Justice Stevens Declares That He Will Resign During Obama’s Term

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has stated that he “will surely” retire while President Barack Obama is still in office — leaving open only whether he will retire this year or wait later in Obama’s term.

The likelihood is that Stevens will announce his retirement soon. Waiting until next year could throw the nomination into doubt with the mid-term elections approaching. Obama may also feel less able to appoint a solid liberal as he approaches his second term. Obama was criticized by some liberals for his appointment of Sonia Sotomayor, who ruled with the conservatives on the Second Circuit on a number of important cases. Waiting until next year would decrease the chances of a strong liberal nomination and could imperil confirmation given Obama’s failing popularity in the polls and resurgent GOP campaigning.

Stevens was nominated to the court by Republican President Gerald R. Ford in 1975 and is the seventh-longest-serving justice with more than 34 years on the court. He is also the second oldest justice to sit on the Court — after Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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93 thoughts on “Justice Stevens Declares That He Will Resign During Obama’s Term

  1. Now we just need to find someone close to President Obama to whisper Professor Turley’s name into his ear…

  2. I find the American fascination with politics and governmental proceedings so amusing. It’s not like that here in Canada, half the country is oblivious to the ongoings of Parliament.

    Ciao!

  3. iammichellepham,

    I’ve actually found that my Canadian friends are much better informed about their government than most Americans (if only half of Americans were oblivious to government that would be an improvement – and that doesn’t consider the part of the population that cares about politics and thinks that Fox is a source of news…).

  4. What Slarti said.

    And I should know. My gf is Canadian and I know more than one. They are quite involved compared to Americans in general.

    We’re the freaks here iammichellepham. And we come from all over the world with regular posters from Canada, England and Australia with many others stopping by. Most Americans are more concerned about voting on “American Idol” or the new color of M&M’s than an actual election that could impact their lives directly.

  5. Now, if we could just get Alito, Roberts, and Scalia to engage in a spirited game of Monkey see-Monkey do.

  6. We have some serious busines to attend to before all is lost, if it isn’t already. (And we would be fortunate, indeed, to have someone like Jonathan Turley replace Justice Stevens.)

    There are things going on right now that would make good, decent Americans shudder. When will they be exposed and stopped? Judge Walker’s ruling is a light in the darkness. (Refer to the following editorial.)

    NY Time Editorial: We Can’t Tell You
    Published: April 3, 2010

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/04/opinion/04sun1.html?hp

    : The chief judge of the Federal District Court in San Francisco, Vaughn Walker, ruled last week that the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was the law of the land for Mr. Bush and that when the government failed to get a warrant to wiretap, it broke the law. He also said that the government could not evade accountability with absurdly broad claims of state secrets.

    This ruling does not end warrantless wiretapping. The particular program The Times uncovered has been suspended; there are still others, however, and the 2008 FISA amendments permit warrantless spying.

    I will restate a portion of the last statement because it is critically important:

    “The particular program The Times uncovered has been suspended; there are still others…”

    “There are still others.”

    There are.

  7. (I’m reposting. The quoted portion of the editorial was not obvious in the previous posting. )

    We have some serious busines to attend to before all is lost, if it isn’t already. (And we would be fortunate, indeed, to have someone like Jonathan Turley replace Justice Stevens.)

    There are things going on right now that would make good, decent Americans shudder. When will they be exposed and stopped? Judge Walker’s ruling is a light in the darkness. (Refer to the following editorial.)

    NY Time Editorial: We Can’t Tell You
    Published: April 3, 2010

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/04/opinion/04sun1.html?hp

    (begin quote): The chief judge of the Federal District Court in San Francisco, Vaughn Walker, ruled last week that the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was the law of the land for Mr. Bush and that when the government failed to get a warrant to wiretap, it broke the law. He also said that the government could not evade accountability with absurdly broad claims of state secrets.

    This ruling does not end warrantless wiretapping. The particular program The Times uncovered has been suspended; there are still others, however, and the 2008 FISA amendments permit warrantless spying. (end quote)

    I will restate a portion of the last statement because it is critically important:

    “The particular program The Times uncovered has been suspended; there are still others…”

    “There are still others.”

    There are.

  8. anon nurse:

    “(And we would be fortunate, indeed, to have someone like Jonathan Turley replace Justice Stevens.)”

    **********************

    While I am second to none in my respect for the legal acumen and compassionate judgment of our host, I would regret seeing him appointed to the SCOTUS. He plays a vital role in our national discourse as a voice of calm reason from the left-leaning side ( some would say “reason based”) of the spectrum. As a member of SCOTUS, decorum would prevent his voice from being heard except through the dry language of case opinions, and we would have to leave it up to the Olbermann’s and Maddow’s to articulate the legal perspective. Unfortunately, neither have the cache’ or experience to pull that feat off. Plus, where would I post my fantastic (as in wild) musings?

    On the other hand (note: lawyerly transition), I would certainly defer to his wishes, if that was an ultimate goal and his qualifications are indeed manifest. More importantly from my vantage point, he might even need a clerk ….

  9. Vince – Thanks for the other links. Sorry to have gone off-thread, a bit. (Work (and sleep) consume so much of my time that I miss a lot around here.)

    And mespo – Of course, I was careful to say “someone like Jonathan Turley.” But the “clerk issue” didn’t occur to me. Were the good Professor to leave, this blog would fall apart. And we couldn’t have that.

