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Absurd Truth: VA Says NO to VJ

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March 5, 2024 3:19 pm

Absurd Truth: VA Says NO to VJ

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March 5, 2024 3:19 pm

A woke Veterans Affairs memo attempts to ban the iconic VJ-Day kiss photo claiming it was nonconsensual. Meanwhile, super lefty’s go unhinged on AOC as The White House goes about-face on a ceasefire to boost their Michigan poll numbers.

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It was August 14th, 1945. And it truly is one of the most iconic images in America. It's a US Navy sailor kissing a woman dressed in white. You know the picture.

You've seen it a million times. It's been memorialized in statues and it's been memorialized in stamps and pictures all around the country and everything else. Beautiful, beautiful picture.

Iconic shot. Well, right now there's confusion on social media about whether or not there really was an effort to ban the VJ Day kiss from all department facilities. So let me clarify this for you. It was 100% real. A real attempt to ban it. Now you have people on social media who are claiming that this is fake news.

It's not fake news. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs came out and essentially said today, let me be clear, this photo is going to survive. But it only did so because the actual memorandum was exposed and it's very real and it was a real memo written by a woman named Rima Ann O. Nelson, the Assistant Under Secretary for Health Operations at the VA. And this is what she wrote in this in this memorandum, which was titled Removal and Replacement of VJ Day in Times Square Photographs.

Purpose. This memorandum requests the removal of the VJ Day in Times Square photograph from all Veterans Health Administration facilities in alignment with the Department of Veterans Affairs commitment to maintaining a safe, respectful, and trauma-informed environment. This action is prompted by the recognition that the photograph, which depicts a non-consensual act, is inconsistent with the VA's no-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment and assault. And it quotes the VA handbook section and relevant directive.

Background. On VJ Day in Times Square, captured by Alfred Eisenstadt on August 14, 1945, is an iconic image from the 20th century. It depicts a U.S. Navy sailor kissing a woman dressed in white, a dental assistant, in Times Square in New York City on the day of Japan's surrender in World War II, marking the war's end. This spontaneous moment was celebrated across the United States and the photograph quickly became a symbol of victory and the joyous end to the long and devastating conflict. The placement of this photograph in Veterans Affairs facilities was initially intended to celebrate and commemorate the end of World War II and the triumphant return of American soldiers.

However, perspectives on historical events and their representations evolve. Recent discussions have highlighted concerns about the non-consensual nature of the kiss, prompting debates on content and the appropriateness of celebrating such images in today's environment, especially within institutions such as Veterans Health Administration facilities, which are committed to upholding standards of creating a safe and respectful environment. Decision. The Department of Justice's current definition of sexual assault includes any non-consensual sexual act or any act where the victim cannot consent. This definition is adhered to by the Department when applying our policies and guidance. By applying our policies and guidance, by the VA's no-tolerance policy towards domestic violence, sexual harassment, and assault as outlined in VA handbook and VA directive blah blah blah, the VA is committed to eliminating these behaviors in our community. Employees have expressed discomfort with the display of this photograph, suggesting that its presence could be construed as a tacit endorsement of the inappropriate behavior it depicts. To foster a more trauma-informed environment that promotes the psychological safety of our employees and the veterans we serve, photographs depicting the VJ Day in Times Square should be removed from all Veterans Health Administration facilities. This action reflects our dedication to creating a respectful and safe workplace and in keeping with our broader efforts to promote a culture of inclusivity and awareness. In celebrating the end of World War II and the valiant service of our veterans, facilities should seek alternative photographs that capture the spirit of victory and peace without compromising the VA's commitment to a safe and respectful environment.

Your cooperation in this matter is vital. Please ensure that these photographs are promptly removed and facilities explore suitable replacements that honor our history and veterans in a manner consistent with our values. Should you have any questions concerning the memorandum, please contact Leila Jackson, Director of the Assault and Harassment Prevention Office, signed Rima Ann O'Nelson, Assistant Undersecretary of Health Operations. So as you can imagine, this is insane and it caused a lot of outrage on social media. Well, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs tweeted something out four years ago, four hours ago, excuse me. Secretary Dennis McDonough, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, tweeted out the following, quote, let me be clear, this image is not banned from VA facilities and we will keep it in VA facilities. That was tweeted out this morning at 10.03 a.m. on March 5th. The memorandum was written on February 29th. And just so you understand, the memorandum was real.

