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So far this month, over 10,000 people have visited Obama Conspiracy Theories. A few of you leave comments, and about these I know a little bit. The vast majority of you come and go, leaving nothing behind but an IP address in the server logs. When I start thinking about writing an article, I wonder if it will interest anyone. I get a little feedback from the number of comments that attach to the finished article, but that is a small sampling of all the visitors.

I would really appreciate it if many visitors, particularly ones who don’t participate in the discussions, would take part in the survey. The poll runs October 8 – November 1, 2009. Thanks!

Click the “more” link below or the article title to view the survey.

Disclosure:  The survey plug-in attaches the IP address of those who respond to the questions.

Which would you like to see MORE of at Obama Conspiracy Theories?

  • Coverage of lawsuits. (19%, 78 Votes)
  • Coverage of citizenship law and cases. (13%, 53 Votes)
  • Coverage of crazier stuff. (12%, 47 Votes)
  • Orly Taitz. (10%, 42 Votes)
  • Coverage of the American grand jury movement. (9%, 38 Votes)
  • Reference material. (9%, 37 Votes)
  • Guest articles. (8%, 32 Votes)
  • Links to media coverage. (8%, 31 Votes)
  • Jokes/humor. (5%, 22 Votes)
  • Obots in HISTORY! (4%, 16 Votes)
  • Polls and surveys. (3%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 108

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What would you like to see LESS of at Obama Conspiracy Theories?

  • Arguments on the meaning of natural born citizen. (27%, 27 Votes)
  • Polls and surveys. (26%, 26 Votes)
  • Use of the word "racism". (21%, 21 Votes)
  • Orly Taitz. (9%, 9 Votes)
  • Quotes from the media. (9%, 9 Votes)
  • Ridicule of certain birther statements, persons and ideas. (5%, 5 Votes)
  • Dr. Conspiracy. (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Coverage of lawsuits. (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 79

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The tone at Obama Conspiracy Theories is:

  • about right for me. (91%, 96 Votes)
  • not sarcistic enough. (8%, 9 Votes)
  • too sarcastic (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 106

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Do you read the comments?

  • Often. (71%, 75 Votes)
  • Occasionally. (24%, 25 Votes)
  • Never. (5%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 105

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I think the comment rating system

  • doesn't matter to me. (42%, 44 Votes)
  • improves the quality of the discussion. (40%, 42 Votes)
  • disrupts the discussion by hiding comments. (19%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 106

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Do you live in the United States?

  • Yes. (83%, 88 Votes)
  • No. (17%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 106

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Which Obama Conspiracy Theories features do you use?

  • Comments and Discussions (42%, 75 Votes)
  • The Docket (27%, 48 Votes)
  • Bookmarks (14%, 25 Votes)
  • Media links (13%, 23 Votes)
  • RSS Feeds (4%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 93

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I subscribe to the

  • I don't subscribe to a feed. (92%, 95 Votes)
  • RSS Article Feed. (7%, 7 Votes)
  • RSS Comment Feed. (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 102

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My primary reason for visiting Obama Conspiracy Theories is

  • to keep track of what the birthers are up to. (39%, 42 Votes)
  • to learn the truth about the latest rumors. (19%, 20 Votes)
  • to follow the Obama eligibility lawsuits. (17%, 18 Votes)
  • for a laugh. (7%, 8 Votes)
  • to get arguments I can use on others. (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Other (please leave comment). (6%, 6 Votes)
  • to keep track of what the obots are up to. (3%, 3 Votes)
  • to relieve anxiety over the Obama eligibility controversy. (3%, 3 Votes)
  • to comment and give voice to my views. (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 108

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Which of the following best describes your interest in the "birther" movement?

  • I am concerned about the possiblity of violent acts encouraged by "birthers". (33%, 35 Votes)
  • I am interested in the psychology of conspiracy thinking. (29%, 31 Votes)
  • I follow this for the laughs. (14%, 15 Votes)
  • I want to be well informed on political issues. (8%, 9 Votes)
  • I want learn about the birthers being rebuffed. (8%, 9 Votes)
  • Other (please leave comment). (6%, 6 Votes)
  • I want to learn about happenings that will lead to Obama being removed from office. (2%, 2 Votes)
  • I want things to use in making conversation. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 107

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Which of the following best describes your view on the degree fairness on the Obama Conspiracy Theories blog?

