Obama at Bagram AFB, Afghanistan
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Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin went before a military judge — and a standing-room-only courtroom — in Virginia on Friday to face three charges of disobeying a lawful order, one count of missing movement (not deploying with his unit) and one count of dereliction of duty.
He did not enter a plea at the arraignment hearing, and his attorney, Paul Jensen, asked to defer any plea until after the court could consider a motion to dismiss the case…If the charges are not dismissed, court martial proceedings will begin on October 13.
Lakin is a decorated Army doctor and an 18-year veteran who is now facing court martial for disobeying orders to ship out for another tour of duty in Afghanistan. He specializes as a primary care physician and flight surgeon. Doctors in those positions often fly in medevac helicopters in the war zone.
Lakin says the orders are illegal because, he claims, Obama — the commander in chief — has not proven he was born in this country and is therefore ineligible to be president. Lakin wants Obama to produce his birth certificate…
Two newspapers in Honolulu, Hawaii, published announcements of Obama’s birth there in August, 1961. The Republican governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle, has recently certified Obama’s birth certificate as legitimate…
Despite the evidence, roughly a quarter of Americans remains skeptical, including Lakin and other so-called “birthers…”
His “defense” isn’t worthy of further examination and hasn’t been since the first time this sillyass rationale was advanced against Obama as political candidate and office-holder – and demonstrated to be false.
I’d be scared to death to place my life in the hands of a doctor this far out of touch with reality.
Just one more example of  how paranoid and incompetent truly reactionary politics can make someone;  the level of irrelevance reached by what passes for conservative politics in the United States; and  looking at the statistics, just how falling-out-of-the-cabbage-patch ignorant the average American citizen has become.
Gov. Sarah Palin is putting political ambition above Alaska’s interest by rejecting federal stimulus funds, Democrats said Friday.
Bob Poe, a Democratic candidate for governor, suggested Palin is grandstanding because the legislature can overrule her — and is considered likely to — CNN reported. Poe, in a conference call with reporters, suggested the governor is “narcissistic.”
“It’s outrageous that Palin wants to turn down Alaskans’ fair share of federal stimulus money for education, public safety, unemployment services and health programs,” said State Democratic Party Chair Patti Higgins. “It’s very clear that Palin is sacrificing the needs of Alaskans for her national political ambitions.”
Palin said she is willing to take federal dollars for construction projects but not $288 million for schools, energy assistance and social services, the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News reported…
Anchorage School Superintendent Carol Comeau said she was “shocked and very disappointed” that Palin would reject funds for schools.
The Dem’s candidate isn’t the only pol in Alaska who thinks Palin is playing this game as part of her future plans as McCain’s replacement as candidate. But, that alone – can be enough to piss off a lot of Alaskan conservatives. They’re not necessarily interested in being pawns in her game.