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Swensson charges Governor with misprision

Carl SwenssonCarl Swensson is pretty hacked off over the rapid dismissal of his ballot challenge in Georgia, and he is fired up by Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s press conference declaring “probable cause” that the President’s birth certificate is forged. In fact, he’s mad as hell and isn’t going to take it any more!

His frustration shows in a letter addressed to Georgia’s Governor Deal, SOS Brian Kemp, and State Atty. Gen. Sam Olens. If they don’t act, Swensson says, they are guilty of misprision of felony. [Thanks to my spell checker for fixing that.]

“Misprision of felony” is not a term one runs across very often. It generally refers to covering up a crime. From the Wikipedia:

"Misprision of felony" is still an offense under United States federal law after being codified in 1909 under 18 U.S.C. § 4:

Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

Of course calling Georgia officials guilty of such an offense is ludicrous for a couple of reasons. Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s allegations are not “knowledge of the actual commission of a felony” on the part of Georgia officials, even if Sheriff Joe had actually said Barack Obama was guilty of a felony, which he carefully avoided doing. The second problem is that the federal courts in United States v. Johnson, 546 F.2d 1225 (5th Cir. 1977) required an actual cover up. Since Sheriff Joe’s claims are public, there is no way anyone could be guilty of covering them up.

But apart from the legal fallacy of Swensson’s position, this article is about how tight he is wound up, not whether he’s right, and that powerful frustration comes out clearly in this excerpt:

You know what must be done but continue to refuse to do it. Doing the right thing may spare the lot of you some extremely unpleasant time being incarcerated. Then again, you really don’t have a choice now, do you? You’ve made your bed and are comfortably sleeping with the enemy of the State. That comfort level is about to change as the anger continues to well up in those who know what you’ve done. Obama, or whoever the hell he is, is being protected in the State of GA by you and you alone. The rest of us are now just watching and waiting for the shoe to drop and by default it must drop on you, the criminal conspirators who continue this charade by subverting our GA law at every turn for indefensible reasons. There were no tough decisions to make, the law is clear or at least was until this triumvirate started changing it on the fly. Keep in mind that when the three of you consciously decided to discard your Oath of Office and change our laws for political or monetary gain, you relieved the Citizenry of our responsibility to do the same.

And in one final parting shot:

May God have mercy on your pathetic souls. That is, if you were born with one.

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45 Responses to Swensson charges Governor with misprision

  1. avatar
    RuhRoh March 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Orly has submitted a similar letter to the AG of MS. She’s gone completely round the bend. She’s posted it at her House O’Malware, complete with numerous YouTube videos of Arpaio’s press conference and her own disastrous performance in GA.

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    justlw March 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Any Zelazny fans in the house?

    There’s a scene in the Amber series where our hero Corwin is engaged in a sword fight with the demon Strygwalldir. The demon is slashed by Corwin, which turns out to cause its wound to be set aflame.

    Said demon then commences a lengthy rant about Corwin’s past lineage, current habits, and projected future — sounding, as it happens, quite a bit like Mr. Swensson. Corwin’s response:

    “You burn prettily.”

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    DP March 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    The level of self-righteousness associated with such obvious madness is both vaguely amazing and a cautionary tale for us all.

    Don’t sever the reality feedback loop. It’s your friend.

    Honestly.

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    Al Halbert March 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    Interesting development in Georgia as relayed by Van Irion since he appealed the matter to the Superior Court in Fulton County as required by Georgia Statutes;

    http://www.icontact-archive.com/FEgdUq2-3KhVnIWd7rSXvyxH2CtuIbSs?w=4

    It Speaks for Itself, in Latin Res Ipsa Loquitur.

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    nbc March 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Al Halbert: Interesting development in Georgia as relayed by Van Irion since he appealed the matter to the Superior Court in Fulton County as required by Georgia Statutes;

    So the court rejected and van Irion is not happy. Nothing interesting here. He lost. He lacked in standing, failed to perfect service, and should have filed against the SoS not giving Obama’s lawyer the opportunity to re-litigate the matter and win.

    So many mistakes… No wonder van Irion is blaming others.

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    Al Halbert March 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    nbc: So the court rejected and van Irion is not happy. Nothing interesting here. He lost. He lacked in standing, failed to perfect service, and should have filed against the SoS not giving Obama’s lawyer the opportunity to re-litigate the matter and win.

