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Making Military Less Formidable to Enemy Endangers Lives
What would John Basilone have thought of Col. Jerry Penner III, MAMC commander, wearing an empathy belly during a session for men at the Expectant and New Parent Health and Wellness Expo? What about George Patton? (Photo:

The times, they are a-changin’, the Dylan song goes, and they certainly are for the military.

The announcement that the Navy is adopting “gender neutral” unisex uniforms is just the latest in a series of developments that raise the question of just what agenda is being promoted, and to what ends. The orders came down from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, a career Democrat insider politician and bureaucrat.

I guess the story stood out because I’d just got done with a regular visit to Fred on Everything, the website of one of my favorite contemporary writers, Fred Reed. The guy reminds me at times of Mark Twain, at others of H.L. Mencken. I don’t always agree with him, but he has a lot of experience, he sure is perceptive, and he just has a way with words that makes me want to read more. His “A Petticoat Military: Comedy in Uniform” is such a piece, and I’d recommend you either go over there right now and return when you’re done, or else make sure you get to it soon, before you move on to other things and forget.

I’d heard about cadets marching in high heels, and giving new meaning to the term “foot soldier,” earlier this year from an April Army Times story:

On April 1, about 15 cadets from Temple University participated in a school-sponsored Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, during which men stumble through a pre-set route while sporting high heels as a way to raise awareness for sexual assault victims. Several cadets walked while wearing Army Combat Uniforms, as did the school’s professor of military science, Lt. Col. Greg Nardi, who runs Temple’s Red Diamond Brigade.

What I had no idea existed was a contraption called an “empathy belly,” a so-called “pregnancy simulator” something no “progressive” male can apparently do without. Hey, if some want to do this, fine, we all have one life to live and it’s not appropriate for one person to force his ways on another (although it would be nice if politicians realized that). But when such concepts migrate to the military, you have to wonder just what that has to do with the mission, just what the priorities of the command are, and who set those priorities and why. It’s also fair to wonder what pressures are put on subordinates to participate or otherwise support such “politically correct” efforts.

So when we’re told “A few male Soldiers got an unexpected addition to their Army Combat Uniforms last week – not to mention an interesting change to their silhouettes,” can we follow up by asking what would have happened to one who refused?  And what career and other impacts would enlisted men and officers who objected have endured?

And, of course, there’s a more important question Fred asked:

What must the Taliban think?

Not to mention Vladimir Putin. And the Chicoms.

How will this trend encourage contempt and embolden an enemy who might otherwise think twice about attacking? How will that increase the danger to men placed in harm’s way? How many more Americans will be killed or maimed for life?

And while it’s not included in the “Declaration of Orders We Will Not Obey,” active duty Oath Keepers might want to think about what they would say to a superior ordering them to take part in an activity they consider humiliatingly and dangerously subversive, and what their options for getting out of it might be.



David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. I can only imagine what General Patton or Chesty Puller would have to say about this and am refraining from entering my own thoughts for fear of being permanently banned from Oath Keepers, face book, and War on Guns. David, even though you consider me an ol’ fart, I’m encouraged to know that you appreciate Fred Reed’s brand of humorous wisdom and insight.

  2. Obama is neutering the military because they are the greatest threat to removing him when he goes too far and strengthening the police because they are most likely to blindly support illegal actions. Why else would they get rid of all the Generals and commanders over the past 7 years and support keeping soldiers disarmed while strengthening police?

  3. When I first read this, I was thinking, “Why make a big deal out of something like this?” Then I remembered back when Obama first took office, and the economy fell into the ditch that it still hasn’t climbed out of. After being laid off and having to move to another state, I was forced to take the first job I could find – at a pizza shop. A few weeks later, our town had its annual “small town holiday/parade thing” and I was asked to wear a foam costume of the pizza shop’s mascot, because I was tall, they told me. I flat out refused, was threatened, I threatened back, and they relented. I quit anyway, because I knew how it would be after something like that, and being hounded and harassed for minimum wage was not in my playbook. Not as a civilian anyway. There is no job worth my dignity.

    But, yeah. I have a much clearer picture of why this might be a bigger deal than is readily apparent.

