Day: May 26, 2011

He’s Baaaaaack! Donald Trump Says Obama Birth Certificate Fake

Well, look who’s trying to sneak in the back door. 

Donald Trump appears to be having second thoughts on his ambition to campaign for the presidency.   He’s also sticking to his “greatest hits” meme, this time by touting  to everyone that will listen, that Obama’s birth certificate is fake.

One would think that Trump learned his lesson when he was literally silenced by:

a) The president releasing his original long form birth certificate

b) The White House correspondence Dinner “Trump smack down”

c) The capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden

The Huffington Post

Donald Trump is inserting himself back into the world of politics, declaring that the White House produced inauthentic documentation of President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate last month, according to the conservative website WorldNetDaily.

The online publication, which has come under scrutiny for propagating the debunked conspiracy theory that the president was not born in the United States, reports that Trump regards the records as fake.

Upon the release of Obama’s birth certificate, Trump took credit for the disclosure. At the time, he was openly mulling a campaign for president in the next election cycle.

After nearly one month of remaining mum on the issue, Trump reportedly told WND that a computer expert assessed the document released by the White House and concluded that it was computer-generated and forged.

“There is certainly a chance that he was not born in this country,” said the billionaire, according to WND. “Now if he was not born in this country, that means he can’t be president. It’s very simple.”

Earlier this month, Trump signaled that he would forgo mounting a campaign for president in 2012. On Wednesday, however, the Daily Caller reported that while Trump will not seek the Republican presidential nomination, he is exploring the possibility of vying for the White House next year as an independent.

During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” earlier this week, Trump wouldn’t rule out reversing his decision and signaled he still could run in 2012.

UPDATE: Mother Jones relays a statement from Trump pushing back against the report released by WND on his posture toward the president’s birth certificate.

…Frankly, many people were surprised that it took so long for this to happen. Is his birth certificate legitimate? I hope it is for the good of the country, but that’s for experts to determine–not me. I have not read the book written by Jerry Corsi nor did we discuss whether or not the birth certificate was computer generated or in any way fabricated. I merely asked him how his book was doing and wished him good luck.

Click here to read more from Mother Jones.

Invoking Hitler, Allen West Accuses Obama Of ‘Conscious, Nefarious, And Malicious Intent’ To Destroy Israel

Once again we focus on sorting out the crazies, and undoubtedly, Rep. Allen West is one of the craziest of the crazies…

Think Progress

Like many Republicans, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) hyperventilated about President Obama’s non-controversial Middle East speech last week, in which Obama called for a two-state solution based on Israel’s 1967 borders, with some land swaps. In West’s typical hyperbole, he said the speech was the “beginning of the end” of Israel and mysteriously accused Obama of giving Islamists a “Pavlovian-style” reward. But in a statement quoted by the Broward County New Times yesterday, West took things further than any Republican lawmaker yet, invoking Hitler and accusing Obama of “nefarious” intent toward Jews:

In reviewing history, I would say Sir Neville Chamberlain was naive in his negotiations with German Chancellor Adolph Hitler. However, when one examines the state of affairs in the Middle East, including the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation pact, increase of rocket/mortar attacks from Gaza, the definitive Hamas Charter statement vowing the destruction of Israel, and the Hamas condemnation of America for killing Osama bin Laden…I cannot attribute this incompetent statement to naivete, but rather to conscious, nefarious, and malicious intent.

As the New Times points out, West’s over-the-top rhetoric relies on an ignorant or intentionally dishonest interpretation of Obama’s speech and the facts of the Middle East situtation — not the mention the spelling of Adolf Hitler. But West comments go far beyond criticizing Obama’s policy to explicitly questioning, or rather assigning, motives. West’s previous comments suggests a belief in some sort of religious supremacy over co-existence — he even said people with “co-exist” bumper stickers want to “give away our country” — and it seems anyone who doesn’t share his hegemonic views is of dubious intent and worth relating to Hitler

Dick Cheney: ‘I Worship The Ground Paul Ryan Walks On’

There is something truly wrong with the conservative mindset

Think Progress

Former Vice President Dick Cheney gave the afternoon keynote address at the KPMG Global Energy Institute conference in Houston yesterday. While his remarks were focused on energy and the oil markets, Cheney also opined on other popular current events. During the question-and-answer period, Cheney gave a ringing endorsementof embattled Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), author of the Republican Medicare-killing budget:

“I worship the ground the Paul Ryan walks on,” he said referring to the Republican congressman from Wisconsin. “I hope he doesn’t run for president because that would ruin a good man who has a lot of work to do.”

