Thursday, September 10, 2009

Letter From the Editor: GOP's Behavior During Obama Speech a Boorish Disgrace


Republicans' Unprecedented Show of Contempt During President's Address on Heath-Care Reform is Captured by TV Cameras; GOP Congressman is Booed Loudly After Calling Obama a Liar While Another Republican Challenges President on 'Death Panels'



Caught red-handed: Representative Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) (center) shouts out "You lie!" at President Obama during his speech before a joint session of Congress on health-care reform Wednesday night. The president had said the his reform plan would not cover illegal immigrants when Wilson made his outburst -- which drew loud boos from Democrats and Republicans alike and a fierce rebuke from Senator John McCain (R-Arizona). But Wilson wasn't alone: Another House Republican challenged Obama on the controversial so-called "death panels" and a third GOPer loudly scoffed at the president's assertion that he had "no interest in putting insurance companies out of business." (Photo: Getty Images)


(Posted 8:00 a.m. EDT Thursday September 10, 2009)

NOTE TO READERS: Due to a computer crash, today's edition of The 'Skeeter Bites Report is being posted three hours later than normal. We apologize for any inconvenience this delay might have caused.

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A 'SKEETER BITES REPORT EDITORIAL
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The television images were startling: As President Obama addressed Congress and the nation on health-care reform Wednesday night, the cameras showed many Republican members of Congress displaying their contempt for the president's reform push, with some holding up signs reading "What Bill?" and "What Plan?" and copies of GOP-sponsored bills rejected by majority Democrats, while others were scanning their BlackBerrys while Obama spoke.

Then the House chamber's microphones picked up the voice of a previously little-known Republican from South Carolina openly heckling Obama -- the first time in memory that a sitting member of Congress showed such blatant disrespect for a president while he addressed the lawmakers -- calling Obama a liar after the president said his reform plan would not cover illegal immigrants.

But that's not all. According to a report on HuffingtonPost.com, another Republican congressman challenged Obama when the president told the lawmakers that claims by his right-wing opponents that his proposal would establish so-called "death panels" on end-of-life matters was "a lie" by demanding that he "Read the bill!" -- a common chant used by opponents at lat month's explosive town hall meetings.

And a third Republican congressman loudly dismissed with a sarcastic "Ha!" the president's assertion that he had "no interest in putting insurance companies out of business," the Web site reported.

WILSON BOOED LOUDLY; HE QUICKLY APOLOGIZES

Apparently emboldened by the fierce condemnation of the president's health-care reform proposals displayed by opponents at town-hall meetings across the country on the matter, House Republicans, in particular, were in no mood to back down from their own united -- and apparently implacable -- opposition.

But Wilson's outburst clearly crossed the line, according to HuffPost. He was booed loudly by Democrats and Republicans alike. "Shame on you!" shouted one spectator. "Throw him out!" shouted another. First Lady Michelle Obama, who was seated above and behind Wilson in the visitors' gallery, was overheard shouting "Damn!" as she shook her head in disgust.

Within an hour after the president's address. Wilson issued an apology. "This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the president's remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill," he said. "While I disagree with the president's statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility."

Wilson also called the White House to apologize.

BIPARTISAN CONDEMNATION OF WILSON

Wilson's outburst was roundly condemned by Republicans and Democrats alike. Appearing on CNN's "Larry King Live" minutes after the president's address, Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) said he found Wilson's remarks "totally disrespectful -- [there's] no place for it in that setting or any other and he should apologize immediately."

On the same program, Representative Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) said, "I thought that was unfortunate. [Obama's] the president. He deserves more respect than that."

Democrats were furious. "Nineteen years [in the House and] never, never have I seen anything like this," said an angry Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut).

"I thought it was very inappropriate behavior, to hold up signs. None of us ever would have done that," said Representative Henry Waxman (D-California). "I don't think in the Congress of the United States there ought to be catcalls, or people standing up and yelling comments or holding up signs."

Representative John Dingell (D-Michigan), the House's longest-serving member -- whose father, John Sr., introduced a health-care reform bill as far back as 1943 -- said he was not impressed by the GOP's antics. "Well, you've got to understand: They're Republicans. They're just doing what comes natural," he told HuffPost.

But by far the most barbed reaction came from MSNBC morning host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman. “Whoever shouted out that the president was lying is a dumbass who should show the president some respect!” Scarborough wrote in a posting on Twitter.

