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Dr. Conspiracy

This is an independent blog covering conspiracy theories and fringe views about Barack Obama. The views expressed here are those of the guy in the hat, and not some group and certainly not those of the President.

The purpose of this blog, as our byline “Fishing for the gold coins in a bucket of mud” says, is examining a vast array of claims, rumors and even lawsuits about Barack Obama and his eligibility to be president, to see if anything is credible.

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Home Page

If you arrive at the blog from http://www.obamaconspiracy.org you will see the home page (or just click the home tab at the top of the page). The home page lists recent articles, most recent first. Longer articles may have a “Continue reading” link; click on this to read the rest of the article. At the bottom of the home page is an “Older Posts” link; to access earlier articles. Caution, there are over 3,000 articles as of this writing and going through them can take a while. We have other features to assist you in finding what you want more quickly.

Menus

The blog’s main menu contains links to on-site and off-site content. The menus change from time to time.

Visitor Guide

The Visitor Guide menu contains information about this blog, including the Visitor Guide itself (you are here), the Editorial Policy, the rules that guide my editing of the blog and what is allowed or not from commenters. The Change Log deals with changes made to the site and its software. FAQ contains questions I imagine people might ask. The

Glossary defines jargon used in the blog. Smilies, emoticons and useful symbols contains a chart of all the emoticons supported on the blog. The Site Map indexes all of the pages and articles on the site by category.

Bookmarks

In creating this blog, I have visited many, many web sites. When I found something I though was useful, I bookmarked it. Here are those bookmarks.

Resources

The Resources menu hosts links to other reference web sites containing useful compilations of information about birthers and  birther lawsuits.The Birther Scorecard is another compilation of lawsuits from the What’s Your Evidence web site. The Birther Calendar is a list of events of significance to the birthers.

Features

This menu includes other blog features including: The Debunker’s Guide to Obama Conspiracy Theories, a compilation of debunking articles, mostly from this web site, that deal with many of the questions raised by birthers; Birther Bills is a compilation of proposed legislation that relates to birther issues and concerns; Quote of the Day is an archive of previous Quote of the Day entries; Featured Articles are links to my articles that I think are particularly important; Comments are visitor comments that I have singled out as particularly valuable; Political Cartoons list some Obama conspiracy cartoons that I have found; Archives Index lists a collection of newspaper articles of interest — not currently updated.

Open Thread

This link takes you to a listing of articles in the Open Mike category. The first article listed is the most recent, and here is where you can post comments not related to current articles. Placing off-topic comments on the other articles is strongly discouraged and may result in restrictions on commenting privileges.

Contact

This link opens a page on which you can email a comment to the blog owner.

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Welcome

The welcome message says a bit about the blog and holds the count of the number of comments left by visitors.

Search

The search box does a text search of all the blog articles (not comments) and fixed pages. The list of articles, again, is presented in reverse chronological order with the ability to page to older articles. If you place multiple words in the search box, you will receive articles containing all of the words, but not necessarily together. To search for an exact phrase, place it in quotes. To search comments, try a search engine like Google.

Quote of the Day

An interesting quotation I found. Not all quotes are contemporary, nor by notable persons. I even quote myself sometimes. Quotes are archived here.

Latest Articles, Comments, Tags

View the last 25 articles published on the blog. You may also select the tab to view recent comments, and a “tag cloud.”

Recent Comments

Comments are left by visitors like you and replies by the blog owner. Blog owner comments are made under the name “Dr. Conspiracy” only. If you want to see what others are saying, click on the bold-faced user name.

Conspiracies

On the right side of each page is a drop-down list labeled “Conspiracies”. Under this title you will find the main topical areas of the blog. Selecting a topic from the list takes you to a page, much like the home page, where you can read all the articles under the topic, most recent first, and page through to older articles.

Recommended Books

Here is a list of books I think some readers might find interesting. The links go to Amazon.com for convenience, but your local library might work just as well.

