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Jay R. Grodner achieves Internet immortality

Posted by mesablue on January 4, 2008

His name is now an Internet verb.

As in, to grodner oneself.

Grodner [’ghræd n3r] (v):
1) To aggressively self-destruct through felony vandalism crossed with a sense of invulnerability and entitlement.
2) To be-prick oneself in public while flashing the victim card.

Thanks to Neptunus Lex.

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Scumbag of the Year makes the Chicago Tribune

Posted by mesablue on January 3, 2008

It took a few days, but the story of shitbird extraoardinaire, Jay R. Grodner, caught the attention of the press.

John Kass covered the story today in the Chicago Tribune.

I’m going way beyond fair use, I can’t find any part that I could leave out. Kass talked to more of the people involved than we’ve heard from before — except for the bad actor himself, who remains hidden.

As of this evening, this was the most viewed story on the Chicago Tribune web site.

Jay R. Grodner is officially — infamous.

Marine Sgt. Michael McNulty — now on his way to Iraq for his second tour of duty in the war — took meticulous care of his car.


It is a black two-door BMW, an expensive ride for a young Marine from Chicago, but then, McNulty didn’t exactly join up for the big paycheck and luxury vacations.


The 26-year-old McNulty was a trader at the exchange and enlisted in the Reserves after 9/11. He babied his car so much that he had military vanity plates along with a sticker in his window that let people know that a Marine or a Marine supporter drove that car.


But someone didn’t like the Marine sticker, or the pro-military plates, and decided to stage an anti-war protest, with a key or hard piece of metal, on the shiny black finish of Sgt. McNulty’s car that caused $2,400 in damage.


“It’s a really nice car. It’s in perfect condition. He keeps it meticulous. And he was going to sell it,” said Sgt. McNulty’s friend, Tom Sullivan, a college buddy from Loyola University.


The last time Sgt. McNulty was in Iraq, he worked a .50-caliber machine gun from a Humvee. Now that he’s going back, he really doesn’t need a shiny black BMW that shows dust.


“There wasn’t a scratch on his car,” Sullivan said.


But there is one now.


It is a big scratch, a particularly long scratch in that black paint, a scratch stretching from the rear driver’s side around the back, across the trunk, then up to the passenger’s side.


If you have a car, and parked it on the street, surely you’ve thought about what an angry key could do to it.


According to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, it wasn’t an accident, but a deliberate key job, not done by some kid or street thug, but by a Chicago lawyer who apparently can’t stand the military.


Private attorney Jay R. Grodner, 55, of Chicago has been charged with a class A misdemeanor — criminal damage to property — punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $2,500 fine, said Andy Conklin, spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office.


Late Wednesday, I reached Sgt. McNulty, who declined to comment for the paper but confirmed the facts in the police report.


And I wanted to get Grodner’s side of it because he’s been accused but not convicted of anything. So we called all the Grodner numbers we could find — home and business — including those on the police report and others in the suburbs and Chicago. Many were disconnected, and his cell phone voice mail was full.


I’d like to ask him two questions:


Why?


And, are you proud?


“McNulty was just coming to pick me up for breakfast, because he was going to training just before deployment,” Sullivan said of that morning on Dec. 1 in Rogers Park.


There are several one-way streets near Sullivan’s home, but McNulty missed the turn, and rather than drive two or three blocks around, he put the car in reverse and backed up a hundred or so feet. He pulled up in front of his friend’s house, rang the bell and Sullivan came downstairs. McNulty then turned around and saw Grodner’s hands on his black car.


“Mike says, ‘Hey, what are you doing to my car? Open up your hand!'” Sullivan told us. “And [Grodner] goes, ‘[Blank] you! Just because you’re in the military you don’t run the roost!'”


There were allegedly many more epithets and cuss words, some allegedly applied to the United States Marine Corps, to the U.S. armed forces and to Sgt. McNulty himself.


“Quite frankly, you don’t even look like a soldier. You’re a small little [blank],” Grodner said according to Sullivan.


This last bit really bothers William McNulty, who is Sgt. McNulty’s brother, and he called me.


“My brother should be commended for not just smashing that guy’s windpipe right there for all the stuff he said about our military, and the insults,” William McNulty said. “Instead, my brother called the police, as he should have.”


According to the police report I read, other investigative accounts and interviews, Grodner was upset to have been accused of purposely scratching the car. So upset, that he accused his accusers of being anti-Semitic.


The Chicago police officer responding to the call didn’t take the accusation seriously, according to the report, because he couldn’t justify it. And Sgt. McNulty’s brother and Sullivan say it is outrageous and nonsensical.


“The officer wasn’t going to hear this kind of talk. He put the kibosh on the whole thing,” Sullivan said. “So [Grodner] became apologetic.”


According to the police report, “The offender denied scratching the victim’s vehicle, but did admit to rubbing past it.”


Rubbing past it? I guess it all depends on what the definition of “rubbing” is.