  10. I will step in here and say publicly what I have stated privately: should our host be the next SCOTUS appointment, I will gladly start chumming the waters for you and the others.

  11. Buddha:

    ” … should our host be the next SCOTUS appointment, I will gladly start chumming the waters for you and the others.”

    *************

    A gracious and fitting offer. Let’s see what happens.

  12. Prof. Turley would be a great choice for SCOTUS. The Supreme Court needs a little Con Law training. Plus, his appointment would make the Republican Senator’s heads spin!

  13. The answer is YES:

    New Jersey judge William J. Brennan was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 through a recess appointment

  14. I wonder if we can see how far to the right the nation has moved by remembering that a republican nominated Justice Stevens?

    That republican president would probably be seen as a lefty liberal today.

  15. “Obama may also feel less able to appoint a solid liberal as he approaches his second term. “

    I am perplexed why Obama does not feel able to justify a very solid liberal in order to give judicial ‘balance’ to the court. How can anyone argue against ‘balance’?

    For heaven’s sake, nominate a young staunch liberal for ‘balance’, stick to your guns, and it will happen. Do the same thing for the next appointment, too. It’ll be so Rovian that the Rethuglicans will admire it.

  16. Nal,

    That is how that dickhead W got the bastard in at the UN when congress would not confirm him. There are more recess appointments made than most people realize. However, both partys’ are guilty of the same. Why I remember W’s so well is because John Bolton and I look similar. Some folks confused me (my looks) for him. I will grant you I could at one time be rather nasty, but it was only on occasion. I am unsure if he can tell the difference between a rectal and oral thermometer.

    http://www.monitor.net:16080/monitor/0508a/copyright/boltonappointed.html

    “Both Republican and Democratic presidents have made recess appointments, which circumvents the Senate’s authority to confirm nominees, when they could not overcome delays. President George W Bush made more than 170 such appointments in his two-term presidency. President Bill Clinton made nearly 140.”

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/world/view/obama-makes-15-recess-appointments

  17. AY,

    Bolton is a perfect example of someone who should be unemployable. I wouldn’t appoint John Bolton to dog poop detail he’s such a confrontational jackass. If he worked at a corporation? HR would have had his ass fired long before he rose to the “Ambassadorial” level of employ.

    And I also guarantee that if he talked to me the way he’s been reported treating his support staff in the past? I’d have flat out beat the mustache off of him. A good old fashioned country ass whooping would fix a lot of what’s wrong with his shitty attitude. Don’t kill him. Don’t maim him. But just leaving him with the impression that words, like all actions, have consequences that can be painful. Like W’s painful actions in appointing someone who clearly has pathological aggression issues to be an ambassador.

  18. In fact, Obama needs to appoint a “liberal” to the court just to maintain the current 1 vote IM-balance.

  19. AY,

    Another one of Bush’s failed “appointments”.

    Karzai.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/04/karzai-slams-the-west-aga_n_524669.html

    Apparently he thinks we won’t kill him and replace him with someone more compliant rather than let him prop up the Taliban with opium profits (even further). Since he’s not paying off the Federal Government like the Saudis, that’s a really stupid bet given our country’s field intelligence operations.

    Or we just might arrest him as a terrorist. ha HA! Now that’s some humor.

    Which is EXACTLY what would have happened to Noriega if he’d been brought in today – the joke would have been even more at his expense.

  20. John Bolton and I look similar.

    He must be a cross dresser then. I have never ever seen him wear a little green suit and a funny green little hat, never. :)

  21. Buddha,

    Got a good laugh at the thought of you beating the mustache off of Bolton – I’d pay to see that! ;-)

    mespo,

    I like your monkey-see, monkey-do idea (I’d throw Clarence Thomas in the mix, too). Then all we have to do is get cracking on some cloning and memory transfer technology (plus some tweaks to add some racial diversity) and we could have a court that would protect our civil liberties. I’d like to see someone try to get warrantless wiretapping through a SCOTUS with 5 Turley clones… Oh well, it’s probably not a good idea to start experimenting on the professor anyway – we might end up with a Franken-Turley or a zombie Turley or (worst of all) some evil conservative clone that would be to the right of Scalia…

  22. To Nal’s question “Can the President make a recess appointment to SCOTUS?” the answer is double “YES”:

    Per wiki, Chief Justice Earl “Warren received a recess appointment from Dwight D. Eisenhower on October 2, 1953, to a seat vacated by Fred M. Vinson; was officially nominated on January 11, 1954 and confirmed by the Senate on March 1, 1954, and received commission on March 20, 1954.”

  23. C-Span says there have been 15 recess appointments to the Supreme Court, the first being John Rutledge, who was given a recess appointment to be Chief Justice by President George Washington in 1795. Eisenhower made three recess appointments, Earl Warren, William Brennan, and Potter Stewart.

  24. “President Obama, I ask you to respect and uphold the Constitution. Be transparent and show your honesty and integrity. Release your original, signed birth certificate, if you have one, thus proving your birth on American soil, and thus assure the American people that you are lawfully eligible to hold the office of the presidency and serve as commander in chief of the Armed Forces.”

  25. BVM I beat you by a few days. I posted that over at the Orly thread.

    Update:

    A U.S. Army flight surgeon who posted a video indicating his complete rejection of all orders from the military unless Barack Obama documents his eligibility to occupy the Oval Office is now refusing an “unofficial” suggestion from the Army for a medical evaluation.

