Sunday, September 27, 2009

Conspiracy Corner: Birther Info-mercial

Want to go on a trip through the looking glass? That's what it feels like to watch this "commercial" for the birther movement (people who think Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen, and therefore not eligible to be President). Let's start with the bizarro hairdo of the preacher/host, Bill Keller. Then, there is a line at the very beginning that is--if you're being charitable--a misstatement of truth, and if you are not, a lie.

He claims that Obama's paternal grandmother has stated that he was born in Kenya. This is untrue. The statement came from his paternal step-grandmother, and was a mistranslation that Mrs. Obama tried to clear up repeatedly immediately after the faux-pas was made. It's clear as day that she wasn't trying to say that Obama was born in Kenya. Okay, next up are some bizarre edits, which may just be the product of the video maker abridging the clip. But then, a lawyer is introduced, the (aptly named) Gary Kreep. He's Orly Taitz without the accent, wig and heels. And he's apparently on the opposite side of a birther schism too.

Anyway, Kreep goes through a litany of debunked claims, including the falsehood that Obama could have been born anywhere, and still obtained a legal Hawaii birth certificate. He also points to an (unnamed) "expert" who has proven that Obama's current certificate is a fake. This one has long been debunked too. This video is very unlikely to persuade anyone who is even slightly informed on this ridiculous conspiracy theory. Bonus points for the hackneyed scary music. By the way, I wonder if Taitz and Keller got their wigs from the same vendor?

[Editor's Note: If you want a resource for the debunkings of virtually every Birther notion, here is an excellent resource that is informative
and entertaining: Obama Conspiracy Theory.


  1. Kreep is a shady guy. See TPM. Also, he was previously sanctioned huge $$$ for frivilious lawsuits against planned parenthood. There are questions about his foundations and the donations.

    The good Pator Keller did prison time for insider trading. Yeah. He made millions with that scheme. But, time to find another. Birthers are ripe.

  2. We are all adults here, and as adults we know there are consequences for are actions, so if you do not agree with his policies, you can a) do nothing, b) support him, c) not support him, d) protest and picket, its your choice, live the dream! As for Orly Taitz, to this point she has not been successful because she does not have any proof, documentation supporting her claims except her wild rants. I would not bet the farm on this one. She has a mail-order-degree get someone with real credentials (Harvard, Yale Law School) not a Russian immigrant with dual US/ Israel citizenship (where are her allegiances?). Have you even thought of who is paying for all these filings her travel, her wigs? Sorry she has no juice because she does not have any proof, documentation supporting her claims except her wild rants. Her material might work on “Fake News” but not in a Court of the United States.


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