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Lawsuit in Alaska: no blacks or women need apply

Gordon Epperly had filed a complaint last February with the State of Alaska over Obama’s being on the ballot. He argued that the 14th Amendment granted some rights to the former slaves and their descendants, but not the right to be elected to office, any office. Women can’t be elected either. At the time he said:

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. …

Needless to say, the State of Alaska rejected the challenge, saying they had no say in who ran for President. Now Epperly is back in Juneau Superior Court, reports KTOO FM in Juneau to attempt to litigate the issue.

Read the complaint:

AK – 2012-06-25 Epperly v. Obama Complaint

40 Responses to Lawsuit in Alaska: no blacks or women need apply

  1. avatar
    donna July 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    lol

    Epperly wants the Division of Elections to evaluate Obama’s qualifications by specifically obtaining a physical “verified” copy of a vault birth certificate. If he is not qualified, then Epperly wants Obama to be investigated for advocating overthrow of the government.

    The suit has already drawn a response from state attorneys. Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Bakalar filed a motion to dismiss on Friday, July 20th. Near the start of her pleading, Bakalar writes that the “Plantiff’s statements regarding race, gender, citizenship, and criminal conduct are repugnant and absurd.”

    Part of the filing includes a primer on the Lieutenant Governor’s duties, the selection process for national candidates, and Congress’ role in determining eligibility of a sitting president. But most of the rest of the sixteen pages includes Bakalar calling the lawsuit frivolous with no statement of facts other than “wholly discredited conspiracy theories regarding President Obama’s ineligibility to hold office.”

    She also writes that Epperly has no standing, cannot show any personal harm to justify the lawsuit, and has prematurely filed the lawsuit. His filing, Bakalar writes, seems “incoherent and rambling.”

    HYSTERICAL

  2. avatar
    Dave B. July 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    I came across Epperly’s treatise on capitalization, or maybe that’s Capitalization, somewhere. oR Somewhere. Anyway, he is, to borrow the FBI’s characterization of Paul Krassner (can you believe he’s 80 years old already?) a raving, unconfined nut.

  3. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy July 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    I’m working on a treatise on the colon.

    Dave B.: I came across Epperly’s treatise on capitalization, or maybe that’s Capitalization

  4. avatar
    Dave B. July 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Epperly’s original complaint:
    http://www.turningleft.net/images/director-for-the-division-of-elections.pdf
    referenced Alaska Administrative Code 6 AAC 25.260. Complaints regarding eligibility of a candidate:
    http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/aac/title06/chapter025/section260.htm
    which he apparently failed to read. I thought he might have wised up a little, and at least kept his mouth shut about that part, but he brings it up in his current complaint on pages 6 and 10, even though that section of the AAC pretty much destroyed his original case. Not to mention he was trying to keep President Obama’s name off of a non-existent ballot, since Alaska doesn’t have a Presidential primary.
    He’s got a little problem with “perspective” and “prospective”, too.

  5. avatar
    Dave B. July 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    I’m working on a treatise on the colon.

    When you get to the very end, you can include a description of Epperly.

  6. avatar
    SueDB July 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    “description of Epperly”.

    Why? If you’ve seen one picture of a hemorrhoid, that’s all you need for a lifetime.

  7. avatar
    GLaB July 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: I’m working on a treatise on the colon.

    I’m working on a cleansing of a colon. Ba-da-bump.

    Too soon?

  8. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy July 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I wonder if Epperly knows that every noun in the US Constitution is capitalized. His own capitalization is strange beyond the obvious “BAR Association.” (Maybe where he lives BAR refers to the Browning Automatic Rifle.)

  9. avatar
    JPotter July 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    OMG, Epperley’s back? Sweeeeet!

    At least this guy comes by his dishonesty …. uh …. honestly? He’s been a 14th amendment nut and Original Intenter since at least the late 90s. He was also a bus driver in Juneau for at least 31 years … from the tracks he’s left online, he’s been armchair lawyer, agitator, and general busybody forever … but at least he’s consistent!

    Some typical droppings:

    http://www.juneau.lib.ak.us/cbj/minutes/1999/99-32.htm

    http://14th-amendment.com/Miscellaneous/Letters/State_Legislatures/Alaska/Alaska_Legal_Services/Alaska_Legal_Services.pdf

    http://juneauempire.com/stories/091499/Ope_riderltr.html

    ______________

    And now, what will always be his masterpiece (to me, until he tops it):

    Epperly vs United States

    Filed Nov. 2nd, 1990

    http://www.14th-amendment.com/Court_Documents/Case_No._J90-010-CV/Plaintiff/Complaint/Plaintiff's_Complaint.pdf

  10. avatar
    Keith July 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    I’m working on a treatise on the colon.

