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And the Clueless step up to the plate ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: News

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God save our Military…

Senate Passes $631B Defense Bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a sweeping, $631 billion defense bill Tuesday that sends a clear signal to President Barack Obama to move quickly to get U.S. combat troops out of Afghanistan, tightens sanctions on Iran and limits the president’s authority in handling terror suspects.

Ignoring a veto threat, the Senate voted 98-0 for the legislation that authorizes money for weapons, aircraft and ships and provides a 1.7 percent pay raise for military personnel. After a decade of increasing Pentagon budgets, the vote came against the backdrop of significant reductions in projected military spending and the threat of deeper cuts from the looming “fiscal cliff” of automatic spending cuts and tax increases.

The bill provides:

…the Pentagon to report to Congress on the ability of the U.S. military to impose a no-fly zone over Syria.

“If military action has to be taken to prevent sarin gas to be used, Congress has to be involved,” McCain said.

…The administration has threatened to veto the Senate bill, strongly objecting to a provision restricting the president’s authority to transfer terror suspects from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to foreign countries. The provision is in current law.

… the government may not detain a U.S. citizen or legal resident indefinitely without charge or trial even if there is a declaration of war or the authorization to use military force.

…stringent new sanctions on Iran’s energy and shipping sectors in a fresh attempt to hobble the Islamic Republic’s economy and hamper its nuclear ambitions.

…close a major loophole — the ability of Iran to circumvent sanctions and barter oil for precious metals. Turkey has been bartering gold for oil.

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So now, the House and Senate have to reconcile their respective defense bills and then Dear Leader will veto it and do what he damn well pleases anyway.  He’s determined to bring America to her knees and that doesn’t allow for a strong Military or economy.  Plus, there’s that “kill list” thingie…

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Well, Webb did one good thing before his term ends:

Stolen Valor Law 2.0 Passes in Senate

A law designed to punish those who boast battlefield medals for heroics they never performed passed the Senate on Monday, marking the second bid by Congress to outlaw lying about war records.

The first so-called Stolen Valor Law was declared unconstitutional in June by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that lying about military service was protected speech.

This time around lawmakers have anchored the law on lying about awards and decorations for “tangible benefit or personal gain,” not strictly lying for the sake of lying. The bill was filed by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., a Vietnam combat veteran, shortly after the high court knocked down the original 2006 law.

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Hopefully, this will pass with no interference from the courts this time.  Freedom of speech, my a$$.  This is not what the First Amendment addresses.

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But…but…I thought Obama said Al Qaida is decimated…

Pentagon plans for multinational operation in Mali

US military planners have begun to help organize a multinational proxy force to intervene next year in Mali, the famine-stricken, coup-wracked African country that has become a magnet for Islamist extremists, US officials said Wednesday.

The international force would be led on the ground by several thousand Malian and West African troops but would receive extensive support from the Pentagon and the State Department, which would help train, equip and transport the troops, Obama administration officials said.

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Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa, called northern Mali “the largest territory controlled by Islamic extremists in the world.”

Other U.S. officials said al-Qaida’s North African affiliate, which for years attracted limited global attention, poses an increasing threat. The group has become well-stocked with weapons smuggled out of Libya after the NATO-led war there last year. It finances its operations by smuggling rackets and by kidnapping foreigners for ransom.

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Amanda Dory, the Pentagon’s deputy assistant secretary for Africa, said the U.S. military has been able to gather intelligence to help shape the international force to fight Islamist extremists in northern Mali.

“There’s plenty of other forms of information and intelligence that are circulating that give us enough insight for planning purposes,” she said in an interview Wednesday after testifying before the subcommittee. “You never have as much information as you want, but it’s been sufficient for planning purposes.”

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Well, that’s encouraging, isn’t it?  with all the talk about getting our Troops out of Afghanistan as early as possible ~ why not send what units will be left after all the cuts to another Hell Hole.  Libya and Egypt have worked out oh, so well…

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Head/Desk

Gates warns Assad: Don’t ‘underestimate’ Obama

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates cautioned Bashar Assad that President Obama would follow through on threats to punish the Syrian leader if he uses chemical weapons.

“One of the things about President Obama, he is very tough-minded,” said Gates, in an interview aired Wednesday on “CBS This Morning.”  “I think it would be a mistake, particularly on Bashar Assad’s part, to underestimate him.”

