This essay was prompted by a couple of comments left on the blog here that have to do with the Arizona Cold Case Posse. The short one from commenter marshman I’ll repeat following:
Arpaio’s meeting yesterday in AZ can be found at westernjournalism.com . They say the birth cert and selective service card are a fraud. Where are they wrong?
The other one was a fine synopsis of that event by commenter G.
When I read both of those comments, I felt that I should probably do something with the March 31 Arizona press event and I noted that I really hadn’t dismantled the Cold Case Posse report piece by piece. That led to the realization that I really didn’t want to do mess with the Cold Case Posse report any more. In actuality the only news out of Arizona is Sheriff Joe Arpaio embracing birtherism. The “investigation” is just a repackaging of Jerome Corsi’s book and Mara Zebest’s WorldNetDaily articles. What they said is not news, but that they said anything is. The Cold Case Posse meeting was really a story looking for some news.
In my 3+ years here, I have done a lot of debunking of birther claims, but I realize that there is just one of me and there are many of them. There are 27 websites listed below in the Bad and Ugly section. Add to that multiple writers cranking out birther propaganda, half a dozen birther attorneys cranking out frivolous lawsuits, and many individual birthers leaving comments all over the Internet. So once again, I arrive at clarity and peace, not anxious about the inability of one person to keep track of every piece of confetti the birthers throw. Despite the flash and noise, birthers are no closer to achieving any real objective than they were a year ago.
While it may be easy, one still tires of shooting fish in barrel. So my answer to marshman is to think for himself. Anyone with an open mind, reasonable intelligence and an Internet connection can debunk anything the birthers have come up with.
If you want coverage of the March 31 Press Conference, you can watch the entire video here. If you want to see the full Cold Case Posse debunked you can go to the Fogbow Special Report here, read John Woodman’s excellent book, read Frank Arduini’s debunking of Mara Zebest, or read my articles tagged “Cold Case Posse” or in the category “Joe Arpaio.” It’s all out there.