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Thomas Lamb 15 minutes of fame next week

Thomas A. Lamb of Alaska sued Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in 2012 to get disclosure of records, student loan records form Obama and tax returns from Romney, as reported by the Joe Miller “Restoring Liberty” blog. Lamb cited a 2010 Alaska case where the personnel records of a Senate Candidate were ordered released by a Fairbanks judge and a case in another state about divorce records for Jack Ryan. This lawsuit was totally off my radar, although NBC had an article.

Lamb has an appeal before the Alaska Supreme Court and the birther calendar had his oral argument listed as for today; however, it appears that his 15-minute appearance is scheduled at 9:00 AM on January 15. No attorneys are listed for the case of Thomas A. Lamb v Barack Obama (leading me to assume that appellee Obama didn’t respond and indeed the Court indicated that it hadn’t received a timely reply form him).

Lamb’s case against Obama and Romney demands a range of documents from  candidates Obama and Romney, based on his claimed right to be an informed voter. The original case was filed before the 2012 election. An amended complaint was filed after the election, dropping Romney and adding Obama’s birth records. The case was dismissed for the usual lack of standing, lack of subject matter jurisdiction and failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. And there was some kind of problem with service.  Lamb petitioned for review of the case to the Alaska Supreme Court and that petition for review was denied as moot a year ago (January 4, 2013). Indeed, one can see how that after the election, Lamb’s need to be an informed voter evaporated and his remedy (getting the records) no longer applies. Lamb failed to reply to the Alaska Supreme Courts order that he explain why it shouldn’t be denied as moot, and so it was. The present appeal (S-15155)  is of the same original case.

There is some peculiar language in the amended complaint, none more so than:

Article 1 to the federal constitution is controlling the Plaintiff’s right to redress Congress through a Congressional inquiry and the use of this court to ascertain the facts herein.

Article I, of course, doesn’t give anyone the right to redress Congress, but rather the right to petition the government, and there is nothing in the Constitution requiring the government to respond, nor are the courts a legitimate vehicle for a private citizen to obtain an investigation.

I present this catalog of birther stuff Lamb bases his doubts on (and I am omitting many things that are irrelevant):

  • Sally Jacobs at the Boston Globe said that the Obamas spoke of putting Barack up for adoption (not sure why that’s relevant).
  • Indonesian school registration
  • Only Indonesian citizens could attend school (not true)
  • Obama said he was an “Indonesian prince”
  • Allen Hulton (the postman) said Obama was a foreign student.
  • There is a claim that Obama’s birth certificate is forged
  • Hawaiian law regarding adoptions, and sealing of the original records.

If I had to list the reasons why, from where I set as a non-lawyer, why this appeal is

DOOMED!

  1. It is well-established in law that the constitutional right to petition the government does not require that the government accede to the petition.
  2. There is no general constitutional “right to know.”
  3. The Full Faith and Credit clause does not grant someone the right to obtain a protected record from another state, even if a similar record is available in their own state. As far as I can determine birth records are only open in Alaska after 100 years anyway. Education records are closed everywhere by Federal law.
  4. Contrary to Lamb’s unsourced assertion, Indonesian law does not restrict school attendance to Indonesian citizens.
  5. Lamb never alleged sufficient facts to infer that Barack Obama was adopted by his step-father, or was ever an Indonesian citizen (and Obama denied this in another case).

If I had to sum up the complaint, Lamb is saying that he has a right not to be confused by the birther controversy. He has my sympathy for being confused, but not my support in the way he attempts to resolve it.

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1Ah, the dreaded empty chair™ again.

Alaska: racist ballot challenge dismissed

According to the Juneau Empire web site, the racist challenge by 70-year-old retired bus driver Gordon Epperly to Barack Obama’s candidacy was rejected by Alaska State Elections Director Gail Fenumiai last week. Epperly claimed that because President Obama was a “mulatto” he was not a natural born citizen.

Director Fenumiai informed Epperly that Alaska Democrats don’t hold primaries and that nothing in Alaska law allows the state to interfere with the selection of presidential candidates.

“Our understanding is that the claims regarding President Obama’s lack of eligibility for the presidency are false and that no court has found any merit in them,” she said.

That’s gotta sting, since Epperly believes that women cannot hold elected office in the United States.

Mr. Epperly’s position on the eligibility of octoroons was not immediately apparent.

