In a story that sounds just too good [that is, bad] to be true, Orly Taitz says that it will. Recall that Taitz has a string of lawsuits against the executive branch to obtain Social Security records she thinks will prove Obama is using someone else’s SSN. She is also suing the Postal Service to get information about Obama’s Selective Service filing done at a post office in Hawaii. Orly says in a press release [links to Taitz web site] that she got a phone call from “Daniel Van Horn, Chief of Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice” saying that the DOJ would seek an extension of time to reply in the Taitz v. Donahoe case because of the shutdown. Donahoe is the Postmaster General.
Taitz seems to be a bit more careful after been the victim of a string of hoaxes, at least noting and reporting the phone number that called her. The story sounds fishy for a several reasons. First, it doesn’t seem likely to me for the Chief of the Civil Division to be making phone calls in a pissant lawsuit such as Taitz v. Donahoe. The second is the rather remarkable alleged disclosure that material submitted by Taitz had “disappeared” from the DOJ mail room (the kind of thing Taitz claims a lot but seems unlikely). Daniel Van Horn is more precisely the Chief of the Civil Division for the US Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia, but the phone number Taitz reports doesn’t tie back to the US Attorney’s office. I did a reverse phone number lookup on it, and it went to Fannie Mae (The Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA)!
Let’s play silly for a minute. Who do we know that is an Obama supporter, and the former head of Fannie Mae? None other than the venerable James A. Johnson, identified by Jerome Corsi as Obot and Fogbow poster Jimbot, aka neonzx. Re-entering the real world, I point out the word “former,” and of course JimBot is not the same person anyway.
I am painfully aware of my own confirmation bias when looking at an allegation to spot a hoax. I have an uninformed opinion about how the DOJ works and who would call whom that I use to make a decision. The phone number lookup could be unreliable. Still I was able to pile up enough points to tag this article “Punking the Birthers.”
Thanks to commenter Joe for the tip. You can read the text from the Taitz article in his comment moved below.
This article has been updated to indicate that Donahoe is the Postmaster General, and that the suit against the Postal Service is related to Obama’s Selective Service application.
I support the right of anonymous speech, and that’s a longstanding policy on this blog. It’s an application of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you—that particular formulation is from Jesus, but all of the worlds’ major religions include s similar principle.1 Before I retired, I was very concerned about my blogging here bleeding over into my job because several of my former company’s customers were state vital statistics agencies. And while I never had anything bad to say about those agencies (for whom I had high regard), it is still easy for something to be misunderstood or misrepresented. I want for people on both sides of the birther question to be able to speak their minds freely without having to look over their shoulders at work, or with family and friends. Sometimes the ability to freely express an opinion requires doing it anonymously. In my way of thinking, personal privacy usually outweighs telling every detail of a story.
Some don’t share my values
Both birthers and Obots have engaged in exposés of the other. I even got a shout out from Jerome Corsi in a 2011 article at World Net Daily. Certainly there is some aspect of revenge or intimidation in some of it. For some of the birthers, outing Obots is a contribution to the complexity of their conspiracy narrative. Some think that knowing the real name of the “demon” gives power over it.
Men in Black Suits
The essay preceding didn’t come out of thin air; it was prompted by the recent publication by Orly Taitz of a FOIA request to the IRS about several things, one a lawyer working for the IRS who went to see one of Orly Taitz’ court appearances (there was a sign-in sheet that Orly got from the court in spite of objections, and then published). Taitz is demanding under FOIA the time cards for this attorney to see if that person was being paid by the government for the time spent attending the hearing and saying critical things about Taitz on the Internet. Of course Orly is much more specific about the identity of this person on her web site than I. Now I don’t think that Orly Taitz is trying to intimidate the attorney—Orly doesn’t have enough comprehension of other peoples’ feelings to come up with that. I think revenge against the Obots is probably the motivation, or perhaps a twisted idea of self defense.
Commenter donna mentioned this article at the Taitz web site, but when I went looking, it was not there:
It was once there [Google cached version, Before it’s News reprint]. It was a letter of support from the “East Oakland Counsel of Conservative Citizens.” They have a novel theory about why President Obama is ineligible:
We at the East Oakland chapter have been following your case for several years, and we agree that we have the wrong president; he’s ineligible and should be brought to justice. Anyone with any sense can see that just by looking at this impostor.
And lest there be any question about where they are coming from:
It would have been obvious to anyone who viewed the elections of 2008 and 2012, that Obama is a shill for other, more evil powers, and has been inserted in power to advance the goals of those who would institute a truly anti-American multicultural government who will work against the European heritage that we at COCC believe will tear apart this country even more than we’ve seen since the Obama “presidency” began.
So the COCC offered some fund raising, and to send a busload of supporters to Taitz’ court hearing on April 22 in the Grinols case, describing it as a trial and saying that people showing up will influence the Court.
All of that said, the article in question is gone, zapped and erased; it is an ex-article. Now the question is “why?” Could it be that he East Oakland Counsel of Conservatives Citizens never existed? Is this rather one in a long string of attempts to punk Orly Taitz? Is it real, but Orly Taitz upon reflection decided she didn’t want their support? Is it just a technical glitch, or something entirely different?