Tough-minded?  Only against Americans who believe in governing according to the Constitution.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has also said using chemical weapons would be a clear “red line” inviting U.S. action.

Oh yeah, those red lines ~ for everyone but Israel.

But then, there’s this:

“When the president of the United States cocks the pistol, he better be ready to fire it,” said Gates.

Sounds more like a warning from Gates, which sort of dispels that “tough-minded” thing.  Benghazi, anyone?

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BOHICA ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Afghanistan, From The Front, Islamofascists, Politics

U.S. to Discipline Nine Soldiers in Afghan Incidents

By DION NISSENBAUM

WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is expected to discipline nine service members on Monday in connection with two incidents that sparked widespread outrage in Afghanistan, including the burning of copies of the Quran at one of the country’s largest military bases.

The punishment, which doesn’t include criminal charges or jail time, falls far short of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s calls for a public trial, and it remains unclear how Afghan officials and the broader public will respond to decisions that could be viewed as relatively lenient.

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The punishments against the Marines, and likely for the Army soldiers, are expected to be career-ending, blocking service members from re-enlisting, officials said.

Both the Army and Marine Corps are shrinking, and service members with significant administrative actions against them are unlikely to be retained, officials said.

Read it all here.

Oh for the love of god…here we go again.

Progtards battle cry: Appeasement. Appeasement. Appeasement.

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American Taliban seeks group prayer in Ind. prison

By CHARLES WILSON

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. government claims it has the ultimate proof that American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh might foment hate and violence among fellow Muslim inmates if they’re allowed to pray together daily. He has already tried, it argues.

Lindh had been charged with conspiring to kill Americans and support terrorists, but those charges were dropped in a plea agreement. He is serving a 20-year sentence for supplying services to the now-defunct Taliban government of Afghanistan and carrying explosives for them. He is eligible for release in 2019.

But Lindh, 31, accuses the government of going too far in its drive for security and trampling on his freedom of religion by restricting group prayers among Muslim inmates in the Terre Haute, Ind., prison unit where he has been housed since 2007.

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Lindh is expected to testify Monday in federal court in Indianapolis during the first day of a trial that will examine how far prison officials can go to ensure security in the age of terrorism.

Read it all here.

What a waste of time and money.  But then, he does belong to a special victims pet group of the progtards, doesn’t he?  And these “plea deals” have got to go.

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Seventeen party-goers ‘found beheaded’ in Afghan village

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Fifteen men and two women were found beheaded in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province on Monday, punishment meted out by Taliban insurgents for a mixed-sex party with music and dancing, officials said.

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Also in same article:

Ten Afghan soldiers killed

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Two US troops killed by rogue Afghan soldier

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Veterans weigh in: $16 trillion debt endangers security

By Pete Hegseth  CEO, Concerned Veterans for America

What do American military veterans believe is the greatest threat to our nation’s security? If you think the answer is China, the Iranian nuclear threat, or foreign terrorist groups, guess again: Nearly three-quarters of veterans we surveyed last month cite economic weakness (42 percent) and the national debt (30 percent) as the top threats to national security.

As policymakers in Washington wrestle with historic budget deficits — and candidates hit the stump with plans to jumpstart the economy — they should keep these results in mind.

Veterans are often assumed to be a monolith, focused narrowly on VA health and retirement benefits. They’re not. Our military and veterans — having sworn an oath to defend the Constitution — have a keen eye towards all threats to our nation’s future, foreign and domestic. They know that our nation’s military might and inherent freedoms are inextricably tied to our economic health.

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For the United States, which secures American and Western interests around the globe, the $16 trillion debt — combined with scant economic growth — is a recipe for compromised security. As our leaders seek to stanch the flow of deficit spending and mounting interest payments on the debt, the 19 percent of our budget that pays for our defense is increasingly a top target.

Why? Because it’s easier to cut back on military priorities than muster the courage to reform entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security — programs that together command a much larger portion of the federal budget (62 percent) and are the overwhelming drivers of current and future debt. Those programs — especially Medicare — also constitute a political maze of presidential proportions, as we’ve seen in the past few weeks.

