Posted by Casey on January 22, 2010
Politicians are well-known for wasting our money so they can live very comfortably. While many of us are outraged over such lavish waste, libs tend to forgive the behavior (unless a Republican does it). However, using the taxpayer’s dime to reap such rewards is one thing … taking money from our troops so you can pound shots with your buddies is another thing altogether.
When members of Congress travel overseas at the expense of the Department of Defense, they are treated to thousands of dollars worth of alcohol and other amenities. A review by The Wall Street Journal of congressional disclosure documents for 43 trips found that expenditures averaged $4,300 per trip—and that’s just what has been reported. Lawmakers are required to declare what they spend on travel but not what others like the Pentagon do on Congress’ behalf.
In March 2008, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and nine other lawmakers traveled to England, India and Spain. Their flight included $438.75 worth of alcohol, including three cases of beer, 15 bottles of wine, three bottles of vodka, Crown Royal, Dewar’s and other liquor, plus another $750 worth of chips, cakes and other snacks—all of which were paid for by the U.S. Air Force.
A junket taken by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) to Africa in December 2008 included $3,360 in “emergency requests” paid for by the military. Some of Inhofe’s party went to a Wal-Mart and bought $130 worth of cookies, mints and other munchies for the trip. They also spent $250 at Total Wine & More.
Joel Johnson, a defense-industry analyst with the Teal Group Corporation and former staffer for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the military-funded trips help provide a “bonding” experience between lawmakers and Pentagon officials which “is helpful for the military when they are seeking particular things in appropriations or authorizations.”
When will my congressional representatives go on a “bonding” trip with me, or any of their other constituents?
Posted in Democrats, Government, Military, Outrage, Politics, Republicans, Sad | Tagged: Alcohol, congress, Inhofe, Junkets, Military, pelosi, pentagon | 5 Comments »
Posted by Casey on January 21, 2010
His lack of understanding of military continues to be staggering. Almost as bad as Kucinich even. I need not comment more.
Posted in Anti-War, Celebrities, Conspiracy, Government, Idiots, Military, Politics, Republicans | Tagged: cia, ron paul | 1 Comment »
Posted by Casey on December 21, 2009
As a former soldier I can personally attest to how much this irks soldiers. Pregnancy is the female soldier’s equivalent of shooting themselves in the foot to be rotated back home. Causing a self-inflicted wound however usually leads to some form of punishment. Women have been getting away with this for far too long.
FYI, the men who get them pregnant face the same jail time.
A top US commander is threatening soldiers who fall pregnant on active service with jail.
Under the new policy, troops expecting a baby face court martial and a possible prison term – and so do the men who made them pregnant.
And the rule applies to married couples at war together, who are expected to make sure their love lives do not interfere with duty.
Usual US Army policy is to send pregnant soldiers home from combat zones within 14 days.
But Major General Anthony Cucolo, who runs US operations in northern Iraq, issued the new orders because he said he was losing too many women with critical skills.
He needed the threat of court martial and jail time as an extra deterrent, he said.
All troops under his command are covered by the extension to the military’s legal code – the first time the US Army has made pregnancy a punishable offence.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1237333/Serving-U-S-troops-face-prison-fall-pregnant-active.html#ixzz0aJhnzdOG
Posted in Military | Tagged: Active duty, Add new tag, Court-martial, Pregnancy, United States Army | 1 Comment »
Posted by Casey on November 16, 2009
What’s up Obama’s sleeve here? Why would he stop the briefing?
The Senate Armed Services Committee postponed its Monday briefing on the deadly Fort Hood massacre at the behest of the White House, despite calls from some lawmakers to press forward with a congressional investigation into the shooting rampage that killed 13 and wounded 29.
There’s no need to delay it for evidence gathering purposes. I’ll be following this for you.
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Posted by Casey on November 9, 2009
There is so much wrong with this case. Why did he get promoted when he had poor performance reviews? Why didn’t Army brass take action when his pro-terrorist writings, musings, arguments, and the like became known?
Now the military is saying they were aware that he tried to contact al Qaeda?
U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.
It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al Qaeda figures, the officials said.
I remember the good ‘ol days when we used to remove, isolate, interrogate, and possibly kill these threats. Now we just move them around, give them promotions, and let them work with our returning veterans.
Is political correctness to blame for this tragedy?
One person says that it is, and good American soldiers are dead because of a fear of being honest.
We must rid ourselves of the foolish notion that we’re being broadminded when we ignore vitriolic loathing of our culture and our lifestyle. Refusing to take action against evil for fear of being guilty of stereotyping has resulted in flag-draped coffins for thirteen of America’s finest. What occurred at Fort Hood is even more stunning because it exposes a weak-willed mentality that has become woven into the fabric of the mightiest military force in the history of the world.
