Birth Certificates, Conspiracies and Batman

Strange that some of the bizarre rumors about Senator Obama continue. They stepped up from the regular political smears that we’ve come to expect from Conservatives to the level of accusing NASA and Neil Armstrong of creating a fake moon landing. Only this time its not about shadows supposedly cast in the wrong direction its about embossed seals. I was reading this post at Seeing the Forest, “Who Sent You?” — The Coming Attack on Obama

And here we are again. The widely-spread, widely-repeated — and consequently widely believed — smear emails about Obama being a secret Muslim who went to a terrorist training school, burned his flag pin etc. have been “preparing the ground” by “raising questions” that get people ready to give a positive reception to this conspiracy theory. I am seeing signs that the wingnuts are starting to roll out the next phase with the right’s recent “Obama forged birth certificate” blogswarm, with stories like this from Christian Web News..

A commenter linked to this report from Politifact, Obama’s birth certificate: Final chapter

As a fact-checking news Web site, we went to extensive lengths to sort out the truth. We got a copy of his 1992 marriage certificate from the Cook County (Ill.) Bureau of Vital Statistics. His driver’s license record from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. His registration and disciplinary record with the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois. Not to mention all of his property records.

[   ]…We e-mailed it to the Hawaii Department of Health, which maintains such records, to ask if it was real.

“It’s a valid Hawaii state birth certificate,” spokesman Janice Okubo told us.

[   ]…If this document is forged, a U.S. senator and his presidential campaign have perpetrated a vast, long-term fraud. They have done it with conspiring officials at the Hawaii Department of Health, the Cook County (Ill.) Bureau of Vital Statistics, the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois and many other government agencies

How remarkable that about 47 years ago so many state and federal officials began to participate in this political Area 51 style plot.

Jefferson Memorial Aerial View

We don’t have to look far from home to learn about hate, Report: Hate crimes hit 5-year high in LA County

The most common hate crimes were those motivated by race, with 310 committed against black people and 125 against Latinos. However, crimes in which anti-immigrant slurs were used dropped slightly.

If you like your news about Bush corruption in nicely colored graphic form you’ll like this post, Crimes and Misdemeanors. Guest stars or partisan cronies or Republicans hacks, which ever term you prefer include George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, David Addington, John Ashcroft, John Yoo, and Alberto Gonzales.

Its probably a misprint. The Wall Street Journal which is definitely part of the media and all media has a liberal bias thinks Bush is Batman incarnate, THE BEST OP-ED EVER!!!!!

There is an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that compares Batman to . .  wait for it . . . wait for it . . . George W Bush! I am not making this up:

There seems to me no question that the Batman film “The Dark Knight,” currently breaking every box office record in history, is at some level a paean of praise to the fortitude and moral courage that has been shown by George W. Bush in this time of terror and war. Like W, Batman is vilified and despised for confronting terrorists in the only terms they understand. Like W, Batman sometimes has to push the boundaries of civil rights to deal with an emergency, certain that he will re-establish those boundaries when the emergency is past.

There are so many bat-shit crazy statements in this paragraph I could literally be blogging for hours, weeks, months even years. You would have to pry the laptop off my comatose, snark-emptied body.

Maybe it was a tiny bit courageous for Bush to stop reading My Pet Goat eventually on 9-11 and mosey over to the Bat phone and check in with Dick Cheney at the bunker. Then later giving up golf in remembrance of the Iraq military casualties. Hilzoy stepping in at Andrew Sullivan’s writes, An Old, Old Story

Congratulating yourself on your willingness to put aside ordinary scruples in order to do something decent people would never attempt; convincing yourself that your willingness to become inhumane is a strength, a sign of how much you are willing to sacrifice for some greater good; telling yourself that it is an act of kindness to take on the burden of doing terrible things so that others can flit innocently about, secure in their own virtue: this is an old, old story that people tell themselves to disguise the fact that they have chosen to do evil.

Isn’t one component of courage (in the way that the WSJ op-ed speaks of it) putting yourself in harm’s way knowing that you might suffer some horrible consequences. Bush knew that the worse thing that could happen to him for having the most corrupt presidency in our history was no where near those that paid for his moral and legal negligence with their freedom or lives. The history of Bush’s life and that which has continued into his presidency is the ability to avoid consequences for his actions, others have always bailed him out and made excuses for him.

Which is the joker
Which is the joker

100 female U.S. service members have died in Iraq