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Lt_Scrounge

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  • September 14, 2014 at 12:20pm

    It isn’t about the people in charge of the money having been poor, it’s about the way that government budgeting is done. They spend money on stuff they don’t need because if they don’t overspend one quarter, their budget is cut the next. The system is set up to encourage waste and mismanagement. Spend some time around a military supply room and you’ll be astounded at what happens around the end of the quarter. It’s either feast or famine. If you’ve spent the money that you had on stuff you needed early in the quarter, you don’t have money for stuff you need at the end of the quarter. If you didn’t spend all of your money by the end of the quarter, the last week of the quarter you have to order stuff you don’t even need just to spend what’s leftover.

    What they need to do is put an accountant in charge of the spending and give bonuses to the department heads who are controlling their budgets so that they don’t overspend. You can’t tell me that if they had told the guy making this decision what his budget was, what the minimum standards would be, and that he would get a bonus of 10% of the money saved as long as the minimum standards were met that this would’ve happened. Any smart (hard to find those in government these days it seems) bureaucrat would’ve simply taken the specifications sheets to any of the building developers in the Phoenix area and bid it out. They would’ve gotten VERY nice single family homes built for less than the mobile ones cost.

  • September 13, 2014 at 12:20pm

    The bottom line is that the VA (like most government agencies) is staffed with people who feel no compunction about ripping off the tax payers for their paychecks because the civil service system that was implemented to provide them with job security in lieu of large paychecks has been used to insure that they not only receive near lifetime job security, but pay well above what they are worth. If an employee at a private hospital had done what these people did, they wouldn’t just be facing losing their jobs, they’d be facing prison for defrauding their employer out of unearned bonuses. Instead, the government l put them on paid leave for however many months it takes for the furor to die down, and give them a lateral transfer to another location. The government has become entirely too incestuous. It’s time to clean house on these agencies and implement a REAL performance review system that gets rid of the dead weight. Sort of like the system that I read about in army in another country (I don’t recall which one) where the commanders would come up to each platoon leader and ask who the worst man in the unit was and when the platoon leader pointed out his worst man, they would execute that man as an incentive to the rest to work harder. No one wanted to be the worst man the next year. Perhaps if instead of giving these administrators bonuses for fraudulent work, we started firing the incompetent and jailing the corrupt ones, we would have an efficient, honest system.

  • [4] September 7, 2014 at 5:16pm

    I agree WASR. I miss my FAL myself. Hopefully, I’ll be able to afford a replacement one in the near future. Until then, I will have to make due with my WASR 2. At least 5.45 ammo WAS cheap until the Obamao ATF screwed that up. There is legislation in the House to change the law to make the importation of surplus rifle ammo legal even if someone makes a pistol to fire it or not, but getting the Senate to pass it is another story. So much for Harry Reid’s A rating from the NRA.

  • [39] September 7, 2014 at 5:12pm

    Honestly, I think that the best thing that the predominantly white European countries could do would be to offer all of the blacks and Muslims who want to leave a one way ticket and a check as long as they are willing to give up their citizenship and passports on the way out the door. Once the initial bunch of idiots leave, the government should simply inform those who chose to remain that they either start acting like civilized members of the society, or they will be on the next flight out whether they want to be or not. We would save a fortune by paying them all a lump sum to leave, and making the ticket one way with full revocation of citizenship a requirement, we could then simply refuse to allow them to return. Giving them a $100,000 check to leave would be cheaper than keeping many of them on the public dole for life. Allow their under aged children to retain their passports, but at 18 require the children to choose between their new home or the US. Do NOT allow the children to sponsor the parents for return to the US.

  • [5] September 7, 2014 at 12:06am

    And even then they are small white and hairless.

  • [2] August 31, 2014 at 2:35pm

    There are simply too many variables involved for this map to mean much of anything other than a waste of someone’s (probably taxpayers’) money.

    1. There is the already mentioned point of people have to tell you they have something for you to count them as having it.
    2. Being based as a percentage, population of the county in question skews the results. Does anyone truly believe that a rural county with 100,000 residents has more gun owners than an urban one with 5,000,000 residents? My money says that Maricopa County, AZ (Phoenix and surrounding area) has more guns than most of these other counties simply because it has so many more people that own guns. While 50% of the population may not admit to being gun owners, even if only 20% actually own guns, you’re talking about more gun owners than Anchorage Alaska has full time residents.

