Taking back some hasty generalizations

You can gripe about the Obama administration’s not-a-pullout of Iraq, failure to close Gitmo, backing down on wiretapping, rolling over on the Patriot Act like a trained poodle, and generally fucking the Constitution with a Bush mask on. But one area where the administration really, truly gets it is in trying to tackle the bloated defense budget. I was initially wary of Obama’s reappointment of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a Bush appointee, when it was announced. But honestly, it’s proven to be one of the best picks of his administration, because Gates is the first in what will hopefully be a long line of defense secretaries that will prepare our military for the wars we’re fighting and the wars we’re likely to fight, not some sci-fi jackoff scenario where China goes nuts and launches ze missiles. Or, in less sarcastic terms, spend a smaller amount of total cash on stuff the military actually needs.

Gates pushed back on buying more F-22 fighter jets, and the next target in his sights is the generals. The New York Times reports:

Two weeks ago, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced a sweeping effort to improve efficiency that, among other things, takes aim at the military’s sacrosanct corps of generals and admirals. He ordered his staff to cut at least 50 positions and made clear that he would be happier if they cut more.

“The department must start setting priorities, making real trade-offs and separating appetites from real requirements,” said Mr. Gates, who has made management efficiency his latest personal goal in a tenure that focused first on Iraq, then Afghanistan and later on overhauling the approach to weapons procurement.

Speaking as a military brat here, this is exactly the kind of shit that’s needed to happen for as long as I can remember. The generals are all too often the very epitome of the phrase “absolute power corrupts absolutely” and while I’ve known good generals, I’ve also known, and the bases I’ve lived on have been all too keenly aware of, the bad ones. They’re unstoppable, they’re insufferable and quite frankly they’re unnecessary in many cases.

The American military now has 100 more generals than it did on 9/11, and it can’t really be the case that we need over 900 generals, each costing the nation about $1 million apiece, to prosecute the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as local affairs. We can cut back. Halving the amount of generals would let us buy more and better equipment for the troops on the front lines, spend more money repairing the nation’s infrastructure, or even pay down the debt.

Now, if only Gates would take a poll of servicemen to find out which generals are the worst and most wasteful at their jobs…


Immigration conversation

Some commentary on Are You Supporting Illegals?:

Paulie: No human being is illegal.

Amnesty might be a good start, but truly open borders would be far better.

LibertarianBlue: How so Paulie? They came here illegally

Paulie: Bad laws deserve to be broken.

LibertarianBlue: amnesty is a slap in the face to legal immigrants who went through the process the right way.

Paulie: I’m a “legal” immigrant, and it’s not a slap in my face. It was simply a matter of luck that due to cold war propaganda reasons we were considered “refugees” over people far more deserving of the term. Otherwise I would have grown up in Israel after leaving Russia. I’m glad I didn’t.

LibertarianBlue: I dont disagree that our immigration policy is fucked up with massive amounts of red tape but rewarding those who break the law isnt the way to go.

Paulie: So, change the law and let everyone in.

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AdWords giving away $75 (costs $10 to verify, but you get $85 to play with)…

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Roger Ebert stumbles onto the trail of a conspiracy to create a cult of Sarah Palin

From Ebert’s article Ten things I know about the mosque:

Somewhere on the Right is an anonymous genius at creating memes. Sarah Palin floats a suspicious number of them: Death Panels, Ground Zero Mosque, 9/11 Mosque, Terror Babies. Her tweets are mine fields of coded words; for her, “patriot” is defined as, “those who agree with me.” When she says “Americans,” it is not inclusive. These two must have been carefully composed in advance to be tweeted within 60 seconds of each other: [emphasis added]

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Bailout man song…

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I’m still mad……

…..four years later VanDyke finally puts up a finished product. So what did you do with the money? Invested it in stocks (bad idea!). Invested it in booze? If you drank it all, what a shame but if you bought shares in a microbrewery in Ohio-is it good beer and do they have distributors out here in Illinois? Don’t mind me, I’m drinking a Berghoff Prairie Lager and those idiots at beeradvocate.com thinks the beer sucks and I think it’s great. Oh the Mendocino Blonde Ale is a good beer too! So, I did invest fifty dollars into this thing (actually it is almost 100 with interest but we can settle the difference by having Stephen make a nice donation to Antiwar.com..it will stop me from bitching about the last 4 years.) Enough of the good stuff…what have I done since HOT disappeared? Well, I tried running for the VP nomination for the LP. Fat chance, should have never tried that gig. I did graduate from college but ended up groveling for a shitty Wal-Mart job unloading boxes off trucks for near minimum wage. I adopted my daughter almost 3 years ago….well her sperm donor was a piece of shit and he gave up his rights real quick. I got kicked off Last Free Voice over some bullshit. Continued pissing off more people within the Party (Wayne Allyn Root is my latest victim). I am back in school getting my Masters degree. I realize that voting sucks, government will never change therefore I can no longer call myself a Libertarian. What am I? An unapologetic ANARCHIST!

That’s right…I’m back BITCHES!


Beware the moderate: your greatest enemy…

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Remember when Ron Paul dominated every online poll? It’s happening again…

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Is post-Kelo eminent domain even more racist than its earlier incarnation?

Imagine some government entity leaving a note on your automobile which reads: “Your car is a piece of junk. If you don’t demolish it in 45 days, we are going junk it and then send you the bill.”

While this would truly suck, it could be much worse: They could be threatening to demolish your house, instead. And if you live in some of the impoverished areas of Montgomery, Alabama, this is not some hypothetical nightmare, but a very real violation of civil rights in the same neighborhood Rosa Parks once called home. see more…


Social networking for stoners

At first, I thought this was apropros and hilarious, but it turns out Leaf.ly is actually a pretty crisp networking site for people who like to enjoy smoking marijuana (similar to the wine-lover site Cork’d). see more…


Young Americans for Liberty convention highlight reel — why aren’t these panels all online?

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Computers that read minds being developed by Intel..

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Hammer of Truth’s swank facebook page, ALERT THE MEDIA… WE ARE OFFICIAL

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H.S. assignment gone hilarious: Design a terrorist attack

Some Australian teacher got the idea to give his students some rather engaging homework, the objective “to kill the MOST innocent civilians in order to get your message across” with terrorism and chemical and biological warfare Now, as an adult, I find flaw with having to kill innocent civilians in the first place, but that’s just a limitation of the teacher’s imagination, not mine. I think he’s a fucking moron to be honest. see more…


@therealHoT needs moar followers…

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