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Day: August 4, 2017

Volcanoes finish first half 16-22

By HERB SWETT
Of the Keizertimes

Two more big Boise innings gave the Boise Hawks a 10-4 win in Sunday’s rubber game of this Volcano road series, the last game played before Tuesday’s all-star contest.

Salem-Keizer scored the first run of the game during the four innings of Jason Bahr’s first start of the season. The Volcanoes got a run in the fourth and four in the fifth, followed by one each in the sixth and seventh and three in the eighth.

In the top of the first, Malique Ziegler singled to center field, went to second base as Bryce Johnson grounded out, reached third with his 20th stolen base of the season, and scored as Ryan Kirby singled to center.

Kevin Rivera hit a leadoff single to left for the Volcanoes in the third but was caught stealing second despite a pitch that was in the dirt.

Salem-Keizer leads the Northwest League in both steals and time caught stealing. A double play soon followed.

Bahr allowed Boise four hits in his four innings but struck out four and walked none.

The Hawks’ first run came when Bret Boswell, who had hit an infield single, scored on a double by Austin Bernard.

Tyler Schimpf pitched the fifth for the Volcanoes. He walked Cole Anderson with one out, and LJ Hatch singled Anderson home and went to second base as third baseman Junior Amion was called for an interference error. Steven Linkous was hit by a pitch, and JB Moss loaded the bases with a single to left. Bret Boswell reached first on a force attempt, with another Amion error allowing Hatch and Linkous to score. A sacrifice fly to left by Danny Edgeworth drove in Moss.

Ethan Johnson relieved starter Nick Kennedy to start the sixth and held the Volcanoes scoreless.

In the Boise sixth, Peter Lannoo took the mound. Cole Anderson grounded into a force out and scored on a double by Hatch.

Jared Westphal pitched to start the Volcano seventh and loaded the bases by walking Dalton Combs, hitting Rob Calabrese, and walking Rivera. Moises Ceja replaced Westphal, and Ziegler scored Combs with a sacrifice fly to right.

In the Boise seventh, Moss singled to center and scored on a double to right by Edgeworth.

Salem-Keizer scored twice in the eighth. Michael Sexton walked and went to third on a double by Amion. Combs drove in both with a single to right.

The Hawks answered with three runs in the eighth with Garrett Cave on the mound. Aubrey McCarty singled to left and reached second on a bunt single by Anderson. A sacrifice bunt by Hatch moved both runners up. Moss singled to left, driving in both. A double to center by Boswell scored Moss.

Mike Bunal replaced Ceja in the ninth and retired the Volcanoes in order.

Kennedy was the winning pitcher. Schimpf took the loss.

Thursday, July 27: Eugene 8, Volcanoes 5

The host Emeralds took a 2-1 lead in this road series, but Salem-Keizer continued the tradition of the ninth-inning fight.

Starter Matt Swarmer’s pitching, with six strikeouts in his six innings, and catcher Mike Cruz’s hot bat were the main reasons Eugene came out on top. Cruz had a two-run homer among his three hits, and his pitchers totaled 12 strikeouts.

The biggest Volcano hit was Rob Calabrese’s first professional home run, but it came with no one on base.

Trailing 8-3 going into the ninth, the Volcanoes took advantage of a wild-pitch third strike and a baserunning advance on defensive indifference to help two singles produce two runs.

Swarmer got the win and starter Alejandro De La Rosa took the loss.

Friday, July 28: Volcanoes 4, Boise 1

This three-game road series opened with Stet Woods allowing one unearned run in his 5-1/3 innings for a 3-0 record. Reliever John Russell got his second save, striking out eight.

Salem-Keizer had 11 hits, three by Logan Baldwin, to six for Boise.

The Volcanoes scored one run in the second inning and the Hawks one in the third, and the visitors scored twice in the fifth and once in the eighth.

Bryce Johnson, Manuel Geraldo, and Robinson Medrano had two hits each for the Volcanoes. Malique Ziegler stole his 18th base, Geraldo his 15th, and Logan Baldwin his sixth.

