What is it with the American right's love affair with Vladimir Putin's Russia these days? Tom Pauken, who served as chair of the Texas Republican Party in the 1990s and currently supports Donald Trump for president, tweeted this morning that Russia is "returning to its Christian roots" while the United States is "going in the opposite direction."…… Read More

Religious-righters warned that the repeal of the ban on openly gay servicemembers in the U.S. military would bring about all kinds of terrible things. Of course, none of that happened. In fact, the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy seems to have actually helped the military.

Even so, critics continue to scramble for new reasons to complain. Now some are upset that personnel on a U.S. military base on the Japanese island of Okinawa put on a drag show fundraiser last weekend. The right-wing website Newsmax declared the event “the first ‘drag show in the history of the U.S. military.” Tom Pauken, former chairman of the Texas Republican Party, also seems to think the drag show broke new ground:

Gay and lesbian troops perform in drag on American military base http://t.co/46w7ha3ZMA via @SpeedReads. Your new US military

— Tom Pauken (@TomPauken) March 4, 2014

The “first drag show in the history of the U.S. military”? “Your new U.S. military”? Um… really?

That didn’t count? What about shows with service personnel themselves? Like these soldiers in Korea shortly after the end of World War II:

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