Today's dispatches have another cartoon short, this one Rhodes v MacDonald. A Feb 2008 article shows James Manning has been unhinged for a while. Dr. Orly files a motion for reconsideration in her Quo Warranto case, while Joseph Farah at World Nut Daily whines about not being taken seriously. We've got a "home theft" with Sovereign Citizen ties, a Berg-related video with some very racist overtones, and The Pest and eFail interviews James Manning, and the disconnect from reality is rather amazing to see, (case in point, Mannings plan to march 2000-3000 birthers though Harlem. Yeah, good luck with THAT idea.)
21 April - And another wonderful video, this time part 1 of Rhodes v MacDonald.
26 April - Found a rather interesting article in the New York times from 22 February 2008 about James Manning called "A Pastor's Mission to Destroy Harlem".
"James David Manning says he wants to “save” Harlem. First though, he says he must destroy it –- rather, Harlem must destroy itself."
Good way to get the community behind you.
"Dr. Manning, the pastor of the ATLAH World Missionary church in Harlem for the past 27 years, says the only way to free the neighborhood from its present grip of gentrification is for its residents to boycott its shops, restaurants, doctors, banks and churches (excepting his own, of course)."
Well, of course.
"That action, combined with a general rent strike, would force all property owners out of Harlem, he said, leaving the neighborhood to its rightful inheritors: black people."
"Black property owners would not be spared, either. “Just because you’re a black business, you think you’re going to get a pass?” he asked at a community meeting on Thursday night in his church. “Just because somebody has a black face doesn’t mean they have a good heart.”
Exhibit one to support that claim - James Manning.
"He has started recall campaigns against nearly every one of Harlem’s elected officials and criticized neighborhood acolytes like former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and the Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, among others. He has also made unkind remarks about Senator Barack Obama.
Dr. Manning said he loves Harlem and its people, and is only offering himself as the sort of effective leader the community has lacked since the days of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcolm X."
Oh, I just bet he has.
Sounds like he's been a self-hating dingbat for a long time. The only difference is now he's got racists that find him a useful tool that knows his place.
26 April - And Dr. Orly files a "First Motion for Reconsideration" in her Quo Warranto case. It's badly written, horribly formatted, and quite unhinged, though it's not as much of an open insult to the court as her reply to Judge Land was.
"4/26/2010 24 First MOTION for Reconsideration by ORLY TAITZ (Attachments: # 1 Supplement Notice of Motion for Reconsideration)(TAITZ, ORLY) (Entered: 04/26/2010)"
(Scribd link to Motion here)
"Plaintiff would like to start this motion for reconsideration with reference to your remark in your latest order regarding Plaintiff’s quixotic quest."
Did she get the Don Quixote reference??
"Yes, Taitz would agree that it is extremely difficult to be a person, an attorney, who brings forward evidence, showing that the sitting president of the United States is committing multiple felonies and needs to be criminally prosecuted,"
Particularly when none of the evidence is even remotely credible.
"When Susan B. Anthony undertook a cause of voting rights for women, many laughed and considered her quest to be quixotic, yet she succeeded and we see today a first female Speaker of the House, female Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates and female senators and congresswomen as a direct result of her quixotic quest."
She did not just compare herself to Susan B. Anthony, did she??
"When a young woman by name Golda Meir set on her quest to build a Jewish state after six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, many considered her actions quixotic, yet she succeeded and became the mother of the state of Israel."
She did not just compare herself to Golda Meir, did she??
"When Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan set on the quest to defeat the Communist Soviet Union, many considered them as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, yet they succeeded, and the iron curtain was lifted, the Berlin Wall fell and free people marched through the Brandenburg gate"
She did not just compare herself to Margaret Thatcher AND Ronald Reagan, did she??
Ye GODS the sheer narcissism of the woman is amazing.
"Today it might seem an impossible quest, but Taitz is fighting to make sure that the Constitution ofthe United States of America does not tum into a Dulcinea, who is never rescued by her Prince in Shining Armor."
