The Commander in Chief of the world’s greatest military power seems hell bent on relinquishing that title. The latest on the chopping block are the Hellfire and Tomahawk missile programs. Obama seeks to cut all procurement of new Hellfire missiles from the Navy by 2015, and all new Tomahawks by 2016 — a seemingly inexplicable move considering Obama took so much credit for U.S. involvement in the Libya operation, which relied heavily on Tomahawk missiles.
This is just the latest in a long line of cuts to specific military programs which have occurred or will occur during Obama’s tenure. Now I’m not saying each and every cut was unwarranted, but here is what I know — when your budget has to be cut, you start by looking for way to cut spending with minimal impact to capabilities or quality of outcome.
I’ve worked in organizations funded by the government in the past. They are wasteful — there is no doubt about it. From the seemingly endless bureaucracy, to the fixed budgets that “HAVE to be spent,” the entire system has become a monolithic machine with the primary purpose of perpetuating its own existence. I remember computers and furniture being replaced well before it was necessary, simply because it was “a replacement year”. The old stuff taken to a warehouse and sold for pennies on the dollar.
So my beef isn’t with general cuts to the defense budget. I firmly believe that every single department of the U.S. government could find a way to cut at least 10% of its budget without firing a single person or diminishing the quality of the work or service provided.
I submit for your consideration Senator Coburn’s report on potentially over $60 billion in waste found at the DoD. I don’t know about anyone else, but if I needed to cut the defense budget I would start by rooting out waste and corruption! Then I would move on to other non-essentials, like parties and other perks. Then and only then would I start looking at specific programs.
But Obama and his ilk seem unconcerned with the billions of dollars disappearing in the bureaucratic ether. No doubt this is partly because exposing the waste will expose the very nature of massive bureaucracy, thereby severely weakening the “moral authority of modern big government” which progressives have been diligently creating for the last decade.
But I think something else is going on. Obama’s move to kill off the programs which allowed him to execute the Libya operation without U.S. troop involvement is very telling. Obama specifically seeks to diminish the United States’ ability to execute military operations. Hagel wants to cut the Army to levels not seen since before WWII. The administration has also killed or hamstrung the Air Force’s F35 joint strike fighter, the Navy’s next generation cruiser, and the Marine Corps’ next generation EFV.
Dinesh Dsouza essentially predicted this. He believes Obama is an anti-colonialist who sees the USA as somewhat of a bad guy on the world stage, and the U.S. military as the tool enabling the “bad actions”. Bathed in this light, Obama’s actions make sense.
If you haven’t seen him before, I introduce you to Michael Che. Saw him on one of my DVR’d episodes of Late Night with Seth Meyers. Personally, I think he was funnier than the host.
This is a great bit. The perfect kind of comedy. Sort of a-political, sort of libertarian, very cool. Very refreshing to see a black comedian address the out-of-hand political correctness and fake racism permeating our culture.
Back in 2008, following Obama’s less than compelling reaction on the campaign trail to Russia invading neighboring Georgia, Sarah Palin remarked that Ukraine could be next. The left attacked her, mocked her, called her comments “strange” and “far-fetched”.
Today, the scenario is very real. Russia’s puppet parliament just voted unanimously to approve military action against Ukraine. This after paramilitary forces, likely of Russian origin and backing, have already seized government buildings and airports within the Crimean region of Ukraine.
Which means, all those fawning, sycophantic, Obama-protecting liberals… all those self-righteous, self-described “experts” on foreign policy… all those talking heads on the television were WRONG.
Sarah Palin was right, folks.
I wonder which of those supposed experts has the guts to admit it.
Mommy Wars are a huge part of parenting and usually waged between working vs. non-working moms. But if you want to know who is really ruining kids, look to the philosophies of permissive parenting and moms who are more interested in being a friend than a parent. This trend is not only popular in Hollywood, but is trickling into suburbia where mothers of teen girls are shopping at the same stores as their teens and hosting parties with alcohol for their underage progeny. If you can answer yes to any of the following questions, congratulations, you are a crappy parent.
3. Are you a stage-parent?
Dina Lohan’s first mistake was getting her little girl, Lindsay, into the entertainment industry. While commercials and off-broadway plays may seem harmless, it can lead to full-on hollywood horror. Strangely, while Disney maintains the best place on earth for little ones, any child sucked into working for Disney doesn’t end up happy or healthy. Very few child stars escape unscathed. Aside from that, hawking your child like a money-making opportunity is just distasteful and I’m sure makes for uncomfortable conversation over holiday dinners while your child is trying to figure out how they ended up with a cocaine addiction to rival Richard Pryor’s. Stage-parenting is not the same thing as parenting.
A classic example is Lynn Spears who allowed a Rolling Stone photographer to photograph her under-aged daughter alone in her room wearing only a bra and panties surrounded by her childhood dolls. Spears then wrote a book trying to explain that she was just naive and had no idea the entertainment industry would exploit her daughter in that way (even though it had previously exploited every other female it got its hands on.) I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure if some creepy photographer tried to get my daughter alone in a bedroom he’d find himself out on the front lawn with a bloody nose. What kind of parent doesn’t protect their child from predators? A crappy one. (ahem…Billy Ray Cyrus.)
