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Hospital moved RAF sergeant over fears his uniform would upset patients

Multiculturalism is to blame, of course.


The Guardian: A hospital has apologised after an injured RAF sergeant was moved out of a hospital waiting room because staff thought his uniform would upset other patients.

Aircraft engineer Sgt. Mark Prendeville, 38, was taken to accident and emergency at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother hospital in Margate, Kent, after chemicals from a fire extinguisher got in to his eyes during a training exercise.

The sergeant, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was taken to an empty corner of the waiting room before being moved behind a corner by hospital staff, the Sun reported.

His family was allegedly told by hospital workers that “they didn’t want to upset people” and “have lots of different cultures coming in”.

A number of veterans and military figures have spoken out against Prendeville’s treatment.

Former chief of the air staff Sir Michael Graydon described the incident as disappointing. “I would have thought, regardless of whether he had his uniform on or not, it was more important to deal with the situation, which was the chap had something very unpleasant happen to him, and he should be dealt with immediately,” he said. “Moving him to other rooms in the danger of offending people strikes me of getting the priorities absolutely wrong.”

Former RAF navigator Flt Lt John Nichol said he was appalled, and told the newspaper: “This is horrifying, you should be treated differently for wearing a uniform, you should be lauded because you’re wearing uniform, you should be celebrated for wearing uniform.”

A spokesman for East Kent University hospitals NHS foundation trust apologised to Prendeville for “any embarrassment”. “A member of the armed forces in uniform attended our A&E and was asked by a member of staff if he wanted to sit inside the department rather than the waiting room,” he told the Sun.

“This employee was acting in good faith because previously, there had been an altercation between a member of the public and a different member of the armed forces in uniform.”

Prendeville was training at RAF Manston, Kent, when the accident happened on Wednesday.


Pact with the devil: Obama’s Pentagon tells our soldiers in Afghanistan to ignore child sex abuse

Colin Freeman reports for the UK Telegraph, Sept. 22, 2015, that the U. S. military is accused of encouraging our troops in Afghanistan to turn a blind eye to sexual abuse of young boys committed by local army commanders whom we had trained.

Former U.S. soldiers say they were ordered to ignore local Afghan commanders taking young boys as sexual playthings — a practice known as bacha bazi (“boy play”) which is common in Islamic Afghanistan where extra-marital sex and female prostitution are frowned upon. The veterans say the U.S. military placed greater priority on maintaining good relations with local Afghan commanders and militia leaders because they will take over once American forces pull out.

The New York Times says soldiers who objected to the abuse often found themselves facing disciplinary proceedings as a result.

Dan Quinn, a former Special Forces captain who, along with a colleague, was disciplined for allegedly beating up a U.S.-backed Afghan militia commander who kept a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave, told the NYT: “The reason we were here is because we heard the terrible things the Taliban were doing to people, how they were taking away human rights. But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me.”

LCpl Gregory T. Buckley Jr.

In 2012, a U.S. Marine stationed in Afghanistan, LCpl Gregory Buckley Jr., was shot by one of a large entourage of “tea boys” living with an Afghan police commander named Sarwar Jan on the military base in Helmand Province.

Sawar JanJan, who denies the allegations, has a reputation for corruption, support for the Taliban and child abduction.

Buckley’s father blames bacha bazi for his son’s death, saying that the teenage boy who killed his son may have blamed him for failing to stop abuse by a local Afghan commander.

Buckley Sr. told the NYT that he is tormented by the possibility that his son’s death was linked to the sexual abuse: “As far as the young boys are concerned, the marines are allowing it to happen and so they’re guilty by association. They don’t know our marines are sick to their stomachs.”

General John F. Campbell, commander of both US and allied forces in Afghanistan — a post he assumed on August 26, 2014, in other words, an Obama appointee — denied on Sept. 22 there was ever a policy for forces to ignore Afghan officials’ sexual abuse of minors.

