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Kansas Goes Birther: State Board Considers Removing Obama From Ballot

Goddammit, Kansas:

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an informal advisor to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said on Thursday he and his fellow members of a state board were considering removing President Barack Obama from the Kansas ballot this November.

Kobach is part of the State Objections Board along with Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, all Republicans. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that on Thursday the board agreed consider whether to take Obama off the ballot because they said they lacked sufficient evidence about his birth certificate.

Go hang out with Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, bros. Obama’s birth certificate is online, and it’s even printed on a handy mug that you guys could keep in the office. Every time you sip your coffee, you can be reminded just how backwards your theories truly are.

Otherwise, kindly GTFO. 

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[Obama is] just very, very scary. Now, I know there’s a lot of people that are very skeptical as to whether he was born in Hawaii. Personally I believe that he was. I actually believe he was fibbing about being born in Kenya when he was trying to get into college and doing things like writing a book and on and on and on.

So if there was weird stuff going on, I actually think it was happening back in his college days because I think he has spent $1.5 or $2 million through attorneys to have all the college records and all that stuff sealed. If you’re spending money to seal something, that’s probably where the hanky panky was going on.

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett proving he’s an even bigger jackass than I thought. When asked about his comments later, Bennett replied, “I have no personal knowledge about what happened.” But he’ll sure pretend he does!

I had emailed Bennett previously about the whole “I’m not a birther, I just play one on TV" thing. He never responded. Total shock, I know. I had to email him again about this egregiously racist claim.

And yes, I call it racist because this is the second time he’s attempted to tie Barack Obama to being Kenyan (or pretending to be Kenyan) in some way — supposedly in the name of vetting him — yet Mittbot™ escapes the same scrutiny. Remember when George W. Bush used to crack jokes about being a C student at Yale? Imagine Barack Obama doing that. 

Go on. Imagine it.

It drives these people up the wall that Barack Obama, a charismatic black man, not only succeeded at an Ivy League University, but went on to have a successful career as a professor and became president. Not to mention he wouldn’t have to spend money to have college records sealed because of privacy law.

In other words, clutch the pearls and pray to all the angels and baby Jesus, because there’s an intruding BLACK man in our WHITE House. </sarcasm>

The cherry on top of this racist sundae is Bennett has formed an exploratory committee to run for governor in 2014. It’s never too late to start pandering to your base.

Anyhow, here’s my email to Ken Bennett. If you’d like to email him too, his email is kbennett@azsos.gov

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Dear Mr. Bennett,

I previously wrote you regarding your dabbling in birtherism. To refresh your memory, please view the email here: http://cognitivedissonance.tumblr.com/post/23321374521/my-email-to-ariz-secretary-of-state-ken-bennett

I was thrilled to see you finally back off the pursuit of Barack Obama’s birth certificate after Hawaii satisfied your desires. However, I do believe you should investigate whether or not Mitt Romney is a robot. This is a very real possibility. View the evidence here, here, and here. I have just as much evidence that Romney is a robot as Sheriff Joe Arpaio has that Obama was born in Kenya. But no matter…

I am writing regarding your recent comments about Obama lying about being born in Kenya in order to get into college. You said:

[Obama is] just very, very scary. Now, I know there’s a lot of people that are very skeptical as to whether he was born in Hawaii. Personally I believe that he was. I actually believe he was fibbing about being born in Kenya when he was trying to get into college and doing things like writing a book and on and on and on.

First off, citation needed. Second, I heard a rumor you lied about being a gay Chinese Buddhist from Lincoln, Neb. in order to get into Arizona State University. In reality, you’re a straight white Mormon from Tucson, Ariz. BORING. No wonder you lied.

Please refute these allegations, or else I will assume they are true. After all, I have as much evidence as Arpaio regarding Obama’s birthplace, and just as much evidence about your college attendance as you do about Obama’s. Also, would your office please call for Romney to refute the allegation that he lied about being a human being to get into Harvard.

Cheers,

Meg]

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Mitt Romney released his birth certificate

And it’s an obvious fake. First, it has “VOID” stamped down the side. Second, it’s a photocopy - I could forge that in 10 minutes. Third, it is a “certificate of live birth.” Hey, birther websites question documentation of Obama’s birth there because Hawaii provided a “certification of live birth” and not a birth certificate. Turnabout is fair play.

