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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Giffords Discusses Being On The Palin "Hit List"

Gabrielle Giffords discusses being on Sarah Palin’s heath care “hit list“.

When people do that they need to realize there are consequences to that action

Take this with a grain of salt but Fox News is reporting that they have obtained an internal DHS memo that suggests that the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, might have had an anti-semitic motivation as Giffords is Jewish.

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In Palin's Gun Sights

Sarah Palin has again unwittingly inserted her foot into her mouth. The latest comes from her Facebook page from last year and includes a map with gun sights representing the Congressional districts that her PAC was targeting during the last election.

You will of course notice that one of those districts just happens to be that of Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords who was shot in the head earlier today. Probably not the type of hit list Palin was talking about…

UPDATE 3:45 PM: Firedoglake provides us with another Palin promotional image that looks for a solution to the problem. Ouch!

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In Honor Of The Season

The holiday season is upon us and in honor of that Conan O’Brien gives us an update on the Christmas classic Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer which answers the question what would happen in Sarah Palin’s version.

UPDATE: Not to be outdone, Jimmy Kimmel also chimes in on an updated Rudolph

(via deadline.com where they also have another Kimmel classic)

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Before She Was Delaware's Tea Party Candidate

Christine O’Donnell is the latest poster child for the Tea Party after her senate primary win the other day in Delaware and many heads in the GOP including Karl Rove are still exploding over that result. Being so far away from Delaware I hadn’t kept up on why she was a Tea Party fave but now I know…

She’ll fit right in with the Sarah Palin crowd.

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Friday Funnies

I had to laugh a bit when the War College linked to an ABC story about Kristi Noem’s appearance on GMA that referred to Noem as South Dakota’s Sarah Palin. With the GOP’s relentless pounding of Stephanie Herseth Sandlin on her association with Nancy Pelosi, maybe the Dems should be playing up the Noem/Palin comparison’s considering this is what she is being compared to…

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