Birther

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Big donors are not happy with RNC Chair Michael Steele and are withholding donations, to which he defiantly replies "fire me or shut up."
  • According to WND, Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., is a Birther and "has written to President Obama asking him to prove his eligibility to hold the office of U.S. president."
  • The World Congress of Families says it is standing Don Schmierer, who was one of three Americans mentioned in the recent New York Times article against the anti-gay legislation in Uganda.
  • The Susan B. Anthony List, Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Eagle Forum and others are planning a press tour to pressure House Democrats to kill healthcare reform over the issue of abortion.
  • Finally, Rep. Mark Kirk insists that he is not gay.

Palin-Farah Ticket The Key To Tea Party Success

The other day we noted that WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah had been added as a speaker at the National Tea Party Convention next month, joining the likes of Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann and a gaggle of fringe figures like Rick Scarborough and Roy Moore.

It seems that Farah is pretty excited about it as well:

Palin-Farah... maybe that should be the GOP's ticket in 2012.

Elsewhere in WND today, Farah announces that redoubling his Birther efforts

I am recommitting my energies and resources to the search for verifiable truth on this matter of eligibility. I don't care what Bill O'Reilly says about it. I don't care what MSNBC hacks say about it. I don't care that Republicans in Congress are too intimidated by the media and the political culture to demand proof, as the Constitution requires.

Only when this issue becomes a matter of popular concern will the truth come out.

As I said the other day: if the fact that Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, will be sharing the stage with Farah, a full-fledged conspiracy theorist/Birther, doesn't perfectly sum up the current state of the conservative movement, I don't know what does.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Pam's House Blend reports that Oklahoma's Sally Kern is trying to make it harder to get divorced in her state.
  • Good As You covers Mike Heath's recent appearance on Wallbuilders Radio.
  • Richard Pombo is back and TMP provides a look back at his ethical troubles.
  • Steve Benen notes that Michele Bachmann's anti-Census crusade could potentially end up costing her her seat in Congress.
  • Joe.My.God takes great pleasure in the fact that Glenn Beck is at war with the Birthers.
  • Towleroad reports that marriage equality in Iowa is safe, at least for this year.
  • Finally, Alvin McEwen exposes the latest nonsense from Cliff Kincaid, who claims that the outcry over Uganda's anti-gay bill is all part of a conspiracy to save Kevin Jennings.

Farah Joining Bachmann and Palin at National Tea Party Convention

We already knew that Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann were going to be joining right-wing activists like Roy Moore and Rick Scarborough at the First National Tea Party Convention next month.

But now organizers have added another new and exciting guest - Joseph Farah:

The First National Tea Party Convention hosted by Tea Party Nation is happy to announce updates to the convention itinerary.

World Net Daily's Joseph Farah and Fox News Contributor Angela McGlowan will be attending the convention and both will be speaking at the Friday evening dinner.

If the fact that Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, will be sharing the stage with Farah, a full-fledged conspiracy theorist/Birther, doesn't perfectly sum up the current state of the conservative movement, I don't know what does.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • For some reason, Focus on the Family thought it appropriate to ask Matt Barber and Robert Knight what they think about domestic partnership benefits.  Guess what, they don't like it.
  • Stay classy, Pete Hoekstra.
  • Has the Right completely forgotten about "shoe-bomber" Richard Reid?  Apparently.
  • It seems that just about every day, everything related to Orly Taitz just keeps getting more bizarre.
  • Finally, Newt Gingrich has a great suggestion: we should be profiling dangerous people instead of harassing innocent people.  Why didn't somebody think of that before? Maybe next Gingrich could come up with some way of actually telling them apart, since that is kind of the problem.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • What is FRC's New Year's Resolution, you ask? To kill healthcare reform.
  • Joseph Farah is miffed that CPAC will allow a gay group to co-sponsor the event, but won't let him talk about his Birther activism.
  • Concerned Women for America endorses Rand Paul.
  • For a mere $349, you can see Sarah Palin speak at the National Tea Party Convention.
  • A Liberty University professor expects to find Noah's Ark sometime next summer.
  • Blake Lorenz may face charges for harboring Rifqa Bary for two weeks without notifying law-enforcement, as required by law.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Joseph Farah thanks Sarah Palin for taking the Birther issue mainstream.
  • Rick Santorum says he is "absolutely" considering a 2012 presidential run.
  • Republican Party of Texas voted overwhelmingly to place resolution on the March 2010 Primary reading "Sonograms: The Texas Legislature should enact legislation requiring a sonogram be performed and shown to each mother about to undergo a medically unnecessary, elective abortion."
  • The Christian Coalition hails the Manhattan Declaration ... but wonders if the signers really have the commitment to follow through on their pledges.
  • The AFA's Bryan Fischer says it is time to "man up" in the "war against Christmas" because it just may be the "most important" battle of them all.
  • Finally, I have no idea what on earth this ad is supposed to mean:

