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As I write, Sean Hannity is interviewing birther Donald Trump, and I’m trying really hard to resist making a “Dumb and Dumber” joke.
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As I write, Sean Hannity is interviewing birther Donald Trump, and I’m trying really hard to resist making a “Dumb and Dumber” joke.
As we’ve documented here at LGF, blogger (and stalker) Chuck C. Johnson has long been carrying on a flirtation with the bizarre and essentially racist right wing conspiracy theory that’s come to be known as “Birtherism.” In May of last year, he spoke at an event in Pacific Palisades, California, with the queen bee of the Birther movement, Orly Taitz, and according to Taitz’s account he explicitly came out in support of Birtherism and said he had discovered evidence that Barack Obama was not really a US citizen.
After this speaking engagement was exposed, Johnson issued some weak, equivocal denials that he was a Birther. But last night on Twitter, the whole thing came flooding out of him like a noxious confession. Here are the tweets he posted; it’s right wing inadvertent comedy at its best. (Or worst, depending on your viewpoint.)
Chuck began this crazed tirade by suggesting Sasha Obama was actually the daughter of Jesse Jackson Jr., then expressed his fear that he would be murdered if he published what he really knew. Then he said Barack Obama didn’t actually write his autobiography “Dreams from My Father” (he has previously said it was written by, yes, Bill Ayers).
But the really hilarious part of this deluge of insanity began when he posted photographs of Obama’s early years with the portentous instruction, “Note the hands.”
NOTE THE HANDS PEOPLE. THE HANDS.
(Note that embedded timelines display tweets in reverse chronological order; the most recent ones are at the top.)
Yesterday, a small group of right-wing demonstrators gathered in front of the White House at a rally scheduled to coincide with the visit of a number of sheriffs who were in Washington, D.C., to protest President Obama’s executive action on immigration.
One activist who was filming the rally spoke to several attendees who said they wanted to lynch Obama.
Among the remarks picked up by the cameraman:
“Hang the traitor!”
“Hang the lying Kenyan traitor!”
“We’ve got rope.”
“Plenty of trees in the front yard, wouldn’t be the first one hung on one of them trees.”
“Whatever happened to those good ol’ days?”
“Don’t stab his neck, you watch him choke to death.”
“He’s just biding his time until Satan takes him home to where he belongs.”
Did you know that Lord Christopher Monckton, known around LGF as the Original Swivel-Eyed Loon for his long history of obtuse, deceptive climate change denialism, his frequent appearances on the Alex Jones show, and his testimony to the House Energy Independence and Global Warming Commitee as the Republican Party’s sole expert witness in 2010, is also a Birther?
Today he has a piece appealing to the odd people who read World Net Daily to support Arizona’s Birther law enforcement official, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, that actually makes one fear for his sanity: For Sheriff Joe, the Clock Is Ticking.
One of the many dismal failures of the GOP since 2008 has been its failure to get to grips with the birth certificate issue.
The reason for the Republicans’ cowardice was very clearly spelled out to me by a senior and experienced GOP congressman over dinner at my club in Washington, D.C., a couple of years ago. “We all know the birth certificate is bogus,” he said, “but we also know that anyone who dares to raise the issue will have his or her reputation trashed by the communist left.”
In my assessment, it is only when the GOP commands both the Senate and the House that it may find what in English we should call the cojones to do something about the birth certificate.
[… crazy ranting …]
If the GOP wins the Senate, and even if it does not win the Senate, let it at last find the guts to do what it should have done long before now. Let it say yes to Sheriff Joe’s request that it should initiate a congressional investigation of this affair. And let the states’ attorneys general of Hawaii and Arizona step down. They should be ashamed of themselves.
They are not fit to hold office. Let theirs, together with that of the head of the Secret Service, be the first of countless heads that must roll throughout the governing class to root out the corruption of which the flagrantly bogus “birth certificate” is an enduring and disfiguring symbol. Enough is enough. It is time for Uncle Sam - and the GOP - to find the cojones to act.
Right wing smear merchant Chuck C. Johnson (who is NOT ME) is becoming infamous for inserting himself into breaking news stories like the shooting of Michael Brown, and pandering to the worst elements of the right wing with blatantly racist assertions based on no real evidence — usually citing “anonymous sources.”
