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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
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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?

Ominous music

William (“Wilkie”) Fain has posted a trailer on YouTube titled “WFF3,” obviously in reference to Walter Francis Fitzpatrick III. I’m not sure whether the viewer is invited think that the World Wrestling Federation is being crossed with World War III, or just what. And what’s the bit about the orange screen with a black square and circle?

The main feature of the video, besides a little dialog from Walter Fitzpatrick that briefly recounts his attempt to arrest a Tennessee grand jury foreman, is the ominous music. I left the following comment on the video:

Since when can anybody off the street go and arrest someone they think has committed a crime? Exactly what criminal code section did this grand jury foreman allegedly violate?

Convicts say that the jails are full of “innocent” people. That’s what they say. For the rest of us, juries listen to the evidence and decide these things. Setting it to ominous music changes nothing.

I expect that it will get It was deleted.

Birther cop in Ferguson

The Americans Against the Tea Party have a couple of interesting videos up. The first shows citizens in Ferguson, Missouri, including CNN reporter Don Lemon, being pushed off the sidewalk by police. The officer involved has been identified as Dan Page, and Page is a birther—that is evident from the second video where Page says President Obama “was born in Kenya.” He doesn’t like blacks, Muslims and gays either.

Following the video, characterized by several news outlets as a “racist rant,” going viral on the Internet, Page was suspended from the St. Louis Police Department.

Mr. Page is being inducted into the Birthers from A to Z list.

Read more:

Arpaio: Can’t prove birth certificate fraud

Here’s an excerpted section from Arpaio’s July 31 interview at TruNews:

Bruce Walker: One last question, on the subject of your ongoing investigation of Mr. Obama’s identity issues. Is there anything new developing in that case?

Arpaio: Well, it’s not his identity. It’s the birth certificate, a document that we are convinced is a fraudulent document, government document. That’s all I’ve been launching an investigation, not where he came from, and we’re still working at that. When you have a crime, you like to know who committed it, so we’re still working it. It hasn’t gone anywhere. People think I dropped it, no—been working it for two and a half years, but you want to make sure you have the proper evidence.

Bruce Walker: There has been speculation that your team is close to identifying the individual who fabricated the birth certificate that was placed on the White House web  site.

Arpaio: You know, we have our ideas. I want to make sure we cross the t’s and be able to prove it. I know; I have my ideas. I can’t say it. I want to prove it. You know, we’re still working it; it’s not gone. We’ve come up with other sensitive situations that probably could be worse than the birth certificate, but once again, you gotta try to prove this—but nobody will take it anyway. I’ve talked to the whole world about having hearings and looking at this birth certificate. Nobody wants to talk. The media keeps covering up on it. I can’t believe this is happening in our country, that nobody wants to talk to us when we got evidence.

Bruce Walker: Do you foresee that the Department would issue a final report? Is there a possibility that there would be a referral to a grand jury for an indictment?

Arpaio: Well, we’re working on that. We’re trying to get somebody or some people interested in doing something, so a lot of options out there. But you know what? I’m the law-enforcing guy. I can’t prosecute. That’s up to prosecutors, or if Congress doesn’t want to look at it, should I turn it over to the Justice Department? I presume there would be a little conflict of interest there.

Bruce Walker: Pat Boone made a comment that he expects that some major announcement may be announced by September. Any possibility that this could happen by September?

Arpaio: Well, it’s the possibility. Really can’t… I’m not trying to play games, you know, this is a sensitive thing that we’re doing. I’m a sheriff, but I do have 30 years as a federal official in the Department of Justice, so I imagine I have a little credibility, not just some sheriff talking about it; I do have a background, and I guess we’re the only law enforcement agency in the United States that ever decided to look at this, or any law enforcement agency.

Bruce Walker: Well Sheriff, when you’re ready to make a statement, we will give you all the time you want to do it.

It sounds pretty much like what we have heard before except a confirmed possible for something in September.