Birthers: More asinine antics from Arizona

You may remember Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, convening a ‘posse’ to investigate Obama’s long form birth certificate. I blogged about it in March Madness. It now appears that Arizona Secretary of State, Ken Bennett, might prevent Obama’s name from appearing on the ballot in Arizona, unless Hawaii certifies the authenticity of the long form certificate. Quite how they would do that, since the document is itself the final seal of authenticity, is beyond me. Here’s the story from the Seattle PI –  Obama: the ‘birthers’ are back.

In a delicious twist of irony, Hawaii is withholding information from Bennett on the grounds that he hasn’t verified his own identity or right to request such verification. Sweet.

Here’s a news report, followed by Birther Madness in Arizona: The Movie!, if you really want to get into the details. I’m already bleeding from the ears.

March Madness

Barack Obama is extraordinarily lucky in his political opponents. Who would have guessed that the GOP primaries were going to be such a dunderheaded display of economic illiteracy, contempt for human rights and constitutional freedoms, and religious frothing at the mouth. I accept these are the default attitudes of many Republicans, particularly now that the Teabaggers have yanked them so far to the right that their language no longer describes what happens in the real world. But to have a full deck of batshit crazy presidential candidates, none of whom are playing with a full deck? Priceless.

Now you might remember all that fuss about Obama’s birth certificate last year, and Donald Trump’s short-lived run for the GOP presidential nomination based on the enormous amount of hot air generated by this ludicrous faux controversy. The wind beneath his wings. Since Obama blew both the issue and Trump out of the sky last April, with the presentation of his long form certificate, things have gone a bit quiet on the Birther conspiracy front. It was great while it lasted, with all the nut jobs crawling out of the woodwork and scaring the shit out of sane Americans.

Well, I have good news. They’re back. Six months ago, the Arizona Tea Party presented Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, with a petition of 242 signatures, calling for an investigation into the possible forgery of the long form birth certificate. Sheriff Joe, an idol of the far right for his enthusiastic anti-immigrant stance, agreed. He even set up an unofficial “posse” to carry out the investigation.

Today he announced the results of his investigations. Yes, you guessed. It’s a forgery. Not only that, but there are also doubts about his Selective Sevice Registration Card. So it looks like the patients have escaped from the asylum once more, and Obama can count on even more negative publicity for the Republicans. I’m really hoping the primary candidates jump on this bandwagon. Please God (and I’m an atheist).

Here is Sheriff Joe’s, announcement on March 1, and if you want more laughs, the result of the investigation by his Posse. Would it surprise you to know that Sheriff Joe has been severely criticised in a Justic Department report for “unconstitutional policing”, and is the subject of a separate federal grand jury investigation?