Today's dispatches include some thoughts as to why the birthers can't seem to handle things like reality. Media Matters comments on World Nut Daily and their attempt to keep Swiftboat liar Jerome Corsi's book out of the remainder bin. We have thoughts on birtherism as a faith.
The Pest and eFail goes into conspiracyland again, and continues their tradition of whiney demanding letters. Some observations about now ex-inmate Lakin. "The 4th Awakening" comes up with several excursions into wingnuttia. The Pest and eFail explores record new lows in human decency.
But the most fun comes from a parody article in the San Diego Reader about students proving the long form is a forgery. Despite the other parody articles under the same byline - and a complete lack of facts to support the article, the Pest and eFail, Dr. Orly, Pam Barnett, Gateway Pundit, a lot of freepers, Lucianne, SqueekyFromm, and several conspiracy sites all wet themselves with glee over the news. Complete with epic spinning once it starts to dawn on them it might just be a joke........
9 May - Leonard Pitts offers his thoughts as to one of the reasons why birthers can't seem to accept reality.
"Thing is, bigots do not usually stand up and say, “I am a bigot.” They hide this from themselves, at least as much as they hide this from you or me. Indeed, Mel Gibson, last heard telling his girlfriend she would be raped by a pack of effing N-words, just said in an interview that he is not a racist.
In assessing bigotry, then, one learns to judge actions over words. And the actions of many Americans have screamed their discomfort with the idea that a black man is now the man. A computer abstract of his birth certificate, a perfectly ordinary document that satisfies passport requirements of the U.S. State Department does not satisfy Donald Trump? Give me a break.
Some have suggested that Obama’s opponents — like George W. Bush’s — are simply out to delegitimize his presidency. Wrong. They are actually out to delegitimize him.
I mean, we just saw the president of the United States required to show his papers, like some brother caught driving too nice a car in too nice a neighborhood after dark.
Presidenting while black, I suppose.
Nor does even that suffice to prove his bona fides, as diehards now challenge the validity of the new document and Trump turns his attention to supposed irregularities in Obama’s academic transcripts.
It never stops."
What's interesting is watching the comments prove the point.
This is the dumbest crock of %# $ I have ever read. What does being an illegal communist muslim usurping fraud have to do with color?? Nothing. No one cares if he is pink, purple or teal.
Since Obama has illegally sealed his documents from the American people the propaganda and pathetic desperation from the left is out of control.
The lame race card excuse has expired. I am embarrassed that our country has an illegal dangerous communist muslim usurper in our White House, and so is the rest of the world.:
In Obama's case he is a muslim, and a devout believer in Communism. His mother, father and all grandparents were devout members of the Communist Party and it is all he has ever known. He became a Muslim in Indonesia while living with Lilo Sotero. His Mother did not approve of him getting mixed up with the Muslims, but he became a devout Muslim and still is.
In one of his books he states that he allegiance is to Islam.
So in his case he is both, and he is not eligible to be Prez. He is practicing Communism 101 releasing fake BC's. If the WH pounds the issue long enough they are desperately hoping the problem will finally just go away & people will get tired of hearing it."
Wonder if this is the same "True Patriot" that posts racist crap at Dr. Kate's??
9 May - Media Matters comments on World Nut Daily's attempts to try to pretend Corsi's book is still worth buying (and why Joseph Farah shouldn't have to cough up $15,000).
"In a separate article posted by Corsi, a "private investigator claims employees of the state Department of Health forged three Hawaiian birth certificates for Barack Obama to 'screw the birthers.'"
Who is this private investigator? [emphasis added]:
The 57-year-old detective, who has been a P.I. since the 1980s, said he was stunned when he discovered that the purported copy of Obama's original birth certificate released by the White House was more or less an exact image of one of the forgeries.
Irei said he was provided a copy of the document indicating a Queens birthplace but ascribed no importance to it. He explained that he was focused on finding evidence that Obama was born in Kenya, which he thought would provide a financial windfall.