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Once again, political game-playing on the backs of our warfighters. Heaven forbid any of those multiple and redundant entitlement programs have a penny cut from their bloated bureaucracy.

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MoH recipient Meyer blasts Army officers in new book

WEST MILFORD, N.J. — During one of the Afghan war’s ugliest battles, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer was nearly taken prisoner at gunpoint but fended off his would-be captor by beating him to death with a baseball-sized rock, according to the Marine’s forthcoming book.

That is among several revelations in “Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War.”

Very interesting interview.  And another book to add to the reading list.

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Why I Despise All This Preezie Stands For ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: anti-military

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A really good synopsis, linked below, of why Obama is not a friend of our Military and never has been.  This also includes Sec of Def Leon Panetta.  But then, they are both progressives to the nth degree and progressives are not fans of those who believe in and live, loyalty, honor, duty, respect, integrity or personal courage.  The end justifies the means, after all, and progressives are out to end America as we know it.  The Military is just a necessary evil for them at this time but they are doing everything possible to gut it, weaken it and make sure they don’t have much say in the elections.

WOTN: An incomplete record of Obama’s anti-Military legacy

Most legacies are written years after the record has been completed.  Almost all politicians lie.  They claim successes not their own and deny failures of their responsibility.  But in the case of Obama and the Military, the record is quite clear.  It may not have been apparent to party loyalists in 2008, but it can not be considered as anything but clear in light of the last 4 years of decisions.

Party loyalists have asked me how I could dislike this politician this much.  They have asked me why I do.  They have asked me whether I think Romney would reverse the ills of this President.  Some party loyalists want to believe that they can “support the Troops” while voting for the current politician in chief, that he really isn’t as anti-Military and anti-Veteran, as the majority of Troops and Veterans I know believe he is.

His record on the Military precedes his current position.  As the junior Senator from Illinois, he voted against funding the Department of Defense and against funding the Troops in Combat, in the middle of Two Wars.  In 2007, when the Senate got their demand to have General Petraeus ordered to Washington in the middle of a war he was turning around, the junior Senator from Illinois leaned back and chewed his gum and ignored the proceedings until he had a chance to give a campaign speech.  When Soros’ PAC, MoveOn,org attacked the General as “Betrayus,” Obama couldn’t find it in him to condemn the actions of his benefactor.

As chairman of the subcomittee on the War in Afghanistan, the junior Senator didn’t go to the country, until he was campaigning for his current position.  When media photographers were denied access to Landstuhl to visit wounded Troops, he cancelled the campaign stop.  As the media retreated from the Petraeus Plan’s Sustained Successes in Iraq, at the close of the 2008 campaign, the nominee could not find it in him to acknowledge the plan he opposed had worked, or that the General’s plan and leadership was to credit for it.

But Obama campaigned against the War in Iraq, and claimed that he would make the War in Afghanistan his top priority.  His first act in office was to sign an Executive Order to close Guantanamo within 1 year.  It is still open.  Instead he has funded a world class soccer field for the worst terrorists in world to play on, along with an arts program.  He sped up an early release program for the terrorists and has pushed for the release of the top Taliban terrorists that are held there.

It took almost no time for Obama to ask for permission to begin charging Military Veterans and Retirees for their own health care.  It was so outrageous that even Jon Stewart, a staunch supporter of the DNC, opposed it.  Shinsecki, the former General that had stolen the Ranger’s beret and proposed the end of Armored Personnel Carriers, and Obama’s Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs supported his plan to charge Combat Veterans for their own medicine.  The plan was initially withdrawn, but passed later, quietly, under the Pelosi-Reid Congress.

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I agree about Romney – we need to hear more from him on the Military and Veterans issues, as he will be the Commander in Chief.  Though I have no doubt that he and his people will not be their enemy as this administration is and always has been.

See this article in the Washington Times:

Is Pentagon spending good for the economy?

In a time of deep deficits and tight budgets, President Obama says the Defense Department cannot be entirely spared the scalpel. But Mitt Romney, his likely opponent in November’s election, says the U.S. must spend more on the Pentagon now because it will pay off with a stronger economy in the long run.

Analysts said the differences stem from a deep philosophical divide. One camp, bolstered by military officers who say the debt is a major national security issue, argues that slowing spending now will create a stronger America in the future.

