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Marine Colonel Convicted Of Shoplifting At WalMart, Loses Command!
Military Corruption Dot Com ^ | 05-07-2011 | Major Glenn MacDonald US Army (ret.)

Posted on 05/08/2011 9:20:48 PM PDT by Tea Party Reveler

A COLONEL'S CAREER LOST FOR $65 - WHY DID ROBERT PETIT SELF-DESTRUCT? - MARINE COMMANDER OF 24TH EXPEDITIONARY UNIT AT CAMP LEJEUNE FOUND GUILTY OF SHOP- LIFTING AT LOCAL WAL-MART - CAUGHT HIDING PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES AND STP OIL TREATMENT BOTTLE UNDER JACKET - GETS 96 HOURS OF "COMMUNITY SERVICE" FROM SYMPATHETIC JUDGE - RELIEVED OF COMMAND BY MARINE CORPS - ENLISTED AS GRUNT BACK IN 1978 - KLEPTOMANIAC? - TIME TO RETIRE

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This is a sad story all around. One of those that cause you to scratch your head and wonder WHY? Why would a respected bird colonel in the United States Marine Corps self-destruct by shop-lifting $65 worth of items from a local Wal-Mart? Is the man a closet kleptomaniac? Is this the first time he has done this, or just the first time he was caught?

What we do have for facts are these: Col. Robert Gerald Petit, former commanding officer of the USMC 24th Expeditionary Unit at Camp Lejeune was caught on security cameras heisting two HP printer cartridges and a bottle of STP treatment and hiding the merchandise under his jacket.

Loss prevention personnel stopped the colonel at the store vestibule and took him back to the office where he acknowledged he had not paid for the items. The police were called and at that point, Petit's military career was over.

CAMERAS DON'T LIE - COLONEL CAUGHT ON FILM

Video from the store security cameras clearly show the colonel attempted to hide the purloined material and deposited wrappers in different places in the store in an apparent effort to conceal the theft.

At his court appearance, Petit's civilian attorney tried to get the case thrown out, but backed off when confronted by video proof the colonel had tried to steal the goods. Judge Louis Foy in Jacksonville, N.C. showed Petit mercy when he sentenced him to 96 hours of "community service." No fine. That's it. Such a lenient sentence might stick in the craw of some staff sergeant or gunny caught in the same circumstances. They wouldn't have gotten the same deal.

Petit appeared before the judge in his Class "A" service uniform. The judge was suitably impressed. "This man has lived an exemplary life," Foy said. "He has performed outstanding duty for his country."

The colonel, who let his lawyer talk for him, had no comment.

HOPES FOR A GENERAL'S STAR NOW GONE

The New Orleans native enlisted in the Corps back in 1978 and earned his officer's commission seven years later. Sources at Lejeune say Petit was in line for a brigadier general's star before this incident. Now, he will be lucky to retire in the grade of colonel.

He was relieved of command in February. Capt. Timothy Patrick, a spokesperson for the II Marine Expeditionary Force, said Petit received "non-judicial punishment." Since the actions taken "were administrative in nature," no further information will be released, he said.

The 50 year-old Marine officer's military career may have ended after 33 years, but he is lucky not to have paid a fine or even done a few days in jail.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: camplejeune; colpetit; neworleans; petit; robertgeraldpetit; robertgpetit; shoplifting
WalMart's sure do attract shoplifters like flies to feces, don't they? I had to serve papers on a Judge the other day just as he was slamming his gavel down on a welfare feril animal for shoplifting at the local WalMart. "And don't go into any WalMarts in Solano County anymore"

Remember Brig Gen. Janice Kaprinski, the commander of the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq? She got caught shoplifting at the BX at McDill AFB in Tampa and Bush demoted her!

1 posted on 05/08/2011 9:20:58 PM PDT by Tea Party Reveler
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To: Tea Party Reveler

I thought she got demoted for something else, ie prison care. Not stealing from some BX.


2 posted on 05/08/2011 9:26:49 PM PDT by Palter (If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it. ~ Mark Twain)
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To: Tea Party Reveler

WHY?


