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FDA Approves Civilian Use of New Medical Device to Treat Gunshot Wounds

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This is from OutDoor Hub.

This would be a great thing for every gun owner, hunter and gun range operator to have in their first aid kits.

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Military technology always spills over into the civilian market. We can thank the Department of Defense for countless innovations from the internet to the GPS you are probably use everyday.

Now a medical device, named the XSTAT 30 and designed to treat soldiers with gunshot wounds, has been approved for civilian use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The approval comes after being used by the military since 2013. The device works by injecting a number of small sponges into a wound. The sponges quickly absorb blood and then expand, providing hemostatic pressure on the wound to prevent further bleeding. The device is especially useful for wounds in areas that cannot easily be treated with a tourniquet.

According to the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research, 30 to 40 percent of civilian deaths by traumatic injury are the result of hemorrhaging, and 33 to 56 percent occur before the patient reaches a hospital.

This device could help prevent many of those deaths and it has applications for sportsmen as well. The XSTAT 30 would make a range first aid kit much better equipped and it would also be a welcome addition to a hunter’s pack.

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Congressional Report Identifies Millions in “Paid Patriotism” to Pro Sports Teams

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This is from Warrior Scout. 

I say Damn the Pentagon for paying these teams to have patriotic displays.

I also say Damn these teams for their Phony Patriotism.

Reports Say NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Might Have Teams Pay Money Back

The Pentagon paid NFL teams and other professional sports franchises to honor troops at games and sporting events, according to a new Congressional report.

U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and John McCain (R-AZ) released a new joint oversight report today exposing widespread evidence that the Department of Defense (DOD) has been paying professional sports teams in the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Soccer (MLS) to honor American soldiers at sporting events, a statement from McCain’s office said.

Overall, professional sports teams received millions in sponsored or paid “patriotism,” the report says.

“The report shows that contrary to the leagues’ assertions, 72 of the 122 contracts amounting to $6.8 million contained some form of paid patriotism. Certain contracts show that DOD paid for specific activities including on-field color guard performances, enlistment and re-enlistment ceremonies, performances of the national anthem, full-field flag details, and ceremonial first pitches and puck drops,” the statement continued.

The lengthy report cites numerous examples including $49,000 paid to the Milwaukee Brewers for the Wisconsin National Guard to sponsor performances of “God Bless America” during home games.

Other examples include $20,000 paid to the New York Jets to identify two New Jersey Army National Guard soldiers as “hometown heroes.”

Ealier this year, a statement from McCain’s office detailed a list of more than 20 NFL teams who have profited from the sponsored patriotism that included on-field flag roll outs, pre-game color guard ceremonies, half-time soldier recognition ceremonies and National Guard sponsored high-school player of the week recognitions.

Both Sen. Flake and Sen. McCain released the following statements:

“Fans should not be unknowing viewers of a paid-marketing campaigns. I am pleased that the Department of Defense has banned paid patriotism and the NFL has called on clubs to stop accepting payment for patriotic salutes,” said Senator Flake. “Professional sports teams do a lot of good for our military, but paid patriotism on the taxpayers’ dime cheapens true displays of patriotism.”

“Americans across the country should be deeply disappointed that many of the ceremonies honoring troops at professional sporting events are not actually being conducted out of a sense of patriotism, but for profit in the form of millions in taxpayer dollars going from the Department of Defense to wealthy pro sports franchises,” said Senator McCain. “Fans should have confidence that their hometown heroes are being honored because of their honorable military service, not as a marketing ploy.”

Earlier this year, the senators successfully amended the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 to prohibit the Department of Defense from spending taxpayer dollars on these deceitful practices, and to call on professional sports organizations that have accepted taxpayer funds in exchange for military tributes to donate those profits to organizations supporting U.S. armed forces, veterans, and their families, McCain’s statement continued.

In previous statements, officials with the NFL have defended the league’s support of service-members and sought to draw a distinction between paid recruiting and advertising dollars and separate displays of patriotism.

Now, however, there are several reports that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plans to investigate the issue and potentially repay funds given for “paid patriotism.”

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Reports Say NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Might Have Teams Pay Money Back

The Pentagon paid NFL teams and other professional sports franchises to honor troops at games and sporting events, according to a new Congressional report.

U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and John McCain (R-AZ) released a new joint oversight report today exposing widespread evidence that the Department of Defense (DOD) has been paying professional sports teams in the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Soccer (MLS) to honor American soldiers at sporting events, a statement from McCain’s office said.

Overall, professional sports teams received millions in sponsored or paid “patriotism,” the report says.

“The report shows that contrary to the leagues’ assertions, 72 of the 122 contracts amounting to $6.8 million contained some form of paid patriotism. Certain contracts show that DOD paid for specific activities including on-field color guard performances, enlistment and re-enlistment ceremonies, performances of the national anthem, full-field flag details, and ceremonial first pitches and puck drops,” the statement continued.

