Sunday Respite: Remembrance of the 16 servicemen who died this week

Sadly there has been little acknowledgement of the tragic death of our servicemen in this week’s plane crash. Prayers for the families whose suffering must be enormous.

Investigators are trying to determine why the plane crashed in western Mississippi’s Leflore County on Monday afternoon, Maj. Andrew Aranda said. Special Ops forces members were among those who perished.

Breit Baier’s comment on Fox Friday:

Because many have asked– the tribute to the 16 service members who lost their lives this week in Mississippi.

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Chaplain Alliance asks Army Secretary to rescind last hour Obama Army Directive

Let us hope Trump gets this last second Army Directive overturned pronto. The Chaplains and religion have been under attack for the past eight years. Here are a  few of the earlier outrageous posts before I get to the heart of the matter:

Army puts Muslim Cleric in charge of 14,000 soldiers religious needs 

Military Chaplin disciplined for mentioning faith  

Marine Dad complained about daughter being taught Muslim religion, banned from her graduation 

The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty sent a letter last month to the Secretary of the Army about his predecessor. Former Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning signed an order that targeted Christian beliefs hours before he resigned.

Army Directive 2017-06 required the Army to train against “implicit or unconscious bias.”The directive threatens Army personnel who hold Christian beliefs, said the chaplains. They wrote to acting Secretary of the Army Robert M. Speer. While Fanning did not spell out what the bias is, the chaplains claim it is a way to target Army persons who have Biblical beliefs about sexuality.

Fanning held the title of the first openly gay service secretary.

Chaplain Ron Crews is the executive director for the Chaplain Alliance. Crews told CBN News that Fanning was very proud that he was the first homosexual to serve as a Secretary of the Army. Crews added that Fanning has been pushing his own agenda in the Army at the expense of war training.

“Everybody in the Army should believe there is a path forward for them. Readiness is getting the most out of the force,” Fanning told The Washington Times on Wednesday. “I don’t think opportunity and equality are political agendas. I think they’re important American values.”

The order does not increase military readiness, said Crews. It wastes valuable training time to push a political agenda.

More at Stream

Army puts Muslim Cleric in charge of 14,000 soldiers religious needs

What we learn from this is how easy it is for a man from a deeply Christian family can set that religion aside and convert to Islam. We also learn how under unbelievable odds, the military will embrace the Muslim religion and apparently is prepared to accommodate to the requirements that faith demands.

Granted, I am giving you only a partial portion of the post by McClatchy

muslim-clericIn January, Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz received the call every Army chaplain dreams of, the call that validates years of intense study and hard work toward keeping the U.S. military in good spiritual health.

He was offered the job of chaplain for an entire division, an honor for anyone in his field but a milestone in his case. After a ceremony this summer, Shabazz will become the first Muslim division-level chaplain in the history of the U.S. military – a Muslim spiritual leader for more than 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers.

To get a sense of what a long shot this might’ve seemed like to Shabazz, consider the numbers: He’s one of only 10 Muslim chaplains in the entire U.S. military; of the Army’s 1,400 or so chaplains, just five are Muslim.

“When you get the call saying you have been bestowed a division, the news is kind of like, unearthly,” Shabazz said. “The list is so small and it’s such a tough cut.”

Comment: In conclusion I will give you this one last paragraph from the post as an example of the expectations apparently the military is to make:

Shabazz’s switch in faiths didn’t exactly go smoothly with the military, either. He had to write memos for even the smallest religious accommodation, such as time to perform the traditional Friday prayers. He’d fast during the holy month of Ramadan, though his schedule called for grueling work in the field. Ravenous by the end of the day, he’d come to the mess hall only to find pork chops. He’d raise concerns with his superiors from time to time, but made little ground.

The Department of Defense counts more than 6,000 self-identified Muslims currently serving, from a total of 1.3 million active-duty and more than 800,000 guard and reserve members.
Read more here with a video: McClatchy

Obama getting ready to commute traitor Bradley Manning sentence

Is it possible for Obama to express any further disdain for America in these final days of his administration? Why of course it is. Emptying Gitmo terrorists upon us, and why not signal leaking classified docs is not a big thing. Unless it concerns the Democrats. But we already learned that with the Clintons now didn’t we? Meanwhile that poor fellow who took a couple of pics inside a submarine and sent them to his mother will rot in jail because they were labeled classified.

Remember how outraged the Dems were roughly 5 seconds ago about Wikileaks and the Russians? Remember how that was treason? But that’s only when important things, like Hillary Clinton losing an election, come up. Not petty things like national security.

manningObama has put Bradley Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified material, on his short list for a possible commutation, a Justice Department source told NBC News.

A decision could come as soon as Wednesday for Manning, who has tried to commit suicide twice this year and went on a hunger strike in a bid for gender reassignment surgery.

Manning — then known as Bradley — was locked up in 2010 after swiping 700,000 military files and diplomatic cables and giving them to Wikileaks.

