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Arizona Obama investigation nears completion

Or not…

According to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, there are only just a few more weeks work needed for his volunteer posse to complete its investigation of allegations brought by Jerome Corsi and a number of local Tea Party members that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fake.

But there’s a snag…

Arpaio pledged at the start that no taxpayer funds would be spent for this posse and the private donations have dried up, as reported by the progressive Phoenix New Times web site as coming from Joseph Farah at WorldNetDaily, a man who always has his hand out asking for money. So if you want to fund Sheriff Joe’s posse, make your contribution at WorldNetDaily, and if you give $10, you’ll get a free copy of the eBook, “Where’s the Real Birth Certificate?” and for $25 a copy of Corsi’s hardback Where’s the Birth Certificate?” and the eBook. In all fairness, WND also provides the address where you can mail a check directly to the Sheriff’s Cold Case Posse.

Is calling someone a “birther” libelous?

The result in one Massachusetts lawsuit says it is not. Clive McFarlane wrote a comment posted on the Worcester Telegram & Gazette web site titled “Birther’s True Colors are Showing” referring to attorney Robert Delle who in a telephone conversation with McFarlane had expressed a lack of confidence about the authenticity of the President’s birth certificate.

The dispute centered over a matter of interpretation of where the middle ground lies and whether it’s fair to label someone a birther because they say they can’t reach a conclusion about the birth certificate without some kind of further investigation or study.

Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder threw out the suit, finding that such statements centered on McFarlane’s interpretation of the phone conversation. You can read the story at The Docket: The news blog of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Also the court stated that the newspaper cannot  be sued for something a commenter says on the their web site.  The Court said that it was alleged, but not shown, that McFarlane was an employee of the paper, something very likely given that the email address associated with the article was at the newspaper.

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Not just Obots

I reject the term “Obot” to describe birther debunkers because it implies that birther debunkers do what they do in support of Barack Obama. In fact, many who wish the birthers would go away are Obama opponents, for example:

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, an advisor to John McCain in the 2008 election, said in a letter to constituents: “Every child born in the United States is a natural-born United States citizen except for the children of diplomats.” And what does Graham think about those who claim Obama was born overseas?

The people who are doing unfair and unkind things to the President, it says more about them than it does the Republican Party. What the Republican Party has to do … We have to say “that’s crazy.” So I’m here to tell you that those who think that the President was born somewhere other than Hawaii are crazy.

How about staunch conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly?

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Orly goes SHOPPING

I’m not talking about after-Christmas sales. I’m talking about shopping for judges.

Taitz and a group of birther legislators in New Hampshire brought a motion before the New Hampshire Supreme Court, seeking to prevent President Obama from appearing on the ballot. They alleged that the President is not eligible because he has too many social-security numbers or something. The New Hampshire Elections commission, who saw nothing resembling evidence in the rambling presentation of Taitz and 5 NH legislators, previously approved Obama for the ballot after verifying that the proper forms had been filed by the President’s campaign. Taitz asked the NH Supreme Court to intervene.

According to Taitz [link to Orly Taitz web site] the NH Supreme Court has declined to assume jurisdiction in the dispute. (As an attorney on another web site has observed, New Hampshire law RSA 665:9 states: “The decision of the ballot law commission shall be final as to questions of both law and fact, and no court shall have jurisdiction to review the decision.”) Next step, the US Supreme Court. Taitz said:

I will be filing with the Supreme Court of the United States  a petition for stay of counting of Obama’s votes pending decision on certiorari petition. As NH is in the first circuit, it will go to Justice Breyer. If he denies, I will refile with one of the conservative justices.

In further news, Orly seems not to know what a trial is. According to her description, the hearing scheduled for January 26 in Georgia on another ballot challenge is a “trial.” As usual, she is asking her supporters to show up.

