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Gerbil Report™: Call for papers

On a whim, I created a blog using Google Blogger, and called it Gerbil Report™. Should anyone want to exercise their creativity and write an article for publication there, send it care of “admin” here at OCT. The funnier, the better—just no outing. The actual blog will be, but you will be able to access it through

I don’t intend to write much if at all for it, but want the best in birther criticism from any and all sources to appear.

Knock knock

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:

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