Birther Movement Capitalizes On Loretta Fuddy’s Tragic Death

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Well, we can’t say we didn’t see this coming…

The Huffington Post

As the Obama family is likely packing for their annual vacation to Hawaii, the birther movement is pouncing on yet another conspiracy theory about the President’s Hawaii birth certificate.

On Wednesday afternoon, Loretta Fuddy, the director of Hawaii’s Department of Health, died in a small, commercial plane crash off the coast of the Hawaiian island Molokai. Fuddy, who had been director of Hawaii’s health department since March 2011, was the official who verified and approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate. Fuddy said then that the records “further prove the fact that he was born in Hawaii.

Early reports indicate that the plane, a 2002 Cessna Grand Caravan, sufferedcatastrophic engine failure. The other eight passengers on board were rescued. According to Rev. Patrick Killilea who met with the survivors, Fuddy was wearing her life jacket in the water and was holding hands with deputy director Keith Yamamoto when she let go.

Tweets, comments, and web posts from the birther movement quickly insinuated that the tragedy was no accident. Some implied that the White House was “tying up loose ends,” while others commented “that anyone with any connection to Obama or his background has a tendency to have a ‘shortened’ life span.”

And, of course, Donald Trump weighed in:

Despite the media whirlwind around the birther conspiracies, Fuddy’s life and numerous successes are being celebrated.

Just yesterday, a report published by the United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention, confirmed that Hawaii is the country’s healthiest state.

According to Hawaii House Speaker Joe Souki, Fuddy, 65, “was especially passionate about the most vulnerable in our communities, a champion for mothers, newborns, and early childhood care. Her warm, caring spirit for the people of Hawaii will truly be missed.”

“Our hearts are broken,” Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a statement. “Loretta was deeply loved and respected. She was selfless, utterly dedicated, and committed to her colleagues in the Department of Health and to the people of Hawaii. Her knowledge was vast; her counsel and advice always given from her heart as much as from her storehouse of experience.”

In August, Fuddy told Honolulu’s Midweek magazine, “I’m a child of the ’60s, the Kennedy era of ‘ask what you can do for your country’ public service and Catholic values.”


Official who OK’d Obama birth papers dies in crash

Hawaiian Health Department Director Loretta Fuddy was killed after a small plane with nine people aboard crashed into the water off Molokai on Dec. 11.
(Photo: Hawaii Department of Health via AP)

My friend who emailed this to me wrote: “Birthers are gonna go nuts with this one!”  You  bet they will…

USA Today

Hawaiian Health Director Loretta Fuddy was killed in a small plane crash off Hawaii.

The Hawaiian health official who verified the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate died in a small plane crash.

The plane, carrying a pilot and eight passengers, went down Wednesday in the water a half mile off the Hawaiian island of Molokai, the Maui Fire Department said. The lone fatality was Loretta Fuddy, who has served as state health director since January 2011. Tom Matsuda, the interim executive director of Hawaii’s health insurance exchange, confirmed Fuddy’s death.

Fuddy, 65, made national news in April 2011 when she verified the authenticity of certified copies of President Obama’s birth certificate. Obama had requested the release to curb claims by so-called “birthers” that he was born in Kenya and not eligible to be president.

Makani Kai Air President Richard Schuman said the crash of the Cessna Grand Caravan was caused by engine failure.

“Our hearts are broken,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a statement. “Loretta was deeply loved and respected. She was selfless, utterly dedicated and committed to her colleagues in the Department of Health and to the people of Hawaii. Her knowledge was vast; her counsel and advice always given from her heart as much as from her storehouse of experience.”

Matsuda, who worked with Fuddy to set up the state’s Obamacare website, Hawaii Health Connector, called her death “a terrible loss” for the state.

“I worked closely with Director Fuddy on the Affordable Care Act and came to know and respect her as a passionate advocate for public health and a warm, caring human being,” Matsuda said.

The plane went down about a half-mile northwest of Kalaupapa peninsula, which was home to a leper colony until 1969. A handful of patients still live there. The state health director by law remains mayor of part of the peninsula, and Fuddy was visiting the peninsula in that capacity, state Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo said.

Okubo said the department’s deputy director, Keith Yamamoto, also had been booked on the flight.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Melissa McKenzie said a Coast Guard helicopter got three passengers out of the water while Maui fire crews picked up five people. One person swam ashore.


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A new kind of birther and death panel insanity explodes

A new kind of birther and death panel insanity explodes

It’s deja vu all over again...”


