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Fromm Sir, With Love. (Or, Dressing Down Sam Sewell)

Too Many Skirts Makes It Hard To CYA

Birther Sam Sewell, of The Steady Drip blog, recently penned a short piece, Children of the Beast. He explains the underlying analogy in this fashion:

Most people see the conflict between limited government and big government as a political battle between conservatives and liberals. This conflict is much more profound than political theory can encompass. In this essay the metaphor of “The Beast” is used to represent big government, and “Children of The Beast” to reveal the nature of those who support, or are dependent upon, big government.

You can find the whole thing here.


I don’t intend to review the whole article because that isn’t within the purview of this website.  But the fact that Sewell drags observations by psychologist and philosopher Erich Fromm into it does get my attention. First, here is the Fromm excerpt:

What is the human motivation that allows people to overlook the dangers of “The Beast” and choose a politician for his charming personality traits, rather than donning the warrior spirit capable of subduing “The Beast?”  A partial answer to that question was provided by Erich Fromm in his book “Escape from Freedom.”   He moved from Germany to the United States in 1938, giving witness to his love of freedom.  Freud thought human personality was determined by conditioning having an effect on biology. Marx saw peoples’ lives as determined by their society and economic systems.  Erich Fromm challenged these two reigning intellectual systems of his time with the idea of freedom.

Freedom is a difficult thing to have, and Fromm believed that when they can, the unenlightened man tends to flee from it. Escaping from freedom is now an important motivating factor of our species.  Because the need to escape from individual freedom emerged in human consciousness, mass movements began to appear in human society.  Fromm sheds light on the dynamics with these two quotes:

“The person who gives up his individual self and becomes an automaton, identical with millions of other automatons around him, need not feel alone and anxious any more. The price he pays, however, is high; it is the loss of his self.”

“This loss of identity then makes it still more imperative to conform, it means that one can be sure of oneself only if one lives up to the expectations of others. If we do not live up to this picture, we not only risk disapproval and increased isolation, but we risk losing the identity of our personality, which means jeopardizing sanity.”

Erich Fromm can tell us a lot about what is behind how most people vote. He makes the point that most people are terrified of being an on-their-own, take-care-of-themselves, free, adult human being.

True, Erich Fromm teaches that unenlightened people tend to escape from the reality of their own freedom. But what gives any Birther the moral right to opine about that, when the single most distinguishing characteristic of any Birther is the wholesale denial of  reality???

And then Sewell blithely pops off with the “mass movements began to appear in human society” remark??? WTF is Birtherism if not the bad kind of mass movement that Fromm so feared, one based on paranoia, delusion, lies, and irrationality.

And this is coming from a Mensa member??? An ex-military officer??? A psychotherapist and clergyman??? Oh no, Sam Sewell, you don’t get to skirt this issue!. You are a prominent person in the Birther movement. Your group either can’t figure out, or bring themselves to admit two simple facts:

1. That there is no two citizen parent requirement;

2. There is a verified Birth Certificate showing Obama was born in Hawaii.

Birthers cling like torpedo survivors on a rubber life raft to the most insane and bizarre belief system to come along since the Heaven’s Gate cult boarded the Mother Ship, and here you are, a supposed clergyman,  playing the role of Marshall Applewhite and selling tickets to the Hale-Bopp Express. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

Some of these poor stupid deluded Birthers are just people who don’t know any better.  All the Vattel crap, and the quack legal mumbo-jumbo is over the heads of a lot of them. They are just repeating the nonsense they hear from gurus, slicksters, and liars.  But I don’t think that is true of you.

Personally, I don’t think you believe any of the stupid Birther crap. If your background is what you say it is, you’re not that stupid. It doesn’t take a Mensan to understand the court decisions that have come down over the past year, or the Wong Kim Ark and Ankeny decisions, either. It doesn’t take a Mensan to recognize the significance of a verified birth certificate when it comes to figuring out where Obama was born. Particularly in the near-complete absence of any contrary information.  But then again, I could be wrong. Maybe you are not that smart after all. In the Sane Society, Erich Fromm also noted:

In observing the quality of thinking in alienated man, it is striking to see how his intelligence has developed and how reason has deteriorated. . . . Even from the nineteenth century to our day, there seems to have occurred an observable increase in stupidity, if by this we mean the opposite to reason, rather than to intelligence.

