Monday, May 28, 2012
Man it didn't take long for Mr. Bad Hair to respond to George Will calling him a bloviating idiot with a low IQ. Mr. Bad Hair has been dying to get in front of a television camera, but unfortunately for him, television producers are getting tired of his act. The man who wants to see Obama's birth certificate as bad as the rest of us wants to to see his hairdresser, can be pretty unpredictable. Producers know that. There is no telling what he will say once the cameras start rolling.
Still, I am sure that he is glad for twitter. He couldn't wait to get to his twitter account so that he could put a fellow wingnut on blast. He called George Will "dumb" and said that he is an "overrated commentator". Of course he is right on both counts, but this is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.
Anyway, Mr. bad Hair can take heart in the fact that he is not alone with this birther obsession. There is actually a state in our union paying to investigate Obama's claim to having being born in America, and state officials in that state are legitimizing the birther movement with their offensive outrageous behavior.
"In these harsh and bitter times when the air is thick with acrimony, we owe a vote of thanks to the state of Arizona for stepping into the spotlight to offer some light relief.
It’s a role for which the state seems well-suited. Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts wrote, “We’ve long been the land of crackpottery and lunacy.”
Unfortunately, Arizona’s secretary of state, Ken Bennett, pulled the plug on his threat to keep Barack Obama’s name off the November ballot unless the president produced a birth certificate that satisfied Bennett’s high standards for such documents.
Never mind that this issue has long been put to rest in the mind of every rational American. Bennett perhaps began to have second thoughts when he found himself denounced by national news organizations as the tool of half-baked clowns and a legitimizer of lunatic leanings.
That’s not what you want on your resume if you’re planning, as Bennett apparently is, to run for governor in two years.
He finally did what any state official could do and asked Hawaii for a copy of Obama’s birth certificate. Hawaii complied, and his office quickly and quietly dropped its effort to prove that Obama was an illegal immigrant. Still undeterred was Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County. We outside the state can’t tell how good at law enforcement Arpaio is. The U.S. Department of Justice apparently doesn’t think he’s all that good because it is suing him. In any event, the limelight-loving lawman seems to spend an inordinate amount of time on issues outside his jurisdiction.
And one of those is — yes! — Obama’s birth certificate. Arpaio is also after Obama’s draft records, which would seem to be beside the point because, as president, Obama is commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces, including the state militias. It says so in the Constitution, although Arpaio might want to demand that the National Archives prove that its copy is not a forgery.
Crime and budget issues apparently not being pressing issues in Phoenix, Arpaio dispatched a deputy and an investigator to Hawaii. (Why two? “Security issues that I can’t get into,” Arpaio said cryptically.)
There, Arpaio said, his minions “were stonewalled.” However, Hawaiian officials — who have never struck me as a particularly devious bunch — said that the Arizonans met with the deputy director of health, the director being away, and a deputy attorney general and that they were provided with all the relevant documentation." [Source]
If there is anyone reading this post who happens to live in the state of Arizona, please leave a comment explaining to the rest of us why you are still there.
Happy Memorial Day everybody. Most people who read this blog know that I have a great deal of respect for Veterans and the men and women who are volunteering to serve this country in the military theater. I may not agree with our American policies that put our men and women (and innocent people in other countries) in harms way, but the men and women who are out there risking their life and limbs will always have my love and respect.