Still Not Satisfied And Likely Never Will Be

Wow, I go out of town for business and look what happens.

Barack Obama finally jumps through the hoops that the birthers want him to and obtains and then releases his long form birth certificate from the state of Hawaii and as I suspected, they still aren’t satisfied. Some look for some unseen editing of the released document in order to discredit it while others just move on to the next controversy (yes Donald I’m talking about you), Obama’s grades and his acceptance to Harvard Law School.

I guess at this point maybe we should be asking these idiots to just admit the obvious, no matter what Obama does he will never be able to provide what these folks want…someone with white skin in the oval office.

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Governor Daugaard: Dream Big!…Flip Burgers

You really have to love it. While my daughter laments the loss of the one program that she loves here in Canistota because of his budget cuts, her school will no longer have any art classes, our illustrious Governor tells a room full of high school seniors to dream big.

Going forward my kids will have limited choices in advanced math and science, a foreign languages department consisting of a choice between Spanish or Spanish, and maybe Spanish, and no arts at all. Quite the ammunition for achieving those big dreams isn’t it?

I did hear that McDonald’s is hiring though and on our current path that will be about all our schools will be preparing our kids to do.

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The Article All Birthers Should Read And Understand…But Won't

The AP published an article today dealing with the controversy over where Barack Obama was born and it should be required reading for birthers everywhere. Nothing written there is new, but it does do a decent job of putting everything into one place for those really wanting to understand the issue.

In it they document much of the information already available and public like his certificate of live birth, the birth announcements from August 1961 in 2 different Hawaiian newspapers, and the statements from former Republican Governor Linda Lingle and various Hawaii Department of Health officials certifying Obama’s birth information. But as evident by the continuing controversy, none of that is enough for those believing the President is not a natural born US citizen.

All that makes one wonder, what more do they want? The answer to me is obvious, they want what they know they can’t have, Obama’s long form birth certificate. (emphasis mine)

What the would-be sleuths won’t find is Obama’s “long-form birth certificate,” a confidential one-page document containing his original birth records kept on file in the first floor of the Department of Health.

Those original birth records typically include additional birth details, such as the hospital and delivering doctor, said Dr. Chiyome Fukino, the state’s former health director who twice looked at and publicly confirmed Obama’s original long-form birth records.

But those documents are state government property that can’t be released to anyone, even the president himself, said Joshua Wisch, special assistant to the state attorney general. Obama would be able to inspect his birth records if he visited the Health Department in person, but original records of live birth are never released, he said.

So instead of accepting the same evidence any other candidate for higher office is required to produce they base their contentions on something that they know will never be made public. At this point one can only surmise that they stick to this not because they really believe that Obama is foreign born but because they need to latch on to any reason they can to dismiss his Presidency. Some will of course say that that stubbornness is racially motivated but no matter what the reason, it has become a rallying cry for the far right and a talking point for any candidate wanting their support.

Big picture will this or any evidence for that matter satisfy most of those that subscribe to this heavily debunked issue? I doubt it as many of these same folks think Donald Trump or Sarah Palin would make a good president so their overall judgement is quite suspect to begin with…but we can always hope.

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The Congressional Record Is Apparently Written With Invisible Ink

Not long ago Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl stood before the Senate and blatantly lied when the Senate was debating cutting funding for Planned Parenthood in this year’s budget. Kyl is on video saying that abortions comprised 90% of their services and used that stat to justify his belief that the funding for that organization should be cut.

Of course it didn’t take long for Kyl to be called on that outright falsehood, they actually comprise 3% of what PP does, and he initially tried to explain it away by saying that the statement wasn’t meant to be factual, more BS. Since that obviously didn’t work, he has decided to take a different route.

He just rewrote the Congressional record.

On April 8, Kyl said that, “If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.” Following the change, the Congressional Record now reads, “If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that is what Planned Parenthood does.”

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More Sharia Paranoia

At least Chuck Norris attempted to give examples to explain his Sharia law paranoia, wrong examples, but examples just the same…

Mother Jones has collected a series of quotes from officials, many of whom have sponsored anti-Sharia legislation across the country (South Dakota included), and it would seem to be quite telling:

North Carolina

Rep. Verla Insko asked [State Rep. George] Cleveland twice for an example of a case that would show a need for the bill. “I do not have any specific examples off the top of my head,” Cleveland finally replied.