GOP'S DISRESPECT OF OBAMA UNPRECEDENTED -- IS IT RACIALLY TINGED?

It's pretty clear by now that Republicans -- especially those in the House -- are in no mood to back down from their fierce and increasingly implacable opposition to health-care reform.

But their boorish behavior during the president's speech strongly suggests to The 'Skeeter Bites Report that the Republicans also might be emboldened by something far uglier: A refusal to accept the decision last November by a 54 percent majority of the American electorate to entrust, for the first time in the nation's history, the the most powerful job in the world to a black man.

Are we the only ones who noticed from viewing the TV images that the Republicans who displayed such open contempt for the president were all white male Southerners? Is it merely a coincidence that Wilson, the GOP congressman who made the "You Lie!" outburst, is a conservative white male Southerner from South Carolina?

Can anyone recall any of Obama's predecessors -- including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon -- ever receiving this kind of treatment by members of the opposition party while addressing a joint session of Congress? We can't.

We are, therefore, forced to ask this question; Partisan loyalties aside, would the Republicans have displayed this much contempt for the president of the United States if Obama were white?

We seriously doubt it.

As much as the Republicans despised Clinton, they never subjected him to that kind of open display of disrespect even as they impeached him in 1999 -- and remember, the Republicans controlled both houses of Congress back then.

Likewise, the Democrats, for all of their dislike of Nixon, never resorted to such open displays of contempt -- not even when Congress began impeachment proceedings against him over the Watergate scandal in 1974.

HOW ELSE TO EXPLAIN GOP MOVING FARTHER AND FARTHER TO THE RIGHT?

It is becoming more and more difficult to avoid coming to the conclusion that there is more than partisan motivation behind the Republicans' hardening opposition to Obama's health-care proposals.

This is, in fact, a hardening of the GOP's opposition to Obama's entire presidency, based on their nearly unanimous opposition to his emergency economic stimulus package and the solid opposition to his plans for dealing with climate change and energy independence.

The reason for the hardening opposition should be as plain as day: The Republicans have for months now been sucking up to the rabid demagogues of right-wing talk radio, led by Rush Limbaugh, and of a certain right-leaning cable news channel that's having to deal with a growing advertiser boycott against one of its rising stars, Glenn Beck.

Of course, there's more to it than that: The Republican Party's voting base has shrunk to where it's now where the Democratic Party's voting base was for much of its history prior to the end of World War II: almost lily-white, mostly Southern, overwhelmingly male and fiercely conservative -- and moving ever farther rightward, away from the American political mainstream.

Indeed, the GOP is moving so far to the right that it is at the point where the party is in danger of becoming a xenophobic, neo-fascist fringe party similar to the British National Party, France's National Front, Austria's Radical Party, Germany's National Democratic Party and the Netherlands' Freedom Party.

The GOP cannot remain viable with the majority of the American people if it continues on its rightward trajectory.

Sincerely,
Skeeter Sanders
Editor & Publisher
The 'Skeeter Bites Report

Volume IV, Number 68
Copyright 2009, Skeeter Sanders. All rights reserved.






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Monday, September 07, 2009

Letter From the Editor: Anti-Obama 'Birther Queen' Files Another Fake Birth Certificate


It's Time to 'Take Off the Gloves' and Reveal Orly Taitz's True Motivation For Her Stubborn Effort to Force Obama Out of Office: She's a Rabid Islamophobe With Backing From a Radical Jewish Extremist Group That Adamantly Insists Obama Is a Muslim and Poses a 'Dangerous Threat' to the Survival of Israel



Driven by an extremism that appears to know no bounds: In this photo taken in April, Orly Taitz (center, holding an allegedly forged document) ran through a litany of claims against President Obama in the office of Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson at the state capital, Frankfort. Taitz insists that Obama is not a native-born U.S. citizen and is illegally holding the presidency in violation of the Constitution. But it's been revealed that Taitz is motivated more by extreme prejudice than by constitutional fealty: Taitz -- who holds dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship -- is rabidly anti-Muslim and has support from a radical Jewish extremist group that believes the president is a Muslim and a threat to Israel's survival. (Photo by John H. Richardson/Esquire Magazine)


(Posted 5:00 a.m. EDT Monday, September 7, 2009)

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A 'SKEETER BITES REPORT EDITORIAL
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Enough is enough!

