Monday, August 10, 2009

Kenya Says Anti-Obama 'Birthers' Crazy, U.S. President a Descendant, Not a Native


Kenyan Embassy in D.C. Dismisses As 'Madness' Claims That Obama Was Born in the African Country; Even Pro-'Birther' Web Site Now Admits Alleged Kenyan Birth Certificate of President Is 'Not Authentic;" Poll Finds That Disbelief in Obama's American Citizenship Is Largely Confined to GOP's Base of Conservative White Southerners

Orly Taitz during an appearance on MSNBC on Monday (YouTube)

Dr. Orly Taitz, who has become the public face of the so-called "Birther Movement" that insists that President Obana is not a native-born U.S. citizen, may have destroyed the movement's credibility last Monday in a highly combative interview with MSNBC. Taitz, among other things, accused Obama's late mother, Ann Dunham, of "fraudulently" claiming that her son was born in Hawaii -- despite the fact that announcements of Obama's birth in a Honolulu hospital on August 4, 1961 were published a few days later in both of the city's major newspapers. Meanwhile, the Kenyan Embassy in Washington weighed in, dismissing claims that Obama is a native Kenyan as "madness." (Photo courtesy YouTube.com)


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(Posted 5:00 a.m. EDT Monday, August 10, 2009)

By SKEETER SANDERS


If the so-called "Birther Movement" was a navy, its flagship battle vessels were sunk last week by torpedoes fired by its own submarines -- and by the government of Kenya.

With one highly combative appearance on national television, California attorney Orly Taitz -- who became the public face of the conspiracy theorists adamantly insisting that President Obama is not a U.S. citizen and is holding the office illegally -- may have destroyed whatever credibility the movement had.

Meanwhile, an official at the Kenyan Embassy in Washington dismissed as "madness" claims by the "Birthers" that Obama was born in his country and called an alleged Kenyan birth certificate of the president -- which was quickly exposed as a forgery -- "a red herring."

And a new opinion poll released last week finds that the belief that the president is not a native-born U.S. citizen is largely confined to conservative whites -- the Republican Party's core voter base -- and most heavily concentrated in the South.

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SECRET SERVICE PROBING ALLEGED THREAT TO OBAMA BY RIGHT-WING RADIO TALK-SHOW HOST

St. Petersburg Times

BROOKSVILLE, Florida — The U.S. Secret Service has opened an investigation into a local radio talk-show host following a number of complaints about his Friday morning broadcast.

Bob Haa, conservative host of the "Haa Wire" show on WWJB in Brooksville, became the subject of an investigation after authorities were alerted to complaints that incendiary comments were made on the show.

Talk about the investigation started Friday, when Hernando County administration staffer JoJo DiViccaro started receiving calls about 10:15 a.m. complaining that Haa was making threats and racist comments about President Obama.

"We're looking into what was allegedly said," said John Joyce, special agent in charge of the Secret Service's field office in Tampa. "We have yet to determine what was actually said that day."

Joyce said he couldn't go into any further detail about the investigation.

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'BIRTHER' LAWYER'S LIVE TV INTERVIEW DISINTEGRATES INTO SHOUTING MATCH


In a live interview on MSNBC from Israel, Taitz was confronted by anchor David Shuster's pointing out that announcements of Obama's birth at a Honolulu hospital on August 4, 1961 were published a week later by both of the city's two major newspapers, the Advertiser and the Star-Bulletin.

Shuster than asked Taitz, "How could these newspapers fabricate those announcements" almost a half-century ago, before anybody would know that Obama would grow up to be elected president?

Taitz refused to answer Shuster's question and instead accused Obama's late mother, Ann Dunham, of fraudulently claiming that her son was born in Hawaii. "If Obama was born in Kenya and his mother wanted to lie -- she didn’t want to go through immigration, she didn’t want to pay an immigration attorney -- she would fill out the form and say ‘my son was born in Honolulu’ and mail it to the [Hawaii] Health Department . . ."

