I Missed This At Ace’s Yesterday

An amazing, and incredibly humbling, collection of stories of incredible sacrifices made on our behalf.

Especially this

One of the Iraqis elaborated, and with tears welling up, said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life. ”What he didn’t know until then, and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal. Choking past the emotion, he said, “Sir, in the name of God, no sane man would have stood there and done what they did. They saved us all.”

Read the whole thing.

Damn my allergies are acting up.

6:30 And The Butts Are On

  
Take a moment to remember and thank all those who have given so much so that we can enjoy so much.

Thoughts from Ebola

…in regards to what our elected betters have planned for the commissary system NEXT YEAR, especially considering the impact on members/families stationed overseas.

Nothing says thank you for your sacrifices and service like making service members spend more money, especially if they’re overseas. That’s right, as a reward to service members, within weeks of Memorial Day remembrance of our fallen, the Senate Armed Services Committee has decided to propose every service member spend more money for less return, in the name of “savings” that are minimal at best, at the behest of the Executive branch.

If you’re unfamiliar with the commissary and exchange systems, the US military maintains a series of stores on virtually every base, both in the continental United States and at bases overseas. These stores ensure that service members can get food at a rational price, which is handled by base commissaries. You can think of the base or post exchange, commonly called the BX or PX, as the base Walmart selling consumer goods. There’s a running joke that the only savings you can get in an AAFES, the Army/Air Force BX, is not going…which should give you some indication of what increasing removal of subsidies for shipping and further press for profit margin in the exchange system has already been doing. The sole benefit to the exchange is now the fact that it is tax free; it is almost invariably cheaper, even with overseas shipping, to order goods from Amazon, Home Depot, or Lowes.

What has Congress done? Well, the basic exchange and commissary system used to work like this: the government purchased, shipped and then sold goods at just above their net price to service members. Over the last fifty years or so, due to complaints from domestic and foreign businesses surrounding bases about being undercut and not getting “their fair share” of money from military members, the individuals on this same commission decided to get things changed so that there was a significant profit margin in these systems. This raised costs for service members, which in turn required increasing pay to make up for the deficit. The only benefit that remained at that point was not having to pay taxes, which quite often does not balance out. That’s important to remember, because every time we’ve adjusted this system, we’ve hosed service members for a few years and then wound up paying them more to compensate, because no one is going to willingly do 4 years, much less 20, while having their family live off of ramen noodles like starving college students.

What is Congress doing? There’s been a consistent and increasing push to privatize the commissary and exchange systems. Since they haven’t been able to pull this off, they’ve effectively aimed towards removing the primary stumbling blocks to the objective of privatization: the subsidies that pay for shipping goods. The effect of this is that service members outside the United States, Hawaii and Alaska included, will see prices for anything from fresh produce to dog food skyrocket. Fresh produce, sensitive electronics and other products requiring temperature control will quite likely simply stop being available.

This means that service members overseas could quite likely be looking forward to being dependent on local stores for access to goods, as they will be able to undercut base prices. Furthermore, this becomes an operational hazard if natural disaster or conventional conflict breaks out. For example, Guam, Okinawa and Japan see regular typhoons through most of the year and service members would be largely reliant on local markets to secure goods at a reasonable rate. The Senate committee would cut $322M/year from the budget by removing these subsidies, but will economically see more cost in having to adjust COLA and even basic pay to make up for the impacts to service members. In other words, the country will save nothing, destabilize its overseas operations reliability and effectively make the lives of service members hell for at least a few years. This also doesn’t simply affect active duty members, but also family members of the fallen, retirees and medical retirees that have earned their benefits through service.

Keep in mind, this is the same government that approves of spending $50,000/yr on investigating if sea monkeys’ churning water changes how the ocean flows. Happy Memorial Day.

Bean counters.

Remember

And we do.

At The Shore

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The Inlet Cafe in Highlands: cold beer and fried seafood.

May you spend time with those you love this weekend.

Despite Rumors To The Contrary This WAS NOT Me

I swear

A naked, machete-wielding man was charged after he allegedly threatened bystanders and a police officer Monday on Long Island, according to a published report.

The man was waving the 20-inch machete at people in the parking lot of a Lake Grove Costco, Newsday reports.

Police found the man barricaded inside the cab of a tractor-trailer he operated for a New Jersey company, according to Newsday. He initially refused to get out of the truck, which contained clothes and a microwave, but later tried to get out with the machete as officers tried to contain him, the report said.

I’ve Had a Terrible Weekend

Here’s to Friday.

On Military FitReps We Have a Box “N/O”

…which stands for “NOT OBSERVED.” That would be the box next Stephanopoulos’ name for “neutral/unbiased interview/moderator.”

George Stephanopoulos discloses $50,000 contribution to Clinton Foundation

ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos has given $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, charitable contributions that he did not publicly disclose while reporting on the Clintons or their non-profit organization, the On Media blog has learned.

In both 2013 and 2014, Stephanopoulos made a $25,000 donation to the 501 nonprofit founded by former president Bill Clinton, the Foundation’s records show. Stephanopoulos never disclosed this information to viewers, even when interviewing author Peter Schweizer last month about his book “Clinton Cash,” which alleges that donations to the Foundation may have influenced some of Hillary Clinton’s actions as Secretary of State.

