(‡ Denotes someone unable to practice law due to disbarment or denial of license)
(∆ Denotes someone unable to practice law due to other obligations)
(✜ Denotes a "Sandy Hook Truther" or a "Boston Marathon Truther", and therefore by definition a vile and sick excuse for a human being.)
(⚓ Denotes someone who dabbles in or actively supports the "Sovereign Citizen" movement)
The Birther Blogs (and birther friendly "news"):
Otherwise known as echo chambers, most of these sites are pretty much 100% fact-free, usually guarded by a level of ideological purity and ruthless censorship that would have brought a tear of pride to the eye of Joseph Stalin.
⚓ The Post and eMail - Otherwise known as The Pest and eFail Online blather with pretensions of being a newspaper. Known for publishing any anti-Obama crackpot no matter how nutty, allowing open racism in their heavily moderated comments, and promoting sedition and outright treason against the Government. Went behind a paywall after a while, now seems to be reduced to posting about Walter Fitzpatrick over and over and over again.
American Thinker - AKA American Stinker
World Net Daily - aka World Nut Daily. Conspiracy-laden right-wing "news" source without the slightest amount of journalistic ethics or concern for the facts. One of the birther trifecta of "trusted" news.
The Western Center for "Journalism" - Founded by World Nut Daily's Joseph Farah and seen as an offshoot of WND. Ran by veteran GOP dirty trickster Floyd Brown. Shows an interesting form of journalism completely unfettered by quant notions like "facts", "reality", or "Professional Ethics".
Pravda OnLine - It's rather ironic how the website off-shoot of the major propaganda newspaper for the former Soviet Union has become one of the more birthed-friendly websites out there. Will pretty much reprint anything birthed-related, or just plain nuts. One of the birther trifecta of "trusted" news.
⚓ Canada Free Press - If it's far-right and insane, Canada Free Press will have it. One of the birther trifecta of "trusted" news.
Birther Report, aka "Obama Release Your Records" - - Birther blog, tends to be on the more fringe. Has a bad habit of taking other peoples papers and videos, watermarking them with their logo, and reposting them as their own work. Dr. Orly outed two of the people running it as Thomas Washington and Bob Nelson. By late summer of 2012, had started to become openly racist. and post election has pretty much dropped any pretense of not being racist. Some of the articles and comments are much like you would expect at "Stormfront".
Obama Ballot Challenge - Started to promote the various attempts in 2011 and 2012 to keep President Obama off the 2012 ballot. Obviously failed in that regard, and is now mutating into a conspiracy clearinghouse.
Freedom Outpost - An interesting blog, as it's one of the most openly racist birther and far-right blogs out there. It's not limited to racists though, the comments are a sea of zenophobia, conspiracy theories, calls for assassination, and demands for cvil wars and military coups. All from people who have problems spelling "patriotism" much less showing it. Seems to have ties to a Dominonist site called "Godfather Politics", where the commenters are just as vile as Freedom Outpost's commenters.
American Grand Jury, aka "Fantasy Tiddlywinks League" - A group of pretend juries made up of carefully-selected Obama haters.
Citizens Bureau of Investigation - A wannabe "law enforcement agency" made up of Martha Trowbridge, Sharon Rondeau, Pam Barnett, and a few other birther nuts.
Defend our Freedoms Foundation - Dr. Orly's not at all tax-exempt "foundation".
Maricopa County Cold Case Posse, aka the Maricopa CCCP - "Posse" organized by Joe Arpaio to examine "cold cases", was taken over and turned into a political tool when Joseph Farah and Jerome Corsi bought its services as part of an "law enforcement investigation" of birther claims. Said investigation only used birther-approved sources and "experts", coming up with a predictable (and more than likely pre-written) result. Curiously enough, despite claims of "irrefutable evidence" that laws have been broken, neither the Maricopa CCCP or Joe Arpaio have bothered to place any of this evidence in the hands of prosecutors or any other part of the court system. They've also gone out of their way to avoid testifying in person in other birther court cases.
The Lawyers (and other legal types):
In the words of Raymond Chandler, these are the kind of lawyers you hope the other guy has.
Mario Apuzzo - Attorney specializing in DUI charges, also a de Vattel worshipper. Has an ability to ignore past Supreme Court rulings that don't fit into his legal theories, or dismisses them as "bad law". Which might be why the Supreme Court eventually hold him "no".
Philip J. Berg - A disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporter who filed the first lawsuit questioning Obama's place of birth. Much of the lawsuits from other birthers have sections lifted word-for-word from Philip Berg's lawsuits. Also a 9/11 "truther". Currently has a lawsuit against Dr. Orly due to her harassment of Berg's legal assistant. Doesn't play the de Vattelist game, but is heavily invested in the Indonesian Citizenship myth. Did a "march on Washington" with about 50-75 birthers attending. Currently trying to keep his license to practice law.
Leo Donofrio - On and off again attorney, also performance artist and semi-professional poker player. Appears and disappears at random from birtherdom. Claims at times to be the "Paraclete", which is supposed to be a messenger of "God's Will". Had joined forces with Stephen Pidgeon
∆Judge Gary Kreep - The aptly-named right-wing crank attorney. Has represented birth control clinic bombers and Clinton conspiracy nutters in the past. Birtherstan seems to be one of his cash cows, as part of his far-right "United States Justice Foundation". Brought Dr. Orly in on his (and her) first birther case (Keyes v Bowen) at the request of Wiley Drake, an action I suspect both Kreep and Drake have since strongly regretted. Represented Philip Berg in the Taitz/Berg birther civil war, and Ed Noonan in his birther ballot challenge appeal. Narrowly elected a judge in San Diego, California (by about 1% of the vote), and can no longer directly practice law. However, he still maintains control of USJF and has his assistant there representing clients for USJF.
