In the late ‘90s, Disney’s blockbuster “Mulan” was receiving rave reviews. It was the ninth of 10 films Disney produced that decade to resurge its animation studio.
Famed film critic Roger Ebert called it “an impressive achievement, with a story and treatment ranking with ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘The Lion King.’”
Time Magazine’s Richard Corliss wrote, “What's terrific about Mulan is its reaching for emotions that other movies run from: family love and duty, personal honor and group commitment, obedience and ingenuity.”
And somewhere in Indiana, future governor and vice presidential candidate Mike Pence saw the film with his daughter for Father’s Day in 1999 and hated it.
Pence, then a conservative radio host who described himself as “Rush Limbaugh on decaf,” wrote an op-ed on his radio show website about the film in 1999 where he claimed the whole film was an attempt by Disney to influence the debate on women in combat.
“Obviously, this is Walt Disney’s attempt to add childhood expectation to the cultural debate over the role of women in the military,” Pence wrote in the op-ed first reported by Andrew Kaczynski with BuzzFeed News.
He likened the social effect Mulan could have on women in the military to what “Bambi” did to deer hunting.
“I suspect that some mischievous liberal at Disney assumes that Mulan’s story will cause a quiet change in the next generation’s attitude about women in combat and they just might be right,” Pence wrote. “(Just think about how often we think of Bambi every time the subject of deer hunting comes into the mainstream media debate.)”
The biggest problem with this theory is that Mulan’s story wasn’t the creation of “some mischievous liberal at Disney.” She was, perhaps, the brainchild of some mischievous liberal in fifth or sixth century China, who wrote “the Ballad of Mulan,” the poem that inspired Disney’s film.
The poem tells the story of Hua Mulan, a woman whose family was called upon to provide one man to serve in the military to protect China from its invaders. Her father, however, was too old, and her brother was still a child. And so Hua Mulan impersonated a man and served honorably in the military for 12 years, before returning home to her loving family and revealing her true identity to her shocked comrades.
I wonder if Pence also believes “mischievous liberals” at Disney came up with “Pocahantas” to encourage interracial marriage.
Photo: US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
A former sailor who was busted buying firearms with his military discount and then reselling some of them to criminals is proving to be a wealth of information for federal investigators.
Julio Pino used his iPhone to record most, if not all, of his sales, court documents said. He even went so far as to review the buyers' driver's license on camera.
It is unclear how many of Pino's customer's now face criminal charges of their own. Federal indictments generally don't provide that level of detail and Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Jackson declined to comment.
Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.
It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.
Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.
U.S. Army Cpt. Katrina Hopkins and Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Rogers, assigned to Task Force Warhorse, pilot a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) operation at Camp Taji, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Javion Siders)
U.S. forces must now ask the Iraqi military for permission to fly in Iraqi airspace before coming to the aid of U.S. troops under fire, a top military spokesman said.
However, the mandatory approval process is not expected to slow down the time it takes the U.S. military to launch close air support and casualty evacuation missions for troops in the middle of a fight, said Army Col. James Rawlinson, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
The soldier who was arrested for taking an armored personnel carrier on a slow-speed police chase through Virginia has been found not guilty by reason of insanity on two charges, according to The Richmond-Times Dispatch.
Joshua Phillip Yabut, 30, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle — in this case, a 12-ton APC taken from Fort Pickett in June 2018 — and violating the terms of his bond, which stemmed from a trip to Iraq he took in March 2019 (which was not a military deployment).