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Lakin’s book tanks

I haven’t read Terry Lakin’s book, Officer’s Oath, nor do I plan to — this is not a book review. Generally I have sympathy for the disabled and victims of crime, and so I probably view Terry Lakin somewhat more sympathetically than others, particularly current and former members of the armed forces who have a stronger sense of the importance of being able to rely on your buddies in crisis. On of my great life insights is: “it’s not about me,” a lesson that Lakin unfortunately didn’t learn.

Whether Terry Lakin intended to make money from his book or whether its goal is influencing the election, it has been an abject failure based on sales. The following table shows Amazon.com rankings for a few selected books1 (for the birther impaired, books at the TOP of the chart start with the NUMBER ONE book, the best seller of all Kindle books. The bigger the number the farther down the ranking and the fewer actual books sold):

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1I ranked the Kindle edition to be consistent. Books with many editions confuse the ranking, and it’s more fair to eliminate the factor of what books are carried in bookstores and airport  shops. The paperback ranking of Lakin’s book is so low it is literally off the charts at 347,886. Maraniss’ paperback, on the other hand, is ranked much better than his Kindle edition at 431.

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91 Responses to Lakin’s book tanks

  1. avatar
    phil cave July 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    Interesting. Doing better than deSouza.

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    Potter, J. July 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Another changeup from the Chef; still can’t find the open thread? Geez.

    Doc, no WTBC? 😀 It’s at 65,714 in Kindle-land.

    348,000 isn’t that bad for a paperback, That means it’s still selling. Not flying off the shelves, but if decently priced and in good condition, it will move … in less than a month. Based on my 12 yrs selling experience there, that is.

    I see Corsi wrote an Alinsky/Obama book back in February. Kinda late to that party, wasn’t he? $3 on Kindle. Whoot! It’s at #30,000

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    Andrew Vrba, PmG July 31, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    What did he expect? The man is a traitor and a convicted criminal. Who is gonna buy a book written by someone like that? The American public tends to heavily frown on someone disgracing it’s military.

  4. avatar
    Potter, J. July 31, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Rickey: So many tangled lies!

    Oh! what a tangled web we weave
    When first we practice to deceive!

    — Not Shakespeare

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    Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter July 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    I think I will do a parody on Lakin, and call it “Officer Oaf.”

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

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    bovril July 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Go have a read of some of the reviews, there’s where the (limited) demographic lies….

    Speaking of lies, The Second Worst Lawyer in the Western World, His Lowness and Terminally Sad, Prince of Petulance and Duke of Denial, Mario The Putz the First is infesting one or two of the threads like a bad case of dry rot.

    One thread in particular is currently standing at 530 comments….. 😎

    http://www.amazon.com/review/R21QR4ZLQBQ2NN/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&channel=rw-dp&ASIN=B008GQ3CH8&nodeID=133140011&store=digital-text

    Considering the amount of time La Putz is investing in this battle of his half wit, it is very apparent that he has no ACTUAL real legal work to deal with.

    One wonders how he funds his lifestyle …..?

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    ASK Esq July 31, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    Chef: Thanks for reminding me. I’ll buy it later with my Coinstar coupons.

    Just a helpful suggestion. Instead of waiting until you have enough empties to bring in to get the coupons, spend your beer money on the book (Or something worthwhile) instead.

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    Reality Check July 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Patrick Colliano may have already claimed that parody title. His Amazon review is titled This Officer’s an Oaf … and a Coward, and a Liar.

    Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter:
    I think I will do a parody on Lakin, and call it “Officer Oaf.”

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

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    Majority Will July 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    bovril: Considering the amount of time La Putz is investing in this battle of his half wit, it is very apparent that he has no ACTUAL real legal work to deal with.

    One wonders how he funds his lifestyle …..?

    Coinstar coupons.

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    john July 31, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    “I haven’t read Terry Lakin’s book, Officer’s Oath, nor do I plan to — this is not a book review.”

    I will have to give Doc C. credit. Since he has not read Lakin’s book, Doc C. has no right to produce a review on Amazon about it. At least Doc C. is being interlectually honest in that regard.

    On the other hand, Patrick Colliano and several other slimy Obots, have produced reviews on Amazon. Judging from the reviews, they have NOT read Lakin’s book.

    Therefore, Patrick and company HAS NO RIGHT to make a review about it. Any such review therefore is interlectually dishonest.

    And if Patrick and company have borrowed Lakin’s book to read, then they are essentially committing fraud.

    Patrick and company are certainly entilted to their review on Amazon after they have paid 24.95 to Lakin and the other authors.

    As for Doc C., he has constrained himself not to produce a DISHONEST REVIEW from book that HE HAS NOT read.

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    Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter July 31, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Reality Check:
    Patrick Colliano may have already claimed that parody title. His Amazon review is titled This Officer’s an Oaf … and a Coward, and a Liar.