That’s where it is now, awaiting another court date, set for Jan. 18, after Sgt. McNulty refused to back off and drop the charges in earlier court appearances.


Lawyers know how to drag things out, with continuance after continuance, stalling until complaining witnesses get tired and move on.


But Marines on their way to war don’t seek continuances.


And all Sgt. McNulty wanted was a little respect, and the chance to sell that car of his, without a scratch.

Wow, Grodner turns out to be an even bigger scumbag than it seemed originally. Pompous, arrogant, obnoxious and now obviously — pretty fucking stupid.

Grodner, if you haven’t figured it out yet, you are completely fucked. You screwed the pooch this time. The best part is — you did it to yourself.

Bluster and hubris are not your friend. This time, you get to bend over and grab your ankles. What is the correct term for a self-inflicted ass pounding?

BOHICA, baby!

I look forward to reporting your sentencing.

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Absolute scumbag (Updated w/ court coverage)

Posted by mesablue on December 31, 2007

Another liberal nutjob becomes unhinged.


Anti-Military Lawyer Damages Marine’s Car on Eve of Deployment

Marine Sgt Mike McNulty is on activation orders to Iraq (second tour). On December 1st, 2007, Mike went to visit a friend in Chicago before deploying to say goodbye.


While saying goodbye, at about 11am, he noticed a man leaning up against his car. Mike left his friend’s apartment and caught the man keying his car on multiple sides.


After caught in the process, the man told Mike, “you think you can do whatever you want with Department of Defense license plates and tags”. (In Illinois you can purchase veteran, Marine, or medal plates. Mike has Illinois Marine Corps license plates.) During the exchange, he made additional anti-military comments.

The guy who did this — a local lawyer.

As it turns out, the man is Chicago lawyer Jay R. Grodner, who owns a law firm in the city and has offices in the suburbs.

The State’s Attorney is reluctant to prosecute this asshat because he is a lawyer. Grodner is refusing to pay the $2400.00 in damage that he did to Sgt McNulty’s car.

Grodner takes things a step further into scumbag land:

the State asked Mike if he would accept probation for Grodner. Mike accepted, probation was offered to Grodner, and Grodner declined the offer, saying within ear shot of Mike, “I’m not going to make it easy on this kid”. Mike’s next court date is tomorrow, Monday, December 31st, to pursue misdemeanor charges against Grodner.

However, Sgt McNulty has to leave January 2nd to return to Iraq. So, if this isn’t resolved on Monday — Grodner probably gets off scot-free.

Please go read the entire story at Blackfive.

Word of this moron’s actions needs to be spread. If he won’t be prosecuted, at least knowledge of his behavior can get out there. If you have a blog — please post this story.

h/t Ace of Spades HQ

Update
: Turns out that Grodner is no stranger to deviant behavior.

In addition to being disciplined for being involved in a scheme to forging documents, it has been reported to CLR that attorney Jay Grodner has engaged in a conflict of interest with his clients, has abandoned his clients, has engaged in false billing, has engaged in a fraud upon his clients, provided ineffective assistance of counsel, and has engaged in a “fraud upon the court”.

Why is this guy still allowed to practice law?

Karma. Even more karma. Heh, a VERY creepy picture of the guy.

***A live report from the court house***

From Free Republic:

The hearing was scheduled for 12/31/07 @ 13:30. It was held at Circuit Court of Cook County – outlying court branch 29 -Belmont & Western, Chicago IL. This is 6 miles NW of downtown Chicago and approx 65 miles round trip from where I live.


Sgt. McNulty was in civvies. He was there with family & friends and his attorney.


There also appeared to be a couple of supporters sitting in the gallery.


I sat in the last row. With my eyesight & hearing shot, the following is the best I can make out.


The court is secured by the Cook County Sheriff’s office The judge ( I didn’t hear his name or see his nameplate) convened the court early – at 13:24. (Courtroom 29 – I believe it was Felony court)


Sgt. McNulty was called at 13:33. Jay R. Grodner was a no show. The judge issued a bench warrant for Mr. Grodner @ 13:36.


Sgt. McNulty filed the complaint and raised his hand and swore that it was true.


I thought that was the end of it, so I got up to leave and waited in the waiting area for the Sgt. to come out.


A Marine PFC, in dress blues, cut & razor sharp, walked in to lend his support.


Sgt. McNulty and his entourage came out, then was called back into the courtroom for about 10 minutes.


He came back out to leave. I met them outside. I gave Sgt. McNulty FRegards and a Semper Fi and told him we have his back and that thousands have his back.


He thanked us for the support.


Jay Grodner (or a representative) must have showed up, as, when I talked with the Sgt.’s attorney, he said Grodner wanted a continuance to get an attorney.


The case was continued and will go to fruition and Sgt. McNulty wont have to re-appear.

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Last Update: As Sgt McNulty heads back to Iraq tomorrow, I want to wish him God speed and best of luck. Keep your head down Marine. You now have thousands of former/current Marines and other service members that want to see you come back safely — because we support you, but also because of how you handled yourself in this situation. Jay Grodner can only hope to be half the man that you have already proven yourself to be.

