Saturday, October 16, 2010

This week in crazy V

Well, here it is the weekend again and I almost forgot the weekly round up of crazy. Mostly because my own internal crazy kicked in this evening and distracted me rather completely (visions of lost reservations, see the previous post).

So, this week. Well, first we had the good news with the injunction against DADT. Then we had the inevitable bad news that the DoJ was going to appeal. Sigh. I don't really get it.

Besides that questionable act - some might consider it crazy - there were other genuine crazy goings on.

Honorable mention goes to the strangest movie review I have ever read. Debbie Schlussel's review of Secretariat was...well...nuts. She first calls Penny Chenery the "original Sarah Palin" but then goes on to blast her for leaving her husband and kids for a horse.  She gives the film four Betty Freidans plus a Sarah Palin. Whatever the hell that's supposed to mean.

Our third runner up this week goes to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, who's running for Senate. He claims he's a Democrat and but you wouldn't really be able to tell it from his ad.

The only thing that really says he's a Democrat on his website is the fact that it uses the color blue. That and the link to an article denouncing his opponents use of actors portraying West Virginians as "hicks". Sounds like they're both ijits.

Second runner up is none other than arch-homophobe Tony Perkins. Perkins felt the need to speak out about the recent spate of LGBT teen suicides, but in his oh so predictable manner, he blames the victim.  Money quote:

"Some homosexuals may recognize intuitively that their same-sex attractions are abnormal--yet they have been told by the homosexual movement, and their allies in the media and the educational establishment, that they are 'born gay' and can never change. This and not society's disapproval may create a sense of despair that can lead to suicide."
Yes, it's not the endless torment of being bullied or humiliated by haters who've acquired their homophobia with their mother's milk. It's the "gay agenda" and the very idea that homosexuality is not a derangement that drives these kids to suicide. Not only does Perkins spew this hatefulness but he does so on the pages of the Washington Post.  Yes, the home of Woodward and Bernstein and actual investigate journalism feels the need to give this man space to spread his bullshit. This pretty much typifies what's wrong with American media.

As vile and crazy as Perkins, et all are, this week's winner was clear. We've all heard of the Birthers, that steadfast group of nutcases who think the President is not an American citizen. Well Obama Derangement Syndrome has a new symptom.  Now they want genetic testing to prove the President is actually the child of Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Hussein Obama. They concede that there is apparently a certificate of birth for such a union but now claim that the only way they'll be convinced is with a DNA sample.  The article on Western Journalism is baffling. Not only does the author say:
Disclosure of Obama’s vital records in Hawai’i will almost certainly show that he was born in Hawai’i to U.S. citizens, verifiable by genetic analysis. Hence at birth Mr. Obama would have been a natural born U.S. citizen. Official investigators should be prepared for this early result, and resist the pressure to consider it to be conclusive as to Mr. Obama’s eligibility as a natural born citizen when he ran for the Office of President.

He adds this whopper in the next paragraph:
The status of natural born U.S. citizen can be acquired – or not – only at birth. But it can be lost thereafter, by loss of citizenship. The term “natural born U.S. citizen” subsumes “citizen”. You can not be a natural born citizen if you are not a citizen at all.
So while this DNA test may prove the President's pedigree, so to speak, they're ready with the counter argument that Obama gave up his citizenship somehow or that the  director of the Hawai’i State Department of Health, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, implied somehow that Obama had more than one certificate raising the idea that President Obama was adopted.

The entire article makes no real sense, relies on innuendo and doublespeak to get its point across  and is patently insane. Although it was dated October 4, I didn't find out about it until this week via Crooks and Liars, so I'm counting as this week's winner in crazy. If they can make specious arguments about the President's paternity, call his father Obama the Luo tribesman and the President a "anti-American communist" then I can damn well name Caleb, whoever the hell he is,  this week's winner.

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