Thursday, February 28, 2013

President Obama Creates New Medal for Drone Operators

Washington DC, Feb 28, 2013 -  One big story that the White House friendly media isn't reporting is the the many protests against President Obama's use of drones as a weapon of war.

Drones are essentially small remote control planes that carry either cameras for surveillance or warheads to kill people with.

Most people have no problem with the first case but are leery about the second.

This is because it is difficult to kill one person with a drone without also killing everyone else in the immediate vicinity. So sometimes innocent women and children, and other non combatants become victims of drone attacks.

When we use drones, we fight wars from a computer console and video screen. It isn't hard to imagine that using drones that often kill nearby civilians isn't particularly popular among the nations that are targeted. Rather than improving our relations with other nations, the use of these drones is causing outrage and anger in many parts of the world.

Despite this, the Obama Administration recently announced that the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it from afar. The drone operators can now be recognized for their bravery and heroism.

The new blue, red and white-ribboned Distinguished Warfare Medal will be awarded to individuals for "extraordinary achievement" related to a military operation that occurred after Sept. 11, 2001.

The medal will be considered a bit higher in ranking than the Bronze Star, but is lower than the Silver Star, defense officials said.

The Bronze Star is the fourth highest combat decoration and rewards meritorious service in battle, while the Silver Star is the third highest combat award given for bravery.

The new Obama Administration medal has come under criticism from both veterans groups and members of Congress because the drone medal outranks other medals that were earned in actual combat. But unlike other combat medals, it does not require the recipient risk his or her life to get it.

John Hamilton, the VFW's commander in chief, said it's important to recognize drone pilots and others. "But medals that can only be earned in combat must outrank new medals earned in the rear," he said.

Members of Congress are also getting involved. Five veterans now serving in the House introduced a bill that would prohibit the Defense Department from rating the medal equal to or higher than the Purple Heart.

A medal's order of precedence refers to how it is supposed to be displayed, with the Medal of Honor getting top billing among nearly 60 medals and ribbons.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict To Step Down; Hillary Clinton Will Seek Job

Bill and Hillary with former Pope John Paul II

Thursday, January 31, 2013

President Obama Lays Off His Own Jobs Council

President Obama's Jobs Council, having one of their rare meetings
Washington DC, Jan 31, 2012. Two years ago President Barack Hussein Obama, D-Kenya,  formed his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in order to create new jobs for Americans.

Back then, unemployment was right around 9 percent. Two years president later, more than 12 million people in the U.S. are still out of work.

The official unemployment rate has improved to 7.8 percent, but this is largely due to the White House changing the way we count the unemployed. There are actually more people without jobs today then there were the day the President created his Jobs Council.

The Jobs Council was created by one of the President's executive orders, and the original order said that it would expire in two years. 

"I've had enough with these clowns"
The White House has indicated that the President will not seek to extend it, because it has been so ineffectual in creating any new jobs.

According to our sources, the President is furious with his own Jobs Council.

"They were supposed to create millions of new jobs, but instead we lost millions more jobs," and inside source reported hearing him say. "I'm just very lucky that my voters didn't care about my performance in this area" he went on to say.

The 2012 election was the first time in our history where a president won reelection despite worsening economic conditions.

Had the president actually created some jobs he probably would have won with a much larger margin. As it was, the president was very fortunate that his voters don't seem to care much about whether he creates any jobs at all.

Labor Force Participation Rate hits an all time low
The main concern of the Obama voters seemed to be whether the government would extend unemployment benefits, continue free school lunches, federal housing subsidies and the food stamps and welfare programs.

Their primary interest wasn't in "finding a job," but rather in getting more free benefits from the Federal Government.

President Obama met with the council only a handful of times. His last meeting with the group was in February 2012, almost a full year ago.