In the latest dog-bites-man news story, the Supreme Court has rejected Phil Berg’s Berg v. Obama lawsuit, which contends that Obama is constitutionally unqualified to be president because he is not a natural born U.S. citizen. (The order, 08-570, can be read here.) Berg is “disappointed,” but he’s not through yet.
In response to other cases that have been tossed for lack of standing, Berg has also filed a suit in the name of a member of the armed services.
The new case is Hollister vs. Barry Soetoro a/k/a Obama filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Docket # 08-02254 (JR). Hollister is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel that can be recalled at any time by the President. His dilemma – is Obama a “qualified” President that he must take orders from or is he “not qualified” and therefore, he is required to legally disobey Obama’s orders?
Clever, but still doomed to fail because the basic problem with these suits is not lack of standing but lack of a factual case.
on January 16, 2009 again, we have a “Conference” before the U.S. Supreme Court in this case.
Well, yes, if “we have” is used in its loosest possible sense. The Supreme Court receives about 10,000 appeals per year, and accepts about 100 of them; that is, about 1%. How do they dispose of most of the other 9,900 cases? At conference, when the case name and number is read and everyone says “pass.” (OK, we don’t actually know exactly how their conferences work, because they operate behind closed doors. But it’s logical to assume that most of the cases receive no more than a few seconds of consideration.) So all cases are conferenced, which Berg knows. So when he says “We have a ‘Conference,” it sounds to me like he’s intentionally trying to mislead his supporters into thinking the Court is actually taking his case seriously.
And then there’s this.
We are working day & night to be prepared for the next proceeding: whether to appear in Court in Washington, D.C., or to prepare documents for Court, or to prepare Press Releases to keep people aware of our progress.
That’s right, folks, he’s not going to give up. The poor guy will be out there in the trenches day and night pounding out those press releases.
Berg is truly the git that keeps on giving.