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Obama made a birther joke at a Tennessee town meeting, reports the Associated Press.

“They’re pretty sure that I’m an illegal immigrant,” Obama quipped, before adding, “That was a joke.”

He’s so funny.

Do you know any funny birther jokes?

You might be a birther if…

Commenter Jim wrote:

Wish I could find the old Jeff Foxworthy takeoff I wrote years ago

“If you think a used car salesman playing cop is more reliable than the State of Hawaii, yew might be a birther.”

I think I had about 30-40 of them.

Help Jim out with some new ones. Here’s one of mine:

You might be a birther if you think removing the red eye from the pictures of your kid’s birthday party with Photoshop makes you a forensic document expert.

Not recommended, but you could check out:

The Orliad remembered

For those who have not been around the birther movement a long time, I mention in this article an important work chronicling the exploits of Orly Taitz from 2009. I have one image from The Orliad, the iconic drawing of Orly as Joan of Arc, in an article, but I never featured the whole work, an omission that I correct now. Here’s a sample from one chapter, “The Orliad and the Idiocy.”

line drawing of Orly Taitz Storming the Supreme CourtThe Orliad is attributed to someone named Mrs. Polly, and appeared at the Rumproast web site. Here is an index to the chapters and related material:

Exit strategy

Parting shots

As the days go by, birtherism recedes farther and farther into irrelevancy, and I was just a little surprised to see the topic revisited yet again by President Obama’s speech writers at the White House Correspondents’ Association Annual Dinner this year [video embedded at the end of the article]. I thoroughly enjoyed the speech, from the opening moment when the band played “Hail to the Ferns.” Birthers got skewered a couple of times.

After noting that an American won the Boston Marathon for the first time in 30 years, Obama said:

It’s only fair since a Kenyan has been president for the last six.

I think the second one the more interesting:

Let’s face it, Fox, you will miss me when I’m gone. It will be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya.

I think the subtext of that joke was a commentary on just how crazy political opposition has become in the age of Internet blog-based conspiracism, and a foretaste of what a Hillary Clinton race for President might look like.

While I enjoyed Obama’s remarks, I hope that this is the last Correspondents’ Dinner with birther jokes. Birthers are yesterday’s news (except in our little niche).

A strategy that drags on too long becomes a drag.
— Saul Alinsky

Exit strategy

imageOver at Birther Report I get asked from time to time what my “exit strategy” is. I don’t know quite how to take the question, since I don’t think I need an exit strategy. I have no debts to pay off from running the blog. Birthers think (or claim to think since I find it hard to really believe them) that bloggers who make fun of them will be prosecuted for treason and sent to jail, but in fact such a thing is patently absurd.

A fellow made an injudicious comment here a few days back and became embroiled in a discussion he probably didn’t want to be in. I was going to share my exit strategy with him:

Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and look for a blue button labeled “Submit Comment.” Don’t push it.

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Tricksters taunt Taitz terribly

I reject the idea of “blaming the victim” in most circumstances. Orly Taitz, on the other hand, has actively censored reasonable and factual comments on her web site for the purpose, it would seem, of making her seem a better attorney than she is, and to make what she is doing in the anti-Obama realm more effective than it is. There is a certain element of justice when the targets of her censorship exploit her own vanity for the purpose of ridiculing her.

The moderated strike back

One of the long-time characteristics of the Taitz web site is the publication of comments of fawning praise for Taitz. One memorable comment from Judith called Taitz “Lady Liberty” back in early 2009.

For several months now, Taitz commenters have combined fawning praise with hidden insults in the form of fake names that allude to insulting or sexually-explicit phrases. (Let me hasten to add that I personally have not done this.) Here’s a recent example:


Here’s a short collection of some of the other spoof commenter names from the Taitz web site this week:

  • Gaye Barr (gay bar)
  • Phillip McKraq (fill up my crack)
  • Ricardo Cabeza (dick head, sp.)
  • Dick Kerr (dick her)
  • F. Hart (fart)
  • Verga Grande (big dick, sp.)
  • Arnie Benedict (Benedict Arnold)
  • Enorme Pene (huge penis, sp.)
  • Ben Dover (bend over)
  • Mosca De Cerdos (pigs fly, sp.)
  • Lt. Col. Hugh Jhass (retired) (huge ass)
  • Jacky Hoff (jack off)
  • Pyle F. Schit (pile of ….)

There are others I suspect, but that I couldn’t figure out.