Racist ballot challenge in Alaska

Photo of iceberg with "Where's the Birth Certificate" billboardAfter reading the February 21 ballot challenge filed by Gordon Epperly in Alaska, I don’t think anyone will challenge my headline. In addition to the content of the Challenge, the web site registered by Mr. Epperly and referenced in document hyperlinks is U.S.A.  The Republic, a site with substantial racist and anti-Semitic material, including “The Protocols  of the Elders of Zion,” a fraudulent tract purporting to depict a Jewish plot to take over the world.

Epperly files his Nomination Petition Objection with the Office of Director for Divisions of Elections under Alaska Statute 15.25.042 (Eligibility of a Candidate) and the Alaska Administrative Code 6 AAC 25.260 (Complaints regarding eligibility of a candidate).

Epperly presents racial information about Barack Obama’s parents as evidence that he “has the race status of of being a ‘Mulatto.’”  Citing Dred Scott v Sanford in support of a claim that Obama would be no citizen of any kind except for the Fourteenth Amendment, Epperly then argues:

As Barack Hussein Obama is of the “Mulatto” race, his status of citizenship is founded upon the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Before the [purported] ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the race of “Negro” or “Mulatto” had no standing to be citizens of the United States under the United States Constitution.

As the Fourteenth Amendment is only a grant of “Civil Rights” and not a grant of “Political Rights,” Barack Hussein Obama II does not have any “Political Rights” under any provision of the United States Constitution to hold any Public Office of the United States government. Furthermore, there is considerable debate within the enclosed supporting documents that shows Barack Hussein Obama II was not born on the soil of the United States and that he was not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States at the time of his birth. …

That is, he argues, no one who is black or half-black is eligible to serve in any elected office in the United States requiring US citizenship.

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SNL comedian goes birther

After watching Jon Steward and Steven Colbert, one might jump to the conclusion only liberals have a sense of humor. Not so. Comedian Victoria Jackson, noted for playing a clueless dumb blonde on Saturday Night Live, reprises that role in real life according to the Juneau Empire newspaper. Jackson was in town along with failed Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller, promoting an event of the Alaska Restoring Liberty PAC. The event was part of a stopover of the WorldNetDaily Tea Party cruise to Alaska.

The paper said:

imageJackson [pictured right] said she only recently got involved in politics and discovered that Obama was a communist. She endorsed Miller’s call for tea party members to get involved in efforts such as serving as local poll workers, which she said now are “mostly old hippies.”

Another report from the Alaska Dispatch said:

Miller was joined at the event by conservative personalities Jerome Corsi and Victoria Jackson, both of whom leveled strong criticism of President Barack Obama, claiming respectively that his birth certificate is a forgery and that he’s actually a communist.

Jackson herself wrote an article at birther website, and cruise sponsor, WorldNetDaily. The article is inexplicably titled “Make me a Liberal,” but then one can never take a WorldNetDaily headline seriously. It is not clear why most of the WND photos of Jackson have her upside down. I guess the implication is that anyone capable of doing a handstand must know what they’re talking about.

Here’s Jackson’s video program that we can expect soon:

You will have to anxiously await my video of Joseph Farah explaining his youthful encounter with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dorn; my video of Joe Miller explaining the Murkowski mess (she is voting with the Obama agenda – a true liberal in RINO clothing); my video of Native Hoonah fisherman filleting fish and admitting they voted for Obama and Murkowski because they didn’t know any other candidates (they got Internet three months ago); my video of Jerome Corsi explaining HAARP (High-frequency Active Auroral Research) and contrails; and my video of Aaron Klein (kleinonline.com, ABC Radio), author of "The Manchurian President," discussing Israel. There is no technical way for me to get the videos through cyberspace from this remote location.

The African Race

Kwame Nkrumah

Kwame Nkrumah

When people decide what to believe in, sometimes they hang their faith on small things, things that are intuitive and meaningful especially to them.

Those who believe that Barack Obama was born in Africa have precious little to hang their beliefs on. Some hang their belief on the edited version of an audio recording that seems to show Obama’s grandmother saying that he was born in Kenya (not so in the unedited version). Some believe that a name on an Indonesian school record trumps everything. Some believe that Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery because it contains the word “African”.

Here is a statement of the African objection:

In 1961 when Barack Obama was born, no one in the US used the term “African” as a race. A birth certificate wouldn’t have been filled out that way by a hospital. An authentic birth record would say Obama Sr. was a “negro”. Only a young, modern, perhaps African American and politically correct forger would have made such a mistake.

It turns out that’s wrong. Continue Reading →