NOT AGAIN! Updated

G*d DAMMIT! AWOL soldier arrested with bomb material near Ft Hood.

Official: Bomb materials found in soldier’s room near Fort Hood

“(CNN) — FBI agents discovered a bevy of bomb-making materials in the hotel room of an AWOL soldier who was arrested near Fort Hood, Texas, the military base where a 2009 shooting spree killed 13 people, a Defense Department official told CNN on Thursday.

Pfc. Naser Abdo, a Muslim American who refused to deploy to Iraq and later went AWOL after facing child pornography charges, was arrested by police in Killeen, Texas, just outside Fort Hood.”
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“Abdo refused to deploy to Iraq on grounds of his religion and had put in the paperwork to be discharged as a conscientious objector. The Army approved his request, but he was then charged with child pornography and went AWOL, the official said.”

Can somebody PLEASE get on the ball here? Why was this guy loose? Was not one madman at Fort Hood enough?

CHEESE AND RICE! This guy should have been on the watch list.

Update- h/t Nom from Mcnorman’s

This guy has been in the news before. NomNom found this blog post and pointed me to it.

Arrest in new Fort Hood terror plot

That post has links galore- this guy has been at it for quite some time. Includes a CNN interview – from 2010!

This is getting ridiculous. Just like the first FT Hood maniac- somebody up the chain of command KNEW about this guy- and did nothing about it. Fear of being called a racist? Not wanting to “profile?” Who the hell knows.

Political correctness is going to kill us all.

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How Starbucks (DIS)respects Our Troops- Updated x 2

 

FINALLY! A response from the manager! I responded to him and let him know my Daughter in Law has shipped out to Afghanistan and he is to relay all info to me and I will pass it on to her! Thanks to all who have been e-mailing and passing this around! We WILL get action!

 

Dear xxx,

 

Thank you for advising me of this situation.  I would like to investigate this further, could you have your daughter-in-law contact me by email, I just need to find out when the visit was (what day and the time of the day) and which Starbucks, we operate three at the airport.  From that information I can find out who the cashier was.  I would also like to send her some coupons she can use in the future.

 

Thanks for writing,

 

Steve

 

My daughter in law has spent the last two months doing a combat skills refresher course in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. She was fortunate to get a weeks leave to come home and see her family before she heads out to GoatF*&kistan. Her flight home left out of Indianapolis International Airport and the military way is to have everybody at the airport at oh dark thirty. She arrived at the airport and cleared security and wanted a coffee. She had plenty of time before her flight so proceeded to the Starbucks outlet. WHERE-

A Starbucks employee wearing the Muslim required head garb refused to accept her good American cash. “Debit or Credit” seemed to be all she could say. No cash accepted.

NO CASH? Excuse me but does our money not say “Legal Tender for all debts public and private”?

I have some questions. Does this company have the right to refuse American money on American soil?

AND

Was this employee perhaps just disrespecting a person dressed in the uniform of our country’s military?

I have sent an e-mail to Starbucks headquarters. Perhaps you all can help me. Here is the info from the receipt- will you e-mail or call the manager and help correct this injustice?

Starbucks A

Indianapolis International Airport

date of purchase 5/28/2011

(I assume this next is the employees name and I have edited it out- so as not to be sued when they tell me this never happened) Thanks for the tip Uppity!

Manager Steve G Thomas

Phone 317-241-6224 ext 11

His e-mail

SteveG.Thomas@hmshost.com

Hell of a way to start your leave on Memorial Day weekend no? I will NEVER purchase a Starbucks product again.

UPDATE

Well at least Nunly got a reply from the store manager- me? NOT. I e-mailed him as I want to have a record of what he says.

However!

I did get a reply to my e-mail to their corporate customer care center asking for more info. I called and spoke to a person who sounded like a twenty something year old.

He went to great lengths and repeated over and over again that Starbucks does not own that unit.

OK then- it is a franchised unit. As if that excuses the problem?

We went round and round with that- with me asking if that somehow made it ok. He explained that not accepting cash is not a Starbucks policy but they have no control over the franchisee.

OH REALLY?????

At that point I politely lit him up. I let him know I had worked in the restaurant industry all my life- and I understand very well how franchising works. Yes they most certainly do have a degree of control. For example- Starbucks franchisees can not go to the local grocery store and buy generic store brand coffee and pass it off as Starbucks (though in my opinion it might taste better).

