Birther Frenzy


I have to give the birthers some credit – they have staying power. No matter how many times they’re slapped down and laughed out of court, their racial hatred for President Obama means they just get up and keep on going.

Much like zombies really. With about the same level of mental agility. The minute the argument switched from “He was born in Kenya” to “He’s not a naturally born citizen” it became crystal clear that this had everything to do with Obama’s colour and nothing to do with his eligibility.

Not content with having crazy woman Orly Taitz losing in court, without Obama’s team even appearing, they’ve now gone and given money to Sheriff Joe “I can ignore me some sex crimes if it’s Chicanos” Arpaio, to conduct some sort of “investigation.” Given Joe’s reputation as a racist… not to mention as a corrupt cop… not to mention media whore, it came as no suprise when he announced that Obama’s birth certificate was “dodgy.” The real beauty of it all is that his investigation team worked solely with a copy, downloaded off the internet. That is what they used for their “forensic analysis.” I think it’s worth stating that again, just in case you aren’t familiar with the stunning stupidity of the whole thing: They conducted an “investigation” into the veracity of the electronic copy of the president’s birth certificate. You may now facepalm.

Needless to say, the media at large took one look at Arpaio’s ranting and decided to focus on reality instead, which raised the ire of birthers such as WND’s Joseph Farah. he saw the fact that the mainstream media were ignoring lunatics such as himself as the “biggest cover-up since Watergate” and he devoted several columns to bitching about how the liberal media were ignoring the great work Sheriff Joe was doing.

However, the biggest indication that all was not well came when Arpaio’s volunteer lead investigator self-published a book he’d co-authored with WND’s Jerome Corsi, niftily  entitled, “A Question of Eligibility: A Law Enforcement Investigation into Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate and His Eligibility to be Presidentthe day before Arpaio’s torturous news conference.

Hang on a second.

So the investigator had time to sit down and write a booklet, in conjunction with Jerome Corsi (who also needs to remain in the limelight, because of his own book on the subject), published with the help of Joseph Farah… and all this whilst supposedly conducting an impartial investigation into what they think is a fairly serious matter.

This is much the same as the prosecution team writing “The Murder of Nicole Simpson” before the OJ trial even started.

Needless to say, now the media were interested. After all, here was somebody who appeared to be using a police investigation for personal gain, tied in with somebody who is neither a journalist, nor an investigator, who was fired from his previous job and who – when he he worked as a self-titled “investment banker” – was successfully sued by former partners. Not only that, but Zullo, who is described as a “retired detective” from New Jersey, has no record of serving as a police officer, nor is there a private detective license registered in his name. It all seems a little fishy to me.

Joseph Farah, in typical fundie “Help! Help! I’m being repressed!” style, immediately bemoaned the fact that the media were having a go at somebody who is looking increasingly dodgy himself.

As Farah said, “Zullo participated in the criminal investigation as a volunteer – getting involved reluctantly and skeptically and with no pre-conceived conclusions.” Now this is laughable – if he was reluctant had no preconceived conclusions, then why has he been a member of the Cold Case Posse since 2006, and its leader since 2007. Why did he immediately team up with Jerome Corsi to write the book?

Farah asks the question, “What’s wrong with Zullo getting some remuneration for his six months of previously unpaid public service work?” clearly misunderstanding what “volunteer” means, not to mention the fact that law enforcement officials aren’t in the habit of writing books on their current investigations. Or as Farah put it, “Because Mike Zullo, the lead investigator for Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse, has, with the help of WND’s Jerome Corsi, put the findings of the investigation in an inexpensive e-book format for the public, the entire investigation is suspect.”

Got it in one, Joseph.

However, it seems that the zombie mentality is spreading. After another session by Jerome Corsi, basically saying “Please buy my book,” yet another sheriff has allegedly come out calling for an inquiry into Obama’s papers, saying he might not be a natural born citizen. See, America, this is why you shouldn’t vote for every Tom, Dick and Harry – sheriffs  should be sheriffs because they’re good cops, not because they won a popularity contest.

