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Sunday, July 31, 2011

BOHICA

DoD panel calls for radical retirement overhaul

By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jul 25, 2011 13:24:26 EDT


A sweeping new plan to overhaul the Pentagon’s retirement system would give some benefits to all troops and phase out the 20-year cliff vesting system that has defined military careers for generations.


In a massive change that could affect today’s troops, the plan calls for a corporate-style benefits program that would contribute money to troops’
retirement savings account rather than the promise of a future monthly pension, according to a new proposal from an influential Pentagon advisory board.


All troops would receive the yearly retirement contributions, regardless of whether they stay for 20 years. Those contributions might amount to about
16.5 percent of a member’s annual pay and would be deposited into a mandatory version of the Thrift Savings Plan, the military’s existing 401(k)-style account that now does not include government matching contributions.


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A critical new feature would adjust those contributions to give more money to troops who deploy frequently, accept hardship assignments or serve in high-demand jobs. It would also give the services a new lever to incentivize some troops to leave or stay on active duty longer.


The new proposal was unveiled July 21 by the Defense Business Board, the wellspring for many cost-saving initiatives adopted by the Defense Department in recent years. The new retirement plan would mark the biggest change in military retirement in more than 60 years and require approval from Congress.


“The current system is unfair, unaffordable and inflexible,” said Richard Spencer, a former finance executive and Marine Corps pilot who led the board’s eight-month retirement study.


This alternative plan would “enhance the ability of the service member to build a meaningful retirement asset [with] complete flexibility for their lifestyle or desires,” Spencer said.


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The thing that burns my ass most about this new scheme to reduce the budget on the backs of those who actually provide the freedom you and I live under is, the LABOR UNIONS that represent civilian local, state and federal government employees all refuse to move into this form of retirement plan. 
 
 
IF IT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR SOME DESK JOCKEY AT CITY HALL... IS AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR AMERICA'S WARRIORS EITHER.

YOU WANT TO SAVE SOME MONEY?
STOP GIVING  LIFETIME RETIREMENT
BENEFITS TO CONGRESS AND SENATE MEMBERS
AFTER SERVING ONE TERM IN OFFICE
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BOHICA
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A  gain

Thursday, July 21, 2011

WHY

NEW ORLEANS AUG. 2005
HURRICANE KATRINA


Shortly after the hurricane moved away on August 30, 2005, some residents of New Orleans who remained in the city began looting stores. Many were in search of food and water that were not available to them through any other means, as well as non-essential items. Reports of RAPE MURDER AND SHOOTING AT RESCUERS was the "News at 11:00" leader for what seemed like weeks.

Media and Hollyood outcry was endless. And blame for a lack of government response to help the residents who ignored evacuation orders was vocalized by the same Kanye West, who interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV Music Video Awards, when he said "George Bush hates black people."

As the U.S. military and rescue services regained control over the city, there were restrictions on the activity of the media. On September 9, the military leader of the relief effort announced that reporters would have "zero access" to efforts to recover bodies in New Orleans. Immediately following this announcement, CNN filed a lawsuit and obtained a temporary restraining order against the ban. The next day the government backed down and reversed the ban.
Hurricane Katrina has also been the centerpiece of several documentary films, including Spike Lee's film, WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE, and Darren Martinez's film, HELLP. An episode of the Fox TV series House first broadcast on May 16, 2006, featured a teenage victim of Hurricane Katrina at the center of the main medical storyline. An episode of the BBC show Top Gear was praised by some for being one of the first to show the total scale of the destruction once the waters had receded.


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NOTE* NONE OF THE ABOVE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN IN 2005.
ALL ARE OF THE DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY SEASONAL FLOODING IN IOWA SPRING 2011.

Where are the Hollywood celebrities holding telethons asking for help in restoring Iowa, and helping the folks affected by the floods or areas devastated by recent tornadoes?  Where is good old Michael Moore? 

Why is the media NOT asking the tough questions about  why the federal government hasn't solved this problem?   ...Asking  where the FEMA trucks and trailers and food services are?  

Why isn't the Federal government moving Iowa people into free hotels in Chicago and Minneapolis ?  

When will Spike Lee say that the Federal government blew up the levees that failed in Des Moines ?  

Where are Sean Penn, Bono, and the Dixie Chicks?

Where are all the looters stealing high-end tennis shoes, cases of beer and television sets?         

 
 
Where is the hysterical 24/7 media coverage complete with reports of shootings at rescuers, of rapes and murder? 

Where are all the people screaming that Barack Obama hates white, rural people? My God, where are Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Oprah, and Ray Coniff Jr?  

How come you will never hear about the Iowa flooding ever again?   Where are the government bail out vouchers? The government debit cards?   

There must be one hell of a big difference between the value of the people of Iowa and value of the people of Louisiana.
 

Monday, July 18, 2011

An award.

The nice lady who writes her blog at:

gave me this


It's time for a little update.
The eye surgery went well. Thank you my friends for all your words of encouragement and support. Although the sight in the left eye is far from perfect. It beats hell out of the TOTALLY BLIND that it was 3 weeks ago. Because of that surgery, the surgeon took me off the physical therapy for 6  weeks. But I'm doing my stretch and reach work at home, and still going to Occupational Therapy.

Remember, I told you about visiting my dentist for the first time since my Chemo event? The dentist noticed a small lesion on my lip, just below the corner of my right nostril. He wrote a consult for dermatology and I got the results of my biopsy today. 
BASAL CELL CARCINOMA
I've been told that if I'm gonna have a NOMA. BASAL CELL CARCINOMA is the one to have. But I can't help but wonder why MY FACE? 
It's such a pretty face.

On a more serious note.
My son got his wheelchair this weekend.
The one thing I feared most in my life, since I was 13, confined to a wheelchair, became a reality for me at age 55. Once realized, it turns out it isn't as bad as I feared it would be. Don't get the wrong idea, it sucks ass. But it doesn't make me want to quit living, like I thought it would. And despite being frustrated by it. I have not blamed or been angry with my God for this being my destiny. I still hold out hope that I will get strong and walk again. But on the other hand, my son's condition continues to get worse. 

And God!
That pisses me off...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011