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(Stars and Stripes)   "America's Got Talent" contestant Timothy Michael Poe claimed on TV to have TBI from Afghan War grenade attack. Military: Not so fast   (stripes.com) divider line 37
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2012-06-06 09:13:55 AM
8 votes:
This is like the country music equivalent of rappers claiming to have been involved in lots of violent crime and having hard childhoods.
2012-06-06 10:23:51 AM
3 votes:
Look...

The show is a booked talent variety show. The "contestants" are not contestants. They are booked through talent agencies to perform on the show, and they're told what they're going to do-- even if it's not something in their repertoire. Dancers are told "You're a singer from Hackensack" and jugglers are told "You're a dancer from New York City." They're told to ham it up and play to the audience, and make up a tale about their life.

The "winners" are also booked from talent agencies, but they're actually booked to perform their real act, so the Pendragons (a well-known magic duo) were booked to do stage magic, and the comedians are booked to tell jokes, and so on. They're encouraged to tell their real story.

This guy was telling a story for his character. Was it a lie? Probably. Was anything else on that show real? About 20% of it.

It's not a talent competition. It's a variety show masquerading as a talent competition.
2012-06-06 10:19:15 AM
3 votes:
Oh, and also this guy is a complete waste of space.

I'm not even a big pro-military guy, but faking injuries supposedly incurred during a military operation is A) disgustingly wormy and pathetic and B) a spit in the face to the people who have been actually injured.
2012-06-06 09:07:53 AM
3 votes:
"By the time I turned and went to jump on my guys, I yelled 'grenade' and the blast had hit me,"

I didn't see this show, this is what he said? Yea RPGs don't fly slowly like they do in movies and video games.
2012-06-06 09:06:33 AM
3 votes:
Scumbag
2012-06-06 11:16:34 AM
2 votes:

xynix: IrateShadow: MattyFridays: I can't understand people who have such low self esteem that they have to stoop to the level to impersonate.

I can understand the reasoning why *young* men may do it, because the advantage, is obviously, girls.

But when old men do it, it's heartbreaking because it's just so pathetic.


It doesn't help that we practically worship soldiers in this country.

I think a lot of that has to do with the way Americans treated Vietnam vets. There was a -lot- of guilt in the US during the 80s. I remember growing up watching all those Vietnam movies from the late 70s into the late 80s. A lot of them centered on how devastating the war was to the young men who fought during that era and how badly they were treated when they got home. When Desert Storm hit there was a lot of Hu-Rah from my generation (we were spoon fed Hu-Rah). My parents generation had a lot of guilt from the way they treated vets during the 60s/70s so they had a bunch of pent up Hu-Rah and plus they had to shed that guilt. I grew up in a military family so we were shiatting Hu-Rah from birth.

So the result is what we have now which is a basic warship of American Soldiers. Which frankly is a lot better than the way Vietnam vets were treated.


Too true. I have no problem distinguishing between appreciation and sympathy for our soldiers, and absolute hatred for the wars they are sent into.
2012-06-06 10:57:48 AM
2 votes:
I think he's a stupid redneck, so it's no surprise he wants to pretend to be a real man.
2012-06-06 10:19:55 AM
2 votes:

Tat'dGreaser: Scumbag


When an entire nation starts slobbering mindlessly over its military, classing anyone who has ever held a gun as a "hero" it's no wonder that a few people will try to cash in.
2012-06-06 10:16:34 AM
2 votes:
fanzone50.com

"What's the color of the boathouse at Hereford?!"
2012-06-06 10:07:41 AM
2 votes:
I sent you into danger based on lies. Sorry about your missing legs. Here's an award. We good?
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2012-06-06 10:04:57 AM
2 votes:
My brother isn't impressed (he just told me).

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2012-06-06 10:01:33 AM
2 votes:
He'll be quietly removed from the competition to avoid controversy. Can't have the network look like they got snookered. I suspect no mention will ever be made of this on air, not even the fact that he's just "not around" anymore.
2012-06-06 09:21:47 AM
2 votes:

MattyFridays: I can't understand people who have such low self esteem that they have to stoop to the level to impersonate.


I'm not actually a funny, witty and snarky person, but I impersonate one on Fark.
2012-06-06 09:14:14 AM
2 votes:

Tat'dGreaser: Scumbag


I met a lot of guys that claimed to have been in Vietnam. If you asked them too many questions, they'd say "It's classified", even 20 or more years later.

