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Birthers are hailing a decision by a judge in Georgia that could see Barack Obama struck from the presidential state ballot if Obama fails to prove that he fulfils the ‘natural born citizen’ constitutional requirement to be President.

“Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi in the Office of State Administrative Hearings denied a motion by Obama asking to dismiss the complaint that seeks to keep his name off the state ballot during the March presidential primary. The judge’s decision now sets the stage for a Jan. 26 hearing on the issue in Fulton County,” reports the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

The complaint was originally filed by Orly Taitz on behalf of a Georgia resident. Taitz, a prominent ‘birther’ who previously represented two soldiers who refused to deploy to Afghanistan over their doubts that Obama is a natural born U.S. citizen and therefore ineligible to be commander in chief, lauded the judge’s ruling.

“I can now depose Obama and everybody else (i)nvolved without any impediment,” the California attorney posted on her website.

During the course of questioning about the Obama administration’s attacks on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper brought up the issue of Barack Obama refusing to release his long form Hawaii birth certificate in an interview today with senior White House adviser David Axelrod.

Axelrod said that Obama’s birth certificate “has been available to people.”

When Tapper followed up by asking if the long form version (aka the original with more information than the shorter publicly released version) has been released, Axelrod ducked the question with this bizarre rejoinder, “the only people who want to keep things secret are folks who have something to hide.”

Before people get too excited, Tapper later Tweeted his disdain for birthers:

jaketapper Periodically it becomes clear that I need to warn folks: I block birthers (and truthers). Keep that nonsense out of my twitter feed. Thanks. 11 minutes ago via ÜberTwitter

However, Tapper had no problem raising the issue with Axelrod:

TAPPER: But what do you say to people who argue you are demonizing an organization for a charge that nobody knows if it’s true or not?

AXELROD: Well I’m not demonizing the Chamber of Commerce. I’m simply suggesting to them that they disclose the source of the $75 million that they are spending in campaigns and put to rest, put to rest the questions that have been, that have been raised.

TAPPER: Isn’t that like the whackjobs that tell the president he needs to show them his full long-form birth certificate so he can put to rest the questions that have been raised?

AXELROD: The president’s birth certificate has been available to people.

TAPPER: The long form?

AXELROD: Someone once in the course of this debate about whether we should have a law to force these organizations to disclose where they’re money is coming from in the campaigns, someone said, and I think they’re right – “the only people who want to keep things secret are folks who have something to hide.” If the Chamber doesn’t have anything to hide about these contributions, and I take them at their word that they don’t, then why not disclose? Why not let people see where their money is coming from?

Outside of the likes of Les Kinsolving, this appears to be the first time the long form birth certificate issue has been publicly queried at the senior White House level.

H/t Amanda Carpenter

Officer Accused Of Lying In Order To Become Citizen

Homestead Police Officer Arrested


POSTED: Friday, December 11, 2009
UPDATED: 3:07 pm EST December 11, 2009


HOMESTEAD, Fla. — A Homestead police officer was arrested Friday, accused of falsifying records in order to become a U.S. citizen. 

Jose Villarreal, 31, faces charges of official misconduct, uttering forged instruments and false official statements. 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Villarreal submitted a birth certificate listing a 1978 birth date that listed his aunt as his mother. Investigators said his real birth date was in 1977.

For full article:

Just one more reason that the “transparency” that Obama has provided regarding his personal documents is questionable.


Texas Senate committee approves voter ID bill, will face tougher test in House


12:00 AM CDT on Thursday, March 12, 2009




By TERRENCE STUTZ and ROBERT T. GARRETT / The Dallas Morning News

AUSTIN – A GOP-backed voter ID bill approved in the Senate faces tough sledding in the House – where Democrats hold nearly half the seats – and then the Obama administration’s Justice Department – which must sign off on the proposal if it passes the Legislature.

HARRY CABLUCK/The Associated Press
HARRY CABLUCK/The Associated Press

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, predicted there will be legal challenges if the Legislature passes the Senate’s voter ID bill.

Wrapping up a 23-hour marathon hearing that lasted until Wednesday morning, the Senate followed along party lines to advance legislation that would require Texas voters to show a photo identification, or two alternative forms of ID. All 19 Senate Republicans and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst supported the measure, and all 12 Democrats opposed it.

