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Marines Welcome Pres Bush Vs Pres Obama

↳ Posted on June 15th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Here are two events where each President went to visit U.S. Marines. The two events are like night and day in the manner that the Marines welcome the two Presidents. President Bush takes the cake here by far.

When the United States Marine Corps loves you that much nothing else really matters.

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Missing-marineTen years ago ex-U.S. Marine Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun walked off Camp Fallujah, Iraq. Hassoun was a reservist from Utah and caused quite a stir in the earlier days of the Iraq War pretending to be a captured POW. It was later found out that he had close family in Fallujah and it was all a ruse. I personally remember this vividly as at the time I was also a Marine two months from deploying to the very base that Hassoun disappeared from. Read more…

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SgtmajDespite the fact that it’s a fundamental principle of leadership, taught in NCO and SNCO schools alike, it’s becoming very rare to see senior NCOs and officers stand up for their Marines. The few leaders in possession of a certain level of “testicular fortitude” (e.g. Gen. Mattis) seem to be being shown the door en masse recently. That’s why I needed to give a nod of respect to Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett, who spoke his mind to Congress at a recent congressional hearing focused on cutting funding to military commissaries. The senior enlisted of three other U.S. military branches were also present at the hearing, however, the Coast Gaurd’s was not present. Read more…

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YanksTitlePhotosmThis is a day you won’t learn about in history class. It doesn’t foster pride in the American ideal we’ve been taught to be so proud of. This was a day our politicians reneged on promises. A day our nation chose a few dollar signs over 15,000 World War I vets with their backs against the wall, pockets empty, and their stomachs growling with hunger. Read more…

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Marine-FuneralA University of Pennsylvania report, titled Mortality of American Troops in Iraq, breaks down American casualties by many different demographics. One statistic that hits close to home for me is the disparity between Marines and other branches. The Marine Corps death rate in Iraq is more than doubled that of the Army, and ten times higher than that of the Navy and Air Force.

This is due to the heavy Marine Corps presence in the most volatile area of Iraq, the al Anbar province, which includes the cities of Fallujah, Haditha and Ramadi. Major battles in both Fallujah and Ramadi, particularly the Second Battle of Fallujah, are considered to have been the heaviest fighting American forces encountered during the entire war.

Source: University of Pennsylvania

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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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Why Aliens Have Never Visited Earth

Posted on December 27th, 2013 by Ben Spera

imageThis is one of the main reasons why I don’t believe aliens visit, or have ever visited, Earth.

“If an alien in a galaxy 65 million light years away is looking at us through a telescope right now, then they are looking at dinosaurs.”

This is because of the time it takes the photons of light to reach them. If they are 65 million light years away, then they are just now receiving the light reflected and emitted from our planet 65 million years ago. Therefor, they are observing our planet as it existed 65 million years ago. If the alien lived in a galaxy even farther than that, then the alien is observing light and an Earth that existed even further into the past.

…and by the time said aliens finally arrived here (even with their warp drive) we will most likely be extinct and long gone. That’s as far into it as I will get here for now.

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