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NewChief
05-14-2011, 05:59 AM
I almost admire this guy (as misguided as he was) for putting his money where his mouth was and standing up for what he believed. Sadly, his career is now ruined, and I doubt he'll be getting a lot of financial support in the future.

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/birthers/index.html?story=/politics/war_room/2011/05/13/terry_lakin_birther_comes_home
The tragic, pathetic demise of a birther
By Justin Elliott

The tragic, pathetic demise of a birther

If the release of President Obama's birth certificate last month was the denouement of the birther saga, the release of Terrence Lakin from prison will be its bizarre coda.

Lakin is the veteran Army doctor who refused orders to redeploy to Afghanistan because he believed Obama was born abroad, not a legitimate president, and therefore that military orders were invalid.

Last December, Lakin, a lieutenant colonel, was dismissed from the Army and sentenced to six months in prison after, in the words of his supporters, inviting "his own court martial with the hopes that the normal processes of legal discovery would provide some answers." (The plan didn't work.) Supporters kept up with Lakin through a series of "prison diaries" that he mailed out to be posted online.

In what promises to be one of the stranger political spectacles of the year, a homecoming event is planned Saturday at the Southwest Airlines baggage claim area of Baltimore Washington International Airport. The website set up to support Lakin advises potential attendees that "there are no less than about 20 hotels within a mile or so of the airport" and suggests:

All we ask you to do is bring a home-made poster that says, "Welcome Home Terry." or "Thank You Terry" or any appropriate messages about the issue. Bring a small US flag if you have one.

We will text the coordinators when we deplane so you can all get ready to greet Terry as he descends on the escalator to baggage claim. We need a big hurray and lots of applause (of course). He may say a few words. Then we'll get him to his luggage, to his car, and home.

Unlike the folks over at WorldNetDaily, who have been enriched by years of pumping up birtherism, Lakin's commitment to the conspiracy both torpedoed his career and put his family in financial peril. His website notes:

"Please consider making a special gift at this critical time. We have been able to provide for the family's monthly expenses, but contributions have dropped off since the release of the proposed birth document by the Obama administration."

Can anyone imagine a more tragic story emerging from the birther carnival?

* Justin Elliott is a Salon reporter. Reach him by email at jelliott@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @ElliottJustin More: Justin Elliott

BigRichard
05-14-2011, 07:10 AM
Can I bring a sign saying "Welcome Home You Fucking Tool"?

banyon
05-14-2011, 07:20 AM
sportshrink can console him through therapy.

alnorth
05-14-2011, 09:58 AM
He's an idiot, but I've got no strong feeling of either scorn or admiration for him. If he would have been correct, what he did was arguably what he should have done. There are dire financial, professional, and legal consequences for doing what he did if he wasn't proven correct. He decided to accept that and got torched.

Brock
05-14-2011, 10:17 AM
sportshrink can console him through therapy.

Probably have to be on a pro bono basis, though.

Mr. Flopnuts
05-14-2011, 11:58 AM
Probably have to be on a pro bono basis, though.

Somebody would actually pay that dude?

Earthling
05-14-2011, 12:13 PM
He's an idiot, but I've got no strong feeling of either scorn or admiration for him. If he would have been correct, what he did was arguably what he should have done. There are dire financial, professional, and legal consequences for doing what he did if he wasn't proven correct. He decided to accept that and got torched.

He disobeyed an order from his immediate superior. What did he really think the outcome would be? Even had he been correct about Obama he did not do what he should have done which was to follow orders from his immediate superior officer.

TIED5573
05-14-2011, 03:32 PM
To follow the courage of your convictions is truly honorable.

Chocolate Hog
05-14-2011, 03:38 PM
This guy is fighting for your freedom to say he's a dumbass!

mdstu
05-14-2011, 03:44 PM
This guy is fighting for your freedom to say he's a dumbass!

Actually, he refused to fight for our freedom because he's a dumbass!

LiveSteam
05-14-2011, 05:10 PM
Actually, he refused to fight for our freedom because he's a dumbass!

I heard Obama say, it takes one to know one

mdstu
05-14-2011, 05:37 PM
I'm sure Pres. Obama, Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin, and I have all done some pretty dumb things in our lives. It's inevitable. Unfortunately for Terrence, the winner of this contest got 6 months of prison and a dishonorable discharge.

patteeu
05-14-2011, 05:40 PM
I have no sympathy for him. None at all.

KILLER_CLOWN
05-14-2011, 06:44 PM
Too bad he didn't refuse to continue, because the wars are absolute BS.

go bowe
05-14-2011, 07:24 PM
Somebody would actually pay that dude?:clap: :clap: :clap:

Dave Lane
05-15-2011, 09:03 AM
To follow the courage of your convictions is truly honorable.

To be a traitor is honorable? Okay then

KILLER_CLOWN
05-15-2011, 09:05 AM
To be a traitor is honorable? Okay then

Finally coming around on Obama eh?

TIED5573
05-15-2011, 09:56 AM
I do not agree with this guy. He did what he did knowing the consequences. Which it seems would ruin his career. Since he spent all the time and effort to be a doctor, it would have been easier to protest and have C/O status.

teedubya
05-15-2011, 12:15 PM
Amazing, someone stands up to this corrupt govt, and not one person here cares for his stance.

This is EXACTLY why Americans are about to bend over. No one cares... and the ones that do, are labeled as 'kooks'.

Thomas Jefferson is spinning in his grave...

whoman69
05-15-2011, 12:44 PM
Amazing, someone stands up to this corrupt govt, and not one person here cares for his stance.

This is EXACTLY why Americans are about to bend over. No one cares... and the ones that do, are labeled as 'kooks'.

Thomas Jefferson is spinning in his grave...
He didn't stand up to a corrupt government. He made a dumbass move to keep a conspiracy theory alive, that like most conspiracy theories is complete horsecrap.

Pedro
05-15-2011, 12:54 PM
Amazing, someone stands up to this corrupt govt, and not one person here cares for his stance.

This is EXACTLY why Americans are about to bend over. No one cares... and the ones that do, are labeled as 'kooks'.

Thomas Jefferson is spinning in his grave...
If you feel the government is corrupt, then the proper response is to vote the bastards out, not to pick and choose which laws you're going to obey.

This guy is not a victim. He's a kook. (He's also an idiot).

Saul Good
05-15-2011, 01:44 PM
It isn't this guy's job to decide whether or not Obama is eligible or not for the POTUS. He got what he deserved.