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  1. https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/3215451/daf-authorizes-pass-for-covid-booster-by-dec-1/. "Airmen and Guardians who receive the COVID-19 Bivalent Booster released in September are authorized a one-day special pass from their commander as long as the booster is administered by Dec. 1." Stick meet carrot.
  2. The former but I'd still login and verify. The latter is a legit error that occurred last year too and they still haven't fixed.
  3. The U.S. Air Force has announced the completion of two KC-46A Pegasus tanker sorties with only a pilot and single boom operator, as well as an instructor pilot acting only as a safety observer, onboard. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/kc-46-pegasus-tanker-flies-with-a-single-pilot-at-the-controls
  4. Quite bad for those on the new brs. Similar note contributions didn't auto-stop at the limit of $20,500 like they're supposed to. Second year running dfas has overcontributed on my behalf.
  5. I believe the old adage "If everywhere you go smells like shit, maybe it's time to check your shoes?" applies here. There's currently no evidence or verifiable study that republicans are disproportionately tried/prosecuted. There's plenty of evidence (enough to prosecute) that many Republicans have committed crimes. If evidence came to light for a Democrat I'd hope they're also tried. Here's a fun starting point of this "disproportionate" action if we want to continue whataboutisms. Not 1,not 2,but 10 Benghazi hearings. "Ten investigations were conducted into the 2012 Benghazi attack, six of these by Republican-controlled House committees." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Investigation_into_the_2012_Benghazi_attack On the other side of the other hand: Republican Ralph Shortey, a former Oklahoma state senator, Drumpf's Oklahoma campaign chair to plead guilt to child sex trafficking https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/trump-s-oklahoma-campaign-chair-plead-guilt-child-sex-trafficking-n822461?fbclid=IwAR142W77Q5Dan71BsxC_5uH8h1BBA4EGyqP_VMsrx7lSvoPX9Njjvt0oHK0 Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted on federal charges of structuring bank withdrawals after prosecutors alleged Hastert had molested at least four boys as young as 14 and attempted to compensate his victims and subsequently conceal the transactions. Hastert eventually admitted that he sexually abused the boys whom he had coached decades earlier, and was sentenced to fifteen months in prison. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/us/dennis-hastert-released.html Republican Tim Nolan, chairman of Donald Drumpf’s presidential campaign in Kentucky, pled guilty to child sex trafficking and on February 11, 2018 he was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison. https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2018/05/03/former-judge-tim-nolan-could-sentenced-today-more-drama-could-get-way/577947002/ Republican state Senator Ralph Shortey was indicted on four counts of human trafficking and child pornography. In November 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of child sex trafficking in exchange for the dropping of the other charges. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/11/20/former-oklahoma-state-senator-admits-to-child-sex-trafficking-while-in-office/ Republican Minnesota State Representative Jim Knoblach Drops Out Of Race After Daughter Says He Molested Her For More Than Ten Years 22 Sep 2018 https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/22/lawmaker-quits-race-after-daughter-says-he-molested-her-more-than-decade/?utm_term=.8ac8527c7f43 Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida. https://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/sops/flyer.jsf?personId=28587 Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison. http://www.lanternproject.org.uk/library/child-abuse-arrests-and-court-cases/child-abuse-arrests-trials-and-proceedings/ex-county-commissioner-admits-sexual-abuse-of-girl/ Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation. http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20120426/NEWS90/204260334 Republican legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edison_Misla_Aldarondo Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Giordano Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl. http://archive.easyreadernews.com/archives/news2001/0621/rb Shortridge.php Republican Senator Strom Thurmond, a notable racist, had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strom_Thurmond Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile. Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl. https://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/18/nyregion/embroiled-first-selectman-takes-leave.html Republican Congressman Donald “Buz” Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail. https://www.nytimes.com/1989/05/25/us/teen-ager-in-ohio-testifies-to-sex-with-a-congressman.html Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child porn charges and paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual photos. