Milbloggers Outraged at The Onion

Because of this video, some of the bigger bloggers are furious that The Onion would satirize wounded soldiers.
Cassandra of Villainous Company weighs in:
Coming from anyone else, the implication that American soldiers are just hapless dupes might be considered patronizing, even insulting in light of the enormous bravery, willpower and determination needed to volunteer to return to a combat zone after being seriously wounded.

Fortunately, since this is the Onion we can dismiss such obviously unfounded criticisms as being the product of an insufficiently nuanced world view.
Ouch, that's gonna leave a mark. At the worst it's offensive, and at the best it is horrendously unfunny. The Onion should stick to making fun of stoners.


Meth Addict Steals Veteran Memorial Statue for Quick Fix

Mug Shot of Meth-Mouthed Lowlife

Vincent J McManus most likely needed money for drugs, so he decided that stealing a memorial statues in New Jersey would be a quick means to meet this end. Criminals have been known to steal scrap metal from the military to feed their drug habits, but he didn't think the statue would be made out of concrete. From NorthJersey.com (h/t GP):
A borough man has been accused of trying to steal a statue erected in honor of fallen Marine Sgt. Matthew Fenton, a borough resident killed in Iraq in 2006, police said.

The suspect, Vincent J. McManus, told police he took the statue to sell for scrap metal — only to discover later that it was made of glazed concrete, police said.

The statue of a soldier was recovered yesterday in McManus’ back yard, where it was hidden under a garbage can, Lt. Frank Novak said. The only damage is a broken finger, he added.
How low can you get?


"Send McCain Back to his Cage at the Hanoi Hilton"

Stay Classy, IVAW. TSO and David M have the details on this piece of CHUD shit.


Wealthy C.H.U.D. Lowlife Charged by SEC with Insider Trading

Mark Cuban Prays That He Doesn't Get Raped in Prison

Mark Cuban, wealthy gadabout and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has been charged with insider training by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mark Cuban bankrolled the failed movie Redacted, which portrayed soldiers as rapists and monsters, and it was a colossal dud at the box office. He also had this to say about the movie at Blog World Expo 2007 [Vox Veterana]:
“The pictures are what will stop the war. One only hopes that these images will get the public incensed enough to motivate their Congressmen to vote against this war," he said.” The movie was financed by a company of Cuban’s and is thus directly supported by Cuban. Cuban described the movie in his speech at Blogworld by saying “Soldiers are bored 99% of the time, this film is about what they do with the other 1%.”
Obviously, soldiers do not indiscriminately kill, but apparently rich dickheads like Cuban find it in their heart to manipulate the market to their advantage when they are "not bored". What goes around really comes around, buddy.


CHUDs Nabbed in France

Remember the lowlifes that bombed the infamous NYC recruiting station in Times Square. It looks like they may have been caught. From the Telegraph:
French anti-terrorist police are holding 10 alleged members of a violent anarchist movement suspected of sabotaging power cables on high speed TGV train lines.

But it now transpires that the alleged culprits were netted thanks to information from the FBI, which allegedly linked two of them to the home-made bomb attack on an army recruitment centre in New York's Times Square in March.
Here's hoping they die of Syphilis in prison.


The View Slams Military Accomplishments in Iraq on Veterans Day

Joy Behar CHUDs out in style

One of the crazies on The View, for some reason, decided that Veterans Day was an appropriate time to bash the Iraq War calling it "terrible". To their credit, this wasn't much different than the response from some on Memorial Day. Like a late-night game of limbo, a very low bar has been set for mainstream culture.

(h/t Hot Air)


Protesting No Longer Relevant

All that was at the West Chester weekly protests, which Skye has been covering for months, was a couple of signs praising our new President Elect. If the protests were just about getting Bush and the Republicans out of office, why were protesters so eager to drag our troops through the mud the last 8 years?


Heroic Seattle Mom Fights to End Occupation of Military Recruiters

With their scary uniforms and vehicles that may contain pamphlets with pictures of instruments of wars, it's no wonder that Seattle would want to be isolated from the reality of the modern Department of Defense. This Mom is no exception. From The Stranger:
"[The parks department had] been advertising a teen-appreciation day [with] basketball, swimming, a DJ, and a barbecue," Barker says. She says the woman who alerted her to the recruiters' presence "pulled up with her kids and saw two guys in army fatigues in a black Hummer. She wanted them to go away and they wouldn't." Barker says she's also heard of recruiters showing up to events with climbing walls and video games.
Apparently public property is acceptable for everyone except the military, perhaps because they aren't viewed as the public. Or perhaps because voluntary military service is a burden to over-worried mothers who can't stand to see the sight of military recruiters. Maybe it's time we bring back the draft.

Bonus:Funny letter to the editor regarding this subject. David E. from Tacoma is less than pleased with "commie-hippie" types invading the Puget Sound.


When Deploying to Iraq is AWOL in Campaign Season

Josh Mandel is the young-looking state rep from Ohio, who has also done two tours in Iraq with the Marine Corps. The number of Iraq/A-stan vets in positions of political power is so small currently, that Fox News once dide a two-and-a-half minute special on him. Trial lawyers and corruption are not unusual for politics, however, so his opponents wife in his district, Barbara Belovich, decided to play up the weirdness of having a military background as opposed to years prosecuting slip and fall accidents. From Townhall:
Of all the factors he weighed, Mr. Mandel says political concerns were not among them. Now he has been forced to deal with the politics of that decision. The opponent in his tough re-election fight, trial attorney Bob Belovich, is attacking Mr. Mandel’s service, arguing that he abandoned voters. Mr. Belovich’s wife, Barbara, acknowledged in an interview for this column that she has told voters that Mr. Mandel “went AWOL” (a military term for desertion) by fighting in Iraq.

Even Mr. Mandel’s motives for serving in Iraq are being questioned. Mrs. Belovich claimed in an interview with this columnist that Mandel “put his personal ambitions ahead of his constituents.” Asked why anyone would enter a war zone out of “personal ambition,” Barbara Belovich replied curtly, “Certainly he wasn’t serving our needs.”
Audio of CHUDs in their backroom dealings are here. Bob Belovich then suggested the only reason he won the 2006 election was because he had a Jewish name. While the election is in doubt, Josh Mandel sure has some real winners running against him.


