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We report: you decide to read more

Many articles on this site report stories that originate on other web sites. Unlike certain web sites that consist of wholly copied articles from other sources, I believe that those who generate content have a right to benefit from it. I don’t want to copy other people’s work—even if I reword it. They deserve the web traffic, the publicity and the advertising revenue.

So when you see an article about some topic (like the most recent one on the Mississippi runoff controversy) with links to sources, you should expect that I am probably giving the subject cursory coverage and that you will miss important details if you don’t follow the links to read more. What I am trying to do is to make readers aware of the topic, summarize some of the main issues, and I hope provide enough information for the reader to decide whether they want to follow up and get more information.

Voter fraud (or the lack thereof)

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The “facts” depend on what side you’re on

My own opinion is that the stability of American society stems from a widespread belief that if we don’t like something, there are peaceful ways to effect change. Obviously not everything is fair and the playing field is not level, but folks think they have a chance. Some disagree and are all for storming the White House, at least they are when writing on the Internet, exemplified by such graphics as the one shown above.

These days birthers are among those who believe that elections are not fair, that there is massive voter fraud. Many birthers believe that Barack Obama didn’t really win his elections. Orly Taitz alleged a stunning number of fraudulent votes in her California Senate race in 2012, although she never identified anyone who voted illegally.

It is in the nature of the conspiracy theorist to suspect a conspiracy behind every unusual event, and we see that in a recent article from Orly Taitz about the Cochran/McDaniel runoff Senate race in Mississippi. Thad Cochran is the long-term incumbent US Senator from Mississippi who received 0.5% fewer votes than state Senator Chris McDaniel in the Republican Primary. (I wrote about this race briefly in my article, “Cloward and Piven were from Manchuria?”) In the runoff election, things were reversed with Cochran the winner by 6,693 votes out of almost 400,000 votes cast. The runoff election was marked by an unusually high voter turnout (20% more votes in the runoff than in the primary election). There is a detailed analysis of the election results in this paper, “Mississippi Primary Runoff Election, 2014: Republican Primary Election Runoff, Cochran (i) v. McDaniel” from the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development. Continue Reading →

Fogbow down: Obots absquatulated?

Update: Fogbow Back up.

imageFirst it was Orly blocked by an “attack page” warning, and now probably the foremost anti-birther web site, The Fogbow, is down. It’s down, grounded. Trailing clouds of glory, it’s down! (Talk like that makes me hungry.)

You know, I was seriously considering moving this site to the company Foggy uses. 😯 Whatever the problem is, it effects many sites hosted by his company, so unless this is a massive false flag operation, Foggy is not en route to Belarus or Paraguay or wherever Obots are supposed to absquatulate to, when “any day now” becomes today.

8 PM (6/28/2014)

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8:09 PM (6/28/2014)

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8:52 PM (any day now)

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9:20 PM (6/28/2014)

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Taitz attacks!

Firefox users visiting the Orly Taitz web site today are seeing this message:

Reported Attack Page! warning message

Not long after Orly’s web site was restored following what she says was a hacking incident, I visited her site and saw a popup window that tried to get me to install some software. I detailed some of these popups in my article, “Taitz pop-up advertising more dodgy,” last February; and for a while those had stopped.

Now Google, through the Firefox browser, is issuing an attack warning. The specifics of the Google warning are:

Of the 97 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 9 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2014-06-27, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2014-06-27.

Malicious software includes 6 exploit(s), 3 trojan(s). Successful infection resulted in an average of 4 new process(es) on the target machine.

Malicious software is hosted on 2 domain(s), including indolocker.com/, zamcheck.org/.

1 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, including zamcheck.org/.

This site was hosted on 4 network(s) including AS6245 (NETWORK-SOLUTIONS), AS55002 (DEFENSE-NET), AS19871 (NETWORK-SOLUTIONS-HOSTING).

This looks to me like the malware is being funneled through her advertising stream. This is similar to what brought Birther Report down for a while (Birther Report is hosted by Google).

Before I retired, one of the employees of my company accessed the Taitz web site on a company computer. It took two days to get the malware cleaned up.

Taitz on the other hand says to ignore the warning in two articles:

  •  If you unable to go on my site, go to Firefox security/preferences and type the url www.orlytaitzesq.com as preference. You will not be blocked. the site appear to be working fine for most people.
  • Obots are inserting software to trigger warning messages, clock on “Ignore this”. 699 media outlets connect to www.orlytaitzesq.com Please, spread the word that regime is trying to stifle

Articles on birther malware:

Hagmann demands apology from Conservative media

I’ve only mentioned Douglas J. and Joe Hagmann a couple of times in the context of an birther interview they aired on their nightly Internet program on BlogTalkRadio, the Hagmann & Hagmann Report and their “Northeast Intelligence Network.” The father and son duo describe themselves as career investigators.

I don’t know which Hagmann is speaking in a new YouTube Audio  featured at Birther Report. But after listening to some of it, I wanted very much to write this article so that the previous article will scroll down from the top of the blog.

Hagmann demands an apology from the Conservative media for ignoring the birthers, now that they have been shown to be right all along. 😯 Well no, I don’t know how and where they have been proven right. Hagmann primarily engages in the birther gambit of burden shifting, claiming that no one can prove to his satisfaction the details of Barack Obama / Barry Soetoro’s biography. He reiterates that no one knows who Barack Obama is, although Hagmann is sure he’s a Muslim/Communist/Marxist, and defends that clashing list. Hagmann doesn’t know because he refuses to look at the excellent biographical material available.

Hagmann has some notion that Obama’s education was funded by the Saudi Finance Minister, the evidence for which he says consists of some bread crumbs. He asks the leading question: how could some one like Obama have gotten into an elite school without a backer? (I think that was a crumb.)

So the meat of this article, such as it is, addresses that question. The simple answer to the question of how Obama got into elite colleges is that he went to an elite high school, Punahou Academy. The Wall Street Journal listed Punahou Academy as one of the top feeder schools for the most selective colleges and universities in the nation. How did he pay for it? Financial aid and student loans.

How did Obama afford to go to that very elite private high school? That has a simple answer too: financial aid and the sacrifices of his grandparents.

The Conservative media has a lot of things to apologize for, but dissing the birthers is not one of them.