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Trump Denies Permission to Fly the Pride Flag at U.S. Embassies. Is He Still the Gayest Republican President?

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[Screenshot from NBC, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nA-T-WnCeQ]

 

Personally, I’m not a group person. If the world was separated by Pizza Eaters, Taco Eaters, and Hamburger Eaters, you might find me alone under a tree with a plate of spaghetti. So groups is all Greek to me.

But I’ve noticed most people aren’t like that. Hence, news.

On the day gay marriage became the law of the land, the White House lit up with rainbow colors. That was in 2015.

The current administration doesn’t seem quite so federally festive.

As you may know, June — as designated by someone unknown to me — is Pride Month. Therefore, some U.S. embassies have requested to fly the gay flag on official flagpoles. You know what response that got? It got a Nope.

As reported by NBC News:

The U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia are among those that have requested permission from Trump’s State Department to fly the pride flag on their flagpoles and have been denied, diplomats said. Although the pride flag can and is being flown elsewhere on embassy grounds, including inside embassies and on exterior walls, the decision not to allow it on the official flagpole stands in contrast to President Donald Trump’s claim to be a leader in supporting LGBTQ rights overseas.

In contrast to supporting rights??

The Daily Wire proposed this:

As to why the Trump administration has denied the request remains to be seen, though speculation is it sees LGBT rights and pride as two separate issues. For instance, the administration’s recent call to decriminalize homosexuality in countries such as Iran stems from an ideological impulse to see individuals treated with dignity and respect, which makes it a U.S. diplomatic endeavor, not an LGBT endeavor. It would be as if the embassies were to suddenly put crucifixes on the front lawns to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians.

Could be.

Trump’s gotten some credit from gay groups recently. As pointed out by the Daily Mail, he’s the first Republican president to promote Pride Month. And he’s made efforts to decriminalize homosexuality in other parts of the world. See for yourself:

Lesbian Jerri Ann Henry with gay group Log Cabin Republicans is pretty psyched:

‘To have any president recognize Pride is important to my community. To have a Republican president recognize that is massive. It’s worth noting that hasn’t happened before, and not anything close. … There will be many other issues we have to go to war over, but I will celebrate this. … I’m not here to say everything the president does is perfect on every LGBT issue, but I’m happy to compliment and celebrate the good things when I can get them. This is one of those cases and I’m so proud.”

Even so, BuzzFeed ran the headline “Trump Is The First Republican President To Acknowledge LGBT Pride Month, And Yet…”

And Democratic Rep. Don Byer tweeted a list of Trump LGBT crappiness:

“[He] banned transgender Americans from military service, opposed the Equality Act, blocked citizenship for children of same-sex couples, allowed anti-trans discrimination in homeless shelters, Ended healthcare protections for transgender people.”

Evidently, gay Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan’s on Team Byer:

“Just in the last month, the Trump Administration has fought to: deny citizenship to some children of same-sex American couples, strip protections for transgender Americans at homeless shelters, end anti-discrimination protections for transgender Americans in health care.”

But on Friday, Kellyanne Conway told reporters gay groups should be grateful to the Prez for “calling on other countries to do something that’s very important, which is to join the U.S. in decriminalizing homosexuality.”

And there was this:

“I’m old enough to remember the 2008 campaign where Hillary and Obama were arguing with each other as to who was more for traditional marriage. It wasn’t so long ago.”

It seems he is the gayest Republican president.

Regardless, it’s easy to see why Trump ain’t gettin’ it with some of the folks who want him in the trans trenches. After all, if he wants to really compete in the world of gay grandstanding, he’s gonna have to step it up to Kirsten Gillibrand level:

Flag, schmag — that’s Bush League.

In the mood to delve further into group pageantry? Check out my companion piece spotlighting a curious impending Boston event: the Straight Pride parade.

-ALEX

 

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The Knives Are Out For Meghan McCain At “The View”

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Et Tu Whoopi?

Who could have seen this coming?

Conservative millennial and famous for being Sen. John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, is reportedly in some hot water with her co-hosts at “The View” and in particular, the ringleader of the gal chat show, Whoopi Goldberg.

According to RawStory

Conservative commentator Meghan McCain, co-host of The View, has recently taken time off from the show. And the other hosts, producers, and viewers are happier without her there, reports the Daily Mail.

