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Now that was some funny shite.
Click on this story. You won’t regret it.
Now that was some funny shite.
Anyone beside me in love with the sound of the Lockheed C-5B Galaxy engines?
There is nothing, I tell you, nothing that compares to being under a C-5 as it blasts over your head at the end of a runway as it lands. The sound of the engines throttling up and down on approach and touchdown delivers goosebumps.
After watching this video you’re going to have two very important exclamations.
By the way, the C-5 was loaded to the max at 700,000 pounds — which is 317.5 tons — on a 99° F day. It could only have been worse had they been taking off at, say, 6,000-feet AGL.
Apparently we have learned little if anything from the Texas church shooting?
Army lifts ban on waivers for recruits with history of some mental health issues
by Tom Vanden Brook
WASHINGTON – People with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.
The decision to open Army recruiting to those with mental health conditions comes as the service faces the challenging goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018. To meet last year’s goal of 69,000, the Army accepted more recruits who fared poorly on aptitude tests, increased the number of waivers granted for marijuana use and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.
Stop right there. You needn’t go any farther. I am well versed in these conditions because I witnessed them myself whilst attached to numerous training venues in my law enforcement department and law enforcement in general in the 1990s. And beyond.
Because, for example, that is how we got Rampart in the LAPD. Poor and/or lax backgrounding due to administrative pressure to throw more recruits into various academies. The laughable axiomatic joke bandied about by recruiters then was “and instead of asking them (potential recruits) if they’ve done dope at all, we ask them ‘how much dope did you do before you got here today?’ ”
“Predictable is preventable.”
And the US Army’s results from this act are simultaneously predictable and preventable. In other words, as Gordon Graham illustrates here, “high risk, low frequency” incidents for emergency responders, police and fire personnel — applicable also to our military.
Can we not see that this new US Army policy is fraught with unintended yet terribly predictable consequences if we but examine past incidents closely?
Lax hiring in order to fill orders for more recruits from an uninterested or damaged gene pool. That never proffers excellent or even languid results.
Life, after all, is nothing if not cyclical. Every time something like this happens, Gordon Graham winces and shivers in response.
Then he makes more cash in retrospect when people begin to ask: “have we seen anything like this before?”
This is the Gordon Graham Risk Assessment Chart.
Because, in hard budgetary times for law enforcement, what is the first, the absolute first venue to be cut in any and every department? Training. Period. Training. And that includes money spent for academies. And backgrounds. And recruitment.
Seen it, done it, lived it, for over four decades. What are the greatest areas of potential exposure for emergency response agencies?
The Rand Corporation published a very expensive study. It proffered an assload of multisyllabic words. What was said, essentially, was this: you’re no better than your gene pool. Which would account for LAPD’s leaving SoCal and actively poaching and soliciting recruits in Northern California. Precisely because they “weren’t” SoCal.
Expanding the waivers for mental health is possible in part because the Army now has access to more medical information about each potential recruit, Lt. Col. Randy Taylor, an Army spokesman, said in a statement. The Army issued the ban on waivers in 2009 amid an epidemic of suicides among troops.
“The decision was primarily due to the increased availability of medical records and other data which is now more readily available,” Taylor’s statement to USA TODAY said. “These records allow Army officials to better document applicant medical histories.”
So now you have access to records which only confirm that your potential recruits are troubled and slagged with drugs. What positive affirmation is that?
What the hell am I missing here?
Perhaps it’s time to allow Captain Obvious into the room.
But accepting recruits with those mental health conditions in their past carries risks, according to Elspeth Ritchie, a psychiatrist who retired from the Army as a colonel in 2010 and is an expert on waivers for military service. People with a history of mental health problems are more likely to have those issues resurface than those who do not, she said.
Wowzer. Could anyone else besides me have possibly anticipated a response akin to that?
While bipolar disorder can be kept under control with medication, self-mutilation — where people slashing their skin with sharp instruments — may signal deeper mental health issues, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, which is published by the American Psychiatric Association.
Oh please. What’s the problem with “self mutilation”? Let’s get real here.
But wait. Consider this:
If self-mutilation occurs in a military setting, Ritchie said, it could be disruptive for a unit. A soldier slashing his or her own skin could result in blood on the floor, the assumption of a suicide attempt and the potential need for medical evacuation from a war zone or other austere place.
“Could result in blood on the floor.”
Carlos is in a foxhole with Tashay. Tashay whips out a razor blade and starts slashing her/its wrists. Artillery shells are cascading all around. Carlos does what?
The worst response is, of course, the last. And so it goes.
Please stand by for the most critical sentence in the entire article.
Accepting recruits with poor qualifications can cause problems.
How could anyone possibly have seen that coming?
The Army did not respond to a question of how many waivers, if any, have been issued since the policy was changed.
I term that a clue.
Damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
How are the armed services supposed to react?
They will be excoriated by mental health advocates who say that people with mental challenges should be provided with opportunities like any other individual.
They will be excoriated by persons who point out that mental health issues and problems weren’t recognized and dealt with appropriately, certainly in the First Baptist Church shooting in Sutherland Springs.
I say two things in response:
But of course, this is me allowing facts, history, logic, rationality, proportion and common sense get in the way of a good fucked-up Leftist decision.
The Army has,
in its infinite wisdom, decided to backtrack a bit. From USAToday.com:
Army says USA TODAY story forced it to drop plans for waivers for high-risk recruits
by Tom Vanden Brook
WASHINGTON — Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said Wednesday the Army has rescinded a September memo stating that people with certain mental health issues, including self-mutilation, would be eligible for waivers to join the service.
