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  and who says journalism is dead?

Military.com Leads Pulitzer Race With SHOCKING Discovery That Troops Want More Money

Are you ready to be shocked? Not just shocked, but SHOCKED? In an effort to scoop the VOX-FiveThirtyEight-Industrial-Statistical-Complex, Military.com has put together a super-sophisticated voluntary online poll that asks the really tough questions: Do you want to make more money, or less? Do you want to know the results? Can you even imagine what those results might be? Because it is a really hard question to answer, and we bet that you will never ever guess what that answer is. The answer is: About nine in 10 active-duty service members oppose the Defense Department’s proposals to reduce their pay raises and basic allowances for housing, according to a new survey by Military.com. In an online chatcave survey of wonket writers, nine out of ten of us were drunk. But ten out of ten thought that this was a stupid fucking survey. Eleven out of ten of us wondered why news outlets bothered to give it coverage. Let’s sadsplore.  Read more on Military.com Leads Pulitzer Race With SHOCKING Discovery That Troops Want More Money…
  hot buttered guns

GOP Rep. So Mad At Takers, Obama For Military Cuts That Aren’t Actually Cuts

If Congress signs off on the Pentagon’s latest plans, the US Army will be smaller than it’s been since before your grandpa fought at the Battle of the Bulge, Iwo Jima, Pearl Harbor, D-Day, X-Men, and Cracker Barrel, yer Gramma got a coupon. This might look like a “cut” in the sense that something is being reduced, except it’s not; the Pentagon plans to spend $115 billion more over the next five years than the Budget Control Act of 2011, aka the sequester, would have permitted. Remember the sequester? The thing that such members of Congress as GOP Rep. Mike McCaul of Texas voted for? The sequester cut the defense budget by about 10%! It was “devastating,” we heard! So such members of Congress as GOP Rep. Mike McCaul are probably thrilled with the idea of giving $115 more billion dollars to our military, right? “It’s all being sacrificed … on the altar of entitlements. This president cannot take on mandatory spending, so all we’ve done in the Congress — and this president — is basically cut discretionary spending,” [Rep. McCaul] told Fox News. Yep, he’s thrilled all right! He has found another thing to point at and yell “Obama takers did a socialism!” while being a huge hypocrite at the very same time. Mike McCaul for Darrell Issa 2016! Read more on GOP Rep. So Mad At Takers, Obama For Military Cuts That Aren’t Actually Cuts…
  where was your flag pin sir???

Mitt Romney Didn’t Ignore The Troops, He Said ‘Military’ Like Twice

When Mitt Romney (remember, the one running for president against Michelle Obama’s husband) spoke at the Republican National Convention, he mentioned pretty much everything that’s ever existed except America’s men and women in uniform. The liberal media turned this into A Thing, and so Mitt Romney took to Fox News to answer the question on everyone’s mind: Baier: To hear several speakers in Charlotte – and I don’t think this is a jump – they were essentially saying you don’t care about the U.S. military because you didn’t mention U.S. troops and the war in Afghanistan in your nomination acceptance speech. We understand you went to the American Legion the day before and you talked about the service and sacrifice of the military there. Do you regret opening up this line of attack, now a recurring attack, by leaving out that issue in the speech? Wait…the question is whether Romney regrets opening up the line of attack? Is this what you learn in the Hillsdale College Journalism School? What was the show production meeting like before this interview? PRODUCER: “Hey, Bret, ask Romney a question about the troop thing, but not actually about the troop thing.” BRET BAIER: “How about if I ask if he regrets letting Democrats attack him on it?” PRODUCER: “Perfect! Can you add some more quaver to your voice, though? Really sell it.” So, how did Romney answer this softball? Well, fucking terribly. Read more on Mitt Romney Didn’t Ignore The Troops, He Said ‘Military’ Like Twice…
  flotus files

Bo Obama Wears Bunny Ears Almost Long Enough to Distract From Michelle Obama’s New Hairstyle

Coming off a very sparkly appearance at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards last weekend (that’s the one where they commemorate all their teevee stars who are now teen mothers and/or using heroin, and then Justin Bieber dumps lime green human waste on everyone, we think!) our FLOTUS is working it for the spotlight this month. Her Easter plans are shaping up to provide quite the elitist celebration, but while she waits for the big day to arrive, our Michelle is making sure to bring her Easter tidings to those who need it the most: The Troops! Michelle and Bo Obama visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Wednesday for some Easter fun, and although Michelle debuted a new hair style (it’s flippy!), the major fashion statement of the day was made when Bo was forced to wear bunny ears. Hello, animal cross-dressing, next phase in the crazy Obama librul agenda! Read more on Bo Obama Wears Bunny Ears Almost Long Enough to Distract From Michelle Obama’s New Hairstyle…
  stay classy dave!