John D. Hemenway - Attorney for "Hollister v. 'Soetoro', which started off as a Berg clone lawsuit, with Philip Berg somehow failing to complete the paperwork to get admitted to the court pro hac vice for the case. Far right, has a daughter in law that's even farther to the right. Became the first birther attorney to be sanctioned, though that was more Berg's fault than anything else. Has since disavowed Berg and is going solo on birther cases. Went De Vattelist after splitting from Berg
Jonathan H. Levy - Orly's attorney on the appeals process, also a graduate from the William Taft On-line Law School, much like Dr. Orly herself. His lawfirm is, curiously enough, named "Brimstone & Co.". Involved in past lawsuits against the Vatican Bank and the US Post Office, was the US attorney for the now-imprisoned former president of the Republic of China, legal advisor to the former Yugoslav president and vice president, Slobadan Milosevic and Dr. Vojislav Seselj, and is involved in the "Provisional Republic of Cabinda", a rebel group in Angola.
‡Charles E Lincoln III, aka CEL3 - A disbarred felon unable to legally practice law in California, Texas, and Florida. Heavy ties with Neo-Confederate Groups and practices mortgage scams in the court. Formerly Dr. Orly's "law clerk", but now splitsville after allegations by convicted felon and forger Lucas Smith that he was Dr. Orly's lover - a claim that CEL3 later confirmed in a court document.
‡Andy Martin - Anti-Semite and Internet Outhouse. Cranky conspiracy nutjob denied a license to practice law due to mental issues. Vexatious Litigator. Believes Obama's real father is Frank Marshall Davis.
Stephen Pidgeon - Involved in past birther lawsuits, proposed the "grand jury" idea that was taken over by Carl Swensson and Bob Campbell. Still dabbles in the birther pool, but is also known for his involvement as "legal counsel" for "Protect Marriage Washington", a group that was trying to overturn equal rights for GLBT residents in Washington State. Has since joined forces with Leo Donofrio. Represented Walter Fitzpatrick before a sense of self-preservation kicked in and he beat feet back to Washington State. Made a failed attempt to stop Washington State from counting the 2012 electoral votes.
✜Dr. Orly Taitz, DDS, Esq, aka "Dr. Orly" - A Molvania-born woman with a dental degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a JS from an on-line law school in Santa Ana, California, and fake eyelashes from Bobo's house of exotic spiders. Known for an ever-changing number of plaintiffs in her cases. Also involved in a lawsuit against her filed by Philip Berg. Accent and way of speaking makes one think she's actually looking for Moose and Squirrel. Likes to convince military plaintiffs to violate the UCMJ and has been known to call for military-led coups against Obama. Was sanctioned in Rhodes v MacDonald for her courtroom behaviour, is now involved in a Quo Warranto case as a pro se plaintiff. Ran for California Secretary of State, lost, currently planning to lose the US Senate race as well. Pretty much a media and attention whore. Her website is known for malware infestation. Being sued by Philip Berg. Also being sued (along with her husband) by ex-lover CEL3, who is being helped by Berg and Kreep in said lawsuit. De Vattelist One of three birther attorneys who lost to an empty table. Post re-election, has become increasingly anti-american and just plain nasty. What once was amusing is now seen as bitter, angry, and evil.
The fact that Dr. Orly Taitz continues to mispractice law is the strongest proof possible that the California Bar Association could care less about professional ethics. She's a sedition-filled, lying, nasty, delusional woman who has no problems taking a dump on everything this country stands for, and in my honest opinion, has violated her oath of citizenship when she naturalized and should be deported.
"Paraclete and Featherrat, Shysters at Law" - another name for "The Law Offices of Pidgeon and Donofrio"
J. Mark Hatfield - Attorney and former Republican State Representative in Georgia. Tried to get some birther bills passed in the state house, and argued birther cases in the courtroom. One of three birther attorneys who lost to an empty table.
Van Irion - Attorney who is on the board of directors for a Neo-Confederate group. One of three birther attorneys who lost to an empty table.
Larry Klayman - Right-wing attorney and deadbeat dad. Has been disciplined or suspended in several states. Has handled lawsuits for World Nut Daily before, and lost them. Also has called for coups and open revolt against President Obama. Has so-far lost every birther lawsuit he's filed. Did his own "citizens grand jury" at the end of October, 2012.
‡Montgomery Sibley - Washington DC attorney, disbarred in 2010 in Washington DC and Florida for three years due to failure to pay child support, and for being a vexatious litigant. Also known for a very bitter and nasty divorce, and accusing the Supreme Court of Treason. He's also known for filing court actions against judges that rule against him.
First showed up in a kilt representing serial liar Larry Sinclair at a PUMA press conference. Later branched out into using his status as a "write-in candidate for President" to file various birther lawsuits. DeVattelist.
Joe Arpaio - So-called "America's Toughest Sheriff". Corrupt Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Grandstander and media whore. Has a long history of using his department and deputies to harass lawmakers and reporters he doesn't like. Is too busy kissing right-wing tail and making the TV rounds to bother investigating sex crimes against children (which fits into a general disregard Arpaio has for the rights and well-being of anyone who may be a bit dusky of hue.) Loaned his "Cold Case Posse" to the birther cause, claimed no taxpayer money would be used (which turned out to be a lie).
Mike Zullo - Boy defective. Lead "investigator" for the Maricopa County Cold Case Posse, claims to be "Lt. Mike Zullo", even though he's a used car salesman rather than a member of law enforcement. Published a book on the Maricopa CCCP "findings" that was co-written with Jerome Corsi and came out the day before their first press conference. Has taken a few Hawaiian "investigations" (read, vacation) on the taxpayer dime. Keeps hinting at some blockbuster evidence that never seems to appear.
"Steve Cee" - Claims to be a genealogist, much of his claims are warmed over Polarik/TechDude. Believed to be Steve Christiansen
Lucas Smith - Felon with previous convictions for fraud and forgery. "Discoverer" of Kenyan Birth Cerificate #2, or FKBC2. Accused Dr. Orly of asking him to lie under oath in a court case, later also accused Dr. Orly of shagging CEL3.
Dr. Ronald Jay Polland, aka "Polarik", aka "Dr. Ron Polarik, Ph.D in Bullshitology" - Originally a nameless, faceless internet "Expert" who claimed Obama's Hawaiian COLB is a forgery, a claim he made in July of 2008. Had never provided any proof he knows what he's talking about. On 29 April 2010 it was confirmed that "Dr. Ron Polarik" was a pseudonym for Dr. Ronald Jay Polland an Instructional Systems Ph.D. with a style and background that closely matches what "Polarik" claims, but also without image analysis or forensics background.
