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Greeley Gazette publishes stupid article

In one of the more stupid bits of journalism I have come across, the Greeley (CO) Gazette (home town of Terry Lakin) published this piece of junk titled:

Google suppressing coverage of Lakin court-martial

Al Gore listed as Google senior adviser

The nub of the article is this:

A Google search of the term, “Lt. Colonel Lakin,” revealed only a single article on page one relating to the sentencing, with the remainder of the articles prior to the court-martial.

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The Gazette, the Greeley Tribune and 9 News, all reported on the story, however, none of these articles are mentioned on the first six pages of a Google search.  A search of the term “Lt. Col. Lakin Greeley,” only features a single local article from April 14.

When I tried “Lt. Col. Lakin Greeley” (without quotes), I got an estimated 186,000 hits, with one from the Greeley Gazette and one from the Greeley Tribune on page 1.

When I tried some more sensible searches, such as “terry lakin court martial sentence” (without quotes), I got an estimated 18,000 hits. Adding “greeley” to the list, there were 2,200 hits with an article from the Greely Gazette on page 1, with two other page-one hits mentioning the Greeley Gazette article.

A better way to follow news coverage of Lakin’s sentencing is to use a query like this: “http://news.google.com/news/search?aq=f&pz=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&q=Lt.+Col.+Lakin+sentenced

Remind me to put Greeley on my no-fly list.

How did I learn about this article in the Greeley Gazette? I got it from a Google alert ❗

21 Responses to Greeley Gazette publishes stupid article

  1. avatar
    aarrgghh December 20, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

    it burns!

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    Slartibartfast December 20, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    aarrgghh: it burns!

    You shouldn’t expose yourself to the stupid without the proper protective gear…

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    G December 20, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    What a POS BS article. It would be one thing if that was a mere editorial, but to pass it off as news when it is utter false rubbish is an affront to journalism. What editor was sleeping on the job and let that article pass by without fact checking it? Greeley’s paper must be some amateur trash rag written by unqualified morons.

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    Dave December 20, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    I think I blundered into this article at freeperville. I wonder what the inhabitants of Greeley think about their local paper going full birther. Or maybe this is more like full birther and a half.

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    Steve December 20, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    I think there’s another paper in Greeley called the Tribune that’s more connected with reality and is probably the paper of record in the town.
    I haven’t seen anything with the Gazette that isn’t Lakin-related.

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    Black Lion December 21, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    The writer attempts to defend himself with the following quote….But somehow if you read it I don’t think it helped him, especially with the last sentence…It makes him look more like some sort of intern or something….

    Jack Minor

    December 20, 2010 6:48 pm .I just searched by the terms Lt. Col. Lakin Greeley and at this time you are correct. What is important to note is that at the time the article was published that was not the case. Also the screen shot provided was sent by Google to me. You can see what the results are then compared to now. Both searches gave similar results at the time of publication. Just because Google has changed the results of their search rankings does not mean the article was correct at the time of publication.

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    SueDB December 21, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    http://coloradoindependent.com/?s=Lakin&x=0&y=0

    The Independent had a bunch of stories about Lakin earlier, but didn’t even bother reporting the conviction. Apparently, it is one of those non-events that has caused some nasty ripples like pulling a doc at the last minute for the A-Stan gig.

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    Black Lion December 21, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    Speaking of Lakin the Post and Fail is working overtime to spin his conviction….first up certified nutcase robert laity….

    “The following letter was sent to Lt. Col. Robert Manning, the Public Affairs Officer assigned to communications regarding Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, who was imprisoned for questioning Obama’s eligibility to serve as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military.

    From: Robert Laity
    Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 4:05 AM
    To: robert.manning1@us.army.mil
    Subject: Lakin acted with Due Diligence under Article 99, UCMJ

    Dear Robert,

    I have researched the issue of Barack Obama’s disqualification to be the President of the United States. I have been working every day since November 8, 2008. I have written extensively on the subject. I am so convinced that Obama is a traitor and a fraud that I have filed a request for an Injunction against Obama from running again until such time as he is proven to be a Natural-Born American and the issue of other legal encumbrances addressed.

    In addition,Presentments have been served on the Presumed President,charges referring to Treason,Election Fraud and Use of Multiple Social Security numbers,inter alia.insofar as Obama has not proferred any bona-fides evidence that he was born in America and insofar as his father Barack Obama,Sr., as the facts are understood at this time, was a Kenyan National and a British Subject/Citizen, Obama, Jr’s status at Birth was that of a British subject under the British Nationality Act of 1948. Obama has mixed citizenship status and dual loyalties.

