Real Clear Defense
Elaine Donnelly

The nation is worried about serious national security threats, including Chinese spy aircraft, but the Department of Defense seems pre-occupied with misplaced priorities. “Woke” policies are taking progressive ideologies to extremes with enforced compliance, even if it hurts the institution.

Since January 2021, Defense Department officials have expanded woke transgender mandates in significant ways. A comprehensive CMR Policy Analysis titled Biden Pentagon Quietly Expands Woke Transgender Policies in the Military, summarized here, compares Joe Biden/Lloyd Austin directives to the 2016 transgender policies of Barack Obama and Ashton Carter.

As in the Obama years, the Biden/Austin policy fully embraces the idea that individuals can change their “sex assigned at birth to a different gender role.” Department of Defense Instruction 1300.28, updated on December 20, 2022, has changed the official vocabulary of this pseudo-science, using the phrase “self-identified gender” instead of “preferred gender” throughout.

The DoD Instruction stipulates that if a person “self-identifies” as a person of the opposite sex, and if the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) changes a person’s bureaucratic “gender marker,” a man claiming to be a woman must be treated as a woman, and vice versa.

Military commanders, doctors and nurses, chaplains, and military men and women at all levels must endorse and act on this ideological belief or suffer career penalties if they don’t. Alleged “biases against transgender individuals,” which are prohibited, could include anything from “misgendering” people with the wrong pronouns to expressions of concern about medically questionable hormone treatments or surgeries for adults or military dependent children.

Individuals who are confused about gender identity deserve compassionate counseling, competent medical care, and complete information about serious risks and irreversible consequences of “gender affirming” treatments that do not change biological sex. Instead, a self-diagnosis of gender dysphoria permits only one course of treatment, pushing the servicemember toward life-changing, often-irreversible transgender “transition,” without an independent “second opinion.”

Commanders are directed to consult with designated “experts,” called Service Central Coordination Cells. The SCCCs have no responsibility for military operations or any obligation to put the needs of the patient first.

Biden’s regulations do not protect or even mention rights of religious liberty for chaplains and people of faith. Nor do they provide options for doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel who object to transgender ideology on moral or ethical grounds.

Once a military doctor approves, transgender transition can be deemed “complete” with or without surgical alteration of healthy body parts. At that point, as the DoD Instruction states several times: “[S]ervice members will use those berthing, bathroom, and shower facilities associated with their gender marker in DEERS.”

This policy denies human biological realities and violates minimal expectations of personal privacy and modesty between men and women. Human dilemmas are discussed in PowerPoint training slide “vignettes,” such as a “female to male” soldier announcing a pregnancy.

Vignette 8 portrays a soldier transitioned from male to female, without “sex-reassignment surgery,” who wants to use female-designated showers. Another scenario describes a female soldier who is experiencing tension with a “transgender female” roommate.

This is a trick question, since both the discomforted female soldier and a commander who tries to find a solution likely would be accused of “biases against transgender individuals.” Why should a tank commander at Fort Hood have to deal with pronoun etiquette and sticky scenarios instead of training his troops to fight an enemy force?

The latest DoD Instruction admits that some service members who have “completed a gender transition” may not have “resolved the gender dysphoria.” Without any estimate of costs or consequences, additional medical procedures are authorized “If a return to their previous gender is medically required.”

Biden/Austin directives specifically involve the military service academies and ROTC (contract) programs, inviting controversies like those affecting civilian female athletes who have lost competitions against biological men.

Revised rules also permit cross-dressing and other “transitioning” behaviors while in “on-duty status.” Previously, time off for “real life experience” (RLE) living as a person of the opposite sex could only occur off-base and off-duty, often for weeks or months.

Whether intended or not, the revised policy’s approval of on-base cross-dressing likely will increase “LGBT Pride” celebrations featuring drag queen performances and “family friendly” story hours for children at military bases worldwide.

When problems ensue, how will we know? In 2018, then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis testified that problems with transgender policies were not being reported up the chain of command because they were considered “personal and private.”

Doubling down in December 2022, the DoD released a new instruction, DoDI 6400.11, which restricts (without high-level permission) release of information about “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” “transgender-related information,” and “incidents of harmful behaviors.”

Every year, the Pentagon releases non-personal statistics on sexual assaults, in excruciating detail. Why are officials restricting access to data on “incidents of harmful behaviors” and “transgender-related information.” Congress needs to find out.

A recent independent, high-tech survey on politicization of the military done by the Heritage Foundation found that among active-duty respondents, 80% said the “changing of policy to allow unrestricted service by transgender individuals” has decreased their trust in the military.

