And they call him Lonewacko

I don’t want to pollute the WIndy with his nonsense, but as a way of explaining: I called Hawaii back in November when I started writing longer pieces about the Obama Birthers. They pointed me to this 10/31 statement:

Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawai‘i, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawai‘i State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures.

Literate people read this as “we have Barack Obama’s birth certificate.” Lonewacko/Chris Kelly/24Ahead reads this as “we have a document that MAY INDEED SAY THAT OBAMA WAS BORN IN KENYA.” It’s the stupidest argument I’ve dealt with in my mini-career in the Obama Birtherverse, and I’ve dealt with some high-grade stupid shit. Lonewacko/24Ahead’s evidence that… uh, that Hawaiian bureaucrats don’t mean “birth certificate” when they say “birth certificate,” and instead mean “certification of live birth in foreign country,” is that one of the bureaucrats blew him off. Hell, who wouldn’t blow him off?

Why won’t Hawaii say more? I don’t know? Why don’t I call them again? Because they answered my question already!

Oh, Lonewacko: Those people you keep e-mailing about this? They’re laughing at you.

You were right about the political acumen of the Ron Paul activists, though.

Andy Martin moves on

I see that the mentally ill anti-Semite has trotted along from his Obama conspiracy theories and is now giving “the media” (the invisible people he imagines when he spits out his blog posts) advice about Obama cabinet appointments and Rod Blagojevich.

I bring this up in part because I have my last (I hope!) piece about the Obama Birthers running tomorrow, and because I just today noticed The Smoking Gun’s file on Martin. They have his fundraising letter from his pseudononymous congressional campaign. Yes, the one about “Jew Power.” It’s really beyond parody.

Why notice him at all? Well, until people started kicking his ass again, Martin was appearing on Fox News and speaking at “PUMA” conferences held by people who later campaigned for the McCain campaign–some on special “Democrats for McCain” tours.

Just so we’ve got it straight

According to Instapundit, Leon Panetta is not qualified to lead the CIA but Joe the Plumber is qualified to report on the fighting in Gaza—more qualified, even, than “most other journalists.”

Can I say that I don’t understand the Joe the Plumber phenomenon, and never did? I’ve got nothing against him, but he’s not very interesting or politically sophisticated. And there’s no evidence that he can write. Why isn’t PJM bankrolling Michael Totten, who is both of those things, in spades? Or why not send a real conservative writer like Mary Katherine Ham or Amanda Carpenter?

Because that wouldn’t turn PJM into a national punchline?

Big bad John

Color me confused: Why make a high-volume statement like this that is so obviously in bad faith? Surely, no one thinks Harry Reid opposed the appointment of Danny Davis, who’s a fool, because he’s such a racist.

Below the radar, Cornyn is probably going to make a lot of snide race-baiting comments from now to 2010. He leads the GOP’s Senate campaign arm, and in his state, black railroad commissioner Michael Williams is going to run for Senate. If he gets out of the primary, Republicans will try again to convince white liberals that they’re a racially progressive party.