McCain’s absence has reportedly pleased Whoopi Goldberg, who is reportedly tired of McCain’s blow-ups and feuding with host Joy Behar.

“Whoopi is at her breaking point with Meghan. She’s been trying to hang in there, especially keep the peace with Meghan and Joy, but we all know she’s about to break,” a source told DailyMail.com.

You don’t say?

Also in the story are reports that Meggy Mac is hard on the staff in the background of the show. Now, this could all be speculation but with the recent absences on the show of both Meghan and Joy and the reports of those two titans butting heads, this story has a lil gravitas to it.

I would have never thought that while Donald Trump is President anyone would ever challenge Meghan on the show in front or behind the camera. Her attacks on the President both during the funeral of her Dad and after should have bought her a free pass to act however she pleases for the duration of Trumps Presidency.

However, if McCain is pissing off Hollywood veteran and liberal comedienne icon Whoopi the youngin might have her days numbered on the show.

Now I can already hear some of you saying WHY DOES THIS MATTER? Well, this is why.

The left is all in for defeating Donald Trump in 2020 and willing to do it at all costs. Meghan Mccain has been riding off the coattails of her Dad for years and has thus developed a persona also that she tells it like it is. This benefits the left greatly and gives rise to the narrative that Trump is on shaky grounds with GOP’ers like McCain.

If they are willing to bounce her to the curb, they must REALLY hate her or are pretty confident that they don’t need her on the bubble gum chat show to rip on the Donald. Plus, they already have another token conservative in Abby Huntsman to use as a punching bag.

Whatever the case may be, there might be life after “The View” but not with the hefty paycheck and platform. Will that be the end of….. insightful commentary from a “conservative” millennial?

I can’t even imagine.

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AOC Absolutely Clowns Herself in Hearing with FBI Official

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshest of fresh faces in the Democrat party, has invented a new problem that doesn’t actually exist and she’s determined to show her ignorance while trying to push it.

You see, the FBI is actually racist because they haven’t been charging white supremacists with “domestic terrorism.” In a hearing with the FBI Assistant Director of Counter Terrorism, AOC decided she was going to go hard and really rack up those retweets on Twitter. What she ended up doing was absolutely clowning herself.

There are several issues here.

One, as Ryan Saavedra points out, there is not actual thing as “domestic terrorism” when it comes to criminal statutes. We already have laws for domestic crime. When you kill someone, its called murder. Even if the FBI wanted to, they couldn’t charge a neo-nazi with “domestic terrorism” because that doesn’t exist as far as the justice system is concerned.

This is for good reason. Civil liberty questions become a very big issue if you start classifying Americans as terrorists when they have no actual foreign connections. If they are connected with a foreign entity, such as ISIS, then they can be charged under international terrorism statutes.

AOC still couldn’t understand this, so she then went to bat for the San Bernardino terrorists, insinuating they had been discriminated against.

As if the level of stupid wasn’t already high enough, the FBI doesn’t even charge people. They are an investigative agency, which means AOC was grilling someone for not bringing “domestic terrorism” charges when they don’t even have prosecutorial authority in the first place.

After getting thoroughly embarrassed, AOC then ran to Twitter with an edited video to get accolades from all her followers.

I like the nod to herself, asserting that she tried to give the FBI official, who’s an expert on the matter, the benefit of the doubt. But she checked on it and she’s right, even though she’s completely wrong on every level. Brilliant stuff.

There is no objective truth anymore in politics. Just Twitter and people clapping like seals. Her false tweet currently has 128,000 likes.

Here’s a summary of how that went.

This woman is ignorant on a level we’ve rarely seen before on the national level. She has no understanding of any issue at all. There’s a reason she was tending bar before she was elected to Congress and it becomes more apparent every single time she opens her mouth.

Now, if only we had some virtuous firefighting journalists out there who could do some fact-checks on this? Anyone?

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Koch Brothers Never Were Conservative

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Koch Brothers

Koch Brothers Never Were Conservative

Sarah Palin was right about “Crony Capitalists.” The Headline reads, “Koch Network Willing to Back Dem. Candidates In 2020.” Well No Kidding!” In the June 7th issue of National Review Online, Jack Crowe announces what we’ve all known for a long time (well, at least for the 31 months since Donald J. Trump’s unexpected thrashing of the criminal crone from Chappaqua) the Koch Brothers never were conservatives.

