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Northrop Grumman knows they are getting setup on the new aerial tanker bid…..

Where have I seen this before?

Oh, yea…the Marine One buy……

First the hold a competition for a new airplane or helicopter…then the American company pitches an inferior product and loses the bid…..Then they throw out the bid…and start all over…throwing away billions of dollars…..Well, here we go again folks….

A few years ago there was contest for who would build new aerial tankers for the U.S. Air Force…the current KC-145’s and KC-10’s are old…..Some of the KC-135’s are older than the crew members flying the airplane….In the first contest, The Airbus A-330 derived airplane won….But that didn’t last too long….

Now the Pentagon is rebidding the contract……congressmen from the two prospective states that would get the space to build the planes actually proposed a compromise…take both Boeing and Northrop/Grummna’s Airbus planes, and call it a day…The smaller Boeing plane, build on a B-767 frame, would be for in theatre refueling, and the larger A-330 aircraft, would be for bridge flying (ferrying Aircraft from the U.S. overseas)…. good deal right?….everybody’s happy?…..NOPE!

The Secretary of Defense wants one type of plane……never mind that they currentl have TWO types of planes….And that has been working fine…and they do the same…. in theatre and bridge missions…..

Well Northrop has read the tea leaves and they are seriously thinking of not bidding (they did this the first time when Boeing was getting backroom support) on the contract which would leave the Pentagon just with Boeing bid and a take it or leave situation for the Air Force…..

Listen I ‘m for americans getting a piece of the pie first…but in this case both aircraft will be build in the United States….if you can’t do a split deal then award the contract to the best bidder, and at least try to be fair…..

Incidently…the contract is for $35 billion ……and that is a lot of money…..but I want our country to get the BEST tanker that is out there…..and I don’t think buying two different types …like we already operate…is such a bad idea……

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Government, Military, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

The Commander-in-Chief takes his case to the country…..more troops….

President Obama spoke to the American people tonight from West Point…explaining, that his decision to send 30,000 more troops to Aftghanistan for a 18 month surge was to deal with the \’cancer\’ of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan…..and to “…” bring this war to a successful conclusion”…

……it remains to be seen if….. he will be successful…but with the more troops being send ‘in country’ (and in a hurry) this war campaign now becomes his……..

As I said yesterday..the ball is now in General Stanley McChrystal’s court and it’s show-time……

Good luck to us all…….

We’ll have more on this in the coming days…….

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Military, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

No criminal charges for Tiger Woods……but there could be more problems for him with his wife…..

The Florida Highway Patrol has announced that the ProGolfer,  Tiger Woods, will just receive a citation ($164) for ‘careless driving’ …Woods was never questioned by the police, who did talk to his neighbors ( he was not required to do so)…The police also will not pursue any domestic violence charges against the golfers wife, Elin Nordegren….

While the same thing would never happen with regular people (the cops would have brought them in if they didn’t give a reasonable answer at the scene)…the incident appears to be over…..

Tiger Woods still needs to make a statement about the incident….

Update:!….Woods may not be out of trouble with his wife yet….It seems that another female may have been involved with Pro- Golfer…..Jamiee Grubs, 24, a Los Angeles cocktail waitress is now claiming that she had a 31 month affair with Woods…..

Like I said..the guy needs to straighten things out with his wife…then address this stuff straight on in the media…so he can go back to playing gulf…

….in the end …this will be between him and wife……

…..But it just seems to get worst everyday……

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Crime, Entertainment, Law, Media, Men, Sports | , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts on the Afghan Surge…..

I have heard two things this morning on the Presidents up coming surge in Afghanistan…and bothy trouble me…..

One…..The surge is being mentioned as a short-term solution with the pull back date being the selling point…..If Obama sticks with this policy he’s wasting his time…..The bad guys can read….As in Iraq….They will just take a vacation and come back rested when the troops go home…bad policy….

Two…While giving McChrystal the troops he wanted I hear White House Press Secretary Gibbs announcing…’No Nation Building”…huh?

If there is no Nation building…there will be no be no permanent peace…we will be like the old Soviet Union campaign there…Afghanistan as it is today is corrupt, poor undeveloped nation…our concept of the place only exists in a few big cities…..if the country is left to fend for its own a year or two from now it will descend back into a feudal third century country with a few major cities….

I hope I’m wrong..but a quick fix over there is a recipe for failure coming out the gate……

 

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics | , , , , | 2 Comments

In defense of the Secret Service……Where was the White House Social Office?

