Birther

Keyes: "Glenn Beck is an Ignoramus"

A few weeks ago I noted that over the course of nine programs, Faith 2 Action's Janet Porter had had nine different Republican members of Congress on her radio program despite her long history of saying absolutely crazy things.

Lately, she hasn't had any Congressmembers on her program, meaning she's had to go back to her normal guests and topics - like having Alan Keyes on the program to discuss Birtherism.

As one would expect, this led to a rather entertaining discussion, as Porter cites First Lady Michelle Obama referring to Kenya as President Obama's "home country" and then citing Glenn Beck's theory that it was a deliberate attempt by the First Lady to goad the Right into taking the bait in an effort to marginalize them, at which point Keyes goes off and calls Beck an idiot:

Porter: I did not bring it up, but there is still a question about the birth certificate. I would think that if Michelle Obama was going to sensitive to that, she wouldn't have said this in a speech, maybe you didn't hear it, here it is:

[AUDIO of Michelle Obama]: Barack has led by example.  When we took our trip to Africa and visited his home country in Kenya ...

Poter: Did you catch that?  His home country in Kenya. Uh, wow.  That's a pretty strong statement, as she was speaking to the homosexual organizations.

Keyes: I think that's kind of strange . My wife is originally from India, she's a naturalized citizen. And my children have been to India and we try to make sure that they are aware of their heritage and background.  But you know something? I can't imagine, I can't imagine one of them calling India their home country.  It just wouldn't make sense.  And I think things like that are part of what we people who want some clear answers, because you add that to policies that are clearly at odd with the best interests of the country, and especially in national security, really seem to put us in danger. I believe it's beginning to raise some serious issues.

Porter: By the way, people like Glenn Beck say - and he's been pretty forthright and out there on a lot of issues - but he says "ah, she's just doing this to kind of fuel the fire that makes us look like kooks." What do you say to that?

Keyes: Well, I don't take Glenn Beck seriously at all, particularly on this question. People like that are shooting of their mouths. Glenn Beck is an ignoramus on this question, and he has sounded like one in every statement he's ever made. He knows nothing about the Constitution, doesn't understand its requirements, hasn't the faintest regard for the simple logic that is involved in this particular case.  And is basically showing much less common sense than most of the people around the country who understand what's at stake and who realize that if you're going to respect the Constitution, you must respect the words that apply to the most powerful office in the gift of the American people. So I think Glenn Beck has simply been acting foolishly on this issue.

Tea Party Tries to Clean Up Its Act? Not Exactly

Earlier today I wrote that Tea Party activists were trying to improve their image and salvage their reputation by dropping Orly Taitz from a California tea party rally.

I may have spoken too soon:

The Starkville Tea Party will hold a rally Thursday at noon in front of the Oktibbeha County Courthouse. The Columbus Tea Party will hold a rally Thursday at 5:15 p.m. on the Lowndes County Courthouse steps.

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In Columbus, Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for the American Family Association, is one of three scheduled speakers. The American Family Association “represents and stands for traditional family values and exists to motivate and equip citizens to reform our culture to reflect Biblical truth on which it was founded,” according to the group’s Web site.

In fact, I am sure that I spoke too soon:

The sound of freedom rung throughout the Ervin J. Nutter Center on Tuesday, Apr. 13 as conservatives came out for the Dayton Tea Party Rally.

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The highlight of the evening was former presidential candidate and conservative activist Alan Keyes.

Keyes criticized "an elite that has abandoned allegiance to God almighty" for the nation's current ills and, in a not-so-subtle allusion to the Biblical book of Exodus, stated that "the Tea Party movement is turning November into a Passover election" that will dethrone the elite.

"I take God really seriously," said Keyes. "And I take the connection between God and our liberty even more seriously than that."

Keyes challenged Tea Party members to define the movement, using the Spirit of 1776 as a point of reference. The conservative activist called on Tea Party participants to mimic the founding fathers' resistance of oppression as a means of restoring the nation to its former glory.

"No matter how much you like tea, if it comes at the price of your freedom, you'll throw it in the ocean," said Keyes. "You'll say no."

While Republicans in California refused to be seen with Orly Taitz due to her Birther obsession, that was apparently not a concern for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who shared the stage with Keyes (whom Taitz is representing in her Birther lawsuits) at the Ohio rally.

As for Fischer, in the last week he's declared that all Muslims in America must be deported and that all Muslim citizens are traitors who must convert to Christianity.  And let's not forget his recent calls for all gays to be treated like criminals and for the stoning of a killer whale at Sea World in accordance with Biblical teachings.

Tea Party Tries to Clean Up Its Act, Orly Tatiz Dropped From CA Event

It looks like Tea Party activists are starting to get a little more savvy about the image they portray and trying to counter the movement's growing reputation as the natural home for cranks, as Orly Taitz has been dropped from a Tax Day Tea Party in California at which several GOP candidates are scheduled to speak: 

Several California Republican political candidates, including Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina, were scheduled to share the stage this week with one of the leaders of the "birther" movement that claims President Obama was not born in this country and is thus ineligible for his elected office.

Orly Taitz, an Orange County attorney who has gone to court many times to try to disqualify Obama, was invited to speak Thursday at a Tax Day Tea Party rally in Pleasanton, Calif., that is expected to draw thousands of people. Late Tuesday, organizers said that they had rescinded Taitz's invitation after questions were raised about her presence by candidates who had been contacted by The Times.

Bridget Melson, founder and president of the Pleasanton Tea Party, said the organization had been "getting calls from candidates like crazy."

"It's not worth it," she said. "She's too controversial. This is not what the tea party is about at this point."

While spokespersons for Carly Fiorina, Chuck DeVore, and John Dennis all strongly blasted Tatiz and her Birtherism, not everyone speaking at the event shared such views: 

"I certainly don't have enough information to decide that," said Tom Del Beccaro, vice chair of the California Republican Party. "I've never seen yay or nay either way, so how could I know?"

And a consultant to San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson, a candidate for state Assembly who is speaking Thursday, declined to say where Wilson believed Obama was born.

"Given the things going on in our state right now, the last thing I am thinking about is where Barack Obama was born," consultant Jason Roe quoted Wilson as saying.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Not surprisingly, right-wing judicial nominations groups are hoping to exploit the Tea Party movement in opposing Obama's SCOTUS nominee.
  • Mike Huckabee claims The Perspective grossly distorted on gay marriage and Michael Steel; The Perspective responds by releasing the audio of the interview to support their article.
  • Joseph Farah calls John McCain "the father of the Birther movement."
  • CWA's "Issue Specialist for Pornography" is very concerned about Miley Cyrus and Dakota Fanning.
  • The National Organization for Marriage is running ads targeting New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch.
  • Who knew quitting could be so lucrative?
  • Finally, the quote of the day from Norton O. Rodriguez: "The film Kick Ass has crossed every imaginable line Hollywood has had when dealing with kids, guns and violence. Our nation's youth is already suffering from violent acts such as: bullying, teen depression, teen suicide and youth violence is already out of control in this country... And now Hollywood comes out with a film that promotes and glorifies guns and youth violence to the max. Please, say NO to Kick-Ass the movie."

The Cuccinelli Admiration Society

This New York Times profile of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli mentions his anti-gay views, his flirtations with Birtherism, and even his Social Security paranoia and notes that Cuccinelli's magnetism for controversy is not sitting well with fellow Republican Governor Bob McDonnell.

But I think that was best demonstrates Cuccinelli's radical views is the people who are coming to his defense:

“Ken is in tune with typical family people, people who work in this state,” said Robert G. Marshall, a Republican delegate from Prince William County. Mr. Cuccinelli’s popularity, he said, derives from his sharp legal mind and steadfastness to his principles regardless of what others think.

“When others make him seem controversial, it just raises his name recognition,” Mr. Marshall said.

That would be Bob Marshall, the Delegate who made news last month when he declared that disabled children were God's punishment for abortion:

You know someone is radically right wing when Bob Marshall declares that they are doing a great job.

Cuccinelli: Gay "Acts" Are a Detriment to Society

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli sat down for an interview with CBS 6 reporter Mark Holmberg where he discussed everything from his threat to sue the federal government if health care reform passes to his letter to state universities informing them not to grant anti-discrimination protections to gay employees to his statement that questions about President Obama's place of birth are not "beyond the realm of possibility."

Cuccinelli dismissed the Birther question as a far-fetched wild goose chase, but when the question turned to whether or not he believes "the practice of homosexuality is a detriment to our culture," he was far less dismissive, saying "the acts are" because it is best when everyone is "integrated into society":

 

Huckabee, Scarborough, and Brinson Are Getting The Band Back Together

Back when Mike Huckabee was running for President, Rick Scarborugh of Vision America and Randy Brinson of Redeem The Vote set out to host a series of "Patriot Pastors" rallys on his behalf across Iowa ahead of the caucuses.

Though Huckabee and Brison had big plans for the events, they never amounted to much, though Huckabee went on to win Iowa anyway.

Now, two years later, Huckabee, Brinson, and Scarborough are teaming up again, this time for an email blitz aimed at defeating health care reform:

This weekend's health care showdown in Congress will test the political clout of evangelical Protestant activists, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who are rushing to muster mass opposition to the Democratic bill endorsed by President Obama.

Dr. Randy Brinson, founder of Redeem the Vote, said evangelical leaders will target first-time voters, including Catholics, particularly in the Midwest, and voters not normally involved in religious or social activism, with an appeal highlighted by an e-mail from Mr. Huckabee.

Over the next few days, Mr. Huckabee's name, picture and words will appear on what organizers say will be "millions of electronic messages" urging voters to tell lawmakers to stand firm against the health care bill, set for a climactic vote Sunday in the House.

Mr. Huckabee, who ran for the 2008 Republican presidential nod, has teamed up with the Rev. Rick Scarborough of Vision America and Dr. Brinson, a Montgomery, Ala., founder of Optimum Impact LLC, which he describes as the "largest purveyor of e-mail data regarding political messaging."

"President Obama, [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid are doing everything in their power to push through a health care bill that would mandate federally funded abortions, along with a host of other issues that the American people have clearly said they don't want," Mr. Huckabee claims in his e-mail pitch ... The Huckabee e-mails will go to constituents of eight pro-life House Democrats who are considered on the fence or were heavily lobbied by Mr. Obama and Democratic leaders.

Keep in mind that Brinson claims to control a massive email list containing more than 70 million contacts ... and that Scarborough is a self-proclaimed Christocrat and Birther.

VIDEO: Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli Worried about the Government Tracking His Son – Told Crowd He Might Not Get Social Security #

When Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli isn't speculating about whether or not President Obama was not born in the United States, he apparently worries about the federal government tracking his family.

In an overlooked recording from the campaign trail, candidate Cuccinelli told a crowd that he was considering not registering his son for a Social Security number because "it is being used to track you." He also claimed that many others are not registering for Social Security numbers for the same reason.

Watch:

We're gonna have our 7th child on Monday, if he's not born before. And, for the very concerns you state, we're actually considering – as I'm sure many of you here didn't get a Social Security number when you were born, they do it now – we're considering not doing that. And a lot of people are considering that now, because it is being used to track you.

If the newly unearthed "birther" comments didn't establish Cuccinelli as a bona fide member of the paranoid, anti-government Tea Party movement, this video should do the trick.

Is VA AG Ken Cuccinelli A Birther?

Not Larry Sabato posts an audio clip of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, apparently recorded some time during the campaign, musing about how one could go about challenging President Obama's eligibility for the office and saying that the speculation that he was actually born in Kenya "doesn’t seem beyond the realm of possibility":

Q What can we do about Obama and the birth certificate thing?

Cuccinelli: It will get tested in my view when someone… when he signs a law, and someone is convicted of violating it and one of their defenses will be it is not a law because someone qualified to be President didn’t sign it.

Q: Is that something you can do as Attorney General? Can you do that or something?

Cuccinelli: Well only if there is a conflict where we are suing the federal government for a law they’ve passed. So it’s possible.

Q: Because we are talking about the possibility that he was not born in America.

Cuccinelli: Right. But at the same time under Rule 11, Federal Rule 11, we gotta have proof of it.

Q: How can we get proof?

Cuccinelli: Well… that’s a good question. Not one I’ve thought a lot about because it hasn’t been part of my campaign. Someone is going to have to come forward with nailed down testimony that he was born in place B, wherever that is. You know, the speculation is Kenya. And that doesn’t seem beyond the realm of possibility.

 

Will Texas Place a Second-Rate Pseudo-Historian and Tea Party Activist on Its Supreme Court?

Yesterday we mentioned that Rick Green had made it into a run-off election for a spot on the Texas Supreme Court, which was rather remarkable considering that he had exactly zero judicial experience and, since being voted out of state legislative office back in 2002, had been serving as David Barton's right-hand man at WallBuilders.

