Tuesday, January 12, 2016

An Army Marches on its Lactation

US Defense Watch ^ | January 11, 2016 | Ray Starmann 

Today, my former boss, a retired Army Intelligence officer sent me a copy of a memorandum for record concerning the US Army’s most recent lactation and breastfeeding policies, signed by the new Secretary of the Army, Eric K. Fanning and dated November 10, 2015.

My first reaction was to pop a couple Tums even before starting to read it. As I scanned the document, I realized how far the Army has fallen on its sword. The sword of feminism, the sword of lunacy has completely eviscerated the lean green machine, so that it is the US Army in name only now.
The magnificent fighting force that was born at Lexington and Concord in 1775; the spectacular fighting force that stormed the gates of Chapultepec, that found itself divided and fought each other at Gettysburg, only to be reborn as brothers again on San Juan Hill; the phenomenal US Army that threw back the Hun in 1918, and saved the world in 1945; the incredibly brave force that fought in Korea, and never lost a major battle in Vietnam; the professionals who restored a nation’s pride in 1991 and who gave all that mortality can give from 2001 until now is dying.
The US Army is fading out like an elephant on its last breaths, a mastodon being consumed by hordes of politically correct and feminist ants, who seek to devour it from the inside out and outside in.
The US Army has but one mission, that mission is to fight and win our nation’s wars. In the past, the US Army won wars for a myriad of reasons, but there were several tenets that were a common thread throughout our history. The Army had dedicated professionals, men who weren’t hesitant to do what needed to be done to destroy the enemy violently and quickly, rough and ready men who always accomplished the mission; soldiers who “drained deep the chalice of courage.”
The US Army of 2016 has been feminized. It has been turned upside down to accommodate the policies of extremists who have never served a day in uniform and never will.
The mission of the US Army is not to be a repository for left wing, feminist policies that seek to weaken the force, in order to push absurd mandates that have nothing to do with fighting and winning wars.
The US Army is so caught up in trying to placate the whims and fancies of feminists and left wing nuts, that the mission of the Army is now second place. The old Army adage, “the mission first, then the men” has been replaced with “social engineering, gender neutrals and feminists first and somewhere after that the mission, if we can still accomplish it.”
In my life, I never thought it would get this bad in the Army that lactation and breastfeeding memos were being sent to Special Operations Command, but have no doubt the Boys at Bragg got the memo too. Whether Delta Force and the Green Berets are lactating is unknown at the current time.
Here are some highlights from the memo:
“Commanders are responsible for notifying all soldiers of this breastfeeding and lactation support policy during initial pregnancy counseling.”
There’s nothing to enhance the combat power of a unit more than a platoon of pregnant soldiers.
“Soldiers who want to breastfeed upon return to duty will notify their chain of command as soon as possible. This notification allows commanders to determine how to best support the soldier and ensure a workplace with appropriate space for expressing milk.”
“Commanders will designate a private space, other than a restroom, with locking capabilities for a soldier to breastfeed or express milk. This space must include a place to sit, a flat surface (other than the floor) to place the pump on, an electrical outlet, and access to a safe water source within reasonable distance from the lactation space.”
Roger that sir! The lactation station will be next to the M1 range when we go to Graf. We’ve stripped an old M113 and refitted it with everything a young mother would want in a child’s nursery.
The 113 will also be able to snorkel should the mother in question need to breastfeed during a river crossing operation.
You know our motto sir… First to Lactate!
Good job, Major, put yourself in for a Pink Star. It’s a new medal the Pentagon has approved to replace the Silver Star, which was thought to be too representative of the old male military culture.
“Commanders will ensure that soldiers have adequate time to express milk but must be aware that each soldier’s situation is unique. The time required to express breast milk varies and depends on several factors, including the age of the infant, amount of milk produced, quality of the pump, and distance the pumping location is from the workplace, as well as how conveniently located the water source is from the pump location. For example, new mothers commonly express milk every 2 to 3 hours for 15 to 30 minutes, but this timeframe may change as the child ages. When a child is 6 months old and begins eating solid foods, the number of breaks a soldier needs to breastfeed or express milk may decrease. Lactation support personnel at military treatment facilities or through TRICARE are available to help soldiers develop individualized plans. Commanders will provide reasonable lactation breaks for soldiers for at least 1 year after the child’s birth.”
Colonel, why haven’t you started the attack?
Sir, we still have several soldiers breastfeeding. You know it’s a court martial offense to initiate combat operations while soldiers are breastfeeding. It’s too bad because we have a perfect opportunity to exploit the enemy now.
Damn Army regs. Lactation comes first. You know what the corps commander said last week, “There’s no substitute for lactation.”
“Soldiers must supply the equipment needed to pump and store their breast milk. TRICARE covers the purchase of the breast pump. Soldiers who are breastfeeding or expressing milk remain eligible for field training, mobility exercises, and deployment (after completing their postpartum deployment deferment period). During field training and mobility exercises, commanders will provide private space for Soldiers to express milk. If the Soldier (or designated personnel) cannot transport expressed milk to garrison, the Soldier’s commander will permit her the same time and space to express and discard her breast milk with the intent to maintain physiological capability for lactation. Commanders should work with the supporting medical officer to determine whether milk storage and/or transportation will be feasible during the exercise.”
Think about the words of this last bit of craziness. Breastfeeding and deployment used in the same sentence. Field exercises and breastfeeding are now mutually compatible; breast milk in the field.
Hey, Sarge, what’s in that Mermite? Oh, just some breast milk.
As I said before, the US Army has gone completely off its rocker.
The US Army is now longer a cohesive fighting force. The US Army is now a nursery in camouflage.
Of course the bad guys that we’ll be fighting one day; the Iranians, the Russians, the Chinese, ISIS all fight wars with men, the old fashioned way. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that our Army of lactation and breast-feeding policies is set to be handed a defeat that is going to be Biblical.
Napoleon once said that an army marches on its stomach.
In the surreal world of 2016, the US Army now marches on its lactation.

