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California soldiers ordered to repay enlistment bonuses

messed up

From SF Gate: Nearly 10,000 California National Guard soldiers have been ordered to repay huge enlistment bonuses a decade after signing up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, a newspaper reported Saturday.

The Pentagon demanded the money back after audits revealed overpayments by the California Guard under pressure to fill ranks and hit enlistment goals. If soldiers refuse, they could face interest charges, wage garnishments and tax liens, the Los Angeles Times said.

Faced with a shortage of troops at the height of the two wars, California Guard officials offered bonuses of $15,000 or more for soldiers to reenlist.

A federal investigation in 2010 found thousands of bonuses and student loan payments were improperly doled out to California Guard soldiers. About 9,700 current and retired soldiers received notices to repay some or all of their bonuses with more than $22 million recovered so far.

Soldiers said they feel betrayed at having to repay the money. “These bonuses were used to keep people in,” said Christopher Van Meter, a 42-year-old former Army captain and Iraq veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart. “People like me just got screwed.”

Van Meter said he refinanced his home mortgage to repay $25,000 in reenlistment bonuses and $21,000 in student loan repayments that the military says was improperly given to him.

The California Guard said it has to follow the law and collect the money.

“At the end of the day, the soldiers ended up paying the largest price,” Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, deputy commander of the California Guard told the Times. “We’d be more than happy to absolve these people of their debts. We just can’t do it. We’d be breaking the law.”

The Pentagon agency that oversees state Guard groups has said that bonus overpayments occurred in every state, but more so in California, which has 17,000 soldiers.

California Guard officials said they are helping soldiers and veterans file appeals with agencies that can erase the debts. But soldiers said it’s a long process, and there’s no guarantee they’ll win.

Retired Army major and Iraq veteran Robert D’Andrea said he was told to repay his $20,000 because auditors could not find a copy of the contract he says he signed. D’Andrea appealed and is running out of options. “Everything takes months of work, and there is no way to get your day in court,” he said. “Some benefit of the doubt has to be given to the soldier.”

tired soldier


White House reached goal of taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees Monday

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From MSN: The White House will reach its goal, articulated a year ago, of taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. on Monday afternoon. A plane carrying the refugees has departed Jordan and will soon land in the U.S., CBS News’ Margaret Brennan reports.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that we will meet this goal more than a month ahead of schedule. Our 10,000th Syrian refugee will arrive this afternoon,” National Security Adviser Susan Rice said in a statement.

Between last October and the end of this September, the U.S. is expected to admit a total of at least 85,000 refugees, Rice said, including from countries like Burma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Iraq, Somalia, Ukraine, among many others.

President Obama said last year that would admit 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the fiscal year. Monday’s announcement means the White House attained its goal a month ahead of schedule, an achievement due at least in large part to a surge of State Department and Homeland Security officials deployed to the Middle East to help process a backlog of applications. The 10,000 are a significant increase over the 1,500 the U.S. was on track to admit in 2015. 

An overwhelmingly majority of the refugees, 80 percent, who have already resettled in the U.S. are women and children under the age of 18, according to the State Department. Data also shows that 96 percent of the refugees are Muslim.

U.S. officials say that the refugees have gone through extensive vetting, which not only involved numerous interviews but also intelligence-driven vetting and reviews of their social media accounts.

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The average review took more than a year and a half to complete. The names of the refugees were run through Pentagon, State Department, FBI and other agency databases, Brennan reports.

The news comes as Donald Trump continues to slam the president’s and Hillary Clinton’s immigration policies, especially in relation to Syrian refugees. Trump has in the past compared Syrian refugees to snakes and he has advocated a plan to block people from entering the U.S. from countries with ties to terrorism.


San Francisco lawmaker has had enough of the Blue Angels ‘strafing’ his city

Hey Avalos, it’s not just YOUR city. You’d better check with the other 864,815 citizens before making demands. Oh, and next time you open your trap, make sure you have a dictionary handy.

And if you’ve never seen the Blue Angels perform up close, DO IT next time they come to your town. It’s AMAZING.

blue angels

From Stars and Stripes: A San Francisco lawmaker has revived a proposal following the crash of a Blue Angels jet last week: It’s time, he said, to ban the renowned Navy squadron from flying over his city.

John Avalos, a member of the board of supervisors, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the jets are a threat to safety and should not be allowed to fly over occupied areas. Rather, he said, they should be kept over San Francisco Bay, where sea vessels typically congregate for Blue Angels performances.

“It’s about them crashing and hitting a building — a place where people live,” Avalos told the Chronicle. “It’s about the terror that they cause in people when they strafe neighborhoods. That’s something I hear about all the time when Blue Angels fly overhead.”

