Fit for Duty?

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Fit For Duty?

An Army doctor who disobeyed deployment orders to Afghanistan because he questions President Obama's eligibility for office was convicted today during his court-martial this week in Maryland.

Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin -- a 17-year veteran -- pleaded guilty to disobeying an order to meet with a superior and report to Fort Campbell.

He pleaded not guilty to a second charge of missing a flight bound for the Kentucky base. 

Lakin faces up to three and a half years in prison and dismissal from the Army. 

In September, a military judge ruled that Lakin's original defense -- questioning whether President Obama was born in the U.S. and therefore can serve as commander in chief -- is not legally relevant in the case.

Some Other Time

Berkeley, California's city council has indefinitely delayed a vote on whether to declare the Army private suspected of giving classified documents to the WikiLeaks website a "hero", and to call for his release.

As we've reported, the city's Peace and Justice Commission has already approved the resolution supporting Private First Class Bradley Manning, who is being held in military custody. 

Some council members however, were concerned with the way the resolution was written, while others said it was premature to "honor" Manning when he hasn't admitted to being the source of the leaks. 

A veterans group condemned the resolution calling it "absurd."

Return to Sender

Wisconsin postal worker who thought he could withstand the winter cold while delivering the mail naked has been arrested. 

The police report says the 52-year-old man said he wanted to cheer up a woman on his route who seemed stressed out. 

The man now admits delivering the mail naked was a "stupid" idea.