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Birther Summit cancelled: glory hound blamed

In a surprise announcement today from Dean Haskins of the Birther Summit, the event that we’ve been looking forward to for more than a year has been cancelled. Summit director Haskins cites fundraising as the primary issue. He estimates that it would cost $800,000 to hold the event and that approximately 15,000 attendees would be necessary to underwrite that cost through registration fees and donations. Haskins says:

there have been relatively few donations and registrations

A significant issue, according to Haskins, that kept the event from taking off was a lack of cohesiveness in the movement and that he blames on:

a steady stream of incompetence that continues to flow from one who some still regard as possessing any knowledge of the law and legal procedure. Anytime we come across one who speaks of things like “access to the ‘original’ or ‘vault copy’ of Obama’s birth certificate,” or such absurdities as a state court on the mainland having jurisdictional authority to force Hawaii to break its laws regarding vital statistics records, we must recognize such a person as being complacent in his ignorance of the law (much like the glory hound he likely supports).

There’s gotta be a Taitz in there somewhere.

Out of the frying pan and into the Apuzzo

If we’ve learned anything over the past month, it is that there are varying degrees of crazy and that not all birthers are created equal.

imageEarly in the birther movement we saw the Great Schism between the Eastern Orthodox birthers, lead by the patriarch Philip Berg (those of Eastern faith believe Barack Obama was born in Kenya, but that if he had been born in the United States, then he was born a natural born citizen) and the Catholic birthers, known for their veneration of the Blessed Orly Taitz (BOT), who believe Obama was not a natural born citizen wherever he was born because his father was British. Pope Leo Donofrio is the spiritual father of this group and Mario Apuzzo heads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The official split between the two groups was the Taitz v. Liberi lawsuit in which each side excommunicated the other and damned them to hell.

imageCorruption within the Catholic birther movement has led some to question the infallibility of its leadership. These so-called Protestant Birthers are led by the reformer Dean Haskins. Haskins broke with the Catholic birthers through his heterodox refusal to venerate the BOT. Haskins has used a historical-critical methodology to show why the veneration of Taitz is against the long-term interests of the faith.

While I can describe these denominational categories and perhaps some will find them useful, the birther sheep in the flock may not clearly discern the divisions, and may remain in a state of internal self contradiction.

This brings me to the instance of David Farrar. The BOT is, after all, his attorney, a most sacred institutional attachment. Nevertheless, it appears that Farrar was appalled at the letter Taitz wrote (ostensibly on his behalf) to the Georgia Secretary of State, a letter making a scurrilous attack against a Georgia Judge.

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Dean Haskins offers insight into Georgia hearing

Dean Haskins, director of The Birther Summit, was in Atlanta for the court hearing in the Georgia eligibility challenge last Thursday. His new article, GEORGIA HEARINGS — TWO OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD is really rather interesting.

Probably the most important piece of information in the article is his clarification of what went on in the judge’s chambers before the hearing started. He wrote:

Prior to the start of the hearings on Thursday, the judge called the three attorneys who were present into his chambers and said that he could award them a default order because the defendant did not show up, but the attorneys stated that they would prefer to present abbreviated versions of their arguments so that they would be on the record, in case there were any appeals.

Their having chosen to present evidence, therefore, precluded a default order, as such an order is awarded in the absence of any evidence being presented. The fact that evidence was presented means that Judge Malihi must make his recommendation based upon that evidence. …

According to Haskins, the “default judgment” widely anticipated based on earlier reports of the conference, isn’t going to happen. If Haskins has it right, it’s great news in my view because it means the judge will make a decision based on the merits and even if his decision is poorly reasoned, we’ll could get something definitive on appeal (I say “could” because an appeals court might rule that the Georgia Secretary of State has no authority to remove someone from the ballot and not address the merits).

In terms of the evidence presented, there was a long-form birth certificate showing Barack Obama was born in the United States, one Indonesian school document showing Barack Obama was born in the United States, one State Department internal memo from the 1970’s stating Barack Obama was born in the United States and a copy of the President’s passport showing his birthplace as Honolulu, Hawaii. At no time did any attorney mention any evidence to indicate that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. Orly Taitz only offered suspicions that various documents were fraudulent, but no alternate theory that would make the President ineligible. Judge Malihi is not going to rule that Barack Obama should be investigated for social security fraud — that’s completely outside his mandate and authority.

That leaves us (and this is I think where the title of Dean’s article comes from) with the two attorneys who made a Constitutional argument based on the widely-acknowledged fact that Barack Obama’s father was not a US Citizen.