McCain Critic Not Impressed With Subsequent CHUD Attacks

Matt Welch is a well-respected journalist who currently writes for Reason and the LA Times, and he wrote a highly critical book about McCain before it was cool to do so this election cycle. However, he recently stated that McCain truly is a military hero for suffering during his stay at the Hanoi Hilton. When he made this statement, the flurry of CHUD-related nasty emails in his inbox reached unprecedented levels. From Reason:
Does being a POW make you a war hero? I think not - obviously it is hella-bad times, but that does not in itself make you a "hero." I pray you do not breed or vote...do you feel then that the detainees iwho have been in Guantanamo or rendered ("rendition') to countries more suitable for intense interrogation are heroric and worthy of being considered for the highest office in this land?
Luckily this election will be over in a couple of weeks and hopefully this sort of thing might go by the wayside, but somehow that seems like a too optimistic assessment.


More Freakin' Out About the Blue Angels

Van Halen and Navy Jets...Why is that Not Awesome?

The conspiracy kooks at Lew Rockwell continue to rail against the "fascist" military. This time it has to do with the Blue Angels threatening to conduct bombing runs on the Bay Area. From Lew Rockwell:
To characterize this air show as a form of entertainment is to misjudge its intended purpose. Like the annual May Day military parades conducted by the Soviet government, the objective of this exercise was to remind people of the disproportion of power that the state exercises over them. Should you harbor any sentiments of disobedience to state authority, this is what government officials have at their disposal to bring you back into line. At a time when it became known that a large body of American troops had been returned from Iraq to be deployed in American cities, the presence of such Navy hardware added to the intimidation. President Bush’s threat to members of Congress – as reported by one congressman – to impose martial law should they fail to pass the infamous corporate "bailout" measure, showed the effectiveness of menacing people with violence.
If the purpose of the military was to quash dissenters and malcontents, SF would have been nuked many, many years ago. This conspiracy-mongering schtick is wearing incredibly thin over at Crazy Lew's.

Zombie Has Pics of Bay Area CHUDs in Action

Bring your clean suit and hippie repellent when checking out these asshats [Zombietime].

Geezer Baby Boomers Continue to Slam the Military After all these Years

Since hawking lugies on returning Vietnam vets in a fit of self-righteous indignation wasn't enough, some Baby Boomers continue to say nasty things about our Armed Forces. From Aging Hipsters (which Wek has referred implied as the worst blog of all time):
Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need more troops for some insane war that makes you poorer and the rich richer, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they're apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don't care if you don't show pictures of their children's caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq, and hope that the WMDs turn up eventually, but we're not willing to spend our resources in Bush's Quagmire.
Insinuations that troops are only from the Red States is hurtful and inaccurate as it seeks to polarize our society. It should also be mentioned that Flower Power wouldn't make a very good defense policy in Nuevo California either, whatever the hell that's supposed to be.


Militray Recruiting Station Trashed Because of Columbus for Some Reason

CHUDs look for any excuse they can to wreak havoc against our beloved military. Christopher Columbus, who came to the new world several hundred years before our Armed Forces were formed, provided a convenient excuse to vandalize a recruiting station. From Santa Cruz Indymedia:
On the night after Columbus Day 2008 we vandalized eleven windows at the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Recruiting Center in Santa Cruz County with a paint and acid mix.
The U.S. government has always waged a war of extermination against land-based ways of life in order to impose capitalist exploitation of the earth and its peoples.

For 516 years they and their predecessors have been met with resistance. Neither law enforcement nor the military can ever defeat our struggle.

To the land and all indigenous peoples devestated by the U.S. government: we apologize for leaving this building standing.
Wasn't Columbus Day a school night? Sometimes CHUDs have no respect for their parents who are paying for them to go to college.

(h/t NavyCS)

Navy Blue Angels Terrorize Bay Area, Caused 9/11

Blue Angels Now Flying Commercial Aircraft

While the Blue Angels have been slammed in the past on the West coast, the Bay Area offers up a whole new level of CHUDitude. From Indybay:
On October 9, 2008, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Navy’s Blue Death terrorized the over 1 million people in San Francisco with their horrifying noise and deadly, illegal low flights over heavily populated San Francisco wasting tax dollars and oil in their military recruiting show to celebrate Columbus Genocide Weekend, 3 weeks before election day.

These terrorists flights are perpetrated by the same military that carried out the 9/11 Inside Job at the behest of the ruling class and its spokespeople, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and Giuliani.
It is wise to remember the South Park episode about 9/11 conspiracies. It was pissed off Muslims, dumbass.

(h/t NavyCS)

Cannon Fodder for Oil

The term "cannon fodder" gets thrown out quite a bit in the blogosphere, often to refer to people foolishly enlisting in the Armed Forces in a time of war. Unfortunately, these comments are usually left off an article designed to highlight inter-service support between Navy mothers. Chetdude leaves his thoughts:

More propaganda for the Empire's War Machine.

It makes me sick to see tax dollars being p*ssed away for the whole spectrum of disgusting pro-war BS!

I guess I should look on the bright side though. The latest push to con parents into sending their kids off to be cannon fodder for big oil must mean that the kids are getting smarter.


If Chet Dude is seeking to impress the ladies online, he should realize that women often judge a man based on how he treats his mother. On an article designed specifically to appeal to Moms with such a CHUD comment, that would put Chet Dude as likely to attract women as Disco Stu.

(h/t Code Monkey)


McCain Attacks Obama For Being a CHUD

While Barack's comment was taken out of context (full story here), it's not something you would want to have pinned on you as a soundbite this close to the election. No one wants to be a C.H.U.D.


