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by Moggy » Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:04 pm

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CBS News wrote:Senate overwhelmingly backs bill to pump $700 billion into military

WASHINGTON — The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping policy bill that would pump $700 billion into the military, putting the U.S. armed forces on track for a budget greater than at any time during the decade-plus wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Senators passed the legislation by a 89-8 vote Monday. The measure authorizes $700 billion in military spending for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, expands U.S. missile defenses in response to North Korea's growing hostility and refuses to allow excess military bases to be closed.

The 1,215-page measure defies a number of White House objections, but President Donald Trump hasn't threatened to veto the measure. The bill helps him honor a pledge to rebuild an American military that he said had become depleted on former President Barack Obama's watch.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and other national security hawks have insisted the military branches are at risk of losing their edge in combat without a dramatic influx of money to repair shortfalls in training and equipment. Congress' failure to supply adequate budgets is at least partly responsible for a series of deadly ship collisions and helicopter crashes, according to McCain, the Armed Services Committee chairman.

McCain, who is battling an aggressive type of brain cancer, guided the bill toward passage as he railed against Washington gridlock and political gamesmanship. But he couldn't quell disputes among his colleagues over several contentious amendments that were blocked from votes and failed to be added to the bill.

Among them was a proposal by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, that would have protected transgender service members from being kicked out of the armed forces. Gillibrand and McCain seek to achieve the same goal through separate legislation they introduced late last week. That bill also is supported by Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the top Democrat on the Armed Services panel.

Approved by the Armed Services Committee by a 27-0 vote in late June, the overall Senate bill provides $640 billion for core Pentagon operations, such as buying weapons and paying troops, and another $60 billion for wartime missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. Trump's budget request sought $603 billion for basic functions and $65 billion for overseas missions.

With North Korea's nuclear program a growing threat to the U.S. and its allies, the bill includes $8.5 billion to strengthen U.S. missile and defense systems. That's $630 million more than the Trump administration sought for those programs, according to a committee analysis.

North Korea last week conducted its longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile, firing an intermediate-range weapon over U.S. ally Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean. The launch signaled both defiance of its rivals and a significant technological advance.

The legislation directs the Defense Department to deploy up to 14 additional ground-based interceptors at Fort Greely, Alaska, an increase that will expand to 58 the number of interceptors designed to destroy incoming warheads. The department also is tasked with finding a storage site for as many as 14 other spare interceptors, and senators envision an eventual arsenal of 100 with additional missile fields in the Midwest and on the East Coast.

The White House, in a statement issued earlier this month, called the order for more interceptors "premature" given the Pentagon's ongoing review of missile defense programs.

Despite the push for the additional billions in military spending, major hurdles need to be cleared before all the extra money materializes. Lawmakers will have to work out a deal that lifts the caps on federal agency budgets, including the Pentagon's, mandated by a 2011 law. Congress has passed temporary relief from the limits before, but senior military officials have urged for the law to be repealed altogether.

As their House counterparts did, the Senate bill rejects Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' plan to launch a new round of base closings starting in 2021. He told lawmakers in June that closing excess installations would save $10 billion over a five-year period. Mattis said the savings could be used to acquire four nuclear submarines or dozens of jet fighters. But military installations are prized possessions in states and lawmakers refused to go along.

The bill allots $10.6 billion for 94 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, which is two dozen more than Trump requested. The bill also provides $25 billion to pay for 13 ships, which is $5 billion and five ships more than the Trump sought.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/senate-ove ... -military/

Expensive show of force.


If there's one thing America needs it's more military spending.

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by Rocsteady » Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:37 pm

KK wrote:In the relative short term, I can see why so many Americans - particularly those from poorer backgrounds or with limited prospects - join the military. Long hours and average to poor pay is offset with free or heavily subsidised housing, health benefits that would otherwise break the bank, and the opportunity to live in places you probably wouldn't have otherwise. Okay, so you may hit the buffers at around, what, 35? thus you keep hearing about so many US veterans in dire circumstances, but I guess you can cross that bridge when you get to it.

If you're smart, surely not paying any or small amounts of rent should allow you ample opportunities to save.

