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Mackiewicz walks

One of the side show events in the the Melendres contempt of court proceedings was the handling of charges that MCSO detective Brian Mackiewicz was padding his overtime. The Arizona Attorney General has declined to prosecute, citing insufficient evidence, so reports the Arizona Republic. Check out their article for details of the allegations involving Mackiewicz and his association with Mike Zullo in the “Seattle Operation” where the Sheriff’s Office paid money to an informant/con man in Seattle for information about an alleged plot involving the Department of Justice and a federal judge against Arpaio. Arpaio, for his part, denied that he was investigating Judge Snow.

Surprise! Tea Party Patriots hear from Joe Arpaio and Mike Zullo

The September 20th meeting of the Surprise [AZ] Tea Party Patriots featured Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and volunteer Cold Case Posse commander Mike Zullo. Birther Jeff Lichter in his introduction of Sheriff Arpaio gave a birther timeline blaming Barack Obama for the birther movement, saying:

[Questions about] Obama’s eligibility began with Obama himself! In a 2007 pamphlet from Harvard, which Obama approved regarding himself, Obama was Recorded as being born in Kenya.

As is often the case with birthers, the facts are not only wrong, but scrambled. There is no such pamphlet from Harvard in 2007, but there was one from a publicist in 1991, one which the publicist says was not approved by Obama. The timeline may be of interest to others. As for myself: tl:dr.

Arpaio himself made a non-specific affirmation that the birth certificate investigation is ongoing:

We are looking at a forged document and still stand by that decision They are still not done with it. How can you back down? Never forget, if you start an investigation you should complete it!

To this observer, Sheriff Arpaio is doing a piss poor job of completing his investigation, second only to Donald Trump’s ending the birther controversy.

Mike Zullo spoke next, and more specifically to the birth certificate investigation, dropping something that would be a bombshell if Zullo had any credibility:

They were assured by Kapalani (sic) Medical Center Head Doctor that Obama wasn’t born there The government uses electronics to produce fake  documents, so the only reasonable conclusion is that The birth certificate is fake. It is impossible to be real by their own admission.

I wasn’t able to make any sense of the logic there, as recorded in the minutes by Dale Brooks. Whoever this unnamed “head doctor” is (assuming there is one at all), it would be unlikely that he was at Kapi’olani in 1961, nor is it likely that anyone on the medical staff at Kapi’olani would be commenting now, given that spokespersons for the hospital said previously that their hands were tied by federal law regarding the privacy of medical records.

Zullo gave no hint as to when he expected to have his investigation wrapped up, who he will claim forged Obama’s birth certificate, and what constructive result will come out of his efforts.

Someone takes credit for starting the birther movement, finally!

While birthers like Donald Trump try to rewrite history insofar as their role in making birthersism what it is today, Southern Baptist pastor and erstwhile presidential candidate Wiley Drake displays a refreshing candor regarding his role, and at the worst he is doing no more than padding his resume a bit.

I credit Phillip Berg of Pennsylvania with filing the foundational lawsuit challenging Obama’s eligibility to be president, August 21, 2008. It was Berg who popularized the “Grandmother Tape” and turned Internet rumors into a federal lawsuit. Drake, along with Alan Keys and persistent tweeter Markham Robinson, filed suit in California, assisted by attorneys Orly Taitz and Gary Kreep, but not until January of 2009, minutes after Obama had already taken office and whatever standing a presidential candidate had to challenge Obama had evaporated the moment they were no longer a candidate in any sense of the word. Still Drake played a role and probably the most important thing he did was to provide the venue where Orly Taitz burst upon the scene as the queen of the birthers.

Baptist News writer Bob Allen tells Drake’s story in a deadpan style.

Scary view into the mind of a Trump supporter

The Washington Post has a new article up, titled “Finally. Someone who thinks like me.” The article is about someone who came to believe that Obama’s probably a gay Muslim from Kenya whose wife is a man, and on and on. They believe they have found a soul mate in Donald Trump.

I don’t think the poor lady is a dishonest businessman like Trump, but you can see in this article how a Trump supporter might have come to support the man.

Fogbow hacked!

Doesn’t that just spoil an otherwise nice day? Earlier today Bill Bryan, aka Fogbow Foggy, tweeted that the popular The Fogbow forum had been hacked.

The individual taking responsibility calls themself “AnoaGhost.” It looks like AnoaGhost is/was a member of the AnonGhost hacking team, a group pro-Palestinian cyber terrorists. AnoaGhost has defaced thousands of web sites such as The Fogbow.



As of 1:33 PM today the Fogbow home page consists of the message “I’m working on it, folks.”

As for me, I just made a backup 😉

The Fogbow is back up as of 8 am, October 3, and back down again. Bryan says that his WordPress sites on the same virtual private server were infected by malware, leading to the compromise of the entire server. While he was able to restore The Fogbow, that malware still needed cleaning.

Update 2

The Fogbow is down again as of the evening of October 15. This time Google is reporting that Fogbow is hosting malware that may affect a visitor’s computer and throws up the big red screen that blocks access through certain browsers.

Do you know what a birther is? 84 million do now

imageThere was a time when if someone asked me about my blogging, I would start by saying, “Do you know what a birther is?” I don’t do that anymore. Everybody seems to know by now, and if they didn’t, an estimated 84 million people who watched the Clinton – Trump debate Monday night heard about it. And those who didn’t watch the debate heard about it the next morning on morning news such as NPR’s Morning Edition:

LIASSON: When the debate turned to racial healing, Trump was asked by moderator Lester Holt about birtherism, the false accusation that President Obama was not born in the United States that launched Trump into the presidential race.


HOLT: The birth certificate was produced in 2011. You continued to tell the story and questioned the president’s legitimacy in 2012, ’13, ’14, ’15…

TRUMP: Yeah.

HOLT: …As recently as January. So the question is what changed your mind?

TRUMP: Well, nobody was pressing it. Nobody was caring much about it. I figured you’d asked the question tonight of course, but nobody was caring much about it. But I was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate, and I think I did a good job. Secretary Clinton also fought it. I mean, you know, now everybody in mainstream’s going to say, oh, that’s not true. Look, it’s true. Sidney Blumenthal sent the reporter. You just have to take a look at CNN the last week the interview with your former campaign manager, and she was involved. But just like she can’t bring back jobs, she can’t produce.

HOLT: I’m sorry. I’m just going to follow up and I will let you respond to that because there’s a lot there, but we’re talking about racial healing in this segment. What do you say to Americans…

TRUMP: Well, it was very – I say nothing. I say nothing because I was able to get him to produce it. He should have produced it a long time before. I say nothing.

It pains me that this tawdry little conspiracy theory that I write about has grown into a factor in the presidential election, but Birtherism’s importance today stems not from the merits of the theories themselves, rejected by every mainstream organization and court, but rather from the underlying biases, including the racial divide, that leads some Americans to embrace these rumors and to use them to internally validate their own prejudices.