We started school in my house on Thursday, and, as usual, the freedom homeschooling offers still takes me by surprise. I’ve been at it for 3 years now (well, 7 if you count all the pre-pre-school that happens before school age.) We have a new grammar curriculum, Shurley English, which I think I’m going to love but when I started teaching the first lesson I realized my daughter already knows this information and I don’t want to waste her time re-teaching it. So I set her up with writing exercises while I perused the book and found the first 5 chapters are a waste for her. So guess what? We’re skipping them! If she were in class with 25 other kids, some of whom don’t know the same information she does, she would have to sit through 5 whole chapters which would take up several weeks of re-learning redundant information. What a waste of her time and talents! Instead, we can just skip ahead and get to the new stuff right now.
Many kids hate school and just get through it as quickly and as mediocrely as they can. Perhaps it’s because their specific likes and dislikes or personal learning styles aren’t taken into account. How can they in a system that has to cater to such a large group of children? Recently, a controversial article was written entitled, “If You Send Your Kids to Private School, You are a Bad Person” by Allison Benedikt that laments parents who want, and can pay for the best education their kids can get. Benedikt supposes all children should be in the public system even at their own detriment:…CONTINUE READING AT PJMEDIA!
From Rapey to Righteous: Can Robin Thicke’s Controversial Hit Song ‘Blurred Lines’ Elevate the Culture?
Fauxminists everywhere are declaring Robin Thicke’s summer hit, “Blurred Lines,” rapey and weird:
Basically, the majority of the song…has the R&B singer murmuring ‘I know you want it’ over and over into a girl’s ear. Call me a cynic, but that phrase does not exactly encompass the notion of consent in sexual activity.
As originally written with the rap, yes, it’s gross. So was the video with the naked supermodels, as is most pop music. That is all true. (Someone needs to record the date and time I agreed with a modern feminist. It won’t happen again.)
However, “Blurred Lines” is a serious jam and I can’t help but turn it up and sing along (albeit without the kids in the car.) Last week, I wrote about the Miley Cyrus twerking incident which involved Thicke, who really should have known better than to agree to perform a pedophilia fantasy with a barely-legal girl in a teddy bear suit. I think we can all agree these are not shining pillars of moral superiority we’re dealing with. The Hollywood crowd seems to be arrested in development somewhere near 15-years-of-age with a fixation on dick jokes and orgasms.
But something happened with “Blurred Lines” that made it palatable even to this Christian conservative prude
If you don’t know what twerking is yet, I’ll explain it one more time. To “twerk”, as the kids say, is not your average Jennifer Gray/Patrick Swayze dirty dancing. In fact, it makes their bump and grind look like the foxtrot. I was in Oklahoma last year hanging out with my cousins at a rodeo bar (yeah, I know it’s cliché but when in OK City, it’s A-Ok to go full-on cowgirl.) I was beyond perplexed when I realized I brought my red leather cowboy boots down hard on some poor girl’s fingers on the dance floor. What were her fingers doing on said dance floor, you might ask? Twerking. Imagine, if you can, what kind of position a girl must be in to have her hands on the floor, ass in the air, gyrating around like an acrobat on LSD. It’s not pretty. In fact, it’s pretty ugly. I can tell you that me and the 5 other people I was with had a great time discussing and laughing (as was the guy she was twerking on, btw.) No one thinks this is sexy. It’s a big joke. It’s as if the guys in the room (not men) are all waiting to see who they can fool into trying this “move” which is nothing more than a scene from a XXX movie.
August 19: Thanks so much for voting. I’ve made it to the Top 5 and will be performing in the live show on Wednesday evening at the Improv in Schaumburg at Woodfield Mall at 6pm. If you can make it to cheer me on I would love it! If you want to reserve a seat just go to THIS LINK and put in your email address. Thanks so much for your support. Hopefully, in two days, I will be the next WLS Talk Star!
(Older post) Hey everyone! I know it’s been awhile…actually it’s been since the last election when I drowned my sorrows in macaroni and cheese for a solid three months. Since then, I haven’t had the will to write anything… so sorry for that but it is what it is. There is exciting news however! WLS-AM is holding the Talk Star competition again and I’ve entered again and have been chosen in the top 10 again! Weird, right? I figure there are about 9 other nerds like me who are desperate to be on the radio which is why I keep getting into the top 10, but whatever the reason it’s happening again and I need your votes to get to the Top 5 and the finale live show on August 21. I think we only have until this Friday to vote although I would advise to keep voting as long as the page is up.
Like last time, we vote the Chicago way in this competition! There is no limit on votes from the same device! This is good news for those of you who have long commutes or downtime. I need you! It’s so easy too. All you do is go to THIS LINK which looks like this
If you want to hear the audition you click on my picture. To vote go BELOW the photos where the giant arrow is pointing and click my name and then vote! To vote multiple times, simply wait for this to appear…
I know that with your help I can get a shot at winning this thing again. Please take some time today and vote for me. If I win, I get a 2 hour talk show on my favorite station AND an adult trip to Mexico…which, believe me, this homeschooling mama needs! Thanks friends!
Everyone’s back to work from the 4th of July celebrations. What stories in the news are piquing your interest today? Egypt is one hot mess and the Zimmerman trial is in full swing. Any predictions as to how things will turn out?
Feel free to share!
For my neighbors in Wisconsin, Frankie has got a weather warning for you.
(I’m a huge fan of this guy)
Hope you’re enjoying a spectacular Independence Day and remembering the sacrifices that people made to keep us free. I don’t know about you, but I feel like the luckiest person on earth to have been born in this great Nation. Please share your thoughts about this day(after you put down the hot dog and sparklers).