Sunday, August 21, 2011

Obot Chronicles 8/21/11 - Operation Orlybake

crying all the time?

Welcome to the first report of the new OBOT Chronicles, where we inform you as to the major movements of the small majority. Those who insist on spreading misinformation, telling lies, or naively passing along the tainted goods will be exposed and mocked. Those who have been victimized by those lies (Birthers) will hopefully be dissuaded from believing in them anymore.

Mighty robots for simple truth, mighty vehicles for that simple truth. We are the gOBOTS.

There is one big item of news, right now: Orly Taitz's Surfing Safari.

Orly's big dumb adventure is something of a side trip in the longer, stranger one that is Taitz v Astrue. Simply put, she's grousing that one Michael Astrue, Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, is refusing to release the President's Social Security paperwork, so Orly can use her legion of flying monkeys to check it over for fraud.

(Never mind that, if the President was engaged in SS fraud, it probably would have been flagged a lonnnnnnnnnng time ago. Unless it's all part of the CoNsPiRaCy!!!)

At some point in the legal back-and-forth between plaintiff, defendant, and court, Orly became convinced that she now had subpoena powers (she didn't). So she promptly wrote one up to seize upon any records that the Hawaii Health Bureau might have on one Barack Hussein Obama II. Thus empowered, she and two of her happy tree friends (Paul "Busted Typewriter" Irey and Doug "Scannerboy" Vogt) went off to the Aloha State to say, well, Aloha.

Unfortunately for them, Aloha also means "goodbye," which is exactly what the Health Bureau said. Apparently they are not taken to taking orders from pieces of paper that lack the full power of law. Who would have thunk?

But, much like Odysseus (himself the victim of a long and strange trip), Orly is never without a cunning backup plan. Said plan involves a motion in federal court to force the Health Bureau to attend a hearing and show cause. This, of course, led Jerome "Dr Feelgood" Corsi to announce that the Court was going to force them, though the Court obviously hasn't decided yet. And the response from Birtherstan has essentially been to mark September 14th down on their calendars as THE DAY THE USURPER LEAVES THE WHITE HOUSE.

Will it? Highly doubtful, as all that's likely to happen in that hearing is for the Judge to look at the subpoena, see that it's written in crayon, and dismiss everything with a vengeance.

But we now have about three weeks to prepare for Orly's return to the Aloha State. Homework non-assignments are as follows:


* It would appear that Orly committed the mother of all Freudian slips while filing, lately. She has admitted in her filing against the Hawaii Department of Health that she is seeking Obama's original long form birth certificate, rather than a purported one.

Doc Conspiracy notes: I think that this is a plain admission on Taitz’s part that the White House document is authentic, original and legitimate because the whole context of her argument is that Obama waived his right to privacy when he published this document. She can’t have it both ways – either Obama released his original form and Taitz already has what she’s asking the State for, or he has not in which UIPA protects the original.

It would be a bad thing if this seeming contradiction was pointed out to her. Perhaps the next time she gets on television or the radio someone might be tempted to call in and ask, but this is obviously an impolite thing to do. At the very least, if you do ignore my calls for restraint, be good enough to let her feeeeenish.

* Orly still draws a crowd. It is really unreasonable to ask my fellow gOBOTS to fly to Hawaii on September 14th to make some fun signs, pass out informational fliers, and laugh at the goings-on inside the courthouse, or even see if they can get in to observe the proceedings. It would be even more unreasonable to encourage those gOBOTS already in state to get that Wednesday off or something and have some fun. Especially if she brought her two flying monkeys along with her, as their unique grip on empirical reality could do with a challenge or two. But that would be rude to these two gentlemen and I cannot encourage it. No.

* An even better misuse of our time would be to ask why Orly is being allowed to brandish ersatz legal documents. An inability to comprehend the law or file proper briefs is one thing. Wandering the US of A with a subpoena that was not approved by the Judge is another. But that might wind up with her facing large fines, or possibly even going to jail for fraud. And no one wants that, so maybe we really just should sit on it?


* Orly just loves it when you make macros of her. Obviously, then, it would be a bad thing if more should be made and passed around. Especially if these macros made fun of her unique vocal delivery style, 80's hair, or glam metal facial expressions. No one wants that.

* 2012 is just around the corner, and this issue is still not dead. It is obviously a dirty trick to try and peg this non-issue on the rank and file of Republicans, as, in spite of World Net Daily's insistence that various polls reveal a lot of Birthers in the GOP's ranks, the reality is probably less clear-cut. However, it would be somewhat less dirty to make sure that a Republican friend or family member (you know you have them, admit it) is aware that this theory is even more kooky than, say, global warming, or Jesus riding a dinosaur to work. One on one conversations with a friend carry more weight than screaming at idiots on World Net Daily.

* Speaking of which, World Net Daily has recently made it so that just about every article they have can be commented on via a facebook account. Obviously, the comments are vastly biased in favor of WND's unique, information-challenged viewpoint, but some gOBOTS are still there. We really should resist the temptation to go in there, en masse, and bring up factual points, debunk, and question the logic of their articles. This would, after all be trolling, even if we were being extremely polite. (Ask Richard Poe about that one, if you can find him)

That's all for Obot Chronicles this week! Let us know how the things we told you not to do work out for you! Best example of inaction gets a noprize!