Boise starter Ryan Luna lost his second game.

Saturday, July 29: Boise 5, Volcanoes 3

A four-run Boise fifth inning was too much for Salem-Keizer.

Jose Marte, the Volcanoes’ starting and losing pitcher, had a no-hitter going through four innings and a 3-0 lead before the Hawks beat up on him. Two doubles, one single, two errors, a wild pitch, and a force out provided the four runs.

The Volcanoes had nine hits, including triples by Logan Baldwin and Kevin Rivera, to four for Boise, but the Hawks made their hits and Salem-Keizer’s mistakes count. Three Volcanoes were caught stealing.

Only one of Boise’s hits was for extra bases, a leadoff double by Austin Bernard in the fifth.

Champions train at Kroc Center

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

Dan Dunn-coached boxers won two more belts at the Ringside World Championships on July 24-29 in Independence, Mo.

But that’s not the number Dunn keeps track of.

“I have 498 bachelor’s degrees, 18 master’s and five doctorate’s from kids that have went through my program,” Dunn said as of March. “That’s what I’m most proud of. I’ve got national champions but it’s not about the sport. It’s about helping people become better people.”

Dunn’s two most decorated Wildcat boxers, Brittany Sims, of Salem, and Omar Murillo, Beaverton, are amateurs and waiting to finish school to turn pro. Sims is getting her master’s in business administration online from the University of Phoenix. Murillo has one semester left in his bachelor’s program from Portland State and then plans to move to Keizer.

“He’s (Murillo) so good that the professional fighters they’re always asking for him because they need sparring partners but the deal I have with them is I’m not going to turn them pro until they’re done with college.”

Dunn was first introduced to boxing as a student at Willamette High School in Eugene. The sport kept him out of trouble.

Sims works out with Dunn at the Kroc Center. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)

“I’d probably be in jail if it wasn’t for boxing,” Dunn said. “I was an extremely violent kid. I came from a broken home. It helped me focus my temper. Boxing coaches historically have been the consistent sport to help kids with temperament issues, focus issues from whatever economical background they’re from.”

After high school, Dunn decided to join the Army after watching First Blood in a second-run movie theater.

“The recruiting station was right there and I said, ‘dude, I want to blow things up.’” Dunn remembers. “And then they found out I boxed.”

Dunn took part in the Army’s World Class Athlete Program and boxed wherever he was stationed—Fort Bragg in North Carolina and California.

Dunn chose a full-time military career and guaranteed retirement plan over becoming a professional fighter. He spent seven of his 25 years in the Army as a recruiter.

“It civilized me a little bit and gave me the chance to be in front of people,” Dunn said.

But Dunn never planned on coaching.

“As a boxing coach, you’re a public speaker, you have to be able to articulate,” Dunn said. “I had no desire to be a public speaker. I had no desire to be in front of a crowd. I just wanted to hide and go do my thing, go hunting, go fishing. I was a classic country kid.”

Dunn’s first coaching opportunity came as a volunteer at King’s Gym in Oakland after a rib injury forced him out of a bout.

“It (coaching) became this really freaky thing that I was naturally gifted at,” Dunn said. “I didn’t have a plan. Everybody has things that click. For me, it’s organization, motivating, getting people to see beyond what their daily woes are.”

Dunn then spent three years coaching Oregon State University students at the Corvallis Boxing Club. Again, he was a volunteer.

“I’ve never been paid to coach,” Dunn said. “I’ve always been a volunteer. I’ve never really needed it. I’m not a money guy. My wife and I, we’re fine. Army was the job.”

Two years ago, Dunn began getting phone calls from Quandray Roberts, a former professional boxer Dunn trained who was friends with Kendall Reid, director of operations at the Kroc Center in Salem.

Dunn had moved to Keizer in October of 2016.

