Daily Archives: August 25, 2012

Bakin’ AkinBacon

This whole Akin thing is very frustrating to me, and not for all the usual reasons. I am very distressed by the attitudes toward him that conservatives have brought to the discussion, in pretty much every venue where I’ve heard or seen him discussed. Personally, I think he’s a funny-looking, dweeby, little nerd with a bad comb-over, and not that appealing even with his mouth shut. I think his staying in the race is more about him than it is winning the Senate for the conservative cause. If the votes were cast now, he’d lose decisively against a woman who shouldn’t have a chance to win. His recent troubles, according to Rasmussen, have not just changed MO from a safe Republican Senate win, but they have also put the winning of MO’s electoral votes at risk for the Romney/Ryan ticket. These are all bad things. We can agree on all of this.

However, let’s put that part aside for a few moments, after acknowledging that if a Democrat had said something like this, not only would it not still be front-page news, but most of us would never have heard anything about it because it wouldn’t have been reported in the first place! I want to talk about the special vitriol directed towards Akin for being so stupid as to even believe such idiocy, the ignorant fool! Why ARE conservatives so angry towards him? Why do you think he’s so INCREDIBLY S.T.U.P.I.D.? I contend that many think and feel the way they do because they have been manipulated to do so. Akin is stupid because we were told from the outset that he is stupid and we can know this because only stupid people would stupidly cling to such a stupid idea from their stupidly-ignorant, stupid heads…especially from a stupid state like stupid Missouri. I could go on, but I think you get the idea. Because–politics aside–I think the media is tricking conservatives into furthering the leftist agenda, I want to present an opposing idea. Having presented it, I’ve got no further bull in this fight and won’t be out with my red cape, directing traffic. Feel free to argue it amongst yourselves, but this is my whole contribution. At least I HOPE it’s a contribution, because I am more disturbed by conservatives’ reactions to Akin’s remarks than I am by the remarks themselves. Here’s why:

I became a registered nurse in 1969. For the next 4 decades, except for maternity leaves (4), sick time, vacations, etc., I was continually employed in my chosen profession, mostly in-hospital. 30 of those years were spent in labor and delivery. At the time I became disabled, I had more working seniority than almost any other nurse in my department at the busy maternal/child tertiary center where I worked. I had professional medical experience coming out of my EARS, and during all that time, I believed the same thing Akin has just gotten in trouble for saying.

Somewhere, back in the mists of youth and time, I had heard (on more than one occasion) this issue discussed by medical people. I don’t remember when. I don’t remember who. I just know that it was presented as fact by experienced, educated people. I heard it, filed it away, and didn’t think a lot more about it. Let’s be fair–by the time ladies came to me for delivery, the question of conception had been pretty much resolved! So my line of work never required me to revisit my youthful “understanding” of this question. In fact, it was not until the Akin Bakin’ commenced, and I went online to find some documentation of this fact that he and I both KNEW, that I found out what I “knew” wasn’t really so. That was a big shock to me. I’m not sure I’ve recovered from it yet. But it’s left me with a lot of sympathy for a man whose public profile, and unfortunate conservative credentials, have caused him to be offered up as a human sacrifice on the Altar of Liberal Agendas…just for saying something that we both believed until just a few days ago. How thankful I am to be an insignificant peon!! When I make a mistake, nobody cares but me. Akin? A bipartisan lynch mob, over an honest error, and a VERY unfortunate turn-of-the-phrase in expressing it.

Personally, I like him less for what he’s done since his trouble began, than for the error that started this whole thing. But I will not attack him for getting a fact wrong…not when I’ve had the same misunderstanding, for at least 30 years, and acquired in my work in the health field,. You may object all you like to his stubbornness, his ego, his refusal to relinquish the pursuit for power, and many other legitimate concerns in this race. But to call him “stupid” is unfair. If you had had this idea (that a woman’s body has a mechanism that helps protect against pregnancy after rape), presented to you coherently, as it was to me, by sensible people you knew and trusted, and without the media–in full-throated rage–telling you upfront that it was “stupid” (and so was anyone who believed it), I think you would have made the same mistake Akin did in believing something that, when it counted, simply turned out to be NOT SO.

