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Articles are listed in order of date of publication.

From Tea Party to Treason, December 1, 2009, Mother Jones. Tea-party style activism has taken some nutty turns before–”the Hitler references, the Holocaust pictures. But Walter Fitzpatrick III may be about to push anti-Obama activism to new heights. On Tuesday, he plans to walk into the Monroe County courthouse in tiny Madisonville, Tennessee, and attempt to convince a local grand jury to indict the president on treason and fraud charges.

Could President Obama be British?, December 2, 2009, Politics.co.uk. However, the boy who became president lost his British citizenship when Kenya formally gained its independence from Britain on December 11 1963.

Obama legal cases continue, December 2, 2009. The Sonoran News. However, on Dec. 1, after first having to file criminal obstruction charges against the grand jury foreman, Fitzpatrick was finally granted access to present evidence before the Monroe County, Tenn. Grand Jury,which allows citizens to file charges.

The Latest from Birther Conspiracist, “World’s Worst Person” –” Mo. Rep. Cynthia Davis, December 3, 2009, Riverfront Times. Then, this fall, Davis again made news when she and fellow Missouri representative, Timothy Jones (R-Eureka), signed on as plaintiffs to a federal lawsuit questioning the nationality of President Barack Obama. (A federal judge has since dismissed the suit, but not before rebuking Davis, Jones and their fellow conspiracists.)

The political lexicon, December 3, 2002, The Indiana Daily Student. Birther: (n.) Member of a broad category of conspiracy theorists who believe U.S. President Barack Obama is not a natural-born citizen as required under Article Two of the U.S. Constitution. Also see: (n.) truther; (n.) Kenya; (n.) Hawaii

Obama birthplace attorney files new allegations, December 3, 2009, Orange County Register. “There was a concerted and a well orchestrated effort by a number of individuals to assassinate my character, endanger my law license and ultimately derail my case against Mr. Obama,” Taitz writes in the document filed with the federal court today. “A number of criminal activities were perpetrated upon this court.”

Sarah Palin, Birther, December 4, 2009, The Atlantic Wire. Bloggers on the right say Palin’s decision to associate herself with the so-called “birther” movement–a group believing the president was not, in fact, born in the U.S.–is neither her smartest nor her most noble move so far.

Sarah Palin’s fans push for 2012 presidential run, December 4, 2009, The Associated Press. Palin played into that fear on a radio show Thursday, telling host Rusty Humphries that voters “rightfully” have questions about the legitimacy of Obama’s birth certificate. The so-called birther conspiracy around Obama’s U.S. citizenship has been widely discredited, and state health officials in Hawaii have repeatedly confirmed that the president was born there in 1961.

Posey touts ‘birther’ battle to donors, December 4, 2009, The Orlando Sentinel, And as reported in the Politico and the Washington Independent, Posey is now using the debate to attract campaign dollars from readers of the conservative WorldNetDaily.

Sarah Palin revives ’stupid conspiracy’ of Obama’s birth certificate [Updated], December 4, 2009, The Los Angeles Times. We’re still scratching our head as to what exactly Sarah Palin meant by her four-sentence blog post Thursday night on Facebook.

The two faces of Sarah Palin, December 5, 2009, Examiner.com. … Now the face of reason, responsibility and public relations realizes she will be lumped together with Orly Taitz, the Birther lunatic, and she panics a little. That face has to do damage control, so that face explains what she really meant.

Sarah Palin: birther: December 6, 2009, The Village Voice. Alaska’s former governor talked to the press about her otter-skin purse, the president’s communist tendencies, and side dishes for an open-air liberal roast at the Gridiron Dinner this week, but she didn’t mention her interest in the “rightful” issue of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

Palin’s Uncomfortable Racism, December 6, 2009, The Daily Voice. Palin gave another wink and nod to the bigots by almost single-handedly reviving the withered on the vine, unabashed, racist tinged, birther campaign. Palin accomplished that neat trick with her off the cuff quip to a conservative radio talk show host that it was “fair game” to the validity of Obama’s birth certificate.

