Maybe all those Army cutbacks won’t be such a bad thing.
Except they won’t be cutting out these kind of people.
H/T True News USA.
Maybe all those Army cutbacks won’t be such a bad thing.
Except they won’t be cutting out these kind of people.
H/T True News USA.
I’ve heard that a lot of black women really want a white man.
I didn’t know they wanted one this desperately.
I can answer part one for him.
Stand around the entrance to the joint, formerly on Page Avenue in North County, now on Dunn Road near 270 and 367, around starting or quitting time, and see what comes streaming in or out of the joint.
As for the second part, the answer is ultimately nothing. Because…affirmative action.
Central African Republc
Sorry, you’ve got to be both a St. Louisan and well versed in local affairs to get the gag.
Get ready for “refugees” from the CAR to be resettled here.
I think he’s really grasping at straws for a rationale. He’s trying to say that if there was a draft, then there would be no opposition to Obama, that everyone would love diversity, that the zeal for useless foreign wars would be dampered. Or, something like that.
What I think he really wants to say but won’t is that he wants state action to paper over young adult unemployment in order to head off social unrest that is often a result.
Congress finds shortcuts, eyes cover-up in handing out security clearances
The federal agency charged with screening employees for security clearance offered hints about how to cut corners, and its lax policies could have led to the clearance the Navy Yard shooter needed to access the base, the House’s top investigator said.
Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said his staffers have come across verbal and written policies from the Office of Personnel Management that indicate the security clearance process was short-circuited in the case of Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter.
But Mr. Issa says OPM is refusing to turn over those documents and allowing them to be viewed only behind closed doors. If he doesn’t have the documents by noon Thursday, he said, he will issue a subpoena.
Mr. Issa said he thinks the agency is trying to protect itself from embarrassment from questions about the clearance process for Alexis and for Edward Snowden, the former contractor whose leaks have exposed some of the government’s most secret spy programs.
It’s not a mystery to me.
If PTSD among current or former but recent service personnel is actually increasing, if it’s not a matter of our being sensitive to the diagnosis, I have a theory about why it’s happening.
That’s because they grew up playing war simulation video games, but when they got to do the real thing, they found it that it wasn’t as neat and clean as it was on the Play Station. The blood, guts, gore, casualties and deaths are real, very real.
‘So help me God’ optional in Air Force honor oath
Air Force Academy cadets are no longer required to say “so help me God” at the end of the Honor Oath, school officials said Friday.
Fe fi fo fum, I smell the blood of some knave/loser who runs around in his parents’ basement clad only in his underroos doing political activism from his iPad.
Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation…
Okay, I was wrong about the underroos, and the parents’ basement thing.
Other than that, the prosecution rests.
Let Chuck Bagel be confirmed as Defense Secretary, some of our people said.
He’ll keep us out of wars in the Middle East, some of our people said.
The JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOZ hate him, so he must be good for us, some of our people said.
Leaving the whole legally proscribed versus illicit paradigm aside for the sake of discussion, how is this any different than a military draft?
Sure, if Uncle Sam drafts you, and you don’t show up, they’re not going to ransack your family’s domicile. But they just might send you to Leavenworth.
As late as a few centuries ago, conscription was commonly more instant and immediate than having a draft card and seeing if your number was drawn. You could be the young adult son of a farmer, and you could be in town to get some chores or business or trading done. Some quartermaster for His Majesty’s Navy could spy you, figure you for a good sailor, and seize you right then and there. And by the time the night is over, you’re on a boat on your way to Barbados instead of taking your parents’ tailoring back to the farm. And that’s hardly an extinct paradigm: In the last decade, the Russian Army on any number of instances kidnapped young men straight off the streets and inducted them into the Army.
GOP hawks: This will not stand, Rand
New York Rep. Peter King said this week that he will explore a 2016 presidential run to wrest control of the defense debate from small-government advocates such as Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, and warned that an America-first candidate would stand little chance of defeating Hillary Clinton.
I call this an implicit confession.
(But don’t take your eye off the immigration ball)
Lawmakers battle over push to create military ‘chaplain’ for atheists
Members of Congress are set to square off over a push to create military chaplains for people who do not believe in God.
Pardon me, but the very concept of atheist clergy makes as much sense as wings on a turtle. The prefix “a-” in “atheism” means “the absence of,” and indeed, atheists have faith in the fact that there is no supernatural power or extranatural source of spirituality. The absence of God implies that there should also be an absence of clergy and also chaplains.
