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Author: TriSec    Date: 06/26/2018 10:03:12

Good Morning.

We can start right on the border this morning. Attitude is everything, and here is what Oregon National Guardsman thinks about migrants at the border.



An Oregon Army National Guard soldier will be disciplined after he wrote on a Facebook fundraiser for immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border that "they're lucky we aren't executing them.”

Now, he will face punishment from his command, according to Guard officials.

Screenshots of the comments were captured and first reported by the Oregonian Thursday.

The Guardsman was reportedly Pfc. Gerod Martin, a military police officer serving in the National Guard since December 2013, Maj. Stephen Bomar, a spokesman for the Oregon Military Department, told the Oregonian.

“We started looking at it and were trying to decide if someone had hacked his account,” Bomar told local news station KATU. However, Martin later admitted to posting the comment himself.

The Oregon National Guard was made aware of the post when social media users saw Martin was dressed in a military uniform in his profile pictures and reported him to the organization.

“If you have a social media account that is affiliated with the military in any way shape or form, like it has a patch or says Army or Air Force ... then you fall under the rules of the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” Bomar said. “This was a clear violation in uniform to say anything like that, or anything political because we enforce the policies of our politicians.”


But of course, note that it's a violation of POLICY....they're not stating that there was anything wrong with that point of view. If only one person actually says it, how many more think it?



Despite how disturbing that could potentially be - we're heading right out to the airfield today. There's a crisis brewing in military aviation that is barely being reported.

According to the lead story, 133 airmen have been killed in aviation accidents over the last five years. Over that same timespan, 198 service members have been killed in combat, so the number is not insignificant.



In the last three weeks, six military aviation crashes have killed 16 pilots or crew — a tragic development that has cast a spotlight on a growing crisis: Accident rates have soared over the last five years for most of the military’s manned warplanes.

Through a six-month investigation, the Military Times found that accidents involving all of the military’s manned fighter, bomber, helicopter and cargo warplanes rose nearly 40 percent from fiscal years 2013 to 2017. It’s doubled for some aircraft, like the Navy and Marine Corps’ F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets. At least 133 service members were killed in those fiscal year 2013-2017 mishaps, according to data obtained by Military Times.

The rise is tied, in part, to the massive congressional budget cuts of 2013. Since then, it’s been intensified by non-stop deployments of warplanes and their crews, an exodus of maintenance personnel and deep cuts to pilots’ flight-training hours.

“We are reaping the benefits — or the tragedies — that we got into back in sequestration,” said retired Air Force Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, referring to the 2013 cuts.

The sharp increase in mishap rates is “actually a lagging indicator. By the time you’re having accidents, and the accident rates are increasing, then you’ve already gone down a path,” said Carlisle, who led Air Combat Command until 2017.

“If we stay on the current track ... there is the potential to lose lives.”


Just this morning, there are three stories "above the fold" at my prime military source. Individually, not much....but together, it's indicative of the problem.


KC-10 emergency under investigation


Plane in Holloman crash part of attack experiment


Navy pilot dies in crash at White Sands



And we'll wrap up today with a Medal of Honor report.
I am literally hearing this behind me this morning on the teevee machine. While I in no way, shape, or form, intend to disparage the honour of the soldier involved...I regret that it sounds to me like more distraction and continuing to use the military as props or diversion. There's probably something out there we should be paying attention to today.


Army Lt. Col. Lloyd Ramsey wrote home in 1945 to tell his father to make no mistake about the unassuming little guy with the country twang from Kentucky who might be calling.

"He's a real soldier," Ramsey said of Garlin Murl Conner, one of his lieutenants in the 3rd Infantry Division.

"He probably will call you and, if he does, he may not sound like a soldier, will sound like any good old country boy, but to my way of seeing, he's one of the outstanding soldiers of this war, if not the outstanding," Ramsey said.

Conner, a native of what was then called Aaron, Kentucky, had been on the front lines from 1942-1945 as the 3rd ID went from Africa to Sicily and Italy, then to France and on across the Rhine.

He sustained seven combat wounds and was credited with three Purple Hearts, according to Army accounts. He earned four Silver Stars, a Bronze Star, the French Croix de Guerre and the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC).

Conner is believed to be the second most-decorated soldier of World War II after Audie Murphy, another 3rd ID soldier who would become a Hollywood cowboy star, although Conner did not receive the Medal of Honor.

Today, 73 years after his "above and beyond" actions against attacking German tanks on Jan. 24, 1945, in a snow-covered French forest, President Donald Trump will formally make the posthumous presentation of the Medal of Honor to Conner, who died at age 79 in 1998.

Eighty-nine-year-old Pauline Lyda Wells Conner, or "Miss Pauline" as she is known in the Kentucky hill country, will accept the award for her late husband.









 

23 comments (Latest Comment: 06/26/2018 22:52:23 by Raine)
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Comment by wickedpam on 06/26/2018 13:04:02
Morning

Comment by Will in Chicago on 06/26/2018 13:29:26
Good morning!!

I hope that everyone is well.

I bought a used 2008 Mitsubishi Gallant with about 66,000 miles.

In other good news, I am following some job leads.

Comment by Raine on 06/26/2018 13:55:29
good morning!

Comment by Raine on 06/26/2018 14:17:57
Damnit!





Comment by Raine on 06/26/2018 14:21:34
Travel ban stands.

phuq this shit.

