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Angry veterans turn their backs on Obama motorcade

angry veteransOn July 17, 2014, the POS went to Delaware to discuss a bridge that was damaged by someone dumping 50 tons of soil next to it. Repairs are expected to cost taxpayers $20 million, according to DelawareOnline.com.

White House Whispers reports that a group of 25 angry veterans protested against the POS by turning their backs to his passing motorcade.

The leader of the protest, U.S. Marine veteran Martin Nicholson, told BuzzPo.com, “We feel he’s turned his back on us veterans, so we’re going to turn our backs on him as he drives by on his motorcade to show our appreciation that he does not care about us veterans.”

Referring to Obama’s aiding and abetting of the surge invasion of illegals across the US-Mexico border, another protester, John Stroud, told BuzzPo, “Take care of your own first. There are Americans that need help first. I think there are more important things you could be doing than coming to Delaware to look at a bridge.”

Instead of focusing on the protesters, whoever took the video below had his attention fixed on the POS’s motorcade.  :(

H/t FOTM’s josephbc69

~Eowyn

Texas Gov. Perry deploys 1,000 National Guard troops to border

Months (actually years, since 2012) after illegal aliens began surging across the Mexico border into America’s southern states (at a rate of 35,000 a month into Texas), Governor Rick Perry is finally really doing something to stem the invasion.

Yesterday, July 21, 2014, stating that the federal government offers only “lip service” on border security, Perry announced that he is activating up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border  as a “force multiplier” to help the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) “combat the brutal Mexican drug cartels that are preying upon our communities.”

“I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor. We are too good of a country,” Perry said.

The National Guard troops could detain people if asked, Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said at the press conference with Perry, but they are planning to play a “referring and deterring” role by deterring cartels with their visible presence and referring any immigrants suspected of being illegally in the country to DPS.

Perry argued that the elevated response at the border by DPS personnel has already acted as a deterrent force and reduced apprehensions. That operation comes at a cost of $1.3 million per week. A state memo obtained by the McAllen Monitor, which first reported Perry’s plan to deploy the National Guard, indicates the new efforts will cost the state of Texas $12 million per month.

Perry said he expects the federal government to eventually reimburse the state of Texas for the costs it has incurred protecting the southern border.

CBS reports that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said prior to Perry’s announcement that the Obama administration has not yet received the formal request from Perry to activate the troops, but he downplayed it as a merely a symbolic measure, “What we’re hopeful is that Governor Perry will not just take these kinds of steps that are generating the kind of headlines I suspect he intended, but will actually take the kinds of steps that will be constructive to solving the problem over the long term.”

Referring to the $3.7 billion in emergency appropriations the POS has requested from Congress, Earnest said, “To be specific that means that we hope that Governor Perry will support the supplemental appropriations request that this administration put forward a few weeks ago and that that Governor Perry will use his influence with congressional Republicans in Congress an urge them to stop blocking comprehensive bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives.”

Blah. Blah. Blah.

Mouth of Sauron Joshua Earnest

To Joshua Earnest, the new Mouth of Sauron:

The United States Constitution recognizes America’s state National Guards or militias, and gives them vital roles to fill: “to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasion.” (Article I, Section 8, Clause 15).

State governors have the full authority to activate state National Guards, without having to issue a “formal request” to Washington, D.C.

In the end, however, Perry’s deployment of 1,000 Texan National Guard troops to the border is merely a symbolic act that will be entirely ineffectual in stemming the Invasion of the Illegals.

H/t FOTM’s swampygirl

~Eowyn

I love Bagram…not!

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My boyfriend spent a year stationed in Bagram and discovered the web site, ilovebagram.com . It’s where soldiers post their daily rants about life in Bagram. Although my soldier returned home from the war zone last year, we still check out the site for some laughs. Below, I present some tales of what life is like over there. (Warning, the web site has graphic language!)

ILB = I love Bagram  ILBB = I love Bagram because…

  • ILB because you never know when you are going to open a porta john and get a full frontal view of a LN standing on the seat taking a squat.
  • ILBB of this terrible stomach virus it gave me, transitioning between diarrhea and vomiting is no fun.
  • ILB because the brown splash is so much worse than the blue splash. (in the porta johns)
  • ILBB of the daily gamble I take flying my sortie in a single seat aircraft while wondering when the explosive diarrhea will strike.
  • ILBB I have lost all touch with reality….and am fine with it.

