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Orly Taitz of Laguna Niguel Decries 'Corrupt' Media, Senate Foe Feinstein

Leader in birther movement tells how she would fix the economy, create jobs and serve Orange County.

Editor's Note: After this article was published, the author hired Orly Taitz to represent her in court. The author is a freelance writer, not an employee of Patch, and will no longer be allowed to cover political news for Patch.

The news media are corrupt. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is profiting from insider trading and steering lucrative contracts to her husband. And America should slap tariffs on foreign energy sources.

So says Orly Taitz of Laguna Niguel, best known for her leading role in the birther movement challenging President Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship.

But Taitz—considered by some a front-runner among Republicans as she challenges Democrat Feinstein in Tuesday’s U.S. Senate primary—has strong views on other issues as well.

Taitz, who has come under sharp attack from within and outside her party, recently sat down with Laguna Niguel Patch at a hometown to talk about everything from alleged election fraud to her cures for the economy.

Patch: You have faced a great deal of criticism for some of your political activities that greatly overshadow other political opinions that you are attempting to express, such as calling for members of the media to be fired for their criticism of you. How do you address these claims?

Orly Taitz: People misrepresent the facts. I never called for that because they were against me. I have called for members of the media who are committing fraud—who are defrauding the public and who are committing elections fraud—to be reported to the elections committee, or to be reported to an ethical communications committee.

For example, three years ago when I ran for [California] secretary of state, Chris Matthews of MSNBC went on national television and stated: “Orly Taitz is a malignancy. I want you to tie her up like a witch to the stake.”

After he made this comment, a number of crazy Obama supporters sent in emails stating that I needed to be burned like a witch at the stake and that my burned body needs to be dragged down the street. He’s a member of the media on a station that claims to be from a reputable network, and he is actively calling on violence against me. Why shouldn’t he be fired for that?

There is an enormous amount of corruption occurring here, including in the media. During Watergate, over 30 people were charged and sentenced to prison. I believe that Forgerygate [Obama birth certificate questions] will have similar results.

A number of candidates are saying: “I will fight for you.” I can legitimately say that “I have fought for you” with a number of legal actions. I have traveled the country on my own dime fighting for the people. I am probably the biggest proponent of clean elections that you will find, having come from a country where we were denied this.

Not many people know that a foreign interest, Smartmatic, purchased Sequoia Voting Systems, which controls 70 percent of our electronic voting hardware and software in the U.S.

The president of Smartmatic is Antonio Mugica, who has dual citizenship in America and Venezuela. Mugica owns yet another company called Vista. This company controls elections software and hardware in Venezuela. Vista and Smartmatic are located in the same building in Caracas, Venezuela.

Basically, it is the same company, different names. When they had the recall on Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, Vista was the company that counted the votes. Although all of the polls showed Chavez losing by 20 percent, the final election results showed him winning by the same amount. We can’t say that it’s proof, but I believe that there is a high probability that there was fraud.

Patch: So you are purporting that the same company, which you suspect has committed elections fraud in the Venezuela recall election, purchased 70 percent of our elections software?

Taitz: I cannot say that this is proof that there was fraud, but there is a high probability. The polls could have been mistaken. By the way, a large portion of Vista is owned by Hugo Chavez. Antonio Mugica supposedly sold Smartmatic in 2006. However, the person who bought the company, even though he was a U.S. citizen, was one of the directors of the company already. So he sold the company to an insider of the same company.

He also never sold the intellectual rights to the software. So if the voters suspect rigging of the software, they cannot even find out because a number of legal actions were brought where the citizens demanded to see the software, and the courts denied the citizens that right stating that the software was proprietary. You can read this any way you want.

Patch: If you believe that the system is rigged, why even run for office?

Taitz: If I am running for office, then I am meeting members of the media and bringing these issues to the forefront. We can call for decertification of these machines. We have layers of foreign corporations involved in our elections software.