Shuster was incredulous. "Just to be clear, your allegation here is that Barack Obama’s mother was somehow motivated to lie -- "

Taitz cut him off. "Let me finish!"

That led to a back-and-forth between Taitz and Shuster that was punctuated by Taitz accusing Shuster of being "one of Obama’s Brownshirts in the media!"

Taitz's use of "Brownshirts," a reference to the Nazi stormtoopers who helped Hitler's rise to power in Germany in the early 1930s, deeply offended Shuster, who is Jewish and who had relatives who died in the Nazi Holocaust.

The interview quickly degenerated into a shouting match between Taitz and both Shuster and co-anchor Tamron Hall and ended with MSNBC producers cutting Taitz off the air.

KENYAN EMBASSY: 'BIRTHERS' CLAIMS 'BASELESS MADNESS'

In Washington, Jon Chessoni, administration secretary of the Kenyan Embassy, told the online journal The Washington Independent that his office has received many questions about the president's alleged birth in Kenya, which he called "baseless."

"It’s madness," said Chessoni, pointing out that the president's father, Barack Obama, Sr., was out of the country in 1961, when his son was born. "When this matter first came up, the Kenyan government did its research and confirmed that these are all baseless claims," he said.

The embassy official's statement backs up a finding in a 'Skeeter Bites Report editorial posted last Monday that Dunham, who died in 1995, never set foot on Kenyan soil. Tribal warfare that was raging in Kenya in the aftermath of the Mau Mau uprising against British colonial rule would have made it extremely unsafe for the white, Kansas-born Dunham and her unborn son to be there.

Chessoni branded the fake Kenyan birth certificate "a red herring" and considered it as only the latest in a series of forgeries being passed off as official government documents from his country.

While Kenyans are deeply proud that America's first black president is of Kenyan descent, Chessoni said, he was at a loss to understand what Taitz was trying to prove.

COURT THROWS OUT PHONY 'KENYAN BIRTH CERTIFICATE'

Taitz, as part of a lawsuit she filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, submitted a purported "certified copy" of a birth certificate belonging to Obama. "I’m forcing the issue, where Obama will have to respond," Taitz told the far-right Web site WorldNetDaily.com. "I am asking the judge to give me the power to subpoena the documents from the Kenyan Embassy."

Taitz said the alleged document came from "an anonymous source" who doesn't want his name known because "he's afraid for his life."

On Friday, the judge threw out the purported certificate on procedural grounds just days after the document was exposed as a forgery.

Taitz's request to subpoena the Kenyan Embassy was also rejected, because under international law, embassies are sovereign territories of the countries they represent and cannot be subpoenaed by a U.S. court.

Even WorldNetDaily, which has been vigorously challenging the validity of Obama's U.S. citizenship (and therefore his presidency) for months, was forced to concede that the alleged Kenyan birth certificate was fraudulent.

The right-wing Web site itself got burned last October when it posted what it claimed was an e-mail between then-candidate Obama and Raila Odinga, the opposition candidate in Kenya's own presidential election in December 2007, whose hotly disputed defeat was followed by weeks of bloody clashes between his supporters and those of incumbent President Mwai Kibaki that killed over 800 people (In an effort to end the violence, Kibaki and Odinga agreed to form a national-unity goverment, with Kibaki as president and Odinga as prime minister).

Reportedly obtained by its senior staff writer, Jerome Corsi -- whose highly controversial anti-Obama book, The Obama Nation was widely denounced as being full of distortions and outright lies -- the purported e-mail between Obama and Odinga was quickly exposed as fraudulent, as the online addresses contained in the e-mail of both then-Senator Obama and Odinga turned out to be false and the brief message itself was so poorly written as to be totally uncharacteristic of the highly articulate Obama.

OTHER 'BIRTHERS' BLAST TAITZ'S TACTICS

Within hours after the alleged Kenyan birth certificate was posted online and immediately picked apart as bogus, numerous "birther" activists expressed deep anger and frustration with Taitz -- some accusing her of inflicting irreparable damage to their credibility.