This is an interesting use, and shows that Dr. Orly really hasn't read Don Quixote. Dulcinea was a peasant woman in Don Quixote's home town that Quixote himself only saw fleetingly and never spoke to, yet was built up by Don Quixote's delusion into a paragon of virture, infused with traits Dulcinea never had, and becoming an entirely fictional concept that Don Quixote still fights for.
In much the same way, Dr. Orly has only given the most causal glance at US law and the US Constitution, has infused both the characteristics and ideas neither have, and is now fighting for a version of said Constitution that exists nowhere but in the mind of Dr. Orly and her fellow birthers. As Don Quixote fought (and fought for) things that simply did not exist, so to does Dr. Orly fight for her delusions and fantasies.
The fact she refers to the Constitution as a "Dulcinea" would be telling if she actually read Don Quixote, but is merely funny and ironic otherwise.
"Plaintiff wants to make sure, that she, as well as three hundred and five million American citizens are not treated as brain-dead robots, as a herd of sheep by Barack Hussein Obama who went through life with multiple Social Security numbers, who is sitting in the White House today using the Social Security number _ XXX-XX-4425 (which was assigned in the state of Connecticut to another individual born in 1890),"
Funny how the database you got that from states that the information is not reliable, eh??
"...who never provided any vital records that would be admitted in any court of law"
"...at least none I care to admit to that is"
"and who does not even possess a valid long form birth certificate with the name of a doctor, name of a hospital and signatures"
No, he's shows a legally valid Certificate of Live Birth. Next??
"Plaintiff is not asking your Honor to tilt windmills, but rather uphold the US Constitution, that your Honor took an oath to protect."
Ah, so she does go into "you do what I demand or you're a traitor" land.
"Millions of American citizens are following this case, as are Millions around the World. Even if your Honor does not find injuries sustained by the Plaintiff to be sufficient and the connection to Barack Hussein Obama to be strong enough, your Honor clearly has seen evidence of numerous felonies committed by Barack Hussein Obama:"
No, he's seen a bunch of wingbat claims and paranoid conspiracy theories, without the slightest amount of credible evidence to support any of it.
"There are other crimes committed such as elections fraud, voter fraud, identity theft, that any other US citizen would have been convicted of and serving a lengthy prison term for the above crimes."
If there was any evidence to support those claims that it.
"Motion for leave of court to file a second amended complaint with two additional plaintiffs: Presidential candidate from American Independent Party on the 2008 ballot Ambassador Dr. Alan Keyes, and Vice Presidential Candidate on the ballot in 2008 election Gail Lightfoot."
WAIT A MINUTE!!! She filed this case Pro Se, and NOW wants to bring additional members of her lawsuit plaintiff parade into it??
I don't think that's going to go well. And I wonder if Keyes and Lightfoot know she's trying to tack them on to this lump o' dung.
"Taitz is asking for leave of the Court to proceed under Quo Warranto, and in case your Honor does not grant Quo Warranto to the Plaintiff, she moves for Leave of Court to file a Second Amended Complaint with two additional plaintiffs: Presidential candidate from American Independent Party in 2008 election Ambassador Dr. Alan Keyes, as well as Gail Lightfoot, a Vice Presidential candidate for a write in Presidential Candidate Ron Paul."
You might as well have asked for a pony, you're just as likely to get that as well.
"Typically, admission to this court requires a sponsor/movant local attorney or a local counsel for pro Hac Vice. Due to the sense of fear associated with a legal action, implicating a sitting president, the damage by slander and libel of Taitz has chilled the opportunity to secure a local attorney as a pro Hac Vice movant"
Translation: "Wahhh! I can't get the real attorneys locally to play with me! Wahhh!! Nobody wants to be associated with a paranoid racist nitrous huffer with an on-line law school degree!! WAHHHHH!!"
Though we see here how she's trying to re-argue her case - go from pro se to pro hac vice, staplegun Keyes and Lightfoot on it, claim standing, and demand discovery.
I suspect she's going to have to file a whole new case on this one.