How can it be that the members of Congress, which have an approval rating of 9 to 11 percent, can be re-elected on average 90 percent of the time? Something is very wrong with this system.

Patch: So against the odds, and with the media predicting Feinstein’s victory against any Republican opponent, the question still begs to be asked: How would you represent your home state if you were to be elected and specifically Orange County and Laguna Niguel?

Taitz: First of all, I would question the prediction of a victory for Feinstein. Her approval ratings have dropped drastically. A majority of Californians are unhappy with her performance. She’s [soon to be] 79 years old and she’s not expected to do anything different.

Patch: What do you think you can do for California better than her?

Taitz: With Feinstein, there is an enormous amount of corruption.  As the state of California is going down the drain, we are losing millions of jobs, the standard of living is going down and people are losing their homes.

Feinstein is pretty much in the business of enriching herself. Feinstein has diverted lucrative contracts to her husband, Richard Blum, and the companies that are controlled by him. He has a conservative estimate of $400 million of wealth and she has $100 million.

Together they are worth at least half a billion dollars.  How did she and her husband come into possession of this money?  URS Corp., which her husband has a large stake in, bought EG&G from the Carlyle Group. Feinstein was involved in steering a defense contract toward EG&G.

Blum is also on the board of CB Richard Ellis and Feinstein has proposed a special deal whereby foreclosures would be handled by one real estate company. This company happens to be Richard Ellis. Not only did she steer the contract toward this company, but the contract is higher than what the market bid would be.

This is the exact opposite of what I would do. I believe that we should have competitive bidding and that we should not have insider training. Any federal contract should be under competitive bidding so that the taxpayers get the best bargain. Yes, she has more money for her campaign, but is it clean?

Here is another example: Feinstein purchased $1 million worth of equity in a company called Amyris Biotechnologies. What we found was that she made this investment shortly before it was announced that the federal government will give a large taxpayer secured loan to Amyris.

Shortly after it was announced to the public, the company goes public and the value goes up threefold. So within a short period of time, Feinstein made $2 million. We the taxpayers do not get this kind of return on our investments. I will fight against all insider trading.

Patch: What would you do to help our economy?

Taitz: I will propose specific incentives to companies that are repatriating back into our country.  What we have been seeing is that companies are getting tax breaks regardless of whether they operate here or overseas.  They get stimuli. Then they are turning around, closing manufacturing in the U.S. in favor of Third World countries that have no regulations and slave labor. Those companies make enormous profits, while millions of Americans are going bankrupt, losing their jobs and losing their life savings. 

Your senators are elected to represent U.S. citizens, not the citizens of China, Brazil or India, and not a small group of 200 or 300 billionaires that are de facto running this country. They should be representing us.

I would encourage a one-to-one tax credit for companies who hire U.S. workers. For every tax dollar that a newly hired U.S. worker pays who was previously sitting on welfare, I would give those companies an equal tax credit. Right now, a company gets credits even if they close a factory here and open one in China. I would, instead, tie any tax credit to investment in the U.S.

We also need to seriously renegotiate [policies of] the WTO, which has resulted in the loss of millions of American jobs. I am proposing tariffs. What makes a company American? Our main goal is to bring jobs back to the U.S., so I would give credits to any company which invests in the U.S. and hires American workers.

I would address the water shortage. I will promote the production of desalinization plants. These plants are being used successfully all over the world and there is no reason we should not have these plants, for example, in the area of San Clemente. We should not charge the citizens of California exorbitant amounts of money for their water.

Also, as you know, this shortage is being largely caused by legislation which is supposed to protect an endangered species [Smelt Roe].  I recommend we place filters over the pipes that bring us water. This would prevent the fish from being sucked into the pipes and still allow us to deliver water to the state. I have spoken to a number of engineers and they say that there is no reason that this will not work.

I would also address energy production. We have rules and regulations that make production of our own energy too expensive while we import energy from other parts of the world.

