In 1998 Donald Trumpâ€™s running mate worriedly wrote, “some mischievous liberal at Disney assumes that Mulan’s story will cause a quiet change … about women in combat.”
Disneyâ€™s Mulan, which renowned film critic Roger Ebert praisedÂ in 1998 as a message of feminist empowerment, follows the story of a young woman who secretly joins the Chinese army in her fatherâ€™s place to save both his life and the nation.
Or, as Donald Trumpâ€™s vice presidential running mateÂ Indiana Governor Mike PenceÂ once wrote on a website uncovered by BuzzFeed News, â€œWalt Disneyâ€™s attempt to add childhood expectation to the cultural debate over the role of women in the militaryâ€¦ Women in the military, bad idea.â€
The piece ran in 1999 as a supplement to The Mike Pence Show, his radio program which was broadcast from 1992 until 1999 on 18 stations in Indiana. â€œFor those who have not yet been victimized by the McDonaldâ€™s induced hysteria over this film,â€ the piece begins, â€œMulan is a fictional account of a delicate girl of the same name who surreptitiously takes her [fatherâ€™s] place in the Chinese army in one of their ancient wars against the Huns. Despite her delicate features and voice, Disney expects us to believe that Mulanâ€™s ingenuity and courage were enough to carry her to military success on an equal basis with her cloddish cohorts.â€
â€œIt is instructive that even in the Disney film,â€ Pence continues, â€œyoung Ms. Mulan falls in love with her superior officer! Me thinks the politically correct Disney types completely missed the irony of this part of the story. They likely added it because it added realism with which the viewer could identify with the characters.â€
While it is unclear what the filmâ€™s speaking dragon added to the debate on the role of women in the military, Pence did offer one groundbreaking tip. He urged readers, â€œyou see, now stay with me on this, many young men find many young women to be attractive sexually.â€
The full piece can be read below:
â€œJust spent a memorable Fathers Day, like so many other all American Hoosier dads, with my kids at the new Disney film entitled, â€˜Mulanâ€™. For those who have not yet been victimized by the McDonaldâ€™s induced hysteria over this film, Mulan is a fictional account of a delicate girl of the same name who surreptitiously takes her fathers place in the Chinese army in one of their ancient wars against the Huns. Despite her delicate features and voice, Disney expects us to believe that Mulanâ€™s ingenuity and courage were enough to carry her to military success on an equal basis with her cloddish cohorts. Obviously, this is Walt Disneyâ€™s attempt to add childhood expectation to the cultural debate over the role of women in the military. I suspect that some mischievous liberal at Disney assumes that Mulanâ€™s story will cause a quiet change in the next generationâ€™s attitude about women in combat and they just might be right. (Just think about how often we think of Bambi every time the subject of deer hunting comes into the mainstream media debate.)
The only problem with this liberal hope is the reality which intrudes on the Disney ideal from the mornings headlines. From the original â€˜Tailhookâ€™ scandal involving scores of high ranking navy fighter pilots who molested subordinate women to the latest travesty at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, the hard truth of our experiment with gender integration is that is has been an almost complete disaster for the military and for many of the individual women involved. When Indiana Congressman Steve Buyer was appointed to investigate the Aberdeen mess, he shocked the public with the revelation that young, nubile, 18 year old men and women were actually being HOUSED together during basic training. Whatever bone head came up with this idea should be run out of this manâ€™s Army before sundown. Housing, in close quarters, young men and women (in some cases married to non-military personnel) at the height of their physical and sexual potential is the height of stupidity. It is instructive that even in the Disney film, young Ms. Mulan falls in love with her superior officer! Me thinks the politically correct Disney types completely missed the irony of this part of the story. They likely added it because it added realism with which the viewer could identify with the characters. You see, now stay with me on this, many young men find many young women to be attractive sexually. Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually. Put them together, in close quarters, for long periods of time, and things will get interesting. Just like they eventually did for young Mulan. Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.â€
An archived biography on Pence for the radio show advises that â€œMike routinely refers to himself as â€˜a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.â€™â€ His thoughts on Disneyâ€™s direct-to-video sequel, Mulan II, are unknown.