"Your Honor has stated that the FOIA complaint has failed since Taitz did not wait until April 9th for the administrative remedies to be exhausted. As there was no response to the FOIA request by April 9 th and none was received by today, April 26th, Taitz is moving this Honorable court for a leave of court to file a Second Amended Complaint for FOIA relief, due to the fact that by today, April 26th administrative remedies were exhausted and no relief was provided."
I suspect she's going to have to file a whole new case on this one as well.
26 April - In today's episode of "Soveriegn Citizen, or Nutjob??" (not that the two are mutually exclusive), we have the following:
"Paffhausen said Ford had showed up about two weeks earlier to view the house as a prospective buyer. Sometime after that, prosecutors say Ford delivered paperwork to Paffhausen claiming ownership of the house and the land in a 20-mile radius around it. She offered to drop the lawsuit if Paffhausen would pay her about $900,000 in pure silver and gold.
Paffhausen received a call from NorthWestern Energy saying someone had reported a natural gas leak at the house. Paffhausen went to the house, where he found the locks and garage door codes had been changed and notices were posted on the doors claiming the house had been given to Ford by "our Lord and Savior Yahushua."
Looking through a kitchen window, he could see personal belongings, including a rifle case leaning against the living room wall.""
And then at the end (bold face mine)
"Ford told the officers she was a sovereign citizen of the republic of America and therefore they had no authority over her. She said she owned the whole mountainside and that they were on public property. She said she had lived in the house for about two weeks, court records said."
27 April - Joseph Farah at World Nut Daily whines about Fox News' coverage of the Lakin case.
"The case of Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, an Army doctor and Bronze Star recipient who defied orders to deploy to Afghanistan unless Barack Obama demonstrates he is constitutionally eligible for office as a "natural born citizen," is derided before it ever begins. "
Because Lakin is being a dupe or an idiot, that's why.
"Lakin is dismissed as a "birther" in the headline. The story goes on to define that term as those "who believe the president is not a natural-born citizen," even though the officer has made no such assertion. "
No, he's just demanded the Commander in Chief cough up a "real" birth certificate because he thinks there's "questions", that's all.
"Once again, dropping the old-fashioned press notion of "innocent until proven guilty," Fox joins the rest of the Big Media in assuming him guilty unless, presumably by some miracle, technicality or quirk of the military justice system, he is found innocent. "
Farah seems to really care about the "Innocent until proven guilty" thing. Unless the person in question is named Barack Obama.
"I'm afraid that never happened. In 2008, the Obama campaign posted a document online, but it was certainly not his birth certificate, which would have revealed details of his birth such as the hospital in which it took place and the name of the attending physician."
Except the COLB is legally a birth certificate for purposes of identity verification and citizenship.
"That document was a "certification of live birth," a digital document printed a few years ago and one easily obtained by people not necessarily born in Hawaii"
They're supposedly so easy to get - yet we've never seen any of the birthers not born in Hawaii have any luck in getting one. Funny that.
"By the way, that digital document has never even been confirmed by the state of Hawaii as an authentic, state-issued certification of live birth. "
No, the State of Hawaii has just confirmed they hold Obama's original birth certificate and released the birth index records, that's all.
"Having actually interviewed Lakin myself, I have not heard him suggest Obama was born in either Kenya or Indonesia. What I hear him saying, and I emphatically agree, is that Obama has not proven he is a natural born citizen. "
Yet earlier in the article, Farah says Lakin doesn't make that claim. Wow, he can't even keep his lies straight in the same article.
"Next Fox turns to Phillip D. Cave, a Washington attorney and director of the National Institute of Military Justice, for his opinion.
"He is likely to lose everything and accomplish nothing," concluded Cave. "No military judge will say that (obtaining documents) of the president is necessary to prove the charges."
I don't know how familiar Cave is with the case. But if he's that knowledgeable about how every military judge in the nation is going to decide before a trial is even set and before any evidence is heard, it seems to me the military could save a lot of money by just running all legal matters by Cave for review and decision. Why bother with any messy trials – just send it to Cave.