Milley, appearing before reporters, said the Army rescinded the memo because of an article published Sunday by USA TODAY.
He maintained that the policy on considering such waivers had not changed but had been delegated to a lower level for approval.
Milley said the Army had done a “terrible” job explaining the policy. He credited USA TODAY for bringing the issue to his attention.
“There wasn’t a change in policy,” Milley said. “There cannot be a change in policy by someone who doesn’t have the authority to change policy. I know it sounds circular.”
The memo from Sept. 7 said that people with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse would be eligible to obtain waivers to join the Army. The change, which was not announced publicly, was made in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.
Common sense public pressure.
Sometimes it works.
I would customarily have posted an article in direct reference to Veteran’s Day in honor of the men and women who have served the United States of America.
Veterans Day is a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated in many countries as Armistice Day the following year, November 11th became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became legally known as Veterans Day.
Happy 242nd Birthday to the US Marine Corps as well, on November 10th, in this message from the Marine Corps Commandant.
Today, instead, I want to point to an item deemed “newsworthy” by a number of outlets in order to illustrate the depths to which we have plummeted as a nation and — in another illustrative post following this one — the depths with which individuals believe they have no responsibility or accountability whatsoever for their predicaments whilst, conversely, everyone else is responsible.
Bradley Manning, whom I refuse to quantify as “Chelsea,” served seven years for leaking over 700,000 secret US military and diplomatic documents to Wikileaks during the Iraq War. He was arrested in 2010. On January 17, 2017, President Obama commuted all but four months of Manning’s remaining time from his original 35-year sentence.
This effeminate, gender-neutral, politically-correct, confused, entitled, arrogant, betraying, self-centered, naive, haughty, esteem-ridden POS joined the military?
From the UKDailyMail.com:
Chelsea Manning speaks out on Veterans Day to tell lawmakers to stop sending soldiers overseas for their ‘to support their nationalist fairy tales’
by Abigail Miller
Chelsea Manning took to Twitter to hit out at lawmakers early on Veterans Day
She wrote that support would be to ‘stop sending us overseas to kill or be killed for your nationalist fairy tales’
The 29-year-old is likely referring to how she feels that the military disregards the effects of war on civilians
She made that opinion clear in 2013 when she was convicted of publishing more than 700,000 classified military and diplomatic documents via Wikileaks
Chelsea Manning hit out at lawmakers on Veterans Day on Twitter with her opinion on how to best support former soldiers.
‘Want to support veterans?! stop sending us overseas to kill or be killed for your nationalist fairy tales. we can do better,’ she tweeted.
The tweet is likely referring to her opinion about the state of the military, which she made clear when she published more than 700,000 classified military and diplomatic documents via Wikileaks in 2013.
The move saw her sentenced to 35 years in prison, which was later commuted to seven years beginning with the date of her arrest by President Obama just days before he left office.
After she was convicted she said she was proud of what she’d done, because she wanted to expose what she considered to be US military’s disregard of the effects of war on civilians.
Stop. We know how the US government has abused our veterans and how it continues to do so because of underfunding, poor management and overwatch. Granted. The Underground Professor, Dr Michael Jones, documented on my Thursday night show (listen and watch here) the continuing challenges and problems faced by veterans today up to and including inordinate and onerous wait times and demands, abuse and even deaths.
But that is no reason to kneecap the US military and the strength of our nation. We should always be circumspect prior to the application of the US military around the planet. Never forget it was the Demorats under Barack Hussein Obama who decided to literally overthrow countries in the Middle East. Obama became known as the Drone Strike Master yet received no scrutiny from the American Media Maggots over this. He lied about the application of forces and lies about sacrificing American lives for his
Listen to this cut from Fox News and Bradley Manning.
That said, there are a few things that I immediately conclude.
First, Manning didn’t mind getting paid by the very same US military that hired him and trained him in the first place. His base motivation was to receive GI Bill money for education and to use the Army as personal social engineering. Service and sacrifice didn’t factor in the slightest.
Does this not seem like another Leftist demanding free shite from the American Taxpayer and then biting the hands that provided same?
You must realize it was your tax dollars that paid for Manning’s hormone therapy. As far as he was concerned, he was due this. It was owed to him. He also believed that gender reassignment surgery was due to him as well.
Luckily, the American Taxpayer did not have to pay for Manning’s GRS and now that bill will have to be paid when affordable. Note this:
On May 22, 2017, Manning’s 2014 lawsuit seeking a federal court to order the Defense Department to provide hormone therapy and other treatment for her gender identity condition was dismissed because, her ACLU attorney explained, “she is free.”
Confirmed from the UKIndependent.com:
Chelsea Manning will lose transgender benefits after leaving military prison, says US Army
by Maya Oppenheim
The former soldier was a candidate for gender-reassignment surgery funded by the Pentagon’s new policy for transgender troops
The Army have said Chelsea Manning will lose her military healthcare benefits following President Barack Obama’s decision to free her from prison.
In his final days in office, the outgoing President has issued 64 pardons and 209 commutations, including granting the release of Manning. The transgender US Army private, who was jailed in 2010 after handing thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks, will now be freed on 17 May instead of her scheduled 2045 release.
A spokeswoman for the Army said Manning, who came out as transgender a day after her 2013 sentencing, would relinquish her entitlement to military transgender benefits.
Damn. I would submit those are dollars well saved.
What happens when there is no more felt duty to serve one’s country?