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Another record media month for Obama conspiracies

Dr. Conspiracy

December 2009 appears to be another record month for media articles on Orly Taitz, birthers, and Barack Obama’s birth certificate. I’ve had so many articles that I haven’t been able to keep up with them, and what I’ve published on the Media page for this month represents less than half of the stories I came across.

Even from as far away as Jerusalem or Abu Dhabi, birthers are uniformly ridiculed. There doesn’t seem to be any sympathy for the Obama eligibility denialists in any of the media outside the tabloids or birther, tax evader and white supremacist blogs. Even forged birth certificate theory shill Israel Insider seems to have dropped out following the election.

The Columbia Missourian opines that the very fact that we know the name of Orly Taitz is indicative of the proliferation of advocacy by the ill-informed.

34 Responses to Another record media month for Obama conspiracies

  1. avatar
    misha December 31, 2009 at 3:38 pm #

    An aside: I’ve been scarce, because I have been recovering from pneumonia.

  2. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy December 31, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    Well here’s to a swift recovery. Mine didn’t get to pneumonia.

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    chufho December 31, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    Dittos on the swift recovery and a healthful 2010

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    misha December 31, 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    I have been going through the comments, and I saw the usual ‘why doesn’t he release…’

    Obama should not give in one iota to these people. He released the current BC form, confirmed by the State, and they still want more. It’s a fishing expedition, in the hopes of an embarrasment.

    And then there are the ‘two parent’ people. Obama should just let them squirm. If he gives in, he will just give legitimacy to the denialists.

    I say they should Cheney themselves. Besides, they are only around 600K – not even a fraction of 1%.

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    misha December 31, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    Here’s the link on Chuck Norris:

    “He has also been in a few TV commercials promoting Bible study and prayer in public schools, in addition to efforts to reduce drug use. In 2006, he began penning a column for the conservative news website WorldNetDaily, sharing his “musings about faith, family, freedom, country, loyalty – maybe even kickboxing.” In his columns, he has expressed his belief in Biblical creationism, that those who are troubled should turn to Jesus, and is quoted as saying “true patriots” do not stay clear of discussing religion and politics.

    Norris serves on the board of directors of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, an organization promoting the use of the Bible in public schools, and also speaks on behalf of organizations advocating official prayers in public schools.

    He does not believe in evolution and subscribes to intelligent design.”

    And like all conservatives, he is a raging hypocrite, with the usual litany of affairs and children born to mistresses, all while married and sermonizing. There is also the requisite divorce, preceded by an affair with a woman half his age, who tells everyone what a good Christian she is, and that the bible should be in public schools.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Norris

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    misha December 31, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    One more link:

    “Fundamentalist Christians Attack Public Education”

    http://www.jewsonfirst.org/public_ed.aspx

  7. avatar
    kimba December 31, 2009 at 10:37 pm #

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery! We need you back in top form when Mario rares his head again!

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    Lupin January 1, 2010 at 2:01 am #

    Hope you feel better soon!

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    Lupin January 1, 2010 at 2:05 am #

    If Americans wish to return to the 1850s (which I don’t believe) so be it, but I wish these private well-funded crackpot groups would stop acting like the old Komintern and send their evil missionaries abroad.

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    Lupin January 1, 2010 at 2:07 am #

    If I had a birther-related new year’s wish it would be to stop seeing poor Emmerich de Vattel, a pioneering writer in other genres, being mangled and misrepresented and willfully misused in the coming year.

  11. avatar
    SFJeff January 1, 2010 at 2:24 am #

    Happy New Year to all!

    And my prediction for 2010:

    We will have a legally elected African American President for 2010.

  12. avatar
    myson January 1, 2010 at 7:15 am #

    Happy new year 2 everyone

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    milspec January 1, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    Take care, pneumonia, put me in the hospital for 9 days in 2005, had to have surgery to take out a pocket of ick and re-inflate a lung.
    Happy 2010 everyone!

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    Welsh Dragon January 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Get well soon, Misha.

    Got to get fit for another year’s birther bashing!

