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Paul Krugman, in his editorial Hired Gun Fetish, tries to explain the use of private contractors, such as Blackwater, in Iraq as a “vast experiment concocted by mad political scientists.” Mr. Krugman quotes Machiavelli, gives examples of private security contractor’s misconduct in Iraq, and suggests this is all some grand scheme by the Bush administration to enrich cronies. He is wrong.
The reason contractors are used opposed to military personnel is simple: contracts are much less expensive. The reason they are less expensive: health care.
The cost of military healthcare has risen from $19 billion in 2001 to $39 billion today. By 2015 it is expected that healthcare costs will account for 12 percent of military spending. This increase is largely because of enhanced benefits for retirees and their families. It is estimated that by 2009, 75 percent of military healthcare spending,
“will be spent on the cost of paying for retiree health care, and just 20 to 25 percent will be spent on active duty service members and their families.”
The increased costs have been noted by Defense officials, who have, Continue reading
The Office of William Jefferson Clinton recently sent a letter to a New York restaurant owner, demanding that a photograph of Chelsea Clinton, being displayed in the restaurant, be removed. The antepenultimate sentence in the letter has caused an uproar, at least at Althouse. The offending sentence reads as follows:
We reserve the right to exercise any and all options available to us if you refuse to comply.
Parse the sentence: “We reserve the right to exercise any and all options available to us.” What sense does it make? Continue reading
Jonathan Lee Riches© (known on Dreadnaught as the JLR) has filed his most recent complaint against the New England Patriots, for “Illegally Spying On My Life.” The text of the complaint is as follows:
Since the 1970’s Bill Belichick and Defendant’s have been in a vast conspiracy with video equipment to illegally tape anything and everything with significant value. Belichick has been secretly recording numerous scandals nation wide over the years. Continue reading
The text of the complaint:
The Defendant has been sending me Electro magnetic encrypted threats to me through Global Solar flares on 9-17-07. Defendant has always had problems with me since I backed out of buying his Montana cabin in 1993. Continue reading
Jonathan Lee Riches© (he asserts his names is copyrighted) he is an inmate at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Williamsburg, SC with a penchant for litigation. His many lawsuits include: Michael Vick, Barry Bonds, Don Imus, Wal-Mart, President Bush, The World Wide Web, Williams Sisters, 50 Cent, Iron Mike Tyson, Jeff Gordon, Carrie Underwood, and LeBron James.
The JLR’s latest lawsuit is: Jonathan Lee Riches© v. John Mark Karr A/K/A “The Father”; Andrea Yates A/K/A “The Mother”; Dylan Klebold A/K/A “The Son”; Seung-Hui Cho A/K/A “Foreign Exchange Student”; Cousin It A/K/A “The Cousin”; Cujo A/K/A “Family Pet, wherein he is requesting “$50,000,000.00 Million dollars” in damages. Continue reading
Navies around the world have been bedeviled by new problems created by the Internet. Be it the U.S. Navy having a photograph of the propeller of an Ohio-Class ballistic-missile submarine visible on Microsoft’s Live Search, or the Russian Navy having details of its latest submarine posted on a city’s website. It is again the U.S. Navy’s turn to have a satellite image cause embarrassment. At the Naval Amphibious Base (NAB), Coronado there is a barracks building, which when viewed from above, bears a sticking resemblance to a swastika.
This picture demonstrates one of the problems created by the use of the swastika by the Nazi Party. The swastika has an appealing look to it, which was probably the reason the Navy happened to use this shape. Note: there is no suggestion in this post, nor is there any evidence that the Navy intended to portray the symbol when designing the building. The swastika is used in numerous cultures and religions, including Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and the Navajo.
That being said, it may be unfortunate, but the swastika is not an acceptable image in the Western world, because of its use by the Nazi Party. And it is unlikely that this will change any time soon. The same fate has befallen the mustache style worn by Hitler. It is just not acceptable. Although, that does presuppose that any mustache is acceptable, which in this author’s opinion is never the case.