Are Military Bloggers Losing Their Free Speech?… “Since 2009, the number of active duty troops that blogged openly plummeted. It wasn’t because we didn’t have anything to write about. It was because leaders at all levels began coming down on bloggers.”
Freedom Outpost ^ | June 12, 2013 | C J Grisham
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 4:58:24 PM by EXCH54FE
The pinnacle of military blogs was about the 2006-2008 time period. Troops were encouraged to share their Army stories and talk about their life. Sometimes it’s not pretty, but we’ve learned that most of the time it is,” said then-LTC Kevin Arata.
And he was right. The majority of stories coming from bloggers were positive because the military was a great place to be. We loved serving our country and believed in the things for which we were fighting.
New Federal Regulations Give Pentagon Sweeping Domestic Police Power
Citizens of Watertown, Massachusetts, know more than most Americans about the weapons, tactics, technology, and vehicles employed by law enforcement.
In the wake of the Boston marathon bombings, residents of Watertown were ordered by police to stay inside and then subjected to involuntary searches of their homes.
Besides the obvious violations of the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee of the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, Watertown citizens were eyewitnesses to SWAT officers dressed in combat gear using weapons and riding in vehicles more at home in the battlefield than suburbia.
The militarization of local and state law enforcement didn’t make its debut in the Watertown lockdown, however. For decades, police have received millions in grants from the federal government. Cash-strapped police departments and sheriffs’ offices have traded local control for new technology and martial materiel.
Marine Band Anniversary Concert Cancelled (sequestration)
Notes ^ | May/June 2013
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2013 11:14:14 PM by real saxophonist
The United States Marine Band‘s 215th anniversary concert scheduled for Saturday, July 6, 2013, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has been canceled due to sequestration. This event will not be rescheduled.
How the Marines have survived, and why.
May 6, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 32 • By MACKUBIN THOMAS OWENS
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In 1957, the commandant of the Marine Corps, General Randolph Pate, sent a brief note to the director of the Marine Corps Educational Center, Brig. Gen. Victor Krulak, in which he asked, “Why does the U.S. need a Marine Corps?” Krulak, already a legend in the Marines, penned a lengthy reply: “The United States does not need a Marine Corps mainly because she has a fine modern Army and a vigorous Air Force. . . . We [the Marine Corps] exist today—we flourish today—not because of what we know we are, or what we know we can do, but because of what the grassroots of our country believes we are and believes we can do.”
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As Qualified Men Dwindle, Military Looks For A Few Good Women
kdlg.org ^ | March 25, 2013 | Tom Bowman
Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 8:02:43 AM by Tailgunner Joe
LOCKED and COCKED !!!!!
But the move has practical considerations, too. The military needs qualified people to fill its ranks, and it’s increasingly harder to find them among men.
Medal of Honor Recipient: New Drone Medal is ‘Ludicrous’
U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 3/14/2013 | U.S. Naval Institute
Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:10:05 PM by Saint X
The creation of the new medal honoring unmanned vehicle pilots and cyber troops, “is a telling and sad commentary on the judgment of those who are responsible for the creation and approval of this award,” Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient and Vietnam veteran, told USNI News on Wednesday.
Desperate times: Marines told to ‘save every round’
CNN.Com ^ | March 11th, 2013 | Kevin Liptak
Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013 4:03:00 PM by Greystoke
Marine Corps Commandant James Amos urged personnel in a video posted online Friday to “save every round, every gallon of gas,” and to “take every single aspect or opportunity in training to get the most bang for the buck,” a reminder of the cuts’ immediate effect on the U.S. military.
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Is It marine OR Marine?
Seems to me it was somewhere around the late ’50s or very early ’60s–I was doing duty at Henderson Hall, I recall–when there was a change to the Marine Corps Personnel Manual requiring that the word “marine” be capitalized with the the letter “M.”
I had always thought that this was not binding on folks other than Marines, although I had seen some cases where the big M for Marine(s) was used by civilians.
THE BLANK PAGE POW: MCCAIN…
The ignorance of arrogance – seems to be this boy’s disease -
He claims the hero’s status – but which side did he please -
I thought all of us came forth – after we came marching home -
We gave them chapter and verse – our words would fill a tome -
But when I asked the man – to let me see what the boy said -
New Bill set to set mandatory Army service for every US citizen… “Not only that but a mandatory draft would put people into a dangerous situation and force them to kill against their will. With no end in sight for” | EUTimes.net
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This week Charles Rangel, a crazy politician from New York who has recently been pushing for regulations on private gun ownership, is now putting forward a bill that would force young people to take up arms for the state, or at least work in some uniformed way to help the government with their never ending war effort.
