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French: Transgenderism Doesn’t Excuse Treason

If Bradley Manning had stayed Bradley Manning, would he still be in prison? If Bradley Manning had stayed Bradley Manning, would he be basking in celebrity, enjoying fawning photo shoots? Given the magnitude of his crimes, I dare say that he’d be in prison today if he still identified as a man. Then he’d be nothing but what he actually is, a garden-variety traitor — a faithless soldier who should count himself fortunate not to face capital punishment. It’s worth remembering what he did. He disclosed, in a gigantic document dump, more than a million pages of classified information, including information about American military operations, American diplomacy, and American allies. The Obama administration was forced to rush to safety foreign friends whom Manning had outed as helping Americans. He broke faith with every relevant provision of the Army’s warrior ethos — he abandoned his mission, he actively aided the enemy, and he acted with stunning disregard for the lives of his comrades. He did so because, acting on his own authority, he decided he wanted to stimulate “worldwide discussion, debate, and reforms.” To be clear, this wasn’t whistleblowing. He didn’t identify a specific wrong and expose it responsibly while taking care to minimize the harm of disclosure. He just disclosed documents without regard for their contents. He didn’t know if anyone would die because of his actions. He didn’t know to what extent vital missions or programs would be compromised. He just did what he wanted to do. There was no honor in his action. None. And now look at him. He’s the subject of a fawning Vogue profile and photo shoot. In fact, he’s an LGBT celebrity now, swarmed at public events and even featured at New York’s Pride March, where he waved “from a drop-top Nissan alongside Gavin Grimm.” When Trump issued a series of tweets declaring a ban on transgender soldiers in the military, media outlets flocked to cover Manning’s response. But one wonders, do the transgender soldiers actually serving look at Chelsea Manning as a poster child for trans service? But no matter. For many leftists, Manning offers the irresistible combination — radical criminal acts combined with revolutionary identity. It’s “Radical Chic” all over again, this time through the lens of latest civil-rights fashion, transgender rights. The radical quarters of the Left have a long history of excusing and celebrating even the most vile of criminals so long as they have the right revolutionary politics. Disturbingly, that celebration leaks even into organizations that are billed as “meanstream.” Recall, it was just last month the Women’s March tweeted its appreciation for convicted cop-killer and FBI most-wanted terrorist Assata Shakur: Earlier this summer, New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade sought to honor convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera as a “National Freedom Hero.” Under pressure, he decided to “forgo” that honor, but he was featured in a float anyway — and parts of the crowd gave him a “hero’s welcome.” These kinds of celebrations are not just morally abhorrent; they’re deeply polarizing. They represent the idea that the rule of law — even when the subject is murder or treason — is contingent upon the politics and racial or gender identity of the lawbreaker. Americans on opposing sides of the ideological divide are given a signal — that when it comes to advancing the radical cause, not even human life or national security can stand in the way. There are no lines that can’t be crossed. This is what radical identity politics does. It twists and distorts normal moral analysis. It declares that the ends justify the means, and then goes even farther to say, “By any means necessary.” This is an unacceptable ethic not just for a constitutional republic but for any form of civil society. Allegedly “mainstream” media outlets, politicians, or organizations that honor or respect the likes of Manning, Rivera, or Shakur cover themselves in shame.

Agreed!  And, well said, David.  Attorney, and Army Reserve officer (Major), David French is responsible for that excellent op/ed.  David was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq.  David understands better than most, what real honor is all about.

Texas school district approves paddling misbehaving students

Officials at a Texas school district have approved a controversial new disciplinary practice on students: paddling. The Three Rivers Independent School board of trustees in South Texas approved the policy Tuesday, which would allow for paddles to be used as corporal punishment against misbehaving students. Corporal punishment is defined by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA) as “deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping or any other physical force used as a means of discipline.” Parents have the opportunity to opt in or out of the policy by providing both written and verbal consent, according to the Caller-Times. Students whose parents have approved of corporal punishment “will receive one paddling for his or her infraction when they misbehave at school.” “If the parent is not comfortable with it, that’s the end of the discussion,” the school district’s superintendent Mary Springs told the Caller-Times. Corporal punishment is legal in Texas. TCTA’s websites states administrators can use the disciplinary measure if approved by the board of trustees and the students’ parents. The policy at Three Rivers Independent School District is expected to begin at the start of the 2017-2018 school year, KHOU reported.