The Senate is expected to take a final vote Monday to send it to the House, where Democrats already are mapping plans to derail it. Approval will be more difficult in the House, which is split between 76 Republicans and 74 Democrats.

In pushing the bill through the Senate, Republicans argued that the threat of voter fraud in Texas justified the new requirement, and they cited polls indicating strong public support for the idea.

Democrats contended that there has been no evidence of voter fraud in Texas and warned that requiring a photo ID will discourage voting by seniors, residents with disabilities and lower-income residents – groups that tend to back Democrats.

Under the Senate proposal, Texans would have to show, with their voting card, either one photo ID such as a driver’s license, or two non-photo IDs such as a birth certificate and a bank statement.

Rep. Todd Smith, R-Euless, chairman of the House Elections Committee, said he expects the House version to clarify that if a voter doesn’t present a photo ID, a voter registration card would count as one of two required non-photo IDs. He declined to discuss other possible changes until his committee hold its hearings, probably next month. He then will introduce a rewrite.

“My purpose is not to rig the election system in favor of my party,” he said.

The elections committee has five Republicans and four Democrats – including three minorities.

After the Senate vote Wednesday, Dewhurst again emphasized the need for a voter ID measure, saying that testimony in the Senate’s hearing pointed to “disenfranchisement of voting rights by people that took advantage of the system.”

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus, disputed that and predicted legal challenges if it passes the Legislature.

She also noted that voting changes in Texas must be pre-cleared by the U.S. Justice Department under the Voting Rights Act. It governs states with a history of discrimination against minorities.

“Our job was to make sure the record was set and that the facts were there” about the problems of requiring photo IDs, she said.

Democrats and Republicans also traded shots over who was responsible for the conduct of the hearing, which began Tuesday morning and continued around the clock. Because of several hours of testimony from expert witnesses called by both sides, citizens didn’t testify until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Of nearly 160 people who registered to testify Tuesday, only 35 were left when that began. One woman who waited all night sobbed during her testimony, saying she had no idea she would have to wait more than 20 hours.

Rep. Rafael Anchía, a Dallas Democrat on the elections committee, said Smith “is sincerely trying to come up with something that could have broad support. … He doesn’t want to see a bill that disenfranchises people.”

But Anchia said Smith’s good faith isn’t enough for Democrats. “We have no confidence that if something gets out of committee, it won’t be loaded up on the House floor or get loaded up in conference,” he said.

House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, asked Wednesday whether he’s worried voter ID will rip apart his chamber, said “there are a lot of members who are concerned about the issue. But I really don’t know where the votes are.”;


The following two excerpts are two things that have changed in the SCHIP legislation that Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi are so proud of getting passed:

The new law contains other provisions intended to eliminate enrollment barriers that are likely to affect some New Mexicans. (article is from a NM journal)

Under existing law, legal immigrants must show they have lived in the United States at least five years to qualify for SCHIP. The new law eliminates the so-called five-year bar, and allows children and pregnant women to enroll immediately in Medicaid or SCHIP, Gail Evans, legal director at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, said.

Also under the new law, applicants no longer need to show a birth certificate to qualify for Medicaid or SCHIP, Evans said. Instead, states can use applicants” Social Security numbers to verify citizenship.

The birth certificate requirement in the past has prevented some people from applying for Medicaid or SCHIP, she said.

So lets make the access to our tax dollars easier for those seeking wealth redistribution!!

     President Barack Obama was extremely critical of the “signing statement” policies used by his predecessor, President George W. Bush. How ironic then, that President Obama is using a great number of Executive Orders and Executive Memo’s to guide the policies of his administration.

     Today, with his dues due to organized labor, President Obama has tapped Vice-President Joe Biden to head up a “Middle Class Task Force” to assure the recovery and growth of the Middle Class of America. As a part of this effort, he issued several orders that require management to make sure that their employees are informed about their rights under the National Labor Relations Board where collective bargaining is concerned, and to highlight union relations in conjunction with federal contracts.

     The website for this task force is . It is to invite input from the middle class. However, I strongly urge the Vice President, to make sure that as a part of the task force, they include members of the middle class:  the small business owner impacted by FEMLA, minimum wage, health benefits and a choking tax burden; the families who no longer trust the education system of our country to provide a fair education to their children instead of an indoctrination of liberal socialistic views; the teacher who is instructed to teach only one viewpoint of a subject despite the fact that it is erroneous or one-sided. A task force of a Washington think-tankers will provide no positive changes, simply more burdens on the middle class.