Cave added that the validity of Lakin's orders, under military law, does not depend on the president but on the chain of command. Apparently this military expert doesn't understand that the chain of command begins with the president – the commander in chief. "
I'd say the director of the National Institute of Military Justice knows quite a bit more about military law and the UCMJ than Joseph Farah does.
"Why does the "fair and balanced" network speak with one, single, solitary voice on the eligibility issue? "
Because there's no credible evidence to support these claims, even for Fox "News" ??
"And why is everyone who asks for it, including courageous military officers, crazy?"
Because you are??
27 April - Two wingbats for the price of one, as The Pest and eFail interviews James Manning.
"Right now, we are anticipating at least two government officials will testify. One will be through statements that will be uttered that will be documented, and the other will be a physical presentation where he will actually take the stand."
"I have been following the Obama ineligibility issue from 2007, quite frankly, but more emphatically since the election on November 4, 2008. That is when I began observing the issue of ineligibility more closely. I have been on this matter for a couple of years now."
BULLSHIT!! There WAS no Obama ineligibility issue in 2007. The earliest any of this tripe started was summer of 2008 with the hints that Obama's middle name was "Mohammed", and all Manning was complaining about at that time was that people needed to vote for Hillary Clinton. Manning is flat out and openly lying in this one.
"I have some very interesting witnesses that I have subpoenaed such that if they show up, it will be explosive. If they don’t show up, we’re going to have them testify based on previous statements they have made, carefully observing the rules of evidence to enter those statements into evidence."
Translation: "I sent out a batch of demands for famous people to show up"
"Having said that, I have subpoenaed George Stephanopoulos, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Condolezza Rice; I have subpoenaed Michael Sovern, the President of Columbia University at the hour when the breach and the infractions took place; and I have subpoenaed Rod Blagojevich, whom I think is integral to a number of things that went on with the surrender of Barack Obama’s law license back in the spring of 2008 when Blagojevich was still governor; I want to talk to him about that. I’ve subpoenaed all of the faculty that were a part of the Political Science program during the years that Obama would have been a student at Columbia University."
You can subpoena the Pope, Charlie Brown, Mickey Mouse, and the Ghost of F. Scott Fitzgerald if you want as well, but this is NOT a real court, and nobody is obliged to show up to your fantasy show trial.
"More recently, I have subpoenaed Louis Farrakhan and Jesse Jackson mainly because they were in Chicago in an eminent way during the years that Obama was an alleged community organizer. Jesse Jackson was running PUSH and the Rainbow Coalition, and Louis Farrakhan was eminent in forming the Million Man March, and Obama was allegedly a community organizer during a stretch of years. I want to know what their relationship was and why they did not know him until he rolled into the Senate seat in Illinois some years later. More specifically, the tenor of Chicago needs to be outlined by those two leaders."
Because both of them would love to respond to a self-hating black man who pals around with white supremacists, right?
"MRS. RONDEAU: Is there a penalty if anyone does not honor your subpoena?"
No, because there's no legal validity to any of it.
"The Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives us the absolute, mandated right to call for a trial with a jury of we the people sanctioned by the Constitution if we discover that the courts or government officials are not executing their duties and allowing the people due process. Thusly, the Constitution empowers our courts."
No, the Tenth Amendment says:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
It doesn't say anything about the people coming up with their own fake trials outside of the legal system. This claim seems to be straight out of the Fantasy Tiddlywinks League and the Sovereign Citizens playbook.
"We, at times, will present evidence that crimes have taken place."
Read "non-credible claims that have not the slightest trace of credible evidence to back it up"
"If the court is duly authorized, then the contempt of that court is also an infraction, and you can be arrested for that as well. So anyone who does not show up can be in contempt of a duly-authorized, Tenth Amendment, constitutionally-mandated court. That’s the best way to answer that."
Oh, yeah, good luck enforcing THAT claim!! Unless your buddies in the Fantasy Tiddlywinks League plan to form their own "citizens police force" to arrest people for ignoring your legally-invalid subpoenas, in which case expect the real police to come down hard on them.
"MRS. RONDEAU: Do you have a mechanism to enforce it?
DR. MANNING: We will present the information to the local officials."