(The preceding was a work of satire, and should not be taken seriously)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Obot Chronicles 8/14/11 - Here It Comes

100 becomes 1000 becomes an 8 on its side

IMPORTANT BULLETIN. The Birther Week in Review is officially no more. If you want an excellent, regular encapsulation of the movements of brave, young Birtherstan, and one that puts my admittedly pedestrian efforts to shame, please redirect your browsers to Badfiction There, our good friend and ally deftly records his many exciting and dangerous trips into the toxic cesspool that is Birtherstani popular culture, and reports on his findings so you don't have to go there, yourself.

As fun as writing BWIR was, the duplication of effort was not helping the cause. I bow my head and heart to the man for his efforts on our behalf, but now it's time for something different.

That something is this: the cat is now officially out of the bag.

Notorious Birther Jerome "Doctor Feelgood" Corsi has proven the old adage about the broken clock being right at least once a day. A little while after I published my last BWiR, he let it be known that 100 Obots are lurking amongst the American populace.

NEW YORK – A top Democrat, apparently operating with the full approval and cooperation of the president, has been directing a team of up to 100 who are paid to publish disinformation on a wide variety of websites to discredit "birthers," according to anti-Obama researchers.

The radical supporters of the president, known as Obama robots, or "OBOTs" for short, have confirmed their White House-appointed ring leader is Democratic Party operative James A. Johnson, the former chairman of Fannie Mae.

Initially, the OBOTs attempted to mask their Internet identities by posting under usernames with avatars that suggest their personalities. But due largely to the efforts of anti-Obama researchers, including "birthers" vilified by the OBOTs, the true identities of key OBOT operatives have been revealed.

"Oooooooo!" you probably said upon reading all that, maybe followed with "booga booga!" But the truth is that this is at least partially correct.

There are about 100 "Obots" out there in c-space, working both together and separately to try and dispel this nonsense about the President's Birthplace and Eligibility.

What he got wroGN was that (1) we're actually paid for this, (2) the President knows about what we're doing, and (3) who's actually in charge of the show.

Yes, I said "we." I am one of the Obots. They got me a long time ago.

And I get to be the one to explain this to you, because this is how we roll.

Do not think of us as "obama robots." Think of us, rather, as being one letter away from the Gobots. Remember those plucky, also-ran transforming robot toys from the 80's who had the misfortune of being marketed at the same time as the Transformers, who had the cooler cartoon and the (admittedly) better product, but lacked the simplicity of their "lesser" cousins?

That's us. Mighty robots for simple truth, mighty vehicles for that simple truth. gOBOTS.

The truth is this: the President of the United States is eligible to be President. The State of Hawaii has effectively said this by lending their weight behind the Certificate of Live Birth and the Long Form. The American court system has not ruled otherwise, and is not likely to, given the weight of past decisions. All other arguments are either foolhardy, ill-considered, or wrapped up with ignorance, racism, islamophobia, or chauvinism that has no place in 21st century America.

The truth is this: the majority of so-called Birthers (or eligibility skeptics) are victims. They have been victimized by their own fears and/or ignorance, and kept victimized by the mistakes, misinformation, distortions, and outright lies of the few. They could, if brought around to full recognition of the truth, be victims no more.

The truth is this: a small minority of these Birthers is keeping this issue alive by continuing to broadcast a non-stop regimen of mistaken information, willful or ignorant misinformation and distortions, and, yes, outright lies. Some of them have chosen to champion this cause because they honestly believe in it, and some of them have chosen to champion it because they recognize that there's fame, fortune, readership, and political prestige to be gained if enough people go Birther because of them.

The truth is this: to invoke Grant Morrison, this is not a war -- this is a rescue mission.

The vast majority of Birthers are suffering from having been bamboozled by the aforementioned small, often cynical minority, which is actively misleading them for their own reasons. If we can get the truth to the victims, however we can, then they may no longer be victims, and become fully cognizant members of the body politic once more.

In other words, they can go back to opposing Obama because they don't like his policies, or don't like him, rather than hating on him because they're convinced he's not eligible. With this nonsense stripped away, they can no longer be dismissed as cranks or fools, and can come back and be a fully-functioning part of America's political culture once again.

This can only be a good thing for America as a whole.

So you're probably asking why we servants of the truth didn't come out and tell you that truth, earlier. Sometimes truth must be masked. Sometimes you have to tell a story or a joke to get to a point. Sometimes you can't tell the whole truth at once or you'll be laughed at.

Sometimes you have to contradict yourself to get to where you're going.

So accept our apologizes for not stepping out from behind the curtain sooner, but make no mistake -- we are here now. We have come to mock and to gaslight, to enrage and to entertain. We have come to plant the flag of truth in the bullshit birthday cake.

We have come to tell you the truth, and it will set you free.

We are 100 now. By the end of the year there will be 1000. After that, who knows?

If you want to join, you just did. Go and do.

Just remember that this is a rescue mission, not a war. We must comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. We must help and not harm.