But one of Chuck’s more interesting associations has gotten almost no notice, and he never brings it up himself: his appearance in May of this year at a speaking event in Pacific Palisades, California, sharing billing with none other than the queen bee of crazed Birtherism, Orly Taitz. And he didn’t just appear at the event; according to Taitz, Chuck explicitly praised her work and said he had discovered evidence that the Birthers were indeed correct and that Barack Obama was not a US citizen, but Andrew Breitbart refused to publish it.
I emphasize that these are Orly Taitz’s claims, because she’s well-known for, uh, exaggerating things. But the event took place in front of an audience of “at least 20 people,” and there’s more evidence that her account may be accurate.
There’s no doubt this Republican women’s event at the Pacific Palisades Riviera Country Club did happen, because Taitz actually published a photograph of herself and three other women, posing with none other than Chuck C. Johnson, holding a copy of his book.
Here’s Taitz’s description of what Chuck C. Johnson said at this event, and there are some pretty wild claims here; you decide whether you think it’s credible that Johnson said these things: More Revelations From Writer Charles C. Johnson : OrlyTaitzEsq.com.
In presence of at least 20 people at the event Mr. Johnson revealed that indeed he was hired by Andrew Breitbart to try to disprove birthers, however Mr. Johnson did in depth research and confirmed that the birthers are correct, that Obama is indeed using falsified IDs. Mr. Johnson went to Andrew Breitbart and urged publication of this evidence, but was rebuffed.
Further, Mr. Johnson revealed that his wife is from Indonesia and they did research in Indonesia. Mr. Johnson stated that he researched the school records of Assissi school in Jakarta. Johnson stated that Obama claimed that many students had in their school registration their religion listed as Muslim, that it was not a big deal. Mr. Johnson researched the records and found that only a couple of students in that whole school were listed as Muslim, as it was a Christian school. Obama was one of these couple of students. This shows that adherence to Islam was important for Obama’s step father Lolo Soetoro.
Moreover, Johnson talked about Obama’s half brother Malik Obama. Johnson repeatedly called Malik, Obama’s alleged half brother. When several women asked him, why do you call him alleged half brother, why are you saying alleged, Johnson stated that he does not believe that they are biologically related and he intends to investigate this matter further. Johnson stated that he is a friend of Joel Gilbert and works with him on this matter. Johnson also went into details into Lois Lerner’s actions relating to approving Malik’ s 501 C3 application . Johnson stated that he forwarded all of the information on Malik’s application and Lois Lerner’s actions to Darrel Issa, he stated that Issa had this information for a year.
Johnson stated that a number of his relatives worked for CIA and he has contacts with a number of CIA and FBI agents and he has contacts with the police.
Johnson talked about a number of politicians, such as Grover Norquist and Michelle Obama, her alleged committee exploring her future run for the US senate from Illinois against Republican senator Mark Kirk.
Johnson repeatedly stated that Orly is correct in her findings, that there are very few people around the country who work on the issue of Obama’s IDs and Orly is one of them.
Orly Taitz also posted this picture of Chuck C. Johnson’s signature on her copy of his book, as further evidence.
I think her story has the ring of truth, and even if Johnson doesn’t actually believe what Taitz claims he said, it sounds very much like his style to tell a right wing group of Birthers what he thinks they want to hear.
Coming this Monday, a must-see event in Washington DC sponsored by Breitbart “News” — the “National Security Action Summit!” featuring some of America’s foremost thinkfluencers and national security thought leaders, geniuses like Louie “Terror Babies” Gohmert, Michele “Crazy Eyes” Bachmann, Dr. Ben “The Earth is 6000 Years Old” Carson, Andy “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” McCarthy, Dick “Bomb Everything” Cheney, and the always McCarthyesque Sen. Ted Cruz! (In this crowd, being compared to Joltin’ Joe McCarthy is a compliment.)
Starting with a screening of convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza’s latest insane propaganda film.
The conference will take place in Salon III at Washington D.C.’s Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008) starting at 8:00 am EST with a screening of Dinesh D’Souza’s new documentary, “America: Imagine a World Without Her.”
Among the list of guests will be: former Vice President Dick Cheney, Sen. Ted Cruz, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, Dr. Ben Carson, Reps. Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, Trent Franks and Jim Bridenstine, Andy McCarthy and many others.
No word yet on whether some of the other fine experts who write national security columns for Breitbart “News” will be included, leading lights such as Frank Gaffney, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, to bring their unique perspectives to bear on the issues facing America in the age of ISIS.
(Did I lay it on thick enough, do you think?)
