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“Peter Rehnquist” unmasked

Purveyor of fake Obama birth video used fake name

When I talked via a Skype™ video call to the purveyor of the Obama birth video today, my video recording setup was a total bust. Not having an image to work with, beyond my memory, I looked through all the images on the Internet until I found him1 so that I could let other people know what he looked like (and that he was not “Peter Rehnquist,” the former Supreme Court Justice’s son).

Put mine and @ronojoydam’s luggage together we’re sharing this space tonight (at Vice)

The only problem with this photo is that it appears to be a person identified as  Nimrod Kamer. I also found another interesting photo that appears to be of the same fellow:

No Apology (at News Corp Building)

Who knew? The photos are from Tumblr.

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1The description of how I made the connection between my caller and Mr. Kamer in the article is technically accurate, although some deductive reasoning steps that shortened the process have been omitted. At some point, I’ll explain how this remarkable-sounding identification was made. Until then you’ll just have to consider me superhuman. :roll:

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55 Responses to “Peter Rehnquist” unmasked

  1. avatar
    Loren October 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    TheBlaze has video of “Mr. Rehnquist” from their own video chat with him:

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/we-talked-to-the-guy-who-uploaded-the-alleged-obama-kenyan-birth-video-heres-what-he-had-to-say-about-the-flag-the-film-that-huge-baby/

    Same guy.

  2. avatar
    LW October 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    You looked through all the images on the Internet.

  3. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 27, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    Well obviously I didn’t personally look at every image on the Internet myself. I used Google.

    LW: You looked through all the images on the Internet.

  4. avatar
    LW October 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    Well obviously I didn’t personally look at every image on the Internet myself. I used Google.

    Well, that would be faster, I suppose.

  5. avatar
    bgansel9 October 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    I already considered you superhuman. LOL

  6. avatar
    Thinker October 27, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    So, this guy seems to be some miscellaneous wannabe/gadfly/culture jammer.

    Weird.

  7. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    He well and truly got his 15 minutes of fame.

  8. avatar
    bgansel9 October 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Mr. Peter Rehnquist (the grandson of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice) is also the son of a defense attorney who used to be one hell of a prosecutor as I understand it, James Rehnquist. I wonder how he would feel about knowing this man tried to pass himself off as a Rehnquist who might confuse people with his son? Hmmmm! (I’m not going to email the man right this second, I’ll think it over for a while first and make a decision later).

  9. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    This is a great example of confirmation bias. Because a Kenyan scammer tried to scam me, I was biased as to what evidence I selected and what I ignored in the fake video. The thing that I downplayed was the source of that calendar image. It didn’t belong in Kenya, but I ignored that when concluding that the video was Kenyan in origin. I also made up a fact, that the Kenya flag pin would be hard to come by in the USA. Wrong again.

    I’m learning.

  10. avatar
    aarrgghh October 27, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    the 70s called.

    they want their nimrod back.

  11. avatar
    bgansel9 October 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    He is described online as an Israeli prankster? Who IS his guy? He’s got pictures of him with celebs… He’s apparently got an IMDb profile.

    Does he want to be known as the person who put this video out there?

    http://www.dailydot.com/society/nimrod-kamer-wikipedia-deletion-celebrity-prank/

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2010008/

  12. avatar
    bgansel9 October 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    I think he wouldn’t want to be known as the person who put out this lame video because it was far too easy to debunk. it shows little talent. This guy is in television and is an actor, director and producer. It appears he produced a loser on this deal.

  13. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    My only question is whether or not he is a birther.

    bgansel9: He is described online as an Israeli prankster? Who IS his guy?

  14. avatar
    LW October 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    From the Daily Dot article:

    Kämer says he was also trying to point out how easy it is to make changes to Wikipedia.

    “Anyone can,” he said.

    Huh. They should mention that somewhere on the main page. Oh, wait.

    Waiting breathlessly for his exposé on how easy it is for anyone to add photos to Tumblr.

  15. avatar
    bgansel9 October 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    His Twitter account: I can’t tell if he’s a real birther or just doing performance art. He described himself on one page as “a birther in Scotland”.

    https://twitter.com/nnimrodd

    Personally, I think this guy is just a bad rendition of Sasha Baron Cohen.

  16. avatar
    Andrew Vrba, PmG October 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    You’re not superhuman…you’re GANDALF, or perhaps a fellow wizard who shops at the same store for mustache polish.

  17. avatar
    misha marinsky October 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:Well obviously I didn’t personally look at every image on the Internet myself. I used Google.

    There’s also TinEye: http://www.tineye.com

    “TinEye is a reverse image search engine built by Idée currently in beta. Give it an image and it will tell you where the image appears on the web.”

  18. avatar
    misha marinsky October 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    bgansel9: He is described online as an Israeli prankster? Who IS his guy?

    He’s Nimrod who is a nimrod.

  19. avatar
    misha marinsky October 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    bgansel9: I wonder how he would feel about knowing this man tried to pass himself off as a Rehnquist who might confuse people with his son?