After meeting with Reid, Dunn decided to open a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Wildcat Boxing, in collaboration with the Kroc Center. Dunn had never started a nonprofit before.

“I wanted to make sure that the funding wasn’t going to get twisted up,” Dunn said. “I wanted to be able to fundraise on my own and manage my own accounts. We’ve had around $20,000 donated. One guy donated $10,000 and said they’ll be more.

“I don’t get paid for this. Neither do any of the coaches. We are all 100 percent volunteer. All the money goes back to the kids.”

Dunn bought $20,000 worth of equipment and donated it to the club.

Getting participants into the gym was easy.

“They came in like droves,” Dunn said. “I had to slow it down and say I don’t want any more people.”

Murillo, who Dunn knew as a freshman at Oregon State, followed, as did Sims, who Dunn met during her first ever boxing match at a Golden Gloves tournament in Redmond.

Murillo was a four-sport athlete in high school and Dunn immediately saw the potential.

“He’d never boxed but I saw how athletic he was,” Dunn said.

Murillo won the 2016 World Ringside Championship and then repeated as the 165-pound champ on July 29 to win his fourth title belt.

“It keeps me grounded and motivated to keep getting better,” Murillo said of boxing.

Sims was a track and field athlete at Marietta College in Ohio and then Eastern Oregon University.

She started in mixed martial arts before moving to boxing in January of 2016. Sims lost her first Golden Gloves match to Angie Ornelas.

“She was really good,” Sims said. “She schooled me. I usually knocked people out pretty easily in MMA but I did my thunder cookie (signature right cross) and I hit her and she looked at me, smiled and kept going forward. I got beat up.”

Sims lost her second bout as well and then tore her Achilles practicing, which turned out to be just what she needed.

“Me hurting myself was actually a blessing in disguise because I was able to study boxing,” said Sims, who watched the greats like Joe Lewis, Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns. “They studied boxing and worked hard. Boxing was their life. I was just a raging dog but I learned to slow down and I learned how to be a hunter.”

Since the injury, Sims was named Oregon’s Golden Girl and has won two belts at the Women’s National Golden Gloves in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on July 15 and the Ringside World Championships on July 29. She has a 16-4 record with 13 knockouts.

Sims has four classes left to take to get her master’s degree and then plans to turn pro. After boxing, she wants to go to law school.

A focus on education comes from her parents, who both have master’s degrees. Sims’ dad grew up in Alabama, during the Jim Crow era.

“I just want to make them proud and show them what you do for me is not going to waste and I really appreciate it so that’s why I wanted to get my bachelor’s and that’s why I want to get my master’s and I want to continue on with school,” Sims said.

Boxing has been a confidence boost.

“I was really quiet,” Sims said. “I used to stick by myself in a corner and the more I boxed the more I realized I don’t have to stay in that corner that I had in my little comfort zone and I need to talk to other people.”

Sims and Murillo are just two of more than 30 participants, nine to 38 years old, who consistently compete at Wildcat Boxing Club, including Mateo Alvarado, an incoming senior at McNary High School.

On a Friday night in late July, members shadow boxed and then split up into pairs to spar before finishing the session in a group prayer.

Dunn was named the 2016 Kroc Center Volunteer of the Year.

“I’ve always had a motto and believed that you have to make a difference everyday, one person at a time and you take care of anybody that is in front of you and if you do that, life is going to take care of you,” Dunn said. “If you take care of those people, no matter who they are, do the best thing for them, it’s all going to work out.”

Anyone who wants to donate to Wildcat Boxing can do so at www.gofundme.com/wildcatboxing or email Dunn at [email protected]

Back from the trenches

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Sen. Kim Thatcher and Rep. Bill Post planned to host a joint town hall on Thursday, July 27. It ended up being an intimate affair with just two members of the community and one newspaper reporter in attendance.

In lieu of the town hall, Keizertimes sat down with the state legislators to talk about the 2017 Oregon Legislature session. While Thatcher and Post – both part of the Republican minorities – notched a few wins, the pair agreed that the process was bogged down from the get-go.