Over two thousand people hit this page in less than two days — and I am just one small blog among very many. I hope that you’ve been able to feel some of that support.

At the same time, I hope the Jay Grodners of the world know that there is no longer a place for scumbag sheisters like them to hide. As an officer of the court, you are held to a higher standard. It is not a license for bad behavior.

“So be it, until victory is America’s and there is no enemy, but peace!”

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Woo hoo!!!

Posted by mesablue on December 14, 2007

Remember how San Francisco didn’t want the Blue Angels at Fleet Week this year?

The Blue Angels took it in their usual stride.

Awesome.

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(photo Bernard Zee)

And lest you think this is fake or photoshopped:

High rez version of the photo above and many more from Fleet Week — from Bernard Zee.A must see.

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Send a troop a text for turkey day

Posted by mesablue on November 20, 2007

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America Supports You: Americans Can Text ‘Thanks’ to Troops

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2007 – For those seeking a quick way to show appreciation for the troops’ service far from home this holiday season, look no further than “Giving Thanks,” a new initiative from the Defense Department’s America Supports You program.


Americans can send text messages of thanks and get responses from active-duty troops through the “Giving Thanks” initiative of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program.


America Supports You connects citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad.


“This is a simple way to connect our citizens to our soldiers using modern technology,” Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for internal communications and public liaison, said of the text messaging program.


The program, which already has received nearly 4,000 messages, officially kicks off at 6 a.m. EST Nov. 17 and concludes at midnight PST Nov. 22. Between those times, people wishing to express gratitude to the troops for their service can text a brief message to 89279. Each text message sent will receive a response from an active-duty servicemember in return.


Major mobile wireless providers, including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile, will provide access to the Giving Thanks text messaging program.


“We know that thousands of families will be sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner and thinking about loved ones who are far away from home serving their country,” Barber said. “We are counting on other American families to take a moment during their holiday celebration to think of those families and their family members who are serving and say, ‘Thanks.’

C’mon. Give it a shot. It’ll take just a few seconds and you’ll make some troop’s day.

I found this via Dan at Protein Wisdom.

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Heartwarming story from Iraq…

Posted by mesablue on October 27, 2007

That you won’t see covered in any media outlets:

Iraqi Army at Besmaya Installation Support San Diego Fire Victims

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Members of the Iraqi Army in Besmaya collected a donation for the San Diego, Calif., fire victims Thursday night at the Besmaya Range Complex in a moving ceremony to support Besmaya’s San Diego residents.


Iraqi Army Col. Abbass, the commander of the complex, presented a gift of $1,000 to U.S. Army Col. Darel Maxfield, Besmaya Range Complex officer in charge, Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq, to send to the fire victims in California.


The money was collected from Iraqi officers and enlisted soldiers in Besmaya. In a speech given during the presentation, Col. Abbass stated that he and the Iraqi soldiers were connected with the American people in many ways, and they will not forget the help that the American government has given the Iraqi people. Abbass was honored to participate by sending a simple fund of $1,000 to the American people in San Diego, to lower the suffering felt by the tragedy.

At OPFOR.

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Do something good today

Posted by mesablue on September 14, 2007

Wake Up America has this:

Send a Marine an E-mail

From: Colonel Simcock, USMC


“US Marine Colonel Simcock, the commander of USMC Regimental Combat Team 6 in Iraq, is asking for 6,000 positive emails to his Marines.


That’s one email for each Marine in his RCT command. COL Simcock is concerned about the effect of the negative barrage that those Marines are getting through the electronic media.


RCT-6lettersfromh@gcemnf-wiraq.usmc.mil


“If you’re reading this email, then you can probably click on the address, type a few words, and then hit “send” to be all done.


It doesn’t have to be the Gettysburg Address. Something as simple as “Hello, Marine. We thank you for what you’re doing.


You are in a noble task. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Best wishes & get home soon” is more than sufficient.

It will only take you a moment. Please let our brave men and women in The Marines know that you appreciate the very hard work that they do every day to protect each and every one of us.

Update: The Fightin’ 6th Marines excellent blog is — here

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Yeah, welcome to the club.

Posted by Wickedpinto on September 1, 2007

Took you long enough you idiot.

I don’t know how they do it. But they do, and we should be grateful.

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Puppy killers!

Posted by mesablue on August 18, 2007

Another incriminating photo of coalition forces terror tactics surfaces in Baghdad.



Found at Suitably Flip.

Background at Hot Air.

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Military Suicides

Posted by Wickedpinto on August 16, 2007

I guess theres an uptick and a bunch of concern. (via insty)

Now, it’s a shame, a DAMN shame that some people, (not always kids) attempt or succeed in killing themselves (as in actually killing themselves not the sort of “cultural suicide” America is inflicting on it’s obese children,)  It’s a shame, and even more of a shame that they didn’t have friends or family who could spot it, or that the people who manage to kill themselves were so resolute that they hid their intentions even from people close to them, but it happens.

