The White House has no idea when or even is OSHA will ever provide rules to support legally enforceable worker worker vaccine mandates.
Factually, their are against the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and not enforceable as a contingency of employment.
Suck up CEO’s are falling in line with the mantra.
When the dust settles and the smoke clears most will be wondering why they chose to stand on the wrong side of America.
It Was A Con – White House Has No Idea When, or Even If, OSHA Will Ever Provide Rules to Support Legally Enforceable Worker Vaccine Mandate
On September 9th, Joe Biden made the announcement that all employers with more than 100 workers would be required to enforce a national worker vaccine mandate.
The White House stated that OSHA would, “develop a rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated.”
However, following the announcement we noted OSHA was not taking any steps needed to engage with business interests to trigger the first-step in the organization of a process to initiate a rule-making process.
I’m only talking about the basic guidance aspect. [So were Hitler, Stalin and Mao]
Below please a look at today’s dictators below.
The labor discussions with internal and external customers of the DoL, OSHA, etc. to set a calendar for how to implement “guidance”, just that part. There was nothing, and there is nothing.
Finally today, three weeks later, a stenographer for the regime asked the question.
Please pay close attention to the White House response: [13:45 Prompted]
As noted in the obtuse response, the White House has no idea what the current plan is for OSHA to create this rule that will require a national mandate for private sector workers.
The emphasis is on voluntary compliance as an outcome of the decree that a mandate would be forthcoming.
Folks, this looks like a complete con job, pushed by the Biden administration to provide cover for corporations to create a mandate on their own.
Most of President Trump’s Executives were written to overturn the unconstitutional ones written by Obama.
Meaning the intent of the announcement was to create momentum for increased vaccinations, while the Biden regime never did or does intend to use OSHA as a national enforcement mechanism.
There are three elements: (1) Federal worker mandate; (2) Federal contractor mandate; and the big controversial one, (3) a national worker mandate for companies with over 100 employees.
Focusing on #3, the big one. The only material from the White House on the BIG CONTROVERSIAL national worker mandate is a small paragraph on the WH COVID PLAN section:
That’s it folks.
Three weeks later, and that’s the sum total of everything about the biggest economic and workforce disruption in the history of the nation.
That one paragraph posted on September 10th. 2021
Why is this important?
Please see the entire article below the page break.
No one actually expects those who were responsible for this debacle to step up, show leadership and responsibility.
That just likely isn’t going to happen.
Be clear, any member of the U.S. fighting forces in Afghanistan would have blown up all the sophisticated machinery to bit.
Remember, 13 members of the U.S. Marines/special operators were killed during the “Cut and Run,” exercise.
An Afghan soldier take a selfie with his mobile phone inside the Bagram air base after all US and NATO troops left. (Getty Images)
Unless of course they were directed to do otherwise which was likely the case.
Today’s testimony under oath will likely shed no additional light on why Afghanistan has one of the most highly sophisticated military weapons system on the planet.
The Taliban has seized US weapons left in Afghanistan worth billions — possibly including 600,000 assault rifles, some 2,000 armored vehicles, and 40 aircraft, including Black Hawks, according to reports.
The US gave the Afghan military an estimated $28 billion in weaponry between 2002 and 2017 — including seven brand new helicopters delivered to Kabul just a month ago.
The war chest also included the supply of at least 600,000 infantry weapons — including M16 assault rifles — as well as 162,000 pieces of communication equipment and 16,000 night-vision goggles.
In just two years from 2017 to 2019, the US gave 7,035 machine guns, 4,702 Humvees, 20,040 hand grenades, 2,520 bombs and 1,394 grenade launchers, The Hill noted, citing a report last year from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).[Source]
Not a problem:
F-16 Fighting Falcon, Image from the United States Air Force.
How much is an F-15 worth, anyway? As much as $87 million USD. How about a Black Hawk helicopter?
About $6 million USD.
Top Pentagon officials are set to appear on Capitol Hill, giving lawmakers the first opportunity to grill them for the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and subsequent fallout, which saw 13 U.S. service members killed and a retaliatory airstrike kill multiple innocent victims.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (left) continues to have “confidence” in Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley amid calls for Milley’s firing.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin , Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley , and U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Frank McKenzie will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday and the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.
The Biden administration withdrew all remaining U.S. forces from Afghanistan at the end of August, but the final weeks were mired with various crises. The U.S.-trained and funded Afghan military crumbled during a Taliban military offensive, and the Taliban were able to overthrow the government only two weeks before the impending withdrawal date.
Once the Taliban’s ascension to power was complete, the United States and various western countries launched an unprecedented evacuation effort for third-country nationals and Afghan allies who had helped the West during the war and were thought to be in danger under the new government.
