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Paul Irey backtracks

imageOne of the self-appointed document experts who volunteered their services WorldNetDaily supporting the notion that Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate is a fake,  has backed off some of his claims after being confronted by counterarguments from document analysis debunker John Woodman, author of the book: Is Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate a Fraud? A Computer Guy Examines the Evidence for Forgery.

I had the opportunity to speak with Paul Irey on a Reality Check Radio program, hosted by RC. I found Irey to be sincere and honest, but all the same deeply influenced by his own biases about the President. Honesty won out, and in conversations with RC, Irey admitted he was wrong in some of his claims. This hasn’t stopped the Birthers from continuing to use Irey’s prior reports as evidence.

Read the fascinating story from the Reality Check Radio web site.

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41 Responses to Paul Irey backtracks

  1. avatar
    JPotter December 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    The sad story of Mr. Irey is yet more confirmation that Birtherism, in all its myriad variations, is not persuasive. It’s a virus with low aspirations. Meaning, rather than having the power to turn rational people into loons, birtherism merely infects irrational persons already steeped in conspiratorial delusions, for whom it is just another log on the crazy fire!

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    richCares December 31, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    just curious, why do birthers believe that state of Hawaii issued a fake BC?

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    realist December 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    richCares:
    just curious, why do birthers believe that state of Hawaii issued a fake BC?

    So Obama could claim plausible deniability.

    No. Really! :)

  4. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy December 31, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    I suppose you’re asking for a rational explanation when of course there is none. The general concept is that Hawaii is afraid. One fanciful story is that Obama threatened to use the HAARP transmitter in Alaska to trigger a tsunami that would destroy the islands. Others talk about threats of the cutoff of Federal funds.

    None of those make sense when one remembers that the Hawaii Department of Health was making public statements that Obama was born there before Obama was elected.

    richCares:
    just curious, why do birthers believe that state of Hawaii issued a fake BC?

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    Jamese777 December 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    The other reason that Hawaii would issue a fake birth certificate is because Hawaii is really a Marxist state and they are helping a fellow traveller who spent some time there after his birth in Kenya and growing up as a Muslim in Indonesia. This is the birther fairytale.

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    Daniel December 31, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    richCares:
    just curious, why do birthers believe that state of Hawaii issued a fake BC?

    Because they must….

  7. avatar
    sactosintolerant December 31, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    What’s really amazing is that Hawaii was so inept that they created an obvious digital forgery when they had the means to create a perfect hard copy forgery… but the state IS skilled enough to have hidden ALL evidence that they were involved in this and keep everyone involved silent.

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    G December 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Well, reading the article, it is obvious that Mr. Irey is just your typical paranoid conspiracy nut. He seems obsessed with a long littany of standard government conspiracies, going back as far as 1947. Of course he latched onto Birtherism. It simply fits the wacky way he sees the world. He’s just a life-long crank, that’s all.

  9. avatar
    pigsdofly December 31, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    Knowledge is power! But you indoctrinated “useful idiots” wouldn’t dare ask anything unless it’s regurgitated by your liberal talking heads! You want to see the real birth certificate? Oh I know you’ll either ignore or never reply-which I know your little ideological game is over! The White Hats Report tdarkcabal.blogspot.com

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    Majority Will December 31, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    G:
    Well, reading the article, it is obvious that Mr. Irey is just your typical paranoid conspiracy nut.He seems obsessed with a long littany of standard government conspiracies, going back as far as 1947.Of course he latched onto Birtherism.It simply fits the wacky way he sees the world.He’s just a life-long crank, that’s all.

    There’s no shortage of jumpy cranks in Birthervania. It’s amazing they can function at all.