After all, as Mother Jones points out:

The President’s certificate of live birth, reported Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy, “is not the exact birth certificate.” Sarah Palin suggested that the certificate of live birth was insufficient proof of citizenship.

As one leading conservative activist put it, “A ‘birth certificate’ and a ‘certificate of live birth’ are in no way the same thing, even though in some cases they use some of the same words.” That was Donald Trump.

What about this documentation? Is he claiming Gateway is lying? Or was this before he decided to illegitimately seek the presidency? Until he releases the long-form birth certificate, AND meets these demands, I’m still saying he’s a robot. They may say we’re roboters and dismiss it as robotism, but I won’t let that discourage me.

After all, I’m only seeking the truth. What’s more patriotic than that?

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My email to Ariz. Secretary of State Ken Bennett

You know the Secretary of State in Arizona who’s demanding Obama’s birth certificate to certify him for the ballot? I thought I’d give him some helpful suggestions via email:

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[Image Text: Dear Mr. Bennett,

I imagine it can be difficult when you have constituents like Sheriff Joe Arpaio pressuring you to make sure that brown-skinned guy in the White House is really allowed to be president. And then when it appears he really is allowed to serve, well, I bet all hell breaks loose, right? I mean, Sheriff Joe makes a hullabaloo with his report a few weeks ago, stirs even more folks up, and I am sure you just thought, “Why not compromise? Why not send that $5 money order? It’ll make ‘em shut up.”

Well, you gave in to the fringes of this great country. They now own you - or at least they think they do. This is one of many requests I imagine the birther faction will make. Why not verify Mitt Romney? After all, folks just sued in California this March questioning Romney’s eligibilityhis dad DID spend time in MexicoRomney’s claimed several states as his home… Is that not suspicious enough? [Note: I’m being sarcastic, sir, but fair IS fair.]

May I make a suggestion?

Buy these in bulk: [Image of a coffee mug featuring a picture of Barack Obama, Barack Obama’s birth certificate, and the text ‘Made in the USA’]

You can purchase them here. I propose these mugs are a better use of taxpayer dollars in Arizona than kowtowing to the birthers who will likely demand further investigation.

It’s much simpler, too. One of them walks in to your office, your administrative assistant hands them a mug. One of them calls your office, your administrative assistant sends them a mug via USPS. One of them faxes you, well, you get the idea.

I cannot believe a man such as yourself is able to buy into the inherent racism of the birthers and would lack the spine to them no, the White House has already released Barack Obama’s birth certificate, and you can view it online. I pray this was only a momentary lapse of judgment. Right?

Sincerely,
Meg Lanker-Simons
Editor, Cognitive Dissonance
@meglanker
meglanker@gmail.com]

If you’d like to email Ken Bennett, his email is kbennett@azsos.gov. I’ll post a response if I get one.

I’m sick of this shit.

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GOP Kingmaker Sheriff Tasks ‘Cold Case Posse’ With Investigating Obama’s Birth Certificate

Well, Sheriff Joe Arpaio went and did it. He’s using taxpayer’s dollars to investigate a settled question, and it’s difficult to argue racism is not playing a part. From ThinkProgress:

The lawman is… willing to use official resources to pursue the bogus conspiracy theory. As birther website WorldNetDaily gleefully reported:

Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told WND he has assigned a five-member “Cold Case Posse” to investigate the authenticity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

The decision, he says, is simply a matter of doing his duty.

Arpaio’s investigation comes in response to a complaint filed by the Surprise, Arizona Tea Party, which alleges that Obama may be using a forged birth certificate…

The Cold Case Posse is an officially-sponsored all-volunteer group of people with skills and backgrounds that make them qualified to investigate cases. The group has been inactive in recent months due to “budgetary limitations within the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office,” but apparently a wild goose chase looking into the veracity of the president’s birth certificate is an appropriate use of funds.