The percentile of suicides in the service, is basicaly the same as civilians of a particular age (I think gateway had the stats during the first rage of this argument in 2003 or something) maybe slightly higher.  The fact that people who wear a uniform commit suicide approximately equal to the national averages of individuals of an equal age doesn’t mean that they are unhinged crazy’s who are willing to willy nilly slaughter innocents and spread pain.

 It’s a shame, and in fact, the rates should be lower among the military because you are living so close to the people you serve with, but it’s just one of those things that happen, and while it sucks, it’s not an indictment on the military.  Considering that a number of years ago, I saw a thing that said that individuals who worked in the psychological/psychiatric proffessions have a higher rate of suicide, and suicide attempts than even cops and fireman.

Maybe psych proffessionals are unhinged crazy’s willing to willy nilly slaughter innocents.   I don’t think that, but maybe the people reporting this should consider it in such a way, you know, just for consistancy.

Also in 1998 I personaly knew 2% of the people who committed suicide in the US Military, and I think he was probably 12 or so percent of the suicides in the Marine Corps.  His fiance’ dumped him, and his mother died, and the planning was rather elaborate.  I didn’t like him, but maybe if I had, I might have seen something, and kept it from happening.  Thats the shame of these events, that most of the time, nobody cares about them, and those that did, are now gone.

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Mark Levin

Posted by Wickedpinto on August 15, 2007

On Markes show at the 5:55 minute accepted a caller who said, that the only reason Bush gets cheers is because a “boo” would be a field grade article 15.

And, in support of Mark, THAT IS COMPLETE BULLSHIT!!

COMPLETE BULLSHIT!

Oh, you would have your ass handed to you but field grade?  BULLSHIT!

mucking ruts, and weeding fields or painting rocks, but not anything that goes on your record.

Edit: 

something that people who serve for their own opposition perposes, and for people who never served.  The President of The United States of America, is your Commander in Chief.  Disrespect is a crime, thats true, but nameless ignorant views of policy are not.  You can dissagree with The Commander in Chief of The United States Armed Forces all you please, but you WILL obey him.  

 I don’t see any reservists who “speak out” or any recently retired officers who “speak out” being prosecuted, though they can be under this President.

I hate these guys.

True Story:

While I was going through my first MOS school, I was staring into a microscope while my instructers were talking politics, I only had one active duty instructor at a time for purposes of discipline, my real instructors were civvie’s who USED to be service. Anyways GySgt Gary (that was his last name) started talking about how great clinton was, and, well, I’m trying to concentrate on fixing something that required 40X mag, and I was irritated so I scoffed.

BAD Idea, “you got a problem with The President PFC (pinto)”

I snapped to, after carfuling stowing my soldering iron (“This is YOUR rifle” (yes they said that) ) into it’s holder, I pushed my chair back, I stood at attention and I said “He is the commander and chief and I will obey eagerly every order Gunnery Sgt!!!!”

that gunny laughed, as did the civvies, “thats the perfect answer, PFC, where you hear it?”

“I will get into enough trouble on my own, don’t need to add politics to it.”  (how fucking right I was)

“You got a genius here Hatfill!!”

He continued, “no, honestly, why do you disagree with clinton?”

“you know I can’t answer that.”

“honestly.”

“so far he has been wrong, but just wrong enough to be forgiven, and everything he’s don’t completely wrong he blames on politics, and everything right he’s done, he’s done for the wrong reason.  He’s more KGB than he is DoD, and WE are his job, not them.”

The words might be different, but thats the gist.

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Advancement

Posted by Wickedpinto on August 8, 2007

Robot doctors, as Insty points out are a staple of Sci-Fi, not because they are an easily recognizable future in science, but rather because Sci-Fi authors tend to focus on engineering and physics, and spending time in MRP or Med-bay tends to be boring unless you can engage in character development.

Well, it turns out (via insty) that someone made a robot medic which, has so far, shown some promise.  Why kind of promise?  Well, Kim Cattrall, doesn’t seem to be having any problems with it so far.

Brett Giroir, director of the research agency’s Defense Sciences Office also announced that the system, called Trauma Pod, has successfully “treated” a mannequin during a test, with no complications.

I should THINK there wouldn’t be any complications with a mannequin, can you imagine the lawsuits if even a mannequin were willing to sue you for malpractice?  I mean, thats just plain a BAD doctor if you screw up surgery on a mannequin.

One time I smacked a mannequinns ass without any indication that the mannequin would accept it, and I got off scott free!  Really I was expecting a law suit, good thing he had a good sense of humor.

SHE!!  I meant SHE! or it! or. . . . I’m so screwed.

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In the full light of day — for some, blindness still prevails

Posted by mesablue on August 8, 2007

The New York Times and the Washington Post are running full stories on the Affaire de Beauchamp today.

First, The New York Times:

Army Says Soldier’s Articles for Magazine Were False

An Army investigation into the Baghdad Diarist, a soldier in Iraq who wrote anonymous columns for The New Republic, has concluded that the sometimes shockingly cruel reports were false.


