Trump’s Cowardice vs McCain’s Heroism

 

John McCain was an Annapolis grad and Navy aviator

John McCain was an Annapolis grad and Navy aviator. His father was an Admiral as was his grandfather.

Opinion and Comment

Trump’s Cowardice vs McCain’s Heroism

By David L. Shadrick

Personal Bias

I am living in a transitional housing unit for veterans.

I am living in a transitional housing unit for veterans

Please be warned of the following issues I harbor so you can remove my personal bias’ from the narrative.  I’m a Veteran living in transitional housing.  I work helping the homeless through legislation and litigation.  My focus is on the 85% of the homeless population who have a diagnosed mental illness.  I’m extremely annoyed a non-vet has the cojones to attack a vet, especially after his passing.

The Vietnam War

John McCain’s heroism during the Vietnam War is well recorded.  Simply speaking, there were four major choices young men faced when their draft number came up.  Some of the men decided to go to Vietnam and serve their country.  Others moved to Canada, leaving behind their lives in protest.  Some took their chances in court and risked going to prison.  Finally there were those that received a deferment of some kind.

Serving Your Country Versus Deferment

John McCain was an Annapolis grad and Navy aviator

John McCain was an Annapolis grad and Navy aviator. Shot down over Hanoi. Wounded and imprisoned for five years by North Vietnamese.

Because this article is focused on Trump’s comments about Senator John McCain’s heroism, I’ll be brief. I’m only looking at serving your country or choosing a deferment.  While many people believe that Trump’s deferment was obtained illegally, I will not be addressing that issue.  It is also irrelevant to the issue at hand.

Off To War

An Annapolis grad and aviator, John McCain came from a long line of naval officers. McCain decided to serve his country and suffered one of the worst fates a service person can endure.  It is important to note here that the North Vietnamese had given McCain a get out of jail free card. McCain’s father was an Admiral and because of that rank, the younger McCain was offered a flight home. When he refused to leave his comrades he was literally subjected to five years of non-stop torture.  Just being able to survive this kind of torment, much less being able to thrive after it, is a tribute to McCain’s personal character and heroism.

Trump’s Choice

Meanwhile, President Trump received a medical deferment, the only choice that didn’t involve a sacrifice.   I have no problem with someone using this method to avoid serving in a war they didn’t support.  But I believe strongly that it disqualifies such a person criticizing someone who went; someone like John McCain.

Inappropriate and Disgraceful

Concentrating on Trump’s  comments about McCain’s heroism isn’t the point of this article.  There is no doubt that his continuing comments are inappropriate and disgraceful.  Trump says he “doesn’t like heroes who get captured.”  I don’t f*cking like civilians who think staying home was just as good as going to Vietnam. Or, challenging the validity of  Senator John McCain’s heroism.

Even Trump Supporters

The National Cemetery is filled with men and women who did not choose deferments, escapes to Canada or jail.

The National Cemetery is filled with men who did not chose deferments, escape to Canada or jail.

As I mentioned before,  I currently live in transitional housing.  I share an apartment building with about a hundred other veterans.  Let me assure you all of them are angry about Trump’s attacks on John McCain.  John McCain’s heroism is not Trump’s to question.  One of my friends is an ardent Trump supporter who always defends Trump, no matter what the position.  I announced to my friend that I was writing an article for www.calamitypolitics.com condemning Trump for his attacks on McCain. He agreed that such a response had to be written.

No Support

No matter what your political affiliations very few support attacks on a dead people, certainly not a man of Senator McCain’s stature. Hey, the man is dead and can’t punch back. Let him rest in peace. It leaves his still grieving widow and children to defend his legacy. Shameful, that the family had to fight back to have McCain’s heroism protected.  It just highlights Trump’s  fundamental weakness of character. A spineless man who fights imaginary wars is what we have in the White House.