The fact that Polland clung to his pseudonym for over a year before being outed, and then almost another year AFTER that before coming clean on who he really was speaks volumes for his credibility. Namely that his claims were so flimsy he was unwilling to stake his professional reputation on them before being given no choice but to own up to his claims and words. He also claims it was former Berg cheerleader Linda Starr Belcher who outed him, thinking that a fellow birther outing him is somehow better than one of those horrid birther debunkers with "facts" and "evidence" and "reality" on their side.
In late June of 2010, Polland / Polarik published a video where he claimed that not only did the State of Hawaii create a new COLB just for Obama, but that it was created from the COLB of one of the five people he claimed was behind the "forgery" (in other words, he pulled a TechDude). His evidence on this was a new COLB he claimed had been provided him. When people on Free Republic pointed out errors on it less than 15 minutes after he posted it, a revised version mysteriously appeared, before he pulled the images, and claimed he was doing a "demonstration" to prove his lEEt graphix hackz0rs skills. Many there didn't buy it. His video is still up with no such disclaimer though. We can add "forger" to "liar" and "fake expert" it seems. His latest pet "theory" is a series of videos about his claim that every single childhood and young adult picture of Obama was forged and Stanley Ann Dunham wasn't his mother.
"TechDude" - Nameless, faceless internet "Expert" that claims Obama's Hawaiian COLB is a forgery and that Maya Soetoro's name was originally on the document in question. Also has never provided any proof he knows what he's talking about. Disappeared for a while when the birthers called him out, later resurfced for a time as the technical "expert" for the falsely named "Conservative 'FactCheck'", was later ousted from there. There is a large amount of evidence to suggest that he may be a forensic specialist named "Adam Fink".
Andrew J. Hodges - A "forensic expert" that keeps showing up at World Nut Daily. Claims to have developed a process called "Thought print decoding" that allows him to read between the lines of just about anything, and then claim it actually means the exact opposite. Most of the articles praising the work by Andrew J. Hodges were written by Andrew J. Hodges. Seems to be a snake oil salesman, but since he says what Joseph Farah and crowd want to hear, has a ready market at World Nut Daily.
Mara Zebest - A PUMA turned birther "expert". Co-wrote a couple books in the early 2000's on Photoshop, which makes her an uber-smart Adobe expert in the eyes of the birtherstani. It's funny her "experience" caused her to miss the metadata that showed the PDF of President Obama's long form was done in Mac OS X rather than Adobe Acrobat....
Paul Irey - Retired typist turned wannabe typography expert. Conspiracy nut, also in to the JFK conspiracy thing. Known for claiming the long form was a forgery BEFORE HE EVER SAW IT, based on claims he supposedly got from an unknown "Secret Service Agent".
Douglas Vogt - Copier salesman and conspiracy nut. Wannabe typography expert. Also known for writing books about the secret language of the dead sea scrolls, "mystery spots", and pyramid power.
People and Places:
⚓Carl Swensson - Georgia computer store owner, one of the people behind the Fantasy Tiddlywinks League. Also has ties to "Sovereign Citizen" and militia groups. De Vattelist. Ratted out Walter Fitzpatrick and Darren Huff to the FBI in exchange for having charges against him dropped. Was originally believed to be "Pixel Patriot". Chairman of his county's Republican party.
⚓Kevin Richard Powell - Swensson's friend "Pixel Patriot".
Bob Campbell, aka "Off-Shore Jobs Bob" - The other part of the Fantasy Tiddlywinks League, used to live in Shanghai China importing goods to the US that would otherwise have been made BY American citizens. De Vattelist
⚓ Walter Fitzpatick - Former US Navy officer court-martialed for misappropriation of funds and forced to retire after being passed up for promotion three times. Hates the military justice system and Obama. Seen as a patriot by the birthers. Went on a jihad against his local real grand jury for not filing treason charges against Obama, ended up arrested after attempting to do a citizens arrest on the jury foreman, (who, curiously enough, is African-American. Wonder if that had anything to do with it......) Has a past history of legal harassment and confrontation, including in the early 00's being ousted as a port commissioner in Kitsap County, Washington, by county officials. Missed a trial date in Tennessee, was later convicted on tresspass charges, and spent time as a resident in the Monroe County jail. De Vattelist
A Time Line of Fitzpatrick's legal and public history from his court-martial to spring of 2006 has been put together here.
Charles Kerchner - Retired Navy commander turned far-right loon. Was the plaintiff in Mario Apuzzo's failed birther cases. Screaming de Vattelist, thinks "Mario said it, I believe it, that settles it." General birther gadfly. May be one of the moderators at "Birther Report".
Sam Sewell, aka "Captain Steve", aka "Aristotle the Hun" - Unlicensed "Pastoral Therapist" in Florida, likes to throw around his Mensa membership. Thin skinned and doesn't like to stand up and defend himself. Fond of cowardly hit and run tactics. De Vattelist
David-Crockett, aka Lil Davy-Crockett - Conspriacy buff that likes to talk about the "Second American Revolution", runs the birther blog "The Betrayal", with a whole host of open racists.
"Citizen" Larry Wells - Former Bigfoot investigator turned Birther conspiracy nutter. His primate cage, "Citizen Wells" is known for insanely long URLs and even more insanely wrong people. De Vattelist
Peyton Yates Freiman - CEL3's chief assistant. Basically a law clerk for the "law clerk".
Ed Hale - Current operator of Plains Radio, runs some outstandingly bigoted message boards. Called up the Art Bell show once under the name "Bugs" and claims to have shot and killed two bigfoot at his Texas Ranch, but the US government came and stole the bones. Kicked Wiley Drake off the air in midshow due to Drake going off against Gays and Lesbians, showing that Hale has some morals and ethics - and class - at least. Claims to have been a Colonel during the Vietnam war, but a Freedom of Information Act request shows he never got past E-1 (private). Post long-form, seems to have recanted birtherism.
Bob Schultz - Head of the "We The People" tax cheats, a "Tax Protestor" group that also likes to run "Congressional Conventions". Heavy ties to the "Sovereign Citizens" movement. Sponsored a press conference at the National Press Club that was the first public appearance of Dr. Orly as a birther lawyer and the last time Dr. Orly and Philip Berg came anywhere near each other.