Missouri yesterday

[State Rep. Jamilah] Nasheed called on [State Rep. Paul] Curtman to provide a list of cases in which international law had been used in American courts but Curtman was unable to provide an example of such a case.

Missouri in March:

“I don’t have the specifics with me right now but if you go to—the web address kind of escapes my mind right now. Any Google search on international law used in the state courts in the U.S. is going to turn up some cases for you.”

Alabama last month:

[State Sen. Gerald] Allen could not readily define Shariah in an interview Thursday. “I don’t have my file in front of me,” he said.

Georgia in February:

[State Rep. Mike Jacobs] acknowledged that he was not aware of any instances in Georgia where a plaintiff or defendant asked the court to apply Sharia law but believes it has happened elsewhere.

Alaska in March:

In a hearing before the House State Affairs Committee, [State Rep. Carl] Gatto’s chief of staff, Karen Sawyer, said Sharia is an example of the type of transnational law that has appeared in family law, divorce and child custody cases nationally, though she knows of [no] instances of it appearing in Alaska courts.

South Carolina on Wednesday:

None of the senators nor Kevin A. Hall, a Columbia attorney who testified in support of the bill, were aware of any examples in South Carolina where courts upheld sharia law over the U.S. Constitution.

South Dakota in February:

[I]n testimony this week, proponents of a Sharia ban could not produce a single South Dakota case in which Islamic law had been a problem.”

Oklahoma last November:

Mr. Boughton acknowledged that he did not know of an instance in which Shariah law had been invoked by the courts.

Notice a pattern?

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Backups Are A Good Thing

Running various WordPress blogs for over 5 years I have never had just one or 2 posts disappear due to “technical difficulties” but over at the War College it is happening with increasing frequency. Heck their post on having technical difficulties apparently had “technical difficulties“. The latest post to vanish into thin air was an interesting piece on how paying taxes isn’t patriotic.

So being the good Blogosphere neighbor that I am, I have reposted that article in its entirety here without comment so that the War College “team” can copy and repost it over at their site (once they do I will be happy to have technical difficulties delete it here). Backups are a wonderful invention for when you have those “technical issues”.

Also in the future, if you War College folks have sudden technical difficulties let me know. Heck if you want some of the posts that PP deleted before leaving, I will be more than happy to hook you up on that as well. Of course if your technical difficulty was you didn’t want to own up to your post I will delete too(with a note here of course), just drop me a line guys…

Paying Taxes Is NOT Patriotic
by TC at AC
Apr 21, 2011

Taxes were due on Monday, and yet again, the only things certain in life continue to be, death and taxes.

Liberals seem to think that paying taxes is somehow patriotic. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, VP Joe Biden said that it was patriotic for the wealthy to pay taxes, and Cory over at the Madville Times highlights an article in which a random blogger seems to think that paying taxes is patriotic as well; they seem to think that paying taxes is somehow essential to being able to continue to enjoy the quality of life that we do.

It’s Tax Day again, and as usual, people across the country are complaining about paying their taxes. Taxes are portrayed as being restrictively high, as an outrageously heavy burden, as the government’s stranglehold around our necks. But this is patently misleading and because we pay so little in taxes, we are being threatened with losing much that we hold dear.
How many things in our lives are provided, through the government, by our tax dollars? Our roads and sewers, the mail, parks and recreation areas from National Parks down to city playgrounds, the police and fire departments, the 911 emergency system, schools from primary up to our public universities, the list goes on and on. Our taxes pay to ensure we have safe food to eat, pure water to drink and clean air to breath.  They pay for the military, the state department and the FBI in order to keep us safe from threats both foreign and domestic. Just as importantly, our taxes help to provide a social safety net for each and every one of us. If we lose our jobs, if we become sick, when we retire, there will be at least some level of support for us if and when we can no longer support ourselves. This is what our taxes pay for. This is our responsibility for living in a first world country.
To me it’s simple: paying taxes is patriotic. Sure, no one likes to give their money away, but whoever said being patriotic should be easy? If we want to live in a great country, a safe and secure country, a country that takes care of it’s people, educates them and keeps them healthy, then we all need to be willing to pay for it. It’s our civic responsibility.

If you believe taxes are patriotic, I’ve got some ocean front property in western South Dakota I want to sell you.

The quality of life that we enjoy is not dependent on any taxes that we pay; private organizations and private citizens are extremely sufficient in being able to provide the services that we expect.

