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Dr. Conspiracy finds Supreme Court biased in birther decision

The Supreme Court dismissed the case due to the lack of standing of the plaintiff. The Court ruled 7-2 that the plaintiff lacked standing to bring the lawsuit in federal court because he was not a US Citizen and so his individual rights were not protected by the Constitution. While the plaintiff was born in the United States, his parents were not considered citizens.

The decision was described in Doris Kearns’ book, Team of Rivals.

Chief Justice Roger Taney

Two days later, on March 6 [1856], the historic decision was read by the seventy-nine-year-old Taney …. The 7-2 decision was breathtaking in its scope and consequences. The Court ruled that blacks “are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word ‘citizens’ in the Constitution.” Therefore [Dred] Scott had no standing in federal court. This should have decided the case, but Taney went further. Neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution had been intended to apply to blacks, he said. Blacks were “so inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.” …

By the 1850’s, one historian reports:

Taney had become an uncompromising supporter of the south and slavery and an implacable foe of racial equality, the republican party, and the antislavery movement.

This case is the foundation of modern birtherism based on Barack Obama’s African father.

Obama Conspiracy Theories predictions for 2011

OK, I’m going WAY OUT ON A LIMB this year with my predictions for 2011.

  1. A copy of Barack Obama’s original Birth Certificate will be released to the public
  2. The Birth Certificate will show the President was born at the Kapi’olani Maternity and Gynecological hospital
  3. Documents will be released by the US State Department that prove Stanley Ann Obama did not have a US Passport in 1961.
  4. Dr. Terry Lakin will disown birtherism
  5. Orly Taitz DDS, Esq will be disbarred by California
  6. NEW! Barack Obama will be president this time next year.
  7. NEW, NEW! Orly Taitz will run for President.

Not with a bang but a whimper

That’s the phrase that I would use to characterize the ending of 2010 for the birthers. I hope everyone will read Great Birther Moments In 2010 at the Oh, For Goodness Sake blog. It’s a great recap of what’s happened this past year.

When I look back at things from this last day of 2010, I see not much cheer for the birthers. All their great hope lawsuits have been to the Supreme Court and been denied. Terry Lakin plead guilty and tearfully said that disobeying orders was not the way to get his questions answered. Taitz lost her bid for political office. National birther events haven’t generated enough attendance to fill a school bus. There just isn’t much left besides a bunch of foul-smelling web sites spinning rumors and telling lies. It’s pretty pathetic.

On a further negative note, there is a much more unsympathetic administration in Hawaii that has no vested interest in preventing the public from knowing exactly what the state knows about Barack Obama’s birth. The economy is finally starting to recover. All of this bodes ill for the birthers.

A disturbance in the Force

“I haven’t felt such a disturbance in the Force since…”

Neil Abercrombie’s decision to take on the birthers has created an unprecedented flood of Google Alerts. This has become quite a big deal with articles in the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, an interview on CNN and coverage on MSNBC just to drop a few big names.

Doctor C predicted latest birther ploy

At number 1o on my list of The Top Ten Obama Conspiracy Theories to be Revealed in 2009 was this prescient item:

Hawaii is not a state!

It tuned out that only a few days would elapse before emailed me a link to just such a theory.

Now, our dipsy dentist Orly Taitz, DDS, Esq. jumps off the wagon too:

KAILUA, HAWAII (The Borowitz Report) – Leaders of the so-called Birther movement followed President Obama on his Hawaiian vacation today to demand that Hawaii prove it is actually a U.S. state.

Mr. Obama’s claim to American citizenship has rested on his birthplace being Hawaii, but the Birthers argued today that Hawaii’s claim to being part of America is far from a foregone conclusion.

Speaking to reporters in Kailua, Birther leader Orly Taitz said that Hawaii cannot be considered part of the United States “unless it can produce an authentic statehood certificate.”

Ms. Taitz said that she did a thorough title search on the islands and has concluded that rather than being a U.S. state, “the islands of Hawaii appear to be colonies of Kenya.”

“That means that everyone born in Hawaii is legally not an American but a Kenyan,” she said, “which I find ironic.”

Wait a minute. Is somebody pulling my leg?

Chris Matthews calls for birth certificate

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball program and self-declared enemy of the birthers asked the question: “Why has the president himself not demanded they put out the original documents?”

Matthews describes the birther movement as a “manufactured controversy” but expresses concern for the 23% of Americans, as reported in a New York Times poll last April, who “do not know” if Barack Obama was born in the United States.

I, on the other hand, am not concerned about that 23% which is far below the percentage that don’t even know who the Vice President is (31% in a 2007  Pew Research Center poll). Given all the information available, further information will not make any difference in that crowd.

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