    So many mistakes… No wonder van Irion is blaming others.

    The article was about the lack of Justice and how the Courts did not follow their own procedure under Georgia State Law giving a certain amount of time to respond to a Motion, then shortening it then, just dismissing it, contradicting the the Courts own pronouncements, that is NOT justice or………… The 8.3 Billion must have BOUGHT a lot of Justice from Obama and the Atomic Energy Commission!

    http://americanvisionnews.com/1953/georgia-dismisses-obama-eligibility-challenge-then-gets-8-3-billion-federal-grant

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    nbc March 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    Al Halbert: The article was about the lack of Justice and how the Courts did not follow their own procedure under Georgia State Law giving a certain amount of time to respond to a Motion, then shortening it then, just dismissing it, contradicting the the Courts own pronouncements, that is NOT justice or………… The 8.3 Billion must have BOUGHT a lot of Justice from Obama and the Atomic Energy Commission!

    The Court did follow its own procedures. Sorry my friend, ignorance of law is no excuse. But really, they had no choice but to reject as the plaintiffs had failed to perfect service. That means no jurisdiction…

    Simple… That the Court also found that Judge Malihi had erred in his ruling to grant standing is just a bonus.

    These poor sods could not even properly follow the rules and procedures and are now blaming the courts.

    I feel that you are easily fooled by others are you not? Has it occurred to you that with a little bit of research you can avoid the inevitable embarrassments?

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    nbc March 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    Oh and the ruling to shorten time, it was so that the case, if any, could be heard before the primary elections. The court did the plaintiffs a favor.

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    nbc March 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    Honestly, in the filing with the Court I have seldomly seen so much follies. Instead of filing a judicial review against an administrative hearing against the SoS, all of the plaintiffs decided to file one against President Obama. This had the following unfortunate consequences:

    1. The SoS was never properly notified
    2. The defendant was never properly served
    3. The defendant’s lawyer was given an opportunity to file a motion to dismiss, re-arguing the case and getting a ruling which supported that Judge Malihi had been wrong, and furthermore pointing out that the poor objectors had failed to file a case against the proper party…

    So much hilarity ensued…

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    nbc March 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    Just a quick update: Scheller filed pro se a motion for sanctions and cost, even though the judge found that no case ever existed as the plaintiff lacked standing. Poor Schneller…

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    Majority Will March 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    Al Halbert: The 8.3 Billion must have BOUGHT a lot of Justice from Obama and the Atomic Energy Commission

    That’s really asinine but not surprising considering the source.

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    Paper March 3, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    I frequently am exposed to this specific anger, misplaced as it is. It is a destructive anger verging on terrible, mistaken folly. When I compare such rage to legitimate grievances, historical and contemporary, I marvel at the chasm.

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    Graham Shevlin March 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    The 8.3 Billion must have BOUGHT a lot of Justice from Obama and the Atomic Energy Commission!

    Correlation is not causation. In order to demonstrate causation, you need evidence, not rantings based on fanciful extrapolation and imagination. Right now, people are filing the wrong motions targeting the wrong people, without any compelling evidence, and the justice system is tossing the motions in short order. Instead of pissing, moaning, and hurling utterly unsupportable crap allegations at everybody, it’s time for the plaintiffs to review and revise tactics. Madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If the justice system is telling you to get lost, it might just be because your tactics suck, you don’t have a case, or both.

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    M. L. Bischoff March 3, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    AMEN – there is far too much “there” there to have the Courts turn their backs on these pursuits. To continue to insist that there is absolutely no substance to any of this defies all logic and reason. If Obama was not “Black” he would have never been in AND if hew was not “Black” he could have never stayed in thru all that has been presented thus far.

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    Patrick McKinnion March 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    M. L. Bischoff:
    AMEN – there is far too much “there” there to have the Courts turn their backs on these pursuits. To continue to insist that there is absolutely no substance to any of this defies all logic and reason. If Obama was not “Black” he would have never been in AND if hew was not “Black” he could have never stayed in thru all that has been presented thus far.

    Except for the slight little minor fact that since July of 2008, there has never been a single piece of credible evidence to back up any of the birthers claims. And, as soon as credible evidence is found to disprove the birthers claims, they move the goalposts even more and demand something entirely new.

    To quote Gertrude Stein, there’s no there there.

