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This is your brain on birthers

Sometimes I attempt to get inside the heads of birthers. If this were a television show, the narrator would be saying about now, “do not try this at home.”

Certainly I can understand the desire to be distinctive, special. Birthers think that they are in a unique group that knows the truth, that are awake, and are not fooled by the government, media, nor by popular opinion. It’s an attractive idea to be “in the know.” Mike Volin is the image in my mind right now, and perhaps that is because he gets a little “inside hints” from the Cold Case Posse. Volin, Gallups and who knows how many other people, like [mumble] who paid for Reed Hayes, fall into that category.

It’s also attractive to feel like you’re making a difference and supporting an important cause. This is harder to understand because birthers haven’t made any difference and it’s hard to imagine how they could think otherwise. Trying too hard resulted in this:

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Throw Miki under the bus or not?

The podcast of Freedom Friday last week has finally appeared on the WEBY web site. Mike Zullo is not on the program, but there were two call-in segments. Here’s the link to them at WEBY:

 

I haven’t had a chance to listen to these yet, except that the first birther-related call is somewhere around 10 minutes into the first segment above. I’m taking the quote from a comment at Birther Report, Gallups speaking:

I do know Miki very well, and her husband, and and think the WORLD of her.

If Gallups is indeed Mike Zullo’s official spokesperson, then this is a pretty strong endorsement from the Cold Case Posse faction going against the accusation from Doug Vogt that Booth is an accessory to forgery. However, birthers can see things we can’t. Notice “WORLD” in all caps. That relates to what followed in the comment:

Considering EARTH-shattering information will soon be revealed, this comment by Gallups could prove to be VERY telling.

I thought it was “UNIVERSE-shattering” but I digress. Somehow for this commenter, the character reference for Booth by Gallups is only the cause for more suspicion Continue Reading →

Triple-scrubbing the birthers

A birther by the name of Lawrence Sellin wrote an editorial at Birther Report titled, “Managing Expectations About the Cold Case Posse.” Sellin wrote:

I was, like many, disappointed in the interview with Mike Zullo of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Cold Case Posse (CCP) conducted by Carl Gallups on his May 23, 2014 Freedom Friday program.

Falcon, a frequent BR commenter, responded: “Add Sellin to the whining crybaby list.”

I thought Sellin’s remarks were pretty mild, talking about what needs to happen for the Posse’s investigation to have the greatest impact on Obama. Mild as it was, it is widely believed (including by the management at Birther Report) that this editorial, along with commenter remarks at Birther Report is what got Carl Gallups upset and led him to say some nasty things about the birthers in a YouTube audio that casts aspersions on them generally, and attacks certain unnamed birther web sites. “Jealous” and “whiners” he called them. The Birther Report then published its own editorial saying that Carl Gallups was out of line:

Yesterday Carl Gallups published an audio update for his Freedom Friday show basically vilifying the whole so-called birther movement and lashing out at prominent (unnamed) birther sites. I’m guessing he is specifically referring to Birther Report, and assume (was also told by multiple sources) it was related to an op-ed that was published here yesterday by distinguished writer Colonel Lawrence Sellin, P.H.D. (sic).

From that, a firestorm of commentary erupted.

Could the birther movement implode in a mass of infighting?

If one were to describe the result in a way negative towards the birthers, one might say that they just covered it up and pretended it didn’t happen. If one were speculating in a more positive way, they might say that cooler heads agreed to retract what was said. However it is positioned, the Sellin editorial, the Gallups YouTube and the Birther Report response with all the discussions attached have been scrubbed.

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I personally felt that the Gallups YouTube was totally out of line, and that it would likely be scrubbed and I said so at the time and saved a copy. Also my written transcript remains available. You can recover individual remarks from BR commenters through their Intense Debate profile, for example mine or Falcon’s. The Wayback Machine doesn’t have the page, but as of this writing, the Google Cache has the Sellin article and the BR response editorial.

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Gallups turns on birthers: calls them “whiners”

Leading birther web sites thrown under the bus

I don’t think that I really need to say much about this, since Mike Zullo’s best buddy Carl Gallups, in his own words, says it all:

imageWelcome to this Freedom Friday update. Your host, Carl Gallups.