Ever since 2009, political junkies have turned their attentions outside the Beltway each August, watching to see whether conservative voters would return to the outrageous town hall antics that made the Tea Party famous four years ago.

But each year it’s become harder and harder to say that the crowds are as large or rowdy as they were back then, or that a counter-movement must be right around the corner. Part of it is just that elected officials got wise and stopped doing regular, publicized town halls. But mainly it’s just that a series of developments — the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the GOP takeover of the House, the Supreme Court decision to uphold the healthcare law, President Obama’s reelection — have each sucked some of the ants out of Tea Partyer pantaloons.

On its surface, this August is no exception. At least, so far. If we assume that Democrats and their allies have scattered their trackers across the country to film as many of this month’s GOP town halls as possible, then last week was a dud by 2009 standards. But several revealing, newsworthy developments occurred this August, all of which point to a depressing fact. Tea Partyers might for the most part be done rallying and heckling politicians, but they still wield enough influence on the right to intimidate Republican officials into validating the same old unsavory claims and arguments that drove Tea Party and GOP approval ratings through the floor in Obama’s first term.

In three town halls this August, members confronted by birthers have been cowed into tacitly validating the idea that Obama isn’t a natural-born U.S. citizen.

Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., explained his reasoning to voters stream-of-conscious style early this month by positing that the question might be a “distraction” while agreeing to co-sponsor legislation authored by Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, to investigate the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate.

The liberal website ThinkProgress caught Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., telling a birther, “I believe what you’re saying and I don’t support this president whatsoever. But ma’am, we lost Nov. 6. We had the opportunity to get another president in there.”

Mullen’s spokeswoman later told TPM that he simply misspoke. But even if he didn’t mean to say he “agree[d]” with a birther, his suggestion that Obama’s birthplace is a question for the electorate to answer was a pander when what’s needed was some real talk.

Then most recently, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, told one clearly deflated birther, “I think, unfortunately, the horse is already out of the barn on this, on the whole birth certificate issue. The original Congress, when his eligibility came up, should have looked into it and it didn’t. I’m not sure how we fix it.”

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Congressman Calls For New Birther Investigation, Questions ‘The President’s Validity’

Even when this president has completed his second term, there will always be people who hate the concept of an African-American as president of the United States.  It’s just the nature of the enduring hatred for progress that a small group of people will never accept.

I have another website that I eventually stopped updating because after Barack Obama won his second term, my job was done on that site.

However, I’ve noticed quite a number of anonymous searches after I stopped blogging on the site.  Their search options allowed me to speculate that they were probably looking for dirt on the president or  perhaps just researching the many negative claims  about the President.

Some of you may be familiar with the site called Sinclair Watch a website dedicated to exposing a man who claimed to have had a homosexual affair with Obama back in 1999.

If you haven’t heard about this it may be because as much as the media wanted to jump on the story if it were true, their investigations showed that Larry Sinclair had a checkered past (to say the least) and there were a few other issues as well.  So his story never hit the mainstream media but he had an internet following that was pretty massive…for a while.  That is, until Orly Taitz and her birther movement came into play.

Now it seems that although the birther movement has  fizzled out, the die-hards in the GOP have decided to find something in the “birther movement” meme that may stick.

I can’t begin to discuss the insanity and the inanity of such a move.

Think Progress

Another Republican is accusing President Obama of secretly being a Kenyan man who forged his birth certificate in order to get elected President of the United States. This time the theorist is Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), chairman of the House Homeland Security Oversight Subcommittee.

Duncan appeared on the radio program TruNews with Rick Wiles on Friday where the host asked the South Carolina congressman whether the House would go after Obama’s “phony identification papers.” Duncan initially demurred, but then agreed with Wiles that Obama could be lying about his birth certificate, calling for Congress to “revisit” the issue of “the president’s validity.”

WILES: While you guys are rounding up and deporting the illegal immigrants, any chance the House may actually pursue Barack Obama’s phony identification papers? That’s the original scandal, congressman.

DUNCAN: People should have voted against him in November. I’m afraid that that wouldn’t get to the Supreme Court where it ought to get.

WILES: But if we know they’re lying about all these other things, why not go back and say, “well maybe the first scandal was a lie, too?”

DUNCAN: There you go. I’m all with you. Let’s go back and revisit some of these things because Americans have questions about not only the IRS scandal but also about the president’s validity.

