RANT: A national disgrace

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

VA Suicide Prevention – source Associated Press

The Department of Veterans Affairs in Texas will conduct a

mortality study to track causes of death for veterans putting

together a model that could allow similar data to be gathered nationwide. The department’s decision came two

months after an Austin American-Statesman investigation

found that nearly as many Texas veterans died from prescription medicines as from suicide. The newspaper says it

used autopsy and toxicology reports, inquests and accident

reports from more than 50 state agencies to determine the

causes of death for 266 Texas veterans who had been receiving disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs when they died. The department says its study will

look at veterans who served in combat. The VA officials

declined to say how the study would be used nationally.


GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Suppressing the military vote

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2012/10/running-out-military-voting-clock.html

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012

Running Out the Military Voting Clock

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants to know if the military’s voter assistance offices are working–and he’s asking for an immediate answer. More from Air Force Times:

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has directed military officials to provide him a report by Oct. 19 verifying that each of the 221 installation voting assistance offices is appropriately staffed to meet the needs of troops.

He gave officials three days to get it done; the memo was issued Oct. 16 to the service secretaries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and chiefs of the combatant commands.

“We must do all we can to ensure that service members know the steps necessary to vote, particularly those service members deployed or based away from home. This issue must be addressed immediately,” he wrote.

Mr. Panetta issued his directive after the DoD Inspector General reported it could not reach about half of the voting assistance offices by phone, despite repeated attempts. Members of Congress have expressed similar concerns.

At first blush, the SecDef’s actions seem to be a model of bureaucratic urgency and concern. A three-day suspense for this sort of survey is virtually unheard of along the E-ring. So, a lot of action officers will be burning the midnight oil for the next few days to give Secretary Panetta the information he requested.

But in reality, Mr. Panetta’s demand is little more than a farce. The IG report was issued in late August–almost two months ago. Why did the Defense Secretary wait so long to issue that last-minute tasker?

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Sorry, but this is “cheating”. All’s fair in love ‘n’ war.

At least in Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, soldiers couldn’t vote until they became a vet.

As a vet, I find this disgusting.

Argh!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Veterans Take A Backseat

Friday, February 24, 2012

http://bigpeace.com/kpatton/2012/02/20/devaluing-the-american-hero-veterans-take-backseat-to-sports-entertainment-figures/

Devaluing the American Hero: Veterans Take Backseat to Sports, Entertainment Figures
Posted by Kerry Patton Feb 20th 2012 at 9:42 am in Featured Story
Written by New York times Best Selling Author James M. Pratt and Kerry Patton.

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In 2012, a ticker tape parade in New York City is reserved for a Super Bowl team while those who served in Iraq from 2003 to 2011 get a collective “thanks,” at best. A serviceman from New Jersey who gave all he had dying this year gets his parents or wife a flag from his coffin, while this week a flag at “half staff” is reserved for a famous singer from the same state simply because she gave us great music.  Should the same be done for Jon Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen when they pass? Should they be granted the same honors as our brave men and women who gallantly fight for our freedoms?

Basketball, baseball, football players, actors, and singers all receive financial and other rewards beyond most people’s wildest dreams and are all too often mislabeled in terminology  and public adoration as “heroes.”

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Sad that we don’t honor the vets.

Let’s bring them all home now.

Then, let’s work on getting our heads screwed back on correctly.

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GOVERNACIDE;

Friday, January 6, 2012

http://bigpeace.com/jbernard/2011/12/29/the-united-states-government-is-being-willfuly-ignorant-in-the-current-middle-eastern-war/

The United States Government’s Willful Ignorance Is Costing Soldiers’ Lives
Posted by John Bernard, 1st Sgt. USMC (ret.)
Dec 29th 2011 at 5:23 pm

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To that end, it has been my contention that this administration, the past administration and the entire upper end structure of the military machine has failed miserably. Not only have they chosen the wrong strategy to achieve a definable victory for their nation, they chose one that has been disproportionately brutal for our forces while providing cover for the enemy and the population that has proven over and over again to be untrustworthy.

History has defined and will continue to define only a miniscule number of opportunities for a theater-wide application of the precepts of Counterinsurgency Doctrine to have been efficacious. Even a casual glance at the human terrain in either Iraq or Afghanistan, with Syria and Iran to possibly follow, should have given the critical thinker everything they needed to adequately keep COIN under lock and key in the vault of terrible ideas.

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First of all, if someone can point me toward the ongoing, public record of support for America in either of these operations or the public record of Muslim denunciation of the actions of the “terrorist” or “radicalized” Muslim or Jihad as a war doctrine, Taqiyya as a deceptive practice with the intent of keeping the enemy off balance, please show me?

The clear evidence only suggests groups as defined by those who willingly strap on bombs and those who do not. Unfortunately, we know that from within the second group comes the financial and spiritual support for the first.

Suggesting you can parse these two and do harm to one while garnering support for said harm from the “moderates” simply misses the truth about religion – all religion!

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We watch the wanton destruction of human life by the forces of Islam and the associated silence from the “moderates” every day. Is it the contention of those who submit to the “two Islams” vision that we should continue to assume the best of a people whose religion is belligerent to non-believers?

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The First Sargent correctly imho distills the “problem” into the concept: “It not what we think, it’s what it is that counts.”

Their “moderates” support their “extremists”.