One dufus told me he flew B-52's out of Danang.
2012-06-06 09:11:08 AM
2 votes:

MattyFridays: 1) What is a TBI for non-military folk?

2) How do you put in nine years and only have one month in Afghanistan?


Traumatic Brain Injury.
2012-06-06 04:54:34 PM
1 votes:
I saw a young man at the V.A. Hospital today who suffered severe head trauma while in Iraq. Then I hear about steaming piles of shiat like this and I want to squeeze their farking necks until their eyeballs pop out.
2012-06-06 04:03:12 PM
1 votes:

Sandy Duncan's eyeball:
Howard pretty much ripped the guy a new one this morning on his show. Howard also implied that the guy really milked his sob story for all that it was worth in Vegas, but he couldn't go into detail about it since those shows haven't aired yet.


They also mentioned that his ex-wife said that she doesn't remember him having any stutter. I don't know if she was with him at the time that he claims to have been injured and acquired the stutter, but maybe some Farker less lazy than me wants to investigate...

I was rolling my eyes watching, going, "Oh here comes the sappy war hero story!" and was put off by his aww-shucks demeanor. Now at least I get to feel justified in my distaste.
2012-06-06 03:40:43 PM
1 votes:

wruley: After doing some quick research on this guy, it turns out he is ONE BIG DOUCHE BAG.

According to his ex-wife:

He is a liar, cheater, abuser, and deadbeat father.

I hope they put him on stage and Howie or Howard rips him a new a-hole. That would make the show almost worth watching.


Howard pretty much ripped the guy a new one this morning on his show. Howard also implied that the guy really milked his sob story for all that it was worth in Vegas, but he couldn't go into detail about it since those shows haven't aired yet.
2012-06-06 01:04:01 PM
1 votes:
After doing some quick research on this guy, it turns out he is ONE BIG DOUCHE BAG.

According to his ex-wife:

He is a liar, cheater, abuser, and deadbeat father.

I hope they put him on stage and Howie or Howard rips him a new a-hole. That would make the show almost worth watching.
2012-06-06 11:42:33 AM
1 votes:
What he did was bad, but not as bad as getting us into a 6 456 week war on false pretense.
2012-06-06 11:24:05 AM
1 votes:

ZeroCorpse: Look...

The show is a booked talent variety show. The "contestants" are not contestants. They are booked through talent agencies to perform on the show, and they're told what they're going to do-- even if it's not something in their repertoire.



So, I know people who have been on the show, and at least for them, what you said isn't even remotely true. They came on, met with staff, passed the vetting process and got to perform on stage. According to them, a lot of the "reality" elements are coached, but the performances are certainly not. No one goes up to do something they're bad at, unless they're those asshats who do it just to get on TV.

However, my friends barely got any TV time, and were kicked out after the second round. They think it had to do with the fact that they didn't respond well to the producers' coaching to be emotionally over the top and whatnot, but maybe they just didn't do that well.

/CSB
2012-06-06 10:49:48 AM
1 votes:

MattyFridays: I can't understand people who have such low self esteem that they have to stoop to the level to impersonate.

I can understand the reasoning why *young* men may do it, because the advantage, is obviously, girls.

But when old men do it, it's heartbreaking because it's just so pathetic.



It doesn't help that we practically worship soldiers in this country.
2012-06-06 10:15:25 AM
1 votes:

grinding_journalist: He'll be quietly removed from the competition to avoid controversy. Can't have the network look like they got snookered. I suspect no mention will ever be made of this on air, not even the fact that he's just "not around" anymore.


This. It's easy. They sent him to Vegas, but they send hundreds of acts to Vegas and it's impossible to put all of them on TV during the Vegas rounds. They simply say he got to Vegas and didn't make it past there and was eliminated by the judges, and forget he ever existed.
2012-06-06 10:07:48 AM
1 votes:
Had a guy at a previous client site trying to claim he was former Army. I asked him what his M.O.S. was, and he responded with, "Huh?" Asked again what his M.O.S. was and he asked, "What's that?" so I responded with, "Your military occupational specialty." He next asked, "What's that mean?" By this point I was rolling my eyes, and I replied, "Your job." He says to me with a straight face, "I was a research scientist."