  • Because I have to move my stuff for the 8th time in 3 months.
  • ILBB I finally understand why they want to kill us. Eventually we get to leave and they are stuck here.
  • ILB because whatever is killing these birds is probably going to end up killing me if I don’t get out of here.
  • ILBB I get so bored that I am going to end up trying out the Squat Shit N Pray technique in a Portajon.
  • ILB because after being here for 12 years, we still don’t have paved roads, and a Wal-Mart.
  • ILB because even though Afghanistan is a land locked country, somehow jellyfish always find their way into the men’s showers.
  • lLB because we were winning when I left.

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Non-pilot to be new commander of US Air Force in Pacific

Dr. Eowyn:

The POS’s destruction of the U.S. military continues, and Congress will not do a thing to stop it. Why? Because the new commander-nominee is a woman.

If a woman wants to be Commander of USAF Pacific, all she has to do is to be a career combat pilot. But Lori Robinson is not. Her nomination is rank politics — the Left’s ideology of Affirmative Action over competence and training.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Instead of achievement or performance criteria, the U. S. military under Obama is making personnel decisions based on political criteria of “diversity.”

The latest case in point:

Although all previous Air Force combatant commanders in active large theaters of operation — the Pacific, Europe and Central Command — have been combat pilots, for the first time, a non-career pilot has been nominated to be Commander of the U. S. Air Force in the Pacific.

She is Lt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson who, although she’s had more than 900 flight hours, is not a career or combat pilot.

Lt. Gen. Lori RobinsonLt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson

Rowan Scarborough reports for The Washington Times, July 17, 2014:

The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to command air power in such a large theater of operation.

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Obama wants $3.7 billion for illegals, but US troops in Afghanistan now get only 2 hot meals a day

Dr. Eowyn:

H/t FOTM’s Miche

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

The Obama administration is spending $250 to $1,000 a day to house each of the illegal aliens from Central America “surging” across the Mexico borderinto the United States. That’s what Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeh Johnson told the U.S. Senate Budget Committee.

That’s why the Obama administration is requesting from Congress $3.7 BILLION in emergency funds for the border “surge” that began in 2012. The Daily Mail reports that only about 3% of the $3.7 billion would actually be used to strengthen border security, with the bulk of the requested funds going to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to care for the “unaccompanied children,” the majority of whom are males ages 15 to 17, according to the New York Times.

The Obama administration also awarded a $50 million contract to Baptist Child & Family Services (BCFS) to buy the Palm Aire…

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US Marine Corps commandant openly blasts CIC Obama

Dr. Eowyn:

Retired U.S. military officers and a former secretary of defense have spoken out against Obama, but this is the first time that a still-serving officer is openly critical.

And not just any officer, but the 4-star commandant of United States Marine Corps — a significant indicator of the profound alienation of the military from their commander-in-chief.

Thank you, Gen. Amos, for speaking the truth.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

USMC Gen. James AmosU.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos

On July 15, 2014, speaking at the Brookings Institute think tank in Washington, DC, the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, 4-star Gen. James Amos, openly and publicly criticized Commander-In-Chief Barack Hussein Obama.

Reporting for The Fiscal Times, David Francis observes that “It’s highly unusual for a high-ranking soldier, let alone a high-ranking Marine, to publicly question White House and Pentagon policy. Yet that’s exactly what four-star Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, did yesterday in Washington.”

Speaking at the Brookings Institute, Amos criticized the Obama administration for:

1. Paving the way for the emergence of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) by completely withdrawing American troops in 2011. Amos said: “I have a hard time believing that had we been there, and worked with the government, and worked with parliament, and worked with the…

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Obama’s Pentagon lays off thousands of military officers, incl. active duty

Dr. Eowyn:

President Lucifer’s war against the military continues.
H/t FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

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The Obama administration is cutting thousands of officers from the military, citing the demands of sequestration. Those being laid off include a number of officers on active duty, with some receiving pink slips while on the battlefield.

Fox News reports, July 13, 2014, that the Pentagon is laying off thousands of military officers, including those serving or who have recently served in Afghanistan.

On Thursday, July 10, Gen. John Campbell told Congress that 1,100 soldiers, including some currently serving in Afghanistan, would receiving pink slips due to sequestration budget cuts to the Defense Department.

