The Revolution Will Be Social Mediated

Or if you want to pull out another Sixties chestnut, Sgt. Stein is a “meteorologist for the base’s 1st Marine Expeditionary Force” — a Weatherman…

A Camp Pendleton Marine is running smack up against the limits of what uniform-wearing Americans are allowed to say about their government after his Facebook page for “Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots” sparked concern among his superiors Tuesday.

Sgt. Gary Stein, 24, was set to do a television interview with MSNBC when he got called back to the base to go over the Pentagon’s directive on political activities. Stein chose to remove the page, launched three weeks ago, until he has reviewed his obligations under military code.

No worries, the page is back up. And we’re cool at Stinque World Domination Headquarters — any revolt at the base has to fight I-5 traffic to reach us.

Marine scrutinized over Facebook page [San Diego Union-Tribune]

Armed Forces Tea Party [Facebook]


And two border patrol check points (in case they come down 15)…

Seriously, this guy would be in some deep [insert Korean dish HERE] if we had a Republican administration.


Our Armed Forces place their life on the line for political agendas every day, is it common sense to think that they should have no opinion about what they are potentially sacrificing their lives for? We say no! Let them be herd [sic].

@JNOV: If the dude’s that worried about the present administration, we can always switch back to the previous administration and hold bake sales for decent armor.

@nojo: No shit. I know a guy whose unit (Afghanistan) had flak jackets minus the ceramic plates, unarmored vehicles. Fucking nightmare. Oh, and his GF was on The Apprentice.

@nojo: One of our clients, a gaming tribe, paid to uparmor the state National Guard’s Humvees whilst Rumsfeld was saying you go to war with the army you got.


It may or may not be common sense, but I’m pretty sure it’s Army regulation. Nobody ever said the two had to agree… :)

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ:

That dude owns the internet at this point, being that he’s won it soo many times.

On-thread, it isn’t active servicemembers like this guy that bother me, it’s the ones that are having secret meetings to discuss the next civil war.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: I don’t understand. Is this some Yanqui saw I don’t know?

@Benedick: I think it’s in reference to Talibunny’s demand that there be bottles of water with bendy straws for her appearances.

@al2o3cr: Oh, for sure. Ex #1 and I were interviewed in Sandy Eggo right before the 1st Gulf War. They came to our home and then followed up with us as we said our good-byes before he went onboard his carrier. Anyway, I had to clear the interviews with my base’s PR dept as did my husband who was on a different base. Basically we couldn’t discuss what we thought about the fact that he might be shipping off to war (Kuwait had already been invaded). We told the local news folks that we could not discuss what we thought about politics at all. It was basically a puff piece about a family with an infant about to get split up.

Speaking of social media revolutions, a Bean Town friend’s FB status:

I gave decaf coffee to every tea-bagger douchebag that came into my starbucks today. And I’ve never been so happy to do it (especially to the dude wearing the savage nation cap!).

Stein — a meteorologist for the base’s 1st Marine Expeditionary Force — said it was ire over Obama’s health care reform efforts that pushed him to start the Facebook account. He said he didn’t comment on military issues.

This is rich: another enraged Tea Partier who enjoys the benefits of socialized medicine is fuming at the prospect of the rest of us getting Socialized Medicine.

I’ve got a proposition: how about this guy gives up his U.S. Government health benefits for himself and his family and tries to buy health insurance on the open market. I think he’d find his soldier’s pay woefully inadequate.

@Tommmcatt Loves The Giant Floating Head: On-thread

Don’t go setting dangerous precedents, mister.


I know, I know. We have a complete lack of standards that needs to be ignored.

@karen marie:

I LOLd that the original sponsor of the “Czar bill” can’t even get a list together without including several (7 of 34) positions that *were* confirmed by the Senate and therefore wouldn’t have been affected. Heckuva job, Jack!

For bonus points, how many Republican heads will asplode when somebody points out that Nixon appointed the first “drug czar”? :)

I’ll leave resolving the divide between the neocons’ “unitary executive” and a bill that would essentially require Senate approval for everybody the President appoints to do anything whatsoever to other commenters.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: That I know I didn’t get the bent straw remark. Now I get it.

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