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What most politicians apparently have forgotten is that defense of our Constitution is the top priority for the Executive branch:

Article II, Section 2 of the US Constitution

“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United states, and of the Militia of the several States…”

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“Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United states, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

~ And then there is Obama’s lackey, Eric Holder, DOJ, who sees nothing wrong with Black Panthers standing outside a voting station holding billy clubs and intimidating voters, but is suing states for what he sees as voter disfranchisement:

Lawsuit in Ohio by the Obama Campaign Fails to Appreciate the Challenges Associated with Military Voting

Statement from Eric Eversole, Founder of Military Voter Protection Project (much more politely stated than I would have done)

WASHINGTON – The Obama re-election campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the Ohio Democratic Party recently filed a lawsuit in Ohio arguing that there are no significant differences between military voters and civilian voters. That claim is being made because Ohio’s military voters are being afforded three extra days of early voting before the election.

In response to the lawsuit, the Military Voter Protection Project (MVP)’s Founder and Executive Director Eric Eversole released the following statement:

“We are deeply troubled by the arguments being made by the Obama campaign and the DNC. While the campaign may wish to expand voting opportunities for other voters in Ohio, it shouldn’t do so by ignoring or diminishing the tremendous obstacles faced by military voters.

As President Obama often acknowledges, our military members and their families have made tremendous sacrifices. These military members are constantly on the go moving from one duty station or temporary duty assignment to the next. Many military voters do not know where they will be next week, let alone three months from now when the rest of America votes.

In light of these challenges, Congress and many states like Ohio have undertaken significant efforts to promote and protect the voting rights of our men and women in uniform. Ohio and its Secretary of State, Jon Husted, have done a tremendous job of eliminating obstacles and providing military voters with a full range of voting options. These efforts have made Ohio one of our All-Star states.

While some may question the need for such efforts, most Americans recognize that duty is not an optional exercise. When America calls, our military members have answered that call without fail. Ohio’s military voting laws simply recognize the unique nature of military service. The state should be applauded for its efforts, not made to be a defendant in a lawsuit.

For more information about the Military Voter Protection Project, please visit http://mvpproject.org/.

There is so much more that this administration has done to weaken our Military: ridiculous rules of engagement that put our troops in danger or in Leavenworth prison, appeasing the enemy, the “greening” of the military branches (at great expense), Generals putting their careers before the men and women in uniform, and the infiltration into the Pentagon and DOD of progressive social engineers, and worse. Though, lord knows, they dispute that charge over and over again and the state propaganda media machine plays right along with that delusion.

Sadly, a great number of Americans haven’t a clue as to what is going on with our Military or how our Veterans have to fight, for years in too many cases, for the benefits promised them or to even have the DOD and VA acknowledge that certain chemicals used by the Military have caused health issues.

But there are those of us who are paying attention and watching ever so closely what goes on there in DC.

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And we’ll keep writing, talking, calling and walking the halls of Congress for our Military and Veterans.

You Betcha!

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Catching Up ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Politics

Well, the past week has been mostly spent wishing for a new body – one that is numb.  Got hit with a flu-type thing that exploded from my sinuses to every joint and muscle tissue I possess.  Quite distracting and annoying as I couldn’t read more than 3 sentences with any lasting comprehension. Lord knows my retention powers are weak at best but sheesh!  I’m just glad I didn’t have to read and sign any contracts involving money.

So, being a bit behind in the ongoing decimation of the military and veterans, let’s catch up on the outrages and slippery slopes our government is throwing out there.

First off, the VFW will have the dubious honor of Obama’s presence at their convention this coming Saturday:

PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ADDRESS VFW NATIONAL CONVENTION

WASHINGTON (July 10, 2012) – The president has accepted an invitation to speak before the 113th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., which begins July 21 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev. The event is closed to the public.

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“What we hope to hear is how he will continue to take the fight to our enemies, while keeping America safe through strong national defense and homeland security programs,” he said. “We also want to know how he will create, enhance and protect veteran and military healthcare programs and Quality of Life initiatives, such as educational benefits and better job training and employment programs. We would also greatly appreciate hearing a renewed White House commitment to return our fallen from their battlefields.” (italics mine)

President Obama is scheduled to speak on July 23. He last spoke at the 110th VFW National Convention in Phoenix, and prior to then as a presidential candidate in 2007 and 2008.