Who will then ignore it.
"We have several people, more than 50, who have submitted their names to serve as jurors. I suspect that number will go well past 100 before we actually begin the process of selecting 12."
So much for that whole notion of an "unbiased jury of one's peers, taken from a random selection of the community", eh?
"How many people participate in total is anybody’s guess…all I know is that we’re getting a flurry of activity and information and registration of people who have stated that they are going to be here. I suspect we’re going to see thousands upon thousands…I estimated at one point 30,000…I really don’t know."
Based on previous birther marches, expect *maybe* 300 or so. The idea there may be more than 1000 is laughable. 30,000? Unrealistic.
"Well, he has been served, as has Columbia University. We have talked with the officials from New York City’s police department about it, and they are in great deliberations about it as we speak. "
Yeah, NYPD is wondering how to handle the nutjobs.
"Our next step within the next couple of days is to begin to reach out to the Harlem community. As you know, this is happening in Harlem. We have 2000-3000 people, at the very least, expected to march through the streets of Harlem, all coming from a conservative, Anglo-Saxon background."
Ignoring the fact that Manning seems to know the birther demographic, let's take a good look at this. You have a group of anti-Obama zealots, the vast majority of which are, as Manning says, "from a conservative, Anglo-Saxon background". Many of these have ties with white supremacist groups, militia groups, sovereign citizen groups, and tea bagger rallies. Marching though Harlem, a major African-American enclave and cultural area, with a large percentage of Obama supporters.
No WONDER the NYPD is looking at how to deal with them. *Faceplant*
"Therefore, we want to make sure that we have done our homework in the community, first of all, by informing the community that the people will be coming and for the businesses, the restaurants, the shops, souvenir places, to be prepared to receive this extra flow of business. We want to at least offer that as an olive branch to the community."
Somehow, based on Manning's previous behaviour towards the business community in Harlem, I don't think this will go well.
"Because we believe that a large number of people coming will be middle-aged to elderly people"
Yep, he knows the birther demographic alright.
"MRS. RONDEAU: Would you say that most of the people in your immediate community are or were Obama supporters?
DR. MANNING: I would say that for the most part, they still are, but not at the level at which they were…the kind of energy that was generated during the campaign is not there now."
Which is NORMAL between elections.
"MRS. RONDEAU: So you do think that the mainstream media, television, perhaps, will report this?
DR. MANNING: I’m confident of it; they’ll have to. You can’t have white people marching through Harlem and the media not report it. I don’t care how much they love Obama."
Okay, I get the feeling here that Manning is trying to cause a confrontation between people in Harlem and the birthers that show, as a way of getting media attention.
"MRS. RONDEAU: If after the trial you find Obama guilty of something and present it to law enforcement, is there any way they can tell you that you don’t have standing?"
Yes, they simply have to say "this is not from a legally-recognized court, go away"
"While I think that a number of things have remained the same or gotten worse in America, one of the things I can say as an alleged “black” pastor is that black people are not of the mindset of the 1960s when rioting was a solution to their problems."
I like the way he calls himself an "alleged 'black' pastor ". He really is self-hating, isn't he??
"That is not the mindset of black people anymore, and they just don’t have that energy or that understanding."
Wow, there's more than a whiff of "Don't worry yo nappy lil heads about it child. Unca Manning gonna make it all right with the massa" there, isn't there???
And from comments:
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 11:23 AM
Well, by that point they both would have convictions and have served prison time. But that puts Manning in front, and he seems happy to be a "house boy".
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 10:48 AM
I truly want to believe that this will work but I fear that it will reap the same results as the recent letters to the Governors sent by the “American Grand Jury/Guardians of the Free Republic”. Those letters were simply ignored!"
Yeah, they tend to ignore things like that from courts and organizations with no legal validity. So yeah, Manning will get ignored as well.
27 April - David Weigel comments on Philip Berg's planned "birth certificate march", planned for 29 May.
"The long-rumored "birth certificate march on Washington" -- a project of the original birther attorney, Phil Berg -- will happen on Saturday, May 29. Berg is beckoning supporters to the 82-acre President's Park, right across from the White House.