The lengthy report cites numerous examples including $49,000 paid to the Milwaukee Brewers for the Wisconsin National Guard to sponsor performances of “God Bless America” during home games.

Other examples include $20,000 paid to the New York Jets to identify two New Jersey Army National Guard soldiers as “hometown heroes.”

Ealier this year, a statement from McCain’s office detailed a list of more than 20 NFL teams who have profited from the sponsored patriotism that included on-field flag roll outs, pre-game color guard ceremonies, half-time soldier recognition ceremonies and National Guard sponsored high-school player of the week recognitions.

Both Sen. Flake and Sen. McCain released the following statements:

“Fans should not be unknowing viewers of a paid-marketing campaigns. I am pleased that the Department of Defense has banned paid patriotism and the NFL has called on clubs to stop accepting payment for patriotic salutes,” said Senator Flake. “Professional sports teams do a lot of good for our military, but paid patriotism on the taxpayers’ dime cheapens true displays of patriotism.”

“Americans across the country should be deeply disappointed that many of the ceremonies honoring troops at professional sporting events are not actually being conducted out of a sense of patriotism, but for profit in the form of millions in taxpayer dollars going from the Department of Defense to wealthy pro sports franchises,” said Senator McCain. “Fans should have confidence that their hometown heroes are being honored because of their honorable military service, not as a marketing ploy.”

Earlier this year, the senators successfully amended the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 to prohibit the Department of Defense from spending taxpayer dollars on these deceitful practices, and to call on professional sports organizations that have accepted taxpayer funds in exchange for military tributes to donate those profits to organizations supporting U.S. armed forces, veterans, and their families, McCain’s statement continued.

In previous statements, officials with the NFL have defended the league’s support of service-members and sought to draw a distinction between paid recruiting and advertising dollars and separate displays of patriotism.

Now, however, there are several reports that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plans to investigate the issue and potentially repay funds given for “paid patriotism.”

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‘Colossal waste’: DOD slammed for $43M, US-funded gas station in Afghanistan

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This is from Fox News.

YGTBSM! I did not know camels used unleaded.

Piss away $43 million on a gas station in Afghanistan, yet gut the military deny them raises and screw with the retirees.

It might be the world’s most expensive gas station — not to mention a gross misuse of taxpayer money, according to a top government watchdog.

The Department of Defense spent $43 million to build a gas station in Afghanistan that should have cost roughly $500,000, the lead oversight team monitoring U.S. spending in Afghanistan has found. The discovery came as part of a broader investigation into allegations of criminal activity within the DOD’s premiere program to kick-start the Afghan economy.

“It’s fright-night at the Pentagon,” John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR), told FoxNews.com, calling the spending “outrageous to the taxpayer.”

At issue is spending by the Task Force for Stability and Business Operations, known as TFBSO or the Task Force, which ended in March 2015. But most alarming, according to Sopko, is the DOD’s failure to answer questions about the $800 million program and its claim the Task Force’s employees no longer work for the DOD.

“I have never in my lifetime seen the Department of Defense or any government agency clam up and claim they don’t know anything about a program,” said Sopko, a former federal prosecutor appointed by President Obama in 2012 to watch over spending in Afghanistan.

“Who’s in charge? Why won’t they talk?” he said. “We have received more allegations about this program than we have received about any other program in Afghanistan.”

 In a report released Monday, SIGAR detailed how TFBSO’s Downstream Gas Utilization Project set out to build a compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station in the Afghan city of Sheberghan in 2011. The U.S. Geological Survey found in 2006 that northern Afghanistan is rich in natural gas reserves, and the Task Force sought to make the compressed natural gas commercially viable by constructing the facility — and more broadly, helping to reduce the war-torn country’s dependence on costly imported gas.

The Task Force struck a contract with Central Asian Engineering, which received just under $3 million from the U.S. government to construct the Sheberghan gas station. Sopko noted the cost of building a similar gas station in neighboring Pakistan is no more than $500,000.

But the final tab in Sheberghan would turn out to be astronomically higher.

The Task Force spent $42,718,739 between 2011 and 2014 to “fund the construction and to supervise the initial operation of the CNG station,” the U.S. military told SIGAR — with “approximately $12.3 million in direct costs and $30 million in overhead costs.”

Who approved all that funding and why are questions the DOD will not answer, according to Sopko.

In an Oct. 22 letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, Sopko asked why no one at the DOD could speak about the nearly-billion dollar TFBSO program, which had reported directly to Carter.

