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The S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Amongst Yourselves

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 6th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “The S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Amongst Yourselves”

  1. canary says:

    Kerry: ‘Baloney’ U.S. Troops Now More at Risk
    Politico ^ | Sunday, June 8, 2014 | Jeremy Herb
    Posted on 6/8/2014 10:18:07 AM by kristinn

    Secretary of State John Kerry says it’s “baloney” to argue that U.S. troops will be more at risk in
    John Kerry says US troops at increased risk if “a lot of baloney” and “Our combat role in Afghanistan is over”.

    Afghanistan after the prisoner swap of five Taliban commanders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

    “Our combat role in Afghanistan is over,” Kerry said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” when asked if U.S. troops were being put at increased risk.

    “We’re going to have very few people in that kind of position,” he said. “On occasion, but I honestly, I just think that’s a lot of baloney because, to whatever degree it may be true, they will wind up putting themselves at the mercy of those people who are very effective who are there, who will deal with those guys.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at politico.com …
    How about one more combat role and get our US troops out of Afghanistan and not now be running running dangerous trips to bring aid Afghans caught in a little flood. Some one tell Bergdahliaha
    he’s missing out on his dream infantry ideal.
    Get them the hell out of Afghanistan is just a scratch gave John Kerry a free ticket out of the Military Service.

    Administration official apologizes for tweets suggesting Bergdahl platoon ‘psychopaths’

    FoxNews – June 05, 2014

    WASHINGTON – An Obama administration official apologized Thursday after suggesting on Twitter that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon might have been filled with “psychopaths” – in an apparent attempt to defend Bergdahl against criticism from his fellow soldiers.

    Brandon Friedman, deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, sent out a series of tweets Wednesday night questioning those soldiers trying to “smear” Bergdahl for abandoning his post in 2009.

    The first said: “Here’s the thing about Bergdahl and the Jump-to-Conclusions mats: What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership?”

    The press office for HUD sent out a statement attributed to Friedman Thursday afternoon, in which he backed off the tweets.

    “I’d like to clarify tweets I wrote last night on my personal Twitter account concerning the return of Bowe Bergdahl,” Friedman, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, said in the statement. “First, I do not speak for the Administration on national security issues in any capacity—public or personal.”

    “While I just wanted to make the point that the public should wait before passing judgment, I unfortunately used my own poor judgment in choosing inappropriate language that many view as disparaging to U.S. service members,” Friedman said. “That was certainly not my intent and I regret making the comments on my personal account in such a way. I apologize to those with whom I work in the Administration, at HUD, and, most importantly, to any service members who took offense.”


    Brandon Friedman was awarded his HUD job because of his outspoken anti-war work, though in his response to the war in 2007 he had greatest praise for the men who served under him,
    but said we needed to vote Democrat and get all our soldiers out of the war.

    Obama just loves these war quitters like Friedman and Kerry.
    Bo Bergdahlaya could be Ohbambie’s child.

    On July 14, 2007, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Brandon Friedman,
    a Senior Advisor to VoteVets.org, delivered the radio response to the President. This marks the second time VoteVets.org has delivered the response.


    I think both Kerry and Freidman should lose their jobs for saying harmful things about our US Troops.

    • canary says:

      Obama: “We saw an opportunity. It was a difficult piece of business because of the fact that you’re dealing with an untrustworthy adversary, not a normal state actor.

      And I make no apologies for it.

      Obama: It was a unanimous decision among my principals “in my government”
      and a view that was shared “by my– the members” of the Joint Chiefs of Staff”.

      Obama said “my government”?. Beg your pardon, it’s “OUR government”.

      “the fact that you’re dealing with an untrustworthy adversary, not a normal state actor.”

      I’m not sure if he means the untrustworthy deserter or the bomb making terrorists with guns pointed on the unarmed rescuers.

  2. yadayada says:

    canary – note he said “the fact that YOU’RE dealing with an untrustworthy adversary, not a normal state actor.”
    key word “you’re”. not “we were.” he was actually referring to the American people dealing with him as president.

    I’ve noticed that when I turn some of his statements around and look at them from that perspective, they make a lot more sense. and they make him appear much more honest in his statements.

    • canary says:

      yadayada/ I Gottcha.

      “Obama and his Government Members Dump 700 Illegal Immigrant Children in Arizona Warehouse with no Food or Water or Toilets”

      Fox News: Arizona sends supplies to illegal immigrant children ‘dumped’ in warehouse
      June 08, 2014

      The state of Arizona has shipped mattresses, portable toilets, and showers to a warehouse in Nogales where over 700 illegal immigrant children have been “dumped” by federal agents using the facility as a makeshift holding center.

      An official with the Department of Homeland Security told the Associated Press that 2,000 mattresses have been ordered after most of the children spent the night sleeping on plastic cots.

      Gov. Jan Brewer’s spokesman, Andrew Wilder, said Friday that conditions at the center are so dire that federal officials have asked the state to immediately ship medical supplies there.

      Families were flown from Texas, released in Arizona, and told to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office near where they were traveling within 15 days.

      Federal officials told Brewer Friday that more than 1,000 illegal immigrant children will be “dumped” in Arizona this weekend and the practice would continue for the foreseeable future.

      Adults and family units will also arrive, though Brewer was not told how many, her office said.

      Brewer said the federal government never formally informed her administration of the practice and has never explained it.

      “I am disturbed and outraged that President Obama’s administration continues to implement this dangerous and inhumane policy, meanwhile neglecting to answer crucial questions our citizens demand and deserve,” she said.

      The Homeland Security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity….

      “They became so overwhelmed and haven’t kept up with planning,” the official said.

      The Arizona Daily Star reported Saturday that Jimena Diaz, consul general of Guatemala in Phoenix, visited the center Friday and said there were about 250 children from Guatemala, with the rest coming from El Salvador and Honduras.

      Most of them are between 15 and 17, Diaz said, with a few much younger than that.

      There are flights scheduled through mid-June.

      Federal authorities plan to use the Nogales facility as a way station, where the children will be vaccinated and checked medically.

      They will then be sent to facilities being set up in Ventura, California; San Antonio, Texas; and Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

      But the official said: “As quickly as we move them out, we get more. We believe this is just a start.”

      The children being held in Nogales are 17 or younger. The official estimated three of every four were at least 16.

      Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino visited the facility Saturday, but he did not get inside the site where the children were being held.

      The town has begun collecting clothing donations for the kids, he said.

      Immigration officials can immediately return Mexican immigrants to the border, but they are much more hard-pressed to deal with Central American migrants who illegally cross into the U.S. In recent months, waves of migrants from nations south of Mexico have arrived in Texas.


      “The Homeland Security official said that legally, only their parents or guardians can take custody if the government makes the children eligible for release.”

    • canary says:

      Isn’t this human trafficking, yet alone just taking them into another state is a federal crime. Next all these misc adults will come over claiming the children.

  3. Curiosity says:

    Welcome back, Steve! Hope all is well.

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