Sixty-eight percent of active-duty responses reported seeing a “growing politicization,” which is affecting their decision to encourage their children to join the military.

In view of recruiting problems, the 118th Congress should renew previous demands for information on woke policies. Congress also should consider mandating that all Defense Department agencies and educational institutions return to recognizing scientific realities of biological sex, not “self-identified gender.”

That idea and more are incorporated in legislation just proposed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. James Banks (R-IN), called the Ensuring Military Readiness Act of 2023.

Servicemen and women deserve reality-based health care programs, with protection of the rights of doctors and nurses whose medical ethics or religious convictions differ from transgender ideology. Women also deserve separate-sex athletic teams and reasonable privacy in female-only living facilities.

White House and Pentagon leaders who try to deny, dissemble, or withhold information on the existence or results of woke policies in the military are undermining their own credibility. Americans are awake and aware, and they will hold lawmakers accountable for woke-ism that weakens our military in an increasingly dangerous world.

Elaine Donnelly is the founder and president of the Center for Military Readiness. CMR is an independent, non-partisan, public policy organization, founded in 1993, which reports on and analyzes military/social issues. More information is available at


Sunday, 19 February 2023

I got upset watching the people of East Palestine suffer after a toxic train derailment.

No one showed up to help them.
Not the government.
Not the railroad.

So we traveled to the 20 homes closest to the explosion and gave those people $20,000.00.

Originally tweeted by Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) on Sunday, 19 February 2023.


Friday, 3 February 2023


Rev. Dr. Brad E. Ableson

Links to Zelensky…

Thursday, 2 February 2023

‘Bond villain’ oligarch who ‘kept SHARKS in his office’ with links to Zelensky has his home raided

A ‘James Bond villain’ oligarch who is said to keep sharks in his office to intimidate his enemies has had his mansion raided in Ukraine as part of a sweeping anti-corruption clampdown.

Ihor Kolomoisky, a warlord who helped Volodymyr Zelensky‘s rise to power, was targeted by the SBU, Ukraine‘s security service yesterday.

The 59-year-old tycoon was pictured standing in his hunting lodge residence near Dnipro wearing tracksuits and slippers as he was confronted by the agents.

Investigators are probing claims Kolomoisky embezzled around £1billion from two oil companies where he was previously the majority shareholder, Ukrainian media says.

The Ukrainian government seized stakes in the energy companies, oil producer Ukrnafta and refiner Ukrtatnafta, as part of moves to consolidate the war effort. 

Ihor Kolomoisky is pictured during the raid by Ukrainian security services at his Dnipro lodge yesterday

The oil baron, who was named in the Panama Papers, is accused of dodging customs duties to rack up his huge fortune, which included owning the TV channel that launched Zelensky’s comedy career. 

He backed the then-actor during his 2019 presidential bid with his media empire, although Zelensky has distanced himself from the billionaire businessman.

The mogul, who has been sanctioned by the US, also ‘laundered $5.5billion through a tangle of shell companies, purchasing factories and commercial properties across the U.S. heartland,’ the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists claims.

He is accused of heading up one of the biggest ever Ponzi schemes in the US and is one of the biggest real estate landlords in the US midwest.

Kolomoisky was born into a Jewish family in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, when it was part of the Soviet Union.

After the collapse of the USSR, he started making a fortune importing foreign goods, and trading local metals on the international market.

Investigators are probing claims Kolomoisky embezzled around £1billion from two oil companies where he was previously the majority shareholder, Ukrainian media says
Kolomoisky, a warlord who helped Volodymyr Zelensky's rise to power, was targeted by the SBU, Ukraine's security service yesterday

He allegedly seized former state-held assets and paid off judges and magistrates as Russia struggled to control its burgeoning kleptocracy.

The ruthless leader soon started to cultivate a fearsome persona.

According to Forbes, he once deployed ‘hundreds of hired rowdies armed with baseball bats, iron bars, gas and rubber bullet pistols and chainsaws’ to forcibly take over a steel plant. 

He once lined the lobby of an oil company he wanted to push out with a row of coffins, and filled his shark tank with bloodied chum when he wanted to intimidate opponents. 

He was one of the most powerful figures in Ukraine by the 2010s and oversaw one of the country’s biggest banks PrivatBank.

Following the 2014 EuroMaidan Revolution when Russia first started trying to seize Ukraine, Kolomoisky started to bankroll the neo-Nazi Azov regiment and refashioned himself as a fierce defender of the motherland.

