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(Washington Post)   "Sir, are you the owner of this house that you are now occupying?" "No, officer. But I'm a Moorish American, so it's OK"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 63
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2013-03-19 07:48:10 AM
But the personable 28-year-old, known to wear a red fez, didn't own the mansion; he had simply slipped inside and claimed it.

Proving that "You're never gonna do it without the fez on" can be taken too far.
 
2013-03-19 08:13:54 AM
I wear s fez now. Fezzes are cool
 
2013-03-19 08:20:06 AM
 The officer cited him for speeding, driving around with a Moorish American license plate

Cool.  When will the official Farkistan license plate be issued?
 
2013-03-19 08:20:39 AM
If there is one thing that all sane people can agree upon across political lines, it is that "sovereign citizens" should be cockpunched with such vigor it makes the yellow fringe on the flag undulate.
 
2013-03-19 08:22:27 AM
Flash poll: Who is more annoying?

A: Moorish Americans

B: Sovereign Citizens
 
2013-03-19 08:23:31 AM
If only he lived in the 1960s, he would have established quite the hippy sex-cult by now. The place would have been wall-to-wall Manson Girls.
 
2013-03-19 08:24:00 AM
A Moorish American?

So, He's kinda similar to this guy?
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2013-03-19 08:25:17 AM

Free Radical: Flash poll: Who is more annoying?

A: Moorish Americans

B: Sovereign Citizens


Yes.
 
2013-03-19 08:25:53 AM
I was unaware of this movement and had assumed the sovereign citizen thing was only for white cranks. Who knew it was a rainbow coalition?
 
2013-03-19 08:26:22 AM
Real owner should have eaten more anti-oxidants...I heard they do a good job of fighting free-nationals.
 
2013-03-19 08:27:16 AM
Well, you know what they say? The Moorish the better. BAAAAHHAAAAAA hehe (snort)
/ sorry, I'll be quiet now.
 
2013-03-19 08:27:51 AM
As someone with Moorish bloodlines through my father's Black-Irish side, I'm really getting a kick outta these Moorish-Americans...
 
2013-03-19 08:29:01 AM

Day_Old_Dutchie: A Moorish American?

So, He's kinda similar to this guy?
 [s21.postimage.org image 610x374]


We get it. He's fat. Or blah.
 
2013-03-19 08:30:09 AM
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2013-03-19 08:32:06 AM
Well if he wants to stay in the Big House, I hope the judge obliges him.
 
2013-03-19 08:32:46 AM
Glad to see that white folks don't own all of the political wing nuts.
 
2013-03-19 08:36:19 AM

The Googles Do Nothing: [poptop12.files.wordpress.com image 260x199]


It shouldn't have taken this long for Moops.
 
2013-03-19 08:38:40 AM
What kind of a name is Azeem? Irish? Cornish?

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2013-03-19 08:46:39 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: If there is one thing that all sane people can agree upon across political lines, it is that "sovereign citizens" should be cockpunched with such vigor it makes the yellow fringe on the flag undulate.


I find it fascinating for the glimpse into the psychology of the truly stupid.

How lacking in critical thought would you have to be to believe that you can somehow avoid legal consequences for your actions by claiming laws don't apply to you? I mean, if it was possible, NOBODY would ever go to jail because every defense lawyer in the country would know about it. But it never occurs to them that the world couldn't possibly function if it worked the way they think.

The video of the  sovereign citizen getting tazed is one of the more hilarious things I've ever seen. He's just so SURE that ranting about how "I'm a man, not a person, therefore laws don't apply to me!" is some sort of magical force-field that protects him from harm.
 
2013-03-19 08:49:30 AM
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I am not a Moorish American. I may be a liar, a pig, an idiot, a Moorish American, but I am *not* a porn star!
 
2013-03-19 08:56:05 AM
If there is one thing that all sane people can agree upon across political lines, it is that "sovereign citizens" should be cockpunched with such vigor it makes the yellow fringe on the flag undulate.

I find it fascinating for the glimpse into the psychology of the truly stupid.

How lacking in critical thought would you have to be to believe that you can somehow avoid legal consequences for your actions by claiming laws don't apply to you? I mean, if it was possible, NOBODY would ever go to jail because every defense lawyer in the country would know about it. But it never occurs to them that the world couldn't possibly function if it worked the way they think.

sovereign citizen getting tazed is one of the more hilarious things I've ever seen. He's just so SURE that ranting about how "I'm a man, not a person, therefore laws don't apply to me!" is some sort of magical force-field that protects him from harm.