As reported before, Dean Haskins is facing the wrath of Orly Taitz’s supporters for his well-founded criticism of her. This article wouldn’t be complete without including Dean’s version of the conversation he had with Orly Taitz (which he recounted to me in Atlanta):

Now, before proceeding with my report, let me say that, before Thursday, I had never personally met Orly Taitz. After she entered the courtroom, she approached the Media area, where I was standing with our live streaming equipment, and she asked, “Are you Dean Haskins?” I extended my hand and said, “Yes, how are you doing, Orly?” Without reciprocating the handshake, she stated, “I think it is about time for an apology,” to which I replied, “You can apologize to me anytime you want.” Through clenched teeth, Orly quietly seethed, “You’re a piece of sh*t. You shouldn’t even be here.” Classy.

Dean seemed to be a nice fellow. I can only hope that he will be convinced of his error should the courts rule against him.

What does Orly Taitz not want you to see?

I reported that Dean Haskins has been critical of Orly Taitz as of late, and speculates that she will not present the birthers in the best possible light at the hearing in Atlanta tomorrow. I agree, as will most people who have seen Orly in action and read her legal briefs.

Dissention in the birther ranks

Haskins says he’s gotten hate mail, and Orly reports that one prominent birther has severed ties with Haskins over it.

Dean,

I would appreciate it if you remove my bio and all references of my association with Birther Summit immediately.

Your attacks against Orly Taitz are despicable and I will not tolerate it.

I also want to go on record that I asked several times to reconsider the name of the summit because the word “birther” is insulting and damages our credibility on the most important issue of our lifetime. I have worked too hard trying to save our country from tyranny and evil and your ego along with the egos of those who have chosen to stand with you against Orly is only defeating my purpose.

Sincerely,

Miki Booth

I also reported that a newcomer to the Birther movement, the Article II Super PAC, is collecting money for a live video feed of the Atlanta hearing. That’s excited many birthers who feel that the hearing will be favorable to them and want to enjoy the moment live. Orly is not on board. She wrote [link to Taitz web site].

please, do not support any blogger, who has on his website a sign “art2superpac” and who asks to donate  to “art2superpac” legal fund.

Taitz (at the link preceding) writes a lot more about the Article 2 Super PAC, saying that they act like “Chicago thugs.” Is Taitz just angry because the Article 2 Super PAC isn’t giving her any money? Is it because they complete for attention? Is it payback for criticism of her at Obama Release Your Records run by one of the folks at the PAC? Or is it because she doesn’t want that video feed of her in the courtroom?

In my article, Experts witnesses in Georgia, I pointed out  that most of what Orly calls a witness list will never make to the stand, either on the issue of relevance, or on the issue of (lack of) expertise. Does Taitz want the world to see that she has no real case?

Birthers up ante

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Local Honolulu paper gets the story

Birther Summit organizer Dean Haskins and Tea Party activist and author Miki Booth pose with a really big check that they are offering for a physical copy of the Honolulu newspaper announcement of Barack Obama’s birth. (Photo credit: Chad Blair / Honolulu Civic Beat)

Many readers here will find this old news, the $10,000 premium (up from $5,000) for an old newspaper. I primarily wanted to mention this story in order to feature the Honolulu Civil Beat paper that has an in-depth article on Dean and Miki’s adventure in Hawaii. I note that the article’s title is “Birthers: $10,000 for Obama Birth News Clip” but the URL to the article is based on the title “Birther Nuts in Town.” Perhaps that was an earlier or draft title.

Once again we find that local newspaper coverage of a birther event is far superior to national coverage. We find out where the $10,000 is coming from (an anonymous donor) and learn about Miki’s upcoming book. It’s so refreshing not to have to read recycled WND.

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Dean and Miki’s &$#7*E#^ Adventure

Birthers, ever a nuisance to the folks in Hawaii, visited the Kapi’olani Medical Center and the Hawaii Department of Health. This time the birthers de jour are Dean Haskins and Miki Booth. Haskins wrote about their trip in a couple of articles:

At the hospital

So what’s the substance of these articles (which of course you can read for yourself if you want)? Here’s the first torpedo:

I [Haskins] asked, "Back in 1961, would anyone have ever entered ‘African’ as the race of a parent?" She [unnamed clerical worker] said, "No, back then they probably would have listed a black person’s race as ‘negro.’" I asked, "So, the word ‘African’ wouldn’t have been used, because that is a nationality and not a race, right?" And she responded, "Right. Nowadays we can use ‘African American’ though." To which I added, "But, the word ‘African’ by itself has never been used as an entry for race?" And she simply said, "No. Never."

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