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“The Joe Show” airs

imageI just finished watching Randy Murray’s documentary, The Joe Show, on the Investigation Discovery cable channel. This edited version contained most of the “birther thing” clip, plus two clips from Arpaio’s birther news conferences and one from a Tea Party meeting. We get to see Mike Zullo twice (unnamed). Arpaio’s campaign manager says the birther investigation brought in millions.

What I found most compelling in the entire piece was the deaths in the jail and the cruelty there. The section on the false arrest of political enemies was, in my opinion, bungled because it never said that the County had paid out millions to settle those lawsuits. That weakness may be the result of editing for television.

Many things that Arpaio and his people said seemed bizarre to me and I hope they will seem bizarre to the folks in Maricopa County.

If you missed the broadcast and still want to see it, The Joe Show is expected to be available through iTunes on December 16.

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Counter-editorial to the Sonoran News

The Sonoran News describes itself as “The Conservative Voice of Arizona,” a rather presumptuous title for a local newspaper, I think. All I can say for certain is that that they are certainly a birther voice in Arizona. A Cave Creek, Arizona, couple, Don and Shari Jo Sorchych, run the site, and apparently there is also a print version on alternate weeks. Some serious questions have been raised about the newspaper, for example:

Now the real question is, where does Don come up with the money to print 36,000 copies of that lousy newspaper and deliver it free of charge every other week when he doesn’t have the cash to pay Freeman for fixing up his driveway?

[That was supposed to be funny. For more on that see.]

The Sonoran News is notable to me for their long-time support for Terry Lakin, the birther military doctor who went to jail for disobeying orders in an attempt to create some sort of crisis that would expose Obama as an ineligible president. Lakin pled guilty, but many birthers still consider him a hero.

Now, the the Sonoran News has published a guest editorial by one Robert Quinn, titled “The man who stole America – Part Three.” The article may qualify the paper as “The Stupid Conservative Voice of Arizona.” Here’s the opening of the editorial:

Barack Obama uses anyone or anything to avoid revealing any document which would supposedly help prove he was eligible to seek the Presidency of America. Why he did this? He knew disclosure would reveal a deception beyond belief. He deliberately fought against producing a valid "Certificate of Live Birth" from Hawaii which should have confirmed he was born there and was a natural-born American citizen. He could have brought a divided Nation together. Instead, he chose lying, falsifying documents (including an ineligible "Certification of Live Birth" which he, a former Constitutional teacher, knew was an ineligible document for a presidential aspirant. The deception had begun!

So in order to avoid revealing his birth certificate, Barack Obama went so far as to release it with minimal prompting back in 2008, long before the election. Of course the “Certification of Live Birth” was the standard form of birth certificate in Hawaii in 2007 when Obama’s certified copy was issued. Quinn makes the nonsense assertion that a certification is not a certificate, and doubles down on this with this remarkable assertion:

Bill O’Reilly of Fox News claimed he saw a copy of Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate but had to retract that claim when told that what his team viewed was a fraudulent, ineligible copy of a "Certification of Live Birth", not of a "Certificate of Live Birth."

Quinn provides no references for anything, including this odd one:

That is why some Democratic representatives are trying to have a resolution passed which would permanently seal all Obama Presidential records from the Public eye.

He seems to be pretty confused, saying things like:

Georgia’s Federal Deputy Chief, Michael Maliki, subpoenaed Obama to appear in court with a valid birth certificate or suffer contempt of court.

The judge’s correct name is “Malihi,” and he is a state administrative law judge, not a “Federal Deputy Chief.” The judge didn’t issue the subpoena—Orly Taitz put Obama’s name on a blank form provided by the court. The judge didn’t quash the subpoena, but he did not order Obama to appear in court either—he had no jurisdiction to compel anyone from out of state to appear.

Finally, Quinn engages in the usual birther rant: “treason,” “robbing our freedom” and “media silence,” asking, “Is anyone going to stand up against the greatest deception in our Country’s history?” Well Robert Quinn is certainly standing up against the deception by writing a letter to the editor to an obscure newspaper, perhaps the only one in the country that would print it.

Robert Quinn has been added to “Birthers A to Z.”

Obama’s fake fake Columbia ID

Some idiot at USA Today named Melanie Eversley wrote about a series of tweets on Ebola from idiot Donald Trump yesterday, including a reference to this one:

Readers probably know that the name Barry Soetoro appears on a 1968 Obama school registration entry from Indonesia, when he was living with his mother and step father Lolo Soetoro. The idiotic thing was how the reporter explained the Sotoro reference:

In one [tweet], he made reference to the name Barry Soetoro, which appears on Obama’s Columbia University identification card.

Even birthers know that the Columbia student ID with the Soetoro name is a fake. Gerbil Report™ said in response to the USA Today story:

the Columbia University ID card floating around the internet with Obama’s picture and name Barry Soetoro on it is without a doubt a fake.

So I tweeted in response:

 

Will USA Today issue a correction?

Birthers’ basket case

Santilli loose on the White House lawn?

Mike Volin was on the Pete Santilli radio show a few days ago. A YouTube video has part of the show, and a discussion. From the show:

Santilli: I’m going to offer this to Mike Zullo, all right? Do you believe, based on the information you have on your web site, the investigation that Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse has investigated, do you believe that right now, that if you were to put everything into a basket, OK, or a brief case, that there is enough information, set aside “willing to” or “not willing to,” set that aside. Is there enough information right now that could get Barack Obama arrested if we apply the law, that he has broken the law and he needs to go behind bars, and of course in a court of law all this evidence needs to be presented. But is there enough evidence to throw him in jail?

