U.S. base German employees get 2.4 pay raise, U.S military 1 percent

Our Military is getting only a 1.0 percent pay raise. So folks are unhappy working for the good ole USA over in Germany and want to go on strike? I have a better idea. Bring all our military home. Let Germany and the E.U. start spending their money on defense. I am tired of the world living large on our dime. We are already stretched way too thin. We are now fighting Ebola – I say enough of this nonsense. They end up getting 2.4 raise. So unfair.

The union represents about 17,000 local civilians in Germany, most of whom work at U.S. military bases. Union representatives had asked for a 3 percent raise or an 90 euros per month across-the-board increase.

Stars and Stripes

Thousands of local nationals working for the U.S. government and other foreign forces in Germany will see their wages increased by 2.4 percent, retroactive to Sept. 1, ver.di, the union representing the workers, announced Wednesday.

The agreement on the new 12-month contract came early on the second day of salary negotiations Wednesday in Bonn between the union and representatives from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Finance and the militaries of the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada.

Those discussions were preceded by widespread protests by union members throughout Germany, including one Monday in Landstuhl, where hundreds of local civilians working for the U.S. and other foreign militaries in the Rhineland Palatinate didn’t show up for work to protest stagnant wages.[...]

“We consider this as a good result,” said Jürgen Dehnert, spokesman for the Rhineland Palatinate region of ver.di, on Wednesday.

Dehnert said he did not know what the average wage increase would be.

Achim Meerkamp, a board member of ver.di, said the agreement struck was acceptable, “especially when you consider the fiscal situation of the foreign forces and their plans to save money,” he was quoted in a union press release.

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Obama to make decisions in war on ISIS. Will approve each strike

We had heard earlier that Obama had his own drone “kill list”. Looks like he likes his finger on the trigger. That has really worked out swell by not listening to our military leaders in the past. What possibly could go wrong? A Community Organizer will fight the war on terror.

Via WSJ:

The president hasn’t yet given the green light for an attack on Islamic State militants in Syria, but the U.S. military campaign against the group there is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control–going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes. The requirements for the strikes will be far more stringent than those targeting Islamic State in Iraq, at least at first. U.S. officials say it is an attempt to limit the threat the U.S. could be dragged more deeply into the Syrian civil war. After meeting with his top military advisers in Tampa yesterday, Mr. Obama insisted anew that U.S. ground forces won’t engage in combat in Iraq or Syria, despite suggestions by top military commanders that conditions could one day require that U.S. advisers and other military units play a limited front-line role (Here’s a look at why troops in Iraq don’t count as boots on the ground). Julian E. Barnes and Carol E. Lee report.

 

Vote Tally Count U.S. arming Syrian Rebels UPDATE Senate approves

Here is the vote as we go down the rabbit hole. What is the end game and how will we get there? Today I posted the same video with Bob Corker at the hearing with John Kerry, so two posts today. Please, do listen to it, and write your Senator. Kerry states that the “Free Syrian Army” has ISIS on their heels.There is no plan. Period.

Senate just passed and approved. Click on blue votes below for individual votes.

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress – 2nd Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On the Joint Resolution (H.J. Res. 124 )
Vote Number: 270 Vote Date: September 18, 2014, 06:18 PM
Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Joint Resolution Passed
Vote Counts: YEAs 78
NAYs 22

Vote Summary

By Senator Name

By Vote Position

By Home State

In a vote that eschewed traditional Washington divisions in favor of novel ones, the House approved a bill that authorized the training and arming of Syrian rebels in their fight against the so-called Islamic State.

The final tally was 273-to-156. But many members of both parties broke ranks with their leaders — Reps. John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi — who strongly backed the measure.

According to a count by NBC News’ Frank Thorp, 114 Democrats voted in favor of the measure; 85 voted no. Republicans broke down similarly voting 159-to-71.

