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Troops Fed Up with Ridiculous Rules of Engagement

↳ Posted on February 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

U.s. Marines Continue Suppression of InsurgentsI experienced escalating ridiculousness of the rules of engagement between my two deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2006. I can only imagine how asinine they have become at this point. When the inanimate property of foreign individuals is of more importance to our government than the lives of our servicemen, we have a serious corruption of priorities. When calls for artillery from our men are denied due to the possibility of collateral damage to civilian property, we have a problem. Read more…

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American Soldier Dies Saving Polish Officer

↳ Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by Ben Spera

bildeOn September 4th, the Polish Ministry of Defense posthumously awarded Staff Sergeant Michael H. Ollis the Polish Army Gold Medal. This Polish award recognizes the service of a civilian or foreign soldier. Ollis has also been nominated for the American Silver Star medal.

During a firefight in eastern Afghanistan, Ollis stepped between an unidentified Polish Officer and an insurgent armed with explosives, shielding the officer from the explosion. During interviews, the Polish officer was very emotional and repeatedly praised and thanked Staff Sgt Ollis for saving his life.

Source: Military Times

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harry This article caught my eye earlier this year but I haven’t seen anything more about it since. It captures a rare instant where England’s Prince Harry vents about his father harping on him about acting more like royalty. He explains that he struggles with perceiving himself as royalty while coming to terms with his actions in Afghanistan. This is unscripted honesty from someone who is usually handled and filtered. It also does a good job of humanizing someone I’m used to seeing act like a spoiled yuppie.

Source: The Guardian

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Pope Francis Speaking for Christians in Middle East

Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by Ben Spera

Pope Francis Holds His Weekly General AudienceThe more I read about the new Pope Francis, the more I like him. He seems to be the complete opposite of the image that the Roman Catholic Church has purveyed for so long. He seems genuine, compassionate, honest and human. With all the supposed power and influence the Catholic Church wields, all I’ve seen Pope’s speak up about is petty political nonsense. But this Pope Francis is different, very different. If the church wants people to follow, they need to lead. That’s exactly what Pope Francis seems to be doing, and doing well. Read more…

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