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Are The Birthers Gaslighting Themselves???

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After Eating 32 Ounces Of Beans, Carl Gallups Demonstrates Advanced Gas Lighting Techniques

Well, Poo Poo Simmons has discovered Gaslighting! Here are a few excerpts. First, we get The Buildup Of Tension:

EYE OPENER! The Obama BC Fraud Technique Revealed

Are YOU Being ‘Gaslighted?’   YES – you are…

PPSIMMONS: Does this technique explain the Obama Fraud case frustration?  Read on…we think your eyes will be opened.

Next, we get some Basic Gaslighting Theory:

GASLIGHTING – From Wikipedia

Gaslighting is a form of mental abuse in which false information is presented with the intent of making a victim doubt his or her own memory, perception, and sanity. Instances may range simply from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred, up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim.

The term “gaslighting” has been used colloquially since at least the 1970s to describe efforts to manipulate someone’s sense of reality. In a 1980 book on child sex abuse, Florence Rush summarized George Cukor’s 1944 film version of Gas Light, and writes, “even today the word [gaslight] is used to describe an attempt to destroy another’s perception of reality.” The term was further popularized in Victor Santoro’s 1994 book Gaslighting: How to Drive Your Enemies Crazy, which outlines ostensibly legal tactics the reader might use to annoy others.

Then, we get some alleged examples, including:

6. Gov’t: No, we did not forge the Birth Certificate of the POTUS. Yes, the multilayer, computer generated, wrong-information document is the real thing! Yes, Obama really is a citizen of the U.S. Yes, he really is constitutionally qualified to hold office….

Gov’t when caught:  You silly nillys! You will NEVER catch us on this one!  Not a single congressman, MSM person, Governor, or AG will touch it!  Why?   See numbers 1-3 above!   You silly nillys!

Gov’t when REALLY caught: Okay, the BC was forged and fabricated. But we think that Gallups and Zullo did it! Maybe we need to lock ’em up – you know for national security reasons!  You silly nillys!

Finally, we get the hook-setting conclusion:

OOPS!  You’ve been gaslighted!

http://ppsimmons.blogspot.com/2013/07/eye-opener-obama-bc-fraud-technique.html

Like most Birthers on most things, Poo Poo misses the whole point of gaslighting. First, he does not show any example where the Gov’t presents any false information about a pre-existing memory or perception. That is what gaslighting is all about. In the 1944  movie, Gaslight, a picture disappears from the walls of the house, and Gregory(Boyer) says that Paula(Bergman) took it, but Paula has no recollection of having done so.  BUT, Paula had a pre-existing memory and perception of the picture being there, and no  memory of having moved it. Gregory provided the false information that she moved it.

Poo Poo Simmons, the other Birthers, and most of the rest of the world have no pre-existing memory or perception of any Obama birth certificate prior to its presentation on the Internet. To constitute gaslighting, the original short form or long form presented on the Internet would first have to be changed, or withdrawn, and then the Gov’t would have to convey false information to the Birthers that it had not been either changed or ever there in the first place. Which the Gov’t clearly has not done.

The examples given by Poo Poo, assuming arguendo that they were correct, would simply constitute run-of-the-mill lies or falsehoods, not gaslighting. Sooo, why is Poo Poo Simmons even making the childish and overblown claim of gaslighting??? Like most QUACKS, it is the appearance of intelligence and expertise that is important. Poo Poo is simply trying to make himself look smarter than he really is. You see the same thing when Mario Apuzzo, Esq. tries to cobble Logical Syllogisms into his Birther legal theories when such techniques are totally inappropriate in situations where the major premises themselves which are at issue. (See Note 1, below.)

But, by calling it gaslighting, then the whole argument takes on a sinister cast where Birthers can play the innocent victims. And Poo Poo can assume the role of the wise and intelligent voice of authority who reveals the evil plan. Such is not only incorrect, it is almost the opposite of the truth. The reality is, that it is the Birthers who are closer to gaslighting both Birthers and non-Birthers. Let me give you just two examples.

