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Birthers punk themselves

I dropped by Birther Report this morning to read an article about “Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Startling New Evidence,” an article that had nothing from Sheriff Joe at all (these titles must be some kind of subliminal mind control trick). A comment by William starting, “Something every American should consider with Obots” caught my eye because it claimed that no Obot had ever filed a FOIA for Obama’s records. Readers here know I’ve filed several. Reading on I found something else in that comment by William that I replied to:

William: “Why do the Main Obots personally meet and coordinate fabrication of false documents to send to Courts and Attorneys with a direct attempt to obfuscate discovery of Obama, then brag about it?”

I replied:

Anti-birthers meet because they are an interesting group and enjoy each other’s company. I’ve been to two of the Obot meetups personally and it’s been a very good experience. These folks are intelligent and have fascinating personal stories.

Some anti-birthers get their fun from demonstrating that birthers are credulous and easily fooled–punking the birthers. Personally, I don’t find such things very challenging. Birthers fool themselves with fake documents without our help, and there is no reason for folks like me to add to the confusion. My chosen creative expression tends towards satire. I am not aware of any anti-birther ever sending a fake document to any court. Fakes, such as the fake Bomford Kenyan birther certificate were sent to Orly Taitz who irresponsibly filed it with a court, even though she had no knowledge of even where it came from. Phil Berg even filed in federal court a fake Canadian birth certificate for Obama signed by “Dudley Do Right!”

Now, shall we go through the list of fake documents from birthers (either created by them or used by them as authentic)?

  • (2) Fake Kenyan National Intelligence Service letters
  • Grandmother tape, edited to remove statement that Obama was born in Hawaii
  • Lucas Smith Fake Kenyan birth Certificate
  • Lucas Smith fake Kenyan extradition complaint
  • Zullo’s fake 1960-61 Race Code table
  • Daily Pen doctored vital statistics report
  • Photo of Obama’s grandparents with Obama Photoshopped out (published by Jack Cashill)
  • Nude photos intentionally and falsely identified as Obama’s mother
  • Fake photo of Obama wearing rubber suit
  • 2 fake John McCain birth certificates (from McCain birthers)
  • Fake Welcome to Kenya birthplace of Barack Obama road sign
  • Fake birth certificate anomalies by TechDude
  • Fake Hawaiian birth certificate for Obama registered by his grandmother
  • Obama snippets spoof video edited to make Obama say he was born in Kenya, altered by Birthers to remove SPOOF notice

Birthers punk themselves far more often than Obots do.


I count the trip to Atlanta for the Farrar hearing as a “meetup” although it wasn’t of the official ones. I still met lots of folks and their families and we went out to eat.

Punk the Taitz

On Taitz’ web site, and in her latest filing in Mississippi, Orly Taitz included a March 16 web comment from someone named “Marie Anderson” with an IP address in California (the IP address is only in the court filing). Here’s the text:

Dr. Taitz,

I think I was fooled into this scam when I sent an e-mail to the wrong address. I received a reply which was supposedly from you which stated as follows:

“Dear Marie,

I appreciate your support but wanted to let you know not to send any donations through PayPal because someone has tampered with my Pay Pal account. Therefore, please make out a check payable to Protect Our Freedoms Foundation and mail it to P.O. Box 1173, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.

Kind regards,

Orly Taitz, Attorney at Law”

I obviously put a stop payment to the check. Thanks for letting us know.

Marie

In the Mississippi court filing, Taitz includes this in Exhibit 1 with the Orly Taitz Super PAC screen shots and characterizes them as a RICO activity stealing money from her.

There is a scam going on, but I think it’s not the fake Protect Our Freedoms Foundation, but rather a fake Marie Anderson2. I say that for three reasons: First, Marie Anderson has commented nowhere else on Taitz’ site, there was no other reference on the web to a Protect Our Freedoms Foundation when this first appeared on Orly’s web site, and most importantly, there is no P. O. Box 1173 in Laguna Niguel, California (and no such business registered in the State of California).

