IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WORK, CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O IS HERE TO HELP.
NO, AMERICA'S PRINCESS IS NOT IMPROVING THE ECONOMY. BUT HE HAS PROVIDED A LIST -- A PRICING LIST -- OF SORTS.
SO IF YOU LOST YOUR JOB AND NOW STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET, THE GOOD NEWS IS IF YOU WILL CONTRIBUTE AND OR RAISE $500,000 FOR THE PRINCESS' 2012 CAMPAIGN, HE WILL HIRE YOU TO HIRE OTHER PEOPLE. DON'T WORRY ABOUT CAMPAIGN LIMITS BECAUSE, AS DEMONSTRATED REPEATEDLY IN 2008, BARRY O DON'T TRACK NO DOUGH EXCEPT THE NUMBERS!
IF $500,000 SEEMS TO STEEP FOR YOU, THESE REPORTERS HAVE GOOD NEWS. IF YOU ARE A MYTHICAL SMALL DONOR, CONGRATULATIONS. MOST OF YOU WERE THE FIRST TO BE DESTROYED BY THE ECONOMY SO IT'S GOOD TO KNOW YOU ARE STILL AROUND. BUT IF YOU CAN REPEAT YOUR 2008 PERFORMANCE AND RAISE AT LEAST $1700 THIS YEAR, BARRY O WILL HIRE YOU TO FOLLOW BO AROUND THE WHITE HOUSE, PICKING UP THE LITTLE 'TREATS' BO LEAVES BEHIND.
IF YOU CAN MANAGE TO SCRAPE TOGETHER $2,500, YOU WILL BE HIRED TO DO ALL THE GARDENING THAT SHE-HULK MICHELLE WILL THEN TAKE CREDIT FOR.
FOR$4000, YOU WILL BE HIRED TO CUT THE SLEEVES OFF ALL SHE-HULK'S NEWLY PURCHASED BLOUSES AND DRESSED.
FOR $6,000 YOU WILL NOT BE HIRED TO FOLLOW BARRY O AROUND AND FLUSH THE TOILET FOR HIM WHEN HE LEAVES A BATHROOM. THAT JOB DOES IT EXIST BUT RIGHT NOW JAY CARNEY HOLDS THE POSITION.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
PFC. Michael C. "Mikey" Olivieri U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS, passed away as a result of insurgent fire in Iraq on June 6, 2011. Cherished husband of Sharon Olivieri. Loving son of Michael A. and Jody Olivieri. Devoted brother of Abby (fiance Adam Brook), Ashley and Joe. Dearest grandson of Joseph J. and Adelaide Olivieri, Dorothy and the late Rolland Riegel. Son-in-law of Nyman and Theresa Beckman. Visitation Wed. 2 p.m. until time of evening service 7:30 p.m. at Modell Funeral Home, 12641 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen, where funeral services will be held on Thursday June 16th at 10 a.m. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Homer Township Public Library in Michael's name to support a silent reading room appreciated. Michael enjoyed music, playing and singing in the band called the Moops. He was an avid Cubs and Bears fan. His sense of humor could bring laughter to all. 708-301-3595 or www.modellfh.com.
David Letterman: Tell us about troops coming home. Iraq? Up and functioning on its own? Not functioning on its own?
Adm Mike Mullen: Well Iraq's actually doing pretty well. We've still got 47,000 troops there -- that's from almost 200,000 a couple of years ago. We will continue to downsize that footprint. Right now, to zero -- based on the agreement we have with the Iraqis. Whether the Iraqis will ask us for some kind of small footprint in the future is to be determined here in the next few months.
He spoke matter of factly.."Whether the Iraqis will ask us for some kind of small footprint in the future is to be determined here in the next few months." And until you know the size of the "footprint," you can't really budget for it. No one wanted to make that point on the Committee -- Democrat or Republican. Iraq was barely even noted -- despite the fact that in the last 8 days, 8 US soldiers have died in Iraq.
"Many of these service members have sacrificed life and limb in Afghanistan and we as a country are going to be taking care of them and their families not just today, not just when they return home, but for a lifetime," Senator Murray said today.
Excerpts from the exchange and the full text of Senator Murray's questions below.
Secretary Gates, last Friday I visited the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and had an opportunity to talk to a number of our wounded warriors, their dedicated providers, and their caregivers.
As you know well, many of these service members have sacrificed life and limb in Afghanistan and we as a country are going to be taking care of them and their families not just today, not just when they return home, but for a lifetime.
As Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, I take this issue very seriously and I've been trying to draw attention to this all too often unseen human cost of the war in thinking about how we should consider that as part of our decision in any long-term conflict.
I think you know, the major components of this long-term war include the fact that deaths from suicide among veterans and service members from this war are on par with combat deaths, many of our warriors are facing difficult challenges accessing needed mental health care when they return home, And that many of the service members serving in Afghanistan today are on their third, fourth, or even fifth tours.
So, while we have talked a great deal about costs in terms of rebuilding projects, Afghan aid, and military resources -- I wanted to ask you today what you -- and the Pentagon -- consider to be the biggest costs of this war to our wounded warriors and their families -- particularly those costs that we will be paying for for a very long time and whether that is ever considered or factored in when you're making decisions about drawing down in Afghanistan?
Excerpts from Sec. Gates' response:
"I cannot say that decisions in terms of drawdowns or military strategy are made bearing in mind the costs of the soldiers, and the sailors, and the marines who suffer, it is on the minds of everybody who makes those decisions, but by the same token, it is the nature of war and it is frankly one of the reasons why, as I told an interviewer a couple of weeks ago, I feel I have become more conservative, more cautious, about when you use force because I've seen the consequences up front," said Sec. Gates.
"The costs are exactly as you described, in lives that are shattered, in bodies that are shattered, and in minds that are shattered," said Sec. Gates. "So from our part, in addition to the VA, we have tried to make sure that these funds for these programs have been protected and will be protected in the future."
Excerpts from Adm. Mullen's response:
"Senator, first of all, I appreciate your leadership on this because it has to have a voice. I actually believe we are just beginning to understand this," said Adm. Mullen in response to Sen. Murray's questions. "Leaders have to continue to focus on 'what are these costs' and I thought you said it very well, it is to repay this debt for the rest of their lives and we need to stay with them so that we understand what that means."
"There are time bombs set up that we know are out there, we just don't know when they're going to go off," Adm. Mullen continued. "The relationship that the Pentagon has with the VA and with communities throughout the country has got to get stronger."
"These costs are longstanding, we don't understand them as well as we should… not just for our members, but also for our families, we see that time and time again. Our families have become almost as much a part of our readiness as anything else and it wasn't that way 10 or 15 years ago. Without them we would be nowhere in these wars," said Adm. Mullen.
The GAO's report describes a dysfunctional security system and identifies 284 sexual assaults at 105 facilities in a three-and-a-half year span. The victims included men and women, employees and patients. Some were being treated for mental illness, substance abuse or post-traumatic stress -- people at their most vulnerable.
The only conclusion is that, despite their protestations, VA leaders -- like Pentagon and military academy officials before them -- haven't paid enough attention to sexual assaults in places under their jurisdiction.
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