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U.S. troop funds diverted to pet projects
Washington Times ^ | October 15, 2009 | Shaun Waterman

Posted on 10/15/2009 9:32:56 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild

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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Please, don’t thank me for something I loved to do. Your son will be serving more than those weasels in DC- he’ll be defending the Constitution and that is more than those people. I joined when President Reagan was Commander in Chief and survived through the Clinton years and he was kind enough to send me to the Balkans. But, I truly enjoyed serving under President Bush. I’ll say a prayer for your son that all will go well for him on his journey.


101 posted on 10/15/2009 7:35:06 PM PDT by DilJective (High time for men of the mind to go on strike.)
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To: 08bil98z24
The US Constitution provides that congress may form a post office and army....Nothing about healthcare, libraries, revisionist history museums, or climate change studies.

ALL of Capitol Hill should be captured by the US military, who are under oath to protect and defend the US constitution, and put in Prison

102 posted on 10/15/2009 9:51:44 PM PDT by KTM rider ( ..........tell me this really isn't happening ! !)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

I surprised the amount is that low.

It’s just further proof that rats hate the troops, they don’t support them and never will. In this instance, the rats are using our military to feather their own nests - bring home the bacon to buy votes, by screwing the military. They get to kill two birds with one stone - buy votes and smite the military.


103 posted on 10/16/2009 3:09:44 AM PDT by bustinchops (Teddy ("The Hiccup") Kennedy - the original water-boarder)
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To: houeto

We have just got to DO something about these people. How do we start? Where do we start? Who is going to lead this country out of the wilderness we’ve become lost in?


104 posted on 10/16/2009 3:13:13 AM PDT by bustinchops (Teddy ("The Hiccup") Kennedy - the original water-boarder)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Troop funds diverted to pet projects; $20M for Ted Kennedy institute

Study finds $2.6 billion taken from guns and ammunition

By Shaun Waterman THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Senators diverted $2.6 billion in funds in a defense spending bill to pet projects largely at the expense of accounts that pay for fuel, ammunition and training for U.S. troops, including those fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an analysis.

Among the 778 such projects, known as earmarks, packed into the bill: $25 million for a new World War II museum at the University of New Orleans and $20 million to launch an educational institute named after the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.

ARTICLE

105 posted on 10/16/2009 6:46:18 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Diogenesis

One of those picture I have never seen before. The picture of the bloody ground. Now MY blood is boiling all over again!


106 posted on 10/16/2009 7:03:10 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: SandRat

Nothing is beneath these people. Not a thing.


107 posted on 10/16/2009 7:05:47 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives; bustinchops
It has really hit close to home (not only because my son will be deployed to Afghanistan upon acceptance of his commission and training), but because we buried a Marine last week who died in a fire fight in Afghanistan (outpost) due to lack of ammo. That Marine KNEW he was probably going to die. He KNEW they didn't have the supplies or ammunition. He KNEW they were being betrayed by the local constabulary. What he didn't know is they were betrayed by those who sent them there, by a Senator who betrayed his brothers in arms once before and is totally capable of doing it again — and has. I attend the Mothers' Club meetings every third Tuesday of the month, and I get to hear the stories. I get to see the quilts we send to the families when their loved one comes home in a metal box -- we don't just do it for Marines, because Marines don't just do it for Marines -- they do it for all their brothers and sisters who serve. They are the servants of those who serve. If this doesn't make people stand up for our men and women who are in harm's way -- there's no hope for this country.
108 posted on 10/16/2009 7:08:04 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

God bless you.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH someone please stop 0bama before it is too late!


109 posted on 10/16/2009 7:14:03 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Someone tell drudge enough with the balloon boy it is done.Headline 0bama’s atrocities.HEADLINE THIS STORY.


110 posted on 10/16/2009 7:15:47 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Constitutions Grandchild
I spoke with a very young man in an airport last week.He is a booter army infantry on his way to Afghanistan after short training elsewhere I will not name. I asked him about 0bama's ROE's...

His drill sargeant told him to ignore DEFEND HIS LIFE.I was so relieved to hear this until I read this article.0BAMA NEEDS IMPEACHED AND REMOVED and sent to Chicago where he belongs IMMEDIATELY!!!

111 posted on 10/16/2009 7:21:29 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
I might add that WHEREVER Ted Kennedy is at the moment, I doubt, VERY sincerely, that an educational center in his honor is on his mind. Then, again, he was even worse than we knew he was and maybe young men and women dying still isn't such a big deal. After all, Mary Jo wasn't, and apparently a fetus in the womb isn't — maybe this is what I refer to as a postpartum abortion — delayed, but just as effective AND a totally devastating effect on those who protected, nurtured and gave their lives for them. Come to think of it, this is right in line with “that wonderful Kennedy legacy.”
112 posted on 10/16/2009 7:23:43 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

It makes me sick to my stomache!