Well, Sam . . . Which is it??? Liar or idiot???

Squeeky Fromm
Girl Reporter

Note 1. The Image. This is a photo of Judy Geeson, who played Pamela Darein the 1967 film,  To Sir, With Love.  That is a movie about a dedicated teacher who tries to bring enlightenment to a bunch of disrespectful and rowdy brats. Kind of like me, trying to educate Birthers.

And, on the word play, many skirts (mini skirts), before you say , “That’s a mini-dress not a mini-skirt!”  True, mini-dress is more appropriate, but it has  a “mini skirt” in that a “skirt” is also a part of a garment:

skirt (noun):

1. The part of a garment, such as a dress or coat, that hangs freely from the waist down.
2. A garment hanging from the waist and worn by women and girls.

skirt (verb)

1. To avoid, go around the edge of, or keep distant from (something that is controversial, risky, etc.): The senator skirted the issue.

Note 2. The Image Easter Egg.  A word play on the line,  and Sweeney guards the Horn’d gate  from T.S.Eliot’s “Sweeny Among The Nightingales.”

Here is a adequate explanation:

The circles of the stormy moon
Slide westward toward the River Plate,
Death and the Raven drift above
And Sweeney guards the horn’d gate.

Sweeney’s laughter belies the ominous mood of the evening. Outside, the moon trails westward in a stormy sky toward the River Plate (Spanish: Ro de la Plata, meaning River of Silver.) Ravens gather and the air reeks of death. Inside, Sweeney is on the threshold of sleep, guarding an exit gate from Hades, one made of horn.

In Homer’s Odyssey, Penelope, the wife of Odysseus (Ulysses),says dreams arise from phantoms in Hades and pass through either of two gates. One is a gate of ivory; through it pass false dreams that confuse the dreamer. The other is a gate of polished horn; through it pass “images of truth . . . with visions manifest of future fate” (The Odyssey, Book XIX, “The Discovery of Ulysses to Euryclea.” Alexander Pope, translator).

Apparently, Sweeney does not wish to know or does not care to know what the future holds for him. He is probably unaware of the ominous portents of nature suggesting that his death may be near, although he seems to become aware later (Stanza 7) that he may be in danger.

Ro de la Plata (River of Silver) could be a very oblique allusion to Agamemnon’s bathtub, which had silver sides.


No doubt a hedg’d gate has some meaning, also. . .

Note 3. Links. Sam Sewell’s blog, The Steady Drip,  is located here:


Paper Terrorism!!! (Or, Coming Soon To A Birther Near You!)

BEFORE: The Babylon Municipal Court Building Was An Architectural Masterpiece

AFTER: The Eastern File Rooms Collapsed From The Weight Of Frivolous Lawsuits Filed On Clay Tablets

Well, the above Images notwithstanding, the issue of Paper Terrorism is a serious one. Wiki defines Paper Terrorism as:

Paper terrorism is a neologism to refer to the use of false liens, frivolous lawsuits, bogus letters of credit, and other legal documents lacking sound factual basis as a method of harassment, especially against government officials. These methods are popular among some anti-government groups and those associated with the redemption movement. Mark Pitcavage of the ADL states that these methods were pioneered by the Posse Comitatus. Some victims of paper terrorism have been forced to declare bankruptcy.

An article by the Southern Poverty Law Center states that another tactic is filing reports with the Internal Revenue Service falsely accusing their political enemies of having unreported income. Such frivolous lawsuits also clog the court system making it more difficult to process other cases and including using challenges to the titles of property owned by government officials and others. Another method of paper terrorism is filing bankruptcy petitions against others in an effort to ruin their credit ratings.

I believe the recent foray into Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Birther lawsuits represents an attempt to emulate this activity. Mark Pitcavage, Ph.D, in an Internet Article at the ADL, provides the aims of these type of lawsuits:

Proponents of the bogus lien saw that this strategy was an extremely effective and inexpensive way to accomplish several goals at once. Bogus liens

1) acted to intimidate or coerce public officials, particularly law enforcement agents, not to enforce the laws;

2) served as damaging instruments of revenge against private and public individuals or organizations that had somehow run afoul of members of the “patriot” movement; and

3) worked to slow down or clog up the judicial system, both in the general sense of making the entire system less effective and in the more particular sense of postponing the meting out of justice against particular anti-government activists.