From the article

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the political arm of the billionaire Koch brothers’ sprawling influence network, which has traditionally confined its support to Republicans, plans to pursue a “bipartisan approach” when determining which candidates to back in the 2020 election cycle.

Crowe elaborates

In a memo distributed to employees Thursday and obtained by CNBC, AFP CEO Emily Seidel announced that the group will evaluate candidates entirely based on their support for its preferred policies without respect to party affiliation.

“AFP or AFP Action [the group’s super PAC] will be ready to engage contested U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and state-level primary races, including Republican, Democrat, Independent or otherwise, to support sitting legislators who lead by uniting with others to pass principled policy and get good things done,” Seidel’s memo said.

It gets better yet. Here is the money quote (emphasis, all mine)

The Koch network, collectively referred to as “Stand Together,” has struggled to find a political home since President Trump took office.

Imagine that! A political group that refuses to assist, nay actively undermines President Trump’s signature campaign issue: Immigration both legal and illegal, struggling “to find a home.”

If you want a home, I suggest you come out and actively support President Trump’s agenda. Here’s a challenge for you. How about you match Brian Kolfage’s GoFundMe effort, with a direct donation of your own to his citizen-supported Border Wall Program. If you do that, you’ll likely find the welcome mat out for you as you board the Trump Train. If you can’t bring yourself to help actively protect your fellow Americans, I suggest that you go ahead and come out of the closet and affiliate with the Democrats.

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The RedState Box Office Report – A Busy, Not Hectic Weekend

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Plenty of new arrivals were in theaters but the sequels failed to match prior success.

If audiences are showing signs of fatigue with retread properties then this summer could become worrisome. There are a slew of sequel on the slate, including the next couple of weeks. Sony is attempting to reinvigorate its “Men In Black” property next week, and Pixar is releasing ‘Toy Story 4” the following weekend.

Even as we enter the heart of the summer season audiences are showing that they will need a real reason to come out to theaters. Pretending your film is an event picture is not enough; you need to actually motivate audiences.

1. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 – $47.11 Million
Quite a surprising tally here with what was regarded as a sure-thing animated animal lark. Thoughts had been this would draw in the $60 million+ range, but it seems there was less interest in a second romp involving the household critters. One indicator of what went wrong was the film did not appeal to young boys; the audience skewed to 62% female, and the very kids turned out while it played light with the 10-12-year-old crowd. The original was a surprise smash, opening with $100 million on the way to retrieving over $350 million. The production studio Illumination kept the cost down to around $75 million for the budget, which is economical for an animated release, so Universal should be fine by the end of things. But these partners will surely be revisiting things in a serious manner if there is to be the third version of this down the road.

2. DARK PHOENIX – $33.9m
Said to be the culmination of the “X-Men” franchise at Fox, this thing never rose from the ashes. The advanced word on the film was poor to begin with, then during the past couple of weeks the front-lash has been severe, with fans and movie critics at odds over the quality of the film. As it opened “Dark Phoenix” was the worst-reviewed title in the “X-Men” series at 22%, and now it sports the worst opening in the franchise as well. The audiences were also unkind, as the Cinemascore was also a franchise lowest “B-”. Once this was being looked at as drawing $50 million for the weekend. The total becomes harrowing when you factor in the $200 million budget, before marketing costs. All they are hoping for now is an international audience bailout; this franchise performs strongly in foreign markets. If it ends up losing money this loss will all be on Fox, since the film was completed well before the finalization of Disney’s purchase of the studio. The only thing left is for fans to await what Marvel will do now that it has its beloved property but under its control.

3. ALADDIN – $24.6m
A bit of a surprise as the film dropped over 600 screens on its third weekend. That is rare for a Disney title, more rare for one that is doing healthy business, but with two major releases demanding over 4,200 screens room had to be made somewhere. As of now the live-action remake has pulled in over $200 million domestically and is playing strong in foreign markets as well. The Mouse House will ride this one for one more week before tossing its energy behind the Pixar release.