Alan Keyes - Former US Ambassador turned ultra-conservative loon. Lost to Obama twice in elections, one Senatorial, one Presidential. Involved in two lawsuits against Obama currently.
Wiley Drake, aka Wiley Drank - Keyes' VP choice in 2008, Baptist minister known for praying for the death of those he doesn't like. Was involved in a lawsuit against McCain as well making much the same allegations of citizenship there as well. Was added to a lawsuit by Dr. Orly against his wishes, and dropped when he wanted to have Gary Kreep represent him instead.
✜ Theresa Daniels - aka "Poodle-brained" due to her always using a picture of her with a toy poodle. The poodle seems to be the smarter of the two. Known for blind belief in anything anti-Obama, no matter how insane, and a virulent hatred of, bordering on pathological, for Muslims. De Vattelist
James Manning - Felon turned Black-Septarationist minister based in Harlem, has a self-granted Ph.D from his own seminary. Former Hillary Clinton supporter, likes to call Obama the "long-legged mack daddy". Severely racist, claims that Obama isn't really African-American because he's not descended from slave ancestors, and that his "trashy white mother went a-whoring for his African father. Got a visit from the Secret Service after saying publically that Obama must die for the Constitution to live. Gets along well with the white-racists in Birtherstan because he parrots what they say and hates inter-racial couples as well. Basically a "Christian" version of Louis Farrakhan. Ran a fake "trial" that the birthers are trying to get people to take seriously.
Sharon Meroni aka "Chalice Jackson" - Runs "Patriots Heart Network" internet radio. Uses her religion to hide behind and cloak her hatred, particularly of Muslims and anyone she thinks is Muslim. Avoids answering real questions like the plague. Involved with the Fantasy Tiddlywinks League. Claims to be able to see the hatred from Obama in his eyes. Tries to claim that she knows nothing about the racism and calls for revolution and coups that many of her fellow birthers call for, but hangs around sites that do just those things, which leads one to believe that either she's willfully blind to such things, or lying though her teeth. Gets completely unhinged when birther debunkers use her legal name, though doesn't seem to have a problem when places like the Pest and eFail use it. Thinks she's cute and clever, in reality unhinged and dull. Started a website that I'll call "PimpingDeadSoldiersForHerAgenda.com" due to heavy and tasteless use of flag-draped coffins, military cemeteries, and soldiers standing over their dead comrades. (rolls eyes)
Leonard Daneman aka "Paralegalnm" - Birther who fancies themselves to be a paralegal and legal scholar. Seems to think the US Constitution and US Legal code have stagnated since the late 1700's. Ignores the 14th, 15th 19th, and 26th Amendments. Relies on an English translation of de Vattel's "Law of Nations" that came out ten years AFTER the US Constitution was ratified. Posts have a very high noise to data ratio, with a lot of noise and very little data. Seems to have a "baffle them with bullshit" mode to their writing and arguments.
✜ Nellie Ristvedt aka "Butterdezillion" - Birther and conspiracy crank. Has come up with several theories claiming problems with the wording on the Democratic Party's state certificates and that the birth index was changed or forged. Her "evidence" is usually on par with Polland/Polarik, and like him, she tends to use a long word salad in an attempt to make her claims look more convincing. Likes to hang out at Free Repubic and other places under the above screen name, also has her own blog. Screamingly paranoid and has become increasingly delusional. De Vattelist.
Theresa Cao - Religious birther, hates Muslims, hates Obama, prattles on in Washington street corners about the "New World Order". Likes to wear angel wings and speak in tongues. Also known for draping herself in the Israeli flag. Was first noted at Lakin's trial when she got down on her knees before "Saint" James Manning. Later got herself arrested in an attempt to disrupt a session of Congress. Does not seem to be wrapped very tightly.
✜ Tracy Dorsey nee Fine, aka "KenyanBornObamaAcorn" and FogbowObotsExposed" - Birther stalker and troll, known for going after debunkers and abusing them until she violates a sites rules and gets kicked off. At which point she screams censorship and acts like a martyr. Known for threatening people she doesn't like. Does nonsensical YouTube videos. Possibly unstable or mentally ill.
Dean Haskins - Musician, started off as a run of the mill birther with a seditionist group called "Restore the Constitutional Republic", went dormant for a while, came back a full-fledged born-again de Vatellist. Has ties with the guy who runs the "Terry Lakin Action Fund". Proposed a "birther summit" made up of birthers, debunkers, and lawmakers, then rapidly turned it into a birtherpoolza made up of de Vattelists only. Threw Berg and Kreep under the bus for the crimes of not believing in de Vattel and speaking ill of Dr. Orly. Very thin-skinned, splutters and gets insulting when confronted with facts, evidence, or anything that goes against his claims. Has a major problem and hatred against what he calls "multi-culturalism", which may be related to the fact he was educated at the fundamentalist "Bob Jones University", which did not enroll African-American students until 1971, and didn't allow multi-cultural dating among it's students until 2000.
For a while, he seemed to see his role as a birther political officer, enforcing simon-pure ideological purity among his fellow birtherstani. He also went though periods that he trolled debunking blogs, insulting and harassing the people there. The more flustered he gets, the more racial overtones creep into his messages. May or may not be a racist, but is certainly very thin-skinned and easy to upset.
Had a public falling out with Dr. Orly, and later canceled his birther summit. When on to other interests for a while, before coming back with plans for a movie based on Terry Lakin's court-martial.
Thomas MacLeran, aka "One Pissed-off Vietnam Vet" - Writer for the Pest and eFail, known for open racism and a virulent hatred of Muslims, along and a belief that all Muslim US citizens should be stripped of citizenship and deported. Willing to believe just about any lie on Obama he's given. Outed himself when he started a vanity campaign for President. (note, I misspelled his name earlier as MacLearan) Has since become a courtroom prop for Dr. Orly.
Fran MacLeran - Nashville singer/songwriter. Wife to Thomas MacLeran and a birther wingnut in her own right. Hangs around Dr. Orly's place and writes threatening letters to Members of Congress.
Miki Booth - Born in Japan, raised in Hawaii, lives in Oklahoma, has become a rather insane tea party member and birther. Went completely unhinged when President Obama released his long-form and it was discovered that the same doctor who delivered Obama also delivered Miki Booth's son. I suspect she spent a week bathing in Lysol after that fact.