1. Most of us have some memory of high school civics class, and no memory whatsoever of anybody called Emer de Vattel. The Birthers try to supplant our non-existent memory with false memories of Vattel and his alleged two citizen parents theory of natural born citizenship. There are actually some people who now claim to remember being taught about Vattel in this light, and absolutely NO TEXTBOOKS which support that memory.

2. Most of us who follow this issue have a memory and perception of listening to and reading Deputy Mike “The Arizona Kid” Zullo telling us that there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Obama of jaywalking, much less anything else. Now, the Birthers are trying to convince us that Zullo is on the verge of a major breakthrough not because of any new discoveries, but by access to Very Important Persons. This, of course must supplant our previous memory not through denial, or claim of mistake, but repetition.

Note that I used the wiggle phrase, closer to gaslighting, because I am hesitant to call either of my hypotheticals pure examples of gaslighting. They are probably better characterized as primitive attempts at spinning, with a heavy side order of plain old lying. I would submit that if the Birthers feel frustrated and feel doubtful of their sanity, and suspect someone of mental abusing them, then they should simply look in the nearest mirror. Because they are doing this to themselves.

Does anybody else smell rotten eggs???

Squeeky Fromm
Girl Reporter

Note 1. For an example of Apuzzo’s sashay into Putative Pedantics,  see:

https://birtherthinktank.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/mario-apuzzo-esq-s-distributed-muddle/

Note 2. Gaslighting. Here are some better examples of gaslighting from the Wiki article on the 1944 movie, Gaslight:

After Alice’s things are packed away in the attic and the door blocked, things take a turn for the bizarre. At the Tower of London, Paula loses a brooch that Gregory had given her, despite its having been stored safely in her handbag. A picture disappears from the walls of the house, and Gregory says that Paula took it, but Paula has no recollection of having done so. Paula also hears footsteps coming from above her, in the sealed attic, and sees the gaslights dim and brighten for no apparent reason. Gregory suggests that these are all figments of Paula’s imagination.

Gregory does everything in his power to isolate his wife from other people. He allows her neither to go out nor to have visitors, implying he is doing so for her own good, because her nerves have been acting up, causing her to become a kleptomaniac and to imagine things that are not real. On the one occasion when he does take her out to a musical gathering at a friend’s house, he shows Paula his watch chain, from which his watch has mysteriously disappeared. When he finds it in her handbag, she becomes hysterical, and Gregory takes her home. She sees why she should not go out in public.

Gregory does everything in his power to isolate his wife from other people. He allows her neither to go out nor to have visitors, implying he is doing so for her own good, because her nerves have been acting up, causing her to become a kleptomaniac and to imagine things that are not real. On the one occasion when he does take her out to a musical gathering at a friend’s house, he shows Paula his watch chain, from which his watch has mysteriously disappeared. When he finds it in her handbag, she becomes hysterical, and Gregory takes her home. She sees why she should not go out in public.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaslight_%281944_film%29

 

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Fawlty Headlines!!! – Fatheads Yell “Win!”

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Bob Bauer Shows Obama How To Jaywalk Without Getting Caught

Well, Poo Poo Simmons and other Birther websites such as ORYR are reporting this:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

OUTED! Obama’s Eligibility Attorney Bob Bauer Behind Illegal IRS Targeting

…groups opposed to Obama’s agenda. That means the targeting came from the highest levels in the White House. There is no way Obama did not know about the IRS, AP, DNS…,

Bob Bauer, White House Counsel, top lawyer for DNC, mentor to Sen. Obama, Gen. Counsel to Obama-Biden campaign, husband of Mao-loving communist Anita Dunn, lawyer at Perkins-Coie, Obama’s Chicago law firm, no doubt architect of forged documents, go-between of White House.gov and Hawai’i DOH birth certificate scam … and the list goes on.
 – Miki Booth
Author of – MEMOIRS OF A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER FROM HAWAII

http://ppsimmons.blogspot.com/2013/06/outed-obamas-eligibility-attorney-bob.html

Once again, a Birther headline doesn’t match the story. There is nothing, absolutely nothing,  IN THE STORY to indicate that Bob Bauer is acting or has acted primarily as Obama’s eligibility attorney.

