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Military Yanks PSA About Local Marine

A public service announcement featuring former Marine Sgt. Gary Stein was intended to keep Marines out of trouble during election season.

A military public affairs team pulled a public service announcement that featured former Camp Pendleton Marine Gary Stein.

The Temecula-Valley resident was given an other-than-honorable discharge in April after he had written comments critical of the president on the Facebook page Armed Forces Tea Party.

The public service announcement—called “Staying social media savvy during election season"—was published Tuesday and upset Stein, according to the Marine Corps Times.

A search on the military’s primary news wire showed the video’s link existed, but an error message appeared in its place.

Related: Patch coverage of Gary Stein

The video—which was published by Marines of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point—was pulled Tuesday, said Amanda Pacheco, of the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. She could not comment on the reason and would not be able to provide the video, she added.

Carl Owen, III July 19, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Amen brother. Once you put on the uniform you make a deal to serve ALL commanders in chief, not just those you like. Wanna act like a civilian? Become one.
Carl Owen, III July 19, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Deadbeat through and through
rainforestgirl July 19, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Doug, when Gary became a Marine 9 years ago, we a REAL PRESIDENT that would not require new recruits to pledge allegience to HIM but to the American Flag, Country and Constitution. This Liar in the White House wants supreme power over all Americans, first of all the USMC's. This is obvious because he is afraid of them formost of all other military departments. That is why he is single-handedly firing 30,000 Marines, giving them no benefits and no jobs when they return home. He is hoping that the remaining military troops will stay squashed under his thumb for any reason he chooses. Marine Veterans and ALL Vets must watch out for him because he is imprisoning vets left and right because he knows they are capable of rooting him out. Troops, please do some research and see that he is lying to you and that you are being made a laughing stock to the rest of the world by him, even though you are the best trained fighters in the world. Also, please be aware of the International Crimes Committee (ICC), which obama and clinton will join. That committee can hold you prisoner in any country that apprehends you with no help from the US gov (obama) for as long as they like and even determine execution if they see fit. This group is located in Switzerland and you can be captured anywhere in the world and accused of war crimes with no help from the US whatsoever. Think obamas on your side? We have not joined the ICC yet but sure will before Nov 2012. Please stay safe!
HEM July 19, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Except that this is the United States of America... The UCMJ was written by Congress. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the FREEDOM OF SPEECH, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. ...certain unalienable Rights... => Your opinion is STUPID.
rainforestgirl July 19, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Andy, not sure of your age and truthnut, you are right on the money but obama is following EXACTLY the steps of Hitler. Most of you young people will not know how Hitler started his propaganda campaign because all that is remembered is how it ended with the holocaust. Well, this is starting out just like Hitler's propaganda machine and will end up MUCH worse. obama is forcing us into a socialist/communist dictatorship that will end in the United Nations taking away all our weapons UN small arms treaty (all weapons), National Heratige Sites (they already did that), coastal waters LOST treaty, ICC and relying on NATO to tell us where and when to send OUR TROOPS! Do you want countries like Egypt, Syria, Iran and others telling your sons and daughters in our military who we are going to fight for and where they will be sent with NO protections from the US? Yes obama is way, way worse than Hitler ever was and if elected again.....you decide, if you get the picture which it looks as if some of you really do not????
rainforestgirl July 19, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Mary, maybe when you were in the military we had a president, not a dictator which even returning servicemen without jobs or benefits, obama using the money for vacations and elections, refer to as a dictator, see photos on facebook. When our troops return from deposing a dictator in another country and say and show publicly that they were sent to war to remove a dictator and they will not tolorate one here, well that is what is happening now. Past your time maybe, huh? Are you still seeing the truth or just the obama propaganda media machine? Wake up..kick ass and take names!
Richard Loyal French July 19, 2012 at 01:55 AM
funny.. that is, I'm rather sure, what the English King and His Army would have said about those rebel colonies whom Originated the Boston Tea Party. And look at the power they had.
Ervin Smith July 19, 2012 at 02:25 AM
All of you wo want to defend Gary's actions I want to ask a very simple question. If you owned a business and one of your employees made disparaging remarks about you and your business on Facebook that impacted your profitability, would you have the right to fire that person?
Tonto July 19, 2012 at 02:30 AM
If he was a marxist communist illegal alien .........HELL YEA!
Ervin Smith July 19, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Based on your respond it just proves the point that you didn't read or comprehend the question. The intelligence level of the country is more of a threat than PRESIDENT OBAMA will ever be.
Giselle July 19, 2012 at 05:34 AM