We don't always have to be nice about it, of course, but at the end of the day kindness and patience is remembered and treasured more than snark and meanness. Especially when the blinders are off, the mission is over, and the lies and liars have been exposed.

Leave the snark and mockery for the small majority, who clearly deserve it.

Henceforth, the Obot Chronicles will inform you as to the major movements of the small majority. There will be information, laughs, and homework assignments. There will be calls for direct inaction. There will be noprizes. There will be phun.

(There may or may not be punch and pie.)

There will be the satisfaction of knowing we did the right thing for the right reasons, at last.

My name is J. Edward Tremlett. You can call me Dive-Dive. I am an gOBOT. Who are you?

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Birther Week in Review 7/2/11 - WND vs Esquire Edition

the other three are being sued

In which our friends at World Net Daily lay their case for suing Esquire on the table, and we take a look at some of the players.
(h/t conwebwatch for the original photo)

Tis truly the age of the lawsuit at Whirled Nut Daily, er, excuse me, World Net Daily. First, we're told Jerome "Dr. Feelgood" Corsi is going to bring charges against Obama, via the FBI, for criminal fraud. (Then we find out someone else is going to do it for him.) Then WND, itself, is threatened with a lawsuit for dragging an anti-birther blogger's private life into the limelight and lying about him.

Now, a few weeks after actually announcing that it was on, WND held a press conference in which their lawsuit against Esquire over their satirical article was laid out for all three members of the press that bothered to attend.

WASHINGTON – WND is filing a lawsuit in the nation's capital today seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages for a faked "report" in Esquire magazine that falsely said a New York Times best-selling book, "Where's the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible To Be President," by Jerome Corsi, Ph.D., had been pulled from store shelves by the publisher.

The claim has been filed by attorney Larry Klayman for Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, on behalf of the company, WND Books, himself and author Corsi.

Defendants named include Esquire Magazine Inc., parent company the Hearst Corp., and Mark Warren, the author of the false article.

"You can't just make up words and put them in people's mouths, deliberately misleading the public, deliberately defaming others and deliberately lying to inhibit commerce,"* Farah said. "Media institutions such as Esquire magazine and its parent, the Hearst Corporation, for which I was employed for nearly a decade, should know better. And they will as a result of this lawsuit."

To the tune of $285 million dollars, apparently. I hope they know you can sue people for SLAPP lawsuits in Washington D.C., where the suit is being filed?

You can watch the entire press conference at WND, starting with this page, if you'd care to. It may be an hour of your life you won't get back, but it's worth it if only for the slow realization that the speakers outnumbered the press, and the testy exchange between Joseph "Mr Mustache" Farah and Terry of Conwebwatch at the very end.

Finally, I tried to ask Farah if he could confirm Tim Adams' assertion that the affidavit he signed claiming that he had been told that no copy of Obama's birth certificate existed in state files was created by WND-affiliated lawyers. Here's how that exchange went:

FARAH: I really don't -- Terry, If you want to obsess about stuff like that, I invite you to do so. I would really like to focus on why the president of the United States and the White House are issuing bogus birth certificates rather than why somebody at WorldNetDaily, which lawyer they consulted to --

ME: But if you're creating news to forward the story --

FARAH: Terry, we all know your work.

ME: You're creating news and not reporting it.

FARAH: We appreciate all of the attention that you devote to Thanks very much.

And with that the press conference came to an abrupt end.

Whether this is a legitimate beef on behalf of WND, or just another attempt to elicit sympathy (read: money) from its readership, and publicity for its latest minimum opus, Where's the Birth Certifiate? (still sinking like a brick) is debatable.

What isn't debatable, however, is that this legal sideshow was rather revealing.

We know all about Doctor Feelgood, and the fact that he's a frakking bigot who thinks facts are for lesser people.

We know all about Mr. Mustache, too. But what's interesting is that he's no longer hiding behind journalistic dodges to disguise his actual views on an issue. As of right now, he is happy to declare the President's Birth Certificate a F R A U D.

The lawyer is of interest. That is The Larry Klayman up there at the podium. The same Larry Klayman who founded Judicial Watch, which went after the Clinton Administration 18 times over matters large and small (and, yes, Dick Cheney. Once.)

Also the same guy who left Judicial Watch to run for the Senate, lost, and then sued Judicial Watch for "financial and other mismanagement issues which damaged Judicial Watch, the donors and Klayman." He then founded Freedomwatch, which is, at this moment, suing the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" for $350 million, claiming "the controversial project pose(s) a "terror risk" and amount(s) to "an assault" on Americans."


(He also writes a weekly column for World Net Daily, and Freedomwatch has an ad for the site on its front page. Are you surprised? Really?)

So they've got their own in-house legal eagle to make this lawsuit appear to be something other than a gigantic publicity stunt. (maybe) But who's the sleepy dame with the bad haircut?

That would be Maria Zebest, the latest rent-an-expert WND has rolled out to show that they aren't just noselessly barking up the wrong tree. A Democrat, no less, as Farah took pains to tell us.

A nationally recognized computer expert who has served as contributing author and technical editor for more than 100 books on Adobe and Microsoft software says the Obama long-form birth-certificate image released by the White House is a fraudulent document created with Adobe software.

