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Angry birthers storm state capitol

A mob of angry villagers with torches and pitchforks is scheduled to storm the state capitol in Atlanta tomorrow at 10:00 am. This rally is the brainchild of birther activist Carl Swensson of Rise Up America; it’s purpose: to demand that Georgia pass a “birther bill” (a law requiring states to get birth certificates from presidential candidates) even though Barack Obama has released his birth certificate already. Swensson says that the rally will be “loud” but “peaceful.” Capitol police have stated that the pitchforks will not be allowed on the capitol grounds.

It’s interesting that Swensson on his Pitchfork Conservative blog selects the pitchfork image from American Gothic rather than the image that came to my mind, as shown in the YouTube video above.

The depiction of Obama as Frankenstein’s monster has appeared before, and GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann characterized recent health care legislation as Obama’s “Frankenstein.”

According to Atlanta attorney Loren Collins, there were 12 angry villagers that showed up.

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Photo courtesy of Loren and The Fogbow. Note that not all 12 participants appear in the photo.

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29 Responses to Angry birthers storm state capitol

  1. avatar
    SueDB August 15, 2011 at 3:13 am #

    The state cops weren’t too happy about the mention of “long guns” … It seems they weren’t allowed on the Capital Campus. All this threaty crap doesn’t help the birfers either.

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    brygenon August 15, 2011 at 5:46 am #

    On a Blog-Talk Radio show just over two years ago ( http://www.blogtalkradio.com/PatriotsHeartNetwork/2009/08/04/Talk-to-Solomon.mp3 ) Swensson said that serving presentments from his pretend grand jury was his last peaceful action.

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    Bovril August 15, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    According to LorenC from Fogbow, who is in physical attendance, there are approx 12 people milling around in the Fail-A-Palooza.

    It is unknown at this time how many are Birfoons and how many are watchers of Birfoons

  4. avatar
    Daniel August 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Will all three of them have to share the same pitchfork?

  5. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy August 15, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    The only thing I could find in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about it was this story:

    Pitchfork saves Coweta man from rabid fox attack

  6. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy August 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    Swensson is not very consistent then, because he told Jim O’Neill, speaking of the Pitchfork Rally:

    This will almost certainly be one of the last opportunities to peacefully make your voice heard. Carl Swensson, who organized the event, told me “This will be our last attempt at peaceful protest.”

    This reported at the Canada Free Press

    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/39416

    brygenon: On a Blog-Talk Radio show just over two years ago ( http://www.blogtalkradio.com/PatriotsHeartNetwork/2009/08/04/Talk-to-Solomon.mp3 ) Swensson said that serving presentments from his pretend grand jury was his last peaceful action.

  7. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy August 15, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    My apologies to Messrs. Polland, Madsen and ShapeShifter. Your comments listed below were caught (inexplicably) in the spam filter, which I do not check as often as the moderated messages. As a result, they have rather scrolled beyond the current conversation.

    So that interested readers may catch up, I list them here:

    http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/2011/08/polarik-punks-white-house/#comment-130165
    http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/2011/08/proof-president-uses-ssn-of-man-born-in-1890/#comment-130156
    http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/2011/08/polarik-punks-white-house/#comment-130108

  8. avatar
    thisoldhippie August 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    There’s an article in the AJC about the Tea Party meeting today at the State Capitol regarding a transportation bill. Nothing about pitchforks.

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    Rickey August 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Loren has reported that by the end only nine people were left. One took a photo of the other eight while they posed. Swensson, accompanied by two women, then went into the Capitol building to deliver his presentments to somebody or other. Mark Hatfield never showed up.

  10. avatar
    J.Potter August 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    I don’t recall the wife in “American Gothic” holding a torch ….

  11. avatar
    Loren August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    To clarify myself, by group photo time there were either 10 or 11 left. One remaining attendee chose not to be in the photo, and one other I honestly didn’t notice whether he was still around or not.

  12. avatar
    Joey August 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    8 birthers, 9, birthers, 10 birthers….pretty soon we’ll be talking about a real birther revolution!

  13. avatar
    Rickey August 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    Loren:
    To clarify myself, by group photo time there were either 10 or 11 left.One remaining attendee chose not to be in the photo, and one other I honestly didn’t notice whether he was still around or not.

    Sorry about that. I assumed that because only nine were involved in the photo that the others had left. The one who chose not to be in the photo demonstrated surprisingly good sense.

  14. avatar
    Loren August 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    “The one who chose not to be in the photo demonstrated surprisingly good sense.”

    I might have said so myself, if I hadn’t spoken to him. He told me that he declined to sign the petition too, and I got the feeling it was out of a overall attitude of paranoia.

    I’m basing that on the DVD copies of “Loose Change” and “The Obama Deception” that he gave me. Plus his comments about chemtrails, flouride in the water, and how the capital letters in our names on our drivers’ licenses represent our secondary identities.

    So “good sense”? Not really.

  15. avatar
    ShapeShipper August 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    My apologies to Messrs. Polland, Madsen and ShapeShifter. Your comments listed below were caught (inexplicably) in the spam filter, which I do not check as often as the moderated messages. As a result, they have rather scrolled beyond the current conversation.

    So that interested readers may catch up, I list them here:

    http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/2011/08/polarik-punks-white-house/#comment-130165
    http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/2011/08/proof-president-uses-ssn-of-man-born-in-1890/#comment-130156
    http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/2011/08/polarik-punks-white-house/#comment-130108

    Thanks, Doc!

    I’m pretty sure I enjoy seeing my messages on your website more than most. It’s better late than never.