Any failure to recognize this fact in policy, strategy, or tactics dooms us to failure. And, failure, in this case, translates into dead human beings. Soldiers and civilians on both sides are lost due to the stupidity of our leadership. Or lack there of.

We need to get the girls and boys out of the fire zone until we figure it out.

“We, The Sheeple” learned nothing from Viet Nam.

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VETERANS: Us old vets ain’t doing our job

Monday, January 2, 2012

http://www.cmt.com/videos/taylor-swift/716133/ours.jhtml

http://www.cmt.com/videos/jason-aldean/693565/tattoos-on-this-town.jhtml

http://www.cmt.com/videos/montgomery-gentry/691494/where-i-come-from.jhtml

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ1IW9bIq5E

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I don’t know if it’s the Wounded Warrior Project commercials, the Country Music videos, or the media coverage of the Republican Presidential Primary.

But I’m <past tense synonym for urine output> off!

I’m a bubbling cauldron of little L libertarian rage.

Why?

Didn’t “We, The Sheeple” learn ANYTHING from Viet Nam, Republic of?

Apparently not.

Of all the candidates, Ron Paul is the ONLY one challenging our foreign policy of world occupation. Our Gooferment has its “nose” and “hands”, up to the proverbial elbows, in everyone else business. No wonder we’re hated. And, now the chicken hawks are drumming up a fight with Iran, Syria, … and who knows who else.

Why?

To enrich the politicians and bureaucrats. Thru crony capitalism.

Now, I’m sympathetic to the veterans’ plight. Especially those “kids” who signed up for their State’s Guard unit and found themselves in one of the sandboxes or the rock box. But the all volunteer force means that girls and boys had to “volunteer”. And, I know that there’s all sorts of nuances to that “freedom”. From old farts with delusions of patriotism, to economic pressures. With stops along the way at TV commercials touting education benefits and the comrades in arms propaganda. Us old vets are a fault for allow that to happen. We know better. (Heinlein was right; only vets should vote!)

So why am I being panhandled to “help vets”. The Gooferment isn’t doing its job in that function either.

So, let’s support the troops!

Don’t let them be used for trivial purposes that are not in the strategic interest. They are not props for Presidents (of either party) or politicians to play with.

To quote another country song, let’s put boot up the <synonym for donkey> of politicians.

Old vets should hold them accountable!

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VETERANS: Poor treatment of vets is a universal reaction

Sunday, January 1, 2012

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Why-Irish-soldiers-who-fought-against-Hitler-and-the-Nazis-had-to-hide-their-medals-136367173.html

Why Irish soldiers who fought against Hitler and the Nazis had to hide their medalsAfter deserting the Irish army to fight with the British, many soldiers faced persecution
By KERRY O’SHEA, IrishCentral Intern
Published Thursday, December 29, 2011, 7:27 AMUpdated Thursday, December 29, 2011, 7:27 AM

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However, Stout also says that at the time, Ireland had only recently broken away from Britain, and resentment was still strong. “They didn’t understand why we did what we did. A lot of Irish people wanted Germany to win the war – they were dead up against the British.”

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There’s a book out that’s titled something like “It’s dangerous to be on the wrong side of the Gooferment”.

You have to feel sorry for these men and their families.

Spurned by their own and forgotten by their “friends”.

Well, whenever you follow you conscience, you have to expect some breakage.

How soon everyone forgets!

That’s why unless the bad men are coming up your street, you shouldn’t be “going to war”.

It’s always the elites’ war; not the people’s!

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VETERANS: WASPS were trailblazers

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/06/06/overdue-recognition-for-woman-af-pilot

Overdue Recognition for Woman AF Pilot

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WII Women Air Force Service Pilot (WASP) 1st Lt. Elaine Harmon didn’t join the military for recognition but she certainly earned it. Harmon was one of the 1,074 women pilots who flew non-combat missions in the U.S. in order to free their male counterparts for overseas combat missions.

She knew the WASPS were trailblazers. “It was a man’s world, but we were doing what was needed for the war effort,” Harmon said. “My mother was dead set against it.”

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I had the interesting experience of meeting a WASPS when I was a child. OK, a tween. But as most people, I was oblivious. I didn’t listen. Nor ask questions. And, no, I didn’t even take notes. I was OBLIVIOUS. Argh!

And, the way she minimized it, I didn’t think it was important. If a man was telling the story, you’d have thought he won the war single handedly.

That’s why I, a fat old white guy injineer, am a “feminist”. Woman need to be free to do what ever THEY think is important. And, while nothing is as fragile as a male ego, “we”, “We, The People”, need to allow them to do it.

Just like in WW2, we can’t afford the luxury of binding the hands of half our population. Just like we can’t afford racial discrimination!

Aside from the fact that such discrimination is immoral, it’s also ineffective and inefficient.

We need EVERYONE working towards the Common Good.

It’s just pure selfishness. I want everyone making life better for everyone.

Argh!

Why do women allow such foolishness to go on?

Sure, they made their mistakes — giving women the right to vote brought us Prohibition and Organized Crime — but they fixed that one. They still haven’t fixed “war” yet, but men haven’t been doing so well on that one yet either.

We need their “contributions”!

(I’d expect women to hold Congressman Anthony Weiner accountable for the cover up, lying, and some disgusting pics. We’ll see!)

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