Wednesday, November 1, 2017

General Jerry's BS blower could heat a ten-room home in northern Maine in January

Retired Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin
A couple of dishonest emails from hate group associate Jerry Boykin (Family Research Council) demonstrate a considerable lack of integrity. It is surprising to this observer that Boykin was able to rise through the armed services when this character flaw seems to be such a dominant part of his being.

Retired Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin professes to be a conservative Christian. Were that the case then he would be forthright. Boykin's lack of integrity renders him a selectively observant Christian Zealot.

An email received Wednesday morning is titled: “The Left is calling FRC Action "more powerful than ever" because of this:
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) - which published the "hate map" that guided a domestic terrorist to our offices, where he attempted to MURDER our staff - is now calling us "more powerful than ever."

And they're right.
The intended inference is that FRC suffered at the hands of SPLC. That is not true. I am not blaming the victim when I say that FRC bears far more responsibility for the shooting at their offices, in which a building employee suffered a minor injury, than anything that SPLC might have done. Blaming SPLC is comparable to blaming the publisher of the bus route map if the shooter took public transportation.

SPLC did not make Family Research Council a hate group. Family Research Council did that on their own through their disparagement of LGBT people with false characterizations — something that they continue to do. Dishonesty continues to be an important part of FRC's organizational culture.

Context is everything and Boykin's rendering of SPLC's words is dishonest. The statement from SPLC begins with:
For the first time ever, a sitting president spoke at the gathering [the Values Voter Summit] – shamefully lending the legitimacy of the White House to hate groups like the Summit’s host, the Family Research Council, and its president, Tony Perkins.
The ending includes the text quoted by Boykin:
Now that Trump has given the FRC unprecedented access to the White House, it will be more powerful than ever and the LGBT community will be at even greater risk.

It’s the reason why our work is more important than ever.
Apparently Boykin takes pride in the propagation of hate because the email continues:
FRC Action is a premier rallying force of the pro-family conservative grassroots in America, and we have the ability to make great change in our nation over the next few years.

While that may sound promising, enemies like the SPLC are attacking us at every turn and attempting to thwart any progress for our pro-family agenda.

If we're going to continue protecting religious freedom, fighting for family values, and rolling back the past eight years of left-wing cultural decay, we need your immediate gift of $25, $35, $50, $100, or more today.
That's right. Ultimately this email is dishonest hyperbole in pursuit of money.

I received the second email from Boykin on Tuesday. Its subject line reads: “Trump reinstates ban on transgenders in the military.”
Dear David,

Thank YOU. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

President Trump’s ban on transgender persons serving in the United States Military is because of YOUR prayers and YOUR commitment to the core ideals that hold our country together.

Keep Our Military Ready

YOU understand that high-risk social experiments expose our soldiers to danger who are committed to protecting our country.

YOU understand the colossal waste of taxpayer money (nearly $4 billion over 10 years) to pay for the sex change operations of transgender individuals.
General Jerry is grateful to this queer. How very nice of him. However, the military is less ready if it discharges transgender personnel who are serving honorably and competently. Then to suggest that the presence of trans troops exposes our soldiers to danger is just rank sophistry. The supposed waste of taxpayer money is an outright lie.

The source of that $4 billion figure might have been one of the wizards at FRC. I am not sure. However, they keep repeating it in spite of the fact that the Rand Corporation was retained by the Department of Defense to study transgender service. According to their analysis:
The Costs of Gender Transition–Related Health Care Treatment Are Relatively Low
  • Using private health insurance claims data to estimate the cost of extending gender transition–related health care coverage to transgender personnel indicated that active-component health care costs would increase by between $2.4 million and $8.4 million annually, representing a 0.04- to 0.13-percent increase in active-component health care expenditures.
  • Even upper-bound estimates indicate that less than 0.1 percent of the total force would seek transition-related care that could disrupt their ability to deploy.
I think that it was Nancy Pelosi who said that the military spends more money on Viagra. General Boykin surely understands the credibility of Rand and you can bet that he read Rand's report in full. Yet Boykin's $400 million per year estimate is nearly 5,000% higher than Rand's top of the range at $8.4 million. It is pants-on-fire bullshit.

Boykin goes on to claim:
YOU understand that sex change operations are flat out unconstitutional and do not protect our country from those who seek to destroy the United States.
Brig. Gen.
Michael L. Cunniff
Unconstitutional? Where did that come from? It is simply untrue. There is also a dishonest disconnect. No medical procedure protects our country.

If Boykin really wants to go there then how much do we waste on cardiac care due to obesity? Gen. Cunniff (right) looks like he consumed a couple of NCOs.

Later on:
Thankfully, President Donald Trump also understands this threat. The President understands the consequences of bad morale, of unconstitutional spending, and he understands that transgenders have no place in our armed forces.
What Agent Orange understands is what is required to appease conservative Christians. Going back to Rand:
In terms of readiness, RAND estimates that 10 to 130 active component members each year could have reduced deployability as a result of gender transition-related treatments. This amount is negligible relative to the 102,500 nondeployable soldiers in the Army alone in 2015, 50,000 of them in the active component.
Eighteen countries allow transgender personnel to serve openly in their militaries. RAND researchers focused on the policies of four with the most well developed and publicly available policies on transgender military personnel: Australia, Canada, Israel and the United Kingdom.

… In no case did the RAND team find evidence of an effect on operational effectiveness, operational readiness or cohesion.
Boykin has most certainly read this report. He doesn't even bother to dispute it. In other words, Boykin is lying through his teeth which is about what we expect from hate group personnel.

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