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Birther painting fetches $200 on eBay

A discussion started a few months ago about Orly Taitz and her complaint about some nude images of her and a “bloody placenta.” I’m not sure folks understood what we were talking about at the time. One of the series of “birther” paintings by artist Dan Lacey has now sold for $200 in an eBay auction.

Personally, I wouldn’t get caught dead with one of the things, and I have no intention of putting the image on this web site; however, if you want to know why Orly Taitz is so (justifiably in my view) upset with them, take a look on the OC Weekly web site.

38 Responses to Birther painting fetches $200 on eBay

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    misha May 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    Orly has made herself into a public figure, and has to live with the consequences. If she were a private figure, I could not do this to her.

    As a lawyer, she should know that.

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    richCares May 20, 2010 at 1:15 am #

    In her comp[laint about the painting, Orly says, “Recent article by Washington burro correspondent Stephanie Mencimer”. I googled but can’t find what a “burro correspondent” is, can anyone help, maybe scott brown knows. Was a burro the model for the painting?

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    BatGuano May 20, 2010 at 1:59 am #

    oof. i was curious how much this would fetch. i thought the notoriety of the piece would pull in at least a few grand. $200 ????….. ouch. my thoughts on this series of paintings is that the artist did it for exposure. this may explain why their signature is such a major focal point of the art ( a personal pet peeve ). as far as exposure goes they were quite successful. as for turning that exposure into success…….. not so much.

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    Arthur May 20, 2010 at 5:54 am #

    Artists pursue diverse goals, and at least since the rise of the Dadaists in the early 1900s, these goals have included using sexually suggestive tactics to mock and ridicule. In 1919, French artist Marcel Duchamp became infamous for adding a mustache and goatee to a cheap reproduction of Leonardo’s “Mona Lisa.” To add insult to injury, he titled the piece “L.H.O.O.Q.” These letters, when pronounced in French, create the phrase, “Elle a chaud au cul” or “She’s hot in the ass.” So there’s precedent for Lacey’s work, but like Dr. C., I wouldn’t want his painting of Orly Taitz in my house; however, I think the disgusting nature of Lacey’s creation perfectly portrays the true nature of Dr. Orly Taitz Esq. By the way, had you the foresight to purchase Duchamp’s piece back in 1919, you’d now be in possession of a very expensive work of art. Maybe 200 bucks will end up being a small price to pay for Lacey’s painting?

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    Walter White May 20, 2010 at 6:02 am #

    US Attorney, Middle District Georgia, demands $20,000 payment of debt from judgment from Orly.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/31601962/TAITZ-v-OBAMA-QW-29-REPLY-to-opposition-dcd-04502981918-29-0

    Ouch!

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    BatGuano May 20, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    richCares: I googled but can’t find what a “burro correspondent” is, ….

    Juan Valdez ???

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    Dave May 20, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    misha: Orly has made herself into a public figure, and has to live with the consequences. If she were a private figure, I could not do this to her.As a lawyer, she should know that.

    At the risk of sounding stuffy, I feel I should point out that being a public figure makes this kind of thing non-actionable, but that doesn’t mean it’s right.

    And I’m baffled why so many people feel the need to make fun of her name, her looks, or her slightly broken English. Her ideas, her blog posts, and her filings are already what I can only term a target rich environment, so I can’t see why anyone would bother to look elsewhere.

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    lester May 20, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    I think it would look good on a coffee mug.

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    Arthur May 20, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Dave:

    You wrote, “I’m baffled why so many people feel the need to make fun of her name, her looks, or her slightly broken English. Her ideas, her blog posts, and her filings are already what I can only term a target rich environment, so I can’t see why anyone would bother to look elsewhere.”

    I make fun of Orly Taitz because ridicule is the only thing that penetrates her egomaniacal armor. Of course her ideas and arguments are ludicrous, but she doesn’t care; she thinks she possess a special intelligence. Federal judges have torn their hair out trying to get Taitz to recognize that her grasp of the law is a malicious fiction and they’ve gotten no where. She just refuses to listen; but throw a mocking painting or a satirical sketch her way, and Taitz sits up and takes notice.