More over at NPR

Here is a link that breaks down the vote State by State:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2014/h507

 

TOTALS     REPUBLICAN     DEMOCRAT
  YEA 273
63%
159 114
  NAY 156
36%
71 85
NOT VOTING 3
1%
3 0
REQUIRED: Simple Majority

H.Amdt. 1141 (McKeon) to H.J.Res. 124: An amendment printed in Part B of H.Res. 722 to authorize the Secretary of …

On the Amendment in the House

Number:
House Vote #507 [primary source: house.gov]
Date:
Sep 17, 2014 (113th Congress)
Result:
Agreed to

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to H.J.Res. 124, H.Amdt. 1141 (McKeon) to H.J.Res. 124: An amendment printed in Part B of H.Res. 722 to authorize the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of State, to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition and other app.

D.O.D. gives 12,000 fixed bayonets to local Police

Rand Paul asked some interesting questions during a hearing on Tuesday. Say what you want about Paul, he is one of a few willing to hold this administration’s feet to the fire. Just why do the police need bayonets? Anyone recall Kent State? Bayonets were at the ready on that day. Just saying.

Tuesday in Washington D.C. at a Senate Hearing from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on the Department of Defense selling military grade weapons to local police forces, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) grilled Alan F. Estevez, the Assistant Secretary of Defense and from Homeland Security, and FEMA Brian Kamoie, over local police being suppliedwith armored personnel carriers and thousands of bayonets.

Partial transcript as follows:

PAUL ….

But confronting those with armored personnel carriers is thoroughly un-American and for 150 years, we’ve had rules separating the military, keeping the military out of policing affairs. But you sort of obscure that separation if you allow the police to become the military.

In FEMA’s authorized equipment list there’s actually written descriptions for how the equipment should be used and it says it’s specifically not supposed to be used for riot suppression. Mr. Kamoie, is that true, that it’s not supposed to be used for riot suppression? And how do you plan on policing that since the images clearly show us large pieces of equipment that were bought with your grants used in that riot suppression, or protest suppression rather?”

KAMOIE: Sen. Paul, that is accurate. The categories of personal protective equipment that include helmets, ear and eye protection, ballistics, personal protective equipment. There’s a prohibition in the authorized equipment list not to be used for riot suppression.

PAUL:

So I think by supplying all of this free equipment, much of which is, frankly, inappropriate, really shouldn’t be on anybody’s list of authorized equipment. Mr. Estevez, in the NPR investigation of 1033 program they list that 12,000 bayonets have been given out. What purpose are bayonets being given out for?

ESTEVEZ: Senator, bayonets are available under the program. I can’t answer what a local police force would need a bayonet for.

PAUL: I can give you an answer: None. So, what’s President Obama’s Administration’s position on handing out bayonets to the police force? It’s on your list. You guys create the list. Are you going to take it off the list or are we going to keep doing it?

H/T:Breitbart

Obama lies about why not leaving forces behind in Iraq – Video

Just a reminder for a Saturday post about our lying President. The clip gives his statement regarding the “status of forces” agreement and his thoughts on leaving 10,000 troops behind during the debate with Romney, and now the new spin. You cannot have it both ways Zero.

Obama lied about why he did not leave troops in Iraq after the conflict was over. In 2008 he stated in a debate with Romney that he did not leave troops as it would “tie us down”. In June of 2014 he says he says it was NOT HIM that decided not to leave troops – rather it was the Iraqi government.

Military wives support Jani Bergdahl who stays married to pervert Bob Bergdahl

One weird family, this Bergdahl family. Here is a little reported story regarding Bob Bergdahl, but the original police reports are out there for confirmation. Why anyone would get behind Jani Bergdahl, wife of Bob Bergdahl, let alone military wives beats me. Why is she even staying with this pervert, Bob Bergdahl, father of the deserter?  No wonder Bowe doesn’t want to call home. Here we go:

The father of embattled POW Bowe Bergdahl, who landed on US soil,, waged a sinister campaign of stalking and harassment against pretty twin sisters – even stealing a gnome from their garden and peaking at them in the shower, the sisters claim in shocking police reports.

