‘Birth of an Obsession’

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Monday, June 22, 2009 at 9:34 am

Spencer Kornhaber has a fantastic piece about the “Birthers” up at the OC Weekly — a lengthy profile of Orly Taitz, the dentist with a degree from an (accredited!) online law school who’s become the “queen” of the movement.

A few things about Taitz.

The first I heard of her was in November 2008, when I interviewed California  lawyer Gary Kreep about his work for Alan Keyes, the tragic fringe candidate (a Harvard-educated diplomat who has been utterly discredited by his runs for office) who sued to deny Barack Obama California’s 55 electoral votes. Kreep told me that he’d also been helping out a “woman who immigrated from Russia” and whose legal filings, reflecting the language gap, needed to be cleaned up. I met her at a December 2008 press conference that followed the Supreme Court’s denial of cert on one of Philip Berg’s many anti-Obama lawsuits. I ran into her again at the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot, where she was doing interviews (one with Esquire, she claimed) and helping out Carl Swensson in his effort to empanel “citizen grand juries” that could bring down the president, somehow. Both times, I talked to Taitz at length—the second time, she led me to the cafeteria of the Knob Creek range to show me sheafs of documents (many of them listing other Americans named “Barack Obama,” which she found suspicious) and ask me why I hadn’t written about them.

I ran into the same problem that Kornhaber did — for all of Taitz’s legwork, none of her stuff held up. It was/is based on misunderstandings and a failure to check the veracity or meaning of documents with the right people.

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The “Queen Bee” of the Birther Movement | The League of Ordinary Gentlemen
Pingback posted June 22, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

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MaineSkeptic
Comment posted June 22, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

Nice piece, Dave, but I think “misunderstandings” is a bit generous. Her errors have been pointed out to her countless times and she has repeatedly been shown incontrovertible evidence refuting her claims.

She continues to say what she wants people to believe, but at least some of the time she knows it's false.

She is lying.


RedGraham
Comment posted July 2, 2009 @ 8:14 am

I don't believe Obama will ever be able to produce convincing evidence he was ever a U.S. citizen(natural-born or naturalized) or that his name is legally Barack Obama. He should get right with God and the American people by telling us he is sorry for the subterfuge and resign. In the meantime anything he signs and anyone he appoints will have to be voided. We will probably see him impeached and removed from office if he doesn't resign. It is highly doubtful he will be imprisoned, hanged or deported. What a mess.


Matt Taylor
Comment posted July 16, 2009 @ 7:50 pm

I know that you believe you being too stupid to comprehend reality means that reality doesn't count.

Don't mistake your genetic deficiencies preventing you from comprehending the FACT that Obama is a US citizen for there being no evidence.


Matt Taylor
Comment posted July 16, 2009 @ 7:51 pm

We shouldn't assume she is lying. Why is everyone so quick to dismiss the idea that Little Miss Squirrely Taint may not be lying, just mentally psychotic and clinically stupid?


A ‘Birther’ Scorecard « One Utah
Pingback posted July 22, 2009 @ 5:57 pm

[...] of the birthers” Orly Taitz, Obama conspiracy theorist and a dentist with a degree from an online law [...]


Meet the Birthers « Native and Natural Born Citizenship Explored
Pingback posted July 24, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

[...] In particular I would like to point out the following part In a June 22 Washington Independent post, David Weigel wrote of Taitz: “I ran into the same problem that Kornhaber did — for all [...]


idiots4obama
Comment posted July 25, 2009 @ 7:34 am

I dont care where he was born..He's a radical incompetent MORON and should be removed.
Idiots4obama com is a great site explaining to dumbass liberals the truth about jobkiller dictator Obama.


Meet the Birthers » Obama Eligibility
Pingback posted May 20, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

[...] In particular I would like to point out the following part In a June 22 Washington Independent post, David Weigel wrote of Taitz: “I ran into the same problem that Kornhaber did — for all [...]


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