    Darn it. That throws me off to the number 2 choice, Colonel Cagey, based on Lt. Kije. But that is going to be a whole lot harder.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

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    Dr. Conspiracy July 31, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Maybe he’s retired. And there’s “mystery funding” for the more conspiracy-minded.

    bovril: One wonders how he funds his lifestyle …..?

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    Dr. Conspiracy July 31, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    I was going to title my article Officer’s oaf too, but I decided not to because I don’t think “oaf” describes Lakin (and then I was it was already used). You’re welcome to: “Officer’s Toast.”

    PS: Loved the poem.

    Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter: Darn it. That throws me off to the number 2 choice, Colonel Cagey, based on Lt. Kije. But that is going to be a whole lot harder.

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    Dr Kenneth Noisewater July 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter: I think I will do a parody on Lakin, and call it “Officer Oaf.”Squeeky FrommGirl Reporter

    If you can get Wilford Brimley it could be Quaker Oafs

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    Steve July 31, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    john:
    “I haven’t read Terry Lakin’s book, Officer’s Oath, nor do I plan to — this is not a book review.”

    I will have to give Doc C. credit.Since he has not read Lakin’s book, Doc C. has no right to produce a review on Amazon about it.At least Doc C. is being interlectually honest in that regard.

    On the other hand, Patrick Colliano and several other slimy Obots, have produced reviews on Amazon.Judging from the reviews, they have NOT read Lakin’s book.

    Therefore, Patrick and company HAS NO RIGHT to make a review about it.Any such review therefore is interlectually dishonest.

    And if Patrick and company have borrowed Lakin’s book to read, then they are essentially committing fraud.

    Patrick and company are certainly entilted to their review on Amazon after they have paid 24.95 to Lakin and the other authors.

    As for Doc C., he has constrained himself not to produce a DISHONEST REVIEW from book that HE HAS NOT read.

    John,
    If there’s a book that makes an argument that the Earth is flat, do I really need to read it to know that it’s rubbish and let other potential consumers know it’s rubbish?
    The same principal is at work here.
    Lakin was a disgrace to the uniform. What he did put his fellow soldiers needlessly at risk.
    What else does anyone need to know?

  16. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy July 31, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    That review and most of the reviews I skimmed at Amazon aren’t book reviews: they are commentary on Lakin and what he did. I saw one that said the essays were “well written” but was as close to a book review as I found.

    I face an ethical dilemma with books like this because I don’t want to put money in the hands of people I consider to have done evil by selling the book. Sometimes I get around this by buying used copies, as I have with some of Corsi’s books. I did actually buy the Cold Case Posse’s book, and justified it by telling myself I did more damage to the birthers writing about it than the meager cost I paid.

    john: Patrick and company are certainly entilted to their review on Amazon after they have paid 24.95 to Lakin and the other authors.

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    hermitian July 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    How come you report that Lakin has sold 347,886 copies but your bar chart indicates 1/10 of that? Corsi and Zullo only about 175,000? Maybe they didn’t teach you slide rule in industrial math?

    [That’s not the number of copies sold; that’s the rank. Lakin didn’t sell 347,886 books. His book sold less than 347,885 other titles. The problem is not my math, but your reading. Doc]

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    Dr. Conspiracy July 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    If anyone here has written Lakin’s book, would they share if it has anything in it that explains how Lakin became a birther and what convinced him that he was the person selected by fate to sacrifice his freedom and his career to settle the anxiety of the birthers?

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    justlw July 31, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: If anyone here has written Lakin’s book, would they share

    And, a new conspiracy theory is born.

  20. avatar
    CarlOrcas July 31, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    john: And if Patrick and company have borrowed Lakin’s book to read, then they are essentially committing fraud.
    Patrick and company are certainly entilted to their review on Amazon after they have paid 24.95 to Lakin and the other authors.

    Interesting argument, John. Is it your position that if someone borrows a book from a friend or checks it out of the library they shouldn’t be allowed to comment about it?

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    MattR July 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    CarlOrcas: Interesting argument, John. Is it your position that if someone borrows a book from a friend or checks it out of the library they shouldn’t be allowed to comment about it?

    I have a similar question for John. If I buy a product online and it is a piece of junk, should I only be allowed to comment about it on the website where I bought it? Or should I be allowed to go to other websites selling the item to warn potential consumers about its flaws? What about if I am given something as a gift? Since I did not actually buy it, am I allowed to comment about it? Does this apply to positive reviews as well or only negative ones?

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    justlw July 31, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    I note that Optional Oath is published by the vanity press company “Paperclip Press”. I’m sure I’ve run across them before, but I can’t recall where.

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    MattR July 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    john: And if Patrick and company have borrowed Lakin’s book to read, then they are essentially committing fraud.

