I am always amazed to see otherwise sane people trip over the moderation line and leap into a frenzy of hatred when others disagree with a particular political viewpoint or approach and then react balefully when they are called on it. You used to see it with Bush Derangement Syndrome or extreme hatred of Karl Rove or Dick Cheney and now one sees it as they attempt to deal with Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Movement. It's really odd. 42% of Americans pay no Income Tax because they are exempt but they get to go out and vote higher and higher taxes on the Americans that do pay taxes in order that LA Unified Schools can build a $578 MILLION dollar school. That would be for 4200 'pupils' probably half of them illegals and half of them with parent that pays no taxes beyond the $8.00/pack on their smokes. That's a nice progressive tax.
Dare to disagree with one wingnut and you are evidently, unpatriotic. Dare to disagree with the opposite wingnut and you are evil, mean spirited, stupid and ugly.
I'm kind of looking forward to November but also looking forward to any pending revelation that 2nd Fleet is on the chopping block. You talk about a useless and pointless staff.... JFCOM did ALL their work and JFCOM is going away which tells you how pointless 2nd Fleet is. I spent 3 years as OPS on a midlevel staff and I would talk to my 3rd Fleet counterparts a couple of times a week but never ever had to show up with a powerpoint briefing about anything. My peer on the east coast had to routinely show up with full powerpoint briefs to brief his counterparts at 2nd Fleet which was pretty pointless on the whole since he also had to walk and talk his brief over to JFCOM for any decisions. Good riddance and take 4th Fleet and 10th Fleet with you into that dark night. Oh, and 6th Fleet too.