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The lookup fails with or without the ZIP Code. One cannot siphon off funds without a valid mailing address. In the same manner, the Orly Taitz Super PAC contains no mechanism on the web site through which someone could actually make a donation. It appears to me that nobody is stealing any money from Orly Taitz; they are just feeding her paranoia.


1The correct name of Taitz’ foundation is “Defend Our Freedoms Foundation.”

I suppose there could be a real Marie Anderson who was punked, but the bottom line is that no one can received real checks at a fake PO box. Anderson made another comment at the Taitz site not in the court filing:

By the way, isn’t Laguna Niguel near where you live? Maybe you can obtain a subpoena to find out who rented that PO Box. I’ll bet that an Obot set up this scam and maybe, once you have a name, maybe this person will make a deal to tie Obama to this scam in exchange for immunity. Pardon my French but I think you have them by the balls!

PS: The fake lobbyist from Texas also used the name “Anderson.”

April Fool!

Visitors to the site earlier today will have seen this image:

It’s my little April Fool’s joke. On the last minute of March, 2014, I converted Obama Conspiracy Theories into something that I thought might look like the opening crack in the birthers’ universe shattering event.

The image was adapted from a notice I found on the Internet for a gambling site. “Arrest Warrant in Rem” refers to the seizure of property, not the arrest of a person. The image gives folks the opportunity to get move involved in the hoax since they have to search for statutes. 18 USC § 1756 deals with money laundering (a crime full of avenues for speculation) and 18 USC § 201 deals with bribery of a public official (the text of the 3rd paragraph comes directly from the statute).

The diligent birthers at Birther Report are having none of it:

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They seem to think that there is some violation of federal law involved in my April essay, something about impersonating a federal agent or some such. The also have accused me of another crime in comments to this article: Someone posting under the name “Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq.” wrote:

Is no joke. Davidson set up fake Defend Our Freedom Foundation website stealing money and I alerted the FBI. He will be going to jail.

For the record, I have never set up any fake Defend Our Freedom Foundation website, nor have I ever stolen any money from Orly Taitz. Of course, I don’t know if this is the real Orly Taitz commenting or not—other commenters at BR are skeptical.

Taitz punked again? Fake SSA letter?

Orly Taitz is all excited, and has released a press release [link to Taitz web site], writing that:

Investigator, Mr. Brewer , working with attorney Taitz, finally received a confirmation from the SSA that they indeed have records of Harry Bounel, whose SSN 042-68-4425 Obama is using. It is interesting that they released without problems records of other deceased individuals, such as Thomas Wood, whose SSN 042-68-4424 is just one before Bouel’s, (sic) but they stated that the Bounel’s social Security application is with the Office of Earnings Operations.

Of course one’s initial response is that Taitz is reading something that isn’t there, which she well may be. She has a document on SSA letterhead that says:

This letter is in response to your February 3, 2014 inquiry to Acting Commissioner Colvin concerning your request for the late Mr. Harrison J. Bounel’s Social Security records. The records you requested are under the jurisdiction of our Office of Earnings Operations. We are referring your inquiry to that office. The officials there will look into the situation you described and reply directly to you. You should hear from them soon.

Signed? “Social Security Administration.” imageYeah, right. I have several letters from agencies responding to FOIA matters and they are universally signed by some individual. I think Taitz has been punked again. However, if the letter is legitimate, it actually doesn’t confirm that Bounel has any records with Social Security, but rather all Social Security records are handled by the Office of Earnings Operations. What it says is that records, not Bounel’s records, are under the Office of Earnings Operations.

Update:

Based on discussions on this article, I think the letter is probably authentic, but misunderstood. It’s not saying that the records exist, but that the described request was being forwarded to another office.


1The file referenced  is an optimized version of the original Taitz.

Will government shutdown delay birther litigation?

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)!

Privacy Star link showing phone 202-752-2506 belonging to Fannie Mae

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.

Update:

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.