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The “Death Panel” Right

In an interview on National Public Radio this afternoon, conservative New York Times correspondent David Brooks responding to a story about parents keeping their kids home from school rather than allowing them to listen to a speech by Barack Obama next Tuesday, said:

I hope we can make a distinction between the “death panel” right and the “sensible” right. The death panel right are upset about things that are totally unrealistic and insane.

To that would add the “FEMA Camp” right, the “forced vaccination” right and the “birthers”.

Donofrio v FactCheck – the Saga Continues

The only “desperate need” is the one that Mr. Donofrio himself is trying mightily to create!

Donofrio continues to pillory FactCheck in a new article: FactCheck capitulates.

In perhaps an allusion to this blog, Donofrio says:

Hearing from bloggers who do not have any legal authority to speak for him settles nothing. It simply causes confusion and that very confusion testifies to the desperate need for clarity and guidance by the President….

Of course Leo Donofrio is himself a blogger, and I think that his casting his legal theories on a largely naive public does more to cause confusion than anything else. The only “desperate need” is the one that Mr. Donofrio himself is trying mightily to create!

Because of Mr. Donofrio’s complaint, I have removed the phrase “former lawyer” from my earlier article. I had said that because on his own blog Mr. Donofrio had stated that he no longer practiced law (or at least that is how I remember it). I need to raise my own standards to stamp out my tendency to make the occasional snide remark. Of course, this is just a blog…

Moderation in all things

There is a saying: “I felt sorry because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no legs.” I had some problems with one commenter’s frequent postings sort of drowning out the discussion, but that seems rather minor since a new major troll has appeared.

Visitors here can only keep up with what’s happening in the area of comments by reading from the Recent Comments sidebar, or scanning each article. That’s fine as long as there are only a few occasional comments. When anyone (myself included) goes on a commenting binge, that forces other folks’ off the Frequent Comments list.

Another issue is that the interface I use to comment allows me to comment deeper than the nested level limit (and not tell me that I’m doing it) and the result is that some of my comments cannot be seen.

I’m looking for a general solution to the comment problems, but in the mean time, I have “moderated” AXJ. Their off topic comments will be deleted, and a few on topic comments (ones that seem at least responsive and have a grain of thought attached) will be approved. [There are also spam filters that occasionally moderate messages based on certain content; the word “poker” to block gambling spam is one of them.]  I have also added a “quote” link for commenting that will make it simpler for you to quote what you’re commenting on. I’ll try to comment less.

One possibility would be to create an Obama Conspiracies forum, but I hesitate to do that since there already is an excellent forum for such discussions at Politijab.com. Folks who just want to read the comments are urged to use the RSS Feed.

Donofrio v FactCheck.org

Leo. C. Donofrio

Leo. C. Donofrio

[When I learned of Donofrio’s article discussed here, I contacted FactCheck.org, and received a reply Sept. 3rd from director Brooks Jackson that FactCheck would be issuing a correction on one point discussed below in an article titled: Obama and Kenya Again. FactCheck suggests that they are tired of the whole Obama conspiracy mess, and have referred folks to another web site for more information.]

Leo C. Donofrio has challenged FactCheck.org and comes out swinging.

Anyone who has been following Obama conspiracy theories and the attendant novel legal theories on citizenship will be familiar with the article by FactCheck.org, Does Barack Obama have Kenyan citizenship? from August 6, 2008. This article contains the famous quotation:

When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom’s dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.’s children

immortalized by its inclusion by the Obama Campaign in its Fight The Smears web site.

Donofrio, who has made denying Obama’s eligibility to be president his own personal crusade through a failed lawsuit (Donofrio v. Wells) taken all the way to the Supreme Court, and his Natural Born Citizen web site, has now taken issue with FactCheck.org  with a brand new article: CONFIRMED: Factcheck.org Published Bogus Fact Regarding Obama’s Kenyan Citizenship. We covered much of the same ground on this blog in my article: Is President Obama a British Citizen? But let no one deride this blog for refusing to cover the same ground over and over.

Donofrio opens his attack by planting a vague, undefined doubt:

The relationship between President Obama and Factcheck.org has been on my mind recently….

But propaganda tactics aside [Obama has no relationship to FactCheck], what is the meat of Donofrio’s complaint? Continue Reading →

Pearls before swine

Here’s our Bible lesson for  the week:

(Mat 7:6 NRSV)  “Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.