  4. I can’t imagine how demoralizing it has been to be in the military over the last 7 years. If treason is defined as giving aid and comfort to the enemy than the usurper in chief should certainly be tried for treason along with the brass that go along to get along. God help us!

    1. “If treason is defined as giving aid and comfort to the enemy than the usurper in chief…”

      First he is *impersonating a US President as Obama was NEVER a lawful or legal presidential candidate and he “got into” office by Election Fraud. BTW, as did many of those serving that are “elected”. Here in America we have three conditions that MUST be met in order for a person to run for and be elected to the office of the US president. He did NOT meet all three conditions. They were put into position to bring America down from the inside as it could not be done from the outside. Since none of those serving in our governments at any level – state and general – did anything about this they are complicit.

      It IS Treason, and all the harmful actions to people and property done since he has been in office is **Terrorism.

      He “gave”, along with Panetta and Dempsey, what USED TO BE the US Military to the UN and NATO. Treason and *Terrorism

      Those who served and were actually aware REFUSED to wear those uniforms and take orders from those TRAITORS (please Bold and underline this so that those in the NSA, etc can read it easier) are currently in prisons or moved to foreign nations to be tortured and murdered for “not following unlawful orders”. THEY are American heroes. Thsoe that actually prosecuted them, imprisoned them, etc are TRAITORS. The rest of those were too used to “just following orders” and “just doing their jobs” or willing to do whatever was required of them to be aware that those orders – any and ALL of them – are TREASONOUS and unlawful in nature though that is something they all should know.

      ALL of those that are serving within our governments currently and did not raise questions at the very least are also Traitors, willingly; and it matters not what position they serve within because according to OUR LEGITIMATE government the US Constitution’s support and defense comes before ANYTHING else.

      They are not just Traitors and/or abettors down to even those that deliver the US mail, cook the meals, walk the dogs, mow the lawns, clean, in the military, in the Secret Service (most of all, and willingly), CIA, FBI, all LE agencies state and general, etc. They MUST ALL BE REPLACED, and a lot charged, arrested, prosecuted. THEY ALL take that Oath, and to take it means that they have to understand that lawful and solemn Oath and its requirements. They are PERSONALLY responsible for their actions once they take it and start serving anywhere within any governmental body – agencies, etc. For us to do less then that is for us to demean our US Constitution. Because everyone who was required by Oath do certain things did nothing America is almost lost.

      There will be a lot of job openings, but there will not be as many as before because a lot of those agencies are unconstitutional.

      So for Treason and *Terrorism for Obama and his administration, let’s start with giving the US Military to a foreign entity, then to giving authority to a foreign entity over the USA and the American people, etc.

      The legislature for doing nothing when Treason was admitted on the floor at a hearing. The judicial for backing these treasonous actions and more and not keeping their Oath. (For the new Supremes may I recommend the very few who stood against those Traitors and said their actions were unconstitutional? Not sure we have enough of them at this time to fill the positions that will be emptied).

      The federal “legal” team that said that most of this treasonous stuff was constitutional and that First Degree Murder (assassination powers) was lawful and legal under our US Constitution, etc – may they hang when found guilty!

      All who serve in any part of the state governments that have not been fighting for their state rights as a republican form of government all must be replaced. We have to clean house top to bottom. ALL must be investigated, charged where appropriate, prosecuted.

      Oh, and any attorney or lawyer, judge, etc who does not/did not use the US Constitution and each state Constitution as the highest laws of our land must no longer be allowed to practice law in this nation. I believe their actions and inactions are a big part of the problem we see manifest around us today. When they began to no longer use the US Constitution and state Constitutions as the laws they are, and themselves began acting as if they are not there and of no significance they shaped opinions. When you consider that the US Constitution and state Constitutions are LAW, the highest laws of this land, that would make them (lawyers, etc) the spears in the constitutions defense/offense when they use it, argue it, present its meanings that were not used.

      Non governmental agencies that are working Treason within our nation dismantled and prosecuted. ETC – yeah, the list is long.

      Corporations that owe their beginnings and growth to the American people who can be must be prosecuted, but at the least they must NEVER BE ALLOWED TO SELL HERE IN AMERICA again. Nor use any of America’s resources, etc. WE MUST start up our own industries again, create, make, etc. WE must do as George Washington told us to do so that we would never be denied the weapons we are required to have as the Militia.