The event will include a protest of health-care reform because, as Berg writes:
The Healthcare bill (ObamaCare) signed into Law by Obama on March 23, 2010 is unconstitutional and voidable since he is ineligible to serve as President of the United States.
Good to know!"
There's also a video it seems. A video that makes a lot of use of the big 9/12 tea bag march, which makes the planned birther march seem bigger than it really is. Cute trick, and certainly far from the only lies contained in the video, which is done by "KenyanBornObamAcorn".
A good chunk of it is the audio of a radio interview Berg did with 570 WTNT and Jeffrey Kuhner. Berg, BTW, is still calling himself a Democrat, though the video now (and accurately) has quotes around the word "Democrat".
Then the fun starts at 3:56, with the phrase "These are the shameful words of Barack Hussein Mohammed Obama, mocking our Christian Heritage... June 26, 2006". (I guess the person who made this video doesn't know Berg is Jewish.). The "Mocking" referred to is Obama citing the Sermon on the Mount. I guess someone was threatened by that whole "judge not, lest ye be judged." thing. Then it cuts to CNN coverage of Obama in Turkey (a NATO Ally and one of our close allies in the Islamic world, as well a secular country with close ties to the West) stating the United States does not consider itself to be a Christian Nation, or a Jewish Nation, or a Muslim nation, but a "Nation of Citizens".
Around now I suspect the person who made the video is more than slightly bigoted themselves. As the line at 5:42 saying "America was founded on Christianity and it is NOT a Muslim Nation, GET THAT STRAIGHT" would reinforce. (Actually the United States was founded as a secular nation, get THAT straight. "KeyanBornObamAcorn") There's liberal use of the Who's "Who are You" and the usual birther propaganda images, including a claim of having Obama's "real" birth certificate (Lucas Smith's Fake "Kenyan" one as it turns out), and ends with the "Obama in diapers and a bone necklace birth certificate" image originally found on "Stormfront".
As propaganda films go, it's no "Triumph of the Will"
Wonderful people Berg has associated himself with.
Weigel ends with:
"I haven't seen word of this on other birther sites -- much of the energy has moved over to Terry Lakin's court-martial and Orly Taitz's campaign for Secretary of State in California -- and Berg is better known for his tenacity than his organizational skills."
Indeed. In the seas of birtherstan, Berg's ship may have long since sailed.
27 April - Looks like the house theft case may have been Sovereign Citizen-related (which doesn't discount nutjob)
"The filings include frivolous lawsuits and liens against public officials, and in some cases the documents effectively transfer the property rights on paper, creating a sticky legal mess that is difficult to sort out.
"It's very difficult to unrecord a document once it's been recorded, so we try to catch these things when they appear on the verge of legality," said Debbe Merseal, Missoula's chief deputy clerk and recorder.
Merseal said Ford's filings were so unusual that she sent the paperwork to the legal eagles in the Missoula County Attorney's Office for review. She said the woman tried to have several certified deeds and patent documents re-recorded, but refused to give a reason for the request.
"This definitely was an unusual document," Merseal said. "She described it as a ‘patent sandwich.' I don't believe we've ever seen anything like this."
Sounds familiar, doesn't it??
"Ford's alleged intimidation tactics are consistent with the Sovereign Citizen Movement, whose adherents use "paper terrorism" as a form of harassment.
Paper terrorism involves the use of fraudulent legal documents and filings, as well as the misuse of legitimate documents and filings, in order to intimidate, harass and coerce public officials, law enforcement officers and private citizens, according to an FBI news release warning of the practice.
The allegations against Ford smack of the recent case of Brent Arthur Wilson, 53, who faces felony charges in Lake County for his alleged attempts to steal a $300,000 house in foreclosure.
Wilson allegedly broke into the home, changed the locks and filed a flurry of bizarre paperwork with the Lake County Clerk and Recorder's Office - including documents listing the property's location as "third planet from the sun" and references to the "Creator, Yahweh."
Yeah, very familiar indeed...