Day: November 29, 2010

Justices turn aside another challenge over Obama’s citizenship

There’s no doubt that birthers will be hounding the President via the courts and some state legislation, over his birth certificate for the next few years.  I  suspect that when President Barack Obama is out of office, there will still be legislation and debate over the legitimacy of his presidency. 

In spite of the lower courts and the Supreme Court’s propensity to dismiss most “birther suits” as frivolous and without merit,  this is not going away any time soon…

CNN

The Supreme Court has again cast aside an appeal that raised doubts about President Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship, a grass-roots legal issue that has gained little legal or political footing, but continues to persist in the courts.

The justices without comment Monday rejected a challenge from Charles Kerchner Jr., a Pennsylvania man who sought a trial in federal court forcing the president to produce documents regarding his birth and citizenship.

Kerchner’s attorney, Mario Apuzzo, had argued in a petition with the Supreme Court that Obama did not fit the definition of a “natural-born citizen” required for the nation’s highest office, as defined by Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution.

That clause states, “No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

Kerchner, a retired military officer who describes himself on his website as a “genetic genealogy pioneer,” argues the framers of the 1789 document intended a “natural-born” citizen to mean someone born in the U.S. to parents who were both American citizens.

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The Simpsons Takes Another Swipe At Fox News: ‘Unsuitable For Viewers Under 75′

Last week The Simpsons took a swipe at Fox News with a depiction of a Fox News helicopter flying over Manhattan bearing the tagline: Not Racist – But #1 With Racists.

This week the Simpsons doubled down on their jabs at Fox News

Mediaite

Writers and producers of America’s favorite cartoon family The Simpsons appear to delight in taking shots at their corporate overlords, or more to their point, their corporate cousins Fox News. Just last week they mocked the cable news channel with a fictional FNC slogan emblazoned on a helicopter that read “Not Racist But #1 With Racists.” Last night the took another shot at the cable news outlet, this time making fun of the alleged elderly set that tunes in to Fox News.

For the record, The Simpsons is broadcast on Fox Broadcasting, with is owned by News Corp, which also owns Fox News. The producers and writers behind the the comedy show have creative license to mock their corporate family, of which they appear to take full advantage. Just last week, Bill O’Reilly fired back at Simpsons producers for the racist bit, calling them “pinheads,” a slang term that some believe comes from the late 1930s.

 

Politico: [Last] Week In One-Liners

 

Last week’s top 10 quotes in American politics: 

“Well, I’m not going to —- though I’d love to be the spokesperson for Warren Buffett. … I bet that’s a good gig.” — White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, pondering a new career. 

“See, kids excited about vegetables and salad bars. I want the world to know: We can do this.” — First lady Michelle Obama, not giving up hope. 

“I just voted for Bristol on DWTS! She’s enduring a lot & should be proud.  It’s shameful the way she is being attacked. vote-800-868-3407.” — Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, cheering on Bristol Palin. 

“He’s my favorite Republican.” — “The View” co-host Joy Behar, on Mike Huckabee. 

“Could this be the moment that sets the world on fire?” — Fox News’s Glenn Beck, on the situation in Korea. 

“Keep your hands off my teabag, Mr. President.” — Rush Limbaugh, addressing airport security. 

“Good to be back at an auto plant, banging things!” — Vice President Joe Biden, touring a Chrysler factory in Kokomo, Ind. 

“Let me say, it feels pretty good to stop at least one shellacking this November.” — President Barack Obama, pardoning two Thanksgiving turkeys. 

“Go ahead, touch my junk.” — POLITICO columnist Michael Kinsley, offering his take on TSA screening procedures. 

“I want to kick Obama’s ass the next election and get a Republican elected.” — Meghan McCain, pondering a career in political consulting.