Maybe the little blip there from Miki Booth aka Miki Mouth and Princess Miki is the key? She slipped “no doubt architect of forged documents” into the parade of horribles when there is every doubt in the world in the world that anything is forged.  In fact, there is no doubt that Deputy Mike Zullo said, ” There is not enough evidence to convict him on jaywalking … let alone anything else.”

But, putting out a misleading headline allows any New Silly Fathead to piggyback the Birther idiocy onto legitimate news stories. I guess they hope credibility will rub off on them. Not gonna happen.

Squeeky Fromm
Girl Reporter

Note 1. The Image. This is from the BBC TV show, Fawlty Towers, The Germans episode. Wiki says, in part:

Fawlty Towers is a British sitcom produced by BBC Television that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Twelve episodes were made (two series, each of six episodes). The show was written by John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth, both of whom also starred in the show. The first series was produced and directed by John Howard Davies; the second was produced by Douglas Argent and directed by Bob Spiers. The series theme music was written by Dennis Wilson and was inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven’s Minuet in G major.

The series is set in Fawlty Towers, a fictional hotel in the seaside town of Torquay, on the “English Riviera”. The plots centered around tense, rude and put-upon owner Basil Fawlty (Cleese), his bossy wife Sybil (Prunella Scales), a comparatively normal chambermaid Polly (Booth), and hapless Spanish waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs) and their attempts to run the hotel amidst farcical situations and an array of demanding and eccentric guests.

In a list drawn up by the British Film Institute in 2000, voted by industry professionals, Fawlty Towers was named the best British television series of all time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fawlty_Towers

Note 2. The Post Title. Well, those who haven’t caught on or Halfway Listened could read the whole Wiki article at the Wiki link above for a clue. Because I believe one should Hide Fantasy Well!  Meanwhile, those Birthers who Always Need Filth should just check out Poo Poo Simmons.

Note 3. An Excerpt from The Germans.


Birther Smells Another Birther!!! Maybe. Who Knows???

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Something Just Didn’t Smell Right, And Farrell Began To Wonder If His Skinny Friend Was As Dumb As He Seemed

Birther Chris Farrell, late of the French Foreign Legion, must have some kind of sinus problem. Here are a few excerpts from his recent Nasal Exposition.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Orly Taitz? “I smell a rat” says PPSIMMONS Contributor

By Chris Farrell

 

Question: I am convinced that Atty. Orly Taitz is an Obama plant; an agent working to get out in front of any given dimension of the eligibility issue and derail its progress in the courts and diffuse its truthful dissemination in the media.

Now wait a minute. Orly Taitz can’t be BOTH a rat and a plant??? What’s next, she’s some kind of mineral??? Chris Farrell goes on to ask:

Could what appears to be an advance in the District of Columbia wherein Orly is proceeding in court against the Social Security numbers that have been employed by Mister Obama/Soetoro/Soebarkah/Bounel be a subversive effort at getting out in front of the evidence and destroying its credibility–an effort on the part of the Obama camp to achieve a ruling against such evidence as credible that will undermine the presentation of any related evidence presented in front of the Alabama Supreme Court where Atty. Larry Klayman is reported to, at some time in the future, present the evidence uncovered by Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s volunteer Cold Case Posse including evidence related to Mister Obama’s fraudulent Social Security numbers?

http://ppsimmons.blogspot.com/2013/06/orly-taitz-i-smell-rat-says-ppsimmons.html

Actually, in Earth language,  this was a very short Internet Article. Let me recap the whole thing for you:

Paragraph 1. Question. I am convinced Orly Taitz is trying to mess up and derail the eligibility question. (Note: This is a question??? It looks more like a statement or conclusion to me.)

Paragraph 2. Is Orly Taitz trying to mess up and derail the eligibility question in Washington D.C. before Larry Klayman can mess it up and derail it in Alabama??? (Note: OK, maybe I added a few snarky words, but the general thrust is the same. Plus, I think I found the missing question from Paragraph 1.)

