Friday, February 03, 2012

Birther Madness AKA Tea Party Contagion

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Billy T, then what possible use would the information you are so earnest about provide you? Is the man his grades in college, or the person he is now?

Has it not occurred to you that there are people who go through college without forming large groups of friends? It is entirely possible that you are looking for what isn't there to find. Frankly, from high school and college, I formed not more than 10 to 12 close friends, at least by my sense of the term.

One, a very successful educator in the international field, Bob Sills, is dead of heart failure. A second, Laurie Glass, an artist and mother, was driving home and on an overcrossing in the MacArthur maze, on a curve where there lights of the on-coming traffic blind you, and where nothing should be stopped, hit a an empty vehicle with no lights, turned sideways to the line of travel, that had 40 seconds before been abandoned by a drunken car thief. Died in the OR, RIP, Laurie. Chris Yip is still a prof at Cal Poly. Rodger Egan made his fortune in Mendocino real estate. Jon Wolford, son of an architect, was a juvenile delinquent, got into glass blowing, and created a nice lamp for his first wife, who was business savvy. They are both successful, and he is into horses now, last I talked with him.

Vince I've lost track of. John Roventini died of a heroin overdose, being from New York. A dancer named LeBallister went on to be a prof, we are still friends having relocated one another after 40 years via the web and Facebook. Karn {( no last name used by request) and I are also in contact via Facebook and one very nice lunch about ten years ago. She worked for IBM and spends time in several homes around the planet, and loves photography as I do.

The only one I know of who is not in contact was the poor kid on the block. I never thought of him that way, but he developed quite a chip on his shoulder, apparently, and went in to Tax law to be sure to be rich. At the time, I was not focused on earning cash, but rather more so on anthro research and saving the planet and the war on poverty. He apparently wants no contact, and his father told me years ago his son has developed a serious drinking problem. For obvious reasons, I'm not naming him here. Dave is a successful chemist with numerous patents, and Gorden, son of a longshoreman, got a degree in English, but made his money designing and building motorized wheelchairs.

So there you have it. No fraternities, no sororities, the illustrator David Goines did write once about the punch card caper, but we really didn't know one another.
Douglas Keachie
There is another possibilities. He had lots of friends. Friends so good and so talented and so honorable that they have no desire to be part of a media circus that they know would develop should they come forward, especially not if FOX news was looking for anything and everything they possibly could to defame Obama's character.

Billy T, then what possible use would the information you are so earnest about provide you? Is the man his grades in college, or the person he is now?

On Presidential qualifications and ratings, see:

What's a natural born citizen?

Currently, Title 8 of the U.S. Code fills in the gaps left by the Constitution. Section 1401 defines the following as people who are "citizens of the United States at birth:"
Anyone born inside the United States *
Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person's status as a citizen of the tribe
Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.
Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year
Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.

Has Congress voted on Obama's birth information?

A congressional resolution introduced by Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of island statehood was delayed Monday.
The resolution includes a clause noting Obama's Hawaiian birthplace. The line "Whereas the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961" appeared to be construed by birthers as a thinly veiled attempt to get Congress to affirm Obama's U.S. citizenship, said Dave Helfert, an Abercrombie spokesman.
As the issue came to a vote Monday, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., rose to object, saying there was not a quorum present. The House later voted 378-0 to approve the resolution. Bachmann voted in favor of the resolution.
Birthers denounce the notion that Obama was born in Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961, despite court rulings and statements by Fukino, a hospital administrator, and Hawaii's Republican governor, Linda Lingle.

When did Hawaii become a state?

Alaska became the 49th state on January 3, 1959, only seven months before Hawaii became the 50th state. August 21, 1959.

When was Obama born?

Barack Hussein Obama II was born August 4, 1961 and is the 44th and current President of the United States. Not even his conception occurred before Hawaii became a state.

Final question, how many of your high school, college, and university records, including birth certificates, are still available as paper originals?

I know for a fact that my birth certificate is not! San Francisco went first to microfilm, and now to digital copies of the microfilm. I went to the records department and got a copy and inquired. Let the first person who says their documents are still on the paper originals stand up and say what and where. As for the rest of you.....

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