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When you look at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department Cold Case Posse “investigation,” you really don’t see much investigation. What you see is theater.

The context of the investigation is law enforcement, with stern-faced Sheriff Joe Arpaio throwing around law enforcement dialog, like “lead investigator,” “person of interest,” and “probable cause.” But those are just stage props. The “lead investigator” was a volunteer local Tea Party leader who’s been selling cars for the last 20 years, the “person of interest” was never named, and “probable cause” led to no indictments or charges.

The large portion of the CCP story had to do with doing things with Barack Obama’s birth certificate PDF file. That crackpot analysis initially came from Mara Zebest, a WorldNetDaily contributor of similar material. Zebest is a long-time Obama hater, as we saw from her 2008 blog posts. The most recent splash was an attempt to show internal inconsistency in the birth certificate in a video that actually contained an image taken from a birther blog, The Daily Pen, long-noted for faking or misrepresenting government documents.

A good example of the CCP non-investigation was their phone interview with Verna Lee, former local registrar in Honolulu, who Corsi talked to. Lee basically provided no evidence for the investigation except to assert that the State of Hawaii coded forms accurately. Still this provided the theater necessary to present the March 2012 blog material afresh and with some thinly applied respectability.

Another is their much-touted investigative mission to Hawaii which, as far as I can see, netted nothing. Corsi may have found that one letter in the library and Zullo presented that, but the letter rather than supporting the Posse actually refuted it.

All the CCP has really done is to take old birther material and to package it as an investigation and make Mike Zullo and Joe Arpaio mouthpieces for it. But really when you look at the CCP, all you are really seeing is a slick production of old material from WorldNetDaily and the  birther blogs.

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20 Responses to Sheriff Joe presents

  1. avatar
    justlw July 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    My impression is that although Obama’s SS registration has been given the birther treatment before, the “handcrafted artisanal date stamp” story was brand new for Shurf Joe’s first big show. Had that been out there already?

    In the end it’s only stagecraft, but I love it all the same because they did put some effort into it, and it’s so endearingly wacky. Kind of like that kid in the back of the room who hasn’t been turning in their assignments all year, but did finally produce a diorama of sorts, with little dinosaurs and Hot Wheels and stuff.

    Sure, it was for math class, and it wasn’t actually an assignment, but by God, they’ve actually done something, so props for that.

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    Dr. Conspiracy July 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    Not that I know of, but that was a pretty small thing really, and they never followed up on it, or explained why the Bush Administration would issue a forgery.

    justlw: Had that been out there already?

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    ASK Esq July 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    The great Walt Kelly once said that he considered Joe McCarthy to be one of the great comedians, because he was so serious about what he was saying. Our current Joe is the same way. While reasonable people realize that there is no way that he means what he is saying about the President, and that he is driven by other motives, such as his history of using the power of his office to attack his enemies, or a desire to deflect attention from his legal problems, or simply to claim that the administration is going after him because of his investigation, the fact that he never drops the facade of this being a real investigation makes it great theatre. Vaudeville, perhaps, but entertaining nonetheless.

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    sfjeff July 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    justlw: My impression is that although Obama’s SS registration has been given the birther treatment before, the “handcrafted artisanal date stamp” story was brand new for Shurf Joe’s first big show. Had that been out there already?In the end it’s only stagecraft, but I love it all the same because they did put some effort into it, and it’s so endearingly wacky. Kind of like that kid in the back of the room who hasn’t been turning in their assignments all year, but did finally produce a diorama of sorts, with little dinosaurs and Hot Wheels and stuff.Sure, it was for math class, and it wasn’t actually an assignment, but by God, they’ve actually done something, so props for that.

    Oh thank you- thank you – thank you!

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    Bob July 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    The only thing the Cold Case Posse is good at is ignoring the evidence that Obama is indeed eligible.

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    justlw July 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: they never followed up on it, or explained why the Bush Administration would issue a forgery.

    I asked a fan of this theory how Da Conspiracy inserted the record into the SSS computers, under the Bush Administration, with the appropriate registration and document numbers for 1980. Their answer:

    The information got into the U.S. Selective Service Database during the Bush administration the same way any other forged information got into a government computer; a criminal put it there.

    So there you have it.

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    JPotter July 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    Not that I know of, but that was a pretty small thing really, and they never followed up on it, or explained why the Bush Administration would issue a forgery.

    Because every US Administration is a tool of [superconspiracy].

