Free Marc Watercus

The Army tried to send this guy Marc Hall aka Marc Watercus back to Iraq, after he’d already fulfilled his commit to them, under their bullshit stop-loss policy, so he did the only reasonable thing to do in that situation: he wrote a song about killing his superiors in the military and mailed it to the Pentagon. Now he’s in jail awaiting trial for violating the Universal Code of Military Justice. What the fuck kind of bullshit is that?

Cliick here to read all about it and listen to the song, which is fire btw.

A couple of things:

1) It’s generally my policy not to feel sorry for people who were dumb enough to join the military in the first place.

I could see if he was trying to get some money to go to college, like they say in those commercials, and he fucked around and ended up having to go to war, but this guy only joined the Army like four years. The Iraq War had already begun by the time I graduated from college, and I graduated from college way more than four years ago. (Yikes!)  So obviously he’s not against the war per se. I wonder if he was one of those people who thought they were over there to avenge 9/11, or if he just couldn’t get a job. The fact that he’s black would suggest to me that it wasn’t the former (fuck this country), in which case he should have looked into a career selling drugs. Seriously, if your options are down to joining the military or selling drugs, you need to holler at papi about copping a brick. It’s arguably the morally superior choice of the two, and it might be the safest. I know plenty of people who used to sell drugs four years ago (whom I met by accident, of course) who haven’t been caught yet, let alone killed.

2) Iraq might be the best place for this guy.

The fact that the Army has yet to drop this guy like a bad habit lets me know they must realize this. If you notice, they’ve got him locked in the pokey, awaiting trial, but they haven’t said shit about kicking him out of the military. If this was 10 years ago, they probably would have kicked him out first and then arrested him. I used to work with guys who joined the military right out of high school, did something stupid and ended up getting kicked out. Yeah, they were working in fast food, and probably still are, but I bet those motherfuckers were popping bottles of J. Roget when the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq started and they weren’t going, just the kids dumb enough to actually follow orders. I’m surprised the New York Times or somebody never thought to do a trend piece on them. It’s probably because no one in the New York Times building is unfortunate enough to come into contact with people like that. Maybe with all of these layoffs we’ll start to see more stories that take place in the world I inhabit. Another trend that needs to be documented? The Army purposely sending crazy people to Iraq and Afghanistan. You think they didn’t realize that guy Nidal Hasan was crazy as cat shit? That’s probably why they were trying to send him back over there. Imagine the damage he could have done. And I’m assuming that’s why they want to send Marc Hall back over there. If he’s crazy enough to write a song about killing members of the military and mail it to the Pentagon, he might be an even more effective soldier now than he had been. I’m not saying they should send him back to Iraq. I’m just saying. I’d rather have him there than out walking the streets here in the US. I don’t look altogether different from that 19th hijacker guy. He might see me walking down the street, on my way to get a burrito, and try to put me in a kung fu grip.

Having said that, it’s obvious to me that this guy is a political prisoner. The military didn’t toss him in jail because they’re afraid he might shoot up an Army base, like Nidal Hassan. Black people don’t do shit like that, white people and Arabs do shit like that. No, they locked him up because they don’t want people to find out the truth about this stop-loss bullshit. Which sounds to me like the new slavery. Who ever heard of some shit where the Army can hold you indefinitely, regardless of your contract? Didn’t there used to be a saying, a contract is a contract? It’s too bad Johnny Cochran isn’t alive. He could have ended the Iraq War back in like ’06. No but really, stop-loss sounds like it may have been purposely designed to keep black men mired in something along the lines of slavery, but not slavery per se. Just like the prison-industrial complex. Except, at least you get to do something bad (that you actually wanted to do) before you go to prison. You can get stuck in the Army just for being stupid. And of course there’s a race element. The dead giveaway is at the end of the song, when we learn that the Army is the only branch of the military that even has stop-loss. And we know that the Army is the branch that a lot of black people join, because they aren’t smart enough to join any of the other branches. No Jimmy the Greek. I remember when I was in high school, a friend of mine, who was probably the wimpiest guy I knew, explained to me how he was allowed to join the Marines as an officer, because he’d done well on some test, and most people who join the military are as dumb as a box of rocks. How much do you want to bet he never came anywhere near combat? Whereas this guy Marc Hall was probably dodging bullets the entire time he was there. That’s probably the main reason doesn’t want to go back. It’s not like he’s got a job lined up. But that career as a drug dealer is probably starting to look more and more tempting.