    If john considers this to be “essentially committing fraud”, then it is no wonder he also thinks the White House is involved in fraud/forgery wrt the birth certificate.

    I’d also note that despite john’s claims there is no actual evidence that Patrick and others did not read the book before reviewing it. In fact, Patrick’s review says “The book is passably written, but so saturated in dishonesty as to disgust any decent American citizen who supports our troops.” which seems to indicate that he has at least made the effort to get though it. But then again I am not surprised that john looks at something like this and only sees the pieces that reinforce his preconceptions.

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    Potter, J. July 31, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    justlw: I note that Optional Oath is published by the vanity press company “Paperclip Press”. I’m sure I’ve run across them before, but I can’t recall where.

    It’s a self-publishing house. All sort of oddities have cropped up from there. Particularly from the right.
    http://www.paperclippress.com/index.htm

    Not as bad as Regnery Publishing. Yeesh.

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    Stanislaw July 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    john:

    And if Patrick and company have borrowed Lakin’s book to read, then they are essentially committing fraud.

    Since no one else has done it, I’m calling Poe’s Law on this comment. Seriously.

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    Sean July 31, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Remind me again, Who’s Terry Lakin?

    Oh yeah, he’s the guy who played chicken with Obama and blinked first.

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    BillTheCat July 31, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    I see little Davey Limbluster’s book of lies and slander has done even worse, no surprise there.

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    BillTheCat July 31, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    john: “I haven’t read Terry Lakin’s book, Officer’s Oath, nor do I plan to — this is not a book review.”I will have to give Doc C. credit. Since he has not read Lakin’s book, Doc C. has no right to produce a review on Amazon about it. At least Doc C. is being interlectually honest in that regard.On the other hand, Patrick Colliano and several other slimy Obots, have produced reviews on Amazon. Judging from the reviews, they have NOT read Lakin’s book. Therefore, Patrick and company HAS NO RIGHT to make a review about it. Any such review therefore is interlectually dishonest.And if Patrick and company have borrowed Lakin’s book to read, then they are essentially committing fraud.Patrick and company are certainly entilted to their review on Amazon after they have paid 24.95 to Lakin and the other authors.As for Doc C., he has constrained himself not to produce a DISHONEST REVIEW from book that HE HAS NOT read.

    Yeh, no, try harder.

    It’s a free country champ, and anyone can make a review about anything they want. TOO BAD, SO SAD, for you. Try looking at the “reviews” written about Limbaugh’s book – 98 reviews, all stellar and chock full of robotic right wing talking points. Too bad it hasn’t sold to anyone outside the crazy bubble. So yeh, sure, “Obots” are committing “fraud” by writing reviews, sure bud, not at all like the paid shills writing incredible reviews about right wing books.

  29. avatar
    Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter July 31, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    Hi Dr.C!!!

    I am glad you liked the L’Mrelle Jerome Corsi poem. I have edited it a little since it was here. As far as Lakin, I think maybe I am going to just use “Officer’s Loathe, (Or, Ciao To Officer’s Mess!!!)” for my parody.

    I kind of feel sorry for Lakin being such an idiot to lose his benefits, but OTOH (which means “on the other hand”), he ought to just fess up to being an idiot, and not make it worse going deeper into the Birther mess.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

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    misha July 31, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Reality Check: This Officer’s an Oaf … and a Coward, and a Liar.

    An Officer and a Gentleman schmuck

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    misha July 31, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter: OTOH (which means “on the other hand”)

    No, it means ‘Oh, the opening is here.’

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    bgansel9 is not going away July 31, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    john: I will have to give Doc C. credit. Since he has not read Lakin’s book, Doc C. has no right to produce a review on Amazon about it. At least Doc C. is being interlectually honest in that regard.

    On the other hand, Patrick Colliano and several other slimy Obots, have produced reviews on Amazon. Judging from the reviews, they have NOT read Lakin’s book.

    Therefore, Patrick and company HAS NO RIGHT to make a review about it. Any such review therefore is interlectually dishonest.

    Shorter john: ‘Please spend your hard earned money to buy my friend’s crappy book before you go talking about the story that everyone already knows about.’

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    bgansel9 is not going away July 31, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    CarlOrcas: Interesting argument, John. Is it your position that if someone borrows a book from a friend or checks it out of the library they shouldn’t be allowed to comment about it?

    I think it’s more the idea that people like John can’t keep two different thoughts in their head at the same time, so they fear it will breach whatever original thoughts the reader had, thereby turning them into plagiarists.

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    Foggy July 31, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Has anyone here read the book? I would be interested in whether he mentions JB Williams and the US Patriots Union, who wrote all those white papers demanding that Lakin go Vattelite in his defense and claimed to have brought in Col. Dwight Sullivan, who never did say “born on US soil to two US citizens”. Allen West made the same claim: He was the one who brought in Col. Sullivan. Who does Lumpkin say brought in the colonel?