“On the House side, the Democrats would climb a massive hill, march their people up that hill – knowing full well that a bill would die in the Senate or get amended or gut-and-stuffed completely – and it happened at least four times,” Post said.

As an example, he offered up House Bill 2005, a bill addressing pay equity. Post said Republicans in the House opposed the bill because it left out veterans and imposed “massive” punitive damages. Republicans, Post said, submitted a minority report addressing those concerns that was voted down.

After passing the House on a party-line vote, the Senate took up the issue and included the changes requested in the House Republican’s minority report.

“Why march up that hill to begin with?” Post said. “It’s all about politics. It’s about them trying to prove that (Republicans) are racist, misogynist, homophobic kooks over there and making us vote on these things. Of course we think people should be paid equally, but they go on that hill and they die and, to me, that’s hilarious and that’s not partisanship.”

Thatcher added that Democrats might find more allies across the aisle with less focus on punishment.

“What I loved about that final bill was that it focused on compliance and there wasn’t any snares laid out for business owners. It got rid of (punitive damages) and got to compliance and making it work. If we had more of that, I think you would find a lot more enthusiasm among Republicans to say, “Yeah, let’s move forward with some of these lefty ideas.”

Thatcher was more enthusiastic about Senate Bill 1050, which imposes presumptive life sentences without parole for defendants in some sex crime cases if there are prior convictions for similar acts.

“Near the end of session, and I have to give props to Sen. Peter Courtney, he invited me to be co-chief sponsor. I absolutely love that bill and I’m glad that he asked me to be a part of it,” Thatcher said.

Post had several bills that didn’t make it beyond the level of committee hearings, but said a House Bill 2598 was one he considered a win. The bill makes it a felony to recklessly endanger a motorcyclist.

“For a pedestrian or bicyclist, it’s a Class A felony to recklessly endanger. For a motorcyclist it was a Class C misdemeanor.  HB 2598 makes it an assault and that was a big one. I had to push pretty hard to get bipartisan support,” Post said.

Thatcher counted among the victories the killing of legislation that would have affected landlord-tenant agreements and the imposing of additional corporate taxes and passing a bill allowing breweries to have two off-site locations without an additional license.

“We go license-crazy in this state. We have more than most other states and I really think we should focus on reining that in,” Thatcher said.

In a similar vein, Post said he supported a bill allowing hard cider producers to have locations on farm properties.

“Let’s let the cider businesses proliferate like the wineries have. It’s one more thing that brings people to Oregon,” he said.

A decision that weighed heavily on both legislators was House Bill 3391, which requires the Oregon Health Authority to reimburse costs of services related to reproductive health, including abortion. A debate was convened on the last day of the session and a vote resulting in passage followed.

“I can’t explain to you how bad we felt coming down one floor from the house caucus room. It was as if we were going to a funeral – because we were. We were going to a funeral of babies. Grown men and women were sobbing (during the vote),” Post said.

Thatcher said the argument in favor of the bill was “a right that cannot be accessed is not a right.”

“So then when are you going to start paying for my guns?” she said. “I would never ask for that because there is responsibility with rights.”

She was equally troubled by the passage of Senate Bill 719, which allows judges to issue extreme risk protection orders prohibiting those found to be an imminent risk to themselves or others from possessing firearms. The law allows respondents in such cases to surrender their deadly weapons to law enforcement and for law enforcement officers to take possession of them, or for law enforcement to take them away.

The bill was drafted by Sen. Brian Boquist in part as a response to the death of his stepson by suicide that included a gun. Boquist’s stepson was a veteran and hopes to address veteran suicides through the law which is now waiting for the signature of Gov. Kate Brown.

“I don’t have the perspective on veterans, but I know that if they hadn’t had guns (to commit suicide), they would have chosen something else,” Thatcher said. “I’d hate to be that law enforcement officer.”

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, every study that has examined firearm access as a risk factor to suicide has found that such access increases suicide risk.

