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Life after birtherism: Sharon Meroni

Sharon Meroni (aka Chalice Jackson) was an early birther who through lawsuits in Illinois and her Patriots Heart Network, challenged Obama’s eligibility. Even back then, Meroni claimed massive vote fraud in Illinois in the 2008 election.

These days, she runs the web site “” that focuses on election fraud issues, and again invokes the legal process, most recently a complaint under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). Her latest article is “SUCCESS! New Early Voting Procedures in Chicago.”

The integrity of elections is an important issue, and proper audit trails (which Meroni says were not in place for early voted ballots) are essential to public confidence in the voting process.

I had a haircut today, and my barber thanked me for serving as a poll manager in his precinct during the November 4 election. He expressed concern about whether his votes were counted properly, and I was able to tell him how the audit trails worked in our state and I think he was assured after that—but the other barber then said, “so we really elected Obama twice?” That was a landmine I didn’t want to step on, so I just replied: “not in South Carolina.” This anecdote reinforces the idea that some segment of the population doesn’t trust vote tabulation.

I only scanned the Defend the Vote site quickly, and wouldn’t want to characterize it, but some of the things I did see were what I would describe as “unscientific.” While I share concerns over the integrity of voting systems, I think that those concerns will not be answered by the level of expertise we see in the birthers. I think the best minds can solve the problems, but the worst minds can foul it up if they get to make the laws.

“Seperating” the men from the birthers

I was pretty young when I a read a work of youth fiction in which one of the characters explained to another a spelling memory trick: “There is ‘a rat’ in ‘separate.’” This was the beginning of my life-long attention to the misspelling of that particular word, and why I noticed it tonight in a comment at US Message Board from someone named Steve_McGarrett. The comment, which I will cite below, was mentioned by Dave B. in a comment here.

Mike Zullo has been fully trained by the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office under the powers granted to Sheriff Arpaio by the Arizona Constitution. He is well qualified and has ALL the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office resouces at his disposal, including their attorneys. Also Arpaio opened up a second criminal investigation a year ago appointing two full time detectives from the department. This is why the posse hasnt asked for donations anymore in many months.The second criminal investigation is what has delayed revealing all of the new posses evidence they collected since the second press conference. Once the 2nd investigation wraps they will hold two seperate conferences announcing their findings.

Misspelling “separate” isn’t the only problem with that post, but I thought it might be useful as an indicator as to whether this Steve McGarrett person is actually Mike Zullo, or some other identifiable birther. The misspelling of “separate” seems to be a Steve McGarrett trait, appearing again from him at US Message Board last April here:

That prompted Arpaio to officially open a new second criminal case indirectly seperate from the birth certificate evidence and he appointed two full time seasoned detectives from the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office to pursue criminal leads across the country working with other law enforcement agencies. Zullo stated the press conference in Phoenix will be a international event that will reveal what they’ve uncovered and Zullo stated it will be ‘Universe Shattering’ that will affect the nation. I’ve been monitoring this case for months and I believe they have uncovered hard copy evidence of Obama’s true birth status and that he went to college as a foreigner and the players who all covered it up.

I used the Google search engine, combining various birther keywords with “seperate,” to see what happened. Here is an interesting result from Birther Report from a commenter named Joe Mannix, who is widely thought to be Mike Zullo:

Mr. Zullo is not a liar. Hawaii had their own seperate code manual prior to becoming a state. Verna K. Lee verified she used those codes. The CCP also has in possession two Hawaiian birth certificates from 1961 that reveal that the term ‘Negro’ was used for black babies instead of the term ‘African’.

Here’s one by Britt Reid last April at City Data (a site where “Joe McGarrett” has also posted):

Good morning ladies and gentlemen, this is Britt Reid of the Surprise TEA Party here in beautiful Sun City West, AZ. Maricopa County Sheriffs Office Cold Case Posse lead investigator Mike Zullo yesterday gave an update on what is going on with their investigation into Obama. It is apparent they are being precise and serious and the ball is fixing to drop on Obama that will shake the nation to its core. They have been working around the clock diligently but what will be revealing is what the seperate new criminal investigation by the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office will produce. Here is the update by patriot Mike Zullo.

“paralegalnm” (Leonard Daneman) had an entry from 2011 over at Apuzzo’s blog:

The Aug-8-1961 registrar date stamp is a completely seperate bit of artwork added in its own layer.