This is all about the President's race. Every cracker has come out of the wood work since he was elected fair and square, falling all over themselves to be as publicly disrespectful as possible because their guy didn't win. They wear it like a badge of honor. It's so sad that racism in this country is still so acceptable and tolerated in 2012. Gary is where he belongs out of the service and without a psa. He should run to become the grand wizard in the local klan all he's missing is the sheets.
Rodney Patterson July 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM
You are absolutely correct Charly. As a Marine, I'm disappointed that this individual could not follow simple orders with respect to his facebook comments. If he can't follow the simple orders, why on God's green earth would anyone want him in command of their son or daughter where carrying out orders becomes much more complicated and with lives at stake. There are nearly 200,000 Marines on active duty and 99.99999% were able to follow this simple directive, 1 INDIVIDUAL couldn't and that's the 1 some people here want to praise...seems to me the praise belongs to the other 200,000 that did follow the rules. Semper Fi
Rodney Patterson July 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Bill Bean sounds like someone put a gun to your head and made you join... The military didn't promise you jack...you (and they) knew what you were getting into, if you don't want to fight stay at home, if you don't want a fine stay out of trouble, if you don't want to work long hours go to work for Walmart, if you want the world to know your opinion go to work for a newspaper or write a blog...BUT DON'T JOIN MY MARINE CORPS!!! Malingerers, Non Hackers and Sick Bay Commandos need not apply!
Jeff Snyder July 19, 2012 at 01:05 PM
All Marines, real Marines, know that you follow orders. This Stein character decided to place his political views over the direct order of a superior. He failed to follow orders, and has paid the price. The Marine Corps, or any other branch of our armed forces, cannot complete their missions when service members fail to follow orders. It doesn't matter if the service member was disrespecting Obama, Bush or Big Bird. Yes, he has a right to free speech, but in order for the USMC to be able to defend this country, that right doesn't trump a lawful order. Imagine the precedent that would be set if any service could fail to follow orders because it violated their free speech. When issues like these arise I always remember what my old Gunny used to say to me, " Cpl. Snyder, we are here to defend democracy, not to practice it". That's "Old Corps" right there, and I think we need to remember it. Semper Fi to all my brothers out there.
Bill Bean July 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
No one put a gun to my head and I serve because I choose to serve. I was putting out an example. I expected long hours and I get them. I'm not complaining for myself. I was painting a bleak picture that in any other line of work would have people filing lawsuits and in our line of work is mostly par for the course yet they have a problem with someone posts a criticism about it. Just so you know, I don't typically post complaints about my work simply because I knew what I was getting into. Here is the key in what you are all saying that you yourselves are missing. "LAWFUL order" Show me in the regs where it says that the Marine Corps can dictate what you put on your Facebook page. Granted, I know there are some things that are simply not acceptable. But his 1st line telling him they don't want him to voice his opinion about something is not a lawful order. That is out of their turf. That being said, I hear that he had some other issues before and this was just the straw that broke the camel's back. That's fine. If they sacked him because he had a track record of disobeying orders and not paying debts, etc then I have no problem with it. That is a whole different ball game. But if they sacked him simply because they didn't like him voicing his opinion about a President that is tearing our country apart in every way he can, then I have a big problem with it. Giselle, look at what you said and tell me who is racist. "Cracker"? Really?
SPB July 19, 2012 at 02:31 PM
so.... disliking the president = racism, but calling white people crackers is fine? Actually, the term cracker is laughably hokey. The half of me thats white isn't particularly offended, though you offend everyone's intelligence with your asinine comment.
TVOR July 19, 2012 at 04:22 PM
This guy is upset about being embarrassed by the Marine Corps? He deserves what he gets for being an embarrassment to the Marine Corps.
SPB July 19, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Yup, we're all racist crackers for having critiques of our president... Though I think I would be considered whole wheat...
Ryan Smith July 19, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Richard, You may agree or disagree with Barack Obama, but comparing him to Hitler seems a bit of a stretch. There's a well-known "Internet rule" called Godwin's Law, which states in part that during an argument, the first person to compare his opponent to Hitler automatically loses the argument. Unlike most "Internet rules," that one actually makes a lot of sense to me. Barack Obama is not Hitler. George W. Bush is not Hitler. Only Hitler was Hitler. Until an American president starts a program to systematically wipe out 6 million members of one ethnic group within the space of a few years, I don't think Hitler comparisons are particularly apt.
Scott July 19, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I lose more and more respect for the marines every day. When you look at the redneck jarheads that invade our town and act like jack asses, you can't help but feel a sense of embarrassment. They are quite possibly the WORST example of America that we could possibly demonstrate to the rest of the world. This guy is leading that movement.
