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  • just a conservative girl 8:26 PM on 04/11/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , marines, ron, war   

    Welcome Home Marine Ron 

    My blogging buddy Ron and his unit have made it safely home from a 7 month tour in Afghanistan.  Every one of his men made it home safe and sound.  Praise God.

    Ron didn’t blog much during his stay over there, but he and I kept up with each other on Facebook.  He did recently start blogging again.  He kept a diary of his experience while in theater.  He is starting to post about it now.  Pop on over and read his first installment and give him a congrats for not only a job well done, but also his Marines Commendation Medal.  Something that I am sure was very well deserved.

    Thanks for your service Ron and Welcome home!!!

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    • SignPainterGuy 9:06 PM on 04/11/2012 Permalink | Reply

      A very hearty Thank You and Welcome Home Ron and your entire Marine unit !

  • just a conservative girl 9:51 PM on 04/09/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: discharge, dishonorable discharge, gary stein, marines,   

    Rules are Rules – The Gary Stein Case 

    Sgt. Gary Stein is facing discharge from the U.S. Marines due to a posting he made on a military tea party page that depicted President Obama as a jackass and called him the domestic enemy.  He is fighting this discharge even though a military board has recommended that they move forward with a discharge that will be done other than honorable.  Which basically means he will lose rank and benefits.  A very big price to pay.   This is something that will follow him for the rest of his life, this is something that is asked on most job applications.  But here is the rule that he is being charged with violating:

    Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct

    This has also been updated to include enlisted service members as well.  It seem to me that he is indeed guilty of  violating the rules.  It is hard to deny that.  His attorney’s are not denying that his posting would be a violation of these rules.  They are questioning his rights to free speech on his own time.

    You make posting on a Facebook page that is clearly designed for military members then claim it was something done on your own time and would not fall under the purview of the code?  I am sure he did the posting when he was off duty, but it was a page that very much broadcasts the fact that they are military members.

    There are reasons why the military has rules and regulations on free speech when it comes to badmouthing your commanders.  discipline in a military setting is essential in order for the system to work properly.  One of the things that every marine I have met takes a great deal of pride in is the discipline that corp provides.  Most marines are pretty hard-core went it comes to the reputation of honor that comes with being a good marine.

    Look, I don’t like President Obama policies any more than this guy seems to.  But I am not in the military and I am free to say whatever I want.  I don’t have to worry about it.  But he is marine, he knew the rules and he still chose to make this posting.  Now he is paying the price for that choice.  That is called personal responsibility.

     

     
    • nooneofanyimport 1:13 PM on 04/12/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Yep, you’ve summed it up about right. I’s a violation of UCMJ and he’s probably already been thru nonjudicial punishment over it. Probably not a court-martial situation.

      At this point, if he’s fighting the OTH (other than honorable), as he should b/c it’s his right to require the due process of an admin board, then maybe the other factors like if he has good work record and lotsa witnesses in his favor, will ultimately persuade the board to either keep him or dismiss him honorably.

      best,
      Lin

  • just a conservative girl 9:49 AM on 01/12/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , marines, taliban   

    The Land of the Free & The Home of the Brave 

    This video is making it rounds around the internet.  It appears that some marines that are based out of Camp Lejeune are urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban fighters. If this is true and this really is what they did these men need to face military justice.  Standing up and saying that this behavior is unacceptable is not an indication that you are a fan of the Taliban.

    Sadly, many are not only justifying this behavior but they are celebrating it.  Some comments that I have seen have gone as far as to say they should have taken a “dump” on them and used the Koran as toilet paper.  They are being celebrated as heroes.

    Nothing about this is heroic.  We have the greatest military force on the face of the earth.  One of the reason that we have that is discipline.  Discipline that men follow the orders of their superiors.  Discipline that teaches them about honor and service to our nation. Discipline that gives them the courage to go into a theatre of war.  A type of discipline that so many others in our society are sorely lacking, that the rest of pay high prices in the forms of entitlement programs and crime.

    What these marines did was endanger the lives of men and women serving in Afghanistan.  This video will not only be seen by people in the United States. This will be seen all over the world.  It will continue the message that the likes of al Qaeda sends that we are evil, or the Iranian version of the great satan.

    America has stood up to tyranny all over the world.  We have freed millions upon millions people from the likes of Hitler and other evil men.  We went toe to toe with the likes of Stalin.  We won the cold war without firing a shot because we stood by our principles.  All life has dignity and everyone deserves the chance to experience freedom.  We scoff at the other leaders of the world who deny their citizens basic human rights.  We set up radio stations around the world to give people hope that one day they would experience the same types of human rights that we espouse. We have people fighting tooth and nail in this country to protect our freedoms that many believe are eroding before our eyes.

    There is evil in the world, no one can deny that.  But do we overcome it by doing this?  I believe in American   exceptionalism.  I honor the troops for the service that they provide to our country.  I expect that they live up to that honor.  There is no excuse for this behavior, this is not an American value.

     
    • SignPainterGuy 2:06 PM on 01/13/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry jacg, but I see only one thing wrong here; at least one of this group of marines was stupid enough to film it in the first place !

      • just a conservative girl 3:20 PM on 01/13/2012 Permalink | Reply

        This violated international law. They are war criminals. We are supposed to be better than this. People are justifying this behavior by pointing to other bad behavior. If we become them, they have won.

        • SignPainterGuy 6:58 PM on 01/13/2012 Permalink | Reply

          I mostly agree, but it`s just “that” which has furthered the grip of political correctness and wimpy Rules of Engagement that has us fighting with proverbial pea shooters while one hand is tied behind our backs, all the while, walking on egg shells !

          I`m tired of the other guy getting all the breaks when “he`s” the obvious offender !

          • just a conservative girl 10:04 AM on 01/14/2012 Permalink | Reply

            Guy, that sounds like revenge. If so, that is never a good reason to do anything. It almost always backfires.

            • SignPainterGuy 12:21 PM on 01/14/2012 Permalink | Reply

              Revenge …… I`m cool with it !

              You had me to know a while back that you`re well up on islamic jihad ! Then you should know they hate us first and foremost because we are not muslims. They want us converted, subjugated, or DEAD ! NO respect coming from them, but you expect us to show them respect !? Hasn`t worked yet ! It only makes us look weak in their eyes and they hate and attack weak people !

              I`m for showing them the same level of respect they show others, including us ! NONE !

              • just a conservative girl 8:37 PM on 01/14/2012 Permalink | Reply

                Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord.

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