Are bloggers entitled to their own ‘facts’?, December 6, 2009, The Long Beach Press-Telegram. I’m not suggesting that newspapers – once defined as the first rough draft of history – are without errors. But there are prices to pay and corrections to be made and standards to be met. When was the last time an Internet birther ran a correction or lost his job?

No indictment for President Obama from Monroe County grand jury, December 8, 2009. The Monroe County Advocate. Walt Fitzpatrick has been seeking to indict President Barack Obama on treason charges, but the grand jury failed to grant his request. Grand jury proceedings are kept secret until indictments are handed down, and when the December session for Monroe County was released, neither the president’s name nor Gary Pettway or Jim Stutts was on the list.

Militaristic, corrupt America increasingly resembles a Third World state, December 8, 2009, Australia.TO. The far Right wallows in paranoia with its dreams of overturning an election by discovering a Kenyan birth certificate. Most on the Left seem too mesmerized by the president to hold him accountable. The media ranges from insipid to hysterical. This country may never see the reasons for–”and the parallels to–”its disintegration.

Indonesia to Erect Statue of President Obama as a Boy, December 8, 2009, ABC News. “The statue is designed to inspire Indonesian children that they can be anyone they want to be,” said Friends of Obama chairman Ron Muller.

Quo warranto: Return of the Birthers, December 9, 2009, The Columbia Examiner. This new attempt to get at Obama is a circuitous affair, centering on the Chrysler bailout, and Obama’s authority to use Troubled Asset Relief Program funds to bail out Chrysler.

Matthews Speaks at Kirkland, December 9, 2009, The Harvard Crimson. The host of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” voiced his opposition to President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan…The political commentator also shared some choice words about opposition to President Obama, including the “birther” movement…Matthews said that there was “a lot of white tribalism in the birther stuff” and labeled some of the rabble-rousing associated with such movements as “nativist.”

Introducing the Obama Statue, December 9, 2009. NBC Washington. A statue of President Barack Obama as a 10-year-old wearing shorts and a T-shirt has been erected –” not in any of Washington, D.C.’s historic parks or traffic circles, but in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he lived as a boy…. No word on whether it also includes a bronze copy of his birth certificate.

Toss ‘birther’ filing now, December 11, 2009, The Northwest Herald. The “birth” issue is a non-issue – worth not a dime of McHenry County taxpayers’ money. Yet Sharon Meroni – aka blogger Chalice Jackson of Patriot’s Heart Media Network Inc. of Fox River Grove – has guaranteed that taxpayers will lose at least a few dollars over this bizarre, Obama-hating element’s quest.

Obama Gives Hanukkah Wishes in Hebrew; Birthers Now Claim He Was Born in Israel, December 11, 2009, The Huffington Post. Orly Taitz, a leading Birther spokesperson, told CNN today that she had in her possession a birth certificate for Mr. Obama that was issued in Tel Aviv.

Florida politics read stranger than fiction, December 12, 2009, The Orlando Sentinel. But it’s harder to ignore the birthers when one of our own congressmen is not only courting them and their money, but filing the legislation they crave. (Posey also filed a birth-certificate-related bill that the hasn’t gone anywhere because even most of his GOP peers won’t touch it.

Candidates wise to stay in the middle, December 13, 2009, The Denver Post. Despite their president’s many problems, despite the angry town hall meetings, the poisonous partisanship in Congress, the Tea Party movement and the “birther” billboards, Democrats continue to gain numbers in Colorado.

The Christmas Gift of Conservatism, December 13, 2009, Glossynews.com. The gift of a fine Christmas Book from respected authors such as Mike Huckabee, Glenn Beck, Larry “WS” Craig, Dr. Taitz, Mark Foley and other Conservatives are now available. Look for them on the web and in select Conservative-leaning book shops.

Thinking the Legally “Unthinkable” in the KSM Trial, December 15, 2009. Intellectual Conservative. If Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is clever he will turn his trial into an Obama birth certificate circus.

