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Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 18, 2017 by andelino

America’s generous and stupid for giving “foreign aid.”

We’re generous—and by “we” I mean the government, who’s taken it upon themselves to “graciously” give our money away on our behalf—because we gave away over $190 billion dollars last year in foreign aid.

That’s over $100 a month for “every” American taxpayer—you’re being “taxed” a huge amount to fund “foreign” governments.

We’re stupid because:

  1. The money went to corrupt, and occasionally evil despotic regimes or organizations.
  2. We have more than enough problems at home that could’ve used that money.

Show Me The Money: Where Does US Foreign Aid Go?

We let almost $200 billion “slip through our fingers” every year?

Here’s how:

1. Basic Foreign Aid Funding

Last year we spent over $30 billion in foreign aid—the budget for 2017 is $34 billion.

What is foreign aid?  Let’s get a definition down.

Ideally, the main purpose of foreign aid is to help people in developing countries: “we give them money to build things like roads and schools,” and everybody’s happy.

It’s like America’s “just think of the children” fund.

But in reality it’s mostly a basket of money for “deplorables”.

And no, I’m not talking about your “red-hat” wearing average American “patriot”—I’m talking about countries with “murderous” dictators like Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, who evicted 300,000 “white farmers” from their homes, and murdered 20,000 of his own people in the Gukurahundi killings.

We’re giving him $160 million—yes it’s earmarked for Zimbabwe, but it’s a de facto dictatorship—“Mugabe gets the cash.”  Period.

I guess that since he hasn’t committed “genocide” in a while we’ve “forgiven” him.

Who else gets money?  Egypt. They get $1.3 billion.

I guess the fact that they democratically elected the “Muslim Brotherhood” wasn’t a big enough wake-up call.  Perhaps we shouldn’t be “injecting” money and weapons into an already “destabilized” and potentially “hostile” country.

Or maybe that’s exactly what we should be doing—the government things so after all.

They’re also giving $740 million to Pakistan—the nuclear-armed country where Osama Bin Laden “hid” out.

Afghanistan, bastion of “human rights and honor killings,” also gets $1.2 billion in funding.

The icing on the cake is Syria: they get $240 million in American foreign aid.

Where will that money go?  Your guess is as “good” as the State Department’s.

Maybe Assad will get some, maybe the “moderate rebels”, maybe ISIS.  Hard to say—the place is a total mess.

Those are just some of the most morally “atrocious” examples of countries that receive US foreign aid—“there are others,” believe me.

2. United Nations Operational Costs

America’s funding for the United Nations (UN) will cost us just over $5 billion in 2017.

I don’t have a lot to say about this one—at best it’s a “giant waste of money” that gives a voice to “dictatorships” like Saudi Arabia and Cuba; at worst it’s a “dysfunctional and corrupt pseudo-government.”

Saudi Arabia sits on the UN Human Rights Council—the country’s clearly a bastion of freedom, if you couldn’t tell.

3. Defense & Military Subsidies For Our “Allies”

 Here’s the big “kahuna”: the US spends $150 billion on foreign military bases every year, according to David Vine’s bestselling book Base Nation.

That’s a lot of money.  Especially since a lot of it goes to defending “wealthy” places like Germany or Japan.

Japan, for example, is defended at a cost of $5.5 billion a year—Japan’s rich.

America’s South Korean bases cost us $2.2 billion a year—Korea’s rich.

Israel gets $3.1 billion a year in military subsidies—Israel’s rich.

They can afford to “take care of themselves”—or they “could pay us to do it.”

How stupid are we for “subsidizing their security?”

Lots of you may be “miffed” that I included Israel in this list.  “They’re in a hostile region, they need our help,” you’re thinking.

I’m not convinced by that argument: if we didn’t pour “money and military equipment” into their potentially hostile neighbors like Egypt ($1.3 billion), Jordan ($1 billion), the Gaza Strip and the West Bank ($726 million), Syria ($240 million), and Iraq ($510 million), for a total of $3.78 billion, then Israel “wouldn’t need our support.”

If America’s goal is to maintain “parity,” we could do that by giving all sides “nothing,” rather than giving both sides “over $3 billion.”

Simple.

Also, some of you may be think this isn’t technically “foreign aid”.

It is.

We’re literally “aiding” foreign states with “money and military” equipment.

Beyond the “tautological” argument: when America pays for Germany’s “defense,” this allows Germany to take the money “they would otherwise spend” on defense, and “invest” it on something else like “education.”

“Defending” another nation promotes “economic and social” development indirectly.

