On Wednesday Jan 26th my husband and I took a road trip to Atlanta to watch the Georgia birther carnival side show in person. I turned out to be a trip IMO well worth taking. We met up with other Fogbow Obots for dinner on Wednesday night and then met up again to attend the hearing together on Thursday morning.
My first impression was the extent of security they had in place. It made me think that they had no clue what may happen but intended to be ready for anything. We had to go through security screening and a metal detector to enter the outer room of the courtroom. We were asked the purpose of our presence there and we told them we were there as observers. Once inside and seated I realized that I should have made a pit stop before coming in, so I left my bag inside and went to find the bathroom. It was of course outside the screening area. (Figures.)
There were about 6 cops at the screening area, and probably 6 more good-sized men in suits standing around in the room behind them looking very official standing tall and alert with their hands folded in front of them. I was directed back through the scanner and down the hall. As I went out there were two cops posted every 6 feet along the hall all the way to the bathroom, which was back by the elevators where we’d come in. Each one pointing me on as I passed each corner to the destination they correctly assumed I was headed for. When I got there I commented to one of the officers that that was the first time I had ever had a police escort to the bathroom, and he chuckled. When I’d made my way back to the screening room the officer that had given me directions saw me and waved me around those still waiting to be screened.
The courtroom was buzzing with chatter as most people seemed to be trying to identify all the other people there, as well as lots of handshaking. There was a big man with a white beard walking around the front of the room and the reporter sitting on the isle side of our row asking if anyone knew who he was. We all shrugged. Well, all but our shy Obot Rikker who lifted a finger and smiled. He then stood up and walked down front and asked the man whom he was. The man in question was David Weldon, plaintiff in the first case.
One significant absence in the courtroom was Obama’s attorney Mr. Jablonski. He had asked the SOS to withdraw the case the day before basically claiming that the Judge had already let this thing get blown out of proportion. After Judge Malihi (for unknown reasons other than wild ass speculation) denied Obama’s defense attorney’s motion to dismiss the case, and denied his motion to quash Orly’s subpoena Orly started screeching I WON I WON before the case ever began. In Jablonski’s letter (that can be read in its entirety “Here” at Jack Ryan’s Scribd) he concluded with:
“We await your taking the requested action, and as we do so, we will, of course, suspend further participation in these proceedings, including the hearing scheduled for January 26.”
Unfortunately the SOS declined to withdraw the complaint (which can also be read in its entirety at Jack’s “Here” ) and he wrote:
“In following the procedures set forth in the Georgia Election Code, I expect the administrative law judge to report his findings to me after his full consideration of the evidence and law. Upon receipt of the report, I will fully and fairly review the entire record and initial decision of the administrative law judge. Anything you and your client place in the record in response to the challenge will be beneficial to my review of the initial decision; however, if you and your client choose to suspend your participation in the OSAH proceedings, please understand that you do so at your own peril.”
When Orly made her grand entrance she swooped down the isle and seated herself, fiddling around with something I couldn’t see. She started scanning the room to see who was there, and possibly who wasn’t. Then she stood up and actually started re-arranging people asking one woman to move somewhere else. I think she may have been looking for Jablonski, hoping that he would not show up after all because then she would have the entire show to her self without objecting from the other side. Which is exactly what happened to her utter delight.
Before the hearing began the Judge’s assistant came out into the courtroom and called all the attorneys to the Judges chambers. They were in there for about 20-30 minutes before returning to the courtroom. Orly looked very happy when she came back in and immediately when to her side of the room and had a huddle with her little group.
The first case began and Mr. Weldon took the stand. Of note here is that the first exhibit entered in the first case by Mr. Weldon as Obama’s birth certificate that he claimed he had downloaded from the White House website. The purpose for submitting this was to prove that Obama’s father was not a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth. Not that that had ever actually been questioned. But it was also evidence that Obama had in fact been born in Hawaii. They also submitted a copy of Obama’s book “Dreams of my Father” that they claimed also proved that Obama acknowledged that his father was born in Kenya.
The entire case presented by Mr. Weldon’s attorney Van Irion was based on the claim that Obama could not possibly be a natural born citizen because his father was not a citizen. They claimed that in order to be a NBC a person would be required to have 2 citizen parents, which of course is not true, but never did they dispute the fact that Obama had been born in Hawaii.
