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Orly Taitz And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year


* August 3: MSNBC's David Shuster calls out Taitz on live TV after she lashes out at "Obama's brownshirts" in the media. Said Shuster: "You're making a reference to Nazi Germany, and to a lot of us who lost relatives in the Holocaust, this is deeply, deeply offensive." Watch it [here](

* August 6: In a sign of an intra-Birther power struggle, fellow conspiracy theorist Andy Martin [publicly]( declares it's time to "shut down the Orly Taitz circus."

* Sept. 16: Federal Judge Clay Land, who is presiding over a Georgia Birther case, [belittles Taitz]( in a widely circulated order that accuses Taitz of failing to understand legal principles grasped by "any middle school civics student." Land adds: "Unlike in Alice in Wonderland, simply saying something is so does not make it so."

* Sept. 17: A fellow member of the California bar [files a complaint]( in response to Taitz's call -- during an interview with TPMmuckraker -- for Judge Land to be tried for treason.

* Sept. 21: Army Captain Connie Rhodes, Taitz's own client in the Georgia Birther case, [sends a letter]( to the judge renouncing Taitz as her counsel. Rhodes, who sent the letter while deploying to Iraq, tells the judge that Taitz submitted an emergency filing without Rhodes' permission or blessing.

* October 13: A frustrated Land [fines Taitz]( $20,000 for repeated frivolous filings. "When a lawyer files complaints and motions without a reasonable basis for believing that they are supported by existing law or a modification or extension of existing law, that lawyer abuses her privilege to practice law," he writes. "When a lawyer abuses her privilege to practice law, that lawyer ceases to advance her cause or the ends of justice."

* October 14: Appearing on Joy Behar's show, Taitz is forced to [explain]( why she described the judge as "delusional":

* November 12: An affidavit from a prospective witness in a California Birther case alleges that Taitz asked witnesses to perjure themselves -- [and much worse](

* December 3: A Taitz court filing [reveals]( that one of her children was taunted by a teacher, who "pointed to a newspaper article and commented that the judge says 'your mother tells witnesses to lie.'"

The Taitz saga is far from over. She has now [embarked]( on an appeal to fight the $20,000 fine. We'll being keeping track of her filings in the new year.