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    Black Lion January 1, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    Let’s pray for your swift return to good health for 2010…

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    Black Lion January 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    More birther nonsense from our buddy Charlton over at the Post and Fail…I guess 2010 will be just like 2009…

    Petition to the Hawaii Government to release Obama’s Vital Records
    FULL TEXT OF PETITION

    (To be included as a cover letter, with the consignment of every 1,000 petitions)

    Dear Esteemed Officials of the State of Hawai’i,

    I am quite certain that you are aware that there is widespread public concern as to whether or not Barack Hussein Obama II is eligible to serve as President in accordance with Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution, which requires that the president-elect be a “natural born Citizen” of the United States of America.

    You may not be aware, however, that 4 Supreme Court Decisions have authoritatively explained that those born of two U.S. Citizens, on U.S. soil, are “natural born Citizens” [cf. The Venus, 12 U.S. 8 Cranch 253 253 (1814); Shanks v. Dupont, 28 U.S. 3 Pet. 242 242 (1830); Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. 162 (1875); United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898).] In fact, the Supreme Court of the United States has never admitted the use of this term to describe the citizenship of any other category of citizen.

    Barack Obama, however, claims as his father, Barrack Obama, Sr., a man who was a Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies in 1961. He makes this claim in his book, Dreams from My Father, and via the release of an electronic image of a Hawaii Certification of Live Birth. If such is the case, he cannot legitimately hold the U.S. Presidency.

    As I am sure you will readily admit, it is patently absurd for the United States of America and its citizens to rely upon electronic images of alleged government documents, while the general public is refused an opportunity to inspect such documents. Such a manner of acting violates all that America represents and everything which our Founding Fathers fought and died for in the American Revolution. We are a nation of the people, by the people, and for the people. Our government by nature must be open and transparent.

    The State of Hawai’i echoes this long tradition of freedom when in its Uniform Information Practices Act it states in 92F-2 of said act:

    …the people are vested with the ultimate decision-making power. Government agencies exist to aid the people in the formation and conduct of public policy. Opening up the government processes to public scrutiny and participation is the only viable and reasonable method of protecting the public’s interest. Therefore the legislature declares that it is the policy of this State that the formation and conduct of public policy—the discussions, deliberations, decisions, and action of government agencies—shall be conducted as openly as possible.

    WHEREFORE, being that upon entering the office which you presently hold, you swore: “that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Hawaii, and that I will faithfully discharge my duties…to best of my ability” (Hawai’i Constitution Article XVI, Section 4); and,

    WHEREAS, the Hawai’i Constitution in its Preamble declares: “We reaffirm our belief in a government of the people, by the people and for the people, and with an understanding and compassionate heart toward all the peoples of the earth”; and,

    WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States of America imposes in Article II, section i, paragraph 5, the absolute requirement of being a “natural born Citizen” of the United States, in order to hold the Office of the U.S. Presidency; and,

    WHEREAS, four Supreme Court decisions have defined that a “natural born” citizen is one born of two U.S. citizen parents, on U.S. soil (cf. see above), it having never defined or used the term to signify any another class of citizenship; and,

    WHEREAS, Barack Hussein Obama II, in releasing an electronic image of what purports to be a Hawaii Certification of Live Birth, issued in 2007; has (1) claimed a British subject as a father, and (2) waived all right to oppose the disclosure of the originals on the grounds that such a disclosure would be “a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy”[92F-13(1)]; and,

    WHEREAS, on July 27, 2009, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawai’i Department of Health, publicly admitted that said department has in its possession “the original vital records of Barack Hussein Obama” — even though for nearly all U.S. Citizens there is only one original vital record — and furthermore since at the same time she claimed that he was a “natural-born American citizen” — a statement which seemingly both contradicts who his father was, and which does not specify his actual nationality, in a manner consistent with the terminology of 8 U.S. Code § 1401; and,

    WHEREAS, the Hawai’i Uniform Information Practices Act specifies in 92-F-12 that “each agency shall make available for public inspection and duplication … information collected and maintained for the purpose of making information available to the general public” (subsections 1 & 15), such as is the above mentioned press release of Dr. Fukino.