Pony up; If we do a no-fly zone over Syria, it’ll cost us a gigabuck a month. Which means the Yankee government better find twelve billionaires and take everything they have, and that should cover it for a year.
All that to intervene in what is basically a matter of inbred/extended Arab/Levantine families fighting over a parcel of land in the Middle East not much larger than Missouri.
Don’t blame me; I worked for and voted for the guy who wanted to keep us out of this mess.
Of course. This is the same military that persecutes soldiers that eat Chick-Fil-A but loves them some LGBTQMIAPDLOLPLPLTH.
I would ask them once they throw out all the straight white men, who they expect to win all their wars for them. Then I remembered we don’t actually fight wars with soldiers anymore, we do it by push button remote control with mega-supersize model airplanes.
Victims of sex assaults in military are mostly men
More military men than women are sexually abused in the ranks each year, a Pentagon survey shows, highlighting the underreporting of male-on-male assaults.
When the Defense Department released the results of its anonymous sexual abuse survey this month and concluded that 26,000 service members were victims in fiscal 2012, which ended Sept. 30, an automatic assumption was that most were women. But roughly 14,000 of the victims were male and 12,000 female, according to a scientific survey sample produced by the Pentagon.
While it might be easy to think that these “assaults” are basically hetero men saying words like “fag,” other decidedly conservative sources are reading this story and this statistic as actual physical rape, and citing a certain rape-violence fetish toward straight high-testosterone military men expressed in LGBTQMIAPDLOLPLPLTH porn/literature.
U.S. Admits for First Time Drones Killed 4 Americans
One day before President Obama is due to deliver a major speech on national security, his administration on Wednesday formally acknowledged that the United States had killed four American citizens in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.
In a letter to Congressional leaders obtained by The New York Times, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. disclosed that the administration had deliberately killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was killed in a drone strike in September 2011 in Yemen.
The American responsibility for Mr. Awlaki’s death has been widely reported, but the administration had until now refused to confirm or deny it.
The letter also said that the United States had killed three other Americans: Samir Khan, who was killed in the same strike; Mr. Awlaki’s son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was also killed in Yemen; and Jude Mohammed, who was killed in a strike in Pakistan.
“Anwar al-Awlaki,” “Samir Khan,” “Abdulrahman al-Awlaki” and “Jude Mohammed.” All good nice sounding Yankee Doodle Dandy names, for sure. And notice that this took place in Yemen and Pakistan, not Iowa or Oregon.
You people too worried about drones for your own good can come off the ledge now. This wasn’t the Pentagon flying a drone over Cedar Rapids to kill Tom Smith for having run a stop sign. We’re not to that point. Yet.
And also…if drones over Whackistan mean that we don’t have to send 400,000 troops to occupy Whackistan, meaning Mohammed al-Terroristiqua gets killed but Pfc Tom Smith from Cedar Rapids doesn’t get killed, that’s perfectly fine by me.
Breaking: Pentagon Confirms May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith
You can probably fill in the rest without even having to read it.
Now, pray tell, with all this fancy machinery supposedly being used for “immigration and customs enforcement,” why are we swimming in perhaps as many as 36 million illegal aliens?
I wasn’t the only person in America opposing Chuck Hagel becoming Defense Secretary purely for American-based reasons and interests alone.
There was also Phyllis Schlafly, the home girl.
Search her column here for the word “Israel,” and you will find no results.
The Superpower Takes a Breather
France just smashed al Qaeda in Mali with little more than moral support from the United States. Washington didn’t even lead from behind. Americans did not lead at all. This time we sat on the sidelines while France—France!—led and did everything from the front.
Last winter the entire northern part of the northwest African country was seized by Ansar al-Dine and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, who together transformed it into a Taliban-style terrorist state. The famous ancient trading city of Timbuktu—long a mecca for adventurous tourists and the host of an annual international music festival—became a grotesque, hand-chopping tyranny that hemorrhaged violence and refugees.
The international community dithered for almost a year, as if an al Qaeda state isn’t all that big a deal. But when the Islamists began expanding south toward the capital and took the city of Gao, France dispatched its war planes and ground troops and threw the bad guys out in a matter of weeks. Its fighter jets are currently pounding terrorist camps deep in the Sahara near the Algerian border.
President François Hollande visited Timbuktu over the weekend and was hailed as a liberator by throngs of residents, including imams, yelling “Vive la France!”
Yeah, it’s kinda ironic that the great Western African Taliban we got all worked up in a lather over, so much so that I would have never approved anything but drone and air strikes against, folded like the cheap deck of cards we now know they were all along and surrendered to a country which has an undeserved reputation as surrender monkeys.
