Here are my observations on items in the news.
AS A FORMER COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR in a major corporation, I am extremely disappointed in Anthony Scaramucci, the new communications director in the White House. I recognize that the roles are different between the private-sector and a highly visible public-sector position, but he should know that the communications director should never be the subject of the news. Scaramucci is a long-time friend of the president, and an excellent spokesman for him and his agenda. Since becoming communications director, however, his hubris has gotten the best of him.
LEAVING LITTLE DOUBT – Fox News Channel’s mid-day anchor, Shepard Smith, confirmed that he leans left. In recent days, he has been quite critical of President Trump, something journalists know they should be leaving to commentators. Today, following an interview with an individual from liberal Washington Post, which has been extremely critical of the president in fake news, he told his guest, “I appreciate your good work, keep it up.”
THE PRESIDENT’S DECISION TO CURTAIL TRANSGENDER individuals from serving in the military is apparently on hold while Defense Secretary James Mattis and his joint chiefs consider the effects of the move. Meanwhile, Walt Heyer, writes, “Why Trump Keeping Trans People From The Military Is A Good Decision,” in the July 27, 2017 edition of The Federalist.
Heyer has more than 70 years of first-hand life experience and 20 years of researching the topic. “I felt distress at being a boy and longed to be a girl at the age of 4,” he writes, “I underwent full gender reassignment at age 43, and lived as a woman for eight years.
He quotes Iraq combat veteran J. R. Salzman, who stated that “in combat all emotional vulnerabilities matter and threaten soldiers’ lives and units. War is no place for people who are mentally, emotionally or physically confused or in turmoil. You have your s – – t together or you don’t. And if you don’t, you’ll just get people needlessly killed. Political correctness has absolutely no place in the military.”
Heyer, who had his original surgical change reversed in a process called detransition after decades of life as a woman, says transgender surgery is often ineffective and expensive; up to $130,000 for numerous cosmetic procedures over many months, even years. He questions attracting people who are not so much interested in serving, but in having the hefty expense of transition covered.
I highly recommend your reading Heyer’s full piece. It can be found online.
THE HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE SEN. MURKOWSKI – You may recall my quoting Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly A. Strassel in my July 24 post, “Phony politicians …” Strassel said, “Few things drive conservative voters battier than phony politicians who say one thing and do another to avoid hard choices.”
An excellent example of Alaska’s RINO Senator Lisa Murkowski’s phoniness appears in The Wall Street Journal’s “Notable and Quotable” column today. The paper listed 13 actions she has taken in opposition to ObamaCare between 2009 and 2015
Speaking on the floor of the Senate this week, Murkowski said, “This law (ObamaCare) is not affordable to anyone in Alaska. That is why I will support the bill that repeals ACA and wipes out its harmful impacts.”
By now you know, however, that she couldn’t even see fit to vote “aye” to allow the Republicans to bring the matter to the floor for debate. Talk about phony.