  11. avatar
    G December 31, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    *yawn*

    Of course we’ll ignore chirping twerps that don’t say anything and haven’t given any valid reason of why someone should pay attention to what they say or give hits to their obscure little hobby site…

    Now off you go, try to peddle your cheap spam elsewhere, Mr. Nobody!

    pigsdofly:
    Knowledge is power! But you indoctrinated “useful idiots” wouldn’t dare ask anything unless it’s regurgitated by your liberal talking heads!You want to see the real birth certificate? Oh I know you’ll either ignore or never reply-which I know your little ideological game is over!The White Hats Reporttdarkcabal.blogspot.com

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    Majority Will December 31, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    G:
    *yawn*

    Of course we’ll ignore chirping twerps that don’t say anything and haven’t given any valid reason of why someone should pay attention to what they say or give hits to their obscure little hobby site…

    Now off you go, try to peddle your cheap spam elsewhere, Mr. Nobody!

    The NWO is getting real sloppy letting these nutty tattlers run loose. Are the new FEMA camps ready yet?

  13. avatar
    Arthur December 31, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    Dear Piggy:

    You shall never be ignored, you great porcine flying miracle. Please sir, more power. I beg you. Give it me. Why, I can suck power out of a pig as a weasel sucks eggs. Enlighten us, great ham, for it is well know that in the barn yard, yonder pig is the wisest of those who trod the earth on feet of four. Come, we await your oinks and squeals!

    pigsdofly: Knowledge is power! But you indoctrinated “useful idiots” wouldn’t dare ask anything unless it’s regurgitated by your liberal talking heads! You want to see the real birth certificate? Oh I know you’ll either ignore or never reply-which I know your little ideological game is over!

  14. avatar
    Majority Will December 31, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    Arthur:
    Dear Piggy:

    You shall never be ignored, you great porcine flying miracle. Please sir, more power. I beg you. Give it me. Why, I can suck power out of a pig as a weasel sucks eggs. Enlighten us, great ham, for it is well know that in the barn yard, yonder pig is the wisest of those who trod the earth on feet of four. Come, we await your oinks and squeals!

    “Knowledge is power” and also importantly, “Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.”

    - Sir Francis Bacon

    Crispy bacon.

  15. avatar
    Arthur December 31, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    Loved the quote, MW, and especially the source–so appropriate to the context.

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    The Magic M January 1, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    Jamese777:
    The other reason that Hawaii would issue a fake birth certificate is because Hawaii is really a Marxist state and they are helping a fellow traveller who spent some time there after his birth in Kenya and growing up as a Muslim in Indonesia. This is the birther fairytale.

    The most common birfer explanation I recall is that “Hawaii has been giving out citizenship to aliens for decades to get more money from federal government” or something to that effect.

  17. avatar
    pigsdofly January 1, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    Just as I thought, you would all do! Regurgitate democrat communist socialist talking points:| If you actually took the time to checkout the web page you would see these are upper level informants in the pentagon. The corruption runs deep, not only with the birth certificate. It includes the Bush family as well. You best go checkout the page as you’re always looking to BLAME BUSH BLAME BUSH! Yes, I regurgitated your cheap talking points. Obviously if you don’t want the truth and won’t checkout the web page-your loss. The 2 people connected to this are Ben Fulford and David Wilcock. AND, a trillion dollar lawsuit has been filed in New York. NO LONGER a conspiracy theory. When someone “claims” conspiracy theory usually they’re trying to cover up the TRUTH!

  18. avatar
    BatGuano January 1, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    pigsdofly:
    Knowledge is power!

    yes, and ignorance is bliss. you sound like you’re full of bliss.

  19. avatar
    BatGuano January 1, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    pigsdofly:
    The corruption runs deep, not only with the birth certificate. It includes the Bush family as well………When someone “claims” conspiracy theory usually they’re trying to cover up the TRUTH!

    so, your theory is all these people/entities are secretly conspiring together but one shouldn’t claim it’s a conspiracy theory……… ???

  20. avatar
    Majority Will January 1, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    “democrat communist socialist talking points”

    I blame Hannity and Limbaugh.

  21. avatar
    Arthur January 1, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Oh Great Hysterical Hambone:

    Just breathe. Jai Guru Deva . . . Ommmmmmmmmm.

    So what if no one pays attention to your precious web page? How do you think Michele Bachmann feels? Life’s not as bad as it seems.