On the White House crasher story I have to post this…..

Bless the United States Secret Service……they have a tough, unforgiving and thankless job…..

On the night of the Indian State Dinner someone made a judgement call and made a mistake…..

But you know what….I ‘m not sorry to say we’re all human and I can understand….

I suppose something like this happened…There is uniform and special agents handling the line to get into the place…..the ‘list’ is provided by the White House Social Office with the names of the invited…I’m sure that the Salahai’s show up smiling talking to people and act like they belong…..the weather outside is cold and men are in suits and women are in gowns with shawl’s ….there is a Social Office person at the line..but that person is called away from time to time to handle ‘special’ guests…the agents handling the line has to look at the list and then check the people….Now you and I know but don’t want to admit it but, sometimes people don’t make the list but do make it inside because they ‘know somebody’…I’ll bet it happens all the time…. But these two did something no one else does….they put their transgression on Facebook……

Now if you have read Ronald Kessler’s recent book, “In the President\’s Secret Service”, about the Secret Service you are aware of several things……First of all, The Secret Service really doesn’t belong in the Homeland Security Department…..since it’s inception the agency’s primary function was financial crime…not protection….these days agents spend the majority of their time on protection….now that work in the Homeland Security Department…everything is protection…but the ‘Service’ is small agency in DHS….DHS is huge….and the Service and culture of insolation is screwing it employees…..Second real security would have the president sit in a hermetically sealed box….third ‘stuff ‘happens…fourth the Service has to live up to a mythology that simply doesn’t exist…and the fifth thing is they do their work in public , where the media can see their every move….

Kessler’s book describes how protection details are being cut, counterassault teams being cut back, other this being done on the cheap,  and there is whole section on how lead agents have been force to abdicate screening for large events for crowd ‘expediency’…is that what happened in this case?

I’m not giving excuse here……someone dropped the ball..and this could be a recipe for disaster…

But can you image the pressure it is to be the bouncer at a White House Dinner?….the movers and shakers……

I have worked with brave men and women of the Service in the past, and I tell you the travel, the pay, the hassles and the boredom make it a job I would not want….They lose a a lot of people to other agencies that are more forgiving in travel, work environment and money…..

Someone needs to put the agency back in Treasury, fix their work environment, pay them more and find a better filtering system for public events that are the life-blood of high-profile politicians, that lead this government of 300 million people….

After all… the men and women of the Service are all human…give them a break …so they can do their jobs…..

And say ‘Thank You’ once in a while ….They do a pretty good job…..

Note:.…Did the White House Press Secretary ‘throw the Secret Service under the bus’….by forcefully giving the White House Social Office a pass even though they didn’t assign anyone to be at the dinners gate to work the list. like they are supposed too?

This post has been updated……

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Politics, Travel | , , | Leave a comment

The Salahi's do NBC's "Today Show"….no answers on who invited them….

Michaele and Tareq Salahi, in their interview with Matt Lauer on the “Today Show”, insisit that they are working with the Secret Service in the investigation ….and that have ‘been destroyed’ by the last weeks events……

Wait…it’s gonna get worst…..

Note: The White House Social Office is gonna share some of the blame when this gets finished……

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Crime, Government, Media, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

The Salahi’s do NBC’s “Today Show”….no answers on who invited them….

Michaele and Tareq Salahi, in their interview with Matt Lauer on the “Today Show”, insisit that they are working with the Secret Service in the investigation ….and that have ‘been destroyed’ by the last weeks events……

Wait…it’s gonna get worst…..

Note: The White House Social Office is gonna share some of the blame when this gets finished……

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Crime, Government, Media, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Family Guy takes on Chris Matthews…..he, he, he

Take a look at Mr. Big Head……

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Men, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Notre Dame fires Charlie Weis….

The famous college football icon team,  Notre Dame University,  again will be searching for a coach to bring the team to the promised land…..blessed with stoic alumni and a solid money-making TV contract, the team nevertheless continues to floaunder…..it is not in any major college football confrence…but lives on its rep……

Weis’s contract will be bought out to the tune of over $15 million…and the search will go on for new coach….

One that can bring back the old glory…and a winning season…and bowl title…

The money is there already…..

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Education, Media, Men, Sports | , , , , | Leave a comment

Today is the day of Atlanta's Mayoral election run-off…..

Will it be Mary Norwood or, Kasim Reed?

Stay tuned for more……

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment