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Putting the Oh! Oh! Oh! in Ohio, Tim Russo of Blogger Interrupted mingles with angsty, thinktank Republicans on the streets of Cleveland.  The GOP intelligentsia invented the Teabagging Party ordeal to protest taxation.

And good disguises, folks, ‘cuz all of ya’ll look like you get every last cent of your taxes back at the end of year!

These conservative academics are singularly concerned about President Obama’s Kenyan birth because they are “fairly certain” they “read an article about it”  and because Obama “won’t produce the original birth certificate.”

I will! I will!

Here is Barack Obama’s birth certificate!

OMG. Did you know his dad is black?

Awesome work, Russo!

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29 thoughts on “GOP Teabagging Party in Cleveland

    • Major props for braving the cold! I can see why you did it though. It was like a Renaissance of Retarded. The people of the world should know!

  1. I have been accused of being a wingnut for asking the question, but I have personal experience that enlightens me to the fact that the document touted, even if an actual piece of paper from Hawaii, still doesn’t prove a thing.

    I wrote the following in Dec

    http://buelahman.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/now-im-a-wingnut-who-da-thought-it/

    Alternet just published an article from Hullabaloo where Digby just called me a wingnut because I want to know that Obama was born in America. Wingnut because she apparently doesn’t think that the documentation can be forged or changed and only a nut case would hear all the bs from Africa and just shrug it off as unimportant or idiocy.

    But let me tell you a little story that keeps me questioning the validity of his birth certificate.

    20 years ago, my Dad came back into our lives. He gave us up for adoption when I was 8 and we went through the pain of changing my name and birth certificates, etc. He became interested in the Sons of the American Revolution, a society of men that can trace their roots in America back to someone who fought in the Revolutionary War (it just so happens that I have many relatives who did so).

    But to become a member, one had to prove their birth right and show the lineage. Since we were adopted, I had to spend years and dollars to get the paperwork that would acknowledge that a person named Nivens was born at the hospital on the date and time given, because every “official” record now shows another person being born on that day and time.

    Do not tell me that the paperwork cannot be manipulated for I have lived through it.

    So, Ms Digby and all you Obamaites who think it is ludicrous to ask for more proof than a ‘copy’ of a Birth Certificate (for I can show you one today,where that person was never born at that place or time), just because you saw a graphic on a web page means absolutely NOTHING.

    My questioning doesn’t come because of what reTHUGlicans or any asshole “wingnut” has to say. Nor would I just disregard it due to what a Progressive Wingnut and blog owner might have to say about their idol.

    It is because the Kenyans are so adamant about him being born there that there is some sort of story that needs follow up. Someone needs to explain why the very Kenyan Ambassador would make these claims, not to mention the entire village his family still lives in.

    This is quite easy to prove, because the man supposedly has the original BC. Show it and shut up.

    And for Digby, if you and the rest of the so called ‘progressive’ blogs weren’t so sycophantic to Mr Obama, you might hold some clout on this subject, but I see that virtually all of you have swallowed his pecker to the shaft and don’t mind the choke.

    My bet is that it wouldn’t matter to you if he was or wasn’t and American born citizen, would it?

    • Fascinating! Not the information in your posting, because there wasn’t any, but fascinating that you seem to think you provided something of substance. Don’t you want to read what you posted and re-think the whole issue?

    • Hey, Redeye. Don’t know if you remember that video from a Sarah Palin rally*, but there’s a pervading “blacks are taking over” and “he thinks white people is trash” that comprises the GOP underbelly. I think the beast is fed by questioning Obama’s “American-ness.”

      And it’s all they have beyond “socialist,” “commie,” and “antichrist.” If Russo had asked questions about these conservative code words, we would have heard similiar nonsense.

      * http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRqcfqiXCX0

  2. Wow, what on Earth have I stepped into. Better proceed with extreme caution around this highly sensitive and controversial topic. The sparks are flying on both sides of ths debate, but we have to commend Melissa for being respectful of different/opposing view-points. Now, I’ll retrace my steps back out of here and refrain from stepping on any potential landmines around this topic, which doesn’t seem to want to go away.

    Hope all is well, Melissa–kudos to you for allowing a healthy debate without censoring opposing view-points.

  3. Don’t you think if President Barack Obama was not born in the USA Hillary Clinton would have said so? Not to mention John McSame, Huckabee, Rommney, etc.

  4. Santelli is one of the folks connecting the teabaggers with the conspiracy loons. You remember his rant, I’m sure. Well, according to a piece I read over at Veterans Today, that seemed otherwise credible, Santelli is also spreading the Alan Keyes version of the birth certificate thing.

    @Buelahman: The paperwork manipulation thing and all the stuff that’s offered to support it doesn’t make sense to me. I can’t buy the idea that the entire state government of Hawaii, including the governor, is in on the fix, which is what it takes to make that theory work. The anecdote you relate really isn’t equivalent to the argument the birthers are making. Not to mention that the birth announcement would have had to be planted in the Honolulu newspaper. We’re gonna have to disagree on this one. I had no idea you felt this way about it and it sorta bums me out.

    I’ve written quite a bit about this at LiA, and even found an article about a political scientist who used the chain mails that went around during the election and traced it back to a guy who wanted to run against Obama in 2004, just after he gave the keynote speech at the DNC. That guy posted it online, and the Freepers took it and ran with it. If there were anything there, the MSM would have jumped on it already. Obama’s a bit of a media darling, sure, but plenty of media people are salivating at the prospect of bringing him down. Most of them will turn on him before the mid-term elections. Bank on it. It may be already starting, given all the concern trolling over the “class warfare” in his budget priorities.

    Wish I could persuade you that the birth certificate thing is right-wing propaganda constructed for the purpose of mobilizing the very people you’re working so hard to deprogram. I’m not optimistic about that, given your opinion, but I had to say my piece here, because it’s the truth.

