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Sara Rebuts Brian

[Originally posted by Sara. Unfortunetly I can’t change who posted this as it was imported from the RSS feed from the old Radio Userland site… I’ll refrain from adding comments and leave the post as is.]
I don’t know why Brian insists on broadcasting all this gung ho right wing crap. He must know that it bothers me. Besides, since we don’t have any regular readership, who else reads it but me?
Now, he loves to talk about military spending, blah blah, not up to standards, well, lets look at that. Brian is trying to make it look like we don’t have any planes or weapons and that if we didn’t vote for some, we would have no defense whatsoever, but guess what, that isn’t the case.
There’s all this talk about how bad or Vietnam era weapons are but lets look at the facts. The F16
is a fighter plane that was first built in 1974 and though modified over the years a few times it was still widely used in 1997 and is still the most used fighter plane in the Western world. 1974 is still considered Vietnam War era I think, and look, still useable, fancy that. Of course it only
reaches a mere mach 2.05. Of course nowadays we don’t use it much, we basically just ship it off to places like Greece, Bahrain, South Korea, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Israel,
Singapore, Oman, and Chile. It can’t be all that bad, if we are sending it to allies for “defense”
purposes.
The A-10 Thunderbolt II was first built in 1975 and launched 90% of the AGM-65 Maverick missiles used there. Also notable is that it is still in use today (Active Force) and the American military has at least 327 (of the various varieties) listed in their inventory. Again, not bad for a
Vietnam era plane considering we still use it. Brian said that Kerry opposed both the F14 and the F15. However, according to my research the F15 was first flown in 1972 and as far as I can tell the last upgrades were made to it in 1979, which would mean that Kerry (who started his Congressional career in 1984) would have had nothing to do with its votes. We still use the F15 by the way; the inventory lists it at 629 units. The F15 made nearly all the air-to-air kills in the Gulf War by the way. Hmm…I just noticed something. We did upgrade a F15 to F15E sometime after Kerry was in office. However, I am loath to inform you that the F15E is only in use in Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. So, I’m afraid that the F15s that we are using now, are actually the F15Ds. We did use the F15Es in the Gulf War, but for some reason decided to give them away and go back to using mainly the F15Ds.
Ah the F14. Well it too is still in use, and first flew in 1970. My how these Vietnam era planes hold up. And yes the F14 did do some damage in operation Iraqi “freedom”. And yes Kerry did vote against the F14 D. But, lets look at the facts. We already had the F14B, which was exactly the same, sans one thing, digital instead of analog avionics. Hmm…same thrust, propulsion, speed, armament, crew, max takeoff weight. Wow. So I can’t speak for Kerry, but perhaps he didn’t think that they needed digital avionics at that time. Otherwise, the plane they were using was exactly the same. (http://home.iae.nl/users/wbergmns/jets.htm)
And, if (like everything else) we didn’t have the B1B, we would have just used the B1. It is not
used much any more, although mainly because we don’t bother to maintain them and it is difficult to find parts now. If we used the B1 more often, then it would have more parts made for it, and it would be mission capable. Also, perhaps the fact that the B1B was well below the mission capable standard until about 2000, probably because it is much more expensive to maintain that most of
our other planes.
(http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/usa/bomber/b-1b.htm)
By the way, what’s with this “Kerry has opposed every major weapon system” stuff? Does
that mean that he has voted for some weapons systems? What are they? Why don’t people talk about them?
Maybe another reason that he opposes military money for planes or other things are the military’s misuse of their money. In the early 1980s and beyond, the military had a habit of overcharging. The classic case of the $640 toilet seat, or the $1,118.26 spare plastic cap for a navigator’s seat on a B52 bomber that is apparently worth about .02. Or read this excerpt.
“The Pentagon is paying 618 percent more for its spare parts than it should, according to the inspector general’s report, titled ‘Commercial Spare Parts Purchased on a Corporate Contract.’ It cited a $24.72 spare part that the government bought from Boeing for $403.39 — a markup of 1,532 percent. Another contractor charged $76 for 57-cent screws.” (http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=17695) Perhaps Kerry is worried that money given to the US Government isn’t going where it should. And, considering the amount of money they ask for, that’s a lot of money to be misplaced. Consider the following, the military and George Bush and constantly moaning that they don’t have enough money for maintenance and spare parts. Now imagine what they would have and accomplish if the money we gave them actually went to where it is supposed to go.
So I’m just trying to say that given the military’s spending record, and the fact that we did (despite naysayers) have a fully stocked military that just needed to maintain itself. I’m not sure that I would have voted to send billions more dollars to our military spending budget. Maybe
they should just learn to work within their budget, and stop buying $7,000.00 coffee makers. Then perhaps they could have afforded the fancy new planes they wanted without having to ask for more billions of dollars on top of the billions they already get.
Now for the less technical stuff: If you love Bush so much, why don’t you marry him? Oh that’s right, that’s not allowed under Bush’s version of America the ‘free’, ha!< I don't think he's doing a good job, and I'm willing to try something different. Supposing that you're right for just one minute and Kerry will not be a good president. Well, then four years from now, we'll vote him out too. I'm willing to give it a shot because anything's better than Bush. Oh no, I'm starting to sound like a Democrat. Well, at least I don't sound like a holier than thou, homophobic, environment destroying, warmonger. Go suck up to Saudi Arabia some more. I hear they had nothing to do with Sept. 11. More to follow...

