Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Big & Rich: 8th of November

A tribute to soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1965. Introduction by Kris Kristofferson, former Army Captain and Airborne/Ranger helicopter pilot.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day 2006



And they who for their country die
Shall fill an honored grave,
For glory lights the soldier's tomb,
And beauty weeps the brave.

-- Joseph Rodman Drake



photos from Arlington National Cemetery

Ben Stein: They Did God's Work


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Engineering the Future: Iraq and Afghanistan

What other nation is capable of doing this?

US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Program in Iraq:

-- A total of 3,782 projects planned with a program value of $10.61B
-- A total of 861 projects ongoing at a program value of $2.46B
-- A total of 2,634 projects have been completed with a program value of $3.12B
-- A total of 64 Military Construction (MILCON) in support of US Forces with total values of $1.35B
-- 155,000 Iraqis are employed on reconstruction projects.
-- 181 local nationals work directly for Gulf Region Division - 25.7% of GRD workforce AND GROWING

USACE Program in Afghanistan:

-- Employ 8,200 Afghan nationals working construction projects totaling $1.1 Billion
-- The Afghan Army program is providing new facilities for up to 70,000 soldiers ($1.02 billon).
-- Border Guard and Police program is providing infrastructure and facilities near the Pakistan border ($120 million).
-- Counter Narcotics program in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan may expand to other central Asian countries in FY06 ($70 million).
-- The US/Coalition Forces program is located in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Afghanistan (Bagram, Kandahar, Kabul)($350 million); Projects include airfields, buildings, and other infrastructure.
-- USACE is providing support/technical staff, hydropower/water resource studies, school/clinic refurbishment, roads, and women's hospital renovation. Potential for much more work in the near term ($16 M).

Source: HQ, US Army Corps of Engineers


Oh yeah... and the Corps has been busy doing other things, too:


(Click on photo to enlarge)


Monday, May 22, 2006

Environmentalism is Winning, Army Training is Losing

Here's more info on the state of affairs from Joan D.B. VanDervort of the Army Training Directorate, Headquarters, Department of the Army.

But first...

A reasonable person might think that our military training would be exempt from most, if not all, environmental regulations. The fact is this: The military is subject to more environmental restrictions than any other entity in the United States of America. This is having a devastating effect on military training -- most especially, Army training.

Most of the environmental restrictions on military reservations stop at the reservation boundary. In other words, the civilian communities and land are not under such environmental restrictions as the military. You and I know why, too. There'd be an uprising. But in the military, you salute and say yessir... for the most part.

Where in the hell are the Senate Armed Services Committee and the House Armed Services Committee on all of this? I'll tell you where -- they are on their asses and they have been sitting on their asses for years while the environmentalists wreak havoc on military training.

We are at war, but it matters not to the environmentalists and the politically correct. In fact, they are doing the work of our enemies -- weakening our national security.

"If something affects training, it affects readiness. If it affects readiness, it affects warfighting. If it affects warfighting, it affects national security."
Who said it?.... why ol' Monk did. It's just plain ol' common sense.

Now, on with the show:

(Click on photos to enlarge)


Speaker Notes

Army
Deployments have increased 300% in the past 10 years
Work force reduced 40%

Navy
Ships deployed on any given day have increased 52% in the past 6 years
Work force reduced by 1/3

Air Force
Deployments have quadrupled since 1986
Work force reduced by 1/3

Guard & Reserve
Days served increased 13 fold over the past 10 years
Last year - 235,000 deployed overseas, average 19 days
325,000 deployed for counter drug ops & disasters, average 22 days


Speaker Notes

Our military forces must be able to move faster, shoot straighter and communicate better than our enemies – that is what wins wars. Our ability to develop and field winning weapon systems, and to train our people under realistic, challenging conditions, is what makes our Armed Forces what they are today.

We possess unique advantages – our nation has always dedicated the air, land, sea and frequency spectrum needed to keep our armed forces the best in the world, and we have the necessary political and cultural support to keep our forces strong.

