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Military.com on Major Cook

Major Stefan Cook, a reserve officer who volunteered to go to Afghanistan for the purpose of suing the Army and the President so that he wouldn’t have to go to Afghanistan (and thereby trigger some presidential eligibility thing), has been mentioned on Military.com, including a 3rd generation copy of the Orly Taitz glamor shot. Their headline calls Cook an “Anti-Obama GI” which is about right. Otherwise the article is a fairly straightforward news piece with blather from Orly, and counterpoint from Keith Olbermann.

On Tuesday’s “Countdown” show on MSNBC, host Keith Olbermann named both Taitz and Cook as his “Worst Person in the World” for the case they have brought in Georgia.

Now just to show the world what a fair-minded, evenhanded guy I am, I’m going to do Orly a favor. If you look at WorldNetDaily or Military.com, you will see this totally horrible red-faced picture of Orly Taitz. People have been copying this crappy picture for ages. The archivists here at Obama Conspiracy Theories offer this much better copy:

Orly Taitz glamour shot

Orly Taitz glamour shot

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20 Responses to Military.com on Major Cook

  1. avatar
    Bob July 20, 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    In other news: WND is reporting that the Kenyan birth certificate auction on eBay was a scam.

  2. avatar
    Shrieking wombat July 20, 2009 at 11:09 pm #

    Who knew?

    Ooh! Must run! Somebody in Nigeria has just offered me a million dollars.

  3. avatar
    misha July 21, 2009 at 12:04 am #

    Is Orly Taitz the Nigerian’s lawyer?

  4. avatar
    myson July 21, 2009 at 12:33 am #

    i love u guys but i want you to lay off us nigerian (at least for a while)

  5. avatar
    AdrianInFlorida July 21, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    Well, THAT is a shock. 😀

  6. avatar
    misha July 21, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    Hey, I’m Jewish and I pound on neocons, settlers, evangelicals and Michelle Malkin ALL the time. It’s great fun.

    Watch this:

    Dear Mr. Goldberg:

    The US president is trying to stop the Jewish people from returning to all of Judea. Don’t give up one brick. The sooner all of the land west of the Jordan river is ruled by God’s chosen people, the sooner our lord will return to Earth.

    Please consider accepting our lord Jesus as your lord too, so you will not have a terrible fate when that day comes, which we know to be soon.

    Yours in Christ,
    Billy Ray Simpkins

    See? I didn’t ONCE mention Nigerians. Feel better?

  7. avatar
    Black Lion July 21, 2009 at 10:28 am #

    Misha, is he trying to covert you or like Orly trying to solicit a donation.

  8. avatar
    Bob July 21, 2009 at 11:29 am #

    Apuzzo’s opposition to the motion to dismiss.

    Warmed over Berg.

  9. avatar
    misha July 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    Let’s go back to Nigerians (I actually got an e-mail like this):

    Dear Sir:

    I am the Project Manager for the Nigerian Public Works Department. We have a cost overrun of 1 million Euros.

    If you will provide me with your bank account number and routing number, I can deposit this by wire transfer, and share at least half of it with you.

    I can assure you this is perfectly legitimate.

    David Okowo
    Lagos

  10. avatar
    NBC July 21, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    Seem Apuzzo is still quite selective in his cases. Vattel, Wong Kim Ark (ignoring the natural born aspects) and pointing out that in the dissent a judge cited Vattel.

    Fascinating…

  11. avatar
    Bob July 21, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    Unfortunately, the district court will dismiss due to lack of standing (and immunity for the congressional defendants). Apuzzo can appeal to the Third Circuit (the same circuit presently hearing Berg’s case), and ultimately SCOTUS. (Same with Tatiz’s case, except it’ll go through the Ninth Circuit). And none of these courts will address Donofrio’s de Vattel argument, or the forged-COLB claims.

    Which means this site will have material until 2012, or perhaps 2016.

  12. avatar
    NBC July 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    The standing issue will continue to haunt all these cases, combined with the fact that this is a non-justiciable political question which the Constitution assigns to Congress not the courts.

  13. avatar
    misha July 21, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    “Which means this site will have material until 2012, or perhaps 2016.”

    When Corey Booker announces, Dr.C can keep this site going well beyond. And after Obama leaves office, this crowd will constantly harrass him, so there’s almost infinite material. Remember that winger and Buzz Aldrin?

    It’s like Stewart saying after the election, ‘what am I going to do now for material?’ Don’t worry.

    Wingers are the gift that keeps on giving.

