I will be “Dancing in the Streets”

Certainly many sailors and Marines will be dancing in the streets when the most incompetent Secretary of the Navy I have witnessed in 75 years leaves office.. The man is a joke, the man is a liberal —  oops, sorry, a progressive — who has convinced himself he is all-knowing, the man refuted the Marines’ study long before it was even announced, the man’s legacy will be the damage he has  done to our Department of Navy. Bless you Mississippians, why LtjgMabusdid you send the nation such a fool.

Two years in the Navy aboard the USS Little Rock, (during which she spent most of his tour in the yards being refitted) seems to have given him an insight no one else has . Doesn’t this photo of him as a Lt Jg from the ship’s files conjure the desire run with him to the sound of gunfire. Not!  His unilateral push to require the Marines to place women in combat roles was well published. But when the CMC ask about draft registry, he bulked, saying that would require a national debate, but making mothers send their daughters into combat roles did not require national debate? Please, Mabus do not let the door hit you on your way out!

by Hope Hodge Seck                                                                  Mar 01, 2016

The secretary of the Navy will retire within the next year after nearly eight years in office, he confirmed Tuesday to a congressional panel.

Addressing the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on defense for an annual hearing on the sea service budget, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said the hearing would be his eighth and last before the committee.

Mabus, 67, has held the office since May 19, 2009 — serving 2,478 days in office under four different defense secretaries. He did not say during the hearing when exactly he planned to step down.

The last Navy secretary to serve as long as Mabus was Josephus Daniels, who served 2,922 days under President Woodrow Wilson from 1913 to 1921.

“For me, leading the Department of the Navy is the greatest honor of my life,” Mabus said.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our sailors, our Marines and our civilians. I’m also proud of the many steps we’ve taken and the changes we’ve made to try to ensure … the Navy and the Marine Corps in the future remains the greatest expeditionary fighting force the world has ever known.”

The former Democratic governor of Mississippi, Mabus forged a reputation in the Navy as a maverick who prioritized social changes and environmental issues and did not shy away from unilateral actions, controversial decisions and conflict with service counterparts.

Soon after assuming his current post, Mabus announced the creation of a “Great Green Fleet” as part of a series of ambitious energy-saving initiatives for the Marine Corps and the Navy that included the goal to get the department to source half of its energy from alternative sources by 2020.

A 2012 debut of the concept at the Rim of the Pacific exercise stoked furor in Congress when it was discovered that the Navy had spent $12 million for biofuels that cost around $26 per gallon. The exercise resulted in new legislation requiring that bulk purchases of alternative fuels be competitively priced. This year, the Great Green Fleet finally launched on a beef-fat fuel blend that cost $2.05 per gallon.

Mabus also made waves with a series of moves aimed at tearing down gender barriers within the Navy and Marine Corps.

He spearheaded a number of controversial uniform changes aimed at making male and female sailors look at similar as possible. Last October, the Navy rolled out a sweeping list of phased uniform updates that included unisex dress covers, female “crackerjack” dress blues, and a new women’s version of the dress whites uniform. This year, the Naval Academy will do away with women’s skirts for graduation in favor of pants uniforms.

The Marine Corps is also adopting a gender-neutral version of its dress blues uniform.

“In the Navy and in the Marine Corps, we are moving towards uniforms that don’t divide us as male or female, but rather unite us as sailors or Marines,” Mabus said, according to Navy Times reports from the time.

In recent months, the issue of women serving in combat has highlighted a widening rift between Mabus and Marine Corps leadership. The Marines were the only service to request an exception to a Pentagon-wide mandate opening previously closed combat jobs to women, citing a Marine Corps study that showed teams and squads with women were more injury-prone and performed slower and less accurately than all-male teams.

Mabus publicly disparaged the study, accusing the Marine Corps of presupposing a negative outcome for women and of failing to recruit physically capable women to participate in the research.

Later, he ordered the Marine Corps to make job titles gender-neutral and train genders together in boot camp, sounding a warning note to Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller not to “unreasonably delay or prevent the execution of a policy imperative.”

The memo reportedly stoked a heated conflict between the two men. Ultimately, Neller presented Mabus with a brief on how the Marines were currently training recruits, rather than a plan to further gender-integrate training, according to congressional testimony and sources with knowledge of the briefing.

The drawbacks of Mabus’ tendency to effect unilateral change without coordinating with other military leaders can best be seen, perhaps, in the series of evolutions that have taken place regarding maternity leave for Marines and sailors.

Last July, Mabus announced he was tripling maternity leave for the department of the Navy from six weeks to 18, citing a desire to retain more female service members and acknowledge the needs of military families.

But at the end of January, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced he was implementing a 12-week maternity leave policy for all the services — a six-week increase for the Army and the Air Force, but a six-week cut for the Navy and Marine Corps, except for currently pregnant sailors and Marines, who will be honored under the old policy.

In testimony Tuesday, Mabus declined to criticize the Pentagon and its rebuff to his policy change, but maintained his support for an 18-week maternity leave offering.

“We lose twice as many women as men between about the six-year mark to the 12-year mark in both services. In a dual-military couple, almost always, it’s the women that leave,” he said. “If we keep that nine-year sailor, we don’t have to replace that sailor with a brand-new recruit.”

