This picture was taken late in March. I could be totally wrong, but none of these gentlemen look like Marines:
The guy on the right has a fake dogtag, it is too small and it appears to be on a leather necklace. The kid in the middle is flashing the peace sign, never a Marine Corps thing. And the Broseph on the left looks straight out of central NYU casting. As in, a Tisch School of the Arts drama student playing a Devil Dog. A freshman, sophomore max. (Cue crazy eyes. Look intense. Pretend you are returning from Sadr City. Perfect, hold that.)
Their website, alluded to in their lousy Occupy Marines sign, seems clownish. Lots of Keith Olbermann, OWS, and 99% schtuff. Keef, if you did not know, is Adam Gadahn’s and Osama Bin Laden’s favorite anchor:
I used to think that MSNBC channel may be good and neutral a bit, but is has lately fired two of the most famous journalists —Keith Olberman and Octavia Nasser the Lebanese—because they released some statements that were open for argument.
I also found these nuggets interesting:
As was previously reported, the documents show that bin Laden ordered the assassinations of President Barack Obama and U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, but did not have the resources to carry out the killings.
“Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make [Vice President Joe] Biden take over the presidency for the remainder of the term, as it is the norm over there,” bin Laden wrote in a letter to one of his top lieutenants. “Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the U.S. into a crisis.”
The Asst CINC is totally unprepared? I cannot, by my amateur interpretation of the UCMJ, comment on that.
* In a semi-related blog tidbit, I once almost threw up in Union Square when working as a bike messenger. And seeing that statue behind our brave Marine Corps brethren brought back memories. Thanks warriors, I’ve thrown up twice in sight of that statue. Once years back, and another time just ten minutes ago.
Update: This morning, I got two angry emails about this post. Well, one is angrier than the other. The gentler one:
Hydro said: Everyone is entitled to their opinion but it’s sad that you are talking trash about us. You should be ashamed of yourself
Achh- no harm, no foul. I did lay it on thick as I thought they were fake Marines. This one is a little harsher:
Sgt. Jason Christopher Leone said, in reply to Kurt P:
You calling me a TROLL, you fucking P***Y?
To the “Laid Back Jihadi” that wrote this heinous, DANGEROUSLY MISINFORMED ARTICLE?
Sup Bro? Wanna come down to Union Square and throw up on me?
“The BROSEPH on the left”
You f****g Turd.
I hit a nerve. And I take it that (at least) the second gentlemen is a Marine. As for Hydro, I will give him the benefit of the doubt. I respect their service as I do all in the military. I emailed this response back to them:
Hydro and SGT Leone,
Both of you commented at my blog, the Mellow Jihadi. I take it you were active-duty Marines at one time. After reading your comments, I will issue a retraction calling you all out. I am a prior-enlisted naval officer and am very wary of the usage of military members (real or not) for political causes.
My wariness is not imagined. Unfortunately, certain political elements have relied on fake military participation to give them, and their various groups, credibility. The bogus Army Ranger Jesse Macbeth comes to mind, but there are many others.
I would like to engage you both on your group’s message or lack of one. What is it that you want? OWS has a fringe hooliganism and possesses a dearth of stated goals. I graduated from Berkeley and witnessed the anarchist movement firsthand. They are confounding even to themselves and the 99%ers give off similar confusion. Do you have a mission statement? What sort of organization, or the opposite, would you seek within the government or society to meet your goals? Are you aware of the fact that many folks think OWS is a tool of socialist (or otherwise extreme) causes? One concrete idea espoused by the OWS movement: the forgiveness of student loans. Why should a middle-class family suffer through tax hikes to fund some Ivy Leaguer’s debts? Does this not sound imbalanced? Money must come from somewhere, it does not magically appear.
Is it odd that the OWSers are using the term 99%? I have literally hundreds of friends and acquaintances and know of no one who supports the laziness and lack of civility that OWS engenders. I would put forth that society at large is the 99% and the OWS crowd is the real 1%. And before you label me some clueless Officer, know that I have held many menial jobs from washing dishes to being a bike messenger in NYC. And I was enlisted once, as you were.
On any given day, my blog receives between 2K and 12K in pageviews. And I will offer you both space to respond. I agree to post what you write, unedited and in complete form. I will, however, ****-out any four-letter words. I wish you would address the criminal element of OWS. As Marines, certainly this must bother you. And I am curious your stance on prior-military members showing up in uniform to OWS events. I have seen dozens of pictures of this direct violation of a clearly-known rule.
Lastly, I would be curious your stance on the Tea Party. They have no criminality in their ranks and advocate for a smaller, more responsible government. And despite what the media would like to present, they cut across a large swath of society. (Although, they do tend to tilt older, whereas OWS leans the opposite direction.)
I am all for participation in civic government and look forward to hearing your informed response.
Consider this post a retraction of my original observation that the three gentlemen were not Marines. Consider it also a challenge to Occupy Marines to put forth a cogent mission statement.
I would ask readers not to delve into the four-letter dictionary in response to any of their comments.