Tough Prognosis For Senator John McCain

There’s a time for politics and time for compassion.  Tonight is a time for compassion and prayers for an American warrior Senator John McCain, war hero, Congressman and Senator for the state of Arizona for the past 36 years.

Senator John McCain Alex Popovic blogJust days after having a small blood clot removed from above his left eye, otherwise known as a “keyhole” craniotomy, which involves a small incision to remove the clot from the left frontal lobe, McCain’s doctors at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix announced that brain cancer has now been diagnosed for the 80 year old Senator.

McCain who was a prisoner of war for 6 years and survived some of the most brutal torture and conditions after being shot down in Vietnam and while a prisoner is one tough SOB who can overcome this.

At a time when Washington D.C. and politics has become so divisive maybe we can come together to wish the Senator the best and hope for a speedy recovery.

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The Dark Side Of Contracting Overseas Featured In Spotter Up


Alex Popovic In Northern Iraq

Please check out my latest blog piece over at Spotter Up.  In it I discuss the impact on contractors that are injured overseas while operating in High-Risk Areas such as Iraq or Afghanistan.  I personally went through the ordeal after being injured in Iraq and I discuss what to expect, key terms such as DBA (Defense Base Act), Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) and Average Weekly Wage (AWW).

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The Downward Spiral Of Markus Christobal

What if I told you this was a satirical parody about a person who’s a legend in his own mind?  What if I told you this a journey into sight and sound and this person is a completely fictional character?  Well, they are just that, fictional!

How many of you have seen Batman, the good one with Christian Bale?  Remember the scene with Alfred, when he’s explaining to Batman about what makes people like the Joker tick and he says’s “some men just want to watch the world burn.”  Well, this person is like that.

Marko ChristobalImagine being the worst of the worst narcissists, someone who would brag about killing innocent people in war by putting food out by friendly lines while deployed overseas in a compound that you never left while everyone else did; Rangers, SEAL’s and Special Forces who were out in the thick of things.  I guess that little red, blue and yellow Combat Action Ribbon means you’re a badass and became the center of your world.  Pathetic really, when your service is defined by the ribbons you garnered.

I guess if you don’t have a Navy Achievement Medal, one didn’t achieve anything during his/her service, or a Navy Commendation Medal, then one did nothing commendable.  What if you failed SEAL training,  that would have put you in the thick of things as 9-11 happened and you missed being a part of SOF-like never before?  The “what if” itch must be really gnawing huh? Ringing that bell must have really sucked, I bet you hear it daily. Ding, ding….Ding, ding….Ding, ding.

What if you saw all your friends and former colleagues going off to fight the good fight in what has become America’s longest war?  That itch constantly nagging you as you now work in corporate America unable to contribute in some way shape or form. Instead, you become a self-proclaimed “Google God.”  Or so you think?

What if your moral compass starts becoming skewed at some point during this time, or was it always that way since you came out of the womb and you’re just an evil, ugly person at the core, someone who “just wants to watch the world burn?”

What if you became so enraged you started becoming more “educated” or so you thought and you start thinking you’re better than others in business, and life in general?  You start trying to take what isn’t legally or rightfully yours, you begin losing your ass in lawsuit after lawsuit.  You start hiding behind academia and blogs and making peoples’ and business lives difficult by lashing out with unsubstantiated blogs, accusations, and self-delusional social media justice.  You’re an online bully!  After all “You can hack peoples’ lives” and “destroy them online.”

What if you made fun of and took advantage of Mormon business owners, belittling their religion in front of others after the fact and how stupid they were in settling with you?  What if you made up fake stolen valor claims about others and jumped up and down so loudly within a community in an effort to say “Hey everyone, look he’s a valor thief,” when in reality you completely fabricated it and tried destroying honorable service? Tick, tock, tick, tock, all your transgressions are slowly adding up.

You begin bragging about what you can do and what you’ve done, people smile at you with an apprehensive smile, deep down they feel sorry for you and think “how pathetic.”  Your world becomes the bottle and you’re losing your family and friends, but you’re still telling yourself “we’re playing the game my way,” and ” I’m winning”  What a joke!

I guess life has a way of putting people like you in check and at some point, it decides enough is enough, maybe putting an end to it all would be the best thing for all concerned?  Now your run-ins with the law are starting to become more frequent, you’re missing work and slipping and your employer is onto you, things are unraveling at a fast pace and the end is near.  But then again it’s always been coming, and all by your own doing.

When you’re the result of an outlaw biker and prostitute I guess this was inevitable really.  You’re a cancer that’s slowly done its own thing for too long, screwed up and messed over too many lives and now it’s time to cut it out and send it on its way. Imagine if someone like this actually existed, I’d hate to be that person, their world forever changed because of recent events.  Now go grab your shoe shine box.

