The Damn Few
A Few Good Men
“You can’t handle the truth. Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because, deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said “thank you” and went on your way. Otherwise I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand at post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.”
FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina ~ 18 FEB 2014
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(“It seems the Wounded Warriors Project is coming under a lot of fire for my article about it being a legal scam.”) ~ Wounded Warriors Project – Saving Sargent Ryan | Veterans Today
…by Alex Graham
It seems the Wounded Warriors Project is coming under a lot of fire for my article about it being a legal scam. In the last two weeks however, bowing to immense pressure, they have suddenly opted in to helping Veterans financially.
This Revelation from on High came to Mr. Nardizzi and and his loyal krewe of sixteen acolytes after the dismal December fundraising statistics were posted near the WWP water cooler February First. Read more…
Terrifying J. Garrow Interview: Obama Asks Military to Fire on Americans
The Independent Sentinel ^ | Jan 26, 2014 | Sara Noble
Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 1:22:12 PM by Mortrey
In keeping with the ever increasing trend of military and law enforcement cooperation and the growing prevalence of civilian police forces conducting drills with military forces, South Carolina’s Richland County Sheriff’s Office has announced that it will be engaging in joint training exercises on Monday and Tuesday with unidentified units from Ft. Bragg.
BLOGGING BAD w/Gunny G: HERE’S ONE I POSTED A WHILE BACK @ A PLACE CALLED ROCHESTER…October 21, 2003
“MY APARTMENT” …by Dick Gaines
October 21, 2003
The large Marine Corps emblem that adorned the bukhead outside had stopped me cold as I rounded a curve and came upon the old building and bar named \”My Apartment.\”
Another sign outside announced \”Marine Corps Birthday Ball Every Year November 10th!\”–or words to that effect.
Inside, the young man at the bar advised me that the bar had long been/and still was owned by an older former Marine–his name escapes me at the moment.
The Marine had suffered a stroke a year or two prior to my visit, and except for Nov. 10th and New Years, seldom ever came into the bar anymore.
The bulkheads were lined back-to-back with numerous old full-size Marine Corps recruiting posters and other memorabilia from days long gone by.
There wasn\’t a bare spot anywhere in the place where something else \’Marine Corps\’ could have been hung–and the bartender remarked, \”you should see all the stuff in the basement!\” I spent considerable time examining the posters and photographs there.
Originally posted on IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN...BLOGGING BAD w/Gunny.G...:
\’A Promise Broken\’: Budget Deal Hits Military Retirees\’ Pensions
FOX News ^ | 10 Jan 14 | Christina Scotti
Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 1:54:11 PM by SkyPilot
Last month’s congressional budget deal hit military retirees with 20 years of service or more in a very real and controversial way: It trimmed their cost-of-living adjustments [COLAs] by 1% each year until they reach 62.
Veterans’ groups say this reduction could add up to an average of more than $80,000 in losses for retirees who are affected — and a loss of confidence in the U.S. government’s word.
The recently passed cut, which is supposed to save an estimated $6 billion in the next decade, does not take effect until 2015, but the battle over this provision, which supporters call much-needed, has already started.
“The U.S. government has broken their promise and for someone who has committed themselves — commitments…
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By Nick Turse
January 8, 2014
“Dude, I don’t need to play these stupid games. I know what you’re trying to do.” With that, Major Matthew Robert Bockholt hung up on me.
More than a month before, I had called U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with a series of basic questions: In how many countries were U.S. Special Operations Forces deployed in 2013? Are manpower levels set to expand to 72,000 in 2014? Is SOCOM still aiming for growth rates of 3%-5% per year? How many training exercises did the command carry out in 2013? Basic stuff.
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If the military WERE to replace Obama, wouldn’t that then be ‘martial law’, even if the majority of Americans AGREE that Mr. Obama should be replaced for his crimes against humanity and the US Constitution?
Is martial law in America, due to the military replacing the US government, BETTER than what we have now?
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Security Insiders: It\’s Time to Reduce Military Health and Pension Benefits
National Journal ^ | January 2, 2014 | Sarah Sorcher
Posted on Friday, January 03, 2014 9:25:56 AM by Poundstone
The time has come: Military health and pension benefits, which have more than doubled in the past decade, should be reduced as the defense budget comes down, said a whopping 90 percent majority of National Journal\’s National Security Insiders.
Ryan O’Connell and Neil Berman: Military pension politics….. “Eighteen-year-old men and women are walking into recruiting offices across the nation, entering into contracts whereby they are to serve and protect our freedom in return for which they will receive a pension at a particular rate upon retirement. What is not explained to them is that their employer can breach this contract without fear of punishment, whereas if service members breach the contract they face criminal charges.”