Watch it:

Other prominent Republican birthers include Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), and Reps. Steve King (R-IA), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Mike Coffman (R-CO), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).

At this point, the birther conspiracy is so thoroughly debunked that Republicans could accuse Obama of secretly being a Snorlax and it would be no less credible than accusing him of being a modern-day Manchurian candidate.

In his three years in Congress, Duncan has developed a reputation for controversial statements. He has invoked other conspiracy theories peddled on websites like the Drudge Report, falsely claimed that he didn’t vote to extend big oil subsidies, and warned that background checks will lead to Rwandan-like genocide in the United States.

(HT: RightWingWatch)

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Birther Group Launches National Ad Campaign Seeking To Disqualify Obama From Reelection

Those people will never give up on this futile quest of theirs…

Think Progress

A birther organization known as the Conservative Majority Fund is currently running a national ad campaign claiming that it can disqualify President Obama from running for reelection. While the ad is steeped in the rhetoric of the birther movement, it goes far beyond simply claiming that Obama was not born in the United States. Indeed, the ad manages to cram a truly stunning number of far right conspiracy theories into just one minute of air time:

Who is Barack Obama? We know less about this man than any other President in American history. What’s he hiding? His autobiography is full of fictional characters. But there’s a lot more than that. If you try to look into his past, you run into a brick wall.

His college records at Columbia, sealed! His college records at Harvard, sealed! We don’t know what his thesis papers were about because those are sealed too. He Selective Service record is sealed. His records as an attorney are sealed. He has a Connecticut Social Security number and we can’t get answers about that either.

And no one — I mean no one — has seen an actual physical copy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

The fact is, if we don’t know who Barack Obama is, we shouldn’t even have him as a candidate for president. Let’s disqualify Obama before the Democratic National Convention. Call today to sign the demand to disqualify Obama. . . .We need 10,000 signatures from every congressional district to boot this guy off the ballot and have the Democrats nominate someone else.

The ad identifies no actual legal basis for its claim that a sitting president can be forced to give up his reelection bid if enough of his political opponents sign a petition.

As the ad’s announcer reads his script, a chryon runs at the bottom asking questions such as “What is [Obama’s] connection to Bill Ayers?” “What is his current relationship with Rev. Wright?” and “Who paid for his Harvard Education?” The Conservative Majority fund’s website also appears entirely devoted to promoting far right myths, including a campaign to keep the United Nations from seizing people’s guns, an attack on the Obama Administration’s supposed “deep and dirty involvement in the the Fast & Furious gun-running scandal,” and multiple pages devoted to fighting the nearly non-existent problem of voter fraud. Their birther petition calling for Congress to “investigate Barack Obama’s forged birth certificate” prominently features anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The Conservative Majority Fund only filed its initial papers with the Federal Elections Commission a month ago, and has not yet disclosed the extent of its spending on this ad. Their spending is significant enough, however, that the ad ran simultaneously on both CNN and Fox News this morning, and it is twice the length of a normal campaign ad.


Time for Romney to fire Trump


Las Vegas Sun – 

Donald Trump is not important; he just thinks he is.

Trump is a small man who has big thoughts about himself, a vulgar attentionophile who cares not what damage he causes or whom he might hurt so long as he is in the spotlight. His loud, full-throated (is there any other way for The Donald?) embrace of birtherism is hardly surprising considering truth or consequences have never mattered much to the man George Will accurately described last weekend as a “bloviating ignoramus.”

But, alas, Will got it wrong — or, to be precise, he captured the mere essence of Trump (he’s a buffoon) but failed to properly describe the sheer ugliness of what the reckless, solipsistic clown is wreaking by continuing to espouse his belief that President Barack Obama is not a native-born American.

It’s one thing to boast about how smart and successful and rich he is — Trump does that every day. But to try to tap into the worst instincts of some folks in the GOP base — and, I fear, too many Democrats and independents, too — with his hardly veiled racism consigns Trump to a category of unconscionable scoundrels and power-hungry demagogues who must be denounced, scorned and vilified.

Hello, darkness, my old Mitt.

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H/t: Gilligan25

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George Will Calls Trump A ‘Bloviating Ignoramus With A Low IQ,’ Trump Then Fires Back

When I saw George Will’s comments via MSNBC this morning, I laughed and said to myself, Good for George (GOPer)Will.  After all, someone in the Republican party needs to speak out against the incessant birther conspiracy nut, Donald Trump.