But I totally forgot one crucial elementary difference between Taliban cum Afghanistan and Taliban cum Mali: The former is constituted by battle-hardened South Asians, almost Caucasian and Indo-European, who have been fighting off assault after assault, empire after empire, going back to the days of Alexander the Macedon. The latter is constituted of black Africans. So, the former is somewhere between well-organized militia and military, and the latter is somewhere between n-word-rigged street gang and militia.
“Women in active combat” = Lesbians in active combat.
See how easy that was when you’re not politically correct?
Repealing DADT was a far bigger political deal for lesbian women than it was for gay men, with the exception of certain segments of the Gayvy…er, Navy.
“But Blogmeister, what about women and a potential draft?”
Blogmeister responds: Sure, if the draft comes back and only applies to men, I can see some man whose number comes up dragging it into court if women aren’t also forced to register for Selective Service. However, I can easily see the Federal courts coming to the ultimate decision that while “women” (lesbians) can voluntarily serve in active combat, that there is no legal obligation to draft women (straight or lesbian). Because of this legal construct called intermediate scrutiny. Gender classifications are generally subject to intermediate scrutiny by the Federal courts, in contrast to race, which generally gets strict scrutiny.
West Point, New York
It’s that time of year, I guess.
West Point center cites dangers of ‘far right’ in U.S.
(Insert rants about how right wing extremists are dangerous, or in the case of the Washington Times, casting doubt on it)
It says anti-federalists “espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights. Finally, they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self government. Extremists in the anti-federalist movement direct most their violence against the federal government and its proxies in law enforcement.”
Funny, I always thought the Anti-Federalists were George Clinton, Robert Yates, Samuel Bryan and others were people whose skepticism of the 1787 Constitution as initially proposed led to the a compromise which meant both the ultimate adoption of said constitution and very soon after a Bill of Rights. And here’s why I think the Anti-Federalists won that debate in the long run.
The report also draws a link between the mainstream conservative movement and the violent “far right,” and describes liberals as “future oriented” and conservatives as living in the past.
“While liberal worldviews are future- or progressive -oriented, conservative perspectives are more past-oriented, and in general, are interested in preserving the status quo.” the report says. “The far right represents a more extreme version of conservatism, as its political vision is usually justified by the aspiration to restore or preserve values and practices that are part of the idealized historical heritage of the nation or ethnic community.”
The report adds: “While far-right groups’ ideology is designed to exclude minorities and foreigners, the liberal-democratic system is designed to emphasize civil rights, minority rights and the balance of power.”
Details about what makes an attack a “far right” action are not clear in the report, which was written by Arie Perliger, who directs the center’s terrorism studies and teaches social sciences at West Point.
Arie Perliger is the Director of Terrorism Studies at the Combating Terrorism Center and Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences, US Military Academy at West Point. After completing his PhD in Political Science at the University of Haifa Israel (2007), where he was also a fellow at the National Security Studies Center (NSSC), Dr. Perliger became affiliated with the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a Golda Meir Post-Doctoral Fellow (2007-2008). On August 2008 Dr. Perliger joined the Department of Political Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he was a Schusterman Visiting Assistant Professor until the summer of 2010.
In the past decade Dr. Perliger has studied extensively issues related to Terrorism and Political Violence, Politics of Security, Politics of the Far Right in Israel, Europe and the US, Middle Eastern Politics and the applicability of Social Network Analysis to the study of social phenomena. His studies appeared in four books and more than 20 articles and book chapters by publishers such as Columbia University Press, Rutledge, Security Studies, Social Forces and others.
Dr. Perliger is the co-editor of the journal Democracy and Security and a regular reviewer for various publishers and Journals such as Political Psychology, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, Columbia University Press, Chicago University Press, Routledge and Polity Press.
A lot of other things I can glean about Dr. Perliger on the internet suggests that he’s opposed to “right wing religious extremism” in Israel.
He has two Israeli universities on his CV, so I highly doubt he is a full-fledged anti-Zionist, i.e. he does want the country of Israel to exist. I think what he really is, at least by the standards of Israeli politics, is a very hard left Zionist, who honestly thinks that the country’s domestic “far right,” and by deduction, rightist Knesset parties’ “pandering” to it, is the big hangup to a “peace deal” with the Pallies slash utopia. Therefore, when he was imported here, he just bought his same worldview and planted it and himself in the American body politic in about the same hard left place. I don’t take him as the same kind of hypocrite as American neo-cons who are “tribalism for Israel but not for anyone else” or “ethnostate for Israel but not for anyone else” types (read: Bill Kristol). That’s because the Israeli version of Perliger and the American version of Perliger are spouting the same nonsense aimed at the same kind of people for just about the same reason.
