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Obama 'admits' Kenyan birth?
WORLDNETDAILY — Pennsylvania Democrat Philip J. Berg, who filed a lawsuit demanding Sen. Barack Obama present proof of his American citizenship, now says that by failing to respond Obama has legally "admitted" to the lawsuit's accusations, including the charge that the Democratic candidate was born in Mombosa, Kenya... (more)
One can only hope for Rule 11 sanctions (and much sniggering from the bench) against Philip Berg. But over in Wingnuttia, looks like they need all the moral support (not matter how ridiculous) they can get. I think they'd be better off buying PowerBall tickets ... or investing in that Nigerian fund transfer....
Further descent into insanity documented here
Conservative radio hosts Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh and Obama Nation author Jerome Corsi -- who appeared as a guest on G. Gordon Liddy's radio show -- suggested or asserted that the true purpose of Sen. Barack Obama's current trip to Hawaii is not to visit his ailing grandmother, as Obama claims, but rather to address rumors -- widely debunked -- that Obama has failed to produce a valid U.S. birth certificate. However, as Media Matters for America has documented, the Obama campaign posted a copy of Obama's birth certificate on its "Fight the Smears" website and reportedly provided the original document to FactCheck.org, whose staff concluded in an August 21 post that it "meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship." A Hawaiian Health Department official also reportedly confirmed to PolitiFact.com that Obama's birth certificate is valid, and even Corsi's employer, the right-wing website WorldNetDaily, reported in an August 23 article that a "WND investigation into Obama's birth certificate utilizing forgery experts also found the document to be authentic."
Any port in a storm, I guess, and they're just reaching for that last dangling thread of hope.... It's sad -- in a way -- that people could be so delusional. But sadder yet that we let such numbnutz vote; this unfortunate (but necessary) feature of democracy has been responsible for the loss of so many lives and so many billions of dollars lately.
More details on Limbaugh's insanity from the MediaMatters link above:
On the October 23 broadcast of his radio show, Limbaugh said:
Who announces days in advance they're rushing to the side of a loved one who is deathly ill, but keeps campaigning in a race that's said to be over, only to go to the loved one's side days later? See, I think this is about something else. You know what's really percolating out there? And I've been laying low on this because it just -- it hasn't met the threshold to pass the smell test on this program. But this birth certificate business, this lawsuit that a guy named Phillip Berg filed in Philadelphia in August for Obama to produce his genuine birth certificate, and he still hasn't replied, he hasn't done so.Limbaugh later added:
When you first announced this, you're gonna rush, you're gonna hurry, you're gonna make tracks, you're gonna get over there because you don't want your grandmother to die before you got there like your mother did, but somehow you keep campaigning, you take three days to get over there, if he's left yet. And this birth certificate business -- I'm just wondering if something's up. I have no clue, and I -- folks, I'm telling you, this has not reached the threshold until now, and it's now popping up all over the place.
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As for Mr. Berg the shyster: Maybe time to file a cross-claim seeking dismissal of his suit on the grounds that he is a space alien from the planet Uranus, and thus has no standing to challenge the eligibility of Obama. If he's not
such a space alien, let's see him try to prove
The Berg suit was dismissed for lack of standing.
RW talk radio foamer Roger Hedgecock was all over this case on his radio show today (Sat., Oct. 25) on KSFO, including an interview with the loony Berg. Berg says he's going to appeal to the Supreme Court (which ought to garner either immediate dismissal or possible benign disregard, seeing as you need court permission to jump from district court [E.D.Pa] straight to the Supreme Court). Berg, according to filings, is acting as "attorney pro se
". There's tons of motions for intervention in the suit by other loonies too. One has to wonder if this is the same as the "Philip Jay Berg" in this case
The Memorandum and Opinion is available here (.pdf)
. The lawsuit was dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, primarily for lack of standing
. There's no other way to characterise this 34 page opinion than a big "Get the hell out of my courtroom, you lunatic!" spanking. Full court docket filings, briefs, and such are here