LGP Political Discussion Thread

Forum for posts that are not hockey-related.

Moderators: Three Stars, dagny, pfim, netwolf

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby npv708 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:31 pm

And shaf, as far as DHS's budget is concerned, it looks like Milulski's budget will actually give them more funds to equal or go beyond pre-sequester levels.
npv708
NHL Fourth Liner
NHL Fourth Liner
 
Posts: 23,173
Joined: Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:11 pm
Location: Washington, DC

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby columbia on Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:33 pm

npv708 wrote:I'm as much as a anti-war, peace-loving democrat as the next guy, but I'd love to see North Korea aggravate China enough for some military retaliation. Enough with this two-bit country so we can actually focus our military on threats from "real" countries.


I don't necessarily disagree.
columbia
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 51,889
Joined: Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:13 am
Location: دعنا نذهب طيور البطريق

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby shafnutz05 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:36 pm

npv708 wrote:And shaf, as far as DHS's budget is concerned, it looks like Milulski's budget will actually give them more funds to equal or go beyond pre-sequester levels.


I am far less concerned about budgetary matters, and more concerned about the absolutely ridiculous amount of ammunition and military-grade weaponry they are purchasing.
shafnutz05
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 60,559
Joined: Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:10 pm
Location: Amish Country

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby npv708 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:42 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:
npv708 wrote:And shaf, as far as DHS's budget is concerned, it looks like Milulski's budget will actually give them more funds to equal or go beyond pre-sequester levels.


I am far less concerned about budgetary matters, and more concerned about the absolutely ridiculous amount of ammunition and military-grade weaponry they are purchasing.


Yeah, I really wasn't planning on commenting on that part of it until I had a chance to read the full article, but figured since it mentioned DHS funding and the sequester it was worth commenting on.

I was wondering, have you heard from anyone sti with the USCG about the sequester impact on them personally. Just curious, as I've heard about everyone else, just not them.
npv708
NHL Fourth Liner
NHL Fourth Liner
 
Posts: 23,173
Joined: Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:11 pm
Location: Washington, DC

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby shafnutz05 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:47 pm

As far as the CG is concerned, the cuts generally won't directly affect mission readiness/capability. With that being said, there is concern over some overlap. I have a friend that works at CGAS Miami, and there is significant concern over the proposed shuttering of the control tower at Opa-Locka Airfield, which is where they are located.
shafnutz05
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 60,559
Joined: Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:10 pm
Location: Amish Country

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby DelPen on Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:07 pm

The way the sequester was done is a great indication of what our society has become. Let's say you finally hit a wall with you credit cards and you need to spend less. The smart idea would be to stop going out to diner every night and scale down on your cable package. Not this country. We will keep wasting money there but will drop our health insurance at work to save some money that way.

The cost of the single day of golf with Tiger Woods was more than enough to fund the White House tours for a year. That's where our priorities are.
DelPen
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 36,388
Joined: Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:27 am
Location: Lake Wylie, SC

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby tifosi77 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:24 pm

In a matter that's kinda close to my heart, airshows all across the country are finding their headliners from the military are cancelling their appearances. Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, F/A-18, F-22, Heritage Flight (USAF) and Legacy Flight (USN) are all standing down. And they're often only able to give a week's notice to some venues.

This on the heels of last year's move by the USAF to stand down all their single-ship demonstrations; F-15E, F-16 East and West, and A-10 East and West all went away.

shafnutz05 wrote:Has anyone been following this story? I don't know how much of it is verified, but it sounds like it is.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2013/03/11/1-6-billion-rounds-of-ammo-for-homeland-security-its-time-for-a-national-conversation/

Pretty sure thehockeyguru is following it.....
tifosi77
NHL Healthy Scratch
NHL Healthy Scratch
 
Posts: 14,085
Joined: Sat Jan 28, 2006 3:33 pm
Location: White-Juday Warp Field Interferometer

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby Shyster on Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:50 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:Has anyone been following this story? I don't know how much of it is verified, but it sounds like it is.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2013/03/11/1-6-billion-rounds-of-ammo-for-homeland-security-its-time-for-a-national-conversation/

DHS needs that ammo for the 7,000 full-auto machine guns they're also buying (with matching 30-round magazines):
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01 ... l-defense/
From Section C of the request for proposals:

DHS and its components have a requirement for a 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.
Shyster
AHL All-Star
AHL All-Star
 
Posts: 6,754
Joined: Wed Nov 15, 2006 4:32 pm
Location: Here and there

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby pittsoccer33 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:57 pm

I don't know if any other people who work in downtown Pittsburgh have noticed, but over the last six months I have seen DHS agents in tactical gear walking around downtown on numerous occasions. Kind of creepy.
pittsoccer33
AHL All-Star
AHL All-Star
 
Posts: 6,756
Joined: Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:06 pm

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:07 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:
npv708 wrote:And shaf, as far as DHS's budget is concerned, it looks like Milulski's budget will actually give them more funds to equal or go beyond pre-sequester levels.