The United States' military strength rests in large part on the foundation of our superior test and training capabilities. Failure to train properly has been shown in many ways to degrade military readiness. In conflict, inadequately trained soldiers die first, and improperly tested equipment fails when least expected.

The American people demand ready Armed Forces that win when called upon and come home to their families. Realistic training is essential to this mission.


Speaker Notes

All branches of the Armed Forces are faced with pressures from a variety of diverse interests. Tension exists between government agencies, special interest groups, environmentalists and native American tribes and ourselves, the military.

Our duty involves protecting current and projected need for the development and fielding of the next generation of weapons, tactics and training of our forces. This will involve more not less space specifically designated for these uses.

Since the inception of the training range system during and following WWII, the military has lost half of its space to conduct training. Encroachment, in its many forms has impacted Training and Readiness, and will continue to do so unless we are successful in protecting our assets.

We all know the problems we face in our individual areas. How these problems are dealt with are of great import to the rest of us. Agreements made in one area of the United States sets precedent for us all. This point is of paramount importance.

The need to identify what we require to complete our training mission and stop this downward trend in Readiness is critical. In order to protect these valuable assets, we all must acknowledge what is important. Then get our message heard, and prevail in shielding these assets from encroachment, shutdown or loss.


Speaker Notes

Threatened, Endangered & Sensitive Species (TES)

Land holdings in millions of acres is shown in green on this chart. The Burea of Land Management, US Forest Service, National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service land holdings far exceed that of DoD. Yet, DoD lands have more threatened and endangered species than any other federal land holder.


Ain't this slide grand? My take on it is that Army Training is going the way of the dinosaurs due to Environmental Correctness.


Speaker Notes

Encroachment tends to shrink the capability of installations to support both maneuver and live fire training at a time when doctrinal distances for maneuver units are expanding.

The doctrinal maneuver box for transformation brigades has been established as is shown here with Fort Hood placed to scale inside this maneuver box.

Although Fort Hood has not been identified as a site for a transformation brigade, as one of FORSCOM's larger installations, this points to the problem other smaller installations may experience in training the future force.



ENCROACHMENT TRENDS

Loss of training or testing space

-- Conflicts with seemingly inflexible laws or rules (such as ESA Critical habitat; MMPA harassment; MBTA permits) curtail access

Increasingly unrealistic training options

-- Cumulative effects of workarounds to satisfy regulatory dictates are "death by a thousand paper cuts"

Disproportionate compliance burden

-- DoD lands increasingly carry conservation responsibilities for surrounding areas

Evolving legal interpretations raise future concerns

-- Military training activities are increasingly being scrutinized under environmental laws designed for other contexts



DOD's POSITION

Balance National Defense with environmental mandates. [Ed. Which is exactly ASS BACKWARDS!]

Clarify existing environmental statutes, regulations and policies.

Promote DoD's ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and long-term range sustainment:

-- Seek expanded authorities for mutually beneficial partnerships that limit incompatible development and habitat destruction near our installations

-- Work with State governors, communities and NGOs to ensure more effective and compatible land use planning around military lands


Speaker Notes

These are just a few of the examples. By no means is this a comprehensive list of all the installations both in CONUS and OCONUS where our training is impacted by increasing environmental compliance restrictions heightened by growing populations pressures and special interests groups.

We have been particularly hard hit by compliance with the Endangered Species Act, Noise, and Clean Air requirements and we see an upward trend in the restrictions that are impacting training.

What looms on the horizon that could impact the Army's ability to carry out it's Title 10 mission is the application of certain environmental statutes to Unexploded Ordinance (UXO) and munitions on active ranges, specifically the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). This issue is still new and not an environmental compliance issue that we have really had to face until recently.

Both CERCLA and RCRA application to UXO on ranges coupled with the recent application of the Safe Drinking Water Act to clean-up UXO present an imminent threat to training.