Roughly 2,600 captains and other officers have or will be laid off, with more expected.

Defense Department officials said the reductions are the result of mandatory spending cuts imposed by sequestration and are part of their larger plan to reduce the number of U.S. soldiers from 520,000 to 450,000.

The Army insists the draw-down plan…

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A Can’t Miss .50 Cal Round. Kinda Cool/Scary

What will those folks at DARPA think of next? Watch quick vid, and be amazed.

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Sniper heaven: Pentagon’s self-guided bullets leave enemies nowhere to hide

 

The research arm dedicated to creating breakthrough technology for the Pentagon has shared video of a successful test of self-guided bullets.

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency conducted a test April 21 with Teledyne Scientific & Imaging. Video posted to YouTube earlier this month shows a round with a ballistic path far from its intended target. As the round makes its way along the errant trajectory it suddenly curves, corrects itself and hits the intended target.

DARPA had a promising prototype for its Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (EXACTO) .50-caliber bullets in 2012, but the new video confirms that the agency has perfected the technology.

“The Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance system seeks to improve sniper effectiveness and enhance troop safety by allowing greater shooter standoff range and reduction in target engagement timelines,” DARPA’s website stated.

The new rounds will make American snipers even more efficient, allowing them to acquire moving targets in any environment. A self-guided bullet makes eliminating a target with one shot more likely, which better safeguards the sniper’s exact location.

~Steve~

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/11/sniper-heaven-pentagons-successful-self-guided-bul/#ixzz37N9F8tkt

Military religion nonprofit CEO Weinstein pays himself huge salary

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Stars and Stripes: During the past decade, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) founder and president Mikey Weinstein has been a vocal advocate for the separation of church and state in the military.

But according to an Air Force Times examination of MRFF tax filings, what Weinstein pays himself for running MRFF is well more than the typical top salaries at most nonprofits, military-related or otherwise.

In 2012, Weinstein received total compensation worth $273,355 — about 47 percent of all money MRFF raised through contributions and grants that year, according to IRS filings accessed on the nonprofit transparency website GuideStar.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), for example, paid its founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff $145,000 in 2012, or a little more than 2 percent of the $6.1 million IAVA raised that year. Wounded Warrior Project CEO Steven Nardizzi received $311,538 in 2012, or 0.2 percent of the nearly $155 million that charity raised that year. Nardizzi was paid more than Weinstein in actual dollars, but Wounded Warrior Project’s revenues far exceed the $584,351 MRFF brought in during 2012.

Weinstein’s compensation is more than double the average compensation for nonprofit CEOs, the Times reported, noting that the charity CEOs nationwide received a median $125,942 in compensation in 2011, citing the most recent study by the watchdog group Charity Navigator.

Small charities CEOs typically earned $95,661, the Times wrote, again citing Charity Navigator, which also said that MRFF falls below the budget threshold Charity Navigator uses for small nonprofits.

Weinstein votes on his own salary as part of a three-member board that is smaller than the five-member board Charity Navigator recommends for nonprofits. And MRFF counts him — a paid employee — as an independent voting board member, an apparent violation of IRS rules.

In interviews with Air Force Times, Weinstein — the only compensated employee at MRFF — strongly defended his compensation.

“I handle a lot of different hats here,” Weinstein said. “I handle all development and do all the fundraising. My wife’s a full-time volunteer and has the term development director, but I’m the one that does it. I handle all of the clients’ care and intake, and all of the interface with the clients. I handle all of the stuff with the press. It ends up being about a 15-hour-a-day workweek, seven days a week. It’s a tremendous amount of time and effort, and we feel it’s perfectly appropriate.”

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Will President Lucifer Sell Out The Silent Service?

In this encouraging reminder of the power of America’s submarine service, we see that China has reason to stifle its bellicose generals.

Sounds good, right? BUT!!! What about the history of Democrat presidents selling out American strategic advantages to the Chinese military? Bill Clinton sold technology to China that they would likely have been unable to develop for years. Why? Campaign money. Now will Obama, cut from a similar mold, follow a similar course?

Will any American secret remain secure? The answer is, YES!

What secret will remain secure, you ask?

Barack Obama’s actual identity, of course.