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    The Redheaded1 July 31, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Lakin’s garbage was co- or ghost-scribbled by one David Mercaldo of Staten Island, NY.

    I ran across his lovely wife Linda Mercaldo on GA Sec of State Kemp’s FB page while there was all that madness surrounding the Taitz Kibuki Theatre in Georgia.

    She’s a real darling, Linda is. She told me all Presidents before have had to show their birth certificate.

    She buzzes around the dung named Miki Booth a lot.

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    Andrew Vrba, PmG July 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    Foggy:
    Has anyone here read the book?

    Nah! I have way more creative ways of giving myself brain damage.

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    linda July 31, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    That would depend. If it is connected to liberals or Obama, billboards, commercials, movies, reviews, ads, etc., are all good. The more the merrier. If it were a “conservative” product, God forbid an AK-47, then one must apply for a permit before speaking ill about it at all. Of ourse, that falls under the “I hate regulations unless it stops people from ‘doing-what-I-hate’ regulations”, which can be found under Chapter 2, Subection C, paragraph 5 of the Do as I say, Not as I Do Handbook.

    MattR: I have a similar question for John.If I buy a product online and it is a piece of junk, should I only be allowed to comment about it on the website where I bought it?Or should I be allowed to go to other websites selling the item to warn potential consumers about its flaws?What about if I am given something as a gift?Since I did not actually buy it, am I allowed to comment about it?Does this apply to positive reviews as well or only negative ones?

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    Dr. Conspiracy July 31, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    No. Doing much worse than D’Souza.

    phil cave: Interesting. Doing better than deSouza.

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    bgansel9 is not going away July 31, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    Doc, you’re going to have to explain in the post every time you post these rankings that it’s ranks and not sales that the chart is reporting. It throws people off.

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    bgansel9 is not going away July 31, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    What I want to know is why “30 Delicious Refrigerator Cake Recipes” is doing so well? Hmmm I may have discovered a secret that I need to expose myself to. 😛

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    mheuss July 31, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    bgansel9 is not going away:
    Hmmm I may have discovered a secret that I need to expose myself to.

    It is frightfully small the number of times exposing yourself actually improves matters.

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    DP July 31, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    Actually, I take no joy in Lakin’s financial plight. It’s not his famiy’s fault that he’s a dufus, and they’re the ones paying for his folly. On the other hand, his self-serving attempts to make his folly out like it was some kind of honorable quest are pathetic. The man should be ashamed of himself, his lies, and what he’s done to his family.

    Too bad he wasn’t a Marine. Then he could have titled it “semper stultus.”

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    Ramjomi July 31, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    It would seem that Chico Escuela’s “Bad Stuff About the Mets” is doing better than Lakin’s book.

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    john July 31, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    “Has anyone here read the book? I would be interested in whether he mentions JB Williams and the US Patriots Union, who wrote all those white papers demanding that Lakin go Vattelite in his defense and claimed to have brought in Col. Dwight Sullivan, who never did say “born on US soil to two US citizens”. Allen West made the same claim: He was the one who brought in Col. Sullivan. Who does Lumpkin say brought in the colonel?”

    As a matter of fact, Lakin does discuss this in his book but mentions no names. Lakin had received suggestion that challenge the authority Judge Denise Lind had over him and bring the Vattel Defense but Lakin actually decided this was a bad idea because he might risk a very lengthy prison term if such a legal stategy was not sucessful.

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    JPotter July 31, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: If anyone here has written Lakin’s book, would they share if it has anything in it that explains how Lakin became a birther and what convinced him that he was the person selected by fate to sacrifice his freedom and his career to settle the anxiety of the birthers?

    Judging by the preview on Amazon, and the melodramatic chapter titles, I am certain that it does … but it’s well after the Kindle excerpt. And not searchable. Darn.

    It includes a collection of essays and ‘vignettes’ (?) that reads like a who’s who of the birther movement. They’re not all in there, but it’s by far the most comprehensive collection I’ve ever seen!

    In his intro he speaks about conversion to Christ; yeeeeah. Seems formulated with an eye on converting to quite a different faith!

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    JPotter July 31, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    bgansel9 is not going away: Hmmm I may have discovered a secret that I need to expose myself to.

    Not Speed Dating with the Dead???
    _____

    Oh…nvm. Silly paranormal fiction, not a silly how-to spoof. Drat.

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    Majority Will July 31, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    bovril:
    Go have a read of some of the reviews, there’s where the (limited) demographic lies….

    Speaking of lies, The Second Worst Lawyer in the Western World, His Lowness and Terminally Sad, Prince of Petulance and Duke of Denial, Mario The Putz the First is infesting one or two of the threads like a bad case of dry rot.

