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In the bizarre world of the birthers, the Obama administration's moratorium on drilling in the Gulf is proof positive that he is ineligible to be president.  Confused?  Well, that's what Orly Taitz claims.

The Mad Moldovan is trying to intervene in Hornbeck Offshore Services' suit against Ken Salazar, the Interior Department and the Minerals Management Srevice seeking to overturn the moratorium.  In an all-too-typical Orly filing, she argues that the current stalemate in the case is part of a conspiracy to hide massive Social Security fraud by Obama.  I'm not linking it up because, as per Orly's usual practice, her filing is laden with unredacted Social Security numbers.  Today, Orly managed to make an oral argument and introduced affadavits claiming that Obama's birth certificate is a forgery.

I don't get why the judge even dignified this by giving Orly a chance to make an argument.  Not only is this gambit the definition of frivolous, but she's repeatedly been called down for not redacting SSNs in her filings.  Maybe it's because I'm not a lawyer, but I have to wonder why this woman hasn't been threatened with sanctions for this.  

This whole affair proves that Orly is well into her 16th minute of fame.

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  •  O RLY? (6+ / 0-)


    -6.25 -7.08 The glass is neither half-full nor half-empty. The glass is just twice as large as it needs to be. "Money Talks - Especially When It Walks" - Singingbird

    by Unit Zero on Thu May 12, 2011 at 02:49:53 PM PDT

  •  You are not linking to a public (0+ / 0-)

    filing because she didn't redact SS#'s? It's public!

    I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

    by doc2 on Thu May 12, 2011 at 03:03:13 PM PDT

    •  Yes but the Social Security number is not (1+ / 0-)
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      And one of the paper terrorist's favorite tricks is to display the SSN she thinks is the President's all over the internet, television, and federal court filings.  It is a  violation of federal court rules to fail to redact a SSN in a pleading, but she does it all the time, and gets away with it.  If you really want to see the pleading, you are free to use the Google.  

  •  What moratorium? (6+ / 0-)

    Hate to break it to her, but the moratorium was lifted months ago.  BOEMRE (formerly known as MMS) has approved several new deepwater wells, mostly since February when the first deepwater well featuring the new Helix Fast Response System was approved.  BTW, if you check out BOEMRE's chart, you'll note that they aren't approving everything, so it doesn't appear that they are rubber stamping proposals as they had been accused of doing in the past... perhaps they are actually regulating like they are supposed to be?  Bad, bad big government!

    And I know for the fact that BOEMRE inspectors are quite busy these days because I have a "close friend" who works for a BOEMRE contractor and flies them offshore.

    The wingnuts haven't yet taken down the offensive "Blame Obama when gas gets to $4 a gallon" billboard on one of our major intersections in Lafayette, LA though, despite the fact that things are picking up offshore now.  Of course, no one complained when gas was $4 a gallon last time (when Bush was in office) because high $/barrel prices are considered good for our local economy (notice I said considered).

  •  Where Is This Woman From..... (3+ / 0-)
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    & where does she get all this power?  Is she a naturalized citizen of the United States?

    Her lawsuits are always dismissed, she's been warned repeatedly about the frivolous nature of her filings.  But she keeps getting heard.

    The question is why?  Isn't she a part time dentist, part time real estate agent & part time lawyer?  It seems the only thing she does full time is lie & dog the President.

    Why is the country putting up w/ this deranged woman?

    •  Think about people who are allowed to (0+ / 0-)

      'contribute' to the costs of litigation, including lawyer fees, for issues they favor.  As long as she keeps filing, her birther garbage will still make the news.  If she is trying to intervene, what was the argument she made that she had an interest in the cause of action in question?

      •  Well, the Magistrate who heard it (1+ / 0-)
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        quickly filed an Order denying this frivolous attempt at intervention.  Her bullshit claim was that the essence of the case in Louisiana was that the President didn't have the authority to impose the moratorium, and since she says he's an illegal commie Socialist Kenyan Usurper, he doesn't have the authority to do anything, and that means that Ken Salazar isn't really the Sec. of Energy blah blah.  The woman is a menace to society, a vexatious litigant, and the State Bar of CA is a disgrace because they won't move to take her ticket.  

  •  Orly Taitz is diagnosable for.... (6+ / 1-)

    .... subclinical paranoid schizophrenia.  Compare her behavior to the standard symptom checklist for the full-blown version.  

    I suppose that's a bit of variety compared to the usual narcissistic personality disorder (The Newt, The Donald).  

    The prevalence of psych illnesses among Rs is proof positive that single payer needs to pay for psychiatric & psychological treatment (meds & counseling).  

    •  I can't disagree (0+ / 0-)

      but still, remote mental health diagnoses are forbidden, in all cases.

      "He who dares not offend cannot be honest." ~ Thomas Paine

      by the tmax on Thu May 12, 2011 at 05:11:50 PM PDT

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      •  HR abuse and bullshit. (1+ / 0-)
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        Forbidden by who?   Go look up the site FAQ.  Keyword search "remote," zero results.  Keyword search "diagnosis," zero results.  

        Maybe forbidden by YOU?   Is your name Markos Moulitsas?  

        Or do you just WISH you were him and you're all jealous you're not, so you're going to throw a hissy fit and pretend?  

        YOU don't have the right to FORBID anything.  

        YOU are just being a snotty little prig.

        By the way, "snotty little prig" isn't a diagnosis, it's a description.  

        So please, go find a nice frozen cactus to sit on.

      •  and stinking hypocrisy too! (1+ / 0-)
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        I see this in your comments: "I think your metaphor about "rending your garments" was a bit of projection, Clark."

        "Projection" is a psychiatric term for a type of defense mechanism.