4. GODZILLA-KING OF THE MONSTERS – $15.54M
From a bad opening last week to a collapse this weekend. This total is a steep -67% drop from that debut, a horrible sign of long-range prospects. So far the foreign business has been soft, so Warners may have a tough bottom line in front of them by the looks of this so far.

5. ROCKETMAN – $14.0m
The Elton John biopic is holding well with its older-skewing audience. It had a very respectable second-week dip of -45%, and it has a stronger per-screen average than “Godzilla”. In the end if it ends up earning more than the thunder lizard then there is a real problem with that franchise.

6. MA – $7.82m
Taking a -57% hit is not horrendous, especially with it sporting a micro-budget of just $5 million. The Universal/Blumhouse formula of shooting on the cheap and netting a solid opening continues to deliver the profits.

7. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM – $7.4m
The taciturn assassin, played by the taciturn Keanu Reeves, is churning out the dollars. After one month it continues to play on over 2,700 screens. It will earn over $150 million soon enough and has drawn over another $1100 million overseas. A needed win for Lionsgate.

8. AVENGERS: ENDGAME – $4.8m
It has now become only the second film to ever earn over 422.7 billion worldwide, and is still closing in on the all-time total of “Avatar”. It stands about $50 million behind on that global number.

9. POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU – $2.98m
This weekend takes the yellow private dick to over $400 million earned worldwide.

10. BOOKSMART – $1.57m
Critically it was loved, but audiences have not turned out for this female high school coming of age tale. It has all the making of a cult hit.

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Summer Is Now Sexist…And It Can Trigger Those With Eating Disorders and Body Image Issues

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So says USA Today’s Alia E. Dastagir. She is starting to feel the pressure that summer thrusts upon women. Women need to have perfect bikini bodies. We need to shave our legs every day. Our kids are out of school for two months and we have to entertain them. On top of all that, and this one is especially perplexing, we even have to text our friends to let them know our jogging routes. (Read her article here.)

Ms. Dastagir goes a bit too far. She begins with the following:

Summer! The best season. Especially for women. Time to panic because your beach body didn’t shape up as scheduled, to shave every day even though it gives you adult diaper rash, to text a friend so she knows your jogging route, to act as the primary juggler of your kids’ camp schedules because your husband can’t or won’t or tried last year and failed.

Summer! Longer days, warmer nights, barbecues (don’t you dare eat that hot dog), ice cream (that either) and sexism. So much sexism.

So, what are we to do about it? Should we cancel summer because of all this added pressure on women? Arrest it? Start a new movement to shame it, #summerissexist? How would one call out a season anyway?

Body consciousness is not the sole domain of women. It is a human issue. As the mother of two sons who work out regularly, I can tell you that concern over body image is not limited to women. Everyone wants to look their best in a bathing suit.

The writer also laments the need for women to shave their legs every day in the summer.

Men have to shave their faces every day of the year, regardless of the season. Even men with facial hair have to shave certain areas of their faces or at least trim their beards daily. Of course, there are some men who choose to abandon the razor entirely, but such men are in the minority.

Her next argument is that women must “act as the primary juggler of your kids’ camp schedules because your husband can’t or won’t or tried last year and failed.” Dastagir can’t seriously blame this on the sexism of summer. Frankly, this one sounds more like a problem with her marriage.

When my kids were young, I wasn’t working. Considering that my husband was working full-time to provide for us, I saw taking care of my children during the day as my responsibility. Had I been working full-time as well, it would have been a responsibility we would have shared or hired someone else to take care of. Certainly, I wasn’t bemoaning the “sexism” of summer because I had to keep my children busy.

She also complains about finding time to text a friend so she knows her jogging route. How is that sexist?

Has everything that can’t be labeled as racist, homophobic or bigoted suddenly become sexist?

Seriously, summer is racist? Stop whining.

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Students At Oberlin College Should Be Disgusted At School Using Them To Target Bakery

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Oberlin College just lost a lawsuit against a small bakery named Gibson Bros. Bakery, a family-owned small business that had survived the Great Depression, two World Wars, and the social upheaval of the 1960s only to be nearly put out of business by the social justice warriorism of 2019.

