In today's dispatches, birtherstan is continuing it's slide to dreary conspiracy mongering. We have a reporter preaching about Boy Defective Mike Zullo's claims, without noting her own ties to that birther clique. Some in the Nevada GOP play kissyface with Wayne Allyn Root, while a debunker documents the evolution of Root's claims.
Philip Berg tries to tell the birthers "Look at me! I'm important! I still matter!" The birthers aren't buying it. While Dr. Orly tries desperately to tell them all "Don't look at Zullo, look at ME ME ME ME ME ME MEEEEEEEEE!"
"There is a problem with President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate: It’s a forgery, say multiple forensic experts who have examined it. A report detailing the evidence will soon be presented to Congress.
On April 27, 2011 the White House released Mr. Obama’s long-form birth certificate in an attempt to quell a public firestorm over the validity of the shorter version he provided prior to his 2008 election. A group of concerned citizens in Arizona suspected the Certificate of Live Birth produced in 2011 by the administration was fabricated; they asked Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County to investigate.
“We have obtained an affidavit from a certified document analyzer, Reed Hayes, that states the document is a 100 percent forgery, no doubt about it,” said Cold Case Posse Lead Investigator Lt. Mike Zullo in an exclusive interview with WorldTribune.
This is a key development, asserts Lt. Zullo, because Mr. Hayes is a certified handwriting analyst and forensic document examiner who worked repeatedly for Perkins Coie, a reputable law firm, and was deemed a dependable professional in their legal cases. Moreover, Perkins Coie has defended Mr. Obama in his legal jousts on the birth certificate matter over the past five years."
The rest of the article is pretty much standard Mike Zullo, including this curious claim:
"As a precaution against others misusing or manipulating Mr. Hayes’s report, Lt. Zullo has copyrighted it."
You think that would stop Dr. Orly??
Anyway, it's a rather slick, professional looking site. So I went nosing around. And on their "Editorial Board" page, I found a couple interesting things.
The first is Robert Morton, described as their "Editor and Publisher"
He's also an Associate Editor at the right-wing website "Newsmax" Which has been birthed-friendly in the past. He's also the former Corporate Editor for the Washington Times "Times247.com" - ANOTHER Birther-friendly place.
The second is Grace Vuoto herself, described as their "Editor of Politics and Culture".
A former editorial writer for - surprise! - the Washington Times. As well as:
(Bold face mine)
"She is a regular guest on The Savage Nation, The Kuhner Report, The Rusty Humphries Show, Freedom Fridays with Carl Gallups, Carl Lamm and Friends, The Drew Mariani Show and Wake Up Monterey with Mark Carbonaro."
As for the "World Tribune", it bills itself as:
"…the only American newspaper that focuses on international news."
It's owned by "East West Services, Inc." which also runs "Geostrategy-Direct.com" and "East-Asia-Intel.com"
It also lists itself as "content partners" with the following websites and groups:
Middle East Newsline
The Washington Times
Int. Strat. Studies Assoc."
So two of their partners are sites owned by the same company. One is a place that just happens to have ties to a few of their editors. One is a place were the publisher just happens to be an associate editor at….
…..and one is World Net Daily.
This is my complete and total lack of anything even close to surprise.
8 July - How…..interesting.
"Some top Nevada Republicans will be appearing at a GOP PAC gala in Las Vegas alongside "honored guest" Wayne Allyn Root, a 2008 vice presidential candidate for the Libertarian party and a vocal birther theorist, according to Ralston Reports. The keynote speaker for the event will be House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Root is one of three honored guests listed on the invitation. Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) are the others.
Root graduated Columbia University the same year as Obama and said he thought it was strange that he hadn't even heard of the future president, prompting him to publicly declare that Obama was likely a foreign exchange student and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney should call for his college records to be released. "
8 July - Original story here:
"Nevada Republicans this weekend will welcome House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy to the de facto GOP headquarters, a k a The Venetian, at an event that will also feature Nevada's most prominent birther.
