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Birthers are depressing

I mean it. I look at some of these web comment threads full of vigorously asserted nonsense. I see hatred and bigotry rampant and it’s depressing, palpably depressing. It’s depressing because it’s hopeless at least in those microcosms of web sites. I got a nonsense right-wing chain email from a friend today. It was depressing too. Two minutes on Snopes showed it was all made up.

Some of this is of no consequence, but when a large part of the Congress is made up of climate change deniers, real harm could be done. Are millions of Americans going to lose their health care in 2017?

At least my mood lightens when I come here.

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18 Responses to Birthers are depressing

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    Punchmaster via Mobile March 30, 2015 at 8:07 pm #

    Watching birtherism die, is a bit like this video I saw on YouTube, where a guy is stalked, and very slowly snuffed by a guy brandishing a spoon.

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    Janny March 30, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

    It is very depressing to see how many people are ignorant or bigots or both. And so many of them sit in a pew on Sunday.

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    Jon Beck March 30, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

    Those comments are actually a secret test designed to root out right wing cyborgs. Only real humans are negatively affected by the content. You passed the test!!!

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    Keith March 30, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    At least my mood lightens when I come here.

    My feelings exactly.

    Thanks for all the little things like this, Doc.

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    Lupin March 31, 2015 at 1:53 am #

    As I have mentioned here in the past, if the sizable portion of lunatics that thrive in the US were content to poop within your property, I could bear it with equanimity. The problem is that said lunatics go outside your borders and poop in other people’s gardens.

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    alg March 31, 2015 at 8:32 am #

    Honestly, I don’t find birthers to be depressing. I find them to be a source of endless entertainment.

    Now, climate deniers, that’s a whole other story. It is very depressing to think we as a species lack the capacity to act in our own best interest and the best interests of our children because so many of us are prone to believing in myths.

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    Arthur March 31, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    At some point I realized I was giving too many f*cks about birthers. Now I focus on something more important: my fantasy curling league.

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    The Magic M (not logged in) March 31, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    Arthur: At some point I realized I was giving too many f*cks about birthers. Now I focus on something more important

    Been there several times, but I keep coming back. I just don’t want to miss reaping the rewards of putting up with them for years – the realization on January 20th, 2017, that nobody’s going to bother “undoing” Obama’s presidency after he’s left office.

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    Lupin March 31, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    alg: Now, climate deniers, that’s a whole other story. It is very depressing to think we as a species lack the capacity to act in our own best interest and the best interests of our children because so many of us are prone to believing in myths.

    What Terry Pratchett, I believe, called the meeting of the Fallen Angel and the Rising Ape.

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    Punchmaster via Mobile March 31, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    Arthur:
    At some point I realized I was giving too many f*cks about birthers. Now I focus on something more important: my fantasy curling league.

    Video games for me. Granted poking birthers with a stick and playing video games are both wastes of time, but the latter is actually fulfilling.

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    Jane Whitman April 3, 2015 at 12:57 am #

    On the bright side:

    When all is said and done, the birhers were effectively countered and defeated at all levels by rational, educated and intelligent people.

    Doc C and Foogie at the Fogbow deserve no small part of the creidit.

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    Notorial Dissent April 3, 2015 at 4:16 am #

    That and by repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot by making things up as they went along on the assumption no one would doubt them and check. Intellectual dishonesty coupled with general dishonesty is a bad if not fatal combination.

    Jane Whitman:
    On the bright side:

    When all is said and done, the birhers were effectively countered and defeated at all levels by rational, educated and intelligent people.

    Doc C and Foogie at the Fogbow deserve no small part of the creidit.

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    Benji Franklin April 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

    Jane Whitman: the birhers were effectively countered and defeated at all levels by rational, educated and intelligent people.

    Doc C and Foogie at the Fogbow deserve no small part of the creidit.

    Yes, but with all due respect, the Birthers were inevitably defeated by George Washington at the Battle of Yorktown.That’s the battle that decided the war that empowered our Constitution to become the internationally undisputed law of our land, Law which has proven itself impervious to the misinterpretation and whining complaints of the unseemly malcontents we call “Birthers”.

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    ZixiOfIx April 4, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

    I don’t remember the exact quote anymore, but it was something like “Bigotry is the smallest excuse for the maximum amount of hatred”.

    Bigotry needs no logic, no real reason. It doesn’t have to make sense.

    Try to remember than bigots and those who pander to them are not in the majority or even a large minority anymore.

    That should help make you feel better.

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    tetra April 4, 2015 at 11:15 pm #

    I am new to this, so please tell me, WTF is still going on about this. isn’t President Obama from Kenya, and is/t he going ther next week,\. And wasn’t there just a terrorist attackbombing there toorecently? This shit scares the crap out of me. It should for anyone.Why is ths still an issue?

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    Dr. Conspiracy April 5, 2015 at 12:54 am #

    No. President Obama is not from Kenya–his father as.

    I’m not quite sure what “issue” you’re asking about: terrorism in Kenya or the President’s birth place. Most things in the world seem to be about money and power.

    tetra: I am new to this, so please tell me, WTF is still going on about this. isn’t President Obama from Kenya, and is/t he going ther next week,\. And wasn’t there just a terrorist attackbombing there toorecently? This shit scares the crap out of me. It should for anyone.Why is ths still an issue?

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    Rickey April 5, 2015 at 1:36 am #

    tetra:
    I am new to this, so pleasetell me, WTF is still going on about this. isn’t President Obama from Kenya, and is/t he going ther next week,\. And wasn’t there just a terroristattackbombing there toorecently? This shit scares the crap out of me. It should for anyone.Why is ths still an issue?

    President Obama was born in Hawaii.

    He is planning to visit Kenya in July, which according to my calendar is not next week.

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    Lupin April 5, 2015 at 3:50 am #

    tetra:
    I am new to this, so please tell me, WTF is still going on about this.

    I don’t think the two things are related at all.

    Obama’s father was indeed from Kenya, and yes, Muslim extremists angry over Kenya’s intervention in neighboring Somalia (Kenya is 80% Christian, 20% Muslim, unlike Somalia next door which is the opposite) have killed over 100 people in a college there a few days ago.

    But the two things are totally unrelated.

    As for Obama’s forthcoming visit, I would assume they have taken all the appropriate security measures.