  14. avatar
    Bob July 21, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    Looking at Apuzzo’s opposition again, it is just bad.

    Apuzzo had months — months! — to write this thing (as it was anticipated since the day he filed this suit), and he makes no significant attempt to argue around the dismissal order in Berg. This dismissal order will read like Berg’s, and will likely cite to it.

    And it is a horrible attempt to demonstrate standing. There are no arguments about three of the plaintiffs, and no law about how Mountain Goat’s “subject to recall” status might create an injury. (Charitably, this claim is (at best) unripe.)

    (As for the immunity, there’s no reason offered as to why the court ought to overlook the very common-sense prohibition against backseat legislating.)

  15. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy July 21, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    Thanks much for the link, Bob.

  16. avatar
    Shrieking wombat July 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm #

    Looks like somebody has the goods on Taitz and Lincoln’s mortgage redemption scam:

    “Saving the best for last, Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq. and her assistant Dr. Charles Lincoln III, former-Esq., are growing closer than ever before. I have to say Dr. Charles Lincoln III has dashed one of my hopes, but I will get to that later.

    The news is that the two Birther legal eagles are joining in some endeavor called “mortgage redemption litigation,” which Lincoln already practices for the benefit of people losing their homes to foreclosure. His lucky clients just have to turn over their ownership rights to him and he will fight for those rights he now owns in court against whoever financed the mortgages. I did wonder how a disbarred lawyer gets anywhere near bringing court cases, but I’m told by a barred lawyer Lincoln just says he’s representing himself. Since he now owns the client’s property lock, stock and barrel, that made sense.”

    http://ohforgoodnesssake.com/?p=1200

  17. avatar
    Mary Brown July 22, 2009 at 12:33 am #

    Has Cook served in Iraq or Afghanistan? I am assuming we would have heard about it.

  18. avatar
    Epectitus July 23, 2009 at 10:07 am #

    As far as I can tell from the resume posted by Orly, no. MAJ Cook has never previously deployed to either Afghanistan or Iraq.

    He did deploy to Kuwait during Gulf War II, but interestingly it lists the deployment as “Not on Active Duty.”

    USAR – Not on Active Duty

    S3 Plans Officer, HQ, 32nd TRANSGROUP, Camp Doha, Kuwait
    Direct support to 143d TRANSCOM (FWD) Feb 02 Feb 03

    In his interview with Orly online a few days ago, he also refers to it as a civilian “contractor” deployment where his coworkers were surprised to see him briefly put his uniform on for some sort of reservist’s function. It appears to be that brief reservist’s function (which may have been only a day or two) that earned him his “combat patch.” In that interview, he defended his “bravery” by describing having to lie in bed with his Chemical Protection Suit on in case he was “slimed” by an Iraqi SCUD carrying biological or chemical weapons.

    Of particular note though is that his resume’ shows the deployment to Kuwait ending in February of 03. Operation Iraqi Freedom (i.e. the actual war) did not commence until March 19th, by which time MAJ Cook was safely stateside. It does not appear (as far as I can tell) that a single SCUD was ever fired at Kuwait from Iraq at anytime during Cook’s presence in theater. A total of only eight were fired in the entire Second Gulf War, none until after the Invasion had commenced in late March.

    On another note, MAJ Cook has been repeatedly described in Birther blogs and postings in this way:

    “Maj. Cook is a 21 year veteran who is a combat veteran and is highly decorated. “

    However, the resume posted for him on Orly’s blog reveals otherwise. Here are his listed decorations:

    Combat Patch
    Defense Meritorious Service Medal
    Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster
    Joint Service Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster
    Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster
    Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
    National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star device
    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
    Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
    Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

    Of those decoration, none are “valor” awards which are what we in the Military consider when describing someone as “highly decorated.” MAJ Cook’s highest decoration is his Defense Meritorious Service Medal and regulations cite that “The Defense Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM) shall only be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, after November 3, 1977, distinguished themselves by noncombat meritorious achievement or service.”

    In fact, the only “combat” award he possesses is not really an award at all, but the right to wear a “combat patch.” This is the right to wear on the left shoulder the unit patch of the unit in which he served in Kuwait.

    In short, MAJ Cook’s decorations are underwhelming. And under no conceivable stretch of the imagination would he be considered “highly decorated.”

  19. avatar
    Epectitus July 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    Ooops. The Combat patch goes on the right shoulder, not the left.

  20. avatar
    misha July 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    “And under no conceivable stretch of the imagination would he be considered “highly decorated.”

    He’s moderately decorated. (ba-dump)