16 December 2010

Rebel without a (sensible) cause

I have not taken much notice of the “Birther movement in the USA… another stupid little organisation which probably got bored with the 8/11 “inside job” rubbish and the Moon Landing hoax delusion. But it seems that one “Birther” is so fervent in his views that he faces a stretch in prison.

According to the Guardian Lt Colonel Terrence Lakin, a US army doctor, faces up to three and a half years in jail after he was found guilty by a court martial yesterday of willfully missing a flight when deployed to Afghanistan

All of this is because he doubts Barack Obama's right to be president. On Tuesday he pleaded guilty to one of the two charges – failing to follow an order to meet with a superior and failure to report for duty at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He pleaded not guilty to the second count, relating to missing a flight to take him to the military base, but was convicted of that charge by the military jury.

At his hearing, Lakin told the jury that he had been "praying and soul searching. I believed there was a question that needs to be answered to ensure a valid chain of command. But I had asked every question, done everything else I could short of disobeying orders, without success

If Lakin had a proper cause then I might have some small sympathy with him… or at least maybe understand where he was coming from even if I didn’t agree with his stance.

But to become a martyr for such a fatuous cause? I think not. Lakin is clearly an idiot.

12 comments:

Francis Hunt said...

"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens," which means "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain."

Friedrich Schiller

James Higham said...

Good to see that there are still men of principle, despite the mockery.

jams o donnell said...

Well put by Schiller, Francis!

I think this is stupidity James

Andrew Scott said...

I thought James was commending you Jams, for being a man of principle despite the mockery you have to endure.

Sean Jeating said...

Ahem. [smilingly added to Don QuiScottie's comment]

jams o donnell said...

Andrew, Sean, Haha!

Steve Bates said...

Funny... this fellow didn't question whether G. W. Bush was president, and I thought there was a lot better reason to question his taking office after sElection 2000 than Obama's after the 2008 election.

It's not merely that there's no evidence Obama was born outside the U.S.: there's explicit evidence, in the form of a birth certificate provided by the State of Hawaii, that he was in fact born in the U.S. Everything else is just sour grapes by people whose dislike of Obama (a feeling not unknown to me) exceeds their love of honesty.

(CAPTCHA text: "fibco" ... don't get me started...)

jams o donnell said...

Absolutely Steve. Now I wonder if a follower of David Icke's theories will refuse to serve because Obama is in fact an alien... Idiots

Knatolee said...

Another day, another nutjob.

jams o donnell said...

Sadly so Knatolee

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Martyr? Rebel? Arsehole, more like.

jams o donnell said...

With or without rambling rectum!