"The PDF file released by the White House contains evidence of manipulation suggesting that one or more forgers utilized existing Hawaiian birth certificates to assemble fraudulently for Barack Obama a document the president presented to the world as authentic," Mara Zebest told WND.


She believes whoever created the forgery had insufficient expertise and did not realize that "flattening" the document in Photoshop Illustrator – a process that melds the layers – would still allow professionals to determine the layers required to manipulate the data in the process of forging the document.

"Overall, it's an amateur job," Zebest said. "The forgers obviously over-estimated their level of expertise in undertaking to forge a document that is destined to play a pivotal role in U.S. history."

How could any forger working for the White House be so sloppy?

"As president of the United States, you can't exactly put out a Request for Proposal asking the forger to submit credentials and pricing to the White House chief of staff," she answered. "A small group around you may be loyal, and someone within that group may have computer graphic arts experience, but forging a document that will sustain expert forensic analysis is a skill-set not required of most commercial designers and artists who use Adobe software on an everyday basis."

Because, you know, when it comes to committing high crimes and misdemeanors, the White House always scrounges around for the lowest bidder. ;) Nice try, there, sleepy.

Doc Conspiracy was, as always, kind enough to shoot this "expert analysis" out of the duck pond with a well-placed observation. But the gold medal for investigative reporting on this fresh, new face has to go to our friends at Badfiction, who have discovered that Ms. Zebest is not only a Democrat, but apparently a PUMA.

Remember them? The ones who were, and still are, so very unhappy about Hilary Clinton not being President that they're very happy to roll around in their kitty litter and believe any old lie about the President they can get their hands on. Like, oh, say... the Birth Certificate non-issue?

I posted this downstairs and want to get it off my chest upstairs too. I have to comment since I feel a need to set the record straight. I’m getting a little tired of Obama being defined as a “progressive” or even as a “liberal.” He is not a progressive (for whatever the h*ll that is supposed to imply)… nor is he a conservative… nor is he a liberal. Obama is a radical and more specifically a marxist. A Black Liberation Theologist Marxist which is even more radical than a regular marxist (if there is such a thing as a more radical marxist). LOL!"

(Emphasis mine)

HMMMMMMMMMM... A case of birds of a feather flocking together?

Does WND have a case? Generally speaking, no. The original article was always tagged as "Humor," and if certain people didn't read all the way through to the bottom to see that, or couldn't judge from the subtext of the article (Farah calling Corsi a piece of "S---"? Really?)

There was, however, one rather ominous note during the proceedings. When asked about Doc Conspiracy's findings, Corsi commented:

'I'll be writing about Dr. Conspiracy in the next few days. I'll be exposing his background, his entire credentials, his involvement with his company. I've got a detailed -- I just haven't had time to write it up."

That should be a rather interesting read. Goodness only knows what horrors lurk in the past of the Doc. Maybe he's worn a different hat!

That's about all the news we have this time. Birther Week in Review will be on break for the next two weeks. Try not to melt down without me, but if you want excellent reporting on the movements of the brave country of Birtherstan, I highly recommend Badfiction, Conwebwatch, and Obama Conspiracy Theories (Oh For Goodness Sake is also on vacation)

* Just out of curiosity, did anyone's irony meter explode, reading that? I know mine did. Scared my poor kitties out of their skin, too.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Birther Week in Review 6/25/11

grave robbers from outer space!?!?

It was supposed to be a big week for Birtherstan. What actually happened? Starring Joseph Farah, Jerome Corsi, Orly Taitz, and the Koran pee-pee Birther

As reported by our friends at Badfiction, last week Joseph "Mr. Mustache" Farah, editor in chief of World Net Daily, had this startling announcement on his twitter feed:

If you think the birth certificate controversy is over, think again. Next week will be a big week for "birthers."

So what all happened?

On the World Net Daily front, Farah made a prognostic proclamation worthy of the late Criswell: Obama will not be running for a second term!

I know this sounds crazy.

I know it goes completely against the grain of mainstream political opinion.

I know you probably haven't heard this anywhere else before.

But I don't think Barack Obama will be on the Democratic ballot as a candidate for re-election to the presidency.

His reasoning? A handful of wistful comments made by the President on the Today show about how tough the job can be. In Farah land, the admission that "There are days where I say that one term is enough," and revealing words about his family loving him more than his job, are codespeak for "this brother's leaving the building toot sweet." But this is all conveniently forgetting that Obama is, as we speak, gearing up for re-election -- something he can't really get out of now that his machine's in motion.

Nice try, Farah. He tried to top this a few days later by announcing, in one of his signature op-eds, that Hitler wasn't eligible, either. Which is just fine because, as our friends at Badfiction rightly point out:

Hitler was never elected president of Germany. He campaigned for the position and lost to President Paul von Hindenburg. von Hindenburg appointed Hilter Chancellor on 30 Jan. 1933. When von Hindenburg died on 2 August 1934, Hilter failed to call new elections, (a violation of that country's Constitution), and instead declared himself Führer und Reichskanzler (leader and chancellor) based on a law passed on 1 August 1934.