    Oscar Kendall passed himself off as Richard Avedon, and swindled and raped women who believed him:

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=888&dat=19770920&id=ItRaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uVkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5375,3654089

  20. avatar
    Thinker October 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    Doc: You said in your previous article that you thought that Mr. Rehnquist/Kamer was sincere in his belief that this film is the real thing. Do you still believe that?

  21. avatar
    misha marinsky October 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: My only question is whether or not he is a birther.

    He’s a chameleon prankster, who finally figured out how to get his 15 minutes.

    Israeli? Romanian? Sounds about right.

  22. avatar
    misha marinsky October 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    Mr. Nimrod: Orly Taitz called. She wants her thunder and limelight back.

  23. avatar
    Daniel October 27, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    Well obviously I didn’t personally look at every image on the Internet myself.

    Just the naughty bits?

  24. avatar
    Wile October 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    misha marinsky: He’s a chameleon prankster, who finally figured out how to get his 15 minutes.

    Israeli? Romanian? Sounds about right.

    Don’t forget French.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2148036/Pictured-The-bizarre-moment-Kelly-Brook-approached-French-businessman-offered-1million-night.html

    Love those britches!

  25. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 28, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    He should have read my article:

    http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/2009/01/any-fool-can-change-the-wikipedia/

    LW: Kämer says he was also trying to point out how easy it is to make changes to Wikipedia.

  26. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 28, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    Nope.

    Thinker: Doc: You said in your previous article that you thought that Mr. Rehnquist/Kamer was sincere in his belief that this film is the real thing. Do you still believe that?

  27. avatar
    Joe Acerbic October 28, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    …but no matter how many levels of obvious fraud/scam/spoof/douchebaggery are unmasked, a bunch of birfoons will fanatically believe this crap and repeat it forever as gospel truth. It will also be used as “evidence” in an Oily Titz lawsuit and not result in disbarment.

  28. avatar
    SluggoJD October 28, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    All you folks involved in unmasking this goof ball should receive your George Soros bonus checks by next Friday. Please let me know if you don’t get them by then.

    Outstanding work. Even Loren would be proud.

  29. avatar
    misha marinsky October 28, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    SluggoJD: All you folks involved in unmasking this goof ball should receive your George Soros bonus checks by next Friday.

    I’m on direct deposit.

  30. avatar
    RuhRoh October 28, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    Nice work, Doc!

    I doubt it will matter to the birthers, who have been perfectly willing to believe felons, convicted forgers, disbarred attorneys and child molesters. Sadly, Kamer is a step up the food chain for them.

  31. avatar
    Loren October 28, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    bgansel9:
    Mr. Peter Rehnquist (the grandson of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice) is also the son of a defense attorney who used to be one hell of a prosecutor as I understand it, James Rehnquist. I wonder how he would feel about knowing this man tried to pass himself off as a Rehnquist who might confuse people with his son?

    I seriously doubt that had much of anything to do with the hoax. In his video interview with TheBlaze, he claimed to be a Romanian citizen living in New York, and he had a heavy foreign accent.

    If he wanted people to think he was closely related to the late Chief Justice, he was doing a terrible job of it.

  32. avatar
    Thinker October 28, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Birfers do not seem to be falling for this video. I think if Mr. Kamer has used an actual newborn baby instead of one who was obviously several months old he might have sucked in morons like KBOA/Tracy Fair and the nutters at Dr. Kates hatefest. But, as it is, even freepers aren’t’ buying it.

  33. avatar
    LW October 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    This has got to be a major disappointment to Kamer, whose entire shtick depends on him appearing smarter than and thus superior to his victims.

    I’m sure he was trying to calibrate this to be credible enough to lure in some percentage of birthers, but ludicrous enough for everyone else to congratulate him on his awesome prankosity. And he wound up aiming way too low.

    Understandable, I guess; until now it was unclear that you could actually do something so ridiculous that no birther would fall for it.

    We now have the exception that proves Poe’s Law.

  34. avatar
    bgansel9 October 28, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    LW: Understandable, I guess; until now it was unclear that you could actually do something so ridiculous that no birther would fall for it.

    A few ARE falling for it, but only the dumbest of the dumb.

  35. avatar
    Bob October 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    You Obots are blind. This video is just more proof of a conspiracy. Nobody would go to this much trouble to discredit Birtherism IF OBAMA HAD NOTHING TO HIDE!

  36. avatar
    bgansel9 October 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Bob: You Obots are blind. This video is just more proof of a conspiracy. Nobody would go to this much trouble to discredit Birtherism IF OBAMA HAD NOTHING TO HIDE!

    Except Performance Artists, they will do anything for attention.

  37. avatar
    JPotter October 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Bob: This video is just more proof of a conspiracy.

    You are ridiculed therefore you are right?

    I see you have found an answer in search of a question.

    Whatever did your logic do to deserve such torture? LOL!