      George Washington: “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, PARTICULARLY MILITARY, supplies.”

      *28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.

      **The 2008 Democratic Nominating Committee (DNC) document did not include the normal language usually found on those documents stating that Obama was qualified to be a candidate. The 2008 Republican Nominating Committee (RNC) document did, as is normal. This shows that the DNC knew that Obama was not qualified, or why change the form? (The RNC is just as corrupt)

      South Bend, Indiana JURY found that Election Fraud put botht Obama and Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the 2008 election. (Election Fraud went on in every state of the union though most was not prosecuted, etc)

      Don’t forget agencies such as the FCC – Supreme Court stated in Red Lion v. FCC in 1969: “It is the purpose of the First Amendment to preserve an uninhibited marketplace of ideas in which truth will ultimately prevail, rather than to countenance monopolization of that market, whether it be by the Government itself or a private licensee. It is the right of the public to receive suitable access to social, political, esthetic, moral, and other ideas and experiences which is crucial here. That right may not constitutionally be abridged either by Congress or by the FCC.”

      Fast N Furious:
      Holder’s first taxpayer-funded trip noted in the documents was to an April 2009 “US/Mexico Arms Trafficking Strategy Meeting” (government cost “unavailable”) concerning gun-running between the US and Mexico, an issue in which the attorney general subsequently said he had no involvement.

      March 24, 2009 David Ogden, deputy attorney general, was talking about Barack Obama’s orders to “fight” the Mexican drug cartels, using “Project Gunrunner.” (Many videos of that used to be online, not sure if still is, but if is, look at all who is standing with him and then later denied any knowledge.)

      Hillary Clinton was not only deeply involved in the scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious, or Project Gunwalker, but was one of the masterminds behind it.

      Fast and Furious which resulted in the death of 40,000 Mexicans, last year alone, 300 Americans and three border patrol including Brian Terry, with more coming out still.

      Benghazi – remember Obama and all watched via streaming drone those murders, tortures, etc – wonder if they all ate popcorn while doing so.

      At the start, even now, almost everything that we were originally and “officially” told by the Obama Administration about the Benghazi “event” was false (lies) or deliberately misleading or inadequate.

      Everything that we were/are “officially” being told is intended to or serves to cover-up another gun-running operation that was run out of the compound and its associated Annex and of the fiascoes in Libya, Egypt, and Syria that was sold to those fighting our people who serve within the UN military.

      I believe that Hillary Clinton began pushing the fake “protests against a video blaspheming the prophet” before Woods and Doherty were killed because the Associated Press first published a story on Hillary’s official statement on Benghazi at 10:58 pm Eastern, which means that the State Department must have released it BEFORE 10:58 pm EDT. Woods and Dogherty was still alive 7 hours after the WH was informed. Which means that script was actually composed and written hours before their murders was drone streamed to the WH for them to watch if they were still bothering to watch.

      Any branch of the now UN military who still follows any of their orders – military brass, WH – is foolish.


  5. America is being dismantled from the inside out. The writing has been on the wall. Our children and grandchildren will not even know America except the stories they will be told by their elders. There will always be a price to pay for standing up for what is good and honorable. What are ours soilders really fighting for now? For what is coming from the inside out?

    1. “Our children and grandchildren will not even know America except the stories they will be told by their elders.”

      No. they will live in a changed America because they will be actually doing their duty and training as the militia as we did not do almost to the end of our legitimate government. It will be a mess, but the Traitors will be sorted out and prosecuted, all treasonous and unconstitutional activities and agencies will be dismantled, and we will rebuild our nation and defend her from ALL until she is strong again as we are REQUIRED to do.

      It is NOT the duty of the military to defend our nation, it is the Militia, ourselves duty, FIRST and foremost. Civil over military here in the USA always as it stops dictatorships.

      All vets are the organized Militia and as long as they follow the US Constitution and all that is in Pursuance thereof it, plus each state Constitution their actions train others as they must be trained, and the actions of the militias will be lawful and we WILL stop this treason.