Nation’s Shouldn’t Give Foreign Aid: the Evolution of Altruism & Group Preference

 This may come “as shock to some,” but a nation only “works” if it’s accompanied by a little thing called “nationalism.”

No nationalism, no nation.

And I’m not talking about the “waving” flags and “flipping” burgers on the 4th of July kind of “nationalism.”

I mean real nationalism—which by definition means prioritizing your own citizens above those of other nations.  Without this, the whole system “falls apart.”

Why?

Humans are “social” animals, and society is as much a product as “evolution” as it is conscious “construction.”

We not only evolved as “individuals,” but as groups, tribes—both the fittest individuals and the fittest groups survived and bred, out-competing “weaker” individuals and groups.

Group, or kin, selection has given us some of the most important human qualities: “for example, altruism and compassion evolved in a group context.”

Altruism is incredibly important: it greases society’s cogs and helps people get along, lowering social tension and violence.  It maximizes everyone’s odds of survival (you get sick, someone cares for you etc.).

More importantly, it helps the group survive: a tribe that helps each other will defeat a collection of individuals—every time.

However, we can’t forget that altruism couldn’t have evolved without an in-group preference.

Altruistic acts only reliably confer a survival advantage at the individual-level if they are reciprocated, and at the group-level if they benefit the group as a whole—to the exclusion of other groups.

Although weaker than the collective states of Classical Greece, Macedonia was able to exploit their divisions and conquer them. Alexander The Great’s army benefited from unity, which the Greek coalitions lacked.

Why Nationalism? An Example

Pretend there are 4 groups on an island competing for limited resources:

Group A is altruistic and has an in-group preference (they like to help other A’s).

Group B is altruistic but lacks a group preference (they help anyone, regardless of tribal affiliation).

Group C is selfish and has an in-group preference (they don’t help each-other often).

Group D is selfish and lacks a group preference (they don’t help anyone often).

Furthermore, assume that all individuals are “equally competent.”

In a competition for scarce resources, both selfish groups will function about as well as a collection of individuals: the whole equals the sum of its parts.

Basically, group-preference isn’t all that important if you’re not working together anyways.

The interesting groups are those that are altruistic: the individuals help others survive.

Group A’s individuals only help each-other survive.  This allows Group A to acquire additional resources from the other groups (using force of numbers etc.).

Eventually, they out-compete the others.  Group A wins.

Group B fairs the worst.  This is because their individuals help individuals from other tribes, benefiting everyone else at their expense (since it’s not reciprocated at the group level).

I’ve run simulations using these parameters, and have found that this is always the case (I’ll publish another article on this in the future).

The important point is that: A always wins, and B always does worst.

For a fuller discussion of the “evolutionary science” behind altruism and group selection, I recommend the work of Robert Trivers.  His book The Folly of Fools is a good place to start.

The takeaway point here is that building a successful state, nation, or tribe isn’t about empowering the individual to the maximum possible degree: the group as a whole must be powerful—a cohesive competing tribe, or nation, will eventually out-compete a collection of even the strongest individuals.

The logic also dictates that the weakest possible configuration is to combine altruism and to lack an in-group preference, because this guarantees that resources will flow from your group to another, thereby diminishing your relative advantage and undermining your survival advantage—that’s America right now.

This is the real reason why foreign aid is bad: it is the definition of misdirected altruism (the same goes for suicidal immigration/refugee policies, like those in Germany).

It “weakens” America and “empowers” foreigners, thereby “diminishing” our relative advantage.

We need to start considering the practical results and the opportunity costs.

We need to put America first, and embrace national, not global altruism.

It’s not a moral question, it’s a factual question.

There’s no room for debate here: “altruism must be paired with nationalism”—anything other position is either “ignorant of the facts, negligent, or deliberately hostile.”

I’m With Stupid: What We Could Buy Instead

1. US Department of Veterans Affairs

We all agree that our veterans don’t get the “medical or vocational” rehabilitation they need—the US Department of Veterans Affairs is “underfunded,” plain and simple.

Right now, their budget is only $182 billion for 2017.

By redirecting the money we spend “caring” for other country’s people, we could double spending on our veterans—without raising any “new taxes or cutting any services.”

It’s all about “allocating” money effectively.

Our money should go to Americans first.

2. Helping the Homeless

There are over 500,000 chronically homeless people in the US—not to mention the 23 million who are unemployed.

Worst of all, it’s estimated that 49,933 of them are our own veterans.

These people are totally “destitute,” they live on the streets like the “refugees” everyone cares so much about—“these are our countrymen.”

