Sound Choice

16 Jul 19
IT'S YOUNG BOYS

Many people really enjoy traveling to a variety of life’s best experiences. The tips that follow will help you get it all under control. Keep notes of key information if you are traveling abroad. This will let you contact if you need it. They can help you experience. Losing a child sounds absolutely horrifying and […]

16 Jul 19
Flow

Previous chapter. Next chapter. As Siegfried walks away, I wonder how much he’s going to involve himself in this fight. I had predicted he wouldn’t intervene much when I allowed him to travel with me, basing that on my knowledge that the old man has little interest in helping Mirus’ greedy Nobility. I’m sure he […]

16 Jul 19
clubFardeen

BY :- FARDEEN BUTT.. Have some time to kill and only your trusty Android phone to keep you company? Take a gander at some of the most exciting, engaging, and free games that you can download from the Google Play Store. We have a healthy mix including shooters, puzzle games, racing, and lots more. If you’re […]

16 Jul 19
solnassant

TL,DR The point of dressing well is to look “cool” It gets you out of the badly-dressed hole but doesn’t make you a cool God. Work on yourself. Less is more, don’t trust your “I like this funky thing”. Buy to compose outfits, ie to match what you already own, instead of random pieces you […]

16 Jul 19
Mother Jones
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tore into Mark Esper, President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Pentagon, during a series of heated questions at Esper’s confirmation hearing Tuesday morning. Esper was a top lobbyist for defense contractor Raytheon from 2010 until Trump nominated him as Army secretary in 2017 and he pledge to recuse himself from issues involving Raytheon for two years. Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, has been calling for Esper to extend that pledge beyond November 2019, when it is set to expire. Patrick Shanahan, who preceded Esper as acting Pentagon chief before departing last month amid reports of violent turmoil within his family, had been an executive at Boeing before entering government and agreed to permanently recuse himself from issues involving his former employer. “You are not willing to make the same commitment?” Warren asked Esper. “Is that right?”  “I can’t explain why he made that commitment,” Esper said. “He was fulfilling a different role than I am.” Esper graduated from West Point as a classmate of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and served for more than two decades in the Army. After leaving active duty, he worked for three years as chief of staff at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and advised then-Sen. Chuck Hagel. The Senate confirmed him as secretary of the Army in November 2017. Only six lawmakers, including Warren, voted against him.  On Tuesday, Esper refused to budge on Warren’s other requests, which would block him from rejoining Raytheon until at least four years after leaving the government, and would stop him from acquiring a waiver before his recusal period expires that would allow him to intervene in Raytheon-related matters. The exchange prompted an intervention from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who tried to cut off Warren and said she had exceeded her time limit. “This is outrageous,” Warren said. Esper defended himself stridently. “I’ve stepped down from jobs that paid me well, more than what I was working anywhere else,” he said. “I think the presumption is that anybody that comes from the business or the corporate world is corrupt.”  Exchange between @SenWarren and Defense Secretary Nominee @EsperDoD on @Raytheon, ethics, waivers and conflicts of interest. ESPER: "I think this is a good debate –" WARREN: "I'm not trying to have a debate." pic.twitter.com/iu1Chu17ie — CSPAN (@cspan) July 16, 2019 During her presidential campaign, Warren has released a raft of policy proposals, including plans to decrease the Pentagon’s carbon footprint and tighten ethics requirements for Defense Department officials. Using her perch as a member of the Armed Services panel, she urged the Pentagon’s independent watchdog to investigate Shanahan over allegations that he improperly favored Boeing in internal discussions. Though Shanahan was cleared of wrongdoing, the move sharpened Warren’s bona fides as an enemy of the defense industry. Earlier in her Senate career, Warren faced allegations of maintaining cozy ties with defense firms located in Massachusetts, including Raytheon.  Outside of his exchange with Warren, Esper faced few obstacles as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle generally refrained from challenging him harshly. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who sharply criticized former acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan at a Senate hearing in March, began Esper’s hearing by praising him as a person of “sound character and moral courage.” “Most of us were very discouraged by the resignation of Secretary Mattis and what we’ve hoped for is a successor who can show the same level of candor and principle,” Kaine said. “I believe that Dr. Esper has those traits.” Senators frequently returned to the example set by Mattis, the retired Marine Corps general who stepped down as Pentagon chief in December over disagreements with Trump’s treatment of allies and decision to withdraw American troops from Syria. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) asked Esper explicitly, “Would you be a secretary of Defense with views more aligned with Secretary Mattis or more aligned with President Trump?” “I don’t know where to pick between the two, but clearly I shared Secretary Mattis’ views and I expressed that publicly,” Esper replied.  Warren will likely not be able to prevent Esper’s march toward confirmation, but she can delay the process by blocking the Senate’s ability to confirm him by unanimous consent this week. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, who became the Defense Department’s latest acting leader this week, will remain in charge in the meantime. 
16 Jul 19
DECLASSIFIED - Podcast

  Michael:  My name is Michael Coates.  I am a former fire fighter but I am also a former soldier. It is the stories from the individuals within this military community that I am desperate to document. Our next guest Captain Team GB in the very first Invictus Games. After losing both legs in Afghanistan […]

16 Jul 19
The Journaling of Piper 440

Keeping in touch with customers via flat newsletters and traditional emails can become rather boring for both you and your audience. Consider There are all kinds of people in business today putting video marketing to good use. All types of companies are finding ways to reach customers by making short films that appeal to people, […]

16 Jul 19
content mentor

The Statement of Purpose is probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of graduate applications. Most students pass it off like it is just another essay about themselves, and naturally, write monotonous stuff that doesn’t stand out. That is why, the university admissions committee puts a hefty weight on statement of purposes and their structure – they […]

16 Jul 19
Abdullah al Andalusi

I’ve seen many Muslims around the world, admire Jordan Peterson for his “self-help” guides for men and male confidence and attitude, as well as Peterson’s critique of far-left (“Radical Feminist”, “Progressive”, “Neo-Marxist” or “Postmodernist”) activism in the West. Dr Peterson, a clinical Psychologist, rose to fame when he challenged a proposed law in Canada which […]

16 Jul 19

We all know the saying ‘cold feet’ and how nerve racking it can be for some as their wedding date comes closer. Thoughts of being trapped in a relationship that’s suppose to be forever and the kids they don’t think they’re ready for. It hits everyone in a different way, even in ways they never […]

16 Jul 19
Navigating Life's Detours

J.P. has recently decided to either be fussy at bedtime or to whine in the middle of the night. We still have a monitor in his room, so we get to hear it all.

16 Jul 19
The BelgianFriar

I don’t know exactly how long it’s been, but it’s been about at least a decade since I’ve recited the Pledge of Allegiance. It was when my son was checking out Boy Scouts (it didn’t take) and of course one of the first things you do there is recite the pledge. That’s fine. Makes sense. […]

16 Jul 19
Book-bound

New to my blog is #NavigatingNonFiction #4 featuring books from @FlyingEyeBooks @BookLife @Scholastic