GOP Backlash

Backlash over the attacks on McCain’s heroism were swift and harsh.  While one would expect that the Democrats would issue a harsh response  to Trump’s remarks, the condemnation from the right was swift and harsh as well.  Strange, Lindsey Graham, one of McCain’s closest friends during his lifetime, exchanged a condemnation of Trump for an evening of champagne and cronyism at Mar-a-lago.

To quote the Business Insider

Here are some responses from prominent Republicans taken from an article by the Business Insider. (Full story here https://www.businessinsider.com/gop-senators-slam-trump-tirade-against-john-mccain-2019-3.

Senator Mitt Romney condemned President Trump's attacks on the dead Senator, John McCain.

Senator Mitt Romney condemned President Trump’s attacks on the dead Senator, John McCain.

“Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who is often critical of the president, condemned Trump’s comments on Twitter.

‘I can’t understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain: heroic, courageous, patriotic, honorable, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, empathetic, and driven by duty to family, country, and God,’ he wrote.

Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, who rarely criticizes Trump and avoids big headlines in the press, also spoke out against the president for his repeated attacks on McCain.  Isakson, who chairs the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, told The Bulwark, a conservative opinion website, that he intends to excoriate Trump in the same manner he did shortly after McCain’s death when the White House did not properly lower their flags to half-staff.

‘I want to do what I said that day on the floor of the senate,’ he said. ‘I just want to lay it on the line, that the country deserves better, the McCain family deserves better, I don’t care if he’s president of United States, owns all the real estate in New York, or is building the greatest immigration system in the world. Nothing is more important than the integrity of the country and those who fought and risked their lives for all of us.’

Republican Senator Johnny Isakson came out hard in response to Trump's attacks on McCain

Republican Senator Johnny Isakson came out hard in response to Trump’s attacks on McCain

During an interview with Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Political Rewind” later on Wednesday, Isakson called Trump’s comments ‘deplorable’. He suggested that type of comment did considerable damage to the way military veterans are treated.

‘It’s deplorable what he said,’ Isakson said. ‘It will be deplorable seven months from now if he says it again, and I will continue to speak out because there’s one thing that we got to do. You may not like immigration, you may not like this, that, maybe a Republican, maybe a Democrat. We’re all Americans.’

‘There aren’t Democrat casualties and Republican casualties on the battlefield. There are American casualties,’ he added. ‘And we should never reduce the service people give to this country, including the offering of their own life, even in political fodder in Washington, DC, or anywhere else for that matter.’

Send your complaint letters to the White House, Washington, DC

Send your complaint letters to Donald J. Trump the White House, Washington, D.C.

–  The Business Insider, March 20, 2019

Write The White House

Please take note of this disgraceful behavior from President Trump and speak up.  Just because you agree with his policies 99% of the time, please realize this time is the 1% of the time you need to disagree.  Write or e-mail the White House and demand an apology for his attacks on McCain’s heroism.

 

VULGAR DISPLAYS OF POWER: THE POLITICS OF METAL

VULGAR DISPLAYS OF POWER: THE POLITICS OF METAL

By T.K. McNeil

Pentagrams and Conservatives

Rob Halford Metal "god"

Rob Halford Metal “god”

Several Metal artists have been associated with the political Right in recent years. Alice Cooper, and Judas Priest front-man Rob Halford are both outspoken Republicans.  Antifa made a successful effort to get the Black Metal band Marduk banned from the United States. The effort to have Marduk banned was based on the asinine assumption that because they were a Black Metal band they must be fascist.

Varg Vinkerns

Early picture of Varg Vinkerns

Early picture of Varg Vikernes

Marduk and others are often associated by misunderstanding to such cranks as fringe Black Metal genre figure Varg Vikernes.  Vikerns is a Norwegian musician who spent 15 years in prison for church burning (arson) and murder. He was originally sentenced to 21 years but the arson charges were unproven and he had 6 years shaved off his sentence. There were also issues regarding the circumstances of the murder that later surfaced and brought some question into the case.

Often Misrepresented

Varg Vikernes shown in recent picture

Varg Vikernes shown in recent picture

He has been called a racist and a neo-Nazi,* but that is not proven. In fact there is nothing in his music or published materials that are in any way racist. The Murduk band members rejected the association with fringe elements of Black Metal, going on record that they do not care about politics, and do not vote.

