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  • Pepsi chief executive joins criticism of North Carolina law on LGBT rights

    04/03/2016 4:07:10 PM PDT · 59 of 99
    robowombat to elcid1970; aa
    In the liberal rag called the Nashville Tennesseean there are cartoons which criticize enforcement of separation of the sexes in public restrooms, calling it `fascistic’!

    I am pretty sure ‘intergenerational’ and ‘interspecies’ sex is next on the progressive agenda. Eventually it will be civil rights and votes for robots, dogs, and ‘adult desiring’ children.

    Twenty years ago this was SF fantasy material. Today it is informed speculation.

    The brave New world is upon us and traditionalists of all colors need to seriously consider how they will survive in a world of prepubescent love interests, robot ‘persons’ and genetic manipulation.

  • China military to set up first overseas base in Horn of Africa

    03/31/2016 10:47:51 PM PDT · 16 of 16
    robowombat to CondorFlight; All
    ‘They are the Britain of the 21st century, so expect them to expand as necessary..’

    More likely the 21st century reincarnation of Tojo's Japan. With a similar parabola. There will be many dead Americans at the end but unless we have zero survival instinct the finale will be tens of millions of dead Chinese and their fleet on the bottom of the Pacific and Indian Oceans and their cities and military bases ashes and ruins.

  • Martin Sheen to produce documentary saying O.J. Simpson didn’t do it

    03/31/2016 10:41:04 PM PDT · 37 of 41
    robowombat to Mr. Mojo; All
    Does he offer an alternative perp,such as perhaps OJ’s wacked out son from marriage number 1?
  • Heinrich Himmler's Remarkable Admiration For Islam: "It Promises Beautiful Women In Heaven"

    03/31/2016 10:38:05 PM PDT · 40 of 55
    robowombat to Mr Apple; All
    For a socially inept dork like HH Islam would have been a wet dream come true, sort of like the Grover Norquist story.
  • The crumbling of moral certainties and American democracy

    03/31/2016 10:48:36 AM PDT · 13 of 27
    robowombat to originalbuckeye; All

    Public lewdness is now just part of the ‘new normal’. A good indication of a debased and ethically calloused culture.

  • Wife of Air Force officer among the dead in Brussels terror attack

    03/31/2016 10:26:00 AM PDT · 1 of 25
    I have not seen this reported anywhere else.
  • The crumbling of moral certainties and American democracy

    03/31/2016 10:20:58 AM PDT · 1 of 27
    This has been in the cards for a long while . The institutionalized corruption and hypocritical public culture that emerged in the so-called Gilded Age after the WBTS clearly prefigured the eventual debasement of personal values that today has become the 'new normal'.
  • Night of the generals

    03/31/2016 10:09:55 AM PDT · 1 of 10
  • Trump's popularity nosedives in critical stretch

    03/29/2016 3:11:21 PM PDT · 100 of 117
    robowombat to alloysteel; All

    Michael Berry keeps playing this one note tune. Claiming Trump will melt down since he has ‘no experience’ in a political race compared to say the tiresomely egotistical Mr. Berry who was some sort of Harris County factotum.

  • Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills 65, Wounds 300 in Pakistan Attack on Christians

    03/27/2016 7:59:02 PM PDT · 1 of 9
    More details on the ROP in action.

    Salman Rafique, a health adviser for the Punjab provincial government, said many of the wounded were undergoing emergency surgery in hospitals.

    "We fear that the death toll may climb considerably," he said.

    TV footage showed children and women standing in pools of blood outside the park, crying and screaming as rescue workers, officials, police and bystanders carrying injured people to ambulances and private cars.

    Dozens of women and children were wheeled into hospitals, covered in blood. Many of the injured were transported to hospitals on taxis and auto-rickshaws due to a shortage of ambulances. Hundreds of citizens arrived outside hospitals to donate blood.

  • Dutch far-right leader tells court: 'I want fewer Moroccans'

    03/19/2016 9:59:49 AM PDT · 18 of 19
    robowombat to Rockitz; All

    Good man. None would actually be too many.

