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The Cold Case Posse’s “Universe Shattering” Evidence

Opinion: By Brian Reilly To: Kevin Davidson, Dr. Conspiracy

Once again, America is being told by Birther news outlets that new, universe shattering evidence about the Obama investigation will be released by Commander Mike Zullo and his non-profit, all volunteer, Cold Case Posse in March, or possibly April or possibly May or, possibly never, depending on who the Birther spokesperson is for the day. Even if new evidence were released this month, the Cold Case Posse has cried wolf so many times, who really is going to listen, except hardcore, agenda driven Birthers?

But wait a minute…..Brian Reilly…..isn’t he a Birther? Why is he writing to Dr. Conspiracy??? I’m glad that you asked. I’ve been banned at many Birther websites, including Birther Report. Many Birther sites put my comments into an endless, black cavern of moderation with my comments never seeing the light of day or the courtesy of a reply or a posting. My comments don’t fit the Birther narrative. On one particularly nefarious Birther website I’ve read threats and defamatory statements directed toward me for simply speaking my opinion. Do these tactics sound familiar? I came to Dr. Conspiracy’s website because, I had no other choice. I believed that he would give me the freedom to write and publish my thoughts. I was right. I am grateful for Dr. Conspiracy’s courtesy.

Yes, Dr. Conspiracy has me listed on his Birthers A-Z list, but I have never considered myself a Birther. I simply had questions about President Obama’s birth certificate, based on the PDF I saw posted on April 27, 2011 on the White House website. Many wanted answers as did I. But no, I don’t consider myself a Birther. Continue Reading →

Taitz continues to baffle

As usual, Orly Taitz makes little sense in her latest press release [link to Taitz site], this time about the certification of copyright registration of Obama’s book, Dreams from My Father. The opening paragraph contains at least two and probably 3 mistakes:

Attorney Orly Taitz recently discovered lack of necessary entry of date of birth in Obama’s registration of copyright protection of his book “Dreams from my father”.

The simplest mistake is not naming the book correctly as to capitalization. The second is the word “necessary’’ since the date of birth on a copyright application is optional according to the instructions. (“Author’s birth date is optional but it is useful as a form of identification.”) Here’s the copyright registration from Dan Brown’s book, The Da Vinci Code, also with no birth date. The third is the statement that Taitz discovered the blank birth date, when it is highly unlikely that she made the discovery herself. Continue Reading →

Questioned birth certificate

Fair is fair. If the birthers are going to question Barack Obama’s birth certificate by comparing it to another “authentic” one, it seems only fair that the birthers should provide some authentication for theirs.

The Hawaii Department of Health says:

On April 27, 2011 President Barack Obama posted a certified copy of his original Certificate of Live Birth.

I have authentication for Obama’s birth certificate. What do the birthers have for this one?

Click for original version

Birthers don’t even say where that redacted image came from, much less provide any authentication.

A number of purported Hawaiian birth certificates have surfaced over the past 5 years, but only Obama’s has any official provenance–and yet Obama’s is the only one called into question by birthers. That seems backwards reasoning to me. The photo above came from a British eccentric, Lord Monckton of Benchley via WorldNetDaily, who never says where he got it. Monckton labeled it “authentic;” however, Vogt labeled another birth certificate (one Jerome Corsi at WorldNetDaily called “authentic”) a forgery. If the birthers cannot even agree on what’s fake and what’s not, why should others have confidence in their judgment about any of them? Continue Reading →

The freedom of birther

There is no such thing as Birthers

– Comment at WorldNetDaily

That commenter doesn’t like the term apparently. This article was prompted by two recent indents where birther-style remarks were trouble. The first is the video of US Representative Steve King that I recently featured saying that perhaps Barack Obama’s newspaper birth announcements were telegraphed from Kenya.

Another in the news is a tweet from Heidi Wys, an adviser to Puerto Rican House of Representatives President Jennifer González, who advised the Obamas where to go to celebrate the President’s birthday:

Take her to Burger King, buy her a sundae with double banana, take her to your homeland, Kenya!

