The Pentagon can’t confirm what happened to $45 billion spent in Afghanistan before 2010

crew-2231Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.


Our federal government has few strong suits, particularly when it’s dealing with other people’s money.


d12Once again we see ineptocracy in action.  Why not?  It’s not their money.

The name of the federal government should be shortened to incompetent.

That would appear to be the only thing it does well, muck things up.



The Business Insider

By Brianna Ehley

April 3, 2015


US Army U.S. Army cavalrymen from 1st Platoon, Bulldog Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment; walk by some of the qalat buildings of Charkh District while on their way into the village of Paspajak, Logar province, Afghanistan, June 20.

Hundreds of millions of dollars are missing in action in Afghanistan, and auditors are blaming the Pentagon’s flawed accounting practices for the problem. 

A new report from the office of John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), revealed that there’s virtually no way to know what happened to a large chunk of money the Defense Department spent in Afghanistan before 2010.

Related: $100 Billion in Aid Squandered in Afghanistan

The auditors said DOD handed over data only for $21 billion of the total $66 billion it spent rebuilding the war-torn country. But unlike most cases of missing money in Afghanistan (of which there are plenty), the auditors don’t blame this on corruption or waste — but rather on accounting issues.

The Commander’s Emergency Response Program, for example, is set up in such a way that it’s extremely difficult to monitor all of the money spent on the program’s projects. Under that program, commanders may spend money to respond to emergencies like floods and fires. Any expense below $500,000 isn’t treated as a traditional defense contract and doesn’t have to be recorded in the same way.

The Pentagon only had data for about 57 percent of the total $795 million spent by that program between the years 2002 and 2013.

The report blamed the Pentagon’s earlier (and since discontinued) process for tracking contracts. Today, when DOD awards a contract, it enters the contract into the Federal Procurement Database along with the specific pool of money that will be used to pay the contract.

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This dry-firing range for the Afghan National Police literally disintegrated, but only after costing US taxpayers nearly a half-million dollars.
Before 2010, however, the Pentagon wasn’t required to identify the pool of money the contracts were being paid from when it came to foreign military equipment and arming the Afghan National Security Forces. No wonder those transactions were and are nearly impossible to track.

Out of the total amount DOD has spent in Afghanistan, more than $57 billion has gone to the Afghan Forces – but the Pentagon can only account for about $17 billion.

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VIDEO: Sen. Tim Scott Asked How He Can Stand for the Poor and Be Conservative; You’ll LOVE His Answer!


Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.

Indeed, receiving a F on the NAACP report card must be viewed as an honor.


 Even the name of the organization is an anachronism.  The membership if there is much of one doesn’t refer to themselves as “Colored people.

They got to be African-American don’t ‘cha’ know!!

Imagine if you will, an organization called “The National Association for the Advancement of White People?   

O.K. factually there is one, but it is of no significant value and rarely creates any problems.

That would keep the “Race industry,” and the media busy when they weren’t wetting their beds and then hiding under them with their tin foil hats. 
It speaks directly to the fact that Senator Scott won’t play the race game and votes according to what he believes is best for the country.

Sen. Scott made history on Tuesday as he became the first black senator elected since the Civil War. Scott was previously appointed in January 2013 after then Senator Jim DeMint resigned to head the Heritage Foundation.
So, the oh-so-enlightened left should rejoice at the notion that the South has finally elected a black senator, right?
On Thursday, MSNBC host Thomas Roberts asked, “You say you’re concerned about kids that are growing up in the wrong zip code and, like yourself, had a tough start on the way out. But if we look at agencies that are following some of your voting records, they have concern. And the NAACP has given you an ‘F’ on their annual scorecard.”
Sen. Scott replied with a laugh and answered.
Text of talk below.

Don’t Let The Title Fool You: $700,000 Taxpayer Funded Climate Change Musical Closes

crew-2231Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist Oath Keeper and Patriot.

One must wonder how such nonsense gets funded by the Republican led House of Representative who hold the purse strings.


A safe bet would be it was tacked on as a rider to a bill that nobody bothered to read on either side of the aisle.

This congress, justly deserves the lowest ratings in recent history, the U.S. Senate being a major part of the problem



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Earlier this year I wrote a post about the federal government spending $700,000 of taxpayer money on a musical about climate change entitled “The Great Immensity.”Well the show went on and as expected, it was a dismal failure so much so that the curtain on the disaster is being pulled ahead of time.

Washington Free Beacon

The Great Immensity, a musical described as ‘painfully long‘ and ‘awkward,’ was made possible by a $697,177 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

‘The play, which featured songs and video exploring Americans’ relationships to the environment, opened in New York in April with a three-week run before going on a national tour that was supposed to attract 75,000 patrons,’ reported. ‘But it stalled after a single production in Kansas City, falling short of the lofty goals outlined in a grant proposal….’

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For starters, what were they thinking to use taxpayer dollars on such a failure? Oh, my bad, throwing taxpayer money at promised failures is business as usual for the Obama administration.


