My birther list, “Birthers from A to Z” has cruised past the count of 300. I’m pausing to think about the exercise.
One of the things I learned, and this was a surprise, was a quirk in my own attitude towards birthers. Time after time when I added a new birther to the list, I searched this site for a reference to use with the entry. In a surprising number of instances the article was not tagged with the birther’s name. Sometimes an article about a particular birther would have half a dozen tags, but not one to the person the story is about. I’m still puzzled over that one. Note that birthers that have their own blog category (like Orly Taitz) are typically and intentionally not tagged.
Another related thing that I leaned about myself (and had suspected already) is that I am less interested in birther personalities than in birther theories. A case in point is Karl Denninger. I had heard the name, but when a commenter suggested adding him to the list, I didn’t know who he was. Reality Check has significant knowledge of birther internet radio that I know almost nothing about. Several anti-birthers listen to those shows and comment on them. I simply cannot bear to listen to those smug idiots.
The next obvious thing of note is the sheer number of birthers on the list, over 300. That’s a lot of birthers, and just scrolling through the list is impressive. There are more than I expected when I started, and I may have a similar bias estimating the number of anti-birthers. To get on the list, a birther has to run a blog, write an article, file a lawsuit or do something else notable. Applying that same criteria to anti-birthers, I think I would be hard pressed to come up with 30 (commenting on a web doesn’t count). That is, birther activists outnumber anti-birther activists more than 10 to 1. Birthers attempted mass rallies and other initiatives, none of which had much success. Anti-birthers organized going out to eat together, and were wildly successful.
Most of my present activity in updating the list consists of plowing through the over 3,000 articles on this web site. That’s been helpful in and of itself because it has reminded me of things I had forgotten. It also helps improve the site with more articles being tagged, dead hyperlinks replaced and a few typos fixed.
Thanks to everyone who contributed.