    1. Yes, it is a good thing for our nation.

      Now you are the Militia under the US Constitution and your state Constitution and your nation needs you to train others so that the Militia can do the constitutional duties assigned to them.

      The Militia has as its constitutionally assigned duties to:

      — Enforce the US Constitution and each state’s Constitution,
      — Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
      — Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
      — “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

      John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States 475: “To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.”

      Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Papers 28: “The militia is a voluntary force not associated or under the control of the States except when called out; [when called into actual service] a permanent or long standing force would be entirely different in make-up and call.”

      US Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15: “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel invasions.”

      Clause 16 lists the duties the US Constitution assigns to those that serve within our governments have to the Militias of the several states.

      Clause 16: “To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”.

  6. Its over. This experiment barely 300 years old is over. The reasons are many. Historians will be arguing for decades at how and who and what is responsible. But its over. Greed, Stupidity, Ignorance, Abdication of responsibility, Treason, Open Borders, Deficit spending, and on and on. But I blame the American people. They have proven to be incapable of self governance. The American people have become morons, selfish, fat, lazy morons. Communists love fat morons. Americans have swallowed a suicide pill called Socialism, with the election of Barack Obama. He promise change. Change we have. I will nor surrender my flag, my bible, or my arms. I am trying to decide if I should cash out my retirement savings and head to the back woods of Idaho, Montana, Texas, or stay put and live out my remaining days in suburbia with my wife. The Communists are clear in their desires to ban firearms. And our next president will be wearing a Red pantsuit at her inauguration, Red for Communism. I will never surrender my arms, and I foresee an aggressive house to house confiscation program coming our way. Not every Sheriff has the bearing and integrity to uphold the Constitution and refuse federal orders to seize arms in the hands of otherwise law abiding citizens. Those of us living in Democrat (Communist) counties already know the positions of our CLEO. Do I go or Do I stay ?

    1. No, America is not over, nor is she mortally wounded. WE are America, not those that serve within our governments. WE will remove, arrest, prosecute, and replace those Traitors and Domestic Enemies of the USA. WE will rebuild our nation and she will be stronger for this because we will no longer allow any replacements for the Militias.

      WE have lost trust in our “representatives, but that is a good thing overall, they were not worthy of trust, or anything else but prosecution – not all, but most.

      “Our” representatives represented foreign bank cartels and corporate cartels and assigned THEIR duties to create SOME laws as needed (not a myriad of laws) which are NOT lawful and binding on the American people, but are “color of law”, pretend laws. That will not happen again.

      WE have allowed those from outside our nation to come here to make their lives better, and then allowed them to NOT become Americans, or even learn our language, to assimilate. That will be no more.

      We have kept a standing military and started wars of aggression that was forbidden to us. Those will happen no more here.

      We have allowed those chosen to replace the Militia to be made into a military and be used against the American people counter to the US Constitution. This too will never again happen here.

      Though those that served took the Oath, they did not bother to know the US Constitution of which the Oath requires knowledge of and support and defense of all of them. That too, will never happen again.

      The border invasions are constitutionally assigned to the Militia, not to anyone else to do. That is OUR duty, and we have neglected it. This too will end.

      We have NOT accepted socialism, most do not even know what it is. Election Fraud had a lot to do with what is going on today here in America, as is the re-education of our children. Plus, still there were not enough people to support them and be bought off so our borders were opened up even though they had been bringing in those type of people who do not understand that OUR government is not the people who serve within it, but the DOCUMENT called the US Constitution. But the “open borders” are our fault, we did not bother to be trained and be a Militia again.

      They cannot ban firearms except to the ignorant.

      The real question is, now that the problem for you has been defined, are you willing to become the constitutionally required Militia as is needed, to start reading the US Constitution and the framers writings, the debates concerning its creation? Are you ready to read your state Constitution and hold those who participate in government’s feet to the fire constitutionally?

      How say you, will you now stand for your nation as is required of all US citizens and denizens?

      That choice is yours, and mine, and everyones. Do we stand for our nation?


      If there were never intended to be action to defend the Constitution from those who are domestically attempting to destroy its power and authority, why would each Oath require it of those who take the Oaths?

