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Stocking up on FEMA coffins

Have you noticed all of the birthers who have disappeared into FEMA detention camps over the past 6 years? Me neither. Nevertheless, right-wing nut jobs continue to predict that it is only a matter of time before Obama declares martial law and puts all of the freedom-loving patriots in these camps, or kills them and buries them in FEMA coffins. The latest variation on this theme is the FEMA death train (or the FEMA prison car), often accompanied by this image.

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I copied the image above from a post by ★FALCON★ at Birther Report, but the same thing appears all over the Internet.

What this is, and I should know because I live between the BMW auto plant and the South Carolina Inland Port, is an automotive flatcar. It is designed to deliver cars straight from the factory to the dealer, protecting the contents from accidental damage and vandalism.

I was lucky to find a video on YouTube from Welford, South Carolina, also just down the road from me, showing these automotive rail cars. Pretty much any day of the week, one see cars like these passing. Of course, the conspiracy minded might conclude that upstate South Carolina was a major stockpile point for FEMA prison cars (the second train in the video shows cars just like the one pictured above).

There are many pages on the Internet describing what they really are:


Mailbox: new twist

I suspect that many you have received phone calls from the “main Windows server” to warn you that your computer is downloading dangerous files. I’ve gotten about 10 variants of this scam since September. There was a new variant of the call this week, the caller asked for me by name.

In the same vein, I get lots of junk emails purporting to be from ladies wanting to start a relationship. There were 6 from “Olga” last week. None of them ever mention me by name, but today there was a new personalized variant directed to my personal email address:

Hello  my  dear,
name is mephia,i saw your contact today here in (
and became interested in you,i will also like to know you the more,and i want you to send an email to my email address so i can give you my picture for you to know whom i am.I believe we can move from here!
(Remeber the distance or
colour does not matter but love matters alot in life)Thanks.
My email address is;


Orly does have my personal email address on her site, along with many other email addresses of her supporters and detractors alike. Mephia’s address scraper program wasn’t smart enough, however, to grab a name to go with the address.

The other thing that was a bit odd about this spam is that it actually does appear to come from Hotmail, and for that reason I took the extra step in reporting it to When I reported it, the report form listed not only Microsoft (that runs Hotmail) but the “web site mentioned in the spam,”, and for the first time in thousands of spam reports, I unchecked a spamcop-suggested reporting box. What was a little curious is that the address spamcop proposed to use to file a complaint about was in Romania:


Wikileaks on the birthers

WikiLeaks logoJust on a whim, I entered this query at Google:

“birther” OR (“obama” AND “birth certificate”)

I didn’t expect 59 results. I didn’t expect any.

One, from Stratfor, looks like a joke. A new Stratfor analyst became a US citizen on April 26, 2011, and wrote in an internal email:

Do you think it is a coincidence that Obama released his birth certificate the day after I became a citizen. I don’t think so.

Virtually all of the material is from Stratfor, for example Newsmax sending Stratfor a notice of them publishing an article (and reprints from WND as well), but at least one Stratfor employee has birther tendencies, writing in a 2010 email:

ICE should check Obama’s birth certificate to determine true identity. I would bet that Stick and I could prove US PPT fraud.

That same year, another Stratfor sender wrote about an upcoming Obama trip to Indonesia:

(and maybe Obama will bust out his birth certificate and Quran while he’s there in order to develop a peace treaty with jihadists and earn his nobel peace prize)

I wouldn’t want to paint Stratfor with a birther brush in general based on this more general email excerpt from 2012:

During his presidential campaign, Obama harboured some illusions about a post-partisan America. Given that ideological distinctions between the Democrats and the Republicans have grown fuzzy over the decades, the idea may not have seemed completely fantastical to some. He ought to have known, though, that a rightwards shift in the so-called liberal centre invariably encourages conservatives to drift towards extremes.

What made such a process even more likely was the fact that a substantial proportion of American citizens were discomfited by the very idea of an African-American head of state. Small wonder, then, that the nonsense about Obama’s birth certificate gained so much traction.

It turns out that one of the WikiLeaks documents is a copy of the Honolulu Advertiser announcement of Obama’s birth, from August 13, 1961. They released it on October 28, 2008 (a couple of months after it became public). The item is unremarkable except for the talk page which has some birther-like commentary towards the end.

Another WikiLeaks area is called the Public Library of US Diplomacy, and it contains copies of US Government cables. One is titled “Daily Summary of Japanese Press 07/31/09” containing a book review of “Remove Obama’s mask” by Kazuyki Hamada. (I think that name translates into English as “Jerome Corsi.”) It’s very birther.

I went through all the results (Google first indicated over 400, but wimped out as I paged through them). A few were off topic. Nothing really exciting or new.


Birth certificate producer confesses?

So far I haven’t been persuaded to subscribe to the Post & Email web site, but on occasion one of their articles is reprinted, in this case on a Facebook page. The article quotes what Sharon Rondeau describes as an email  “threat” received in November of 2013:

Sender: Redacted [by the P&E]

Subject: Please stop what you’re doing.