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    justlw March 3, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    Remember, kids: It’s Not About Race.

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    Joe Acerbic March 4, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    nbc:
    Oh and the ruling to shorten time, it was so that the case, if any, could be heard before the primary elections. The court did the plaintiffs a favor.

    Birfoons first whining that their “case” must be processed quickly and whining afterwards that their wish was granted is nothing new.

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    DP March 4, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    M. L. Bischoff:
    AMEN – there is far too much “there” there to have the Courts turn their backs on these pursuits. To continue to insist that there is absolutely no substance to any of this defies all logic and reason. If Obama was not “Black” he would have never been in AND if hew was not “Black” he could have never stayed in thru all that has been presented thus far.

    There’s actually no “there” there. Reasonable people understand that, which is why the courts dismiss this stuff. That’s why the constant refrain from birthers is “corrupt courts,” whether the courts rule quickly on procedure or actually listen to their garbage and assess it accordingly.

    The birthers are no different than the people who believe George W. Bush planned 9/11, or that Clinton killed everyone who knew about his secret airport laundering drug money in Arkansas. They believe what they want to believe. And since what they believe in is nonsense, all courts are corrupt and everyone is in on it. That’s the only thing left for them to cling to since they refuse to consdier the possibility that they could simply be wrong.

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    J. Potter March 4, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    M. L. Bischoff: If Obama was not “Black” he would have never been in AND if hew was not “Black” he could have never stayed in thru all that has been presented thus far.

    So, in summary, the only thing protecting Obama from the bulletproof cases and airtight birther investigations is a kind of unspoken, bleedin’ heart affirmative action program?

    “We’re not racists … how can it be about race when the only thing saving him is his race?”

    Why, that man is damned if’n he’s black and damned if’n he ain’t!

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    mheuss March 4, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    May God have mercy on your pathetic souls. That is, if you were born with one.

    I am pretty sure that was lifted from a hallmark card.

    M. L. Bischoff: If Obama was not “Black” he would have never been in AND if hew was not “Black” he could have never stayed in thru all that has been presented thus far.

    Why would a guy who was not black be more susceptible to the ranting of your fevered imagination? This line makes no sense. Maybe the problem is less the president, and more the thickness of that tinfoil hat you are wearing.

    Al Halbert: The article was about the lack of Justice and how the Courts did not follow their own procedure under Georgia State Law

    Huh – that’s not what I got from that at all. The article was simply three paragraphs of fact free assertions from the WCJ. In those paragraphs – they manage to imply that somehow the state is the beneficiary of the loan guarantee, not Southern Company. This isn’t the case. The state won’t build, nor run that reactor. Southern Company will. So if the assertions of a payoff are true – then then somehow this is what you see as the conspiracy:

    •Southern Company controls the state of georgia -lock, stock and barrel.
    •They have a plan for world domination that requires they secure 8 billion dollars in loans, and then default on those loans, thereby having the federal government pay for them.
    •They get that highly liberal, highly democratic state of georgia to rule against the birthers in the courts and an executive branch hearing, and they get their payoff in the form of those loan guarantees.
    •Southern Company’s plan is complete – they default on their loans, take the hit in the stock market, and laugh all the way to the… whatever.

    To me, this seems fairly unlikely. But I guess, once you accept one conspiracy theory, all the rest come pretty easily.

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    Paper March 4, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    In contrast, after all is said and done, I at least have good reason to be thankful to birthers. Without the birthers, we would just sort accept the President’s birth as a given, without much review, as we do with practically everybody, but having birthers in my face has given me the chance to review and see how clear it is that the President is president. There are very few things one can be so certain about in life, and so, however modest a matter, I am peculiarly grateful.

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    Scientist March 4, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Al Halbert: The 8.3 Billion must have BOUGHT a lot of Justice from Obama and the Atomic Energy Commission!

    Oh! The Exclamation points! The Inappropriate capitalization!

    It’s kind of strange because I am a liberal who has always supported nuclear power even when most liberals were against it (I see it as I see universal health care-if France can do it, so can the US). Now, all of a sudden, because Obama supports it, conservatives, who were always for, it are against it.

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    US Citizen March 4, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    I don’t suppose things like a nuclear power plant might have been in the works for some time prior?
    I think it’s reasonable to suggest that, like all other huge projects, this one received lots of planning beforehand, had procedural hurdles with deadlines and now it simply came to be like all the other power plants.
    In other words.. it’s a coincidence, Al.