Investigators are probing claims Kolomoisky embezzled around £1billion from two oil companies where he was previously the majority shareholder

A US diplomat said, according to the Spectator: ‘I think Kolomoisky is super-dangerous. He was one of the first oligarchs who began to act like a warlord.’

But doubts crept in about the reality of his finances and government officials found billions missing from his empire.

The government was forced to give a mammoth £4.5billion bailout to PrivatBank to stop it collapsing, and soon found money hidden in faraway places such as Cleveland, Ohio. 

Investigators say he oversaw a laundering scheme that stole billions from unknowing Ukrainian depositors.

Loans that were publicly stated by PrivatBank were actually being redirected to to overseas entities using shell companies and offshore accounts.  

Kolomoisky vowed that he would turn around the fortunes of the steel heartlands of the US Midwest, but predictably it never happened, instead using the unsuspecting regions as the ideal place to hide his fortune. 

Despite his history of corruption, he remained largely untouched by the government until recently, because of his power and his influence over the militia. 

The 59-year-old tycoon was pictured standing in his hunting lodge residence near Dnipro wearing tracksuits and slippers as he was confronted by the agents
Despite his history of corruption, he remained largely untouched by the government until recently

But now, authorities have clamped down on him as part of Zelensky’s widening probe into corruption.

The search came ahead of a key summit with the EU and appeared to be part of a push by Kyiv to reassure key military and financial donors in European capitals and Washington that Ukraine is tackling systemic graft.

‘We are carrying out the task set by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and simultaneously delivering a global blow to the internal enemy,’ announced Vasyl Maliuk, the head of Ukraine’s security service, the SBU.

‘Every criminal who has the audacity to harm Ukraine, especially in the conditions of war, must clearly understand that we will put handcuffs on him.’

The raids also targeted former interior minister Arsen Avakov, said the head of Zelensky’s party David Arakhamia.

Law enforcement also raided tax offices in the capital and senior customs officials were fired, Arakhamia said.

Authorities have clamped down on him as part of Zelensky's widening probe into corruption (pictured in 2019)

In the biggest political shakeup since the launch of Moscow’s assault on Ukraine, authorities last week fired around a dozen senior figures, including defence officials and a top aide to the president’s office.

The raids on Wednesday came two days before Zelensky was expected to host a summit with the European Union, which has urged reforms to facilitate deeper integration.

The SBU also said it had uncovered a scheme by the head of the Kyiv tax office over ‘multimillion-dollar’ fraud schemes, accusing the official of abusing a position of authority.

In an address to the nation on Tuesday, Zelensky vowed officials would take further measures to sweep away graft, saying ‘all the necessary steps have already been taken.’

‘People in the government who do not meet the basic requirements of the state and society should not occupy their seats,’ he said.

Zelensky vowed officials would take further measures to sweep away graft, saying 'all the necessary steps have already been taken'

The State Bureau of Investigation and the Prosecutor General’s Office said on Wednesday that they had informed a number of senior officials they were being investigated for crimes including misappropriation of state funds and misuse of state property.

Last week the defence ministry announced the resignation of deputy minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov, who was involved in logistical support for the army.

That resignation came after the ministry was accused of signing food contracts at prices two to three times higher that market rates for basics.

Despite being vocal about fighting corruption, Zelensky himself has been embroiled in corruption scandals in the past.

He is now working to drum up political backing for Ukraine at a critical time in the conflict, with Russian forces claiming to have captured fresh ground in the eastern Donetsk region.


Monday, 30 January 2023


For your information…

Monday, 30 January 2023

Biden documents contained ‘top secret’ intelligence: Report

Top secret intelligence was reportedly recovered in the first stash of President Joe Biden’s classified documents that were unearthed at a think tank last fall. 

Such material can pose “exceptionally grave damage” to national security if it gets leaked. In total, there were roughly 10 documents from his vice presidential days discovered at the Washington think tank and fewer than 10 recovered at Biden’s garage in the second tranche found in Wilmington, Delaware, bringing the total number of recovered classified materials to about 20, a source toldCBS. 


One of Biden’s lawyers had flagged an envelope that contained about 10 files with classified markings featuring intelligence about Iran, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom dated from 2013 to 2016. The discovery was first made in an office space at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement on Nov. 2, six days before the midterm elections. 

Biden Wilmington
In this image provided by the White House, President Joe Biden speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone from his private residence in Wilmington, Del., Dec. 30, 2021.

Documents recovered there were previously known to have contained “sensitive compartmented information.” Biden “periodically used this space from mid-2017 until the start of the 2020 campaign,” according to White House counsel Richard Sauber. Following the discovery, Biden’s team apprised the National Archives and Records Administration and conducted a sweep at the president’s Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, residences. 

