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Commenting @ Orly

Last October I did an article, “Max(Orly)” about Orly Taitz’ blogging activity, how many articles she published on a daily basis. As of that time, she had published a whopping 12,314. Building on that effort, I did a new report, this time on Orly’s commenters.  Here are some statistics as of today, March 2, 2013:

Total articles

14172

Articles with comments

9340

Articles without comments

4832

Total number of comments

59331

Average comments per article

4.2

Average comments on articles with comments

6.4

Most comments on any article [link to Taitz site]

666

Number of commenters1

9816

 

The very first comment [link to Taitz blog] on Orly’s blog was by imanamerican on April 22, 2009, saying about an upcoming march on Washington:

September?!! Why not tomorrow?

The most prolific commenter, as you might guess, is Orly Taitz herself with 3829. The runner up is Veritas with 1422, followed by The Phoenix, John, Starla, Redd, Elizabeth, The Truth, Phil, RacerJim, and hippybiker.

Here are some of the odder commenter names I found:

  • Loretta Fuddy
  • Ebony bbw anal (spam)
  • Muslim Brotherhood
  • tramodol (more spam)
  • Perfect Business Suit For Men (ditto)
  • best times to go to disney world (lots ❗ more spams omitted)
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The last birther standing?

It’s been a while since my last reader poll. The question: who will be the last birther standing? That is, who will still be actively promoting birtherism when the others have moved on or passed on?

Who will be the last birther standing?

  • Orly Taitz (62%, 81 Votes)
  • Butterdezillion (12%, 15 Votes)
  • Rudy (Lonestar1776) (8%, 11 Votes)
  • ORYR host (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Theresa Cao (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Dr. Kate (2%, 2 Votes)
  • James D. Manning (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Jerome Corsi (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Terry Lakin (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Tracy Fair (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Mark Gillar (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Mario Apuzzo (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Al Hendershot (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Christopher-Earl: Strunk (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Chalice Jackson (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Charles Kerchner (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Susan Daniels (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Linda Jordan (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Sharon Rondeau (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Bob Gard (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mike Zullo (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Paul Irey (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Walter Fitzpatrick (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 130

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And the judge was…

Birther version:

…dismissive, intimidating, belittling and assumed the role of the defense attorney…

Obot version:

…fully prepared, unfailingly polite and infinitely patient…

The former is the allegation of birther investigator Susan Daniels, speaking of judge David L. Fuhry in Ohio. She further alleges that the transcript of the hearing has been altered at the direction of the judge to hide his misconduct. The Obot version comes from Mary, a commenter at The Fogbow, who attended the hearing.

Normally if the judge rules against you, you’re wrong. In this case, according to Daniels, it means “the judge should be removed from the bench” and that is what Daniels is demanding in a filing before the Supreme Court of Ohio Disciplinary Council.

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Plaintiffs’ motion … is difficult to decipher

The U. S. District Court for Eastern California has denied a motion to reconsider a moot issue, staying the counting the electoral votes from the 2012 election. Judge Morris C. England, Jr., wrote:

Plaintiffs’ Motion for Reconsideration is difficult to decipher.

Orly TaitzI feel your pain, your honor. Judge England cited Local Rule 230(j) which says roughly that it you want a motion reconsidered, you have to come up with something new—new facts, new evidence, an inadvertent error. Taitz’ 24-page motion for reconsideration was just a rehash of the original motion.

Judge England writes:

Plaintiffs fail to describe material new facts that warrant the Court to reconsidering (sic) its decision…

The post-birther era

Birtherism has become irrelevant. There was never any chance that the birthers would prove their claims of a foreign birth for President Obama, nor that they would win a lawsuit to block his candidacy. Still there was always the remote chance that enough people might believe the birther conspiracy theories to change the results of the election. But that didn’t happen; Obama won handily.

Given the post-election realities, I think it is fair to consign the birthers to history. Even though they are still around and might file the occasional crank lawsuit, there’s really no chance that they will ever accomplish anything except perhaps depleting their own bank accounts.

Just as the cars on the Interstate highway1 slow down to gawk at an accident, and the evening news covers a train wreck extensively, there will always be some interest in looking at the birthers, either with condescending sympathy or indignant derision. There will be ongoing puzzles to see who can knock down the latest birther nonsense in the fewest steps.

I personally sense a sea change. Birthers on Twitter and Facebook are repeating really old rumors. We’re getting more drive-by nasty comments here on the site, both phenomena, I think, a sign of birther frustration. I’m personally becoming less bemused and more annoyed at Orly’s inept legal filings, and my interests are developing in other areas.

This isn’t any sort of “I’m shutting down the blog” article, but things have changed; we are now in the post-birther era.


1Not in San Diego