by baldilocks

In the midst of reading and researching the topic of latest media-Trump frenzy — Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and young Trump’s revelation of the entire email chain in regard to the meeting — I ran across this from the Army Times.

Serious wounds to a soldier and a Navy SEAL who searched for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl can be used at the sentencing phase of his upcoming trial, a judge ruled Friday, giving prosecutors significant leverage to pursue stiff punishment against the soldier.

The judge, Col. Jeffery Nance, ruled that the service members wouldn’t have wound up in the firefights that left them wounded if they hadn’t been searching for Bergdahl, so their injuries would be relevant to his sentencing if he’s convicted of misbehavior before the enemy at trial in October.

The charge, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, alleges that Bergdahl endangered fellow service members by walking off his remote post and triggering search missions across Afghanistan. Bergdahl also is charged with desertion, punishable by up to five years. (…)

Scores of military members searched for Bergdahl, who was captured within hours and would be held captive by the Taliban and its allies for five years.

The former Navy SEAL, retired Senior Chief Petty Officer James Hatch, suffered a career-ending leg wound when he was sprayed with AK-47 fire while chasing enemy fighters on a July 2009 search mission. He testified he nearly bled to death and has endured 18 surgeries since then.

On a separate search mission that month, U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. First Class Mark Allen was shot in the head, suffering a traumatic brain injury that left him in a wheel chair and unable to communicate.

This is in addition to those who did not survive the search.

This morning, I read about another Army soldier. This one has pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Of course, disloyal military personnel are nothing new. What is new is that people are making a fetish of disloyalty.

Bowe Bergdahl

I’ve seen Bergdahl and Chelsea (nee Bradley) Manning referred to as ‘heroes’ more than once. I’m glad to see that this inversion of truth hasn’t completely overrun the UCMJ.

Several years ago, I wrote a piece on the nature of treachery. Little did I realize back then how pervasive a spirit treachery would become.

The strictest sentence that Bergdahl can receive is life in prison. I predict that, after the verdict and the sentencing — whatever it is – he’ll be out in five. The spirit will have consumed its target by then.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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New Yorker writer A. J. Liebling put it rather succinctly: “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.”

For many years, I dismissed the notion that corporate power in the media had corrupted the news process. But I have had to rethink my position, grudgingly agreeing with the lefties who see problems with corporate ownership of news.

The leftist freepress.org has a useful website to document the concentration of media ownership at https://www.freepress.net/ownership/chart

As AT&T and Time Warner, the owner of CNN, wait for approval of a merger, I couldn’t help but ask whether this concentration of business interests is really good for news consumers. I doubt that the founders anticipated this power.

Journalists like to wrap themselves in the First Amendment, which by the way was actually the Third Amendment when the Bill of Rights was first written. The other two amendments failed in the ratification process, so journalists really weren’t “first” in the grand thought process of the founders. Moreover, the freedoms of religion and speech precede freedom of the press in the First Amendment itself. But I digress.

Here is what Time Warner owns:

Company Overview: Time Warner is the world’s second-largest entertainment conglomerate with ownership interests in film, television and print.

TV: One television station and the Warner Brothers Television Group; Warner Brothers Television; Warner Horizon Television; CW Network (50 percent stake); TBS; TNT; Cartoon Network; truTV; Turner Classic Movies; Boomerang; CNN; HLN; CNN International; HBO; Cinemax; Space; Infinito; I-Sat; Fashion TV; HTV; Much Music; Pogo; Mondo TV; Tabi; CNN Español

Online Holdings: Warner Brothers Digital Distribution; TMZ.com; KidsWB.com

Print: Time, Inc.; 22 magazines including PeopleSports IllustratedTimeLifeInStyleReal SimpleSouthern LivingEntertainment Weekly, and Fortune

Entertainment: Warner Brothers; Warner Brothers Pictures; New Line Cinema; Castle Rock; WB Studio Enterprises, Inc.; Telepictures Productions, Inc.; Warner Brothers Animation, Inc.; Warner Home Video; Warner Premiere; Warner Specialty Films, Inc.; Warner Brothers International Cinemas

Other: Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment; DC Entertainment; DC Comics

Here is the rundown for AT&T:

Company Overview: AT&T is the second-largest U.S. wireless provider and the largest company providing local phone service in the U.S. AT&T offers its wireless services to over 97 percent of the U.S. population and serves wired customers in 22 states. AT&T offers cable television services in portions of its service territory under the brand name “U-Verse.”

Does anyone truly believe that this merger would be better for people who want news and information?

Walter Mossberg, the dean of U.S. tech writers, offered his assessment. “If this $85 billion merger goes through, it would, in my view, represent an unhealthy concentration of power between a distributor and a maker of content,” he wrote last year. “For media companies, for consumers, for advertisers, the best solution is to keep distribution and content separate, so consumers and creators meet on a level playing field. AT&T, which seems more excited right now about owning media than running a network, should be forced to choose whether it wants to be in one business or the other.”

Mossberg suggested spinning off CNN into a separate company. I would prefer to see it die on its own.

President Trump has hinted he opposes the merger, mainly because he doesn’t like CNN. I think he should oppose the merger because it would be bad for America.

But, as Liebling reminded us many years ago, “People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.” That holds true today for TV, the internet, and many other “news” outlets.