Don’t get your hopes up too high with this CinC ~ George Washington, he ain’t.  (How many times has he proven that?!)

Besides, that’s not really the preezie’s job, now is it?  He can suggest ideas for programs but he cannot legislate them.  This particular Oval Office occupant seems not to know this.

Romney will be speaking before the convention the next day.

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If you think this Congress is in any way serious about cutting down the size of government, read this article:

Budget-cutters eye DOD civilian workers

“(Former Sec of Def Robert) Gates said he was going to cut them, and when he left they actually grew,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “So, I don’t know how you stop the behemoth that is the DOD and is the Pentagon. I don’t know how you do it.”

Unless the growth is curbed, Hunter said, civilians could soon outnumber service members, who also face reductions in force. “You could almost have like a one-to-one,” he added. “Each military person could have literally their own DOD civilian counterpart. That’s pretty crazy.

The proposed across-the-board reduction, Turner said, has allowed senators to boast about cutting the Pentagon’s budget without making any tough decisions.

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, on the other hand, has urged lawmakers not to use the civilian workforce as a bargaining chip in their negotiations.

“Frankly, I don’t think you should de-trigger sequester on the backs of our civilian workforce,” Panetta said at a House Appropriations Committee hearing, when pressed about the impact of further reductions. “I realize that savings could be achieved there, but [the] civilian workforce does perform a very important role for us in terms of support.”

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“These gimmicks are causing mass layoffs of civilian employees, but they aren’t actually saving any money,” (Rep. Maurice Hinchey-D-NY) Hinchey said in a statement. “Because of the arbitrary standards set by the Pentagon, civilian employees are being fired, and private contractors that charge more for the exact same service and are less accountable to the public are being hired.”

On the other side of the aisle, Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) told POLITICO the Senate’s plan to cut the civilian workforce by 5 percent was the result of laziness. “The Senate is shirking its responsibility,” he said after Levin and McCain unveiled their plan.

But then, Congress has always had a difficult time providing for the Military and Veterans – so many other much more important pork priorities.

Take this very recent example:

Dem leader to GOP: Compromise to avert defense cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s Democratic leader insisted on Thursday that if House Republicans desperately want to avert automatic cuts to the military, they have to compromise and make tax increases part of any solution.

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“Given your concern about sequestration, I would encourage you to focus your energy on convincing Republicans that forging a balanced compromise that protects the middle class is more important than adhering to the Tea Party’s rigid, extreme ideology,” Reid wrote.

Balanced compromise = do it the Dem’s way.

(Side note) ~ For your entertainment:

When Reidisms are no longer funny

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This doesn’t get me too excited about breakthroughs in the VA claims backlog.  Every year it’s another story on the progress coming…always coming.

New Steps to Reduce VA Claims Backlog

The size of the current backlog is 558,000 claims out of an inventory of pending cases just below 900,000. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki promised two years ago to eliminate the backlog by 2015, and to raise the accuracy rate of claim decisions to 98 percent, up from 84 percent.

A plan to get there is being executed, says VA under secretary for benefits, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Allison Hickey. She and other senior officials explained key elements of it to reporters Wednesday.

They include adopting a new electronic claims processing system VA wide, which still sounds like a Herculean task. But the effort also involves better training for claims handlers and a new operating model for how claims are categorized to move faster through the system on one of three tracks.

Click on title link to read about the ranking veterans affairs committee Democrat’s classy moment in questioning Hickey.

So many Congress critters to fire; so little time.

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Oh yeah, this makes sense…

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Politics, STUPIDITY

In my email alerts on Military and Defense came the following two articles:

Panetta warns of ‘disaster’ from defense cuts

(again…apparently to no avail)

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Pentagon to observe gay pride month for first time

(ooh, this is real important)

Another perfect example of the ludicrous entity known as our government and it’s experimental priority list.

What the hell is wrong with these people?  Congress is playing craps with our Troops and the Pentagon is playing push-the-envelope with everyone.

Seems to me there is some serious disconnect between The Suits and Reality.