GOP Will 'Landslide' in 2016 -- 45, 46, 47 States Out of the 50

Breitbart ^ | 01/11/2016 | Trent Baker 

On the Sunday broadcast of "The Cats Roundtable" on New York City's AM 970, host John Catsimatidis spoke about the upcoming 2016 presidential election with economist Arthur Laffer, a former member of President Ronald Reagan's economic policy advisory board.

Laffer not only predicted a victory for the GOP, but he would be "surprised" if they did not take as many as 47 of the 50 states.
"I would be surprised if the Republicans don't take 45, 46, 47 states out of the 50," he said. "I mean, I think we're going to landslide this election."

"I think Donald Trump is phenomenal, I think Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has done a great job, I even like Jeb Bush. I think Jeb Bush is great, he did a wonderful job in Florida. Chris Christie -- phenomenal," Laffer added.

He later said Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's "day is over."

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Hillary: Look, My Latest Classified Email Problem is Just Another Fake Controversy!

Townhall ^ | Jan 11, 2016 | Guy Benson 

Hillary Clinton is responding to last week's bombshell by scrupulously adhering to her scandal playbook: Downplay, deflect, deny. An email released late last week appeared to show then-Secretary Clinton instructing a subordinate to transmit classified materials through non-secure means in 2011. When a secure fax system failed to work properly, an impatient Clinton requested that the materials she needed be turned "into non paper w no identifying heading and [sent] nonsecure."

 The State Department reacted to this apparently incriminating exchange by calling into question whether the information was ever actually sent (which isn't exactly exculpatory for Hillary), and suggesting that it may not necessarily have been classified in the first place. One problem with this explanation is that in light of Hillary's, shall we say, less than assiduous approach to handling classified data, the notion that she'd be a stickler about sending sensitive, but unclassified, information through non-secure means strains credulity.

Plus, the talking points she was seeking at the time have since been redacted, as has the subject matter of those talking points -- albeit under the 'internal deliberations' FOIA exemption. Are we to believe that their contents were not secret? Also, why else would she ask for identifying markings be stripped away before being 'sent nonsecure'? 

Appearing on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday, Mrs. Clinton regurgitated State's explanations and declared her actions "common practice" and a non-issue...

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Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs!

Telegraph ^ | January 11, 2016 | Sarah Knapton, 

Ever since the EU restricted sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs, homeowners have complained about the shortcomings of their energy-efficient replacements.
The clinical white beam of LEDs and frustrating time-delay of 'green' lighting has left many hankering after the instant, bright warm glow of traditional filament bulbs.
But now scientists in the US believe they have come up with a solution which could see a reprieve for incandescent bulbs.
Researchers at MIT have shown that by surrounding the filament with a special crystal structure in the glass they can bounce back the energy which is usually lost in heat, while still allowing the light through.
They refer to the technique as 'recycling light' because the energy which would usually escape into the air is redirected back to the filament where it can create new light.
"It recycles the energy that would otherwise be wasted," said Professor Marin Soljacic.
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If Stupidity Were a Crime, Sean Penn Would Be the Fugitive!