    One thread in particular is currently standing at 530 comments…..

    http://www.amazon.com/review/R21QR4ZLQBQ2NN/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&channel=rw-dp&ASIN=B008GQ3CH8&nodeID=133140011&store=digital-text

    Considering the amount of time La Putz is investing in this battle of his half wit, it is very apparent that he has no ACTUAL real legal work to deal with.

    One wonders how he funds his lifestyle …..?

    The putz is having a real meltdown on that thread.

    He’s posting like a drunk, angry mental patient.

    It’s far more pathetic than amusing.

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    ASK Esq August 1, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    mheuss: It is frightfully small the number of times exposing yourself actually improves matters.

    Speaking as a male, please don’t use the terms “frightfully small” and “exposing yourself” in the same sentence.

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    Rickey August 1, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    john:

    And if Patrick and company have borrowed Lakin’s book to read, then they are essentially committing fraud.

    Patrick and company are certainly entilted to their review on Amazon after they have paid 24.95 to Lakin and the other authors.

    Wrong again, John.

    There is nothing wrong with reviewing a borrowed book. I hope you realize that real book critics – such as the ones who contribute to The New York Times Book Reivew – do not pay for the books they review.

    As for Amazon, there is no requirement that you must have purchased a book before you can review it.

    You are so consistently wrong about so many things that I sometimes wonder if you might be a parody of yourself.

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    Lupin August 1, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    Reviewing the book would be talking about its style, organization of materials, etc. Frankly I don’t care.

    We’re not reviewing the book; we’re reviewing Lakin and his actions, something that is sufficiently known to be able to have an informed opinion.

    My opinion is that Lakin is a loathsome traitor who should be in a cell in Leavenworth right now.

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    AnotherBird August 1, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    john:
    “I haven’t read Terry Lakin’s book, Officer’s Oath, nor do I plan to — this is not a book review.”

    I will have to give Doc C. credit.Since he has not read Lakin’s book, Doc C. has no right to produce a review on Amazon about it.At least Doc C. is being interlectually honest in that regard.

    John, I am sorry to say that he has every right to produce the information on that book that is available. In your haste you failed to realize that what was produced isn’t a book review but the sales results.

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    Dr. Conspiracy August 1, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    Disobeying orders was a very bad legal strategy.

    john: As a matter of fact, Lakin does discuss this in his book but mentions no names. Lakin had received suggestion that challenge the authority Judge Denise Lind had over him and bring the Vattel Defense but Lakin actually decided this was a bad idea because he might risk a very lengthy prison term if such a legal stategy was not sucessful.

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    Dr. Conspiracy August 1, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    If I had read it, I would be talking about whether it is “revealing,” and whether it is objective or self-serving.

    Lupin: Reviewing the book would be talking about its style, organization of materials, etc. Frankly I don’t care.

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    Reality Check August 1, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    I do not think he practices law at all any more. He just Googles his name and posts on his blog and other places like Amazon all day. His address is on all his filings. His house is not very impressive, at least for an attorney.

    bovril: Considering the amount of time La Putz is investing in this battle of his half wit, it is very apparent that he has no ACTUAL real legal work to deal with.

    One wonders how he funds his lifestyle …..?

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    Northland10 August 1, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    He had been administratively ineligible to practice due to not paying into a fund (sorry, on mobile so I cannot pull the link or proper term easily). I assume he did this because he was not practicing, possibly retired. He returned to eligible status last year.

    Reality Check:
    I do not think he practices law at all any more. He just Googles his name and posts on his blog and other places like Amazon all day. His address is on all his filings. His house is not very impressive, at least for an attorney.

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    Lupin August 1, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    Dr. Conspiracy: If I had read it, I would be talking about whether it is “revealing,” and whether it is objective or self-serving.

    True, true, but again, personally, I don’t care.

    That Bradley Manning is being kept in jail under torture-like conditions and Lakin free to roam is IMHO a mockery of your military justice system.

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    Tarrant August 1, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    In John’s world, anyone that borrows from a library has committed fraud. That’s truly magical. I wonder how much he owes publishers and authors for all the books he read from his elementary school library, and how many book reports he should retroactively get an “F” on because he didn’t buy the book first.

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    Xyxox August 1, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    I would read the thing, but I don’t buy books written by blue falcons who disgraced their uniforms and put other soldiers at risk for no damned reason at all other than the fact they the blue falcon in question is nothing more than a coward.

    YMMV.