‘Like Shooting Ourselves in the Head’: The Implications of Sequestration on Defense

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Around and Around We Go ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Politics, war

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. ~Ernest Benn

Well, here we are again ~ our military paying the price for the political shenanigans of Congress:

House GOP approves bill to avoid defense cuts

The Republican-led House voted Thursday to block impending cuts to the nation’s defense budget and replace them with reductions in spending on food stamps, Medicaid and other social welfare programs.

The bill passed 218-199 with no support from Democrats, who decried the legislation as an attack on the needy.

“This package literally takes food off the table for millions of disadvantaged Americans,” said Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif.

That was the figure the two debt-conscious parties agreed on last summer as part of a deal to raise the nation’s borrowing limit by $2.1 trillion. A bipartisan “supercommittee” failed to come up with a plan to produce the revenue earlier this year through either cuts or tax increases. Now, if Congress can’t come up with a plan, the cuts will occur automatically and across the entire budget, including at the Pentagon, by 2013.

While the measure has no chance of passing the Democratically led Senate, it is the first legislative attempt to head off the looming threat of automatic budget cuts that would be triggered if Congress failed to come up with $1.2 trillion in savings by the end of the year.

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Would You Take an SUV into Combat?

“SUVs Suck In Combat,”

http://site.heritage.org/protect-america/ | Rebuilding Iraq during the raging insurgency was no easy task. It required ingenuity, courage and innovative ways to get the job done—sometimes with equipment that offered little protection from the car bombs and rocket attacks launched by America’s enemies.

Kachejian told his harrowing story in a book called “SUVs Suck In Combat.” It chronicles some of the war stories that Americans never heard about the readiness challenges facing our military. The Heritage Foundation chose to profile him as part of Protect America Month, which showcases why we must commit to protecting the United States in an increasingly dangerous world.

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A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.

~Texas Guinan


I’m afraid we are going to find ourselves national defense-challenged because the children are running the House ~ and Senate.

Please let the adults back into the building.

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Visual Aids On Our Bloated Government ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Politics

Heritage has charts ~ lots of charts ~ that let you see just how bad BIG Government is for anyone trying to make a living, raise kids, save, pay bills, eat, keep warm or cool, keep the lights on and drive a car anywhere:

2012 Edition of the Federal Budget in Pictures

To really understand how big entitlement spending is compared to other programs, you’ve got to see the comparison in this chart:

Annual spending on entitlement programs

Do share with Obama supporters…especially those who work.


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Join me ~ Support Our Troops-In Word and Deed

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Blog Talk Radio

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Tonight I’ll be talking about what the Congress has in mind for the Military in the coming year:  Defense budget cuts, diversity in all branches, minorities and promotions, mandatory job training and what’s seen as wrong with the Army.

So much to cover and discuss.  So stop on by and pull up a computer ~

Support Our Troops-In Word and Deed

Monday    5/16/11     7 pm est

Call in #   646 716 4024

See you there!

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Non-Essentials ~ pt 2

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: From The Front, STUPIDITY

These are some of the “non-essentials” that wouldn’t have gotten their pay as the Prez was going to veto appropriations for defense bill HR 1363 for his political gains:


Salang Pass, where the snow never melts

04.10.2011 Story by Spc. Michael Vanpool BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – Nearly two miles above sea level, a four-kilometer tunnel lies under a perpetual layer of snow, ice and mud.

Avalanches can strike any month of the year. Exhaust and carbon monoxide from hundreds of daily drivers cannot escape the long stretch of concrete walls. Water drips inside during the day, and quickly freezes as the sun sets and the temperature drops.

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And these:

Service members build, deliver wheelchairs to Iraqi children

04.10.2011 Story by Spc. Breeanna DuBuke BAGHDAD – Approximately one out of seven Iraqi children struggle with a disability, most of which cause immobility, said Brad Blauser, founder of the Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids effort, a non-governmental organization founded to bring pediatric wheelchairs to Iraqi children.

The organization, which began in 2005, has distributed more than 600 wheelchairs, purchased with donations from individuals, companies and organizations, to children across Iraq.

Recently, more than 80 volunteers – comprised of U.S. service members, U.S. State Department employees and Iraqi doctors – took time from their normal mission requirements, to assemble and deliver pediatric-grade wheelchairs for distribution to Iraqi children who have restricted mobility.

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(h/t WOTN)

This CinC *cough* has no integrity or loyalty or honor, unlike those whom he deems “non-essential”.