The second case was pretty much the same as the first. The plaintiffs in the second case were Carl Swenson and Kevin Powell, both represented by attorney J. Mark Hatfield. They presented their interpretations of why they believed that because Obama’s father was not a citizen that Obama was merely a “Native” citizen and not a Natural Born Citizen and therefore could not qualify to be on the ballot for POTUS. But just like in the first case they never disputed the fact that Obama was born in Hawaii.
Then it was Tin-Foil-Taitz’s turn. An interesting event that took place as soon as Orly got up was that all three plaintiffs and their two attorneys from the first two cases got up and all left the courtroom. It was very much as if they had said all they had come to say and wanted no part of the circus they knew Orly was about to present.
As Orly began introducing herself and her client the judge stopped her and said that he would only give her 2 hours to present her case. In one of the documents Orly filed prior to the hearing she had claimed that she would need 10 hours, so I guess the Judge was not willing to let her rant for nearly that long. I think this is what threw her off because after that she seemed to be hurrying along cutting corners and making less and less sense as she went. In the first two cases both lawyers questioned their clients about the issues they were seeking to address. When Orly’s client took the stand she asked him one question. “Are you a registered voter?” He answered, “yes I am” and she excused him from the bench.
This proves another point about this mad quest of Orly’s. She has no interest in actually “representing” the interests of any client; to her a client is nothing but a necessity that is required for her to be able to push her case against Obama. The only thing she was interested in was having the chance to “prosecute” Obama on all the charges she believes him guilty of. She even stated before the trial that she would finally be “bringing Obamafraudgate to trial”. As well as the fact that to my knowledge (or memory) she never stated one issue that her “client” was specifically attempting to address, but ranted the entire time on the same ole same ole shit she has been trying to argue all along.
When Orly first got started with her case she actually turned her back on the Judge and apparently intended to play to the audience and the cameras. The Judge cut her off right there and told her to address the court, not the audience. Judge Malihi called Orly out several times during her “show” asking “how is that relevant and saying I don’t think that’s relevant, and I don’t need to see that, just put it in your brief.
Orly brought up her experts who testified about layers on the birth certificate and she did her best to lead them into saying what she wanted they to say. She brought up her investigators who testified to identity and social security fraud, and she even brought up Linda Jordan, the woman who frequently posed as Obama’s employer and ran his SSN through E-verify, who testified under oath that she had done exactly that.
Orly had her usual miles of exhibits on her computer projected on the wall, but since her time had been shortened from 10 hours to 2 she was extremely flustered trying to get back and forth to the ones she wanted. She spent quite a lot of time directing whoever was driving her computer saying, “up, up, up. No, down, go back, there, no go back, no up more.
I still don’t know what she was trying to prove here but she had 2 pictures up and it was difficult to see, but I think they were both supposed to be of young Obama. She said one was Barry Soetoro in Indonesia, and the other Barry Obama in Hawaii as if they were two separate people and said that we didn’t even know which one was which. I guess suggesting that the one we got wasn’t really the real Obama.
When she was jabbering about Obama hiding his true identity the Judge asked her if she was testifying or arguing she put her hand up and said she would like to testify and made her way up front to be sworn in. Everyone laughed. She didn’t last long on the stand before the judge told her to save it for her brief and get on with the closing arguments.
In her closing statement she did ask the Judge to hold Obama and Jablonski in contempt of court for not showing up, and asked him for the letters rogatory. She said that she had tried to get Hawaii and the SSA to produce the original documents but was unsuccessful.
That was pretty much the whole story, other than the fact that as soon as the court cleared she bellied up in front of the cameras to give her all-important interviews.
I guess we’ll now have to wait to see what Orly and the others put in the briefs they are to submit to the Judge by Feb 1st. And how this Judge will respond. I seriously doubt given all the hoopla from birfers that they have already won and Obama will not be on the GA ballot, that this Judge can legitimately do anything other then telling them all to FOAD. There was certainly nothing that Orly presented that had shit to do with anything other than wild ass speculation and hearsay. And the other two cases that focused only on the claim that you need two citizen parents to be a NBC have zero chance of holding water either.
So I guess we’ll find out next week. They are all sailing pretty high right now. I hope it doesn't hurt too badly when they ultimately come crashing down. :)
Dispatches from Birtherstan - August-October 2014 update - Birthers. Seriously?? Three months for a passible update?? It's almost like your movement has gone and died, and the only flies over over the rotting carca...