The following article appeared in August 2004, just after David Axelrod had manipulated the John Kerry staff into giving the unknown state Senator from Illinois the KEYNOTE SPEAKER position at the 2004 Democratic convention:

Kenya: Special Report: Sleepy Little Village Where Obama Traces His Own Roots

John Oywa

15 August 2004

Nairobi — His sudden rise to stardom has stunned many. Analysts toast him as one of the most brilliant and popular black politicians in the United States in recent times.

Others taunt him as a “skinny kid with a funny name,” whose Kenyan father herded goats and lived in a remote village in Siaya, Nyanza province.

With his cousin Yusuf Okoth Obama, when he visited his father’s home in Alego, Siaya, 10 years ago. e

But excited admirers both in Kenya and the US celebrate him as a political superstar and a beacon of hope for his people.

As a front runner in the United States Illinois Senate campaigns, Barack Obama Jr has raised a cloud of excitement in the international political arena.

After delivering a well received public speech at the National Democratic Convention in Boston last month, there are some Americans who now believe he is a future candidate for the White House.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, as it were, in the sleepy village of Alego-Kogello where Barack Obama Snr grew up, they call the prospective Senator “Wuod Sarah”, Dholuo for “the son of Sarah”, Sarah being his foster grandmother.

Obama’s real grand mother – the late Habiba Akumu separated with his grandfather, thus forcing Sarah to step in to care for him.

Agitated villagers are waiting in awe. What if Obama wins the Senate seat in the November 2 elections? Will he return home with bags of dollars? Will the rocky road leading to their village be tarmacked? Will their mud-walled schools where Obama’s father and cousins once schooled be improved?

As the US senate campaign hots up, Obama mania is sweeping through Alego.

Villagers here now buy newspapers to read every tid bit they can find about their American kin. The rest have their ears glued to battered transistor radios to keep abreast with the latest information about Obama Jr’s political exploits.

Everyone you meet in the area wants to be associated either with Obama Jr, his father or even distant relatives.

Newly-born children and oxen, are being named after him. There are even suggestions that a village path leading to a local market be named after him.

With his father, the late Barack Obama senior (second left, in glasses), his step mother Keziah (seated, left) and step brothers Malik , Sadik and sister Auma.

To these simple villagers, news that Obama was causing a political stir in the world’s most powerful country is a miracle. “Ma en hono maduong” (this is a big miracle), says 50-year-old Martin Onyango.

“Wamor kod wuod Sarah. Otingo’ nying Kenya malo” (We are happy with Sarah’s son, he has elevated Kenya’ name),” says Onyango as he chews sugarcane.

Some of the people of Alego believe Obama’s rising fortunes will translate into increased employment opportunities, better roads and education opportunities. A few are even optimistic that even the dusty Nyang’oma-Kogello market will be upgraded to a big town, complete with an airstrip.

“We don’t expect a whole Senator to drive to his home village. We expect him to fly direct and land at Nyang’oma,” says George Onyango, a 20-year-old barber.

The prospective Senator’s sister-in-law Fauziah Anyango, wife to his step-brother Malik Obama, told the Sunday Nation that she was eager to meet her heroic in-law.

Said she: “I have not met him but I pray that he wins the Senate seat. His victory will not be for us, but for Kenya and Africa.”

A Sunday Nation team that set out to trace Obama’s roots was surprised to find that, unknown to many, Obama has actually been to this village twice. First in 1983, when he had come to mourn his late father, Barack Hussein Obama, who had died in Nairobi in 1982; and again in 1995 when he brought home his young bride to show her his roots.

During both visits, the villagers paid little or no attention to him. He managed to slip quietly into the village, pray at his father’s graveyard and meet a few relatives and villagers.

Family members told the Sunday Nation that they taught his bride how to use traditional pots (Agulu) to fetch water from a nearby stream.

Obama Jr and his bride spent nearly a week sleeping in a tiny room in his foster grandmother’s old brick house and ate traditional foods.

The ropes from which he hung a mosquito net at his grandmother’s house still dangle in the bedroom.

Photographs taken during his visit to Alego and those taken during his wedding in America have filled three albums.

In one of the photos, a slender, young Obama is seen boarding a matatu (commuter taxi) to Kisumu, from where he and his fiancee would fly to Nairobi and then back to the US.

