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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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Ariz. Sec. of State Wants to See Proof of Obama’s Citizenship

It never ends:

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett wants you to know that he is not a birther, but he says he wants proof of Barack Obama’s citizenship before putting his name on the Arizona ballot.

In a radio interview today, Bennett said he is just doing his job of making sure “that those people whose names are on the ballot have met the qualifications for the office they are seeking.” He says he has been trying for eight weeks to get documents from Hawaii.

So that means he’s requesting Mitt Romney’s birth certificate, right? Since it’s verifying everyone, right?

Matt Roberts, Bennett’s spokesman, said in an email that Bennett had not asked for Romney’s Michigan birth certificate because “This was simply in response to some constituents asking us to ask Hawaii,” he said.

In other words, they’re kowtowing to the birthers of Arizona, the most famous of which is Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This suggests something more troubling — instead of having the spine to tell the birther crowd no, it’s easier to waste time and taxpayer dollars placating them. 

It’s not about eligibility. It’s about the persistent belief that a black man with a funny name cannot occupy the White House, couched in claims of eligibility.

Any Arizona followers want to start making some noise about Romney’s birth certificate? 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… I’M JUST SAYING IT’S WEIRD, OK?

Now go. Question Romney. See what the Arizona SoS has to say.

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Nutjobs Rally Around ‘Barack Obama Was Totally Going to Murder Chelsea Clinton’ Conspiracy Theory

Yep. From Jezebel:

A paranoid series of Tweets from Fox News anchor Heather Childers yesterday introduced much of America to the newest, shiniest Our Black President Must Be Blackly Breaking the Law conspiracy theory: according to the deluded ramblings of a birther blog, while locked in a heated primary battle with Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton became privy to information proving that he was secretly Kenyan and therefore ineligible to run for President. And in order to keep the Clintons quiet, people working for Obama told them that she better shut up about how he’s a secret Kenyan, otherwise Barack Obama was going to personally murder Chelsea Clinton. It’s true! It’s on the inter-net!

First, she sends this tweet:

But then once people got all offended, she made sure to apologize for y’all getting offended… in other words, the standard, right-wing “Sorry-you-got-all-offended-and-made-a-big-deal” fauxpology. Childers tweeted later, “Here’s the thing folks… that ONE topic sure got alot [sic] of you tweeting. Why? I apologize if the article offended anyone. Very interesting.”

Not really, Heather. Not really interesting at all. You want to see interesting? Hashtag something positive about Obama with #tcot. THAT’S interesting. 

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Sheriff Joe Is Keeping the Birther Dream Alive

The Tea Party’s very own Sheriff Joe Arpaio — famous for his pink panty fetish and for leading a department full of human traffickers — on Wednesday night met with “more than 325 people” (!) who fear that Barack Obama will try to run on 2012 ballots in Arizona’s Maricopa County using a fake birth certificate. Oh yes.

The Surprise Tea Party Patriots™ handed Sheriff Joe a petition with 242 signatures. Joe said he’ll “probe” the issue (with tax payer’s money), and keep Maricopa County free of forged document-wielding illegal aliens.

Awesome! Sheriff Joe is proud of providing such a low standard of health care and sustenance to his inmates that he was ordered by the federal appellate court to improve conditions within the jail because of substantial 8th Amendment violations. One reason Arpaio cites for providing food like moldy bread is that it saves the taxpayers money. Truthfully, he’s cost Arizona taxpayers quite a bit in litigation costs and civil rights suits.

And now, with trying to ‘probe’ whether or not Barack Obama is going to run in Maricopa County (and, ostensibly, the rest of the country) with a false birth certificate, he’s prepared to further misuse taxpayer dollars. If you wrote this as a movie, no producer would touch it - it’s that ridiculous. However, welcome to the reality shared by much of the Tea Party and Sheriff Joe.

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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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So this just arrived in my email… damn if CafePress wasn’t on this moneymaker.
And if you like to say it with your bumper, check out one of the featured stickers:

Description: “Not having a birth certificate has never kept the Almighty from  exercising his dominion over Heaven and Earth, why should it stop Obama?”
America, for fuck’s sake. You’re eating yourself tail first.

So this just arrived in my email… damn if CafePress wasn’t on this moneymaker.

And if you like to say it with your bumper, check out one of the featured stickers:

Description: “Not having a birth certificate has never kept the Almighty from exercising his dominion over Heaven and Earth, why should it stop Obama?”

America, for fuck’s sake. You’re eating yourself tail first.

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The president himself has hoped Republicans would continue to talk about it, thereby damaging their own credibility. It was a useful diversion. But take a look at recent polls. The problem was the view was taking hold among independents. He got worried it was about to spin out of control. He had the ability to release it last year and end the issue, but he wanted to play rope-a-dope with Republicans.

Karl Rove, bitching about Obama just now releasing his long-form birth certificate.

Look, pal, it’s not the president’s fault that over a third of your party believes the government can’t do anything right, except pull off a conspiracy that would take nearly fifty years of planning.

He released it in 2008, and it was the same one that everyone else would get if they requested their own birth certificate. Your party leadership fanned the flames because it was effective for fund-raising and redneck stroking. The GOP just wouldn’t let it die. Obama’s fault? Nope.

You appealed to the lowest common denominator and got trolled for it by Donald Trump. Thank you for creating THAT little monster.


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Birtherism Is Dead. Long Live Birtherism. The history of a national embarrassment, and why it's not over yet.

David Weigel of Slate Magazine documents the stages of birtherism for those of us wondering precisely how this became a thing.

  • Paleobirtherism: 2003-07
  • Proto-birtherism: April 2008 to June 11, 2008
  • Short-form birtherism: June 12, 2008 to March 2009
  • Birtherism, the Democratic tactic: March 2009 to January 2011
  • Birtherism, the Republican tactic: January 2011 to April 27, 2011

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Well I appreciate that the Donald wants to spend his resources in getting to the bottom of something that so interests him and many Americans. You know more power to him. He’s not just throwin’ stones from the sidelines. … So, you know, more power to him.

I think that he was born in Hawaii because there was the birth announcement put in the newspaper but obviously if there’s something there that the president doesn’t want people to see on that birth certificate, that he’s going to great lengths to make sure that it isn’t shown and that’s kind of perplexing for a lot of people. But you know again, Donald Trump — he may get to the bottom of it because he’s spending the resources that will probably be necessary to do some investigation.

Sarah Palin, condemning birthers… lol, j/k, she egged them on and pandered with a wink.

As Robert Schlesinger put it, “It’s a dizzying form of self-legitimization for birtherism: OK, he was born in Hawaii, but we’ve yelled fire enough that there must be smoke.”


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He’s born in the United States, I don’t see any real question about that. And even if some people have some doubts in the back of their minds it’s really too late and futile. … We have so many more important things to talk about.
Rudy Giuliani, discussing birthers and not mentioning a noun, a verb and 9/11. 


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