Why inclusivity matters

The biggest struggle I encountered as a volunteer tutor to adults studying for their GED tests was figuring out ways to make the lessons relevant to their lives.

I came away from many lessons feeling as though I’d done as well as I could, but one night in particular I caught lightning in a bottle. The topic that evening was using and interpreting implication and inference in language. I’m not sure what my original lesson plan was, but it became apparent that my charges were struggling as I stumbled through it. Fortunately, another idea appeared, rising like a phoenix from the ashes of my original plan.

We began talking about the first three words of the Constitution, “We the people,” and how the implied and inferred meanings of those words changed over time as it relates to citizenship and voting.

When the document was drafted “the people” implied Protestant, property-owning, heterosexual, white males.  As is the way of such things, the people made things worse before it got better.

Here are some of the obstacles to voting that had to be cleared in the past 241 years:

• Limiting citizenship to “free white” immigrants (1790).

• Removing property ownership requirements (1856).

• Denying voting rights based on race (1870).

• Allowing women to vote (1920).

• Granting voting rights to all Native Americans (1947).

• Forbidding the use of discriminatory tactics such as voting taxes, literacy tests and intimidation (1965). Note: It took the murder of three voting rights activists – two white and one black – to spur President Lyndon Johnson to action.

The authors of the Constitution wrote “people” and assumed the rest of us would understand what they meant. They probably meant “people just like us” but that isn’t what was written – intended or not. Unfortunately, in times of fear or uncertainty, we keep trying to jam modifiers into a text that allows for none. That is what I told my students that night.

The current president would like us to believe that the way to move forward is to go backward, whether it be at the ballot box, at colleges and universities, in the armed forces or simply in the streets. There are obviously a number of people who agree with him, but doing so negates the blood, sweat and tears of so many who fought to get us to this point. Attempting to counteract their work is no different than denying the heroism of an American Muslim or transgender soldier.

In recent months, some residents of Keizer have taken up the banner of inclusivity and desire the city to make some formal statement regarding its stance against problems like racism, discrimination, bullying, violence and exclusion. The idea has come under attack from those who are concerned about immigration policy and others who believe that behavior cannot be legislated.

But I have another group of students as well – teenagers at McNary High School with an interest in creative writing. For six years, a steady trickle of them have walked through the door bringing with them all the turmoil that high school entails. There’s been no shortage of them who struggle with issues of identity in all its forms.

A few years ago, a sign went up along River Road predicting otherworldly judgment on a Supreme Court that decided same-sex marriage was a right of the people. The implied message was that if you aspired to such a thing, you too, were damned. I went to the club meeting that week hoping none of my students had seen it and knowing for certain some of them would have. Despite all my individual efforts to create an inclusive space, the message right outside the door was that some of them were not welcome. None of them brought it up, but what I needed in that moment was something I could not give them: an assurance that not everyone supported the message written and implied by the words on a reader board.

An inclusivity resolution would be just words, but words matter. Words signal thought. And belief is honed through thought. If Keizer had something like an inclusivity resolution when that sign went up, I would have had a plan when I went to the Write Club meeting that week.

I would have told them, “Yes, there are those who think differently out there, but look here at these words. Your city has your back.” No inference necessary.

Eric A. Howald is the managing editor of Keizertimes.

Who keeps saying ‘it’s not like old times?’

This true story certainly expresses people who care, are concerned and are willing to go out of the way to help:

I gave my note, ‘I would like to know if the kitchen would lend me a fry pan?” to our server at the dinning area in Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community as she took our breakfast order. Before she came back with my breakfast, Eric (Human Resources) came over to me and said, “Don, Missy (Melissa Davis, Dietary Office) is out but she will be in touch with you this afternoon.”

“Thank you,” I said and to my table mate Glenda, “They sure are quick and personal around here.”

I had several business calls and I was out until after lunch time when I came back to pick up my mail when I heard, “Don, I have some frying pans for you.”

