HONOLULU – It’s now law in Hawaii that the government can ignore repetitive requests for President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
Republican Gov. Linda Lingle signed into law Wednesday a bill allowing state government agencies not to respond to follow-up requests for information if they determine that the subsequent request is duplicative or substantially similar to a previous request.
The law is aimed at so-called “birthers,” who claim Obama is ineligible to be president. They contend he was born outside the United States.
I’m sure Orly Taitz will just consider it another part of the conspiracy.
I thought this particular part of President Obama’s remarks at the White House Correspondent’s dinner were quite amusing:
WASHINGTON — Pearls of wisdom from President Barack Obama: Few things in life are harder to find and more important to keep than love.
“Well, love and a birth certificate,” he quipped at Saturday’s black-tie White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, poking fun at the birther movement, which questions whether the president was born in the United States.
“I happen to know that my approval ratings are still very high in the country of my birth,” Obama joked.
Dr. Orly. Here you have the proof sitting right in front of you and there’s video all over the internet with Obama claiming his home country is Kenya. Why are you not doing something about this? Why wait until you become SoS? The evidence is there. No need for discovery. It is clear as a bell. Obama, not so subtly I might add, has confessed that his popularity is high in his home country. You need to get this to the judge right away!
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says he believes the Tea Party is built around a “core group” of people who question whether he is a U.S. citizen and believe he is a socialist.
In an interview broadcast Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show, Obama said he feels “there’s still going to be a group at their core that question my legitimacy.” But he said he didn’t want to paint Tea Party activists “in broad brushes” and he hopes to win over members who have “mainstream, legitimate concerns.”
Birthers beware: Hawaii may start ignoring your repeated requests for proof that President Barack Obama was born here.
As the state continues to receive e-mails seeking Obama’s birth certificate, the state House Judiciary Committee heard a bill Tuesday permitting government officials to ignore people who won’t give up.
“Sometimes we may be dealing with a cohort of people who believe lack of evidence is evidence of a conspiracy,” said Lorrin Kim, chief of the Hawaii Department of Health’s Office of Planning, Policy and Program Development.
So-called “birthers” claim Obama is ineligible to be president because, they argue, he was actually born outside the United States, and therefore doesn’t meet a constitutional requirement for being president.
Hawaii Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino issued statements last year and in October 2008 saying that she’s seen vital records that prove Obama is a natural-born American citizen.
But the state still gets between 10 and 20 e-mails seeking verification of Obama’s birth each week, most of them from outside Hawaii, Kim said Tuesday.
A few of these requesters continue to pepper the Health Department with the same letters seeking the same information, even after they’re told state law bars release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest. Responding wastes time and money, Kim said.
So, the legislature is considering a measure to deal with the people who won’t give up:
If the measure passed, the state Office of Information Practices could declare an individual a “vexatious requester” and restrict rights to government records for two years.
The committee will schedule a vote on the measure, said Chairman Jon Riki Karamatsu, D-Waipahu-Waikele.
Mr. Obama spoke openly about how he has been sustained during his first year in office by faith and prayer. He does not frequently attend Sunday church services, but often speaks with a small circle of pastors, who provide spiritual guidance and support.
“While prayer can buck us up when we are down, keep us calm in a storm, while prayer can stiffen our spines to surmount an obstacle – and I assure you, I’m praying a lot these days – prayer can also do something else,” Mr. Obama said. “It can touch our hearts with humility. It can fill us with a sense of civility.”
The president also addressed something that he rarely speaks about: his citizenship. Questions were initially raised by conservative groups during his presidential campaign and continue to regularly flare up on talk-radio programs and Tea Party rallies.
“Surely you can question my policies without questioning my faith,” Mr. Obama said, “or for that matter my citizenship.”
The crowd applauded and laughed. The president did not.
(Oct. 7, 2009) — Today was published the Court order resulting from the Oct. 5th hearing in Barnett vs. Obama, issued by federal judge, David O. Carter, in the Southern Division of California.
The “order”, which is really a mere clerical entry, reads as follows:
On September 8, 2009, the Court previously set tentative case management dates. The Court now orders those dates be made final.
Case Management dates are as follows:
Motion for Summary Judgment Hearing — December 7, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. File Motion for Summary Judgment — November 16, 2009 Opposition to Motion for Summary Judgment — November 26, 2009 Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment — November 30, 2009 Final Pretrial Conference — January 11, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. Jury Trial — January 26, 2010, at 8:30 a.m.
The implication of the Court’s order finalizing the dates is obvious: you do not finalize dates unless there will be a trial. And there would not be a trial, unless the Motion to Dismiss requested by the Defense was in whole or in part DENIED!
Alan Keyes, who happens to be one of the Plaintiffs in the case represented by Taitz repeats this claim:
I just received a call from Orly Taitz, my attorney in the case seeking proof of Obama’s eligibility for the Office of President of the United States. Judge Carter has released a statement declaring that the dates he set for the hearing and trial on the eligibility issue are confirmed, and it will move forward as scheduled. Apparently he was not swayed by the Obama lawyer’s arguments.
Umm, not really once you actually look at the Order itself:
Here’s a clue birthers — the Motion to Dismiss remains under advisement. It will, most likely, be granted. This Order is a mere clerical entry that means nothing. The fact that it’s not even signed by the Judge should clue you into that fact.
Von: “West, Roger (USACAC)” Karte anzeigen
An: Charles Lincoln
From: Charles Lincoln [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 11:11 AM
To: Dejute, David (USACAC); West, Roger (USACAC)
Subject: Dr. Taitz seeks stipulation re: Discovery.
Dear Messers DeJute & West:
Dr. Taitz has asked me to ask you whether you are willing to stipulate that, now that the Scheduling Order has been made final, rather than moot, that it is now time for us to begin discovery. We need to start sending out notices of deposition duces tecum to parties and subpoenas duces tecum to non-parties. The Judge specifically said that the Scheduling order would only be important if the case were going to go forward, and he seems to have spoken on this point.
Charles E. Lincoln, Research Associate & Law Clerk for Dr. Taitz, Esq., Attorney for the Plaintiffs.
Judge Carter is scheduled to rule on the government’s motion to dismiss in Barnett v. Obama. If the case survives this motion, discovery could begin.
Judge Land may rule on sanctions threatened against lawyer Orly Taitz in Georgia.
The Supreme Court may indicate its decision to grant a Writ of Certiorari in Craig v. Obama.
My guess it that Judge Carter will dismiss the Barnett case, but that we may not actually learn that until he issues a written opinion in the next several days. As for the other two, well those are just inevitable.
Although I must say it would be nice to see all three happen on the same day.
So-called “birthers” who doubt President Barack Obama’s citizenship are “crazy,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday.
Graham excoriated fringe elements within the Republican Party that have manifested themselves in recent months as unfair to the president, but not representative of the GOP.
“Most of the critics of Barack Obama who carry around these crazy signs would applaud Alan Keyes,” Graham said, referring to the eccentric former Republican presidential candidate and 2004 Senate opponent for Obama.
“The people who are doing unfair and unkind things to the president says more about them than it does the Republican Party,” Graham later added. “But we have to say that’s crazy. Those who say the president was born anywhere other than Hawaii are crazy.”