Now if you know anything about Barton's work and his presentations, then this video of Green will seem very familiar as he is basically Barton's back-up; a second-stringer delivering WallBuilders' presentations about America's purely Christian heritage when Barton is unavailable:

But rest assured that Green has an identity of his own, as well ... he's also a Tea Party activist who rails against "socialists" like Barney Frank and Chris Dodd and announces that they are "firing the first shots of a second American Revolution right here in Texas":

And just in case it isn't clear just how right-wing Rick Green really is, allow me to post this video of Alan Keyes endorsing him back in 2002:

Now that might not seem particularly relevant, except for the fact that it was Green who posted this ad on his YouTube page on February 11, 2010 ... so obviously, the endorsement of a completely unhinged Birther like Keyes is something that Green thinks is the sort of thing that it helps to highlight.

In one month, it is entirely possible this man could win a Republican run-off election and be all but assured of a seat on the Texas Supreme Court.

Right Wing Round-Up

Right Wing Round-Up

  • TPM: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Rolls Back Non-Discrimination Protections For Gay State Workers.
  • Sarah Posner: Conservative Activist Says Tea Party Movement Needs "Reverence to God."
  • Andrew Sullivan: "May The Judgement Not Be Too Heavy Upon Us."
  • Sam Stein: McCain Challenger: Birther Questions Are Legit In Days Of Identity Theft.
  • Eric Boehlert: James O'Keefe and the myth of the ACORN pimp.
  • TFN: How the Far Right ‘Guides’ Voters with Lies.
  • Finally, David Frum weighs in on The Mount Vernon Statement: Conservatives to Voters: We Don’t Feel Your Pain.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • A Truth Wins Out (TWO) and South Florida Gay News (SFGN) investigation revealed that a Wall Street criminal mastermind who was convicted in 1987 of “fraud of spectacular scope” has secretly reinvented himself as a moral leader who “cures” gay and lesbian people.
  • Joe The Plumber is no longer a fan of John McCain or Sarah Palin.
  • Only Orly Taitz could find a way to turn a $20,000 fine levied against her for frivolous legal filings into an opportunity to prove that President Obama was not born in the U.S.
  • The UK broadcast of Glenn Beck's show "was forced to run without any advertisements" for five days in a row due to a lack of sponsors.

  • Hey, Sean Hannity will be joining Sarah Palin as she campaigns for Rep. Michele Bachmann.  Awesome!
  • We get it Matt Barber; you don't like gays.
  • Finally, Republicans sure seem to hate the stimulus bill ... except when they don't.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW Senior Fellow Peter Montgomery: 'Christian' Manifesto Comparing Liberals to Nazis Gathers Signatures of Religious Right Leaders -- and Catholic Bishops.
  • Eric Boehlert: Palin headlines birther conference; press pretends not to notice.
  • Wendy Norris: Radical Anti-choice Group Rocked by Founder Resignations.
  • Towleroad: Fresno College Professor Relies on Bible to Teach Biology, Says That Homosexuality is a Disease.
  • Robin Marty: Will the Real Pam Tebow Story Please Stand Up?
  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch covered a lesser-known conservative conference featuring Glenn Beck, Michele Bachmann, and Phyllis Schlafly that got lost amid all the Tea Party Coverage.
  • Finally, speaking of Glenn Beck, it looks like right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton will be playing an important role in his "American Revival" effort.

Right Wing Round-Up

Maybe It's Because Some Tea Party Activsts Are Birthers?

The Media Research Center's Scott Whitlock, writing on NewsBusters, accuses MSNBC of unfairly linking Tea Party activists with Birthers:

On Thursday, MSNBC continued its quest to link conservatives with the birther movement- people who don't believe Barack Obama is constitutionally eligible to serve as President. Previewing an unrelated segment on this weekend's tea party convention, Norah O'Donnell played a clip of Obama criticizing those who raise the issue. She then compared, "President Obama sends a message to those who question his citizenship, this as the tea party movement gets ready for its first big convention."

At no point did O'Donnell explain or justify the connection, other than her apparent assumption that tea partiers equal birthers. The MSNBC host interviewed author Rick Scarborough, one of the speakers at the convention in Nashville. During the piece, this MSNBC graphic appeared in large font at the bottom of the screen: "Obama: Okay to Question My Policy, Not My Citizenship."

Again, this was not the topic of the segment and there was no attempt made to explain what it had to do with a tea party convention.