The time has come to "take off the gloves" and reveal the true motivations of Orly Taitz, the so-called "Queen of the Birther Movement" that bullheadedly insists President Obama is not a U.S. citizen and is holding the presidency illegally -- despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Taitz's stubborn campaign to remove Obama from office resumed anew Friday with her filing of yet another lawsuit in a California federal court, accompanied with yet another certificate allegedly documenting the president's birth in Kenya.

But, just as in her previous lawsuit, the alleged Kenyan birth certificate of the president that Taitz filed with the court was immediately exposed as a forgery.

Her absolutely hell-bent determination to remove Obama from office despite her "evidence" against him getting shot down as fraudulent again and again and again would be laughable, were it not for her extreme prejudice in pursuing it.

That, unfortunately, has made it necessary to once and for all expose Taitz for what she is: A rabid Islamophobe who tenaciously clings to the false belief that the president is a Muslim and considers him a "dangerous threat" to the security of Israel.

That Taitz is motivated by extreme anti-Muslim hatred can no longer be ignored. In early April, Taitz -- an immigrant from the former Soviet republic of Moldova who holds dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship -- made an appearance at a gun show in Knob Creek, Kentucky, according to Esquire magazine, and unleashed a fusillade of anti-Muslim invectives against the president:

"I am extremely concerned about Obama specifically because I was born in [the] Soviet Union, so I can tell that he is extremely dangerous," the magazine quoted Taitz telling the crowd. "I believe he is the most dangerous thing one can imagine, in that he represents radical communism and radical Islam. He was born and raised in radical Islam, all of his associations are with radical Islam, and he was groomed in the environment of the dirty Chicago Mafia! Can there be anything scarier than that?"

TAITZ BACKED BY RADICAL JEWISH EXTREMIST FOLLOWERS OF KAHANE

The 'Skeeter Bites Report has subsequently learned that Taitz has support from the Jewish Task Force, a radical extremist group whose members, according to its Web site, follow the teachings of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the militant Jewish Defense League (JDL), who later emigrated to Israel and founded the far-right extremist Kach Party.

The JTF, like Taitz, adamantly insists that President Obama is a Muslim -- despite overwhelming evidence that he is, in fact, a Christian -- and considers him a traitor to the U.S. and a direct threat to Israel. "We are opposed to Israel surrendering land for 'peace,'" the JTF declared on its Web site. "We are also opposed to Islamic terrorism, which we believe is an integral part of Islam."

The JTF regards critics of Israel in both the U.S. and Israel itself as "domestic fifth columnists who attempt to undermine America’s and Israel’s will to defend themselves and to properly fight their wars [against Islamic terrorism]," and included Obama as a "fifth columnist."

The group formed another organization, Jews Against Obama, "to expose him as being just that" and it strongly supports Taitz's efforts to oust the president from office. It has posted a highly inflammatory video online that claims Obama "wants to destroy Israel."

KAHANE MOVEMENT BANNED IN ISRAEL AS 'RACISTS,' 'TERRORISTS'

In 1988, Kahane's Kach Party was branded racist by the Israeli government for its rabid anti-Arab and anti-Muslim hatred and banned from the Israeli Parliament.

In 1994, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Kach Party member Baruch Goldstein, an American-born immigrant, opened fire on a group of Muslim worshippers at the al-Haram al-Ibrahimi Mosque in the Palestinian city of Hebron, killing 29. Following the massacre, the Israeli government outlawed Kach as a terrorist organization.

The Anti-Defamation League, in a report on Jewish extremists, noted that while followers of Kahane -- who was assassinated in New York in 1990 -- "advocate militant Jewish nationalism as a means to protect the Jewish people, the Kahane Movement, in its 35-year history, "has demonstrated a pattern of xenophobia, anti-Arab bigotry and violence in the U.S. and Israel."

The ADL report notes that in 2001 -- exactly two months after the September 11 attacks -- JDL leader Irv Rubin and Earl Krugel, the group's former West Coast coordinator, were arrested in California just days before they planned to launch apparently retaliatory attacks. They were charged with plotting to blow up the San Clemente offices of Darrell Issa, a Lebanese-American Republican congressman; the Los Angeles offices of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the King Fahd mosque in Culver City, south of Beverly Hills.

Rubin committed suicide while awaiting trial in November 2002. In September 2005, Krugel was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the plot.

DESPITE SETBACKS, TAITZ PRESSES AHEAD WITH NEW CLAIMS AGAINST OBAMA

Taitz cannot practice law anywhere outside California because she never passed the bar exam and received her law degree from an online university that is not accredited. And her previous lawsuit against the president was undermined when an alleged birth certificate showing Obama's birth in Kenya was almost immediately exposed as a forgery.

