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When Your Face Freezes That Way!!! (Or, The Madness Of Paper Terrorism)

Even Fava Beans Couldn’t Make Birther Pre-frontal Lobes Digestible

When I was little, and pouted with my bottom lip stuck way out, my Mother used to tell me, “Squeeky, you better stop that right now, or your face might freeze that way!”  I used to worry a lot about that.  Thankfully, it wasn’t true, as Nat Segaloff points out:

Unless one is afflicted with a form of paralysis such as Bell’s palsy or myasthenia gravis, there is little chance that one’s face will ever “freeze” in a specific position. This advice falls into the same category as “Don’t cross your eyes. I knew a kid who did that and his eyes stayed that way forever.” For either change to occur, one’s muscles would have to become detached and replaced, or lock in spasm. And either contingency can be surgically corrected.


But, I think something like that does happen with our thought processes. If we play with delusions and paranoia on a daily basis, perhaps we risk our brains freezing that way.

Many of the two citizen parents Birthers seem to have Sovereign Citizen roots. I see the Sovereign Citizens as their Big Brother, who teaches them bad habits, and slips booze to them on the Q.T.  Both groups have major difficulty accepting the simple legal reality that the 14th Amendment simply put into writing, and into the U.S. Constitution, the English common law concept of natural born citizen.  Persons born in the United States are natural born citizens regardless of the citizenship of the parents. (As long as the parents aren’t foreign diplomats or invading soldiers.)

The delusion comes in when both groups refuse to accept decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts which are contrary to their mistaken beliefs .  In their minds, what is a legal question, and what has already been decided by the courts, is meaningless to them. Instead, they invent delusional Imaginary Laws to support their tenets. This is hardly the only idiotic legal argument they advance.

To some of them, Gold Fringe on a flag in the court room changes the whole thing over to some kind of Admiralty Court. Capital letters and punctuation in court filings provide either complete safety or total danger, depending on the situation. I have provided this link before, but it very important to establish the grossly insane and delusional belief system of these people:


The Birther legal arguments fit right in with this nonsense. The two citizen parent nonsense is made out of whole cloth, or more appropriately the  hole cloth of discarded ideas.  But these idiotic notions don’t just sit somewhere in Limbo and poke their heads out once in a while as grist for late night drunken conversations in a Hillbilly Honky Tonk.  Which brings us to Paper Terrorism, which Wiki defines this 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.

The Birthers have followed in their Big Brother’s footsteps, and now even have a Do It Yourself Eligibility lawsuit template to make it easier for more idiots to sue in more courts. The same result follows as each Birther lawsuit crashes and burns, but the nonsense continues.  If the whole issue stayed here on some juvenile delinquent loony lawsuit level, then sooner or later when Obama is out of office, the Birther lunacy would die by suffocation as all the oxygen gets sucked out of the movement.

But the danger is that the Birthers will also imitate the other bad behavior of the Sovereign Citizens.  I think you can just toy with madness for so long, and then you simply slip into full-time delusional and paranoid thinking. At some point, these people can completely lose any connection to reality. As happened once again this last week in Louisiana:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least some of the seven people arrested in a fatal shootout with Louisiana deputies have been linked to violent anarchists on the FBI’s domestic terrorism watch lists, a sheriff said Saturday.

Detectives had been monitoring the group before Thursday’s shootout in Laplace in which two deputies were killed and two more wounded, said DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle. His detectives and other law enforcement discovered the suspects were heavily armed adherents to an ideology known as the “sovereign citizens” movement.

Sovereign citizens are a loosely organized movement founded in the 1970s and more fully developed in the 1980s, according to the Anti-Defamation League website. Sovereign citizens believe that all levels of government have no jurisdiction over them and resist — sometimes with violence — authority including police, the website said.

They also like to use what is dubbed “paper terrorism.” It involves using frivolous lawsuits and fake documents and of using genuine documents such as IRS forms to intimidate, harass and coerce public officials, law enforcement officers and private citizens.


This isn’t the first such incident, and won’t be the last. What started off as stupid and delusional legal beliefs morphed over time into something far worse.  Reasonable paranoia about government crossed the line into psychosis. My GUESS is that these people are Birthers to boot, but that is probably secondary to what happened. The perps sound like they were well on the way to Madness before Obama.

But what I wonder is, when will Birthers fall into the same pattern? How long will it be before somebody who continues to deny legal reality slips over into denying other aspects of reality??? How long will it be before somebody who thinks Obama is kept in illegitimate authority by a corrupt judicial system, a corrupt Congress, and traitors galore – – – how long before some of those people succumb to the delusions and paranoia and just snap???