If we’re going to give the money away, we should care for our own people first.

Here’s a fun fact: given that the median price to build a new home (2470 square feet) is $290,000, we could build every homeless person in America a brand new house for $145 billion—less than what we give away every year.

Of course this would be an asinine “waste of money” as well, but it really puts into “context” just how much money we’re “giving away.”

We shouldn’t give a dime to help foreigners while our own veterans live on the streets. Disgraceful.

3. NASA

NASA needs money—their budget is only $19 billion a year.

We can’t even put an “astronaut” into space anymore, it’s a national “disgrace,” not to mention the fact that their “mission” has been completely redefined to focus on “climate change,” but that’s beside the point.

We could fund 10 NASA’s for the cost of our “generosity”.

Cutting Foreign Aid Would Help Make America Rich

I don’t think this has to be a “partisan” issue.

I think we can compromise.

Most people want to “help” their fellow man—and they want the “government” to do it for them.

That’s reality.

We’re left with a choice: we can either endlessly “debate” the role of government, which never seems to “get us anywhere.”

Or, we can focus on how to best allocate the money we’re currently spending.

“It’s pretty hard to convince an ardent humanitarian that the government should be a faceless, impartial entity that’s unconcerned with human suffering”—the argument falls on deaf ears.

It’s not going to work—hear that libertarians?

But, it’s pretty easy to “convince” that same person that we should spend the money “helping our own huddled masses”—especially given the dire conditions right here in America.

This ensures that people still “feel good”, while also promoting our national interests—otherwise, we’ll end up like Sweden.

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2015 Holiday Carols

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 22, 2015 by andelino

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President Barack Obama’s “Department of Veterans Affairs” has banned “employees” at its facility in Salem, Virginia, from saying “Merry Christmas” to veterans.

The “Executive Leadership Team” also has banned Christmas “trees,” as well as other “Christian” speech and celebrations.

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“Public areas may only be decorated in a manner that is celebratory of the winter season. Displays must not promote any religion. Please note that trees, regardless of the types of ornaments used, have been deemed to promote the Christian religion and will not be permitted in any public areas this year. The executive order also bars Christmas music, saying that if a supervisor has allowed an employee to have music in his workspace, such music must “be secular (non-religious).”

With the “Holiday Season” right around the corner this means that there will be people “singing” non-party approved “Christmas Carols” in the streets.

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If you see or hear people singing “Christian” Christmas songs, please report them by writing or calling the White “Rainbow” House.

If you wish to “rove” the streets singing State uplifting “Songs of Glory” here are some of the more popular “Holiday Carol” tunes you are allowed to sing during the “festive season.”

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“O Come All Ye Faithful”
O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Washington.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Communists;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O-ba-a-ma!

O Sing, choirs of protests,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that believe that they have been offended.
Give to our Commissar glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O-ba-a-ma!

All must be converted,
To the Party’s ranks and,
They must be used for glorifying the State.
The Teleprompters, must also be fixed up;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O-ba-a-ma!

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“Deck the Halls”
I just accused him of a big crime,
I-I-I-I-I, I have been raped.
I will make him do some jail time,
I-I-I-I-I, I have been raped.

He didn’t even touch me once but,
I-I-I-I-I, I have been raped.
From his savings I’ll get a cut,
I-I-I-I-I, I have been raped.

White men are just like the devil,
I-I-I-I-I, I have been raped.
In this victory I’ll revel,
I-I-I-I-I, I have been raped.

Now he’s taken in the courtroom
I-I-I-I-I, I have been raped.
I will bring about this man’s doom,
I-I-I-I-I, I have been raped.

Yes! I won the big court case and,
I-I-I-I-I, I have been raped.
With his money I’ll go to Disneyland,
I-I-I-I-I, I have been raped.

Singing tunes of Marxist Feminists,
I-I-I-I-I, I have been raped.
Now I’ll have a few midnight trysts,
I-I-I-I-I, I have been raped.

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Joy to the World
Joy to the world! The day is here
Let Revolution Rise!
Let every town be communized
And every child too

Of Lenin and Stalin sing
Of Lenin and Stalin sing
Of Lenin, Of Lenin and Stalin sing

Joy to the world! Next Tuesday is here
Feel Proletarian Pride
While we give to the nation
A beast of our creation

Accept it with much joy
Accept it with much joy
Accept it, accept it, with much joy

No more let, the past go on
Nor Capitalism reign
Karl Marx, he designed it,
Obama he has builded it,

And the Capitalist curse is gone,
And the Capitalist curse is gone,
And the Capitalist, Capitalist, curse is gone,

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“Jingle Bells”
Dashing through the dirt
With a rusty and old spade
In the fields I work
All the live-long day

I don’t have lots of cash
The pay it just plain sucks
But I heard that there’s a deficit
so the State can have my bucks.