Impact on Training – Example 1

AIR QUALITY:

-- SMOKE & OBSCURANTS
== EMMISSIONS FROM MUNITIONS
-- DUST
-- PM 2.5 ENFORCEMENT
-- CONFLICT WITH ESA

Clean Air Act -
Restrictions on Smoke Training



Impact on Training

Air Quality Restrictions

Ft. Carson:
-- Prohibition on training with graphite smoke.
-- Prohibition on use of smoke w/in 3km along boundary

Ft. Hood:
-- Artillery fire, smoke, & riot control grenades prohibited w/in 100 meters of "core areas" = 46,620 acres

Ft Leonard Wood
-- Certain METL tasks cannot be trained [Ed. METL = Mission Essential Tasks List]



Impact on Training - Example 2

Endangered Species:

Critical Habitat: Designation limits use of maneuver space

Makua Valley: Training Restrictions based on NEPA & Jeopardy Opinion

Ft. Hood: 33% of training land is protected bird habitat
-- no digging; no tree or brush cutting
-- March - Aug dismounted maneuver restricted
-- Site occupations limited to two hours

Ft. Lewis: 72% designated critical habitat for northern spotted owl; no owls on installation [Ed. Do you fucking believe this? Believe it!]

Fts Bragg, Stewart, & Benning: training restrictions due to RCW [Ed. Red Cockaded Woodpecker]


Speaker Notes

Fort Irwin, CA: Critical habitat designation limits use of available maneuver space and prevents Army from training as it will fight.

Since 1992, over 22,000 acres of Fort Irwin has been designated critical habitat for the Desert tortoise and is not available for maneuver training.

In 1985, Army identified a requirement for additional land area at Fort Irwin and began land withdrawal process. The process has been delayed for over 15 years, primarily due to the presence of Desert tortoise (threatened) and Lane Mountain milkvetch (endangered). Congress authorized a 110,000 acre withdrawal on Dec 01 but use of the land is contingent on ESA Section 7 Consultation and NEPA documentation.

Congress has authorized $75 million to acquire and manage additional land exclusively for preservation of Desert tortoise and to mitigate impacts to the tortoise on NTC. (Only after the Army implements this mitigation will we be allowed to use of the 22,000 acres of tortoise CH on Fort Irwin.)

In addition, the Lane Mountain Milkvetch exists on significant portions of NTC and the land expansion – much of it directly in the path of proposed maneuver training corridor. These areas also have the possibility of being designated CH. USFW is currently evaluating what actions need to be taken. Further training restrictions and mitigation requirements are unclear at this point.


Speaker Notes

Based largely on the excellent habitat management programs documented in the Fort Carson Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP), USFWS chose not designate critical habitat for the Mexican Spotted Owl on the installation.

However, a federal district court in Arizona recently decided USFWS' approval of integrated natural resource management plans to provide adequate habitat protection in lieu of "special management considerations" to avoid CH designation is unlawful.

In light of this ruling, USFWS is likely to revisit the decision to exclude owl habitat on Fort Carson.
CH designation could result in additional training restrictions and additional requirements to enter into consultation for actions impacting CH.


Speaker Notes
Endangered Species on Fort Bragg: This slide describes the management requirements associated with Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Fort Bragg, NC. The small inset map illustrates the extent that cavity tree clusters cover Fort Bragg, NC.

-- The Army manages the RCW on 7 major training installations in the southeast. When first managed (1991), the restrictions were very severe and there was no maneuver training allowed within 200 feet around each cavity tree. This amounted to certain areas being taken out of training use. The restrictions introduced unacceptable artificiality to the way units would select their maneuver routes when training for tactical movements, assaulting objectives, and conducting attacks.

-- Through extensive study of the RCW, the Army was able to demonstrate that military maneuver was consistent with species protection. We essentially "proved the negative." The Army accomplished research establishing that military impacts on RCW are not as significant as previously believed. The Army has invested $48 million in RCW management since 1990. The net result of all this effort is that RCW populations have increased on all Army installations, and the restrictions on training have been reduced. This was all accomplished without critical habitat designation.

-- In the future, we hope to eliminate all area restrictions and only protect the trees themselves. This would maximize training realism and continue protection of the species.