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THE SATURDAY GRUDGE

Posted by Pistol Pete

AN OPEN LETTER TO TODD AKIN

Congratulations.You stood on principle even after making a foolish comment you thought would pass with an apology.You’ve held elective office for 24 years.You should have realized by now the media will set republicans up at every chance and when you do say anything the slightest bit controversial they will descend on you like a pack of ravening dogs.A sincere apology is only accepted by those with grace and civility in their souls.The democrat party has none.

Crossroads GPS pulled $5 million in ads they were going to run to help you and the RNC pulled their support,still you remain defiant.Your BFF,Mike Huckabee encouraged you to stay in,even though you went from 3 points up to 12 points down to the most reviled woman in Missouri.Remember it was Huckabee who stayed in the 2008 to split the evangelical vote with Romney until the establishment eunuch McStain prevailed.We all saw how that worked out.

You boast you’ve raised $100,000 since you took your principled stance.110K is pocket money in the high stakes contest we are now embroiled in.

There are plenty of Missourians who would never vote for AireClaire,but what you have done is dampen the enthusiasm of conservatives with your obstinance.Given the inherent vote fraud that regularly occurs in St. Louis and Kansas City,you have,in effect,handed a senate seat to the least-deserving liberal bootlick in the state.Additionally,you have quite probably foisted four more agonizing years of a vile-smelling maggot from Nevada as majority leader on our beloved land.You not only have condemned yourself,but you are dragging Romney down with you.

You’re for the sanctity of life.We get that.So are most of us on the right.But we must keep things in perspective and choose the hill we want to fight on.You have, unwittingly or not,done that for all of us.Perhaps you are satisfied being a martyr for your cause,but that will be cold comfort when a wretched piece of scum is grinning broadly at her victory party election night,knowing her seat was gift-wrapped and handed to her.

Thanks again,Todd.For nothing.

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The latest birther salvo

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Romney says he was never asked about his birth certificate [1:15]

August 24, 2012: Mitt Romney started off a Michigan campaign event with, “I love being home, in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital; I was born in 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.”

Romney also said that he had visited all 83 counties of Michigan while growing up. It’s nice he got the number of counties in Michigan right … unlike Barack Obama, who once told a 2008 campaign crowd he’d been to all 57 states, or his running mate, Joe Biden, who recently told another campaign crowd that this was the 20th century.

A couple of hours after Romney’s speech, the Obama campaign posted on its facebook page:

Mitt Romney directly enlisted himself in the birther movement this morning: “No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know this is the place I was born.” Get the President’s back. Stand with him in this election against false, divisive charges.

Messages sent from Obama’s personal Twitter account called Romney’s dig a “new low” and said, “This is personal now.”

Seriously, Barry? “False, divisive charges”? “This is personal now”? Should we cue the “ominous music” sound track now?

Mr. President, how exactly are we supposed to KNOW these charges are FALSE when you’ve been paying your personal army of lawyers to fight every effort anyone has made to verify your life history?

Obama talks about secrecy [:05]

As for DIVISIVE … puh-leeze. If the charges really were FALSE, you could have ended the whole thing years ago and then there would have been nothing left for anyone to be all divisive about, now would there? But no. To you and yours, we’re all just a bunch of dirty RAAAACISTS!

Except … it’s not racist to ask for proof of your eligibility.

In 2000, Bush’s pasty white VP nominee, Dick Cheney, had his eligibility challenged in court. Nobody sealed his records and screamed the American people had no right to ask the question. And when the court ruled, the issue became a non-issue.

Chrissy’s Site Bites @ http://news.webshots.com/photo/2178157290056011884ewTACL

In 2008, at least three cases were filed against pasty white GOP candidate John McCain, all challenging his eligibility based on his birth in the Panama Canal Zone.