Recommended for You

Around the Web

Best of XXL

  • sealsaa

    UNIFORMED code of military justice.

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    Bol is penning classics right now…someone sign him to Random House…

    • cmney91

      for real tho

    • cmoney91

      for real

    • that nigga

      Bol must have got some ass from a skinny white chick. He’s thinking very clear these days.

  • cmoney91

    Bol is blogging the best

  • latino heat

    people have to realize that joining the army is not the only way into college. i got a homie that was kicked out of the army a few years back because somebody snitched him out for smoking weed. he came home and didn’t have shit going on. no job no nothing. after a couple years he finally got his shit together and now he is in his 2nd year of college as a full time student. he’s paying for it by working full time at a fast food spot but fuck it. he’s doing it on his own terms.

    so if your hustle is right you can get yourself through college. fuck Uncle Sam and his dirty money. people need to stop falling for this trap. and that’s exactly what the army is, a trap for the people that think there is no alternative in life. and no other way to get an education.

  • Tony Grands

    I almost joined the military, out of high school. My grand dad was in it, & I always respected how he carried himself, even through cancer, & he gave them a lot of credit for his determination & discipline. So, I thought I’d follow in his footsteps.

    I met a recruiter, & gave him the home number, & address, & man, if this nigga didn’t stalk me. If it wasn’t for the uniform & the premise of me joining the army or whatever, I would have thought this dude was on a mission to travel the hershey highway. Nullus.

    I agreed to take my physical & mental evaluation, & when I didn’t show, this guy was on me like Blacks @ Popeye’s, when they were giving out free chicken.

    I asked my family & friends what I should do, they all said “follow” my heart. My heart said, if this dude was willing to devote all this time hunting & chasing me like game fowl, there’s definitely something rotten in Denmark.

    Fuck that shit. Thank God I hadn’t started drinking yet, I may have made a very regrettable decision.

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      @ latino

      Tell ‘em!

      @ Grands

      When I was in HS and took that test them recruiter’s were stalking me heavy! Calling the crib every day, driving to the PJ’s leaving cards, taking me to dinners, sending letters, I knew something wasn’t right.

      It could’ve been the OG Vietnam vets telling me the real in the hood. But Bol is right. My Marine cuzzo likes that world, my Army cuzzo doesn’t.

      I got some game posted up. Click the name…

  • Will E. Will

    LOL looks like we all had the same experience.

    As a young latino, the recruiter was stalkin me hard as well. I mean damn, the shit was ridiculous, calls, showing up at the crib, like u said Syk, takin me to dinner and shit. Took the test but thats when they found out I was on probation for some b.s. I did right when I turned 18. (fuckin stupid, but I’m glad cus it kept me from joining.) They said “come see us when you get off probation” but shiiiit that was 3 years later, I had a good job and a chick by then, I wasn’t thinkin ’bout no military service then lol.

    Glad to I’d prob be dead like all them other young soldiers out there dying. “Everything happens for a reason” I’d say so!

  • Brooklyn

    man, them recruiters used to camp outside my school, they would have the black and latin brothers out there waiting for us to come outside so they could kick that game about “y’all know y’all gonna need help with college. let the army pay for it.” i used to tell them niggas straight up, “why should i, as a black male, risk my life to oppress people that look more like me than the man that leads this country? furthermore, why should i, as a black male, risk my life to defend a country that denied my rights as a person and a citizen for two hundred years?” contrary to popular belief, once you sell your soul to uncle sam, that nigga owns you for life. fuck a four year contract, anytime that nigga wants you to fight some war that he started, he’ll round you up and send your ass out. and if you resist, you’ll end up in jail. if i want to shoot niggas, i’ll buy a gun and shoot them. i won’t sign an indenture to the american government.

  • latino heat

    i had the same problem with a recruiter, a.k.a. a head hunter. after high school. this dude would call my house non stop. even after i told him i wasn’t interested he still wouldn’t give up. so finally i agreed to show up to a meeting with him thinking if i no showed on the meeting with him he would give up. it still didn’t work. so i faked on a few more meetings with him and he still called. when i wasn’t home and my aunt (who raised me and i lived with at the time) would answer the phone she would even tell him that i wasn’t interested and he would try and game her up about how good the army would be for me. my aunt moved out of state a year after i graduated and i moved out on my own, otherwise who knows how long that dude would’ve stalked me.