If this Reality isn’t satisfying enough, for Heaven’s sake they should join a Renaissance Group, or historical re-enactment troup.  Or, apply at their local Little Theatre.  Delusions and paranoia are just not things you can play with on a daily basis without serious risks.

Squeeky Fromm
Girl Reporter

Note 1. The Image. This is the well known psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lector, from the Thomas Harris novels and related movies.  I think this particular shot is from the 1991 film, Silence of the Lambs. In a later film, Hannibal (2001), Dr. Lector feeds one of his victims slices of his own pre-frontal cortex.

The caption is Birther Appropriate. As Wiki says:

It is believed that at least some of the human abilities to feel guilt or remorse, and to interpret reality, lie in the prefrontal cortex. 

The Image Easter Egg is a “demonic French” word play on “You! hypocrite lecteur! – mon semblable, – mon frère!”: or, “Hypocrite reader! – my likeness, – my brother!” from a famous poem.  The Easter Egg line, “Hypocrite Birther! Vous semblable votre soeur!” poorly translates as  Hyprocrite Birther, you like your sister(soeur)!  But soeur sort of sounds like “sewer”, thus. . .  Hyprocrite Birther!, You like your sewer!

This is a “All your base are belong to us” kind of translation. Semblabe properly translates as either like the adjective meaning similar, or like the noun meaning likeness, but not as like the verb meaning to feel an attraction for.  Sooo, don’t say this in France. They will look at you strangely.

Note 2. Made Out Of Whole Cloth: I found this on the Internet:

The phrase “made out of whole cloth” (and variants) currently means “utterly without foundation in fact, completely fictitious.” This sense for “whole cloth” dates to 1840.

The meaning of the phrase “made out of whole cloth” appears to have begun to change in the United States in the first half of the 19th century. The OED labels the falsehood sense “U.S. colloquial or slang”, and provides a citation from 1843: “Isn’t this entire story … made out of whole cloth?” The change of meaning may have arisen from deceptive trade practices. Charles Earle Funk suggests that 19th-century tailors advertising whole cloth may really have been using patched cloth or cloth that was falsely stretched to appear to be full-width.

Alternatively, the modern figurative meaning of “whole cloth” may depend on a lie’s having sprung whole ex nihilo, having no connection with existing facts. All-newness distinguishes garments and lies made out of whole cloth. This is a positive characteristic for clothes, but not for the average tissue of lies and deception.

See here for the entire fascinating discussion of the phrase:


Yukon Jerk Says “Mush!!!” (or, The Best Dang Birther Lawsuit EVAH!!!)

Luckily For Gordon, The Odor From Inside His Igloo Knocked The Mighty Ursus Maritimus Out Cold

While some are calling him a racist, I believe that Birther Gordon Epperly, aka The Sage of Swampy Acres, has filed the Best Dang Birther Lawsuit EVAH!!! Here is a pdf of it, right straight from the Silly Sovereign Sitizen website – USA The Republic. (I call them Sitizens because of their propensity to sit at their keyboards and burn them up writing  silly legal treatises, penning letters of outrage to editors,  and filing numerous silly lawsuits. Plus, they so often seem to lack standing.):

Pure Alaskan Mush

No doubt part of his success is due to his rare ability among Birthers to actually learn from his past judicial failures. For Epperly once (1991) believed that the 14th Amendment was never properly ratified, and therefore he and his family were not U.S. Citizens. And therefore not liable to pay income taxes??? See here:


But, for this new lawsuit Epperly has realized that he was wrong. Obama, as a Negro or Mulatto, is definitely covered by the 14th Amendment. I am still a little confused, The USA – The Republic Website still hawks the “14th Amendment never ratified” silliness. Oh, maybe the 14th Amendment only applies to negroes and mulattos???  Hmmm, could be. I have encountered that argument before when debating Birthers. Oh, and there is this little tidbit from The Atlantic:

But to hear many of 21stCentury’s far-right “constitutionalists” tell the American story, the Fourteenth Amendment doesn’t exist. Or, at least, not as something that affects the way we live today.

These people are what I call “Fourteenth Amendment deniers.” Their radical right-wing agenda is much more attainable if the values of human equality, and basic civil and political rights, are read out of the document.  So, like Sgt. Schutz in Hogan’s Heroes, they look at the text and see “nothing — nothing!”