    Just think–if the Usurper is relected, you and Snowball, and Boxer, and all the farm dogs can organize your buddies and mount another Battle of Cowshed. Bush-blamers like me and that democratic/socialist/communist Mr. Jones will be driven into Canada, and you can rename our country “‘We The People’ Farm.” Let us all sing together the anthem Old Walt taught us:

    “Soon or late the day is coming,
    Obama shall be o’erthrown,
    And the fruitful fields Tennessee
    Shall be trod by us alone!”

    P.S. When you make the movie of your glorious revolution, wouldn’t Newt Gingrich make a wonderful Squealer of the House?

    pigsdofly: Just as I thought, you would all do! Regurgitate democrat communist socialist talking points:| If you actually took the time to checkout the web page you would see these are upper level informants in the pentagon. The corruption runs deep, not only with the birth certificate. It includes the Bush family as well. You best go checkout the page as you’re always looking to BLAME BUSH BLAME BUSH! Yes, I regurgitated your cheap talking points. Obviously if you don’t want the truth and won’t checkout the web page-your loss. When someone “claims” conspiracy theory usually they’re trying to cover up the TRUTH!

  22. avatar
    Majority Will January 1, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    “If you actually took the time to checkout the web page”

    I read on another blog that if you click on Piggy’s link, you’ll wake up hours later from the ringing of the phone in your tub full of ice with “WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF PORCINE AIDS” written in blood on the mirror, your butt will be cooking in the microwave and the screaming babysitter will have a head full of spiders while fighting off alligators and a Doberman chewing on human fingers.

    It was on the internet. Or it is now.

  23. avatar
    Arthur January 1, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Majority Will: your butt will be cooking in the microwave and the screaming babysitter will have a head full of spiders while fighting off alligators and a Doberman chewing on human fingers.

    I think we were at the same New Year’s party.

  24. avatar
    Majority Will January 1, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Arthur: I think we were at the same New Year’s party.

    Probably. Mine was on Earth.

    _ – - _ – . _ — –

    . . . _ _ . _ _ – . _ — – _ – . _ — – _ _ . _

    . . . . . And then Piggy squealed, “It includes the Bush family as well.”

    Well, that’s the hefty price you pay for trusting a talking dog.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jBW_h9zvfg

  25. avatar
    G January 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Why should we bother to read your crappy fantasy website or listen to you when you obviously don’t actually read or listen to what anyone else actually says?

    You’re whole spiel is so full of fantasy strawmen and fictional bogeyman that I truly wonder what color the sky is in your world? You obvioulsy don’t interact with the real world at all. So good luck making up arguments and enemies in your own head!

    Obviously you have no need to be here or anywhere other than cocooned in fear within your little fantasy bubble, where your fevered imagination is all that matters…

    pigsdofly:
    Just as I thought, you would all do! Regurgitate democrat communist socialist talking points:|If you actually took the time to checkout the web page you would see these are upper level informants in the pentagon.The corruption runs deep, not only with the birth certificate. It includes the Bush family as well. You best go checkout the page as you’re always looking to BLAME BUSH BLAME BUSH!Yes, I regurgitated your cheap talking points.Obviously if you don’t want the truth and won’t checkout the web page-your loss. The 2 people connected to this are Ben Fulford and David Wilcock. AND, a trillion dollar lawsuit has been filed in New York. NO LONGER a conspiracy theory.When someone “claims” conspiracy theory usually they’re trying to cover up the TRUTH!

  26. avatar
    JPotter January 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    C’mon, guys, be nice, pigsdofly sounds like a lot of fun. Here’s looking forward to his/her next tidbit of whizdom!

  27. avatar
    WeroInNM January 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    Americans are starting to wake up!

    Thanks to WND’s un-wavering commitment and fortitude many Americans across the country are starting to wake up to the fact that President Obama is constitutionally ineligible to hold the office of President, as substantiated by his newly released long-form Certificate of Live Birth, which shows that his father was in fact born in Kenya in 1936. At the time, Kenya was a British colony. Therefore Obama Senior was a British subject by birth (due to the fact that he was born within British-controlled territory). When President Obama was born in 1961, he acquired British nationality by descent, because his father was a British subject by birth. When Kenya gained its independence from Great Britain in 1963, President Obama became a citizen of the newly-formed nation.

