It just gets better and better. The, uh, man--may I still use that word?--guilty of the most massive classified leak in US history, thus far (we don't know what the bizarre Snowden is giving his Russian hosts) has announced that he wants to live life "as a woman named Chelsea." Bradley Manning wants the government, i.e., the taxpayers, to pay for the medical procedure. If the news continues like this, The Onion is going out of business.
The real issue, however, is not the mental state of this little weasel. The question is how did he get through the recruitment and clearance processes? Nobody, nobody, nobody during his background check, or during his time on duty noticed that he--may I use that word?--was just a few degrees off level? Nobody? His commanding officers? His colleagues? Bueller? Bueller?
He apparently spent a lot of time in some weird internet chat rooms using government computers for that. The NSA, the same folks collecting on my wife's Vonage calls to her mother in Spain, did not catch Manning's odd surfing activities?
Is this, along with the Nidal Hasan case, just another demonstration of how political correctness can wreak havoc?
I guess we should be grateful for Islam's antipathy towards women which makes it unlikely Nidal Hasan will also want the taxpayers to pay for his transformation to Fatima and provide a life-time supply of burkhas.
I think the surest argument I've heard so far against the NSA surveillance programs is that they couldn't catch Manning at his.... "hobbies."ReplyDelete
Apparently we can't even do "police state" right.
Sad commentary when the state can't even violate rights efficiently.Delete
They will get it eventually, simply by massive and blunt force.Delete
I will fight to the death his right to have children even though he can't. It's still his right! Actually I think he wants to be called Loretta.ReplyDelete
We also should insist that he have the right to government paid abortion services.Delete
"We also should insist that he have the right to government paid abortion services."Delete
Was *any* officer who watched the crazy doc's power point presentation willing to report him? Or was it just an entertaining anecdote at the Officers' Club?ReplyDelete
If he was reported was anyone up the chain of command willing to reprimand or otherwise rein him in?
Our thoroughly modern CYA military believes in ignoring trouble for as long as possible. And with fools in charge - cf. the author(s) of our brilliantly successful COIN strategy - we need not fear the foe. Or rather, our 'friends' are so freakin' scary who has time to worry about enemies?
Bradley Chelsea obviously doesn't know about the latest tertium quid gender designation. In Germany, that bureaucratic utopia, you can call yourself Male, Female or It. B.C. is definitely "It" by any number of criteria.
Meanwhile in the Netherlands you can marry your pet chicken - or have your own legally-sanctioned ménage a trois. No doubt there will soon be group marriages. "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" will take on a new meaning, or at least the verb "had" will become...ummm, more complex. Fortunately, the news from there is not *all* downside. Evidently the sign-off on Grannie's euthanasia forms is easier than ever to obtain.
Cultural sinks are forming all over the fruited plains and the press reports breathlessly as new cave-ins dot the landscape. Yes, children do find those dark holes fascinating, but we need to be careful not to fetter their natural curiosity.
We're living in a Fellini film in a theatre where the EXIT signs are blacked out and the emergency doors locked.
Pass the popcorn, y'all.
According to Michael Yon there were more than a few warning signs about Manning and they let him continue on anyway (please see Monkey Business: Our Broken Army). I thought that striking another officer was a court martial offense. Oh well it just goes to show what I know.
Glenn, PLEASE don't believe everything you read from Michael Yon. He went around the bend some time ago and has a personal animus against CJ Grisham. Yon's a proven liar regarding events he covered in Iraq and has become persona non grata to the Special Forces community. He did some good work in the early days but his biases are clouding and corrupting everything he writes.Delete
and I heard he wanted also to change his name to Brenda Manning-DragReplyDelete
oops, Chelsea not BrendaReplyDelete
Sexual issues are the new escape to rehab, and exoneration of all wrong doing.
... and in the end, Barack rides off into the sunset with Reggie Love.
Maybe Manning could date Filner?Delete
Chelsea Hasan, virgin #1.Delete
The Defense team used his gender-identity issues in an attempt to show he has emotional/mental instability and was not responsible.ReplyDelete
Based on that, anyone who has issues regarding their sexual orientation or bias should NOT be allowed in the military, or any other Government organization that handles National Security information.
