OBAMA BLOWS OFF MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS
The Salute to Heroes ball has been held at every presidential inauguration since Dwight D. Eisenhower began his first term in 1953. Every president attended that ball until 2009, when Barack Obama failed to appear at the event, which was attended by 47 recipients of the country’s highest decoration. Obama did find the time, though, to attend MTV’s ball.
$4.2 BILLION IN PORK
As we go to press, Congress is poised to pass a “stimulus bill” that gives about $4.2 billion to groups like the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). To place that figure into perspective, consider that it would buy any of the following:
* 30 F-22 Raptors, just under two squadrons.
* Two new Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (including the costs to re-start the production line)
* 76 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets – enough to equip six Navy or Marine F/A-18 squadrons, or provide airframes for new squadrons.
* Nine Littoral Combat Ships.
* 130 RAH-66 Comanche helicopters (not including costs of re-starting the production line).
* 233 AH-64D Apaches, enough to replace every AH-1 Cobra in the Marine Corps inventory.
* 150 MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters, enough to replace every UH-1 in the Marine Corps inventory.
* 965 M1A2 Abrams tanks – enough to give the Marine Corps three battalions of the latest version of the Abrams tank to replace their M1A1s, and still have over 800 tanks to give to the emerging democracies in Iraq and Afghanistan.
* 19 C-17A Globemaster aircraft – approximately a squadron.
* 67 C-130Js – enough to double the present USAF inventory.
* 442 SM-3 missiles – enough missiles to shoot down every ICBM in the Russian inventory, assuming a perfect intercept rate.
It should be noted that all of these purchases would either preserve or add new jobs in manufacturing – in some cases they are manufacturing jobs involving cutting-edge technology. Plus, America’s defenses would be stronger. Beats spending money on “community organizing” – whatever the heck that means.
M/V FAINA RELEASED
The months-long standoff over the M/V Faina has ended with the ship’s release by pirates operating off Somalia. As we go to press, eight vessels are still being held by the pirates, who are seeking ransom.
Anti-gun zealot Eric Holder was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 75–21 vote. This is not good news – as he will now be running the Department of Justice. Holder’s past support for gun rationing, the “collective rights” view of the Second Amendment (which the Supreme Court rejected in the Heller decision), and bans on semi-automatic firearms certainly make his tenure worth watching closely. To make sure that your Second Amendment rights are protected, JOIN THE NRA AND SUPPORT NRA-ILA AND NRA-PVF CANDIDATES!
VETS CAN NOW SALUTE THE FLAG
An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 has given veterans some good news: They can now salute the American flag during the national anthem and at other appropriate occasions. “The salute is a form of honor and respect, representing pride in one’s military service,” Senator James Inhofe told FreedomTeamSalute.com, an Army web site. “Veterans and service members continue representing the military services, even when not in uniform. The U.S. Code is now consistent for Veterans and all service members in regards to the symbolic gesture of the military salute.”
PILOT WHO DOWNED MCCAIN DIES
John Stryker Meyer informs us that the Russian advisor who shot down John McCain over Hanoi in 1967 died earlier this year in Moscow. This advisor was one of 3000 the Soviets sent to fight on behalf of North Vietnam, ad visors they never acknowledged until recently. Meyer is the author of Across the Fence: The Secret War in Vietnam
and On the Ground: The Secret War in Vietnam, the latter available from SOGChronicles.com.
NOT AS EXPENSIVE AS WE THOUGHT…
Media reports claim that the Zumwalt-class destroyer will cost $7 billion each. However, John J. Young Jr., Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, recently explained that the $7 billion cost is illusory. The first ship costs $3.3 billion. However, it turns out the sail-away cost for additional Zumwalt-class destroyers may be as low as $2.3 billion each. That’s quite a big difference… so why stop the class at three ships? And, we have to wonder, how many other weapons systems that our troops need have had their costs overstated by the media?
SO EASY, MASSACHUSETTS CAN GET IT RIGHT
We note with satisfaction that authorities with Worcester County, Massachusetts, have decided not to charge the owner of a liquor store who killed a robber who had aimed a gun at a clerk in his store during an attempted holdup. This is one of the big reasons why we have the right to keep and bear arms.
FORGET AMERICAN IDOL… TRY KALSU IDOL!
At Forward Operating Base Kalsu, 14 of the troops competed in a singing competition. The winner, in a close vote, was Staff Sgt. Joshua Green.
KEEPING THEM FLYING…
One of the best attack helicopters in the world is the AH-64 Apache. But while the pilots and gunners tend to bag the bad guys, they could not do it without help from folks like the Distribution Platoon of the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment. These soldiers pumped over 830,000 gallons of fuel, and kept the Apaches going. WELL DONE!
SCHREINER FOR NRA BOARD
Steve Schreiner, elected to the NRA Board, is running for a full term in his own right. Make sure to vote for him in the NRA board election. SOF has also endorsed Scott Bach for the NRA Board of Directors.