3 posted on 05/08/2011 9:27:54 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Palter

KARPINSKI WAS A “SHOPLIFTER”
GENERAL BUSTED TO COLONEL
BY BUSH IN WAKE OF ABU GHRAIB
SCANDAL REVEALED TO HAVE BEEN
HIDING PAST ARREST – WE REPORTED
BRASS HAT’S ALLEGED PRESENCE
DURING TORTURE SESSIONS AT IRAQI
PRISON MONTHS AGO – REVELATIONS
MAY HAVE LED TO RANK REDUCTION
MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM IS READ
AND MONITORED BY PENTAGON
ON A DAILY BASIS

© 2005 MilitaryCorruption.com

We are not taking credit for ex-Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski’s well-deserved reduction in rank to colonel by President George Bush. But our revelations months ago on this web site, that the former military police commander is alleged to have been present during torture sessions at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison – casting doubt on the veracity of her many television appearances purporting ignorance of what had gone on there – seems to have been enough to force “the powers that be” at the Pentagon and the President himself to take such drastic action.

The public humiliation of Karpinski is all the more striking because it reveals she was promoted to flag rank without a proper investigation of her background. A case of “political correctness?” Perhaps. Not reporting an arrest for allegedly shoplifting a small item at the base exchange at a Florida air force installation is enough grounds for her security clearance to be pulled. Thus, she never would have reached flag rank in the first place. Consequently, Karpinski wouldn’t have been in a position to be “in charge” of the Iraqi prison system at the time of the Abu Ghraib abuses.

MilitaryCorruption.com reported earlier this year that Irish human rights attorney Michael Hourigan is representing Saddam “Sam” Saleh Aboud, who claims the female general was present during one of his torture sessions.

A STORY YOU SAW HERE FIRST

In a devastating deposition, made on video and under oath, “Sam” said Karpinski was there during beatings he endured at the American-run lockup.

During one of the assaults, he said, his hood came off and he saw a female officer standing there.

The Iraqi, who was naked, said the woman was “watching and laughing” as he was being roughed up.

“He knew she was a supervisor because she had a star on her hat and she was in an American uniform,” Hourigan said. “Sam told me the other soldiers would defer to her.” The attorney said his client identified Karpinski after he was shown a picture of the general in an American news magazine.

“SHOPLIFTING” ARREST REVEALED

Probably the chastened former general will continue to protest she’s a “scapegoat” for others in the prison scandal. Now she acknowledges the “shoplifting” (Pentagon’s term for it) arrest, but says she wasn’t guilty of anything because it only “appeared” on a surveillance photo that she placed a BX item in her purse. Karpinski says she already owned the cosmetic in question.

Let’s say, for argument’s sake, she is right. Why then did she not report as serious a matter as an arrest for “shoplifting?” As a longtime military police officer she had to know the rules and regulations on that.

We can only conclude she realized that would finish off her chances to make general. Now the obvious question comes. If she reached flag rank by deception, should she give back the difference in pay from one-star general to bird colonel – the last rank she supposedly served in “satisfactorily?”

FIGHTING FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN THE MILITARY

There is no question that women have been unfairly discriminated against in promotions and other opportunities in the armed forces over the years.

MilitaryCorruption.com is on record as supporting equal opportunity for the many fine female enlisted members and officers who serve our country around the world.

A large majority of them deserve our respect and support. That is why it is so troubling when something like the Karpinski case comes up.

Here, in our editorial opinion, is a case of a woman who was promoted based on gender and her own apparent failure to report an incident which would have most certainly impacted her ascension to the rank of general officer.

Those who still seek to hold women back and continue the “good old boy” system, will get comfort from the Karpinski fiasco.

It is other females in uniform that Karpinski has let down. It makes it all the harder for them to achieve the highest ranks in the military and break through the “glass ceiling” when critics can point to someone who clearly did not deserve to be a general, like the whining former MP boss.

There will probably always be a small segment of the population who will think Karpinski’s merely a “victim” here. But it is significant no groundswell of support for the challenged brass hat has formed, even among the most fierce feminists. They know already this case is a lost cause.


