Powell v. Obama (US District Court for the Southern District of Texas) is not an eligibility case and I won’t be adding it to the docket or tracking it, but I wanted to mention it for the purpose of comparing it to actual eligibility cases.
While I do not know the details, it appears that Dr. Powell (PhD) has undergone some involuntary psychiatric treatment including some periods of institutional commitment, medication and restraint. He believes that New Mexico governor Bill Richardson is criminally responsible for some of the things that have befallen him, and that President Obama is also criminally responsible for what Governor Richardson has done.
Some of the things Powell believes are not so far removed from what you might see from Orly Taitz in her web site comments or from other birther lawsuits and blogs. For example this from Powell:
I accuse Barack Obama of encouraging the criminal silence of Brian Williams, NBC News Anchor, in the matter of public information given to him, Brian Williams, by Shane Allen, who had received the information from me, the Plaintiff. (Page 1)
Compare this with birther claims that the media, in collusion with, or under threats by, the Obama administration is not publicizing their claims and their cases.
I accuse Barack Obama of keeping from the American people that on my own moral authority I expelled him, for cause, from the Presidency effective July Fourth 2012.
Compare this with “indictments” brought by “citizen grand juries” against President Obama, or the “Concerned Citizen” on the Taitz blog who said he was going to walk up to the White House, make a citizens arrest and haul Obama off to jail.Powell goes on to say:
I accuse Barack Obama from suppressing public information [I assume regarding Powell’s lawsuit against President Bush] the knowledge of which is vital to the well-being or more than three hundred million United States citizens.
Birthers also claim Obama is keeping vital documents (his kindergarten records and his college financial aid forms) hidden from the public, that are of vital interest to the survival of the country.
I accuse Barack Obama of having the mental-competency monitor call my wife, to extract a promise from her, to secure my freedom, I would behave myself.
One might compare this to other things Obama obviously didn’t do like give Marine One helicopter plans to Iran (since that too happened before he became president).
I accuse Barack Obama of quashing my 20 October 2000 letter to USA TODAY containing this sentence: “No one among among the New Mexico officials state or federal has ever come forward to dispute my documented declaration that Tom Udall and his armies, led by Bill Richardson, tried to murder me.”
Birthers use similar logic, saying no one has come forward saying that they remember Obama’s birth in Hawaii. Powell’s belief that someone is out to murder him parallels the belief by some birthers that FEMA is about to carry all the patriots off to internment camps.
Powell goes on:
I accuse Barack Obama of sabotaging my 1 October 2004 United District Court Pro Se Civil Action, POWELL VERSUS BUSH, which would have led to the instantaneous resignations of all the members of the George W. Bush presidential administration before the 2004 presidential election.
Compare this with an affidavit filed by Orly Taitz in Rhodes v. MacDonald that AG Eric Holder was sabotaging her case by meeting with the judge (something that actually did not happen) and compare it to crank theories that a sitting US president can be removed through a lawsuits. Birthers seem to think their own personal angst at not having a birth certificate carries the same government-shattering import that Powell attaches to his own lawsuit.
I suspect that with a little more research, closer examples from birthers to Powell could be located. I won’t belabor the point further except to say that I never fully appreciated how crazy the anti-Obama lawsuits sound until I read a lawsuit by a certified mental patient and had a model to go by.