SEATTLE — A Marine corporal’s family is falling through cracks after he was killed in the line of duty. They can’t afford to fly to the funeral in Louisiana and the military won’t cover that cost. But you can help them say their goodbyes.
That was just to get you warmed up. Here we go! Turn it up!
An oldie but a goodie ~
I love the Warthog!!
(Tho I am a bit sad about the tanks taken out….they could have at least given me one. I’m sure they could have done without just one….?)
Now if those crazy beheading sumbiches would stop doing all that and go crawl back into their caves, we could all just go for a ride on the Warthogs, like they did with the barnburners back in the day. (And they wouldn’t have to kill anymore tanks.)
Yes, I did play with Barbies but only because my Mom wouldn’t buy me a GI JOE. But my Barbies kicked A$$.
Oh, it’s so hard being the “colossus”. He had to remind Americans that his powers aren’t “limitless” and he’s just a “flesh-and-blood president, not a comic-book superhero able to dive to the bottom of the sea and plug the hole”.
Remember that stirring declaration of his while campaigning for Ruler of the Universe:
“…we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless” and “when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal…”
How’s that working out for ya?
So, because his handlers think We The People are just too stoopid to understand the complexities of his genius, they are going to dumb down his agendas into smaller “digestible pieces”.
Awww – I feel all warm and fuzzy already.
Do read the comments ~ it’s good for a chuckle or two:
Exaclty, he takes responsiblity.
Like, when he blames Bush, or fires a low level underling, or blames the republicans, or blames big coroporation,s or blames doctors.
He tells you who to blame for the problems on his watch… and it’s aklways someone else.
He’s not the Velcro President, he’s the Hot-Potato Presdient. Watch that blame get passed along as quickly as he can manage it.
But I don’t blame Obama for his hot-potato pass-the-buck shiftless attitude; I’m sure it’s someone else’s fault and he’ll detail who to blame shortly.
Servicemembers and their civilian partners have to keep ahead of the tactics of those involved in illegal trafficking of drugs, weapons, exotic animals and human beings that undermine security and stability in the region, and threaten the United States, Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser said at a military strategy forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies here.
Urban gangs are plentiful in Southcom’s area of responsibility, Fraser said, and there is evidence of financial support there for Middle Eastern-based terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas that have taken root in Central America.
At the same time that Southcom is working such nontraditional challenges, it also has to stay prepared to deal with Mother Nature, Fraser said.
“I don’t know what next crisis will be,” Fraser said. “We have to remain prepared.”
Might not be that easy, what with defense reductions and politicos playing politics with the Military budget.
Nevermind an administration that is bent on appeasing our enemies, pissing off our allies and tearing our Constitution to shreds.
~ Stop-Loss Vets to Lose Retroactive Payments:
Approximately 145,000 servicemembers who were stop-lossed between September 2001 and September 2008 are eligible to receive $500 for every month they were kept beyond their initial separation date. The problem is only about 20 percent, or 30,000 claims, have been paid, and the program ends Oct. 21. The VFW is asking its members, Posts and friends to spread the word. For more information about the program and to apply for retroactive stop-loss pay, go to www.defense.gov/stoploss.
Spread the word to anyone you may know who is eligible!! Oct 21 isn’t that far away and god knows the guvmint doesn’t move near as fast when it gives out money as it does when it’s taking it.
Temper Tantrum on the Floor~
Oh my…apparently the Progs are finding it harder and harder to not get their (cheatin’) way.
And their politicizing doesn’t just pertain to heroes in ACUs – apparently anyone wearing any uniform will do.
KING: The reason HR-847 is not being brought up under regular order is that the majority party is petrified of having its members face a potential vote on illegal immigration, but the reality is, you could pass this bill. This bill should be more important than a campaign talking point. You could have passed it any time during the past three and a half years but you want political cover. Thank God for our country that the first responders of 9/11 didn’t look for cover before they did what they had to do and lived up to their oath.
