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Report All Nonconformists!

As reported by Hot Air today, the White House is seeking snitches.

“There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end-of-life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain e-mails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an e-mail or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.”

So, being the good citizen that I am I of course forwarded the email (posted below) that I received this morning from Health Care For America Now (HCAN).

HCAN is one of Obama’s ‘grassroots’ group – translation – LIBERAL LOBBYING COALITION. Their coalition includes the usual cast of characters, including ACORN, MoveOn, Planned Parenthood, etc.

The email was sent by Levana Layendecker who is the Online Campaigns Director. Her claim to fame with HCAN – Click to Call – a system that interfaces with your computer to call politicians and then gives you a script of what to say. All the while gathering all of your personal information for their database – brilliant!

Don’t forget to check out their Schedule of Events so you can be ready for the ‘grassroots’ canvassing that’s coming to a neighborhood near you.

 

Dear Supporter:
There is a nasty and misleading right-wing chain email going around. Some of you may have gotten it forwarded to you by family and friends.

The email pretends to go through the “itemized contents of the Health Care Reform Bill,” pulling out outrageous claims like, “Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed!”

The insurance industry is funding these emails through hired shills and, of course, these claims are universally false. So we want to arm you with the tools to fight back against these smears.

Below, we’ve created an email you can copy and paste in response to anyone who forwards you these lies. Just reply to the smear email and make sure everyone knows the truth

We can fight these smears, one lie at a time.

 


To your health,
Levana Layendecker
Health Care for America Now

 

 

P.S. I’m sure you’ve been hearing lots about Members of Congress coming home for vacation and hearing from loud right-wingers at their town halls. It’s imperative we show up at these events and make just as forceful a case that we need health reform now – what happens this month may determine whether we get health care reform or not.

On our homepage you can search for events in your area or enter events you know about that are coming up so others can come. Click here to attend events in your area.

Copy the email below this line and use it to respond to this smear
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The contents of the email I am replying to are patently false. If the anonymous writer of this email had actually read the bill, he or she would know better.

Here are the facts. Anyone can verify them by reading the bill at http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3200/text

 

 

 

Actual itemized contents of the Health Care Reform Bill:

“Page 22: Mandates audits of all employers that self-insure!”

TRUTH: This is not an “audit,” it’s a study. Moreover, the bill states (pp. 22-23) that the report will “include any recommendations the Commissioner deems appropriate to ensure that the law does not provide incentives for small and mid-size employers to self-insure or create adverse selection in the risk pools of large group insurers and self-insured employers.” This is almost directly the opposite of the email’s claim.
“Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed!”

 

TRUTH: Page 29 continues to define the “essential benefits package” and discusses limits on what Americans will have to spend on health care under this minimum standard. In no way does this section stipulate the rationing of care.
“Page 30: A government committee will decide what treatments and benefits you get (and, unlike an insurer, there will be no appeals process)” 

 

TRUTH: Page 30 begins to describe the Health Benefits Advisory Committee which establishes certain minimum standards for health insurance plans. In no way does this committee deny treatments and benefits to Americans with health insurance.
“Page 42: The ‘Health Choices Commissioner’ will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None.” 

 

TRUTH: Page 42 begins to describe the Health Choices Commissioner’s duties. The idea that this person will decide what benefits Americans receive is patently false, given that most Americans will keep their current plans under reform, and Americans within the exchange will have the choice of purchasing many different kinds of health plans. Rather, the Commissioner will establish minimum standards to protect Americans.
“Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free healthcare services.”

 

TRUTH: Pages 50-51 contain a provision stating that discrimination will not be allowed in the provision of health care services. Nowhere does the bill state that non-US citizens will be provided free health care services. The bill prohibits federal dollars from being used for undocumented immigrants.
“Page 58: Every person will be issued a National ID Healthcard.” 