113 posted on 10/16/2009 7:25:38 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

Great. So what are they going to use??? I guess they can still club them to death with the butt of the rifle — note to son: brush up on marshal arts — obviously, you won’t have bullets.


114 posted on 10/16/2009 7:26:20 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

The military family as a whole are so ticked off at this sonofabitch already. He is releasing terrorists that blew a hole in a Naval ship and blew up buildings. The evil rats voted yesterday to release all of the gitmo terrorists to the U.S. so they have RIGHTS like Americans now.

How in God’s green earth is NO ONE calling for his removal from office?


115 posted on 10/16/2009 7:33:15 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: thesearethetimes...

12 years is a way better start than 20+ years ...


116 posted on 10/16/2009 8:16:11 AM PDT by 08bil98z24 (The WOD is unconstitutional ------>>> NObama)
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To: sonic109

I hear your frustration and rage,believe me...and it just may come to that. And you’re right-our complacency let it happen. A few AM radio stations are not going to do the job of getting the word out to people,and get people to think,and react.God bless Rush,Glenn and TGO-but try as they might-and they are really pouring it on,trying to educate and warn everyone-they’re up against newspapers,mainstream media,academia,well-funded organizations and the like.WE need to try and cut through all of that-if it means passing out newspapers at traffic intersections or in parking lots,pooling money together for commercials on TV,in magazines and newspapers,(you know,some real community organization!!) and one of the most important things we can do is really,REALLY keep track of what our kids are being subjected to in the way of propaganda.Take them to museums,cemeteries,etc. Keep the real America alive for them.Homeschool when and if possible.


117 posted on 10/16/2009 9:03:59 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (And the people cry "Sarah!Sarah!" And she hears....yes,she hears......)
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To: 444Flyer
This is in the "If I could do it and get away with it" file I keep in my head:

Storm their offices (a coordinated effort to be executed nationwide),confiscate everything....
herd the workers into the backroom and gag and tie them up...
rip the phones out of the wall so the cops can't be called...
sell or trade the items taken from the offices on the black market and send all of the proceeds to the troops.
All that ACORN money will procure a lot of ammo and supplies.I mean,we're already being painted as extremists and violent hatemongers...I say do it!
118 posted on 10/16/2009 9:21:39 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (And the people cry "Sarah!Sarah!" And she hears....yes,she hears......)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

I hear your pain. Over 150 of our best and bravest have died since July. My son and yours could be on the front lines any time now and the questions I’m asking, he’s asking, we’re all asking, is why? When the congress takes away funding for basic training and needs? When they change the rules of engagement to favor the enemy? When Iran’s march to nukes is unchallenged in any way shape or form? When training camps exist in Pakistan, all over, even here in the states? How can I support this war?


119 posted on 10/16/2009 9:22:34 AM PDT by samsmom
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To: DilJective

I’m writing and calling these Congressmen regularly—more than I have in my entire life! Their assistants listen, say they’ll pass my message along and that’s that. All the calls, the protests at Town Halls on marches on D.C., are they doing any good.


120 posted on 10/16/2009 9:29:16 AM PDT by samsmom
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
God bless that Drill Sergeant,and all the soldiers out there serving and dying for us,and,by the way,those pretty yellow ROE thingys do have a few good uses:
1) toilet paper
2) to wrap gunpowder in to make rifle cartridges
3) to line combat boots with,since there will be no money to buy supplies with soon,and bootsoles do wear out eventually.
4) Gather them all up and mail them to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and tell him to stick 'em where the sun don't shine,the commanders will run the war and not some snotnosed commie sympathizer who just happened to stumble into office.
121 posted on 10/16/2009 9:31:37 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (And the people cry "Sarah!Sarah!" And she hears....yes,she hears......)
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To: gimme1ibertee

amen.


122 posted on 10/16/2009 9:33:26 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
"I spoke with a very young man in an airport last week.He is a booter army infantry on his way to Afghanistan after short training elsewhere I will not name. I asked him about 0bama's ROE's...

“...His drill sargeant told him to ignore DEFEND HIS LIFE.I was so relieved to hear this until I read this article.”

This saying comes to mind: "Better to be judged by 12, then to be carried by 6."

123 posted on 10/16/2009 9:37:39 AM PDT by 444Flyer ("Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers."--Mignon McLaughlin)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Let me know what I can do to help. My son told me that a unit is scheduled to leave for Afghanistan in two weeks. He talked to one of the guys and asked when’s the last time he fired a rifle. The answer was “two or three months ago” and only one turn on the range. He termed it “a joke.”