The "First Annual Red White & Blue Gala" features McCarthy as the keynote speaker and promises that Gov. Brian Sandoval, Sen. Dean Heller, Reps. Joe Heck and Mark Amodei and Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki will be there, too. And --drum roll, please -- listed at the bottom of the invite is Wayne Allyn Root, the relentlessly self-promoting former Libertarian vice presidential candidate who has implied President Obama was not at Columbia when he was supposed to be and then declared him to be a foreign exchange student.
Indeed, as recently as last month, Root declared "nobody ever met" Obama at Columbia and referred to him as "a Manchurian candidate." The piece is full of nasty insinuations and innuendo."
It was later updated:
"UPDATED: Gov. Brian Sandoval, while on the invite, will not attend the event because of a trade mission to Mexico, his office tells me. And Rep. Mark Amodei has a "constituent event in Reno," his spokesman said. Indeed, the Republican Women of Nevada, which is hosting the event, has updated the invite to reflect only three "honored guests" now: Dean Heller, Joe Heck and….Wayne Allyn Root!"
10 July - Looks like Wayne Allyn Root doesn't like being called a birther.
"My guess is Root doesn’t like the birther label because he believes it might hurt his future failed political ambitions. (He has already run for vice president on the Libertarian ticket. That went well.)
But, in my opinion, if you say the president was a foreign-exchange student, call him a “Manchurian candidate,” raise questions about how he got into Columbia despite having no evidence and use the national stage to make such allegations, then I say you are a birther.
Root has been asking people to swallow this swill since last year, and he wrote just last month: “Did he attend Columbia as a foreign student? That was the educated guess I made in my appearance on “Hannity” on Fox News a year ago. The only photo of Obama from his Columbia days was in his off-campus apartment with a roommate described by USA Today as a Pakistani national, pot smoker, and cocaine abuser. If you’re a foreign student, you live in housing off-campus with other foreign students.”
Root questions how Obama could have gotten into Columbia and even calls him Indonesian: “Only if he was an exotic Indonesian foreign student transferring into a college that desperately wanted to claim an ethnically and globally diverse student body.”
Birtherism by any other name….
Root also doesn’t seem to realize that birthers have various conspiracy theories, not just that Barack Obama might be a natural-born Kenyan but that he somehow became an Indonesian citizen as a boy, thereby losing his U.S. citizenship. The latter apparently is the theory – or some variant thereof -- that Root now espouses, which makes him a….birther."
Root's attorney, Lee Sacks, has an interesting history of his own.
"Sacks, a California attorney who has had his own problems through the years, both in 1999 and 2003, apparently thought he was helping his client when he quoted to me from a Root post: “I am not a birther, but I do believe there might be something damaging hidden in his college, if not his birth records. Why do I think that? Because Obama acts suspiciously. Because he hires armies of lawyers to keep his records sealed. I also believe all Americans have a right to ask the question of the man who commands our army and our economy. Ironically, the more Obama refuses to produce the proof, and the more millions of dollars he spends on legal maneuvering to hide that proof, the more concerned Americans become. Obama is the one stoking the fire, not Trump. . . .”
If not his birth records? Americans are concerned about this? Really? You know what Root sounds like? What is the word? Oh, yes: A birther.
Sacks also took issue with my headline: “Even the title of the Article “McCarthy Headlines Event with ‘Prominent Birther’” is pejorative and an example of biased journalism intended to attack and discredit Conservative politicians like Mr. Root.”
Beyond the strange capitalization tendencies, Sacks’s attempt to assert this has anything with Root supposedly being conservative is just silly. And I would think a solipsist such as Root would love being called “prominent.”
12 July - Loren Collins points out that Wayne Allyn Root's story hasn't exactly been….consistant.
"Wayne Allyn Root, who was the Libertarian Party's candidate for Vice President in 2008*, has continued to occasionally pop up on the Birther radar in the last four years, typically espousing arguments and accusations that Barack Obama's Columbia University education is somehow…suspicious. Root, who graduated from Columbia in 1983 like Obama, has floated multiple theories, while being seemingly reluctant to commit to any one. But is this suspicion about Obama something that Root has always felt? Or did it only appear, suddenly, right before the 2008 election?
