Legendary actress Lauren Bacall has passed away from a stroke. She was 89.
Robin Williams was found dead. He was 63.
Gun control advocate and former Reagan press secretary died Monday at the age of 73.
ZURICH - Blues musician Johnny Winter is dead at age 70, according to Zurich police. Although no foul…
Mope gets points for being the first to send news.
As y’all know by now, I am a proud Army wife. But that doesn’t mean we are blind to the politics rife in the military.
Bergdahl Is Set to Resume Life on Active Duty
That’s the headline on a NYT article today.
Sergeant Bergdahl’s transfer from the therapy phase to a regular soldier’s job is part of his reintegration into Army life, officials said. He will live in barracks and have two other soldiers help him readjust.
I do feel for the soldiers on this duty. My understanding is, Bergdahl is not well-received.
The investigation into his “disappearance” is still ongoing. But I am irked that the Joint Chiefs support his repatriation, while the investigation is still ongoing. I am not well-versed on military rules and protocol, but this smacks of shining a turd.
By now y’all know so-called “Sgt” Bergdahl is now stateside. You also know Iraq is about to be taken over by ISIS, radicals that make Al Qaeda look like diplomats. You are also aware of the impoverished former Secretary of State’s new work of fiction. This week has been nothing but bad news for this administration. So the only recourse left for our Prez is to go visit a Sioux reservation in the Dakotas.
Six years after he promised to help with conditions in Indian Country.
Seriously, what is this I don’t even….
Go nuts trying to figure this out, because all I can see is our leader
letting helping the world burn.
This weekend brought news of a prisoner exchange brokered by the Obama administration. “Sgt.” Bowe Bergdahl was released as an Afghan POW in exchange for five top Taliban operatives who were being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The stories are coming out, and they ain’t pretty. Whereas the administration is touting this as a necessary operation due to Bergdahl’s health, and/or a triumph in diplomacy to bring home a hero, soldiers who actually served with him and were in country at the time have a different version of Bergdahl. Many military bloggers as well as others have written extensively on the matter, and much better than I can. But I do have one question that I haven’t seen answered anywhere.
If he was against the war, as his parents allege, if he was “disillusioned” with the war, why did he enlist in the first place?
I don’t wish to sound like I have a tin foil hat on, but his father’s comments and Bergdahl’s actions do not seem to add up to that of a soldier taken by insurgents. No soldier I know would take off his gear and pile it neatly even if they needed to relieve themselves, especially in a hot zone such as Sharana. I recall Hubby being in the Green Zone, an area that was supposedly “safe”, and no one was allowed to go outside without the full gear, for any reason. Add to this the fact that once again Teh Prez promised to close Gitmo by the end of 2014 and released these Taliban terrorists without notifying Congress, and you get your spidey senses tingling.
Oh, and what happened to the VA scandals? How odd that they are missing from the front pages of most major news outlets, eh?
This whole situation stinks like an asphalt-baked skunk in summer.
There is no end to the news stories surrounding The Most Transparent Administration, EVAH™ lately. It used to be that the White House minions would wait until 4 PM EST to dump any news. But lately it’s almost as if they are so complacent that they forget to manage the news cycle. I mean, they are just no longer even trying. A massive email dump is given to Judicial Watch as per their FOIA request, and you allow a former Nat’l Security Council spokesman with the attitude of a pimply 16 year old that has been turned down for Prom by his crush to go explain what the administration WASN’T DOING on the night of September 11, 2012?
Who is writing this drama? Nicholas Sparks?
First we learn that The Prez wasn’t in the Situation Room at all during the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, and Planet Hillary was….. not there either. Then Pimples Vietor drops another nugget: he was in charge of talking points for Ambassador Rice, and the talking points were changed from “attacks” to “demonstrations”. Hey, in my world without Common Core math, 2+2=4. But the biggest take-away anyone with two braincells and an axon can get is this: no matter what, the level on incompetence from ALL senior staff, The Prez included, was instrumental in the Benghazi terrorist attacks. People are in dire need of rescue and you can’t be bothered to even be briefed in the Situation Room? Shit, even MSNBC is turning on the administration!