Queers, Chicks and Booze

Heavy Metal is neither subtle or politically correct. The satirical depiction of Heavy Metal fans presented in films such as Wayne’s World and FUBAR are depressingly accurate, at least with regard to America in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Heavy Metal was and still is outside the mainstream and their fans know it.

Under The Surface

Glam Metal or Hair Metal Poison was big in the 80's

Was Poison Glam Metal or Hair Metal?

Heavy Metal fans tend not to care about traditional gender tropes, these being just part of the many trappings of the society they have rejected. This is why there are genres like Glam Metal where there is a lot of long hair and make-up, particularly eye-liner, on both men and women.

“Gay”

Fans can be somewhat casual in their use of the term “gay” as a negative along with other more deprecating terms. This is because Heavy Metal fans are immune to the power of such words, having been called these and several other things for most of their lives. There are only so many times one can hear the same, unimaginative insults before the words lose their impact, and become an inside joke of sorts within the culture. Like how Irish people will call each other “Paddy” in a playful way.

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OPINION: Fear To Criticize Israel

Separating the country of Israel from Judaism must be done

Separating the country of Israel from Judaism is important if we expect meaningful conversations

OPINION: Fear To Criticize Israel

By David Shadrick and D.S. Mitchell

Lawrence Tribe said in a 3/10/19 tweet: “I’m Jewish. So were my parents. My cousins were born and live in Israel. But every fiber of my being rejects Netanyahu’s ugly embrace of second-class status for non-Jewish citizens, including Palestinians. MY people do not believe in oppressing or dispossessing others. Period.”

The Furor

Ilhan Omar has become a lightening rod for political debate

Ilhan Omar has become a lightening rod for political debate

I’m writing this post in response to the current furor around recent remarks made by Representative Ilhan Omar.  I read her remarks.  Omar’s remarks were clearly directed at U. S. Congresspersons who rubber stamp votes in favor of Israel.  All the power of the right-wing political machine are labeling Omar’s comments as  anti-semitic. In addition to her recent tweets, the moral righteousness of the Republican party is attacking previous videos where she pointedly asked similar questions.

Two Sides Of Their Mouths

I am amazed that Republican has the gall to call out anyone as racist or bigotted.

I am still amazed that Republican alt-right has the gall to call out anyone for racist comments.

With all the anti-Muslim, anti-Latino, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, and anti-POC rhetoric coming from the right, I was amazed to see the uproar from the Republicans.  Seriously, I mean seriously. I wonder how anyone from that side dares even open their mouths? Who are these hypocrites that now raise up on their hind legs and call for a fellow congressperson’s head and her ouster from the House?  Trump is already peppering his speech and tweets with attacks against Omar and the Democrats as “Jew haters.” Remember, this is the same guy who identified the Charlottesville Jew haters who rallied with torches “really fine people.”

Don’t Like To Hear It 

Israeli PM Netanyahu has perpetrated human rights violations

Israeli PM Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu

Israel under “Bibi” Netanyahu is no place for the non-Jew. So, upfront the United States is in support of an oppressive regime dehumanizing and disenfranchising the Palestinians on the West Bank and participating in an illegal land grab. The United States does a great deal of business with Israel and have been the spine of Israel for decades. It is the unwavering support of the United States, that allows Israel to wear big-boy pants and swagger around the Middle East.

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An Alternative To Going Satanic

Introduction

Hello, my name is Reverend David Shadrick, although I prefer Dave.  Some of you may recognize me as the SEO Manager here at www.calamitypolitics.com.  This is my second article responding to a publication done by another author.  The article in question for today’s response is the recent article on LaVeyan Satanism and I’d like to offer an alternative to going Satanic.

Leaving Traditional Faiths

There is a feeling that organized religions are letting people down

There is a feeling that organized religions are letting people down.

