Friday, March 18, 2016

There is no Russian Withdrawal from Syria, and other stories ...

Military Newsletter
Latest intelligence on the world situation, updates on US military capabilities, news that affects Military retirees, 
and news that will probably never be reported by the "Liberal American Media!"
Edited by Lt Col Kent Vasby, USAF, Ret

There is no Russian Withdrawal from Syria
There is no Russian withdrawal from Syria, but rather a drawdown of the air contingent present in Latakia. 
Putin simply moved pieces on the board, without altering the equation. 

Kerry: ISIS is committing genocide against religious sects
Finally recognizing the truth?

Democracy is a joke, says China - just look at Donald Trump
Trump, or "Chuanpu" as they call him in China, has been a gift to Communist party spin doctors paid to convince the country's 1.4 billion citizens that rule of the people is a sure path to chaos and destruction.
Donald Trump has become the latest example of how allowing the masses a say in choosing their leaders is a bad idea.

Iran to build a statue of captured US sailors
 Iran's Revolutionary Guard likely to cause outrage in US with plans to build a statue of 10 American Marines captured in January as a "tourist attraction"

Top Israeli Commander Endorses Obama Doctrine; Gives Kudos to Moscow
Israel's number two-ranking officer on Monday conferred praise on global rivals Russia and the United States with his seeming support of the so-called Obama doctrine and respect for Moscow's "professionalism" in joint dealings in Syria. 

Obama Went Against Entire National Security Team on Egypt Coup
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Fox News that President Barack Obama ignored the advice of his entire national security team during the Egyptian coup in 2011 that ousted Hosni Mubarak, the countrys former president.
Gates, who headed the Pentagon during the Egyptian coup, lamented that, while he and the rest of the presidents national security experts advised Obama to handle the situation in Egypt cautiously, the president chose to listen to three junior officials instead and called for Mubaraks immediate ouster.

Scratch one more!
Sexually suggestive relationship ends career of Air Force general who ran air war
The Air Force assistant vice-chief of staff has been removed after an Inspector General investigation found he exchanged inappropriate emails with a female lieutenant colonel.
Lt. Gen. John Hesterman a major general at the time of the misconduct, relinquished his duties Thursday, and filed his paperwork for retirement.
WNU ED: What exactly is a sexually suggestive relationship. To me it is either yes or no .... but suggestive?!?!?! And it is enough to get you fired?

Here we go again.
Air Force Clarifies A-10 Retirement Plans
Amid some confusion over when the Air Force will retire the A-10 attack plane, top service officials this week clarified the plan to start drawing down Warthog squadrons in fiscal 2018. 
If the Air Force keeps the full A-10 fleet flying into the next decade, the service will only have half the manpower it needs to field the F-35.

Hawaii Air Force unit getting own power grid that uses trash 
The Air Force Research Laboratory is spending $6.8 million on a facility that will produce electricity for the Hawaii Air National Guard unit that flies F-22s, the nations most advanced fighter jet.
The Hawaii waste-to-energy facility would take plastics, green waste and other trash from the sprawling joint Air Force and Navy base that includes Pearl Harbor and Hickam Field.

 The FBI Warns That Car Hacking Is a Real Risk 
It's been eight months since a pair of security researchers proved beyond any doubt that car hacking is more than an action movie plot device.
Now the FBI has caught up with that news, and it's warning Americans to take the risk of vehicular cybersabotage seriously. 

Congress Says Obama Has Wrecked NASA 
NASAs budget proposal is far more concerned with spending on global warming research than supporting the agencys mission of space exploration
This budget takes our human spaceflight program nowhere fast.

Beyond record hot, February was 'astronomical' and 'strange'
Earth got so hot last month that federal scientists struggled to find words, describing temperatures as "astronomical," ''staggering" and "strange." They warned that the climate may have moved into a new and hotter neighborhood. 
Thanks, El Nino!

Obama-Backed Solar Plant Could Be Shut Down For Not Producing Enough Energy
California regulators may force a massive solar thermal power plant in the Mojave Desert to shut down after years of under-producing electricity not to mention the plant was blinding pilots flying over the area and incinerating birds. 
Ivanpah, which got a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Obama administration, only produced a fraction of the power state regulators expected it would.
And it does all this at a cost of $200 per megawatt hour  nearly six times the cost of electricity from natural gas-fired power plants. 
Interestingly enough, Ivanpah uses natural gas to supplement its solar production.

Faith & Begorrah!
Pelosi - "50,000 Irish in the U.S. Illegally"


Obama's legacy - No child's behind should be left behind
Thanks, Dave
President Obama's latest priority as he winds down his final months in the White House is solving America's "diaper divide".

Heavy Recruitment of Chinese Students Sows Discord on U.S. Campuses
U.S. schools want their tuition dollars, which can run two to three times the rate paid by in-state students.
The PREMISE of this article is that these students feel entitled to a job or an internship in the US.

Current events quiz - Editor got 9 out of 10

A Chat with Dad
Thanks, Warren
Mike was going to be married to Karen so his father sat him down for a little chat. 
He said, "Mike, let me tell you something. On my wedding night in our honeymoon suite, I took off my pants, handed them to your mother, and said, Here, try these on." 
She did and said, 'These are too big. I can't wear them.' 
I replied, 'Exactly. I wear the pants in this family and I always will.'  Ever since that night, we have never had any problems. 
"Hmmm," said Mike. He thought that might be a good thing to try. 
On his honeymoon, Mike took off his pants and said to Karen, "Here, try these on." 
She tried them on and said, "These are too large. They don't fit me." 
Mike said, "Exactly. I wear the pants in this family and I always will. I don't want you to ever forget that." 
Then Karen took off her pants and handed them to Mike. She said, "Here, you try on mine." 
He did and said, "I can't get into your pants." 
Karen said, "Exactly! And if you don't change your smart-ass attitude, you never will."

A Mormon was seated next to an Irishman on a flight from London. After the plane was airborne, drink orders were taken. 
The Irishman asked for a whiskey, which was promptly delivered and placed before him. 
The flight attendant then asked the Mormon if he would like a drink. He replied in disgust, "I'd rather be savagely raped by a dozen whores than let liquor touch my lips. 
The Irishman then handed his drink back to the attendant and said, "Me too, I didn't know we had a choice." 


A Politician Dies And Goes To Heaven….
Thanks, Ken O
While walking down the street one day, a presidential candidate is tragically hit by a car and dies.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
Welcome to heaven, says St. Peter. Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high-ranking official around these parts, you see, so were not sure what to do with you.
No problem, just let me in, says the politician.
Well, Id like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What well do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.
Really? Ive made up my mind. I want to be in heaven, says the politician.
Im sorry, but we have our rules.
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse, and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had getting rich at the expense of the people. They then dine on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy and who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes.
They are all having such a good time that before the politician realizes it, it is time to go.  Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises.
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him. Now its time to visit heaven…
So, 24 hours pass with the politician joining a group of contented souls, moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
Well, then, youve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.
The politician reflects for a minute, then he answers: Well, I would never have said it before I mean heaven has been delightful but I think I would be better off in hell.
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell…
Now the doors of the elevator open and hes in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls to the ground.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.
I dont understand, stammers the politician. Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now theres just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?
The devil smiles at him and says,
Yesterday we were campaigning, Today, you voted.