Texas..still on the cutting age of common sense.

Planned Parenthood executives joke about decapitating fetuses in new video

Planned Parenthood executives joked about decapitated fetuses, admitted to altering abortion procedures to preserve fetal organs and said clinics have a financial incentive to sell human tissue in a new undercover video released Thursday. The three-minute video was recorded at an annual National Abortion Federation meeting by pro-life investigators with the Center for Medical Progress. The advocacy group said it’s just a preview of never-before-seen content that has been sealed for almost two years due to legal fights. In the video, Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, admits to altering abortion procedures to preserve fetal organs. “You know, sometimes she’ll tell me she wants brain, and we’ll, you know, leave the calvarium till last, and then try to basically take it or, actually, you know, catch everything, and even keep it separate from the rest of the tissue so it doesn’t get lost,” Ms. Nucatola says. Also, Deb VanDerhei, national director of Planned Parenthood’s Consortium of Abortion Providers, admits that some clinics are motivated to sell fetal tissue for profit. “But the truth is that some might want to do it for — to increase their revenues. And we can’t stop them,” she says in the video. Paul Blumenthal, medical director emeritus at Planned Parenthood of Maryland, says he’s aware that “Planned Parenthood sells a lot of stuff to people.” Ann Schutt-Aine, director of abortion services at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, says she’ll hold a fetus in place with forceps to prevent partial-birth abortions. “If I’m doing a procedure, and I’m seeing that I’m in fear that it’s about to come to the umbilicus, I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix, and pull off a leg or two, so it’s not [partial-birth abortion],” she says. Other top Planned Parenthood executives make gruesome remarks about abortion in the video. Lisa Harris, medical director at Planned Parenthood of Michigan, says pro-choice proponents should just admit that abortion is murder. “Let’s just give them all the violence,” she says. “It’s a person. It’s killing. Let’s just give them all that.” She also jokes about trying to pull a decapitated head out of a patient. “Our stories don’t really have a place in a lot of pro-choice discourse and rhetoric, right?” Ms. Harris says. “The heads that get stuck that we can’t get out. The hemorrhages that we manage. “You know, those are all parts of our experience,” she says. “But there’s no real good place for us to share those.”

Holy crap!!!

Starnes: Jiminy Cricket! Disney goes gay

The folks who gave us Mickey Mouse and Goofy have decided it’s time for your children to enjoy same-sex romance while they slurp down their Fruit Loops. Disney just broadcast their very first gay cartoon kiss. It happened during the second season of “Star vs The Forces of Evil,” a cartoon broadcast on Disney XD. An audience scene shows two guys kissing and a later scene show two ladies sharing an intimate moment. Disney is earning accolades for diversity and inclusivity among the LGBTQIA crowd. There’s also word the upcoming live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” will include a gay storyline – between LeFou and Gaston. “LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants,” director Bill Condon told Attitude magazine. And what better place to discuss human sexuality with your four-year-old than a wholesome Disney movie? “It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie,” Condon added. Disney’s pro-gay activism has lots of moms and dads across the fruited plain wondering what in the name of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is going on? It’s unfortunate – that we live in a society where kids can no longer be kids — but that’s the world in which we live. But these days everything is about the LGBTQIA agenda. And when it comes to the entertainment industry, nothing is sacred in its quest to indoctrinate American children. Not even Disney. So, don’t be too surprised if the next Disney animated classic documents Tinker Bell’s torrid lesbian affair with Snow White while a gender questioning Peter Pan crushes on Pinocchio who just got out of a long-term relationship with one of the seven gender-fluid dwarfs. Jiminy Cricket, America!

