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~Attorney Jay Ritt, after he and Occidental College General Counsel Carl Botterud delivered another defeat to birther dentist/attorney Orly Taitz and relieved her of another $4,000 in sanctions.

Judge Charles Margines allowed her to testify and reviewed her “evidence” and then had this to say:

You should know that evidence is not stuff printed from the internet.

So our non U.S.-born President with a fake social security number will be able to continue turning us into a socialist Muslim country.

Peter St. Onge:

That’s infuriating to moderate conservatives who believe that legitimate criticisms of the president get diluted because they share the same house with the crazies and the uglies. How, some wonder, can voters choose a president who presides over a stagnant economy, an astounding debt, with no new ideas about how to change either? For some, it’s because the alternative means voting with the birthers and the racists. It means being on the same team as the debate crowd that booed a gay soldier, or the crowd that cheered the idea of letting a sick man with no health insurance die.

Yes, Democrats also have their extremists. And certainly, Romney has come under withering criticism from the left, some of it unfair and inaccurate. Every election suffers from a bit of over-the-topness.

But we have yet to see Romney hanging from a noose.

Iowa congressman Steve King, who has compared immigrants to dogs and defended dog fighting in the past, hit a series of wingnut hot buttons Sunday during an interview with Des Moines’ local WHO-TV.

Steve King’s amazing wingnut roll(via Salon.com)

Jerome Corsi, the political writer and conspiracy theorist, is traveling with the Mitt Romney press corps today.

Corsi, 66, writes for World Net Daily and is the author of several anti-Obama books, including Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President.

Asked why he was traveling with the Romney campaign, Corsi told POLITICO, “I am a Senior Staff Reporter for WND covering the campaign.”

In recent months, Corsi has argued that President Obama may be gay or bisexual and that his wedding ring bears the Islamic declaration of faith, “There is no god except Allah.” In 2004, Corsi wrote the controversial Unfit for Command: Swift boat veterans speak out against John Kerry, which was criticized for factual inaccuracies.Per The Guardian, U.S. news outlets “have accused Corsi of being anti-Islamic, anti-Catholic, anti-semitic and homophobic, and of exploiting racial prejudices in an attempt to ‘scare white America.’”

Romney campain press secretary Andrea Saul did not respond to a request for comment.

One doesn’t often catch Ms. Maddow in a moment of anger; she is calm, deliberate, and thoughtful at all times, even when an asshole like Alex Castellano treats her like crap.  But last night, as she closed out her show, she delivered an almost Olbermann-like rant against the right wing closed bubble of disinformation. 


[Note that this part starts about 6:14 into the video clip attached]

Mitt Romney, repeating a story told about this subject on the Right, in a way that is very satisfying to conservatives.  The way this story is told on the Right is a story that tells conservatives exactly what they want to hear and what they want to believe about that bad bad President Obama, a comforting story about how this bad president never used that word “terror” in talking about these attacks until TWO WEEKS after they happened.  This awful guy!  I mean, that story must feel great if you are a conservative, if you’re against this president.

If you only experience reality as mediated through the conservative media, you might think that is really what happened.

That is not what happened.

[VIDEO of PRES. OBAMA in Rose Garden on day following Libyan consulate attacks]  ”No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.  Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.  We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act, and make no mistake, justice will be done.”

RACHEL:  You can count down “3, 2, 1…” until the Right starts saying that that tape has been ‘doctored,’ that that transcript has been ‘forged from a fax machine in Hawaii.’  

[Rachel starts tapping her pen on her paper in an annoyed manner…]

RACHEL:  Mitt Romney, getting it wrong last night because he apparently consumes the Right Wing version of reality, instead of the real reality outside of the Right Wing conserviative media bubble.  That was the story of the night last night when he just face planted on that story…just a shocking stylistic and substantive face plant!  By an excitable candidate who decided to take a leaping roundhouse punch, while his opponent was standing there at his most presidential.  And the guy taking the punch not only missed his target, he punched himself out in the process. Splat!

That was THE story of last night, but the story of today, was that the Right decided that was too painful.  The Right decided that what happened to Mr. Romney there felt too bad, that they were going to make themselves feel better by telling themselves that that did not actually happen.  Telling themselves that Mr. Romney actually DID land that punch.  That he was right and he looked great for it!

Look at the lower third [Rachel is referring to the chyron titles that are used to identify news stories on screen in the lower third of the frame] on Fox News today when they were talking about this.  This was on their dayside programming, which Fox says is supposedly when they are not doing any opinion at all!



Oh darn that Candy Crowley, her pointless interruption ruined Mitt Romney’s big moment when he was just nailing Obama for not saying the word “terror” in the Rose Garden that day.  

[VIDEO of Pres. Obama in the Rose Garden:  ”“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation.”]

RACHEL:  In Right Wing World, President Obama never said that.  Part of the reason I think this country would be better off if the website Politifact didn’t exist, is because Politifact has encouraged relativism—on the subject of whether or not stuff happened—as a mainstream thing.

