In today's dispatches, we have Linda Bently getting all damp and bothered at the Arizona appearance of her idol, Dr. Orly. Politicians playing birtherstani flirty games. Another "Impeach Obama" attempt. Dr. Orly tries to play connect the conspiracy dots. More Pest and eFail whining that their heroes won't go full tilt birther. A new video that proves....well, that someone kinda sorta knows how to run a video camera. And Sharon Meroni bands with the GOP to play voter challenge games.
13 October - Manning "trial" witness and b-level birther Linda Bentley of the Sonoran News acts like a rock star groupie at Dr. Orly's appearance in Surprise, Arizona.
"Despite the cancelation of the event that originally would have brought her to the Valley"
Wonder why it was canceled?
"Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq. decided, due to the dedication and support from those who organized her speaking event at the Holiday Inn, she would come anyway."
Did you expect anything different from the nitrous-addled attention whore??
"Jeff Lichter, who organized the event, also attended Taitz’s hearings on behalf of Capt. Pamela Barnett regarding Obama’s eligibility in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California last year before Judge David O. Carter.
He said Carter’s demeanor changed markedly from September, when he stated he would hear the case on its merits and set trial dates for January of this year, and October when Carter decided to instead dismiss the case."
Except Judge Carter never said any such thing. Dr. Orly claimed it, and you idiots take it as holy writ.
"Townsend stated there are people out there that may believe Obama is ineligible but are afraid of being ridiculed and called a “birther” and said, “All it takes is one to speak the truth and others will follow.”
Ah, so that explains the constant low numbers at birther events. It's not that there's a minority of nutters, but that others are scared to express their solidarity with the birtherstani.
Or. as is more likely, they're a minority of nutters.
"She then questioned why Obama would be listed on Soetoro’s immigration application.
Calling the Certification of Live Birth posted on the Internet “a piece of garbage,” Taitz said it contained no corroborating information saying Obama was born in Hawaii."
Except, you know, that whole "State of Hawaii confirming they hold the original" thing.
"Lichter then introduced Lyle Rapacki, who recently returned from meeting with Pastor James David Manning of the ATLAH World Missionary Church and the transcript committee in Harlem to determine how the transcripts from the May Obama CIA Columbia trial would be released."
Oh goodie. Manning Fake Trial 2 - Electric Booagloo.
"Laying out what was proved during Manning’s 10th Amendment trial, Rapacki explained that Obama was a CIA operative in Afghanistan from 1981-1984."
No such "proof" was ever made. Repeating lies over and over doesn't make it "proof"
"With the transcripts being released in a matter of days, Rapacki said Manning was getting ready to conduct the sentencing phase of the ATLAH trial and stated, “We’ll be armed with facts instead of emotion.”
Facts? From Manning? Yeah, right........
13 October - Think Progress reports that former Rep Tim Walberg is still playing flirty games with the birtherstani.
"The congressional candidate told voters at a recent meeting at a coffee shop that, while he’s going to “take [Obama] at his word that he’s an American citizen,” the reason the issue isn’t “resolved” is because the “president hasn’t resolved it yet.” Walberg suggested that Obama call in radio hosts Alan Colmes and Rush Limbaugh, congressional leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and “maybe one justice of the U.S. Supreme Court” and present his birth certificate to them in private. He then explained that there is little that Congress can do to force Obama from “showing certain things,” but suggested that Congress could use the threat of impeachment, but “Republicans don’t have that majority“:
WALBERG: Well I’m going to take him at his word that he’s an American citizen. I don’t know why it’s not resolved, other than the fact that the president hasn’t resolved it yet. [...] If I had to do it I’d just simply of course I had to show my birth certificiate to be on the ballot. If I were gonna do it I’d call Rush Limbaugh, Alan Colmes, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, and maybe one justice of the US Supreme court. Call ‘em all into a room and lay out my birth certificate on a table…and say all of you take a look at it show me what you find. Now go and report it. [...] The Executive has an awful lot of power to keep from showing certain things unless the courts will stand up to him. Or unless Congress in majority will stand up, up to and including impeachment. And Republicans don’t have that majority.
13 October - And we have one "Impeach Obama" effort starting before the mid-term elections, giving a sneak preview of the next few years if the current teahadist GOP gets the House and / or Senate.
"The flyer, obtained by TPMMuckraker, includes a "national ballot of 5,000,000 registered voters" on "Whether Congress Should Launch An Impeachment Inquiry Into President Barack Hussein Obama's Assault On Our Constitution."
"The purpose of this survey of 5,000,000 registered voters is to show pro-freedom, pro-Constitutional members of Congress that there is broad public support for the new Congress to conduct a full Inquiry into whether President Barack Hussein Obama has kept his oath of office to faithfully 'protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America'," the flyer reads. Cited in the survey are Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano and Sen. Jim DeMint.
"We certainly will not get any action on Impeachment from the current Congress -- now controlled by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid," reads the piece of direct mail. "But we should demand an Impeachment Inquiry as one of the first orders of business of the new Congress. We must begin our campaign to educate voters and mobilize public support for an Impeachment Inquiry now, before the election of the new Congress."
