The Return of Birtherism 2

JISHOU, HUNAN — Back in the old days (2008), some very noisy people got the addlepated notion that Barack Obama, even after he was elected fair and square as president, could not possibly have been born in the USA. First, there was his name. Then his Kenyan father, who was (ohnoz!) raised Muslim. Then his schooling as a boy in Indonesia, where the future pres would learn more stuff about Islam … and eating dogmeat. Nevermind that he was born in Hawai’i in 1961, with a birth certificate and all. And his mother was American. And his eligibility to even run for president was undoubtedly checked and rechecked by the Secret Service, FBI and who knows what else alphabet agency. The doubting Thomases still kept on a-doubting. It’s now 2012, another election year, and damn if the same addlepated nonsense is still in circulation. The freaking Arizona Secretary of State recently badgered the State of Hawai’i to cough up proof of Obama’s birth there, before the (Republican) SoS would allow ballots to be printed with Obama’s name on them. SadlyNo! sums it up quite nicely: God himself could descend from the heavens in a burning, fiery chariot, land in Times ...

Paging Dr. Sinclair, 2008 calling! Paging Dr. Sinclair! 1

Birthers have to be among the dumbest people on Earth. Listen carefully to this exchange between these two intellectual giants, Pamela Geller (of anti-Muslim blog Atlas Shrugged fame) and Eric Bolling (of Fox Business News fame). After “analyzing” the image posted on the White House website, Bolling rhetorically asks Geller why the physician attending Barack Obama II’s birth back in 1961 never mentioned to his family that he had delivered the future 44th President of the United States. Maybe it was because the doctor, David A. Sinclair, died in 2003, five years before Obama, a senator from Illinois, even entered the presidential race. Doctor Who can travel through time. Doctor Sinclair, I suspect, could not.

Well, that’s over with. Now, can we move on? 2

Kate and William finally tied the knot. Obama finally released his “long form” birth certificate. Now, can the media focus on more substantive issues to dwell on? Yeah, you’re right. Probably not.

Federal judge fines birther lawyer Orly Taitz $20K; Taitz says, ‘Nuts!’ 4

JISHOU, HUNAN — US Federal Judge Clay Land, in a scathing 43-page ruling, finally put California lawyer Orly Taitz in her place for filing “frivolous” suits claiming President Barack Obama is not an American citizen. Citing Taitz’ continued misuse of the federal judiciary and her inability to even act like a lawyer, Land ruled sua sponte that Taitz has to pay the federal government $20,000 for violating federal court procedures. Taitz’ response was typically defiant. She told Talking Points Memo that she has no intention of paying. “This is a form of intimidation,” she said. Land’s decision says the court would refer the matter to the US Attorney General’s office for collection, if Taitz fails to pay up. I dunno, I’d be intimidated if it were me. But I’m not monomaniacal. TPM has the details of the latest chapter in the Orly Taitz saga, so I’ll just give the short version. Taitz, a California dentist and real estate broker who earned her law degree from a correspondence school, is convinced that Obama was not born in Hawai’i and is a “usurper” who cannot legally be president. She has dug up any number of documents so bogus that even fellow birthers ...

Orly Taitz hounds Kentucky’s AG and Sec. of State about Obama

JISHOU, HUNAN — The Queen Bee of the Birthers, Orly Taitz Esq., DDS, buzzed over to Kentucky recently to whip up a swarm of angry bee-rthers to visit state officials in Frankfort. She wanted Kentucky state officials to do something, anything, about the “proof” she had that Pres. Barack Obama was actually born outside the USA and therefore ineligible to be president. Taitz, who has a correspondence course law degree and is a member of the California bar, brought a federal issue to Kentucky‘s attorney general’s public corruption office, the secretary of state, and finally (perhaps as an afterthought) to the Kentucky office of the FBI. For the full details, read this account in Esquire of another example of Taitz tilting at windmills. The fact that Taitz could find so many other people who believe the same whacko things she does is just a little scary. That she found them in Kentucky is, well, not so surprising. [Kentucky factoid: The Esquire piece refers to the Knob Creek Machine Gun Range, which is in West Point, Kentucky, about 40 minutes' drive southwest of Louisville. Travel a bit further south along wide, wide Dixie Highway, and you will come to the Fort ...

Orly Taitz, Don Quixote, and malicious javascript code

JISHOU, HUNAN — Orly Taitz, DDS/lawyer/black belt/speaker of five languages, is a modern day Don Quixote, and like Señor Alonso Quixada (or Quesada — ancient scholars disagree as to his real surname), she is a little nuts. In Cervantes’ novel, Quesada, a middle-aged gentlemen with too much time on his hands, goes a little loopy after spending every waking hour reading books about knights in shining armor, wizards, giants and other such fantastical stuff. Common objects and ordinary people become in Quesada’s mind figures from the chivalric romances. Quesada sees windmills, and as Don Quixote attacks them with his lance, believing them to be giants. He fails miserably, but undaunted, continues to believe in his fantasy world. He tells his squire, Sancho Panza, that wizards fooled him by turning the giants into windmills at the last moment, to disgrace him. [This scene is where we get the idiom, "tilting at windmills," by the way.] Now, let’s take a look at Orly Taitz, who is obsessed with the false idea that President Barack Obama was never born in the USA. Like the Spanish hero, she rationalizes (I use this word in its broadest sense) any contradictory evidence as part of a ...

Dr. Orly Taitz’ denialist dishonesty 14

JISHOU, HUNAN — Here’s a surprise: I posted a comment at a denialist website pointing out an obvious factual error, and … drum roll please! … the comment was deleted. Or, it has disappeared into moderation limbo. A denialist is one who believes that commonly accepted facts or scientific theories are wrong, despite all evidence to the contrary. There are evolution denialists, gravity denialists (see elsewhere at this site), germ theory denialists, Holocaust denialists, and Barack-Obama-was-born-in-the-USA denialists, among many others. Daily Kos had a story about one Dr. Orly Taitz, a California dentist cum constitutional lawyer who labors under the misconception that Obama was actually born in Indonesia. She insists, among other crazy ideas notions, that Obama was an Occidental College student named Barry Soetoro. That he was not is pretty clear, and I am not going to spend time here debunking her variety of looniness. The woman is convinced she is right, and damn the torpedoes, she’s sticking to her story. In one of her posts, Taitz says the following about the mythical Obama/Soetoro. The spelling and grammatical errors are hers; the highlighted sections are mine. Due to the fact that Obama arrogantly refuses to unseal his vital records ...
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