“We are not going into the details of the investigation,” Maj. Steven F. Lamb, deputy public affairs officer in Baghdad, wrote in an e-mail message. “The allegations are false, his platoon and company were interviewed, and no one could substantiate the claims he made.”

I won’t quote any more except this last bit because the Times reporter creates an incredible gap in logic for TNR to sneak through unless you are in possession of a single brain cell.

In an e-mail message, Mr. Foer said, “Thus far, we’ve been provided no evidence that contradicts our original statement, despite directly asking the military for any such evidence it might have,” adding, “We hope the military will share what it has learned so that we can resolve this discrepancy.”

Mr. Foer, meet the door. You are done.

Howard Kurtz at The Washington Post provides, outside of the headline, a wonderfully misconstrued spin on the story…

Army Concludes Baghdad Diarist Accounts Untrue

And, I’m going to go a little beyond fair use on this one because there is just too much wishful thinking and complete bullshit for anyone who has followed this at all in this article — read for yourself.

Army investigators have concluded that the private whose dispatches for the New Republic accused his fellow soldiers of petty cruelties in Iraq was not telling the truth.


The finding, disclosed yesterday, came days after the Washington-based magazine announced that it had corroborated the claims of the private, Scott Thomas Beauchamp, except for one significant error.


“An investigation has been completed and the allegations made by Pvt. Beauchamp were found to be false,” an Army statement said. “His platoon and company were interviewed and no one could substantiate the claims.”


But New Republic Editor Franklin Foer is standing his ground. “We’ve talked to military personnel directly involved in the events that Scott Thomas Beauchamp described, and they corroborated his account,” Foer said. The magazine granted anonymity to the other soldiers it cited.


A military official, who asked not to be identified because the probe is confidential, said no charges were filed against Beauchamp. Instead, the official said, the matter is being handled administratively, with Beauchamp punished by having his cellphone and laptop confiscated for an undetermined period.

I espescially love this next bit.

The Army probe provides ammunition to conservative critics who have accused the liberal magazine of publishing Beauchamp’s “Baghdad Diarist” essays without adequate checking and being too quick to believe that American soldiers would engage in questionable conduct. It also revives fading memories of the magazine’s 1998 fabrication scandal involving writer Stephen Glass.

No. Really.

They actually do a little reporting here…

Beauchamp, 23, who is married to New Republic reporter Elspeth Reeve, wrote last month that a soldier had used a Bradley Fighting Vehicle to run over stray dogs, and that others had found and played with the skulls of Iraqi children. Beauchamp also wrote that he and other soldiers had openly mocked a woman whose face had been disfigured by an injury — but later acknowledged the incident had taken place in Kuwait before his unit was deployed, not at a Baghdad base as he originally maintained.

But, and get this, where outside the teeny tiny (the only thing that matters) world of grad school journalism majors would this next bit make any sense?

Foer said last week that the Army investigation was “short-circuiting” the magazine’s efforts, in part because it had become impossible to reach Beauchamp.

Skipping a bit…

“Thus far,” he added, “we’ve been provided no evidence that contradicts our original statement, despite directly asking the military for any such evidence it might have.”

Despite the fact that many other individuals and outlets that have been following this from the beginning have had no problem getting access to information that makes that statement and the reporting of it — ridiculous.

Get ready for an incredible leap in logic that has no basis in any sort of fact…

It is not clear whether investigators might have pressured Beauchamp into disavowing the articles by indicating that charges might otherwise be filed against him under the military justice code. A military official said Beauchamp had committed two violations, making false statements and not obtaining permission to publish the articles, which were written under the name Scott Thomas.

Pressured. With what? The truth?

Just to add complete balance to the story, we need to go to a journalism professor to be told what we should think about all of this…

Mark Feldstein, a journalism professor at George Washington University, called the Army’s refusal to release its report “suspect,” adding: “There is a cloud over the New Republic, but there’s one hanging over the Army, as well. Each investigated this and cleared themselves, but they both have vested interests.”

A cloud — vested interests. The Army didn’t fabricate a story. Beauchamp did — and then passed it on to TNR who bought it all and then published wild claims of horrible behavior without any real kind of fact checking. Their own claims of plausibility and passing the “smell test” have already been refuted and ridiculed — everywhere. There was no fact checking — at all.

Scott Thomas Beauchamp is married to New Republic reporter Elspeth Reeve. He went to Iraq to “get street cred” as a writer with battleground experience according to his own blog. He went into the Army with an agenda that he made known to the world, which is most likely the reason he was still an E-2 after two years. I’m sure he touched E-3 for a few moments, but that was short lived as he made everyone around him miserable to the point where he most surely has faced administrative punishment — the “genius” Scott Thomas Beuchamp most certainly would have made at least NCO at this point had he not been “misunderstood” and unfairly judged by the unfair expectations that the Army places on a soldier of actually fulfilling the obligations that it expects of it’s less sensitive and duty bound soldiers.

