The Military Thinks Climate Change is Real

It may be an article of faith — literally — for the Christian right that climate change is a gigantic communist hoax, but those Marxists at the Pentagon, who have to have a clear-eyed view of the world, recognize that it’s very real and is going to change the world in important ways. Retired Rear. Admiral David Titley, who is also a PhD meteorologist, had an op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last weekend about it.
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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.
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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:
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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.”
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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