H.R. 748 would require everyone from 18-25 to join:
“uniformed services or as civilian service in a Federal, State, or local government program or with a community-based agency or community-based entity, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, to provide for the registration of women under the Military Selective Service Act, and for other purposes.”
(Gunny G: As Always, See Reader Responses…) ~ By year’s end, troops will be unable to respond to crises, Pentagon says
By year’s end, troops will be unable to respond to crises, Pentagon says
Federal News Radio ^ | 4 Feb 13 | Jared Serbu
Posted on Friday, February 08, 2013 6:34:34 PM by SkyPilot
Every leader in the Pentagon has been warning for more than a year that if sequestration comes to pass the impact to the military will be severe. But the armed services’ most senior officers now are telling Congress those impacts are not a distant prospect — they could be looking at a “hollowed-out” force within a matter of months after the cuts are triggered.
Gunny G: RIBBON CREEK: THE AFTERMATH… “BOOT CAMP” 1956 AND AFTER… « AMERICAN BLOGGER: GUNNY.G ~ WEBLOG.EMAIL
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. Many have always thought that this event of 1956 was a turning point in the way recruit training was to thereafter go for the Marine Corps, and much discussion has ensued as to what was right and wrong as a result of this.
This webpage will not end such arguments, nor should it. But perhaps it can serve to bring out a few interesting points unknown to a now younger breed of Marines.
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A Marine Corps survey shows 17 percent of male Marine respondents say they would likely leave the Corps if women move into combat positions.
The survey says that number jumps to 22 percent if women are assigned involuntarily to those jobs.
Results of the survey of 53,000 Marines were released to The Associated Press on Friday.
(CNSNews.com) – Gen. Martin Dempsey, President Obama’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Thursday that the U.S. military could figure out ways to preserve the privacy of young ladies serving in frontline combat units, including special forces combat units such as the Navy Seals and the U.S. Army’s Delta Force.
A small group of veterans picketed outside the Canandaigua VA Hospital Wednesday afternoon. They were protesting the closing of VA hospitals across the country. They say those that aren’t closing are being sold off or leased to outside interests, depriving veterans the treatment they have earned.
Displaying the American flag upside down, however, is considered by some to be disrespectful.
“We’re not disgracing the flag but telling the public be on the alert,” said Gene Simes, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. “This is a distress call.”
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(Gunny G: What “The Folks” Are Saying About This! See Reader Responses…) ~ Marine Vet Burns Mosque to Avenge Soldiers
“When asked by a federal judge whether he thought all Muslims are terrorists, he answered: “I’d say most of them are.”
A deal between prosecutors and Linn, 52, calls for him to be sentenced to 20 years next April. He pleaded guilty to intentionally damaging and destroying religious property and two gun-related charges.
When visitors first enter the museum, they will hear a sound like wind chimes coming from above them and their attention will be drawn upward 24 feet to the ceiling of the two-story high atrium.
It has not been a good year for America’s armed forces. David Petraeus’s extramarital affair dominated headlines; 25 instructors are under investigation for systematic sexual abuse of cadets at Lackland Air Force Base; and a rash of senior officers—at the rank of colonel or higher—have been reprimanded for serious misconduct.
Last month, Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote to all four-star generals and flag officers asking for institutional soul-searching. Has the military’s behavior, he seemed to be asking, threatened the “sacred trust” among top officers, the men and women they lead, and the American people?
“I know you share my concern when events occur that call that trust into question,” Dempsey wrote in the memo obtained by National Journal. “We must be alert to even the perception that our Nation’s most senior officers have lost their way.”
Liberty Knows No Compromise
They say that there is no such thing as an “X” Marine but that is not true.
I am an “X” Marine. The day I became an “X” Marine was the day I learned about a young, cream of the crop (scholar, athlete, active in his community, etc), Southern boy being refused enlistment in the Marine Corps because he had the Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia tattooed on his deltoid–a location where it would have not been visible in any uniform he might have worn.
