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I am reduced to writing about the internal squabbles at Gerbil Report™ and re-hashing the old lies of Mike Zullo and his imitators. So I ask you, the reader of this non article, if there is something you think deserves investigation or commentary? Do you have a paper you would like published?

I should add that while I’m not writing blog articles much, I am spending a huge amount of time with OARPA technical projects. The new server is supposed to arrive March 8 with possibly 3 more by the end of the year.

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Gerbil bits

I got an email alert that led me over to Gerbil Report™. Sometimes what I see doesn’t make much sense without some context. Here’s the comment by RamboIke:

Commie Tracker has also vetted BSE, PATRIOT_X, Tony Bonn, James Smith, Sluffy1, Fagblow Foggy, and Dr Con.

Folks, the results are disturbing

“Commie Tracker” as I understand it refers to RamboIke himself, and is an ID he used briefly at Gerbil Report™. In 2013 a commenter identifying himself as Rambo Ike left a comment on two sites, Orly Taitz’ and Lucas Smith’s with a “Commie Tracker” profile of another blogger. I couldn’t find an original version of the profile.

“Dr Con” of course replies to me and Foggy refers to the esteemed proprietor of The Fogbow news and discussion forum.

The rest of the list has me scratching my head.

BSE usually refers to Barry Soetoro, Esq. the Gerbilmeister himself (not the site owner, but the guy with the Gerbil images). What do he and I possibly have in common?

At first glance, PATRIOT_X wouldn’t seem to belong in the same list as Foggy and I either. Here’s a sample:

We can PROVE the April 2011 .pdf of “Obama’s” LFBC is a constructed document. It was not a Xerox. It was not an accident. It was done on purpose.

I took this PATRIOT_X comment to be sarcasm:

Right again, Martha. You caught us. I’m “Bari X” and BornTexas is Elizabeth Duke. Good catch…

However, RC reports a comment by PATRIOT_X saying that he is “Scott,” someone on the Birther Report “do not fly” list. (I had a note about PATRIOT_X and ScottKB1978 being the same, but forgot about it.)There is also this comment from PATRIOT_X:

With one exception, this is the ID I’ve been using, and you’ll forgive me if I do protect my actual IP at this point given past events. As a test, I used a new ID — “Naked_Aztec” one time a few days ago for one post. That is an ID I will use on my sports forums. That’s the only other ID I’ve used here since I canned “ScottKB1978″ (for reasons unrelated to this site).

You can be as suspicious of me as you want, but just like before, you’re going to always find that I’m being straight with everyone here.

PATRIOT_X posted one comment on this blog under another identity, but it’s not informative as to their birther orientation.

Tony Bonn is another GR commenter that I have barely noticed. He doesn’t have an Intense Debate profile so it’s tedious to scan his comments. Here’s one:

you would have to be a blithering idiot to not believe that conspiracies exist and that history is not propelled by them, the jewtard cass sunstein notwithstanding.

James Smith appears to be a person named James Smith in real life. Like Tony Bonn, Smith does not have an Intense Debate profile. One of his claims is about Alex Jones:

I would stake my life on the fact that alex jones of inforwars is a 100% a cointelpro agent which proves he’s a combative enemy treasonous controlled opposition traitor, period.

and

Who cares what the washington post has to write other than retrieving more evidence they’re combative enemies against the American people. The editors of the washington post are 100% under arrest for high treason at wartime and that’s life in prison or worse…. period.

Sluffy1 is a some-time commenter at Gerbil Report™ and arch nemesis of RamboIke and Falcon. Sluffy1 is the person who disclosed at GR the 3 initials of Falcon’s real name and perhaps that is the underlying reason why this commenter was banned, or so it is reported. The ban is significant because the three initials Sluffy1 disclosed are indeed the actual initials of Falcon, so Sluffy1 knows and could spill the beans any time. I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Sluffy1 is the 6th person I have confirmed that knows the personal details of Falcon, including myself.

On the same article, William (who commented on this blog in 2009) commented:

Shout out to Dr. Con.,
You need not follow me (not that I give a shit), but if you have a question, just ask.