Is this the road the Left really wants to go down?
Way too logical.Delete
The all volunteer Army... ya gotta love it.ReplyDelete
(I say that as one who routinely is criticized for wanting the draft to be re-instated.)
Isn't it time for a congratulatory call to Pvt. Chelsea from the Commander-in-Chief?ReplyDelete
I think so: "Chelsea, if I had a son who wanted to be a daughter, . . ."Delete
General Douglas MacArthur "Others will debate the controversial issues, national and international, which divide men's minds. But serene, calm, aloof, you stand as the Nation's war guardian, as its lifeguard from the raging tides of international conflict, as its gladiator in the arena of battle. For a century and a half you have defended, guarded, and protected its hallowed traditions of liberty and freedom, of right and justice.ReplyDelete
"Let civilian voices argue the merits or demerits of our processes of government: Whether our strength is being sapped by deficit financing indulged in too long, by Federal paternalism grown too mighty, by power groups grown too arrogant, by politics grown too corrupt, by crime grown too rampant, by morals grown too low, by taxes grown too high, by extremists grown too violent; whether our personal liberties are as thorough and complete as they should be.
"These great national problems are not for your professional participation or military solution. Your guidepost stands out like a ten-fold beacon in the night: Duty, honor, country.
"You are the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense. From your ranks come the great captains who hold the Nation's destiny in their hands the moment the war tocsin sounds.
"The long, gray line has never failed us. Were you to do so, a million ghosts in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray, would rise from their white crosses, thundering those magic words: Duty, honor, country."
Manning wants to be a "woman" in prison? My guess is he will get his wish by accommodating inmates.ReplyDelete
What do you suppose would have happened to anyone who dared report this precious little queer? For anything?
Mariner, you know damned well what would happen to the racist sexist homophobe who just happens to be honorably serving his country . It's been said Manning enlisted to do some harm, guess it got its wish.Delete
God help us all
This is exactly the type of army BJ Clintoon wanted-"don't ask, don't tell". Enlist homosexuals to achieve targets. No honour, no standards.ReplyDelete
Kinda appropriate that Manning wants to be called Chelsea, I like it, it reminds me of another Clintoon non-achiever that likes the limelight, thinks that having female sex organs is something special that prepares her for leadership-spit.
Somewhere on the internet is a photo of Patton with his medals and insignia, they are relatively few despite his accomplishments, beside him is a photo of some modern non-entity bedecked with a chestful of colourful ribbons who had never been in combat. It is shameful that the military has come to this, attracting "men" who collect pretty ribbons
There are, I know, many honourable and brave men, some women too, serving your country well under difficult circumstances they have my sympathy being led by these dress-up desk jockeys my comments are not aimed at them.
Hard to disagree with you.Delete
Psychology bothers me almost as much as psychologists.ReplyDelete
Being a scientist, it just astounds me when people start talking about things like 'gender identity disorders' or telling me exactly what decides whether someone is/isn't/whatever of a particular gender preference.
It just makes me want to scream: "You don't know any of that with any reasonable scientific reproducibility."
We simply know little to nothing about the human brain, so how can we let some psychologist tell us crap like "such and such is a female in a male body"?
Yet we do it ALL the time. How has our culture come to accept *psychologists* as being able to tell us what should/shouldn't be considered acceptable human behavior? Psychologists will hedge up excuses for everything, and they lose nothing when they are routinely and terribly wrong. There's nothing remotely scientific in psychology, as it doesn't even attempt to understand or classify the underlying neurological mechanisms which it claims to be studying. Psychology is simply quackery.
- reader #1482
My father is a psychiatrist and neurosurgeon and would agree with you entirely on psychologistsDelete
Democrats Buy Votes With Chicken Dinners & Pints of VodkaReplyDelete
ay 2011, Kent Hallum provided money to Phil Carter so that Phil & Sam Malone could buy a chicken dinner for an individual known to the Attorney for the United States in exchange for the absentee ballot votes of that individual and one other individual.
Phil discussed the Hallum campaign’s ballot strategy with an individual known to the Attorney for the United States and stated, “Folk gonna vote for whoever pay them.”