    “It is interesting this suggestion of a medical exam should arise now given he was only a couple of weeks from deployment and obviously judged to be fit for deployment with his bags packed.

    the controversy raises the prospect that the government may be unwilling to pursue a prosecution because of the possible ramifications – which could include a defense lawyer’s demand for a court-ordered discovery process that would target Obama’s historical documentation

    Even participants in a forum on the left-leaning Huffington Post website seemed to agree in part.

    “Freakin’ Brilliant!” said one. “They can’t court-martial him [without] the defense getting the judge to order the the (sic) birth-certificate be produced! Either Obama will have to produce or they can’t prosecute. Genius.”

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php/index.php?pageId=135781

  26. Bdaman,

    This guy is far from brilliant – he’s throwing away his career and I’ll bet he gets court-martialed and dishonorably discharged without seeing anything more than he could have found on the web. He sounds pretty stupid to me…

  27. Bdaman,

    I’m waiting to see you display your intellectual honesty with regard to ‘climategate’. (That’s a challenge, in case you missed it…)

  28. GingerBaker.

    I too am perplexed as to why Obama might not wish to appoint a person who would bring a bit more balance.

    This is one of the things that constantly bugs me about Obama and I “miss” about Bush.

    Let me explain. Bush “won” both his elections amid much controversy and bad feeling. Both victories were narrow ones.
    Yet, instead of being bi-partisan consiliatory, he chose to run your country as if he had won both elections by a landslide. And hells bells! it worked for him.

    So now we have Obama, with a clear majority and an opposition party that point blank refuses to play ball in any way shape or form, seeking to run the country as if he won the election by a gnats whisker.

    Hurts to say it, but here’s a thing that Obama could learn from Bush.

  29. Kyl is just another of a long line of Republican hypocrites in the Senate. Obama should choose the most progressive candidate as possible and name the person immediately after Stevens announces his retirement. Just tell the nominee to answer every question like Roberts and Alito. The truth doesn’t matter anymore. At least not to Republicans.

  30. Obama has produced his official birth certificate. It meets the definition of “birth certificate” in the United States Code, codified as a note following Title 5, United States Code, section 301 (5 U.S.C. 301 nt.):
    http://law.justia.com/us/codes/title5/5usc301.html

    It would constitute a valid birth certificate under all of the proposed bills requiring presidential candidates to produce birth certificates. It is a public document of the State of Hawaii, and is entitled to full faith and credit under the Constitution. The chief of vital statistics has issued an official statement that the state records show that Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural born citizen.

    The so-called lieutenant colonel is a moron and a disgrace to the uniform. The so-called major Cook tried this tack in Georgia, and lost. His lawyer, Taitz, left him high and dry by neglecting his appeal. Taitz was fined $20,000 by the court, and the fine was upheld on appeal. Over sixty eight – yes, 68 – lawsuits have been ruled on so far, AND IN EVERY ONE THE BIRTHERS HAVE LOST.

    American Patriot Foundation?

    According to DC Corporation records, the registered agent for the American Patriot Foundation, Inc. is D.C. lawyer John David Hemingway. Lawyer Hemenway was sanctioned by the District Court for frivolous filings. Out of respect for his age, Hemenway was spared any punishment except for a reprimand, seemingly in the expectation that he would change his ways.

    But no. Hemingway appealed. The sanction was just upheld on appeal. Now he is flogging Lakin

    BVM has posted here for years, and has never revealed his or her identify. Why should anyone give BVM any credence?

    This little tag team of BVM and BDM has tied up a lot of threads before. I am posting this over at the latest Taitz thread.

    I hope that the discussion is continued over there where it belongs out of respect for Professor Turley’s selections of topics for discussion.

    http://jonathanturley.org/2009/10/13/attorney-orly-taitz-fined-20000-for-frivolous-birther-litigation/#comment-123742

  31. bdaman,

    There is a difference between an actual argument evolving to take over a thread and trollery designed to obfuscate and/or mislead.

  32. Obama is NOT the president of the U.S.

    Obama is Guilty of MANY Major Crimes before and after the elections

    The U.S. Government and its media (mainstream media) have sold out regarding this evidence

    The following information relates to one of Obama’s crimes in court case by Dr. Orly Taitz presented to Social Security Administration:

    Obama’s Social Security Fraud

    According to affidavits, provided by licensed investigators Mr. Neil Sankey and Ms. Susan Daniels (Exhibits A, B) Mr. Obama has used multiple social security numbers, which indicates social security fraud and identity theft. One does not have an expectation of privacy and right to privacy, when he uses identity of others. Moreover, such individual is subject to criminal prosecution for such crimes. If you, as a Social Security officer, upon receiving such information, are refusing to act and prosecute, you become complicit and subject to criminal liability for aiding and abetting of felonies, subornation of felonies and under RICO.

    Social security number that Mr. Obama is using currently 042-68-4425, is a number, fraudulently obtained by Mr. Obama, as according to affidavits of Mr. Sankey, Ms. Daniels and former immigration officer, private investigator Mr. Sampson, this number was assigned between 1976-1977 in CT, while Mr. Obama resided at a time in HI. As a matter of fact, Mr. Obama never resided in CT.

    042-68-4425 was originally assigned to an individual born in 1890, which makes him 120 years old. It appears this individual applied for the benefits when he was older and retired, and needed some Medicaire or Medicaid benefits. Mr. Obama is not 120 years old.

