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Patriot Games

So with Lent being over, I went over to Birther Report and made some comments, on their Michael Shrimpton article. Even Jerome Corsi doesn’t take Shrimpton all that seriously, but some of the commenters there were all over some massive conspiracy involving the UK and Shrimpton, corrupt government officials and who knows what else.

The whole thing was so extremely silly that I made a suggestion that what I was reading was some kind of role playing fantasy game of “Evil Obama.” In reply, I got this from Martha Trowbridge:

No Patriot is playing; we are warring. … Obama and his co-conspirators are, de facto, evil.

The other thing that set me off was a title over at Orly Taitz’ site:

Report: Fracking Has Reduced CO2 More Than All the Solar Panels & Wind Turbines in the World

That counterintuitive statement refers to an article that refers to an article at Fox News by John Stossel. Stossel’s article doesn’t even hint at how fracking reduces CO2 emissions, by the way. A Fox News internal memorandum from Bill Sammon, managing editor of the Washington bureau of Fox News said:

We should refrain from the assertion that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period of time without immediately pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question. (“The Loudest Voice in the Room” by Gabriel Sherman, p. 322)

In fairness to Stossel, fracking is reducing greenhouse gasses because it creates more natural gas, which in turn has led power plant operators to switch from coal to natural gas; however, petroleum industry claims of the amount of reduction seem exaggerated, attributing all the gains to this switch while ignoring the reduced demand for heating due to climate warming, and the increasing efficiency of the US automobile fleet. Further, natural gas production may actually increase global warming due to issues with its production.

I guess my point is that extremely polarized positions about energy policy founded on biased or manipulated numbers are not much different from polarized political positions in Congress. The public debate should be based on the best science. To put the future of the planet in a secondary position to an agenda is unpatriotic.

I don’t find Fox News’ policy very patriotic, any more than the Birther Report commenter knee-jerk belief in everything bad about Obama.

It seems that the Congress (at least the Republican half and perhaps the other side) is playing a game to annihilate the other party rather than move the country along. I can’t see how the right-wing secessionist factions can honestly pledge allegiance to the flag (“One nation under God, indivisible”). It seems that extremists on both sides virtually loathe America.

So where are the real patriots these days?

I think our armed forces are filled with patriotic Americans. The folks who obey the law and pay their taxes, the informed voters, the people who volunteer in civic activities to help children and the disabled—these are patriotic Americans.


Vladimir Putin: a birther?

So according to “Bob in Louisiana” via Birther Report:

It’s like this; The people in the United States don’t know what’s going on in the rest of the world. The media in America has been in a blackout for 5 years. And, Putin knows that Obama is not eligible to be president. So, that’s why Putin’s got Obama over a barrel.

The big news (for the birthers) is that Bob said this on the C-SPAN call-in show, Washington Journal. They think that there is this media blackout and it’s finally cracking–a sign of the Universe shattering?

Orly Taitz seems to prefer Putin, writing [link to Taitz web site]:

Putin Doesn’t Threaten Our National Security, Obama Does

Birthers seem to like Putin more than Obama, primarily because Putin is not Obama.

Wikipedia was in the forefront of the battle over the Smith birth certificate

I was over at Birther Report last night to see if anyone had picked up on my April Fool’s Takedown, and I came across a comment by RS1 under an article about the new Lucas Smith Oppenheim birth certificate:

Roadburner101 – please note also the british DD/MM/YYYY date format used this time as opposed to the american MM/DD/YYYY date format he used last time – this also means one or the other is fake, so which is it lucas?

Wrong dingbat, OBot Road Rash. We were onto your change “the Kenyan date format” operations way back when. A Dr. CONspiracy BS Ops.

I, and a few others caught OBots in the BS act back in the day. Post from FR. Like this one:
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” “That document is a fraud. The dates on it are American style month/day/year, most other countries including the UK format dates day/month/year.” [ <-- OBot propaganda BS]

[The truth -->] “Without commenting on authenticity of the CPGH BC, I personally researched the Wiki date format by country page in Sept of 2009 and found that Kenya was one of only three countries, IIRC, employing both the European and US style date formats. When I put this information up on the web, the Wiki page was immediately hacked by an Obot named Mystylplx who flagrantly tried to expunge Kenya as showing dual use. A war ensued for months with folks trying to restore the original data and Obots hacking it to cover for Barry without regard to the truth of the original page.

