Farah Takes Birtherism to Whole New Level

Farah Takes Birtherism to Whole New Level August 8, 2012

Leave it to Joseph Farah to take his absolutely obsession with birther bullshit to a whole new level of crazy. He doesn’t just doubt that Obama was born in Hawaii (apparently George Soros invented a time machine, went back and planted a birth announcement in two Hawaiian papers); he doesn’t just doubt that Obama’s father may not be his real father; he actually doubts who Obama’s mother is.

The New York Times has discovered yet another way to cheerlead the “authenticity” of the paper’s favorite presidential candidate – not just in this election, but perhaps in any election.

The “newspaper of record” managed to develop a comprehensive story that speculates Barack Obama, who claims, without substantiation, to be the son of a white mother and a Kenyan visiting student, has roots in slavery – like so many other African-Americans.

The irony of this claim is that the slave genealogy comes not from his alleged father, but his alleged mother.

But the real irony of the story is that the public still really has no proof of who Obama’s biological parents were – since they are both dead and the only documentation put forward has been disputed by anyone and everyone who has examined it, including the only law-enforcement investigation to do so.

There simply is no bottom to this barrel. If he claimed that Obama was really a reptilian, I would not be shocked.

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  • dingojack

    “But the real irony of the story is that the public still really has no proof of who Obama’s biological parents were – since they are both dead and the only documentation put forward has been disputed by anyone and everyone who has examined it, including the only law-enforcement investigation to do so”.

    I willing to bet ol’ Joe’s parents are dead (possibly from shame) so all we’ve got to do it say we will doubt any evidence he puts forward no matter what it is and raise a grand jury in Mudflap, North Dakota (carefully packed with Joe-deniers naturally) and voila….

    Something or other.

    Try harder Joey.

    Dingo

  • thisisaturingtest

    …(apparently George Soros invented a time machine, went back and planted a birth announcement in two Hawaiian papers)…

    More accurately, Soros would have had to go through the Hawaiian Health Department, via the hospital itself (even Obama’s parents couldn’t have “planted” the announcement):

    Such vital statistics, however, were not sent to the newspapers by the general public but by the Health Department, which received the information directly from hospitals, Okubo said.

    (Honolulu Advertiser, July 28, 2009- “Okubo” is Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo)

    I suppose, though, if Soros had a time machine, the rest would have been pretty easy.

  • Francisco Bacopa

    Obama looks so much like his maternal grandfather there really can’t be much doubt about who his mother was. And the story that he has a small admixture of African ancestry on his mother’s side is quite plausible. There was quite a bit of race mixing between whites and free blacks in the American colonies. Maybe that’s what Farah is really so worried about here.

  • It’s worse than that – George Soros conspired to contrive Hawaiian Statehood itself in 1959 to make Obama *hah* eligible!

  • I’m REAAAAALLY getting tired of listening to that racist thug rambling about the President. What’s amusing is that if I ran for president, nobody would likely question where I came from, simply because I’m white and have a white-sounding name. Of course, I’m also a naturalized citizen therefore actually wouldn’t be eligible, but hey.

    “But the real irony of the story is that the public still really has no proof of who Obama’s biological parents were – since they are both dead and the only documentation put forward has been disputed by anyone and everyone who has examined it, including the only law-enforcement investigation to do so.”

    Referring to that thug-with-a-badge in Maricopa County and his dog-whistle performance as a law enforcement investigation does the very concept of a legitimate law-enforcement investigation such a disservice as to be almost slanderous.

  • unbound

    Maybe Farah was watching “Look Who’s Talking” recently. There was a line in that movie about not knowing who the mother is…

  • Gregory in Seattle

    @Zinc Avenger #4 – Actually, Soros needn’t have bothered. Precedent holds that being born in a US territory or other jurisdiction is sufficient to be classed as a “natural born citizen.” Al Gore was born in Washington, DC (which is not a state) and John McCain was born on a US military base in Panama. Hoover’s VP, Charles Curtis, was born in the Kansas Territory, and Barry Goldwater (who ran for President in 1964) was born in Phoenix when Arizona was still a territory.

