A short dispatches today. Swift Boat liar Jerome Corsi once again tries to make a mountain out of cream of wheat. Lakin's new attorneys post an update that seems to suggest their legal strategy boils down to "trying to get our client out of the mess caused by his former attorney". And more whining from Walter Fitzpatrick - along with hints of something more than just whining.
9 November - Swift Boat liar Jerome Corsi must have eaten lead paint chips and paste as a child. As this latest weirdity shows.
"A letter Barack Obama Sr. wrote in 1962 raises new questions about the veracity of the official Obama nativity story related by Barack Obama Jr."
Note the use of the term "nativity" here. That goes into that whole "Obama's supporters treat him like a messiah" meme the far-right loves to promote - and is seen nowhere BUT among the far-right.
"In a May 1962 letter he wrote from Hawaii to his political benefactor in Kenya, Tom Mboya, Barack Obama Sr. discusses his "wife," but without mentioning Ann Dunham, his Hawaiian bride and the mother of the future president. "
He then shows a clip from the letter in question. The problem is he only shows a clip - not the entire letter. Selective editing? Because otherwise it's pretty damn hard to figure out what it means without context.
"WND has also reported that photos of Barack Obama Sr. attending a University of Hawaii party in the early 1960s show him enjoying the company of fellow students without the presence of Dunham. Obama's demeanor evident in the photographs suggests a familiarity with women that would give no indication he was engaged to be married or already wed to Dunham.
Obama's left hand, clearly visible in one of the photographs, shows his ring finger without a wedding band. "
1) How common was it for men to wear a wedding band in 1962?
2) How common was it in Barack Obama Sr.'s culture and background for men to wear a wedding band??
Corsi and World Nut Daily make the usual mistake that the cultural norms they see are universal and have always been there.
10 November - Lakin's new attorneys post an update on his case.
(Bold face mine)
"The Law Firm of Puckett & Faraj, PC, is preparing the defense of LTC Lakin for trial currently scheduled for December 14, 2010 at Fort Meade, MD. LTC Lakin is being charged with missing movement, disobeying orders to report to a new unit, disobeying orders to report to his brigade commander and dereliction of duty.
His previous civilian attorney complicated his case and is partially responsible for two of these charges by advising LTC Lakin to refuse to report to his superior officer. The defense team is now working to minimize the damage caused by this inappropriate legal advice and return LTC Lakin to his family quickly and with his medical career intact.
The trial is expected to last 2 days at Fort Meade beginning on December 14, 2010. "
I suspect it's safe to assume that Jensen and Hemenway provoked Lakin into committing a wanton act of stupidity. The problem being is that Lakin will have to pay the piper for that tune.
Which is not to make excuses for Lakin - he was just as much to blame for wanting to believe the birtherstani party line as anyone else. I suspect he's looking at dismissal from the service and loss of pension, but his attorney might keep him out of a military prison.
Maybe then he can sue Jensen for legal malpractice.
10 November - Sharon Rondeau continues to beat the Walter Fitzpatrick bandwagon.
(bold face mine)
"A phone call came in from LCDR Walter Fitzpatrick at 9:20 a.m. today from the Monroe County detention facility regarding a hearing held on November 9, 2010. The session regarded the two additional charges of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest on October 27, 2010."
And you're surprised why??
"They sent me over there yesterday in two-point restraints; shackles at the ankles, but I did not wear a vest, and there was nothing on my hands yesterday. I was there from 14:50 hours until 15:30 hours."
Gee, almost sounds like they think he's, oh, I dunno, prone to violence and assaulting officers, doesn't it?
"Mike Morgan, the defensive captain from the sheriff’s department, testified for the state, and later on when I got to speak, I called him a liar."
What a surprise....
"I stood up to make a statement at the end of the hearing to defend myself; I identified J. Reed Dixon, the judge, as having threatened attorneys and corrupting the process in my case already, which is to say that Judge Dixon has no business on the bench in any case that has to do with me."
Oh, that's gonna go over well.
"My intent yesterday was to stand up and to make a record and to name J. Reed Dixon as a criminal in open, public court."
Really? I thought your intent was to make yourself look like an overblown pompous delusional asshat. Because you managed THAT quite well.
"When I stood to speak at the end of this charade, I said that the court should be ashamed of itself; I said that what was committed was a false arrest as part of the massive corruption and that they were trying to silence me from speaking out in the community."
They have you on tape - tape from one of your supporters - breaking the law. They have statements you made publically that you wouldn't allow yourself to be arrested or set foot in a courtroom again.
You simply are unable to take responsibility for your actions, aren't you??
"But because I spoke up and spoke against J. Reed Dixon, he held me in contempt of court and added ten days, so I’m here until…(could not hear)
MRS. RONDEAU: He added ten days from today?
LCDR FITZPATRICK: I think today’s date is (could not hear)"
"I want to make this very clear: Judge Dixon has no place on the bench, and what we’re going through right now is the same process that we went through before, which was that Judge Dixon sends it over to the grand jury and it has no place before this grand jury. "
You know what YOU need to do Fitzpatrick. Stand up in the courtroom and announce you are placing Judge Dixon under citizens arrest. Demand that law enforcement obey your demands. Don't back down, you're dauntless and unafraid, remember???
"LCDR FITZPATRICK: Let’s not talk about that, OK? It’s a bridge too far, Sharon. But we have to keep the pressure up. I don’t know what the other guys are doing, and don’t tell me, but I’m calling a Broken Arrow. When you speak to him, and you know who I mean, please extend to him my respects on the 235th anniversary of the Marine Corps. It’s the Marine Corps’s birthday, so tell him “Semper Fi” from me.
Broken Arrow…bring as many forces to bear on this thing as possible, and keep them coming. The information that’s been sent to you is just off the scale."
Two of Fitzpatrick's more strident supporters are Tim Harrison and Bob Pinkstaff, both former Marines, both involved in the militia movement, both racist (Pinkstaff being the worse of the two). And the term "Broken Arrow" is very interesting. Most people know it as a term used to describe an accident that involves nuclear weapons. *HOWEVER*, it was also used during the Vietnam war to call:
"all available aircraft or artillery for an airstrike and/or artillery strike very near a friendly position which has been overrun by the enemy"
Fitzpatrick's use of this term - particularly when he associates with former Marines that have called for armed uprisings and civil war - is disturbing.
"LCDR FITZPATRICK: No, they’re putting the money in their pockets. There’s more that I can’t talk about over the phone but I can talk about when I get out, whenever the heck that is. That would be nice to know. Where are all the vets? Bring them in."
Maybe I'm just the suspicious type, but it does sound like Fitzpatrick is trying to start something.
"J. Reed Dixon is part of that corruption, and he interrupted me twice. He denied the fact that he had threatened public defenders early on, and I said, “No, you did that, and I know you did that.” And I said, “You’re not going to get away from it.” So basically I called him a liar in open court."
And you're wondering why you got a contempt of court charge?