    Bob, the ridiculous is ridiculed because …. it’s ridiculous.

  38. avatar
    misha marinsky October 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    Loren: If he wanted people to think he was closely related to the late Chief Justice, he was doing a terrible job of it.

    Iranian claimed to be the nephew of Steven Spielberg

    Jonathan Taylor Spielberg, AKA Anoushirvan Fakhran, was already going by the name that he would legally switch to a year later — a name that has gotten him arrested three times in the past month in Fairfax City, Va. Authorities there allege that the Iranian-born man was just pretending to be related to the famous director.

    http://www.salon.com/2000/02/16/nephew/

  39. avatar
    bgansel9 October 28, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Maybe he just has a fascination with the Boston College basketball player who happens to be the grandson of a Supreme Court Chief Justice?

  40. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    The sun rising this morning is further proof.

    Bob: This video is just more proof of a conspiracy.

  41. avatar
    bovril October 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    Wow,

    Now where have I seen this level of ” losing its winning”, magical classes of citizen and up is down logic…….Bob, is that you Mario….?

  42. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 28, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    The way I found Mr. Kamer was pretty pedestrian. I went back to my Skype call log and got the Skype ID. Then I went through the motions of adding “peterrehnquist” to my Skype contacts. When I did that, it displayed a small photo of the fellow that I was going to post to show what he looked like. Then I thought just for fun to try do a Google image search. I used screen capture to get the image, then uploaded it to Google for the search.

    It turns out that the Skype photo was cropped from a larger one that appears on several web pages with Nimrod Kamer, including his Tumblr page. It amazes me how Google can search for part of an image among all the ones on the Internet.

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbbgufY4Lp1r0vqbpo1_500.jpg

  43. avatar
    Bob October 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    JPotter: You are ridiculed therefore you are right?

    My comment wasn’t meant to be taken seriously. I know it’s difficult to tell with Birthers. Sorry I didn’t indicate that.

  44. avatar
    LW October 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: It amazes me how Google can search for part of an image among all the ones on the Internet.

    Shazam also completely blows my mind.

  45. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Personally I want to thank Mr. Kamer for a fun treasure hunt.

  46. avatar
    US Citizen October 28, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    It amazes me how Google can search for part of an image among all the ones on the Internet.

    The amazing part is keeping all the machines cool.

    http://goo.gl/O0lg8

  47. avatar
    Monkey Boy October 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    bgansel9: A few ARE falling for it, but only the dumbest of the dumb.

    Evidently, Donald Trump DID fall for it before somebody pulled his coat. Then he tried to cover up by a ridiculous proposal that made him even more of a laughing stock.

  48. avatar
    bgansel9 October 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: Personally I want to thank Mr. Kamer for a fun treasure hunt.

    I would be saying the same thing except that Mr. Kamer used an artist’s creation and associated it with Birtherism, which the artist is not amused to find has happened. My thoughts are for the artist.

  49. avatar
    bgansel9 October 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    Monkey Boy: Evidently, Donald Trump DID fall for it before…

    Doesn’t surprise me. Trump is just itching for confirmation bias of any sort.

  50. avatar
    nbc October 28, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    Off topic but still interesting

    LW: Shazam also completely blows my mind.

    It’s actually quite simple, once you are told how it works. Given a signal it tries to identify unusual patterns and a sequence of such patterns is generated. Now you have to only search for a string within millions of strings.
    See How Shazam works

    The secret is how to define a pattern that is robust against noise, etc.

    Still pretty impressive as I too wondered how it could be done, until I researched it, and it was so ‘obvious’. Those are the greatest inventions of all.. .Obvious when shown but totally overlooked until someone claims the invention.

    Safety pin, the zipper are some examples which in retrospect appear to be so simple and yet.

  51. avatar
    JPotter October 29, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    Bob: I know it’s difficult to tell with Birthers.

    Poe’d again! LOL!

  52. avatar
    LW October 29, 2012 at 1:42 am #

    nbc:
    Off topic but still interesting

    […]

    See How Shazam works

    Very interesting — thanks for the pointer!

  53. avatar
    The Magic M October 29, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    LW: Shazam also completely blows my mind.

    Years before Shazam, there was a service offered by a German cell phone provider. You could call a number, hold the phone next to the music source and it would reply with a text message telling you the name of the song. It cost about 50 Euro cents per call.
    I used it to win a private contest (in which 10 song snippets had to be identified and I couldn’t identify the last one, so I used that service with success) once; the next year, the contest had a noise overlayed on the music to feign any automated identification attempts.

  54. avatar
    Dr Kenneth Noisewater October 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Doc there’s also a site I use called Tineye http://www.tineye.com where you can upload random pictures and it will try to identify on which sites the image is found.

  55. avatar
    Paper October 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Yes, because the sun doesn’t “rise.” The conspiracy is the New World Order tricking us into thinking it does! OMG! That means….that means…hold on…that means the birthers are right! ;-)

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    The sun rising this morning is further proof.