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Is this the end, then? Can we stop keeping an eye on these loons and their strange insistence that, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, Barack Obama is not qualified to be the President of the United States?

As much as one would hope so, the answer is probably no. For one thing, we still have Whirled Nut Daily out there, drumming up any chance spark of Birtherism into a flame, at least on their own pages. Joseph "Mr. Mustache" Farah is happy to take almost anyone on board in order to further his questioning of the facts, which plays very well to people who aren't kindly disposed towards Obama in the first place, but looks like the desperate grasping of straws to those who try and keep a more open and questioning perspective. Their quixotic support, and sudden withdrawal of support, from Orly Taitz suggests a questionable motive, at least. Are they reporting the news, or creating it?

For another thing, we have a few other mixed nuts here and there stirring up trouble, only now with a different tack on the wind.

For example, there's the fellow responsible for the "President or Jihad" billboard, who has taken the Fort Hood tragedy and turned it into a much more openly Islamophobic reason to question Obama's birthplace.

And, as a sign that this once-domestic movement might be going international, a retired member of Scotland Yard has signed on as a Birther.

As a highly regarded young detective, Neil Sankey was once seconded to elite Scotland Yard units hunting down IRA bombers, dangerous anarchists and organised crime barons.

Today, however, almost 30 years after quitting Hampshire constabulary to become a private investigator in California, he is wrestling with an inquiry that is as controversial as it is complex; one that makes that his former police work seem mundane by comparison.

Now aged 64, and semi-retired, Mr Sankey is attempting to prove that Barack Obama is guilty of the most audacious act of fraud in U.S political history, having become President when he was not even eligible to run for office. ... Mr Sankey claims he has already uncovered a great deal of evidence to support this astonishing assertion.
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'As an investigator it has become obvious to me that something very strange is going on,' he intoned gravely when we spoke this week.

'His background throws up all kinds of anomalies. It may sound incredible (but) this guy comes from nowhere. No one really knows who he is.'

Which is funny, considering it comes from someone who, until just recently, was not well-known on this side of the pond, either. Who is this Mr. Sankey? Did he really work for Scotland Yard? How do we know he isn't just some fraud? And what steps can he take to prove it, and we take to disprove it? Where will it end?

Contrary to Mr. Sankey's views, we DO know who Barack Obama really is. He is the President of the United States of America, having been elected in by the people, for the people.

And, for good or ill, we are stuck with him at least until 2012, given that all previous attempts to remove him through the courts have failed due to bad arguments, late action, a lack of standing, and the fact that those cases were largely built out of misrepresentations, misstatements, misunderstandings, and outright lies.
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Or, as one of the contestants in Doc. Conspiracy's birther limerick contest opined:

Though Obama has proved, with finality,
He's legal and fit in totality,
These Birthers believe
There's a plot to deceive
(Thus belying their lower mentality).
--Jim Pettit

(There's an even better, perhaps more true one there, but I didn't feel it would run so well on this page. See if you can figure out what it is.)

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J. Edward Tremlett is a lot of things, currently. He's back in the states after a seven-year stint in Dubai, UAE. He's been published in such diverse places as The American Partisan, the International American, The End is Nigh, Pyramid Magazine (more...)

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