Paragraph 3. Could Orly Taitz be a covert Obama agent  trying to mess up and derail the eligibility question??? (Note: Oops. maybe this is the missing question from Paragraph 1???)

Paragraph 4. Could Orly Taitz be a covert agent who is trying to mess up and derail the eligibility question through incompetence before it gets to the Alabama court??? (Note: Strangely, this question sounds familiar. Did I hear it just a few seconds ago, somewhere???)

Paragraph 5. Could Orly Taitz be a covert agent who is theatrically trying to mess up and derail the eligibility question before someone else can get it to court??? (Note: Now I know this is starting to sound familiar. This guy better lay off the questions because he is running out of room.)

Paragraph 6. Could Orly Taitz be a covert agent who is choreographically  trying to mess up and derail the eligibility question before someone else can get it to court??? (Note: OK, wait just a minute. Is Chris getting paid by the word???

Paragraph 7. Whose side is Orly Taitz on??? (Note: This was a very short paragraph containing only the six previous words. And, another darn question.)

Paragraph 8. If you ask me, I smell a rat. (Note: Now wait just a minute! WE didn’t get to ask anything. YOU did all the asking! Six whole paragraphs that all sounded about the same!!!)

Notice how Birthery the whole thing was.  Chris gave us a conclusion, then asked a series of questions which were all similar. Then, he reached the same conclusion that he started out with. Uh, isn’t something missing out of all this??? Like ANSWERS. Proof and evidence. That kind of stuff.

If anybody wants an example of how totally screwed up the Birther Mind is, this is it. Conclusions. . . backed up by questions. .    .with no evidence. . . and ending in the same conclusion. Hmmm. At least Orly Taitz should understand the process.

Squeeky Fromm
Girl Reporter

Note 1. The Image. This is from the hilarious 1931 Laurel and Hardy movie, Beau Hunks.  This seems appropriate for Mr. Farrell since he claims to have once been a member of The French Foreign Legion. Those who have seen the movie, or who know anything at all about the Legion, know that everybody who joins up is doing so to forget some woman. Here is a photograph I obtained which show the woman Mr. Farrell is still trying to forget:

Orly Worly 2

Note 2. Beau Hunks. Here is a link to the full movie. If you have never seen it, it is well worth the 35 minutes or so.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xt0sra_laurel-and-hardy-beau-hunks-1931-full_shortfilms

Note 3. For ESL’s, The Image Easter Egg,  riff raff:

riff•raff (ˈrɪfˌræf)

n.
1. disreputable people.
2. the lowest classes; rabble.
3. trash; rubbish.

[1425–75; late Middle English rif and raf every particle, things of small value < Old French rif et raf]

Just for fun, the Rif were Moroccan tribesman and the enemies of the French Foreign Legion in the Beau Hunks film. See this, from Wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rif_War


The Mad Moldovan Versus Deputy Dork!!! (The Taitz v. Zullo Grudge Match)

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Zullo Being Tormented By The Moldovan Crab!!!

Every spring, as the saps rise across the country, the Birthers seem to get feisty and fidgety.  There is always an undercurrent of struggle, much like animals competing for food. But it seems to intensify in the spring. They begin quarreling and fighting with each other in earnest. The male Birthers develop a strange desire to dominate and suppress the female Birthers. I would not be surprised if there was some kind of primitive rutting behavior going on.

In 2009, it was Philip Berg versus Orly Taitz:

http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/2009/05/liberi-et-al-v-taitz-et-al/

In February 2010, it was Taitz against her former para-legal Charles Lincoln and his witness, Lucas Smith:

http://www.ocweekly.com/2010-02-18/news/orly-taitz-florida/

In 2011, there was a quiet spell. I think maybe all the Donald Trump rumblings and subsequent April 27, 2011 release of Obama’s long form birth certificate quieted the herd down. If I were doing active field research, I would hypothesize that Donald Trump took on the role of Alpha Male, and the other male Birthers backed down in submission.

