Or as Wingnutdaily and Rush Limbaugh would say…is it really? I haven’t seen any proof of that yet.
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.
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.
One of the
Koch brother dictated GOP standard bills making the rounds in state legislatures across America this year deals with the requirements for getting on the ballot for Presidential elections. Several states are attempting to amend the requirements by making a potential candidate produce their long form birth certificate in an obvious shout out to Tea Billie birthers.
Arizona just so happens to be one of those states and they’ve added an interesting twist. If for whatever reason besides being a suspected Muslim born in Kenya you happen to not have the requisite long form, you just need to produce your choice of 2 of the following documents in its place: (emphasis mine)
(a) EARLY BAPTISMAL OR CIRCUMCISION CERTIFICATE.
(b) HOSPITAL BIRTH RECORD.
(c) POSTPARTUM MEDICAL RECORD FOR THE MOTHER OR CHILD SIGNED BY THE DOCTOR OR MIDWIFE OR THE PERSON WHO DELIVERED OR EXAMINED THE CHILD AFTER BIRTH.
(d) EARLY CENSUS RECORD.
Yep, that’s right, just get your Mohel or Mohelot to provide you with a certificate showing you were clipped and you are halfway there!
(via Phoenix New Times Blogs)
Donald Trump has a problem on his road to the White House. Somehow he must get his multiple divorces and bankruptcies past the socially and fiscally uber-conservative Tea Billie crowd and it appears his current strategy will be to pound the birther angle over and over.
Last month he called into question Obama’s citizenship by providing his own birth documents only to find out that what he provided wasn’t an official document and now he is trying to explain away how 2 separate birth announcements for the President made it into Hawaiian newspapers back in 1961. His explanation? How about Obama’s grandparents placed the announcements in the papers so that they could, among other things, get welfare benefits!
(via Think Progress)
Tennessee State Senator and birther Mae Beavers recently introduced legislation in her state that would require that all Presidential candidates present their long-form birth certificate before qualifying to be on the ballot. The problem?
It’s a far-fetched goal, and it turns out that Beavers, who recently discussed her bill on Reality Check, a radio show devoted to debunking birther legislation, still has some research to do. From the transcript:
RC: What are the specific requirements in the bill?
MB: That they have to have the long form birth certificate.
RC: What is the long form birth certificate?
MB: Now, you’re asking me to get into a lot of things that I haven’t really looked into yet.
The host then asked the obvious follow-up: why put a term into the bill, if you don’t know what it means? Beavers responded, “Well, we are following some of the bills that have been filed in lots of other states, and you know how it is, you file your bill and, you know, you prepare before you go to committee.”
It appears that the Koch brothers need to provide some training to go along with their talking point memos…
Will Arizona’s new immigration law finally settle Barack Obama’s citizenship question????
The queen birther Orly Taitz, who was recently warned to quit wasting the court’s time with frivolous lawsuits regarding President Obama’s citizenship, has been smackdown once again. This time it will hit her pocket book in the form of a $20,000 fine for continuing her crusade against Obama.
Counsel Orly Taitz is hereby ordered to pay $20,000.00 to the United States, through the Middle District of Georgia Clerk’s Office, within thirty days of the date of this Order as a sanction for her misconduct in violation of Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Judge Clay Land wasn’t impressed with Taitz
The Court finds that counsel’s conduct was willful and not merely negligent. It demonstrates bad faith on her part. As an attorney, she is deemed to have known better. She owed a duty to follow the rules and to respect the Court. Counsel’s pattern of conduct conclusively establishes that she did not mistakenly violate a provision of law. She knowingly violated Rule 11. Her response to the Court’s show cause order is breathtaking in its arrogance and borders on delusional. She expresses no contrition or regret regarding her misconduct. To the contrary, she continues her baseless attacks on the Court.
Just one day after I wondered aloud about why the lunatic fringe seems to have issues with spelling, Steve Hickey posts on the dictionary definition of lunatic fringe, Orly Taitz. It seems the lawyer behind all the Obama birth certificate lawsuits, who was recently warned to quit wasting the court’s time with frivolous birther lawsuits, is coming to “Sue Falls” for a little chat with some of the locals here in our fine state.
On Saturday I will fly to Sue Falls South Dakota and give a presentation atSheraton. 16 State Representatives and Senators RSVPed.
If you are interested to attend, please contact Garland Peterson
Is it any wonder that even among some in the “birther” crowd, Taitz is considered out there? I do wonder though which 16 members of our state legislature will be showing up to hear her talk. Any guesses?