Ryan O\’Connell and Neil Berman: Military pension politics
Monterey Herald ^ | 2 Jan 14 | Ryan O\’Connell and Neil Berman
Posted on Thursday, January 02, 2014 3:06:48 PM by SkyPilot
The passage of a bipartisan budget surprised many after the Washington D.C. fiasco of 2013. But having both parties working together does not mean the interests of all are served. No one knows that better than the men and women in, and retired from, our military. They are the most recent victim of budget cuts.
Lawmakers renew push to prevent military pension cuts
FoxNews ^ | Dec 21, 2013 | FoxNews
Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 7:30:36 AM by Innovative
A group of Republican lawmakers has renewed an effort to undo pension cuts to military retirees included in the recently passed budget agreement and offset the costs by reining in an IRS credit that illegal immigrants have claimed.
Obama to Military – Will you FIRE on Americans?… “Is Obama preparing to become a dictator? Communists never give up power once they are in control of government. With total control of the military and, the immigration from arab countries of so called refuges who will be made citizens in 10 days according to plans. Does he need for the new immigrants to be citizens in order to arm them?”
Obama to Military – Will you FIRE on Americans?
IsraPundit ^ | 12/17/13 | Dr. Jim Garrow
Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 2:39:16 PM by Yollopoliuhqui
Is Obama preparing to become a dictator? Communists never give up power once they are in control of government.
Gunny G: Col Bud Day USAF Ret, WWII Marine, POW, BailOut w/o Parachute, Major Reason Medical Benefits Were Restored Mil Retirees During Clinton Era…
Congress double-crosses military retirees
CNN ^ | 13 Dec 13 | Rebekah Sanderlin
Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 6:25:15 AM by SkyPilot
Edited on Saturday, December 14, 2013 7:31:16 AM by Admin Moderator. [history]
Editor\’s note: Rebekah Sanderlin is an Army wife, Military Spouse of the Year finalist, and a writer who focuses on military issues. She, her husband and their three children are stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. She is an advisory board member of the Military Family Advisory Network.
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…..I liked the old enlisted rank structure prior to 1959–we got along fine back then w/o super-sergeants (pay grades E-8/E-9), and I considered then, and now, the new E-1/E-9 thing to be a humbug–it wasn\’t Marine Corps–it was a DOD thing the Corps had no choice in it.
I don\’t OohRah! See my OohRah Origin/History site for more on that.
We Asked A Military Expert If All The World\’s Armies Could Shut Down The US
Vice.com ^ | 04 October 2013 | Oscar Rickett
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 7:53:26 PM by zeestephen
Interview with: Dylan Lehrke, Americas Armed Forces Analyst at IHS Jane\’s. \”As the world military balance stands today, even in the unlikely case that the entire world aligns against them, the United States could not be conquered.\”
ARTICLES: LewRockwell.com… ~ The Wickedness of Soldiers Could US military worship have it exactly wrong? Article by Laurence Vance. ~ Is the Superpower Scared of Iran? – gmail.com – Gmail, Etc!!!!!
The Wickedness of Soldiers
Could US military worship have it exactly wrong? Article by Laurence Vance.
ARTICLES !!!!! ~ LewRockwell.com… “Even More of a Threat Than You Think Andrew Napolitano on Soeterocare.”
The Commies Are Coming! The Commies Are Coming!
The terrorists and the uh, er, bogeymen, too, says Butler Shaffer.
Even More of a Threat Than You Think
Andrew Napolitano on Soeterocare.
The Corps Report Ep. 27 — Typhoon Aid and the Corps Adopts a new Universal Cover
USMC \’Corps Report\’ ^ | 11/15/13 | USMC
Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013 12:51:55 PM by Joe Brower
The Corps Report Ep. 27 — Typhoon Aid and the Corps Adopts a new Universal Cover
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It’s as if the Pentagon wants the Marines to dress for surrender. The controversy isn’t over a weapon or a fighting tactic. It is over the design of the hat. Apparently they want to have a unisex hat for the Marines. Why would they need to redesign the hat if both men and women wear the same design? The new design looks like they are either French police officers or in the French Foreign Legion.
I have been submitting ideas to the military since 1970 when I submitted a satellite defense system to Nixon which used charged particle beam weapons. I resubmitted the idea in 1981 to President Reagan as a part of my Presidential platform for 1992. On my cable TV program during the late 1980′s I did a series on the military in the future. In the part about the Marines I drew a weapon I call a multi-mode because it could use an electromagnetic discharge system to throw magnetized projectiles toward targets at over 10 miles per second.
GUNNY G: MY old GyG post to FR from 2001 on Gunny Dan Daly !!!!!
