Veteran convicted of threatening N.J. congressman

| October 11, 2018

A veteran has been convicted of threatening to kill New Jersey congressman Frank LoBiondo and members of his staff.

Thirty-nine-year-old Joseph Brodie of Millville was convicted in Camden federal court on Wednesday of making threats to officials and employees of the United States.

Prosecutors say Brodie was unhappy with his healthcare treatment from the VA, when he reached out to LoBiondo’s office.

They say he became angry and made the threats when the Congressman’s chief of staff refused to arrange a meeting between him and the lawmaker.

The jury deliberated for approximately six hours before returning the verdict.

I go to one of the best VA facilities in the country.  They have been amazing.  Going there later today on a 6 month follow up after they cut out parts of my throat to save me from dying.  I will have to sit around for a short while and listen to a few other constantly bitch about the free healthcare they are getting and why they should be getting $10,000 a month for their service-related injury that went undocumented for 30 years.

My doctor is 82, an old retired Navy guy that knows how to say STFU.  He is the greatest.


Category: Health Care debate, Military issues

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  1. Civilwarrior says:

    Meanwhile, I still don’t use the system at all. What is the point of threatening to kill someone when you don’t get your way.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      I take my pitance of compensation and buy a Medicare Plan F supplemental policy with it.
      Original Medicare is the best deal.
      Medicare Advantage is what they want to force everyone into. Don’t fall for it.
      You worked for Original Medicare and paid into it. Don’t lose it.

      • OC says:

        26L, newbie at Medicare here. What is the difference between Plan F and Advantage.
        Does Plan F include Rx?

        • David says:

          Advantage is essentially a big HMO from what I hear. Rx is part D, I believe. For my situation I signed up for A and B, and took a supplemental policy to cover what they didn’t. I mainly require maintenance meds, so I get those through VA.

          • OC says:

            David, thanks for the info. I’ll be enrolling pretty soon, but I’m confused by ALL the different plans, offered by a gazzilion different companies. Don’t want to over spend, but don’t want to come up short on care.

        • 26Limabeans says:

          Medicare Advantage is where you are in an HMO and cannot go anywhere you like. You go to who they approve. It is less costly dollar wise but you pay in other ways.
          Original medicare part A and part B lets you go to who you want to.
          Part D is prescription drugs and yes you need it to avoid a penalty in the future. A and B are deducted from you r SS check. D is paid by you. I use Walmart plan D (Humana) about $180 per year.
          Supplemental plans pay the 20 percent that Medicare does not cover. They are offered by various companies and are State regulated.
          Plans A is cheapest.
          Plan B covers deductibles.
          Plan F covers everything and I never see a bill. About $2700 per year.

          Do not confuse Medicare Parts with supplemental plans. Apples and Oranges.
          That is what confuses the fng.

          • 26Limabeans says:

            “use Walmart plan D”

            See? I did it myself. It is PART D…not plan D,
            Plans are supplemental policies.
            Parts are Medicare parts.

            Parts are not plans.
            Plans are not parts.

      • I went to I hate to say this Part B AARP/United healthcare plan F back in 2010 when I hit the big 65. I had a few surgeries/procedures that I paid out of pocket like to the Anetheologists assistants who were not connected to the hospital and that last Epistaxis Embolization procedure I just had last July 20th got me a bill in the mail for $11 bucks in change. My RX plan is part D Medicare and I have the RX Saving plan which is not bad. Any Doc I choose and no co- payments. My agent at the time said that I had to use AARPUnited Health to get plan F. AARP is anti 2A so hence my above I hate to say this statement.

        • 26Limabeans says:

          I hear ya on AARP. Their price is good though. About the same as Anthem Blue Cross in Maine.
          My total hip replacement cost me zero.
          No copay or anything else. Nada. Zip.
          I chose the hospital and doctor.
          I chose the home care outfit and physical therapist.
          Not all companies offer plan F but there is a high deductible plan F that may be available in some states.
          A friend has plan N and likes it but has copays and other aggravating things to pay.