    The congress,as evidenced by Article 1,Sec. 8 of the US Constitution has the Power to define offenses of the Law of Nations. Insofar as they deferred to the definition of a Natural-Born Citizen as found in that Treatise the “Law of Nations” it is controlling. It is defined as one who is born in a country of two citizen parents. Obama is patently disqualified to be President. He is not a Natural-Born American. This is indisputable.

    That Judge Lind stated that it would be an embarassment to Obama if Lt. Col. Lakin was granted discovery is a travesty of Justice. When an Officer of Honorable background such as Dr. Lakin is treated as if he were the criminal while the real Criminal is defered to,THAT is unacceptable in a just society.

    I am a Veteran of Vietnam who continued my Government Service with the Department of Veterans Affairs. I know that an Officer’s duty is to defend his command from usurpation. Lt. Colonel Lakin acted in good faith to honor that mandate. See Art.99, UCMJ.
    ……………

    Obama’s acts are treasonous. A traitor is precluded from holding any office under the US (See 18 USC, Part 1,Chapter 115, Sec. 2381). Today I sent information to the House Oversight Committee Chairman, US House of Representatives. I have also been in contact with others regarding this matter of grave National Security. We have a usurper in the White House. As Officers yourselves You, General Horst and Judge Lind are ALL required to defend your command.”

    http://www.thepostemail.com/2010/12/21/lakin-acted-with-due-diligence-under-article-99-ucmj%e2%80%8f/

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    Black Lion December 21, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    Next up more Lakin selective history from someone who is attempting to influence the General responsible for the Court Martial….

    “I have followed the court-martial of LTC Terry Lakin and conclude that the issues are more Politically Motivated than Military Oriented. It is within your power and authority to review the procedure of Judge Lind’s ruling and the panel’s sentencing recommendation. Further, authority to suspend or shorten the Lt. Colonel’s sentence.

    It is my belief that LTC Lakin’s exemplary career and his impressive resume of service to his profession as a medical doctor and service to his country, can not and must not go ignored. I would expect that any military officer that swore an oath to the Constitution of the United States has a duty to defend and protect the Constitution and the United States of America and not the oval office. I have spoken with LtC Lakin and I am convinced that his allegiance to our country is true and profound.

    I prefer to deal in de jure facts and do not accept de facto jurisprudence. The fact is, Mr. Obama has hired attorneys to protect his identity and history. Full disclosure is a requirement of law and profound within the Constitution. I have never heard of anyone that vetted the candidate and frankly I have no idea who this man really is nor his qualifications. If you have proof to the contrary, please step forward and show us the proof. What is most significant, is that it goes without saying, he has transformed my country into a nation that I do not recognize anymore and I do not like the fact that my entire family has fought for this nation since coming to America in 1691 in order that I and my grandchildren live in freedom and liberty to have it destroyed.”

    http://www.thepostemail.com/2010/12/21/ltc-terry-lakin-prosecution%e2%80%8f/

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    Black Lion December 21, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    And of course the seditious Neil Turner chimes in…And attempts to link Lakin and Fitzy….I guess linking 2 former officers that have been court martialed makes some kind of sense….

    “The argument that LTC Lakin asked the wrong question when he refused to deploy to Afghanistan – a direct order for the surge from the office of the Commander-in-Chief – sounds plausible, but is false and misleading. LTC Lakin did not ask a question’. He only demanded proof that the putative (i.e., accepted as true on inconclusive grounds) Commander-in-Chief (CIC) could issue anything other than unlawful orders, a sworn duty of all U.S. Military officers.

    Lakin did suggest some means by which Obama could prove otherwise – by releasing all his unlawfully hidden records such as passports, school records, law records, Selective Service registration records (an additional requirement to be in the Executive Branch), and a long-form birth certificate.

    LTC Lakin should have been found Not Guilty by reason of NON-INSANITY’, for it would be insanity to follow the orders of a CIC who has not yet proven that he can give anything but unlawful orders!

    Until Obama does – which We The People know that he cannot – then anyone who follows any orders from this Usurper-in-Chief (thank you, Maureen Dowd of The New York Times) is, in fact, complicit in aiding and abetting Obama’s acts of Treason. This would include JAG Judge Col. Denise R. Lind and her superiors up through Major General Carla G. Hawley-Bowland, Major General Karl R. Horst, and the Army Chief of Staff, General George W. Casey, Jr.
    ……………

    Let us not forget that the ultimate conspirator was none other than the previous Natural-Born President and Commander-in-Chief, George W. Bush, who, in a final act of absolute Treason, knowingly turned over the reins of our Constitutional Republic to a non-Natural-Born citizen’ – in violation of his oath to, and the Article II terms of, the Constitution of the United States.