This came from Missy Davis, our all around excellent cook, server, in charge of the kitchen, meals, menus and personal duties that would stagger most people.

“Don, which one do you like, large, or medium sized pan?”

“Wow that’s quick service. I’ll take the medium one.”

“When you are through just return it to the kitchen,” Missy said as she scurried to her restaurant work.

Now this goes back to my original statement—For all of you who keep saying, “It’s not like the old times.” “No. It’s better,” is my answer for people who care and act for someone else.

Donald Adams
Keizer

Shall we fight them all?

PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

Saturday, Kim Jong Un tested an ICBM of sufficient range to hit the U.S. mainland. He is now working on its accuracy, and a nuclear warhead small enough to fit atop that missile that can survive re-entry.

Unless we believe Kim is a suicidal madman, his goal seems clear. He wants what every nuclear power wants — the ability to strike his enemy’s homeland with horrific impact, in order to deter that enemy.

Kim wants his regime recognized and respected, and the U.S., which carpet-bombed the North from 1950-1953, out of Korea.

Where does this leave us? Says Cliff Kupchan of the Eurasia Group, “The U.S. is on the verge of a binary choice: either accept North Korea into the nuclear club or conduct a military strike that would entail enormous civilian casualties.”

A time for truth. U.S. sanctions on North Korea, like those voted for by Congress last week, are not going to stop Kim from acquiring ICBMs. He is too close to the goal line.

And any pre-emptive strike on the North could trigger a counterattack on Seoul by massed artillery on the DMZ, leaving tens of thousands of South Koreans dead, alongside U.S. soldiers and their dependents.

We could be in an all-out war to the finish with the North, a war the American people do not want to fight.

Saturday, President Trump tweeted out his frustration over China’s failure to pull our chestnuts out of the fire: “They do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem.”

Sunday, U.S. B-1B bombers flew over Korea and the Pacific air commander Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy warned his units were ready to hit North Korea with “rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force.”

Yet, also Sunday, Xi Jinping reviewed a huge parade of tanks, planes, troops and missiles as Chinese officials mocked Trump as a “greenhorn President” and “spoiled child” who is running a bluff against North Korea. Is he? We shall soon see.

According to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump vowed Monday he would take “all necessary measures” to protect U.S. allies. And U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley bristled, “The time for talk is over.”

Are we headed for a military showdown and war with the North? The markets, hitting records again Monday, don’t seem to think so.

But North Korea is not the only potential adversary with whom our relations are rapidly deteriorating.

After Congress voted overwhelmingly for new sanctions on Russia last week and Trump agreed to sign the bill that strips him of authority to lift the sanctions without Hill approval, Russia abandoned its hopes for a rapprochement with Trump’s America. Sunday, Putin ordered U.S. embassy and consulate staff cut by 755 positions.

The Second Cold War, begun when we moved NATO to Russia’s borders and helped dump over a pro-Russian regime in Kiev, is getting colder. Expect Moscow to reciprocate Congress’ hostility when we ask for her assistance in Syria and with North Korea.

Last week’s sanctions bill also hit Iran after it tested a rocket to put a satellite in orbit, though the nuclear deal forbids only the testing of ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads. Defiant, Iranians say their missile tests will continue.

Recent days have also seen U.S. warships and Iranian patrol boats in close proximity, with the U.S. ships firing flares and warning shots. Our planes and ships have also, with increasingly frequency, come to close quarters with Russian and Chinese ships and planes in the Baltic and South China seas.

While wary of a war with North Korea, Washington seems to be salivating for a war with Iran. Indeed, Trump’s threat to declare Iran in violation of the nuclear arms deal suggests a confrontation is coming.

One wonders: If Congress is hell-bent on confronting the evil that is Iran, why does it not cancel Iran’s purchases and options to buy the 140 planes the mullahs have ordered from Boeing?

Why are we selling U.S. airliners to the “world’s greatest state sponsor of terror”? Let Airbus take the blood money.

