fun’s sake, you got too carried away, under your own monikers.

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

     Send all your indignant friends over here to read them.  Stacy can use the traffic.

    You do have friends, right?  And they can read?

  • Anamika

    You guys just couldn’t help it, isn’t it? It’s amazing how you’ll can be so oblivious to your own hate. Your kind just needs a political partisanship excuse to just walk into it.

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  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

     So that would be, no, you have no friends who can read…

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

     SPAM!

    WOMBAT, KILL!

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    I’m sure at some point in his life Harvey Milk was called a Twinkie.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    YEAH!  Throw Sukanya Bus under the bus!

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

     I don’t have anything personally against faggots. I’d just rather die than raise one.

  • Wombat_socho

     Th-thump.

  • RichFader

    How do conservative satirists make a living when real life insists on trying to out-crazy them?