I would impose tariffs on foreign energy sources while encouraging our own energy production at home. As you know, Barack Obama imposed a moratorium on offshore drilling in Louisiana. When a judge issued a decision that there was no need for the moratorium, Obama simply prevented the issuing of permits for offshore drilling.

At the same time that he denied 80,000 Americans their jobs in the gas and oil industry, he and his wife traveled to Brazil and gave a speech at a state dinner congratulating Brazil for their offshore drilling and stated that the U.S. would be their biggest customer. Keep in mind that his main benefactor, George Soros, is heavily invested in Petrobras, a company which specializes in offshore drilling.

Also in the state of California, we have enormous unemployment.  I would propose workfare instead of welfare.  People could work for their welfare. People are often left at home, unable to work. And even when people try to find work, you see signs that the unemployed need not to apply.

If we required people to work a certain number of hours for their benefits, they will be able to make certain connections. Employers might offer those people permanent positions. Let people be busy doing something. It would help.

We are paying those benefits regardless. We still have need in a number of tiers. There is a shortage of medical assistants, overcrowding in schools—these problems can be relieved by steering people toward these areas, requiring people to take classes for specific education, studying to be a medical assistant, a nurse, a teacher, for jobs that are needed.

Right now, over 100 million Americans are not in the workforce. We have huge unemployment among young people, and that is very worrisome. Those people are prone to unrest. This has led to unrest in many countries. In fact, the Arab spring was precipitated by unemployment and the huge level of corruption. We are seeing revolt now. We are seeing Occupy Wall Street, the Tea Party, GOOOH [Get Out Of Our House].

Of course, there are members of the Occupy movement that may be punk kids with nothing better to do, but one has to ask: Why don’t they have anything better to do? We need to address the grievances of the young people.