It gets even better; LGF contributor @Gus_802 points out that the co-sponsor of this wacky event, EMPAct America, is a group that thinks America is under threat of EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse) attack, and markets all kinds of crazed merchandise to people who want to survive the coming electro-apocalypse. In a word, survivalists.
Here’s their website, at which they market all kinds of bizarre products like the M5—H 32 x 38 Faraday Bag, to protect your iPad when the EMP hits. The conservative movement in this country just gets weirder and weirder.
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Dr. Ben Carson (Young Earth Creationist, Birther) recently cited a book called The Naked Communist by W. Cleon Skousen, in a speech against marriage equality:
If you look at the writings of a lot of the neo-Marxists, when they talk about the New World Order, they say there’s only one stick in the mud - the United States. How do you get them out of the way? Or how do you change them? And they said there are two fundamental things - the Judeo-Christian faith, and their strong families. Those were the things that had to be attacked, and those things have been systemically attacked over the last several decades. There’s a booked called The Naked Communist by Cleon Skousen, the same guy who wrote The 5000 Year Leap, that lays out the whole agenda.
If you’ve been a regular reader of LGF over the past several years, the name W. Cleon Skousen has come up a few times, particularly The 5000 Year Leap, as Glenn Beck (among others), is a self described disciple of Skousen, best described as a right wing crank:
What has Beck been pushing on his legions? “Leap,” first published in 1981, is a heavily illustrated and factually challenged attempt to explain American history through an unspoken lens of Mormon theology. As such, it is an early entry in the ongoing attempt by the religious right to rewrite history. Fundamentalists want to define the United States as a Christian nation rather than a secular republic, and recast the Founding Fathers as devout Christians guided by the Bible rather than deists inspired by French and English philosophers. “Leap” argues that the U.S. Constitution is a godly document above all else, based on natural law, and owes more to the Old and New Testaments than to the secular and radical spirit of the Enlightenment. It lists 28 fundamental beliefs — based on the sayings and writings of Moses, Jesus, Cicero, John Locke, Montesquieu and Adam Smith — that Skousen says have resulted in more God-directed progress than was achieved in the previous 5,000 years of every other civilization combined. The book reads exactly like what it was until Glenn Beck dragged it out of Mormon obscurity: a textbook full of aggressively selective quotations intended for conservative religious schools like Utah’s George Wythe University, where it has been part of the core freshman curriculum for decades (and where Beck spoke at this year’s annual fundraiser).
But more interesting than the contents of “The 5,000 Year Leap,” and more revealing for what it says about 912ers and the Glenn Beck Nation, is the book’s author. W. Cleon Skousen was not a historian so much as a player in the history of the American far right; less a scholar of the republic than a threat to it. At least, that was the judgment of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, which maintained a file on Skousen for years that eventually totaled some 2,000 pages. Before he died in 2006 at the age of 92, Skousen’s own Mormon church publicly distanced itself from the foundation that Skousen founded and that has published previous editions of “The 5,000 Year Leap.”
As Beck knows, to focus solely on “The 5,000 Year Leap” is to sell the author short. When he died in 2006 at the age of 92, Skousen had authored more than a dozen books and pamphlets on the Red Menace, New World Order conspiracy, Christian child rearing, and Mormon end-times prophecy. It is a body of work that does much to explain Glenn Beck’s bizarre conspiratorial mash-up of recent months, which decries a new darkness at noon and finds strange symbols carefully coded in the retired lobby art of Rockefeller Center. It also suggests that the modern base of the Republican Party is headed to a very strange place.
Hat tip for the above Charles. That excerpt was from a 2009 Salon article You should read that whole article, as well listen to the other clips in the Right Wing Watch I’ve posted.
And let me remind you again that Dr. Ben Carson is a rising star in the conservative movement, primarily because he is perceived as having “bravely” spoken conservative truths with the evil Marxist Fascist Maoist Anti-Christ Secretly Muslim Secretly Gay Kenyan with Totalitarian Cravings President Barack Hussein Obama.
In a classic right wing screw-up, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that the publisher of batshit crazy conspiracy website World Net Daily, birther loon Joseph Farah, was caught trying to carry a loaded .38-caliber handgun through security at Washington DC’s Dulles Airport. Farah has been charged with a class 1 misdemeanor.
Birthers with loaded guns getting on airplanes. What could go wrong?
In this interview with Alan Colmes from earlier this week, Dr. Ben Carson does the birther two step, saying that while he does believe President Obama was born in Hawaii, it is also reasonable for people to be suspicious about his background. To support his argument, he brings up the old canard about his college records:
Colmes: For example, I never heard of a president before questioned about his birth certificate, being treated as if he was a foreign, “not one of us,” “he’s a secret Muslim;” doesn’t that arise out of some sort of soft bigotry?
