"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Loretta Fuddy, the Hawaii public official who verified and approved the release of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, died on Wednesday, the only fatality in a tragic plane accident that occurred off the coast of Molokai.
Like clockwork, this sent the birther movement into a tizzy of speculation.
Donald Trump, for example, was quick to insinuate something nefarious afoot:
How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s “birth certificate” died in plane crash today. All others lived
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2013
Orly Taitz, the so-called Birther Queen, was also on the case, demanding that various courts and judges reexamine her case against the president “before more people die in strange accidents.”
The Los Angeles Times also found some examples of people on Twitter trying to get to the “truth” of Fuddy’s passing.
And as Philip Bump of The Wire noted, the far-right WorldNetDaily ran a story alleging that Fuddy had been “killed” — which is technically true but somewhat misleading.
No word yet from conspiracy theorist par excellence Alex Jones, but one imagines it’s only a matter of time.
[h/t the Huffington Post]
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)