Message Body: I’m an IT professional that became involved in the Obama presidential campaign, first as a staffer, then as a personal assistant in 2007-2008. I was personally requested to help with the Obama campaign’s web design and editing of documents related to that. I was on the team that converted the presidents birth certificate into digital formats. The reason I’m writing is that I’ve been getting a lot of harassing messages from so-called “birthers” regarding my involvement with Obama ..I’m not sure whether you’re the person who released my contact info but I’m sure you probably know who did it. I’m going to ask one time and one time only: Take my information down. You have no right to do what you’re doing. You can tell the people accusing me of “forging birth certificates” that the law is on MY SIDE. I don’t think you realize just who you’re messing with and the vast amount of trouble you can get into. I’ve heard serious talk of federal charges being brought on Arpaio and a few others who are messing around outside their jurisdiction regarding this matter. You’re biting off way more than you can chew and I’d seriously reconsider the path you’re on, because it’s not going to end well for anyone who proclaims to be a “birther” … We will bankrupt each and every one of you in court if you keep doing what you’re doing. You need to cease and desist. NOW. If you don’t take heed to my warning, you will certainly be compelled to do so by some very powerful judges soon. I recommend for your financial security that you back off — I highly doubt you can afford lawyers as good as we have.

P&E editor Sharon Rondeau responded that she hasn’t published any personal information about this person and cites a policy against such things about private persons in general. There are more emails in the Facebook exchange , and Rondeau says she forwarded them to her lawyer and the FBI. Since the sender name is redacted, I don’t know how much she has to go on.

The basic flaw in the story is that no one has released any contact information for this alleged White House staffer. If it had happened, we would know. It strikes me as similar to some of the prank messages received by Orly Taitz, such as the one from “Virgil Bird” claiming that Mississippi federal judge Wingate had an inappropriate conversation about her case.

The Facebook writer heads this whole thing with “This is how BARRY AND HIS FRIENDS WORK~~~.” I have my doubts that this is an Obot prank, and think it more likely to be a birther creation based on this caricature of an Obama supporter in the second email:

We support our president 100% and will do anything we have to to protect him. (and I mean ANYTHING).

Whatever the source, what we have here provides no information about anything beyond the existence of Internet pranksters.


Natural born dilemma

The Huffington Post has a new article out by Terry Krepel, “Birthers at WorldNetDaily Won’t Hold Cruz to Same Standard as Obama,” charging WorldNetDaily with hypocrisy, for not raising the same eligibility objections to the foreign-born Ted Cruz as they did against Barack Obama.

Apart from the editorial position of WND, birther commenters there and elsewhere (e.g. Mario Apuzzo and David Farrar) consistently declare the ineligibility of both, although they leave me wondering how they would actually vote. I have a 2016 election poll that I’d really like birthers to respond to:

If the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates were polling within 5% of each other, would you vote

  • Hillary Clinton? (58%, 15 Votes)
  • A third-party candidate you believed eligible? (31%, 8 Votes)
  • For the Republican candidate you liked ideologically, but believed Constitutionally ineligible? (12%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 26

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imageWND has not been completely silent on the issue with an article 2 days ago by Cheryl Chumley titled, “Rubio runs, tea party turns on him.” No loss of irony is seen in her selected quote from Rubio (pictured right) , who called himself “uniquely qualified” for the presidency. Despite that teaser, WND readers will find that the core objections against Rubio are policy based.

Indeed, one has to get pretty deep into the article before they touch the eligibility question:

Meanwhile, others contend Rubio’s not even a natural-born citizen and therefore, ineligible to seek the presidency. Rubio’s parents, as WND previously reported on at least two occasions, were not U.S. citizens at the time of his birth.

The article itself takes no position on Rubio’s eligibility.


Leaking the birthers

I offer this article as a curiosity.

I first came across the name “Stratfor” at a web site called Dazzlepod on one of its pages talking about security breaches at web sites, including Stratfor, Forbes Magazine, YouPorn and  I came across it again today at Wikileaks who say:

On Monday February 27th, 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files, over five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The e-mails date between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods.

imageThe hacking group Anonymous claims to have provided the emails to Wikileaks. That would seem to be something a good conspiracy theorist or investigative journalist could sink their teeth into; however, what got me to the Wikileaks site was not “Stratfor,” but rather a birther’s email address that happened to be among published Stratfor emails.  Today is not the first time a birther has taken me to Stratfor’s breached data .

The particular leaked email I hit has no content shown, but only a subject heading “[Analytical & Intelligence Comments] 911 COVER-UP ???” on the email from our birther who once posted here as “END the FED” and under another name at Fellowship of the Minds.

There’s nothing really sinister about anyone appearing in the Stratfor disclosure because they sell email reports and Stratfor claims that all that got hacked was a list of their news subscribers. The data breach at Stratfor is covered at the Wikipedia, which describes the breach as consisting of an alleged 200 gigabytes of data including plain text credit card numbers.