They don't make me angry in the least.
It's a scam, like thousands of others. If someone can actually get free rent or take possession of a house by manipulating some archaic law, or bullshiat their way into it, more power to them.
When I hear about someone successfully doing this, it makes me smile. Then again, I always root for the con artists in the movies, so there you go.
 
2013-03-19 09:02:06 AM

The Martian Manhandler: The Googles Do Nothing: [poptop12.files.wordpress.com image 260x199]

It shouldn't have taken this long for Moops.



This - came to reference Moopish-Americans
 
2013-03-19 09:05:35 AM
As the movement grows, eventually two of these assholes are going to run afoul of each other and the hilarity will truly ensue.
 
2013-03-19 09:09:51 AM
"Even though," Butler wrote, "there was no false arrest made on Jan. 5, 2013, by the Public Servant Trustee Police Enforcers for the private foreign corporate-for-profit entity styled as Montgomery County Police Department, and conversations ended on peaceable terms, I  , as well as others, will be coming to the land property estate this week."

My god, they are a wordy bunch, aren't they?  You know, synonyms exist for nuance and variation.  It's not necessary to use every word at the same time. "land", "property", and "estate" in this context mean the same thing.
 
2013-03-19 09:16:48 AM

RobotSpider: "Even though," Butler wrote, "there was no false arrest made on Jan. 5, 2013, by the Public Servant Trustee Police Enforcers for the private foreign corporate-for-profit entity styled as Montgomery County Police Department, and conversations ended on peaceable terms, I  , as well as others, will be coming to the land property estate this week."

My god, they are a wordy bunch, aren't they?  You know, synonyms exist for nuance and variation.  It's not necessary to use every word at the same time. "land", "property", and "estate" in this context mean the same thing.


Not to them. That's how you get a sovereign citizen getting tasered while insisting he was a "man", not a "person".
 
2013-03-19 09:31:41 AM
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2013-03-19 09:34:41 AM
The Moorish American thing is new to me, but it sounds like the Soverign Citizens - crazy people who have discovered the power of bureaucracy.

For me, what really raises their delusions to the level of mental disorder is they think all their frivolous paperwork has the full weight of law - but the law has no power over them. It's like cognitive dissonance come to beautiful life!
 
2013-03-19 09:36:03 AM
Just because you can't be bothered to work, save your money and be thrifty doesn't mean you can't have the same things as those who practice these behaviors! Just because someone else bought it, took care of it, and owns it doesn't mean you shouldn't have it too! This is the logical conclusion to the hand out welfare state.

/Damned Moopish-Americans
 
2013-03-19 09:38:52 AM
I'm having perspective aphasia reading this article.

"Sovereign Citizens" argument?  Not necessarily stupid in and of itself, but almost always implemented stupidly.  That is, loopholes in laws in general do exist and can be exploited brazenly.  One should just check on them and be sure before trying it, rather than trying to get one over on armed police via sheer bravado.  They get shot at by crazies for their paycheck, dude.  You could shoot them, but you won't out-bluff them, right or wrong.  Neither is very clever.

On the other hand, stupid as it may be, what did we expect after years of rising income inequality and ever more blatant racism, sexism, and class warfare?  Poor black folks (and white, brown, anyone poor, if they can) will move in to your empty mansions because they're frickin' homeless because of the system that helped make you rich enough to afford the damned place.  When the law says "you pay, and pay, and go live in a box 'cause you're not white and born into money, oh, and also pay some more before you go or we'll beat and jail you", is it any surprise that people will simply decide that the law is bullshiat?

We've all talked about "eventually it will get so bad that things will just fall apart".  Maybe we've been overlooking just how much it already is?

Disclaimer:  White and not homeless (yet; my employer, mayor, and the IRS are giving it one hell of a try)
 
2013-03-19 09:40:13 AM
"Natelli Woods Lane" ??
 
2013-03-19 09:41:49 AM

Free Radical: Flash poll: Who is more annoying?

A: Moorish Americans

B: Sovereign Citizens


The answer is always sí .
 
2013-03-19 09:45:09 AM
You know, just moving into a mansion just might work for a while. If the mansion is sitting abandoned for six months, then you can get six months. The problem is that someone ultimately shows up and these people bring the crazy from day one.