“Michelle” made the error multiple times commenting at the Citizen Wells site:

It has also been brought to our attention Bauer and Pelosi issued 2 seperate sets of Certifications of Nomination-complete language change in one set. No back up documentation provided. The COLB is backed-up by thin air. The way the media reports the issue, they act as if they have seen documentation, which we all know does not exist. They are editorializing when they should be reporting, is someone holding a machine gun to their heads?

Even our own resident birther john got in the act:

It appears that RC did not use “real” date and signature stamps and they essentially were part of the paper. I know that the CCP used a “real” date stamp to make sure that date stamp was seperate independent element and not part of the paper. As for the signature, stamp the neither the CCP or RC had Alvin Onaka’s stamp handy. But in any event, RC’s Onaka signature stamp is only partially lifted where the Obama’s BC, the entire stamp is lifted.

I don’t know that much was discovered in this short investigation. It may well be that similar style and subject matter plus the spelling error leads to a possible association between Steve McGarrett and Britt Reid. And before I close, I should acknowledge that my search found non-birther commenters here who made the same spelling error. :oops:

The encyclopedia of broken birther promises

He will soon be exposed for th phony he is and will be dragged from th Oval Office in chains!

You sick, twisted people will be held accountable for what you have done to this country!

– Heavy
Comment at Obama Conspiracy Theories, March 3, 2009

Heavy was a prolific commenter on this site in the early days, and it was a running gag how often he used the word “soon.” A commenter today offered another remembrance that I selected as today’s quote of the day (the day after the midterm elections):

Between now and the midterms, shocking revelations will be brought forward by Sheriff Joe.

– Mark Gillar
Twitter, April 5, 2014

Another commenter suggested a compilation, so I am offering a crowd sourced opportunity to build such a collection, which I will edit into a Feature page here on the site. My thoughts are that entries in the Encyclopedia should:

  • Be by an identifiable person
  • Be a prediction that could reasonably be said not to have proven right
  • Have the date the prediction was made
  • Have an Internet link to the quote

We’ll see how it goes.

The gift that keeps on sucking

So Mike Zullo is exposed as a liar who took money from one of the sources in his investigation. That’s bad for Zullo, right? No, it was a gift. This comment appeared on Gerbil Report™ from “sho”:

CBS may have just given a gift to Zullo / Team Arpaio.

You can follow the link if you’re interesting in the tortured explanation that follows. I tried to summarize it, but just couldn’t find anything to say that made sense.

This “gift” concept seems to be the birthers’ latest approach to making lemons into lemonade, and snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. We saw the same from Carl Gallups when he addressed Brian Reilly’s damning revelations:

We have been monitoring him for the last eight months, and on that broadcast, Mr. Reilly gave me a gift:  we have been waiting for him to come off of an internet broadcast and finally do the slanderous hit-job that he did on public airwaves.

Describing the total discrediting of all the birther birth certificate image forgery claims through replication of their “anomalies” in a real scan using a Xerox machine Mark Gillar said in a comment:

Finally, the Xerox 7655 has been a gift. Giving the CCP the ability to determine exactly which anomalies were and were not produced by the Xerox 7655 has been a blessing.

The great prediction

There are two predictions, actually, currently circulating among the birthers, but they both focus on the same event, Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017. Some birthers say that Obama will leave office before that day through the vindication of their beliefs about his eligibility (this is the “any day now” “frog marched out of the White House” faction), and others say Obama will not leave office on that day at all, but will try to stay in office beyond his term by manufacturing some kind of crisis. The “crisis” has been variously identified as an economic crisis, a terrorist crisis or as one Gerbil Report™ commenter named SMACK put it in Burma Shave sign form: EBOLA / THE PERFECT EXCUSE / FOR MARTIAL LAW / BANK.

Political commentator and conspiracy theorist, James Henry Fetzer, says:

The situation with Ebola is very strange indeed, because there are multiple indications that it’s some kind of fraud or hoax or scam being perpetrated on the American people. …

“There’s good reason to be skeptical about what’s going on here in the United States. And I am terribly troubled that they are trying to create a cause that is going to instill fear into the American people to justify imposing martial law here in the United States.