I made it very clear that it is STARBUCKS name and reputation on the line and that even franchise employees represent Starbucks.

The young man on the phone told me “the airport” owns the unit. I believe hmshost owns it- and hmshost is an airport food sevice company. Let him go on the internet to figure it out. I already knew that.

Which brings us to the end of the conversation. I let him know that even though I am over the age of thirty I have a Facebook account and know how to use a blog. I let him know there will be a HUGE stink if I do not hear from someone at the corporate level about how this is going to be addressed.

He THEN took all the info I have from the receipt and I expect to be hearing from the district manager within the next 48 hours.

Going up the line now.

I will keep you all posted.

Forced Marriages in The US of A?

Can somebody please explain this? I sure do not get it.
PROMISES, PROMISES: ‘Widows’ tax’ lingers

WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of the nation’s war widows find it perplexing and downright disrespectful to their late military husbands: In order to fully collect on insurance their husbands bought for them when alive, they must marry another man.

And to qualify, the widows must remarry when they are 57 or older. Those who remarry earlier miss out, as do widows who never remarry.

 

Am I to understand that if- God Forbid- my son is killed in the line of duty my daughter in law must REMARRY to collect the insurance my son has been paying for these last 18 years? (Or God forbid- my daughter in law is killed when she deploys to Afghanistan this summer would this same rule apply to my son?)

At the heart of the issue is a government policy known as the “widows’ tax.” It says a military spouse whose loved one dies from a service-related cause can’t collect both survivor’s benefits and the full annuity benefits from insurance the couple bought from the Defense Department at retirement. Instead, the amount of the annuity payment is reduced by the amount of the monthly survivor benefit.

Excuse me- but the troops buy the insurance because they know the survivor’s benefits will not be enough to keep the family fed, clothed and housed decently and put the kids through school. (Keeping in mind that if your spouse dies and you are living in military housing- you lose that benefit and have to go get housing in the open market.)

For war widows who were denied the full benefits of their military insurance, the government sought to help by giving them back the premiums their spouses had paid for the policies. But if a widow then remarries at age 57 or older, becoming eligible for the benefit, she can only get it by repaying the insurance premiums the government had refunded to her.

AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH! This is WRONG on so many levels. Service members are limited by their occupation on where they can purchase insurance as most  insurance policies carry those lovely disclaimers that tell you no payment for dying in a war. They are ripping off the troops and the military spouses.

AND- what the hell is that about remarrying? Forcing a war widow(er) to remarry is just plain WRONG! What the hell kind of archaic bull is that? What is this- the friggin Dark Age or the Middle Ages? When women were not allowed control of their bodies, could not own property and had no rights?

I want to e-mail that link to my troops- but they have enough to worry about with a deployment coming up.

I have the world’s best Daughter in Law- I don’t want a new one- and I am sure my son does not want a replacement wife. We won the lottery when we got her- and no amount of money can replace her.

Sometimes I really really hate Congress. They screw up everything they touch.

 

Professor Seeks God With Marine In Classroom | Quipster

Professor Seeks God With Marine In Classroom | Quipster.

God Bless Our Troops! Pass this one around! Thanks TC!

Round and round the Mulberry Bush

I saw an article last week about “missing” foreign personnel. Hmmm- I will let you read it

17 Afghan Soldiers Went

AWOL from U.S. Military

Base

American authorities are on the lookout for at least nine Afghan soldiers who remain at large in the United States since deserting a U.S. Air Force base in Texas, where they were stationed to study English.

The soldiers have “all access” credentials for U.S. military facilities,”

Isn’t that just grand? They have “all access” to military bases.  Here is more

Fox News has a better, more detailed article here.

The Afghans were attending the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The DLI program teaches English to military pilot candidates and other air force prospects from foreign countries allied with the U.S.

“I can confirm that 17 have gone missing from the Defense Language Institute,” said Gary Emery, Chief of Public Affairs, 37th Training Wing, at Lackland AFB. “They disappeared over the course of the last two years, and none in the last three months.”