    I thought the ‘Doctor’ in your name was only a handle.

  11. avatar
    Northland10 July 28, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Dave B.: I came across Epperly’s treatise on capitalization, or maybe that’s Capitalization, somewhere. oR Somewhere. Anyway, he is, to borrow the FBI’s characterization of Paul Krassner (can you believe he’s 80 years old already?) a raving, unconfined nut.

    It is worth noting that one of Mario’s arguments over the last few months involved capitalization. I was thinking he was treading toward SovCit territory. Between this and Mario’s fondness of 14th amendment citizen (or Citizen) puts him squarely in the SovCit definition. I do not know if he is just borrowing the language to impress his followers (and benefactors) or if he actually follows this stuff himself.

    I realize Lupin may bring up the “Klan” argument but, in honesty, the klan groups are of minor issue. The world of SovCit’s, with some of its history coming from the Posse Comitatus of the 1970s-80s, is much uglier.

  12. avatar
    Rickey July 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    JPotter:

    And now, what will always be his masterpiece (to me, until he tops it):

    Epperly vs United States

    Filed Nov. 2nd, 1990

    http://www.14th-amendment.com/Court_Documents/Case_No._J90-010-CV/Plaintiff/Complaint/Plaintiff's_Complaint.pdf

    Wow. That’s a heap of craziness.

    I particularly enjoyed the way he and his family “sealed” the Complaint.

  13. avatar
    Majority Will July 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    Northland10: It is worth noting that one of Mario’s arguments over the last few months involved capitalization.I was thinking he was treading toward SovCit territory. Between this and Mario’s fondness of 14th amendment citizen (or Citizen) puts him squarely in the SovCit definition.I do not know if he is just borrowing the language to impress his followers (and benefactors) or if he actually follows this stuff himself.

    I realize Lupin may bring up the “Klan” argument but, in honesty, the klan groups are of minor issue.The world of SovCit’s, with some of its history coming from the Posse Comitatus of the 1970s-80s, is much uglier.

    Good points.

  14. avatar
    JPotter July 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Rickey: I particularly enjoyed the way he and his family “sealed” the Complaint.

    Yeah, you know that has got to be one screwed up family. Books waiting to be written, documentaries begging to be made!

  15. avatar
    Patrick McKinnion July 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    I wonder if Epperly knows that every noun in the US Constitution is capitalized. His own capitalization is strange beyond the obvious “BAR Association.” (Maybe where he lives BAR refers to the Browning Automatic Rifle.)

    Most Sovereign Citizens capitalize BAR like that. They think that BAR stands for “British Accredited Registry” and that when an attorney joins the BAR, they have taken on a foreign title and given up their US citizenship.

  16. avatar
    Patrick McKinnion July 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Northland10: I was thinking he was treading toward SovCit territory. Between this and Mario’s fondness of 14th amendment citizen (or Citizen) puts him squarely in the SovCit definition

    Actually the “14th Amendment Citizen” thing is also quite popular with white nationalists, and neo-Confederates.

  17. avatar
    Rickey July 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    I read a comment at juneauempire.com about the time that Epperly ran for a seat on the school board:

    I remember when he ran for School Board because he wanted to bring capital punishment back to the schools. He’s so stupid that he didn’t know the difference between corporal punishment and capital punishment.

  18. avatar
    JPotter July 28, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    David Well’s blog entry from February, in case anyone missed it the first time around:

    Here’s a birther who doesn’t even pretend not to be racist
    http://wellslawoffice.com/tag/gordon-warren-epperly/

    Curiously linked to this image:

    What are you going to do, CAP LOCK ME TO DEATH?
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/417595_10150662690275086_723075085_11609300_1379440754_n.jpg

  19. avatar
    JPotter July 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    First-generation coverage from Wonkette … with a healthy comment chain 😀

    KENYAN POLITICS 12:50 PM FEBRUARY 27, 2012
    ALASKAN IDIOT: OBAMA IS OF ‘MULATTO RACE,’ THUS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR PRESIDENCY

    http://wonkette.com/464815/alaskan-idiot-obama-is-of-%E2%80%9Cmulatto-race%E2%80%9D-thus-not-eligible-for-presidency

  20. avatar
    JPotter July 28, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    And another classic, from 2010, Epperley’s flip out re: the election of Lisa Murkowski…

    MORNING SEDITION
    America Should Have Bought the Extended Warranty

    http://www.stinque.com/2011/04/11/america-should-have-bought-the-extended-warranty/

    “Enclosed is a “Proclamation” declaring the political privileges of candidates to hold public offices of the United States. The “Proclamation” shows that U.S. Congress has never made provisions in the U.S. Constitution for women or non-white citizens to hold public offices.”