To find out what was really going on with this bill, go here:
Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight Chairwoman Claire McCaskill (D-MO) used in her opening statement parts of VFW-submitted testimony to describe the mismanagement of Arlington National Cemetery as “a national disgrace.” Witnesses included the former cemetery superintendent and his deputy, as well as two civilian deputy assistant secretaries of the Army and the newly-appointed director of Army National Cemeteries. The intent of the hearing was to uncover potential fraud, waste and abuse in the cemetery’s failed effort to electronically upgrade its paper-based burial filing system. The Army Inspector General revealed in June that $5.5 million had been spent on numerous IT projects that never materialized. At the hearing, it was mentioned that the amount spent may have exceeded $8 million, and that the number of unmarked or improperly marked gravesites could number upwards of 6,000. The IG report disclosed only 211 known sites. In testimony submitted for the record, the VFW said failure at Arlington National Cemetery does not rest solely on the shoulders of the former superintendent and his deputy, both of whom retired earlier this month. The failure was allowed to occur by a hands-off attitude by those more senior in the chain-of-command, who may have regarded their oversight responsibility more as an additional duty than a primary mission. To view video of the hearing and read witness testimonies, go to http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_id=cc2f65d4-3908-4934-aba3-9c559c8d0822.
I really believe that too many jobs that should be done by the Military are being contracted out to civilians ~ civilians who don’t have any Military pride beyond a cushy job and fat paycheck. But then, the Military isn’t what it used to be, and not for the good ~ too many Suits trying to politically knee cap them to try to keep more money for their social justice/engineering pet projects.
The congressman’s point, however, was not merely to acknowledge the seriousness of the Black Panther case. Instead, it was a clear attempt to turn the tables and blast the Bush administration. Yes, the Bush administration, which he accused of “flagrantly ignor[ing] its constitutional responsibilities in white washing [sic] cases involving voter intimidation.” He demanded renewed investigation into six Bush-era voting mini-controversies.
The problem with Rep. Sherman’s complaint is that the whole kerfuffle has already been shown to be much ado about nothing. In fact, the outfit that actually spread the document was none other than… the Obama campaign. News reports covered the situation in detail.
There is so much more, as is usual with this bunch of Progressive yahoos in office, but I feel my sense of humor dwindling away. So off to watch something funny.
And I’ll leave you with this:
The dog is not allowed in the house.
Okay, the dog is allowed in the house, but only in certain rooms.
The dog is allowed in all rooms, but has to stay off the furniture.
The dog can get on the old furniture only.
…Fine, the dog is allowed on all the furniture, but is not allowed to sleep with the humans on the bed.
Okay, the dog is allowed on the bed, but only by invitation.
The dog can sleep on the bed whenever he wants, but not under the covers.
The dog can sleep under the covers by invitation only
The dog can sleep under the covers every night.
Humans must ask permission to sleep under the covers with the dog.
The vice president noted that because their son, Beau, is a National Guard officer who served a year-long deployment in Iraq, he and Dr. Biden have a special appreciation for the service and sacrifices the 2nd Brigade soldiers and their families have made.
VP Joe Biden
It’s because the Bidens have a son who was deployed that they have a “special appreciation” for the Troops???
Does this mean that if their son wasn’t Military, they wouldn’t have a special appreciation?
Well, I guess it’s better than nothing, Biden being the VP and all.
It is also a picture of the state of disconnect in this country between the Military world and the civilian world.
But it goes on…
102 Prog/Democrats voted against the Emergency War Spending Bill the other day. 12 Republicans didalso. It took months for the House and Senate to work out a compromise to get it passed due to non-emergency spending the Prog/Dems wanted to tack onto the bill. Over 20 billion dollars of non-emergency spending that had absolutely nothing to do with the Military. Teh secretary of Defense had to practically beg the Congress to act. I guess they don’t have that “special appreciation” of our Troops.
Of course, most of the Prog/Dems voting against it are against the war to begin with and want our Troops to come home…(how would they do that if they don’t have the money?)…that’s how they “support the troops”. Just shut off the money and you shut off the war?