    Sources:

    http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=358645

    http://people.mags.net/tonchen/birthers.htm

    http://constitutionalreset.ning.com/video/atty-dr-herb-titus-obama-not-a-natural-born-citizen

    Additionally, Several new organizations, to include active websites, were established to educate and mobilize the American public on the significance of “natural born Citizen” and the 2012 Election, along with an initiative to assist ordinary registered voting citizens wishing to challenge President Obama’s constitutional eligibility and name placement on their state’s 2012 primary presidential ballot. The team that established and maintains this website is currently compiling election laws from all 50 states and in the near future will be providing forms, along with sample letters that registered voters can use to file a complaint. Also included is pertinent information regarding those lawsuits and/or complaints that have been filed by state, to include my own.

    Sources:

    http://obamaballotchallenge.com/superpac-founder-explains-mission-of-natural-born-citizen-pac

    http://obamaballotchallenge.com/obama-ballot-challenge-founder-interviewed-by-post-email

    http://obamaballotchallenge.com/retired-marine-captain-files-obama-ballot-challenge-in-new-mexico

    Word of Caution: Although its great that many Americans are now beginning to wake up and are actively taking some action to have President Obama taken off the 2012 Presidential Election Ballots we need to keep in mind that those individuals with unlimited sources and/or resources, to include the deep pockets of anti-American George Soros, our own local and national elected officials and others, with the help of the MSM, who have spent years planning and successively perpetrating what I now believe could be the greatest fraud in American history are not going to go down without a fight and thus, as a result, I also believe that now more than ever we need to stick together as Americans (it’s no longer Democrat of Republican) at this crucial time when our country and/or Republic needs us more than ever to see this thru. A Republic for which so many Americans have and continue to give their all to uphold and defend. So the question is: Are you going to be part of the problem by continuing to keep your head in the sand hoping this issue goes away by itself or are you going to be part of the solution by stepping up to the plate and doing what ever it takes to uphold and defend our Republic before its too late?-You Decide.

    Continue Reading:

    http://weroinnm.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/the-greatest-fraud-perpetrated-in-american-history/

    “Food For Thought”

    May you and yours have a “Happy and Prosperous New Year.”

    God Bless the U.S.A.!

    Semper Fi!

  28. avatar
    richCares January 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    CORRECTION:
    Thanks to WND’s un-wavering commitment to lies, falsehoods and innuendo, they have lost all credibility.
    There much more accurate

  29. avatar
    Sef January 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    WeroInNM: When Kenya gained its independence from Great Britain in 1963, President Obama became a citizen of the newly-formed nation.

    Obama did not have Kenyan citizenship, he had the option to acquire Kenyan citizenship, This ability expired at his 23rd birthday when he didn’t exercise the option. Sorry to burst your bubble.

  30. avatar
    Daniel January 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    WeroInNM:
    Americans are starting to wake up!

    Just out of curiosity, why do you want to throw out the idea that “all men are created equal”, that our founding fathers fought so hard for, and go back the the old European colonial system where what family you were born into determined how successful you were allowed to be?

    Doesn’t seem very American to me.

  31. avatar
    katahdin January 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    Immediately send WND all the money you can. Empty your bank account. Give till it hurts. No other cause can be more important.

    WeroInNM: Thanks to WND’s un-wavering commitment and fortitude many Americans across the country are starting to wake up to the fact that President Obama is constitutionally ineligible

  32. avatar
    Sef January 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    WeroInNM: Thanks to WND’s un-wavering commitment and fortitude many Americans across the country are starting to wake up to the fact that President Obama is constitutionally ineligible

    Maybe you are not aware that we do not use the Swiss Constitution for very much in this country. We have our very own.

  33. avatar
    Majority Will January 2, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    WeroInNM: Americans . . .

