Category Archives: Military

“Communism will win” officer receives Other Than Honorable discharge

Spenser Rapone

Good riddance.

Read about his discharge here.

About the Other Than Honorable (OTH) discharge, from Wikipedia:

“An OTH is a form of administrative discharge. This type of discharge represents a departure from the conduct and performance expected of all military members.

Recipients of OTH discharges are barred from reenlisting into any component of the Armed Forces including the Reserve and National Guard components.

Generally, in order to receive VA benefits and services, the Veteran’s character of discharge or service must be under “other than dishonorable” conditions (e.g., honorable, under honorable conditions, general) as stated by VA policy. However, individuals receiving another-than-honorable or bad conduct discharge may qualify for VA benefits depending on a “Character of Service Determination (CSD)” made by VA.

If the veteran has either a service-connected injury or illness, at least two years of active-duty service, or has received at least one Honorable discharge they will be able to enroll in the VA health care system. The VA will submit Form 7131 (Information Exchange Between VA Regional Offices and Medical Facilities) and make a character of service determination to decide if their service was “Honorable (for VA purposes)”, “Honorable (for medical purposes)”, or “Dishonorable”.

Veterans with an OTH discharge who qualify for VA Healthcare are eligible to submit claims for disability compensation pay, participation in educational, volunteer, and vocational rehabilitation programs. Other Than Honorable recipients are eligible for Montgomery GI Bill benefits if they have completed at least one honorable discharge and may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits if the VA determines their service to be “Honorable (for VA purposes)”.

At least this guy won’t be allowed a platform in the military any more.

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Memorial Day: It’s not about having the day off work…

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What Memorial Day is Really All About

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I received the following pics a couple of days ago in an email from my brother that was about to depart Phoenix for the flight home after a business trip.

We have all seen the gussied-up, sanitized, homogenized as well as somewhat impersonal photos and videos put out by the various media outlets this time every year, but nothing quite drives it home like seeing this up-close and personal.

I have no idea who this soldier is, but I do know they gave their all for our country.

The caption he posted ahead of the photos was as follows:

Disembarking of a fallen soldier here in Phoenix tonight. Very impressive, Very emotional and Totally American!!! Great reminder of what this weekend and Monday stands for. Have a great Memorial Day!

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(h/t: My brother)

-Dave

 

Michael Bloomberg says taxing poor people is one of the ways you “influence them to do what’s in their own interest”

Bloomberg founded Everytown for Gun Safety.

It’s ALWAYS ABOUT CONTROL with demorats.

From Daily Mail: Former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg said he supports regressive taxes, meaning taxes that end up costing poor people proportionately more money than their more well off counterparts, as a means of control.

‘Taxes are one of the ways you influence people to do what’s in their own interest, where they might not expect that,’ he said. ‘So if you want to get kids to stop smoking, raise cigarette taxes, and the more you raise them, the less they smoke.’

Bloomberg made the comments during an interview with Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), that was streamed live on April 19 from the IMF’s Spring meeting in Washington, DC.

The billionaire and philanthropist admitted that sometimes taxes take a proportionally greater amount from those on lower incomes, especially in the case of taxes that are imposed as a means of control. 

‘Some people say, ‘”Well, taxes are regressive,”‘ he said, referring to taxes that effectively take a larger percentage out of the wallets of those who make less money. ‘In this case, yes they are. That’s the good thing about them because the problem is in people that don’t have a lot of money.’

Presumably here, he was referring to smokers, and those who drink sugary beverages, as he famously instituted a high tax in the city on the purchase of ‘Big Gulp’ size sodas during his term as mayor.

He went on: ‘And so, higher taxes should have a bigger impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves. So, I listen to people saying, “Oh we don’t want to tax the poor.” Well, we want the poor to live longer so that they can get an education and enjoy life. And that’s why you do want to do exactly what a lot of people say you don’t want to do.

Bloomberg brought the issue up in response to a question about his ideas on global policy as a philanthropist. He started the conversation talking about how one goal of Bloomberg Philanthropy is to raise money to fight non-communicable diseases.

‘The question is do you want to pander to those people?,’ he asked, referring to individuals who say taxation of the poor is never a good thing, while also assuming it’s the poor who are making that argument.

‘Or do you want to get them to live longer? There’s just no question. If you raise taxes on full sugary drinks, for example, they will drink less and there’s just no question that full sugar drinks are one of the major contributors to obesity and obesity is one of the major contributors to heart disease and cancer and a variety of other things.’

Bloomberg then went on to make the analogy that arguing against high taxes on things he thinks are bad, like sugary beverages, is the same thing as saying we should prop up outmoded jobs in disappearing industries, just to ensure those workers don’t have to find new employment.