Monday Morning Blog Round Up

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Scowcroft on START: ‘Partisan’ GOP Doesn’t Want To Give Obama ‘A Forei..
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Former Republican Sen. Warns GOP May ‘Have Gone So Far Overboard..
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Reagan Budget Director: GOP Has Abandoned Fiscal Responsibility By Ado..
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The California Republican Party is dead
Over at Calitics , my fellow California progressives had been saying it for years: T..

2012 election could pit Obama vs. Palin
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Fox continues its all-out assault on the Dream Act
Continuing its assault on the Dream Act, Fox News has repeatedly attacked and pushed..

Sarah Palin: Iowa Book Tour Stop Not Political
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Sarah Palin’s Revealing Response to Facebook ‘F*ggot’ Rantabout

This article is reproduced from Mediaite

It never ceases to amaze me how Sarah Palin blatantly lies on Fox News and on her Facebook and Twitter accounts.  

The lies in question (about Willow’s recent Facebook rant)  are emphasized by me in bold type.

Mediaite

Mostly missed, in an hourlong interview with Sean Hannity that produced buzzworthy soundbites about Katie Couric and Dancing with the Stars, was former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s unprompted response to the uproar surrounding daughter Willow’s recent Facebook misadventure.

While Palin correctly points out that the national media should not have exploited the musings of a 16 year-old, the balance of her response reveals important things about Sarah Palin, not as a parent, but as a media critic and human being. Not only does she undermine her claims of media “lies” by making stuff up herself, she also displays a disturbing attitude about the use of the word “faggot.”

Palin is absolutely correct that the children of politicians ought to be off-limits to the media, or at least, that there ought to be a high bar set for newsworthiness. Similarly, Palin’s skill as a parent should not be considered fair game. Neither subject has any relevance to Palin’s career as a politician, or as a media figure, and decency dictates that they remain private.

What is relevant, though, is how Palin chose to respond to the incident. Here’s the clip of Palin’s interview with Sean Hannity, including the completely unrelated question that Hannity asked her: (from Fox News Channel)

Here’s a transcript of the relevant portion:

People probably think that my greatest frustration is the lies that are told in the tabloids and on hateful blogs full of anonymous sources about my family … and there are constant everyday lies that we have to read that are out there in the public. But my family and I…thick skin…we can take it, you know…we can take what the haters say despite the fact that there’s injustice in the situation.

I mean, look at the other day. Willow, finally, my 16 year old, she had had it up to here with somebody saying very, very hateful things about the family and saying mean things about her little brother Trig, and Willow finally responded and she used a bad word when she responded in defense of her family. And her response became national news, even hard news copy it turned into, so that’s ridiculous and I had to explain to her, “Willow, there is no justice here but you have to just zip your lip and let’s move forward.”

Perhaps most glaring is the fact that, in an interview in which she promises to restore journalism, Palin gets her facts wrong. The exchange to which she refers contains nary a mention of Trig Palin, and was touched off by a single negative comment about Palin’s reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Palin would have been perfectly justified had she chosen not to get into the details of the story, but since she did, she ought to have described them accurately.

More disturbing, though, is Palin’s complete dismissal of the use of the slur “faggot.” From her response, it’s not even clear that she identifies it as a “bad word,” since the conversation she references contains a barrage of obscenities. In any case, she clearly felt that the use of the word (or words) was justified, and that the only “injustice” was that anyone objected to it.

This is consistent with the Sarah Palin who defended Dr. Laura Schlessinger over her use of the “N-word,” but not so much with the Palin who demanded Rahm Emanuel’s firing over his private use of the word “retard.” Perhaps this would be a different story if Palin had a “faggot” child of her own, or even a “normal” child who couldn’t live with the stigma that society still attaches to the label.

That’s really the crux of the problem with Palin. Many liberals would probably use these seeming contradictions to charge Palin with hypocrisy, a clichéd, overused accusation that misses the real takeaway. Palin is not a hypocrite. She obviously believes that certain groups are worthy of sensitivity, and is entirely consistent in extending that worthiness only to those folks she can see from her own house.