In a statement to the On Media blog on Thursday, Stephanopoulos apologized and said that he should have disclosed the donations to ABC News and its viewers.

Whoops! Sorry!

Now, about those Presidential debates…

ths updates: What Stephanopoulas MEANT to say was

“I gave the Clintons SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. My bad. SO I’ll be a sport and not moderate the GOP Primary debate, mm’kay?”

And he apparently ripped the author of Clinton Cash a new one his show 3 weeks ago withOUT divulging how he’d contributed to the “cash” himself.

Our Missing Marines ~ I Hope They Find Them Quickly

Here’s the wonderful report the CBS Evening News did when the Marines originally arrived in Nepal to help.

And The Whiney Loser Award Goes TO:

guess who?

George Galloway launches legal battle to overturn election defeat
The former Respect MP says he has evidence of ‘malpractice’ in postal voting and wants the result set aside

“NO! Now They’re Coming For Me!”

I Lurves When Friends From Brazil Visit 

  

Sorry But I Have An Appointment 

with The Colonel 

  

Note to Baltimore DA: Turns Out

…it’s NOT ‘okay/LEGAL’ to run from the police, even if you didn’t do nuthin’.

Court Lets Police Stop People Who Run Away

WASHINGTON — People who suddenly run from police can be stopped and questioned, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, even if officers have no other reason to suspect them of wrongdoing.

An “unprovoked flight” when an officer or a police car approaches is suspicious behavior, the court said. And officers are free to make “common-sense judgments” when deciding whether to stop a fleeing suspect.

Who knew? But SHE’S the ‘authority’, so so ought to have.

Pass The Tequila

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Sláinte!

No Torn Up Liquor Stores or Traffic Stopped on the Cross Bronx for Him

Happy Cinco de Cuatro!

Embrace the Age of Super Genius.

Yes Or No

I’m Sure Bush Had Something…

to do with this.

Source: Baltimore mayor ordered police to stand down

Despite a firm denial by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a senior law enforcement source charges that she gave an order for police to stand down as riots broke out Monday night, raising more questions about whether some of the violence and looting could have been prevented.

The source, who is involved in the enforcement efforts, confirmed to Fox News there was a direct order from the mayor to her police chief Monday night, effectively tying the hands of officers as they were pelted with rocks and bottles.

Asked directly if the mayor was the one who gave that order, the source said:

You are God damn right it was.

Unions Now Repackaging Definition of “Intimidation”

…to mean “when they’re standing on YOUR front porch ~ UNINVITED ~ and you have to chase them off”.

Union cancels Boeing vote, claiming gun-toting workers told it to take off

The union looking to organize workers at Boeing’s South Carolina plant has put its plans in a holding pattern, claiming workers are so opposed to signing up that they chased labor leaders off their porches at gunpoint.

In Florida we mighta coulda have shot them. Castle Doctrine and all.

Courage

…Ly was the daring pilot who landed his single seat cessna with his wife and five children on the USS Midway.

The flight deck was crowded with U.S. sailors and Vietnamese people, just like that day 35 years ago. High in the sky above their upturned faces, a Cessna circled the aircraft carrier Midway, symbolizing the pilot’s desperate plea to land.

Bung Ly was surrounded by San Diego Bay this time instead of the South China Sea, telling the story of how he crammed his wife and five children into the two-seater Bird Dog plane, fleeing over the waters ahead of the advancing Viet Cong.

Extraordinary means to save those things that mean the most to you in extraordinary circumstances.

Maybe I Should Sue My Parents

Because, you know, they never gave moi my much-needed “space to destroy”

“I made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech,” Rawlings-Blake said. “It’s a very delicate balancing act. Because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.”

What The Hell.

Seriously.

Since the looting seems to be an officially sanctioned and approved City Hall community activity, I hope that ever single person who lost property sues the Mayor and city government for restoration.

Next Time Use A Sippy Cup

This reads like a scene in “Airplane”

(Reuters) – Blamed initially on ‘engine failure’, it emerged on Tuesday that a government jet carrying Serbia’s president to Italy last week was forced to turn back when the co-pilot spilled coffee on the instrument board.

Advisers to President Tomislav Nikolic described being “thrown around the cabin” when the plane — a 34-year-old French-built Falcon 50 — began tumbling through the air on Friday.

…An investigation determined that the co-pilot, Bojan Zoric, had spilled coffee on the instrument board “due to ongoing turbulence”.

“I began wiping the board and accidentally activated the ’emergency slat’ button,” which automatically turned off the automatic pilot and the plane began losing altitude, Zoric said in the report by Serbia’s Civil Aviation Directorate .

Oops.

Happy Earth Day, Everyone!

Just remember: recycling and composting saves the planet!

Earth Day Co-Founder Killed, Composted Girlfriend
Ira Einhorn preached against Vietnam War and violence, but had a dark side

Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the first Earth Day event at the Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on April 22, 1970. Seven years later, police raided his closet and found the “composted” body of his ex-girlfriend inside a trunk.

He’s STILL better than YOU, and don’t you forget it.

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