And who's behind this one??
"The Board of Directors includes Chairman Howard Phillips, a three-time presidential candidate who served in the Nixon administration; Secretary Matthew L. Chancey, who is a member of a group that equates "homosexuals, pedophiles, bestials and rapists"; and Treasurer Darrell Castle, who is a member of the conservative Constitution Party. Other members of the board include James Clymer, the current chair of the Constitution Party; Dr. William Campbell Douglass II, a doctor who has written against Obamacare; Maj. F. Andy Messing, who founded the conservative think tank National Defense Council Foundation that, among other things, defended the apartheid state of Rhodesia; and Marc Morano, who runs a climate change skeptic website according to the document."
They have the flyer here. The questions are skewed and slanted, to put it mildly. Page four they cite "Pravda Online" as a source, ironically enough. And, which should piss off the birtherstani, there is no mention of their little mythology at all in the flyer - which might show there are levels of conspiracy nuttiness that some won't fall to.
15 October - Thanks to "Loren" for this video with Connecticut Senatorial candidate Peter Schiff.
At the 45 second mark, we have the campaign "depot manager for Greenwich, Connecticut." Namely early birther Cort Wrotnowski.
I had wondered where he went to.
16 October - More Dr. Orly paranoia (malware and redirect). She seems to be tying two of her favourite wingnut targets together - Lisa Liberi and Damon Dunn.
"Three development companies have been developing locations in Albuquerque.
Tricor Southwest Co. of Phoenix is the largest, with contracts to build seven Eckerds in Albuquerque and one in Santa Fe.
Chad Hagle, (Damon Dunn’s partner) a principal in Tricor, refused to answer questions Monday and did not return phone calls Tuesday.
As recently as October, Hagle said there were plans to build as many as 20 Eckerd stores in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
O’k, it is probably just coincidence, but I found the following.
Philip J Berg is working with an assistant Lisa Liberi, who was convicted of 10 counts of forgery and theft in Rancho Cucamonga CA. She is allowed to reside only in CA or NM according to her probation. (she has family in Santa Fe and Albuquerque)"
And then it gets better.
"Strangely enough, I noticed that Dunn did his development in Chino Hills CA and in NM, both places of residence of Liberi. I wonder if they ever met, if all of this is coordinated.
Similarly, when I served Dunn with the deposition subpoena, his attorney kept playing games, refusing to show up at the deposition. Since the judges are obviously refusing to do anything before the election, I decided to wait and see, what happens in the election and depose him after the election. Bottom line, if he has nothing to hide, why not show up for deposition? Maybe because he knows that he committed fraud and did not provide in his voter registration card mandatory prior voter registration. He has addresses in three other states: AZ, TX, FL. We know that he registered to vote in at least two of them and that he registered as a Democrat in FL and tried to have those records deleted. Current sec of state Bowen is complicit in obfuscating those records, just as she was complicit in obfuscating Obama’s records.
They all need to go."
*Faceplant* I cannot for the life of me see how this woman can function from day to day, considering that she sees conspiracies in her breakfast cereal and blames every stub of her toe on her opponents.
16 October - Looks like New York State Senate candidate David DiPietro is also flirting with birtherstan - until caught.
“Barack Obama is a Muslim,” said DiPietro, former East Aurora mayor. “I don’t like the president. I think he’s a Muslim. I think he’s a foreigner to our nation. I oppose every principle he stands for.”
He later said he spoke in the heat of the moment and apologized if he sounded offensive.
“He says he’s a Christian,” DiPietro said, referring to Obama. “Until that’s proven otherwise, I’ll take him at his word. I’m not going to question anyone’s religion. Your faith is your faith. I don’t question anyone’s faith. I just would like honesty with all his policies.”
17 October - Gordon Smith at the Pest and eFail whines that Bill O'Reilly hasn't boarded the crazytown express to birtherstan yet.
"You, Beck, Coulter and Malkin…and I could go on with lots more names….but what you all have in common is this: for ANYONE (of us 60% of Americans) who believes in the “eligibility” issue, we are laughed at and called “pinheads.”
Normally, when I watch your show, Bill, I applaud your loyalty to the “truth” and your determination to have an intelligent discussion with your guests on important issues.
But when ANYONE at Fox is even approached with the question of Obama’s birth certificate, you go running for the hills."
Or, more likely, they feel the birther thing is too crazy even for Fox News.
"I have a feeling you probably have a modicum of respect for Barry for his intelligence, character and his 50 years of service to the microphone. HE is a devout “birther”…does that make HIM a pinhead?"
"If I don’t hear from you, I will assume one of three things:
1. NOBODY reads these emails;
2. You can’t handle listening to someone who MAY know something about an issue more than you, or
3. Fox has all their reporters and pundits on a muzzle and will fire them for even “talking” about this issue."
4. Fox ignores the extremely batshit crazy fringe.
"I am a Christian also, Bill, and I actually pray you will answer my email. "
You didn't pay much attention to that whole part about "bearing false witnesses", did you Gordon??