I just checked the page and the dual date format for Kenya has been restored for the moment. Obots never succeeded in removing the color on the global map showing Kenya as a dual format country, which it still show.…
93 posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 9:37:04 PM by Seizethecarp”

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This CON-job - “Mystylpxl” – - remember this poster OBot bonehead? You DUmbass OBots trying to pull a lying fast one on everyone again.

The essential claim in all of that is that anti-birthers altered the Wikipedia to hide the fact that Kenya uses both the US and British date formatting systems. Did they?

In January of 2011 the Date Formats by Country article was split off from the main Date Formats article. And indeed, when one looks at the Wikipedia history for that main article, as it appeared on February 15, 2009, one finds:

imageThe reference link [74] goes to, a link no longer valid, but that may be familiar to long-time readers here, since that web site is one promoted by Lucas Smith himself as an example of official use of the US date format in Kenya. You can see what it once looked like in my 2011 article, “Date formats in Kenya.” That reference is not a source by Wikipedia standards, because it doesn’t actually say what Kenyan date formats are, only uses them (and apparently in a broken manner). To say that Kenya officially uses US date formatting from this source would be a conclusion of “original research” not allowed on the Wikipedia. I say all of that to conclude that the US date format item in the Wikipedia article was faulty since February of 2009, being unsourced, and as such any Wikipedia editor could have legitimately removed it.

That said, can we blame the original Wikipedia MDY format entry for Kenya on Smith or one of his supporters?

No. Here’s the Wikipedia page from October 28, 2008, where the US date format entry originated. The entry is sourced from a Microsoft page that has since been moved; however, I found the current version, and indeed, it has m/d/yyyy formatting for “Kiswahili (Kenya).” Kiswahili became an official national language in Kenya in 2010. (Of course the Smith Obama certificate is not written in Kiswahili.)


At the time the editing wars occurred, the Microsoft link had gone bad, along with any hint that the MDY format related to Kiswahili. This whole controversy appears to be just a mistake, exacerbated by web reference pages whose links went bad, and politicized by the birther/anti-birther conflict.

I’ve fixed the Wikipedia.

Chop chop

Birther Report allows advocacy of violence

Here’s a comment from Falcon over at Birther Report yesterday:

In my opinion Obama is done. And so are his sycophants who ran over America and her citizens for the last five years. Obama is no Lazarus and will not recover from the public beating he’s about to take. This will also take down all who refused to even consider Obama was a fraud when it was staring them dead in the face.

I hope this all leads to an Uncivil War and the communists are imprisoned in their beloved FEMA Camps. I also hope the rail cars with guillotines are used. It’s a shame to let all that looted DHS money go to waste.

An even worse call to criminal action comes from commenter Chris Farrell, perhaps incited by Falcon:

Any who facilitate the ongoing usurpation of the office of the presidency by a criminal who fraudulently represented himself as eligible to be president while knowingly not so are actively engaging in a conspiracy to contravene the Constitution of the United States of America and do by their actions define themselves as legitimate targets of opportunity for American patriots to engage at will. The words ‘Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes’ come to mind as most apropos to the present situation.

Falcon continues:

There’s no love for Obama and most have had a first hand look at his totalitarian society and want no parts of it. Lastly, Congress will be forced to act or they will find themselves on the receiving end of a blood-bath of epic proportions. America wants this to end and quickly – everyone knows what’s going on here and can barely contain their contempt for another second of it. It’s going to come to an end one way or the other.

I would consider that a threat against the President and certainly a violation of Blogger’s Content Policy on the advocacy of violence.

The triggering event, Obama’s “public beating” at the hand of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, would seem a highly improbable thing. Obama has been quite effective in weathering guilt by association attacks, and pure nonsense hasn’t gotten his opponents anywhere.

All of this stems from a BR article highlighting a new Mike Volin video compendium of old stuff presented as a stand-in for the so-far absent real stuff from Sheriff Arpaio, referring to the “Sheriff’s Kit 2” coming any day now to a website near you.


Let’s all take a deep breath and step back for a moment. Birtherism is a war of words on the Internet. It is not a real conflict. Obama is president, and will eave office in 2017 and the country will muddle on as it always has. Nobody is threatening the birthers, and they have no cause to advocate violence in return. They lost at the polls—get over it already.

Occam’s birther

I suppose the most straightforward explanation of what birthers do is that they do it because they are birthers, rather than for some other more complicated reason.