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15 Pictures with explanations of Ridiculous Government Spending Guaranteed to Make You Mad


Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.

I’ve reached a point in life where I no longer give a damn how much money the loons on the left squander or tax dollars.  Eventually Lady Thatcher’s axiom will come into play.


When that happens, the revolution begins.  Revolutions have an amazing way of cleaning up the gene pool.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.

The Heritage Foundation

In 2013, federal spending approached $3.5 trillion. Now that’s hard to wrap your brain around. It’s about $27,700 for every American household.

All across America, families balance their budgets, rein in spending, and pay down their debts. If Americans can do it, why can’t the federal government?

Instead, they’re wasting your taxpayer dollars on programs like the ones below. We’ve compiled just 15 examples of the ridiculous spending that is driving America toward a $17 trillion national debt.


1. GATHERING DUST: The Transportation Security Administration let 5,700 pieces of unused security equipment worth $184 million sit in storage in a Dallas, Texas, warehouse, which costs $3.5 million annually to lease and manage. Taxpayers lost another $23 million in depreciation costs, because most of the 472 carry-on baggage screening machines had been housed there for nine months or more. That’s a lot of money!



2. DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: The National Science Foundation used part of a half-million dollar grant to develop a video game that simulates a high school prom.



3. BIRD IS THE WORD: The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research spent $300,000 on a study that concluded the first bird on Earth probably had black feathers.



4. CAFÉ CAR: Taxpayer-funded Amtrak recovered only 44 cents of every dollar of its food and beverage costs on long-distance routes, which already annually lose money.



5. SO MUCH FOR ROBOT NANNIES: The Office of Naval Research spent $450,000 on a study that determined unintelligent robots do not have the ability to maintain a baby’s attention. (The Rest Below)

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Big Spenders Gone Wild

by Dan Mitchell

International Liberty

Last month, Dan shared a video about bloated bureaucracy from a group called Government Gone Wild.

The logo of Citizens Against Government Waste: Question how can there be just one porker of the month?

That generated a big response, so here’s another video from the same group, only this one looks at egregious examples of government waste.

If you like videos on wasteful spending, but prefer a more attractive narrator, click here.

And if you want a video that looks at the economic cost of excessive government spending, watch this mini-documentary on the Rahn Curve.

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Michelle Obama’s trip to Africa: Charges for the Aircraft and Crew Alone Amount to $424,14

Judicial Watch

Comments by Jim Campbell

Unless she was doing some serious shopping for a hut in Kenya, the acknowledged birth place of Barack Hussein Obama, this wide load has no business blowing taxpayer dollars on such an expensive frivolous event.

What possible government business could she have been doing for her to be able to use our tax dollars on such complete nonsense.  She was elected to nothing.  She needs to be chained to the kitchen at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. After all, Obama married her we didn’t? 

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.

Washington, DC — October 4, 2011

Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has obtained mission expense records and passenger manifests from the United States Air Force related to the June 21-27, 2011, trip taken by First Lady Michelle Obama, her family and her staff to South Africa and Botswana. Judicial Watch obtained the documents pursuant to an August 19, 2011, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Air Force (No. 11-1496)).

Judicial Watch is investigating the purpose and itinerary of the trip as well as a breakdown of the costs to taxpayers.

On June 28, 2011, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request seeking the mission takings, transportation records, and passenger manifests for Michelle Obama’s Africa trip. Documents were only provided after Judicial Watch filed suit:

Looks important and official doesn’t it?

  • According to U.S. Department of Defense’s published hourly rates for the C-32A aircraft used for the trip, Judicial Watch calculated the total cost to American taxpayers was $424,142 for use of the aircraft (34.8 flight hours x $12,188 per hour). (The C-32 is a specially configured military version of the Boeing 757.) Other expenses – meals (off the plane), transportation, security, various services, etc. – have yet to be disclosed.

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Let’s talk because it’s your Money

by Jim Campbell

To be sure, the cost of President Obama’s trip to India and other countries in Asia may be “wildly over stated” as claimed by the White House.

Then again since the “most transparent administration” in United States History refuses to account for the actual or projected cost, how will the voter ever know?

In Yesterday’s article in the Wall Street Journal, “Fuzzy Math Dogs Obama’s Asia Trip,” little credence was given to the numbers and in fact the journal called the assertion of 47 warships accompanying the President a rumor.

Today the Pentagon has refuted this story completely  false. Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell called the notion of sending so many warships to protect the president “comical.”

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What Spending Should the GOP Cut?

Downsizing Government 

Congratulations to the wave of Republicans who successfully ran on promises to tackle rising government debt and cut the hugely bloated federal budget. On the campaign trail, most candidates were not very specific about how they would cut the budget, but when they come to Washington they will be looking for good reform targets.

Newcomers to Congress can find a wealth of budget-cutting ideas in recent plans by various D.C. think tanks:

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