I am far less concerned about budgetary matters, and more concerned about the absolutely ridiculous amount of ammunition and military-grade weaponry they are purchasing.


Ding Ding Ding!!!

Agreed
PensFanInDC
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 27,916
Joined: Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:28 pm
Location: Fredneck

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:08 pm

pittsoccer33 wrote:I don't know if any other people who work in downtown Pittsburgh have noticed, but over the last six months I have seen DHS agents in tactical gear walking around downtown on numerous occasions. Kind of creepy.


Its all of this stuff that scares me.

Conspiracy theory loony alert:
What the hell is about to happen?
PensFanInDC
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 27,916
Joined: Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:28 pm
Location: Fredneck

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby Shyster on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:22 pm

Indeed. The notion that the United States would be the subject of a foreign invasion is highly farfetched, if not ludicrous. Thus, when DHS is buying drones, MRAPS, machine guns, and billions of rounds of ammo, the most logical conclusion is that they are considering an eventuality where those items would be used against us. That is not a particularly palatable idea to contemplate.
Shyster
AHL All-Star
AHL All-Star
 
Posts: 6,754
Joined: Wed Nov 15, 2006 4:32 pm
Location: Here and there

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:26 pm

Shyster wrote:Indeed. The notion that the United States would be the subject of a foreign invasion is highly farfetched, if not ludicrous. Thus, when DHS is buying drones, MRAPS, machine guns, and billions of rounds of ammo, the most logical conclusion is that they are considering an eventuality where those items would be used against us. That is not a particularly palatable idea to contemplate.


Yes sir. I'm more concerned about an "internal invasion" than that of a foreign one.
PensFanInDC
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 27,916
Joined: Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:28 pm
Location: Fredneck

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby columbia on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:31 pm

PensFanInDC wrote:
Shyster wrote:Indeed. The notion that the United States would be the subject of a foreign invasion is highly farfetched, if not ludicrous. Thus, when DHS is buying drones, MRAPS, machine guns, and billions of rounds of ammo, the most logical conclusion is that they are considering an eventuality where those items would be used against us. That is not a particularly palatable idea to contemplate.


Yes sir. I'm more concerned about an "internal invasion" than that of a foreign one.


What leads you to believe that this is at all likely to happen?
columbia
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 51,889
Joined: Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:13 am
Location: دعنا نذهب طيور البطريق

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:33 pm

columbia wrote:
PensFanInDC wrote:
Shyster wrote:Indeed. The notion that the United States would be the subject of a foreign invasion is highly farfetched, if not ludicrous. Thus, when DHS is buying drones, MRAPS, machine guns, and billions of rounds of ammo, the most logical conclusion is that they are considering an eventuality where those items would be used against us. That is not a particularly palatable idea to contemplate.


Yes sir. I'm more concerned about an "internal invasion" than that of a foreign one.


What leads you to believe that this is at all likely to happen?


See the above posts
PensFanInDC
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 27,916
Joined: Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:28 pm
Location: Fredneck

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby tifosi77 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:35 pm

Personally, I don't think it's a question of believing a 'domestic invasion' is at all likely to happen. It's alarm and concern as to why DHS seems to think it's likely to happen.
Last edited by tifosi77 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:35 pm, edited 1 time in total.
tifosi77
NHL Healthy Scratch
NHL Healthy Scratch
 
Posts: 14,085
Joined: Sat Jan 28, 2006 3:33 pm
Location: White-Juday Warp Field Interferometer

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:35 pm

columbia wrote:
PensFanInDC wrote:Yes sir. I'm more concerned about an "internal invasion" than that of a foreign one.


What leads you to believe that this is at all likely to happen?


shafnutz05 wrote:Has anyone been following this story? I don't know how much of it is verified, but it sounds like it is.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2013/03/11/1-6-billion-rounds-of-ammo-for-homeland-security-its-time-for-a-national-conversation/

The Denver Post, on February 15th, ran an Associated Press article entitled Homeland Security aims to buy 1.6b rounds of ammo, so far to little notice. It confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security has issued an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. As reported elsewhere, some of this purchase order is for hollow-point rounds, forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized for snipers.

Also reported elsewhere, at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month. Therefore 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years. In America.


Add to this perplexing outré purchase of ammo, DHS now is showing off its acquisition of heavily armored personnel carriers, repatriated from the Iraqi and Afghani theaters of operation. As observed by “paramilblogger” Ken Jorgustin last September:
r
[T]he Department of Homeland Security is apparently taking delivery (apparently through the Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico VA, via the manufacturer – Navistar Defense LLC) of an undetermined number of the recently retrofitted 2,717 ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ MaxxPro MRAP vehicles for service on the streets of the United States.”