 

TRUTH:Page 58, in the context of a discussion of administrative standards, mentions that “determination of an individual’s financial responsibility at the point of service and, to the extent possible, prior to service, including whether the individual is eligible for a specific service with a specific physician at a specific facility…may include utilization of a machine-readable health plan beneficiary identification card.” In no way does the bill state that such a card would be national, or that it would be issued to every person, or that it would, in fact, be used at all.
“Page 59: The federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer.” 

 

TRUTH: Page 59 continues the discussion of administrative standards, and authorizes electronic transfers of money within the government. In no way does this provision grant the government access to individual bank accounts.
“Page 65: Taxpayers will subsidize all union retiree and community organizer health plans (read: SEIU, UAW and ACORN)” 

 

TRUTH: Here’s what page 65 says: “Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall establish a temporary reinsurance program to provide reimbursement to assist participating employment-based plans with the cost of providing health benefits to retirees and to eligible spouses, surviving spouses and dependents of such retirees.” No mention is made of unions or community organizations.
“Page 72: All private healthcare plans must conform to government rules to participate in a Healthcare Exchange.” 

 

TRUTH: That’s true! Plans have to have a minimum standard of benefits, bat can offer other plans as well. But that’s fair, isn’t it? Private insurers can continue to operate outside the exchange if they wish – should the government establish no standards for the exchange? In that case, how could reform end insurance industry abuses and help to control costs?
“Page 84: All private healthcare plans must participate in the Healthcare Exchange (i.e., total government control of private plans)” 

 

TRUTH: This section says is that if private health care plans want to operate in the Exchange, they must provide a basic benefit package. 
“Page 91: Government mandates linguistic infrastructure for services; translation: illegal aliens”

 

TRUTH: Some American citizens are more comfortable speaking a language other than English, especially in a sensitive situation like a consultation with their doctor. This provision in no way opens the door for coverage of undocumented workers.
“Page 95: The Government will pay ACORN and Americorps to sign up individuals for Government-run Health Care plan.” 

 

TRUTH:Page 95 makes no mention of ACORN and Americorps; all it says is that the Commissioner can conduct outreach to vulnerable populations, making them aware of their options.

“Page 102: Those eligible for Medicaid will be automatically enrolled: you have no choice in the matter.”

TRUTH: People who are eligible for Medicaid will not have to face the burdens of paperwork and other bureaucratic struggles. Far from depriving people of choice, this measure will ensure coverage.

“Page 124: No company can sue the government for price-fixing. No ‘judicial review’ is permitted against the government monopoly. Put simply, private insurers will be crushed.”

TRUTH: This section describes rate-setting under the public health insurance plan option, which will compete with private insurers, who can set their own rates. Because of inherent advantages like their established administrative and provider frameworks, private insurance companies will not be “crushed” by government competition.
“Page 127: The AMA sold doctors out: the government will set wages.” 

 

TRUTH: The government will negotiate rates with providers under the public health insurance plan option. However, private insurers will continue to pay their own rates.
“Page 145: An employer MUST auto-enroll employees into the government-run public plan. No alternatives.”

 

TRUTH: This is simply not true. Employers with more than 20 employees aren’t even eligible to participate in the exchange, let alone the public plan, until several years after the exchange launches in 2013. Moreover, no employer will be forced to participate in the public plan.
“Page 146: Employers MUST pay healthcare bills for part-time employees AND their families.”

 

TRUTH: Employers are required to pay some benefits for part-time employees on a basis proportional to what they pay for full-time employees. No language on this page or the next stipulates coverage for the families of part-time employees.
“Page 149: Any employer with a payroll of $400K or more, who does not offer the public option, pays an 8% tax on payroll”

 

TRUTH: The payroll penalty applies to employers with payroll over $500,000 who do not provide insurance to their employees. The percentage for employers with payroll from $500,000 – $750,000 is 6%. Employers do not have to offer the public option to avoid this penalty, they can offer private insurance if they wish.
“Page 150: Any employer with a payroll of $250K-400K or more, who does not offer the public option, pays a 2 to 6% tax on payroll”

 

TRUTH: This is false, see above.
“Page 167: Any individual who doesn’t’ have acceptable healthcare (according to the government) will be taxed 2.5% of income.”