This is the party that has tried it’s damndest to keep the Military from having their votes counted at elections. And they are at it again:
Congress tried to fix the problem last year by mandating that all ballots must be sent overseas at least 45 days before the election. But Military Voter Protection Project Director M. Eric Eversole has accused Justice Department officials of encouraging states to seek an exemption to the law. The law indeed grants states the right to ask the Pentagon to opt out of the law. Even worse, Eversole says the Department is telegraphing to states that it doesn’t want to pursue litigation to enforce the law.
One need only look at 2008 for proof. That year the Justice Department set up no telephone hotline for military voters to complain if they didn’t receive their ballot in time. No email address for the armed services was in use either. No outreach via military email, such as the daily “Early Bird,” took place. In fact, on the DOJ webpage devoted to military voting, all complaints are referred to the Pentagon. Naturally, after being detoured to the Pentagon, the aggrieved solider will learn the Pentagon has no enforcement power at all! Justice does.
“…Democrats on the ground in all of Florida’s counties were under post-election instructions to challenge any military ballot they could. These orders were embodied in the infamous Mark Herron memo. At the time, Matt Drudge described it at his Drudge Report as a “5-Page Memo on How to Steal an Election.” One element of the strategy, which involved questioning origin and destination postmarks, was particularly hypocritical, given the party’s current and past hostility to voter-ID laws, one of which was deemed constitutional last month….”
“…About 200,000 military personnel who tried to vote in 1988 didn’t because they didn’t get their absentee ballots at all, or got them too late to send them back in. Now absentee ballots will be separated from regular mail and sent both ways — to the soldier, and back to be counted — faster than the normal military mail….”
Unfortunately, that didn’t work out so well. Here it is 22 years later and our deployed Military is still being disenfranchised from voting.
Editorial from M. Eric Eversole ~ director of the Military Voter Protection (MVP) Project and formerly served as a litigation attorney in the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice:
You can believe all the lies coming from the Progressive Propaganda Machine formerly known as the Free Press ~ or you can stretch a little and find out what our Troops are actually doing so far from home and maybe even let them know we haven’t left them alone over there.
Warrant Officer John W. Hermann (Pictured Right)
7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st MLG
A Marine warrant officer received the Silver Star on July 15 during a short ceremony in Afghanistan. On Feb. 26, 2008, then-Staff Sgt. John W. Hermann, an explosive ordnance disposal technician, accompanied a team with Company B, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, on a combat reconnaissance patrol through Dahaneh, a village in southern Afghanistan held by Taliban forces.
While on the patrol, the team came under a barrage of fire from rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, machine guns and small-arms fire. Hermann, according to the award citation, jumped out of his vehicle with another Marine and ran toward a group of entrenched fighters.
You can read the rest of Warrant Officer John W. Hermann’s story here.
These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived
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I just read this piece from the AP and if this quote from Assange is accurate, he is more virulent and vainglorious than I even imagined.
“It is not our role to play sides for states. States have national security concerns, we do not have national security concerns.
You often hear … that something may be a threat to U.S. national security. This must be shot down, whenever this statement is made. A threat to U.S. national security? Is anyone serious? The security of the entire nation of the United States? It is ridiculous!
“If we are talking a threat to individual soldiers … or citizens of the United States, then that is potentially a genuine concern.”
“Potentially”?! “Potentially”?!?!? The world has gone crackbrained insane!
Fine if Assange wants to let the world know he doesn’t like war (Umm…don’t think he’s alone there) but how dare he put our kids in even more danger just to be The One to “change the world”.
Republicans came to President Obama‘s rescue Tuesday, providing him the votes needed for quick passage of a $59 billion emergency war-spending bill to fund his 30,000 Afghanistan troop surge. (But, but the Republicans are the party of NO – at least that’s what the Prez says. Think we’ll hear about this next time he wants something that most people don’t and the Reps fight it? Me neither.)
“Denying terrorists a safe haven in Iraq and Afghanistan is critical to the safety and security of our country. As our troops continue their fight, it is imperative that Congress continue to provide the resources they need and support their mission,” said House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican. (Damn straight! As long as our Troops are in country, you’d better get them every damn thing they need.)