Hitler was never elected leader of Germany, he was appointed Chancellor and took over the position of head of state from that appointed post.

Farah's understanding and knowledge of History - FAIL.

Then a few days later, it was revealed that a "Stunning precedent would let al-Qaida chief be president."

Anwar al-Awlaki for president?

After all, the regional commander for al-Qaida, senior Islamic imam and alleged recruiter for terrorists was born on April 22, 1971, in Las Cruces, N.M.

And how about the al-Awlaki acolyte, imprisoned Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, as vice president on that ticket, as the defendant accused of shooting up fellow soldiers at Fort Hood was born Sept. 8, 1970, in Arlington Va.

"Stunning?" Not if you, unlike the people at WND, know how the Constitution actually works,, and how it is being interpreted by mainstream legal thought. As it stands, this article is doubly loathsome for both adding to the national dumb, and using the "scary brown man" and "scary muslim" tropes to buttress their weak tea argument against President Obama.

Further weak tea was brought to us by Jerome "Dr. Feelgood" Corsi, who revealed that FOX News did a bad thing, but missed the important piece of the story.

NEW YORK – The computer graphics expert Fox News relied upon to claim the birth certificate the White House released April 27 was legitimate insists that the network must retract the story, claiming it deliberately misquoted him and continues to ignore his repeated requests.

Jean Claude Tremblay told WND that none of his comments would permit the conclusion that the Obama birth certificate is an authentic document.

Smoking gun as to FOX News' complicity in "Certifigate"? Not hardly. As Doc Conspiracy explains:

WND goes to some length to emphasize Mr Tremblay’s displeasure over Fox News misquoting them. However, WND damns its own crank theories by quoting what Tremblay told them:

“First, I never thought that what I saw in the Birth Certificate PDF was a proof of its authenticity,” he wrote. “For me, what I have seen does not prove that it is legit, nor that it is a fake, nor that there has been any tampering whatsoever,” he wrote. “The title of the blog does not represent my conclusion. It would be unprofessional and simplistic within my area of competence to come to a conclusion one way or the other.”

Tremblay found nothing to indicate tampering — putting to the lie all those cranks who say otherwise. I had read the Fox News story correctly all along.

Undaunted by FAIL, Corsi tried again, this time calling out the big gun from Rathergate:

Joseph M. Newcomer, who exposed the "Killian documents" as fraudulent in 2004, has told WND the Obama birth certificate released by the White House April 27 is a "highly suspicious" document that deserves professional forensic examination.

"There is something deeply wrong here," Newcomer told WND. "There are artifacts in the birth certificate document that are strongly suggestive of a forgery. The document screams out that something is wrong."


Newcomer stressed that he was relying on published charges that the Obama birth certificate was fraudulent, including the analysis by scanner expert Doug Vogt and by typography expert Paul Irey.

Oh. Never mind, then.

But perhaps Farah, being the non-modest fellow he is, meant to indicate that Orly Taitz was going to be helping the cause in her own, unique way?

This week was quite something for our favorite, mail-in-the-box-tops lawyer. Getting the sense that maybe, just maybe, she didn't get Discovery after all, she's asked for a deafult judgment in her latest windmill tilt. She also asked Attorney General Eric Holder to comply with a FOIA on Presidential records.

Attorney General Holder, I would like to remind you, that you are not Mr. Obama’s private criminal defense attorney, but rather the top law enforcement official in the country. You are acting on behalf of “We, the people of the United States of America”, you are there to protect my rights, and the rights of each and every law abiding citizen of the United states of America against fraud, uttering of forged documents, elections fraud, Social Security fraud, usurpation of US presidency and treason. We, the people of the United States of America, demand that you do your job and stay true to your oath of office and not be complicit in aiding and abetting in commission of the above mentioned crimes.

Please, let me know, when can I and my forensic document expert visit the White House and examine the documents in question for authenticity. If request is not granted within 20 days, further action will be taken. It is my hope, that you will act in the interest of the citizens of the United States of America and will grant access to the above mentioned records.

"Guess who's coming to dinner," anyone?

And then Orly had a very unpleasant run-in with some of her un-fan club:

Today I was harassed and badgered by a brain dead attorney by name (evil regime puppet doo doo head person). She saw me in an elevator in the Superior court and started making comments, that my cases against Obama make me look racist. I told her, that it had nothing to do with his race, it had everything to do with the fact, that he is a complete fraud and that he is using a forged BC and invalid SSN ID. She kept calling me names, she kept calling me crazy, and she was really inciting people in the elevator to say something pro Obama and against me. There were 10 people cramped in the elevator. One guy started yelling at me and telling me, that I need to get the hell out of the country. I thought, that this guy might hit me. I asked this lawyer, (evil regime puppet doo doo head person), if she read the pleadings and saw the expert opinion, showing that the BC is forged, but she said “Oh, the court already told you time and again, that his papers are fine”. If an attorney can be so brain dead or corrupt, what is to say about an average Joe, who is being brainwashed 24/7 by the regime propaganda.

