In October, actress and comedian Sarah Silverman, best known for her role in “The Way of the Gun” (I think?), wrote a series of tweets asking the Marine Corps — or whatever poor POG runs its Twitter account — to reassure her that her nephew, a new Marine recruit, would “be ok.” She had read some things about Parris Island. She was “nervous.”
Now, Silverman has turned again to the military, this time, it seems, with a request of a much different sort. On the evening of Feb. 1, while UC Berkeley students protested a now-canceled speech by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, Silverman tweeted this:
WAKE UP & JOIN THE RESISTANCE. ONCE THE MILITARY IS W US FASCISTS GET OVERTHROWN. MAD KING & HIS HANDLERS GO BYE BYE❤❤❤❤ https://t.co/Y2WZbL012A
Naturally, Fox News interpreted Silverman’s tweet as a call for “a military coup against President Donald Trump.” As if Silverman is some sort of exiled dictator attempting to rally troops against the government that deposed her. As if her tweets have the ability to plunge our country into a civil war.
I will not go so far. Because that allows for the possibility that anyone within the military — that is, the people who would be staging the coup — would heed Silverman’s call. Fortunately, Silverman is about as popular in the military as the Veggie Omelet MRE. And I doubt anyone who knows how to perform a functions check on an M4 follows her Twitter account.
So what to make of her tweet? I propose treating it as what it is: the absurd musings of a comedian who enjoys drawing fire from right-wing media organizations with provocative tweets that only further isolate her from the very people she’d need on her side to make the “MAD KING & HIS HANDLERS GO BYE BYE.” She knows that. She’s a troll. Let’s stop feeding her.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina.)
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy, a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston (Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.
R. Lee Ermey was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.
Best known for his iconic role as the Marine Corps drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the war drama Full Metal Jacket, Ermey died April 15, 2018 at age 74 due to complications from pneumonia, Task & Purpose previously reported.