It’s hard to parse out exactly what that means, but it’s clearly some sort of a jibe at Obama’s heritage, if not his place of birth. Calls for her resignation have been made.

So is being a birther an unforgiveable political sin, punishable only by banishment from the public scene? The US Constitution guarantees certain basic freedoms including the freedom of speech, the press and peaceful assembly. However, as conservatives like to say, actions have consequences. Birthers are not, under law, “protected classes” against which discrimination is illegal.

Right now the rights of the birther to speak are guaranteed, but not the freedom from consequences which, in the case of the birthers, is governed by the marketplace. If enough of the people think being a birther is an issue important enough to effect their vote, then officials should think about dumping birther subordinates, and keeping their own mouths under control.

Yesterday’s news

Dr. Conspiracy ™

The WorldNetDaily article libeling Foggy caused quite an uproar here on the blog (almost 100 comments — some deleted — in less than 24 hours) and with me and my  family. I can’t begin to imagine what an uproar this is for Foggy in real life. If he goes through with his lawsuit, I would expect it to consume a lot of his time and energy.

I would not want my own confirmation bias to be the basis for this website’s editorial position as to the likelihood that Foggy would succeed in such a lawsuit, but the attorneys who commented here on the question seem to think he has a good case. (Y’all feel free to weigh in here.)

Liability

KenyanBornObamAcorn made an additional threat (not approved for viewing) naming the target of the next Obot smear at WorldNetDaily (I notified that person by email). Perhaps KBOA should talk to SqueekyFromm’s BFF, Fabia Sheen, Esq. about her potential liability in a defamation lawsuit against WorldNetDaily. (I did feel so very silly writing that last sentence.) What’s the old saying: only a fool has himself for a lawyer. To that I would add my own version: only a fool has a birther for a lawyer.

Personal attacks continue

I felt that I had to put training wheels (moderation) back on one of the Obots who hasn’t learned yet how to comment without personal attacks. That just means more work for me reviewing stuff. :(

Dr. Conspiracy ™

I took another step towards creating the Dr. Conspiracy brand yesterday by registering DrConspiracy.com (it links here for now). I hope to live another 25-30 years, and this is as good a hobby as any. Since I don’t market a product, I don’t think I can actually register “Dr. Conspiracy” as a trademark. I have registered a couple of trademarks in my lifetime, and that was an interesting experience.

OpenID

I am using OpenID, http://Dr-Conspiracy.myopenid.com/ or http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/, to identify myself when I post elsewhere on sites that support OpenID. It’s is a great way to get around multiple signons for every web site, and I advocate that web forums and blogs that require signon implement it. I have added OpenID support to the comments feature of this blog on a trial basis so that you can prevent someone impersonating you.  We’ll see if the plug-in works without creating any problems. I don’t anticipate ever requiring signon to comment on this blog.

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The Atlantic predicts demise of birtherism

A major article has appeared on The Atlantic web site, titled How Donald Trump Will Kill Birtherism. The thesis of the article is that Donald Trump is calling attention to birtherism and  leading the media into a frenzy of fact-checking — information that will destroy the birther movement.

Wishful thinking, I would call it

Granted, there are a number of people who have mild doubts about Obama because they saw some misinformation in an email or stumbled on s0me fact-averse web site; and maybe some of them could be swayed by a stiff dose of facts from fact checkers like FactCheck.org, or PolitiFact.com (ignoring the fact that those organizations plus every major newspaper in the country has already said the birthers are coo coo, and CNN called them “whack jobs” as early as 2008). And maybe the percentage numbers for doubt go down a little. That hardly matters. The birther movement consists of militant, hard-core denialists, regularly fanned by a host of web sites like WorldNetDaily (and worse), who have a proven track record of biting off the facts, chewing them up, and spitting them back out as proof that everybody’s lying, a traitor, and deathly afraid of Obama. Birtherism is a tar baby, rarely allowing escape for anyone once caught.