Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Kenyan Birth Evidence to be Released,,...

Conspiracy theories love vagueness and ambiguity. Specifics and details, which lay the foundation of our evidence-based world, can be proven or disproven. But it's hard to pin down insinuations and supposed secrets as being 'wrong.' JFK and C.S. Lewis died on the same day; coincidence, or something more??

So I'm always happy to see a theory with real details. Things like alleged quotes, published sources, or times and dates. Needless to say, this story made me happy:

A private investigator in Hawaii has uncovered the divorce decree for Barack Obama's father and mother, which indicates they had "one child under the age of eighteen, born in Kenya." That is the report of Ed Hale of, an Internet radio site which has focused upon the natural born Citizen challenges to Obama's presidential eligibility.

Hale announced this during his evening Internet broadcast on, Tuesday, 12/30 and confirmed it with I.O. in an online interview, later that night. He reported that certified copies of this documentation have been sent from Hawaii by the investigator to himself and four others. Hale is to receive his copy today, Wednesday, 12/31 and plans to post it graphically on the site, during the day. He will also discuss this on a special Internet broadcast, between 6pm and 10pm Central Time, tonight.

Posted on 'Investigating Obama,' Dec. 31, 2008

A promise of real, physical evidence! Not just oral, unrecorded, undated statements made by strangers to unknown parties, but actual legal paper! And its contents are actually quoted, not paraphrased! And it's being released today! I don't even have to wait indefinitely until he decides to share his secret explosive evidence.

Of course, that was too good to be true. The story has already been updated with the following:

[I.O., 12/31, 2:30pm CT: Ed Hale has sent an email stating that his delivery has been delayed until Friday, 1/2. We wait another day for what he has to show. We can be patient in light of how long we wait for Barack Obama to admit the truth of his ineligibility per Article II (and show us the whole truth of his actual Hawaiian birth certificate, besides).]

The story's only 24 hours old, and the release date has already been pushed off another 48 hours. Will we see, well, anything in two days? Tune in Friday, same Barack time, same Barack channel...

Meanwhile, as we wait, let's see what else the article has to offer:

Hale said some of the information one would expect to find was not available. For example, documentation from Obama's mother, Stanley Ann's divorce to her second husband, Lolo Soetoro had vanished. Hale speculates, the reason this forthcoming 1964 divorce decree had not also been "scrubbed" could be that the divorce had been filed not by Obama's mother, but by Barack H. Obama, Sr. Thus, it may have been overlooked by any plumbers for Obama.

Conspiracy folks are more entertaining when you assume they're just ignorant, or crazy, or misinformed. It's just less fun when you have to view them as flat-out liars. Here, for instance. Not only have the Soetoro divorce records NOT vanished, they're posted on Philip Berg's website. The Complaint, Summons, and Order...all there. Berg hasn't even produced half the proof he claims to have in hand, but he's still posted this.

So rather than focus on the dishonesty here, I'd rather reflect on the recurring trait of conspiracy theorists that's on display. And that's that consistency is not among their virtues.

Hale does admit to incomplete certainty of his investigator's work until he receives it, partially due to the PI's accent, the telephone connection, and his slight hearing impediment. However, he is very confident of what he will receive during the day. Mark S. McGrew, who writes about Obama's natural born Citizen problems for, accompanied Hale in his broadcast and also expressed confidence.

Pravda? The same folks who accuse Obama of being a communist are relying on a Pravda writer? I know it's not the same publication, but that's still funny.

Anyhow, here we see Hale hedging his bets already. Not only has he already delayed the release of his papers for another two days, but he's taken additional steps to insulate himself for when the inevitable happens. First, as previously mentioned in the article, the real source here is an anonymous investigator, not Hale himself. Again, vagueness. Second, Hale has managed to list three different excuses he could fall back on when the paper fails to materialize. Naturally, if Hale does blame it on a miscommunication, the truly motivated curious would want to talk to the investigator, but of course, Hale conveniently hasn't shared his name.

In any case, I'm looking forward to what Friday brings (or, as it may, doesn't bring).

Monday, December 29, 2008

More from Larry

Within hours of the post excerpted in my earlier post, Larry Sinclair offered up an 'update' of sorts. Nothing exciting (surprise!), but a little of note:

I do however stand by the post as being factual and truthful and the individual who contacted me is believed to be employed by the Funeral Home who took the Body of Madelyn Dunham from her residence after her death.

Madelyn Dunham according to sources was released from the hospital and sent home at the specific request of Barack Obama and Maya Ng.

Written by Larry Sinclair, December 24, 2008

Whereas Sinclair, just three hours earlier, had stated that his source was "employed in the coroner's office," his story has already changed. Now it's a supposed source in the funeral home that's feeding him intel. If we assumed, just for the sake of argument, that the funeral home is the same establishment as the crematory, then this new iteration of the facts makes slightly more sense with regard to their knowledge of her passing. Of course, Sinclair also added this new bit about her hospital release, and one would imagine the funeral home's relationship to those events would be substantially more strained.

