Archive for July, 2010

DOD can’t find 8.7 Billion? Great!

July 27, 2010

The Defense Department is unable to account for $8.7 billion of the $9.1 billion in Development Fund for Iraq monies in received for reconstruction in Iraq. This according to a study published today by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

“This situation occurred because most DoD organizations receiving DFI (Development Fund for Iraq) funds did not establish the required Department of the Treasury accounts and no DoD organization was designated as the executive agent for managing the use of DFI funds,” the report states.

I wonder, if DOD organizations didn’t establish the required DOT accounts why were they giving money?

Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

July 22, 2010

This week I”m attended the Fort Carson Transition Assistance Program.  So, I will try to post something new by Saturday.  That is if something really interesting doesn’t catch my eye sooner. 

TOP Secret America WP

July 19, 2010

Dana Priest and William Arkin Report on the growing size of the US intelligence world.  In their report they question how effective the system is  and is there any way to determine that effectiveness?  This is only one part of the investigation but it does show how disjointed the US  intelligence apparatus is.  From my experience this is a very accurate report. 

I’ve read that some are worried about giving up secrets and locations in this report but I didn’t see anything that wasn’t easily available to anyone looking already so I don’t have the security concerns some might.  I do believe the system we have needs to be questioned. 

It’s not that there aren’t many good people doing good work, it’s that much of it is redundant and never even read. 

"I’m not aware of any agency with the authority, responsibility or a process in place to coordinate all these interagency and commercial activities," he said in an interview. "The complexity of this system defies description."

The result, he added, is that it’s impossible to tell whether the country is safer because of all this spending and all these activities. "Because it lacks a synchronizing process, it inevitably results in message dissonance, reduced effectiveness and waste," Vines said. "We consequently can’t effectively assess whether it is making us more safe."

I’ve personally seen the circle of information as one group (our team) reported information, then days later that same information was sent back to us as if it was something new.  I can’t even imagine how the intelligence picture looks at the highest levels.  I doubt anyone there has a clue.  Not because their dumb but because the volume and lack of coordination makes it impossible to retain. 

I look forward to part II of this report. 

ciajv5

It’s over for Britain

July 17, 2010

It appears Britain is done for.  They have been long on the road to ruin but it is now official.  With the addition of squat toilets I see absolutely no hope for the lost empire.

 

For centuries, the great British loo has been a matter of envy to the rest of the world.

Thanks to the efforts of pioneers like the legendary Thomas Crapper, we have long since led the world in comfort and hygiene.

Now, however, that could be about to change.

For most of us, the squat toilet is nothing more than a staple of horror stories about old-fashioned French service stations or the exploits of adventurous backpackers in far-flung parts of India.

But this basic form of plumbing, also known as a Turkish toilet or Nile pan, could be coming to a shopping centre near you – and all in the name of cultural sensitivity.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1294630/Rochdale-shopping-centre-bosses-approve-Asian-squat-toilets.html#ixzz0tzTykHks

Gone Fishing

July 16, 2010

No, really I went fishing.  Didn’t catch jack..  humm but will post some more soon.

Silent Raids are they good?

July 10, 2010

I will start by saying I’m mixed a little on the new “silent raid” policy that ICE is now using. The idea seems to be to target employers, which I like, but then we don’t deport the illegal’s the company just fires them.

So as I’ve said I like targeting employers since they are the source of employment for illegal’s and the reason many illegal’s come here. But what happens to the illegal’s once they are fired? Do they return to their country of origin or stay here unemployed and needing money badly to support their families? Could this policy actually increase the crime rate?

In a town for example where a warehouse hires a large number of illegal’s and then in one day or a short period do we now have a small town with a huge unemployed illegal population fearing how they will pay their rent or feed their families.

Are we doing them a favor by not deporting? Just some questions I have.

Either way it seems the Arizona situation has created some federal movement in the enforcement of the law.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/10/administrations-silent-raids-lead-firings-deportations/

How hard would it be to create a better worker program?  Could we not have a program with offices at all major entry points and a simplified system to quickly issue documentation? Of course to do this would still require closing the border. 

I don’t believe a single approach to this problem will work but many implemented in conjunction are needed.

Gov. Bobby Jindal

July 8, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill: Latest Plan Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Supports Draws Criticism From Federal Government and Scientists

Well at least Gov. Jindal has a plan. 

“No is not a plan,” the governor said at a press conference today.

Now it’s up to 46 Afghans gone missing

July 7, 2010

You really have to wonder what the hell is going on here.  Who is running this show?  Most of the years the numbers aren’t high but something went way wrong in 2009.  I like the part below where foxnews found 11 of the original 17 on facebook.  Hummmm.

“In 2009, the Defense Language Institute English Language Center reported two other students from countries other than Afghanistan went missing,” Gary Emery, spokesman for Lackland AFB, told FoxNews.com. “They include one Iraqi who requested asylum in Houston and one Djiboutian whose status is unknown.”

On June 17, FoxNews.com revealed exclusively that a nationwide be-on-the-lookout (BOLO) bulletin had been issued for 17 Afghans who had gone AWOL from DLI.  The alert, which was compiled by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force, included photos and dates of birth of the 17 men and was widely distributed to law enforcement agencies across the country.

FoxNews.com quickly found at least 11 of the 17 AWOL Afghans on Facebook.

Since then, FoxNews.com has learned that the problem of Afghan military members going AWOL is more pervasive than suggested by the June bulletin, which included outdated and incomplete information. The BOLO alert included men who had been apprehended more than six months before it was issued, and it failed to include the name and photo of the most recent Afghan to vanish from DLI — a pilot who disappeared in March — as well as 28 others who have gone AWOL in recent years.

Al Gore what’s up?

July 1, 2010

It looks like the sexual assault case against Al Gore is being re-opened.  I’ll start by saying in just about all sexual assault cases I don’t make a determination without a whole lot of evidence.  Too many of these are just angry bitter people.  So other than to say it’s interesting to see the decline of Al I’ll hold my judgment on this case till further evidence comes to light.

With that said I do wonder of a couple of things that this article sparked.  Like, does anyone really request a massage in their room only expecting a massage?  I don’t ask this to be witty.  I really don’t know.  I’ve never had anyone come to my room to give me a massage but it would be nice.  I have gone to spa with my wife for one.  It was pretty damn nice too.  I wish I could afford that treatment all the time. 

If you’re a high profile person would you take the chance someone might misinterpret the women entering your room? 

I just don’t know but I am beginning to believe just a little bit more in Karma…..

Well I do believe for Al Gore there does appear to be a climate change….