In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

Mitt Romney's Birth Certificate 'Joke'

Mitt Romney went there. Campaigning in Michigan on Friday, he made a joke about President Obama’s birth certificate. Here’s what he said:

“Now, I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born at Henry Ford Hospital, I was born at Harper Hospital. No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”

As a literal statement, this isn’t true. People have asked to see Romney’s birth certificate, and his campaign released it, with little fanfare, earlier this year. As a “joke,” it isn’t very funny. And as a reference to the controversy-that-won’t-die over the president’s origins, it’s a venture into very perilous territory for Romney.

The most troubling part of Romney’s statement is the implication that Obama is somehow to blame for the birthers’ conspiracy theorizing — that there are some people you can look at and tell they were “born and raised” here, and others who make you wonder, for some reason.

The news says that Romney is innocent on this one because Obama himself has joked about the birth certificate issue many times. Even his own surrogates can’t seem to point out the obvious difference: when Obama jokes about his birth certificate, he’s pointing out how absurd the whole issue is. When Romney jokes about it he’s implying that there just might be something to it. Obama makes the joke at the Birthers expense, Romney makes the joke for the Birthers entertainment.

The Birther Movement: Beyond Unreasonable Doubt

“Obama wasn’t even born in this country,” she-who-will-remain-nameless proclaimed.

“No, you’ve got it mixed up. McCain wasn’t born in this country,” I said. “He was born in Panama, but it was a U.S. territory at the time.”

“No it’s Obama. He was born in Hawaii and Hawaii wasn’t a state yet.”

“Hawaii became a state in 1959,” I busted out with some grade school civics class knowledge.

And then, there it was, the thing birthers are now being known for: My name-withheld family member then sighed and muttered, “Well, I don’t know.”

“No, you do know. Because I just told you.” I thought but didn’t dare yap aloud. “Hawaii was a state in 1959 and Barack Hussein Obama was born in 1961. He just won the election by the biggest margin since Ronald Reagan and he’s going to be the first half African-American President of the United States.”

“Well, I don’t know,” she continued, sure of herself. Then she switched tactics, “He won’t show anybody his birth certificate.”

“I’ve seen it online,” I said.

“Well, I don’t know. It’s suspicious. Don’t you think it’s suspicious? He won’t show anybody his birth certificate.”

“But he does. He has. I’ve seen it. Online.”

“Well, I don’t know. I think he should show it. It’s interesting though, huh?”

No. No it’s not interesting. There’s nothing interesting. There are questions. Here are answers. Refusing said answers, doesn’t mean there are still questions. Furthermore, refusing other answers and holding tight to doubt then blaming the proof-provider for not being forthcoming does not equal “interesting.”

“Well, I don’t know.”

And, after spending 3+ years obbessed with the birth certificate, they refer to the controversy over tax returns as a “distraction from the real issues!” The hypocrisy is pungent.

And, after spending 3+ years obbessed with the birth certificate, they refer to the controversy over tax returns as a “distraction from the real issues!” The hypocrisy is pungent.

(Source: christopherstreet)

Birther Ken Bennett explains why he won’t verify Mitt Romney’s birth records

underthemountainbunker:

News out of Arizona that should surprise exactly zero people. You wonder how long it took Bennett to come up with this painfully lame excuse:

Secretary of State Ken Bennett will not verify the birth records of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, at least not now – and possibly not ever – despite an earlier public commitment to do so.

Bennett said Thursday that he has received requests from Arizona residents to perform the same kind of verification through Michigan about Romney’s birth certificate as he did through Hawaii for President Obama. And he acknowledged he had agreed to make such a check if he got a request.

But Bennett is now saying he needs something else: an allegation by an Arizona law enforcement agency that there is a question about the veracity of a candidate’s claimed birth certificate.

More…

Donald Trump has re-ignited his racist smear campaign against President Obama. At the same time, he’s working to raise millions of dollars to elect Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney has refused to discredit Trump’s baseless attacks, and is actively seeking Trump’s support.

Mitt Romney is sending a clear message: he’s fine with his supporters launching racial attacks on President Obama. We can’t let this stand. Please join us in publicly confronting Mitt Romney.

Color of Change, “Tell Mitt Romney to Dump Donald Trump.” (via ryking)

Mitt and Donald. Make this happen.

(via thereisnogod)

Makes you miss John McCain.

(Source: diadoumenos)

Mitt Romney’s continued embrace of Donald Trump and refusal to condemn his disgraceful conspiracy theories demonstrates his complete lack of moral leadership. Now he’s even standing by silently as Trump assails John McCain’s courage in standing up to the most extreme and hateful voices in the Republican Party—all in order to raise money for himself. If Mitt Romney lacks the backbone to stand up to a charlatan like Donald Trump because he’s so concerned about lining his campaign’s pockets, what does that say about the kind of president he would be?

Stephanie Cutter -  Obama For America’s deputy campaign manager (via con-tem-plate)

motherjones:

Birther Air Force Sergeant Goes AWOL to Protest Obama
The airman’s ill-advised presidential message: “your sharia, koran, muslim, islam loving gig is up.”
…Why yes, his name is MORAN. Why do you ask?


I hope To read about his forthcoming arrest and court-martial since he in violation of several military rules.

motherjones:

Birther Air Force Sergeant Goes AWOL to Protest Obama

The airman’s ill-advised presidential message: “your sharia, koran, muslim, islam loving gig is up.”

…Why yes, his name is MORAN. Why do you ask?

I hope To read about his forthcoming arrest and court-martial since he in violation of several military rules.

