A great Kottke post talks about the unexpectedly lefty-liberal nature of the US military, quoting Nicholas Kristof in the NYT on the military's generous single-payer healthcare and awesome subsidized daycare; and USMC top NCO Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett, quoted in the WSJ on gays in the military: "Get over it. We're magnificent, we're going to continue to be. ... Let's just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let's be Marines."