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Comey’s “Columbia Professor” Friend Who Leaked Memo Identified

In a stunning admission, fired FBI Director James Comey told a Senate committee on Thursday that he was behind the leak of a memo he wrote that stated “Donald Trump asked me to stem the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey stated “I woke up in the middle of the night” and realized I may be able to use memos I had recorded to share my version of events.”  He went on to say I provided the memo to a friend of mine who’s a Columbia University professor.

No one, on either side of the aisle on the panel pressed him further by asking for who exactly was it.  Well, now I/we know his name is Professor Daniel Richman.

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 11.28.26 AMRichman’s faculty webpage says he is “currently an adviser to FBI Director James B. Comey.”  He is a former federal prosecutor and worked with Comey in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Here’s the potential problem for James Comey, did he leak possible information that should have been classified and that wasn’t so it could get out “his version” of events?  If so he’s in some legal hot water.  Like many watching the proceedings, I was stunned when I heard that a sitting FBI Director leaked information to a “surrogate” in an effort to pass it onto the New York Times of all outlets.

Ohhhh and if you think this was the first time he’s leaked something, think again, he just got caught admitting it, and now we know how pervasive this leaking problem is for the current administration.  I guess he “couldn’t” have leaked that the former AG asked him not to refer to the Clinton scandal as an “investigation” but rather an “event.”

What message does this send to others working in the government?  I guess leaking information is just the new norm in an otherwise already dysfunctional town.

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NSA Leaker Identified, After Trump Admin Probe, Crackdown Begins.

As a nation and a democratic society, never in the history of any presidential administration has it been faced with so many leaks of highly classified information as the Trump administration has been in its first several months in power.

Yesterday a 25-year old NSA Federal contractor named Reality Winner, yes you read that right and one can’t make this up, was arrested and is facing serious charges along with a long prison sentence for removing classified information from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet.

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Courtesy of Instagram

Rocket scientist right!  This Dari, Pashto and Farsi speaker served in the Air Force and was working for Pluribus International Corporation and was assigned to a government facility in Georgia.  She held some of the highest security clearances since being hired on Feb. 13.

Winner, or in this case loser, was identified because she was one of six people who printed the document off of their computer. Of those six, she was the only one who had any email contact with a news outlet according to the Justice Department.

She’s a hardcore Bernie Sanders supporter and her social media footprint shows she is a supporter of Bill Maher, Michael Moore, and openly supports Islamic Society of North America and is a self-proclaimed “resist Trump” believer who called President Trump as a “piece of shit.”

Winner was extremely active on Social Media regarding political activities and was heavily critical of Trump just after he took office. She used the hashtag “NeverMyPresident” and “Resist” in a Facebook post about his position on DAPL.

Here’s her Facebook rant

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Reality is about to set in for this loser in the form of a long Federal Prison sentence, and I hope they throw away the key to send a message to those political hacks who want to follow in her footsteps.

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Russian To Judgement

There’s a saying in Russian (Болтуна язык до добра не доведёт) that literally means “The tongue will bring the chatterer no good.”  Since our 45th President was duly elected there has been a lot of chatter about Russia and that he colluded with them to somehow steal the election with their help.

Washington D.C. has become the most divisive, dysfunctional and distrustful cesspool of elected officials that probably has our forefathers turning in their graves. Only one class is lower than these bumbling idiots and that’s journalists in America.

The American people just want a simple answer, what is happening and to what degree did Russia try to impact the election, followed by what are we doing to fix it?

Anything beyond this is why President Trump got elected as an outsider who ran against the most financially backed candidate in U.S. history with $1.4 Billion dollars+ in her coffers and who also had the entire mainstream media pushing/helping her to win.  How’d that work out for ya?

You know the same media who said this:

The media, or should I say lap dogs of the democratic party, who are fake and lost all credibility with mainstream America, can’t seem to figure out that they’re irrelevant, or maybe they just don’t want to accept it, after all, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

You’re supposed to tell us what you know, not what you think CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, New York Times, Politico, Univision, Yahoo, NPR….you get the idea.

Your job is to gather facts to create a story and report on that objectively, not create a story then gather facts to fit into that story, kind of like the Russian ties to Trump and that he personally colluded with Vlad and is a proxy of the Hammer and Sickle.

Can you tell us how or why he’s been colluding with him, and do you think if there was something there i.e facts that it occurred, that you wouldn’t have spewed it everywhere and broke the story in an effort to be the first to report such a diabolical scheme hoping to raise your guttered ratings?

This is the biggest witch hunt in U.S. political history.  We’re tired of hearing speculation, rumors and unfounded calls for impeachment,  yes a democratic, Rep. Al Green from Texas’ 9th district called for President Trump’s impeachment immediately.  Nancy Pelosi immediately admonished the drunken impeached gentleman.