Comment by wickedpam on 06/26/2018 14:22:16
Quote by Raine:
Damnit!






That stolen ill gotten seat is paying off for them big time.

Comment by Raine on 06/26/2018 14:24:49
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Damnit!






That stolen ill gotten seat is paying off for them big time.
I am SO angry.

Comment by wickedpam on 06/26/2018 14:30:39
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Damnit!






That stolen ill gotten seat is paying off for them big time.
I am SO angry.



Right there with you.

I have no clue how any of this is going to get fixed if we do get some control back.

Comment by Scoopster on 06/26/2018 14:47:21
Mornin' all...

We need to focus everything we have into turning out the vote & flipping Congress and state houses, starting ASAP. Nothing else matters at this point. Nothing else will stop this.

Comment by wickedpam on 06/26/2018 15:06:14
Quote by Scoopster:
Mornin' all...

We need to focus everything we have into turning out the vote & flipping Congress and state houses, starting ASAP. Nothing else matters at this point. Nothing else will stop this.



But is can't stop at 2018, they have been working at this for 2 decades. We need to play the long game too. Where are the big brains working on this?!


Comment by livingonli on 06/26/2018 15:20:01
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Damnit!






That stolen ill gotten seat is paying off for them big time.
I am SO angry.



Right there with you.

I have no clue how any of this is going to get fixed if we do get some control back.

Between McConnell rigging the game by refusing to even have hearings for Garland, and then aiding and abetting the crimes of this stolen election. I really have to hope that there is a way to prove the election was stolen and Trump didn't even have a legitimate electoral college win so that we could throw Gorsuch off the court.

Comment by BobR on 06/26/2018 15:22:38
To be honest, I think that California law went just a tad too far. Requiring "crisis centers" to say you can get an abortion elsewhere is forcing them to advertise for other entities. If they had just left it at "requiring the centers to prominently display a notice that they do not have abortion or medical facilities", I think it would've held up.

Comment by Scoopster on 06/26/2018 16:08:28
WHEEEEEEE...

We just updated the website to HTTPS, and now we have to go back through EVERY client's ads & make sure that we update our outgoing links if their website is running secure. AND THEN we have to check the rest of the links too.

Comment by Raine on 06/26/2018 16:46:46
Comment by Raine on 06/26/2018 17:10:48
So we have a new Emin Algarov video:





Comment by Scoopster on 06/26/2018 17:43:23
threatens to tax Harley Davidson for doing what everyone expected businesses to do in response to his idiotic tariffs.

Yeah asshole, threaten them. Go ahead. They'll laugh at you while moving THEIR ENTIRE COMPANY to England or Germany.

Comment by Raine on 06/26/2018 18:02:49

They are becoming -- if not already, the brown shirts.

ICE needs to be gotten rid of.

This is some evil shot and they are not being held to public and moral norms.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 06/26/2018 19:14:26
I fear that I.C.E. is acting par for the corse. The Clod Emperor has given a greenlight to abuse.

I am not shocked by the Supreme Court rulings. We need to mobizize for the November election and beyond. So, we .must find good candidates to support locally and think pf short term, mid range and long term strategies to win. If our political opponents are in it for the long haul, then we should be as well.

Comment by livingonli on 06/26/2018 19:15:12
Ben posted this on the book of faces;
From the brilliant Dan Rather:

President Trump and the GOP bemoaning a lack of civility is a hypocritical farce. It spurs an almost uncontrollable bout of forehead slapping in disbelief.

But let's be clear about what incivility really looks like:

Incivility is lying to impugn the citizenship of the first African American president.

Incivility is threatening and mocking reporters and attacking the First Amendment protections of our free and independent press.

Incivility is destroying the environment and ignoring climate change.

Incivility is countenancing corruption and venality in the highest reaches of the White House and its cabinet.

Incivility is our government's response to Puerto Rico.

Incivility is undermining a merited investigation by respected law enforcement officials and maligning the notion of an independent judiciary.

Incivility is cozying up to dictators and attacking our allies and friends.

Incivility is ripping children - even those too young to know their parent's name - from immigrants legally claiming asylum.

Incivility is endeavoring to have millions of Americans lose their health insurance.

Incivility is creating a false equivalence between Nazis and counter protesters.

Incivility is using peaceful dissent from NFL players as a pretense for stirring the deep waters of racial injustice.

Incivility is using Twitter to lie and bully.

Incivility is just having the pathology to constantly lie in the first place.

Incivility is gas lighting your fellow citizens on issues big and small.

Incivility is trying to bar entry to the United States on account of religion.

Incivility is ignoring science and reason.

Incivility is trying to run roughshod over our constitutional protections.

These are but a few of the real incivilities that plague our moment in history. They are the actions of a man and his enablers who feel no compunction about destroying the bonds that have held this improbable nation together. We will only succeed if we have a civil society. And anything or anyone who attacks that cherished American ideal must be considered... uncivil.

Comment by livingonli on 06/26/2018 19:38:53
Comment by Mondobubba on 06/26/2018 21:33:00
Quote by Scoopster:
threatens to tax Harley Davidson for doing what everyone expected businesses to do in response to his idiotic tariffs.

Yeah asshole, threaten them. Go ahead. They'll laugh at you while moving THEIR ENTIRE COMPANY to England or Germany.


You know a second-semester freshman with an econ minor could have seen that coming.

Comment by Raine on 06/26/2018 22:52:23

WE have a problem here. seriously a real problem