Cheney reserved a presidential endorsement only because he thought Ryan should focus on selling his budget. While Ryan has won over almost every single Republican member of Congress and received a warm welcome from the Koch brothers, Cheney’s endorsement may cool the burn Ryan felt after voters resoundingly rejected the GOP nominee in New York’s special election on Tuesday, an election widely viewed as a referendum on Ryan’s plan.

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FEMA Declares Eric Cantor a Disaster Area (Humor)

Andy Borowitz is hilarious!

The Borowitz Report

One day after Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) stirred controversy by withholding funds for tornado relief, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) took the extraordinary step of declaring Rep. Cantor a disaster area.

Within hours of the declaration, FEMA officials were dispatched to assess the damage to Mr. Cantor’s status as a human being capable of empathy.

“I’ve seen a lot of hurricanes and tornados, but this is something new,” said FEMA spokesman Tracy Klugian.  “Rep. Cantor appears to have been caught up in a moral vacuum.”

While concerned FEMA officials looked on, the morally ravaged House Majority Leader took to the floor of the House to make the case for denying funds to repair himself.

The FEMA spokesman said that the agency was currently trying to estimate the cost of rebuilding Mr. Cantor’s soul.

“Quite frankly, I’ve never seen devastation like this,” Mr. Klugian said.  “It’s like there’s nothing there.”  

More Borowitz here

Former FL Congressman Alan Grayson: Republicans Show True Colors About Medicare

I heard the audio of Alan Grayson’s appearance on Cenk Uygur’s MSNBC show recently and had to share the video.

Grayson nails it when he talks about the GOP motives in dismantling Medicare.

Here is the video…

Herman Cain Lies Again About Banning Muslims From His Administration

Herman Cain tries to come off as an upstanding, “honest” candidate, but after that interview with Chris Wallace, what I see in Mr. Cain is a person totally not qualified to run for the presidency. 

Right Wing Watch

As we have noted before, Herman Cain is now trying to walk back his pledge not to allow Muslims to serve in his administration if he is elected president, claiming that what he meant was that he would refuse to hire radical Muslims. 

And that is a point he keeps trying to sell:

[I]n an appearance on outgoing Fox News Channel show host Glenn Beck’s radio program Tuesday morning, Cain clarified the record and said his comments have been “misconstrued.”

“I immediately said – without thinking – ‘No, I would not be comfortable,’” Cain told Beck. “I did not say that I would not have them in my cabinet. If you look at my career, I have hired good people regardless of race, religion, sex gender, orientation and this kind of thing.”

Now let us compare that to what he told Bryan Fischer just last month:

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Racism to blame for Obama’s problems, key Democrat says

Well, I’m just shocked!  Shocked, I tell you, to find out that racism is to blame for Obama’s problems (sarcasm).

However, I prefer to call it Obama Derangement Syndrome. You know, it sounds more politically correct.

The truth of the matter is, Rep. Clyburn is spot on!

McClatchy

House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, on Wednesday blamed most of President Barack Obama’s political problems on racism.

Clyburn, who’s from South Carolina and is a close ally of the president, offered his views in response to a question about Obama’s re-election prospects next year.

“I think they’re improving every day,” Clyburn said. “I think the president has been a good president, a great commander in chief.”

Clyburn, who met his wife at a 1960 court hearing after spending a night in jail for having engaged in a civil rights protest in Orangeburg, S.C., then brought up Obama’s race as the first black president.

“You know, I’m 70 years old,” he said. “And I can tell you; people don’t like to deal with it, but the fact of the matter is, the president’s problems are in large measure because of the color of his skin.”

