Military/Veterans (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Veteran’s Insights Healthcare and the Implications of Obamacare on Everyone Else

    05/12/2012 6:31:48 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 6 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | May 11, 2012 | Sgt. Joseph Wade Miller, USMC
    Comparing VA/Obamacare Veteran’s Insights into Government Run Healthcare and the Implications of Obamacare on Everyone Else You cannot line each system up and make perfect comparisons but you can delineate basic failures within the V.A. system, and many other government programs, and come to the clear conclusion that setting ourselves down this path of dependency on government will do nothing but increase deficits and debt, while making decent free market healthcare even more expensive to get access to.
  • Military Celebrities: Who do/did you know? (VANITY)

    05/11/2012 5:01:45 PM PDT · by Joe 6-pack · 133 replies
    Self ^ | 05/11/12 | Self
    In an off line conversation with my FReeper lady friend, floralamiss, she mentioned to me that Joe Dimaggio had been her father's PT instructor during WWII. I indicated that my dad had served with Lt. George Steinbrenner at Lockbourne AFB in the 50's. When I was an ROTC Cadet, I did my advanced camp at Ft. Bragg, and then went on CTLT in Germany with Shawn Mullins. Just curious how many other FReepers got to meet/know/serve with folks that later achieved some degree of fame (or notoriety) while in the military. Thought it might be a fun conversation topic for...
  • Indonesia Finds SuperJet 100 Crash Site

    05/10/2012 6:30:13 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 57 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 10, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Russian plane hit side of steep volcano- no survivors Rescuers found shattered wreckage earlier today of the Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 that hit the side of an Indonesian volcano at full-speed during a sales demonstration flight- all 45 people on board were feared dead. "So far we haven't found any survivors, but we are still searching," he said as teams of soldiers, police and volunteers continued to troop up the slopes. The spot is basically unreachable on foot. so evidence and bodies are being placed in nets/hammocks and raised by helicopters from the Indonesian Air Force. The Sukhoi Superjet...
  • Military recruiter question.

    05/09/2012 2:38:30 PM PDT · by Yorlik803 · 47 replies
    Today | Me
    Ok,a co-worker is looking to join the USAF. He called the recruiter and after answering a few "get to know you questions" he then asked where he went to high school. My buddy replied he was home schooled and has a High School diploma thru PA homeschool. The recruiter told him that was a problem because the military doesnt take homeschooled grads. Now, this guy has a degree from a state college and is smart. I have never heard of such a thing. My question is has anyone heard of this and what recourse does he have. Thanks in advance
  • Crash of Sukhoi SuperJet 100 During Sales Presentation a Harsh Blow to Kremlin's Export Aspirations

    05/09/2012 9:20:43 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 38 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 9, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Just what they didn't need... Sukhoi SuperJet 100 After $1.4B in development, successful presentation/flights at the 2011 Farnborough Air show, and even Russian domestic commercial service, the Sukhoi SuperJet 100 seemed to be moving along towards attaining the respect and cash-generating exports Putin was looking for when the Kremlin orchestrated Sukhoi's collaboration with Italy's Finmeccanica and other foreign suppliers (including Boeing). The $32M plane features a number of firsts for a Russian commercial airliner, such as fly-by-wire technology and even a stunning Pininfarina-designed business-class. Putin, Medvedev, and Berlusconi tour the SuperJet's cabin Yet earlier today a new SuperJet 100 with 50 passengers aboard...
  • Austin Government Officials Seize Man’s Home because he had a Bunker

    05/09/2012 9:04:17 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    Early one Saturday morning, 70-year old retired Air Force reservist and former state employee Joe Del Rio was awoken by a knock on his front door. It was the city of Austin’s local code enforcement team. One of the agents told Mr. Del Rio that he needed to speak to him right away. After getting dressed Mr. Del Rio went and opened his front door. He was immediately bum rushed by the Austin Police Department’s SWAT Team and then detained and interrogated for over 10 hours. What was this 70-year old mans crime? It seems that the Mr. Del Rio...
  • Netanyahu Forms Grand Coalition 40 Yrs After His Heroic Participation in 'Operation Isotope'