    Original letter and “proclamation”
    http://usa-the-republic.com/items%20of%20interest/U.S._Senator_Lisa_Murkowski/Objection_with_Proclmation.pdf

    I think http://usa-the-republic.com/ is Epperley’s/ Quite a repository of nuttery there!

  21. avatar
    Northland10 July 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Patrick McKinnion: Actually the “14th Amendment Citizen” thing is also quite popular with white nationalists, and neo-Confederates.

    True… The SovCit’s link to the Posse Comitatus would also be their link to the white nationalists (William Potter Gale was also Christian Identity).

  22. avatar
    Majority Will July 28, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    Rickey:
    I read a comment at juneauempire.com about the time that Epperly ran for a seat on the school board:

    I remember when he ran for School Board because he wanted to bring capital punishment back to the schools. He’s so stupid that he didn’t know the difference between corporal punishment and capital punishment.

    That gives new meaning to final exams.

  23. avatar
    jayHG July 29, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    They mention this lawsuit on free republic but in the comments, there’s no mention of the “no black people can be president” part and only one mention of the ” no women” part.

  24. avatar
    JPotter July 29, 2012 at 12:50 am #

    jayHG:
    They mention this lawsuit on free republic but in the comments, there’s no mention of the “no black people can be president” part and only one mention of the ” no women” part.

    You mean, freepers are embarrassed by blatant, sexist bigotry? Based on their usual fare, seems to me they’d be championing Epperley, and wishing all of their own vital, original intent fluids flowed as pure. I guess they can’t all achieve that level of nutty.

  25. avatar
    Kevin J Lankford July 29, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    He is actually quite correct that the fourteenth amendment does not and cannot
    confer natural born citizenship on anyone; natural born citizenship being necessary
    for the office of the president.

    Referring to the records of the congressional debates on the fourteenth amendment
    will bear this out, just as it will show birth on American soil alone does not confer
    American citizenship, though courts, such as in the case of “wong kim ark” have
    fallaciously perpetuated this lie, to the detriment of our American civilization.

  26. avatar
    Majority Will July 29, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Kevin J Lankford: . . just as it will show birth on American soil alone does not confer
    American citizenship, though courts, such as in the case of “wong kim ark” have
    fallaciously perpetuated this lie, to the detriment of our American civilization.

    You must have your own country since that’s bigoted, delusional nonsense here in the U.S.

    “All of our Presidents have, to date, been born in the 50 states. Notably, President Obama was born in the state of Hawaii, and so is clearly a natural born citizen.”
    – US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (retired)

  27. avatar
    JPotter July 29, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Kevin J Lankford: Referring to the records of the congressional debates

    Referring to debates? If anything said in Congress was law, this would be a very silly place indeed.

    Where in the debates does anyone say,”Okay, we’re going to put up this amendment that appears to say yadda-yadda, but we all agree that everyone knows it really means hubba-bubba.”

    Sounds like a perfectly reasonable means of governance to me.

    Dolt.

    PS — Precisely how much more correct than ‘correct’ is ‘quite correct’?

  28. avatar
    Entrepreneur July 29, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    FIFY

    Kevin J Lankford:
    He is actually quite incorrect to say that the fourteenth amendment does not and cannot
    confer natural born citizenship on anyone; natural born citizenship being necessary
    for the office of the president.

    Referring to the records of the congressional debates on the fourteenth amendment
    will bear this out, just as it will show birth on American soil alone does confer
    American citizenship, as the courts, such as in the case of “wong kim ark” have
    affirmed, to the credit of our American civilization.

  29. avatar
    Majority Will July 29, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    JPotter: Referring to debates? If anything said in Congress was law, this would be a very silly place indeed.

    Where in the debates does anyone say,”Okay, we’re going to put up this amendment that appears to say yadda-yadda, but we all agree that everyone knows it really means hubba-bubba.”

    Sounds like a perfectly reasonable means of governance to me.

    Dolt.

    PS — Precisely how much more correct than ‘correct’ is ‘quite correct’?

    A Google search of Kevin J Lankford is a quick study in the profile of a hardcore birther.

  30. avatar
    Entrepreneur July 29, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Seemingly a Corsi disciple as well, as he asserts the Corsi notion that oil is not a fossil fuel:

    http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/at-the-edge/2012/05/07/poll-says-america-ready-for-hard-choice-on-fossil-fuels-climate/comments

    Majority Will: A Google search of Kevin J Lankford is a quick study in the profile of a hardcore birther.

  31. avatar
    JPotter July 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    Majority Will: A Google search of Kevin J Lankford is a quick study in the profile of a hardcore birther.

    Yeah, seen the name before.