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    richCares August 1, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    “authors for all the books he read ”
    you actually think that john reads books
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  60. avatar
    Dr Kenneth Noisewater August 1, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    john: “Has anyone here read the book? I would be interested in whether he mentions JB Williams and the US Patriots Union, who wrote all those white papers demanding that Lakin go Vattelite in his defense and claimed to have brought in Col. Dwight Sullivan, who never did say “born on US soil to two US citizens”. Allen West made the same claim: He was the one who brought in Col. Sullivan. Who does Lumpkin say brought in the colonel?”As a matter of fact, Lakin does discuss this in his book but mentions no names. Lakin had received suggestion that challenge the authority Judge Denise Lind had over him and bring the Vattel Defense but Lakin actually decided this was a bad idea because he might risk a very lengthy prison term if such a legal stategy was not sucessful.

    The Vattel defense would have been meaningless as well as Obama’s eligibility had nothing to do with his orders.

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    John Reilly August 1, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Why would I read a book by an officer who ignored orders?

    As someone actually injured in the field and treated by military doctors, I’d glad my doctors were present, and did not shirk their duties, ignore their orders, and ignore the direct order from their CO, in Lakin’s case a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. John should try envisioning a hospital in which the medical staff is off the day John arrives because of some imaginary issue.

    But, of course, John shares none of our values or of any Amerucan values, so why would he care that Dr. Lakin put American servicemen and women at risk?

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    phil cave August 1, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    “Some of the specific areas in which for help are listed below.”

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    misha August 1, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    John Reilly: Why would I read a book by an officer who ignored orders?

    Lakin should try that in the IDF or the Red Army.

    True story: A kibbutz I had volunteered for had been shelled by Syria, so we each took turns running to the storeroom.

    I made a mad dash, got what was needed, and then a mad dash back to the shelter. When I got back, I said in English “Second time around.” Silence.

    I then said, “Anyone see or read A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum? Neil Simon, a Jewish playwright…anyone?”

    “Well, we’re not in the Borscht Belt.”

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    Rickey August 1, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    john:
    .Lakin had received suggestion that challenge the authority Judge Denise Lind had over him and bring the Vattel Defense but Lakin actually decided this was a bad idea because he might risk a very lengthy prison term if such a legal strategy was not successful.

    Which was one of the few intelligent decisions which Lakin made, because he would have doubled down on stupid if he had listened to the advice of people like J.B. Williams.

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    misha August 1, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Rickey: he would have doubled down on stupid if he had listened to the advice of people like J.B. Williams

    He did just as badly: he took the advice of Paul Jensen, a personal injury lawyer. Lakin rejected the advice of his military lawyer, provided free of charge, by the Army.

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    Sam the Centipede August 1, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    bovril: Mario The Putz the First is infesting one or two of the threads like a bad case of dry rot.

    Mario is a deeply sad case of birfoonery; he continually claims “I win!!” even though he convinces no-one: not his opponents, not the courts, not the real world.

    But reading his incessant flood of drivel leads me to the conclusion that there are three main types of birfoon expert. All of them have arguments that are a pile of turds, but they are differentiated by how they respond when it is pointed out that they have a pile of turds.

    Type A throws more turds onto the pile and screeches “it’s not a pile of turds now!”. Yes, it is, Orlena.

    Type B polishes the turds until they are nice and shiny. But they are still turds, Jerry.

    Type C shovels the turds over to a new location. But they are still turds, Mario.

    Oh I suppose I should add another type, epitomised by the Alaskan nutter: the type who says ” yes, it’s a pile of turds, I like turds”.

  67. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy August 1, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Sigh. I guess you’re right. Here’s the addition I made:

    for the birther impaired, books at the TOP of the chart start with the NUMBER ONE book, the best seller of all Kindle books. The bigger the number the farther down the ranking and the fewer actual books sold

    bgansel9 is not going away: Doc, you’re going to have to explain in the post every time you post these rankings that it’s ranks and not sales that the chart is reporting. It throws people off.

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    Dr. Conspiracy August 1, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Word of mouth? [rim shot]

    bgansel9 is not going away: What I want to know is why “30 Delicious Refrigerator Cake Recipes” is doing so well?

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    justlw August 1, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    JPotter: Not Speed Dating with the Dead???
    _____

    Oh…nvm. Silly paranormal fiction, not a silly how-to spoof. Drat.

    Nor a new ’60s rocker bio.

    “Hi Jerry! So, like, my name is TanYah, with an ‘h’, and I’m a Pisces… hey, do you mind if I ask, like, what happened to your hand, there?”

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    bovril August 1, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    @Sam

    Yes alas there is a strong element of coprophilia and coprophagia in the Bewildering and Bizarre Bowels of Birferstan.

    In Falio’s case I would contend that he is a cross dresser as he is both a turd polisher as well as shoveller.

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    DP August 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    john:
    “Has anyone here read the book? I would be interested in whether he mentions JB Williams and the US Patriots Union, who wrote all those white papers demanding that Lakin go Vattelite in his defense and claimed to have brought in Col. Dwight Sullivan, who never did say “born on US soil to two US citizens”. Allen West made the same claim: He was the one who brought in Col. Sullivan. Who does Lumpkin say brought in the colonel?”

