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Orly Taitz: I can see China from my house

Orly Taitz, bless her heart, has a new article up, titled:

Now Chinese media followes (sic) dozens of US publications in reposting an article with the notification Attorney Taitz sent to Obama’s new attorney, Neil Eggleston, in regards to Obama’s use of a stolen CT Social Security number and fabricated IDs. Our main networks are still silent. No decisions from courts yet.

Photo of SeattleTaitz cites Newsvine.com, a Seattle-based community-sourced news site. Taitz’ link is broken, but she says the article is at “china.newsvine.com,” so whoever posted the article (“seeded” is how they label copied content) put it in the China section. I say “whoever” because I was not able to find any article mentioning Taitz and Eggleston at Photo of BeijingNewsvine. In any case, this is not “Chinese media” in any sense.

This is not to say that there aren’t articles about Orly Taitz at Newsvine. One of my favorites is the one titled: “Totally not crazy Orly Taitz running for California General.” It’s a hoot, and not too long.

Obot back channel chatter on Zullo’s investigation

There’s some traffic on the Obot channels speculating what Zullo is going to come up with next. I have some significant doubts about it because I can’t believe Zullo would come out with such conspiracy claptrap that’s so far unrelated to Obama as to stretch credulity, feh.

If it’s true, it will be a good cautionary tale reminding us that otherwise sensible people can get sucked into conspiracist nonsense. I better hit the books and start debunking this one just in case.

Birthers punk themselves

I dropped by Birther Report this morning to read an article about “Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Startling New Evidence,” an article that had nothing from Sheriff Joe at all (these titles must be some kind of subliminal mind control trick). A comment by William starting, “Something every American should consider with Obots” caught my eye because it claimed that no Obot had ever filed a FOIA for Obama’s records. Readers here know I’ve filed several. Reading on I found something else in that comment by William that I replied to:

William: “Why do the Main Obots personally meet and coordinate fabrication of false documents to send to Courts and Attorneys with a direct attempt to obfuscate discovery of Obama, then brag about it?”

I replied:

Anti-birthers meet because they are an interesting group and enjoy each other’s company. I’ve been to two of the Obot meetups personally and it’s been a very good experience. These folks are intelligent and have fascinating personal stories.

Some anti-birthers get their fun from demonstrating that birthers are credulous and easily fooled–punking the birthers. Personally, I don’t find such things very challenging. Birthers fool themselves with fake documents without our help, and there is no reason for folks like me to add to the confusion. My chosen creative expression tends towards satire. I am not aware of any anti-birther ever sending a fake document to any court. Fakes, such as the fake Bomford Kenyan birther certificate were sent to Orly Taitz who irresponsibly filed it with a court, even though she had no knowledge of even where it came from. Phil Berg even filed in federal court a fake Canadian birth certificate for Obama signed by “Dudley Do Right!”

Now, shall we go through the list of fake documents from birthers (either created by them or used by them as authentic)?

  • (2) Fake Kenyan National Intelligence Service letters
  • Grandmother tape, edited to remove statement that Obama was born in Hawaii
  • Lucas Smith Fake Kenyan birth Certificate
  • Lucas Smith fake Kenyan extradition complaint
  • Zullo’s fake 1960-61 Race Code table
  • Daily Pen doctored vital statistics report
  • Photo of Obama’s grandparents with Obama Photoshopped out (published by Jack Cashill)
  • Nude photos intentionally and falsely identified as Obama’s mother
  • Fake photo of Obama wearing rubber suit
  • 2 fake John McCain birth certificates (from McCain birthers)
  • Fake Welcome to Kenya birthplace of Barack Obama road sign
  • Fake birth certificate anomalies by TechDude
  • Fake Hawaiian birth certificate for Obama registered by his grandmother
  • Obama snippets spoof video edited to make Obama say he was born in Kenya, altered by Birthers to remove SPOOF notice

Birthers punk themselves far more often than Obots do.


I count the trip to Atlanta for the Farrar hearing as a “meetup” although it wasn’t of the official ones. I still met lots of folks and their families and we went out to eat.

Burning the Constitution

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

A Google alert brought me to the article, “Impeach Obama? 2014 Impeachment Starts Operation American Spring,” at Inquisitr.com. The article is headed by this Jon McNaughton portrait of a stern-faced Obama burning the US Constitution.

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Interested readers can look at the specific items that article suggests might be impeachable offenses, but I found nothing especially egregious or out of line with things done by other US presidents who were not impeached, and certainly nothing reaching the lawlessness of Watergate or Iran-Contra. Nor is there anything new about an image of a president burning the Constitution:

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The preceding cartoon1 depicts the United States as symbolized by the eagle rescuing the Constitution from being burned by Thomas Jefferson. It literally refers to the defeat of Jefferson by Adams in the 1796 presidential election.


1A version of this image (with a less clear face) was incorrectly labeled as George Washington in a prior article on this blog. That has been corrected.

Where there is no coincidence

there is no story

I don’t know if that’s really an ancient Chinese saying (as it was presented to me) but it most certainly is a principle underlying this blog. For most of us, coincidences are delicious bits of life, but for the conspiracy theorist who lacks a good nonsense filter, they reveal the hidden machinations of conspiracy. Without coincidences, however viewed, this blog wouldn’t exist.

The oldest thing I could find that I personally published about a coincidence was an article from 2005 titled (coincidentally) “Coincidence,” but there have been many others. What I find remarkable is how very many coincidences I find in the birther story.

One coincidence is between two adjacent comments among the millions of birther comments on the Internet that I arrived at separately for different reasons. What are the chances that Orly Taitz and I would be rear-ended by a truck on the same day?

One lawyer commenting on this blog said that he law school he heard a lot about Blackstone, but nothing about Vattel; nonetheless, when Obama taught law, the course syllabus had a reading from Vattel. And what about the crazy connection between Obama and the Skull & Bones Society I discovered.

In 2012 I wrote: “A pair of related things is a coincidence: three is an article.” That article was about the name Bivens coming up three times in wholly unrelated contexts. Other coincidences between the blog and real life appeared in my 2010 article, “Spooky.”

There are many other coincidences that I’ve written; here’s a word search for them.

Birther Report violates its own privacy policy

I mentioned in comments recently that I had added a privacy policy to this site. One of the reasons for doing so is a requirement from Google that sites using their Analytics offering provide a privacy policy disclosing that Analytics is being used.

I dropped by Birther Report just now to see if they have a privacy policy policy, and they do. Here’s what it says under the section “What do we use your information for?”:

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:
; To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)
; To improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)

In a later section, they talk about disclosure to third parties:

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

With that background, consider this published item at BR (image courtesy of The Fogbow):

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What you’re looking at is an IP address and an email address (both comprise personal identification) of a commenter at Birther Report, AlabasterDoll, a sock puppet of Bill Bryan (aka Foggy) that had been posting at BR for several weeks. Birther Report provided this information to the commenter Falcon, who then published it. That appears to be a clear violation of their privacy policy.

Falcon’s own remark is odd: “By the way – I think I accidentally vacuumed up all the emails in this address. So sorry. I’d hate for those to get out.” Of course, there is no way to accidentally access someone’s emails.

Foggy then said that he had reported Falcon to the FBI for hacking his emails (read the exchange at The Fogbow), but then Falcon denied that he had gotten Foggy’s emails. Looks like Falcon was playing chicken and flinched first.

I trust that this violation of its privacy policy by Birther Report is a one-time aberration that that they will begin to adhere to their policy or change it.

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