    05/08/2012 10:17:18 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 8, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Bibi's surprise move today solidifies  political ground for pending attack on Iran... Benjamin Netanyahu is congratulated by former Israeli President Zalman Shazar during a ceremony honoring the elite commandos who rescued the hostages from the Sabena Flight 571. On May 8th 1972 -forty years ago today- the Israeli government faced a volatile hostage situation at Lod Airport (now Ben Gurion) outside Tel Aviv.  Belgian-flagged Sabena flight 571 had departed smoothly from Vienna, yet twenty minutes after takeoff two male and two female Black September terrorists (of '72 Munich Olympics massacre fame) had hijacked the plane. Fortunately their attempts to penetrate the pilot's...
  • First Veteran Exclusive Jail Dorm Opens

    05/07/2012 1:54:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2012 | Elizabeth Prann
    A Georgia sheriff says he is opening the first county jail in the U.S. exclusively for inmates who are military veterans. "The people in the veterans dorm get access to programs that will hopefully be addressing their concerns or needs," said Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr. "When they transition back into the community we don't have the problem [of recidivism.]" Darr went on to say, true crime prevention is having people not commit the same offense or crimes over and over again. He wants to keep folks from circulating in and out of the jail system. And it's not costing...
  • Russia Weighing Preemptive Strike

    05/07/2012 10:43:57 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 May 2012 | John Semmens
    Charging that NATO’s anti-missile system poses a threat to its “strategic flexibility,” Moscow says it reserves the right to initiate a preemptive attack. Russian Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov says he isn’t buying the United States’ contention that the system is purely defensive in nature. “The Americans say that their anti-missiles would only be deployed against incoming missiles,” Makarov observed. “But this in itself is offensive. Russia’s security may require a surprise first strike. American efforts to blunt such an option would fundamentally undermine our strategic planning.” Makarov’s remarks were described as “incredibly poorly timed” by the Obama Administration....
  • Warren Campaign Hits Road Bump

    05/06/2012 3:15:14 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 15 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 May 2012 | John Semmens
    Democrat Elizabeth Warren, candidate for the Massachusetts senate seat now held by Republican Scott Brown, saw her campaign hit rough going over her claimed Native American ancestry. Not only is the highly diluted nature of her claim (by her own account, she is one-thirty-second Native American) dogging her, but her boast that her great-great-great grandfather killed and scalped General Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876 hasn’t gone over as well as she had hoped. Warren speculated that the negative reaction stems from sexism. “When Senator Kerry cut the ears off of the Viet Cong he...
  • Bradley Manning: Political prisoner and hero ("whistleblower" and "gender queer")

    05/06/2012 12:40:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Green Left Weekly ^ | May 5, 2012
    Socialist Alliance gay and lesbian rights spokesperson Rachel Evans spoke in Sydney on April 24 at a rally calling to free accused WikiLeaks’ source Private Bradley Manning from prison in the US, where he is being held in solitary confinement. The protest was part of an international day of protest for Manning, who faces a court martial and possible life in prison if convicted. Evans’ speech is below. * * * We are one of the many groups across 14 countries around the world taking action today because Bradley Manning is, once again, being subjected to a kangaroo court —...
  • Obama flirts with disaster, negotiates with Taliban

    05/04/2012 9:30:29 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 4 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | May 4, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    One day, a scorpion reached a river he wanted to cross. He saw a frog on the other side and called out, "Would you be so kind as to give me a ride on your back across the river?" "How do I know that if I help you, you wont try to kill me?" asked the frog hesitantly. "Because," the scorpion replied, "If I try to kill you, then I would die, too, for you see I cannot swim!" So the frog agreed. He swam over, and the scorpion crawled onto the frog's back. Halfway across the river, the frog...
  • Obama Misses Movement! Arrives One Year Late for bin Laden Mission!

