This is not anything new to those of us who currently wear the uniform – and I mean *any* uniform. Sham marriages, as they’re called in this instance, exist in all branches of the military to capitalize on the “With Dependent” increases in BAH (and depending on the location, COLA) when compared to the “Without Dependent” rate. Up here in Alaska, the difference between the two is $525! That obviously adds up over time and in a mil-to-mil couple, if one of the two deploy, FSA (Family Separation Allowance) kicks in on top of tax-free base pay for the deployed member. When I was an airman, I considered moving into an apartment or renting a house with three military friends. We would all split rent and utilities and bank some money that way – a legitimate venture because you aren’t lying about having any dependents. I ended up moving in with my then-girlfriend (now wife!), but there are a lot of cheeky bastards who are duping the very government they swore to serve and it should be known that it isn’t just limited to the USMC.
December 16, 2012 at 6:57pm
Anonymous has me going back and forth. For instance, they supported the Occupy Wall Street movement, (a movement which, as a working, military man, drove me nuts). But they also pointed incredible amounts of online-attention toward the government’s SOPA legislation, which any freedom-loving individual should have been against, and I credit them with that bill’s defeat. They called out the ridiculous Kony 2012 scam for what it was – a scam, but they have launched several cyber attacks against Israel’s public government web sites. They have done the same toward Syria, though. They sometimes earn the label of an “internet hate machine,” but they have protested Scientology and the Westboro Baptists, the latter of which being the most clear-cut hate machine I have seen since the Nazis. Their allegiance is hard to follow for me sometimes, but I side with them on this. If they can destroy these intolerant cultists, I’ll give them a silent cheer from the cold snow fields of Alaska where I am currently stationed.
November 26, 2012 at 12:10pm
^ THIS. This statement gives me hope. In the past century, this country and her citizens have had their collective will tested – repeatedly. For a hundred years, we have seen true “progress” and we have seen regress. Two steps forward, one step back. As false prophet after false prophet has ascended to the throne of the Oval Office, they always have to step back down to have their mistakes rectified by the true leaders and the true Americans. We know the difference between those who work and earn to better themselves and the offal who leeches off of our successes. Let the parasites have the next four years. Let the false messiah have his tax hikes and health care programs. Once the country sinks deeper into disrepair despite these “fix actions,” once his lies are exposed – not via the media but through the people’s paychecks and utility bills – this country will truly rise up. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to keep working and striving to better myself.
October 11, 2012 at 11:07pm
Biden’s mission objective: make an ass of yourself to distract everyone from noticing you don’t have a political leg to stand on.
Well then mission accomplished .. but I sure don't want him near any Presidential buttons or red phones.
And he succeeded
October 10, 2012 at 2:15am
These bad lip-reading videos are hit or miss. The best ones to watch is the Twilight video, the Newt Gingrich video and the Ron Paul video.
“Bacon slap, bacon slap. Bacon slap? Bacon slap.”
September 4, 2012 at 8:55pm
Here’s my query for you, you mindless communist bastard: who has the authority/audacity to dictate how much is one’s “fair share”?
September 4, 2012 at 9:33am
Voting is a privilege, not a right.
September 3, 2012 at 9:55pm
My father started out as a boiler operator on a Navy ship back in the mid-80s. He’s now a CEM (Chief of Maintenance) at a coal power plant back home, where he’s been for eighteen years. They are decommissioning machine after machine and/or converting them from using coal to natural gas all because of Obama and the friggin’ EPA who thinks, apparently, if we go completely over-the-top in limiting the amount of exhaust we produce as a country, then the rest of the world will soon follow, ( even though Egypt is covered in garbage and the Chi-Coms are perpetually under a thick blanket of pollution themselves). My dad has enough time in service with the city to receive a pension of some kind, but he’s looking to get out of Ohio and find work or even retire and start fresh in Virginia or east Tennessee. My father has poured his body and soul into that plant; it’s pretty upsetting to hear Obama talk about preserving and/or creating jobs when my dad and all of his coworkers, men I’ve known most of my life, are on the verge of losing theirs.