‘It’s like saying, “I don’t want to stop using coal because coal miners will go out of work, will lose their jobs,”‘ he said.

‘We have a lot of soldiers in the United States in the US Army, but we don’t want to go start a war just to give them something to do and that’s exactly what you’re saying when you say “Well, let’s keep coal killing people because we don’t want coal miners to lose their jobs.” The truth of the matter is that there aren’t very many coal miners left anyways and we can find other things for them to do. But the comparison is: a life or a job. Or, taxes or life? Which do you want to do? Take your poison.’

At this point, Lagarde interjected, repeating Bloomberg’s analysis of regressive taxes. ‘So it’s regressive, it is good,’ she said. ‘There are lots of tax experts in the room. And fiscal experts, and I’m very pleased that they hear you say that.’

Lagarde then quoted a well-known phrase, attributing it to the financial experts in the room.  ‘They all say that two things in life which are absolutely certain. One is death, the other one is tax,’ she said. ‘So you use one to defer the other one,’ she added, summarizing Bloomberg’s point.

‘That’s correct,’ he said. ‘That is exactly right. Well said.’

At this, those in attendance started applauding.

Bloomberg served three consecutive terms as mayor of New York City, from 2002 to 2013.

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Thursday funnies!

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h/t @CloydRivers

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Emma Gonzalez: If you want to shoot assault weapons, go serve your f*cking country

According to Emma an AR-15 isn’t “imperative.”

Set aside the fact that an AR-15 is not an assault weapon. And set aside her fantasy that civilians should not own any of these weapons. And set aside the Second Amendment…

Here’s several reasons why an AR-15 may be imperative:

But hey Emma, you and Media Hogg keep on talking all you want. You’re doing a bang up job for the NRA:

h/t Weasel Zippers

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Democrat heads will explode when Trump makes history with North Korea

Before even meeting Kim Jong-un, President Trump has already achieved more with North Korea than all his predecessors.

To begin, President Trump has stood firm, despite North Korea’s missile tests and threatening bombastic rhetoric:

  • In response to Kim’s threat to fire missiles at Guam, a U.S. territory on which is the Andersen Air Force Base, Trump responded that if North Korea failed to cease nuclear testing and threats, future threats would be “met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before,” and vowed to “totally destroy” North Korea if the United States were “forced to defend itself or its allies”.
  • On September 23, 2017, the U.S. flew B-1B bombers from Guam and F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, in international airspace over waters east of North Korea.
  • On October 9, 2017, two US B-1 bombers carried out mock missile launches off both coasts of South Korea, along with South Korean and Japanese fighter jets.

North Korea buckled:

  • On March 8, 2018, following a meeting with President Trump, South Korean diplomat Chung Eui-yong revealed that Kim Jong-un had expressed “eagerness” to meet with Trump, which South Korean President Moon Jae-in calls a “miracle,” and that the U.S. accepted the invitation. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that “in the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure [on North Korea] must remain.”
  • On April 21, 2018, Kim announced he would halt nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches, as well as dismantle the atomic testing facility at Punggye-ri in the north east as a “transparent guarantee” of the end of testing. According to the South China Morning Post, two groups of Chinese experts say the Punggye-ri military facility had collapsed “putting China and other nearby nations at unprecedented risk of radioactive exposure” and that this could be the real reason behind Kim’s decision to end his missile and nuclear trials. Indeed, there were reports last year of major earthquakes and landslides in the facility’s mountainous area in the wake of five test blasts. See also “Just desserts: Kim Jong Un’s ballistic missile accidentally hit a North Korean city”.
  • On April 27, the heads of South Korea and North Korea met at the DMZ (demilitarized zone) between the two countries — the first time since the Korean War that a North Korean leader had entered South Korean territory. The historic summit ended with both countries pledging to work towards complete denuclearization and removal of all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula, as well as to declare, within the year, an official end to the Korean War that had ravaged the peninsula from 1950 to 1953.

The latest: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just returned from North Korea with three Americans whom Pyongyang had held hostage. They landed at Andrews Air Force Base this morning at 2:00 A.M.

President Trump tweeted this morning:

I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set.

Followed by:

Secretary Pompeo and his “guests” will be landing at Andrews Air Force Base at 2:00 A.M. in the morning. I will be there to greet them. Very exciting!

President Trump had indicated that a date and place are set for the summit with Kim, but he will not yet reveal what they are.

If the US-North Korea summit goes well, Trump will be remembered and celebrated in history.

And the heads of Demonrats/liberals/Progressives will explode.

Update (May 10):

Trump announced this morning that the US-NK summit will be in Singapore on June 12!

~Eowyn