  • Farah actually dipped his toe in these waters back in 2009, although only as a guest on a fundamentalist radio programme. RightWingWatch transcribed the relevant section:

    Well, Madelyn Dunham is a very interesting person. As you know, Barack … the … and I want to be careful when he identify people as “mother,” “father,” “grandmother,” and so forth because honestly I don’t think we know with any certainty whatsoever who those players are in Barack Obama’s life. And perhaps he doesn’t either. I suspect he does, but it’s possible he doesn’t know. And it is entirely within the realm of possibility that Madelyn Dunham was his mother and there’s a lot of circumstantial evidence to suggest that.

    I followed up with a bit of background to the radio show.

  • jaxkayaker

    Obama hasn’t provided evidence he was even born on this planet. I bet that in the far flung future extraterrestrials who are also Muslim extremist terrorists develop time travel and use tissues harvested from human abductions to clone Obama, then travel back to plant him and the birth announcements in our time stream on our planet. It’s the perfect plan.

  • iangould

    Wait, it gets crazier.

    The craziest Birther theory short of reptiloids: STANLEY Ann Dunham (Obama’s alleged mother) was actually a male transvestite and Obama’s putative maternal grandmother was his ACTUAL birth mother.

    Wel actually it’s a tie with the one that says there WAS a child born in Hawaii in 1961 called Barack Obaa Junior and he was the bioligical child of Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Senior BUT – and this is the brilliant bit – there was ANOTHER child, also called Barack Obama Jr born at roughly the same time in Kenya to Barack Obama Sr’s Kenyan wife. Then the US-born Barack Jr died and somehow his father smuggled his OTHER son into the US and passed off Kenya-Barack as Hawaii-Barack.

    There are actually people who believe these theories.

    They’re allowed to vote, own firearms and breed.

    I consider myself fortunate to live on a whole other continent.

  • slc1

    Re iangould @ #10

    Actually, there is a theory almost as nutty as that one out there, namely that Obama’s real father was Malcolm X. Of course, if true, that would make both of Obama’s parents US citizens at the time of his birth, thus negating many of the birther claims.

  • RealityBasedSteve

    Well, I’ve heard that 20 years ago there were flashes of light coming from a dark alley in Chicago, then there was a bolt of lightning and a naked Barrack Obama materialized in on the ground behind a dumpster. He attacked a biker and stole his leathers and harley, and rode off. Not sure if it’s true, but it’s what I’ve been told. (just saying)

    Or possibly I’ve confused fantasy with reality again. I do get so confused when I forget my pills.

    RBS

  • d cwilson

    Obama is actually the alien warlord Xenu. What people don’t realize is that Xenu’s forces have been at war with Elohim’s army from the planet Kolob for thousands of years. Xenu has come to Earth to prevent Kolob’s representative on Earth, Willard “Mitt” Romney from gaining the power necessary to throw Earth’s forces in league with Kolob.

    Also, Thetans.

  • macallan

    Well, I’ve heard that 20 years ago there were flashes of light coming from a dark alley in Chicago, then there was a bolt of lightning and a naked Barrack Obama materialized in on the ground behind a dumpster. He attacked a biker and stole his leathers and harley, and rode off. Not sure if it’s true, but it’s what I’ve been told. (just saying)

    Well, we can’t prove that it didn’t happen therefore it must be true.

  • iknklast

    iangould:

    “They’re allowed to vote, own firearms and breed.”

    If it makes you feel any better, some of them are breeding people who don’t believe such stupid nonsense – for instance, my father, who does vote, does own firearms, and bred prolifically. You can take some small comfort from the fact that 2 of his 6 children find no credence in this sort of nonsense.