Military and administration officials were caught off guard by the Taliban’s success, and lawmakers are expected to ask about various strategic decisions, such as the decision to desert Bagram Airfield to instead utilize Hamid Karzai International Airport.
FRANCISCO SECO/AFP/Getty ImagesGeneral Austin Scott Miller (right) speaks with General Curtis Scaparrotti.
Miller was the only one among the generals who was prepared to give honest straight forward answers.
Of course he was dropped from the list of the generals being deposed.
The evacuations, which resulted in the removal of more than 120,000 people during August, were a target for terrorist attacks by groups such as ISIS-K , the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan.
Those concerns became a reality on Aug. 26, when a suicide bomber killed 13 U.S. service members and roughly 170 civilians at the gates outside the airport.
The U.S. military subsequently launched two airstrikes on Aug. 27 and 29. The first one targeted and killed Kabir Aidi, an ISIS-K member who was “directly connected to the ISIS-K leaders that coordinated the August 26 attack,” said Army Maj. John Rigsbee, a CENTCOM spokesman, while another low-level ISIS collaborator was also killed in the blast, according to a source familiar with the strike.
The second strike, however, targeted and killed an aid worker and nine other civilians, including seven children.
“We now assess that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K or were a direct threat to U.S. forces,” McKenzie said at the Sept. 17 Pentagon press briefing.
“I offer my profound condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed.
This strike was taken in the earnest belief that it would prevent an imminent threat to our forces.”
There are now two separate investigations into the botched drone strike; Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall selected Lt. Gen. Sami Said to lead one, while the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Defense will also investigate the strike.
There were hundreds of American citizens and thousands of Special Immigrant Visa holders left behind when the U.S. left Afghanistan. Many of them are now trapped there.
Milley is also likely to face questions regarding his interactions with his Chinese counterpart Gen. Li Zuocheng, which became a source of public scrutiny following new reporting in the book Peril by Watergate journalist Bob Woodward and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa.
In two calls, one right before the 2020 election and one after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the chairman of the joint chiefs reportedly told Gen. Li that he would warn him if there was an impending attack from the U.S., and the book alleged that Milley initiated the conversation because he was concerned about what President Trump might do while in office or afterward.
As Meng returned home, Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were being released to come back home as well.
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The men were arrested in China in December 2018 on allegations of espionage, shortly after Canada arrested Meng. They landed Saturday in Calgary.
The Trump administration’s Justice Department had accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets and doing business with Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions by using a Hong Kong-based shell company. Meng was charged with fraud in connection with allegedly misleading the HSBC bank about Huawei’s dealings in Iran.
Some commentators said the incident was a cold, calculating action by China, which may have believed that if it took hostages, it could get its way, according to The New York Times.
“They’re not even making a pretense of a pretense that this was anything but a straight hostage situation,” said Donald C. Clarke, a law professor at George Washington University’s Law School specializing in China.
“In a sense, China has strengthened its bargaining position in future negotiations like this,” he said. “They’re saying, if you give them what they want, they will deliver as agreed.”
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“When you look at this, it’s Beijing admitting that this was hostage diplomacy,” said Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada’s ambassador to China from 2012 to 2016, according to The Washington Post.
“They make no qualms about it. … I think the message to the world is, ‘Be careful, because we can go after your citizens if you cross us.’”
Lynette Ong, a political scientist at the University of Toronto, said China has left a stain on its relationships with other countries.
“Going forward, I don’t think Canada-China relations will be the same as they were 1,000 days ago,” she said. “It’s fundamentally at a different point. … I think China has underestimated the cost of playing this game of hostage diplomacy. Its reputation has been tarnished tremendously.”
“This was the political persecution of a Chinese citizen with the goal of crushing a Chinese high-tech enterprise,” said Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry, according to the Times. “The actions by the United States and Canada were classic arbitrary detention.”
The United States officially praised the resolution to the long-running issue.
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“The U.S. Government stands with the international community in welcoming the decision by People’s Republic of China authorities to release Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig after more than two-and-a-half years of arbitrary detention,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement, according to the AP.
Hinckley went to Princeton University, to stalk her, calling her nightly to the point where she taped recorded his calls.
There is no record of how the police, local, or FBI handled this situation.
Hinckley: Not Guilty!
The verdict of “not guilty” for reason of insanity in the 1982 trial of John Hinckley, Jr. for his attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan stunned and outraged many Americans. An ABC News poll taken the day after the verdict showed 83% of those polled thought “justice was not done” in the Hinckley case.
Some people–without much evidence–attributed the verdict to an anti-Reagan bias on the part the Washington, D. C. jury of eleven blacks and one white.