A birther Christmas

In keeping with holiday tradition, I offer the following birther version of a popular Christmas song:

On the first day of Christmas the birthers asked of me
A birth certificate

On the second day of Christmas the birthers asked of me
Two senior theses
And another birth certificate

On the third day of Christmas the birthers asked of me
Three college transcripts
Two senior theses
And another birth certificate

On the fourth day of Christmas the birthers asked of me
Four kindergarten records
Three college transcripts
Two senior theses
And another birth certificate

On the fifth  day of Christmas the birthers asked of me
— FIVE LONG FORMS —
Four kindergarten records
Three college transcripts
Two senior theses
And another birth certificate

On the sixth day of Christmas the birthers asked of me
Six passport records
— FIVE LONG FORMS —
Four kindergarten records
Three college transcripts
Two senior theses
And another birth certificate

On the seventh day of Christmas the birthers asked of me
Seven baptismal certificates
Six passport records
— FIVE LONG FORMS —
Four kindergarten records
Three college transcripts
Two senior theses
And another birth certificate

On the eighth day of Christmas the birthers asked of me
Eight adoption records
Seven baptismal certificates
Six passport records
— FIVE LONG FORMS —
Four kindergarten records
Three college transcripts
Two senior theses
And another birth certificate

On the ninth day of Christmas the birthers asked of me
Nine Law client lists
Eight adoption records
Seven baptismal certificates
Six passport records
— FIVE LONG FORMS —
Four kindergarten records
Three college transcripts
Two senior theses
And another birth certificate

On the tenth day of Christmas the birthers asked of me
Ten medical records
Nine Law client lists
Eight adoption records
Seven baptismal certificates
Six passport records
— FIVE LONG FORMS —
Four kindergarten records
Three college transcripts
Two senior theses
And another birth certificate

On the eleventh day of Christmas the birthers asked of me
Eleven financial aid records
Ten medical records
Nine Law client lists
Eight adoption records
Seven baptismal certificates
Six passport records
— FIVE LONG FORMS —
Four kindergarten records
Three college transcripts
Two senior theses
And another birth certificate

On the twelfth day of Christmas the birthers asked of me
Twelve Illinois Bar records
Eleven financial aid records
Ten medical records
Nine Law client lists
Eight adoption records
Seven baptismal certificates
Six passport records
— FIVE LONG FORMS —
Four kindergarten records
Three college transcripts
Two senior theses
And another birth certificate

The technical problem with my song is that the actual list of records demanded by birthers is considerably longer.

Racist burns church to protest Obama election

Michael Jacques was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the November, 2008, the night of Obama’s election, burning of a predominately black Macedonia Church of God in Christ in Springfield, MA. The church was being rebuilt and was 75% complete at the time of the fire. Jacques and his accomplices were ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution to the Church and its insurance company.

According to the Huffington Post:

[Accomplice] Haskell told police that Jacques "was angry that the country was going to have an African American president and that the blacks and Puerto Ricans would now have more rights than whites," according to court documents.

Two accomplices, Benjamin F. Haskell and Thomas A. Gleason, pled guilty previously, but Jacques maintained his innocence, alleging that his confession was coerced and that the two accomplices were lying. Gleason testified against Jacques at trial in March, telling jurors Gleason outlined the words “hate nigger” in accelerant on the edge of the burn site.

The three were caught as part of a government sting operation; an undercover agent posed as someone looking for an arsonist to burn a business. The jury convicted Jacques after an 11-day trial last April.

Michael Jacques’ trial begins: wwlp.com

Jacques maintained his innocence and that his confession after a 6-hour interrogation came from his withdrawal from the narcotic painkiller Percocet that Jacques had been abusing daily for years.

The obvious question is whether the arsonists were birthers. U. S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor judge said:

“That something like this should happen in our community is appalling … but it had another side to it. This was a group of shiftless, pathetic young men … It was vicious, but purely blind stupidity almost beyond comprehension,” the judge said.

That sounds like fertile ground for birther beliefs, but hardly conclusive.

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