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    misha May 20, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    “I googled but can’t find what a “burro correspondent” is, can anyone help,”

    Very simple: Orly is now going to practice in the area of animal rights, in addition to constitutional law, real estate, and dentistry.

    Those Russians are sooo clever and industrious. When my grandfather came here from Moscow, first he was a rabbi, and then became a bootlegger. The times they are a-changin’…

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    misha May 20, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    Arthur: Amen. I met a lot of refuseniks like her, and they are uniformly nuts.

    I met Sharansky, and was a supporter until he went off the deep end, along with Lieberman and Kahane, who I also met.

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    Lupin May 20, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    IMHO this is a very ugly painting, and while I’m not an expert, I think the execution is rather mediocre. It’s the kind of sloppy portrait (minus the placenta) that third-rate artists sell to tourists on the Butte Montmartre.

    It might however increase in value, esp. if Orly goes ballistic and turns it into a piece with some curios value. Stranger things have happened.

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    misha May 20, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    “throw a mocking painting or a satirical sketch her way, and Taitz sits up and takes notice.”

    Yeah, like this:

    http://newyorkleftist.blogspot.com/2010/05/taitz-makes-peace-with-obama.html

    I sent it to her and to Mario. Fireworks!

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    misha May 20, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    “I feel I should point out that being a public figure makes this kind of thing non-actionable, but that doesn’t mean it’s right.”

    Sorry, but Orly brought this on herself. I intend to have a field day.

    Popcorn.

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    misha May 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    Dave: one more thing: I sent Orly an e-mail, in Russian, that I know the KGB is watching her. I also wrote in Yiddish that she’s a shonde and a nut.

    I concluded the e-mail with К“‘ – ´а!

    He, he. Fun with computers.

    Oh, I did get an e-mail back from Mario. I responded with “parody is protected by the First Amendment.” Zing!

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    DaveH May 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    Dave: At the risk of sounding stuffy, I feel I should point out that being a public figure makes this kind of thing non-actionable, but that doesn’t mean it’s right.And I’m baffled why so many people feel the need to make fun of her name, her looks, or her slightly broken English. Her ideas, her blog posts, and her filings are already what I can only term a target rich environment, so I can’t see why anyone would bother to look elsewhere.

    I don’t think I make fun of her because of her name, looks, or slightly broken English. I make fun of her because it tends to drive her further past the edge of insanity. I’m positive that the photo Misha sent her probably made her pretty angry.

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    G May 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    misha,

    I love your cat avatar – very fitting!

    With all you’ve shared with us about you & your love of your cats, I think its purr-fect for you!

    LOL & warm regards… and thanks also for always helping us to laugh and for showing us the lighter side of things.

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    misha May 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    G: misha,I love your cat avatar – very fitting!With all you’ve shared with us about you & your love of your cats, I think its purr-fect for you!LOL & warm regards… and thanks also for always helping us to laugh and for showing us the lighter side of things.

    That’s my cat, Max.

    I rescued him from the SPCA. He had been abused by his previous keeper, and she broke his tail. I dote on him, and he dotes on me. When I was in the hospital for 2 months with a stroke, my wife told me he used to sit by the door each evening at 5.

    Siamese are the most intelligent and the most sociable of domestic cats.

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    DaveH May 20, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    misha: That’s my cat, Max.I rescued him from the SPCA. He had been abused by his previous keeper, and she broke his tail. I dote on him, and he dotes on me. When I was in the hospital for 2 months with a stroke, my wife told me he used to sit by the door each evening at 5.Siamese are the most intelligent and the most sociable of domestic cats.

    Those are great photos of Max. I have a Bombay by the name of Ebenezer. Bombay’s are also known as ‘velcro cats’ because they tend to cling to you which is very much true with Eb. If it weren’t for Eb, I’d probably sleep in every day but he makes sure I get up at the same time every morning. Everyday, he gets up and gently touches my cheek with his paw until I wake up and he usually has his nose just an inch or so from mine so the first thing I see is his face right in mine. If I cover my head, he’ll crawl under the covers and continue to tap me with his paw.