4 posted on 05/08/2011 9:30:17 PM PDT by Tea Party Reveler
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To: Tea Party Reveler

The punishment of a loss of a career is enough a punishment. I could be wrong, but I don’t think that a sargeant would have lost their career over this crime. They might have lost a rank or done many hours of kp or something, so it would have been more reasonable for a harsher punishment to be visited on an enlisted rank.

However, I will never understand the psyche of somebody of such standing to do something so stupid.


5 posted on 05/08/2011 9:31:42 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Inyo-Mono
That's what I don't understand, its not like he didn't have the money for these items. He must have some mental defect or something.
6 posted on 05/08/2011 9:32:23 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: Tea Party Reveler

Something is EXTREMELY odd here?

An ink cartridge and STP Oil? What???

I don’t know what it is, but there is something much deeper here. I’ don’t know, but it does not add up.


7 posted on 05/08/2011 9:38:13 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Husker24

Me either. Why would he through away his entire career over some printer cartridges and a bottle of STP? As a guy I used to know once said “If you are going to steal, make it at least a million bucks. You’ll spend the same amount of time in jail whether it $50.00 or a million dollars.”


8 posted on 05/08/2011 9:39:56 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Inyo-Mono

through=throw


9 posted on 05/08/2011 9:40:40 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Jonty30

I disagree. It’s hard for soldiers to respect a petty thief.


10 posted on 05/08/2011 9:44:44 PM PDT by mewykwistmas (Lost your job as a birther under Obama? Become a 'deather'! Where's Bin Laden's death certificate?)
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To: Inyo-Mono

“If you are going to steal, make it at least a million bucks. You’ll spend the same amount of time in jail whether it $50.00 or a million dollars.”

Plus they’ll respect you in jail. Small time thieves are just pathetic :)

Maybe he thought he can get away with it, plus it’s hard to steal much more at Walmart unless you go for the safe.


11 posted on 05/08/2011 9:47:15 PM PDT by mewykwistmas (Lost your job as a birther under Obama? Become a 'deather'! Where's Bin Laden's death certificate?)
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To: Tea Party Reveler

Very sad. I can’t count how many officers I’ve seen self-destruct over stupid stuff...like having an “extra beer” before they drive home.


12 posted on 05/08/2011 9:48:52 PM PDT by RavenATB ("Destroy the family and you destroy the country!" ~Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Tea Party Reveler

People who do this compulsively are the ones who steal trivial items like a bottle of STP. When I was in high school I worked part time for a stereo store. We caught a shop lifter once who had stolen a few blank tapes. He had two hundred dollars and four credit cards in his wallet, but he went to jail for stealing items worth less than twenty dollars.


13 posted on 05/08/2011 9:55:17 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: mewykwistmas

What if that petty thief is a petty officer?


14 posted on 05/08/2011 9:56:03 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Tea Party Reveler

Mental breakdown of some kind, maybe drug-induced. If there’s not a psych/medical eval on top of this, someone isn’t doing their job.


15 posted on 05/08/2011 9:56:10 PM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: Tea Party Reveler

Democrat Colonels should be watched closely..


16 posted on 05/08/2011 9:58:10 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Jonty30

When I was at NTC San Diego around 1985, one of the base protestant chaplains, an LCDR, who often contributed columns to the base newspaper was busted for shoplifting a pair of shoes from the base exchange.

Southern Baptist type, IIRC. He was supposed to show up at PAO that afternoon for some reason, but called instead to tell me he’d been arrested. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

“Ah’m sorry, Petty offica... Ah won’t be abul t’come bah yo office t’day...”

I don’t think I saw him again after that. I imagine he was out of the Navy pretty quickly.


17 posted on 05/08/2011 10:06:25 PM PDT by Ronin ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves" -- Bertrand de Jouve)
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To: Tea Party Reveler
It is possible that competent people who have devoted life to established order now in discord shall abandon compliance to such order on every level.

This is just starting.

