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Senators who backed Syria resolution got 83 per cent more defense lobby money than those who voted against it, campaign finance numbers show
WHO GOT THE DEFENSE DOLLARS, AND HOW THEY VOTED ON SYRIA
The Center for Responsive Politics tracks financial donations to political candidates from individuals, companies and political committees. Its data show that over a 5-year period, most of the $1,006,887 that flowed from the defense lobby to senators who weighed in on Wednesdays war powers resolution went to those who cast ‘yes’ votes.
On average, those ‘yes’ votes came after $72,850 in defense-contractor campaign dollars, while a ‘no’ vote followed just $39,270.
Here’s how it stacked up.
$176,300 – John McCain (R-AZ) $127,350 – Dick Durbin (D-IL) $101,025 – Tim Kaine (D-VA) $80,550 – Ben Cardin (D-MD) $70,850 – Bob Corker (R-TN) $60,000 – Bob Menendez (D-NJ) $41,872 – Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) $26,900 – Jeff Flake (R-AZ) $24,150 – Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $19,500 – Chris Coons (D-DE)
$86,500 – John Barrasso (R-WY) $62,790 – Marco Rubio (R-FL) $59,250 – Chris Murphy (D-CT) $19,250 – Ron Johnson (R-WI) $18,700 – Tom Udall (D-NM) $17,900 – Rand Paul (R-KY) $14,000 – Jim Risch (R-ID)
Army commanders have targeted a new enemy combatant – truly delicious chicken. Fox News reports that an American soldier has been rebuked for serving Chick-Fil-A at his own promotion ceremony.
The Master Sergeant, who has asked to remain anonymous, is being represented by the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.
The organization’s Executive Director, Ron Crews, told Fox News’ Todd Starnes:
“The unidentified soldier was investigated, reprimanded, threatened with judicial action and given a bad efficiency report” for sending an invitation to his colleagues requesting that they attend his promotion ceremony where Chick-Fil-A would be served.
The invitation read, in part: “In honor of my promotion and in honor of the Defense of Marriage Act, I’m serving Chick-Fil-A sandwiches at my promotion party.”
The bottom line is that this is one more example of a Conservative soldier being threatened, condemned, and marginalized because he supports traditional marriage in a new military climate where Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is nothing more than a fond memory.
The Defense of Marriage Act, though threatened with repeal by pending Supreme Court rulings, still remains a federal law. Though several states have chosen to recognize same-sex marriage, nationally, marriage remains defined as a union between only one man and one woman.
Mr. Crews explained that, “These stories are the ones that have not been told – about some of the more subtle ramifications of the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.”
It is this kind of clear discrimination against Conservative Christians in the military that led seventy-one Congressmen to demand that the rights of public servants like this master sergeant not be infringed upon by anyone in their chain of command – military or civilian.
Only time will tell who will be the last man standing in the shifting sands of the ever increasingly more complex culture war.
I’ve been told by a number of people that it would be impossible for any person to stage a military or hostile takeover of the United States. Ten years ago, I would have agreed with them, but not now.
In the past year, President Obama has taken a number of actions that when added together clearly indicates his plans for a military or hostile takeover of the United States. And for the first time in my life, I not only believe it could happen, but I am firmly convinced it’s going to happen before the 2016.
Next, the Department of Homeland Security has been stockpiling millions of weapons and billions of rounds ammunition. The federal government even has NOAA stockpiling weapons and ammunition and they aren’t going to be using it to predict the weather. This is unprecedented in American history and has no purpose or basis other than the use against the American people.
Muslims Murder Our Troops and Pathetic Pentagon Blames Us
By PAUL SPERRY– Afghan security forces, our supposed allies, are slaughtering American troops. Thirty-three soldiers have been killed by “green on blue” attacks this year alone. The situation is so bad that the training of Afghan forces has been temporarily suspended.
How has the Pentagon responded?
By blaming our troops.
Top officials believe culturally offensive behavior is the motivation behind the killings, so it’s stepped up Islamic sensitivity training for our troops.
If you don’t want to be shot in the back by your Afghan training partners, the Pentagon advises, don’t offend their religious sensibilities. Don’t kick your feet up on a table, for instance, and never ask to see a picture of their wives and kids. “There’s a percentage [of attacks] which are cultural affronts,” Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said in a recent interview.
Dempsey echoes the concerns of Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, the Afghan National Army’s chief of staff, who earlier this month argued both sides need to do more to “teach” foreign troops Islamic traditions and values to reduce the chance of violent reactions to cultural slights. AFGHAN INSIDE ATTACK KILLS US TROOPS: OFFICIALS
“It is our duty to teach this to them. Our indifference about these issues causes the incident,” he said.
In the past three years, uniformed Afghans have murdered at least 97 US and NATO troops.
The Taliban has taken credit for many of the attacks, but the Pentagon has been reluctant to admit widespread infiltration of the Afghan security forces it’s training.
Standing up a national army and police force that can protect the US-sponsored government in Kabul is the linchpin of President Obama’s announced 2014 withdrawal strategy.
Some 120,000 American and other foreign troops mix closely with 350,000 Afghan security forces. Afghan trainees and guards are co-located on US bases, where they share bathrooms, gyms and mess halls.
To avoid offending them, US commanders are putting troops through intense Muslim sensitivity training. Among other things, they’ve been ordered to:
* Wear surgical gloves whenever handling a copy of the Koran.
* Never walk in front of a praying Muslim.
* Never show the bottom of boots while sitting or lying across from a Muslim, which in Islam is considered an insult.
* Never share photos of wives or daughters.
* Never smoke or eat in front of Muslims during the month long Ramadan fasting.
* Avoid winking, cursing or nose-blowing in the presence of Muslims — all viewed as insults in Islam.
* Avoid exiting the shower without a towel.
* Avoid offering and accepting things with the left hand, which in Islam is reserved for bodily hygiene and considered unclean.
Troops who violate the sensitivity rules face severe punishment.
Read more: foxnews.com
In the Spring of this year, US Army Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley was condemned by the Joints Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and relieved of teaching duties at Joint Forces Staff College for teaching a course judged to be offensive to Islam.
The course he taught, Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism, was an elective course that Lt. Col. Dooley’s superiors judged as presenting Islam in a negative way. His superiors were persuaded to come to this conclusion after receiving an October 2011 letter in which 57 Muslim organizations claimed to be offended by the course.
The fact that Lt. Col. Dooley is a highly decorated combat veteran with nearly 20 years of service under his belt apparently held little or no sway with the JCS. As a matter of fact, JCS Chairman General Martin Dempsey “personally attacked” Lt. Col. Dooley on C-Span on May 10, 2012, during a Pentagon News Conference.
Yet the craziest part of all this is that “the course content, the guest speakers, and the method of instruction” for the course was all approved by the the Joint Forces Staff College “years ago.”
Former CIA agent Claire M. Lopez commented on the state of things: “All US military Combatant Commands, Services, the National Guard Bureau, and Joint Chiefs are under Dempsey’s Muslim Brotherhood-dictated order to ensure that henceforth, no US military course will ever again teach truth about Islam that the jihadist enemy finds offensive (or just too informative).”
God bless Lt. Col. Dooley for possessing the courage of his convictions.