Lost In Cyberspace?

Dear Fruitcake Lady: Like all my friends in cyberspace, I want to be perceived as an intellectual giant who knows everything about politics, human behavior, rocket science and how the working of honeybees is related to the teachings of Karl Marx. However, I don’t want to follow the path of many of my fellow bloggers and post a bunch of unsubstantiated rumors that are forwarded to me by other friends who are too lazy to check the facts and click “send” of information that their friends who are too lazy to check the facts click “send.” I blog on the site called www.ontheborderline.net and I would like to bump noggins in the intellectual stratosphere of intellectual giants that roam that blog. I certainly would not want to be thought of as a simpleton or knee-jerk puppet who posts hearsay because I can’t string together lengthy paragraphs that invoke the objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand and accuse others that disagree with me of being communists or RINOs.

That said, a friend e-mailed me this and I think it needs to be checked out but it raises some very interesting questions… I picked this up via an email today, not sure of the ultimate origin nor have I completely checked for citation the references to the constitutional requirements and law. Here’s it is:

Barack Obama is not legally a U.S. natural-born citizen according to the law on the books at the time of his birth, which falls between “December 24, 1952 to November 13, 1986″

1. Presidential office requires a natural-born citizen.
2. The child must be born to two U.S. citizen parents - OR -
3. If only one parent was a U.S. citizen at the time of your birth, that parent must have resided in the United States for at least ten (10) years, at least five (5) of which had to be after the age of 16.”
4. Barack Obama’s father was not a U.S. citizen
Conclusion: Based upon the asserted fact that Obama’s mother was only 18 when Obama was born, she thus failed the “at least “5 years prior to but “after” age 16 portion of the test, ergo he fails the test.

Do you think I should post this?

Signed Donttreadonme

Dear Don’t: The fact that you can actually post something on an internet blog attests to the fact that you can actually take the time to Goggle the Internet to see if what you have been e-mailed has had its credibility challenged. Always remember that there are at least 35 million of frustrated high schools drops like yourself sitting in basements across American trying to prove they are political wonks with the divinely-inspirec ability to provide original insights into the contemporary debates of local, state, national and global politics. Of course, most of you Tom Paine wanabees type with one finger, buy 12-packs of beer for less than $5, smoke cigars that cost more than $5 and hope your wives will someday let you try out the free sample of Viagra they got from your doctor at your last physical. If you publish this information ontheborderline, you will raise the above mentioned number to 35 million + one.

I suggest you consult the website www,snopes.com, if you are concerned about Mr. Obama’s qualifications to be President of the United States. A check into Snopes will quickly show you that this is false information and will save you from looking like some idiot with duct tape over his lips standing outside the annual school board meeting. Here's the link to Snopes.

Signed The Fruitcake Lady

Dangling In The Balance

"America, the world's richest and most powerful nation, must be the world's leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and minimizing the risks that climate change poses to the environment and security. Yet America and its allies cannot solve this problem alone."

Martha Marks
Founder of Republicans for Environmental Protection


Searching For The Green Mean

"The environment is too important of an issue for us to allow political extremists to divide Americans.

While some Republicans have forgotten that conservation is conservative, the environment is not a matter reserved for Democrats. Republicans and Democrats have traditionally collaborated on major environmental initiatives like passing the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act. Minnesota enacted the Clean Water Legacy Act of 2006 with bipartisan support. With our future at stake, we cannot afford having the environment treated like a partisan football..."

Brian H. Davis
Read more: Best policy is made at equator, not poles.


Grin And Bear Stearns It

"We all watched with interest as the United States Treasury ... guaranteed the purchase of Bear Stearns at a 95 percent discount. According to a Treasury department memo, the American taxpayers will be on the hook for $30 billion (and probably a great deal more). We were informed that this was necessary to help solve a 'liquidity crisis.' A liquidity crisis is when Ole drills a hole in the stern of his boat to drain the water that is rushing in from a hole in the bow of his boat. Drilling a hole in the Stearns of this economy will have the same result."

Vance Opperman
Twin Cities Business magazine
June 2008

Read more @ We All Deserve a Bailout


Smoke And Smears

"Public skepticism that Republicans share Americans' environmental values raises an important question. Have Republicans abandoned their roots as the party of Theodore Roosevelt, who maintained that government's most important task, with the exception of national security, is to leave posterity a land in better condition than they received it?..."

"...Republicans should not allow the fringes of the party to set a radical agenda that no more represents the mainstream of Republicans than environmental extremists represent the mainstream of the Democratic Party. Only by faithfully fulfilling our stewardship responsibilities can we expect to remain the majority party."

John McCain
New York Times Editor

Read more of Nature Is Not A Liberal Plot.


Nukes For Oil -- Kiss And Tell

Here's an interesting combination of stories. One is an editorial from the June 10, 2008 Wall Street Journal by Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass). He discusses President Bush's plan to sell nuclear power technology to the Saudis. This would be the Saudis that sit on the largest oil reserves in the world and have sunshine about 365 days a year. It's the same technology for which Bush is rattling sabers of Iran. Gee, weren't there like 18 Saudis among those 911 hijackers?

Story two: The Saudis coincidentally are planning to increase oil production. Could it be for the nukes? Could it be because of the upcoming Presidential election? Gee, I'm starting to sound like a conspiracy theorist. I forgot, the Saudis are our friends.

Read on...

From the Wall Street Journal:

Editorial link: Why Is Bush Helping Saudi Arabia Build Nukes?

"Last month, while the American people were becoming the personal ATMs of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in Saudi Arabia signing away an even more valuable gift: nuclear technology. In a ceremony little-noticed in this country, Ms. Rice volunteered the U.S. to assist Saudi Arabia in developing nuclear reactors, training nuclear engineers, and constructing nuclear infrastructure. While oil breaks records at $130 per barrel or more, the American consumer is footing the bill for Saudi Arabia's nuclear ambitions."

From China View:

Read more @ UN chief: Saudi Arabia to increase daily crude output by 200,000 barrels

RIYADH, June 15 (Xinhua) -- UN chief Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia had pledged another crude output increase in July to meet rising demand in the world market. Saudi Arabia, the top producer of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has promised to raise its daily output by 200,000 barrels in July, Ban said after a visit to the country. The oil powerhouse has said it would increase output by 300,000 barrels a day in June during a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush's last month.


Class Warfare

“You know, I think the main purpose of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps is to get poor Americans into clean, pressed, unpatched clothes, so rich Americans can stand to look at them.”

Elliot Rosewater