There was even a show about how to do it. Occasionally, some one shows up and tells you to leave. It's not likely to be an officer. It'll likely be a real estate agent or maybe the groundskeeper. Not someone who can arrest you. If that's what it is, get the hell out. Don't stick around. Don't tell them you are a "Moorish-American". Tell them a story like the bank foreclosed. They let you stay there to keep the deer and raccoons out of the house. Even have a fake agreement printed up. Keep the house up. Don't break the gate, windows, or even leave the kitchen dirty. Act like normal people. Then as soon as they leave, or if it seems like they are stalling to let the police show up, get the hell out. Because they likely won't buy your story and will call the cops. But most of them aren't heroes. They won't risk an altercation themselves.

I've never tried it, but that seems like the way I'd do it.

Get a motion sensor to tell you when people have been there while you are away.

Get a motion sensor for when you are there

Start talking to homeless people. They'd probably be extremely helpful.
 
2013-03-19 09:47:26 AM
So is this like a splinter group of the Sovereign Citizen thing? Because if I remember my last toe-dipping into that pool, the Sovereign Citizen thing seems to be based over the creation/reorganization of the District of Columbia (long story, but roughly 1871) while this seems to be based on the Treaty of Tripoli (Barbary pirates, 1797).

It seems that the common thread between all of these is that the fringe dudes pick apart some linguistic foible of a law and claim that it has a meaning that is completely divorced from context, reality, grammar, and legal precedent, then use it to justify doing whatever the hell they want - or sell books/give speeches telling other idiots that they can do whatever they want.
 
2013-03-19 09:47:34 AM

Gunther: Mr. Coffee Nerves: If there is one thing that all sane people can agree upon across political lines, it is that "sovereign citizens" should be cockpunched with such vigor it makes the yellow fringe on the flag undulate.

I find it fascinating for the glimpse into the psychology of the truly stupid.



yay, the MSM is slandering Moslems by equating them with the sovereign citizen people who are more commonly depicted as backwoods hicks who probably spend a lot of their time holding up shotguns and yelling 'gubbmint can't take mah land er mah guns!' at the clouds. stupid Moslems, let's all cockpunch 'em because of some story in the news that must absolutely have fully described the incident of which it spoke and given an impartial explanation of the attitudes and histories of the peoples who were involved, rather than just a totally made up line or two designed to make Moslems look 'truly stupid'. 'cause it's the news and that's about the best thing there is for giving someone an excuse to go cockpunch some Moslems.

stay classy, guys.
 
2013-03-19 09:52:10 AM

Gunther: Mr. Coffee Nerves: If there is one thing that all sane people can agree upon across political lines, it is that "sovereign citizens" should be cockpunched with such vigor it makes the yellow fringe on the flag undulate.

I find it fascinating for the glimpse into the psychology of the truly stupid.

How lacking in critical thought would you have to be to believe that you can somehow avoid legal consequences for your actions by claiming laws don't apply to you? I mean, if it was possible, NOBODY would ever go to jail because every defense lawyer in the country would know about it. But it never occurs to them that the world couldn't possibly function if it worked the way they think.

The video of the  sovereign citizen getting tazed is one of the more hilarious things I've ever seen. He's just so SURE that ranting about how "I'm a man, not a person, therefore laws don't apply to me!" is some sort of magical force-field that protects him from harm.


Ha!! That made my morning. What a little douche.

Thanks for the smiles.
 
2013-03-19 09:55:34 AM

TheOtherGuy: I'm having perspective aphasia reading this article.

"Sovereign Citizens" argument?  Not necessarily stupid in and of itself, but almost always implemented stupidly.  That is, loopholes in laws in general do exist and can be exploited brazenly.  One should just check on them and be sure before trying it, rather than trying to get one over on armed police via sheer bravado.  They get shot at by crazies for their paycheck, dude.  You could shoot them, but you won't out-bluff them, right or wrong.  Neither is very clever.

On the other hand, stupid as it may be, what did we expect after years of rising income inequality and ever more blatant racism, sexism, and class warfare?  Poor black folks (and white, brown, anyone poor, if they can) will move in to your empty mansions because they're frickin' homeless because of the system that helped make you rich enough to afford the damned place.  When the law says "you pay, and pay, and go live in a box 'cause you're not white and born into money, oh, and also pay some more before you go or we'll beat and jail you", is it any surprise that people will simply decide that the law is bullshiat?

We've all talked about "eventually it will get so bad that things will just fall apart".  Maybe we've been overlooking just how much it already is?