The story of Fort Bragg illustrates two basic points:

1. Without balanced and thoughtful application, the requirements of the Endangered Species Act can severely restrict training at Army ranges.

2. The Army can work with regulatory agencies to strike the proper balance and manage resources for military training and species protection without the designation of Critical Habitat.



Impact on Training - Example 3

Cultural Resource Issues

Restrictions on digging defensive positions without cultural resource surveys
- Associated funding issues

Open cultural sites in training areas can impact freedom of maneuver
-- Ft Irwin 3500 acres restricted
-- Areas can't always be seen with night vision devises or thermal sights

Ft. Bliss has over 3,000 cultural sites off-limits to training!!!



Impact on Training - Example 4

Noise Issues

Over Past 5 Years, $60M in Claims Filed, $25M Paid

Problem Centers Around Urban Encroachment

-- Ft. Carson = $3.3M Noise Lawsuit
-- Noise as Training Distracter on USR (Ft. Stewart)
-- Limitations to Blast Type Noise at Night
-- "Quiet Hours" Imposed due to Civilian Complaints
-- Aviation Flight Routes Altered (Ft. Campbell)



Impact on Training – Example 5

UXO and Munitions Constituents
RCRA - CERCLA - CWA
-- SURFACE WATER
-- GROUNDWATER

Ft. Richardson:
Litigation sought to shut down live-fire.
-- Citizen suit under RCRA; CERCLA & CWA
-- Plaintiffs claim firing munitions in tng violates all 3 laws
-- Would impact 172nd Infantry BDE

MMR shut down of training under CERCLA
-- potential contamination of sole source aquifer

End of show

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See also:
When Woodpeckers Rule The World
It's Not Just The Woodpeckers
Enviro-Assault On National Security: A Case Study


Sunday, May 21, 2006

The American Thinker: Jesus and Muhammad

Dr. James Arlandson provides an in-depth look at the differences between Jesus and Muhammad in a 2-part article for The American Thinker.

Jesus and Muhammad: Major Differences (1)

Jesus and Muhammad: Major Differences (2)

He offers 15 differences and discusses each. Below, I extracted the differences (minus the discussion). Click on the links above to read the articles in their entirety.

Some Muslims say that Jesus was a mere human messenger even within Islam—never mind that he lived six hundred years before Islam. He and Muhammad are virtually the same. Both preached peace, but called for the sword when necessary.

But in the final analysis Muhammad is the last and best prophet. He has the better revelation. If only we could see this! So goes the subtle strategy.

However, this list of fifteen differences between Jesus and Muhammad disagrees with this insidious message. The differences between the two are profound.

It is better to be clear than confused. The frequently preached message of Islam washes away clarity about Christianity and whitewashes its own message.


One: Personal sin

One suffered from sin. The other was sinless.

[...]

Two: Confronting Satan

One nervously seeks refuge from Satan. The other had complete confidence and authority.

[...]

Three: Small-scale violence

One killed mockers and enemies. The other rises above such violence.

[...]

Four: Religious freedom

One suppressed it. The other permits it.

[...]

Five: Large-scale Violence

One launched the first Crusade. The other ordains preaching alone.

[...]

Six: Martyrdom

One promises earthly and heavenly rewards for dying in a holy war. The other says his “martyrdom” promises his followers heaven.

[...]

Seven: Wealth

One took it by force. The other resisted this temptation.

Eight: Marriage

One allowed polygamy and had many wives. The other says one man and one woman is best.

[...]

Nine: Dealing with Sexual Sin

One ordered flogging and execution. The other offers forgiveness and restoration.

[...]

Ten: Miracles

One worked no miracles. The other works many of them, even today.

[...]

Eleven: Bible Prophecy

One is not mentioned or prophesied in the Bible. The other fulfills prophecy.

[...]

Twelve: The Spirit

One restricts and confuses the doctrine of the Spirit. The other freely offers the Spirit as a full Person.

[...]