Larry Sinclair, it seems, is going to be the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to Obama Derangement Syndrome. And he's already been giving for close to a year. Seth Colter has a good recap of a particularly absurd moment in Sinclair's one-man campaign, from back in June. It'd be nice to consider Sinclair the lone resident of his little bizarro world, but a glance at his comments rather dampens that hope.

Obama's Undead Grandmother!

I almost hate to make this my first post, since I'm afraid it'll set the bar too high for nutty Obama theories. Sadly, I'm also afraid that it won't. Either way, it's a good opening illustration of how far removed from reality and rationalism a person can be carried by political disagreements, even in the absence of any substantive evidence supporting a theory.

As you may recall, back on October 23, Obama visited his ailing grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, in Hawaii. She passed away just before the election, and the family had a memorial service last week. Apparently, the memorial service revitalized interest in grandmother-related theories:

After first announcing that Madelyn Dunham had passed away in her sleep on November 3, 2008 (conveniently the day before election day for the sympathy vote) it was reported by Hawaii officials and then by Obama half-sister Maya Ng that Mrs. Dunham had in fact passed away on November 2, 2008. Both reports it turns out are false and it has been reported that Maya Ng and Hawaii officials knowingly and intentionally falsified death records of Madelyn L. Dunham who had actually died prior to Barack Obama arriving on Thursday October 23, 2008 for his claimed visit.

According to sources employed in the coroner's office Madelyn Dunham died on October 21, 2008 and was cremated on Friday October 24, 2008. It is further claimed that the death records of Madelyn L Dunham were falsified at the direct and specific request of Barack Obama and Maya Ng.

I have forwarded a letter to the Hawaii Attorney Generals office requesting and investigation and forwarded the information received regarding the falsifying of the death and cremation records of Madelyn L Dunham. If this information is factual Barack Obama has demonstrated his total disregard for any life, including the life of the woman who made it possible for him to be a spoiled, drug using, closet bi/gay fraud. Furthermore the fact that Michelle Obama knew and assisted in concealing this fraud along with the U.S. Secret Service assigned to protect Barack Obama makes them conspirators to this crime.

Written by Larry Sinclair, December 24, 2008 (via Orly Taitz)

So to recap the main points of this theory: 1) Madelyn Dunham died two weeks before she was announced to have died; 2) When Obama visited Hawaii on October 24, his grandmother had already passed away; and 3) Obama and his sister arranged for the death records to be falsified. All this based on anonymous "sources employed in the coroner's office."

Left unanswered, of course, is why the coroner's office would have any direct knowledge to begin with. Coroners are typically involved only with deaths that merit investigation; the passing of an 86-year-old cancer victim is unlikely to have attracted the coroner's attention at all.

Sunday, December 28, 2008


Let's get one thing out of the way first:

I didn't vote for Barack Obama.

At least not in the general election, that is. Admittedly, I voted for him in the primary, because I far preferred him to Hillary Clinton, whereas I didn't particularly care for any of the Republican candidates (though Ron Paul led the pack). As a libertarian from Georgia, I cast my vote in the general election for the Georgia Libertarian: Bob Barr. It was the first time I ever cast a vote for President that was more a vote of actual support than a vote against the other candidates.

So why, you ask, am I blogging about Barack? I know I'm sure to disagree with a good chunk of his policy decisions, so it's certainly not for partisan or political reasons. Rather, it's because I'm amused at the extremes his critics, both on the right and left, have been willing to go to attack him. In the absence of real scandal, they've resorted to imaginary scandals. Multiple ones. Nothing exemplifies this better, perhaps, than the "natural-born citizen" crowd who, trust me, will be getting plenty of attention on this blog. And it's not limited to them: Snopes already has entries on 47 different legends, and 30 of them are out-and-out false. Only 3 of the 47 are actually true in their entirety.

It's not necessary for me to be an actual Obama supporter to write this blog, or for you to enjoy it, because this blog isn't about defending Obama politically. It's about putting a spotlight on those whose antipathy towards the President-Elect is so strong that they aren't willing to let accuracy or common sense stand in the way of their criticisms. The folks who believe he's secretly a Kenyan-born Marxist Muslim terrorist sympathizer posing as a radical Christian elitist, and that his election represents the end of the great American experiment. You don't need to be a liberal or a Democrat to enjoy ridiculing that kind of thinking. Frankly, good conservatives should be above that kind of nonsense.

Anyhow, welcome to Barackryphal. And if you have an article, picture, or blog post that you think exemplifies Obama Derangement Syndrome, please send it to, and maybe we can shine that spotlight on some worthy targets.