National Review ^ | January 11, 2016 | Ian Tuttle 

If there was any crime committed in the making of Sean Penn's Rolling Stone interview with Mexican druglord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman - and rest assured, federal authorities are inquiring - it's the murder by slow, excruciating torture of the reader's patience. Before ever reaching Penn's Q&A with the cartel chief-cum-international fugitive, one must endure 9,000 words - yes, Nine Thousand - of Penn's sanctimonious, self-indulgent, violently purple, and generally grammatically dubious prose. Example:
>>>I'd offered myself to experiences beyond my control in numerous countries of war, terror, corruption and disaster. Places where what can go wrong will go wrong, had gone wrong, and yet in the end, had delivered me in one piece with a deepening situational awareness (though not a perfect science) of available cautions within the design in chaos.
Are we saying that what's systemic in our culture, and out of our direct hands and view, shares no moral equivalency to those abominations that may rival narco assassinations in Juarez? Or, is that a distinction for the passive self-righteous? .....
Wasn't it soullessness that I must perceive in him for myself to be perceived here as other than a Pollyanna? ....<<<
And a personal favorite: "Espinoza is the owl who flies among falcons." No, that sentence is not better in context.
It makes a whole lot more sense why Penn has made his living on other people's words.
And in case you were wondering, what is the grand payoff for making this quest through the dense underbrush of quasi-illiteracy? An interview that is ... boring. Yes, Sean Penn interviewed one of the world's most notorious fugitives, and the result is as boring as the nap that one of Penn's associate takes (and which is, of course, dutifully recorded). Choice excerpts include:
>>>With respect to your activities [e.g., drug trafficking, mass murder, etc.], what do you think the impact on Mexico is? Do you think there is a substantial impact?<<<
Not at all. Not at all...
>>>What is the difference in people now compared to back then?<<<
Big difference, because now, day after day, villages are getting bigger, and there's more of us, and lots of different ways of thinking...
>>>Do you have any dreams? Do you dream?<<<
Whatever is normal. But dreaming daily? No.
We now know that the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel thinks drug trafficking is A-Okay, that the present is different from the past, and that he has dreams, but not too often.
Thanks, Sean.
Of course, this was in the cards from the beginning. Sean Penn has a particular penchant for glamorizing the seedier, more slaughterous side of Latin American life. He pals around with the Castro brothers, he was months away from exchanging BFF necklaces with Venezuelan president (read: "president") Hugo Chavez before the latter keeled over, and inside his $7 million Malibu estate he kept a painting of Che Guevara in a place of honor (evidently oblivious to Che's feelings about persons such as, you know, Harvey Milk). Thus that El Chapo comes in for the kid-glove treatment too is no surprise. (Sample: "Unlike many of his counterparts who engage in gratuitous kidnapping and murder, El Chapo is a businessman first, and only resorts to violence when he deems it advantageous to himself or his business interests." Whew! He doesn't murder gratuitously! What a load off!) This is Sean Penn being Sean Penn.
Which is really all that this interview amounts to at the end of the day. Rolling Stone, once the arbiter of cultural fashion, is in freefall after publishing a tale of gang rape at the University of Virginia that turned out to have been a complete fabrication, and, with no Chechen terrorists available to splash on its cover, it was desperately seeking something sensational enough to empty newsstands. It found an opportunist and gave him an opportunity, and the result is not journalism; it's spectacle for its own sake. The closest Penn ever gets to explaining just what the hell he is doing in Mexico alongside one of the most murderous men in the country's modern history is: "As an American citizen, I'm drawn to explore what may be inconsistent with the portrayals our government and media brand upon their declared enemies."
Ten thousand words later, the most interesting thing about the interview is still the mere fact that it happened.

One Left-Wing Ring to Rule Them All

National Review ^ | 1/12/2016 | Victor Davis Hanson 

Proper liberal credentials trump all the usual forms of identity politics.

In the 21st century, doctrinaire liberalism is synonymous with hypocrisy.

Or maybe it is better seen as career insurance, providing exemption from all the many paradoxes of a leftist worldview.

The rich supporter of affirmative action still uses, without apology, the old-boy network to pull privileged strings to get his own son admitted to the proper college. Al Gore flies on a carbon-spewing private jet, saving the planet by getting to conferences more quickly and enjoyably. High-tax proponent John Kerry docks his yacht where he can avoid taxes; how else to ensure downtime for furthering social justice?

A spread-the-wealth Obama, who warns others about making too much money and profiting at all the wrong times, nonetheless chooses the tony haunts of the moneyed and privileged - the Hawaiian resort coast, Martha's Vineyard, Rancho Mirage - in preference to the old Chicago hood or even Camp David.

It is hard to be a progressive in a sea of capitalist lucre, or an idealist when careerism pays so much better, or personally frugal when personal excess is contextualized and made guilt-free by an abstract selfless agenda.

So how does one balance the conflicting elements of the progressive worldview? (snip)
To borrow from Tolkien, the assertion of leftism is the "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them."
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