    I’m guessing his wingery goes much deeper and farther back than birfin’. Birtherism has been a great recruiting tool for sovcits, tax dodgers, intenters, superconspiracists, neoconfeds, blahblahblah. Use ODS as a lever to get borderline nuts to accept one or more winger memes to justify the ODS, and the wise fool is on their way to total cranksterhood!

  32. avatar
    G July 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Agreed!

    We’ve now bred entire generations of brainwashed people who are completely untethered from reality. It is a wonder that they can still funtion in physical society at all, beyond the comfy confines of internet fantasy-land.

    JPotter: Yeah, seen the name before.

    I’m guessing his wingery goes much deeper and farther back than birfin’. Birtherism has been a great recruiting tool for sovcits, tax dodgers, intenters, superconspiracists, neoconfeds, blahblahblah. Use ODS as a lever to get borderline nuts to accept one or more winger memes to justify the ODS, and the wise fool is on their way to total cranksterhood!

  33. avatar
    jayHG July 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    JPotter: You mean, freepers are embarrassed by blatant, sexist bigotry? Based on their usual fare, seems to me they’d be championing Epperley, and wishing all of their own vital, original intent fluids flowed as pure. I guess they can’t all achieve that level of nutty.

    They are championing it. They just hope That most folks don’t read it and see exactly what it says, cause they know freepers (1) won’t read it and (2) if they do read it, they will likely agree with it. But let’s not get excited at the possibility of a little sanity at free republic. Not…gonna…happen.

  34. avatar
    JPotter July 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    jayHG: They are championing it. They just hope That most folks don’t read it and see exactly what it says, cause they know freepers (1) won’t read it and (2) if they do read it, they will likely agree with it.But let’s not get excited at the possibility of a little sanity at free republic.Not…gonna…happen.

    Oh, there’s no sanity. Wouldn’t be a Freep at all if sanity broke out there! I just hope for consistency in insanity. Honest nuts can be sincere and earnest. No one likes a dishonest nut.

  35. avatar
    Northland10 July 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Majority Will: A Google search of Kevin J Lankford is a quick study in the profile of a hardcore birther.

    He had a mad at Larry Sinclair for Larry’s doubleplus ungood unOrly think. Larry had the audacity to point out that Orly lost in Lamberth’s court due to Orly’s poor performance (i.e. useless filings, claims without proof, etc.).

  36. avatar
    Tarrant July 30, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    I’m always fascinated by the birthers such as Kevin here that state that the 14th Amendment “does not and cannot” confer natural born citizenship. Looking at the first part – “does not”. One could make an argument there – it’d be a wrong one, and is countered by over 100 years of precedent and lawmaking, but then again people still argue over other amendments too.

    But “cannot”. That’s the one I always find interesting, because a non-negligible fraction of birthers I’ve seen have made the argument that NO amendment of any sort could ever confer natural born citizenship on anybody – that it is a term so extra-Constitutional and special that its definition is fixed (and, oddly, while they claim the Constitution isn’t enough of a nation-founding document to be able to define its own terms, they’re OK with random Swiss philosophers defining said terms).

    But that’s hogwash and simply xenophobic nuttery – arguing in essence that a nation should not have the capacity to judge its own citizens, our of fear that said nation might make some “undesirables” (in their minds, non-WASP) into citizens.

  37. avatar
    JPotter July 30, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Here’s a fun rant from a South Carolina Blogger re: Epperley:

    Pass the Doucheys on the Right-hand Side
    Musings of a “Southern” Negress.

    Coloreds and Baby-Makers Need Not Apply
    February 29, 2012

    http://passthedoucheys.com/2012/02/29/coloreds-and-baby-makers-need-not-apply/

    Her blog is a lot of (caustic) fun. Mind the site policy (“Don’t be a Douchebag”). Check it out!

  38. avatar
    James M July 30, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    jayHG:
    They mention this lawsuit on free republic but in the comments, there’s no mention of the “no black people can be president” part and only one mention of the ” no women” part.

    The thing about Freep is that comments are made and removed constantly. There is no way to know what has and has not been said there. Even if you make an account and post strictly right-wing points of view, the instant you slip and lean toward “merely rational’, you will be banned and your comments will be removed.

  39. avatar
    The Magic M July 30, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Tarrant: arguing in essence that a nation should not have the capacity to judge its own citizens

    Projection. They would like to have their own ideas govern the world for all eternity (because only they know what’s best, and what always will be), therefore they have no problem claiming the founders created this “pure WASP country” (nonsense in itself) that would have to remain the same until Judgment Day.

    I haven’t delved that deeply into the intricacies of US crankdom, so I don’t know how they treat Article VI (which allows everything in the Constitution to be changed, save one). Do they claim “amendment” does not mean “change” (as in “including replace entirely”) but only “supplement” (as in “modify without changing the original intent”)? Or do they all resort only to “those amendments I do not like were never properly ratified”?