Carson: Well, I would say that the best way to put that to rest is expose everything, including your academic records. Let us know, you know, where did you apply - when you applied to Columbia, from where were you applying?
Colmes: - at Occidental. But he’s released both versions of a birth certificate, and that wasn’t even enough for those who kept criticizing him for not releasing the information. They said, “that’s not real.” They continue to say it wasn’t real.
Carson: But don’t you think, and try to be totally objective in answering this question -
Carson: Don’t you think it is reasonable for people who are seeking public office, or are in public office, to allow people to see what they’re getting, and to expose their past records?
Colmes: (overlap) No that’s fair. What you said is fair, but you just said a few moments ago, would you have the same reaction were it a white person versus a black person, no white president has ever been asked to produce a birth certificate.
Carson: But has there been anybody else who has had a shroud of secrecy around their records like this?
Colmes: Do you have any question about whether he was born in this country?
Carson: I do have questions about where he applied from, when he applied to Columbia.
Colmes: But do you have any questions about whether he was born in the United States?
Carson: That has not been an issue for me.
Colmes: So you know he was born in Hawaii?
Carson: I accept that that’s the case.
Colmes: So what I’m saying is that the birther movement, questioning whether the president was even born here, saying he’s really a Kenyan, he’s really an African, and he’s not even a Christian, he’s really a Muslim, a white president never had to go through that.
Carson: I don’t think that it is racially motivated. I do think that people want to know, because, you know, be objective, you have somebody whose name is Barack Hussein Obama -
Carson: - there is secrecy about some of his records, there’s something that’s been written in the past which I’m sure you’re familiar with that says he was born somewhere else -
Colmes: Do you believe that?
Carson: I don’t believe that’s true, no, but what I’m saying is that there is reason that some people might be suspicious. I’m not one of them.
He cites Obama’s full name as a reason somebody might be suspicious.
More to the point, however, what Carson does not mention (and Colmes really should have mentioned), is that there was never any credible reason to suspect Obama was born anywhere outside the United States in the first place, and that “something that’s been written in the past” he refers to was his literary bio, “exposed” by Breitbart.com during their famous/infamous “The Vetting” series in 2012 that was explained as a fact checking error. This is what makes birtherism so incredibly stupid!
Colmes said that Carson didn’t go birther on him, but he did.
Meanwhile, in the lunatic right wing Birther community (and yes, it’s a community, and not a small one), a war is breaking out, as crackpot “journalist” Charles C. Johnson (who is NOT ME) visits Birther queen bee Orly Taitz and reportedly reveals a bit of BOMBSHELL BREAKING NEWS: Journalist Claims Breitbart Ignored Obama Eligibility Evidence Out of Fear of Government. (Google cache link to insane Birther site.)
Orly Taitz recently revealed some information that was procured through her dealings with former breitbart.com journalist Charles Johnson. If her account is factual, then it would be a serious indictment of this popular news organization. It goes beyond ignoring the facts to an unthinkable realization of purposely covering them up.
Attorney Orly Taitz was a speaker at an event with writer Charles Johnson…
After the presentation Johnson answered questions from the public
Johnson revealed that early on Andrew Breitbart hired him to disprove birther claims, to show that birthers are lying and Obama is eligible for the presidency. Johnson, an accomplished investigative journalist, engaged in extensive research and found that Taitz and others are correct, that birther claims are true, that Obama is indeed a fraud and using all bogus IDs. Johnson went back to Breitbart and other editors of breitbart.com advising them that birther claims are 100% correct and they should write about it. breitbart.com editors refused to write about it as they were afraid of persecutions by the IRS and other government agencies.
So, Johnson confirmed at a public meeting that breitbart.com, which fashions itself as a political dissident publication, was as complicit in the cover up of the biggest fraud in the US history, as the other main stream media publications, high ranking officials and a number of judges.
As a connoisseur of right wing idiocy, it pleases me enormously to see the Birther kooks attacking the Breitbrat kooks. It’s a kook battle! And this also shreds whatever credibility Charles C. Johnson (who is NOT ME) may have had; the guy is a Birther. End of story.
At her weird website, Orly Taitz also posted a photo of the book Charles C. Johnson (who, again, is NOT ME) signed for her, with the message: “To Orly — Keep telling the truth.”
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