 

TRUTH: Pages 167-173 detail what “acceptable health care” means (basically, insurance coverage) and also allow for many different kinds of exceptions to this rule.

“Page 170: Any NON-RESIDENT alien is exempt from individual taxes (Americans will pay for them).” 

TRUTH: Non-resident aliens do not have to pay the penalty for not having health insurance, nor will the receive federal assistance, because they are not required to purchase health insurance. They are not exempted from individual taxes generally.
“Page 195: Officers and employees of Government Healthcare Bureaucracy will have access to ALL American financial and personal records.”

 

TRUTH: This is a gross overstatement. For the purposes of determining affordability credits for Americans who need financial assistance in purchasing health insurance, employees of the Health Choices Administration will have access to tax information that the federal government already keeps. As is clearly stated on page 196, “Return information… may be used by officers and employees of the Health Choices Administration or such State-based health insurance exchange, as the case may be, only for the purposes of, and to the extent necessary in, establishing and verifying the appropriate amount of any affordability credit described in subtitle C of title II of the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 and providing for the repayment of any such credit which was in excess of such appropriate amount.”
“Page 203: “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax.” Yes, it really says that.”

 

TRUTH: This quote is taken out of context, and is in fact referring to a calculation used in the bill. Full context of quote: “‘(4) NOT TREATED AS TAX IMPOSED BY THIS CHAPTER FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES.-The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax imposed by this chapter for purposes of determining the amount of any credit under this chapter or for purposes of section 55.”
“Page 239: Bill will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors and the poor most affected.” 

 

TRUTH: This section has nothing whatsoever to do with reducing services.  It makes much needed changes to the way in which physician reimbursement is recalculated every year.  The bill will, in fact, create much more opportunity for seniors and the poor to receive necessary care.
“Page 241: Doctors: no matter what specialty you have, you’ll all be paid the same (thanks, AMA!)” 

 

TRUTH:  Page 241 does not say this.  Nowhere does it say this.  It does say that physicians will be grouped into certain categories regardless of specialty.  These categories merely determine if the physician is engaged in primarily therapeutic or preventative care.

“Page 253: Government sets value of doctors’ time, their professional judgment, etc.”

TRUTH: There is no good response to this assertion as it appears to have been made up completely. The section deals with ‘misvalued codes’ meaning that the government is potentially not paying an acceptable rate for a specific service.  This will allow the government to, for example, pay more for services that require more payment, such as high-overhead procedures.  The author of these criticisms  separately attacks the bill for paying the same rate to all doctors, then attacks again for paying different rates.
“Page 265: Government mandates and controls productivity for private healthcare industries.” 

 

TRUTH: This section amends the Social Security Act to include productivity measures.  There is no mandate or control of anything.  This merely updates the way in which doctors and hospitals are paid through Medicare.
“Page 268: Government regulates rental and purchase of power-driven wheelchairs.” 

 

TRUTH: This is simply not true.  This slightly amends existing guidelines for payments for medical equipment, in this case power-driven wheelchairs.  This section introduces no ‘regulations’ that are not in the Social Security Act.
“Page 272: Cancer patients: welcome to the wonderful world of rationing!”

 

TRUTH: Overusage of the hot-button word “rationing” is a way to deflect attention away from the actual language of the bill and incite unjustified fear.  This section only compares costs incurred by cancer hospitals to costs incurred by similar hospitals, and adjusts payments to reduce the possibility of fraud and abuse.
“Page 280: Hospitals will be penalized for what the government deems preventable re-admissions.” 