He’s not fit to wipe their boots.


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“The People’s Budget” ~ TAX TAX TAX

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Big Brother, Politics

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Congressional Progressive Caucus

http:llcpc.gr~alva.house.gov
April 6, 2011


Dear Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen:
Thank you for taking the time to discuss the fiscal year 2012 budget with progressive Members of
Congress. We agree that it is essential to offer a clear contrast to the monumentally reckless (ie: it won’t let us grow the government bigger) Republican  proposal. From the current budget debate, it is clear that Republicans are leading us down a road to ruin.  (We won’t be able to spread the wealth to all the programs that keep teh people dependent on the government ~ and us.)
Democrats stand with the people, (from union thugs and generational welfare families and abortion mills ~ can’t have them get all responsible and independent) and our legislative proposals should reflect that. (Oh, they do. They do.)
The Republican budget will wreak havoc on hard-working Americans. (They’ll be able to keep more of their money…for themselves!  This will never do!) They have proven, once again, their unwavering commitment to taking trillions of dollars from the pockets of the middle class and giving ever more generous windfalls to millionaires and large corporations. (ummm, no.  That would be your party, actually.) They want to throw seniors off Medicare. (Lie) Their slash-and-burn tactics (and you call the Tea Party extreme?!) will throw hundreds of thousands of people out of work. (You mean all those “non-essential” public servants?  And this is bad how?) They will eliminate health care for children and those with disabilities.  (But…but…I thought Obamacare was going to take of all these people?) They will fire teachers, firefighters and police – some of the truest heroes of our society.  (The Republicans can’t fire anyone.)
We must be clear (oh dear, here it comes!) – we will not and cannot stand for this recklessness. (Letting people keep their own money and grow the economy through the private sector is UNAMERICAN!) We must fight for the American people. (ie: the union thugs, welfare families and abortion mills.) We need a tax system that is fair (Actually, we need a tax system that includes everyone – not just the middle class.) and stops the giveaways for millionaires and corporations that ship American jobs overseas. (Gee, couldn’t be all those regulations and high tax rates you all have put on businesses that are driving companies out of the country, could it?) We need to close corporate tax loopholes being exploited at a great cost to taxpayers. We must cut subsidies to oil and gas companies currently reaping windfall profits at the expense of consumers. (We must cut subsidies in a lot of places – even your *gasp * pet donators.) We must protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security  (why?  it’s in freefall) – the safety nets that have made this country strong and prosperous. (No, it’s the small businesses and people who have dared to take a risk who have made this country strong and prosperous.  But what would you know about that?) The Republicans have opened an all-out attack to privatize and destroy them.  (Gee, what an evil concept.  People having control on how they spend or invest their own money.) We must invest in our children and make sure they have the same opportunities we have.  (It ain’t going to happen with your plan. Invest = Spend other people’s money.) We need to responsibly (What does that mean?  You all say that over and over again but you never define “responsibly”.) end the wars abroad and limit future military excursions that obligate tax dollars and the lives of young men and women with little direct benefit to the United States.  (Now that I agree with but more than likely not for the same reasons.) We should use this money to take care of our troops and veterans by making sure they have jobs and health care when they return.  (Privatize the VA and cut taxes so businesses can afford to espand and hire more people and STAY OUT OF OUR WAY!)
The best way to get us on track is to put the millions of Americans who would love to be taxpayers again
back to work building new infrastructure and a twenty-first century economy. (YIPPEE!  More public workers paying more union dues so you all have more money for your reelection campaigns!  Yeah, great idea…)
We can present a clear alternative to the American people. (Socialistic Democracy!!  Where WE rule!!!) We can and must produce a budget that eliminates the deficit,  protects the American people, and creates jobs. (ROFLMAO)
I would like to present you our alternative plan: “The People’s Budget.” (Oh, isn’t that a quaint name?  So 60′s.  So Marxist.) This budget saves the American people from the recklessness of the Republican majority. The attached memo outlines our plan. I hope you will give this due consideration as we move through the budget process.