Refrain:
Oh, gov-ern-ment, gov-ern-ment
Isn’t it the best?
Oh, what fun it is to put
My treasure into its chest

Refrain Again:
A day or two ago
I thought I’d ask for more
Ration stamps or money
But they said no and slammed the door

I don’t have too much cash
I’m not asking for a lot
But if the State needs all that cash
then I guess I’ll have what I got.

Refrain x4

While President Obama was singing “Jingle Bells”

…Michelle Obama and Miss Piggy read “The Night Before the Holidays” together.

Obama declared that, “Today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we have made our union a little more perfect” tweeting the hashtag “#LoveWins.”

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The White House then lit up in “rainbow” colors in solidarity with the SCOTUS “ruling” on gay marriage.

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Sadly, we’ve come to expect attempts at “sanitizing” the Christmas Season to strip it of “Christian” connotations that might offend the “perpetually” offended, just as we’ve come to “expect” President Obama’s lack of “respect” both for our “Constitution” and the men and women who’ve “valiantly” served to protect it.

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When the Obama administration combined these three “fouls” into one giant “hat” trick, it didn’t go over so well with “veterans” who wished to “celebrate” one of the biggest Christian holidays of the year.

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No More Fireworks

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2015 by andelino

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Fireworks cause a toxic brew of unhealthy air, pollution, global warming and climate change.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the particles that “cloud” the air on the 4th of July can cause some serious “health” issues.

The “thousands” of Fourth of July fireworks “celebrations” across the nation bring a toxic brew of “air pollution” to our atmosphere, according to a recent study from “federal” scientists.

The “exploding” fireworks unleash “tiny” particles, about 1/30th the diameter of a typical “human” hair, that can affect “health” because they travel deep into a person’s “respiratory” tract, entering the lungs “causing” cancer.

The tiny particles are known as “particulate matter” and include “dust, dirt, soot, smoke and liquid droplets” and are “measured” in micrometers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A micrometer is “one-millionth” of a meter.

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Levels of fine particulates (in red) were highest on the evening of July 4. The blue bars are the control, or regular levels.

The “fine” particulate matter in this study, which was led by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, were “2.5” micrometers in size.

Both long-and short-term “exposures” to fine particles are linked to a range of health effects, from “coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, to asthma attacks, heart attack and stroke, to even premature death in people with heart or lung disease,” according to the study.

On average, the air is at its “worst” from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the holiday, the study found. But levels “drop” back down by noon on July 5.

“These results will help improve air quality predictions, which currently don’t account for fireworks as a source of air pollution,” said NOAA scientist Dian Seidel and study lead author.

“The study is also another wake-up call for those who may be particularly sensitive to the effects of fine particulate matter,” she said.

The study appeared in the journal Atmospheric Environment.

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A year ago, San Diego’s annual fireworks display, known as the “Big Bay Boom,” went down in “infamy” as the 15-second fireworks show. Actually, it was more like 30 seconds.

The Santore family’s company, Garden State Fireworks, had programmed a computer to control the “firing” of thousands of fireworks shells over the course of nearly 17 minutes, but a “glitch” mashed two data files together, creating a third file that “commanded” all the shells to be fired at once.

This is “disturbing” news. Fireworks are an all-American “tradition.” Everybody likes them; there’s nobody that doesn’t like fireworks, “except” for veterans and canines.

Though, the “veteran” thing can be understood; they spent four years or more being “wary” of bright lights and “loud” bangs and “shell shock” is one hell of a thing to “suffer” with.

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Not to mention what will happen if that “cool” front of firework pollution meets the “warm” front of pollution from the millions of “BBQ grills” that will be spewing cancer causing compounds into the air that same day?

We must ban “fireworks and barbequing” immediately, otherwise who knows what may happen to the “health” of the children of the State!

We must also “revise” all the history books to “reflect” the facts that there were never rockets that exploded mid-air, bombs rained down on mankind, nor the carbon footprints of warfare and air travels contaminating our glorious Motherland!

Did I mention Air Force One?

What a “gift” science has given us! It is not an “excuse” to ban the 4th of July, it’s “essential” to public health, safety and welfare to “ban” 4th of July celebrations.

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