In the 1990s a number of leaders emerged as popularizers of the tactic of bogus liens, from Texas activist Alfred Adask to the Montana Freemen in the remote Northwest. Proponents offered for purchase or even gave away free packets of information explaining exactly how to place such liens. Occasionally examples were even downloadable over the Internet. It was not long before anti-government activists ranging from “sovereign citizens” to militia members to white supremacists to tax protesters embraced “common law liens” (to name one commonly used term) as a way to strike back against a system they disliked so much.


That was written in 1998 before the advent of the Birthers, or they would have probably been included in that group.  Compare that description with this:


The purveyors of the DIY Birther Lawsuit Kit provide this excuse for their conduct:


Pay attention to this language from above:

The multi state, multi county filing strategy of the Do It Yourself Ballot Challenge Kit is to have individuals file their own cases, in their own counties, all over the country. The purpose of filing so many cases all over the country is to find at least one honest judge willing to allow the evidence on these important issues to be brought forth publicly.

But they give away their true intent a little further down the page:

Jerry Collette, the developer of the Do It Yourself Ballot Challenge Kit, believes that some of the courts who dismissed, on procedural grounds, previous cases on this subject were correct; the plaintiffs had the wrong strategy. Jerry’s specialty is legal strategy. He has come up with a brand new strategy for this ballot challenge that goes straight to the key constitutional rights issues.

We believe that with this new strategy you will be far more likely to keep your case from getting dismissed. Go for it. Help us find that one honest judge, who might even be right there in your county. File your complaint in your local judicial district, using the Do It Yourself Ballot Challenge Kit, and, after you survive the defendants’ motions to dismiss and move your case, bring our nonprofit org and our attorneys into your case.

What a Brilliant Legal Strategist is Mr. Collette!!! Let’s go file a bunch of lawsuits and see if one of them lands in front of a drunk judge!!!  How clever. How very Sun Tzuey! The Legal Quack Hall of Fame has its winner for 2012! But let’s read a little deeper.

Sooo,  some cases were dismissed on procedural grounds. . . but Enguiring Minds, like mine, want to know on what basis the other cases were dismissed??? Maybe, on THE MERITS!!!  Collette and crew leave that little fact out. But Collette, and his running buddy, Sam Sewell, sure ought to be aware of this. After all, they just got smacked down hard in Florida in their last little Birther backed lawsuit which was dismissed ON THE MERITS WITH PREJUDICE (click on the Image to make it larger):

Here is a link to the full decision:


Collette and Sewell know that the people who file these DIY Birther suits are going to get dismissed. The old term that was used to describe no-merit lawsuits that are filed in full anticipation of losing was vexatious litigation. Wiki briefly defines it as:

Vexatious litigation is legal action which is brought, regardless of its merits, solely to harass or subdue an adversary. It may take the form of a primary frivolous lawsuit or may be the repetitive, burdensome, and unwarranted filing of meritless motions in a matter which is otherwise a meritorious cause of action. Filing vexatious litigation is considered an abuse of the judicial process and may result in sanctions against the offender.

A single action, even a frivolous one, is not enough to raise a litigant to the level of being declared vexatious. Repeated and severe instances by a single lawyer or firm can result in eventual disbarment.

But the en masse Birther assault on the judicial system deserves the new term, Paper Terrorism. Like them, I hope they find one special judge. One special judge who will throw the book at the whole bunch of them and set them about turning big rocks into little rocks for 90 days or more.

Squeeky Fromm
Girl Reporter

Note 1. The Images. These Dramatic Re-Enactments were created by Pieter Bruegal of Bruegal & Son Painters, LLC,  of Flemburg, Belgium.

