Let the draft dodger in chief and his straps eat MREs

The management for the Air Force One program is right here in Dayton. Our friends and neighbors (and even a political candidate) work hard to maintain and keep Air Force One flying- but, here is a story about them spending $24 million dollars on some refrigerators. That’s right- refrigerators.

The Boeing Company was awarded a nearly $24 million contract in December to engineer the refrigerators for Air Force One, the Defense Department said.

The two units being replaced came with the aircraft in 1990 and are no longer able “to effectively support mission requirements for food storage,” the Air Force said in a statement on Saturday.

“The units were based on the technology at the time and designed for short-term food storage,” the statement said. “Although serviced on a regular basis, reliability has decreased with failures increasing.”

Perhaps in anticipation of taxpayer sticker shock, the Air Force also said “the engineering required to design, manufacture, conduct environmental testing and obtain Federal Aviation Administration certification” were all included in the cost.

The contract — for $23,657,671 — says that work on the units is expected to be completed by Oct. 30, 2019.

Air Force One must be able to feed passengers and crew for weeks without resupplying, according to the news website Defense One.

According to the site, that would require storing about 3,000 meals in huge refrigerators and freezers below the passenger cabin.

Two galleys can provide up to 100 meals at one sitting, according to the Air Force.

Source: Air Force One Needs 2 New Refrigerators. Together, They Cost $24 Million. – The New York Times

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One Meal Ready To Eat.

The simple cost effective solution is one that every grunt has had to endure- they are called “Meals Ready to Eat” and require absolutely zero refrigeration. You can pack a whole bunch in the space where the fridges are, and they have a shelf life approaching the half life of the nuclear war the president seems so intent on starting.

As to feeding all the straphangers with the fake news organizations- MREs are pretty close to fake food- so they are only fitting for the fake news folks.

There is no excuse for spending $24 million on special refrigerators. In fact, MRE’s may be too nice for these folks- PB&J and some government welfare cheese would be even more appropriate.

Program managers at WPAFB- look out, soon you may hear “You’re fired” for this boondoggle expense.

And Boeing, maybe we really should be buying from Airbus.

 

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The new SBA regional bigwig is a Dayton original

For those of you who read this blog, and watch my videos, you’ll probably remember the 20 minute ramble my friend from across the aisle- Rob Scott and I had about running to be a precinct captain last week: How to run for precinct captain for your party- the video

It quickly got over 1000 views in just a few days, and I’ve had more people come up to me and thank me for it than any video in a long time.

Regional SBA director Rob Scott knows how to share the christmas spirt

Confidence, is being able to wear this suit. Rob Scott is ready to be Santa Claus for small business.

Next time we sit down to talk about something, he’ll be the regional administrator for SBA’s Great Lakes Region (Region V), which covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, and he’s moving the office from Chicago to Ohio. He’ll oversee SBA operations, eight district offices and federal small business assistance programs throughout the six-state region.

The SBA is the one federal organization that actually helps create jobs, providing technical assistance, training, loans and support to small businesses- which make up 99.7% of the employers out there.

When my veterans business group was working to help vetrepreneurs get going- we relied on the SBA office at WSU. Many of my clients got their financing through an SBA loan.

Hopefully, Mr. Bigwig will still be willing to come talk to a small businessman (me) about how the SBA is here to help us little guys get ahead and we’ll make another video.

Rob is a local product graduating from Kettering Fairmount High School, and then getting a degree in Political Science from Wright State and a JD from University of Dayton Law School. He’s on the Kettering City Council, and has practiced law and run political campaigns, including being the Ohio director for the Trump campaign. While at Wright State, Rob worked at the Dayton Daily News, and for a long time wrote a weekly editorial for the Dayton City Paper.

He also launched the Tea Party in the area, overthrew the local Republican Party via a planned precinct captain takeover campaign, and then stepped down when the old school monied elite withdrew support.

Knowing Rob and his dedication to small business and his deep commitment to public service, I’m pretty sure the SBA will be in good hands.

Here’s a great SBA fact sheet on what kind of impact the small business has on the national economy. And, if you listen to Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal like I do, you’ll know Kai’s saying that Wall Street and the Dow is not the economy, even though the people in Washington keep getting it confused with the real economic engine- the small businesses of America. I’m hoping Rob can get that message to the idiots in Congress who’ve sold out to corporate America.

Best of luck Rob. We’ll be rooting for you.

 

Ohio BMV is anti-veteran

There are times when you understand why Americans think their government is run by incompetent imbeciles. Today, I witnessed proof.