Thirteen: Their Roles and Natures

One is only human. The other is both fully human and fully divine.

[...]

Fourteen: Their deaths

One died of sickness aggravated by poison. The other died on the cross for the sins of the world.

[...]

Fifteen: Occupied Tomb, Empty Tomb

One still lies in his. The other was resurrected.

[...]



Dr. Arlandson teaches introductory philosophy and world religions at a college in southern California. You can find more of his work at Answering Islam. Be sure to read his Why I write hard-hitting articles on Islam.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Diana Irey for Congress

She's running against Jack Murtha.



Oh hell yeah.

Her website.

Her press conference.

Buying It On Basil Time

Now young guns, pay attention to this advice that basil is giving away for free [I'd charge ya for it]:

Recently, mentioned that I got a PDA. And, no, the Wife wasn't happy with it. But, with a change in duties at work, I'm having to attend a lot more meetings, and a PDA comes in handy. What with the ability to synchronize with my calendar at work, and transferring documents that I can take with me as needed, and such. Still, the Wife wasn't happy with it. And I knew she wouldn't be happy with it. But I got it anyway.

Also, recently, I got a TiVo. And again, the Wife wasn't happy with it. But I knew she wouldn't be happy with it. Still, I got it anyway.

So, the question is, why would a guy go and buy something he knows he's gonna catch hell about?

Simple. I'm a guy. And that's what guys do.

The trick is knowing that you're going to catch hell about it … and timing things to minimize the effect.

Read on



Just make sure she doesn't read on.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Ahmadinejad: Intelligent and Dangerous Foe

From Robert Ferrigno, the author of Prayers for the Assassin:

I had never heard of Ahmadinejad until he was elected president of Iran in late 2005. Then his speeches started getting international coverage, and it seemed like what he was saying came straight out of the pages of Prayers for the Assassin [ed. linked in the sidebar and here]. He blamed the Jews for everything, threatened to eradicate Israel, and, most interesting to me, he spoke of the imminent return of the Mahdi, the Twelfth Imam and the creation of a Caliphate (a major theme of Prayers) which would dominate the world. Ahmadinejad made it clear that he was willing to use nuclear weapons to achieve his spiritual and political goals. Most of the American press quickly pronounced Ahmadinejad a fool, a nut, a puppet of the Mullahs designed to frighten the gullible. I thought the press and the politicians were wrong then, and I think they’re even more wrong following the release of the 18-page letter Ahmadinejad wrote to president Bush a few weeks ago. Commentators on the left, right and every spot in between have found the letter risible, with Jon Stewart having perhaps the most fun with the flowery language used by Ahmadinejad to address Bush — “As your Excellency is aware…” Funny stuff, to be sure, particularly if you overlook the fact that Persian is a 2,000 year old language with a tradition of poetic imagery. Not to be a buzz-kill, or anything.

Rather than a source of entertainment, I consider Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be the most intelligent and dangerous foe the US faces. Not the Mullahs who currently hold power in Iran, and whose machinations put him in office. My reasons for concern about Ahmadinejad are based on the character and deportment of the man himself, his religious beliefs, and the “true” recipient of the letter ostensibly written to Bush. The common US media portrayal of Ahmadinejad as a grandiose bumpkin and the letter as mere rambling is a dangerous mistake. I would remind those making such assessments that Hitler appeared ridiculous for a long time, a skinny little man with a toothbrush moustache and a look of perpetual constipation. Idi Amin was also considered a buffoon, a late night comic’s easy joke. Ask the dead how funny these men are.

Read it all


Ferrigno's book is a must read. The companion website is awesome.

I Seriously Doubt This Drudge Headline

BUSH TEAM WANTS PEACE TALKS WITH N KOREA




That it is going to be a New York Times Page One story tomorrow makes it even more suspect.

UPDATE:

Here's the NYT story U.S. Said to Weigh a New Approach on North Korea

Here's my initial take:

1. It's a recommendation from the dithering diplomats at the State Department, not a change in policy.
2. We might talk peace treaty IF North Korea gives up its nukes.

