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Massively inflated numbers on Taitz petition

Orly Taitz reports crazy numbers of signers for her petition, the most recent number I’ve seen from her is 20,000. That’s just wrong.

The first problem is duplicate signers. Look at these screen shots:

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Those are just recent duplicate signers who signed twice in a row, and signers that made no attempt to hide their double signatures. Indeed there is no verification of email addresses in the signing process and somebody can just make up a name and a location. A name isn’t even required. Since only the first name and last name initial is entered at all, duplicates are not easy to count. I noticed that “Darren H.” from Diablo, California, signed 8 times and “Renee B.” from Greeley, Colorado is a fiver.

Some of the “signings” are pranks. I found 47 like this in a group: Continue Reading →

White House moves petition goalposts

On January 15, 2013 the White House increased the number of signers required for a White House response to petitions from the former value of 25,000:

AS OF JANUARY 15, 2013:

To cross the first threshold and be searchable within WhiteHouse.gov, a petition must reach 150 signatures within 30 days.

To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days.

As of this writing, there are 280 searchable petitions. Some of them a pretty mainstream, such as the one to legalize Marijuana with 18,268 signatures and some are a bit odder, such as the petition to recognize Sasquatch as an indigenous species and ban the hunting of them (1,041 signatures), and to recognize International Talk Like a Pirate Day September 19 (2,077 signatures), and to ABOLISH the petitions (896 signatures)!

The petition with the most votes is one to recognize the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group (328,279), and the second is to investigate their tax-exempt status (82,769). There are several to impeach Obama if he takes away our guns.

And don’t forget (doing a little better than Sasquatch):

Mandate the AG to seek sanctions, costs, and attorneys’ fees to recover taxpayer funds used to defend birther lawsuits.

It’s interesting to see what people are concerned about beyond the headlines.

Taitz tried to start a White House petition, but she violated their privacy policy when she posted Obama’s social-security number. She has since moved from the White House to the Congress with her petition  at Petition2Congress.com.  This unofficial site says that it sends letters and emails to Congress. The best description I found of the site was in its slightly hard to find privacy policy. As of this writing, Taitz had 12,398 emails sent on behalf of her petition’s 4,875 signers. Taitz thinks she has 12,000 signers, but she doesn’t. The White House petition requires one to create an account with a valid email address. It appears that the site Orly uses let’s you just make up a name and use a non-existent email address, so even the 4,875 number is questionable.