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If you are in a “mail in ballot” only state, you have time to get those ballots dropped off. If you are in a state that requires you to physically go in and vote start making those arrangements if you haven’t already.
Don’t think for one minute that your vote doesn’t matter…it does.
Defense Secretary Vows Top-Down Assessment of Pentagon Budget, from Staffing to Ubiquitous “Overhead” Costs
By David Martin
CBS Evening News – May 9, 2010
(CBS) Secretary of Defense Robert Gates shook up the Pentagon this weekend with a speech targeting waste in the military budget. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports on what the secretary’s speech might mean for everyone from generals and admirals on down
Gates has frequently complained the Pentagon bureaucracy takes too long to field critical pieces of equipment like predator drones and mine resistant vehicles. But in a speech this weekend he upped the ante.
“The Defense Department must take a hard look at every aspect of how it is organized, staffed and operated – indeed every aspect of how it does business,” the defense secretary said.
Speaking at the Eisenhower Library, which houses the records of the president who famously warned about the military-industrial complex, Gates ticked off example after example of Pentagon bloat.
“Overhead, broadly defined, makes up roughly 40 percent of the department’s budget,” he said.
He described a top-heavy bureaucracy where generals hang on to their jobs long after the need has vanished.
“Two decades after the end of the cold war led to steep cuts in U.S. forces in Europe, our military still has more than 40 generals, admirals or civilian equivalents based on the continent,” Gates said.
Gates said health care costs are “eating us alive,” going from $19 billion to $50 billion in 10 years. He even took a shot at pay for the troops, up 42 percent since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began – better than civilians have fared.
Not counting those wars, the Pentagon budget has almost doubled in the last decade even though no other country is remotely close in military power.
The last time a defense secretary tried to take on the Pentagon bureaucracy was September 10, 2001. On that day, Donald Rumsfeld said, “Money disappears into duplicative duties and bloated bureaucracy.”
Two wars and one economic meltdown later, Gates says it’s past time for the Pentagon to take a hard look at how it operates. (Click HERE for original article)
I don’t normally report on scientific discoveries, but a fellow blogger forwarded this article posted at Brutally Honest and I felt obligated to the Human Race to repost and make sure as many people as possible knew about this phenomenon!
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California has now identified with certainty the heaviest element known to science.
The new element, Pelosium (PL), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.
These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.
Pelosium is inert, and has no charge and no magnetism. Nevertheless, it can be detected because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A tiny amount of Pelosium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to complete.
Pelosium has a normal half-life of 2 years. It does not decay, but instead undergoes a biennial reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.
Pelosium mass will increase over time, since each reorganization will promote many morons to become isodopes.
This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Pelosium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.
When catalyzed with money, Pelosium becomes Senatorium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Pelosium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.
No matter what your political affiliation, you have to admit….that’s funny! Change the name to make it apply to who every you want. Pelosium works just fine for me. Just thought I would give you all a little break from the “not so humorous” world of DoD contracting and their fraudulent contractors.
It would be nice if these multi-billion dollar defense contractors had to follow the same laws the rest of us do!!
Obama cracking down on contractor tax cheats
January 20, 2010 at 9:09 AM
He was signing an executive order Wednesday telling federal agency chiefs to take steps to bar those companies from receiving new government contracts. Obama was also directing the IRS to review contractor filings to ensure the companies are not lying about the taxes they’ve paid.
“It is simply wrong for companies to take taxpayer dollars and not be taxpayers themselves,” Obama said in his prepared remarks. “We need to insist on the same sense of responsibility in Washington that so many of you strive to uphold in your own lives, in your own families and in your own businesses.”
A White House fact sheet said the move is part of the president’s effort to restructure government contracting to root out waste and abuse.
That effort has included measures to end no-bid contracts and to crack down on what the administration deems improper payments. Administration officials estimate the measures saved as much as $100 billion last year. Read the remainder of this entry »
Another insightful story from The Huffington Post! Well done!! To read any of the 100’s of post I have publish on KBR just pick a category on the left!
David Isenberg – Huffington Post
Author, Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq
Posted: December 26, 2009 03:29 PM
Although it was not mentioned by name there are some provisions in the FY 2010 Defense Appropriations bill which are very clearly aimed at KBR, the former Halliburton company. These are not the sort of provisions that will be making KBR officials happy.
Consider Sec. Sec. 8116, “Limitation on Availability of Funds for Execution of Contracts Under LOGCAP.” It says:
No later than 90 days after enactment of this Act none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be obligated or expended for the execution of a contract under the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) unless the Secretary of the Army determines that the contract explicitly requires the contractor–
(1) to inspect and immediately correct deficiencies that present an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury so as to ensure compliance with generally accepted electrical standards as determined by the Secretary of Defense in work under the contract; Read the remainder of this entry »