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    J. Edward Tremlett May 20, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    Well, the artist DOES seem to be an equal opportunity offender, so there’s that.

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    misha May 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    I am an equal opportunity offender.

    So there.

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    sarina May 20, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    Can anybody tell me if its true that US Attorney, Middle District Georgia, demands $20,000 payment from Orly? Can somebody send me a link?

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    Rickey May 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

    DaveH:
    I have a Bombay by the name of Ebenezer. Bombay’s are also known as ‘velcro cats’ because they tend to cling to you which is very much true with Eb. If it weren’t for Eb, I’d probably sleep in every day but he makes sure I get up at the same time every morning. Everyday, he gets up and gently touches my cheek with his paw until I wake up and he usually has his nose just an inch or so from mine so the first thing I see is his face right in mine. If I cover my head, he’ll crawl under the covers and continue to tap me with his paw.

    I have a black domestic shorthair named Ajax, who is about 16 years old. Assuming I outlive him, I may look into getting a Bombay. I hear nothing but good things about Bombays.

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    nbC May 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    charo: http://www.scribd.com/doc/31601962/TAITZ-v-OBAMA-QW-29-REPLY-to-opposition-dcd-04502981918-29-0Exhibit 1

    Yes, hilarious how void of fact the document really has become. She asserts fraud with no specificity, asserts harassment without providing any links to the defendant and insists that if she gets discovery, all will come out…

    Of course the case was closed 04/14 but that does not stop Orly. It never did in the past.

    The only funny part is Orly attaching the reminder that she owes $20k…

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    nbC May 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    For more of my comments see here

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    J. Edward Tremlett May 20, 2010 at 10:32 pm #

    misha: I am anequal opportunity offender.So there.

    How can you be so cruel to the chosen breed?

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    sarina May 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    Charo

    Thanks for the link!

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    misha May 20, 2010 at 11:55 pm #

    J. Edward Tremlett: How can you be so cruel to the chosen breed?

    It’s a Bark Mitzvah!

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    Paul Pieniezny May 21, 2010 at 4:09 am #

    misha: Dave: one more thing: I sent Orly an e-mail, in Russian, that I know the KGB is watching her. I also wrote in Yiddish that she’s a shonde and a nut.I concluded the e-mail with К“‘ – ´а!He, he. Fun with computers.Oh, I did get an e-mail back from Mario. I responded with “parody is protected by the First Amendment.” Zing!

    Hm, the KGB in Russia is now called FSB. So is Orly working for Belarus now, as they still have a KGB there? In most countries around the world, Orly would not have a case against this painter, unless she could prove that she is NOT a public figure. She’ll have to withdraw her suits against Obama, withdraw from the SOS race and have her article on Wikipedia deleted. She will never consent to that.

    Oh, and I have now proof undisputable that Donald Duck has been a Vattelite ever since he came to Austria (well, actually Germany at the time) in 1938. See: http://www.zeitlupe.co.at/hennegluck/enterichemmerich.html . So, I guess we now know who is the most intelligent birther of them all. And it is not Mario.

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    DaveH May 21, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    Rickey: I have a black domestic shorthair named Ajax, who is about 16 years old. Assuming I outlive him, I may look into getting a Bombay. I hear nothing but good things about Bombays.

    Misha is most certainly correct in his claims about his cat, Max. Siamese are extremely intelligent and loyal cats to have. Cats, in general, are a lot smarter than I had ever given them credit for.

    Up until 10 years ago, I only had dogs for pets. I started feeding feral cats and made some pets out of a couple that were friendly enough to domesticate and managed to capture the others and have them spayed or neutered to cut down on the cat population.

    Then, a friend of mine had two American Bombays that had kittens and I got Ebenezer. He’s almost like a dog. Much less independent than the other cats I’ve had. He’ll play fetch with a ball. He ‘barks’ at birds when he’s watching them out the window. And he has a wide variety of sounds he makes in his efforts to communicate with me. I’ve had him for 6 years now, and he knows how to tell me what he wants.