  • I think this blog is fair and balanced. (49%, 51 Votes)
  • I thing this blot is biased agaist the birthers, but is basically fair and accurate in its reporting. (48%, 50 Votes)
  • I think this blog has an extreme pro-Obama bias, and is generally untrustworthy in its reporting. (3%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 104

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I visit Obama Conspiracy Theories

  • more than once a day. (38%, 39 Votes)
  • daily. (28%, 29 Votes)
  • every few days. (24%, 25 Votes)
  • at least every week. (7%, 7 Votes)
  • less than once a week. (4%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 104

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Politically, I identify myself as

  • progressive. (52%, 55 Votes)
  • moderate. (32%, 34 Votes)
  • conservative. (10%, 10 Votes)
  • radical left. (6%, 6 Votes)
  • far right. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 105

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Have you ever sent a letter to your congressman or senator?

  • Yes. (63%, 66 Votes)
  • No. (37%, 39 Votes)

Total Voters: 105

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Which of the following web sites do you visit at least once a week?

  • The New York Times (23%, 60 Votes)
  • (14%, 36 Votes)
  • Native Born Citizen (nbc) (11%, 28 Votes)
  • The Free Republic (8%, 22 Votes)
  • Orly Taitz Esq. (8%, 20 Votes)
  • WorldNetDaily (7%, 17 Votes)
  • The Right Side of Life (6%, 15 Votes)
  • The Betrayal (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Barackryphal (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Natural Born Citizen (Donofrio) (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Citizen Wells (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Obamacrimes (3%, 7 Votes)
  • (1%, 3 Votes)
  • The Obama File (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Koyaan's Web Log (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Lame Cherry (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 88

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I am

  • just a concerned citizen. (68%, 79 Votes)
  • a current or former attorney. (14%, 16 Votes)
  • a blogger. (9%, 11 Votes)
  • a paralegal. (3%, 3 Votes)
  • a federal employee. (2%, 2 Votes)
  • a legislator or government official. (2%, 2 Votes)
  • a volunteer or paid political party worker. (2%, 2 Votes)
  • a journalist. (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 105

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34 Responses to Reader Survey

  1. avatar
    DavidH October 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm #

    I held my nose and voted for McCain in 2008. I think that McCain would have been less bad than Obama.

    The “birthers” are the democrats best friend. They are similar to the democrats who still think Gore won in 2000, or that Bush was in on 9/11. They make all conservatives look like idiots. Not all conservatives believe this foolishness.

    Your web site is doing a service to the country. The sooner we bury this silly eligibility story, the sooner we can focus on the real issues, like enforcing Article I, Section 8 of the U. S. Constitution.

  2. avatar
    kimba October 8, 2009 at 10:19 pm #

    You mean the one that allows us the Congress to pass legislation like, oh say, Medicare and A Health Care Bill with a Public Option?

    In a town hall meeting this summer, my Senator was asked, “where in the Constitution does it give Congress the right to legislate health care.” Without hesitation he replied, “Article 1, Section 8”.

    “The Congress shall have the power to ….promote the general welfare.”

    By all means, let’s enforce it.

  3. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 8, 2009 at 10:19 pm #

    Article I, Section 8 of the U. S. Constitution deals with the enumerated powers of Congress.

  4. avatar
    G October 9, 2009 at 12:26 am #

    In regards to the poll, I just wanted to add my two cents in regards to the question of websites to visit.

    For other birther-monitoring website recommendations to visit more than once a week, I recommend excellent sites such as:

    BadFiction (

    RumpRoast (

    Oh For Goodness Sake! (

    In terms of general world news and other events, I usually prefer BBC News over a lot of the standard media sites we have around here. Too many of our media sites do seem to have too much of a slant or what I consider limited or “dumbed down” coverage. As a moderate, I just want facts and information on what is going on in the world for standard news and I find I get more value out of the BBC News site coverage, even of coverage of what is going on over here. (

    I think I may have only posted over here a few times, but I do come here and read the blog and comments daily.

    Excellent site you have here Dr. Conspiracy! Thank you for all the time you put into it and to all those who comment for sharing their opinions, additional information and insights.

    Thank you too for putting up the poll and asking for feedback. Glad to oblige.

  5. avatar
    mariachi mama October 9, 2009 at 1:15 am #

    Sorry, I have been lurking and not commenting and your poll sucks because you didn’t have all of the above as an option.

  6. avatar
    kimba October 9, 2009 at 7:46 am #

    Right-wing heads will be exploding this morning at the news that President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize.