John Avalos

John Avalos

Avalos misused the term “strafing,” a term typically used to describe when pilots are flying their aircraft low to the ground, firing at targets while using machine guns or rotary cannons. Avalos did not return requests for an interview Monday morning, but took to Twitter over the weekend to double down on his comments, saying there are many San Francisco citizens who don’t want the planes.

Avalos has raised the issue before. Last fall, he said a Blue Angels performance over San Francisco reminded him of U.S. “imperialism.” The planes, he said, buzz San Francisco with “feel good jingoism.” He also appeared to allude to the Pentagon budget, which was estimated at $560 billion in fiscal 2015 and $585 billion this year.

Avalos, a former progressive candidate for mayor, is not the first to raise questions about the elite demonstration squadrons like the Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds. Both squadrons have historically had budgets of about $35 million per year, prompting some critics to raise questions about whether they are worth the cost.

The squadrons also occasionally have deadly mishaps. The crash Thursday killed Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, 32, shortly after he took off from an airport in Smyrna, Tenn. His aircraft went down about two miles from the runway during preparations for the Great Tennessee Air Show over the weekend.

Another crash occurred the same day in Colorado in the Thunderbirds, which were performing as part of the commencement ceremony at the Air Force Academy. In that case, the pilot, Maj. Alex Turner was not hurt and put his plane down in an open field after avoiding homes, military officials said.

Avalos did not explain his opposition to the highly trained Blue Angels as compared to other military aircraft squadrons. There are several military installations in the San Francisco area, including Moffett Federal Airfield, a former Navy base that is now used by NASA, the California Air National Guard and other tenants.

The Blue Angels fly over San Francisco as part of Fleet Week, an annual outreach event that attracts about 1 million people per year to the city. Similar events are held in other cities, including New York.


Shocker, not: Hillary’s team copied intel off top-secret server to email

At this point, I really don’t know what it is going to take to put this womyn behind bars.

Hillary For Prison 2016

The State Department cannot find emails of Clinton IT staffer Bryan Pagliano. Hillary Rodham Clinton said she does not need to apologize for using a private email account and server while at the State Department because “what I did was allowed.” Hillary Clinton’s private server contained information from 5 US spy agencies. Hillary Clinton deleted half of emails from personal account used to conduct business as secretary of state.

And an  intelligence community review reaffirmed that two classified emails were indeed “top secret” when they hit Hillary Clinton’s unsecured personal server despite a challenge to that designation by the State Department.

Hillary Clinton what difference does it make

Now comes news that the FBI is investigating whether members of Hillary Clinton’s inner circle “cut and pasted” material from the government’s classified network so that it could be sent to her private e-mail address.

The New York Post reports that Clinton and her top aides had access to a Pentagon-run classified network that goes up to the Secret level, as well as a separate system used for Top Secret communications.

The two systems — the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) and Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS) — are not connected to the unclassified system, known as the Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet). You cannot e-mail from one system to the other, though you can use NIPRNet to send ­e-mails outside the government.

And what do ya know: Somehow, highly classified information from SIPRNet, as well as even the super-secure JWICS, jumped from those closed systems to the open system and turned up in at least 1,340 of Clinton’s home e-mails — including several the CIA earlier this month flagged as containing ultra-secret Sensitive Compartmented Information and Special Access Programs, a subset of SCI.

SAP includes “dark projects,” such as drone operations, while SCI protects intelligence sources and methods.

“It takes a very conscious effort to move a classified e-mail or cable from the classified systems over to the unsecured open system and then send it to Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail account,” said Raymond Fournier, a veteran Diplomatic Security Service special agent. “That’s no less than a two-conscious-step process.”

He says it’s clear from some of the classified e-mails made public that someone on Clinton’s staff essentially “cut and pasted” content from classified cables into the messages sent to her. The classified markings are gone, but the content is classified at the highest levels — and so sensitive in nature that “it would have been obvious to Clinton.” Most likely the information was, in turn, e-mailed to her via NIPRNet.

FBI agents are zeroing in on three of Clinton’s top department aides. Most of the Clinton e-mails deemed classified by intelligence agency reviewers were sent to her by her chief of staff Cheryl Mills or deputy chiefs Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan.

Both of these womyn are untouchable...

Both of these womyn are untouchable…

In one e-mail, Clinton pressured Sullivan to declassify cabled remarks by a foreign leader. “Just e-mail it,” Clinton snapped, to which Sullivan replied: “Trust me, I share your exasperation. But until ops converts it to the unclassified e-mail system, there is no physical way for me to e-mail it.”

