Well, tomorrow (August 8, 2012) is the day when Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq. has some kind of hearing in Indiana trying to boot Obama from the ballot. Apparently, nothing else has worked and this Mandamus filing is the last daily special item on the menu. When she loses, and she will lose, then she will have to start ordering ala carte, and we will see various appeals and Motions to Reconsider.
A mandamus action is defined as:
(man-dame-us) n. Latin for “we order,” a writ (more modernly called a “writ of mandate”) which orders a public agency or governmental body to perform an act required by law when it has neglected or refused to do so.
Examples: After petitions were filed with sufficient valid signatures to qualify a proposition for the ballot, the city refuses to call the election, claiming it has a legal opinion that the proposal is unconstitutional. The backers of the proposition file a petition for a writ ordering the city to hold the election. The court will order a hearing on the writ and afterwards either issue the writ or deny the petition.
Here is a pdf copy of Taitz’s Petition For A Writ of Mandamus:
Detective Mike Zullo of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse has been subpoenaed, but I am betting he doesn’t show up in Indiana. It is a safe bet that this latest act of Birther Judicial Theatre will not play well beyond the Birther cult fans.
Note 1. The Image. This is a movie poster from the 1975 film, Mandingo, about which Wiki says:
On Falconhurst, a run-down plantation owned by the widowed Warren Maxwell (James Mason) and his son Hammond (Perry King), a Mandingo slave Ganymede, or Mede (Ken Norton), is trained to fight other slaves. Hammond neglects his wife Blanche (Susan George), whom he rejects on their wedding night after discovering she was not a virgin. Hammond instead ravishes his slave Ellen (Brenda Sykes), while Blanche seduces Mede. These various, conflicting affairs all eventually come together causing the film to end tragically.
Upon its release in 1975, critical response was mixed although box office was strong. Roger Ebert despised the film and gave it a “zero star” rating. Richard Schickel of TIME found the film boring and cliche-ridden. The movie critic Robin Wood was enthusiastic about the film, calling it “the greatest film about race ever made in Hollywood”. Quentin Tarantino has cited Mandingo as one of only two instances “in the last twenty years [that] a major studio made a full-on, gigantic, big-budget exploitation movie”, comparing it to Showgirls. In Leonard Maltin’s annual publication “TV Movies,” the film is ranked as a “BOMB” and dismissed with the word “Stinko!”. Some prominent critics hail the film, including the New York Times columnist Dave Kehr, who called it “a thinly veiled Holocaust film that spares none of its protagonists”, further describing it as “Fleischer’s last great crime film, in which the role of the faceless killer is played by an entire social system.”
Sooo, with comments like, a “zero star” rating, boring and cliche-ridden, “BOMB”, and “Stinko!” that kind of fits the anti-Birther view of the Indiana action.
And for the Birthers, they can rejoice in comments like, greatest film about race ever made, a full-on, gigantic, big-budget exploitation movie, and the last great crime film.