Nathan R. Jessup

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Wikileaks Releases Video Depicting US Military Slaying Of Dozen Iraqis Including Two Reuters Employees

In America, Breaking News, Government Lies, Our Troops, War, World News on April 5, 2010 at 11:26 am

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(Reposted from: Zerohedge)

After much speculation that it was nothing but a red herring, Wikileaks, which has recently gotten some substantial press coverage on both sides, has finally released a classified video leaked by “a number of military whistleblowers” which depicts “the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.” The Reuters employees in question are Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen. Full video is below, linked from Wikileaks’ YouTube site. Full video attached – warning: video is very graphic.

As WikiLeaks further elaborates:

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The Making Of A Marine; By Jordan Blachek

In America, freedom, Integrity, military, Our Troops, Pride, War on February 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm

The Making of a Marine

(From a fellow pilot who went into the Marine Corps)

“Ultimately … [it] was a duty I could not, and should not, leave for others to assume.”

The short essay below is by Jordan Blashek, Princeton 2009, who decided to turn down acceptance to medical school to join the U.S. Marine Corps and enter its Officer Candidate School, from which he graduated in December 2009.  Written originally as an explanation of his decision for his high school classmates, it is worth reading – and appreciating – by us all. “You Joined Us” — That phrase is carved into a steel plaque that tauntingly guards the entrance to the Officers’ barracks at Camp Barrett in Quantico, VA.

As I hobbled inside, exhausted from another 15-hour day, my roommate half-jokingly pointed to the plaque, “Why did we do that again?”  I smiled.  Today had been a long day.  Waking at 4 AM, we spent the next 9 hours outside in the pouring rain learning hand-to-hand combat and outdated bayonet techniques.  Without warming layers, hats or gloves, our hands quickly went numb and our bodies started shaking uncontrollably in the 30-degree temperature.  Finally, we were sent back inside to clean our rifles, which must be spotless before we can wash off our bodies.

As 8 PM rolled around and we were still cleaning on a Friday night – when my high school and college friends were out at Happy Hours – I thought about that plaque on the wall: Why exactly did I join, again? It’s a question I have tried to answer many times for my family and friends, but never feel as though I have fully conveyed my reasons. I made the decision to join the U.S. Marine Corps at the start of my senior year at Princeton, turning down an acceptance to medical school in the process.  I kept the decision to myself until I broke the news to my shocked parents over Christmas Break.  I ran through the litany of justifications for them: I wanted to serve my country.  I wanted the camaraderie and the pride of being in the Marine Corps brotherhood.  I needed the challenge to test my true capabilities and strength.  I would receive the best leadership training on the planet, which would help me in any future career I chose.  I wanted adventure and the chance to be a part of history in Iraq or Afghanistan.  I wanted to exude that same confidence that I saw in every Marine officer I have met.  Whether I convinced them or not, in the end, none of these “reasons” alleviated my parents’ understandable anxiety.

When I told my plans to anyone else, I felt as though I were talking to a brick wall – the Military, especially the Marine Corps, was simply outside their reality.  My closer friends would nod their heads and say something to the effect of “Wow, that’s cool;” but since I was the perennial flake of the group, most did not take my decision very seriously.  And to be honest, even I was not quite sure that I would follow through with the choice.  In the comfort of my college dorm, the decision to become a Marine Corps officer seemed glamorously abstract.  However, on October 1, 2009 my decision suddenly became very real when I arrived at the Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, VA.

My OCS experience was surreal.  Along with 407 other “Candidates” – all college graduates with newly shaved heads – I ran around for 10 weeks carrying an M16 rifle, while the Marine Corps’ famous drill instructors screamed increasingly creative insults at us.  In reality, we were beginning the painful, yet deliberate process of transforming from civilians into Marine officers through some of the most intense training that exists in the US military.  Meanwhile, the drill instructors continually evaluated our leadership potential as part of the time-honored tradition whereby enlisted Marines select the officers that will eventually lead them in combat.

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Millionaire Pelosi Uses US Military Jets To Shuttle Her Children & Grandchildren; $18,000/hr Of Taxpayer Dollars

In Congress, Corruption, Government Lies, Obama, US Senate, World News on January 30, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Doug Ross writes:

Meet the Pelosi family! Using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Judicial Watch uncovered thousands of pages of travel documents related to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s use of military aircraft.