Fetzer doesn’t state a purpose for martial law in the US, but he does say that sending US Troops to Africa is being done to further US corporate interests. An alternate theory is that Ebola is real and Obama wants to punish America for slavery in its past. That was articulated by birther litigant and talk show host Dr. Laurie Roth in her article, “Vaccinations, Martial Law, Millions of Deaths on their Way”:

And what is the purpose of all this disease, lack of protection and border security??? It appears to be potentially the “full meal deal” for Obama and his goals. 1) Establish over the next few years mindless, dependent and UN-American foreign voters and supporters for Obama and his goals. 2) Punish America for her achievements by riddling her with diseases and maiming her children. 3) Create a guise to declare martial law due to created outbreaks. Control speech, food, travel and health care. 4) Demand adults and children take some sort of mandated/mystery vaccination that kills off even more people.

My prediction is that a forced vaccination plan from Obama and his administration is on its way. This will not only allow someone put in control (so Obama can’t be blamed) to release something potentially fatal into our system, but also act as a tracker — the complete end of our privacy and freedom.

David Hodges of “The Common Sense Show” expands on this theme in his article “The PSYOPS of the Coming EBOLA Genocide (Part 1)”:

It matters not if its Ebola that is going to rip through the country like a Tsunami coming ashore, or, whether it is the hastily prepared soon-to-be vaccines that are soon going to be thrust among us which will potentially devastate our collective  immune systems [not out precious bodily fluids?]. To those who are still debating if the Ebola crisis is a false flag, you are wasting time and you are causing the public to take their eye off of the ball. Does it matter if the Ebola is an instrument of oppression or it will be the vaccine that serves this purpose? The full or partial spread of Ebola is a prerequisite condition for the roll out of mandatory vaccines. Both Ebola and the subsequent vaccines are like “love and marriage”, as Frank Sinatra once said, “You can’t have one without the other”!

And if death from Ebola weren’t bad enough, some such as Kit Daniels at InfoWars have suggested, that “Gun confiscations” are “plausible government responses to an Ebola outbreak in America.” (You can find an abundance of other examples of this with search keywords like “Ebola martial law” and “medical martial law.”)

For the purposes of this article, it is the staying in office motive that is relevant, and that can be found in the article “Obama’s Disease-Infected America” by Mychal Massie published in WorldNetDaily on October 13.

I do not believe it was empty rhetoric when Dr. Ben Carson told Fox News host Chris Wallace that “there might not actually be elections in 2016. …” Carson did not specifically mention a pandemic of disease as the reason for same, stating instead the possibility of economic disaster and ISIS. I say, what could be more economically devastating than a disease pandemic and martial law to prevent a run on banks and to allow government-controlled media blackouts?

I will conclude with this image from the Infiltrated Nation web site:

Of course we can just wait until January 20, 2017 and see what happens, whether the birthers (and other right wing conspiracists) are vindicated or proven wrong. There is no satisfaction in that because they will have moved on to something else.

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Birtherism as “make believe”

Over the years, I have attempted to find models to help me understand birthers. There are learned papers on the subject of conspiracy theory from the disciplines of history, psychology and political science. (Some of those are linked in my bookmarks, and some of the books are listed among the recommended one on the sidebar.)

Today as I was replying a comment at Gerbil Report™ about anti-birthers (Obots) who they say are now working with Mike Zullo and providing him with valuable information, I felt a sense of déjà vu. This was the comment from FatherTime (grammar errors in the original):

I’ve been watching this all day and I find it funny how Dr. C comes out first to challenge that no Obot has flip. Of all the Obots it was Dr. C.

I didn’t know but I have heard our good Dr. C was the one who flip but I’m sure he don’t want his follower Obots to know this. He also protest too much if he had not flip with his Challenged.

I may not have known before but now I’m sure Dr. C is the one who flip. Now I want to know who the other Obot is?

Upon reflection, the sense of familiarity comes from my early childhood, from fantasy games we played. They were so very much like the comments at Birther Report (albeit BR is much nastier than any kids I ever knew). These games consisted of some kind of fantasy scenario (army men, cowboys and Indians, Zorro) where we made up the story as we went along. In these stories we would sometimes dispute things, things completely contained within our completely made-up scenario. Sometimes we could get very angry in these disputes.  Birthers play games like army men, Perry Mason and CSI. We didn’t call them “role playing games” back then; our term was “make believe.”

The test of a model is whether it is predictive and whether actually provides value. I have a feeling that I’m going to have more peace of mind dealing with birthers at BR if I view them as adult children playing make believe.