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22 Responses to Where there’s smoke, there’s birther politicians in North Carolina

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    NC Resident May 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Numbnutz probably voted FOR Amendment 1, too.

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    JD Reed May 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    The good Dr. Whitley lost, but Hudson who led in the primary is only somewhat less of a birther. Pendergraph is in a runoff.

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    KDLarsen May 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    The timeless classic known as JAQ’ing off (ie. “Hey, don’t blame me, I’ve read this stuff and now I’m Just Asking Questions”).

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    Majority Will May 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    KDLarsen:
    The timeless classic known as JAQ’ing off (ie. “Hey, don’t blame me, I’ve read this stuff and now I’m Just Asking Questions”).

    That’s funny! (And a little pathetic too.)

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    BillTheCat May 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    Another nut :p

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    Joe Acerbic May 12, 2012 at 2:30 am #

    The old saying really needs to be refreshed for today’s U.S. politics: “Where there’s smoke, there’s a smoke machine”.

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    Paul Pieniezny May 12, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    As one French Président once famously said: “Whenever a dirty political trick is being planned against a political opponent, there is always a Republic that needs to be saved – and a burglar who is dreaming of becoming a Chief of Police!”

    Except that in Arizona at least the burglar is a Chief of Police already.

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    Lupin May 12, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    Paul Pieniezny: and a burglar who is dreaming of becoming a Chief of Police!”

    A homage to my namesake.

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    Jules May 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Anderson Cooper did a generally good job at describing the state of the evidence and the absurdity of the birthers’ position. When Trump was repeating nonsense about Obama’s birth certificate, very few journalists bothered pointing out in the interviews that Trump’s claims had already been proven false.

    The one criticism that I would make of Cooper’s interview is that Cooper asked whether Whitley flew to Hawaii to investigate the matter. As we all know, the Hawaii Department of Health obeys state law on vital records and will not allow access to birth records just to satisfy public curiosity. This is why Obama’s long form was only publicly available after Obama requested a copy for himself that he then chose to scan for public viewing. (Members of the press not only say the scans and photocopies of the long form, but some journalists also saw the sealed hard copy that had been issued to Obama.)

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    chris May 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    logical fallacy much?

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    Chef May 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    The most salient point, that the Dr.’s colleague’s document is available for anyone’s inspection and the prezident’s is not, caused a typical liberal reaction from the juvenile Cooper: he immediately changed the subject and the angle of attack.

    …reminds me of the typical obamaphile at this bizarre blog.

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    chris May 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    @Chef, “salient” is a stretch. The “good doctor” could hardly string a sentence together. Perhaps his strongest argument, was that Sheriff Joe is a Good American (in his opinion). I happen to disagree about that, since I saw the video of Joe at the Nazi rally, but even if it was true, it has absolutely no bearing on whether or not Obama is a citizen. Also, I didn’t notice Cooper changing the subject. On the contrary, he asked followup questions.

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    Keith May 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Chef: The most salient point, that the Dr.’s colleague’s document is available for anyone’s inspection and the prezident’s is not,

    How do you know that?

    The candidate Doctor said that his colleagues BC was available, have you tried? I thought not. So you are relying on hearsay from exactly one random person who openly admits that nobody connected with the story is actually informed about BC procedures or document analysis, or has any official capacity in relation to anything. Does the this alleged colleague even exist?

    On the other hand, the candidate Doctor said that the President’s BC was not available; yet he has not tried to contact the White House either. So he is barefacedly refusing to accept the testimony of the officials in charge of the State records, the testimony of independent journalists, and refusing to take any action what-so-ever that can possibly answer the question for him.

    The most salient point is that this guy is sitting on his brains. For a medical practitioner he sure has one lousy mindset.

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    Keith May 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    Jules: The one criticism that I would make of Cooper’s interview is that Cooper asked whether Whitley flew to Hawaii to investigate the matter.

    I don’t have time to relisten now. Didn’t he change that question in mid-sentence to asking if he had contacted the White House? At any rate he did ask if he had contacted the White House.

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    US Citizen May 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    For a little more on Mr Whitley, see his page.

    http://johnwhitleyforcongress.com/

    I find it amusing that he, a doctor, is also posing in front of “Whitley’s Funeral Home.”

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    Rickey May 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    Chef:
    The most salient point, that the Dr.’s colleague’s document is available for anyone’s inspection and the prezident’s is not

    Really? Where do I go to inspect it? Has an image of it been posted on the Internet? In what year was the “colleague” born? What are the supposed differences between this birth certificate and Obama’s birth certificate?

    I have two copies of my birth certificate, one issued when I was born and the other issued when I was 40. The contain the same information, but one doesn’t look anything like the other.

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    Scientist May 13, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    Today’s NY Times crossword puzzle, 41 Down- Obama’s birthplace. 6 letters, begins with H.

    Look, birthers, argue all you want with Doc or me or anyone else, but in many years of doing the crossword puzzle, I know how carefully the clues are checked. If it’s in the crossword puzzle, it’s a fact. End of story.

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    linda May 13, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Sage advice. Will Shortz would have it no other way.

    Scientist: Look, birthers, argue all you want with Doc or me or anyone else, but in many years of doing the crossword puzzle, I know how carefully the clues are checked. If it’s in the crossword puzzle, it’s a fact. End of story.

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    gorefan May 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    US Citizen: I find it amusing that he, a doctor, is also posing in front of “Whitley’s Funeral Home.”

    It’s called vertical integration.

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    AlCum May 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Oh. My. God. People like this can actually get into Congress? This is appalling.

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    Keith May 13, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    AlCum:
    Oh. My. God. People like this can actually get into Congress? This is appalling.

    I think he lost the primary. But his opponent is a birther too, apparently.

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    Keith May 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    That is, his opponent in the primary, the guy that won the primary.