Now we’ve also learned that one of Maj. Hasan’s friends was happy he killed these soldiers.
Questions were being asked in Texas this weekend about the friendship between the US Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed 13 people in a shooting spree at the Fort Hood military base last Thursday, and a young man called Duane Reasoner Jnr. Interviewed by the BBC on Friday, Reasoner said he felt no pity for Hasan’s victims because “they were troops who were going to Afghanistan and Iraq to kill Muslims”.
A tape of the interview, conducted by Gavin Lee of the BBC, has ended up on YouTube and other sites and is getting an angry response from Americans still shocked by Hasan’s deadly rampage.
Reasoner is 20 years younger than Hasan. The pair became friends through the local mosque in Killeen – the nearest town to the vast army camp – where Hasan regularly prayed and where Reasoner, who was brought up as a Catholic, was completing his conversion to Islam.
I was listening to the radio the other day, and callers were still arguing against calling this what it is … a terrorist, jihadi attack on the United States.
Posted in Al Qaeda, Censorship, Conspiracy, Hate, Idiots, Iraq, Military, Outrage, Patriotism, Politics, Religion, Terrorism, Traitors, Truth | Comments Off
Posted by Casey on November 6, 2009
Not even Obama’s most staunch supporters could defend his actions here. This is the most inappropriate behavior I’ve ever seen by a Commander-In-Chief in issuing a press conference about several dozen members of the military being killed or wounded.
I’ve seen some put the blame on his advisers, but any mature adult would have realized giving shout outs, and lighthearted comments about an unrelated issue before speaking about an attack on a US military installation is completely inappropriate.
After news broke out of the shooting at the Fort HoodThe White House Army post in Texas, the nation watched in horror as the toll of dead and injured climbed. was notified immediately and by late afternoon, word went out that the president would speak about the incident prior to a previously scheduled appearance. At about 5 p.m., cable stations went to the president. The situation called for not only his trademark eloquence, but also grace and perspective.
But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a “shout-out” to “Dr. Joe Medicine Crow — that Congressional Medal of Honor winner.” Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?
Here’s the video:
Posted in Democrats, Hate, Idiots, Military, obama, Outrage | Tagged: Ft. Hood, shooting | 3 Comments »
Posted by Casey on November 6, 2009
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This new camo looks amazing! I wish they had this when I was in.
Posted in Cool, Great Discovery, Military, Science | Tagged: a-tacs, camo, tactical | 1 Comment »
Posted by Casey on September 9, 2009
Syke … just kidding. They’ll be back to their old selves soon.
NATO troops freed a kidnapped British reporter for the New York Times in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, but his Afghan colleague, a British soldier and at least one civilian were killed in the rescue.
New York Times reporters Stephen Farrell and Mohammad Sultan Munadi were abducted while attempting to visit the scene of a NATO air strike that killed scores of Afghans in the north of the country.
In an account published on the newspaper’s website, Farrell said he was freed by commandos during the raid, but Munadi was shot dead in front of him while they tried to run to safety.
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Posted by Casey on August 6, 2009
I’m hoping you don’t need a special permit to get one. I have plans for my HOA inspector.
The so-called “Active Denial System” works by heating the outer surface of the target’s skin using millimeter waves — short wavelength microwaves. The effect is painful, but generally harmless, and forces the target to get out of the beam. Recently, it’s been proposed as a possible defense against pirates; last month, Raytheon gave a presentation on Active Denial at a NATO workshop on anti-pirate equipment and technologies.
This presentation mentions an “Impending Direct Commercial Sale” of a commercial version of the Active Denial system known as Silent Guardian (pictured). This is Active Denial in a box, a 10,000-pound containerized system that can be mounted on a ship, a truck, or a fixed installation. It’s got an effective range of about 250 meters. The beam has a power of around 30 kilowatts.
The anti-pirate presentation shows how a set-up with two antennas could achieve almost 360-degree coverage for a small container ship.
Posted in Cool, Economy, Military, Technology | Tagged: Active Denial System, Microwave, Pain Ray, Pirates, Raytheon | Comments Off
Posted by Casey on July 25, 2009
Harry Patch was the last WWI veteran. He passed away today in his home.
Mr Patch served as a private at the Third Battle of Ypres – known as Passchendaele – from June to September 1917 when he was seriously injured by a shell explosion which killed three of his friends.
Any one of them could have been me. Millions of men came to fight in this war and I find it incredible that I am the only one left.
Harry Patch at Flanders war cemetery, July 2007
Here is his Wikipedia page if you wish to learn more about him. Take some time to reflect on these great people today. We have literally lost a generation.
Posted in Military, Patriotism, Sad | Tagged: Battle of Passchendaele, Harry Patch, History, World War I | Comments Off