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Rick Perry’s polarizing flirtation with birtherism

Presidential candidate Rick Perry told Parade magazine last weekend that he didn’t know if Obama’s birth certificate was legitimate. Let the games begin.

Donald Trump jumped in during an interview with Piers Morgan yesterday (Oct. 27):

MORGAN: But tell me this: do you think politically for Rick Perry…

TRUMP: I think it’s a positive for him.

MORGAN: Is it a sensible thing for him to do?

TRUMP: Well, I think it’s good for him in the Republican primary. I don’t necessarily know if it’s good in the general election.

On the other hand, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus today blamed it all on the media “badgering” Perry with questions on the topic (the liberal media made him do it). The interview will air on Bloomberg TV tomorrow.

“I’ve said from the very beginning that I think it’s a big distraction,” Priebus said. “But I think it’s an issue that’s been dropped.”

Somebody tell the birthers.

Orly launches Senate campaign–says it’s really nothing

Birther queen Orly Taitz, DDS, Esq. has launched her campaign for the US Senate by filing FEC Form 2 [link to image on Orly Taitz web site]. Taitz has declared herself a Republican. Taitz’s political debut was in 2009 when she ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for California Secretary of State. Insiders consider her Senate bid a long shot.

In another article [link to Taitz web site] Taitz says that she’s refusing to take a case against Obama on behalf of John Dummett of Florida, who has filled out the same form to run for President. Taitz says this doesn’t grant him standing. She said:

From what I understand, Mr. Dummett simply filled out a one page form, saying that he has an intention to run for President. Most people do not know, that there are some 250-260 people, who simply  filled out this one page form and are considered candidates for President, however, it is really nothing.

In an unrelated story, we learn that Orly has been in Arizona to meet with the Maricopa County Sheriff, birther-friendly Joe Arpaio. She reports [link to Taitz web site]:

He repeatedly stated, that he will not shelf this issue and he will have an official report.

 

Orly Taitz is the gift that keeps on giving.

Birther convicted

Darren Wesley Huff was convicted today in Knoxville, Tennessee, on a federal firearms charge stemming from a planned protest against officials in Monroe County who refused to indict President Obama. Huff had pled guilty previously to state charges previously when he tried to force his way into the grand jury room.

The jury, after a day and a half of deliberation found Huff guilty of carrying a firearm in interstate commerce with the intent to use it in a civil disorder. He was acquitted of a second charge of carrying a firearm in relation to a felony. He faces up to 5 years in prison. Huff was taken into custody following the verdict.

Sentencing is scheduled for next February.

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Huff jury hung

After one day of deliberation the jury in United States v Darren Huff said:

We are hung.

Huff says he wasn’t trying to cause trouble, and indeed bought coffee and biscuits for the police there.

I’m not surprised the jury is having trouble figuring out Huff’s intent. He said what he said, but then he did what he did.

The jury will try again tomorrow. Stay tuned.

For coverage of the trial and a photo of Huff’s infamous truck, check out the Knoxville News Sentinel.