A friend, who is a veteran, who has been living off the grid- so to speak, is coming back into society. I’ve been helping him get things in order.

Today, he got a car. The Title bureau asked for ID- he presented his VA ID- and the transfer was made.

Head over to the license bureau, present same ID. Nope. A federal, photo ID with anti-copying technology, not acceptable.

His Social Security card? Sure that’d be fine- except she called his a “Stub”- not the ID. It had his number, his signature, and his name.

He has a micro copy of his DD-214- but, we couldn’t find the SSN.  And, remember- the promise that your SSN was “never to be used for identification purposes”- yeah right.

So, here is the form she handed him for a “valid and acceptable ID”- it includes an “Employer ID Card with photo” a W2 (hey, I’m an employer- I can make these things up all day long)- and wait- a “Motor Vehicle Title”- which we handed her.

A CCW license is acceptable- as is a credit card- but a VA ID is not.

It’s time for a congressional investigation, threaten to shut down the government, c’mon Mike Turner- you’re pro-veteran, get to work.

Maybe if the BMV offices weren’t run by political party cronies, we wouldn’t have these problems.

Here’s the official BMV form 2424. Read it and weep.

Last day to register to vote in May election

In May- all Dayton voters will be asked to choose who they want to advance in the nonpartisan city commission race. This is NOT a primary- you don’t have to declare party affiliation to vote.
The state has made changing and updating your voter registration easier- now allowing updates online: https://olvr.sos.state.oh.us/ovru/Modify.aspx
I usually have voter registration forms at my office at 100 Bonner Street, but, you can now print them out yourself.
You can go to any school or library- as well as the board of elections in the basement of the county building at 451 W. Third Street across from Sinclair Community College.

It’s not a democracy if you don’t actually vote, people.

Another blow to the American dream

Come to America, where everyone can become a millionaire.

Thing is, a million ain’t what it used to be.

It’s been a long time since I served with the U.S. Army Special Forces. We liked to think of our special operations units as the “quiet professionals.” We didn’t like to have our pictures taken, we’d keep a low profile, identifying marks on our bodies that weren’t put there by god weren’t approved of. (A friend, Tim G., got busted 2 ranks and put in a shit job for getting “YANKEE” tattooed across his chest just before being shipped to Nicaragua to train people we had no business training). When “Mark Owen” wrote the book “No Easy Day” about the operation to get Bin Laden, I pre-ordered it and read it the weekend I got it.

I didn’t see anything that even remotely seemed like a security leak, or disclosure of classified info or special ops weapons or tactics. I’d read most of Dick Marcinko’s “Red Cell” books- and gleaned a lot more there.

And while it’s OK for Hillary, Bill, and Barack to make millions from their books- apparently, it’s not OK for an enlisted man to make a dime.

Matt Bissonnette, a former member of Navy SEAL Team 6, will probably have to forfeit at least $4.5 million in book royalties over his failure to allow the Pentagon to review his best seller on the Osama bin Laden raid for possible security breaches, according to court documents filed by his lawyer. The documents say Mr. Bissonnette would also have to give up movie rights to his book “No Easy Day,” worth at least $900,000, and would lose the security clearances needed to do military-related consulting work.

via Former Navy SEAL, Author of Bin Laden Best Seller, May Face Costly Penalties, Lawyer Says – NYTimes.com.

Let’s see the differences:

Bissonnette signed a blank check to the people of the United States guaranteed with his life. He trained harder than 99.99% of Americans. He risked his life many times over.

Hillary, Bill and Barack- got elected. They smiled and waved at cameras, told people what they wanted to hear, and took billions in donations to reach their goal. Hell, even Monica Lewinsky got paid for her near toppling of our government over her sloppy blow job.

Charlie Sheen pretended to be a Navy SEAL- and got paid millions. Why shouldn’t Bissonnette? He’d even promised most of the proceeds to go to families of Navy SEALs who were killed in action, although the foundation refused his donations according to Wikipedia sources.

Generals have made millions from their book deals- I’ve got a signed copy of General Tommy Frank’s book, Colin Powell has a book, McChrystal has a book- after he had to resign for talking to Rolling Stone while still on duty. Look at what all the generals get to do once they retire- sit on boards, work for defense contractors, lecture tours.

Guys like Matt who did their dirty work, make up the largest segment of America’s homeless.

The American dream isn’t what it used to be. Even the guys who make it possible for it to continue to survive- have to fight tooth and nail to get their share.

I hope the Pentagon drops this stupidity before they make bigger fools of themselves.