Seen in Modesto: Birther Idiocy Creeps Closer to Bay Area
|But we've still got plenty here|
But the shadows lengthen in our evening land. Yesterday, my mother snapped the above photo of a birther's car window in Modesto, just 90 miles east of San Francisco. Like most of California, Modesto is significantly more conservative, both politically and socially, than this city; then again, it's hardly deep-red Republican territory. Its congressman, Dennis Cardoza, is a leading member of the "blue dog" coalition of moderate Democrats.
The birther theory, for those of you lucky enough to have remained ignorant of it so far, is that Obama is ineligible to be president because he was not born in the U.S., as is required by the Constitution. In a gracious effort to combat this claim, Obama has even released copies of his birth certificate from his home state of Hawaii (pictured below), but the birthers have not been sated. Now, it appears, these cretins are within spitting distance of our ultra-liberal city on a hill.
|Obama's birth certificate|
And it's not like we're immune to conspiracy theories right here in San Francisco. After all, the San Francisco Bay Guardian recently co-sponsored a 9/11 truther movie night -- truthers, for the uninitiated, think the Bush administration either destroyed or permitted the destruction of the World Trade Center for its own nefarious purposes -- and that alternative weekly's city editor, Steven T. Jones, suggests that the attack resulted from "a conscious decision to just stand down" by the U.S. government.
To Mr. Jones and his buddies, we have an alternative suggestion: PG&E did it!