Current Affairs

Marine Sniper - Rob Richards Laid to Rest

Article here by Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post...

His three combat tours in Afghanistan had been boiled down to a 38-second video clip, played and replayed on YouTube more than a million times. In it, Rob Richards and three other Marine Corps snipers are seen urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters they had just killed.

“Total dismay” were the words then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used to describe the video when it surfaced on the Internet in January 2012. “Utterly deplorable,” agreed then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Richards’s career in the military was finished.

More than two years later — long after the rest of the country had moved on to other scandals — Richards, 28, died at home and alone from an accidental painkiller overdose...

Now an ammunition can carrying his cremated remains sat on the table of a hotel bar in Arlington, Va., as his family, friends and fellow Marines swirled around it....

Read the whole thing.  

Godspeed.


Westerners Fighting ISIS

The Stars & Stripes has an AP article about westerners fighting for the Kurds against ISIS:

"I'm not going back until the fight is finished and ISIS is crippled," Matson told The Associated Press, using an alternate acronym for the militant group. "I decided that if my government wasn't going to do anything to help this country, especially Kurdish people who stood by us for 10 years and helped us out while we were in this country, then I was going to do something."

Go here to read the whole article.  

There's another "westerneres fighting for the Kurds" piece by Time about Dean Parker, a painter with zero military experience who joined the Kurds. The article goes on to state that the Kurds need arms more than Americans.

From the Daily Caller:

...According to The Wall Street Journal, the Kurdistan Regional Government has provided a military base outside Kirkuk to train a newly formed Christian “battalion.” 500 recruits are expected to undergo training this month...

The Kurd Facebook recruiting page is here.


Charlie Hebdo, The Short Response

Pour les porcs d'amour lâches qui n'ont pas la virilité pour plaire à une souris: apporter. Comme vous l'avez semé le vent, vous pouvez récolter la tempête et il peut détruire ce qui vous soutenez. Que le monde et des milliers d'intensifier dessiner et écrire de vous et ce que vous soutenez moquer. Vous avez tué, et peut tuer plus, mais vous ne pouvez pas tuer une idée, et le rire vous moquer encore et de l'écho à travers les âges. Nous ne sommes pas peur, et nous sommes fiers de dire Je Suis Charlie!


CMH Recipient Dakota Meyer to ISIS: "Hopefully, one of those assholes actually shows up."

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U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer had this message for ISIS, via Scout.com:

Let me say what a lot of us are thinking...If ISIS is using social media to track me, that's a dream come true in my book. These guys are a bunch of bullies that just prey on the weak," says Meyer. "I can't travel over there anymore now that I'm out of the Marine Corps, so having them come to me would help out a lot. ISIS targeting the U.S. military is like a sheep targeting a lion. Hopefully one of these assholes actually shows up. They'll definitely get more than they want at my place!

Visit Scout.com to read the whole piece and see a hilarious photo of how worried he is...

My main problem with the ISIS threats is the federal government asking veterans to take down any online reference to their service.  This is an absolutely ridiculous request and one from the nanny state.  Let me get this straight...we are supposed to not be proud of our service, particularly against the evil that is Islamic Fanaticism?!  What?  Should I take down the flag in front of my residence, too?  What the @#$%?!

We should be aware of the threat.  We should not fear the threat.
We should know what ISIS is capable of.  We should end that capability.

Last, Dakota Meyer and RangerUp have teamed up to create a new shirt that says it all.

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Smoking Weed In Uniform Results

Image5296871xOk, the results from this weekend are in- and the sample residents of Upper Mattawimakeg, ME have spoken.

Of those bothering to read, and then actually respond to our completely scientific survey, over 70% are both disinclined to allow, nor want our fighting men and women to be able to smoke weed, should their areas decriminalize it.  It goes for both the AD and the NG/Reservists.  

What makes the survey interesting (other than involving some really out of the way area) is that by nearly the same margin, people want VETERANS to have access to medical marijuana as a treatment option.

This last bit was surprising, as I would have thought that, based on the sample, it would have been much closer to a split than that; I hypothesized that it would have been turned down, by much smaller margins than disallowing current military to use it. 

I'm not advocating or pushing for a total ban here.  Being in Colorado, I'm used to seeing/smelling the stuff everywhere.  I wanted to see what the general populace was considering.  And they seem to want the VA to open it up.  Seeing as how the VA follows FEDERAL rules, that's not likely to be an option anytime soon.  But, if the VA is sending some people far from facilities to local docs, could they possibly open it up?  Likely only if the vet pays for that medication themselves.

I believe it's only a matter of months before a major battle ensues over Reservists/Guardsmen testing hot from areas where MMJ has been allowed.  And I'm also convinced that it will be both a civilian AND military court battle.  

  • Do you think Soldiers in states that have passed legalized marijuana (medical or personal use) should be able to use it?

                No-  75%
                Yes- 25%

  • Do you think Veterans, no longer having a service requirement, should have medical marijuana as a treatment option (covered by the VA)?

                No-  68%
                Yes- 32%

  • Should Reservists/National Guardsmen from legalized marijuana states be able to use it without repercussion?

                No-  71%
                Yes- 29%


Should Soldiers/military or Veterans be able to use marijuana?

I'm posting up my first Survey Monkey survey to ask just a couple of important questions regarding use of marijuana for military members and veterans.

I've been looking to see if anyone has been asking this question; I don't see much out there, and I think it's now time to put it out there.  The issue has basically three components:

    1.  Active duty military- should they be able to use it, if they are in a location that permits it?  (Think Ft Carson in Colorado as an example)

    2.  Should guardsmen, who are not on duty full-time but subject to duty recall, be able to use it if their state permits it.

    3.  Should medical marijuana be a treatment option for veterans in the VA system?

I know this is going to be an issue; as I'm in CO, and several units are being spun up to support the Ebola mission, this is likely to make an appearance.  I'm not aware of any prosecutions for it, or any unit discussion on it.  Yes, I do know that in the FEDERAL legal system it's illegal to use, but Sammy Soldier who also attends Colorado University, or Cindy Clerk who has a doctor prescribing it for nausea may test 'hot' prior to deployment.

So, just to ask the question: (please click the link- couldn't get the survey to embed)

Military/Veterans and marijuana use