“Our first job as members of Congress is to support our troops and the men and women who are in harm’s way protecting our country,” said Rep. Jerry Lewis of California, the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee. (I swear, there are certain members of Congress who are just upset that they don’t have Bush to kick around anymore, our Troops be damned.)
Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Rep. David R. Obey, voted against it, saying he doesn’t have confidence that the war is still the right solution. He pointed to a recent statement by the CIA director that fewer than 100 members of al Qaeda are still in Afghanistan as evidence that the war effort there is wasted. (Well, until you pass the legislation to bring them home, Congressman, how about making sure they have what they need to survive over there. Stop playing politics with our kids lives!)
Democrats accused Republicans of blocking the extra funding.
“They need to understand that they are obstructing our economic recovery, as well,” said House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat. “However, because it is so important to fund our troops before leaving for the August district work period, I am pleased that a majority of my colleagues chose to vote yes.” (You don’t have a clue about out Troops reality, do you? Maybe a month or two in a COB on the eastern Afghanistan border would enlighten you.)
To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.
I couldn’t find much in the news about this ~ surprise.
Rangel has been at this for awhile. Apparently, he does almost every year.
Here’s a timeline of Rangel’s attempt to get this passed from Google:
With Gen. Jim Jones making sure everyone knew that the documents leaked were mostly during Bush’s terms in office. Can’t have Obama get any muck on him, can we? And in most of the news articles I have read, not much mention of the founder of Wikileaks being really, really against the war. Apparently, this Assange fellow feels he knows better than anyone about war. And I don’t think he much likes people in uniform. Which has me not liking him too much.
Now I don’t any problem with rooting out corruption in the government or Military. In fact, there are a number of individuals, in uniforms as well as suits sitting in DC offices, that I would love to see taken out in handcuffs. And I do agree with Assange’s assertion that the media is doing an inept job at reporting what actually is going on. (They don’t seem to like those who wear uniforms either – which is one reason I don’t have much good to say about them.)
(He’s going to change the WORLD! All by his li’l ol’ self. Look out Prez. I Won – you seem to have some competition here.)
I do have a problem with our Troops, and those of other countries fighting with us, being put in even more danger because some egotistical, self-righteous twit decides he is going to be judge, jury and executioner and make a name for himself. Them’s our kids and this Mil-Mom does not take kindly to anyone doing anything to further endanger their lives. The Troops have enough to handle with all the lawyers/career politicians running this war.
Just ask Lt. Col. Chessani, who was made to retire from the Corps, because the politicos (in Suits and Uniforms) had to have their sacrificial appeasement:
We just lost a very good Marine and man. (And further down the rabbit hole we go…)
Hey, Assange ~ why not do your whistleblower thing on our Troops being usedas political hostages for doing their job, instead of trying to defame our Finest? (Though, I’m pretty certain that concept just does not compute in that little head of yours.) Or what the Taliban and Al Qaeda does to those who don’t agree with their jihad?
General McChrystal retires and not as he would have liked to do so.
“It is tempting to protect yourself from the personal or professional costs of loss by limiting how much you commit, how much you believe and trust in people, and how deeply you care,” he said. “Caution and cynicism are safe — but soldiers don’t want to follow cautious cynics. They follow leaders who believe enough to risk failure or disappointment for a worthy cause.”
I don’t know what really brought all this about. There is so much contradictory info on the web about this General – some would follow him to Hell and back, some don’t have much good to say about his ROE. I can’t say who is right or wrong. But something just doesn’t pass the smell test for me. But then, I don’t have all the facts. And god knows, you can’t trust the media.
They had to take out 20 billion of our dollars so that the War Bill would pass. But, I’m sure that 20 billion of our dollars will not just sit there collecting interest. For one – it doesn’t actually exist. The government is beyond broke. Secondly, we’ll just pay more taxes for all their oinky pork pet projects. The Bill goes back to the House next week.
God, I am so tired of self-righteous moral authority panderers.