(Source: Mother Jones)

Yesterday, about half of all Republicans thought Obama was foreign born, and therefore an illegal occupant of the White House. How many Republicans will think the same thing one week from now? My guess is: about half. We’ve reached that stage on just about everything. It’s probably been true of human beings throughout time, but is more obviously significant in politics now, that generally people don’t act like scientific investigators, or judges in moot-court competitions, when parsing the logic and evidence behind competing arguments to come up with political views. They go on loyalty, and tradition, and hope, and fear, and self-interest, and generosity, and all the rest…

liberal-life:

And a socialist, communist, anti-christ, black dude.


An undercover Muslim bent on destroying America with healthcare and bank bailouts. Yeah, that’s it!

liberal-life:

And a socialist, communist, anti-christ, black dude.

An undercover Muslim bent on destroying America with healthcare and bank bailouts. Yeah, that’s it!

postalpasta: DISCLAIMER:: I AM NOT A RACIST NOR...

an-ominous-atheist:

robot-heart-politics:

postalpasta:

DISCLAIMER:: I AM NOT A RACIST NOR BIGOT, I JUST QUESTION EVERYTHING AND DISAGREE WITH THE MAN HIMSELF, NOT HIS RACE.

The presidential speech this morning was bullshit. They just now are able to show a legal birth certificate? Come on.

I don’t care if it is real or not, the very fact that they could not produce legal evidence that he was a U.S born citizen upon election should be of enough degree, that he be taken out of office and a re-election held. Him and our government has had over enough time to falsify one by now. The fact that the people voted him in to began with still shocks me. He’s been a celebrity, not a leader.

This country…

Why do people think that just because they claim they aren’t a bigot, that means they aren’t actually bigots?

Also?

Dear OP,

It is stupidity like yours that causes me to be ashamed of being human. Thanks a lot.

Sincerely,

AOA

P.S.

 

I was hoping to reblog this directly from PostalPasta so he’d see the response, but alas, he’s deleted the original post… Wonder why. Anyway, the very first line (after the ridiculous disclaimer) shows his total lack of any knowledge on this subject and to me, proves how he is simply following the birther lead. How? Well, you see, the “certificate of live birth” that we’ve all seen from day one IS LEGAL PROOF of citizenship!!! For fuck’s sake man! Your first sentence screams “I have no idea what I’m talking about”. And what makes these people bigots is the fact that they are so absolutely ready to believe anything negative about Obama, not matter how ridiculous, without a shred of curiosity as to the evidence at hand. And I truly believe that ANYTIME you start a thought with “I’m not racist but…”, you are most likely are.

(Source: courtneyincolor)

In light of all this birth certificate business, can we reflect on how white, Republican hopeful John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone and granted citizenship after his first birthday. A natural-born American citizen? I think not.

The analysis, by Prof. Gabriel J. Chin, focused on a 1937 law that has been largely overlooked in the debate over Mr. McCain’s eligibility to be president. The law conferred citizenship on children of American parents born in the Canal Zone after 1904, and it made John McCain a citizen just before his first birthday. But the law came too late, Professor Chin argued, to make Mr. McCain a natural-born citizen.

“It’s preposterous that a technicality like this can make a difference in an advanced democracy,” Professor Chin said. “But this is the constitutional text that we have.”

Several legal experts said that Professor Chin’s analysis was careful and plausible. But they added that nothing was very likely to follow from it.

That’s some good irony right there.

underthemountainbunker:

To all the Birthers: Where’s your God now?
President Obama releases his LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE:
Of course everyone already knows the  long form birth certificate the birthers have been screaming for won’t  be good enough either. The racists Teaparty Republican  Birthers and their Birther King (Trump) will now ask for video footage  of the birth. Or a ‘circumcision certificate.’ OR A FUNCTIONAL TIME  MACHINE so that they may return to Hawaii on August 4, 1961 at 7:24 PM  to view the birth personally. What? You can’t give us a time machine? Obviously born in Kenya!

underthemountainbunker:

To all the Birthers: Where’s your God now?

President Obama releases his LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE:

Of course everyone already knows the long form birth certificate the birthers have been screaming for won’t be good enough either. The racists Teaparty Republican Birthers and their Birther King (Trump) will now ask for video footage of the birth. Or a ‘circumcision certificate.’ OR A FUNCTIONAL TIME MACHINE so that they may return to Hawaii on August 4, 1961 at 7:24 PM to view the birth personally. What? You can’t give us a time machine? Obviously born in Kenya!

On why Obama gave in to the birther controversy

drinkthe-koolaid:

shortformblog:

What Obama did here is a really important thing. Not him validating that whole birth certificate drama. Instead, he separated what he’s trying to do from the spectacle around what he’s trying to do. And as a result, he should be able to get beyond the stupid drama and do what he’s been trying to do for over two years — improve our economy. For too long, Obama’s become less about his own goals and efforts and more about the people looking for any way possible to cut them down. And by making his statement today, he drew a line in the sand. If you jerks are going to continue to talk about this, you’re doing so at the peril of the American people. And that’s what we needed to hear as a country and as a media. source

The Republicans learned a lot while Clinton was in office. If they concentrate on attempting to de-legitimize a duly & legally elected Democrat president instead of doing anything useful, they take the spotlight off the Republicans own “warts” and the sneaky bullshit they’re up to because all anyone can talk about is whether the president should actually be president or not. This is ridiculous of course, anyone with half a brain should realize it’s a simple act of misdirection (pay no attention to the man behind curtain, kids), and yet here we are.

I fear for the future mainly because people have shown themselves to be so easily distracted from reality. I’m not sure why this is. People often blame the education system, or call it simple racism (which is certainly a part of the criticisms of Obama, but obviously doesn’t apply to what happened to Clinton), but I think the answer is both easier and more complicated than that. No, I’m afraid this is a deep-seated problem with the general mindset of the American public. Always looking for an easy way out, and sore losers to boot.