    As a matter of fact, Lakin does discuss this in his book but mentions no names.Lakin had received suggestion that challenge the authority Judge Denise Lind had over him and bring the Vattel Defensebut Lakin actually decided this was a bad idea because he might risk a very lengthy prison term if such a legal stategy was not sucessful.

    Such a legal strategy could not be successful. Have you not read Judge Lind’s decision? Are you still incapable of grasping that the authority of military orders derives from statute, not one god-like figure at the top?

    Even if Obama turned out to be ineligible, the orders Lakin disobeyed would remain lawful orders. He was guilty no matter what one thinks about Obama’s status. That was explained to him before he chose to go on this quixotic quest.

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    Potter, J. August 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: Sigh. I guess you’re right. Here’s the addition I made:

    Perhaps a golf analogy? Lower score = better?

    I think the bar graph is also misleading to the simple. The bars must represent sales, because bigger bars are better!

    From an infographics standpoint, the chart is flawed (sorry, Doc!), but it isn’t representing a super-complex concept.

    An improvement would be a list of the titles, by rank, and with ranks in paren’s, with leader lines to a single, vertical column, a number line on which the ranks are plotted.

    That would drive home the point that all these silly books are waaaayyyy up here, and all these really silly ones are waaaaayyyyyy down there. Way. On. Down.

    But there is just something wrong about catering to stupid.

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    Bob August 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    The interest in Birtherism seems to be waning a bit on WND.

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    sponson August 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    State legislator claims the President plans fake attempt on his life in order to delay the 2012 election.

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    elcoz1 August 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    john: “I haven’t read Terry Lakin’s book, Officer’s Oath, nor do I plan to — this is not a book review.”I will have to give Doc C. credit. Since he has not read Lakin’s book, Doc C. has no right to produce a review on Amazon about it. At least Doc C. is being interlectually honest in that regard.On the other hand, Patrick Colliano and several other slimy Obots, have produced reviews on Amazon. Judging from the reviews, they have NOT read Lakin’s book. Therefore, Patrick and company HAS NO RIGHT to make a review about it. Any such review therefore is interlectually dishonest.And if Patrick and company have borrowed Lakin’s book to read, then they are essentially committing fraud.Patrick and company are certainly entilted to their review on Amazon after they have paid 24.95 to Lakin and the other authors.As for Doc C., he has constrained himself not to produce a DISHONEST REVIEW from book that HE HAS NOT read.

    Seriously now, I just figured it out. “John” has got to be an invented troll persona for the dry humor effect; a birther art project. Brilliant 🙂

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    Thomas Brown August 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    sponson:
    State legislator claims the President plans fake attempt on his life in order to delay the 2012 election.

    I sent the feller this email this morning:

    “Since you have decided to try your hand at spreading baseless partisan lies, you should know that your emails about the Obama administration planning a fake assassination attempt could be interpreted as laying the groundwork for an actual assassination that you yourself are participating in as a co-conspirator.

    If, God forbid, there is such an attempt, this places you at the top of the suspect list. We are writing letters this morning to the FBI and the Secret Service to alert them to consider you a suspect should such an event transpire.

    Do you care to confirm or deny that you are planning an assassination attempt on the President at this time?”

    Feel free to copy, paste, and send the same message to his office at rep.kelly.keisling@capitol.tn.gov

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    Thomas Brown August 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Sam the Centipede: Oh I suppose I should add another type, epitomised by the Alaskan nutter: the type who says ” yes, it’s a pile of turds, I like turds”.

    Another type, exhibiting typical Birfer schitzoid logic, screams “They are NOT turds! And besides, they will turn into a pile of caviar any… day… now…

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    Scientist August 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Bob: The interest in Birtherism seems to be waning a bit on WND.

    I think the birthers made a big strategic error constantly harping on the issue over the last 4 years, If they had the slightest common sense, they would have simply dropped the issue after the Inauguration and taken it up as though it were new some time early in 2012. Instead, like a rookie marathon runner, they put on their finish line spurt in 2011, which would be about mile 20 and now are staggering towards the finish. Obama, being of East African heritage (eventhouugh born in the US), knows exactly how long a marathon is and when to start the sprint to the tape.

    While the hard core birthers can still get it up for occasional performances by their heroes, for the average person, mention birth certificate and they will yawn and ask what’s new with Lindsay Lohan. The birthers have so turned everyone off that if Corsi found film in the British Archives of Obama being born in Mombasa, about 80% of the public would simply not care. And rightly so.

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    misha August 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    sponson: State legislator claims the President plans fake attempt on his life in order to delay the 2012 election.

    “Angione prefaces the rumor by saying it has not been confirmed but likewise notes it has not been denied.”