    Official Selective Service web site confirms Mr. Obama’s use of the SSN 042-68-4425

    Please call the number below, demand criminal prosecution of Barack Hussein Obama for fraudulent use of SSN 042-68-4425 issued in CT as well as other numbers of deceased individuals and numbers never assigned.

    410-965-1727

  33. Obama also is an illegal alien. He has no U.S. birth certificate. He cannot prove that he is a U.S. Citizen. “Jill T. Nagamine, Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii, has made it clear that her office will not corroborate or back in any way the July 27, 2009 Statement of Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawaii Department of Health, which declared Obama Hawaiian-born and a “natural-born American citizen.”

    A top-ranking, highly decorated officer in the U.S. Army says he’s now refusing all orders until President Barack Obama finally releases his long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate to prove his eligibility to serve as commander in chief.

    The officer questioning Obama’s status is Lt Col T. Lakin, Flight Surgeon. He is on the staff of 4 star General Geo. W. Casey, the Army’s Chief of Staff. I believe that is the second highest job in the U.S. Army. Gen. Casey is stationed at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. For a Pentagon Officer such as Lakin, on the staff of such a prestigious General as Gen Casey, to speak out against Obama is quite remarkable.

    Obama is Not the President of the United States

    http://www.BuenaVistaMall.com/ObamaNotPresident.htm

  34. Buddah I didn’t start it BVM did. Dr. Slart mentioned a topic he and I and you and a few others have discussed. Had he started to reply the thread would have switched for him and I to Climate Change. Now thats Change you can believe in :)

  35. Obama does not have the Constitutional authority to choose a Supreme Court Justice because he is NOT the president of the U.S.

    Obama is a War Criminal. He has been a War Criminal for several years in funding, conspiring and waging Wars of Aggression. He should Not have been placed on the ballots. He should Not have been certified by the Congress. Obama should Not have been sworn in by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. These acts were unconstitutional, felonious and treasonous. Obama could be arrested at any time by the U.S. Government, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. for War Crimes and a multitude of other charges. Our political, civil and military leaders along with the mainstream media have perpetuated and built a “Big Lie” for years. It is on the scale that Hitler and the Nazis used to deceive the German people. Obama is one manifestation of that Lie.

    The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are illegal. They are Wars of Aggression. Obama is a War Criminal.

    http://marjoriecohn.com/2009/12/obamas-af-pak-war-is-illegal.html

  36. Obama made mass fraudulent claims before the election. He is a pathological liar. His election was illegal therefore he cannot legally choose a Supreme Court Judge.

    This video presents an overview and summary of the new information indicating that Barack Obama made fraudulent claims concerning his educational and work history.

  37. So now BVM is comparing all of this to Hitler and the Nazis. This violates the old rule of the internet that the first one to use the Nazi-Hitler comparison loses the argument. BVM has lost this one.

    In the meantime, Obama has legally chosen a Supreme Court Justice because he is the President of the United States of America.

    It is BVM himself, herself, or itself, that is perpetuating and building the “big lie” by shouting these unsupported allegations over and over again, without any credible evidence.

  38. Slarti & Buddha,
    I agree with you both, it does seem that the people I know are far more well informed about government goings on than Americans. I have the opportunity to know a lot of people from a lot of differrent backgrounds, and even those who are not highly educated make it their business to know as much as they can about the running of our country. While I am not naive enough to think that our government is without their fair share of coverups, I wonder if the interest stems from a generally more transparent government.
    BTW Buddha, nice choice settling down with a Canadian girl, we are a rare breed ;)

  39. CE,

    I’ll have to agree. Canadian women are very much to my liking. I used to date mostly Asian women, but all that transcontinental flying was wearing my arms out. :D

  40. Yes I can understand how transcontinental flying cound do that, hopefully international flying proves far easier on the arms:)

  41. Obama is NOT the President of the United States. He cannot legally choose a Supreme Court stooge.

    “The Army is threatening to dismiss and jail an active-duty lieutenant colonel who says he won’t obey military orders until he knows that President Obama is in the Oval Office as a constitutionally eligible president, according to his supporters.

    A statement given to WND today by Margaret Hemenway, who is acting as a spokeswoman for the case involving the American Patriot Foundation and Army Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, said Lakin is “undaunted” and has not changed his position.”

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=137013

  42. An interesting read:

    An open letter to conservatives
    March 22, 2010, 3:16PM

    “Dear Conservative Americans,

    The years have not been kind to you. I grew up in a profoundly Republican home, so I can remember when you wore a very different face than the one we see now. You’ve lost me and you’ve lost most of America. Because I believe having responsible choices is important to democracy, I’d like to give you some advice and an invitation.

    First, the invitation: Come back to us.

    Now the advice. You’re going to have to come up with a platform that isn’t built on a foundation of cowardice: fear of people with colors, religions, cultures and sex lives that differ from your own; fear of reform in banking, health care, energy; fantasy fears of America being transformed into an Islamic nation, into social/commun/fasc-ism, into a disarmed populace put in internment camps; and more. But you have work to do even before you take on that task.”

    http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/blogs/a/m/americandad/2010/03/an-open-letter-to-conservative.php?ref=mp

  43. For the benefit of any newcomers, BVM has previously established his complete lack of credibility on any issue. He is a classic troll, repeatedly ignoring thread subjects, refusing to defend his positions on any issue through factual analysis and trashing anyone who challenges his comments. He is best ignored.