Stand Down Marines & Supporters-No Change to Male Cover-Vanity
Marine Corps Facebook Page ^ | October 25, 2013 | Marines
Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 10:03:41 AM by huldah1776
Why are our Military Leaders being Purged?… “Are these senior officers being ‘shown the door’ deliberately? These occurrences are very unsettling. We’ll just have to wait for the scuttlebutt I guess. Let’s just pray no dishonor is coming to them from the Communist-in-Chief.”
Why are our Military Leaders being Purged?
From the Trenches ^ | 10/20/13 | Uknown
Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 9:09:34 AM by TangledUpInBlue
Are these senior officers being ‘shown the door’ deliberately? These occurrences are very unsettling. We’ll just have to wait for the scuttlebutt I guess. Let’s just pray no dishonor is coming to them from the Communist-in-Chief.
Special Ops Uniform Will Transform Commandos Into an Iron Man Army
By Allen McDuffee
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on the Warrior Web Project, which has many of the attributes of the Army’s Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit concept. Image: DARPA
Examiner.Com ^ | October 16, 2013
Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 11:52:53 AM by BulletBobCo
But for the third time, Obama referred to \”my military\” during the ceremony, according to a transcript at the official website of the U.S. Army.
7 High Ranking Military Officers Fired By Obama, 1st Time In US History; Are These the Ones That Wont Cooperate With The Impending Martial Law In The US? (Video) | Conspiracy Theories
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Are these the men standing between us and martial law? They have been fired over various things ranging from sexual harassment to lack of trust. One thing they all have in common is their combat roles. They were all commanders of combat units. Its a conspiracy theory for sure but I dont remember the last time I’ve ever heard of thismany top ranking military men being fired fromtheir posts. -Mort
How Much More Will Our Military Take?….. “This Administration is bending over backwards to destroy the spirit of our Military forces. One has to seriously wonder how much more they will take before they act…”
How Much More Will Our Military Take?
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This Administration is bending over backwards to destroy the spirit of our Military forces. One has to seriously wonder how much more they will take before they act…
Veteran angered at government sends \’distress call\’ to communityNW Florida Daily News ^ | 10/10/2013 | WENDY VICTORAPosted on Saturday, October 12, 2013 7:43:36 AM by markomalley
“I had to do something,” said the Air Force veteran, who is upset about the government’s treatment of veterans.DeFUNIAK SPRINGS —A retired Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam sent a “distress call” to the community Thursday morning.Edward Armbruster had his son help him turn a large American flag upside down outside his business complex on U.S. Highway 90.
Blog: Remember Obama’s Civilian National Security … “Now we see, perhaps, then-Candidate Obama\’s intent re-emerging — not through the creation of a voluntary service program, but through the co-opting of various government agencies to suppress those whom this administration perceives as enemies…”Force?
Is Obama planning to have a Civilian Security Force in addition to the military? \”We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we\’ve set. We\’ve got to have a civilian national security force that\’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.\”
Oath Keepers is Going “Operational” by Forming Special “Civilization Preservation” Teams
Oath Keepers ^ | October, 01, 2013
Posted on Saturday, October 05, 2013 3:40:54 PM by Perseverando
Oath Keepers is instructing its 30,000 members nation-wide to form up special teams and sub-teams in each Oath Keepers chapter, at the town and county level, modeled loosely on the Special Forces “A Team” (Operational Detachment A ) model, and for a similar purpose: to be both a potential operational unit for community security and support during crisis, but also, as mission #1, to serve as training and leadership cadre, to assist in organizing neighborhood watches, organizing veterans halls to provide community civil defense, forming County Sheriff Posses, strengthening existing CERT, volunteer fire, search-and-rescue, reserve deputy systems, etc., and eventually to assist in forming and training town and county militias (established by official act of town and county elected representatives).
BREAKING: Ride for WW II Veterans Memorial Set October 5th
Conservative Angle ^ | 4 October, 2013
Posted on 10/04/2013 8:51:48 PM PDT by Errant
Less than a month ago, hundreds of thousands of bikers rolled into Washington DC to protest a Muslim march that was planned to be held on the 12th anniversary of 9/11. Even though they were denied a permit, one estimate put the number of bikers who participated in that event at 880,000.
» WW2 Veterans Threatened With Arrest Over Memorial Visit Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!
Chris DelcampWNWOOctober 2, 2013
Many elderly veterans, some in wheelchairs, broke through the barriers set up around the memorial, as police, park service employees, and tourists looked on.“The Germans and the Japanese couldn’t contain us.
They weren’t going to let barriers contain them today.
They wanted to see their memorial,” says Armstrong.
He says they are considering going ahead with the trip even if the government is still on shutdown, but when he called the parks service, he was told they would face arrest.Armstrong says, “I said, are you kidding me?