  • sealsaa

    @ latino heat

    Trap? LOL, that’s an unfair assessment. I joined the Navy, and I never felt “trapped”. My intention was to serve my 4 years and get out, which I did. I also ended up picking up a trade, and learning alot about electronics. Because of that training, I now have a skill to eat off of while i’m attending school. No, the military isn’t the only way, and similar to college, it isn’t for everyone, but I don’t regret doing it. The travel wasn’t bad either. Trinidad and Panama in particular.*Good Fucking Times*

    That having been said, LOL @ the various recruiter horror stories. I almost joined the Army, but the recruiter pressured the shit out of me. The Navy recruiter was better, but not by much.

    • Tony Grands


      Yeah, I had a buddy from high school who I caught up with years later, who went to the Navy. He said it wasn’t bad @ all. My Chester the Molester was an Army man. I was so naïve then, I didn’t realize the differences between the branches was so vast. I figured nominal @ best, so whatever. I’m glad I followed my gut, because it wasn’t my intention to join the Army.

      Air Force & Navy, I can see how those actually help dudes in life, if you’re willing to take the opportunity for what it is. That’s cool that you have a positive story, really though. They should’ve had you recruiting, lol.

  • Avenger XL

    The marines are the bullet sponges of the corps. Unless you test high or come in as a professional you will more than likely be sent into direct conflict. The army go into conflict also and provides alot of support for the marines. They both handle different duties in armed conflict but the you may get shot ratio goes waaay up in dealing with them. The Navy and Air force is the best place to go if have to go and I hope you don’t.

    The stop loss program is helping the millitary industrial complex not return to the draft. When you sign up for any reasons you sign up to play by their rules not civilian rules.It is too late to cry now or pull supid stunts like the one he just pulled. That is like a chick dating a real iceburg slim style pimp and being suprised and hurt when he wants her to fuck other guys for money. What did this guy expect. I feel about as sorry for him as I do for new crack heads.

  • thoreauly77

    i dont know why all these guys are sucking your dick, bol; this post is fucking retarded.

    for the record, the US military is an awful death machine, but thats what they do — thats it. the guy who wrote and sent the song is a fucking idiot. its one thing to express the constitutional right of dissent, but its an entirely different thing to do something militarily illegal and subject to court-martial; if he wasnt aware of the repercussions, well, hes a bigger fool.

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      “i dont know why all these guys are sucking your dick, bol”

      What’s up thor? Having a bad day?
      You both basically said the same thing, dude is an idiot. And the military is fukked up.

  • thoreauly77


    but i think the post was poorly written as well, regardless of whether or not i agree with some of the content. however, i am way too lazy (and tired) to give an adequate critique right now.

  • Enlightened

    As far as them sendin crazy niggas over there…

    My Pops had me crackin up tellin me stories about when he was in Vietnam and when somebody started acting like they was losing they mind or flippin out they would be like, “we gotta watch this muthafucka. we gon’ get his ass tonight when he go to sleep.”

    Like he said, they don’t play that going crazy shit over there. Your own comrades will dump some hot shit into you. They can’t be over there watchin out for the enemy and watchin your crazy ass hoping you don’t flip out and kill all of them.

  • Enlightened

    Just went and listened to the song and came back.

    Bol, you trippin talkin about the song is fires – C’mon Son, getthefuckouttaherewiththatbullshit.

    Content – 10
    Beat – 4
    Flow – 2

    However, I do feel that nigga and he got his point across and that is some bullshit. Like he said, over three years? Shit. That’s enough.

  • nicholasdelorejo

    @ sealasa, I see what your saying. My dad was in the service and he also did a tour in Iraq. He told me that the joining the military isn’t a bad thing as long as you know what branch to get into. If you got the intelligence, the Navy and Air force are the best choices to get into because they are rarely involved in combat especially now at this time. If your interested in the Army or Marines then you don’t need to worry about what level of education you have because they don’t care. They’re only looking for bodies that can either take bullets or deliver them. That’s why you see recruiters near malls and urban schools and see their commercials during movie previews. They’re not looking for anyone special. So I can see how you can get upset about criticism towards the military given how good of a deal the Navy offered you. But for the folks who flunked school leaving them only the marines or army, joining the service can be similar to a voluntary prison sentence.