Undaunted, however, Taitz went ahead with yet another lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California claiming yet again that the president was not born in the United States, but in Kenya.

Taitz filed as part of her new lawsuit yet another alleged birth certificate showing Obama having been born at "Coast Province General Hospital, Mombasa, British Protectorate of Kenya" on August 4, 1961.

And this time, Taitz claims to have a witness: Lucas Daniel Smith, a 29-year-old Iowan, who, according to Taitz's lawsuit, "went to Coast General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya in February and paid 'a cash consideration' to a Kenyan military officer on duty to look the other way, while I obtained the copy of the birth certificate of Barack Hussein Obama.”

A POINT-BY-POINT DISMANTLING OF NEW KENYA 'BIRTH CERTIFICATE'

But, as was the case in her previous lawsuit, no sooner than the alleged "Kenyan" birth certificate Taitz filed in her new suit was made public, it was immediately exposed as a forgery. Even the Orange County Register, the largest newspaper in California's most staunchly conservative Republican county, cast doubt on the authenticity of the document.

In the first place, the city of Mombasa was not Kenyan territory in 1961; it was part of Zanzibar. Although the city was administered by the British under its Kenya Protectorate, Mombasa remained Zanzibari territory until it was formally ceded to Kenya in 1963 -- after Kenya won its independence from Britain.

Second, as we pointed out in a previous editorial on this matter last month, British law requires a birth certificate to bear the signatures of a newborn infant's parents in order for the certificate to be legally valid. This new alleged certificate -- as well as the previous one filed by Taitz -- do not bear the signatures of either the president's father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr. or of his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.

Third, this new alleged "Kenyan birth certificate" lists the time of the future president's birth as 7:24 p.m. local time -- which happens to be the precise time he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, according to a widely-distributed copy of Obama's birth certificate issued by the State of Hawaii.

Any serious student of geography can tell you that there is a 13-hour time difference between Honolulu and Mombasa. When it was 7:24 p.m. on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, it was 8:24 a.m. the following day in Mombasa.

Hawaii state law forbids the release of birth or marriage certificates to anyone but the persons named in the documents or their immediate relatives. A copy of the president's birth certificate released by his campaign in June of last year to the nonpartisan Web site FactCheck.org carries a date stamp of June 6, 2007 -- which the Web site noted "has bled through from the reverse side."

"It's therefore probably a copy obtained by Obama himself at that time," said FactCheck.org's Brooks Jackson, a former correspondent for CNN. "This document should put to rest [all this] groundless speculation."

Fourth, Dunham, who, contrary to what both alleged "Kenyan birth certificates" say, kept her maiden name throughout her three-year marriage to the senior Obama -- and, in fact, did not adopt the surname of her second husband, Lolo Soetoro, until after their divorce in 1980, altering the spelling to "Sutoro."

OBAMA'S MOTHER WAS NEVER IN KENYA . . .

Fifth -- and most important -- Dunham was never in Africa at the time of her son's birth. It would have been extremely dangerous for Dunham to be in Kenya in 1961. Tribal warfare between the Kikuyus and the Luos was raging in Kenya at the time of her pregnancy.

The ethnic warfare erupted in the immediate aftermath of the Mau Mau uprising against the British colonialists. There's no way that Barack Obama Sr., a Luo, would have dared to bring his pregnant, white American wife to Kenya at the time, knowing full well that her safety -- and that of their unborn son -- would have been in grave jeopardy.

There was another reason the senior Obama, a Muslim who later became an atheist, dared not bring Dunham to Kenya: He was married to three other women there -- a fact he kept secret from Dunham. It is not unusual under Muslim tradition for a man to have as many as four wives, but the senior Obama knew that would have been deeply offensive to his Christian-raised American wife. In addition, the senior Obama's marriage to Dunham was fiercely opposed by several of his Kenyan relatives at the time.

Ultimately, Dunham did learn of her husband's other marriages and filed for divorce in 1964.

There is no evidence whatsoever that Dunham ever set foot outside of the United States before 1967, when she moved to Indonesia to live with her second husband, Lolo Seotoro.

. . . AND HIS FATHER LIVED IN THE U.S. FOR SIX YEARS

And then there is the not-so-small matter that the government of Kenya flatly denies that the U.S. president was born on its soil.

