One of my favorite belly laugh movie scenes is where the amateur Kung Fu guys jump out of the janitor’s closet in the movie UHF, shouting something that sounds not totally unlike the title to this story.
In this case it’s the otherwise obscure town of Surprise, Arizona (near Phoenix) where the local Tea Party group hosted WorldNetDaily birther in chief, Dr. Jerome R. Corsi. Yes, Virginia, there are birthers in the Tea Party.
I don’t have a lot to go on, since the source of this story is WorldNetDaily, who is unreliable enough in the best of circumstances, but super-biased when covering one of its own, but apparently the Tea Partiers (242 of them at least) signed a petition that they presented to controversial Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, asking him to open a criminal investigation. As usual, WND is shy about repeating what Arpaio actually said and resorts to paraphrases devoid of context to make the reader believe Arpaio bought into their complaint.
What is their complaint about Obama’s long-form birth certificate? Three major things were listed: the “Smiley face” in Onaka’s signature, the “TXE” smudge in the registrar’s stamp and the fact that the PDF has layers — and that’s about it.
The actual words from the Sheriff’s office are more non-committal than WND would portray it in the rest of their article:
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Justin Griffin confirmed to WND that Arpaio is “waiting to receive all the documentation and all the investigative material from Dr. Jerry Corsi, and then he will look into the matter and compare it to the Arizona revised statutes.”
Maybe they have anti-smudge laws in Arizona. Who knows?
In a statement to radio station KTAR, Sheriff Arpaio contradicted the spin of the WorldNetDaily story:
“What I have agreed to do, contrary to some published media reports, is simply look at the evidence these people have assembled and examine whether it is within my jurisdiction to investigate the document’s authenticity,” Arpaio said in a written statement Friday.
This is exactly the kind of thing I meant when I wrote about WorldNetDaily being unreliable.