Diary

In case you're wondering why WND and the birthers have so little credibility

Here are two examples from this weekend. The titles are:
Obama’s McCain resolution demands ‘American’ parents
and
Online ‘birth certificate’ document ‘was changed’

In the first one, they say Obama’s bill in 2008 requires two American parents.

Perhaps it’s a good thing that the U.S. Senate didn’t take up a resolution on Barack Obama’s status as a “natural born Citizen” in 2008 – as members did for GOP candidate Sen. John McCain while both were seeking the U.S. presidency.

The Democrat might not have qualified under the requirements the Senate, including Obama, a co-sponsor and then-senator, put in the resolution, including the demand that the candidate have “American citizen” parents.

If you jump to the link to see the text of that bill, you find what they are talking about.


Whereas there is no evidence of the intention of the Framers or any Congress to limit the constitutional rights of children born to Americans serving in the military nor to prevent those children from serving as their country’s President;

Whereas John Sidney McCain, III, was born to American citizens on an American military base in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936: …

Now you can see how stupid their argument is. McCain was born of American parents and so is a natural-born citizen. Nowhere does it indicate that it’s only valid because BOTH of them are Americans.

In the second one, the title is even more misleading. It starts out ominously.

A computer expert who analyzed the online image of Barack Obama’s purported Certificate of Live Birth for WND confirmed there are anomalies inconsistent with a simple scanning process, and there is evidence it has been manipulated, but there’s no way to determine exactly what may have been modified.

The end result is that while it is known there were changes, the full extent of operations that were done to the image cannot be determined at this point.

But if you read the rest of the article, the expert says there’s no way to know without seeing the original, but the layers etc. are consistent with trying to enhance the copy. That would make sense if we have a 50-year old typewritten document that could be a touch faded and they are trying to darken the copy to make it more readable.

So while it’s incredibly fishy that Obama has hid so much for so long and is still hiding so many other things, just lying about what is there doesn’t do anything except make the birthers look like blithering idiots.