Gee, maybe MSNBC was linking Tea Party activists to Birthers because Rick Scarborough is speaking at the National Tea Party Convention and he just so happens to be a full-on Birther.

Just a thought.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Statement: People For the American Way Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Undo Supreme Court Decision.
  • Yes, we should all be focusing on slavery's good old days.
  • Here's something you don't hear everyday:  a Senator boldly declaring "I believe in racial and ethnic profiling."
  • Did Prop 8 supporters drop two witnesses because said witnessed feared the repercussion of testifying, as they claimed?  Doesn't look like it.
  • Finally, did newly minted Senator Scott Brown endorse a Birther candidate for Congress or did said candidate go rogue?

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.
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Birther Posts Archive

Miranda Blue, Monday 10/22/2012, 10:55am
Papers in Florida have been reporting recently on a curious DVD that has been turning up in mailboxes across the state. The video is none other than Joel Gilbert’s “Dreams From My Real Father,” a “documentary” narrated by a fictional Barack Obama claiming that Obama’s mother’s marriage to Barack Obama Sr. was a sham meant to cover up her relationship with labor activist and communist organizer Frank Marshall Davis, the president's "real father." Gilbert previously boasted that he sent the DVD to a million households across Ohio, but declines... MORE
Miranda Blue, Wednesday 10/10/2012, 10:57am
WorldNetDaily’s intrepid birther Jerome Corsi is out with a new report today, in which he uncovers that President Obama’s wedding band is actually inscribed with the Arabic for “There is no god except Allah.” Corsi’s source for this revelation? None other than all-purpose anti-Obama conspiracy theorist Joel Gilbert. Gilbert has recently achieved some success with his film “Dreams From My Real Father,” in which he claims that the president’s real father was labor activist and communist organizer Frank Marshall Davis. The film is currently being... MORE
Ariella, Friday 09/28/2012, 3:25pm
Birther queen Orly Taitz remains isolated in her quest to prove that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and is ineligible to be president. In an interview with Vic Eliason on VCY America, Taitz alleges that Barack Obama’s Social Security number is invalid, insists that “we are getting very close to a dictatorship” in the United States today, and expresses disappointment that she has not received support from fellow birthers Donald Trump and Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona. Taitz claimed that Obama’s Social Security number is a “Connecticut number which... MORE
Miranda Blue, Friday 09/28/2012, 12:36pm
We ordinarily wouldn’t really pay attention to Joel Gilbert, a Bob Dylan enthusiast who also dabbles in anti-Obama conspiracy theories, most recently making a film that alleges that the president’s real father is labor activist and communist party organizer Frank Marshall Davis. But when Bill Armistead, the chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, started promoting Gilbert’s movie, “Dreams from My Real Father,” and when news surfaced that Gilbert was sending thousands of copies of his movie gratis to households in swing states and that conservative groups were... MORE
Miranda Blue, Friday 09/21/2012, 4:16pm
Joel Gilbert, the filmmaker behind the theory that President Obama inherited a Marxist worldview from his “real father” Frank Marshall Davis – a theory adopted this week by the chairman of the Alabama Republican Party -- spoke last month with right-wing radio host Michael Savage. Gilbert told Savage that Obama’s 2008 “Change” slogan was actually “a code word for a revolution to end capitalism” and assured listeners that by the end of his second term, the president will “achieve what he wants, which is to make America irreversibly socialist... MORE
Miranda Blue, Thursday 09/20/2012, 3:47pm
Joel Gilbert, the filmmaker whose theory that President Obama is secretly the son of American labor activist Frank Marshall Davis was recently promoted by the chairman of the Alabama GOP, is apparently open to any number of Obama-related conspiracy theories. In an interview with master conspiracy theorist Alex Jones back in July, Gilbert asserted that the mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater could very well have been orchestrated by the Obama administration in an effort to promote gun control. "I hate to say it, but you can't put anything past them," he said: MORE
Miranda Blue, Thursday 09/20/2012, 10:27am
Speaking to a Republican women’s group in Alabama yesterday, state GOP chairman Bill Armistead recommended to his audience a fringe birther movie that claims that President Obama’s real father is American labor activist Frank Marshall Davis, according Mobile Press-Register political editor George Talbot, who was reporting the event on Twitter:  The movie Armistead reportedly recommended, “Dreams From My Real Father,” represents a breakout fringe of the birther movement. The film, according to its director Joel Gilbert, “presents the case that Frank Marshall... MORE