✜⚓ Christopher Earl Strunk, aka "Christopher-Earl: Strunk© in esse" - Vexatious litigator, Sovereign Citizen, and all around nutcase. Known for VERY long self-filed lawsuits alleging that the government has been taken over by "Islamo-Facists" controlled by the Jesuits and the Illuminati. Which may be his more coherent rants. Known for having "fired" President Obama in January of 2009. Didn't seem to work. Hangs around both Dr. Orly and Pam Barnett, may be the source of the Sovereign Citizen nutspeech that's been infesting them more and more. (The alternate form of his name, "Christopher-Earl: Strunk© in esse", is meant to identify himself as "Christopher-Earl of the Family Strunk", with the corporate symbol and in esse to distingish him from the supposed "strawman" with his name that the government makes money off of. A typical SovCit theory)
Paul Guthrie, aka "Jedi Pauly", "General Jedi Pauly" - Or, as I usually call him, Padawan Pauly. When your pet theory is too crazy for most birthers, you're pretty bad off. So it goes with former Pest and eFail writer Padawan Pauly. His big thing is a "natural law" theory he came up with all by his little self that Natural Born Citizenship is only transmitted though the father (what I call the "Sacred Sperm of Citizenship" theory), and that all a woman's citizenship does is naturalize her children at birth. One may assume Pauly has a lot of first dates.
Expanded this in January of 2013 into a lawsuit where he claims the patient of nobility clause of the Constitution prohibits a woman from passing on natural born citizenship, and because the courts have erred in not enforcing this unique theory, we have a monarchy and all birthers are "enslaved" as a result. Also demands that the military be placed under his control as the first person to "discover" this theory.
Expanded it again in April of 2013 to state that since men can have sex with get women pregnant EVEN AGAINST THEIR WILL OR WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT, then it's de facto proof that citizen is "naturally" transmitted though the male. I don't think there are enough words to voice my disgust over someone who thinks that the ability to rape equals citizenship passage.
Geir Smith - Lives in France, claims to be the "King of Shambhala" and the true font of Tibetan Buddhism rather than that upstart the Dalai Lama, with a whole string of "prophecies". This alone should give you a hint that the cheese fell off of his cracker a LONG time ago. Despite this claim, he also insists that President Obama is the "antichrist" and the "Demon-King Krinmati". Not to mention claiming things like he's the "US Alpha Male" and some rather racist commentary as well. Most of his articles tend to end with or contains Smith's desire that President Obama be executed for "high treason". He also likes to call Obama supporters and birther debunkers "demons".
Paul Vallely - Former US Army Major General turned right-wing commentator and general gadfly. Very popular with the whole "we need to overthrow the government now" crowd of conspiracy nuts and militia types. Weirdly enough, most of the conspiracy-addled that make up the birtherstani and the far-far-right tend to ignore that Vallely's specialty in the Army was Psychological Operations ("PsyOps"), and that as a Colonel and Commander of the 7th Psychological Operations Group, he co-wrote a 1980 paper called "MindWar" with then-Major Michael Aquino, team leader for PsyOp Research and Analysis. The fact he was involved with PsyOps would have scared away the paranoid freak contingent. The fact that Michael Aquino, (who retired from the reserve as a Lt. Colonel), is also the founder of a left-hand occult group should have had them run screaming in the opposite direction. De Vattleist.
Linda Joy Adams - How crazy does one have to be when even birthers think you're a loon? Linda Joy Adams seems to be that loon. Claims President Obama was born in Topeka, Kansas and that his birth was in all the media at the time. Also claims that President Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, is the child of Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist fame.
Carl Gallups - Affiliated with "PPSimmons". Birther, "pastor", and radio show host. Master of the birther martial art of "Anydaynowism". Known for breathless news stories of breaking developments that he can't talk about but that actually mean something this time, no really, honest, we're not kidding, it's really gonna happen this time, please pray it will come true, no, really……
AXJ-(insert name of city or country here) - Weird player, seems to be on the birther side but also seems to be playing them along. Claims to be an organization with members all over the world, wildly believed to be a couple people with a lot of sockpuppets. AXJ links banned from Free Republic due to ties with "Stormfront".
"Rambo Ike" - A birther who managed to become the first person I ever had to ban from "Bad Fiction". Pretty much belongs under a bridge somewhere. Arrogant, abusive, could care less about rules, and fact-resistant if not completely fact-repellent. Has infested other debunker blogs, when he's not kissing up to the likes of Lucas Smith.
Yoel Lawlor, aka "Yoel P Lawlor", "Joel Lawlor", "Anon", "Anonymous","Ralph Johnson", "Yoel", "John", "John Steel", "medical", etc - Georgia-based Internet troll, birther, and creepy internet stalker. Has claimed to be an attorney at law (with a $600-an-hour practice), a green beret, the brother of a green beret, a CIA agent, a CIA hitman, a CIA gunsmith, a counter-terrorism expert, a high-degree / 33rd degree Freemason, a "9/11 truther", a Nuclear Physicist, a cousin of former VP Dick Cheney, a cousin of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and so-on and so-forth, not to mention his claim of having killed a Muslim with his bare hands.
And then there's his claim having "high-level access" to "members of the intelligence community" and "IP address of all of Dr. Orly's critics", as well as being a protege of OSS operative and mercenary Mitchell WerBell III. Oh, and he's also claimed to be directly descended from many of the Founding Fathers. Has claimed that his father was a CIA assassin, an automotive engineer, a drag race mechanic, and the "offical governors photographer" for the Governor of Georgia. Claims to have wiped the entire town of Mountain View, Georgia off the map due to having been caught in a speed trap in the 70's.
Also tried to scam a charity by claiming he was seriously ill and destitute with heart and kidney problems. Likes to make violent and legal threats against anyone he deems an "Obot", can't stand being challenged. Tends to spread lies and claim people are other people, usually with no evidence to back that claim up. Claims to have "legal evidence" against his critics that will result in "criminal charges", yet those charges never seem to actually show up either. Pretty much all hat, no cattle. Also may go by the alias of "Fred" or "Ralph Johnson", and possibly linked to a "Noel G. Lawler" or a "Joel L. Lawler".