Chrissy’s Site Bites @ http://news.webshots.com/photo/2659805310056011884VwHvYk

According to an article at the Michigan Law Review, all of the eligibility cases against McCain were dismissed for the same technicality I’ve seen cited for the dismissal of most (or all) of the Obama eligibility cases. That is, that the plaintiffs lacked “standing.”  As explained in the article,

“It is questionable whether anyone would have standing to challenge a presidential candidate’s eligibility in federal court.”

How weird is it that American voters have NO legal right to demand a presidential candidate prove he has a right to be President?

I don’t understand what “standing” really means, so your guess is as good as mine why a court agreed to rule on the Cheney challenge. Maybe it was because the issue was not his birth, but whether he was a resident of Texas or not. The plaintiffs were Texans, so maybe that gave them standing?

It seems 100% bizarre and unfair that a Texan could challenge a person’s eligibility under the 12th Amendment, but that NO American can challenge a person’s eligibility under the natural born citizen clause that’s actually in the original body of the Constitution!

Anyway …. to get back to the “false, divisive” thing. The way I see it, there has been one huge, important difference between Obama’s and McCain’s birther problems.

A bipartisan legal review and a UNANIMOUS Senate resolution both concluded that McCain was a natural-born citizen, because both his parents were U.S. citizens. This point has no bearing on the questions that exist for Obama’s eligibility.

Two Vice Presidents have fallen into this same not-so-gray area. Democrat VP Al Gore was born in Washington, D.C.; Republican VP Charles Curtis was born in the Kansas Territory.

Personally, I do not believe that President Obama was born in Kenya. But I do think there are a number of compelling questions about Obama’s eligibility as a natural born citizen.

Remember, McCain, Gore and Curtis were not born in actual U.S. states, but the legal consensus was that the Founders meant “natural born” to mean “born of two American citizens”, not “born on U.S. soil.”

I think this makes a ton of sense. Why would the Founders care where you took your first breath? The important thing is … were you raised with divided national loyalties?

And on that issue, there are serious issues where Barack Obama is concerned, issues that SHOULD have been raised, discussed and SETTLED LONG BEFORE HE GOT ELECTED!

  • The man he claims is his father was a British citizen in the Colony of Kenya. Did Barack ever have dual American-British citizenship?
  • There is some question that Ann, Baby Barack’s mother, being only 17 at the time of his birth, was not able to pass citizenship to her son. Is that true? Is it significant?
  • When Barack was a young boy, he was apparently adopted by Lolo Soetoro, his mother’s Indonesian husband and the father of Barack’s half sister. The family moved to Indonesia, where Barack was registered in school as an Indonesian citizen. Some say Indonesia does not allow dual citizenship. What does that mean for Barack’s American citizenship?
  • Obama says that he traveled to Pakistan in 1981. In 1981, it was not possible to enter Pakistan on a U.S. passport. How, then, did Barack get in and out of Pakistan?

These are all SUBSTANTIAL QUESTIONS that people like us were asking back in 2008. We deserved answers. We got nothing but scorn and ridicule.

Since then, even apart from all of the above, we’ve seen serious evidence presented by very credible witnesses that both of Obama’s birth certificates are digital forgeries, that his draft registration has been illegally altered and that the Social Security number he uses actually belongs to someone else. Forging any one of these is a serious crime, so why are we still being treated like wide-eyed, snaggle-toothed whack jobs for wanting answers?

I have documented my research on the birther issue at Chrissy’s Site Bites in my “Birth and Dreams – Fraud in the Obama Narrative” album @ http://news.webshots.com/album/579643269HIpQyD.

I’m sure Obama’s tingly-legged ‘bots will be disappointed to learn that I do not own a tinfoil hat.

If you like this, you might also enjoy @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/more-fraud-in-the-obama-narrative/

Sources:

http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/romney-goes-birther-on-obama/

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/03/28/politics/main3977521.shtml

http://www.michiganlawreview.org/articles/the-justiciability-of-eligibility-may-courts-decide-who-can-be-president

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural-born-citizen_clause

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