Feeds and Friends

RSS (really simple syndication) is a great way to follow updates to articles and comments on Obama Conspiracy Theories. Learn more by typing RSS into your favorite search engine.

Our Flag

The flag of the United States, my country, appears in the sidebar.

Advanced Navigation

To help frequent users, Obama Conspiracy Theories has implemented a few links to help navigate the page more quickly. In the right sidebar there is a down-pointing arrow labeled “Scroll Down”; clicking it scrolls to the bottom of the page. At the bottom of the page is a corresponding “Scroll Up” arrow that scrolls to the top of the page. In the Welcome text in the right sidebar, there is a link on the words “comments others have left” that will scroll the screen to view the Recent Comments widget in the sidebar.

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The Good, Bad and Ugly

This is our list of external links, news and blogs. The Good category contains web sites with good information, sites that are trustworthy; this does not mean that I agree with everything they say or do. The Bad category refers to sites that carry significant amounts of false information; they are unreliable. The Ugly category lists sites that intentionally try to promote false information and to mislead their readers.

Quick Reference

These are links that I often need. You might want them too.

Commenting

Appropriate Comments

Feedback is welcome. Feel free to leave your comments, so long as the topic is relevant to the blog. Don’t try to advertise your online casino. This is mostly a “PG” rated blog, so please tone down the language. The blog owner reserves the right to edit any comment to remove offensive language. [Such editing will be noted in square brackets like this. Doc.]

Commenting is provided to discuss ideas, not each other. If the subject of a negative sentence is “you”, then you’re probably on the wrong track.

OK: I think your argument is incomplete. It lacks…
Not OK: You need to do more research

OK: Your assertion has been long disproved. It is old news. Its baseless.
Not OK: You are a troll spewing nonsense.

OK: That isn’t true
Not OK: You are a liar
Very Not OK: You are a fool, a coward, a traitor, and should seek psychiatric help.

The Mechanics of Commenting

There are two kinds of comments: comments on the articles, and comments on other comments.

To comment on an article, click on the title of the article, so that you are reading the article on its own page and not part of a list, then at the bottom of the page is a box where you can type comments.

On occasion, an article may be flagged with “comments off” in which case you can’t comment on the article. Discussion of all articles automatically closes after 14 days.

The Quote link lets you include a hyperlink to what you’re commenting on. By selecting a section of text before clicking the Quote link, that text only will be quoted. Using the Quote feature helps other readers follow the discussion and is highly recommended when responding to another comment.

You must enter a name and an email address in order to post a comment. The email address does not have to be valid. You may optionally enter a web site and if you do, your name will appear as a hyperlink to that web site. You may also verify your identity by checking the “Authenticate this comment using OpenID” box; using OpenID lets you prove your identity (even if it is an alias) and makes impersonation more difficult.

The following comments are not allowed:

  • advertising
  • obscenity
  • off topic
  • violent or insulting
  • displaying personal information

If you provide a URL with your comment, then your user name in the comment will appear as a hyperlink to the URL. Also, the date and time of the comment is shown above the comment. This is a hyperlink to the specific comment.

Editing Comments

A feature is provided allowing you to edit or delete a comment for 5 minutes after you save it. This feature is great for correcting typos. The Edit link appears at the bottom of each comment and a timer shows you how much time you have left. There is a button with the letters ABC and a green check-mark. This is a spell checker. There is also a button with a two-headed arrow. This displays a large window for editing of long comments.

HTML in comments

Limited HTML markup is supported in comments. This tutorial explains what you may use. If you use the Firefox browser, this plug-in may make the task of adding HTML easier.

Avatars

In the current version of this blog, your comment will be tagged by a small graphic called an Avatar. If you use an email address with your comment that is registered at gravatar.com, the Gravatar image will appear (provided it is rated there as “G”). If you don’t have a Gravatar registered image, one will be randomly generated for you. Many web sites support Gravatar.

If you are a registered user on the site (see section on User Accounts below) you can then upload an avatar through your user control panel or set it to use a Twitter avatar.