Sincerely,
Keith Ellison
Co-Chair Progressive Caucus

Raül M. Grijalva
Co-Chair Progressive Caucus

TO: Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen
FROM: Co-chairs, Congressional Progressive Caucus
RE: 2012 Budget

The CPC budget:
• Eliminates the deficits and creates a surplus
• Puts America back to work with a “Make it in America” jobs program
• Protects the social safety net
• Ends the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
• Is FAIR (Fixing America’s Inequality Responsibly)


To summarize what our budget accomplishes:
• Primary budget balance by 2014.
• Budget surplus by 2021.
• Reduce public debt as a share of GDP to 64.4% by 2021, down 16.9 percentage points from
a baseline fully adjusted for both the doc fix and the AMT patch.
• Reduce deficits by $5.7 trillion over 2012-21
• Both outlays and revenue equal 22.3% of GDP by 2021.


Breakdown of Policies

Individual income tax policies
1. Extend marriage relief, credits, and incentives for children, families, and education, but
let the upper-income tax cuts expire and let tax brackets revert to Clinton-era rates
2. Index the AMT for inflation for a decade (AMT patch paid for)
3. Rescind the upper-income tax cuts in the tax deal
4. Schakowsky millionaire tax rates proposal (adding 45%, 46%, and 47% top rates)
5. Progressive estate tax (Sanders estate tax, repeal of Kyl-Lincoln)
6. Tax capital gains and qualified dividends as ordinary income

Corporate tax reform
1. Tax U.S. corporate foreign income as it is earned
2. Eliminate corporate welfare for oil, gas, and coal companies
3. Enact a financial crisis responsibility fee
4. Financial speculation tax (derivatives, foreign exchange)

Health care
1. Enact a public option
2. Negotiate Rx payments with pharmaceutical companies
3. CMS program integrity and other Medicare and Medicaid savings in the president’s
budget.
4. Prevent a cut in Medicare physician payments for a decade (maintain doc fix)

Social Security
1. Raise the taxable maximum on the employee side to 90% of earnings and eliminate the
taxable maximum on the employer side
2. Increase benefits based on higher contributions on the employee side

Defense savings
1. End overseas contingency operations emergency supplementals starting in 2013,
providing $170 billion in FY2012 funding for withdrawal
2. Reduce baseline Defense spending by reducing strategic capabilities, conventional
forces, procurement, and R&D programs

Job Creation
1. Invest $1.45 trillion in job creation, early childhood, K-12 and special education, quality
child care, energy and broadband infrastructure, housing, and R&D
2. Infrastructure bank
3. Surface transportation reauthorization bill
4. Finance surface transportation reauthorization

Co-Chairs
Keith Ellison
Raal Grijalva


Vice Chairs
Tammy Baldwin
Judy Chu
William “Lacy” Clay
Sheila Jackson-Lee
Cheflie Pingree
Hank Johnson


Senate Members
Bernie Sanders
Tom lJdall


House Members
Karen Bass
Xavier Becerra
Earl Blumenauer
Robert Brady
Corrine Brown
Michael Capuano
Andre Carson
Donna Christensen
David Cicilline
Yvette Clarke
Emanuel Cleaver
Steve Cohen
John Conyers
Elijah Cummings
Danny Davis
Peter DeFazio
Rosa DeLauro
Donna Edwards
Sam Farr
Chaka Fattah
Bob Filner
Bamey Frank
Marcia Fudge
Luis Gutierrez
Maurice Hinchey
Mazie Hirono
Michael Honda
Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Eddie Bemice Johnson
Marcy Kaptur
Dennis Kucinich
Barbara Lee
John Lewis
David Loebsack
Ben Ray Lujan
Carolyn Maloney
Ed Markey
Jim McDermott
James McGovem
George Miller
Gwen Moore
Jim Moran
Jerrold Nadler
Eleanor Holmes Norton
John Olver
Frank Pallone
Ed Pastor
Donald Payne
Jared Polis
Charles Rangel
Laura Richardson
Lucille Roybal-Allard
Bobby Rush
Linda Sanchez
Jan Schakowsky
Jose Serrano
Louise Slaughter
Pete Stark
Bennie Thompson
John Tiemey
Nydia Velazquez
Maxine Waters
Mel Watt
Henry Waxman
Peter Welch
Frederica Wilson
Lynn Woolsey

These are the people who believe that a non-intrusive, smaller government is “UN-American”.

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Read Byron York’s take on it here.

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