Evidently, President Obama has finally released a copy of his original long form birth certificate, and except for the fact it was signed three days after his birth, there appears to be nothing remarkable about it. So he delayed two years and spent millions of dollars trying to avoid releasing it exactly why? Unless this is a fraud of magnificent proportions, it speaks to a man who simply doesn't want to be open about who he is.
Update: Vox reports that at least one person analyzing the document claims that it's been modified digitally. If sustained, this would fall into the "how NOT to settle a debate" category, I think, or possibly "did they learn nothing from Dan Rather's debacle?"
Update 2: Elmer reports that the document appears to have been put together in three layers. Why on earth do this and open things up as an apparent fraud?
In other news, my local paper reported on a woman convicted of helping to get night vision goggles shipped to Iran. She's evidently my neighbor now, and a number of things stick out. First of all, evidently Shi'a Sharia isn't above using an agent who dresses in decidedly un-Iranian garb, to put it mildly, and so we are confronted with the reality that Islamists are willing to compromise their principles to go undercover. The Teheran government is even using the woman's daughters in trying to get her released; they're obviously not embarassed by her!
Second, it's worth noting that efforts to extradite her and her husband from Austria failed--so once again, we apparently have a case where someone in Europe doesn't really see a problem with giving Iran's forces some of the same capabilities as the forces most likely to try to put a stop to Iran's nuclear program--the U.S. and Israel. No problem, evidently, as Vienna isn't in range of Iranian bombers......yet.
One would think that the Austrians, of all people, would understand the problems inherent with appeasing anti-semitic despots, but apparently not in this case.
Damn - We have higher gas prices in the Twin Cities than just about anyplace else in the country right now: BrutalEven in 2008, it didn't get much above $4.00 here...
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