  44. It is critical that Pres. Obama nominate a liberal for Justice Stevens’ seat. The appointments of Justices Alito and Roberts have created an openly ideological faction on the Court (Justice Alito shakes head in denial) which endangers the Court’s role as a deliberative body and harms the public perception of the Court as a non-political institution. The nominee should also be someone possessing the ability to forge consensus in order to neutralize Justice Roberts’ efforts to turn the Court into a sub-committee of the Federalist Society.

  45. Obama has no Constitutional authority to choose a stooge for the Supreme Court.

    Good Questions!!

    Who Is Barack Obama? Who is Barry Soetoro? Why is there no Birth Certificate? Birthers are right!

  46. “In light of numbing revelations over the last several days concerning fraudulent statements on Barack Obama’s resume, this piece of information curiously comes to light. The White House has instructed the ‘mainstream media’ not to report what they may discover.”

    White House to media–‘Don’t report what you discover’

    http://www.examiner.com/x-37620-Conservative-Examiner~y2010m4d5-White-House-to-mediaDont-report-what-you-discover

  47. I have an even better question. Who is BVM? He has neither a name nor a birth certificate. He has no visible means of support. His website is anonymous and does not disclose any meaningful economic activity. Is it merely a front for some sort of illegal commerce? He has not supplied any evidence of citizenship. Does he actually have legal standing to raise any of the issues with which he is obsessed? After all, the words “Buena Vista” are not English. And why does he insist on using the same initials as the mother of God? Is he even sui juris? The public demands answers.

  48. “Candidate for U.S. Senate from Arkansas questions Obama’s eligibility – MAINSTREAM PRESS CONTINUES THE LIE THAT HAWAII “OFFICIALS” SAY OBAMA IS A “NATURAL BORN CITIZEN”

    “The Post & Email – by Sharon Rondeau; A contender for the U.S. Senate seat in Arkansas currently held by Blanche Lincoln (D) has publicly stated that Obama may not qualify for the office he holds.”

    http://networkedblogs.com/2oAiQ

  49. Duke is not the NCAA College Basketball Champion!

    Why not?

    Because I say so.

    No I will not tell you who I am, but you have to believe me anyway, no matter how incredible it is and no matter how crazy I sound.

    All the Duke players are ineligible to play basketball.

    None of them has ever produced a US birth certificate. All their birth records are sealed.

    No one who ever went to Duke knows them personally.

    They are all war criminals.

    This is just like the big lie technique of Joe Stalin and the Reds and Hitler and the Nazis and the compulsive liar character played by Jon Lovitz on SNL

    No, I won’t tell you who I am, but you should believe me and not the people of the United States and the people of nations all around the world.

    I am totally anonymous, but you should take what I say and call the police and tell them to prosecute the NCAA and Duke and all the players and anyone who ever went to Duke or ever rooted for them for fraud.

    Duke never won any title. Why not?

    Because I say so.

    No, once again, I will not tell you who I am, but you have to believe me anyway.

    Send me all the money that you have so that I can continue this crusade and take nice vacations.

    All the evidence they have produced for their “National Championship” is fraudulent, forged, irrelevant, immaterial and fattening.

    The usurpers will be deposed!

  50. Up above, 49 BuenaVistaMall, April 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm posted a video by Anthony G Martin, better known as Andy Martin.

    He is an anti-Semitic birther, failed politician, and law school grad who never made it into the bar due to mental problems. So consider the source. BVM is really polluting this blog these days. BVM is immune to embarrassment. No wonder he, she or it remains anonymous.

    You can read about Anthony G Andy Martin on wiki:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Martin_%28U.S._politician%29

    He went to law school, but was never admitted to the bar for mental reasons: “In 1973 the Illinois Supreme Court refused to grant him a license to practice law in the state. It cited several instances of troubling conduct on Martin’s part, including an attempt to have a parking violation thrown out because it had been “entered by an insane judge” and his description of an attorney as “shaking and tottering and drooling like an idiot.”

    He is an embarrassment to the birthers because of is anti-Semitism: “In 1982, Edward Weinfeld, a federal judge for the Southern District of New York, observed that Martin had a tendency to file “a substantial number of lawsuits of a vexatious, frivolous and scandalous nature.”[9] In Martin’s motion for the 1983 bankruptcy case, he called the judge “a crooked, slimy Jew who has a history of lying and thieving common to members of his race.”[1] In another motion that year, Martin stated, “I am able to understand how the Holocaust took place, and with every passing day feel less and less sorry that it did.”[1] He went on to say that “Jew survivors are operating as a wolf pack to steal my property.”

    He has made false claims that Obama is a Muslim and false claims about Obama’s father.

    He sued Hawaii, and lost. He has sued wikipedia.

    He ran for the Senate in Illinois. Hah!

    And this is kind of lying, inherently incredible kind of witness that BVM has called and expects people to believe.

    No.

  51. I want to note that the above post is about Anthony R (Robert) “Andy” Martin, not the Anthony G. Martin Conservative Examiner whose video was posted. Please disregard

    Sorry about that.

