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Kobach: Maybe Obama Opposes Proof Of Citizenship Laws Because He's Not A Citizen

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the influential anti-immigration operative who has been involved in both Donald Trump’s border wall policy and the immigration case currently before the Supreme Court, called into question President Obama’s birthplace on his radio program this weekend.

In response to a caller who wondered if the Obama administration’s opposition to restrictive voting laws such as a proof-of-citizenship requirement in Kansas is because the president himself is “not a citizen of the United States,” Kobach said that there are “interesting things” about the question of Obama’s citizenship that “just made you scratch your head.” He added that “maybe” the caller’s theory about the president’s opposition to voting restrictions was correct.

Kobach was speaking on his radio program on Kansas City’s KCMO on Sunday about a column in the Kansas City Star — which Kobach calls the “Kansas City Red Star” — blasting him for his role in enacting restrictive voting laws in Kansas and around the nation, when a listener identified as “Jim from Iowa” called in.

Jim told Kobach he didn’t understand “what the big deal” was about a law championed by Kobach requiring people to present proof of citizenship when registering to vote “because our president, his little grandma said he was born in Africa, he waited two years before he sent out that fake birth certificate, he got a scholarship to a place, a college in California that only gives it to foreigners, so what’s the difference?”

(Just to be clear, Obama’s grandmother did not say he was born in Kenya,his birth certificate is not fake, and he did not get a scholarship meant for foreign students.)

At first, Kobach didn’t address the birther issue, noting instead that Obama is indeed “opposed to Kansas” and “doesn’t like voter ID laws.”

But the caller persisted, saying, “He’s not going to bring up proof of citizenship because he’s not a citizen of the United States, he’s not supposed to be the president, his own grandma said he was born in Africa, what else do you need? And that birth certificate thing was all fake, it took him two years, like I said, to get it sent out. How did he get the scholarship to that college in California that only foreign people get it? How did he get that? How come everybody lets it go?”

“You know, you’re right,” Kobach responded, “and of course that issue’s kind of water under the bridge these days, but there were some interesting things. Like there was that one thing, it just made you scratch your head, there was that one thing that the Harvard Law Journal printed which described Barack Obama as a ‘young student born in Kenya.’ Now, he says that was wrong, and maybe it was wrong, but anyway, maybe you’re right, maybe that’s why he doesn’t talk about proof of citizenship, because he, you know, he would rather not bring up the citizenship issue. Of course, now he’s got nothing to worry about, he’s in office for the remaining year.”

(We don’t know what head-scratching “Harvard Law Journal” article Kobach was referring to, but he could have been getting it mixed up with a promotional flier for one of Obama’s books that mistakenly described him as being born in Kenya, which birthers have made much of.)

When Jim asked if Obama could still “get in trouble” for lying about his birthplace, Kobach responded that “at this point there’s not really any forum in which the facts will be further” examined.

“Well, why didn’t everybody do something about this eight years ago?” Jim demanded.

“Well,” Kobach said, “as you may recall, there was quite a kerfuffle about it back then.”

“Did you notice everybody that was complaining, they shut up like overnight?” Jim said. “I think they were all threatened just like Old Lady Clinton threatens everybody if you don’t do what she wants. I think they’re all threatened, that’s why they all shut up real fast.”

“Well, who knows?” Kobach said. “That whole issue has been a truly strange one, that’s for sure.”

Perhaps they will have to wait until Trump, Kobach’s preferred candidate for president, fulfills his promise to write a book about Obama’s real birthplace.

Glenn Beck Thinks A Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Automatically Confers Credibility

Glenn Beck dedicated his television program last night to once again promoting his ongoing campaign to get right-wing anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist removed from the board of the National Rifle Association on the grounds that Norquist is supposedly a front man for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Predictably, Beck brought right-wing activists Kenneth Timmerman and Frank Gaffney — who, just this week, was blasted by former NRA president David Keene as an unhinged conspiracy nut — onto the program to make the case against Norquist.

Beck went to great lengths to try to bolster Timmerman's credibility by mentioning three times that he had once been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Timmerman "is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee," Beck said in opening the show, so that gives him "some real credibility." 

In case viewers weren't convinced, Beck mentioned it again — twice — during his introduction.

"Just so you know, he comes to the table with a little bit of credibility," Beck said. "He was nominated a few years ago for a Nobel Peace Prize."

Of course, just about anybody can be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, so simply being nominated doesn't automatically mean that the nominee is credible, now does it?

More Evidence Grassley And McConnell Only Care About The Far Right

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll released Tuesday led to a slew of headlines reflecting the fact that the majority of Americans want the Senate to do its job and begin working to confirm President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.