Apparently, U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia are insufficient to satiate our War Party. Now it wants us to lead the Sunnis of the Middle East in taking down the Shiites, who are dominant in Iran, Iraq, Syria and South Lebanon, and are a majority in Bahrain and the oil-producing regions of Saudi Arabia.

The U.S. military has its work cut out for it. President Trump may need those transgender troops.

Among the reasons Trump routed his Republican rivals in 2016 is that he seemed to share an American desire to look homeward.

Yet, today, our relations with China and Russia are as bad as they have been in decades, while there is open talk of war with Iran and North Korea.

Was this what America voted for, or is this what America voted against? Creators Syndicate

One-note droning on the transgender ban

BY L. BRENT BOZELL III AND TIM GRAHAM

A sudden, even shocking announcement came from President Trump’s Twitter account on July 26. The government “will not accept or allow … Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity” in the military due to “the tremendous medical costs and disruption” that entails.

Whether you favor it or oppose it, and regardless of how this abrupt declaration blindsided the Pentagon brass, it’s indisputable that the liberal media could not and would not approach this subject with anything resembling objectivity. Never mind that military men and women — and that’s all we should care about — cheered the announcement. The press centered its coverage on the gender benders affected. They were unanimously offended and devastated, with no dissent allowed, no objection, no argument. Facts don’t matter in today’s news media. Emotional wallowing is mandatory.

On the ludicrously titled (and would-be government-defunded, if Trump had his way) NPR newscast “All Things Considered” that night, anchor Kelly McEvers began by asking a “trans man,” former Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Jordan Blisk how it felt for former President Obama to lift a ban on transgender individuals in the military and have that be followed by the emotional impact of Trump’s announcement. She asked, “what consequences do you think that would have for trans men and women now?”

Blisk saw only doom. He replied, “that’s going to devastate them from a career perspective, from a family perspective, from a financial perspective, from every single way because the military is everything to you when you’re in.”

And the hell with the other hundreds of thousands who serve and are offended.

NPR marched through the one-sided drill all over again on July 30, with anchor Lulu Garcia-Navarro feeling the pain of “trans man” Army drill Sgt. Ken Ochoa. She declared: “People who support having transgender people in the military say that the military is actually the biggest employer of transgender people in the United States. Is there a large community within the military? And how do you think that this could affect them?”

Ochoa replied: “I guess large is a relative term. I guess I’ll put it this way. I know many more people who are trans that are in the military versus those who are transgender and not in the military.” NBC reported that an estimated 250 active transgender military members are currently in the pharmaceutical/surgical process of “transitioning.”

At the Associated Press on July 31, two reporters chronicled Germany-based Army Capt. Jennifer Sims (formerly known as Jonathan Sims) under the sensitive headline “‘I am transgender’: A US soldier shares personal journey.” Sims wrote an email to fellow troops lamenting, “So in the initial moments after the tweet, I saw myself forced into the state that I was in before I started transitioning — a state of depression, exhaustion and inability to enjoy things.”

Sunday’s New York Times carried a badly disguised opinion piece on page two from defense reporter Helene Cooper headlined “When Soldiers Plead Their Humanity.” Cooper wrote, “I suspect that in years to come, when I am recounting what it was like to be a Pentagon correspondent, I will remember far more the combination of hurt and defiance in the voice of a transgender American service member when I asked him how it felt to wake up Wednesday morning to a tweet from President Trump that he was no longer welcome in this country’s all-volunteer military.”

“Trans man” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Blake Dremann told her, “To know your own commander in chief doesn’t support you is totally demoralizing.” In an almost mandatory turn at the Times, Cooper compared it to segregation in the South. It made her wonder what it would have been like “asking black people what it was like to be told they were not equal to white people.”

No one is allowed to call that comparison preposterous. Feeling pain alongside the gender-eviscerating left is all that “journalism” can muster. Call this what it is: “propaganda” and “fake news.”

Creators Syndicate