• How Your State Dept is Dealing with the Sequester ($$$ Edition)

    March 5, 2013

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Embassy/State

    The sequester and overall budget mess in Washington is expected to impact all Americans. Money will get tighter, and government services will slow or stop– we’ve been told to expect longer lines at airport security, fewer park rangers, less money for schools and more.

    But wait… There’s more!

    Luckily, your State Department does not seem to be affected. Here are a few ways that your tax money is still being spent as Rome burns:

    UPDATE: Passport Day in the USA 2013: Due to the budget sequestration, Department of State Passport Agencies will not be participating and will be CLOSED. But…

    Secretary of State John Kerry announced the U.S. will provide $250 million in assistance to Egypt after Egypt’s president promised to move ahead with negotiations with the International Monetary Fund over economic reforms. Whew, close call on that one but no matter what happens here in Der Homeland, for only a $250 million bribe Egypt will “move ahead” on negotiation. And American struggling small business owners, $60 million of the cash to Egypt is for the creation of a fund to support small businesses– over there.

    Movie buffs all know that the “Afghan” film Buzkashi Boys almost won an Oscar this year, losing in the Short Film (Live Action) category to Curfew. But did you know that it was your State Department that funded the film, some $220,000? That small amount, was “funded almost entirely out of a $150 million State Department campaign to combat extremism, support Afghan media and burnish the U.S. image in Afghanistan.”

    It may be that fund that your State Department will draw from to support the “Afghanistan Is Getting Better, Website and Story Corps” grant of $250,000 of sequester-proof tax dollars to someone who can “create and design a stand-alone website or dedicated channel on YouTube.com that allows individuals from within Afghanistan and across the globe to upload short personally recorded videos describing why and how the individual is contributing to the betterment of Afghanistan and/or the ways in which the Afghanistan of today has provided opportunities that didn’t exist before, and offering messages of hope for the country’s future.”

    Though the sequester will impact American education funding, it will not stop our important educational relationships with Pakistan. We reported earlier on a $1 million of tax money State Department grant to any four-year college or university in the U. S. willing to establish a cooperative agreement with the University of Karachi in Public Policy and Public Administration. Good news! In addition to that grant, State is also offering another $1 million bucks to anyone interested in setting up a cooperative agreement to establish a University Partnership with Karachi’s Kinnaird College for Women in English Literature.

    Keep in mind that the items above are just a sample, drawn from a few random trolls around the web. Sleep tight, America, knowing that more of your money is being spent while you are napping.

    BONUS: Play a fun drinking game; re-order the list above by either “importance to America” or “biggest waste of money.” Then, drink.

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  • Recent Comments

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      I hear the State Department’s Office of Inspector General is hiring Crazy Pete to do their auditing:


      03/5/13 2:15 PM | Comment Link

    • JVC said...


      US debt now ~74% of the GDP. The popular culture is filled with violence and prattle. The government doesn’t work or worse, accelerates these tendencies. There is malice in our hearts my friends and though every generation thinks The End is right around the corner, certainly one could not be faulted for thinking conditions are ripe for a colossal failure on our watch.

      03/5/13 4:08 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...


      So State is looking for someone who will peddle, “messages of hope for the [Afghanistan’s] future”, huh?

      I thought that “changey-hopey” thing had been ditched already. It’s “Forward” now, come hell or highwater.

      … perhaps they haven’t gotten word yet.

      03/5/13 8:38 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Piling on State…and I don’t mean the snow:

      03/6/13 10:16 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      Told you so.

      03/6/13 1:46 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      “So State is looking for someone who will peddle, “messages of hope for the [Afghanistan’s] future”, huh?”

      It would cost almost nothing if they simply plagiarised from the Maoist 1964 ballet-opera, “The East is Red”. Here fast forward to 6:00 when the Muslims of Xinjiang (East Turkestan) thank the Chinese Communists for invading them. BTW, those racially Turkic people are played here by Han Chinese in make-up:


      03/6/13 2:21 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      PS, after the above scene of fake Uighurs, it’s followed by fake Tibetans (also Han Chinese in make-up) singing and dancing to thank Chairman Mao for liberating them.

      03/6/13 2:26 PM | Comment Link

    • Lafcadio said...


      Right now, Consular Affiars is wasting money with it’s stupid Consular Leadership Day. Cables are raining in to the Department, describing the latest field trips to local parks and idiotic trivia games played with the local staff. A big waste of time.

      Re the Iraq link supplied by Bauer: hopefully, W the Younger, Dancing Dick Cheney,
      Condi the Mediocore, and the rest of the neo-con gang will be getting ass-raped in hell through eternity by 20 foot tall demons who shoot burning tar ejaculate.

      Just kinda a wish/hope of mine.

      03/6/13 4:10 PM | Comment Link

    • Lafcadio said...


      Oh, and they’ll have to listen to Billy Mays commercials between the rapes.

      03/6/13 4:11 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      Lafcadio wrote:

      “…hopefully, W the Younger, Dancing Dick Cheney,
      Condi the Mediocore, and the rest of the neo-con gang will be getting ass-raped in hell through eternity by 20 foot tall demons who shoot burning tar ejaculate.
      Just kinda a wish/hope of mine.”

      You neglected to mention Emperor Obama and Hillary Clinton, and others.

      But then in all seriousness, my religion…

      …(THE Catholic Church!…heh, just saying that makes all of those Protestant sects look SO fragile and flimsy as they truly are, HA!)…

      …well as I was saying, my Lord Jesus Christ obliges me to hope that ALL souls (both Christian and non-Christian) will ultimately go to Heaven…

      …but on the other hand, my ancient faith ALSO teaches me, that for the likes of the rulers of the American Empire, going to Hell is literally the most likely prospect, unless they totally repent from their idolatrous worship of the Empire and its power and their own selves. And no I’m not being ironic. Actually many of the nominally “pagan” heroes of the ancient Roman Republic would also agree with me:


      03/6/13 5:38 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      PS to my above comment about the lunatic ancient Roman Emperor Caligula, who reigned for four years, 37-41 AD:

      The Mad Emperor Caligular murdered far fewer persons in his four years of rule, than Obama has murdered in the four years since 2009. Here is the tally of Caligula’s extrajudicial, political murders:

      Eleven. Eleven persons killed under Emperor Caligula’s orders, plus one Senator who was hacked to death by other Senators under the Emperor’s instigation. Total death toll of Caligula: 12.

      Obama kills that many Humans before breakfast.

      03/6/13 5:59 PM | Comment Link

    • Mark Main said...


      And the sophist and luxist Alec J Ross, the 21st century Elmer Gantry, is already “wheels up” and off on yet another luxury vacation in Switzerland. Supposedly to tell the 1st world and high-tech nation about…the internet.

      Well spent, State Department. Well spent!

      03/6/13 9:08 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      No comment necessary. Behold, the Senate and their God the Commander in Chief!:


      03/6/13 10:24 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      And for the non-believers among you, a reminder that dark skin has magical powers:


      03/6/13 10:39 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      quote: “Obama kills that many Humans before breakfast.”unquote

      He likes to read the kill list while eating too.

      03/7/13 4:22 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...



      I appreciate your highly eclectic musical sources.

      Everything old is new again, if one but knows where to look. “The half of knowledge, is knowing where to find knowledge” … I read that on the frieze of Dodd Hall, the site of my first philosophy class. Even in the Deep South there are intimations of wisdom, if one quints and looks very hard.

      03/7/13 9:27 PM | Comment Link

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