We've previously mentioned some of the stranger aspects of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "birther" investigation -- parts not related to Arpaio and company thinking President Obama's from Africa -- including tidbits of information that would lead a reasonable person to believe the "investigation" isn't really about exposing some massive fraud perpetrated by the president.
Now, there's a book co-authored by one of Arpaio's "special deputies"/ex-Sheriff's Posse member who appears to be saying just that.
Veteran readers of the Feathered Bastard may remember Stephen Lemons' columns on Michelle Dallacroce, one of the co-founders of the Phoenix-based Mothers Against Illegal Aliens group. She's the author of this book, along with another co-founder of Mothers Against Illegal Aliens, Michael Bruning.
Whether the stuff in the book is true is completely unknown, but since Dallacroce says the money from the sales are being donated to a nonprofit that helps people with spinal cord injuries, it makes me feel like a lot less of an asshole for spending $9.99 on this thing.
The point of the book, according to the authors, is to look into "the players and hints at the dangers poised by the Cold Case Posse and its public relation frenzy it has been perpetrating upon the public."
The book's not really written in any logical format. Sure, there are chapters, but there's no real narrative to the whole thing.
At one point, the authors even claim it might seem like they're trying to discredit the efforts of the investigation, but say they're really not. Every other page in the book seems to go directly against that.
That said, here's part of how the authors describe what the book's about:
It is a representation of how the rule of law can be turned on its head and how the general public can be lured by repetition and dramatic affects into becoming less than respectful of the law by being duped into believing someone else's perception of the truth and the facts, evidence that is begging for an affirmative end. This story points out the players and hints at the dangers poised by the Cold Case Posse and its public relation frenzy it has been perpetrating upon the public.
It is enough to say.....All things are NOT as they appear to be....OR as the Posse would have you believe. In the end, the Author's of this book support a REAL and SERIOUS effort by the Sheriff of Maricopa County to root out the evidence as it relates to the Obama documents and to assign a REAL Deputy Investigator to take charge of this investigation, rather than to continue to allow a self-serving Reporter and an equally self-serving lead Investigator to reap financial gain and public accolades from an effort that will end in chaos and disrepute.
Among other strange things detailed in the book, the authors claim they're pretty sure Corsi's been granted "special deputy" status. We've tried to confirm that with the Sheriff's Office, but didn't receive an immediate response.
That would mean that a man claiming to be an "investigative reporter" was made a "special deputy," given material from an investigation that hasn't been released to the public, and co-author a book with the lead investigator that's being sold for profit.
The authors are admitted "birthers," and seem to be pissed off that the investigation isn't being handled like a real investigation, as people have noted since about three minutes into Arpaio's big press conference in March.
The authors also claim the leader of the Surprise Tea Party was using Arpaio as part of a publicity stunt in the second "birther" press conference, not really announcing any new information, but rather getting people to show up and sign a petition for the "birther" legislation -- which ended up failing anyway.
Purported emails are also included at the end of the book, which, if true, lend more credibility to their charges.
In the grand scheme of things, the book doesn't mean much for Arpaio's "birther" investigation, since no one should be surprised at anything claimed in the book, although it's a little funny that there's someone within the posse who also believes there are some weird things going on there that don't pertain to African presidents.
It's not even that sexy of a tale -- at all, really -- but again, it's still humorous that not all of the "birther" brigade is on board with how Arpaio, Corsi, Zullo, and company are handling the thing.
It's called A QUESTION OF CREDIBILITY: A Conflict of Interest if you really feel the need to check it out.
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