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What happened

I enjoyed reading the book What Happened by former Bush press secretary Scott McClellan, but I did not particularly enjoy what happened over the last 8 hours when there was a question of whether Obama Conspiracy Theories would continue to exist outside of the Internet WayBack machine.

imageI’ll begin the story in January of 2012, when I moved the blog to a new host and in the process messed up the database encoding, leaving non-displayable special characters scattered through the whole database. I’ve been finding and fixing them ever since, and that was what I was doing today when I trashed the database. Instead of replacing the content of the article on Orly Taitz using an SQL update statement1, I replaced every post and page on the blog with the article on Orly Taitz. The home page was 10 copies of Orly Taitz. The Visitor’s Guide was Orly Taitz. The Debunker’s Guide to Obama Conspiracy Theories was Orly Taitz.2

I shut down the blog.

First, I thought “backup.” My web host had nothing in their documentation about backups being available that you don’t do yourself. I knew my own backups were not current, but I went to the folder where I keep them and got the message “A hardware error prevents the opening of this folder.” I read up on MySQL on the Internet, and there was no rollback available since I hadn’t used transaction control. That was the low point: No blog, no backup. Continue Reading →

Cold Case Posse screws the IRS (genetally speaking)

imageIt looks like Mike Zullo did a little more redacting than we realized when he provided, as required by law, the Cold Case Posse’s application to the IRS for a tax-exempt determination. A full copy has been obtained from the IRS, and among the additional material is this page:

 

 

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Substantively, there is a contradiction between this addendum and the main filing that says their income is projected to be $6,500, and not the $5,000 shown here. Indeed reports in the press indicate that the CCP has spent far more than $25,000 investigating Obama’s identity.

“EIN” is misspelled in the top line. I use the phrase “screws the IRS” as a joking reference to the typo in the first paragraph, “genetally.” “The” should probably be “that.”  There is an error in subject/verb agreement in the first sentence: “organizations … is” and the clause “which is …” seems misplaced and in any case should be preceded by a comma.

In the second paragraph that really should be part of the first, we again have subject verb disagreement: “receipts … comes” and again, the comma required before “which” is omitted.

There is a missing blank line between the third and fourth paragraphs (or better, the two should be one paragraph), and the text of the fourth is mangled with “it” probably written for “its.”


Here is the text:

MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S COLD CASE POSSE, INC          Eim 01-0877871

ADDENDUM TO PART I, LINE 10

Section 501 (c)   (3) genetally provides the organizations are not
required to file form 990 (or form EZ 990) which is affiliated
with a governmental unit or whose annual income/receipts are not
more than $25,000.00 annually.

In our situation the only annual receipts which we will have comes
from our members paying annual dues of $100.00. Our membership
consists of 50 people.

The section further states that governmental affiliates likewise
are not required to do so.
Maricopa County Arizona is definitely a governmental unit and since
we are it affiliates again that requirement of filing said form does
not apply to us.

The Many Lies of Joseph Farah

by Loren Collins

I retired my blog, Barackryphal, at the end of 2013 because I was burnt out on Birtherism. After five years, it’s simply become a rehashing of the same tropes, and there’s little new to address.

However, after WorldNetDaily all but gave up on its Birther interests in the fall of 2012, WND President Joseph Farah has recently raised its spectre again, and in doing so yet again demonstrated some abject dishonesty that I felt compelled to address. Others have called him out for his supposed hypocrisy over his reactions to Barack Obama and Ted Cruz.

But I’m not here to call him a hypocrite. I’m here to document that he’s a liar. To wit, in his column of April 23, 2011, Joseph Farah wrote:

“WND never reported that Obama had spent $2 million hiding his birth certificate.”

Whereas five months earlier, on December 9, 2010, Farah said:

“Obama has spent at least $2 million fighting efforts to release his birth certificate.”

And that’s just Farah himself; he claimed that WND had never reported this, when in fact WND reporters had said this dozens of times.

