Showing posts with label Birther Movement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Birther Movement. Show all posts

Friday, December 23, 2011

I Can't Believe This Is Still Going On

What a waste of time and money.

The so-called birther movement was dealt another legal blow Thursday when a federal appeals court tossed out a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship and his eligibility to serve as commander in chief...
...The lawsuit was filed in 2009 by 40 plaintiffs, including conservative activists Alan Keyes and Wiley Drake, who ran for president and vice president respectively as members of the American Independent Party against Obama in 2008.
Alan Fucking Keyes. This is just disgraceful. What was that thing about frivolous lawsuits they constantly harp about?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Why It Matters

After President Obama released his long form birth certificate yesterday, in an impossible attempt to quell the crazy birther conspiracy that has been bubbling up for the last three years, fueled by wingnuts and fear mongers and stoked by mealy-mouthed Republican politicians, I wrote a post out of anger and posted it to Facebook.

Soon enough a friend commented on Facebook, and thought that this issue wasn't serious, it was technically a rule in the Constitution, but so what? Would it really be such a big deal if President Obama weren't a citizen? Don't we have bigger problems in the country than to waste time dealing with this nonsense? Of course, the answer is yes. But when nearly half of the country's Republican voters doubt the legitimacy of the person holding the office of the President of the United States, and there is tacit approval by their party's leaders by not denouncing it, and it's being poked and prodded like a scab by a complicit media, something else is going on.

Here was my response:

We care because since the very beginning, those that are afraid of "the other" have been trying to delegitimize this president. They're even passing laws in states specifically for the purpose of omitting Obama's name from the ballot.
You may not consider it technically important and I understand that there are much more important things to worry about, but there are a lot of people out there who will do or say anything to undermine the leader of the free world. Let that sink in for a minute.
And now the very same people that have clamored about wanting to see the long form birth certificate are claiming is a forgery, it isn't good enough, he was adopted, and even asking for his school records now. When is enough enough? Is Donald Trump going to release his tax returns now as he promised to do? If we see Obama's school records, do we now get to see George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard records?
And don't dismiss that this is all ultimately about race. While Obama's birth certificate proved that he is an American citizen born in the United States, it also proved that he's still not white, so the fight will live on.
Yes, it's not about a Constitutional violation, it's about race. Always has been. Otherwise, the issue would have been settled with his long form release. But it's only caused the freaks to double down on the crazy. You don't have to look far for examples so I won't innumerate them here.

But this video of Baratunde Thurston's reaction to yesterday's news and the despicable actions of Donald Trump taking credit for it is why this story is important and why it matters.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

This Is All You Need To Know About The Birthers

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Nothing will ever be good enough.

Thom Hartmann Goads Birther Philip Berg

Well, we can't say we didn't see this coming.

Where's the birth certificate?!
...Uh, here it is.
...Well... that's NOT GOOD ENOUGH!
Listen to Thom Hartmann's debate with Philip Berg.

Well Whaddaya Know!

Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate Revealed!

Everyone has a breaking point, and President Obama finally reached his, when it came to the Birther bullshit anyway.
Responding to critics' relentless claims, President Barack Obama on Wednesday produced a detailed Hawaii birth certificate in an extraordinary attempt to bury the issue of where he was born and confirm his legitimacy to hold office. He declared, "We do not have time for this kind of silliness.
..."I am confident that the American people and America's political leaders can come together in a bipartisan way and solve these problems. We always have. But we're not going to be able to do it if we are distracted."
..."This issue has been going on for two, two and a half years now. I think it started during the campaign," Obama said. "I have watched with bemusement, I've been puzzled at the degree at which this thing just kept on going."
"We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers," the president said.
And yes, you can be sure that the "carnival barker" dig was aimed at Donald Trump.

Now we can all sit back with confidence and know that the "Birther conspiracy" story will die off in favor of the "Obama Long Form Birth Certificate is a Forgery" stories which have already surfaced, complete with a fully complicit mainstream media.

And ultimately, while I understand the premise of the White House's decision to release a long form birth certificate, they had to know that this story would only stoke the flames in the forgery department. So really, how have they tamped down the distraction?

