Draft dodging Donald Trump’s transgender military ban

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce he was reversing the military’s transgender policy:

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This announcement was news to the US Joint Chiefs who were reportedly blindsided by this Twitter announcement as they were never consulted about this matter. The current policy is to allow openly transgender service members to serve in the US military. From the Department of Defense website:

Effective immediately, transgender Service members may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals.

For me, the most powerful word in that sentence is the word serve. Donald Trump never served in the military, In fact, after graduating college in 1968 where he played tennis, football, squash, and golf, he received a 1-Y medical deferment. It meant he was exempt from military service. The reason? Bone spurs in his heels. While thousands of his peers were trudging off to the jungles of Vietnam. Donald J. Trump and his rooster feet stayed out of the military. Before the draft was abolished in 1973, Donald Trump received five medical deferments, precluding him from ever getting drafted.

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Donald Trumps feet in 1968.

How someone like this, a coward who refused to serve in the military when his country needed him, can now try to stop other Americans from serving not because of anything they’ve done, but because of who they are, is really quite perverse. It’s un-American and it’s the opposite of patriotism.

Good patriotic Americans don’t get in the way of other good patriotic Americans from serving their country.

I doubt this ban will ever go into effect. That’s probably why it was announced on Twitter. It will get blocked in the courts as being unconstitutional, which it most definitely is. I think it was announced on Twitter to placate much of his base, the transphobic Christian evangelicals who helped elect him president.

 

Sony cancels release of ‘The Interview’

Whatever your plans are for next Thursday, Christmas Day, they won’t include going to the movies to watch a silly Seth Rogen movie. That’s because Sony Pictures Entertainment decided late yesterday to cave to threats form Guardians of Peace, a hacker group believed to be responsible for the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that took place four weeks ago. Guardians of Peace did not want The Interview, a comedy staring Seth Rogen and James Franco, to be shown in theaters. The Guardians of Peace, or someone claiming to be Guardians of Peace, published a threat invoking the terror attacks of September 11.

According to NBC News, unnamed U.S. officials have concluded that the North Korean government ordered the hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Not that I’m surprised. The attack sees too large-scale for a typical criminal hacking group. The size of it suggests that it was state sponsored. What state would have motive to go after Sony over a movie depicting the assassination of North Korea’s Dear Leader in the name of comedy? North Korea, that’s who.

So now nobody will see The Interview, not because they don’t want to, but because North Korea doesn’t anyone to. That bothers me.

I don’t want the government telling me what movies I can or cannot see, not my government, not any government. I especially don’t want North Korea telling me what movies I can or cannot watch. I don’t want even the illusion that North Korea has any control over me or what I do. By canceling the release of this movie, Sony Pictures Entertainment has done just that.

Congratulations Sony Pictures Entertainment. Way to make us look like a bunch of cowards.

Photo: David Goldman/Associated Press

Theaters cancel showings of ‘The Interview’

In response to threats by a hacker group known as Guardians of Peace, movie theater chains have begun canceling showings of The Interview, a Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy slated to open on Christmas day. In the movie, Rogen and Franco are journalists who travel to North Korea to interview North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. They are also on a secret CIA mission to assassinate the North Korean Dear Leader. Hilarity ensues.

Evidently North Korea has a problem with the movie. It’s believed that they are behind the Guardians of Peace hacker group and are directly responsible for the giant Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that took place four weeks ago. Sony Pictures is the studio behind The Interview.

It’s hard to really understand how North Korea, or more specifically, Kim Jong Un, could have a problem with The Interview. I realize his assassination is the focus of the movie’s plot, but it’s just a silly Seth Rogen movie. Then again, it’s North Korea. They aren’t known for rational behavior.

If I were in charge at Sony Pictures, I wouldn’t have made The Interview. North Korea is a hornet’s nest that I don’t think is worth kicking, at least not for the sake of a goofy movie. I would no sooner make a comedy involving the assassination of Kim Jong Un then I would make a comedy focusing on destroying Mecca.

Not that I have any love for North Korea or Kim Jong Un. I hate communism and the people who practice it. For me, the Cold War still burns hot. Part of me now wants to go see this movie on Christmas day, if for no other reason than North Korea doesn’t want me to.

Then again, if theaters aren’t showing it, I really can’t go see it.

Update: Sony has decided to scrap the release of The Interview.