    I wouldn’t even be surprised if this plant had been planned back during Bush’s tenure.

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    Norbrook March 4, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    ………The 8.3 Billion must have BOUGHT a lot of Justice from Obama and the Atomic Energy Commission!

    Wow, that’s shocking, particularly since the Atomic Energy Commission no longer exists!

    It just goes to show how far-reaching and long-term this conspiracy is, that an agency would plan to give money to Georgia to quash a challenge, more than 38 years after it existed. Mysterious are the ways of conspirators.

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    J. Potter March 4, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    US Citizen: I don’t suppose things like a nuclear power plant might have been in the works for some time prior?

    New York Times
    2/16/10
    U.S. Supports New Nuclear Reactors in Georgia
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/business/energy-environment/17nukes.html

    WASHINGTON — President Obama, speaking to an enthusiastic audience of union officials in Lanham, Md., on Tuesday, underscored his embrace of nuclear power as a clean energy source, announcing that the Energy Department had approved financial help for the construction of two nuclear reactors in Georgia. If the project goes forward, the reactors would be the first begun in the United States since the 1970s.

    The announcement of the loan guarantee — $8.3 billion to help the Southern Company and two partners build twin reactors in Burke County — comes as the administration is courting Republican support for its climate and energy policies …

    Despite the financing, the reactors are far from a done deal: their design has not yet been fully approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, whose staff has raised questions about whether changes made to harden the plant against aircraft attack had made it more vulnerable to earthquakes. [No doubt this is the final approval granted as payoff for burning down the birthers, right? 😉 ]

    The builders hope to have a license to build and run the plant by the end of next year, under a revised process that is supposed to eliminate problems that caused huge cost overruns in the 1970s and 1980s, when regulatory changes during construction added billions to costs. About 100 reactors were abandoned during construction in that era.

    The Southern Company applied two years ago to the commission for permission to build and operate the reactors… [dating the origin of the project to … you guessed it! The Bush era]

    The loan guarantees were authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. If the reactors are built and operate profitably, the borrowers will repay the banks and pay a fee to the federal government in exchange for the guarantee; if the borrowers default, the federal government will repay the banks …

    The money for the reactors is the first award from $18.5 billion in loan guarantees provided for under the 2005 act …

    The Energy Department is negotiating with potential borrowers for three other projects, two of which could win guarantees soon. The Scana Corporation and Santee Cooper want to build a nuclear plant near Jenkinsville, S.C., and UniStar is planning a reactor in southern Maryland, adjacent to the Calvert Cliffs reactors. A third project, in Texas, is in some doubt because of rising cost estimates and a lawsuit filed by the municipal utility serving San Antonio against its partner in the project, NRG of Princeton, N.J.

    The United States has 104 operating power reactors, but all the reactors ordered after 1973 were canceled.

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    J. Potter March 4, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Norbrook: Wow, that’s shocking, particularly since the Atomic Energy Commission no longer exists!

    AEC … NRC … it’s all alphabet soup 😉

    Nice catch Norbrook. I admit my eyes glaze over on stupid. They just hit the ice and start sliding faster and faster!

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    misha March 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    M. L. Bischoff: If Obama was not “Black” he would have never been in AND if hew was not “Black” he could have never stayed in thru all that has been presented thus far.

    I know. He’s so uppity, too.

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    misha March 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    J. Potter: AEC … NRC … it’s all alphabet soup

    AEC … NRC … M.O.U.S.E.

    M – I – C: See ya real soon
    K – E – Y: Because we like you

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    misha March 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Al Halbert: The 8.3 Billion must have BOUGHT a lot of Justice from Obama and the Atomic Energy Commission!

    Norbrook: It just goes to show how far-reaching and long-term this conspiracy is

    I know. They have resurrected Dixy Lee Ray, too. It’s true. She’s in on it. Really.

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    Joe Acerbic March 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Scientist: Now, all of a sudden, because Obama supports it, conservatives, who were always for, it are against it.

    Related: http://ohforgoodnesssake.com/?p=22251

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    Northland10 March 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Scientist: Oh! The Exclamation points! The Inappropriate capitalization!