When Vietnam Service Becomes a Big Joke on the Campaign Trail

Rolling Stone's, Tim Dickinson, writes a terrible, lengthy article about former Naval officer John McCain. Instead of criticizing McCain's campaign platform, he chooses to belittle his time as a P.O.W. and suggests that he was cowardly during the devastating USS Forrestal fire. You know it was coming, and CHUD Busters is a bit surprised that partisan operatives in major media outlets took so long to begin sinking this low in an election year. If only Hunter S. Thompson were still alive, who was once a service member, this type of bullshit wouldn't happen.


Green Party Loser Thinks Natl Guard Killed 5,000 in New Orleans

(h/t Hot Air)

Despite significant press releases and news coverage about the heroic National Guard response to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Green Party presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney, has chosen to bring the crazy about how she remembered events. Citing the reliable source of a friend's son's recollection, she states that 5000 stiffs with bullet wounds in the head have been processed into some super secret "Pentagon Computer". The bodies were dumped into the swamp, presumably to be delicious snacks for Republican alligators. This may conjure up some creepy New World Order fantasies about shock troops rounding up innocent civilians for owning a copy of Loose Change, but it is simply not true and therefore a lame attempt at a C.H.U.D. attack.

CHUD Busters thought it wasn't going to get much wackier than the Green Party candidadate in the WA gubernatorial race, but Cynthia McKinney has beaten him to it.

Another Vet Cemetery Trashed

Meth May Turn You Into a C.H.U.D.

The Willamette National Cemetery in Oregon, which has thousands of veterans buried there, has been vandalized for some scrap metal as reported by Flag Gazer at VA Joe:
This beautiful place has suddenly become yet another Military Cemetery defiled by the the greedy and the disrespectful. Recently and on three different occassions, vandals, called ‘metal thieves’ by law enforcement, went into the cemetery and stripped the copper gutters, downspouts and roofing from the shelters used during burials. Additionally, brass name plates and metal urns have been stolen.
This is consistent with low-life meth addict behavior of scrounging up some spare metal to sell for a couple of lousy bucks. Unfortunately, disrespect of deceased veterans is no big deal when it's time to tweak out. At least in California, the meth addicts hassle active-duty Marines, who can fight back.


Obama Gets Shunned at Columbia University When Discussing ROTC

McCain got Booed, Obama Didn't Get Much Better

Recently, presidential candidates Obama and McCain held a 9/11 forum at Columbia University where they discussed service to our great nation. Both candidates encouraged the school to reinstate its ROTC program after being shut down during Vietnam. Despite Sen. Obama's massive popularity in the left-leaning NYC, and the fact that Columbia is his alma mater, he was booed in a chorus of CHUDitude as he dared suggest that military service could be a viable opportunity. Arkansas INDY Media has the scoop from "Revolution", a NYC panphlet that seeks to win students to the program of "Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky":
Barack Obama dropped a bomb on his young enthusiasts at Columbia University on September 11. The heavily Democratic crowd booed McCain when he called for the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) to be brought back to campus (it was driven out in 1969 by protests against the Vietnam war). Liberal students expected a different answer from Columbia alum Obama. “Almost everyone’s expecting him to say no [to the ROTC], because he’s on our side, right? So then you heard him say ‘yes’ and everyone’s mouths opened in stunned silence,” a student told the New York Sun (15 September). That should have been the tip-off for anyone who hadn’t figured it out by then: Obama is no “peace candidate” but like McCain he is a certified imperialist war candidate.
This seems to be the guiding principle for the naysayers at Columbia, as it's politically convenient to cast off the military as "imperialist" so that "other people" from flyover country can go off to serve our country. Presumably, some Columbia students feel more proud to take jobs in investment banking and large media conglomerates, so they can spend their twenties at wine and cheese parties in the Upper East Side instead of actually doing something useful for society.

There's one Marine at Columbia who is appealling to Mr. Obama for assistance, and hopefully he doesn't get run off the campus with torches and pitchforks before the campaign gets the word.

Strange Religious Comment At WSJ About Track Palin

An anonymous reader directs our attention to an odd comment about Track Palin, who is off to serve his country in Iraq. This disappoints a commenter at WSJ as he sees it as a "wasted" life and even brings up the anti-christ as a form of CHUD attack. From WSJ:
“Satan always has a motive, and it usually results in wasted lives, and elaborate deceptions to bleed the support money from the pockets of traditional Christians, who have been beguiled into tithing or giving to Satan’s ministers and Satan’s churches.”
Why are Palin’s children headed for early motherhood, war, a life of dependency instead of training, work, or even the completion of childhood? Why these wasted lives?
Why support the “bridge to no where” & then take the money & keep it for other purposes? Why these elaborate deceptions? Why did they elope & why do you never see Todd in church? What does he have against Christ’s ministers & Christ’s churches? The antiChrist claims to be anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, to be qualified to work in God’s name. But he is a false Christ.
These religious crazies are incredibly difficult to decipher, but they probably would only be proud of armies found in the book of Revelation (e.g. the Four Horsemen).

An Army a Religious Wacko could be proud of!


Creepy Photo of the Day

Spotted by Mr. and Ms. Kiyum at the UNC-Chapel Hill ROTC armory. Apparently, some think the military is full of "rethuglicans".


Detailed Plans on Gulag for US Soldiers over at AZ Central

Re-Education Camps: Is There a Historical Precedent?

The anonymously named "Code Monkey" writes in this CHUDtastic discovery:

Sometimes I wonder what some online news organizations are thinking when they allow readers to comment on articles. Some shut down comments on more volatile articles; others make you click to another page to see what the commenters have to say. The rest leave it all out splayed out at the end of the article.

Sometimes readers can't help but keep scrolling through to the comments, like when one looks at a car accident at the side of the road. Well, when you keep staring, sometimes you see something you didn't want to see.

At the Arizona Republic website, there's an article about the deployment ceremony for the 29th Brigade Support Battalion of the Arizona National Guard. Azcentral.com left it open to comments. The antiwar keyboard warriors took this opportunity to spew the venom that lurks in the dark corners of their minds, showing their faux bravado that they wield when safe behind their cloak of internet anonymity.