Obama eligibility lawyers represent Chrysler dealers, December 16, 2009. Sonoran News. Donofrio reviewed the entire Chrysler bankruptcy file and said he found strong grounds to appeal. After lengthy discussions with other dealers and a various attorneys, [former Chrysler dealer] Anderer indicated everyone was impressed with the concepts raised. Donofrio suggested bringing in an experienced litigator … Washington Attorney Stephen Pidgeon….

Vote for the Word of the Year, December 17, 2009, San Francisco Chronicle. Birthers: The nickname for people who reject the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency due to questions about his Hawaii birth certificate or other reasons.

Wittman faces harsh crowd in Montross, Northern Neck News (Warsaw, VA). Following other audience members’ questions, many of which regarded health care reform, Carpenter took the floor again, to continue attacks against the current administration. “The usurper we have in the White House has not proven he is qualified to be there,” Carpenter said, speaking about President Barack Obama’s contested birthplace.

Orly Taitz Fires Opening Salvo In Appeal Of Never-Ending Birther Case, December 17, 2009,  TPM Muckraker. In a surprise move, it appears that Taitz has allowed another, considerably more cool-headed attorney –” Jonathan Levy of South Carolina –” to draft the opening brief filed this week in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

A Conspiracy-Theory Theory, December 19, 2009, The Wall Street Journal. And then there is the violent innocence of much conspiracism, in which the theorist is “only asking questions” …. “I’m not saying he wasn’t born in Hawaii” argue sophisticated birthers of Obama, “all I’m saying is why won’t he produce his birth certificate?”\

Disturbing Bedfellows, December 19, 2009, Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX. It was a heartbreaking moment for me because, no matter how marginal a voice this pitiable person and his kind have in the national political discourse, his very existence means that risible liberal commentators like Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann are at least slightly correct when they label the entire conservative movement as provincial, misinformed and racially motivated.

Atty Philip J. Berg defends Obama birth certificate lawsuits, December 24, 2009, Renew America. Jamie Freeze, a law student, has called any of us who question Soetoro/Obama’s citizenship status and constitutional eligibility to serve as U.S. President –” a constitutional right of ours, of course –” incompetent idiots.

Islamophobia and the American Presidency, December 27, 2009, The Pacific Free Press. Suspicions of Obama’s foreignness, both figurative and physical, remain a crucial part of American political discourse. If we go back to McCain’s assertion that Obama is a citizen, as opposed to an “Arab,” we can see that the invention of the “normative citizen” in the present United States underlies the frequent demands that Obama produce his birth certificate. [Last quotes added for clarity.]

Orly Taitz’s Love Affair with the 2nd Amendment (And with a Guy), December 29, 2009, Gawker. Orange County Newsmaker of the Year, Birther Queen, Attorney, and Dentist Orly Taitz says it is time to begin our armed rebellion! But her former lover says she is treacherous!

Birther queen Orly Taitz writes it’s time to bare arms, December 28, 2009, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Orly Taitz, a California lawyer/dentist and one of the leaders in the “birther movement,” now writes on her Web site that it may be time, thanks in part to the health care reform vote, for Americans to take up arms in protest.

Washington Watch: Winners and losers for 2009, December 30, 2009, The Jerusalem Post. Losers… Birthers – The lunatic fringe still can’t believe a black man could be elected president in the 21st century – Lou Dobbs, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Alan Keys, Rush Limbaugh and Orly Taitz, the Israeli expat dentist-lawyer.

COLUMN: Being ill-informed and judgmental define the aughts, December 30, 2009, The Columbia Missourian. But the impetus to stand for something and pass judgment when people don’t fully understand the issues has become a pox on America. The mere fact that we know the name Orly Taitz is evidence enough.

2009’s final irony: Rush Limbaugh treated at Obama birther hospital, December 31, 2009, True/Slant blog. Rush Limbaugh, who has often cast doubt on the idea that President Obama was born in these United States, is being treated for chest pains at Queen’s Medical Center in Hawaii, a place that has been important to the “birther” conspiracy movement.

Twenty-Oh-Nine provided plenty of ups, downs, December 31, 2009, The Edmond Sun. 2009 was a year where too little attention was paid to the heroic protests in Iran, yet too much attention was paid to the childish birther protests here at home.

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