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Doc gets a shout out @ Peter Boyles show

Peter Boyles smiling photoThanks to Loren for a note about my brief mention on the Peter Boyles (pictured right) KNUS radio show yesterday. There we learn that “cats walk by themselves.” Then Boyles got into his Obama sweet spot. The guest was Alan Jones (followed later by Terry Lakin).

Jones has a degree in “interdisciplinary studies” and worked as a stock broker. He says that he got interested in the Obama topic through writing about Terry Lakin.

Jones experienced what I have also experienced, writing something on the Wikipedia only to have it quickly reverted (undone) by someone else. In his case, he was trying unsuccessfully to create a main entry for Terry Lakin. I note that there is now in the Wikipedia a section on Terry Lakin in the Barack Obama Presidential Eligibility Litigation article, as well as a main article on the Court-martial of Terry Lakin.1 When I had problems getting material into the Wikipedia, I worked to understand the Wikipedia rules, did a better job of sourcing the material, and ultimately got my change in. Jones had a different perception:

That’s when I realized that there are operatives out there, whose job is to make sure that the story of Barack Obama does not get out. I then went on to start writing for the Washington Times community where I broke a number of stories…

One of those articles was about what he perceived as a scheme to dispose of microfilm copies of Obama’s selective service records, a theory I responded to 2012.

At about 11 minutes into the interview, I got a mention:

And it’s interesting now that you bring up the concept of attack dog [in reference to Mother Jones and Media Matters] there’s this self-appointed expert out there named Dr. Conspiracy [Jones: “yep”] that’s not a doctor of anything. His name is Kevin Davidson, and he runs a web site in which he is the attack dog that attacks anyone who dares to question the official narrative of Obama’s [two talking over each other]. Well if you look into his background, he’s actually been a fraud prevention committee member at the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems.2

This is an outfit called NAPHSIS. Well do you know who was recently appointed President of NAPHSIS in 2008?3 A guy named Dr. Alvin Onaka…. I find it very curious that Dr. Conspiracy is connected to the organization that was headed by Dr. Onaka.

Boyles then goes on to mention Eleanor Nordyke and Jones says:

Back in, I think it was 2012, she came out of the woodwork, nobody had ever heard of her, and she reached out to the media and actually was published in a very radical media organization called the Women’s [inaudible] that was set up by Jane Fonda…

Of course the more knowledgeable of us will remember that there was a feature article on her in the Honolulu Advertiser way back in 2008.

I think Alan Jones would have literally exploded if he had known that I am the one who created the Wikipedia Article on Alvin T. Onaka. :shock:

1It makes sense that Terry Lakin shouldn’t have an article since he is personally not notable except for his court-martial, and that already has an article. The concept of “notable” is sort of like “standing” in that you have to take some effort to understand it well.

2To look into my background in this instance means to read my web site.

3Onaka was NAPHSIS president in 2002-4.

The woman who saw Obama in the hospital

It was 2011 when CNN went to Hawaii to investigate Obama’s birth certificate. The esteemed commenter on this blog Whatever4 left a comment and  link to the video below. I never wrote about it, but it’s just this great historical piece that shows that the Media wasn’t ignoring the birth certificate question; they were investigating and reporting on it.

It’s well worth taking the time to watch.


Hawaii did not have a separate tabulation for black people in 1961. The smallest category separately tabulated was Korean, with 149 Korean fathers and 169 Korean mothers (with 44 of those births to 2 Korean parents). Taking the smaller of those two numbers (minus 1) as a possible number of black parents, we would get 296 total black-appearing babies born that year. On most days, a Hawaiian hospital, even the busiest one, would not have a black child.

The Fascist Socialist Kenyan Muslim Libtard President

That’s the title of an article by journalist and author Walter Brasch in Op Ed News that highlights the extreme comments made by some against Barack Obama beginning with the infamous tweet by Rep. Weber (R-TX):

Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn’t do it for the right reasons.

Oh, and he mentions birthers too. He’s speaking my language when he says:

When not attacking the President, the right-wing attacks liberals, who are believed to be the earthly incarnation of the Devil. To the extreme right-wing, liberals are DemocRATS, DIMocrats, and libtards. The left-wing merely shakes their heads at such juvenile terminology.

Give it a look.

Birther Erik Rush to host Volin show tonight

Erik Rush joined the list of Birthers from A to Z at spot 359 today. Rush is an African-American writer and columnist for WorldNetDaily, who also hosts a streaming radio program, Erik Rush: Full Contact, from his web site. He does not like Barack Obama.

Rush guest-hosted Mike Volin’s Where’s Obama’s Birth Certificate show a year ago. On that show Rush questioned the use of the term “birther” to apply to a wide range of people, only some of whom believe Barack Obama was born in Kenya. Rush operates in the ambiguous area of the doubter, who would discount the official statements of the State of Hawaii that state unambiguously that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and say that they don’t know where he was born. That’s another way of saying something that I am sure Rush would not mind me putting in his mouth: Obama’s birth narrative is dubious.

I personally have no respect for someone who hides behind doubt language in order to cover up something darker, and we know that Rush is in dark territory based on what he said on that December 14, 2013, broadcast:

We have a birth certificate that was obviously forged.

That makes him a birther by any reasonable definition.

In any case, Rush will be hosting the Volin show again tonight, January 9, 2014, at 8 PM US Eastern Time. There is supposed to be an update on the mailing of Sheriff’s Kits.

Read more:

  • Erik Rush – Encyclopedia of American Loons

Troll hunter

imageThere is an interesting-sounding Swedish TV series called “Toll Hunter.” The show tracks down Internet trolls and confronts them on camera. Now that’s my kind of reality TV.

A new story in the MIT Technology Review by Adrian Chen talks about the show and also journalistic efforts to expose racists in high places through their anonymous Internet comments. It talks about the tension this creates between free speech and privacy.

It is generally no longer acceptable in public life to hurl slurs at women or minorities, to rally around the idea that some humans are inherently worth less than others, or to terrorize vulnerable people. But old-school hate is having a sort of renaissance online, and in the countries thought to be furthest beyond it. The anonymity provided by the Internet fosters communities where people can feed on each other’s hate without consequence. They can easily form into mobs and terrify victims. Individual trolls can hide behind dozens of screen names to multiply their effect.

The story of how the Discus commenting system was reverse-engineered to disclose real email addresses was particularly interesting.1

I’m interested in what readers here think about the ethics of private citizens or journalists using legal technical means to determine the identities of anonymous posters on the Internet, and then publishing the results. What if we were talking about birthers at Birther Report, or commenters here?

I recommend the article.

1Disqus was including an MD5 hash of the real email address a part of the information provided by its public API (intended for use by Gravatar). All one had to do was to take a known email address (and lots of email addresses are known), and compare their MD5 hash to the one reported by Disqus. According to Disqus, the MD5 hash is no longer provided by the API.