There are always reports on how Congress pisses away the taxpayers cash and then there are reports that illustrate just how deep the Congress is in the pockets of special interests……this project was neither wanted or needed by the military….but yet we had to have it……..F-35.
A new setback for the Pentagon’s costliest weapons program: The military’s entire fleet of 97 F-35 fighter jets has been grounded while the military probes a runway fire on one of the jets last month, reports CNN. “Additional inspections of F-35 engines have been ordered, and return to flight will be determined based on inspection results and analysis of engineering data,” a Pentagon official says. Officials in Australia and South Korea say they haven’t changed their plans to buy scores of the single-engine fighters, Reuters reports. The F-35 program, which has cost the military almost $400 billion, was grounded last year when a cracked engine blade was discovered.
That’s right, Irene….the American people spent $400 billion on a plane that the military said they could live without…..and yet the Congress went ahead with the construction of this piece of crap…..
Now you tell me just how representative the Congress really is……..we bought a piece of crap……similar to the “virtual fence” for border security….it was built and never worked and yet we still had to pay for it….now I know why so many companies want those lucrative government contracts……
There is a bleak future awaiting the US if things do not change…….we could go along with the Right wing and say it is because of liberals……..or we could go in another direction and blame the constant games played by the ea Party and its mentally slow supporters…….but the truth is….it is everyone’s fault….basically because of education…you remember that issue….the one we dedicate weeks and months and seminars and ….stuff….and we still cannot get it right……and since we cannot it will have a far reaching result…….
The Pentagon says that if all 34 million Americans aged 17 to 24 tried to join the military, it would reject more than two-thirds of them for being fat, uneducated, felonious, on drugs, or for assorted other reasons—even before it got around to weeding out the ones with neck tattoos. “The quality of people willing to serve has been declining rapidly,” complains the commanding general of US Army Recruiting Command, which estimates that 71% of today’s young people would fail to qualify for service, not including those turned down because of tattoos, ear gauges, or other cosmetic issues.
Around a quarter of high school graduates don’t have the basic math and reading skills needed to pass the Armed Forces Qualification Test, the military says, but the biggest reason for disqualification is obesity. In the past, a “drill sergeant could literally run the weight off a soldier as part of the regular training program,” a retired major tells the Wall Street Journal, but now, people who are 50 pounds or more overweight turn up at recruiting offices. Military recruiters, aided by enlistment bonuses, have still been meeting their targets in recent years, even though the general in charge of recruiting estimates that only 1% of American youth are both “eligible and inclined to have a conversation with us.”
There you go…..we have an ALL volunteer military and few can serve because we have a suck ass education system……..now i wait to see what the right wing has to say….ater all they are the biggest obstacle to a good education for our students……..what will their retort be…..or will they just ignore the findings? My guess? They will ignore and ignore hard!
A dying vet let it fly…..no holds barred……the Iraq Pack (thanx to Colbert for the label)…….and they are singing the same song they sung in 2003……
We all are well aware of the veterans and their plight….the government has failed them in so many ways…..but we need to point out right here that the Obama admin is not alone…..both parties have been beyond negligent……….
And the the Congress got involved with their photo ops they call hearings……they have even voted on a few bills that effect the vets……most of them have been defeated in the House….but then one magical day a miracle may have happened……
Are you sitting down? Good. Because the House just passed a high-profile bill unanimously. The bill allows veterans to seek treatment outside the Veterans Affairs system using government funds, Politico reports. It closely resembles a bipartisan Senate deal struck between Bernie Sanders and John McCain. The final vote tally was 421-0.
“I cannot state it strongly enough—this is a national disgrace,” said the bill’s chief sponsor, Republican Jeff Miller of Florida, according to the Modesto Bee. He is chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee. “We often hear that the care that veterans receive at the VA facilities is second to none,” added the committee’s top Democrat, Mike Michaud of Maine. But “as we have recently learned, tens of thousands of veterans are not getting in.”
Personally I will be cautiously happy with the vote….but these guys do not do things that are right….but rather those that are political expedient……
There is another shoe in this vote….I just have not figured it out just yet…..I am working on it!
I should be back to normal, if that is possible, tomorrow….thanks for bearing with me…….
I said from the beginning of this situation that the media was not doing anyone any favors….that hey were misinforming the public and they were convicting this man without the benefit of a trial….all in all it is disgusting….every person deserves a fair trial, at east that is what the Constitution says…..do you people remember that document?
News Coverage Misinforms Americans on the Bergdahl Swap The Future of Freedom Foundation.
I am taking a day away from the stuff so i will be pressing some stories that I feel are pertinent to the conversation….I will be back to original stuff in a day or so….
There has been an uproar….a political uproar….about the deal that swapped 5 Taleban for Sgt. Bergdahl. The problem is all this b*llsh*t is all hearsay for now…..and guess what you mindless twats? he is not alone!
Bergdahl Wasn’t Only Soldier to ‘Walk Off’ Afghan Outposts – Yahoo News.
We all have an opinion on the treatment of our veterans….some are disgusted, like me and others see it as a way to attack someone politically….that also I find disgusting.
This story just makes me want to go to DC and grab a couple of the twats that we elected and shake the living shit out of them.
WASHINGTON: Audit: 57,000 vets waiting more than 3 months to see doctor | National Security & Defense | McClatchy DC.
I regret that I did not find this on the actual anniversary of the murderous attack by Israel on an American ship, USS Liberty……but it needs to be read……maybe others will take up the mantle of finding for the memories of these fallen American sailors…..
Leaving the USS Liberty Crew Behind by Ray McGovern — Antiwar.com.
I have stated that I think all the FOOLS making a determination on the Bergdahl thing from hearsay are IDIOTS! Political game at the expense of a person’s life….that makes them lower than low.
Is he a deserter or not? opinions on this mean NOTHING for you see that determination will be made by a military court under the uniform code of military Justice (UCMJ). No amount of ranting by bug-eyed twats like Malkin or Douchey-bag from FOX can change that simple fact.
Under the UCMJ he may not be charged with desertion…..and now you want to know why…..right?
When is a solider a deserter? Critics have accused Bowe Bergdahl of being one; there’s even a petition to the White House calling for his punishment and a popular “Bowe Bergdahl is NOT a Hero!” Facebook page. But the Idaho Statesman pointed out on Saturday that Bergdahl was never formally named a deserter, and today Mother Jones explains more about why: A soldier isn’t a deserter until administratively classified as one, which typically happens on his 31st day of being AWOL—on unauthorized leave. Classification is not conviction, however, though it does mean the soldier could be court-martialed and possibly convicted of the felony of desertion.
If the military classifies someone as a deserter before the 31st day, officials need to prove the soldier left without intending to return—and Bergdahl was captured after just 24 hours away. If the military decides not to prosecute a deserter, it can opt for an other-than-honorable discharge, or to “retain and rehabilitate” the soldier. Whether any of this will be relevant remains to be seen: Military experts predict the Army will deem Bergdahl’s five years as a Taliban prisoner as time served. Nonetheless, the military plans to investigate Bergdahl’s case.
I am disgusted with the media, politicians and most of all the people….for they are convicting this person without evidence other than some hearsay. And he is being used as a pawn for political gain…..he does not get the benefit of doubt….whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty”?
The American people are a PATHETIC lot!
But in case you would like to know more about the UCMJ…….I can help……..http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/ucmj.htm
Read for yourself…….the words are not too big….I know how Americans hit those 50 cent words.