I also take his being on staff so prominently at West Point as being a subtle message from Barack Obama to Benjamin Netanyahu. That subtle message is this: “Get out of the way, Bibi, so we can get a peace deal so I can get my first earned Nobel Peace Prize.”
New York and Maryland
Two states that are well on their way.
Let’s help them along with their wish, by finding new states for the respective military academies currently based on those states.
After all, if they leave, they’ll take their honest-to-goodness military weaponry with them.
Buffalo, New York
Sounds like what happened in St. Louis, the only slight difference is that St. Louis involved improperly sterilized dental equipment, and Buffalo involves recycled insulin syringues.
I’m betting on these two similiarities:
1. Affirmative action black VA employees
2. If the Congressman whose Congressional district overlays this VA hospital is black, a neighboring white Congress/wo/man will have to do all the investigative legwork.
The first toe we step onto Mexican soil in a military sense if we wind up doing this means that every illegal alien Mexican currently in the United States becomes an instant “war refugee” with legal status, and it will also give legal permission for millions more to stream north.
Better idea: Finish off real border security, then let Mexico solve its own problems. The first is actually a necessary prerequisite for the second, IMHO.
I was wondering where Obama would take us to war first after making implicit promises that the neo-con days of invade-the-world were over. I was guessing either Mali (gathering Towelie-Ban presence in the Sahara) or Kenya (to hunt for Kony
How can some individual just call up an FBI friend (?) and thereby instigate an FBI investigation? And how did that lead to an FBI agent photographing himself bare-chested and apparently infatuated with a married mother of three? How can a Ph.D. candidate, without any journalistic or historical credentials, become the public face of a four-star general and be privy to information to the point of hitting the lecture circuit to pontificate about a CIA annex in Benghazi? How did an early-middle-aged married mother of two suddenly morph into a court biographer who lectured on everything from military practice to leadership to national-security challenges? How can a Florida socialite by any stretch of the imagination merit a vast e-mail correspondence with the nation’s highest ranking warriors entrusted to conduct our most critical struggles? What in the world is an honorary consul general and who extends such Alice Through the Looking Glass titles? Why do generals seek to go back stage to meet a Denzel Washington or have Angelina Jolie pop up for a photo-op?
The answers to Questions #1-5 is that they all give good head. The answer to the first part of Question #6 is a woman who gives good head. The answer to the second part of Question #6 is an important man getting good head. I doubt blow jobs can answer Question #7, though.
Moral of the story: Most of life’s not so mysterious mysteries can be explained by quality blow jobs.
Bread and Circuses America
Dear God: Help me. I’m trapped in an infinitely looping episode of Entertainment Tonight, and I can’t get out. Signed, America.
From what I’ve seen, heard and found out about all the relevant parties in this Petraeus deal, they’re all a bunch of overpaid SWPLs who haven’t anything close to a real struggle in their lives, so they have to do stupid shit like this in order to create faux problems. In other words, they’re Delilah’s wheel house demographic.
What has come out in the wash? As it turns out, the generally accepted lamestream conservative theory that Obama and Co. blamed the YouTube video for Benghazi to cover up its own reticence toward dealing with problem Muslims was all wrong. A common alternate theory, which I bought into, that Obama blamed the YT video to cover up what was a failed September/October surprise to have Ambassador Stevens be taken hostage in order for Obama to engineer an October release then Obama sails to re-election, was also all wrong.
The real thing which Obama wanted to cover up by blaming the YT video was the fact that the CIA operated a secret dungeon inside the American consulate at Benghazi, where Stevens worked, and ergo the rabble that killed Stevens knew it and was trying to free their cohorts housed inside the dungeon. Obama needed to cover that up because it would have pissed off the left wing — Obama did campaign against secret CIA prisons in 2008, after all — and enough of the left would have stayed home on election day.
I knew Obama’s implicit “he kept us out of war” campaigning had a phony Wilsonian ring to it.
The only open question is whether we would be marching into eastern Africa to hunt for Kony, or western Africa and the western Sahara to thump AQ and Taliban-style movements there. The answer is the latter.
If it was entirely done with drones and from the air, and we didn’t have to take in any refugees in the aftermath, I would be okay with it.