H/T: Front Page News

Obama will return land on Okinawa before he leaves office

Is there anything more Obama can do to anger us and our brave military men and women?  He does this on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Nice isn’t it. What right goes he have pray tell? GOP anybody home??

Ash Carter visits Japanese aircraft carrier on 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack and announces US will return land on Japanese islands before Obama leaves office

  • US military is set to hand over 10,000 acres of land in Okinawa to Japan 
  • Carter made the announcement while aboard a Japanese aircraft carrier
  • The timing – on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack – caused anger 
  • The land is currently used by the Marine Corps for jungle warfare training 
  • But on December 22, the US military will formally hand back the land on island
  • The US first captured Okinawa during invasion in the Second World War  

That training area will now be returned to the Japanese, Carter declared Monday – just one day before the 75th anniversary of the unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Carter made the announcement during a meeting with Japanese minister Kenji Wakamiya on the deck of the helicopter carrier Izumo, harbored in Yokosuka Naval Base in the city of Yokosuka.

The handover will be largest area of land to be given up by the US military in Japan since they handed back control of Okinawa in 1972.

More at Daily Mail

Obama is the biggest Arms dealer since world War II

While the meme “Black lives matter” is the American swan song now, apparently it matters little in the four corners of the world. While Obama would gladly confiscate our guns and limit our Second Amendment rights, he sets the world on fire. In an unprecedented move which Clinton no doubt had a hand in, the world’s fire is being fueled by our own armaments. How much loot did the Clinton Foundation walk away with in getting approvals? Just saying. With little oversight, no one knows where the stuff ends up. In fact, there is little doubt that the whole fiasco in Libya was an attempt to move arms to Syria. Speculation is that they ended up in the hands of ISIS. So much for our Nobel Peace prize recipient. Below our President acting Presidential. Actually acting like third world dictators he so admires.

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It is not an understatement to say Obama’s tears over gun violence are disingenuous considering his administration has enacted a policy of systematically arming the entire world with all manner of warcraft. According to the Department of Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), during his first six years in office, the Obama administration entered into agreements to sell more than $190 billion USD in weaponry worldwide. As the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, William D. Hartung, states, this figure is higher than any U.S. administration since World War II. Perhaps that is why the Nobel secretary has voiced serious regrets about awarding the Peace Prize to the president.

In 2013, the Obama administration loosened controls over military exports so military equipment could be sent to almost any country in the world with little oversight.

 “36 US allies—from Argentina and Bulgaria to Romania and Turkey—will no longer need licenses from the State Department to import weapons and weapons parts from the United States. This will make it far easier for smuggling networks to set up front companies in such countries and get US arms and arms components that they can then pass on to third parties like Iran or China. Already a common practice, it will only increase under the new regulations.”

U.S. companies began to enjoy fewer checks than they had in the past. For example, thanks to the Obama administration, weapons manufacturers can now send military parts to most regions of the world without a license, which makes it easier for companies to extend their market — even to countries that are on the U.N. arms embargo list. This is because,according to Colby Goodman, an arms-control expert with the Open Society Policy Center, once an item is approved for that exemption, there may no longer be any ongoing, country-specific human rights review as had been conducted previously.

In spite of politicians’ and weapons companies’ enthusiasm for an arms industry that generates over $70 billion per year, the glut of sales has not provided the world with security. As CNN has reported, the State Department’s 2017 budget request is likely to include more funding for African armies in places like Mali, Somalia, and Nigeria. The U.S. already has a long history of meddling in these nations — and actually helped create the very terror threat they supposedly want to fight there. More at Zero Hedge and well worth the read.

VA Outsources Vet Processing Benefits to Philippines

Here we go with a solution to the VA problems. Farm them out to third world countries. Everyone else is. One of the caveats to this story as one digs into it. Apparently this office is very efficient and pleasant to deal with. What the heck, nothing else is working. Cheap, no union problems. Says it all doesn’t it?

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials are outsourcing healthcare paperwork for American veterans to low-paid workers in the Philippines, a nation where the minimum wage is a dollar a day.

Long ago, VA opened a facility in Manila to care for Filipino World War II veterans who fought alongside the U.S. military against the Japanese — the Philippines was a U.S. territory until 1946. But most of those veterans are now dead, and the Philippines has its own government agency to care for those who are still alive.

Uncle Sam is better at opening offices than closing them, so the 100-employee office in Manila — the VA’s only foreign outpost — remains open for business.

Ninety of the workers are Filipinos, and provide a far cheaper alternative to the VA’s U.S. workers who are unionized and insist on bargaining on seemingly every management decision and contest any discipline of bad workers.

The staff is paid in pesos at rates designed to be similar to what their peers in the Pacific nation make. The average annual income in the Philippines is $2,500. Nine Americans also work at the office, with Nelson making $160,000.

Read more: Daily Caller

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