echofoxtrot June 02, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Maybe you'll get a clue when DiFi, in collusion with the illegal alien in the white house, has her friendly brownshirts escort you into your friendly neighborhood FEMA camp - after seizing all your property, of course.
echofoxtrot June 02, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Greg Lee, The REAL racist law enforcement officer is your hero Eric Holdup Holder; the slob who dismissed charges against black panther thugs who harassed and intimidated white voters on election day 2008. And he of course hasn't said anything about the wave of black-against-white racist attacks that have been occurring around the country, ever since Obozo usurped the office. Then of course there's the story of Holder selling guns to Mexican gangbangers. Are you liberals COMPLETELY clueless? Sure looks that way.
Greg Lee June 02, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Your handle is apt, Echofox, since you've now parroted some of the more bizarre talking points from that egregious cable "news" channel. If FEMA re-education camps are your biggest nightmare (that, and having a president who is not your favorite color), then clealy Ms. Taitz has read the electorate well and planned her campaign in the right county. There's a reason that the John Birch Society began here. Silly me, I had hoped after all these decades its legacy of sowing hate had dried up, but I guess I was wrong.
Yeparoo June 02, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Guys, sorry to burst your bubbles, but Orly Taitz may not be a 'real person.' I have a strong suspicion that 'she' is really Sacha Baron Cohen (Not to be confused with Sasha Cohen, U.S. figure skater from Laguna Niguel, who is a real person). Compare the pictures. Compare the comedy routines. Keep an open mind. HAVE THEY EVER BEEN SEEN TOGETHER??? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacha_Baron_Cohen
Peter Schelden (Editor) June 02, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I thought the John Birch society started back East. Where'd you hear it was founded in Orange County?
bbq June 02, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Yeparoo - Yes! That's why in a previous comment I said "he" made some good points - guess you're the only other one who wonders about "her."
Debbie Tharp June 02, 2012 at 11:38 PM
She did question mccain. Look it up. I.didn't ask her about the birther issue because that is all the press talks about with her and i don't.think that.chewing over the same issue that has been chewed to death three days before a maajor vote is good reporting. It is merely propaganda. I don't think that you would have any problems with me asking these same questions of any other candidate. Let her speak her mind. You decide. I will not participate in the MSN feeding frenzy. Again as i said before your questions are good. Ask them please. I will enjoy reading your blog.
Alty48 June 03, 2012 at 05:34 AM
If you get a second chance....you ask those questions......a good reporter asks new and good questions....questions no one else asks.....always follow the money.....
William Zarkos June 03, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Greg Lee: I manned a table for Dr. Orly Taitz at the Eagle Forum San Diego Chapter Convention and was very pleased and amazed that so many attendees were very excited and asking: "is Orly going to speak?" , "Is she here?" and virtually all stated that they are going to, or have already, voted for her. If you want to call me a "Birther" - I am one; Also an ex Air Force "Jet Jockey" , a Rocket Scientist (Senior Operations Controller in the Operations Control Center "OCC" at Vandenberg AFB for 18 1/2 years), I went behind the Iron Curtain two times when it was still the IRON CURTAIN. And I don't have a College Education! I met more Marxist Idiots on the University Campuses I was invited (or required) to attend. I have been supporting Dr. Taitz for four years-If YOU Mr Lee, would like to really know what is going on, I strongly recommend you go to ShariahtheThreat.com and order Frank Gaffney's book of the same name. (It is only $14.00 and will overload your apparently vacant head). Bill Z. San Diego, CA
Diane June 03, 2012 at 09:14 AM
Actually the polls show, "Unsure" as running in second place, aka as "undecided". Taitz didn't propose anything new in what she said. In fact, all of it has been brought up in Congress over the last few years. Does she think she'll get to the Senate and just talk over everyone else as she does whenever she's interviewed? The woman has proven to be an incompetent attorney. All you have to do is look at her filings for multiple mistakes. Worst of all, she's repeating the same mistakes over and over despite being admonished by the court. And you think she deserves a voice for the people of CA? Nice comment about the "brownshirts", Orly. You're the only one that uses that term as you've done so in a great majority of your interviews. She believes she has the right to slander others but if anyone dares to speak out about her, she wants her few fans to phone them, email them, harass them and their employers. She has a few too many screws loose and if you can't see that, I pity you.
Diane June 03, 2012 at 09:24 AM