The Gibson Bros. Bakery and owners — three generations of Gibsons who have owned and operated the store since the late 1880s — were awarded $11 million Friday, which could double next week once punitive damages are awarded. They were targeted by Oberlin College as racist for simply stopping shoplifters from stealing. There were protests and boycotts led by Oberlin students that culminated in a two and half year legal ordeal for the family. The Gibsons had to lay off nearly a dozen employees and couldn’t pay themselves while the trial wore on.

When the verdict was read by the judge, four  generations of the Gibson family — from 11-year-old Cashlyn to 90-year old Allyn W. “Grandpa” Gibson — hugged each other behind their plaintiff’s courtroom table. They are a hardy bunch, and did not cry or show too much emotion — no wailing or crying by this family —  but as one who has watched them for over a month now, you could see a burden had been lifted from their shoulders.

It was the culmination of their life being blown up and their state of living being pushed upside down ever since three students from Oberlin College shoplifted at their store on Nov. 9, 2016.

Their reward for calling the police on the shoplifters was being tagged as racist by the Oberlin College students who protested their actions. And for Oberlin College to support those actions of defamation. Two-and-a-half years later they feel somewhat vindicated, as an Ohio jury saw what Oberlin College did to them was wrong and slapping them with an $11 million judgement for doing so.

“I am at a loss for words,” 64-year-old David Gibson told Legal Insurrection in an exclusive interview. “Two-and-a-half years of putting up with this has been very difficult and overwhelming. I just want to let people know across the country that this can happen to anyone else, but we stayed and worked together as a family and fought against this. In many ways, what we wanted from Oberlin College the jury gave to us.  They said we were not racists and that the college should have said so when all this started.”

“I thank the jury for seeing what we have seen from the beginning of this,” he said

Lee Plakas, who handled much of the month-long trial and who gave the closing argument, said this case “is a national tipping point.”

“What the jury saw is that teaching students and having them learn how to be upstanding members of the community is what colleges are supposed to do, not appease some students who they are afraid of,” Plakas said. “People around the country should learn from this, that you can use the legal system to right the wrongs, even if the one doing the wrong is some huge institution who thinks they can do anything they want.”

It’s that last paragraph that should have the students at Oberlin seriously scrutinizing the adults who are teaching them and leading them during these crucial years of education and growth. Because as much as it sounds like Oberlin bent to the will of certain students, the college itself may have been guiding those students in their misapplied outrage.

Dean Meredith Raimondo “was held liable on the libel and interference with business relations, but not intentional infliction of emotional distress” for helping stoke the protests against the bakery.  This is likely a miscarriage of justice based on her statements to co-workers about a former Oberlin professor’s critical letter to the editor regarding the case (emphasis mine).

Roger Copeland, a retired Oberlin College professor of theater and dance, was in the courtroom and seemed ecstatic after the jury came back with their verdict. Prof. Copeland is somewhat famous in the courtroom for getting this response on a Raimondo text to co-workers after a letter-to-the editor he wrote was critical of the school for their handling of the Gibson’ affair. “F*ck him,” Raimondo responded in a text message about Copeland. “I’d say unleash the students if I wasn’t convinced this needs to be put behind us.”

Raimondo seems to have little problem inflicting emotional distress and using the students to do it. She admitted, in that statement alone, her willingness to use young and impressionable students to carry out her own activist activities against an innocent bakery. And she places the blame squarely on the shoulders of the kids.

Oberlin students should be embarrassed they were foolish enough to be taken in by the likes of Raimondo, and there’s little excuse for their stupidity and hate. But perhaps now these young people at Oberlin will appropriately apply their outrage at the people they trust to guide them responsibly, and who instead use them, rather than innocent businesspeople in the community just trying to earn a living.

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Kirsten Gillibrand Produces the Single Most Awkward Moment in Political History

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She’s bad at this. So bad that she makes Hillary Clinton look scarily authentic.

Kirsten Gillibrand is currently polling at 0% and looks like she’s going to miss the first debate. What she does have is name recognition though and that’s earned her a bit more media time than the other hangers on.

We are in the midst of “pride month,” which means all Democrat politicians must relentlessly virtue signal their support for something they otherwise don’t think twice about. Gillibrand is no exception. In doing so, she has produced what appears to be the most awkward moment in political history.

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So many questions. For starters, how do you “work a gay bar?”