~ TD

THE WEEK

China thinks it can defeat America in battle

But it overlooks one decisive factor

By David Axe

Sorry, China, but the U.S. still has the upper hand.

Sorry, China, but the U.S. still has the upper hand. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jared Hill/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

The bad news first. The People’s Republic of China now believes it can successfully prevent the United States from intervening in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan or some other military assault by Beijing.

Now the good news. China is wrong — and for one major reason. It apparently disregards the decisive power of America’s nuclear-powered submarines.

Moreover, for economic and demographic reasons Beijing has a narrow historical window in which to use its military to alter the world’s power structure. If China doesn’t make a major military move in the next couple decades, it probably never will.

The U.S. Navy’s submarines — the unsung main defenders of the current world order — must hold the line against China for another 20 years. After that, America can declare a sort of quiet victory in the increasingly chilly Cold War with China.

How China wins

The bad news came from Lee Fuell, from the U.S. Air Force’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center, during Fuell’s testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commissionin Washington, D.C. on Jan. 30.

For years, Chinese military planning assumed that any attack by the People’s Liberation Army on Taiwan or a disputed island would have to begin with a Pearl Harbor-style preemptive missile strike by China against U.S. forces in Japan and Guam. The PLA was so afraid of overwhelming American intervention that it genuinely believed it could not win unless the Americans were removed from the battlefield before the main campaign even began…

Read whole article at: http://theweek.com/article/index/264032/china-thinks-it-can-defeat-america-in-battle

Fortunately for that liberal order, America possesses by far the world’s most powerful submarine force — one poised to quickly sink any Chinese invasion fleet. In announcing its readiness to hold off the U.S. military, the PLA seems to have ignored Washington’s huge undersea advantage.

(Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

The Silent Service

It’s not surprising that Beijing would overlook America’s subs. Most Americans overlook their own undersea fleet — and that’s not entirely their own fault. The U.S. sub force takes pains to avoid media coverage in order to maximize its secrecy and stealth. “The submarine cruises the world’s oceans unseen,” the Navy stated on its Website.

Unseen and unheard. That why the sub force calls itself the “Silent Service.”

The Navy has 74 submarines, 60 of which are attack or missile submarines optimized for finding and sinking other ships or blasting land targets. The balance is ballistic-missile boats that carry nuclear missiles and would not routinely participate in military campaigns short of an atomic World War III.

Thirty-three of the attack and missile boats belong to the Pacific Fleet, with major bases in Washington State, California, Hawaii, and Guam. Deploying for six months or so roughly every year and a half, America’s Pacific subs frequently stop over in Japan and South Korea and occasionally even venture under the Arctic ice.

According to Adm. Cecil Haney, the former commander of Pacific Fleet subs, on any given day 17 boats are underway and eight are “forward-deployed,” meaning they are on station in a potential combat zone. To the Pacific Fleet, that pretty much means waters near China…

Read whole article at: http://theweek.com/article/index/264032/china-thinks-it-can-defeat-america-in-battle

(Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

Waiting out the Chinese decline

If American subs can hold the line for another 20 years, China might age right out of its current, aggressive posture without ever having attacked anyone. That’s because economic and demographic trends in China point towards a rapidly aging population, flattening economic growth, and fewer resources available for military modernization…

Read whole article at: http://theweek.com/article/index/264032/china-thinks-it-can-defeat-america-in-battle

…Wisely, American political and military leaders have made the investments necessary to sustain U.S. undersea power for at least that long. After a worrying dip in submarine production, starting in 2012 the Pentagon asked for — and Congress funded — the acquisition of two Virginia-class submarines per year for around $2.5 billion apiece, a purchase rate adequate to maintain the world’s biggest nuclear submarine fleet indefinitely.

The Pentagon is also improving the Virginia design, adding undersea-launched dronesextra missile capacity, and potentially a new anti-ship missile.

Given China’s place in the world, its underlying national trends and America’s pointed advantage in just that aspect of military power that’s especially damaging to Chinese plans, it seems optimistic for PLA officers to assume they can launch an attack on China’s neighbors without first knocking out U.S. forces.

Not that a preemptive strike would make any difference, as the only American forces that truly matter for containing China are the very ones that China cannot reach.

For they are deep underwater. ♞

Read whole article at: http://theweek.com/article/index/264032/china-thinks-it-can-defeat-america-in-battle


“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”
– Psalm 20:10