Oh, and a big "FUCK YOU" to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Fuckwadistan) who was surprised that the White House took this route and shocked that they would actually try to appease the fucking crazies in his own goddamned party after three years of loony bin talk. Please point to the story where Cantor said Trump was being a douche with the birther nonsense.

You can add Trump and Sarah Palin to the "Fuck You" list as well; Trump for taking credit after race-baiting and dog-whistling for what felt like months and Palin for tweeting that the media not be distracted with this story and concentrate on Ben Bernanke's news conference today, when she had no problem stirring the drink with the Trump straw.

Oh, and how can I forget Weeper of the House John Boehner for calling this a "long settle issue"? Wish he had said something even remotely similar when asked about it on Meet The Press. While he believes Obama, it "wasn't his job" to call out the birther fruitcakes in his own party. That's leadership, huh?

So now we can all finally enjoy Donald "Take The Oil" Trump talk about important things like foreign policy and get some laughs out of it in the process.

ADDING... And so it begins, starting with World Nut Daily's Joseph "70's Porn Mustache" Farah.

The American President and a Birther of a Nation


Today the President of the United States released a superfluous document to confirm for a radical populous that he was, in fact, born in the USA. Some ask why he didn't do this sooner, and at times I wished he would just to shut people up. But he didn't need to. The document he released during the campaign is legitimate, authentic, legal and sufficient. It should have stopped there. And because it didn't says more about the people who demanded it than the President who didn't jump through Hawaii state hurdles to access it.

The birther crap has been a nuisance and ridiculous and, as the President clarified, a side-show of "carnival barkers." And the real problem is that those are the people who now represent a SIGNIFICANT portion of the Republican party whether your Republican friends and neighbors want to admit it.

I have said, since Sarah Palin entered the national stage, that the Republicans in America better watch out because their party was being changed by their fringe. And that has more than come true. Does the left have fringe? Yes, and often a fringe I denounce and slam. But never have our fringe polled above or equal to serious candidates. Do I like Romney or Huckleberry? No. But they are at least legitimate contenders for the GOP. They have serious resumes and have contributed valuable discussions to public service agendas.

But Donald Trump? And Sarah Palin? And Michele Bachmann?

NEVER did Dennis Kucinich come CLOSE to Democratic serious contenders in any polling.

Republicans may not agree with Obama, but at least he can be taken seriously.

So, for the Republicans who are shamed by the path their party has taken, I say, "So now what?" What are YOU going to do to show that your party is serious? Are you going to continue to be passive shoulder-shruggers or are you going to take some personal responsibility and put an end to the waste and distractions coming from people taking your party from you?

Because, in the end, you and your friends are the ones being encroached upon. Your principles and values are being manipulated by snake-oil salesmen and those snakes are winning YOUR future.

Have your disagreements with me and my party and the President. That's good. But for crying out loud, clean house!

Monday, April 25, 2011

BREAKING: Trump Says Bankrupted Casinos Obama's Fault

In his latest interview with anyone that will listen (in this case, the corner hot dog vendor on 38th St & 7th Ave. in Manhattan) Donald Trump not only blamed President Obama on the manipulation of high fuel prices and claimed Obama's birth certificate is now "missing," he's now blaming his financial failures on the President.

"Because of affirmative action forced on me by Obama back when no one knew who he was," Trump said, "I had to allow the blacks into my casinos. Once they hit the all-you-can-eat buffets, I knew I was sunk. But don't get me wrong, I have a great relationship with the blacks." Asked if he would do anything differently when running casinos, Trump responded, "Don't serve barbeque."


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bachmann's Birther Weasel Words

I suppose George Stephanopoulos is mad as hell and he's not gonna take it anymore when it comes to prominent Republicans and their birther bullshit. On Sunday, Stephanopoulos took on Hair Combover for Men President Donald Trump, and this morning his guest was Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann, who took time out of her schedule receiving "messages from the Mothership" to answer some questions. While she basically blames President Obama for the extension of the Bush tax cuts, conveniently forgetting that the GOP used unemployment insurance extensions and payroll tax cuts as hostages, she's also questioned about the never ending birther nonsense that they won't let go.