  • Trump Storm Troopers Mob Sanders Rally: Force Cancellation

    03/13/2016 4:25:55 PM PDT · 1 of 24
    This sums up my doubts about Cruz. He is to much an abstractionist and when the fists start flying he does a McConnell and is more concerned about not getting his nice suit rumpled than meeting the enemy head on. Repus talk about 'dignity and gravitas' is just more of their lack of physical courage or just plain guts. Trump may be crude and a bully and he is more populist than small 'c' conservative but he will fight and that is what is needed today:

    Did Ted Cruz criticize this effort to deny thousands of people their right to free speech and assembly or the violent nature of the demonstration? No, he feebly offered up this on Fox News’s The Kelly File: "A campaign bears responsibility for creating an environment when the candidate urges supporters to engage in physical violence."

    Did he seriously believe that the effort to shut down the rally was occasioned by anything but Trump’s political positions? Where was he in 1968 when the far left pulled the same kind of thug action in the same city? Did he not notice Soros’ funding of Move On and Black Lives Matter or his funding of opposition to Trump and mobilization of Latinos opposed to Trump’s immigration stance in this election?

  • [Story from April 2015] Soldiers Being FORCED to Remove Combat Patches From Uniforms

    03/05/2016 2:29:33 PM PST · 70 of 83
    robowombat to LegendHasIt; All

    This is Hodne’s War College thesis. He is definitely a comer, appears to be promoted below the zone, USMA Class of ‘91.


  • [Story from April 2015] Soldiers Being FORCED to Remove Combat Patches From Uniforms

    03/05/2016 2:25:04 PM PST · 66 of 83
    robowombat to taxcontrol

    Hodne seems to have been around a number of odd scenes:

    Pat Tillman’s Ranger Brother Kept in Dark About Friendly Fire
    By MARK MOONEY Sept. 11, 2009
    Ever since he was a kid, Kevin Tillman was never far from his big brother, Pat.

    On April 22, 2002, both were Army Rangers, and Spc. Kevin Tillman pulled up to the scene of his brother’s shooting manning a turret gun on a Humvee just minutes after Pat Tillman was slain in a hail of friendly fire.

    “What’s going on?” Kevin Tillman asked his fellow Rangers, having heard the shooting as his vehicle struggled through a rocky, narrow Afghan canyon that kept its speed below 5 mph.

    When a Ranger asked the driver of Kevin Tillman’s vehicle if the crew had a litter for carrying casualties, Tillman asked, “Who got hit?” He was told it was an Afghan.

    An Afghan had been killed alongside Pat Tillman.

    Watch the story tonight on “Nightline” at 11:35 p.m. ET and watch best-selling author Jon Krakauer’s first live interview about his new book “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman” Monday on “Good Morning America.”

    While standing guard, Kevin Tillman said he became uneasy because his brother’s booming voice and laugh was missing from the scene.

    “I started to get a little weird feeling, you know, because my brother’s a pretty loud-type guy,” Kevin Tillman told an investigator who looked into the friendly fire incident.

    “Where’s Pat?” he began asking his colleagues.

    “He asked me three times,” said Sgt. Jason Parsons.

    Finally, the sergeant told Kevin Tillman that his brother was dead.

    Tillman was silent for a few minutes. Then he howled and cursed in grief and rage. The platoon’s doctor took his gun away.

    But even though it was apparent to most of the platoon members who were present for the shooting’s aftermath that Pat Tillman had been killed by a fellow Ranger, no one told Kevin Tillman.

    Later that night, Kevin Tillman was summoned by Maj. David Hodne as Tillman got off a helicopter that evacuated him from the shooting site to offer Tillman a chance to be counseled by a chaplain. Tillman declined the offer, and asked Hodne for a promise instead.

    “He asked me to promise to exact revenge on the ambushers,” Hodne testified to an Army investigator, according to Krakauer.

    Hodne said he promised that whoever killed Pat Tillman would pay dearly, a vow that Krakauer said was the Army’s first lie to the Tillman family.

    Kevin Tillman was born 14 months after Pat Tillman, and because his older brother pronounced “Kevin” as “Nubbin,” the name Nubbin or Nub has stuck with Kevin throughout his life.

    While Pat Tillman played professional football, Kevin Tillman was signed by the Cleveland Indians and played professional baseball in the Indians’ minor league system.

    When Pat Tillman decided to enlist, his wife Marie remembered telling him, “It’s not fair to Kevin, in some ways — because you know he’s going to come with you.”

    The two Tillmans went through the Army’s boot camp together and later the grueling Ranger school. They were both deployed to Iraq and then sent to Afghanistan together. In their off hours, Kevin Tillman lived with Pat and Marie Tillman.