As I left the building and drove to my dental office, I thought, when will this corruption end. What will it take for those Congressmen or judges to do their work? How can they ignore overwhelming, undeniable evidence of forgery and fraud. It’s like living in Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia. No laws, no Constitution, the regime can do anything to anybody. What are these Congressmen and judges waiting for? For some brainwashed obot to assault me or kill me?

What indeed. And we should hasten to add that it is definitely not cool to be threatening Birthers with any kind of violence or physical harm for their activities. Some of the best advice I ever got was "don't tease a mad dog, you'll just get bit."

Case in point: after revealing that she got (evil regime puppet doo doo head person)'s name wrong in her previous posting, Orly very quickly decided to publicly shame (evil regime puppet doo doo head person) on her blog by posting her public information and facebook profile on it. That'll show (evil regime puppet doo doo head person) not to mess with Orly! (Just don't call (evil regime puppet doo doo head person) at home, okay?)

(In a golden moment of unintentional(?) humor, one of her friends commented "Orly. I will bray for you.")

Or maybe the big event of the week combined two of Farah's big causes: proving Obama ineligible and bashing Islam. With this charming and excitable fellow, we get both, complete with Johnny Cash, an American flag displayed the wrong way around, and a stream of urine.

If you don't feel like watching the whole thing, I'll save you the bother. He douses an English copy of the Koran in lighter fluid, tosses it into a ceramic backyard thing, lights it on fire, throws a copy of Obama's Long form (helpfully marked FORGERY) into the flames, and then pees on it. Stay classy, my friend.

(H/t to Oh For Goodness Sake, who followed up and tells us that Roseann Cash's lawyers have been informed.)

So, after that sorry cavalcade of FAIL, what was the big event of the week that WND was bringing us, then?

Can it be the fact that you can now advertise your lack of reading comprehension, Constitutional savvy, and enlightened attitudes with this catchy, magnetic or "easy off adhesive" BIRTHER ON BOARD Bumper sticker!

Now available in eye-destroying yellow.

(H/T Badfiction)

In closing, I'd like to point your attention to some excellent research from Barackryphal, who has laid bare the archaeology of the Birther Movement -- lovingly laid out for inspection in two parts. If you've enjoyed my humble attempts to chronicle the current history of noble Birtherstan, and its notable citizens, you'll really like the story of its genesis.

Truly a "shot turd round the world." ;)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Birther Week in Review 6/18/11 Corsi vs Fogbow Edition

taking reseachers to the zoo?

In which we look at what may be the moment karma finally kicked in for the World Net Daily posse.

Another slow week in Birtherstan, but one with an interesting development.

It appears that, after years of going after public figures with a certain amount of safety, one of the the country's most prominent citizens made the mistake of going after a regular joe with the same cavalier regard for facts and truth that he employs against the President.

After weeks of regurgitating old info with new twists, new lies with old tricks, and useless "gotcha" hitpieces, World Net Daily decided to go on the warpath against Birtherstan's natural enemies (besides truth, facts, and decency) -- anti-birther bloggers who've been calling the rogue nation out on its lies, exaggerations, and excesses since its tumultuous birth.

The first article, written earlier this week, pointed out that a number of anti-birthers have produced fake birth certificates in an attempt to mock Birthers and make them look foolish. In the eyes of any reasonable person, this constitutes a prank. To Corsi and company, this is criminal fraud.

They have described their activities as satire, a tactic designed to deflect criminal charges that might otherwise be filed against them for producing fraudulent official government documents.

Same old WND, in other words. Exaggerate the reality in order to make snide innuendos that gain the readers' interest while not really telling them the whole truth, if indeed any truth at all.

But then they went a step further. They went after PJ Foggy at Fogbow, following the "journalism" model of their previous works.

Not a good idea, as Foggy, himself, stated on Doc Conspiracy's article on the subject:

The Cal. St. Bar never even suggested it would disbar me. I got in some minor trouble during a time when both my wife’s parents died of Alzheimers’ in my home, and I had some severe depression and some marijuana use. I decided to get out of the law biz and my State Bar record clearly says I “resigned,” not that I was disbarred.

Corsi also falsely accused me of committing state and federal crimes. He posted photos of my young children. He falsely claimed I filed that “legal brief” with a court (it was really just a compilation of reasons why Orly Taitz should be sanctioned in Taitz v. Astrue and I sent it to Patrick Nemeroff, the assistant U.S. Attorney on the case).

Worst of all, on Corsi’s Facebook page he wrote:

“Bryan runs a Flower Shop in Raleigh NC — let him know how much you appreciate his loyalty to the Constitution.”

He gave them enough info to find the phone number and address of my flower shop. Corsi and/or his people are desperately scrubbing threats against me from both the WND page and from Facebook, but I have screenshots of everything. Several innocent women who work for me are terrified. I’ve already contacted the FBI, and I’m on my way to the Raleigh Police Dept. now. I have a first class libel/slander attorney in D.C. working on this.

This is not like that impoverished (in more ways than one) KenyaBornObamAcorn. Corsi has money, and is going to rue this day. Scrubbing my comments isn’t going to help him even a little bit. He stepped in a mess this time. I’m going to own Esquire magazine!

