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1 day ago @ SpouseBUZZ.com - Pick Your Own Cuts: Ho... · 0 replies · +1 points

If TPTB ever rolled the allowances into base pay -- effectively making BAH & BAS taxable -- you would instantly see thousands of troops filling out the paperwork to change their state of residence to FL, TX, NV or some other no-tax state. (There are nine, though NH & TN tax investment income.)

Your favorable BAH situation would not have existed in the 1980s (when I was in the AF). For one thing, it only covered 3/4 or so of average housing costs. For another, starting in 1987 the government penalized frugal troops by taking back any unspent amount. There was a mandatory formation of all troops living off base, and we had to give the AFO copies of our lease statements, mortgage statements and utility bills. After that meeting I only half jokingly told everyone "Start saving your grocery receipts, because next they'll go after our BAS." (Since I left the AF soon afterward, I don't know if they ever did.)

1 day ago @ Antiwar.com Original A... - Footing the Bill While... · 0 replies · +6 points

I have long suspected that a large chunk of that $3.1 billion gets sent back here to AIPAC, Christian Zionist pastors and other allied groups in order to purchase politicians and pundits. As Pat Buchanan noted years ago, Congress is Israeli-occupied territory. I would love to see someone hoist the Israeli flag over the Capitol, just to make it official.

1 week ago @ Antiwar.com Blog - Judith Miller’s Blam... · 0 replies · +3 points

Even though Julius Streicher was not in the German military nor took any part in the Holocaust, his paper Der Stürmer was deemed to have incited so much anti-Jewish violence that he was hanged at Nürnberg for crimes against humanity. Under that standard, Judith Miller deserves the same fate. Give her a noose right next to Condi "Mushroom Cloud" Rice.

2 weeks ago @ Antiwar.com Original A... - The Deal · 0 replies · +13 points

Perhaps you might explain why NORAD built its HQ deep inside a mountain. Obvious answer (for everyone but you): to withstand an enemy attack!

Now excuse me while I get my can of Raid.

2 weeks ago @ Antiwar.com Original A... - The Deal · 0 replies · +14 points

Just curious how your neighbors knew you were not Jewish. Were all of you wearing T-shirts saying "NOT A JEW"? A Star of David with the international "no" symbol over it, perhaps?

2 weeks ago @ Antiwar.com Original A... - The Deal · 0 replies · +5 points

Sounds like you're channeling your inner Giraldi!

2 weeks ago @ Antiwar.com Original A... - The Deal · 0 replies · +6 points

Thus saith Justin: Both Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a point of traveling to Israel and canoodling with Netanyahu . . .

Corrected text: Both Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a point of traveling to Israel and groveling before Netanyahu . . .

Take it from someone old enough to remember -- modern Republican groveling before Nut-And-Yahoo and AIPAC is every bit as fervent (and disgusting) as Democrats' groveling before Richard Daley and the AFL-CIO back in the 1960s-70s. "Déjà vu all over again," as Yogi Berra famously put it.

4 weeks ago @ Antiwar.com Blog - Google Disables All Ad... · 0 replies · +2 points

Thanks for the add-on info; I will look into them. I barely use FB and do not use Twitter at all.

Not only do most Web sites hawk FB & Twitter, many MSM news outlets only allow commenting on their articles via FB. Just a few minutes ago I tried to track a UPS package headed this way; to do so I either had to create an account or sign on thru FB. That was not the case just a few months ago.

4 weeks ago @ Antiwar.com Blog - Google Disables All Ad... · 0 replies · +1 points

StartPage is the home page on my browser! I have used it ever since learning about it.

The same company also runs the Ixquick search engine, which uses the Yahoo! algorithm. It is just as secure as StartPage.

5 weeks ago @ Antiwar.com Original A... - Is Venezuela Really a ... · 2 replies · +2 points

You nailed it. Obama the consummate Machiavellian has thrown his fellow Marxist the ultimate political lifeline. Now Maduro can blame the economic collapse he and Chavez created on the imperialistas yanquis and demonize the opposition as traitors, thought-criminals and colaboradores yanquis -- while waving the flag and basking in the applause of the other leftist despots in the region. All that, of course, will cause the neocons to burst various blood vessels, and Obama will happily grant their demands for even harsher sanctions while privately laughing his head off.