Many more people, however, blamed a legal system that they claimed made it too easy for juries to return “not guilty” verdicts in insanity cases–despite the fact that such pleas were made in only 2% of felony cases and failed over 75% of the time.
Public pressure resulting from the Hinckley verdict spurred Congress and most states into enacting major reforms of laws governing the use of the insanity defense.
[Polls were of no more value back then than they are today]
In July 2016, in 1982, after being treated at St. Elizabeth’s psychiatric hospital for 35 years, Hinckley has been deemed fit for release to live with his 90-year-old mother in Williamsburg, Va. For a number of years his supervised visits had gradually increased to 17 days a month.
As part of the release plan, there will be numerous restrictions imposed on him, including close monitoring of his movements, limiting how far he is able to travel and providing authorities with access to his computer browsing history.
“The court finds by the preponderance of the evidence that Mr. Hinckley will not be a danger to himself or to others if released on full-time convalescent leave to Williamsburg under the conditions proposed,” said U.S. District Judge Paul L Friedman of Washington in his 103-page opinion on the matter.
On August 8th, 2021, the final M9 to be delivered to the American military rolled off the assembly line.
Beretta posted about it to their social media pages, and when I came across the posts, I couldn’t help but feel a little tinge of nostalgic sadness.
I’m not saying the Beretta was better than the SIG, but I loved the M9.
The Beretta M9 replaced the famed 1911A1 pistol,and it was a tough show to follow.
The 1911 had seen use in both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, and every other conflict, both big and small involving American troops since the year 1911.
People loved the gun in the service and in the civilian world.
Lots of people, conversely, hated the M9.
Many believed that the 9mm didn’t have the ‘stopping power’ a 1911 and its 45 ACP round had. Although ‘stopping power’ has long been disproven as a concept entirely. The M9 also suffered a significant setback in public perception when the slide on a pistol blew rearward into the face of a Navy SEAL while training. Beretta quickly fixed the issue, but the SEALs went with the SIG P226. The P226 came in second place during the 1984 trials that resulted in the M9 selection.
Sadly the poor M9 got a bad rap from the get-go and had trouble ever overcoming those early issues. Much like the M16, the M9 went on to serve with distinction as America’s first 9mm, double-stack general issue handgun.
Why the M9?
In 1984 the United States military was looking to modernize and join NATO in adopting a standard 9mm sidearm.
The 1911A1 had been in service for over 70 years at that point and was painfully outdated as a military pistol. The 45 ACP round combined with the weapon’s single stack magazine ensured your capacity remained low–at 7 or 8 rounds (with one in the chamber) total.
The pistol was single action only, and the remaining examples were beaten to hell after their decades of heavy use.
A competition was launched for a modern 9mm pistol to equip the United States Military. It started in 1979 with a series of trials in which the Beretta 92S-1 succeeded.
In 1984 a new set of trials were hosted, and again Beretta rose to the top. In 1985, the gun saw its official adoption. However, once more in 1988, another pistol trial began.
Once more, the Beretta came out on top. [Again, remember, it’s not the weapon, but the ammunition.]
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The Beretta 92 model beat out entries from SIG Sauer, Smith and Wesson, HK, Walther, Steyr, and FN and became the M9 after some minor changes. Testing included saltwater corrosion tests, high and low-temperature tests, repeated drops on concrete, and burial in mud, sand, and snow.
The M9 passed all tests swimmingly.
Over time there were minor issues with magazines in sandy environments, but this was quickly fixed, and the M9 would go on to be relatively controversy-free during the Global War on Terror.
Breaking Down the M9
The M9 offered the United States Military a modern fighting pistol that featured a 15 round, double-stack magazine. We also got a double-action / single-action design. This means the first shot fired utilizes a long, heavy trigger pull, but subsequent shots would be a lighter and short single-action trigger. A combination of safety and decocker adorned the frame and they were easy to use with a bit of practice.
One of the most important elements of the Beretta pistol is its open slide design with an exposed barrel. This offers numerous advantages. First, there is very little slide for a round to find itself caught. The ejection port is essentially the whole of the slide, and this ensures failures to eject are extremely rare.
An open slide means reduced weight, which is also good. A lightweight slide means less mass moving rearward with each shot fired, and this helped reduce recoil.
The barrel also cools faster, but this isn’t a big deal with a handgun. The M9 went on to receive a minor update in 2006 and became the M9A1.
The M9A1 came with an accessory rail, a PVD-coated magazine, more aggressive grip checkering, and a beveled magazine well for faster reloading. M9A1s did not fully replace the M9 and were somewhat rare to come across in the service.