Gen. John F. Campbell

Campbell said in a statement:

“I personally have served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and am absolutely confident that no such theater policy has ever existed here, and certainly, no such policy has existed throughout my tenure as commander. I want to make absolutely clear that any sexual abuse or similar mistreatment of others, no matter the alleged perpetrator or victim, is completely unacceptable and reprehensible.”

Blah, blah, blah.

LCpl Buckley’s Facebook page here.

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV and christy

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Chinese military joins Russia in Syria

Dr. Eowyn:

Meanwhile, Obama’s ISIS policy — never much of a policy to begin with — is falling apart. His hand-picked ISIS/Islamic State “czar” – retired Gen. John Allen – is resigning, come November. And Putin is calling Obama’s bluff on the latter’s “war” against Islamic State, saying Russia will go alone if Obama rejects his proposal to fight IS jointly.

Way to go, Obama! Everything you touch turns to crap. And yet Rasmussen Reports says you still have 50% approval rating from “likely U.S. voters.” Go figure.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

“The board is set . . . the pieces are moving.” -Gandalf, Lord the Rings: The Return of the King

According to The New York Times and FT, in addition to nine T-90 tanks and more than 500 marines for possible ground attacks, Russia is building up its air base near the port city of Latakia in Syria with some of its most advanced ground attack planes and fighter jets, and 2,000 troops as the “first phase” of its mission to shore up the Assad government. The planes are protected by at least two or possibly three SA-22 surface-to-air, antiaircraft systems, and unarmed Predator-like surveillance drones are being used to fly reconnaissance missions.

Russian air base near Latakia, Syria

Now, China is entering the fray.

The pro-Assad Al-Masdar (The Arab Source) reports on Sept. 23, 2015:

[T]he Russians appear to have a contingency that involves another world power that was absent from the U.S…

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Fellowship of the Minds’ email account was hacked

About half an hour ago, when I tried to access FOTM’s email account (, I discovered someone had hacked into it, so that I no longer can access it.

It will take Gmail 3 to 5 business days to investigate this and determine my ownership.

In the meantime, if you’ve ever received email from FOTM, you probably have or will received this bogus email, which is typical of something sent from a hacked email account:

Am sorry to bother you, I’m in Limassol Cyprus at the moment and i just misplaced my bag containing all my vital items, phone, passport and money at the bus station. I am stranded at the moment and i need your help.


Ignore it. Don’t EVER EVER answer the email.

I don’t believe it is a coincidence that just 3 days ago I published the post, “Christians are leaving the U.S. military,” which named anti-Christ atheist Mikey Weinstein’s Military Religious Freedom [sic] Foundation (MRFF) as being the instigator of attacks against Christian chaplains and soldiers. I know MRFF has a link to this post, which brought in a slew of commenters all parroting the same lie: that Christians in the U.S. military are ramming and forcing their religious beliefs on others. I’ve checked with friends who are active service members and they all confirmed this is a lie. For that reason, I did not allow those comments through.

This is the new email address for Fellowship of the Minds:

Here’s my message to the pusillanimous anti-Christ enemies of FOTM:

Armor of God I can do all things through Christ

St. Michael, the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection
against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do thou,
oh Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the power of God,
cast into Hell,
Satan and all the other evil spirits
who prowl about the world,
seeking the ruin of souls.


Faithful dog loses it when soldier returns home

H/t PawMyGosh



Bowe Bergdahl investigation leader says GI should not face jail time

Maybe the General should ask the six soldiers who searched for Bergdahl what they think of this. Oh wait, they’re dead.

Deserter Pfc Bowe Bergdahl

Deserter Pfc Bowe Bergdahl

CNN: The Army general who led the investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s actions in Afghanistan testified Friday that jail time would be “inappropriate” for the soldier captured and held five years by the Taliban. Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl said he interviewed Bowe for a day and a half and “did not find any evidence to corroborate the reporting that Bergdahl was … sympathetic to the Taliban.”

Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl

Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl

Instead, Dahl said, Bergdahl wanted to call attention to what he considered poor leadership of his unit. Bergdal believed that by leaving his observation post and running 23 kilometers (about 14 miles) to a nearby base he could cause a stir and gain access to a high-ranking officer to complain, Dahl said.

Dahl testified at an Army Article 32 preliminary hearing held to determine whether Bergdahl will face a court-martial. If his case goes to court-martial and he is found guilty, Bergdahl faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison. Bergdahl will not testify, defense attorney Eugene Fidell told the military court at Joint Base San Antonio.

Bergdahl vanished in June 2009 after deserting his unit, authorities said. The incident set off a series of events that included his five-year capture by the Taliban. President Barack Obama later freed five members of the terror network held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Bergdahl last year. As part of the controversial prisoner swap, Bergdahl returned to the United States. In March, the military charged him with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

‘Unrealistic expectations of people’

Dahl testified that he thought Bergdahl was “very bright and well-read.” When asked what in Bergdahl’s background might have caused his behavior in the military, Dahl said that the combination of growing up in rural Idaho on the “edge of the grid … being home-schooled” and the fact that he “internalized a lot of what he read” resulted in him having “idealistic and unrealistic expectations of people.” Though Bergdahl was not duty-bound to comply with the investigation, he did so and submitted to a day and a half interview. Bergdahl did not exercise his right to silence at the start of the interview, Dahl said. Dahl said he didn’t “believe there is a jail sentence at the end of this process.”

small violin

The last witness from the Bergdhahl defense team was Terrence Russell, a civilian who works for the Department of Defense Joint Personnel Recovery Agency. Russell debriefed Bergdahl. Russell said Bergdahl experienced “horrific” conditions and that his “experience ranks in the same echelon of horrible conditions that we have not seen in 60 years,” referring to troops held in Vietnam. He described Bergdhahl as “an army of one, he had to fight the enemy alone for 4 years 11 months. You cannot overestimate how difficult that is. ”

The hearing began Thursday, when government prosecutors called witnesses who represented Bergdahl’s chain of command.

His former platoon leader, Capt. John Paul Billings, recounted soldiers awakening him early to say Bergdahl was missing. “I didn’t really know what to say. I was in shock, in absolute disbelief that I couldn’t find one of my own men. It’s a hard thing to swallow,” Billings said, adding that a squad immediately went out to look for him. On cross-examination, Billings said Bergdahl appeared to be completely normal the day before he disappeared, that he had been dedicated to the mission and had an outstanding record of performance.

The defense asked the platoon leader whether he had been made aware that Bergdahl had a psychological discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard, or that Bergdahl “possessed a severe mental disease or defect?” Billings said he would have recommended Bergdahl to specialist care if he had known of any such mental issue.

During the hearing, Berghdahl sat at a long table with his civilian and military defense attorneys. He spent much of the proceedings looking down as he took notes on a pad in his lap.

Prisoner swap criticized

Some in the military and those who fought alongside Bergdahl in Afghanistan blasted the prisoner swap deal. Obama has hailed Bergdahl’s safe return to the United States. “Sgt. Bergdahl has missed birthdays and holidays and the simple moments with family and friends,” the President said when the soldier returned.

A court-martial would put the White House in a precarious situation. It has steadfastly defended the decision to recover Bergdahl amid backlash from Republicans and some who served with him in Afghanistan. At the time of his recovery, U.S. officials said Obama’s national security team was unanimous in its support of the prisoner exchange that ultimately returned Bergdahl to the United States.

Bergdahl prisoner swap

Concerns about his physical health prompted them to circumvent a requirement to notify Congress about pending prisoner releases, authorities said at the time. Obama cited a “sacred rule” in attempting to rescue American servicemen and -women, no matter the circumstances surrounding their capture. “We still get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity. Period. Full stop. We don’t condition that,” he said at the time.