Remember the Sequester? The president is claiming its budget cuts will inconvenience travelers by squeezing essential services provided by the (opulently armed and stylishly uniformed) DHS. Quality ammunition is not cheap. (Of course, news reports that DHS is about to spend $50 million on new uniforms suggests a certain cavalier attitude toward government frugality.)

Spending money this way is beyond absurd well into perverse. According to the AP story a DHS spokesperson justifies this acquisition to “help the government get a low price for a big purchase.” Peggy Dixon, spokeswoman for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center: “The training center and others like it run by the Homeland Security Department use as many as 15 million rounds every year, mostly on shooting ranges and in training exercises.”


Shyster wrote:
shafnutz05 wrote:Has anyone been following this story? I don't know how much of it is verified, but it sounds like it is.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2013/03/11/1-6-billion-rounds-of-ammo-for-homeland-security-its-time-for-a-national-conversation/

DHS needs that ammo for the 7,000 full-auto machine guns they're also buying (with matching 30-round magazines):
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01 ... l-defense/
From Section C of the request for proposals:

DHS and its components have a requirement for a 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.
Shyster wrote:Indeed. The notion that the United States would be the subject of a foreign invasion is highly farfetched, if not ludicrous. Thus, when DHS is buying drones, MRAPS, machine guns, and billions of rounds of ammo, the most logical conclusion is that they are considering an eventuality where those items would be used against us. That is not a particularly palatable idea to contemplate.


and so on...
PensFanInDC
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 27,916
Joined: Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:28 pm
Location: Fredneck

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby pittsoccer33 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:37 pm

Fwiw, I just looked through my phone log and the first day I saw the numerous operatives and black SUVs was on monday september 10th on grant street down town. I messaged a few friends about it and how eerie that seemed to me.

I think the most logical reason for an agency like that to go on a buying spree is that some senator in a state where they are making those rounds stuck some money in an appropriates bill as a kick back to his constituents. Like how we were making artillery pieces to protect our beaches from large scale amphibious assault into the beginning of the 21st century.
pittsoccer33
AHL All-Star
AHL All-Star
 
Posts: 6,756
Joined: Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:06 pm

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby columbia on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:39 pm

tifosi77 wrote:Personally, I don't think it's a question of believing a 'domestic invasion' is at all likely to happen. It's alarm and concern as to why DHS seems to think it's likely to happen.


Hmmm...Shyster and PFIDC seem to fear an attack from the government itself.
columbia
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 51,889
Joined: Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:13 am
Location: دعنا نذهب طيور البطريق

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby shafnutz05 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:41 pm

There is a pretty clear-cut progression of increasing domestic militarization over the last several decades. I don't necessarily think an attack is imminent, but I think they will be far more tempted to try out their new equipment if they have it.
shafnutz05
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 60,559
Joined: Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:10 pm
Location: Amish Country

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:42 pm

Also if you couple the governments mass arming of DHS with it's agenda to take away as many guns from the public as possible it points toward something scary. Yup. I've become that guy.
PensFanInDC
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 27,916
Joined: Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:28 pm
Location: Fredneck

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby Shyster on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:42 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:There is a pretty clear-cut progression of increasing domestic militarization over the last several decades. I don't necessarily think an attack is imminent, but I think they will be far more tempted to try out their new equipment if they have it.

What he said.
Shyster
AHL All-Star
AHL All-Star
 
Posts: 6,754
Joined: Wed Nov 15, 2006 4:32 pm
Location: Here and there

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby columbia on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:43 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:There is a pretty clear-cut progression of increasing domestic militarization over the last several decades. I don't necessarily think an attack is imminent, but I think they will be far more tempted to try out their new equipment if they have it.


That's an argument, which is eerily similar to one used by some gun control advocates.

Funny how that works. :)
columbia
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 51,889
Joined: Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:13 am
Location: دعنا نذهب طيور البطريق

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby Gaucho on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:44 pm

Ben Franklin on bald eagles and turkeys. Pretty funny. Sorry if this quote is common knowledge in the States, I never heard it before.

"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.

"With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country...

"I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."
Gaucho
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 44,371
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:22 am
Location: Ignoranti

Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby shafnutz05 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:45 pm

columbia wrote:
shafnutz05 wrote:There is a pretty clear-cut progression of increasing domestic militarization over the last several decades. I don't necessarily think an attack is imminent, but I think they will be far more tempted to try out their new equipment if they have it.


That's an argument, which is eerily similar to one used by some gun control advocates.

Funny how that works. :)


Conversely, what pfidc said. Massive domestic militarization, combined with stronger and stronger calls for restrictions on private gun ownership. A few restrictions, which admittedly, I don't disagree with. However, when they are combined with said government militarization, suddenly my antennae perk up.
shafnutz05
NHL Third Liner
NHL Third Liner
 
Posts: 60,559
Joined: Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:10 pm
Location: Amish Country

PreviousNext

Return to NHR

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests


e-mail