  16. avatar
    BatGuano August 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Joey:
    8 birthers, 9, birthers, 10 birthers….pretty soon we’ll be talking about a real birther revolution!

    the revolution will not be televised………. but it will be seated at the big booth at denny’s.

  17. avatar
    Rickey August 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    Loren:
    “The one who chose not to be in the photo demonstrated surprisingly good sense.”

    I might have said so myself, if I hadn’t spoken to him.He told me that he declined to sign the petition too, and I got the feeling it was out of a overall attitude of paranoia.

    I’m basing that on the DVD copies of “Loose Change” and “The Obama Deception” that he gave me.Plus his comments about chemtrails, flouride in the water, and how the capital letters in our names on our drivers’ licenses represent our secondary identities.

    So “good sense”?Not really.

    Wow. That’s a heap of paranoia.

  18. avatar
    brygenon August 16, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    Dr. Conspiracy: Swensson is not very consistent then,

    That’s putting it mildly, to state the obvious.

    The serious question is how dangerous might the man be. Two years of bluster seems harmless enough, but Swensson was there egging on Walter Fitzpatrick when Fitzpatrick accosted grand jury foreman Gary Pettway. Fitzpatrick was convicted and served jail time. Swensson, last I heard, got away clean.

    I’m a big fan of the First Amendment and I do not confuse bold oration with destructive action. Nevertheless, I hold a particular kind of disgust for big-talking cowards such as
    Swensson. He’s a let’s-you-and-him-fight guy. He is constantly one step away from taking the action into which he goads others.

    Another thing about Swensson: His speaking voice is beautiful, as is that of his Blog-Star Radio host who calls herself either Crystal Jackson or Chalice Crystal. They say stupid awful things in vocal tones to which I could listen all day.

  19. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy August 16, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Based on what actually happened, I think I chose the wrong movie to represent the event. Perhaps Twelve Angry Men would have been better.

  20. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy August 16, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    So can we use this event to estimate the actual number of serious birthers in the country? According to WorldNetDaily, there are 100 Obots. One Obot showed up at the rally, making it a 1% event. From that we can extrapolate the number of serious birthers at 1200 (12 birthers / 1%).

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    Bovril August 16, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    The number will; tend to be skewed low’ish by the lack of recharging points for the Rascals and Hover-Rounds

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    Scientist August 16, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Dr. Conspiracy: So can we use this event to estimate the actual number of serious birthers in the country?

    The population of the Atlanta metro area is approximately 5 million, which is 1/60 of the United States. So that would make 720 serious birthers.

  23. avatar
    Bovril August 16, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    Don’t forget that 20% are in the 0-14 years age range so we can discount them, so down to 576….. 😎

  24. avatar
    Loren August 16, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Just for the record, I didn’t call anyone “angry villagers.” I understand Doc’s meaning, but everyone at the rally was generally pleasant, well-behaved, and mild-mannered.

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    Thrifty August 16, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    brygenon: On a Blog-Talk Radio show just over two years ago ( http://www.blogtalkradio.com/PatriotsHeartNetwork/2009/08/04/Talk-to-Solomon.mp3 ) Swensson said that serving presentments from his pretend grand jury was his last peaceful action.

    Do the presentments come from a kit they bought at Toys R Us, or do they make them from scratch?

  26. avatar
    BatGuano August 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    Based on what actually happened, I think I chose the wrong movie to represent the event. Perhaps Twelve Angry Men would have been better.

    pick another. eventually lee j. cobb listened to reason.

  27. avatar
    J. Potter August 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    Only 100 Obots? I have seen 400 thrown around, but I think that is a leftover from a 2008 campaign mem of Obama having 400 paid bloggers…

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    So can we use this event to estimate the actual number of serious birthers in the country? According to WorldNetDaily, there are 100 Obots. One Obot showed up at the rally, making it a 1% event. From that we can extrapolate the number of serious birthers at 1200 (12 birthers / 1%).

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    Keith August 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    Based on what actually happened, I think I chose the wrong movie to represent the event. Perhaps Twelve Angry Men would have been better.

    I don’t think so.

    In TAM, there are those who just want to follow the loudmouth wannabe leader and get out of the heat and get home to the wife and kids, sure. But there were those who wanted to find out the actual truth of the matter and wanted to study the evidence, analyze it with logic, and come to honest conclusions.

    There is no way that would ever happen in one of these birther events. I think the Frankenstein mob simile is apt. The only other suggestion I could come up with is The Ox-Bow Incident but even that had a smattering of thoughtful folks in the mob to demonstrate the morality of avoiding the mob-rule mentality. The Frankenstein mob had none of that; it was just blind fear and hatred of ‘the other’.

    From the IMDB plot synopsis of the Ox-Bow Incident:

    After the lynching, the posse heads back towards Bridger’s Wells. On the way, they meet Sheriff Risley (Willard Robertson). They tell him with pride of their actions, but the sheriff replies that Lawrence Kinkaid was not killed, is under the care of the doctor in Pike’s Corner, and that the men who shot him have already been arrested. Risley strips the deputy of his badge and asks Davies, whom he knows would not have supported a hanging, to tell him who was involved. “All but seven,” Davies replies. “God better have mercy on you,” the sheriff tells the posse. “You won’t get any from me.”

    Who in the anti-Obama crowd can play the part of Davies (Harry Davenport in the movie), or Art Croft (Henry Morgan, billed as Harry Morgan) or Gil Carter (Henry Fonda).

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    The Magic M August 18, 2011 at 4:13 am #

    Loren:
    Just for the record, I didn’t call anyone “angry villagers.”I understand Doc’s meaning, but everyone at the rally was generally pleasant, well-behaved, and mild-mannered.

    Which means it’s unlikely the majority of them were birthers. So even less than 12? 😉