I truly wish this idiot would have enlisted in the Marines. Not a slam on the Army, but the Marines have a way of weeding shitbirds like this out before they can cause any kind of trouble.

Heavy responsibility is given at lower rank in the Marines. Judgement of the ability to carry that responsibility is also qualified swiftly.

At the end of the day — Beauchamp is a proven liar and fabricator. TNR and Franklin Foer are either hapless fools or wishfull idiots. Which is worse?

Elspeth Reeve — I hope upon hope that you were not a willful participant in this. You married a liar and a traitor. If you were, I wish you and Scotty boy a miserable life on the nutroot circuit trying to pick up the pieces of Shattered Glass.

Find more and background at:

Hot Air

Michelle Malkin

Confederate Yankee

And, Ace was on this the entire way

Michael Goldberg led the way though, at The Weekly Standard. Great work.

Addendum: I wrote this up in the wee hours of the night as the information came out so the links I’ve provided may be a little behind. This will certainly have comprehensive coverage over the next several hours. I will update and link appropriately.

Not used to being ahead of the curve.

Update: Oh noes — a link from Scott Thomas himself. With a little poem.

I love the smell of vindication in the morning


I’m slicker than Clinton
Smarter than Gore
I’ve turned the Media
Into my whore

Blogs covering this today:

Michelle MalkinWinter Soldier Syndrome

Power LineWhat War Did To The New Republic

Ace of Spades HQMSM: We Support Our Winter Soldiers

Confederate YankeeDeceiver

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The asshole lying scumbag piece of shit finally admits that he’s an asshole lying scumbag piece of shit

Posted by mesablue on August 6, 2007

Scott, I’m an asshole lying scumbag piece of shit, Beauchamp offered up the truth to save whatever is left of his slimy little ass.

(hey, I’m gonna fuck all of my buddies, wanna watch?)

Beauchamp Recants

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned from a military source close to the investigation that Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp–author of the much-disputed “Shock Troops” article in the New Republic’s July 23 issue as well as two previous “Baghdad Diarist” columns–signed a sworn statement admitting that all three articles he published in the New Republic were exaggerations and falsehoods–fabrications containing only “a smidgen of truth,” in the words of our source.


Separately, we received this statement from Major Steven F. Lamb, the deputy Public Affairs Officer for Multi National Division-Baghdad:


An investigation has been completed and the allegations made by PVT Beauchamp were found to be false. His platoon and company were interviewed and no one could substantiate the claims.


According to the military source, Beauchamp’s recantation was volunteered on the first day of the military’s investigation. So as Beauchamp was in Iraq signing an affidavit denying the truth of his stories, the New Republic was publishing a statement from him on its website on July 26, in which Beauchamp said, “I’m willing to stand by the entirety of my articles for the New Republic using my real name.”


The magazine’s editors admitted on August 2 that one of the anecdotes Beauchamp stood by in its entirety–meant to illustrate the “morally and emotionally distorting effects of war”–took place (if at all) in Kuwait, before his tour of duty in Iraq began, and not, as he had claimed, in his mess hall in Iraq. That event was the public humiliation by Beauchamp and a comrade of a woman whose face had been “melted” by an IED.

No. Fucking. Kidding.

The entire left side of the blogosphere jumped on this little shit kiddies bandwagon when The New
Republic published these obvious wet dreams of the uber liberal psychotics. Forget the fact that most of this waste of skins claims were so out there that anyone with half a neuron in their greasy little noggin would at least pause for a second and think — wtf?

Fake, but accurate. But, in this case, not even close to accurate.

You’d think they would have learned their lesson by now. How many times do you have to be bludgeoned by the clue bat before trying to pass off flat out lies starts to become a bad idea?

Progressive — the new stupid.

Repeat.

So as Beauchamp was in Iraq signing an affidavit denying the truth of his stories, the New Republic was publishing a statement from him on its website on July 26, in which Beauchamp said, “I’m willing to stand by the entirety of my articles for the New Republic using my real name.”

And, TNR backed him up. Again.

Every leftie blog was outraged that we dare question this “heroe’s” daring tales from the battlefield. How dare we? We’d all be eating crow by the end of the month. We dared because this was just another example of flat out shit being passed off as the truth — again. By the compassionate denizens the left.

Lies, lies and more lies. How can we not question? There are too many recent examples of this insane behavior. Jesse Macbeth, Dan Rather, Eason Jordan, anyone?

Stephen Glass. Scott Beauchamp. Name to be filled in later.

Bye bye, Frankie Foer.

At Ace’s — BEAUCHAMP RECANTS: SIGNS STATEMENT THAT HE FABRICATED STORIES WITH ONLY “SMIDGEN OF TRUTH”

Go there just for the videos.

There’s a lot more reaction to this out there, but I don’t think they’d like me tracking back with the title of this post.

