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 President” the 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.