Disclaimer:  White and not homeless (yet; my employer, mayor, and the IRS are giving it one hell of a try)


This one histrionic sentence erodes everything else in your post.
 
2013-03-19 09:58:58 AM

what_now: I wear s fez now. Fezzes are cool


So do I! I got mine at Fez-o-rama.com (custom order with the crest of Freedonia!)
 
2013-03-19 10:18:02 AM
I think that this guy has a big future in Libertarian politics.
 
2013-03-19 10:21:55 AM
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"I'm liking this name 'moore' less and less"
 
2013-03-19 10:37:27 AM
STAND AND DELI... zzzzzaaaaap!
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2013-03-19 10:39:35 AM

Free Radical: Flash poll: Who is more annoying?

A: Moorish Americans
B: Sovereign Citizens


From the few hints in the article....
Butler said the Bethesda mansion belonged to him because he is a Moorish American National. He'd drawn up paperwork that he said proved it all, with references to a 1787 peace treaty and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
...
This month in Memphis, a woman saying she was a Moorish American was evicted after a SWAT team moved in on a 9,000-square-foot mansion she said she owned. Tabitha Gentry was charged with trespassing and burglary, but in court she denied the legitimacy of the charges, repeatedly interrupted the judge and invoked her sovereign rights.
...
They sometimes don't register their cars with the local motor vehicles department, driving around instead with self-styled license tags. And they cause headaches for those who investigate them, targeting officials for retaliation by filing million-dollar liens on their properties.
...
"I only have one free national name. That is Lamont Maurice El," he said.
...
"Even though," Butler wrote, "there was no false arrest made on Jan. 5, 2013, by the Public Servant Trustee Police Enforcers for the private foreign corporate-for-profit entity styled as Montgomery County Police Department, and conversations ended on peaceable terms, I, as well as others, will be coming to the land property estate this week."
...
Butler's response was to demand $1.05 million in gold coins from Maryland's attorney general, two judges, three police officers, the owner of a towing company - and all of their spouses.
...the former sounds like just another flavor of the latter.

Polyhazard: I was unaware of this movement and had assumed the sovereign citizen thing was only for white cranks. Who knew it was a rainbow coalition?


It seems to be rooted in the same sort of "species of moron that believes Legalese is a magic language, and that if they can only find the proper charms and incantations to speak and rituals to perform, they will be granted the power to summon and to command, to loose and to bind, and the wish of their heart's desire will magically be granted". I'm not sure whether this is a mutant strain, where a black crank encountered the white cranks and synthesized a similar but more ethnically palatable framework with foundations in another set of legal references, or whether the same psychological mindset triggered an independent parallel cultural evolution of kookery in a different ethnic group.

Gunther: How lacking in critical thought would you have to be to believe that you can somehow avoid legal consequences for your actions by claiming laws don't apply to you? I mean, if it was possible, NOBODY would ever go to jail because every defense lawyer in the country would know about it. But it never occurs to them that the world couldn't possibly function if it worked the way they think.


There seems a similarity to some "secret knowledge" flavors in religion; mystery cults and other esotericisms.

RobotSpider: You know, synonyms exist for nuance and variation.

[...] "land", "property", and "estate" in this context mean the same thing.

In your head and mine, yes. In the head of a lawyer or judge, not necessarily. In this guy's head, almost certainly not -- exactly because of the potentials for variations of nuance. Use the wrong word in an incantantation of semantic magic, and it's as bad as smudging the lines of your pentacle in the virgin sacrifice.

TheOtherGuy: When the law says "you pay, and pay, and go live in a box 'cause you're not white and born into money, oh, and also pay some more before you go or we'll beat and jail you", is it any surprise that people will simply decide that the law is bullshiat?


It's more that they're becoming enthralled by an alternative view of the legal framework that they like better because they think it can give them power.

phyrkrakr: It seems that the common thread between all of these is that the fringe dudes pick apart some linguistic foible of a law and claim that it has a meaning that is completely divorced from context, reality, grammar, and legal precedent, then use it to justify doing whatever the hell they want - or sell books/give speeches telling other idiots that they can do whatever they want.


That's the heart of it, though it looks like it may involve some manner of common underlying abnormal psychology.
 
2013-03-19 10:43:09 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: If there is one thing that all sane people can agree upon across political lines, it is that "sovereign citizens" should be cockpunched with such vigor it makes the yellow fringe on the flag undulate.


