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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Look who mocked a disabled Marine

Talia Lavin is a fact-checker at New Yorker who occasionally sells a column to the Village Voice.

Over the weekend, she tweeted that Justin Gaertner, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent had a Nazi tattoo.

Some fact-checker.

It was the logo for his unit in Afghanistan when he was in the Marines.

ICE demanded an apology. She deleted her tweet and the New Yorker apologized..

Now for the rest of the story.

Justin Gaertner is a Marine who lost his legs in combat. Not only does he have his unit's logo on his arm but the Spartan Creed as well.

But wait, there's more.

After Justin Gaertner left active duty, he joined ICE as a forensic analyst. His work helps end the sexual exploitation of children online

But wait, there's more.

Justin Gaertner is a para-Olympics competitor.

But wait, there's more.

Justin Gaertner also volunteered to help soldiers wounded in combat as well as victims of the Boston Marathon.

The agency issued a statement backing him 100%.

Talia Lavin's claim to fame is she got Alex Trebek to say "Turd Ferguson" on "Jeopardy."


UPDATE: Talia Lavin resigned her job. She tweeted, "This has been a wild and difficult week. I owe ICE agent Justin Gaertner a sincere apology for spreading an rumor about his tattoo. However, I do not think it is acceptable for a federal agency to target a private citizen for a good faith, hastily rectified error."




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  1. Government is legalized plunder and journalism is ornamented lies.

  2. I've seen the argument floated that nobody's perfect and a fact checker cannot be right 100% of the time.

    Bullshit. If you call yourself a "fact checker" then you had better be right 100% of the time. If you cannot do that, then find something else to do.

  3. Google her image, and time will stand still.

    Cos that chick has a face that’d stop a clock.

    1. Good lord, Dave...that’s one ugly assed chick.

  4. She is trying to be a journalist, you do not get to be a truly proficient liar without a great deal of practice and stupidity. There is no such thing as a fact checker that is employed by any of the propaganda medias they are just human (?) rubber stamps

  5. Had to look up the Turd Ferguson reference. That was a Dennis Miller like arcane reference. Loved it. Because it turned out that Lavin is the unapologetic turd.

  6. They're so desperate to make a Nazi connection that you could lead them off a cliff by waving a swastika flag in front of them. And this isn't the first time this has happened. Remember Samantha Bee criticizing the brain cancer patient for "Nazi hair?"

  7. That cross is also known as the Maltese Cross (brand of Teddy Roosevelt's ranch), St John's Cross, and the Cross Pattee, insignia of the Union Army V Corps.

    1. Associated with surfers as well, back in the '60s.
      The Iron Cross (German award) predates Nazi-ism.

      The poor woman probably just needs some personal time.

    2. More technically, it's a St. Florian's Cross. He is the patron saint of Firefighters, and his cross is seen in the logos of nearly every fire department across the country and around the world.

    3. (Oops, sorry, the Florian Cross post is mine, I hate anonymous comments almost as much as I hate comments from Anonymous.)

  8. D list "actor" Ron Perlman also got in on the nazi name calling.
    I wonder what they would do if they met a soldier who just barely qualified wearing his dress uniform? Would they call his marksman badge an iron cross as well?
    Amazing that the real nazis are calling every one who is not a nazi like them, a nazi.