Pardon the profanity, but this veteran is really pissed off right now. Really, really pissed. Really fucking pissed. And according to this report, it may be enough to keep this website blacklisted by the military. From a message received at Wonkette:
Just to let you know, the US Marines have blocked access to “Wonkette” along with numerous other sites such as personal email (i.e. Yahoo, AT&T, Hotmail, etc), blogs that don’t agree with the government point of view, personal websites, and some news organizatons. This has taken effect as of the beginning of February. I have no problem with them blocking porn sites (after all it is a government network), but cutting off access to our email and possibly-not-toeing-the-government-line websites is a bit much.
Initially all web blocking was done locally at the hub sites in Iraq. If you wanted a site “unblocked” you just had to email the local administrator with a reason (like, “I’d like to read my email, please.”), and if it wasn’t porn or offensive, they’d allow it. Now, all blocking is done by desk-weenies at the USMC Network Operations Center in Quantico, VA, who really don’t care if we get our email (or gossip) out here, as they get to go to happy hour after working 9 to 5 and go home to a nice clean, warm home with a real bed!
If we aren’t already cut off for the offensive language, we will certainly be rendered unavailable to those people actually die on a daily basis for our criticism of military higher-ups and US foreign policy.
Despite my opinion of this particular war, anyone who is dodging bullets deserves to know the full reason why they are there. If the story is accurate, the REMFs just shut down the news in the field. I know the language is offensive, but it’s to make a point. Old enough to die, but not to drink or read the news. Just motherfucking swell.
UPDATE: There may be several reach-arounds available for our bullet dodging friends out there. Try Firefox, instead of IE, for starters. Other tips are provided here.
UPDATE 2: Just got back home. Major crisis averted (some details linger for future debate) for now.(and check your own website).