You’ve created two sides, those that hate Trump and those that will defend him to the hilt.  Guess what you’re both equally dangerous because you the media are supposed to cut through the BS and get to the truth, you know that ethic you threw out the window years ago when you aligned your reporting with your own personal political beliefs.

When you, yes you media, creates the problems and presents itself as the solution then a dangerous impasse has been reached.  You’ve become authors of chaos and doubled down on that, yet you don’t understand why people distrust you more than the very politicians the American people voted against in the last election.

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Aaron Hernandez Murder Conviction Erased

For the past couple of years, most sports buffs have been watching the outcome of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial/s.  Recall that he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Odin Lloyd, and was recently acquitted for a different double slaying in 2012.

Hernandez hung himself on April 19 in his jail cell and his appellate attorneys made their request under a long-standing legal principle that states when defendants die before their direct appeal is decided, their convictions are vacated or erased.

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It begs the question then, did Hernandez know and understand this, and did he take his life in an effort to collect on monies owed to him now under his old contract he had with the New England Patriots?

His contract was worth $40 million, but at the time of his death his estate was worthless and the only item of value, his home, is what his daughter and fiancee may have been able to collect from.

The Patriots may owe Hernandez an additional $3.25 million in guaranteed salary that was halted after his 2013 arrest.

The Patriots pin their case primarily on the notion that Hernandez allegedly committed two murders before signing the 2012 contract. Hernandez’s argument arises from the notion that he earned the payments, and that the Patriots cut him immediately after he was arrested for killing Odin Lloyd, instead of waiting for the league to suspend him.

I guess this is one of those classic cases of “I’ll see you in court.”

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Phoenix Police Arrest Serial Street Shooter


Aaron Juan Saucedo, suspect in Serial Shooting case in Phoenix.  Picture courtesy of Phoenix Police Photos

After almost 2 years and 12 shootings that killed nine people and wounded two others, Phoenix Police announced today that they arrested Aaron Juan Saucedo and charged him with first-degree murder in a killing not originally linked to the string of shootings that had the city on edge for almost two years.

Saucedo is the suspect in at least 12 shootings and faces 27 felony charges including aggravated assault and drive-by-shootings.

He was the same person who was declared a person of interest in the case last month.

The reward on the case got as high as $75,000 and police said the received more than 3,300 tips in the case.

The map below shows where the shootings occurred and mainly in the city’s Maryvale section, a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood on Phoenix’s west side.

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Pat Tillman’s 13th Annual Run Attracts Over 28,000 Participants

Today is the 13th annual Pat Tillman 4.2 mile run which has been held every year since he was killed in combat while serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan.  This years race is the largest to date with over 28,000 participants.

Pat Tillman Alex Popovic BlogEvery year the Tillman foundation gives away full scholarships to veterans and active duty service members from all branches of service in both undergraduate and graduate studies that cover all expenses for awardees.

Who was Pat Tillman you ask, well here are some quick facts

  • He married his High School sweetheart (Marie Ugenti Tillman) and was very close to friends and family.
  • He started his college career in 1994 at ASU as a linebacker and got the last scholarship for the team.
  • He majored in marketing at ASU with a 3.85 GPA he graduated in 3.5 years
  • He was selected as the 226th pick in the NFL draft (one of the last players chosen) by the Arizona Cardinals.
  • He turned down a 5 year, $9 million dollar contract from the St. Louis Rams out of loyalty to the Cardinals.  Amazing right! This guys loyalty is something that was unwavering
  • He finished his NFL career with 155 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 9 pass deflections and 1 interception for 30 yards.
  • He enlisted in the army after 9-11 and completed basic training in September 2002
  • He was killed by friendly fire while serving as a Ranger with the 2nd Ranger Battalion.
  • The army meritoriously promoted him to corporal and he was awarded, posthumously, the Silver Star, Purple Heart, and Meritorious Service Medal

This event has been growing year over year and has given more scholarships away to service members and veterans attending ASU that has impacted so many lives, it’s an honor to be an ASU Sundevil.

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U.S. Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb In Eastern Afghanistan

It was just announced that the US military has dropped the largest bomb in its arsenal that is non-nuclear, in Nangahar Province located in Eastern Afghanistan.

The bomb, known as a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast or MOAB was first tested on March 11, 2003 and weighs 22,600 lbs.  To put that in perspective, each Tomahawk cruise missile weighed 1,000 lbs that were launched into Syria last week.

Just days ago a US Special Forces soldier was killed there and the US has been actively fighting ISIS there who is trying to establish a foothold and expand its caliphate.

Interesting timing right, a day after failed talks with Russia who’s been accused of helping ISIS and Al-Qaeda there, by our top Generals on the ground, not something they’d do unless we had hard evidence.  What do you think Bashaar Al-Assad is thinking holed up in Syria?

There’s a new Sherriff in the world Al-Qaeda and ISIS and his name isn’t Barry O.

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