Arpaio is, of course, claiming that politics did not come into play regarding his decision. He’s just doing his duty. So why does he consider it his duty to cater to the Tea Party versus not misappropriating taxpayer dollars? Turns out there’s a lot Arpaio considers his duty that’s outside the bounds of common sense. Here’s a short list:

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Why Birthers Won't Die

Corsi’s book suggests that birtherism is mutating in sinister ways, becoming much more explicitly racist. If you read between the lines, Where’s the Birth Certificate? doesn’t just argue that Obama is ineligible to hold the office. It implies that all children of immigrants, and perhaps all people of color, are as well.

Much of Where’s the Birth Certificate? rehashes old, debunked stories meant to cast doubt on Obama’s birth in Hawaii. But the book also claims that even if Obama wasborn in the United States, he still might not be a “natural-born citizen” because of his father’s foreign citizenship, which would make him ineligible for the presidency. To make this argument, Corsi dredges up a constitutional theory popular in white supremacist and anti-immigrant circles, making an invidious distinction between those granted citizenship by the 14th Amendment and those who were citizens under the Constitution as originally written.

"Obama and his defenders want to transform the eligibility question into a matter of whether Obama is a citizen under the 14th Amendment," Corsi writes. "If that succeeds, then the eligibility impediments arising from the foreign citizenship of Obama’s father simply disappear."

I’ve always felt race and racism played a huge part in birtherism’s delusions. Plus, for as much as these folks like to insist the Clintons are the collective Anti-Christ, they sure aren’t giving Bill and Hillary much credit. If Obama was actually ineligible, don’t you think her oppositional research team would have uncovered it? 

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An apparent member of the birther movement seated in the gallery of the House of Representatives on Thursday interrupted a reading of the Constitution. The woman yelled out “Except Obama, except Obama, help us Jesus!” as Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) read the “natural born citizen” clause of the Constitution.

The woman screamed out from the House Gallery as Pallone read Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution, which reads that “No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”

This is what Fox News hath unleashed upon us. For fuck’s sake…

(Source: tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com)

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The craziest Tea Party candidates are great for Democrats. The math bears it out. So, Democrats in Pennsylvania figured it was a good idea to help a crazy Tea Party Birther get on the ballot to play the spoiler.
Jim Schneller is a Birther who opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest. And, according to a Reuters report, Democrats are directly responsible for getting him on the ballot in Pennsylvania&#8217;s 7th Congressional district race. People connected to the local Democratic Party and their candidate, Bryan Lentz, collected around 4,813 signatures to get Schneller on the ballot. (He only needed 4,000.) The chairwoman of the local Democratic party collected 503 herself!
Imagine these die-hard Democrats knocking on doors and trying to feign enthusiasm for Schneller&#8217;s pledge to abolish the Fed! (Maybe dressing in revolutionary garb to complete the illusion?) But the best part about this story is that Schneller didn&#8217;t even realize what was going on until the night he turned in his own signatures and found a bunch of strangers there as well. &#8220;I can see how it might look to some people that I was part of some conspiracy,&#8221; Schneller told Reuters. &#8220;But I was the victim of a conspiracy.&#8221;

As much as this made me giggle, shit like this will backfire at some point.

The craziest Tea Party candidates are great for Democrats. The math bears it out. So, Democrats in Pennsylvania figured it was a good idea to help a crazy Tea Party Birther get on the ballot to play the spoiler.

Jim Schneller is a Birther who opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest. And, according to a Reuters report, Democrats are directly responsible for getting him on the ballot in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional district race. People connected to the local Democratic Party and their candidate, Bryan Lentz, collected around 4,813 signatures to get Schneller on the ballot. (He only needed 4,000.) The chairwoman of the local Democratic party collected 503 herself!

Imagine these die-hard Democrats knocking on doors and trying to feign enthusiasm for Schneller’s pledge to abolish the Fed! (Maybe dressing in revolutionary garb to complete the illusion?) But the best part about this story is that Schneller didn’t even realize what was going on until the night he turned in his own signatures and found a bunch of strangers there as well. “I can see how it might look to some people that I was part of some conspiracy,” Schneller told Reuters. “But I was the victim of a conspiracy.”

As much as this made me giggle, shit like this will backfire at some point.

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