Last spring,  the feuding came back to life with a vengeance. This was the Orly Taitz-Dean Haskins kerfluffle.  See the 4-Part Birther Feud Trilogy which started here:

https://birtherthinktank.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/trouble-in-birther-paradise-0r-a-diet-of-worms-part-1-of-the-birther-feud-trilogy/

That conflict saw an active schism develop between the ObamaReleaseYourRecords Sophisticate Sect, and the Orly Taitz Raving Fundamentalists. Now, internecine conflict has erupted again. The PPSimmons blog has fired several rounds into Taitz on behalf of Zullo and crew. Here are several examples:

Has Orly Taitz “Stepped In It?” BHO Operative? Inept? … Or National Hero?

Here is the test. For a few months now – some have speculated that Orly Taitz may, in fact, be an Obama operative. They maintain that Orly has filed numerous cases and lost everyone while at the same time claiming to be the “world’s leading authority” in the matter. Her efforts have led, they say, to an ever increasing marginalization of real Obama identity fraud investigations. The fact that she continually calls for Arpaio and Zullo to “file charges” when she, as an attorney and world expert, should know that doing so would devastate the case in a legal sense, many believe is evidence that Taitz may be working for the other side. Why, many have asked, would the world’s leading expert and attorney continually push losing cases before federal courts only to make the birthers look more and more inept? Hmmm. Yes – why? indeed.

We at PPSIMMONS wish Orly “God-speed” in this matter. If she wins this case – we will loudly blow the trumpet for Orly Taitz and thank her profusely. But, alas, we don’t think that is going to happen.

So… is Orly Taitz an Obama operative? Is she merely an inept attorney desperately seeking fame and fortune, as some have suggested? … Or is she a national hero?  We hope and pray she is proven to be the latter. At this point though, the evidence doesn’t point that way.  Stay tuned…

http://ppsimmons.blogspot.com/2013/06/has-orly-taitz-stepped-in-it-bho.html

And this one,  which I really suspect is pheromone based:

Orly Taitz? “I smell a rat” says PPSIMMONS Contributor

By Chris Farrell

Question: I am convinced that Atty. Orly Taitz is an Obama plant; an agent working to get out in front of any given dimension of the eligibility issue and derail its progress in the courts and diffuse its truthful dissemination in the media.

Could what appears to be an advance in the District of Columbia wherein Orly is proceeding in court against the Social Security numbers that have been employed by Mister Obama/Soetoro/Soebarkah/Bounel be a subversive effort at getting out in front of the evidence and destroying its credibility–an effort on the part of the Obama camp to achieve a ruling against such evidence as credible that will undermine the presentation of any related evidence presented in front of the Alabama Supreme Court where Atty. Larry Klayman is reported to, at some time in the future, present the evidence uncovered by Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s volunteer Cold Case Posse including evidence related to Mister Obama’s fraudulent Social Security numbers?

Could Atty. Taitz’ presentation of the evidence surrounding Mister Obama’s fraudulent Social Security Numbers be nothing less than a managing by a covert agent working for Obama’s team of the public portrayal in the media of such evidence as unreliable? A close look at her presentation of the evidence will tell.
In other words: Is Atty. Taitz managing the defeat of such evidence by means of weakly presenting the evidence in such a fashion which permits its defeat as legitimate in the D.C. courtroom, thus undermining any future–as in its introduction before the Alabama State Supreme Court–presentation of the evidence or news reporting on any such presentation?

Orly Taitz, a second degree black belt in Taekwondo, is no Shy Violet, and has fired quite a few broadsides, herself. She will not back down.

I feel like the law enforcement people putting bets on the maniac treasure hunters in It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.  I guess it comes with the territory. So, my money is on Taitz! She has the legs to see this thing through to the end.  Zullo and his boys haven’t made it to court once in over a year. They are great at standing around and crowing, but when it comes to putting pencil to paper and doing something, they all seem to have other places to be.

