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Chris Mark Endorses Marco Rubio for President! February 6, 2016

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MarcoPresidentOK..since my latest brushes with fame on CNN and the National Review maybe the idea of me ‘Endorsing’ any candidate, much less Senator Marco Rubio, is a bit overblown ;)  That being said, I do want to post about why I think the Mr. Marco Rubio is the best option for President in 2016!

I have watched every presidential debate and every ‘town hall’ and I have come to the conclusion that I believe Marco Rubio is the candidate that is best suited to lead our great nation for the next 4 (or 8) years.

While there are no doubt policies that Marco and I disagree upon, the concept fostered by Nobel Prize recipient Herbert Simon of Satisficing comes into play. While we may not all agree on all issues, we evaluate alternative and decide upon the best option.  For this reason, I can say that whether I agree with Mr. Rubio on all issue is irrelevant as I agree with his position on the major issues and that is more important than minor disagreements. (thank you Auburn University for my BA in Poli Sci!)

I think Marco represents more of what I believe that our country needs with a conservative executive than any other candidate. So, what is conservatism?  As detailed by Mr. Rubio conservatism consists of three primary points: 1) Free Market 2) National Security and 3) Limited Government. (particularly Federal Government).  I agree with all three of these points.

More importantly I find Marco to be both honest, smart, fair, and a man of conviction. arco Rubio is clearly very smart and very well read on the relevant issues.  Unlike some of the other candidates I do not hear a lot of “sound bites” in his responses and he will speak to the issues with both passion and experience. I listed to Mr. Rubio talk about the issue in the middle east and instead of regurgitating the same tired nonsense of “carpet bomb them” he spoke intelligently of the issues between Sunni and Shia Muslims and how that impacts national defense! This is not an easy topic to learn and takes a lot of study to understand.  This demonstrates to me that Mr. Rubio is the type of President I think we need!

Some may see Mr. Rubio’s passion and his tendency to speak quickly and directly as less than ‘presidential’ but I see a person who is in the race for the right reasons! We need more passion, intellect, and frankness in the office. While many have emotion and passion for the job, I like Mr. Rubio’s intellect and education. I have yet to hear him asked a question where he simply regurgitates some sound bite for political expediency. I like people who stand tall and admit mistakes and own their flaws. Marco even made a reference to his boots that were ‘too tall’ (I could use a pair of those, as well)..
I am using my 15 minutes (14 are already spent so only 1 minute left) of ‘fame’ to Endorse Marco Rubio for President of the United States!

To donate to Marco’s campaign please click here!

Chris Mark

“I need a brother…” January 27, 2016

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jasonWithin my very tight knit community of Recon Marines, Scout/Snipers and SARCS, these are words you never want to hear and, at the same time, wish you would hear more often.  It is not uncommon to see a request in a Facebook post or get a text that says simply: “I need a brother…”  When these words are passed,  dozens, if not scores of Marines and Sailors drop what they are doing and reach out to take care of the one in need.  Sometimes it is just someone to talk with…sometimes it is more.  It doesn’t matter.  Responding to these simple words may mean the difference between life and death.

Last weekend another Marine in our very small group took his own life.  This has happened far to frequently for a group of our size and has become far too common.  (more…)

Thank You for 1,000,000 Views! January 26, 2016

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I was just notified that the GlobalRiskInfo blog just had it’s 1 millionth view with over 850,000 visitors!  I want to give a big “Thank You!” to everyone that has taken the time to read my inane drivel and for those who take the time to comment!  This is simply a labor of love and I am grateful for the support.  This started 4 years ago and I have published 404 blog posts. While some have been big hits others have not.  Regardless..thank you!

Chris Mark on CNN (Video) January 25, 2016

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CNNI was fortunate to have Brooke Baldwin and CNN contact me about the Open Letter to Sarah Palin I wrote.  Click here for the Interview. While it was a short interview I was able to convey some thoughts regarding PTSD and domestic violence.  Let me quickly clarify.  If you have never done a media event, you don’t really have control over the content.  The “PTSD Survivor” and “combat survivor” is not titles I would have chosen.  While PTSD can be caused by a number of different ‘stressors’, many of the men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have seen very, very serious combat compared to me.  I was really on the fence about disclosing my diagnosis but figured if it elevated the discussion it was worth the sacrifice. Lastly, I was a bit frustrated that I could not take the opportunity to give a plug for some great organizations.  Given my own background, please consider donating to The Marine Reconnaissance Foundation; Recon & Sniper Foundation; or The Raider Project.

Autocracy, Anocracy, & Democracy – “Verbal Masterba(bleep!)…” January 25, 2016

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Election season in the US is always interesting.  Passions run high and people are quick to proclaim their positions on government and politics.  Unfortunately, as many will likely agree, election season also gives voice to many who should probably remain silent.

Recently I was taken to task on Facebook and lectured on the concept of governance and democracy by a particularly obtuse and offensive individual.  When I attempted to explain that democracy should NOT be considered a strictly binary proposition and that the US was indeed a democracy, his attacks became personal and I was accused of (among other things) “verbal masturbation”.  According to this master of the English language: “Most folks like me would call your ideas verbal masturbation.  They sound good from the outside but are really kinda stupid”…he actually wrote: “Kinda”…somehow this person drew a line between my comments on democracy and his belief that the federal government would force parents to stand by while their 12 year old daughters got abortions without consent.  I am at a loss as to the logic… But…I digress.  Back to democracy! (more…)

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