Rick Santorum

Santorum Touts Endorsement Of Birther Joseph Farah

Unless Newt Gingrich exits the race, Santorum’s chances of winning the required delegates to clinch the GOP nomination for the Presidency is slim, at best.

However, given his performances thus far, and his anticipated performances in the south, Santorum still has some relevancy.

Hence this story…

Think Progress

Hoping to beat Mitt Romney in upcoming Southern primaries, Rick Santorum’s campaign sent out a press release today touting the endorsement of 200 “esteemed conservative leaders.” Among the supporters the Santorum campaign is “proud to announce” are many controversial figures, such as immigration hawk Tom Tancredo andproudly Islamophobic retired general William Boykin (who was nearly uninvited from West Point earlier this year), but one name particular stood out — Joseph Farah.

Farah is the founder and editor of World Net Daily, a website dedicated to advancing the myth the President Obama was not born in the United States. Farah is so dedicated to “eligibility issues,” as he calls them, that he’s even said Cuban-American Sen. March Rubio (R-FL), a darling of conservatives and potential vice presidential pick, is “not eligible” because he’s supposedly “not a natural-born citizen.”

Farah is also known for blaming earthquakes, hurricanes, and the Penn State sex scandal, among other things, on the growing acceptance of homosexuality.

Ironically, in the same Fox News interview in which Farah questioned Rubio, he suggested that Santorum has not gone after Mitt Romney harder because he is “trying to position for a vice presidential candidacy.”

Herman Cain

Herman Cain Speaks Of ‘The So-Called Palestinian People’

Showcasing GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s utter ignorance is something I enjoy doing and will continue to do until this really strange man descends from his first place position in the GOP lineup…


Herman Cain’s lack of foreign policy knowledge has had him in hot water before. Since he hit frontrunner status he’s been dinged for mocking “Uzbeki-beki-beki-stan” and suggesting he might free every prisoner in Guantanamo Bayin exchange for one U.S. soldier.

Earlier in the campaign, before he had frontrunner status and its resulting scrutiny, the former CEO was asked about the Israel-Palestine “right of return” issue. This is one of the red lines in mid-east diplomacy, with the Israeli stance being that the prospect of opening the door to Palestinians displaced in the 1947-48 fighting should not even be negotiated. Cain rather put his foot in it when he was quizzed about the issue on Fox News and – clearly unfamiliar with the subject – he tried to dodge it by saying, “that should be an issue for negotiation.”

Cain’s clearly been swotting up on his mid-east knowledge since then, and a recent choice of words suggests he may have been dipping into some fairly controversial sources.

Cain gave an interview to Israel Hayom that was released Friday. It’s fairly boilerplate except for the part where he addresses the Palestinians’ recent push for full UN membership:

“I think that the so-called Palestinian people have this urge for unilateral recognition because they see this president as weak.”

It’s that “so-called” that’s striking. This is still pretty controversial territory, though it did admittedly find its most notorious expression in the words of the former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. She famously said, “There is no such thing as the Palestinians.”

What she meant by that, and what Cain is tapping into, is that the notion of a Palestinian people only arose after the foundation of Israel, and that this was a convenient way of harnessing the disparate resentments of various Arab groups who had been dislodged during the tumult of 1947-48.

This is something most serious commentators tend to hold back from claiming. Around the time the statehood push chatter was reaching its peak, a National Review editorial led with the line: “There is no such thing as a Palestinian state, and the United Nations can’t conjure one into existence.” However, their contention was very different from the idea that the Palestinian identity was simply invented so the Arabs could have a convenient stick with which to beat Israel in international institutions. Their argument rested on the far more common contention that the Palestinians – riven between Hamas and Fatah-controlled territories, lacking a Weberian “monopoly on violence,” and without strong political institutions – are not yet ready to have a definite political entity that could credibly be called a “state.” But though the editorial writers denied the Palestinians the concept of statehood, they held back from denyingnationhood.

The only people willing to go that far tend to be the more hardline publications such as World Net Daily. That publication’s editor, Joseph Farah, has several articles arguing that “Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc.”

The statehood push is a thorny diplomatic issue, and people on both sides of the matter have some fairly nuanced positions. However, it would seem that Cain has avoided these and has moved instead to one of the furthest edges available in this debate.

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Birthers Sue Esquire for $285M

Keep in mind that the Esquire article was pure satire. 

(I wonder if Jonathan Swift was sued for his marvelous and satirical essay from 1729 called A Modest Proposal?  I doubt it.)

Satire is a common literary form of constructive criticism using wit as it’s primary weapon. (Wiki)

 The Onion is a great source for political satire on a regular basis. I don’t see them getting sued.

Corsi and Farah appear to be facing an uphill battle in the ongoing question and the  interpretation of: Just what is free speech? 

The Daily Beast

President Obama’s birth certificate is out but the birthers aren’t going away: Two prominent birthers are suing Esquire magazine for defamation and damaged business interests.

The complaint by Joseph Farah, editor of WorldNetDaily, and Jerome Corsi, author of Where’s the Birth Certificate? stems from an Esquire parody, headlined “BREAKING! Jerome Corsi’s Birther Book Pulled From Shelves!”

The magazine published the article on its website after President Obama released his birth certificate; many people, however, took it for straight news and the site had to add a note beginning “We committed satire this morning.”

In a statement to Forbes, Esquire notes that the article was marked “humor” and that satire is “an age-old and completely legitimate form of expression.”

Read it at Forbes