North Korea will view any departure from our current policy as a sign of weakness. Condi needs to get her people by the shorthairs and threaten to fire the next one who discloses internal discussions to the press. This is not a trial balloon from Condi. She's too smart for that. This is from some underling whose self-esteem is so low that he/she needs validation from the NYT.

UPDATE (5/18/06, 5:15pm CDT):

While Matt Drudge realizes that the MSM often use him to pimp a story, he doesn't seem to mind. Sometimes he just throws it up there to see if it'll stick. If he adds the revolving red-blue light, it's a good indication that he thinks the story is huge. If the story turns out to have legs, he will carry it for a couple of days with other reports from Reuters, AP, Breitbart, etc.

But if the story is a dog that won't hunt, Drudge pretty quickly let's it die. Thus, you will now see no trace of late last night's headline on his active page.

I wish he would be more discerning about his headlines and the red-blue light thing, but then he's the one with gazillions of hits a day and I'm just a monk.

RELATED:

From Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough, Inside The Ring, Friday, May 19, 2006:

Kim Jong-Hill

Bush administration officials say Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, a leading advocate of conducting peace talks with North Korea, has gone overboard in taking a conciliatory line on the regime in Pyongyang, as part of an effort to coax the communist regime back to the now-stalled six-part talks on its nuclear program.

One senior administration official said Mr. Hill's pro-North Korea bent has bordered on appeasement. Insiders say they privately are calling the diplomat in charge of the State Department's Asia policy "Kim Jong-Hill," after North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.

Mr. Hill has sought to block or slow President Bush's tougher posture toward North Korea that includes placing more restrictions on Pyongyang for its illegal activities, including currency counterfeiting, illegal drug trafficking and other sub rosa activities.



Christopher "Kim Jong" Hill


Friday, May 12, 2006

Monk To Marry Mary Katharine Ham

As soon as she says "Heck Yeah".

And why wouldn't she??

Shush!

So what brought on this Merry Mad Moment®?

This ratchere:

I am all sincerity when I say that my love for limited government is born of compassion. I went to inner-city public schools. As a result, I had a lot of experience with the ins and outs of social programs from an early age. I saw what they did to weaken the family structure--particularly the black family-- which in turn hurt my fellow students' chances of succeeding in school. I saw how the class warfare rhetoric of those who supported such programs was a contributing factor to the sad state of race relations in my city.

I recognized that a public housing program that gave away plaques and held ceremonies for people who had lived in the projects the longest might not be the best way to encourage citizens to take charge of their lives. And, I eventually realized that it was not wrong to wish more for people than a government handout when our country has so much more to offer. Because, from what I saw, the programs that sought to help many of the people I grew up with were the very things that hurt them most of all.

I really, honestly, truly believe that every American citizen and the light of the American spirit has a better chance of surviving and thriving outside the giant, clumsy snuffer the federal government likes to call "assistance."

Yes, people need help sometimes. They need a safety net, but I just think the federal government is very good at saying its helping and not so good at actually helping.

So, why is it so bad at it? I think it's because the federal government is so daggone big! Seriously, no one knows what's going on up here. It's so big that no one even bothers checking to see whether programs are working or not.

Some are pushing an idea-- that Bush, to his credit, has backed in the past-- to form a sunset commission, which would evaluate federal programs, identify the failing and the redundant, and then ask Congress to vote up-or-down on whether those programs should continue to exist. Many folks outside the Beltway would think we probably already do this. It's common sense, right?

Nah! Not in D.C., y'all. As of last year, these were some of the redundancies in the federal government, according to The Heritage Foundation:

- 342 economic development programs
- 130 programs serving the disabled
- 130 programs serving at-risk youth
- 90 early childhood development programs
- 75 programs funding international education, cultural, and training exchange
activities
- 72 federal programs dedicated to assuring safe water
- 50 homeless assistance programs

You think maybe, just maybe, there's something we could cut in there? You think just one or two of those programs might disappear and we wouldn't notice the difference? And, wouldn't improving the efficiency of those programs be good, not only for current and future taxpayers, but for the people the programs serve?