    This is why Scott/Bernadine never uses caps and punctuation. The birthers done use them all up,

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    G March 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    LMAO! Good one!! +100 😉

    Northland10: This is why Scott/Bernadine never uses caps and punctuation. The birthers done use them all up,

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    G March 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    Agreed. Very well said!

    Graham Shevlin: Correlation is not causation. In order to demonstrate causation, you need evidence, not rantings based on fanciful extrapolation and imagination. Right now, people are filing the wrong motions targeting the wrong people, without any compelling evidence, and the justice system is tossing the motions in short order. Instead of pissing, moaning, and hurling utterly unsupportable crap allegations at everybody, it’s time for the plaintiffs to review and revise tactics. Madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If the justice system is telling you to get lost, it might just be because your tactics suck, you don’t have a case, or both .

  34. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy March 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Say what?

    Al Halbert: Atomic Energy Commission

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    Dr. Conspiracy March 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    I’m sorry, but you would make a lousy conspiracy theorist.

    Graham Shevlin: Correlation is not causation

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    Sef March 4, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Graham Shevlin: it’s time for the plaintiffs to review and revise tactics

    Probably the best time to change tactics would be after November. No need to change dead horses in midstream.

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    Paper March 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    That is true, because correlation trumps causation. Everyone knows that. Right?

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    I’m sorry, but you would make a lousy conspiracy theorist.

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    Paper March 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    That was a response to “correlation is not causation.”

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    BillTheCat March 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    Swenson is fairly unhinged. It seems to me that the more these folks lose, the more the crazy ramps up.

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    J. Potter March 4, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    BillTheCat:
    Swenson is fairly unhinged. It seems to me that the more these folks lose, the more the crazy ramps up.

    “fairly”?

    Last year’s Secret Service visit didn’t clue him in, nothing will.

    Of course he ups the crazy, the only alternative is admitting error.

    It’s a pride thing.

    THe fact that he has been out-crazied by Epperley is also sticking in his craw 😉

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    G March 5, 2012 at 1:10 am #

    You’ve actually touched upon a very important point about what these endless “great white hopes” of Birtherism represent…

    The problem with Birtherism as a whole is that the ugly lies and myths feed this ODS cancer to extreme levels. For those who became hard-core Birthers, it is difficult to see this ending well for them.

    Birtherism after all, originated from an inability to accept the 2008 election results. Regardless of whatever ugly underlying cause is in each of their hearts for reacting with such extreme sour grapes to simply losing an election, that is where it started.

    Every myth and court case stoked by the BIrther Con Artist leaders and grifters has simply served to both feed their paranoia and more importantly, to fill them with false hope and suspend their ability to otherwise move through the full stages of the “grieving” process.

    As others have often pointed out, extended irrational hate causes brain damage. Such is the case with this extreme form of ODS, known as Birtherism. We are in the 4th year of this nonsense now. Those who are hard-core Birthers have been continuously pumped up on this cancer for way too long. It wasn’t a healthy paranoia to adopt in the first place…and it certainly isn’t a healthy one to hold onto.

    What really concerns me is what happens to folks who are this far gone and emotionally unstable, when this all comes to an end? …Or at least once it dawns on them that they’ve been fighting a lost cause that has really been DOA for quite some time now…

    At this stage of things, some of these endless series of “great white hopes” actually serve to keep the most unstable amongst them from acting out and therefore, in a perversely bizarre way, serves as a sort of pacifier for them. It keeps them distracted by passively thinking that someone else will swoop in and take care of the problem for them. By endlessly extending their false hopes, it buys time in an odd way.

    The real danger I fear is what happens when the unhinged finally get a clue that there is no magic white knight that can ride to their rescue, and that there is no legal avenue that will go along with their unreasonable requests and imaginary fears. I am concerned about the sense of desperation that comes with such realizations. That is what we’re seeing here in the overheated rhetoric from Swensson, Orly and some of the others.

    Angry and unhinged folks who feel that they are out of options and have nothing to lose quickly become a flashpoint source of concern and need to be monitored very closely.

    Over the past several weeks, the Birthers have suffered a string of increasingly brutal smackdowns in state after state after state. We’ve seen the increasing desperation from the volume of low quality Troll tantrums here. You can tell that some of the Birtheristani and their failed leaders are quickly fraying down to their last threads.

