by Eric Beasley
Buffoon. Gadfly. Ignoramus.
There’s only one person that we write about here that fits that description. The perennial candidate Robin Ficker. In his latest attack, launched at 2 AM on the Hagerstown TEA Party Facebook group, Ficker demonstrates yet again his lack of knowledge of the military that he claims to have served in.
There’s a little bit of US and Military history that I have to get to so that you understand what a complete moron Robin Ficker is.
I’m sitting here trying to state how old Ms. Hoeber is without actually saying her age. Let’s just say that she would be eligible for enlistment in 1959. What were the options for a woman in 1959 to serve in the military?
They were limited. About 7,800 women in limited career fields:
Though greatly reduced in strength after World War II, thousands of patriotic young women served in the Corps during the Korean War, the Berlin and Cuban Crises. During these years the Corps averaged approximately 7,000 enlisted women and 800 officers. Most of the enlisted women served as typists, stenographers, finance clerks, telephone and teletype operators, medical specialists, dental technicians, cryptographers, photographers, and supply specialists. WAC officers were assigned to positions in administration, finance, intelligence, signal operations, recruiting, automatic data processing, training, quartermaster, special services, publications, legal and civil affairs.
Worth noting is that none of those career fields have to do with chemical and biological weapons, her specialty. At this time, women were still viewed as less capable than men and unable to perform the same duties as a man (a position which I disagree with). The most WAC members ever present in Vietnam was 150, in 1970. So the likelihood that a woman would have even deployed to Vietnam is a fraction of the chance for a man. Unless that man flunked out of West Point that couldn’t hack it in the military.
Unlike Mr. Ficker, who has large unexplained gaps in his work history and the pesky linear time principles which make it impossible to have served 6 years in the Army considering the date of his degrees, locations of his graduated colleges, and expulsion from West Point, Ms. Hoeber has her full resume available online.
Speaking of work history… I went ahead and reached out to Ms. Hoeber concerning her work activities during the Vietnam War. (Side Note: All the candidates except Ficker have been great about responding to inquiries). From Ms. Hoeber:
During that war I worked in an office in the basement of the Pentagon called Tranquility Base — near the “Purple Water Fountain”.
So like the curious person I am, I tried to figure out what these things. The Purple Water Fountain is just that, a purple water fountain in a basement. No secret code name here.
Tranquility Base, well that one seems to be a little more complex. All I found about it was an obscure reference in a 1981 book titled Beyond the Battlefield: The New Military Professionalism, which claims that a special command center by that nickname existed for the Safeguard program. The Safeguard program? It was an anti-ballistic missile system designed to protect American inter-continental ballistic missiles.
So as usual, Robin Ficker’s vapid bloviating has little basis in reality. This is just another in the long list of distractions and ramblings from a disgruntled ambulance chaser.
Eric is a former officer in the Republican Club of Frederick County and Frederick County Republican Central Committee between 2015 and 2018. Former guest host on WFMD and showrunner on WTHU. Avid gardener and food preserver. Graduated from Libertarianism to Anarchism as the corruption level in the state requires us to start over from scratch.