In Washington, Jon Chessoni, administration secretary of the Kenyan Embassy, told the online journal The Washington Independent last month 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, had been out of the country when his son, the future U.S. president, was born in 1961. "When this matter first came up, the Kenyan government did its research and confirmed that these are all baseless claims," he said.

In fact, the senior Obama left Kenya in 1959 after he was awarded a scholarship from an American program offering educational opportunities to Kenyan students and did not return to his homeland until 1965. During those six years in the United States, the senior Obama was a student at University of Hawaii, where he first met Dunham in the fall of 1960.

They married in February 1961, only to separate a little over a year later. After graduating from the University of Hawaii in 1962, Obama Sr. left Hawaii for Boston -- leaving behind his wife and son -- and took graduate study courses at Harvard University before returning to Kenya three years later.

TAITZ'S 'WITNESS' FALSELY CLAIMS KENYAN P.M. IS OBAMA'S COUSIN -- AND ADMITS BRIBERY

In a written declaration filed with the court as part of Taitz's lawsuit, Smith claimed that he "traveled to Kenya and Mombasa in particular with the intent to obtain the original birth certificate of Barack Hussein Obama, as I was told previously that it was on file in the hospital and under seal, due to the fact that the prime minister of Kenya Raela [SIC] Odinga is Barack Hussein Obama's cousin."

Smith's claim that Raila Odinga is the president's cousin is false. In a January 2008 BBC interview, Odinga did assert that he was the Obama's first cousin. But Obama's paternal uncle, Saiid Obama, denied any direct relation to Odinga.

In an interview with the Reuters news agency in January from the president's ancestral village of Kogelo, Saiid Obama acknowledged that "Odinga's mother came from this area" and is of the same Luo community as the Obamas, "so it is normal for us to talk about cousins," he said. But "he is not a blood relative," Saiid Obama told Reuters. Even if Odinga's claim were true and he was the president's first cousin -- the son of his uncle Saiid -- then why does the prime minister of Kenya not bear the Obama family name?

Smith continued in his declaration that "I had to pay a cash 'consideration' to a Kenyan military officer on duty to look the other way, while I obtained the copy of the birth certificate of Barack Hussein Obama."

While it's well known that corruption is widespread in Kenya, Smith incriminated himself by admitting in court that he paid a government official to "look the other way." In any country, that's a criminal offense -- bribery of a government official. That Smith admitted it in court renders this new so-called "Kenyan birth certificate" inadmissible as evidence, even if it was authentic, because it was obtained illegally.

No court in its right mind can accept evidence that was obtained by illegal means. Are Smith and Taitz really that stupid?

TAITZ NOW FACES POSSIBLE BAN FROM PRACTICING LAW IN CALIFORNIA

Now Taitz will have to defend herself against an attempt to ban her from practicing law in California -- and she's already lost a lawsuit from an erstwhile ally in the "Birther" movement.

A formal complaint has been filed with the California Bar Association against Taitz, on the grounds that she has "indiscriminately hurled charges of treason and called for an armed revolt against the federal government" -- the latter of which is a federal crime under the Smith Act of 1940, under which Taitz can be prosecuted.

Taitz is also accused of "actively recruited clients in a state where she is not licensed to practice law;" of "repeatedly disrespected judges and officers of the court;" of making "false and misleading claims in court filings" and of "not properly" accounting "for money she has raised to further her crusade."

Taitz was also sued by Philip Berg, a Pennsylvania lawyer who sought unsuccessfully to declare Obama ineligible to be president on the grounds that he is not a native-born U.S. citizen, as the Constitution requires.

Berg accused Taitz of "harassing" him and fellow plaintiffs in Berg's unsuccessful lawsuit against then-candidate Obama, which went all the way to the Supreme Court. He won a default judgement against Taitz in June after Taitz failed to respond to his lawsuit by a court-imposed deadline.

Yet despite all this, Taitz stubbornly continues her campaign to oust the president, even as others in the "Birther" movement have begun to give up, frustrated by their inability to come up with any concrete evidence to prove their claims against him. Only an extremist would continue to carry on despite having no chance whatsoever of winning.

And make no mistake, Orly Taitz is an extremist. She deserves absolutely no credibility whatsoever and we have every confidence that the courts will toss her latest lawsuit into the wastebasket, where it clearly belongs.

Sincerely,
Skeeter Sanders
Editor & Publisher
The 'Skeeter Bites Report

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