We were informed that Obama’s foster grandmother, Mama Sarah Ogwel, who brought up his father, had actually travelled to the US to visit several times.

Mama Sarah told us: “He is very enthusiastic about his relatives here. He keeps on sending people to find out how we are faring.”

And whether or not he wins the Senate seat, the 43-year-old Harvard University trained lawyer is expected back in Alego to build his “Simba” (a young man’s hut) in line with Luo traditions.

Barack has deep roots here. He once told me he has two homes – Kenya and the United States, she says happily.

Ever since the news of Obama’s Kenya connection was known, Mama Sarah has been receiving a stream of visitors. They now average about five a day.

Most of these visitors are journalists, both foreign and local (like ourselves), who have turned the home upside down while tracing Obama’s roots.

To cater for these many uninvited guests, the family is putting up a guest house just next to a house built for his father’s first wife, Keziah Obama.

Keziah, who hails from Kendu Bay in Rachuonyo district, lives in Britain with three of her four children.

One of her sons, Malik Obama, is a frequent visitor to the USA but is currently in Kenya though he had travelled to Nairobi when we visited.

While she welcomes visitors, Mama Sarah is getting a little fed up with the disruption they have caused in her life.

The day before the Sunday Nation team arrived, she had played host to a crew from CNN.

Lamented Mama Sarah as we prepared to interview her: “I can’t live here in peace. I have been talking to visitors for several hours a day. I have been interviewed a thousand times and I am tired.”

Tracing Obama’s home was a simple task. The home, located some 60 km from Kisumu town, is well known in Alego. Almost every villager you meet is ready to offer a tip on how to access the home.

To reach the home, one turns off the Kisumu-Siaya road near Ng’iya shopping centre and drives towards Obama’s village market, Nyang’oma-Kogello. From there the home is just a stone’s throw-away.

By local standards it is a vast well kept compound with Sarah’s battered brick house sitting imposingly at the far end.

Two cemented graves, one for Barack Obama Snr and the other for his father Mzee Hussein Onyango Obama, who was born in 1870 but died in 1975.

The Obama family are among the few Muslims in the locality.

The prospective Senator’s grandfather was called Hussein Onyango Obama. He worked as a cook and spent most of his working life in Nairobi.

According to Mama Sarah, Obama Jr used his two trips to Kenya to try to unravel his roots. He spoke to many villagers and relatives through an interpreter.

The candidate’s best-selling autobiography, Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, was compiled with information gathered from relatives and villagers in Alego.

The story revolves around Obama’s quest to find out more about his father, described by many as a brilliant economist who returned from the United States to take up a civil service job in Kenya. He was was later killed in a road accident in 1982, just when he was poised to take up a top job at the Central Bank.

According to the family, Obama’s father travelled to America to study at the University of Hawaii in 1959. While there, he worked for an oil company and married his second wife, a white woman, named Anna Toot, and their union produced Barack Obama Jr.

The marriage later broke up after Anna’s father opposed it, according to Mama Sarah.

“Anna’s father was furious about the marriage and threatened to have Obama Snr expelled from the university. Our son sent us letters, pleading that we intervene to save the marriage,” remembers Sarah.

     Instead of scouring the archives of Occidental College, Columbia University, and Harvard Law School, or suing to get his passport files open and his real birth certificate produced, the media simply decided that they would make sure they put Barack Obama into the White House. Now that he has “ascened” on high, and is beginning to show he is a mere mortal, the searches to find the true Barack Obama have begun.

      From Columbia Univeristy’s magazine, “Breaking the War Mentality”, by Barack Obama:

     On a weekend of Super Bowl parties (note: history shows a Steeler’s win is a good economic sign), the President, who has grown accustomed to his “rock star” status, will have to share the limelight with the RNC’s “rock star”, Governor Sarah Palin (R-Alaska).

     The Alfalfa Dinner on Saturday will give Governor Palin an opportunity to get the ear of President Obama, as well as other members of the Washington powerful and media elite.

    Saturday’s dinner is just one of the events that Gov. Palin will be attending as Alaska’s representative. Many are viewing her outings to events like these as her “testing of the waters” for a 2012 Presidential run. On her calender is a dinner at a private home which will include Congressional members like  Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Dianne Fienstein.

      One can only imagine the “photo-op” of Palin and Obama!