PJ Foggy is, of course, referring to Joseph "Mr. Mustache" Farah's threats -- now realized -- to sue Esquire over that satirical article they ran online making fun of Where's the Birth Certificate (still falling like a brick, sales-wise, in case you were wondering)

So far Corsi's only overt response has been to backhandedly mention the situation in another article on another anti-Birther blogger. That and, if PJ's claims are true, scrub nasty attacks and threatening comments off the article, itself.

Why did he do this? One can only guess. Doc Conspiracy is open for reasonable suggestions.

So why write an article to smear Foggy?

Foggy comments on Internet forums that relate to Barack Obama’s eligibility. How is that news? Many of my readers do that and the number of people who comment on the Internet every day probably runs in the hundreds of millions (there are an estimated 1.87 billion Internet users).

Foggy wrote a letter to a US attorney about Orly Taitz. He may have handled a fake Kenyan birth certificate. There’s no evidence that either of them had an impact on WND readers. WorldNetDaily even had some news to report debunking that fake certificate which Foggy did not create. And even if Foggy had something to do with getting the fake Kenyan birth certificate to Taitz, what does his California bar status have to do with anything except as an attempt to smear Foggy’s reputation?

This is all nothing stuff. Bloggers are not news.

So why did Jerome Corsi representing what claims to be a major news organization chose to pick on an obscure web site operator who 99.99999% of the world has never heard of (up until now)?

Why indeed.

But help may be on the way! Over at Orly Taitz's website, our favorite can't-do girl is calling for a federal investigation of those awful people at Fogbow. Because, you know, political advocacy and making fun of the gullible and the fraudulent is high treason. (H/T to OhForGoodnessSake)

Meanwhile, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Please do consider the information about Corsi at this link, in particular the following quotes.

CORSI: So this is what the last days of the Catholic Church are going to look like. Buggering boys undermines the moral base and the laywers rip the gold off the Vatican altars. We may get one more Pope, when this senile one dies, but that's probably about it. (12/16/2002)

CORSI: Islam is a peaceful religion as long as the women are beaten, the boys buggered, and the infidels killed. (11/22/2002)

CORSI: Isn't the Democratic Party the official SODOMIZER PROTECTION ASSOCIATION of AMERICA -- oh, I forgot, it was just an accident that Clintoon's first act in office was to promote "gays in the military." RAGHEADS are Boy-Bumpers as clearly as they are Women-Haters -- it all goes together. (11/18/2001)

CORSI: Perfect Liberal -- lesbian, self-absorbed, hates America, anxious to impose her values on everybody else. [on Martina Navratilova] (06/26/2002)

CORSI: And now we get Pooh-LEFTY pushed on us by the RATS as Minority Leader in the House -- here come the SanFrancisco liberals -- hope the RATS go back to focusing the debate on gay marriages and other pro-choice topics close to Pelosi's heart. (11/18/2002)

CORSI: Too bad the plane didn't crash into the TV set of the NBC show "THE LEFT WING" -- especially when Martin Sheen was "acting." (06/07/2003)

(H/T to Doc Conspiracy)

'Cause, you know, fair's fair.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Birther Week in Review 6/11/11

I'm too old to get a job at Pizza Hut...

In which we watch THE Birther book plummet into the darkness, along with Dr. Kate's ability to understand context, and Orly Taitz's understanding of the law.

It's been another really slow week in Birtherstan, unfortunately. We have been led to believe that, between seasons, daily life crawls to a standstill, and the country's noble citizens laze on their front porches, drinking weak tea and strong spirits as they dream of hope and change. We just left "Bombshell Book" season and seem to be gearing up for the time of the "All Important Lawsuit," though we also hear that, unique to this country, seasons sometimes skip over one another, and lawsuit season is almost always year round.

But if it seems like the literary season went by quickly, that might be because, in spite of all of its publisher's statements to the contrary, Jerome "Dr. Feelgood" Corsi's "Where's the Birth Certificate?" seems to be suffering a worse fate than his previous work, "Obamanation." Not even bulk sales have kept the beast above the NYT bestsellers' waterline: it went from 6 to 14 to... um, where did it go? And, over at Publisher's Weekly, it's gone from 9 to 20 -- just below the latest Sarah Palin tell-all book.

Speaking of falling, this week has acted to reiterate the lesson that, when scouring the internet for information on one's enemies, one must always take what one reads with a grain of salt until confirmed. Arch-birther Noise Machine Dr. Kate thought she had a real discovery on her hands when intriguing facts surfaced in an interview she uncovered. Specifically:
* Pidgeon found at the Consulate in British Columbia, just over the US-Canada border, a record of a name change from “Barak Mounir Ubayd” to “Barack Hussein Obama” in 1982.
* Believes Obama was educated at Patrice Lumbuma University in Moscow, echoing Pastor Manning’s research;
* Mentions Nazi, Stalinist-Marxist, and fascist as descriptors of Obama
* Predicts Obama will throw the NWO under the bus as the Caliph.

If true, this might be a gold mine for those who think that our President is the earthly nexus for all strains of evil, everywhere. Unfortunately for them, this is nothing more than Iron Pyrite, dug up out of the feverish imagination of... a German parody news site, two years ago.

In the words of my late stepfather, "What you mean when you say 'OOPS?'"

