Category: Military Thingies
— tree hugging sister (@treehuggingsis) November 9, 2013
EVERY SINGLE BOARD, these AWESOME, PHENOMENAL kids give me hope, and keep my head out of a gas oven for one more year.
OO-Rah and Semper Fi!!!
…but THIS girl? Standing in the yard of her apartment building?
DAMN. She made me cry.
THAT’S what it’s all about.
How I feel EVERY SINGLE TIME.
I can’t f*ckin’ believe this asshole.
Obama wants Marines to wear ‘girly’ hats
A change to the Marine Corps’ uniform hats could take the hard-nosed Leathernecks from the Halls of Montezuma to the shops of Christopher Street.
Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a “unisex” look for the Corps, officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marines’ iconic caps with a new hat that some have derided as so “girly” that they would make the French blush.
“We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets, and the DoD is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats!” one senior Marine source fumed to The Post. “The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.”
Lovely new proposed cover that looks JUST LIKE THE WM COVER…is on the right.
Does the MAN have NOTHING BETTER to DO?!
ths update: So here’s another take on it. Supposedly the manufacturer of our SUPER FUGLY WM cover went out of business and that’s what started all this. And Obama ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY had NUFFINK to do with any of it.
The Story About Obama Wanting Marines To Wear ‘Girly’ Hats Is Total B.S.
…But just to make sure, I called Headquarters Marine Corps and a spokesperson confirmed that the process for making changes to Marine uniforms hasn’t changed since I last left the service in 2010.
…”The President in no way, shape, or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover,” said Capt. Maureen Krebs, a spokesperson for the Marine Corps. “We’re looking for a new cover for our female Marines for the primary reason that the former manufacturer went out of business. The Marine Corps has zero intention of changing the male cover.”
How do you spell, ‘Oh. My. Dyin’. Ass.’?
Thirty years ago today. The HORROR.
‘The worst part for me is that nobody remembers’: Retired Carmel Marine recalls 1983 Beirut bombings
The massive suicide bombing that ripped apart the four-story Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, early Oct. 23, 1983 — killing 241 U.S. troops — violently shook Carmel resident Mark Nevells and other Marines from their Sunday morning slumber, he remembers.
“I grabbed my gear and ran to the barracks,” Nevells, who was 21 and a lance corporal with what was then the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit’s service support group during the terrorist attack, recalled Friday. “We watched as the building dropped then we went over for the recovery mission. There were so many people in that building and we just wanted to get them out.”
The explosion was so violent that it created an 8-foot crater and buried Nevells’ friends and brothers-in-arms under 15 feet of the building’s rubble. He and other Marines spent five days digging for survivors and freeing the bodies of the men they served with during the multinational peacekeeping mission.
“That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” Nevells said while wearing a black Beirut veteran’s hat honoring those who perished during the bombing. “We just did what we had to do.”
As always, I recommend The Root by Eric Hammel, if you can find a copy.
Shutdown Impacts Chapel Services
…There is a chronic shortage of active duty Catholic chaplains. While roughly 25% of the military is Catholic, Catholic priests make up only about 8% of the chaplain corps. That means approximately 275,000 men and women in uniform, and their families, are served by only 234 active-duty priests. The temporary solution to this shortage is to provide GS and contract priests. These men are employed by the government to ensure that a priest is available when an active duty Catholic Chaplain is not present. With the government shutdown, many GS and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer.
During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.
Is he Obama or Oliver Cromwell?
ths update: More news types have gotten on this since Ebola let me know about it. Todd Starnes at Fox has more:
The U.S. military has furloughed as many as 50 Catholic chaplains due to the partial suspension of government services, banning them from celebrating weekend Mass. At least one chaplain was told that if he engaged in any ministry activity, he would be subjected to disciplinary action.
“In very practical terms it means Sunday Mass won’t be offered,” Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services told me. “If someone has a baptism scheduled, it won’t be celebrated.”
…the military installations impacted are served by non-active-duty priests who were hired as government contractors.
…“Catholic military personnel should not have their religious liberties held hostage by this funding crisis,” Crews told me. “I find it alarming that these priests cannot even volunteer to provide services without threat of arrest.”
The archbishop said a priest at Joint Base Langley-Eustis was banned from officiating at the wedding of a couple he’d been counseling.
“The wedding could be on the base, but the priest can’t do the wedding,” Broglio told me.