Note 2. The Florida Ballot Challenge. See this link for Sewell’s and Collette’s involvement:


For what it is worth, I predicted this was going to flop:


Note 3. State Responses To Paper Terrorism. Some states are criminalizing some aspects of paper terrorism. See this Internet Article by Christopher A. Young, Esq.:


Note 4. The Ancients Knew How To Handle Clay Tablet Terrorism:

King Gilgamesh Sentences Apuzzutti And Other Serial Scribers To Hard Labor

The Herculean Labors (Or, Wrassling The Cretin Bull, And Cleaning Up Behind Him)

The Birthers Got Carried Away By The Cretin Bull

Well, the software is telling me that this is the 200th post at The Birther Think Tank. So perhaps is time to step back and reflect on the Big Picture nature of the Anti-Birther vs. Birther Struggle.  There are analogies to be found in two of the mythological Labors of Hercules, specifically the 5th and 7th Labors.

The Fifth Labor of Hercules was to clean the Augean Stables. Thousands of cows lived in these stables belonging to King Augeus. They had not been cleaned in 30 years, but Hercules was told to clean them completely in a single day. To do so he made two rivers bend so that they flowed into the stables, sweeping out the filth. ( from Infoplease)

The Seventh Labor of Hercules was to capture the Cretan Bull. This savage bull, kept by King Minos of Crete, was said to be insane and breathe fire. Hercules wrestled the mad beast to the ground and brought it back to King Eurystheus. Unfortunately, the king set it free, and it roamed Greece, causing terror wherever it went. (from Infoplease)

There Was Money To Be Made From Manure

Those two myths pretty much cover the life of the Anti-Birther. Our battle is defined by the other side. The Birthers create the bullsh*t, and  we must clean it up. It is a never-ending task because the bull-sh*tters are constantly pumping out new product on a regular basis. Unike Hercules, we can not divert any rivers (due to the lack of a Corps of Engineers’ permit) to short cut the job. No, we must shovel it up the old fashioned way, one scoop at a time into the Wheelbarrel of Truth, and roll it out to the Compost Pile of Birther Dreams.

Making the job more difficult is the fact that some people make money off the bullsh*t. Television provides a most appropriate illustration of  this fact. The Image directly above is from the TV series, Hercules, The Legendary Journeys, the Reign of Terror episode. In that episode Salmoneus, the somewhat shady promoter character, travelled with Hercules to visit the Augean Stables. He concocted a plan to sell manure from the stables with Hercules’ celebrity endorsement. (“Reign of Terror“).

Here you should be thinking Jerome “Jerry” CorsiWorld Net Daily, Cold Case Posse Deputy Michael Zullo, and a host of other Birthers who profit, one way or another, from promoting the nonsense. It is my opinion that many Birthers are also in it for the attention, such as CDR Kerchner, Mario “The Mangler” Apuzzo, and the late “Leo Donofrio, Esq.” These people are not so stupid that they could seriously believe the two-citizen parents Imaginary Law. But, some people are.

Hercules Could Just Swear He Had Encountered This Bull Before

Daily, we Anti-Birthers wrassle with the insane Cretin Bull and no matter how many times we pin its shoulders to the ground, it just gets loose to cause more terror and distress. Old, discredited rumors persistently find resurrection in the Birther Blogosphere and resurface.  Most recently, Postman Allen Hulton has resurrected the Obama As A Foreign Student myth, based on 20+ year old hearsay conversations.  This Who Was He??? identity trope is also mirrored in the Hercules myth. There was uncertainty as to the identity of the Cretan Bull.

The Cretan bull, was said to be the father of the Minotaur by Pasiphae, wife of the Cretan king Minos. By one account, the Cretan bull was the beast that had carried Europa from Phoenicia to Crete for Zeus. In other myths, the bull was sent by Poseidon to Minos,to be sacrificed following the king’s promise that he would sacrifice to the god anything that rose from the sea. But Minos, struck by the animal’s beauty, sacrificed in its place another bull, thus provoking the god’s rage. The sea god then in revenge drove the animal wild, ravaging the crops and orchards of Crete.

Hercules captured the beast after a lengthy struggle. He brought it all the way back across the sea to Tiryns, to present it to Eurystheus. He then set the beast free. It then roamed around Laconia and Arcadia, crossed the Corinth Isthmus and ended up in Marathon, to be later captured and killed by Theseus.