Marine Corps whistleblower relieved following allegations of email harassment | Marine Corps Times | marinecorpstimes.com
The Marine Corps has removed from his job a staff judge advocate who publicly accused Commandant Gen. Jim Amos of unlawful command influence in the high-profile cases against eight Marines prosecuted in connection with a war-zone video of scout snipers urinating on enemy corpses.
Maj. James Weirick was also placed under a Marine Corps Protective Order and asked to turn in his personal weapons and submit to a voluntary psychiatric evaluation.
Reached via telephone Thursday afternoon, Weirick referred all comment to his lawyer.
Bob Lonsberry: I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT… “… He told all about hiding in his office. In one interview he said he was going to recommend that the sailor who barricaded the door be given a medal…Somehow, I don’t think that’s what John Paul Jones meant when he said, “I have not yet begun to fight.””
I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT
boblonsberry.com ^ | 09/18/13 | Bob Lonsberry
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:57:15 AM by shortstop
In the military, after an engagement with the enemy, it used to be customary to compile an “after-action report.”
It was an assessment of how things went. What the enemy did, what we did, what were the outcomes, and what could we have done better.
In order to more fully understand, and discuss, either The D.I. or Full Metal Jacket FMJ, I think, that information regarding that well known event in 1956 that preceded the making of the movie, The D.I. is in order.
Thus, I have provided information regarding The Ribbon Creek Incident above to include my message board posts from Marines of Platoon #71, and others with information relating to that event.Marines have always argued among themselves as to how much tougher and better, etc. things were in “The Old Corps”!
Nobody has recorded when this first began–best bet is 1775. When will it end? I would say, not as long as there is yet one Marine still standing!And such it was and has been since one night in 1956 when something now referred to as The Ribbon Creek Incident occurred. Because of that, new arguments as to whether “boot camp” is as tough as it once was, or tougher, have gone on and on without ceasing.
September 1, 2013
In July 2004, I wrote a piece titled, The Proper Role of America’s Military dealing with Reagan‘s strike on Libya in 1986. That precision strike was in response to a disco bombing in Germany killing one American GI and injuring some 50+ Americans.
Moammar Khadafy was behind that cowardly act. We bombed for 12 minutes and left. No failed, unconstitutional nation building or “winning the hearts and minds” of those you just bombed. There was only one message: Do it again and we will come back.
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 8/27/13 | Paul Purpura
Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 7:29:13 AM by BBell
The last time U.S. Special Operations troops trained in New Orleans, helicopters swooped in unannounced in the darkness over the downtown area, frightening residents whose nerves were already frayed by the Boston Marathon bombings earlier that day. This time, the training hasn’t had the same effect.
The U.S. Special Operations Command confirmed Tuesday that Marines and sailors assigned to the Marine Corps Special Operations Command have been undergoing urban warfare training in the area since Aug. 19. The exercises, which were not publicly announced beforehand, are scheduled to end Friday.
Un-Documented wants to be a Marine.
http://www.fwd.us ^ | 8/15 | t1
Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 9:53:52 AM by t1b8zs
Have you seen this ad? Un-documented/illegal wants to be a Marine.Been here since 5 why doesn’t he become a citizen and join the Marines?
Marine Runs With Small Boy at 5K Race After the Boy Asks “Sir, Will You Please Run With Me?”
http://lite987.com/soldier-boy-5k/ ^ | July 30, 2013 | Eric Meier
Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:32:14 AM by Daffynition
(GyG ReBlog!!!!!) ~ Col Bud Day USAF Ret.: Ex-WW II Marine, Survivor No-Chute ejection, POW, MOH, etc. | DICK.GAINES.AMERICAN! @ Gunny G’s… Since 1997
By David Johns
July 22, 2013
I want to talk about something that’s been bothering me lately. The reader may think that I am trouncing on hallowed ground …. but first hear me out, and then beat me up.
I think the U.S. Government is behind a recent subterfuge that really irritates me. It has been eagerly picked up by an unthinking public and widely spread. It is the “Thank you for your service to our country” platitude. As a 25 year veteran, thrice combat tested, now retired, former USMC killing machine, I take exception to this patriotically veiled insincerity and urge thinking people not to use it. I shall try to explain why.
First, the statement implies ‘servitude’ and ‘sacrifice’ as does the name ‘service man’ itself. It reeks of self-abnegation, altruism, and renunciation of ones own interests in favor of those of society, nationalism and the greater good …. (mmmmmm, now it’s starting to make sense).
It connotes selfLESS sacrifice of one’s own life and values for the sake of others. I have found none of this to be true in my case, or in any of my military accomplices. . I’ll try to illustrate.