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June 22, 2012

Pentagon: Soldiers should get paid more for combat-line work

  • $225 per month paid to soldiers working in a zone with a clear danger of being caught in enemy fire
  • $7.50 per day paid to soldiers in combat zones, which works out to $225 per month at a prorated rate source

» Those far away can make more. Hardly seems fair, right? That’s what the Pentagon thought too, and in a new review, officials recommended wages be increased for soldiers on the front lines — with more going to those in danger zones — as well as offering them more tax breaks on their income, which is already not very highly taxed. But even that is fraught with issues — high-ranking soldiers can make $15,000 per year in refundable tax breaks, while army privates would make just $1,000 per year. Either way, the topic is a touchy subject for soldiers — especially those off the front lines, who would likely protest a cut in pay. As a result, that’s not on the table.

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18:09 // 2 years ago
February 7, 2012
pantslessprogressive:

dceiver:

Terrible things are happening in Syria. But no worries! John King will soon be back at the “Magic Wall” where he will hopefully magic wall up some way to keep all those people from dying.



This is what John King had to break from to tell us about purple Santorum. Because, honestly, why wouldn’t you want to turn away from Syria to tell us about a non-binding primary and two relatively small caucuses?

pantslessprogressive:

dceiver:

Terrible things are happening in Syria. But no worries! John King will soon be back at the “Magic Wall” where he will hopefully magic wall up some way to keep all those people from dying.

This is what John King had to break from to tell us about purple Santorum. Because, honestly, why wouldn’t you want to turn away from Syria to tell us about a non-binding primary and two relatively small caucuses?

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21:11 // 2 years ago
September 28, 2011
Lone wolf terror suspect thought he worked with al-Qaeda, not the FBI
See this model plane here? It was a terror threat. This model plane was reportedly owned by a 26-year-old Massachusetts musician (and apparent lone wolf terror suspect) named Rezwan Ferdaus, who wanted to use this model plane (and another one) to blow up the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. Obviously, it would’ve been loaded to the gills with explosives … if Ferdaus’ plan actually worked. See, the guys he was reportedly working with? He thought they were al-Qaeda operatives. Actually, they were FBI. Oops. Ferdaus also reportedly built some cell phones modified to blow up roadside bombs in Afghanistan. However, he also handed those to the FBI. source
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See this model plane here? It was a terror threat. This model plane was reportedly owned by a 26-year-old Massachusetts musician (and apparent lone wolf terror suspect) named Rezwan Ferdaus, who wanted to use this model plane (and another one) to blow up the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. Obviously, it would’ve been loaded to the gills with explosives … if Ferdaus’ plan actually worked. See, the guys he was reportedly working with? He thought they were al-Qaeda operatives. Actually, they were FBI. Oops. Ferdaus also reportedly built some cell phones modified to blow up roadside bombs in Afghanistan. However, he also handed those to the FBI. source

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20:28 // 2 years ago
September 11, 2011
producermatthew:

Keeping an eye on several live feeds from New York, Arlington and Shanksville as the country remembers 10 years since September 11, 2001.
Watch live feed from New York | Watch live feed from Arlington | Watch live feed from Shanksville

Listening to the listing-off of the victims from the New York memorial. So many names.

producermatthew:

Keeping an eye on several live feeds from New York, Arlington and Shanksville as the country remembers 10 years since September 11, 2001.

Watch live feed from New York | Watch live feed from Arlington | Watch live feed from Shanksville

Listening to the listing-off of the victims from the New York memorial. So many names.

10:20 // 2 years ago
August 2, 2011
urlesque:

soupsoup:

The Pentagon is hiring “Internet meme trackers”

Memeagon. Pentalol.

Urlesque writers are the Navy SEALS of animated GIFs.

urlesque:

soupsoup:

The Pentagon is hiring “Internet meme trackers”

Memeagon. Pentalol.

Urlesque writers are the Navy SEALS of animated GIFs.

11:20 // 2 years ago
June 30, 2011
Today is Robert Gates’ last day at the Pentagon. *sniff*: We’re sitting in this coffee shop, blaring Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye To Yesterday” from our tinny MacBook speakers. And crying. We’re getting weird looks, but WE DON’T CARE! source Follow ShortFormBlog

Today is Robert Gates’ last day at the Pentagon. *sniff*: We’re sitting in this coffee shop, blaring Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye To Yesterday” from our tinny MacBook speakers. And crying. We’re getting weird looks, but WE DON’T CARE! source

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11:12 // 3 years ago
June 23, 2011

Pentagon bomb-scare suspect tied to building shootings

Remember those mysterious building shootings near DC a while back? Remember that Marine reservist who got arrested at Arlington National Cemetery last week with some possibly-for-bomb-making fertilizer on his back? Probably the same guy. At least that’s what authorities say about Yonathan Melaku, whom they charged with both crimes earlier today. The FBI says they found a video of him firing at what looks like the Marine Corps Museum in his apartment, along with some bomb-making materials and a list of other things he needed. It’s a good thing they caught this guy when they did, because he may have been a “lone wolf” seriously looking to do some damage. source

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14:39 // 3 years ago
June 17, 2011

Pentagon scare: Marine reservist claimed he had explosives

  • claim Someone left a car near the Pentagon early this morning, and authorities thought that it might have a bomb in it. When the owner, a lance corporal in the Marines, was found at the then-closed Arlington National Cemetery and questioned, he claimed that he had explosive material on him.
  • truth Yonathan Melaku, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Ethiopia, carried an unknown quantity of ammonium nitrate, a non-explosive chemical fertilizer often used in explosives, in his possession. While nothing was in his car, he possessed a notebook with al-Qaeda-related notes in it — scary stuff. source

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14:36 // 3 years ago
April 26, 2011
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