18 posted on 05/08/2011 10:39:26 PM PDT by mmercier (danger is on the way)
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To: Ronin
My best friend got booted out of the navy for a bag full of stilettos he bought in Turkey and hid in an air vent near his bunk. He did man up when they were going to can another guy.
19 posted on 05/08/2011 10:45:54 PM PDT by mmercier
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To: mmercier

high heels or blades?


20 posted on 05/08/2011 11:09:20 PM PDT by TexasKamaAina
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To: Tea Party Reveler

33 years flushed down the toilet.


21 posted on 05/08/2011 11:14:10 PM PDT by hattend (Obama is better than OJ... He found a killer while on the golf course.)
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To: Jonty30

Three tours of duty maybe, and not a lifer pencil pusher in a state side camp?
There may be much more to this story or maybe there isn’t, but I give military LOTS of slack for mental disposition before I pick nits.

Who is behind militarycorruption.com anyway?


22 posted on 05/08/2011 11:14:45 PM PDT by RitaOK
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To: Tea Party Reveler
"PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES"

ULULULULULULULULULULULULULULULULULULULULU!


23 posted on 05/08/2011 11:18:45 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Jonty30
A junior NCO could recover.

Senior NCOs are a different story (as it should be). An E-7's chances of promotion would be over. If an E-8 or E-9 were this stupid, their commander would "recommend" they retire.

24 posted on 05/08/2011 11:23:53 PM PDT by Red Dog #1
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To: TexasKamaAina
Blades.

He actually got some out after discharge.

Sweet items of high quality. Have one around here somewhere, though it has not been seen for a decade or so because it is a hazard.

Spring so tight it would pop into your liver with a button push. Rosewood scales and brass bolsters... 5 inch blade. An overall dangerous thing if you do not know what happens when you hit the button.

I got a scar or two from it.

25 posted on 05/08/2011 11:27:51 PM PDT by mmercier (pleasure, spiked with pain)
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To: Tea Party Reveler
She got caught shoplifting at the BX at McDill AFB

What's a BX?

26 posted on 05/08/2011 11:46:54 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: Tea Party Reveler
She got caught shoplifting at the BX at McDill AFB

What's a BX?

27 posted on 05/08/2011 11:47:00 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
What's a BX?

Base Exchange.

28 posted on 05/08/2011 11:51:36 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Tea Party Reveler

‘HOPES FOR A GENERAL’S STAR NOW GONE’

No kidding!


29 posted on 05/09/2011 12:00:31 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable -- Daniel Webster)
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To: Hardraade

I agree with you on the med/psych evaluation. A few years ago there was a very well-respected County Attorney near here who had his name dragged through the mud in the newspapers. He had rather suddenly begun acting in a bizarre manner, yelling at staff...his office and cases were in disarray. I believe he was either fired or suspended. There were rumors of substance abuse, etc.

A few months after the front-page news articles smearing him first appeared, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.


30 posted on 05/09/2011 12:19:57 AM PDT by garandgal
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To: Tea Party Reveler

Back in 1991, I remember the Frankfurt MP commander, also a Colonel, having been caught shoplifting a leather jacket from the PX.

I think maybe the pressures of command trigger something in some people, because I can’t fathom why anybody would take such risks for something so trivial.


31 posted on 05/09/2011 1:24:32 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Tea Party Reveler

Colonel Petit gets busted for petit larceny. Weird.


32 posted on 05/09/2011 1:44:44 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Ronin

Back at Ramstein Air Base in the early 1990s....we had a Lt Col who was caught shoplifting a $500 electronic address book system. This was the newest fad that had occurred and one of my co-workers watched as they grabbed the guy outside of the BX. My honest guess is that it happens more often than folks would like to admit.


33 posted on 05/09/2011 2:34:30 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

We had a neighbor, Navy Commander, who was busted for adding cinder blocks to his furniture so he would get paid more for his cross-country move.


34 posted on 05/09/2011 4:31:50 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Tea Party Reveler

Military officers are and should be held to a higher standard. I just wish those same standards were applied to politicians.