The article says that the East Bay Bible Church is the COCC meeting place. Is this photo from the church’s Facebook page a clue?
Not finding anything on the web about the “East Oakland Council of Conservative Citizens, ” nor about Taitz’ title variant, “East Oakland Counsel for Conservative Citizens” except as derived from her article, I’d say it was a fake.
Punking the birthers – priceless
In a mass email [link to Taitz web site] to her fans (and to some not fans) Orly Taitz cites a Pulse Opinion Research poll showing her in the lead over all other Republican Senate candidates, but trailing “Not sure” and of course trailing incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein, whose debate coordinator, Sef Greene, said in an email:
It looks like you may end up being the California Republican nominee for Senate in the November general election. While I understand that you wanted to set up some debates before the June primary, this would have been inappropriate given the large field of candidates.
However if, as anticipated, you do become the Republican candidate, I would like to set up three debates to be televised by three major television stations. The debates would take place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.Our campaign would suggest evening debates at 18:00 in order to capture a higher percentage of viewers.
However, there are conditions and one of those is “no Obama eligibility” talk. What should Orly do? This has to be a sore trial for Orly Taitz who wouldn’t be in politics if it weren’t for Obama.
I gotta’ stop laughing so I can type
Before I start, I want to state for the record that I have no inside information whatever on this topic. Everything used in writing this article is from WorldNetDaily, and that makes it all the more ironic.
Jerome Corsi has written four articles at WND outing (or claiming to out) some anonymous birthers. The first was: Meet ‘PJ Foggy,’ birth certificate fraudster: Disbarred attorney organized ‘birther punking’ scheme about an Internet writer named Bill Bryan (AKA Foggy). WND says Foggy sent (but did not create) an Obot-created fake birth certificate on a flash drive to Orly Taitz’s investigator Neil Sankey, with the intent that she would jump to the conclusion that it was real and look foolish when the certificate was exposed as a prank, and indeed within 5 days Taitz filed this anonymous image in a lawsuit, never mind that the form was from South Australia, not Kenya, and that she had never seen a paper copy. Jerome Corsi wrote about this back in mid June.
Rikker was the second Obot to be identified at WorldNetDaily. I don’t know if the identification is accurate, but according to Jerome Corsi, Rikker is “Foggy’s sidekick.” More on Rikker later.
Corsi’s third article dealt with an Internet poster named “JimBot” whom WND says is also “neonzx.” A couple of years ago neonzx posted a message on the PolitiJab forum saying that Ed Hale (Plains Radio) had “outed” JimBot and posted a URL pointing to a newspaper article about James A. Johnson, a former chairman of Fannie Mae (pictured right). Based on nothing more than a statement “Ed outed jimbot” and a URL from an pseudonymous Internet commenter, Jerome Corsi spun out a story about the former Fannie Mae chairman running an army of Obots from Pennsylvania avenue. It was bizarre, but the birthers ate it up like Orly Taitz ate up the fake birth certificate Foggy sent her.
I really thought that WND would wise up in a day or so and quietly make this article disappear. Wrong!
According to WND, Foggy is a fellow who likes to create trouble among the birthers, and is not above trying to fool them. So, pray tell, why in the world would Jerome Corsi and WorldNetDaily go way out on a limb taking a comment from Bill Bryan (Foggy) on their own web site and turning it into a major new article claiming confirmation of their story that JimBot was really Chairman Johnson? The only answer is that a birther true believer will believe anything, even from an Obot, if it promotes their conspiracy theories! My confirmation bias meter has exploded!
So try to get your arms around this: Jerome Corsi takes the word of a known hoaxer as confirmation for a crazy story (that originated from a man who claims to have shot Big Foot). Now to demonstrate confirmation bias: among the comments where WND found Foggy’s “confirmation” Rikker (the second Obot “outed” by WND) says categorically that WND has misidentified JimBot. Why did WND not consider this negative evidence? They probably were too biased to see it.
The Reality Check Radio program I was on last week had a visit from JimBot (whose youthful voice really doesn’t sound like that of a 67-year-old man) and to keep up appearances, Foggy and RC were fawning all over JimBot and calling him “boss” to keep up the charade. I even played along by asking “where’s my check?” (I’ve been using this running joke for a long time, since nobody pays me to blog about the birthers. It’s like folks who do unpaid volunteer work saying they want their salary “doubled.”) But it’s all a joke. Here’s the show if you’re interested. I think JimBot comes in around 54:50.
WorldNetDaily has been punked. Of course in the Birtherverse, they’ll probably never realize it.
But how do I know for sure that Corsi has been punked and why am I laughing? That’s the tricky part. You see, I have connected the dots and figured out the real name of JimBot, and it isn’t Chairman Johnson. Since it is the strict policy of this web site not to identify people using anonymous names in the Internet, I am not going to disclose it (and none of you commenters say it either, or you will find yourselves in moderation hell faster than you can say “certification of live birth”); besides, I would like to give WorldNetDaily more rope to tangle themselves up in. I will give you one huge hint: Obots don’t lie.