Dave Petraeus Reinvades Afghanistan With ‘Multinational’ NATO Surge

It’s been an exciting week for Afghanistan, the reality teevee show where farty military brass compete to see who can cook up the most death and despair using only three ingredients. Our latest contestant, “Dave Petraeus,” has an ambitious plan to send an additional 2,000 NATO soldiers to Afghanistan — probably because he hates them and wishes them ill. This will be an elite multinational force, one comprised entirely of American troops because apparently our NATO allies have prematurely declared the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, like fools. The good news is that Italy has already sent its finest plumber to help with the counter-goomba insurgency. Read more on Dave Petraeus Reinvades Afghanistan With ‘Multinational’ NATO Surge…
  yes

Does Barack Obama Hate The Troops For Talking At A *Chicago* Cemetery, On Memorial Day?

Some veterans and right-wing radio hosts (mostly right-wing radio hosts, like Glenn Beck and Erick Erickson) are upset with Barack Obama’s decision to spend the long weekend in Chicago, where he will speak at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery on Memorial Day, instead of staying in Washington to speak at Arlington National Cemetery, as is standard. (Joe Biden will be there instead and better KEEP HIS FUCKING MOUTH SHUT, OKAY JOE?) Why is Barack Obama the first president to insult the troops like this — especially Southern troops, since he’s speaking at Abraham Lincoln’s death field? Read more on Does Barack Obama Hate The Troops For Talking At A *Chicago* Cemetery, On Memorial Day?…
  war on haiti

Can We Bomb Them Too, Pleeeeeease??

Yeah yeah yeah, we know, they’re there for “Meals on Wheels” purposes, as the very sensitive and approving Rush Limbaugh termed it today. But that doesn’t mean we can’t pray for at least a few Predator attacks or tactical offshore missile launches, right? If we’re going to have a War on Haiti, we might as well have a War on Haiti. (BTW — where did we find 10,000 available troops for this?) [AP] Read more on Can We Bomb Them Too, Pleeeeeease??…
  endless war

DOVEY MCDOVEYTON FINALLY MAKES HIS WAR DECISION: And for the first time in the history of the United States, a president has decided to continue war-making: “WASHINGTON — President Obama has issued his order to send more troops to Afghanistan, communicating his decision to military leaders late Sunday afternoon during a meeting in the Oval Office, and will spend Monday speaking with foreign leaders to share with them the broad outlines of his new strategy, the White House said.” Estimates are 30,000 to 35,000 new deployments. Big speech tomorrow night, during your programs. [NYT] Read more on …
  real 'murkins

U.S. Troops Give Barack Obama Their Elitist ‘Money’

Oh ho ho: “According to an analysis of campaign contributions by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Democrat Barack Obama has received nearly six times as much money from troops deployed overseas at the time of their contributions than has Republican John McCain, and the fiercely anti-war Ron Paul, though he suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination months ago, has received more than four times McCain’s haul.” Wow. Barack Obama hates American troops so much that he takes all of their money! [OpenSecrets via AMERICAblog] Read more on U.S. Troops Give Barack Obama Their Elitist ‘Money’…
  scoldings

Andrea Mitchell Calls Out Latest McCain Ad

Last week all the Obamatards hated Andrea Mitchell for complaining about how Barack Obama didn’t invite the press to his basketball games in Iraq. This week they will love Andrea Mitchell for saying this McCain attack ad is “literally not true.” You know, the one about how Showboat Barry wouldn’t visit the troops in Germany because he couldn’t bring along cameras. (The truth is that he gave the troops the brushoff because he was busy inventing man-made AIDS.) [YouTube via Huffington Post] Read more on Andrea Mitchell Calls Out Latest McCain Ad…
  victory!

