Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ugly politics: What we are learning from Obama's birth certificate and Trump's possible racism

Two quick ones this morning...

'Face the Nation' Host: Trump's a Racist! (4/27/2011 8:30 PM PDT by TMZ Staff)

Having been shot down on the birther issue, Trump continues to take the political high road with new allegations about Obama. 

From the article:

Bob Schieffer appeared Wednesday night on "The CBS Evening News" and reacted to Trump's latest salvo against President Barack Obama, in which Trump suggested the Prez might not have had the grades to get into Harvard Law School.

Schieffer said, "That's just code for saying he got into law school because he's black. This is an ugly strain of racism that's running through this whole thing."

Moving on...

This next article is very interesting, claiming that the level of the president's response to the latest round of birther allegations marks something of a benchmark in the evolving, modern political climate where facts count a lot less than volume.  While, in the past, many generations ago, politics were much uglier than they are now and I'd stay away from saying that we are approaching an all time low, we are still hitting a bottom that we haven't reached in many generations.

A new era of accusation and innuendo (Jonathan Martin, John F. Harris – Thu Apr 28, 5:47 am ET)

From the article:
Lurid conspiracy theories have followed presidents for as long as the office has existed. Yet even Obama’s most recent predecessors benefited from a widespread consensus that some types of personal allegations had no place in public debate unless or until they received some imprimatur of legitimacy — from an official investigation, for instance, or from a detailed report by a major news organization.


It’s hard to imagine Bill Clinton coming out to the White House briefing room to present evidence showing why people who thought he helped plot the murder of aide Vincent Foster— never mind official rulings of suicide — were wrong. George W. Bush, likewise, was never tempted to take to the Rose Garden to deny allegations from voices on the liberal fringe who believed that he knew about the Sept. 11 attacks ahead of time and chose to let them happen.

Obama did something like the equivalent of this, by releasing complete documentation from his Hawaii birth, then making a sober West Wing appearance to explain himself.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Science education lacking in Texas? Or is it all just atheist lies?

Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun (Posted by Morgan Matthew on February 21, 2009 at 4:45am)

Pulling this over from Facebook...  

Comment number one: Where'd they even find Bill Nye!?! Didn't he fall off the planet about 10 years ago. I still remember his very first appearance on Almost Live! in Seattle when I was a wee lad, his very beginning. That may have been when it was still an hour long in the morning and still had the original host, Ross something or other, before it moved to the 11:30 PM Saturday slot and became a half hour sketch comedy show.

Comment number two: Does stuff like this even surprise us any more?

From the piece:

...nothing got people as riled as when he brought up Genesis 1:16, which reads: "God made two great lights -- the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars."

The lesser light, he pointed out, is not a light at all, but only a reflector.

At this point, several people in the audience stormed out in fury. One woman yelled "We believe in God!" and left with three children, thus ensuring that people across America would read about the incident and conclude that Waco is as nutty as they'd always suspected.

I suspect that the outrage came less from the comment that the moon reflects the sun's light than from the fact that he questioned the validity of scripture, period.  Not so much what he said but how he said it.  

Monday, April 25, 2011

Obama was born in America and is a U.S. Citizen. Really. No questions. Now go away.

Been meaning to post this for awhile.  Of course, how can we believe it?  Isn't this article written by the liberal media?!?

Anyway, this is the ammunition required when arguing with birthers.  I choose to roll my eyes and ignore them, but if you really want to take them on, fire away.

Really, nothing anyone says will convince most of them.  They have their minds made up, facts be damned.

Debunking the birther claim (By: CNN's Ed Hornick)