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Killer Fashions -- Just Ask The U.S. Army

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The United States is made of money. Just look to the Republicans who cost us at early estimates $24 Billion dollars for playing a stupid game of shutdown. Then you hear Obama and Congress talk about how they can cut waste from the government. They tried it with simple, across the board reductions, called sequestration.

The reductions in spending authority are approximately $85.4 billion during fiscal year 2013, with similar cuts for years 2014 through 2021.

It seems everywhere you look, there's overspending and wasted money. What's millions of dollars? Nothing. What's a few billion to our robust U.S. economy? A piffle. Bubkes.

The Daily Beast reports this latest in spending our tax money:

Eight years after spending $5 billion on a heavily-criticized universal camouflage pattern, the Army is back at the drawing board looking for a new design that’s estimated to cost another $4 billion.

Well, that's a total of only $9 billion. It's not like the Tea Party's $24 billion flush down the toilet. Let's be happy for little things.

WHAT?!!!! Are you shi***g me?

It's not like our army is going naked.

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So what's the reason that after only 8 years into a design are we going to spend so much on some new threads?

If we wanted to call this a jobs bill and say we're going to add thousands of garment workers and allied industry employees to the employment lists, then call it that and make it happen. New uniforms every year, if that helps. Just make it happen here in the U.S. and not in some sweatshops overseas.

But to call it a jobs bill would really be simply a cover-up. The truth is....

Less than a decade after the so-called Universal Camouflage Pattern, or UCP, was introduced the Army is back to the drawing board, set to announce a new camouflage pattern and standard uniform to be worn by the more than million members of the active duty and reserve forces.

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The real reason for the design change is a serious one. The last uniform, the UCP, was an utter disaster. Total waste of money and more importantly, it led to the many deaths of brave men and women soldiers because of the poorly conceived design. So hence, the seriousness of this issue.

But can't we learn from this tragic mistake? You would hope so. But alas, it's the Army and they're slow to respond.

Only 5 years after it was introduced the UCP’s failures had already become glaring enough to compel congressional intervention but despite the moratorium on its use in Afghanistan, it will have taken another 5 years for the Army to field its replacement.

No Quick Draw McGraw here.

You may be wondering who's going to take responsibility for the new uniforms. Donna Karan, Christian Dior, Christophe Josse, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, or Ralph Loren? Or how about something all purpose from Michael Kors. Something effective and slimming, yet with comfort and after-hours potential?

Fortunately, the government is taking precautions not to repeat their earlier blunder.

The Natick Army Soldier Systems Center, which does research and development on things like food, clothing, shelter for the military, conducted two studies on the Universal Camouflage Pattern, once in 2006 and again in 2009, both times finding that the UCP’s performance came up short when compared to other, more popular camouflages, like the Marine Corps desert pattern or the MultiCam.

So, the same company that approved the uniform to start with 9 years ago, then found it inadequate a few years later, is going to chose this year's pattern. The old, "If at first you don't succeed..." philosophy of our fine government.

Can you see anything going wrong with this picture?

Oh, well, we're America. We have tons of money to burn, and if not money, soldiers. Our government will fight to the last brave warrior for our well-being. You can count on that.

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Firefighters under investigation by department for appearing with Pres. Obama. "It leads us to question the chief's motives."

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When President Obama held a news conference last week, he was surrounded by men and women in uniform to make the point that austerity (spending cuts) doesn't work (it doesn't). He was trying to emphasize the impact such cuts would have on police officers, firefighters and other first responders. As it is, hundreds of thousands of public sector workers have already been laid off.

In fact, “we have never cut government jobs when we were trying to save the economy. Until this time.”

And now something else happened that usually hasn't. Until this time:

(CNN) - Washington firefighters who stood with President Barack Obama at a public appearance Tuesday are now under investigation by their department. [...]

The White House sent a request to the International Association of Fire Fighters, said Ed Smith, president of DC Fire Fighters Association Local 36. Firefighters are routinely requested for events such as 9/11 memorial ceremonies and it has "never been a problem," Smith said. "It leads us to question the chief's motives."

Smith is right, something doesn't feel kosher about this.

DC Fire & EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe says he's not considering any disciplinary action.

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Defense Department OK's Uniformed Soldiers Marching In Gay Pride Parade For 1st Time In U.S. History

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It may be only for this one parade, but this is f'ng historic.

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The Defense Department on Thursday announced it is allowing service members to march in uniform in a gay pride parade for the first time in U.S. history.

In a memorandum sent military-wide, the department said it was making an exception to its policy that generally bars troops from marching in uniform in parades unless individuals get approval from their commanders.

The Defense Department said it was making the exception for San Diego's Gay Pride Parade that will take place Saturday because organizers had encouraged military personnel to march in their uniform and the event was getting national attention.

(snip)

The Pentagon said the exception is only for this year's parade in San Diego and does not extend beyond that.

San Diego Pride Executive Director Dwayne Crenshaw called it an historic moment.


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