    05/03/2012 7:58:45 PM PDT · by xzins · 31 replies
    Bloggers and Personal | 3 May 12 | Xzins
    Obama: All right guys, I'm here. Let's get this thing done. Seal Cdr: Sir? Obama: Show me the equipment room, Lieutenant. I've gotta get cammied up. And we're in a hurry if you don't know it. Seal Team Member: Sir, the equipment room for what? Obama: The bin Laden mission. We've got to mount up on those choppers and take down that compound. (Seal Team 6 members in the back of room begin looking at the floor. Obviously trying not to smirk.) Seal Cdr: Uhhhh...Sir...did you notice how bad the weather is today? Obama: What? This is a critical moment,...
  • Obama, Osama And Taking Credit

    05/03/2012 10:46:19 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 7 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 05/03/12 | CaroleL
    Veterans for a Strong America defines itself as a non-partisan action organization dedicated to educating the public, members of Congress and the Executive Branch to make America strong. The group's new ad entitled CREDIT has certainly schooled President Obama and his campaign on the dangers of playing politics with the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.
  • Did Obama’s Immorality Influence Secret Service Agents in Colombian Prostitute/Sex Scandal?

    05/03/2012 4:44:51 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 28 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 5/3/12 | David Bellow
    Regardless of whether or not you are a soldier in the military or a federal agent, your actions are a reflection of your leadership.  Soldiers in a military unit will be squared away if they have good leadership. The leadership sets the tone for the entire unit. If soldiers in a unit know that their commander will nail them to the wall for not following the standards then the soldiers of that unit will generally be well trained, display professionalism and follow the standards. Why? Because regardless of their personal beliefs or morals, they know that this is what the...
  • Iraqi Security Force Update May 2012

    05/02/2012 7:27:23 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 13 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 2 May 2012 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during April 2012. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 30 April 2012. Highlights in this update include: * Romanian arms blacklisted; Second Batch of BTR4s ready for delivery while rumors continue of contract cancelation; 50/14 and 53/14 Brigades upgrading to Mech/Armor; Iraqi Army Upgrade Status Chart added. * EC120Bs for KRG Police/SAR; Contract awarded for support of 30 Bell 407s; third AN-32B delivered; F16 training at Al Asad; 24 F16s by end 2014?; Iraq to join GCC to provide Air Defense?
  • Egypt is taking US money and running

    05/02/2012 5:51:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 30, 2012 | Editorial Board
    It’s been five weeks since the Obama administration granted Egypt its full $1.3 billion in annual military aid despite its government’s failure to meet conditions set by Congress for advancing democracy. In granting a waiver on national security grounds, administration officials argued that continuing the funding was more likely to encourage cooperation with the United States and progress on human rights than a cutoff would. As it turns out, the administration was wrong. In a number of tangible ways, U.S.-Egyptian relations and the military’s treatment of civil society have deteriorated since the waiver was issued March 23. The threat to...
  • The man who shot Liberty Bin Laden

    05/02/2012 10:04:09 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-01-12 | DrJohn
    Every time I listen to Barack Obama describe how he repelled down a rope from a stealth helicopter on a dark Pakistani night and took down Osama Bin Laden I am reminded of the movie "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." Seldom has a story been more dishonestly spun than the one surrounding the death of Osama Bin Laden. Barack Obama is celebrating the deathday of Obama Bin Laden with a party from himself. I caught a post over at Weekly Standard in which Dan Halper notes that the smirking Obama once again suggests that Mitt Romney would not...
  • Obama’s latest Hail Mary: taking credit for bin Laden’s death

    05/02/2012 3:51:09 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 42 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | May 2, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    wrote my first commentary for BizPac Review a year ago out of a sense of frustration with the TV media. I awoke last May 2 to the news that Osama bin Laden was killed by a U.S. Navy SEAL team. The details were scant but nonetheless fascinating. He was killed on May 1 at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. This area is the home of the country’s equivalent to our U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His body was removed and his wives were taken in, along with his papers and records. Fox News finally reported that our intelligence agencies...
  • “TODAY IS SEPTEMBER 12, 2001″

    04/30/2012 10:49:22 AM PDT · by Starman417
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-30-12 | Wordsmith
    The hub for conterterrorism operations is the CTC's Global Response Center. At its entrance is a three-foot by three-foot sign that says, TODAY IS SEPTEMBER 12, 2001. It's a reminder of the urgency required to combat global terrorism. Along the wall are two photos of the World Trade Center and one of the Pentagon after the attacks. -Ronald Kessler, The Terrorist Watch, pg 188 A portrait of bin Laden burns in New Delhi on Sept. 21, 2001, after terrorism protesters set his effigyaflame. A report released in 2004 showed that not all those working with bin Laden have accorded him...