  7. avatar
    misha October 9, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    Yeah, I know. What’s that fraud ever done?

    If you notice in my replies to denialists, I do my best to irritate. I started writing parody in college.

    True story: if you clicked on Michelle Obama’s family tree, there is a paternal great-grandmother who may have been Afro-Judeo. Her name was Rosa Ella Cohen. I am trying to find out more. Anyone have anything, my e-mail is in my profile.

    Another true story: I have a cousin who is Afro-Judeo.

  8. avatar
    Heavy October 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    I like how most of the leftist freaks consider themselves “Progressive”!

  9. avatar
    Jack October 9, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    Thank you for your excellent website, and links to the actual court documents. I truly appreciate all the legal discussions, citations, and up-to-date links. I actually have to do legal work on this verkakte issue, and sites like yours make my life soooo much easier. Keep up the good work !

  10. avatar
    milspec October 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

    Doc C you left off a classification for Heavy..Neanderthal.

  11. avatar
    bookworm October 9, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    I took the time to answer your survey (excellent) as a way to repay you for all you have given to me for free. Keep up the good, well written work.

  12. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 9, 2009 at 8:21 pm #

    You might be interested in the huge Jack Ryan collection of Obama lawsuit documents on Scribd:

    You can subscribe to notices there.

  13. avatar
    misha October 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm #


  14. avatar
    Mrs. Polly October 11, 2009 at 4:19 pm #

    Dr. C., your site is a gem. I answered your survey, and was also slightly frustrated that there wasn’t an option to say, “It’s great! Love it all!” So I’m saying it here.

    There could be more crafts tips. The paraffin has not been coming cleanly out of my Orly Taitz Statue of Liberty candle mold, and she ends up looking like she’s holding up a pug puppy instead of a torch. Any hints would be appreciated.

  15. avatar
    euphgeek October 11, 2009 at 8:30 pm #

    I just found this survey because I saw the “October 2000” link on the right. I figured it was a typo, but I was curious.

  16. avatar
    June bug October 12, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    Your site is one of my favorites, Doc. Thanks for all the work you put into it. Your reporting is accurate and well-researched. The comments do show an “anti-birther” bias but that’s because not many birthers comment and those who do seldom provide any evidence for their opinions.

    Keep up the good work!

  17. avatar
    Dan Shenise October 13, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    Please keep up the good work, someone has to keep an eye on the village idiots.

  18. avatar
    myson October 15, 2009 at 1:09 am #

    Concerning “My primary reason for visiting Obama Conspiracy Theories is” my answer is essentially all of the above

  19. avatar
    TRUTH October 15, 2009 at 7:11 pm #

    My primary reason for visiting is to see the flavor of the day obots are spewing, which has seemed to be the majority on NBC or TATZ. I don’t read here very often anymore, so that may not be the case, but it was my perception in the past which is what bored me away.

    As for the question “Which of the following best describes your interest in the “birther” movement?

    * I am concerned about the possiblity of violent acts encouraged by “birthers”. (35%, 35 Votes)

    That answer was the TOP answer, and is in my opinion reflective of how misinformed “Most” the Obots here are. Birthers, are AMERICANS that are concerned about our country, LIKE that or NOT. They are people that believe as strongly that Obama is screwing things up as much as Obots believe he is “trying” to do good. I ask you, if you thought your neighbor were doing something wrong, would you just close your blinds, or walk inside and ignore what they were doing, or would you say something? NO IF’s or MAYBES..just Yes of No. So Conservatives SEE what Leftists for some reason can’t see, a Poor democrat President doing a Poor job and are speaking up. Then YOUR Opinion of it is the above 35% answer, you think they “encourage violent acts”. How Pathetic and Ignorant can you possibly be? These are NOT violent people, wake up and smell the coffee. More often than not any violence at a tea party was incited by a tea party protester. But you ignore those facts and just point out…”violence at a tea party”.
    As I said in the beginning, that’s the reason I visit here, to see the Obots flavor of the day and to see if their ignorance meter is peaked out and needs reset.

  20. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 15, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    TRUTH: [poll result] am concerned about the possiblity of violent acts encouraged by “birthers”. (35%, 35 Votes)

    I thought that was rather odd too.

  21. avatar
    Bob October 15, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    These are NOT violent people

    There are too many implied threats, too many suggestions of violence as to ignore the possibility.