I have no doubt that the hyper-intelligent idiots who run leftie blogs will try to spin this as some sort of conspiracy between conservative blogs and the military. Their latest bit of genius was to try to find a Rovian explanation as to why a military Public Affairs Officer would actually give information about their investigation to, oh noes — the public.

There’s not enough aluminum foil on the planet to explain this amount of nutbaggery.

When all is said in done, I feel no vindication that we were right — again.

I’m ashamed that there are Americans that wanted this lunatic’s insane fabrications to be true.

*Many thanks to Beth “Gracie” Greem, ROTC for getting the truth out at the expense of his/her job.

Update: An Army Lawyer has a post up on what the Army may do to the little shitmeister.

Allah at Hotair asks whether Beauchamp was just telling investigators what they wanted to hear to avoid punishment.

Here’s the thing, if he was lying, there’s not much that he can be charged with. At most it would be some variant of an Article 92 violation for publication without permission or something similar (presuming such a prohibition existed within his command). At most, that’ll get him 2 years if it’s a general order, more than likely it’d be violation of an “other lawful order” which is 6 months max confinement.

Now some may argue that he’s lying to investigators but he told TNR the truth. Problem there is that the penalties for a False Official Statement are far harsher (7 yrs and a dishonorable discharge). Lying to investigators is often worse than the misconduct itself. So even if Beauchamp IS lying, he sure can’t ever say so while in uniform, as that subjects him to the more serious Article 107 charge.

There’s quite a bit more, but I don’t want to steal his entire post. Go read the rest.

Moosetracked at the Bullwinkle Blog

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Iraq Progress

Posted by Wickedpinto on August 1, 2007

I’m half assing it right now, haven’t been sleeping well so I been holding off so I don’t bombard you guys with crazy.

So I found this brief analysis at Powerline and something unrelated jumped into my head.

I’m from the US so I don’t keep up with Iraqi news, that and I don’t speak or read arabic, hell I’m barely functional in English, but based on US coverage there is something that I notice is missing from the coverage of Iraq, and that something is Iraqi military heroes/icons.  Instead we are bombarded with only the names of Iraqi politico’s who are constantly bashed by the press.

If we were inundated with stories of mahmoud farouq a resident of diyala wining the crimson crescent or whatever the hell kinda awards Iraqi’s hand out, we and they might be more optimistic.  If we knew that there are brave and heroic acts performed by Iraqi’s and those Iraqi’s were given names, and the story repeated, it would be impossible to say that Iraq is doomed, because we, and the Iraqi’s themselves could have a symbol to which they could live up to.

Then again, we never see the names of our heroic actors on the pages of our newspapers, even though there has been at least (I’m pretty sure, gotta check mudville) Medal of Honor winner in this war, but that would destroy the narrative.

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Scumbag of the year

Posted by mesablue on July 26, 2007

Updated at the bottom: an email from Beauchump’s 1st Sgt.

Picture thanks to The American Pundit



Follow the link (or click the picture), I’m too disgusted to waste words on this idiot.

Scott Thomas revealed

From the Weekly Standard:

Mike-


We are in the midst of a formal investigation into the allegations Pvt Beauchamp has made. That’s all I can say for now.


Respectfully,


Kirk


Major Kirk Luedeke
Public Affairs Officer
4th IBCT, 1st ID
DRAGONS


Bye bye, Beauchamp.


I watched this start to come together/fall apart last night at Ace’s — you can follow along in the comment section on this post.

Michelle Malkin has lots more with background.

Doubleplusundead dissects the lying sack of shit.

Update: TNR reacts to being caught with it’s pants down — again, by firing the one person who had the moral fortitude to come forward with the truth about Beauchamp.


An email from Beauchump’s 1st Sgt., from The Foxhole:

Below is a correspondence I had with PVT Scott Thomas Beauchamp’s Co. 1SG. I e-mailed him via AKO and did not expect him to have the time to answer, but I’m proud to say he did. Looks like The New Republic’s representative lackey has alot of explaining to do. My original e-mail is at the bottom. Enjoy!


SFC McElroy,


I’m not in the habit of answering these email’s. It would be far too many. I appreciate all the support from home and I can assure you that not a single word of this was true. We’ve been fighting this fight for quite some time. Numerous soldiers within my unit have served on several deployments and this is my third year as a First Sergeant in this unit. My soldiers conduct is consistently honorable. This soldier has other underlining issues which I’m sure will come out in the course of the investigation. No one at any of the post we live at or frequent, remotely fit the descriptions of any of the persons depicted in this young man’s fairy tale. I can’t and won’t divulge any information regarding this soldier, but I do sincerely appreciate all the support from the people back home. Again, this young man has a vivid imagination and I promise you that this by no means reflects the truth of what is happening here. I’m currently serving with the best America has to offer. I have worked and fought closely with every soldier within my company and they are consummate professionals in an area most people can’t fathom. I’m proud of my soldiers and would gladly give my life for any one of them. Please continue to keep them with you in your prayers and thank God that we have these courageous men willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country, Americans, and the people of this struggling nation.


Sincerely,

1SG Hatley

You got some splainen to do Scotty boy.