This is our force in readiness. People, if you aren’t angry enough to go and get in the face of your representatives, I don’t know what will do it. I have a mind to march on Camp LeJeune and demand they return my son!


124 posted on 10/16/2009 9:45:51 AM PDT by samsmom
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To: Diogenesis
Oh God,oh God.I'm crying again.
These pics should be just PLASTERED up everywhere...and I do mean everywhere.
This Republic is in so much trouble. God help us all,although we don't deserve it,since we as a country have succeeded so well in removing Him from every venue.
125 posted on 10/16/2009 9:49:35 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (And the people cry "Sarah!Sarah!" And she hears....yes,she hears......)
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To: KTM rider
Your message is well taken, I would only add this:

ALL AMERICANS SHOULD WORK VERY HARD TO RELIEVE CURRENT CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS FROM THEIR CUSHY SEATS COME NOVEMBER 2, 2010, THOSE SENATORS WHO DIVERTED $2.6 BILLION IN FUNDS FOR PET PROJECTS WILL NOT BE REELECTED.

Mean while burn the phones to your senators to stop this bill in its tracks if possible. Obama will be more of a disgrace if he signs this, as if he cares..........

126 posted on 10/16/2009 10:26:58 AM PDT by yoe (Obama, America's first Communist Czar)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild
I just called both my Senator's offices and found out that the bill cannot be "recalled". I mentioned all the remarks on this thread and the anguish in them saying I would fax them on for McCain and Kyl to read.

One thing I made quite clear is that Obama should be impeached - overthrowing one's country is treason. Please phone or fax your senators regardless of their party....they need to know their reelection is on the line for this and their President is in clear violation of the United States Constitution and should be impeached.

127 posted on 10/16/2009 10:42:54 AM PDT by yoe (Obama, America's first Communist Czar)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild; y'all

You can check your senator here.

http://appropriations.senate.gov/cdsr.cfm


128 posted on 10/16/2009 6:06:39 PM PDT by smokingfrog (No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session. I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Bless you and your group. Most of all, bless our troops.

I’m so angry about this I don’t which I feel more like doing: cry or scream.


129 posted on 10/17/2009 2:26:28 AM PDT by bustinchops (Teddy ("The Hiccup") Kennedy - the original water-boarder)
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To: All

We have much in common, samsmom. His dad and I strongly encouraged our son to wait until after the election to accept his admission to OCS. Fortunately, we had enough clout to make that stick (trust me, we had our fingers crossed he’d listen). We insisted that he finish his education before making that decision. He graduated from college in May and two weeks later went to OCS. We attended his graduation in August.

What we have learned is that Marines do not swear allegiance to the President. They swear to protect and defend the Constitution and serve at the pleasure of the President. Officers have the right to refuse any order they deem “unconstitutional” or in violation of their conscience with an immediate resignation tendered if they cannot follow a direct order that violates either of those two criteria. That is why we told our son he must enter as an officer or we would “have no son”. Once again, we had our fingers crossed we had enough clout to influence his decision whether to “enlist” or seek a commission.

Between now and the end of January (when he accepts his commission), we are monitoring the situation in Washington and our son’s intellectual and character development to ensure he is fully aware of the responsibility he is taking on. Once his commission is accepted, he will have the responsibility of laying down his life to protect the enlisteds under his command. He will still have at least a year to develop that leadership skill at Quantico and his MOS at Pendleton (or wherever that MOS is taught). Our prayer, as his parents, is that he will become as compasionate as he is wise, and we have placed the ultimate outcome in God’s hands.

In the meantime, you and I and other parents can do our best to fight the battle here at home to ensure our sons and daughters and all who serve have our full support. That is my goal, that is my mission — that is my purpose in posting here. I hope I can find the words, the wisdom and the means of shaping the course our nation adopts, and it will be passed along to others who will rise up and help carry the load. That is why I will continue to attend the parent’s meetings which is mostly made up of enlisteds parents. I need to find out what their Marines are experiencing. I can’t fight without facts, and God knows we aren’t getting much out of Washington and those in command of our Marines who are too constricted by “rules of engagement” with the politicians to enlist our help.

I can’t physically take up the fight, but as long as I have two brain cells firing I’ll continue to write because I do believe the “pen is mightier than the sword.”

Semper Fi, Marine — you are as much one as Sam is.

With all my love,

Pat’s Mom (Kathy) ;-)


130 posted on 10/17/2009 7:55:10 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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