A few week ago on November 19, 2011, Leo Donofrio, Esq., aka The Paraclete, booted his followers off his website supposedly in the hopes that only attorneys would post there and perhaps give the joint a little class.
From now on, if you want to post here, you must be licensed to practice law. State your real name and the jurisdiction(s) you are licensed in. NO EXCEPTIONS. The national dialogue on the legal issues discussed here has often become juvenile at best and intentionally misleading at worst.
As I pointed out in my Internet Article, The Paraclete Gives Up The Ghost, I considered this an admission of defeat by Donofrio on the Birther issues, and a turning point where he could attempt to regain some measure of legal respectability following his creation and pumping of idiotic Birther legal theories like the stupid two citizen-parent nonsense.
Well, he has posted two articles since that date, and on both of them the only comments come from Leo Donofrio himself. Four from himself on the last post! His latest article concerns not Birtherism, but martial law, and the suspension of certain habeas corpus rights originally found in that English common law that he once found sooo inferior to Emerich de Vattel, and French law. This also confirms my prediction that he would attempt to regain his lost credibility in the legal community. Plus, this is great fodder for mega-fangirl Dianna Cotter and her ersatz career as a civil rights reporter.
But also, I wonder how long it will be before Donofrio opens his website back up to a newer group of non-attorney followers. Maybe he is aiming for a better class of disciple, who unlike the Birthers, is literate and has some minimal reading comprehension skills for a change??? And, is Donofrio going to change the name of his blog from Natural Born Citizen to something less reminiscent of his forays into lunacy??? Since the Paraclete is often represented by a dove, I charitably suggest Rara Avis.
Whatever on the name, I suspect he will have to let his flock of loonies back in to have some exterior validation. Because, the sound of one foot stomping comes across sounding very much like a tantrum.
Note 1: The Paraclete is a nickname chosen by Donofrio for himself. It has religious and non-religious connotations ranging from Holy Spirit to lawyer. Wkik says:
Paraclete means advocate or helper. In Christianity, the term most commonly refers to the Holy Spirit. Paraclete comes from the Koine Greek word παράκλητος (paráklētos, that can signify “one who consoles or comforts, one who encourages or uplifts; hence refreshes, and/or one who intercedes on our behalf as an advocate in court”). The word for “Paraclete” is passive in form, and etymologically (originally) signified “called to one’s side”. The active form of the word, parakletor, is not found in the New Testament but is found in Septuagint in Job 16:2 in the plural, and means “comforters”, in the saying of Job regarding the “miserable comforters” who failed to rekindle his spirit in his time of distress.
“Paraclete” in Classical Greek
The term is not common in non-Jewish texts. The best known use is by Demosthenes::
Citizens of Athens, I do not doubt that you are all pretty well aware that this trial has been the center of keen partisanship and active canvassing, for you saw the people who were accosting and annoying you just now at the casting of lots. But I have to make a request which ought to be granted without asking, that you will all give less weight to private entreaty or personal influence than to the spirit of justice and to the oath which you severally swore when you entered that box. You will reflect that justice and the oath concern yourselves and the commonwealth, whereas the importunity and party spirit of advocates serve the end of those private ambitions which you are convened by the laws to thwart, not to encourage for the advantage of evil-doers. (Demosthenes On the False Embassy 19:1)
Note 2: Rara Avis. A weirdo of sorts.
rara avis [ˈrɛərə ˈeɪvɪs]
n pl rarae aves[ˈrɛəriː ˈeɪviːz]
An unusual, uncommon, or exceptional person or thing[Latin: rare bird]Unusual person. Anomaly. A rare bird.