        Your hypocrisy stinks so badly I can smell it over the smog in Oakland.  

      •  Forbidden by whom? You? (1+ / 0-)
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        Please explain.

      •  Remote mental diagnoses (1+ / 0-)
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        of other site users are forbidden. I assume diagnoses of people "on our side" -- Democratic and progressive politicans -- are at least discouraged as well.

        No such restriction has ever applied here to criticism of Republicans and right-wingers.

        "Right now, you have been convicted of as many counts of treason as Manning." -- wiscmass. (Yes, you.)

        by cville townie on Thu May 12, 2011 at 06:58:46 PM PDT

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        •  just to be clear... (1+ / 0-)
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          ... I certainly think we should be able to call each other "crazy" and "off the wall" and similar epithets; after all, this isn't the Senate:-)

          And if there are Democrats out there who come anywhere close to Republicans in terms of dangerous conditions that we as voters should know about, sure, go for it.  

          But one thing I really detest is taboos.  

          Making psychiatric terminology off-limits is a taboo: an exercise in superstition, therefore impermissible in a rational culture.

          People around here routinely comment on legal matters, and even use terms of art, but they typically insert the disclaimer "I am not a lawyer," so it's not "legal advice."

          So it should also go with respect to commenting on psychiatric matters.  

          If someone is clearly showing signs of a psychiatric disorder, we need to be able to bring that up.  Not only for the person's own good in many cases (e.g. "that sounds like depression speaking" or "that sounds clearly delusional"), but also to prevent clearly disturbed remarks from causing flame wars and similar digressions that destroy online conversations.  

          More than once I've run across diaries that were 100% diagnostic for schizophrenia.  In one instance, someone was going on about how their apartment had been secretly wired with surveillance devices and hidden speakers that were whispering about them.  That person needed help, pronto, and more than one of us said so loud & clear.  

          Putting taboos on the relevant language doesn't help, and does prevent people saying things that can potentially help.  As for the mis-use of that language as a form of epithet or name-calling, that's merely rude, along the same lines as using any other health-related language in the same way: for example calling someone a "cripple."  

          The one thing that clearly needs to be off-limits is the use of any language that has the effect of compromising another user's personal identity ("outing").  If psych jargon is used in that manner, it's as off-limits as anything else used in that manner.  

          But please let's not indulge in some kind of "demon-haunted world" thinking, wherein words that refer to "demons in the mind" are a-priori off limits.  

          •  On 100% diagnostics (0+ / 1-)
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            Do you realize that being unable to accept community norms because you have a problem with "taboos" is diagnostic of mental disorders?

            Making psychiatric terminology off-limits is a taboo
            I've explained this to you already, when I responded to your inappropriate abusive retributive HR. It is not the terminology which is at issue. You didn't call Orly paranoid (which is true), you said she was paranoid schizophrenic (which is a medical diagnosis). You didn't say Trump was a narcissist (which is true) you said he suffered from narcissistic personality disorder (which is a medical diagnosis). If you want to give advice, go find those people and privately send them a message urging them to seek psychiatric counseling, if you are concerned about them and stupid enough to think it would do any good. But please don't turn DK into the place on the Internet where it is acceptable to use grievous and offensive insults like amateur remote psychiatric diagnosis because you find responding to them on a more civilized level too burdensome.

            It is far too easy to just dismiss everything anyone who politically disagrees with you says (or disagrees with you at all, for that matter) using hackneyed psychological pseudo-diagnosis. Call them paranoid and narcissists all you want; the use of those terms in the field of psychiatry does not make them exclusive to that context. But dressing it up as a would-be diagnosis is off-limits.

            "He who dares not offend cannot be honest." ~ Thomas Paine

            by the tmax on Fri May 13, 2011 at 06:48:38 AM PDT

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            •  HR for (0+ / 0-)
              Do you realize that being unable to accept community norms because you have a problem with "taboos" is diagnostic of mental disorders?

              and then spending the rest of your message talking about how unacceptable it is to diagnose other posters here. Your u-turn time is now down from half an hour to a few seconds.

              "Right now, you have been convicted of as many counts of treason as Manning." -- wiscmass. (Yes, you.)

              by cville townie on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:32:10 PM PDT

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              •  I put that there just for you, townie (0+ / 0-)

                And carefully worded it so you'd tie yourself in knots trying to pretend it contradicts anything else I've said, which it doesn't.

                "He who dares not offend cannot be honest." ~ Thomas Paine

                by the tmax on Fri May 13, 2011 at 02:26:47 PM PDT

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        •  I've never seen (0+ / 0-)

          it limited in that way. Do you have some reference to that? It doesn't sound very, I don't know, Democratic. It wouldn't surprise me if tons of previous examples were overlooked by scads of TUs, but I'm sensitive to this kind of thing and I like to be consistent. If you could provide some evidence or admin authority, I'll be happy to remove my donut. It isn't like I want to defend Palin or Trump, two human turds I wish would become allergic to microphones and twitter.

          "He who dares not offend cannot be honest." ~ Thomas Paine

          by the tmax on Thu May 12, 2011 at 07:41:08 PM PDT

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      •  Wow. We're all banned, then. (0+ / 0-)

        In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

        by blue aardvark on Fri May 13, 2011 at 08:03:53 AM PDT

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  •  Good web site tracking Orly's craziness (0+ / 0-)

    And she should most definitely be sanctioned for this latest frivolous filing.

    It would be very interesting to estimate the dollar value of judicial resources that Orly's baseless lawsuits have wasted.

  •  Orly lost her motion to intervene (0+ / 0-)

    Whether she's insane is debate, but she is a dipshit.

    Here's a copy of the order denying her intervention motion:

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