    HENCE, as the above constitutes both a reasonable basis for doubt as to the citizenship status of Barack Hussein Obama II, in a matter touching the national security of these United States of America, and a reasonable basis to demand and allow for the disclosure of his vital records by the State;

    And WHEREAS, inaction by Hawaii State officials in disclosing these original vital records contributes to the growth of suspicions, doubts, and a weakening of the legitimacy of the State and Federal government; and,

    WHEREAS the defense of the legitimacy of these institutions is a sufficiently compelling State interest (cf. Hawai’i Constitution, Article I, Section 6) overriding Obama’s rights to privacy in this matter;

    THEREFORE,

    We, the undersigned, demand in the name of an open and transparent government, accountable to the people it serves, that the State of Hawaii release ALL VITAL RECORDS, which pertain to the individual known as “Barack Hussein Obama II,” and ALL government documents pertaining to the preparation of the public statements made by Dr. Fukino in regard to the same, which are in possession of any State government office or agency, registry, or held by any governmental officer (such as the State Attorney General) or representative, whether these be original, amended, modified, or otherwise, and that such a release,

    (1) Be publicly announced,

    (2) Provide the general public the opportunity to personally view the originals under conditions which would guarantee their safety and protection,

    (3) Include an independent verification of the authenticity of the documents,

    (4) Be done immediately, that is, within the next 30 days, or as soon as possible, and

    (5) Be effected by whatever legal or administrative means are necessary, whether by order of the State Governor, the Director of the Department of Health, or by a special enactment of the State Legislature, or by whatever other effective means.

    http://www.thepostemail.com/2009/12/26/petition/

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    Black Lion January 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    Even more amusing is Charlton trying to explain the law…

    ann says:
    December 26, 2009 at 7:17 PM
    I think it is perfectly fine for you to petition the authorities in Hawaii to release the original BC because I am convinced that it will show that Obama was born in Hawaii, as the officials in Hawaii have repeatedly stated.

    However, [y]ou are wrong in your interpretation of the Constitution that citizens cannot be president if they have (or had) Dual Nationality. Dual Nationality, the fact that another country considers someone to be a citizen of that country, does not and cannot affect Natural Born status.

    Say that Mexico passed a law that said that all children born in Texas are also citizens of Mexico. That would make them Dual National. But would it deprive them of their Natural Born status? NO, of course not.

    ——————

    Mr. Charlton replies: Ann, since your comment is so civil and polite, I will respond; though many have made a similar objection with a lot less civility.

    The dual citizen issue is a bit more serious that you seem to take it. International law prevents Mexico from making any declarations about who lives in Texas, as it is not part of Mexico; if they started to do things like that it would be a hostile act, diplomatically, at the very least, because it would imply claims of territory.

    But let’s improve your argument for the sake of the discussion: Mexico has in fact declared that all descendents of Mexicans citizens are forever Mexican citizens, regardless of any renunciation of Mexican citizenship they make. Their law is jus sanguinis.

    So there are many Mexicans who have become U.S. Citizens, who can get Mexican passports and vote in Mexico. The are legally, potentially dual citizens; but not so in U.S. Law.

    And here is the difference: When someone infront of a U.S. official renounces all foreign allegience (the requirement for naturalizing as a U.S. citizen) this results in U.S. Law in the new U.S. citizen having no other citizenships. This does not have an effect in the laws of the other nations uniformly; as some do not recognize such a renunciation (e.g. Mexico), some do (e.g. Italy) only if the renunciation is made before an official of their own country.

    But the case of Barrack Hussein Obama, Senior, is quite otherwise. He never naturalizes as a citizen in any other nation; he was born a British subject and died a such, having in the interim become a Kenyan Citizen and a Commonwealth citizen (which is a subcategor of British subject).

    If BHO Sr was his father, and if he was born on US soil, and if his mother did not become a British subject herself, in virtue of her marriage and an act of renunciation of her US citizenship, the Obama was a dual citizen from birth, not only ex iuri sanguinis, hypothetically, but actually, really, effectively.

    There is some question of whether his birth was legitimate or illegitimate, and there is a doubt whether if he was a british subject according to his father’s citizenship status, whether his own brith had to be registered at the British consulate in the place of brith. If he was born in Kenya, there would be no question about it, though.