    • NHSparky says:

      Bingo. I beat the crap out of myself back in the day, but unless I develop asbestosis or Mesothelioma from my exposure to asbestos, I figure I’m SOL.

      Then again, some people just want their free shit.

  2. Hondo says:

    Death threats are mondo uncool. And they can get your azz thrown in jail – as this moron justifiably found out.

  3. Ex-PH2 says:

    Well, that is just dumb. I don’t know what people expect, but then, I don’t haunt the VA looking for free drugs ‘n’ stuff.

  4. HMC Ret says:

    “My doctor is 82, an old retired Navy guy that knows how to say STFU.”

    I love grungy old docs that tell it like it is. And, yes, I can’t sit 10 minutes in the waiting room w/o hearing the bitching and moaning from veterans who, in 1971, had a sore throat that was ‘cured’ with a Z Pack. Now, 47 years later, he has cancer of the throat and is pissed they aren’t getting the $3100 a month a 100% guy gets. The same guy has a pack of camels in his shirt pocket. Ask him about that and it’s none of my business. All the while he’s hacking out his lungs and reeks of smoke. Or the guy who is there as a walk in and has been waiting three hours and wonder why. I flat out tell them walk in patients are made to wait a long time, otherwise the lobby would be full with walk in patients. Boy, that pisses them off. I’ll let you in on something I learned in 42 years in medicine, 11 of those years with the VA. The louder you complain, the longer you will wait. The staff expects to be treated with respect, and getting up their ass every 15 minutes ain’t gonna work for you. For sure you will not be seen before the patient with a scheduled appointment. Don’t get me wrong. It is the desire of all health care facilities to see patients and get them out the door ASAP. But walk ins are gonna wait.

    Today I have an appointment in the dental clinic. I made the appointment the last week of June. 3 1/2 months. That’s how far behind the dental clinic is. I’m going to ask for a consult to a civilian dentist. They have done that for me several times. I am extremely grateful for the care I receive. My only complaint with the VA is the ‘Great Wall of apathy’ on the part of the front line clerks. I am blessed.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      I don’t go to the VA for much except my flu shot, but they do have a walk-in clinic for what would be considered minor things, like flu shots and asking to enroll in VA health care – that sort of thing. They also have an emergency room, which I hope I never have to use, not be cause it’s no good, but because if it’s that bad — eeeww!

  5. OWB says:

    At last. A story where the veteran status of the subject actually is relevant.

  6. HMC Ret says:

    Threatening a prominent politician is guaranteed to get your ass in the jackpot, where is belongs. There is no room for threats on either side. That fact seems lost on the flag waving fruitcakes.

    • JacktheJarhead says:

      Cheif, agree that threats will get you the opposite of what you want. But it has become standard these days for people to make threats to kill, maim or otherwise harrass someone. You see it all the time. I am glad this guy got a nice little present. We need to start doing this more, especially where people threaten the preseident, his staff and congress critters.

    • Mick says:



      However, it’s apparently perfectly acceptable for Democrats to physically threaten prominent conservative politicians these days without facing any consequences.

      Check out what Rep. Steve Scalise has to say about the recent increase in calls for violence from leading Democrats.

      ‘Rep. Steve Scalise: When Eric Holder, other Dems call for violence, that’s a direct threat to our democracy’

      ‘This summer, California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters called on her supporters to harass cabinet officials. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that you “cannot be civil” with members of the Republican Party. And Wednesday, videotape was released of former Attorney General Eric Holder telling a Democratic audience at a campaign rally in Georgia on Sunday that they should “kick” Republicans when they perceive them as “going low.”

      Despite the continued reports of politically motivated threats or violence, Democratic Party leaders have worked to keep this anger burning and incite even more harassment and violence.

      Beginning with my own near-death experience at the hands of a deranged shooter who sought to assassinate a baseball field of Republicans, there is a growing list of violent or threatening actions taken against conservatives by Democrats.

      – Ashley Kavanaugh, Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s wife and his daughters received multiple credible threats.

      – Dana Loesch, NRA spokeswoman, received death threats against her children on Twitter.

      – Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., received such a threatening phone call that the man has now been indicted.

      – Jamie Gardner, wife of Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., wife, received a text of a beheading after the vote to confirm Justice Kavanaugh.

      – Several Republican Senators had their personal information, including home addresses, posted to Wikipedia for threatening purposes by a Democrat House staffer.

      – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-La.) received threatening phone calls that led to a man’s arrest.

      – Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kent., and his wife Kelly Paul have both received credible threats that have led to arrests.

      – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife, as well as White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, were chased out of restaurants.

      – Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was confronted by protesters and harassed out of a DC restaurant.

      – Rudy Peters, a Republican California Congressional candidate, was nearly stabbed while campaigning.

      – My office has continued to receive threats against my life that have led to arrests.

      – A female pro-life activist was violently assaulted by a man that has now been found guilty of eight counts of assault for this and similar incidents.

      And this list goes on. The threats and the violence have not let up and instead of seeing my Democrat colleagues calling for an end, there have been calls for their supporters to keep going, to do even more to threaten Republicans.

      As a survivor of a politically motivated attack, it is tragic to think this is an acceptable state of political discourse in our country. I refuse to stand for this and I will continue to call for an end to it. A healthy, strong democracy is not possible if anyone lives in fear of expressing their views.

      If this is going to stop, it must start with Democratic leaders, who need to condemn, rather than promote these dangerous calls to action.

      In America, we win battles at the ballot box, not through mob rule or intimidation. While it’s clear many Democrats refuse to accept the election of President Trump, if they want change, they need to convince people with their ideas and actually win elections, rather than call for violent resistance, harassment, and mob rule.

      As I see, working in Congress every day, it’s possible to agree without being disagreeable and address political differences in a civil manner. That’s an example leaders need to continue to set.

      Instead, when Democratic leaders like Eric Holder call for violence, that is a direct threat to our democracy.

      I hope he and others think long and hard about the world they are creating and the impact they are leaving on this country.

      As the oldest democracy, our country has long been heralded as the freest country in the world. It doesn’t feel so free if anyone lives in fear for holding or expressing a differing opinion.

      Let’s end this violence and return to civility before someone else gets hurt.

      Steve Scalise represents Louisiana’s first Congressional district and serves as the Republican majority whip. On June 14, 2017, he was shot by a deranged Bernie Sanders supporter while practicing with fellow Republicans for a Congressional baseball game. He nearly died, and underwent multiple surgeries before returning to the House on Sept. 28, 2017, to bipartisan applause.’

      • NHSparky says:

        But according to the lefties, the Tea Party folks, etc., are the violent ones.

        No, not yet. It takes a while for some folks to reach a tipping point, but when they do, you’re going to be well and truly fucked.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      The louder they shout and scream, and the more violent they become toward people they don’t know, the more likely it is that someone wavering on the left/right decision in voting will go to the polls and vote toward the conservative side.

      That is not to say that some Democrats are included in these heinous acts or approve of them when they should not. But it does make them all look bad for not demanding an end to this uncivilized behavior.

  7. SFC (R) Blizz says:

    This is crazy, not only has LoBiondo always assisted veterans, but I would not have had a retirement VA physical before I got out had I not contacted his office. Unfortunately, the crazy guy is from my hometown also. Mike Trout is a better representation of someone from the town I grew up in.

  8. Max says:

    Husband is a AF retiree w/ a 20% disability; he goes to the VA in Omaha for hearing & agent orange. He speaks very highly of the service & care.

  9. RGR 4-78 says:

    “Going there later today on a 6 month follow up after they cut out parts of my throat to save me from dying.”
    Dave, I hope this goes well for you.

  10. Green Thumb says:


  11. Berliner says:

    After I got my VA ID I only went 1 time after they sent me a mailer for a free flu shot. Then they mailed me a bill for $35.
    That’s my only complaint about my local VA Hospital.

  12. Dennis says:

    But Governor Moonbeam of Mexifornia can call for harm to the President and not a damned thing is done.