It's not fake news. They really tried to do this. They tried to do the same thing with the banning of William Penn. William Penn, of course, he was the guy who founded Pennsylvania, was a Quaker, was a big anti-slavery guy. They wanted to ban William Penn, to eradicate him because in some way, shape, or form, it was offensive apparently to those who were sensitive to the Native American heritage and culture and blah, blah, blah. It was fake outrage.

Nobody really was offended by William Penn's house in Philadelphia. Nobody was offended by the William Penn statue, but they were going to do it until the governor of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro, called the Department of the Parks, the national interior, and said, cut it out. And they dropped the plans to do it. But just like with that, this was real. They wanted to cancel that famous photograph. It's not fake news. But you see, we live in an age now where information comes at you so fast that a lot of people are now assuming that since the Secretary of Veterans Affairs tweeted that out, that the story was fake news, that they were never going to try to ban the picture. No, no, no, no. No, no, no.

No, it was 100% real. The only reason why they stopped it, and the only reason why the memo was February 29th, today's March 5th, so days later, the Secretary comes out and says it's going to stay, is because people spoke up and said, what? What are you doing? What are you banning now? So it was the Veterans Affairs Secretary who overruled the plans, but it was 100% real, not fake news.

I have to clarify that because living in the age that we live in right now, it's hard to know what's real and what's not. And the Secretary of Veterans Affairs doesn't want anyone to know that they really were going to do this. The woman who wrote that memo should be fired. The woman who wrote that memo should be fired and should not have a job because she wanted to ban that photo. She's a typical DEI hire who was absolutely somebody who wanted to go out there and destroy this and get rid of an iconic American moment because it violates woke sensibilities today because the kiss was non-consensual. And she would have got away with it had there not been the outrage that ensued on social media, which led somebody to calling Washington and the VA Secretary coming around and saying, okay, okay, okay, okay, we will keep it.

We'll keep it going. But you see, the coward who is the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, he's not acknowledging the reality of this. He's not acknowledging that it's true.

He's just pretending like, oh, no, no, we're keeping it because they don't want to acknowledge it. That's what they were trying to get away with. And they almost did. Had it not been for people like you and me and others who spoke out and said, this is insane.

Why would you do this? They almost got away with it. But this is what they do. And this is what they try to do when they try to cancel things.

But one of the positive things about social media is that enough people can speak out. Like I remember when they tried to cancel William Penn. I was actually on my way to do an interview on Fox News that night on Jesse Waters' Prime Time. It was about 7.30 p.m.

I got the phone call that the governor had announced that they were not going to move forward with plans to remove William Penn and the William Penn House from the National Park Service in Philadelphia. And so the issue was moot at that point. But that was another win for social media. And actually, to the credit of the Philadelphia Inquirer, they wrote a piece on that and they said the controversy that ended because of social media outrage. But you have to know what these people in Washington are trying to do all the time, which is to cancel our history and cancel iconic American moments in the name of diversity, equity and inclusion.

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It's Rashida Tlaib. It's that whole group of nutbags. Even she got confronted by anti-Israel supporters wanting her to say genocide. This is how extreme these people are. They even confront the most extreme members of the Democrat Party. So here's a little clip.

We'll cut number seven. This is a little clip of her on the streets of New York as they confronted AOC. I don't know where she was going. She maybe was going to teach bartending lessons. No offense to bartenders. I mean, it's a great gig if you can get it. And she was.

She was a bartender. I don't knock that. I mean, I think people who work for living are great. More people should do that.

They should work for a living instead of just, you know, going to college and getting a useless degree. Oh, and speaking of working voters, I saw today as I was driving into work in Philadelphia, all these guys working on the side of the road. And they're all pouring cement and they all have their union stickers on.

And they were all wearing Trump, either shirts or Trump stickers on their hard hats, or they had Trump flags on their trucks. It's a great reminder of the dichotomy that exists in this country between the union bosses, the leadership, and the union members. Kind of like when that guy who was the head of the United Auto Workers Union admitted he knows that even though he endorsed Biden, that a majority of his members are not going to vote for Biden. Dude, it's an overwhelming majority of your members are not going to vote for Joe Biden. An overwhelming majority. There's a dichotomy between union guys and gals and the union leadership. I see it all the time.