In the video, Gillibrand is seen swaying in her mom jeans, sporting a gay pride shirt and sipping a shot like it’s some kind of alien drink. At the end, she suddenly springs to life and shouts “gay rights!” in a manner you’d expect of a half-stoned college kid pounding beers at spring break.

What is this supposed to be? Who was filming this and how where they not on the floor laughing at the sheer embarrassment of it all? Could no one tell her, “look, this just looks ridiculous, let’s hit delete on this one?”

At some point, she’s got to pack this in, if only to try to keep at least some sliver of her tattered dignity intact. This level of pandering isn’t easy to come back from.

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Whitey Bulger Shared Opinions of Trump and Mueller in Letters to Juror Who Voted to Convict Him

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NBC News has obtained 75 letters written by notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger to Janet Uhlar, a Cape Cod nurse who sat on the jury which convicted him.

Uhlar wrote to him shortly after his conviction. She felt the “deals mobsters who testified against Bulger received were too lenient” and said “I needed to hear his side of the story.”

In his first letter to Uhlar, Bulger wrote, “No disrespect, but I don’t trust prosecutors, judges, jurors, FBI agents, CIA…”

Their unlikely correspondence took place over the five years between his 2013 conviction for murder and racketeering and his own October 2018 murder. Twelve hours after his arrival at USP Hazelton in West Virginia, fellow prisoners beat him to death using a lock placed inside of a sock as their weapon.

Politics was one of the infamous gangster’s favorite topics.

In a letter from August 2018, Bulger noted that, “Trump is tough and fights back instead of bowing down to pressure — and caving in to press! U.S. agrees with him press attacking and his reaction increases his popularity — He has my vote so far.”

In a separate letter that month, he discussed Trump’s trade negotiations with China. He said, “History may show Trump was the man of the hour” and “feel China respects him and hesitant to try to bully him.”

In a separate letter, he told Uhlar:

I get some strange mail at times — a grandmother from Kansas — hates Trump wants him impeached, She assumes I hate him? Why Because I’m in prison?

My bet is he’s happy with present wife and settled down. No way would he wind up in Oval Office with a Monica Lewinsky — That was a scandal! Same media that attacks Trump would cover up for Bill Clinton.

Unsurprisingly, Bulger was not a fan of Robert Mueller. Here’s what he had to say about the despicable Special Counsel.

Sorry to hear Trump is being boxed in by so many. [The president] is experiencing what Mueller and company can orchestrate. [Mueller] should observe biblical saying – ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.’

Wonder if Mueller thinks of me? Give my regards to the President!

Bulger saw the media as “a bigger problem than Trump.” He added, “Throughout U.S. history the media’s hunger for scoops and headlines has cost the lives of U.S. servicemen. Can cite examples. Trump is fortunate to have loyalty of [conservative commentator Bill Cunningham], Rush Limbaugh + Hannity AKA ‘Little Rush.’”

According to NBC:

He ranted against Boston prosecutors and the mob turncoats who testified against him.

He furiously denied ever killing women or working as an FBI informant.

He fondly recalled his life on the outside — even with the ever-present threat of arrest or an unnatural death.

Bulger showed his compassionate side in 2014 after Uhlar’s son had died from a drug overdose. Bulger wrote:

I’m glad your family are there for you, Janet. I’m sure Josiah would want you to understand he loved you and in desperation wanted to have a period free of pain.”

Poor Josiah suffered terribly for a long time searched for Relief and it led to this.

Shortly before his murder, he wrote, “All I want is peace and quiet for these last days and sit out on prison yard in my wheelchair … Good friends ‘lifers’ went out that way under blue sky.”

Uhlar told NBC, “He is a criminal and he would frequently remind me of that. He didn’t want me to lose sight of that. But there was also a very compassionate side to him, a very gentle side that I saw both in the letters and in person when I spoke to him.”

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Tales Of The Trail Boss: Conclusion (Green Beans and Ice Cream)

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Tales Of The Trail Boss: Conclusion (Green Beans and Ice Cream)

We were back—alive—with no parts missing, no mean accomplishment. Upon our triumphal return we were treated like heroes—which lasted about a day. We were not ready for the letdown that follows the rush of being thrust into a dangerous, fast moving situation, albeit free from many peacetime constraints. We just got the job done—and well. Asking permission was just not in our operational vocabulary. Then—the letdown. But, we’re getting a little ahead of the story.