    I would have to agree that when it comes to gun ownership, Texas is not the hotbed of gun rights that it pretends to be. They are light years behind Arizona in that regard.

  • [33] August 31, 2014 at 12:42pm

    Oh Snafu, do you have to make it so easy? At least the whores and madams tell you up front that if you choose them, they are going to screw you for your money. The politicians tell you that they are going to do just the opposite and then screw you out of your money anyway.

  • [1] August 26, 2014 at 10:08pm

    I don’t know about New Zealand or Mexican armies, but the US Army has these guys called “Jump Masters” who tell people when to exit the aircraft. When someone gets tangled up, they STOP the next guy and try to reel in the first one before he gets too hurt. I’d lay odds that the jumper in question failed to keep his elbow up to keep his static line from wrapping itself around his arm before he exited the plane. That can REALLY mess you up. The wind from the open doors tends to make the static lines whip around quite a bit so if you don’t keep it where it needs to stay, you can seriously injure yourself. One girl at jump school had it slip under her arm and it slammed against her bicep so hard that it disconnected her bicep at the elbow. She had to walk around jump school in a cast with her arm propped up at shoulder level. The instructors warned us all that it could happen so we needed to be careful. She wasn’t as careful as she needed to be, but the rest of us got VERY serious about it from there on out. It was a shame too since she was one of the women that we thought would make a good officer. She was smart, fit and on top of her game. Unlike so many of the others who were overweight and only there because they were told it would be good for them to go.

  • [1] August 26, 2014 at 9:47pm

    Firing automatic weapons is fun and can be safe, but you have to be smart about it and neither her parents, nor the instructor were.

  • [2] August 26, 2014 at 9:45pm

    It really depends on the child and the weapon. There are ways to teach a child that young how to fire an automatic weapon, especially something like an Uzi. It involves standing BEHIND them and holding the weapon for them while they operate the trigger. That, or teaching them to fire it from either the prone or seated supported position. Basically have them either lying down behind it, or sitting behind it with the firearm resting on sand bags. Even then, depending on their size, I would probably have on hand on the weapon to make sure it stayed pointed in a safe direction. Some parents are idiots though and some instructors aren’t much better. Keep in mind that there are thousands of 10 year olds running around Africa and the Middle East toting much harder recoiling AK-47s.

  • [4] August 26, 2014 at 4:27pm

    And heaven forbid we give the thugs a little old fashioned street justice. I’m sure that more than a handful of Marines would love to stop by those two restaurants and give the thugs responsible a little payback. For that matter, I would bet that more than a few soldiers, sailors, and airmen would be more than happy to help.

  • [7] August 26, 2014 at 4:23pm

    You know how to stop this crap? Take the convicted assailants out to the public square and reintroduce the whipping post. 50 lashes will end it. No jail time, just 50 lashes with a bull whip across the back. If you want to be a real sadist, throw some salt on the wounds to act as a topical antiseptic. (Which it is) It will take ages to heal and act as a constant painful reminder as to why you don’t assault strangers. Seeing their gangsta buddies crying and soiling their drawers from the pain will greatly discourage his pals from ever doing it again either. Nothing destroys a tough guy bully like public humiliation.

  • [1] August 26, 2014 at 4:15pm

    They had ordered dash and uniform cameras but hadn’t received them yet.

  • [2] August 26, 2014 at 4:11pm

    How about we base it on the evidence, and not the testimony of a wanted felon? The evidence indicates that Brown was shot from the front. It also indicates vertical stringing of the shots which is indicative of someone firing very rapidly or at an advancing target, or both. A pause in the firing is an indication that the officer was checking to see if his first volley was effective in stopping Brown. This is normally against policy since a break in firing allows the subject to possibly advance to an unsafe distance. There is no manner by which a round fired at brown could enter the top of his head and exit the bottom other than if he were advancing towards the officer with his head down. Unless of course the officer is in a helicopter. Due to the history of injured felons attacking and disarming police officers, officers are now taught to keep firing until the subject is on the ground. It can take over 2 minutes for the brain to shut down following a fatal gunshot wound to anything but the central nervous system. Sometimes longer depending on the adrenalin level of the victim or what other substances may be in their blood stream. A 6’3″+, 290+ lb violent thug with possibly drugs in his system is highly unlikely to go down after being shot once anywhere but the head. Even unarmed, Brown was potentially lethal due to nothing but his size, that did not change because he had been shot in the arm.