At first, you just notice the usual moonbat comments: it's a war for oil, it's an occupation, we can't win, our soldiers are just kids, the National Guard was not meant for deployment to overseas wars…

But then bostonblackie (Sep-25 @ 12:00 PM) tells us all that what we need is reeducation camps for all the atrocity-committing soldiers who will not be able to contain their bombing, murdering, raping ways once they come back from Iraq:

U.S. troops WILL be returning. Will we be ready for them? It is all too apparent that these soldiers, having committed atrocities world-wide, will be unfit for civil society unless they undergo a lengthy rehabilitation process. I propose that Fort Huachuca be used for this purpose.

This rehabilitation, or 're-education', will by necessity have to be conducted in secure facilities; both for the protection of civilians, and for the safety of the troops themselves. Happily, one of the very bases where they were trained to be killers can easily be used to confine them until they are ready to become productive members of society. It is highly desirable that only those bases that are far removed from population centers be used. Fort Huachuca in southern Arizona would be doubly good; the barbaric behavior once taught there would be un-taught in the same settings, thus reinforcing the lessons.

Having shot, bombed, beaten and sexually abused civilians, contact with non-military personnel must be extremely limited for the first six months or so of their internment. Their progress toward rehabilitation must be carefully monitored by psychiatric workers, and only those who show demonstrable, increasing levels of responsibility toward society will be allowed limited contact with non-military personnel. Due to the extremely high incidence of spousal abuse/murder among the returnees, conjugal visits should be prohibited for the first year.

For the first few months, their re-education must be the simple rules of good manners:

You don't shoot people.

You don't bomb people.

You don't beat people.

It is never OK to sexually abuse people.

No means No.

Role-playing will be of some use in this re-education, but aversion therapy will also prove useful.

The returning soldiers should be issued civilian clothes with no ensignia of rank, and all their government issued clothing should be burned in a ritualistic public manner to stress a complete break with their dark and bloody past.

Staffing in the re-education centers must be by social workers, not prison guards; the social workers should also dress in ordinary street clothes with only a small name tag to differentiate them from the general populace. No matter their understandable revulsion at the enormity of the crimes committed by the returning soldiers; the staff should avoid calling them names like "war criminals", "baby killers" and "scum".

As their re-education progresses, the better behaved internees should be allowed short, heavily supervised visits to Sierra Vista. Here they should demonstrate their new behavior by (for example) purchasing a cup of coffee without pointing a rifle, and asking directions without sexually abusing anyone. As they become more suited to dealing with humans, the returnees may be allowed to visit Tucson and Phoenix, again heavily supervised. Until their re-education is complete, no detainee should be allowed entry to Bisbee.

Rehabilitation and re-education will be of little effect without a large element of redemption; the returning soldiers should be encouraged to knit and sew clothing for their victims world-wide; and to write letters of apology to the peoples they have oppressed, raped and murdered. Any returnee that does not show tangible atonement should not be punished in any way, but the returnee should also not be released until such atonement is demonstrated.

Of course, some of the returning soldiers will be so inured to committing violent acts that their rehabilitation will take years, or even decades! But we must never loose hope that even the most depraved G.I. can be turned from evil.

If you think he's a troll, see:

Sep-25 @ 3:49 PM

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

the creator gave us all our rights
not the army
national guard
air force
border patrol

seems like some here are calling the founders of america liars

(Uh, dude, you forgot the United States Marine Corps.)


Sep-25 @ 4:03 PM

fight for the "rights" of goldman sachs and royal dutch shell if you want; for the "rights" of
fannie mae
freddie mac
but don't tell me or yourself you are fighting for
'cause you are not

Bigboomer2110 (Sep-25 @ 2:34 PM) responds:

First off I am an OIF veteran. I have carried flag draped coffins and have seen the horror that has never been on the news. I was able to "re-integrate" into society without raping, beating, bombimg or molesting anyone. Bostonblackie you sir or mam are the crux of the problem in this country. You believe you are entitled to your opinion simply because you live here. Well I am sorry to have to burst your bubble, your right to stand on a soapbox of freedom and expostulate your assinine rhetoric is granted to you by someone who has more courage and understanding of sacrifice than you will ever be able to grasp. It is fine to have your opinion of the war and of Bush, as well as whomever takes his place. If it is your wish to dissrespect the brave men and women who sacrifice to protect your freedoms please do so elsewhere, you and people who think like you don't deserve what you are guaranteed by your citizenship.

Soldier's Wrangler Trashed For Being Too Soldiery

A former service member and Iraq veteran, Viktor Whitlow, has had his Jeep trashed by thuggin' CHUDs at a university in Texas. This was not a random act of vandalism, as, literally, the red paint was thrown with the oft-cited C.H.U.D. meme that "Soldiers are Murderers". From NBC5i in Dallas:
The vandals used a box cutter to destroy the inside of his jeep, they slashed five tires and smashed through the windshield. Perhaps the most shocking detail to the vandalism was the message spray painted on his hood.In red paint the vandals spraypainted the message, "Soldiers are murderers."
Ouch, they even slashed the spare. The university is covering the cost of repairs for Mr. Whitlow's Jeep, but the VIN will always be associated with being tainted by a ruthless attack from those that seek to denigrate our military. The mission of the Dallas Baptist University is to
"provide Christ-centered quality higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies" and it seems the vandal in question assumed Jesus went around with a box-cutter in the middle of the night.

(h/t David M of The Thunder Run)


Code Pink Hangs It Up in Berkeley

Not Even the Frightening Witches of Code Pink Could Scare off our beloved Marine Corps

The Berkeley Marine Officer Recruiting Station has been under siege by CHUDs and assorted crazies for months. Code Pink issued a triumphant release entitled "Mission Accomplished" on East Bay Indy Media proclaiming a successful CHUD attack designed to take apart our military:
Major protest operations at the MRS have been ended, one year since covert military recruiting operations were first uncovered in Berkeley!

Our coalition is now engaged in dis(as)sembling and deconstructing the U.S. military, making the world safe and secure!

Our city and our coalition are proud of these accomplishments!

Come to our One Year End Recruiting Commemoration Wednesday, Sept 24th noon at the MRS* to honor these courageous Peace Activists!