    Just as the charges of Treason by LTCDR Walter Fitzpatrick, III – now a political prisoner in a dungeon in Madisonville, TN, on trumped-up, false charges by a fatally-flawed Grand Jury and a (Kangaroo) Court Trial – just as these charges and demands go unanswered and are still in play today, so the demands of LTC Terry Lakin go unanswered to this day.
    ………………….

    A. Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst can vacate the verdict and sentencing of LTC Lakin (he is being formally served with the CIA COLUMBIA OBAMA Sedition & Treason TRIAL transcripts on December 20, 2010), and call for a retrial for the exoneration for LTC Lakin – while demanding proof that Obama can issue anything other than unlawful orders;

    B. The 111th Congress can go into a joint session before year-end 2010, and hear the evidence and remove the Usurper and his cabal of thugs in handcuffs immediately;

    C. Finally, since all who are presently in the Constitutional line of succession for the Office of President and CIC are complicit in this Treason, the Joint Chiefs of Staff should assume control (as in Honduras) until new elections of a Constitutionally qualified President and Commander-in-Chief can be held on April 5, 2011.
    ………..

    Recent polls show that over 150 million Americans (over 60%) now have doubts as to whether the putative Commander-in-Chief can issue anything other than unlawful orders.

    http://www.thepostemail.com/2010/12/21/is-the-u-s-military-full-of-traitors/

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    G December 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    Black Lion: Speaking of Lakin the Post and Fail is working overtime to spin his conviction….first up certified nutcase robert laity….

    “…He is not a Natural-Born American. This is indisputable.”

    Ah, just another example today of how birthers constantly misuse the english language and say things that are the opposite of true. Bob obviously doesn’t know what indisputable means.

    It must be horrible being a birther and always being wrong. They bring about their constant disappointment all on themselves, so I have no sympathy. When they pursue wild-goose chases based on rumour and nonsense and totally contrary to our laws, they are destined to get nowhere for their efforts but being mocked. Yet they never seem to get a clue after utter failure at every turn….doesn’t get much more pathetic than that.

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    G December 21, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    Black Lion: Next up more Lakin selective history from someone who is attempting to influence the General responsible for the Court Martial….

    Black Lion: And of course the seditious Neil Turner chimes in…And attempts to link Lakin and Fitzy….I guess linking 2 former officers that have been court martialed makes some kind of sense….

    LOL! These people are so pitiful in their misplaced delusional anger and fools quests!

    Silly birthers. Lakin’s charges were never relevant to his perosnal feelings about Obama. Merely to his failure to follow orders and deploy as told. The military has no business caring about their stupid fishing expeditions nor any authority to address any of their illegitimate issues.

    Sending the Manning trial transcript to them…and all these nonsense calls and letters…

    Well, other than being pure annoyances, the end result of all of their actions will result in absolutely nothing, as always. Yet 2 years of wasting every possible govt officials time with their nonsense and fake presentments only to have them properly ignored and tossed as rubbish hasn’t seemed to sink in with these folks at all.

    It truly boggles the mind that there are people out in society that can’t get the hint after 2 years that they are wasting their time and barking up the wrong trees… how can people be that incapable of learning from their actions?

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    Rickey December 21, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Black Lion: And of course the seditious Neil Turner chimes in…B.The 111th Congress can go into a joint session before year-end 2010, and hear the evidence and remove the Usurper and his cabal of thugs in handcuffs immediately;C.Finally, since all who are presently in the Constitutional line of succession for the Office of President and CIC are complicit in this Treason, the Joint Chiefs of Staff should assume control (as in Honduras) until new elections of a Constitutionally qualified President and Commander-in-Chief can be held on April 5, 2011.

    Neil may need to change his meds.

    Let’s see…Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker of the House for the 111th Congress and she is second in the line of succession for President. Daniel Inouye is the President pro tempore of the Senate and he is third in line. So they are supposed to convene a joint session, lock up Obama, turn over the government to the Joint Chiefs, who will then have Pelosi and Inouye arrested for treason.

    Yeah, I can see that happening.

