FINALLY! The Blade reports Iott's wannabe soldier dressup

For those of us wondering when the daily was going to report on Iott's affront to northwest Ohio's intelligence, here it is. Maybe they held the story for Halloween? Trick or treat, Richie.

Enough! Iott needs to do his party, community and country a favor and drop out of this campaign - AFTER he apologizes for his Nazi dress-up games.

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And then of course there is the truth -
The Ohio Military Reserve is a component of the Ohio Adjutant General's Department and serves under the governor as commander in chief. Its primary mission is to provide a fully-manned and mission-ready civil support and sustainment brigade to support the state's Emergency Support Function 6 (mass care) and Emergency Support Function 7 (logistics and resource support) during natural or man-made disasters or other threats to homeland security. In order to accomplish this mission, OHMR units are trained in medical support, volunteer reception and management, shelter management and logistics support in addition to basic soldier skills. Our core competencies are training to National Incident Management System (NIMS), Military Emergency Management Specialist (MEMS), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards.

Citizens of Ohio, from all walks of life, serve a proud and personally rewarding tradition as members of the OHMR. Use this site to learn more about your state defense force. Prior military service is not required to be a member, only dedication and a sense of duty to your fellow citizens. Visit our recruiting links to speak with a recruiter in your area.
From the official state website

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.


When you can't address the topic, just make up another to mislead people. You do that well, Fred. No one was questioning the legitimacy of the OMR.

If you want to answer the allegation, then please cite the official authorization he has to wear each of the decorations he plasters on the uniform. While your at it, how does one become a colonel in the OMR?

What is the point you are trying to make?

That the chest candy Rich Iott is wearing in this Blade picture is not somehow kosher?

Because when I look up the OMR website Fred conveniently posted a link to, I see Richard Iott listed under the 'Leadership' tag:
Deputy Commander: COL Richard Iott

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

OHMR Regulation 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Uniform and Insignia, dated 01 Oct 04
In general, OHMR uniforms will follow the guidelines for Army uniforms as described in Army Regulation 670-1. This regulation is not intended to duplicate AR 670-1 but to focus on grooming standards and the primary duty uniforms of the OHMR: the service, service dress, and battledress uniforms, and their com-ponents. If a subject is not covered here, or for more specific details about other uniforms, AR 670-1 will be deemed to apply. AR 670-1 may be accessed online for reference at
Decorations, Awards and Honors-
List of Awards-
There are quite a few pages to read through, but I know you are looking for the truth in this story so you won't mind taking the time to read them

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.


It has already been established that Iott is wearing unauthorized awards/decorations.

This post is about the fact that the media has FINALLY decided to report it.

"The Ohio Military Reserve has put Marksmanship Badges in their regulations, but has never had the badges made. No money has been put aside to make the badges, so the OHMR has no marksmanship badges to wear. You cannot pin on a badge that does not exist any place other than on paper."

He is NOT authorized to wear the US Army marksmanship badges. PERIOD! Yet, he dos so.

You were aware that the US Army does not have a "marksmenship" ribbon, right? In case you weren't - The U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps provide Weapons Qualification Badges instead of a Marksmanship Ribbon. For the services that award the Marksmanship Ribbon, requalification is not necessary once a service member has obtained the decoration and the Marksmanship Ribbon may be worn throughout an individual's entire career. I know you are interested in keeping the facts straight.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

This year I went from a Expert Rifle and Sharpshooter Pistol to a Sharpshooter Rifle and Expert Pistol. #$%#@!& wind.

If you find a picture of me wearing an Expert Rifle and Sharpshooter Pistol please note the date on the photo.


The Sharpshooter badge is an Iron Cross which was also a Nazi decoration. If you see a picture of me in my uniform don't accuse me of being a nazi sympathizer.


I think the only thing that's been established is that you seem to be a Pavlovian partisan who's spewing partisan talking points.

"Only 31% Would Run for Congress Even If They Had a Good Chance To Win- The Rassmussen Reports"

Of course. Given today's ultra-toxic environment where a political operative could dig into your background...example: someone finds a picture of you dressed in a Nazi uniform while performing in the 'Sound of Music' and uses it as ammunition against you, who in their right mind would want to subject themselves...and their that?

30% See No Point In Contacting Their Senator or Congressman- The Rasmussen Reports
Well, that is...unless you bring cash. Or belong to the 'right' group, PAC, union, etc.

Most Americans Say U.S. Is Too Politically Correct
I couldn't agree more. I've long argued that the true threat to our ability to our liberties and the ability to think, talk, and make decisions for ourselves comes from left wing political correctness wingnuts who want to codify their views into law. They believe freedom of speech is okay as long as it's free speech they agree with. They believe in diversity as long as it's diversity they agree with. They believe it's okay to think for yourself as long as they agree with what you think.

Political Championship Wrestling- putting politics in proper perspective by presenting it as pro wrestling.

Coming in January, a political satire about the sorry state of American Politics- Jesusland vs. Progressiveville.

It occurs to me that you are looking at Rich Iott under a magnifying glass in order to see what badges he is wearing on his uniform.

That’s good. Everyone should look at every candidate under a magnifying glass otherwise America could end up with an empty suit, socialist child megalomaniac as President.

Now, while you were crawling up Rich Iotts ass with your magnifying glass, did it occur to you to find out where sMarmy Kaptur really lives?

She says in a commercial that she “still lives in the house she grew up in” which CANNOT be true since it is a 12 hour drive to Washington D.C. each way.

Therefore, she cannot commute every day and she MUST have another residence in the Washington D.C. area.

Did you crawl up sMarmy Kapturs ass with your magnifying glass and find out the truth behind this outright lie that sMarmy is telling?

Or, as I suspect, are you yet another paid Democratic troll whoring around trying to get sMarmy Kaptur re-elected?