Seems to have a special hate-on for me for some strange reason. Likes to repost UseNet postings I made in the late 90's and early 00's. Has been known to rewrite his reposts so that they say things that I never did. Also claims I drink blood, that I'm an "admitted KKK member", etc. He's pretty much the definition of an internet troll and general loser.
Joseph Farah - Founder and editor of World Nut Daily. Player in the 1990's Clinton conspiracy theories, back for a return engagement for Obama conspiracy theories. De Vattelist
Jerome Corsi - Writer, known racist and liar, known for spreading lies about John Kerry's swift boat service. Writes for World Nut Daily.
Floyd Brown - GOP dirty trickster, now runs the "Western Center for Journalism", which was founded by Joseph Farah. Uses the WCJ to spread birther stories around.
John Charlton, aka Zampolit Charlton - Dr. Orly cheerleader, used to run The Pest and eFail. Likes to link to sites like "Stormfront". Was rumoured to be a sockpuppet of CEL3 and/or Peyton Yates Freiman for a while, but that seems unlikely since post-breakup he continues to tongue-buff Dr. Orly's tush to a high-gloss shine. Seems to have this delusion that this blog (among others) is being funded by George Soros. Has called for "patriots" to rise up and overthrow Obama by any means required, stating it's their patriotic duty to do so - even if it requires lethal force. Hasn't been been around for a while, his duties at the Pest and eFail have been taken over by:
Sharon Rondeau - Harpist turned birther nutjob and professional seditionist. Took over the Pest and eFail after John Charlton disappearance. Doesn't have a problem with openly racist comments or allowing the nuttiest birthers to post articles at the Pest and eFail. Of late has become a major Fitzpatrick groupie, but will pretty much allow anyone who hates Obama to post. Returned to the FBI documents Fitzpatrick stole from his county's Grand Jury. Claims to be a patriot, but openly promotes sedition and military coups on her heavily censored blog. De Vattelist
Jason "Molotov" Mitchell - Videographer and far-right wackadoodle. Does videos now for World Nut Daily. Birther.
Dianna Cotter aka "Danae" - Far right birther who pretends to be a journalist at the Fake Examiner, and later Pravda OnLine. De Vattelist.
Andrew G Martin - Not to be confused with anti-Semite internet outhouse Andy Martin. Birther, pretend journalist for the Fake Examiner.
Lawrence Sellin Former AP writer and retired Army reservist Colonel . Had a mental breakdown resulting in a public (and published) tirade against PowerPoint and Generals while on duty in Afghanistan. Was retired soon afterwards. Works as a defense consultant in Helsinki, Finland. In early 2011 started writing for Canada Free Press, and has gone increasingly seditionist since then, calling for Obama and the US Government to be "Taken Down" and for a "patriotic insurrection" to take place. Has since left Canada Free Press and wrote for the Pest and eFail for a time before ending up at Pravda Online.
I wrote a background piece about Sellin, which can be found here
Martha Trowbridge - Known for a series of articles (some co-written with World Nut Daily writer Erik Rush), claiming that President Obama is actually one "Bari Shabazz" and is the son of Stanley Ann Dunham and Malcolm X. Not even a good chunk of birthers take her seriously.
✜Gabor "Gabe" Zolna" - Tea Party videographer, conspiracy crank, and writer for the Western Center for "Journalism". Smarmy, always chuckles when he thinks he let a good line go. Generally reminds me of a used car salesman cruising a bar for a quick pick-up. Borderline racist and neo-confederate, has a major hatred towards anyone he thinks is a Muslim. Has an obsession, almost a pathological desire to see President Obama in "Handcuffs, shackles, and a waist chain" as he keeps using that image in his video and says it caressingly, almost lovingly.
✜Sher Zieve - Failed scientologist and writer. Writes for the Pest and eFail and Canada Free Press. Unsure if there's a conspiracy theory she doesn't subscribe to. Screamingly paranoid.
George Miller - Runs the "Obama Ballot Challenge" website. Buddy buddy with Souther California Tea Party types and Pam Barnett. De Vattelist.
✜Chris Farrell - Shows up in comments all over birtherstan, usually calling for the arrest, trial, and execution of President Barack Obama. His Facebook page is interesting, as he claims to be a deserter from the French Foreign Legion (La Legion Etrangere), with an Interpol warrant for his arrest. (Since the United States is part of Interpol, one wonders why he hasn't been picked up). Also claims to be a US Army veteran. Currently at a community college trying to get an associates in Journalism.
By the way, as a rule of thumb the French Foreign Legion doesn't spend much time or effort hunting down deserters. The only time they tend to get cranky about deserters is if the person deserts with a weapon. If they're caught, they get 40 days in the stockade while their separation is processed (again, unless they take their weapon with them) During wartime or if the person deserts from a war zone, they face up to two years in a French prison.
Assuming his story about being in the French Foreign Legion isn't a load of bovine byproducts, it's likely he might have a warrant out in France or in French-controlled areas. The only way I can see that Interpol might be involved is if a weapon was involved - and if he had such a warrant out, well, he can get arrested for it in the United States just as easily as anywhere else.
Personally though, I suspect he's full of it.
Donald Trump - Known for being one of the few people who could lose money running a casino, paper billionaire and self-promoting egocentric jerk. Also known for the undead weasel that seems to be attached to his scalp (one of the reasons I tend to call him the "Tribble Mobility Scooter".)
Pat Boone - Musician, was popular in the 50's and 60's for a "white bread", inoffensive style of music. Tried to punch up his rep a bit a while back by doing "easy listening" covers of heavy metal. Also known for being a more than slight right-wing religious zealot.
Victoria Jackson - Former cast member of Saturday Night Live and alleged comedienne. Known for her roles of playing a ditzy, dimwitted blonde. Over the years it's become obvious it's not an act. Has an annoying "little girl" voice and mannerism that's unbecoming in a 53 year old woman. Total far-right wackaloon.
Lord Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley - Already known as a climate change denier and all-around doofus, Viscount Brenchley came over to the US with an eye towards telling us poor colonials about our laws and our Constitution. No, really.
