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.


‘Kong: Skull Island’ was boring and I did not like it

I finally got around to watching Kong: Skull Island and I have to admit, I didn’t like it. I thought it was boring.

Unlike every other King Kong movie made, this one is different in that it takes place in 1973. World War Vietnam is wrapping up. Advances in satellite photography have made it possible to see a secret island in the south Pacific called Skull Island. A government task force is sent to investigate including an Army helicopter squadron called the Sky Devils led by Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard, subtly played by Samuel L Jackson.

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Military genius Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard played by Samuel L Jackson.

I’m kidding. Samuel L Jackson has never played anything subtly. His worst, most over-the-top performances seem to always involve his character wearing a hat. In Kong: Skull Island, his character wears a Vietnam era floppy boonie hat. Lieutenant Colonel Packard is angry because Kong wiped out his fancy helicopter squadron (spoiler alert) and wants to kill Kong in revenge.

If Samuel L Jackson’s character wanted to carry out revenge against the party most responsible for the destruction of his helicopter squadron, than he needed to start with himself. His squadron was a poorly lead, undisciplined group of misfits taken out by a giant gorilla who lacked the ability to fly. It should have been an easy thing for one helicopter to take out King Kong, let alone a whole squadron. Fly to a higher altitude and have the door gunner target the giant gorilla’s head with an M60 machine gun. End of movie, roll credits.  I don’t care how big you are. Take a couple hundred rounds of 7.62 mm to the face, you’re going to giant gorilla heaven.

'Kong: Skull Island' was boring and I did not like it - Bent Corner
The Vietnam era M60 machine gun.

I think the movie might have been better without the Sky Devils.