Thanks to culture warrior Todd Starnes for bringing this shocking story to our attention.  Awful..

Starnes: Military Academy: Don’t disrespect the American flag on our football field

The young men who attend St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Wisconsin know the names of the fallen. Their names are recited every spring — young men, alumni, who gave their lives defending America. Jack Albert, the president the military academy, believes the blood shed by his cadets make their campus sacred ground. So when Albert learned that some of the high schools in their athletic conference were allowing students to disrespect the National Anthem, he decided to draw a line in the sand. “To dishonor those men and their families by permitting any disrespect of the country they defended, especially on the Academy’s time honored fields of friendly strife, is in my opinion, unacceptable,” Albert wrote in a letter to parents and alumni. “It is our expectation when teams visit our campus, proper etiquette and respect is rendered to the nation’s colors and the national anthem,” he added. And then – the military academy president dropped the bombshell: “It is my intention to halt any game with any team whose players or coaches decide to disrespect the colors of our nation or the national anthem of our country in any way,” he informed the Academy family. Finally! A school that’s willing to take a stand for the red, white and blue!

No kidding!!  It’s about time!!  Thanks to Todd Starnes for bringing us this uplifting piece.  To read the rest, click on the text above.  Excellent!   🙂

Starnes: Teen singers honor fallen soldier aboard jetliner

After back-to-back weeks of bickering and bloviating, I’m about all politicked out. So the other day, I sent a message to our good readers that I was searching for stories to share that would inspire, not inflame. Soon, my in box was flooded with great stories from across the fruited plain. But one, in particular stood out. So pour yourself a glass of sweet tea, settle back into your Cracker Barrel rocking chair, and prepare to have your bones blessed. Our story took place on July 18th aboard Delta Airlines Flight 15 – from Frankfurt, Germany. On board were dozens of teenage musicians – members of the Iowa Ambassadors of Music. They had just completed a European tour and were returning home. Also on board was a soldier – in full dress uniform. The young man was escorting the remains of a World War II veteran. It just so happened to be that one of the flight attendants was seated across from Dr. Lee Nelson, the singing group’s choral director and the director of choral activities at Wartburg College. During the long flight across the Atlantic, she mentioned to the director about the fallen soldier – and how an Honor Guard would meet the plane once they landed in Atlanta. “She asked if there was something that perhaps we could sing,” Dr. Nelson told me during a telephone interview from his office at Wartburg College. By chance, the choir had concluded all of their European concerts with a moving rendition of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” “I thought that might be something appropriate to sing to honor and respect the remains of that soldier and also the uniformed soldier,” he said. But organizing a choral concert on a plane is not all that easy – especially since the students were scattered through the giant aircraft. So Dr. Nelson enlisted the aid of a chaperone and they stood back to back so they could direct both halves of the plane. As the Honor Guard approached the jetliner and the soldier rose from his seat, the teenagers began singing, “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah…” Young American boys and girls from places like Des Moines and Waverly and Iowa City – sang with all their might in four part harmony. And the entire moment was captured on video. “It was an emotional moment,” Dr. Nelson said. “The flight attendants had tears in their eyes – and so did the directors.” And the moment also proved to be a life lesson for the young Iowans. “The idea of the power of music – and the idea that it’s not just a performance, but that we get to use music in the way it’s intended to be used – to show love and respect for all,” he said. He noticed that the decorum of the students changed almost immediately. “They were very respectful and honored to be able to sing in this sort of context,” he said. “It really hit home to the hearts and minds of the students and everyone on board that plane.” “It was truly a beautiful moment,” Dr. Nelson said. And so it was on Delta Airlines Flight 15 that the sons and daughters of Iowa rose with one voice to bid farewell to a fallen hero – returned to the land of the free and the home of the brave. It was a uniquely American moment. Glory hallelujah, indeed. -Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is “God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values.” Follow Todd on Twitter@ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook

What an awesome story!  If you’ve not seen the video of this, then Google and watch it.  Truly awesome!  Kudos to these kids and their directors.  Outstanding!!     🙂