Orly constantly asks for money on her website for travel. As far as her dental office goes, one of them closed down and the other has terrible reviews. She used to have an office with several other dentists but now is a solo practitioner. Are you aware of the reason she went to law school? She didn't want to pay an attorney to fight all the suits filed against her for malpractice. Ask her where the sudden influx of a lump sum of $280k came from within the past week? Also, why do we never see her husband appearing with her or for her? If a woman doesn't stand with a husband running for office, the media always questions why. So where is her husband? Did you take a look at the statements she has made about her past that conflict with what she said last week or even last month? She said she graduated from dental school in Israel in 1988 and yet, in 1987, she and her husband were married in Las Vegas and listed a California address as their local address with the info they had been living there for two years. It's on their marriage certificate. Why won't she show anyone her naturalization papers? We've seen two birth certificates for President Obama, verified by the State of Hawaii as valid and legal yet she says she won't show her "papers" until he shows his. This isn't a "papers, please" country as much as she and Arpaio would like to make it one.
Diane June 03, 2012 at 09:29 AM
You're clueless because the charges against the Black Panthers were filed under the Bush administration because they happened in '08. The Bush admin. dismissed the charges, not the Obama admin. President Obama is a legally elected President, voted into office by over 65 million people. Do you really think that you and Orly know more about the eligibility for the office of the Presidency than all of our Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice Roberts who willingly swore him into office? That's why we laugh at you. There would have to have been thousands of people involved in this alleged conspiracy you've dreamed up and despite adequate proof being provided, you believe a bunch of nonsense that is ranted about by a crazy woman who wasn't born in our country. If anyone is suspicious in this nonsensical farce, it's Orly Taitz, whose real name she doesn't use.
Frieda Wales June 03, 2012 at 07:51 PM
It would be interesting to see where her money is coming from because she has had to pay fines for filing frivolous lawsuits if I recall. Is her dental practice up and running still?
Debbie Tharp June 03, 2012 at 09:42 PM
yup. she still has a busy practice. the money questions are good tyrone. if she is in the fall election ill ask them.so you are not interested in blogging on the elections? well it does take a lot of guts to write about a controversial subject...
Yeparoo June 03, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Tyrone Borelli - Now we're talking. Nobody asks how she can afford all those trips to MSNBC studios for the most highly rated skit they offer. The MSNBC hosts literally fight over whose show she will be on. And how can she be a lawyer, dentist, real estate agent, full time alien birther and full time mother (big NO NO for a Republican). WAY too many questions. NO Answers. PC Mama - It's called "PayPal." if you put up a very cute puppy video on the internet and a compelling story, just add a "PayPal" feature and you will make millions.
Debbie Tharp June 04, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I know right? How dare she not be barefoot in the kitchen raisen' them lil' tykes??? Now you're startin' to step on my toes Yeparoo. I worked three jobs including this one while getting my degree in Psychology and Social behavior at UCI, raising my children (the youngest is nine), AND running for State Assembly. And I did it on a shoe string budget. Before the run for State Assembly I was going to school full time, raising my family, taking care of an extremely ill husband, arranging his kidney transplant and I donated the kidney myself. I have been all over the country on a shoe-string budget and worked my butt off. During the interview that Orly did with me she answered 15 phone calls from secretaries, news people, etc...That is how she does it, that is how I did it. Maybe women are just better at multi-tasking.
Debbie Tharp June 04, 2012 at 03:56 AM
of course, to be fair, I did rack up some serious debt while doing all this
Panglonymous June 04, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I heard Robert Welch and Fred Koch conceived it one night in the '50s after grooving together on Thelonius Monk at the renowned White House in Laguna Beach.
Yeparoo June 04, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Ok Debbie Tharp, you let your guard down. If you were a Democrat, you would not be offended by the Republican = Big "NO NO" Statement. You may have inadvertently let your guard down here. As you know, it is frowned upon in Republican circles to be both a 'mother' and 'work.' And as you also know, if you are a 'homemaker,' you obviously no longer have a brain. But since you have mentioned the Ed-Debt, maybe this will help you (No you don't have to send $1,000 in unmarked $20 bills to get the secret formula). Paying Off Nearly Six Figures of Student Debt in Seven Months http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2012/06/04/paying-off-nearly-six-figures-of-student-debt-in-seven-months
Debbie Tharp June 04, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Rad yeparoo. thanks for the tip. LOL. 50,0000 in student loan debt. sigh. but as far as letting my guard down you're guilty of committing the "out group homogeny" attribution error. I paid 50,000 to learn that silly phrase. the layman's phrase would be "not all members of a group think alike or have the same values. now excuse me pleas while i use this pile of unmarked bills to pay my student loan debt. they are one dollar bills. i think i will save one of them for a cheeseburger today.
j June 04, 2012 at 07:47 PM