He claims to be a "non-voting member of the House of Lords", to the point that the UK Parliament had to publish a cease and desist letter (PDF here) publically stating that he's not. Also claims to have been the science advisor to the Thatcher government, which is refuted by Baroness Thatcher's own memoirs.
He's managed to attach himself to Joe Arpaio and the Corsi-led Maricopa County Cold Case Posse, and writes for World Nut Daily. Claims to have mathmatically proven President Obama's birth certificate is a forgery using the time-honoured technique known as "pulling numbers out of one's arse". He's also a member of the far-right, borderline racist UK Independent Party.
(While many birthers can be at least somewhat racist, there are a few that are quite open about it)
Gordon Epperly - "Sovereign Citizen" and birther in Alaska. Known for numerous lawsuits claiming that non-whites and women are "citizens", but not "native-born" citizens, and therefore cannot hold public office. Openly calls President Obama a "mulatto" One of the few openly racist birthers.
Rudy Davies, aka "LoneStar1776" - Religious birther, known for videos full of ranting and bigotry, mixed with questionable theology. Got a visit from the Secret Service after expressing his desire to be President Obama's executioner. Post 2012 election, has gone even more openly racist, once stated that he thought watching caucasian military personnel applauding for President Obama "sickening".
✜ Christa Chantal Allen, aka "BJ Smartazz", "ProVeterans2010", "DallasCopSaidDestroy", "ImpeachAllCriminals", "NeuterUsurper", "ChantalDesigner", "PlainExplosiveTruths", "ExposeTheFraudster", "Chantal Exposé" and maybe a few others as well - This may be the first birther I've ever encountered that makes Dr. Orly Taitz seem sane, rational, and coherent. Claims to be a Dallas fashion designer, has a long history as a gadfly and cyberstalker. Also pretty much an open racist, calls African-Americans "monkeys" constantly, (which may be why she's got a track record of YouTube pulling her videos for hate speech). I don't think there's a single anti-Obama claim she hasn't brought up in her YouTube videos. Some of her YouTube videos include puppets (yes, puppets), which make it even more surreal and strange, not to mention makes her one of the only birthers who's sockpuppets are ACTUAL PUPPETS.
Post-election, showed the world what a sick excuse for a human being she is by becoming a "Sandy Hook Truther".
✜Lame Cherry - Batguano insane racist, has identified themselves as female, (though Dr. Kate claims they're male). Has more issues than National Geographic, fond of making racist and sexist comments about Obama's mother, wife, and children. Or anyone else for that matter. Has become increasingly vulgar and racist as time goes on.
Strong ties to Dr. Kate, Dr. Kate and Lame Cherry cross reference each other regularly, including Lame Cherry talking about details of Dr. Kate's life that Dr. Kate hasn't posted on her blog.
✜⚓Dr. Catherine Vandemoer PhD, aka "Dr. Kate" - Used to hang around TexasDarlin's blog as a guest poster, now has a blog of her own. Birther. Known for citing a long-since disproven myth about visions George Washington was claimed to have had, and citing research she never released proving Obama was born in Canada. Ph.D. is in hydrology, which might explain why her arguments are all wet. Of late has become a LaRouche junkie. Did an anti-Obama rally in Washington DC with a grand total of 3 people attending. Became increasingly insane with ever more stident calls for coups and revolution. De Vattelist. Has become increasingly conspiracy-prone and openly racist, recently was promoting and recommending the anti-Semitic "Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" on her blog.
Mark S McGrew - Birther and KKK apologist. Writes a lot for Pravda OnLine, just like other so-called American "Patriots". Has repeatedly called for military and civilian coups against the US Government, or even foreign invasion to "restore the US Government". Now wants all supporters of President Obama to be "ostracized".
I wrote more about him here
Andrea Shea King - World Nut Daily writer, "Tea Party Activist", and host of an on-line radio show. Terry Lakin groupie. Also writes under the name "The Radio Patriot". Bigoted, petty, nasty, and not above creative re-editing of radio shows that she gets upstaged at.
(These are active duty or reservist birthers who have shown up in court cases. As opposed to retired military like Fitzpatrick or Hollister)
Stefan Cook, aka "roaddog727" - Freeper and Army Reservist. Had agreed to be a plaintiff for Dr. Orly, then volunteered to go to Afghanistan. When said orders were cut, Cook filed a lawsuit asking for conscientious objector status until Obama proved to Cook's satisfaction that Obama was the Commander in Chief. Said lawsuit resulted in Cook's orders being canceled and Cook's security clearances being revoked (due to requesting CO status). This also resulted in the loss of Cook's civilian job as a DoD contractor. Dr. Orly claimed this as a great victory. Ended up as a civilian contractor at Gitmo. Passed away in January of 2012 due to complications of pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Connie Rhodes, Captain, US Army - Military Doctor, tried to play the birther game to get out of deployment to Iraq. Ended up disowning her attorney (Dr. Orly), filing a complaint against her with the California State Bar, and deploying afterwards. Seems to want nothing more to do with Birthers.
Former Military Birthers
Dr. Terrance Lakin - ex-US Army Lt.Col, Military Doctor turned Ex-inmate, appeared on the scene in March of 2010 with a slick site and a claim that he plans to refuse deployment or all military orders until Obama shows him a birth certificate. Ended up missing deployment. Parents have gone on record as being Obama supporters. Former spokesperson was Margaret Hemenway, birther writer and daughter in law of birther attorney John D. Hemenway. Separated from them and got a real military law attorney in an attempt to escape court-martial charges. Didn't work, he was court-martialed in December of 2010. Six months confinement, loss of pay and pension, and dismissal from service. Released in May 2011 after serving five months of his sentence. Remained in the military under UCMJ during his appeals process, was not paid, promoted, or assigned during that period. Formally dismissed in November of 2011, has lost the right to be called by his former rank as a result. Somewhat of a folk hero to the birthers. Denied license to practice medicine in Kansas post-release. Has started to become more a de Vattelist.