Free college too. I know a couple of recent vets and they're both raking it in now having seen the world with the army. If you're smart and have some luck the army can provide a good life.

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by lex-man » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:04 am

Did anyone hear Trumps speech to the UN yesterday. He has again threatened to wipe North Korea off the map. I wonder if he'll actually follow through with it?

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by Moggy » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:18 am

lex-man wrote:Did anyone hear Trumps speech to the UN yesterday. He has again threatened to wipe North Korea off the map. I wonder if he'll actually follow through with it?


He’s an old man, I am sure he has followed through a few times….oh right you’re talking about North Korea.

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by Saint of Killers » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:23 am

Drumstick wrote:From the short amount I've read about them; they seem like quintessential libertarian-Republicans. As long as they got theirs (via inheritance, of course), strawberry float everyone else.


Yet more of their bastardry, this time from June but still pertinent given the fact GoP continue to try pushing ACA repeal through. Here's why:

Koch network 'piggy banks' closed until Republicans pass health and tax reform

Koch officials said that the network’s midterm budget for policy and politics is between $300m and $400m, but donors are demanding legislative progress

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... tax-reform

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by Preezy » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:25 am

Sleeping Your Way to the Top: Or How I Married a Sugar Daddy and Ended Up Becoming First Lady - a short story by Melania Trump

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by Garth » Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:02 pm

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Trump's response:

strawberry floating banana splits.

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by Ad7 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:04 pm

I can't believe I'm actually agreeing with what Kim is saying.

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by Peter Crisp » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:18 pm

Can the two of them not just have the sex and be done with this gooseberry fool already?

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by Ad7 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:32 pm

Peter Crisp wrote:Can the two of them not just have the sex and be done with this gooseberry fool already?


Worked with me and Buff :datass:

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by Moggy » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:33 pm

Peter Crisp wrote:Can the two of them not just have the sex and be done with this gooseberry fool already?


Rocket Man and Easy D would cause earthquakes across the globe if they ever made sweet sweet love. :datass:

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by Preezy » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:56 pm

I love the frightened dog line, Trump should hire Kim's speech writers!

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by Drumstick » Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:07 am

Just been reading some of the Facebook comments on the new healthcare act the GOP are trying to pass. The saddest thing is that whenever someone from the UK or anywhere else chimes in asking why they don't adopt our system, they totally miss the point when they respond with "It's not free if your taxes pay for your healthcare!".

No, in a way it's not, but having a few hundred quid taken out of your salary a month to cover your healthcare, roads, and the rest is a darn sight better than paying thousands of dollars per month for health insurance.

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by Garth » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:03 am

McCain torpedoes Republican Obamacare repeal plan again

Senator John McCain has said he cannot support his fellow Republicans' latest effort to repeal Obamacare, dealing it a potentially fatal blow.

The Arizona senator, who is battling brain cancer, said he "cannot in good conscience" vote for the new plan, which President Donald Trump backs.

Mr McCain said it was wrong to pass such far-reaching legislation without input from the Democrats.

It is the second time he has thwarted his party leadership on the issue.

President Trump, speaking in Alabama late on Friday, condemned Republicans who did not back the new legislation, saying: "They don't have the guts to vote for it."

Republicans need 50 votes in a 100-seat chamber they control 52-48 to succeed.

With Democrats united in opposition, there is little margin for error.

Mr McCain's objection could doom conservatives' seven-year campaign to erase Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41367128


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by Irene Demova » Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:12 pm

Lucien wrote:McCain doesn't have the guts Trump has. McCain's been a soldier, but he hasn't used his father's inheritance to easily multiply "his" money like hard-man Trump has.

Nah McCain just used his father's status to keep flying even though he was a strawberry floating awful pilot who wouldn't have been anywhere near the planes otherwise.

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by Hexx » Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:55 pm

White Supremacists who murdered a peacfuf protester : "Very fine people".

Black sportsmen expressing their rights to civilly protest : "Sons of bitch"

strawberry float the racist banana split and anyone that supports him

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by Garth » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:17 pm

George Clooney on Trump having a go at the "Hollywood elite":
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by Garth » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:21 pm



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