    Glenn Beck has never denied raping a murdering a girl:

    http://didglennbeckrapeandmurderagirl.blogspot.com/

  80. avatar
    misha August 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: Word of mouth? [rim shot]

    Word of mouth? [bada-bing] FIFY

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    sponson August 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Thomas Brown, great idea e-mailing the TN legislator. Misha, I’m glad to see that the “questions” linger on about what did or absolutely did not happen at all in 1990.

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    misha August 1, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Thomas Brown: If, God forbid, there is such an attempt

    To Orly, Kelly Keisling and the rest of that coterie: J’accuse.

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    bgansel9 is not going away August 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    mheuss: It is frightfully small the number of times exposing yourself actually improves matters.

    A legend in your own mind? I give it a 6.4.

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    bgansel9 is not going away August 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    elcoz1: Seriously now, I just figured it out. “John” has got to be an invented troll persona for the dry humor effect; a birther art project. Brilliant

    Please tell me you knew this all along and you’re just playing him.

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    bgansel9 is not going away August 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    JPotter: Not Speed Dating with the Dead???

    Sounds kind of dull.

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    Rickey August 2, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    misha: He did just as badly: he took the advice of Paul Jensen, a personal injury lawyer. Lakin rejected the advice of his military lawyer, provided free of charge, by the Army.

    Yes, but by the time the trial began Jensen had been pushed aside by an attorney with real military legal experience, Neal Puckett.

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    Thomas Brown August 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    bgansel9 is not going away: Please tell me you knew this all along and you’re just playing him.

    I don’t see it. If john’s someone’s satiric invention, my hat’s off. It is right tough to feign being somebody who is not smart, but who thinks he is brilliant.

    In my book he’s exactly who he sounds like: a Fervent Believer clinging to his Piece of the True Cross that he paid $1000 for, never spurning it even after he is shown 1) other fake pieces, 2) the shop where they were made, (3) court decisions against the importer and sellers for fraudulent practices, 5) candid accounts from the craftsmen who cut them out of modern lumber, and 6) how they used heat and chemicals to make them look 2000 years old, plus 7) the emails they sent to each other, LOLing about how they’re suckering the faithful selling $2 pieces of wood for $1000 each . . . who still believes, despite having seen all that, that HIS piece was there on that hill when Jesus bled and died for our sins.

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    G August 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    AGREED!

    As both of you has mentioned, these hateful people are being very irresponsible with their rumour-mongering rabble-rousing. It really does come across as a suspiciously dog-whistle route for them to attempt to goad a lone wolf into making their delusions into a self-fullfilling prophecy.

    Thomas Brown: I sent the feller this email this morning:“Since you have decided to try your hand at spreading baseless partisan lies, you should know that your emails about the Obama administration planning a fake assassination attempt could be interpreted as laying the groundwork for an actual assassination that you yourself are participating in as a co-conspirator.If, God forbid, there is such an attempt, this places you at the top of the suspect list. We are writing letters this morning to the FBI and the Secret Service to alert them to consider you a suspect should such an event transpire.Do you care to confirm or deny that you are planning an assassination attempt on the President at this time?”Feel free to copy, paste, and send the same message to his office at rep.kelly.keisling@capitol.tn.gov

    misha: Thomas Brown: If, God forbid, there is such an attempt
    To Orly, Kelly Keisling and the rest of that coterie: J’accuse.

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    G August 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    AGREED! Observation leads me to the same conclusion. Just about every non-ODS person I encounter has that turned-off and bored reaction to the sillyness of Birthers. Some folks react even worse – mentions of Birthers make them very angry – at the Birthers and their ilk…

    Scientist: <P>I think the birthers made a big strategic error constantly harping on the issue over the last 4 years, If they had the slightest common sense, they would have simply dropped the issue after the Inauguration and taken it up as though it were new some time early in 2012. Instead, like a rookie marathon runner, they put on their finish line spurt in 2011, which would be about mile 20 and now are staggering towards the finish. Obama, being of East African heritage (eventhouugh born in the US), knows exactly how long a marathon is and when to start the sprint to the tape.While the hard core birthers can still get it up for occasional performances by their heroes, for the average person, mention birth certificate and they will yawn and ask what’s new with Lindsay Lohan. The birthers have so turned everyone off that if Corsi found film in the British Archives of Obama being born in Mombasa, about 80% of the public would simply not care. And rightly so.

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    elcoz1 August 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Thomas Brown: I don’t see it. If john’s someone’s satiric invention, my hat’s off. It is right tough to feign being somebody who is not smart, but who thinks he is brilliant.

    Either way Poe’s law is proven, as someone noted.

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    linda August 3, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    Eeew!

    bovril: Yes alas there is a strong element of coprophilia and coprophagia in the Bewildering and Bizarre Bowels of Birferstan.