Irei explained the state employee told him the fake records were kept in a vault in Room 303 of the Hawaii Department of Health. The room, next to the director's office, is well known and holds files such as the records of residents of the Kalaupapa leper colony on the island of Molokai.
Not entirely unlike the website forwarding his claims, this private investigator sees big money in the birther issue.
WND's goal in publishing pieces like this is to continue muddy the waters of the birther "debate," coherence and logic be damned. If they are successful, WND can keep a chunk of the American public uninformed enough to keep filling their wallet.
I'm looking forward to all of this blowing over so we can read Corsi's next book, Why We'll Never Catch Bin Laden.
11 May - The Paragould Daily Press of Arkansas comments on birtherism as a faith.
"Look at the Daily News’ current online poll. Last we checked, more than half the respondents (58 percent!) were saying they still aren’t convinced Mr. Obama was born in the USA.
For these folks, apparently, it’s easier to believe in a sprawling conspiracy, one that stretches back for decades and involves doctors, hospitals, newspapers and official record-keepers, all intent on hiding a baby’s birthplace so that he can grow up to be president.
This is wild stuff. Unless you’re a true believer. Unless you’re among the legions of the faithful.
For the rest of us, it’s time to move on."
11 May - In the San Diego Reader, under the "Almost Factual News" parody section, Walter Mencken writes a humour story about students at San Diego's "High Tech High International" finding the long form a forgery.
“You don’t really have to look further than the child’s name,” says Bhangoo. “The way the ‘r’ in ‘Barack’ differs in all sorts of ways from the rest of the letters, the way the green background fades away around certain parts of ‘Hussein’ and ‘Obama.’ It’s a Photoshop job, and not even a particularly careful one. We did a little followup work and found a death certificate for a Herbert Harrison O’Brien from the same hospital, dated August 5, 1961. The date of birth on that death certificate is given as August 4, same as little Barack Hussein Obama. But the funny thing is, there’s no corresponding birth certificate for baby Herbert. Where did it go? And why doesn’t Obama’s mother sign his birth certificate until August 7, three days after her son is born? By then, we were too depressed to dig any deeper.”
“Our commitment to ethics really sets us apart at High Tech High,” says fellow senior and commencement ceremony chair Rishika Daryanani. “This case is no exception. Thanks to these two jerkfaces, now we have to disinvite America’s first black president and maybe get him kicked out of office, too. Thanks a lot, guys. Maybe we can get Donald Trump to fill in.”
A quick bit of checking finds other satire by that writer, as well as the fact that the "Chief administrative officer Ben Daley" isn't listed in the real High Tech High International's staff directory.
12 May - Paranoia and unfounded conspiracy theories? It's not Dr. Kate this time, it's the Pest and eFail!!
"William M. Windsor was informed today by a reliable source"
"...that he may be targeted for assassination by the U.S. Government. Windsor is an activist seeking to stop government and judicial corruption."
Actually William M. Windsor is a crank with a site full of his jihad against government corruption, which he seems to define as "anything he doesn't like".
There's a few more updates at his site.
"Private Attorney General Paul Andrew Mitchell recommended that I ask the federal court to issue a protective order for me as a federal witness."
We've seen Paul Mitchell around birtherstan before.
"My wife is extremely upset due to two busybody relatives (her oldest sister and sister-in-law) who advised her to pack up her stuff, grab the cat, and leave me. These are the same two women who disowned me and removed me as their Friend on Facebook because I am fighting this battle."
Well, yeah it can be upsetting to have people tell you "your husband is nuts, and we're worried for your safety."
"Pathetic people! There is no excuse for what they are doing to my wife; she would be okay if it were not for them."
Of course! If she only listens to your paranoid conspiracies and believes them completely, she'll be fine!!
12 May - The Washington Examiner comments on Inmate Lakin.
"Some people, even non-birthers, have blamed President Obama for Lakin's incarceration. The president, they argue, did not release his "long-form" birth certificate in a fashion timely enough to convince Lakin not to flush his career down the toilet.