"I think it gives the non-birthers an argument to say, 'See, these people don’t know what they’re doing,'" Philip Berg, a Pennsylvania attorney who filed the first lawsuit challenging the legitimacy of Obama's presidency, told The Washington Independent.

Taitz also came under fire from Gary Kreep, executive director of the conservative United States Justice Foundation. "I’ve advised her in writing, along with several other attorneys, that if she has an original document that seems to bolster her case, it needs to be examined by a professional document examiner," Kreep said. "She jumped the gun on this one."

Kreep should know: He's vowed to file lawsuits challenging the legitimacy of everything the Obama administration does on the grounds that Obama's presidency is illegal because he's a foreigner. But he's been frustrated by a lack of any hard proof that the president isn't a native-born U.S. citizen, as the Constitution requires.

"I’ve gotten tips about birth certificates that are purported to be original, snuck out of Kenya, yadda yadda, he said. "Then, all of a sudden, the people offering these things disappear into the woodwork. Some people are definitely putting together hoaxes to damage our cause."

POLL: 'BIRTHERS' MOSTLY SOUTHERN WHITE REPUBLICANS

There may not, however, have been a need to sabotage the "Birther" movement: A new poll released last week shows that Americans who believe that the president is a foreigner appear to be largely confined to the Republican Party's base of conservative white voters -- with the highest concentration of "Birthers" located in the South.

The telephone survey of 2,400 adults, conducted July 27-30 by Research 2000 for the liberal Web site DailyKos.com (which, in the interest of full disclosure, carries a diaried version of The 'Skeeter Bites Report), found that only 42 percent of Republicans believe that Obama is a native-born U.S. citizen. Forty-seven percent of Republicans believe Obama is a foreigner, while 29 percent said they weren't sure.

By contrast, an overwhelming 93 percent of Democrats and 83 percent of independents believe the president is a native-born American. Only four percent of Democrats and eight percent of independents say Obama is a foreigner, while three percent of Democrats and nine percent of independents were not sure.

When broken down by race, 97 percent of blacks, 87 percent of Latinos and 88 percent of Asians and Native Americans believe Obama is a citizen, but only 71 percent of whites do so. And while the percentage of blacks (one percent), Latinos (6 percent) and Asians/Native Americans (6 percent) who believe the president is a foreigner is in the single digits, 14 percent of whites believe so.

An even higher percentage of whites, 15 percent, are not sure about Obama's citizenship, compared to only two percent of blacks, seven percent of Latinos and six percent of Asians/Native Americans.

But it is in the geographic breakdown where the differences are most stark. Whereas overwhelming majorities of Northeasterners (93 percent), Midwesterners (90 percent) and Westerners (87 percent) believe that Obama is a native-born U.S. citizen, only 47 percent of Southerners do so.

And while doubts about the president's American birth are confined to the single digits among Northeasterners (four percent no, three percent unsure), Midwesterners (six percent no, four percent unsure), and Westerners (seven percent no, six percent unsure), Southerners stand out starkly (23 percent no, 30 percent unsure).

The fact that only a minority of Republicans believe that Obama is a native-born American and that the GOP doubters are most heavily concentrated in the South -- in an era when America's population is becoming more and more racially, ethnically and ideologically diverse -- could have fatal consequences for the party in the future.

The Republican Party can no longer claim to be a truly national party anymore. It has become in 2009 what the Democratic Party was for most of its history until the end of World War II: A conservative, Southern-dominated, nearly lily-white party -- one that's rapidly moving farther and farther away from the American political mainstream.

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Volume IV, Number 59
Copyright 2009, Skeeter Sanders. All rights reserved.





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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dr. Taitz looks like a transvestite.

Anonymous said...

F%cking replubicans! dR. tAITZ do look like a transvestite.

Anonymous said...

As a republican, the birfers piss me off. They are destroying the party with their paranoid delusions.