Yes, she's congenial in her answers but for me, it wasn't good enough. They can't step away from the "I'll take the president at his word" talking point which casts just enough doubt in the minds of conspiracy theorists. And while she agrees with Stephanopoulos that it's a dead issue and there are more important things to worry about, she struggles to hold on to it with her fingernails by suggesting Obama "introduce" his documents. "Introduce" as in "to make known for the first time." She says it twice.

MB: "... I have no problem giving my birth certificate, it wouldn't bother me at all. I've got one, its authenticated, take it." 
GS: "Well, but so does the president. According to the bill 'a candidate for president or vice president shall attach to and file with the affidavit a copy of the candidate's birth certificate certified by the appropriate official in the candidate's state of birth.'" 
MB: "That's right." 
GS: "Well I have the president's certificate right here. It's certified, it's got a certification number, it's got the registrar of the state, signed. It's got a seal on it. And it says: 'This copy serves as prima facie evidence of the fact of birth in any court proceeding.'" 
MB: "Well, then that should settle it. That's what should settle it. I take the president at his word and I think -- again I would have no problem and apparently the president wouldn't, either. Introduce that, we're done. Move on, end of story." 
GS: "Well it has been introduced. So this case - this story's over." 
MB: "Well as long as someone introduces it, I guess it's over." 
GS: "It's right here." 
MB: "There ya go."
Clinging to the tiniest shred of doubt, still talking as if this hasn't been dealt with for the last three years, she still uses the present tense, "as long as someone introduces it..." So, sorry Michele Bachmann, no credit. Those are weasel words.

I used to think Michele Bachmann was just dumb. Now I think she's diabolically duplicitous. She'll say anything she needs to in front of whatever audience to gain acceptance. Don't be surprised if she casts doubt on what she just said today, and flip-flops tomorrow back at her Fox News home base.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Stop Digging, Huckabee

Former Governor, possible Republican Presidential nominee contender and recent Birther red meat thrower, Mike Huckabee has gotten into some hot water for remarks he made on a conservative radio show in which he said President Obama was born in Kenya, and threw in a couple of Mau-Mau Revolution references to sweeten the pot.

First he said he simply misspoke. Well, I don't remember anything about a Mau-Mau uprising in Indonesia. Then he said "if I'd read from my own text, page 183 of my book, I clearly said he grew up in Indonesia." Nice cross reference to plug his book, huh? There's only one problem: there's no mention of Indonesia on page 183. In fact, there's no mention of Indonesia on any of the pages of his book. It's Indonesia free.

In trying to re-re-re-explain himself on the intrepid O'Reilly Factor, Huckabee then said this:

"My point even talking about him being raised in a different country, actually in Indonesia and not Kenya as I do understand. Again, it's right there in the book for me to read and everybody else, if they care to, but the point that I do want to make is that that creates a different world view. This is not a kid who grew up going to boy scout meetings and playing little league baseball in a small town."
Two things: One, in defending Obama against the birthers, he again reiterates how "different" he is and two, Huckabee is WRONG AGAIN when he says he was "raised in Indonesia."

Barack Obama was in Indonesia from the ages of 6 through 10 before moving back to Hawaii, a US state if I recall correctly. Is that an impressionable age when it comes to subjects like British imperialism in a country you were never in? I don't know about you, but from the ages of 6 through 10, I was more worried about not striking out playing stickball than about Watergate or Nixon's resignation, something that would have made me see at a young age to what depths Republicans would sink to win elections.

Mike, a little advice: Never lose an opportunity to keep your mouth shut.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

More Like This, Please

I know the birther thing is played out already, but there are people still bringing frivolous lawsuits to court to challenge President Obama's citizenship and legal right to the Presidency.

Anderson Cooper does a great job on this one.

Now let's see some more investigative journalism refuting the daily right wing talking points about tax cuts, deficit reduction and claiming to do the people's work, and we'll finally have something going to rebut the GOP supporting corporate media empire.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Orly Taitz Endorses Angle

Well, I don't know about you, but if I were running for office, this is the one endorsement I would definitely seek out.
On Wednesday, without much public recognition, Orly Taitz threw her support behind Sharron Angle, posting a plea for readers to donate to the Nevada Republican Senate candidate on her website.
The obvious question must now be posed to Sharron Angle: Does she believe Barack Obama is legitimate? Or does she have doubts about Obama's origin of birth?