On February 19, 2011, Joseph Farah wrote:

“I don’t know any thinking, rational person who questions the existence of Obama’s birth certificate.”

But what did Farah himself say two years earlier, on Chuck Crismier’s radio show on June 5, 2009?

“There’s a reason that Barack Obama will not show the American people his birth certificate. I believe he doesn’t have one.”

And who else questions the existence of Obama’s birth certificate? Why, none other than WND’s senior reporter, Jerome Corsi. Because Corsi had this to say on The Alex Jones Show on January 20, 2011, just one month before Farah claimed that no “thinking, rational person” would say such a thing:

“The key document that should be produced, if it exists and I don’t believe it does, is the long-form, hospital-generated Hawaiian birth certificate for Barack Obama.”

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Berg to byline book about Obama

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that birther attorney Philip J. Berg has lost his privilege to practice before the US Supreme Court, following a two-year suspension from the practice of law in his home state of Pennsylvania for matters unrelated to his anti-Obama lawsuits; however, in an interview with his local newspaper, the Lehigh Valley News, Berg admits that it was spending so much time pursuing Obama that caused him to neglect his own clients.

Berg, who said that he would re-apply to the Supreme Court after his suspension ends, also said he was writing a book about Obama.

Did you know?

  • Phil Berg is a volunteer fireman

Defend our Freedoms Foundation update

While it sounds dodgy, the term “fictitious business” is a normal classification in California. Taitz’ DOFF fictitious business registration with Orange County expired at the end of last year. This may be intentional because the significance of a “fictitious business” is that the name of the business is not reflected in its articles of incorporation. The Defend Our Freedoms Foundations (sic) was registered as a corporation after the fictitious business filing.

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Taitz has (at least) two corporations in California. The earlier one (entity number C1871559) is from 1994.

imageThe second, for DOFF (entity number C3189036), is from 2009:

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It appears that Taitz did not follow through with her registration of the DOFF as a California charity (screen shot taken today):

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The 3189036 number appears to be a Secretary of State or Franchise Tax Board Number.

According to the Second Notice to Register (dated December 19, 2011):

PLEASE REPLY WITHIN 30 DAYS TO AVOID LOSING YOUR TAX-EXEMPT STATUS WITH THE CALIFORNIA FRANCHISE TAX BOARD.

I had reported in my prior article that some reports appeared on the Internet that the DOFF had a federal employer ID number (FEIN) of 26-4328440. The charities registration site used to retrieve the record preceding also allows for a search by FEIN, and that number did not return a record.

A search of charitable organizations with the IRS does not list the DOFF, neither by name nor EIN. (I suggest searching for the word “Defend” within the state of California to return a manageable number of results.)

The Defend our Freedoms Foundation web domains are owned owned by a Taitz detractor (who I presume is Lisa Ostella, Taitz’ former webmaster).

The lack of a determination by the IRS that the DOFF is tax exempt does not necessarily mean that the organization is not tax exempt; however, anyone taking a tax deduction for an organization for a donation to an organization without a determination is taking a risk. Charitable organizations, whether recognized or not, are required to file IRS Form 990 or one of its variants.

Taitz continues to baffle

As usual, Orly Taitz makes little sense in her latest press release [link to Taitz site], this time about the certification of copyright registration of Obama’s book, Dreams from My Father. The opening paragraph contains at least two and probably 3 mistakes:

Attorney Orly Taitz recently discovered lack of necessary entry of date of birth in Obama’s registration of copyright protection of his book “Dreams from my father”.

The simplest mistake is not naming the book correctly as to capitalization. The second is the word “necessary’’ since the date of birth on a copyright application is optional according to the instructions. (“Author’s birth date is optional but it is useful as a form of identification.”) Here’s the copyright registration from Dan Brown’s book, The Da Vinci Code, also with no birth date. The third is the statement that Taitz discovered the blank birth date, when it is highly unlikely that she made the discovery herself. Continue Reading →