What hasn’t been revealed so far is that military aircraft are being used to shuttle Pelosi’s kids and grandkids between DC and San Francisco without any Congressional representatives even onboard! Put simply, the United States Air Force is serving as a multi-billion dollar chauffeur- and baby-sitting service for Nancy Pelosi’s kids and grandkids — presumably because commercial travel is beneath the families of the autocrats.

But this couldn’t be a waste of resources because the U.S. military really isn’t engaged in any other significant activities around the world.

After reading my previous posts on Scott Brown and Thad McCotter, could you ever imagine either of them wasting tax dollars like Pelosi? The time has come to usher in a new breed of politician; politicians must understand every dollar in Washington is raised by hard-working Americans.

Again, Doug Ross uncovers some of the letters written by Pelosi for the outrageous expenditures:

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Facebook’s “Soldiers Are Not Heroes”

In Corruption, freedom, military, World News on January 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm

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Generally, I refrain from entertaining radical bottom-feeders whose only intention is to ‘stir the pot’. In the case of “Soldiers Are Not Heroes” however, I will make exception. The diseased group on Facebook has roughly 12,000 nut-jobs after the backwards cause. The picture you are looking at nearly caused me to fall out of my seat. I am curious, how do you feel?

As I read through comments on the site (a non-Facebook version is found HERE) I can’t help but recognize how small, radically liberal groups are actually gaining traction from social networking sites like Facebook. While I firmly support our first amendment right to freedom of speech, ignorant hate-speech falls not in such a group.

From what I gather, many of the site’s main contributors seem to be children (21 and under). However, the man responsible for adding the picture in this post, Elliot Waters, seems a bit older. Here’s a small example of what you will find on the group’s page:

“We are currently looking at suggestions by beautiful people that SANH is a religion. Environmentalism as a religion is a current strand of spiritual consciousness widening and deepening throughout the world. Which brings up the fact that war is bad for the environment and the planet. (That is a whole new discussion – lets start it).”

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Facebook's "Soldiers Are Not Heroes"

In Corruption, freedom, military, World News on January 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm

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Generally, I refrain from entertaining radical bottom-feeders whose only intention is to ‘stir the pot’. In the case of “Soldiers Are Not Heroes” however, I will make exception. The diseased group on Facebook has roughly 12,000 nut-jobs after the backwards cause. The picture you are looking at nearly caused me to fall out of my seat. I am curious, how do you feel?

As I read through comments on the site (a non-Facebook version is found HERE) I can’t help but recognize how small, radically liberal groups are actually gaining traction from social networking sites like Facebook. While I firmly support our first amendment right to freedom of speech, ignorant hate-speech falls not in such a group.

From what I gather, many of the site’s main contributors seem to be children (21 and under). However, the man responsible for adding the picture in this post, Elliot Waters, seems a bit older. Here’s a small example of what you will find on the group’s page:

“We are currently looking at suggestions by beautiful people that SANH is a religion. Environmentalism as a religion is a current strand of spiritual consciousness widening and deepening throughout the world. Which brings up the fact that war is bad for the environment and the planet. (That is a whole new discussion – lets start it).”

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Facebook's "Soldiers Are Not Heroes"

In Corruption, freedom, military, World News on January 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm

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Generally, I refrain from entertaining radical bottom-feeders whose only intention is to ‘stir the pot’. In the case of “Soldiers Are Not Heroes” however, I will make exception. The diseased group on Facebook has roughly 12,000 nut-jobs after the backwards cause. The picture you are looking at nearly caused me to fall out of my seat. I am curious, how do you feel?

As I read through comments on the site (a non-Facebook version is found HERE) I can’t help but recognize how small, radically liberal groups are actually gaining traction from social networking sites like Facebook. While I firmly support our first amendment right to freedom of speech, ignorant hate-speech falls not in such a group.

From what I gather, many of the site’s main contributors seem to be children (21 and under). However, the man responsible for adding the picture in this post, Elliot Waters, seems a bit older. Here’s a small example of what you will find on the group’s page:

“We are currently looking at suggestions by beautiful people that SANH is a religion. Environmentalism as a religion is a current strand of spiritual consciousness widening and deepening throughout the world. Which brings up the fact that war is bad for the environment and the planet. (That is a whole new discussion – lets start it).”

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