    In some ways, Sheriff Joe Arpiao’s “press conference” comes at a perfect time and actually serves an unintended purpose of value. While it utterly failed in its primary propaganda mission and was received as a DUD in the real world, it also served to throw a bone to the Birtheristani faithful and give them at least a temporary pep-rally feeling boost to mollify the pain from all their stinging losses.

    Those Birthers that are “true believers” are the gullible ones and that event will serve to feed their false hopes and pacify them for awhile longer…believing some “any day now” next step of the investigation will eventually materialize. It serves to buy more time with the unhinged amongst their numbers.

    The ones we hear from here however are mostly from the propagandist wing of the Birthers. Yes, they are hard-core ODS suffering Birthers. But they really aren’t “true believers”. No, they are just cynical manipulators who’ve been wasting all their time in a desperate psychological “spin” game. Their real agenda has always been in trying to peddle lies that they thought could end up swaying the public and “change reality” by mere repetition. They’ve never cared about the truth or integrity of what they’ve been saying and delusionally think that revisionist propaganda can magically change history and alter reality.

    This group is delusional and unhinged as well…just in a different way. I actually feel that the unhinged amongst them are a more immediate danger at the moment. From the smell of obvious desperation in their Concern Trolling fury here, it is clear that they are in full panic mode and realize that WND’s latest “Swift Boat” attempt has failed to take off. To them, that is an even bigger cause of concern than all the court losses they’ve suffered to date. For it painfully demonstrates to them that their movement cannot grow and that the rest of the world has become mostly immune to their lies. …And that scares them more than anything else.

    BillTheCat: Swenson is fairly unhinged. It seems to me that the more these folks lose, the more the crazy ramps up.

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    misha March 5, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    G: The real danger I fear is what happens when the unhinged finally get a clue that there is no magic white knight that can ride to their rescue, and that there is no legal avenue that will go along with their unreasonable requests and imaginary fears. I am concerned about the sense of desperation that comes with such realizations.

    Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Yitzhak_Rabin

    “Nonetheless, hostility continued to mount against Rabin. Haredi conservatives and Likud party leaders believed that withdrawing from any Jewish land was heresy. Rallies, organized partially by Likud, became increasingly extreme in tone. Likud Leader (and future Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu accused Rabin’s government of being “removed from Jewish tradition … and Jewish values.” Netanyahu addressed protesters of the Oslo movement at rallies where posters portrayed Rabin in a Nazi SS uniform or being the target in the cross-hairs of a sniper. Rabin accused Netanyahu of provoking violence, a charge which Netanyahu strenuously denied.”

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    J. Potter March 5, 2012 at 2:39 am #

    After we run out of G’s pacifiers (I think we have at most, a year left of them … no new birther material coming out, evidence stacking up against them, and, after the next inauguration, what’s the point in further court action?), we can continue to rely on the birther’s ineptitude. Plenty of capable, effective people hate Obama, but capable, effective people are not dumb enough to be birthers.

    Tragedy is on the horizon. small, local, isolated events. Can certainly count on a spate of hate crimes in November. 🙁

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    G March 5, 2012 at 2:49 am #

    Yeah, that is how I see things playing out as well. One caveat – I fear that the Birther “Burn Rate” on these Ballot Challenge failures and the WND/Arpiao’s massive FAIL are already getting too close to having run their course…

    With the BIrther Summit now gone, there aren’t many other events beyond the Ballot Challenges to pacify them…and the increased (and well deserved) intensity of the smackdowns there are making the BIrthers quite antsy…

    I think the window of significantly increased risk for violence will start much sooner than November. Once the primaries are over, what then? We could see a “summer of hate” sprinked with isolated hate crime events, which just continues to escalate from there. I think this window becomes hottest both right before and right after the November election…but remains fairly hot through at least the next Inaugeration…and possibly for a month or two after that.

    J. Potter: After we run out of G’s pacifiers (I think we have at most, a year left of them … no new birther material coming out, evidence stacking up against them, and, after the next inauguration, what’s the point in further court action?), we can continue to rely on the birther’s ineptitude. Plenty of capable, effective people hate Obama, but capable, effective people are not dumb enough to be birthers.Tragedy is on the horizon. small, local, isolated events. Can certainly count on a spate of hate crimes in November.

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    Horus March 5, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    “The rest of us are now just watching and waiting for the shoe to drop”

    They have been waiting for that proverbial shoe to drop for nearly 4 years now.