Now I say allegedly, because outside of WND and a site called “obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com” I can’t find any record of Sheriff Ed Rochford saying any such thing. I think the saddest part of all this, is that we’re not talking some hick sheriff, like Arizona’s Arpaio, but this is a guy from New Jersey, and we tend to think up the northern states as being a little bit more sane.

Then again, New Jersey is the home of Andrew Schlafly and Terry Hurlbut, so one has to wonder. The latter is trumpeting on his own blog, that two people – one of them a Democrat to boot (which seems to make it ok in what passes for his mind), are challenging Obama’s eligibility in court. The Republican challenger, one Nick Purpura, is no stranger to the courts. Hurlbut has been slavishly following Purpura’s court challenges to Obama’s Health Care Bill.

It’s the usual tripe about Obama’s father not being a citizen, the Arpaio “investigation” etc, etc.

Still, once again, it’s an opportunity for the lawyers to get rich. I’m still wondering how much Orly Taitz made out of the failed Georgia court case, and I wonder how much the lawyer in this case, one Mario Apuzzo will make out of this one.

Not to mention Joseph Farah’s incessant begging for “donations” to help the Cold Case Posse.

It seems as if birthers have money to burn… and there’s plenty of people willing to help them.


About PsyGremlin

PsyGremlin is a former Conservapedia sysop (although the position was earned nefariously), stand up comedian, DJ, and is currently a self-employed financial adviser, who impersonates a responsible adult at least 5 days a week. However, highlighting and poking fun at the crazies out there remains his first love. Well besides pork crackling. And custard. And cricket.
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11 Responses to Birther Frenzy

  1. brxbrx says:

    I live in Maricopa County, Arizona, and if you look it up, you’ll see that Arpaio is under investigation for a lot of things, most shockingly for not investigating sex crimes (presumably so that he has more time to persecute hispanics).

    • PsyGremlin says:

      And here I was thinking you were French. From what I can tell the crimes he ignored tended to involve Hispanics and especially illegal immigrants.

      He sounds like a really nice guy.

  2. Norseman says:

    I always figured the closer to the border you get, the more crazier “we masturbate to the flag” Americans you’d find. I just wonder how many of them even believe this crap – they’re just along for the ride (like Taitz) for the publicity and money, secondary only to find an excuse to get rid of Obama.

    Honestly looks like they’re resigned to Obama winning the next election, that they have to stick to the birther issue because it’s all they’ve got.

    Pretty funny when someone asks a candidate (McCain, anal froth, Romney, etc.) about Obama being A MOSLEM OMG, and they don’t even touch that issue. It’s toxic even to them.

  3. Joseph Farah says:

    You couldn’t make this up? But that’s exactly what you did.

    Charge: “Needless to say, the media at large took one look at Arpaio’s ranting and decided to focus on reality instead, which raised the ire of birthers such as WND’s Joseph Farah. he saw the fact that the mainstream media were ignoring lunatics such as himself as the ‘biggest cover-up since Watergate’ and he devoted several columns to bitching about how the liberal media were ignoring the great work Sheriff Joe was doing.”

    Reality: I never said any such thing. However, for the record, I don’t dispute that this cover-up is the biggest thing since Watergate. But putting words in other people’s mouths is considered, shall we say, bad form — almost as bad as your grammar, punctuation and capitalization.

    Charge: “So the investigator had time to sit down and write a booklet, in conjunction with Jerome Corsi (who also needs to remain in the limelight, because of his own book on the subject), published with the help of Joseph Farah… and all this whilst supposedly conducting an impartial investigation into what they think is a fairly serious matter.”

    Reality: I offered and provided no help with the publishing of this book.

    Charge: “Joseph Farah, in typical fundie ‘Help! Help! I’m being repressed!’ style, immediately bemoaned the fact that the media were having a go at somebody who is looking increasingly dodgy himself.”

    Reality: For someone who throws around unfounded insults like “racist,” you betray your own anti-Christian religious bigotry here.