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The Republican Inane Clown Posse’s number one performer, Donald Trump, injected life into an otherwise totally bland and monotonous Mitt Romney last week when he publicly threw his weird hair into the VP ring, including throwing a lavish fundraiser in Las Vegas for the presumptive nominee. The Donald may no longer be running for President of the Unites States, but it looks like he’s vehemently running for President of the United News Cycles. Trump is still hurling around ridiculous birther claims despite Obama not only producing his long form birth certificate, but totally destroying Trump comically at last year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Romney, who is no stranger to openly embracing the wacko endorsement (see Ted Nugent), left himself opened to criticism from the usual critics on the Democratic side. But apparently Romney’s blithe embrace of the bombastic billionaire and his willingness to use his washed-up celebrity to raise campaign cash is so egregious that it even caught the attention of reliable conservative Republican George Will.

Will, who ordinarily can’t find a Republican he doesn’t love, completely thrashed Trump when he called him a “bloviating ignoramus.”

“I do not understand the cost-benefit here. The costs are clear. The benefits, what voter’s going to vote for him because he’s seen with Donald Trump? The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me. Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics,” said George Will on ABC This Week(Source: Mediaite)

Perhaps Will is overlooking the fact that two soul-less and morally bankrupt corporate shells who mimic the human form always stick together.

Trump, whose skin is about as thick as whatever the heck that thing on is head is, inevitably fired back at Will’s fairly astute observation of Trump and the Republican party’s continuous plunge into the contaminated waters of the lunatic fringe.

 “George Will may be the dumbest(and most overrated) political commentator of all time. If the Republicans listen to him, they will lose,” said Trump on his Twitteraccount. (Source: Politico)

Regardless of how you feel about George Will, his comments were one hundred percent accurate and if Romney wishes to remain palatable among independents and rank-and-file Republicans, he would immediately sever ties with the Donald. Then again, much like with the Nugent endorsement, Romney shows himself to be a totally inauthentic, power-hungry phony who’s willing to cater to the lowest common denominator if it means more campaign cash or currying more Tea Party support.

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Mitt Romney Will Not ‘Repudiate’ Donald Trump For Birther Views

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Romney claims he needs 50.1% or more of the vote to win the presidency…so he won’t repudiate Donald Trump’s birther blather.

The Huffington Post

Mitt Romney will not ‘repudiate’ Donald Trump, even as the billionaire has resumed his public flirtations with “birtherism,” according to the AP.

Romney told reporters Monday:

You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in.  But I need to get 50.1 percent or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.

After seizing the national spotlight last spring with his persistent suggestions that Barack Obama might not have been born in America — a media blitz that culminated with President Obama releasing a copy of his long-form birth certificate — Trump reaffirmed his suspicions in an interview last week.

The Romney campaign subsequently tried to create distance from Trump’s remarks. However, then as now, it stopped short of reprimanding or breaking off ties with the billionaire, with whom Romney is campaigning.

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Trump Embraces Birtherism, Romney Embraces Trump

What makes this a serious issue is the fact that Mitt Romney has embraced the “Trump machine” wholeheartedly.  Shouldn’t Romney distance himself from all things “birtherism”?

Think Progress

In recent days, Donald Trump has intensified his efforts to advance discredited birther conspiracy theories against President Barack Obama. But that hasn’t stopped presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney from making Trump a major focus of his campaign.

Today, Romney announced a major campaign event with Trump next week, at the reality TV star’s International Hotel in Las Vegas. Romney is also soliciting low dollar contributions to win a meal with Trump. The campaign has published this flyer:

Trump rose to prominence early in the GOP presidential primary, at one time leading in the polls, by promoting birther conspiracy theories against Obama. In April 2011, he said:

I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re finding…it’s one of the greatest scams in the history of politics and in the history, period. You are not allowed to be a president if you’re not born in this country. Right now, I have real doubts.

Trump has not dropped the argument since. He has questioned the legitimacy of Obama’s long-form birth certificate. In the last few days he has tweeted the following:

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I wonder if @BarackObama ever applied to Occidental, Columbia or Harvard as a foreign student. When can we see (cont)

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Let’s take a closer look at that birth certificate. @BarackObama was described in 2003 as being “born in Kenya.”

Trump officially endorsed Romney at an event in February. He was used extensively in primary states to bash Romney’s opponents and in February recorded robocalls trashing Rick Santorumin Michigan. In March, Ann Romney called him an “honorary Buckeye” after Romney’s victory in Ohio.

There are now plans for Trump’s pro-Romney calls to go national.