KT McFarland: Do something bold this Fourth of July — read the Declaration of Independence

In the swirl of the current presidential election, one thing every pundit and politician talks about is how angry the American people are with Washington and the political establishment – of both parties. We’re in a throw-all-the-bums-out mood. But it’s really nothing new. We go through these populist, anti-establishment cycles every 40 years or so. It’s written into our national DNA. In fact, we were founded in a great wave of antiestablishmentarianism. You think we’re in a rebellious mood today? It’s nothing compared to how mad we were in 1776. Ever read the Declaration of Independence? Reading it in fifth-grade history class is good, but that’s not what I mean. Do yourself a favor this weekend … Read it word for word. It will make today’s political battles seem tame by comparison. My family reads the Declaration every Fourth of July, with each of my children and guests assigned to read different paragraphs aloud. Our tradition began years ago, when we invited the outgoing supreme allied commander, Gen. George Joulwan (one of my oldest friends and our daughter’s godfather), to give the Fourth of July sermon at our church. Instead of preaching, he gave us a history lesson. He set the stage by describing the American colonies in the 1770s. Then he read the entire Declaration of Independence, starting with the stirring preamble…. “… We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness….” At the time, I was struck by how angry the Founders were, how they reflected the frustration of their fellow colonists. Hence began the McFarland family tradition of taking an hour out of the weekend to read the Declaration at home. For years my children groaned at the reading, thinking how unfair it was that they were stuck doing “homework” while their friends were at picnics or the beach. But then my kids grew up. A few years ago, my older daughter, a Naval Academy graduate, invited some military friends for the Fourth of July weekend. My other daughter invited some friends who had studied with her at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. We all sat around the table after dinner, and each person read a paragraph or two from the Declaration. It started out as a forced exercise; their friends figured that humoring the parents was the cost of a weekend in the Hamptons. But as we went around the table, taking turns reading, their interest – and outrage – started to build. They stood up. They raised their voices. They pounded their fists on the table. We could feel how angry the colonists were with the king of Great Britain as those around the table practically shouted out the Declaration’s long list of grievances. And guess what … our Founding Fathers’ grievances against the king were the same grievances we have against Washington today: “• He erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people; • He suspended our laws; • He refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people; • He obstructed the Administration of Justice; • He imposed Taxes on us without our Consent.” All you have to do is substitute “Washington” for “King,” and there you have it: today’s rebellion against the political elite. Then an Army ranger, just back from Afghanistan, read the last line: we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor. We all looked at each other with silent acknowledgment. Many of our guests had fought in Iraq and Afghanistan or had walked patrol on Navy ships in the Pacific. They were the men and women willing to put their lives on the line to guarantee us the same freedoms our forebears fought for. Suddenly the Declaration of Independence was as relevant as it had been nearly two and a half centuries ago. The next morning, our guests donned red, white and blue, strapped a 6×8 American flag to a pole and jogged through the streets of Southampton Village. They called it the “Freedom Run.” Passersby waved, drivers honked their horns and passengers leaned out of car windows to cheer. Anger with the ruling elites is nothing new, and neither is rebellion. Our Founding Fathers claimed we had not only the right, but the responsibility, to remove a king who no longer listened to his people. After winning our independence, those Founding Fathers went on to write a Constitution that gives us the right to elect representatives to lead us – and to remove them if we choose. They work for us, not the other way around. So if you occasionally shake your head with disgust this summer and autumn over the vitriol of the presidential campaign, remember your right to a revolution. People fought and bled and died so you could have it. And come November, show up at the polls to exercise it.

Wow..  Agreed!  Thanks KT!  That awesome article was written by KT McFarland who served in three presidential administrations, including Ronald Reagan’s.  Consider this your Read of the Day.  If you read anything today, then READ THIS!!…and then forward on to all of your friends and family members….and then read our great Declaration of Independence.  Excellent!!  Happy Independence Day!!    🙂