Lacey and Allie Hillman, 31-year-old twin sisters from Hailey, Idaho, went to police after a series of harassing incidents involving Robert (Bob) Bergdahl in 2011
They claim that Bergdahl, a UPS driver, drove by their home ‘several times a day’ even though he had nothing to pick up or deliver and left ‘creepy’ notes
Allie claims that he once banged on her door and accused her of cheating on him, saying ‘What are you two-timing me b****,’ even though they never dated or were even friends

The sisters claim Bergdahl took a small gnome from their garden and later approached Lacey to ask her if ‘something was missing’ from their yard
She later notice that the gnome was indeed gone, only to have it reappear days later

Bearded Robert ‘Bob’ Bergdahl drove by the home of Lacey and Allie Hillman ‘several times a day’ over a period of months and left ‘creepy’ notes for them, the sisters allege in police documents, obtained exclusively by MailOnline.

Once Bergdahl banged on Allie’s door and accused her of ‘two-timing’ him – despite the fact that the pair never dated or were even friends, Allie told police. Read the sordid details:

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Throw this into the mix of this story:

Members of Women’s military group back Jani Bergdahl

Now we hear we have the Cindy Sheehan. I am thinking that the moms if sons and daughters that were killed and maimed are a little upset as well after going after this bad actor.

KTVB:

Female veterans and military family members spoke out in support of Bowe Bergdahl’s mother Monday through the “Military Wives Makeovers.”

Cathy Cardenas, director of the organization, said it was upsetting to see Jani Bergdahl come under fire as controversy surrounding her son continues to mount.

“We have been very troubled to see how Americans have treated this amazing woman, who as a mother has already suffered during the past five years in ways most of us could never imagine,” she wrote in a Monday press release. (Ed: I could not imagine knowing what I know about her husband.)

Jani Bergdahl was one of 30 military family members selected by the organization to share their stories while being pampered in February. That was months before Bowe Bergdahl was released after five years as a Taliban prisoner.

Cardenas remembers a woman who “had every opportunity to be angry and mad and point fingers when it came to Bowe.” Instead, when Jani Bergdahl stood up to speak, she displayed an upbeat outlook and gratitude toward the people fighting to bring the captured soldier back to the U.S., Cardenas wrote.

 

Guess what happened to Marine deserter Wassef Ali Hassoun

For anyone who has high hopes or any hope that this fellow Bergdahl will find himself at the end of some sort of military inquiry that is an honest reflection of his actions, hope no more. We find an even worse character that is floating around out there, a deserter at the least, who is, as Michelle Malkin says is “free as a bird.” Here we go.

Ten years ago this month, U.S. Marine Wassef Ali Hassoun disappeared from Camp Fallujah in Iraq. After a five-month military investigation, he was charged with desertion and theft, brought back to Virginia’s Quantico Marine base and then transferred to North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune for trial.

Yet, a full decade later, Hassoun is as free as a bird. The accused deserter’s whereabouts are unknown. No trial ever began. No punishment ensued. And our leaders in Washington don’t seem to be doing a thing about this.

Hassoun was born in Lebanon and immigrated with his family to Utah in 1999. A few years later, he joined the Marines as an Arabic translator. On June 20, 2004, Hassoun bailed on guard duty at his base in Fallujah. He took his military-issued gun and his Muslim prayer rug. Military records obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune showed that he was “torn between military loyalty and his Muslim beliefs.”

According to the internal probe, he undermined intelligence-gathering operations by refusing to translate questions about Islam. He balked at raising his voice to suspected jihadi imams and sheiks. He openly threatened to “walk out the front gate and leave.”

If you’re not “whipped up” into Category 5 disgust, you’re not paying attention.

Read more:Newsbusters

 

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