Currently, there has been a move from religion to spirituality.  There is a feeling that organized religion doesn’t offer an alternative to going Satanic.  With shootings, sexual abuse, and the feeling that much of what the ministers preach is out of line with the teachings of Jesus many people feel that church isn’t the place to practice their faith.

Spirituality vs. Religion

To better explain why Spirituality is an alternative to going Satanic, here is a joke that sums up why people feel more spiritual than religious.  With spirituality, God is all good, everywhere, all the time.  With religion, God puts all of His children in a room full of books and tells them “I’m going out for a while.  Read these books and when I get back tell me which one is correct.”  When God comes back He takes all the children who picked the right book out for ice cream, the rest He sets on fire.

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Government Censorship: Trump Threats To Censor SNL Threatens Us All

OPINION:

Trump’s Threats To Censor SNL Threatens Us All

By David L. Shadrick

Trump’s Legacy

Trump's attacks on SNL are dangerous.

Trump’s attacks on SNL are dangerous to our democracy. Stop government censorship.

It has been my position to let things unfold as they will and allow history to be the final judge of the Donald Trump legacy. I find it hard to criticize the splinter in his eye with the log in my own bulging out so obviously.  However, the suggestion by Trump, that Saturday Night Live scripts should be subjected to government censorship because they are “lobbying efforts” by the Democratic Party has to be addressed. He has gone too far.

Satire as Tradition

The idea that anyone who disagrees with Trump’s position must be silenced is so anti-American that I feel I must  speak out.  Satire should never be the target of government censorship, it is a tradition of protest as old as government itself.

Bits and Pieces

Washington Post reporter, Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by insiders close to Saudi Crown Prince MBS

Washington Post reporter, Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by insiders close to Saudi’s Crown Prince MBS

Trump spends more time attacking the press and the media than he does the world’s worst autocrats; men known to kill and torture reporters and citizens alike. In fact, recently a Washington Post reporter, Jamal Khashoggi, was lured by Saudi Arabian officials into  a Turkish embassy where he was attacked and sawed into disposable pieces while alive, and distributed all across Turkey. If it’s okay to kill a reporter, how far are we away for killing a comedian?

My Complaint

What I’m complaining about here isn’t Trump’s politics, it’s the idea that a leader should never have to listen to criticism.  No president, conservative or liberal, should have any say in what comedians do to exercise their free speech. Yes, Trump’s attacks on Alec Baldwin are childish and moronic. But Trump has learned to weaponize his attacks and since he has become president he brandishes the power of the presidency with unrestrained hate and anger. Trump’s constant incendiary rhetoric against the media and the press are doing real damage to the country. Now his attacks are creating a new threat, government censorship of a comedy show.

Trump is a Crybaby

Dana Carvey was a memorable George H.W. Bush. Bush even invited the comedian to the White House

Dana Carvey was a memorable George H.W. Bush. Bush even invited the comedian to the White House

The threats and tantrums coming from President Trump over an SNL skit prove he can’t take a joke.  This isn’t a Conservative phenomenon, it’s a Trump thing.  Both Bushes loved the lampooning, the elder Bush even invited Dana Carvey to the White House, specifically to make fun of him!  Only Trump feels he should use government censorship to stop the mean kids from teasing him.

Only The Good

Trump now wants to pressure and censor networks into saying only good things about him.  Using Presidential power to threaten free speech and practice government censorship because you are thinned thin skin is unsettling. It is just part of a long pattern of attacks on the press by Trump. His twitter attacks against the media as the “enemy of the people” and propagators of “fake news” is dangerous.

Political Leaning

If the government censors SNL then theoretically the government should censor FoxNews

If government censors SNL then theoretically the government should censor FoxNews

I just wonder if Donald Trump understands how government censorship could affect FOX News.  If SNL can’t promote Liberal views it follows that FOX can’t promote Conservative views.  It doesn’t matter how you lean politically, everyone has the First Amendment to the Constitution to protect expression of their opinion, no matter how stupid or funny.  In reverse, everyone has the right to respond to stupidity.