  52. Here are a few of the plaintiffs against Obama in demanding expedited discovery in determining natural born status and legitimacy for presidency of Barack Hussein Obama;

    Lt. Scott Easterling, in his capacity as a US army officer, Resident of Tennessee, currently stationed in Iraq
    Active Duty Alan C. James, resident of North Carolina, currently stationed in Iraq
    Active Duty Specialist Jason James Freese, resident of Alaska
    Active National Guardsman Matthew Michael Edwards, resident of Wyoming
    Active duty SPC Charles Crusemire, Resident of Pennsylvania, resident of Pennsylvania, currently in Iraq
    Active duty Captain Robin D. Biron, resident of Arizona, bronze star recipient in Iraq
    Drilling Reservist scheduled for deployment Lita M. Lott, resident of California
    Active military James N. Glunt, resident of Pennsylvania
    Citadel staff sergeant Timothy W. Kenney, US Marine Corp veteran, Virginia Army National Guard
    Ms. Sarah Mari Chermak, not a legal entity under US Corporation.

    Ambassador Dr. Alan Keyes, in his capacity of a Presidential candidate on the Ballot in 2008 Presidential Election. Mr. Keyes requests for Mr. Obama’s records were denied in Hawaii, Mississippi and California.
    Ms. Gail Lightfoot, in her capacity of a vice presidential candidate for Ron Paul on the Ballot in CA in the presidential election. Ms. Lightfoot petition was denied by the Supreme Court of California.

    Mr. Robert Cusanelli, in his capacity as an Elector of the 2008 electoral college from the state of Alabama
    Mr. Eric Swafford, in his capacity of the State representative from the State of Tennessee
    Mr. Timothy Jones, ESQ, in his capacity of a State Representative from the state of Missouri
    Mr. Timothy Comerford, in his capacity of a State Representative from the State of New Hampshire
    Mr. Frank Niceley in his capacity of the state representative from the state of Tenessee
    Ms. Cynthia Davis, in her capacity of a State representative from the State of Missouri
    Mr. Larry Rappaport in his capacity of a State Representative from the State of New Hampshire,
    Mr. Stacey Campfield in his capacity of a State representative from the state of Tenessee
    Mr. Casey Guernsey in his capacity of a State Representative from the state of Missouri
    Mr. Glen Casada, in his capacity of a State Representative from the state of Tennessee

    Major General Carrol Dean Childers, Ret. Lifetime subject to recall, resident of Virginia
    Colonel Harry Riley, Ret. Lifetime subject to recall, Silver star recipient, resident of Florida
    Colonel John D. Blair, US Army, Ret, lifetime subject to recall, resident of Florida

    LCDR Jeff Graham Winthrope, US Nav, Ret. Lifetime subject to recall, resident of Texas
    Lt. Col Dr. David Earl Graef, Active Reserves, resident of Virginia
    Commander Charles Maxwell, US Navy, recipient of 4 gold stars, Ret., lifetime subject to recall, resident of New York
    Lieutenant Colonel Donald Sullivan, resident of North Carolina
    Lieutenant Colonel John David Klein, US Airforce, subject to recall, resident of Kentucky
    Commander David Fullmer LaRocque, US Navy reserves, Ret, subject to recall, resident of California
    Lieutenant Colonel Charles L. Miller, Ret US Air Force, lifetime subject to recall, resident of Ohio
    Lieutenant Colonel Richard Norton Bauerbach, US Air Force, Inactive Reserve, silver star recipient, resident of Arizona
    LTC Chetwin M. Hurd, Ret, resident of Texas
    Lieutenant Commander John Bruce Steidel, US Navy reserves, resident of Washington
    Lieutenant Colonel John P. Petersen, Active Reserves, Resident of Colorado
    Chief Major Tony W. A. Donnelly Army National Guard, resident of Virginia

    Major Stephan F. Cook, EN US Army
    Major Paulette M. Klein, Ret. US Air Force, subject to recall, resident of Kentucky
    Major Bradley Charles Franklin, Ret, life time subject to recall USAF, resident of Illinois
    Major Robert W. Fry, Ret. Lifetime subject to recall US Army veteran, resident of Washington
    Major James Cannon, US Marine Corps, ret., resident of New Mexico
    Judge Advocate for the charter of American Legion, Jack Cannon, Ret., resident of New Mexico
    Major David Grant Mosby, Ret US Air Force, resident of Washington
    Major Art Scheffer, US Air Force, Ret., subject to recall resident of Louisiana

    Captain Edward Adams Ret, GA National Guard, resident of Georgia
    Captain Pamela Barnett, Commander, training officer on temporary medical disability
    Captain Neil B. Turner US Army Aviation, Ret. Subject to recall, resident of California
    Captain Harry G. Butler, US Navy Seal
    Captain Larry A Shewmaker, US Air Force Ret., resident of South Carolina
    Captain Ralph H. Jenkins, Ret US Marine Corps, resident of Texas
    Airline Captain and Naval Officer D. Andrew Johnson, Ret. Lifetime subject to recall resident of California
    Officer Clint Grimes, Long Beach California Police Department and Navy active Reserve
    Lieutenant Will Harper, US Navy reserve, resident of Virginia
    First Lieutenant Renee A. Kania, resident of Ohio
    Pilot Dana Eugene Latta, ret., resident of North Carolina

    SMsgt Gary M. Morris, bronze star recipient, Ret., resident of Florida
    Sergeant Jeffrey Wayne Rosner, Hon Dis., resident of Texas
    SFC Susan K Irwin, US Army reserve, resident of Indiana
    Aircraft Pneudraulics Specialist Thomas J Taylor, US Air force resident of California
    Specialist Jennifer Leah Clark US Army Reserve, resident of Illinois
    SFC E7 Robert Lee Perry, US Army, Ret, resident of Iowa
    Mr. Frank Adelman, Ret military
    SFC Lowell K Doherty, US army, resident of Florida
    Sargeant First class Morgan Samuel Ward, US army recruiter, resident of Texas
    PFC Jean S. Charles, resident of Vermont
    Corporal Gary Stuart Cox, US Marine Cop, Virginia National Guard, Ret., Retired State Trooper, resident of Virginia
    First Sergeant William Shires , Ret US Army
    Chief Warrant Officer Thomas S. Davidson, Ret., lifetime subject to recall, resident of Arizona