I have since came to realize that there are other reasons to be an “X” Marine. The Marine Corps advertises itself as “America‘s 911″ force and blatantly as an “expeditionary” force. How much more plain can you cay “imperialists’ goon and knee breaker?”
But, here on the approach to the much celebrated Marine Corps birthday, there was a Marine worth listening to as far back as 1933. — jtl, 419
War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.
I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we’ll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns six percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag. I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers.
Every now and then an email comes my way warning about the day when the government unleashes the military against its own citizens. This day isn’t likely to come because for one thing the current regime is not particularly fond of the military.
The Obama Administration isn’t inflicting massive cuts on the military, cutting their health care and pushing veteran officers out the door because it likes the military as an institution. It doesn’t. And it won’t until it remakes it into a fully politically correct institution dedicated to promoting tolerance and fighting global warming. Progress has been made on that front, the Navy is cutting ships and spending money on Green Energy. The Marines are celebrating gay marriage. Any day now the Air Force will be announcing its first wheelchair pilot. But it’s still a poor fit with the culture of the left.
If Obama has to have any kind of military, he prefers the kind where young men with college degrees sit in a room, push buttons and kill people thousands of miles away from remotely controlled aircraft. That kind of military is a closer cultural fit with a campaign that is in love with technocratic solutions and always looking for shortcuts to avoid the dangerous and dirty hard work that has to be done. It’s also much less dangerous.
Saw the inspirational photo of the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington cemetary yesterday and just had to create a way to showcase the dishonor our soldiers endure under their CIC.
Bayonet firms rip commander in chief’s ‘ignorance’ (“According to the official U.S. Marine Corps website, every Marine is STILL required to complete a bayonet training program … because “the weapon becomes just as effective [as a rifle] in close combat situations.”)
TMZ spoke with multiple people in the bayonet industry who tell us they were shocked and even offended when Obama brought up the weapon during last night’s debate.
According to the official U.S. Marine Corps website, every Marine is STILL required to complete a bayonet training program … because “the weapon becomes just as effective [as a rifle] in close combat situations.”
Israeli air force shoots down drone aircraft….. (“but it remained unclear where the aircraft came from)
Johnny Ramsey, the 79-year-old Korean Warveteran who collected and sold junk to pay for medications for his ailing wife, said just minutes before court Thursday evening: “If I have to go to jail, I guess I am ready.”
Fears rise as service men and women abroad face difficulties registering to vote and acquiring absentee ballots for November’s elections.The number of military voters from Virginia who have requested absentee ballots is down 75% from what it was four years ago.
In 2008, over 20,000 absentee ballots had been requested at this point in time, but in 2012 that figure has dropped to just over 5,000.The Military Voter Protection Project blames the Pentagon for this drop, saying “bureaucratic inertia” has bogged down the process and left military members without any real mechanism to encourage or facilitate voting.October is full of deadlines in many states for casting military votes.
OBAMA ADMIN CUTS MILITARY PARTICIPATION WITH ISRAEL, INCREASES PARTICIPATION WITH MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD
Days after the Obama administration announced drastic cuts in the number of U.S. troops participating in military exercises with Israel, U.S. military planes landed in Egypt for joint exercises with Egypt’s military forces.
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Over My Dead Body…
The Commander in Chief got a decidedly cool reception from the troops on a whistle stop at Fort Bliss in El Paso Friday. While this president already is not widely popular with our military, the attitude demonstrated by the shanghaied soldiersin
that cavernous hangar was demonstrably cooler than at such past events. The conservative media interpreted that indifferent reception to dissatisfaction with Obama’s politics and his repeated failures as CinC, but the event is far more consequential as yet another example of how little the Obama Administration understands the military it commands.
A new report issued by the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation MTC circulating in the Kremlin today states that General Staff officers were warned this past week by their American counterparts at the North American Aerospace Defense Command NORAD that the threat to overthrow President Obama by “certain elements” within the US Military is “nearer than first thought” and could very well cause a state of martial law to be declared in the United States.Russian officers reporting to the Kremlin on this shocking turn of events
There is presently, and has been, a lotta bs going around online regarding the origin and history of “Devil Dog“…
The Germanswere the best trained soldiers in the world but they were trained to follow
their leaders’ commands and weren’t taught to think for themselves which was a big difference between them and the U.S. Army soldiers. They said they never knew what the Yanks would do next because we used our heads and did what we thought would work.
