… The old favorite Meme:
“Obama was not born in America”.
Now that that is as dead as a door nail
… The new Meme:
Good Lord… They don’t give up, do they.
Well, the verdict is in.
OK. It’s over. Limbaugh is praising The Donald as a hero. Trump forced Obama to produce his birth certificate. Now it’s time to move on….
No… Not so fast. I’m not going to drop this. In several interviews, eminent domain whore Trump is on record as saying, quote:
“His grandmother in Kenya said he was born in Kenya, and she was there and witnessed the birth. He doesn’t have a birth certificate or he hasn’t shown it. He has what’s called a certificate of live birth. That is something that’s easy to get,” Trump said, arguing that Obama has spent $2 million in legal fees “to get away from this issue.”
“Well I’ve been told very recently, Anderson, that the birth certificate is missing,” Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Monday. “I’ve been told that it’s not there or it doesn’t exist. And if that’s the case it’s a big problem.”
If, say Larry Flint or Michael Moore were issuing similar statements about a conservative candidate, lets say Sarah Palin and the birth records of Trig, and then it turns out that Flint or Moore were proven wrong and no one in the media called them on it, the Conservative talking heads would be screaming about how they are getting a pass for these outrageous statements and the “Lame Stream Media” isn’t doing their job! Yet they are pronouncing Trump victorious and moving on, as if none of Trumps flatulent braggadocio matters.
Trump wins???? What rubes!
Anyone claiming that, please get eminent domain whore Trump to answer the obvious follow-up to these statements:
“I’ve been told that it’s not there or it doesn’t exist. “, and “I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re finding,”.
How I would love to see Hannity or Levin challenge Trump about these bold statements…. But I won’t hold my breath.
PS. This latest move by the Obama camp is yet another reminder of just how inept they are at public relations. A smart media team would have let Trump produce some of the stuff that his investigators couldn’t believe they were finding… THEN release the long form certificate.
But no, they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
… Or something.
Andrew Sullivan asks “why wait so long“?… And then answers his own question thus:
I know it was politically savvy because, by the rules of jujitsu, Obama allowed the nutty right (is there any other variety with influence now?) to make fools of themselves.
Because, you see, Obama is the Road Runner, and all his opponents are the coyote (Meep, Meep), which of course explains why Obama’s poll numbers are so low, he’s morphing into G. W. Bush redux, and can’t seem to get much of anything right. When Sullivan became disillusioned with the war, he simply couldn’t understand why so many others didn’t follow his lead and still stuck with Bush. Strange, after everything that has happened, botched health care reform, botched stimulus, botched cash for clunkers, botched Gitmo policy, botched 2010 elections, botched and incoherent Middle East policy implementation in Egypt, Lybia, and Syria, including entering yet another war of convenience, you would think that Sullivan would finally realize that Obama is more like a regular run-of-the-mil real life roadrunner than the cartoon version….
But this is what it’s like when you have some serious political blinders on.
Personally, I would have waited until the heat of the campaign. I mean, what a blown opportunity! Just think of the damage you could have inflicted if one of the GOP nutters ended up winning the nomination! I mean, you could have done the whole Rick Lazio to Hillary Clinton thing and walked right up to the opponents pudium and… FACE… Here is the long form!!!! You Just Got PWND!!!!
But, on the bright side, now we get to see the idiots at World Net Daily squirm and slither and try and twist their way out of this one. The fools that follow WND just got seriously PWND!
Over at What’s Up With That, one of the guest contributors is running a little poll on why you either do or don’t post anonymously. I guess that is as good a reason as any to explain how I became Sonicfrog.
The genesis of my evolution into amphibiousness started long ago. Because I used to be able to make this cool frog sound with my voice since 2nd grade, I have ever since always been nick-named “frog”-something… “froggy”, “froggymike” “ribbit-frog”, Pee-Wee Ribbit Frog.. whatever. It never left me. In 1992, right out of college, I started, then destroyed, my own tee shirt company called “Frogonit”! Years latter, I started my current business “Frog’s Pool Service and Spa Repair” and have been in operation for 11 years. My bass guitar cabinet has one of my “Frogonit” designs painted on it, and my current business logo is another former tee-shirt design. My friends used to differentiate me from other friends named Mike by dubbing me “Froggymike”. In the early 2000?s, when acquiring internet domain names was all the rage, I acquired a few. Sonicfrog.net is the one I used most often. On the net, I was froggymike for a long time. Then when I decided to start my blog I (semi)officially became Sonicfrog.
If someone wants to find out my name, it’s not hard to do and I don’t have any problems with anyone knowing my name… It’s just more fun this way!!!
PS. I’ve been blogging for six year, and only NOW do I get around to explaining that?
Anyone else sick of this guy?
If you really think he is your guy to challenge Obama in 2012, consider this. Donald Trump is only into this… publicity stunt or whatever it is… for one reason… Donald Trump.
You should forget about the showman that he is, who you think he is, and consider who he is, and what he does to keep the Trump empire alive. Here in Fresno, we had a little taste of the real Donald, not the silly exec who gleefully says “you’re fired’ on a silly reality show.
