The birthers have found ready-made monsters under the bed in the in participants of the Fogbow forum, an Internet site where much fun is made of as well as up-to-date breaking news reported on the birthers. Dr. Jerome Corsi has even dirtied his hands writing political smear articles on the WorldNetDaily featuring Fogbow and its predecessor PolitiJab. Now Dean Haskins has announced “The FogBlow [sic] Initiative.” In an email to his Birther Summit mailing list, Haskins describes Fogbow participants this way:
They either recite blatant disinformation by purposely misinterpreting constitutional law and court decisions, or they simply mock and ridicule until the commenters tire of the dialog and just give up.
Well he’s at least half right. Mocking and ridicule are a prominent feature at the Fogbow.
As an example of Obot skullduggery, Haskins points to a couple of recent anti-birther articles, one at BernardGoldberg.com and the other at the The Orange County Register:
On both websites, but especially on Goldberg’s, most of the responses were from those who know that Barack Obama is not eligible to be president and has released forgeries in an attempt to conceal his true identity. However, if one peruses all the comments, it becomes immediately apparent that a few detractors attempted to slam every single one of the legitimate posts. Interestingly, at the same time, it was those same Obots who were trying to wear down anyone who was posting at the Orange County Register site.
A more accurate portrayal is that Goldberg was responding in his article to the birthers, who showed up in force to attack him, birthers including Dean Haskins himself, Mario Apuzzo, Charles Kerchner, Miki Booth, Neil Sankey, Sam Sewell, Neil Turner and Sally Hill. Indeed whenever anyone in the media says something negative about the birthers, the usual crew swarms.
But what is the “initiative?” Haskins explains:
At this point, the facts are there in abundance; the case has been made irrefutably. Spending time arguing with these operatives is essentially taking their bait to spend our time. We now have much more important work to do–”and I am not suggesting that we stop making our case with others who might not fully understand the facts….
When an operative tries to hijack a thread in which you have presented facts, do NOT engage them in a dialog! Simply respond with one word: “FOGBLOW!” And, then type the following URL: www.fogblow.com.
So that’s it. Haskins might well have been reading this blog to gain insight into the futility of trying to change someone’s mind. His URL, by the way, doesn’t lead anywhere interesting, at least not now. It’s just a skeleton page at BirtherSummit.org.
However, Haskins is once again trying to make himself a birther thought leader without thinking things through. First, no birther can stand being criticized and they will not be satisfied with a silly “FOGBLOW.” Second, people will read a well-reasoned argument from normal people on a forum rather than go to some unknown URL — in fact, the word “FOGBLOW” followed by a URL will make no sense to anyone and will look more like comment spam than anything else. Further, a quick Google search will expose how ineffective Haskins’ leadership is, exposing the real depth of the movement and if anyone uses it, the keyword will be an easy way for Obots to find where the discussions area. All in all, it’s a lose-lose strategy for Haskins.
So whenever a Haskensite says “FOGBLOW” you might reply, “FOGBLOW don’t make it so” and then write something cogent. Perhaps a new phrase will enter the American lexicon: “to take a FogBlow” meaning to resign from a debate appealing to a URL instead.