35 posted on 05/09/2011 5:33:52 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: RitaOK

MCC was started by Brigadier General Peter Genovese and is currently run by retired Army Major Glen MacDonald out of Phoenix.

The Pentagon’s office of the Secretary of Defense hits it every morning promptly at 0900 hours. Apparently, a staffer has the duty of checking it every morning to make sure “nothing is bubbling up out there”.

The worst scandal we’ve seen is the Air Force Major Jill Metzger Scandal and of course, Major Hasan.


36 posted on 05/09/2011 9:20:17 AM PDT by Tea Party Reveler
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To: hattend

A retired O-6 with 33 years shouldn’t be hurting for fishing equipment and beer ...unless he has significant civil support obligations.


37 posted on 05/09/2011 9:46:41 AM PDT by Justa
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To: Justa
Now, he will be lucky to retire in the grade of colonel.

Depends on what grade they let him retire. O-6 or O-1 or any pension at all.

38 posted on 05/09/2011 12:00:00 PM PDT by hattend (Obama is better than OJ... He found a killer while on the golf course.)
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To: Tea Party Reveler

Really, really sad.


39 posted on 05/09/2011 12:02:46 PM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (***Only candidates whose voting record has financially supported our military)
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40 posted on 05/09/2011 12:19:10 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Jonty30
I could be wrong, but I don’t think that a sargeant would have lost their career over this crime.

You would be wrong. Things like shoplifting, writing bad checks, and DUI have been "career stoppers" for NCO's for quite some time now, since I was an Army NCO (& I got out in 1987...)

the infowarrior

41 posted on 05/09/2011 6:46:33 PM PDT by infowarrior
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To: Tea Party Reveler

Something is sickening about this thread, but not sure what. Maybe it’s the sensationalism and allcaps. Don’t know. That a man threw away a career over nothing is bad enough, but it’s something else that’s bothering me here. Why is the blogger treating it like he committed mass murder?


42 posted on 05/09/2011 6:52:23 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido; Tea Party Reveler
Something is sickening about this thread, but not sure what. Maybe it’s the sensationalism and allcaps.

Maybe you caught the same whiff I did.

Tea Party Reveler
Since Sep 13, 2010

I’m the guy who told you that the USS Cole was the second Al-Qaeda attack on US troops in Aden Yemen back in 2000. I risked my career to tell you freepers that back in 2000. It shouldn’t have happened and I reaped Gen. Zinni’s stars for it, didn’t I?

I find this mildly strange, TeaPartyReveler. Are you writing about yourself in your profile?

In addition, looking at the site, it seems to actually solicit juicy scandals. Jeff Rense loves it. And the owner seems to have some kind of link to 9/11 troofers, sort of.

Gazillion questions, teaparty. Maybe you can answer them.

43 posted on 05/09/2011 8:20:14 PM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: Hardraade

That’s a great question!——”why are your writing about yourself in your profile?”. Perhaps an idiotic question.

Don’t worry about MCC-—they get lots of hits at the website. Worldwide too! Even the Chinese military reads the site! The US Sec of Defense hits the site every morning prompt at 0800 EST.


44 posted on 05/09/2011 8:40:58 PM PDT by Tea Party Reveler
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To: Tea Party Reveler

So in what context exactly were you lecturing “you freepers” back there in 2000, newbie?


45 posted on 05/09/2011 8:52:06 PM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: Tea Party Reveler

Oh, and I thought you said 9?

No biggie. Leap forward, fall back :)).


46 posted on 05/09/2011 8:54:35 PM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: Hardraade

Sorry I didn’t explain what happened. It was Bin Ladin’s first attack on Dec 29th 1992 in ADEN YEMEN. They attacked 2 hotels but none of our guys got hurt. That’s the moment that Bin raghead came onto the USA’s radar screen. When the USS Cole sailed into Aden, Cmdr. Lippold hadn’t been warned and they weren’t ready for what happened. I called Congress and notified the News Media.


47 posted on 05/10/2011 8:11:51 PM PDT by Tea Party Reveler
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