Up until now I thought this "sovereign citizen" nonsense was reserved for white people, glad to see that crazy is an equal opportunity employer
 
2013-03-19 10:43:47 AM

phyrkrakr: So is this like a splinter group of the Sovereign Citizen thing? Because if I remember my last toe-dipping into that pool, the Sovereign Citizen thing seems to be based over the creation/reorganization of the District of Columbia (long story, but roughly 1871) while this seems to be based on the Treaty of Tripoli (Barbary pirates, 1797).

It seems that the common thread between all of these is that the fringe dudes pick apart some linguistic foible of a law and claim that it has a meaning that is completely divorced from context, reality, grammar, and legal precedent, then use it to justify doing whatever the hell they want - or sell books/give speeches telling other idiots that they can do whatever they want.


Yup.  As I understand it, the "legal" basis of these Moorish Sovereign Citizens is a torturously stretched/misread part of the Treaty of Tripoli.

The Treaty of Tripoli is mostly known now for its declaration that the US is not and never was a Christian state, and the fact that the US Senate unanimously ratified that.  However, the treaty basically said Moorish citizens, being defined as people of of Moorish descent, living in the US had certain legal privledges, IIRC.

Of course, they twist "Moorish" to mean any black ancestry.  Then they presume the treaty is still in force, and they construe those privleges so broadly that it is ludicrous.

Several big problems with this argument, legally:

1. The Barbary States broke and withdrew from the treaty several years later by attacking US Navy ships in the Mediterranean sea.  It's historically noteworthy that the US Senate unanimously declared in the 1790's that the US was a purely secular state and explicitly not a Christian entity, but in terms of international relations the treaty is ancient history and completely void.

2. Even if it was somehow in force, which it isn't, the Barbary States were a part of the Ottoman Empire.  The Ottoman Empire fell after World War I, it no longer exists.  The successor state for purposes of international law is Turkey.  If you are claiming to be a citizen of Turkey, present your Turkish passport.  If you believe you're entitled to one and don't have it, go right on down to the Turkish Embassy in D.C. and see what they say to you when you brandish the Treaty of Tripoli.  I'd kind of like to see that.

3. Even if the treaty were still somehow in force, the 14th Amendment superceded it decades later by declaring that all persons born in the US are citizens (excluding native Americans and children of recognized and accredited diplomats, and the native Americans got citizenship later through separate legislation).

So no, just because your ancestors came from northwest Africa and could even vaguely be called "Moorish" does not give you any special privledges under the Treaty of Tripoli.
 
2013-03-19 10:45:54 AM
So how does it work if two people in these clubs decide to get all sovereign over the same piece of property?

/I'm guessing "stabby"
 
2013-03-19 10:47:22 AM
A couple of years back my mom had a neighbor who tried pulling this sh*t around here. He fell into the "white crank" category, btw. Took a rental property up the street owned by an absentee landlord and claimed squatter's rights (and got away with it for almost two years), stuck fliers in everyone's mailbox (USPS had a stern word with him, but I think they let it drop), inviting everyone to his seminars about how they could become a Sovereign Citizen too. For only $250 US. (Cash Only!) Apparently he didn't have a problem with taking the "illegitimate occupation government scrip" when the fancy struck him. I always wondered if he would have taken the same value in those memorial coins they used to hawk on the TV...

Other than that, he was harmless, and when the cops came over to put an end to his shenanigans he handed out another oddly worded flier claiming something about "occupation forces" and blather like that. He disappeared shortly thereafter, never to be seen or heard from again. I suppose the Illuminati/UN/Reptoid-Lesbian Conspiracy Black Helicopter Death Squads must have gotten him.
 
2013-03-19 10:52:03 AM

LovingTeacher: Mr. Coffee Nerves: If there is one thing that all sane people can agree upon across political lines, it is that "sovereign citizens" should be cockpunched with such vigor it makes the yellow fringe on the flag undulate.

Up until now I thought this "sovereign citizen" nonsense was reserved for white people, glad to see that crazy is an equal opportunity employer


Truly, derp knows no limits of color.
 
2013-03-19 11:06:24 AM
Butler did it!
 
2013-03-19 11:09:55 AM

what_now: I wear s fez now. Fezzes are cool


That's because whenever you walk around, people go "Cool it! It's the fez!"
 
2013-03-19 11:29:06 AM
You misspelled 'boorish'
 
2013-03-19 11:48:02 AM
One day we just may read an article on someone exercising their very real 2nd amendment rights against one of the Moorish/Sovereign Citizens and their imaginary rights.
 
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