 

TRUTH:  This is almost correct.  The section is one of the first efforts at targeting excessive readmissions.  Excessive readmissions are physically and emotionally damaging to patients, while simultaneously putting them, and the health care system, in far more financial risk than is necessary.  The American Hospital Association recommended reduced payments for avoidable readmission in testimony to Congress.


“Page 298: Doctors: if you treat a patient during an initial admission that results in a readmission, you will be penalized by the government.” 

TRUTH: This is patently false.  The section is about possible methods that the Secretary of Health and Human services might consider in order to address the growing problem of patient readmission.  This section does not, in any way, create a penalty, nor does it even mandate policy.  It merely provides examples of recourses that might be considered.
“Page 317: Doctors: you are now prohibited from owning and investing in healthcare companies!”

 

TRUTH: This provision only limits Doctor’s investments in health care facilities that they refer patients to  The effort to limit self-referral has been ongoing for many years as an effort to reduce fraud and abuse.  This is, essentially, the medical community equivalent of insider trading.  Limiting this incentive works to put the patient’s health above all other considerations.  Doctors remain free to engage in investment opportunities in areas that don’t create a significant conflict of interest.
“Page 318: Prohibition on hospital expansion. Hospitals cannot expand without government approval.”

 

TRUTH: This section regulates physicians’ investment in hospitals to make sure that physicians are not unfairly benefiting from their power to refer patients to hospitals they have a stake in. The section does not prohibit hospital expansion.
“Page 321: Hospital expansion hinges on ‘community’ input: in other words, yet another payoff for ACORN.”

 

TRUTH: In the ongoing effort to demonize community-based groups such as ACORN, every instance of the word “community” has become associated with that group’s efforts.  In reality, this provision allows for anyone to provide input.  This includes homeowners, religious leaders, neighborhood groups, and others.  There are no payoffs.  There is no money exchanged in any way.
“Page 335: Government mandates establishment of outcome-based measures: i.e., rationing.” 

 

TRUTH: This provision is included in order to allow the government to base payments on practices that work.  Nowhere does it say health care will be rationed.  The attempt to isolate what works and what does not work in Medicare Advantage plans only benefits the health care system in general.
“Page 341: Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMOs, etc.”

 

TRUTH: The government can disqualify some Medicare Advantage Plans from receiving some additional payments, but only if those plans are not meeting necessary requirements.
“Page 354: Government will restrict enrollment of SPECIAL NEEDS individuals.” 

 

TRUTH: This section only deals with how to handle special needs individuals who need to enroll outside of the open enrollment period.  Almost every type of plan operates with open enrollment periods.  This section does not create more restrictions.
“Page 379: More bureaucracy: Telehealth Advisory Committee (healthcare by phone).”

 

TRUTH: This section merely expands existing Telehealth programs, which supplement but do not replace other health coverage, and provide a vital resource to Americans in rural and remote areas.
“Page 425-430: More bureaucracy: Advance Care Planning Consult: Senior Citizens, assisted suicide, euthanasia?; Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. Mandatory. Appears to lock in estate taxes ahead of time; Government provides approved list of end-of-life resources, guiding you in death; Government mandates program that orders end-of-life treatment; government dictates how your life ends; Advance Care Planning Consult will be used to dictate treatment as patient’s health deteriorates. This can include an ORDER for end-of-life plans. An ORDER from the GOVERNMENT; Government will decide what level of treatments you may have at end-of-life.” 

 

TRUTH: All of these hysterical claims have been debunked elsewhere. HR3200 provides for the reimbursement of a voluntary session of end-of-life counseling with your physician once every five years. This in no way means the government will make decisions for patients or encourage doctor-assisted suicide. Counseling simply makes patients and their families aware of their options.
“Page 469: Community-based Home Medical Services: more payoffs for ACORN.” 

 

TRUTH: ACORN is not a Community-Based Medical Home.
“Page 472: Payments to Community-based organizations: more payoffs for ACORN.”