This is nonsense. What would we do if large numbers of our military followed Lakin's example -- decided that orders are optional, until and unless the government produces evidence debunking whatever conspiracy theory they happen to believe? To begin with, we would have already lost all of the wars we are currently involved in. We couldn't even have a military if enough people behaved like Lakin.
His story is a very sad one, of a man who is probably quite decent being ruined by his own gullibility. I hope his family isn't ruined. But don't make him into some kind of hero. You can blame president Obama for a lot of things, but not for this man's voluntary failure to do his duty."
12 May - Arnie Rosner follows the Pest and eFail tradition of whiney letters.
"Please find on the following pages an affidavit, presented and accepted as evidence in court, attesting to the forgery of the document Mr. Obama has presented to the American people as his authenticated copy of his birth certificate. Based on the expert qualifications of the person submitting this affidavit, this offers evidence of fraud and treason by Mr. Obama."
Dr. Orly's latest affidavit (which was filed in the court, but not accepted as evidence), is getting traction in birtherstan.
And in comments:
Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 9:48 PM
...Since he’s never been naturalized, he’s not even an American but perhaps an Indonesian or an illegal alien. We should get the MSM to call him what he is … “El Presidente Wetback”."
"....but we're not racist, honest!!!"
12 May - The birther site "The 4th Awakening" posts this video, with the caption "It is Time - Join the Fight".
Since "The 4th Awakening" blogs about the upcoming "Second American Revolution", one wonders why on earth they're using images of the Knights Templar.
12 May - And showing the complete lack of critical thinking, journalistic ethics, and basic fact checking we've come to expect from the Pest and eFail, professional seditionist Sharon Rondeau actually thinks the "High Tech High International" story is real.
Then again, we're talking the same people who published an editorial that claimed Obama was a "Reptilian" shape-changer.
"The San Diego Reader is reporting that several students attending a school named High Tech High has declared the long-form birth certificate image released by the White House on April 27 “a Photoshop job, and not even a particularly careful one.”
She obviously didn't see the "Almost Factual News" byline.
"One of the technical students stated that after confirming the image a forgery, they “did a little followup work” and found a child born in “the same hospital” on with a death certificate dated August 5, 1961. As the student described it, the date of birth of the child, Herbert Harrison O’Brien, was given as August 4, 1961 on the death certificate, but there was no birth certificate bearing his name. Obama’s purported birth date at Kapiolani Medical Center was August 4, 1961.
There has been speculation that the birth certificate of a deceased person was used to manufacture any documentation Obama might produce."
You did miss the point about it being a parody, right??
"One television station’s website has already removed its coverage of the release of Obama’s purported long-form birth certificate."
Hey, Sharon, it's called "fact checking" Look into it, okay?
"The writer of the Politifact articles, Amy Hollyfield, has been identified by Dr. Ron Polland as an operative working to disseminate the Obama 2008 Certification of Live Birth to The Daily KOS, Politifact, and the Obama campaign to be passed off as an authentic document."
That's because Polland/Polarik thinks anyone who proves him wrong is part of "the conspiracy"
"What will these organizations say now that it appears that the birth certificate of a child born on August 4, 1961 at Kapiolani Medical Center was used to create a birth record for Obama to attempt to prove that he was born in the United States so that he could continue his ruse of eligibility to occupy the White House? Are they guilty of forgery themselves? Did they invent the narrative which accompanied their reports to the public which insisted that Obama had been “Born in the U.S.A.?”"
What will people say now that it's certain that Sharon Rondeau has failed to do even the basic amount of fact checking one would expect from someone claiming to be a journalist??
"On January 12, 2010, Mr. John Charlton, The Post & Email’s founder, predicted that an Orange Revolution would “break out in the United States by July 2011 seeking the ousting of Barack Hussein Obama from power and sweeping his Democrat supporters in the federal government into prison.”
We haven't seen much of Zampolit Charlton of late. Not since he quoted the article from Stormfront.
And look, they're hyping the call for the overthrow of a democratically elected, legitimate President. And she says she's not a seditionist.....