The most radical of them simply proclaim that the Fourteenth Amendment doesn’t count; it wasn’t validly adopted. Southern Senators and Representatives weren’t seated in the Congress that proposed it at the end of the Civil War, they argue, so that body was illegitimate.  In 1957, with the prospect of school desegregation staring it in its all-white face, the Georgia State Legislature went so far as to pass a resolution  declaring that “the so-called 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States are null and void and of no effect.”

This old white-supremacist myth lives on, but only in the remote hills and hollers where militiamen mingle with men in sheets.


Maybe that is it.  We will probably have to wait for Epperly’s Brief Opposing Motion For Summary Judgment to see how he handles that.  But I digress. From the above copy of the Complaint, you will see this Birther lawsuit has almost everything it it.  Some Minor v. Happersett stuff,  some two citizen parent stuff, some 14th Amendment stuff, AND Epperly even addresses the Ankeny case, to try to head off the response that he knows is coming. Yes, Epperly is a step ahead of the other Birthers who just keeping filing the same old losing case over and over.

There is even a little hint of SEX in his Complaint. Epperly keeps reminding us that it takes more than one person to make a baby by underlining  “s” in citizens and adding the word plural in red. Because you know, a beast with one back just ain’t gonna cut it. Plus, we get the negro and mulatto stuff in this suit.  The other Birthers have kept that belief kind of sub rosa, which I think is Mexican for “under the sheets.”   Probably white ones.  However, Epperly boldly addresses that issue head on and even gets a Rictal Scale point for citing the Dred Scott decision in the process.

But Epperly may have unwittingly laid a snare for future Birthers, because what about Mark Rubio and Bobby Jindal??? They are neither negro nor mulatto. Does the 14th Amendment apply to them???  Maybe Epperly will cite Wong Kim Ark for the propsition that Indians were not natural born??? That will take care of Jindal.  But Rubio??? Hmmm. Maybe Epperly will find a Spanish Armada exception to Calvin’s Case or maybe the 1856 Paris Declaration which forbids Letters Mark???

Because if he can’t use those letters, M, A, R,and K, then Mark Rubio can’t get on the ballot.  Hmmm, maybe he could be, ubio, or  John Doe ubio, or maybe  XXXX  Xubio ???  That is even mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, and would pull in The Law of Nations and oh. . .  Let me stop.  This is over my head.  These are deep and profound Birther questions. I am sure Apuzzo and Donofrio will explain this all to us.

I will have to check in on The Sage of Swampy Acres from time to time and see how he handles this. If you want to read some of the goofiness at what I am guessing is his website:


Squeeky Fromm
Girl Reporter

Note 1: Yukon Jerk. A wordplay on one of my favorite drinks, Yukon Jack. Wiki says( And I can vouch for this!):

Yukon Jack is a honey-based Canadian whiskey advertised as the “Black sheep of Canadian Liquors”. It is a 100 proof (in USA) or 80 proof (in Canada) drink.Yukon Jack is produced by Heublein Inc. In 1987 Heublein Inc. was bought out by Diageo. Yukon Jack is made in Valleyfield, Quebec. Bottles available for sale in the US are imported and then bottled in Hartford, Connecticut.

The taste is sweeter than comparable American whiskeys drawing from the honey it is brewed with but then has a rougher bite than say Jack Daniels. It also has the distinctive taste of horehound.

“Yukon Jack is a taste born of hoary nights, when lonely men struggled to keep their fires lit and cabins warm. Boldly flavorful yet surprisingly smooth, there is no spirit like Yukon Jack”

Which the tagline on the label also explains the Easter Egg in the Image. This is a really good drink, but you have to be careful because a few straight shots and your lips get all wobbly. But it is a lot easier to drink than Jack Daniels, and for some reason, you don’t get as belligerent if you overdo it. Or so I am told. . .

Note 2. Mush.

1. A soft, wet, pulpy mass.
2. A journey across snow with a dogsled.

1. Reduce (a substance) to a soft, wet, pulpy mass.
2. Go on a journey across snow with a dogsled.

A command urging on dogs during such a journey.

mash – gruel – pulp

Note 3. Letters Mark. Oh, just a wordplay on Letters Marque about which Wiki says:

In the days of fighting sail, a Letter of Marque and Reprisal was a government licence authorizing a person (known as a privateer) to attack and capture enemy vessels and bring them before admiralty courts for condemnation and sale. Cruising for prizes with a Letter of Marque was considered an honorable calling combining patriotism and profit, in contrast to unlicensed piracy, which was universally reviled. The French used the term lettre de course for their letters of marque, giving rise to the term corsair.