    When you say “recover the truth about America’s Christian heritage” on your blog, is that Roman Catholic or Protestant or something else? Don’t you mean your America?

    Are Jews, Hindus, atheists and all other non-Christians and whatever else you despise out of luck in your America? Do you think they should they lose their citizenship or the right to vote?

    And given your repeatedly stated fear of all Muslims, would you expel all Muslims citizens from your U.S. or something else like arrest and imprison them all in your U.S.?

    “As a result, I believe that there is an urgent necessity for each of us to peacefully do what we must to help recover the truth about America’s Christian heritage and stop our country from becoming a Socialist nation and/or coming under Sharia Law and ultimately a one-world government before it is too late.”

    (source: http://weroinnm.wordpress.com/2010/01/26/disclaimer/)

  34. avatar
    Daniel January 2, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    “the truth about America’s Christian heritage” WeroInNM

    “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion” Treaty of Tripoli, authored by American diplomat Joel Barlow in 1796, the treaty was sent to the floor of the Senate, June 7, 1797, where it was unanimously approved. John Adams, signed it and proudly proclaimed it to the Nation.

    I’m sorry, what planet is it that has an America that is a Christian nation?

  35. avatar
    G January 2, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Gee…and here I thought that it was the Lizard Men that were behind it all! …Or was that the Mole People? Or the Yeti Mafia?

    …Humpty Birther Sat on a Wall. Humpty Birther had a great fall. All beaten dead horses and all the gullible men… Couldn’t prevent Obama from being on all the ballots again.

    WeroInNM: Word of Caution: Although its great that many Americans are now beginning to wake up and are actively taking some action to have President Obama taken off the 2012 Presidential Election Ballots we need to keep in mind that those individuals with unlimited sources and/or resources, to include the deep pockets of anti-American George Soros, our own local and national elected officials and others, with the help of the MSM, who have spent years planning and successively perpetrating what I now believe could be the greatest fraud in American history are not going to go down without a fight and thus, as a result, I also believe that now more than ever we need to stick together as Americans (it’s no longer Democrat of Republican) at this crucial time when our country and/or Republic needs us more than ever to see this thru

  36. avatar
    Majority Will January 2, 2012 at 1:30 am #

    WeroInNM: Semper Fi!

    The U.S. military paid and funded by American taxpayers is socialism. Provide for the common defense. Promote the general welfare.

    Remember this?

    “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

    When you say “stop our country from becoming a Socialist nation”, are you suggesting corporate or private ownership of our military rather than taxes paid by the people in the socialist manner we’ve had since our founding? Like who? Koch brothers? Who did you have in mind? Someone Christian only though, right?

  37. avatar
    Lucas D. Smith January 2, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    G: Gee…and here I thought that it was the Lizard Men that were behind it all! …Or was that the Mole People? Or the Yeti Mafia?

    I love that movie! The Mole People (1956):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0EHNRUDMF4

  38. avatar
    WeroInNM January 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    OORAH!!

    Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words without reliable sources to back up your words never will.

    May your and yours have a “Happy and Prosperous New Year.”

    God Bless You & God Bless The USA!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q65KZIqay4E&feature=related

    Semper Fi!

  39. avatar
    G January 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    Me too! I grew up having a local TV station that played a whole afternoon of classic B-movie sci-fi every Saturday and sometimes on Sunday. I have a fond place in my heart for all those movies!

    Lucas D. Smith: I love that movie! The Mole People (1956):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0EHNRUDMF4

  40. avatar
    G January 2, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    Well, at least this was finally a nicer post with a good message and a modern American classic patriotic song. I consider that a good way to start off the New Year, so cheers and I’ll echo the sentiments.

    WeroInNM: May your and yours have a “Happy and Prosperous New Year.”
    God Bless You & God Bless The USA!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q65KZIqay4E&feature=related
    Semper Fi!

  41. avatar
    Daniel January 3, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    WeroInNM: but words without reliable sources to back up your words never will.

    And the Irony Meter goes OFF THE SCALE!!!