"What did Mr. Charlton know, and how did he know it?"
Well, he pulled it from his rear, same as everyone who writes for the Pest and eFail.
12 May - Looks like Pam Barnett ALSO fell for the San Diego Reader parody.
I expect Dr. Orly to be crowing about it any day now.
Don't these people know how stupid falling for stuff like this makes them look? Oh, right, they don't CARE, do they??
12 May - Add "Gateway Pundit" to the list of people who fell for the San Diego Reader "Almost Factual News" parody.
12 May - At least some of the people at Free Republic noticed it was a parody.
"This should be a clue:
SD on the QT - Almost Factual News
23 posted on Thu May 12 18:47:28 2011 by djwright (2012 The White House Gets Another Coat Of Shellac)
It "should" be a clue, but it's starting to be amazing how many of your fellow birthers fell for it. Then again, we're talking a demographic that wouldn't get a clue, if they were a clue, in the middle of a herd of clues, during clue mating season.
12 May - Add Lucianne.com to the list.
"Rats, I hate when that happens!
These indoctrinated geeks have seen the light!! "
And in comments
"Reply 22 - Posted by: Gr8Shiphandler, 5/12/2011 9:42:44 PM (No. 7623370)
In the words of that famous moralist Dan Rather, "fake, but accurate". '
12 May - And SqueekyFromm reposts it at GrateWire!
13 May - Sure enough, Dr. Orly fell for it as well (malware and redirect warning)
"San Diego High school students find that Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery, rescind Obama’s invitation to speak, demand Obama’s removal from office. Incidently, yesterday I gave a speech to high school graduates of another San Diego school
Posted on | May 13, 2011"
Wonder what high school students had the nitrous queen inflicted on them.
13 May - Add posters at the conspiracy site "Godlike Productions" to the list of people fooled by the San Diego Reader parody.
User ID: 1381607
5/13/2011 7:24 AM
Ha! Take That Obots! High Tech High Students Expose Flaws in Obama’s Long Form
This sarcastic article admits that despite their efforts to show that 'birthers are nuts' the finding was the exact opposite...and it killed them to admit it!"
And we even have the "Almost Factual News" part explained away:
User ID: 1381607
5/13/2011 9:11 AM
At the top of the mag in small print, it says "Almost Factual News" which I didn't see before.
That would lead one to believe it is somewhat like the "Onion"
This article does not seem to be tongue in cheek. It seems more sheepish. The reporting on the tests the students did seems straight forward and on point.
They seem to be sorry to have looked in the first place, ignorance being bliss and all that...
So, I do not think this is a spoof. Just edgy writing."
I think we have proof the birthers will believe ANYTHING if it's against Obama.
13 May - Add "Randy's Right" to the list
13 May - Domestic Enemies also falls for it.
"I wonder who these kids think the “wackos” and “nutjobs” are now. Do you think it might be the administration, the establishment, mainlie media, and the left? Nice to see eyes opened at such an early age"
Sad to see eyes shut fast at any age.
13 May - Rondeau adds a postscript from fellow seditionist Neal Turner:
"Update, May 13, 2011: From reader Neil Turner:
RE: High Tech High of San Diego discovers that Obama is a fraud.
This is the High School that wanted to interview those ‘racist Minutemen’ several years ago; I met two ‘reporter-esses’ at Bobby’s Restaurant for an interview to inform them that was not what we were about – it was about upholding the laws and the sovereignty of our Nation. If I remember correctly, they were a very liberal institution, but their report was as fair and balanced as one could expect from the brainwashed liberals among us.
What poetic justice it would be if they do make a major contribution to exposing the Fraud of the Centuries, AND subsequently disinvite the usurper as their commencement speaker in June, 2011 (to be replaced by Donald Trump!?!?).
It would deprive us of a great opportunity for a major sign-waving IMPEACH the IMPOSTER protest, but if it speeds up the removal of the Illegal Alien from our White House, then so be it.
Poetic justice indeed."