A Carmel developer was trying to build a PGA sanctioned golf course called Running Horse. OK, he wasn’t really trying to build it, he was just selling the over valued real estate – because there was going to be this PGA golf course, and spending all the investment money on himself. When the whole scam fell apart, the land fell into foreclosure.
And here comes Donald Trump! He was sooo jazzed about the opportunity to own this golf course, SOOO excited, and how he LOVED Fresno… In several radio interviews, he claimed that he loved Fresno so much, was considering building a Grand Hotel here!
But there was a catch! All these dreamy things would come to pass only if we gave him the opportunity to screw some citizens.
You see, part of the deal Trump was trying to get, one of the stipulations he demanded, was that the Fresno government to use eminent domain in order to secure 50 acres of additional land not originally part of the proposed golf course. Here was “The Deal” Trump wanted. The city, NOT Donald Trump, would buy the land for what they claim was market value and then sell it to Trump for peanuts on the dollar.
OK. Raise your hand if you think the city would actually buy the property at market value. They are the ones who appraise the land in this sort of deal, and property appraisals under these conditions rarely meet independent appraisals in value. At the time - this was late 2007, before the disastrous crash in property values – everything was over-valued. One stubborn guy who owned some of the property in question wanted $6 mil.
Are you going to tell me Trump, the art of the deal guy, couldn’t get this one guy to sell for $3 or $4 million? But he had already pulled this card in Los Angeles, so why not try it again. In fact, he has a long history of using eminent domain to bag a deal. There was never any indication Trump tried to make a deal. He just tried to finagle the city to take the property on the cheap so Trump could then also buy the property on the cheap.
Here is a video explaining the chicanery that almost took place. The audio isn’t as good as I’d like, but it explains what was on the table.
Fresno has a long history of making bad, flawed and /or idiotic business deals with big developers (google Granite Park or Grizzley Stadium for examples) but thank goodness they avoided this one.
Now, does anyone else remember how upset Conservatives were about the Kelo v. New London Supreme Court decision? The Cato Institute filed an amicus brief on behalf of Susette Kelo. The Conservative paper The Washington Times proclaimed it “A win for big government“. Even Michelle Malkin is standing up and demanding that people take notice:
Don’t be fooled by The Donald. Take it from one who knows: I’m a South Jersey gal who was raised on the outskirts of Atlantic City in the looming shadow of Trump’s towers. All through my childhood, casino developers and government bureaucrats joined hands, raised taxes and made dazzling promises of urban renewal.
Then we wised up to the eminent-domain thievery championed by our hometown faux free-marketeers.
America, it’s time you wised up to Donald Trump’s property redistribution racket, too.
Too many mega-developers like Trump have achieved success by using and abusing the government’s ability to commandeer private property for purported “public use.”
Invoking the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause, real estate moguls, parking garage builders, mall developers and sports palace architects have colluded with elected officials to pull off legalized theft in the name of reducing “blight.”
Under eminent domain, the definition of “public purpose” has been stretched like Silly Putty to cover everything from roads and bridges to high-end retail stores, baseball stadiums and casinos.
While casting himself as America’s new constitutional savior, Trump has shown reckless disregard for fundamental private property rights. In the 1990s, he waged a notorious war on elderly homeowner Vera Coking, who owned a little home in Atlantic City that stood in the way of Trump’s manifest land development.
The real estate mogul was determined to expand his Trump Plaza and build a limo parking lot — Coking’s private property be damned. The nonprofit Institute for Justice, which successfully saved Coking’s home, explained the confiscatory scheme:
“Unlike most developers, Donald Trump doesn’t have to negotiate with a private owner when he wants to buy a piece of property, because a governmental agency — the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority or CRDA — will get it for him at a fraction of the market value, even if the current owner refuses to sell.
Like most statist promises of bountiful job creation, government-engineered redevelopment math rarely adds up. Trump’s corporations have backed casino industry bailouts and wealth-redistributing “tax-increment financing” schemes — the very kind of taxpayer-subsidized interventions we’ve seen on a grand scale under the Obama administration.
Club for Growth is also on the case. I know there is a great hunger for a real leader for Conservatives in the upcoming elections, but The Donald ain’t it, not by a long shot. Please don’t take this guy seriously.
PS. Speaking of Kelo v New London…. That didn’t turn out too well for the residents of New Londoners seeking those promised jobs… After getting the sweetheart deal from the government, Pfizer bailed on the project.
I came across a blog-post today titled
I watched the video and agree, the guy who said that is an eggheaded idiot.
But, who else says it ALL THE TIME????
Rush Limbaugh…. All The Time!!!! I drive from job to job, and listened to a lot of talk radio. That solution is uttered to his flock at least once a day. But when a liberal says it… WHOA! LOOK OUT!
From my Facebook page:
Once upon a time there was a tour guide in Africa and as his group traveled by a camp, he said “Do you hear the drums? The drums must NEVER stop! They must never EVER stop!” “Why is that?” asked one tourist. The guide told him, “Because then the bass player will do a solo!”
PS. Cool! HTML code now works in the title – <del>Month</del>… <del>Year</del>…. <del>Decade</del>…. That’s how I crossed out the words.