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Sarah Palin goes Birther, then tries to walk it back.
  • Rep. Bill Posey is using his Birther stance as a fundraising tool.
  • Rick Warren's arranged marriage?
  • You know what we haven't had around here for a while? Someone attacking President Obama's faith.
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that the Do Right Foundation, in addition to funding various Religious Right groups, also funds racist and white supremacist groups.
  • Democratic senators want to sign on to the stunt amendment being prepared by Sens. Coburn and Vitter requiring members of Congress to join any public option health plan that becomes law.
  • Behold: The Google Conspiracy.
  • Behold also: Proof that President Obama is a Muslim who hates Christmas.
  • NOM has gotten the boot from Chase's charity contest.
  • Joseph Farah hates the UN ... and then complains that WND can't get UN press credentials.
  • Finally, Mike Madden sat through Glenn Beck's "The Christmas Sweater" and somehow survived.

Drake Lifts Call For Prayers For Obama's Death

Back in June, "Birther" Wiley Drake issued a call for imprecatory prayers against Barack Obama, asking God to kill him. 

Now, Drake has backed off of that call ... at least until Obama can be tried and convicted of treason:

A former Southern Baptist Convention officer who made headlines in June when he said on national radio that he was praying for Barack Obama to die now says he wants to see the president live long enough to stand trial for treason.

Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., issued a press release Nov. 19 calling for an end to "imprecatory prayer" -- words of judgment from the Book of Psalms prayed back to God, directed toward Obama.

Drake said he is now "calling for all of God's people and prayer warriors to cease the imprecatory prayer, and pray for Mr. Obama's protection until he can be properly tried for treason."

Drake attributed his change of heart to "spiritual counsel" of James David Manning, pastor at ATLAH World Missionary Church in New York, contained in a 16 1/2-minute video recorded Nov. 18.

"I have asked men everywhere please do you no harm," Manning said in remarks he addressed to "Barack Hussein the long-legged mack daddy Obama." According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, "mack daddy" is slang for a slick womanizer or conspicuously successful pimp.

"I do not want to see anyone attempt, dream about, think about or ever discuss assassinating you," Manning continued. "It is most important to you and to my savior Jesus that you live, and that you live a long life, but that you live that we might be able to bring you to trial. You see if someone does you harm, and you are not able to be brought to trial, then we lose the opportunity of proving our statements that you are not the president of the United States of America. You are not. You are an illegal alien, a usurper."

I guess this sudden connection to a Birther-extraordinaire such as Manning shouldn't come as much of a surprise seeing as just last week Alan Keyes, who was Drake's presidential running mate in 2008, also announced his agreement with his views.

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Dick Cheney will endorse Kay Bailey Hutchison's campaign for Texas governor next month.
  • 7 in 10 people say Sarah Palin is not qualified to be President. What are those other 3 people thinking?
  • Bill Donohue does not like the phrase "opposite sex marriage." But then again, is there anything that Donohue does like?
  • Harry Jackson disputes the Washington Post's estimate of the crowd size at his "People's Rally," insisting that there were 2,000 people in attendance, rather than the 150 the Post estimated.
  • Finally, WorldNetDaily is now selling its Birther video for a mere $5, so stock up on gifts for the holiday season.

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Vision America Goes Full-On Birther

We already knew that Vision America's Rick Scarborough, who recently spoke at the How To Take Back America Conference, was a Birther.  But we were not aware of the fact that the organization was also actively involved in the various lawsuits, but it looks like that is the case since they just used their email list to send out this fundraising pitch from Gary Kreep and the United States Justice Foundation:

You can read the full text of Kreep's email after the jump:

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Be sure to check out all of David Weigel's coverage of the How To Take Back America Conference.
  • Think Progress: Asked If His Thesis Advocated A ‘Radical Agenda,’ Bob McDonnell Replies 'No.'
  • Orly Taitz is now claiming that the judge's threats to sanction her if she keeps filing frivolous motions and lawsuits amounts to "a quasi-criminal prosecution" of her.
  • I'd like to say that this surprises me, but it doesn't.
  • Finally, if you are planning on running for governor, it helps if you have actually voted regularly in the past.

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How Crazy Is Too Crazy For the GOP?

For weeks now, we have been posting on the How To Take Back America Conference and the utter insanity that has long plagued the hosts of the conference, wondering why on earth Republican leaders like Mike Huckabee or Reps. Michele Bachmann, Steve King, Tom Price, Tom McClintock and Trent Franks are inexcusably lending credibility to this event and to its organizers.

