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The Marchant Maroon!!! (Or, 100% Sure It’s A Forgery!!!)

Marchant Maroon

The USS BirtherReport Five Minutes BEFORE Being Torpedoed

Well, the Birther blog, ObamaReleaseYourRecords has a little problem. It seems that they posted this letter, ostensibly from Rep. Kenny Marchant (TX):

marchant  TX 2

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http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2013/07/update-rep-kenny-marchant-says-obama.html

HOUSTON – A pro-impeachment letter written by a congressman that has shown up on tea party and birther websites recently is not legitimate, according to his office.

A July 8 letter apparently signed by U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R–Texas, which expresses sympathy with a constituent calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama, has been turning up on tea party-oriented sites and conservative message boards over the last 10 days. […]

“The letter floating around there was indeed altered from its original text and doctored-up,” Marchant’s legislative director, Scott Cunningham, wrote in an email. “We do not know who did this.”

The sites credit the letter to a poster using the name Dougster on a birther website called ObamaReleaseYourRecords.com – See more at: http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2013/07/update-rep-kenny-marchant-says-obama.html#sthash.G2VNZeFk.dpuf

HOUSTON – A pro-impeachment letter written by a congressman that has shown up on tea party and birther websites recently is not legitimate, according to his office.

A July 8 letter apparently signed by U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R–Texas, which expresses sympathy with a constituent calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama, has been turning up on tea party-oriented sites and conservative message boards over the last 10 days. […]

“The letter floating around there was indeed altered from its original text and doctored-up,” Marchant’s legislative director, Scott Cunningham, wrote in an email. “We do not know who did this.”

The sites credit the letter to a poster using the name Dougster on a birther website called ObamaReleaseYourRecords.com – See more at: http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2013/07/update-rep-kenny-marchant-says-obama.html#sthash.G2VNZeFk.dpufhttp://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2013/07/update-rep-kenny-marchant-says-obama.html

The only problem is, the letter is a fake! This was caught by  Jon Cassidy at Watchdog.org, and here are a few excerpts from their article:

HOUSTON – A pro-impeachment letter written by a congressman that has shown up on tea party and birther websites recently is not legitimate, according to his office.

A July 8 letter apparently signed by U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R–Texas, which expresses sympathy with a constituent calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama, has been turning up on tea party-oriented sites and conservative message boards over the last 10 days.

“The letter floating around there was indeed altered from its original text and doctored-up,” Marchant’s legislative director, Scott Cunningham, wrote in an email. “We do not know who did this.”

The sites credit the letter to a poster using the name Dougster on a birther website called ObamaReleaseYourRecords.com.

http://watchdog.org/95928/texas-rep-says-congressional-impeachment-letter-was-doctored/

It seems Rep. Marchant left the Birthers high and dry! The folks at ORYR are upset by the whole incident. Apparently, no one can find the original letter, which I strongly suspect looked something like this:

marchant letter

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Altering letters is very simple! It took me less than a minute to pop the phony letter in MS Paint, and remove the highlighted language, and move the rest around a little. Actually forging it in the first place would have taken a little more time, but if one had the original to work with, it still would have been a very simple process.

The phony letter that ORYR fell for was not done very well at all.  The font type is different and larger on the first paragraph. And, there was not enough physical space left for the constituent’s full address. Just the M____, and not enough for two lines of address. The phony language was also highlighted, although that fact alone would not have necessarily indicated forgery.

In the following paragraph, the language is both stilted, and grammatically incorrect.  The writing style alone clearly indicates there were two writers. In the original language, sentences are short, concise, and to the point. The added language contains run-on-sentences and lousy syntax. The last sentence is clearly goofy, rambles around, and contains superfluous verbiage.

Jon Cassidy noticed the same things I did, as you can see at the above link. But I promise you that I wrote this before I read his full article. The misfit is that obvious.  I think calling it “illiterate” is rather  harsh. It comes across to me more as amateurish or juvenile.  This was either written by a Birther, or a very clever Obot who wished it to make it look like typical Birther writings, in order to screw with them. But, my bet is on a  Birther.  Here is the added language:

Marchant Fake Letter Excerpt

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If these are the general thoughts he wished to express, a more experienced forger should have written:

Investigations are currently underway in both the House and Senate. The FBI has been asked to gather information from the Administration. I am involved with, and support these investigations, in order to obtain as much information as possible about the responsible parties.  The President is also under scrutiny, and if appropriate or necessary, will be held accountable for his actions.

That would have better matched the original language. I am surprised that ORYR fell for this. Maybe sometimes you just see what you want to see. Or what somebody wants you to see. Personally, I can’t wait to see the actual original and how it compares to my GUESS.

Now, another theological question arises. How do we really know that the first letter is a forgery??? After all, the only thing we have to work with are online images. Aren’t we assuming that we can do that very thing that we accuse The Cold Case Posse of not being able to do? Namely, conclude that something is a forgery without examining the actual physical document? Yes! We are!

The only difference is that we have a facially valid denial of the document by the person who allegedly signed it and sent it out, Rep. Kenny Marchant.  If instead, Marchant had adopted this as his genuine letter, and said that it was his valid writing, then our entire conclusion would fall by the wayside. Th0se anomalies that we found, which indicate tampering? They would be useless if Marchant acknowledged it.

Hmmm. Didn’t the Hawaii Department of Health acknowledge Obama’s birth certificates and his birth in Hawaii??? ‘Nuff said!!!

Squeeky Fromm
Girl Reporter

Note 1. The Image. This is a photo of a torpedoed Merchant Marine vessel in WWII in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Here is a link:

http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/sci/exhibits/show/wwii-and-sci-part-3/section1/action-in-the-pacific

The Merchant Marine is an extremely important group, as noted as Wiki:

The United States Merchant Marine is the fleet of U.S. civilian-owned merchant vessels, operated by either the government or the private sector, that engage in commerce or transportation of goods and services in and out of the navigable waters of the United States. The Merchant Marine is responsible for transporting cargo and passengers during peace time. In time of war, the Merchant Marine is capable of being an auxiliary to the Navy, and can be called upon to deliver troops and supplies for the military. The Merchant Marine however, does not have a role in combat but rather the U.S. Merchant Marines protects any precious cargo.

The merchant marine was active in subsequent wars, from the Confederate commerce raiders of the American Civil War, to the assaults on Allied commerce in the First and in the Second World Wars. 3.1 million tons of merchant ships were lost in World War II. Mariners died at a rate of 1 in 24, which was the highest rate of casualties of any service. All told, 733 American cargo ships were lost and 8,651 of the 215,000 who served perished in troubled waters and off enemy shores.

Although they suffered the greatest casualty rate of any service, Merchant mariners who served in WWII were denied such recognition until 1988 when a Federal Court ordered it.

 

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