Okay, folks, I hope this is enough to justify a diary, but I've been following the saga of Major Stefan "BirtherKook" Cook, and waiting for the hammer to fall. Like many of you, I had been expecting the hammer to be in the form of a court-martial or similar military punishment. I took it as a given that his military career was over.
Oh how little I understood.
I expected a court-martial, an Article 15, stripping him of rank, dishonorable discharge, etc., etc. I was thinking strictly in terms of military consequences. How silly I was.
As it turns out, Maj. Cook was a reservist, employed in civilian life by a DOD contractor, Simtech, Inc. We are all aware that his military command has revoked his deployment orders, telling him that he's not wanted anymore. But that's not all. Today (or yesterday, it's hard to tell on the Freeper and WingNutDaily sites), Maj. Cook was informed that the DOD has also advised Simtech that he is no longer welcome at the DOD facility where Simtech was performing services, and as a result, Simtech doesn't have a job for Maj. Cook anymore.
All together now: "awwwwwwww."
It's all over Freeperville, but I won't link there; I haven't seen it on any mainstream news sites. But I thought the community would be interested to know that it isn't just Major Cook's military career that's ending because of his birther fantasies.
Update: Holy BirtherKooks, Batman, the Rec List? Thanks, everybody! And have a good time out there!
Second Update: Jeepers. I didn't think there would be this much interest, so I shamefully didn't put enough effort into finding non-Freeper links. But COkdub has added a few in his comment here. Please go give mojo!