  • Michael Heath

    Gregory in Seattle writes:

    Actually, Soros needn’t have bothered. Precedent holds that being born in a US territory or other jurisdiction is sufficient to be classed as a “natural born citizen.” Al Gore was born in Washington, DC (which is not a state) and John McCain was born on a US military base in Panama. Hoover’s VP, Charles Curtis, was born in the Kansas Territory, and Barry Goldwater (who ran for President in 1964) was born in Phoenix when Arizona was still a territory.

    In Obama’s case this isn’t necessarily true. That’s because of the young age of his mother relative to a law that time that would have required she live in the U.S. for a certain number of years after the age, IIRC, of 14, for Barack to be considered natural born. So if Mr. Obama had been born outside the U.S., he’d have to challenge that now supplanted law as unconstitutional and win. This law was not overturned, merely supplanted.

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    Now the evidence, both formal and all physical evidence, clearly validates he was born in Hawaii; but if he wasn't then he'd need the courts on his side to have been eligible.

  • Doug Little

    Quick lets exhume the bodies and do DNA analysis, it’s the only way to be sure… except when it isn’t (for the nutters) and just leads to the conspiracy becoming even more complex and involving more and more people that have to keep quiet about it.

  • Skip White

    Clearly, all the hullabaloo about Obama’s parents is an attempt to hide the truth all the wingnuts fear: Obama was born via immaculate conception, after God impregnated the virgin Ann Dunham. He’s therefore the second coming of Christ, but they refuse to believe it because, hey, it’s a black guy.

  • d cwilson

    Skip White:

    You’re forgetting the other half of the miracle, before God impregnated the virgin Stanley Ann Dunham, He had to transform him into a woman.

  • iangould

    Here’s another favorite: the US annexation of Hawaii was illegal (says various Hawaiian separatist groups) therfore Hawaii was never legally US territory (and still isn’t). Therefore Obama was not born in the US.

    Of course, the people who hold to that theory also believe that if Obama is found to be ineligible all his actiosn as President will be ruled illegal and nullified. Oddly, they don’t take the next step and argue that ALL legisaltion and all Presidential elections since the admission of Hawaii have been invalid because either Hawaiians voted directly or their representatives voted for them.

  • So why did they say he threw his grandmother under the bus if they don’t think that was his grandmother?

    http://www.wnd.com/2008/03/59915/

  • Both of Mitt Romney’s alleged parents are also deceased. So how do we know he’s eligible?

    Oh wait, he’s white and a republican. Never mind.

  • slc1

    Re Michael Heath @ #14

    The original requirement was that, if the mother was not resident in the US or it’s territories at the time of birth, and one of the parents was not a US citizen, she would have had to have been a US resident for a period of 5 years after attaining the age of 14, in order for the child to have birthright citizenship. The later law reduced the 5 year residency requirement to 2 years.

    Now suppose the birthers could come up with sufficient evidence that Obama was not born on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii but was born in, say, Kenya. Then the question would be, which law should be applied, as Ann Dunham was only 18 at the time. A court could rule either way. It could rule that the law in force at the time of birth should be applied. It could also rule that the law as later modified should be applied on the basis of the 14th Amendment equal protection clause. This would be in interesting case for the constitutional lawyers to natter about. Fortunately, the evidence of a Hawaiian birth is overwhelming so it’s academic.

    And, in fact, there is a precedent, albeit at the state level, not the federal level, for applying the later law. The case is the State of Connecticut vs Michael Skakel where a change in a law was applied retroactively.

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  • Sorry for the late contribution, I was on vacation.

    It gets even more complicated than that, slc1. The “5 after 14” rule only applied to mothers married to non-citizens (and the courts would almost certainly rule that for mothers under the age of 19 at time of giving birth, the “5 year” rule would be construed as either the last 5 years or the time since turning 14). But under Hawai’ian law, Stanley Ann Durham wasn’t legally married to Barack Obama Sr. because he was already married. Therefore, the law reverts to the single mother status, which doesn’t have the “5 year” rule, just requires the mother to be a US citizen.