How I’d slash defense spending
Current defense spending adjusted for inflation has been higher than at the height of the Reagan administration. The problem is that defense spending has been producing less than half of the forces and capabilities of those years.
As former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman writes in the Wall Street Journal:
There is one great numerical advantage the U.S. has against potential adversaries …the size of our defense bureaucracy. While the fighting forces have steadily shrunk by more than half since the early 1990s, the civilian and uniformed bureaucracy has more than doubled.
Lehman points out there are more than 1,500,000 full-time civilian employees, 800,000 civil servants and 700,000 contract employees in the Defense Department In the military, more than half of our active duty service members are in offices and staffs, yet we are cutting the “trigger-pullers” and the capability and capacity to fight.
We reported here that Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno admitted we have only two trained and combat ready brigades, and the Army had not trained in 6 months. We also reported cuts to Marine combat formations — namely artillery and armor — and the potential cutting of 5-6 Marine combat infantry battalions, their core war fighting unit.
Much more by Allen B. West.
Bots now ‘account for 61% of net traffic’.
Google’s road map to global domination.
Air strike kills 15 civilians in Yemen by mistake: officials.
Saudi Grand Mufti condemns suicide attacks.
Outmuscled Syrian opposition seeks protection from al Qaeda.
Obama Buys Russian Helicopters for Muslim Military With American Money
They used to say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. But we didn’t know the true meaning of insanity until recently. Now the definition is tolerating a president who would preside over shenanigans like this:
To outfit Afghanistan’s security forces with new helicopters, the Pentagon bypassed U.S. companies and turned instead to Moscow for dozens of Russian Mi-17 rotorcraft at a cost of more than $1 billion.
Senior Pentagon officials assured skeptical members of Congress that the Defense Department had made the right call. They repeatedly cited a top-secret 2010 study they said named the Mi-17 as the superior choice.
Turns out the study told a very different story, according to unclassified excerpts obtained by The Associated Press.
An American-made helicopter, the U.S. Army’s workhorse Chinook built by Boeing in Pennsylvania, was found to be “the most cost-effective single platform type fleet for the Afghan Air Force over a twenty year” period, according to the excerpts.
The 63 Mi-17s are being acquired through a contract that was awarded without competition to Russia’s notoriously corrupt arms export agency Rosoboronexport.
Read this crap HERE.
The Jackbooting of American Police
The University of the Incarnate Word is a highly-rated Catholic college in San Antonio, Texas. It is hardly a hot bed of campus violence. When senior Robert Cameron Redus was pulled-over last Friday by campus police for “erratically speeding,” it is unlikely he had any clue of how tragically the stop would end. The campus police department contends Redus, an honors student set to graduate in May, grabbed the officer’s steel baton during a struggle. Not in dispute, however, is that Redus was shot five times by the officer, at close range, leaving him dead and the University scrambling to explain why lethal force was needed to subdue a single college student.
Police-involved shootings are on the rise from New York City to Anaheim, California and crime data suggests incidents involving questionable use of police force — once a problem primarily limited to large, inner-city areas — are occurring with greater frequency in smaller towns across the country. For civil liberties watchdogs, this disturbing trend should come as no surprise; much like their federal counterparts, local police and prosecutors are demanding greater power to “pursue criminals,” even if such power may overstep constitutional limitation; and regardless of whether such an approach makes practical sense in low-crime communities or in many non-violent situations in which police officers are involved.
A major factor accounting for this trend is the massive infusion of federal “anti-terrorism” money being funneled from the Department of Homeland Security to local police departments. These billions are turning many neighborhood cops into paramilitary personnel — equipped with vehicles and weapons intended for use in the world’s most violent warzones. The over- militarization of small-town America is turning Mayberry into the Middle East; with Andy Griffith monitoring a license plate camera while Don Knotts patrols the streets carrying an MP5. Officers now have military-style armored vehicles parked in their lots along side their Crown Victoria patrol cars. This has created such unusual scenarios as Ohio State University’s 40,000-pound, armored Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, and sophisticated license plate readers in a town of 333 people.
More to read HERE.
Liberal’s War on Christmas – AGENDA EXPOSED!
Writes Jeffrey Folks, on page 51 of his 1985 book, The Rough Guide to Yugoslavia, “Religious faiths have experienced a waning of worship.”
Folks was describing the transformation of SOCIALIST Yugoslavia into COMMUNIST Yugoslavia and, in the communist state…CHRISTMAS had been done away with as a publicly displayed holiday.
One wonders, and rightly so, just how far away WE are from THAT.
Perhaps, a better way of posing the question would be…
How CLOSE are we to it?
While even in a communist country back then, as Christianity or Judaism lived in the hearts and minds of those who practiced the faiths, any outward display of them was subject to neighborhood and government spies and no one wanted to suffer the consequences of being caught with a Christmas tree or a Menorah.
In this country, it’s hard to believe that such things would be possible but, let’s remember, it wasn’t THAT long ago that anyone would have thought someone could have been evicted from their home for flying an American flag.
Today’s home owners associations have been downright commie in their approach to veterans who have proudly displayed the stars and stripes over the last few years and, assorted atheist trolls from states hundreds or, thousands of miles from the scene of the Creche, have raised unholy HELL over THOSE public displays.
In today’s politically correct, agnostic, liberal, secular society, why WOULDN’T we expect to start hearing orders that Christmas lights and Christmas trees in windows will be banned?
Pelosi is giving out free blowjobs to all democrats in the house!
John McCain is a gutless, God damned idiot
We live in Arizona. We have never voted for John McCain, other than voting against Barack Obama in 2008, but make no mistake we required a nose clip, tetanus shots, and a significant quantity of cheap alcohol to perform the act. We used the cheap stuff because we’re not wasting 21 year old scotch on the likes of a worthless SOB like McCain.
That brings us to John Kerry.
In a spirit of full disclosure, John Kerry committed treason in 1973 when, as a US Naval Reserve Officer, he gave aid and comfort to the North Vietnamese in Paris. His worthless, treasonous, cowardly ass was bailed out by Jimmy Carter when Carter ordered a review of “less than honorable” discharges and Kerry was basically pardoned and his discharge was upgraded.
Do I have the facts to prove that? No. But why else would we be still waiting for Kerry to release his full military records as he promised to do in 2004?
He’s one of the few US Senators who is more distasteful than John McCain and if some future President wants to set things right for a generation of US servicemen who served honorably in Vietnam and were sold out first by their government and then by our current Secretary of State, we have a new rope in the garage we’ll donate to hang the SOB.
Back to Kerry and McCain.
Much more and video found HERE.
Something I would wear (yes, ask my wife, she knows how weird I are)…