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Doctor Conspiracy predicts the end of the world

Sometimes there are things so terrifying and so threatening that it becomes difficult to imagine how the world can survive. Such an event has happened.

WorldNetDaily has entered the elite realm of the top 500 web sites in the United States according to web traffic analysis web site Alexa.com. This compares to a paltry 2,732 for the National Enquirer and 147,254 for us.

Here are Alexa ratings for a few other well known web sites:

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Taitz ahead 2:1 in CA race

Orly Taitz

That’s what she says in an email to supporters yesterday, claiming that a “Grassroots Constitutional Conservatives” survey shows her with a 30 point lead over her Republican Primary opponent Damon Dunn.

Organizations participating in the survey are listed as (the accuracy and safety of the following links are not assured by the management):

Orly also claims the endorsement of the Republican Party of Lake County (population 65,279). I was unable to verify this claim. The Lake County Record-Bee web site returned no hits when searching for “Taitz,” nor did the Lake County News. Lake County Democrats are supporting Debra Bowen (duh). Obama defeated McCain 58% to 39% there in the 2008 election. Continue Reading →

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Obama will not appear at Lakin court martial

In an order yesterday, Lt. Col. Daniel J. Driscoll investigating officer in the court martial of Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, the birther army officer who refused deployment until Obama proves his eligibility, refused to accept President Obama on Lakin’s witness list. Lakin is not going to be able to argue in his defense that the President is not eligible. Not to say “I told you so”, but I told you so. Every military legal expert who has commented on this has said Lakin has no case. Why didn’t Lakin’s attorney, Paul Jensen, tell him that too? The following list of documents was also refused:

  • Puhahau school documents
  • Punahau school records
  • Hawaii State Dept. of Health records
  • Occidental College records
  • Columbia University records
  • Harvard University records

A list of witnesses associated with the above was also denied. However, Dr. Alan Keyes was allowed as a witness, although the defense did not explain to the court the relevance of his testimony. Also unexplained but accepted was Maj. General (retired) Paul Vallely, senior military analyst for Fox News, and contributor to WorldNetDaily.

The investigating officer pointed out that President Obama did not directly give any order to LTC Lakin, and that facially proper orders must be obeyed unless carrying them out would be a criminal act. The court pointed out that the Defense arguments lacked scholarly authority (shoddy work, I would say).  He added:

The Defense … fails to assert a legal basis by which its request might be allowable under the law of political questions, whereby courts will refrain from inserting themselves in matters constituti0nally relegated to coequal branches of Government. The Defense quest to use a military justice forum to invalidate all military authority while undermining the authority of a sitting United States President certainly appears at first blush to be a nonjusticiable political question.

Daniel J. Driscoll,
Investigating Officer

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Thoughts from the Bible

Over the last few days, things have happened on the blog that reminded me of Scripture. Just now, as the number of comments rolled past 44,000 (jogging a memory of the sacred number of completeness, 144,000) I thought I’d share.

The first comes from the ban of the commenter WTF?. The scripture is from Matthew, Chapter 12.

43“When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

After WTF? was cast out, we got three new birthers the next day, and arguably the condition is worse than before.

The second is another saying of Jesus from Matthew, Chapter 23:

24You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

This describes birthers pretty well. They will make huge objection to insignificant things like “Date Filed v Date Accepted,”  “Certificate v Certification” or “vital record v vital records”, but will swallow wildly implausible scenarios of trips to Africa, call federal judges traitors and uncritically accept documents from convicted forgers.

Perhaps this just goes to show: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

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It’s raining fake birth certificates!

Just when you thought it was safe to get out of bed, yet another fake birth certificate pops up. I don’t know how old this puppy is, but I just found it.

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This is what I would call a “birther fantasy” certificate. It encapsulates the mythology of Barack Obama born in Africa, and registered by the statement of his grandmother. This is the kind of certificate that was claimed to be possible in some of the birther lawsuits, such as Keyes v Bowen and by birther attorneys like Paul Jensen.

There are a number of obvious problems with the certificate, the most notable of which is the citation of HRS 338 17.8 at the bottom, a law that wasn’t passed until 21 years later. Also the certificate number is missing. The Roman numeral II is next to the first name and not next to the last name where it should be. The Roman numeral II is out of line with the rest of the text. The registration dates of real certificates are rubber stamped, not typed. Obviously the check boxes for Parent and MD have been “whited out” from the original certificate. The race of the father is wrong. Various lines on the form are missing where they have been erased, for example under the Race of Mother. The letters “pm” are the same size, but on real forms the “m” is pre-printed and much smaller.  There is an attendant signature, which there wouldn’t be with an out of state birth. But the main thing is that Hawaii didn’t register out of state births in 1961.

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