Today, Democratic frontrunner for President, Hillary Clinton, has basically been given a pass by the FBI for using her personal email to transmit highly classified material while she was the Secretary of State. Although words like “extremely careless” were used in the statement issued by FBI Director James Comey, he has essentially said that because there was no willful, harmful intent, it would be inappropriate … Continue reading OPSEC is apparently OP-tional?
I rarely tell people how to live their lives. This IS America after all. Unfortunately, I need to deviate slightly from my “live and let live” mentality to speak directly to a few of you about something important. You see, celebrating the fourth of July with fireworks is one of the most American things you can do – like standing solemnly during the National Anthem … Continue reading A Message to Americans that Complain about Fireworks
We don’t yet know all the facts about this terrible tragedy, but it doesn’t even matter. Everyone already knows enough to loudly proclaim their long held beliefs about these very familiar and very incendiary issues. We will just dig our heels further in to our positions when confronted with the opposing view that we already know we are going to hear. So let me just … Continue reading The Only Opinion Piece on the Orlando Nightclub Shooting You Need to Read
What Aren’t We Being Told About the Iranian River Boat Incident? Back in January of this year, the Iranian military captured two riverine patrol boats. Iran’s state run media released video of the sailors surrendering, hands on head, as well as video of a sailor crying and another apologizing and taking full responsibility for the incident. While the sailors were only held for 16 hours … Continue reading Iranian River Boat Incident Smells Fishy
By now the whole country is aware of the issues that are running rampant through the VA medical system. Extended wait times for appointments, claims being denied for little or no reason and the miles of red tape that surround every VA service. And while the VA has acknowledged their shortcomings and has set out to try and rectify the problem, it’s time that we … Continue reading Are Veterans Partially to Blame for the VA Backlog?
This story, reported on CNN, highlights how convoluted our relationships with foreign allies can be in war. Sometimes things happen that are outside the boundaries of our specified rules of engagement. Our service members are left with their own instincts and sense of morality to make decisions and hope they don’t get prosecuted for it. So let the record show that if you rape children, … Continue reading Green Beret Hero Who Beat Up Afghan Rapist Allowed to Stay in Army
If you build it, they will play. Major League Baseball is building a stadium for one game, Marlins-Braves, July 3 to continue their commitment to supporting the U.S. military by playing a baseball game on an active military installment, Fort Bragg in North Carolina, for the first time ever. In fact, it’s the first time any professional sporting event will occur on an active installation unless you count … Continue reading Major League Baseball at Fort Bragg is Awesome
I love America and democracy like I love beer and fried chicken—but I hate what happens to America during election cycles. As someone who is politically “moderate,” election season is a particularly stressful and discouraging time. Candidates use emotionally charged issues to slice and dice Americans into measurable voting populations and pit us against each other. They want us to think that anyone on the … Continue reading This Political Rollercoaster is Making America Sick
Leave it to veterans to take something kind of creepy and lame like beauty pageants and make them meaningful and badass. More than a pretty face contest, the Ms. Veteran America pageant is a celebration of what makes women veterans awesome. Which are the same kinds of things that make all veterans awesome—loyalty to country, courage in the face of adversity, and the ability to do a lot of … Continue reading The Ms. Veteran America pageant isn’t what you think it is
These Ukrainian tank crewmen decided to turn their T-64 tank (a T-64BV to be exact) into a giant selfie stick. The footage they captured, set to the Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter is beyond awesome and makes me miss my days as a tanker. Don’t let the rust fool you—the T-64 may be old, but it can still lay down the scunion. I’d hate to be … Continue reading This Is What Happens When You Turn a T-64 Into a Selfie Stick