Sunday, April 10, 2011

Birther Week in Review: 4 9 11

right next to Jimmy Hoffa!

In which Dr. Fukino has the (hopefully) final word, after Trump gets spanked into the ground, Orly gets backed up and run over by World Net Daily, who may have an investigatorial connection to the Donald, and Arizona's Birther Bill moves closer to being law

Are you sick of listening to Donald Trump hit every bad note in the Birther Anthem, night after night? So is Dr. Chiyome Fukino, former Director of Hawaii's Department of Health, who hit back at the (mostly) one-note Presidential Presumptive after hearing her work dragged through the mud.

The Hawaiian state health official who personally reviewed Barack Obama's original birth certificate has affirmed again that the document is "real" and denounced "conspiracy theorists" in the so-called "birther" movement for continuing to spread bogus claims about the issue.


As the top Hawaiian official in charge of state health records in 2008, when the issue of Obama's birth first arose, Fukino said she thought she had put the matter to rest. Contacted by NBC, Fukino expanded on previous public statements and made two key points when asked about Trump's recent comments.

The first is that the original so-called "long form" birth certificate — described by Hawaiian officials as a "record of live birth" — absolutely exists, located in a bound volume in a file cabinet on the first floor of the state Department of Health. Fukimo said she has personally inspected it — twice.


Her second point — one she made repeatedly in the interview — is that the shorter, computer generated "certification of live birth" that was obtained by the Obama campaign in 2007 and has since been publicly released is the standard document that anybody requesting their birth certificate from the state of Hawaii would receive from the health department.

But wait. It gets even better.

... Wisch, the spokesman for the attorney general's office, said state law does not in fact permit the release of "vital records," including an original "record of live birth" — even to the individual whose birth it records.

"It's a Department of Health record and it can't be released to anybody," he said. Nor do state laws have any provision that authorizes such records to be photocopied, Wisch said. If Obama wanted to personally visit the state health department, he would be permitted to inspect his birth record, Wisch said.

But if he or anybody else wanted a copy of their birth records, they would be told to fill out the appropriate state form and receive back the same computer generated "certification of live birth" form that everybody else gets — which is exactly what Obama did four years ago.

POW. ZOOM. To the Moon. Unfortunately, as is visible on this thread over at Obama Conspiracy Theories, the Birthers are already trying to spin this right round like a record, baby.

(N.B. If you ever want to imagine what being a Birther must be like, imagine trying to be the shopkeeper in Monty Python's "Dead Parrot" Sketch. If only this myth was as bleeding demised!)

Dr. Fukino's vicious and vital de-pantsing of one of the central pieces of Birther mythology comes on the heels of a very in-depth dissection of Donald Trump's birther boilerplate, which has become more pronounced and punchline-worthy as time has gone on. Appropriately entitled "Donald, You're Fired," the piece at Factcheck covers a lot of essential ground, and is worth reviewing even if you're already well-versed.

The real question, of course, is why so many people, when interviewing the Donald, refuse to interrupt him with anything resembling a spine. Are they afraid of seeming to be partial to the President, or just afraid of being run over by the 5:00 Trump Train?

Speaking of being tossed under the train, that's exactly what happened to Orly Taitz this week, over at World Net Daily. (I guess they didn't have time for Michelle Bachmann.)

What's this? Did Barack Obama only attend Columbia University for nine months?

That was the indication of a report obtained from the Student Clearinghouse by eligibility attorney Orly Taitz, who has represented clients in legal challenges pertaining to Obama's bona fides.

But according to information obtained by WND, it appears Obama did indeed attend Columbia for two years.

What's interesting is that, on the page where I read the story, badfiction (tips hat), their quote read "by eligibility gadfly Orly Taitz." Did WND do a little housecleaning?

Speaking of World Net Daily, word has it that one of Donald Trump's investigators in Hawaii may be the one and only Jerome Corsi, who is soon to have a book on the President's Birth Certificate out by way of WND. This has yet to be directly confirmed, but it would explain a few things.

Unfortunately needing no explanation, given Arizona's recent decline in outsider relations, it appears the "birther bill" (HB2177) has received preliminary approval. Thankfully, Tennessee's has bit the dust.

That's this week in Birtherstan. And remember, Camus once said that "Stupidity has a knack of getting its way," but that doesn't mean we have to like it.

Do not mess with the person who knows where the loot is buried.


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