Share and hear testimonies from the front lines of our most memorable, meaningful, insightful actions, episodes, and occurrences over the past year.
While Code Pink talks a big game like Attila the Hun as they lead a bunch of savages against a respected military institution, it's too bad for that Jonn Lillyea actually called the recruiting office in question. The Captain said the place still had a 3-year lease. Also, Protest Shooter has pics of the office still open for business while the hooligans in Code Pink and various 9/11 troofer miscreants congregate at the end of the block like a bunch of hobos. Go back to the sewer you losers.


Area Wuss Belittles Troops in Boston Globe

Steven Almond writes in an Op-Ed:
Perhaps the most insidious byproduct of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has been a reflexive sanctification of the military. To put this in bumper stickerese: Support the Troops. Well, I have an ugly confession to make: I don't support the troops - at least not unconditionally. When somebody tells me they serve in the military, my first impulse isn't to say, "Thank you for your service!" like those insufferable chickenhawks on talk radio.

My first impulse is to say, "I'm sorry to hear that." Because I am. I'm sorry to know that the person I'm talking to might someday be maimed or killed on the job, or might someday kill someone else. Or refuel a plane that drops bombs on buildings.
His discourse is short on facts and heavy on "feelings" against the troops, which helps explains why one of the forums on his website is dedicated to pointing out perceived "bullies" (e.g. NASCAR fans, Fox News anchors, and other people who would wear an American Flag shirt without irony). It seems Mr. Almond hasn't recovered from the barrage of swirlies, wedgies, and laughter received during high school and is adopting a "jocks vs. nerds" mentality towards people in uniform. Repressed memories of the football team stuffing you in the locker isn't a good basis for foreign and military policy, but the Boston Globe doesn't see it that way and decided to run this bile. The Huffington Post has Steve Almond on staff and his postings are a series of creepy letters in the first-hand perspective addressed to Barack Obama. I wonder if he puts on lipstick and masturbates while writing these things due to psychological trauma. The Obama campaign should get the secret service involved.


Ygleisas: Not a CHUD, but Crossing into the Danger Zone

Annoying Tax Burden?

Matt Ygleisas is an influential progressive blogger and often discusses foreign and domestic policy, that's why C.H.U.D. Busters was a bit disturbed to see him write this following post:
It would be silly, of course, to think you can draw a straight line from the Iraq War to the AIG bailout. Or to suggest that prompting widespread panic around credit default swaps was OBL’s idea from the get-go. But at the same time, it can’t really be denied that the economy would be in better shape if the $100+ billion that we’ve spent in Iraq every year for the past five years had, instead, been invested by public and private hands in productive enterprises. If instead of building bombs and Humvees that get destroyed quickly and then replaced, we’d been adding to the national stock of capital and consumer goods. If the people who’d been maimed in the war and are now getting medical treatment were, instead, working productively. Things like that.
Certainly veterans care is expesnive, but society has an obligation to ensure people injured in the line of duty are properly cared for and not lambasted for being annoying tax burdens like the guy on welfare who uses food stamps to buy T-bone steaks. At a time when resources in a tough economy become scarce, C.H.U.D. Busters hopes that society will opt for spending tax revenue on veterans and not so much on the next NYC banking conglomerate that goes belly up.


Grouchy Old Coot Loses His Faith in the Military

Ricard Cohen in his Acting Career

Geezer C.H.U.D.
CHUDitude: 3
Location of Outbreak: Washington Post Op-Ed (h/t This Ain't Hell)
Description of Attack: Richard Cohen pens a lengthy, partisan Op-Ed about the not-so-Straight Talk McCain, but throws in a complete non-sequitur regarding the awfulness of the military for no logical reason other than he's just a grouchy old geezer that missed Matlock last night. From WaPo:
Who believes that in Afghanistan last month, only five civilians were killed by the American military in an airstrike, instead of the approximately 90 claimed by the Afghan government? Not me. I first gave up on the military during Vietnam and then again when it covered up the death of Pat Tillman, the Army Ranger and former NFL player who was killed in 2004 by friendly fire.
Mr. Cohen will be glad to know that some of our elderly citizens still believe in the military, as it has been doing an okay job even before the invention of the Rascal, Viagra, and the advent of the cultural phenomenon known as the Golden Girls.

Prognosis: Richard Cohen is a grumpy old curmudgeon who has become sort of an icon of parody amidst circles in the blogosphere. His tirade against online book sales and tattooed whippersnappers has made him an easy target for those devious Gen Xers who won't get off his proverbial lawn on WaPo. However, a C.H.U.D. attack was a bit unexpected, as the nation's elderly can still recall when the military was the institution preventing the U.S. from being wiped off the face of the earth in WWII. As TSO says, what a moran!


Sears Offers Up Fall Fashions of Military Blingage

Type: Miblingin C.H.U.D.
CHUDitude: 4
Location of Attack: Sears Fall Fashion Line from All American Apparel, Nabbed by VetVoice and Politico
Description of Outbreak: The military's effect on contemporary culture is well known, what with the advent of camo cargo pants and diamond studded dog tags to impress your date. It's a natural evolution of culture as soldier's come back from the combat zone to intermingle with the citizenry. But what about when a private clothing company uses the insignia from one of the Army's most storied Divisions, The Big Red One, to hawk some cheesy wares to make a quick buck. The Politico explains:
But Sears, Roebuck and Co. is already moving to market its 1st Division “collection” this fall, and All American Apparel Inc., a privately held New York manufacturer, told Politico on Saturday that it had license from the Pentagon to proceed.

Caught most by surprise are combat veterans of the 1st Infantry Division, who see their familiar red-and-green shoulder patch splashed across Internet websites celebrating soldier chic.
Brandon Friedman has more from 1stID combat vets:
"Wait. What?" he said. The concept wasn't registering. "What do you. . .I have no idea what you're--" he stammered. "You mean they sold the actual patch? To Sears? Like to put on regular clothes?"

He looked horrified. Like he'd just discovered his car had been broken into.

