Since the birther movement evolved from claims in Summer of 2008 that Obama's middle name was "Mohammed" resulting in the original release of Obama's birth certificate, there's been a lot of persistent myths and stories that creep up. Many are simply misreading of the law, while others are out and out lies.
Rather than having to go though my posts over and over again, I've decided to create this section to document the myths in question and the evidence to argue against them. This section, like the "Cast of Characters" will be added to over time.
One of the earliest myths in the birther belief system is the claim that Barack Obama is really "Barry Soetoro", who lost his US citizenship upon adoption by Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian national.
"Paralegal" at Philip Berg's blog posted a long comment about my original article on Indonesian Citizenship. While the article was interesting, it doesn't tend to disprove anything I said.
Well, it seems that "Paralegal" at Berg's website had some problems with part 2. I can understand the issues involved, but since they brought up a couple new points (along with the same old tired claims I debunked in parts 1 and 2), let me address this one to end this section.
Another canon in birther mythology is the claim that Barack Obama signed an Executive Order his first day in office sealing his records.
Something that's held up as "proof" that Obama had and used a foreign passport was his 1981 trip to Pakistan, during a time that US citizens were forbidden to travel into and out of that country.
Closely tied into the Indonesian Citizenship Myth is the story that Lolo Soetoro formally adopted Barack Obama, changing his name to "Barry Soetoro" or “Soebarkah". The problem is that under Islamic guidelines on adoption, this isn't likely.
Since the long form was released, the birthers have attempted to debunk it. Nobody has gained as much traction to date with the birthers than the "research" of one Douglas Vogt. However, they seem to ignore Vogt's other work......
Some of the OTHER interesting notions that De Vattel had in "The Law of Nations". The birthers can't seem to tell me what parts of the Constitution I can find these in.....
I wrote about this in September of 2008. Since it still comes up, I figured I should reference it here. Bottom line, anyone who tries to cite this as a central tenet of Islam doesn't know what they're talking about.
A timeline of the promises, forecasts, and "Any Day Nowism" coming from the cast of characters associated with the Maricopa County Cold Case Possy's "Investigation".
A 1828 Elementary School pamphlet on the US Constitution and US Government.