  • [3] August 26, 2014 at 3:58pm

    He was carrying a 40 S&W Sig 229. Lower muzzle velocity than a 9mm so the report is slightly lower in pitch. You might be right about the sound being spliced in though. The race baiting cretins are certainly capable of such fraud. By all standards, until proven otherwise, this was a good shoot. It’s a damn shame that the kids parents couldn’t be bothered to raise him to actually respect other people, and their property as well as law enforcement officers, but they didn’t and he paid the price.

  • August 22, 2014 at 5:55pm

    I know that the DoD doesn’t shepherd its money well, I’ve seen how the system encourages waste. The entire spend it or lose it situation is ludicrous and completely opposite what goes on in the corporate world when it comes to financial responsibility.

    The fact remains that the bulk of federal government spending is NOT authorized by the Constitution. It says PROVIDE for the common defense, and PROMOTE (not provide) for the general welfare. Under the Constitution, military spending is authorized but all of the welfare programs are not. The BULK of the US budget SHOULD be on Defense, but defense is less than half of the budget.

  • August 22, 2014 at 5:49pm

    The quickest and most sure fire way to bring down the cost of college is to pay professors based on the number of students in their classes. It would eliminate the worthless (Insert your minority of choice here) studies classes and get people studying things that have a real use in the world outside of academia. If you stop paying professors a six figure income to work about 12 hours a week teaching a handful of students who have no hope of finding a job outside of the federal government, you will save a fortune at the average large university. If you eliminate 20 such professors, you will save a university with 10,000 students over over $3 million dollars when you include taxes and benefits, or the equivalent of over $300 per student. That doesn’t include the substantial costs of maintaining and operating the office and classroom space that they occupy.

  • August 8, 2014 at 2:52pm

    Those countries also have societies unlike other western nations.
    Those include:
    Minimal minority populations
    High work ethics
    Low percentages of the population living on the public dole
    High educational expectations (Dropping out of high school isn’t acceptable unless you are already an internet entrepreneur.)
    Those societies also do not glorify unwed mothers or subsidize their becoming so.

    If you eliminate those factors from other western nations, they are no better than we are. But when you have major segments of the population that have no qualms about committing crimes, dropping out of school, living on the public dole, or any other manner of being a parasite on the public teat, you have higher crime rates, more pregnant teens, and lower standards of living. With the importation via executive fiat millions more members of those segments of the population, you will be seeing the overall standard of living for all but the wealthy dropping even further.

  • August 8, 2014 at 2:42pm

    Things are going to get interesting very soon. As soon as people realize the full implications of the recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, some attorneys are going to get really wealthy taking these atheists to court. Atheists are NOT exercising a right, they are unconstitutionally violating the rights of others. The Constitution does NOT guarantee that someone will not be exposed to someone of a differing faith. It DOES guarantee that that person will be allowed to exercise that faith according to their own choosing. Of course some things are illegal whether done in a religious context or not simply because of the extreme harm that they do to others, but praying and giving discounts isn’t among them.

    What I am waiting to see is the atheists speaking out against all of the accommodations that are being made for the Muslims in this country. Funny how they won’t say a thing to people who will not only take them to court, but might take them out behind the wood shed as well.

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  • [1] August 8, 2014 at 2:35pm

    The first amendment of the Constitution reads “Congress shall make no laws respecting the establishment of religion, OR RESTRICTING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF…” The letter from Jefferson to the Danbury Congregation that contained the phrase “separation of church and state” was written to allay the fears of the congregation that the government would interfere in their religious rites. It was NOT to tell them to **** out of politics. In fact, (IIRC) it was James Madison who said that the Constitution was only adequate to govern a moral people, for it was inadequate to govern an immoral one, nor could one be written that could be. The first amendment was not in the Constitution to protect the government from religious influence, it was put there to protect religions from the governmental control. They really need to start teaching history again. Half of the people in this country are too poorly educated as to realize that over half of the original colonies were founded as enclaves for one religious sect or another. Georgia was a penal colony. They are also so intolerant of others that they will happily violate the rights of others just because they don’t want to see someone else engage in something that they don’t believe in.

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