 

TRUTH: This is clearly still referring to community health groups, not ACORN. 
“Page 489: Government will cover marriage and family therapy. Government intervenes in your marriage.”

 

TRUTH: Covering marriage and family therapy, as many private insurance plans do, does not mean that the government “intervenes in your marriage.” The types of individuals who are recognized as therapists are clearly defined on page 491; in brief, professionals only, not bureaucrats.
“Page 494: Government will cover mental health services: defining, creating and rationing those services.”

 

TRUTH: This section expands government coverage for mental health services under various government programs, and ensures that all mental health services will be offered by qualified professionals.


 

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Obama Soldiers Fan The Flame Of Racial Profiling

While Obama is having his beer bash, ACORN is drafting their email to take advantage of this latest ‘man-made crisis’. I’m sure Rahm is proud or helped them draft this. 

 

 
Warrantless midnight raids. Racial profiling. Forced family separation. Retaliatory arrests. Chain gangs.

Relics of a bygone era? No. This is reality today where I live, and these are the routine actions of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona — the same sheriff whose actions have been compared to the worst excesses of Alabama Sheriff Bull Connor and his fight against the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

Today, the excuse for abusing civil rights is the enforcement of federal immigration law, and the Latino community is the target. Sheriff Arpaio and others get away with it thanks to a Bush-era program called “287(g)” — a program that basically gives Sheriff Arpaio all the power and freedom he wants to enforce immigration as he sees fit. Program 287(g) is not only still being implemented, but Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is planning to expand the program!

Tell Secretary Napolitano that we don’t need more local law enforcement taking immigration into their own hands. Program 287(g) should be abolished, not expanded.

Just last week, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law called Arpaio-style, pre-dawn immigration raids on family homes “unconstitutional.” They said that the “cowboy mentality” permeating our approach to America’s immigration challenge has been doing serious damage.

In fact, many law enforcement agencies don’t support the 287(g) program and won’t even participate, saying it harms their ability to ensure public safety by putting officers in situations in which they often make choices that violate our rights — and our humanity — if we happen to look like we might “not be from around here.”

Click here to tell Secretary Napolitano to stop the expansion of the 287(g) program, and then to abolish the program altogether.

The impact that the 287(g) program has is life-or-death serious for many communities. When we know that the color of our skin makes us criminally suspect in the eyes of local law enforcement, then where do we go if we are in danger? How can we call the police to stop domestic abuse, if we know that the police may be just as abusive? When racial profiling is part of law enforcement, then people of color have no one to protect them.

Program 287(g) must end soon — and we can’t sit by while the Department of Homeland Security expands it. Tell Secretary Napolitano that expanding 287(g) is the wrong choice, and 287(g) will never be a part of a successful approach to America’s immigration challenge.

The good news is that as a result of the kinds of energy that ACORN and others have been able to generate on this issue, over 30 organizations across the country are taking action over the coming weeks to hold DHS accountable on immigration policy. Please join in this nationwide campaign to end 287g and bring sanity to America’s immigration policies.
In solidarity and strength,
Alicia Russell
Arizona ACORN

 

 

ACORN is taking this ‘man-made issue’ nationwide as in Arizona Sheriff Arpaio is winning this argument. According to Rasmussem Reports:

Voters in the Grand Canyon State still highly regard Maricopa Country Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, known for his tough immigration enforcement. Fifty-seven percent (57%) say the sheriff’s policies have helped the state’s image, showing little change from May. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say the sheriff’s policies hurt the state’s image.

The people that live in this community don’t agree with ACORN, not that it matters to ACORN. The fact is that Sheriff Arpaio is doing the unthinkable – he’s enforcing the law. What a concept.

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Birthers – It’s Not Just About Kenya

Today in his usual form Gibbs dimissed the 450,000+ Citizens that have questions about Obama’s birth certificate.

Instead of just producing a long form birth certificate that shows the details of Obamas’ birth, our administration has decided to lump anyone that asks the question into the ‘wing-nut’ – ‘tin-foil hat’ group.