Crib bumper time & not getting stuff done

Guess its time to get a crib bumper. We just found Ari asleep with a leg dangling out from between two rungs of the crib.
I went to the Podiatrist for the first time today. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I had to have the corners of my big toes dug out though. Next week I will have to have a little procedure to cut out the corners of toe nails down to the nail bed. I guess we’ll see how that goes. It sounds a little scary to me.
Other than that we didn’t get a whole lot done today.
I have some things to do but I’m avoiding getting any work done. Hehe. Oh well, I guess I’d better get on the ball. When I’m working and going to school I’ll need all the extra time I can find, and I don’t want to waste it. I might as well get as much done now as possible. Still don’t know if I got that job yet. Hope so.
Later.

Sara posted an update…

This weekend Marvin and Carole Anne are coming to visit. That should be fun.
Meanwhile…. I had an interview on Monday at Ambiance. I wonder if I will get the
job. The interview seemed to go well. I will get the call probably at the end of the week whether or not I got the job. She said she would take me shopping for new clothes if I get the job, since the dress code is buisness (and I don’t have a lot of stuff like that).
I am borrowing my mother’s car this week while I get ready to have my car fixed. It drives so nice….
I am doing the Atkins thing. I know I am vehemently against it, but what can I say? It works. I will have to update on what I’ve lost so far when I weigh myself again. Check out www.atkins.com.
Also, I am making Ari’s baby food. I have already made and frozen pureed broccoli, and I have some tomatos, carrots, and cabbage that I will do the same to.
My dad left for Jordan Saturday. He will be gone for 2 months. I think I could probably borrow my mom’s car for that long if I had to, but I really want to have my own car done by then.
I am expecting a check from the school for financial aid. It should help. Speaking of school, I am excited for it to start. It doesn’t start until August 30.
Like Brian said, Ari ate food yesterday for the first time. Also, I think he’s pretty close to rolling over from his back to his stomach. He can roll over from his stomach to his back already (although it always looks like an accident). He can sit by himself, since Saturday. Although he’s kind of shakey, so you have to be close by, because when he gets tired, he will flop himself onto the floor. He stands really well with support. He’ll be 5 months in a few days. And, at last count he was 25 inches long and 15 pounds 11 ounces. Ari found his feet last week, and he makes lots of different sounds now. I finally took down the bassinette and put up the play pen. He was outgrowing it anyhow. He sleeps in his crib at night.
As far as our finances go, we seem to be doing much better. We can’t really figure out when/where it happened, but at some point we broke even, and then went over that. Wow. Its good not to have to worry about that so much. I think a laptop or a new computer is one of the last things that we need to be thinking about. I feel like sometimes the Mr. has his prioreties a little mixed up. Yes, a computer would be nice….but… I’m feeling energetic, I hope to do more active-type things with my family. Its important to promote an active lifestyle to my son. Speaking of health, I bought Brian a multivitamin. I thought he should have it since he doesn’t eat a wide variety of fruits or vegetables at this time.
Yusef is thinking about going to school in Orlando, Florida. He is going to visit the school in mid September.
I finally finished watching all of Sex and the City. It was pretty good. We’re watching Dead Like Me now and The 4400. Also, we saw the first episode of Amish in the City and we may watch more of it because it looked interesting. I am caught up on Queer As Folk, and I saw all of Buffy. I really need to start Angel sometime soon.
Anyhow, I should go eat breakfast, or lunch I guess…The Atkins has a way of making you not so hungry. As someone who doesn’t enjoy meat as much as some people, I find myself pretty uninterested in food right now, and take little pleasure in it. Perhaps that’s a plus of the diet. I could see how a person that loves meat would really enjoy eating on this plan. Right now, I find myself eating just to satisfy base hunger, not for pleasure, boredom, stress, etc. Yes, I am hungry, so I’ll say more later.
Oh yes, if I could buy all of my waredrobe at www.hottopic.com I would.
And, World Market is the greatest store in existance.