    So the case is not the same as that of one naturalizing. Because no one disputes that a child born of a british subject, who according to British law is a British subject himself, in virute of such a birth, is such; and BOTH countries recognize that such an individual is a dual citizen.

    In the case of Mexico, the US obviously does not recognize that any American citizens under such a declaration are dual citizens, becaue the act of renunciation creates a clean slate, as it were, according to US law, which forever wipes away any claim of Mexico. This is a very fundamental and unique tenent of US nationality law, taken from Emmerich de Vattel, and insisted upon by our Founding Fathers.

    In a third, hypothetical case, a U.S. Citizen who is natural born (and this requires 2 citizen parents and birth on US soil) can become after birth a dual citizen through an act of his parent(s) or legal guardian, OR, thorugh a personal act when he reaches maturity, because some countries allow for this.

    In U.S. law, a U.S. citizen who becomesa dual citien of another country, and who posits certain acts, such as voting or holding office, can lose his U.S. Citizenship, because in U.S. Law such acts are considered adhering to the allegience of a foreign power.

    If a natural born citizen, became a dual citizen willingly, and posited such acts, there would be basis for denying him eligibility for the U.S. Presidendy on the grounds of a lack or defect of allegience to the USA, but not because he was nto a natural born citizen, because the acts he posits years after his birth, don’t change the facts of his birth.

    Obama, if we are to believe his birth story, would be a dual citizen from birth, by the facts of his birth, and thus cannever be a natural born citizen, eligible for the US presidency.

    However, if the HI govt does release Obama’s original vital records, he might be found to be a natural born U.S. citizen, if it is discovered that his parents were other than he claims, and that both were U.S. citizens.

    Contrariwise, it might be discovered that he is not a U.S. citizen at all, if it be discovered that his parents are otherwise, and that both were not U.S. citizens, or that his parents are as claimed, but he was born outside of the USA, because the nationality laws at the time did not enable Dunahm to pass on her U.S. citizenship to Barry, if he was born overseas, on account of her being too young at the time; though she could, perhaps have sought this after the fact through a filing (that is unclear in my mind).

  18. avatar
    G January 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    Get well soon and here’s to a healthier 2010 for you and yours!

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    G January 1, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    Excellent site link, thanks Misha!

  20. avatar
    Mary Brown January 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    Get well, Misha. TAke care of yourself and stay well.

  21. avatar
    Rickey January 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    Misha,

    Pneumonia is nasty, something which you don’t need to be told. Get well soon.

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    Lupin January 2, 2010 at 2:20 am #

    “…widespread public concern as to whether or not Barack Hussein Obama II is eligible to serve as President…”

    No shit?

    0.0001% of the population = “widespread”?

    A bad start.

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    Lupin January 2, 2010 at 2:23 am #

    So much for New Yewr’s wishes. It’s been only one day, and already I see poor Vattel being misquoted.

    Aaargh.

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    Dr. Conspiracy January 2, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    I believe it was 47,000,000 people in the US who came down with the H1N1 influenza (swine flu). That’s what I call widespread. But I would not doubt that at least that many have “heard” of the birther movement.

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    BlackLion January 2, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    Lupin, you know that the birthers would still be at it…No matter how many times they lose it is always becase of pro Obama judges, not because they are wrong. They will never admit that Obama is eligible…Even if the SCOTUS came out and stated that he was eligible, they would claim that Obama forced them to make that decision. Just like releasing the records would just allow them to scream forgery the financial incentive to continue this witchhunt is too large to give up…

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    BlackLion January 2, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    Only in the birthers delusional minds is there widespread concern over this issue…Most Americans realize that Obama is the legitimate President…

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    Black Lion January 3, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    Interesting more bad information over at our friend Fitzpatrick’s site…Of course it is the usual crap…

    http://thejaghunter.wordpress.com/2010/01/02/the-fundamental-transformation-of-america/

    “Never before in the history of America have we been confronted with problems so huge that the very existence of our country is in jeopardy.

    Don’t rely on most television news and what you read in the newspapers for the truth. Search the Internet.

    Yes, there is a lot of bad information, lies and distortions there too but you are smart enough to spot the fallacies.