  22. avatar
    TRUTH October 15, 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    OH Really, are there??? Actual factual threats? You know of them FOR SURE, not just rumors? Just listen to Keith Olberman, he’ll tell you Tea Party goers have hand-held missiles and machine guns and beat up old ladies. Or the other main-streamers, they said it on the news, it MUST be true.

    I own a gun. There is the possibility of many violent crimes I could commit, but I’m not a crazy so that’s not gonna happen. You own a car, the possibility you run over a pedestrian exists, but unlikely.
    Are POSSIBILITIES how you really judge people? How about judging people on their actions. And not judging the many on the few, for there are always the screwballs in every crowd that DO NOT represent the majority.

  23. avatar
    wendy October 15, 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    BIRTHERS are those who want to overturn a valid election, and are so desperate to do so, that they allow themselves to accept a hoax.
    CONSERVATIVES disagree with policies.

    All Conservatives are not birthers.
    And if you believe that there HAVE NOT BEEN threats of actual violence, may I quote Joe Wilson?
    YOU LIE.

  24. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 15, 2009 at 7:50 pm #

    TRUTH: Are POSSIBILITIES how you really judge people?

    Well, I would argue that POSSIBILITIES (and far remote ones at that) are the only reason anyone has for asking to see Barack Obama’s hospital certificate. As one lawyer said on this blog, “possibility is not evidence”. So I think we should uniformly disdain possibility as a means of judgment.

    However, we have had a death threat made against Obama right here in comments on this blog. Was it a credible death threat? I doubt it, but we have had presidents assassinated, and we have had assassination attempts. So while a Kenyan birth for Obama is extremely implausible, death threats against President Obama are almost axiomatic (even if there were no birthers). There have already been arrests if you recall:

    “Cowart and Schlesselman further discussed the killing spree to include targeting a predominately [sic] African-American school, going state to state while robbing individuals and continuing to kill people. They further stated that their final act of violence would be to attempt to kill/assassinate Presidential Candidate Barack Obama. Cowart stated that they planned to use his FASI .308 caliber rifle and a high-powered rifle […] Schlesselman stated that they planned to drive their vehicle as fast as they could toward Obama shooting at him from the windows. Both individuals stated they would dress in all white tuxedos and wear top hats during the assassination attempt.”

    True Crime Report


    John Gimbel, 59, of Crescent City e-mailed a message Sept. 28 bearing a subject line that read, in part, “Kill the ‘president’ … then write ‘fed s-‘ on his chest with a felt tip,” said the indictment issued Tuesday, two days before Obama’s scheduled visit to San Francisco today for fundraisers at the St. Francis Hotel.

    From TODAY’s San Francisco Chronicle

    According to the a new book, Obama receives 30 death threats a day!

  25. avatar
    TRUTH October 15, 2009 at 7:51 pm #

    Your correct, and I was mistaken if I made it sound like All conservatives are birthers, that isn’t what I meant to imply. But I would BET my Paycheck, you look at them the same. Are YOU saying JOE WILSON is a Birther?

    Joe Wilson did tell the truth. His timing sucked, but he wasn’t wrong. You disagree with that, but you also voted for the man so you would probably believe him if he said we’re all going to be millionaires. Also, I take it you have NEVER said anything wrong? Or else you wouldn’t judge Joe Wilson so strong, because he apologized immediately to the person he said it to, making it NONE of your business. YET, like many others, you take that and say “he incited Violence”. DUHHH It’s obvious your in the 35%

  26. avatar
    TRUTH October 15, 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    What you say, although factual, falls under my “dont blame the many for the few…or in this case, the very very rare.” The persons an apparent nutcase just wanting attention or just trying to stir the pot in here. Either way, he wouldn’t eat dinner at my barbecue nor does he represent what I see in 99% of Conservatives, honest and truthful American citizens concerned for their country.

  27. avatar
    TRUTH October 15, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    ok, gotta pack for a road trip…pleasure and business, and NO not in D.C. Its been fun, until next time. WHODEY!!

  28. avatar
    misha October 15, 2009 at 8:08 pm #

    When Jews lie down with conservatives,they just get fleas.

    GOP + Christianity = fascism

    When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, and carrying a cross. – Sinclair Lewis

  29. avatar
    misha October 15, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    Conservatives wink at birthers, because it hurts Obama. Sorry, but the conservative movement is a haven for anti-Semites, white nationalists, theocrats and assorted other kooks.

    Buckley once said he spent a lifetime getting rid of the kooks. He did not do a good job.

