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Missing birth certificate

Representative Roy Blunt of Missouri said:

What I don't know is why the President can't produce a birth certificate. I don't know anybody else that can't produce one. And I think that's a legitimate question. No health records, no birth certificate ...

The "birther" conspiracy is a batshit crazy conspiracy theory that is getting far more attention than it deserves, and here Roy Blunt is saying something incredibly ironic to legitimize a fringe claim. Googling "Barack Obama birth certificate" gives a news article right on the top which shows a copy of Barack Obama's birth certificate. Compare this to googling "Roy Blunt birth certificate", which shows no sign of Roy Blunt's birth certificate for ten pages. Is Roy Blunt an American citizen, much less a natural-born American?

What I don't know is why Representative Roy Blunt can't produce a birth certificate. I don't know anybody else that can't produce one. And I think that's a legitimate question. No health records, no birth certificate ...

When parody becomes reality

Seven years ago, when the Onion published a parody article about a speech by Bush which blatantly has him declaring his intentions to destroy the peace and prosperity of America, I would have found the article hilarious. But now that we have gone through seven years of the Bush presidency, it's incredibly depressing to find how much in the article have actually been achieved. Only a few things in the parody speech have not come true, such as there being no tax hike that was to follow the tax cuts, and the ban on oil drilling in certain regions is still in effect, although the administration is doing its hardest to lift the latter.

When there is a parody speech with the president advocating harm to one's own country, one would expect that the authors and readers to think that a real president would not aim to achieve most of the things mentioned in the speech. So it's very hard not to think that there's something terribly wrong with the government of the United States when most of them have indeed been accomplished.