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Obama starts World War III to hide birth certificate

or something like that

Thanks to a commenter who pointed me to an “Alternative News & Commentary” web site called State of the Nation. Their March 7 article, “’Universe-Shattering Evidence’ Re: Obama Criminal Investigation To Be Announced By Cold Case Posse,” suggests a tie in with recent political instability in the Ukraine:

Why would Team Obama execute the violent overthrow of yet another democratically elected nation on Russia’s border, unless it was a necessary diversion to soon-to-be-presented “Universe-Shattering Evidence“?

They did? The article goes on to say, of course, there are other very good reasons why Obama would literally start World War III, outlining other problems the Obama administration is having, but I would hardly agree with their assessment of the situation: DESPERATE.

Why do they think that the Obama Administration engineered the crisis in the Ukraine? Well, because everything points to it and because, well, because they did, AND, AND, AND [wait for it …….. ]Benghazi!

The site is pretty flakey, linking to the Dystel publicists brochure from 1991 falsely labeled as a biography from the 1991 Harvard Law Review Year Book. (This fake made the rounds in 2012 and again this past January on some Internet sites.)

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State of the Nation is an eclectic collection of conspiracy theories from Chemtrails to Sandy Hook. In fairness to them, they have several articles which I didn’t read on their theories that the US engineered the Ukrainian crisis.

“Z-poppers and genocide” 40th anniversary

Photo of Dr. Conspiracy“Z-poppers and genocide” is the title I gave a letter I wrote to my university student newspaper around 1972. It’s probably my first opinion piece and a preview of opinion writing I would do on bulletin boards, Internet news groups and finally on my own web sites and blogs – culminating here at Obama Conspiracy Theories.  I don’t have a copy of that letter now, but the subject was the misrepresentation of the views of the Zero Population Growth group (derisively called “z-poppers” by opponents).  “No, Zero Population Growth doesn’t advocate ‘zero population.’”

The other student letter I wrote as an undergraduate was titled “The Calley Rally,”  an observation on how people on different sides of the Vietnam War controversy rallied around Lt. William Calley (who was eventually convicted of murder in the killing of Vietnamese civilians) in support or opposition to the War. For some Calley was a symbol of all that is wrong with war and for others he was a symbol of what one sometimes has to do to win a war. While I wasn’t ready to condone what Calley did, I acknowledged that war does things to people.

Those two letters showed my interest at debunking misrepresentations, my interest in looking at both sides of issues, and my fascination with how people’s perception of events is colored by their personal biases.

The Vietnam War was a major division in American Society in the 1970’s. While I was trying to understand those who disagreed with me, Jerome Corsi was asking whether we should shut them up. 1972 was also the year Corsi wrote his PhD thesis in Political Science at Harvard, titled: PRIOR RESTRAINT, PRIOR PUNISHMENT, AND POLITICAL DISSENT: A MORAL AND LEGAL EVALUATION.

While I wouldn’t want to suggest that Jerome Corsi couldn’t have changed in 40 years (I certainly have!), I still find it interesting that he was questioning things like academic freedom back then when it went against public policy. One bit that caught my eye was a quote (deliciously ironic from today’s perspective) of Professor Meiklejohn who Corsi cites, I think,  approvingly (Corsi cites 4 works by Meilkejohn, more than any other author) on page 108 of his thesis:

The radio as it now operates among us is not free nor is it entitled to the protection of the First Amendment. It is not engaged in the task of enlarging and enriching human communication. It is engaged in making money. And the First Amendment does not intend to guarantee men freedom to say what some private interest pays them to say for its own advantage. It intends only to make men free to say what, as citizens, they think, what they believed, about the general welfare.

…The radio, as we have it now, is not cultivating those qualities of taste, of reasoned judgment, of integrity of loyalty, of mutual understanding upon which the enterprise of self-government depends. On the contrary, it is a mighty force for breaking them down. It corrupts both our morals and our intelligence.

Alexander Meiklejohn, Free Speech and Its Relation to Self-Government (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1948). Ellipsis in Corsi’s paper.

And yes, several irony meters were harmed in the writing of this article.

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Jerome Corsi

Dr. Jerome Corsi first came to national prominence (and to the attention to this author) as the co-author of the book Unfit for Command a 2004 book critical of Democratic presidential Candidate John Kerry. Most recently his book, The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, was published in an attempt to defeat Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign.

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Jerome Corsi

Corsi received his PhD in Political Science from Harvard in 1972.

The Obama Campaign published a rebuttal of Obama Nation entitled Unfit for Publication [pdf] detailing factual inaccuracies in Corsi’s book.

Corsi should be familiar to students of conspiracy theories. Corsi believes the Democrats are secretly selling nuclear secrets to Iran and he also claimed that terrorists were funneling money in to the 2008 campain of Republican candidate John McCain.

In 2006, Corsi wrote an article for HumanEvents.com in which he claimed that the Bush administration was secretly trying to set up a North American Union between the US, Canada and Mexico modeled on the European Union. Corsi wrote:

President Bush intends to abrogate U.S. sovereignty to the North American Union, a new economic and political entity which the President is quietly forming, much as the European Union has formed.