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Jack’s Writing

  • You’re a Bad Person

      By Jack Mandaville You are a hypocrite. That means you’re a poser, have little to zero integrity, and cannot be trusted. You’re an uncleanable stain on the advancement of the...

  • The Best Welcome Home…EVER!

      By Jack Mandaville The guys I served in the Marine Corps with—like so many who have served this past decade—spent the majority of their enlistments at war, training themselves for...

  • I’m A Damn Moron: The Freon Incident

      By Jack Mandaville “I actually felt more comfortable when you and your brother were in Iraq, because at least I knew you two were being professional.” –Ski’s mother during a...

  • The Happiest Veteran

      By Jack Mandaville   I had a lot to drink the other night. I wasn’t puking-all-over-the-place-and-can’t-stand-up-on-my-own-will blasted, but I had enough that I knew I wasn’t good to drive. “Uber…come...

  • An American Legend And Your Sorry Ass

    By Jack Mandaville I have to preface my forthcoming rant with a couple of things. First, I’m a fulltime employee at Ranger Up. I don’t speak for the company or any...

  • Douche of the Week: Brian Williams

      By Jack Mandaville Do you know what The Rhino Den has been in desperate need of lately? A good douching. No, not the feminine kind that gives you the fresh...

  • A Normal Veterans Day

    By Jack Mandaville It’s 11:27 am on November 11th, Veterans Day, 2014. This has already been a weird day—one that has triggered a great amount of self-reflection for me—but not for...

  • We’re The Same People

    By Jack Mandaville Only a real asshole would claim to speak for 315 million people. Only a real asshole would claim to be an expert on the American experience, especially considering...

  • We’re Still At War

      By Jack Mandaville Earlier this evening I was at dinner with my girlfriend, enjoying a large plate of Texas fajitas with a tall, cold glass of water to wash everything...

  • Finnigan’s War

      By Jack Mandaville We have a tendency to craft our own narratives of war. We decide the importance of the conflicts, which often determines how we view the people who...

  • ‘Aumakua: Sacrifice in a Fallujah Hell House

      By Jack Mandaville The November, 2004 offensive into the city of Fallujah, Iraq—dubbed Operation Phantom Fury—placed the individuals involved into the renowned annals of American Military  narration.  The young men who...

  • Operation Supply Drop

      By Jack Mandaville There are certain realizations you come to when you’ve been removed from the military for a number of years. For one, I recognize that the apex of...

  • Citizen SEAL

      By Jack Mandaville “When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.” -George Washington There is an unquestionable chasm between the images presented by the American military...