So like when Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”, and then he went on CBS News and defended his call to Let “Detroit Go Bankrupt,” including that headline, Politifact fact checked whether or not Mitt Romney said “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”.  And they found that “half true”. Because basically they don’t think that Mitt Romney likes to be quoted saying “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”, or something.

Even though he did. So half true?

Politifact last night looked into whether or not President Obama used the phrase “act of terror” the day after the Benghazi attack when he gave that speech in the Rose Garden.

[VIDEO of Pres. Obama in the Rose Garden:  ”“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation.”]

Politifact in its assessment said “oh yes, he did say that” but it’s really only half true because people on the Right say maybe he didn’t mean it when he said it.

 This infection is leaving the conservative media, through purportedly neutral arbiters of fact like Politifact.  These baldly false conservative feel-good assertions about knowable facts that come from the Right, end up becoming…just ‘the other side’ of a political issue…’we’re taking an objective look’  And That is BULL.

Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.  The unemployment rate is below 8%.   The day after the Benghazi attack, the President called it an ‘act of terror.’  Do whatever you need to do to make yourself feel better, but do not confuse your ‘'World-Net-Daily-caliber-theraputic-conservative-alternative-reality-fantasy-babble for what actually happened.

Because stuff really does actually happen. And eventually, you really do have to deal with it.

Best part?  She ended the rant by throwing her papers at the camera, perhaps a subtle homage to our friend Keith.

(via Rachel Maddow is TICKED OFF)

A Kansas man who filed an objection with the state to President Barack Obama appearing on the state’s ballot, is withdrawing his objection.

Joe Montgomery’s decision, which he communicated in an email to the secretary of state’s office Friday afternoon, ends a process that caused the all-Republican Kansas Objections Board to vote unanimously Thursday to seek further information before making a decision on whether Obama could be on the ballot.

Montgomery told The Huffington Post Friday afternoon that public reaction to the complaint led him to decide against continuing. He declined to say exactly what was said in the calls and emails he received, but indicated that people who knew him both personally and professionally were also contacted about the complaint.


The Kansas secretary of state’s office sent out a statement Friday saying that the state Objections Board will meet as scheduled Monday morning. The statement said the meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. CT, will consider Montgomery’s complaint and his decision to withdraw the objection. Kobach’s spokeswoman, Kay Curtis, told the Topeka Capitol-Journal that the withdrawal is "unprecedented" and the meeting would be held to accept it.

If you wonder why a desperate Mitt Romney rushed to lie about President Obama’s handling of crises in Cairo and Benghazi and make the ugly claim that Obama’s first response was “to sympathize with those who waged the attacks,” the latest poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life helps fill in the blanks.

Unbelievably, the poll finds that the percentage of Republicans who believe that Barack Obama is Muslim, not Christian, has doubled since October 2008. It was actually a little higher in August 2010, right before the GOP administered its midterm “shellacking.” But in the most recent Pew poll on the topic, in July 2012, an astonishing 34 percent of “conservative Republicans” and 30 percent of all Republicans described the president as Muslim.

Overall, 17 percent of registered voters say Obama is Muslim while 31 percent say they don’t know what religion he is; only 49 percent know the truth, that he is Christian.

How is it possible that almost four years after we elected Obama president, the number of Republicans who think he’s Muslim could double, and that less than half of all registered voters know what religion he professes (in a country where religion matters)? Oh, I don’t know. Maybe because virtually every Republican politician has either encouraged or tolerated the far-right lunatic fringe, from crackpot “birthers” who insist the president wasn’t born here, to Romney campaign surrogates like John Sununu who just last month insisted the president “needs to learn what it means to be an American.”

And here is a little conspiracy theory to tie into this poll.

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.

“I don’t think it’s a frivolous objection,” Kobach said, according to the Capital-Journal. “I do think the factual record could be supplemented.”

The board is looking at a complaint filed by Joe Montgomery, of Manhattan, Kan., who claimed the Obama is not a natural born U.S. citizen and so is ineligible to be president. The man appears to be part of a group of conspiracy theorists known as “birthers,” who deny Obama’s birth certificate is real.


The cancelled Phoenix Tea Party Patriots’ September 22 event wasn’t actually called BirtherFest. It was a “Cold Case Posse Event” billed as “an exciting time as the Greater Phoenix Tea Party and Surprise Tea Party present an event to support Sheriff Joe and his investigation into the fraudulent Obama documents.”
Sharing star billing: Sheriff Joe Arpaio; LTC Terry Lakin (a birther doctor who refused to deploy to Afghanistan because he doesn’t believe Obama was born in the U.S.); and Pat Boone.

(via Phoenix Tea Party Patriots’ BirtherFest event cancelled due to lack of interest - Blog For Arizona)


The cancelled Phoenix Tea Party Patriots’ September 22 event wasn’t actually called BirtherFest. It was a “Cold Case Posse Event” billed as “an exciting time as the Greater Phoenix Tea Party and Surprise Tea Party present an event to support Sheriff Joe and his investigation into the fraudulent Obama documents.”