“Democrats are winning the Supreme Court fight over Merrick Garland. Big time,” announced the Washington Post

By a 22-point margin (52-30) voters would like to see “the Senate vote on [Justice Scalia's] replacement” this year. When the question was first asked in February, this margin was only a single point (43-42).

Yet Republicans and conservative voters continue to isolate themselves from the rest of the electorate with their intransigence on taking any action on Garland’s nomination.

This is the conundrum for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). They can mollify the radical base of their party or they can do their jobs, consistent with the will of the people. Thus far their choice has been clear.

Grassley once again swore fealty to the radical right on a conference call with the anti-choice organization Susan B. Anthony List on Monday night, promising them “we aren’t going to have a hearing.”

Right now, despite the polling, Republican strategists believe their elected leaders' intransigence serves their own electoral benefit. Josh Holmes, who ran McConnell’s 2014 reelection campaign told the Wall Street Journal, “Any time you are looking at an electorate where you want to ensure the base is motivated to support a candidate, an issue like this helps.” He continued, “by almost any measure that we’ve seen thus far, the voters who fall into that swing category that determine an election just aren’t that interested in the Supreme Court fight.”

Holmes and many Republicans are being misled by the data. Voters want a functional government and elect senators to do a job. They are rightfully repulsed when it isn’t done.

Voters aren’t thinking about the confirmation of Merrick Garland as a fight between liberal and conservative policy outcomes. Instead it is about which party is causing dysfunction in Washington. Republicans are proudly raising their hands to take credit for the chaos, fulfilling the wishes of their base.

However, with polling data trending against them, McConnell and Grassley are putting several of their colleagues in close races in untenable positions. As a greater majority of voters push for action on the nomination, senators in close races are bound to begin to question their leadership’s obstructionist strategy.

Frank Gaffney: 'We're Toast' If A Republican Doesn't Win In November

Today on “Breitbart News Daily,” Ted Cruz’s national security adviser Frank Gaffney warned that if voters elect a president who will continue the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy, then America is doomed.

“If we have four more years of this kind of policy of weakness and emboldening of our enemies and undermining of our allies and diminishing of our country, we’re toast,” Gaffney said.

He added: “There is a general recognition, I think, among the Republican contenders that more of the same is a formula for disaster for our country on national security and homeland security grounds, most especially.”

Pat Boone: God Will Punish Saturday Night Live For 'Taking Satan's Side'

Conservative activist and musician Pat Boone is positively outraged by a recent Saturday Night Live skit called “God is a Boob Man” that poked fun of the Religious Right’s persecution complex with a fake trailer for a “God’s Not Dead”-style movie.

Boone, apparently unfamiliar with the concept of parody, was outraged that the skit didn’t accurately represent movies like “God’s Not Dead” or “God’s Not Dead 2.” “It’s made up,” Boone told the far-right site WorldNetDaily, “and criticizing us for something we didn’t do.”

Indeed, Boone said that the SNL skit is part of a larger “evil” and “violent” agenda to attack America, the Bible and God, and that those behind it will be sent to hell.

“God is not thin-skinned. But he does demand reverence. If you have any brains at all you don’t pitch yourself against someone who created all things, the God of the Bible,” he said. “They don’t have to apologize to Christians [but] when you come against God and the Holy Spirit who are one and the same, you are bringing upon yourself eternal condemnation.”

Boone told the Hollywood Reporter that the SNL crew was “taking Satan’s side” and that “believers in God deserve an apology” for the “outright sacrilege.”

In an interview with WorldNetDaily, “God’s Not Dead 2” producer Michael Scott also criticized SNL for not portraying his movie accurately, again not seeming to understand how satire works.

Boone, in an interview, told WND, “The parody is a parody of a movie that doesn’t exist. The movie that we made has nothing whatsoever to do with homosexuality … there’s not a reference to anyone Jewish. [There’s] nothing whatsoever in the parody that relates to the film itself.”

“It’s made-up … and criticizing us for something we didn’t do.”

He suggested perhaps homosexuals should be offended, since they are “portrayed as more bigoted than the Christians. For them to be portrayed as demanding that God be declared gay is so over the top. I don’t think any responsible member of the homosexual community would want to identify with that.”

The attack on the film is part of an agenda, he noted.

“It’s because the battle between good and evil is heating up. All you have to do is look at the enemies of America and democracy and Christianity, and for that matter Judaism. The enemies have become increasingly violent and depraved, very much outspoken in their ridicule,” he told WND. “The anti-Bible people are more virulent, violent.”