The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012 (” If we’re ever going to get our freedom back, we’ve got to……..”)
CHARLES J. DUNLAP, JR.
In 1992, General Colin Powell, chairman of the joint chiefs, awarded the prize for his strategy essay competition at the National Defense Universityto Lieutenant Colonel Charles Dunlap for The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012. His cautionary tale imagined an incapable civilian government creating a vacuum that drew a competent military into a coup
disastrous for democracy. The military, of course, is bound to uphold the constitution. But Dunlap wrote: “The catastrophe that occurred on our watch took place because we failed to speak out against policies we knew were wrong. It’s too late for me to do any more. But it’s not for you.”
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Reviewers have noted that Uris has taken liberty in his last book with certain historic facts; one liberty taken, but not as yet noted–that I have seen–is his use of the rank of MGySgt, which did not yet exist during the time frame of the book.
The Rank of Gunnery Sergeant came into existence in the Marine Corps in 1898, and it was not until 1934-37 that the grade of MGySgt was added. The MGySgt disappeared from the Marine Corps rank structure, as did the rank of GySgt, in 1946, not to reappear again until another rank structure change in 1959.
Battalions of super-soldiers could be selected for specific duties on the basis of their genetic make-up and then constantly monitored for signs of weakness. So says a report by the U.S. National Academies of Science (NAS).
If a soldier is struggling, a digital “buddy” might step in to warn about nearby threats, or advise comrades to zap the soldier with an electromagnet to increase his alertness. If the whole unit is falling apart, biosensors could warn central commanders to send in a replacement team.
The Marine Corps has created its first law enforcement battalions – a lean, specialized force of military police officers that it hopes can quickly deploy worldwide to help investigate crimes from terrorism to drug trafficking and train fledgling security forces in allied nations.
Prison Planet.com » U.S. helicopter strike blasts an Afghan man to pieces as the pilot sings ‘Bye, bye Miss American Pie’
It is the horrific moment an Afghan man is blown apart by a US missile.
But in a moment of twisted inspiration an American helicopter pilot decided to give it a impromptu soundtrack – by singing ‘Bye, bye Miss American pie.’
He belted out the most famous line of the Don McLean classic at the moment of impact when a fireball consumed at least one man.
…..So…who was this lady I have done my best to describe to you here?
She was one of us. Marine was a special word to her, she knew what it meant to all of us.
A few hours ago, I received an e-mail from her daughter, Faith, advising me that Karoline had passed last Thursday.
I know that this lady whom I have never personally met, is in the very best of hands now. Wherever Marines are guarding those streets of Heaven, Karoline is nearby.
For those of us who knew her, we have our reward–to you others, you missed this fine example of good people.
On a September afternoon in the peacetime year of 1821, a regiment of Rhode Island militia completed its annual review and prepared to go home. Suddenly the regiment’s parade field in Providence became the scene of a spontaneous military riot.
In a confrontation that exploded over the space of a few minutes, the regimental commander was arrested and men in the ranks shouted for fellow militiamen to “fix bayonets” and resist orders by force. Ordered to take command in place of his arrested colonel, the senior battalion commander instead marched his men off the field, breaking the regiment apart to prevent the possibility of its obedience. Finally, as men in the ranks lashed out to strike a brigadier general’s horse with the butts of their weapons, a staff officer grabbed the general and dragged him away to safety.
BOOK REVIEW: GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MILITARY GENIUS
Human Events ^ | 6/12/2012 | Jarrett Stepman of review
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:10:47 PM by Pharmboy
George Washington is justifiably called the “Father of America” for his military and civilian leadership during the American Revolution and his two terms as America’s first president, however, in the new book, George Washington’s Military Genius, General David Palmer persuasively argues that Washington’s strategic military talent was key to his success.
Larry Bailey and others from across the spectrum of US special forces have banded together to form Special Operations Speaks. I’ll let them speak for themselves: Honorably discharged veterans of the Special Operations communities of all the Armed Services have organized an effort to elect Mitt Romney President of the United States.
I find it interesting that the adoption of the hash-mark as an item of uniform made its entry into the Marine Corps in 1833, not as a service stripe, as it was later, but as an insigne of rank (on the fatigue uniform)–sergeants and corporals wore two stripes and one stripe respectively below the elbow.
The designations prevailed until 1859.