    You gotta expect the A-Listers to react the way Digby did, considering that the story really is a big fat wingnut conspiracy theory. The war against Bill Clinton started with just such silliness — campaign smears that just grew and grew until people were making movies about Clinton smuggling coke and ordering murders. We can’t very well drag the qualified, legitimately-elected, centrist president to the left if we allow cryptofascist jerkwads like the people at World Net Daily to take him down, now can we?

    I’d rather not have a big ol’ argument about it here. Of course you’re entitled to respond to this here, but if we must have an all-out brawl, lets do it on one of our own blogs and not break any of Writechic’s furniture, eh?

    My own birth certificate doesn’t look like it was printed in the early 70s, because it wasn’t. But it is perfectly valid proof of my birthplace.

  5. *Sigh* Just re-read your comment and noticed something that I can’t allow to stand here. By all means defend yourself when people call you names. But Digby is no wingut, of any stripe, and she is no Obama-worshiper. She’s realistic and her bullshit detector is first rate. The suggestion that she’s an out-of-touch fangirl is offensive, even if she did call you a wingut.

    And you owe the rest of us an apology for that pecker-swallowing comment. And for suggesting that we don’t care about the constitution. At the point you said those things, if the time stamps on this thread are correct, no one here except Digby had called you any names. So man up and fucking apologize for that shit and then let’s get together elsewhere and discuss this birth certificate thing. Goddamnit.

  6. Let’s get something straight here. I don’t owe a soul here (except writechic, which I immediately did) an apology for anything. The goddamned thing wasn’t addressed to any of you. It was something I wrote in Dec and gave my reasons for questioning the issue.

    If you feel like you need to defend Digby, then have at it. But you are going up against an aggressive sumbitch who calls it like it is. You may not like that, but that is just too fucking bad.

    People can either understand that or get offended. I don’t give a fuck.

    Again, that letter was not meant for a soul here and I made sure to link and explain. I even had several follow up emails with writechic about this issue.

    Gene’O, old buddy. From friend to friend, mind your own business. This has nothing whatsoever to do with you and you just stepped on my dick (I don’t like it when my friends step on my dick). (You see, Gene’O, rhetoric comes in all forms, even bad words)

    Thanks.

    For the rest of you, I don’t like being called a wingnut because I have had a happenstance in life that shows me that the paperwork CAN be manipulated. Whether or not you believe my story is up to you, but my point is that a damned graphic on the PC is NOT the original document.

    You see, I still have my original document (and I was born just a couple of weeks after Barack). In those days it was typewritten font, for one thing and the fonts on that form that is linked to did NOT exist.

    Nor am I saying that Hawaii or the Governor has anything whatsoever to do with this.

    If paperwork manipulation were done, it would have been hush-hush and driven from on high.

    Writechic, say the word and I won’t be back. But I won’t be apologizing to anyone except you, if I have stepped over any lines.

    That is just the way it is, Gene’O.

    • Okay, it’s my turn to be the right propaganda arm of the no fun club.

      Folks get to say what they want here unless they are exceedingly tedious, insufferable by my own personal standards, and otherwise without redemption. (no one here qualifies)

      I’m not dealing with the nuances of potentially hurt feelings and indignation here. I trust everyone here brings to the table many more virtues than shortcomings.

    • I was not suggesting anything so serious as you going away, Buelahman. That would be a very arrogant thing to do, since this isn’t even my blog. It’s not my place to be the cop here, and I am very sorry if I allowed my anger to get the better of me and stepped over that line.

      Please indulge me this attempt to explain where I was coming from. Then I’m done with this. If you want to view me as a scold, that’s fine. I do try to mind my own business most of the time. And of course I respect everyone’s right to say whatever the hell they want to say. I also respect the fact that this is someone else’s house I’m in.

      Now. This part right here is what makes that comment my business:

      “And for Digby, if you and the rest of the so called ‘progressive’ blogs weren’t so sycophantic to Mr Obama, you might hold some clout on this subject, but I see that virtually all of you have swallowed his pecker to the shaft and don’t mind the choke.”

      Assuming I understand how the English language works, “and the rest of the so-called ‘progressive’ blogs” extends that statement to include me. I’ll be honest. That set me off.

      If some person I’d never heard of had pasted that comment onto this thread, I would not have bothered with this bullshit. But since I’ve dealt with you respectfully and as a friend for a while now, and even recommended your work to others, I thought both of my comments were justified. I still think so.

      Disagree with me or laugh at me all you want. But don’t disrespect me by posting ignorant shit like that line I just quoted on a PUBLIC thread and then expecting me to STFU just because you tell me to mind my own business. Sorry your dick feels stepped on (no snark intended here – truly sorry). I didn’t seriously expect you to apologize to anyone. If you don’t want to hear what I have to say about the birth certificate thing or any other issue, I’m definitely not going out of my way to make a nuisance of myself . I’m not stupid. Old buddy.

  7. The thing find amazing about this whole birth ceftificate flap is there is no creditable evidence that it’s a fake. I also find it amazing that the same right wing nuts that are fanning the flames are the same ones that said Bush won the 2000 election fair and square.

    • Trying to bully your opponent into attempting to prove that an accusation is false is a standard tactic for people who have no evidence to support what they say. It’s also a common thread among conspiracy theories to make claims, and put the burden for disproving those claims on everyone else.

      And surprise, surpise! Something of a hallmark of authoritarian legal practices, as well: Guilty until proven innocent.

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  11. The delicious part about it all is their choice of the word “tea bag” or “teabagging.” Nice to be reminded that the GOP is the party of Jeff Gannon and Larry Craig! Hooray for teabagging!

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