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A Perspective on Guns & Killing from “A Marine and his Rifle” (Updated 2020) February 25, 2020

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“I left the sky in the middle of the night
I hit the deck and I’m ready to fight.
Colt .45 and Kabar by my side
These are the tools that make men die.”

-Infantry Cadence

With the recent political debates raging and ‘gun control’ once again front and center of the Democrat candidate’s platforms, I felt it was appropriate to update and republish for 2020.   This post is not a position on gun control rather it is intended give some insight into a side of the issue few outside of specialized jobs probably recognize or acknowledge.  That of the human weapon. (more…)

“Satisficing” in 2020!- Choose the Best Available Option. February 25, 2020

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Herbert Simon

As  we are well into this 2020 political cycle I thought it prudent to reference an important political (and decision making) concept.  In his seminal 1947 work Administrative Behavior the esteemed Political Scientist, Economist and Nobel Prize Laureate Herbert Simon referenced a concept he called Satisficing.  The concept was formally put forth in 1965.  So what exactly is Satisficing?  First it is a portmanteau which combines “satisfy” and “success”.   According to Wikipedia Satisficing is: Satisficing is a decision-making strategy or cognitive heuristic that entails searching through the available alternatives until an acceptability threshold is met.” The term satisficing,  is a combination of satisfy and suffice.”

We all Satisfice every day.  Consider the last car you bought.  (more…)

Stolen Valor in a Small Town.. “DD214-Recon, Scout/Sniper…and…Now ;)” February 7, 2020

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COBRAUpdate Again!…I have been contacted by someone with a text from the person in question who has offered his “DOD Number”..so I can “check on him”.  Well..all I have asked for is the person’s DD214. I have already requested from the US Archives.  My belief is he never served in ANY capacity but I may be wrong and get an actually DD214. 

The post below was originally written in 2012 when I first began investigating Stolen Valor.  Recently, I had a particularly interesting story come to light. While the Supreme Court has upheld that Stolen Valor(United States v Alverez) is constitutional free right to speech under the 1st Amendment..it does not mean we cannot expose them.  It is also a crime for those who fabricate military honors to defraud others through those efforts.

I was contacted by a few people in a small Kentucky  town called Stanford, KY.  It has a population of about 3,500.  I lived in Kentucky as a child.  Beautiful place, and fine people.  There is, apparently, one individual who is making outlandish claims about being a Marine Sniper.  Some of what I have heard from those who know him (we will just call him Mick T for now) is that he is a “Ghost” (I don’t know where this originated but it is a common statement among valor thieves).  Claims to have “over 200 confirmed kills”…”best friend with Chris Kyle”…”records are all sealed” BS, BS, and more BS. He is, by accounts, profiting from his fraudulent claims.  Lies.

I have personally reached out to this person for clarification on his claims.  Instead of answer the simple question “Have you ever claimed to be a sniper”…he decided the best defense was a good offense and began disparaging me. Well..this has only happened about 50 times in the last 10 years.  Read the post below from 2012.  It includes my DD214(my last one..I have an earlier one, as well).  BTW>.that is a pic of me on the left..

So..YES….I am a real, legit, Marine Sniper..unlike Mick T.  I am a real, qualified Recon Marine.  I have worked Stolen Valor for years and will continue to pursue this case.  I have not published the organization to which he is a president out of a request from members.

I will continue to update this post as I gain more information.  It is troublesome when someone steals valor to promote themselves.  I invite “Mick T” to contact me (3rd request) to resolve this.  Guarantee, I hear nothing but crickets.  It really makes my white hackles….get raised when someone lies about their service like this.


Strangely, someone has been doing a number of searches on subjects such as “chris mark USMC fraud”, “chris mark military fraud”, “chris mark no sniper” and various other topics.  How do I know this?  Good question! I use the standard WordPress analytics plus Google Analytics!  For those companies wondering the value of Google, this should demonstrate that at the very least, you can see what people are trying to find on you!…but…I digress.  To assuage the person, or persons fears that I was not in the military or was somehow fabricating my experience, I have attached the single ‘God like’ document that shows one’s military experience.  The  mysterious, yet reliable DD214!  This is available to any US citizen in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). yup..you can request a DD214 on me, your grandfather, your dad, or the president (if he had served).  You can get an FOIA on anyone who has served.  Simply go to archives.gov and check it out!…The picture attached is me, in 1995 with 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company in Hawaii during our June 1995 amphibious operations. I am top row first on the right while AP is bottom row, second from right.  This happens to be the same month that Scott O’Grady was rescued from Bosnia after being shot down in his F16.  Look closely, and you may recognize some faces 😉

It should be noted that I was on active duty twice…once with the USMC and then with the USN as an officer.  This DD214 is my second…it shows the schools and awards but not my units (like 3/6 STA) while enlisted.  That is a separate DD214…

HR 4036, the “Hack Back Bill”; Understanding Active & Passive Deterrence and the Escalation of Force Continuum. May 24, 2018

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A post on deterrence theory that is applicable to today’s environment and discussion on guns and school security

Global Security, Privacy, & Risk Management

SMallPirI wrote this original post several years ago but it seems to be more relevant now.   As CNN reports HR4036…”…formerly called the Active Cyber Defense Certainty (ACDC) Act and informally called the hack-back bill – was introduced as an amendment to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) last week. Its backers are US Representatives Tom Graves, a Georgia Republican, and Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat.”

This is a bill that is sound in theory and terrible in practice.  According to the Bill, (named ACDC) it would enable a company to take “..active defensive measures..” to access an attacker’s computer.  This is only applicable in the US…Think about this for a minute.  What is the evidence that I was the attacker of company A?  Maybe (quite possibly…almost certainly) a hackers is using my system as a proxy.  So some company can now attack my personal computer?  What happened to “due…

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Very good read! April 2, 2018

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