  30. avatar
    Bob October 15, 2009 at 8:17 pm #

    Yes, the president routinely receives death threats. And the threats do not have be explicit; if someone says “Obama is guilty of treason!” we all know what the punishment for treason is. Throw in a little rhetoric that We The People are entitled to violent revolution, and suddenly the threats are sounding a little more plausible.

    More birfers are probably just keyboard warriors, but that doesn’t mean they get a free pass when when they start usuing the exact same language those who committed violence also have used. If you can’t question the president without using threatening language, do not be surprised if the secret service pays you a visit.

    For example, the Holocaust Musuem shooter previously attempted to kindap (excuse me “citizen’s arrest”) members of the Federal Reserve board because he believed he had the right to do so as a citizen. Is law enforcement suppose ignore people who believe the exact same thing about the president and hope they don’t act upon their words?

  31. avatar
    SFJeff October 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    “Birthers, are AMERICANS that are concerned about our country, LIKE that or NOT. They are people that believe as strongly that Obama is screwing things up as much as Obots believe he is “trying” to do good.”

    If Birthers were only worried that President Obama was screwing things up, I wouldn’t care- in a Democratic society theoretically we can all politely disagree- but Birthers are trying to use unconstitutional means to remove a sitting President from office. Some have even suggested a coupe might be necessary. That is beyond just disagreeing with his policies.

    “ask you, if you thought your neighbor were doing something wrong, would you just close your blinds, or walk inside and ignore what they were doing, or would you say something?”

    If I thought my neighbor was hurting someone I would of course take action- heck I have. I called the police and then went to the neighbors house. What I didn’t do was call up the police and say they should come check investigate the Mexicans living next door to me because they might be illegal. I wouldn’t burden the legal system unless I had some cause to suspect my neighbors were hurting someone or breaking the law. Birthers feel the law should respond to their fears and anxieties, even when there is no cause.

    Anyway- nice of you to visit. Come again next time the courts smack down the Birthers- maybe tomorrow?

  32. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 16, 2009 at 7:51 am #

    TRUTH: nor does he represent what I see in 99% of Conservatives

    I certainly hope you are right.

  33. avatar
    Lupin October 16, 2009 at 11:29 am #

    If you are asserting that the birthers are, and I mean that literally, a lunatic minority that exists on the fringes of the Conservative movement, I will be happy to hear it.

    I understand that losing an election is hard to swallow; the liberals bitched and moaned for 8 years and opposed (or try to oppose) President Bush’s policies; it is understandable that the Conservatives should behave like that too. No one would expect them to follow Obama supinely.

    But at the end of the day, a civilized society is based on a consensus; call it the “rules of the game” if you will; it is not a game of Calvinball, a free for all.

    The birthers, unfortunately, are like the Holocaust Deniers, deaf to logic, truth and common sense. Their opposition to Obama is understandable; their arguments are literally insane.

    In Europe, where I live, the Deniers are a tiny minority of lunatics of no real importance; if you assert that the birthers are, in effect, the same thing in the US, I will be delighted to hear it.

    Please reassure those (like myself, I confess) who fear that they represent something more dangerous.

  34. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 16, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    I have lived my 59 years in the United States, and I believe that our democracy is mature and that Americans overwhelmingly believe in playing by the rules. We love our country and we love our system of government, no matter how much we complain. This is why, for example, the Bush/Gore election (which many of us believe Bush actually lost) did not become a crusade.

    The last time Americans decided NOT to play by the rules resulted in a civil war, a war that left half a million dead. I do not think this lesson has been forgotten. The conspiracy theory aspect of opposition to Obama is a lunatic minority, and a quick glance at the press coverage ( will confirm that. We have dealt with racists before, and we survived the integration of the public schools including court enforced busing. We have our neo-Nazi fringe, and weekend faux militias. It is part of the background noise of American society.

    A very unpleasant strategy has crept into US politics, labeled by Pat Caddel in 1976 “the permanent campaign.” It has polarized political discourse in the US and made smear, spin and misinformation the central tool of what is no longer the “loyal” opposition. Still, I think the population has slowly adjusted to this reality, and just as we “tune out” commercial messages on TV, we give less credibility to all of the political messages we hear.

    The Internet has provided a mechanism for inflating the apparent size of movements, as well as increasing the partisanship of their members. While the Internet lets one partisan with a web site LOOK LIKE a news organization (or a research organization or a university), most people understand the difference.

    We still have to worry about the lone wolf with a rifle, but that is nothing unique to Obama and the present day.