So does Mike Zullo really believe his own evidence? The most straightforward answer is yes, and that his continued delays reflect a belief that eventually his investigation will come together and that he will someday get somewhere. Saying that Zullo believes his own theories does not make Zullo a good and virtuous person, it doesn’t mean that he responsibly uses the money the Cold Case Posse receives and it doesn’t mean that he is always truthful.

By the same token, the most straightforward view of Douglas Vogt’s appeal to the US Supreme Court is that he believes that the law requires a judge to give him access to a grand jury and that his forensic foray is sound research. He may hope to benefit from the publicity in book sales, but that’s not the primary motivation.

And finally the most straightforward view of Birther Report’s recent fundraising effort for a new server is really based on a real belief that they could be shut down at the whim of the Obama Administration and that owning their own server prevents that. The delay in implementing the new server comes from the difficulty in getting someone to configure it, or that they haven’t come up with enough money to pay for the services—and not because the whole thing was a scam.

Of course, the most straightforward explanation is not always right.

March expectations

Picture of Joe Arpaio with Mike Zullo behind him.So it’s almost the middle of March and nothing much from Zullo and the Zu-Bot Cold Case Posse. That leaves me in the difficult position of having nothing to write about. So just as the birthers have to live on promises, so do I.

Comments from Zullo in interviews with Carl Gallups, and recent remarks from Internet radio host and videographer Mark Gillar, suggest that they have completely abandoned the Birth Certificate / Selective Service registration themes that dominated the first year of their press releases and were shot to pieces by critics. It’s something else.

Birther Report has a new article up, “Washington DC Unprepared for Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Universe Shattering Surprise.” I daresay that Sheriff Joe is pretty far down on the list of things the White House is preparing for (if it’s on the list at all and I doubt that it is). Given the total insanity of the stuff from the Cold Case Posse to date, it could be anything, not bounded by facts or evidence. Maybe they will find some elderly person suffering from dementia who doesn’t remember Obama being born in Hawaii (or for sure whether they were ever in Hawaii). Maybe they will discover the dirty little secret that the State of California’s certification of the Electoral College vote for Obama, residing in PDF format at the National Archives HAS LAYERS! Maybe they have latched onto one or more of the strange tales of women who claim Obama was born in Kansas, or Florida! My guess is that it will be something about the conduct of the 2008 or 2012 election in Arizona.

Certainly conservative members of Congress are interested. Here are just two examples from the BR article:

Rep. Labrador: “I really haven’t been following that at all.”

Rep. Huelskamp: “Honestly, I haven’t been following that at all.”

Clearly Arpaio and Zullo have the element of surprise in their favor. Commenting on the article, Gillar said last night:

Things are a bit different this time. The LFBC and Selective Service Card investigations resulted in the discovery of many other crimes that were committed by this regime. Some of which will piss off democrats and republicans alike. Don’t focus on a timeline. As far as I’m concerned as long as it breaks by summer and impacts the 2014 midterms, I’ll be happy. The delays are coming because of the amount of time that is taking to retrieve and log the large amount evidence as well as make sure the proper chain of custody is preserved and recorded. The evidence is different this time. I’d back off criticizing the CCP. You’ll have a lot of egg on your face when this is over if you continue.

By Summer? :shock: What the hell am I going to write about for the next 5 months? Do I have to come up with endless regurgitations of old articles with escalating cataclysmic titles as Birther Report does? Do I have to (shudder) cover Orly Taitz every day? This is a serious inconvenience!

My career expertise in vital records isn’t going to help much in mending the shattered universe, as the topic goes off in another direction, again from Gillar last night:

Arpaio knows. As Mike said, the wall between the CCP and MCSO have come down given the nature of the new crimes discovered. As I’ve said on other boards, the LFBC is just the tip of a very large iceberg of corruption. Americans will wonder if there is anyone left in government that they really can trust by the time this is over.

I know the LFBC is the focus for many of you, but the entire story will knock you socks off once it comes out.

As for Sheriff Arpaio, let me offer some advise from Holy Scripture:

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

In the meantime, as I face a long dry spell of no birther news, I console myself with the wisdom of the ancients:

Photo of fortune cookie

In case you didn’t hover over the Arpaio picture at the top of the article, the title is “Ventriloquist Mike Zullo operates lifelike Joe Arpaio dummy.”