(MASSIVE hat tip to Badfiction for the ground work on this hilarious episode)

On the subject of OOPS, perennial OOPStress Orly Taitz is starting to feel the cognitive dissonance, yet again. Remember last week when she failed to understand what a judge told her, and instead told World Net Daily that she was going to declare discovery and start issuing subpoenas?

Well, she's going further down the rabbit hole this week. One can only wonder if the Judge will be as amused as we are. But, when she gets hit with yet another judicial sanction, she can always cheer herself up with the knowledge that she's made the list -- specifically Time Magazine's list, where her blog is one of four they could do without.

And that's about it for this week. I'd like to say that, hopefully, we'll have more for you next time around. But that's like hoping for yet more Weinergate at this point.

Wouldn't it be nice if that was not the case?

But if you're bored, be sure to stop by Obama Conspiracy Theories and have a gander of the excellent dig-up work they did on Jerome Corsi. Do you know all you think you know about this man? You might be surprised at the skeletons he has rattling in his closet.

Monday, June 06, 2011

An apology to Andrew Breitbart

The Wolf Who Cried "Boy"

Well, in case you have not been paying attention to the news, it would appear that the Weiner jokes were all highly justified.

Provided he's telling the truth now -- oh please, Goddess, please be telling the truth -- the entire Weinergate kerfluffle was the fault of one Rep. Weiner. It turns out that, in spite of it being proven that it is possible to hack into someone's Yfrog account and send out a photo "on their behalf," the original photo sending was done by Weiner, himself.

Rather than laugh it off, or try and explain it, he chose to lie. We all know where that path eventually leads -- bigger and bigger lies, until the house of cards comes falling down in a big way.

So Weiner finally did the right thing, called a press conference, and told the truth. (Again, we hope)

However, before the conference began, Andrew Breitbart showed up. Apparently he was nearby on unrelated business, but that didn't stop him from being talked into taking to the podium and getting a few soundbites in. Nice to know he thinks Weiner is in "very good shape"!

Breitbart asked Weiner and members of the liberal blogosphere to apologize "for a blame the messenger strategy" in the wake of the release of the initial photo. ... Breitbart also complained that the mainstream media has repeatedly questioned his credibility over his role in edited video controversies involving Shirley Sherrod and the ACORN undercover stings.

"I'm here for some vindication," he said. Appearing exasperated, Breitbart denied he was out for any sort of revenge and seemed incredulous that his motives were being questioned.

Well, never let it be said we here at the rANT Farm aren't willing to admit when we were wrong.

Andrew Breitbart, based on the evidence I had in front of me at the time I wrote on Weiner's electronic woes, I intimated that you may have been involved in a hoax, or at least known (or should have suspected) that it was going on. If what Rep. Weiner is saying now is true, and not just some sop thrown out in hopes of stopping any further indiscretions from coming to light, then obviously I was wrong in my judgment, and I apologize for jumping to that conclusion.

I am also sorry that you are such a scandal-mongering, lying bully that I would have cause to suspect you to be capable of such a thing.

I'm really sorry that you surround yourself with liars with James O'Keefe and go to bat for them when they get found out. If you actually had the integrity you expect out of others, you'd have kicked that sorry little twerp out of your circle ages ago, and not given him a platform for their mealy-mouthed prevarications. That you have not yet done this makes it so much easier to suspect you were just embracing another non-story for your own purposes.

I'm very sorry you felt the need to take Shirley Sherrod's words out of context, and use those mangled words to make her look like a racist, causing her to lose her job. I'm sorry that, as of this writing, I have yet to see anything from you in the way of a significant, proportional act of apology or contrition from you for having done this.

I'm also sorry that you've felt the need to attach yourself to a video that makes liberals on the street sound like a bunch of un-democratic thugs, but then that hasn't cost anyone their job or reputation, yet, so that's just par for the course from you.

I'm sorry that the person who alerted you to this tweet had a story that was so fishy, and a background that was so questionable, that it almost did look like he'd set Weiner up. So hopefully you can understand that, when we found out the two of you had been in communication, his fishiness plus your fish marketness could understandably equal shenanigans to the informed observer.

I'm sorry that the alterter's friend, who'd been joining him in harassing girls on Weiner's twitter list, is apparently a real scumbag. I'm sure you can understand how that couldn't help matters, either.

And I'm really, really, really sorry that you apparently had this information (and the same photo) a week before the scandalous photo was tweeted, but sat on it until now for... what reason, exactly?

I could go on. I really could. But you wanted "vindication," so here it is.

This time, you were right.

This time, you actually had the truth in hand, and not just your, well, weiner.

This time, there was some truth to be told, and you actually told it, in your own, glory-hogging, self-aggrandizing way.

So yes, I am sorry I suspected otherwise. But when the class clown, after months of falsely telling the teacher that Tommy Dingersniffer is pulling down his pants and mooning people, actually does turn out to be telling the truth on one occasion, that does not make him any less of a clown, or what he lied about before any less false.

You, sir, are a hack and a liar. If you ever want to be anything more than that, you need to start bringing us more Weiners and less Sherrods and O'Keefes.

Because we all know where lies lead, don't we?