And in comments:
"Brigitte de Maubec says:
Monday, October 18, 2010 at 8:58 AM
I am also so sick and tired of being repeatedly called crazy by every Fox anchor. This morning again they went “those crazy birthers” covering a story about signs at tea parties."
When one is too crazy even for Fox News....
"I have had enough. I was called crazy for a the best of a year opposing Obama’ ascendance during the primaries,.."
I smell PUMA.
"... then called crazy for more than a year because I was a VERY early Tea Partier, and I am still being called crazy because I believe in the ineligibility of Obama.
Maybe because you are??
"Honestly who has the best track record here? Me or the Pundits who want to shut me up?"
The pundits. Next?
17 October - And the latest tempest in a teapot over at "Birther Report" has a video - not to mention a rather childish picture.
The original (sans childish picture) is here
It starts with:
"This is dedicated to the Obots that continue to spread lies by saying a long-form BC can no longer be obtained from the Hawaii DOH."
And later goes to:
"We all know that loyal obamaists’ point to these things to prove how crazy “birthers” are for insisting that obama release his original long form birth certificate. They say, “Hawaii doesn’t HAVE any other form of birth certificate than the COLB that was on Factcheck. You can’t even get one if you ask”!
Well Kittens. A long form Hawaiian birth certificate can absolutely be had if you specifically request it.
Here ya go. I provided a transcript for the woman, I could not make out what the man was saying. The recording device has marginal audio capabilities, so if you want to hear what the woman says, you will need to crank it up. I do not have the equipment to extract the mans words, or clean up the audio so that you can more easily hear the woman. Although you do not hear the part where she makes the request for the long form, the fact that she did so is made clear by her comments. This was collected by a colleague at my request"
"Kittens"?? Condescending much? Wonder if "LadysForest" is a PUMA?
Here's the video. Not surprisingly for a birther video, comments are closed.
What strikes me as interesting is they don't show the document the "researcher" supposedly got. Which isn't surprising, since it seems like everytime a birther claims they're going to get a "long form" birth certificate (I'm looking at you, Danae and Miki Booth), they never show the document they supposedly get. Which means they either lied about getting one, or what they got looks just like the COLB image Obama posted.
18 October - The Gazette Xtra of Janesville, WI, comments on the Letter to the Editor birthers.
"What about printing letters of conspiracy theorists? Here’s more from Hughes:
“We editorial writers discussed whether to continue publishing letters from so-called birthers—people who assert that President Obama is not a U.S. citizen or that he was born in Kenya instead of Hawaii.
“That claim is patently false. It’s been debunked by Snopes.com and numerous media organizations. Even if Obama were born in Kenya (which he wasn’t), he’d still be a U.S. citizen because his mother was a U.S. citizen and made her permanent home in the U.S.
“Some people believe otherwise. Do we publish their letters, even though all the facts indicate they’re untrue? Do we publish letters claiming that U.S. government was behind 9/11, even though there’s not a shred of factual evidence to support that rumor?
“Although we publish several thousand letters each year, we don’t have room for all of them. We have to make choices. If I weed out those conspiracy-theory letters, am I biased or am I being responsible?”
Gazette Editor Scott Angus and I are leaning more heavily toward rejecting such letters all the time. After all, simply by publishing conspiracy theories, we might lead some gullible people to believe they’re true. By doing so, then, we’re helping spread falsehoods."
18 October - Sharon Meroni gets a nod in Mother Jones for her efforts to demand candidates and voters prove to her satisfaction they are who they say they are. (On suspects that being white and republican is all the proof she needs)
"When the Illinois Republican Party launched its anti-voter-fraud crusade this year, party leaders knew who they could count on to whip up a fervor about rigged elections. Together with a conservative political action committee, the state GOP has teamed up with a infamous anti-Obama birther who's helped to recruit tea party activists to oversee the vote as official poll workers and independent poll watchers—part of a campaign against election fraud (real or imagined) that’s being whipped up by Republican leaders and activists across the country."
Oh do tell.
"This effort has placed Brady in league with one of the tea party movement's more unusual characters. The project's coordinator, Sharon Meroni, is an infamous anti-Obama birther who filed objections against 32 Illinois candidates for failing to provide adequate documentation of their citizenship.
Meroni, who blogs under the pseudonym "Chalice Jackson," also helped launch a petition demanding Obama's resignation for "high crimes and misdemeanors." "Who truly would have believed…that there was ANY chance America could be in the hands of a usurper government?" she wrote in another court filing to contest Obama's citizenship, which the McHenry County Grand Jury dismissed. Meroni is now helping to select the election judges—as official poll workers are called in Illinois—and poll watchers that the joint project will dispatch on Election Day. (Campaigns have jumped on board the Illinois Republican Party's effort as well: In a secretly recorded private conference call, GOP Senate candidate Mark Kirk said he was pushing to deploy "lawyers and other people" to two predominantly black Chicago neighborhoods to oversee the voting process.)"
Oh freaking charming.