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    Black Lion December 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    Terrence Lakin: A Shmuck is born — make that “birthed”

    Thousands and thousands of U.S. military personnel are spending the holidays far away from their families, many of them in hostile territory. They are there to serve and protect their homeland, the country where they were born.
    But one soldier — now a former soldier — will spend the holidays behind bars because of his obsession with homelands.
    Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin, part of the so-called “birther” movement, was sentenced by a jury on Thursday to six months in a military prison. He was also dismissed from the Army.
    Lakin, a seventeen-year Army doctor from Greeley, refused to deploy to Afghanistan last year, publicly demanding on YouTube and elsewhere that President Barack Obama first prove that he was born in the United States and is therefore eligible to be president. The nutty group refuses to believe that Obama’s Hawaiian certificate is real.
    Very patriotic. Too bad the entire birther movement can’t be court martialed as well.

    http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2010/12/terrence_lakin_birther_shmuck.php

    And the best comment regarding this entire incident…

    Pointsandlaughs
    So where’s the military revolt? Where’s the rioting in the streets? I’ve been reading ‘birther’ forums (like Freerepublic) ever since this all started, and they said that’s what would happen if Lakin is imprisoned. He’d be the martyr that would stir the nation to action! Military revolt! Riots in the streets! So, um. Where are they? Taking the Nation Back by pounding away on their keyboards. LOL!

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    Rickey December 21, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    BTW, the Greeley Gazette is a weekly which bills itself as a “Conservative newspaper in Northern Colorado.”

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    The Magic M December 22, 2010 at 5:09 am #

    > Military revolt! Riots in the streets! So, um. Where are they?

    I suppose those will wait until the appeals are over. Or wherever the birthers’ goalpost currently are, I keep losing track…

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    The Magic M December 22, 2010 at 5:14 am #

    > Yeah, I can see that happening.

    Especially since, according to most birther sites, the Joint Chiefs are also “in on the conspiracy”. I wonder who that would ultimately leave as interim president. Probably none other than himself, in the view of every birther icon (Orly, Manning, …).

    I always like to compare this to the lunatic fringe over here in Germany who claim that the Reich still exists, only waiting for someone to “assume control” and then “toss out the illegal state of the Federal Republic of Germany”. That’s why we have one “provisional Reich government” with a “Chancellor” and a “President” for every 10 nutjobs who believe in this crap. Delusional fools with a dream of absolute power in their hands.

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    misha December 22, 2010 at 5:22 am #

    Is Lakin an undocumented worker?

    Find out: http://newyorkleftist.blogspot.com/2010/08/lakin-undocumented-worker_26.html

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    HORUS December 22, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    Black Lion: Obama has mixed citizenship status and dual loyalties.

    Still flogging that horse.
    Actually these kind of people are the worst, the kind who think they know what they are talking about.

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    Benji Franklin December 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    Hey, Black Lion!

    Thanks as always for importing so many dreadfully revealing slices of birtherdumb to fascinatingly appall us!

    After 2 years of wondering at the seemingly endless depth of hate they spew at Obama, my 90 some year-old father, who has followed it all on line with much amusement and disdain, added a simple observation to our standard explanations that they are racists and/or just mentally ill. He just reminded me to think back to every group of people I had ever gotten to know, and see if I couldn’t recall a couple individuals who “never forgave” anybody who contributed to making their boisterous predictions about anything upcoming prove false. I didn’t get it at first, but then he said, “I bet with half of these nut jobs it’s all about how they still get laughed at for guaranteeing their friends that Obama couldn’t win.”

    I’m afraid I have known more than a few people like that.

    Benji Franklin

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    Black Lion December 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    Benji Franklin: Hey, Black Lion!Thanks as always for importing so many dreadfully revealing slices of birtherdumb to fascinatingly appall us!After 2 years of wondering at the seemingly endless depth of hate they spew at Obama, my 90 some year-old father, who has followed it all on line with much amusement and disdain, added a simple observation to our standard explanations that they are racists and/or just mentally ill. He just reminded me to think back to every group of people I had ever gotten to know, and see if I couldn’t recall a couple individuals who “never forgave” anybody who contributed to making their boisterous predictions about anything upcoming prove false. I didn’t get it at first, but then he said, “I bet with half of these nut jobs it’s all about how they still get laughed at for guaranteeing their friends that Obama couldn’t win.”I’m afraid I have known more than a few people like that.Benji Franklin

    Benji, no problem. It fascinates me reading the venom and garbarge that the birthers spew inside their moderated cocoons like Dr Kate’s blog, Free repbulic, or the Post and Fail site.