These vets need to suck it up and realize that there's profit to be had. Who wouldn't want to see legions of gel-haired douchebags prowling the nightclubs with spiked hair advertising the merits of the 1st ID?

Prognosis: Haute Concept has pictures of the trashy gear, and notes that it is a way for people to feel "tougher" or more macho about themselves. Like Members Only jackets in decades past, the illusion of being part of an elite and unique organization can pay off handsomely when marketing yourself to the opposite sex. Unfortunately, it does no service to the people who had to actually bust their ass in the heat to get the 1st Infatry Division combat patch, and that didn't include dry-humping the Delta Delta chicks at McScooner's during Rush week.

C.H.U.D. Talk with a Feisty Co-Ed

Commenter Julia writes in on the DNC protest:

Just the fact that I am allowed to think for myself is evidence enough that I am free, and so are you. We do not start wars for "freedom". We fight wars for our national interest (this is quite true; take an international relations class).

Ms. Julia, thank you for your comment, but C.H.U.D. Busters is a non-partisan effort at pointing out those that "Don't Support the Troops" and is hardly the place for political discourse. However, we do feel that our military personnel taking part in a war is a necessity when called upon. The grave threats of Fascism, Slavery, Independence from England, and now Terrorism have been/will be overcome on the battlefields, and probably not at a Chomsky lecture your evil capitali$t parents are paying for. Sorry, but that's how we feel :-\

Bottom of the Barrel in Politics

Is anything sacred anymore?

(h/t Gateway Pundit)


War Memorial Defaced By Artsy CHUDs

Tagging can be an interesting artistic statement, but memorials should be off-limits

Many of us probably think graffiti in an urban setting is a pretty cool way to gussy up an otherwise boring side of a freight car. However, it goes without say that it has no place on a war memorial. Especially when the young punks who did it, were the same age of the soldier that it was a tribute to (SGT Dustin Laird, KIA Al-Qaim 2006). From the Army Times:
A West Tennessee judge has sentenced two people who admitted defacing a memorial to a dead soldier to work at the armory of the soldier’s National Guard unit.

Brandon White, who is 23, and 22-year-old Sara Gallimore appeared before General Sessions Court judge Tommy Moore on Wednesday in Dresden.

WCMT Radio in Martin reported Moore ordered White and Gallimore to pay $100 each in restitution for painting a memorial to Spc. Dustin Laird in Martin with images of a skull and skeleton.

Moore also assigned them to put in 200 hours of community service work at the armory where Laird’s unit is based in Union City.

Laird was a member of the 913th Engineer Company.

Luckily, the Judge wasn't afraid to lay the smack-down.

(h/t) David M of The Thunder Run


Protester Hooligans Make Trouble in the Twin Cities

Peaceful Protests Not so Peaceful on the Public property (pic from Atlas Shrugs)

Type: CHUDs on Parade
CHUDitude: 10
Location of Outbreak: RNC Protests, reported in various outlets
Description of Attack: Thugs have taken advantage of the hiatus on the RNC due to Gustav to wreak havoc throughout the Twin Cities. The SF Chronicle reports:

Earlier today, several groups of demonstrators - many with bandanas covering their faces who identified themselves as anarchists - broke from the main march. They set a fire in a garbage Dumpster, damaged five police squad cars and smashed three giant display windows at a Macy's department store, police said. Store spokeswoman Jennifer McNamara said the store would increase security for the rest of the week in response to the vandalism.

Despite sympathies towards these hooligans from left-leaning blogs, there is no way to disguise this utter contempt for public decency in order to make a point about how awful it is to live in America. The March on the RNC website has flyers calling the Iraq war "theft, torture, and murder" despite citing no evidence to these ridiculous allegations. Of course, this would imply that this protest was actually about a political statement, and not an excuse for young punks who didn't get enough attention from their parents to destroy public property in a nihilistic rage.

Prognosis: Overwhelming force is a proper method to deal with these trouble makers. Unfortunately, many of these clowns seek martyrdom by pretending to be victims of supposed "police brutality", so law enforcement is in a bit of Catch-22 in how to deal with this riff raff. But it is best to err on the side of using non-lethal force, like this unfortunate CHUD who got pepper-sprayed trying to recreate some lame 60s image by giving a flower to the police. Apparently, the police weren't intersted.


A Tribute to the Denver Police

C.H.U.D. Busters would like to take a moment to credit the true heroes, who are braving the filthy hordes of hooligans and miscreants to stop those that seek to disrupt our beloved democratic process. That's the Denver Police of course!

C.H.U.D.s waiting to pounce on their unsuspecting prey (photo zombietime)

But they get too bold...How's the view from pepper spray heaven fellas?

Don't stop the music!


Sadr Sympathizers Migrate from Basra to Denver

Peoples Press Collective has this garbage and much more From the DNC protests

Type: CHUDs on Parade
CHUDitude: 9
Location of Outbreak: Denver DNC Protests, Spotted by the PPC
Description of Attack: Trouble a-brewin in Denver was predicted weeks ago, and it appears to have manifested even before the actual DNC has started. Besides speeches from fake Native-American Ward Churchill on how North America is under military occupation and clowns in bandanas heckling Fox News, a sign was spotted calling for solidarity with murderous thug Muqtada al-Sadr. Sadr's Mahdi Army is responsible for massacring Sunnis in Baghdad, engaging in massive corruption and intimidation throughout southern Iraq, and killing our troops with advanced weaponry provided by Iran. He is a bit of an unsavory character, so it is confusing why protesting CHUDs would want to align themselves with the cleric, unless they wanted to trade their fashionable "Defend Denver" t-shirts for the not-so-cool abaya.