August 31, 2012 at 8:36pm
After a 1992 Saturn SC, a 1993 Dodge Spirit, a 1992 Ford Thunderbird, and a 1992 Mercury Sable, I enlisted and began earning a nice, steady paycheck. After another two years, I bought a 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass. A few years after that, I sold it for one thousand dollars and bought my step-mom’s 2006 Pontiac G6 and drove it from my assignment in Louisiana to my current station in Alaska. After having that for a couple years, and suffering through a transmission problem that caused many a hard shift, I finally had good enough credit to get a $30,000 loan through USAA, which I used to buy my first new car: a 2012 Ford Focus Titanium. My car has everything in it I could ever want, and then some. I could have bought anything with 30K, but I never forgot what I would not buy: Nissan, because my dad always said that my money would go to Japan and not the USA; Toyota, because I’m 25 with no kids and not ready to look old just yet; and anything from GM, solely because of the bailouts and the fact that a corporation, managed by people, was about to face its proper destiny – but was saved by the friggin’ government. I like to think Ford has learned what its customers want in a car or truck, so they’ve gotten rid of the brands and models people didn’t respond to and started selling cars people wanted to buy. It’s like the current state of energy: if you open up two stands, right next to each other, with one selling gas and the other solar panels, who do you think is gonna make mone
August 24, 2012 at 10:38am
This is Obama’a America. With him purposefully plunging our country deeper into a state of dependency and despondency, people are losing their minds left and right and desperation is at an all-time high.
There have been singular events in history: 9/11, Oklahoma City, Waco, Columbine, etc. But in the past few years, we’ve had the Aurora shooting, the Tucson shooting, the Fort Hood shooting and the Camp Liberty shootings, to name a few. All I hear about on the news is a shooting massacre or an attempt in New York or Cleveland to murder a bunch of people (or blow up a bridge). I believe Obama’s endorsement of the revolutions in the Middle East have led to anarchists and crazies here to infer Obama approves of their revolutionary obsessions, as well. Discipline, morale, and apparently intelligence is at an all-time low in this country and, with Occupiers still attempting to lazily make their mark in American history and earn a paragraph of two in our textbooks, I am surprised I haven’t purchased another weapon yet to defend my wife and myself.
I’m an NCO in the Armed Forces – since when did my homeland become the war zones I used to deploy to?
May 14, 2012 at 11:55pm
…ours. Dang thing cut off my last word.
May 14, 2012 at 11:48pm
I see a lot of self-righteousness going on around here. Since when does the 2012 version of Madonna threaten anyone? People here are calling her a “wench” – which is a laughable, over-the-top choice of a word in this context; and there are others who feel embarrassed over her existence in this “hedonistic” country. Does knowing that Lady Gaga exists really affect your lives THIS MUCH? One person who isn’t a sitting president makes you feel this upset about the world? Since when were we gods, who could pass judgment of others while reassuring ourselves that we are the chosen ones? You sound like liberals, wrapping your beliefs around your shoulders like a cloak against the cold, and shouting at everything you don’t believe in. If I want to buy a gun, it’s my business why. If I want to perform the Sign of the Cross when a police cruiser or an ambulance drives by, it’s my business why. If two guys want to get married and live a life together, it’s their business and if Lady Gaga wants to sing and dance in a meat dress, it’s her business. “What about the children?!” you scream? My reply: I don’t care about your dumb kids. Stop shoving iPhones and Playstations at them and actually take the time to teach them something. My wife and I are teaching our child common sense, that the world doesn’t revolve around him and that life sucks because there are things that happen that he won’t like. And in the end, we will answer to our God because it’s His job to judge us, not
This is why I cannot watch golf. If it didn’t already have an extremely slow pace (a subjective criticism, I know), it’s players like this guy that make me wonder why there isn’t a delay of game penalty enforced a la football and basketball. I don’t see pitchers standing on the mound for a solid minute looking at the plate like he’s never seen it before…
December 25, 2011 at 12:24am
Someone, on Christmas Eve, is sitting at their computer, typing some long diatribe over… what exactly? ‘Tis a sad, lonely world for that individual.