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Birther Farce Proceeds in Georgia, Minus President and Basis in Reality

By Leah Nelson on January 26, 2012 - 12:20 pm, Posted in Birther Extremism

Adding an extra layer of surreality to the already farcical Georgia proceedings regarding President Obama’s constitutional eligibility for office, neither the defendant nor his counsel appeared at this morning’s hearing before an administrative law judge.

Yesterday, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp refused a last-minute request by the president’s attorney to cancel the hearing. Arguing that the administrative judge, Michael Malihi, has “exercised no control whatsoever over this proceeding,” Obama lawyer Michael Jablonski asked Kemp to “bring an end to this baseless, costly and unproductive hearing” before it further debased his office and the reputation of Georgia.

Kemp declined, writing that “if you and your client choose to suspend your participation in the … proceedings, please understand that you do so at your own peril.”

Thus warned, the president and his counsel both chose not to appear.

Fortunately, Orly Taitz – one of three lawyers to present “evidence” this morning – is a talented performance artist. Dressed in a somber black suit, platinum hair sprayed firmly aloft, the “birther queen” took center stage after brief presentations by two attorneys whose arguments rested on the nonsensical theory that the president is not a “natural born citizen” because his father was not a U.S. citizen.

Taitz stuck with her usual arguments, proclaiming that the president’s birth certificate is a forgery and that the man in the White House is actually Indonesian citizen Barry Soetoro. After questioning her witnesses so ineptly that the judge several times interrupted and asked her to reframe her queries, Taitz ascended to the witness stand herself and began a rambling speech about the alleged fraud in the White House. Mahili cut her short, asking that she put the rest of her testimony in writing and move on to closing arguments.

She did so with gusto. Alluding inexplicably to the hard-won voting rights of women and blacks, Taitz presented herself as a civil rights crusader, fighting on behalf of clients whose right to vote for a “legitimate” candidate was being trampled by a conspiratorial government that refused to hear their pleas.

Before stepping down, she asked the judge to hold Obama in contempt for refusing to appear in court. (In fact, Malihi does not have the power to hold the president – or anyone else – in contempt, and will have to refer the matter to a state trial judge.) Thanking her for her presentation, the judge banged the gavel and the courtroom emptied.

  • Jim Carlson

    Look up the word ‘delusional’ in a dictionary and you’ll see a picture of Orly Taitz. And as a lawyer, she makes a great dentist.

  • Kiwiwriter

    Ruslan, thanks for that answer.

    Rebecca, well-put. Jason doesn’t have any more knowledge of the 1960s than he does of Norman Rockwell or World War II.

  • Rebecca

    Jason, you’re all of, what, maybe 18? 19? You weren’t even born in the 1960’s and all you are capable of is the mindless droning and regurgitation of baseless and false ideas of what the world is like. Crawl out from under your rock, get an education, and keep talkin’ because the SPLC and their affiliates use these kinds of conversations—which are permanent on your record and on the internet—as evidence against people like you who are in neo-Nazi groups spouting racism and hatred. Attempting to incite anger, riots, or violence on ANY public forum is illegal, and will eventually bring your own downfall. So keep talkin’ my friend. Keep adding more damning evidence and make life easier for the SPLC and FBI to prosecute. If none of us “matter,” then why do you waste your precious time and energy here, when you COULD be doing other, secretive, nefarious things?? The answer: attention-whore trolling gets you the limelight for all of 30 seconds. Bravo. Now be a good little obedient mindless drone and fade into oblivion where you belong. Kthxbai.

  • Mark Chambers

    I’m been reading the comments sections for a while, and have come to the conclusion that Jason Smith,is nom de plume. As my sainted mother used to say ‘ if you ignore them they will go away’. In other words by responding so much to this fake fellow, you are puffing him up enough to think ‘he’ is in charge. Poppycock. If it smells like sh!t and feels like sh!t either its sh!t or compost. Compost=Jason. Enough said.

  • Terrible Thoughts

    Rule 11 is part of the Federal court rules. This was a Georgia state administrative court, if I understand correctly. Nonetheless, I’m sure Georgia has a similar rule. At the very least, Taitz should be sanctioned for filing a frivolous suit.

  • Karen, a tired old lesbian

    Orly Taitz’ relentless pursuit of Obama is a Rule 11 violation. Instead of having a hearing, the ALJ needed to fine her, dismiss the case and do something, anything, worthwhile.

  • Aron

    Thanks for clarifying, ADM :) You’re still A-Ok in my book