      Chief Tecumseh: “When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

  7. This may be why Putin said the people of this administration have “oatmeal in their heads” and other leaders of the EU feel the POTUS is “mentally unwell”.

  8. If you live in a Marxist state that is run by the domestic enemies of the constitution and the people of America then it is would be advisable to leave that state and find one of the pockets of liberty that are forming throughout the nation.
    With that said, the military that we once knew is no more. The people who are still active and remember the brown shoe military are being purged as we speak. The writing is on the wall so forget any reform in that once honorable and patriotic institution of our Republic.
    Yes there will be a large part of the military that will refuse to follow illegal orders coming from their commanders and they will either be disciplined on the spot (with a bullet on the head) or if lucky they will be ejected from service. The forces are being filled now with a segment of our society that has been conditioned from an early age to conform and obey. That coupled with recruitment of foreign nationals that are promised citizenship for their service. These people come from lands that have been bastions of Socialism and they are used to being plebs that are controlled by tyrants. So they will carry out any and all orders given to them whether they are legal or not.
    It is past time for all good and loyal Americans to start to form up together and train together to meet the onslaught of the evil hoards that will be set upon us soon. The powers that are now operating in this country have made their long term plans and set up their pieces that they plan to use on the board against us.
    Do not worry about the conditioned in their ranks or the brain dead public that supports them, they will fall away eventually. Prepare yourselves for a very protracted, costly, filled with loss and misery conflagration in our country. Learn the enemy and yourself so that you don’t underestimate their abilities or overestimate your own. Pick your fights wisely and don’t let your adversary choose the field. Hold compassion for the weak and innocent at all times because they will be your main source of support, resupply and shelter. Learn 4GW and use its concepts to your advantage.
    Finally, lead the way with honor and integrity, do not allow anyone in your ranks to dishonor your cause in any way. Ask for no quarter and give none in return when dealing with the enemy. Maintain your faith and the faith of others around you at all times. Ask for providence and it will be given to you if you let him into your heart. Remember that many people will flock to your standard if you remain riotous and true and the rest that do not will be taken so don’t worry about them, they have already given their souls to the darkness and the darkness will take them. Direct your energy to the viable and the willing so that they can defend and then rebuild when the time comes to do so. The beast is waking and showing himself to the world now and the time is coming when he will roar because his time is short and he must do much damage before he is cast back into his prison along with his many followers. We are beginning to see some of those followers in this country now.. Have no doubts that they are beginning to see us too. So prepare yourselves and place the shield of protection given freely by our savoir Jesus Christ on your shoulders, take up his fiery sword of truth and advance ever so boldly against the enemy that will be sent against us. In the end you will be able to say that you were a soldier in the Army of the Lord and you stood for what is right and good when you meet St. Peter at the gates of heaven.

  9. This is wrong….This is just plain wrong! The men in uniform need to exit the military and start their own militias.Just like our ‘modern’ churches and public schools,Americans are being infiltrated by the enemy of psychology/liberal propaganda.We need to get back to where men are MEN and women well,are women.You’d never see George Washington in such a suit! When our government starts having men act like outrageous ‘puppets’ and do whatever they ‘command’ even if it means wearing an ’empathy’ getup,it is time to go back to the time when men knew how to lead and when to say ‘enough’ at following lunatics who would come up with such a preposterous idea,as this! If men need to understand their wives,they need only to ask God to help them love their wives.

  10. My simple question is why are we providing time for a corrupt government to become more embedded by putting strategies and tactics in place to totally control us citizens? Secondarily, Europe’s citizenry is protesting aggressively against similar totalitarian polices by their governments and they can’t figure out how long Americans refuse to wake up. In closing,yes we took a oath to defend all enemies foreign and domestic. Unfortunately, it seems oath keepers is hiding in fear using every excuse possibly not to rangle the government. Oath keeps is pretending to protect it’s citizens when in fact the leaders are hiding behind large political skirts. I respect my fellow Oath Keepers. However, what I do not respect is phony smoke screens full of mockery with distraction towards it’s member’s.. This,tight rope diplomacy is eventually going to either get us all killed or in prison. Either way oath keepers is no threat to Obama’s regime and they know it.

    Dr.Stephen Lopez
    75th Ranger Regiment

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