Friday, July 31, 2009

Keep It Up, Lou Dobbs

Lou Dobbs' fanning of the Birther flames aren't doing much for his ratings.

Mr. Dobbs' first began reporting on Obama birth certificate conspiracy theories on the night of Wednesday, July 15. In the roughly two weeks since then, from July 15 through July 28, Mr. Dobbs' 7 p.m. show on CNN has averaged 653,000 total viewers and 157,000 in the 25-54 demo.
By contrast, during the first two weeks of the month (July 1 to July 14) Mr. Dobbs averaged 771,000 total viewers and 218,000 in the 25-54 demo. In other words, Mr. Dobbs' audience has decreased 15 percent in total viewers and 27 percent in the demo since the start of the controversy.
Arguably, interest in cable news has slumped across the board since early July when attention over Michael Jackson's death was still at a fever pitch.

But, that said, Mr. Dobbs' ratings over the past two weeks, during the height of the "birthers" controversy, are also down significantly compared to his overall numbers during the second quarter of 2009 when he averaged 769,000 total viewers and 222,000 in the 25-54 demo.

In summary, if Mr. Dobbs' affinity for "birthers" is a ratings ploy, it's a pretty ineffective one.
Although his birther bullshit has calmed down a little after getting a cease and desist e-mail from the CNN president, he continues the lunacy on his radio program.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Birther Bullshit (The G. Gordon Liddy Edition)

Conservative radio talk show host and convicted felon G. Gordon Liddy was on Hardball tonight and while feeling the effects of downing a bottle of vicodin with a fifth of scotch, or at least looking that way, tried to slur through the evidence of the Birther Movement. Chris Matthews won't leave the Birther crap alone and reams Liddy a new asshole. Good thing he's too wasted to feel it.

Grab your popcorn!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

More Birther Bullshit - UPDATED

On yesterday's Hardball, Chris Matthews went after Rep. John Campbell (R-Douchelandia) for being asinine enough to co-sponsor the "birther bill" requiring future Presidents to provide proof of citizenship with their birth certificate. Campbell thinks it will lay doubts to rest, not realizing (or maybe realizing all too well) that it's only fueling the fire for the nutballs who don't like the idea of a black man being the President and are using this sorry excuse to discredit Obama's rightful place in office.

He argues that this would have been the same for John McCain or George Romney, but I don't remember anyone seriously doubting the citizenship of McCain during the campaign. And if they did, it was only in response to the craziness of the issue coming from the wingnuts. I think Chris does a good job of putting Campbell in his place.

UPDATE (2:25pm): Does anyone think Lou Dobbs has any credibility left after this?

Media Matters:
Dobbs joins right-wing media promoting birth certificate conspiracy theories
July 22, 2009: In light of CNN host Lou Dobbs' recent promotion of conspiracy theories about President Obama's birth certificate, Media Matters for America is re-publishing the following item, which was originally posted June 18.
Even Joe Scarborough isn't falling into the Birther trap.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Orly Taitz Is Insane

Last night as I drove home from work, I had the extraordinary pleasure of listening to Alan Colmes interview Stefan Cook and Alan Keyes Birther movement lawyer, Orly Taitz. During the lead up to the interview, I anticipated hearing an intelligent discussion between Colmes and what I thought would be an attorney well versed in the ways of debate in order to make sense of the whole Birther movement.

Imagine my surprise when what I heard coming out of a break, was one of the most bizarre interviews I had ever heard with a "lawyer" who sounds like Arianna Huffington on crack.

Orly Taitz refuses to believe that President Obama was born in the United States, has called and continues to call him an "arrogant jerk," believes that the debunking of the whole birth certificate drama is photoshopped by "a bunch of yahoos" and has absolutely no regard for civilized discourse during the entire interview.

I'm still trying to find the full audio, but you can listen to a 5 minute clip here. Prepare for a jaw dropping experience.