Fleming: We Can’t Let Our Precious Veterans Smoke Pot!

Rep. John Fleming was one of the members of the House of Representatives who voted down an amendment that would have allowed VA doctors from discussing medical marijuana with veterans in states that allow it. On Tony Perkins' radio show he explained his ignorant and ridiculous rationale: … [Read more...]

Military Personnel Can Officially be Humanist

In the military, each soldier is allowed to specify a religious identification on their dog tags and in official records, but their choices are limited to a list of approved designations. For a long time, one could only identify as "no religious preference" if they were an atheist or humanist, but that is finally changing. … [Read more...]

Do They Ever Stop Lying?

A few months ago, the Air Force Academy decided to allow officer candidates to omit the phrase "so help me God" from their oaths upon graduation. That set off a typhoon of dishonesty and demagoguery that has yet to subside. A huge coalition of Christian right groups put up this billboard near the campus of the academy: … [Read more...]

OMG! Obama is Disarming America!

I am alternately amused and appalled by the hysterical overreaction from the right to the Obama administration's proposed Pentagon budget cuts that aren't really cuts at all. The Worldnetdaily wants you to know that Obama is "unilaterally disarming" the country. … [Read more...]

West: Hagel a ‘Traitor’ For Suggesting Budget Cuts

The Obama administration is proposing budget cuts that aren't really cuts at all and wingnut Allen West is losing his mind about it, even calling Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel a "turncoat" and a "traitor" for the "unconscionable" cuts that will "weaken America." … [Read more...]

Those Serious Defense Spending Cuts

The media is breathlessly reporting on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's newly announced Pentagon budget proposal, which -- OMG! -- reduces the number of troops to the lowest number since before WW2! These are very deep, major cuts in spending, you guys. Except, of course, they aren't. From Hagel's speech announcing the "cuts." … [Read more...]

WND: Be Afraid of Iranian Boats

Iran has sent a couple of small warships into the Atlantic ocean where they will come some relatively short distance from the United States. The Worldnetdaily predictably, and amusingly, thinks you should be very afraid of this because they might shoot off a nuclear weapon they don't have. … [Read more...]

OMG! The Iranians are Coming!

Way back in the 1980s, legendary comedian Barry Crimmins joked about Reagan sending an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf, saying, "The Iranians are beefing up their navy, they're getting inboard-outboard engines now." That's pretty much how I feel about the Iranians sending "warships" to the Atlantic Ocean. … [Read more...]

New Air Force Academy Leader Off to Good Start

The Air Force Academy has a new dean of faculty, Brig. Gen. Andy Armacost, and he seems to be getting off to a good start by giving a talk to all faculty to remind them that they cannot proselytize while doing their jobs, especially during class. Mikey Weinstein reprints a letter from someone at the academy. … [Read more...]

Gates: Obama Just Not Enthusiastic Enough

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, a Republican that President Obama asked to stay on in that position after the 2008 election, has a new book out that apparently makes some rather incoherent criticisms of the president. Greg Jaffe has a review of the book in the Washington Post. One of the odd positions he evidently takes is that while Obama was right in his decisions about the war in Afghanistan, he just wasn't sufficiently enthusiastic about it. … [Read more...]

Afghanistan Likely to Turn Ugly When We Leave

The American intelligence community has apparently now concluded what anyone with even a modest understanding of history and human nature could -- and did -- predict back in 2001: That when the American occupation of Afghanistan ends this year, it's likely to descend into civil war and chaos. … [Read more...]

The Real Story of a Drone Operator

Heather Linebaugh knows something few people do: What it's really like to carry out a drone strike that results in extraordinary destruction and death. She shares that story in The Guardian, wishing that legislators who speak so casually about the program could understand the psychological impact it has. … [Read more...]