Read all the details here.

I just can’t take reading these reports about Hillary any more, they raise my blood pressure! NOTHING is being done to her and it’s infuriating. Sigh…


Report: Pentagon to destroy $1B in ammunition

Money down the DC drain...

Stars and Stripes: The Pentagon plans to destroy more than $1 billion worth of ammunition although some of those bullets and missiles could still be used by troops, according to the Pentagon and congressional sources.

It’s impossible to know what portion of the arsenal slated for destruction — valued at $1.2 billion by the Pentagon — remains viable because the Defense Department’s inventory systems can’t share data effectively, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by USA TODAY.

The result: potential waste of unknown value.

“There is a huge opportunity to save millions, if not billions of dollars if the (Pentagon) can make some common-sense improvements to how it manages ammunition,” said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “Despite years of effort, the Army, Navy and Air Force still don’t have an efficient process for doing something as basic as sharing excess bullets. This Government Accountability Office (GAO) report clearly shows that our military’s antiquated systems lead to millions of dollars in wasteful ammunition purchases.”

The Army and Pentagon, in a statement, acknowledged “the need to automate the process” and will make it a priority in future budgets. In all, the Pentagon manages a stockpile of conventional ammunition worth $70 billion.

The effect of inaccurate accounting of ammunition for troops at war was outside the scope of the study. However, there were limited supplies at times of .50-caliber machine gun and 9mm handgun ammunition at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a senior military officer who spoke on condition of anonymity to talk about the issue.

“We simply cannot afford this type of waste and ineffectiveness,” Carper said. “The (Pentagon) has a responsibility to efficiently manage its ammunition stocks, not only because it is important to be fiscally responsible, but also because our antiquated ammunition inventory systems can shortchange our war fighters and compromise their ability to complete their mission.”

Other key findings from the report:

The services have inventory systems for ammunition that cannot share data directly despite working for decades to develop a single database. Only the Army uses the standard Pentagon format; “the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps operate with formats that are obsolete.”

• The services hold an annual conference to share information about surplus ammunition and swap bullets and other munitions as needed. Data about ammunition left over after the meeting disappears from the books, resulting in an unknown amount of good bullets headed to the scrap heap.

The Army, although required by regulation, had not reported annually on its missile stockpile until last month, shortly before the GAO study was to be released.

The report illustrates the obsolete nature of the Pentagon’s inventory systems for ammunition. A request for ammunition from the Marine Corps, for example, is e-mailed to the Army. The e-mail is printed out and manually retyped into the Army system because the services cannot share data directly. Not only is this time consuming, but it can introduce errors — by an incorrect keystroke, for example.

Waste, buying new ammunition while usable stockpiles exist, can occur “because the Army does not report information on all available and usable items,” the report states. The annual conference among the services — although it saves about $70 million per year, according to the Pentagon — is inadequate. The services, in fiscal year 2012, exchanged 44 million items, including 32 million bullets for machine guns and pistols.

“Specifically, the Army’s report does not include information from prior years about usable ammunition that was unclaimed by another service and stored for potential foreign military sales or slated for potential disposal,” the report says.

Missiles are another source for concern, the report notes. The Army has an inventory of missiles, including Stingers, Javelins and Hellfires, that has totaled more than $14 billion in recent years. Hellfire missiles have been a weapon of choice for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the CIA-run Predator and Reaper drone missions to kill terrorists in places like Yemen.

The GAO found that the Army and its missile command “do not contribute to required annual report.” The reason, Army officials told investigators, is that it “rarely has items to offer for redistribution.”

Without its cooperation, the Army “risks others services spending additional funds to procure missiles that are already unused and usable in the Army’s stockpile.”

The Army, in a statement, said that it began offering that information to the other services last month.

In its recommendations, the GAO urged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to require the Army to make known information on all available for use by all services.


Pentagon Removes Air Force Tribute Video For Mentioning God.

how dare they make a video that could be insulting to flea ridden dirt bag muzzies or                                             stupid bastard “i’m smarter THAN everyone else” So therefore there is no God and I am an ATHEIST . people listen up. these .012 % of the population have feelings damnit. So don’t do it again.  To make up for their feelings being hurt I will offer them and the Brass who ordered this removed a piece offering.

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————————————— oops, watch your step…..    ~ Steve~ ………………

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An Air Force video saluting first sergeants was ordered removed by the Pentagon because it mentions the word “God” which, top brass fears, may insult atheists or Muslims.         Boo Fricken Hoo!!!

