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I’m sorry, but I do not believe we need to be spending more on the military.
Currently our spending on military is equal to that of the next 9 countries COMBINED!
The military is 16% of the overall US Budget (mandatory and discretional spending) and 57% of discretional spending! Military spending is roughly equal to what we spend on Veterans’ Benefits, Food & Agriculture, Education, Transportation, Housing & Community, International Affairs, Energy & Environment, & Science, ALL COMBINED!
What I also find amazing is how many republicans and conservatives say “Oh the government shouldn’t be doing ‘X, Y, or Z’ because the government is so wasteful”. And yet, the military has just as much waste (if not more) then any other part of government. The GAO (Government Accountability Office) has been unable to audit the military. The GAO cited as the principal obstacle to its provision of an audit opinion “serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense that made its financial statements unauditable.” For FYs 1998-2010 the Department of Defense’s financial statements were either unauditable or such that no audit opinion could be expressed! But yet, we keep throwing more and more money at our military.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we should defund our military (although I do love the quote from Robert Fulghum that says “It will be a great day when our schools have all money they need, and our air-force has to have a bake-sale to buy a bomber”). We have a LOT of issues here at home that could easily be solved with money, but yet really, we just turn a blind eye to them.
Colbert said it best: “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”
Taken from a live view @SpaceX has of Starman in space! Yep, it’s definitely round! Sorry (ok, not really sorry) all you flat-eathers, but its definitely ROUND!
That was absolutely amazing to watch! @SpaceX just had a very successful 1st test flight of their #FalconHeavy rocket! And they successfully simultaneously landed the two side cores too! We still haven’t gotten word on the main core & if it landed on the drone ship or not. But still a very successful day for @ElonMusk and all the people at #SpaceX!
#NMTraffic: Not a good day for I-40 in #ABQ. Eastbound has been closed since noon as someone is threatening to jump off the Louisiana overpass and now Eastbound is closed at Eubank due to a fatal crash! So let’s just say this, best bet is to avoid both directions of I-40 from I-25 to Tramway until tomorrow morning rush hour!
Looks like the city of #ABQ is just gonna piecemeal the rest of the #PaseoI25 landscaping that it wasn’t able to do in the big package they did last summer / fall. Hopefully they will do Jefferson & Paseo sooner then later. (at Exit 232/Paseo del Norte/N)
#NMWx: Holy crap! #Heatwave
Buddy wasn’t having any part of this tonight, which is sad as this would have been a great photo!
#NMWx: Holy crap, is tomorrow February 1st or April 1st? Mid-60’s for at least the next week? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ll take it! But I sure hope this doesn’t mean we are going to have an early / long summer.
What are you trying to say watch? Are you saying that I’m being lazy? After walking almost 20 miles this weekend, I think I deserve to sit on my rump for a little bit! Plus I’m working, or at least I’m trying too… #PassiveAggressive
What the ….! This is “Meow Manner”. I happened upon this after recording an old episode of “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” on obscure cable channel “UP” (which fun fact used to be the “Gospel Music Channel”). I have no words for what you are about to watch…!
While I knew this was coming (I bought an Apple Watch for Christmas), it’s still sad to me. Pebble was the scrappy startup with a very well polished product. But as their founder said in a blog post after Fitbit had acquired their software, hardware is hard! Pebble really was everything I wanted in a smart watch. Even after a month with my Apple Watch, there are still days I find myself wishing it would do somethings my Pebble did. But I guess that’s progress for you. Now I will give Fitbit credit for keeping Pebble’s servers and products running for 1.5 years after Pebble the company died. And in tech years, 1.5 years is a long time… Guess I’m just feeling a bit #nostalgic after hearing the news.
Something went down by my house this afternoon. 3 APD units had 3 motorcycles and a car were pulled over. Cops were taking statements. Don’t know if this was road rage or what. #BurqueAsFuck
Watch, you must be crazy if you think I’m gonna be able to burn 288 calories & 18 minutes of exercise when there’s 30 minutes left in the day (and I’m already laying in bed)! Plus my sleep has already been crappy enough, let’s not raise my heart rate right before bed & make my sleep worse. K, Thx, Bye.
Oh no, Facebook is down. Guess I’ll actually have to be productive…
#NMTraffic: This is ridiculous! You literally can’t get from the eastside to the westside tonight! Alameda, Paseo, Montoño, & I-40 are all gridlocked to or past I-25! Bridge & Rio Bravo aren’t much better. And 550 is just a complete cluster. All of his because of lane restrictions on Coors around Cottonwood Mall? This work couldn’t be done during the day or on weekends or at nights? It must be done during evening rush hour? Who the hell approved this anyway! This is asinine! Makes me so glad I don’t live one the westside & I feel sorry for all of you that have to put up with this! #RANT
iOS 11.2.5 is out and in the wild. It’s a minor update, so it should a pretty safe update. Got both of my devices queued up right now.
This! Totally This! After Sandy Hook, where 20 innocent little children were gunned down & NOTHING changed, I knew we had hit a new normal, a new depressing normal.
Well this is not good… #BlueScreen #BlueScreenOfDeath
There is beauty everywhere. Sometimes you just have to open your eyes to what’s in front of you…