To put this upcoming conference into perspective, let us put it this way: If you thought last week's Values Voter Summit  - where speakers called for public abortions, claimed that pornography turns you gay, proclaimed that gays and liberal Christians are enemies of God who deserve to be struck down, and announced that they had been chosen by God to stand for truth and suffer the consequences - was crazy ... well, you ain't seen nothing yet.

And so we have pulled together our years of monitoring of the people and organizations behind the upcoming How To Take Back America Conference and put it all together in our latest Right Wing Watch In Focus, entitled "Why Are GOP Officials Embracing Extremists at Upcoming ‘How to Take Back America’ Conference?"

Here is an excerpt of the report, from the section focusing on the event's co-chair, Janet Porter:

It is probably impossible to overstate the extremism and lunacy of Janet Porter, whose radio program and Faith2Action.org website gives her a platform for promoting the most unhinged of conspiracy theories.

Porter is Mike Huckabee’s biggest fan. She first fell in love when she organized the 2007 Values Voter Debate to which she had personally invited a gospel choir to sing “Why Should God Bless America?” and after which Porter (then Folger) declared that Huckabee had been revealed as the answer to Christians’ prayers for a presidential candidate who shared their views, proclaiming him to be the “David among Jesse’s sons.” During the presidential primaries, she started a front group to attack Huckabee’s arch nemesis Mitt Romney and wrote columns claiming that only Huckabee could prevent Hillary Clinton from throwing all Christians into prison and save her fantasy world from this “evil queen and her dragon of slaughter.”

She has since claimed that God has cursed America for voting for Obama, that anyone who voted for him is bound for hell , and that anyone who has ever voted for a pro-choice candidate is also living under a curse. She has actively pushed the Birther conspiracies and even alleged that Obama’s presidency was the culmination of a decade-long Communist conspiracy twenty years in the making. After the election, but before the inauguration, she called on God to prevent Obama from taking office, while warning that "AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN" to this nation because we deserve God's judgment.

Among other fears she has recently been stoking: the Obama administration is creating internment camps for conservatives and building mass evacuation buses to take them there, while warning that the H1N1 flu vaccine is really a nefarious plot by the government to kill millions of Americans. She helped to create and inflate the Right’s false claims that a Department of Homeland Security report was equating conservatives and veterans with terrorists; as noted above, she’s now pushing comparisons between the Obama administration and the rise of Nazism.

Porter has written a book called “The Criminalization of Christianity” and claims that hate crimes legislation will lead to Christians being thrown in jail. More recently she’s joined the chorus of extremists falsely claiming that the bill would “give heightened protection to pedophiles.” As part of her campaign against hate crimes legislation, Porter has repeatedly invited on to her radio show Ted Pike, a rabid anti-Semite who claims hate crimes laws are part of a Jewish plot for world domination.

The report also examines the equally crazy views and activities of other event co-sponsors like Phyllis Schlafly, Joseph Farah, Mat Staver, and Rick Scarborough, all in an effort to get an answer to one rather simple question: just how radical does a right-wing activist have to become before they are shunned by “respectable” Republican leaders?

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Sarah Posner files this report from the Values Voter Summit.
  • And David Weigel files a report of his own.
  • While Talking Points Memo provides this photo gallery from the event.
  • Bill O'Reilly kept the media out of his address where he received the “Media Courage Award,” but couldn't stop the coverage of it.
  • Things are not going well for Orly Taitz as of late.
  • Finally, Michael Schwartz, the chief of staff for Sen. Tom Coburn, participated in a panel on "The New Masculinity" at the Summit where he declared that "all pornography is homosexual pornography."

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Media Matters calls for accountability following omissions during Fox News' ACORN reports.
  • Salon: Meet the man who changed Glenn Beck's life.
  • RH Reality Check: Egg-as-Person State Law Campaigns Attract New Faces, Old Radicals.
  • David Weigel reports on the Federation for American Immigration Reform's "Hold Their Feet to the Fire" event.
  • Good As You has the audio of Tony Perkins speaking at Bangor Baptist Church in Maine following the right wing anti-marriage rally in the state last weekend.
  • Rep. Steve King is defending his colleague Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), by claiming that  "the President threw the first punch."
  • Finally, Orly Taitz gets laughed out of court, which only proves, of course, that the judge is a tool of Obama. Also, someone even crazier than Taitz is accusing her of trying to get him to give false testimony for one of her Birther lawsuits.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Carrie Prejean has been confirmed as a speaker at the Values Voter Summit.
  • CNN: Former professional football player Jay Riemersma announced Monday that he is running for Congress in Michigan in 2010 ... Since retiring from professional sports, Riemersma has been working for the conservative Family Research Council.
  • The AFA gets a small victory in its boycott of Pepsi.
  • Orly Taitz continues her effort to keep Gary Kreep out of her Birther lawsuit.
  • Finally, Mike Huckabee announces that journalism is dead:

    Survivors include the American people, who long ago stopped buying the ink-stained drivel that smeared the pages of paper and the people who attempted to read it. No memorial is planned as the practitioners of propaganda seem to be unaware that they have passed away and continue to publish anyway.