So am I the only one who thinks it's strange that instead of dealing with the issue factually, anyone who requests verification of the president's bith documentation is labelled with the perjorative "birther" and called crazy? If the document is legit it should be no big deal, but unanswered questions remain such as inconsistencies in the type face, use of the word "african" to describe race instead of the word "negro" that was the legal term in use at the time, etc. Regarding Senator Feinstein, the corrupt practices described by Taitz in this article are entirely consistent with practices uncovered during her run against Huffington several years ago. Taitz is educated and articulate, and has a perspective on freedom that those of us born here take too much for granted. Set everything else you've heard about this aside for a moment, look at this article objectively, then decide for yourself..
Yeparoo June 04, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I think you mean "out-group homogeneity" : @ )
met00 June 05, 2012 at 08:02 AM
Hey "j" Are you demanding Romney's too? You do know that his father was a Mexican national. Was his father an illegal alien? Was Mitt an anchor baby? Where is the outcry? "George Romney was born in Mexico, his candidate son is not a naturalized citizen, and therefore Constitutionally ineligible to occupy the Oval Office. (This theory has the unfortunate side-effect of disqualifying President Chester Arthur, the son of an immigrant from Ireland.) Others believe the younger Romney was, himself, born in Mexico; others point to supposed evidence that his birth certificate is a fraud." So, is Orly going after Mitt?
Debbie Tharp June 05, 2012 at 09:48 AM
see? all that money on my college degree and i cant even teach my pda to auto correct psychological mumbo jumbo terms for me. what a rip off. i want my 50,000 back! its been a fun discussion guys and gals. thankyou for the interest and input and thankyou for reading :)
met00 June 05, 2012 at 04:41 PM
"But Taitz—considered by some a front-runner among Republicans as she challenges Democrat Feinstein in Tuesday’s U.S. Senate primary—has strong views on other issues as well." So I decided to check this factoid out. I mean, polling is done (Survey USA) on this race... And what does polling show? April 3 Poll: Dianne Feinstein (D): 51% Dan Hughes (R): 2% Elizabeth Emken (R): 2% Diane Stewart (D): 1% John Boruff (R): 1% Rick Williams (R): 1% Al Ramirez (R): 1% Robert Lauten (R): 1% Orly Taitz (R): 1% Gail Lightfoot (L): 1% May 31 Poll: Dianne Feinstein (D): 42% Elizabeth Emken (R): 4% Dan Hughes (R): 4% Rick Williams (R): 3% Al Ramirez (R): 3% Donald Krampe (R): 2% Diane Stewart (D): 2% David Levitt (D): 2% Gail Lightfoot (L): 2% Orly Taitz (R): 1% Yep, the ONLY candidate who did NOT increase her percentage of the vote in the poll was Orly. So that factoid does NOT pass the smell test for "truth in reporting". "Frontrunner". I think not.
Diane June 08, 2012 at 01:51 AM
That would be no hospital in Hawaii claims President Obama was born there EXCEPT for Kapiolani, where his Mother delivered him in 1961. They recently spoke of his birth during a celebration for the anniversary of their hospital when President Obama sent a congratulatory letter to him. Before you get all excited about Arpaio, you might be interested to know that when he had his first big press conference, he had yet to even inquire of Hawaiian officials in respect to President Obama's birth. Everything he said was just a conglomeration of articles from WND, many of which had been debunked. There was no reason for the press conference except to let those who were interested in more information know that they could buy a book they were promoting about the Cold Case Posse. Now you know what their reasoning is, and believe me, it's nothing to look up to. Kenya claims he was born there? No, they claim the President as a "son of their soil" because HIS father was born there. It doesn't matter where he was born, he's still one of them, one of the Luo tribe that his father's family belong to. It's a figure of speech. Do you realize that Ann Dunham never had a passport until she applied for one to go to Indonesia with her second husband in 1964 or '65? I'm not positive about the year. RT airfare to Kenay was the equivalent of a year's salary in 1961& the vaccine requirements would have precluded a pregnant woman from entering the country. Enough said.
Yeparoo June 08, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Diane - It wouldn't matter if President Obama was born in Hawaii, Kenya or Mars. His mother is a US Citizen, so he is a US Citizen. End of story. The birth certificate issue is irrelevant, but plenty of fun for the Roswell crowd.
Earl June 11, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Desparate for attention.Total whack job. An embarrassment to the legal professsion.
Linda Booth June 26, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Thank you!!! I am so tired of the media and their condescending attitudes about anybody that doesnt have their liberal slant. Everyone else is a racist or idiot that doesnt agree with them. They dont want to debate issues, just insults and name calling. Just give us the facts, not sound bites and let us THINK for ourselves.
Earl June 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Echofoxtrot, You really think that Orly Taitz is the banner carrier for objective media reform? Oh my...Take me back to pragamatic Reagan and Goldwater when the Republicans were in touch with reality and worked with others to get things done. They'd both agree that Taitz is a crackpot

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