Pulled into Lowe’s the other morning to buy an extra ceiling fan to replace one that’s caving after about sixteen years of faithful service. Started down the parking aisle when I spotted two signs at two spots at the front.
“Veterans Parking Only,” they read, “Thank you for your service.” A waving American flag topped the signs.
Probably meant for new veterans of the Middle East, I thought, not old farts from Viet Nam like me. Still, I’m a genuine veteran, so I parked in one of the two empty spots. All set to whip out my VA card should it become necessary. It didn’t.
“Later this year, someone born after 9/11/2001 will be old enough to serve in Afghanistan.” —Stephan Green at Instapundit.
The Forever War.
Speaker Pelosi wasn’t expecting retaliation for her “request” to reschedule (cancel) the president’s State of The Union address to both houses of congress, probably out of fear he would blame the Dims for the shutdown.
So she was surprised when President Trump canceled her seven-day military flight junket to Afghanistan. Her Dim colleagues and their lapdog news media called the president childish. Naw. He’s just a Republican who fights back.
(Great snap of all their luggage returned to Pelosi’s office. Yuk.)
The A-10 Thunderbolt II’s retirement is being rethunk. Good news for the groundpounders, for whom air support from the fast movers always was problematic.
I once flagged a passing F-4 Phantom for air support and was shocked to watch it fling a 250-pounder (the smallest bomb it had at the time) farther than desired: right into the outskirts of a friendly village. The Thunderbolt II, whose pilots call it the Warthog, carries only 10-pounder rockets, in addition to its 30mm rotary nose cannon, and is slow enough to be a lot more accurate.
“Air Force maintainers are also preparing to replace the wings of the A-10 fleet, tapping a $2 billion contract originally awarded to Boeing in 2007, which was intended at the time to keep the fleet flying until 2028. Some corrosion of the planes has been seen at the depots, but Pawlikowski says this is to be expected, especially on an aircraft that has been in service since 1977.”
Their wings likely corrode faster because they fly low and (relatively) slow and stir up and collect a lot of dirt, dust and vegetative derbis. The Warthog could do a lot more damage to ISIS than any fast mover. Sure wish we’d had them in Vietnam.
Via Popular Mechanics
Bad enough our Little Barry Hussein pulled the rug out from under their victory. Now his Pentagon is demanding that California’s Iraq veterans repay enlistment bonuses paid to them.
“These bonuses were used to keep people in,” said Christopher Van Meter, a 42-year-old former Army captain and Iraq veteran from Manteca, Calif., who says he refinanced his home mortgage to repay $25,000 in reenlistment bonuses and $21,000 in student loan repayments that the Army says he should not have received. “People like me just got screwed.”
Rules are for the little people, as usual, while Felonia and the rest of the Ruling Class skate. We can be sure this will go a long way to keeping up the confidence of the volunteer military.
UPDATE: Just in time for the election, Pentagon is “suspending” demand for the money. No word whether it will be permanent or whether those who already paid will get a refund.