Richard Loyal French July 20, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Well.... I don't think I ever see the Muslim Brotherhood marching in a Gay Pride Movement. They must be laughing their Muslim heads off. Still.. they will follow Obama into the Gloryhole of derogation as if they have no American Free will. And they Don't. They are only "Follow Order" grunts.
Mirna Alfonso (Editor) July 20, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Please refrain from cursing on this site or your comment will be deleted.
Gary Stein July 20, 2012 at 03:04 PM
So if you knew me please explain who are or at least how you knew me. Because the Marines I worked with would dispute anything you posted on here
Bill Bean July 20, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I take it some comments were deleted? I got notice that there were more comments and I came to see them but I see only this one about not cursing. Interesting. Wonder what I missed?
Richard Loyal French July 20, 2012 at 10:42 PM
It's hilarious when people bring up Godwin's Law like a Talisman to keep them safe! Like a child saying Cooties. “During an argument, the first person to compare his opponent to Hitler automatically loses the argument" "Godwin's Law... I win" Feel better? Like throwing down the Race Card: "You're Racist... I win!" Childish at the least! Like a person who can't formulate his own opinion into words, you have to throwout a pre-designed Card for you to use that fits the setting you need: "Race Card" "Godwin's Law Card" "Cooties Card". Childish. Fortunately I'm past that "Dick and Jane book” mentality. I can, and Do, think for myself. I am outspoken. And I can verbalize objections without regurgitating pop-psych-CatchPhrases which have no substance. Like “Godwin's Law” Feel better that you used it? The catchphrase changes nothing: Hitler had his followers just as Obama does. Blind followers who quoted catchphrases, Devout to the Honor of Following him... to hell. And They were blind to it. All they Saw was Love and Honor; and Not what was really happening. You really can't dismiss that: Millions of individuals following a MadMan. Like Obama. "Godwin's Law" not withstanding. It's Not who uses the word Hitler who wins or loses that Childish play.... It's the inability (and dead Refusal) to see the comparisons, by which we all lose. All Americans, All Service Men and Women, should be protecting the Constitution of theUnited States. Not a madman gone insane.
Chasbeau July 21, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Gary Stein 8:04 am on Friday, July 20, 2012 "So if you knew me please explain who are or at least how you knew me. Because the Marines I worked with would dispute anything you posted on here" Once again, here's EXACTLY what your "fellow" (no longer) Marines and the Corps had to say about you: http://ia601204.us.archive.org/20/items/gov.uscourts.casd.380640/gov.uscourts.casd.380640.23.4.pdf http://ia601204.us.archive.org/20/items/gov.uscourts.casd.380640/gov.uscourts.casd.380640.23.7.pdf I really think their last words to and about you were something along the lines of "Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out". Have a nice life, bagger.
David B Secor July 21, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Gary Stein, you are fortunate to have had such light punishment. Your apologists, like my opponent D.D. Hunter, and put YOU in THEIR place. They are civilians and have 1st Amendment rights that you, as an active duty soldier, did NOT have under the UCMJ. Your apologists, like my opponent D.D. Hunter, think discipline, morale, focus on mission, are no longer necessary in today's Marine Corps. Would a REAL Republican, like President Dwight Eisenhower, former Supreme Allied Commander in WWII, a real war hero, have publicly supported urinating on enemy bodies, burning holy books, massacring civilians, publicly attacking the CIC and publicly refusing to follow CIC orders? I was not a Marine, but with the 1st Air Cavalry alongside Marines in I Corps, Vietnam in 1968 (Tet, Khe Sanh, A Shau Valley, etc.). Even 45 years ago, your cowardly insubordinate actions would have at the very least gotten you exactly the punishment you received. I didn't like LBJ OR Nixon! I kept my opinions to myself and did my job. You are a loudmouthed, immature, self-centered prima dona and do not belong in the U.S. Marines, or Army, or Navy, or Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves, etc. The dumbbells who support you in spite of the UCMJ are just Obama-haters and will support any jerk, criminal or traitor who feels like they do. And active duty personnel -I say, hate Obama on your own time, as I did LBJ and Nixon at times.
Richard Loyal French July 21, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Don't pay any mind, Gary Stein, to the Obama boot-lickers.
TVOR July 21, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Mr Secor, I am surrprised a candidtae for a high political office would post such a poorly written, almost unintelligible comment such as yours. May I suggest you have someone proofread your public postings before you post them up? By the way, thank you for your service to our great country.
Amber July 29, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Why are some of you defending a man who signed a document, clearly stating that he will not speak out against the government, and even took an oath to serve and protect his possibly "lewd.. Boss?" Yes, everyone has the right to freedom of speech, but when you sign a legal document and say your oath, you should at least know who your bound to serve and why things are the way they are. Everyone's allowed to voice their opinion, but becoming a marine also means protecting your government and overcoming the challenge of wanting to talk and act like every other human being. I signed my papers, I'm prepared to take my oath, and I hope that those faithful marines that are still following orders will still be there to keep everyone else in check. A job is a job, but the marines is a lifestyle. Don't like it? Don't join. Simple as that.

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