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

And where is that proof? A link please to something other than a post of yours on swampbubbles. Maybe you could describe the badge to which you are referring.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

that he is authorized to wear the stuff on his uniform.

He needs to show the orders for each and every one of the awards, badges and decorations.

There is NO way he is authorized to wear those decorations, badges, whatever. I want to know when the members of the Ohio Military Reserve are authorized to wear uniforms. There are regulations that specify that, as well.

it is up to the wearer of badges, decorations and ribbons/medals to prove that they are authorized to wear them.

The report by The Blade makes it clear that many veterans and active duty military personnel, including Jack Smith (former Toledo Chief of police) question his extensive use and exaggeration of his sevice.


Retired Ohio Adjutant General John Smith, a Vietnam veteran who was once commander of the 180th Air National Guard fighter wing based at Toledo, said the OMR has no role in the national defense and has never been called up for duty.

“He's stretching it in terms of what the Ohio Military Reserve does. He's giving the impression, I would suggest, that he is involved in matters related to national security and to state matters, and they are not. They are never consulted,” General Smith said.

From the former Toledo Chief of Police: “It stretches the point about being military,” Mr. Smith said during one candidate forum.

So, the proof of what he is authorized to wear is on him.

Anyone who looks at his uniform, knows he can't produce such authorization for all of the awards, badges, or decorations.

The guy got most of the ribbons off of e-bay and he can wear them because he’s’re-enacting' .



This is hilarious, isn't it? Holy shit! Rich is ready to storm Normandy!

Patience is a great virtue.

most of what you say is correct. Except this line "the proof of what he is authorized to wear is on him."

The ORC dictates the regulations for the OMR. The OMR has regulations for the wear of it's uniform. So technically you're accusing him of a crime. The burden of proof would be on the state to prove he didn't earn what he wears and that he was doing it maliciously.

I am very critical as to the way he has portrayed his service and to the way people have described the OMR (I am in total agreement with General Smith BTW) but accusing him of a crime is different. I haven't seen anything that proves he's worn anything illegally. I'm not saying he didn't I'm saying none of the talk on this subject have displayed that to me.


When in this country did the burden of proof shift from the accuser to the accused? I don't think we all went to bed last night and woke up in Iran (or Cuba).

don't have the same civil rights that you have. They also have to obey federal regulaitons that you don't have to pay attention to.

I never claimed Iott is a criminal. However, any military officer should be able to produce evidence that he has authorization to wear whatever he has on his uniform - unless he really isn't an officer.

I question whether Iott has the right to wear Colonel's eagles on what appears to be a U.S. Army uniform.

It wouldn't surprise me to find out that the feds may not approve of anyone in the OMR wearing that uniform, let alone the badges, awards and decorations that he has plastered all over himself.

Military members do have Article 32 rights.

The OMR does not because they are kept under the ORC so yes they would have the same rights as an ordinary citizen.


OK, fine, we can all dress up like 4 stars and plaster medals all over our chests and run for congress.

Iott is a clown who is debasing the uniform by wearing it with unearned badges, ribbons, and decorations.

When and what branch of the service did marcy join???? She did afterall ask this question of Mr. Iott.

And at least she didn't dress up as an SS officer.

Wow that's a brilliant argument Luke. The OHMR awards the ribbons, Iott is a member of the OHMR, but you some anonymous blogger demand proof. GFY.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

does not mean he's authorized to wear the stuff on his uniform.

We've already seen he'll put on an SS Uniform for fun. How do we know know he's not dressing up now?

Some talk radio jock wants proof from me? GFY!

back to the old standby 'anonymous blogger' non-credibility baloney from Fredo. I'll keep that in mind regarding every right-wing post I read on here that doesn't use a real name, Fred.

MikeyA's serving in Afghanistan, for instance, but unless he uses his actual name, I'm disregarding everything he posts...just following your example...

Now, Fred, you know your mother never taught you to use foul language. It's rude and just makes a mockery of your attempt to express your thoughts. May the spirit of Barbara Billingsley and your mom be with you in your future posts. Talk to people with respect and with appreciation of their thoughts. Disagree with them if you feel otherwise, but never with insane anger or with profanity, especially when you are a radio show host. "Ward, I'm worried about the Fred."

Patience is a great virtue.

>>Democratic politics is becoming more and more susceptible to propaganda as individuals lose interest in governing themselves and as the image replaces the word. Once reason is minimized and there is no longer a moral consensus, there will be no point in rational discussion and moral analysis. Power, as postmodern theorists are saying, becomes everything. The only recourse for someone who is disaffected is the violent exercise of power; that is, to terrorism.<< -- Gene Edward Veith, _Modern Fascism_

>>Contemporary mass politics is very different from the democratic ideals of Madison & Jefferson. Instead of rational analysis of issues & reasoned debate, our political discourse turns on image manipulation through the mass media. The electronic media has created a genuine mass culture. Visual images take the place of language; emotionalism takes the place of logic. Politics is trivialized; citizens are manipulated, but they are molded into a common will. This was Goebbel's dream.<< -- Gene Edward Veith, _Modern Fascism_

This from Twitter-

@BladeManagingEd: Iott backers are frothing @ the mouth about, but we didn't dress him up like a 4-star general.

Job-creator Rich Iott always considered his donning of military uniforms as nothing more than a desire to perform in a stage production of "Sound of Music." What's wrong with that? Speaking of job creation, how many jobs has the Nazi reenactor job creator created since he took over his daddy's company and sold it off? Politically speaking, Mr. Iott is going into the ovens on Nov. 2.

Patience is a great virtue.

You would never catch Marcy in a military outfit because, combat boots wouldn't qualify in her eyes as sensible shoes.

She can lie about her record and Rich Iott without them!

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