In fact, the first image here is Europa Carried Away By The Cretan Bull by Noël-Nicolas Coypel, 1726-1727In a way, America has been carried away by the Birthers’ Cretin Bull.  A Cretan is, of course, someone from the island of Crete. A cretin, on the other hand is a person of subnormal intelligence. In the past that term, and others, were associated with specific I.Q. levels. There is some disagreement about the levels, but this seems representative:

Cretin…. IQ 70-85
Moron ….IQ 55-70
Imbecile..IQ 40-55
Idiot…….IQ under 40

What we must deal with daily are cretinous, moronic, imbecilic and idiotic arguments. Even Birther Mensa members like Sam Sewell of The Steady Drip blog sally forth into the two citizen parents argument despite repeated court losses on that point. Ex-military officers like CDR Kerchner and Walter “Citizen’s Arrest” Fitzpatrick spew forth Vattel like gargoyles on the Notre Dame Cathredal during a cloudburst. Jerome “Jerry” Corsi, who has a Ph.D from Harvard, carries on like a madman biting on every piece of worthless evidence like a Great White Shark chomping down on a surfboard – swallowing it now, and letting the other end worry about the consequences.

So why do we do it??? I can’t answer for other people. Personally, I don’t even think we are winning the battle.  Birther Blogs seem to be springing up everywhere, and the stupidity knows no shame. Or limits. The courts throw the Birther Junk out, but they would do that whether we were here or not. Obama is still on the ballot in every state, but I am not even an Obama supporter. I’ll probably vote for the Republican, or if he is too nutty, just stay home.  And it is not like any ex-Birthers have ever told me, ‘Thank you, Squeeky! You have convinced me I was wrong about this Birther stuff.” That has never happened.

I think that me, and probably the other Anti-Birthers and Obots, too, just can’t stand to let these idiotic lies go unchallenged. Like that other Hercules, the French one, Hercule-Savinien-De Cyrano de Bergerac said:

What say you? It is useless? Ay, I know
But who fights ever hoping for success?
I fought for lost cause, and for fruitless quest!
You there, who are you!–You are thousands!
I know you now, old enemies of mine!

(He strikes in air with his sword):

Have at you! Ha! and Compromise!
Prejudice, Treachery!. . .

(He strikes):

Surrender, I?
Parley? No, never! You too, Folly,–you?
I know that you will lay me low at last;
Let be! Yet I fall fighting, fighting still!

(He makes passes in the air, and stops, breathless):

You strip from me the laurel and the rose!
Take all! Despite you there is yet one thing
I hold against you all, and when, to-night,
I enter Christ’s fair courts, and, lowly bowed,
Sweep with doffed casque the heavens’ threshold blue,
One thing is left, that, void of stain or smutch,
I bear away despite you.

(He springs forward, his sword raised; it falls from his hand; he staggers,
falls back into the arms of Le Bret and Ragueneau.)

ROXANE (bending and kissing his forehead):
‘Tis?. . .

CYRANO (opening his eyes, recognizing her, and smiling):



Squeeky Fromm
Girl Reporter

Florida Birthers Roll Out The Big Legal Gun!!! (Or, Sam Sewell Can’t Count To 2)

When The Matches Wouldn't Light, Quick-Thinking Larry Tried Striking Two Pieces Of Coral Together For A Spark

Sam “Mr. Mensa” Sewell over to The Steady Drip is applauding the fact that Larry Klayman, Esq.has joined the Florida Birther Battle. Here are a few excerpts from the Press Release, and the entire story can be found at the link following:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – :FLORIDA Obama eligibility battle – Larry E. Klayman is jumping in as lead attorney

PRESS RELEASE – March 20, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Iconic public interest attorney Larry E. Klayman is jumping into the long simmering Obama eligibility battle and will  represent clients in Florida and other states to challenge Obama’s inclusion on the ballot .

Larry’s entre into the Obama eligibility lawsuit arena was facilitated by the Obama State Ballot Challenge 2012 (OSBC) (obamaballotchallenge.com) organization. The group’s Communications Director, George Miller, said it was necessary to bring in a heavy hitter who knows how to force governments to be accountable.  Sam Sewell is the group’s Florida Project Manager and OSBC Director Pamela Barnett is the California Project Manager.