Plus, Taitz can do her own dirty work. She doesn’t need to fight through mouthpieces. So, let’s get ready to rumble!

Squeeky Fromm
Girl Reporter

Note 1. The Wrestling Hold.  Taitz has Zullo in the Moldovan Crab hold. This  is a Rocking Horse variation of the Reverse Boston Crab.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_crab

The Moldovan Crab variation was perfected by Gypsies in the late 1700’s as a way to immobilize a victim, while an accomplice picked their pockets. Taitz, a student of Krav Maga, viciously utilizes her body weight against Zullo’s hamstrings rather than merely locking his legs with hers.  If Zullo had pockets in his wrestling costume, his wallet and valuables would be ripe pickings. This video shows the less advanced variation of this technique as utilized by Cassidy Riley against AJ Styles.

It is unlikely Zullo will be able to overcome the damage done by the hold, his legs having been effectively cut out from under him. While he may not lose his wallet, he will be physically incapable of soliciting funds for a considerable length of time.

Note 2. Intergender Wrestling: Some people may not believe that Intergender Wrestling actually occurs as an organized activity outside of bedrooms and back seats, but as this video clearly shows, it was an established sport by 1981. Mr. Andrew Kaufman, who may or may not be dead,  was the first champion. He can be distinguished from Deputy Zullo above by his lack of a mustache. Here is his match against The Red Snapper!

Note 3. Sexual Components of Intergender Wrestling.: Actually, Intergender Wrestling has a long history, with and without sexual components. Time and space limit the discussion to Andrew Kaufman who, as reported by Brian Nemtusak:

Zmuda set up Kaufman’s first private wrestling match in 1978, actually a contest between two female friends based on a rumor that Elvis had a wrestling fetish. Kaufman ended up wrestling and sleeping with one of them, which would become the formula for hundreds of subsequent conquests. Zmuda and Kaufman soon incorporated “intergender wrestling” into Kaufman’s act, initially on college tours and then on SNL. Neither author makes excuses for Kaufman–for him, wrestling was a turn-on and, even in the context of his show, a shtick for getting laid. (Midway through most matches Kaufman would invite his opponent to join him after the show, and according to Zmuda about a third of them weren’t hard to convince; eventually Kaufman would install a wrestling mat next to his bed.) But wrestling was also another childhood passion that perfectly matched his choreographed fakery and manufactured conflict, well suited to stoking the audience’s scorn. Only the sexist goading was entirely phony, yet it polarized his fans as never before and generated a backlash that would only begin with demands that Kaufman wrestle a man.

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/being-andy-kaufman/Content?oid=901185


REPENT??? Poo Poo Simmons Warns Of The Apocalyptic GREAT OBOT TIZZY!!!

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Even When Simmons Stopped To Make A Pitch,  The Manure Kept Flying

Well, I am not afraid to admit that I am scared stiff!!! I have re-written Poo Poo Simmon’s GREAT OBOT TIZZY post in Biblical terms for effect:

Lo, in those last days shalt all the minions of the Great Usurper be afflicted with a fit of tizzy, and they shalt fall over as DEAD as the knobs of doors!!!

Here is the link to the story, as originally written for those who are interested:

http://ppsimmons.blogspot.com/2013/06/stunning-revelation-obots-are-in-tizzy.html

I think he is on to something, and I am really, truly scared. Because, when I read the following lines, I ALMOST DIED!!!

If it turns out that Sheriff Arpaio is successful in getting Congress to investigate the authenticity of Obama’s BC, the Perkins-Coie legal team, who will be defending Obama, will be hard pressed to simply dismiss Reed Hayes as a “quack.”  This fact will be especially significant now that it is a revealed and proven  truth that members of the Perkins – Coie  firm have used Hayes as an expert witness! Their own prior cases, where Hayes was used as a witness, would be severely compromised if they use Saul Alinski-styled mocking  attacks on Hayes.