I am well aware of the joint training “opportunities” afforded our “partners” around the world. Lackland has a HUGE number of the types. These people are really starting to piss me off! do the joint training on their soil- not ours! And that they admit these guys went missing over the course of two years and we knew nothing about it sends my blood pressure through the roof!

Today Pamela left me a tip in the thread below. How;s this get you?

‘Simultaneous incidents’ lead to lockdown at NJ Navy base where Hindenberg exploded in 1937

Lakehurst merged with the Army’s Fort Dix and McGuire Air Force Base last year as part of a joint base initiative to make the military’s first three-branch base.

We may never know what prompted the lock down. Interesting to me that the base is home to the Naval Air Engineering Center. Any chance these folks have anything to do with engineering a fix for the problem in the Gulf?

Or maybe some of the missing Afghani’s turned up? After all- the Afghan AWOLs were pilots learning English and the article on the shutdown says

one of its main missions relates to the equipment used to launch aircraft from carriers at sea.

Sorry- I don’t believe in coincidents.

Our bases need to be for military personnel ONLY and these missing potential Islamofascist terrorist need to be rounded up ASAP!

H/T Pamela of the Poconos


Is Nothing Sacred anymore?

Imagine this- as the mother of an active duty military member and his active duty wife- this is something I have imagined on more than one occasion- can you see the pain? Can you imagine???

Then, if you can, imagine the horror every parent of every soldier felt on hearing this-

Chaos at Arlington Cemetery: Mismarked graves, dumping of urns

Army investigators at Arlington National Cemetery have found more than 100 unmarked graves, scores of grave sites with headstones that are not recorded on cemetery maps, and at least four burial urns that had been unearthed and dumped in an area where excess grave dirt is kept.

The investigators found that these and other blunders were the result of a “dysfunctional” and chaotic management system at the cemetery, which was poisoned by bitterness among top supervisors and hobbled by antiquated record-keeping.

I am weeping as I type this- for the fallen and their families and for our country that has become so callous that a “dysfunctional management system” has caused so much distress to families who have given their all.

On behalf of my country I apologize to those families. Nothing can replace your loved ones and I, for one, appreciate your sacrifice. No words of mine can erase the horror you are going through, but perhaps you will feel some comfort knowing that this proud military mom is praying for you and yours. God Bless You and thank you!

I just got this link from mcnorman- and i truly hope there is a special HELL for the assholes that cause this kind of pain for military families. Everlasting fire just is not punishment enough.

Father Driven To Pick Through His Son’s Remains (Just imagine the horror)

You absolutely MUST go and read what the officials at Arlington do to our  fallen hero’s families.

A special hell- just for those who disrespect our troops and their families. May God DAMN them to eternal hell.

Thank You Lance Cpl Matthew Snyder!

I always say if you like your freedom- thank a soldier and his mom. In this case it is the soldier’s dad -Albert Snyder.

For those of you who may have missed it a group of kooks from Kansas calling themselves christians led by their head loon – some idiot named Phelps- go around picketing at the funerals of fallen heroes. After this group of lunatics disrupted his son’s funeral Mr Snyder sued and won. Get the story here. The Kansas kooks naturally appealed and found some idiot bench warmer who agreed with them and wants Mr. Snyder to PAY THE LOONS! (Said judge needs to go to the lunatic asylum) Needless to say Mr. Snyder is not paying until ordered to do so by the Supreme Court which has agreed to hear the case.

Now I know lots of folks think Bill O’Reilly is a FOX News loon- however, he is doing the right thing here- he has offered to pay the bill for Mr. Phelps.

and in Tuesday’s edition of his show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” the cable host announced that he would gladly pay Snyder’s debt. “I am not going to let this injustice stand,” O’Reilly declared. “It’s obvious [the Westboro protesters] were disturbing the peace by disrupting the funeral. They should have been arrested, but our system is so screwed up … that the loons are allowed to run wild.”

Good on you Mr. O’Reilly! I agree- our system has gone insane. Why were these assholes not arrested for disturbing the peace at least?

Hey assholes from Kansas- guess who protects your freedom to assemble? Your freedom of speech? That’s right- SOLDIERS you idiots! Sorry- I refuse to print the name of their organization in my blog. If you wish to know who they are so you can write to them I am sure you can find the address on the web.

God Bless America and God Bless Lance Cpl Snyder