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The rare political post

Okay i promise to not be a political blogger generally. I have my pet peves as much as the next guy but I learned a while back that most people don’t like to be preached too or argued with. However one thing I do take issue with are people who through deliberate ignorance or outright fraud try and rewrite history to match the conspiracy theory. Now I love a good conspiracy theory. They are great fun. The key though is to take all the known factual evidence and make it fit the conspiracy. It is not okay to go out and shared made up stuff and try and convince people it is the truth.

The Apollo moon landing debunkers in this offend me on some level. They are just completely ignoring all sorts of proof to convince people that we never made it to the moon. The two great human endeavors of the 20th was the major strides made to eliminate some pretty heinous diseases and the moon landing. They are insulting the thousands of men and women of the space program every time they pull that crap and it bothers me.

There are worst offenders of course.

the ones annoying me lately are the “Obama was not born in America” people. These guys would have you believe he was not born in the states. Recently they trotted out a fake birth certificate in Kenya. How can you tell it is fake? Well the folks at this site sum it up pretty well.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/8/2/761144/-Debunking-the-unbearably-stupid

First, the hospital is Coast Provincial General Hospital (sometimes said to be Coast Province General Hospital), not Coast General Hospital.

Second, Kenya was a Dominion the date this certificate was allegedly issued and would not become a republic for 8 months.

Third, Mombasa belonged to Zanzibar when Obama was born, not Kenya.

Fourth, Obama’s father’s village would be nearer to Nairobi, not Mombasa.

Fifth, the number 47O44– 47 is Obama’s age when he became president, followed by the letter O (not a zero) followed by 44–he is the 44th president.

Sixth, EF Lavender is a laundry detergent.

Seventh, would a nation with a large number of Muslims actually say “Christian name” (as opposed to name) on the birth certificate?

Eigth, his father (born in 1961) would have been 24 or 25 when he was born and not 26.

Ninth, it was called the “Central Nyanza District,” not Nyanza Province. The regions were changed to provinces in 1970.

meanwhile if you would like to see some of the actual account of what happened when people went looking for President Obama’s birth certificate go here.


http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html

In the end it is a matter of which material evidence you will believe. The one with the least problems is pretty clearly the one in Hawaii but hey if your a doubt everything involved there then I can accept it on a skepticism level. Some people believe we are actually in a vast computer simulation after all. But to doubt that and accept the supposed Kenyan document then I got to say your just being willfully ignorant or just lying to make your ideas work.

Can we now move past this? This particular non issue is so annoying to me. Can you people just, I don’t know, argue the freaking ideas instead of making up crap to try and discredit the president? I mean seriously is the philosophy on the far right so bankrupt that it can’t be argued on it’s own merits? That is what this little non controversy tells me. You are done trying to convince people your right and are just going to raise up some xenophobic lying BS to escape having to face the actual scrutiny involved in debate.

Political rant off. By all means though, discuss.

Originally published at McCoy's Geeky Emporium of Thought. You can comment here or there.

Comments

gr8tmazinkaiser
Aug. 4th, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
I couldn't care less if he WAS from Kenya, it's like saying I'm from Ohio after having spent 2/3rds of my life in Tennessee.
technoir
Aug. 4th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
The argument is if he was born in Kenya he can't legally be president. If it were true, it would be important. Too bad for the people interested in this that it is not true.

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