Prognosis: Some CHUDs feel so strongly against "AmeriKKKa", that they align themselves ideologically with any group that also strongly opposes America (even violently). This is typical CHUD behavior that was evident in Vietnam with Hanoi Jane perched side-by-side with the NVA enemy while an active war was happening. While the riff-raff in Denver might not have the financial capability to fly to Qom, Iran to "Hang with Muqtada", they make catchy signs to parade around in front of the media to demoralize our service members. Also, they can only align themselves with America's enemies by proxy, since direct combat with the military would result in an ass-whooping not seen since Caeser conquered Gaul.
The CHUD militia in action: Lame at Best (pic from Gateway Pundit)


AZ Vet Cemetery Under Attack

A passion for ultraviolence would be the only way you could justify vandalizing a Veterans Cemetery

Type: Thuggin' CHUDs
CHUDitude: 7
Location of Outbreak: National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Depicted on local CBS affiliate (h/t Jacki)
Description of Attack: Jacki writes in that the veterans cemetery in Arizona is being vandalized by low-class goons. CBS in Phoenix explains:

Vandals are stealing headstones, ripping down signs and plastering graffiti on pillars at the Valley's Veteran's National Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix police said."Well, they tried to pry this off the wall,' said Wayne Ellis, cemetery director. Ellis was pointing to a spot where vandals tried to pry open a memorial marker where the remains of one of Arizona's U.S. war veterans is enshrined.Ellis said it's the latest incident in string of crimes targeting the cemetery off Cave Creek Road in north Phoenix.Over the past several weeks, there have been at least a half dozen random acts of vandalism, Ellis said. The crimes range from grave markers stolen to inscripted memories shattered, he said.

Judging by the offensiveness of these crimes, you'd wonder if these Thug CHUDs would engage with necrophiliac acts with their mother like Ed Gein.

Prognosis: Like Alex in A Clockwork Orange vandalism and violence is often done for no rational reason, yet symbolizes a disturbing trend in our modern society. When even the cemeteries of our veterans are desecrated, it pretty much opens the door for anything else to be destroyed in a fit of nihilism. They are filming porns at memorials in Europe, and there doesn't seem to be any respect left.


CHUD Cheers on Death of French Allies, Bizarre LaRouchey Views on the Economy

A cartoon from Elaine Meinel Supkis. It's meaning is only known to her, God, and the voices in her head.

Type: Conspiracy C.H.U.D.
CHUDitude: 4
Location of Outbreak: EZ Reading Money Matters Blog (h/t NavyCS)
Description of Attack: While the cowardly Taliban continues to engage in terrorist attacks against civilians and ISAF troops in Afghanistan, they would be ecstatic to know that they have a cadre of supporters back here in the states. Elaine Meinel cheers on the heroic terrorists:

US Airfarce bombed French surrender monkeys in Afghanistan. HAHAHA. Why are the French there in the first place? Or the US Airforce? Time to talk about mountain tribes, imperial warfare and the many ironies of history.


The editors of the New York Times are utterly unable to explain why it is vital for the US to expand the eternal war in Afghanistan. Usually, we win wars by nuking civilian populations or carpet bombing industrial rivals. But how many ball bearing factories does Afghanistan have? How many airplane factories? Or tank factories does this tiny, landlocked, poor country have?


Sarkozy is a 100% Zionist. He will kill endless numbers of French soldiers to gain global power so Israel can crush the hardy, difficult Palestinians. The US has bombed many people who were the wrong people so far in the mountain fighting in Afghanistan.

This endless humiliation of the recently fallen and speculation done in sentence fragments continues on perpetually, and reminds one of the deranged homeless person on the street that you dish out 35 cents to leave you alone.

Prognosis: Elaine, who is unsurprisingly endorsed by CHUD-infested DU, reminds me of a Lyndon Larouche protege. These people rail about being Henry Kissinger being a "British Agent", have for decades warned of an economic collapse that hasn't happened, and once beat up the opposition with nunchucks during something called Operation "Mop Up". They thrive on human misery, endlessly driveling on about future suffering for the human race if we don't subscribe to their nutty ideals. Her bio, printed at the bottom of this interview, indicates that she lives on a mountain with a bunch of animals. Hopefully she stays there.


Tell Sen. Obama To Avoid the C.H.U.D. Blood Money

Jodie Evans of Code Pink: Enjoys Yoga, Biking Across the Golden Gate Bridge, Killing American Soldiers in Iraq

Type: CHUDs on Parade
CHUDitude: 5
Location of Outbreak: Alternet, Highlighted by RNC (h/t McClatchy Watch)
Description of Attack: A bundler from Code Pink, who was gotten her mitts on $50-$100K for the Obama campaign, is a full blown C.H.U.D. She attended the World Tribunal on Iraq, which gave us such ideological abortions as the brutal insurgency in Iraq was justified and that we humble Americans should support the Iraqi resistance that actively kills our troops. Her whole wretched statement can be seen on this 2005 Alternet article:

We must begin by really standing with the Iraqi people and defending their right to resist. I can remain myself against all forms of violence, and yet I cannot judge what someone has to do when pushed to the wall to protect all they love. The Iraqi people are fighting for their country, to protect their families and to preserve all they love. They are fighting for their lives, and we are fighting for lies. We must get out of Iraq now. They will rebuild their country, it will take time, a long time, but they cannot start until we are gone.

For the Record: Suicide Bombings against Civilians (a common tactic by the Iraqi Insurgency) shall now be called Love Bombs!

Prognosis: Jodie Evans is so wrapped up in her anti-war/anti-America spiel, that she will even support America's enemies who utilize the most brutal of tactics which deliberately target civilians (and American troops). She follows in the long, treasonous line of Jane Fonda supporting the NVA, Noam Chomsky supporting Hezbollah, and other various riff-raff that sit safely within America's borders free to spew their bile. Tell Obama to give the damn money back. It's just simple politics. Ron Paul once took money from a white supremacist organization, and look how it turned out for him (I think he's rummaging through the CHUD Busters garbage can out in the street right now for dinner).