U.S., Iraq Agree To Preliminary Possible Undefined Withdrawal ‘Time Horizon’ That Is Also Vague

No timetables for leaving Iraq, declares our George W. Bush! The terrorists would dine out on a timetable! This is why we do not have a timetable for leaving Iraq, even though the Iraqi government wants one (although they have elections too and may be PANDERING to bums who will be killed upon withdrawal[!]). Today, however, “The United States and Iraq have agreed to set a ‘general time horizon’ for the ‘further reduction of U.S. combat forces in Iraq.'” Ooh, this is the ticket. It’s sort of like saying “nothing will change at all, and this crap should temporarily appease both of our stupid constituencies,” but with a different set and sequence of words. [NYT] Read more on U.S., Iraq Agree To Preliminary Possible Undefined Withdrawal ‘Time Horizon’ That Is Also Vague…
 

SUPPORT THE TROOPS: “The U.S. Army doubled its use of ‘moral waivers’ for enlisted soldiers last year to cope with the demands of the Iraq war, allowing sex offenders, people convicted of making terrorist threats, and child abusers into the military.” [Guardian] Read more on …
 

Is This Guy For Real?

Jesus, there’s another video of Ben Johnson, the chairman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans. In this one, he talks about his organization’s efforts to support the troops. And he totally says, at one point, “we send packages to their units.” Read more on Is This Guy For Real?…
 

Say No To Burqas

Have you heard about a more innocent era, when everybody dressed sharp and we actually fought (and won!) wars against actual heavily armed military enemies and you could go to the bathroom without a senator trying to rape you? And do you like any combination of these things: America, The Troops, Veterans, Half-Naked Girls, Nostalgic Half-Naked Girl Pinups, and/or calendars? Oh good, then you may enjoy the Pinups For Vets calendar of nostalgic World War II-style pinup pictures of this pretty gal, Gina Elise. Somehow it is a fund-raising thing, for veterans? Pin Ups For Vets Read more on Say No To Burqas…
 

White House Prop Masters Getting Desperate

Now they’re putting prop soldiers in front of the prop bookcase. They should totally hang Saddam’s body in there, too, between the gal and the old dude in the Hugo Chavez hat. Read more on White House Prop Masters Getting Desperate…
 

Pentagon Launches Global War On Harvard Researcher

There is no greater enemy to the U.S. war machine than public policy lecturer Linda J. Bilmes. The terrorist lady has written several economic reports on the costs of the Iraq occupation — all showing the price of the endless war is gazillions of dollars more than anyone in Washington will admit. Her latest report (written with Nobel laureate in economics and terrorist professor Joseph E. Stiglitz) got the attention of Veterans Affairs benefits bureaucrats, who figured the war costs would be even greater once you factor in the long-term health care needs of more than 50,000 maimed and injured U.S. troops. Learn about the anti-American activity of reading public DoD websites, after the jump. Read more on Pentagon Launches Global War On Harvard Researcher…
 

Daily Briefing: Because “Plan A” Is Reckless Sexing

France recommits larger number of soldiers, takes leadership of the “United Nations Interim Force of Lebanon.” [WP, W$J] Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) has eyes opened during 14th trip to Iraq, says we need “to have a timeline for troop withdrawal.” [WP] Read more on Daily Briefing: Because “Plan A” Is Reckless Sexing…
 

Rumors On The Internets: I Want to Believe, John

Second “I had an abortion” campaign launched, first was in ’72. [Feministing] “More and more there is the sinking sensation at the Times that the Internet isn’t Kansas.” [Romenesko] 68% of Americans support bringing all troops home by the end of this calendar year or by one year from now. [Eschaton] Read more on Rumors On The Internets: I Want to Believe, John…
 

Daily Briefing: Certain Protections

Americans fighting terrorism may be protected from “prosecution for past violations of the War Crimes Act of 1996…That law criminalizes violations of the Geneva Conventions governing conduct in war and threatens the death penalty if U.S.-held detainees die in custody from abusive treatment.” [WP] Read more on Daily Briefing: Certain Protections…