Clyburn noted that he himself got hate mail, racist phone calls and offensive faxes on a regular basis. Asked how that relates to the president, Clyburn retorted: “We have the same skin color; that’s how it relates to him.”

Clyburn described a recent racist image of Obama that received widespread news coverage.

“When he sees his face being put on a chimpanzee’s body; do you think he didn’t see that?” Clyburn said. “And I suspect they send the same faxes to his office they send to mine.”

Marilyn Davenport, a member of the Orange County Republican Central Committee in California, forwarded an email to friends last month that displayed a photograph of a chimpanzee with Obama’s face superimposed on its head.

In response to the immediate uproar, Davenport apologized but rebuffed demands from the California NAACP that she resign her GOP post.

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Obama’s Gone, But The Big Dog’s Here

I  let out a chuckle when I read this story by HuffPo’s Howard Fineman

Huffington Post

Former President Bill Clinton spoke this afternoon at a moving memorial service for industrialist and Newsweekco-owner Sidney Harman, who died last month at the age of 92.

Clinton spoke only briefly on the stage at the (appropriately named) Harman Center for the Performing Arts. But participating in the event — and seeing an audience full of old friends in politics — evidently got Bubba’s old campaign juices flowing.

Leaving the center, the president first bumped into Chris Matthews on F Street, the old (and now revived) downtown D.C. business corridor. A 10 minute schoozefest ensued.

Then Clinton spied the long line of valet parking attendants, and decided to shake hands with each, ask their names, etc.

Now geeked up on handshaking, Clinton informed his Secret Service agents — much to their chagrin — that he “wanted to take a walk.” It was a nice sunny and not too humid day in the District.

Clinton promptly set off west on F, headed in the general direction of… the White House. By this time, it was about 5 p.m. Offices were letting out, and day-shoppers finishing their voyages.

According to one source who talked to the Secret Service, Clinton shook more than 1,000 hands on the way to the vicinity of the White House plaza on Pennsylvania Ave.

President Barack Obama of course is in Europe. Clinton resisted the temptation to go to the Northwest Gate and say, “do you know who I am?”

Then Clinton was hustled into his car, and he was off…

As GOP 2012 Field Firms Up, So Does Discontent Over The GOP 2012 Field

As usual, HuffPo’s Jason Linkins nails it…

The Huffington Post

So the word is out! The GOP field for the 2012 nomination is set. And the enthusiasm is pretty much not palpable. But why is that? By my reckoning, the current field includes:

  • The Guy Who Invented ObamaCare (Mitt Romney)
  • The Guy Who Imploded 48 Hours After Announcing (Newt Gingrich)
  • The Guy Who Is The “Secret Progressive” (Jon Huntsman)
  • The Pizza Guy (Herman Cain; if you’re not satisfied with your pizza, be sure to check out Cain’s right of return policy)
  • The Guy With The “Google Problem” (Rick Santorum)
  • America’s Most Beloved Libertarian (Ron Paul)
  • America’s Most Beloved Libertarian On Weed (Gary Johnson)
  • Maybe, America’s Top Internet Troll (Sarah Palin)
  • Probably, America’s Top Michele Bachmann (Michele Bachmann)
  • Two Dudes Who The GOP Have Made Into Apostates For Being Anti-Lobbyist and Pro-LGBT Rights, Respectively (Buddy Roemer, Fred Karger)
  • And Finally, Ol’ What’s His Name, The Guy Who’s Not Mitch Daniels (Tim Pawlenty)

Hey, that includes three people (Romney, Gingrich, and Huntsman) who have, in the past, supported the individual health insurance mandate that’s now a taboo topic in conservative circles.

And so, the National Review‘s Rich Lowry is wondering, “Is This It?

How’s this for an impressive Republican lineup?A likable former governor and TV personality; a two-term governor with an unmatched fiscal record; another former governor with the best education-reform credentials in the country; a rising star in the House; and a photogenic senator from the heartland.

They are Mike Huckabee, Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush, Mike Pence, and John Thune. The Republicans sitting out the 2012 nomination battle would themselves make a formidable field. Indeed, more formidable than the actual entrants. The hottest place to be in Republican politics right now is sitting on the sidelines.

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