Autocracy, Anocracy, & Democracy – “Verbal Masterba(bleep!)…” January 25, 2016Posted by Chris Mark in Laws and Leglslation, Politics.
Tags: anocracy, autocracy, Chris Mark, democracy, Dr. Heather Mark, facebook, mark consulting group, politics
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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“Honoring the Silent Professionals”
I am honored to announce the formation of a new charitable organization called the R&S Foundation. The R&S Foundation (named for Recon & Sniper) was formed to help our veteran Brothers and Sisters in need. Many are unaware that 22 veterans commit suicide per day. Many more struggle with physical, emotional and financial challenges. The Recon, Scout/Sniper, SARC, and MARSOC communities are in need of a foundation to help those who are in need of support. The R&S Foundation was born of a simple idea. Several years ago a Reconnaissance Sniper created a loose affiliation of Snipers, Recon Marines, SARCs, and MARSOC Marines which began informally helping each other. From this seed of an early idea some brothers from the community took the proverbial bull by the horns and created the R&S Foundation. Currently, the group is putting together the ‘non profit’ packet and have seated the Board of Directors (I am privileged to have been asked to be on the BOD). If you get a chance, please take a look at the Facebook page and give us a ‘like’. You can reach the Foundation by emailing; firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsey Stone – Apology Posted for Actions at Tomb of Unknowns November 21, 2012Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
Tags: facebook, Lindsey Stone, tomb of unknown soldiers, tomb of unknowns
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“We sincerely apologize for all the pain we have caused by posting the picture we took in Washington DC on Facebook. While posted on a public forum, the picture was intended only for our own amusement. We never meant any disrespect to any of the people nationwide who have served this country and defended our freedom so valiantly. It was meant merely as a visual pun, intending to depict the exact opposite of what the sign said, and had absolutely nothing to do with the location it was taken or the people represented there. We never meant to cause any harm or disrespect to anyone, particularly our men and women in uniform. We realize it was in incredibly poor taste, and are deeply sorry for the offense we have caused.
We also sincerely apologize to LIFE, Inc. It is an amazing organization that provides invaluable services to adults with learning and developmental disabilities. We are beyond remorseful that our actions have caused them such undue public scrutiny. The disrespect implied by our picture has nothing at all to do with LIFE’s mission statement or values. We regret having caused any suffering to the staff members, residents, families and friends.
Again, we very sincerely apologize to everyone who took offense to the photo. We realize that it was an ignorant and distasteful thing for us to do, but we truly meant no harm. We are deeply sorry.”
Lindsey Stone – Disrespecting the Tomb of the Unknowns November 20, 2012Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
Tags: disrespect, facebook, honor, LifeCapeCod, Lindsey Stone, Tomb of the unknown soldier, Tomb of the Unknowns
Forgive this rant on this blog. Several months ago, a person posted a video mocking Islam and it created issues that resulted in riots. Yesterday we have a young woman named Lindsey Stone who works for LifeCapeCod posting a picture on the Internet of her disrespecting the Tomb of the Unknowns. When taken to task for the posting her response was what one would expect of a self described “douchebag” (her words…not mine). Here is her response. “Whoa, whoa, whoa…wait. This is just us being the douchebags that we are, challenging authority in general. Much like the pic posted the night before, of me smoking right next to a no smoking sign. OBVIOUSLY we meant NO disrespect to people that serve or have served our country.” I find it particularly interesting that she is willing to act in such a disrespectful manner and the, when caught, disavow her behavior. Protest is a great part of our country’s history. Disrespectful, offensive behavior in front of memorials is deplorable. Not only did Lindsey Stone disrespect a memorial she chose the one memorial dedicated to those brave men and women who were not identified and in turn whose own families have not had a chance to properly mourn their loved ones. The Tomb of the Unknowns is a sacred memorial for those who have paid the ultimate price. It is offensive for Ms. Stone to equate her behavior to that of “smoking next to a non smoking sign.” She should be ashamed and her parents and friends should be ashamed.
“Here Rests In Honored Glory and American Solder Known But To God.”