Some members of Bergdahl’s unit have accused him of purposely abandoning his post before being captured in remote Afghanistan. Some suggested the U.S. effort to rescue him was misguided. Allegations that he abandoned his post were well-known before his rescue became public, though they hadn’t yet been subject to the type of Army investigation that followed his return.

The White House has expressed no regret at the decision to swap the Idaho native with Taliban prisoners.

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Christians are leaving the U.S. military

Convoy duty

Jacqueline Klimas reports for The Washington Times, April 15, 2015, that Christians are leaving the U.S. military or are discouraged from joining in the first place because of a “hostile work environment” that doesn’t let them express their beliefs openly, according to religious freedom advocates.

They include:

1. Douglas Lee, an Army chaplain who, as president of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, is charged with finding people who want to be chaplains and make sure they’re also qualified to serve in the military. Lee said that growing religious hostility within the military is making it harder for him to find potential recruits and for the armed forces to maintain the chaplains it does have. “I know people who get out, officers and chaplains, who’ve said, ‘I can’t serve the way I want to in this environment. People who’ve said, ‘Because of the religious liberty challenges I see, I think I’ll serve somewhere else.'”

2. Michael Berry, senior counsel of the Liberty Institute, a Texas-based nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches, in the military and throughout the public arena. Berry said that recent high-profile cases of military chaplains facing punishment for private counseling sessions that reflected the teachings of their religion could cause devout Americans who are qualified for military service to think twice about joining the military. “People of faith are going to stay away from the military. I can’t tell you how many moms and dads I’ve spoken to who say, ‘My son or daughter wants to join the military, [but] in light of what you’ve described, I’m not sure I want to let them join the military anymore,’ and I don’t blame them. I would have serious reservations about my own kids joining.”

Berry points out that not being able to recruit or retain Christians is very dangerous from a national security standpoint because they could be the military’s next group of leaders, but will never serve because they don’t think they’re welcome. Berry said he thinks the “hostile work environment” that is forcing the most religious persons out of the military is only getting worse, and that while in the past problems were mainly in the Air Force, religious liberty issues have spread throughout all the services. “The problem is getting worse, not better, despite our efforts. There is a culture [of] hostility [toward] religion in the military right now.”

3. Travis Weber, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, notes that the hostility is directed not at all religious groups, but against Christians in particular. He said he’s seen a recent uptick and pattern of Christians facing persecution for religious expression.

In effect, it is neither incorrect nor hyperbolic to describe the U.S. military under Obama as anti-Christ.

The military had 2,837 active-duty chaplains as of December 2014, according to numbers provided by the Defense Department. The largest group was the Southern Baptist Convention, with 437 members. More than 200 chaplains are affiliated with the Roman Catholic church, while 26 are Jewish, and just one is Hindu.

DOD spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen insists that “The Department of Defense respects, places a high value on and supports by policy the rights of members of the military services to observe the tenets of their respective religions or to have no religious beliefs. The mission of the chaplain corps is to provide care and the opportunity for service members, their families and other authorized personnel to exercise their constitutional right to the free exercise of religion.” Blah, blah, blah.

The Liberty Institute warns that the abuse of religious freedom within the U.S. military “has intensified under the Obama Administration, and its now reaching crisis level.”

Below are examples of such abuses, in which our service men and women – the very people who fight for our freedoms – are having their First Amendment rights taken away:

Mikey Weinstein

In the above cases, Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is the main instigator. Weinstein said that while chaplains can believe whatever their religion teaches, those who think they must act on religious teachings about sex or sexuality have no place in the military. “You can continue to believe that internally, but if you have to act on that, the right thing to do is to get out of the U.S. military, because you have no right to tell a member of the military that they’re inferior because of the way they were born” — which doesn’t make any sense.

Weinstein said he thinks the chaplain corps would work better if chaplains were totally outside the military force structure and didn’t have a military rank because having religious leaders in the military serves as propaganda for Islamic extremist groups who try to paint the U.S. military as religious crusaders — which is a straw-man argument.

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV