This just in!

The Pentagon spent an average of $2 million a year on “toiletry paper products” between 2000 and 2010.  But that figure jumped to $130 million in 2012.

What gives?

Well, of that $130 million, roughly $58 million was spent on paper products with which one could conceivably wipe their little tush.  $2.7 million was spent on lightbulbs and $9.6 million on canning supplies.  With my measly little brain power I’m thinking this leaves roughly $50 million, give or take a few bucks, that’s simply lumped in with “toiletry paper products.”  Interesting.

Also something to ruminate on:  the biggest vendor of “toiletry paper products” for the Pentagon, and the government, was none other than Georgia-Pacific, or better known as Koch Industries.

Toilet paper.  The boys are in toilet paper.  I’m sure I could come up with something here if I tried hard enough.  However, as the latest Royal Edict of the land is starting to be enforced, I feel I should keep all comments out of the toilet.

Bathroom humor is not one of my fortes anyway.

Though did you know this?  Vietnam soldiers were issued 19 squares a day to take care of their daily business.  19.  Interesting.

OK, maybe toiletry paper products isn’t something you’re keen on knowing about.  How about this tidbit?

One F-35 Joint Strike Fighter costs $137 million.  Or roughly 42 million cupcakes at an average of $3.25 per cupcake.  (We’re talking gourmet, buy-them-by-the-half-dozen and have-them-all-wrapped-up-with-a-bow kind of cupcakes.  All the rage.  There’s even a baking cupcake reality show.  Seriously.  But I digress.)

The Pentagon spent $1 million in 2012 on blood/blood products and $85 million on tobacco products.  I’m having a tough time with this one.  I really am.

Oh, and if you’re going to cry foul cause I’m a pinko liberal dissing on the United States military, take a look at Senator John McCain’s comments about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  He calls it “one of the great national scandals that we have ever had, as far as the expenditure of taxpayers’ dollars are concerned.”  Last time I checked Senator McCain was a healthily red Republican.  Nothing liberal about him.

I could go on and on.  I’m getting all the information for this here post from an article written by Dave Gilson for the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Mother Jones.  The article is replete with example after example of the money spent by the Pentagon on things that make you go ‘hmmmm.’  I highly recommend it.

And on that note, I’m off to dreamland.

 

About madranchwife

Mother, Mad Ranchwife(as in--at times-- crazy, nutso, loco, off-my-rocker insane), Veterinarian, Physical Therapist, "Liberal, pinko, gay-loving, Subaru-driving Socialist" (as I've been called), proud to be a totally tree-huggin', climate change believin', granola girl environmentalist, ObamaGirl, Pro-Choice (don't even get me started here...), and in my younger days a feminist vegetarian as a result of time spent at CU Boulder (this lasted approximately 14 months, until all the Jimmy Buffett I was listening to caused me to crave a cheeseburger). Now I just get pleasure out of swimming against the stream and ruffling a few feathers here in the wild west state of Wyoming!
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