Root announced his candidacy for President on May 4, 2007. That day, Root released a press release that BEGAN with this sentence:Barack Obama and Wayne Allyn Root used to have one thing in common, both graduated from the same college class, Class of ’83 Columbia University; after Root’s announcement they share a second commonality, they are both running for the 2008 Presidential election.
Notice that in May 2007, Obama and Root's Columbia connection was a bragging point for Root. It wasn't until September 2008, over a year and a half later, in an interview with Reason.com, that Root first began publicly disputing Obama's Columbia credentials:"
13 July - Even though Philip Berg has pretty much been left in the dust of birtherstan, he's still pimping the same old tired debunked lies he's been doing for five years now. I guess now that his license to practice law has been suspended, he has to do something with this time.
I will note that in the video, Berg, who claims to be a "Lifelong member of the NAACP", claims that President Obama is being held to a lower standard because he's, well, dusky of hue.
I see Philip Berg is starting to let his own racist freak flag fly.
The interview was on "Ground Zero Mag-Zine"
Berg was also a guest speaker at their 4 July 2013 "Freedompalooza" Along with fellow birther and former male prostitute Larry Sinclair and one "A. Larson". Who has quite the anti-semitic screed going on. (PDF here)
Funny how Dr. Orly and Philip Berg have no problem hanging around people who hate them for their faith, as long as those anti-semites hate President Obama too.
13 July - Poor Grandpa Berg doesn't get any loving from those johnny-come-lately birthers. Like supposed French Foreign Legion deserter Chris Farrell.
"Chris Farrell 72p · 2 days ago
Berg came out on his website with his position that Obama's Social Security Number was in fact legitimate and that there was nothing there to investigate any further contradicting investigative journalist Susan Daniels who first broke the story on Obama's fraudulent Social Security Numbers. It is my belief that Mr. Berg is a point man for Obama's camp orchestrating the attack in order to control its failure. Berg is a classic example of 'getting out in front' of an issue in order to manipulate its demise. Never underestimate the sophistication of Obama's team's strategy. Take for example the recent attack upon Obama by the representative of the Black Panther Party or that old 60's radical Bill Ayers' recent attacks upon Obama's administration--both classic examples of members of Obama's larger team of Liberal-socialist/Marxist radicals DISTANCING THEMSELVES from Obama as their association does not benefit the 'Manchurian' Muslim from Mombasa's public image approval rating and in fact their association with the usurper-in-chief Mr. Obama/Soetoro is detrimental to his achieving goals that they too want to see him achieve. Obama is a great deceiver. Though there has been much debate as to who exactly is Obama's biological father and the preponderance of the evidence clearly leans towards card carrying Communist Frank Marshall Davis, there can be no question as to who Obama's father really is since 'the devil is the father of all lies.' No wonder the actor who played Satan in Roma Downey's movie on the Bible looked so much like Obama. Art imitates life. Hah! Burn in Hell Mr. Obama!"
Or "Commykiller" and their fetish for Dr. Orly:
"Commykiller · 1 day ago
All that cut down Orly are part of the problem and have no credibility.
We are now officialy divided."
Not to mention simple whining:
"ItsObvious · 1 day ago
What are the goals of Arpaio and Zullo? No one in the United States Congress is going to act on Obama's ineligibility. We all know that. They've made that quite clear. There is not one single US Representative or Senator that will take any action. So, what are Arapaio and Zullo doing? What are they working toward? Where are they going with this? What do they expect to happen? I guess anything is worth a try, and I wish them luck, but I have a hard time believing that such supposedly intelligent law enforcement officers believe they can get anything done through Congress. I just can't accept that Arpaio and Zullo truly believe that. They must have some other motive.