    E8 Senior Chief Journalist, Richard E. Venable, US Navy, resident of California
    E7 Paralegal, MSGT USAF Steven Kay Neuenschwander, ret., resident of Washington
    E6 James Randolph Reid Lapp, US Navy Cryptologist, Inactive Reserve, resident of Virginia
    E6 Ronald Whaley, US Navy Veteran, residing in Georgia
    E6 Mark Francis Rayome, US Navy Seabees, resident of Colorado
    E6 Ronald Durward Howell, Air Traffic controller, resident of Tennessee
    CW4 David Robert, Black Hawk Helicopter pilot,Ret., resident of Mississippi
    Sp4-E4 Richard M. Keefner, honorably dischatrged US Army, resident of Illinois
    E4 Thomas R. Knight US Navy Reserves
    Sp4 US Army Artur J. Olscszewski, retired, resident of Pennsylvania
    E4 Larry W. Highlen, resident of Indiana
    E3 Jim Szakmary, US Marine Corp, Federal Employee, resident of New York
    E2 Wayne Eugene Keller, Ret., resident of Pennsylvania
    SGT USAF E4. Danney L. Lawler US Air Force veteran, currently international law student in Manila, Philippines

    Mr. Donn P. Hornberger, resident of Minnesota
    Mr. Robert David Riley, US military Ret., resident of Georgia
    Mr. Jeffrey Schwilk, US military ret., resident of California
    Mr. David L. Bosley US Air Force veteran, resident of California
    Ms. Loretta G. Bosley US Air Force veteran, resident of California
    Mr. Kurt C. Fuqua, resident of Illinois, father of an active military serviceman and blood relative of Mr. Obama. Mr. Fuqua’s petition for Mr. Obama’s records was denied in the State of Hawaii and Mr. Fuqua was told to wait for a year for the records.
    Ms. Julliett Ireland, resident of California and a mother of an active US military serviceman.
    Ms. Jody Brockhausen, resident of Texas. Ms. Brockhausen’s petition was denied in the state of Texas.
    Ms. Carol Greenberg, resident of Ohio. Ms. Greenberg’s petition was denied in Ohio.

  53. Every single plaintiff listed by BVM is a loser. The case by Keyes, Barnett, and others in CA was dismissed and is on appeal. “Major” Stephan Cook lost his case in GA. The count is up to 68 losing cases, with NO wins.

    What a waste of bandwidth.

  54. OBAMA, WHERE IS THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

    We will find an honest judge, in this corrupt government, to hear the case on its merits

    Or

    maybe the troops will start refusing orders in mass.

  55. Everybody:

    Here it is, at the Pulitzer Prize winning independent news site run by the St. Petersburg, FL, Times:

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2008/jun/27/obamas-birth-certificate-part-ii/

    It is the official Certification of Live Birth (COLB), issued by the responsible State agency. The COLB is the ONLY certificate that Hawaii now issues.

    BVM seems to have learned a lot from the “big lie” technique.

    Wiki describes is as a propaganda technique using a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously”.

    Orwell described it well: “To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed…”

    BVM just keeps repeating the lie, probably believing it by now.

    The fact is that Obama has released his birth certificate.

    The birthers seem to dislike the particular certificate that he released, and demand some other form, even though the COLB is the only certificate that Hawaii issues to anyone asking for a birth certificate today. It meets the federal legal definition. It is his birth certificate.

    BVM’s lies and distortions have been exposed here over and over again for over two years.

    So why does BVM keep on lying?

  56. Buena Vista Dude,

    You are a lying, lying, liar! The name I am posting under (‘Baldy’) is the name by which I am known to the faithful at Cameron Indoor Stadium on the campus of Duke University (home of the LEGITIMATE national champion Duke Blue Devils). Not only have I watched these patriotic young men play basketball in person, but I know for a fact that not only was each and every member of the team and the coaching staff born on US soil (in good Americaqn states – not outliers like Hawaii or Alaska) to citizen parents, but each and every one of them can trace their descent from one or more of the founding fathers. In addition, Coach K is the reincarnation of General Washington. How do you know this is true? Because I just told you in my capacity as a Cameron Crazie and Duke superfan, and when I am exerting that authority I am infallible. Where were you last year when the truly ineligible team usurped the national championship through deceitful foreign trickery from the Spartans of Michigan State University – another good American team. (Tom Izzo is so American that they tell folk stories about him and Paul Bunyan back in Iron Mountain where he grew up – who do you think introduced Paul to Babe, his blue ox?) Have you seen the shade of blue that the socio-communist fascists on the North Carolina basketball team wears? Carolina Blue (or puke blue as it is more commonly known) is not a color that any decent American would be caught dead wearing – unlike the wholesome Duke blue – a darker shade of blue like the one used in the American flag as befits true Americans. Stop spreading unsubstantiated, unsupported lies or I shall have to take you to task again.