Sewell stated “An analysis of several national polls on the subject of AKA Barack Obama’s eligibility shows that about half the citizens in American are unsure or don’t believe that he is eligible to be President.  It makes sense that Obama supporters would want the issue settled along with everyone else.  I would conclude that those opposed to releasing all of Obama’s history are frightened of the truth, just like AKA Barack Obama.”

Asked whether he has the goods on Obama, Klayman exclaimed, “Of course!  Others have already gathered what we need, with more in the pipeline. The task at hand is to compel court proof, official acknowledgment and removal from the ballot, as well as present the damning facts about Obama to the court of public opinion.”   Asked what he’ll do to help succeed, he stated: “accurate reading of applicable law, attention to rules of evidence, researching case law, venue selection and use of ‘political theater’ out of court.”  Case: Voeltz v. Obama, et. al.(Case No.: 2012CA00467) and is filed in Leon County Superior Court.


Hmmm.  I think you can translate present the damning facts about Obama to the court of public opinion and use of ‘political theater’ out of court into Larry Klayman, Esq.  plans to make an ass out of himself just like every other Birther lawyer to date.

What Sam Sewell, and the other Birthers, like Dean Haskins, who are down on Orly Taitz, Esq. don’t understand is that their problems in court don’t have much to do with the particular lawyer. It’s their case that sucks.  Sewell has a link in his Internet Article which shows just how badly their case sucks:


In these excerpts, you can see where Sewell stumbles out of the gate:

There are three types of citizenship in theUnited States:

1.   Naturalized Citizen – Born in another country of foreign parents, and completed the naturalization process –
Naturalized Citizens can hold any elected office except President or Vice President.

Example: Former GovernorArnold Alois Schwarzenegger who was born in Austria of Austrian parents and become a Naturalized Citizen.

2.   Native Born Citizen – Born in the United States of foreign parents –

Native Born Citizens can hold any elected office except Vice President or President.

Example one:  Senator Marco Rubio was born in the United States, but his parents were not citizens of the United States at the time of his birth.  

Example two: So called “anchor babies” who are born in the United States and are thus citizens of the United States, but whose parents are not citizens of the United States.

3.   Natural Born Citizen – A Natural Born Citizen is a “second generation American citizen.”  They are the natural offspring of citizen parents, and the history of the Constitutional phrase Natural Born Citizen emphasizes a citizen father.

Only two elected offices have the constitutional requirement of “Natural Born Citizen;” President and Vice President.

  Example:  Citizens born in the United States to two American citizen parents are Natural Born – Both George Bush and Bill Clinton are Natural Born Citizens.

Yes, that is right.  Sam “Mr. Mensa” Sewell is sending Poor Larry Klayman, Esq. right back into the same place as the Birthers who got clobbered in Ankeny v. Governor (2009), to wit:

[c]ontrary to the thinking of most People on the subject, there’s a very clear distinction between a  “citizen of the United States” and a “natural born Citizen,” and the difference involves having [two] parents of U.S. citizenship, owing no foreign allegiance.” Appellants’ Brief at 23. With regard to President Barack Obama, the Plaintiffs posit that because his father was a citizen of the United Kingdom, President Obama is constitutionally ineligible to assume the Office of the President.

The Ankeny Court did not see it that way:

Based upon the language of Article II, Section 1, Clause 4 and the guidance provided by Wong Kim Ark, we conclude that persons born within the borders of the United States are “natural born Citizens” for Article II, Section 1 purposes, regardless of the citizenship of their parents.

The three different types of citizen stuff has lost every time. It will lose again.  And, the Ankeny case continues to rack up Persuasive Authority Brownie Points in case after case.

Perhaps the Birthers do not need a new lawyer. Maybe they just need a new Kindergarten Teacher to help them learn how to count??? With that in mind, I present the following for Sam Sewell and the rest of the Birthers to study up on. Maybe it will save some wear and tear on the brick walls of the nation. And their skulls:

Now, after they realize that “3” is not a Happy Number for the types of citizens, they can study this one!!!

I hope this helps!!!

Squeeky Fromm
Girl Reporter