Seems Neal Turner missed the "parody" thing as well.
As did some of her readers
"Obama Researcher says:
Friday, May 13, 2011 at 10:20 AM
God Bless America
God works in wondrous ways.
This is getting a little main stream media press or at least some newspapers. Who knows where it will be carried today. The Cancellation of the Obama commencement address has to be news especially for such a special school. In Left Wing California by a super Left Wing High School no less.
Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Obama has a million people keeping this story hidden from the public and these high schoolers in Left Wing Nut Job territory drinking Koolaid wind up popping out this story.
Look out Obama is going to shoot Osama ben Laden again this weekend. By the time election time comes poor OBL is going to be drilled full of holes. and drowned 52 times a year in that ocean."
Friday, May 13, 2011 at 7:08 AM
“After analyzing the image, however, the chairperson of the commencement event stated, “now we have to disinvite America’s first black president and maybe get him kicked out of office, too.” The student then suggested that Donald Trump “fill in.”
Priceless…even the kids are becoming Citizen Soldier truth seekers!
Friday, May 13, 2011 at 1:33 AM
Sharon, this really made my day! I love it when a bunch of liberals resort to the truth in a game of one-up-manship and it backfires on them. The icing on the cake was the SD Union-Tribune’s typically biased effort at reporting — where the story was reported as if it was just bad luck that barky chose the Memphis H.S."
I will note that the San Diego Union-Tribune (where this article did NOT show up in) has been classically Republican-supporting for years. And the San Diego Reader, while left-leaning in places, is ran by a very conservative Catholic and its reporting occasionally reflects that bias as well.
"Lucas D. Smith says:
Friday, May 13, 2011 at 12:57 AM
This is good stuff. Thank you Sharon."
Well, a forger should know a fake when he reads it.
"A Southern Lady says:
Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Gotta love it when even the Libs figure it out. lol Good job there guys! At least you were honest enough to tell the truth, unlike the idiots that STILL think he’s legitimate."
"California Birther/Dualer/Doubter says:
Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 11:40 PM
Sounds like the kids weren’t exactly thrilled to find out that the document indeed is what the “crazy birthers” depicted them as. As shameful as it seems, the media elites would do well to learn from them on what it means to be objective and questioning. An Orange Revolution obviously is the next step. It’d be great if the kids would be with us on that as well."
Though a couple people clued in:
Friday, May 13, 2011 at 8:58 AM
The best part about this article is how it’s totally real, and definitely not satire. Because it would be sad if our eligibility arguments can’t be distinguished from parodies."
"Greg Goss says:
Friday, May 13, 2011 at 7:40 AM
This is “Satire”. The ironic part of it is t hat there was a child born on the 4th that died on the 5th. Perhaps this satire story will get enough legs to alert that family and just maybe they would be encouraged to go back and look at the certificate number of their lost child."
Which makes Rondeau try to do a CYA move:
"Mrs. Rondeau replies: Even if the story was written as satire, The Post & Email’s article reported on that writer’s work. The Post & Email has contacted both the newspaper and the high school to obtain statements from them on whether or not the story was satire."
She can't even use the "editorial" excuse this time because her name is on the byline!!
13 May - And "The 4th Awakening", which claims to be the "gathering storm of of the Second American Revolution", reposts the Pest and eFail article on the SD Reader parody.
13 May - "The 4th Awakening" also wants a congressional investigation.
"While I am not advocating impeachment at this time, I think it is appropriate and immediately necessary that the House of Representatives initiate a full investigation of Obama’s legal eligibility. At the very least, Mr. Obama is guilty of fraud and perjury with the deliberate release of a fraudulent birth certificate and his admitted duel citizenship. His resignation and that of all those complicit in this fraud would be more appropriate for America at this time. This issue will not and can not be wished away. It is time that the Republican Party face this issue honestly before it harms the party and the entire nation more than it already has. We are talking about Treason, not a misunderstanding or a petty offense. The nation’s very survival is at stake with this kind of reckless Constitutional subversion."