I saw it in 2016 being in Philadelphia. You hear from carpenters, you hear from plumbers, electricians. They don't care who their union leadership endorses. They don't care. And many times they do that stuff because of the internal politics when it comes to things like negotiating pensions and contracts and all kinds of other stuff. So the union bosses do that to placate the local Democrats who are the ones who divvy out all those things. The members don't care. Members don't care who the union boss picks for the president. They're voting for the guy who they think should be better for their paycheck. And the United Auto Workers boss, he acknowledges much. He said, I know a vast majority of our members are not going to vote for Biden.

They're going to vote with their paycheck. I mean, it doesn't get a better mission than that. Am I right? But here's AOC getting confronted by people who are even crazier than she is. Cut number seven. Cut it and you're going to cut this and you're going to clip this so that it's completely out of context. I already said that it was and you're just going to pretend that it wasn't over and over again.

It's f***ed up, man. You're not helping these people and you're not helping them. You refuse to. You're not helping them. You're not helping them. You're not helping them.

You know what's funny though? She's saying, I already acknowledged that it was genocide. I mean, basically is what she's acknowledging. So you're still placating the extreme lunatics here. Here's Michael Moore speaking of extreme lunatics, demanding the Jews focus on fighting white Christians, not Hamas. This is the modern Democrat party today. This is what you're dealing with. This is why a guy like Senator John Fetterman of Pennsylvania is coming out and sounding reasonable right now as he stands with Israel.

Think about that. John Fetterman, who is the United States Senator for Pennsylvania, who ran as the Bernie Sanders of Pennsylvania, a progressive guy, had a long history of that. He's now getting attacked by people like Will Bunch, who's the resident lefty writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

That's the city newspaper. Bashing Fetterman is having done a 180, embracing things like wanting border security and standing with Israel. The Democrat party has a problem and it is an extreme problem. And this is the other issue right now, which is that when James Carville's group looked at polling data, they found that even Democrats acknowledged that the Democrat party is the party of extremism, not the Republicans. Despite all the claims about MAGA and everything else, despite all those claims, they think it is the Democrat party that is more extreme.

I'll give you another example. Everybody, every single person knows how crazy, how crazy Keith Obermann is. And this guy is trying so hard to stay relevant right now. He's trying so hard to stay relevant by tweeting out crazy, crazy stuff. So this is what he just tweeted out a short time ago.

And I'll share this with you from his Twitter account. F U Sonia Sotomayor. F U Elena Kagan.

F U Katonji Brown Jackson. Liberal women are effing useless. Democrat party has a crazy person problem. Here's Michael Moore, another crazy guy, cut eight. For the last 2000 years, most of the persecution has come from white European centric Christians.

That's been your enemy. No Palestinian helped to build Auschwitz. No Palestinian stood on the docks of New York city when boatloads of Jewish refugees, refugees tried to escape the Holocaust, came here to be protected by this country and were turned away at the docks in New York and sent back to Germany to die. No Palestinian did that. No Palestinian ran the Spanish Inquisition. Your enemy, your enemy is not the Palestinian people.

It is white Christian European people who have been slaughtering Jews for the last 2000 years. Okay. They're very, very, this is the crazy people problem. Here's vice president Kamala Harris. Again, the crazy people problem, addressing the extreme base of the Democrat party. Why is you're heading into a general election?

Why cut number nine? You know, the president and I have been very clear that Israel has a right to defend itself, that we have got to make sure that innocent civilians aren't being killed and that we've got to get these hostages out. And that is one of the highest priorities that right now we have. And I'll tell you, the president has been an extraordinary leader in getting us to this point that we have the six week deal. And so Hamas needs to do its thing as I talked about yesterday in Selma. We all want this conflict to end as soon as possible and how it does matters. So Hamas has got to do its thing. Thanks for tuning into today's edition of Dana Lash's absurd truth podcast. If you haven't already made sure to hit that subscribe button on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, wherever you get your podcasts.
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