That search yielded a second batch of classified material located in his Wilmington garage near his prized 1967 Corvette Stingray. Biden’s team informed the Justice Department of that discovery on Dec. 20. No top secret documents were recovered in Wilmington, per CBS. 

Biden’s team also later informed the DOJ of an “additional document bearing classified markings” on Jan. 12, according to Attorney General Merrick Garland. No classified documents have been reported from the Rehoboth search. 

News of the classified document saga rocked the Biden administration this week, and Garland announced the appointment of U.S. Attorney Robert Hur as a special counsel to investigate the matter Thursday. Biden has maintained that he is “cooperating fully” with the proper government authorities. 


Biden’s classified documents debacle has drawn parallels with former President Donald Trump, who has chided his successor over the controversy. More than 300 documents marked classified, including ones labeled top secret, were recovered from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort last year. Trump has denied wrongdoing and insisted that he declassified the material, contending that a president can do so “just by thinking” about it. 

Trump is facing scrutiny from special counsel Jack Smith, who is leading an investigation into the matter. He has decried that inquiry as a “giant scam.”

Ordinary Citizens…

Thursday, 29 December 2022

Ordinary Americans Must Band Together to Take a Stand to Restore the Constitution and the Rule of Law

December 28, 2022 by Lawrence Sellin

The Globalist Uniparty Murdered the American Constitutional Republic

The U.S. government is a corrupt, one-party authoritarian state controlled by a Globalist Uniparty of Democrats and Republicans, who steal from the American people on behalf of rich and powerful multinational interests and use the federal bureaucracy, particularly the national security agencies, to suppress dissent and deny individual rights guaranteed under the Constitution.

The American Constitutional Republic died in Arizona from yet another stolen election, the kill shot being administered by Maricopa County Super Court Judge Peter Thompson, who just dismissed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s lawsuit despite overwhelming evidence of election law violations and malicious intent.

The Globalist Uniparty has been injecting lethal poison into the body politic of the American Constitutional Republic ever since the American people defied Globalist Uniparty dictates and practiced actual democracy by electing Donald Trump as President.

Recognizing that democracy was a existential threat to its survival and its iron grip control of the U.S. government, the Globalist Uniparty did everything in its power, to not only undermine the Trump Presidency, but took measures to ensure that the American people would never again pose a threat to its absolute power.

Ergo, the stolen 2020 Presidential election the Globalist Uniparty-planned and Deep State-executed fake insurrection of January 6, 2021.

Free and fair elections is the sine qua non, that is, the essential element for combatting the systemic political corruption practiced by the Globalist Uniparty, as represented by the recently-enacted, reckless $1.7 trillion Omnibus spending bill.

Whatever remains of the American Constitutional Republic is just an illusion deemed temporarily useful by the Globalist Uniparty until they decide to extinguish liberty permanently.

Any future resurrection of the American Constitutional Republic is now in doubt without a total rejection of the Globalist Uniparty.

The situation requires a nationwide, bottom-up, political insurgency to reverse the destructive policies emanating from globalist-occupied Washington, D.C. by establishing parallel political, governmental and economic structures, thus creating alternate centers of gravity for restoring the American Constitutional Republic.

Patriots must assume that the Globalist Uniparty and its enforcement arm, the national security apparatus, particularly the FBI, are deeply embedded in the country and it will do everything possible to sabotage any effort to resurrect the American Constitutional Republic.

Among others, the guiding principles of a bottom-up political insurgency include:

  • Enthusiastic embrace of the Second and Tenth Amendments of the Constitution, rights fundamental to limiting the abusive powers of a central government.

Second Amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Tenth Amendment: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

  • Control local law enforcement and and the requirement to mitigate the influence of the FBI, the Biden Department of Justice and federal agencies, in general.
  • Establish single day, in-person, photo ID-verified voters, paper ballot elections.
  • Eliminate anti-American political indoctrination and sexual grooming in the local educational system.
  • Remove all illegal aliens from communities and restrict the activities of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) supporting illegal immigration.
  • Reject all federal public health policies not based on verified scientific and medical evidence and traditional ethical standards, such as informed and parental consent.
  • Strictly enforce Equal Opportunity, eliminating the discriminatory practices of Affirmative Action and diversity policies.

Let us agree that the Globalist Uniparty is destructive to and, therefore, cannot co-exist with the American Constitutional Republic.

The onus is now on ordinary Americans to band together to take a stand to restore the Constitution and the rule of law, to establish political and fiscal sanity and to return the government to the people.