Moderation

Under certain circumstances, your comment may be held in moderation because the software thinks it is spam, because it contains certain words or because you have been banned from the site or identified as a frequent violator of site policy. If this happens, your comment will require approval from the blog owner before it appears. Except for the exceptions listed above, all comments are approved.

Emoticons

Emoticons (“smilies”) are available for commenters. A list of available emoticons is listed under the Visitor Guide menu.

Email notification

The commenting system provides notification when a comment you made is replied to. Check the notify box to receive emails. If you don’t receive emails, chances are that your mail provider is blocking them. Check your spam folder, and if possible whitelist emails from obamaconspiracy.org.

User accounts

From time to time I open up the ability to create your own account at Obama Conspiracy Theories. To do this, use the Register page and select your commenting name, giving a valid email address or OpenID to complete the registration. When logging in, check the “Remember Me” box to stay logged in for a month. A User Login link appears under the Visitor Guide menu. User registrations for persons who never leave a comment will be deleted.

Registered users can be assured that no one else can comment under their registered name or email address, and they can upload an avatar unique to this site (or user their Twitter avatar). You an reach your user control panel by clicking on your name upper right on any page of the site, and there you can change your password and set your avatar (see section on Avatars preceding).

Point of View

The best way to describe the blog’s point of view is “skeptical”. The assumption is made that most events happen in ordinary ways, and that the most plausible explanation of  things is the right one. Whenever a claim is made that is improbable or spectacular, evidence is expected before the claim is accepted.

Rumors, suspicions, anonymous reports, unavailable documents and crank science are not evidence. Guilt by association is not evidence.

This blog is intended to be a patriotic force; the truth about the government is important in a democracy.

Generally comments about Barack Obama’s job performance are off topic for this blog, unless they involve claims of a conspiracy. That is just too big a subject. The blog owner voted for Barack Obama in the last election (as did most voters), but this blog is not here to promote Barack Obama’s political career.

If you want the best documented information on Obama Conspiracies on the Internet, then this is the place we hope you will come. If you want the latest dirt on Obama or somewhere to say things unchallenged, this is not where you want to be.

Some of the headlines on the articles are satirical or exaggerated. This is a site for people who read entire articles, and not just rely on headlines. Often the article will be about some article published elsewhere. No intention is made to fully summarize such content; the purpose of my article is to aid the reader in deciding whether the target article is something they might want to read.

Formatting

When an acronym appears it may be tagged so that hovering your mouse pointer over it will display the meaning; for example COLB. If an article’s information is significantly changed, the old material may be marked with a strike through and the new material may be underlined. This kind of markup is particularly intended when this blog gets it wrong and we gonna ‘fess up. Some web browsers may indicate the date of the change (and you can see this by viewing the page source).

Tablets and mobile devices

This site supports two features for tablet computers and mobile devices. The blog is designed for a browser width of  940 px. When displayed in a browser window less than about 780 px,  the layout of the blog changes. The Main Menu is replaced with a Navigate button (click to display an list of all the menu selections) and the sidebar is moved to the bottom of the page, allowing more width for the articles. For certain smart phones, a special interface (the mobile theme)  is displayed that mimics an iPhone application. At the bottom of the page is a button to switch between the mobile theme and the standard theme.

I attempt to make all content available on all devices, but in some cases content requires a Flash plug-in and Flash is not supported on some platforms.

Funding

If anybody tells you that it takes a lot of money to run a web site like this or any small-to-medium-sized blog, they’re feeding you a bunch of bull. Lots of blogs are hosted for free or paid for by advertising. I use a relatively-expensive premium service compared to the average personal blog. It costs $20 per month, plus $9.95 a year for the obamaconspiracy.org domain registration. If you have some money you really need to part with, send it to the Wikipedia (donation link lower right) or to some other charitable organization. I do this site as a hobby, and nobody pays me to do it. I’m retired.

Disclaimer

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