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 ...

Obama is president

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Barack Obama is now officially the 44th president of the United States. Which also means that George Bush is no longer the 43rd president of the United States, which means an end to eight years of severe reality-denial syndrome at the highest levels of the executive branch of the United States government. Barack Obama may or may not end up being a great president, but all indications are that it's really unlikely that he would be anywhere near as terrible as his predecessor.

Barack Obama has his work cut out for him by George Bush, with an economy in shambles, an overstretched military engaged in two countries with no clear goals, and a government filled with incompetent appointees based on political alignment rather than competency. For someone who has taken more than two whole years for vacation out of his eight-year tenure, George Bush has managed to do enough to leave an incredible mess for his successor. President Obama may have to sacrifice much of his own vacation time because of it.

Rick Warren at the inauguration

Like many other people, I'm not happy about the invitation of Rick Warren to give the invocation at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration. Never mind the more general unease of giving a religious oath for government office, which I think is wrong but will grudgingly accept for the sake of tradition, but Rick Warren has been very active in opposing civil rights for homosexuals. It's one thing to oppose the granting of rights to a minority group, which is bad enough, but it's a disgrace to take rights away. In fact, it's a disgrace that a majority of Californian voters decided to take away rights by approving Proposition 8. Anyways, it's troubling that Barack Obama would give someone like Rick Warren a central role in his inauguration.

I'm going to take a wait and see attitude to the invitation before I ultimately determine how to think about the whole affair, though. I'm really hoping that Obama is doing this to throw a huge symbolic bone to the religious right so that he wouldn't have to offer substantive bones, in which case of course he wouldn't be able to explain his real reasons for inviting Rick Warren. However, this is really just wishful thinking, so I still consider efforts to have Rick Warren uninvited to be worthy causes, even if I wouldn't personally participate.

Stupid Obama opposition

There were many oddities about the supposed assault of a McCain supporter, where she claimed to be attacked by a black Obama supporter (sexual molestation included). And to no one's surprise except for ultra-impulsive ultra-conservatives, it turned out to be a transparent hoax. The proper way to treat this case is to consider it an isolated but dumb attempt to tarnish a presidential candidate's campaign.

Skinheads. Pinheads.

Or at least it would be, if it wasn't followed closely by news of two white supremacists planning to kill Barack Obama and a lot of other black people. And from all appearances, their intent was sincere. They even went as far as arming themselves. Fortunately, they were too stupid to actually accomplish anything. They couldn't even break into a house properly during an attempt at robbery, which would have supposedly been part of their plan to support themselves in their killing spree. And their plan consisted of little more than killing everyone they come across.

This is the second incredibly stupid thing to come out from Obama opposers in as many weeks. No doubt there are plenty of bright people who are against Obama, but the magnitude of the stupidity suggests that the stupid ones are really stupid. I wonder if there is a causal connection? Now I'm confusing correlation with causation, not to mention the overgeneralization ...