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/2003/04/24/gop-activist-admits-to-child-porn/5af2adf0-bec8-4a10-b061-014de679422a/?utm_term=.d7ebcbf4f92b Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children. http://www.thenewblackmagazine.com/view.aspx?index=437 Republican activist Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child. https://www.westword.com/news/randy-ankeney-suit-that-could-free-thousands-of-prisoners-headed-to-state-supreme-court-6054115 Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor working as a congressional page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Crane Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter. https://www.nytimes.com/1995/08/02/opinion/journal-beverly-russell-s-prayers.html Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bauman Republican Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped. http://www.njherald.com/article/20060510/ARTICLE/305109971 Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. “Republican Marty”), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with an underage girl and one count of delivering the drug LSD. https://www.arktimes.com/TheHoglawyer/archives/2007/08/28/the-latest-republican-sex-scandals-plural---more-of-the-same Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography. Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media. https://www.nytimes.com/1996/06/06/us/politics-the-senate-maine-candidate-again-faces-1990-child-sex-accusation.html Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him. http://www.thedp.com/article/2004/01/brother_stephen_convicted_of_soliciting_sex Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl. https://www.houstonpress.com/news/jon-matthews-conservative-talk-show-host-and-sex-offender-pulled-from-kpfts-prison-show-6740755 Republican anti-gay activist Earl “Butch” Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her. Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison. https://culteducation.com/group/1255-false-memories/6514-man-in-notorious-sex-case-finishes-term.html Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl. https://www.semissourian.com/story/57773.html Republican politician Andrew Buhr was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy. https://www.arktimes.com/TheHoglawyer/archives/2007/08/28/the-latest-republican-sex-scandals-plural---more-of-the-same Republican politician Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children). http://www.chattanoogan.com/2002/6/21/23202/Tennessee-Legislator-Commits-Suicide.aspx Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15-year old girl. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Burt_(anti-abortion_activist) Republican County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a male child. http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Oct/08/ln/hawaii710080338.html Republican activist John Butler was charged with criminal sexual assault on a teenage girl. https://caselaw.findlaw.com/il-court-of-appeals/1113050.html Republican candidate Richard Gardner admitted to molesting his two daughters. https://lasvegassun.com/news/2002/oct/14/assembly-candidate-gardner-ruled-ineligible-due-to/ Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2007/8/7/368012/-Republican-adulterer-accused-rapist-another-in-the-GOP-Hall-of-Shame Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison. https://www.wgal.com/article/council-accepts-resignation-of-member-imprisoned-for-rape/6189408 Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000. http://www.salem-news.com/articles/october172007/repub_scandals_10_17_07.php Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2006/9/30/251895/- Missouri House member faces expulsion after investigation finds he sexually, physically abused his children https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/04/20/rick-roeber-abuse-missouri-house/ Kansas House member Mark Samsel was arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery after getting into a physical altercation with a student while substitute teaching. Videos show Samsel focusing most of his attention on one male student. Samsel “put hands on the student” and allegedly kneed him in the crotch. https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article251069219.html Thread throughly derailed.
  6. Assuming that's the defense they go with the question will be, Does the prosecution have to prove it was still classified and no process to declassify it took place (and what is that process?) or does the defense have to prove it was declassified (and they're not retroactively saying that)? No legal expert but assuming the whole innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Is "I totally declared that declassified" but there's no paperwork, notes, videos, audio, witnesses etc. reasonable enough doubt? Is that enough for someone to have doubt that it's legit vs retroactive CYA for law breaking. Also if that defense does hold up and doing so somehow does count what are the actual National Security implications? Is this material now accessible to the general public via FOIA request? It theoretically should be if unclasses. Remember TS is material that would "cause "exceptionally grave damage" to national security if made publicly available." Edit: Apparently may not matter. "But whether the former president actually declassified the documents may not ultimately matter. The Espionage Act, for instance, does not distinguish between classified and declassified materials – unauthorized retention of any document relevant to the statute remains a crime. "
  7. And now the strawman argument comes out. You do realize South Korea, Iceland, Taiwan, and France have also tried and found former (or current) leaders guilty. That's not even looking at parliaments, etc. Just heads of state. I'd argue it's situational. Yes it's a banana republic thing to use your power to stay in power. However, it's also a sign of a progressive nation that it can hold current or former leaders accountable through a fair process. In this case if you think an FBI led by a republican (trump) appointee asked for and executed a warrant and authorized by a moderate doj head (who I'll note was recommended by Republicans as center enough to fill a Supreme Court justice slot not 6 years ago, so he probably isn't a magical boogie man) is trying to tighten the reigns on power akin to a banana Republic... Bless your heart.