James Daryn Moran - Former SSgt, USAF. Stationed in Germany, had some form of mental breakdown in March of 2011 over an Islamic co-worker. Later stated in April 2011 that he couldn't work with Gays and Lesbians in the military. In both cases he cited his religious beliefs Was removed from his duty station and subjected to a mental health evaluation, which recommended his discharge from the US Air Force. Appeared in a May 2011 World Nut Daily article about the repeal of "Don't Ask - Don't Tell". While waiting for his discharge, he started posting on various blogs and sites, which show he started to go birther in July of 2011. He publicly went AWOL from his transition unit in August of 2011, which was greated with a yawn by his transition unit. Appears to have severe mental health issues, and seems disturbed in other areas as well. Made a trip to Washington DC soon after being discharged to "arrest" President Obama, was talked out of it by Secret Service and soon disappeared from the birther scene.
PUMA Litterbox Brigade:
(Note: While PUMAs aren't birthers per se, a lot of the conspiracy theories and paranoia that the birthers carry for Obama got its start with the PUMA die hards. And many of these are also birthers as well.)
(The Formerly Sane) No Quarter - A PUMA blog ran by Larry "Flowbie" Johnson, a former CIA agent. Used to be a decent site, but Johnson went apedump for Hillary Clinton and lost his mind. Birther site
TexasDarlin - Owner and operator of the blog by the same name. A lot of birther weeds grew in the manure spread there. Was defunct for a while, currently back up to support the tea bagger challenger to Sen. Ted Kennedy's old seat. I guess she thinks the best way to support Hillary Clinton is to undermine everything Sec. Clinton stands for.
Judah Benjamin - The nom de PUMA for a "historian" on TexasDarlin's website. Took his/her name from the real Judah Benjamin, the Secretary of State and Secretary of War for the Confederate States of America. Much of Berg's and the Birthers claims about Obama's "Indonesian Citizenship" come from Benjamin. Hasn't been seen since after the 2008 election.
Linda Belcher, aka Linda Starr - Formerly Berg's chief cheerleader, known for blind defense of Berg and claiming "inside information" that never turned out to be true. Had a hissy fit with the Berg camp and defected to Dr. Orly. Never quite made it in that camp and seems to have quieted down. Had some health problems in 2011-12, and seems to have moved on since then.
Some of her earlier posts are here.
⚓ Pamela Barnett, aka "Molly Pitcher" - Used to hang around Texas Darlins' blog and other PUMA litterboxes, later ended up in Ed Hale's playground. One of Dr. Orly's plaintiffs in Keyes/Barnett v Obama, later acted as Dr. Orly's Northern California Campaign Manager and filed her own lawsuit against Damon Dunn's appearance on the California Secretary of State ballot. Not wrapped very tightly. Has of late started parroting "Sovereign Citizen" dogma. Has had a bit of a breakup with Dr. Orly of late, but later kissed and made up. De Vattelist
Helen Tansey - Virginia PUMA gone full-tilt birther, now a major cheerleader and fan of Walter Fitzpatrick, though she keeps getting his former rank wrong (calling him "commander", an undeserved promotion), and claiming he had more years in the service than he actually did. Runs a place called the "T-Room", also started a de Vattelist fetish site called the "Article II SuperPAC".
✜⚓ "No Nonsense Nancy" - Long time Dr. Kate supporter. Former PUMA as well. Complains that she's estranged from her children due to their support for president Obama and her utter hatred of him, (which she blames, naturally, on President Obama.) Was one of the few to show at Dr. Kate's "Usurpathon" and Philip Berg's rally. Also showed up at Terry Lakin's court-martial and at the airport to welcome him back after his stay in prison. Has become as racist as Dr. Kate. Of late, has been expressing her deep-seated desire to see President Obama executed for high treason.
Jennifer Beagle, aka "Jennifer Beegle", "Jenni4Hillary", "JenniferX", "JenniferFromTexas", and others - Racist sexist screech-o-matic PUMA, hates men, hates women who supported Obama, wants the entire 2008 election to be overturned and given to Hillary Clinton as her due. Has a voice like a thousand Chihuahua's being fed into a wood chipper.
Darragh Murphy - Founder of PUMA PAC, known for not filing financial information to her followers and making promises that are never kept. Not a birther.
Larry Sinclair - Beloved of the birthers, writer and self-publisher of a tell-all book claiming he took drugs and had sex with Obama. Was arrested on an outstanding warrant for felony fraud soon after a press conference attended by himself, his kilted lawyer, and a batch of PUMAs. Pretty much defines the word "loser". Announced he was committing suicide and disappeared, but later showed up alive and well.
Lynn Forester - Clinton supporter and PUMA who spoke out against Obama, calling him an elitist. BTW, Ms. Forrester's full married name is Lady Lynn Forester de Rothchild, Lady Rothchild, and she is married to Sir Evelyn Robert de Rothschild, one of Great Britain's leading financiers and a scion of the Rothchild family that has dominated European banking for over two centuries. Not a birther.
The opposition, honorable and otherwise:
While the below names are birthers, they're ones that I have had some positive interaction with in the past.
"Rightside Phil" - Runs "The Right Side of Life". Moderates a bit more than he used to, alas. Have traded documentation and court updates back and forth with him. Likes to be seen as even handed and fair, but tends to let the birthers make any claim they want or be as rude and theatening as they want, while cracking down hard on anyone trying to disprove those claims, but his site, his rules. While past interactions with him have been good, of late his behaviour has become more confrontational and less willing debate the issue. That being said, he seems to be going back to his previous stance.
Lisa Ostella - Dr. Orly's former webmaster, became on the outs with her when she refused to lie to the FBI at Dr. Orly's request. Owned the domain for Dr. Orly's former blog, took it over and released all the comments Dr. Orly had hidden in moderation. Doesn't practice censorship on her blog.
Lisa Liberi - Philip Berg's legal assistant, subject of attacks and accusations against her by Dr. Orly.
Jeff Schreiber - Runs the "America's Right" blog. Used to heavily document Berg's cases, stopped covering the birthers at all towards the end of 2008 after the National Press Club conference. The interaction I've had with him has been positive, with some areas we agree on and others we don't.
"Squeeky Fromm" - Your guess is as good has mine. "Squeeky" is a former birther and claims to be a PUMA as well. Was believed for a time to be "Jennifer4Hillary", tends to show some dislike for males. Also claims to be drunk most of the time. However, has a serious dislike for the de Vattelist birtherstani as well. Many also believe Squeeky to be a performance artist making fun of the birtherstani. Of late has become more of a birther debunker - or at least she likes to torment some of the birthers.