Amid controversy and conflict, Mabus has many supporters in Congress who approve of his progressive policies and ability to affect change.

At the hearing, Defense Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a Republican from New Jersey, saluted Mabus for his years at the helm of the Navy.

“There’s a cake in your future…celebrating your eight years of service and dedication to our nation,” he said.

NOTE: Really Rodney, really? Who, pray tell will bake it, you? And we wonder what’s wrong with the GOP today. Another RINO.

— Hope Hodge Seck can be reached at hope.seck@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @HopeSeck.

Wounded Warrior Redux

marines_sgtMajBradleyKasalStill in the news, and the CEO is no where to be found. Fire the Scumbag, and send his butt to jail! Yeah, I know I’m not being PC, but some things call for one’s true feelings. If you are still donating to this charity, shame on you!

Major donor calls for ouster of Wounded Warrior Project executive

Published March 04, 2016


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A major donor to the Wounded Warrior Project veterans’ charity called Thursday for the nonprofit’s CEO to resign in light of allegations of lavish spending on staff meetings, according to a CBS News report.

Fred and Dianne Kane, the parents of two Iraq War veterans, have donated $325,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project since 2009 through their personal charity, Tee-off for a Cause.

Slightly more than half of the Kanes’ donations directly benefitted veterans, according to CBS News.

But after recent tax forms reflected questionable spending by the veterans’ charity on staff expenditures, including $26 million on conferences and meetings at luxury hotels in 2014 alone, Fred Kane called for CEO Steven Nardizzi to be fired.The expenditure on conferences and travel was up from just $1.7 million in 2010, according to reports.

“Hearing that there was this waste of money, donor dollars that should have been going to servicemen and women that were injured, and that it was spent on [Wounded Warrior Project staff] having a good time—it’s a real disappointment,” Dianne Kane told CBS News.

The Kanes also initiated an online petition calling for a public audit of the Wounded Warrior Project in addition to canceling the next golf tournament Tee-off for a Cause was to hold to benefit the Project.

In January, Charity Navigator, a group that oversees nonprofit organizations, placed Wounded Warrior Project on its watch list, Fox News reported, citing a separate CBS report.

Army Staff Sergeant Erick Millette, who returned from Iraq in 2006 with a bronze star and a purple heart, told CBS News at the time that he admired the charity’s work and took a job with the group in 2014 but quit after two years.

“Their mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors, but what the public doesn’t see is how they spend their money,” he said.

Millette said he witnessed lavish spending on staff, with big “catered” parties.

Also in the previous interview, two former employees, who were so fearful of retaliation they asked that CBS News not show their faces on camera, said spending has skyrocketed since Nardizzi took over as CEO in 2009, pointing to the 2014 annual meeting at a luxury resort in Colorado Springs.

“He rappelled down the side of a building at one of the all hands events. He’s come in on a Segway, he’s come in on a horse,” one employee told CBS News.

Fred Kaine, in the recent interview, questioned Nardizzi’s apparent public absence while his organization has been under scrutiny.

“Where is this guy? You lead from the front—good or bad—you don’t hide,” he said, “If no one is going to talk about this right now and it has to be me, then it has to be me.”

Kane said he has cut charitable ties with the Wounded Warrior Project, embarking on a new charge to effect change at the organization

A Little Humor

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Some humor in this frazzled world in which we live

Hope some of these are new to you. Have a great day     Retired Person’s Perspective

1. I’m not saying let’s go kill all the stupid people.  I’m just saying….. let’s remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out.

2. I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People move out of the way much faster now.

3. You can tell a lot about a woman’s mood just by her hands.  If they are holding a gun, she’s probably pissed.

4. You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone you’ve just met?  That’s common sense leaving your body.

5. I don’t like making plans for the day….. because then the word “premeditated” gets thrown around in the courtroom.

6. I didn’t make it to the gym today.  That makes 1,500 days in a row.

7. I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim.  I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

8. Dear paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers:  If you find one, what’s your plan?

9. Everyone has a right to be stupid.  Politicians just abuse the privilege.

And now the funniest of all:

10. Romney, who couldn’t win a turtle race with a thoroughbred stallion, suddenly is telling us what it takes to become the president. The GOP is really scrambling trying to stop Trump, but the American voter is mad. Go home Romney!


Do you doubt the power of our  “unbiased” media? Personally, I do not watch TV for my news — they all sicken me with their innuendos, clichés, and beauty over substance priorities; ever seen a — to be PC — less than photogenically enhanced person as an anchor? And, of course gender plays a very important role.

Prior to the stock market opening each morning, I browse the Internet to see if anything of significance happened overnight , and if so, I scan selected news sites — both “unbiased” and biased — to see what the talking heads are saying. Personally I’d rather read it than have to listen to them. How do you know if the site is biased or not, you ask? Actually, it is very easy. May I show you?

Go to the link below,  not for it’s content as I am sure you already know the results of Super Tuesday, but let’s determine the slant of the site. It will take you to the Republican results. Look at the photos of the GOP candidates, and don’t forget the photos that slide in and out along the right side. Now go back to the top and go to the Democratic results.  And once again, look at the photos. Is there any doubt in your mind who this site supports?

HimIn case you live under a rock, or typical of many Americans who only see and hear what they want to, I’ll give you a hint. Look at the photo at left and tell me who the site supports?