One of the hardest things about being a liberal is that pesky thing called reality keeps intruding on one’s set of beliefs and nothing illustrates it better than seeing the news after a few days of blessed pinball escape via pintasticNE 2017 and checking the news again to wit:

Item: Katie’s Law unwhipped by Democrats

We keep hearing from the MSM that to oppose illegal immigration will be the death of the GOP who had better line up pretty quick yet when Katie’s Law, named after the Murdered Katie Steinle who was slain by an illegal immigrant in broad daylight in the sanctuary city of San Francisco this happened:

House Democratic leaders did not whip their members against Kate’s Law, essentially allowing members who might be facing tough races next year to vote for it.

and faced with no pressure from the Democrat leadership a big chunk of house Democrats voted AYE

Of the 24 House Democrats who voted for Kate’s Law last month, six — Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), Stephanie Murphy (Fla.), Charlie Crist (Fla.), Tom O’Halleran (Ariz.), Ann McLane Kuster (N.H.) and Josh Gottheimer (N.J.) — had received campaign contributions from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC).

Which leads to the obvious question, if opposing such a law means doom for the GOP why were these Democrats so willing to vote for it to secure re-election and remember the Democrats are in the minority so those Democrats remaining in the house are by definition most likely to be in safe seats? Henry Cueller (D-TX) has the answer:

“I’m for immigration reform. I think people like the Dreamers or people who come in without criminal record, they should stay here,” he added. “If we’re advocating for criminals to stay, then I think we’ve got a problem as a political party.”

Maybe it’s just me but I think that legal Hispanic immigrants who might find themselves in the neighborhoods where said criminals hunt their prey are unlikely to be the biggest cheerleaders to keep said criminals there.

Item:   Trump Travel Ban polling through the room

When the Supreme Court depressed the left by not only restating the Trump temporary Travel bans stopped by liberal, but suggesting that they would likely prevail in court liberals consoled themselves with the thought that said bans would be a political albatross for the right.

And then the polls came in:

Last week, a Politico/Morning Consult poll on President Trump’s proposed travel ban on visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries revealed a somewhat surprising discovery: 60 percent of voters agreed with Trump’s proposed ban. That includes 56 percent of independents and even 41 percent of Democrats.

And remember that is a pol from Politico, not known as a bastion of right wing thought.  How can this be?  Well I think Karol Markowicz’s (the author of the piece above) explanation makes the most sense

Every time there’s a deadly attack, liberals rush to downplay the dead bodies as just a regular part of life and not take any action lest we radicalize more terrorists. After the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, then-President Barack Obama said that we “refuse to be terrorized.” After the November 2015 terrorist attacks in France, the deadliest day of violence in France since World War II, Mayor Bill de Blasio said “terrorists can’t succeed if we refuse to be terrorized.”

But that just isn’t true. We can all refuse to be terrorized and get murdered anyway. Trump’s ban is the only idea that isn’t “Go on with our lives as if nothing happened.”

Pretend nothing has happened is not a viable defense a potential attacker as the evidenced by events in Sweden, demonstrates and unlike Europe “stand still and take it” is not in keeping with America’s school of thought.

Item:  Dude(s) looks like a Lady (not really)

Finally as our friends on the left continue to come up with new pronouns to accommodate the remarkable amount of new gender combinations they pretend exist this unintentionally hilarious piece from Vice demonstrates how biological reality always trumps internet and liberal memes:

Alok and Jacob are two of the most publicly visible gender nonconforming femmes I know. As a performance poet, Alok has just gone solo after touring in dozens of cities in the US and abroad as one half of the poetry duo Darkmatter. Jacob was named to 2016’s OUT 100, has made a web series for NBC, and been the subject of a GLAAD-nominated episode of MTV’s True Life. Both are trans-identified, but belong somewhere in between genders, and they’ve amassed huge social media followings as gender nonbinary, femme, and fabulous human beings. They’ve become celebrities in their own right, with Jacob regularly walking down the red carpet at LGBTQ galas and Alok featuring in the Janet Mock–narrated HBO documentary The Trans List.

But if you think all that would land them a date, you’d be wrong. And nobody is more puzzled than me as to why such obvious catches are having dating problems when so many clamor for their attention.

That’s because the reality is no matter how much the media and the left push the idea of Transgenderism and indeterminate sexual identity the actual number of people who subscribe to this nonsense is a tiny subset of the 3% or 4% who are in fact gay.   Karol Markowitz who is on a roll explains:

Talusan goes on and on about how amazing her friends are yet how no one will sleep with them. It leads to the obvious question: Why doesn’t Talusan do it? Talusan is herself gender-nonconforming, in a non-exclusive relationship and obviously thinks Tobia and Vaid-Menon are great, so why not? The answer: Talusan “presents” as female and, well, Tobia and Vaid-Menon are attracted to men.

Therein lies the rub. Gay men like men, which Tobia and Vaid-Menon say they are not. Straight men like women, which Tobia and Vaid-Menon also say they are not. They can’t alter their preferences to be attracted to women and neither can the men they desire.

So while one can perhaps make a living on a such a niche market or get oneself on TV where the percentages of such folk are considerably higher the number of people who actually want to date and have sex with men dressed as woman isn’t all that high and the number of such people looking for such a person to spend their entire life with is even smaller.

Or to put it more bluntly the pool of people willing to buy tickets to see a freak show than it is a lot smaller than the number of men looking to date bearded lady, and she at least can give you children.  Biological reality will trump social memes every single time.

It’s really sad to see the left constantly at war with economic, physical, social or even biological reality and it’s corrosive to a society for this to be the case.  On the plus side it make it a lot easier to win elections against them.