    After he wakes me in the morning and we go into the kitchen, he goes to the cupboard where I keep his food and stands up against it as if to show me that’s where I need to get it. And I swear if he had thumbs, he’d open the doors around here since he apparently understands that dead bolt locks and door knobs have to be turned to open them. Everytime I open the back door to let him out, he reaches first for the lock and then the door knob as if to show me those need to be turned to open the door.

    He just finished eating his breakfast this morning and is now entertaining me with cat craziness. This cat really does think he’s a minature black panther.

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    misha May 21, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    Sort of OT – Dear Readers: I have just made a handy-dandy guide to Rand Paul.

    I’m sure everyone has read his beliefs, and his statement “President Obama has apologized for both America’s greatness and the Industrial Revolution.”

    Paul’s claim of “President Obama has apologized for both America’s greatness and the Industrial Revolution.”

    It never happened.

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    Arthur May 23, 2010 at 2:23 am #

    I’ve learned a lot about cats, but I want to return to the topic of Lacey’s art. Lupin wrote, “IMHO this is a very ugly painting, and while I’m not an expert, I think the execution is rather mediocre. It’s the kind of sloppy portrait (minus the placenta) that third-rate artists sell to tourists on the Butte Montmartre.”

    To some extent I agree with Lupin’s evaluation. I don’t like, for example, that you can see the texture of the canvas fabric; however, artists may choose to “dumb down” their craftsmanship for interpretative reasons. Many pieces of abstract expressionism demonstrate an apparent lack of craftsmanship, yet are highly valued for their emotive power. Second, Lacey is a painter of pancakes, not placentas. Pancakes are included in all, or nearly all, of his portraits. Since Taitz is a birther, Lacey has her giving birth to a pancake.

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    Dr. Conspiracy May 23, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Arthur: Second, Lacey is a painter of pancakes, not placentas. Pancakes are included in all, or nearly all, of his portraits. Since Taitz is a birther, Lacey has her giving birth to a pancake.

    It doesn’t matter to whether it is a placenta or a pancake acting in loco placenta. In context, the viewer is led to understand that it is a placenta, whatever the object looks like.

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    Lupin May 23, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    I was focusing on the face and based on photos of the model, the painting does look like the art students’ portraits you can buy in various tourist traps (Montmartre being one) around the world.

    I’m not saying it is without artistic value; just that it’s not very good IMHO.

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    Sef May 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    It doesn’t matter to whether it is a placenta or a pancake acting in loco placenta. In context, the viewer is led to understand that it is a placenta, whatever the object looks like.

    There is not enough brain bleach in the world to remove that image. I might have to go the electro-shock route.

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    rollex5 May 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    There is a tradition in art that when a person of status is depicted in a painting, he has to accept the integrity of the artist and keep his own mouth shut.
    If Jeanne d’Arc or Jack the Ripper had sat for a portrait, we would all be grateful today, and $200 would have been considered a modest outlay.
    When Vélazquez went to Rome in 1650 he painted what has been considered the ugliest court portrait of all time, that of Pope Innocent X. But while his courtiers were shocked, the Pope just remarked that it was “troppo vero” (too true), and he kept it in his family palace, where it can still be admired today.
    Now, you can say that Orly Taitz is not a Pope, but you never know. “Pastor” Manning is sporting a white papal robe, and we have never had an American Pope and not a female Pope since “Papessa Giovanna” in the 10th Century.
    Hopefully I am not giving any of these people any new ideas.

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    rollex5 May 23, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    How do we define bad politicians in contrast to bad paintings? In Dedham, Mass. there is a Museum of Bad Art (MOBA). Slogan: “They’re not in it for the Monet”. It is placed in the basement of a Boston theatre within earshot of the men’s room. They do not accept works of Art which has cost more than $6.50 apiece. Art theoretical frameworks is a matter of course. Look at their website.
    For bad politicians and religion look at the websites of Dr. Orly Taitz Esq. and Atlah Worldwide.
    Both Bad Art, Bad Politics and Bad Religion can give you some light entertainment for a while, if you know nothing about the real thing.