  57. Vince said:

    “I want to note that the above post is about Anthony R (Robert) “Andy” Martin, not the Anthony G. Martin Conservative Examiner whose video was posted. Please disregard

    Sorry about that.”

    Thank you for illustrating intellectual honesty, unfortunately I don’t think that BVM will understand the concept…

  58. No problem Vince, it’s always helpful to remind people that some things are a bad idea – like tugging on Superman’s cape, trying to slip birther lies past you or messing with Duke when I’m around…

  59. BORN IN THE USA?

    Officer questioning eligibility faces new threats from Army
    ‘You could be sentenced to dismissal, confinement’

    Lt. Col. Terry Lakin is the highest-ranking and first active-duty officer to refuse to obey orders based on President Obama’s eligibility.

    The Army is threatening to dismiss and jail an active-duty lieutenant colonel who says he won’t obey military orders until he knows that President Obama is in the Oval Office as a constitutionally eligible president, according to his supporters.

    A statement given to WND today by Margaret Hemenway, who is acting as a spokeswoman for the case involving the American Patriot Foundation and Army Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, said Lakin is “undaunted” and has not changed his position.

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=137013

  60. Developmental Counseling Form, filled out at Walter Reed, for Lakin, from Native and Natural Born Citizen site:

    (Lakin’s own site originally posted this document)

    Lakin was well advised to seek an attorney from the US Army Trial Defense Service, advice that he did not apparently receive from John Hemenway, the reprimanded DC lawyer who failed in his lawsuit Hollister v. Soetero and was sanctioned by the court.

    Lakin hasn’t a prayer. He is ignoring the chain of command, which started with the people, who elected slates to the Electoral College. The Electors met and sent ballots to Washington. AS REQUIRED EXPRESSLY IN WRITING BY THE CONSTITUTION, the ballots were opened and counted in Joint Session of Congress. There were no objections. Obama was elected and sworn in. Military persons have to salute and obey until his term ends or he is impeached.

    The judges and officers of all courts martial are sworn to uphold the Constitution, and Obama was duly elected and sworn in under that Constitution. Lakin may not like it, but that is the law. So buckle up, Lakin, it’s the law!

    Private citizens can say that they doubt Obama’s birth, but military folks have no choice in the matter as long as they have sworn to uphold the Constitution..

    And as they used to say in the Army, draftees can complain all they want, but you Regular Army guys, and this means YOU, Lakin, well you guys VOLUNTEEEEERED for this sh*t, so shut up and shape up.

    BOYC, Lakin.

  61. DC Bar Member John Hemenway is advising Lakin. Hemenway is listed as “emeritus”: or something on the website.

    Well, Hemenway put forth a frivolous argument in the District Court last year. The court said it was frivolous, and sanctioned him. Because of his age (@83), the court limited the sanction to a reprimand because it expected that he would not repeat the behavior.

    Hemenway appealed the sanction anyway He lost.

    Now he is starting the same nonsense all over again.

    Lakin has no case. Official documents attest to Obama’s birth in Hawaii. State officials have confirmed it. Independent reporters have confirmed it.

    Sure, Lakin would like to see Obama’s original birth records. But that is not going to fly in a court martial. The military courts are bound by the official records, just like state and federal courts.

    Maybe Lakin and Hemenway would like to see General Casey’s original birth records while they is at it. Maybe the Chief of Staff is not a citizen. Who knows?

    The answer will be the same.

    Hollister v, Soetoro

    https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2008cv2254-21\

    https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2008cv2254-27

    Pretty soon the Lakin case will be added to Hemenway’s roster of frivolous legal cases.

  62. Very often ‘frivolous’ and ‘lack of standing’ mean corrupt U.S. judges. Is there an honest judge in the United States who will hear this case on the merits?? Is there 1 honest judge in the United States??

  63. Ha!

    That is just like the legal arguments of Leo Donofrio, citizen lawyer and head-birther.

    He lost a motion in a case.

    So he accused the judge of “intentional fraud.”

    http://naturalborncitizen.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/judge-gonzalez-now-guilty-of-intentional-fraud-in-chrysler-case/

    Here, an adverse case comes down, and the BVM whines about “corrupt judges.”

    Pathetic.

    BTW, there are 68 losing case so far, and no end in site of frivolous birther litigation, totally wasting the taxpayers money.

  64. He, she or it that is lurking behind BVM is also painfully ignorant.

    BVM wails “Is there an honest judge in the United States who will hear this case on the merits?? “

    Yes, BVM, there is a court that heard it on the merits.

    And you lost again.

    The Court of Appeals of Indiana, a State court not limited by the standing requirements of the U.S. Constitution, ruled that Obama is qualified despite the fact that his father was not a citizen. See Ankeny v. Governor of Indiana.

    The court concluded:

    “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. Just as a person “born within the British dominions [was] a natural-born British subject” at the time of the framing of the U.S. Constitution, so too were those “born in the allegiance of the United States [] natural-born citizens.”

    The court ruled that persons born within the borders are natural born citizens, regardless of the citizenship of the parents.

    The court ruled on the merits.

    http://nativeborncitizen.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/ankeny-v-gov-of-indiana-natural-born-defined-born-on-us-soil-regardless-of-citizenship-parents/

    Doesn’t he, she, or it that pulls the levers behind the curtain at BVMall ever get tired of being so painfully and obviously ignorant and wrong, again and again?

    The vast majority of those judges in the United States are honest.

    A lot more honest than the birthers.

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