Bleak U.S. job market boosts military recruitment

There are many people benefitting from the current economic collapse.   Some of them are well known, such as Goldman Sachs, who is preparing to dole out 23 billion dollars in embezzlement “bonuses” to its co-conspirators in the high-tech looting it’s managed to pull off …. then of course there are the other “too big to fail” banks which are simply gobbling up the “too small to be saved” banks, and therefore growing even bigger.    Then of course there is the military industrial complex which I like to call “Corporate Welfare” because, well, that’s really all it is ….

But guess what the Military Industrial Complex needs?    Cannon fodder, that’s what it needs.  Gullible young men who are seduced into believing that joining the military is just like playing that ubercool video game.   But this got a little tricky when in spite of the massive censorship imposed on our so-called “media” about how dangerous it actually was to join the military while we were raping invading two different countries that didn’t really want to be invaded, so recruitment sorta dropped off, to the point where recruiters were taking damn near anybody who could fog a mirror, including the mentally deficient, the morally deficient, the drugged, the mentally ill, you can pretty much name it.

Well all that has changed!   And this is GREAT NEWS for the military, because now the economy has tanked to the point where nobody can get a job.    And people need jobs.   So what are the poor slobs doing who can’t even get a job at the local diary queen or Wal Mart these days?    Why, they’re signing up with the Military!    

And the military couldn’t be happier.

Bleak U.S. job market boosts military recruitment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Aided by a bleak job market, the U.S. military met all of its recruitment goals in the past year for the first time since it became an all-volunteer force in 1973, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. If you’re looking to join such establishments, you can learn more about employment testing prior to your application.

Military services have been stretched thin by conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, giving added weight to recruitment efforts as President Barack Obama considers sending another 40,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan next year.

The United States already has 67,000 troops in Afghanistan and about 119,000 in Iraq.

Pentagon officials said recruitment gains were fueled by the deepest U.S. recession since the Great Depression and an unemployment rate nearing 10 percent.

“For the first time since the advent of the all-volunteer force, all of the military components, active and reserve, met their number as well as their quality goals,” said Bill Carr, deputy undersecretary of defense for military personnel policy.

Wow!  Let’s Par-TEE!   Woo hooo!   I mean, this is great news, because Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama sneaked 13,000 more troops into Afghanistan without telling anybody and where were those supposed to come from?

WASHINGTON (AFP) – In an unannounced move, President Barack Obama is dispatching an additional 13,000 US troops to Afghanistan beyond the 21,000 he announced publicly in March, The Washington Post reported Monday.

The additional forces are primarily support forces — such as engineers, medical personnel, intelligence experts and military police — the Post said, bringing the total buildup Obama has approved for the war-torn nation to 34,000.

“Obama authorized the whole thing. The only thing you saw announced in a press release was the 21,000,” a defense official familiar with the troop-approval process told the daily.

It is a DAMN GOOD THING that these men and women couldn’t get jobs anywhere else otherwise where would Obama have gotten these personnel?    

It almost makes you wonder if the people who really run things think that this “downturn” business is actually good for business.   I mean, the people in charge are doing just fine, and when else would you have a “buying opportunity” but during a downturn?    


In other disgusting news, Ship built with WTC steel sails for namesake city.

I’m so glad we finally got that steel back.  You know, the steel that was whisked away out of the biggest crime scene in American history, the evidence that was removed before it could be investigated — it has now returned to our country, and to New York, in the form of a Navy ship designed specifically to blow shit up and kill people.  

There is just something so incredibly, Jokeresquely EVIL about this that it makes my skin crawl.

A Navy assault ship built with tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center towers began its journey to New York on Tuesday, sailing down the Mississippi River in a pea-soup fog as watchers along the levee strained for a glimpse.

The USS New York, named to commemorate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, left the Northrop Grumman shipyard where it was built for the trip to its namesake city. The $1 billion ship will be formally commissioned in New York in early November.

Someone, somewhere, is laughing their ass off.


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    • Inky99 on October 14, 2009 at 08:53

    What’s ironic is that I grew up in the military.  It’s pure socialism.  

  1. and even more disgusting news… you’re right Inky. still sitting here shaking my head in disbelief. and I’m still waiting for the collective WHAT THE FUCK! to be shouted from the rooftops, and the rhetorical pitchforks and torches that follow…

    well, wish us luck over here in the Caribbean… our shit really starts to hit the fan tomorrow. today’s sorta like the calm before the storm, so I’ve been distracting myself online for a while this morning…

    My community organizing is done until tonight, we’ve already stocked up on 50lb bags of rice, beans, dog food and cat food, and plenty of gas for the truck and generator, so at least we’ll be able to eat and keep up our strength, keep the lights on and get to where we need to go for the next couple of months during the island-wide General Strike and increased protests in the streets that start tomorrow – our own version of pitchforks and torches.

    the police presence is already overwhelming everywhere, they’re trying to discourage the civil disobedience that’s about to overtake the island – but it ain’t gonna fucking work! they’ve cracked down on protests over the past couple of weeks, but it’s only pissed us off even more. I guess they don’t remember our 300 straight days of civil disobedience to get the Navy the fuck off the island, and stopping the vaunted MIC and their tools like Oklahoma’s Inhofe and Virginia’s Warner from continuing to use Vieques as a live-fire training ground.

    I guess they’re about to get another reminder of what collective determination looks like…

  2. you can still join until your 45 now !

    At least you’ll have roof over your head (sometimes)

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