My experience with the M9
As a machine gunner, I was supposed to be issued an M9 as a secondary weapon to my machine gun. However, the Marine Corps rarely follows those rules closely (with a limited number of pistols, they tend to find their way into the hands of officers and senior enlisted troops).
For a long time, I carried both an M16A4 and an M240 machine gun. I, and other machine gunners, never stopped fighting to obtain pistols.
Somehow we complained enough to the right people and were granted our request…as long as we could pass the pistol qualification. They sent us to pistol qual with absolutely zero training with the M9 or handguns in general. Maybe they planned for us to fail. Who knows. All but one of us passed the qualification, however, and they kept their word. We got our M9s, and I treasured mine.
I worked hard for it, and while it may seem like a small victory, it felt like a massive battle for a Lance Corporal to win. I loved the M9–maybe even outside of my victory to obtain it.
The M9 went with me to nearly a dozen different countries from Djibouti to Spain, and it never failed. The M9 served me extremely well, and it served generations of men and women well for the entirety of the Global War On Terror.
One of the defining pictures of the Global War on Terror is that of Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal keeping a grip on his M9 as two Marines carry him after a brutal and intense fight. The M9 is the pistol of my service and my war, so I can’t help but feel nostalgic for it.
So Why Replace It?
Well, technology moves forward. It’s been a long time since 1984, and pistols have advanced. Polymer frames, striker-fired designs, rails, modular pistol frames, and optics cuts are now the standard.
The M9 doesn’t even have an interchangeable front sight. There are complaints regarding the beastly sized grip and unergonomic design for servicemembers with small hands.
Pistols are rarely used for general warfighting, but specialized roles like MPs, Investigators, Personal Security Details, and Special Operation forces can make use of a more modern handgun.
Plus, it might be a fair bit cheaper to purchase modern pistols with modern polymer frames versus an all-metal design.
Even if the SIG is the same or near the same price as the Beretta M9, the advancements and features it offers make it a more attractive purchase.
Even though I acknowledge the M9 is a bit outdated, I can’t help but feel some internal resistance to the new pistol.
As I sit here, like an old man, I can see why people clung to the M1911A1 pistol.
Sure, it might be a little outdated, but I have nothing but fond memories of the M9 and found it to be an amazing pistol.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s CRANE (Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors) program is progressing toward the development of a new X plane maneuvered by active flow control (AFC) rather than mechanical flight-control surfaces.
The United States Air Force is in the midst of creating a new fighter jet under the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program. Assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics hinted at some details of the aircraft’s development in a 2020 interview.
The US Air Force has revealed concept art of its new fighter jet that was designed, built and tested in secret.
Last September, USAF’s top acquisition official, Will Roper, told Defense News: “We’ve already built and flown a full-scale flight demonstrator in the real world, and we broke records in doing it. We are ready to go and build the next-generation aircraft in a way that has never happened before.”
The new plane, which is intended to replace the F-22, is part of the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) programme.
One of the hallmarks of the new military aircraft is that development time has been drastically reduced thanks to digital prototyping. Virtual development can enhance testing capabilities while saving valuable time and money. “Digital engineering seems to accelerate everything,” said assistant secretary Will Roper.
Although many details of the fighter’s capabilities are still classified, there are numerous qualities that may logically fall under the tenants of the NGAD program.
The technology-based development process may include a virtual test environment that creates a holistic model of real-world conditions.
Here’s what we know so far about the NGAD program and the next-generation fighter jet.
For its part of the CRANE program, BAE Systems will evaluate the benefits of using AFC integrated into different air-vehicle concepts leading to a conceptual design review. BAE Systems will mature design, integration, and de-risking activities, including wind tunnel testing at its facilities in 2022.
To discuss the program, the details behind AFC, and BAE Systems’ experience in developing AFC technologies, we talked with Professor Clyde Warsop, a BAE Systems Engineering Fellow who acts as the chief technologist on the company’s portion of the CRANE project.
Breaking Defense: When I first heard of active flow control I thought it might be about using jets of air in place of actuator-operated flight controls, or that it acted like water jets on a speedboat to provide propulsion.
But they’re not correct, are they?
Warsop: Air jets are a way of introducing energy into a flow, but unlike your boat analogy where you’re using water jets as a means of propulsion (just like a jet engine provides propulsion to steer an aircraft), what we’re doing with active flow control is very different.
With AFC, we’re using air jets to manipulate the aerodynamic flow and change the way the air flows around the aircraft to induce a reduction in drag or an increase in lift or a change in aerodynamic performance. It’s about adding small amounts of energy to get big effects out of that energy addition.
Breaking Defense: So active flow control is about aerodynamic control?
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