Never piss off a first shirt.

More: A very straight forward take on these events at Winds of Change.

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Liars or Liars?

Posted by Wickedpinto on July 21, 2007

Hummers don’t have four lugnuts, and there aren’t gas stations, thats not how they are built. 

Mesa knows more, he was with grunts, I was just attached for training.

I FAILED my humvee course (true) because I ran into the base SgtMajor’s van, while I was taking my humbee class.  Thats true, i only broke his tail light (no shit, and that is no shit) and it was my ground guides fault, not mine, Once again, no shit.

 Anyways, before I got into the humvee, I knew it had a lousy turning radius compared to a street car, and that it could pretty much drive over anything, so I had no problem intimidating the lead car with my humvee when I was driving it behind a civvy car, I was a bit of a jerky back then.

I also know that humvee’s had runflat tires, this had NOTHING to do with being a humvee driver, but rather that I was routinely volunteered for shit jobs (remember I was courtmartialed based on information that didn’t include me, I should have been battallion NJP’d but not summary courtmartialed, I don’t bitch about the punishment, just the EAGERNESS) anyways. . . . . .

Every change a humvee tire?

I think there are 12 bolts holding it in place as the first argument, and then, if you have a complete tire in the back, you can’t carry more than 4 people in the back of a humvee, YES the tires are damn near that big.

If you ACTUALLY change a humvee tire, you have to protect either the tire, or the run flat “donut” we didn’t call it a donut, I forget what we called it at the time.

But Before I was even allowed to drive one, and get into a car accident with The Base SgtMaj’s van, I had to do basic matainence.  I was a maintenance guy, so I got maintence, I was kinda surprised by the requirement of having two fat guys jump on the “doughnut” until it fit the rim, and then at least one fat guy, or two normal guys, jumping on the tire.

You don’t jump on the tire to make it fit, you jump on the tire, so that the bolts of the “lugs” in normal cars can even TOUCH the threads of the hummer.

Humvee’s are VERY stout and powerful vehicles.

I’m just saying, and my experience consisted of a couple of field tests (where I did nothing) and “training” (basicaly liscence classes) where I had to do that crap.

No, you ain’t gonna change a tire in the middle of a streem, hehe, hows that for an analogy, for anyone who gets it.

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Heroes

Posted by Wickedpinto on July 11, 2007

[Update by mesablue] This is a must watch video. It’s kinda hard from WP’s rambling and failure to mention what the video is about, but this woman is a hero. She’s putting a little light back in the lives of the families of our fallen soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors. The video will make you tear up a little and make you feel better about the world. Or at least this part of it.

I’m clicking through today, and I run across a vid from Cookie at The Cook Shack (also good for random recipe’s and food related advice, just so you know) of an artist who does something wonderful.  Yes she’s getting some press from this, but I don’t think that is why, you can really feel it in her interviews.

Only burr in my britches, one of the first statments by the artist, I am about to misspell, “kazaya hancock,” is “I don’t know how political I am, I don’t get into all the crap, I just love freedom, ‘Kay?”  Then she goes on to talk about how close she is to each of her subjects.

   Of course, a little later the narator offends the artist and her subjects by saying “kazaya figured out years ago, that an artist could do little to stop a war.”

  Now that might be true, truth is even those who are in favor of the action in Iraq, and Afghanistan, and in all likeliehood every war ever wanted to stop the war, but sometimes it’s a necessity.

  The reason that is a burr in my britches is cuz the narrator took a great story, and ignored the second statement made by the subject of the story and ignored it to subtly insinuate that war should end, and also insinuated that maybe “kazaya”‘s art could do more to end it if this story gets traction.

Note:  Kazaya, I’m sorry for misspelling your name if I did.  I am politicaly minded, but I don’t do much about it, I too love freedom, and I’m sorry If I offended you with this.  You are clearly a good woman, a good person and deserve a reserve NCO rating. 

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Treasonous

Posted by Wickedpinto on July 3, 2007

PERIOD!

I don’t have much to say, but I think that the 1 person who doesn’t read or view hot air, and Vent, should watch it.

NBC’s Report?

CLEARLY Treasonous.  Promoting a lack of support through falsehoods is the same as offering aid and comfort.  It’s treason, and I hope they die.

Random: Does General Brown not look JUST like the guy who owned the station in “Talk Radio?”

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.50 caliber rifles.

Posted by Wickedpinto on June 13, 2007

I won’t say “sniper” rifles, cuz well, there are rules to actually being a sniper, and rifles aren’t sniper specific, they are sniper convenient.

Other than that, it looks like this story, at confederate yankee, originaly believed, while not at all improbably factual, appears to be fake.  Now what motivation will a middle of the road english publication (both virulantly left, and virulanty right, and equally sensational) have for printing this story with no support?

Either they are looking for a “world war” in the middle east, or they are looking to find a reason that private company’s should not be able to sell their goods legaly.

Whichever is below par for me.

Update:  Link fixed.  I’m a doof.

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