    Ranger Ordered to Keep Friendly Fire Secret From Kevin Tillman

    Kevin Tillman accompanied his brother’s body back to the States, but on the day he left he asked nearly every Ranger he met to find the notebook that his brother was carrying to jot down his thoughts. All assured Kevin Tillman they would look for it.

    Instead, the notebook was burned along with Pat Tillman’s uniform and body armor.

    Desperate to hear firsthand how his brother died, Kevin Tillman repeatedly called his unit in Afghanistan trying to reach Pfc. Bryan O’Neal, the youngest Ranger in the platoon who was with Pat Tillman when he died.

    Tillman called eight times before someone agreed to allow O’Neal to talk on the phone, but O’Neal was ordered to keep the friendly fire a secret from Kevin.

    “I was appalled that when I was able to actually speak with Kevin, I was ordered not to tell him what happened,” O’Neal testified, according to the book.

    When the unit returned to the United States, Kevin Tillman was there to greet them and in the ensuing days even worked out with some of the soldiers who had fired on his brother. No one mentioned to Tillman what really had happened back on that Afghan mountain.

    Later that day, a senior officer realized the secret couldn’t be kept from Tillman forever, and called him in to tell him the truth. The news stunned Tillman. He also was stunned at how casually his comrades had kept the news from him, including those who had killed his brother.

    “I did my PT [physical therapy] with two of the people who killed Pat and then went to breakfast with the P.L. [platoon leader] who eventually got fired, telling him, ‘Hey, you did a good job out there,’ not having a clue what really went on,” Kevin Tillman later testified at one of the seven investigations into his brother’s death.

    Kevin Tillman asked Congress for an investigation into his brother’s death because he no longer trusted the generals he served under.

    Recapping the string of lies and official reports that called the military’s actions “missteps,” Kevin Tillman testified, “These are intentional falsehoods that meet the legal definition of fraud. ... These are deliberate acts of deceit.”

    Despite the betrayal by the Army, Kevin Tillman decided to finish out his enlistment and remained in the Army until July 2005.

    In 2008, he published a book about the Iraq war entitled, “The Transparent Pillage.”

  • [Story from April 2015] Soldiers Being FORCED to Remove Combat Patches From Uniforms

    03/05/2016 2:22:00 PM PST · 64 of 83
    robowombat to Carl Vehse

    Something from Hodne’s past. More bs.

    On Capitol Hill, the Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing today on sexual assault in the military. And as lawmakers take a closer look at that issue, one local Army captain says he’s the victim of another form of harassment from fellow service members.

    In 2008, shortly after the election of President Barack Obama, Capt. Gary Mason was sent to Iraq as a member of the 3rd squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, 25th infantry division. Mason is African American, and not long after his arrival, he and a handful of other black soldiers allegedly found themselves the target of a racist prank.

    Army regulations prevent Mason from speaking to the media, so his wife, Shauniss Mason, speaks on his behalf. As she recalls, the incident happened during a briefing in which a slide show was being displayed.

    “[A]nd at the beginning of the meeting a huge slide pops up on the screen and it’s a picture of the black actor Ving Rhames and across his chest is written the word, ‘niggardly”. And so my husband is shocked and he looked around the room and he’s wondering...’What’s going on?’”

    Retired Captain Rod Meyer, who is also African American, was present at that briefing.

    “[A]ll of a sudden we see Ving Rhames on a slide and the word ‘niggardly.’ Nobody attempted to run up and turn it off or shut that down or get it off the screen, it just cycled through as normal and everyone got their laugh on about it,” he said.

    Capt. Mason filed an equal opportunity complaint about the incident. One week later, his wife says, Mason was assaulted by a white soldier named Sgt. Major Royce Mannis for no apparent reason.

    “He said that the guy came up to him and just started cursing at him and saying that we’re not happy with your work, and he says that the mans started hitting him in the chest over and over again, and my husband told him that he’d better stop,” she recalled.

    Mannis did not respond to requests for comment.

    Capt. Mason reported the incidents to his commanding officer, Colonel David Hodne. According to Shauniss Mason, Hodne took no action. Hodne also did not respond to phone calls and emails from WAMU.

    “We got a copy of the report and within the report Col. Hodne states; ‘...I don’t have to answer your questions, I’m a colonel, I have too much rank and I don’t have to answer these questions.’ We have a copy of that report and it’s in writing,” she said.