This is Obama politics 101, these people are never going to vote for us anyway so we’re not only not going to address their concerns – we’re going to attack them.

The problem is that if you’ve spent any time at all reading the blogs, polls and petitions circulating you know that the question is just getting bigger due to their lack of ‘transparency’. This is not going away.

A very large portion of the people that are asking questions believe that Obama is a citizen. However, they do question whether or not he is a natural born citizen based on the law in effect when Obama was born and the age of his mother at the time he was born. This is a viable question.

Then there are us that want to know what is on that damn birth certificate that they don’t want us to see? We know that at least at some point Obama had his original birth certificate in his possession as he writes about it in his book Dreams From My Father, describing his origins, he wrote about finding a local Hawaiian newspaper article about his Kenyan father:

“I discovered this article, folded away among my birth certificate and old vaccination forms, when I was in high school.”

We also know that Obama can have the original released at any point with a signature. So, why have they spent almost a million dollars OF OUR MONEY fighting lawsuits?

It’s very easy for the administration to stick with the line – “If I had some DNA, it wouldn’t assuage those that don’t believe he was born here”. I have a suggestion, why don’t they go ahead and release the long form birth certificate and see if it works? I’ll give them the $10 to request the copy.

C’mon Gibbs, we can have a beer and order it.

Hell, while we’re at it why don’t we just release the college records as well. If as Gibbs states in the video that he was the one that asked for the “certification of live birth” be posted, then it would be logical to assume that he has the authority to ask for all the documents in question to be posted.

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American Soldier Wants To See The Birth Certificate – YOU’RE FIRED!

 I don’t know if we can say the “Pentagon orders soldier fired for challenging pres” – we may (probably) never know. Although the quotes from Dr. Orly Taitz do seem curious at best:

“Grice told plaintiff, in essence, that the situation had become ‘nutty and crazy,’ and that plaintiff would no longer be able to work at his old position,” Taitz wrote.

Grice made clear that it was Defense Security Services that had compelled Simtech to fire Cook, Taitz wrote.

However, we certainly know who made the ultimate decision;

 Simtech, Inc.

According to Manta (emphasis mine):

Simtech Inc is a private company categorized under Aircraft and space vehicle supplies and parts and located in East Granby, CT. Our records show it was established in 1988 and incorporated in Connecticut. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of $9,122,520 and employs a staff of approximately 6.

Olav Leite - Chairman

Olav Leite - Chairman

Richard Leite - President

Richard Leite - President

Tom Leite - Vice President

Tom Leite - Vice President

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could it have something to do with this:

Simtech contracts

Simtech has earned over $1.5 Million dollars in Federal contracts since 2002 and we have no idea what they’re working on currently. More interesting is the fact that ALL of the Federal contracts were completed without open/competitive bidding. It doesn’t appear that the Federal government is Simtech’s main/direct source of income according to Aerospace Components Manufacturers (emphasis mine) :

Distributor – exporter of military aircraft products to allied foreign governments.  Also, Simtech supplies military and commercial aerospace components to Volvo Aero, PWBEC, DAe Systems, Autoflug and SAAB.  Simtech is ISO 9001:2000/AS9120 certified.  With an international perspective, Simtech employees are committed to serving our foreign customers with superior service and logistical support.

What Country are we living in? I know there are alot of people that think people asking questions of Obama’s birth are all wearing tinfoil-hats, yeah, yeah. I’m not a big conspiracy theorist either however you have to start questioning some of things that are going on. You know the old saying “there’s always a grain of truth”, my concern is which grain?

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American Soldier Wants To See The Birth Certificate – UPDATED Lou Dobbs Is Reporting

This question is just not going away and the whole situation is just completely illogical. We know where every American President was born, it’s a matter of history.