Sharing star billing: Sheriff Joe Arpaio; LTC Terry Lakin (a birther doctor who refused to deploy to Afghanistan because he doesn’t believe Obama was born in the U.S.); and Pat Boone.

(via Phoenix Tea Party Patriots’ BirtherFest event cancelled due to lack of interest - Blog For Arizona)

President Barack Obama was at an Orlando sports bar, snapping a University of Florida Gators’ sign, sipping a pint and working a crowd when he walked up to a table with five children. One adult pointed to one of the boys, 7-year-old Andre Wupperman of Orlando, and informed the president that the boy was born in Hawaii, the president’s native state.

Delighted, the president greeted the boy with a “shaka” sign, the pinky and thumb gesture typical of Hawaiian culture. The boy gestured back.

"You were born in Hawaii?" the president said. Then he asked teasingly: "You have a birth certificate?"

The patrons at Gator’s Dockside, clearly aware of the discredited claims that Obama was not born in the United States, broke up laughing.

(via Obama Makes Birther Joke At Orlando Sports Bar)

The Republican National Convention’s first evening session paired two speakers who represent opposing poles of hope and fear within today’s GOP: the impressive daughter of Haitian immigrants who is seeking to become a representative from Utah, and an actress who has sought to tarnish President Obama by questioning if the Hawaii-born son of a Kenyan father and American mother is in fact constitutionally eligible to hold the office of the presidency.

In their remarks could be found the central tension in Mitt Romney’s Republican Party, a group that knows it must diversify if it is to keep pace with a changing American — but still contains the forces of reaction made nervous by that very change.

Mia Love in many way represents the highest promise of the GOP, a distant but not inconceivable future where the party attracts more than token black membership or votes and provides a warm welcome to the hard-working children of immigrants who gave up their culture, their language and their extended family for the far from easy task of making a new life in America. Still under 40, the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, would be the first black woman elected to Congress as a Republican should she win. She was introduced in a lovely video (below) that keyed up what could have been significant remarks launching her on the national stage, had she had any kind of time to speak. Instead, her remarks were kept extremely brief.

Love was followed by Janine Turner, a blonde former actress with Fox News-style makeup and a radio show who, the Internet tells me, was a star in the 1980s and 1990s on television shows such as Northern Exposure. Turner ripped into Obama for his “gimme gimme” mentality, the first in a line of speakers that extended to former senator Rick Santorum and former Democrat Artur Davis to suggest that Obama wants to give the lazy people something for nothing.


Turner gained notoriety recently for her birther beliefs and questioning Obama’s right to serve in office. In a PJ Media article, “Reasoning ‘Kenyan Born’,” published with the subtitle, “Obama’s author bio leaves us three possibilities. None of them reflect well on the president,” Turner argues…



“Obama wasn’t even born in this country,” she-who-will-remain-nameless proclaimed.

“No, you’ve got it mixed up. McCain wasn’t born in this country,” I said. “He was born in Panama, but it was a U.S. territory at the time.”

“No it’s Obama. He was born in Hawaii and Hawaii wasn’t a state yet.”

“Hawaii became a state in 1959,” I busted out with some grade school civics class knowledge.

And then, there it was, the thing birthers are now being known for: My name-withheld family member then sighed and muttered, “Well, I don’t know.”

“No, you do know. Because I just told you.” I thought but didn’t dare yap aloud. “Hawaii was a state in 1959 and Barack Hussein Obama was born in 1961. He just won the election by the biggest margin since Ronald Reagan and he’s going to be the first half African-American President of the United States.”

“Well, I don’t know,” she continued, sure of herself. Then she switched tactics, “He won’t show anybody his birth certificate.”

“I’ve seen it online,” I said.

“Well, I don’t know. It’s suspicious. Don’t you think it’s suspicious? He won’t show anybody his birth certificate.”

“But he does. He has. I’ve seen it. Online.”

“Well, I don’t know. I think he should show it. It’s interesting though, huh?”

No. No it’s not interesting. There’s nothing interesting. There are questions. Here are answers. Refusing said answers, doesn’t mean there are still questions. Furthermore, refusing other answers and holding tight to doubt then blaming the proof-provider for not being forthcoming does not equal “interesting.”

“Well, I don’t know.”

This is beautiful.

That there’s some of what you call your “logic.”


This giant piece of stinkin’ turd blames the Obama administration’s silence for allowing the Republicans to continue down the path of racism and stupidity. Never forget that Karl Rove is a traitor who outed a covert CIA agent working in nuclear intelligence.

America Doesn’t Need a Birther-in-Chief (by BarackObamadotcom)

So here’s a nice little example of how fast the news cycle works…

12:27 p.m., POLITICO:

Starting his speech with a reflection on his love for Michigan, Romney explained that he and Ann Romney are proud natives and named the hospitals where they were born….

12:27 p.m., Washington Post:

Did Mitt Romney make a birther joke?…

12:28 p.m., BuzzFeed:


12:41 p.m.: Romney spokesperson:

“He was just illustrating he was born and raised here in Michigan….”

12:44 p.m.: Ben LaBolt, Obama campaign:

“Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause…”