That is probably because I visited William’s Intense Debate Profile a few days back. I do that to read comments because it’s more convenient for me than reading them at Gerbil Report™. I mean, there’s nothing secret at Intense Debate that can’t be read openly on GR and it’s a lit easier to look there to see what he said, than to ask him what he said. Duh.

Finally RamboIke lets us know that he visited here:

Dr Con, 2/21/15: “I have asked for years for comments and criticisms on my articles. I do that for a reason. I want this web site to be a good current and historical reference for the topic.” “……People make mistakes, but when they allow those mistakes to remain uncorrected, mistakes turn into lies.”
Noisewater, 2/21/15: “And that’s the difference………..You correct mistakes………..”

RamboIke has this funny notion in his head that my expressed desire to make the site accurate extends to altering the comments left by others and making other changes to his satisfaction. For example, he objects to my calling the Peter Boyles’ phone Kapi’olani hospital “confirmation.” I disagree. It’s as least as good as the publicists client list that says Obama was born in Kenya—probably better because Kapi’olani never said they were mistaken, while the Dystel employee did. What RamboIke misses is that valid complaints by Mark Gillar did result in the correction/clarification of a couple of articles just recently.  Of course, RamboIke wasn’t looking for the truth, but rather for confirmation of his prejudices. That was made very clear in a recent comment in response to Tracy Fair, who disclosed that I had been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union and a contributor to Amnesty International, organizations she believes are “connected” to Communists. RamboIke replied:

You know how you get a feeling about websites or someone after reading the comments for a period of time but lack that rock solid proof? I think you just provided it. I can now wrap up what I’ve been looking for.

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Mike Zullo: Birther misleader

I want to focus on two statements, one made by Mike Zullo before the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officer’s convention June 1, 2013, and one by Mark Gillar in an interview with Mike Volin the following December. I make the comparison to show that birthers who hear what Mike Zullo says can be misled. Here’s Zullo’s statement:

In 1961, the term used to describe black people on a birth certificate was “negro.”  In order to document this we obtained the 1960 vital statistics instruction manual containing the instructions for coding race on a birth certificate that where followed by every health department in the United States, including the Hawaiian Health Department. As you can see, if the parents race was reported as “colored,” “black,” “brown,” or “Afro-American” the Department of Health Services was required to consider the parents a “negro.” For those of you who may be wondering why the 1960 manual was consulted instead of the 1961 manual, it’s because the 1961 manual wasn’t published until 10 days after Barack Obama’s birth…

Anyone who is familiar with birthers knows that it is widely held among them that the Father’s Race (African) on the Obama certificate is not an allowable entry, and therefore the only reasonable purpose for Zullo’s statement would be to confirm that view. Upon careful examination, Zullo doesn’t say that the race reported by the parent is restricted or changed, but only considered “negro” (in context “considered” refers to the application of a set of rules for determining the race of the child). Zullo also does not say who does the considering—it is key operators at the National Center for Health Statistics who enter data from microfilm records from the states). Zullo also does not say that the 1960 manual was used to code Obama’s data, only notes its publication date. Since 1961 data was keyed in 1962, the August 1961 manual is the applicable document for all 1961 data. A careless listener might also think that the Zullo statement was applicable to the Obama certificate, even though the race “African” wasn’t a listed category. Finally Zullo may leave the impression that what he cited from the 1960 manual was not in the 1961 manual, but it is.

Now what happens when a birther hears the Zullo statement? Here is Mark Gillar’s impression:

It’s about law. In 1961 when Obama was born, the 1961 vital statistics coding manual had not come out. They were still using, even in August, they were still using the 1960 vital statistics manual, and what that manual clear states is that if someone represents themself as “African American,” which was abbreviated A. A., if they represented themself as “black,” if they represented themself as “colored,” the clerk at the department of health was still supposed to list them as a negro. And that’s what the 1960 book has. I can give that to you guys. I actually got them to turn that over to me.