Translation - "Wahhh! That uppity darkie is STILL IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!! MAKE HIM GO AWAY!!!!"
13 May - Oopsie. Looks like Rondeau was told from the horse's mouth it was a parody:
"Update, May 13, 2011, 12:24 p.m. EDT: A receptionist at the San Diego Reader has told The Post & Email that the story quoted from here is completely false. "
All together now......DUH!
"The Post & Email did not contend that the story was true, but rather, quoted from Mr. Mencken’s report. "
O RLY?? Nice try, but you were presenting this piece as accurate.
"In acknowledging that the Mencken piece is false, the San Diego Reader has shown that it is aware of the possibility that the image presented to the public on April 27 is forged based on the examinations of numerous graphics experts, some of whom have identified “kerning” which was not possible on a manual typewriter in 1961."
So because they did a parody of debunkers, it's somehow proof that they're aware it could be a forgery??
A gyroscope doesn't spin that much!
13 May - Mind you, the Pest and eFail is going to try and pimp the "long form number forged from a dead infant's birth certificate" story, showing once again that there is no level too low for them to dive to.
"A small group of researchers that I work with identified an infant girl named Virginia Sunahara, born on August 4, 1961 at Wahiawa Hospital in Wahiawa, Oahu, HI. Due to complications, she was transferred to and later died at Kapiolani Women and Children’s Medical Center (most likely) on August 5, 1961. This happens to coincide with date of birth and birthplace of the Nordyke twins. Assuming that her medical records were also transferred to Kapiolani, the birth certificate likely originated at Kapiolani and was included in the group of birth certificates that contained the Nordyke twins."
"I visited the Sunahara birth address of xxxxxxxxxxxxxx. The house was in a relatively poor area, the house was unkempt and was not much more than a shack; there were discarded items and lawn bags full of pop and beer cans scattered everywhere. I approached the door where I could hear Fox News blaring in the background and knocked. A 50ish man in a pair of swim trunks, no shirt, answered the door. From what I could see, the house was extremely unkempt and had not been cleaned in years. There was stuff piled everywhere. The man at the door was Virginia’s brother, xxxxxxx."
"If Virginia’s certificate number is 151-1961-010641, it was likely processed at the DoH on the 11th and no later than the 14th, based on the Nordyke twins’ certificate numbers (010637 and 010638) and the date they were processed, which was the 11th. We know that the DoH assigns a numerically sequential certificate number when it is received and accepted/filed. In other words, it is not pre-printed on a form that is distributed to all the HI hospitals. It is only way it can control the sequential numbering of the births otherwise the certificate numbers would be all over the place."
The Pest and eFail, where journalistic ethics and common decency is a myth to be ignored and overlooked, not reality.
And in comments:
"Greg Goss says:
Friday, May 13, 2011 at 11:11 AM
Sounds like the brother of this little girl could use a few bucks. Maybe he could be contacted and asked how much he would like to go to the DoH and obtain the records that he would have a tangible interest in. I am willing to make a pledge to that effort. I would also be willing to either fly out there myself or fly this researcher out there on my dime."
I can see the conversation now: "Hi there! Can we exploit your niece's tragic death as an infant to try and feed our paranoid conspiracy theory?? We'll give you some money for gas and the certificate! What, you don't want to help us? What kind of unamerican traitorous scum are you???"
13 May - Ex-inmate Lakin is released from military prison.
"We wait. The van drives by on the way to the bank. It passes us and turn right into town. Then about 20 minutes later it returns. It is a white panel van with no markings. The only hint that it is Terry's van is the uniformed MP in the front seat. He pulls up next to our car and steps out. Pulling a small card from his shoulder pocket he checks our Ids.
As he puts the card back he walks to the back of the van and unlocks the door. Terry is seated in the van without travel shackles for the first time in 5 months. He steps out and embraces Greg in tears. The MP shakes Terry's hand and wishes him well. He drives the van away."
Fittingly, Lakin is wearing blue, as befits a blue falcon. The only thing missing would have been a white feather.