It’s absolutely amazing to me the amount whining, complaining and false information and flat-out fabricated information that continues to spill out of the birther movement. Perhaps you see why now I have distanced myself from that movement and its supposed representatives.

I’ve said for a long time now that what Zullo and Arpaio have goes far and beyond the question of where Obama was born. So far beyond that it almost fades into the sunset compared to the revelations they now have.

I’ll grant the fact that the place any president was born is an important issue—it’s a Constitutional Issue. I’m a Constitutionalist. I want the Constitution and the law to be followed, but the birther movement itself unimpressed me a long time ago. Just recently I was reminded again of why that is so. Continue Reading →

March expectations

Picture of Joe Arpaio with Mike Zullo behind him.So it’s almost the middle of March and nothing much from Zullo and the Zu-Bot Cold Case Posse. That leaves me in the difficult position of having nothing to write about. So just as the birthers have to live on promises, so do I.

Comments from Zullo in interviews with Carl Gallups, and recent remarks from Internet radio host and videographer Mark Gillar, suggest that they have completely abandoned the Birth Certificate / Selective Service registration themes that dominated the first year of their press releases and were shot to pieces by critics. It’s something else.

Birther Report has a new article up, “Washington DC Unprepared for Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Universe Shattering Surprise.” I daresay that Sheriff Joe is pretty far down on the list of things the White House is preparing for (if it’s on the list at all and I doubt that it is). Given the total insanity of the stuff from the Cold Case Posse to date, it could be anything, not bounded by facts or evidence. Maybe they will find some elderly person suffering from dementia who doesn’t remember Obama being born in Hawaii (or for sure whether they were ever in Hawaii). Maybe they will discover the dirty little secret that the State of California’s certification of the Electoral College vote for Obama, residing in PDF format at the National Archives HAS LAYERS! Maybe they have latched onto one or more of the strange tales of women who claim Obama was born in Kansas, or Florida! My guess is that it will be something about the conduct of the 2008 or 2012 election in Arizona.

Certainly conservative members of Congress are interested. Here are just two examples from the BR article:

Rep. Labrador: “I really haven’t been following that at all.”

Rep. Huelskamp: “Honestly, I haven’t been following that at all.”

Clearly Arpaio and Zullo have the element of surprise in their favor. Commenting on the article, Gillar said last night:

Things are a bit different this time. The LFBC and Selective Service Card investigations resulted in the discovery of many other crimes that were committed by this regime. Some of which will piss off democrats and republicans alike. Don’t focus on a timeline. As far as I’m concerned as long as it breaks by summer and impacts the 2014 midterms, I’ll be happy. The delays are coming because of the amount of time that is taking to retrieve and log the large amount evidence as well as make sure the proper chain of custody is preserved and recorded. The evidence is different this time. I’d back off criticizing the CCP. You’ll have a lot of egg on your face when this is over if you continue.

By Summer? :shock: What the hell am I going to write about for the next 5 months? Do I have to come up with endless regurgitations of old articles with escalating cataclysmic titles as Birther Report does? Do I have to (shudder) cover Orly Taitz every day? This is a serious inconvenience!

My career expertise in vital records isn’t going to help much in mending the shattered universe, as the topic goes off in another direction, again from Gillar last night:

Arpaio knows. As Mike said, the wall between the CCP and MCSO have come down given the nature of the new crimes discovered. As I’ve said on other boards, the LFBC is just the tip of a very large iceberg of corruption. Americans will wonder if there is anyone left in government that they really can trust by the time this is over.

I know the LFBC is the focus for many of you, but the entire story will knock you socks off once it comes out.

As for Sheriff Arpaio, let me offer some advise from Holy Scripture:

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

In the meantime, as I face a long dry spell of no birther news, I console myself with the wisdom of the ancients:

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In case you didn’t hover over the Arpaio picture at the top of the article, the title is “Ventriloquist Mike Zullo operates lifelike Joe Arpaio dummy.”