He said, “God is not thin-skinned. But he does demand reverence. If you have any brains at all you don’t pitch yourself against someone who created all things, the God of the Bible.”

He added, “They don’t have to apologize to Christians [but] when you come against God and the Holy Spirit who are one and the same, you are bringing upon yourself eternal condemnation. … I shudder when I think about what [will happen] when they continue in this mindset. You can disparage deity, you can debunk divinity, and libel God, but when he says the only reason we exist is to fear him, to reverence him…

“For those who dissent and disagree and reject God there is a place already prepared – for the devil, his angels and those who side with him,” he said.

“God’s Not Dead 2” producer Michael Scott and Rice Broocks, who authored the book on which the first movie was based, both told WND they recognize humor, they recognize parody, but this went way beyond, distorting and twisting the message the movie portrays.



Scott told WND in an interview criticisms such as the “SNL” skit can “push things too far” and “cause divisions.”

Louie Gohmert: 'The Hippies And The Troublemakers' Are Taking Over

Earlier this year, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, attributed the popularity of Sen. Bernie Sanders to the fact that “we let some of the hippies from the ‘60s” start “teaching the teachers” in universities.

Gohmert brought up the subject again in an interview Monday with Armed America Radio’s Mark Walters, where he explained that “a lot of the hippies and the troublemakers from the ‘60s and the early ‘70s” figured out that instead of “blowing up the Pentagon or blowing up police cars,” they could just become teachers.

This means, he said, “that the socialists that wanted to destroy the country in the ‘60s and ‘70s have figured out you just miseducate the kids and you’re well on your way to taking over the country.”

It’s thanks to these same teachers, he said, that “people have heard over and over how horrible guns are.”

AFA's Rob Chambers Blames Criticism of Anti-LGBT Laws On Satan

The American Family Association's nation field director, Rob Chambers, appeared on TheDove TV's "Focus Today" program yesterday to discuss his organization's boycott against PayPal, which the group launched after the company canceled a planned expansion in North Carolina in response to a new anti-LGBT law.

When the program's host, Steve Johnson, asked Chambers why there was so much criticism of recently passed anti-LGBT laws in states like North Carolina and Mississippi, Chambers responded by naturally blaming Satan.

"This is spiritual warfare," Chambers said. "Satan is not bound by good, certainly, but basically distorts truth and he is a master of that. I believe the media, Hollywood, they understand what this bill, or new law, actually does but they are distorting it because that's the only way that Satan plays and Satan will try to attempt to win is through deceit and deception."

Right Wing Round-Up - 4/19/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 4/19/16

  • Some sober analysis from Michele Bachmann: "The Muslim Brotherhood together with its myriad fake front groups, like a demon, first charms then disarms, then contorts itself into a seemingly friendly face. Once it’s beguiled its unsuspecting victim, it mercilessly unleashes death and destruction upon its unwary victims, like a viper."
  • William Gheen says the outcome of the immigration case at SCOTUS will determine "whether we continue this country as a functioning republic or as a totalitarian dictatorship."
  • The National Organization for Marriage calls upon supporters to "Demand that Congress Get Off Its Rear and Prohibit Government Discrimination Against People of Faith."
  • Paul Hair tells his fellow right-wing Christians that Hollywood hates them and everything they represent.
  • Finally, Phyllis Schlafly has released a video informing Eagle Forum members that she remains in control of the organization.

Tony Perkins: If Americans Followed Obama, The Koran Would Be The State Book Of Tennessee

Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, devoted his “Washington Watch” radio program yesterday to discussing a Tennessee bill making the Bible the state’s official book, which was vetoed by the state’s Republican governor after being approved by its legislature.

At one point, a listener called in to share his wish that “the United States government would enact a bill where the Holy Bible was the Bible of the United States,” noting that many government buildings have references to the Bible on them.

Perkins responded that “if the left has their way, they’re going to break out the jackhammers and the sandblasters and they’re going to try to take that off of the buildings. They’re trying to certainly take it out of the hearts and minds of people, especially our children, as they drive it far from our schools and now from the public square, and eventually they’re going to get back around to these buildings.”

He told the caller that he was right that “the best defense is a good offense” and that “we need to show that, you know what, the American people are not going to take this lying down. We have every right to have our views reflected in our government by our elected officials.”

Perkins then returned to a conversation he had had with an earlier caller who had opposed the Tennessee bill and asked Perkins how he would feel if a state named the Koran its official book.

“Well, if the Koran as the state book could get through Tennessee,” he said, “our nation is a lot worse off than I ever thought, even though after we’ve had Barack Obama for seven years and I know he’s done everything he can to promote Islam in this country, but we’re not at that point yet because the American people are not following him.”