The history of Hawaii’s process of issuance of birth certificates to persons born outside the United States is what has caused the questions. These are not crazy people, this is a viable question and I’m at a loss as to why the President has chose to fight with lawyers instead of just producing a long form birth certificate that includes the details of his birth.

Now this story of a soldier whose orders were revoked when he questioned the legitimacy of the Presidents citizenship. No comments, no fight, just revoked. This makes no sense and seems to set a bad precedent.

According to the court filing, Cook affirmed when he joined the military, he took the following oath: “I, Stefan Frederick Cook, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the president of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

According to the claim, “Plaintiff submits that it is implicit though not expressly stated that an officer is and should be subject to court-martial, because he will be derelict in the performance of his duties, if he does not inquire as to the lawfulness, the legality, the legitimacy of the orders which he has received, whether those orders are specific or general.

Robert Gibbs was asked about the birth certificate/hospital again just this week and as usual he took the question very seriously.

Q    I appreciate it.  While you and the President were overseas on July the 7th, there was on the Internet a copy of a letter on White House letterhead dated January the 24th, 2009, with the signature “Barack Obama,” which stated “The place of my birth was Honolulu’s Kapi’olani Medical Center.”  And my question is, can you verify this letter?  Or if not, would you tell us which Hawaiian hospital he was born in, since Kapi’olani, which used to publicize this, now refuses to confirm?

MR. GIBBS:  Goodness gracious.  I’m going to be, like, in year four describing where it is the President was born.  I don’t have the letter at my fingertips, obviously, and I don’t know the name of the exact hospital.

Q    Can you check on this?

MR. GIBBS:  I will seek to interview whoever brought the President into this world.  But can we just — I want to do this once and for all, Lester.  Let’s just do this once and for all.  You can go on this — I hope you’ll take the time not just to Google “President, January 24, Hawaii hospital, birth” and come up with this letter, but go on the Internet and get the birth certificate, Lester, and put —

Q    It’s not a birth certificate.

MR. GIBBS:  I know.  (Laughter.)  Just a document from the state of Hawaii denoting the fact that the President was indeed born in the state of Hawaii.

Q    But it doesn’t say where he was born or who the doctor was.

MR. GIBBS:  You know, Lester, I — I want to stay on this for a second, Lester, I want to stay on this for a second, because you’re a smart man, right?

Q    Hypothetical.  (Laughter.)

MR. GIBBS:  All right, all right, settle down in here.  Only I get to make jokes like that.

No, Lester, let’s finish this one.  Do all of your listeners and the listeners throughout this country the service to which any journalist owes those listeners, and that is the pursuit of the noble truth.  And the noble truth is that the President was born in Hawaii, a state of the United States of America.  And all of this incredible back-and-forth — I get e-mails today from people who inexplicably can figure out very easily the White House e-mail address, and want proof of where the President was born.

Lester, the next time you ask me a question I’m going to ask you what reporting you’ve done to demonstrate to your listeners the truth, the certificate, the state, so that they can look to you for that momentous search for the truth, and you can wipe away all the dark clouds and provide them with the knowing clarity that comes with that certainty.

Is it just me or is it weird that the Press Secretary doesn’t know where the President was born? 

Gibbs just thinks this whole situation is funny, he’s laughed it off every time questioned. C’mon it’s only 400,000 citizens that have signed the petition.

We all have our guilty pleasures and I have to admit I do smile every time I hear Pastor Manning spout off about that “long legged mac daddy”. I’m not endorsing Pastor Manning as I’ve not read his sermons or heard him preach. However, with everything going on in the world you need something to make you laugh.

UPDATE: I almost fell off my chair when I heard Lou Dobbs actually report in length on this item tonight. He reminded us that the Federal Election Commission does not have a requirement for a Presidential candidate to prove citizenship, each State is responsible to ensure compliance based on the States guidelines. By the way, Chicago doesn’t require proof of Citizenship to run for Senate so Obama never had to prove his citizenship in his State. Like I said…………………this isn’t going away.

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