Read it all.

Monday, May 08, 2006

The Next Director of the CIA?

For the Record:

If it's Mary Margaret Graham... we can kiss reform of the CIA goodbye.

One word best describes Mary Margaret: BUREAUCRAT. Her picture should be next to that word in the dictionary.

I can think of worse choices (David Shedd comes to mind) for Director, Central Intelligence Agency... but not much worse.

We (this nation) need a tough-as-nails leader and an innovative thinker at the CIA if we want to fix what's wrong with that agency. What we do NOT need is a BUREAUCRAT.

I'm not sold on General Mike Hayden. He was a good DIRNSA (Director, National Security Agency), but the CIA is another animal altogether. Some senators on the Senate Select Committee for Intelligence have expressed concern that GEN Hayden would be the wrong pick because he's military. That's not the concern I have.

Military or civilian -- we need someone who will kick ass on BUREAUCRATS and LEAKERS and who will let the clandestine side of the house do what needs to be done to help defeat the Islamists.

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UPDATE: Today, the President nominated General Hayden.

General Michael V. Hayden

RELATED 5/12/2006:

Jed Babbin talks with Richard Miniter about the CIA

Both of these men know what they're talking about.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Janet Hale, Department of Homeland Security

Now ain't this a daisy? From Drudge comes this pointer to a Washington Post story that is just ... just ... something:

Prostitution Alleged In Cunningham Case, Investigators Focus on Limo Company

So how does Janet Hale fit into this, Monk? I'm gettin' to that part.

Our tax dollars are paying for a convicted criminal to provide limo service to senior officials of the Department of Homeland Security -- the same limo service that is transporting whores to hook up with congressmen.

Christopher D. Baker, president of Shirlington Limousine and Transportation Inc., has a lengthy criminal record that includes drug possession, attempted petty larceny, attempted robbery and car theft. Christopher D. Baker has had huge financial problems - both personal and business.

The Department of Homeland Security rewarded Mr. Baker with two contracts worth about 25 million dollars.

25 FUCKING MILLION DOLLARS.

Mr. Baker appears to have been the sole bidder for the contract under a government PRO-graaaaaaaaam that LIMITS COMPETITION to businesses in poor neighborhoods. How nice and politically correct!

Janet Hale is the Undersecretary for Management at DHS. She is responsible for budget, appropriations, expenditure of funds, accounting and finance; procurement; human resources and personnel; information technology systems; facilities, property, equipment, and other material resources; and identification and tracking of performance measurements relating to the responsibilities of the Department.

Janet Hale was the person who approved spending 25 FUCKING MILLION DOLLARS of OUR MONEY on a convict who has an extensive criminal history.


How Proud She Must Be

So yeah, I'm pretty pissed off at Janet Hale about that.

But what is just damn near unbelievable is that this involves the Department of Homeland Security -- at a time when we are at war with savages who just a few years ago slaughtered thousands of our fellow citizens. Savages who are NOT done with killing us. Savages who demand that we either convert to their twisted religious ideology or die by the sword of Islam.

How much easier can we make it for the savages of al-Qaeda?! Afterall, they are NOT stupid savages. Hell, just start a limo service in a poor neighborhood and Janet Hale and the Department of Homeland Security will award you 25 FUCKING MILLION DOLLARS to transport their senior officials.

Don't even get me started about why we're paying 25 FUCKING MILLION DOLLARS for limo service.

It's not hard to get our heads around that kind of money when we think of what "only one million dollars" will buy.

For instance, "only one million dollars" will buy about 25 of these:




Hell, Janet, just give me 25 of those bad boys and my retired buddies and I will transport your pathetic asses for free. We all have Special Background Investigations and we are all trained marksmen. What more could you ask for??

And Janet, if you're reading this and take me up on my offer, throw in one of these for the team leader (me):



500 horsepower, 8.3-liter, Viper-powered V-10, fire engine-red, Dodge Ram pickup truck