Google suggests that the army does have research scientists, and I'm a guessin' that if somebody in the army is out of the chain where they'd have to be thinking about what things like "MOS" are, it would be them. I mean, assuming that the army legitimately needs research scientists inside the organization (that is, they want to do something in-house that couldn't be outsourced to some defense contractor for only several hundred multiples of cost), then I sure hope they aren't cutting themselves out of 99% of the best and brightest candidates in the field by making them do, you know, pushups (i keed).
2012-06-06 10:02:11 AM
1 votes:
So what's his FARK handle, FlyNavy or TheConvincingSavant?
2012-06-06 09:45:48 AM
1 votes:
Know who else stuttered and made it in music? ...

"Ski-bop-bop-badop-bop!"
2012-06-06 09:36:36 AM
1 votes:

MattyFridays: 2) How do you put in nine years and only have one month in Afghanistan?


I've been in the reserves for 21 years.
Deployed once for 5 months.
2012-06-06 09:36:29 AM
1 votes:
CSB, An acquaintance of mine did something similar on a much smaller scale.

While he was deployed to Iraq, he claimed to his family that he was shot when clearing a building. His family and friends of course applauded his heroism.

Problem arose when someone else in his unit caught wind of it, and had full knowledge that he was just fine. One anonymous letter to his parents later and the kid got the shame he deserved.

I hope Amurrikas got Talent calls this chode out on the air.
2012-06-06 09:32:02 AM
1 votes:

Kaka: eKonk: Hey, give the guy a break! The military is known for cover-ups. For instance, the Navy refuses to acknowledge my role as a marine core soldier because I went on many top-secret missions. They even refused to give me the Presidential Purple Star of Honor after I jumped on a RPG (that's Really Powerful Gernade, for you civilians) to save President Franklin's life when he was visiting us soldiers at our secret base in Albania.

This guy is probably a hero, but there's a conspiracy against him. It's more likely than you think.

WOW!

Is this you with your marine core???

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wife-like typing detected.
2012-06-06 09:26:37 AM
1 votes:

eKonk: Hey, give the guy a break! The military is known for cover-ups. For instance, the Navy refuses to acknowledge my role as a marine core soldier because I went on many top-secret missions. They even refused to give me the Presidential Purple Star of Honor after I jumped on a RPG (that's Really Powerful Gernade, for you civilians) to save President Franklin's life when he was visiting us soldiers at our secret base in Albania.

This guy is probably a hero, but there's a conspiracy against him. It's more likely than you think.


WOW!

Is this you with your marine core???

encrypted-tbn3.google.com
2012-06-06 09:22:57 AM
1 votes:
Hey, give the guy a break! The military is known for cover-ups. For instance, the Navy refuses to acknowledge my role as a marine core soldier because I went on many top-secret missions. They even refused to give me the Presidential Purple Star of Honor after I jumped on a RPG (that's Really Powerful Gernade, for you civilians) to save President Franklin's life when he was visiting us soldiers at our secret base in Albania.

This guy is probably a hero, but there's a conspiracy against him. It's more likely than you think.
2012-06-06 09:20:45 AM
1 votes:
What an insult to the soldiers who really do have TBI, although they may not be able to know that they have been insulted.

www.propublica.org
2012-06-06 09:18:22 AM
1 votes:
There's another story that was on Gothamist yesterday about a SEAL impersonator who ran another con and ended up assaulting a girl.

I can't understand people who have such low self esteem that they have to stoop to the level to impersonate.

I can understand the reasoning why *young* men may do it, because the advantage, is obviously, girls.

But when old men do it, it's heartbreaking because it's just so pathetic.

I remember a couple of impersonators, not sure if they were on FARK, one young kid was obviously way too fat to be a SEAL, and the other one was an old man who looked like he was wearing a Halloween costume uniform and everyone bought it.
2012-06-06 09:12:21 AM
1 votes:
I know that article was in Stripes, and they assume their readers already know. But the first time you reference TBI, you also need to write "traumatic brain injury".
2012-06-06 09:10:10 AM
1 votes:
What is TBI? Also, dude needs to Have some serious smack down for lieing about a war injury.
2012-06-06 09:09:37 AM
1 votes:
I'll bet he didn't expect the military to take notice
/lolwhoops
2012-06-06 09:06:57 AM
1 votes:
i got blowed up?
 
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