Why? Because I am so sick of his trash about Maureen Dowd. Today, he goes to the well on that again and praises the stupid Alex Pareen. The same Mr. Pareen -- yes, Bob only praises men and probably would not have ever praised the Idiot Digby in the first place if he had known at the time she was a woman -- that Mr. Somerby was praising when Mr. Pareen got a little Dowd-ish.
Maureen Dowd is one columnist, if you do not like her, stop reading her. She is a columnist. She is not a reporter.
That is A).
If you are going to lecture and hector people, you might want to try to get your facts straight. Barack Obama has never released his birth certificate nor has the State of Hawaii. It cannot be released without his say so.
That is a fact. When Bob Somerby writes:
But none of them noted the obvious fact: Obama has “shown his birth certificate!” This has been vouched for by Hawaii’s Republican governor. But none of them noted that either.Like a good whore, he links to PoliFact which is PoliLie. Mark Niesse wrote an article for AP "Hawaii law bars release of Obama birth info" from January 22nd. Look it up. From the article:
The Obama campaign issued a certificate of live birth in 2008, an official document from the state showing the president's birth date, city and name, along with his parents' names and races.
A certificate of live birth is not a birth certifcate. From the same article:
A privacy law that shields birth certificates has prompted Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie to abandon efforts to dispel claims that President Barack Obama was born outside Hawaii, his office says.
State Attorney General David Louie told the governor that privacy laws bar him from disclosing an individual's birth documentation without the person's consent, Abercrombie spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said Friday.
"There is nothing more that Gov. Abercrombie can do within the law to produce a document," said Dela Cruz. "Unfortunately, there are conspirators who will continue to question the citizenship of our president."
Governor Abercrombie? Yes, that is former US House Rep. Neil Abercrombie. And The Daily Beast posted video of him on CNN December 27, 2010 with this caption for those who could not stream: "In an exclusive interview with CNN, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie said that he wants to publicly release the president's birth certificate—no matter what Obama's wishes are. 'It has nothing to do with the president,' he said."
Now this is from Mark Whittington's "Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie Makes Obama Birth Certificate Controversy Worse" (Yahoo News):
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has been forced to admit failure in his quest to uncover President Obama's birth certificate. Hawaii privacy laws forbid the disclosure of such documents without consent, which is not forthcoming from Obama.
Abercrombie launched an investigation last month to uncover President Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate, thus putting to rest once and for all claims by some, called "Birthers," that Obama was not actually born in the United States and thus is constitutionally ineligible to be president. Abercrombie was a friend of Obama's parents and now the President as a young child growing up in Hawaii.
Abercrombie's attempt to put to rest the birther conspiracy theory has instead served to fan its flames even further. What, after all, does the President have to hide, some people are now asking.
The mystery only deepened when reporter and Abercrombie friend Mike Evens recent suggested that the Governor told him the birth certificate actually does not exist. Evens later said that he had "misspoke."
Why has Barack Obama refused to release his birth certificate? I have no idea. But he has not released it, as even Chris Matthews has noted, and if he would okay the release of it, it would immediately dismiss the issue, as Chris Matthews has noted.
I find it real hard to believe that Mr. Somerby was that stupid; however, I could be wrong. If I am not wrong, then Mr. Somerby deliberately skewed the facts in order to have 'fun' with Donald Trump. I believe actions like that have been his biggest charge against Ms. Dowd over the year.
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