    Charge: “As Farah said, ‘Zullo participated in the criminal investigation as a volunteer – getting involved reluctantly and skeptically and with no pre-conceived conclusions.’ Now this is laughable – if he was reluctant had no preconceived conclusions, then why has he been a member of the Cold Case Posse since 2006, and its leader since 2007. Why did he immediately team up with Jerome Corsi to write the book?”

    Reality: He didn’t! Corsi wrote the book and INSISTED that Zullo who had conducted the actual investigation get credit and half of the author compensation from the book. Had Corsi written the book without any credit to Zullo, idiots like you would have been accusing Corsi of plagiarism. Corsi told Zullo whether he liked it or not he was going to get half the author royalties from the book. There’s nothing illegal, immoral or unethical about profiting from a book following an investigation. It happens all the time, even when investigators ARE paid to do the work.

    Charge: “Or as Farah put it, ‘Because Mike Zullo, the lead investigator for Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse, has, with the help of WND’s Jerome Corsi, put the findings of the investigation in an inexpensive e-book format for the public, the entire investigation is suspect.’

    Reality: This proves you are not only good at making up quotes, you are also good at taking them completely out of context. Anyone who would like to see how you have been deceived by this this blogger is free to read the complete context here: http://www.wnd.com/2012/03/media-in-full-posterior-cover-mode/

    Charge: About another sheriff questioning the birth certificate, you write: “Now I say allegedly, because outside of WND and a site called ‘obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com’ I can’t find any record of Sheriff Ed Rochford saying any such thing. I think the saddest part of all this, is that we’re not talking some hick sheriff, like Arizona’s Arpaio, but this is a guy from New Jersey, and we tend to think up the northern states as being a little bit more sane.”

    Reality: Thanks for making my point about media irresponsibility and cover-up.

    • PsyGremlin says:

      Dear Joseph.
      Thanks for your reply. Now, let’s have a look at the points you raised.

      1. Maybe you didn’t say it, but Sheriff Joe certainly did. In fact, he called it “10 times worse than Watergate,” something I’m sure WND has mentioned. And thanks for the Andrew Schlafly-ism on my grammar, etc. My lapses probably come about due to reading WND’s commnets section too often. I do hope you comment on your readers’ grammar accordingly.

      2. I find that hard to believe, given that it’s co-written by WND’s poster boy for birtherism and you and WND have been hawking the book at every opportunity.

      3. You didn’t answer the allegation. Do you deny that fundies claim “Help! I’m being repressed” at every opportunity?

      4. Wait. So Corsi wrote the book about the investigation… totally independently of the investigation? Now it seems to me that that raises a whole bunch of issues: a) how does somebody who doesn’t seem to even qualify as a jounalist have access to an on-going investigation? b) Assuming the investigators actually had some integrity and didn’t share their findings with a civilian, that means Corsi made it all up (which wouldn’t be the first time, from what I hear.) Either way, your own admission calls the veracity of either the book, or investigation in question. Nice going! And it still doesn’t explain how Zullo can possibly be impartial if he was sharing the information with somebody of Corsi’s reputation.

      5. Irony. You don’t understand it.

      6. Ah yes, here we go. The great cover up paranoia again. You’re as bad as Terry Hurlbut claiming that the various courts the birthers are being laughed out of, are all part of some conspiracy. Just because people don’t want to listen to your fairy tale, doesn’t mean there’s a conspiracy.

      Thanks for the reply Joesph, hopefully the first of many. After all, look at the bright side – you’re looking at another 4 whole years to rail against the Black Man in the White House.

    • Pi says:

      You never say anything do you, Farah? It is always the same, give someone a platform to make unfounded allegation and profit from it. Of course you allude to endorsing the statements, but never actually do.

    • Anonymous says:

      No matter what anyone tells you, never shave that stash. ~~~~

    • Bob Ross says:

      So Joey where’s the money you said you were going to donate to the hospital that could be identified as Obama’s birth hospital. No strings attached remember? We all know you’re not a man of your word and are one of the lower scumbags of society.

      • PsyGremlin says:

        ooh, thanks for the h/t on that. Just did a little investigating and added a post.

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