Don’t believe me? We have prime examples of private toll roads, which in some instances have proven to be more effective than public roads; we have private examples of sewer systems too in the septic tank systems that exist across rural South Dakota. Numerous examples exist of private parks open to the public, and in a growing trend across the country, private parks and gardens are becoming more frequent. One of the prime reasons we have the National Park system in the form that we do today is because Yellowstone Park (the first true national park) was created as a national park because no resources existed at a state level to administer it (Yellowstone was created in 1872, while Wyoming achieved statehood in 1890). Even then, it took a combined effort between public and private interests to bring Yellowstone into existence.

Sure, there are vital functions that taxes pay for, and no one disputes that. As the author of the aforementioned blog post states, things like the military, the State Department, the FBI, police and fire department services and education services are vital government functions that our taxes pay for. However, those things are rightly expected to be provided by the government, they are called for in the Constitution and even predating that, were called for in the Articles of Confederation. Also, if we’re going to continue to expect the “social safety net” that we have today, we must make real reforms to it, we can’t bury our heads in the sand, otherwise, it won’t be around for much longer.

Taxes are necessary for our Republic to survive, the Founders knew that, but paying taxes is hardly patriotic. Merriam-Webster defines patriotism as “love or devotion to one’s country”, and we can be “patriotic” without depending on the government to spend our tax dollars to provide services to our community. The quality of life that we enjoy is not dependent on the taxes we pay; we can have one without the other, and frequently do. If you want to see patriotism, look to the soldier serving in the National Guard, look to the person who is devoted to mentoring children, and look for the person who loves working in a private community garden.

That’s a real devotion to your country, and your community.

“A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have….”

UPDATE: I see Cory over at the Madville Times is in a giving mood as well. He also reposted the above article so now the War College has their choice on where to get their backup copy. I assume it will be reposted very soon back where it belongs over at DWC.

UPDATE 4/23: SDWC doesn’t repost but responds.

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And Now There Are 4

Wisconsin State Senator Randy Hopper recently became the fourth Republican to face recall after voting for Governor Scott Walker’s anti-union “money saving bill” that saves no money. Wisconsinites gathered 23,000 petition signatures to force a recall election later this year. On its face this would be a story in and of itself but with Hopper it doesn’t even come close to being the whole story.

In March protesters showed up at his house only to be told by Hopper’s wife that he was now living elsewhere with his 26 year old girl toy whom had “coincidently” just landed a primo job with the state government.

Hopper suffered quite the embarassment in March when protesters arrived at his home in Fond du Lac in eastern Wisconsin. Demanding that Hopper come outside, the protesters instead encountered Hopper’s estranged wife, who explained that Hopper actually lived in Madison with a 26-year-old mistress. Next, it emerged that Walker’s chief of staff helped land Hopper’s mistress a prime job in the Wisconsin state government.

Now it is being reported that Hopper’s contact number given to his constituents in a letter from his office is actually an Adult chat line…oops!

In the latest juicy news on Sen. Hopper, Raw Story reports that a letter from Hopper’s office lists for constituents a contact number that is in fact an adult chat line. Callers to the number are greeted with a voice saying, “Hey there, sexy guy…” It’s unclear how Hopper managed to send constituents to a service that bills itself as “the country’s favorite live talk,” but the gaffe is yet another headache for the embattled Republican.

Wisconsin’s Conservatives must be very proud.

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Trump Has The Nomination In The Bag

Even though Donald Trump has yet to announce anything, recent polls and now this powerful endorsement should all but lock up the 2012 GOP nomination for the twice divorced and 4 time bankrupt reality TV star. Renowned thespian Gary Busey thinks Trump should be our next President.

Look out Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, the GOP has its next savior!

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Is This The Proof Donald Trump Is Looking For?

Donald Trump has openly questioned the circumstances behind President Obama’s birth and now an Orange County California Tea Bagger and local Republican Party committee member Marilyn Davenport might have some more evidence for Trump to chew on.

Actually the picture included here was attached to an email sent by the above mentioned Davenport to her fellow O.C Republicans with the note “Now you know why no birth certificate.

I will of course let you decide for yourself as to whether there was any racial motivations behind what Davenport claims was a “joke sent to those that wouldn’t find it offensive”. What I find amusing though is that when questioned, Davenport brought out the “I am not a racist…I have some black friends” defense which to me seems just about as ridiculous as some might think the photo shopped picture to be.

Meanwhile Davenport is refusing to heed requests for her to step down and is instead blaming the whole thing on the Liberal media for reporting the story.

(Mother Jones via O.C. Weekly)

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