What we need is a smoking gun. We need discovery of something like the Harrison J. Bounel SS-5. We need discovery of the Obama files at the Hawaii Dept. of Health. We need discovery of the Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard admission and financial aid records. Anything they could do to just bring these documents to see the light of day would be a tremendous help in getting the fraud out of the White House. A conviction in court is not even necessary. Only discovery is necessary. Don't law enforcement officers have more authority to acquire such documents than private lawyers or members of the general public?
One thing that would help is if people on this and other websites would stop calling Obama President. He is not the President. He is not even a citizen of the United States. I encourage all posters to stop writing "President Obama". That just feeds the perception that he is legitimate."
"He's NOT the President! He's not! He's not! He's not! He's not!!!! WAHHHH!!! MOMMY!!! THERE'S A SCARY BLACK GUY IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!"
Actually Philip Berg is a rather interesting case study in birther fail. At the start of this, he was king turd on this particular manure pile. Starting with his petition demanding Sen. Barack Obama step aside for the "more electable" Sen. Hillary Clinton, then his embrace of birtherism and his first lawsuit to try and force the DNC to ignore the primary results and give the nomination to Sen. Hillary Clinton, Phillip Berg was right there from the very beginning. His initial lawsuits, complete with the "Dudley DoRight" Canadian Birth Certificate and the Indonesian Citizenship claim, were duplicated by almost all the original birthers, including Gary Kreep and Dr. Orly's first two lawsuits. In some cases, they were copied word-for-word.
His "ObamaCrimes" website was an early peek into the Soviet-style censorship, blatant racism, and "any day now" groupthink that has become such a hallmark of later birther sites. His zampolit, Linda Starr, ruled ObamaCrimes with an iron fist, punishing dissenters and all who dared question Philip Berg, and maintaining a steady stream of supposed "behind the scenes" hints that simply turned out not to be true. (Kinda what Carl Gallups does for Mike Zullo to this day.)
And now, five years later, look at Phillip Berg. His license to practice law has been suspended due to ethical violations unrelated to his birtherism. He's been in an ongoing feud with Dr. Orly. Most of the birthers today barely know him, or at best dismiss him as a crank or some "Obama operative" himself. From being one of the king figures in birtherdom, he's not even a footnote in today's birtherstan. Which makes his attempts to show he's still a mover and shaker in birtherism both sad and amusing at the same time.
How the deluded have fallen.
I think the only thing that may be more satisfying than to see how far Phillip Berg has fallen, is to see the current Zullo/Taitz feud and realize that Dr. Orly may very well be in Phillip Berg's shoes in a few years time, hanging around with other marginal cranks and still trying to get the attention of those who once worshipped at her feet.
14 July - Harken unto the word of the Nitrous Queen, as she decrees to her fellow birthers the Orly Commandment, that Thou Shalt Have No Other Attention Whores Before ME ME ME MEMEMEMEMEMEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" (malware and redirect warning)
"As always I see more general statements and talk coming from Zullo-Arpaio camp and their channels of advertising and fund raising: Carl Gallops and WND."
Upset that someone is getting your rightful Birther Bucks??
"The problem is that we heard this general talk before. There are no names of congressmen, affidavit of Reed Hayes was not made public, we do not know what is in it and most importantly Arpaio-Zullo never filed a criminal complaint against Obama. One can talk generalities until the cows come home. And then what?"
I'd hazard a guess and say the same impotent blind rage that's been fueling birthers for almost five years now.
"b. Kessler stated that in one of the shows Carl Gallops stated that between Arpaio and Zullo there are some 80 years of police work. Arpaio was in law enforcement for some 50 years, so people assumed that Zullo has some 30 years of experience. Kessler stated that he questioned Zullo how many years he worked as a cop, and he stated that Zullo responded that he was a cop only for 5 years. That is not much."
And this surprises you why??
"You can see that when I report on this site , I publish the evidence, actual pleadings, file the actual cases. The public has all the evidence."
Which is why the public knows your "evidence" is a steaming pile of crap.
" Talk is cheap"
Just like your makeup, hair, and taste in clothing.