    Following a second combat tour in Afghanistan, Capt. Mason returned to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii to discover he was being reassigned to a position of lower authority, despite two successful tours abroad. About this same time, Mason and his wife brought their concerns to the attention of then-Congresswoman Mazie Hirono. An aide for Hirono looked into the matter and soon phoned Shauniss Mason with dire advice.

    “He said, ‘Tell your husband don’t let anyone provoke him, because that’s what they want. Once he does something or says something that discredits him, then that invalidates his case,’” she recalled.

    Shauniss Mason says the harassment continued. In June 2012, Mason was reassigned and cleared to transfer to Fort Lee, just south of Richmond, Virginia. When Mason arrived with his family at the Honolulu airport to depart for Virginia, he was told his ticket was canceled.

    Soon after, Shauniss Mason says, two army officers, Major David Acker and Maj. James Staiano, appeared at the terminal, out of uniform and without documentation, to inform Mason that he was considered AWOL. Neither Acker nor Staiano responded to requests for comment about the incident, which was captured on video by the Masons’ oldest son.

    “[M]y husband talks to our attorney, and he says if you don’t get on that plane, you are really going to be AWOL because Ft. Lee is expecting you,” said Shauniss Mason.

    Mason buys his own ticket, arrives in Richmond and never hears anything from army officials about being AWOL.

    “[W]e realize if he had not gotten on that plane he would have been considered AWOL. He was given an unlawful order by two soldiers who were out of uniform who had no official paperwork,” she said.
    Col. Michael Donnelly is the spokesperson for the U.S. Army Pacific. Donnelly says that right now, the Army can’t and won’t respond to the individual charges made by Capt. Mason and his wife.

    “While things are still under investigation, and I believe he has filed some lawsuits. It’s probably not prudent on our part to put a characterization on any of those charges whether it’s past present or future,” he said.

    Retired Army Major Ricardo Finney is an authority on the Army’s Uniform Code of Military Justice. He’s working with Capt. Mason to resolve his legal actions, which include an equal opportunity complaint filed with the U.S. Inspector General, and a request for protection under the Whistleblower Protection Act.

    “There’s dozens of incidents where he, or his family have been targeted by people who figured if they did it he eventually was going to fold, going to go crazy, or shoot somebody, “ he said.

    Since arriving at Ft Lee, Mason’s wife Shauniss says her husband has been treated poorly and has received veiled verbal threats from certain service members on base. Capt. Mason moved his family off base to Maryland, out of concern for their safety. The off-base housing allowance he’s given by the army is not enough to cover two apartments, so his wife and children rent a room from friends while he commutes 150 miles most days, sometimes sleeping in his car. Today the entire family is in counseling and Shauniss Mason says their dilemma is a cautionary tale for those who question the military’s record suicide rate of 349 deaths in 2012.

    “There are many people committing suicide who have suffered as we have. You want to know why the army’s rate of suicide is so high? This is why, and I have the answer. Toxic leaders, and people who are stuck in the dark ages, abusing people and not being held accountable for it,” she said.

    U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland is pursuing a congressional inquiry into the charges made by the Mason family.

  • George Clooney Calls Donald Trump ‘a Xenophobic Fascist’

    03/03/2016 12:26:20 PM PST · 87 of 122
    robowombat to BradtotheBone

    Big words for a man who did not last a semester at the University of Kentucky.

  • Philly Student Told to Lose Romney T-Shirt or Get Out (Flashback - KKK Mitt)

    03/03/2016 12:25:01 PM PST · 6 of 13
    robowombat to Mr. Mojo

    Or Robert E Lee.

  • VIDEO: New Planned Parenthood director sells intact aborted babies

    03/03/2016 12:24:01 PM PST · 12 of 12
    robowombat to George from New England

    A few years ago I would describe your comment as science fiction. Today I would describe it as a shrewd guess.

  • Last night's speech by Cruz proved he is no change agent. - VANITY

    03/02/2016 9:00:28 AM PST · 140 of 232
    robowombat to Utmost Certainty

    Today yes. It might be a ‘new’ word for college undergrads.

  • VIDEO: New Planned Parenthood director sells intact aborted babies

    03/02/2016 8:59:37 AM PST · 4 of 12
    robowombat to Ray76; All
    The question never asked in this revelation is what is the use of all the fetal tissue and fetuses? Who or whom are the end users and for what purposes? Some is med school use but the volume of the traffic would indicate medical research labs are crating much of the demand. IMHO it is cell research on manufacturing or growing new organs from viable tissue. No one seems interested in this question. Why?