Mike: We unloaded at the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr and within a short time, crossed back over the border into Kuwait. We then began the long road convoy back to our main base at Camp Arifjan, from which seemingly only yesterday, we’d departed in the middle of a SCUD missile attack. During our adventure in Iraq, we had put our vehicles through the mill so to speak. They showed it.

Sergeant Major: Shortly after re-entry back into Kuwait from Iraq, we were traveling on an isolated Kuwaiti highway in an area too close to Iraq for settlers.  We stopped for repairs on our Command Post Vehicle known by our team as, “The Hooptie.” While our multi-talented crew sweated in the hot sun to get The Hooptie rolling again, COL Ford pulled me aside to say, “You know…the closer we get to the flagpole, the less fun this is gonna be.” I knew exactly what he meant.  I was also sure the Trail Boss was oblivious to it. Always confident in himself, his confidence grew (as did his hat size) even more as result of his experiences in Iraq as our XO and living out the legend of, “The Trail Boss.”

Mike: So, we made it back. The very next day after our raucous welcome, I was back at work in my old duty position, Deputy Ops Officer, working for a new boss. COL B.G. Lee was a Gyrene! All inter-service rivalry aside, B.G Lee was yet another example of my experience working with Marines. He was sharp, in shape and a great Boss. As my other previous bosses had (wisely) done, he focused on dealing with our higher and adjacent headquarters while I ran the shop. I wasn’t known for my tact, so it was probably best that he remained the “face of the command,” while I worked in the background.

Sergeant Major: Upon returning to the headquarters of a Two Star General, The Trail Boss became “just another Captain.” In this large headquarters, Majors (except for one and that’s another story) did some pretty menial work, while Lieutenant Colonels had to be pretty special to avoid such.  Captains? There was no assignment for a Captain anywhere near as glorious as being…The Trail Boss.  His crash into reality would be hard.

Mike: Based on his stellar performance in Iraq, I could see that The Trail Boss had in the words in every ArmyOfficer’s Promotion Order, “demonstrated potential for increased responsibility.” It was time to see if he could perform just as well in an important assignment that although not as “Trail Boss cool,” was still critical to mission success. So, I seconded him over to another part of the operation—The D/ROPS (Deployment/Redeployment Operations) branch of the G-3. Redeployment was the most important thing in our world. Now that we had “won the war” (or so the higher-ups thought at the time) the emphasis was to “get the troops home by Christmas.” Where have we heard THAT before?

Sergeant Major: COL Ford arranged for The Trail Boss to work for COL Jim Raney.  COL Raney was a brilliant, no nonsense leader with a well-earned reputation for, “get the job done or get the hell out!”

Mike: For his current task, my good friend Jim Raney not only needed a hard-nosed attitude, but he also needed a couple of battle-proven Action Officers to put together and enforce the redeployment schedule. The Commander of every combat unit in the theater, thought HIS unit should be first in line to get out of the desert and back home, This of course, was impossible. We had to develop a clear, well executed system, enforced by competent staff. If not, we’d never be able to withstand the quite justifiable ire of Commanders and Troops champing at the bit to get home after a job well done. The Trail Boss, as part of his continuing education, would get to be a part of that grueling and thankless task.

Sergeant Major: Did I mention The Trail Boss’s crash into reality would hit hard? Late one night and after only two days of working for COL Raney, Boss comes to see his wise old Sergeant Major seeking advice. Now I love The Trail Boss, but that night, he was whining like a little girl who had lost her best Barbie. He was sniveling about how demanding COL Raney was and how hard it was to work for him.  He wanted to quit the Army when we returned to stateside.

The reality is that COL Ford had allowed Boss pretty much a free hand as long as he got the job done.  To say Trail Boss got the job done, is a gross understatement.  He got all tasks done along with many others, before they could be assigned to him…or anyone else for that matter.  He rolled through Iraq cleaning house before anyone knew the house was dirty.  If you were that type of worker and achiever, COL Ford would allow you a little “operational leeway.” The Trail Boss had become accustomed to a lot of leeway with COL Ford, but had yet to make his bones with COL Raney.

