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Gary Kreep: birther judge in hot water

imageGary Kreep is back in the news, but not in a good way. Kreep was one of the original birther attorneys in California, co-counsel with Orly Taitz in the Keyes/Barnett lawsuit that was eventually dismissed.

Kreep went on to run and be elected Superior Court judge in San Diego, a testament to why judges should not be elected (Kreep got a low qualifications rating from the Bar Association). He was assigned to a low-level criminal court.

I thought that was the last we’d every hear of Gary Kreep, but reality has the habit of surprising us. He’s in hot water for a couple of things, making crude and racist comments from the bench and his 2012 fundraising letter suggesting his US Justice Foundation would “educate” the public about Obama’s crimes including Obama’s “fraudulent occupation of the White House” and other campaign irregularities. Kreep could be removed from the bench.

Kreep already paid a $6,000 ethics fine over irregularities in his 2012 campaign.

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Do not adjust your set: The Fogbow is down

Persistent malicious attacks have plagued The Fogbow forum over the past couple of weeks, with an extended outage caused by someone calling themself AnoaGhost, presumably from Indonesia.

Now instead of merely defacing The Fogbow, attackers have added links (somewhere) to another web site that attempts to  install malware on the visitors’ computers, according to Google Safe Sites. The malware reports started sometime yesterday evening. Bill (Foggy) Bryan said by Facebook just over an hour ago:

OK, an update. I give up on my hosting company. I’m paying $200 a month, and they used to be great at tech support, but now they’re just not helping. So I found a new hosting company, super fast servers, same amount of memory and bandwidth. Less money, too.

But I have to set it up, which means I have to transfer all the files and the DNS, which means we’ll be offline for another day or so while the DNS entry propagates around the globe. There’s a learning curve for me, too. So it’s a hassle and a waste of my time that I should be doing other things, but if I stay with my current hosting company we’ll have malware for the rest of my life, and that’s taking too much time too.

Also, Fogbow is my only site that gets massive amounts of traffic. Maybe part of the problem was that I have many other websites on this hosting account, and it seemed that those were possibly used to access my whole server. I will keep this account Fogbow ONLY.

Bottom line, we’ll go offline tomorrow morning and I am not sure when we’ll come back up, but this is the best solution I can devise at the current time.

So The Fogbow will be moving to a new hosting company, which will require software installation, database migration and waiting out the DNS changes. As I said back at the start of 2012:

Changing hosting companies can be like switching checkout lines at the market. Sometimes switching from something that looks bad to something that looks good turns out to be the wrong decision in the end.

I ended up moving and it was definitely out of the frying pan and into the fire for a while with my move to VPS.NET. I hope Foggy has better success in his switch.


Birther Sheriff Joe: criminal contempt hearing today

Criminal contempt of court proceedings against Sheriff Joe Arpaio kick off today in Phoenix. This is the result of a referral from federal judge G. Murray Snow based on his findings of criminal misconduct on the part of Sheriff Arpaio and three of his staff. Arpaio is accused of lying in court, withholding evidence and deliberately attempting to thwart the court’s orders to stop racial profiling in the Sheriff’s Office.

JudgeSusanBolton.jpgSheriff Arpaio has not yet been formally charged in this unusual criminal contempt referral of a public official. The Department of Justice is handling the investigation. Susan Bolton, senior judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona (pictured right) will preside over the hearing today. Judge Bolton was appointed by Bill Clinton in 2000.

There is little doubt that this case will continue long after this blog shuts down next January.

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LA Times perpetuates false Clinton birther meme

It’s hard to blame Michael Finnegan of the Los Angeles Times for quoting the 2008 Clinton Campaign manager for a fact about the 2008 Clinton Campaign, but the end result in the article, “Hillary Clinton did not spread a lie that President Obama was born in Africa,” is still the perpetuation of a false story. Finnegan writes:

An Iowa volunteer in Clinton’s 2008 campaign against Obama in the Democratic presidential primaries was fired for sending out an email perpetuating the so-called birther tale, said Patti Solis Doyle, who managed Clinton’s 2008 campaign.

The incident didn’t happen in 2008, but rather in October of 2007. We know because the press covered the story at the time (see Ben Smith’s article at Politico from December of that year). That this email appeared in 2007 is extremely significant because there were no birther rumors circulating in 2007. Indeed the offensive email had nothing to do with Obama’s place of birth at all; it suggested that he was a Muslim.


Mackiewicz walks

One of the side show events in the the Melendres contempt of court proceedings was the handling of charges that MCSO detective Brian Mackiewicz was padding his overtime. The Arizona Attorney General has declined to prosecute, citing insufficient evidence, so reports the Arizona Republic. Check out their article for details of the allegations involving Mackiewicz and his association with Mike Zullo in the “Seattle Operation” where the Sheriff’s Office paid money to an informant/con man in Seattle for information about an alleged plot involving the Department of Justice and a federal judge against Arpaio. Arpaio, for his part, denied that he was investigating Judge Snow.


Surprise! Tea Party Patriots hear from Joe Arpaio and Mike Zullo

The September 20th meeting of the Surprise [AZ] Tea Party Patriots featured Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and volunteer Cold Case Posse commander Mike Zullo. Birther Jeff Lichter in his introduction of Sheriff Arpaio gave a birther timeline blaming Barack Obama for the birther movement, saying:

[Questions about] Obama’s eligibility began with Obama himself! In a 2007 pamphlet from Harvard, which Obama approved regarding himself, Obama was Recorded as being born in Kenya.

As is often the case with birthers, the facts are not only wrong, but scrambled. There is no such pamphlet from Harvard in 2007, but there was one from a publicist in 1991, one which the publicist says was not approved by Obama. The timeline may be of interest to others. As for myself: tl:dr.

Arpaio himself made a non-specific affirmation that the birth certificate investigation is ongoing:

We are looking at a forged document and still stand by that decision They are still not done with it. How can you back down? Never forget, if you start an investigation you should complete it!

To this observer, Sheriff Arpaio is doing a piss poor job of completing his investigation, second only to Donald Trump’s ending the birther controversy.

Mike Zullo spoke next, and more specifically to the birth certificate investigation, dropping something that would be a bombshell if Zullo had any credibility:

They were assured by Kapalani (sic) Medical Center Head Doctor that Obama wasn’t born there The government uses electronics to produce fake  documents, so the only reasonable conclusion is that The birth certificate is fake. It is impossible to be real by their own admission.

I wasn’t able to make any sense of the logic there, as recorded in the minutes by Dale Brooks. Whoever this unnamed “head doctor” is (assuming there is one at all), it would be unlikely that he was at Kapi’olani in 1961, nor is it likely that anyone on the medical staff at Kapi’olani would be commenting now, given that spokespersons for the hospital said previously that their hands were tied by federal law regarding the privacy of medical records.

Zullo gave no hint as to when he expected to have his investigation wrapped up, who he will claim forged Obama’s birth certificate, and what constructive result will come out of his efforts.