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Director Fuddy dies in plane crash

Loretta FuddyIt is with a profound sense of loss that I report the tragic and and untimely death of Loretta Fuddy, director of the Hawaii Department of Health, appointed by Governor Abercrombie in 2011 to succeed Dr. Chiyome Fukino. Fuddy was the sole casualty in a small plane crash.

Ms. Fuddy, 65, had a background in social work and had received numerous awards including ones for her work with children.

Orly Taitz puts herself in the middle of the story [link to Taitz web site]:

Press Release: Within hours after Attorney Orly Taitz published a press release of [redacted]’s “control” birth certificate showing the same evidence of forgery and backdating as Obama’s alleged birth certificate, which was certified as genuine by director of Health of HI Loretta Fuddy, it was announced that Loretta Fuddy was the only passenger to die in a small plane accident. Attorney Taitz calls on 8 courts and judges who received her cases to rule expeditiously on the merits and review the evidence of forgery and theft in Obama’s IDs before more people die in strange accidents

Other birthers respond at Birther Report:

★FALCON★ : No surprises there. Sometimes conspiracies are real – especially when Democrats are involved. In my opinion, this is the type of thing that will bring out even more people who will look into the Obama criminal empire … There is no such thing as coincidences.

Ed K: It would be interesting to know what kind of computer/file/email cleanup occurred in the last few hours as people mourn her death. same crew as the passport office cleanup, most likely

★FALCON★ : I wonder if Neil Abercrombie will be sleeping with one eye open.

thinkwell : Fuddy was involved up to her prematurely dead eyeballs in aka obama’s identity crimes

★FALCON★ : Interestingly, Gallups says the long wait is almost over and a co-conspirator is dead. You just can’t make this stuff up.

smack : SHE MUST HAVE TALKED TO ZULLO. A CLASSIC WELL-PLANNED ACCIDENT. PURE EVIL.

charlesmountain : Fuddy was gonna squeal…

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Has the birther movement peaked?

Something from high school civics class came to mind today from the old constitution of the Soviet Union that guaranteed:

freedom of religious worship and freedom of anti-religious propaganda

Birthers have used their freedom of speech. They speak in person, they speak in meetings, they carry signs, they speak in email, they talk on the radio, and they speak on web sites. Some even take out half-page ads in major newspapers. Jerome Corsi’s birther book is a best seller before it even comes out. Even though “birther speech” is of low quality (by that I mean fallacious argument, rumors and outright lies) it still travels unfiltered through many channels. As I am fond of saying, “any fool can make a web site.”

Something fundamentally changed this past month when Donald Trump hit the television circuit with his recitation of rumors about Barack Obama’s birth certificate. There was an immediate backlash of birther debunking and fact checking from all over. My Google alerts on “birther” suddenly filled up. Hundreds of newspapers were carrying wire stories, all of which said one way or another that the birther claims had long been disproven. Even Republican leaders and deep south editorial pages were denouncing the birthers as kooks. The TV networks skewered Trump. The fact checking web sites such as FactCheck.org and PolitiFact.com did special reports. The New York Times did a major story on the psychology of why birthers cling to false ideas.

Everybody’s heard about it now; I think the birthers have saturated the market. Even though Corsi is a first-rate political smear artist, we’re not likely to see much new in his book about the basic question of where Barack Obama was born. Those who are not birthers have the facts readily at their fingertips.

The startling number of birthers (whatever that number really is) certainly shakes my confidence in the rationality of my fellow citizens, but I don’t see those numbers going up. I think the birther movement has peaked.

Palin buttresses birther base

While admitting that she believes Barack Obama was born in Hawaii (and presumably that the sun rises in the east), Sarah Palinn nevertheless supports Donald Trump’s claimed investigation in Hawaii. There must be something wrong or else Obama wouldn’t have spent $2 million to keep whatever it is hidden. She praises Trump for getting involved and hopes that he, with his significant resources, will “get to the bottom of it.” She said this in a Fox News interview:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJJM7WoRKpQ

The loopy Fox News interviewer lent credibility to the totally debunked $2 million myth by saying that she had heard it.

 

Recycling

Donald Trump told the NBC Today Show’s Meridith Vieira this morning that  he has people on the ground in Hawaii looking into Obama’s origins and that we wouldn’t believe what they are finding out. Apparently his team has been digging deeply into old birther blogs because that was what Trump was repeating today.

I wrote an article in 2010 titled “We all came out of Berg’s suit” about how much of the birther story comes from the old Berg lawsuit from 2008, which itself came largely from Internet blogs. Berg’s theories still form the backbone of the birther story. Of course Berg, being the the instigator of the first lawsuit Barack Obama had to defend, couldn’t make the $2 million dollar legal fee claim (that had to wait until the number of birther lawsuits mounted, even though Obama wasn’t even named in most of them, and Obama actually defended himself in only 3, and none of those even came to trial).

Let’s look at what Trump said this morning (see NBC closed caption transcript).

  1. Obama doesn’t have a birth certificate (“he doesn’t have one”). Trump later softened this to a growing doubt that he has one and then “I hope he does.”
  2. “He has what’s called certificate of live birth [sic] that’s something that’s easy to get…It’s not the equivalent of a birth certificate, not even close.”
  3. “I read it [Obama's Certification of Live Birth] very carefully. It doesn’t have a serial number , doesn’t have a signature. There’s not even a signature.”
  4. Obama’s grandmother says she was there when Barack Obama was born in Kenya.
  5. Obama has spent $2 million in legal fees “trying to get away from this issue.”

I think most of this is covered pretty thoroughly on this blog. I am considering an update on Obama’s legal fees since this seems to be so central to just about every birther narrative, and the rumored expense keeps going up.

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