Mike Volin: Absolutely, beyond any shadow of a doubt.

Fox NewsSantilli: OK, here’s what I am going to offer up to you. You ready? You can do this. I could call up Mike Zullo and offer this. I’m not going to. OK? I’m going to put out a challenge to Mike Zullo and Sheriff Arpaio. With the assistance of law enforcement, if they have information right now that shows that Barack Obama has committed fraud, has perpetrated fraud upon the American people, tell him I’ll meet him in front of the White House and I will volunteer with them, with with the assistance of law enforcement and the United States Marine Corps and the Secret Service, I will jump over, with the assistance of course of law enforcement, lawful and constitutional, of the front fence of the White House and go in there and deliver that information of course they probably will just let me go. They won’t stop me, of course. But if there’s enough evidence, OK, that he’s broken the law, I would be prepared in order to bring this to the American people. I’ll live stream it, if Zullo will meet me out front. I’m not going to wait until an election. If he wants to meet me, I’ll jump on a flight, right now and I will meet him in front of the White House, on principal, on law, on Constitutionality, and with the help of law enforcement, with the military, with the Secret Service, with the Department of Justice, all of those people, I’d volunteer do that. And if they want to arrest me, I’ll bring evidence to court to show that I am justified in doing so, on behalf of the people of the United States of America. Will you get that information to Mike Zullo?

This is what I heard in all of that. Pete Santilli, unwilling to stand for election, has made himself the representative of the American people, and has offered to lead a military coup against the President of the United States. While he talks about “Constitutionality,” he totally ignores the Constitution in several ways. He ignores the fact that our Founders set up a system of checks and balances, and it is the Congress of the United States that the Constitution assigns the power to remove a President upon conviction for “high crimes.” It is not assigned to the military, the Secret Service, the Justice Department, law enforcement or some talk show host. The second major unconstitutional flaw is in the Bill of Rights (part of the Constitution):

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger…

It is the opinion of prior US Attorneys General that a sitting President cannot be indicted or arrested for a crime. To allow that would impede the functioning of government and violate the separation of powers under the Constitution.

Santilli just wants to jump over the fence with his information. Of course Santilli would be arrested just like any other fruit cake who tries such a stunt. Santilli would never have the opportunity to present any of his birther “information” before the court because it is irrelevant to the crime of violating the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. Who made Pete Santilli the representative of the American people? I seem to recall that Barack Obama is the one elected President.

Canadian Conspiracy Show meets the Birthers

OK, I haven’t watched this video beyond the first minute where it says:

His presidency became mired in controversy when researchers and political opponents alleged that Obama was not eligible…

spoken over images of Mitt Romney, Donald Trump and John McCain, two of whom never in any way questioned Obama’s eligibility.

That was enough to tell me that, like the typical UFO cable TV documentary, this isn’t meant to present the facts accurately and in context. The video features three birthers and one “skeptic.” The birthers are Mario Apuzzo, Phil Berg and Karl Denninger (an early crank image analyst that I have mostly ignored). The skeptic is Allenna Leonard, billed as “Committee Chair of Democrats Abroad Canada.”

I have had some indecision about how to present the video. I could embed it from the Canadian site, but I don’t know if that is fair use. So here are two links:

  1. Web page with video embedded and discussion forum (video has advertising)
  2. Link to raw video

Arpaio’s millions

I now have a direct quote from Randy Murray, director and executive producer of the new feature documentary, The Joe Show, explaining the cryptic hint I made in my recent article, “’The Joe Show’ reaches the theater.” So here it is:

In the third act of our feature documentary, "The Joe Show," we show a series of events in the lead-up to the 2012 election, including a very entertaining sequence on the Birther issue and its impact on the Sheriff’s reelection efforts.  Without giving away too much, it is clear that the Sheriff’s decision to publicly pursue the legitimacy of President Obama’s birth certificate was designed to generate a major windfall for the campaign.  The Sheriff says, "You’ll get more money than you will know what to do with."  His campaign manager later says, "It has literally meant millions of dollars to his campaign."  While shooting portions of these segments, dollar amounts were casually talked about in my presence, giving me the impression that up to seven million dollars could have been attributed to the fundraising campaign tied to the Birther issue. These scenes add to the powerful "behind the curtain" experience of this film.

Randy Murray, Director, The Joe Show

This estimate is larger than the one from Jake Adams, campaign manager for Arpaio’s opponent in the 2012 election, Paul Penzone. Adams said in a comment here at Obama Conspiracy Theories:

We can beat Joe and his $4 million raised from birthers across the country.

That comment was made in July of 2012 when Arpaio’s reported total fundraising as of May 31 stood at $6.8 million. By the time the general election was over, total receipts by the Arpaio campaign had topped $8.4 million, according to official campaign disclosures.

It would seem to me that for any of these estimates to be possible, there must be some way to tie a particular donation to the birther issue. My question is whether there were any fundraising activities specifically targeting birthers, or promotional material mentioning the birther issue? How would someone go about targeting birthers (beyond advertising on birther web sites)? Are there birther email lists floating around?