A Wall Across The Border Of Criticism

To President Trump everything is an attack.  If the message doesn’t follow the Trump line, an overblown and inappropriate response is all Trump seems to have as a plan.   That plan of attack includes use of government censorship.

The Influence of Roy Cohn

Roy Cohn eulogy

Roy Cohn eulogy

The strategy was one advanced by old Trump ally and personal attorney, Roy Cohn. Cohn was a nasty, vile, attack dog  of an attorney. For twenty years Cohn was That Trump’s chief hatchet man. Cohn’s motto was “attack, counter attack, and never apologize”. This philosophy would include government censorship and might work for a pugnacious casino owner, but as president of the United States it is a failed strategy.

Just Spell My Name Right

Another Cohn fundamental belief embraced by Trump to this day is the belief that all publicity is good. Put those beliefs together, and we have potential dynamite. It is all about the moment. Of course, Trump’s overblown and inappropriate response is Roy Cohn theatrics at its best. Threaten  potential government censorship enough times loudly enough and he is likely to garner loud support from his hypnotized supporters.

Grow A Pair!

If you don't like what you are watching; change the channel stupid!

If you don’t like what you are watching; change the channel, stupid!

Finally, grow up, Donny!  If you don’t want to hear negative comments you shouldn’t look for them.  Don’t watch SNL. It is not required. If you don’t want to have your feelings hurt, don’t watch the show. But, if you decide to watch, laugh and learn. If you don’t like what the New York Times writes, don’t read it. It’s time for you to man up, grow some grapefruits and leave your threats of government censorship in the back of your head instead of the tip of your tongue, or your tiny twitter fingers.

 

RESPONSE to “IN MY OPINION: Clean and Sober”

RESPONSE to “IN MY OPINION: Clean and Sober”

By David Shadrick

Introduction

Street Level Resources works with the homeless

Street Level Resources works with the homeless

Hello, my name is Reverend David Shadrick but I’d appreciate it if you would just call me Dave. I run a small non-profit called Street Level Resources. I would like to respond to Jennifer’s Troy’s two recent articles; “Homeless Helping Homeless” and her follow-up article, “Clean and Sober.”

Education is my goal, not conflict. Most people understand that a large part of the homeless population are mentally ill, or are alcoholics or drug addicts, or all three. The reality of homelessness is that 85% of the chronically homeless are mentally ill.  “Chronically homeless” is a category that describes people who are homeless in excess of one year.

Who Are We Talking About?

Homeless housing is popping up at locations across the country

Homeless housing is popping up all over

I’m not sure how the homeless participants for the Kenton Women’s Village were selected.  Did the project contain only handpicked people who complied with certain prerequisites?  Were they required to be clean and sober? Were they on prescribed anti-psychotic medications? The reason I ask is because Jennifer’s results are very good when the demographic for the homeless is applied. One to two participants out of such a group of 14 is good.

85%!!!

As I mentioned a full 85% of the homeless have a diagnosed mental illness.  If that statistic is applied this project’s attendance was amazing.  The Kenton Women’s Village had 14 homeless shelter participants and if 85% of them were mentally ill then statistically only two of them would be able to work in the NewSolutions workshop, or produce a quality product consistently.

Mass Eviction

Reagan sending the mentally ill on to the streets is one of the worst presidential decisions of all time

Reagan sent the mentally ill on to the streets. It was one of the worst presidential decisions of all time

Mass eviction. That’s what I said. I hope that fact doesn’t surprise you but I’m afraid it will be a revelation to many. Ronald Reagan’s decision to repeal President Carter’s Mental Health System’s Act has proven to be one of the most disastrous decisions by any modern-day president. The repeal was accomplished by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981. With a wish to cut the federal budget and little thought to the long-term effects on the mentally ill, Reagan cut federal funding to mental health and in effect de-institutionalized mentally ill patients nationwide. The effects were disastrous to the  patients, their communities, social service agencies, hospitals and police departments that have been left to deal with the devastating results forty years later.

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