42 Years… and Counting

A lot of rodeos in 42 years for this would-be cowboy. But the time has come to move onward with the times. 462 issues, millions of copies, pissed off mega-millions of liberals, progressives, communists, wimpy soft-bellied, sniveling journalists, who didn’t like the fact that in promoting our agenda of supporting freedom, we carried cameras and guns at the same time. Read more of this post

Fleet Exchange

The Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is now taking over station in the Persian Gulf, ready to harrass the Islamic State terrorists. The San Diego-based Vinson is accompanied in the region by the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and the guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley, USS Sterett and USS Dewey. The entire strike group left home Aug 22. with about 6,200 sailors for its scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific and the Middle East. Read more of this post

Terrorists dislike women

New coed guard duty causing ruckus at Guantanamo high-value prison

MIAMI (MCT) — The military now has female soldiers escorting former CIA captives around Guantanamo’s high-value prison, an apparent personnel change that defense lawyers say is causing an uproar over religious insensitivity. Read more of this post

Vice President’s Son on Cocaine

Hunter Biden, VP’s son, booted from Navy after testing positive for cocaine

WASHINGTON — Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, has been kicked out of the military after testing positive for cocaine, two people familiar with the matter said Thursday. Read more of this post

Up to 120 US troops training Somali forces

WASHINGTON — New details are emerging about the U.S. military mission in Somalia, where it was revealed that up to 120 U.S. special operators are training and advising local Somali forces in their fight against the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab.
Defense officials speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that teams of advisers have been deploying to the country since 2007 for noncombat missions, and that the numbers have gradually grown over the years. Read more of this post

Suicides in the Army declined sharply in 2013

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Suicides in the Army fell by 19 percent in 2013, dramatically reversing a rising trend plaguing the Army for almost 10 years.
There were 150 suicides among soldiers on active-duty status last year, down from a record 185 in 2012, according to Army data. The numbers include both confirmed and suspected suicides. Read more of this post

Wehrpflicht – was sonst?

Die Frage um das Bundesheer wurde zur Frage Wehrpflicht oder Berufsheer umgewandelt. Die Bevölkerung wurde durch falsche Behauptungen getäuscht, die Kernpunkte wurden von den politischen Parteien verschwiegen. Nachstehend eine kleine Zusammenfassung der wichtigsten Punkte, als Anleitung für die Abstimmung. Read more of this post

High-ranking Haqqani commander reported killed

ISLAMABAD — A top commander of the Haqqani network, a group responsible for numerous deadly attacks on Western and Afghan forces in Afghanistan, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan last week, according to Afghanistan’s main intelligence service. Read more of this post

NATO airstrike kills senior Taliban leader

KABUL – A NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan has killed a senior Pakistani Taliban leader, his deputy and about 10 other insurgents, the Western military said Saturday.
Mullah Dadullah, who led fighters based in Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal area, is considered an important figure in the insurgency, which operates on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier. His presence in Afghanistan underscores the common phenomenon of Pakistan-based militants crossing the border to carry out attacks on coalition troops. Read more of this post

Fewer funds for Afghan forces means more war

What is the logic behind the Obama administration’s policy toward Afghanistan? On its face, it makes no sense.
In 2009, President Barack Obama ordered a major buildup of forces to counter alarming gains by the Taliban and the Haqqani network. The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan increased from 34,000 when he took office to nearly 100,000 in 2010. To oversee the buildup he sent two top Army generals, Stanley McChrystal and then David Petraeus, to design and implement a comprehensive counterinsurgency plan that the president signed off on. Read more of this post

‘Synthetic’ marijuana is problem for US military

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. troops are increasingly using an easy-to-get herbal mix called “Spice,” which mimics a marijuana high, is hard to detect and can bring on hallucinations that last for days.
The abuse of the substance has so alarmed military officials that they’ve launched an aggressive testing program that this year has led to the investigation of more than 1,100 suspected users. Read more of this post

Bradley Manning’s WikiLeaks case: The larger issue

After 19 months in military prisons — much of the time in solitary confinement — Pfc. Bradley Manning finally emerged over the past week from the netherworld to which he has been confined since his arrest in the largest breach of classified information in U.S. history.
Seven days of hearings at Fort Meade, Md., produced what the prosecution called “overwhelming” evidence that the low-ranking Army intelligence analyst was the one who sent hundreds of thousands of military reports and diplomatic cables to the transparency website WikiLeaks. Read more of this post

70th Anniversary of Assault on Pearl Harbour

Honolulu, Hawaii – The United States on Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbour with memorial services, lowered flags and silence at the moment the history-changing assault began.
Ceremonies were scheduled from Pearl Harbour in Hawaii to Washington DC on the US East Coast to remember the 2,400 Americans who died on December 7, 1941 when Japan launched a devastating surprise offensive on the US Pacific Fleet.
President Barack Hussein Obama called for the Stars and Stripes to be flown at half mast on federal buildings across the country, to mark National Pearl Harbour Remembrance Day. Read more of this post

Österreich: Bundesheer in den Schlagzeilen

Erster Streich:

Eduard Paulus wurde am Samstag beim Delegiertentag der Österreichischen Offiziersgesellschaft (ÖOG) in der Schwarzenbergkaserne in Wals-Siezenheim erneut zum Präsidenten gewählt, bei nur einer Stimmenthaltung. Damit sieht Paulus seinen harten Kurs gegen die Berufsheerpläne von Verteidigungsminster Norbert Darabos bestätigt.
Das Verteidigungsministerium hatte der ÖOG wegen deren kritischer Haltung bekanntlich den Status als wehrpolitisch relevanter Verein aberkannt. Christian Segur-Cabanac, Sektionschef im Verteidigungsministerium, war aus eigenen Wunsch aus dem Präsidium der Offiziersgesellschaft ausgeschieden, ohne große Trauer auszulösen. Read more of this post

Der unnötigste Dienstposten in Österreich

Österreich hat sich in den letzten vier Jahrzehnten durch verantwortungslose Verschuldungspolitik ein beachtliches Defizit erwirtschaftet. Viele Jahre wird es brauchen, das annähernd in den Griff zu bekommen. Das hoch verschuldete Österreich sollte deshalb sparen.
Flott gesagt, aber niemand scheint daran zu denken. Das unantastbare Staatskulturerbe Öffentliche Verwaltung trotzt jedem kleinsten Versuch einer Renovierung. Um selbst Ansätzen entgegen zu steuern, wurde ein neues Gebiet geschaffen, in das man locker einige hundert Millionen Euro hineinpumpte und zahlreiche neue Dienstposten schaffen konnte. Read more of this post