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Reagan-salutesNow days, when you see the President of the United States pass a U.S. Marine or another service-member you’ll see a quick exchange of salutes. Most don’t know that this tradition was only recently established. Prior to 1981, the service-member would salute the President, but it was never reciprocated until President Ronald Reagan began the custom. As you can probably imagine, even this seemingly innocent change didn’t come without it’s critics. 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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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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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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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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A California Redwood’s Lifetime

Posted on November 11th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Here is a photo taken of a California Redwood tree cut down in the late 1800s. Superimposed over the trunk, a graphic compares the timeline of the tree’s rings as they coincide with events in human history.

This single tree was alive for the majority of recorded history.

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