Zullo’s “Department of Health Services,” an ambiguous term probably indicating the Department of Health and Human Services, the federal successor agency to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare that issued the 1960 manual becomes in Gillar’s mind “Department of Health,” which would be appropriate for the Hawaii Department of Health or other local health department. In Gillar’s mind, “considered as” (for statistical purposes) became “list them as.” The fact that Gillar makes the statement at all suggests that he also failed to notice that “African” wasn’t on the list in the instructions.

In the infamous tableau of false and misleading statements that was the second Cold Case Posse press conference, perhaps the highlight was the account of Jerome Corsi’s interview with Verna K. Lee, a registrar at the Hawaii Department of Health in 1961, the person who signed Obama’s birth certificate. Zullo attributed very little to Lee beyond the assertion that entries on Hawaiian birth certificates were double checked,  yet I have read birthers say that basically everything in that press conference related to race coding came from Lee, including the fake 1961 race code chart.

Here is what Zullo actually said:

These codings we learned through our investigation, and then locating the mysterious U.K. Lee, which has plagued this thing for four years, where people were wondering who this is, we located Verna Lee. Verna Lee is 95 years old, amazingly sharp. We spoke with her and she confirms to us what I’m going to share with you now.

You can’t have a document coded like other documents double-checked and have a code that says 9, “not stated” and have a piece of information sitting in the box. That just can’t happen. Verna Lee confirmed that for us.

See how easily one could fall into the false impression that Zullo was saying that Lee had confirmed a specific 1961 code and that she had confirmed everything that followed. Does “what I’m going to share with you now” refer to the next paragraph or more? It’s ambiguous. In fact birther listeners widely believe that it was Zullo who interviewed Lee over the phone rather than Jerome Corsi; that is after all what one expects the lead investigator to do.

The human mind expects that points in an argument are relevant and logically consistent, and it will fill in some obvious gaps. I do this myself. In the case of Mike Zullo, filling in those obvious omissions is a mistake because sometimes the obvious relevance and logical connection one would fill in isn’t true.

See also:


Note: I have found it curious that neither Zullo nor Gillar has been willing to provide the title of this 1960 manual. I think I know why.

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Blog business

It appears this blog got hacked, back in 2011. I ran a security scan a little while ago, and it picked up two files that were suspicious, and indeed they were files that weren’t supposed to be there. The file date was from 2011, when this blog was running at another hosting company. I deleted the files, but I doubt they were doing anything still.

A vexing problem for me is spam user registrations. I have no idea why they do it, but there are dozens every day. I installed a plug-in that is supposed to stop this, including all sorts of puzzles and CAPTCHA’s—totally ineffective. Today I put in a new plugin called “STOP SPAM” that is not only supposed to stop spam comments (not much of a problem here) but also spam user registrations. A new version just came out and I’m impressed and so far no spam user registrations. It even has a security scan. Winking smile

Read more:

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Why the silence from the Cold Case Posse?

There could be some big announcements in the case soon and forthcoming.

— Carl Gallups
Facebook January 2013

Sheriff Arpaio & Mike Zullo Are Saying Investigation Press Conference Forthcoming

— Carl Gallups
— Freedom Friday February 2015

My habit is to goad the birthers by explaining the Posse’s years of silence, saying “they have nothing.” That’s true in the sense that it is unlikely that the Cold Case Posse, with no manpower to speak of, no resources, and no expertise, would scoop everyone else in the country in uncovering some infamous crime related to Obama’s presidency. My reason might apply to a real law enforcement investigation where standards of evidence apply, but what does that have to do with the Cold Case Posse?

Mike Zullo, fronted by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, presented a raft of issues in his first two press conferences. The standards of evidence didn’t come into play in the selection of that material–arguments and evidence that utterly fell apart under scrutiny. Looking behind the curtain, we found conspiracy theorist author Jerome Corsi feeding much of the bogus evidence. We still don’t know how the fake race code table from the Daily Pen Blog made it to the Posse, but we know Corsi had a hand in getting a bogus confirmation of it. Even with Corsi apparently out of the birth certificate business, there must still be many birther sleuths with their own pet theories being sent to Mike Zullo. I cannot believe that the absence of a third press conference can be attributed to a lack of material. As we know, birthers believe anything, and Zullo is easily fooled. I suppose it is possible that Mike Zullo is too busy pursuing other ways of making a living, to assemble a presentation with the appropriate official-sounding trappings.