Mike: I was more fortunate than The Trail Boss. Being “demoted” from Commander of a forward-deployed element, back to Deputy G-3, wasn’t near the fall The Trail Boss had to endure. I got right back into the rhythm I had left; 20 hour days making sure stuff stayed coordinated while making my boss look good. All was well with my little world…or so I thought.

Sergeant Major: Although I was honored that The Trail Boss would seek my experience, after listening to his complaints, I knew there was only one person that could straighten him out. “Follow me,” I said.  He did.  I took Boss directly to COL Ford’s desk and threw him right under the bus. At that point, The Trail Boss firmly believed that after hearing his story, COL Ford would go right over and “straighten Raney out.” That wasn’t an unreasonable belief. COL Ford and I had regularly jumped anyone that jacked our people around in Iraq.  

I had no clue what COL Ford was going to do, but I knew that “straighten Raney out” wasn’t it. Barely looking up, he growled at the young Captain, “Assume the position.” As The Trail Boss came to attention, I tried to dismiss myself, but COL Ford said, “No, Sergeant Major. You need to hear this too.”

Mike: This one was going to be easy. I could see the problem right off. What this all came down to was Green Beans and Ice Cream. Like Momma used to tell us all, “No dessert until you eat your green beans!” The U.S. Army hadn’t been in a major fight since Desert Storm and before that Viet Nam. There had been the small contingency operation here and there, but nothing involving pretty much our entire Armed Forces, Active, Reserve and national guard. When Trail Boss’s cohort entered the Army, there was the expectation of a lot of paperwork, inspections, vehicle maintenance and very little field work—in short, a lot of “Green Beans” and very little “Ice Cream.”

The problem I was facing here, was that this young Captain had gotten to eat a lot of Ice Cream (and very few green beans) very early on in his career. His Ice Cream wasn’t just Vanilla either. As I mentioned in an earlier chapter, his Ice Cream had all kinds of extra flavors, flavors in the form of being a very young Captain, routinely taking responsibility and making decisions that in peacetime, would likely be withheld to the Colonel or even General Officer level. Heady stuff indeed. And now full of Ice Cream, this young Captain didn’t want to eat his Green Beans.

Sergeant Major: COL Ford read the riot act to Trail Boss in the form of the now famous “Green Beans and Ice Cream” speech.  The bottom line was that before Boss could have more Ice Cream, that being more rank, responsibility, and respect, he to first eat his green beans. He had to excel under a hard ass, no nonsense, highly respected leader like COL Jim Raney.  If Boss could not make it under COL Raney, he wouldn’t be the one picked to lead a team such as ours in the next big fight that America found itself in. After receiving this little bit of directed and focused leadership, The Trail Boss, with his shoulders slumped and tail tucked firmly between his legs, a former legend now reduced to a mere Captain who had just been word whupped by his COL, slunk out of the office.

Mike: My Sergeant Major and I discussed how we thought this would turn out.  He was much more sanguine than I, having a lot more confidence in my leadership abilities than I did. We were both hoping that we had bet on the right Captain.

Mike and Sergeant Major (Today—15 years Later): The rest of the story covers the next sixteen years.  Captain Howard M. aka “The Trail Boss,” is still on active duty and now a Lieutenant Colonel.

How do them green beans taste now!

Afterword

“It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.”— Robert E. Lee, at Fredericksburg

The above quote, like this series of real life vignettes, is not meant by any means to glorify or make light of war. Our team was lucky. Although we had some pretty frightening moments and saw some horrific things, we never had to experience the sheer terror faced by our young troops jumping off of landing craft and into a hail of German machine-gun fire at Normandy Beach.

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We did, however, accomplish all that was asked of us and in that effort, formed some great memories and strong bonds. Those memories and bonds made my association with these fine Americans one of the most satisfying things I have ever been a part of. We became a “Band of Brothers.”

Michael A. Ford
Colonel of Infantry
June 2019

Mike Ford is a retired Infantry Officer who writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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Previous Chapters of Trail Boss’s Adventures:

1. https://www.redstate.com/darth641/2019/05/19/trail-boss-tallil-tom-green-beans-ice-cream.-part-iii-trail-boss

2. https://www.redstate.com/darth641/2019/05/26/tales-trail-boss-part-ii-tallil-tom/

3. https://www.redstate.com/darth641/2019/06/02/tales-trail-boss-part-iii-great-train-robbery/

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