Foreign Policy Expert Roseanne Blames Every Injustice on the Right-Wing Military

Roseanne Follows Up On Her Wildly Successful Movie Career w/Savvy Political Commentary

Type: Celebrity C.H.U.D.
CHUDitude: 7
Location of Outbreak: Roseanne's Wacky Blog (h/t The Sniper)
Description of Attack: Members of the cinematic industry are traditionally liberal, and deviating from that paradigm, as Jon Voight did and Angelina Jolie might, can subject accomplished actors to horrendous criticism from washed-up losers like Roseanne Barr. Roseanne offers her intelligent insight on the current Hollywood political climate by associating the refugees that Brangelina try to help with victims of a right-wing military conspiracy. In her fit of rage, she spews out a grammatically incorrect C.H.U.D. attack in order to bolster her confusing point:

Aren't you supposed to be somewhat enlightened, or do you not know that the african daughter you hold in every picture had parents who suffered and died because of the republican party's worldwide economic assault on africa over the last few decades since reagan? whaaaa...??????!!!! (for that matter, the thai and cambodian sons you are photo'd with weekly too who's pictures you sell to raise money to help the poor? Their families are victims of America's right wing military incursions too.)

For the record, the U.S. military has long held good relations with Thailand, and even assisted in providing humanitarian assistance during the devastating tsunami in late 2004. As for Cambodia, much of their suffering was due to the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime under Pol Pot, generally viewed as a "left-wing" military incursion. Of course, Roseanne probably isn't interested in these facts, just as she isn't interested in properly capitalizing the beginning of sentences.

Prognosis: Presumably, Roseanne seems to be attempting to bolster support for presumptive Democratic nominee, Senator Obama, with her post. But she is doing a bit of disservice to him, as she references him as having a "bone through his nose" and once quipped on the Huffington Post about his "jew problem". This frighteningly bigoted world view means CHUD-like characteristics are just around the corner. Dirty Harry summarizes her motivation when he states: "What a sad, small, unfulfilled life she must lead to demean herself in such a way hoping to, just once more and for a fleeting moment, feel the comforting warmth in the spotlight of attention again. What a pitiable figure that she can’t be satisfied with the fame she had and the wealth she has." Or a more simple, yet appropriate observation is made by TSO with "Shaddap Dummy".


Fringe Group on the Streets of NYC Says Fuck the Marines

Type: CHUDs on Parade
CHUDitude: 6
Location of Outbreak: Times Square, NYC (posted on YouTube)
Description of Attack: The 90s-era Giuliani purge of all things undesirable on Times Square apparently forgot to ship off the Black Israelites to Jersey. A NY Times article from a decade ago notes how they have continued to set up shop in NYC, advocating for the enslavement of white people. This bit must've gotten old, because now they are stepping up their CHUD attacks on Marines, regardless of race. CHUD Busters watched the video so you don't have to:
  • 0:25 Claims that the Army Beret has satanic connotations
  • 1:26 Poster of A-bomb with "America Shall Soon Be Destroyed" prominently displayed
  • 2:29 "Fuck America, Fuck the Marines"
  • 3:30 WTC buildings came down from missiles?!? Uh-oh, we've gone into Truther territory
  • 4:10 Creepy Revelations quotes about the apocalypse
  • 8:00 Walking on picture of Jesus
The Marine's suggestion to "knock themselves out" is the smartest thing I heard in this entire abortion of a clip.

Prognosis: NYC has long been known for bringing the crazy to the streets, but it is also very friendly to our servicemembers, and this Marine should consider himself protected from CHUD attacks while out in public. But he should be fearful of encountering these people in a concealed location. The YouTube user, HARMAGADWAN, has a repertoire of public shenanigans in NYC, and his corny, monochromatic website has photoshopped images that imply all white people are caveman, World War III is upon us (includes Revalations quotes), and that the image of Jesus has been corrupted. The antics of this group are almost like watching a self-parody, and it's very hard to view their CHUDistic affront with any sort of seriousness.


C.H.U.D. Presumed Extinct Located in Brooklyn!

Careful! Skinny-Jeaned Hipsters can Morph Into CHUDs at a Moment's Notice

Type: Trust Fund C.H.U.D.
CHUDitude: 8
Location of Outbreak: BushwickBK, Senior Editor Jeremy Sapienza
Description of Attack: Often, CHUDs can get so beat down by their counterparts that don't dwell in a sewer of filth, that they go into hiding for months and even years. Jeremy Sapienza wrote the following elegant eulogy for the 2000 KIA servicemember in Iraq back in 2005 at Project for the New Anarchist Century:

Well, it seems the 2000th slackjawed yokel/fresh-from-Chihuahua tomato-picker/"urban" slum-dweller baby-killer has finally bit it in Iraq. That's 2000 less future homeless junkie serial-killer rapist petty thief semi-crippled nutjobs to be subsidized/suffered by the productive people of these United States. To paraphrase the neocons: "Better to get them over there before they get us over here."

I have been saying for a while, the only good thing about wars is that they attract the most worthless illiterate dirtbag shitsack welfare-suckers to be scraped off the bottom of society's pot and flung away like the human trash they are to be erased from the gene pool in a foreign place.

His subtlety in CHUDology is not very apparent, and many in the blogosphere were not very thrilled with his violent outbursts. Jeremy was summarily booted off the already CHUD-riddled websites of Lew Rockwell and AntiWar.com and rarely heard of or seen since.

However, he has revitalized himself in 2008 as a hipster blogger in Brooklyn at BushwickBK, discussing such important issues in a time of war as blurry photos of Susan Sarandon walking the streets of New York, a new awning for a falafel shop, and the real estate market for douchey white people that would never talk to you because you don't listen to the White Stripes. Note to Mr. Sapienza: It's hard to hide behind your newfound beat, when the internet can provide a disturbing look into your online past.

Prognosis: Jeremy clearly has a view of an American ideal that can be found in the corners of the NYC burroughs, and everything else is simply "bullshit" to him. Consider that he refferred to his recent trip to Orlando as a town full of "hicks and spics", let that be a testament to his intolerant world. Servicemembers cannot exist in Jeremy's America, so he uses his limited pulpit to denigrate them in an attempt to make the country look like an old post from Stuff White People Like.

American Airlines Narrowly Avoids the C.H.U.D. Label

Wek dropped C.H.U.D. Busters a tip about American Airlines charging too much for servicemember bags headed for the front, but AA decided to implement new policy to waive the fee. Good for them, because no respectable organization would want to be perceived as bunch of CHUDs.