And I can see 2016 from here.
As the world watches Ukraine and Putin, and begins to wonder what happened to Georgia (the republic, not the state), our esteamed* Prez and leader of the somewhat free world decided it was time to get serious and get involved.
Early Monday, the White House confirmed a Washington Post report that the U.S. was sending “associated support personnel,” and a “limited number” of CV-22 Osprey aircraft to assist local forces in their long-running battle against Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. Obama sent about 100 U.S. troops to help the African forces in 2011.
The administration did not specify how many troops and aircraft would be sent to Africa, but the Post reported that the president had ordered four Osprey aircraft and 150 Air Force special operations members and airmen to Uganda.
I’m all for helping the oppressed, don’t get me wrong. But having studied Sub-Saharan African cultures, and the geography, I’m pretty freakin’ sure they will never find much less catch that Kony character anytime soon. Besides that, I have to ask, how does his capture secure the freedom of not just the people of Uganda and the Central African Republic (so-called), but also of the US? Just how is Kony a threat to Western interests? He has no nuclear capabilities, no organized army divisions, nothing but a mythical shroud to provide him cover. This is akin to the Ugandan Army sending troops to Los Angeles to capture the Hillside Stranglers.
Meanwhile, Vlad “Impale Them All” Putin is poised to go to war over Ukraine as a probable second step (don’t forget Georgia, the republic, not the state) in his quest to re-establish Russia as a superpower and making Poland, Hungary, and all the other former bloc nations very, very nervous, since the US no longer has their backs. But the Prez will write a sternly-worded letter or reprimand while trying to calm the European countries on his tour.
He will no doubt try to douse that conflagration with just enough gasoline.
* Yes, I spelled it that way on purpose
No matter how hard some people try to make this a day of service, or a sale at a store, this is no ordinary day.
On September 11th, we always remember.
And eleven years after that, another attack which left four Americans murdered in Benghazi, Libya.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” -- Edmund Burke
Forgetting lets evil win. Never, ever forget, and make sure to never let those who would choose to dismiss it forget, either.
Today marks not only the day we celebrate our flag, but also the birth of the United States Army.
And since today is Open Thread Friday, please feel free to share any military stories.
As for me, I’m off to help with festivities!
Om, nom, nom
I never link to the NYT, so if you want to read the story, go to Drudge.
Kerry Announces $250 Million in U.S. Aid for Egypt
Seriously. what the SHIT?? Prez Obama promised that shithole ONE BILLION DOLLARS. This is the first disbursement. Meanwhile, in the Land of Reality I like to call the United States of America, he is implementing Sequestration.
The aid announced Sunday consists of two parts. One is a $190 million infusion for Egypt’s budget intended to address what Mr. Kerry said was the country’s “extreme needs.” That assistance has already been approved by Congress.
Mr. Kerry also pledged $60 million for the creation of a fund to support small businesses, which will provide “direct support to key engines of democratic change in Egypt, including Egypt’s entrepreneurs and its young people.”
“Extreme needs”?? What exactly is that? And supporting small businesses??
How about supporting OUR small businesses first? How about meeting the extreme needs of Americans still without a place of their own after Hurricane Sandy? How about meeting the extreme needs of people who have to work two jobs because their hours were cut due to the implementation of Obamacare? Or how about meeting the needs of those being furloughed during Sequestration???
We are essentially funding them to hate us. Well, fuck that on a stick with sauce. They can hate us for free.
While battle raged at the Alamo 177 years ago, a free Republic was born when delegates from across Texas met to declare their independence from a Mexican government that had “ceased to protect the lives, liberty, and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived.”
The men who declared Texas Independence knew with every fiber of their being what the price of liberty was, and that same appreciation of liberty still guides the Lone Star State today. We owe it to those who sacrificed it all to fight back whenever freedom is threatened.
I hope you have a happy Texas Independence Day, remember the brave Texians who laid it all on the line, and always stand for liberty. — Senator Ted Cruz
Texas will always stand for Freedom and will always push back against tyranny. Y’all would do well to remember that.
Today we celebrate Veteran’s Day.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. --John 15:35
The most prominent debt we owe, is the gratitude we owe them.