June, 2011, as part of their daily tracking activities using information from the Crittenden County Clerk’s Office, Carter and Hudson Hallum discussed 265 absentee ballots had been mailed out by the Crittenden County Clerk’s Office for the upcoming general election. Hallum inquired of Phil, how many of the ballots Phil thought were “ours, “About 240.”
The defendants admitted that certain absentee ballot voters received things of value for their votes for Hudson Hallum. Further, the felony information states that on May 4, 2011, Carter contacted Hallum about a family of eight who had requested a “family meal” in exchange for their absentee ballot votes cast in favor of Hallum. Carter requested $20 from Hudson Hallum to pay for the food, to which request Hudson Hallum agreed.
In addition, according to the felony information, Carter notified Hallum that some absentee ballot voters were “holding on” to their absentee ballots because they needed money for food. Hallum instructed Carter to obtain money for the absentee voters from Kent Hallum. Hudson Hallum further told Carter that $20 to $40 was too much to pay for one vote, but that this amount was acceptable to pay for the votes of multiple members of a household. On that date, Hudson told Carter, “We need to use that black limo and buy a couple of cases of some cheap vodka and whiskey to get people to vote.” Two days later, Carter and Kent Hallum spoke with an individual in Memphis, Tennessee about getting a discounted price for the purchase of 100 half pints of vodka for the campaign.
According to the felony information, Hudson and Kent Hallum tasked Phillip Carter, Sam Malone, and others with identifying absentee ballot voters within District 54; obtaining and distributing absentee ballot applications to particular voters; determining when absentee ballots were mailed to absentee voters by the Crittenden County Clerk’s Office; and making contact with recipients of absentee ballots to assist those voters in completing the ballots.
Once such absentee ballots were completed, the absentee voters typically placed their ballots in unsealed envelopes, which were retrieved by Carter, Malone and others and then subsequently delivered to either Hudson Hallum or Kent Hallum to ensure the absentee votes had been cast for Hudson Hallum. After inspection by Hudson or Kent Hallum, the absentee ballots that contained votes for Hudson Hallum were sealed and mailed to the Crittenden County Clerk’s Office. If a ballot contained a vote for Hudson Hallum’s opponent, it was destroyed.
As to my personal opinion where "Chelsea" Manning and the Fort Hood Major are concerned - don't "martyr" Hajeeb - put 'em in the same cell. Feed 'em BLTs at Reveille, ham hocks and beans for lunch, and Boston Butt at supper.
Force-feed 'em both as necessary. Allow "Chelsea" ... hell, enforce he wear the wig - Hasan (so long as it's pork) can have all the MREs he wants.
Hunger strikes? Nose-tube the demons.
Mind. I'm not averse to "drawing and quartering" when it's appropriate - but there's times when it isn't.
I always wonder why most forms of self-mutilation are frowned upon, but never when it comes to removing one's sex organs. You'd think that that would be even more abhorrent than those weirdos who chop off their own arms.ReplyDelete
Well, I have no intention of calling Manning a "she". Not until full-body DNA replacement therapy allows him to remove all his Y chromosomes and replace them with X's.
And wouldn't drug- and hypno-therapy be cheaper then massive self-mutilation? Why is it ok to surgically alter the body when the problem is self-evidently in the brain, and needs to be addressed there?
Jason - Much too reasonable. Which just goes to show how far off the track our society has become. OTOH, you can always look at Germany where it is now possible to gender select as an "it" rather than male or female...Delete
Seems like a perfectly rational goal to me. What person equipment with unaltered male organs wouldn't prefer to spend the next 35 years imprisoned with females rather than other males?ReplyDelete
Of course, some would just call that "marriage."
You know, of course, I will have to delete this before the Diplowife sees it . . . .Delete
Manning will be the Chelsa Bill & Hilary with they had.ReplyDelete
"The Circus is in Town: Bradley Manning Wants to be a Woman'ReplyDelete
If a man wants to join the circus and become a woman all he has to do is become a Republican congressman and he will be in a circus and have an 80% chance of becoming a woman. See John Boehner for example.
Makes no sense, but thanks for playing.Delete