Suddenly, CPAC Rejects WND Craziness

The Los Angeles Times reports that organizers of next year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) have rejected a request by WorldNetDaily to host a panel on the Birther issue:

In one symbolic development, organizers of next year's Conservative Political Action Conference -- the country's biggest annual meeting of activists on the right -- said last week that they had rejected a request to schedule a panel on whether Obama was a native-born U.S. citizen.

"It would fill a room," said event director Lisa De Pasquale. "But so would a two-headed monkey. There really are so many more important issues, and it's only a three-day conference."

CPAC officials said WorldNetDaily's [Joseph] Farah asked the group to hold the panel.

Yeah, CPAC certainly wouldn't want to associate with the lunacy spouted by the likes of Farah or WND now would it?

Joseph Farah addressing CPAC in 2008.

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Birther Posts Archive

Kyle Mantyla, Monday 10/03/2011, 5:41pm
Pat Robertson says he will no longer be making political endorsements because "the truth of the matter is politics is not going to change our world. It's really not going to make that much of a difference." Suddenly, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney are BFFs. Bryan Fischer is very excited that Rush Limbaugh talked about his article on the radio, even though Limbaugh has no idea who Fischer is or where he saw the article. Lots of legislators seem to love Wallbuilders "ProFamily Legislators Conference." Finally, the Supreme Court has rejected Alan Keyes... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 09/20/2011, 5:30pm
Is the Southern Baptist Convention going to change its name? The AFA is now urging people to boycott the AARP. Pat Boone is a birther. Bryan Fischer says President Obama's jobs plan is class warfare and that it is "a dangerous, un-Christian and un-American path he is walking, one destined to end in social unrest driven by a mindless contempt for hard-working Americans who have earned everything they have." Apparently Ray Comfort has a magical question that can, through sheer logic alone, turn anyone against abortion. It seems like James Robison has... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 08/30/2011, 2:01pm
As we noted last week, Rick Perry spent some time this weekend at James Leininger's ranch in Texas meeting with a bevy of Religious Right leaders and activists. According to Time, there was some 300 such leaders in attendance and Rick Scarborough, though he refuses to confirm that he was actually in attendance, appears quite smitten with the Texas Governor: Last weekend, Rick Perry privately met some 300 conservative evangelical leaders at long-time supporter Jim Leininger’s home near Fredricksburg, Texas. And on Monday afternoon, reported-attendee and evangelical leader Rick... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 08/04/2011, 10:20am
If today is his real birthday, that is. Joseph Farah and his media site WorldNetDaily have consistently trumpeted the “Birther” conspiracy theory and WND published Jerome Corsi’s book “Where’s The Birth Certificate?” On President Obama’s birthday, Farah refers to the day as “an unsubstantiated claim” that is “more suspect than ever.” Farah also publicized a change to WND’s “Where’s The Birth Certificate” billboard campaign, with the billboards now reading, “Where’s The Real Birth Certificate... MORE
Brian Tashman, Friday 07/29/2011, 10:22am
Yesterday Tea Party Nation president Judson Phillips sent to TPN members a post by activist Kevin Lehmann titled “51 Bullet-Pointed Facts That Dispute Barack Obama's Identity & Eligibility to be President!” Phillips has consistently praised the ‘birther’ movement, and Lehman’s “facts” were mostly a long list of discredited claims about President Obama’s eligibility to serve as president that were put to rest with the release of his long form birth certificate. Lehman’s diatribe against Obama includes accusations that the president is... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 07/20/2011, 5:40pm
PFAW: PFAW Applauds Senators' Push to End DOMA. Andy Birkey @ Minnesota Independent: Franken grills Focus on the Family head during DOMA repeal hearing. Good As You: NY 'protect marriage' ally blames gays for young boy's death! Steve Benen: Allen West's 'Vile' Email. David Weigel @ Slate: Casino, Stiffed by Cancelled Tea Party Convention, Wants Its Money Back. Igor Volsky @ Think Progress LGBT: FAMiLY LEADER’s Vander Plaats Repeatedly Suggested Obama Was Born In Kenya, Praised Trump’s Birther Investigation. MORE
Brian Tashman, Friday 07/08/2011, 9:50am
Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation is taking a stand for the Birther movement, months after President Barack Obama released his long-form birth certificate to quash discredited claims that he was born outside of the U.S. Naturally, conspiracy theorists were not satisfied by evidence, and the president of one of the country’s leading tea party groups still doubts the President Obama’s citizenship. In a column sent to Tea Party Nation members praising Orly Taitz, the fanatical birther activist who has floated armed rebellion against Obama is now embarking on yet another lawsuit... MORE