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    donna July 28, 2012 at 1:05 am #

    doc: Not that I know of, but that was a pretty small thing really, and they never followed up on it, or explained why the Bush Administration would issue a forgery.

    doc i know i read the reference “why the Bush Administration would issue a forgery” before but i forget the circumstance

    could you please help me out?

    tia

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    Dr. Conspiracy July 28, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Quite simply, the Obama Selective Service application was obtained through FOIA in 2008, before the election. That was in the time of the Bush Administration.

    donna: doc i know i read the reference “why the Bush Administration would issue a forgery” before but i forget the circumstance

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    donna July 28, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Dr. Conspiracy:

    “Quite simply, the Obama Selective Service application was obtained through FOIA in 2008, before the election. That was in the time of the Bush Administration.”

    grazie mille!!!!

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    gorefan July 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    justlw: Had that been out there already?

    Dr. Conspiracy: Not that I know of

    ORYR did a story on it in June, 2011.

    http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2011/06/obamas-forged-selective-service.html

    “Please explain why Obama’s Selective Service Registration date stamp is missing the 19 in it! Just another typo or clerical error?”

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    gorefan July 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    donna: doc i know i read the reference “why the Bush Administration would issue a forgery” before but i forget the circumstance

    From August, 2008:

    http://pjmedia.com/blog/obama-did-obama-actually-register-for-selective-service/

    After contacting the Selective Service System for an answer several times since late June, PJ Media obtained official confirmation from the Selective Service System via email that Barack Obama did indeed register for the Selective Service as required by law, and is eligible to run for the presidency.

    Mr. Owens,

    Barack Hussein Obama registered at a post office in Hawaii. The effective registration date was September 4, 1980.

    His registration number is 61-1125539-1.

    Daniel Amon
    Public Affairs Specialist

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    justlw July 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    gorefan: ORYR did a story on it in June, 2011.

    Right, but I was talking (and Doc was replying) specifically to their very specific theory of how the Obama team must have obtained a rare 40 year-old-stamper from just the right post office, but somehow couldn’t obtain a “1980” — or even a “19” of any kind. That was new.

    donna: doc i know i read the reference “why the Bush Administration would issue a forgery” before but i forget the circumstance

    That was the part that wasn’t new. Since Obama’s selective service card was released via FOIA — twice — prior to the 2008 election, the system in question was still under the jurisdiction of the Bush administration.

    The CCP, after going to great and hilarious lengths to explain how the Obama team would use a “2008” in place of a “1980”, seems to be a little short on details on how they got an appropriate 1980 registration number and 1980 document serial number for him, and then somehow inserted the document and record into the SSS computers.

    (Plus, circumstantial evidence indicates Obama was able to prove SSS compliance back when he was in college. Nothing from the CCP on that, either.)

  14. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy July 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Funny, not only did my picture disappear, but the pages on the web site that created it! New pic.

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    bgansel9 July 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    As I was doing my newspaper route this morning (yes, I deliver newspapers part-time), I happened to come across a Paul Penzone campaign sign tucked away in a little corner where only a few people would see it. It wasn’t meant to draw a whole lot of new voters, but rather, to make a statement to a small group of neighbors only. I was very happy when I saw that. 🙂

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    gorefan July 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    justlw: Right, but I was talking (and Doc was replying) specifically to their very specific theory of how the Obama team must have obtained a rare 40 year-old-stamper from just the right post office, but somehow couldn’t obtain a “1980″ — or even a “19″ of any kind. That was new.

    In the comments section some one mentions an upside down 08 to make 80 and someone else answers Susan Daniels suggested that on an internet radio program. Some of Sheriff Joe’s SSR exhibits came from Daniels.

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    Keith July 29, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    bgansel9: As I was doing my newspaper route this morning (yes, I deliver newspapers part-time)

    Me too.

    I never had a paper round as a kid, now I open the Newsagent on Monday mornings. Up at 2:15am. Counting papers at 3am. Opening shop at 4:30am. Delivering subagents and missed deliveries at 6am.

    At home making coffee for SWMBO at 7:00.

    Sigh.

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    justlw July 29, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    gorefan: In the comments section some one mentions an upside down 08 to make 80 and someone else answers Susan Daniels suggested that on an internet radio program. Some of Sheriff Joe’s SSR exhibits came from Daniels.

    Ah, didn’t notice that, thanks.

    So, all they really did — again — was take an existing ludicrous theory and illustrate exactly how ludicrous it is.

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    bgansel9 July 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Keith: At home making coffee for SWMBO at 7:00.

    Ah, you know my routine. I’m so glad to meet a kindred soul. 😛

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    linda July 31, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    Ok, I finally took the time today to listen to the full press conference, in two doses, because a person can only take so much at one time. First, I need a good scrub. Second, what a steaming pile! Even if you are hoping for something substancial, it is not there. If you just want to believe anything and everything negative about the president, then maybe you were hanging on the edge of your chair, maybe, if you squinted.

    Sad.