Luckily, my BFF Fabia Sheen, Esq., an attorney, was there drinking with me, and she quickly pushed me off the couch and began CPR on my lifeless body! After what seemed like an eternity, and me seeing a white light where Puff, my first kitten ever, was meowing for me, I spit out a lungful of Franzia White Zinfadel Wine, and a soggy Cheeto. I recovered rapidly, but I felt I had a duty to warn all the Obots and Anti-Birthers out there.

Because my research indicated that all us Obots and Anti-Birthers are susceptible to an actual medical condition known as FATAL HILARITY!!! Yes, it is possible to die laughing, and it has been documented throughout history. I am NOT just making this up! As Wiki notes:

Death from laughter refers to a rare instance of death, usually resulting from cardiac arrest or asphyxiation, caused by a fit of laughter. Instances of death by laughter have been recorded from Ancient Greece to the modern day. The first recorded use of the alternative term FATAL HILARITY is from 1956.

Pathophysiology

Death may result from several pathologies that deviate from benign laughter. Infarction of the pons and medulla oblongata in the brain may cause pathological laughter.

Laughter can cause atonia and collapse (“gelastic syncope”),which in turn can cause trauma. See also laughter-induced syncope, cataplexy, and Bezold-Jarisch reflex. Gelastic seizures can be due to focal lesions to the hypothalamus. Depending upon the size of the lesion, the emotional lability may be a sign of an acute condition, and not itself the cause of the fatality. Gelastic syncope has also been associated with the cerebellum.

Historical deaths attributed to laughter

Zeuxis, a 5th-century BC Greek painter, is said to have died laughing at the humorous way he painted the goddess Aphrodite – after the old woman who commissioned it insisted on modeling for the portrait.

One ancient account of the death of Chrysippus, the 3rd century BC Greek Stoic philosopher, tells that he died of laughter after he saw a donkey eating his figs; he told a slave to give the donkey neat wine to drink to wash them down with, and then, ‘…having laughed too much, he died’ (Diogenes Laertius 7.185)

In 1410, King Martin of Aragon died from a combination of indigestion and uncontrollable laughter.

In 1556, Pietro Aretino “is said to have died of suffocation from laughing too much”.

In 1660, Thomas Urquhart, the Scottish aristocrat, polymath and first translator of François Rabelais’s writings into English, is said to have died laughing upon hearing that Charles II had taken the throne.

On 24 March 1975, Alex Mitchell, from King’s Lynn, England, died laughing while watching the “Kung Fu Kapers” episode of The Goodies, featuring a kilt-clad Scotsman with his bagpipes battling a master of the Lancastrian martial art “Eckythump”, who was armed with a black pudding. After 25 minutes of continuous laughter, Mitchell finally slumped on the sofa and died from heart failure. His widow later sent The Goodies a letter thanking them for making Mitchell’s final moments of life so pleasant.

Diagnosis of his granddaughter in 2012 of having the inheritable long QT syndrome (a heart rhythm abnormality) suggests that Mitchell may have died of a cardiac arrest caused by long QT syndrome.

In 1989, Ole Bentzen, a Danish audiologist, died laughing while watching A Fish Called Wanda. His heart was estimated to have beaten at between 250 and 500 beats per minute, before he succumbed to cardiac arrest.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_from_laughter

After reading the above descriptions, I figured when I saw the words, “If it turns out that Sheriff Arpaio is successful in getting Congress to investigate the authenticity of Obama’s BC” . . . I began to laugh and swallowed the half-chewed Cheeto and the sip of wine and thus began my short journey to Beulah Land. Fortunately, I had a trained attorney there, or there would be a little RIP thingie over my head!!!

Now, it is just not possible to read some of this Birther stuff and not go into hysterics. My goodness, most of what we do is tease the idiots and laugh at them. I am not sure that we should all REPENT, or anything like that, but maybe we should be careful to not read Birther dribble with food in our mouths, or when floating in a swimming pool.  And all those little “rolling on the floor laughing our asses off” emoticons??? If we are not careful, those could be the last thing we ever type!!!

If this Internet Article saves just one Obot or Anti-Birther life, I figure it is worth it!!!

Squeeky Fromm
Girl Reporter