“Frankly, I find it both shocking and incredible that DOD asserts that it no longer has any knowledge about TFBSO, an $800 million program that reported directly to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and only shut down a little over six months ago,” Sopko wrote. “Nevertheless, I intend to continue our inquiry.”

Sopko was responding in part to a June 17 letter from Brian McKeon, the principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy. McKeon had told Sopko in response to earlier questions that “the closure of TFBSO in March 2015 and departure of all its employees have resulted in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) no longer possessing the personnel expertise to address these questions or to assess properly the TFBSO information and documentation retained by WHS in the OSD Executive Archive.”

“It is totally incredible that you now have a ghost program in the Department of Defense,” Sopko told FoxNews.com. “It’s almost like it’s pixie dust.”

SIGAR said it is unable to determine whether the CNG station in Sheberghan is currently operational. But government documents obtained by the oversight team show that Qashqari Oil and Gas Services — the business that took over the station in 2014 — did not renew its business license six months later, in November 2014.

The TFBSO was originally created by the DOD to revitalize Iraq’s economy after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. The program was redirected to Afghanistan in 2009 to lead projects supporting economic development.

Sopko said his office has received “numerous allegations” of criminal activity by the Task Force from former employees as well as “current and former uniformed officers who worked over there, other agencies and contractors.” He declined to elaborate on the specifics of the accusations.

A review by FoxNews.com shows at least one employee — Joseph Catalino, the former head of the Task Force — is still employed by the Defense Department in a senior role.

According to a congressional source, Catalino was in charge of TFBSO in Afghanistan before beginning work in June as a senior adviser in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict. The DOD’s personnel office confirmed Catalino’s employment and current job title.

A senior defense official, speaking on background, said Sopko and his team have access to extensive records archived with Washington Headquarters Services (WHS), and he disputed any suggestion of a deliberate effort by the DOD to conceal information.

The official, however, told FoxNews.com he could not name any current DOD employees with detailed knowledge of the gas station project and said decisions made on its construction predated Catalino’s time as head of the Task Force. The official said he did not know whether the gas station was currently functional.

Sopko said billions of U.S. dollars have been wasted to date in Afghanistan. In its quarterly report to Congress, released Friday, SIGAR said the U.S. has provided $8.4 billion for counter-narcotics efforts in Afghanistan since 2002, yet the country remains the world’s leading producer of opium.

SIGAR’s report on the $43 million gas station spurred outrage among U.S. lawmakers in both parties who called for a thorough investigation into the program’s finances.

“There’s few things in this job that literally make my jaw drop,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “But of all the examples of wasteful projects in Iraq and Afghanistan that the Pentagon began prior to our wartime contracting reforms, this genuinely shocked me.”

“It’s hard to imagine a more outrageous waste of money than building an alternative fuel station in a war-torn country that costs more than 8,000 percent more than it should, and is too dangerous for a watchdog to verify whether it is even operational,” said McCaskill, who penned a letter to Carter on Monday demanding information. “Perhaps equally outrageous however, is that the Pentagon has apparently shirked its responsibility to fully account for the taxpayer money that’s been wasted — an unacceptable lack of transparency that I’ll be thoroughly investigating.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, echoed McCaskill’s call for transparency and said, “Under the law, government employees are not authorized to spend tax dollars without proper documentation like contracts, invoices, receiving reports and payment vouchers.”

“If those documents don’t exist, that’s a huge problem,” Grassley said. “The Defense Department needs to come clean, drop the obfuscation, and hold people responsible for a colossal waste of tax dollars.”

GAO: Defense Department ‘Violated’ Two Laws in Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

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This is from CNSNews.

Six of Deserter and Traitor Bergdahl’s comrades die trying to rescue him.

Then Deserter and Traitor Bergdahl gets his freedom because Obama trades six vicious terrorists for his freedom.

Why hasn’t Bergdahl been tried and executed for desertion in the face of the enemy?

 

The Government Accountability Office issued an opinion today that found the Obama Administration “violated” two laws when it ordered the transfer of five high profile Taliban commanders in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from captivity.

The GAO finding came at the request of several Republican senators on June 13, 2014. Released today, the report states:

“We conclude that DOD violated section 8111 because itdid not notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the transfer.”

The seven-page report goes on to explain the purpose of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 and the applicable section 8111 that was violated by the Pentagon.

The report also details a second violation of law under the Antideficiency Act. This act states that an agency may not use appropriated funds “in a manner specifically prohibited by law.” The GAO found that because the DOD violated section 8111 of the Defense Authorization Act, it too violated the Antideficiency Act by using funds to transport the prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Qatar:

“As a consequence of using its appropriations in a manner specifically prohibited by law, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act.”

Sgt. Bergdahl is currently in the United States and has been questioned by military authorities about his suspected desertion of his base in Afghanistan in 2009. That investigation is ongoing.

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