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#1 Floppin

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:55 PM

From a workshop on whether Jesus' salvation would apply to aliens to determining the color of the feathers on a 150-million-year-old creature deemed the Earth's first bird, the Pentagon has spent money on some questionable projects, according to Sen. Tom Coburn.

At a time when many Republicans argue the Defense Department cannot afford new spending cuts, Mr. Coburn, Congress's top waste-watcher, released a report Thursday arguing that in fact the Pentagon is awash in billions of dollars of non-security spending that should be cut.

"The American people expect the Pentagon's $600 billion annual budget to go toward our nation's defense," the Oklahoma Republican said. "That isn't happening. Billions of defense dollars are being spent on programs and missions that have little or nothing to do with national security, or are already being performed by other government agencies."

Mr. Coburn said that over the next decade, the Defense Department will spend $6 billion on non-military research, $9 billion on running grocery stores, and some $37 billion on support and supply services that could better be done by civilians or the private sector.

Among the more curious spending was:

$300,000 spent by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to fund Brown University's research into archaeopteryx, the 150-million-year-old early bird, in which the researchers determined the creature likely had black feathers.

an Office of Naval Research research project that helped spawn Caffeine Zone 2, an iPhone application that tells people how to schedule their coffee breaks.

$1.5 million to develop a special new roll-up beef jerky, which Mr. Coburn said was funded by taking money out of a weapons program.

$100,000 for a 2011 workshop on interstellar space travel that included a session entitled "Did Jesus die for Klingons too?" The session probed how Christian theology would apply in the event of the discovery of aliens.


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#2 pstall

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:02 PM

umm. you missed easily the greatest pun thread of all time today that was related to this.

#3 SZ James (banned)

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:04 PM

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#4 Floppin

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:06 PM

umm. you missed easily the greatest pun thread of all time today that was related to this.


You're right, I didn't look closely enough at the first page. Heh, been busy today. Hmmm. I'll change this to something else.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:08 PM

but go and read them. awesome

#6 Floppin

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:08 PM

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:56 PM

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:01 PM

fyi, that was in response to the original article, which was about Hostess and not about a CT or whathaveyou

#9 NanuqoftheNorth

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:22 AM

The military budget has almost doubled in the last decade. With the war in Iraq over and the war in Afghanistan winding down this would be a perfect time to reevaluate our military priorities.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 12:07 PM

The beef rollups sound like a solid use of funds.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 12:36 PM

I can justify the military applications of almost everything mentioned there except Archaeopteryx color and the aliens. Unless we had already met some aliens... or if the Archaeopteryx research was just a cover for some other secret (maybe genetic) research.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:38 PM

The beef rollups sound like a solid use of funds.


So that's what the leather in MREs is supposed to be

#13 Chimera

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:39 PM

I can justify the military applications of almost everything mentioned there except Archaeopteryx color and the aliens. Unless we had already met some aliens... or if the Archaeopteryx research was just a cover for some other secret (maybe genetic) research.


The Air Force is the most useless branch of the military, yet they get that kind of money to waste.


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