If he isn’t above such things _ some jurists are _ U.S. District Judge Clay Land down in Columbus is enjoying the shower of thanks from both right and left this morning, for his withering dismissal Thursday of the latest “birther” lawsuit.
Land, appointed by President George W. Bush, tossed the filing and put the dentist-turned-real-estate-agent-turned-lawyer Orly Taitz on notice that he didn’t want to see another “frivolous” request like it.
A “great American hero,” declared Erick Erickson of the right, at PeachPundit. On the left, Tom Crawford of Blog for Democracy pronounced Land’s findings as evidence “that there are still a few sane people left in the United States.”
In law school, judges are often trained to write like Keanu Reeves acts. This ruling is an exception. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer has kindly posted the verdict online, from which we draw these excerpts:
To press her “birther agenda,” Plaintiff’s counsel has filed the present action on behalf of Captain [Connie] Rhodes. Captain Rhodes entered the Army in March of 2005 and presently serves as a medical doctor.
The American taxpayers paid for her third and fourth years of medical school and financially supported her during her subsequent medical internship and residency program. In exchange for this valuable free medical education, Captain Rhodes agreed to serve two years in active service in the Army.
She began that term of active service in July of 2008 and had no concerns about fulfilling her military obligation until she received orders notifying her that she would be deployed to Iraq in September of 2009.
Captain Rhodes does not seek a discharge from the Army; nor does she wish to be relieved entirely from her two year active service obligation. She has not previously made any official complaints regarding any orders or assignments that she has received, including orders that have been issued since President Obama became Commander in Chief.
But she does not want to go to Iraq (or to any other destination where she may be in harm’s way, for that matter). Her “conscientious objections” to serving under the current Commander in Chief apparently can be accommodated as long as she is permitted to remain on American soil.
As for the larger argument, and Ms. Taitz:
Acknowledging the existence of a document that shows the President was born in Hawaii, Plaintiff alleges that the document “cannot be verified as genuine, and should be presumed fraudulent.” In further support of her claim, Plaintiff relies upon “the general opinion in the rest of the world” that “Barack Hussein Obama has, in essence, slipped through the guardrails to become President.”
Moreover, as though the “general opinion in the rest of the world” were not enough, Plaintiff alleges in her Complaint that according to an “AOL poll 85% of Americans believe that Obama was not vetted, needs to be vetted and his vital records need to be produced.”
Finally, in a remarkable shifting of the traditional legal burden of proof, Plaintiff unashamedly alleges that Defendant has the burden to prove his “natural born” status.
Thus, Plaintiff’s counsel, who champions herself as a defender of liberty and freedom, seeks to use the power of the judiciary to compel a citizen, albeit the President of the United States, to “prove his innocence” to “charges” that are based upon conjecture and speculation. Any middle school civics student would readily recognize the irony of abandoning fundamental principles upon which our Country was founded in order to purportedly “protect and preserve” those very principles.
Amen, and amen.
On a more pedestrian topic, Georgia’s August unemployment rate remained virtually unchanged at 10.2 percent, said state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond early this morning. Georgia’s unemployment rate has remained above the national rate of 9.7 percent for 22 months.
“Tens of thousands of jobless Georgians are facing an increasingly difficult job market,” said Thurmond. “The slight decline in the August unemployment rate appears to be a bit of positive news, however, a closer examination reveals that the reduction was primarily due to work force shrinkage.”
While you ponder that, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
Georgia DOT spending cuts not sustainable, treasurer says. Jimmy Carter again links racism, ‘you lie’ outburst. Crime, decay encroach on historically black schools. Lisa Borders attacks anonymous letter. UGA to study genetic links to youth drug abuse, risky sex. Clayton school board member faces more charges. Felony charge sought in Cracker Barrel attack. Economy forcing Gwinnett County to rethink future.
Kyle Wingfiled says the Gwinnett school system is trying to cow charters. Hospital ER rooms not meant for treating flu. Why send our jobs out of state?
Elsewhere in Georgia:
WSJ: U.S. to shelve nuclear missile shield. WP: ACORN to review incidents as White House joins criticism. NYT: As race debate grows, Obama steers clear of it.
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