    Like Latino Heat said there are other ways to attend college. A good way is attend college is to attend a community college for two years and transfer to public state university. you end up paying less and you don’t have to worry about not being admitted to college after you graduate high school.

  • EmCDL

    Joining the military isn’t just for folks that don’t have anything going on for their lives and to get college money. I joined the Army because I just wanted to get out and travel, to get the hell up out of Virginia and to see what else was out there. Of course, that college money is nice to have too, but I joined for other reasons other than that. I got stop-lossed as well, I was in Iraq when I was suppose to get out but of course they held my ass back. Now that I’m out, I’m using the hell outta this new GI Bill money, working, and going to school while working on my music. But don’t get it twisted thinking that people just join just because they don’t have nothing else to do with their life BUT to join the military….

    BUUUUUUUT on that note, I’m glad that I’m out as well!

  • 3rd eye clear

    I served in every major conflict 1997-2006! By choice, and yes while some will argue about what the ARMY is and isn’t, I can say that I never felt as if I was trapped.
    I think it has more to do with how one is raised. I hear some of the complaints and really can’t grasped at what the hell people are talking mother always said if you don’t like something don’t do it. But more importantly learn what the hell you’re doing before you sign up to do it.
    Some dudes aint built like that!!

  • L7

    “Black people don’t do shit like that, white people and Arabs do shit like that.”

    Whoever wrote this is the kind of ignorant idiots that are ruining this country. What kind of stupid racist comment is that? And for that simple quote the whole rant is useless! You need to go educate yourself on a few things.

    • M47

      spot-on L7, spot-on. i couldn’t have said it better.

  • GOOZ

    As a young SPIC that joined the military after graduating High school working full time/ and a part time job (and some other side ventures) while attending college for a semester before deciding to joing the Marines. I have heard Stop-Loss being mentioned twice in my 2.5+ years of being a part Uncle Sams Misguided Children I think I deserve a chance to voice my opinion of this subject matter.

    1. funny ass blog
    2. Marc whatever his name is has a lot of balls and
    3. stop-loss is used by the Army most of all in todays military. I can understand why they use it with most of the people that join the Army try to get out after 4 years because of they’re 12-14 month deployments at a time to a shitty vacation spot. (Did you know that they have pizza hut and fast food restaurants at those bases in Iraq and Afghanistan) Anyways with all of their new joins eager to get the fuck out that leaves little enlisted and senior enlisted officers to guide and help these new joins be “Army Strong”. Oh and I dont feel sorry for Marc whatever his name is
    dude knew the rules, you just dont fuck around and send that shit to the pentagon, keep it in your work section or accapella it while your working.

  • BlackIce138

    I have been active duty Army for almost 23 years. I grew up in the streets of Newark, NJ and Brooklyn, NY. All I can say is it is a dayum shame that some of you idiots are allowed to post wahtever you want on the internet. It is this same uninformed and misinformed bullshit that have people so fucked up today.

    1. The army has an 8 year enlistment requirement. EVERY recruiter is required BY LAW to make sure you understand that when you sign up. When Hall says he had a four year contract he means that he signed sayin ghe would do four active with four as a Individual ready Reserve. HE KNEW he could be called up to do antoehr four years if needed. He was needed, so he was called up.

    2. Recruiter do stalk you when you give your info. There’s a couple of reasons for that. If you have time to think about or to talk to others you might change your mind. Recruiters have to make numbers. I dont know what the numbers are, but I do know that if they fail to make the numbers required of them they can lose rank. Rank is money so you can see where that goes.

    Hall is getting screwed TRUE. But not like you guys are posting on here. That street knowledge, jail house lawyer bullshit is gonna keep yall in the dark. Do some real research and then comment on the case. Would yall believe my dumb ass sister said she wasn’t going to vote for Obama because if he got elected somebody would kill him. i told her she was stupid, but you wouldn’t believe how many blogs I read saying the same dumb shyt! Some of yall need to kill that street knowledge ghettocation bullshit. If I enlightened anyone good. We gotta put a end to this ignorance. If I offended anyone good. You are probably the ones Im talking about.