( May I interject for a moment, Screw them and the sexual partner camel they rode in on.)  


Ahhchhhpatooeymed, You say the sweetest things to a girl. Uhh I mean Camel.

Ahhchhhpatooeymed, You say the sweetest things to a girl. Uhh I mean Camel.

The video was based on the famous “So God made a farmer” commentary written and narrated by the late radio broadcaster Paul Harvey. The Harvey piece was later dusted off and used in a Dodge Ram Super Bowl commercial.

The first sergeant tribute was created by a Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst chaplain as a poem, which was later made into a video titled, “So God created a First Sergeant,” according to Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes.

The chaplain leaders at the New Jersey joint Army, Navy and Air Force base gave the tribute its seal of approval, as did the the base command structure prior to publication. Shortly after is was posted on YouTube it came to the attention of the Pentagon.

“Proliferation of religion is not allowed in the Air Force or military,” wrote the chief of the Air Force News Service Division in an email obtained by Fox News. “How would an Agnostic, Atheist or Muslim serving in the military take this video?”

( You’ll forgive me , but )


“I would not recommend using this at all,” the chief wrote.

In addition to his objection of the video’s repeated use of the name “God,” the chief found its opening lines objectionable.

“The choice of ‘On the Eighth day’ verbiage to begin this video is highly suggestive from the book of Genesis in the Bible and has Christian overtones,” he wrote.

Well, to be fair, it would also have Jewish overtones. That leaves Muslims, atheists, Buddhists, Hindus and all the rest. But the video was never intended to be required viewing — even by Christians and Jews.

Nonetheless, the video was removed to assure it meets military “religious neutrality” standards.

“The Air Force removed the ‘God Created a First Sergeant’ video from the official Joint Base McGuire Dix YouTube site to evaluate whether it is consistent with official Air Force guidance, to include whether it meets official guidance governing religious neutrality in the Air Force as prescribed in Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Culture,” spokesperson Ann Stefanek said in a statement.

One would think the Pentagon would have loftier concerns — apparently not.

One would also think that if the Harvey original, “So God made a farmer,” was appropriate to be disseminated to the general public on last Super Bowl Sunday, the Air Force chaplain’s “So God created a First Sergeant” would work for the military.

The Air Force must have turned into wusses.

Read more at Fox and watch the video causing the stir.



Truck carrying “Martial Law” signs seen in Missouri

I had prepared a draft of this post back on October 27, 2012 — mere days before the all-important November 6 elections. But my source was adamant that FOTM shouldn’t publish it because it would “frighten” the American people. I very much disagreed with his stance (my reason is below in red), but acceded to his wish.

Now that even the Left are talking about the Obama regime instigating martial law (see TrailDust’s post “Warnings from the Left and the Right about Obama’s plans martial law), I see no reason why I should hold back this post. (Besides, I am no longer on speaking terms with the source because, once again, he wanted to withhold the truth about another matter from our readers.) Here is my post, as I had written it on Oct. 27 last year.


FOTM has an unspoken policy not to traffic in unsubstantiated rumors. But I decided to do this post because I believe the importance of the subject matter warrants countervening that policy.

The rumor is that some in the Obama regime are making preparations for martial law. If such a plan indeed is being hatched, exposure of the plan to public knowledge can act as a deterrent, much as sunlight has a salubrious disinfectant effect on toxic bacteria.

Here’s the rumor. A trusted friend of FOTM received this email from “Joe,” a former U.S. Marine. Here’s Joe’s email, dated Oct. 18, 2012:

Stopped at the new Mo rest area on IH44 this PM. There was a 18 wheeler loaded with big signs. On my way back from the whiz room, took a look at the signs about 8′ x 10′. I could not believe what I was reading:



Alas, Joe did not take a picture of the signs, probably because he didn’t have a camera handy.

So I went scouring the Internet searching for any report that others also have seen the signs. All I could find was an assertion that “Martial Law” signs were seen in Utah in June or July 2012.

The claim was made on the Drake Blog Radio Show of July 4, 2012. In the audio below, beginning at the 15:10 mark, Drake Bailey said that “a few days ago” a military truck wrecked in the woods in Utah. The people who came to help saw that the truck was packed with cargo that included signs that said “Bank Closed” and “Martial Law,” as well as “paperwork” that says the signs are to be “put out” in October, right before the election.

When we put these sightings of “Martial Law” signs in the context of the posts FOTM have done on military drills with Black Hawk helicopters over urban cities, the DHS arming itself to the teeth with armored vehicles, battle rifles, and hollow-point bullets, etc. (see below), speculations and rumors about an Obama martial law no longer seem so far-fetched.