In my mind, a strong contender for an explanation is to avoid embarrassing questions. Since the 2nd press conference, two mini scandals arose: Zullo’s acceptance of $10,000 for his personal use from a birther who was also supplying material to the Posse’s investigation, and the disclosure that Arpaio had paid over $100,000 to a con man for evidence supposedly related to the Justice Department (I think this was the source of the universe-shattering revelation that fizzled). If a press conference were held, hard questions about these would certainly be appropriate.

While I think it unlikely, it is conceivable that members of Arpaio’s staff, some of whom are serious professionals, have counseled the Sheriff about the poor quality of the Cold Case Posse work product and that Arpaio has required that any new material be vetted by real detectives. That would effectively screen out anything birther.

It might be that yet another press conference, followed by no indictment, would highlight for the birthers the futility of the entire exercise.

One final possibility is that the difficult situation Arpaio faces with a federal judge scrutinizing his department, and threatening contempt of court against Arpaio, might have convinced him that now is the time to keep his head down and not make bogus accusations against the President.

Whatever the underlying reasons, I think that the most reasonable explanation for the silence is that Joe Arpaio considers it not to his political advantage that a press conference be held.

(I’m assuming that no press conference is actually forthcoming. If it really were forthcoming, then the appropriate thing would be to announce the press conference and give a date.)


The full Gallups quote from 2013 is:

PPS has been in direct contact with the Sheriff Arpaio investigation. We have just again been assured by Lt. Mike Zullo lead investigator that the investigation and potential angles of prosecution are still going full steam ahead. Just because it’s not in the news right now does not mean they are not feverishly working on the matter. There could be some big announcements in the case soon and forthcoming.

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Is there a leak in the Cold Case Posse?

We’re going to stop leaking stuff because stuff is being leaked!

This from Bob via The Fogbow:

Zullo update [from Gallups]: Both Zullo — and Arpaio — say that the “conference” is “forthcoming.”
No new information because there were “concerns” about leaks in the CCP.

Commenters at The Fogbow express obvious bewilderment over how a group of one has a leak, but certainly Mike Zullo can do the leaking of 10 men.

imageConsider his amazing leak that someone had traced something to an organization with a DARPA artificial intelligence project! That compromised the entire birther IP harvesting project, and put all the DARPA folks, who wouldn’t have clue that they need to hide their IP addresses, on alert that they need to up their game. Now we’re all running Tor from an encrypted drive.

Consider the stunning revelation that the Cold Case Posse had discounted proof that the Obama long form birth certificate was consistent with a document scanned by a Xerox WorkCentre 7655. Obots could have remained complacent and oblivious to this development until Zullo was ready to shoot the theory down. Now they can work on alternatives.

It is abundantly clear that Zullo has taken the appropriate action to stem leaks from the Cold Case Posse by shutting himself up.

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This sounds like just one more excuse for having nothing from Mike Zullo.  If there are leaks from the Cold Case Posse (beyond what Zullo and Gallups say on the radio), they don’t get to me. Whether I believe it or not, at least Gallups and some of the birthers do. Here is part of a comment from AmazingGrace6 at Birther Report about an hour ago:

This will get bumpy–I am good with that because the enemy must be stripped of all credibility. I don’t believe Gallups would have said this today without the conferences being imminent. Keep praying because the safety of those involved with the reveal are truly in danger. And when this finally happens savor each minute. We have been right about him being a fraud.

Even Falcon at BR who made this comment on the 17th:

Here’s where I’m at – I don’t care about Carl Gallups and his boring Freedom Fridays. No one else cares, at all. We want action. If you and Gallups are going to dick around – [expletive redacted] you.

Seemed to come back into the fold:

Gallups: “Sheriff Arpaio & Mike Zullo Are Saying Investigation Press Conference Forthcoming”
 
No sense announcing it – unless you want to see Breitbart, in the afterlife.
 
God Speed, Gents.

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