    Newspapers are a dying breed. They are currently seeking a bailout from the government. Do you really think they are about to print the truth?

    Obama praises all the television news networks except Fox who he has waged war against. There must be a reason… He does not call them down on any specifics, just a general battle against them. If they lie, he should call them out on it but he doesn’t.
    Please find the truth. It will set you free.
    Our biggest enemy is not China , Russia , Iran. No, our biggest enemy is a contingent of politicians in Washington DC .”

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    milspec January 3, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    I doubt if my reply [to] his load of poo will make the moderation.

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    Black Lion January 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    Probably not…You know how the birthers don’t like anyone that doesn’t agree with them…However you never know…Fitzpatrick is one unbalanced dude….

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    Greg January 3, 2010 at 11:52 pm #

    Never before in the history of America have we been confronted with problems so huge that the very existence of our country is in jeopardy.

    I’m reading a history of the writing of the 14th Amendment and how the South hoped to win in Congress what it had just lost in the Civil War. It reminds me of just how ignorant people are of our nation’s history.

    Those who are ignorant of history are doomed to make asinine exaggerations of our current situations.

    Hey, jag-moron, think back to your American history class. What was that thing you learned about – you know, your teacher made you watch a movie, “The Blue and the Grey.” Four-score and seven years ago. Funny names like Gettysburg and Antietam. Yeah, he said “tiet…” quit snickering.

    Yes, I’m talking about the Civil War! States seceded from the Union. 600,000 Americans died because of that war.

    Do you think maybe, just maybe, our nation’s “very” existence was threatened then?

    It’s enough to make you wonder if some conservatives are paid by the stupid. “Hmm,” a pundit says, “I wonder if I can make a plausible case that the Japanese internment camps were a good thing?” “Oh, that’s REALLY stupid,” says her boss, “you’ll get a couple hundred grand if you can pull that off!”

    Saving GM and ending the subsidies for student loans are an existential threat to our nation which dwarfs even the Civil War? That’ll get you millions, Jag, if they’re paying by the stupid!

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    Lupin January 4, 2010 at 5:38 am #

    Quoth the Frenchman:

    PLAINS, Ga. — The U.S. Secret Service says it is investigating an effigy of President Barack Obama found hanging from a building in the hometown of former President Jimmy Carter.

    Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told The Associated Press that the large black doll was found Saturday morning along Main Street in the small town of Plains.

    Footage from WALB-TV shows the doll was hanging by a noose in front of a red, white and blue sign that says “Plains, Georgia. Home of Jimmy Carter, our 39th President.” A witness told the station that the doll had a sign with Obama’s name on it.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/03/obama-effigy-feds-probe-h_n_409922.html

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    Black Lion January 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    Even more disturbing is this tripe from Citizen Wells…

    “Attention Pete King and Pete Hoekstra.

    What the hell is going on?

    I was traveling over the holidays and flew out of the west coast a few days after the terrorist attack on Christmas Day. I heard a report of a passenger on the flight who heard a conversation between a sharp dressed “Indian” man and airport officials in the Netherlands. The “Indian” man was pleading on behalf of a young black man who apparently had no passport. Attorney Kurt Haskell, of Michigan, relates his story here.

    I received the following in an email yesterday, January 2, 2010.

    “I certainly hope someone is getting the below eye witness account (and the fact that we are being lied to) to Congs. Pete King (R-NY) and Hoekstra (R-MI).”

    “I talked with both of their offices on Wed. and sent (the below) info on the 35 Terrorist Training Camps, the Islamic Terror Networks (cells) in the US and the new throat-slashing for Muslim women being taught at the Islamabad Hancock, New York Terror Training Camp this past week.”

    http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/kurt-haskell-christmas-day-terrorist-abdulmutallab-detroit-flight-january-3-2010-underwear-bomber-sharp-dressed-man-no-passport-visa-michigan-attorney-haskell-youtube-video-indian-man-we-d/

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    Lupin January 5, 2010 at 1:39 am #

    Birthers remove their hoods:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/1/4/821832/-The-Face-of-a-Teabagger

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    misha January 5, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    I read the story. Thanks for the link.