Image via Facebook/WaltDisneyMulan
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Cuomo Charged With Sex Crime Months After Resigning as Governor
The former governor who resigned after multiple accusations of sexual harassment resigned, leaving office August 23.
“Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor complaint in Albany City Court for a sex-crime related charge, a spokesperson for New York State courts tells NBC News,” according to NBC’s Tom Winter.
A investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James found the Democratic governor had sexually harassed at least eleven women, most of them state employees.
“Forcible Touching” is listed on the complaint:
Here is the complaint. pic.twitter.com/ecKo9zUNog
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) October 28, 2021
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Meadows ‘Will Face Consequences’ for Stonewalling Jan. 6 Committee if He Does Not Comply With Subpoena: Report
Could former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows face criminal contempt of Congress charges like Steve Bannon?
The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack subpoenaed Meadows, a former GOP congressman, on September 23, over a month ago, and he has yet to comply.
“Our patience isn’t unlimited, and engagement needs to become cooperation very soon,” a Select Committee source told CNN. “As we’ve already made clear, anyone who tries to stonewall our effort will face the consequences.”
The committee sees Meadows, who has been by Trump’s side every step of the way even for months before exiting the House to join the Trump administration, as a “key witness.”
Jan. 6 Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) is being patient but that appears to be waning thin.
“If and when the staff says to us it’s not going anywhere, there won’t be any hesitation on the part of the committee to make the referrals” for contempt of Congress he tells CNN.
CNN adds multiple sources have “indicated” Meadows has “been ‘engaging’ in negotiations over the terms of his turning over documents and appearing for a deposition.”
Earlier this week a bombshell Rolling Stone report citing two people involved with planning the January 6 pro-Trump rallies mentioned Meadows nine times, including calling him “someone who played a major role in the conversations surrounding the protests on Jan. 6.”
That report also says those sources describe Meadows “as having had an opportunity to prevent the violence” of January 6, and that “Meadows was 100 percent made aware of what was going on.”
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Stuart Stevens is calling out News Corp founder and chief Rupert Murdoch as a “domestic threat” in response to a stunning preview clip from Fox News’ top personality, Tucker Carlson, that falsely paints Donald Trump’s January 6 insurrection as a false flag operation by Democrats.
“If Rupert Murdoch were applying for American citizenship today, there would be ample evidence to classify him as a domestic threat and deny citizenship,” Stevens says of Murdoch, an Australian-born naturalized U.S. citizen. “He’s a dangerous man who should be treated as the anti-democratic propagandist he is.”
Stevens is known as one of the top Republican strategists who became a never-Trumper and co-founded The Lincoln Project. Murdoch owns News Corp, the parent company of Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, and numerous other outlets across the globe. He became a U.S. citizen in 1985 to meet the requirements to purchase and own TV stations.
The clip of Tucker Carlson’s three-part series on the January 6 insurrection (below) is being called “fucking insane” by fellow never-Trumper Tim Miller, a former GOP strategist.
“I’d like to focus in on the fact that Fox is hosting one of the main architects of the Stop The Steal insurrection Ali Akbar Alexander for this 1/6 special,” Miller adds. “Going full Newsmax.”
In a scathing strike against Carlson, former Obama HUD deputy assistant secretary Brandon Friedman compared the Fox News personality to a radio station known for helping to incite the Rwandan genocide in which more than one million people died and up to half a million women were raped.
Here’s the clip, which is loaded with falsehoods and anti-American, anti-democracy propaganda:
Apparently Fox News is letting Tucker Carlson do a special on his conspiracy theory that January 6 was a “false flag” pic.twitter.com/dYngE77L4r
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