Per Obama Administration orders, the National Park Service is ready…
Hope Gramps got through on the Health.gov website yesterday…
ths update: IMAGINE THAT…
!!! New Park Service Statement: "All Honor Flights are being granted access to the #WWIIMemorial to conduct 1st Amendment activities."
— Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 2, 2013
The #BARRYCADES are coming down, STAT.
— Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 2, 2013
And a TOTAL shout out to their Congressmen, who MOVED the barriers/distracted the police, so the Vets could storm the memorial.
The Memorial that stands free to all in the open air, without fence or gate or guard, 24/7, until the President of the United States PUT BARRIERS THERE.
Another Honor Flight from Arkansas is due in this weekend, I think.
Bet they’re full of piss and vinegar just THINKING about it.
United States AirForce!!!
Have a drink, Tech Sergeant Ebola.
…beyond all measure.
Former Army Capt. William Swenson to receive Medal of Honor
WASHINGTON – Former Army Capt. William Swenson will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during the 2009 Battle of Ganjgal Valley, the White House announced Monday.
Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2011 for his actions in the same battle.
Swenson was serving as an embedded trainer and mentor to Afghan border police when U.S. and Afghan troops walked into an ambush in Kunar province, Afghanistan on Sept. 8, 2009. The battle lasted six hours and Swensen went back into gunfire again and again to recover the wounded and the dead, while his repeated calls for support went unanswered.
So far 10 people shot and reports of some fatalities, but you know how these things swing.
Gun-free military base combined with gun-free city, so everyone inside is sitting ducks.
Oh. Be comforted ~ Obama is “closely monitoring” events.
ths update Here we go. Fox news reports saying, “injured, but not contained”, black, over 6′ and bald, but worse…
News 4 says at least 2 shooters. Livestream: http://t.co/MFFBrbjspM
— David Freddoso (@freddoso) September 16, 2013
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) September 16, 2013
This is why it has to shake out. But I can tell you from WATCHING, they just helo-hoisted a wounded person out of the Yard, and there were TWO rifles, one pointed out of either side of the helo, providing COVER and ready to go if they had to.
From the WaPa First HARD NEWS on at least two shooters: (And Fox just mentioned TWO for the first time as well)
Police search for active shooters on grounds of Washington Navy Yard in Southeast D.C.
Police say three shooters, including at least one in fatigues, have shot at least 10 people at the Washington Navy Yard.
Police said at least one of the shooters is “down,” but it was unclear whether that means the suspect has been arrested or shot. Two remain at large, and police believe they have pinned down one between the third and fourth floors of one of the buildings on the installation in Southeast Washington.
10:15 Central update:
— WEAR ABC 3 (@weartv) September 16, 2013
ths update DC Police Chief says they have two shooters on the run(!) and check this out:
BREAKING: CBS identifies shooter as retired Chief Navy Petty Officer Rollie Chance – @CharlieKayeCBS
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) September 16, 2013
BOTH CBS and NBC have RETRACTED THEIR REPORTS. Calling Brian Ross
CBS retracts report that suspected shooter is Rollie Chance as NBC News continues to release information about him. – http://t.co/odJ1kO4uQB
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) September 16, 2013
Additional to Sis’s post below, it is frankly amazing to me the depths to which “Smart Power” has sunk us. Think about it: the President of a foreign power mocks our President via the Op-Ed pages of the NYT the day after he gives a televised address. It is simply astonishing, and frightening.
We have placed ourselves in the care of a cadre of academics and mid-twenty something “senior policy advisors” under the leadership of a community organizer. Now while of course academics can be very smart and capable people they also tend, as my beloved Bride said to me the other day, yes they also tend to think, no to firmly believe in fact, that words equal actions.
And that misconception has deadly consequences for non-academics.
In the biblical sense.
One of the First Known Chemical Attacks Took Place 1,700 Years Ago in Syria
In approximately 256 C.E. Dura-Europas, a Roman fort known as “the Pompeii of the Syrian Desert,” fell victim to a Sasanian Persian siege in what is now Syria. When archeologist Simon James investigated the site several years ago, he found traces of yellow sulfur crystals and pitch near a pile of bodies—Roman soldiers who had died in the battle. This evidence points to a different kind of death for the 19 entombed Romans. As Discovery News reports, around 1,700 years ago, Syria was site to one of the first chemical gas attacks known in history.
…but God FORBID you tinkle on their scum encrusted beards.
Someone at HQMC finally woke up.
Marine Corps retreats on court-martial charges in Taliban urination case
The Marine Corps has suddenly dropped criminal charges against an officer in the infamous Taliban urination video case, heading off what promised to be an embarrassing pre-trial hearing for the commandant on Wednesday.