  8. 1. Had he done this while President there might be an argument to be woven. Better if there was an official memorandum stating documents X, Y, and Z are declassified. But with the current situation if the documents are sitting in a safe, still marked classified (rather than appropriately had the markings redacted and marked unclass), and they're not part of the public record (freely accessible via normal means such as a foia request) not a chance in the eyes of the law they were declassified. 2. Did they? Nothing has stated the timeline yet between learning and acting. Unfortunately legal mechanism here turn quite slowly, especially when you consider how squeaky clean a warrant against a former president needs to be due to optics. As for weaponized you do realize the FBI is lead by a trump appointee right? 3. The national archives still manages those records. The location of those records was moved for a specific reason. See the national archives statement here: https://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2022/nr22-001 "The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) assumed exclusive legal and physical custody of Obama Presidential records when President Barack Obama left office in 2017, in accordance with the Presidential Records Act (PRA). NARA moved approximately 30 million pages of unclassified records to a NARA facility in the Chicago area where they are maintained exclusively by NARA. Additionally, NARA maintains the classified Obama Presidential records in a NARA facility in the Washington, DC, area. As required by the PRA, former President Obama has no control over where and how NARA stores the Presidential records of his Administration. " The rest of the whataboutism I'll drop because the entire purpose is misdirection. Would it be nice if everyone was held equally under the law? Yes. Is it too late to start just because we didn't in the past? No. If it was you'd never get any progress because what about in 1700 when I could burn witches? It's not fair I'd get jailed for that now. Someone else did it!
  9. Ah yes the conspicuously timed post that thinks putting on a jacket is more relevant than the recent headlines: Trump probed under Espionage Act, says warrant. Warrant. Trump search warrant: FBI took top secret documents from Mar-a-Lago P.S. If we're stooping low let's not forget this video. Turns out human shit happens to everyone.
  10. Only because the other tanker we've got left is approaching 70 years old with an AP from Boeing that occasionally tries to kill everyone on board. The 46 was supposed to be operational years ago. Wasn't supposed to have tools in the fuel tanks. And a remote vision system that added not detracted. Meanwhile the 330 from LM is fully operational with added capes (and on time to buyers). Yet we're talking about passing it yet again for more 46s for some reason. Especially bad when Boeing has the following track record: 135: A/P tries to kill them. 46: Years late. Fod. Non working boom. NMC. Over budget. New 747: Overbudget. Years late. 737 Max: Grounded for 2ish years. 787: Batteries caught on fire. Grounded for awhile. Also initially late to buyers. Now a great platform. 777X: 5 years behind timeline so far. Wedgie: Not great capes. Old. Still going to take 4-5 years to hit the production line per reports despite being an existing design. P8: Seems solid? Off an existing airframe. Don't follow the navy too much. TX: TBD Airbus recent failures: 380: Wasn't designed structurally for cargo. And economically not the best for airlines. LM Recent Failures: Fat Amy over budget and behind. 50/50 on LM and the scope. From my perspective Boeing has put out nothing on time or budget in the last decade or two. Aside from the 787 they've rehashed new designs rather than push the envelope.
  11. What did end up happening to those guys? I vaugley recall one being forced into being a T6 Sim IP at Laughlin? Or maybe that was a UPT next dude.
  12. From the competitor: https://www.airbus.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2022-07-airbus-a330-mrtt-becomes-worlds-first-tanker-certified-for Meanwhile at Boeing: https://aviationweek.com/shownews/farnborough-airshow/new-air-force-one-delayed-again-first-delivery-set-2026 If we pass up the KC-Y for more 46s we as a force deserve everything that comes after. The fact Boeing still gets contracts proves to me this whole bidding process is a sham. Edit: Forgot we already decided to acquire the wedgie from Boeing. We're screwed.
  13. Update via TPN. The program managed to find over 15 (i.e. 16) people who were willing to submit complete applications.
  14. Not a firing but it sounds like the military lost a good one this time around. Col. Bode of 959th Med Ops Squadron, JBSA resigns the day before change of command stating in an official letter "leaders throughout the chain of command were aware and did nothing to stop illegal, immoral and unethical actions."
  15. Nor the few C-12s (Beech 200/350s) that are scattered around various commands. Are B-2s single pilot rated? I wasn't aware of them having a jump seat but they've also clearly done a fam flight. Must be one or the other.
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