Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Obama's birth certificate: the reddest of herrings

Brilliant legal mind Alan Keyes--a debit to his profession--is trying to make a case challenging Obama's right to be President due to Keyes' unwillingness to accept the validity of Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate.

A soldier is even refusing to deploy to Afghanistan because (he says) it would be unlawful to him to take orders from a Commander-In-Chief who doesn't have the right to be President.

This is a very old and very tired argument (or maybe I'm just very old, and very tired of hearing it). The theory goes that, because the Constitution requires that a President be a "natural-born citizen", if Obama was not born in the US, he is not a citizen, and therefore ineligible to serve.

The problem with this argument is that it confuses "natural-born" with "native-born". Someone "native-born" was born on US soil. Someone "natural-born" was--at birth--a citizen of the US by then-extant laws, treaties, etc. Since one of those laws states that it is sufficient for only one parent to be a US citizen--and no one disputes that Obama's mother was a US citizen--he is therefore a "natural-born citizen" even if he were not born in Hawaii.

Here's a very cogent article written on the subject.

Meanwhile, Keyes is still a fruit bat, and the soldier is either a coward, a traitor, or an ignoramus.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Meghan McCain is an idiot

Meghan McCain was a guest on "Real Time with Bill Maher". When she came out, she made a comment about feeling like a kid at the grown-up's table; that was the most perceptive thing she said.

On the one hand, she seems to think that people should listen to what she says because she's the daughter of someone famous; on the other hand, she comes off more as a socialite than sociologist.

When Paul Begala talked about something that happened during the Reagan era, McCain said, "I wasn't born yet so
I wouldn't know!" (i.e., "Eww, you're OLD!").

Begala shot back, "I wasn't born during the French Revolution, but I know about it."

It was t'riffic.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Red cap Dr. Pepper lower in carbonation?

I got a 6-pack of Dr. Pepper the other day that had red caps to match the red color on the label. Each one is considerably lower in carbonation than the usual white-capped bottles.

What's the story?