Defense attorneys for Capt. James V. Clement had won a judge’s order, over objections from Marine prosecutors, for two staff attorneys to testify in open court about how senior commanders had interfered in the case to get a guilty verdict.
The lawyers also were seeking to question Gen. James Amos, the commandant, and wanted access to his private emails.
But the criminal case ended Friday when Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck, who heads Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Va., and was overseeing the prosecution, filed a brief court paper withdrawing the charges.
John Dowd, Capt. Clement’s principal defense counsel, had accused the commandant of engineering the largest case of unlawful command influence in the Corps’ history.
“The withdrawal of the charges was another act of cowardice by the the commandant, his counsel and the the Judge Advocate Division of [Marine Corps headquarters] to cover up the worst case of unlawful command influence in the history of the Marine Corps, which was beginning next Wednesday to be uncovered in a hearing before the Chief Judge … on several motions to compel discovery,” Mr. Dowd said Saturday.
The defense attorney said he wanted to see email traffic between the commandant, his counsel and his legal division.
“That email traffic would have revealed that [the commandant] and his lawyers had engaged in a secret, corrupt effort to rig and control the investigations and dispositions of the so-called desecration cases until Capt. Clement refused to submit to a corrupt process [of being] charged with crimes he did not commit,” he said.
Capt. Clement’s defense counsel obtained a sworn statement from Lt. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, who had been overseeing all urination cases as the convening authority.
He told of a one-on-one meeting in 2012 with Gen. Amos in which the commandant said he wanted Marine defendants “crushed” via courts-martial.
The moron Marines involved drew “harsh criticism from the White House” when their video (geniuses) went viral.
The WORST they should have gotten was a Page 11 ~ basically a peepee whacking line in their Service Record Book. NEVER should it have been a Courts Martial offense, especially IMHO, considering WHO they were pissing on.
Anybody who equates being in the military to a civilian job should take a moment and eyeball the military “justice” system. You don’t sign away your rights to work at McDonald’s and you can walk out the front door any time you want if the boss has it out for you ~ even if you pissed in the fries.
Oh good god. I know I just promised myself that I would not write about Syria today but this is, well, simply so typical of the frankly stupid incompetent morons we have in DC to ignore
It all happened in an exchange with Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., during which Hagel said it’s no secret that the Assad regime has significant stockpiles of chemical weapons.
When Wilson asked where they’d come from, Hagel said, “Well, the Russians supply them. Others are supplying them with those chemical weapons. They make some themselves.”
Our Secretary of Defense, testifying to Congress, accuses the Russians of supplying Syria with chemical weapons.
As Ed at HotAir writes:
This is one of the two Cabinet members sent to Congress to reassure Capitol Hill that the Obama administration knows what it’s doing on Syria, the other being John “Bombing Another Country Isn’t Really War-War” Kerry.
How can any, ANY, Member of Congress vote for this Sicilian Expedition is beyond me.
Upon which Obama is taking us to war?
You just can’t make this shit up.
Obama to Brits: Toodle-Loo
British military chiefs are being ejected from US meetings about Syria in the first direct consequence of David Cameron’s refusal to join military action.
The role of senior British officers based at US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, has been downgraded because they cannot be trusted with high-level intelligence about a conflict with which they are no longer involved, military sources say.
Obama to Russia: Putin on the risk
Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected the American evidence that Syrian forces used chemical weapons, calling the suggestion “utter nonsense.”
“While the Syrian army is on the offensive, saying that it is the Syrian government that used chemical weapons is utter nonsense,” Putin told journalists in Vladivostok, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency.
He urged the United States to present its evidence to the UN Security Council and cautioned President Obama about the consequences of getting involved.
“I would like to address Obama as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate: before using force in Syria, it would be good to think about future casualties,” he said.
Man, that “community organizer” stint really is the strength of his resume, ain’t it?
So The One went golfing this weekend instead of requesting Congress to come back early after he changed his mind about his Red Line improvisation…well, you get the idea. If it’s not so urgent to require immediate discussion then it really isn’t worth a single American life nor the multiple billions that it would cost, along with the further degradation of our already-stretched military capacity.
Congress should, must, vote “no” on this.
Over 100,000 people have died in the Syrian Civil War prior to this gas attack – whoever caused it – so why are the deaths of a thousand more suddenly worth our involvement?
There is absolutely nothing to be gained by this.