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This is what pissed me off from day one. For a party that loves our troops they sure sent tens of thousands of them into harm's way with inadequate equipment and no clear policy of what to do once they got there.
When Republicans hated the troops
Conservative rhetoric about honoring our soldiers conceals their staggering disregard for the loss of life in Iraq
Well, they did set the standard that all American flags be made here.
Why the didn't make the same requirements for the weapons, infrastructure, and supplies is anyone's guess.
And looks Megyn gives yet another platform for the FRC and Tony Perkins
Tuesday night, "straight news" host
Megyn Kelly, whose desk was designed with maximum leg view in mind,
started the segment in her trademark loud and snarky tone. Eyes flashing
and nostrils flaring, she reported that "a hotel in the heartland has decided no more bibles in the night stands."
She explained that the decision was a result of a complaint from - drum
roll please - the Freedom from Religion Foundation that wanted the
bibles to be banned because they were "alienating to non-believers." The
chyron supported her agitprop message with just the right codes
inflammatory words which let you know, loud and clear, who is
responsible for this outrage: "Bible Banning, University Hotel Complies With Atheist Group." She warmly welcomed her guest, SPLC designated homophobic hate group leader Tony Perkins.
After she acknowledged that this is a "state run college and hotel," she sneered as she continued "therefore they say they can't be endorsing religion over non-religion." Perkins, a Christian right grievance hustler and not an attorney, quoted from the First Amendment and whined about how it's "hard to conceive how a donated bible, in a draw, is an establishment of religion." As he accused the FFRF of "doing this across the country," the chyron reinforced the message: "Group Demands Iowa State University Hotel Ban Bibles."
Kelly provided validation: "Everybody has gone to a hotel and seen a bible in the nightstand and I don't know if I've ever felt that somebody is pushing religion on me. But they react as though this has been an abhorrent experience for them." Kelly is wrong. The basis of the FFRF complaint isn't emotional but rather that "It is a fundamental principle of Establishment Clause jurisprudence that a government entity cannot in any way promote, advance, or otherwise endorse religion."
Perkins spoke about how having bibles in hotel rooms prevents suicides. Kelly sarcastically said "I'm sure they're on a campaign to get rid of triple X porno in hotel rooms..." which, of course, has nothing to do with church/state issues as this does. As the camera angle zoomed to get maximum Kelly leg shots, Perkins warned that this could be a "slippery slope" which could result in religious programming being banned. He zeroed in on the main message, one that he frequently invokes on other Fox persecuted Christian segments, about how this reflects a "hostility towards religion." After Kelly claimed that the FFRF "finds the bible...objectionable," Perkins, on cue, read a FFRF statement which described some of the more unsavory parts of the bible which, according to Perkins, *"aren't in the bible." Kelly chuckled, "we'll leave it that."
So if a taxpayer funded college had Korans in their hotels, Perkins and Kelly would be OK with that? And BTW, when Kelly says “I’m a straight-news anchor. I’m not one of the opinion hosts at Fox," she is either seriously deluded or full of shit!
*The FFRF quote stated that the bible has instructions to kill homosexuals. Perkins says that's not in the Bible. Perkins is wrong: Leviticus 20:13: "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads." Looks like Perkins isn't reading his bible!
Read more at http://www.newshounds.us/20140223_megyn_kelly_hate_group_leader_attack_freedom_from_religion_foundation_they_hate_the_bible#YJjlg46TIl6GoHFY.99
Sunday is big lie day at Fox.
Fox News Sunday Blames President Obama For Ukraine And Syria Unrest And Iran, Too!
Whatever happened to the famous Russian reset, Third Grade?
Good for her. Its about time now that all the reports are out, the GOP face a reckoning for all their lies on the tragedy.
Susan Rice Calls Out Conservative Media: It's "Patently False" That Administration Misled On Benghazi
Really OT, but a guy from another installation called last night at work and said he'd heard I was thinking of going at the end of the year. Everyone else has been asking me to stay at least another year after this one. He asked me to put my papers in NOW and leave in 90 days (how long it takes to process the papers). It really made me smile and put things in perspective. He's transferring to our installion in two weeks and he'd move into my job.
@fitty_three, I put in for a printout over a month ago to see exactly what I'd get if I left at the end of the year. I set a target minimum that would greaty influence whether I stay or go. I still haven't got the results back yet. This winter has been brutual and I'm not inclined to risk repeating it.
These are retirement jobs. Nobody leaves unless they retire or get promoted to a different installation. We'd usually have a guy leave every three years or so. With most of us older, 4 of us could walk tomorrow.
He lusts for your position.
What do you think, will the guys hate it or love it?
It's not clear how you and they feel about it.
@fitty_three, he worked there before and was not a very popular person. Like at all. I enjoyed his honesty though. I'd much rather have a person be upfront about their intentions.
No I got that, the guys heart you. They really heart you.
I don't remember whether you decided to stay the extra year or not.
@fitty_three, did you mean how they feel about me leaving?
Good point, I think I remember you saying that this winter kind of turned your head down thread somewhere.
@fitty_three, OT, but I hit another $100 scratch-off on the way to work last night. It was the same $2 scratch-off I jhit 20k on. I didn't cash it and took it in to work to show the other guys. They're getting sick of me hitting.
It's like being a tiger among wildlife advocates. Wildlife advocates hug tigers and sharks.
Couldn't think of a better analogy. It's Sunday. Sue me.
@fitty_three, it really did start to make me seriously consider going. The weather and the fact that I'm now basically working for $5 an hour. Each year I stay adds about $90 a month to my retirement. The other big thing keeping me at work is the MIL. I'm not sure I could handle her 24/7.
The MIL? Oh, wow. Talk about a rock and a hard place. You're better off building your own cabin in the back 40 and living there.
Send smoke signals to the wife when it's time;~)
@fitty_three, one other big factor is the turnover. The crew was so stable for so long that it was like family. In the last two years, we've had a turnover of 1/3 of the crew. It's just not the same any more.
Maybe Obama is killing them off secretly with drones.
@fitty_three, I'll be 59 in june.
@fitty_three, I started as a stay in school at 17. I've got 40 years of working outside year round under my belt. That really takes a toll. Plus, I've been in some pretty serious car accidents (besides over 2 dozen broken bones and 300+ stitches).
Hmmm. Thoughtyou were older than me. Now I really do feel ancient.
It's like that with my BF's job too. He retires at 65, he's 62, I'm 60.
When I retire, I'll have 19 years with my employer. Not the greatest thing for a pension, but with SS, it will be enough. I've lost a finger, but other than that, none of my appendages have been lovingly chawed by the fates.
@fitty_three, 38 years for me (39 counting my year of sick leave). It's the only job I've ever had. I'm not eligible for SS. I'm CSRS.